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!

 

October 17

Brandon Menchaca

Kathy Norwood

Robert Hayden III

Teri Hunter

 

October 18

Blake Smith

Debbie Zoller

Joe Foro

Joann Freeman

Linda Butterwick

Michael Hutnick

Michelle DuPont

 

October 19

Cherie Fortin-O’Grady

Christopher Amodeo

Kathy Conway

Kris Howson

Larry Nokes

Lynn Jax

Teri Ledyard

 

October 20

Eve Sharon Hart

Fabiola Thebaud Kinder

Greg Vail

Richard Selin

Valerie Dalena

 

October 21

Elvin Bishop

Foster Eubank

Janet Koelle

John Hoover

Regina Jacobson

Wendy Collins-Estreicher

 

October 22

Curtis Thibault

Donna Edmunds Brown

Michael Ervin

Steven St. Clair

Susan St. Clair

 

October 23

Gavin Heath

Jaime Bentley Hoben

Kyle Parry

Michael Finn

Pam Wicks

Scott Bunte

 

October 24

Cambria Steel

Debi Cortez

G Ray Kerciu

Heidi Winegard

Hunter Wells

Josh Hoke

Julia O’Brien

Robin Fuld

Sound Spectrum

Faves

 

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

Since 1967

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LBHS Schedules

Varsity

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Friday, October 20

Boys JV Water Polo

@Beckman Steve Pal Tourney – 4:30 p.m.

 

Friday October 20

Boys F/S Water Polo 

@Newport Harbor –4:45 p.m.

 

Friday, October 20

Boys Varsity Football

@Sergerstrom –7 p.m.

Saturday, October 21

Coed  Cross Country

@Riverside Invitational – 4 p.m.

 

Saturday, October 21

Boys JV Water Polo

@Vila Park Steve Pal Tourney – TBA

 

Saturday, October 21

Boys F/S Water Polo

@Newport Harbor – TBA

 

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Red Cross Blood Drive at Laguna Presbyterian

 on October 25

Wednesday Oct 25 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Laguna Presbyterian Church

4156 Forest Ave

You are invited to participate in a blood drive at Laguna Presbyterian. Recent tragedies have demonstrated our ongoing need to maintain well stocked blood supplies.

This is your opportunity to save a life!

Schedule an online appointment: redcrossblood.com; Sponsor code: lagunap

Contact: Sandy Grim, 735-7390 or sandygrim@icloud.com

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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

October

 

Fri, Oct 20

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 21

Family Activity 

9 a.m. - 3p.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, Oct 21

Class/ Workshop

2p.m. -  4p.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, Oct 23

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, Oct 24

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.

 

Wed, Oct 25

Pre-School Storytime 

10:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

Calling all pre-schoolers! 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 26

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. 

 

Fri, Oct 27

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.

www.ocpl.org

949-497-1733

  Laguna Beach Books

Bi-weekly Bestsellers

 

Novels

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward 

A Column of Fire by Ken Follett 

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

 

Non-Fiction

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

949.494.4779

www.lagunabeachbooks.com

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 http://lagunabeachcity.net/
cityhall/transit_and_trolleys
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Caduceus will offer free blood pressure screenings Sat Oct 21 at World Newsstand

Caduceus will offer complimentary blood pressure screenings this Saturday Oct 21 from 10 a.m. - noon at the World Newsstand across from Main Beach.

Caduceus on Thalia is the Laguna Beach location of Caduceus Medical Group. They are the last remaining locally owned and managed medical group in Orange County. 

Among other programs, including a useful app, Caduceus offers unique concierge services for patients. The group has been providing medical care in Laguna since 2001.


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

Go to LBClinic.org for event tickets

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