Fire in Coast Wilderness Park caused much concern Sunday – emergency action and Canyon Road closure
By MAGGI HENRIKSON
At 12:54 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, the Laguna Beach Police and Fire Departments received several 911 calls reporting a vegetation fire in the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park.
The Laguna Beach Fire Department, along with Orange County Fire Authority, responded with over 100 firefighters from several agencies including strike teams from Cal Fire, Brea, Anaheim, Fullerton, City of Orange and other emergency personnel from Laguna Beach Police and OC Parks.
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The fire has burned approximately 50 acres. By Sunday night forward progress had been stopped and the fire was 60% contained. No homes were ever threatened and no evacuations were required. Fire crews remained on scene throughout the night to monitor the area and extinguish any “hot spots.”
On Monday, Laguna Beach Fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse added, “Crews from OCFA and Laguna Beach Fire remain on scene today ‘mopping up’ the fire. The fire burned completely in the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, which remains closed today. Fire officials are working with OC Parks on a restoration plan and timeline for reopening the park.”
If you’re drunk and driving, don’t call another drunk driver – with kids in the car – for pick-up
On Saturday night, at about 9:30, officers responded to a non-injury traffic crash in the 2700 block of Laguna Canyon Road. The RP called police after exchanging information, despite the other driver, Marc Alan Grace, 50, of Aliso Viejo having asked the RP not to call police because he was driving drunk. Grace drove off toward downtown with a 13-year-old on board which prompted the RP’s call to the cops.
Police located Grace pulling into the Mobil station downtown shortly after the call. They questioned Grace and eventually arrested him for DUI and felony child cruelty. His bail was set at $100,000.
Grace asked police to call Virginia Ferguson Forbes, 42, to ask her to pick up the juveniles at the police station. Police said that Forbes came to the station drunk and with children, age seven and 10 in the car. She was arrested for DUI and felony child cruelty, with bail set at $100,000.
Two bikes valued at $19,000 stolen by burglars
A witness heard glass being smashed around the corner at 5 a.m. Sunday, in the 200 block of Thalia Street.
The witness looked out and saw two men in dark hoodies ride off on two bicycles out of Laguna Cyclery.
Laguna Cyclery owner, Patrick Fetzer told us the bikes are manufactured by Intense. Each bike is valued at $9,500.
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The bike make and models are as follows: INTENSE Tracer with the “Factory Build” kit; the second bike was an INTENSE Carbine, also with the “Factory Build” kit. Both bikes were size Large
“The thieves threw rocks through both of the shops front windows around 4:55 a.m. A patron of Circle K said he was standing out front, drinking his coffee when he heard what sounded like a cannon going off. He then ran around the corner onto Thalia St. to see two hooded ‘teenagers’ jerking the bikes out of the windows, laughing as they took off down Glenneyre.
“I am offering a reward for information leading to either the capture of the thieves or the safe return of the bikes.”
If you have any information, call (949) 497-0701, ext. 1.
A neat Minutoli meet-and-greet on a Laguna street
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Fans of Michael Minutoli surround him on International Greeters Day
At 10 a.m. on Saturday June 25, a cheering T-shirted crowd surrounded Michael Minutoli, Laguna’s latest greeter, in celebration of International Greeters Day.
People all over the world, from Belgium to Germany to the USA, used the occasion to acknowledge the joy and happiness that greeters spread in their beloved communities.
Boston native Minutoli is a happy man, always ready with a grin and a wave on the corner of Brooks and South Coast Highway, his chosen spot close to a larger-than-life-size statue of Laguna’s legendary long-ago greeter, Eiler Larson.
Quite a treat watching Minutoli’s feet
In a short video filmed on the day, Minutoli notes – interrupting himself to wish passers-by a great summer day – that one of his fans always warns him to be careful not to fall into the traffic, especially when he does his signature twirl.
The footage of the celebration, showing cars whizzing by, suggest that this is good advice… A couple of photographers appeared to risk life and limb to take good shots of the Greeter’s feet tap-tapping on the street.
Residents, beachgoers and several dogs joined in the excitement. Kevin Jones won the drawing for a Limited Edition, Director’s Cut DVD of The Greeter Documentary.
After a long day, no doubt the Greeter must have been beat in the heat and ready finally to take a seat.
For more information visit: http://www.thegreeter.org/international-greeter-day.html
Ed. Note: Per our readers’ requests, the following are updates to breaking news originally reported in Stu News Laguna
Crime Time: Updates from the OC District Attorney’s “Cases in the News” and news media sources
Note: The DA warns that court dates are always subject to change. Notes have been edited for length.
