Vigilance is the key this weekend – as always!
Officers from the Laguna Beach Police Department’s DUI Enforcement Team will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.
Don’t drink and drive – and don’t use drugs and drive – choose a designated driver
DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy on Saturday, Feb 25 between the hours of 8 p.m. and 3 a.m. in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.
Be vigilant, for yourself and others! Make sure you have a designated driver.
Another reason to be vigilant
Another reason to be vigilant: Recent package thefts have been reported, including one taken from the front porch of a home in the 700 block of Gaviota.
“Neighbors should continue to be vigilant and call the police when they see something or someone suspicious,” recommended Sgt. Kleiser of the LBPD.
Speaking of odd behavior…
On Sunday at 7:56 p.m., officers responded to the 1300 block of S. Coast Hwy for a verbal dispute between a male and a female.
“While officers were on scene, the male told the officers the shelter was hiding the female friend of his,” said Kleiser. “Officers had earlier responded to the location in regards to the man’s claims about the female, which was determined to be untrue by the officers.”
What was true was that the male was intoxicated, and that he got into a van and drove away.
Officers located the van in the Ralph’s parking lot and arrested Eric Hertle, 60, no fixed address, for driving under the influence.
On Tuesday evening, emergency personnel responded to High Drive & Myrtle Street for a traffic collision – a moving vehicle had collided with a parked vehicle.
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Accident on High and Myrtle – no one injured
No one was injured and the cause of the collision is under investigation – but the vehicle had to be towed away from the scene.
Lower speed on hills, City staff recommends: Temple Hills workshop planned
The City Council on Tuesday will consider recommendations to lower speed limits on sections of Temple Hills Drive and Park Ave.
If the recommendations are approved, speed on Temple Hills Drive will be reduced from 35 to 30 mph between lower San Remo Drive and Alta Laguna Boulevard. Park Ave speed would drop from 45 to 40 MPH between Tahiti and about 1,000 feet up from Wendt Terrace.
Key factors considered in determining appropriate speeds for safe, orderly and expeditious movement of traffic include prevailing speeds, unexpected roadway conditions, the amount of traffic, road configuration and accident history.
Due to current traffic calming efforts and concerns about speeding, Director of Public Works Shohreh Dupuis coordinated with Police Chief Laura Farinella on the recommended reductions.
The City also will host a workshop at 5: 30 p.m., March 15 at Susi Q to solicit public input on traffic calming options for Temple Hills Drive.
By BARBARA DIAMOND
“Laguna Voice” at Mozambique attracts great talent:
Winner’s Circle Sing-Off debuts on Tues, Feb 28
Story by DIANE ARMITAGE
This ain’t no karaoke contest!
Laguna Voice, billed (quite believably) as OC’s Biggest Singing Competition, is just plain phenomenal. Some of the best music you’ll ever hear starts at 8 p.m., with the singing contest itself beginning just before 9, and featuring six to eight singers. Cover charge is $5, and Mozambique serves happy hour all night long.
To date, it’s the audience who has voted for its first and second placers, with the two going home with cash prizes.
I know, I know. When Ivan Spiers insisted that I take a look, I couldn’t believe I was thinking of staying out until 10 p.m. on a Tuesday night. (How pathetic is that?) But since my first Laguna Voice experience, I can’t not go see this thing.
Take an afternoon nap if you have to – this is just too good to miss.
How Laguna Voice began to warble
A couple months ago, Mozambique’s Tuesday night wonder, musician Francois Dean, approached Ivan Spiers about starting a ‘real” singing contest and calling it Laguna Voice. As Mozambique was heading into the quieter winter months, Ivan thought it might be a great way to bring people in on Tuesday nights to his second-level bar, The Shebeen Room.
Little did he know … and little did any of us suspect that Laguna Voice would quickly become a serious singing contest with really serious talent.
