Wednesday’s three-car crash near EBay could have been worse
A speeding driver from Huntington Beach heading out of town barely missed a head-on crash Wednesday evening. The first 9-1-1 call came in at 5:54 reporting a multiple-vehicle crash near the entrance to Emerald Bay.
Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email Thursday, “The male driver from Huntington Beach was passing the Emerald Bay main gate at a high rate of speed changing lanes to pass cars. As the vehicle approached gate 5. the driver was in the northbound left lane and saw cars slowing ahead.
“Traveling too fast to stop, the driver swerved into the left turn pocket. As he entered the left turn pocket he saw that it was occupied by a vehicle and swerved into the lefthand southbound lane. As he drove into oncoming traffic, he sideswiped the car in the left turn pocket and struck the entire driver’s side of an oncoming SUV.”
A woman rom Aliso Viejo drove the SUV and she had a pregnant female passenger and three children on board, ages 2-4. The driver received a cut to the arm from the door intruding into the passenger compartment. No one else was injured.
One lane in each direction was closed for about 45 minutes.
The crash is still under investigation with charges pending.
When you hear “furtive” actions by a driver, think of this situation as the perfect definition that led to three drug arrests on Tuesday
Police officers are trained to check out certain (furtive) behavior from drivers when they drive by or past them.
An incident at 4:24 Tuesday afternoon in the 2500 block of Park Avenue is a perfect definition of furtive actions.
Sgt. Louise Callus said, “The officer’s attention was brought on by the driver of a Honda Accord as he passed the officer and quickly diverted his gaze and then slouched down in the seat as he drove by. The officer made a U-turn and came behind the car, which immediately pulled over even though the officer never turned on the unit’s lights.
“The car had expired tags and the officer began his investigation from there.”
There were two passengers and the furtive actions of the driver resulted in an investigation that turned up 5.80 grams of black tar heroin, 5.70 grams of rock cocaine and a total of some 10.40 grams of cocaine.
Nicolas Jackson Roberts, 21, Matthew Lawrence Kelley, 21, both from La Habra and Betsy Lou Godinez-Villegas, 21 of Ontario, were all arrested for felony possession of dangerous drugs.
Paddle Out remembering Hobie Alter at Doheny later today
Celebrate and Honor the Life of Hobie Alter with a “Public Paddle Out and Remembrance” ceremony on Friday, April 18, 4 to 7 p.m., at Doheny State Beach. The
“Ride them if you have them Ceremony” will begin at 4:30 p.m. The Procession to the water will be led by the family with remembrances by Doug Skidmore, Hobie Alter Jr., Mark Johnson, and Wayne Schafer. There will be an opportunity for friends to say a few words to honor Hobie when they return to the beach. The Hawaiian Pule & Aloha Oe Music will be provided Eric Keawe. Doheny State Beach has graciously opened its gates free of charge from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Remember to “Have a Hobie Day.”
No beach boat launching permitted for this event, all boat launching to take place in Dana Point Harbor. All vessels must adhere to local boating rules and regulations.
American Legion’s annual Easter Egg Hunt at 1 p.m.
The veterans of Laguna Beach American Legion Post 222 and the Women’s Auxiliary will once again sponsor the Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Laguna Beach High School baseball field. It will take place at 1 p.m. sharp on Easter Sunday.
This free event is open to all children age nine or younger.
The American Legion has been sponsoring this Laguna tradition for more than 50 years. Come early (12:30), as the Easter Bunny will make a personal appearance and will be available for photo opportunities!
SoCal’s first Himalayan Festival will bring cultures of four different countries here Saturday and Sunday
Visitors to the first Himalayan Festival held in Southern California will have a chance to experience four different Asian countries in two days. On Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20, Tibetans, Nepalese, Bhutanese and Indians will gather at the Festival of Arts Grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road.
