It’s never too early to plan ahead – it’s sooner than you think

Mark your calendars: The Sawdust Festival’s annual Winter Fantasy will open Nov19 and Hospitality Night is set for 5 to 10 p.m., Friday, Dec 2. 

The Winter Fantasy will be open for five weekends through Dec 18. Parking will be free on Thanksgiving weekend along Laguna Canyon Frontage Road and at metered spaces on Laguna Canyon Road as needed for winter festival. 

Hospitality Night festivities will begin with entertainment in front of City Hall, the arrival of Santa Claus and the ceremonial lighting of the pepper tree.

Santa will then lead the way to his house on the corner of Forest Avenue and Glenneyre Street where it will stay throughout the season for children to make gift requests. Merchants on the avenue will be open for browsers and buyers. A plastic skating rink is scheduled to be installed in the U.S. Bank parking lot on Glenneyre, courtesy of the Chamber of Commerce, co-sponsors with the city of Hospitality Night. 

Portions the avenue, Beach and Third streets and the Pepper Tree Parking Lot will be closed to vehicular traffic before and during the festivities to ensure pedestrian safety. Parking will be restricted on Forest.

Barbara Diamond

Saxophone Quartet delights the Boys & Girls Club

On Thurs, Oct 13, the Encore Saxophone Quartet performed for members of the Boys and Girls Club as part of the educational outreach program presented by Laguna Beach Live!  

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Saxophone Quartet evokes images of horses, folk dancers and even aliens

Exploring the various sounds of the saxophone, the musicians performed a wide range of classical, jazz, and original works, evoking images of running horses, folk dancers and even alien parties.  

Following the presentation, the quartet performed to a sold out crowd at the Laguna Art Museum.  

Laguna Beach Live! presents concerts at the Museum on the second Thursday of every month from 7 - 8 p.m.  For upcoming Live! at the Museum concerts visit

Million Dollar Home Raffle final deadline is Thursday, Oct 20

32 prizes to be awarded Saturday, Nov 5

The final deadline to buy tickets for the 12th annual Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle, which benefits the Ocean Institute and participating nonprofit organizations, is Thursday, Oct 20. 32 prizes will be awarded at the Grand Prize drawing at the Ocean Institute on Saturday, Nov 5. 

Raffle ticket buyers could win a beautiful Laguna Beach home or $1 million in cash (winner’s choice). The raffle’s prizes include a three-night stay in the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point valued at $12,000, and a trip to Cancun or Ireland or $5,000 cash (winner’s choice). Buy two or more tickets and you could win a BMW 328i lease or $10,000 cash (winner’s choice). If you buy a ticket and refer a friend who buys a ticket, you and the friend could each win $5,000 cash.

Attend the Grand Prize drawing at noon on Nov 5 at the Ocean Institute and you’ll have the chance to win one of many door prizes. Seating is limited, so come early. Enjoy free parking and free finger foods and refreshments.

Raffle tickets are $150 and a maximum of 20,000 tickets will be sold. 

Buy your tickets now - call (949) 627-8502. For more information on the raffle and the raffle’s rules, visit 

The 2016 Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle is registered with the California Attorney General’s Office.

Spectacular Sunsets – continued!

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Kate Monahan

Pearl Street

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Greg May

Heisler Park

Live! Greg Adams & East Bay Soul show sells out 

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Greg Adams & East Bay Soul – and Laguna’s sunset – at Montage Laguna Beach

A sold out audience of nearly 300 enjoyed Laguna Beach Live’s first concert on the Bluff at Montage Resort. The mega funk ten-piece band of Greg Adams & East Bay Soul entertained the crowd with soul, jazz and R & B while the gorgeous sunset on the grounds of the resort enhanced the ambiance. 

“We were very pleased,” said Laguna Beach Live! President Cindy Prewitt, “and we hope we can partner with them again. It was a great coming together of the community and we are very thankful for the generosity of Montage for having us there.”

Laguna Beach Live! continues with chamber music at the Laguna Art Museum on Nov 10 and the Winter Jazz series at [seven-degrees] starts up Jan 18. For more information visit

Laguna Beach – Looking Back

Photo series courtesy The Laguna Beach Historical Society

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Protesting the ordinance proposed in 1970 by Councilman Edward Lorr that required dogs to be on a leash and off the beaches from 9-6 every day.

The ordinance passed 3 votes to 2, Aug 19, 1970

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.


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