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October 10

Abbie Baker

Anne Broussard Belyea

Denise McCreedy Nash


October 11

Fernando Quinde

Giselle Russ

Jayne Du

Kerry Walker-Collins

Kristine Landrum

Sarah Cassidy 


October 12

Dave Sanford


October 13

Cynthia Oliver

Danielle Wilson

Kim Berry

Lisa Mansour

Scott Moore

Sheldon Welch


October 14 

Christina Hartley

Emily Hayden

Sean McCracken


October 15

Doris Law

Gretchen Ellis

Linda Frost

Lyn Hawes


October 16

Christine Kunkel

James Stabler

Lourdes Nark

Valerie Sokola


October 17

Brandon Menchaca

Kathy Norwood

Robert Hayden III

Teri Hunter

Sound Spectrum



1. War on Drugs, Deeper Understanding

2. Beatles, Sgt. Peppers Lonely hearts Club 50th 

3. Lana Del Rey, Lust For Life

4. Cage The Elephant, Unpeeled 

5. Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie, Self Titled

6.George Thorogood, Party Of One

7. Arcade Fire, Everything Now

8. Haim, Something To Tell You 

9. Chainsmokers, Memories: Do Not Open

10. Foster The People, Sacred Hearts Club

11. Lorde, Melodrama

12. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN

13. Manchester Orchestra, A Black Mile To The Surface

14. Imagine Dragons, Evolve

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

16. Mac DeMarco, This Old Dog

17. Fleet Foxes, Crack-Up

18. John Mayer, The Search For Everything

19. Phoenix, Ti Amo

20. Violent Femmes, 2 Mics & The Truth

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LBHS Schedules




Thursday, October 12

Coed Surf

@ Thalia– 6:30 a.m.


Thursday, October 12

Girls Varsity Golf

@Ben Brown’s – 3 p.m.


Thursday, October 12

Boys F/S Football

@ Costa Mesa–3:15 p.m.


Thursday, October 12

Girls Varsity tennis 

@Home–3:15 p.m.


Thursday, October 12

Girls JV Tennis

@ Mc Fadden MS– 3:15 p.m.


Thursday, October 12

Girls F/S Volleyball

@Costa Mesa – 4 p.m.


Thursday, October 12

Girls JV Volleyball 

@Costa Mesa – 4 p.m.


Thursday, October 12

Girls Varsity Volleyball

@Costa Mesa –5:30 p.m.


Friday, October 13

Girls Varsity Volleyball

@Wesstview HS –TBA

Friday, October 13

Coed All levels Cross Country

@Oak Canyon Park – 3 p.m.


Friday, October 13

Boys Varsity Football

@Home – 7p.m.



First Annual Salsa Sunday!

Presented by the Laguna Beach Community Clinic

Live Music provided by La Charanga Cubana

Salsa Dance Lesson with Kati Hernandez

Authentic Cuban Treats by Portos

October 22,  at the Clinic’s parking lot from 3 – 5 p.m.

$20 Cover, accompanying children are free

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You have guac to be kidding me: Avocado toast was harder to find in Laguna than we thought 


Dianne’s musings…

An avocado a day keeps the doctor away, well, not really – although maybe they are better for our health than the proverbial apple: according to the California Avocado Commission, one-third of a medium avocado (50g) has 80 calories and contributes nearly 20 vitamins and minerals, making it a great nutrient dense food choice.

 Wouldn’t matter anyway, I just love them, and truly do eat them every day, in any way, shape, or form. Once during a party mixer game, in which the guests wrote down the one thing they couldn’t live without, I scribbled avocados, (unfortunately not my husband, kids, or dog, though the dog would have come in a close second). 

But then my family loves avos as well, so much so, that my 22-year-old grandson has an avocado tattooed on his arm. That’s a life-long commitment. 

So, not surprisingly, when given the scrumptious assignment of sampling some of the avocado toast offerings at local restaurants, I was giddy with anticipation.

Although Lynette’s love affair with avocadoes began on a different continent (South Africa), we share a similar passion for this tasty fruit, which is sometimes called an alligator pear, so we decided to put our heads together, prime our taste buds, and collaborate.

Lynette’s musings…

Way back in the seventies, before avocado toast was a thing, I loved hot buttered toast (slightly burned) upon which I’d place avocado, mashed with a hint of vinegar and sprinkled with a decent amount of salt. 

Little did I know I was ahead of my time, and that avocado toast would become a gourmet breakfast of choice in the 21st century. 

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Zinc serves it lavishly and chunkily

Turns out there are many varieties of avocado toast. Each has its own style, appealing to purists and innovation-seekers alike.

For my son Dylan, an avocado junkie (I was addicted while pregnant with him), I’ll be recommending Zinc Café when he next comes west for his fix. The avocado is lavishly and chunkily served on a bed of julienned radishes and topped with chives. 

A poached egg (if desired) is served in a separate little bowl. This prevents any yolk, no matter how delicious, from invading and compromising the integrity of the perfectly toasted base. 

Mouth-fillingly marvelous, is all I can say.

Those who prefer their avocado as a palate-pleasing accent rather than a full-on avalanche of taste may wish to visit Jan’s Health Bar. Here, the presentation of avocado toast is so stunning, I considered framing my breakfast instead of eating it. 

The avocado is generously applied to the toast, but in a much more understated fashion, and, if ordered with a boiled egg, the dish arrives with pretty ovoid ovals topped with chili flakes. This breakfast will appeal to those who like a bit of spice in their lives. 