Each nation will devote half a day to showcasing their country’s dance, music and culture. Bollywood songs and compositions by Ravi Shankar will be performed live. A member of the Sherpa tribe of Nepal will speak about Mt. Everest expeditions. Vendors offering food and wares of the Himalayas will be set up throughout the festival, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., both days.
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The event will play a vital role in building an inter-cultural link and social harmony between the Himalayan diaspora and people from Southern California.
Admission is $5 and free for children and seniors. Laguna’s Neighborhood Congregational Church and Tibet Handicrafts support the event, along with the Tibetan community throughout Southern California.
For a full program visit: www.himalayanfestival.net.
Rhythm Ride spin studio marks its fifth anniversary with “Six for Five” food drive for Laguna Food Pantry
In its first five years in business, stationary bikers – or “spinners” – have flocked to Shelley Arends-Cornwell’s tidy studio on the second floor of the Village Faire building.
To mark this milestone of her business success, Shelley and her physically fit crew are holding “Six for Five”, a food drive to collect the top six most-needed non-perishable food items for the Laguna Food Pantry.
Rhythm Ride spin studio owner, Shelley Arends-Cornwell, hosts a contribution box for Laguna Food Pantry’s six most-needed food supplies through April 25
The top six requested food items are canned tuna, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, pasta sauce, and cereal. Monetary donations to the Laguna Food Pantry will also be accepted at the front desk.
Andy Siegenfeld, chair of the all-volunteer Laguna Food Pantry, noted, “Our six suggested food items are especially important for the Pantry to have on hand as school breaks approach, and families whose children receive a subsidized daily meal at school will not have those to fall back on. We need to have a good stock of nutritious options that are easy to prepare.”
According to Arends-Cornwell, who has been instructing spin classes for 15 years, “We’re like a big family here at the studio. Almost everyone is active in the community and busy with lives of taking care of our kids. When I heard that the pantry gives out 2,500 pounds of food a day to our neighbors who don’t have enough, and that 20 percent of the people it feeds are children and babies, I saw an opportunity to make the studio’s fifth anniversary meaningful and helpful to folks who need it.”
Anyone may donate to Rhythm Ride’s collection box, now through April 25. The studio is located in the Village Faire building, 1100 S. Coast Highway, Suite 209A.
The Laguna Food Pantry, formerly the Laguna Resource Center, provides free, fresh, nutritious groceries to low-income households. Families are invited to shop in the Pantry’s friendly, retail-style setting once a week. Located at 20652 Laguna Canyon Road, north of the dog park, the Pantry is open from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. It is run entirely by volunteers. New volunteers are always welcome. To inquire about helping to pick up, sort and stock food items, call 497-7121 during morning operating hours. Learn more about the Laguna Food Pantry at www.lagunafoodpantry.org
Grapes for Grads – Laguna’s Largest Annual Wine Tasting May 3
On Sunday, May 4 from 12-4 p.m. the Rotary Club of Laguna Beach will host the 9th annual Grapes for Grads, Laguna’s Largest Annual Wine Tasting Event.
Grapes for Grads will feature wines from around the world including: Argentina, California, France, Italy, New Zealand and more. Attendees may taste as many wines as they like while enjoying live music by “Magnolia Memoir”, art demonstrations by the students of Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD) and delicious food provided by K’ya Bistro and savory snacks by House Big Fish.
Harry and Sue Bithell with Kelly and Michelle Boyd at last year’s event
Combining wine, food, live music, live art demonstrations, a silent auction, raffle and opportunity drawing, Grapes for Grads is a self paced yet highly interactive event and the most highly anticipated wine tasting event of the year.
“We are excited to announce that we have a waiting list of wineries who wish to participate this year,” said co-chair Stephen Dotoratos.
Grapes for Grads provides scholarships to college bound students from Laguna Beach High School and students currently enrolled at LCAD. The focus is on students who show excellence in academics or art coupled with a commitment to community service but may also require financial assistance to achieve their educational goals. “Grapes for Grads receives over 100 scholarship applications each year.
