Lugano Diamonds celebrates eternal summer with its new The Coastal Collection at Montage Laguna Beach

Lugano Diamonds is proud to debut new jewelry pieces for The Coastal Collection, an ocean-inspired line designed by world-renowned jeweler, Moti Ferder.  The latest creations, displayed at Lugano’s Montage Laguna Beach Jewelry Salon, incorporate magnificent gems and eye-catching abalone into beautiful designs including Lugano’s Jellyfish Necklace, Laguna Agate Drop Earrings, Abalone Butterfly Ring and the Coral-Inspired Pearl Necklace.

Lugano’s exquisite Jellyfish Necklace captures the ocean’s movement by reflecting light in its diamonds, tourmalines and pearls.  This versatile piece can also be worn as a brooch.

These one-of-a-kind Laguna Agate Drop Earrings feature agates encased in tsavorite and diamond encrusted black gold settings.  Guaranteed to spark conversation, the vivid-blue agates look spectacular year-round.

Lugano’s Abalone Butterfly Ring showcases abalone accented by 3.85 carats of round brilliant diamonds set in titanium.  This exceptional ring accommodates any finger size due to its flexible band.

Diamond, tourmaline and pearl accents are incorporated into this Coral-Inspired Pearl Necklace, a stunning, original Lugano Diamonds design.  Created with diversity in mind, it can also be worn as a brooch.

The Coastal Collection is on display in Lugano’s Montage Laguna Beach Jewelry Salon, which is conveniently located within the resort at 30801 S Coast Hwy, in Laguna Beach.  The collection can also be viewed at Lugano Diamonds’ Grand Salon, located at 620 Newport Center Drive, Suite 100, in Newport Beach.  For more information and pricing, call 1-866-584-2666 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

LCAD hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive this Tuesday

Laguna College of Art & Design invites everyone to their Life-Saving Blood Drive on Tuesday, Sept 16 from 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. A Red Cross Bloodmobile bus will be in the LCAD parking lot at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road

To schedule your appointment, sign-up on-line at Use sponsor code: LCAD. Or contact Doug Davee at (949) 376-6000 x 245 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you are not certain that you are an eligible blood donor, call the Red Cross Donor Support Center at 1-866-236-3276

A current photo ID is required to donate.

Laguna native Rufino Cabang shares life in musical parody at No Square Theatre – two shows Sept 20 & 21

From a press release

Writer-performer Rufino Cabang will present his autobiographical musical parody show, “The Fauxriginal Soundtrack,” for two evenings at No Square Theatre in Laguna Beach, on Saturday, Sept 20, and Sunday, Sept 21. 

The Laguna native, whose family owned landmark Laguna Beach restaurant Royal Hawaiian from 1947 to 2006, now divides time between his home in Glendale and family in Laguna Beach as well as yearly appearances in No Square Theatre’s renowned “Lagunatics”, the musical roast of life on the coast. Cabang penned “The Fauxriginal Soundtrack,” a lighthearted journey through the author’s confessions, obsessions and addictions, over the past year at the urging of musical director and accompanist Saif Eddin.

Photo courtesy No Square Theatre

Rufino Cabang

“It’s a comedy concert about my life, but it’s definitely not a one-man show,” says Cabang. “My great friend Saif Eddin is no less than my musical co-pilot, and I’m equally indebted to Bree Burgess Rosen and No Square Theatre for, literally, decades of encouragement. I’m looking forward to having fun with an audience of Laguna Beach locals, many of whom I consider friends and loved ones.”

“The Fauxriginal Soundtrack” will share beloved melodies, parodied with comical lyrics, to share intimate glimpses of the author’s life. Subjects include overeating, unrequited love, alcoholism and affordable, mass-produced furniture. 

Presented by No Square Theatre. Food and beverages will be sold outside the theatre; beverages will be allowed inside the theatre.
Saturday, Sept 20, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept 21, 6:30 p.m. at 384 Legion Street.

