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.

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Celebrate and enjoy your



August 15

Kenny Cosca

Chuck Lennon

Sarah Lawson

Michael Rosas


August 16

Derek Erickson

Alex Lawrence

John Meehan

Jessica Naresh


August 17

Lloyd Charton

Shawn Fung 

Blake Hite

Loraine Hollingsworth

Virginia Pool

Teri Rogers


August 18

Faye Baglin

Lisette Chel

Greg Friedman


August 19 

Fania Martinez


August 20

Kristina Clemens

Roark Gourley

Cristian Minea

Tracee Schraeder


August 21

Stephen Bramucci

John Brown

Beth Fitchet Wood

Lorraine Leon Jones

Sound Spectrum



1. Beatles, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club 50th (w/extras)

2. Arcade Fire, Everything Now

3. George Thorogood, Party of One 

4. Grateful Dead, Long Strange Trip (S.T.) 

5. Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie, Self-Titled

6. Lana Del Rey, Lust For Life

7. Manchester Orchestra, A Black Mile to The Surface

8. Haim, Something to Tell You

9. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.

10. Foster the People, Sacred Hearts Club

11. Lorde, Melodrama

12. Chainsmokers, Memories: Do Not Open

13. John Mayer, The Search for Everything

14. Imagine Dragons, Evolve

15. Violent Femmes, 2 Mics & The Truth

16. Mac DeMarco, This Old Dog

17. Fleet Foxes, Crack-Up

18. Thievery Corporation, The Temple of I & I

19. Phoenix, Ti Amo

20. Chris Cornell, Higher Truth

Since 1967

1264 S. Coast Hwy494-5959

Bluebird Music in the Park is just around the corner

Bluebird Music in the Park concerts will begin on July 16 and continue every Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. until August 27.

Here’s the listing:

7/16: Cubensis (Grateful Dead Music)

7/23: Tom Nolan Band (Blues)

7/30: Hollywood U2

8/6: Stone Soul

8/13: Los Pinguos (Argentinian)

8/20: Upstream (Reggae/Calypso)

8/27: Springsteen Experience

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Music in the Park is always fun, whatever decade is celebrated

The City asks concert-goers to note the following:

The concerts are free and funded by the lodging establishments.

No dogs are allowed in the park.

No smoking is allowed on the sidewalk or inside the park.

Alcohol is allowed with a full meal. 

Free trolley service is available to the park.

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Heartfelt program saves young lives: screening scheduled on Breakers Day at LBHS


When I have occasion to tell people about my father’s early death at the age of 39 back in 1965, I explain that he died of a heart attack (even though he was slim, athletic and apparently healthy).

Now, for the first time in all these years, thanks to Heartfelt, I’ve learned that there is a difference between a heart attack and a cardiac arrest. I had thought they were synonymous. Given the mists of time and distance, my young age then, and the unavailability of my dad’s death certificate, I’m still not sure which was true in his case – but perhaps, if he’d lived during today, his heart condition might have been diagnosed, and his death preventable.

That’s heartbreaking – and it is why I am particularly supportive of Laguna-based nonprofit Heartfelt, which encourages screening of young people for potential heart disease. I know Stu also felt strongly about this group.

Founder of Heartfelt Cardiac Projects (HCP) Holly Morrell is emphatic that the difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest is a vital factor in prevention.

“People need to be educated about the fact that heart attack and cardiac arrest are not the same thing.  Until they understand this, they will fail to know their otherwise, seemingly healthy, active, young loved ones can be at risk,” she says. 

Six of Morrell’s family members, including her father, died as a result of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, and several others – including Morrell herself – have been diagnosed with the condition. It’s no wonder that she founded Heartfelt, dedicated to saving lives from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), this nation’s number one killer.

The American Heart Association explains it this way: Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart malfunctions and stops beating unexpectedly. Cardiac arrest is triggered by an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia). With its pumping action disrupted, the heart cannot pump blood to the brain, lungs and other organs.

Seconds later, a person becomes unresponsive, is not breathing or is only gasping. Death occurs within minutes if the victim does not receive treatment. 

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Never too early to screen for heart disease, Holly Morrell says

On the other hand, heart attacks do not necessarily lead to cardiac arrest, AHA says. 

A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is blocked: a heart attack is a circulation problem. A blocked artery prevents oxygen-rich blood from reaching a section of the heart. If the blocked artery is not reopened quickly, the part of the heart normally nourished by that artery begins to die.

“The media often shares the tragic story of a young athlete dying on the playing field (it happens every three days in this country) yet often fail to inform the public that it was most likely a preventable tragedy,” Morrell says. “Early detection is crucial.  You can live a full and happy life with heart disease, you just need to know you have it.” 

And that’s why HCP will be offering cardiac screening at Laguna Beach High school during the school’s Breakers Day – because heart disease and attacks do not necessarily have to lead to death. 

“Laguna Beach High School recently experienced a miracle of a young student/athlete surviving full cardiac arrest while in his Spanish Class.  I am sure his family had no idea he could be at risk. He lived … thousands don’t,” Morrell adds. “I hope my Laguna Beach community will take advantage of my Heartfelt cardiac screening and protect their loved ones.”

