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March 21

Ed Smith

Kim Ressler

Lauran Roberson

Michael Dean


March 22

Chad Lane

Charles Michael Murray

John Gustafson

Michele Oliver Hall

Tommy Benson


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March 24

Cathy Nokes

Charlotte Gulley

Christin Milan

Jenny Schmitz

Jim Schmitz

Laura Law


March 25

Britany Michaels

Bryan Gianesin

D’Anne Purcilly

Jason Farris

Julie Daw

Suzanne Redfearn


March 26

Gilles Sensenbrenner

Jeanette Cotinola

Lee Field

Rachiel Macalistaire

Robert Hansen


March 27

Annamaria Pope

H Charton

Laura Bailey

Paul Laos

Sound Spectrum



1.Shins, Heartworms

2. Ed Sheeran, Divide

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3. Thievery Corporation, The Temple Of I & I

4. Spoon, Hot Thoughts

5. The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Monolith Of Photos

6. Ryan Adams, Prisoner

7. Depeche Mode, Spirit

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8. Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface

9. Ty Segall, Ty Segall

10. La La Land, Soundtrack

11. Deadmau5, W:2016 Album

12. Elbow, Little Fictions

13. Tycho, Epoch

14. The XX, I See You   

15. Flaming Lips, OCZY Mlody

16. Lady Gaga, Joanne

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17. Bruno Mars, 24k Magic

18. Neil Young, Peace Trail

19. Rolling Stones, Blue & Lonesom

20. John Legend, Darkness & Light

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Find your bliss at Nirvana, where dishes are inspired by and in harmony with the changing seasons

Story and photos by LAURA BUCKLE

In 2008 downtown Laguna Beach was graced with the arrival of Nirvana Grille, a sister restaurant to its flagship restaurant in Mission Viejo, which had opened just two years prior. 

Nirvana Grille is committed to offering delicious food and impeccable service. Their fresh menu allows a kitchen full of high-quality ingredients to take center stage. 

They describe their food as ‘clean’ California cuisine. They strive to work closely with purveyors to ensure access to the best-available provisions while changing menus with the seasons. 

The menu I got to taste was the fall menu – however, the spring menu is out this weekend, and I’ll be back to try that soon.

The menu is composed entirely of all natural meats free from hormones and antibiotics, organic free range Mary’s poultry and sustainable seafood. No food allergy or intolerance is too much of a challenge for these guys. Offering gluten free vegetarian and dairy free alternatives is no problem for this forward-thinking, adaptable restaurant. 

The nuances of American-, French-, Latin-, and local-seasonally influenced fare has earned executive Chef Lindsay Smith-Rosales and Nirvana Grille accolades from both local press and her peers. 

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Light, fresh, gluten free and tasty: the burrata and organic heirloom salad

The night I chose to report on Nirvana Grille, Chef Lindsay was not there. However, she had no worries about this as she has full confidence in her sous chef, Jimmy Corona, and she left him full instructions that we should be presented with a delectable tasting menu.

I love it when chefs surprise you with dishes, it’s the best thing about this job – the element of surprise and trying all things new is my favorite thing to do.  

Our server for this evening was Enrique, who has been with Nirvana Grille Laguna Beach for six years and is charming, charismatic, knowledgeable and professional. He explains that we are to have a tasting menu that the chef will prepare fresh, therefore he will need to know of any allergies. 

With one of us choosing to be gluten free and the other not, he explains that he will cater the tasting menu to suit us both.

Our Food Journey at Nirvana Grille

The first dish to come out was the burrata and organic heirloom tomato salad. Served with a delicious basil pesto, balsamic reduction, kalamata olives, fresh basil and micro arugula, this dish was really good: light, fresh, gluten free and incredibly tasty. The organic cherry heirloom tomatoes were sweet and juicy. This is a dish I would definitely order again and again.

