Oh, I loved my O.I. chili and so much else besides: Who doesn’t love the Orange Inn on Cleo & Coast, where tradition and good food meet?
Story and photos by LAURA BUCKLE
This week’s food report took me to the extremely popular and very well loved Orange Inn.
The original Orange Inn dates back to 1931, however, the restaurant was not in the same location as it is now. The original location, between Laguna Beach and Corona Del Mar, was then the only food establishment situated on the coastal road for miles and miles.
Originally a stop for Irvine Ranch cowboys, it became famous for its original smoothie and the California date shake. Over time the menu grew, and the Orange Inn became popular with travellers and locals alike and, as it says in its slogan, has been refreshing the California coast since 1931.
John Bodrero worked at the Orange Inn in the 1970s. During that time he met his wife Kathleen. When the Orange Inn became available to buy, John’s father gave him a loan and John became the owner.
In 1985 their son Alex was born and shortly after this, 1986, the Irvine Company purchased the land on which the Orange Inn stood and developed it. That area is now the location of Newport Center Drive and Pelican Hill Resort.
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Not your usual roadside inn: this curry dish appeals to Brits like me, who love spicy food
Luckily for John, a location became available on a site formally occupied by the Sunshine Juice Bar, on the corner of South Coast Highway and Cleo Street, and the Orange Inn has remained there ever since.
I was lucky enough to meet Alex Brodrero, son of John and Kathleen and now manager of the Orange Inn. Born and raised in Laguna Beach, his earliest memories of working in The Orange Inn contain images of him squeezing oranges at age six.
Alex shares the same love of and enthusiasm for the Orange Inn as his father, and says that one of the nicest things about managing the café is watching loyal customers returning over and over, not just from Laguna Beach but from all over the world.
From cowboy hangout in the 1930s to family favorite today
Alex also explains that his father John has seen young people who came in with their parents now coming in as parents of their own children, carrying on the rich family customer traditions that the Orange Inn prides itself on.
And who can blame them? The Orange Inn has won numerous accolades. Esquire magazine named it as one of the 10 best roadside restaurants in America. Sunset Magazine gave it the honor of best roadside breakfast in S Cal and it even featured in Huell Howser’s California’s Gold.
I’ve visited numerous times and it’s a firm favorite with my son. The menu is a rich variety of pastries, all freshly made in-house as well as omelets, burritos, sandwiches, grill specials, soups, salads and of course smoothies, juices and shakes. You can eat in or order to go. It is service with a smile and the music – I believe they support our local radio station KX93.5 – is always on.
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The Lagoona Toona is a hit locally
As always, I asked Alex for the names of the best sellers at the Orange Inn and had him direct me as to what I should choose.
The number one best seller on the menu was the Breakfast Burrito, a delicious flour tortilla with a three-egg scramble, vegetarian beans, avocado and cheese served with chips and fresh salsa. First of all, this burrito was pretty large, large enough that I split it into three (I had two guests with me for the tasting). It was delicious, very fresh and so tasty.
It was then onto the curry pumpkin and black bean soup which is available in a cup or a bowl. Alex explained that his mother Kathleen makes all the soups and he insisted that as I am British and we love a good curry, I should try it. He wasn’t wrong, it was phenomenal, the perfect soup for this little curry loving Brit girl.
Famous for its sandwiches, Orange Inn is a longtime local favorite
Following this I asked Alex for his recommendation on a sandwich and he said the Lagoona Toona was always a hit, a beautiful mix of albacore tuna with cilantro and onion. Served on a choice of whole wheat, sourdough or rye (there are no gluten free bread options, but there are salads available) with thin slices of cucumber and alfalfa sprouts. This was absolutely delicious and I can see why the Orange Inn is famous for its sandwiches.
We then had the O.I Chili, which is made with turkey breast and is available in a cup or a bowl: again this was really very tasty and was my personal favorite. Not too spicy, but a wonderful variety of flavors.
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O.I. chili is guaranteed to make you say, Oh I love this…
Alongside this we also tried The Original Orange Inn Smoothie, made with fresh strawberries, blueberries, bananas, dates, fresh juice, bee pollen and crushed Ice. These are a firm favorite with my son and I really enjoyed mine. They are surprisingly filling too.
It’s no surprise that the Orange Inn has continued to be a favorite roadside restaurant in California since time began. It’s rich in tradition, history and has a familiarity to anyone who visits. The walls are adorned with old photographs of Laguna and the atmosphere of the establishment is warm and welcoming. Alex was great. He really took his time to talk about the business and go through the menu.
It was also wonderful to discover that he is a musical theatre actor (which many of you know is my background also) so not only did I have a fabulous meal, I also gained another thespian buddy.
I’ve promised to go and watch his next performance and I’ll be taking a bowl of O.I. chili with me.
