LB Volleyball Christmas four-person draw tournament will take place on Dec 9 at Main Beach

Laguna Beach Volleyball invites players to celebrate the season with a Christmas volleyball four person tournament, potluck lunch, and toy drive taking place on Dec 9 at 9 a.m., with check-in at Main Beach.  

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The more Santas, the merrier

Everyone is welcome, players, friends and family alike. It is a weighted draw format. Players will sign up individually and be assigned a team – players cannot make up their own teams. Family teams are allowed but players can’t choose their own ringers. LB Volleyball requests no beginners or kids under 14.

There will be music and “really cheesy but cool prizes.”

Bring a dish for the potluck lunch- think “comfort food”, the group suggests.

Electricity will be provided for crock pots. Optional “Toys For Tots” toy drive drop off is requested. Players can sign up for either division, but the group reserves the right to move players up or down to balance teams. 

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Laguna Beach Library presents Author Talk with Rajbir Singh on Dec 9 

Author Talk with Rajbir Singh will take place on Sat, Dec 9 at the Laguna Beach Library, located at 363 Glenneyre Street. 

The event will include a Spiritual Talk with Rajbir Singh, Author of HIMesha. Singh began this book nearly 11 years ago. It includes personal reflections of his own transformation, journey, and spiritual experiences.

For more information on this upcoming event, visit www.ocpl.org.


Guest minister Rev Etzbach-Dale presents “Resisting Surrender” at the Unitarian Universalist Church

Journeying toward Spiritual Integrity requires that we honor and work to restore the relationship between resistance and surrender, in both our personal and public lives. What do you resist? When, why, how, and to what do you surrender? Rev. Stefanie Etzbach-Dale will attempt to answer those questions in her presentation, “Resisting Surrender” at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Dec 10 at 10:30 a.m.

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Guest Minister Rev. Stefanie Etzbach-Dale will be in attendance on Dec 10

Rev. Etzbach-Dale served as co-minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Laguna Beach from 2006 through 2008. She now lives with her husband George in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she most recently served as settled minister to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City. 

Prior to that she enjoyed more than 10 years of ministry in the Pacific Southwest District, including her time in Laguna Beach. She is currently focusing on a ministry of Spiritual Direction, incorporating meditation, movement, and creative arts. Please join the members of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Laguna Beach as they welcome Rev. Etzbach-Dale back to enjoy her spiritual insights.

Learn more about UUF at www.uulagunabeach.org or call 949 497 4568. The church is located at 429 Cypress Drive.


Dirt Fondo fundraiser ride raised more than $4,000 

The Laguna Beach Interscholastic Mountain Bike Team recently hosted the Dirt Fondo fundraiser ride in cooperation with the Laguna Canyon Foundation.

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The group was gearing up for their big bikeathon ahead of them

 The ride started at Laguna Cyclery and ended with a burrito luncheon from La Sirena Grill. Laguna’s local businesses proudly supported the aid stations along the ride, sponsored by The Ranch LB, Troy Lee Designs, and Fix Manufacturing. 

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More than 90 riders participated 

The support of the community helped the team raise more than $4,000 for coach funding. Over 90 riders registered for 25 or 50 miles, with 25-milers coming through around noon, and most of the 50 milers coming in around 3 p.m.

For more information about the Laguna Beach Mountain Bike Team go to www.lagunabeachmtb.org.


Dennis’ Tidbits

By DENNIS McTIGHE

December 5, 2017

In January, we’ll see two giant moons in a blue moon month – how rare is that?  Read on to find out…

Here on Sunday our sunset occurred at 4:44 p.m., only two minutes away from our earliest sunset of the year at 4:42 from Dec 8-12. 

If tonight’s full moon appears bigger and brighter than usual, I have good news. It’s not a pigment of your hallucination. It’s known as a giant moon, an event that rarely happens as in 1948 the last time the moon was this close to Earth and it won’t happen again until 2034. There was actually a giant moon on Nov 14 last year and there’ll be two more, one on Jan 2, and one on Jan 31, 2018. After that you’ll have to wait sixteen years until the next one. Incidentally, next month is a blue moon month when the full moon phase occurs twice in the same month. It happens only around every 30 months, or roughly two and a half years. I guess that’s where the phrase once in a blue moon, meaning not too often, like about as often as I write a column that actually makes sense.

See, our moon is roughly 240,000 miles from planet Earth but its orbit around our planet is not always a perfect circle so sometimes it can be as much as 256,000 miles and as close as 224,000 miles like it is right now so in actuality it appears as much as seven percent closer and 16 percent brighter and it peaks in intensity around 9:30 p.m. our time tonight. It’s called perigee and apogee.

If it’s sunshine and temps at ten degrees above normal for early December, then you’re gonna love the next seven to ten days. The Eastern Pacific High is really flexing its muscles and is expanding in a manner that rarely happens on such a huge scale, an event that will even bless the dreary Pacific Northwest with a whole week or more of solid sunshine with minimal cloudiness and not a drop of rain which is a really rare event up there as a 30.70 high will camp out several hundred miles off Washington forcing incoming storms way to the north. 

Down here a 30.75 high will park over southern Utah and will cause a strong Santana wind event for at least the next week. These northeast howlers will even reach the beaches as temps will reach 80 or more at water’s edge with humidities in the single digits prompting Red Flag alerts throughout all wilderness areas. Rain is totally out of the question and that’s just fine with McWeather. That’s why we live here! 

ALOHA!


Brooks Street Beach – A study in blue and green

Photo by Barry Elms

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