The next dish was Nirvana Grille’s famous poblano chile, a huge green chile stuffed with fresh spinach, artichoke hearts, shallots, cream and Parmesan cheese, served with cream cheese garlic toast for the gluten free guest. This was totally my kind of dish, the little kick of the pepper was just enough to taste and the texture of the whole dish felt right, not too greasy or heavy. It was a perfect dish and reminded me of a giant jalapeño popper. Great to share. 

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Delicious whole “Loup de Mer” sea bass is served with sautéed vegetables

I then chose a dish from the large plates section of the menu, a whole Loup de Mer sea bass served boneless, with a fresh herb coating that is grilled to give the fish a crisp coating and then baked in the oven to cook through. This is served with lemon, sautéed vegetables and sautéed lentils. This dish hit the spot on many levels. 

The fish was first of all cooked to perfection, because the two methods of cooking, lightly grilling and then baking, ensured it really did “fall apart” without being dry or chewy. The vegetables, in this case broccolini and zucchini, were cooked al dente (I suspect steamed) and were perfect. Lentils are so hard to get right, but chef Jimmy knows what he’s doing. No mush, no hard bites. A perfect side to a perfect dish.

Next was the grilled fillet mignon, a center cut, in our case cooked medium rare, served with herb maître d’ butter, roasted garlic mashed Yukon gold potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon and Cambazola cheese.  This dish is usually served with a green peppercorn sauce, however that does contain wheat, so we were served with a delicious chimichurri sauce that worked just as well. 

This dish was tasty and surprisingly light given the density of the ingredients.  The fillet cut through like velvet and had that delicious melt in your mouth texture. The Cambazola cheese worked really well with the Brussels sprouts also.

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Individual mud pies were delicious, rich and perfect for two

It was dessert time and we were presented with two beautiful options to try.  

The individual mud pie was a gluten free chocolate cookie crust, with espresso ice cream, chocolate sea salt and truffle gelato, topped with macadamia nuts, chocolate sauce and fresh whipped cream and strawberries. It was delicious, rich and perfect for two spoons.

The goats’ cheese ice cream was the second option and this was crazy good. Absolutely not what I expected (ice cream and cheese?) however it was insanely more-ish, smooth and had such an interesting flavor. 

I did take some strawberries from the other dessert to combine the berries and goat cheese and that worked really well too, so it may be worth asking if you could have a small side of berries to accompany this when ordering.

All in all, my experience at Nirvana Grille was really positive. I left feeling like I had eaten a healthy well-rounded packed full of goodness meal, even with having a dessert.  I didn’t have that stodgy, I’m full-to-popping feeling. 

In fact I felt in a state of bliss, oblivion – an ideal condition of rest, harmony, stability and joy, also known as: Nirvana…

Well done to Lindsey and the team. I look forward to your spring menu!

Nirvana Grille is located at 303 Broadway. Visit or call 949-497-0027 for more information.

Barbara’s Column

2017 LBHS Foundation Scholarships are underway




In 1947, the Ebell Club donated the first scholarship to a Laguna Beach High School student. 

Last year, 131 students were recipients of a total of $380,000 in awards and scholarships – thanks in large part to the efforts of the Laguna Beach High School Scholarship Foundation. 

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Eager students await the scholarship awards in 2016

Some of the donations go back as far as the one established by Mayor Pro Tem Kelly Boyd’s grandfather, Joe Thurston, well before the foundation was made official in 1988. Some new donors crop up almost every year. Some donations include serious money. Some are token amounts, mainly to honor the recipient.

Donors can take different paths to fund the scholarships via the Foundation: direct payment of a designated amount each year to the Foundation; contributions to the Foundation, which chooses the recipients; endowments, which require a minimum of $10,000, with the annual scholarship amount based on interest earned each year.

Most of the awards are sent directly to the schools, so the recipient is guaranteed the money is there and the foundation is guaranteed the money is being used as intended for post-secondary education. 

A very few awards are handed directly to the students, for whatever use they choose.  

About 25 percent of the recipients are selected by the 10-member Laguna Beach High School Faculty Scholarship Committee. 

The committee chooses the recipient, based on established criteria; or the donor participates in selection process and recommends award winners; or the committee initially screens the applicants, the donor participates in a second screening and recommends winners.

