Sunset Serenades continue tonight with The Phil Gough/Alan Deremo Project

Sunset Serenades and World Music concerts at Heisler Park continue tonight, Friday, May 18, with The Phil Gough/Alan Deremo Project.

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The Phil Gough/Alan Deremo Project performs tonight, Friday, May 18 at Heisler Park

The free concerts, featuring a variety of music genres, continue everyFriday evening through June 8 at 6:30 p.m. They are organized by the Arts Commission.

This year’s remaining schedule includes:

5/18: The Phil Gough/Alan Deremo Project

5/25: Maestro Lazaro Galarraga and Friends - Afro Cuban

6/1: Gamelan X with Mayang Sunda - Indonesian

6/8: L’Esprit D’ Afrique – African

This program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

Celebrate Max Bennett’s 90th birthday on Sunday at Mozambique

Everyone is invited to come out to Mozambique Restaurant in Laguna and see 19-time Grammy Winner Max Bennett & Private Reserve play this Sunday, May 20 from 1 - 3 p.m. and celebrate his 90th birthday. 

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Max Bennett

Special guests include guitarist Grant Geissman (composer for the music on the TV show Two and a Half Men) and drummer extraordinaire, Joey Heredia, who will join the regular crew of Marc Hugenberger on keyboards, Jeff Jorgensen on sax, Catte Adams, vocalist, and Max on Electric bass

Mozambique is located at 1740 S Coast Hwy.

This is as close as we can come to actually singing to our readers on their birthdays! 

We’d love to include yours – and/or your children’s birthdays here.

Just email to:


Celebrate and enjoy your



 May 18

Amy Hubbard

Doug McCombs

George Poulos

Glenda Leutwyler

Jeannette Morck

Justine Amodeo


May 19

Denyee Matthews

Jeff Nixon

Jen Engevik

Kim Zepezauer

Rudy Lukes


 May 20

Andrea Deerheart

Ari Grayson

Jim Galligan

Lisa Farber

Melissa Denoff

Peggy Sanchez


May 21

Steve Contursi


May 22

Johnny Martinez

Kelly Browning

Nick McConnell

Shannon Bishop

Sound Spectrum



1. Arctic Monkeys, Tranquility Base Hotel

2. David Byrne, Utopia

3. Grateful Dead, Live 1969-1977 

4. Eric Clapton, Complete

5. Beach House, 7 

6. Jimi Hendrix, Both Sides of the Sky 

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7. Jack White, Boarding House Reach

8. Chris Stapleton, From A Room, Volume 1 

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9. A Perfect Circle, Eat The Elephant 

10. David Bowie, Welcome To The Blackout 

11. LCD Soundsystem, American Dream 


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Summer Musical Theatre Camp for kids is offered by No Square Theatre

This summer, kids from ages 5 - 18 will have an opportunity for a fun-filled camp at No Square Theatre. The theatre education for kids, Square Roots, includes classes, rehearsals, camp activities, and goodie days while they prepare for the final culmination: a fully staged Broadway style performance on August 4 and 5.

The summer camp is for young people who love to sing, dance and act in a positive and nurturing environment, and is split by age group (ages 5 - 8, 9 - 13, and 14 - 18). Camp runs Monday - Friday, from July 23 - August 3. 

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Summer musical theatre camp at No Square,
July 23 – August 3

Directed by Ella Wyatt and with music directed by David Jayden Anthony, the summer program will be held at the No Square Theatre, located in historic Legion Hall.

Camp registration is open now at

 Volume 10, Issue 40  |  May 18, 2018                                        

Changing the landscape of Laguna’s Civic Art District with passion, terra firma 


Prominent local real estate magnate and arts proponent Mo Honarkar continues to keep his promise to revitalize Laguna’s Civic Art District with a proliferation of new projects, now extending to/encompassing both sides of Laguna Canyon Road. 

Honarkar, CEO of The Laguna Beach Company, is steadfast, standing terra firma in his endeavor to plant more creative seeds, supporting rich growth in Laguna’s creative hub. 

Terra Laguna Beach is the latest project to receive the golden touch of the generous entrepreneur. Located at 650 Laguna Canyon Road on the Festival of Arts grounds, Terra is a new upscale restaurant currently being constructed where Tivoli Terrace flourished for nearly half a century.

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The new Terra Laguna Beach restaurant and bar at the Festival of Arts grounds will offer upscale ambience and cuisine 

While Honarkar’s 4G Ventures is globally known, Laguna Creative Ventures was created in 2017 and The Laguna Beach Company just this year.

Laguna Creative Ventures is the development and communications arm of The Laguna Beach Company and handles the creative development and projects of the company. At Laguna Creative Ventures, Mo Honarkar is the CEO and Mark Orgill is the President, Strategy & Development. Hasty Honarkar is the Vice President, Concept Creation, and Dora Wexell Orgill is the Vice President, Operations, explained a company spokesperson.

As such, it’s exciting that Dora Wexell Orgill and Mark Orgill are involved in the evolution of Terra with their integral role in helping form the Civic Art District decades ago. Orgill is the former owner and developer of seven-degrees.

“Mark is working on the design and working with the architects for the whole project,” Wexell Orgill said. She will serve as Terra’s Vice President and General Manager. 

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Terra Laguna Beach is expected to open in time for festival season

“The Laguna Beach Company bought the Tivoli Terrace business from June Neptune and as part of that sale acquired the sub-lease with the Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters to operate at that location,” said Wexell Orgill. “FOA/POM has the master lease from the City of Laguna Beach for that property – they pay rent to the City.” 

The group started negotiating with Neptune and the Festival of Arts in February.

“The exploration and uncovering of the concrete roof started a couple of weeks ago,” Wexell Orgill said. “The roof has been completely uncovered except for the existing kitchen.”

Evan Senn, media and communications, Laguna Creative Ventures said, “We are working on the exterior and interior simultaneously. Because of some of the previous bookings in the space, changes will roll out slowly, and in phases.”

 “It will be a fully functional restaurant with a great menu and bar in time for the summer festival and happenings, however, the visual changes are going to be minimal for phase one, since the festival season is coming up quick,” Senn said. “This summer it will be a chic, natural, open air venue.” 

Scott Draper, Planning Manager, Planning Division City of Laguna Beach, explained that a demolition permit was issued on April 25, 2018 at Tivoli Terrace for the demolition of interior and non-bearing walls.

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Terra will reflect an original 1957 design, created by the original team that built the facility with architect and former Pageant director Don Williamson

 “Mark Orgill is representing the new business owner with entitlement processing and construction management. The contractor performing the demolition is Specialty Building Consultants. Mark mentioned that he was also interested in certain restaurant/event facility bathroom upgrades, and the installation of an elevator to comply with the current accessibility standards,” Draper said. “Mark was informed that certain elements of the future scope of work may require Planning Commission approval and Downtown Specific Plan compliance.”