The Orange Inn is located 703 S Coast Hwy, (949) 494 6085.
By DENNIS McTIGHE
April 28, 2017
May is knocking on the door, signaling the end of the normal rainy season – ocean temps should average 63-64
On this date in 1992 local ocean temps climbed to 74 degrees for a brief time before falling back into the upper 60’s a couple of days later. That 74 reading was the second highest recorded April ocean temp, second only to the 75 in mid April of 1997. A healthy El Nino event in late 1991 into late summer of 1992 was responsible for the unseasonable warmth in the ocean that late spring into late September of 1992 when the average ocean temp during the period from May 1 through September 30 was a balmy 72.3 degrees.
May is knocking on the door as the normal rainy season is pretty much done with a May average rainfall of around a quarter inch. The wettest Mays have been 3.03 inches in 1977, 1.17 inches in 1990, and 0.90 inches in 2015. The normal hi-lo temps for May are 73-55. The hottest May temp was 96 on May 2, 1967, and May 1-3 and 14-15, 2014 and the chilliest May reading was 45 on May 6, 1964.
May’s average ocean temp is around 63-64 with the warmest being 73 in 1992 and 1997 and the coldest being 51 in May of 1980. Notable April extreme local weather events were…. On April 20, 1958 strong thunderstorms, part of a strong upper level disturbance sitting on Southern California brought quarter sized hail, intense lightning and thunder and over two inches of rain to Laguna, plus a dozen waterspouts were sighted offshore during the course of the day with one spout moving ashore at Aliso Beach in SoLag doing some damage to several rooftops along the bluffs just south of Aliso Creek. That particular location must be a target for landfalling waterspouts because the very same thing also occurred on Thanksgiving Day of 1981 when a 50 yard wide spout with winds up to 60 mph slammed the same three or four houses. I think I’d relocate by then.
April of 1958 shared top honors with April of 1965 as the wettest Aprils on record with 6.02 inches.
April 6, 1989 saw the mercury in Laguna soar to 101 degrees, a record for the month that still stands. To make things even more interesting, at 1 p.m. that day a magnitude 4.6 shaker shook the O.C. Coast. The epicenter was right under Fashion Island as part of the Newport-Inglewood Fault and it was only about six miles deep so things shook pretty good for a 4.6.
On April 25-27, 1996 a huge long period SSW Southern Hemisphere swell rocked our coast as consistent 10-12 foot bombs exploded on Brooks Street’s Second and Third reefs and the Newport Wedge saw some sets as big as 18 foot. 1996 was the busiest season on record for big Southern Hemis from April through October of that year, capped off by the huge SSW swell on July 24, 1996 with sets as high as 15 foot at Brooks Street and the point at Rockpile. A huge deep low about 600 miles SE of Tahiti was responsible for the giant waves. Conditions were ideal the entire day with sunny skies, air temps in the mid 80’s, water temps at 72 and no wind with glassy surface conditions from sunup to sundown. Definitely one of a handful of epic days of all time!
There you have it.
Have a great weekend and we’ll get together again next Tuesday, ALOHA!
Beautification Council is branching out
By BARBARA DIAMOND
Beautification Council President Ruben Flores was preaching pretty much to the choir Saturday at an Earth Day presentation in City Council Chambers on the value of trees to Laguna and how to choose the best one for a specific purpose.
“Trees grace this town,” said Flores, moderator of the panel of speakers. “Trees endear us and enrage us. They need to be neighbor friendly, site friendly and view friendly. That is the crux.”
He may never convince Ganka Brown and other critics of eucalypti that the trees have a place in the Laguna Beach landscape, but like them or not, since the late 1800s, the Australian import has been identified with the town.
Forest Avenue didn’t get its name by accident. It was originally part the homesteaded area and eucalypti were planted to meet the legal requirements for homesteading, but there was another reason.
Artists had discovered Laguna and the trees were often painted by the city’s early impressionist painters, called the Eucalyptus school, which put Laguna on the map as an art colony. Joseph Kleitsch was among those painters.
“What is obvious in Kleitsch’s paintings is that people planted trees for shade,” said Laguna Beach Historical Society member Eric Jessen, who presented a slide show of works by Kleitsch and others and gave a short history lesson on trees.
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The Beautification Council displayed full-size trees that grow well in Laguna
Homesteaders also bought in the Monterey pine and other trees made their way to Laguna, Jessen said. The California pepper tree---that icon in front of City Hall---came from Brazil. The so-called primrose tree is also an Australian import.
“The primrose tree on Main Beach is probably the oldest Heritage Tree in Laguna,” said Jessen.
A Heritage Tree designation must be approved by the City Council, at the request of a resident, Flores said. The property owner must maintain them.
“It is not a way to get around view restoration,” Flores said.