Randluby, Dylan Thomas:
Sentencing of Randluby by jury trial for the crime of homicide was scheduled for Monday June 27 (will update)
On June 17, 2014, Randluby is accused of driving a 2005 Toyota Prius northbound on North Coast Highway in the Emerald Bay area. He is accused of swerving out of his lane, onto the bike lane, and hitting 55-year-old cyclist John Colvin. Randluby is accused of failing to stop his vehicle to render aid to the victim and continuing to drive northbound on Coast Highway.
Two Good Samaritans contacted 911 and followed the defendant’s vehicle until he pulled over. The victim died at the scene from a lacerated liver. The LBPD investigated this case.
Pre-trial of Aviles, accused of homicide, will take place on July 7.
At approximately 3 a.m. on Jan 1, 2015, Aviles is accused of driving his taxi van southbound on East Coast Highway. He is accused of crashing into 23-year-old Travis Marton, as the victim was crossing East Coast Highway westbound at the intersection of Newport Coast Drive in Newport Beach.
Aviles is accused of unlawfully failing to stop his vehicle and failing to render assistance to the injured victim. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The Newport Beach Police Department, who investigated this case, found Marton’s body lying in the intersection.
The Laguna Beach Police Department located Aviles driving in his taxi van in Laguna Beach, approximately five miles from where the victim’s body was found, and arrested the defendant.
Maralan, Saeid Boustanabadi:
Pretrial for sexual assault will take place on July 22.
A registered sex offender and manager of Laguna Beach rug store Sirous and Sons [no longer in business,] Maralan is charged with sexually assaulting eight women in two criminal cases.
He is charged with the sexual assaults of the first four victims in case #11HF2240. The OCDA issued a press release Sept 2, 2011, and as a result of the media coverage another four came forward and charges were filed against Maralan for the sexual assaults of the additional four women.
[Some compassion may be in order here as everywhere for innocent parties: Back in November, 2011, a member of Maralan’s family wrote the following note to Stu News Laguna: “He is still a family member, obviously, who was once affiliated with this family business but as of nearly a month ago, his professional connections with the business have been severed…The family, including Saeid’s mother, wife and two children ages 22 and 19 were all as surprised about the allegations as the community has been…”]
From news sources…
The trial of physician Robert McFarland Pettis, charged in a double-fatality case that took place in the early hours of the morning of April 2, 2013, has been postponed until Nov 28.
Pettis, driving a Tesla, is accused of crossing double yellow lines on Laguna Canyon Road and causing the death of two people, Alberto Casique-Telenas, 47, of Anaheim, and passenger Armondo Garcia Gonzales, of Santa Ana.
Eyewitness testimony suggests that Pettis was racing Mercedes driver Dekker Nolan McKeever, and that this led directly to the fatal crash.
For once, life wasn’t feline fine in the Canyon for the Blue Bell cats because the fire threatened their home
Cats Keller, Squirt, Star and 47 other feline companions wait in their carriers for possible evacuation from the Blue Bell Cat Retirement Sanctuary
Chair of the Blue Bell Foundation for Cats Susan Hamil says that she, employees Carlos Fitzgerald and Rima Ahdab, and Canyon Animal Hospital veterinarian Dr. Jen Barton were able to corral the cats into their carriers without too much trouble, given that the cats are given so much love and attention that they have developed deep trust in each of them.
“Many of our volunteers offered to help, but because the Canyon Road was closed, they weren’t able to get to us,” she says. “It was scary, with the embers flying in our direction.”
Fortunately, evacuation wasn’t necessary, and the cats were released to return to their comfortable lives in their bucolic home in the center of the Canyon.
“The good news is that we had a chance to practice our fire drill,” Hamil says, “and all went well.”
The Blue Bell Cat Retirement Sanctuary provides loving and compassionate care for senior cats whose owners can no longer take care of them.
The Blue Bell Foundation for Cats urges owners to include their cats in their estate planning to ensure that their pets are well taken care of for the remainder of their lives. For more information, visit www.bluebellcats.org
Urth Caffe files a countersuit in OC Superior Court
On Wednesday, June 22, Urth Caffe filed a countersuit in Orange County Superior Court in response to a lawsuit filed by seven Muslim women who claim they were the victims of religiously motivated discrimination at the Laguna Beach restaurant back on April 22 of this year. Court records reveal that Urth Caffe’s suit claims that the women were “aggressors and guilty of trespass.”
