Motorcycle rider hospitalized after Glenneyre crash
A 28-year-old man on a motorcycle struck a vehicle at Glenneyre and Pearl Street at 4:20 Thursday afternoon sending him airborne and crashing onto the pavement.
Preliminary reports are that he suffered a broken arm and facial abrasions. Laguna Beach paramedics transported him by ambulance to Mission Trauma Center where he underwent surgery. His injuries were not considered life threatening.
There is a possibility that alcohol may have been involved but the crash is still under investigation.
Neither the motorcycle rider nor the driver of the vehicle was identified.
20-year-old Irvine woman arrested for battery on a police officer
Police responded to Third Street and Park Avenue at 7:43 Tuesday night after a caller reported that bottles were being broken in the street.
Cops made contact with Christie Lynn Cutler, 20, of Irvine, who became unruly and kicked an officer, police said.
The officer wasn’t injured but Cutler was arrested for battery on a police officer and being drunk in public.
Santa may even display his ice skating skills when he makes his annual stop here tonight
Hospitality Night is tonight from about 5 to 10 p.m. downtown with road closures beginning at 3 o’clock. Hospitality Night is co-sponsored by the City of Laguna Beach and the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season.
Something new this season - a faux ice skating rink for all to enjoy free! Thanks to U.S. Bank, ReMax, Broadway by Amar Santana and the Village Business Center Property owners who have graciously provided their parking lot for the first ever “Winter Wonderland Skating Rink” complete with lights, music and snow!
In addition, entertainment for the night will include the Anneliese School Choir, Missiles of October and the wonderful drums of the Massanga Marimba Ensemble.
South Coast Cinema will be showing “It’s a Wonderful Life” to complete the evening entertainment at 9 p.m.
After Santa rides through town with an escort by the city’s police and fire departments, the festivities will begin with entertainment at City Hall and the arrival of Santa Claus to light the Pepper Tree at 6 o’clock. From there, the activities move to lower Forest Avenue with entertainment and merchant open houses.
To accommodate pedestrian traffic in the downtown area, portions of Forest Avenue, Beach Street, 3rd Street and the Pepper Tree Parking Lot will be closed prior to and during the event. Free public parking will be available at the City’s Forest/Laguna Canyon, Lumberyard and Community and Susi Q Center parking lots.
Expect heavy traffic this afternoon and evening commute hours, and motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes and carpool. Road closures in the downtown will begin at approximately 3 p.m. Importantly, Forest Avenue between Broadway and 3rd Street will be closed to vehicular traffic (with the exception of City and OCTA buses) between 5:45 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.
The City will send courtesy traffic alert reminders via text message and email to subscribers beginning Friday afternoon. To subscribe to this free service, please visit the City’s website at www.lagunabeachcity.net and click on the “Traffic Alerts” icon.
December 6, 2013
By Dennis McTighe
Baby, it really is cold outside – below freezing in the canyon!
Laguna Canyon had its first freeze today, Thursday, when the mercury plunged to 30 degrees during the pre dawn hours. Check this out; the low this morning in Anchorage, Alaska was 31! It’s only 8:30 on Thursday evening and it’s already down to 43 out there so it looks like another freeze is likely early Friday morning. It was 38 in town. Do the math. If it’s say 40 in town and clear, it’s always 6-8 degrees colder out there. I’ve seen it as low as 22 out there, back on December 10, 1978.
Back in early January of 1949 when we had the record cold spell with actual snow in Laguna there was an unofficial reading of 19 on Canyon Acres Drive! It’s almost like there’s a pipeline of cold air filtering from Big Bear to Laguna Canyon.
Another Yukon born polar continental trough and associated cold front are poised to drop south quickly and should arrive at a theatre near you by Saturday afternoon with even colder temps for Saturday and Sunday. This low has a bit more moisture in it so 3-6 inches of powder could fall in the high country and even not so high country as snow levels could drop down as low as 2500-3000 feet. But as has been the case with these Alaska plungers they don’t have that much moisture and they move so fast, It’ll be a blow and go deal. The sun should be out on Sunday. I’ll be surprised if we get even a quarter inch, if that.
