Bad people are watching and waiting for you to give them the opportunity to make you a victim of crime
Stu Saffer’s Reporters Notebook
The police department has constantly reminded us that our own lack of attention to what we take for granted leads to our becoming a victim of a crime.
We walk outside of our homes for a short time and leave our doors unlocked. We pull our car into the driveway and leave the doors unlocked with out stuff in plain sight on the seat or center console. We leave valuables on the beach as we swim.
In every such circumstance, we can become the victim of a crime.
More and more as we peruse the Police Log, we see that bad folks are watching us and waiting for their opportunity to take advantage of an easy score.
Recently, a woman left her apartment a little before midnight for her usual nightly dog walk. She was gone for only 10 minutes leaving her door unlocked. When she got back inside and locked her door she soon saw that someone had come inside and had taken her purse.
The bad person had obviously been watching her and knew her nightly venture.
This past Tuesday afternoon, a woman was enjoying an afternoon at Thalia Street Beach. She decided to take a swim and slipped off her $13,000 engagement ring placing it inside her backpack. She was only in the water for a few minutes and when she reached for her ring, it was gone.
Someone had been watching her and waiting, hoping she would take off that big diamond to have a swim.
An active duty member of the military out his backpack down as he used the restroom at Main Beach this week. It contained his ID, military service paperwork, clothing, a cell phone and $25 in cash.
Someone was watching him and grabbed the backpack before he left the restroom a couple of minutes later.
Please, take the extra time to do the little common sense things to be sure those searching eyes don’t fixate on your actions.
UBER teams up with Laguna Beach Police Department
From the City Manager’s Thursday updates
As part of its “Know Your Limits” campaign, UBER has teamed with the Laguna Beach Police Department to prevent drunk drivers from getting on our roadways.
As part of an educational outreach campaign, officers will be visiting local bars, restaurants, and nightclubs to meet with patrons and tell them about our program. Drunk driving education literature will be provided along with free UBER coupons for first time riders.
The goal is to prevent accidents on our roads caused by individuals who have had “one too many.”
Laguna’s first roundabout up and running
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Staff photo by Aga Stuchlik
The Roundabout on Catalina St at El Camino Del Mar & Los Robles
From Thursday afternoons City Manager updates: “The City Council approved a preliminary design for a temporary roundabout at the five point intersection of Los Robles, Catalina, and El Camino Del Mar in April 2014. The temporary roundabout was installed last Monday and is fully functional. Because this is a new installation that people are not used to seeing here, delineators were installed as a temporary measure to aid in visibility until people get accustomed to the layout.
“There are still some aesthetic treatments for the central island that will be added over the next couple of weeks. So far, the feedback from drivers has been very positive. If the installation proves to be beneficial over a trial period of a couple of years, then a permanent installation may be considered.”
Shaena Stabler performs live at Sawdust Festival today
StuNewsLaguna Co-Owner and Publisher Shaena Stabler will perform at Laguna Beach’s Sawdust Festival on the Main Deck this Friday, July 31. Her set begins at 11:30 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m.
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Shaena will perform brand new original music coming out of the studio – never performed live before – with her band of LA-based sessions players, including guitarist Rod Castro and producer/drummer Dave Tweedie, both of whom she is working on her sophomore album with.
“I’m super excited about the new songs and sounds coming out of the studio. I’m moving in a new direction sonically, it’s a lot darker and edgier, but also dancey at the same time. I can’t wait to share it all with everyone!”
Shaena released her debut EP last September – which was produced by Grammy-winner Ken Caillat (Fleetwood Mac, Colbie Caillat) and recorded at the famed Village Studios in Los Angeles. In addition, she released a music video for her song “Run Away”, which features Laguna Beach locals and locales. You can watch the video on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/user/ShaenaStabler. Her debut EP is available on iTunes.
“It’s my first live show in a very long time as I’ve mostly been writing and in the studio this past year working on the new music. I invite everyone to come out and hear some of my new music and other originals in this intimate and magical setting!”
Sawdust Art Festival is located at 935 Laguna Canyon Road. Tickets are $8.50 for Adults, $7 for Seniors, $4 for Children 6-12, and Free for Children 5 & Under.
