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Celebrate and enjoy your



April 18

Bart Broadnax

Carrie Conn Williams

Ed Postal

Greg Sharenow

Lucia D’Angelo

Tim Jones

Nancee Swensson


April 19

Julie Bernier Joffrion

Mimi Niebuhr

Sandra Deana Pink

April 20

Bo Powell

Brian Seveland

Danielle Fendon

Olando Edie

Tristan Abel

Troy MacDonald

Wendy Goldberg Grand Pre


April 21

Bill Hoffman

Cindy Mastagni

Dottie Spisak

Ernest Hackmon

Karen Lindekugel

Karin Yurkovich

Lucas Rise

Miriam Eaton

Silvia Colladay

Sam Dowell


April 22

Barbara Easley

Devylee Lloyd

Karen Rasmussen

Mary Ferguson

Mike Hilburn

Ryan Clark


April 23

Bolton Colburn

Lisa Lawn

Shannon Higuera


April 24

Ari Novick

Bara Waters

Christina Lomonaco

Don Suskind

Gina Waggener

Karl Weber

Marcia Yury

Susie Jaqua

Terri Johnson

Sound Spectrum



1.Thievery Corporation, The Temple Of I & I

2. Ed Sheeran, Divide

3. Gary Clark Jr., Live North America

4. Father John Misty, Pure Comedy

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5. Matt Costa, Orange Sunshine (S.T.)

6. The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Monolith Of Photos

7. Spoon, Hot Thoughts

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8. Depeche Mode, Spirit

9. Shins, Heartworms

10. Ty Segall, Ty Segall

11. Ryan Adams, Prisoner

12. Deadmau5, W:2016 Album

13. Bob Dylan, Triplicate

14. The XX, I See You   

15. Flaming Lips, OCZY Mlody

16. Elbow, Little Fictions

17. Tedeschi Trucks Band, Live From Oakland

18. Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface

19. Lady Gaga, Joanne

20. Tycho, Epoch

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Cub Scout Pack 35 open meeting April 25

Laguna Beach Cub Scout Pack 35 invites all boys currently in pre-K through 4th grade to come to the group’s open meeting on Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Avenue. John the Animal Magician will be there to entertain, while the boys and parents learn about the wonderful tradition of scouting in Laguna Beach.

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Laguna Beach Cub Scout

Pack 35, Den 6 were all smiles at a recent outing to Mission

San Juan Capistrano

Scouting offers a family the opportunity to actively share in a boy’s development into a successful adult. Cub Scout activities include team building games, sports, hands-on projects, education S.T.E.M. activities, and camping adventures. These activities help a boy learn valuable life lessons as he matures. The boys meet three to four times a month with a flexible schedule and are grouped by grade.

Boys join scouting because it is fun. Parents love it because of how it benefits their son and the time they get to spend with him. Scouting teaches leadership and character. It builds confidence and social skills. It teaches the value of service and citizenship. And it brings a family closer together.

The Cub Scout program is led by a group of parents. All parents are actively involved in supporting and developing their sons. Some parents are direct leaders, while others take support roles, but everyone gets involved.

For more information, contact Taylor Greene at or 949-306-5883, or visit Pack 35’s website at

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Splashes, at Surf & Sand Resort Laguna Beach

Story and photos by LAURA BUCKLE

Laguna Beach, we are so lucky.  Not only do we have some of the best beaches in California but we also have some of the best restaurants and hotels around also.

An example of this is Surf & Sand, a spectacular beach front hotel, with stunning uninterrupted pacific ocean views, 167 elegantly decorated rooms, a beautiful pool area, and Splashes restaurant, one of my favorite places to go even if only for an appetizer and a cocktail, where I can look out at the ocean and usually spot a whale and or a pod of dolphins.

Dining with a View

Splashes serves up fresh seaside cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With the sea just 25 feet below, you can dine watching the waves roll in. However, the ocean views are not the only thing to savor, Splashes food is as famous as its breathtaking views.  The gentleman responsible for this is Splashes’ Executive Chef Ron Fougeray.

Chef Fougeray’s experience is extensive and impressive.  Time spent at Philadelphia’s most famous restaurant, Le Bec-Fin proved instrumental for Chef Fougeray. Le Bec-Fin was rated America’s finest French restaurant, and the Mobil Travel Guide consistently awarded it five stars for 40 years. 

A Chef’s background

During Chef Fougeray’s nearly seven-year tenure, he was mentored by renowned owner and French chef, Georges Perrier, and worked his way up to Chef de Cuisine. Georges left an indelible impression on Chef Fougeray, teaching him to expect only the highest standards for his menu, staff and cooking equipment. Chef Perrier continues to be a mentor and personal friend. 

In 2009, Chef Fougeray transitioned to Bibou BYOB, where he worked side-by-side with owner and chef, Pierre Calmels. He started off as Chef de Cuisine and worked his way up to Executive Chef in 2013. Bibou garnered a variety of accolades during his tenure. GQ Magazine named it one of “The Top 10 New Restaurants” and it was voted the top restaurant in Philadelphia on It was also named a James Beard Finalist for Best New Restaurant and received four bells (highest rating) from the Philadelphia Inquirer. There were only four restaurants in the entire city to be awarded thatdistinction.

Chef Fougeray makes his mark on Splashes

Chef Fougeray moved his family to Laguna Beach from Philly three years ago, and the Splashes menu changed from a softer safe menu, to a French cuisine inspired palate of flavors that represents Chef Fougeray’s enthusiasm and energy.  My good friend and fellow writer, Diane Armitage described Chef Fougeray perfectly: he reminded her of actor Edward Norton – angular, earnest and comfortable in his own skin. He is warm and full of energy, and takes his time to leave the kitchen to greet my guest and I, and tell us all about his delicious food and his inspirations. 

Chef Fougeray firmly believes in quality ingredients as well as a dynamic menu, he prides himself in selecting the best fresh produce hecan find and using that to create the magic in the kitchen. I couldn’t wait to taste the magic.

Our food journey

We were shown to a beautiful table overlooking the ocean and as we perused the menu, we were lucky enough to be presented with a small tasting of crisp octopus with chickpea puree, cured olives, Tuscan kale, fingerling chips and a Fresno coulis. This was the first time my guest had tried octopus and we both agreed it was really spectacular: fresh, tasty and not overpowering. The octopus was melt in the mouth good and the chickpea puree was prime for “dunking.”

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The Crisp Octopus

Usually when I am doing a tasting, I like to try things I’ve never tried before, however I had to go for, and introduce my guest to, the Brussels sprouts. Having never been a fan of Brussels Sprouts when I lived back in the UK, I have to say you guys over here know how to cook these bad boys and Splashes’ Brussels Sprouts are absolutely delicious. They cook them up with toasted sesame, marcona almonds, candied sweet potato and maple yogurt and the result is complete perfection. 

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Splashes’ Brussels Sprouts

Following this we chose the half dozen oysters, also from the Appetizer menu, these were delicious fresh and tasty, served with a cucumber mignonette.

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Oysters with Cucumber Mignonette

It was then onto the entrees and I decided to try the special that evening. A six-ounce seared halibut lay on top of a carrot and cumin puree served with asparagus, broccoli and beats.  As a food reporter I’m going to go out on a limb and say this was the nicest halibut dish I’ve ever had. The flavors meted together beautifully, and the fish was cooked perfectly. 

