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Celebrate and enjoy your



March 20

Ashlie LeeAnn Mauldin

Beverly Factor

Brian Gordon

Desiree Goodson

Diane Hruby

Marcus Thesing

Mick Rasley

Paul Hamilton

Sally Quijada


March 21

Lula Buckle 

Ed Smith

Kim Ressler

Lauran Roberson

Michael Dean


March 22

Charles Michael Murray

John Gustafson

Michele Oliver Hall

Tommy Benson


March 24

Cathy Nokes

Charlotte Gulley

Christin Milan

Jenny Schmitz

Jim Schmitz


March 25

Britany Michaels

Bryan Gianesin

D’Anne Purcilly

Jason Farris

Suzanne Redfearn


March 26

Gilles Sensenbrenner

Jeanette Cotinola

Lee Field

Rachiel Macalistaire

Robert Hansen


March 27

Annamaria Pope

H Charton

Laura Bailey

Paul Laos

Sound Spectrum



1.Jimi Hendrix, Both Sides Of The Sky

2. King Gizzard & Lizard Wizard, Polygondwanaland

3. David Byrne, American Utopia

4. Ty Segall, Freedom’s Goblin

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5. Moby, Everything Was Beautiful & Nothing Hurt

6. Strawberry Alarm Clock, Incense & Peppermint

7. MGMT, Little Dark Age 

8. Doors, Absolutely Live

9. Beck, Colors

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10. Killers, Wonderful Wonderful

11. St. Vincent, Masseducation


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LB HERO FEST seeks entries of short films, art and songs to celebrate heroes around the globe 

MY HERO is looking for inspiring short films, art, and songs honoring heroes around the globe. Entries will acknowledge those working for Human Rights, Peace, Environmental Activism, Social Justice, Arts & Science Heroes, and Community & Family Heroes. 

Students and community members are invited to submit original work

to The MY HERO Project.
Awards will be given to students of all ages for original art, songs & short Films. 

Deadline for entries is Tues, May 1. 

Short Films: Prizes will be awarded for classroom projects, as well as individual work, for short films 10 minutes or less. Categories include: Documentary - Narrative - Music Video - PSA - Experimental - Animation – VR.

Art: Prizes awarded to student artists in Elementary, Middle, High School and University for portraits and Illustrations of heroism, personal, local and global. 

Songs: Prizes will be awarded to students and classrooms. Celebrate unsung, local and global heroes with original songs and music videos. 

The 11th Annual Laguna HERO FEST will be held on Sat, June 2, at the Forum Theater at the Festival of the Arts grounds at 7 p.m. Short videos, digital art, and original music will be showcased at this family friendly celebration.

Forum Theater is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Rd.

For details on submissions, go to

To register online, go to

Chabad Jewish Center hosts Passover Seder on March 30 and earlier children’s holiday event

Passover FUNDAY will take place on Tues, March 20, at the Chabad Jewish Center on S Coast Highway. Children of all ages will enjoy hands-on fun during the holidays with a mock Seder, Matzah bag crafts, Passover stories, games, and Matzah Ball raffle. The cost is $8 per child.

The Community Passover Seder is on Fri, March 30, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and candle lighting. Experience a wonderful evening spiced with traditional customs, delicious full course dinner, handmade Matzah, fine wines and great company.

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At Chabad, kids always have fun – here they enjoy a mock Seder 

Costs for the night are adults are $45, children $25, and sponsors at $180. Please RSVP before March 26. 

For complete Passover service schedule information and Yizkor memorial services, visit the Chabad website at or call the office at (949) 499 0770. Chabad is located at 30804 S Coast Hwy, across from Montage Resort.

 LBHS Schedules



Tuesday, March 20

Boys Golf 

@ Estancia (Mesa Verde CC)

2:30 p.m. 


Boys Tennis

@ Dana Hills – 3 p.m.


Boys Baseball

@ Saddleback – 3:30 p.m.


