Laguna native convicted of killing his LBHS classmate
An LA jury convicted Ryan Taylor Bright of second-degree murder Monday in the July 2012 stabbing death in Santa Monica of Jensen Gray, then 27.
The two men were Santa Monica roommates at the time and had been best friends since they attended Thurston Middle School. Both went on to LBHS and both have a history of drug convictions.
The two had been at a party together and both had knives when an altercation of some type commenced between the two. Bright’s attorney had said that his client acted in self-defense.
Bright, 28, remains in jail with bail set at $1,000,000 until his sentencing hearing on February 2.
Ohio man charged with hit and run after crashing into a police detective car behind the police station
Police said a parking services officer just happened to be walking behind the police station Monday afternoon. Captain Jason Kravetz explained, “She saw a white van trying to turn around and hit one of the detective cars in the process. The van fled and she put it out on the radio.”
An officer saw the van on Forest Avenue and it was stopped on Coast Hwy near the movie theater.
Orlando Sattiewhite, 36, of Ohio, was cited for hit and run.
A passenger, Jerry Lee Chaney, 35, Newburgh, NY, was arrested on a Marin County misdemeanor warrant for soliciting without a license.
Advice: best not to fight in public with 2 pounds of pot
Two men were arrested Monday night shortly before midnight after several callers reported a fight between two men on Ocean Avenue. At least one caller said one of the men had a dog and was sic’ing it after the other man.
Police arrived on scene and witnesses pointed down an alleyway where a man was walking away with a dog.
According to police, Ronald Russell Evans, 50, Menifee, began to run but was detained quickly. Along the way, police saw him ditch a backpack in the bushes of a parking lot. Inside, they found two pounds of pot and a digital scale.
He told the cops that he had been walking to his van parked nearby in the same parking lot. When police checked out the van, they found Kenneth Allen Douglas Nadeau, 24 of Hemet, inside along with more marijuana.
Both men were arrested for felony possession of marijuana and felony possession of marijuana for sales. They were booked and taken to OC jail.
The dog was taken to the animal shelter.
Hundreds of thousands of photos and a new documentary
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Staff photos by Scott Brashier
Filmmaker Jason Blalock explains as Doug Miller looks on
Laguna’s iconic Doug Miller came to Laguna Beach in 1970 and became a Sawdust regular a year later. In that timespan, he has taken over 350,000 photos (mostly black and white and almost all spontaneous) of his beloved hometown.
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On Thursday, Dec 18, filmmaker Jason Blalock unveiled the premier of his documentary, Sawdust and Sand: The Photographs of Douglas Miller before a standing room only crowd at the Laguna Art Museum’s monthly film night.
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Doug delighting the SRO crowd
Scott Brashier was there. He took his photos in black and white to honor Doug.
Club on the beach welcomes laugher number 30,000!
Members of the Laguna Laughter Club gave a hilarious ovation to a new attendee on Sunday Dec. 14 as she was honored as the 30,000th person to laugh on the beach since the club began in June 2005.
Paige Gammell received honors, accolades, the club insignia and hilarious gifts on the sand below the Heisler Park gazebo.
Paige Gammell, Laguna Laughter Club laugher 30,000
Gammell, 23, from Laguna Hills is scheduled to be married March 27. Her mother Lezlie Garity-Gammell attended previous sessions of the Laughter Club and decided to share this December day with her daughter. Neither mother Lezlie nor daughter Paige anticipated the special honor, which would be awarded to Paige three months before her wedding day.
Paige is an accomplished ballerina. She said that her favorite hobby is “dancing in front of the mirror.” She is now flourishing in her career as a Yoga Teacher. After the laughter session she posed with club founder Jeffrey Briar as they performed the difficult “Headstand” pose.
Regarding the Laughter Club experience, Paige said, “This was my first time but definitely not my last. What an experience - what a treat! My cheeks are surely sore. Such a fun and welcoming group of people.
“This Laughter Club is an experience that everyone needs to try. Come and enjoy a workout, get a great laugh, meet some loving and caring people while enjoying the beauty that surrounds us.”
