Surfing Heritage and Culture Center will honor shaping icon Rich Harbour on Saturday June 24

Shaping icon Rich Harbour and the 58-year legacy of Harbour Surfboards will be celebrated on Saturday, June 24 from 6 – 9 p.m. at SHACC, 110 Calle Iglesia, in San Clemente. Many of Rich’s partners and protégés will be in attendance to honor the Harbour Surfboards legacy and talk story. 

“If you were going to have one pal in the surf industry, Rich would be it. He’d make you the best-looking board, take a hot photo of you riding it, and buy beers later that afternoon. Show up five, 10, 25 years later, and he’d do it again,” notes Matt Warshaw in the Encyclopedia of Surfing.

Rich is hand-making a signed, display D fin, from curly Redwood burl, which will be raffled off during the evening. Quiksilver is producing a limited run of 100 tees that will be available for purchase while supplies last. 

There will also befood from Mahé as well as wine from Longboard Vineyards, beer from Left Coast Brewing Co., Kona Red Coffee energy drinks and Hawaiian Spring Waters. 

Admission is free for SHACC members, $5 for non-members. Doors open at 6. 

Founded in 2000, SHACC is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, presenting and promoting surfing’s heritage for the appreciation and education of current and future generations. 

SHACC serves as the world’s foremost educational and support resource for surfing publications, manufacturers, and museums. Learn more at

Square Roots musical theatre summer camp is now accepting applications

Square Roots, theatre education for kids, is now accepting applications for their musical theatre camp, taking place June 26 – July 9. The director is Ella Wyatt and musical director is David Anthony.

Camp days include classes, rehearsals, camp activities and goodie days, all culminating in the performance of a fully staged Broadway style showcase. The camp is open to all levels – beginning, intermediate and advanced – ages 5-13.

Ages 5-8 meet between 9:30 and 12:30, for a fee of $260. Ages 9-13 meet from 9:30 to 2:30 for a fee of $310.

This fun-filled summer camp experience is for young people who love to sing, dance and act in a positive and nurturing environment. Performances will take place July 8&9.

Theater addresses the skills that benefit children’s education and development in five general areas: physical development/kinesthetic skills, artistic development/drama and theater skills, mental development/thinking skills, personal development/intra-personal skills, and social development/interpersonal skills.

For more information, visit No Square Theatre is conveniently located in Historic Legion Hall.

Sea lion is rescued on Main Beach during PMMC’s Martini Madness celebration and is aptly named…

A sea lion was rescued and the Pacific Marine Mammal Center raised approximately $11,000 on June 11 at their 8th annual Martini Madness Fundraising event – a wonderful combination of events on a beautiful Laguna afternoon. 

Martini Madness was hosted at The Cliff Restaurant & Bar for the second year in a row. 

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Great setting at The Cliff for a great evening

“It was a magical afternoon where people were able to support PMMC,” Executive Director Keith Matassa said. “An adult female sea lion was rescued just down the way at Main Beach during the event, we aptly named her Martini and she is currently doing great and recovering at PMMC.”  

Close to 150 attendees enjoyed delicious appetizers and signature martinis thanks to Skyy Vodka and Deep Eddy Vodka while they listened to the funky acoustic vocal grooves of the local Laguna band F-Jamz. 

Guests were also able to participate in a virtual sea lion experience giving them a chance to view one of our marine mammal patients from rescue to release courtesy of Amaze. 

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The event was mad fun

“A huge thank you to Sharon Haron, Andrew Turula and The Cliff Restaurant staff for hosting the event again this year. Because of their amazing generosity we were able to raise funds for the many marine mammal patients in our care,” Director of Development Daniela Moore said. 

The Cliff Restaurant has already committed to hosting the event next year and everyone is looking forward to another successful event.

SchoolPower awards teacher grants and gifts $750,000 to LBUSD for 2017-18 school year

At the School Board meeting held on Tues, June 13, SchoolPower President Taylor Pillsbury and SchoolPower Endowment President Chris Clark presented more than $750,000 to LBUSD for the 2017-18 school year. The funds will support a variety of LBUSD-initiatives and programs, including music and the arts, STEM, K-3 Class Size Reduction, foreign language, Rocket Ready Classroom Projects, and an investment in a new initiative focused on the social emotional support of students.


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Big checks (in size and amount) awarded by SchoolPower for teacher grants

Clark also presented 23 awards totaling $91,198 for teacher grants ranging from a school site Weather Station to Science Lab Equipment to Thurston’s Passion Project. 

The innovation of Laguna Beach teachers was identified as the inspiration behind the program. The oldest non-profit education foundation in Orange County, SchoolPower has raised money for Laguna Beach public schools since 1981.

