The Newport-Ensenada sailing race set off Friday

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The view of the race as seen from Agate Street

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Laguna Beach Democratic Club will host a wine tasting with Loretta Sanchez on May 22, 3:30- 5:30   

On Sunday, May 22, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., the Laguna Beach Democratic Club will hold a wine tasting event. Tickets are $100 purchased in advance at: or by mail to: P.O. Box 610, Laguna Beach, CA 92652. Tickets will be $125 at the door (by check only). 

The event is at 447 Center Street in Laguna Beach. 

For further information contact Mary Carter at (949) 395-8664

Diane Armitage

Celebrity Cruises sails NB Film Fest to new horizons

There is no greater fun for me than being invited to review restaurants and resorts – I absolutely love the innovation and passion these people pour into their worlds. I have to say, though, that Sunday’s invite to a “cuisine oriented film viewing” is one of the most memorable events I’ve ever enjoyed.

Through a creative partnership with the Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF), Celebrity Cruises found a way to introduce its newest concept, A Taste of Film, by marrying its on-board cruise twist of “dinner and a movie” with the land-based world of the renowned NBFF. 

In short, several of us were invited to the screening of The Hundred Foot Journey at the awesome Port Theater in CdM. And, throughout the movie, Chef Pascal Olhats delivered an 8-course meal. Each of the foodie items was delivered on cue and in sync with specific cuisine themes as they were introduced in the movie.

It was fantastic! Here we were, watching a great movie on warring restaurateurs – one offering Michelin-starred French cuisine and the other (directly across the small village road) offering stellar Indian cuisine – and as various items were prepared or discussed in the movie, a new plate of Pascal’s phenomenal cuisine was delivered to each of us.

To top it off, Jackson Family Wines paired each course with one of their stellar wines. So, for instance, as the oldest son in the Indian family, Hassan Kadam, prepared lobster over an open fire, Chef Pascal’s servers delivered Warm Lobster Bisque with Uni and Spices, paired with a perfectly crisp Barrymore Pinot Grigio.

This Taste of Film went on, throughout the entire movie. Homemade Paté and Cheese with a skewer of Heirloom Tomato and Olives … Curried Masala Chicken … Barbecue Sweet Corn with Béchamel Sauce … Baked Breast of Quail … Mushroom Velouté with Coriander … a “special plate of Indian delights” … and a finish with Chocolate Truffles and Fruit Tartelette.

Even though I’ve seen the movie at least three times, Chef Pascal’s exceptional cuisine and timing brought the movie to life in an entirely new and extraordinary dimension.

“Although we’re featuring more than 350 films this year, today’s event was the most technically complex of the entire festival,” said Newport Beach Film Festival CEO Greg Schwenk. “And this is something that Celebrity Cruises does daily!”

Plenty of Celebrity Cruise personnel were on hand for our afternoon event, and I’m quite sure that many were involved in helping the NBFF put the entire event together.
Their Taste of Film concept is something they instigated several months ago on two of their Celebrity X Cruise ships (the “X” for updated contemporary ships steeped in luxury). They started by retrofitting two large decks with giant movie screens, surround sound systems and lounges that allow the ships’ Chefs to deliver their own multi-course dishes during a movie’s screening.

The concept proved so popular that Celebrity is just finishing the retrofit of a third ship, and the Celebrity Millennium will be joining its fellow pathfinders, Celebrity Infinity and Celebrity Summit, with its own Taste of Film offerings beginning in May.

As groundbreaking as the new event was yesterday, it simply and further solidified the Newport Beach Film Festival’s reputation as one of the finest providers of an annual, exciting event in classic and contemporary filmmaking and films. 

