New Raptor computerized visitor registration system approved for LBUSD

On March 14, the LBUSD approved the implementation of a new computerized visitor registration system. The system will screen visitors to district schools to ensure efficient tracking and consistency of security procedures.

Purchased from Raptor Technologies, the system will allow school personnel to scan a visitor’s driver’s license, state identification or passport and issue a printed visitor badge. 

Once scanned, the software will conduct a near-instant check to see if the visitor is listed on any sex offender registries. If the system identifies a match between the visitor and the database, the school’s administrator is alerted. 

Registration system will identify sex offenders listed on databases

The system only stores a person’s name and whether or not he or she is a sex offender. No other information is stored by the system or the district.

Subsequent visits will not require the visitor’s identification to be scanned. At that point, the visitor will provide their name and a badge will be printed that the person wears during their visit. 

The badge will have a picture, name, date, time and the area of the school the person is visiting. If a parent has children at more than one school, he or she will have to provide ID the first time at every school they visit.

Goal of system is to enhance safety at all district schools

“This system will further enhance the district’s efforts to improve safety at all schools by allowing school officials to monitor who visits the schools and when they are in the buildings,” said Jeff Dixon, interim assistant superintendent of business services.

The district anticipates implementation of the new system in late April. 

Anaheim Elementary, Irvine, and Santa Ana districts in Orange County also use the Raptor system.

Mystic Reiki announces new location

In celebration of their new downtown space, Mystic Reiki is offering events and introductory offers throughout the month of March.  A Japanese technique, Reiki is a “laying of hands” healing for stress relief and relaxation. 

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Relax with Reiki healing

Their new location is 352 Third St, Ste 306, 949-280-9202.  

Mystic Reiki also offers organic and wild-crafted essential oils and handmade candles and exclusively designed smudge fans.

Visit their website for special offers and events.

Walking about in a fog can be a beautiful thing…

if you’re on a Laguna Wilderness trail

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The morning mist makes for a magical hike

Photo by Scott Brashier

The Ducks, Laguna’s 4th/5th grade flag football team, win Soul Surf championship

Laguna’s young Ducks won the Soul Surf championship flag football game last Sunday at LBHS after a nearly undefeated season, with only one loss. 

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The champion Ducks, from L-R: Lincoln Adams, Lachlan Soloff, Dylan Petrie-Norris, Charlie Tyus, Chase Tyson, Preston Towe, Ellie Marshall, Dylan Siriani 

Not pictured: Triston Reidel

Coach Trigg Garner is at back left and co-coach Jake Hiemstra at back right

Flag football is a version of American football, where the basic rules of the game are similar to those of the mainstream game, often called “tackle football” for contrast, but instead of tackling players to the ground, the defensive team must remove a flag or flag belt from the ball carrier to end a down.

Maritime themed Tiny Tots: Parent and Me Program offered by The Ocean Institute

On successive Tuesdays, April 4 through May 9, from 9 – 10:15 a.m., the Ocean Institute will offer its Tiny Tots: Parent & Me Program for children ages 2 and 3 and their parents or caregivers.

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Tot participates in maritime themed play during Parent & Me Program

This six-week program is a maritime themed series of exploration and play designed to stretch a young child’s imagination through creative play that supports language development, social interaction, and problem solving.

The cost is $30 for a single drop-in class or $150 for the 6-week series.

Registration is available at http:/

Suzie’s ARTiculation

Small is huge at the popular ‘Art That’s Small at City Hall’ art exhibit


I never knew that small could be so big, could have such a huge impact. However, those adjectives really do size up the affinity art fans feel for one of Laguna’s favorite exhibits, “Art That’s Small at City Hall.” The annual juried show requires that the featured worksmust be no larger than 12-inches along any edge and no deeper than 3-inches, thus the name.

“Small scale paintings are a quiet revolution in the arts scene. Small scale works are intimate, compelling and draw you into the artist’s eye,” said Siân Poeschl, Cultural Arts Manager.” The exhibition was the inspiration of the Arts Commission and then Commissioner Mike Tauber. 

Tauber came up with the brilliant idea for the exhibit 15 years ago.

“We didn’t have exhibits at City Hall. At the time, I was an Arts Commissioner and City Hall wasn’t always seen as a fun place to visit,” Tauber said. “So I thought, how can I make it positive, a positive, fun reason to visit City Hall?”

“I came up with the theme small. With small size pieces, that means it could be more all inclusive, we could include a lot more artists in a limited space,” Tauber said.

He explained that the small theme creates unity because every piece is practically the same size, which is fun for the viewer and fun for the artists. 

 “The first year was an incredible success with over 60 entries,” Tauber said. 

And the show continues to be overwhelmingly popular with 60 to 80 entries every year since its inception.

“This is perhaps the most anticipated and enjoyed exhibit at City Hall,” Poeschl said.

“It is always a pleasure to see the creativity in these small artworks. The smaller size seems to bring out something more personal in the artists,” said Michael Ervin, Arts Commissioner and Chair of the Exhibits Sub-committee.

Local artist and Festival of Arts exhibitor, Elizabeth McGhee, said she has entered the show multiple times over the years since she first entered in 2010.

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Elizabeth McGhee’s entry: “Like Father, Like Son,” 8 x 8 inches, oil on panel

 “I love participating in ‘Art That’s Small’ because I get to see what everybody else has been working on,” McGhee said. “It is one of the most comprehensive shows in Laguna, since it covers so many media and artistic styles from abstraction, impressionism, realism, and assemblage.”

Since Tauber retired from the Arts Commission in 2010 (at least for now), he has participated in the show many years. This year is especially meaningful to him.

“I did a memorial piece for the family of friend who recently passed away,” Tauber said. “And after I finished it, I thought it would be perfect for the exhibit and the family agreed. He was really a great supporter of artists, so it completes the circle of his legacy perfectly.”

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Mike Tauber’s piece is in memory of his friend, “Remember Mr. H,” a kiln fired ceramic relief of his friend’s glasses, on loan from the family, who feel is a perfect tribute to his legacy

“Art That’s Small at City Hall” is on exhibit through April 20 on the first floor at City Hall with an awards reception, before First Thursdays Art Walk, on April 6, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Prizes are $500, $250, and $125, respectively. 

This year’s jurors are Bryan Heggie, Gallery Director for Laguna College of Art + Design; Tom Lamb, Professional Photographer and on the Board of Directors for Festival of the Arts/Pageant of the Masters; and Christine Dodd, Creative Director for Laguna Beach and Palm Springs Art Patron Magazines. City Hall is at 515 Forest Ave.

Until next time…so much small art with big heart, so little time!


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