$245,000 in jewelry while resident was out of town
A man returned home to his in the 600 block of Loretta Drive after being away for a few months and discovered that a locked jewelry cabinet was open.
LBPD Sgt. Tim Kleiser said the RP’s daughter had been inside the residence on March 7 and all was in order at that time.
The RP arrived late in the evening on the 25th and promptly made a list of the missing items, which included pieces of expensive jewelry from the cabinet and a camera was taken elsewhere in the home.
The RP estimates the loss at $245,000.
Laguna Beach PD requested and received assistance from the OC Sheriff’s CSI team to conduct an evidence check of the home.
No further details are available at this time.
Off-duty LBPD officer accosted by man on Ocean Ave
A downtown business owner recognized an off-duty Laguna cop who was walking in the area of Ocean Avenue and Beach Street Thursday afternoon.
Sgt. Tim Kleiser said, “The business owner told the off-duty officer about a homeless male who was causing a disturbance. The male had been yelling that he would kill people.”
When the off-duty cop used his cell phone to call the PD, the male became agitated and turned and began to approach the officer. The suspect, later identified as Todd Kitay, 52, out of Florida, Kleiser said, “…verbally threatened the officer…who pushed the man away when he got to him…”
Other officers who had responded to the 9-1-1 call took Kitay into custody after a short scuffle. He was held on charges of misdemeanor resisting an officer and making criminal threats.
No one was injured.
Annual low-cost spay/neuter program for residents of Laguna Beach and Laguna Woods sponsored by PUP
Protecting Unwanted Pets (PUP) will cover the majority of the costs to spay or neuter your pet during this annual event, taking place from April 1 – April 30! Spaying or neutering your pet has numerous health benefits for the animal and is essential in controlling pet overpopulation.
To take advantage of this opportunity, you must be a resident of Laguna Beach or Laguna Woods. There is a maximum of two pets per household.
A veterinarian evaluates each pet and in the event your pet requires additional medical attention, you will be responsible for additional costs.
Voucher prices range $20-$50 for spays and $15-$30 for neuters (depending on weight of the animal). Purchase vouchers at the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter at 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. Vouchers must be purchased by April 15, 2015; procedures must occur in April 2015.
Join AAUW’s LA Renaissance Tour with Hoffy Tours to support science camp for Laguna girls April 25
The Laguna Beach Chapter of AAUW, in collaboration with Hoffy Tours, has arranged a fabulous art, architecture and culture bus tour of Los Angeles. Proceeds support scholarships for a group of Thurston School 7th grade girls to attend Tech Trek, a summer math/science camp. AAUW has hard data showing that former Tech Trek girls indeed went on to major in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) subject in college.
The tour, led by Lagunan Bill Hoffman, includes the Arts District, the Biltmore Hotel, Bunker Hill, a private lunch and wine tasting at historic San Antonio Winery, Olvera Street including a walking tour of the Avila Adobe and the controversial Siqueiro’s mural, the new Chinatown, Broadway Street and Grand Central Market and a fun bus like you’ve never seen. Wear comfortable shoes for lots of walking.
The tour LA Renaissance will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost, including lunch is $125, of which $100 is tax deductible.
The deadline to sign up is April 1st
The group will meet at the Laguna Beach Unified School District parking lot (Park Avenue and Short Street) at 8:30 a.m. Make your check payable to AAUW-LBF (a non-profit, 501c3,foundation that administers the funds), and mail to Diane Reed, 439 Los Robles, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. Please include your phone number.
Space is limited to 40 people so get your reservations in early. You’ll see LA as never before, have a fun day with congenial people and help promote science education for Laguna girls. If you have any questions contact Diane Reed at 949-497-3212.
AAUW-LB is a unique, multidimensional group of women working together to empower women and girls through education to reach their full potential. Anyone joining AAUW-LB at the time of taking the LA Renaissance tour will receive a discount on membership dues. Please visit our website at www.aauw-lagunabeach.org
Ruben Flores teaches LOCA floral arranging workshop
Laguna Outreach for Community Arts (LOCA) is offering a floral design workshop with Ruben Flores this Thursday, April 2, from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. at Laguna Nursery.
Participants will learn to arrange leaves, stems and flowers. Flores, an expert horticulturalist and landscape designer, will teach simple building and layering techniques. Everyone will take home a beautiful finished arrangement.
