Man arrested at Ralphs for eating raw bacon in the store
Police responded to Ralphs Market shortly after eight o’clock Tuesday night after an employee called reporting that a shoplifter had been detained by store security.
The employee said the suspect was intoxicated and after refusing to leave, began eating raw bacon inside the store. He consumed about half of the package before officers arrived on scene. He had also attempted to steal a bottle of wine.
Jeffrey Bradway, 51, Santa Ana, was arrested for felony commercial burglary.
Officers took him to the Mission Hospital ER for clearance to make sure the raw bacon had not made him ill.
He was booked at the station and transported to county jail with bail of $20,000.
Toni Iseman announces that she will seek reelection
Councilmember Toni Iseman announced in an email statement Thursday morning that she will be a candidate for reelection to the Laguna Beach City Council this fall. She was first elected to the Council in 1998.
Iseman, a Democrat, issued the following statement:
In just 3 months our voters will determine who will lead Laguna Beach, making decisions that will direct the future of our town. I want to be your representative on the Laguna Beach City Council at this most important time.
Public safety, traffic, land use, water quality, historic resources and a vibrant downtown will be affected by city council decisions. My record of creative solutions is evident. Look around at the free trolleys that take cars off our streets - they serve visitors and residents alike. Ridership has gone from under 120,000 in 2000 to over 593,000 in 2013.
You see police aides directing traffic on busy weekends, keeping traffic flowing. The Quiet Zone calms a neighborhood. We have a noise and lighting ordinances to enhance our quality of life. I originated these solutions and encouraged the council to adopt them.
I’m working to make it easier for us to underground our utilities and create safe bike lanes on Laguna Canyon Road. The unique nature of our business community is essential to Laguna. We can’t take it for granted.
I am running for re-election with a promise that I will continue listen and respond to resident concerns. It will take work to keep Laguna the treasure that it is. I have the experience and passion to protect our town and our residents.
You can count on me.
Ribbon cutting and reception downtown from 5-7 p.m. today for “Vault For Kids” clothing store
The Chamber of Commerce is inviting everyone to attend a Grand Opening Celebration, Ribbon-cutting Ceremony and reception at a new retail-clothing store “The Vault Kids” located at 361 Forest Avenue on Friday, July 25.
The event runs from 5 to 7 p.m.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at five o’clock, and will be officiated by representatives from the City Council and Chamber Board of Directors as well as Chamber staff.
Owner Gila Leibovitch of “The Vault Kids” invites everyone to stay for a reception immediately following that will include appetizers, drinks and raffle prizes.
Liebovitch also owns and operates “The Vault Women” and “The Vault Men” located within the same building as the new children’s boutique. She started in retail in Los Angeles over 21 years ago and decided to start businesses in Laguna Beach while visiting on vacation one weekend 10 years ago.
Dean Hodes embarks on a journey to Addis Ababa for a year of discovery, philanthropy, and family
By MAGGI HENRIKSON
Laguna Beach High School Junior Dean Hodes, has travelled around the world quite a bit already, and he’s only 16. He participated in a summer theater program in Telluride, Colorado for many years that toured internationally, including countries such as Turkey, Vietnam, and Chile. But his favorite country is Ethiopia.
Dean and his family have been to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia multiple times.
This year Dean will be flying solo, and spending the year there.
High School Junior, Dean Hodes
He will be sleeping on the floor, and he will be washing his own clothes in a bucket, but he won’t be alone. He’ll be doing all that with his six adopted cousins, four other children, and his Uncle Rick.
“Dean is interested in the medical part that Rick does,” said Dean’s mom, Marla. “But he loves photography and filming. He hopes to produce a documentary from his experience there.”
His experience will begin first with his uncle, Dr. Rick Hodes.
Known as Dr. Rick, and loved by the thousands of patients he has seen in his 30 years of living in Addis Ababa, Hodes specializes in cancer, heart disease, and spinal deformities. He originally went to Addis on a Fulbright scholarship to teach medicine at their medical college.
Dr. Rick runs a clinic delivering comprehensive medical care just outside the chapel at the Mother Teresa Center, a destination for the poor and gravely sick. He has provided medical care and opportunities for life-saving surgeries, and he’s opened his own home to several young people while they await surgery.
Dean will live in that home too, along with the five Ethiopian orphaned children his uncle adopted so that he could help them with their ongoing health problems, and to attain higher education. These are Dean’s cousins, and now they get to live together like one big family.