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Urth Caffe Laguna, a popular spot for visitors and residents
Urth Caffe, a popular restaurant on North Coast Hwy, where lines to get in sometimes stretch half a block, has a 45-minute stay policy on the outside patio, which it says it was enforcing when requesting that the women leave. The women claim that there were many empty tables at the time.
Urth Caffe is represented by David Yerushalmi, co-founder and senior counsel of the American Freedom Law Center. Sarah Khalil Farsakh and her friends, who filed the initial lawsuit, are represented by lawyer Dan Stormer of Pasadena.
Stu News Laguna contacted both the manager of Urth Caffe Laguna and the corporate office to ask if the lawsuit has had any impact on business, or whether the organization had any other reaction to the official filing of their countersuit, but both declined comment.
Council urged by Police Chief Laura Farinella to avoid ballot battle on banning of marijuana dispensaries
By BARBARA DIAMOND
The City Council is scheduled to discuss tonight the recommendation of Police Chief Laura Farinella to opt out of competition with the citizen-sponsored measure on the November ballot, which would repeal a local ban.
In April, when presented with the citizen-sponsored initiative, the council had two choices: enact the measure, which would replace the City’s prohibition with procedures for the operation of dispensaries, or put it on the ballot.
The council decided to leave it up to the voters, but directed staff to prepare competing measures.
One option to be presented to the council tonight is to propose an initiative that would establish regulations for the dispensaries that differ from the citizen-sponsored measure. Differences could include number of dispensaries, locations, and operating standards.
Another option would be an initiative measure to reaffirm the city’s ban.
That would put three measures on the ballot, in which case any council-initiated alterative would provide that the one receiving the most votes will prevail, according to City Attorney Philip Kohn.
Staff believes the multiple measures could be confusing for voters and recommends instead the preparation of informational material to help sway the voters against the citizen-sponsored measure and its consequences.
The city also has the option of preparing a resolution opposing the measure that would allow the council to retain its ability to adopt and modify future legislation if deemed necessary.
In the recent e-mail and telephone survey of 543 residents, the respondents were narrowly divided on the question of dispensaries. Forty-nine percent agreed that the dispensaries should be allowed in town with some regulation. Forty-five percent believed that the city should prohibit the dispensaries. Nine percent were unsure.
Laguna Beach has prohibited medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits since 2009, based on Council concerns about the proliferation of the establishments. However, the city ordinance did not make it illegal for residents to grow or use marijuana under the state’s Compassionate Use Act.
Sawdust: Celebrating the soul of art for 50 years
Photos by Mary Hurlbut
The Sawdust arts grounds, dotted with eucalyptus trees, is the summer “home” to more than 200 artists from June 24 – August 28 (10 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily). The artist’s hand-made booths, the variety of works represented, and the host of friendly cafes make a veritable feast for body and soul for the thousands of visitors every year. It’s no wonder the Sawdust Art & Craft Festival was properly honored last week for featuring “the soul of art for 50 years.”
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Laguna Beach Mayor Steve Dicterow congratulated the Sawdust Festival at ribbon cutting for the 50th season opener
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Donning certificates of award to the Sawdust are (from left to right) Assemblyman Matthew Harper, representative for Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, Naz Namazi, representative for Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, Sergio Prince, Laguna Beach Mayor Steve Dicterow, Sawdust Art Festival Board President Jay Grant, and Senator John Moorlach.
Hamburgers for the Homeless kicks off summer right!
Thurston Middle School girls Miranda Hartley, Sophia Haslett, and Christina Hartley started their summer vacation with a lemonade stand with a twist. In just two hours, they raised over $40 for their homegrown charity, H4H, Hamburgers for the Homeless.
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The girls periodically raise money and give out hamburgers for homeless people that may not have had a meal.
Way to go girls! Thanks for caring.
Art-to-Go redefines the meaning of shoeshine
By SUZIE HARRISON
While Dictionary.com defines shoeshine, as “an act or instance of cleaning and polishing a pair of shoes,” or “the surface of a polished pair of shoes or shoe,”this year’s Festival of Arts’ Art-to-Go theme, “The Shoe Show” has redefined the meaning; taking it to a whole new level.
Not only do these shoes shine, they are truly works of art: 100 to be exact.
That’s how many shoe themed pieces of art Festival exhibitors have generously donated for the Art-to-Go Artists Fund fundraiser. All proceeds will benefit artists in need due to disaster, health, or hardship. Since its inception in 1999, the Festival has granted over $175,000 to qualified artist applicants.
