Ed. Note: The Peace Exchange is a non-profit dedicated to making change in the lives of women and children in the Dominican Republic of the Congo. They will be reporting on their progress and activities in the coming weeks. 

College interns dedicated to The Peace Exchange


When I was a student at Laguna Beach High School, mi profesor de lengua Español, Señor Gonzales, told our class about a song that made him excited about his move to the United States of America. That song was Le Freak, by the band Chic. Señor thought that the lyrics were “Africa” and not “Le Freak”. This, to him symbolized what he understood of American society as being inclusive and celebratory of other cultures and peoples. While he soon learned the actual lyrics, it is clear that Señor was correct about America. As a whole, we include and celebrate many different cultures.

The women artisans of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) represent this celebratory attitude in their work and family life, as we have learned at The Peace Exchange. The Peace Exchange has recently opened a second sewing center for the women in the DRC. Employing local Congolese in the two sewing centers, this is, for many, their first job and the gateway to sustainable change.

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The Peace Exchange’s sewing center in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The latest shipment of locally handcrafted products has just arrived in Laguna from their sewing collectives. These pieces are the best representation to date of their transcendent joie de vivre, crafted in colorful African wax printed fabrics.

I live in mid-Laguna now, five years after my LBHS graduation. When I’m not busy with my current studies (sustainability and women’s studies), I work with The Peace Exchange. My sister, Kate Rogers and I work out of the new distribution center at Davis Law Offices with our mother, and member of the board, Iris Bourne, along with The Peace Exchange founder, Katie Bond.


Interns, Kate (left) and Gina Rogers

Tom Davis leads our board and has generously donated the beautiful space for our distribution center. Katie, a local Yogi, started the non-profit out of SpyGlass Hill where she lives with her dog, Leo. The Peace Exchange achieved its not-for-profit status in 2014 and has grown to include ten Laguna residents as board members, and a devoted volunteer community. It is perhaps not surprising then that Peace Exchange events are held locally.

Check our social media accounts for information regarding upcoming events in SoLag, NoLag, and what will henceforth be known as “Mid-Lag”!  There was a Happy Hour trunk show at the Wine Gallery in Mid-Lag this past Thursday, and there will be many more events to come.  Our website lists the latest events: http://www.thepeaceexchange.com/events/

If you follow us on Facebook (The Peace Exchange Sustainable Fair Trade), and Twitter, you’ll get a to vote for the next articles. #PeaceExchange | @PeaceExchange
To shop our latest products or if you want to get involved with our fun team, visit our website: www.ThePeaceExchange.com

The MY HERO project receives $2,000 grant from Festival of the Arts Foundation for Hero Art Workshops with LBUSD

The MY HERO project was awarded funds in the amount of $2000 from the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts Foundation to support media arts education in the Laguna Beach School District. 

To this end, MY HERO media arts educators worked with students in the digital art and photography classes at Laguna Beach High School to inspire students to submit environmentally themed art and public service announcements to the annual Laguna Hero Fest. Twelve different student’s works were selected for exhibition at [seven- degrees] on May 14 in conjunction with celebrating the Eco Heroes of Laguna Beach that evening. Guests and honorees appreciated the student’s creativity and commitment to ecology.

In addition, funds from the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts Foundation supported the screening of the MY HERO short film, the Eco Heroes of Laguna Beach, at Thurston Middle School in the art classes taught by Linda Erickson. After viewing the contributions of local heroes featured in the short film, students were encouraged to create new works with the theme of environmental conservation.

MY HERO is grateful to the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts Foundation for its continued support of our media arts education programs in the community of Laguna Beach.

MY HERO is a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible: www.myhero.com/donate

Where’s Maggi?

Which roads are we hitting this week? 

Maggi thinks everyone should have seen these spots, especially while sitting in traffic. Something we are likely to do in the summer…

Well, if you’ve been out and around, maybe you know where these shots were taken. Take a look and give us a shout with your answers to the four mystery locations in the photos below. 

Begin with the featured image then click on the left-hand photo in the slideshow to view the other three.

Submit your answers to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The correct answers will be in Friday’s edition and on our Facebook page.

Have fun and thanks for playing!

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“My Laguna” 2015 Photo Contest winners announced

Assistant City Manager Christa Johnson announced the winners of the City of Laguna Beach’s “My Laguna” 2015 Photo Contest. 

The winners are: in the Adult Category: 1st Place Mitch Ridder; 2nd Place Allard van der Graaf; 3rd Place Cheyne Walls; in the Youth Category: 1st Place Charlie Dickerson, 2nd Place Chloe Mansour, 3rd Place Deja Whitney. Each will be awarded $150, $75 and $50, respectively. There were also several Honorable Mention awards in each category. 

Winning photographs will be presented at an upcoming City Council meeting and are now on display on the City’s website: http://lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/admin/contest.asp

The contest ran between May 22 and June 12, 2015.  The juror, photographer Tom Lamb, reviewed 159 submissions from 63 photographers who live, work, or exhibit in Laguna Beach. Tom Lamb is the owner of Lamb Studio, a design/photography/ communications workshop based in Laguna Beach, specializing in ethnographic, landscape, and architectural photography.

LCAD Gallery exhibition and landmark monograph release of the art of Bill Ogden, opening July 2

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The Art of Bill Ogden opens Thursday at LCAD Gallery

Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) will open The Art of Bill Ogden, the first solo exhibition of artworks by Bill Ogden from July 2 to August 31 at LCAD Gallery, at 374 Ocean Ave. An opening reception will take place on First Thursday Artwalk from 6 – 9 p.m. on July 2 with a special music performance and refreshments.