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Seared Halibut special of the evening

With me choosing a fish option, my guest chose the seared petite filet cooked medium rare and served with Yukon potato gratin, red wine cipollini, baby bok choy,  and a médoc sauce.  This was really beautiful. The filet was cooked to perfection, leaving that velvet feeling with each bite.

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Seared Petit Filet

Alongside our entrees we chose two side dishes, the shishito peppers, which are cooked with parmesan and preserved lemon, and the French green beans, cooked with shallots and Asian vin. 

It was then time for dessert and Splashes yet again does not disappoint.

We chose to share two desserts: warm bourbon bread pudding served with

honey ice cream and crème anglais. This was a little taste of heaven. The bread pudding was moist tasty and the honey ice cream complimented it perfectly.

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Warm Bourbon Bread Pudding

Alongside this we went for the dark chocolate millefeuille – a chocolate wafer, with chocolate ganache on an almond cake, served with mango cremeux. This was beautiful, rich and perfect to share and to take home – we both have teenage boys that dined on our take home leftovers.

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Dark Chocolate Millefeuille

Splashes at the Surf & Sand Resort did not let me down. The service we received was outstanding, the view perfection, the ambience of the restaurant exquisite – and the food was above and beyond good. Like every single dish Chef Fougeray served us, the ingredients of this restaurant and the way they fit together make this place a ten out of ten every time.

Splashes, at Surf & Sand Resort, 1555 S Coast Highway

Barbara’s Column

They serve and protect and they were applauded at the Biennial Awards luncheon



A sell-out crowd applauded the officers, civilian employees and volunteers of the Laguna Beach Police Dept. at the 31st Biennial Awards luncheon, held on April 12 at [seven-degrees].

“These are outstanding employees,” said Chief Laura Farinella. “They have the fire in their bellies and I am proud to lead the organization.”

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2016 Officer of the Year Detective Cornelius Ashton pictured with

 Captain Calvert and Lieutenant Torres

Friends and families of the award winners and supporters of the department filled the event venue to hear about the accomplishments and exploits in the past two years deemed worthy of special recognition.  

“The City Council doesn’t always agree – you may have noticed – but we all agree that you are the best,” said Mayor Toni Iseman, opening the festivities. Lt. Tim Kliester served as master of ceremonies.

Sergeant Beckie White was honored as the best of the best in 2015 and awarded a Medal of Merit as Officer of the Year. 

White was awarded the medal in addition to the Lifesaving Medal for performing CPR on a man whose heart had stopped. He survived, due to her efforts. 

Officer Matt Meyer was named the 2015 Civilian of the Year. He has since graduated from the Police Academy and is now a sworn officer undergoing field training. 

Sworn means they carry guns and have sworn to uphold the constitutions of the United States and California and do their damnedest to perform the job they have pledged to do. (That is a paraphrase).

Cornelius Ashton was named 2016 Officer of the Year. His exemplary record as a juvenile crimes investigator includes the timely arrest of an Uber driver who had sexually assaulted a female juvenile and the investigation of a woman who has sexually assaulted her daughter.

Jenna Moore was honored as the 2016 Civilian Employee of the Year. She has saved the city thousands of dollars sussing out erroneous bills, helped develop the department’s media team, and assisted in the production of public service announcements and the luncheon at which she was honored.

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Life Saving Award recipient Corporal Andy Peck

Sande St. John and Connie Burlin assisted Farinella in presenting the awards. They represented the Laguna Beach Exchange Club, a sponsor of the event.   

The Command Staff chose Natasha Hernandez for the Leadership award. 

Proud family members participated in the Badge Pinning Ceremony for promoted and new comers to the department. Captain Jason Kravetz, who has the second longest employment record with the department, exceeded only by George Ramos, and followed closely by Nit Farnes, introduced the honorees. 

Jeff Calvert was sworn in as captain; Kleiser as lieutenant. 

Officers Zachary Fillers, Julio Gallardo, Meyer and Andrew Reyes, Dispatcher Thalia Moreyra and Beach patrollers Tanner Flagstad and Ron Goodwin are the new hires. 

Kleiser announced the recipients of the Ribbon of Commendation: triple award-winner Ashton, Liz Chavez, Angie Cleveland, Jason Farris, David Gensemer, Darin Germaine, Luke Gilbertson, Mike Jeffries, Lana Laser, Eric Lee, Mike Lee, Eric Lether, Darrel Short, Dave Lopez, Steven Mcdowell, Dave McGill, James Michaud, Jen Neuenschwander, Abe Ocampo, Jen Querry, Jesse Schmidt and Spring Sendele, who started with the department as a teenager in the Police Explorer program, kin to scouting. 

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Chief Farinella presenting the COP Retirement award to 

Jean Lamphere (first COP in Orange County)

Medals of Merit were awarded to Ashton, Gensemer and Reserve Officer Lance Larson.

Alice Gutierrez, Paul Bixby.Andrew Peck, Jordan Mirakian, Jonathan Nava and Joy Butterfield were presented with Lifesaving Medals.

Commendations were conferred on Volunteer Citizens on Patrol Daud Ahmed, Mike Anderson, Luci Berkowitz, Gary Hess, Clare Hill, Beth Johnson, Jean Lamphere, Ramona Loucks, Bo Nielson, Nanci Nielsen, Bill Odlum, Mona Roberts and Ben Teschner, a grandfather who went to and graduated from the Academy after training as a volunteer. 

Sadly missed: Vic Opincar, husband of Loucks and bicycle patrol partner of Nielsen. He succumbed to cancer earlier this year. 

The volunteers have donated more than 130,000 hours since the program began in 1994. 

Lamphere, who was a founding member, has retired after amassing 13,835 hours.

A newly minted award was presented to Mark Orgill for his contributions to the community.

But wait – there’s more. You will find advance notice of all the fun and interesting stuff for visitors or residents to do in Laguna by reading

Dennis’ Tidbits


April 21, 2017

Trying to keep on the sunny side of the street

Here in wonderful Laguna and the rest of Southern California we are so blessed to live in a great climate with an average of at least 300 days per year of sunshine. Sure, we have to endure some May Gray and June Gloom, but even that’s a walk in the park compared to some places that have to deal with sometimes nine straight months of nothing but cloudy rainy or snowy days with an average of only 14% possible sunshine from October to May – and sometimes through June, in places like the Pacific Northwest, upper Michigan and upstate New York.

Even in a wet winter like this past one, it might rain hard for two or three days a week but the other days are sunny until the arrival of the next system. Not at all like the Northwest where it remains cloudy and gloomy in between storms. So down here there is little occurrence of a disorder called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Winter Depression is a very real condition not to be taken lightly for some folks out there. Winter Depression is still a mystery to scientists who study it. But researchers agree that people who suffer from SAD are particularly sensitive to the lack of light or sunshine – like me. 

If you live in a gloomy climate, a wistful feeling comes over us in October, as the last remaining leaves drop, morning frost covers the ground, and the rain begins to fall on an almost daily basis with a persistent thick cloud cover so that you can’t tell what time of day it is during daylight hours, and the sun sets earlier each day. 