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Police and ambulance respond when a student suffered a full cardiac arrest

The screening will take place in the North Gym of LBHS, 625 Park Ave, on Breaker Day, Monday, Aug 28 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. The event is open to the public, ages five and up. Participants will receive $1,500 worth of comprehensive cardiac evaluation, including an Electrocardiogram (EKG/ECG) and Echocardiogram (cardiac ultrasound), for a donation of $85.

Register and schedule appointments online at

Morrell again: “SCA is the #1  Killer in the US.  It is also the #1 killer of women in this country and a young athlete dies from SCA every 3 days in the US. Early detection saves lives but is not generally offered for the public and/or not typically covered by insurance.

“HCP has saved and protected hundreds of lives throughout Orange County and wishes to help keep our own community from losing loved ones to what can often be a preventable tragedy.  Protect your loved ones and schedule your family today.”

Barbara’s Column

Festival birthday celebrated with wishes for many more to come



Eighty-five years ago, a couple dozen artists hung their works on fences along the highway in Laguna Beach, hoping to entice folks to travel south from the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles.

On Sunday, the Festival of Arts invited art lovers to celebrate the anniversary of that singular event that would differentiate Laguna for all time from other beach towns.

It’s come a long way, Baby.  

“The Festival is now a two-month-long show featuring 140 artists in a dedicated (and renovated) space with close to one quarter million in attendance,” said Festival President Fred Sattler.

You can’t go wrong with 1,500 cupcakes on hand

But Sunday was a day for fun and games, live entertainment, art activities, giveaways, 1,500 cupcakes for the celebrants and congratulatory proclamations presented in the street-level amphitheater built as an entertainment venue.  

Fifth District Supervisor Lisa Bartlett was among the speakers wishing the festival happy birthday and many more.

“Institutions lasting 85 years are almost unheard of,” said Bartlett. “People come here from all over the world.”

Bartlett praised the recently completed renovation of the grounds that includes American Disabilities Act requirements and different elevations for artists’ booths that makes a more interesting layout. 

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A festive couple at the Festival birthday party

Bartlett was followed by Laguna Beach Poet Laureate Kate Buckley, who read a poem by an unknown author, published in the Aug 19, 1932 edition of the South Coast News, and her own poem “At the Festival.”    

Both can be found on the festival’s website. 

Mayor Toni Iseman spoke next, voicing her own appreciation of the Festival and presenting greetings from the city.

“The Festival has endured through World War II, the 1993 fires and various floods. Today, we celebrate the Festival, the newly renovated grounds, and the importance of the Festival to the arts and the very fabric of our community.

Iseman handed the microphone to Visit Laguna Beach President Ashley Johnson.

“The Festival and Pageant have been among the country’s earliest examples of cultural tourism,” said Johnson. “Both have contributed immensely to cement Laguna’s unique and authentic identity as an arts colony in the minds of residents and visitors. 

Laguna College of Art & Design President Jonathan Burke credited the Festival for founding the school.

“I can’t thank the Festival enough for their vision to create a college of that educates the next generation of artists and for (the founders) conviction that art is a positive force to change society and the world for the better,” said Burke. 

A presentation to surprised festival artist Jacqui Moffett was a fitting conclusion to the ceremonies. 

Moffett has been a festival exhibitor since 1967. She also has served on the Festival board of directors, the Festival Foundation board and the Scholarship Foundation Committee.

Moffett’s connection with the Festival goes back further than the 1960s. Her father worked at the Festival and her mother’s family ran the dairy ranch that occupied the site before the Festival moved in. 

“I love it,” Moffett said. 

Junior artists are presented with awards

The Birthday Bash began with the presentation of awards to the junior artists whose works were judged to be outstanding among the 91 selected to be exhibited in the 2017 show from thousands of entries.

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Junior Award winners

Awards were presented to Thurston School sixth-grader Lily Gabora, for her painting Friends Forever and to Boys and Girls Club members Abby Decker and Ashton Osbahr and Top of the World Elementary School first-grader Landre Lundbald for their photographs. St. Catherine of Siena Transitional Kindergarten student Franky Rasic was an award-winner in 2-D art.

The Junior Art Exhibit is funded in part by California First National Bank and Mark Porterfield in cooperation with the county Department of Education and Arts Orange County. 

Attending the day-long event: festival board members Kathy Jones, David Perry, Pat Kollenda,Tom Lamb, Anita Mangels, Bob Moffett and Scott Moore

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

Oak Laguna Beach is now open


If you’re a foodie, unless you have been living under a rock you will know that on August 2, Oak Laguna Beach officially opened doors to the public. I am taking a much-needed vacation, but will be featuring Oak in my dining column upon my return. In the meantime, here are some images and information from the restaurant’s press release to whet your appetite:

Oak brings a rustic yet modern menu and environment, rich with coastal flavors and local inspiration, to the Laguna Beach community.

The restaurant’s design boasts a warm, coastal modern feel, courtesy of local Laguna Beach architect, Todd Skenderian and Bill Dalke of Rancho Laguna Builders. Nestled on the second story overlooking South Coast Hwy, Oak offers an intimate dining room, inviting bar and wrap around outdoor balcony.

