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!

 

August 15

Kenny Cosca

Chuck Lennon

Sarah Lawson

Michael Rosas

 

August 16

Derek Erickson

Alex Lawrence

John Meehan

Jessica Naresh

 

August 17

Lloyd Charton

Shawn Fung 

Blake Hite

Loraine Hollingsworth

Virginia Pool

Teri Rogers

 

August 18

Faye Baglin

Lisette Chel

Greg Friedman

 

August 19 

Fania Martinez

 

August 20

Kristina Clemens

Roark Gourley

Cristian Minea

Tracee Schraeder

 

August 21

Stephen Bramucci

John Brown

Beth Fitchet Wood

Lorraine Leon Jones

Sound Spectrum

Faves

 

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

2. Arcade Fire, Everything Now

3. George Thorogood, Party of One 

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

5. Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie, Self-Titled

6. Lana Del Rey, Lust For Life

7. Manchester Orchestra, A Black Mile to The Surface

8. Haim, Something to Tell You

9. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.

10. Foster the People, Sacred Hearts Club

11. Lorde, Melodrama

12. Chainsmokers, Memories: Do Not Open

13. John Mayer, The Search for Everything

14. Imagine Dragons, Evolve

15. Violent Femmes, 2 Mics & The Truth

16. Mac DeMarco, This Old Dog

17. Fleet Foxes, Crack-Up

18. Thievery Corporation, The Temple of I & I

19. Phoenix, Ti Amo

20. Chris Cornell, Higher Truth

Since 1967

1264 S. Coast Hwy494-5959

Bluebird Music in the Park is just around the corner

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

Here’s the listing:

7/16: Cubensis (Grateful Dead Music)

7/23: Tom Nolan Band (Blues)

7/30: Hollywood U2

8/6: Stone Soul

8/13: Los Pinguos (Argentinian)

8/20: Upstream (Reggae/Calypso)

8/27: Springsteen Experience

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

The City asks concert-goers to note the following:

The concerts are free and funded by the lodging establishments.

No dogs are allowed in the park.

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

Alcohol is allowed with a full meal. 

Free trolley service is available to the park.

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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. .

Library Events

August

 

Sat, Aug 19

Family Activity 

9 a.m.- 3 p.m.  

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

Sat, Aug 19

Poetry Workshop

2 p.m.- 4 p.m.

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

Mon, Aug 21

Third Street Writers Group Ink

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Serious writers working on projects (short stories, novels, plays) meet to share feedback and support.  This is not a workshop for beginners. Please contact the library for additional information.

Tue, Aug 22

Author Talk with Pattie S. Grimm 

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

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

Wed, Aug 23

Toddler Storytime

10:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. 

Calling all toddlers! You are invited to enjoy our new Wednesday storytime. Stories, songs, fingerplay, dancing and more will encourage a love of books and learning in a fun and interactive environment. Come for the stories and stay for playtime afterward.

Thu, Aug 24

Family Storytime 

10:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. 

Welcome to the Peapod Academy. Join some of the cutest babies, toddlers, & preschoolers in town and adults of their choice at the Library. Little peas will enjoy books & storytime, songs & music, fingerplays, movement, hands on activities, arts & crafts, and other cadets. Each week has a different theme.  Get to know others and support your little one’s developmental skills. No preregistration required.

 

Laguna Beach Library

363 Glenneyre St.

www.ocpl.org

949-497-1733

  Laguna Beach Books Bi-weekly Bestsellers

Novels

Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka

The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham 

The House of Spies by Daniel Silva

Non-Fiction

Behave by Robert M. Sapoisky 

Conscience of a Conservative by Jeff Flake

Daring to Drive by Manal Al- Sharif

Children’s Books

This Is a Poem That Heals Fish by Jean-Pierre Simeon  

Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima

Something Amazing by Steve Fawley

Staff Recommendation

Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny 

 

1200 S Coast Hwy

949.494.4779

www.lagunabeachbooks.com

 

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