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

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

Just email to:

lynette@stunewslaguna.com

 

Celebrate and enjoy your

birthday!

 

June 27

Debra Covern

Deborah McCarron

Erin Slattery

Ryen Caenn

Tom Johnson

 

June 28

Greg Olsen

Janis Jones

Jonell Thrasher

Margaret Peterson

Nancy Makowsky

Vince Dimiceli

 

June 29

David Langran

Jennifer Welch Simmons

Katie Averill

Kricket Morton

Robin Lee Riddell

Roy Garcia

Zach Churchill

 

June 30

Clay Berryhill

Dan Miller

Debbie Lavdas

Deborah Glass

Diane Connell

 

July 1

Amanada Stanaland

Billy Gillespie

Geoff Jones

Joan Corman

Nate Foster

 

July 2

Betsy Gosselin

Jason Vonk

Jo Beth Prud’homme

Tanya Yacina

 

July 3

Allison Goode

Ann Quilter

Brett Chapin

Connie Hylton

Davey Watts

John Campbell

Summer Tarango

Sound Spectrum

Faves

 

1. Stu, our Thanks, Love, and Peace to you, Brother!

2. Beatles, Sgt. Peppers 50th Birthday (w/extra tracks)

3. Fleet Foxes, Crack-Up

4. Chris Cornell, Higher Truth 

5. John Mayer, The Search For Everything

6. Phoenix, Ti Amo

7. Thievery Corporation, The Temple Of I & I 

8. Mac DeMarco, This Old Dog 

9. Blondie, Pollinator

10. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.

11. Father John Misty

12. Alt J, Relaxer

13. Gorillaz, Humanz

14. Ty Segall, Ty Segall

15. The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Monolith Of Photos

16. Aimee Mann, Mental Illness

17. Gary Clark Jr., Live North America

18. Spoon, Hot Thoughts

19. Ed Sheeran, Divide 

20. Depeche Mode, Spirit

Since 1967

1264 S. Coast Hwy494-5959

Summer Jazz Wednesdays series goes back to the garden…the Rose Garden 

Laguna Beach Live! Summer Jazz Wednesdays began their run on June 21 at the beautiful Rose Garden at Hotel Laguna. The Latin Jazz Syndicate, featuring Bijon Watson on trumpet, started the series.

Featuring a variety of top musicians, the series continues every two weeks: vocalist Samantha Sidley with Dan Reckard on piano (July 5); Eric Dries Group (July 19); internationally-acclaimed vocalist Leslie Lewis (August 2); “A Tribute to the Poll Winners: Barney Kessel, Shelly Manne, and Ray Brown,” featuring Graham Dechter on guitar, Ryan Shaw on drums, and Alex Frank on bass (August 16); and concludes on August 30 with the Laguna Beach Live! All Stars.

Tickets are $25 for table seating and $20 for side seating. Members of Laguna Beach Live! at the Associate level or higher may purchase tickets starting on May 1 before they go on sale to the public on May 15. 

Cindy Prewitt, President of Laguna Beach Live!, said, “We are delighted to return to the Garden. It is such a great space and it offers personal service with a menu of tempting food and beverages. 

“Space is limited, though, so we suggest people buy tickets early.”

To become a member or renew a membership, go to lagunabeachlive.org

Season tickets and single concerts may be purchased at lagunabeachlive.org or by phone 800-595-4849. 

For further information, call 949-715-97113.

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Why a lifetime care program for senior cats? Because there’s often plenty left in the kitty

By LYNETTE BRASFIELD

What do senior cats wish for in their retirement? It’s hard to know. Do they dream of being able to sleep in, getting 23 hours of shut-eye instead of 22? Do they long to lie supine on a warm windowsill, watching the birds and the bees without the unsettling youthful urges that have sometimes led to frustration and other times to great fun? Do they long to be with that one partner who will comfort them until the end?

According to Pamela Knudsen, the PR volunteer coordinator for the nonprofit Blue Bell Foundation for Cats in Laguna Canyon, senior cats really aren’t that different from their human counterparts.