Oak’s coastal California comfort food menu starts with small plates to share, including the Local Albacore Stack, South-of-the-Border Ceviche, Fried Green Tomatoes and Crispy Duck Drums. Seasonal soups and fresh salads are available for the lighter fare. Burgers and daily taco offerings include the signature Oak Burger, Chef Z’s Hot Chicken and Sandra’s Pork Shoulder Tacos. 

Main dishes feature a Seared King Salmon, Gordo’s Fried Chicken and a 16 oz Bone-In Angus Ribeye. Comforting sides include the Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Warm Summer Beans, and Brussels Sprouts. For the ultimate sugar rush indulge in the Strawberry Stuffed Crepes, Frozen Nutella Cappuccino, and Doughnuts n’ Ice Cream.

The bar program is dedicated to crafty cocktails with exotic flavors, local brewed ales, IPAs, lagers and unique wines by the glass and on tap. Oak offers a barrel-to-tap wine program delivering the highest quality wines through a sustainable custom tap system, eliminating oxidation, bringing the top wineries straight to the glass.

Oak Laguna Beach is open daily for dinner service at 5 p.m. For more information and to make a reservation, call 949.940.3010 or visit

Dennis’ Tidbits


August 18, 2017

McWeather’s nostalgic for Augusts long gone…

Our first measurable precipitation fell on Tuesday morning with 0.03 inches thanks to June gloom in August with a 4500 ft. thick marine layer. Normal August rainfall is a scant tenth of an inch but it’s usually associated with a stray thunderstorm instead of a strong Catalina eddy. Tuesday’s ocean temps were actually warmer than the surrounding air. Score: water, 71, air, 68 because of the persistent cloud cover. Not something you’d come to expect in mid August but it does happen. Our worst weather Augusts with considerable gloom were 1967, 1973, and 1991, but August for the most part is pretty nice.

Speaking of August… August of 1965 was a dandy one with lots of sunshine, seasonable water temps and a host of big Southern Hemis and a couple of very nice Baja swells. There were two notable thunderstorms that month, one of ‘em lasting over two hours on the 20th with over a hundred cloud to ground lightning strikes. It was McWeather’s first summer after high school. Music was really changing as were the times. Satisfaction by the Stones, Like a Rollin’ Stone by Bob Dylan, Eve of Destruction by Barry McGuire, and of course, California Girls, by the Beach Boys. Anti Vietnam sentiment was growing by leaps and bounds. I had to register with the Draft that August but I enlisted in the Air Force and got lucky to be sent to Hawaii. There’s no way I was going to end up in a trench and shoot at people I never met plus innocent women and children. FOR WHAT?!  Don’t get me started!

August of 1966 was a great one as well with plenty of surf from both sources and warm water with generally sunny skies with glassy conditions for the most part. An El Nino event was gaining strength which lasted through the winter of 1966-67. Saw the Beatles live at Dodger Stadium shortly after they released Revolver, and then I went to Avalon, Catalina at the end of the month to see the Yardbirds with Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck all playing together on stage. Brought a friend with the initials LSD. We’re all adults here. What a great August in the midst of a great era!

August of 1967 was pretty bad I was told. I was in Hawaii by that time working as a meteorologist at Hickam Air Force Base. My weather buddy Spyder Wills from Laguna called me a couple of times and said you ain’t missin’ nothin’! Great grammar, eh? He told me it was gloomy almost every day with chilly water, and only one decent south swell at the end of the month. More on Augusts of yesteryear next time, ALOHA!

Creature Feature by Dianne
Where the wild things are 

Recently one of our readers, John Bohas, sent us a picture of a bobcat strolling behind his house in the early morning hours near Moulton Meadows. To widen our knowledge of bobcats in general, and to try to get some information on this bobcat, we turned to an expert for help. Dick Newell of Orange County Trackers graciously provided some valuable data about this species. 

It was surprising to discover that there is a tracking organization in the area, and quite an impressive one.  OCTrackers is a coalition of wildlife biologists, grad students, interpreters, rangers, wardens, and naturalists who are interested in enhancing their tracking skills and applying this knowledge to monitoring wildlife activity in OC.

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Bobcat spotted by John Bohas at Moulton Meadows

In assessing this photo, Dick says, “Based on my experience in doing bobcat research with USGS in recent years, bobcats in our area weigh from 12 to 24 pounds, and there is no reason to suspect this is any exception. Males tend to weigh a few pounds more than the females, but I am unable to sex this particular bobcat.”

Noting their eating habits, Dick continues, “Local bobcats feed on rabbits, squirrels. other small rodents and gophers most often. They will also take a bird if the opportunity permits, particularly a coot, as they are slow on the take-off and thus make an easier target.”

But residents need not be fearful of these cats. “Bobcats are generally considered harmless to humans, but occasionally we will hear of some idiot trying to grab one by hand, just like they do with a rattlesnake,” Dick says. 

