This is as close as we can come to actually singing to our readers on their birthdays! 

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Celebrate and enjoy your



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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1264 S. Coast Hwy


 LAGUNATOTS invade No Square Theatre again this weekend

This year’s pint-sized parody show takes a playful swipe at all things “kid,” including boba, homework, and the horrors of having an embarrassing mom. Laguna-specifics like the demise of our poor pepper tree and the new rolling chairs in the schools are cast favorites. 

The youngsters from grades one through eight will sing, dance, and entertain with comedic takes on timely topics set to familiar tunes. The show has a LAGUNATICS-like spirit, but it’s about kids, and every moment is perfect, fun-filled family entertainment.

Remaining performances are March 23-25. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7 p.m. and Sundays are at 2 p.m.

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Lagunatots “Slime tots” from the 2017 performance

LAGUNATOTS is directed by Ella Wyatt, music-directed by Susan Geiser, costumes by Brigitte Harper, and new parody lyrics by Ella Wyatt, with a number for the boys about “being a man” written by Laguna native Rufino Cabang, and a few special numbers written by cast members. 

The talented company includes kids from Thurston Middle School: Sydney Alderson, Chase Benson, Lula Buckle, Alfie Cant, Kamryn Crawford, Chloe Flaherty, Laird Garcia, Grace Gilchrist, Lila Goldstein, Darcy Hurley, Hannah Kaiser, Lauren Kimball, Olivia Lane, Joie Lucas, Sienna Mason, Brooke Shaw, Talia Stewart, Kate Storke, Berkley Thacker, Maya Trengove, MaryJeanne Walker; From El Morro Elementary: Marco Lapayese Calderon, Lila Tacklind, Leah Turner; From Top of the World Elementary: Kate Baker, Tatum Brennan, Will Briggs, Mason Bruderer, Story Bullington, Nicolas Camacho, Grace Gilchrist, Jonah Goldstein, Ava Guziak, Marco Lapayese Calderon, Maris Morgan, Allie Nottage, Douglas Nottage; Other schools: Anna Gabriel, Taite Morrison, Kemper Rodi.

Tickets are $15 for children, $25 for adults, and $35 for VIP seats. Dinner is available for $10 and is served an hour before the performance. It’s the best bargain in town. Arrive early and enjoy dinner and drinks al fresco before the show. 

No Square Theatre is located in Historic Legion Hall, 384 Legion Street.

For more information, visit

LBHS Schedules



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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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.”


Library Events



Sat, March 24

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 24

Belly Dancing in the Books 

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Enjoy this wonderful live event on the ancient art of belly dancing. Popular local troupe JJ & the Habibis Laguna Beach Belly Dancers. Come see, hear, and learn a few moves!


Mon, March 26

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 27

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. 


Tues, March 27

Read to a Dog

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Kids can read aloud to Venus, a therapy dog. She’s a very good listener! Kids can gain confidence in their reading ability by reading out loud to Venus. She’s a very good listener! Bow-wow! Please pre-register at the Service Desk or call the library. Drop-ins welcome too!


Wed, March 28

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, March 29

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


“Celebration of Art” showcases exclusive art of all kinds at the big house on the hill on April 7

Art lovers are invited to the art party of the year, Celebration of Art, on Saturday, April 7, from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. at 2190 Hillview Dr. This exclusive art showcase will feature works from painter Karen Petty, jeweler Leslie Edler, glassblower Mike Panetta, and designer Bohdana.

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Celebration of Art on Saturday, April 7

Petty, whose work has been featured at the Laguna Art Museum, attended the Chicago Art Institute. Her paintings of women have been described as “sensuous sinewy forms flowing into dreams.”

Inspired by her love of the ocean, Edler is well-known for her unique settings using freshwater pearls which reflect the beauty of the sea and nature’s gifts. Her Flamingo Jewelry maintains its prominent reputation with its distinctive collection of “one of a kind” jewelry. 

Bohdana is an Art Glass and clothing designer in Laguna Beach, in a style described as refined tribal, Bohemia to California. 

The Artist by Karen Petty

Glassblower Panetta often looks to the ocean for inspiration, making it a part of his everyday life. “The ocean is like glass, so beautiful and clear. It is always changing, there is always something new.”

Call (949) 280-5504 for more information.

Valet parking is provided.

For more information on the artists: For Karen Petty, go to For Leslie Elder, visit and for Mike Panetta, Bohdana can be seen on Instagram @bohdanam.

Laguna Beach Library hosts 20th Annual Poetry Contest, dedicated to the memory of John Gardiner

During the month of April, which is National Poetry Month, Laguna Beach Library (LBL) presents its 20th Annual Poetry Contest, this year dedicated to the memory of John Gardiner, Laguna Beach’s legendary poet. Last year, he served as Master of Ceremonies at the winners’ reception, where he hosted a public reading of winning poems from the community poetry contest.

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2017 Annual Poetry Contest winners

The theme is “Seascape Sonnets,” and entries will be accepted from April 1 - 30.

This event is for all ages, and there will be winners in all categories. 

Submissions are accepted physically at the Library or electronically. (See email address below.) 

Entrants may submit up to three original poems (each poem must include, name, address, phone number or email, and grade level, or pre-school or adult).

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One of the 2016 Poetry Contest winners reads her poem

Winning poets will be notified by late May. Original poems cannot be returned. 

Courtesy of Friends of Laguna Beach Library, prizes of $25 - $100 gift certificates will be awarded. 

For more information on Friends of the Library, go to

LBL is located at 363 Glenneyre St. Call (949) 497-1733 for more information, or email

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