Girls Softball 

Home vs. J Serra

@ Thurston – 4 p.m.



Wednesday, March 21

Coed Swim

Home vs. Costa Mesa

3:15 p.m.


Boys Tennis

@ Saddleback – 3:15 p.m.


Boys Golf

@ Costa Mesa (Costa Mesa CC)

4 p.m. 


Girls Lacrosse 

Home vs. J Serra – 5 p.m.



Thursday, March 22

Coed Track 

Home vs. Godinez – 3 p.m.


Boys Tennis

Home vs. Estancia – 3:15 p.m.


Girls Lacrosse 

@ Tustin – 3:15 p.m.


Boys Golf 

Home vs. Saddleback

@ Ben Brown’s - 3:30 p.m.


Girls Sand Volleyball 

 Home vs. J Serra

@ Main Beach – 3:30 p.m.


Girls Softball 

 Home vs. Bolsa Grande

@ Thurston – 4 p.m.


Boys Volleyball 

 Home vs. Calvary Chapel

5:30 p.m.



Friday, March 23

Boys Baseball

@ Godinez – 3:30 p.m.



Saturday, March 24

Coed Swim 

Mission Viejo Invite 

@ Woollett Center – 9 a.m.


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Best-kept secret, hidden treasure: that’s Bill Atkins, unique in Laguna for his brilliant graphic art skills


Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Bill Atkins’ art is visible all over California, not only on the walls of art- and poster-lovers, but on the byways and highways of our state. Many know his work, but few are aware of the talented man behind the iconic license-plate “whale-tail” image seen around California. 

This achievement came about because the California Coastal Commission chose Atkins to design the license plate graphic after he won the CCC design competition in 2011. He was delighted to be able to work on a project promoting our oceans and sea creatures, a cause dear to his heart.

To be quite clear, Atkins is quick to point out, “I won the contest itself, but along with another artist, Elizabeth Tyndall, from Northern California, who was also then chosen to contribute to the license plate. She did not help in the design, but I included a portion of her painting in the ocean background layer.”

The plate is the newest and among the most popular choices for drivers who are proud of our state and who care about the health of its oceans. (Profits are donated to the Commission’s education program.)

“The design is deceptively simple,” Atkins notes, showing me several of the more than 50 versions that he completed as part of his commission to develop the design. “There are layers upon layers, if you look carefully.” 

The winning design, now adorning many a vehicle, shows a humpback’s fluke against the blue of the ocean and scudding white clouds. “I needed to pay attention to the tiniest detail, for example, tilting the tail to make sure the last two letters of California are visible,” he explains.

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Bill Atkins shelters from the recent rain

“Deceptively simple” is a description that applies to much of Atkins’ work, which requires significantly more artistry and attention to detail than most people realize.

“Marrying images and typography for the kind of result I want, and that my clients want, can be tricky,” Atkins says. “Poster art is sometimes not given the same respect as other art forms, maybe because here in Laguna plein air has ruled for so long, but it has a rich history and demands a lot of focus. I love the challenge.” 

Atkins’ posters depict iconic local places and events, including Crystal Cove cottages and the Festival of the Arts, as well as famous performing artists such as Cyndi Lauper. Atkins is also a long-time teacher, and has taught digital imagery and art at LCAD and Irvine Valley College among other schools.

Posters are unique, he says, because they tend to carry explicit messages through images and typography, images that transcend international and cultural barriers. Think of travel posters, and film posters, or of Atkins’ Sister Cities series, featuring scenes from Laguna’s sister cities: Menton, France, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, and St. Ives, England. The detailed graphics and colors reflect the commonality and shared appreciation of our ocean-side communities. 

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Bill Atkins contributes his time and talents to many nonprofits

These images are among his favorites, especially as they helped win a grant from the City for the Sister Cities nonprofit, which, as he mentions, “brings an international flavor to our town.” He’s an active member of Sister Cities as well as many other Laguna organizations, including the Garden Club, the Beautification Council and, more recently, helps with Susi Q’s Gallery Q. 