And there is no reason for dog owners (with their animals on-leash) to panic either, but a few other critters could be in peril. “Bobcats are also harmless to our on-leash pets as well, but don’t push your luck with a pet rabbit or chicken in the back yard as wild animals don’t go to law school and don’t understand ‘property rights’,” he cautions.  “Your rabbits look like just another dinner to them.”

The terrible twos can be deadly for bobcats

“The bobcat population in OC is hard to predict, but they are not threatened or endangered,” Dick says. “Primary cause of death would be loss of habitat, traffic accidents, or mange, which is caused by them ingesting dying rodents that have been killed with a rodenticide use by gardeners and misguided home owners trying to control pests. 

“Ten years of life is not exceptional for some of the bobcats we have studied. Their first two years are the toughest, and we refer to those as the terrible twos. If a youngster doesn’t learn to feed itself early on, it will not survive after leaving (dispersing) home territory.” 

OCTrackers asks that if residents become aware of bobcats visiting the area, that they contact the organization at their website below. Urban bobcats are known to use areas under wooden patio decks or some other secluded space within a protected yard to raise their offspring for the first month or so, and OCTrackers has documented their activity. 

They stress the fact that bobcats are part of the natural community and provide a useful service in keeping the rabbit, squirrel and rodent population under control, and they are not a primary predator to domestic animals. 

We thank John for sharing his photo. And thank you, Dick, for educating us on bobcats, these magnificent animals who live in the Laguna wilderness and sometimes stroll near our backyards.

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Sensational Sunset Silhouettes

Photography by Scott Brashier

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Sail into maritime history at the Ocean Institute’s Tall Ship Festival at Dana Point Harbor on Sept 8-10

The Ocean Institute, Orange County’s leading marine science and education center, celebrates California’s rich maritime history by hosting a fleet of historic tall ships at Dana Point Harbor. From Fri, Sept 8 through Sun, Sept 10, the Tall Ship Festival comes alive, as crews from each ship, along with historical re-enactors, engage the public in cannon battles, pirate adventures, mermaid encounters, ship tours, and more.

During the weekend, the following activities are scheduled. (Open to all ages)

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Tall Ship Festival - Friday Sunset Sail

On Fri, Sept 8, from 4 – 9:30 p.m., Parade of Sail: Join the armada for adventure aboard a historic tall ship during the annual tall ships parade at sunset. Work with the crew hauling up the sails or simply sit back and enjoy the spectacular demonstration of skill, knowledge, and survival. From 6 - 9 p.m., Sails ‘n Ales: Craft beer tasting from five different California breweries, live music, mermaids and prime viewing for Parade of Sail.

On Sat, Sept 9 and Sun, Sept 10, from 9 -10:30 a.m., Mermaid Breakfast: Join the Institute’s mermaid friends for brunch, story time, and under-the-sea crafts. From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Festival: The 32nd Annual Tall Ships Festival will include tours, pirate adventures, mermaid encounters, unique vendors, and Sierra Nevada Beer Garden. 

Within the Ocean Institute, visitors can visit touch tanks and exhibits, and participate in crafts.

The Institute is located at: 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr, in Dana Point.

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Featured international artist Ekaterina Abramova work displayed at Townley Gallery 

Townley Gallery is set to display featured international artist Ekaterina Abramova’s work.

 Ekaterina Abramova is a multifaceted contemporary artist, originally from Moscow, now living and working in the New York City area.

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Lions by Ekaterina Abramova 

Visit the Townley Gallery during this month’s exhibit to experience the power of her work in person or explore her collection online and contact the gallery for further information on acquiring her work for your personal collection.

Located at 266 Forest Avenue, Townley Gallery is open seven days a week to view Abramova’s collection. For more information on this event or the gallery, visit or call 949 715-1860. 

Celebrate Charles Arnoldi in person at the Laguna Art Museum on Aug 24 

On Thu, Aug 24 at 6 p.m., Charles Arnoldi will be talking about his work, examples of which are currently on view at the Laguna Art Museum.

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Charles Arnoldi 

Charles Arnoldi is an American sculptor, painter, and printmaker from Dayton, Ohio. He attended Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles in 1968. His works have been exhibited in many museums and galleries, with his first solo exhibition having been at the Riko Mizuno Gallery in Los Angeles in 1971. Worldwide, Arnoldi is known for his unforgettable masterpieces. 

To attend this event, advance tickets are recommended. To reserve seats, call 949.494.8971 x 203, or visit to plan an unforgettable evening. 

Opening reception for exhibition of Meta Painting: The Artist Thomas Scholes at LCAD Gallery on Sept 7

Laguna College of Art Design’s BFA program in Game Art announces the opening of the exhibition Meta Painting: The Art of Thomas Scholes at their LCAD Gallery in downtown Laguna. This exhibit, which will kick-off with an opening reception on Thurs, Sept 7, from 6 - 9 p.m., was curated by the Chair of LCAD’s BFA program in Game Art, Gavin Rich.

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Thomas Scholes’ work can be viewed at the LCAD Gallery on Sept 7

Thomas Scholes, a Seattle-based concept artist, utilizes a non-linear process of creation to produce work that is rich in color, mood, and texture. He has contributed to many favorite game and entertainment franchises, including Arenanet, 343, Disney Interactive, and more. This exhibit will run through Sept. 29. 

