Tennis, anyone?

Photo by Scott Brashier

A major renovation of the High School Tennis Court facility began on earlier this month and is well underway as this photo taken Thursday indicates. The contractor, Zaino Tennis Courts Inc., expects the project to be completed in mid-October. Portions of the sidewalk and on street parking along Park Avenue will be closed during construction to allow access for equipment.  

This long-awaited project will address the surface cracking, drainage, lighting and fencing issues and provide high-quality courts for High School athletic programs and the community at-large.  

During construction, all High School and City tennis programs will be moved to Alta Laguna Park. 

Police Files

iPads were pilfered from El Morro School this summer

As the staff members of El Morro School returned to their assignments this week, it was learned that seven iPads valued at $1400 had been stolen at some point over the summer.

El Morro, located north of Laguna Beach in the unincorporated county area before Newport Beach city limits, is under the police jurisdiction of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. LBPD was asked to take a courtesy report for the OCSD this past Tuesday.

Sheriff’s investigators are looking into the burglary. 

No further details were immediately available.

It’s football season – Breakers home opener – 7 p.m.

New coach, new hopes and a new season will get underway for Laguna Beach High School as the 2015 football season starts at 7 p.m. on Guyer Field tonight.

New coach Ted Clarke inherits a 2-8 team that is inexperienced at best but very high on expectations.

Valley Christian, a private school from Cerritos, will visit to offer the Breakers its first and probably formidable test.

Nonetheless, get out there and enjoy the season opener as we cheer on our team!

Festival of Arts events for the final weekend

Youth Arts Education Workshops

Dates/Times: Through August 29

Mondays – Fridays 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Cost: $10-$20 material fee/session

Bring out that creative spark in your young artist at the Youth Arts Education Days this summer at the Festival of Arts. Kids will enjoy art classes taught by professional Festival artists in mixed-media, jewelry making, collage and more. Meanwhile, parents will have free time to view the artwork on display throughout the Festival grounds. Festival artists will also share some of their creative techniques in a fun and friendly environment that will inspire your kids to come back every week! Open to children ages 5 - 12. Reservations required. For schedule and reservations, visit

Friday, August 28: Sculpture (11 a.m.), Figure Painting (1 p.m.)

Cost: $10-$20 material fee/session

Daily Live Music Schedule, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with Festival admission

Friday, August 28: Bill Cantos (Jazz)

Sunday, August 30: Beatroots (Beatles)

Monday, August 31: Missiles of October (Blues)

Adult and Teen Art Workshops

Discover your inner artist at the Festival of Arts Adult and Teen Art Workshops! Ages 13 and up. Reservations preferred. For full schedule and reservations, visit

Friday, August 28: Assemblage with Carolyn Machado (3 – 5:30 p.m.) Cost: $40 material fee

This class will introduce students to the “art of mosaic.” We will be working on a small tile, using simple design elements to create a unique piece of artwork. Decorative tiles will come to life with the use of colorful and interesting pieces of broken pottery, tiles and small beads. Come have some fun and get creative with mixed media artist Carolyn Machado.

Saturday, August 29: Ceramic Masks with Scott Young (10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) Cost: $40 materials fee

Create an African inspired mask in this fun and engaging class with artist Scott Young. Using clay slabs and basic tools, students will form facial features from templates provided to the class. Learn the basic principles of hand building in clay and take home your own one-of-a-kind artwork!

Celebrity Benefit Concert & Pageant of the Masters: 

Music Icon Melissa Manchester to perform and Actress Mira Sorvino to Host

Saturday, August 29 Time: 6 p.m. Cost: $50 - $250 

This private event begins at 5 p.m. with star-studded red carpet arrivals and fine art, followed by an intimate concert with Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated singer/songwriter Melissa Manchester.

Melissa Manchester will perform in concert on Saturday

Enjoy great music, beautifully exhibited original art, and conclude the evening with an encore performance of the 2015 Pageant of the Masters “The Pursuit of Happiness” hosted by Academy Award-winning Actress Mira Sorvino.

Other guest celebrities scheduled to appear are Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds), Raymond Cruz (The Closer & Major Crimes), Tony Denison (The Closer & Major Crimes), Kate Flannery (The Office), Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds), Thomas Gibson (Criminal Minds), January Jones (Mad Men), Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds), Don Most (Happy Days), Jane Seymour (Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman), Mark Steines (Home & Family), Aisha Tyler (Whose Line is It Anyway), Kirsten Vangness (Criminal Minds), and many, many others.

Tickets to this star-studded event start at $50 and can be ordered at or by calling the Box Office at (800) 487-3378. Sponsored by Mazda, Trump International Hotel at Waikiki Beach Walk, KOST Radio 103.5 and Yamaha.

