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!

 

December 12

Alison Durland French

Christine Fugate

James Walker Reed

Sue Cross

 

December 13

Keith Greer

Marielena Verdugo

Rob Smith

Sharon Lyons

Theresa Beaman

 

December 14

Barry Simons

Gilbert Thibault

Jayne Greenwalt

Mary Singer

 

December 15

Chris Bellerieve Hunt

Dominique Rain

Marshall Ininns

Ron Pringle

Trisha Bloomer

 

December 16

David Linnig

Dawn DiMare Thiery

Elaine Haythorne

Mark Peacock

 

December 17

Hill Collins

Julie Damato Johnson

Lauren Segal

Lynn Epstein

Shane Rios

Susan Shea

Valerie Zakka Standen

 

December 18 

Greg Peters

Marie Tyler

Rowan Harper

Tom Emberson

 

December 19

Don Campbell

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

1264 S. Coast Hwy494-5959

Jazz Wednesdays are back for the winter season

Tickets are now on sale for the popular Jazz Wednesday’s Winter season presented by Laguna Beach Live! The series includes seven concerts, Jan 17-April 11, at the distinctive event facility [seven-degrees] at 891 Laguna Canyon Rd.

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The series kicks off on Jan 17 with Mark Towns Latin Jazz featuring Diana Purim, followed on Jan 31 by Straight Ahead Jazz featuring the Rickey Woodard Quintet. Feb 14 features Valentine’s Day Piano Jazz, with Grammy-Award winning Bill Cunliffe Trio with special guest vocalist, and February 28 presents Iconic Jazz, an All-Star Tribute to Dizzy & Ella featuring vocalist Maiya Sykes & Trumpeter Bijon Watson. March 14 features New West Group, March 28 Project Popular, and the series ends on April 11 with Modern Jazz Josh Nelson presenting: “And The Sky Remains” a love ballad to LA

Concerts are from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m, and doors open at 5 p.m. A full bar and buffet dinner menu is available for purchase starting at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Seating is assigned. Reservations are accepted until noon on day of concert or until sold out.

For more information visit www.lagunabeachlive.org or call 949-715-9713.

LBHS Schedules

Varsity

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Thursday, December 14

Girls F/S Soccer 

@Home–  5 p.m.

 

Thursday, December 14

Boys Varsity Basketball 

@Westminister Tournament–  TBA 

 

Thursday, December 14

Boys JV Basketball 

@Aliso Niguel Tournament–  6 p.m.

 

Thursday, December 14

Boys F/S Basketball 

@Laguna Hills Tournament–  TBA 

 

Thursday, December 14

Girls Varsity Basketball 

@Capistrano Valley–   7 p.m.

 

Friday, December 15

Boys F/S Soccer

@Lower Peter Park–   3:15 p.m.

 

Friday, December 15

Boys JV Soccer

@Beckman–   3:15 p.m.

 

Friday, December 15

Boys Varsity Soccer

@Beckman–   3:15 p.m.

 

Friday, December 15

Boys Varsity Basketball

@Westminister Tournament–  TBA

 

Friday, December 15

Boys  JV Basketball

@Aliso Niguel Tournament–  TBA

 

Friday, December 15

Boys F/S Basketball

@Laguna Hills Tournament–  TBA

 

Saturday, December 16

Girls Varsity Water Polo

@SMCHS–  10 a.m.

 

Saturday, December 16

Boys Varsity Basketball

@Westminister Tournament - TBA

 

Saturday, December 16

Boys  JV Basketball

@Aliso Niguel Tournament - TBA

 

Saturday, December 16

Boys  F/S Basketball

@Laguna Hills Tournament - TBA

 

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Dine, donate, and party with annual Starfish toy drive 

On Mon, Dec 18, Starfish is set to hold their annual toy drive and holiday party at 30832 S. Coast Highway. 

There will be music by DJ Aranava, and bring a toy to get 50 percent off half your entire bill. 

Reservations are highly recommended, to reserve call or email Gretchen@starfish.com, or at (949) 715-9200. 

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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 (www.RStarFoundation.org),” 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

December 

 

Fri, Dec 15

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, Dec 16

Family Activity 

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, Dec 16

Family Snowman Craft

10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Come to the library any time between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to participate in this fun family craft. We’ll be making and decorating adorable snowmen and of socks! Perfect for the whole family (young children will need assistance from a parent or guardian). 

 

Sat, Dec 16

Class/ Workshop

2 p.m. - 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. 

 

Mon, Dec 18

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.

 

Wed, Dec 20

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, Dec 21

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, Dec 22

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

End Game by David Baldacci

Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly

 

Non-Fiction

Promise Me, Dad by Joe Biden

Playing With Fire by Lawrence O’Donnell

What Unites Us by Dan Rather

Children’s Books

Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers

Antoinette by Kelly DiPucchio

Love, Santa by Martha Brockenbrough

Staff Recommendation

David Sedaris Diaries edited by Jeffrey Jenkins

1200 S Coast Hwy

949.494.4779

www.lagunabeachbooks.com

Meet the Skivvies at the Playhouse this December

Laguna Playhouse is presenting The Skivvies: Sleigh My Name on Dec 18 and 19.

The Skivvies are Tony Award-nominee Lauren Molina (Rock of Ages, Sweeney Todd, Candide, Marry Me A Little) and Nick Cearley (Pageant, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, All Shook Up), along with special guest, Laguna’s favorite Jason Feddy, who will perform stripped-down versions of eclectic covers, wacky holiday mash-ups (“I Melt with You/Frosty the Snowman,” “We Got the Beat/The Little Drummer Boy”), and eccentric originals. 

Not only is the music stripped-down cello, ukulele, glockenspiel, melodica, and a surprising array of other under-used instruments—but The Skivvies literally strip down to their underwear to perform. Grab your spiked eggnog, hurry down the chimney, and settle in for an evening of laughter and holiday cheer, the Playhouse suggests.

One free drink comes with all tickets, so that grab that eggnog and enjoy the show. Additional special guests will be announced soon. Visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com for more information.

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