Five injured, (two critically) in crash near El Morro Monday night
A two-vehicle crash on Coast Highway near the entrance to El Morro Elementary School at about 9:15 Monday night sent five people to area hospitals.
A 20-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man were critically injured when they were ejected from a Ford SUV that rolled over after colliding with a Dodge Caravan.
A 10-year-old girl in the SUV received minor injuries and was transported to Children’s Hospital in Orange. A fourth occupant of the SUV was also injured, as was the only occupant – an older woman – of the Dodge Caravan.
All four adults were taken to trauma centers – two went to Mission Trauma Center in Mission Viejo and the others to OC Global Medical Center in Santa Ana.
Coast Highway was closed in both directions from Newport Coast to the north city limits of Laguna Beach.
No details about the cause of the crash were immediately available.
14th Annual Laguna Beach Music Festival this week from Feb 10 – 14 – tickets are still available
The annual Laguna Beach Music Festival, now in its 14th year, will present its 2016 Festival artist mentors, violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Shai Wosner, this week. Based in Laguna Beach, the Festival has historically been and continues to be a platform for the discovery of up-and-coming artists with its presentations of world-class musicians in intimate venues.
The 2016 Festival, taking place Feb 10-14 at a variety of venues in Laguna Beach, features exciting performances by Koh—recently named Musical America’s 2016 Instrumentalist of the Year—and Wosner, along with a special appearance by members of Los Angeles-based music collective wild Up.
Program highlights include the world premiere of a newly commissioned work by composer Anthony Cheung.
Tickets for the 2016 Laguna Beach Music Festival are still available.
“Every year the Festival brings premier artists to Laguna Beach and our mission is to share this artistic talent and exploration with our community and beyond,” says Laura Ricker, Festival Director. “This year’s program continues the unique and memorable musical experience we are proud to share with our patrons, both new and returning. We want to become a part of every classical music lover’s annual calendar and not only share the dynamic programming our Artistic Directors come up with, but also continue to build long lasting relationships with our audiences, new and returning.”
Violinist Jennifer Koh is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance. With an impassioned musical curiosity, she is forging an artistic path of her own devising, choosing works that both inspire and challenge. She is dedicated to performing the violin repertoire of all eras from traditional to contemporary, believing that the past and present form a continuum. She is also committed to exploring connections in the works she performs, searching for similarities of voice among diverse composers and associations within the works of a single composer.
Pianist Shai Wosner has attracted international recognition for his exceptional artistry, musical integrity and creative insight. His performances of a broad range of repertoire, from Beethoven and Mozart to Schoenberg and Ligeti, as well as music by his contemporaries, communicate his imaginative programming and intellectual curiosity. Widely praised for his interpretations of Schubert’s solo repertoire, Mr. Wosner has been focused on the composer in recent seasons and is widely sought after by colleagues for his versatility and spirit of partnership.
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Modern music collective wild Up is a group of Los Angeles-based musicians committed to creating visceral, thought-provoking happenings. Believing that music is a catalyst for shared experiences, and that the concert venue is a place for challenging, exciting, and igniting the community, wild Up’s programs are eclectic studies of people, places, and ideas.
Christopher Rountree is the founder, conductor and creative director of the path-breaking Los Angeles chamber orchestra wild Up. If there is a dam separating establishment classical music from more adventurous forms, Rountree finds himself spilling over both sides—conducting everything from opera to experimental metal. Driven by his vision of a world-class orchestra, he creates visceral, provocative experiences that are unmoored from classical traditions.
The 2016 Laguna Beach Music Festival launches with the Festival Prelude on Wednesday, Feb 10 at 5:30 p.m. at [seven-degrees] in Laguna Beach. Guests will delight in a memorable evening while socializing with Festival Artistic Directors Jennifer Koh and Shai Wosner, as well as emerging artists wild Up, before a performance of musical highlights from this year’s Festival. The evening features tasty appetizers, dinner, wine, friends, music and other exceptional memories.