Geoffrey Keezer performs Sunday

Sunday in the Park (final event!):

 Live performance by Geoffrey Keezer 

Sunday, August 30 Time: 2 – 4 p.m. Cost: Free with Festival admission

With his highly regarded discography, unique compositions, and acclaimed performances in a variety of configurations, pianist Geoffrey Keezer commands the attention typically reserved for the living legends of jazz. The most exciting turn in Geoffrey’s career is his recent focus on solo piano and his first solo release in thirteen years, Heart of the Piano (2013, Motema Records). On a mission to redefine solo jazz piano as a personal and interactive showcase of melody, energy and groove, Keezer brings to Heart of the Piano his most direct and focused artistry to date.

Sundays at the Festival of Arts features a new musical series with an eclectic mix of music from Bluegrass and Chill to Jazz/World/Classical fusion. From 2 – 4 p.m. Sunday in the Park will provide the perfect atmosphere to browse the art gallery, picnic on the green, or simply relax in the beautiful weather of Laguna Beach.

Recently voted one of the top five art festivals in the nation by USA Today readers, the Festival of Arts is one of the most highly acclaimed juried fine art shows featuring the artwork of 140 award-winning artists. Patrons may enjoy the work of exhibiting artists, demonstrations and art workshops, daily art tours, live music, special events, on-site restaurants and much more. For a full listing of events, visit


Through August 31, 2015

Open daily from 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Early closing: August 29 at 3:30

Ticket Information

General Admission: Weekdays $7, Weekends $10

Students & Seniors: Weekdays $4, Weekends $6

Free Admission for Children 12 and under, Military, and Laguna Beach Residents.

Passport to the Arts:

A special promotion (funded in part by Bank of America): Passport to the Arts for only $23. Includes unlimited admission all summer long to the Festival of Arts, the Sawdust Art Festival and Art-A-Fair, plus a one-time, all-day free parking pass with each Passport purchased. Order online at LagunaBeachPassport.comPassports also available for purchase on-site at each festival location during the summer. Offer excludes Pageant of the Masters. Valid June 26 – August 31, 2015.

Festival of Arts Grounds 650 Laguna Canyon Road

(800) 487-3378

Dennis’ Tidbits


August 28, 2015


Dennis is off today.

And then there were none… Laguna’s movie theatre says it will close its doors after this weekend


It was perhaps not unexpected but certainly unhappy news that Laguna’s only movie theatre will be closing its doors after this Sunday.

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Photos by Maggi

In a letter to patrons, Regency sent the following statement:

Dear Friends of the Laguna South Coast Cinemas, 

For the past 15 years, Regency Theatres has had the honor of operating the theater and being part of the Laguna Beach Community.  This Sunday will be our last day operating the theater.  We appreciate all the friends we have made who have supported the theater and will cherish all the great memories.  We hope you to visit our nearby locations in Laguna Niguel and San Juan Capistrano.  Thank you again for the friendship, support and patronage.  

-Lyndon & Monica Golin and the team at Laguna South Coast Cinemas

The Regency chain’s smallest theatre was unable to cut a long-term tenancy deal with the owners, which meant that much-needed improvements would not be cost effective.

“We’ve been on a short-term, month to month lease for quite some time now,” said Regency owner, Lyndon Golin. “But the theater needs to be converted to digital which is a big investment, and it needs other improvements.”

Regency has, in fact, been finding it harder and harder to get films in 35 millimeter, the type the theatre is currently set up for. Most have gone to digital films.

“You need time to amortize that investment,” Golin continued. “We’ve gone as long as we could.” Having finished out the summer season, the prospect of the future looked less than profitable. “Business hits the skids here at this time, and it’s just not smart to keep it going.”

Golin does not know of future plans by the building owners. At this time the city is also unaware of any plans, according to Greg Pfost of Community Development, and at the City Manager’s office. Employees at the theatre did not know what to expect either.

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Timing is everything…is this really what’s coming?

“We’d love to continue,” offered Golin. “We have a loyal audience, and we love Laguna Beach. We’ve enjoyed 15 years there being part of the community. It’s been a great theatre to run and we have a lot of friends there, but we just can’t justify continuing without upgrading it.

“Hopefully it will continue and be improved. It serves a purpose in town.”

The theater has been an icon in Laguna Beach imagery and experience since the 1920’s. According to Cinema Treasures, “It opened as the Lynn Theatre in 1923 at a cost of $12,000. It was erected three years before the Pacific Coast Highway was dedicated by Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. Early photos show a rather plain façade and it was the remodeling in 1935 that gave it a distinctive tower and small tiled courtyard. It still retains its stage that was equipped to put on large productions.

“In 1937 it became the South Coast Theatre and remained independent until Pacific Theatres took over its operation in the late 1970’s. Edwards Theatres leased it in 1982, making it their 28th location. The auditorium was divided and refurbished including new seating and bathrooms.

“The screens are small but elevated and the projection sharp, presenting an excellent view from every seat. The small balconies in each theater have 25 loges. Edwards relinquished its operation in late-2000 and in early-2001 it was taken over by Regency Theatres.”


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