Man arrested for vandalizing six vehicles in South Laguna
The police log holds an incident report from 7:14 a.m. Monday that six vehicles were discovered to have been vandalized in the north portion of the parking lot of the strip center near Coast Hwy and Montage Resort Drive.
Police said the report had not been completed Thursday.
Sgt. Tim Kleiser said in an email Thursday morning: “When the officers arrived on scene, they located a suspect and detained him. The officers subsequently arrested Tyler Collier, 32 from San Clemente, for…vandalism.”
Laguna Beach Police Department plans DUI Checkpoint and Saturation DUI Patrols over Memorial Day Weekend
The Laguna Beach Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint at an undisclosed location within the city limits along with special DUI Roving Saturation Patrols over the Memorial Day weekend.
DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint is set for Sunday, May 24, from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.
The Roving DUI Saturation Patrols will be deploying on Friday, May 22.
Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have resulted in 38 injury crashes harming 55 of our friends and neighbors in Laguna Beach. In California, this deadly crime led to 802 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Alcohol and drug-impaired deaths still make up the largest category of overall vehicle fatalities in 2012 with 29 percent of all deaths caused by a drunk driver. A DUI checkpoint is a proven effective method to lower these numbers.
Additionally, drivers will be checked to ensure that they have a valid driver’s license. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.
The Laguna Beach Police Department wants to remind everyone that they can assist in preventing this crime from ever occurring. If you are planning a gathering or celebration with alcohol included, or if you are out on the town, plan ahead and designate a non-drinking sober driver.
A DUI and drug-impaired arrest can cost up to $10,000 or even more, including time in jail, the loss or your driver’s license and high insurance rates.
These enforcement efforts are funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Remember, everyone is encouraged to help keep our roadways safe: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911!
Water District enacts additional drought emergency regulations from governor’s mandatory cutbacks
For the first time in state history, the Governor has directed the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) to implement mandatory water reductions throughout the state by an average of 25 percent. Based on targets set by the SWRCB, the Laguna Beach County Water District (District) must reduce its water use by 24 percent by March 2016, which is equivalent to 200 million gallons of water. In order to meet the mandatory reduction target and ensure a reliable water supply, the District’s Board of Directors approved additional emergency prohibitions on water use at its April 30 Board Meeting.
Beginning June 1, the District will limit outdoor watering of landscapes that use sprinklers to no more than two days per week (Monday and Thursday), and only before 8 a.m. or after 8 p.m. with a maximum of 10 minutes per sprinkler station/zone with no run-off. The 10-minute provision does not apply to landscape irrigation systems using water efficient devices, including, but not limited to: weather-based (or ‘smart’) irrigation controllers, drip/microspray emitters, stream rotor sprinklers, and high-efficiency rotating sprinkler nozzles.
Watering of landscaped areas not irrigated by a landscape irrigation system (bucket, hand-held hose with shut-off nozzle, or low-volume non-spray irrigation) must limit watering to two days per week.
“The need to meet the District’s reduction target is critical,” stated Board President Kelly Boyd. “Since more than half of our daily water use goes towards landscape watering, the greatest opportunity for savings is over the next four months.” While the Board approved the two-day per week schedule, they expressed a strong willingness to move to a one-day per week schedule in July if the District does not see significant savings.
The additional emergency regulations also prohibit all District customers from:
Irrigation with potable water of turf on public street medians.
Irrigation with potable water outside of newly constructed homes and buildings that do not use drip or microspray.
Using irrigation systems during and 48 hours after measurable rainfall.
The District strongly recommends that customers cover their pools and spas to reduce evaporation. A pool (12-feet x 30-feet) that is covered 70 percent of the time can save as much as 12,700 gallons of water every year.
“Facing our fourth consecutive year of extreme drought conditions, we need to be diligent in reducing the amount of water we use on a daily basis” says Renae Hinchey, General Manager for the Laguna Beach County Water District. “We ask that residents and local businesses help us conserve by reducing their outdoor water use and by staying within their water budget. District customers that exceed their water budget could face additional penalities for each unit of water used.”
The existing drought regulations that have been in place since June 2014, remain in effect and include:
Customers are prohibited from allowing excess irrigation water to flow onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots or structures.