The Laguna Laughter Club was founded in June 2005 by Briar, a Laguna Beach resident. As an advocate of therapeutic laughter, Briar appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dancing with the Stars, and the CNN-TV Special Happiness and Your Health with Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
The health benefits of laughter are said to include improvement to the immune and cardiovascular systems. Laughter is reputed to relieve stress, anxiety and depression. Briar said that members tend to create caring friendships, which are expressed via special events, outings, celebrations and gatherings. Laguna Laughter Club members march every year in Laguna’s Patriot Day Parade. The club at its sparkling Main Beach location was featured in stories on That Morning Show (on local station “E!”), Geraldo At Large, and Your-LA TV.
Photos from the celebration of the 30,000th laugher can be seen here:
Holiday trash collection schedule/tree recycling dates
Regular trash pickup scheduled on Thursdays and Fridays will be delayed one day for the next two weeks, the city reported.
And, beginning Friday Dec 26 through Jan 16, Waste Management will collect and recycle holiday trees on regular or rescheduled pick up days at no charge.
Trees need to be cut to lengths not exceeding four feet and all decorations must be removed. Flocked trees will be colected but cannot be made into compost.
Non-flocked trees can also be cut up and placed in the green waste carts after Jan 16 for regular collection.
Free day at LAM sponsored by Jim Burba and Bob Hayes
As a special holiday gift to the community, Jim Burba and Bob Hayes are hosting a free day for the public at Laguna Art Museum this coming Sunday, Dec. 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Enjoy all of the museum’s current exhibitions completely free of charge, including: Elizabeth Turk: Sentient Forms; Lita Albuquerque: Particle Horizon; Rural California, 1930s and 40s: From the Collection of Diane and E. Gene Crain; and selections from the permanent collection.
Don’t miss this opportunity to visit the museum for free!
If you are interested in hosting a free day at Laguna Art Museum, please contact Deputy Director Ed Fosmire at 949.494.8971 x211.
Sawdust Art Festival reports successful Winter Fantasy
From a press release
The Sawdust Art Festival’s 24th annual Winter Fantasy, “A Holiday Tradition,” concluded on Dec. 21 with increased ticket sales and attendance over last year. More than 25,250 people attended Winter Fantasy 2014, a 10 percent/2,332 person increase over the 2013 winter art festival.
The festival benefited from an extra weekend, Dec. 20-21, expanding its normal duration from four to five weekends. Closing day saw the highest attendance, with more than 3,075 people attending on Sunday, Dec. 21.
“The 2014 Winter Fantasy was a great success,” said Tom Klingenmeier, general manager of the Sawdust Art Festival. “All our artists, new and continuing, said they sold lots of art and were sorry to see it end.”
More than 175 talented artists created, showcased and sold their original artwork on the Sawdust grounds, which were transformed into a winter wonderland with thousands of holiday lights and decorations and a freshly built “Towne Square” in the center of the festival. The square featured Santa Claus, his house, sleigh and elves, a Children’s Playhouse, Christmas trees decorated by various community groups, and even falling snow. Elsewhere on the grounds were a petting zoo, four outdoor cafés, an espresso bar, a popcorn and candy booth, art classes and more.
The Winter Fantasy artists – many from Laguna Beach but also from other cities and states –handcrafted each piece of artwork, creating a truly unique holiday shopping experience for visitors. Art media included glass, ceramics, jewelry, clothing, textiles, painting, photography, mixed media and more.
Supporting the Sawdust Art Festival’s nonprofit mission of educating the public, artists created work live in front of our guests in the artists’ booths and at our popular Glassblowing Demonstration Booth. Visitors also had the opportunity to explore their own creativity and take an art class at the Ceramic Center, Studio One, Children’s Art Spot and the classrooms of the year-round Sawdust Studio Art Classes.
Special activities for families and kids included pottery wheel throwing in holiday-themed shapes at the Ceramic Center, and many art and craft projects at both the Children’s Art Spot and Studio One.
One special community event that proved popular was the Toys for Tots program, supported by the local Marine Corps Reserve. Their mission was to collect toys on Sundays to distribute as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community. Hundreds of visitors to this year’s Winter Fantasy brought unwrapped toys, filling up more than 10 large cardboard boxes. Those who donated a new toy of $5 or more received free one-day admission to Winter Fantasy.
Next on the schedule for the Sawdust is the 49th annual summer show, which takes place Friday, June 26 through Sunday, Aug. 30. Admission is $8.50 for adults, $7 for seniors, $4 for children 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger. “We are all looking forward to a great summer show in 2015,” Klingenmeier said.