The 2016 Laguna Beach Music Festival features three concert performances taking place at Laguna Playhouse throughout the weekend. The Opening Night concert on Friday, Feb 12 at 8 p.m., finds Festival Artistic Directors Jennifer Koh and Shai Wosner holding up a mirror to some of the great classics. Recognized for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance, Koh pairs Bach’s mighty Chaconne for solo violin with two of its 20th-century offspring: Berio’s astonishing Sequenza and Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Lachen verlernt, with a video installation by BAFTA Award-winning multi-disciplinary artist Tal Rosner. Wosner, whose insightful and perceptive playing have made him a favorite among audiences and critics, plumbs the depths of Schubert’s last set of Impromptus, pairing them with jazz improvisations of his own devising.
On Saturday, Feb 13 at 8 p.m., the musical dialogue between past and present continues with New Global Voices, a thrilling evening featuring 20th- and 21st-century masterpieces from across the spectrum of great musical traditions. Koh and Wosner join wild Up and its founder and conductor Christopher Rountree for works ranging from the haunting neoclassical strains of Ukranian composer Valentin Silvestrov to those of contemporary jazz master Vijay Iyer. Claude Viver’s Asian-inspired masterpiece Zipangu and Los Angeles-based composer Andrew Norman’s Gran Turismo round out this thrilling night of musical exploration and adventure.
The final concert of the 2016 Festival takes place Sunday, Feb 14 at 3 p.m., with Bridge to Beethoven, which explores the impact of Beethoven on a diverse group of composers and musicians. In this program, Koh and Wosner pair two of Beethoven’s magnificent heroic-period sonatas for violin and piano with the world premiere of a newly commissioned work by California-born, New York-based composer Anthony Cheung inspired by Beethoven’s sound world. By pairing Beethoven’s sonatas for violin and piano with new works by exciting young composers, this concert ignites a creative conversation around Beethoven’s music not only as a cornerstone of classical music but as a universal, culture-crossing source of inspiration.
The Laguna Beach Music Festival is a presentation of Laguna Beach Live! and the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. Tickets for the 2016 Laguna Beach Music Festival are $45 per concert, with discounted student tickets available. Tickets can be purchased through the Laguna Beach Music Festival (949.715.9713, or LagunaBeachMusicFestival.com), the Philharmonic Society of Orange County (949.553.2422 or PhilharmonicSociety.org), or the Laguna Playhouse (949.497.2787 or LagunaPlayhouse.com).
About the Laguna Beach Music Festival
Founded in 2002 the Laguna Beach Music Festival is co-presented by Laguna Beach Live! and the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. The LBMF Board is made up of outstanding local community members who support and develop the Festival from selection of musicians, theme, development of special events, educational and outreach programs, partnerships with other organizations and marketing activities.
The Festival’s commitment to lifelong learning makes possible meet-the-artist events, salons, open rehearsals, and lively discussions, while local schoolchildren encounter live music in the schools during Festival week. These programs capture the spirit of the Festival, blurring the lines between artist and audience, professional and amateur.
LBaa Nominees for the 10th Annual Art Star Awards
The Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts (LBaa) announces the nominees for the 10th Annual Art Star Awards to be held on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 6:00pm, generously hosted by [seven-degrees] in Laguna Beach. “It is hard to believe that this will be the 10th Anniversary of Art Stars. In celebration of this important milestone, we are planning some surprises,” said Arts Stars Committee Chair Wayne Baglin.
At this red-carpet event, the winners will be announced and presented with one-of-a-kind Art Star award sculptures, created by Louis Longi. These organizations, businesses and individuals contributed and shaped the arts and culture in Laguna Beach in 2015.
“Members of the Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts nominated exciting and deserving contributors to the arts in our community,” remarked Baglin. He continued, “It was very challenging to select the award recipients. However in two categories, Individual Arts Patron and Corporate Arts Patron, there were some outright winners based on nominations.” The winner of the Corporate Arts Patron award is Montage Laguna Beach, and Jim and Suzanne Mellor will receive the Individual Arts Patron award.
The Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts will honor and remember Ken Auster with a special Art Stars Award for Lifetime Achievement in recognition of his accomplishments as an artist and an inspiring teacher who had a profound impact on the arts community.
The additional categories and the nominees are:
Best Arts Program
Art in Schools (LOCA Arts Education)
Live! at the Museum (Laguna Beach Live! and Laguna Art Museum)
Malpaso Dance Company (Laguna Dance Festival)
Outstanding Arts Collaboration
Summer Art Sundays (Festival of Arts and Fashion Island)
Joint Exhibitions (Laguna College of Art + Design, Laguna Art Museum)
Intergenerational Literacy Enhancement Project (LOCA Arts Education, Susi Q Senior Center, Woman’s Club Laguna Beach, the American Association of University Women, Boys and Girls Club, the Laguna Beach Library, Sally’s Fund Transportation and Neighborhood Congregational Church)
Malcolm Warner (Laguna Art Museum)
Bob Whalen (City of Laguna Beach)
Artist of the Year
Applications are currently being reviewed for the $5,000 [seven-degrees] of Inspiration Grant. Funded by [seven-degrees], the goal of the grant is to provide support for an emerging or established Laguna Beach artist to develop and present an arts project or program that advances recognition of Laguna Beach as an innovative arts city. The winner of the 2016 grant will be announced during Arts Stars on April 3rd. Also, during the event, last year’s grant recipient, Delyer Anderson, will present her dance project The Film We Made/The Book I Didn’t Need To Write.
Assistance League and Chamber of Commerce plan a Valentine’s mixer for Feb 10 at Chapter House
The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Assistance League/Laguna Beach will co-host a Valentine’s-themed Open House & Mixer on Wednesday, February 10, from 5 – 7:30 p.m. at the League’s Chapter House facility at 547 Catalina St., Laguna Beach.
The public is invited to learn more about the League’s programs, while enjoying tasty bites and drinks from K’ya Bistro and Marine Room Tavern. Pianist Jim Roberts will provide light musical entertainment.
The Assistance League/Laguna Beach is a volunteer service organization whose members implement ongoing philanthropic programs in the community. Their current focus is an Early Intervention Program (EIP) for families of developmentally delayed, and diagnosed Down syndrome infants.
Assistance League volunteers working with special needs infants. The kids are playing in a kiddie pool filled with dry cereal for sensory stimulation.
Tours of the facility will include the EIP classroom; and bargain-hunters will be able to show their support by indulging in power-shopping at the League’s Turnabout Thrift shop (known as the “Nordstrom” of thrift stores) during special evening hours. The evening’s events will conclude with a drawing for raffle prizes. There will be two additional special drawings for those touring the facilities.
Chamber members and Assistance League members qualify for a reduced admission fee of $15; admission for non-members is $25. Tickets are available through the Chamber’s website at LagunaBeachChamber.org, or by contacting the Chamber at (949) 494-1018.
John (Johnny) Strotkamp passed away peacefully of natural causes at his Laguna Beach home on Sunday, January 10, 2016. He was 100.
John was born in Alameda, California on October 3, 1915, the only child of Johan Heinrick Strotkamp and Emelia J. Vanselow.
In his younger years he worked in his father’s stores in the German section of Oakland. John’s favorite sport was baseball, and he excelled as a pitcher with the nickname “Lefty”. John’s high school team won the state championship, and after high school he played semi-pro ball.
After graduating from high school while working for Sears he met his future wife Roberta (Bobbie), who was working for Wards. John and Bobbie were married on April 16, 1939, in Oakland, California.
In 1943, with World War II active, John was not satisfied just to build troopships, so he enlisted in the US Army infantry. He was with the first group of Army Infantry troops to land in Japan right after the atomic bombs were dropped.
Upon his discharge from the U.S. Army, he returned to his wife, two young boys and settled into married life in Oakland, buying a home that he and Bobbie remodeled.
Once his two sons were in elementary school, John and Bobbie became very involved in Scouting, with John being a Master Cubmaster and Bobbie a Master Den Leader. They both earned achievement awards for their leadership in the Scouts. However, they ended their activity in scouting when they relocated to Laguna Beach in 1953.
