Kris Head will be pinned at 9 a.m., Monday in City Hall.
Fire Chief Ken MacLeod will conduct the Badge Pinning Ceremony
celebrating Head's promotion from fire captain to battalion chief.
Head, 43, joined the Laguna Beach Fire Department in 1984 as a
firefighter. He was one of the city's first paramedics. The city
promoted him to permanent acting paramedic captain on June 2, 1988
and to full captain in March of 1989.
"He has been a paramedic all that time," department administrative
assistant department administrative assistant Carrie Joyce said. "I
love getting his reports: they are so literate and so neat, but then
he is so neat."
While serving the city, Head earned his bachelor's degree from the
University of Redlands in business and management. He has numerous
letters of commendation in his file.
Deputy City Clerk Martha Anderson will swear in Head. The "pinner"
has not been named.
"Generally, they like to surprise us," Joyce said.
She suspects it will be Head's wife, Kimberly.
The couple has three children: daughter Corrin, 12, and twins,
Kyle and Katie, 7.
City Manager Ken Frank reported an increase in visitors to the
Hortense Miller Gardens this summer. He attributes the 20% increase
in July and the 80% spike to an article in the AAA of Southern
California "Westways" magazine.
Reservations to the gardens have already exceeded 125 for August.
The Community Service Department schedules reservations. Docents
conduct the tours.
Marsha Bode is the garden manager. Chloe Echternacht is the
president of the Friends of the Hortense Miller Gardens.
"We could use more docents," Echternacht said. "Anyone who is
interested can call docent chair Dorothea Lyellot at (949) 494-6627.
For reservations, call (949) 497-0716.
Melissa Verdugo made her No Square Theatre debut with "Babes in
Arms," performed Aug. 6 to 8 at the Artists Theater.
But you never saw her on stage.
Verdugo, who joined the staff of No Square Theater in July as the
artistic director, served as stage manager for "Babes In Arms."
In her short time with No Square, Verdugo already has plans for
"First, I really want to go back to the theater's roots -- as a
venue to produce musical shows that are more abstract," Verdugo said.
She also is working on a summer theater camp for children.
"It would be like any day camp, except it would focus on
performing," Verdugo said. "Classes would be held in the morning,
with three counselors in music, dance and acting. Then everyone would
have lunch together.
"In the afternoon, they would put what they had learned into
action. The counselors would turn into director, choreographer and
Verdugo had committed to stage manage "Babes in Arms" before she
was encouraged by No Square board members to apply for the staff
"Stage managing gave me the opportunity to meet people involved in
No Square and see how a show is put together," Verdugo said.
Verdugo's first contact with Laguna was through friend Karen
Rymer, a No Square performer who introduced her last year to Bree
Burgess Rosen, founder of "Lagunatics" and founding artistic director
of No Square..
Verdugo stage-managed the 2003 "Lagunatics."
She had previously met No Square founder Adam Hemming when he
worked with a vocal group at the Orange County High School of the
Arts, where Verdugo is on the staff of the Music and Theatre and
Production and Production and Design departments.
"OCHSA moved me down to Southern California from Sacramento,"
Before moving south, she spent four years with Sacramento Music
Pretty impressive resume for someone who turned 23 a week ago.
GROVES OF ACADEME
Roxanne E. Duka was awarded a diploma at the 223rd commencement at
Phillips Exeter Academy, a co-educational, independent secondary
school in New Hampshire, founded in 1781.
She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Duka of Laguna Beach.
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