Where’s Maggi - Answers

This one was tricky…

Maggi stumped quite a few of us with this week’s photo challenge.

You know you’ve seen it, but where the heck was it? 

Well, here are the answers, as we reluctantly give her the W this week. 

Thanks for checking in!

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That ole Quonset hut, 

on Pearl Street 


Left – Koi pond art plaque on door, Anita Street 

Center – Statue in front of Capri Hotel, S. Coast Hwy

Right – The little park, at 

Ruby Street Park

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The Newport to Cabo San Lucas Yacht Race finals… Viggo Torbensen had some harrowing moments at sea

Viggo Torbensen, of Laguna Beach, finished 2nd in class, and 7th overall aboard his 41-foot J/125 racing yacht, “Timeshaver” in the Newport-Cabo race, but it wasn’t as he expected.

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Viggo Torbensen 

The 800-mile sailing race, organized by the Newport Harbor Yacht Club, began last Saturday. On day two Torbensen and crew encountered electrical problems, and were forced to finish without any power: no running lights, no computer, no weather routing. They sailed on “old school”, with only a trusty compass in the dark of night. 

“It was quite and undertaking,” said Torbensen. “The race was very windy. We finished in a blistering three days and 17 hours. Monday afternoon and into Tuesday morning we saw winds of 30-plus knots, with boat speed of 25 knots.” There were also pretty rough seas, with waves running six to eight feet. 

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Congratulations team Torbensen, on getting to the finish super fast despite setbacks. 

The next race they will have the electrical power in ship-shape, and head for Ensenada from Newport. In July, Timeshaver will be looking to shave even more time in the transpacific race, the “Transpac”, from Los Angeles to Honolulu.

Maggi Henrikson

Sea Star Stroll Ocean Institute fundraiser features ocean artist Wyland as celebrity chair – reserve now

The Ocean Institute invites members of the public to participate in a Sea Star Stroll fundraising walk, which will kick off the opening of the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center expansion, on Saturday, May 16, 8 a.m. at the Strand Beach parking lot, just over a mile away from the Institute, proceeding to the Institute. At the Ocean Institute there will be refreshments, live music, crafts for children, self-guided tours through the Institute, the tall ship Pilgrim and the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center and other fun family activities. Ocean artist Wyland is celebrity chair.

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Stroll, indeed!

The expansion of the Center, which will be open to the public, includes the addition of a hands-on interpretive center in the current courtyard and lobby area of the Institute. The first phase of the project was the opening of the dock portion of the Seaside Learning Center in 2013, the second and final stage will include the addition of four educational activity areas inside Institute’s main lobby, courtyard and on the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center, a new floating teaching platform with a laboratory, technology center and historic maritime learning stations. 

“It’s long been our desire to be open to the public on a daily basis,” said Dan Stetson, Ocean Institute president. “With the completion of our Maddie James Seaside Learning Center Expansion, this desire will become a reality.”

Prizes will be awarded to top Sea Star Stroll fundraising participants, including:

Club Sea Star: Raise at least $100 and you will become a member of Club Sea Star and receive a free one year membership to the Ocean Institute. 

Club Wyland: Raise at least $500 and you will earn membership to Club Wyland, with an invitation to an exclusive awards dinner with Wyland, our celebrity chair.

Wyland Prize for #1 Top Fundraiser: In addition to automatic membership in Club Wyland, the individual who raises the most money for this year’s Sea Star Stroll will earn an original, signed Chinese brush art painting created by Wyland. Wyland will personally award the prize at the awards dinner.

Top Team Fundraising Prize: The Sea Star Stroll team that raises the most money will be awarded a tall ship sail for 40 aboard the Spirt of Dana Point. 

For additional information and to register, visit www.seastarstroll.com.

The Ocean Institute is a non-profit organization which seeks to demystify the world of science, empower children to become tomorrow’s scientific leaders, and deepen society’s appreciation of how the ocean and science impact our lives. Established in 1977, the Ocean Institute uses the mystery and allure of the ocean to inspire 115,000 students per year with more than 60 award-winning ocean science and maritime history programs. They’re located in Dana Point Harbor alongside the tide pools of a Marine Protected Area, and they use the ocean as the classroom to inspire students of all ages to learn. The OI is open to the general public on weekends, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cost is $6.50 adults, $4.50 children (ages 4-12), Ocean Institute members free. Unique maritime and ocean-themed items are available in the Chambers Gallery every day, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Institute is located at 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point. For more information, visit www.ocean-institute.org or call (949) 496-2274.

Dennis’ Tidbits



March 27, 2015

Moore, Oklahoma nailed again

Here in Lotusland  (A nickname given to Laguna by the late, great Terry Neptune) we have sunshine, warm offshore winds and both Catalina and San Clemente Islands so clear to the eye you could almost reach out and touch ‘em! 

It’s gonna heat up even more here on Friday with a chance to even approach the 90 mark, which would break the previous record high for March of 89 set back in 1988. It’s only late March, but man; there are a lot of very tan people walking around town!

