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March 20

Ashlie LeeAnn Mauldin

Beverly Factor

Brian Gordon

Desiree Goodson

Diane Hruby

Marcus Thesing

Mick Rasley

Paul Hamilton

Sally Quijada


March 21

Lula Buckle 

Ed Smith

Kim Ressler

Lauran Roberson

Michael Dean


March 22

Charles Michael Murray

John Gustafson

Michele Oliver Hall

Tommy Benson


March 24

Cathy Nokes

Charlotte Gulley

Christin Milan

Jenny Schmitz

Jim Schmitz


March 25

Britany Michaels

Bryan Gianesin

D’Anne Purcilly

Jason Farris

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.Jimi Hendrix, Both Sides Of The Sky

2. King Gizzard & Lizard Wizard, Polygondwanaland

3. David Byrne, American Utopia

4. Ty Segall, Freedom’s Goblin

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5. Moby, Everything Was Beautiful & Nothing Hurt

6. Strawberry Alarm Clock, Incense & Peppermint

7. MGMT, Little Dark Age 

8. Doors, Absolutely Live

9. Beck, Colors

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10. Killers, Wonderful Wonderful

11. St. Vincent, Masseducation


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LB HERO FEST seeks entries of short films, art and songs to celebrate heroes around the globe 

MY HERO is looking for inspiring short films, art, and songs honoring heroes around the globe. Entries will acknowledge those working for Human Rights, Peace, Environmental Activism, Social Justice, Arts & Science Heroes, and Community & Family Heroes. 

Students and community members are invited to submit original work

to The MY HERO Project.
Awards will be given to students of all ages for original art, songs & short Films. 

Deadline for entries is Tues, May 1. 

Short Films: Prizes will be awarded for classroom projects, as well as individual work, for short films 10 minutes or less. Categories include: Documentary - Narrative - Music Video - PSA - Experimental - Animation – VR.

Art: Prizes awarded to student artists in Elementary, Middle, High School and University for portraits and Illustrations of heroism, personal, local and global. 

Songs: Prizes will be awarded to students and classrooms. Celebrate unsung, local and global heroes with original songs and music videos. 

The 11th Annual Laguna HERO FEST will be held on Sat, June 2, at the Forum Theater at the Festival of the Arts grounds at 7 p.m. Short videos, digital art, and original music will be showcased at this family friendly celebration.

Forum Theater is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Rd.

For details on submissions, go to

To register online, go to

Chabad Jewish Center hosts Passover Seder on March 30 and earlier children’s holiday event

Passover FUNDAY will take place on Tues, March 20, at the Chabad Jewish Center on S Coast Highway. Children of all ages will enjoy hands-on fun during the holidays with a mock Seder, Matzah bag crafts, Passover stories, games, and Matzah Ball raffle. The cost is $8 per child.

The Community Passover Seder is on Fri, March 30, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and candle lighting. Experience a wonderful evening spiced with traditional customs, delicious full course dinner, handmade Matzah, fine wines and great company.

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At Chabad, kids always have fun – here they enjoy a mock Seder 

Costs for the night are adults are $45, children $25, and sponsors at $180. Please RSVP before March 26. 

For complete Passover service schedule information and Yizkor memorial services, visit the Chabad website at or call the office at (949) 499 0770. Chabad is located at 30804 S Coast Hwy, across from Montage Resort.

 LBHS Schedules



Tuesday, March 20

Boys Golf 

@ Estancia (Mesa Verde CC)

2:30 p.m. 


Boys Tennis

@ Dana Hills – 3 p.m.


Boys Baseball

@ Saddleback – 3:30 p.m.


Girls Softball 

Home vs. J Serra

@ Thurston – 4 p.m.



Wednesday, March 21

Coed Swim

Home vs. Costa Mesa

3:15 p.m.


Boys Tennis

@ Saddleback – 3:15 p.m.


Boys Golf

@ Costa Mesa (Costa Mesa CC)

4 p.m. 


Girls Lacrosse 

Home vs. J Serra – 5 p.m.



Thursday, March 22

Coed Track 

Home vs. Godinez – 3 p.m.


Boys Tennis

Home vs. Estancia – 3:15 p.m.


Girls Lacrosse 

@ Tustin – 3:15 p.m.


Boys Golf 

Home vs. Saddleback

@ Ben Brown’s - 3:30 p.m.


Girls Sand Volleyball 

 Home vs. J Serra

@ Main Beach – 3:30 p.m.


Girls Softball 

 Home vs. Bolsa Grande

@ Thurston – 4 p.m.


Boys Volleyball 

 Home vs. Calvary Chapel

5:30 p.m.



Friday, March 23

Boys Baseball

@ Godinez – 3:30 p.m.



Saturday, March 24

Coed Swim 

Mission Viejo Invite 

@ Woollett Center – 9 a.m.


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Poet, broker, painter and more: Kate Buckley is a woman of many talents, inspired above all by home


Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Since her childhood, Kate Buckley has been actively seeking the answer to a question posed in Mary Oliver’s poem The Summer Day: Tell me, what is it you plan to do/with your one wild and precious life?