The Sawdust Art Festival is located at 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. For additional information, please visit www.sawdustartfestival.org or call 949-494-3030.
The Sawdust Art Festival is a nonprofit art organization dedicated to educating the public and promoting the art created in Laguna Beach.
City lists its “key accomplishments” for calendar 2014
Facilities and Capital Improvements
Lifeguard Headquarters and Main Beach Park Renovations – The City constructed a Marine Safety Headquarters and public restrooms, renovated the Main Beach Park, and added a public art component.
Gaviota Drive Diversion Unit Installation – The City received $250,000 of grant funds to construct an urban water diversion unit at Gaviota Drive. The unit will divert urban runoff and pollutants away from the Pacific Ocean.
Riddle Field Renovation – The City partnered with Laguna Beach Little League and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to renovate Riddle Field in North Laguna.
Improvement of City Facilities and Local Infrastructure – The City completed several projects to improve City facilities and local infrastructure:
Completed renovation of Moulton Meadows Park.
Added bike route signage and sharrows along Glenneyre Street from Park Avenue to Bluebird Canyon Drive, and along Cliff Drive.
Replaced marked crosswalks on Glenneyre Street with enhanced markings for pedestrian safety.
Replaced the backup generator at Fire Station No. 4.
Upgraded propane tank storage capacity at the Corporation Yard to accommodate increased summer trolley service with propane fueled trolleys.
Replaced the safety fencing at the corner of Cleo Street and Glenneyre.
Replaced 200 feet of guard railing on Alta Vista Way.
Completed construction of the Gainsborough Drive slope repair.
Completed construction of the Mermaid Street retaining wall.
Completed slurry seal of streets in the north Laguna area and El Toro Road.
Lined a deteriorated storm drain from Wykoff Way to Bluebird Canyon Drive.
Constructed an enlarged storm drain inlet at the corner of Wendt Terrace and Park Avenue.
Completed evaluation, trimming, removals, and replacements of trees in the Bluebird Canyon area.
Pool Renovation – The Laguna Beach High School & Community Pool renovation was completed in June 2014 and included important upgrades to the filtration system, repairs to the pool deck and other improvements to ensure safe and efficient pool operations.
Improvement of Flood Control Infrastructure in Downtown – The City convinced Caltrans to program funding for enlarging the Laguna Canyon Channel box near Coast Highway.
Undergrounding Utilities – The City initiated two utility undergrounding districts in the areas of Crestview Drive and Woods Cove and received approval of an undergrounding district for the Ruby Street/Catalina Street area.
The entire list is available by downloading a printable PDF here
Laguna Beach High School 2014 fall Sports Awards
Boys Cross CountryCoach – Scott Wittkop
Rookies of the Year: Luc La Montagne,Jaden Orr,Massimo Lucidiand Dylan Miller
Breaker Tough: Mason Pitz
Coach’s Award: Penn NielsonandDrake Butler
Leadership: Cameron Zuziak,Mason Pitz,Liam Duncan,Liam Corrigan,Grant Barton and Drake Butler
Four-Year Award: Grant Barton
Legacy Award: Cameron Zuziak, Grant Barton and Liam Corrigam
Girls Cross CountryCoach – Steve Lalim
Rookie of the Year: Grace LaMontagne
Breaker Tough: Pearl Shoemaker and Annie Brown
Coach’s Award: Lauryn Alvarez, Taylor Alvarez and Kirsten Landsiedel
Team Captain: Janie Crawford, Pearl Shoemaker, Annie Brown, Natalie Kimball andBrenna Merchant
Four-Year Award: Janie Crawford, Brenna Merchant, Rachel Hunter and Paige Vitolo
Legacy Award: Natalie Kimball, Brenna Merchant and Janie Crawford
FootballCoach – Corey Brown
MVP: Brett Tracy
Offensive Player of the Year: Jack Simon
Defensive Player of the Year: Nick Krantz
Lineman of the Year: Danny Pietig
Special Teams Player of the Year: Cole Hutson
All League First-Team: Brett Tracy and Nick Krantz
All Academic: Jackson Brunicardi, Nick Krantz, Danny Pietig and Kobe Henderson
Girls TennisCoach – Donald Davis
MVP: Summer Dvorak
The Breaker Award (Character Award): Bailey Jaeger and Iman Berri
Sportsmanship: Ashley Shelton
Most Improved: Natasha Keces
Newcomer: Kelly Keller
CIF Game Balls (for six CIF matches): Summer Dvorak and Kira Hamilton
Girls VolleyballCoach – Raul Papaleo
MVP: Sabrina Stillwell
Coach’s Award: Aspen Rocha
Defensive Player of the Year: Francie Holte
Offensive Player of the Year: Jamie Robbins
Boys Water PoloCoach – Ethan Damato
Co-MVP’s: Jack Dodson and Cade Baldridge
Offensive Player of the Year: Jakob Colladay
Defensive Players of the Year: Garret Hartley and Trent Sadler
Utility Award: Aki Andersen
Net-Works’ 3rd annual Christmas lunch with the homeless
On Monday, Dec 22 Laguna Beach Net-Works Church (member of Association of Vineyard Churches) held their third annual Christmas lunch with the homeless. The White House has been a great venue and people to work with. George the owner and Tony the manager as well as all the staff have a huge heart to help the homeless.