From today through next Wednesday the sun will set at its earliest point at 4:43 p.m. at our Latitude. Then after that it starts setting a minute later every other day at first, then gain a minute a day by early - mid January. It actually sets at 4:46 on the Solstice which is 12-21-2013. It’s still the shortest day, sun wise with a sunrise at 6:54 and a sunset at 4:48 p.m., which is 9 hours and 54 minutes. The latest sunrise is 6:57 at our Latitude and that occurs from December 31 to January 14. Then it comes up a minute every other morning, then a minute every day after about January 24.
By February 1, the sun rises at 6:49 a.m. and sets at 5:22. March 1 has a sunrise at 6:22 a.m. and doesn’t set until 5:50 p.m.. Then we set the clocks ahead on the second Sunday in March so we’re in there! It’s just about trying to endure the Dark Ages for another six to eight weeks!
Here we are in early December and no North Pacific swell activity, just a couple of healthy NW wind swells and that nice little NW pulse that actually was pretty good on Thanksgiving Day and Friday. Nothing significant yet, though.
The jet stream is really wiggling and wobbling this week and will continue to do so until at least the middle of the month, so trash the thought of any west or northwest ground swells showing up any time soon. It’s gonna be a three dog night for a while, stay warm and cozy.
At this rate the birth rate should climb drastically by next August and September.
See you next Tuesday, ALOHA!
Hearts of Montage presents $5,000 donations to Friendship Shelter and LB Police Memorial at Tree Lighting Ceremony
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In addition to viewing the lighting of the Christmas Tree at Montage Laguna Beach Monday night, the more than five thousand in attendance were able to take in the most spectacular sunset in Laguna Beach over the last 20 years!
Montage Laguna Beach opened their doors to locals and resort guests Monday to officially kick off the 2013 holiday season. 5,100 people enjoyed a festive evening of holiday activities attended the 4th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Community Open House.
Adorned in beautiful holiday décor throughout the resort, Montage Laguna Beach sparkled as General Manager Todd Orlich welcomed guests to the special evening. On behalf of Hearts of Montage, Orlich then presented generous donations of $5,000 each to The Laguna Beach Police Fallen Heroes Memorial and The Friendship Shelter.
A local advocate of the Friendship Shelter was given the honor of lighting the 55-foot White Fir Christmas tree as he counted down along with thousands of holiday spectators.
In addition to honoring the work of The Fallen Heroes Memorial and The Friendship Shelter, Hearts of Montage also partnered once again with the Laguna Food Pantry and successfully collected over 500 cans of food to donate to those in need throughout Orange County.
Families came together for this cherished local tradition to take holiday photos with Santa on the Ocean Lawn, participate in children’s activities hosted by Paintbox, and witness Assistant Pastry Chef and Cake Designer, Kristin Davison’s spectacular six foot homemade Gingerbread House. The evening also offered holiday inspired menus from the Chefs of Montage Laguna Beach. Lobby Lounge served winter themed cocktails throughout the evening as resident musicians Steve Siu and David Alan Baker delivered live musical performances. Executive Chef Craig Strong served up tastes of his famous risotto and delicious short rib inside Studio while Chef Miguel Ruiz offered Mosaic Bar & Grille’s signature tacos and tortilla soup around the Mosaic Pool.
At The Loft, Chef de Cuisine Casey Overton presented tastes of pumpkin soup along with “The Perfect Bite” featuring handpicked ingredients from the restaurant’s renowned Cheese Gallery.
For information on holiday programming offered this season or to reserve a getaway at Montage Laguna Beach, visit www.montagelagunabeach.com or call 866-271-6953.
Help Laguna’s firefighters support Spark of Love
The Laguna Beach Fire Department in conjunction with all other local fire agencies will be taking part in the annual Spark of Love toy drive. The Spark of Love campaign began in 1993 as a partnership between ABC7 and Firefighters throughout the five-county areas of Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Ventura. Although there are many worthwhile toy drives taking place this holiday season, the Spark of Love is the only one created and operated by Firefighters! Working together as the Orange County Toy Collaborative, these agencies collect and distribute approximately 300,000 toys annually to disadvantaged children who would otherwise not be receiving gifts this holiday season.