“Here, with Blue Bell’s Lifetime Care program, we make sure that our cats have all the comforts of home and are very well taken care of, ensuring that their golden years are filled with contentment, just as anyone would want for their aging loved ones, human or otherwise,” says Knudsen. 

Blue Bell’s Cat Retirement Sanctuary, which was founded in 1989, is not a shelter or an adoption service.

 Instead, Blue Bell offers loving and compassionate care for senior cats whose owners can no longer care for them, because of relocation, illness, or death. Resident cats live in the spacious cottage with its sunny patios, warm beds and garden setting until their final days. This was the vision of Bertha Gray Yergat, who bequeathed her home in the canyon as a permanent retirement home for cats. 

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Mittens and Sweet Pea have formed a close friendship at Blue Bell 

“Most cat owners take loving care of their pets, and yet don’t think ahead to the time when they might not be able to provide for them. Sometimes they assume that a friend or relative will adopt their cats, but even when this does happen, even the most well-meaning of people may ultimately find this a burden and end up taking the cat to a shelter,” Knudsen says. 

“This is particularly the case with senior cats, who, like humans, often require expensive medical procedures to deal with age-related disease and illness such as diabetes. Senior cats in shelters typically don’t get adopted, which is just sad for the older cat who is already dealing with the stress of losing its owner. And if the shelter isn’t a no-kill, the cat won’t be kept for long, and we know what that means.”

Enter the concept of estate planning that includes lifetime provisions for pet care, an idea that is increasing in popularity as a way to bring peace of mind to pet owners.

“Blue Bell was one of the first to see the need for what we call our Lifelong Care Program, which provides a home environment similar to the ones that the cats have experienced with their owners,” Knudsen says. “Right now we have 50 cats, though you wouldn’t guess it when you visit because of the spaciousness of the premises. Volunteers come in on a daily basis, giving the cats lots of attention, snuggling and playing with them. Staff provide the basics: food, fresh water, medication, and trips to the vet as needed.”

Knudsen notes that senior cats tend to be mellow—perhaps in this regard not so similar to aging humans?—and live together quite happily as long as they have a space to call their own.  Some remain loners, but occasionally close relationships form as the same groups of cats hang out together in the same spots. Knudsen is especially fond of the bunk-bed cat cabal consisting of Sweet Pea, Harry, Mittens, Tiger, Squirt, Buttercup, Angelo and Bubbe.

Apparently most in this group are pretty easy-going, though some, like Squirt, can be quite demanding, and some are more talkative than others. It is particularly heart-warming, Knudsen notes, to see the feral pair of tabbies, Mittens and Tiger, find solace in their friendship. Mittens and Sweet Pea are the “anchors” of the group, seldom stirring unless to greet Knudsen upon her arrival at the sanctuary.

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Laguna Woods Cat Club members and volunteer/tour guide Pamela Knudsen watch Sammy, Angelo and Ruckus enjoying a catnip blanket donated by Suzanne Stowe of LWCC

The Blue Bell Foundation, in partnership with the Laguna Beach Garden Club and Laguna Beach Beautification Council and with sponsorship from local businesses including Laguna Nursery, Native West Landscapes, Madison Square Garden and Café, and Visionscape, also has plans to beautify the Sanctuary’s setting, showcasing local flora and fauna and providing enhanced visual entertainment for the cats. Ten planned gardens will include predominantly blue and white plants, and will feature succulents, ferns, an aviary, butterfly gardens, and a meadow.

“We want Blue Bell Gardens to become a stunningly beautiful horticultural and educational destination point for Laguna Beach residents and schoolchildren,” says volunteer project manager and Chairman of the Advisory Board, Jeff Zakaryan. “Of course, we will need to manage the number of visitors at any given time, because it is important to maintain serene surroundings for the cats. They are our first priority.”

Oh, to be a cat destined for the Blue Bell Retirement Sanctuary! 

For more information about the Blue Bell Foundation for Cats, visit their website at www.bluebellcats.org or contact Pamela Knudsen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. t. For information about Blue Bell Gardens, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Laguna Beach 

Library Events

June 

 

Fri, June 23

Arts with Amy

2 p.m.