Admission is $40. Attendees must 21 to enter. Additional event features include: a opportunity drawing for a nights stay at the fabulous Montage Resort & Spa, free event parking, wine tree opportunity drawing and other prizes. Tickets may be purchased online at www.GrapesForGrads.com or by contacting Jeffrey Redeker at 949-371-7595
Event underwriters are Union Bank,K’ya Bistro Bar, and House of Big Fish.
Platinum sponsors are Kenneth A. Picerne Foundation and Southern California Gas Co.
Gold sponsors are Doctor’s Ambulance Service, John L. Campbell Insurance, Lippa Insurance Services, Waste Management, Dean & Heather Keller, and TWIG.
Silver sponsors are The Wine Gallery and Super Dave’s Print & Mail.
LOCA Art Club seeks 12 – 15 presenting artists - contact LOCA to RSVP now through April 21
Laguna Outreach for Community Arts (LOCA) is inviting 12-15 artists to present works at its third installment of the LOCA Art Club. The casual “salon style” event takes place at DM Studio on Thursday April 24, 4-6 p.m. The gallery is at 1294 S. Coast Highway, suite D, at Cress Street.
Each presenting artist is requested to bring 2-4 originals, in any media. Panelists will lead everyone in an open discussion about the works, its inspirations, attributes, and possible future directions for the artist. An audience of artists, industry professionals, and patrons will be present. Panelists will include the following:
Bernie Jones: A past exhibitor at Festival of Arts, Jones served as Fine Arts Coordinator for the Garden Grove Unified School District and for Orange County Institute of Contemporary Art, as well as numerous teaching positions.
Kathy Jones: Jones was recently appointed to the Board of Directors at Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters where she has exhibited since 2000. She studied visual arts at Stanford University, and was a painting major at Washington Studio School. She taught studio art classes at Cairo American School in Egypt, and Laguna College of Art and Design. She has served LOCA as a board member since 2013.
Art Club panelist Peter Tiner
Peter Tiner: Tiner is a practitioner of Notan Theory, a Japanese teaching approach to observing art in separated visual fields. He holds three teaching credentials from University of California, Irvine, as well as a Masters in Painting from Cal State Fullerton. He served as art teacher for 21 years at Laguna Beach High School, with focuses on drawing, painting, printmaking and photography. Tiner has served LOCA as a board member since 2013.
Festival of Arts grant will help Laguna Dance Festival provide Master Dance Classes with nationally recognized dance pros
The Festival of Arts grant given to the Laguna Dance Festival will help the organization continue to offer master classes by nationally noted dancers and choreographers such as principal dancer Hope Boykin of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, front row second from right, shown below with her happy students at last month’s class held at Laguna Beach High School.
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Laguna Dance Festival’s Master Dance Class by Hope Boykin
The Laguna Dance Festival received a $1,000 grant from the Festival of Arts Foundation in support of educational components of the 2014 Festival. The grant enables Laguna Dance Festival to continue its mission of facilitating education, entertainment, and outreach programs by bringing the best dance education and performances to Laguna Beach. Educational outreach includes free dance performances during First Thursdays Art Walk, master classes, and pre-performance lectures.
The Laguna Dance Festival is regarded as one of Orange County’s major annual cultural events and continues to be an important showcase for new and established dance companies and artists. The festival’s founder and artistic director Jodie Gates was honored as Artist of the Year at the Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts Art Stars Awards dinner on April 6.
Candidate for California Secretary of State at LB Books next week
On Friday, April 25, 6 p.m., Laguna Beach Books welcomes candidate for Secretary of State Derek Cressman to the store. He is the author of “The Recall’s Broken Promise: How Big Money Still Runs California Politics.”
There is no charge for this event.
Fed up with business as usual, Californians recalled Governor Gray Davis and replaced him with a celebrity who pledged to clean up government. “The Recall’s Broken Promise” details how Arnold Schwarzenegger then shattered political fundraising records, attacked campaign finance restrictions, blurred ethical boundaries, and how politicians of both parties have killed needed reforms.