Customers are prohibited from hosing down sidewalks, walkways, driveways, or parking areas.
Customers are prohibited from washing vehicles without using a bucket or hose with a shut-off nozzle.
Customers are prohibited from operating decorative water fountains or water features that do not recirculate water.
Customers are prohibited from permitting leaks from any pipe or fixture to go unrepaired for longer than 72 hours.
Restaurants are prohibited from serving water unless specifically requested.
Hotels/Motels must provide guests with the option to not launder linens.
Customers are prohibited from using water from fire hydrants without authorization.
Customers are prohibited from using water wastefully without purpose.
Enforcement and penalties have been put in place for failure to comply with the water use restrictions and non-compliance could result in termination of water service. The District’s goal, however, is to help customers achieve voluntary compliance through education and assistance.
Expanded rebate programs and incentives are available to all eligible customers. Just a few changes in routine can make a big difference in your water usage. To learn about rebates for conservation devices and additional ways to save water visit www.ocwatersmart.com.
For additional information on the drought, and steps the District is taking in order to meet the mandatory reduction in water use visit http://www.lbcwd.org/water-use-efficiency/california-drought.
Laguna Beach County Water District provides water service to 22,000 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.
The very first CIF title in swimming for LBHS, and five record-breakers for the Breakers Boys team!
By COACH BETH WEBER
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Back row left to right: Billy Renner, Jack Dodson, Erik Juliusson, Cameron Karkoska and Cade Baldridge. Front row left to right: Coach Beth Weber, Nolan Del Toro, Ben Greenwood, Maxwell Morgan, and Coach Kari Damato.
Five Laguna Beach High School records were set at CIF:
Varsity Boys 200 Medley Relay 1:34.38
Varsity Boys 200 Free Relay 1:27.66
Varsity Boys 400 Free Relay 3:05.75
Max Morgan 100 breast 57.75
Erik Juliusson 200 IM 1:48.16
The boys swam exceptionally well in prelims - all three relays made it in to the Championship Finals (top 9), which gives the opportunity for the most points. This is really what gave the boys the opportunity to go for the title in finals.
The fact that all three relays made it in gave us a huge opportunity to score points since relays are worth double the points of individual events. We knew we were going in to finals with a good chance of winning, but Coach Kari and I told the boys that anything could happen and to focus on performing well and staying safe on the relay starts to avoid being disqualified and losing out on those points all together.
On Saturday, when it came down to it, they delivered!
The Boys 200 Medley Relay (Erik Juliusson, Cameron Karkoska, Max Morgan, Nolan Del Toro) placed 2nd in finals. The 200 Free Relay (Del Toro, Billy Renner, Jack Dodson, Cade Baldridge) placed 7th - with all of them swimming their fastest 50-Free splits ever. The 400 Free Relay (Karkoska, Morgan, Baldridge, Juliusson) placed 1st.
Our individual events played a huge role in winning as well:
Erik Juliusson placed 2nd in the 200 IM in 1:48.16, and placed 3rd in the 100 backstroke in 50.43. Cameron Karkoska placed 5th in 200 IM - 1:52.94, and 5th in the 100 breaststroke in 58.39. Max Morgan was 7th in the 200 IM - 1:55.41, and 3rd in the 100 breaststroke in 57.75. Cade Baldridge placed 11th in the 50-Free in 21.77
Our girls performed well in prelims with the Girls 200 Medley Relay making it in to Consolation Finals (Harper Dix, Abby Cohn, Kasey Karkoska, and Kyla Whitelock). In finals they placed 15th overall, swimming their best time of 1:53.70. Kasey Karkoska made it to the Championship Final in the 100 Butterfly and placed 5th overall in 56.75. She also made it to Finals in the 100 Backstroke and placed 4th overall in 57.12.
Moving up to Division 2 definitely made it a greater challenge for our swimmers to qualify for CIF. Given the more competitive time standards to qualify, I’m incredibly proud of my swimmers for making time cuts in so many events. We started the season off not even really considering a CIF DII title, but both the boys and girls swam their hearts out. The girls made it in to finals in a relay and two events - a huge accomplishment for our team, and the boys left with a historical win.
It was a special day for the Laguna Beach Swim team.
