Feathered friends enjoy the sunset

Photo by Stu News Laguna reader Greg Mays

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This stunning sunset image was taken looking out from Heisler Park

Brain health is the topic at the Laguna Beach Library on March 22 & 29, presented by Alzheimer’s OC 

The Laguna Library will host the final two events in its informative series presented by the Alzheimer’s Orange County Association. The second event will be held on Wed, March 22, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  Speaker Ben Allen’s topic will be Brain Health. 

The third event will be held on the following Wed, March 29, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., and the topic will be Programs and Services.

Since 1982, Alzheimer’s Orange County has been the center for Alzheimer’s resources and is dedicated to providing quality care and support services to thousands of residents of Orange County who are affected by Alzheimer’s Disease and other related dementia. They also partner with local researchers to populate clinical trials to help find a cure.

These events are free. The library is located at 363 Glenneyre St., 949-497-1733.

Annual City track meet takes place on April 7 at LBHS

The City of Laguna Beach will host the annual Community Track Meet on Friday, April 7 between 5 and 8 p.m.. The track meet is open to children under the age of 14 (kids who were born in 2002 or after). Children run in heats with others their own age and can participate in sprints (50, 100 meter or 200 meters) or longer runs (400, 800 or 1600 meters). 

Field events include: long jump, softball throw, high jump, and shot put. The top four winners in each age division advance to the Orange County Track Meet on Sunday, May 7 at Laguna Hills High School. 

If your child is interested in participating in the track meet on Friday, April 7, register by visiting www.lagunabeachcity.net.

Also, volunteers are needed. These VIPs make or break the track meet. If you would like to volunteer, call Alexis Braun, Recreation Supervisor, at (949) 497-0762, as soon as possible.

Barbara’s Column

Laguna’s Chamber of Commerce owes its origins to wintering Canadians…




Business, cultural and social leaders shared their accomplishments in 2016 and goals for 2017 on Tuesday at the annual Leadership Luncheon, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. 

The luncheon was initiated in 1993 by Realtor Bobbi Cox and the late Hotel Laguna owner Claes Andersen, under the auspices of the Chamber.

“Our idea was to encourage Canadians to come to Laguna in the winter,” said Cox. “In those days the town was dead between Thanksgiving and Spring Break.” 

It turned out that many of the locals who attended that initial luncheon mingled for the first time with other groups and discovered some common goals. 

“We said okaaay---let’s do it again,” said Cox.

Newly elected chamber President Ken Fischbeck welcomed the 100 participants in the 24th annual luncheon.  

“We did a few things you might have come into contact with,” said Asst City Manager Christa Johnson. “We fixed your sewers, repaired your streets and we tell you what you can and cannot do with your property.”

The Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach rescued more than 300 animals in 2016, according to Director Keith Matassa.

Laguna Beach Woman’s Club President Barbara Crane said 2016 accomplishments included luncheons for the outgoing mayor and the woman of the year and an event with Police Chief Laura Farinella.

Local FM radio station KX 93.5 received a matching $43,000 matching grant from the city, announced station founder Russell Tyler.

Kavita Reddy, owner with her sister of By Hand, said their biggest accomplishment was to stay in business.

Laguna Art Museum Director Malcom Warner cited the enrichment of Laguna’s artistic heritage as a noteworthy accomplishment. 

“We invested $2.5 million in more than 2,000 youth,” said Boys and Girls Club executive director Pam Estes.   

Laguna Beach Live! founder Cindy Prewitt said her accomplishment and goals are the same: a repeat of the successful event at Montage Resort.

Some other goals for 2017

Chamber Secretary Chris Tebbutt said his goal is to forge stronger partnership between Laguna Art Museum and the Laguna Beach Unified School District.

Friendship Shelter Director Kristin Points is recruiting hosts for the fundraising Dinners Across Laguna to help meet the terms of an anonymous $100,000 matching grant.

Optometrist Michael Cook, who was celebrating his birthday on Tuesday said his goal is to get people to take better care of their eyes. 

Sande St John urged folks to attend the Exchange Club’s Police Awards on April 12 at [seven-degrees]. 

The Rev Brian Delvaux, who returned to his hometown 3½ years ago as bishop of St Francis by the Sea, has seen an increase from five people at Sunday services to 40. 

Marilyn Wilson started a resident cottage food industry, baking and delivering baguettes. 

Insurance broker John Campbell’s goal is to do what he can to stay healthy.

Chris Costley will be helping LBHS grads to transition to college or jobs. 

Veronica Nice asked for donations to the Grapes for Grads event, which funds scholarships to Laguna Beach High School and Laguna College of Art & Design. 

Joe Hanauer thought he was supposed to represent the HIP District at the luncheon, but his badge read Laguna Beach Books, so he touted the best ---and only book store in town---owned by his wife, Jane.

“If Life Long Laguna helps one senior age in place, we have done our job,” said John Fay, program specialist at the Susi Q.

Fischbeck plans to keep involved in the Chamber, ably assisted by Executive Director Laura Henkels, Event and Marketing Manager Nia Evans and Member Services Specialist Dani Spihl.  

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 StuNewsLaguna.com.

Nuvision Credit Union hires Laguna’s ZWO as PR firm

Nuvision Credit Union, with 87,000 clients in three states, has selected Laguna’ ZWO as its PR agency of record. 

Cynthia Jenkins, ZWO president and principal at its West Coast office in Laguna Beach, noted,“For Nuvision, we will build on its legacy within the community by focusing on its outreach efforts such as the Think Tank Challenge, designed to build financial literacy.”

In addition to offering financial services, Nuvision sponsors a Think Tank Challenge Essay contest, a scholarship program that gives local high school students an opportunity to learn about financial responsibility. 

ZWO’s clients include Beltone, a hearing care company, Salt Life, a lifestyle apparel brand, ACTS Retirement-Life Communities, and MD Complete Skincare.

For more information on ZWO visit http://www.betalkable.com or contact them at 864.509.1057.

Winning designs for banner contest are announced

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The Arts Commission reviewed more than 30 prospective design entries for the 2017 Banner Competition and selected four winners. The four selected artists are Therese Conte, Michael L Jacques, Galen Ramos and Jeffrey Skarvan.


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