Photos by Faye Chapman
A volunteer helps a legally blind man with his ticket for the opportunity drawing
This year, between 85 and 90 people enjoyed a special time together. Pastor Don Sciortino and his wife Karen are so pleased at the ongoing relationships that are happening on the streets of Laguna.
“Many invisible people are becoming visible as we make a choice to give the gift of our time and self to another. We have five to six of our homeless members working in our city and coming into a new way of doing life. It is so rewarding and yet the need is so great.”
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Pastor Don Sciortino and Barbara Williams presenting another prize to its winner
This good beginning has prompted homeless advocate Faye Chapman and Pastor Don to begin the “Laguna Beach Homeless Work Program”. It will launch in January, inviting many Laguna merchants to open their heart and workplace for a homeless person to have a new start.
“People help the people” will be their invitation to many business owners. “Together we can see many people’s lives changed.”
Want to help? Give Pastor Don a call at 949-328-7230.
Laguna Beach Artist Open Studios Jan 3, 11-4 p.m.
On Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Laguna Beach Artist Open Studios will kick off the New Year with an exciting art adventure. During this free event, art enthusiasts are invited to visit local professional artists in their studios. Participants can also catch a free shuttle service from the Act V parking lot, located at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road, and take advantage of free parking.
Artist Open Studios is a celebration of Laguna’s thriving visual arts community. It is not only a fantastic opportunity to see, buy or commission art, or find original holiday gifts. It is also a venture to explore the city’s iconic artist colony – a time to uncover new talent and rediscover established artists. Who could resist the chance to step into the heart of where art is created, to experience something unique, something you just can’t see anywhere else?
Located throughout Laguna Beach, the majority of artist studios are nestled along Laguna Canyon Road. These studios, surrounded by oak trees and rich canyon colors, are the creative backdrop for many artists. Experience why legendary artists William Wendt, Frank Cuprien, and Edgar Payne set roots here in the early 1890s, captivated by the natural, idyllic setting.
Observe 31 artists working in a spectrum of art media - fused glass, painting, printmaking, and bronze lost-wax demonstrations. Enjoy the behind the scenes process manifested in an artist’s own creative space.
Drive downtown, just off the canyon on Ocean Avenue, and discover painter Cliff Wassmann. Here, art enthusiasts will appreciate his historic art studio, nearly 100-years-old.
“For visitors, it’s nice; they can come in and see an actual working studio,” Wassmann said. People get to see a retrospective look at the artist’s work that you can’t see anywhere else. “It’s different than a gallery experience. A gallery can be intimidating, but in a studio - you get to see work in progress,” said Wassmann. “It’s more hands-on than a gallery, a little more intimate.”
The first stop visit painter John Repka. At the second stop, don’t miss the opportunity to make your own piece of kiln formed glass with Maggie Spencer, and view her colorful work. Each month, she presents a new project for visitors to try.
Tucked in a serene spot at the third stop in the canyon, experience the creative ceramic and wood studio space, with Sandy Groves.
Laguna Canyon Artists complex, at the fourth stop, offers a cluster of studios with a host of artists who work in a variety of art mediums. Many artists are located at Laguna Canyon Artists. Join a number of new participating artists in exploring their studio space and art work. This artist complex is widely known for a number of imaginative and experimental printmakers, painters, jewelers, and mixed media artists, as well as established artists like oil painter Tom Swimm.
