Town Crier: Week of 9-16-22

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Joelle Pedue hired as new Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce Marketing and Events Manager

Joelle Pedue
Joelle Pedue. Photo/Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce

Joelle Pedue has joined the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce as the New Marketing and Events Manager. She started on Aug. 8 and has quickly proven to be an asset to the community.

“In a short time, Joelle has proven her ability to understand the nuances of her new Chamber position,” said Erin Slattery, President and CEO of the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce. “We both grew up in the Girl Scouts supporting and serving our local communities. I look forward to working with her in this new role.”

“I am excited to be a part of the Chamber. I am very passionate about helping others, especially those in my community,” said Pedue. “My family’s pizza restaurant has been a part of the Rancho Santa Margarita community since before I was born. I know small business and Laguna has always held a special place to my heart, my grandma lived here in the 50’s.”

Pedue grew up in Rancho Santa Margarita, and her family’s business is a long-time Chamber member. Pedue now resides with her husband of four years in North Laguna. They look forward to many years as Laguna Beach residents.

Erin Slattery has been training Joelle Pedue on the joys of Chamber events and both Slattery and Pedue look forward to putting on a fantastic Taste of Laguna this year.

Artist in Residence Concert Sept. 24 at 5 p.m.

The public is invited to attend a free concert presentation of musical compositions by Dr. Pamela Madsen, “Laguna Beach Suite: from the Canyons to the Sea” performed by the Eric Dries Trio with vocalist Meloney Collins. The concert will be held at the Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road.

Alcohol is permitted with a meal. Guests should bring their own blankets and/or beach-chairs for seating. Guests are asked to follow all other Festival of Arts house rules.

Funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

Susi Q offers Fun Short Story Writing Class

Published short story author and host of the popular podcast Writers on Writing Marrie Stone will be offering a not-to-be-missed series of six classes on the Art of the Short Story at the Susi Q, 380 Third Street, on Wednesday afternoons from Sept. 21 to Oct. 26 between 2 and 4 p.m.

The fun class will focus on fictional techniques of interest to memoirists and novelists as well as short story writers, from crafting memorable characters to creating compelling conflicts to finding appropriate resolutions (or not), to discussions of plot and story, setting and place, and major and minor characters.

The fee is $120 for the six-week series. Participation will be limited to 10. This class will be offered in person at the Susi Q Senior Center. Proof of vaccination will be required. Masks optional. Register online at www.thesusiq.org. Click on Susi Q Class Catalog. Those interested can sign up or ask questions at (949) 715-8105.

Cho’s Academy Expands Donation-Based Yoga to the Community

Starting the week of Sept. 12, Cho’s Academy of Laguna Beach will be hosting donation-based yoga classes six days a week.

“Donation-based does not imply a sub-standard quality,” said Jacob Cho, owner of the Academy. “All of our teachers maintain their own personal yoga practice, and each teacher brings something unique and special to the table regarding their respective classes.”

The new classes range from Vinyasa Flow to Kundalini Yoga, as well as Restorative Flow. Four of the new instructors teaching at the Academy are graduates of Dharma Yoga House, three of which just finished their teacher certification in the recent summer months with Laura Love, founder of Dharma Yoga House. Laura is known throughout Laguna Beach for her outdoor Saturday Vinyasa class at Treasure Island Park. 

“Our teachers are trained in vinyasa flow, but the essence of our training is founded in Bhakti Yoga,” Love said.

Founded in 2009, Cho’s Academy has continued to offer martial arts and yoga to our community. “These practices have changed my life for the better in profound ways, and I encourage members of our community to also benefit from these very accessible disciplines,” Cho said.

The studio offers donation based classes of Vinyasa on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m., and Kundalini on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. Sunday Restorative will be held at 6 p.m. More information is available at chosacademy.com/more-yoga.

High Holiday Services/Events in Laguna Beach

With the High Holidays approaching at sundown on Sept. 25, Chabad of Laguna Beach will again host inspirational Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services open to the community. Reservations are necessary. 

The services, which will include prayers for the wellbeing of all humanity—a key theme of Rosh Hashanah—will also be centered around hearing the sound of the Shofar, the central observance of the holiday. English/Hebrew prayerbooks, warm and friendly atmosphere, soulful cantor, and Jr. Congregation program. For service schedules, seat reservations, Yizkor memorial service and High Holiday mega site, please visit www.chabadoflaguna.com or (949) 499 0770.

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