To kick-off the event, over 80 attendees enjoyed a fun pre-Art Walk, mini-preview, with 40 of the two-dimensional displayed at an exhibit at City Hall, which runs through Tuesday, June 28, 5 p.m. Always impressive creative Festival artists, these pieces are exceptional, such as printmaker Varsha Patel’s “Good Luck Purse,” a beautiful silk purse with bead embellishments and horseshoes as the handles, and Jacquie Moffett’s, “Mock Moccasin,” made from watercolor paper.
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“Good Luck Purse,” by printmaker Varsha Patel
So, why the shoe theme, The Shoe Show? Art-to-Go program coordinator Mike Tauber explains, “We like to relate the theme to the Pageant of the Masters theme, which is ‘Partners.’ So we were thinking, what theme would be about partners, and that evolved into thinking about pairs, which evolved into pairs of shoes!” said Tauber.
Well, Pageant director Dee Challis Davy told me that some of her favorite pieces in “Partners” are of famous dance duos. Let’s face it, dance shoes…Right!!
“Mock Moccasin,” by Jacquie Moffett
“The artists are having fun with the shoe theme. It relates back to 2000-2005, ‘Tie-One-On,’ with artist decorated ties; a stepping point for the artists,” Tauber said. “This year the artists have really stepped it up and put their best foot forward, coming up with some fantastic art to really support and help other artists.”
Art-to-Go Shoe Show special dates:
The entire show opens on July 2, and July 5, with exhibits at Tivoli Lane and by the Junior Art Exhibit through Aug 13, and with a silent auction, 1 to 4 p.m., during the Festival’s Fashion Runway Show.
There will be an Awards show on Sunday, July 10, 5:15 p.m. Vote for your favorite piece to win the “People’s Choice Award.”
While I’ve been trying, not really, to “eschew” all shoe related metaphors, I’d say if the shoe fits, buy it. Then you too can shine, helping artists in need, while procuring a one-of-kind piece of art.
For more information, view the online galleries, or to purchase a piece online, please visit, http://theartistsfund-foa.org/, then click “online gallery,” or go to https://www.facebook.com/ArtistsFundAtFestivalOfArts/.
Side note: I originally learned about the Artists Fund and Art-to-Go when I interviewed the co-founder, Anne England, for a story in 2002. What an incredible cause! As everyone knows, Anne has done so much for Laguna Beach and our artists. She is an artist I truly adore.
Until next time, so much kick ass shoe art…so little time!
The documentary Being Mortal attracts a large crowd
(Dianne Russell contributed to this report.)
By LYNETTE BRASFIELD
On Monday, June 27, a capacity crowd of approximately 140 Laguna residents attended an afternoon showing of the Frontline documentary Being Mortal at the Susi Q community center.
The documentary follows renowned New Yorker writer and Boston surgeon Atul Gawande as he explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life.
Dr. Atul Gawande, a surgeon and writer for the New Yorker, is the author of the book Being Mortal, which inspired the Frontline documentary
One would assume there would be an absence of light-heartedness and laughter once the documentary ended. But the atmosphere yesterday afternoon at Susi Q Senior Center was anything but downbeat.
Representing a range of ages, the audience thoroughly enjoyed the extraordinary film and a lively panel discussion moderated by Dr. Andrea Deerheart, founder of The HeartWay, and Dr. Paul Brenner, a renowned physician and counseling psychologist.
This showing was yet another piece of the puzzle, which started with Dr. Deerheart’s Death Café (held at the Susi Q the last Monday of every month), to elicit conversations and widen our cultural scope which seems to focus on fear and denial of death rather than dying being a natural part of life.
The film, narrated by Dr. Gawande, follows the lives of two terminally ill cancer patients and investigates the practice of caring for the dying by physicians who are sometimes untrained and uncomfortable with talking about illness and death with their patients and patients’ family members.
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Dr. Brenner listens to Dr. Deerheart as she addresses the capacity crowd
Dr. Brenner brought the audience to laughter several times during the panel discussion, once saying these were the best years of his life because (at 83), “I don’t care about shit.”
He also proclaimed in response to a statement from a member of the audience who didn’t like celebrations of life, “I know a lot of people who would like to celebrate my death.”
During the question and answer phase, the new California Right to Die Act was frequently mentioned. Will the portion of the law stating the person has to be fully cognizant to take a cocktail be changed, and how will the law affect doctors who prescribe the cocktail? These are issues yet to be properly defined and understood.
Dr. Deerheart left the audience with other questions to ponder, “How do we live in the light of our own mortality and what is involved in a good death?”
Not an easy question to answer. It’s different for everyone. How do we embrace life, honor death and do so with dignity? This presentation was an important part of that puzzle.