That’s why we live here

Oh, by the way, local surface ocean temps are now up to 64, tying a record for the date set back in 1997.

After a record slow start for March severe weather east of the Rockies, clusters of super cell thunderstorms have been kicking the door down in places like Oklahoma, Eastern Kansas, Missouri, and Western Arkansas as of late. The components have finally gotten in sync with a vengeance. Oklahoma has more tornadoes than anybody else, and sure enough, that state lived up to its name as several EF-2’s and EF 3’s took big chunks of real estate out of Tulsa. 

If that event wasn’t bad enough, guess who got another direct hit…you guessed it, Moore, Oklahoma. Moore is a suburb of Oklahoma City, around 30 miles to the southeast. For the fourth time in the last 16 years, that one town has been a magnet for top of the scale mesocyclones. Moore has been the victim of Nature’s fury more than any township in our Country. Maybe that’s why it’s called Moore than anyone else, by far! There was the EF-5 on May 3, 1999, which was over a mile wide with winds approaching 300 mph. The monster blew up out of nowhere fast. The twister was still only an EF-1 when it hit the NW outskirts of Moore and then five minutes later the thing was nearly an EF-5 as if the steroids began taking effect. 

The town was split in half, literally!

Four years later Moore was hammered by yet another EF-5 with nearly the same path and width. It just couldn’t happen again, could it?

Bingo! 13 years later, it did. Another EF-5, this one packing even more terror with even stronger wind and was actually wider. Destruction from this one tripled the amount of the previous two. 24 lives were lost at an elementary school. This one was a mile and a half wide and estimates are wind speeds of 318 mph were clocked as the monster struck the school. 

That same day, a couple of hours earlier, in west central Oklahoma near El Reno, an EF-5 actually beefed up to 2.6 miles wide with winds exceeding 325 mph. Three professional storm chasers lost their lives when the super twister suddenly pulled a 125 degree turn, caught up with them and proceeded to rag doll all three. These guys were no Rookies, they had over 55 years’ experience between the three of them.

March 25, 2015…Moore gets ripped again, this time an EF-3 and narrower but still very destructive, just not quite as intense as its three predecessors. By that time I’d be requesting they change the name to Less, Oklahoma!  

See you at the beach, ALOHA!

Blue Water Music Festival, a music & art celebration, this Saturday and Sunday on the Sawdust grounds

Blue Water Music Festival, a premier music and arts festival in Southern California, announced artist and band lineup changes to the two-day festival. Due to unforeseen delays in receiving a temporary use permit (and a last-minute loss of a major underwriter) band/artist lineup changes have been made. 

On Sunday, The 2nd Annual American Reggae Hall of Fame induction honoring the 2015 recipient Jack Miller will take place during the festival. Miller will be honored by the festival for significant contributions made toward popularizing reggae music in American and the realization of Bob Marley’s dream of a “One Love” world. Miller and last year’s recipient Eric Morton (Aka: Redz) were both instrumental figures in the development of the American reggae movement.

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The White Buffalo

The Festival will no longer include Smash Mouth, Brett Dennen and Allen Stone. To replace these bands, the festival will now include: The White Buffalo, Magnolia Memoir, PawnShop kings, Cali Conscious, Truth & Salvage Co., Bushwalla, The Wheeland Brothers, The Record Company, Special Blend, Moon Police, and Sammie Jay to the current list of more than 20 plus artists and bands. In addition to hearing some great bands including Grammy-nominated Pato Banton and 2015 American Reggae Hall of Fame inductee, Jack Miller, who will be performing with the World Anthem Band, the Festival will showcase local artists, top chefs and flying in their Gentle Giants from Europe will be international sensation DUNDU. 

The Record Company

The Blue Water Music Festival, a two-day showcase of music, art and community, will take place at the Sawdust Art Festival grounds March 28-29. The complete list of performers is available along with updated pricing and show information at www.BlueWaterMusicFestival.org

For those who have already purchased tickets based on the previous artists performing, please go to the website to request a refund or special upgrade.

The Blue Water Music Festival is produced by the Blue Water Green Earth Foundation, a nonprofit that taps into music and the arts for social and environmental causes. The Blue Water Music Festival is an annual community-based fundraising event that was created to be one of the most positive events in Southern California. 

The Blue Rabbit: exploring the richness of color in art with LCAD professor Michael L. Jacques at Bowers

On Sunday, March 29 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. at the Norma Kershaw Auditorium at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, Michael L. Jacques, established artist and Admissions Advisor at the Laguna College of Art + Design, discusses color personalities, color cousins, and how warm
and cool colors affect our daily lives. A book signing will follow in the John M. Lee Court.

The talk is $7 for members, $10 for general admission, or $5 with paid museum admission. Register online at www.bowers.org or onsite at the Visitor Services Desk. Proceeds benefit Bowers Museum Education Programs, and tickets are nonrefundable. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 714-567-3600 with any questions. 

The Bowers Museum is located at 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706. 

Michael L. Jacques is a 20+ year exhibitor in the Festival of Arts, professor at Laguna College of Art & Design, lover of dogs, printmaker and colorist.


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