The crowds are getting bigger and the talent better
Tuesday after Tuesday, the crowds get bigger and the singing talent gets more amazing. Initially, I attended when Laguna Voice was in its infancy – about five weeks in – and was surprised to find that the “warm up crew,” Francois Dean & Friends, is one of the most talented live music ensembles I’ve heard in years. I’ve brought friends with me who are in longtime bands, and they’re delighted at how great this music is.
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Francois Dean & Friends perform as the warm-up crew
Francois Dean & Friends play for about 45 minutes, and then breaks for a few minutes to organize their singing troops before the real event begins. At first, singers would just walk in and ask to sing. By about the 10-week mark, there were 12 or 14 people showing up each Tuesday night, and there was absolutely no way to accommodate all of them on stage.
So, Laguna Voice took yet another step toward Voice-like professional status by only accepting applications online at MozambiqueOC.com/SingToWin.
Once scheduled, singers have to show up in advance to rehearse with the musicians. And they’re not allowed to read lyrics from any device – if they don’t know the song by heart, they can’t perform. Lastly, only when a confirmed artist doesn’t show is a walk-up allowed on stage.
New Sing-Off twist adds to the fun
This month, the Mozambique team added a new fun twist.
All the first and second placers from the previous weeks of that month are invited back to perform against each other in a head to head finale. Cash stakes are higher and pro judges will be in play to assure neutrality (some singers bring a lot of fans, ha).
The first head to head “sing-off” between all of the first and second-place winners from each month. The head-to-head Laguna Voice “Sing-Off” debuts on Tues, Feb 28, this time with designated judges determining the top three winners.
To see some of the singing talent, check out Mozambique’s You Tube channel. As it’s a newbie, you’ll have to go to YouTube and simply search: Mozambique OC Live.
See you on Tuesday!
Deadline for Laguna Bluebelt photo contest is March 6
Entries for the Laguna Bluebelt Photo Contest are due by March 6. Amateur and professionals are both invited to enter and everyone has a chance to win.
Photos must have been taken within or of Laguna’s Marine Protected Areas between March 6, 2016 and March 6, 2017. Upload photos on the contest webpage at www.contest.lagunabluebelt.org.
Only one entry is permitted per entrant. Photos must be a single work of original material taken by the entrant. Judges for the 2017 contest include Mark Chamberlain, Mitch Ridder and Pat Sparkuhl.
Judges will place emphasis upon photos that celebrate a healthy ocean environment and promote awareness and respect for the Laguna Bluebelt. Winners will be selected based on aesthetic value, unique representation of our Marine Protected Areas and technical skill.
Photo by Tim Williams (via website)
Will I win? This photo of a curious male sheephead, taken by Tim Williams, won second prize in the amateur division last year
The judges are looking for images that depict Laguna’s MPAs in a creative, interesting, new and fun way. Care should be given to the overall strength of composition, show a compelling point of interest within the image, have the main subject be in sharp focus unless motion blur is used for creative purposes, tell a story if possible with the image and make use of an appealing quality of light. Sunsets for the sake of taking a sunset are discouraged.
Laguna Bluebelt is adopting the Conservation Rules established by EPIC®. Marine life should never be stressed or endangered for the sake of a photo.
How can people responsibly view marine mammals in the wild?
NOAA Fisheries Service supports responsible viewing of marine mammals in the wild. In general, some of the guidelines recommend:
Observing wild dolphins, porpoises, and seals from safe distances of at least 50 yards (150 feet).
Observing large whales from a safe distance of at least 100 yards (300 feet).
Limit overall viewing time to no more than 30 minutes.
Avoid touching or swimming with wild marine mammals, even if they approach you.
Fabulous prizes await winners
Winners will be notified by email and honored at an Artist Reception in June. After the winning photos are chosen, all remaining photographs will be entered into a public vote, Best of the Rest, on the Laguna Bluebelt Facebook page.
Prizes include a helicopter flight up the coast with OC Helicopters, a dive boat trip with Laguna Sea Sports, golf and lunch for two at The Ranch, three course dinner for two at Splashes Restaurant from Surf and Sand Resort, dinner for two at Brussels Bistro Restaurant, SUP lessons from Sunset Stand Up Paddle, one hour massage at Massage Envy Laguna Beach, and gift cards for La Sirena Grill.