The city itself owns 2,670 trees that must be maintained.
“Maintenance is not an easy task: you have to get around tree-huggers, cars, and businesses,” said Flores.
Not to mention birds and their nests.
“You can’t mess with trees while there are nests in the tree, abandoned or not,” said panelist Gillian Martin, director of the Caity Foundation.
Right now is the prime nesting season - February to August – so beware when planning to lace or top.
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Small potted trees provided a backdrop – and a giveaway – at the event
Topping – just lopping off the tallest branches – is a dirty word among arborists and informed tree lovers, but not anathema to utilities. When it comes to a good-looking tree or compromised electricity, guess which Edison chooses.
“I suggest instead of continuous topping, pull out the tree and plant the correct one,” said arborist Kyle Sato, a panelist.
Councilman Bob Whalen had another suggestion from the audience: “Put the utilities underground,” he said.
Complaint calls about or requests for maintenance or questions go to Dale A. Schuck, deputy director of the city’s Public Works or Robert Sedita, senior administrative analyst for the department.
“Robert and I are pretty much the point men,” said Schuck.
Tree maintenance schedule for next year is in the works
Currently they are working on a maintenance schedule for next year and considering putting out a maintenance contract.
“It would help if you posted a schedule a month ahead,” said South Laguna resident Cindy Love.
Cost is a factor in tree trimming. The $318,400 the city set aside for maintenance in fiscal year 2016-17 is not an insignificant amount.
“Cost is less important than correct maintenance, Flores said.
Saturday’s presentation also included a short film that contradicted the widespread belief that trees are a danger in a fire. Trees block the embers that start the fires, according to filmmaker Richard Halsey.
Members of the audience were offered a choice of the trees suitable for Laguna that were provided by Village Nursery in Huntington Beach--- a remembrance for 2017’s Earth Day and Arbor Day.
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 StuNewsLaguna.com.
Star power on the stage assures brilliance of King of the Road, and stars in the audience applaud
There was star power on the stage and off at the Laguna Playhouse on the opening night of King of the Road: The Roger Miller story. Donors, VIPs, subscribers and Hollywood celebrities were captivated by the musical genius and complex personality of Roger Miller during the performance.
“It was a magical evening at the theatre. Our audience knew they were in for a treat from the moment they arrived. They’re an extraordinary company of artists and, in their hands, King of the Road, the Roger Miller Story soars,” said Ann E. Wareham, Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director.
The star-studded opening included guests Patti D’Arbanville, Melanie Griffith, Blake Anderson Hanley, Tom Irwin, Dakota Johnson, Don Johnson, and Emily Wickersham.
Also present were Laguna Playhouse Board of Trustees Cody Engle, Ken Fischbeck, Glenn Gray, Lisa and James Hale, Melinda Masson, Dr. Gary Jenkins, James Mellor, Justin Myers, and Nicholas Yrizarry, along with the Playhouse’s 96th season sponsors Bill Eldien of Nolet’s, Tim Muldeady of Gelson’s, Victoria Strombom of Surterre Properties, and Toni Tartamella of First Republic Bank also enjoyed the festivities.
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(L-R): Dakota Johnson, Don Johnson, Patti D’Arbanville, Jesse Johnson and Melanie Griffith
The evening began with 120 major donors enjoying an exclusive pre-show VIP reception featuring Nolet’s signature cocktails, and catering by Justin Myers themed after the culinary favorites of Roger Miller.
On stage, Ms. Wareham welcomed the audience and provided special recognition to Trustee Lisa Hale for underwriting the show. Ms. Wareham added, “It’s been nearly two years since Director Andy Barnicle brought the project that is King of The Road to my attention, and I’m proud to stand with him and co-authors Mary Miller and Cort Casady in presenting this World Premiere musical.
“This production not only gives us Roger Miller’s amazing music, but insight into the brilliant and complex man himself. And what a delight to see Jesse Johnson (Still Getting My Act Together) back on our Moulton stage in the role of Roger Miller!”
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“King of the Road” cast, crew, producers and Laguna Playhouse staff responsible for bringing the show to the stage.
Ellen Richard, Playhouse executive director noted, “All the hard work in rehearsals and previews made this one of the best shows yet, and the audience went wild at the curtain call when the music started. We are grateful to everyone who had a hand in bringing the show to our stage.”
Throughout the show a very responsive audience hummed, sang, clapped, tapped their feet, snapped their fingers and jumped to a standing ovation and singing “King of the Road” along with the hand-in-hand cast at the end of the show.
Post-performance, patrons waited in the lobby with champagne in hand for a toast to the actors as they swirled down the spiral staircase to well-deserved accolades. Desserts provided generously by Gelson’s were also a huge hit while patrons enjoyed the music of Kerry Getzeman on the Playhouse patio, courtesy of KX93.5 FM.