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The Strotkamps moved to Laguna Beach in 1953
Before moving to Laguna, John and his uncle operated a successful landscape company. However the opportunity to run and operate the La Solona pottery shop brought John and family to Laguna Beach.
Years later, John changed occupational directions and went to work for Sears as a department manager. He remained with Sears until he retired at the age of 65.
In the late 50s, John served on the Laguna Beach Planning Commission, a position he enjoyed.
Once his sons were in junior high, John returned to one of his true loves, baseball and begin umpiring, then coaching Little League. John continued to coach Little League into his 80s.
John’s wife Bobbie preceded him in death in 2002. John is survived by his two sons, John “Jay” (Mary Linda) and Tom Strotkamp (Pam Nelson). He is also survived by five grandchildren, Dr. Jon Strotkamp, Tanya Sassack, Carrie Cristobal, Kim Strotkamp and Major Tim Strotkamp-(U.S. Air Force), and five great-grandchildren, Rebekah, Gabrielle, Seth, Qori and Nichole.
John loved his family, sports (particularly baseball), and his longtime hometown of Laguna Beach. He also enjoyed collecting stamps and coins.
His wish was to spend his final years in his Laguna Beach home, which he did, and it was there that he passed away peacefully.
There was a Memorial Service on Saturday January 16 at McCormick & Sons Mortuary Laguna Beach, California. Following the memorial service there was a interment with Military Honors at Pacific View Cemetery in Corona Del Mar.
Robert K. Josephson
Robert K. Josephson passed Saturday morning, February 6 at his home in Laguna Beach following a three-month battle with lymphoma. Bob was Emeritus Professor of Biology at University of California, Irvine. He was 81.
Born in Somerville, MA in 1934, he attended Tufts as an undergraduate and earned his PhD at UCLA. He had appointments at University of Minnesota and Case Western Reserve University before his position at UCI, where he worked for 34 years, prior to retirement.
Bob’s curiosity and love of biology took him on adventures around the world. In addition to splitting his time between Woods Hole, where he was affiliated with the Marine Biology Laboratory, and Laguna Beach, he lived and worked on four continents and traveled frequently. From chasing synchronous-flashing fireflies in the mangrove swamps of Malaysia, to doing research on cicadas in Sri Lanka and Australia; from snorkeling in Micronesia to biking around Europe, Bob took advantage of every opportunity to explore and enjoy the natural world.
He remained healthy and active until his illness, enjoying travel, birding, hiking, biking, kayaking, and fishing. His passion for nature led him to become one of the first docents of the Laguna Greenbelt.
He is survived by his wife Trudy Josephson, children with his late wife Virginia Josephson: Beth Josephson (Ochs) of Falmouth, MA, Sue Josephson Giordano of Winter Park, FL and Eric Josephson of Stow, MA, and by his stepson Scott Grossman of Woodinville, WA. He also leaves 7 grandchildren and 1 step grandchild.
A Celebration of Life event is pending.
LB Garden Club Presents Valentine Container Auction Friday
Laguna Beach Garden Club will hold its annual Valentine Container Auction where members fashion one-of-a-kind holiday-themed containers of creative shapes and colors at their upcoming meeting held at Laguna Beach Presbyterian Church, in Tankersley Hall, located at 415 Forest Ave, Friday, Feb 12.
Registration and social hour is from 9:30-10 a.m. All visitors are welcome to attend. This is a chance to purchase a unique gift for that special someone. New this year, a raffle will be held to increase your chances of going home with an exceptional item, because the more tickets you buy, the more you boost your opportunities. Tickets are 12 for $10 and 30 tickets for $20.
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All proceeds will benefit the club’s school gardens program, which supports the public schools of Laguna Beach, the two (2) elementary schools (El Morro and Top of the World) and Thurston Middle School, as well as providing grants to Anneliese Schools SEEDS program and building a garden for the pre-school of Laguna Beach Presbyterian Church, where club general meetings are held.