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Cost is $30 or $125 for five classes.
All classes in the 50 Shades of Green program include materials and free on-site parking. Beginners and all levels are invited.
Laguna Nursery is located at 1370 S. Coast Hwy.
coastal eddy a gallery presents “LB – AP – Clay” by Laguna Beach High School AP Ceramics students
coastal eddy a gallery presents the future of ceramic art, with “LB – AP – Clay”. This show features the AP Ceramics students at Laguna Beach High School, taught by Somer Selway.
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LBHS AP Ceramics students
These students are also taking the AP 3D Portfolio exam. This is a college credit exam in which each student creates 20 portfolio pieces to be judged by the AP board. In addition, the practical experience of being part of a gallery show, submitting your work, curation, set-up, helps to insure the future of Ceramic Art and the cultivation of these young artists. Each student has a unique style, technique and process that includes functional work, sculptural work both figurative and abstract, there is even some funk movement art as well as dessert object d’art.
The artists making their debut are: James Weir, Liam Corrigan, Alexandra Eftimie, Victoria Spencer, Ariel Carlson, John Gerges, Nathan Meier and Julia Nasiell.
The show runs April 4 – May 9.
“I’m very grateful to coastal eddy for providing the opportunity to showcase the talents of the AP ceramics students. I am hoping many community members will attend the show to demonstrate their continued support for art education,” said Selway.
Saturday, April 4, is the Artist’s Opening Reception from 5 – 8 p.m. and is open to the public.
The only ceramic art gallery in Laguna Beach is located at 1417 S. Coast Highway, in the HIP district of Laguna, 949.715.4113, www.coastaleddyagallery.com.
Take a walk in town and see beauty all around you
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Plein Air artist A. Jane Fulton demonstrating her talents in Heisler Park
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Blooms on Glenneyre across from the parking structure
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The setting sun along Cleo Street from the parking lot of Ralphs Market
Cub Scout Troop 38 has been busy “doing their best”
By JILL GUZIAK
Laguna Beach’s Cub Scout Troop #38 have already been “doing their best” in many ways this year.
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Then Cub Scouts (and friends) intently listened to the Laguna Beach firefighters
The troop kicked the year off with a bang and a clang as they took a trip downtown to fire station one arriving just as the trucks were speeding away to an urgent call. Needless to say, this determined troop of “do- gooders” toured the station until a couple of the very brave firefighters returned to give the boys a proper demonstration of their equipment, uniforms and trucks.
(Left to right): Rowan Dunning, Reid Guziak and Diego Pasquera
First, Second and Third!
The boys also were taught how to make wind propelled miniature sailboats, and subsequently raced against one another to see who’s Cub Scout skill actually paid off for them in the form of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place!
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Proud of their handiwork – and rightfully so! (Left-to-t=right): Kai Patchell, Jude Young, Zach Van Meter, Gehrig Mackay, Redmond Chesley, Reid Guziak, Will Briggs, Rowan Dunning, Seth Hanson and Diego Pasquera holding toolboxes
A lesson in building real toolboxes to hold the essentials that these boys will use for their whole lives proved to be incredibly popular amongst the boys. They were genuinely thrilled to take home such a professional product that they could proudly state that they themselves sawed and sanded to perfection!
A Blue & Gold dinner themed “Gold Rush” in late February allowed the troop to bond over a meal together with their families and learn about the early days right here in California.
Pinewood Derby winners (L-R): Jude Young, Ryder Fish and Rowan Dunning
Most recently, each Cub Scout was tasked with fashioning a car out of a wood block and they gathered to attend a Pinewood Derby. Trophies were awarded for the top three fastest cars!
What’s next for these boys? They are working on earning their merit and advancement badges and memorizing the Cub Scout Motto, Sign, Salute and handshake. Stay tuned for more adventures!
Laguna Ocean Foundation seeking volunteer docents
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Students from Rancho Cucamonga exploring tidepools at TI Beach – spring break
Laguna Ocean Foundation is currently looking for volunteer Tidewater Docents to assist in educating residents and visitors about the unique ecology in Laguna’s protected tidepools. The next class training will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 6-8 p.m. at the Newport Back Bay Science Center in Newport Beach. Docents must be at least 18 years of age and volunteer at the tidepools once monthly.
Explore the opportunity to become a Tidewater Docent and experience the excitement of sharing the marine life in the tidepools with others.