Hot cider and the warmth of a favorite old coat may be all you need to face the coming winter with good cheer, but for many people Fall melancholy deepens to winter depression.

Many things, including brain chemicals, ions in the air, and genetics seem to be involved, but researchers agree that people who suffer from SAD all have one thing in common; they’re particularly sensitive to the lack of natural light or sunshine, which contains a very important natural dose of Vitamin D.

Many studies have shown that people with SAD feel better after exposure to bright light or sunshine. It seems simple enough. In higher latitudes, winter days are shorter and cloudier, so you get less exposure to sunlight. Replace that lost sunlight with artificial light and your mood improves. But in extreme cases like mine, nothing works except getting the hell away from that dark environment. 

That’s why the Northwest has the highest suicide rate in the country. Personally, I love life too much do reach those drastic measures, and that’s why I would find some way to get the hell out of there, even if it came to sticking my thumb out and hitchhiking southward if I had to.

More severe symptoms of SAD are extreme almost-constant irritability, lack of self worth, constant worrying, anxiety and panic, substance abuse and addiction, and finally suicide. It can be a debilitating condition, and one more reason I’m grateful to be here in sunny Laguna Beach.

See y’all.  ‘Til next time, ALOHA!

Council supports owners’ plans for their properties

The City Council on Tuesday approved plans by property owners that will ultimately lead to the demolition of the homes on their lots.

A home on Holly Street was removed from the Historic Register, deemed not a historic resource by the Heritage Committee, with the understanding it will be demolished. The other home, in South Laguna, was potentially a significant historic resource according to the Design Review Board and warranted further environmental review, a decision the council overturned in a narrow 3-2 vote.

The South Laguna property was purchased in March 2016 for $6.4 million. The news that the home could have historical merit was not made clear to the new owner at the time of purchase, said attorney Larry Nokes. 

Staff rebutted that the real property report, which is supposed to contain any information that should be revealed to a buyer, simply left blank the Historic Inventory Category because the house was not listed on the Historic Inventory or the Register. 

 “If I knew the house was historic, I would never have touched it,” said Hany Dimitry. “I would never have come near it. I would never have made this big investment.”

Councilmen Kelly Boyd and Steve Dicterow had no problem voting in favor of the demolition of the house that they felt had little historic or aesthetic value. Mayor Toni Iseman based her vote on the encroachment of the existing home into the bluff setback and what it would take to stabilize it.

Project architect Brion Jennette testified that a number of 86-foot long caissons would have to be injected into the setback to stabilize both the bluff and the house. 

A proposed new home would not require the caissons because the plans do not intrude into the 25-foot setback from the bluff edge required by the California Coastal Commission. 

Iseman was torn. She is a longtime supporter of preserving historic structures, but she also opposes setback violations on bluffs overlooking the ocean.

The council’s majority vote that the existing home is not a historic resource also returned the proposed replacement to the Design Review Board for further review. 

By Barbara Diamond 

SoLag Community Garden Park will have potluck celebration Spring Fling April 30, 3 – 6 p.m.

South Laguna Community Garden Park invites the community to the 8th annual Spring Fling potluck celebration, Sunday April 30 from 3 to 6 p.m.  Bring beverages and a dish to share.  There will be live music with Tom Joliet, Tony Bisson and the Garden Band, children’s activities, and lots of neighborly fun.

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This is the time to experience the Garden Park with all its lush and colorful spring growth.  The new native garden planted in February is growing well and flowering in response to the winter rains. The Garden Elf is turning from green to pink!  

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The Garden Park is located at the corner of Eagle Rock Way and Coast Highway in South Laguna.  Donations are still need toward the Garden Park acquisition fund. Please visit:

Aww…Mama and her calf

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Scott Trimble encountered this duo on their way past Woods Cove

Thanks to Janet O’Faolain, the Animal Program at Anneliese Schools of Laguna Beach thrives 


Anneliese Schools of Laguna Beach provides a unique educational experience; one that speaks not only to children’s intellect, but to their humanity, conscience, and creativity. One facet of this amazing educational experience is the Animal Program, which includes classes with alpacas, donkeys, and miniature horses. A vital component to this evolving program is Ms. Janet O’Faolain as the Animal Program Coordinator.

Janet is from New York City originally and has always been interested in animals. Janet was born with an inherent love of animals that only grew as she did. Her pets growing up were of all varieties, however her love of horses intensified over the years. Janet researched horses and would watch them in Central Park at every opportunity. By age 14, Janet was working for a veterinarian earning money so that she “could go to the stables and take the occasional trail ride.” After high school, she left New York and attended Colorado State University studying in the pre-veterinarian program. Somehow this line of education was “just not fulfilling” and her love of learning was starting to wane.

Janet and her husband, Tedd, made a cross country move from Long Beach, New York to Long Beach, California. She pursued a Masters in Fine Arts in dance from UCI and combined her love of movement with therapeutic horsemanship.  She volunteered locally at the Shea Center for several years before studying to become a certified instructor with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship.

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Girls and donkeys, Miller and Blue

As Janet was searching for a school in the area for her two daughters, she found Anneliese Schools. During the tour, she saw the mini horses on the hill and knew immediately, this was the school for her family. Every day she drove by the school until her daughters were old enough to attend.  Soon after our administration discovered we had a horse trainer in our community, we approached Janet to train them. What started as training for the horses has developed into a comprehensive program that allows the children to spend more time with the animals.

Janet’s goal is that predicated on interest, our full student body will interact with all of our animals, even our feathered friends. As Janet contends, animals are here to support the students and for that, they need to find their identity. The animal program will grow and develop with the goal of a fun, safe, and engaging program for everyone. Today, she spends time creating and implementing lesson plans that will inspire students to think creatively, act bravely, and consider the needs of others. As one proud parent said, “through the animal program, my granddaughter has learned respect for animals, acceptance, and has experienced an all encompassing cycle of life.”

Animal care program grows

The horses participated in the Laguna Beach Patriot’s Day Parade and were a huge success. Janet worked with them to prepare them for the din of the crowd, new surroundings, and the long walk leading the pack. Apparently all of her efforts paid off, in a big way, as our horses were wonderful ambassadors for our school, helping us win 1st Place in the Novelty—Commercial category.

With Janet’s expertise and involvement with the Willowbrook Campus, we are able to offer enrichment classes that involve the animals. Janet offers Minis to the Max twice a week with the three horses, Baldazar, Willow, and Katie. Students learn basic horsemanship skills such as horse care, grooming, tack, health concerns, and leading. Last week, a farrier came and demonstrated his work with the horses and even forged horseshoes for all of the class members.

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Maxim experiences a closeup and personal alpaca encounter

Another enrichment class favorite is Alpaca Encounters with Ms. Elisabeth. These gentle animals elicit such calm and love from students. Parents have told us they pick up a very different child after Alpaca Encounters then other days of the week. Clearly these animals do more for us than provide fleece and a cuteness factor! They teach us about empathy and unconditional love in ways no other program could.

Most afternoons during lunch recess, students visit with the animals on the hill and help fill water buckets and clean up as needed. The animals and students have come to rely on this respite from the routine. An important component of this time is our newest addition to the school, the donkeys named Miller and Blue. They came to us from a donkey rescue and are now the Guards of the Hill discouraging any outside critter visits. Donkeys, much like the alpacas, have a gentle and docile presence. The students adore Miller and Blue, and they adore our students.