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I considered framing my breakfast at Jan’s instead of eating it

Kitchen in the Canyon serves avocado on a toasted brioche topped with jalapeno-cilantro aioli, avocado spread, sliced avocado, tomato salsa jam, topped with an egg, poached or fried.

“What?” I exclaimed upon reading the menu. “Avocado spread and avocado slices?” Talk about heaven!

And it was good. The jalapeno and tomato salsa jam contrasted interestingly with the smooth coolness of the avocado. The cilantro-averse should avoid this dish, though. 

I must admit I’m mystified as to the difference between mashed avocado with added ingredients, and guacamole. Why don’t we call it guacamole toast? It’s a puzzle. 

But anyway, now I am feeling the urge to make some guacamole just in case guests should drop by. (You never know!) Back to Dianne.

Dianne continues to muse…

Unlike Lynette, I didn’t have an egg at Zinc, although the dish was a delight without it too. Served on sourdough toast with a slight slathering of butter, then sprinkled with lemon tinged radishes, and finally topped with more than ample mounds of creamy avocado, this serving is so generous that part of this offering ended up in to-go containers. 

Jan’s Health Bar also offers a bagel with avocado, and this has a more down-home appeal. The bagel was a great alternative. The perfectly seasoned avocado was a nice change from the traditional cream cheese, more health conscious, and an option for those who love bagels, but must avoid dairy. 

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Bagel with avocado is a great alternative for those who must avoid dairy

And yes, the age-old guacamole versus avocado question! With the presentation at Kitchen in the Canyon, we got a taste of both – we hit the mother lode. The brioche was a nice touch, lighter and a bit sweeter than toast, and the tomato salsa jam and jalapeno-cilantro aioli added a tasty blend of sweet and spicy to the richness of the avocado. An interesting twist. 

Evidently, the popularity of avocado toast has been overstated, because on Wednesday morning, Lynette and I walked the streets downtown trying to find another version to sample. No luck. We tried The Grove, Anastasia, Moulin Bistro, and C’est La Vie (all of which have delightful breakfasts, some of which incorporate avocado but none that gives it star billing). The White House and The Cliffs were closed. 

After a brisk walk, we agreed that at least we were getting some exercise, an unexpected benefit for adamant avocado-seekers. Then, starving, willing to give up the Great Avocado Chase and just eat whatever else might appeal, we ended up at The Greeters, which has a spectacular view of Main Beach. 

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Build your own avocado toast…

Although they too didn’t have avocado toast on the menu, we decided to Build Our Own Breakfast, and each ordered an avocado with an egg (Lynette had bacon on hers) and a side of toast. This wouldn’t be the first choice if a diner were looking for a more gourmet version, but it had the vital ingredients, half an avocado, egg and toast. 

In sampling the Avocado Toasts available in Laguna, there was such a variety, it is difficult to compare them – each had its unique attributes destined to please someone somewhere.

And now, bring on the Super Bowl – just five short months away … the king of guacamole events.

According to the Haas Avocado Board, fans eat an average of 278 million avocados that day. With the politically divided state of the country these days, it’s good to know that so many of us have at least one thing in common: a deep and abiding love of avocados. 

Or is it guacamole?

Word about our breakfast toast taste test has spread like, well, avocado

A little more on the subject from Lynette

Turns out that when you tell people you’re doing an avocado toast taste test, the word spreads like, well, mashed avocado, and all at once yesterday Dianne Russell and I were inundated with stories about really, really good avocado toast, told where we should have gone, and we were urged also to break out of our comfort zone and try pumpkin toast. 

Sadly, deadline day prevented us from experimenting with the pumpkin option. But we offer Project Juice’s version below for the avocado-averse. (And Project Juice has avocado toast too.)

Diane Armitage, who writes our Laguna Beach Best column, strongly recommends Skyloft’s avocado toast, available all day, and on weekends for breakfast as well. (It was a weekday when Dianne Russell and I scoured the town for the right toast to taste-test.)

“I’ve never been a fan of the current trend of ‘avocado toast,’” Diane A tells us. “It’s usually a bland attempt at finding another way to use a stale piece of bread and an over-ripe avocado.” 

(Methinks being a regular food reviewer must lead to a little cynicism sometimes, Diane A?) 

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Skyloft’s Avocado toast

Diane A goes on to say, “Skyloft’s Avocado Toast, though, is a robust, confident entry that you can actually pick up with your hands.”

(This is an interesting angle that we neglected to mention in our feature, the handiness or otherwise of the dish in question. I appreciated the Zinc version very much, but it’s true that I feared it would topple over in my hand, so generous was the serving of the glorious green fruit – but I found that a good problem to have.) 

“Chef Arthur’s choice for fresh-baked, thick pumpernickel is a happy anomaly that holds its own and blends beautifully in taste to the creamy, spicy, blistered-tomatoe-y goodness,” Diane added.

Here’s how the menu describes the delicious dish at Skyloft:

“Seasoned crushed avocado with lemon dill aioli, spicy avocado dressing and a creamy hint of queso fresco. Topped with blistered cherry tomatoes and micro cilantro. Served on fresh baked pumpernickel bread with a simple side salad.”

I’m sold. See you there tomorrow, Dianne Russell?

And in other news…

Project Juice Laguna Beach also offers avocado toast, described as follows: 

Gluten free toast spread with fresh avocado, microgreens, and black sesame seed seasoned with sea salt and black pepper with a touch of lemon. Top with Bee Pollen Booster for an extra dose of vitamins, minerals and protein.”

