Laguna Beach resident Rita Conn hosted a fundraiser on Aug. 14 for Democrat Suzanne Joyce Savary, who is running against Rep. Dana Rohrabacher for the 48th District Congressional District seat. 

“As the founder of Let Laguna Vote, I cannot endorse Suzanne, but personally I can support her,” Conn said. “She was on board to remove the waste at San Onofre and I appreciate that.”

Savary’s creds include working with Carl Sagan on the Public Broadcast Station which aired the COSMOS series, teaching management and communications at the University of Southern California and running her own consulting firm. 

She also founded the Newport Beach Women‘s Democratic Club, helped rescind a vote  by Orange County Supervisors that defunded Planned Parenthood and pushed for reopening the investigation of Hoag-St. Joseph’s hospital to support reinstating a comprehensive women’s health care and to limit on the impact of religious directives on fertility and end of life treatment at Hoag. 

Savary ran against Rohrabacher in 2014, losing 28.9 percent to 56.6 percent. He was first elected to Congress in 1988.

Sawdust Art Festival event calendar,

Tues - Fri, Aug 23-26:

There is something new and different every day at the Sawdust Arts Festival, ranging from special admission promotions, special events and entertainment

Tuesday, Aug 23: Art Alive - Live Artist Demos - Every Tuesday through Aug 23, 5 – 8 p.m. Sawdust Festival artists perform live art demonstrations in a relaxed atmosphere in which the artists can interact with the audience however they choose or simply get in the zone and let their work speak for itself. Free with admission.

Wednesday, Aug 24: Sawdust After Dark - Sip, Talk, & Walk. Visitors can enjoy one of two - Sip, Talk, & Walk tours, 3 – 4 p.m. or 7 – 8 p.m. Visitors receive free entry to the Sawdust, a glass of wine, and a docent-led tour of the grounds. Visitors can enroll in a studio art class “after dark” and enjoy a glass of wine, while learning from an instructor on various art subjects. 

Tonight’s class, 7 – 8 p.m., Intro to Acrylic Painting with Solveig Noll. Enjoy a relaxing, artful evening while learning the tips and tricks of acrylic painting on various surfaces with artist, Solveig Noll. You will have the opportunity to create your very own painting on your choice of wood, canvas, or ceramic pot, while Solveig shares her knowledge and experiences in acrylic with you along the way. Materials, and inspirational photos will be provided by The Sawdust Art Festival, but don’t hesitate to bring your own photograph to paint from. Cost is $45.

Sawdust After Dark, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Screen-printing with Brynne Cogorno. The eco-friendly artist will teach students the basics of screen-printing in this fun SSAC class. Students will leave with their own one-of-a-kind hand screen-printed canvas tote bag celebrating the Sawdust Art Festival’s 50th anniversary. Cost is $65 for the class.

Thursday, Aug 25: Sawdust After Dark- Laguna Beach Locals Night. Residents get free entry after 5 p.m. with photo I.D. 

Friday, Aug 26: Studio Art Classes, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Silk Painting with Olivia Batchelder. Cost: $95. Laguna Beach Artist of the Year, Batchelder, will be offering her ‘Laguna Flora on Silk’ Silk Painting Class as a two hour Sawdust Studio Art class! Following a brief demonstration, students will choose and mix their own colors and learn the process of painting on silk. Paint a beautiful textured silk piece with the artist that will be ready to take home at the end of class. The SSAC program highlights the artistic history of Laguna Beach while providing professional Sawdust artists the opportunity to teach their craft in hands-on classes. For a full schedule and reservations visit:

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Learn the beautiful art of Silk Painting with Laguna Beach Artist of the Year and Sawdust exhibitor Olivia Batchelder

Daily: Ceramic Center, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 – 9 p.m., Throw A Pot: One-on-one instruction at the potter’s wheel for all ages, Cost: Free with admission to take home as greenware, $10 to glaze, fire and pick up; $18 to glaze, fire and ship to your home. 

Daily: Children’s Art Spot, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 1 – 3 p.m., & 3:30 5:30 p.m.Classes are for kids ages 4+. Art fun for the little ones. *Free with admission, although most are complimentary, some classes and workshops may require a materials fee.

Daily: Studio One, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 1 – 3 p.m. & 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Painting, printmaking, collages and a wide variety of art workshops for visitors ages 7 to adult. Cost: Free with admission.

Daily Live Music Schedule, 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. 

Free with Festival admission

Enjoy live entertainment at three outdoor stages, the Tavern, Grill, and Main Deck, on the festival grounds. Musical acts of all genres, roving entertainment, and much more are on schedule to perform during our festival.

Tuesday, Aug 23: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Kelly Fitzgerald – Solo, Tavern; 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Big Bad Rooster, Main Deck; 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., Jason Feddy Solo, Grill. 

Wednesday, Aug 24: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Chris & Sue, Tavern; 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Kenny Hale Band, Main Deck; 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., Gary Shapiro – Duo, Tavern; 5 – 9 p.m., Pasion Gitana, Main Deck.