Adds Wally Ziegler, Playhouse House Manager, “It was one of my most memorable and enjoyed Opening’s… and it was my 159th!”
King of the Road, the Roger Miller Story continues through Sunday, May 14; tickets are available at www.lagunaplayhouse.com.
Laguna Beach Youth Shelter welcomes Roger Stewart as new advisory board chair
Community Service Programs (CSP), which oversees the largest, short-term shelter system for homeless, runaway and at-risk youth in Orange County, recently named Roger Stewart as the advisory board chair for the Laguna Beach Youth Shelter.
Since opening in 1979, the CSP Laguna Beach Youth Shelter has served more than 4,200 at-risk youth and more than 12,000 of their family members, with 98 percent reunited with their families.
Not only do the CSP shelters provide children a place to stay, they also offer emergency crisis and intervention programs for children, including those struggling with acute mental health issues.
Before moving to Laguna Beach in 1991 and starting his own firm, Roger Stewart was a senior partner specializing in civil litigation at a large Sacramento law firm. Since retiring in 2004, he has been active on the Board of Advisors of the CSP Laguna Shelter as well as Big Brothers Big Sisters.
“Roger has been a strong supporter of the Laguna Beach Youth Shelter for many years, ensuring that children have a safe, stable place to stay,” said Ronnetta Johnson, executive director, CSP. “We are so pleased to welcome him as our advisory board chair as we strive to make a positive difference in the lives of even more young people.”
The CSP Youth Shelters, located in Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach, and now Tustin, have touched more than 12,375 family members, and served more than 4,950 at-risk Orange County youths.
For more information on CSP, go to http://www.cspinc.org/
Great performances by LBHS at Scholastic Surf Series Team and Individual High School State Championships
By Coaches Scott Finn and Alisa Cairns
On Saturday Laguna Beach High School Surf Team competed at the Scholastic Surf Series High School State Championships held at Oceanside South Jetty. LBHS surfed in the Team competition portion of the contest against various high schools amongst the different divisions. Everyone worked really hard digging deep in the team competition with some surfers competing in multiple divisions for unforeseen reasons.
The Surf for the event was 4-5ft with light winds and pretty nice conditions, but a little tricky. Our Boys Shortboard was up first against Carlsbad High School. We saw very good performances put in by Laguna surfers Trey Lockhart and Travis Booth both winning their heats, while Jake Levine and Jett North also did well taking a 2nd and 3rd and Liam McCue took a 4th. In the end the boys just missed moving on, by just three points, 30 to 33 points.
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Our girls were up next and they gave it their all doing double duty. Girls Longboard was up against Half Moon Bay. Kayla Coscino did outstanding taking the win and pulling off several stylish rides. Destiny Thompson unfortunately had her leash break and had a long swim and Maya Takabayashi was coming off a major injury, just getting back in the water to support her teammates. Kayla and Destiny went back out in Girls Shortboard against La Jolla and Kayla continued to really impress the judges. One of her rides included a big high risk vertical hit that scored her an 8.5 out of 10 and she took the win while Destiny did well and took a 4th. The girls were short a girl and missed advancement by just two points.
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The Boys Longboard competed successfully against La Costa Canyon taking 1, 2 and 3, with some outstanding rides amongst each of them. Jake Levine competed for the first time in Longboard and took the big win followed by Jameson Roller and Jackson Jenkins. They ran out of steam in the Semi-Finals going down to Coronado
Jake and Jameson did triple duty also competing in Bodyboard against La Costa Canyon, and were just edged out with a 2nd and fourth.
Monday saw a whole new day of competition and some of the Laguna Team came back to compete as Individuals and did really well. Liam McCue led the Laguna surfers and surfed his way in Boys shortboard all the way to the Finals finishing in 6th and winning nearly all his six heats along the way!
Claire Kelly surfed well in the Girls shortboard making it a few rounds and getting a couple of standout rides, while Jameson Roller also won several heats in Boys Longboard and had some great rides.
The Scholastic Surf Series also announced their overall Team and Individual ratings and trophies for the five event series with the Orange County League being dominated by Laguna and their surfers. The trophies will be delivered to the school shortly and top six surfers named here to pick up.
Laguna Beach overall first plus first in Boys Shortboard, Boys Longboard, Girls Shortboard and second in Girls Longboard.
1st Sam Nelson
3rd Jake Levine
4th Holden Geary
6th Liam McCue
1st Jameson Roller
1st Destiny Thompson
6th Maya Takabayashi
2nd Claire Kelly
3rd Destiny Thompson
3rd Hunter Johnson
5th Travis Booth
A big thank you to all our team support including the parents and Team Mom led by Lori Levine.