But it’s the pumpkin toast that sets Project Juice apart. The company’s board certified nutritional consultant, Marra St. Clair, says that Project Juice Laguna Beach is pumped for fall, and they’re introducing their favorite pumpkin flavors with its new Pumpkin Spiced Protein Oats and Pumpkin Butter Toast.

“The flavor of the season is more than just delicious - with its fiber-to-calorie ratio, pumpkin can help us feel fuller, longer,” St. Clair says. “It’s also heart healthy, with the prevalence of phytosterols that studies have shown can reduce bad cholesterol.

“Pumpkin also has more potassium than bananas, making it a phenomenal choice to help repair the muscles pre- and post-workout.”

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Project Juice’s pumpkin toast

Hence the pumpkin toast option, described thusly in the press release:

“This perfectly toasty-on-the-outside, fluffy-on-the-inside gluten-free vegan toast is everything that’s right in the pumpkin world. Combining bee-free honey, spiced pumpkin butter, and almonds, the Pumpkin Butter Toast is a great source of fiber, protein and healthy fats, and is well-suited for a quick breakfast or as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. 

St. Clair adds that pumpkin is also a tremendous source of vitamin A and is rich in beta-carotene, which aids in eye health, and is also loaded with antioxidants. They say that pumpkin can also help boost the mood, with amino acids that have been shown to aid in the production of serotonin. 

This strongly suggests that I should indulge in pumpkin on deadline days. 

And that maybe the saying should be “a pumpkin a day keeps the doctor away.”

Especially, of course, if used as a doorstop.

Barbara’s Column

Hurtful words can have dire consequences


Photos by Mary Hurlbut

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” 


“You are fat, nobody likes you, you don’t belong here” can be as painful as a punch. 

A fist can cause tears and a bloody nose. Hurtful words can cause suicide, according Ability Awareness Project, a program that provides anti-bullying education. 

“Words matter,” said Councilman Steve Dicterow on Sunday.  

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150 white images represent those lost to youthful suicide

The councilman was surrounded by some 150 plastic figures, displayed by the anti-bullying organization from 8 a.m. to sunset on the Cobblestones at Main Beach. 

Each figure had a photograph and the story of a youthful suicide. The figures represented a fraction of the thousands of children who have found death preferable to bullying.

“If you are not being bullied, you are a target for it,” Dicterow said. “Targets can fight back and if a target can’t fight back, they can tell someone. Be your own hero.”

Dicterow told an interested crowd that he was wearing a bright orange shirt for a reason.

He said it was his banner against bullying and a challenge to bullies: “Bring it on.”

Both on Sunday and at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Dicterow expressed gratitude that council members Rob Zur Schmiede and Bob Whalen showed up at Main Beach to support the effort to curb bullying, if not end it.

“It was quite moving,” said Zur Schmiede. “I wish the problem would go away.” 

However, he doubts t it will ever be eradicated.

Doesn’t mean we should stop trying. 

“Bullying will always happen,” said Dicterow. “We should always fight it.”

He would have like to have seen a Laguna Beach Unified School District representative show up for the event. 

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Shadi Pourkashef played Chopin’s Funeral march every hour on the hour

Shadi Pourkashef, founder of the Awareness Project, said she has been invited to speak at schools in the Capistrano School District, and to Anaheim and Santa Ana middle school students, but not in Laguna. 

“I am surprised at the lack of interest by the School Board,” said Pourkashef.

Pastor Jay Grant also spoke on Sunday. 

“There is no pain quite like the pain of being called names,” Grant said. “I was in tears as a child when teased about being a redhead.”

One Laguna Beach Girl (unnamed at the request of Pourkashef) was ready to shed more than tears. She confided that she had been suicidal.

“I had it planned,” she said. “I went upstairs and my dog came up with me. I looked at him and thought I don’t want to never see him again---so I ran downstairs and talked to my mom.” 

They talked and the girl got the help she needed. She is the heroine of her own story.  

“We owe it to our kids to address this grave issue,” said Laguna Beach resident Steve Baker

Pourkashef made her statement by playing Chopin’s Funeral March, every hour-on-the-hour on a grand piano, hauled onto the cobblestones.

Her priorities are working with schools, increasing public awareness of the ghastly consequences of ignoring bullying and promoting, an on-line educational platform. 

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The images of lost children were heartbraeaking

“Our goal is reach as many schools as we can,” said board member Pooneh Khazei.”We can change the environment and teach kids to understand kindness and see differences as an asset.”

Sunday was the second such event sponsored by the Awareness Project, according to Pourkashef. 

“We are just starting to make an impression in town,” she said.

Sandy Thornton, an old hand at arranging events, lent her expertise to help Pourkashef make more of an impression. 

Thornton was driving past Main Beach last year when she spotted the figures. 

“I thought, how the hell could there be an event I don’t know about,” said Thornton. 

So she parked her car and asked Pourkashef to go for coffee.

Thornton offered to ask Dicterow to speak at Sunday’s event.  

“He immediately put the date in his cell phone,” said Thornton.” I have never seen him so passionate.”

Local girl scouts (also unnamed) participated, bestowing red roses at the foot of figurines, honoring unsolicited cash donors.

Bullying is the third leading cause of death among children and teens. It has to stop.