Water polo wonder girls win again this winter
Laguna has much to cheer about with its terrific water polo teams, as these happy team photos demonstrate.
Katie Houlahan writes that the U14 team was undefeated at OC WinterFest 2017 Tournament leading into the final game against Commerce.
Nicole Struss and Molly Renner made five goals in the final game against Commerce, with Rachel Carver scoring three for a final total of 17-6 to become the Winterfest champs. The finals were held at Fullerton College.
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U14 Girls’ water polo team
Back row, L- R: Emma singer, Imani Clemons, Emma Lineback, Nicole Struss, Molly Renner, Lela McCarroll, Coach Rob Carver
Front row, L - R: Genoa Rossi, Ava Houlahan, Rachel Carver, Jessie Rose and Tasha Denny
And then on Wednesday night, reports Cheryl Baldridge, the LBHS girls “killed it” in the semis of CIF D1. They only allowed one goal until the 4th quarter when the Coach Ethan Damato began to sub more girls in.
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LBHS Girls’ water polo team
Back L-R: Danielle Borelli, Evan Tingler, Aria Fischer, Claire Sonne, Kyla Whitelock, Grace Houlahan, Morgan Van Alphen, Claire Kelly, Cici Stewart, Bryn Gioffredi, Quinn Winter
Front left to right - Isabel Riches, Angelique Begay, Thea Walsh
(Not shown - starters - Alana Evans, Sophia Lucas, Alex Peros and Bella Baldridge, Audrey Duffy)
The final score against a really good Dos Pueblos High School (Santa Barbara) water polo team was 14-4.
“My take away, the girls all brought their best and played as a unit. They all were fabulous...from stellar defense to attacking offensive,” says Baldridge.
LBHS Girls Varsity soccer heads for CIF quarterfinals tonight at 5 p.m. at home
LBHS Girls Varsity Soccer has marched on in the 2016-17 CIF Playoffs.
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The Varsity soccer team heads to the quarterfinals tonight
With last week’s 4-1 victory over Fullerton HS and Tuesday’s 3-0 win in Whittier over Cal High, the Breakers now are heading into the quarterfinals with a 20-3-2 record.
The locals now host Bloomington High School tonight, Friday 2/24, with a 5 p.m. kickoff at LBHS.
The Nelson family spearheads a fundraising drive that they hope will reach great heights
The Nelson family of Laguna is spearheading a unique fundraising event that they hope will raise close to two million dollars for Treasure of Africa Children’s Home, a ministry that cares for orphans and abandoned children at the foot of the famous mountain.
According to the website the Nelsons have set up, an eclectic trio of athletes, including World Record holder ironman James “The Iron Cowboy” Lawrence, amateur MMA fighter and Strikehard Welterweight Champion, Tate “The Sandman” Nelson, and former tennis pro, Rob Nelson, will attempt to become the first to mountain bike up and down Mt. Kilimanjaro – on bikes for the entire route.
“Entire” is the key word here.
“To be respectful of everyone’s historical efforts, it’s an epic accomplishment to get to the summit of Kili by any means,” Rob Nelson says. “Doug Pitt (2013), Rebecca Rusch (2016), as well as our own local Hans Rey’s ascent with Danny MacAskill (2016) on bikes are nothing short of heroic. [Ours) is an attempt to ride the entire mountain up and down [actually] on bikes.
“March will prove-up whether it’s possible or not… Who knows, James Lawrence may be packing a bike with me still seated! What we do know is that we’ve crafted a route that’s possible to pedal but certainly not a given.”
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This is the route the Challenge team will follow
Funds raised by the Cycle Kili Challenge, scheduled for March 10, will go toward constructing a new 5.4-acre campus, to be deemed The Treasures of Africa Children’s Village, which will include school buildings and a farm to grow food to feed the community.