The ECO-Warrior Foundation and Chronic Tacos collaborate for an Earth Day celebration on April 22 

On Saturday, April 22, the ECO-Warrior Foundation and Chronic Tacos partner for a special Earth Day beach cleanup. It will take place between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. at Aliso Beach in Laguna Beach. They will have waivers, bags, and gloves for everyone and, as a special thank you, Chronic Tacos will be providing tacos for all volunteers.

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(l-r) Riley Berberian, ECO-Warrior Pres of Board, Brad Berberian, Kate Berberian

According to their website, the mission of the ECO-Warrior Foundation is simple: to educate, activate and motivate individuals and communities to keep our beaches and oceans clean and pollution free. Founder James Pribram says, “I think the question we need to ask ourselves is, ‘What good is the beach if we can’t enjoy the ocean?’” One of his mottos is, “Save the ocean, one wave at a time.”

His website further states, “Ocean trash is indeed a modern-day sea monster. Disposable plastics—packaging, cosmetics, drinking straws, cigarette butts, and fishing nets—many designed to be used only once—are discarded as litter, filtering into streams and gullies that feed into our oceans, rivers and lakes, where it destroys aquatic habitats.”

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Trash collection area during one of ECO-Warriors cleanups

Last year, the ECO-Warrior foundation hosted beach cleanups and Adopt-A-Beach programs in partnership with the California Coastal Commission’s California Coastal Cleanup Day. They finished out the year on a winning streak, with the first Upstream Cleanup Initiative, before the first rain fell on several different waterways in Laguna Niguel, picking up 551 pounds of trash. Working with a team of volunteers, the foundation removed approximately 3,000 pounds of debris headed for the ocean in 2015. 

For more information, contact; James Pribram, director (949) 836-1450.

Laguna Beach Police Department hosts its 3rd Annual Bike Rodeo & Safety Expo on April 30

The Laguna Beach Police Department’s Bike Rodeo & Road Safety Expo will be held on Sunday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Parking Lot #11, located at 551 Forest Avenue (in front of the Pageant). This event will encompass safety information for all roadway users including cyclist, pedestrians, and motorists. Whether you drive a vehicle, ride your bike, or walk, your safety depends on sharing the road safely with other vehicles and users. 

Attendees are encouraged to bring their bicycles and helmets as they will be given the opportunity to practice their safety skills in our obstacle course. All participants are required to complete a waiver before participating, which can be located on the City web-site. Cyclists of all ages are invited to attend this Family Fun Event. 

The Laguna Beach Police Department continues to promote “Vision Zero,” which aims to reach zero fatalities on our streets. They accomplished this goal in 2016. The Bike Rodeo is intended to promote the safe and legal operation of bicycles within our community, especially for young children and teens, and will include tips for parents. 

Children learn bicycle safety skills

Participants will have their bikes and helmets inspected, and will also put into practice safe riding techniques by navigating through an obstacle course with a member of the Laguna Beach Police Bike Patrol Team. 

The expo will include interactive displays such as traffic safety games, Mercy Air helicopter, police vehicles, K-9 Ranger, child ID making, bounce house, face painting, balloon artist, and a DUI crash car. The Burnt Food and Kona Ice food trucks will be available, and there will be a bike raffle for a toddler, child, and teen sized bike donated by the Laguna Beach Police Employees Association. There will also be a Child Car Seat Installation Demonstration, a Vehicle Extrication Demonstration, and a BMX stunt show performed by Robert Castillo’s BMX Freestyle Team

 Supporting organizations include the Laguna Beach Fire Department, Laguna Cyclery, MADD, Doctors Ambulance, and the Automobile Club of Southern California. 

Funding for this event is partially funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For further information, contact Captain Jeff Calvert at (949) 497-0375 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Phil Dike exhibition is slated to open at the Laguna Art Museum in June

On June 25, Laguna Art Museum will open Phil Dike: At the Edge of the Sea. The exhibition will be the first comprehensive museum exhibition in more than forty years of works by this prominent member of the California regionalist movement of the 1930s and 1940s, with more than sixty of his paintings that span from the 1920s through the early 1980s. 

Works exhibited will be from private and public collections from around California, including many that have never been exhibited before. The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication highlighting the versatility of the native California artist, reproducing not only the paintings in the exhibition, but additional works in all media. 

Phil Dike (1906–1990) grew up in Redlands, California, and studied at the Chouinard School of Art from 1924 to 1927. There, he met artist Millard Sheets, who would become a lifelong friend. Dike went to New York in 1929 to study at the Art Students League, and also studied in the studio of artist George Luks and exhibited at the New York Water Color Club. 

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California Holiday depicts the entrance to Newport Harbor

He returned to Los Angeles and taught at Chouinard for a year before traveling to Europe and studying in France at the American Academy of Fontainebleau. He resumed teaching at Chouinard in 1931. 

Beach and harbor scenes dominated Dike’s work in the 1930s and 1940s. One of his best-known interpretations of the area is California Holiday, painted from watercolor sketches he made on Labor Day, and published in Life magazine in September 1941.

Of the painting he said: “This is the entrance to Newport Harbor…. The pageant of continuous activity, with more than the usual pictorial setting, has made it an exciting place to look and contemplate, if not to paint…. Maybe the exhilaration of wind, sun, and sea—sunburn, sailboats, and hot dogs may recreate moments for some of us.”

During the 1940s Dike began to abandon a strictly realist approach to incorporate semiabstract forms. By the late 1960s, his work reached nearly pure abstraction, but the dominant subject matter remained the sea and man’s relationship to it. 

By the 1970s, as Dike’s work became more abstract, human elements were reduced to mystical forms, and the elements of sky, sea, and sand were reduced to striated, textured patterns. 

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From Phil Dike’s “Wave” series

These works—collectively referred to as his Wave series—represent Dike’s mature style and powerfully express his passion for the sea. Dike retired from teaching in 1970 but continued to make his home in Claremont. As a professor emeritus, he influenced many young artists long after his retirement. In his last decades, Dike wrote poetry that expressed his feelings about the sea and man’s relationship to it.

“The days I walk on the beach,” he said, “are not just a search for a subject to paint, or to fill a notebook of facts and ideas, but to somehow reawaken the sensations of pleasure and wonder that I have felt for the sea in the years I have been painting. There is a deep satisfaction in the rhythm of the waves, the light, the smells, the sand and rock pieces that change from day to day….”

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive. Hours are Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Thurs: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Closed Wednesdays; Closed Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. General admission is $7.

Laguna kids and restaurants collaborate to help feed and clothe Door of Faith orphans

The Community Learning Center (CLC) is a school within a school for first through fourth graders in Laguna Beach, located at Top of the World Elementary School. 

One of the philosophies of CLC is to teach its students to live and learn in service of others. 

On March 11, twelve families from the CLC visited the Door of Faith orphanage in Baja California, Mexico.  

Prior to the trip, they learned that the staff members at DOFO feed, clothe, bathe, educate, and provide recreation, healthcare and love to 104 [current] orphans. Further insight was shared that their volunteers wash 80 - 90 loads of laundry per day. 

