LPAPA celebrates “August Nights,” a new juried art show at the Forest & Ocean Gallery

The Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) is pleased to announce the opening of its newest juried art show “August Nights” at the Forest & Ocean Gallery.

The public is invited to join LPAPA on Saturday August 12 for the gallery reception with wine and nibbles and to enjoy mingling with the participating artists from 5 to 8 p.m.

The award winning paintings and artists will be announced at 6:30 p.m. 

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“Night Guardian” by LPAPA Artist Member Wendy Wirth (16” x 8” acrylic)

The Forest & Ocean Gallery exhibition, which includes a selection of the highest scoring juried paintings plus an expanded online gallery show through DailyBrushwork.com, will be on display until August 28.

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“Moonlight on the Bay” by LPAPA Artist Member Nanette Biers (12” x 6” oil)

The gallery show includes juried California artist members Nanette Biers (Corte Madera), Brandon Gonzales (Laguna Hills), Pamela Ingwers (San Diego), Steve Kell (Laguna Niguel), Katarzyna Lappin (Chula Vista), Joe Mancuso (Torrance), Lisa McKnett (Laguna Hills), Frances Pampeyan (Durate), Tom Swimm (San Clemente), and Wendy Wirth (Laguna Niguel), plus out-of-state artist members Jean-Pierre Jacquet (Paris), David Marty (Washington), Jonathan McPhillips (Rhode Island), and Kymberlee Stanley (Tennessee).

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“Last Chance” by LPAPA Artist Member Jonathan McPhillips (12” x 24” oil)

LPAPA is a locally based nonprofit art organization, originally established in 1996, with over 500 members and a growing globally presence with a member in nearly every U.S. state plus eight foreign countries that include Australia, Canada, Germany, France, Netherlands, South Korea, Spain and Switzerland. 

LPAPA’s mission is dedicated to promoting and preserving the plein air painting tradition and Laguna’s artistic legacy originally established by plein air artists more than 100 years ago. LPAPA invites you to join the celebration and be a part of the tradition.

More information available at https://lpapa.org/august-nights/

Let the wilderness be your legacy: Planned Giving through Laguna Cyn Foundation ensures open spaces

For anyone who has hiked, biked, or merely enjoyed the beauty of Laguna Beach’s wilderness parks, there is a way to express appreciation for these stunning open spaces. Through estate planning, it is possible to establish a legacy to protect our parks forever.

Willow Canyon Trailhead

Laguna Canyon Foundation relies on the generosity of donors to accomplish their mission of educating, maintaining, and supporting the many uses of the park in perpetuity. LCF is a co-sponsor of two financial and charitable gift planning workshops presented by the nonprofit FEELincontrol. 

In order to simplify the establishment of planned giving, they offer two workshops, “It’s Your Money” and “It’s Your Estate,” to provide resources and information for seniors to make confident financial, estate, and charitable decisions for the future. The workshops are free and informational only (there will be no attempts to sell insurance or solicit donations). The schedule of workshops is at www.feelincontrol.org.

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View of the ocean from Dartmoor Trails

The spectacular trails residents and visitors enjoy are the result of the efforts and support of many who fought for preservation of these spaces. On any given day, people of all ages revel in the scenery at Laurel Canyon, Little Sycamore Canyon, and Barbara’s Lake Loop. Through planned giving, it is possible to preserve this pristine space.

For more information about Laguna Canyon Foundation planned giving, go to www.lagunacanyon.org/donate/legacy-gifts.

Laguna Presbyterian Church celebrates its 100th anniversary with “Casual Flip-Flop Sundays”

During the month of August Laguna Presbyterian Church will harken back to the early days of 1916 when Laguna was a sleepy beach community and the Rev. Prewitt welcomed everyone to simply “come as you are” so that you might “feel happy at church.”

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Rev Prewitt was clearly a forward-thinking individual

In celebration of the church’s 100tenth anniversary, worshippers are invited to “come as they are” in casual attire to the 8:30 and 10 a.m. services on hot August Sundays this year.