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Lagunatics will sell out fast with so much to parody this year: Drones & clones, trollies & follies & more

Lagunatics, around for an unbelievable 25 years of rhymes and raucous behavior, opens its new production on Oct 13 at 7 p.m., with all the costumes, song parodies, and irreverent laughs Lagunans have come to expect. 

This year is especially festive because Lagunatics celebrates two and a half decades, according to this year’s motto, of “spreading rhyme disease since 1992.”

Smoking bans? Uber and sharks? Trolleys, follies, and drones over parks? Nothing (and no one) is safe from the jokes and jabs delivered through song parody and shameless overacting. 

Will there be goats? Residents will have to come to the show and see. 

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There will be flowers: Rufino Cabang models the latest in … goat fodder?

Lagunatics 25 is directed by creator Bree Burgess Rosen and choreographed by Paul Nygro, with music direction by Roxanna Ward. The expected sillifest of costumes, sets, and props are by Rosen, Brigitte Harper, Jean Fallowfield, Larry Lewis, and Patrick “Acme” Quilter.  Writers are Rufino Cabang, Bridget English, Rebecca M. Lyles, Paul Nygro, Chris Quilter, and Bree Burgess Rosen.

This year’s stellar cast includes Eric T. Anderson, Yvonne Browining, Bree Burgess, Evie Cant, Rufino Cabang, Bridget English, Rob Harryman, Chloe Lovato, McKay Mangum, Marc Marger, Kristen Matson, Jay Rechter, Roxanna Ward, and Ella Wyatt.

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The cast, downcast about the pepper tree: odds are they’ll cheer up fast

Productions take place at the No Square Theatre in Historic Legion Hall, 384 Legion St, two blocks south of LBHS. The school has ample free parking. Patrons can come early, and enjoy dinner and drinks al fresco before curtain. Seating is extremely limited, and the theatre has enjoyed a long run of sold-out events, so tickets must be purchased in advance. 

Performances will be held on Oct 13-14, 20-22, 27-29, and Nov 3-5. All Fri and Sat performances are at 7 p.m., and the first three Sun are at 6 p.m. The Nov 5 performance, at 5 p.m., is the 25th Anniversary Gala with a live auction, and al fresco dinner sponsored by Ketel One Vodka, Sterling Gin, and Rodney Strong Vineyards.

Tickets, available at, are $35 and $50 for Sun performances, $45 and $60 for Fri and Sat, and $100 and $125 for the final night Anniversary Gala.

Dennis’ Tidbits


July 1, 2016


Devil winds ravage our state: I remember the nightmare of ‘93

What a nightmare! It seems like every time we blink our eyes there’s a new catastrophic event, the latest being half our state is on fire. As of 9 p.m. on Wednesday Oct 11, 3500 structures have been ravaged by 22 separate wildfires with 22 deaths. 

Up north the offshore winds are known as Diablos, Spanish for Devil and down here those same dry offshores are called Santanas, better known as Vientos Diablos or Devil Winds, only the winds down here are much hotter, especially in October. Normally the dry offshores are limited to Southern California but when there’s another strong high pressure north of the Great Basin High, then those dry winds also blow from the east and northeast with extremely low humidities just like down here. Down here we’re dealing with the Canyon 2 in Anaheim Hills fire, which at this writing is about 45 percent contained.

I know what it’s like to lose everything but the clothes you’re wearing due to fire.

On October 27, 1993 I was renting a four-bedroom house with local artist Ryan Gourley and his family. Nobody was home when our place went up in flames in a matter of minutes around 4:30 that afternoon. The Santanas were howling at 45 mph, the air temp was 95 degrees with the relative humidity at 7 percent with dew points at four degrees. The fire jumped Laguna Canyon Road about 3:30 out by Big Bend and an hour later it was marching up the hill adjacent to Canyon Acres Drive. Our house was at the end of a cul de sac at the end of 1294 Coronado Street. Our place was about 450 feet directly above the Sawdust Festival Grounds. It was terrifying as I watched this 50 foot tall fire dragon bearing down on our neighborhood. At that time I was on top of a shingle roof at the top of Aster Street hosing the roof of this 90 year old lady that lived there with her two golden retrievers to help save her house as the fire was only a hundred yards away. I looked up just in time to see my house across Canyon Road go up in flames. 

The thing that hurt the most was the loss of family memorabilia over three generations of the McTighe Family including literally thousands of photos taken over the course of 75 years. Pictures my Mom and Pop took all over Laguna when they first arrived here in 1939. That stung the hardest. 

That was a tough period in Tidbits’ life. On September 10, 1993 I lost my Mom to cancer, then the fire six weeks later, then my first and only wife lost her battle with uterus cancer on Nov 10, just two weeks after the fire. Sure threw me for a loop as I had a nervous breakdown but eventually I realized, Hey, S_ _ _ happens, I’m still above ground! 



LBCWD presents the 8th annual SmartScape Expo on Sat Oct 14 at 8: Enjoy free landscape consultations

The Laguna Beach County Water District wants to help your landscape bounce back from the drought and is inviting all to participate in its Eighth Annual SmartScape Expo on Sat, Oct 14 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the District’s headquarters, 306 Third Street.

At this free, family, fun event, attendees can take advantage of free landscape consultations, meet with local landscape and irrigation professionals, purchase California-friendly plants, and learn about available rebates on water efficient devices. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in planting workshops, kids activities, receive free compost, and much more. 