This year marks the 20th anniversary for the Firefighters’ Spark of Love campaign, which will run now through December 24. The Laguna Beach Fire Department has been involved since the programs inception and each station will serve as drop-off sites for new, unwrapped toys or sports equipment. Stations:
Station 1 – Downtown – 501 Forest Ave; Station 2 – 285 Agate St; Station 3 – Top of the World – 2900 Alta Laguna Blvd; Station 4 – South Laguna – 31646 2nd Ave.
From fine art to film: kids inspire new arts course; Youth filmmaking workshop launches this Sunday
It all started in the art studio. Last Spring, Rebecca Faubion and Lisa Rainey launched a new mixed-media art course called Kids’ Atelier. The art studio at the Susi Q and Community Center buzzed with excitement as students worked on life-size group portraits, observational drawings and illustrations. Through each project, students were challenged to find their unique style while incorporating techniques of master artists.
Rebecca Faubion helps student Emily Egan, 12, evaluate her finished art piece
Over the 8-week course, Faubion started to notice something: no matter how excited the kids were about their art, a few of them always seemed to want to “go digital.”
“They wanted to get their hands on a camera and shoot video,” she observed. “Eventually I just started to hand them my iPhone and assign a task: make up a 30-second video about what you are learning in class.”
Two students in particular showed talent for film. Lucas Martin Schimmelpfennig and Shayne Corritori completed several 30-second films in addition to their traditional fine art pieces. “Their films showed a great sense of humor and surprising ability both in front of the camera and behind it.”
That’s when the light went off for Faubion. A proponent of arts education, she saw that for some students, there is a natural segue from fine art to film. It was time to create a new program for local kids. Laguna Beach needed a youth filmmaking program.
About a month later, Faubion ran into an old family friend. Thomas Roberts is an accomplished cinematographer, director and producer. His company TRstudiosLA, had relocated to Orange County from Chicago about a year ago.
“Initially I thought, there’s no way someone of his caliber would have time to help me teach kids and teens,” remembers Faubion. But surprisingly, Roberts has a soft spot for youngsters aspiring to learn film.”
“I started making movies when I was 12,” Roberts said. It didn’t hurt that Roberts’ two sons (ages 8 and 10) love nothing better than to make their own mini films. According to Roberts, a growing percentage of the content on You Tube is produced by children under the age of 15.
Nicolas and Tristan Roberts - young filmmakers
Working as a team, Roberts and Faubion created a Youth Film Workshop, which launches this Sunday, December 8. An action-packed curriculum will guide students through camera movement, storytelling, directing/acting, editing and working in teams to create short films. Not only will students have the rare opportunity to work with an accomplished cinematographer, they will also have access to professional tools and accessories. At the end of the day, each student will receive a DVD loaded with additional training and tools (a $500 value).
This workshop is presented in partnership with SEEDSed.org, a local non-profit dedicated to arts education and program support for children. The workshop takes place Sunday, December 8 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., at the Willowbrook campus of Anneliese’s Schools, 20062 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, 92651. For more information, contact Faubion (949) 274-5553 / firstname.lastname@example.org. A few more spaces are available.
To register, visit http://seedsed.org/youth-filmmaking-workshop/.
Rebecca Faubion is an arts educator residing in Laguna Beach with her husband and two-year old son, Aaron. She received her B.A. in Literature from UC Santa Cruz and an Ed.M. in Arts Education from Harvard University. When she is not teaching art to all ages or blogging at www.whatcolorislove.worpress.com, she enjoys local art festivals and working as associate pastor of Laguna Beach Net-Works.
Christmas Concert at Laguna Presbyterian Church Sunday night
This Sunday, Dec 8, from 5 – 6:30 p.m. Laguna Presbyterian Church will present a Christmas concert of joyous and inspirational music featuring their own Chancel and Handbell Choirs under the direction of Linda White.
Special guests the Grace Chamber Choir led by Dr. Joseph Yune will perform.