The opening reception is a free admission event. The LCAD Gallery is located at 374 Ocean Ave.  Gallery hours are Wed-Sun, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., closed Mon and Tues.

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Friendship Shelter employee and accomplished artist, Austin Hart, shows his work at FOA

Austin Hart is a lifelong Laguna Beach native, and has worked as a graphic designer and painter since 2009. He has a BA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and focuses on portraits and the human figure. 

His medium has included both the use of pigments and pixels, using both realistic and manipulated techniques.

Examples of Austin Hart’s Alternative Sleepers portraits

His influences include Mead Schaeffer, Frank Frazzetta, and Caravaggio to name a few. In his own work, he uses subtle distortions and manipulations to emphasis the underlying character and tone of his chosen subjects.

Austin’s current series “Alternative Sleepers” came from his exposure to the clients using the ASL emergency shelter in Laguna Canyon, where he currently works as the evening site supervisor. 

As clients became comfortable, he began doing digital and oil paintings of the guests - with their permission of course.

Austin finds the human face and figure endlessly fascinating. The connection between subject and artist is felt deeply and along with the artistic process itself makes each endeavor meaningful.

The Festival of Arts is open until August 31.

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Young photographers enjoy a mentorship program that really clicks


It was a picture-perfect day at the Festival of Arts, which was rather fitting for the exciting Festival of Arts Mentorship Program with the Laguna Beach Boys & Girls Club’s Photo Club about to take place.

The six young photographers from the Photo Club were in for a real treat. And so were we as we enjoyed exploring the talents of Alex, Joanna, Kimberly, Sade, Alexy, and Fatima

“The Boys and Girls Club has a Photo Club, an Art Club, and they have art shows and photo shows that we sometimes jury at the Festival,” said Tom Lamb. “But in the summer, they have a Summer Photo Club and we mentor them.” 

The day consisted of different learning sessions working with Festival photographers Tom Lamb, Jacques Garnier, Jeff Rovner, Gar Cropser, Rick Ferncase, and Mitch Ridder.

 It started with a critique of the young photographers’ work, followed by a tour of the Festival photographers’ work, a photo session with a model, pairing with a Festival photographer to take pictures on the grounds, and a visit to the Junior Art Exhibit. I had the pleasure of spending the day with them and will be writing a two-part story about it. 

Boys and Girls Club volunteer, Mary Church, and the Art Specialist who runs the photography program at the Boys & Girls Club Isaac Sanchez were excited about the day.

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Church got acquainted with the Boys & Girls Club through her volunteering efforts with the Hearts of Montage. She told me the told the heartfelt story of how the mentorship program got started.

 “How it all came to fruition is my fiancé, who used to exhibit in the FOA in 2008, passed away. I presented the idea to Tom Lamb and Pam Estes to have a photography mentoring program at the FOA as a living legacy. We sat down and worked out the details and everything clicked,” Church said. “We’ve been doing it ever since 2009; it’s a whole organic thing.” 

Through the generosity of a donor the young photographers now have new digital cameras to work with. She said they really rely on donors for the program to keep it going and urged anyone if they to donate to please do so.

“The most important part is seeing the joy of these kids. They had been working with point and shoot cameras up until this year’s program,” Church said. “Thanks to the generosity of a donor they could move up to the next level with these Canon Rebel cameras. It just makes my heart so happy.”

Church explained how the program works.

They’ve had some portraiture sessions and part of the program is to go through and critique the works with the professional Festival photographers. 

“The children are going to share an image and we’re going to go through and critique their work,” said Church. “Then they’ll go on a tour of the Festival photographer’s work and show them their source of inspiration. And then, we’re going to break up into teams, so they can take them over to the Festival photographer’s booths and show them what they do and what their inspiration is.” 

Next, they worked with Hayley Rovner as a model, the young daughter of Jeff Rovner, one of the outstanding photographers who have booths at the Festival She generously volunteered for the day. Then they broke into groups and each child was given a mentor and picked a focus they wanted to work on that day with the guidance of a Festival photographer, Church explained.

Fun! Fun! Fun! Read all the amazing details of the mentorship in part two of my story.

Until next time…so much exciting photography mentoring, so little time!

Festival of Arts events, classes, music,

Fri-Mon, Aug 18 to Aug 21

Daily Live Music Schedule

Dates: Daily – Aug. 31, 1– 2:30 and 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Cost: Free with Festival admission

Upcoming:Friday, Aug 18: Terron Brooks (Step into the Spotlight series),5:30 – 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Aug 19: Poncho Sanchez & his Latin Jazz Band (Concerts on the Green), 1 – 2:30 p.m.andKiki Ebsen’s Joni Mitchell Project, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Aug 20: Missiles of October, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.; Monday, Aug 21: String Revolution, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Youth Arts Education Workshops

Dates/Times: Now – Aug 31

Mondays – Fridays, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Cost: $15-$25 fee, per child, per class