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LBCWD walks the talk when it comes to waterwise gardens

“We’ve just come out of a five-year drought, but droughts are cyclical and the next one could be right around the corner,” says Renae Hinchey, General Manager for the Laguna Beach County Water District. “SmartScape is a great opportunity to meet face-to-face with local experts who can help your landscape bounce back from the drought and get it better prepared for the next one.”

For the first time, the District is also offering a Spray-to-Drip Workshop, hosted by Rain Bird. The $35 course will be held at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. at SmartScape. Eligible customers of the Laguna Beach County Water District and South Coast Water District will receive a free Spray-to-Drip Retrofit Kit ($199 value). This all-in-one kit is designed to help you easily convert your planter beds from spray to drip irrigation and reduce your water use by up to 80 percent. 

There’s still time to reserve a seat, call (949) 494-1041.

SmartScape Expo is supported by many partners

The 2017 SmartScape Expo is supported by LBCWD partners: Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, South Coast Water District, and OC Succulents & California Greenhouses. Event sponsors include: Ganahl Lumber, Honey Girl Grows, Imperial Sprinkler Supply, Kellogg Garden Products, Native West, Rain Bird, Soil Retention, The Toro Company, and Waste Management. 

Community organizations represented at SmartScape include: Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach, City of Laguna Beach Water Quality Department, Laguna Beach Garden Club, Laguna Beach School Gardens, Laguna Canyon Foundation, Municipal Water District of Orange County, Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District, Saddleback College, UCCE Orange County Master Gardeners, and Wyland Foundation.

For more information on the SmartScape Expo, visit

Laguna Beach County Water District provides water service to 19,000 residents within an 8.5 square mile area of Laguna Beach. The District’s mission is to furnish a high quality, reliable water supply in a financially responsible manner, while promoting water-use efficiency.

Glennwood Gala marks seventh anniversary of escrow closing and raises more than $200,000

Photos by Scott Brashier

Last Saturday night’s fourth annual Glennwood Gala at The Ranch at Laguna Beach took place on a very special anniversary: exactly seven years to the day that escrow closed on the property, which would ultimately become the beloved home of approximately 50 developmentally disabled adults. 

More than 280 people attended the event held under the stars.

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Good friends Grace and Claire had a wonderful time at the gala

 “Dreams, visions, great ideas…none of that happens without true commitment,” said Master of Ceremonies Richard Henrikson. “And after that moment of commitment, we worked on design, construction, staffing, licensing, finding residents – after all that, four years ago we opened the door to Glennwood, moving all of them in over two back-to-back weekends.

“Remember that, what thrilling chaos that was?”

The sold-out crowd nodded and applauded at their tables under the stars at the beautiful setting. They’d enjoyed champagne and amazing hors d’oeuvres including spinach pastries, “the best ever deviled eggs” and Caprese. They’d wandered alongside tables containing incredible Silent Auction items ranging from original art by the residents of Glennwood to spectacular vacations to a painting created live by Tom Swimm – to a wheelbarrow of wine, and more.

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What’s a Laguna event without a Greeter (or two?) – Dave Desantis and David Blaine take on the role as guests arrive

And now, during dinner, a delicious salad followed by roasted lemon chicken breast accompanied by spiced lentils, rainbow chard and chimmichurri sauce, they enjoyed hearing of the great strides that have been accomplished at Glennwood over the past few years. 

“Glennwood is at full occupancy with a waiting list, and we are fully staffed. Residents are out and about in the greater Laguna community, living their slogan ‘Lovin’ our life in Laguna,’” Henrikson told the audience “must be A-listers,” he said. 

He cautioned, however, that there are still financial needs to be addressed, including renovations to the dining room to make it more versatile as a multipurpose room; renovations to the activities room including the art space; and the need to a private conference room for training and private meetings. 

Later in the week, Janet Parsons of Glennwood noted that everyone at Glennwood was particularly grateful to Matt Clayman, brother of Resident Bradley Clayman, and Debbie Neev, Board Member and family friend of Resident Jesse Blasberg, for the inspiring words that they shared during our celebration.  

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L-R: Grace Fina (resident), Chris Reyes, Terri Kennedy and Clare Reyes

Henrikson also gave his thanks to sponsors Todd Hansen of the OC Foundation, Comerica Bank, Stu News Laguna, the Glennwood Board and “invaluable staff, Faith Manners, COO, who is our rock; Rachel Landers, associate director, and our indispensable senior staff, who keep Glennwood running smoothly.”

“Glennwood is all about family and community, and these two speakers definitely shared their perspectives on Glennwood and its impact to both family and the community,” Parsons said. 

“This year’s Fund-A-Need was greatly enhanced by an incredible gift from Michael & Linda Mussallem in the amount of $75,000!  This impactful gift will certainly give us every opportunity to make our activities areas places for art, for training, for entertainment and many other functions,” Parsons added. “That gift was then matched by another very generous gift of $75,000 by The Thompson Family Foundation.  

“We are so grateful to everyone who supports Glennwood House,”

For more information about Glennwood House, visit

Prof Katherine Manthorne will speak on California Mexicana: Mission to Murals on Oct 15 at LAM

On Sun, Oct 15, at the Laguna Art Museum, Professor Katherine Manthorne, guest curator of California Mexicana: Mission to Murals, will give a presentation on the themes of the exhibition. 

Professor Manthorne, a specialist in modern art of the Americas, earned her Ph.D. from Columbia University. She was director of the Research Center at the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum, where she also served as executive editor of the journal American Art. 

