Sunday, June 30, 2013

Music Matters

Laguna's music scene has been nurtured by music lover and tennis instructor, Rick Conkey. Rick has come up with a brilliant combination of ideas, his Music Matters showcase focuses on expanding the careers of talented independent musicians, while also expanding awareness of keeping our oceans and planet clean and healthy. He is also the driving force behind Help Blue Water, which spreads the music, the message and the movement of inspiring action toward a healthier environment.

And what better venue than The Cliff Restaurant for listening to great music, while catching the stunning sunset as it sinks into the Pacific Ocean? You'd be hard-pressed to find one, even here in Laguna. The Cliff Restaurant sits above sand and surf, so your view is seemingly endless, and your chances of spotting dolphin are pretty high. It's a real stunner!

Here's next week's musical line-up, 7/1/2013 - 7/5/2013:

*Monday – The Ken Garcia Band
Tuesday – The PawnShop Kings
Wednesday – Kevin Miso
Thursday – The Salty Suites with Chelsea Williams

The showcase takes place Monday - Thursday, starting at 6 - 10pm for the entire summer. There is no cover charge, and all ages are welcome. Be sure to use the free trolley service, which will drop you off right in front of the restaurant, to avoid parking nightmares.

*The Cliff Restaurant will be offering transportation for their guests with pick up and drop off within the city of Laguna Beach. This service will be available Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. (or when they close) every week.
If you need a ride, just give them a call at 494-1956. They will need your name, phone number, address and time of pick up. For guests coming from outside the city limits, the rates for each way from the following cities are: Newport Beach, Irvine, San Clemente, Mission Viejo / $ 20.00 dollars each way; Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Dana Point / $ 10.00 each way
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a pick up, send us an email at

*photo and ride information provided by StuNews.

If you would like tennis lessons with Rick Conkey, email

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Things To Do

Main Beach Lifeguard Tower
 Ah, it's finally summertime in Laguna Beach. The beach is full of bikini clad girls and shirtless guys, the air smells of sunscreen, and there are plenty of things going on all around town. Take advantage of the free trolley system that travels up and down Pacific Coast Highway, ready to drop you off at your favorite restaurant or art gallery. It also runs up and down Laguna Canyon Road to the all of the art festivals located there.

If you're wondering what to do, check out this handy calendar of events.

If you like art and classical music, here's just the thing for you: Laguna Beach Live! is located in the Laguna Art Museum, and makes for a perfect evening of culture, away from the beach scene.

 Laguna is known for it's riviera type beaches, but it's also equally known for it's local artists, and you can't go home without strolling through Laguna's unique art festivals. There are three separate venues that you won't want to miss. The Sawdust Festival, which features local, home-grown artists, that range from kitchy to sophisticated, with local music playing in the background. Then, of course,  there's the Pageant of the Masters and the Festival of Arts, which features the world famous pageant, where art comes to life right before your eyes, and the surrounding grounds that host ultra talented artists using all kinds of medium, including oil painting, furniture makers, watercolor artists, and much, much more. Then there is the Art-A-Fair, which hosts all types of art, with live music on the weekends. If you plan to visit these festivals more than once, it only makes sense to purchase the Passport to the Arts, which allows you unlimited access to the festivals for $21.50. Well worth the price if you check the event calendars, and take advantage of great music and other events within each venue.

So, happy summer! We'll be seeing you around town, and in the surf and on the sand!