This is as close as we can come to actually singing to our readers on their birthdays! 

We’d love to include yours – and/or your children’s birthdays here.

Just email to:

lynette@stunewslaguna.com

 

Celebrate and enjoy your

birthday!

 

April 18

Bart Broadnax

Carrie Conn Williams

Ed Postal

Greg Sharenow

Lucia D’Angelo

Tim Jones

Nancee Swensson

 

April 19

Julie Bernier Joffrion

Mimi Niebuhr

Sandra Deana Pink


April 20

Bo Powell

Brian Seveland

Danielle Fendon

Olando Edie

Tristan Abel

Troy MacDonald

Wendy Goldberg Grand Pre

 

April 21

Bill Hoffman

Cindy Mastagni

Dottie Spisak

Ernest Hackmon

Karen Lindekugel

Karin Yurkovich

Lucas Rise

Miriam Eaton

Silvia Colladay

Sam Dowell

 

April 22

Barbara Easley

Devylee Lloyd

Karen Rasmussen

Mary Ferguson

Mike Hilburn

Ryan Clark

 

April 23

Bolton Colburn

Lisa Lawn

Shannon Higuera

 

April 24

Ari Novick

Bara Waters

Christina Lomonaco

Don Suskind

Gina Waggener

Karl Weber

Marcia Yury

Susie Jaqua

Terri Johnson

Sound Spectrum

Faves

 

1.Thievery Corporation, The Temple Of I & I

2. Ed Sheeran, Divide

3. Gary Clark Jr., Live North America

4. Father John Misty, Pure Comedy

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5. Matt Costa, Orange Sunshine (S.T.)

6. The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Monolith Of Photos

7. Spoon, Hot Thoughts

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8. Depeche Mode, Spirit

9. Shins, Heartworms

10. Ty Segall, Ty Segall

11. Ryan Adams, Prisoner

12. Deadmau5, W:2016 Album

13. Bob Dylan, Triplicate

14. The XX, I See You   

15. Flaming Lips, OCZY Mlody

16. Elbow, Little Fictions

17. Tedeschi Trucks Band, Live From Oakland

18. Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface

19. Lady Gaga, Joanne

20. Tycho, Epoch

Since 1967

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Laguna Beach

Cub Scout Pack 35 open meeting April 25

Laguna Beach Cub Scout Pack 35 invites all boys currently in pre-K through 4th grade to come to the group’s open meeting on Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Avenue. John the Animal Magician will be there to entertain, while the boys and parents learn about the wonderful tradition of scouting in Laguna Beach.

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Laguna Beach Cub Scout

Pack 35, Den 6 were all smiles at a recent outing to Mission

San Juan Capistrano

Scouting offers a family the opportunity to actively share in a boy’s development into a successful adult. Cub Scout activities include team building games, sports, hands-on projects, education S.T.E.M. activities, and camping adventures. These activities help a boy learn valuable life lessons as he matures. The boys meet three to four times a month with a flexible schedule and are grouped by grade.

Boys join scouting because it is fun. Parents love it because of how it benefits their son and the time they get to spend with him. Scouting teaches leadership and character. It builds confidence and social skills. It teaches the value of service and citizenship. And it brings a family closer together.

The Cub Scout program is led by a group of parents. All parents are actively involved in supporting and developing their sons. Some parents are direct leaders, while others take support roles, but everyone gets involved.

For more information, contact Taylor Greene at taylorgreen@cox.net or 949-306-5883, or visit Pack 35’s website at www.pack35lagunabeach.org.

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

Story by LYNETTE BRASFIELD

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, www.lagunaposter.com, 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.

Laguna Beach 

Library Events

April

 

Sat, April 22

Children’s Craft Open House

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Seasonal crafts for children under 12, adult supervision recommended.

Celebrate Earth Day

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Learn about the library’s Fairy Garden and do projects with recycled materials.

Vision Workshop: 3 Keys to Accelerate your 2017 results

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Clara Lee, is a visionary and advocate for leading an inspired life.

Learn to accomplish 2017 goals.

Free event

Mon, April 24

Third Street Writers Group Ink

10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Serious writers working on projects (short stories, novels, plays) meet to share feedback and support.  Not a workshop for beginners.  Contact library for more info.

 

Tues, April 25

Math at the Library

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

A series of fun math activities for kids K-2nd grade. Registration is required.

Wed, April 26

Children’s Playtime and Craft Table

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

For ages five and under.

Playtime for practice of fine motor skills, socialization, and bonding between child and caregiver. 

 

Thurs, April 27

Peapod Academy

Storytime

10:30 a.m.

For babies, toddler, and preschoolers (and their adults). Storytime, arts and crafts. No preregistration required.

 

Laguna Beach Library

363 Glenneyre St.

www.ocpl.org

949-497-1733

Laguna Beach Books

Bi-weekly Bestsellers

 

Novels

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

LaRose by Louise Erdrich

Non-Fiction

Black Edge by Sheelah Kolhatkar

Ice Ghosts by Paul Watson

The Zoo by Isobel Charman

Children’s Books

Boss Baby by Marla Frazee

Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima

Pocketmouse at Crystal Cove by Marian Parks

Staff Recommendation

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

 

1200 S Coast Hwy

949.494.4779

www.lagunabeachbooks.com

Whale Watching: Ocean Institute cruises offered on weekends

Gray whale watching season has come again to Southern California, and the Ocean Institute offers weekend whale watching cruises on its 65-foot R/V Sea Explorer giving participants an opportunity to see whales, dolphins, fish, sea lions and other wildlife along the Southern California coastline.  

Cruises are offered most weekends, upcoming dates include: April 23, May 7, 20, 27, June 3, 11, 18, 25.  

Cruise times vary; most are 10 am – 12:30 pm and 1 – 3:30 p.m. (check the website for specific dates).

Say hello to fun

Prices are $45 for adult (18-54), $35 seniors (age 55 and up) and active duty military $35 and $25 for children (age 4 to 17).  

There is a transaction processing fee for credit card, phone and Internet orders. Ocean Institute members receive a ten percent discount.  

Information may be obtained by calling the Ocean Institute at (949) 496-2274.  

Register online at http://www.ocean-institute.org/
event/whale-watching-cruise
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Sawdust Studio Art 

The Sawdust Art Festival, in collaboration with Visit Laguna Beach, offers some exciting new classes to the Award-Winning Sawdust Studio Art Classes’ schedule for 2016.

The year-round art education program includes special classes in glass, fused glass, jewelry and ceramics.

Call 494-3030 for information and to reserve a class.

Students may register for all classes online or by calling 494-3030. 

Visit the website at: 

http://www.sawdustartfestival.org/studio-classes

 

Class Schedules

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Saturday, Apr 22

10 a.m. 1 p.m. 3 p.m.

Glassblowing

10 a.m.

Intro to Acrylic Painting

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