For more information, visit Shaena’s Facebook Music Page at: https://www.facebook.com/ShaenaStablerMusic.
FOA is raising money for the Building Fund with Open House and silent auction Saturday, 1 - 4 p.m.
On Saturday, August 1st from 1 – 4 p.m., the Festival of Arts will be holding a special “Open House” Silent Auction with proceeds supporting the Festival of Arts Building Fund.
The “housing project” was the brainchild of Festival exhibitor Vinta Voogd, and artist Betty Haight ran with the idea. Mike Jones along with artist Stephen Lazarus cut and shaped the wooden foundation for the houses.
Over the last few weeks, Festival of Arts artists, staff and volunteers were given small wooden houses to paint, collage, and customize as they wished. The result is a collection of nearly 50 miniature artworks that reflect each individual’s personality and artistic style.
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(Left to right): Artists Molly Hutchings, Betty Haight/Stephanie Cunningham,
and Kirsten Whalen’s “Housing Projects” for the Silent Auction
“The artists have absolutely gone crazy for this project. They have created houses beyond their usual mediums and used it as an opportunity to be funny, imaginative and bold,” said Haight. “The generosity they have shown in contributing their work to the Festival’s Building Fund renews my belief that they are among the most generous people you will meet.”
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(left to right) Vinita Voogd, Donna Ballard, Betty Haight’s houses
Jon Seeman incorporated his house into a four and a half feet tall steel sculpture entitled “The Getaway” – creating a steam trunk retreat that includes vintage opera lens, compass, gears levy and scrap metal. Scott Moore built satirical humor into his house turning it into a milk carton with a keyhole and entitling it “Milk Keyway.” Dennis Dunton, famous for his cow photos, transformed his house into a cow.
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Dennis Dunton and Scott Moore’s housing contributions to the Silent Auction
Additional participating artists include Hedy Buzan, Donna Ballard, Jack Bolta, Brian Giberson, Stephanie Cunningham, Lynda Fountain, Betty Haight, Molly Hutchings, Kathy Jones, Mada Leach, Carla Merberg, Geri Medway, Jacquie Moffett, Ron Morrissette, Mariana Nelson, Claudia Olsen, Gerald Schwartz, Fabrice Spies, Tom Swimm, Vinta Voogd, Kirsten Whalen, and Wendy Wirth.
The silent auction will be held on the Festival of Arts grounds, with bids starting at $50. Any unsold houses will be available for purchase from the Festival’s gift shop.
Katie Ford will facilitate Zero Trash going forward
This Saturday, August 1, will mark First Saturday #94 for Zero Trash and the picking up of other’s leavings on Laguna’s city streets.
As always, the pick-it-up will be from 10 a.m. until noon. Get supplies and discounts at Hobie Sports (10% on soft goods) and El Ranchito (35% off food). Evan Haglund, the LBHS captain, will be at the high school’s marquee.
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Photo by Don Leach
Special thanks were passed along to everyone who purchased one of the 50 signed, numbered and framed limited edition 50th Annual Brooks St. Surfing Classic Prints. $750 was donated to ZeroTrash Laguna in your honor to help keep all of Laguna’s beaches clean. Katie Ford (left above), Hana Ford and Sydney Ford (kneeling), will now take the reigns from Chip McDermott to Pick It Up!
Sandy Vetter named as LB Soroptimist of the Year
Soroptimist International of Laguna Beach named Sandy Vetter, a long time Laguna Beach resident, as Soroptimist of the Year. Sandy has held several board positions and is currently serving as Treasurer. With this recognition, Sandy is now a member of the Laurel Society.
The Laurel Society was created by Soroptimist International of the Americas in order to recognize outstanding women and girls.
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Sandy Vetter (left) with her daughter-in-law, Elissa Profant, at the Awards dinner
Among her many contributions, Sandy spearheaded the Women of the Wells fundraiser, which brought drinking water to remote areas of India, and this year Sandy co-chaired the Octoberfest fundraiser for the Colombo/American Education Foundation. She attended the Soroptimist of Americas convention in Vancouver, Canada, as well as fall and winter district workshops. Additionally, Sandy Vetter’s continued generosity with her time and money included this year’s donation of a bed at Christmas time for a blind lady who had been sleeping on the floor.