“It’s not every kid who gets an opportunity like this,” his mom said.
He was so sure he wanted this opportunity, Dean found and applied to an international baccalaureate (IB) high school that he will attend in just a couple of weeks.
Before school starts, Dean will be photographing for Marla Hodes’ non-profit organization, set up to help Dr. Rick.
A big part of the effort at www.ethiopianfamilyfund.org is to fund the HIV program in Addis Ababa.
Dean will be making photo portraits, and starting on his video with this project.
SoLag Community Garden Park potluck this Sunday
Photo from SoLag Garden
Susan Delcamo (R) and Alani with basket harvested for the Friendship Shelter
The South Laguna Community Garden Park welcomes garden lovers from all over town to a festival at the south side of town.
Bring your favorite dish; join in their annual summer garden festival and potluck this Sunday, July 27, 4-7 p.m. The garden park is located at Eagle Rock Way and Coast Highway.
Live music will be provided by Tony Bisson and friends. Donations are welcome toward the fund to make the Garden Park permanent. SouthLaguna.org/garden.
Local photographers and Laguna Bluebelt Photo Competition winners celebrated during opening reception at Gallery Q
Exhibition photographers, including the winning photographers from the 2014 Laguna Bluebelt Photography Competition, were celebrated during the opening reception of the “Life through the Lens” photography held exhibition earlier this month.
Over 80 guests joined the afternoon festivities at the Gallery Q in the Laguna Beach Community and Senior Center.
Judy Baker, Gallery Q co-director and Carole Zavala
Gallery Q is dedicated to showcasing the work of artists of all ages and this show is no exception. First time exhibitors include Laguna Bluebelt winners Jean Yves Couleaud, Sandy Dildine, Michelle Hoalton, Brittany Lockhart, Matt O’Brian, Brook Peterson, Dawn Marie Peterson-Davis, Kevin Roberts, Andrew Shutts, and Alicia Warwick, as well as Ann Coffee, Casie Garcia, Elwye Ess, Terri Fitzsimon, Patricia Patti, Terry Shoemaker, and Barbara Woolweaver.
Visit the Susi Q website http://www.thesusiq.org to view the list of exhibiting photographers in Gallery Q (click on Our Programming).
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The Ukulele class at the Susi Q provided live entertainment at the celebration
“There is added value in working with other organizations. We are very happy to partner with local organizations such as the Laguna Bluebelt Coalition where we have the opportunity to do our part and reap the benefits of everyone’s effort. We look forward to working with them again next year,” shared Nadia Babayi, Executive Director.
The exhibition will be open to the public through Sept 10 and can be viewed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gallery Q is located in the Laguna Beach Community and Senior Center located at 380 Third Street in downtown Laguna Beach.
July 26: Advocates for Cost Effective Justice in OC will host “Responsibility and Recovery in Drug Courts & Prop 36”
Orange County Superior Court Commissioner Edward Hall will present the topic “Responsibility and Recovery in Drug Courts & Prop 36” as Advocates for Cost Effective Justice in OC host a free forum this coming Saturday. The event will be held at 429 Cypress Drive from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Commissioner Hall will share what Drug Courts are, how they function here in Orange County, and how they benefit both offenders and the public.
Appointed as Superior Court Commissioner in 2007, Hall has extensive experience in criminal defense litigation with cases ranging from traffic violations to capital murder. After finishing active duty as a Judge Advocate with US Marine Corps, he was hired as a Deputy Public Defender in OC and has appeared in court regularly since then.
After leaving the public sector to start a private practice, he continued handling cases referred by the Court when a conflict of interest arose with the Public Defender’s Office. Since 2002, he has also served on an as needed basis as a Juvenile Court Referee at the Lamoreaux Justice Center, presiding over juvenile dependency and delinquency matters.
In California, 43 percent of misdemeanor arrests and 28 percent of felony arrests were either alcohol or drug related. In 2013, the Drug Court program avoided 30,346 jail and prison bed days, saving more than $41,243,628. Drug Court graduates have a recidivism rate of 28.8% for any crime, compared with a recidivism rate for eligible non-participants of 74%.
All are invited to learn about the facts on our Drug Courts in Orange County, which will be followed by a discussion, and a chance for your voice to be heard. It is an election year, and we, as educated and passionate citizens should let our concerns be heard by our representatives and candidates for office.
Advocates For Cost Effective Justice In Orange County work to provide to the community accurate information about our criminal justice system. Evidence shows that replacing punishment with rehabilitation saves lives and saves money.