Bring out that creative spark in your young artist at the Youth Arts Classes this summer at the Festival of Arts. Kids will enjoy art classes taught by professional Festival artists in mixed media, jewelry making, collage and more. Meanwhile, parents will have free time to view the artwork on display throughout the Festival grounds. Festival artists will also share some of their creative techniques in a fun and friendly environment that will inspire your kids to come back every week. Open to children ages 5 –12. Reservations required. For schedule and reservations, visit

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Listen to the great music as Terron Brooks Steps into the Spotlight on Friday

Step into the Spotlight Music Series

Live Performance by Terron Brooks

Date: Friday, Aug 18

Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Cost: Free with Festival admission

On Fridays, Enjoy the FOA’s new music series, “Step into the Spotlight,” which brings to center stage some of those amazing voices that are usually seen (and heard) in the background. There’s an extraordinary lineup of back-up singers or background vocalists who “step into the spotlight” this summer. This week features Terron Brooks.

Adult and Teen Art Workshops

Date: Fridays, now - Aug 26

Time: 5 p.m.

Cost: $50 material fee

Let your creativity run wild this summer in Laguna Beach! Discover your inner artist at the Festival of Art’s Adult and Teen Art Workshops. Award-winning talented artists will lead you step-by-step through the process of creating your own masterpiece. These classes are perfect for vacationers and locals alike looking to try something new, have fun, and soak in the artistic atmosphere. Ages 13 and up. Reservations preferred. For the full schedule and reservations, visit

Concerts on the Green

Featured Event: Poncho Sanchez & his Latin Jazz Band

Date & Time: Saturday, Aug 19

Time: 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Cost: Free with Festival admission

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the sounds of award-winning musicians as they perform live as part of the Festival of Arts “Concerts on the Green” series on Saturday, July 15 and 22 and Aug 5 and 19. This week’s final Concerts on the Green season finale features the popular Poncho Sanchez & his Latin Jazz Band. 

Limited seating available in reserved section for $25 per person by calling (800) 487-3378 in advance.

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Enjoy the incredible stylings of Poncho Sanchez & his Latin Jazz Band

Wine & Painting Nights

“Path to the Sea with Mike Tauber”

Date: Saturday, Aug 19

Time: 8:30 – 10 p.m.

Cost: $50 material fee

The popular Wine & Painting Nights continues with “Path to the Sea with Mike Tauber.” Uncork your creativity this summer at the Festival of Arts. Enjoy a fun painting workshop, while surrounded by beautiful art. Learn easy step-by-step painting techniques, as taught by noted Festival exhibitors Mike Tauber and Tom Swimm. Beginners and all levels are invited – take home your finished masterpiece. All supplies and complimentary wine or beverage are included. For adults 21 and up. Reservations required.

A Salute to the Arts

Sponsored by PBS SoCal

Literature – Laguna Beach Books

Date: Sundays, Now – Aug 27

Time: 2 – 4 p.m.

Cost: Free with Festival admission

New this summer, the Festival of Arts introduces a new event on Sunday afternoons, “A Salute to the Arts” is inspired by the original Festival of Arts, which featured a variety of artistic endeavors including theater, literature, dance and more. In 2017, each week will spotlight a different art form. This Sunday, Aug 20, the series features Music – From Jobim to Djivan: Great Composers of Bossa Nova. 

Art & Story Time

“Pigs and a Blanket” by James Burks

Date: Mondays, Now-Aug 28

Time: 11a.m. – 12 p.m.

Cost: Free with Festival admission

Art and Story Time is a weekly series for children 5 and under. This week features “Pigs and a Blanket” by James Burks. Held every Monday from 11a.m. – 12 p.m., enjoy a different book read aloud plus a hands-on art project. There may even be special surprise visits from illustrators, story characters, and more. Fun for children and their parents. 

The Festival of Arts, located at 650 Laguna Canyon Road, is open daily through Aug 31, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. For more information about the exhibitors, events, and for tickets, please visit or call 800-487-3378.

Sawdust Art Festival event calendar, 

Aug 18-Aug 21

There is something new and different every day at the Sawdust Art Festival, ranging from special admission promotions, special events and entertainment.

With nine weeks of arts and crafts classes throughout the summer months, the Sawdust Art Festival is jam-packed with an incredible line-up of fun activities for creative minds of all ages.

Throughout the festival, a wide variety of classes are offered from our expert professionals, many of which are exhibitors, ready to teach you tips and techniques to enhance your crafts. Some of Sawdust’s most popular offerings will get your hands dirty and your jaws dropping to the ground. Parents and their kids often find themselves behind the pottery wheel creating memories and works of art that last a lifetime. For a full list of summer classes, visit:

Sawdust Art Classes (SAC) Every Saturday & Sunday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Experience the magic of the Sawdust on the Sawdust Art Festival grounds and create your own unique art piece, to wear or to share, in just one two-hour session. 

Daily Art Classes:

Daily: CeramicCenter, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 9 p.m., Throw A Pot: One-on-one instruction at the potter’s wheel for all ages, Cost: Free with admission to take home as greenware, $10 to glaze, fire and pick up; $18 to glaze, fire and ship to your home.