“In all cases, the donor is the driver,” said Foundation board member Diane Kloke.

Foundation President’s letter stirs some controversy

This year between 84 and 89 donors who directly select recipients received letters 

signed by school board member and Foundation President Ketta Brown requesting donors to recommend acceptable alternate recipients of their scholarships, to be decided by the scholarship committee.

Not going to happen, said Friends of the Laguna Beach Library board member Randy Ray, who advises the group on its scholarship strategy.

“It’s our scholarship and we should select who receives it,” he said. 

Brown wrote that providing more than one recipient would enable the Foundation to balance the scholarship dollars awarded, benefit the greatest number of students as best they could while maintaining the integrity of the Foundation’s unique processes and comply with IRS regulations.

It is true that some students walk away from the Convocation with a ton of awards while some other worthy student might go unrecognized and it just that which breaks the hearts of some Foundation members. 

“But scholarships are based on the each donor’s recognition of achievements by a particular student,” said Friends of the Library President Martha Lydick

Megan Vick vividly remembers the 2005 convocation.

She walked out of the Artists Theatre that night as the recipient of several scholarships, “Winning these scholarships instilled in me a new-found confidence, a realization that my community was willing to invest in my future,” Vick said. 

Besides raising a ton of money for Laguna Beach High School seniors the Foundation also establishes policies relating to the administration of the scholarship program, provides oversight of managed funds, manages the scholarship application process for graduating seniors and hosts a reception honoring the donors prior to the Convocation. 

Both events are a tribute to contributions of the Foundation, whether or not you always agree with its decisions. 

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

Dennis’ Tidbits


March 24, 2017

Say goodbye to the marine layer for a while 

I finally made the cover of GQ Magazine. Yea, Grandpa’s Quarterly.

We finally flushed out that ugly prolonged marine layer thanks to a couple of cold fronts so surface visibilities increased to about 30 miles on Wednesday afternoon.

There wasn’t much rain on Tuesday, mostly drizzle or very light rain that only amounted to a few hundredths of an inch from the first front but the second front right on the heels of the first one was packed with plenty of cold unstable air. 

There wasn’t much action locally but several strong thunderstorm cells broke out over the Inland Empire and places north of LA, including many high desert communities. 

It looks like we won’t see a return of that marine layer for a while as a couple of weaker cold fronts are set to pass through here this weekend. We’ll be on the southern fringe of these fronts so any precipitation will be in the form of a few showers. After that a ridge of high pressure will settle over the area resulting in an offshore flow with warmer daytime temps and cool, crisp nights. 

On this date in 1996 a strong late season Santana wind event came to visit as the mercury soared to a record for March high of 94 degrees. That record still stands to this date. Also on this date in 2014 a very strong early season Southern Hemisphere swell with sets of 8-10 feet were exploding on Brooks Street’s Second Reef making for a grand opening of the 2014 south swell season. 

The real highlight of 2014 was the epic swell compliments of hurricane Marie in late August with consistent 12 ft. plus bombs hitting from a severe angle of 160 degrees. Marie entered our swell window as a powerful Category 5 storm with a central pressure as low as 912 millibars. Marie’s waves were the biggest from a hurricane since September 15, 1997 when Category 5 hurricane Linda lit up the Orange County Coast. Newport Point, better known as 15th Street did a fine imitation of Hawaii’s Pipeline with a few sets as high as 18 ft.

Have a great weekend, ALOHA!

Mission Hospital Laguna Beach gets a new MRI

This week the new MRI was installed at the Sue and Bill Gross Emergency Department at Mission Hospital Laguna Beach. This lifesaving technology was made possible through the Gross’ very generous $10 million gift to enhance emergency services.  

The MRI will be open for service in late April.

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Mission Hospital is thrilled to get latest MRI machine

The MRI is part of a comprehensive plan funded by the Grosses that includes new imaging technologies, expanded and enhanced facilities, and the provision of emergency support services to ensure sustainability for generations to come.  

The need for advanced imaging technology is critical in caring for emergency medicine patients. 