Come on down, and get your fill of delicious Z Pizza: it’s on Stu News! Saturday, May 30th, 1 – 3 p.m.
This time Stu News is rolling out the pizza wheel for a community gathering. We invite friends of StuNewsLaguna for a good time, lively conversation, and fantastic fixin’s thanks to Z Pizza.
Come join us on May 30th as we slice up pizza and a bit of birthday cake too. A little birdie has hinted that it’s her birthday (ahem, Shaena) – but no gifts are allowed! The idea is to give back. So, come and allow Stu and Shaena the opportunity to roll out a spread of hand-made pizzas as well as Z’s fantastic salads and soft drinks, as their gift to you, our readers. It’s one way to make Laguna a little smaller.
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Our last gathering, at GG’s, was a blast.
Stu Saffer (front) and Shaena Stabler (middle) enjoyed seeing many friends!
It’s a Saturday party, so the Monday to Friday nine-to-fivers will have a chance to drop in. From 1 to 3 p.m. on May 30th, you’ll be sure to make new friends and catch up with many you probably already know. Topics will be up to you, but always off-the-record. All opinions are welcome!
Z Pizza is the perfect spot for a party. We love the communal big red table, with room for lots of friends. And we love their fresh, organic foods, and gluten-free options too. We can’t wait to fill the place with hungry Stu News readers!
See you next Saturday.
Z Pizza is located at 30822 Coast Hwy, in SoLag.
Heritage Month: examining tradition and change in Laguna
By ELIZABETH NUTT
One of the many elements that make Laguna Beach so unique is its heritage, and longstanding dedication to preserving it. After all, it is the façade and personality which the word ‘heritage’ connotes here in Laguna that set the town apart from neighboring beach cities and which is evidenced no matter where you stand in town. Laguna Beach has a special heritage—so special that it warrants a 31-day annual celebration.
“Heritage is so important here because it creates the charm and ambiance and feel that make Laguna what it is. If there was no heritage, we’d be a completely different place… and people all over the world and country come here because they recognize how unique it is,” says Rick Gold, Chair of the Heritage Committee.
Laguna formalized its commitment to raising awareness of and celebrating its past back in the early ’90s, when the month of May was first officially deemed Heritage Month. Today, it remains an annual celebration, and the town makes a special effort each May to showcase elements of its heritage and the buildings, people and stories that have helped to create the town’s history and legacy.
“It was a way to get people, residents and visitors, interested in learning more about Laguna, and it celebrates generally the history of Laguna, and a good part of that is houses, but it also celebrates a whole history of how we developed as a town,” says Anne Frank, former Historical Society President and current Heritage Committee member.
Today, Heritage Month falls under the responsibilities of the Heritage Committee, comprised of nine City Council-appointed members who, as stated in Laguna’s original Historic Ordinance, serve as an advisory group to the City on matters pertaining to historic preservation. One of those matters, an important topic of conversation today in Laguna, is the Historic Inventory. The Inventory was first adopted in 1982 by City Council, following a two-year survey that identified 852 buildings in town as historic properties. Undoubtedly, Heritage Month began as a way to continue the conversation about historic structures and preservation in town.
This year on the Heritage Month calendar was a very topical informational forum about the 1982 Historic Inventory and the City’s Historic Register. The Inventory is at the center of debate today, following the newly updated Historic Preservation Ordinance, which has called for a re-evaluation of the inventory. At the center of the discussion is the idea of the importance of preserving historic structures in Laguna, while also embracing inevitable change and respecting homeowners’ rights.
Heritage Month is a celebration
Heritage Month, however, is about so much more than buildings, and, at its core, is meant to be a celebration. The calendar of events changes year-to-year, but its fundamental goal remains the same: to educate the community through engaging learning opportunities that are centered around exploring Laguna’s history and understanding why it’s important.
Traditionally, an opening reception is held on the first Thursday of May for the pubic and which, for a number of years, has occurred at the Madison Square and Garden Café. Heritage Month activities also typically include a walking tour of downtown, a program put on by the Historical Society, art exhibits, and informational forums. This year, there was a special guided walk of the Crystal Cove Historical District.