The two choirs will be in the church sanctuary recently restored and equipped with state of the art sound system.
All are welcome, voluntary offerings accepted. Visit www.lagunapreschurch.org for more info. The church is at 415 Forest Avenue, downtown.
City Treasurer appointed to statewide oversight board
California State Treasurer, Bill Lockyer, recently appointed City Treasurer Laura Parisi to the Local Agency Investment Board. The Board provides oversight for the Local Agency Investment Fund (LAIF), which has 2,604 participants and an investment portfolio of $18.9 billion at the end of October 2013.
The City of Laguna Beach is one of the LAIF participants. Treasurer Lockyer indicated that Parisi’s “demonstrated skill and extensive experience will be welcome assets in helping the Board guide the management of the Local Agency Investment fund” in his appointment letter.
President of the California Municipal Treasurers’ Association, Michelle Durgy stated, “The California Municipal Treasurers Association (CMTA) congratulates Ms. Parisi, a long-time member of CMTA and a California Certified Municipal Treasurer, on her appointment to this esteemed Board.”
Parisi has been the City Treasurer of Laguna Beach since 1999 and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Treasury Oversight Committee for the Orange County Treasurer’s Office, a committee that she will chair in 2014.
LCAD fundraiser for typhoon victims Monday 5-7 p.m.
Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) students, faculty and staff are creating and donating small works of art to be sold in “Art for Haiyan,” a fundraiser for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
Charity Oetgen, LCAD senior in Fine Arts says, “As artists, designers and lovers of art and design, we all know that art has the power to make a difference on a multitude of levels
With Art for Haiyan, LCAD hopes to raise upwards of $2,500, 100 percent of which will go directly to UNICEF Emergency Relief. Art for Haiyan will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9 in LCAD’s Main Campus Gallery located at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road. The event will be open to the general public, all of whom will have the option of purchasing original works and digital prints with cash or check.
Most recently, LCAD was successful in staging events that raised over $5,000 in relief funds for both victims of Hurricane Sandy and of the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami.
Doug DaVee, Director of Student Life said, “We look forward to opening the LCAD campus to the Laguna Beach community to show off student work and to raise money for a very worthy cause.”
Laguna College of Art + Design is located at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road. For information, call 376-6000 or visit www.lcad.edu.
Laguna Canyon Artists Group annual sale Saturday
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The studio of Gina Mead Howie
The Laguna Canyon Artists group, home to more than 30 fine artists, will hold its annual holiday event and sale on Dec. 7, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The one-day event will allow the public to meet some of the area’s finest artists, visit their studios, and purchase original artwork. Hundreds of paintings, photographs, sculptures, ceramics and jewelry will be displayed, and refreshments and holiday décor will complement the experience.
“We are so pleased to offer people this personal look into our studios and to offer such a breadth of art in time for the holiday gift-giving season,” said Deborah Weinstein, a 5-year member of the Laguna Canyon Artists group.
“The holiday event will be another great opportunity for people to view a variety of art in one place, all while celebrating the season,” said Michael Ervin, one of the group’s newest artists.
The holiday event will be held at the studios, 3251 Laguna Canyon Road. Parking is available at the studios and at the Act V lot at 1900 Laguna Canyon Rd. Free shuttles from Act V to the studios run between 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the event. For more information, visit lagunacanyonartists.com, or contact Deborah Weinstein at email@example.com.
Peanuts© creator Charles Schulz on Tom Everhart: “Tom makes me feel better about what I do than almost anyone else
Artist Tom Everhart, world-renowned for his paintings of Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the entire Peanuts© universe presents his latest exhibition entitled “Everhart: Works from 2000-2013” at Coast Gallery through Dec. 15.
This extraordinary Collection of works will be on exhibition and available for acquisition at the gallery located in the heart of downtown, with artist appearances on Saturday, Dec. 7, 6 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8, 1 to 4 p.m.
“Puff Doggy Dog”
Everhart painted alongside legendary Peanuts© creator Charles Schulz and is the only fine artist educated by Schulz. Schulz encouraged Everhart to carry forward his comic strip creations to the fine art form – and to extraordinary results: Everhart’s Peanuts© related work went on to show at the Louvre in Paris and museum and gallery shows around the world.
