Here are the winners of the annual Library Poetry Contest: public reading will take place June 3 at noon

This year’s theme for the Laguna Beach Public Library’s poetry contest was “Seaside Butterflies,” to honor OC Public Libraries’ participation in NEA’s Big Read, In the Time of the Butterflies, by Julia Alvarez.

All winners are invited to a public reading of the winning poems at the library’s recognition event on Saturday, June 3 at noon.

Preschool – Kindergarten Category

1st Place: Sophia Wallace, “Butterfly on a Log”

2nd Place:Violet Shurla, “Butterfly in the Sky”

3rd Place:Kellan Gruba,“Legos are for Building”

First Grade Category

1st Place: Audrey Kim, “My Butterfly”

2nd Place: Sienna Gerges, “My Butterfly”

3rd Place: Aislinn Larsen, “My Butterfly”

Second Grade Category

1st Place:Hayden Crane-Henning, “Flower”

2nd Place: Garrett Byerly, “Ocean”

3rd Place:Mason Sprinkle, “Plants and Animals”

Third - Fifth Grades Category

1st Place: Zen Mir-Scaer, “Contest Butterflies”

2nd Place:Keanu Mir-Scaer, “Butterfly Spirits”

3rd Place: Sofia Combel, “Untitled”

Seventh - Eighth Grades Category

1st Place: Joon Kim, “Because I Remember”

2nd Place: Sophia Haslett, “The Great I AM”

3rd Place: Clara Becker, “Teardrops”

Adult Category

1st Place: Lojo Simon, “She Pulls the Wings Off Butterflies”

2nd Place: Kate Feinauer, “Aquacade”

3rd Place: Hannah Hoffman, “Held by Grace”

Learn about earthquake proofing at Open for Construction Luncheon


Folks who want to learn how to earthquake-proof their homes or businesses are invited to attend the Open for Construction Luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Friday, in the Skyloft restaurant. 

The luncheon is one of an informative series presented jointly by the city and the Chamber of Commerce – this one zeroing in on how “soft stories” will react in an earthquake. 

“Soft stories” are foundations that won’t withstand being shaken from side-to-side by an earthquake, said luncheon organizer Marshall Ininns, a well-known Laguna Beach architect.

“Picture a garage with a 16-foot-wide door and two thin walls on either side or a home with an inadequate foundation that has no lateral resistance to an earthquake,” said Ininns. 

Downtown buildings might be particularly vulnerable, according to Ininns. 

The downtown is built on silt from the canyon and is subject to liquefaction – when the earth just turns to mush, he said. 

However, problems can be fixed, by choice or by expected changes in the Building Code.  

“In future, property owners will have to address “soft story” issues when they plan to remodel,” said Ininns. “No one knows when the ‘Big One’ is coming. We want to prepare people to take a good look at their property.”

Tickets to Open for Construction are $13 including luncheon and tip. 

For more information or reservations, call the Chamber at (949) 494-1018.

New logo portrays open spaces preserved and protected by Laguna Canyon Foundation

Laguna Canyon Foundation (LCF) has recently introduced its new logo, an apt representation of its dedication to South Coast Wilderness, a 22,000-acre network of parks and preserves. This includes Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Crystal Cove State Park, and the City of Irvine Open Space South. 

As stated by Hallie Jones, Executive Director of the LCF, “Laguna Canyon Foundation was founded in 1990, and our original logo served us extremely well as we worked to preserve open space. As our focus has grown to include not just open space acquisition, but also education, trail-work, and habitat restoration, we wanted a logo that would resonate with a larger audience, and represent our unique Laguna Beach open space.” 

“We worked with a local designer and Laguna Canyon Foundation supporter named Jeff Heesch to develop the concept, and then polished it with a San Diego based company called Via Design,” she continued. “Both partners were absolutely critical in getting us to a final logo.”

Not only is the LCF committed to wilderness preservation, it also emphasizes education by offering free nature programs to 4,500 children a year, and through volunteer efforts, supports trail restoration for many areas.  

South Coast Wilderness continues to provide a rare and valuable refuge for urban dwellers seeking natural beauty and solitude. Visitors can discover the county’s only natural lakes, a thriving wildlife community, nature centers and interpretive programs, volunteer opportunities, and recreational activities from hiking and birding to mountain biking. 

Thanks to LCF, these areas have remained pristine, and it is fitting that their motto is Keep It Wild! For volunteer opportunities or for more information, go to


Doug Bowler

Milton Douglas Bowler passed away at home April 15, 2017 in Laguna Beach following his long struggle with COPD.  Doug was born in Pasadena, CA, January 6, 1940. He was 77.

Doug was raised in Hermosa Beach and Newport Beach where he played football at Newport Harbor and Orange Coast College. 

