Sunset Serenades continue tonight with The Phil Gough/Alan Deremo Project

Sunset Serenades and World Music concerts at Heisler Park continue tonight, Friday, May 18, with The Phil Gough/Alan Deremo Project.

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The Phil Gough/Alan Deremo Project performs tonight, Friday, May 18 at Heisler Park

The free concerts, featuring a variety of music genres, continue everyFriday evening through June 8 at 6:30 p.m. They are organized by the Arts Commission.

This year’s remaining schedule includes:

5/18: The Phil Gough/Alan Deremo Project

5/25: Maestro Lazaro Galarraga and Friends - Afro Cuban

6/1: Gamelan X with Mayang Sunda - Indonesian

6/8: L’Esprit D’ Afrique – African

This program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

Celebrate Max Bennett’s 90th birthday on Sunday at Mozambique

Everyone is invited to come out to Mozambique Restaurant in Laguna and see 19-time Grammy Winner Max Bennett & Private Reserve play this Sunday, May 20 from 1 - 3 p.m. and celebrate his 90th birthday. 

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Max Bennett

Special guests include guitarist Grant Geissman (composer for the music on the TV show Two and a Half Men) and drummer extraordinaire, Joey Heredia, who will join the regular crew of Marc Hugenberger on keyboards, Jeff Jorgensen on sax, Catte Adams, vocalist, and Max on Electric bass

Mozambique is located at 1740 S Coast Hwy.

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:


Celebrate and enjoy your



 May 18

Amy Hubbard

Doug McCombs

George Poulos

Glenda Leutwyler

Jeannette Morck

Justine Amodeo


May 19

Denyee Matthews

Jeff Nixon

Jen Engevik

Kim Zepezauer

Rudy Lukes


 May 20

Andrea Deerheart

Ari Grayson

Jim Galligan

Lisa Farber

Melissa Denoff

Peggy Sanchez


May 21

Steve Contursi


May 22

Johnny Martinez

Kelly Browning

Nick McConnell

Shannon Bishop

Sound Spectrum



1. Arctic Monkeys, Tranquility Base Hotel

2. David Byrne, Utopia

3. Grateful Dead, Live 1969-1977 

4. Eric Clapton, Complete

5. Beach House, 7 

6. Jimi Hendrix, Both Sides of the Sky 

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7. Jack White, Boarding House Reach

8. Chris Stapleton, From A Room, Volume 1 

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9. A Perfect Circle, Eat The Elephant 

10. David Bowie, Welcome To The Blackout 

11. LCD Soundsystem, American Dream 


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Summer Musical Theatre Camp for kids is offered by No Square Theatre

This summer, kids from ages 5 - 18 will have an opportunity for a fun-filled camp at No Square Theatre. The theatre education for kids, Square Roots, includes classes, rehearsals, camp activities, and goodie days while they prepare for the final culmination: a fully staged Broadway style performance on August 4 and 5.

The summer camp is for young people who love to sing, dance and act in a positive and nurturing environment, and is split by age group (ages 5 - 8, 9 - 13, and 14 - 18). Camp runs Monday - Friday, from July 23 - August 3. 

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Summer musical theatre camp at No Square,
July 23 – August 3

Directed by Ella Wyatt and with music directed by David Jayden Anthony, the summer program will be held at the No Square Theatre, located in historic Legion Hall.

Camp registration is open now at

 Volume 10, Issue 40  |  May 18, 2018                                        

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R Star founder Rosalind Russell stars in video created by former TOW CLC student

Rosalind Russell, founder of R Star Foundation, was honored recently to be asked by senior Moragh Graf to take part in a video discussing the nonprofit’s work as well as its financial underpinnings. 

R Star’s mission is to help needy families in rural Nepal gain economic independence “one goat at a time” – but the nonprofit goes much further than that, facilitating education for children and women in a country with a 92 percent illiteracy rate in its rural villages. 

Rosalind estimates that R Star has touched the lives of approximately 44,000 people since she founded the nonprofit in 2003.

 Two aspects of the invitation to be videotaped surprised her, Rosalind says: “I used to give presentations at the CLC at TOW Elementary, which Moragh attended way back. She’s now a senior student, so I had no recollection of her as a small child, but she remembered me. Now she is a graceful young woman who is sensitive, sweet and a pretty young thing. What a personal thrill to be remembered by such a sweet child. Guess we never know who we imprint upon, do we?” 

