Laguna Beach Magazine Seeks ‘Influential’ Nominations


Laguna Beach Magazine Seeks ‘Influential’ Nominations

The cover of a 2013 edition that profiled the city’s top influencers.
The cover of a 2013 edition that profiled the city’s top influencers.

Laguna Beach Magazine, a sister publication of the Laguna Beach Independent, is seeking nominations for the city’s top 10 influencers. These individuals will be featured in the magazine’s “Most Influential People” issue, hitting newsstands and driveways in December.

Nominees must live or work in Laguna Beach. Candidates should be nominated in 2015 on the basis of contributions made to the community within the past year. Previous influencers have ranged from entrepreneurs and civic leaders to activists and teachers, including Peter Blake, Kelly Boyd, Ann Christoph, Chris Keller and Chip McDermott, among others.

Submit your nominations by Monday, Sept. 21, at



Ocean Foundation Seeks Volunteer Docents

A Utah family and their 4-year-old delight in seeing juvenile opal eye fish and hermit crabs in Treasure Island tidepools.
A Utah family and their 4-year-old delight in seeing juvenile opal eye fish and hermit crabs in Treasure Island tidepools.

The Laguna Ocean Foundation is currently looking for volunteer tidepool docents with a willingness to educate the public about marine ecology.

The next class training starts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point. Docents must be at least 18 years of age and volunteer a minimum of once monthly at local tidepool sites, Crescent Bay, Shaws Cove, Woods Cove or Goff Cove. For further information, contact docent coordinator Letty Skeen at [email protected] or call 949-400-6032.



Mission Celebrates a New Saint

Mission San Juan Capistrano will honor the upcoming canonization of its founder Father Junipero Serra with special activities, beginning with bell-ringing at 9 a.m. Sunday Sept. 20, followed by a chapel tour at 2 p.m.

On Monday, Sept. 21, the exhibit “Legacy of Saint Serra” opens; Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 10 a.m. Monsignor Arthur Holquin talks about the Legacy of Father Serra; and Wednesday, Sept. 23, the mission will show a live stream from 1-5 p.m., of the canonization ceremony by visiting Pope Francis in Washington, D.C.

The mission, 26801 Ortega Highway, is open daily and admission is $6-$9. More info: 949 234-1300 or visit:


Stem Cells as Treatment for Retinal Disease

Professor Klassen with student researchers.
Professor Klassen with student researchers.

A UC Irvine scientist will discuss the use of stem cells in a clinical trial to treat a leading cause of blindness Thursday, Sept. 24, from 3-5 p.m. at the Susi Q Senior Center, 380 Third St.

The public is invited to the free seminar hear Dr. Henry Klassen, UCI associate ophthalmology professor, discuss the research using retinal progenitor cells to treat retinitis pigmentosa.

Klassen and his team at UCI have developed a therapy to treat the disease, which erodes the retina, the light sensitive area in the back of the eye that is crucial for vision.

RSVP to attend: 949 497-2441.




Club Readies for Free Day

The Boys & Girls Club welcomes members and non-members to celebrate a Day for Kids on Friday, Sept. 18, at its locations in Laguna Canyon and Bluebird and Lang parks.

The day will include circus themed activities, face painting, and arts and crafts. Non-members can try out the club for free, checked-in by a parent or guardian.

For more info: please contact Faye Branscombe at (949) 494-2535 x 104 or [email protected].



Becoming Your Own Therapist

Robina Cocurtin
Robina Courtin

Ex-Catholic, ex-radical feminist, and former body guard for the Dalai Lama, Robina Courtin, has been a Buddhist nun since the late 1970s. A teacher of Buddhist psychology and philosophy, Courtin will give a public talk at Laguna’s Neighborhood Congregation Church on Friday, Sept. 25, from 7 -9 p.m. as part of her a teaching tour in 15 countries.

“Don’t think of Buddhism as belief,” she says. “Basically it provides tools to know our own minds intimately and well, enabling us to unpack and unravel its contents and be confidently in charge of our lives. It’s not a cliché to say that Buddha was an amazing cognitive therapist.”

A donation of $20 is suggested but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds.








Church Offers Mothers Program

MOPS, or Mothers of Preschoolers, invite new members for brunch, creative activities, and guest speakers for meetings Thursdays from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 24 to Dec. 10 at the Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave. Childcare is provided.

The mom’s group offers bible study and the discussion series, “One Thousand Gifts,” by Ann Voskamp.

More info: Leah Emerson at 949 494-7555. Pre-registration is required at:


Local Fashion Perfected by Seniors


Tina Haines doffs a new hat, as fashion model.
Tina Haines doffs a new hat, as fashion model.

Laguna Beach Seniors’ board members, senior council members and community members will walk the runway in the latest trends from local boutiques in the Senior Top Model Fashion Show from 3:30-5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, at Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave.

All are welcome to attend for fabulous fashion, small bites from local eateries and fun. Tickets $20, are available by visiting:, calling 949-497-2441.







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