The roof will be enclosed in the second phase of building, which starts in November of 2018, and Terra will re-open in May of 2019.

 “We will have a grand opening with the new Terra in May 2019. There will be a new full bar in the restaurant and a secondary bar in the Terrace,” Senn said. “The capacity will remain the same as Tivoli Terrace.”

Sharbie Higuchi, Marketing and Public Relations Director at Festival of Arts said, “Terra Laguna Beach will add a fresh, exciting and artful dining experience that complements our newly renovated grounds.”

Higuchi thinks it’s a positive direction and congruent with the Festival’s extensive multi-million renovation less than a year ago. 

“The restaurant will feature as its centerpiece the restored hyperbolic paraboloid roof that was originally designed by architect and former Pageant of the Masters director Don Williamson, and structurally engineered by Robert Scherrer in 1957,” Higuchi said. “This unique historic structure will be reintroduced and showcased once again as an architectural feature. Previously hidden from view, it spans 70 feet and is supported at only two points.”

Wexell Orgill and other members of the team concurred.

“The history of the concrete ceiling is very important. It was like uncovering a real gem and we are working with it to direct our future design.” 

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Exciting features set the bar for the new Terra Laguna Beach located on the Festival of Arts grounds

The Laguna Beach Company has been working with the Irvine Bowl Committee, which consists of two City Council members, Councilmember Bob Whalen and Mayor Kelly Boyd, and two FOA/POM Board members, FOA Board Chair David Perry and Pat Kollenda. FOA Treasurer Fred Sattler is the alternate.

“It’s standard procedure that any new designs on the grounds are subject to review by the Festival of Arts, with final approval resting with the City of Laguna Beach,” Higuchi said.

Christa Johnson, Assistant City Manager of Laguna Beach, said the current lease goes through December 31, 2018. A new lease would begin on January 1, 2019.

“We are currently reviewing the big lease, one of the exhibits to that is going to be a list of improvements, proposed by The Laguna Beach Company,” Johnson said.

 “It will be a bittersweet transition, in that this new chapter in the Festival’s history also marks the conclusion of a nearly half-century relationship with the restaurant operated by June Neptune and her late husband Terry,” Higuchi said. “We would like to express our gratitude to June and the Neptune family for their service to the Festival and Pageant, and to the Laguna Beach community.”

As an homage to the Neptunes, the second level will be renamed Neptune Terrace and will function in a similar capacity to as it does now, with a bar, tables and seating, she explained.

“The menu options will focus on California cuisine with sustainable food practices utilizing farm stand fresh ingredients,” Higuchi said.

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Neptune Terrace will provide an exciting second level area to enjoy fine wine and cuisine with gorgeous views

Terra will be high-end much like seven-degrees featuring luxe style and artfully crafted cocktails and refreshments, a wine bar that will offer a variety of California wines, and a rotating selection of craft beers from local brewing companies. 

“We don’t have the menu finalized yet, but it will be more upscale,” Wexell Orgill said.

Right now, the focus is on being ready in time for the Festival of Arts season, which opens on July 5. 

“We’re looking forward to Terra Laguna Beach being open as a restaurant during the 2018 Festival season,” Higuchi said. “The Festival looks forward to welcoming Terra Laguna Beach restaurant to our historic site in Laguna Canyon.”

In addition, Terra Laguna Beach will serve as a special events venue. 

“Terra is an exciting addition to the improvements to the Arts District,” Wexell Orgill said.

Two councilmen will recommend one-cent sales tax to help fund utility undergrounding at May 22 meeting


Councilmen Bob Whalen and Rob Zur Schmiede are recommending that the city put a one-cent sales tax increase on the November ballot to help fund undergrounding utilities along Laguna Canyon Road and other key evacuation routes.

Whalen and Zur Schmiede were appointed as the council sub-committee to review methods of funding the undergrounding. Their update and the findings from a second community survey will be presented at the May 22 council meeting. 

Ten-minute presentations will be made by two community groups: Stop Taking Our Property Taxes (S.T.O.P.) and Underground Laguna Now.

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Undergrounding utilities: Will Lagunans be willing to accept a one-cent sales tax?

The second survey, completed May 6, tested community support for funding methods that included a multi-million general obligation dollar bond to pay to put utility poles and wiring underground on key evacuation routes. The survey indicated that the community did not support putting both a bond and a sales tax increase on the ballot.

If the tax increase is approved by the voters, the sub-committee recommends supplementing the tax revenue with $2.5 million taken from existing city revenue to provide debt service on one or more bonds to fund undergrounding on priority routes in and out of the city and for related fire-safety measures.

City staff is recommending formation of undergrounding districts along Coast Highway between Agate and Upland Drive and for Monterey/Virginia streets between West and Fifth streets. The recommended funding is to buy up Rule 20-A credits, purchased at half price from cities already undergrounded or that don’t plan projects, and existing city revenues.

Staff’s proposal would tap $1 million a year from Measure LL funds, $700 from the Street Lighting Fund and $800,000 from the Parking Fund. Combined with the sales tax revenue, the funds would cover undergrounding expenditures and debt service of about $8 million a year for a bond to plan and construct undergrounding efforts, according to the staff report.

The bond term would be 30 years if approved by Laguna Beach voters.

Feline enthusiasts need not wait much longer, the mewment of Catmosphere’s opening is almost here


Coincidentally, the Wall Street Journal published an article yesterday titled, “Today’s Catty Question: Who Thought Cat Cafés were a Good Idea?” Well, obviously, quite a large number of people, since now there are several all over the world, and, as most residents already know, the idea has captivated our city. 

Gail Landau, founder of Catmosphere, says, “Construction will be completed by the end of June, and we anticipate an early July opening. We are currently reviewing dates and specifics for a fundraiser to benefit the Blue Bell Foundation and the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter.”  

Where did the idea of a cat café originate as a place to have coffee (in some places called meowcchiatos), tea, and nibbles (crepes in the shape of cats, wow) and then interact with adoptable cats? 

According to, the world’s first cat cafe, Cat Flower Garden, opened in Taipei, Taiwan in 1998. Soon, what began as a venture to provide young urbanites the chance to unwind after a hectic day by petting cats, became a favorite tourist destination. But cat cafés truly took off when they made their way to Japan.

Catmosphere opens its doors at 381 Forest Ave in early July

At one of Toyko’s first cat cafés, Neko no mise (Shop of Cats), which opened in 2005, the only cats that can’t be cuddled are fragile newborns. Japan’s capital city is now home to dozens of the establishments, which are popular, since most Japanese rental apartments prohibit pets. 