“Someone on Facebook suggested [the ride] was a death wish,” said Rob Nelson. “I disagree. I have every intention to summit and return alive! Lawrence may have to tow me on certain ascents but if anyone can do this, my confidence is in our team.”
The team chose the $1.96 million fundraising goal because of the altitude of the 19,000+ foot tall mountain. For more information, or to donate, visit www.cyclekili.com.
Lagunan Hans Rey’s 2016 epic ride will be hard to top
Last year, professional mountain bike rider Laguna local Hans Rey, along with Danny MacAskill and Gerhard Czerner, were the first to take on Africa’s two highest mountains back to back on mountain bikes.
On Oct 26, Rey and Czerner summited Africa’s second tallest mountain, Mount Kenya’s Point Lenana (4,985m/16,355ft) with their mountain bikes.
On Nov 3, only one week later, together with urban trials YouTube sensation Danny MacAskill, they also summited Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895m/19,340ft), the Roof of Africa.
Hans Rey, Gerhard Czerner, and Danny MacAskill at the summit of Kilimanjaro
There have only been a handful of people who have taken their bikes to either Mount Kilimanjaro or Mount Kenya in the past, but none have achieved both, one straight after the other.
Others carried their bikes for the majority both up and down the mountains, while Rey (Swiss/American), MacAskill (Scottish) and Czerner (German) rode 98 percent of the descent.
They are world-renowned extreme bikers and their feats will be featured in a TV documentary, magazine stories and an upcoming film about the Mountain Bike Freeride history, titled “Nothin For Free” produced by Freeride Entertainment.
Hans, Danny and Gerhard also distributed bicycles in Kenya through their charity Wheels 4 Life, changing people’s lives for the better, thanks to the gift of bicycles.
And that, ultimately, is what these talented teams are all about, it seems – achieving a healthy life for those who come within their orbit.
Lineup for the Patriots Day Parade is announced
Watch for Stu News Laguna at number 53, after the Chamber, and before the JJ & the Habibis belly dancers…
The 51st Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade will step off at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 4 from Laguna Beach High School. The route follows Park Ave, turns right at Glenneyre (Library corner) and right again on Forest Ave, ending just past City Hall at Ocean Ave.
Stu News Laguna is excited to be listed at number 53, with the Chamber just ahead of us and belly dancers behind us – not to mention all the other great entries. Hope you’ll walk with us or be there to cheer us on.
KX 93.5 will provide live broadcast coverage.
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Patriots Day Honorees: L-R Grand Marshal Aria Fischer (Makenzie Fischer also a Grand Marshal but not pictured), Honored Patriot Major Robert W. Sternfels USAAF. Standing: L-R Junior Citizens Wyatt Shipp and Madison Sinclair, Essay Winner Claire Tigner, Citizen of Year Douglas Miller, Cover Artist Jared Ghetian, and Artist of the Year John Barber
Akiko Tsuruga organ trio will play at [seven-degrees] on Wed March 1 from 6 – 8 p.m.
On Wed, March 1, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the distinctive [seven-degrees] event facility, 891 Laguna Cyn Rd, Laguna Beach Live! presents straight ahead jazz with the Akiko Tsuruga organ trio including drummer Jeff Hamilton and guitarist Graham Dechter. Doors open 5 p.m. The program is part of the group’s Jazz Wednesdays Winter.
Since her arrival in 2001, Japanese born Akiko has been a mainstay on the New York jazz scene. Early in her New York career, she had the great pleasure to play several gigs with Frank Wess and Jimmy Cobb. She established herself as a featured organist at all of the great Organ Clubs in New York City and along the East Coast.
Akiko Tsuruga performs as part of Laguna Beach Live! Jazz Wednesdays Winter
While she has a great reputation performing with her own band and more recently as headliner at the Blue Note in Tokyo, and the Jakarta jazz festival, she has also enhanced her name on the jazz scene working with Lou Donaldson at Carnegie Hall, and more recently Jeff Hamilton, playing at jazz festivals and jazz clubs all over the world, including tours in Japan and Europe.