In the past, the calendar of events has also included the presentation of oral histories by sixth-graders at the opening reception. Laguna students—who begin studying local history in the third grade—were responsible for interviewing older residents to learn about what life was like decades ago in Laguna, and for presenting those stories to the public. Though the oral history presentations haven’t been on the calendar for five years or so, local middle-school students continue to engage with Laguna history.
At the end of the month, third-graders will have the opportunity to visit the Murphy Smith Bungalow as part of the Laguna Beach Unified’s curriculum. Although Heritage Month isn’t typically geared toward younger participants, this particular activity once served as a powerful way to get young people involved; preserving important historical features for future generations is, after all, a part of the idea of heritage.
“Heritage Month is about much more than just preserving old buildings. If we’re not preserving our very heritage, it won’t be around for the next generations to appreciate, so we need to protect it,” says Matt Lawson, Chair of the Emergency/Disaster Preparedness Committee in Laguna. “That’s one of the many reasons why risk management is also so important to us,” he says.
Maintaining Laguna’s unique ambiance also plays a vital role when it comes to tourism and to encouraging people from around the world to pay a visit here. “The goal is not to keep everything quaint and non-progressive, it’s about keeping buildings in scale and in character and in motif, because that’s why people come here and it’s good for businesses,” says Jon Madison, owner of the Madison Square and Garden Café and Heritage Committee member.
Although there are certainly two clear sides to the discussion about tradition and change in Laguna, City Council Member Steve Dicterow commented that there needs to be a definitive balance between the two when it comes to how Laguna handles Heritage in general, today and in the future. “While we recognize that change is inevitable, we want to manage it, because preserving Laguna’s charm and character is the goal. And that’s the issue moving forward—how do we manage change while preserving charm and character?” Steve says.
In the meantime, residents have a few more days to celebrate Laguna’s heritage and everything that makes the town so unique today.
Here is what remains on the Heritage Month Calendar:
Tuesday, May 26, 7:30-8:30 p.m.: “History of Laguna Beach Fire Department” with Division Chief Api Weinert. This event, hosted by the Laguna Beach Historical Society, will be held at the City Council Chambers, 505 Forest Avenue, and is free of charge.
Fridays-Sunday from 1-4 p.m., visit the Laguna Beach Historical Society, located in the Murphy-Smith House at 278 Ocean Avenue. The Murphy-Smith house itself was built in the Builder Bungalow style, and is an example of an early Laguna Beach cottage.
“History of the Laguna Beach Fire Department” - presented by Api Weinert, will be topic on May 26
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At the Laguna Beach Fire Station in 1939
The iconic Fire Station One on Forest Avenue was built in 1931 and is the oldest operating fire station in Orange County. The downtown station, along with three other stations, mid town, Top of the World, and South Laguna, faithfully protect our city.
The Laguna Beach Historical Society is honored to have Api Weinert, Training & EMS Division Chief, as our speaker at the next program. He will briefly cover the history of the fire service nationally, then its history in Laguna Beach during his presentation May 26, from 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., at Laguna Beach City Hall.
Chief Weinert participated in the 1993 Laguna wildfire and has served in many capacities for the Laguna Beach Fire Department including firefighter, engineer, fire/arson investigator, captain, and currently division chief. He is also currently an instructor at Rancho Santiago College and a special operations manager for the Orange County Lifeguards.
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Looks very much the same today as it did in the 1930s –
Everything around the station looks a little different!
Firefighters will be flipping flapjacks Memorial Day
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Photos by Douglas Miller
Pancakes always are tasty on Memorial Day and so too are the sausage links
The Laguna Beach Exchange Club’s annual Memorial Day pancake breakfast will be held on Monday, May 25, in Heisler Park. Join in for a great view and great entertainment in addition to the Police serving up coffee and firefighters flipping flapjacks. The Pancake Breakfast is at the picnic area below the corner of Myrtle Street and Cliff Drive from 7 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $5.
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Firefighters flipping flapjacks
The breakfast is the Exchange Club’s largest fundraiser. Proceeds are donated to child abuse prevention, as well as community and youth projects. The club was instrumental in starting the Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center.
This event would not be made possible without the support of Laguna’s police, firefighters and generous sponsors including Las Brisas; White House and Orange Inn. The Exchange Club encourages you to visit them and thank them for their support!