Laguna Beach Boys & Girls Club honors volunteers
at OneOC’s Spirit of Volunteerism Awards Luncheon
On Monday April 24, the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach were one of many organizations who spent the early afternoon at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim to recognize a few of their volunteers at this year’s OneOc’s Spirit of Volunteerism Awards Luncheon.
This luncheon provides an annual forum and non-competitive opportunity to recognize individuals, groups and corporate team volunteers for their dedicated service to Orange County.
This year, the Club honored three of their volunteers who have dedicated their time and service during 2016: Corporate Partnership Volunteer, State Street; Individual Volunteer, Yaretsi Mendoza; and Volunteer Team “Power of Passion” which includes Brianna Cupps, Charlotte Lynskey, and Catherine Malzahn.
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L-R: Power of Passion volunteers Brianna Cupps, Charlotte Lynskey, Catharine Malzahn (Individual volunteer Yaretsi Mendoza not pictured)
Among the volunteers who were honored at this year’s luncheon, the Club would still like to thank every volunteer who has walked through their Club doors and made a difference a child’s life. One thing that the Club knows very well is that volunteers are the heart of nonprofits, and the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach could not be more grateful for all their volunteers who come year-round to help provide an amazing experience in the programs the Club serves for their members.
For more information about The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, visit www.bgclagunabeach.org or call (949) 494-2535.
LBHS and TOW selected for prestigious 2016 Honor Roll by Campaign of Business and Education Leaders
From a press release
Laguna Beach Unified School District announced that Laguna Beach High School and Top of the World Elementary School have been selected by Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE) as two of 1,866 public schools in California to receive the title of 2016 Honor Roll school.
The Honor Roll is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and highlight successful practices that improve outcomes for students. Schools receiving this distinction from leaders in the California academic and business communities have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time and reduction in achievement gaps among student populations. For high schools, the Honor Roll recognition also includes measures of college readiness.
“We are so proud to be recognized by leaders in the California business community as an Honor Roll school,” said Dr. Jason Viloria, superintendent. “Our teachers and administrators continue to keep the focus on high expectations and student academic achievement and to continuously improve our practices.”
“The Honor Roll proves that many schools are doing well, even those with high numbers of historically disadvantaged students,” said Jim Lanich, ERP President and CEO. ”These schools are clearly doing something right and all schools, no matter what zip code they are in, can achieve this kind of success. School and school district leadership have a great opportunity to find out what’s working at these Honor Roll schools and replicate it.”
“We are proud to recognize those schools and school districts who are succeeding in putting their students on a path of productivity that not only leads to success in the classroom, but also prepares them to contribute to and benefit from a more productive economy,” said Greg Jones, ERP and CBEE Board Chairman. “Leadership from both education and the business community is critical to linking success from one system to the next, and ensuring that students have the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve a college degree and the financial security of a living wage job.”
The California Honor Roll program is made possible with generous support from numerous businesses and organizations including Automobile Club of Southern California, Macy’s, Wells Fargo, Enterprise Holdings Foundation, and several private foundations. Chevron Corporation provides support for the STEM Honor Roll.
A full list of the Honor Roll schools and districts: http://edresults.org/HonorRoll/HonorRoll?State=CA
Score for the Poor collecting donations of soccer and sports apparel in May at Laguna Beach Schools
Make a difference in May by donating gently used soccer and sports apparel at Laguna Beach schools. Laguna Beach High School Juniors Sterling Butler and James Langton are continuing the efforts to provide the apparel to underprivileged children in Mexico, South America and Africa. http://www.score4thepoor.com/
These efforts are in partnership with longtime friend and neighbor Dave Day, founder of Growers First. Growers First is an advocate for farmers in remote areas of the world. They utilize agriculture and education to create traceable transformation in the lives of poor farming families in remote regions. http://www.growersfirst.org/
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Futbol team outfitted by Score for the Poor
Day has delivered uniforms to hundreds of children since the formation of Score for the Poor in 2010. This is thanks to donations from the Laguna Beach High School soccer teams, Little League, Laguna Beach Parents, AYSO, West Coast Futbol Club parents, and other organizations outside the city.
Donation bins will be in the administration offices of the individual schools for the month of May.
Laguna Beach Soroptimists honor local Live Your Dream Award recipient Stacy Brand with $2500
Soroptimist International of Laguna Beach has presented a $2,500 Soroptimist Live Your Dream Award to help a local woman improve her economic situation.
Recipient Stacy Brand will use the cash award to complete her bachelor’s degree at Utah State University Online, where she is majoring in speech language pathology/ communication disorders. Once she completes her studies, Brand, a single parent with an autistic son, plans to become a Speech Therapist and help children with a variety of special needs, including autism.