For its cause, cost effectiveness and justice go hand in hand.
Sawdust Art Festival partners with Project Access to inspire arts education for low-income students
The Sawdust Art Festival is again hosting a group of students from the Project Access Family Resource Center, a low-income housing community in Santa Ana, for the summer 2014 season.
The young students will participate in a unique two-part class on the Festival grounds to encourage creative interaction with Laguna Beach artists.
The Project Access students include about ten young people, in two age groups: ages 8 – 12, and 13 – 17. This summer they will visit the Sawdust Festival on Thursdays from July 22 through August 12 to learn first-hand about photography.
Sawdust Art Festival exhibitor and renowned photographer, Mary Hurlbut will introduce the students from Project Access to the world of art photography, as seen through the lens of a pro. The students will be encouraged to express themselves while they take a shot at the art form. The collaborative experience is intended to spark an interest in creating art as a living.
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Photographer Mary Hurlbut teaches about the camera to Project Access students Jackie Ortiz and Fatima Tellez
“With the Sawdust Art Festival’s mission of educating the public on the arts created in Laguna Beach, we were more than happy to again extend the talents and resources here at the Sawdust to support the programs at Project Access,” said Maggie Spencer, Sawdust artist and committee member of Sawdust Art Enrichment Fund. “The two organizations are a great fit.”
Project Access strives to be the leading provider of vital health, education, and employment services for families, children and seniors living in low-income communities. Its goal is to keep family members employed, children in school, and seniors active. Project Access serves nearly 11,000 people at over 50 resource centers in California and is expanding to multiple states throughout the western region.
The Sawdust Art Festival is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to educating the public, and promoting the art created in Laguna Beach. This is the Sawdust’s 48th annual summer season. For a calendar of events visit: www.sawdustartfestival.org
The Sawdust Art Festival is open daily from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. through August 31. Admission prices are: Adults $8.50, Seniors (65+) $7, Children (6-12) $4, Children (5 and under) Free; Summer Season Pass $18; Annual Pass $24
Festival of Arts events for this weekend
Youth Arts Education Workshops
Dates/Times: Through August 29
Mondays – Fridays 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Cost: $10 material fee/session
Friday, July 25: Wood Sculpture (11am), Encaustic/Wax Painting (1pm)
Cost: $10 material fee/session
Down to the Bone at Festival of Arts’ Jazz on the Green Event Saturday, July 26 Time: 1 – 3 p.m. Cost: Free with Festival admission
The Festival of Arts is pleased to host UK jazz legends Down to the Bone on July 26 for the second Jazz on Green installment of the summer. From 1-3 p.m., groove to the band’s funky, soulful, and jazzy sounds in the Festival’s casual outdoor gallery setting.
Founded in the UK and hailed as the “Kings of Jazz/Funk Fusion,” Down to the Bone has set a trademark through its reputation for infectious grooves, hooky riffs, and head nodding rhythms. The band’s lineup features top-notch musicians led by bandleader Rufus Philpot on bass. Their newest CD, Dig It!, was released earlier this year and the single “The Sweetness” has topped the Billboard Jazz radio play charts.
Limited seating is available in reserved section for $25 per person per concert. Includes Festival admission. Call (800) 487-3378. The Jazz on the Green series is sponsored by the University of Redlands and KSBR.
Nightly Music Schedule Daily 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Cost: Free with Festival admission
Friday, July 25: Quattro
Saturday, July 26: Slim Man
Sunday, July 27: Rob Mullins
Art of Cooking Featuring Joffrey Lopez of Williams-Sonoma
Sunday, July 27 Time: 1 – 2 p.m. Cost: Free with Festival admission
Williams-Sonoma Chef Joffrey Lopez
Learn to create delicious dishes with Williams-Sonoma Chef Joffrey Lopez at the Festival of Arts Sunday, July 27 from 1 – 2 p.m.
Chef Joffrey will demonstrate some of his favorite recipes and share samples of his finished creations with the audience. This special event series takes place in the Festival’s Art Center and is free with Festival admission.
For over fourteen years, Chef Joffrey has been teaching culinary skills to aspiring cooks at Williams-Sonoma in South Coast Plaza. Known for selling professional quality cookware and gourmet foods, each store also offers a line-up of cooking and technique classes for chefs of all levels.
