St. Mary’s Church’s annual Blessing of the Animals and bratwurst lunch takes place Sun Oct 8

St. Mary’s Church’s annual Blessing of the Animals and Bratwurst lunch takes place Sun Oct 8. It’s a fun service during which pets (or pictures of pets) and their humans are given a special blessing by the priest in charge, Fr. Lester Mackenzie.

Photo by Lynette

Thinking that my cat Boris seems to have his paws together in prayer, perhaps hoping for a blessing?

The cost is adults $10, kids $5. St. Mary’s Church is located at 428 Park Ave.

Sukkot activities at Chabad Laguna Beach will include the eighth annual Sukkah Hop

Sukkot is a weeklong Jewish holiday that comes five days after Yom Kippur. Sukkot celebrates the gathering of the harvest and commemorates the miraculous protection God provided for the children of Israel when they left Egypt. Jewish people celebrate Sukkot by dwelling in a foliage-covered booth known as a Sukkah, and by taking the “Four Kinds”, four special species of vegetation.

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Sukkot activities take place five days after Yom Kippur

The following is the schedule of events at Chabad Laguna Beach. On Wed Oct 4, evening service will be at 7; on Thurs Oct 5 and Fri Oct 6, morning service will be at 10:30 a.m. and evening service will be at 7 p.m.; on Sat Oct 7, Shabbat service will be at 10:30 a.m.

On Sunday, Oct 8, beginning at 5 p.m., residents are invited to join in a tour of neighborhood Sukkahs, enjoying schmoozing, great spirit and a delicious progressive dinner. 

Beginning down south and ending in North Laguna, the Sukkah Hop is a fun celebration of unity and rejoicing.

Then, on Tues Oct 10 at 4:30 p.m., celebrate Sundaes in the Sukkah, a JYZ Youth Zone event for kids of all ages. Kids will build their own sundaes, create wooden holiday crafts, enjoy stories, activities, and Lulav and Etrog Shakes, for just $7 per child.

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Sunday with Scott part one…


Scott Brashier, one of our terrific photographers, spent last Sunday capturing images of planes, trains, and automobiles – oops, not trains – and his photographs are so terrific that we though we’d share lots of them with you in a combined gallery. 

Here’s to Scott’s simply sensational Sunday…first at the Rotary Club’s Invitational Classic Car Show in Laguna Beach, and then (see Second Front Page) at the Air Show in Huntington Beach.

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Classic cars beautifully captured by Scott

Jen Hoy, healer, will speak at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Indigenous People’s Day

Jen Hoy, healer, will speak at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Indigenous People’s Day, Sunday, Oct 10. Her topic will be My Heart Speaks: Honoring Our Creator from an Indigenous Perspective Guest Speaker 

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Jen Hoy, speaker and healer

Jen Hoy is a healer trained in the arts of shamanic alchemy, energy medicine, and intuitive diagnosis. Because our First Nation Elders understood the ways of nature, they could walk upon the earth with reverence, light feet, and large hearts. 

On Sunday Oct 8 at 10:30 a.m., in honor of Indigenous People’s Day, Jen Hoy will help her audience remember how their own footsteps can become gentle, and how they can connect with the deep wisdom of the earth. 

Residents are invited to join the members of the UU Fellowship of Laguna Beach, as they connect with nature, and begin to heal both themselves and the earth. 

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Laguna Beach is located at 429 Cypress Drive,

Laguna pianist/songwriter Carol Roman celebrates her new CD with live performance Sun Oct 15

Laguna pianist/songwriter Carol Roman will celebrate the release of her new CD, Going Home, Songs of Comfort with a live performance on Sunday, Oct 15 at 1:30 p.m. at Unity of Tustin, 14402 Prospect Ave, Tustin. 

The concert will include a seven-piece band, six vocalists, and a choir.  This is Roman’s fourth CD.

“As an artist, I dealt with loss by writing music in memoriam to loved ones close to my heart. The deeper my love, the longer it took me to heal,” Carol says. “I cried for nine months when I lost my mom. So the music in the CD was a healing process that evolved slowly.

“The entire CD took me eight years to complete. Each song captures the essence of the person I wrote it for.”

Going Home contains many inspirational ballads, both instrumental and vocal, and includes a tribute to the victims of the Holocaust and 9/11. 

Carol started piano at the age of 6, and wrote her first composition when she was 10. “It was in the style of a Chopin Mazurka. I still remember it,” she says.

She played piano for her first musical show when she was 13. At 19, she was touring Europe and the Middle East and started her first band when she came back to the US.  

“That’s when I started to incorporate other styles of music into my playing,” Carol says. Going Home, Songs of Comfort is available at, CD Baby and iTunes.

National Coffee with a Cop Day: LBPD will host local event on Oct 4 between 7:30 and 10 a.m.

Laguna Beach police officers will be available for coffee and conversation on Wednesday Oct 4 between 7:30 and 10 a.m. at Moulin Bistro, 248 Forest Ave. 

The mission of Coffee with a Cop is to break down the barriers between police officers and the citizens they serve by removing agendas and allowing opportunities to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know officers in your neighborhood. 

The LB police department is hoping for a large turnout and friendly discussions about issues of importance to neighbors.

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