“I know it sounds impossible, but I’m interested in everything,” Buckley says, sitting on a white couch in her beautiful Laguna home, which she has decorated in a gorgeously contemporary, yet eclectic style. “My mind is always telling me, let’s explore this, let’s explore that.”

Kate Buckley

For Buckley, then, the question of “what it is [she] plans to do” has never, and probably will never offer a single answer, and for her that’s a good thing. Over the years, she’s investigated many different fields, from art to health and nutrition to business – and she has several accomplishments in each of these areas. 

(Given the above, in a weak attempt at humor, I asked Buckley what she wasn’t interested in, or perhaps just hasn’t done yet. She thought for a while. “Calculus,” she said. “I can’t do calculus. Or surgery. I’m not a musician, though I love Brazilian jazz.” 

She says this with her brow just slightly furrowed, in a completely unpretentious way, and I have a strange feeling that after I leave, she might just study some math, or perhaps check out a medical encyclopedia, or sign up to learn the saxophone, because why not?)

Let’s take a closer look at Kate Buckley’s many-splendored life.

Hitting a home run with domain names

Working as a broker for the Castello Brothers, Buckley recently scored big, selling for $725,000, the fourth biggest domain sale reported in 2016, according to The Domain Industry News Magazine. She specializes in ultra-premium domains, website names with the greatest value.

“I met and began working with the Castellos back in 1998, when they had the foresight to accumulate domain names,” she says. “At that early time in the Internet’s history, few people predicted their future value. That’s been a key part of my success.”

Domain names mark a company’s home on the Internet, of course, and are therefore a key part of a company’s branding strategy. Brand management is another skill at which Buckley excels. She offers marketing services through her company, Buckley Media Group. 

Domain names brought Buckley to Laguna from Kentucky via New York and Palm Springs: after co-launching, she focused on, and once she had explored our multi-faceted city, decided that this was a place that reflected her own personality. 

Kate believes in good, clean eating and knows how to make that happen

Buckley is also an accredited life coach, and has worked with CEOs and others on many aspects of their lives ranging from nutrition to business and romantic challenges. 

“I like to think that by reframing our stories, we can reclaim our past in a positive way, especially as no one has perfect memories, another aspect of the mind that fascinates me,” she says.

Poems inspired by Kentucky, her place of birth, win many prizes

Somehow Buckley also finds time to write, to frame her own stories, many inspired by her Kentucky home, where she spends part of her year. 

Poems that appear in her two books, A Wild Region and Follow Me Down – as well as numerous literary journals – have won the North American Review’s James Hearst Poetry Prize and the Gabehart Prize for imaginative writing. 

What do poetry, domain name sales and brand marketing have in common, I wondered?

“All involve observation, strategy and detective work to arrive at the right place, to provide a sense of shared experience,” she says. “And they demand creativity, and curiosity, which has informed my whole life. I started writing poetry at the age of three and a half. I’m high energy and I’m always looking for solutions to challenges.”

Not surprisingly, Buckley describes herself as a serial entrepreneur – and more surprisingly for someone who in conversation appears so grounded – a mystic. 

I ask her what that means, to be a mystic. She thinks for a while, her hands curled around a mug of Earl Grey tea, her Cavalier King Charles spaniel Murphy nestled happily by her side. 

Murphy the Cavalier King Charles spaniel is Kate’s constant, adoring companion

 “When I’m in the woods in Kentucky, I often have the sense that I’m downloading the voices and emotions of others, living or dead, who have also walked among the trees, generations earlier,” says the ninth-generation Kentuckian, who loves to immerse herself in nature. 

(It’s interesting to me to hear words such as download and bandwidth in conversation with Buckley, and to realize how closely her worlds intertwine.)

She hastens to clarify that the images she senses are not always positive. 

“The beautiful and the brutal necessarily coexist,” she says. “That’s the great mystery of life.”

These preoccupations are evident in her poems, many of which take as their themes the malleability of memory and the transformational nature of landscape.

Her paintings also reflect these themes. 

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Kate Buckley is surrounded by beauty of her own making

Because, yes, Kate Buckley is also an artist. Her paintings adorn the walls of her Laguna Beach home, which is decorated in pink, cinnamon and green tones and seems to beg for coverage in Architectural Digest.

Buckley is a yogi, and loves Ritual Arts Yoga here in town on South Coast Highway. Teacher Cole Jacobs is a favorite of hers. She’s a hiker who loves our wilderness trails. She likes to cook and to garden. And to travel. And antiquing. 

Volunteering is another interest

Buckley is also a serial volunteer.

“Just yesterday, I received news that I’m going to be a Big Sister to a young girl in Dana Point who shares many of my interests,” she tells me. “I can’t wait to meet her.”

Buckley is a past and present volunteer for the Friendship Shelter and the Peace Exchange.

With her friend Gretchen Westgaard, she co-founded the Laguna Beach Hiking Club, which she says is perhaps the best example of how a passion of hers, in this case hiking, has resulted in productive community building, something she loves.