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Everyone can enjoy the art of ceramics at the Sawdust daily

Daily: Children’s Art Spot, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 1 – 3 p.m., & 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Classes are for kids ages 4+. Art fun for the little ones. *Free with admission, although most are complimentary, some classes and workshops may require a materials fee.

Daily: Studio One, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 1 – 3 p.m. & 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Painting, printmaking, collages and a wide variety of art workshops for visitors ages 7 to adult. Cost: Free with admission.

Daily Live Music Schedule, 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. 

Free with Festival admission

Enjoy live entertainment at three outdoor stages, the Tavern, Grill, and Main Deck, on the festival grounds. Musical acts of all genres, roving entertainment, and much more are on schedule to perform during our festival.

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Groove to entertainment daily at three outdoor stages, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug 18: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.,Blue Deux, Tavern &Oliver Zepeda, Grill; 11:30 a.m. 4 p.m., Heather in Bleum, Main Deck; 4:30 9 p.m., David Rosales, Tavern & Andrew Corradini - Solo, Grill; 5 9:30 p.m., Upstream, Main Deck.

Saturday, Aug 19 (Beatles Day): 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.,Michelle Mangione - Solo,Tavern, and Eddie Allen, Grill; 11:30 a.m. 4 p.m., Beatroots, Main Deck; 4:30 9 p.m., Really Classic, Tavern & Robert Charles Star, Grill; 5 9:30 p.m., James Clay Garrison Band, Main Deck.

Sunday, Aug 20: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.,Tricia freeman Duo, Tavern & Peter Dobson, Grill; Anesha Rose, Tavern & Sam Bybee, Grill; 5 9:30 p.m., Agave Brothers, Main Deck; 6:30 8 p.m., JJ & Habibis Belly Dancers, Roaming, then parade.

Monday, Aug 21: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.,Sabrina Lentini, Tavern &Jodi Siegel, Grill; 11:30 a.m. 4 p.m., The Nitehawks, Main Deck; 4:30 9 p.m., Gary Shapiro - Duo, Tavern; 5 9:30 p.m., Shades of J, Main Deck.

The Sawdust Art Festival is open daily from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. through Sept 3. Tickets are Adults: $9, Senior 65+: $7, Children ages 6-12: $4, Children ages 5 & under: free, $18 Summer Season Pass, $24 Summer & Winter Annual Pass. Laguna Beach residents get free admission on Mondays and Thursdays after 5 p.m., and the first Friday of the month, all day, with photo I.D. For more information on these and upcoming programs, visit the Sawdust Art Festival at or call 494-3030. The Sawdust is located at 935 Laguna Canyon Road.

Art-A-Fair offers more than art: artist workshops, live musical entertainment, and more

Art-A-Fair Summer Workshops and Events Calendar

Fri, Aug 18 to Mon, Aug 21

Live music schedule for this weekend

Friday, Aug 18, 5 – 9 p.m., Renown Muzic Trio

Saturday, Aug 19, 12 to 4 p.m., Duchicella and 5 to 9 p.m., Black Cat Mojo

Sunday, Aug 20, 12 to 4 p.m., Dean Grech and 5 to 8 p.m., Kelly Fitzgerald

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Enjoy Laguna Art-A-Fair’s lovely grounds, talented artists, and art workshops

Laguna Art-A-Fair Weekly Art Workshops

Purchase as many or as few sessions as you like. Class size is limited to six students, must be 16 years or older, and all supplies are included. Workshop sessions are $45/4hrs (a.m. & p.m. sessions), or $30/2hrs (morning session only). Hours are 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., and 1:15 – 3:15 p.m. daily. 

Contact: 494-4514, or visit, for a full schedule.

Fridays, now – Aug 25, Laura Curtin – Oil

Oil Workshop: Subject matter will cover wildlife with a twist.Topics: Using oil paint, Value in color, Painting in detail, and Experimenting with color.

Saturdays, July 22, 29 & Aug 5 and 26, Joan Boryta – Watercolor 

Watercolor Workshop: A demo will begin each session. Subject matter will cover landscapes, seascapes and flowers.Topics: Watercolor techniques, How to simplify what you see, How to have fun and not be intimidated, and Painting beyond the photo to make a masterpiece. 

Sundays, now – Aug 27, Lisa Pallante – Leatherwork

Leatherwork Workshop: Subject matter will be pouches, small purses and clutches. Topics: Design, Pattern making, Stitching styles, and Fringe cutting. 

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Have fun learning the art of leatherwork with Lisa Pallante

Mondays, now – Aug 28, Emilee Reed – Traditional Watercolor

Traditional Watercolor Workshop: Subject matter will cover still life & painting from photos. Topics: Composition & how to “see,” Protecting the white of the Paper, Keeping colors fresh, Warm, cool & complimentary colors, and Techniques for using the paint in conjunction with other tools. 

Laguna Art-A-Fair runs daily through Sept 3. For more information about Laguna Art-A-Fair artists, workshops, events, and to purchase event tickets, please call 494-4514 or visit Season Pass for adults $8, $6 for seniors (65+), military and students, and children 12 and under are free. The one time ticket price allows for free entry during the entire summer festival season. Laguna Art-A-Fair is located at 777 Laguna Canyon Road.