After visiting other residents and eating pancakes, plan to take the short stroll for the American Legion/VFW Memorial Day Service at Monument Point at 11 o’clock.
American Legion, VFW conducting annual MemorialDay Ceremony at Monument Point at 11 a.m. May 25
On Monday May 25, Laguna Beach American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct their 88th Memorial Day ceremony in remembrance of all their comrades who died in all the wars and conflicts protecting our country.
The ceremony will take place at Monument Point in Heisler Park at 11 a.m. sharp. The keynote speaker will be Orange County 5th District Supervisor, Lisa Bartlett.
Music will begin at 10:30. The public is invited to come early, as seating is limited. For more information please contact Richard Moore at (949) 376-6340 or Dave Connell at (949) 494-2065.
Many organizations place floral offerings on the Heisler Park Memorial Monument prior to the ceremony. If you send or bring floral arrangements please make sure your organization’s name is attached. It is suggested that those having flowers delivered try to get them in place by 10:30. If you intend to send or bring floral arrangements, please call Diane Connell at (949) 494-2065.
Earthquake and disaster preparedness presentation by Red Cross at St. Mary’s on May 31, noon – 1 p.m.
On Sunday, May 31, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church will host an American Red Cross representative, making an earthquake and disaster presentation in the Guild Hall from 12 – 1 p.m. This presentation will show you simple steps you can use anywhere you live, learn, work and play to reduce injury, damage and financial loss.
All are welcome to attend.
Topics will include:
Identifying local hazards; Understanding the post-disaster environment; How to stay safe during an earthquake; What and how to plan; Evacuation and disaster kit supplies; Programs to support your planning and preparedness.
Practicing preparedness will give you the ability to stay safe and remain calm while caring for your family in an emergency.
Preparedness not only builds confidence, it saves lives.
Call (949) 494-3541 to RSVP.
Father Bill Moore solo exhibition at Avran Art + Design Perceptions and Patina: Exploring HumanitySaturday
Avran Art + Design is pleased to present a solo exhibition of paintings by artist and priest, Father Bill Moore on Saturday, May 23 from 6 - 9 p.m.
Father Bill Moore’s art symbolizes the journey through life, redemption and death. He uses a wash of iron oxide, the color of earth and rust, to add humanity to his works. Moore represents the concept of redemption by incorporating found objects that are particularly used, discarded, and worn into the surfaces of his works, imbuing them with a new and meaningful life.
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Father Bill Moore
Sky, Land and Sea
These found objects are either imprinted or incorporated into the paint to create simple patterns of varying depth that hold pools of iron oxide wash. These textures encourage us to physically touch the paint, letting us share in the life, soul and purpose of the art. In fact, Moore believes that his paintings become greater as the shiny patina from the oils on our fingers grows on the surface of the work. This creates a sense of community and wholeness to his art that is accessible to everyone.
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 the exclusive collection.
Avran Art + Design is located at 540 S. Coast Hwy.
For more information, call 494-0900.
Top of the World Elementary fifth graders collect more than a ton of food for Laguna Food Pantry
Top of the World fifth graders held a food drive at local grocery stores Haggen, Pavilions, and Ralphs on May 2-3 to collect 2,700 pounds of food for the Laguna Food Pantry.
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Proudly! Maddox de Bretteville (Left), Rowen Johnson and Owen van Es
As they prepare to leave TOW and move up to Thurston Middle School, the students elected to create a class service project. As shoppers entered the stores, the children requested that they purchase a few extra items to donate on their way out. They garnered fresh supplies of the pantry’s six most needed nonperishable food items: pasta, pasta sauce, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, and canned tuna.
Parent volunteer Meital Taub noted, “The idea was to motivate and encourage the kids to serve others. I think it’s important for our kids to not only be involved in our community, but more importantly, to become aware of those immediately around them who don’t have every convenience, opportunity, or even day-to-day necessities. This food drive was a success all around, from the amount of food collected to the kids learning the importance of helping others.”
To arrange a food drive for your group, call volunteer coordinator Elizabeth Haines at 497-7121.
