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!

 

January 23

Brian Carruthers

Lynné Collins

Sheila Lind

Tori DeGroote 

 

January 24

Alexander Carter

Amy Hardwick

Kent Russell

Wendi Liechty

 

January 25

Alex Hunt

Bruce Bernstein

Gretchen Andrews

Kimberly Clemons

Mary McManus

Mike Mitchell

Mike Todd Smith

Patty Quilter

 

January 26

Annie Mancuso

Brian Fast

Cindy Byrne

Claire Riccardi

Greg Thorne

Lori Levine

Tom Lamb

Travis Sampson

 

January 27

Craig Gordon

Donnie Crevier

Holly Tyson

Jacques Garnier

Josh Reynolds

Liza Stewart

Rebecca Meekma

 

January 28

Carolyn Egar Christy

Kate Cohen

Kenny Raponi

Susie Stiso

 

January 29

Bill Lawrence

Donna Schuller

Hillel Rzepka

Michael Suydam

Scotty Smith

Wendy Pearce

Bryan Stiso

 

January 30

D Weitfle

Rita Schwartzman

Tommy Cardenas

Wade Chrisler

Spring Film Genres Class at Susi Q: Attend one or all of these hand-picked movies

Irvine Valley College’s 2017 Emeritus Teacher of the Year, Kathryn Kramer, will lead a film screening and discussion group every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at Susi Q. 

This class is open ended/open exit, meaning that one doesn’t have to attend each meeting, but early enrollment is highly recommended. Such IVC offerings are again being offered totally free to registered students. 

Full schedule of movies: (Selections may change without prior notice.) 

1/23/18 Wild 2014 USA 115 min. Reese Witherspoon. Based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir. 

1/30/18 Songcatcher 2000 USA 109 min. A musicologist seeks the old ballads. Stars Janet McTeer. Wr/dir Maggie Greenwald won three awards. 

2/6/18 Foreign Letters 2012 USA 99 min. An immigrant coming-of-age story based on the director’s personal experience. 

2/13/18 Elle 2016 France 130 min. Dutch director Paul Verhoeven adapted this revenge tale which earned 61 awards and an Oscar nomination for lead actress Isabelle Huppert (who won the Cesar, Golden Globe, Independent Spirit, and many more). 

2/20/18 The Founder 2016 USA 1125 min. Michael Keaton stars as Ray Kroc, a persistent and ambitious salesman who founded an empire. Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch co-star.

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Atomic Blonde starring Charlize Theron screens on March 6

2/27/18 Monster 2003 USA 109 min. Charlize Theron won the Oscar for transforming herself into “freeway killer” Aileen Wuornos; with Christina Ricci. Directed by Patty Jenkins. 

3/6/18 Atomic Blonde 2017 USA 115 min. Watch for the stunts, not the story. The ice queen archetype comes alive as Charlize Theron’s MI6 Agent Lorraine Broughton “is equal parts spy-craft, sensuality and savagery” (Focus Features). 

3/13/18 The Hundred-Foot Journey 2014 USA 122 min. Restaurant owners clash. Helen Mirren stars and Lasse Hallstrom directs.

Susi Q Community Center is located at 380 Third St, 949-464-6645.

City News

City is now accepting applications for the Community Assistance Grant Program for 2018-19

The City of Laguna Beach is now accepting applications for the Community Assistance Grant Program for fiscal year 2018-2019. The Program’s objective is to assist local non-profit organizations in funding new projects and/or expanding services within the community. 

Consideration is given to local non-profit organizations with functioning programs, projects, and services which provide the greatest benefit in meeting the needs of residents, and new or expanded services not currently being provided locally.

This year, grant applications will be submitted electronically. More information can be obtained on the City’s website at www.lagunabeachcity.net/CAG.

Grant applications will be accepted until 5:30 p.m. on Thurs, March 29. 

For further information, call (949) 497-0779.

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…and applications for Committee, Commissions, Boards and Task Forces will be accepted until Jan 22

The City Council is accepting applications for the following Committees, Commissions, Boards and Task Force: Recreation Committee; Design Review Board; Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee; Heritage Committee; Environmental Sustainability Committee; View Restoration Committee; and Affordable Housing Task Force. 