Soroptimist International of Laguna Beach (one of the oldest non-profits in Laguna Beach) is a volunteer organization for business and professional women dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. Founded in 1948, the Laguna Beach club is part of Soroptimist International of the Americas, an organization including almost 100,000 Soroptimists from about 120 countries and territories who contribute time and financial support to community-based projects that benefit women.
For more information about how Soroptimist improves the lives of women and girls, visit the website silagunabeach.org.
Laguna Beach Horse Lovers will be “Two Stepping Under the Stars” at Saturday’s free event in San Juan Capistrano
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Laguna Beach Horse Lovers at Sycamore Trails Stable on July 26, 2015 for a Behind-the-Scenes Tour highlighted by a visit by white-coated “Mini Cooper”
Laguna Beach Horse Lovers will join the San Juan Capistrano Equestrian Coalition for the third annual summer event - “Two Stepping Under the Stars” - to be held Saturday, Aug 1 under the stars on the beautiful grass fields of the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park. Host Blenheim Facility Management will be graciously underwriting the general admission so this is a free event for the entire community.
Last year’s SJCEC festive event took place on a perfect summer evening on the grass and over 1,000 guests were there for pre-dance dance lessons with the Kelly Boyz and then moved on to dinner, dancing, gaming and festive games for the kids.
This year will be no less exciting with the same energetic music by the Kelly Boyz.
Laguna Beach Horse Lovers will be at the right corner of the bandstand at 5 p.m. for free dance lessons. The party starts at 6 p.m. with dancing to the live music of the Kelly Boyz. There will be a fun zone for children, Rasta Tacos, Bad-to-the-Bone BBQ and Rasta Rita-Queen of Margaritas for sale.
Emerging Artists exhibit at the CAP Banking on Art Gallery
Emerging Artists, featuring the works of Averi Endow, Robin Hextrum, Taylor Montague and Laura Weinberger is the current exhibition in the unique gallery space of CAP Banking on Art Gallery. The exhibit runs through Sept 25.
Shared threads run through this exhibition. The artists provide provocative images and ideas, they are emerging from their educational period in Art and are alumni of Laguna College of Art & Design (LCAD).
The artists in the exhibition share common threads from not just the artists’ desire to express themselves in putting provocative messages out to the viewers, but also the fact that they have a link to Laguna College of Art & Design.
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The work of Averi Endow takes everyday objects and presents them in a reverent attitude, yet asks the viewer to determine if there is seriousness in the composition. Six simple tater tots are arranged in a Stonehenge formation and titled “Formation”: four chicken nuggets stacked on a dipping sauce container titled “Monument”. The artist’s backpack is transformed into a chilling creature with shark-like teeth and a cold staring eye and given the title “Chibi Companion”. Is this item a pleasant companion or something denoting time that is eaten up by errands, tasks and other time consuming events in our life? Her brushwork has texture and depth which gives dimension to the images, bringing them closer to the viewer. Common objects presented to make the viewer stop and meditate on what could be the message. Do the items merit awe and respect or are they just common items; serious or sublime?
Endow graduated with a Fine Arts BFA from LCAD and is a candidate for the MFA program: she is pursuing her Fine Arts career, having participated in a recent group exhibit at DAX Gallery in Costa Mesa.
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Robin Hextrum exhibits a water series of single, common objects floating or surrounded by water, with no horizon or shore, no escape: a group of silos, a water tower, a lone horse swimming, a child’s rocking horse floating in grey-green water. In a grey infused palette, the mood is somber, without any time frame to determine when the water arrived, how it arrived and when it will leave. A feeling of calmness draws the viewer in to study the image and contemplate the possibility of isolation, transition or displacement. Without a definite narrative, the viewer is left to form their own story, based on their personal experiences, for each piece.
Hextrum holds an MFA in Painting from LCAD and has taught, lectured and created curriculum at LCAD: also participated in numerous exhibitions, won awards and honour throughout California.
