Wednesday morning

Coyotes attack three large dogs at Top of the World

Top of the World resident Lisa Leighton said that at 8:15 Wednesday morning, her three large dogs (two Labs weighing 85 and 100 pounds and a 75 pound mixed) were attacked by three coyotes as she walked them. The attacks took place in the open space between Alta Laguna and Park Ave.

Leighton said, “They bit and circled the dogs and no doubt if I was not there, they would have killed them. People need to be aware that coyotes are starving now and it is not just little dogs and cats they attack, it is big dogs. Please keep dogs on leashes when walking in or near the wilderness.”

Festival of Arts events for this week

Youth Arts Education Workshops

Dates/Times: Through August 29

Mondays – Fridays 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Cost: $10 material fee/session

Bring out that creative spark in your young artist at the Youth Arts Classes 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 information and a detailed schedule, call (949) 464-4234 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Tuesday, August 26: Watercolors (11 a.m.), Collage (1 p.m.) Wednesday, August 27: Claytoon (11 a.m.), Printmaking (1 p.m.) Thursday, August 28: Printmaking (11 a.m.), Landscape Painting (1 p.m.) Friday, August 29: Wire Sculpture (11 a.m.), 

Pastels (1 p.m.)

Cost: $10 material fee/session

Art Talks: Lecture Series, “Art of Documentary Photography”, Thursday, 

August 28 (12-1 p.m.)

“Art Talks” final event will be on Thursday August 28 from 12-1 p.m. with “Art of Documentary Photography”. Festival of Arts exhibitor Tom Lamb will lead a discussion on the impact of documentary photography in the world of fine art. Festival artists including Roger Bennett, Baldemar Fierro, Rob Gage, Bob Hansen, and Barbara White will join him in sharing insights on the ever-changing aspects of photography and how documentary photography has impacted social change. 

Tom Lamb, part of the Art Talks series, Art of Documentary Photography  

Cost: Free with Festival admission

Nightly Music Schedule (Final Week) 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Cost: Free with Festival admission

Tuesday, August 26: Rob Mullins, Wednesday, August 27: Jason Feddy Band, Thursday, August 28: Billy Valentine, part of the Art, Jazz, 

Wine & Chocolate series, Friday, August 29: ADAAWE

Billy Valentine performs for the Art, Jazz, 

Wine & Chocolate series on Thursday

Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate: Chocolate, wine, and all that jazz, sweetens up the Festival of Arts this summer. Sample a wide variety of Kendall-Jackson wines expertly selected to compliment and enhance the nuanced flavor of high-end chocolates from XAN Confections.Final Event - Thursday, August 28 (5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.) 

As a singer, Billy has opened for Donny Hathaway & Roberta Flack (‘70’s), Young Holt Unltd. (lead singer), performed in the musical ‘The Wiz’ (1st national tour) and musical ‘It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues’ (Geffen and San Diego Rep), and featured in ‘The Five Heartbeats’ (lead vocalist). He has performed in L.A. clubs such as H.O.M.E., Casa Del Mar Hotel, Café Cordiale, Jazz at the Vic, Vibrato, Shutters at the Beach, Spazio and at private events, large and small, in and out of the country. Billy’s glorious singing voice was heard every week on the television series, ‘Boston Legal’ – from the theme song right thru to the end of each and every episode, from the premiere in 2004 to the finale in 2009.

Cost: Concerts are free; Wine and Chocolate pairings (21 and over) are $15 in addition to Festival of Arts admission. Limited seating available in reserved section for an additional $25 per person by calling (800) 487-3378.

As one of the nation’s oldest and most highly acclaimed juried fine art shows, the Festival of Arts features the artwork of 140 award-winning artists. Patrons can enjoy the work of exhibiting artists, demonstrations and art workshops, daily art tours, live music, special events, dine at on-site restaurants and much more. For a full listing of events, visit

Through August 30, 2014

Open daily from 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Early closing: August 23 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.

Festival of Arts Grounds 650 Laguna Canyon Road

(800) 487-3378

Lagunans enjoy playing at Dana Harbor Bridge Center

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Laguna Beach residents celebrate at a Dana Harbor Bridge Center annual awards ceremony:  (Left to Right): Richard Picheny, Sharon Maloney, Gary Waldron, Sunny Foster, Mary Heiney, Diane Velick, Patricia Al-Hakeem and Bill Velick.

From a press release

Dana Harbor Bridge Center attracts players from throughout South County and beyond. We offer lessons and games for beginning, intermediate, and advanced players. The bridge center is a great place to ‘exercise your mind’ and meet fabulous people.  

If you are new to duplicate bridge, we have ‘gently-paced’ beginner lessons and games with supervised play; if you are returning to bridge, we offer beginner and intermediate lessons and games where players can refresh their skills.

At our seaside bridge center, we offer pre-dealt hands with hand records, Bridgemates (mini-computers) for recording scores, a large results viewing screen, and a formidable website that is linked to a popular nationwide program called The Common Game.

American Contract Bridge League’s (ACBL) Dana Harbor Unit 538 has over 500 members.  In 2014, our Unit was ranked 20th in the nation by the ACBL.  Many volunteers have contributed to our continuing success since our 1998 opening at our current location.

We have our Learn Bridge in a Day program scheduled for Sunday, Sept 28th.  For detailed information on all of our classes and games, please visit our website at

Laguna Hills publisher releases a new magazine - Bella Grace

On the heels of its successful launch of magazine Willow and Sage, Stampington & Company, located in Laguna Hills, unveils its third new title this year: Bella Grace. Dedicated to discovering magic in the ordinary, the 160 page publication features a folding, book-jacket style cover, thick paper, and zero outside advertising that make it look and feel more book than magazine – and it has quality content to match. 

