16th Annual Plein Air Invitational events this week 

It’s underway!

The Laguna Beach Plein Air Painters (LPAPA) 16th Annual Invitational got underway on Sunday and runs until next Sunday, Oct 19, with different exciting events at different venues throughout Laguna with 40 artists!

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Photos courtesy of LPAPA

Kids Paint Out 2013

On Monday, the Kid’s Paint Out and Cupcake Reception was held in Heisler Park for fourth through twelfth grade students from participating schools who were paired with master painters to learn new painting techniques.

A complete list of events is available to be downloaded in a PDF here!

Intro Night for Impact Giving in LB Wednesday evening

Impact Giving Partners Rachiel Macalistaire, Susan Milette and Katie Milette (all residents of Laguna Beach) chat with Impact Giving Co-Founder Karen Wilson (resident of Laguna Beach) at a recent Impact Giving event.

Impact Giving’s Intro Night will take place in Laguna Beach (address to follow when you RSVP) on Wednesday, Oct 15, 6 - 7:30 p.m. This is a perfect opportunity for those who are new to Impact Giving or who would like to learn more about who Impact Giving is, where they give and how you can get involved. 

Bring your friends, family and co-workers for a girls-night-out! 

RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Impact Giving is a women’s collective giving group that engages, educates and empowers women by coming together to effect positive social change in our communities, in our nation and around the world. Made up of women throughout Orange County and Southern California, Impact Giving’s goal is to grow to 1,000 Partners, donating $1,000 annually, collectively granting a million dollars each year. 

In just five years, Impact Giving has awarded $606,000 dollars to 33 local and global nonprofit organizations, impacting the lives of more than 30,000 people around the world. 

For more information on how to get involved with Impact Giving, visit www.impactgivingnow.org

Police Files

Two cat burglaries reported at hotel within minutes Saturday morning – second victims had a good aim

Guests at the Pacific Edge Hotel reported that an apparent cat burglar had victimized their rooms while they were asleep.

The first report came at 5:36 Saturday morning. Two women said the sliding door on their lower level room had been left open. One of the women awakened to use the restroom and found the room had been ransacked.

A purse and contents was missing. The victim placed the loss at $444.

When police arrived at their room, they were alerted that a guest in a second room had just been awakened by someone trying to enter their room.

Additional police units were called to the scene and a perimeter was set up around the hotel as police searched for suspects. No one was located.

In that second instance, according to Captain Jason Kravetz, “A man and woman were asleep in bed when they were awakened by a noise. They saw a man’s arm reaching in through their open sliding door, which leads from the patio. The husband grabbed a water bottle and threw it at the suspect.  He hit the man in the head and the suspect said, ‘Oh, F_ _ _.’ 

“He was last seen running away.  Nothing was stolen and it appears that he never made entry into the room.”   


Try to rip off narcs and you still could go to jail for selling drugs 

A Temecula man and a Midway City woman were arrested for possession of heroin for sales early last Thursday – despite the fact that they didn’t have any heroin.

LBPD undercover narcs set up a buy/bust for the drugs and made arrangements to meet on N. Coast Hwy to do the deal. When the two suspects arrived at the location, patrol officers and detectives converged and detained them at 3:58 a.m.

Captain Jason Kravetz explained what happened next: “The officers discovered that the suspects had made ‘fake’ heroin in order to rip off the people buying it.  

“They were still arrested for possession for sales.”

Brian Allen Davis, 33, and Katlynn Lee Scotti, 21, went off to jail.

Laguna man refused to leave the ER – he stayed in jail  

Police were called by Mission Hospital Laguna Beach ER staff Friday afternoon to assist them in removing a man. ER staff said they had treated the man and cleared him for discharge, but he refused to leave.

Officers tried to reason with the man who, according to Captain Jason Kravetz, “…continued to cause a commotion.

“Officers ran a check and found a felony warrant for his arrest out of Hawthorne for CVC 2800.2(a)-Evading. He was arrested for this no-bail warrant, booked at the station and later taken to county jail.”

He was identified as Billy Jo Turner, 35, Laguna Beach. 

Wielding golden sledgehammers

On Monday afternoon, there was a gathering of Festival of Arts Board members, City officials, architects and engineers who all began the destruction that will lead to the re-do for the Festival of Arts Façade 

Photos by Maggi

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Fred Sattler, president of the Festival of Arts Board welcomes the crowd to the grand de-construction. With him are Mayor Elizabeth Pearson, Festival Treasurer Anita Mangels, and original Founding Board Member, John Rayment

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Mayor Elizabeth Pearson with a golden sledgehammer – Tear down those walls!