In April of 2014, New York became home to America’s first pop-up cat café, which was sponsored by Purina ONE with the cats provided by a local shelter. KitTea in San Francisco was America’s first permanent cat café, followed by Oakland’s Cat Town

Currently, there are 87 cafés in the US ( where one can hang out with cats. In fact, it was at a Cat Café in South Carolina that Landau got the idea for her endeavor.

Of course, Europe has jumped on the bandwagon and is on top of the trend, with cat cafés in Berlin, Paris, and Turin, and the UK. 

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Cats come in for their close-up at Envi-Café in Brno, Czech Republic

As the date for the opening of Catmosphere approaches, Landau says, “At the end of May, watch our website and Facebook for jobs postings and contact information for volunteering with the kitties. Our online retail store will be available in June for perusing items to purchase either from the website or at the Café and our menu will be expanding thanks to the many suggestions received from Laguna locals! Thank you, feline enthusiasts, for the input as Catmosphere Laguna prepares to go live with our reservations page in time to book your summer kitty “kuddle” time “fur” feline infused fun.”

Similar to many new concepts that veer off in strange and unexpected directions, as stated in, cafés might soon feature animals like dogs (not so odd), hedgehogs (very odd, who would want to adopt a hedgehog?) and monkeys. However, I doubt that any time soon, Laguna will have a café called “Simiambience.”

In the meantime, cat lovers can’t wait for July, when we can visit our feline friends at Catmosphere and pet and coddle them to our hearts delight. 

Catmosphere will located at 381 Forest Ave.

For more information on Catmosphere, go to

Saint Catherine’s 15th Annual Masters’ Pageant tribute show takes place tonight

In a tribute Laguna Beach’s heritage, each spring for the past fifteen years, Saint Catherine of Siena Parish School performs a Masters’ Pageant Show and offers a student art exhibit. For one evening, the school by the sea transforms itself into a gallery of live art and talent beyond compare.  

This year’s show takes place tonight, Friday, May 18, with the exhibit opening at 5:30 p.m. and the curtain call at 7 p.m.

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In the same boat

This year’s show and exhibit promises to be no exception, with students from all grades posing in live gallery art encompassing the theme of “A Pencil and A Dream Can Take You Anywhere,” including Winslow Homer’s, “Snap The Whip”, Edgar Degas’ “La Classe de Dance” and of course Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper.” 

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Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

The pageant operates each year under the direction of Art Teacher Christine Thomas and parent volunteers who continue to enrich the lives of students. Their time and talent includes creation of the initial canvas, to lighting, costumes, make up and set design. 

Before the Pageant, visitors are welcome to a student art exhibit, showcasing the top artistic talent of the school. The event is free and donations are accepted at the door. Refreshments will be available for purchase. 

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Snap the Whip: Living pictures are true to the image

Saint Catherine of Siena Parish School is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, Catholic elementary (TK-8) school. The school offers a faith-based high school preparatory curriculum in a unique small school environment.

Saint Catherine of Siena Parish School is located at 30516 S. Coast Hwy.

Parking is available at the Gelson’s/Wesley parking structure, with complimentary trolley service from 5 to 9 p.m.

LBHS Boys Varsity Tennis heads to the 2018 CIF Championships

LBHS Boys Tennis will head to the 2018 CIF Southern Section Championships today, Friday, May 18. The team beat Laguna Blanca on Monday to advance, and then Wednesday the team traveled to Santa Ynez for an exciting, down-to-the-wire win to put them in the finals.

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Coach Conkey gives the thumbs up as the tennis team advances to the CIF Championships today. The team (L to R):Scott Yoder, Casey Boehm, Diego Tellez, Kyle Herkins, Mo Berri, Mason Lebby, Francis Pillsbury, Nick Besso, Andrew Duong, Matt Duong, Matt Berk, Blake Hawkins, Andrew Johnson

Coach Rick Conkey shared his excitement, “So as you know we won 9-9 (with a tie, they count games and we outscored them 76-75 in games). No joke! We were down and had to win four of six in the last round just to tie. I reminded them of our team’s mantra ‘Pressure is a Privilege.’ I asked them to embrace it and stay aggressive when the pressure increased... and they really did just that...they won the match – the other team didn’t lose it.”

Today, May 18, LBHS will play Redlands Valley at The Claremont Club. Redlands beat Bolsa Grande 12-6 on Wednesday, and they beat LBHS the last time they met in the finals in 2016.   

Coach Conkey said, “Redlands is definitely the best team in the draw. It will be a tough match, but we can do well if we engage and play to our potential.”

American Legion and VFW to conduct Memorial Day Ceremony at Heisler Park on Monday, May 28

On Monday, May 28, Laguna Beach American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct a Memorial Day ceremony in remembrance of all their comrades who died in all the wars and conflicts protecting our country.  

The ceremony will take place at Monument Point in Heisler Park at 11 a.m. sharp. The keynote speaker will be George Ciampa, World War II veteran. Music, graciously provided by Jon Lundgren, will begin at 10:30.  

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Laying of a wreath, 2017

The public is invited to come early, as seating is limited.  

For more information, please contact Richard Moore at (949) 376-6340 or Diane Connell at (949) 494-2065.

Many organizations place floral offerings on the Heisler Park Memorial Monument during the ceremony. If you send or bring floral arrangements, please make sure your organization’s name is attached. It is suggested that those having flowers delivered try to get them in place by 9:30.  

If you intend to send or bring floral arrangements, please call Diane Connell at (949) 494-2065.

Dennis’ Tidbits


May 18, 2018

Warm water temps sound great – until they spawn hurricanes

Here in Southern California we’re pretty much free of any worry about getting a direct hit from a major tropical system with very few exceptions. It was discovered through modern technology that a Category 2 hurricane made landfall near San Diego in September of 1858. In 1884, a tropical storm made landfall near Oceanside and on September 25, 1939, a high-end tropical storm moved ashore near San Pedro. Through that modern technology it was also discovered that those three significant events were all products of a strong El Nino event when surface ocean temps off Southern California were running up to ten degrees above normal for late summer. 

Water temps in our area in September are normally in the 68-71 degree range, which is way below the threshold of the 80-degree mark, which is the temp necessary to keep these tropical systems fueled. Most tropical systems in the Eastern Pacific are born in the warm waters off Southern Mexico and Central America and they generally move away from land and venture to the west or northwest on their journey out into the Pacific and out of harm’s way.

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Near Panama City, Florida panhandle, Gulf of Mexico: Beautiful colors and white sand beaches – but a hotbed for hurricanes

Once in a while, usually late in the season, a tropical storm or hurricane will take a turn to the north and even northeast and move over the Baja Peninsula and drop a lot of rain over Arizona, at which time they are usually downgraded to a tropical depression or remnant low. On a few occasions the low will get close enough to us to cause scattered thundershowers in the southern part of our state. The most frequent effect of these storms is in the form of large swells (if we’re lucky) that hit our south facing beaches. In a normal season these Baja swells will account for 50-60 percent of our summer surf, but that percentage value varies from year to year. During El Nino events is when we get the best surf from these Mexican systems.