Looking for something to do on a summer afternoon?  Bring your children, ages 5-12 years, to create crafts with local LBHS student, Amy You. We’ll be using some interesting materials to make projects you’ll enjoy and want to share. Children 5-6 must be accompanied by an adult. Children 7-12 may attend on their own. Preregistration required. Please sign up in person or call the library at 949-497-1733. Class is limited to 18 people.

 

Sat, June 24

Children’s Craft Open House

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Get creative! Let your imagination run wild!  Children under 12 are encouraged to come to the library during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to make fun and creative seasonal crafts.  Adult supervision is recommended.

 

Mon, June 26

Third Street Writers Group Ink

10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Serious writers working on projects (short stories, novels, plays) meet to share feedback and support. Not a workshop for beginners. Contact library for more info.

Bryn Bernard, Author Event

Discusses new book

5:30-6:30 p.m.

The Earth—our home—is covered mostly with water: the wide, deep, salty, and very blue ocean. It regulates our climate in a way that makes life as we know it possible. This huge ocean is full of an amazing amount of life, most of which is too small to see. The New Ocean, by Bryn Bernard, is a fascinating look at the future of our oceans—and how human actions may change them.

 

Tues, June 27

Magic Together Storytime

With Brooke Briggs

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Magic Steps Music Together is for children and music lovers of all ages!  Each child participates at his own level in singing, moving, chanting and listening, watching, or exploring musical instruments. The whole family is welcome for this fun, family music experience. No preregistration required.

Bark, Read to Dogs

3-4 p.m.

Do your kids love to read aloud, or just need to practice their reading skills? Come meet Venus and Georgie, therapy dogs from Beach Animals Read to Kids (B.A.R.K.)! Children can read to a certified therapy dog, eager to listen and love. Aaarf! Sign up at the Children’s Desk. Drop-ins welcome too.

Wed, June 28

Sunshine Storytime

11 a.m. - noon

The National Charity League, Laguna Chapter, presents the Sunshine Readers!  Enjoy a fun & lively Family Storytime presented by local teen NCL members.  Each show lasts approximately 1 hour and includes refreshments. No pre-registration required. All ages welcome!

 

Thurs, June 29

Peapod Storytime

10:30 – 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.

Bubblemania

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Bubble Mania & Company provides educational entertainment at the highest level of excellence. We combine incredible visual choreography with interactive script formats that involve the audience’s minds and hearts. Operating since 1986 in the Los Angeles area, Bubblemania and Company has now expanded to service Southern California and the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento Areas.

 

Fri, June 30

Arts with Amy

2 p.m.

Looking for something to do on a summer afternoon?  Bring your children, ages 5-12 years, to create crafts with local LBHS student, Amy You. We’ll be using some interesting materials to make projects you’ll enjoy and want to share. Children 5-6 must be accompanied by an adult. Children 7-12 may attend on their own. Preregistration required. Please sign up in person or call the library at 949-497-1733. Class is limited to 18 people.

 

Laguna Beach Library

363 Glenneyre St.

www.ocpl.org

949-497-1733

Laguna Beach Books

Bi-weekly Bestsellers

 

Novels

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

A French Wedding by Hannah Tunnicliffe

Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy

Non-Fiction

Last Hope Island by Lynne Olson

Rogue Heroes by Ben Macintyre

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Children’s Books

Where is Bear? by Jonathan Bentley

She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton

This Book Will Not Be Fun by Cirocco Dunlap

 

Staff Recommendation

Wonder Woman: The Ultimate Guide to the Amazon Warrior by Landry Q. Walker

 

1200 S Coast Hwy

949.494.4779

www.lagunabeachbooks.com

 

Shaena Stabler is the Owner and Publisher.

Lynette Brasfield is our Editor.

The Webmaster is Michael Sterling.

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Allison Rael, Barbara Diamond, Diane Armitage, Dianne Russell, Laura Buckle, Maggi Henrikson, Marrie Stone, Samantha Washer and Suzie Harrison are staff writers.

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