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Two Hour Moment
Laura Weinberger’s focus is portraiture, with more depth. Motivation is a key factor in her choice of subject. There is a connection between the model and the artist: people she has worked with, had long conversations with, or experienced life with. Having that connection give her the ability to create more than just a surface likeness, as she knows how they express themselves with facial expression and body language.
In her large oils there is strength in her palette, light and shapes. She also presents a series of head portraits done in red pencil and white ink. The detail and fine lines brings them alive, especially in the eyes, which seek to engage the viewer to look deeper and longer.
Originally from New York, Weinberger graduated from LCAD with a Fine Arts BFA and is currently involved in art development for the games and film industry.
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Taylor Montague paints the coastal suburban and beach landscape of California. Rich strokes, bright colour and shapes bring life to the scenes without extra detail. Familiar locations that may elicit a touch of nostalgia of a time and place the viewer may have experienced. Started on site, Montague is able to capture the atmosphere of the location with the brilliance of colour, light play and shape of objects found there at that moment. In the studio, some refinement is given to the works but the looseness and spontaneous reaction is still left for the viewer to enjoy and react to. Beach scenes, street corners and alley ways may all be common scenes, but come alive with a special feeling under the brush of Taylor Montague.
A Huntington Beach native, Montague holds an MFA in Fine Arts from LCAD and has taught at LCAD: exhibited widely in Southern California, been written about in major arts publications and won many awards and honours.
The new exhibit runs to Sept 25. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. It is free to the public.
CAP (Community Art Project) facilitates placing art works on public/private sites to promote the aesthetic value of public art to enhance our community and serve as a catalyst for art education. CAP provides ongoing exhibitions each quarter in CAP Gallery, Banking on Art, in the Rotunda Gallery space located on the secondfloor of Wells Fargo Bank, at 260 Ocean Ave. CAP Gallery is a space for juried, solo and retrospective exhibitions. Visit www.caplaguna.org for information about ongoing or upcoming exhibits, submission guidelines for juried shows or to become a member and supporter of CAP.
Robert Redford narrates MacGillivray Freeman Film’s newest 3D documentary “National Parks Adventure”
MacGillivray Freeman Films in partnership with Brand USA is pleased to announce their next release for IMAX® and giant-screen theatres - “National Parks Adventure.” Presented by Expedia, Inc., the 3D film is scheduled for global release on February 12, 2016 to coincide with the centennial of the National Park Service next year.
Narrated by Academy Award® winner Robert Redford, “National Parks Adventure” takes audiences on the ultimate off-trail adventure into the nation’s awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness. Told from the perspective of national parks ambassador and world-class mountaineer Conrad Anker, his stepson Max Lowe (an adventure photographer) and family friend Rachel Pohl, these modern-day explorers visit spectacularly wild and beautiful places – including Yellowstone, the Everglades, the Redwoods, and Arches – revealing a tapestry of natural wonders that will inspire the adventurer in all of us. Captured with IMAX 3D cameras and shown in full glory in giant screen theatres, “National Parks Adventure” celebrates the majesty of our national parks and treasured landscapes and highlights the importance of protecting them for all.
“‘National Parks Adventure’ captures the stunning beauty of our wild places and reminds us these landscapes are an essential part of the human spirit,” states narrator and conservationist Robert Redford.
“I can’t think of a more perfect narrator for ‘National Parks Adventure than Robert Redford, whose passion for the outdoors and environmental interests as well as his distinctive voice and charisma, makes him the ideal storyteller for our film,’ says Director, Greg MacGillivray. “There are 408 national parks in our country that many families have not been able to explore. Our hope is that ‘National Parks Adventure will encourage our audiences to discover the beauty and sanctuary of these American treasures.”
“We shot ‘NAT National Parks Adventure’ in 30 national parks over a nine month period,” says Shaun MacGillivray, Producer of “National Parks Adventure” and President of MacGillivray Freeman Films. “We had four crews shooting the film including a time lapse crew, aerial crew, ground crew and TV crew. Using IMAX cameras in these vast national parks enabled us to capture every vantage point of these natural wonders and bring the most vivid colors and landscapes to our audiences. The addition of Robert Redford narrating this film for us is the pinnacle of this project, tying all of these remarkable elements together.”