Applications are due to the City Clerk by Mon, Jan 22 by 5:30 p.m. 

Interviews and appointments will be conducted on Tues, Feb 6, at 6 p.m. 

Applications will not be accepted after the Jan 22 deadline. 

Laguna Beach residents who are interested in serving on one of these committees should obtain an application from the City Clerk’s office or online from the City’s website at www.lagunabeachcity.net. (Click on ‘Government’; ‘City Council’; then ‘Boards, Commissions and Committees’)

Questions may be directed to the City Clerk’s office at (949) 497-0705.

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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.

Library Events

January

 

Sat, Jan 20

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.

 

Mon, Jan 22

Class/Workshop

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.

 

Wed, Jan 24

Pre-School Playtime

10:30 a.m. - 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.

 

Thurs, Jan 25

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.

www.ocpl.org

949-497-1733

    Laguna Beach Books Bi-weekly Bestsellers

 

Novels

A Column of Fire by Ken Follett 

In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

 

Non-Fiction

The River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks 

The Vanity Fair Diaries by Tina Brown 

Tribe of Mentors by Timothy Ferriss

 

 

Children’s Books

Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Jonah Winter 

Margritte’s Marvelous Hat by D/B/ Johnson 

From the Heart of Africa by Eric Walters 

 

Staff Recommendation

Aerial Geology by Mary Caperton Morton  

 

1200 S Coast Hwy

949.494.4779

www.lagunabeachbooks.com

Jazz Wednesdays are back for the winter season

Tickets are now on sale for the popular Jazz Wednesday’s Winter season presented by Laguna Beach Live! The series includes seven concerts, Jan 17-April 11, at the distinctive event facility [seven-degrees] at 891 Laguna Canyon Rd.

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The series kicks off on Jan 17 with Mark Towns Latin Jazz featuring Diana Purim, followed on Jan 31 by Straight Ahead Jazz featuring the Rickey Woodard Quintet. Feb 14 features Valentine’s Day Piano Jazz, with Grammy-Award winning Bill Cunliffe Trio with special guest vocalist, and February 28 presents Iconic Jazz, an All-Star Tribute to Dizzy & Ella featuring vocalist Maiya Sykes & Trumpeter Bijon Watson. March 14 features New West Group, March 28 Project Popular, and the series ends on April 11 with Modern Jazz Josh Nelson presenting: “And The Sky Remains” a love ballad to LA

Concerts are from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m, and doors open at 5 p.m. A full bar and buffet dinner menu is available for purchase starting at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Seating is assigned. Reservations are accepted until noon on day of concert or until sold out.

For more information visit www.lagunabeachlive.org or call 949-715-9713.

Community is invited to Patriots Day Parade Honoree Brunch on Sun Feb 4 at Tivoli Terrace

The community is invited to celebrate the 2018 Patriots Day Parade honorees on Sunday, Feb 4 at the Honoree Brunch. The brunch will be staged from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Tivoli Terrace, Festival of Arts grounds.

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Enjoying the 2017 Parade

Honorees for the March 3 parade are Grand Marshal Gloria Fickling, Honored Patriot George Ciampa (WWII), Citizen of the Year Heidi Miller, Junior Citizens Marisa Schatz and Joseph Ravenna, Artists of the Year Laguna Art Museum, and Athletes of the Year Laguna Beach Water Polo Foundation Girls Junior Olympics Champions. 

Reservations should be made by January 22. The cost is $30 per person.  For further information, email shworthy@cox.net or phone (949) 494-6016.


LBUSD Board Meeting takes place Tues Jan 23

Theregular LBUSD Board meeting takes place this Tuesday Jan 23 with the open session beginning at 6 p.m. at 550 Blumont Street.

Action items include a recommendation to support AB 1743 (Career Technical Education Incentive Grant Program), descriptions for a Digital Library and Media Specialist and K-5 Computer Literacy Teacher on Special Assignment, and independent contractor agreements.

The agenda for Tuesday’s regular Board meeting is posted here.

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