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Ferdinand Deppe, San Gabriel Mission, oil on canvas, 27” x 37” – gift of Nancy Dustin Wall Moure

Earlier Prof Manthorne was professor and chairperson of art history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her fellowships and awards include the Tyson Scholarship at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; Terra Foundation Professor, Free University, Berlin; Baird Library Fellow, Smithsonian Institution; and Senior Fulbright Research Fellow, University of Venice. 

rofessor Manthorne curated California Mexicana: Missions to Murals, 1820-1930 (assisted by Professor Alberto Nulman, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), and edited and contributed to the accompanying publication.

Advance tickets are recommended. Visit, or call 949.494.8971 x203. The Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive.

The Annual Girls’ Night Out sold out and raised $160,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach

The 9th Annual Girls’ Night Out was a sold-out affair with more than 300 women attending on Sept 28. This year’s event was presented by Wilson Automotive Group, Montage Laguna Beach, Newport Lexus, Starfish, PIMCO, State Street and Winston’s Crown Jewelers who donated two jewel and diamond-loaded set of earrings and strand of pearls -- all worth over $13,000 for this year’s opportunity drawing. 

Chaired by Club Event Committee and Board Member, Celeste McCarthy, this Girls’ Night Out raised $160,000 in direct support of the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach’s Club Programs. 

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Michelle Fortezzo, Chief Development officer at BGCLB & daughter Sarah Benson, LBHS Teacher

As guests arrived at the event they were greeted by Winston’s Crown Jewelers’ models bedecked in their magnificent jewelry. During the event, the models posed in black cat suits and encouraged guests to try on the many exquisite pieces of jewelry. As the ladies made their way down the stairs they got to enjoy delectable cuisine from Starfish, Laguna Beach and participated in the silent auction. 

“This was another successful Girls’ Night Out in terms of enthusiasm and revenue,” said Pam Estes, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach. “We rely on the generosity of the community and our sponsors to help support the out-of-school programs that we provide for over 300 children and counting. Every dollar of support counts towards making a difference in the lives of a child.” 

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Pam Estes, CEO at BGCLB & Event Chair Celeste McCarthy

The Club would like to give gratitude to long-time Club supporter Holly Wilson for another year of opening the doors to her incredible home for the Club. Every day children rely on the nationally recognized, award winning and character-enhancing programs offered by the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach. 

At the Boys & Girls Club, socially sound experiences designed to keep children healthy, active, and “thinking” are all provided thanks to supportive efforts like this one. Anyone interested in sponsorship opportunities or more information about the Laguna Beach Boys & Girls Club should contact Michelle Ray-Fortezzo, Development Director, at (949)494-2535x7584 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Walk for Freedom on Sat Oct 14 at Main Beach will raise awareness about human trafficking

On Sat Oct 14, a fundraising and awareness event called Walk for Freedom will take place in hundreds of cities across 50 nations. In Laguna Beach, participants will meet at 10 a.m. at Main Beach.

The purpose of the walk, operated by a global anti-human trafficking organization called A21, is to raise awareness about the millions of men, women and children who are still trapped in slavery today. 

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2016 Walk for Freedom, with participants wearing distinctive clothing

By fundraising and rallying thousands of people around the cause, the belief is that this event will be the catalyst for the rescue and restoration of human beings who are being exploited as commodities.

Walk for Freedom is distinctly recognized by its participants who are in single-file lines, wearing black shirts and yellow bandannas across their mouths.

“We are utterly convinced that slavery can be eradicated in our lifetime. All of us can put our feet on the pavement and use our steps to make a difference,” says Christine Caine, A21’s founder.

More information about Walk for Freedom and registration:

12 Angry Men provides thought-provoking drama at Laguna Playhouse audience this month

Opening night of 12 Angry Men brought together Playhouse major donors, corporate sponsors, community leaders and Board members in a thought-provoking evening. The Pre-Show Reception enabled Playhouse management and guests to mix and mingle while enjoying appetizers catered by JM Events and complimentary wine and Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin cocktails.  

The 90-minute performance about the American justice system kept patrons engrossed in the sociological discourse which could just as easily take place in present day jury rooms as it did in this 1957 fictitious one. 

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Director Michael Matthews with Kirsten Vangsness, who stars in Criminal Minds

The post-show Artistic Director’s Party celebrated the powerful performance by a stellar cast directed by Michael Matthews, producer Laura and Louis Rohl, 2017/2018 Season Producer Lisa Hale and The Hale Family, and Season Sponsors South Coast Plaza, Firebrand Media LLC, Gelson’s, Haskell White, Bodhi Leaf Coffee Traders, Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin and Surterre Properties.  

12 Angry Men company included:  Andrew Barnicle, Daniel Berlin, Richard Burgi, John Colella, Rick Cosnett, Seamus Dever, Matthew Henerson, Mueen Jahan, John Massey, David Nevell, Erick Odom, Dennis Renard, Tony Sancho, Scenic Designer Stephen Gifford, and Costume Designer Kate Bergh.

Laguna Playhouse has been recognized in 2017, 2016 and 2015 as one of Orange County Register’s “Best of OC” in the category of Live Theatre, and has been recognized by OC Hotlist in their “Best Theatre Group” winning first place in 2017 and 2016. 

The Laguna Playhouse has featured many talented performers on stage, including Ed Asner, Leslie Caron, Hershey Felder, Harrison Ford, Val Kilmer, Gregory Harrison, Dan Lauria, Hal Linden, Wendie Malick, Rita Rudner, Charles Shaughnessy, French Stewart, Loretta Swit, and Bette Davis.