The Gross’ gift will fund imaging enhancements that will enrich patient comfort and convenience, promote optimal healing and augment the efficiency of treatment.

To learn more about the exceptional care and services at Mission Hospital Laguna Beach or to donate, visit or call (949) 499-1311.

Guest column

Harley Rouda

Candidate for 48th Congressional District

Cruel Health Care Plan

Congressional Republicans finally released their long-awaited plan to replace the Affordable Care Act and it’s even more of a disaster than anticipated, being panned by experts across party lines. According to the Congressional Budget Office’s independent analysis, about 24 million Americans will lose their healthcare coverage by 2026 if this legislation is passed, nearly doubling the rate of uninsured people. 

The proposal cuts the available ACA subsidies in half and restructures them based solely on age, eliminating any consideration of income when distributing tax credits.

Additionally, under this plan, insurance companies would be able to charge older consumers five times more than younger consumers and enables them to reduce the types of medical expenses covered in their plans. 

The proposed bill would also dismantle Medicaid as we know it, while phasing out the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion that provided so many previously uninsured people with quality healthcare coverage for the first time. We need to protect Medicaid, not leaving the poor and working families forced to choose between paying their mortgage, for their child’s education or for their healthcare. 

Despite the Administration’s constant promises that no one will lose their coverage, the most marginalized Americans will be the hardest hit by this devastating plan, including unemployed people, working class Americans, the elderly, disabled people, and women. It’s completely backwards and nonsensical to create a healthcare system where the more help you need from the government, the less you get. 

In Orange County, residents above the age of 60 will get 39% less in healthcare subsidies - about $2,500 less per year.

In many ways, this legislation is not just a healthcare bill, but functions as a massive redistribution of wealth to the richest Americans in the form of hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts to the wealthy. Champions of this plan deceitfully position their proposal as a way to promote freedom in the marketplace, but creating a system where working class and elderly Americans are unable to access affordable healthcare coverage is not a real form of choice.

At the same time, this healthcare proposal is a direct attack on women’s reproductive rights. The plan includes a provision that would prevent Medicaid patients from using their insurance to get treated at Planned Parenthood. As the largest provider of reproductive health in the country, Planned Parenthood provides a wide variety of low-cost preventative care, cancer screenings, and other vital services. Many areas don’t have the medical infrastructure to replace these services, leaving low-income women to fend for themselves. 

In addition to dismantling Planned Parenthood, an incredibly important organization that millions of Americans depend on every day, a provision in the House GOP plan prohibits subsidies from being spent on plans that cover abortion, which would make virtually every healthcare plan in California ineligible for the proposed tax credits.

While some representatives in Washington, like Dana Rohrabacher, have punted on taking a position on the legislation, Americans are luckily catching on to this ruse put forth by House Republicans. 

According to a recent poll from the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation, about half the country understands that the GOP plan will increase the number of uninsured and raise prices for consumers who have to buy coverage on their own. While Paul Ryan admitted on Wednesday that the current plan’s structure must change to pass the House, it is unclear how they will amend the legislation.

Despite some obvious problems with the ACA, like its impact on small businesses or rising premiums, it’s undeniable that President Obama’s landmark reform has done some groundbreaking and amazing things for people in need, both in terms of expanding critical health care coverage and lowering cost for most Americans. 

Just in the 48th Congressional District, 76,899 residents have received healthcare coverage through Covered California and the Medicaid expansion, according to Health Access.

Ultimately, our nation’s healthcare system reflects how we treat each other in times of need and millions of Americans lives are at stake. We need to join the rest of the advanced world and finally ensure that healthcare coverage is a right for every American. 

In the meantime, members of Congress need to have a real conversation about ways to improve upon our existing healthcare system, not to completely dismantle it and throw millions of people off their current healthcare coverage. Healthcare cannot continue to be treated as a hyper-partisan political game, and we need to work together to find common sense reforms that increase the level of provided care and lower the costs for our most vulnerable people.

Note from editor: At time of going to press, no vote had been taken on the Republican healthcare bill.