“National Parks Adventure” follows in the tradition of MacGillivray Freeman’s award-winning Great Adventure Films that are set in some of the most extraordinary locations on the planet.
Robert Redford is an ardent conservationist and environmentalist, a man who stands for social responsibility and political involvement, and an artist and businessman who is a staunch supporter of uncompromised creative expression.
The Rocky Horror Show is off and running through Aug 9
No Square Theatre, enjoying a season of completely sold out hits, invites you to the classic sex, drugs and rock and roll musical “The Rocky Horror Show,” which opened last Friday. Directed by Joe Lauderdale, choreographed by Ellen Prince, vocal music directed by Christopher W. Smith, and music directed by Joseph Mulroy, this raucous cult favorite features a cast brimming with talent.
Of note, three cast members are recent graduates of Laguna Beach High School, the starring role of Frank-N-Furter is played by the director of the Music & Theatre Conservatory at the Orange County School of the Arts, and the twisted duo of Eddie/Dr. Scott is occupied by Randy Hatfield, long-time cast member of “Lagunatics,” and featured vocalist with The Swing Set big band, just to name a few.
Seen the film but not the musical? “It’s bawdier than the movie,” Lauderdale notes with a twinkle.
“Our venue is very cozy for such a wicked little musical,” adds Bree Burgess Rosen, No Square’s Founding Artistic Director. With less than a hundred seats, No Square’s home is inside the original schoolhouse of Laguna Beach, now known as “Legion Hall.”
“We’ve been in here for almost seven years, and we’ve had a grand time throwing money at the place,” points out Rosen. The venue is indeed transformed. Over the years the community theatre has added to the stage, hung curtains around the entire space, added air conditioning, a new water fountain, risers and comfortable chairs for the audience, a digital audio board, a digital light board, theatrical lighting truss and elements, built in a ‘tech perch’ and, in just the last week alone, additional lights, audio and the ceiling have been upgraded.
While the film’s cult following make screenings a fully interactive experience, No Square is encouraging the audience to dress up. Rosen points out “it’s summer. Perfect fishnets weather.”
The whole cast is looking forward to an audience dressed as the infamous characters in the show, and joining the fun singing along, or getting in on the dialogue, but Rosen stresses “we won’t be letting anyone throw rice or such at the cast. Movie screens may be unscathed by the occasional impact, but it’s not nice to hit an actor with a piece of toast.”
Enjoyment of the performance isn’t going to hinge on participation, or even familiarity with the material, but you are going to want to know what you’re getting into.
Unofficially rated “PG-14,” Rosen points out that “you shouldn’t bring your mom or your teenager unless you’re ready for some awkward silences on the ride home.”
Indeed. Gender bent and scantily clad, the cast cavorts through a plot line not-suitable-for-prime-time, but a hell of a lot of fun: When Brad and Janet, a clean-cut young couple from the ‘burbs, get caught in a storm with a flat in the middle of nowhere, they seek help from the devilishly charming transvestite Dr. Frank ‘N’ Furter.
What they discover in his mysterious laboratory is a twisted time warp of sexual and scientific possibilities – and, perhaps, true love. Celebrating its 40th anniversary as a cultural phenomenon, don’t miss your chance to see “The Rocky Horror Show” as it was meant to be seen – live on stage.
“The Rocky Horror Show” features a cast of 12 including Jeff Paul, Kelly Vernon, Nic Parsons, Eric T. Anderson, Berkeley Clements, Chloe Lovato, Zane Fair, Randy Hatfield, Dustin Nguyen, Noah Pattillo, Bailey Jaeger, and Zofia Weretka.
Performances are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, July 31 and August 1, 2, 7, 8, 9. All shows begin at 7:30, and parking is always a challenge. No Square encourages you to come early and enjoy drinks and dinner al fresco before the show. Seating is extremely limited and the theatre has enjoyed a non-stop run of sold-out shows. Buy in advance. Really. Tickets are $25 online at nosquare.org. If available, tickets may be sold at the door for $30.