Schultz said of Everhart and his work, “Tom makes me feel better about what I do than almost anyone else. Especially since I consider him so capable.”
This presentation also debuts a piece created exclusively for the gallery, “Bungalow Six,” as with all of the artists’ works, has a special and unique story behind the canvas. Coast Gallery is at 540 S. Coast HWY, Suite 100. All Artist Appearances are open and complimentary to the public with RSVP’s requested at 376-4185. Visit www.coastgallery.com for more information.
Boys & Girls Club board member Wemyss receives Eddy Award
Piero Wemyss receiving Eddy Award from broadcaster Ed Arnold
Piero Wemyss, Laguna Beach resident and member of the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach (The Club) was honored with The Eddy Award on November 12 for his exemplary service and dedication to the Club.
For over six years, Piero has volunteered as a Boys & Girls Club Board member and is the V.P of the Boys & Girls Club’s Endowment committee. He also oversees the membership and growth of The Heritage Club, which consists of thoughtful individuals who have included a Boys & Girls Club in their will or estate plans. Both the Endowment and Heritage Club provide a pipeline for future financial security. These consequential endeavors help ensure the Boys & Girls Club will continue to deliver its vital programs and guidance for youth in the future.
Passion for youth and community is the driving force behind his support of several well established organizations in Orange County as well as the Club; Orangewood Children’s Foundation and Share Our Wine Foundation are a couple more he supports. Piero’s service above self extends the average call of duty as he supports the Club in more ways than one. Whether it is attending Club events, fundraisers, friend raisers, or generating buzz about the Club’s programs; he is getting the Boys & Girls Club word “out there” for all to hear.
Piero has often said, “The endowment is our Club’s future. To consider leaving a gift to a great organization like the Boys & Girls Club is not only supporting what the Club is today, it’s leaving a legacy of remarkable potential for the years to come.”
Named after local broadcaster Ed Arnold, The Eddy Awards are presented annually by the Orange County Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs. This prestigious honor is bestowed upon exemplary volunteers, typically Board of Directors, from each Orange County club in the spirit of service and altruism.
This year, the Eddy Awards were presented by Ed Arnold himself and held at the Anaheim White House. Honorees and their respective Clubs enjoyed an award winning dinner of signature entrees by chef/proprietor and 2011 CNN Hero Bruno Serato who is himself a huge supporter of the Boys & Girls Club.
The Boys & Girls Club would like to thank Piero Wemyss for his dedication and service to the Club and the children they help every day.
OC Business Journal honors MacGillivray Freeman Films
MacGillivray Freeman Films (MFF) was honored at the Orange County Business Journal’s Fourteenth Annual Family Owned Business Awards ceremony held Nov.13 in Irvine. MFF was one of five winners out of 51 nominees to receive a Family Owned Business Award, winning in the Small Business Category, for businesses with fewer than 50 employees.
Presented by the Orange County Business Journal and Cal State Fullerton’s Family Business Council, the awards recognize family-owned businesses for their business success and longevity, family involvement, and contributions to their industry and to the Orange County community. Other businesses to receive awards were Dana Wharf Sport Fishing, Behavioral Health Works, Rogers Gardens, and Nektar Juice Bar. Barbara and Meghan MacGillivray accepted the award.
“MacGillivray Freeman Films is extremely proud of this recognition by the Orange County Business Journal and of our association with all the illustrious guests, nominees and winners,” said company chairman Greg MacGillivray. “For 50 years, MFF has endeavored to create meaningful, life-enriching motion picture entertainment for global audiences and to be an engaged and supportive member of our community. We feel privileged to be able to make the kind of films we do, and we look forward to many more years of transporting audiences to far-away places with the power of IMAX cinematography.”
LBPD advises that imposters are out with the SCE scam again
Southern California Edison (SCE) is advising customers to be aware of a new telephone scam that is demanding immediate payment for allegedly past due electricity bills. Imposters have been calling SCE customers stating they must make immediate payment on past due bills or their electric service will be disconnected. The callers are also demanding payment be made through a prepaid cash card, such as a PayPal or Green Dot card.