The mission of Laguna Ocean Foundation is to preserve and protect the intertidal zone, watersheds and ocean waters of Laguna Beach and to educate the public about the importance of protecting these resources. For more information regarding the Foundation, check out its website at LagunaOceanFoundation.org
Fifth District Supervisor Bartlett speaks at LCC dinner
Supervisor Lisa Bartlett
Recently elected OC Board of Supervisors Member Lisa Bartlett will speak at the Laguna Canyon Conservancy’s monthly dinner meeting next Monday night.
Fifth District Supervisor Bartlett will speak on the state of the County as well how the County is addressing conservation and stewardship of our open spaces.
Monday, April 6 at Tivoli Terrace. The no-host bar opens at 6 p.m., dinner will be served at 6:35 with the program to follow. Dinner cost for Members: $10, non-members $15.
Reservations are required. Call Sharon Larimer at (949) 306-0122 to RSVP.
Laguna Dance Festival announces two exciting companies: Cuba’s Malpaso Dance Company’s first performance out west and Alonzo King LINES Ballet will perform in September
Two of the world’s hottest dance companies, Malpaso Dance Company from Havana, Cuba and San Francisco’s Alonzo King LINES Ballet, will give two performances each during the Laguna Dance Festival Sept 10–13. A free Art Walk presentation of Southern California choreographers and dancers on Sept 3 and master classes Sept 5, 6, 12 and 13 will round out the fall festival, now in its 11th year.
Malpaso Dance Company will take the stage at the Laguna Playhouse for its West Coast premiere on Thursday, Sept 10 and Friday, Sept 11 at 7:30 p.m. with pre-performance talks in the theater at 6:30 p.m.
Repertory for the Cuban company’s Laguna engagement includes Despedida/Farewell, a work by company founder Osnel Delgado, set to music by Grammy Award-winning Cuban-American composer Arturo O’Farrill, and a new commissioned work, Under Fire, choreographed by the adventurous Trey McIntyre.
Delgado founded Malpaso Dance Company in 2012 with Dailedys Carrazana and Fernando Saéz. It consists of 10 dancers, including former members of Danza Contemporanea de Cuba. The contemporary dance company collaborates with leading international choreographers and nurtures new talent. For more information on Malpaso Dance Company, visit www.Malpasodance.com.
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Malpaso Dance Company
Siobhan Burke of The New York Times wrote of the company’s 2014 international debut, “…finely kneaded movement, which almost makes you want to grab it in fistfuls…It’s impossible to choose favorites among the dancers, many of whom studied at Cuba’s National Ballet School. They have the pristine technique but none of the rigidity that comes with that kind of training, as comfortable on the ground — in coiling, capoeiralike flips and tricks — as they are in the air. They’re both humble and sparklingly present — and remarkably strong all around, with the men and women doing equal lifting.”
Festival artistic director Jodie Gates commented, “With the recent détente between the United States and Cuba, we saw an opportunity to introduce this energetic young troupe to Southern California audiences. This, its first performance in the western region of North America, is an exciting opportunity for everyone involved.”
A Laguna Dance Festival favorite, Alonzo King LINES Ballet comes to town for a Saturday, Sept. 12 performance at 7:30 p.m., followed by an artists’ reception, and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. This is the first time the festival has presented a full evening of Alonzo King’s choreography danced by LINES Ballet. The evening will include a new collaborative work that unites King’s choreography with natural soundscape artist Bernie Krause and composer Richard Blackford, and Concerto for Two Violins, choreographed by King to Bach’s Concerto in D Minor.
Since 1982, King has guided this celebrated contemporary ballet company with choreography known for connecting audiences to a profound sense of shared humanity. King collaborates with noted international composers, musicians and visual artists to create works that draw on a diverse set of cultural traditions, imbuing classical ballet with new expressive potential. For more information on the LINES Ballet, visit www.linesballet.org.
The San Francisco Chronicle proclaimed, “Alonzo King is one of the few bona fide visionaries in the ballet world today, and we are fortunate to have him and his LINES Ballet in San Francisco.”
In addition to being a hometown favorite during its annual spring and fall performances in the Bay Area, LINES Ballet has been featured at the Venice Biennale, Monaco Dance Forum, Maison de la Danse, the Edinburgh International Festival, Festival Montpellier Danse, the Wolfsburg Festival, the Holland Dance Festival, and most recently Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris.