He’s donated his time and talent to graphic arts campaigns benefiting the Art Museum, AIDS Services Foundation and the Human Rights Campaign. His generosity and warm spirit are legendary among those in the know.

Atkins’ love for his work, Laguna Beach, and the outdoors, is evident to me as I chat to him on the deck of his apartment, surrounded by greenery, including native plants and succulents and a plate of fruit that looks ready to be turned into a still-life.

Hummingbirds dart among tree branches in this super-serene setting, and Atkins shows the same high energy as he jumps up and down to find various examples of his art to answer my questions about his award-winning work, which includes attractive bronze plaques honoring legendary figures such as Harry Lawrence, “Mr. Laguna.”

Atkins has wanted to be an artist since he was a young boy. “My father was fine with that, as long as I had a career like a friend of his, a commercial artist who made money – ‘not the other kind,’ my dad said,” he laughs.

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Bill in his studio, holding the whale-tail license plate

His immediate goal is to improve his social media skills and rework his website,, to raise his visibility locally. “I don’t think many people know about me,” he notes. “That’s partly because marketing isn’t my favorite thing to do. Most of my business comes through word-of-mouth and that’s the way most of my teaching jobs have come also.”

Atkins’ work has been on display on the walls of the Wells Fargo Building and, for the past 18 years, at Vintage Poster Gallery on Coast Hwy, where his work has proved popular among locals as well as visitors looking for vibrant art.

Like so many Lagunans, Bill Atkins, a Philadelphian by birth, says he visited here with a friend and was so charmed that within three months or so, he’d packed his things and moved, back in the early seventies. “Somehow I knew this was my home,” he says.

It’s a decision he’s never regretted. While he would love the time (and resources) to travel more, for the moment he feels content in his secluded eyrie in the woods, his small but cosy apartment inland from Crescent Point and close to Dartmoor, his favorite wilderness trail. 

“Posters are history, they’re cultural icons,” he says. “People need posters. They always will. They fill eyeballs!”

And by extension, the public needs artists who create posters, and plaques, and banners, and who are uniquely sensitive to creating meaningful, beautiful synergy between the written word and images.

Especially artists as talented, generous and sweet-natured as Laguna’s Bill Atkins.

Library Events



Sat, March 17

Children’s Craft Open House

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Get creative! Let your imagination run wild! Children under 12 are encouraged to come to the library during the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to make fun and creative seasonal crafts. Adult supervision is recommended.


Sat, March 17

Poetry Workshop

2 – 4 p.m.

Learn more about poetry and how it works at this upcoming workshop this weekend.


Mon, March 19

Third Street Writers 

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Serious writers working on projects (short stories, novels, plays) meet to share feedback and support. This is not a workshop for beginners. Please contact the library for additional information.


Tues, March 20

Crazy 8’s Math Club

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Crazy 8’s is a recreational after-school math club that helps kids enjoy the math behind their favorite activities! This is an 8-week program for K-2nd grade. The club will meet once a week for one hour. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. 


Wed, March 21

Pre-School Playtime

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Calling all pre-schoolers and toddlers! You are invited to enjoy our new Wednesday storytime. Stories, songs, fingerplay, dancing and more will encourage a love of books and learning in a fun and interactive environment. Come for the stories and stay for playtime afterward.


Wed, March 21

Movie Night 

3 – 5 p.m. 

Learn about interesting facts from the Movie Guy as we talk about To Kill a Mockingbird with Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Brock Peters, and Robert Duvall and then show the movie.


Thurs, March 22

Family Storytime

10:30 a.m. – Noon

Welcome to the Peapod Academy. Join some of the cutest babies, toddlers, & preschoolers in town and adults of their choice at the Library. Little peas will enjoy books & storytime, songs & music, fingerplays, movement, hands on activities, arts & crafts, and other cadets. Each week has a different theme. Get to know others and support your little one’s developmental skills. No preregistration required.