Laguna Beach County Water District inks historic deal to supplement imported water supply with groundwater
For the first time in 68 years, Laguna Beach County Water District (District) will no longer be 100 percent reliant on imported water from the Colorado River and State Water Project. An historic agreement reached with the Orange County Water District ensures that more than half of the District’s water supply will now be provided locally. This monumental achievement means a reliable and sustainable water supply for District customers.
“After many attempts to reestablish the District’s right to pump groundwater from the Santa Ana River Basin, we finally have a dependable, long-term water supply for future generations,” stated Renae Hinchey, general manager. “For the past 16 years, I’ve been fighting to reestablish our local groundwater supply to ensure an additional source of water for the future. It’s been a long road. Mark Twain’s old adage ‘Whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting,’ still holds true. Water is a precious commodity and it’s not easily given up.”
Despite many setbacks, the outcome has been well worth the struggle. The benefits to District customers are significant, including mitigating the rising costs of imported water to increasing emergency supplies from 5 days to more than 3 months. Since the 1980s, the District has tried without success to resume groundwater pumping in the Santa Ana River Basin. Due to seawater intrusion in the late 40s, the District had to abandon the last of its groundwater wells in Huntington Beach. This deterioration in the quality of water caused the District to purchase water from the Metropolitan Water District beginning its 100 percent dependence on imported water. In its continuing efforts to diversify its water supply portfolio, the District has worked diligently with OCWD to reach this historic agreement.
The agreement formalizes the District’s ability to pump up to 2,025 acre-feet of groundwater per year from the Santa Ana River Basin. In 2015, the District’s annual usage was about 3,300 acre-feet. One acre-foot of water equals 325,860 gallons, or enough water to cover an acre of land, about the size of a football field. The next step for the District is to finalize the method of delivery of the groundwater. The District is in discussions with neighboring groundwater-pumping agencies to determine the most cost effective means of delivering the water to the District. It’s anticipated that the District will be delivering groundwater to customers by summer.
“For years we have worked to cut our dependency on imported water,” stated Kelly Boyd, board president. “This is a windfall for the District and its customers.” Boyd cautions however that while the District has secured its groundwater, it does not lessen the impact of the 24 percent reduction mandated by the Governor. “We still must work together as a community to reduce water use during this historic drought,” he stated. “This is not additional water, it’s 2,025 acre-feet of groundwater replacing 2,025 acre-feet of imported supply.”
Laguna Beach County Water District provides water service to 20,000 residents within an 8.5 square mile area of Laguna Beach. The District’s mission is to furnish a high quality, reliable water supply in a financially responsible manner, while promoting water-use efficiency.
Steve Perrault exhibit featured at Avran Art + Design
Avran Art + Design will present a solo exhibition of artworks by critically acclaimed artist, Steve Perrault, on Saturday, Feb 13 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the gallery, located at 540 S. Coast Hwy, Suite 106, in Laguna Beach.
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Steve Perrault’s “Theater of Wonder”
Perrault’s acrylic landscape paintings are a distinct aesthetic in contemporary metaphoric realism, and speak the language of our times. Architectural metaphors of light and darkness, containment and expansion, inside and outside, promote a sense of place and hope, while asking questions concerning passages, boundaries and vision. These acrylic paintings express harmonious environments of modesty, honesty, order and calm, allowing spontaneous insights and moments of introspection.
Avran Art + Design distinguishes itself among the vibrant art scene in Laguna Beach by offering its clients a unique perspective on contemporary art for collectors and enthusiasts. The exquisitely edited gallery exhibits museum-quality glass sculptures, original paintings, avant-garde photography, and distinctive jewelry. Lovers of both contemporary and traditional art will revel in its exclusive collections.
Gallery Q celebrates the Power of RED at their first show of the 2016 season through February 27
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Gallery Q, located at the Laguna Beach Community and Senior Center, has announced its inaugural show for the 2016 season — “RED” The Power and the Glory. RED is energizing and exudes a strong and powerful energy.
In Eastern cultures such as China red is the color for good luck.