CLC parents and students organized a toiletries drive at school and delivered trunk loads of laundry detergent, soap, diapers, wipes, paper towels, toilet paper, toothpaste, shampoo, and other items to the orphanage. 

The families also brought food to make a hot, nutritious lunch for all 104 orphans and 40 staff members. 

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Community Learning Center members tie-dye T-shirts for the kids (faces intentionally blurred)

Local Laguna Beach restaurants are owed a debt of gratitude for helping with sizable contributions. Reunion Kitchen wrote a substantial check directly to Door of Faith, which was graciously received by the orphanage’s founder, DJ Schuetze. 

Kitchen in the Canyon generously provided all of the delicious fruit served at lunch, in addition to a massive gift of food that will be served for many meals in the coming days. Thanks also go to Maro Grill for a large donation of edamame. 

CLC’s children and parents spent the entire day with the Door of Faith children. Together they tie-dyed t-shirts for all 104 orphans that were kindly provided at cost by local resident Dave Jumani and his company PakTex. 

They also made beaded bracelets, played soccer and other games, and shared in a rewarding experience for all. The CLC children subsequently made items that were sold at the Laguna Beach Farmer’s Market this past Saturday and all proceeds will benefit DOFO. 

These orphaned kids have fantastic caretakers watching over them, ensuring that their lives are as rich and full as possible. 

DJ Schuetze spoke to the group about how each child is offered a college education and added that as they mature into adulthood, he is often asked to walk brides down the aisle, and attend the births of “grand-babies.” 

He and his wife Lynette are reaping the rewards of their efforts, the most notable of which is that cycles of abuse and abandonment are being broken. They are a family and it’s apparent that the love and respect they share for each other is real and everlasting. 

The Door of Faith is a California 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that deserves a round of applause for leveraging its resources efficiently to save the lives of so many children escaping abusive and life-threatening situations. For further information, and to donate to Door of Faith, visit To learn more about CLC, visit

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Workshop – Mortgage brokers vs. banks and direct lenders, on April 29 10 – 11:30 a.m.

In the fourth of a series of workshops, held on the last Saturday of each month, a free workshop will be presented by Richard T. Cirelli of RTC Mortgage Corporation and James Hitchcock of Raymond James Pacific Wealth Solutions Group. This event will be at the Laguna Board of Realtors office, 939 Glenneyre St., 2nd floor, on Saturday April 29 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. 

Rick Cirelli will compare the various types of mortgage lenders including the pros and cons of Mortgage Brokers, Direct Lenders, Portfolio Lenders, big Banks and Non-Banks. His discussion will include comparing costs; loan products offered by each; and how to navigate the potential pitfalls of each type of lender. 

Rick Cirelli

Jim Hitchcock, who runs Pacific Wealth Solutions Group of Raymond James in Newport Beach, will discuss this month all things “Income,” and specifically the fixed income capabilities and resources available to those who wish to receive income from a capital markets portfolio – and in particular “equity income,” i.e. income from stock dividends, which is a popular strategy these days with the low interest rate world in which we live.

Jim Hitchcock

Richard T. Cirelli of RTC Mortgage Corporation, located in Laguna Beach, is a mortgage industry veteran with over 40 years of professional mortgage experience.  Throughout his career, Rick has held executive positions with some of the country’s largest and most respected mortgage lenders.  Since founding his own company in Laguna Beach in 2000, Rick has built a strong reputation as a highly professional and knowledgeable mortgage broker. Rick has been originating Reverse Mortgages for over 10 years and is a member of the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA); serves on the Board of Directors of the Laguna Beach Seniors, and is an active member of the Laguna Board of Realtors, Laguna Beach Rotary Club, Laguna Beach Business Club and the Laguna Beach Professional Alliance. 

James Hitchcock of Raymond James Pacific Wealth Solutions Group, located in Newport Beach, works with individuals and corporations in assisting them toward achieving their long-term goals.  His investment philosophy emphasizes a conservative asset allocation approach toward investing.  Throughout his career, Jim has given numerous presentations on retirement planning strategies and money management to individuals and corporations.

For more information about this event, call Richard Cirelli at (949) 494-4701 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Chabad of Laguna Beach commemorates 50 years
since Israel’s Six-Day War

Beginning Wed, May 10, at 7 p. m., Rabbi Eli Goorevitch of Chabad Jewish Center Laguna Beach, will offer a new six-session course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) called Survival of a Nation: Exploring Israel Through the Lens of the Six-Day War. One fateful week in June 1967 redrew the map of the Middle East. Fifty years later, Israel continues to face numerous existential threats.

Commemorating 50 years since the Six-Day War, the course invites participants to experience a captivating account of what was at the time considered by many to be the most improbable and astonishing victory in military history.

 “Traditionally, Jews maintain a fervent allegiance to Israel and also lobby against human rights violations around the globe” said Rabbi G. “This course explores the compatibility of these two values, examining Jewish perspectives on controversial human rights accusations leveled against Israel.”

Survival of a Nation: Exploring Israel Through the Lens of the Six-Day War

 The course poses the questions: If Judaism is a religion of ideas, why do Jews care so much about land? Why does Israel perpetually raise the ire of the entire world? And what are the ethics of preemptive strikes and collateral damage? The course also inquires how Israel might protect itself against an enemy that uses human shields, and explores Jewish positions about Israel’s moral obligation concerning territories captured in the Six-Day War.

Like all JLI programs, this course is designed to appeal to people at all levels of knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a synagogue, temple, or other house of worship.

 Interested students may call (949) 499 - 0770 or visit for registration and for other course-related information. 

Chabad is located at 30804 S. Coast Hwy. in LB, across from Montage Resort. 

For further information, contact Perel Goorevitch, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Laguna 1970s modern home tour offers conversations with owners and architectural historian on April 21

On Friday, April 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., the public is invited to tour this special 1970s modern house, have a glass of wine, talk with architectural historian Ted Wells and the owners, the Lysters, about the house. The house is located at 611 Allview Place. There will not be a formal presentation, and guests can come and go as they please. It is optional to bring some ‘finger’ foods to share with new and existing LFArchitecture friends.

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Modern home with panoramic ocean view

The home is constructed of stone, glass, and three different kinds of wood – 

redwood, cedar, and Douglas fir and has a hexagon layout theme.

View from dining area

The house was designed by J Herbert Brownell, a UC Berkeley-trained architect. Brownell practiced architecture in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Pasadena before finally setting up shop in Orange County, where he produced a great number of residential, commercial, and government buildings over the course of five decades.

For more information, contact Sean McCracken at (949) 290-5317.

Clara Lee presents 2017 Vision Workshop at Laguna Beach Library on April 22

On Sat, April 22, Clara Lee will provide Vision Workshop attendees insights into achieving their goals with her “3 Keys To Accelerating Your Results in 2017.” Clara Lee is a visionary and advocate for leading an inspired life. With over 20 years of professional experience in team leadership from start-up to multi-million-dollar business environments, Clara has built organizations and lead teams toward accomplishing company goals through vision and mentoring. 

Visionary Clara Lee presents 3 Keys to Accelerating Your Results in 2017

As a means to creating your best year and accelerating goals, Lee asks the following questions: Do you want to discover your true dream or purpose? Would you like to eliminate fear, doubt, and worry and move toward your goals with confidence? Do you want to increase prosperity and stay in complete harmony with your highest values and spiritual beliefs?