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Macguire Brand (L), Stacy Brand, and Connie Burlin, SILB President
“I had run out of money and wasn’t going to be able to take classes this summer to finish my program,” Brand said. “The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Award came through just in time. I’m looking forward to finishing my degree so I can go on to a master’s program and eventually become a practicing Speech Pathologist. Then I can help other children as my son has been helped.”
The Live Your Dream Award provides women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families with the financial resources to offset costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education or additional skills and training. The award can be used for tuition, books, childcare, carfare or any other education-related expense.
“The Laguna Beach Soroptimists chose Brand because of her optimistic attitude, her 4.0 grade-point-average in college and the excellent recommendations she received. The SLPA program requires many hours outside of class for clinical internships, making it very difficult to work while in the program. The Live Your Dream Award will help Brand and her son meet their expenses this summer. “ quotes Cpnnie Burlin, club President.
Brand will now advance to the Soroptimist Desert Coast Region level, where recipients can receive up to an additional $5,000. The program culminates with three finalist $10,000 awards.
The Live Your Dream Award provides more than $1.6 million in cash grants to head-of-household women in need each year. Since the program’s inception in 1972, approximately $30 million has helped tens of thousands of women achieve their dreams of a better life for themselves and their families.
For more information about how Soroptimist improves the lives of women and girls, visit silagunabeach.org
Meet Richard Bausch and Charmaine Craig, two bestselling authors, at events at LB Books this May
Laguna Beach Books kicks off its May events with two national bestselling authors, Richard Bausch and Charmaine Craig.
On Thurs, May 4, at 6 p.m., Laguna Beach Books welcomes author Richard Bausch for a talk, Q&A and signing. He will be discussing his latest collection of short stories, Living in the Weather of the World, fourteen unforgettable tales that showcase his electrifying artistry.
Bausch is a prize-winning novelist and universally acclaimed short story writer. In this new short story collection, Bausch plumbs the depths of familial and marital estrangement, the violence of suicide and despair, the gulfs between friends and lovers, the complexities of divorce and infidelity, and the fragility and impermanence of love.
The book has already received several rave reviews, such as the one from Kirkus Reviews, “Considered one of our living masters of fiction,this current collection of 14 stories from Bausch demonstrates his lightning-quick ability to develop complex, unique characters and situations.”
Living in the Weather of the World by Richard Bausch
Richard Bausch is the author of twelve novels and eight volumes of short stories. Among other awards, he is a recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Bausch is a graduate of Iowa’s MFA program and is currently a professor of English at Chapman University in Orange, California.
Continuing its May events, on Sun, May 7, at 4 p.m., Laguna Beach Books welcomes author Charmaine Craig. Charmaine will be discussing her new book, Miss Burma.
Set in Burma from the 1940s through the 1960s during the most violent and turbulent years of a civil war that has continued to the present day, Charmaine Craig’s novel tells the story of one family’s remarkable journey through this fraught political and social landscape, equal parts love story and incisive political novel inspired by the true story of Craig’s ancestors.
Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig
Craig’s mother, part of Burma’s Karen ethnic minority, became Burma’s first beauty queen and, later, a guerilla revolutionary for Karen independence. Epic in scope, Miss Burma is a deeply transporting novel that illuminates the history of this fascinating country, a rare setting in fiction.
Charmaine Craig is a faculty member in the Department of Creative Writing at UC Riverside. A former actor in film and television, and a Burma activist privy to negotiations at the highest level in the current conflict, she studied literature at Harvard University and received her MFA from the University of California, Irvine. Her first novel, The Good Men, was a national bestseller translated into six languages.
In my words, Fitz Maurice and her National Park Paintings Series (part one of two)
By SUZIE HARRISON
This first of two columns about Fitz Maurice and her astounding National Park Paintings series is written from my perspective and experience with Fitz over the years and my reaction to seeing the series up close and personal. I fell instantly in love with her work the first time I saw them.
The second column will be in Fitz’s own words filled with rich stories, anecdotes, and quotes, pure Fitz, insightful and enlightening, true to form.
Fitz is in a league all her own. I was blown away the first time I interviewed Fitz, as a cub reporter working with Stu at the Coastline News in November 2001, and ever since, I have always held her in such high esteem.
Before our first meeting in her studio, she had just been nominated by the International Committee of Critics to be one of the artists representing the US in the Florence Biennale, an international juried exhibit in Italy.
Over the years, I have written stories about Fitz and her myriad artistic endeavors, as we have always stayed in touch. Before I interviewed her this time, I remembered when Fitz went to live in the wilderness by herself – well, with a dog – in New Mexico around 2002-2006. I asked Fitz if her experience during her “Call of the Wild” adventure was the impetus for the Park series all these years later.
In a sense it was, marking the first time she painted national parks. She captured El Morro National Monument, Zion, and Yellowstone. That experience affected her to her core. And it’s what sparked her passion and her quest to capture all our national parks, our amazing national treasures.