“We ask our customers to be alert to these calls that demand immediate payment and threaten service disconnection,” said Henry Martinez, SCE vice president of Safety, Security & Compliance. “Customers suspecting a fraudulent call should ask for the caller’s name, department and business phone number. If the caller refuses to provide this information, customers should terminate the call and report the incident immediately to local police at 497-0701 or SCE at 800-655-4555.”
SCE also reminds customers to ask for identification when a stranger comes to the door or calls claiming to be a utility worker. SCE utility workers will provide verification, including their department and phone number, when asked. In most cases, home visits by SCE are scheduled by the customer and SCE will confirm the appointment in writing. If there are any concerns, SCE and law enforcement officials suggest having the utility worker wait outside until their identity can be verified.
SCE customers should also note that an SCE employee will never ask for money in person; never reveal your credit card, ATM or calling card numbers (or PIN numbers) to anyone.
If someone calls and requests you leave your residence at a specific time for a utility-related cause, call the police. This could be a burglary set up by the caller. Be suspicious of anyone who arrives at your house without an appointment asking to check an appliance, wiring, or suggesting that there may be some other electrical problem inside your residence.
For more ways customers can stay safe, please see www.sce.com/safety and read the safety tips section.
Former Martha Stewart garden editor speaks to the Garden Club Friday the 13th – all who hear him could be luckier!
On Friday, Dec 13, the Laguna Beach Garden Club Speaker Series will present Tony Bielaczyc. He is a former garden editor at Martha Stewart Living, where he produced garden stories for the flagship Living magazine and segments for the Emmy award-winning Martha Stewart TV show.
His stories about his time at Martha Stewart Living are entertaining.
He will speak about “How to Make the Most of Plant Combinations”. Come and be inspired while learning simple tips about color and plant combinations for container planting.
Bielaczyc has been a professional gardener for 25+ years and currently is the private gardener for Iroki, a 60+ acre estate in Westchester County, NY, which has in part an extensive conifer collection, an alpine garden, vegetable and cutting garden, fern glade, as well as a 450+ Japanese maple collection.
The Speaker Series was made possible by a generous grant from the Laguna Beach Community Foundation in partnership with Massen Green Foundation.
RSVP to: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org. While there is no admission cost you nonetheless must have your “ticket” with you to be admitted. In your RSVP email, indicate the name(s) of all who will be in your party along with their email addresses. Please also include your city and how you learned of the Speaker Series.
You will receive a return email with an attachment for you to print, which will serve as your ‘ticket’. It will include directions and maps to low-cost parking, as well as other important information.
Laguna Beach High School Dance stages Infinite Dec 12-14
By KATE ROGERS
Once again it is time for the annual winter concert for the gifted Laguna Beach High School dancers. This year Infinite will fill the evenings of December 12th through 14th with the pounding beats, lyrical melodies and the graceful movements of 40 hard-working dancers who have been rehearsing since September. Directed by Lisa Jay, the show will include the work of five guest choreographers, and will also feature the work of two students.
Student choreographers bring fresh perspectives. Caitlin O’Brien, a senior, has been inspired “by a good friend of mine who lost her mother to cancer but has remained the loving, caring friend I have always known.” She continues, “my piece has to do with the daily struggles everyone has, that go unnoticed. I believe these trials and problems ultimately bring our society together.” Maddy Shirley, LBHS class of 2013, has created a work about addiction. Inspired by the rapper Macklemore’s story of how he got back on his feet, her piece “tells the story of a girl whose addiction has completely taken over her life, but her friend helps her put her life back together and she comes out stronger.” States Maddy, choreographing “is definitely a very different process but I’m lucky enough that the dancers at LBHS are so open to everything you throw at them!”
Director Lisa Jay’s piece, entitled “Stray,” explores how people often stray from the collective whole of society. “I am fascinated by the complexity of our society, which is directly correlated to the complexity of each one of us as individuals.” Other guest choreographers include Leann Alduenda, Erika Fernandez, Kathy Kahn and Michael Perez. As is tradition, the show will conclude with a delightful hip-hop extravaganza from guest choreographer Darrian Henning.