During the event, visitors can enjoy Swimm working at his easel, painting new coastal scenes in oils. “I have lots of original work on display there as well, with many different subjects done in oils of all sizes,” Swimm said.
Swimm finds Artist Open Studios to be a great way to connect with people who appreciate and collect all forms of art. “When you send your work off to galleries, you usually don’t have access to comments about your work, or have any interaction with someone if they purchase a piece,” Swimm said. “I find that a lot of people like to meet the artist and talk about what inspires them – it’s a nice way to connect with people who like your work.”
The artist added, “I think it allows people to learn about how artists work and to see the environment that they have created to fit their own artistic personality. Many people have this perception that artists are inaccessible and that there is some magic or mystery to creating fine art.”
At the very last stop in the canyon, visit with artists Louis Longi, Olivia Batchelder, Deborah Paswaters and Micha von Doring who work on bronze, silk, painting and wood respectively.
Longi creates one-of-a-kind bronze sculptures, abstracting the human form, and expressing the strength of human will. He has myriad public art pieces, including “Beacon” and “Usher In” at Act V.
“I like to show the unique process of my sculpting technique, lost wax foundry process, and behind the scenes production cycle of creating contemporary sculptures,” Longi said. “During Artist Open Studios, people will experience hands-on sculpting, participating in the wax sculpting process with a new technique that I am working on. And they can check out an exterior studio and creative canyon environment.”
Longi said that he has received great feedback from attendees. “They’re glad they stopped by, and learned how bronze sculptures are made. They really enjoy the unique experience.”
For a list of participating artists, please visit the Cultural Arts Department page at www.lagunabeachcity.net or call (949) 497-0722.
Participating Artists: Linda Ames, Ebrahim Amin, Olivia Batchelder, Elizabeth Bridy, Cynthia Britain, Elaine Cohen, Lydia Delgado, Micha von Doring, Phil Eaton, Lani Emanuel, Michael Ervin, Paul Gardner, Lorenzo George, Sandy Groves, Gina Mead Howie, Veronica Khristov, Louis Longi, Fitz Maurice, Patrice Miller, Deborah Paswaters, John Repka, Sheryl Seltzer, Michael Situ, Judi Smolin, Maggie Spencer, Tom Swimm, Cheyne Walls, Cliff Wassmann, Deborah Weinstein, Susan Wills, and Tracy Young.
LBHS baseball team looking for new game announcer
What lifelong baseball fan hasn’t fantasized about being a play-by-play game announcer? Anyone who loves the game has done it!
The Breakers Baseball Boosters are searching for a new volunteer announcer for the upcoming season’s home games…all in the afternoon hours.
Parent education event Jan 13 – “All Roads Lead to Calculus/Statistics” held at Thurston Middle School
Last fall, renowned speaker and researcher Patrick J. Callahan, Ph.D. spoke to a packed room of parents and educators at the K-12 LBUSD parent education event, “All Roads Lead to Calculus/ Statistics.”
By popular demand, this event will be repeated on Tuesday, Jan. 13 in Thurston Middle School’s Black Box Theatre, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
“Due to the positive parent feedback for Dr. Callahan’s November presentation, this is a repeat session so that more of our parents will be able to hear this important message. Our goal is to prepare all of our students for college and career by providing pathways that ensure student success throughout their high school mathematics experience,” stated Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services Darlene Messinger.
This year’s implementation of the Common Core State Standards Mathematics (CCSSM) is an exciting time in education. The CCSSM are a part of California’s standards-based educational system, which aligns curriculum, instruction, professional learning, assessment, and accountability. In order to ensure all students master the standards, the CCSSM are aligned to support student attainment of the standards. Efforts to create engaging, real-life and rigorous K- 12 math instruction to help prepare students to be college and career ready are key components of the implementation.
Dr. Callahan has extensive experience both nationally and in California education, including his role as the California Mathematics Project Statewide Co-Director at UCLA and the CalTeach Executive Director for the University of California Science and Mathematics Initiative. He will explain the eight shifts required in mathematics instruction and explore the K-12 math pathways that will include four years of successful coursework resulting in either Calculus or Statistics in the senior year of high school.