Laguna Dance Festival executive director Joy Dittberner noted, “Alonzo King is one of those rare geniuses whose artistic vision is clear to anyone who experiences his company, whether they are seasoned dance fans or new to the art form.”
In addition to the four onstage performances by these two extraordinary companies, Laguna Dance Festival will present a free public dance performance at the Sept. 3 First Thursdays Art Walk, master classes for local intermediate and advanced dancers on Sept. 5 and Sept. 6 at the Laguna Beach High School dance studio, a Malpaso technique class and repertory workshop on Sept. 12, and a Sept. 13 LINES Ballet master class, also at Laguna Beach High School, 625 Park Avenue.
All onstage performances will be held at the 420-seat Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road.
Tickets will go on sale at www.lagunadancefestival.org on May 29.
Laguna Dance Festival is regarded as one of Orange County’s major annual cultural events and continues to be an important showcase for new and established dance companies and artists. Its mission is to support and promote the development of dance creation, presentation and education, and to increase public appreciation of the art form in Orange County and beyond. For more information, call 949-715-5578 or visit www.lagunadancefestival.org.
Laguna Dance Festival (Sept. 3–13) schedule as of March 30:
Thursday, Sept. 3 – Free dance performance during Laguna Beach First Thursdays Art Walk; details to be announced
Sept. 5 and Sept. 6 – Master classes for intermediate to advanced dancers; details to be announced
Thursday, Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. – Malpaso onstage performance; pre-performance talk at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. – Malpaso onstage performance; pre-performance talk at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 12 – Malpaso technique class and repertory workshop; details to be announced
Saturday, Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m. – Alonzo King LINES Ballet onstage performance
Saturday, Sept. 12 – Post-performance Artists’ Reception; ticketed event at Laguna Playhouse
Sept. 13 – Alonzo King LINES Ballet master class; details to be announced
Sunday, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. – Alonzo King LINES Ballet onstage performance. Pre-performance talk at 1 p.m.
The Laguna Board of REALTORS’® want us to know that its members are champions of homeownership
From a press release
The Laguna Board of REALTORS® encourages every member to vote in every election, act on REALTOR® Party issues and invest in the National Association of REALTORS® REALTOR ® PARTY. Investing in the REALTOR® Action Fund promotes the advocacy of our rights and values as REALTORS®. Every dollar of this fund is used to protect REALTORS® interests in government.
Now more than ever, it is critical for REALTORS® to come together and speak with one voice about the stability a sound and dynamic real estate market brings to our communities.
From city hall to the state house to the U.S. Capitol, our elected officials are making decisions that have a huge impact on the bottom line of REALTORS® and their clients.
REALTORS® contribute to the REALTOR® Action Fun as an investment in our Real Estate business, which helps advance the goals of the REALTOR® Party (recent examples):
Preserved the mortgage interest deduction; strengthened credit and lending policies
Supported affordable, fixed-rate mortgages for working families and refinancing easier for Veterans.
Stopped point-of-sale mandates, which would add cost to a transaction, and much more.
The Laguna Board of REALTORS® upholds REALTOR® Party Values: Homeownership, private property rights, free enterprise and responsible government and is proud to be a National Association of REALTORS® Sterling R Contributor to the REALTOR® Action Fund.
To learn more about current legislative issues affecting Homeownership, please visit http://www.car.org/governmentaffairs/HLF. For more information on Laguna REALTORS, visit www.Lagunaboardofrealtors.com or call (949) 497-2474.
Afghan art exhibit & sale at Woman’s Club April 2
Under the Taliban, Afghan artists were forced to stifle their creativity since even possessing works of art depicting people or animals was considered idolatry and a punishable crime. Now the talents of a group of budding artists, led by three young women, have been unleashed and the results will be on display at the Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach on Thursday, April 2.
“Colorful Wings” is an exhibit of paintings created by a new generation of Afghans who have openly chosen peace over war and who want the world to hear their commitment to nonviolence by viewing their art.
“Our art is our power and our power makes us move forward and fight not only for ourselves, but for those who need us,” said Venus Vesal, one of the featured painters. “We want to introduce the world to the beautiful but forgotten aspects of Afghan culture.”
