Barbara’s Column

Young readers get their just rewards: medals and a barbecue at Bluebird Park



Sixty-five youngsters completed the Laguna Beach Library’s Summer Reading Program, which requires participants to read or have read to them a minimum of 10 hours during the six-week program. 

Many of them attended a barbecue at Bluebird Park on Saturday, highlighted by the presentation of medals by Laguna Beach firefighters Crissy Eichmann, Jeff White and Jeff Zaccaro and a child-approved barbecue. Face painting by Foxy Lady, Naomi Fox was an added bonus. 

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“The firefighters were called to duty twice, but they came back to present the medals, which was so important to the children,” said Friends of the Library President Martha Lydick

The Friends underwrite the annual barbecue and awards ceremony. 

Keeping track of the medalists was up to the aptly-named Summer Blake, who started as Children’s Librarian just before the program began.

“I was happy with the turnout,” said Blake. “It was a good number of people for a small library.”

Medal winners ranged from toddlers to teens. 

Sets of siblings were medalists, including Kyle, Jeff and Chris Herkins, Arnan and Ariana Ghane and Jacob and Justin Lee

Among the youngest was three year-old Kolby Lee. Her parents read her an amazing 20 books a week. She is most interested in animal stories; her favorite is Dr. Suess’s “The Cat in the Hat.”  

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Other pre-school medalists included Sebastian Zamorano, Diego Rivera and Kira Moses

Ethan “Tiger” Cawley was among the award-winners who accepted their medals with a painted face. His medal represented completion of a 350-word book “Learning to Read.” 

Second only to the medal presentation was the barbecue catered by Justin Myers, in spite of a fall that left him limping. 

“It was scrumptious,” said Lydick, a foodie.

Besides the kids’ favorite hamburgers, hotdogs and chips, Myers provided his signature bowtie pasta salad, Caesar salad, veggie burgers, watermelon slices and for dessert: brownies and lemon bars.

Laguna Beach Ebell Club members Brenda Solomon, Penny Stastney, Kimberly Geigele Oswald and President Jennifer Dawson dished up the goodies. 

Myers has other fish to fry. He is the executive director of the Laguna Food Pantry, which provides free groceries for the people in need. 

He is also the organizer of the resurrected Laguna Beach Lions Club. The club now has 15 members, five of whom assisted at the barbecue: Myers’ mother, Cherie, Albert Luu, Matt Naldrett, Kevin Hollingsworth and the newest member, Daryll Oswald. Anyone interested in learning more about the club can contact Myers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Friends of the Library Vice President Sandy Hovanesian, Secretary Angela Irish and board members Nancy and Howard Pink attended the barbecue. The non-profit organization raises money for library activities, refurbishments and book purchases.

From books to book: How is that for a segue?

Mayor Pro Tem Kelly Boyd announced at Tuesdays’ City Council meeting that a new edition has been published of his grandfather’s book “Laguna Beach of Early Days.”

Joseph S. Thurston’s book was first published 1947. He was 78. 

Only a few copies of the original book are known to exist. Boyd said it pops up occasionally on Ebay, at an exorbitant price.

The new edition has some added content and some great photographs collected by Michelle Boyd, the last one of Grandfather Thurston giving a young and blond Kelly and a neighbor a ride in a wheel barrow.  

“Michelle and I worked on the book for two years,” said Boyd. “It is available at Laguna Books. Just so you know, we are not making any money on it.”

The book is priced at $21.99 plus tax. The bookshop will host a book signing by the Boyds on Sept 14. 

But wait – there’s more. You will find advance notice of all the fun and interesting stuff for visitors or residents to do in Laguna by reading 


Librarian Summer Blake sent a note to Stu News that adds: 

The Laguna Beach branch of OC Public Libraries would like to give special thanks to those who helped us create our fun and successful Summer Reading Picnic held at Bluebird Park on Saturday, August 5…This fun family event could not have been possible without the support of the Friends of the Laguna Beach Library and volunteers from the Ebell Club and Laguna Beach Lions Club. 

We also want to thank the Laguna Beach Fire Department who handed out the medals and made the awards ceremony extra special!

9th Annual Girls Night Out event supporting the Boys & Girls club set for September 28 

The 9th Annual Girls Night Out event held exclusively for women will take place for a second year at the Wilson family home on Thursday, Sept 28 from 6 – 10 p.m. With a breathtaking view, and a night filled with endless surprises, tickets tend to sell out quickly, as they do each year. 

Girls’ Night Out has become a much-anticipated event

Generous donors who are helping support this event include the Montage, Newport Lexus dealership, Wilson Automotive, Starfish, and Winston’s Crown Jewelers. Each corporation helps its return each year.

Enjoy spending an evening in a gorgeous oceanfront home, dining on fine food, sipping signature cocktails and wine, shopping, being pampered, and going home with an amazing swag bag.

If you love Girls Night Out or The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach and would like to get more involved by becoming an event sponsor or joining a fun Events Committee, contact Michelle Ray at (949) 715-7584, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To purchase tickets for $150, log onto the Boy’s & Girls club of Laguna Beach at

Laguna surfers do well in first WSA event

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Reader Don Saunders reports that the Western Surfing Association ran its first event at Trail 6 in San Onofre over the past weekend in really fun conditions and a few Laguna Beach surfers did well. 

Hudson Saunders (pictured) took 5th in the Under 12 and 7th in the Under 14 divisions.  

George Williams took 5th in Under 16 and 3rd in Under 18 and Sam Nelson took 5th in the Under 18 Division. 

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The Western Surfing Association (WSA) is the oldest competition surfing association in the USA and, by far, the largest on the West Coast. The WSA, established in 1961, is a California non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting and preserving the sport of surfing through fun, family oriented surf competitions. 

