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Wildlands Author at Book Store

Laguna Beach Books welcomes David R. Stoecklein, author of “Southern California Coastal Mountains to the Sea” to the store Friday, Oct. 21, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., 1200 S. Coast Highway.

He’ll be joined at the book signing and presentation Michael O’Connell, executive director of the Irvine Ranch Conservancy.

In his work, Stoecklein, also a photographer, takes readers on an picture tour of a magnificent 50,000 acre network of permanently preserved land and open space in the heart of densely populated Southern California. This unique land has been permanently designated as a natural landmark by both the state of California and the U.S. Department of the Interior.

With 208 large-format pages and more than 150 color photographs, the book illustrates the landscape beauty of the Irvine Ranch land, its history, and its significance as the largest urban open space in the United States. Stretching from the coastal mountains to the sea, it is home to features like deeply forested oak woodlands, vast canyons and hillsides that fill with seasonal wildflowers and a unique geological formation known as “The Sinks” in Limestone Canyon, which originated some 35 million years ago and has the look of a miniature Grand Canyon.

Authors Win the Spotlight at Library Dinner

Ed Kaufman and his family on one of their adventures abroad.

Laguna resident Ed Kaufman, author of “From Monks to Mountain Gorillas”, and Phil Doran, author of “The Reluctant Tuscan,” will be featured at the Friends of the Laguna Beach Library annual dinner on Thursday, Oct. 27.

The 6:30 p.m. event at the Aliso Creek Inn will also include videos highlighting the many children’s programs and other events provided by the Friends of the Library, plus the silent auction of books signed by the authors.

Reserve your seat through PayPal at www.friendsofthelagunabeachlibrary.org or send your check to the Friends of the Library, 1310 Moorea Way, Laguna Beach 92651.

The cost of the dinner is $50.  For more information, call 949 – 376 5135.


Tunes and Tomes

Top 10 for the week ending Oct. 16


1. Superheavy, Superheavy

2. Red Hot Chili Peppers, I’m With You

3. Jimi Hendrix, Winterland

4. Wilco, The Whole Love

5. Janes Addiction, The Great Escape Artist

6. Dawes, Nothing Is Wrong

7. Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton, Play the Blues

8. Tony Bennett, Duets II

9. Pink Floyd, Catalogue Remastered

10. Hank Williams, Lost Notebooks

Barnaby Rudge Videos, 1445 Glenneyre St

1. Bridesmaids

2. Win Win

3 X-Men First Class

4. Aftershock

5. Jayne Eyre

6. The Tree Of Life

7. Spooky Buddies

8. Horrible bosses

9. Everything Must Go

10. The Illusionist

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