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Jamie Beckert

Our good pal Jamie was kind enough to think of us when she sent these two shots of Mick Jagger. “Saw the Rolling Stones in Stockholm last night, thought you might get a kick out of the photos!  We stood for seven hours to get a spot at the front of the crowd; I think the pics are worth the bruises!” She’s right! We did!

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North Laguna trail re-opened – closed since the 2010 flooding

Laguna Canyon Foundation announced on Wednesday the re-opening of Emerald Canyon Trail in North Laguna.

The multi-use trail, which was one of the most popular hiking and biking trails in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, was closed in 2010 when a heavy rainstorm washed out two large gullies in the middle of the trail.

In order to reopen the trail, OC Parks partnered with Laguna Canyon Foundation and the Irvine Ranch Conservancy to construct and install two bridges. The first, smaller bridge traverses a small, six-foot gully, while the larger bridge spans a massive 50 foot gully.

“It is so exciting to see the Emerald Canyon Trail reopen up to the public, it is one of the hidden treasures of Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. OC Parks is extremely grateful to the Laguna Canyon Foundation and Irvine Ranch Conservancy for their hard work in making it happen,” said Barbara Norton, Supervising Park Ranger of Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Aliso and Wood Canyon Wilderness Park, and Laguna Nigeul Regional Park.

Emerald Canyon Trail begins at the top of Bommer Ridge, and travels through some of the most stunning habitat in Laguna Coast Wilderness. “This is one of my favorite trails in the park,” said Hallie Jones, Executive Director of Laguna Canyon Foundation. “It moves through oak woodlands, coastal sage scrub, and some of our most pristine habitat. Plus, it’s shady, so it’s a great summer hike! I’m so glad that this unique partnership between our three organizations made this trail accessible again.”

The bridge installation and trail restoration was coordinated by Orange County parks, the Irvine Ranch Conservancy, and Laguna Canyon Foundation. The project would not have been possible without the help of a number of dedicated local volunteers.

Laguna Canyon Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to preserving, protecting, and enhancing southern California’s second largest coastal canyon wilderness. This 20,000-acre area includes marine preserves, Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Coast Wilderness Park and adjoining open space in Irvine, Laguna Beach, and Laguna Woods. For more information about Laguna Canyon Foundation and the South Coast Wilderness please visit or call the Foundation at 497-8324. 

Live! at the Museum July 10: Florence and Bob Estrin

Florence and Bob Estrin will be performing in the Live! at the Museum concert series at the Laguna Beach Art Museum on Thursday July 10 from 7 – 8 p.m. 

Robert Estrin is a musician, composer and teacher, who performs and composes a variety of musical styles on the piano, harpsichord and fortepiano. He is also featured as a French horn soloist. His original compositions have been performed in New York and Europe, and he has numerous album credits. 

Florence Estrin has a diverse career as a flutist. She has performed in many of the great concert halls and is a frequent soloist in many chamber music series. More about the artists and to hear their music, visit

Live! at theMuseum takes place the second Thursday of each month from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Laguna Art Museum and is free to museum members and to non-members with museum admission. The concert is in the large Steele Gallery and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are available online through the Museum’s website, or contact Membership Manager Valerie Tate at 949.494.8971 x203. For more information about the series and other concerts, visit online at or phone at 949-715-9713.

It’s a 1st Saturday – so Pick It Up with Zero Trash 

Zero Trash volunteers have been doing the same thing on a first Saturday for 5 1/2 years – they know it’s time to Pick It Up! 

Take back our streets from trash!

10 a.m. until Noon this and every Saturday – Zero Trash Laguna time!

Always meet at one of these locations and clean the Streets around the store and get discounts for helping our community: Thalia Surf Shop; El Ranchito; United Studios of Self Defense; Hobie Sports.

The LBHS Zero Trash Club meets in front of the school marquee at Park Ave and Legion St.

ZeroTrash, Inc. is a 501(c) 3.

Get the inside stuff about Laguna Beach Books

On Wednesday, July 9 at 6 p.m., Laguna Beach Books is pleased to host a publisher’s book rep night. There is no charge for this event.

Ever wonder how we select the books for our shelves? Well, we have some very well read book buyers who rely on recommendations from publishers’ representatives.

Our buyers work with our reps as a team, spending long hours - meeting, arguing, and laughing their way through “the buy”. The reps are the less visible part of the team that determines what books we sell. They’re devoted readers and wonderful storytellers (after all, they’re in sales). 

We’ve asked three of our favorite reps from three of our favorite publishers - Penguin, Random House and W.W. Norton - to tell us about their favorite books of the season and you are invited! We’ll also be having a drawing for free books and other surprises. Feel free to invite members of your book club as it will be a fun evening. 

Laguna Beach Books is an independent bookstore striving to create a community-enriching environment with a superb selection of books for adults and children, exciting author events and readings, and friendly, knowledgeable staff. Laguna Beach Books is owned by Jane Hanauer and is located at The Old Pottery Place at 1200 S. Coast Highway. 494-4779.

coastal eddy a gallery presents “Elixir” by Diana Donaldson

Diana Donaldson’s show “Elixir” highlights her eclectic style with a mixture of glaze techniques, nostalgic sprig designs, decal work and tongue-in-cheek phrases, this time presented on cast porcelain bottles.  

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Whether in groupings on specially designed, industrial wrought iron shelving or as individual bottles, they are impactful and a throwback to Apothecary days.  

The show runs July 5 - 27 with the opening reception Saturday, July 5, 5-8 p.m. This event is open to the public.  

The only ceramic art gallery in Laguna Beach is located at 1417 S. Coast Highway, in the HIP district of Laguna, 949.715.4113. 

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