It’s a whole different ballgame on the Atlantic side, however. More often than not a serious tropical system will make landfall between Texas all the way to Maine at least every other year or so. In extreme cases, a total of three or more will have serious implications from the Gulf Coast and way up the Eastern Seaboard, where waters are much warmer and extend way up into higher latitudes up the East coast thanks to the super warm Gulf Stream, and temps in the Gulf of Mexico can approach 90 degrees making for a perfect breeding ground for these potentially dangerous storms. 

During July and August a lot of these systems are born off the west coast of Africa in the Tropical Convergence Zone and trek across the Atlantic where there’s nothing but land masses in front of the hurricanes so they pretty much have a huge target to choose from, so we’re very fortunate in that respect. 

Finally, hey Kirk, I’ll be able to give you a better idea what’s in store for the Men’s Volleyball Tournament in two weeks, but I can tell you that by the beginning of June chances of rain at that time of year are slim to none and winds are not much of a factor. The biggest concern is June Gloom where at the worst there’s a little bit of drizzle in the morning and southerly breezes of less than 6-8 mph. I’ll be able to give you more precise outlook about a week before the event. No need to worry about rainouts or windstorms, OK buddy? 


Laguna Groms of the Week


This week we caught up with Travis and Tess Booth who both had amazing competitive surf seasons. Both of these Laguna Beach High School siblings are carrying on the tradition of excellent surfing while also enjoying the ride.

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Tess Booth; nickname Tessy or Sista; Grade 9, LBHS

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Travis Booth; nickname: Travatar; Grade 11 LBHS

When did you start surfing and do you remember the session?

Tess: I used to always stand up paddleboard with my dad either in Laguna or Doheny when I was around six years old. I’d hang on the nose of the board and laugh all the way to the beach.  

Then when I was probably eight I started boogie boarding with my friends and didn’t start surfing until 10. My first board was a green Odyssey and the only reason I started was because all my friends at the beach were trying it. I was really bad in the beginning but I practiced every day in the summer and in 6th grade I made the Thurston surf team. 

Trav: I started surfing when I was around eight years old but didn’t really start to get into it until I was 13 or 14. I was at Blackies with my dad and I was on a Catch Surf Swizzle and he pushed me in and it was just the coolest and most exhilarating feeling I’ve ever felt.

Favorite wave(s)?

Tess: Brooks Street, Rockies left, Thalia Street and Lowers.

Trav: Brooks, Salt Creek, Sunset, Rocky Point, and Oceanside.

When did you know you wanted to compete?

Tess: I never really wanted to compete when I first started surfing because I always thought I wasn’t good enough and people would make fun of me. As I got better, I gained more confidence and decided to compete in my first ever SSS contest. 

The contest was held in Huntington and I competed in division 2. The conditions were windy and choppy but the waves were fun!  [CW: I actually remember that Tess, I coached Div 2 and you did amazing, I think you won!]

Trav: When I tried out for the Thurston Surf Team when I was a 6th grader and we would do practice heats to see who would be put on the A team and after that I was kinda hooked and I wanted to be noticed and I thought that competing was a way to do that.

Best part of surfing for you?

Tess: The best part of surfing for me is hanging with my friends and watching everyone get good waves. Dropping in on friends, duetting and heckling in the water is always fun even if the waves are bad! 

Trav: I like free surfs because it’s just more relaxing to me and I can perform better. I also like it because I get to go on little strike missions with my friends, going to the wedge or down south and surfing Blacks and La Jolla reefs.

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Tess Booth

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Travis Booth

Who’s the most competitive surfer in your house?

Tess: Although most people see my brother as the most competitive, my dad is probably the most intense and competitive person in my house. He always pumps us up before contests, Travis and I both love him. 

Trav: I think my Dad is because he has been around competition most of his life so he’s really on us when we surf contests because he wants us to learn from our mistakes and also wants us to be surfing at our best.

You both had great competitive seasons, what are a couple of highlights?  LBHS Team, WSA, Boardriders, Brooks Street?

Tess: The WSA contest in San Clemente would be the highlight of the season where I won my first WSA contest. I won every heat and ended up winning the contest. Even though my surfing is suited for bigger and better waves, I surprised myself and surfed well. 

Another favorite contest was the SSS high school championships. This school event was a team even where three Laguna girls would compete against three girls from another team. The team was made up of Laguna shredders: Kelly Smith, Kalohe Danbara, and me. We won the whole event but the best part was working together in the water and making sure everyone had a wave. For me, these were the best heats!

Trav: A 1st place finish at WSA Ocean Beach San Diego and a second place finish at Salt Creek. Although my biggest highlight this year had to be winning the Pro-am division in the Brooks Street Contest this past summer because everything just clicked for me and I took it heat by heat and before I knew it I was in the final and I told myself like you can win this thing and also it was something that I earned a lot of respect for from the community.

Share a little about Dad & Mom’s support, maybe a bit about your dad being a top pro, how that’s influenced your competitive outlook.

Trav: My dad’s given me a lot of support from his experience from the Pro tour and has transferred his experiences to me. My mom is just a really good person, gives me great advice about life in general and that’s helped me as a person and I just feel really loved. My dad’s career has influenced me a lot because I feel like I can be in that type of environment someday and perform.


Trav: Want to give a shout-out first to my sponsors RVCA, Surf & Sport, Sanuk, Byrne Surfboards, and Surf Skateboards for always just being supportive and Rad. Also to my family for always being there for me and supporting me. Last but not least I want to give a shout out to my coach Ian Cairns. He’s helped me a lot get back Into competition and that has paid off this year and last year.  

Also he has the best stories from back in his era, so thank you, Ian!

Chris Williams is the Director of Youth Sports in Laguna Beach at @soul.series & @lagunabeachflagfootball

Laguna acquires a taste for charity


The Laguna Board of Realtors and Affiliates Charitable Assistance Fund served up a tasty combination of art and eats on Wednesday at Tivoli Too – all for charity.

Funds raised at the 23rd Annual Taste for Charity will benefit nine local nonprofit organizations and the Laguna Beach High School Scholarship Fund.

“We are so blessed to be involved in this event,” said Carol Carlson, director of the Laguna Beach Youth Shelter, one of the beneficiaries. 

Beneficiaries selected this year also included the Laguna Beach Community Clinic, Laguna Food Pantry, Laguna Beach Live!, Laguna Beach Seniors Inc, Laguna Plein Air Painters Assn, KX93.5, the Laguna Board of REALTORS® and Affiliates’ Charitable Assistance Fund and No Square Theatre.


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Taste for Charity took place at Tivoli Too on Laguna Canyon Road

“No Square celebrates community and the Board of Realtors sells it – a perfect match,” said Bree Burgess Rosen, No Square Theatre founder. “We are grateful for their support.” 