Akiko has headlined many famous jazz venues
Akiko has headlined many well-known jazz venues, as Blue Note, Smalls, the Green mill in Chicago, Yoshi’s in Oakland, CA, and Pine Grill Reunion in Buffalo, NY among others. Her third US album, “Sakura,” scored 7th on the national Jazz radio chart. And her latest album “Commencement” ranked 4th in the Jazz Week Chart.
Akiko is at the center of the New York scene. She can be seen around town as a leader or sideman with Jeff Hamilton, Jimmy Cobb, Lewis Nash, Jerry Weldon, Eric Alexander, Joe Magnarelli and many others.
A full bar and buffet dinner menu are available for purchase. Cover charge is $20 in advance, $25 at the door. All tickets can be ordered at www.lagunabeachlive.org or by phone at 800-595-4849. Information line: 949-715-9713.
Reservations are accepted until noon on day of concert or until sold out.
Purim 2017 Laguna Beach celebrations scheduled on Feb 26, March 8 and March 12
Multiple Purim events are scheduled in the LB area. The holiday of Purim celebrates the salvation of the Jewish people living in the fourth century B.C.E. from one of the most colorful villains in Jewish history. It is observed by public readings of the Megillah (“Scroll of Esther”), sending gifts of food to friends, giving charity to the needy, and enjoying a festive meal. It is also customary to eat a delightful cookie called Hamentashen, a triangular pastry filled with poppy seed or jelly.
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Purim observed by public readings of the Scroll of Esther
JYZ Youth Zone Annual Hamentashen Bake-Off is scheduled for Wed, March 8, at 4:30 p.m. for kids ages 3-13 at Chabad Jewish Center. Holiday crafts, stories and games will make for great entertainment for just $8.
At Chabad, Purim 2017 will be celebrated on Sunday, March 12, at 5 p.m. and will begin with Megillah reading and a buffet. There will be fun for all ages: music and dancing, Lchaims for the adults, and a Purim puppet show. Come in costume. $12 per ticket.
For more information, visit www.chabadoflaguna.com or call (949) 499 – 0770.
Chabad is located at 30804 S. Coast Hwy. across from the Montage Resort.
Jewish Collaborative of Orange County announces monthly Shabbat services in Laguna Beach
In an effort to meet the spiritual needs of Jewish residents and families in Laguna Beach and Newport Beach, the Jewish Collaborative of Orange County offers monthly Shabbat services in both locations. Both services are informal, uplifting and inclusive while grounded in traditional liturgy and ritual.
Musical Friday night services in Laguna Beach are generally held the third Friday of every month (in March the service will take place on the fourth Friday) at Mozambique Restaurant and feature Rabbi-Cantor Marcia Tilchin and musician/radio personality Jason Feddy.
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Rabbi-Cantor Marcia Tilchin and musician/radio personality Jason Feddy
Friday night services at Mozambique restaurant are held in a comfortable private room and followed by an optional pre-paid vegetarian dinner. The restaurant serves gourmet South African-inspired cuisine. Reservations are required for those attending dinner and optional for those attending the service only. Dinner is $42 per person and $15 for children 12 and under.
This coming Friday, Feb 24, this intimate service features special guest musician and Jewish song leader Dale Schatz, along with the Rabbi Tilchin and Jason Feddy.
Mozambique is located at 1740 S Coast Hwy. Valet parking is available.
As a collaborative organization, JCoOC partners with Orange County synagogues and local and national Jewish organizations on many of its programs and also helps people find existing Jewish programs in the county that meet their needs. Learn more, including details about the Newport Beach services, at jewishcollaborativeoc.org.
Laguna Beach Garden Club Speaker Program on March 10 features light-hearted look at gardening
On Friday, March 10, Billy Goodnick, a former in-demand Hollywood studio drummer and city landscape architect for Santa Barbara, will ask the soul-searching question, “Do You Suffer from Plant Commitment?”