The showing of Being Mortal was part of a series of monthly events at the Susi Q known as the Death Café, during which participants share their fears, thoughts, and coping strategies related to end-of-life issues.
Usually the Death Café takes the form of a free-wheeling around-the-room conversation, moderated by Dr. Deerheart, to ensure that participants have the freedom to raise whatever most concerns them about end-of-life issues. For more information, visit www.theheartway.org.
Vintage Jazz on July 6 with Tim Gill and Adryon DeLeon: it’s Laguna Beach Live! in the Rose Garden
Tim Gill with special guest Adryón DeLeon brings his Vintage Jazz band to the Rose Garden on July 6 as part of the Jazz Wednesdays series by Laguna Beach Live!
The Rose Garden of Hotel Laguna is a delightful outdoor space and offers personal table service with a menu of tempting food and beverages. Concerts are 6 to 8 p.m. and the doors and kitchen open at 5 p.m. for a great pairing of outstanding talent and delicious food.
Tim Gill is a dynamic, award-winning vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and tongue-in-cheek comedian who combines timeless love songs, wry knee-slapping humor, and inventive original material; he wraps them in high-octane, hard-swinging arrangements to create a dynamic show that puts an exciting 21st century twist on the iconic Vegas crooner image. This Downbeat Award-Winning performer has appeared on Good Day LA and the Ellen DeGeneres Show, and at prominent SoCal venues that include Disneyland, the Honda Center, and the world-famous Cicada Club.
Adryon DeLeon is a rising star and a plucky prodigy who knew how to sing onstage at the age of four. Ms. DeLeon has brought crowds to their feet nationally and internationally as a featured soloist and ensemble member in such venues as the Honda Center, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the Roxy, Cat Club and the Mint in Hollywood and a wide range of venues around the US, Canada, Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales and Luxembourg. In addition to live performance, Adryon lends her vocals to commercial studio sessions around LA.
The Rose Garden provides limited seating, so early ticket buying is recommended.
Tickets can be purchased online for $25 for Premium seating and $20 for regular at www.lagunabeachlive.org or by phone at 800-595-4849. Tickets at the door are $25-30. Reservations are accepted until noon on day of concert or until sold out.
Information line is 949-715-9713. Seating is limited.
The series continues with Straight Ahead Jazz guitarist Graham Dechter Trio with Katie Thiroux and Matt Witek (July 20), Lao Tizer’s contemporary jazz quartet (August 3), Besos de Coco with special guest Robert Dove on winds (August 17) and Classic Jazz Dave Damiani and The Investigators with special guest Bijon Watson on trumpet (August 31).
Ed. Note: Artist Fitz Maurice has set out to paint live at all of the US National Parks. She will be submitting her stories from the road to StuNewsLaguna from time to time.
Some thoughts on wildlife: respecting boundaries
Story and photos by Fitz Maurice
It’s lunchtime and I’m enjoying it outside when suddenly, out of nowhere, this raccoon comes walking straight towards me. I took this quick photo op as he brazenly was about to crawl right on me to grab my food. That’s when I jumped up and away so fast! I was shocked how quickly and aggressively he came after my food.
He looked gigantic when he was coming towards me, but he was probably about 25 pounds. The real issue with raccoons is that they have incredible hands – capable of lifting tops off trashcans, and are strong enough to pry things open. They are opportunists that take advantage of any food source. Even though they look really cute, one look at those sharp claws and I have to remember, raccoons are wild animals!
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Fitz’s uninvited picnic guest
Living out in nature as much as I do, naturally I encounter wildlife. I respect their ways and practice keeping a safe distance while I am observing them. This was the first time I witnessed a raccoon being so bold towards a human.
They do not make good pets because as they mature they become increasingly aggressive and territorial. Another reality is that raccoons, like all wildlife carry diseases and parasites. It’s actually more humane not to feed raccoons and other wildlife because your intentional feeding causes them to become increasingly dependent on humans, which backfires when they get into trouble and become unwanted pests. If humans intentionally feed and have trash and pet food accessible to raccoons they will overpopulate in a small geographical area, creating higher risks of diseases and other dangers.
These smart animals are most active at night but can be seen anytime of the day. Raccoons can travel great distances to find food and they will eat just about anything, from fruit to small rodents, fish and garbage. They are real survivors!
If you want to help raccoons and wildlife survive and stay wild, don’t feed them human food!
I am now flying to Montana to capture Glacier National Park – my “Big Park” – to celebrate this 100th Anniversary Year of the National Park Service.