General admission seating is extremely limited and advanced purchases are highly encouraged. Tickets are available at

Laguna Beach residents will receive AlertOC test call

Over two million Orange County residents will receive a call, email or text message on Sept 23 at 11:30 a.m. in order to test the County’s regional mass notification system. This is the fifth annual regional test of the system. 

The AlertOC drill on Sept 23 will replicate a large scale, multi-jurisdictional emergency requiring thousands of numbers to be called simultaneously across Orange County’s entire region. The phone message will urge all residents to prepare for real-life emergencies by registering their cell numbers, text numbers and email addresses at for the best chance to receive vital, timely information when away from home. 

Emergencies can happen at any time. A wildfire could spread or a flood could close the roads to a neighborhood while residents are away from home. In these instances, AlertOC is a critical link for residents to immediately learn of required actions. 

For more information or to register alternate phone numbers and email addresses, visit

Commuters are reminded to be safe and use hands-free devices when talking on the phone while driving.

“Good night, Bluebird Beach”

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Mark Porterfield

Dennis’ Tidbits



September 12, 2014

If Odile and Polo hookup – we may be dancing in the rain

The Eastern Pacific tropics continue to be on steroids as tropical storm Odile, who’s namesake is a cool French teacher at Laguna Beach High, is presently on the cusp of attaining hurricane status. Computer weather models as of 5 p.m. PDT project further intensification into possible major hurricane status by this weekend. Major hurricane status is Category 3 or higher with sustained winds of at least 111-130 mph. with a minimum central barometric pressure of 960 millibars or lower. At 5 p.m. on Thursday, Odile is situated about 550 miles SSE of Cabo and she’s drifting very slowly to the west at three mph. She’s expected to veer to the NW on Friday. 

Odile is now the 15th named storm of the season. 

Meanwhile, to her west about 700 miles, the 16th tropical system is pulling its act together and some intensification is expected. Its name will be Polo. This system is drifting in a most unorthodox easterly direction, thus posing a possibility of hooking up with Odile making things real interesting. There hasn’t been a joint effort of two systems since Terry and Vivian joined forces back in September of 1985. At this writing there’s a 50-50 chance that all this madness will move up the Baja peninsula and drop loads of moisture over the Southwest including areas of Southern California. That means that with all the heat this weekend and well into next week, dew points will skyrocket. During last weekend’s assault of tropical moisture, dew points reached the upper 60’s to near 70 degrees.

On this date in 1976, tropical depression Kathleen crossed the Mexifornia border dumping loads of rain over much of Southern California. Strong to severe thunderstorms broke out in many areas with even coastal towns, including Laguna getting in on the action, with 2.92 inches making it the second wettest September on record, second only to the 7.74 inch drenching way back on September 25, 1939 from a high end tropical storm that made landfall near San Pedro.

What an incredible summer it has been for sunny days with only three days of gloom since June 21. We’ve had as many sunny days so far this month alone with 11, equaling the total for the entire summer of 2010! There’s your difference right there between La Niña in 2010 to El Niño of 2014.

It’s also been an incredible run of warm water with an average of 71.8 degrees since June 21. Only six days below 70 degrees with the coldest being 65 for only two days in July. It never reached 70 once back in 2010. It’s our warmest water summer since 1997. Today, surface ocean temps are running at a balmy 70-73 degrees. Lack of stiff afternoon westerly winds and a solid warm current thanks to you know who kept ocean temps on the most comfortable side.

Over half of the days this summer have seen the mercury reach 80 degrees or higher. It looks like it’s about to reach 90 here for the next at least three or four days with not a hint of marine layer. 

The Angels now have a major league best record at 91-55 after sweeping the Rangers in Texas and they lead second place Oakland by ten games! Their magic number for clinching their division has shrunk to seven games. Every player in their lineup has been contributing with a new game changer every day and their pitching, both starters and bullpen has been nothing short of brilliant.

In closing, instead of waiting for the storm to pass, try dancing in the rain!

Have a great weekend, see y’all next Tuesday! ALOHA!


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