For more information, visit

Harvest Festival on Sat Oct 14 will support Growing Skills educational program

Now that the crowds have gone home for the summer, crisp fall weather is upon us, and the holidays are just around the corner. Bluebird Canyon Farm and Transitions Laguna is inviting everyone to a Harvest Festival on Sat Oct 14 from 4 – 8 p.m. to share in the bounty of the season and celebrate community.

There’ll be food, music, family fun and a pie contest.

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Tomatoes at their lushest, reddest best, grown on the farm

The cost is $10 for guests arriving with a dish to share and $20 for those arriving empty handed. Food and beverages will be available.

Photographer Mary Hurlbut will be offering three holiday portraits for $12 with free digital download.

There is no on-site parking for this event. Personal vehicles should be parked on Rancho Laguna Road. 

Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult or guardian. Minors under the age of 16 will be admitted free. Tickets can be bought online at or at the door at 1085 Bluebird Canyon Drive. Phone number 949-725-0325.

Fun, German food, and rollicking festivities at Anneliese School’s Annual Oktoberfest on Oct 14

Anneliese Schools is proud to announce its annual Oktoberfest celebration taking place on Sat, Oct 14, at Willowbrook Campus, located at 20062 Laguna Canyon Road, from 12-5 p.m. Last year, over 1,000 people attended the event. 

The celebration takes place in the Willowbrook Campus’ gorgeous gardens, where attendees can sit beneath the grape arbor and enjoy German fare while listening to live music performed by professional musicians, including Heinrich Martin, Kallie Forester, and Adam and Roberta Haines.

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Kids enjoy rides at Anneliese’s Oktoberfest

Guests will be able to dine on delectable traditional Bavarian food, including bratwurst, potato salad, sauerkraut, pork roast, goulash with dumplings, pretzels, along with delicious festival favorites such as organic cotton candy, organic sno-cones, and more.

A mechanical bull ride has been added to last year’s favorite bungee-jump. Professional face painting and balloon art may be enjoyed by children and grown-ups alike.

Free trolleys will be shuttling passengers from City Lot 16 to the Willowbrook Campus. Parking is free.

South Laguna Community Park hosts Fall Potluck Festival Oct 22 from 2 – 5 p.m.

South Laguna Community Garden Park is hosting its annual Fall Potluck Festival October 22 from 2-5 p.m.

This year will be special since the firefighters of Station 4 will be invited and recognized for their service to our community.

Activities will include face painting, pumpkin decorating, prizes, fun family games, and live music from the Garden Band.  

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Lots of fun awaits attendees of this year’s Festival

The public is invited. Attendees are asked to bring drinks and a dish or snack to share. Reusable dinnerware will be provided—and washed by Garden volunteers to reduce waste.

Donations to the Garden Park are welcome.  The Garden Park is located on Coast Highway at Eagle Rock Way.

For more information go to or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Run with a mission

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Women’s Health Magazine is sponsoring a nationwide “Run 10 Feed 10” event to help feed those in need in Laguna Beach. The 10k run (or walk) will take place on Sat, Oct 28 at 8 a.m. at Crystal Cove - meet at Los Trancos parking lot. Proceeds from the $35 registration fee will benefit the Laguna Food Pantry. Register or donate at

Playhouse presents Spooktacular Tricks & Treats: dine at four scarily good restaurants this Halloween

On Tue, Oct 31, Laguna Playhouse will present Spooktacular Tricks & Treats, an exclusive & tasty Halloween dine-around party. 

Instead of trick or treating with candy and apples, guests will be treated to delectable food paired with wine and beverages from four top restaurants located within the Canyon Festival Center. 

If attendees are so inclined, they may choose to dress in a favorite Halloween costume and be rewarded with prizes for best male, female, and couples costumes. Restaurants include Another Kind Café, Kitchen in the Canyon, Ivory Lounge, and [seven degrees].

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The cozy interior of Ivory Lounge will welcome you on Halloween

The first stop of the night is at Another Kind Cafe from 6 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. where the dining adventure begins, with tastes from Vietnam and South-East Asia. The restaurant will be serving Bun Cha Ca, a traditional white, buttery fish that is pan fried, marinated with turmeric, and served on top of vermicelli noodles and mixed greens. The dish is topped with caramelized onions, red onions, scallions, fresh baby dill, and roasted peanuts and paired with a 2015 Simonnet Febvre Sauvignon Blanc. 

The second stop is the Kitchen in the Canyon,  from 6:30 p.m.- 7:15 p.m., serving a seasonal menu of roasted butternut squash soup with nutmeg cream, and herb marinated hanger steak skewer with truffle butter, paired with a Seasonal Aqua Fresca. 

Ivory Lounge and Restaurant, the third stop, will offer a true comfort food of veal pelmeni which is Russian style dumplings filled with tender veal and complemented by a creamy mushroom sauce. This dish will be paired with Angeline Pinot Noir. 

The final stop is [seven degrees] from 7:30 p.m- 9 p.m., with a dessert trio of mini chocolate pot de creme, lemon meringue tartlet, and cheesecake bar, along with an array of beverages including Michelle champagne, sparkling apple cider, sparkling water, gourmet coffee, and fine hot tea station. 

The evening ends there with music, dancing, and the awarding of prizes to the “The Best Costume” winners.