Divers Against Debris, saving our Laguna Beach waters, one dive at a time


On Saturday, while walking my dog in Heisler Park, I noticed a group of scuba divers above Diver’s Cove and a banner reading, Project AWARE, Protecting our Ocean Planet, One Dive at a Time. I was intrigued and decided to ask one of the divers why they were gathered.  He directed me to Phillip Rexinger of Scuba Center in Temecula, who graciously answered some spur of the moment questions. According to Phillip, his group, as part of Divers Against Debris Adopt a Dive Site program, adopted Diver’s Cove as their project, and has been coming here every quarter for two years.  

Divers Against Debris is a volunteer program of Project AWARE, a world-wide program that tackles ocean trash head on, the only underwater collection program of its kind. They remove, record, and build a picture of the trash in our oceans, which provides valuable information about marine debris to help form policy change. As reported on their website, more than eight million tons of trash enters the ocean every year, entangling and endangering wild life and damaging critical habitats. 

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Trash pulled ashore from Diver’s Cove waters on March 11

On this day, Phillip’s team of a dozen divers met to collect debris (some were rescue divers as well, four or five were devoted only to collection) at the cove. During each visit, they bring ashore whatever they find, and then volunteer Ursula Darlington catalogs the trash to determine if the type has changed or the amount has increased or decreased since the last visit. Cigarette butts and plastic bottle caps are the biggest culprits, but they find the occasional beach blanket. The good news is that they found less trash this time than during any of their previous dives.

I asked Phillip if he had any advice to offer on how we could prevent trash from ending up in the ocean, and he said, “You don’t have to be a scuba diver to do beach cleanup. Never walk past a piece of trash. It’s not just a plastic problem, it’s an everything problem.”

Thank you, Divers Against Debris, for your help in preserving our Laguna waters.

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City will be asked to back Tide Pool grant request


The City Council will be asked on Tuesday by Marine Safety Chief Kevin Snow to approve a request for a $50,000 grant to expand the Tide Pool Educator Program.

Laguna created the program to preserve Laguna’s unique and fragile intertidal habitat and the critters that thrive there, endangered by throngs of visitors.

Two primary services are provided by the programs: Meet the Bus and the Intertidal Interpretation programs.

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Colorful life in the tide pools of Fisherman’s Cove

Each year, students from schools across Southern California visit Laguna via the Meet the Bus service. Classes convene at Heisler Park Amphitheater where lectures are presented on California Marine Protected Areas, of which Laguna is one. 

They also learn about low-impact tide pool viewing, after which they visit the tide pools below Monument Point where they learn to identify marine life in its natural setting, according to a staff report. 

Visitors of all ages can learn from and enjoy the interpretive program, which introduces them to low-impact tide pool viewing and how to identify the marine life in the pools.  

Educators are stationed at Shaw’s Cove when low tides and peak daylight overlap. They provide informational materials and answer questions.

If the council approves Snow’s request, an application for the Explore the Coast grant will be submitted to the Coastal Conservancy.

LBHS’ Cinderella and cast extend an invitation to a Royal Tea Party on March 25 & April 1 at 11 a.m.

Cinderella is inviting the princesses and princes in the Royal Kingdom of Laguna Beach to attend her first Royal Tea Party this Saturday at the high school.

Snow White, Jasmine, and the Prince will also be there, serving royal tea treats and drinks. 

The court jesters will entertain Cinderella’s guests with singing, balloon animals and the creation of royal crafts. Princess Belle will be present, reading her favorite books. 

“Belle’s favorite thing to do is read,” shares Cinderella, “So I asked her to pick a few of her favorite books to read to our junior princesses and princes.”

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Much laughter is guaranteed for those attending the Royal Tea Party with Cinderella (Ellie Glade) and the Prince (Hunter Mills)

The Godmother has been kind enough to lend the pumpkin carriage so the guests can take pictures with Cinderella and the Prince. “I am so proud of Cinderella and her performance in the musical,” says Ms. Godmother. 