For my story about her National Park Paintings series, I was so excited to visit Fitz in person in her studio and experience her latest masterpieces of nature. Despite having the highest expectations of herself, Fitz always seems to exceed them, insanely, above and beyond.
I had the privilege of being the first person to see these new works in the series. I was mesmerized, as I gazed in awe at her prolific work, these 10 powerful pieces that she had already completed and signed, all in 2017.
To see the series together, to feel surrounded by these gorgeous parks, really spoke to me, each one on an individual level. Fitz showed me the effect light had on the paintings. The color, the pieces, responded to the light, illuminating and casting a different hue, ever changing and evoking a different feeling and perspective.
Fitz’s work emanates this awesome affect. I was drawn in, feeling as if I was standing where Fitz had, feeling the same sensations of the sun, breeze, and listening to the sounds and sights, actually transcending me to that place at that time.
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Pictured: “Idyllic, Redwood National Park, California” / Oil Painting / 16” x 12,”
one of 10 new magical pieces in Fitz’s National Park Paintings series
Looking up at the giant redwoods in Fitz’s piece,“Idyllic, Redwood National Park, California” / Oil Painting / 16” x 12,” I enjoyed the perspective and magnificence of these glorious giants, the rich texture and color, capturing the soul of the park at an exact moment.
I am always amazed by the detail and depth of her paintings, so meticulous with each minute stroke adding the slightest bit of color from her palette.It’s easy to get lost in the texture and layers.
Her charcoal drawings were equally compelling with fantastic detail. With both her drawings and paintings, I felt like I could stare forever. The National Park series takes the viewer on a journey; the story unfolds like turning a page in a book that you can’t seem to put it down, one that you don’t want it to end.
The same can be said about Fitz’s work, it’s her gift, her phenomenal ability to draw you into the painting. With every piece, the story continues and unfolds, endless, and timeless. When you look at these works, these parks, you’re breathing in nature, and at the same time it takes your breath away.
Fitz’s National Park Paintings series is indeed a national treasure. Visit www.nationalparkpaintings.com and enjoy her journey, her quest.
And don’t miss part two – the story in Fitz’s own words – so exciting!
Until next time…so much beauty and nature, so little time!
Lucky 13 for Ladies Who Lunch, Read and wear hats
The Friends of the Laguna Beach Library will hold their 13th annual Ladies Who Lunch and Read luncheon on May 2 at 11 a.m. Ladies are asked, but not required to don their lovely hats, and join the Friends at Three Seventy Common at 370 Glenneyre, (across the street from the library).
There will be prizes for the best hats and a raffle, and guests will be able to share the books they have enjoyed. To make reservations, send your check for $65 to The Friends of the Laguna Beach Library, 1310 Moorea Way, Laguna Beach, 92651 or go to the Friends website www.friendsofthelagunabeachlibrary.org/programsandevents in order to pay by PayPal. For more information, call 949-376-5135.
Rotary Club’s Grapes for Grads® event takes place on Sunday April 30 at Tivoli Too!
On Sunday, April 30 from 12 – 4 p.m., the Rotary Club of Laguna Beach will host its 12th annual Grapes for Grads event - Laguna’s Largest Annual Wine Tasting Event.
The event will be held at Tivoli Too! 777 Laguna Cyn Road.
Grapes for Grads will feature wines from around the world including Argentina, California, France, Italy, New Zealand and more. Attendees may taste as many wines as they like while enjoying live music by “Magnolia Memoir,” art demonstrations by the students of Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD) and delicious food provided by the Wine Gallery.
Combining wine, food, live music, live art demonstrations, a silent auction, raffle and opportunity drawing, Grapes for Grads is a self paced yet extremely interactive event and the most highly anticipated wine tasting event of the year.
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Grapes for Grads helps students achieve their educational goals
“This year we again have great food supplied by Chris Olsen at the Wine Gallery which we believe is a perfect fit. We have also been so fortunate to have the support of the wine industry for the past 12 years. Their support and the support of our sponsors, such as US Trust, has assisted us in providing over $228,000 in scholarships since we held our inaugural event. The biggest supporters have been the community. We are truly thankful for the support,” explains chair Jeffrey Redeker.
The Rotary Club of Laguna Beach through its Grapes for Grads event provides scholarships to college bound students from Laguna Beach High School and students currently enrolled at LCAD. The focus is on students who show excellence in academics or art coupled with a commitment to community service but may also require financial assistance to achieve their educational goals. The Rotary Club of Laguna Beach receives more than 160 scholarship applications each year.
Admission is $50 in advance and $60 at the door. Attendees must be 21 to enter.