WSA is an official West Coast member organization of Surfing America. WSA members can earn entry in the Surfing America Prime, Surfing America USA Championships and Team Trials. Visit for more information.

Leave a piece of your heart at the Laguna Playhouse during A Night with Janis Joplin, opening Aug 20

Experience a night you will never forget at the second show of the 2017-2018 season as Laguna Playhouse presents A Night with Janis Joplin, which opens in a limited engagement at the Laguna Playhouse on Sun, Aug. 20. 

Performed in association with the Estate of Janis Joplin and Jeffrey Jampol of JAM, Inc., musical direction is by Todd Olson, and it was written and directed by Randy Johnson. 

“Janis Joplin is one of my favorite artists. I know many of our subscribers will relate to this brilliant Tony-nominated production. And I look forward to introducing Janis to a whole new generation of audience,” comments Laguna Playhouse Executive Director Ellen Richard.  

Fueled by such unforgettable songs as “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Cry Baby” and “Summertime,” A Night with Janis Joplin is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences—icons like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone, and Bessie Smith, who inspired one of rock and roll’s greatest legends.

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Kelly McIntyre as Janis Joplin

Adds Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham “We are going to take a little piece of our subscribers’ and audiences’ heart with the amazing Kelly McIntyre and the brilliance of Randy Johnson’s creation. The roof is about to blown off the Playhouse with this spectacular show!”  

Randy Johnson’s (Book & Direction) most recent work is the critically acclaimed and 2014 Tony Award nominated production of A Night with Janis Joplin. His work has been seen across the country and worldwide in such venues as The Savoy Theatre in London’s West End, Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, The Apollo Theatre, Wembley Arena, Grand Ole Opry, The Ryman Auditorium, Off Broadway, Regional Theatres across the United States and Canada, Las Vegas and Arena’s worldwide. 

Todd Olson’s (Musical Director) credits include; New York: Everything’s Coming Up Ethel (Orchestrator), Zorba (Music Assistant). National Tours: Smokey Joe’s Cafe (feat. The Coasters), A Christmas Carol. Regional: A Night with Janis Joplin 

(American Conservatory Theater, Barter Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre). 

Kelly McIntyre as Janis Joplin, joined A Night with Janis Joplinfor the first national tour in 2016. She went on to headline three more productions of Janis at Capital Repertory Theatre, Barter Theatre and A.C.T.

For a list of full credits of the talented cast, go to

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Kelly McIntyre headlined three productions of A Night with Janis Joplin 

The cast of A Night with Janis Joplin will also feature: Sharon Catherine Brown, Tawny Dolley, Carol Hatchett, Amma Osei and Kristin Piacentile. The Scenic Design is by Brian Prather, Lighting Design by Ryan O’Gara, Costume Design by Amy Clark, and the Production Stage Manager is Hethyr Verhoef. 

The Hale Family is the Laguna Playhouse’s season underwriter. Additional season sponsors are South Coast Plaza, Haskell & White, Surterre Properties, Bodhi Leaf Coffee Traders, Gelson’s, and Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin.

The show begins previews on Wed, Aug 16; will open on Sun, Aug 20, at 5:30 p.m. and will run through Sun, Sept 10. Performances will be Tues through Sat at 7:30 p.m.; Thurs and Sat at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 1 p.m. There will no Thurs performance on Thurs, Aug 24, at 2 p.m. There will be an additional Sun performance on Sun, Aug 27, at 5:30 p m.

Tickets range from $60- $105 and can be purchased online at or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787). Group discounts are available by calling 949-497-2787 ext. 229. Prices subject to change.

The box office is open Mon – Sat: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open until showtime on performance days); Sun: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information on all shows and programming visit 

Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd in LB.

Libertarian Candidate for Congress Brandon Reiser appears live on Laguna Roundtable, KX93.5 FM, Aug 13

Leading the way in local community radio, Laguna Roundtable announces a live interview with Libertarian Candidate for Congress (CD-48) Brandon Reiser, which includes Laguna Beach, this Sunday on KX93.5FM at 8 a.m.

“It is important Laguna Roundtable provide listeners access to the candidates running for city state and federal office, these are the people who shape the City of Laguna Beach. Voters need to hear the candidates and determine who should lead them,” states “Righty” Jim Kennedy, co-host of Laguna Roundtable. “We welcome listeners to submit questions for the interview via email.” The email is listed below.

The show will air live on Laguna’s only FM, KX 93.5, and can be live streamed at Podcast of the show will also be available at

For more information, contact Laguna Roundtable via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on Twitter @RightyJim.

Dog Days of Summer show at Sue Greenwood Fine Art Gallery will run until Sept 10

Running until Sept 10, the show Dog Days of Summer will be featured at Sue Greenwood Fine Art Gallery. The show includes over 35 new works from six great artists, Suzy Barnard, Kay Bradner, Suzie Buchholz, Mary-Austin Klein, Geoff Krueger, and Scott Yeske. 

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“More Mesa Beach” by Mary-Austin Klein  

The show focuses on all aspects of art, and pieces range in variety or artistic style. Each artist has a passion and love for their work. A description of the artists’ inspiration accompanies their work. From light, to landscape, to objects, different things inspire each and every artist in the show.. 

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“Pug Sunday” by Kay Bradner  

Established in 2005, Sue Greenwood Fine Art is one of Southern California’s most respected contemporary fine art galleries. 

The gallery seeks to exhibit artists that exemplify aesthetic excellence with a focus on realism and figurative works of art.

Sue Greenwood Fine Art is located at 330 N. Coast Hwy, 949-494-0669.


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