LB Juried Fine Art 2017 submissions will be accepted until Sept 9

The 2017 Laguna Beach Juried Fine Art Exhibition is now accepting submissions.

The exhibition is open to Orange County artists 18 years of age or older. Entries must be made via by Sept 9. 

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

For more information contact Michael McGregor, Arts Program Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CERT Training begins on Tuesday Sept 5

The next Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Class will start on Tuesday, Sept 5. 

The CERT program consists of 25 hours of classroom and hands-on training, and it concludes with a disaster exercise to apply the skills and knowledge obtained during the classroom sessions. 

Training includes the following topics: Disaster Preparedness, Light Search and Rescue, Fire Safety, Disaster Medical Operations, and much more. 

If you are interested in learning how to be better prepared and want to join the class, register through the following link: or through the recreation course sign-up on the City’s website. 

Any questions can be directed to Jordan Villwock, Emergency Operations Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (949) 497-0389

Police Beat Primer

Compiled by Alli Rael

Police Beat derives from information in the log maintained at the front counter by the Laguna Beach Police Department and required under CA Government Code Section 6254 (f). The press does not have access to written police reports.

Information in the police department log is deemed reliable and StuNewsLaguna is not responsible for mistakes made available as public record by
the Laguna Beach Police Department.

Parents with children in school may contact 949-497-1615 to request that their names be omitted from Police Beat. The decision of StuNewsLaguna is final.

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

Abbreviations sometimes used in Police Beat

647f – Public Intoxication; DUI – Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; NFA – No fixed address; RP – Reporting/Responsible Party; UTL – Unable to locate

Police Beat 081817

DUI Arrests

None This Period


Incident Reports

Tuesday, August 15

Park Avenue | 2000 Block | Traffic Crash

7:31 p.m. A traffic crash resulted in a possible broken hand for a motorcyclist.  

N. Coast Hwy | 300 Block | Vandalism

2:58 p.m. The RP’s vehicle was keyed. 

Coast Hwy | 32100 Block | Burglary 

1:35 p.m. A home was entered over the weekend and unspecified items taken.  

Monday, August 14

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Steven Johnson, 32, Laguna Beach

Gregory Michels, 49, New York

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Warrant

9:05 p.m. Daniel Schneider, 51, no fixed address, was arrested on a Harbor Court warrant for being drunk in public. 

Emerald Bay & N. Coast Hwy | Drugs

3:34 p.m. Luis Yerba, 55, Laguna Beach, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. 

Coast Hwy | 31800 Block | Vandalism

2:47 p.m. A subject hit the victim’s vehicle with his hand, causing a dent. 

Blumont Street | 400 Block | Theft from a Vehicle

2:01 p.m. A laptop was taken from a vehicle. There were no signs of forced entry to the car.

Coast Hwy | 30800 Block | Warrant

1:26 p.m. Tara Shirley, 40, no fixed address, was arrested on a warrant for Costa Mesa municipal code violations. 

Lower Cliff Drive | 200 Block | Petty Theft

11:34 a.m. The lock securing a mountain bike was cut and the bike stolen. 

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Stolen Vehicle

9:59 a.m. CHP found a 2011 BMW that was stolen from Laguna Beach in January.

Glenneyre Street | 800 Block | Warrant

12:10 a.m. Brett Bolin, 27, no fixed address, was arrested on an outstanding warrant. 

Sunday, August 13

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Luis Yerba, 55, Laguna Beach

Brian Szafran, 47, no fixed address

Broadway Street | 200 Block | Defraud Innkeeper 

11:11 p.m. After running up a $96 tab, a man left without paying his bill. 

S. Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Petty Theft

5:07 p.m. Three suspects grabbed cans of beer and took off. Despite an employee pursuing them, the suspects were not located. 

Circle Drive | 31800 Block | Stolen Vehicle

7:45 a.m. A 2015 Tesla Model S was stolen. The keys and the owner’s wallet were left inside the vehicle, and one of the victim’s credit cards was used, ironically, at a gas station around 7:15 a.m.

Library Events



Sat, Aug 19

Family Activity 

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 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to make fun and creative seasonal crafts. Adult supervision is recommended. 

Sat, Aug 19

Poetry Workshop

2 p.m.- 4 p.m.

Participants should bring 10 copies of a poem they wish to have read and work-shopped.  Each poem will be read by the poet and perhaps by another reader. Participants then respond with emphasis on positive comments and constructive suggestions. Recommended for advanced poets—this is not a workshop for beginners. Meets in the Community Room. Contact John Gardiner @949-715-7507 for more information.

Mon, Aug 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.

Tue, Aug 22

Author Talk with Pattie S. Grimm 

5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.

Come visit The Branch for a wonderful talk about Pattie S. Grimm’s book, entitled “Quiet Women Never Changed History!” Pattie will be here from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  See you there!

Wed, Aug 23

Toddler Storytime

10:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. 

Calling all 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.

Thu, Aug 24

Family Storytime 

10:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. 

Welcome to the Peapod Academy. Join some of the cutest babies, toddlers, & 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 Library

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