One of Buckley’s next goals is the publication of a collection of short stories, one of which was shortlisted for the prestigious UK-based Bridport Prize.

At this point in the interview, my mental mailbox had reached capacity, so to speak, though I guessed that there were many more interesting topics to cover with Kate Buckley in the future. 

I said goodbye to her and Murphy (what a dog!), thinking how lucky Laguna Beach is that Kate Buckley calls the city her home and to benefit from her generosity, her multiple marketing talents, and her musings.

Library Events



Sat, March 17

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 a.m. to 3 p.m. to make fun and creative seasonal crafts. Adult supervision is recommended.


Sat, March 17

Poetry Workshop

2 – 4 p.m.

Learn more about poetry and how it works at this upcoming workshop this weekend.


Mon, March 19

Third Street Writers 

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.


Tues, March 20

Crazy 8’s Math Club

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Crazy 8’s 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, March 21

Pre-School Playtime

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Calling all pre-schoolers and 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.


Wed, March 21

Movie Night 

3 – 5 p.m. 

Learn about interesting facts from the Movie Guy as we talk about To Kill a Mockingbird with Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Brock Peters, and Robert Duvall and then show the movie.


Thurs, March 22

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.

Laguna Beach Library

363 Glenneyre St.


  Laguna Beach Books Bi-weekly Bestsellers



The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn



Directorate S by Steve Coll

12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson

Skin in the Game by Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Children’s Books

Goodnight Lab by Chris Ferrie

I Can Be Anything by Diane Dillon 

Moon by Britta Teckentrup 


Staff Recommendation

In Praise of Difficult Women by Karen Karbo

1200 S Coast Hwy


Watercolor painting class offered by LOCA Arts Education on the beach March 25, April 22

LOCA Arts Education offers watercolor painting classes at Treasure Island Beach for adults, families, and beginners. The al fresco activity is offered on a choice of Sundays; March 25 or April 19, from 10 - 11:30 a.m. Participants should gather at Wesley Drive steps at 9:45 a.m.

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September McGee leads watercolor class near tide pools at Treasure Island

Participants will enjoy a viewing of live tide-pool creatures and learn about ocean preservation by a trained docent. Following that, September McGee will lead a fun, step-by-step watercolor class. It offers families a wonderful activity to participate in together. This workshop is offered to ages six through adult.

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Kids enjoy waves, sand, and sun during a watercolor class

The cost is $35 for adults and children ages five and up. Everyone will take home finished ocean-themed art, a journal, watercolor kit, gel pen, pencils and reusable canvas tote. Refreshments are provided. 

Treasure Island is located just north of Aliso Creek Beach.

Advance registration is required. Call (949) 363-4700 for more information.

For more information on LOCA Arts Education, go to

Cool season veggie workshop will take place on March 24 at Kitchen in The Canyon 

On Saturday, March 24, Chef Patrick DiGiacomo and Robert Villanueva of Kitchen in The Canyon will demonstrate creative ways to prepare cool season vegetables. The event will take place at the South Laguna Community Garden Park, located at Eagle Rock Way and Coast Highway, at 10 a.m.  Learn how to make all the root and cruciferous veggies and the wonderful greens even more delicious. This workshop is free, and donations are appreciated.

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Patrick DiGiacomo (L) and Robert Villanueva (R) will be teaching together at the Community Garden Park  

In 2016, Patrick founded the popular Kitchen in The Canyon near the Sawdust Festival grounds. As well as breakfast and lunch at the cafe, he offers on and off-site catering and home chef, hands-on cooking classes.

Reservations are advised as this will be a popular event. Contact for more information.

Last call to take part in PMMC’s Swing for the Sea Lions Golf Tournament on March 26

The second annual Swing for the Sea Lions Golf Tournament is nearly here. This is the last call to sign up and be a part of the event, which will take place on Monday, March 26 at noon at the Aliso Viejo Country Club. 

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Pacific Marine Mammal Center

The tournament includes course contests, raffle prizes, silent auction, dinner and a helicopter ball drop with a chance to win up to $2,000. This is all to benefit the patients at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. The cost is $200 a player or $700 for a foursome, but this offer is only available until March 22. 

Those who can’t attend, can enter the helicopter ball drop for a chance to win up to $2,000. One ball is only $10, and you do not need to be present to win. 

For more information on this upcoming event or to purchase any items, log onto

Documentary about LAM’s 100 years of history will be shown on April 19 at 7 p.m.

Laguna Art Museum will be presenting the premiere screening of the documentary Laguna Art Museum at 100, produced by filmmaker Dale Schierholt, on Thursday, April 19 at 7 p.m.

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Laguna Art Museum under construction

The film will chronicle the museum’s history, from its founding as the Laguna Beach Art Association in 1918, through its transformation to Laguna Art Museum in the mid-1980s, and continuing to today with its mission as the museum of California art.

Advance tickets are recommended. Go to to reserve tickets online, or call (949) 494-8971 x203.

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