School of Rock will showcase youthful talent

School of Rock Youth Production performances will take place at No Square Theatre from March 3 – 12. The production is based on the hit movie starring Jack Black, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, book by Julian Fellowes, and lyrics by Glenn Slater. 

The show follows a failed, wannabe rock star who poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. It’s a feel-good musical romp that shows the transformative power of music. 

The show (and the rehearsals) must go on: this was the scene at the theatre during last Friday’s storm and power outage

The show will be directed by Ella Wyatt, music directed by Susan Geiser, and choreographed by Sabrina Harper. 

Ms Harper is a LBHS graduate who made her Broadway debut in the 2013 Tony winning revival of Pippin. Fluent in several languages, Sabrina has, to her great credit, leading roles in multiple world tours, premiers, and hit productions in some of Europe’s most exciting cities, including Vienna, Stuttgart, Berlin and more. No Square is thrilled to bring such a talent back home for this special production.

No Square Theatre is located at 384 Legion Street. Visit for more information.

Saturday’s Silver and Gold

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Tom Stewart’s photo of Woods Cove’s wind-whisked waves

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Saturday’s sunset sets the sky ablaze in this great shot from Gregory Gebhardt

Matching Sculptures: Natural art

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Pat Gallis captured this great shot of nature imitating art in Heisler Park


And then this: what you might call a truncated tree…

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This shot of Patrick’s was taken at Heisler Park also

LB Republicans will hold meeting on Feb Wed 22 

The Laguna Beach Republicans (LBGOP) will hold their monthly meeting on Wed Feb 22 at Mozambique, 1740 S Coast Hwy. The social hour starts at 5 p.m. and the meeting at 6 p.m.

Emil Monda, president of the LBGOP, invites all Republicans, Independents and Libertarians to attend the meeting. “We are continuing the success of our January meeting with a number of issues affecting the residents of Laguna Beach,” Monda said.

“We will follow-up on the City’s employee housing assistance perk policy,an update on short term rentals, discuss John Cox, a possible GOP candidate for Governor of California, and look into Measure LL and the oversight committee for using the funds,” he added.

Dennis’ Tidbits


Looks like we’re going to clear 20 inches of rain this winter

February 21, 2017

For only the thirteenth time in my 58 and a half years of documenting daily weather and surf, the barometer here in Laguna sank below 29.50 inches of mercury. For a brief period late last Friday night and very early Saturday morning the barometer fell to 29.46 inches of mercury, but the core of the low which made landfall near Monterey was down to 29.12. 

This doesn’t count the time I wasn’t here as I was stationed in Hawaii in the USAF from 1967-71 and I was gone during the summers of 1973 and 1974 but that doesn’t matter because the barometer never sinks that low in the summertime around here anyway. That shows you how rare it is here in Laguna for such a low barometric reading. 

The further north you go in the wintertime the more frequently that happens. Way up in the Northwest during the winter months it happens on almost a weekly basis.

The parade continues as we speak here on Monday around sunset. The latest storm is hammering Central and Northern California with an additional 3-5 inches of rain or more and the Sierras are getting another 3-5 feet of snow to further add to the incredible snowpack they’re getting this year. 

Down here we’re on the very southern fringe of the latest system so amounts will be insignificant, say one tenth to a quarter inch but another system and much colder is due by the weekend with much lower snow levels locally as that system is coming more from the north, and without the added tropical component in that one, rainfall amounts will not be a deluge. 

We’ll probably see a half-inch to an inch max. Our last system jacked our season total to over 1 ½ inches above the whole season’s normal of 13.95 inches so it looks like we’ll clear 20 inches at the rate we’re going. 

The surf has slackened back to its 1-3 foot range. It’s been all about wind well or storm chop this winter with nothing much on the horizon as it’s the flattest winter since 1984-85. 

If you like sunshine like I do, you’ll love Thursday and Friday this week but temps will remain cool with highs in the mid sixties and lows in the mid 40’s with temps as low as 18 at Big Bear Lake. 

The sun sets now at 5:40 p.m. and Daylight Savings begins in just three weeks and I’m loving that! 

See y’all on Friday, ALOHA!

Story of the Storm

Photos tell the tale…

Lagunan Berta San Miguel captured this apparently peaceful scene downtown on Saturday early morning after the storm, before the sun rose:

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Downtown glimmers wetly in the early morning after the storm

But daylight revealed quite a bit of damage in surrounding streets. See the Police Files: our reporter, Alli Rael, counted more than 45 tree-related incidents in Friday’s logs (logs being a very apt term this week).  

Our photographer Scott Brashier captured these graphic images of fallen trees and branches:

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The size of this fallen tree near Village Laguna is put into perspective by the man and his dog surveying the damage

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Fallen tree straddles El Bosque, near the High School, marking one of several road closures

Local resident Carolyn Smith Burris asked us to give a shout-out to Public Works for their efforts, which we gladly do: “I was the first car heading down the hill on Park Ave before it was closed. Public Works made sure to back up their truck to warn me that there were downed power lines wires,” she says. “I realized with the rain I hadn’t heard their warning.”

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Tangled wires among the foliage: this shot taken by Scott on Bluebird Canyon

This photo below, from reader James Vaughan, beautifully captures the wonder of a young boy perhaps for the first time fully understanding the power of Nature.

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The smaller you are, the larger the tree: but this really was a very tall tree

For more photos of the storm’s aftermath – and the beauty that followed after the rain and wind moved on – visit Front Page II.


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