Over 60 pieces of art including paintings, sculptures, etchings, photography, ceramics and fiber art inspired by the color RED are currently on display through February 27, 2016. A special showing of art by children involved in the City’s Artful Everyday Program will be featured, as well.
Selected pieces of art are available for sale with a percentage going to the Susi Q to support its art program. Artwork may be viewed from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, although some rooms may be closed when classes are in session.
Meet the artists and view the exhibit at the free, public art reception on Friday, Feb 12, from 4:30-6 p.m. Limited parking is available at the Center. Refreshments reflective of the Chinese Lunar New Year and Valentine’s Day will be served.
Journey To The Center of the Soul Yoga Retreat late June
The Journey to the Center of the Soul Yoga Retreat will take place from June 28 to July 6, 2016 in Zambia.
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Journey to the Center of the Soul Yoga Retreat
From the thundering cascades of Victoria Falls to the untouched bush of the South Luangwa, Zambia is a tribute to the awe-inspiring diversity of the natural world and a wildlife lover’s dream that will serve as your home during this amazing 9-day yoga retreat.
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In addition to the most amazing safari journey, you’ll experience a variety of yoga and meditation styles, all meant to align your body mind and spirit. Morning yoga will be more vigorous and energetic. Evening practices will be more restorative and meditative in nature. All levels welcome.
Visit http://rblavin.wix.com/soul-retreat for more details and to book this truly unique experience.
Laguna Craft Guild hosting art show – all day Sunday
Stop by the free Laguna Craft Guild art show located on the Cobblestones of Main Beach this Sunday, Feb 14, from 9 a.m. to sundown.
There are over 30 different artists exhibiting unique and handmade arts and crafts, including painters, glassblowers, textile artists, potters, jewelers, & lots of others. Bring your friends, family, and dogs.
Laguna Beach Library’s February events
Laguna Beach Library will host a host of fun events throughout the year. All programs are free, graciously funded by Friends of The Laguna Beach Library.
Laguna Beach Library’s February Events:
Wednesdays, Feb 10, 17 & 24 at 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. - Early Literacy Children’s Storytime
Our Early Literacy Storytime models the five skills that are crucial for every child to be ready to read when they enter Kindergarten: Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing & Playing. Let your child learn through stories, fingerplays, songs, movement and playful activities. We focus on coordination and recognition of colors, shapes, and numbers. Most of all, we emphasize the important role that parents and caregivers have in their child’s development! Free. No preregistration required. For children 5-years and under. Families are encouraged to stay for a “playtime” afterwards.
Thursdays, Feb 11, 18 & 25 at 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Peapod Academy Children’s Storytime
Welcome to the Peapod Academy. Join some of the cutest babies, toddlers, & preschoolers in town and adults of their choice at the Library. Little peas will enjoy books & storytime, songs & music, fingerplays, movement, hands on activities, arts & crafts, and other cadets. Each week has a different theme. Get to know others and support your little one’s developmental skills. No preregistration required.
Thursday, Feb 11 at 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. - Read to a Dog - Salsa!
Kids can read aloud to Salsa our therapy dog. She’s so sweet and a very good listener. Bow-Wow! Please preregister at the Children’s Desk or call the library. Drop-ins welcome too!
Saturday, Feb 13, 20 & 27 at 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Children’s Craft Open House
Get creative! Let your imagination run wild! Children under 12 are encouraged to come to the library during the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to make fun and creative seasonal crafts. Adult supervision is recommended.
Saturday, Feb 20 at 2 - 4 p.m. - Poetry Workshop
Participants should bring 10 copies of a poem they wish to have read and work-shopped. Each poem will be read by the poet and perhaps by another reader. Participants then respond with emphasis on positive comments and constructive suggestions. Recommended for advanced poets-this is not a workshop for beginners. Meets in the Community Room. Contact John Gardiner @949-715-7507 for more information.
Mondays, Feb 22 & 29 at 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Third Street Writers Group Ink
Serious writers working on projects (short stories, novels, plays) meet to share feedback and support. This is not a workshop for beginners. Contact the library for additional information.
The Library is at 363 Glenneyre St. For information, call 497-1733.