The workshop will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at LB Library, 363 Glenneyre St.  For further information, call (949) 497-1733. This event is free.

Sawdust artists Jason Rate and Sean Hunter Brown install unique art pieces at Arbitech

The Sawdust Art & Craft Festival, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public and advocating art created in Laguna Beach, announces the commissioning of two of their brilliant Sawdust artists by the company, Arbitech, an independent distributor of data center products. 

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Artist Jason Rate, Cynthia Powers, marketing director at Arbitech, Frank Llaca, president of Arbitech, and artist Sean Hunter Brown

Recently, Sean Hunter Brown and Jason Rate had the opportunity to install their own works of art inside the Arbitech office, located in Irvine, California. The company’s president, Frank Llaca, stressed the need for supporting the local arts community and taking part in philanthropic efforts. 

Jason Rate’s classic surfboard resin art was featured miniaturized, mounted on every door as name plaques and his full-size resin surfboards hung on walls in the lobby. Sean Hunter Brown’s distinguishing photography adorned several areas, one specifically as a vibrant three-pane triptych of a POV inside the barrel of a wave on a radiant day.

For more information about the Sawdust Art Festival and their talented artists, visit

LB resident Loreen Gilbert honored at NAWBO-OC
Remarkable Women Awards Gala on May 11

Four remarkable women will tell their inspiring success stories to an anticipated audience of more than 300 businesspeople and guests on Thurs, May 11, as the National Association of Women Business Owners, Orange County Chapter (NAWBO-OC) hosts its 21st Annual Remarkable Women Awards Gala. The 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. luncheon at the City National Grove of Anaheim is one of Orange County’s premier events highlighting women’s achievements. This year’s theme is “Stand.”

“Our four honorees epitomize what you can accomplish when you stand for what you believe, stand in the face of obstacles, stand up for others, and stand together,” said NAWBO-OC President Liz Camaur.

The 2017 honorees include Loreen Gilbert, Business Advocate of the Year; Heidi Hendy, Lifetime Achievement Award; Anoosheh Oskouian, Business Owner of the Year; Scharrell Jackson, Entrepreneur to Watch.

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Loreen Gilbert honored as Women Business Advocate of the Year

Women Business Advocate of the Year, Loreen Gilbert, after working for an investment company and learning there was no path to advance, within six months opened her own financial planning firm, Irvine-based WealthWise Financial. The company helps women business owners achieve financial security. WealthWise is celebrating its 20th year in business, with Gilbert, founder and president, in the top two percent in gross revenue among 15,000 advisors working through LPL Financial.

As a natural leader, Gilbert was appointed to the 19-member Trump Pence Small Business Advisory Council. She is the only woman and the only Californian on the panel. As past president of NAWBO-OC, Gilbert presently sits on the executive board of NAWBO National and on the NAWBO National Taxes and Regulations Council, with a focus on efforts to reform the nation’s tax code. Gilbert lives in Laguna Beach.

“NAWBO-OC’s vision is that every woman business owner succeeds,” Camaur said. “We provide the information, resources and the environment for every one of us to thrive. When growing any business there are challenges we face. Our Remarkable Women Gala not only honors women who have reached the pinnacle of success, but their inspirational stories show us the possibilities when you stand in the face of those obstacles and hold fast to your dreams.” 

The event will include a silent auction. Dozens of auction items include a gift card for eight for barrel sampling and a tour of LeVigne Winery in Paso Robles, one month of unlimited classes at Pure Barre Newport, a one-night stay and buffet for two at Morongo Casino and Spa, and a makeup session for two at Richard Stevens Cosmetics. Proceeds will benefit the Women’s Business Institute (WBI), a nonprofit which provides funding for educational programs for women business owners seeking to supplement their skills through workshops, seminars or college courses

Tickets to attend start at $95. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For information or reservations, call NAWBO-OC at (626) 292-1400 or go to

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, PhD, speaks at Soka University Commencement on May 26

Daniel Habuki, PhD, president of Soka University of America, announces that Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, PhD, co-founder of the field of positive psychology, will be SUA’s Commencement speaker on Fri, May 26.

Csikszentmihalyi was born in Fiume, Italy (now Rijeka, Croatia), to Hungarian parents. He left Italy in 1956 to study in the United States and received a PhD in Human Development from the University of Chicago in 1965. He started teaching at a nearby college and began developing the basic model of the flow experience. In 1970, Mihaly returned to the University of Chicago, where he became Chair of the Department of Psychology. 

In 1999, he accepted an offer to teach at the Drucker School of Management of the Claremont Graduate University in California, where he later started the first doctoral program in Positive Psychology. He is currently the co-director of the doctoral program in Positive Developmental Psychology, in the Department of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences at Claremont. He is the author or co-author of 250 peer-reviewed articles and 19 books, translated into 26 languages.

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Dr. Csikszentmihalyi speaks at Soka Commencement on May 26

He is considered the world’s leading researcher on positive psychology. He once said: “Repression is not the way to virtue. When people restrain themselves out of fear, their lives are by necessity diminished. Only through freely chosen discipline can life be enjoyed and still kept within the bounds of reason.”

In 2009, Csikszentmihalyi was awarded the Clifton Strengths Prize and received the Széchenyi Prize in Budapest in 2011. He sits on the Board of Trustees of the International Positive Psychology Association, an organization he co-founded in 2001.

“We’re very proud that Soka University is welcoming Dr. Csikszentmihalyi,” added Dr. Habuki.  “Our mission is to foster a steady stream of global citizens committed to living a contributive life. Discussions on happiness, creativity and positive approaches to life and peace are central to our core values. We hope that this Commencement will help empower students to live happy and productive lives.”

Soka offers an 8:1 student/faculty ratio, average class size of 12, and study abroad for every undergraduate student (included in tuition). Admitted students whose annual family income is $60,000 or less may be eligible for Soka Opportunity Scholarships which cover full tuition. Additional scholarship opportunities are available for higher income levels. About 60 percent of Soka University’s students come from the US and 40 percent have come from more than 50 other countries.

GOING HOME – A Journey with Terrell Washington Anansi, an artist led event at NCC April 28 and 29

Neighborhood Congregational Church is holding a two-day event, featuring artist Terrell Washington Anansi. This is a going home and a celebration of the journey of being a sacred artist in modern times. As a sacred artist, Terrell Washington Anansi attempts to demonstrate the importance of the human voice by using spoken-word and spoken-song, sacred musical sounds, dance and images of photography by Jana, and mixed media paintings by TWA, within constructed altars.

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Terrell Washington Anansi

It is a demonstration of a sacred artist unifying with his community, in the midst of sharing his gifts within the community for their mutual healing. It is a collaboration between artists who are in process of becoming one in spirit and performance. It is a going home to wholeness, the healing of the split existence of the divine feminine and the divine masculine, love and hate, being and doing... being in the unification of the personal self. It is a collaboration of various types of local artists (visual, musicians, craftsmen, jewelers, dance, sound healers), local culinary (Taco Loco) and a local church (Neighborhood Congregational Church). It will be an example of community in unity. It is a celebration of attaining peace within our society.