The carriage will be available at 11 a.m., but as soon as the clock strikes 12 p.m., it will return to its status as a normal pumpkin. 

Guests are encouraged to dress up as their favorite princess or prince. There will be many photo opportunities at this once-in-a-lifetime party. 

“While Cinderella has been quite busy with our production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” says LBUSD Drama Director Alexis Karol, “I am so happy she can take a break and throw a Royal Tea party for her loyal fans.” 

The party is organized by the Drama Boosters, a dedicated group of parents and community members.  

The two royal tea parties will take place from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Sat, March 25 and Sat, April 1. Tickets are $10 per person and will be available at the box office at Artists Theatre at 625 Park Ave. 

All proceeds benefit the LBHS Drama program. For tickets to the musical Cinderella, visit

Flower at the Top of the World

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Stunning photo by reader Kate Rogers

For the balance challenged, Tai Chi mobility and balance classes are offered at LBCC starting March 28

On Tues, March 28, an eight-week session of Tai Chi Mobility and Balance classes will begin at the Laguna Beach Community Center on Third St from 9 – 10 a.m. Classes will be held on successive Tuesdays.

Unlike regular Tai Chi, the Tai Chi Mobility and Balance classes are tailored specifically to those with balance and mobility issues, so the focus is on using simplified Tai Chi movements in a repetitive method with a focus on relaxation and postural control and body alignment. It›s ideal for those who would not be able to participate fully in a traditional Tai Chi class. 

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Class practices mobility and balance techniques

Irvine Valley College instructor JoAnna Schoon gave much thought to developing and planning this Tai Chi curriculum. «I draw not only from my 30 years of teaching Tai Chi, but also from my personal experience with parents whose mobility degraded with age, and my own limitations resulting from knee injuries,» stated Professor Schoon.   

Tai Chi Mobility and Balance includes acupressure self-massage, gentle stretching, meditation and relaxation techniques along with simplified Tai Chi movements to focus on postural awareness, body alignment and gait.  Complex movements are introduced and practiced in manageable, repeated segments.    

“I keep the class fee affordable at $30 for eight weeks,” said Professor Schoon. 

She also offers participants the opportunity to come to the first class to see if it’s right for their needs before signing up.

Chabad Jewish Center hosts children’s Passover FUNDAY on April 5 and Passover Seder on April 10

The Passover season at Chabad Jewish Center begins with the JYZ Youth Zone presenting a Passover FUNDAY on Wed, April 5, at 4:30 p.m., for children ages 3 -13. Attendees will enjoy a Mock Seder, decorate their own ceramic Elijah goblet, take part in a Passover scavenger hunt, and join a Matzah ball raffle. The price is $8 per child.

Chabad hosts children’s event on April 5 and Passover Seder on April 10

The season continues with a Community Seder, which will be held on Mon, April 10, beginning at 7 p.m. with candle lighting and hors d’oeuvres. At Chabad, the Seder is filled with holiday warmth and insights, a delicious full course meal, hand baked Shmurah Matzah, fine wine, and more. The price for adults is $45, and for children, $25.  An RSVP is needed by April 4.

For complete Passover schedule information and Yizkor memorial services, visit the Chabad website at www.chabadoflaguna.com949-499-0770

Chabad is located at 30804 S. Coast Hwy., across from the Montage Resort.

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Jewish Collaborative hosts Scholar-in-Residence Shadi Martini on Friday March 24

In an effort to meet the spiritual needs of Jewish residents and families in Laguna Beach and Newport Beach, the Jewish Collaborative of Orange County (JCoOC) offers monthly Shabbat services in both cities. Both services are informal, uplifting and inclusive while grounded in traditional liturgy and ritual. 

The programs frequently feature guest speakers, musicians, and clergy.This coming Friday, March 24, the featured guest in Laguna Beach is Scholar-in-Residence Shadi Martini of the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees speaking on “Syrians & Israelis Working Together Behind the Scenes.” 