Speaking on behalf of Laguna Beach Seniors, past President Chris Quilter said the Realtors make a great partner. “They funded the workshop to educate seniors on accessory dwelling units and we are grateful and happy to have [Realtor] Gary Boisen and [mortgage broker] Rick Cirelli on the seniors board.”

The Plein Air Painters gave their thanks in 11 donations to the live art auction. Donors included such well-known artists as Jacobus Baas and Tom Swimm. 

Loraine Mullen-Kreis’ donation pictured goats dancing in a field with the giggle-inducing title of “Kidding Around.”

Wednesday’s event also featured unlimited samplings of some of the signature dishes on the menus of the participating restaurants: Gelato Paradiso, Ivory, GG’s Café Bistro, Laguna Beach Brewery and Grille, Mozambique, Royal Hawaiian, Skyloft, Starfish, Taverna by Lombardi, The Cliff, Ti Amo by Il Barone, Rooftop Lounge & K’ya Bistro, Carmelita’s Kitchen de Mexico and Tivoli Too.

The event also included a silent auction, opportunity prizes, and dancing

Proceeds and the dispersion to beneficiaries were unavailable at press time. 

The event was sponsored by the Laguna Board of REALTORS®, the Affiliates’ Charitable Assistance Fund, Wells Fargo, Villa, Pacific Sotheby’s, Corner Escrow, Compass and Surterre Properties.

Sliver of a silvery moon

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Annual Charm House tour is this Sunday, May 20 – will feature lovely homes and a hidden-away organic farm

The Village Laguna Charm House Tour, an annual celebration offering guests the opportunity to view iconic areas of Laguna Beach, will take place this Sunday, May 20, with buses leaving continuously from noon to 3 p.m. in front of the Festival of Arts grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd. 

Parking is directly across the street, $3 all day.

Johanna Felder, president, notes, “It is gratifying that on each annual tour, we see familiar faces; new guests are equally enthusiastic. Our Village Laguna Board is pleased to help other nonprofit organizations financially, and this tour helps us achieve our goal. We’ve got a great mix of houses this year.”

As in past tours, there are many variables which make a home appropriate for the designation “charm house”: its gardens and general authenticity of what best represents the quaintness and charm of Laguna Beach are important – but unique contemporary and modern homes are also included, organizers say.

This year, five specially selected homes will represent the best of Laguna Beach, and the focus will be on homes in and around Bluebird Canyon.

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A view of the hidden-away organic farm included on the tour

“Our tour is including another addition to the lovely homes,” Jahn Levitt says. “As a special treat, we are excited to offer our guests a tour of Laguna Beach’s one-and-only organic farm, plus refreshments. 

“The tour of the organic farm, which is set into a hillside with sweeping views, will add the special touch to make our tour especially interesting and educational for all guests.”

Tickets are now on sale for $50 presale, and will cost $60 on the day of the event. They can be ordered through PayPal at the Charm House tour website at

Alternatively, tickets may be purchased by sending a request and check to Village Laguna Charm House Tour, Post Office Box 1309, Laguna Beach, CA 92652, or at any of the following outlets: Copy & Print Center, 240 Beach St; Cottage Furnishings, 802 S Coast Hwy; EGO Salon, 32880 Pacific Coast Hwy #40; Monarch Bay Plaza, Dana Point; Fawn Memories, 384 Forest Ave; or Laguna Beach Books at “Old Pottery Place” 1200 S. Coast Hwy.

For more information, call (949) 472-7503 or go to the website at

Works by master sculptor Richard MacDonald enhance LCAD campus

Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) has announced that the celebrated figurative sculptor Richard MacDonald has generously loaned his heroic-sized sculpture Butterfly to the College, where it is on display at Main Campus located at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road

MacDonald’s powerful heroic male and female suite of sculptures, Allongé, is also displayed at LCAD’s East Campus (directly across the street from Main Campus) in front of the Administration Building.  

For many years, LCAD was proud to exhibit his bronze sculpture Nureyev Heroic at the College’s Main Campus and is delighted for the opportunity to exhibit Butterfly. 

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Richard MacDonald’s sculpture Butterfly

“We are honored to have such a close friendship with Richard MacDonald –

 a leading advocate of naturalistic figure sculpture,” said President Jonathan Burke. “His invaluable guidance of our sculpture curriculum has given a direction that challenges and inspires students to achieve the highest artistic level of representational sculpture.”  

Throughout his remarkable career, MacDonald’s art has been sought after by collectors all over the globe. His contributions to the world of figure sculpting comes not only from his mastery of the art; he is also a role model for a new generation of sculptors who believe in the importance of representing the human form. 

Richard’s work can be found in private collections including those of former U.S. President Bill Clinton, author Dean Koontz, country singer LeAann Rimes and the late opera legend, Luciano Pavarotti. 

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Richard MacDonald’s Allonge on the East Campus

MacDonald demonstrates his continued support of LCAD through his service as Advisory Chair of the Fine Art Sculpture Department and through donations of his sculptures for the College’s annual Collector’s Choice fund raising events. 

Richard MacDonald’s works are represented locally in Orange County by Dawson Cole Fine Art in Laguna Beach. With locations in Laguna Beach, Carmel and Palm Desert, Dawson Cole Fine Art has established their reputation as the leading West Coast destination for contemporary figurative sculpture, paintings and important prints. 

For more information about Dawson Cole Fine Art, visit

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Children at Kathmandu orphanage benefit from Chhahari is this Sunday, May 20

“10 Years a Family: Celebrating Chhahari’s first decade” will be held this Sunday, May 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. Guests will be treated to live music by board member and local jazz singer Victoria McGinnis, with keyboardist Rusty Gillette, a menu by Chef David Pratt of Brick Restaurant, wine, beer, and a live auction that includes accommodations at exclusive spots in Napa Valley, Santa Ynez, France, and Santa Fe.

All proceeds from the event will provide for the daily needs and educational expenses of the 21 children who live at the hostel in central Kathmandu. 

A decade ago, Laguna Beach resident Christine Casey created her nonprofit to benefit the orphaned, neglected, and abandoned children she had seen while on a trek in Nepal. This coming weekend, she and her US board of directors will celebrate the milestone with an event at a north Laguna home to continue the work. The location of the private home will be provided upon ticket purchase.

After her retirement, Casey fulfilled a lifelong dream by trekking Nepal in 2004. She was appalled at the sight of desperate street urchins in terrible physical condition, “being stepped over by passersby as if they were garbage.” She vowed to take action. 

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Children of Kathmandu

In 2007, with the help of Laguna Beach attorney Tom Davis, she founded the home in Kathmandu for a handful of children whose lives would have otherwise been short and brutal. A former banker, Casey is scrupulous in her accounting for her nonprofit, so virtually every penny raised is used to cover the children’s daily needs. 