With 37 literary features and workbook spaces, this publication poses a different perspective on creativity for Stampington and offers something for everyone in the hopes of inspiring a life less ordinary.

From the first page to the last, readers are immersed in captivating stories and striking, Somerset-style photographs that celebrate life’s beautiful adventure. The topic of each narrative differs greatly – from finding poetry in the everyday to defining self identity to the simple charm of a clothesline – but the common bond between them is clear: live authentically and with purpose; an ordinary life can be an extraordinary life.

Bella Grace came about because of a shared love of simple and slow living between President Kellene Giloff and myself,” writes Director of Publishing Christen Olivarez. “We are both firm believers that life should be lived with a full heart and open eyes.”

Bella Grace is a field guide of sorts, replacing Stampington & Company’s usual projects and tutorials with a new kind of do-it-yourself: thought provoking prompts, writing space, and interactive lists are sprinkled throughout the first issue, encouraging readers to respond directly on the page. Among the contributors are well-known authentic living bloggers, including Madelyn Mulvaney, Emma Tree, Susannah Conway, and Christine Mason Miller; their rousing narratives reassure readers that every cloud has a silver lining, and it’s okay to embrace imperfection. The publication also features equally inspiring quotes, innovative typography, and layouts that emphasize simplicity and minimalism.

“The feel and touch of this magazine is unbelievable. When your fingertips flex across the pages, the sensation is full and complete, an experience not easily forgotten. Bella Grace is exquisite,” said Mr. Magazine Samir Husni.

The premiere issue is now available on newsstands or directly from Stampington & Company at or by calling 1-877-782-6737.

Stampington & Company is the publisher of Somerset Studio, Somerset Memories, The Stampers’ Sampler, Art Doll Quarterly, Take Ten, Altered Couture, Belle Armoire, and 25 other premiere art and crafting publications. The company also produces exclusive collections of rubber art stamps and artist papers. Information about Stampington & Company publications can be found on the web at

It’s ‘Back To The Beach’ for the Crystal Cove Alliance gala

Crystal Cove Alliance (CCA) is excited to announce the theme “Back to the Beach” for its 12th annual gala, presented by The Resort at Pelican Hill. At the annual soiree, to be held Saturday, Sept. 27, 5:30 p.m. at Crystal Cove, supporters will celebrate the organization’s outstanding work in preserving the cultural, natural and historic resources of Crystal Cove State Park.

For the last four years, the CCA gala was tented and held on the Crystal Cove bluff top. Each event has been a sold-out success, but this year is especially significant as it marks the first return to the beach, adjacent to the intricately restored cottages of the Historic District, since 2010. Interested sponsors are encouraged to reserve their tables now.

Attendees will mingle on the beach, enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Montage Laguna Beach with what promises to be a spectacular sunset, followed by an al fresco three-course gourmet dinner prepared by Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Dubray of The Resort at Pelican Hill. Guests will be tempted by a silent and live auction, as well as an opportunity drawing for a three-night stay in Crystal Cove Cottage #14 “South Beach Suite” – one of the most popular restored oceanfront cottages.

“This annual gala is a critical fundraising event for our organization and is essential to Crystal Cove Alliance’s ability to sustain our restoration and educational efforts,” said Laura Davick, CCA founder and director of external affairs. “We are thrilled to welcome our guests ‘Back to the Beach’ to enjoy an evening on the sand in the environment that is symbolic of our organization.  Each year, we are grateful for the many generous leaders from our community who step forward as sponsors for this event and welcome new supporters to join this prestigious list.”

Located between Laguna Beach and Newport Beach, Crystal Cove encompasses 3.2 acres of coastline, 2400 acres of backcountry and 1100 acres of underwater park. CCA, in partnership with Crystal Cove State Park, preserves the natural resources, culture and history of the cove. In addition to restoring and managing the cottages, CCA educates more than 35,000 children through its ocean and land-based environmental programs.

Sponsorship, underwriting and auction opportunities are still available. Gala sponsors to date include: The Resort at Pelican Hill, Tourbillon and OMEGA, Anonymous, HKA, Inc. Marketing Communications, Blue Star Yacht Charter – Passage West2, Mr. & Mrs. Daniel M. Brigham Jr., Montage Laguna Beach, Wendy & Rick Aversano, Firebrand Media LLC, First Foundation Bank, Mara & Keith Murray, McKenna Auto Group – Audi, Porsche, BMW, VW, Wendy & Fred Salter, Bank of the West Wealth Management, Tricia & Michael Berns, Fostering Executive Leadership, Dr. Tammy Wong, Gail & Dean Meredith, Natashia Palmaer, Teddie Ray, Roger’s Gardens, Joan Irvine Smith & Athalie R. Clark Foundation, Sharlene Baker, Capital Group, Kingsley & Jack Croul, Diana & Gareth Evans, Fuscoe Engineering Inc., Deborah & Jeffrey King, Jay Bauer & Jennifer Steele, Susan Tate, and University of California, Irvine.

Individual gala tickets are $375 and will be available August 1; sponsorship opportunities range from $4,000 - $50,000. Opportunity drawing tickets are $100 each or seven for $500. To purchase gala tickets, donate a silent auction item or purchase opportunity drawing tickets (winners need not be present to win), please visit or call (949) 376-6200 ext. 201. 

What’s it, where’s it? Maggi is challenging you 

Do you recognize these things and places?

If you know where, drop Maggi a note and say so!

Begin with the photo below then click on the left-hand photo in the slideshow to view all three. 

Good luck!

Submit your answers to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The correct answers will be in Friday’s edition and on our Facebook page.

Have fun and thanks for playing!

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