Thursday, Aug 25: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Kris Doran – Duo, Tavern, 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., The Girls, Main Deck; 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., James Clay Garrison Duo, Tavern,  & Sam Bybee, Grill, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., Amanda Castro Band, Main Deck.

Friday, Aug 26: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.,Poul Pedersen, Tavern & Sabrina Lentini, Grill; 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Dupp Brothers, Main Deck; 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., Mike & Selly, Tavern, & Alisa Eisenberg – Solo, Grill; 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., World Anthem, Main Deck.

The Sawdust Art Festival is open daily from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. through Aug 28 Tickets are Adults: $9, Senior 65+: $7, Children ages 6-12: $4, Children ages 5 & under: free. Laguna Beach locals get in free on Mondays & Thursdays after 5 p.m. with photo I.D.

 For more information on these and upcoming programs, visit the Sawdust Art Festival at or call 494-3030. The Sawdust is located at 935 Laguna Canyon Road.

The National Women’s History Project announces several new programs to promote women’s rights

Molly Murphy MacGregor, executive director and cofounder of The National Women’s History Project, recently announced several new projects for the organization, which has defended the heritage of women’s history for over 36 years. 

The group offers inspiration and support for the recognition of women no matter their particular interest – women activists, women artists, women scientists, and women who want to rise and find their voice.

In a fundraising letter, MacGregor writes: “When women know their history, we draw power and inspiration from those who came before. Recognizing this, we fight against the tragic dismissal of women and actively celebrate them.”

Projects in the works include organizing a new Women’s History Alliance to unite women’s history efforts; working to designate Women’s Equality Day as a federal holiday; promoting the Inez Milholland Centennial and the women’s rights movement; initiating an endowment to strengthen the NWHP for the future; and preparing for the 2020 Woman Suffrage Centennial national celebration.

[Inez Milholland was a suffragette, labor lawyer, World War I correspondent and public speaker who greatly influenced the women’s movement in America. She died in 1916 at the age of 30.]

These projects will run concurrently with the organization’s regular work in serving as the national clearinghouse for multicultural American women’s history. 

Quoting Gerda Lerner, Women’s History Pioneer, who noted,Women’s History is women’s right. It is an essential, indispensable heritage from which we can draw pride comfort, courage, and long range vision,” MacGregor urges supporters to consider donating to help The National Women’s History Project widen its path in the 21st century.

Stay tuned: soon the organization will announce the 2017 National History Month Honorees, the “Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business.”

For more information including how to donate, visit

LBUSD Board of Governors regular meeting tonight 

The LBUSD School Board will hold a regular meeting tonight beginning at 6 p.m. Before the meeting, at 5:30, the district’s new Assistant Superintendent, Instructional Services Dr. Alysia Odipo will be recognized.

During the regular meeting, the Board will discuss scheduling a governance and protocol workshop, and will consider action on routine business and facilities items.

Here is the link to Tuesday’s regular Board meeting agenda:,_2016_Board_Meeting_Agenda_Comp.pdf

Laguna Beach – Looking Back

Photo series courtesy The Laguna Beach Historical Society

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Treasure Island Trailer Park (now Montage Laguna Beach) – 1940s

Visit the Murphy-Smith Bungalow (home of the Laguna Beach Historical Society, on Ocean Avenue). It is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Laguna Beach Historical Society is a non-profit, all volunteer organization, which runs free historical programs at City Hall, and has a newsletter, website, and is on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Laguna Beach Library’s August events

Laguna Beach Library will host a host of fun events throughout the year. All programs are free, graciously funded by Friends of The Laguna Beach Library.

Summer Hours:

Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Friday & Saturday    9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Closed Sundays


Laguna Beach Library’s Events:


Friday, August 26 at 2:30-3:30 p.m. - Jazz At the Library! Charged Particles The most exciting and creative music being made today crosses stylistic boundaries and blends diverse traditions to create engaging new sounds.  Charged Particles features three of the country’s virtuosos doing just that in the electric jazz arena. Open seating, all ages welcome.

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Saturday, August 27 at 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Children’s Craft Open House Get creative! Let your imagination run wild! Children under 12 are encouraged to come to the library during the hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to make fun and creative seasonal crafts.  Adult supervision is recommended.

Saturday, Aug 27 from 1 -2:30 p.m.Introducing Chess at the Library! Join chess coach Lior as he helps children and parents learn the basics of chess. To sign up or get more information, please inquire at the desk. These classes occur monthly the 2nd Tuesday and the 4th Saturday. All levels of experience are welcome. Meets in the Program Room. No preregistration required.

Monday, August 29 at 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Third Street Writers Group Ink Serious writers working on projects (short stories, novels, plays) meet to share feedback and support. This is not a workshop for beginners. Contact the library for additional information.

Tuesday, Aug 30 at 11 a.m. - Noon - B.A.R.K. Read to a Dog Do your kids love to read aloud, or just need to practice their reading skills? Come meet Venus and Georgie, therapy dogs from Beach Animals Read to Kids (B.A.R.K.)! Children can read to a certified therapy dog, eager to listen and love. Aaarf!  Sign up at the Children’s Desk. Drop-ins welcome too.

For information, call 497-1733


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