The children attend school a few blocks from their home at Sagarmatha Educational Academy, learn music, art, and traditional dancing, and live as a large, loving family. The organization’s goal is to help these children and to change poverty-stricken Nepal from the inside out by helping to create a new generation with an educated middle class. 

Founder Casey noted, “As these children grow, I see how the work we have done over the last 10 years has paid off. These at-risk children were given a chance at an education and a place in our calm, stable home. Every one of them has made the most of these opportunities. All are excelling in their studies at the nearby school we send them to.”

Admission is $75, which includes dinner, wine, and beer. Tickets may be purchased online at the website listed below or at the door. Checks (and donations) may be mailed to Chhahari, Inc., c/o Davis Law, 580 Broadway, Suite 204, Laguna Beach CA 92651. 

For information on Chhahari, go to

Countdown to Motown with the LagunaTunes Chorus takes place on June 10 at 4 p.m. 

On Sunday, June 10 at 4 p.m. at the Artists’ Theatre at the high school, LagunaTunes Chorus (Laguna’s own all-community, no-audition vocal group) celebrates Motown songs from the ‘60s and ‘70s with a free concert. Get ready for a high-energy flashback to the days when radio DJs brought us the top hits on radio countdown shows! The list includes classics made famous by Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and groups like The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Supremes, and Gladys Knight and the Pips. 

Founded in 2003, LagunaTunes Chorus celebrates fifteen years with the return of one of its founding directors, Roxanna Ward, in a special guest appearance. Ward, a popular local musician, teacher, and entertainer, is also well known for her sellout cabaret and comedy appearances. 

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Here they are: the LagunaTunes Chorus members

LagunaTunes Director Bob Gunn also directs the St. Mary’s choir and MenAlive (the Orange County’s Gay Men’s Chorus). His MenAlive concerts have brought audiences to their feet all over southern California, across the USA, and in Europe. 

New members are encouraged to join LagunaTunes…without fearing an audition. It’s a friendly and inclusive group, and singers of all training and experience levels are welcome. Some members read music, some do not; age levels cover a broad range, and all are united by a love of music. Emphasis is on fun, learning, improving performance skills, and the joy of group singing. After a few weeks of rehearsal, new members are typically surprised at how well they can sing! 

The LagunaTunes Chorus also presents another concert in December, with rehearsals starting in September. Rehearsals are weekly, Monday nights (7 - 9 p.m.) at Thurston Middle School, 2100 Park Ave. Two or three Saturday practices are also held in preparation for the concert. 

LagunaTunes is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides choral singing to everyone and presents two concerts per year. Funding is provided by the Festival of Arts Foundation and The Lodging Establishments and City of Laguna Beach. 

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Rainbow Reflections



LGBTQ Artists, past and present, on display…

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Larry Ricci and Craig Cooley

Kudos to Larry Ricci for putting together a first ever LGBTQ “Harmony” art exhibit for Gallery Q. 

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Earth Rising by Pat Whiteside-Phillips

On May 11, Larry Ricci, Christopher Quilter, City Councilmember Toni Iseman and many other prominent community members came together for an artist reception and to celebrate “Harmony”, that being the diverse culture that is the DNA of our wonderful Laguna Beach. 

With music, entertainment and some heartfelt messages from Toni and Christopher, it was an emotional, rewarding, and heartwarming experience! If you have an opportunity to make to it the Susi Q Center the exhibition will be on display during normal business hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through June 29. Don’t miss out, the exhibit represents LGBTQ artists past and present. 

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Pride is almost here…

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Pride entertainers

Just two weeks to go, June 1-3! We have been working very hard to bring together the best Laguna Beach Pride event in our history. We have just confirmed our entertainment lineup and schedule…my favorite is the Beach Party on Sunday with the Perry Twins as DJs on the beach and with the entertainer Engina! 

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And don’t miss out on Drag Bingo brunch at the Royal Hawaiian on Saturday starting at 10:30 a.m. with local personality Endora calling the numbers with her lovely assistants! This should be an excellent way to start “Laguna Beach Pride Day 2018.”

We need many volunteers. If you are willing to volunteer for a shift, you will receive free admission and two beverage tickets. Sign up today at 

Who should go to Pride? Pride opens its arms to everyone who finds it comforting, uplifting and empowering. Pride gives hope to those who feel that life may never get better. Pride provides the freedom to be who you are. Pride is about the possibility of love.

Please join us this June 1-3 and share the love:

It was a grand affair at Montage Resort!

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Harry Huggins, Chris Tebbutt and Bill Atkins at the registration table

This last week I attended the State of the City event hosted by our Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce. The guest list was extensive, and the attendance was record breaking! Suffice to say, everything Laguna was discussed and the LGBTQ community proudly represented.

Each week I am on Rainbow Radio, please tune in on KX 93.5 FM or go to www.Rainbow-Radio.comto listen to it at your convenience.

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Laguna Plein Air Painter’s Association announces winners for 2nd Annual Waterworks Watercolor Show

 Saturday evening was a lively and festive evening for LPAPA in Residence at the Forest & Ocean Gallery. LPAPA, in collaboration with the Joe Hanks Van Cleave Foundation for the Arts, hosted the opening reception for the Second Annual Waterworks Transparent Watercolor Show. 

With over 125 works of art entered (including both studio and plein air work), the jurying process was daunting, narrowing it down to just over 50 original works of art to be exhibited at the gallery and be eligible for one of the six coveted awards.  

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“Balboa Sunset” by Dan Mondloch, Best Plein Air Water Color

Newly added this year was the special award “Best Plein Air Watercolor,” which included an invitation to participate in LPAPA’s 20th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational.

Guests sipped wine and nibbled on a beautiful array of artisan cheeses, fruits and sweets, as they anxiously awaited the announcement of the six award-winning artists.  

 LPAPA is pleased to share the award winners:

“Best Plein Air Water Color” - Dan Mondloch for his painting “Balboa Sunset”

1st Place  - Vladislav Yeliseyev for his painting “Green Door”

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“Elegance” by Cindy Baron, Second Place

2nd Place - Cindy Baron for her painting “Elegance”

3rd Place - Daniel Marshall for his painting “Bringing in the Sails”

Honorable Mention - Stewart White for his painting “A Hong Kong Dawn”

Honorable Mention - James Keenan for his painting “Coastal Trail”

 In addition to the juried artwork, a selection of historical paintings by Joe Hanks Van Cleave from the family’s private collection are on exhibit. Joe Hanks Van Cleave painted in all media, and she was a member of the original Laguna Beach Art Association. 