Musical Friday night services are held at Mozambique restaurant in once a month and are led by Rabbi-Cantor Marcia Tilchin and musician/radio personality Jason Feddy. They are followed by an optional pre-paid South African-inspired vegetarian dinner.

Reservations are required for those attending dinner and optional for those attending the service only. Dinner is $42 per person and $15 for children 12 and under. Mozambique is located at 1740 South Coast Highway in Laguna Beach.  Valet parking is available. 

This weekend will culminate in an educational fundraiser entitled OC Faith Based Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis on Sunday, March 26, 6 p.m., at Temple Bat Yahm, 1011 Camelback Street in Newport Beach. 

The event is put on by the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees and supported by the Jewish Collaborative of Orange County and St. Mark Presbyterian Church. Shadi Martini will be the keynote speaker. 

Visit for details on this event.

Free alternative mortgage financing and investment & portfolio construction workshops offered on March 25

A free workshop on March 25, from 10 – 11:30 a.m., the third in a series of workshops offered on the last Saturday of each month, will be presented by Richard T. Cirelli of RTC Mortgage Corporation and James Hitchcock of Raymond James Pacific Wealth Solutions Group. 

The workshop will be held at the Laguna Beach Board of Realtors office at 939 Glenneyre St, 2nd floor.

Rick Cirelli will discuss how to purchase or refinance real estate using alternative mortgage products including private equity financing, reverse mortgages, subprime loans, stated income & Lite Doc loans; cross-collateralization and piggy-back loans.

Cirelli, of RTC Mortgage Corporation, located in Laguna, is a mortgage industry veteran with more than 40 years of professional mortgage experience. 

James Hitchcock will speak on The Investment & Portfolio Construction Process and will concentrate on an institutional four-step template of forecasting, asset allocation, investment selection and oversight. Hitchcock of Raymond James Pacific Wealth Solutions Group, located in Newport Beach, works with individuals and corporations in assisting them toward achieving their long-term goals. 

For further information about this event or future events, call: Richard Cirelli at (949) 494-4701 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

State of the Police Department Biennial Report Presentation will take place on Thurs April 20 at 7 p.m.

The Laguna Beach Police Department is pleased to announce the State of the Police Department Biennial Report presentation on Thursday, April 20at 7 p.m.

This free event is being hosted and held at the Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach, located at 286 St Ann’s Drive.

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Officer Zach Fillers with LBPD’s K9 unit, Ranger, during the 2017 Patriots Parade

The presentation will cover a review of years 2015 and 2016 and is a report back to the community related to statistics, significant cases and events, implementation of new programs and technology, as well as the plan moving forward. 

Speakers will include the police chief, command staff and other police personnel.

This is a great opportunity to hear directly from and engage in dialogue with the police department. 

This presentation is being organized by the Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach and it is open to the public free of charge. For more information, contact Jordan Villwock, emergency operations coordinator, at 949-497-0389.

Annual City track meet takes place on April 7 at LBHS

The City of Laguna Beach will host the annual Community Track Meet on Friday, April 7 between 5 and 8 p.m.. The track meet is open to children under the age of 14 (kids who were born in 2002 or after). Children run in heats with others their own age and can participate in sprints (50, 100 meter or 200 meters) or longer runs (400, 800 or 1600 meters). 

Field events include: long jump, softball throw, high jump, and shot put. The top four winners in each age division advance to the Orange County Track Meet on Sunday, May 7 at Laguna Hills High School. 

If your child is interested in participating in the track meet on Friday, April 7, register by visiting

Also, volunteers are needed. These VIPs make or break the track meet. If you would like to volunteer, call Alexis Braun, Recreation Supervisor, at (949) 497-0762, as soon as possible.

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 032417

DUI Arrests

None this period


Incident Reports

Tuesday, March 21

Cliff Drive | 1300 Block | Theft from a Vehicle

6:03 p.m. A vehicle was entered and items stolen. The loss was unknown at the time of the report. 

N. La Senda Drive | Violate Restraining Order

4:34 p.m. Scott Fraser Coen, 70, Laguna Beach, was arrested for violation of a restraining order with $15,000 bail. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Grand Theft

4:11 p.m. A named suspect took $8,000 worth of tools. 