The money raised by SchoolPower provides the four Laguna Beach public schools—El Morro Elementary, Top of the World Elementary, Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School—with valued educational programs and resources. A percentage of the annual money raised also sustains the SchoolPower Endowment Foundation, which in turn supports the Teacher Grant Program and Large Endowment Grants.

Palette to Palate event at the Laguna Art Museum raises a record $335,000 plus

On Friday, June 9, Laguna Art Museum’s annual Palette to Palate event raised more than $335,000. Funds from the sold-out event, now in its 12th year, support the museum’s dedication to collecting and preserving California art, providing critically acclaimed exhibitions, and enhancing art education programs for students in Orange County.

The evening featured fine art by ten artists and an incredible dining experience for an intimate group of 120 guests. Executive Chef Craig Strong of Studio at Montage Laguna Beach prepared an exquisite three-course menu paired with limited production wines from Kamen Estate Wines. 

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Impeccable taste extended to the table scapes

The ten participating artists – Mark Beck, Kristina Grace, Adam Mars, Danny McCaw, Courtney Murphy, Glynnis Reed, Jeff Sewell, Doug Shoemaker, Fred Stodder, and Cecil Touchon – joined guests for dinner at tables of their own design. They were surrounded by their artwork on gallery walls, creating an interactive and intimate experience for guests who enjoyed the opportunity to learn about the artists’ creative processes and techniques during lively dinner conversations. 

Exclusive silent auction items were popular

In addition to the opportunity to acquire works of art in support of the museum, guests raised their paddles for a live auction of exclusive experiences to raise additional funds for museum education programs. 

The auction opportunities included a luxury escape to the Montage Kapalua Bay in Maui, a Sonoma wine excursion featuring Kamen Estate Wines, an exclusive Tesla factory tour and luxury weekend in Northern California, and special culinary experiences with Chef Strong at Studio. The $335,000 total for the evening is a record for Palette to Palate, and will provide important funding for the museum’s art education outreach programs for students in Laguna Beach and Orange County. 

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Art in miniature accented place settings

As Laguna Art Museum approaches its centennial year in 2018, Palette to Palate is a unique reflection of the museum’s place in the community. Originally founded by artists as the Laguna Beach Art Association, the museum is among the oldest in the state and is distinctive in its mission to collect California art. The museum’s exhibitions, education programs, and events like Palette to Palate reflect a rich history and connection to the artistic community of Laguna Beach.

Palette to Palate was generously sponsored by Montage Laguna Beach, Kamen Estate Wines, Villa Real Estate, City National Bank, Modern Luxury Orange County, Room & Board, ROHL, Found Vintage Rentals, FormDecor, Floral Creations by Enzo, and The Showpros. 

The event was led by Executive Committee members Chuck Fry, Sue Greenwood, Sheldon Harte, Robin Kalota, Laura Rohl, and Marnie Wall.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive, on the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Cliff Drive. For more information, visit

Free workshop this Saturday offers advice on credit reports & maximizing Social Security benefits

In the sixth of a series, Richard T. Cirelli of RTC Mortgage Corporation and James Hitchcock of Raymond James Pacific Wealth Solutions Group present a free workshop offering financial advice. The workshop will take place on Saturday, June 24 from 10  - 11:30 a.m. at the Laguna Board of Realtors office located at 939 Glenneyre St, 2nd Floor. 

Rick Cirelli will speak about Credit Reports: How to Read and Understand Them.

His presentation also includes topics such as The Major Factors that determine Credit Scores; How Mortgage Lenders Utilize Credit Reports in the Underwriting Process; How to Improve Your Credit; and more.

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Rick Cirelli offers financial advice this Saturday June 24

Jim Hitchcock, who manages Pacific Wealth Solutions Group of Raymond James in Newport Beach will discuss The Ins and Outs of Social Security: all the latest strategies on how to maximize your Social Security Retirement benefits when it comes to age, divorces, decedents, etc.”He’ll also address the solvency and health of the Social Security system.  

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Jim Hitchcock

Richard T. Cirelli of RTC Mortgage Corporation, located in Laguna Beach, is a mortgage industry veteran with over 40 years of professional mortgage experience.  

Rick has been originating Reverse Mortgages for over 10 years and is a member of the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA); serves on the Board of Directors of the Laguna Beach Seniors, and is an active member of the Laguna Board of Realtors, Laguna Beach Rotary Club, Laguna Beach Business Club and the Laguna Beach Professional Alliance. 

James Hitchcock of Raymond James Pacific Wealth Solutions Group, located in Newport Beach, works with individuals and corporations in assisting them toward achieving their long-term goals.  

His investment philosophy emphasizes a conservative asset allocation approach toward investing. Throughout his career, Jim has given numerous presentations on retirement planning strategies and money management to individuals and corporations.

For more information about this event or future events, call Richard Cirelli at (949) 494-4701 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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