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“Bringing in the Sails” by Daniel Marshall, Third Place

The Foundation was founded in 2014 in memory of artist Joe Hanks Van Cleave and supports both individual and collaborations with established charitable organizations in the education and artist expression of Plein Air Watercolor artwork in its infinite forms. Joe’s work tells the story of her family life, travels, her local community, and the architecture and landscapes of California and the southwest. She showed regularly in Laguna Beach at the Laguna Beach Art Association Gallery, now the Laguna Art Museum, from 1957-1969

The second Annual Waterworks Watercolor Show will be on display until May 21, 2018.

For more information on the Laguna Beach Plein Air Painter’s Association, go to

Forest & Ocean Gallery is located at 480 Ocean Ave. For more information, call (949) 371-3313.

Pat McNabb Martin showcases “Between the Line” exhibit at Arvan Fine Art 

Avran Fine Art invites guests to the opening reception of Pat McNabb Martin’s unique art collection on Saturday, June 16 from 6 - 9 p.m. at the gallery, located at 540 S Coast Hwy. Join for a special meet and greet with the artist while enjoying wine and light hors d’oeuvres – for free. 

The Solo Exhibition will be on view until June 30. This is McNabb Martin’s first Solo Exhibition with Avran Fine Art.

Basic, raw, and stretching boundaries, Pat McNabb Martin leaves each composition to the viewer’s discretion. Never over-intellectualizing a painting, she concerns herself with the canvas surface, always experimenting to create new and unique marks. Each painting is an emergent field of color often laced with exotic fluorescent and metallic paints. Her intuitive use of the canvas surface, texture, and color saturates the viewer’s eye allowing for personal interpretation.

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Deep Blue by Pat McNabb Martin 

Pat McNabb said, “There are times I begin a painting with a preconceived notion of what I want to have happen and sometimes I approach a blank canvas letting the paint and process show me the way. Traditional artist brushes limit my freedom, so my studio is full of utensils, knives, paints sticks and squeegees. Continuously adding, subtracting, painting over and painting out, allows the mystery of technique to keep me interested. My creative search remains investigational with the hope that in every painting the color and texture will rise to a new level of visual promise.”

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Ohana Gala, June 22, and art exhibit, June 2, honor women surfers who have made a difference

The Surfing Heritage & Culture Center (SHACC) is presenting a gallery exhibit, “Women Making Waves,” highlighting accomplished female surfers. Four of the notable women – Joyce Hoffman, Lisa Andersen, Stephanie Gilmore, and Rell Sunn – will be featured in the photography exhibit opening Saturday, June 2 from 6 - 9 p.m. at the SHACC gallery, 110 Calle Iglesia, in San Clemente.

Then, SHACC’s Annual Ohana Gala will honor these women at their big bash at The Ranch at Laguna Beach on June 22.

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Rell Sunn, Hawaii’s most prominent female surfer, also known as the “Queen of Makaha,” will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Promising an “Aloha Vibe,” the gala includes an intimate dinner, silent auction, entertainment, and awards ceremony. Joyce Hoffman, Lisa Andersen, and Stephanie Gilmore will be honored as women who have changed the world through surfing. SHACC’s Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Jan Sunn-Carreira on behalf of her mother, Rell Sunn.

There are only 200 seats available for the Ohana Gala. So, bring your Aloha Vibes, wear cocktail attire and join the celebration of women surfers. The event, June 22, is from 6:30 - 11 p.m. Tickets may be purchased here.

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Addicted to Joy, a special screening on May 24 at SHACC, tells the story of The Larry Fuller Project

The world’s best surfers and surfboard shapers come together to build the ultimate wooden surfboards created from the most rare woods on earth. That’s what filmmaker Richard Newman has captured in his film of The Larry Fuller Project, Addicted to Joy: Surfers & Shapers. It’s a story of creativity, passion and drive.

“On the surface this story would appear to be about surfing; this story is far deeper. Each of the individuals involved bring more than just the ability to shape or ride a surfboard. Only Larry Fuller could have brought such a diverse yet cohesive group of individuals together, united in a project that thoroughly captivated every Master Surfer, Shaper, Craftsman and Waterman presented,” the project statement reads.

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Larry Fuller, left, with surfer Kelly Slater

One hundred surfboards are being built from traditional woods, sculpted by legendary hands. Past and current shape masters and surfers including Donald Takayama, Al Merrick, Bill Hamilton, Kelly Slater, Darrick Doerner, George Downing, Rusty Preisendorfer, Fran Velzey, Paul Strauch Jr. – more than 30 people so far – have all enthusiastically participated. 

The objective of the film, according to their statement, is to follow Larry Fuller’s passion project. “These interviews are the summations and celebrations of lives dedicated to knowing the world of surfing and the mystery of the ocean. This work has been the all-consuming passion of Larry Fuller...a way to give something back to the community who so warmly embraced him. This historically driven documentary will become a cornerstone of the history of surfing and surfboard building.”

In attendance will be notable surfers and shapers Timmy Patterson, Paul Strauch Jr., Jim Phillips, Carl Ekstrom, Brando and Michael Junod.

The film will be presented in a special screening at the Surfing Heritage & Culture Center (SHACC) on Thursday night, May 24, starting at 6:30 p.m. sharp. Admission is free for SHACC members, $5 for non-members.

SHACC is located at 11 Calle Iglesia, in San Clemente.

Police Beat Primer

Compiled by Cameron Gillespie

Police Beat derives from information in the daily police and arrest logs published on the City of Laguna Beach's website and required under CA Government Code Section 6254 (f). Additional information is obtained through communication with the Laguna Beach Police Department's Public Information Officer.

Information in the logs is deemed reliable and Stu News Laguna is not responsible for any mistakes made available as public record by the Laguna Beach Police Department.

Any person arrested is innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

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Incident Reports

Tuesday, May 15

Pearl Street | 100 Block | Minor in Possession of Alcohol, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

11:02 p.m. Emily Gisselle Sanchez, 20, Santa Ana, was arrested for being a minor in possession of alcohol, as well as for being in possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $500.

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Giving False Information to a Peace Officer

5:27 p.m. Jose Edgar Jimenez, 32, Long Beach, was arrested for providing false information to a peace officer. Bail was set at $500.

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Providing False ID to a Peace Officer, Battery

4:21 p.m. The RP stated that an individual grabbed their shoulders, and had done it to another passerby as well. Kevin Omar Hernandez Gomez Cisneros, 23, was arrested for providing false identification to a peace officer, as well as for battery. Bail was set at $500.

S. Coast Hwy & Laguna Canyon Hwy | Suspicious Person

4:32 p.m. The RP stated that an individual was touching passerbyers, and trying to talk with them. The subject was not able to be located.

N. Coast Hwy & Irvine Cove Drive | Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, DUI

4:14 p.m. Richard Carl Yakubowski, 57, Huntington Beach, was arrested for failure to register as a felony sex offender (no bail set), and on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500).