Laguna Presbyterian Church was formally organized in 1917 with 15 charter members and met in The Little Brown Church until 1928, when the new Spanish Colonial style church was built. 

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Bathing suits in those days covered a fair amount of flesh

In 1993, the building nearly burned down during the devastating fire, and the facility became a center of recovery. In early summer of 2007, the congregation moved out of the seismically-unfit sanctuary to worship in the adjacent Fellowship Hall in preparation for the sanctuary’s restoration. The renovation of 2008-2009 resulted in the structure as it is today. 

Laguna Presbyterian Church is located at 415 Forest Avenue, with parking in the rear. For further information, contact the church office at 949-494-7555.

The Laguna Beach Library presents Literature Comes to Life on Aug 12

On Sat Aug 12, the Laguna Beach Library is set to present Literature Comes to Life from 10:30 am. - 11:30 am. This event includes children who learn to love literature as they become storybook characters, and participate in living fairy tales and stories.

The audience become the actors in this fun filled and educational event.

Enjoyment for the entire family comes as your kids participate in making stories come to life. 

For more information about the upcoming event, visit www.ocpl.org.

Explore the exhibition Maven of Modernism Galka Scheyer in California on Sat Aug 12

On Sat Aug 12, Laguna Art Museum invites supporters on a trip to visit the exhibition Maven of Modernism: Galka Scheyer in California at the Norton Simon Museum; the Gamble House, a national landmark and an outstanding example of American Arts and Crafts style architecture; and the studio of Kristin Leachman, whose exhibition Xylem Rays was featured at Laguna Art Museum in 2016.

The group will depart from Laguna Beach High School 625 Park Avenue at 9:30 a.m. and return at approximately 5 p.m. 

Galka Scheyer was born Emilie Esther Scheyer in Braunschweig, Germany, in 1889, to a middle-class Jewish family. As a young woman, she studied piano and painting, but it was in 1915, when she first saw paintings by Jawlensky in an exhibition in Switzerland, that her life took a new direction.

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A piece titled “Recalling Happy Memories” 

Flashing forward, Scheyer became closely associated with Jawlensky and the artists Feininger, Klee and Kandinsky, whom she named the “Blue Four” as she set out to promote their work in the United States in 1924. Scheyer found fertile ground for her mission when, in 1925, she moved to California and discovered an enthusiastic audience for her innovative artists and her activities as their representative.

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A piece titled “Head in Profile” 

This trip is limited to 30 guests. Tickets are $125 for Laguna Art Museum members at the Friend level and higher, $150 for members at the Individual or Family level, and $175 for non-members. The ticket price includes transportation and lunch at Green Street Tavern. For questions, more information, or purchasing, call 949.494.8971 x200.

Treasurer submits monthly investment report to council


Laura Parisi, city treasurer, will submit at Tuesday’s meeting the unaudited June report showing cash and investments in the city’s portfolio totaling $105,672,000.

Investments were diversified into high quality safe securities with durations that will be adequate to meet cash flow requirements, Parisi will report. 

The average yield on investments increased slightly to 1.51 percent. The yield did not include Local Agency Investment Fund.

Funds totaling $102, 442,000 invested by Parisi yielded an average of 1.43 percent, which exceeds the benchmark two-year T-bill, according to the report. 

Additional investments were council-approved Assessment District bonds/loans and essential employee loans. 

The council recently discontinued future employee loans to purchase a home within the city limits.

Expenditures are submitted in a separate report on the Consent Calendar.  General warrants as of June 30 amounting to $1,503,036.94 and the June 22 payroll of $1,271,660.41 were previously approved at the July 11 council meeting.    

A complete list of checks written during the reporting period is available for review on the city website lagunabeachcity.org.

Parisi’s report and the expenditures are on the Consent Calendar and will not be discussed at the meeting, unless “pulled” by a member of the council or the audience.


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