The Bahá’í community of Laguna Beach will hold a Festival of Unity at the FOA on Oct 22 at 3 p.m.

The Baha’i community of Laguna Beach will hold a Festival of Unity at the Festival of Arts Forum Theatre on Oct 22, beginning with a reception at 3 p.m. followed by a program of activities between 4 and 5:45 p.m.

The national Light of Unity Festival is not an event but a series of activities generated at the grassroots level all around the country, which reinforce Bahá’u’lláh’s vision of the oneness of humanity and empower participants to contribute. 

“I feel a great urgent need for everyone in our community to attend and create connection with all. This is the greatest goal and desire right now,” says Suzy Elghanayan of Baha’i Laguna. “It’s a great follow up from our interfaith vigil and peaceful rally a few months ago to now actually do something towards unity. I hope this is just the beginning!”  

Activities will include drama, music, art exhibits, storytelling, service projects, prayer and devotional programs. 

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(L-R) Suzy K Elghanayan, Talieh Movafagh, Gouya Zamani, Deanne LaRue Grieve

At the national level, the Bahá’í House of Worship in Wilmette, IL, will host a nine-week series of programs beginning in early September on themes applying the principle of the oneness of humanity to contemporary challenges, including environmental justice, race relations, indigenous peoples, human rights, and the harmony science and religion.

Oct 22 also marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith.

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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 101317

DUI Arrests

Rachel Judd, 21, Dana Point – Monday, October 9 Hit and Run

Lucy Arrom, 44, Tustin – Sunday, October 8 Hit and Run

Incident Reports

Tuesday, October 10

Coast Hwy | 32300 Block | Theft from a Vehicle

11:05 a.m. A wallet was stolen from the RP’s unlocked Honda Civic.

Monday, October 9

Sleepy Hollow Lane | 600 Block | Warrant

11:09 a.m. Braden Elliot Bolton, 38, no fixed address, was arrested for a Harbor Court warrant for illegal lodging with bail set at $2,500.

Sunday, October 8

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Trespassing

2:17 p.m. Amber Kristen Castillo, 39, no fixed address, was arrested for trespassing.

North Coast Hwy | 400 Block | Burglary, Vehicle

12:17 p.m. Two young women saw a man taking something from a broken back window of a car that was not theirs.

Library Events



 Fri, Oct 6

Homework Help

3:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.  

Homework is an important part of educational process. It improves your child’s thinking and memory, helps them develop positive study skills and habits that will serve him or her well throughout life. That’s why Laguna Beach Library is hosting a Homework Club. Children from Kindergarten through 8th grades are welcome to attend and receive help with their homework for subjects Math and English.


Sat, Oct 7

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. 


Tue, Oct 10

Bedtime Math’s: Crazy 8s Club

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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


Tue, Oct 10

Book Club

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

This month, the Laguna Beach Adult Book Group will be discussing “Island of a Thousand Mirrors” by Nayomi Munaweera. Copies will be available at the checkout desk.


Wed, Oct 11

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, Oct 12

Family Storytime 

10:30 a.m.- Noon 

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. 


Thu, Oct 12

Read to a Dog 

3:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Schedule a 20-minute session on our 3-D printer. Customize an object using software, and prepare it for printing. Staff will print the item and contact you when it is ready for pickup. Space is limited, so preregistration is required. Consult the library for available times, or for more information. 949-497-1733.


Thu, Oct 12

School Age STEM

3:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Our STEM program promotes critical thinking, problem solving and creativity—for kids 8-years and up.  We’ll learn all kinds of cool ways to design things that go! We’ll play with the weather and work with math concepts too.  Each month we’ll have a fun and awesome hands-on experience! Preregistration required. Please call the library at 949-497-1733.


Fri, Oct 13

Homework Help

3:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Homework is an important part of educational process. It improves your child’s thinking and memory, helps them develop positive study skills and habits that will serve him or her well throughout life. That’s why Laguna Beach Library is hosting a Homework Club. Children from Kindergarten through 8th grades are welcome to attend and receive help with their homework for subjects Math and English. 


Laguna Beach Library

363 Glenneyre St.


  Laguna Beach Books

Bi-weekly Bestsellers



Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward 

A Column of Fire by Ken Follett 

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng



The Vietnam War by Geoffrey C. Ward & Ken Burns 

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton 

Bloomberg by Chris McKickle 


Children’s Books

The Book of Gold by Bob Staake

The Antlered Ship by Dashka Slater 

Meditate with Me by Mariam Gates 


Staff Recommendation

Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda 


1200 S Coast Hwy


Off-season transit hours 

Laguna Beach Transit off-season hours are as follows:  

Coastal Trolley: Friday, 4 to 11 p.m.; Sat, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Neighborhood Trolleys in Top of the World, Arch Beach Heights and Bluebird Canyon: Monday through Thursday 6:40 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Neighborhood Service to North and South Laguna: Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

For more information visit the City’s website at

Nominations invited for honorees at the 2018 Patriots Day Parade

The 2018 Patriots Day Parade will take place on March 3, with Waves of Freedom as its theme.

“The public is invited to submit nominations for honorees for the 52nd parade, including Grand Marshal, Citizen, Artist and Athlete of the Year,” said a Patriots Day Parade committee spokesperson.

Nominate Grand Marshal, Citizen, Athlete and Artist

Nominations should be emailed to Sandi Werthe at before October 10, 2017.  

If available, the biography of the nominee should also be included.

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