Eli Taub (seated in the back) and (L-R): Liv Taub, Ariel Taub, Lia Kavandi, Ainsley Beresford, Kendyl Beresford and Jaden Shalala with some collected items
The Laguna Food Pantry provides free, fresh, nutritious groceries to low-income households. Families are invited to shop in the Pantry’s friendly, retail-style setting once a week. Located at 20652 Laguna Canyon Road north of the Dog Park, the Pantry is open from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. It is run entirely by volunteers. New volunteers are always welcome; to inquire about helping to pick up, sort and stock food items, call 949-497-7121 during morning operating hours. Learn more about the Laguna Food Pantry at www.lagunafoodpantry.org
Slyde Handboards announces summer beach tour dates
Established in Southern California in 2010, by founder and creative director Steve Watts, Slyde Handboards, the makers of most advanced line of handboards, announced the Slyde Summer Tour along the California coast. Starting with a Memorial Day weekend kick-off date on Saturday, May 24, at 8 a.m., at Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point with events in San Diego, Huntington Beach, to Northern California and San Francisco’s Ocean Beach, and back down the coast, Slyde is bringing “slydeing” to beach-goers for the ultimate bodysurfing experience, demos, and fun for everyone.
“We designed our boards with everyone in mind - so simple to master. It doesn’t matter what age or skill level you are, you will have the time of your life,” Watts said. “We can’t wait to get out there and meet people, visit with people at the beach, and get everyone ‘slydeing.’”
Slyde Handboards, born out of a life-long passion for bodysurfing and dedication to create the ultimate wave ride, Watts, a life-long surfer and bodysurfer, started his pursuit at a young age.
“As kids, we would spend the hot South African days dreaming up all sorts of ‘wave riding’ apparatuses from fast food trays to the trusty old flip-flop,” Watts said. “It was the lowly food tray that held the throne in our quest for wave-riding perfection. As is the human condition, we felt the need for perfection and innovation.”
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Slyde Handboards’ line features a patented hand-shaped design, patent pending technology, and an adjustable quick-release Slyde Hand Strap that offers a ride like no other. The boards increase speed and also allows for more control on the face of the wave, and more maneuverability while bodysurfing.
“There are over 30 individual steps that go into building every Slyde Handboard. The high tech materials that we use make them as strong as they are beautiful,” said Watts. “We took the guess work and error out of the shape by using the most advanced manufacturing process ever, decreasing weight, increasing buoyancy and giving you the longest ride you will ever have on a handboard.”
Slyde Handboards, makers of most advanced line of handboards, has patented design and technology that provides the best body surfing ride across the globe. Slyde handboards come with a GoPro attachment so “slyders” won’t lose their GoPro again with unique safety lock features. The Slyde handboard line ships everywhere, including 30 countries to date and counting. For more information about Slyde Handboards, visit www.slydehandboards.com.
ART4KIDS, Inc. receives $1,000 Grant Award from Festival of Arts Foundation for children in distress
ART4KIDS, INC., founded in 2001 by artist and art educator Pam Schader, has been awarded a $1,000 grant from the Festival of Arts Foundation to continue its service to children in distress in Laguna Beach.
“Children love drawing,” Schader stated. “Their drawings interest us because they depict the child’s unique perspective of their world and provide a window into the child’s experience.”
In the case of the traumatized child, Schader added, art expression gives the child a voice and insight to therapists and caregivers. Research has shown art therapy to be one of the most effective treatments for trauma; the case has been made for providing art materials to all children, particularly those in distress.
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Photo by Pam Schader
Decades of research have shown visual art experience to be an essential component in the development of the mentally healthy young adult. ART4KIDS, INC. has helped 50,000 children – ill, hospitalized, abused, orphaned, homeless, or otherwise in distress – fulfill that need. Research shows art to be one of the most effective treatments for trauma. ART4KIDS, Inc., funded by private donations and grant awards, serves many social service agencies in Orange County.
Since 2001, the organization has made large annual donations of art materials to several sites in Laguna Beach: Even Start, the preschool program at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach; La Playa Center, a preschool ESL program of the South County Crosscultural Council; CSP Youth Shelter; Laguna Beach Community Clinic, and the Laguna Food Pantry. This grant award will enable ART4KIDS, Inc. to again provide abundant art materials to these sites in 2015.