To see some of my newest National Park Paintings go to Woods Cove Art Gallery, 1963 South Coast Hwy in Laguna Beach.
FITZ Maurice has been on her “quest” to paint live in every national park in America. Now totally committed to help promote and protect the parks, the artist is traveling by truck and trailer; hiking, kayaking and horseback riding in search of the ultimate scene. Finally setting up with portable easel and oil paints, FITZ sets out to capture in paint the wonders that make each national park a treasure to Americans and all the people of the world. To see her National Park Paintings: www.nationalparkpaintings.com
St. Mary’s bids a fond farewell to Rev. Honeychurch
The Reverend Dr. Bob Honeychurch
The Rev. Dr. Bob Honeychurch has served as interim rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Laguna Beach for the past year. During that time he has found a special place in the hearts of the parishioners. Reverend Honeychurch will be finishing his assignment and preaching his last sermon on Sunday, July 3 at the 10:30 a.m. service.
A BBQ in the upper church garden will be held in his honor and to say farewells immediately following the service. All are cordially invited to attend.
Art-A-Fair offers more than art: artist workshops, live musical entertainment, and more
Art-A-Fair Summer Workshops and Events Calendar
Artist Summer Workshops! Art-A-Fair 2016 hosts daily workshops for beginning through intermediate level artists. Expand, indulge and perfect your artistic horizons in weekly class sessions at a very affordable price.
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Welcome Home, by Robin Wethe Altman
Purchase as many or as few sessions as you like. Class size is limited to six students, must be 16 years or older, and all supplies are included. Workshop sessions are $45/4hrs (a.m. & p.m. sessions), or $30/ 2hrs (morning session only). Hours are 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., and 1:15 – 3:15 p.m. daily.
Contact: 949-494-4514, www.art-a-fair.com.
Tuesdays, June 28 – Aug 23, Nohad Sabbagh, Clay Sculpture
Clay Sculpting: Types of clay; Sculpting tools; Sculpture through the ages; How to see 3D; Material and structure.
Tuesdays: June 28 – Aug. 30, 4 – 7p.m, Taco Tuesdays at Tivioli Too!
Tuesdays: June 28, 4 – 9 p.m., Local’s Night: Free admission for Laguna Beach residents and other O.C. cities with photo ID, check http://art-a-fair.com/events/list/ for a complete listing.
Wednesdays, June 29 – Aug 24, Carolyn Heiman-Greene, Acrylic
Acrylic Workshop: Rules of composition; Basic rendering; Working & Glazing with acrylic paint; Defining the light source; Bounced light. Subject matter will cover realism in nature and wildlife.
Thursdays, June 30 – Aug 25, Barbara Kimmel-Palmer, Watercolor
Watercolor Workshop: Topics: Watercolor wet-in-wet techniques; Dramatic lighting; Composition; Saving the white of the paper; Subject matter will include florals, children, land & seascapes.
Fridays, July 1 – Aug 19, Laura Curtin, Oil
Oil Workshop: Topics: Using oil paint; Value in color; Painting in high detail; Experimenting with color. Subject matter will cover wildlife with a twist.
Saturdays, July 2 – Aug 20, Rosemary Rush, Gourds
Gourds Workshop: Topics: Cleaning gourds; Transferring designs; Burning and staining; Gold/Silver foiling; Embellishing and sealing.
Sundays, July 3 – Aug 21, Robin Wethe Altman, Watercolor
Watercolor Workshop: Topics: Using watercolor paint; Tricks of the trade; Use of color; Composition and design. Subject matter will include tropical landscapes, the ocean and flower.
Sundays: July 3, 4 – 9 p.m., Local’s Night: Free admission for Laguna Beach residents and other O.C. cities with photo ID, check http://art-a-fair.com/events/list/ for a complete listing.
Mondays, Now – Aug 22, Emilee Reed, Watercolor
Watercolor Workshop: Topics: Composition and how to “see”; Protecting the white of the paper; Keeping colors fresh; Warm, cool & complimentary colors; Techniques for using the paint in conjunction with other tools. Subject matter will cover still life & painting from photos.
Monday, July 4, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Happy 4th of July - Free admission for everyone. Art-A-Fair closes early for July 4, at 6 p.m.