Sunday in the Park Live Performance by Salty Suites (acoustic bluegrass) Sunday, July 27
Time: 2 – 4 p.m. Cost: Free with Festival admission
Sundays at the Festival of Arts features an eclectic mix of music from Bluegrass and Chill to Jazz/World/Classical fusion. From 2 – 4pm, Sunday in the Park will provide the perfect atmosphere to browse the art gallery, picnic on the green, or simply relax in the beautiful weather of Laguna Beach.
The Salty Suites
The Salty Suites are a dynamic acoustic band with blazing instrumentals, beautiful vocals and soaring harmonies. Playing Americana, Folk and Bluegrass, with original compositions and selected covers. Chelsea Williams on guitar is a singer song writer of beautiful ballads, Scott Gates on mandolin and vocals is a tightly wrapped bundle of energy and musical virtuosity on the mandolin and Chuck Hailes on Bass rounds out the trio with his amazing bass style. Comfortable on a Jazz tune or a pop ballad, this band crosses bridges and takes you on a romping musical ride that leaves smiles everywhere.
As one of the nation’s oldest and most highly acclaimed juried fine art shows, the Festival of Arts features the artwork of 140 award-winning artists. Patrons can enjoy the work of exhibiting artists, demonstrations and art workshops, daily art tours, live music, special events, dine at on-site restaurants and much more. For a full listing of events, visit LagunaFestivalofArts.org.
Through August 30, 2014
Open daily from 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Early closing: August 23 at 3:30
General Admission: Weekdays $7, Weekends $10
Students & Seniors: Weekdays $4, Weekends $6
Free Admission for Children 12 and under, Military, and Laguna Beach Residents.
Festival of Arts Grounds 650 Laguna Canyon Road
John Beasley Trio July 30 presented by Laguna Beach Live!
John Beasley Trio will be performing Jazz Wednesdays Summer Series at The Ranch at Laguna Beach on Wednesday July 30, 6 to 8 p.m.
An original artist with a highly expressive and personal style, pianist-composer-arranger John Beasley’s music career credits reads like a who’s who list in the music world, performing or recording with luminaries including Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Thad Jones, and Chaka Khan.
Highly regarded as a composer, Beasley has written music for Paramount, Disney, and MGM’s television shows, the Touchstone TV logo, numerous Hollywood film scores, and was the Music Director or Arranger on some of the top music and dance TV shows, including American Idol, Pussycat Dolls Presents, and America’s Got Talent.
For more about the artists and to hear their music, visit www.lagunabeachlive.org/concerts/jazzwednesdays.
Jazz Wednesdays Summer 2014 will bring great jazz music and great food together in our brand new venue: The Ranch at Laguna Beach, 31106 S. Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach (formerly Aliso Creek Inn), on the Harvest Patio, overlooking the Canyon. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Concerts are 6 to 8 p.m. and doors open at 5 p.m. A selection of drinks and food is available for purchase.
For more information, visit www.lagunabeachlive.org or call 949-715-9713.
Chance to give back to LBPD - Annual Dunk-a-Cop Aug 2
Laguna Beach’s fourth annual Dunk-a-Cop event is returning to the cobblestones of Main Beach on Saturday, Aug 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Each year, Laguna Beach police officers step up to the plate to be dunked to raise money for the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach. Last year the event raised $650 – this year the fundraising goal is $1000!
The event is all about showing the youth of the Boys and Girls Club that the Laguna Beach Police are friends and here to help. Plus, it’s a great stress reliever while helping kids at the Club! They hope to see everybody out there having some fun.
The Boys and Girls Club is seeking support from local businesses to reach the fundraising goal of $1000. If you are interested in sponsoring the Dunk-a-Cop event, contact Monica Silva of the Boys and Girls Club at 494-2535, extension 118.
Saddleback Master Chorale thanks FOA Foundation and announces performance at St. Catherine School August 1
The Master Chorale of Saddleback Valley gratefully wishes to acknowledge the grant of $1,000 from the Festival of the Arts Foundation, Laguna Beach, in the month of May. The money will definitely go towards hiring four instrumentalists or soloists for one of our future major choral masterworks.
One such performance will be in Laguna at the St. Catherine of Siena Parish School Chapel, 30516 Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, on Friday, August 1, at 7 p.m., featuring folk music of the British Isles. A wine and cheese reception will be available 20 minutes before the concert. Tickets are $15, General Admission, and $12, Student and Senior citizens.
Tickets are available from Choral members, online or at the door. Come and enjoy! http://www.masterchoralesv.org/concerts.html