As if it were a troubled marital relationship, Billy offers a lighthearted look at gardening. He will also instruct the audience on how to design like a pro and create a “put together garden,” displaying an intentional style, theme, or color scheme.
While infusing a message of planet-friendly principles, Billy delivers his mantra of “beautiful, useful, sustainable gardens” to homeowners, master gardeners, and students.
Billy Goodnick offers a light-hearted look at gardening
The Laguna Beach Garden Club meets on the second Friday of every month, September through May at the Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave. 9:30 a.m. social, 10 a.m. general meeting. The public is welcome, and there is no charge for guests on their first visit. Before or after the meeting, browse the outdoor Garden Boutique where donated garden-related items and plants can be purchased at “dirt-cheap” prices. Fantastic garden gloves only $7/pair. Parking: Free in the Laguna Cyn Rd lot (spaces 300-422) or $3 for all day in spaces 185-228.
For more information on the garden club: www.lagunabeachgardenclub.org.
Food Pantry receives $7,300 in food donations from LB Whole Foods Market
For the fourth year, Whole Foods Market Laguna Beach made a large annual donation of food to the Laguna Food Pantry through the store’s Feed Four More register donation program. Local shoppers supported the campaign for a total of $7,300 worth of food in retail value, which equates to nearly 3,000 meals.
For each $10 collected, Whole Foods Market purchased one set of “pantry stocker” Whole Foods Market 365 Everyday Value® brand items: spaghetti, marinara sauce, vegetable soup, long grain rice, diced tomatoes, sliced beets, black beans, cannellini beans and unsweetened applesauce.
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Whole Foods Market’s Rich Dinan, Andrea Hirsekorn, Maritza Espiritu, and Steve McFarland with Laguna Food Pantry executive director Justin Myers
“We’re so appreciative of generous Laguna Beach shoppers who stepped up with donations this year,” said Rich Dinan, store team leader.
The large influx of Whole Foods Market’s 365 Everyday Value nonperishables will help stock the shelves for the hundreds of people who look to the Pantry for their families’ groceries.
The Laguna Food Pantry provides free, fresh, nutritious groceries to low-income households, feeding more than 300 families each week. 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 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.
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.
Three residents of Jasmine Street celebrate the circus and their arts in a big way
In varied ways, the circus arts have played a critical role in the lives of Staci Ensminger, Haley Rovner, and her father, Jeff Rovner, all to great success. All three have reasons to celebrate.
Staci and Haley, both fifteen-year-olds, grew up hula-hooping across the street from each other on Jasmine Street. Although in different venues, and with different groups, each teenager took part in VIVAFest (Vegas International Variety Act Festival) at its inaugural event on February 16 – 19 under a big top tent on the grounds of Silverton Casino in Las Vegas, performing in two shows.
VIVAFest is divided into two series, the Pro Series in which circus professionals compete, and the Student Series in which non-professionals compete.
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Staci Ensminger performing in Aerial Static Hoop/Lyra
Competing in the Student Series, Staci, who has both circus and gymnastic training, took first place in Aerial Static Hoop/Lyra 12 – 17 years.
Haley, a member of Le Petit Cirque (LPC), the circus performing troupe associated with Le Studio in Los Angeles, is its hoop dancer and has toured extensively with the troupe. (LPC and Le Studio were created, and are led, by Nathalie Yves Gaulthier.)
As a result of Haley’s connection to LPC, her Jeff Rovner was permitted to photograph most of the troupe’s rehearsals and performances during 2015 and 2016 and chronicled his impressions of the troupe in his first photography book, The Values of Le Petit Cirque.
Based on his fine art photographs of LPC performers, he was chosen as an exhibitor at this summer’s Festival of Arts. He will also be exhibiting at the Fresh Faces showcase, which runs from April 12 through June 14, at the Festival of Arts 3rd Floor Gallery in the Wells Fargo Bank Building at 260 Ocean Avenue.
So it is that performing arts meets visual arts in the Rovner family – not to mention that Haley’s writer mother Marrie is a virtuoso verbal artist!