Art-A-Fair live music schedule for this week
Thursday, June 30, 4 – 7 p.m.: Bob Johnson (Pop, Oldies & Blues)
Friday, July 1, 5 – 9 p.m.: Solspeak (Latin, Pop)
Saturday, July 2, 12 – 4 p.m.: Jason Feddy Duo (Singer, Songwriter) &
5 – 9 p.m.: Shades of J (Rhythm, Country, Blues)
Sunday, July 3, 12 – 3 p.m.: Kelly Fitzgerald (Acoustic, Folk, Rock) &
4 – 8 p.m.: Bob & Dave (Classic Rock)
For more information about Art-A-Fair artists, workshops, events, and to purchase event tickets, please call 494-4514 or visit http://art-a-fair.com/. Tickets for adults, $7.50 for seniors (65+), military and students $5.50 and children 12 and under are free. The one time ticket price allows for free entry during the season. Art-A-Fair is located at 777 Laguna Canyon Road.
Laguna’s great outdoor concert season is starting: Get ready for Bluebird Park’s first date, July 17
The picnic-happy concert series, Music in the Park, is looking like summertime fun with a talented musical line-up.
Thanks to the City of Laguna Beach Arts Commission (and funded by the lodging establishments of Laguna Beach), we can rock on, singing along and dancing to bands including classic rock, Irish, and Argentinian music, on Sundays from 5 – 7 p.m.
The Neil Deal performing at one of their outdoor events
First of all, the rules: No set up prior to 3 p.m.; Please bring low beach chairs so that everyone can enjoy the concert; Umbrellas must be taken down during the concert; No dogs allowed at Bluebird Park.
Now, the line-up: July 17 Paddy’s Pig (Irish), July 24 Attic Empire (Funk), July 31 Los Pinguos (Argentinian), August 4 The Neil Deal (Tribute to Neil Young, and Crosby, Stills, and Nash), August 7 Space Oddity (Bowie), August 21 Beanroots (Beatles), August 28 Identity Theft (80’s music).
Laguna Beach and Luau: enjoy this perfect match at an event on Sunday July 3 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Laguna Beach and luaus have a lot in common in vacationers’ minds: both conjure up images of beaches, sunshine and music, all integral elements of the Laguna summer scene. And on July 3 visitors and residents can attend a uniquely Lagunan Luau at The Woman’s Club, 286 St. Ann’s Drive, thanks to Laguna Beach Net-Works.
The fun fundraiser, scheduled for Sunday, July 3, will include dinner and a show. An ono ono Hawaiian BBQ dinner will be served from 6 - 7:30 p.m., followed by Tupua Aloha Entertainment at 7:30 p.m.
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Imagine yourself in the exotic South Seas if only for one evening
The show will spark the imagination of attendees, inviting them to imagine they are traveling to Polynesia and enjoying the magic of the South Seas. They’ll see a primitive Samoan flaming fire knife dance, feel the beat of rhythmic Tahitian drums and enjoy graceful hula dancing, all in the spirit of love and aloha.
Net-Works is a non-profit that helps people enter into a new season of life. Thus far they have helped 13 homeless come off the streets and find work. They’ve also provided vehicles for four people, including single parents.
For more information and tickets, call Laguna Beach Net-Works at (714) 231-1230 or visit the non-profits Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/LagunaBeachNetWorks/
Laguna-born “Binky Patrol” is celebrating its 20th
By DIANNE ARMITAGE
Sometimes, a single idea really does become an “overnight success.”
On July 9th, the wildly successful non-profit organization, “Binky Patrol,” will be celebrating its 20-year anniversary.
“Actually, we were in place almost a month before everything went crazy,” says Binky Patrol Founder Susan (Roush) Finch. “And then it became an overnight success!”
In pre-Internet 1996, you had better believe all the stars had to be correctly aligned for Binky Patrol’s success. An idea that merely started as a whim and a way to help supply homemade blankets to struggling families and kids, Binky Patrol was born in May 1996, in a downtown Laguna Beach art gallery.
A “binky” is a homemade blanket that can be sewn, knitted, crocheted or quilted. They range in size from three feet square up to twin bed size, but countless two-by-two Binkies are made for preemie babies, too.
Kids love their Binkies
“I named it after this great homeless guy I got to know in Laguna Beach – Shandor,” says Finch. “Back then, he would walk around town with a blanket on his head, and the gallery guys next door used to say, ‘There goes Binky with his blanket,’ as sort of a joke. So, naming my blanket company ‘Binky Patrol’ was a respectful nod to my buddy, Shandor. He survived his world and found comfort in a blanket, and I wanted a lot of kids to find that same kind of comfort.”
A Card Table That Went Viral
Susan first set up shop on the third Wednesday of May, in 1996, when Laguna still celebrated “Good Night, Laguna.” It was just a table, a couple of homemade blankets she’d pieced together, and a request to fellow residents to help her with her cause. The idea was picked up and carried like some kind of Olympic torch.