Nationally noted eye specialist and Laguna Beach resident talks about improving eye health, eradicating blindness 

Orange County is home to research that could prevent blindness in the foreseeable future.

Vision researchers at UC Irvine Health’s Gavin Herbert Eye Institute are rounding the corner on ways to prevent or restore vision loss that put the institute within reach of its goal to eliminate blindness caused by certain conditions by the year 2020, according to Dr. Roger Steinert, the Laguna Beach resident who serves as the institute’s director and interim dean for the UC Irvine School of Medicine.

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Dr. Roger Steinert

Steinert shared highlights of the groundbreaking work with a standing-room only crowd attending a public lecture held Monday, Oct 6 at the Newport Beach Public Library. The event was second of three in the library’s lecture series, “Medicine in Our Backyard.”

Research currently underway at the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, Steinert said, could yield treatments for blinding conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa and serious viral infections. 

“UC Irvine Health is leading the way for stem cell work in retinal degeneration,” he said. “We are hopeful that 2015 will bring our first clinical trial for stem cell treatment of age-related macular degeneration, thanks to the work of our team member, Dr. Henry Klassen.”

Gavin Herbert Eye Institute researchers are also investigating new treatments for such threats to vision health as cataracts, glaucoma and ocular herpes.

Gavin Herbert Eye Institute and UC Irvine Health’s Department of Ophthalmology faculty are internationally recognized physicians, surgeons and scientists who provide highly specialized training to future ophthalmologists, access to leading-edge clinical trials, and sight-saving treatments and therapies for many eye disorders. The Gavin Herbert Eye Institute mission is to develop educational programs, technologies and clinical solutions that enhance visual health and performance for people in Orange County, the nation and the world through cooperation with medical professionals, industry and the community. Visit www.eye.uci.edu for more information.

UC Irvine Health comprises the clinical, medical education and research enterprises of the University of California, Irvine. Patients can access UC Irvine Health at physician offices throughout Orange County and at its main campus, UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, Calif., a 412-bed acute care hospital that provides tertiary and quaternary care, ambulatory and specialty medical clinics, behavioral health and rehabilitation. U.S. News & World Report has listed it among America’s Best Hospitals for 14 consecutive years. UC Irvine Medical Center is home to Orange County’s only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, high-risk perinatal/neonatal program, Level I trauma center and Level II pediatric trauma center, and is the primary teaching hospital for UC Irvine School of Medicine. UC Irvine Health serves a region of more than 3 million people in Orange County, western Riverside County and southeast Los Angeles County.

Dr. Steinert’s wife April is a regular dining columnist for StuNewsLaguna.

LAM’s Art & Nature features…nature-based art!

Laguna Art Museum will present the Art & Nature event Nov. 6-9. Art & Nature is a multidisciplinary exploration of art’s many and various engagements with the natural world. Both a community-wide festival and a conference, the festival will include works of art specially commissioned for the event.

Art & Nature brings California artists of all kinds together with art historians, cultural historians, scientists, environmentalists, geographers, and other thinkers to share ideas and information about art in its engagement with nature.

This annual event serves a number of purposes: to provide a festival of art and ideas for the community; to inspire artists; to offer scientists a sense of what their work means in the wider culture; to find and develop connections between art and science; to raise awareness of environmental issues; and to celebrate Laguna Beach as a center for the appreciation of art and nature.

Artists have responded to nature in a kaleidoscopic variety of ways, from landscape and still life to scientific illustration, garden design, and Land Art; from painting and sculpture to installations, photography, film, and video. They have been inspired by the microscopic and the astronomical, by scientific research, by conservation concerns, by love and awe.

Nature-based art has developed hand-in-hand with natural science, serving to connect science with the general culture and provide scientists with a sense of the social, intellectual, and imaginative context of their work. Throughout history, artists have periodically rallied around calls for a return to nature, and the early twenty-first century may well be such a moment.

The theme of Art & Nature speaks particularly to the identity of Laguna Beach, which for over a hundred years has been a center for art, the appreciation of nature, and environmental awareness. In 1929, when the Laguna Beach Art Association built an art gallery to show and sell their work, they chose a commanding location on the coastline close to the natural wonders they loved to paint. The present museum occupies the same site. There could be no more appropriate venue in which to explore the art-nature connection.

Laguna Art Museum is at 307 Cliff Dr. For information, please visit http://www.LagunaArtMuseum.org/ArtandNature


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