Doug began at Santa Ana Savings and continued his distinguished career path for over 40 years to hold various executive positions with Great Western Savings, Crocker Bank and other Southland banking institutions. 

Doug married Barb, the love of his life, in Laguna Beach in 1979 and they moved there together in 1984.  Doug and his sister, Marilyn Johnson founded the Laguna Beach Farmer’s Market, first located at the School District parking lot.  Doug was an avid reader involved with the LB Library and wrote the column “Check It Out” for the Laguna Beach Independent.  

Doug had great will and strength, lived well and did much good. He believed in the value of each individual and was generous with people of all cultures.  Doug enjoyed the Coastal beaches, travel, art and design, his websites, cooking, the Blues and talking politics. He was an avid follower of current events.  All his many interests he mixed with great humor and wit.  He could always be heard saying, “Hold the Phone!”  

Doug was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Betty, his older sister and brother, Joanne and Carson.

Doug is survived by his wife, Barbara, his sister Marilyn Johnson (Dick), his children, Shannon O’Shea (Glenn) and Carson Bowler (Valerie) and grandsons, Davis, Raphael and Jay.  He has left behind many loving cousins, nieces, nephews and trusted friends. 

We wish to extend our thanks to all of our neighbors, friends and family for the unending love and support given to us. According to his wishes, Doug has been scattered at sea off his beloved Laguna Coast.

Memorial donations may be made to: Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach ( 1085 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651.

Pavlik teams with April Ross for current AVP season

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The first 2017 AVP pro beach volleyball tournament took place in Huntington Beach. Laguna Beach’s Whitney Pavlik (left above) teamed with two-time Olympic medalist, April Ross, who split from partnering with Kerri Walsh Jennings late last year. Longtime friends Whitney and April (USC) finished in third place.

LCAD hosts annual scholarship fundraiser

Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) hosted its Annual Scholarship Fundraiser on Friday, April 28 at the new LCAD Administration Building, located at 2265 Laguna Cyn Rd.

The event raised $40,000 for the LCAD Scholarship Fund. Attendees enjoyed tours and student demonstrations at the College’s Suzanne Chonette Senior Studios.

Honorary Chairs, Kate and Jared Mathis, together with co-chairs and LCAD trustees Sue Greenwood and Carla Arzente, hosted the annual event that welcomed trustees, art collectors, faculty, staff and students.

“We are thrilled to co-chair this special event that will support students who possess such great drive and talent,” said Greenwood and Arzente. “This event is one way for arts patrons and the Laguna Beach community to support greater accessibility to the high-level arts and design education at LCAD.”

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Sue Greenwood, LCAD President Jonathan Burke and Carla Arzente celebrate the 2017 Scholarship Event.

Arzente, owner of saltfineart, and Greenwood, owner/director of Sue Greenwood Fine Art, donated paintings that were raffled at the event. All proceeds benefited LCAD’s Scholarship Fund. 

Peonies by Michael Harnish, 24x20”, Oil on canvas, 2016 was won by former chair of LCAD’s board of trustees, Patricia O’Brien. 

Neighborhood Ride by Jason Kowalski, 16”x16”, Oil on wood panel, 2016 was won in the raffle by Suzanne Chonette, who then offered it up for auction. A lively bidding war took place and the painting went to Enrique Ceniceros who purchased the painting for his husband, Kevin Sperry’s birthday.

Kowalski received his BFA in Drawing & Painting from LCAD in 2009 and Harnish completed his BFA in Drawing & Painting in 2008 and MFA in Painting in 2010.

Jared Mathis, vice chair of LCAD’s Board of Trustees, along with his wife, Kate, have been passionate supporters of the scholarship fundraiser for three years. Mathis welcomes more arts supporters throughout Orange County to visit LCAD and to meet its students. 

“Eighty-five percent of our enrolled students rely on financial assistance to attend LCAD,” he said. “They are resourceful, gifted and energetic young people who deserve a wonderful college educational experience.”

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Honorary Chairs, Kate and Jared Mathis. Jared Mathis is vice chair of the LCAD Board of Trustees.

LCAD students benefit from relationships with such industry leaders and partners as the Anaheim Ducks, Blizzard, Disney, DreamWorks, GoPro, Hurley, NIKE, Pixar, Sony, STANCE, Warner Bros. and many more. These high-level connections facilitate access to key internships and employment opportunities. 

“Because of our notable commitment to preparing students for the rapidly changing demands of the creative arts industries, LCAD students often are offered major-specific employment and internship opportunities even prior to graduation,” said LCAD President Jonathan Burke.

For more information about supporting LCAD Scholarships, visit or contact Tracy Hartman at 949-376-6000, ext. 241 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information about LCAD admissions, news, events and Annual Fund, visit Facebook at @LCADBFA, Twitter @LCAD and Instagram @lcadbfa.


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