Laguna Beach Library

363 Glenneyre St.


  Laguna Beach Books Bi-weekly Bestsellers



The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn



Directorate S by Steve Coll

12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson

Skin in the Game by Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Children’s Books

Goodnight Lab by Chris Ferrie

I Can Be Anything by Diane Dillon 

Moon by Britta Teckentrup 


Staff Recommendation

In Praise of Difficult Women by Karen Karbo

1200 S Coast Hwy


Watercolor painting class offered by LOCA Arts Education on the beach March 25, April 22

LOCA Arts Education offers watercolor painting classes at Treasure Island Beach for adults, families, and beginners. The al fresco activity is offered on a choice of Sundays; March 25 or April 19, from 10 - 11:30 a.m. Participants should gather at Wesley Drive steps at 9:45 a.m.

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September McGee leads watercolor class near tide pools at Treasure Island

Participants will enjoy a viewing of live tide-pool creatures and learn about ocean preservation by a trained docent. Following that, September McGee will lead a fun, step-by-step watercolor class. It offers families a wonderful activity to participate in together. This workshop is offered to ages six through adult.

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Kids enjoy waves, sand, and sun during a watercolor class

The cost is $35 for adults and children ages five and up. Everyone will take home finished ocean-themed art, a journal, watercolor kit, gel pen, pencils and reusable canvas tote. Refreshments are provided. 

Treasure Island is located just north of Aliso Creek Beach.

Advance registration is required. Call (949) 363-4700 for more information.

For more information on LOCA Arts Education, go to

Cool season veggie workshop will take place on March 24 at Kitchen in The Canyon 

On Saturday, March 24, Chef Patrick DiGiacomo and Robert Villanueva of Kitchen in The Canyon will demonstrate creative ways to prepare cool season vegetables. The event will take place at the South Laguna Community Garden Park, located at Eagle Rock Way and Coast Highway, at 10 a.m.  Learn how to make all the root and cruciferous veggies and the wonderful greens even more delicious. This workshop is free, and donations are appreciated.

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Patrick DiGiacomo (L) and Robert Villanueva (R) will be teaching together at the Community Garden Park  

In 2016, Patrick founded the popular Kitchen in The Canyon near the Sawdust Festival grounds. As well as breakfast and lunch at the cafe, he offers on and off-site catering and home chef, hands-on cooking classes.

Reservations are advised as this will be a popular event. Contact for more information.

Last call to take part in PMMC’s Swing for the Sea Lions Golf Tournament on March 26

The second annual Swing for the Sea Lions Golf Tournament is nearly here. This is the last call to sign up and be a part of the event, which will take place on Monday, March 26 at noon at the Aliso Viejo Country Club. 

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Pacific Marine Mammal Center

The tournament includes course contests, raffle prizes, silent auction, dinner and a helicopter ball drop with a chance to win up to $2,000. This is all to benefit the patients at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. The cost is $200 a player or $700 for a foursome, but this offer is only available until March 22. 

Those who can’t attend, can enter the helicopter ball drop for a chance to win up to $2,000. One ball is only $10, and you do not need to be present to win. 

For more information on this upcoming event or to purchase any items, log onto

Documentary about LAM’s 100 years of history will be shown on April 19 at 7 p.m.

Laguna Art Museum will be presenting the premiere screening of the documentary Laguna Art Museum at 100, produced by filmmaker Dale Schierholt, on Thursday, April 19 at 7 p.m.

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Laguna Art Museum under construction

The film will chronicle the museum’s history, from its founding as the Laguna Beach Art Association in 1918, through its transformation to Laguna Art Museum in the mid-1980s, and continuing to today with its mission as the museum of California art.

Advance tickets are recommended. Go to to reserve tickets online, or call (949) 494-8971 x203.

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