Children are able to express emotions and process trauma when provided an artistic outlet such as those afforded them through the nonprofit ART4KIDS. Inc., which provides free art supplies to children in need or distress.
ART4KIDS, Inc. welcomes new volunteers and donors.
Learn more at www.art4kidsinc.org.
Hands-on emergency preparedness educational training event May 31 at Bluebird Canyon Farms
Are you curious about our community’s disaster and emergency plans? Are you prepared to sustain yourself and your family in the event of a short or long-term emergency?
More than 82% of residents in Orange County are aware that emergency preparedness is important to handle disasters. Yet of these, most have made little, if any, actual preparations.
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Come enjoy an afternoon of education and community at Bluebird Canyon Farms on Sunday, May 31, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
We will enjoy informative and practical tips from some of our community experts, covering topics such as:
What hazards are most likely?
How will I get alerts and warnings?
What is the advice and plans for sheltering and evacuation for the hazards that may impact the community?
Are there emergency contact numbers I should have for different situations?
Are there opportunities for preparedness education and training?
Does my community have a plan?
What do I need to be ready and how can I get it?
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Good preparation and conscious planning is what will make the difference in surviving an emergency vs. thriving in an emergency.
The simple truth is, knowing your essential needs are covered in a stressful situation fosters clear thinking and right action. Whether you are just beginning to think about preparedness, or are well on your way, this day will be sure to provide you tools for comfort and peace of mind.
Sponsored by Laguna Beach’s only farm, Bluebird Canyon Farms, and presented by Thrive in Emergency (www.thriveinemergency.com), the event will include samples of non-GMO emergency foods, safety preparedness tips from experts, emergency kits for purchase, information about Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training opportunities, and the chance to explore the “Farm of the Future”.
Bluebird Canyon Farms is located at 1085 Bluebird Canyon Drive.
Laguna Beach Library’s May events
Laguna Beach Library will host a host of fun events throughout February. All programs are free, graciously funded by Friends of The Laguna Beach Library.
Laguna Beach Library’s February Events:
Tuesday, May 26, 10:30 a.m. Musical Storytime with Brooke Briggs Magic Steps Music Together is for children and music lovers of all ages. Each child participates at his or her own level in singing, moving, chanting, listening, watching, or exploring musical instruments. The whole family is welcome for this fun family music experience. No preregistration required
Tuesday, May 26, 3:30 p.m. B.A.R.K. Read to a Dog Program Do your kids love to read aloud, or just need to practice their reading skills? Come meet Venus and her owner, Theresa, from Beach Animals Read to Kids (B.A.R.K.)! Children can read to a certified therapy dog, eager to listen and love. Aaarf! Sign up at the Children’s Desk. Drop-ins welcome too!
Wednesday, May 27, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. Early Literacy Children’s Storytime This program is designed for toddlers and preschoolers with adult participation (infants welcome!). Our Early Literacy Storytime models the five skills that are crucial for every child to become ready to read when they enter Kindergarten: Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing and Playing. We include stories, fingerplays, songs, movement and playful activities. Free. No preregistration required.
Thursday, May 28, 10:30 a.m. - noon. Peapod Academy Children’s Storytime Welcome to the Peapod Academy. Join some of the cutest babies, toddlers, and preschoolers in town and adults of their choice at the Library. Little peas will enjoy books and storytime, songs and music, fingerplays, movement, hands on activities, arts and crafts, and other cadets. Each week is a different theme. Get to know others and support your little ones developmental skills. Free. No preregistration required.
Thursdays May 28, 4:30 - 5:45 p.m. Persian Language Tutoring Free Persian language tutoring for youth ages 5 -8. Meets in the Community Room. For more information contact the library or inquire at the Information Desk.
Saturday, May 30, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Children’s Craft Open House Get creative! Let your imagination run wild! Children 12-years and under are encouraged to come to the library Saturdays, during the hours of 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to make fun and creative seasonal projects. Adult supervision is recommended.
Laguna Beach Library regular hours are Monday to Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on Sundays and holidays, Thursday, Feb. 12 Lincoln’s Birthday and Monday, Feb. 16, Presidents Day.
Laguna Beach Library is at 363 Glenneyre St. For information, call 497-1733.