Parents attending will learn the expanded definition of math proficiency in the 21st century. Learning about the changes in CCSSM, parents will gain a working knowledge of the K-12 math pathways and the eight math shifts in instructional practices taking place in classrooms.
The Thurston Middle School Black Box Theatre is located on the school’s campus at 2100 Park Ave.
Hershey Felder As Irving Berlin previews at Laguna Playhouse on Jan 6 – Opening Night Jan 10 at 7:30
The Laguna Playhouse will present the Orange County premiere of Hershey Felder As Irving Berlin, written and performed by Hershey Felder and directed by Trevor Hay.
“We are so very pleased to have the extraordinary Hershey Felder back on our stage as Irving Berlin,” comments Executive Director Karen Wood. “The songs of Irving Berlin hold a very special place in the American musical lexicon and our subscribers and audiences are going to be delighted by this magnificent performance,” added Karen Wareham, Playhouse Artistic Director. Hershey Felder As Irving Berlin will begin previews on Tuesday, January 6; will open on Saturday, January 10 and runs through Sunday, February 8, 2015 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.
Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin
Called “the greatest songwriter that has ever lived” by George Gershwin, Irving Berlin is known for innumerable American classics such as “White Christmas,” “God Bless America,” “Anything You Can Do,” and “Top Hat, White Tie and Tails.” Jerome Kern said it all: “Irving Berlin… is American music.”
Hershey Felder (Irving Berlin/Playwright) Broadway, London’s West End: George Gershwin Alone (Helen Hayes Theatre, Duchess Theatre). Composers Sonata 1999 -2014 – George Gershwin Alone, Monsieur Chopin, Beethoven As I Knew Him, Maestro Bernstein, Franz Liszt in Musik - at dozens of theatres across the U.S. and around the world. Winner of 2007 Los Angeles Ovation Awards, Best Musical and Best Actor for George Gershwin Alone. Compositions and recordings include Aliyah, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra; Fairytale, a musical; Les Anges de Paris, Suite for Violin and Piano; Song Settings; Saltimbanques for Piano and Orchestra; Etudes Thematiques for Piano; An American Story for Actor and Orchestra. Worldwide live broadcasts, George Gershwin Alone. As director, Mr. Felder premiered Mona Golabek in The Pianist of Willesden Lane at the Geffen Playhouse in April 2012 and recently premiered Chris Lemmon in Jack Lemmon Returns. Mr. Felder has been a Scholar in Residence at Harvard University’s Department of Music and is married to Kim Campbell, former Prime Minister of Canada.
Hershey Felder As Irving Berlin will preview on Tuesday, Jan 6 at 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Jan 7 at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, Jan 8 at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Jan 9 at 7:30 p.m.; will open on Saturday, Jan 10 at 7:30 p.m. and run through Sunday, Feb8, 2015 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. Tickets range from $41 - $66 and can be purchased online at http://www.lagunaplayhouse.com or by calling 497-ARTS (2787).
Laguna Beach Library’s December events
Upcoming special events are:
Saturday Dec 27 10 – 11 a.m.: Food Addicts Anonymous (FAA) Meeting
“Sharing our Experience, Strength & Hope.” A12-Step Program dedicated to food addiction. There is a food plan, sponsors, face-to-face meetings, phone meetings, literature and fellowship. Meets in the Community Room. Contact James @ 714-554-2195 for more information.
Monday Dec 29, 6 - 7:30 p.m.: Toastmasters Open House Meeting
Come learn about the benefits of being a member of Toastmasters and how you can enhance your public speaking and leadership skills. Meets in the Community Room. For more information contact the library or inquire at the Information Desk.
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 3:30 p.m.: B.A.R.K. Read to a Dog Program
Do your kids love to read aloud, or just need to practice their reading skills? Come meet Venus and her owner, Theresa, from Beach Animals Read to Kids (B.A.R.K.)! Children can read to a certified therapy dog, eager to listen and love. Aaarf! Sign up at the Children’s Desk. Drop-ins welcome too!
All programs are free, graciously funded by the Friends of the Laguna Beach Library.
Laguna Beach Library hours are Monday-Wednesday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Sundays. This holiday season, Wednesdays Dec. 24th and 31st the library will close at 5 p.m. The library will be closed all day on Thursday, Dec. 25th for Christmas.