The NBFF continues through this Thursday evening, April 28, with a still-massive number of films, short films, documentaries and more on the docket. Purchase single or multiple ticket access here:

A published writer and marketing agency owner for 30 years, Diane Armitage authors the popular blog, and the newly revised: The Best of Laguna Beach: The Travelers’ and Residents’ Guide. She is a regular contributor to StuNewsLaguna

Dennis’ Tidbits


April 25, 2016

The Mendoza Line

The 2016 Major League Baseball season is about three weeks old with all teams having played around 16-18 games. Our Halos are off to a rough start, mired in fourth place in the American League western division four games under .500. It’s still way early but honestly I think that’s about where they’ll be when all is said and done. 

I think back to the 2002 season when they took home the top prize as winners of the World Series. They got off to a horrendous start with a 6-14 record but their lineup was loaded with offensive talent 1 through 9 in the batting order and things really began to click after that forgettable start.

Tidbits has a higher bowling average than Albert Pujol’s batting average. He’s off to his worst start (average wise) of his 16-year career hitting .169 through Sunday although he had three hits that day including going yard. He’s scratching and clawing just to reach the famous or not so famous Mendoza Line of .200. 

Mike Trout is starting to come out of his coma as of late but his numbers so far are below his normal output. Cole Calhoun, who belted 27 homers last season has been struggling. The Halos need strong production from these three guys as they’re the only dangerous hitters in the lineup. 

The Angel’s bullpen is mediocre at best so far with a collective ERA of nearly 6.00 with several blown saves. They’re batting a feeble .215 as a team and are averaging only three runs a game…both low marks in the American League. In this league you need to average at least 4.5 runs a game to even be in the conversation. 

I remember one lineup the Angels had back in early September of 2009 when every starter one evening on the game’s lineup card was hitting at least .300 or better. As of today’s lineup card there is no starter hitting at least .300. 

There’s a lot of work to do. 

See you on Friday, ALOHA!

Participate in iocGiving Day along with 14 Laguna Beach non-profits and OC Community Foundation 

14 Laguna Beach nonprofit organizations will be participating in the second annual ioc Giving Day sponsored by the Orange County Community Foundation. What’sioc Giving Day? If you care about our community, it is important that you know. StuNews is focusing on local participating Giving Day nonprofit organizations.  Read about the Laguna Beach-based organizations that increase the quality of life for everyone in Orange County and plan your Giving Day donation now.  

The ioc Giving Day is a countywide online fundraising rally to supercharge local giving. Its goal is to inspire the Orange County community to come together with extra-mile giving in support of the exemplary work of local nonprofits. 

The Orange County Community Foundation will host the ioc Giving Day from 6 a.m. Wednesday, April 27 through noon Thursday, April 28, 2016. This year, OCCF aims to exceed its 2015 results with 415 participating nonprofits and it will again provide a bonus fund and prizes to increase the impact of donations. In 2015, more than $1.8 million was raised for 347 participating nonprofits across Orange County. Donations can be made to the participating nonprofits for 30 hours only at via credit card; required minimum donation is $25. It’s easy to give! 

Learn more at, where you can search for nonprofits by name or area of interest. 

Friendship Shelter was incorporated in 1987 to provide year-round shelter and rehabilitation to homeless adults. Today it provides a full complement of rehabilitative services to those most in need and addresses the many interrelated problems of homelessness, including mental and physical health, drug and alcohol addiction, personal responsibility, education, and employment opportunity. To date, more than 10,000 people have participated in a Friendship Shelter program, and each night nearly 100 homeless people sleep safe, warm, and cared for.

Laguna Beach Seniors, Inc. has, since 1975, enhanced the lives of seniors by providing programs and services that promote independence, wellness and community. Executive Director Nadia Babayi notes that care management and behavioral health support are at the core of the organization’s programs, and “we also offer many recreational and educational classes at the Susi Q Senior Center.”

The Laguna Beach Community Foundation strengthens the Laguna Beach community by encouraging philanthropy. According to Dan Pingaro, executive director, “The organization, which is a nonprofit, provides expertise and resources to assist local charities, connect donor passions with nonprofit needs, and work with local professional advisors to help their clients in giving now and beyond their lifetimes with legacy gifts.”


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