No Square Theatre is generously sponsored by the Laguna Board of Realtors and Affiliates Charitable Assistance Fund, the Festival of Arts Foundation, the Lodging Establishments and the City of Laguna Beach, Mark W. Brisley, DDS, Chuck & Birgitta Schoen, Doreen & Lee Butler, the Festival of Arts Foundation, Chris Quilter, Patrick Quilter & Quilter Labs, SWA Group, The White House, and an Anonymous Donor.
No Square Theatre is Laguna Beach’s community theatre, residing in Historic Legion Hall, 384 Legion Street, just two blocks south of the High School, where there is ample free parking. For additional information on events, auditions, and to purchase tickets, please visit nosquare.org.
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August is Shark Month education at Ocean Institute
Spend weekends with the Ocean Institute as they highlight the fascinating world of sharks. Find out why sharks are important to the marine ecosystem and learn about some of the more unusual species in the Sharks of the Deep theater. Participate in shark-themed activities, determine what is fact vs. myth and learn about shark conservation efforts. Activities are included with general weekend admission, listed below. Although the Ocean Institute is open to the general public daily, shark activities will be held only on Saturdays and Sundays.
Special Presentation on Saturday, August 22 at 12 p.m. - Heal the Bay, Shark Ambassador Program. Join Dana Roeber Murray, Senior Coastal Policy Manager from Heal the Bay, as she discusses coastal conservation issues in Southern California and research from Heal the Bay’s Shark Ambassador Program. Cost is included with weekend admission and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Members are free.
The Ocean Institute is a non-profit organization which seeks to demystify the world of science, empower children to become tomorrow’s scientific leaders, and deepen society’s appreciation of how the ocean and science impact our lives. Established in 1977, the Ocean Institute uses the mystery and allure of the ocean to inspire 115,000 students per year with more than 60 award-winning ocean science and maritime history programs. The Institute is located in Dana Point Harbor alongside the tide pools of a Marine Protected Area, and uses the ocean as the classroom to inspire students of all ages to learn. Open to the general public weekdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., $5/person (members and children under 2 free).
Facilities open: the atrium, alcove, courtyard & Maddie James Seaside Learning Center. Weekends, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., $10/adult, $7.50 seniors and children ages 3-12 (members and children under 2 free). Facilities open: the atrium, alcove, courtyard, Maddie James Seaside Learning Center & Ocean Education Center; includes Pilgrim tour on most Sundays, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Unique maritime and ocean-themed items are available in the Chambers Gallery daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Institute address: 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr.. Website: www.ocean-institute.org. Phone: (949) 496-2274.
Complimentary yoga classes at Neighborhood Congregational
Neighborhood Congregational Church (NCC) invites Laguna residents to join them for two complimentary yoga classes.
Wednesdays at 8 a.m. at NCC, join Cher Mang for Kundalini Yoga in Bridge Hall. Taught in India by Yogi Bhagan, this class is a dynamic blend of postures, breathing, mantra, music and meditation. This teaches the art of relaxation, self-healing, and elevation. Balancing body and mind creates clarity of the soul. No previous experience is required for one to achieve results with the very first class. There is no cost for this class, but donations are graciously accepted.
Fridays at 10 a.m., join LB Yoga Therapy with Lynn Barclay in Bridge Hall. This healing yoga includes techniques that strengthen, stretch and relax the muscular system, while strengthening and conditioning the skeletal, cardiovascular, digestive, glandular and nervous systems. No previous experience is necessary, and all levels are welcome. Chairs can be provided for those who cannot participate with floor movements. Lynn is a registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance, certified in Yoga Therapy, and Prime of Life Yoga from Loyola Marymount University. There is no cost for this class, but donations are graciously accepted.
These two classes help to support the outreach and global work of Neighborhood Congregational Church. For a flyer or more information, contact NCC at 494-8061 or go to www.ncclaguna.org. Classes are held at 340 St. Ann’s Drive. Free parking is available in their lot (behind Ralphs Supermarket off Glenneyre Street).
