Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Rundown

Monks are being murdered by a repressive government in Burma (read below before you go on - please!)...and life goes on here in our beach town. Gather, participate and stay aware of it all.

Here's a bunch o' stuff to celebrate/enjoy/escape/protect our fabulous community:

From two of my favorite people, Stuart Byer and Joy Dittberner:


A slew of terpsichorean delights are coming to Laguna, and lots of them are free or offered at a really low price.

- Check out this Saturday's (9/29) FREE performance by professional dancers at Main Beach at 4 p.m., buy a t-shirt, take the free dance class that follows at 5 p.m.
- For kids ages 3-12, on Wednesday Oct. 3 there's a free workshop: Dancing Hands, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Neighborhood Congregational Church (340 St. Ann's Drive at Glenneyre) led by UCI dance prof and Lagunan Jodie Gates.
- Lots of other performances, master classes, preperformance talks and a gala this Saturday night with winners from TV's "So You Think You Can Dance."

See the whole rundown at

From my musical muse and peace sister Pam Wicks:

Benefiting Orphanages in Thailand

Saturday, September 29th 7 p.m.

Please join us for this very special concert, co-sponsored by Coast Magazine as we help raise desperately needed funds for orphans in Thailand. It is the wish and goal of the Manna Foundation to raise $12,000 to buy a school bus for the children. Until that goal is reached, the children will continue to be transported to school on flatbed trucks and exposed to torrential downpours along the way. We would love to help them reach that goal and even small donations go a long way
to help make this a reality. We look forward to co-creating a beautiful night with you.

In addition to a full concert with us, there will be a silent auction with lots of great things to bid on. There's a related
article in this month's Coast Magazine - please pick up a copy or read it by going to - article on page 162.

Neighborhood Congregational Church - Bridge Hall - 7 p.m.
340 St. Ann's Drive
Tickets are $15 in advance/$20 at the door
(additional donations to support the orphanages are welcome)
Please contact 714-602-2056


From Johanna Felder and Bibe Stockman for the Laguna Art Museum:

Another fabulous outing without having to DRIVE:
LAM's CONTEMPORARY COLLECTORS’ COUNCIL TRIP (deadline for sign-up is this Saturday 9/29!)

9:30 am: Meet at Laguna Beach High School, 625 Park Avenue
9:45 am: SHARP – Depart for Los Angeles
11:00 am: Los Angeles County Museum of Art – 5905 Wilshire Boulevard
"Dali: Painting & Film." We will view nearly 100 of Dali's paintings, sculptures, photographs and text, plus his films (optional):
Un Chien Andalou, L'Age D'or, Chaos and Creation, Impressions of Upper Mongolia, Spellbound, Destino.
1:00 pm: Lunch - Promises to be delicious
2:30 pm: Ace Gallery, 5514 Wilshire Boulevard. Doug Christmas, gallery owner, said this will be a “knockout” show of London based Lauren Bon’s work which took two years in the making.
4:00 pm: Private collection in Hancock Park
5:00 pm: Return to Laguna Beach

Cost is $100 for CCC members, $125 for non-members of CCC. Price includes luxury bus transportation, admission to the museum and lunch. Such a deal! Come on, sign up, you KNOW you're not gonna go to that Dali show on your own, and Ace Gallery is a treat. And did I mention there's wine on the bus on the way home?

Deadline for reservations is Saturday, September 29th. Don’t Delay! Trip is limited to 25 people. Make check payable to Laguna Art Museum and note it is for the CCC trip. Send to: Johanna Felder, 2680 Park Avenue, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Your check is your reservation. For more information, call Bibe at LAM – 494-8971, Ext. 213.
If you sign up for the trip but will be late or not able to make the bus, please call Johanna -- cell phone 949-533-4947.