Cressman is a candidate for Secretary of State in California based out of Sacramento. Prior to announcing his campaign, Cressman served as Common Cause’s Vice President of State Operations and before that as Assistant Director for Election Reform. In addition to managing the staff and program for 35 states, Cressman coordinated Common Cause’s work to reverse the Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Commission ruling by the Supreme Court.
He crafted ballot measures that were approved by more than 75 percent of the voters of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Colorado and Montana that instructed Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to establish that unlimited campaign spending is not free speech.
In 2012, Cressman helped expose a secret $11 million contribution to two ballot measures in California through filing a complaint at the Fair Political Practices Commission, which lead to the largest fine in the history of California campaign finance law against two dark money groups associated with the Koch brothers. He also worked to pass and implement California’s Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission.
Cressman has worked professionally as an election reform advocate since 1995 as Director of the State PIRGs Democracy Program and founder and director of TheRestofUs.org.
Laguna Beach Books is at 1200 S. Coast Hwy., Suite 105. For information, call 494-4779 or visit www.lagunabeachbooks.com.
You better stop for pedestrians in crosswalks April 23
Laguna Beach has 37 designated crosswalks along Coast Highway. Too many serious accidents occur each year from motorists failing to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalks. Over the last two years, Laguna has had 32 persons injured and one person killed in vehicle versus pedestrian accidents.
For this reason, the Laguna Beach Police Department will be conducting several proactive crosswalk enforcement campaigns to improve pedestrian safety along Coast Highway and other locations throughout the city.
Drivers please remember, if someone has entered a crosswalk in your path, yield and come to a complete stop until they have safely passed. Drivers are also reminded that passing a vehicle that has stopped in an adjacent lane for a pedestrian is another violation of state law.
Gate & Garden Tour of Crescent Bay by LB Garden Club May 3
This year’s Gate & Garden Tour, of Crescent Bay, offers unsurpassed scenery as well as a rare peek into secluded gardens, which range from tidy traditional charmers, to stylish modern retreats, to the enviable grounds of a chateau. The marked route through historic Crescent Bay overlooks kelp forests, tide pools and offers crashing whitewater views of downtown Laguna.
One of the oldest and most glamorous neighborhoods north of downtown, Crescent Bay has always drawn movie stars and artists because of its dramatic ocean views and gentle topography. This half-mile path along the palisade allows a glimpse into the private outdoor spaces of those fortunate enough to call this idyllic coastal setting home.
Comfortable walking shoes are a must to navigate gardens, stairs, and pathways. Unfortunately gardens are not handicap accessible or suitable for young children.
The tour features: a self-guided walking tour of private gardens in historic Crescent Bay complete with informative brochure and map, round-trip shuttles between Tour Registration area and garden route, valet parking available at registration for a separate fee, homemade refreshments, garden club members available to answer questions in the gardens and along the route.
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The garden tour is the major fundraiser for the Laguna Beach Garden Club. Proceeds provide financial support for the many environmental, educational and civic beautification projects of the club as well as scholarships for local high school and junior college students with an interest in horticulture.
The tour will be Saturday, May 3 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tickets are $45 in advance, and $50 on tour day.
Opportunity tickets will be $5 or 6 for $20. Prizes include $500 cash and other great prizes.
Day of ticket sales will be at Tour Registration: Arabella Laguna, 506 N. Coast Highway.
Advance tickets may be purchased at Laguna Drug, Coast Pet Supply, Laguna Nursery, Dana Point Nursery or by mail to: P.O. Box 362, Laguna Beach, CA 92652, or online at: www.lagunabeachgardenclub.org
Adoption Awareness Seminar rescheduled to April 26
Adoption Network Law Center is hosting a complimentary Adoption Awareness Seminar in Lake Forest at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 26.
A panel of adoption experts who will discuss the most important issues for families considering newborn adoption in the U.S., including: The Adoption Process, Financial Protection, Successful Home Study, Birth Parent Services, The Legal Pathway and more.