Chamber’s “Artsy August” mixer at [seven-degrees] Aug 5
The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce continues its summer series with an “Artsy August” mixer, taking place on Wednesday, August 5 at 5:30 p.m., at [seven-degrees], located in the heart of the city’s festival district.
This year’s event will feature a selection of tasty bites, beer & wine, raffle prizes, and a few artistically-oriented surprises. Each attendee will also receive a free ticket to the Sawdust Art Festival, to be enjoyed that evening, or any other date during festival season. The Chamber recommends taking the Trolley, which stops a few steps from the event.
Another highlight of the event will be a silk painting demonstration staged by local business, Mayu Silk Art, where three VIP attendees have agreed to try their hand at creating a water-marbled designer scarf.
Chamber President Gregg Abel will create the first scarf, under the tutelage of Star McCain, owner of Mayu Silk Art. Other participants include Boys & Girls Club Executive Director, Pam Estes; and Montage/Laguna Beach Director of Rooms, Mauricio Souza.
Utilizing modern, eco-friendly and upcycled materials, the beautiful, ancient art of water marbling is easy enough that “designers” of all ages and abilities can make their own one-of-a-kind piece. Each artist applies acrylic paint to the special water bath, floating the colors in a custom-built water marbling tray, then uses marbling combs, rakes, or stylus to create the design to their liking.
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[seven-degrees] is located at 891 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. Admission is $15 for Chamber members; $25 for non-members. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Chamber’s website, LagunaBeachChamber.org, “events” tab; or contact the Chamber at 494-1018.
As host of the event, the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce promotes, represents, and supports local businesses in Laguna, and advocates on their behalf. Now in its 98th year of operation, the Chamber also serves as the business resource center for the community. On an ongoing basis, the Chamber hosts educational seminars, luncheons, and networking events for local businesses and citizens.
Pop up Sale featuring Marc Whitney’s land and sea sketches through next Thursday at Whitney Gallery
The Whitney Gallery (305 Forest Avenue downtown) will hold a “Pop up Sale” now through First Thursday Art Walk Aug 6 featuring Marc Whitney’s original oil paintings.
Gallery hours: 11-6 Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday; closed Wednesday; Thursday (Art Walk) 11-9; Friday 11-5:30. www.marcwhitney.com
LBHS Spring Sports – OCL All League Honorees
Orange Coast League Boys Golf:
First Team All League
Second Team All League
Orange Coast League Boys Tennis All League:
First Team Singles
First Team Doubles
Zach Washer/Tristan Krogius
Hayden Seitz/Ethan Gee
Sterling Dudley-Bowen/Nick Besso
Second Team Doubles
Jake Robbins/Clayton Haines
Boys Volleyball All-League Team:
All Orange Coast League Baseball:
Laguna Beach Library’s August events
Laguna Beach Library will host a host of fun events throughout June. All programs are free, graciously funded by Friends of The Laguna Beach Library.
Laguna Beach Library’s August Events:
August 1-31 Rubio’s Reading Program Starts
Come pick up your Rubios Bookmark/Coupon! This program is for children and Teens! Read five books: Children 0-12 receive a free Kids meal and Teens receive a free Taco. Join the Friends of the OCEAN by supporting this program. Plus - Keep Reading and enjoy fresh Mexican food.
Saturdays, Aug 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 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 a.m. to 3 p.m. to make fun and creative projects. Adult supervision is recommended.
Saturdays, August 1 & 15, 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.
Monday, August 3, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Pajama Storytime Please come (wear pajamas & slippers!) & enjoy the Sunshine Readers as they whisk the whole family off to dreamland. The National Charity League, Laguna Chapter generously provides this program.
Wednesdays, August 5 & 12, 11-11:45 a.m. Sunshine Readers Family Storytime The National Charity League, Laguna Chapter, presents the Sunshine Readers! Experience a fun & lively storytime performed by our local teen organization members. All ages welcome. Each show lasts one hour and includes refreshments. No preregistration required.
Thursdays, August 6, 13, 20 &27, 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. Free. No preregistration required.
Fridays, August 7, 14, 21 & 28, 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.
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.
Laguna Beach Library is at 363 Glenneyre St. For information, call 497-1733.