Sign up for the bus on Thursday morning Oct. 11 to an important Coastal Commission hearing in San Pedro

Attend the October 11th California Coastal Commission (CCC) meeting in San Pedro and tell the California Coastal Commissioners to deny the proposed Foothill South Toll Road through San Onofre State Beach. Save Trestles Beach. If you have never been there, check it out, it’s worth saving.

The most important hurdle before the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) is the powerful, non-partisan California Coastal Commission. The Coastal Commission will be meeting in October to decide whether to approve construction of the toll road in the coastal zone.

Additionally, the Coastal Commission is charged with making sure the TCA’s road doesn’t pollute the water or harm the surf at Trestles. We expect that the TCA will spend a lot of time and money convincing the CCC that their road is a good idea. We need you to attend the Coastal Commission meeting and let the Commissioners know that Trestles and the San Mateo Campground are too important to be sacrificed for a “pay to drive” road.

In preparation for the October 11th hearing we are hosting an organizing meeting on Monday, October 1st with Sierra Club’s Coastal Director, Mark Massara. The meeting will be held at 7 pm the San Clemente Community Center at 100 North Calle Seville, San Clemente CA 92672.

Please mark your calendars and plan to take a day off of work or school to join us at this important hearing on October 11th. The hearing will be held at the Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel at 601 S. Palos Verdes Street, San Pedro CA 90731. We will also be providing free bus transportation to those who are interested.

Do your part to ensure that a great campground, great community and great surf beach remain livable, pristine and protected. We owe it to our community, our kids and future generations.

For more information contact Robin Everett at or call 949-361-7534

Friends of the Foothills Campaign

Organizing Meeting
Monday, October 1st 7 pm
San Clemente Community Center
100 North Calle Seville
San Clemente CA 92672

Coastal Commission Hearing
Thursday, October 11th 9 am
Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel
601 S. Palos Verdes Street
San Pedro, CA 90731

You might study the arguments of the TCA: see

Wear Red This Friday for Myanmar

Oh my poor, neglected blog! I am so sorry if you have been checking here regularly, only to find stale news and old rants. The autumn air, the slight chill in the air brings with it a new focus on schedules and regimens, creative pursuits and maybe even time to read my book club books (what? 450 pages about the Holocaust by next Friday??)...but let's take one thing at a time.

First, The Lagunan's attention has been captured by Buddhist monks in cinnamon robes half a world away. Despite the threat of beatings and death by the repressive military junta that governs that nation, monks in Myanmar (Burma) have taken to the streets in droves, chanting prayers and calmly announcing their opposition. On Monday there was merely a military presence where protests occurred, then tear gas was fired into crowds, and yesterday they started firing automatic weapons at protesters.

With the international community now watching closely, it will be surprising but not unimaginable that the violence could continue. In Laguna Beach, what can you do? Wear red this Friday in solidarity with the freedom-seeking monks who are out there chanting prayers in front of semiautomatic weapons. It's the least we can do here -- and pray, if that's your thing.

Background from today's NEW YORK TIMES ('cuz they write better than I):
The violence of the past two days has answered the question of whether the military would fire on Buddhist monks, the highly revered moral core of Burmese society. For the past 10 days, the monks have led demonstrations that grew to as many as 100,000 before the crackdown began.

“The military is the one who proudly claims to preserve and protect Buddhism in the country, but now they are killing the monks,” said Aung Zaw, editor of The Irrawaddy, a Thailand-based magazine that has extensive contacts inside Myanmar.
Like others monitoring the crisis, which began on Aug. 19 with scattered protests against steep fuel price increases, he said it was difficult to learn the numbers of dead in a chaotic situation in which hospital sources are sometimes reluctant to talk. He said he had been told of one death today when soldiers attacked two columns of monks and other people.

“The military trucks, I was told, just drove in and soldiers jumped out and started shooting,” he said, describing a scene that was reminiscent of the mass killings in 1988, when the current junta came to power after suppressing a similar peaceful public uprising. On Wednesday, the junta acknowledged the death of one man, but news agencies and exile groups put the number as high as seven.