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!

 

May 23

Denise Puglisi

Jay Strotkamp

Marta Hullihen

Mary Gulino

Millie Herrin

Robb Mitchell

Robert McGraw

Ryan Heimbach

Tommy Kemp

 

May 24

Jenifer Burge

Jordan Kyle

Mandy Flemming

Randy Hunt

Walt Winfield

 

May 25

Cameron Jones

Debra Kubisak

Jack Luster

Kerry Rubel

Michelle Bendetti

 

May 26

Catharine Cooper

Jackie Saffer Miller

Lindsay Smith-Rosales

Mark Meisberger

Regina Hartley

Richard Belyea

Sara Truedson

Vicki Orgill

 

May 27

Jude Hannah

Marcus Sotelo

Suzanne Lilly

 

May 28

Steve Kawaratani

Erica Jones

 

May 29

Bob Earl

Cherish Spalding Craig

Deb Hendrix

Kathryn Mace

Ron Geisman

Sound Spectrum

Faves

 

1. John Mayer, The Search For Everything

2.Thievery Corporation, The Temple Of I & I 

3. Gary Clark Jr., Live North America 

4. Gorillaz, Humanz 

5. Ed Sheeran, Divide 

6. Father John Misty

7. Alison Krauss, Windy City

8. The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Monolith Of Photos

9. Shins, Heartworms

10. Spoon, Hot Thoughts

11. Aimee Mann, Mental Illness

12. Ty Segall, Ty Segall

13. Tedeschi-Truck Band, Live From Oakland

14. Jamiroquai, Automaton

15. Ryan Adams, Prisoner

16. Elbow, Little Fictions

17. Tycho, Epoch

18. The XX, I See You 

19. Depeche Mode, Spirit 

20. Bob Dylan, Triplicate

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1264 S. Coast Hwy494-5959

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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

May

 

Sat, May 20

Children’s Craft Open House

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Seasonal crafts for children under 12, adult supervision recommended.

Poetry Class Workshop

2 – 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, May 22

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.

Wed, May 24

Children’s Playtime and Crafts

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

This is an opportunity for parents and caregivers to meet in a comfortable environment where toys and crafts are available. For children 5-years and under.

 

Thurs, May 25

Peapod Academy

Storytime

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

For babies, toddler, and preschoolers (and their adults). Storytime, arts and crafts. No preregistration required.

 

Laguna Beach Library

363 Glenneyre St.

www.ocpl.org

949-497-1733

Laguna Beach Books

Bi-weekly Bestsellers

 

Novels

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

The Leavers by Lisa Ko

The Fix by David Baldacci

 

Non-Fiction

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Shattered by Jonathan Allen & Amie Parnes

 

Children’s Books

Colores de la Vida by Cynthia Weill

The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken

Pete the Cat and the Cool Cat Boogie by Kimberly and James Dean

 

Staff Recommendation

The Assistants by Camille Perri

 

1200 S Coast Hwy

949.494.4779

www.lagunabeachbooks.com

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 2017.

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: 

http://www.sawdustartfestival.org/studio-classes

 

Class Schedules

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Friday, May 26

1 p.m.

Oil Painting

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Saturday, May 27

10 a.m.

Basic Soldering

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