So come out, support these young artists and spend a relaxing evening enjoying a variety of music, beautiful dancers, costumes, lighting, and even a bake sale! Thursday through Saturday, December 12th, 13th and 14th at 7:30 p.m. at the Artists’ Theatre. $15 General Admission, $8 Students and Seniors and $20 Reserved Seating. Box Office: (949) 497-7769. Credit cards accepted (for additional $3 handling fee).
NCL Laguna Chapter volunteers at Camp to Belong Orange County, a summer camp uniting siblings in foster care
Camp to Belong is a non-profit organization, which actively reunites brothers and sisters placed in separate foster care through summer camp programs and year round events. The Laguna Chapter of National Charity League, Inc. (NCL), supports Camp to Belong in Orange County, sponsored by the Eddie Nash Foundation, volunteering throughout the year.
California is home to the largest number of foster youth in the nation, approximately 55,000 children annually. Over half of siblings are separated when placed into foster care and reuniting can be difficult to orchestrate for caregivers and/or group home personnel. Camp to Belong hosts a weeklong summer camp in late July, bringing these siblings together. Approximately 95 campers ranging in age from 7-18 years and seven older siblings attend as counselors-in-training. 49 counselors, all volunteer, and staff make the camp come to life. Mothers and daughters from NCL Laguna Chapter help with the daily and evening activities at the camp.
Tricia Tiner, Director of Camp to Belong Orange County, was grateful for the outpouring of support. “NCL’s involvement was invaluable, great people and great ideas who helped throughout the week and became part of the Camp to Belong family. It was beneficial for the campers to see the daughters supporting the camp. Their help had a great impact on the children.”
Meg and Faith Quigley at amp to Belong
Mothers and daughters of the Laguna Chapter have opportunities throughout the year where they can help these foster youth; events such as the Amazing Race, the Camp to Belong fundraiser, a day field trip to The Aquarium of the Pacific and a Fall Reunion held at Shea Center, are all supported by the Laguna Chapter.
Pam Roy, the Chapter liaison to Camp to Belong, has been active with the philanthropy for years. When an Orange County Camp was started several years ago, she brought it to the Chapter’s attention and it soon became one of the supported philanthropies for the group. Over the past year more than 200 mothers and daughters have volunteered close to 800 hours assisting Camp to Belong.
It’s an opportunity that touches the hearts of all those that volunteer. Roy summed up the experience best when a young camper approached her at last year’s summer camp and confessed, “I didn’t know so many people cared”.
NCL Laguna Chapter fosters mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. We are a community services focused chapter with a commitment to hand-on assistance and participation with our many chapter philanthropies.
The Laguna Chapter was founded in 1984 starting with 85 mothers and their 99 daughters. The Laguna Chapter now has more than 300 active members serving 25 philanthropies in Orange County. On an annual basis the Laguna Chapter members contribute more than 11,000 philanthropic hours to the Orange County community!
NCL is a non-profit national organization of mothers and daughters who join together in community involvement within local chapters throughout the United States. Its goal is to foster a sense of community responsibility in the girls as well as to strengthen the mother-daughter relationship. The daughters participate in a six-year program of philanthropic work, educational activities and cultural events. To learn more about NCL, Inc., go to www.nationalcharityleague.org.
Winter family night at Laguna Beach Library – Dec. 10
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All reindeer, elves, children, families and community members will be welcome at the annual welcome winter festival at the library – a very special occasion – Dec 10.
At 5 p.m., performer and balloon twisting genius Buster Balloons will wow the crowd. Craft tables for children will open at six o’clock. Refreshments will be served. The Friends of the Laguna Beach Library graciously sponsor this program.
Then on Wednesday, Dec 18, from 3:30-4:30, children join the gingerbread brigade and make a cozy cottage. Check out a book for your school’s winter break! RSVP necessary. The Friends of the Laguna Beach Library graciously sponsor this program.