The three women heading the project met as art students at the University of Herat in western Afghanistan, known as “The City of Art and Culture.” With the help of the Afghan Development and Inspiration Bureau, a non-governmental organization working with the next generation of Afghans to establish businesses to improve Afghanistan’s economy, the women opened a gallery in Herat. Proceeds from their opening in 2013 went to benefit street children.
All paintings at the Woman’s Club event will be for sale. The artists have agreed to donate proceeds to International Orphan Care (IOC). The nonprofit organization, founded in 1993 and headquartered in Laguna Hills, provides education, healthcare and nutrition to Afghan orphans and children from impoverished families.
IOC currently operates a school in Jalalabad, offering both academic and vocational classes to over 150 disadvantaged girls and boys. In addition to English, math and computer courses, upon graduation each student leaves proficient in a potentially income generating skill and receives a skill specific tool kit for the tailoring, bicycle repair, carpentry and electronics classes.
Along with the exhibit by youthful Afghan artists, Ashraf Anzurgar, Professor of Art at Kabul University, has been invited to speak at the event. Through his paintings, Anzurgar, one of Afghanistan’s most prominent fine artists, depicts his homeland’s rich history and culture that is often overshadowed by images of terrorists, suppression and violence.
“Colorful Wings” will coincide with Laguna’s First Thursdays Art Walk and will be open to the public free of charge from 5-9 p.m. Afghan food and tea will be available. The Woman’s Club is located at 286 St. Ann’s Drive, Laguna Beach.
LB Library will accept original poetry for the 17th Annual Community Poetry Contest throughout the month of April
In honor of National Poetry Month, Laguna Beach Library will be accepting submissions for its 17th annual Community Poetry Contest throughout the month of April. This year’s topic is, “Winds of Change.”
Throughout the month of April, entrants may submit up to three original poems. All poems must be submitted by April 30. Name and contact information are required. Poems cannot be returned.
The Poetry Contest is open to the general public and entries will be judged according to grade/age level: Adult, High School (Grades 9-12), 6, 7 and 8th Grades, 4th and 5th Grades, 2nd and 3rd Grades, 1st Grade, Pre-K and Kindergarten.
Winning Poems will be published in the library’s 17th Annual Poetry Booklet. If you would like to submit cover art for this year’s booklet, please do so by visiting the Library or contacting them at the email address below.
Gift Certificates for Laguna Books (courtesy of Friends of Laguna Beach Library) will be awarded to the top three winners in each category. All winners will be invited to the poetry awards recognition event and public reading to be held at the Library on Saturday, June 6.
All Entries Must Be Submitted By April 30, 2015.
Kids will have three chances to find an Easter Egg
2015 has become the Year of the Easter Egg! Laguna’s kids will have chances to find Easter Eggs on three straight days from Good Friday through Easter Sunday.
World’s greatest colored egg hider
The Laguna Beach Parents Club will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, April 3, from 4-7 p.m. at Alta Laguna Park. Member families are welcome.
After the hunt there will be food, fun, and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Visit lagunabeachparents.com to become a member and join in on the fun.
United Methodist Church is calling all children in the area: bring your baskets! An Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 10 a.m., April 4, the day before Easter, in Lang Park, Coast Hwy and Wesley Drive.
Even the youngest children are welcome. Infants will do their searching on a blanket; toddlers will have their own specific area to hunt as well. Older children will have a larger area on the field to look for eggs. Refreshments also will be served.
The Laguna Beach United Methodist Church sponsors the hunt. For additional information, contact the church, 499-3088, or check lagunabeachumc.org
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American Legion’s annual Easter Sunday “stampede” begins at 1 p.m. – Sharp!
On Easter Sunday, the veterans of Laguna Beach American Legion Post 222 and the Women’s Auxiliary will once again sponsor the Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Laguna Beach High School baseball field. It will take place at 1 p.m. sharp on Easter Sunday, April 5. This free event is open to all children nine years old or younger.
The American Legion has been sponsoring this Laguna tradition for more than 50 years. Come early (12:30), as the Easter Bunny will make a personal appearance and will be available for photo opportunities!
Free composting workshop April 11 in Bluebird Park
The City of Laguna Beach and its solid waste contractor, Waste Management, are teaming up to host a free composting class for residents on Saturday, April 11. The class will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at Bluebird Park, 798 Bluebird Canyon Drive.
Attendees will learn how to recycle yard and food waste into valuable organic fertilizer for the gardening using simple composting techniques. Compost bins and worm bins will be available for purchase during the class at a discounted price.