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Moragh Graf and Rosalind Russell

Rosalind was also flattered to be asked about the financial side of her charity. “I deal with all sorts of things going on in Nepal for our school reconstruction. It takes around four hours each morning to talk with them, text style, go over documents and attempt to understand how engineers, architects and builders think, while addressing the finances and questioning every detail.  You know what is interesting to me…I’ve realized I do know how to ask questions when prices seem too high to me.  So far I have been on target…thankfully I have some logic in me.”

It was this instinctive – and learned – financial acumen and the success of R Star that prompted Moragh to interview Rosalind. 

“Moragh asked me about running the foundation, how we arrive at donors, as well as my challenges – and we have plenty of those. She’s creating a video of the interview which at some point will be on my website (,” Rosalind says. “We laughed and enjoyed our time together.”

Moragh is now applying to Sonoma University and other colleges. “I was very glad to re-meet with her,” says Rosalind. “I’m always grateful to those who help get our message out and raise awareness for R Star.”

A Little Night Music, presented by No Square Theatre, is receiving rave reviews

A Little Night Music, presented by No Square Theatre, opened last weekend to rave reviews – and will continue this weekend with three more shows – tonight, Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 (VIP seating $35) and can be purchased at

A Little Night Music is based on the book by Hugh Wheeler – a witty, delicate, sophisticated, and occasionally heartbreaking story of actress Desirée Armfeldt and the men who love her – and features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. This production is directed by Joe Lauderdale, with music direction by Diane King Vann, choreography by Ellen Prince, and costume design by Brigitte Harper.

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The cast in rehearsal for A Little Night Music

The talented, veteran cast includes (in order of appearance): Gary Greene, Alexandria Goforth, Rebecca Butkivich, Eric T. Anderson, Chloe Lovato, Olivia Tewksbury, Karen Rymar, McKay Mangum, Marisol Zamora, Rob Harryman, Ashley Montgomery, Alexis Acevedo, and Chelsea Vann. Audience members will be delighted to see many of their favorite actors from touring companies, area theater shows, and past No Square productions (including Annie, Chicago, Rocky Horror Show, and Lagunatics).

Award-winning director Joe Lauderdale has directed or produced more than 70 productions for both youth and adults.

No Square Theatre is generously sponsored by The Lodging Establishments & City of Laguna Beach, Patrick Quilter, Dorene & Lee Butler Family Foundation, Yvonne & John Browning, The City of Laguna Beach, Stella Charton in Memory of Lloyd Charton, Ann & Charlie Quilter in Honor of Joe Lauderdale, Carolyn & Tom Bent, Festival of Arts Foundation, Laguna Board of Realtors Charitable Assistance Fund, and Patrick Quilter/Quilter Labs.

No Square Theatre is in Historic Legion Hall, 384 Legion Street, two blocks south of the High School. The High School has ample free parking. Seating is extremely limited and the theatre has enjoyed a long run of sold-out events, so tickets must be purchased in advance at

Library Events



Sat, May 19

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, May 19

Poetry Workshop

2 – 4 p.m.

Join Laguna Beach Library in a
Poetry Workshop for all!


Mon, May 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.


Tues, May 22

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, May 23

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.


Thurs, May 24

Family Storytime

10:30 a.m. – Noon

Welcome to the Peapod Academy. Join some of the cutest babies, toddlers, and 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 Books Bi-weekly Bestsellers



The Only Story by Julian Barnes

Love and Ruin by Paula McLain

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer



The Plant Messiah by Carlos Magdalena

The Soul of America by John Meacham

Tiger Woods by Jeff Benedict & Armen Keteyian


Children’s Books

The Honeybee by Kristen Hall & Isabelle Arsenault 

Ocean Meets Sky by The Fan Brothers

A Lion is a Lion by Polly Dunbar  

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Staff Recommendation

The Seasons of My Mother by Marcia Gay Harden


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LBHS Schedules



Friday, May 18

Boys Tennis

CIF Finals vs. Redlands East Valley

@ Claremont Club – 2:30 p.m.



Saturday, May 19

Girls Sand Volleyball

State Playoffs

@ Dockweiler State Beach State Playoffs

9 a.m.


Coed Track

CIF Divisional Finals

@ El Camino College – 10 a.m.



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