“Even Shandor stopped me one day and asked me how the babies were doing with their new blankets we were sewing,” says Finch. “I told him everything was going beautifully, and he opened his wallet, took out his only dollar bill, and insisted that I take it – it was his ‘extra.’ That’s the kind of generosity and kindness I’ve seen every day.”
Three weeks later, on June 22nd, Oprah mentioned it on her TV show.
The next day, hundreds of people all over the country were asking Susan how to set up their own chapters in their hometowns.
“It was serious overload and I wasn’t anywhere close to being prepared for that kind of response,” says Finch. “But you can say ‘I’m not ready’ all your life and never change anything.
“Most of us are never ready when the next step presents itself, let’s just face that fact,” says Finch. “So, we just have to move forward and take the best steps we can. It all works out.”
20 Years, One Million Homemade Blankets
With help from fabric store sponsors (Hoffman Fabrics in Mission Viejo was her first – and still remaining – sponsor) and groups like the 1,100 girls in the Girl Scouts of Orange County, thousands of blankets are being carefully crafted on a daily basis. Even before Finch moved to Oregon in 2005, more than 120 Binky Patrol chapters were in place, the great majority of which continue to sew homemade love for recipients everywhere. (Find a chapter or start a chapter at www.binkypatrol.org)
Calling All Binky Peeps …
Orange County still boasts at least 10 chapters with the St. Edwards group in Dana Point being closest in proximity to Laguna Beach.
“Unfortunately, we lost our chapter in Laguna Beach, but I’d sure love to get one started again,” says Finch.
That might just happen on July 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. when Finch is honored at a private 20th Anniversary party in Newport Beach. People who have participated as Binky Patrol chapter members or sponsors are invited and, of course, recipients of Binky Patrol blankets are welcome to attend, too.
“It obviously was an idea that was ready to happen,” says Finch.
I’m betting that at least a million children are quite grateful that this idea landed on the right human being – Susan Finch.
A published writer and marketing agency owner for 30 years, Diane Armitage authors the popular blog, www.LagunaBeachBest.com and the newly revised: The Best of Laguna Beach: The Travelers’ and Residents’ Guide. She is a regular contributor to StuNewsLaguna
JoAnne Artman Gallery is featuring two new artists
By SUZIE HARRISON
JoAnne Artman Gallery announced that they are showing the work of two new artists they represent, Greg Miller and Lee Waisler.
Drawing from the diverse cultural and geographic makeup of his Californian roots, Miller explores his relationship with the space he inhabits to communicate a particular urban experience. Working with both paint and collage, he constructs and deconstructs exploring the contradiction, ambiguity, and truth between urban streetscape and history.
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“Rose/5th,” Acrylic, Collage and Resin on Canvas, 48” x 48,” by Greg Miller
Miller’s art is clever and cool. His abstracted backgrounds of drips, patterns, and phrases and the peeling back of layers provide a study in the impermanence of the things that surround us. His large-scale paintings and installations aim to make the most fleeting parts of American culture tangible. They grab us nostalgically, rousing us to enjoy the momentary beauty found in the impermanent parts of our lives. There is a fragile heroicness conveyed within the temporary nature of it all, especially within his construction of paper, wood, and natural materials, that gives Miller’s work liveliness and depth. Miller spends his time between New York and Los Angeles.
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“Red 60_2,” Acrylic, Silicon Carbide and Maplewood on Canvas, 59” x 59,”
by Lee Waisler
Waisler lives and works in Palm Springs and Venice, CA. “Inspiration comes from work, the most effective way to find inspiration is by working,” he said. “The Artist’s intention/idea of a work takes precedence over the means by which the work is executed. The varied subject matter of my work issues from reactions that I have to people, events and ideas. With reference to the portraits, I believe that certain individuals have been significant in the development of world culture. Some of those who have advanced social justice are now being diminished or marginalized. I want those people to be remembered.
“Over the years, my painting has developed sculptural qualities with the inclusion of dimensional elements such as wood, sand, and glass. These materials themselves have come with strong symbolic associations. Wood is life, a living material. Glass is reflective and introspective. Sand is the ancient symbol of time. Through the use of these means and others, I wish to create a unique interaction between the viewer and the painting: a kind of confluence resulting in deepening insight via imaginative perception.”
JoAnne Artman Gallery is located at 326 N. Coast Highway. For information about these artists and galley exhibits, call 510-5481 or visit www.joanneartmangallery.com