Additional event features include an opportunity drawing for a night’s stay at the fabulous Surf & Sand Resort & Spa, wine tree opportunity drawing and other prizes.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.GrapesForGrads.com or by contacting Jeffrey Redeker at 949-371-7595
Audition schedule is set for the July and August production of CHICAGO at No Square Theatre
Strong performers are desired for leading roles and ensemble parts. In CHICAGO, merry murderesses Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly vie for the spotlight and the headlines in the roaring twenties. The style is bold, brassy, and vaudevillian. The best-known hit song from the musical is “And All That Jazz.”
The popular musical (Music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse) will be directed by Joe Lauderdaleand choreographed by Ellen Prince.Performances will be Friday – Sunday, July 28 – 30, and August 4 – 6 and August 11 – 13. General rehearsals will begin around May 20, with Roxie and Velma rehearsals earlier (TBD).
Who: Singers, Dancers, Actors
When: April 21 – May 16, 2017
Auditions will be held at No Square Theatre, and are grouped by roles:
Roxie & Velma
Friday, April 21: 6 – 10 p.m. Audition Song
Saturday, April 22: 2 – 6 p.m. Dance
Sunday, April 23: 2 – 6 p.m. Read & Sing
Billy Flynn, Matron Mama Morton & Mary Sunshine
Monday, May 8: 6:30 – 9 p.m. Audition Song
Tuesday, May 9: 7 – 10 p.m. Read & Sing
Saturday, May 13: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Audition Song
Sunday, May 14: 6 – 10 p.m.
Monday, May 15: 6 – 10 p.m. Dance (Additional times may be needed.)
Tuesday, May 16: 6 – 10 p.m. Read & Sing
See descriptions and more information about all the roles at: www.nosquare.org/auditions.html
The auditions will be held at No Square Theatre, in Historic Legion Hall, 384 Legion Street, two blocks south of the High School.
For additional information on events, auditions, classes, and to purchase tickets, please visit nosquare.org
Police Beat Primer
Compiled by Alli Rael and Stu Saffer
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 042817
Nicole Erin Horwitz, 34, Aliso Viejo – Tuesday, April 25
Wednesday, April 26
Forest Avenue | 200 Block | Burglary
5:43 a.m. A passing jogger noticed that a window had been smashed at a business overnight. The investigation is pending and the loss is still being determined.
Broadway Street & Forest Avenue | Warrant, Drugs
12:17 a.m. During a traffic stop, Edward Arthur Garcia, 54, Indio, was arrested on an outstanding North Court warrant. Juliet Ann Hurtado, 41, Ontario, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Tuesday, April 25
Coast Hwy | 8600 Block | Warrants
6:46 p.m. Ann Marie Javage, 49, Laguna Beach, was arrested on two Harbor Court warrants for driving on a suspended license.
Laguna Canyon Road | 20400 Block | Warrant
1:05 p.m. Lance Paul Rippy, 53, Costa Mesa, was arrested on a warrant for being drunk in public.
Jasmine Street | 400 Block | Vandalism
11:44 a.m. A tree was partially cut down. The suspect also threatened to use salt to destroy the tree.
Legion Street | 200 Block | Warrant
10:15 a.m. During a traffic stop, Kapadia Prajay Uptal, 34, Irvine, was arrested on a warrant for speeding.
Jasmine Street | 100 Block | Disobeying Court Order
7:38 a.m. Leslie Shacklett, 55, no fixed address, was arrested for disobeying a court order with $15,000 bail.
Monday, April 24
Arrests for Being Drunk in Public
Jeffrey Taylor, 61, Laguna Hills
Adam Gibson, 32, San Diego
S. Coast Hwy | 1300 Block | Drugs, False ID, Parole
1:20 p.m. Brian Almanza, 24, San Juan Capo, was arrested for possession of narcotics, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, and providing a false identification to officers. He was also arrested for no bail parole violation.
N. Coast Hwy | 1000 Block | Warrant
1:11 p.m. Alexander Anderson Harris, 68, Laguna Beach, was arrested for two outstanding warrants for municipal code violations.
Laguna Canyon Road | 1000 Block | Burglary
11:40 a.m. The doors to a shed were forced open and its contents were rifled through.
Coast Hwy | 30500 Block | Vandalism
10:55 a.m. A group of juveniles was skateboarding on campus.
High Drive | 100 Block | Fraud
10:50 a.m. An unknown person accessed the RP’s account to buy food.
Legion Street & Glenneyre Street | Traffic Collision
7:50 a.m. A vehicle and pedestrian collided. The pedestrian had cuts but refused hospital transportation.
Sunday, April 23
S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Warrant
8:55 p.m. Heriberto Tavarez, 24, Anaheim, was arrested on a North Court warrant for drugs.
Coast Hwy | 31100 Block | Warrant
2:06 p.m. During a traffic stop, Alvaro Novoa, 39, San Juan Capistrano, was arrested on a warrant for driving without a license.