Briefly In Education

January 17, 2013

Chef challenge to be held Feb. 4

Laguna Beach principals will go head-to-head to see who can create the best meal for a school fundraiser.

SchoolPower's Lumberyard Chef Challenge IV in February will feature a twist this year as principals compete to craft the best three-course menu. The principals will team up in twos to select the entrees, which will be prepared by the Lumberyard's culinary team.

Returning competitors Laguna Beach High School Principal Joanne Culverhouse and Thurston Middle School Principal Jenny Salberg will face off against El Morro Elementary School Principal Chris Duddy and Top of the World Elementary School Principal Ron La Motte.


"Chef Ortega is looking forward to working with the four principals this year in creating an exciting menu for our guests. The inclusion of the elementary school principals is a terrific idea that will hopefully introduce this fundraiser event to the parents of our younger students," said Lumberyard owner Cary Redfearn in a press release. "Duddy and LaMotte certainly have their work cut out for them, as I'm sure Salberg and Culverhouse are going to bring all they have to the competition."

The winning duo will be decided by diners, who will cast their votes for their favorites. The winning principals will be named top chefs.

The annual event, which is hosted by Cary and Suzanne Redfearn, will take place at 6 p.m. on Feb. 4. Tickets are $95 per person and seating is limited.

To make a reservation, go to the Laguna Beach Education Foundation's website at or call (949)494-6811.


District offering free development screenings

Laguna Beach Unified School District is offering parents a free screening of young children to make sure they are reaching developmental milestones.

The Laguna Beach Unified School Readiness Program is offering the developmental screenings on Jan. 30 for children ages 3 to 5.

"The Laguna Beach Unified School District is invested in getting each child off to a great start in elementary school," said Director of Special Education/Student Services Irene White, in a press release. "Our free developmental screenings offer parents an opportunity to verify early on that their child is meeting appropriate developmental milestones at specific time intervals. Findings help parents and educators determine needs of the specific child and highlight potential focus areas.

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