Street artist/calligrapher will exhibit at LCAD Gallery
The Laguna College of Art & Design has announced an exhibition of works by calligrapher and street artist Peter Greco.
“Meticulous Calligraffiti” will open March 2 at the LCAD Gallery on Ocean Avenue, kicked off by a reception 6-9 p.m.
Greco, a former tagger known as Toltec, now teaches expressive typography and a calligraphy workshop at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
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He graduated from of New York’s School of Visual Art in 1977 and moved to Los Angeles two years later.
Greco is described by LCAD as a master at creating beautiful calligraphy at the scale of street art.
His unique aesthetic and precise technique will be displayed in the form of a site-specific, typographic mural best appreciated up close and in person.
LCAD’s bachelor’s degree of fine arts program in Graphic Design & Digital Media is presenting the exhibit. Catherine Eure, chair of graphic design at the college is curator of the show.
Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.
From the Errors of Others: Are you an “other?” Find out at the Library on Feb 25 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Have you ever considered that for years, you may have been blithely using an expression in completely the wrong context, with no idea of its actual meaning? And that no one has ever told you, for fear of embarrassing you?
Might that expression be “begs the question”?
“A brilliant woman with a PhD thanked me for clearing up the meaning of [that term],” says Rebecca M Lyles, author of the nonfiction book From the Errors of Others: Avoid Embarrassing Mistakes in Writing and Speaking. “She said she’d been misusing it all her life.”
The unnamed brilliant woman is very likely not alone in that regard. (You’ll have to read the book to learn the true meaning of begs the question – or come to Lyle’s free presentation at the Library on Feb 25.)
Rebecca M Lyles will be giving a free presentation at the Library on Sat Feb 25
Lyles’s book is an amusing, informative look at the way the English language is used and misused. It’s a delight to read, even if a blush rises to your cheeks as you realize your, shall we say, errant ways.
Another favorite of readers of her book, Lyles says, is the section on deceptive language – how terms such as “No offense, but…” is generally followed by something offensive, and “with all due respect,” is most frequently followed by something disrespectful. Does that sound familiar?
Lyles will share some of the funniest anecdotes from her book at a free presentation at the Laguna Library on Sat Feb 25 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Laguna resident Lyles has worked for more than thirty years as a technical writer, editor, and manager for AT&T, IBM, and other corporations. She now works as a consultant helping businesses improve communication and training products. Lyles lectures, writes song parodies for No Square Theater productions(Lagunatics and LagunaTots,) and sings in the LagunaTunes Community Chorus.
Call the Library with any questions: 949-497-1733.
Assistance League shopper received dental services from the League 80 years ago; she’s still smiling
Mary Johnston, a frequent shopper at the Laguna Beach Assistance League Thrift Shop, was picking up a few Christmas decorations when she declined to accept special sale pricing.
She told staff, “I don’t begrudge paying full price, ever, because the Assistance League has been so very good to me in the past. You see, they provided dental work for me when I was a kid, and that was about 80 years ago. I’m 88 now,” she said.
After 80 years, Mary Johnston (88) is still a big fan of the Assistance League
As she continued to look around the store, Ms Johnston remarked, “There are always so many unusual things and treasures, I enjoy coming here often. This shop is wonderful, and the volunteers who staff the Thrift Shop are exceptional.”
Ms Johnston noted that she wanted her purchases to support the Laguna Assistance League’s EIP program, a special program for delayed development infants and their families, and other programs like the one she benefitted from 80 years ago.
The Laguna Beach Assistance League also supports scholarships for Laguna Beach High School graduating seniors and Collaborative Courts candidates, Early Start Children’s programs with school supplies and educational equipment, Camp Pendleton military family support with diapers, clothing and shoes, the local Laguna medical clinic with much needed equipment and more.
Donations of gently used clothing, shoes, toys, housewares, sports equipment, small furniture and cash donations help support the philanthropic programs above and additional programs.
The Thrift Store is located at 526 Glenneyre, Laguna Beach, open Tue, Thurs, Fri from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sat 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.