This two-day event begins on Friday, April 28, with an evening performance and dining from 6 – 10 p.m.  Saturday, April 29 will begin at 1 p.m. with brunch, artist lectures throughout the afternoon, and an evening performance from 6 – 10 p.m. 

The requested donation is $20 entrance fee for both days, which goes to support arts and artists, and Neighborhood Church.  

Artwork and jewelry will be available for purchase, as well as food and beverages for purchase by Taco Loco of Laguna.  Go to, or Facebook:  Neighborhood Congregational Church Laguna Beach for more information and details.  NCC has free parking at 340 St. Ann’s Drive, Laguna Beach.

Annual Laguna Beach Lawn Bowling Open House on May 13 offers opportunity to bowl by the sea 

Laguna Beach Lawn Bowling club hosts their annual open house on Sat, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is held on the same day all over the country at lawn bowling clubs to encourage people to give lawn bowling a try. The gate will be open for anyone who would like to try this great game and meet some spectacular people.

Try lawn bowling at LBLBC’s Annual Open House on May 13

Laguna Beach Lawn Bowling Club, established in 1931, is the largest in the US. LBLBC is located in Heisler Park, overlooking the ocean at 455 Cliff Dr, LB. Laguna Beach Lawn Bowling Club members, young, old, novice, or veteran enjoy both social and tournament bowls. They provide ongoing complimentary lessons in basics, strategy, etiquette and team games.

Those interested in attending should drop by, or if further information is needed, contact them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or by phone (949) 494-1811 or visit the website at

Run for the Roses: Ebell Club hosts its 21st Annual Kentucky Derby Party and Fundraiser on May 6

Ebell Club of Laguna Beach Philanthropies celebrates over 80 years of service to the community, and will once again celebrate its own exciting version of the Kentucky Derby. On the first Sat in May, the Ebell Club holds its 21st Annual Kentucky Derby Party, a major fundraiser and spirited event like no other in the sports world. 

Run for the Roses fans will gather at the Aliso Viejo Country Club, 33 Santa Barbara, Aliso Viejo, at 12:30 p.m. on Sat, May 6, for an afternoon of food, fun, and viewing (on a private big-screen television) of the 141st Kentucky Derby, live from Churchill Downs. Run for the Roses isa two-minute, quarter mile race for three-year-old, thoroughbred horses, run under the landmark Twin Spires of the Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky. 

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Ebell Club of LB Philanthropies Pres Amy Altieri (l) seems surprised it’s Derby time again.  Sylvia Powers (r) is already dressed in silks for the occasion.

Hat worn by Amy is from Duet of LB and will be available for auction.

The Kentucky Derby tradition of giving red roses began when roses were presented by a New York socialite to all the ladies attending an 1883 Derby post party, at which the race founder, who was impressed by the dramatic display, decided to make red roses the official flowers of the race and an award for the winner. The race culminates with the jockey being given a bouquet of sixty, long-stemmed, red roses and a blanket of five hundred sixty-four red roses being placed over the winning horse. The center of the rose blanket is adorned with a rose, fern and ribbon arrangement, which rests on the winner’s withers (shoulders). One single rose, crowning the arrangement, honors the struggle and “heart” of the horse who has earned a place in the Derby Winner’s Circle. This tradition has given rise to the race’s nickname, Run for the Roses.

Aside from watching the race, how does the Ebell Club transform this Derby tradition into their own? With a southern buffet feast, a silent auction and raffle, and a no host bar that undoubtedly will mix Mint Juleps. 

But, for partygoers, who sport their best attire, it is really all about the hats. They take hats very seriously, and there is a hat contest for both women and men to prove it. 

Last year generous donations to Ebell Philanthropies helped support Laguna Beach charitable organizations and projects.  Tax-deductible donations help underwrite this event.  All proceeds will directly benefit the LB community charities. Some of the organizations Ebell Club helps support: Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach Little League, CSP Youth Shelter, Laguna Beach Playhouse, ACTION (AIDS Care Teams in Neighborhoods), Laguna Beach Seniors, Friendship Shelter, Laguna Beach Community Clinic Friends of the Library, Laguna Outreach Community Arts (LOCA), Girl Scout Council of Orange County, Laguna Relief and Resource Center, Human Options, Laguna Beach Fire Department, Laguna Beach College of Art and Design, Laguna Beach Schools, and Scholarships Sally’s Fund (Seniors) (Arts, Athletics, Tech)

For more information, contact Sandra Renner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 949-295-0436, or

RSVP is requested by April 21.

Local artists & businesses sign on to Everything Laguna Beach online documentary

Having already reached nearly 300,000 views online and in social media, Everything Laguna Beach announced the addition of a number of local musical artists and businesses to the groundbreaking digital documentary project.

Well known Laguna Beach based musical groups The World Anthem Band, Nick Hernandez with Common Sense, and others join the groundbreaking digital video. Local companies KX 93.5, Firebrand Media, Stu News,, and Laguna Sound Studios join Everything Laguna Beach as sponsors.

“Laguna Beach’s community has really come together to support this project and it has been fantastic to see their wonderful work,” said J.J. Ballesteros, producer of Everything Laguna Beach. “The documentary will feature new music by Nick Hernandez with Common Sense and narration by KX 93.5’s talented personalities Jason Feddy and Tyler Russell. In addition, the vignette trailers include music from Shaena Stabler as well.”

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Music from Shaena Stabler included on documentary vignette trailer

The project is designed to unlock Laguna Beach’s well known landmarks and community for the world using emerging and cutting-edge digital technology. As well as capturing the local talent through music and narration while exploring Laguna Beach from scuba divers at depth, surfers off the coast with incredible sea life, to Pageant of the Masters, and the incredible dining and resorts throughout Laguna Beach.

“With the partnership of so many businesses including KX 93.5, Laguna Sound Studio, Firebrand Media, and StuNews we have been able to expand the project before the premiere,” explained Ballesteros. “And with The World Anthem Band playing at our premiere party, as well as the debut of a new Common Sense song in the documentary, we are really going to show the world the best of Laguna Beach.”

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Photo from online documentary, Everything Laguna Beach

Leading up to the premiere on Tuesday, April 25th at Skyloft, Everything Laguna Beach’s new sponsors and partners join existing partners Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce, imortgage, Wells Fargo, Sawdust Festival, and Festival of Arts to help complete the production of the digital documentary.

“Each of our partners has been a key part in our final production and we want to thank each of them,” said Ballesteros. “We set out to capture life in Laguna Beach in totally new ways using drone and emerging digital technology and with great access to Laguna Beach’s landmarks we have been able to create a one-of-a-kind documentary.”

Spring Concert at St. Mary’s April 23, 7 p.m.

The Laguna Beach Chamber Singers, under the excellent direction of Mr. Cory Winter, is presenting a free Spring Concert of Classical and Americana music on April 23 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. Newly appointed Artistic Director, Winter has a powerful resume and has brought great energy to this new and growing group. 

Laguna’s own Deborah Glass is the accompanist. Other members include Rob Harryman, Jacoby Hickerson ,VanNessa Hulme, Louis Jack, Laurel Jacob, Bonita Jaros, Jeff Nagel, Deborah Rabben, Jay Rechter, Will Reeder, Karen Rose, and Kirsten Whalen.