The Art of Bill Ogden will feature vivid original paintings, illustrations and drawings from the mid-1970s to the present day. The exhibition coincides with the publication of his monograph, OGDEN: The Visionary Art of Bill Ogden.

OGDEN: The Visionary Art of Bill Ogden celebrates Ogden’s masterful works of art and offers Ogden devotees and new admirers alike, a comprehensive overview of Ogden’s lifelong development as an artist. This beautiful, hardcover, 160-page monograph with stunning color reproductions will be available for purchase at the price of $60 at LCAD Gallery on July 2nd, the evening of the exhibition opening, and throughout the course of the exhibition.

For readers, artists, designers, historians and scholars, and anyone interested in discovering the less-charted undercurrents of California’s mid-century countercultural art, OGDEN: The Visionary Art of Bill Ogden, published by Croul Publications of Newport Beach, details the emergence of one little-known California artist, Bill Ogden, during the years dominated by psychedelic icons such at Timothy Leary and The Brotherhood of Eternal Love.

Ogden’s beginnings, from drawing Surfer Magazine cartoons, psychedelic ads for Jantzen swimwear, posters for San Francisco acid-rock bands such as Traffic, and hippie publications such as the L.A. Free Press, never fell into the clichéd “acid art” category. Instead, Ogden’s line, color and tone offered cool respite from the 1960s rip currents of hyper-rapid social change through his vivid artistic imagination.

Ogden was one of the original 192 participating renegade exhibitors at Laguna’s first Sawdust Festival.

Author Craig Lockwood, the son of Laguna Beach artists with 100-year family roots in the seaside community, was an early fan of Ogden’s work. “During the 1960s and 70’s in Laguna Beach, you’d find Ogden’s enormously popular, gracefully psychedelic poster/calendars from Jimmy Otto’s Sound Spectrum music shop, on the walls of every local kid’s bedroom, college dorm-room or young adult’s studio apartment,” Lockwood said. “Today, here and there in Laguna, Ogden’s paintings are still seen gracing the walls of shops, restaurants, doctor and dentist’s offices – anywhere the artist could, in the long-standing tradition of the art colony, “make a trade”.

For more information about the LCAD Gallery, visit: www.lcad.edu/gallery/college-gallery. To download a catalog, stay up-to-date on the latest news and events and support LCAD’s Annual Fund: http://www.lcad.edu, Facebook at @LCADBFA, Twitter @LCAD and Instagram @lcadbfa.

Laguna Beach Library’s June & July events

Laguna Beach Library will host a host of fun events throughout June. All programs are free, graciously funded by Friends of The Laguna Beach Library.

Summer Reading Program underway until August 1

It’s Summer Reading Time! Come to the Laguna Beach Library and register to participate in our free musical themed summer reading program “Read to the Rhythm!” A free program, designed to nurture a love of reading for all ages. There are prizes, free family entertainment, parties and crafts. Children too young to read on their own? Parents reading to children counts too! So come down and join in. Please feel free to call the Library for more details. Teens 12-17 years who read 15 hours will get their pick of a gift cards for Target or iTunes.  Our new Adult Summer Reading program has weekly drawings for excellent prizes! Everyone can read and win!

Laguna Beach Library’s June and July Events:

Tuesday, June 30, 3:30 p.m. B.A.R.K. Read to a Dog Program Do your kids love to read aloud, or just need to practice their reading skills?  Come meet Venus and her owner, Theresa, from Beach Animals Read with Kids (B.A.R.K.)! Children can read to a certified therapy dog, eager to listen and love. Aaarf!  Sign up at the Children’s Desk.

Tuesday, June 30 3:30 p.m. Family Summer Show: Wild Wonders Kids and adults come and “tame” your curiosity for wildlife. Yes, real, live exotic animals here at the library.  Don’t miss this fun and interactive show.

Wednesdays, July 1, 8, 15, 22  & 29, 11-11:45 a.m. Sunshine Readers Family Storytime The National Charity League, Laguna Chapter, presents the Sunshine Readers! Experience a fun & lively storytime performed by our local teen organization members. Each show lasts one hour and includes refreshments. No preregistration required.

Thursdays, July 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Peapod Academy Children’s Storytime 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. Free. No preregistration required.

Monday, July 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m. PJ Storytime & Stuffed Animal Sleepover The Sunshine Readers sponsor the “Great Stuffed Animal Sleepover” and pajama storytime. Children between the ages of 4-8, bring your stuffed critters for a pajama storytime with the amazing Sunshine Readers. And guess what? Your animals will sleep over with the other “stuffers.” We’ll take photos of what your animal did at its Library sleepover. Simply pick up your animal the next day. Lots of laughs and there’s no better way to find out how your stuffed animal likes to have fun. Free…No preregistration required.

Tuesday, July 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Annual Family Ice Cream Social Step right up to a sundae bar inspired by old-fashioned ice cream parlors. Enjoy frozen treats on a hot summer night.  We’re gathering families and friends of all ages to partake in this fun & friendly night.  Scoop up some books while you’re here and kids may win a raffle prize.

Laguna Beach Library regular hours are Monday to Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on Sundays and holidays. 

Laguna Beach Library is at 363 Glenneyre St. For information, call 497-1733. 


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