S. Coast Hwy | 800 Block | Fraud

2:58 p.m. The victim reported a fraudulent withdrawal from their bank account. 

Rounsevel Terrace | 2900 Block | Warrant 

9:02 a.m. Dan Eugene Callan, 55, Laguna Hills, was arrested for two Harbor Court warrants: one for vehicle registration violations and the other for driving without a license.

Monday, March 20

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Tami Dawn King, 39, Aliso Viejo

Poplar Street | 300 Block | Stolen Vehicle

7:03 p.m. A dark gray 2006 Honda Accord was stolen. It was last seen at 3:26 a.m. at Ledroit & N. Coast Hwy. 

McAulay Place | 100 Block | Burglary, Vehicle

1:44 p.m. The window to the RP’s Mercedes was smashed. A purse and its contents were stolen. 

Glenneyre Street | 1100 Block | Grand Theft

11:10 a.m. Real estate signs valued at $1,000 were stolen. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 20400 Block | Petty Theft

8:52 p.m. Two paintings were stolen. 

Sunday, March 19

N. Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Warrant

9:29 p.m. Kerry Jo Nicholl, 53, no fixed address, was arrested on a Harbor Court warrant for Dana Point municipal code violations. 

Sun Valley Drive | 20400 Block | Grand Theft

8:03 p.m. Two guitars, a keyboard and a valet key were taken from an unlocked vehicle. 

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Petty Theft

7:10 p.m. A purse was taken off of Main Beach. 

Sun Valley Drive | 20400 Block | Theft from a Vehicle

6:52 p.m. An iPhone and bracelet were taken from the glove box of an unlocked vehicle. 

S. Coast Hwy | 300 Block | Defraud Innkeeper, Drunk in Public

9:53 a.m. Two men left a restaurant without paying their $70 bill. Officers found one of the men intoxicated nearby. Jason Young, 27, Lake Forest, was arrested for public intoxication and for misdemeanor defrauding an innkeeper.

Laguna Craft Guild takes place March 26 on Main Beach

Come on down to the Laguna Craft Guild art show located on the cobblestones of Main Beach Sunday, March 26 from 9 a.m. to sundown. As always, this event is free.

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Laguna Craft Guild takes place Sunday March 26 on Main Beach

There are more than 30 different artists exhibiting unique and handmade arts and crafts, including painters, glassblowers, textile artists, potters, jewelers, & lots of others.

Bring friends, family, and dogs. For more information, visit

Laguna Beach Books

Bi-weekly Bestsellers


Exit West by Mohsin Hamad

The Woman on the Stairs by Bernhard Schlink

A Book of American Martyrs by Joyce Carol Oates


The Man Without a Face by Masha Gessen

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes

Children’s Books

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty

Egg by Kevin Henkes

My Fabulous Fairy Tale Collection

Staff Recommendation

Hello World by Jonathan Litton


1200 S Coast Hwy


Sawdust Studio Art 

The Sawdust Art Festival, in collaboration with Visit Laguna Beach, offers some exciting new classes to the Award-Winning Sawdust Studio Art Classes’ schedule for 2016.

The year-round art education program includes special classes in glass, fused glass, jewelry and ceramics.

Call 494-3030 for information and to reserve a class.

Students may register for all classes online or by calling 494-3030. 

Visit the website at:


Class Schedules


Friday, Mar 24

1 p.m.

Watercolor & Ink Travel Journal Workshop


Saturday, Mar 25

10 a.m. 1 p.m. 3 p.m.


10 a.m.

Jeweler’s Saw

1 p.m.

 Oil Painting


LBHS Schedules



Friday, March 24

Coed Track

@ Mt. Carmel Invite - TBA

Boys Baseball

@ Costa Mesa – 3:15 p.m.


Saturday, March 25

Coed Track

@ Mt. Carmel Invite - TBA

Coed Swim

@ Mission Viejo Invitational - TBA

Girls Softball

@ Costa Mesa Tournament – TBA



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