Laguna Beach Chamber Singers is small but powerful choral group, formed to study and perform music of the masters in various genres. Based in Laguna Beach, where weekly rehearsals are held, LBCS is comprised of singers from Anaheim to San Clemente. 

The Spring Concert features traditional works by Haydn, Brahms and Mozart, as well as classic Americana pieces by Copland and Gershwin. Admission is free.

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Laguna Beach Chamber Singers (from left to right): Will Reeder, Rob Harryman, Louis Jack, Deborah Rabben, Kirsten Whalen, Jacoby Hickerson, Cory Winter, Jeff Nagel, Laurel Jacob, Karen Rose, and Jay Rechter

We are always looking for new members. If you love to sing, contact us at Music makes everything better, so end your weekend on an upbeat note. And, if you love to sing, we invite you to join us in the fall.

Police Beat Primer

Compiled by Alli Rael and Stu Saffer

Police Beat derives from information in the log maintained at the front counter by the Laguna Beach Police Department and required under CA Government Code Section 6254 (f). The press does not have access to written police reports.

Information in the police department log is deemed reliable and StuNewsLaguna is not responsible for mistakes made available as public record by
the Laguna Beach Police Department.

Parents with children in school may contact 949-497-1615 to request that their names be omitted from Police Beat. The decision of StuNewsLaguna is final.

Any person arrested is innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

Abbreviations sometimes used in Police Beat

647f – Public Intoxication; DUI – Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; NFA – No fixed address; RP – Reporting/Responsible Party; UTL – Unable to locate

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DUI Arrests

Guillherme Paraiso, 32, Newport Beach – Sunday, April 16


Incident Reports

Tuesday, April 18

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Natalie Rose Wilhelm, 19, Orange

Whitney Nicole Strickland, 20, Orange

Coast Hwy & Wesley Drive | Warrant

5:11 p.m. During a traffic stop, Bradly Richard Monclova, 30, Redondo Beach, was arrested on a Hermosa Beach warrant for DUI. 

Coast Hwy | 1700 Block | Warrant

4:32 p.m. Bailey Contino, 20, Irvine, was arrested on a $75,000 warrant for robbery. 

Cliff Drive | 300 Block | Warrants

2:19 p.m. China Marisa Covarrubias, 37, Dana Point, was arrested on two Harbor Court warrants – one for battery and the other for driving on a suspended license and vehicle registration violations.  

Forest Avenue & Beach Street | Traffic Crash

10:08 a.m. A vehicle collided with a pedestrian. The pedestrian was treated for a leg injury. 

Monday, April 17

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Thomas Glen Thyne, 34, no fixed address

He was also arrested for vandalism.

Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Battery

7:46 p.m. A transient threw coffee onto the RP. 

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Stolen Vehicle

5:53 p.m. An Audi that was stolen from Laguna Beach on Saturday was found undamaged in Covina. 

Broadway & Beach | Drugs, False ID 

3:50 p.m. During a traffic stop, Liam Yanez, 20, Dana Point, was arrested for possession of narcotics and presenting a false identification to officers. 

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Grand Theft

12:59 p.m. The RP’s suitcase was stolen in Malibu. 

Sunday, April 16

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Terry Dwayne Sanders, 39, no fixed address

Forest Avenue | 300 Block | Warrant

11:29 p.m. Chauhan Neilsesh Bhikhu, 46, Mission Viejo, was arrested on a Harbor Court warrant for illegal lodging. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 3200 Block | Loose Animal

5:39 p.m. A horse was loose. With citizen help, it was controlled by 5:46 p.m.

Top of the World Drive | 28700 Block | Fraud

4:46 p.m. The victim’s credit card was used for over $2,000.

Laguna Beach 

Library Events



Sat, April 22

Children’s Craft Open House

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Seasonal crafts for children under 12, adult supervision recommended.

Celebrate Earth Day

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Learn about the library’s Fairy Garden and do projects with recycled materials.

Vision Workshop: 3 Keys to Accelerate your 2017 results

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Clara Lee, is a visionary and advocate for leading an inspired life.

Learn to accomplish 2017 goals.

Free event

Mon, April 24

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.  Not a workshop for beginners.  Contact library for more info.


Tues, April 25

Math at the Library

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

A series of fun math activities for kids K-2nd grade. Registration is required.

Wed, April 26

Children’s Playtime and Craft Table

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

For ages five and under.

Playtime for practice of fine motor skills, socialization, and bonding between child and caregiver. 


Thurs, April 27

Peapod Academy


10:30 a.m.

For babies, toddler, and preschoolers (and their adults). Storytime, arts and crafts. No preregistration required.


Laguna Beach Library

363 Glenneyre St.


Laguna Beach Books

Bi-weekly Bestsellers



The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

LaRose by Louise Erdrich


Black Edge by Sheelah Kolhatkar

Ice Ghosts by Paul Watson

The Zoo by Isobel Charman

Children’s Books

Boss Baby by Marla Frazee

Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima

Pocketmouse at Crystal Cove by Marian Parks

Staff Recommendation

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid


1200 S Coast Hwy


Whale Watching: Ocean Institute cruises offered on weekends

Gray whale watching season has come again to Southern California, and the Ocean Institute offers weekend whale watching cruises on its 65-foot R/V Sea Explorer giving participants an opportunity to see whales, dolphins, fish, sea lions and other wildlife along the Southern California coastline.  

Cruises are offered most weekends, upcoming dates include: April 23, May 7, 20, 27, June 3, 11, 18, 25.  

Cruise times vary; most are 10 am – 12:30 pm and 1 – 3:30 p.m. (check the website for specific dates).

Say hello to fun

Prices are $45 for adult (18-54), $35 seniors (age 55 and up) and active duty military $35 and $25 for children (age 4 to 17).  

There is a transaction processing fee for credit card, phone and Internet orders. Ocean Institute members receive a ten percent discount.  

Information may be obtained by calling the Ocean Institute at (949) 496-2274.  

Register online at

Sawdust Studio Art 

The Sawdust Art Festival, in collaboration with Visit Laguna Beach, offers some exciting new classes to the Award-Winning Sawdust Studio Art Classes’ schedule for 2016.

The year-round art education program includes special classes in glass, fused glass, jewelry and ceramics.

Call 494-3030 for information and to reserve a class.

Students may register for all classes online or by calling 494-3030. 

Visit the website at:


Class Schedules


Saturday, Apr 22

10 a.m. 1 p.m. 3 p.m.


10 a.m.

Intro to Acrylic Painting



Shaena Stabler and Stu Saffer are the co-owners. Shaena is the Publisher and Stu is the Editor-in-Chief.

Lynette Brasfield is our Managing Editor.

The Webmaster is Michael Sterling.

Katie Ford is our in-house ad designer.

Allison Rael, Barbara Diamond, Diane Armitage, Dianne Russell, Laura Buckle, Maggi Henrikson, Marrie Stone, Samantha Washer and Suzie Harrison are staff writers.

Barbara Diamond, Dennis McTighe, Diane Armitage, Laura Buckle and Suzie Harrison are columnists.

Mary Hurlbut, Scott Brashier, and Aga Stuchlik are the staff photographers.

We all love Laguna and we love what we do.

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