Seacliff Drive | 31700 Block | Warrant

10:05 a.m. Elmir Ohsulyuan, 39, Los Angeles, was arrested on two misdemeanor bench warrants.

Glenneyre Street | 300 Block | Grand Theft

9:55 p.m. The RP stated that after recognizing a theft suspect seen on surveillance camera footage, he began to follow the suspect. Haylee Grant, 33, New Zealand, was arrested for providing false identification to a peace officer, for receiving known stolen property, and for first degree burglary. Bail was set at $20,000.

Via Los Altos | 700 Block | Drunk in Public

7:29 a.m. A 45-year-old man from Laguna Beach was arrested for being drunk in public. Bail was set at $500.

Reef Point Drive & State | DUI

12:a.m. A 21-year-old Brea resident was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Monday, May 14

Laguna Canyon Road | 2500 | Tresspassing

10:07 p.m. Michael Hayes Matekel, 29, Laguna Beach, was arrested for trespassing. Bail was set at $500.

Coast Hwy | 31800 Block | Drunk in Public

2:11 p.m. A 27-year-old resident of Beaumont was arrested for being drunk in public. Bail was set at $500.

S. Coast Hwy & Thalia Street | Traffic Control

12:07 p.m. A group of about 30-40 bicycles were reportedly causing the number two lane on Coast Hwy to be blocked temporarily.

Saint Ann’s Drive | 300 Block | Trespassing

7:09 a.m. Joseph Edward Flamm, 50, Newport Beach, was arrested on a warrant. Bail was set at $1,500.

Broadway Street | 300 Block | DUI

12:01 a.m. A 28-year-old woman from Anaheim was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Sunday, May 13

Alta Laguna Boulevard | 3200 Block | Animal Calls

10:28 a.m. A mountain lion was seen behind the fence at the location.

San Tropez Court | 100 Block |Violation of Probation, Possession of a Controlled Substance

8:27 a.m. Ana Joselin Parada, 22, Laguna Hills, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance, and for being in possession of drug paraphernalia (bail was set at $500). Daniel Nunez, 27, Laguna Beach, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance and for violation of probation (no bail set).

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | DUI

2:46 a.m. A 22-year-old from Aliso Viejo, was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Agate Street & Glenneyre Street | DUI

1:57 p.m. A 40-year-old woman from Aliso Viejo was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

S. Coast Hwy | 400 Block | Drunk in Public

12:43 A 29-year-old man from Laguna Niguel was arrested for being drunk in public. Bail was set at $500.

A Little Night Music, presented by No Square Theatre, is receiving rave reviews

A Little Night Music, presented by No Square Theatre, opened last weekend to rave reviews – and will continue this weekend with three more shows – tonight, Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 (VIP seating $35) and can be purchased at

A Little Night Music is based on the book by Hugh Wheeler – a witty, delicate, sophisticated, and occasionally heartbreaking story of actress Desirée Armfeldt and the men who love her – and features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. This production is directed by Joe Lauderdale, with music direction by Diane King Vann, choreography by Ellen Prince, and costume design by Brigitte Harper.

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The cast in rehearsal for A Little Night Music

The talented, veteran cast includes (in order of appearance): Gary Greene, Alexandria Goforth, Rebecca Butkivich, Eric T. Anderson, Chloe Lovato, Olivia Tewksbury, Karen Rymar, McKay Mangum, Marisol Zamora, Rob Harryman, Ashley Montgomery, Alexis Acevedo, and Chelsea Vann. Audience members will be delighted to see many of their favorite actors from touring companies, area theater shows, and past No Square productions (including Annie, Chicago, Rocky Horror Show, and Lagunatics).

Award-winning director Joe Lauderdale has directed or produced more than 70 productions for both youth and adults.

No Square Theatre is generously sponsored by The Lodging Establishments & City of Laguna Beach, Patrick Quilter, Dorene & Lee Butler Family Foundation, Yvonne & John Browning, The City of Laguna Beach, Stella Charton in Memory of Lloyd Charton, Ann & Charlie Quilter in Honor of Joe Lauderdale, Carolyn & Tom Bent, Festival of Arts Foundation, Laguna Board of Realtors Charitable Assistance Fund, and Patrick Quilter/Quilter Labs.

No Square Theatre is in Historic Legion Hall, 384 Legion Street, two blocks south of the High School. The High School has ample free parking. Seating is extremely limited and the theatre has enjoyed a long run of sold-out events, so tickets must be purchased in advance at

Library Events



Sat, May 19

Children’s Craft Open House

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Get creative! Let your imagination run wild! Children under 12 are encouraged to come to the library during the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to make fun and creative seasonal crafts. Adult supervision is recommended.


Sat, May 19

Poetry Workshop

2 – 4 p.m.

Join Laguna Beach Library in a
Poetry Workshop for all!


Mon, May 21

Third Street Writers Group Ink 

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Serious writers working on projects (short stories, novels, plays) meet to share feedback and support. This is not a workshop for beginners. Please contact the library for additional information.


Tues, May 22

Crazy 8’s Math Club

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Crazy 8’s is a recreational after-school math club that helps kids enjoy the math behind their favorite activities! This is an 8-week program for K-2nd grade. The club will meet once a week for one hour. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. 


Wed, May 23

Pre-School Playtime

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Calling all pre-schoolers and toddlers! You are invited to enjoy our new Wednesday storytime. Stories, songs, fingerplay, dancing and more will encourage a love of books and learning in a fun and interactive environment. Come for the stories and stay for playtime afterward.


Thurs, May 24

Family Storytime

10:30 a.m. – Noon

Welcome to the Peapod Academy. Join some of the cutest babies, toddlers, and preschoolers in town and adults of their choice at the Library. Little peas will enjoy books & storytime, songs & music, fingerplays, movement, hands on activities, arts & crafts, and other cadets. Each week has a different theme. Get to know others and support your little one’s developmental skills. No preregistration required. 

 Laguna Beach Books Bi-weekly Bestsellers



The Only Story by Julian Barnes

Love and Ruin by Paula McLain

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer



The Plant Messiah by Carlos Magdalena

The Soul of America by John Meacham

Tiger Woods by Jeff Benedict & Armen Keteyian


Children’s Books

The Honeybee by Kristen Hall & Isabelle Arsenault 

Ocean Meets Sky by The Fan Brothers

A Lion is a Lion by Polly Dunbar  

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Staff Recommendation

The Seasons of My Mother by Marcia Gay Harden


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LBHS Schedules



Friday, May 18

Boys Tennis

CIF Finals vs. Redlands East Valley

@ Claremont Club – 2:30 p.m.



Saturday, May 19

Girls Sand Volleyball

State Playoffs

@ Dockweiler State Beach State Playoffs

9 a.m.


Coed Track

CIF Divisional Finals

@ El Camino College – 10 a.m.



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