Teenagers learned a lesson at Thousand Steps Beach
Three teens were enjoying a nice Sunday morning at Thousand Steps when they decided to go into the water. They left their “don’t get it wet” items on the sand and jumped into the ocean.
Naturally, their three iPhones and wallets containing credit cards and cash were gone. A witness said a male and a female went through their property and left with the wallets and phones.
Police did an area search but were unable to locate the suspects,
Working together to stop distracted driving
April is recognized as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. In California, the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), Laguna Beach Police Department, CHP, local law enforcement, and community partners throughout the state are working together to make the roads safer by highlighting the dangers of being distracted while driving, especially by cell phones.
“Law enforcement would rather see everyone off their cell phones than hand out a lot of tickets,” said Rhonda Craft, director of the Office of Traffic Safety. “Take care of calling, texting, setting your GPS and everything else before you hit the street.”
Assembly Bill 1785 went into effect on Jan 1, requiring all drivers in California to keep their cell phone out of their hands while operating a motor vehicle. Under the new law, a driver may activate or deactivate a feature or function of the cell phone or wireless communication device by swiping or tapping its screen only if it is properly mounted. Specific information on the new law can be found at www.ots.ca.gov.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 3,477 people were killed and an estimated 391,000 injured in motor vehicle collisions involving distracted drivers in 2015. That is a 9 percent increase in fatalities as compared to the previous year.
Officers from the Laguna Beach Police Department will join other law enforcement agencies throughout the state to provide educational experiences as well as zero tolerance enforcement efforts to discourage distracted driving.
This campaign is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Council appointments will be made at singularly focused meeting
By BARBARA DIAMOND
The City Council will meet on its usual first Tuesday of the month, but the agenda won’t be usual---just five items, all appointments to city boards and committees.
Planning Commission: Two seats are open on the Planning Commission, due to the expiration of the terms of Commissioner Roger McErlane and Chair Pro Tem Susan McClintock Whitin. Both are reapplying. Applications have also been submitted by Kole Carr and Robert Reed, who also applied for the Housing and Human Affairs Committee.
The commission advises the City Council on land use and development within the city limits, among other tasks.
Arts Commission: Terms of Arts Commissioners Michael Ervin, Pat Kollenda, Suzanne Mellor and Adam Schwerner are due to expire on June 30. All four filed for reappointment. They are joined by Stacy Dumas, Olivia Nickel and Jill Watkins.
The seven-member (plus one alternate) Commission advises the City Council on artistic and aesthetic matters and recommends projects and programs to be funded by the Business Improvement District.
Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Committee: The Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Committee has nine members, five of whose terms will expire in June. Of the five, David Horne, Jerry O. Myers Jr., and Chris Tomlin are re-applying
Applications were also received from Jason de Brettcville, Hartman King, Charity Morsey, Linda Halligan Olsen and Peter Stevenson.
The committee advises the City Council on how the community can best prepare for an emergency or disaster.
House and Human Services Committee: Members of the Housing and Human Services Committee assess and identify housing opportunities and human needs for all segments of the community and provide input on the City’s Housing Element of the General Plan. The terms of Interim Chair Fay Chapman, A. Jane Fulton and Jheri S.James are expiring. All three are re-applying. Cottie Petrie, Robert Reed and Marcus Skenderian also applied.
Personnel Board: Karl Koski, and Delano Dee Dinnelly, whose terms are due to expire in June, re-applied for seats on the three-member Personnel Board. Cathy Viviani also applied. The Board hears appeals on disciplinary actions, dismissals, demotions, reductions in pay, suspensions submitted by city employees and certifies its findings and recommendations per the city’s municipal code.
Due to the confidential nature of its work, Personnel Board meetings are not open to the public unless the employee requests it.
The council will meet again on May 9 with a broader agenda.
Pledging to use less water could win you a Prius, and Laguna a pocket park – let’s flood the website!
Story by LYNETTE BRASFIELD
Do it right now, why not? It takes only seconds and a few checkmarks. Visit www.mywaterpledge.com and encourage your friends and relatives to do the same, Mayor Toni Iseman urges residents. Just one email to colleagues with a mention of the water pledge could have an enormous ripple effect.
Pledgers are put in the running for a brand new Prius, among other fun prizes. What have you got to lose except water weight?
Simply click on the link and promise to conserve water – no proof needed, just your word that you’ll be waterwise – and that quick action could give Laguna bragging rights again as the most waterwise city in its category, repeating last year’s win and putting us in the running for a fabulous pocket park. (Editor’s Note: I have the perfect place for it…my back yard…) A city can never have too many parks.
Let’s flood the website! If each of us gets at least one more person to pledge, the spillover effect will make a big difference.
Now’s the time: Sunday is the deadline for pledges.
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As of today, Archbald, Pennsylvania, and Chesapeake Beach, Maryland, are beating us…say it ain’t so! Let’s get an overflow crowd to click on the link.
Cities with the highest percentage of residents taking the pledge in their population category win. Participants in winning cities are entered into drawings for hundreds of eco-friendly prizes, including home improvement gift cards, home irrigation equipment, and a Grand Prize Toyota Prius.
Last year, Laguna Beach residents committed to reduce water waste by 52 million gallons, eliminate more than 2,400 pounds of hazardous waste from entering our watersheds, reduce waste sent to landfills by 1.2 million pounds, and save 3.5 million kilowatt hours of energy.
How about an outpouring of support this year?
Let’s do it. Click on www.mywaterpledge.com and make Laguna a waterwise winner again. A torrent of clicks should turn the tide for us.
Snakes alive: A cautionary tale – and what to do if your dog is bitten
Story by DIANNE RUSSELL
After the recent rains, the hills are alive with beautiful flowers and bountiful vegetation, but with that comes mice and rodents and their predators, rattlesnakes, lots of them. Earlier this month, a dog at Alta Laguna Park stuck its nose into a bush, disturbing one, and was struck. After anti-venom and 20 stitches, the dog will be fine, but this is a forewarning of a dangerous rattlesnake season.
Dr. Gershon Alaluf of Canyon Animal Hospital contacted Stu News Laguna to make sure we get the word out on how bad this year will be for potential dog and rattlesnake encounters. Dr. G, as he is known, says, “Two of the cases we have seen thus far have been out of town guests staying in Laguna. Our worst one was an eight-year-old female golden retriever that got bitten on the tongue.”
Get your dog to the closest animal hospital or vet and let them know you are on your way
Dr. G continues, “The owner luckily was near two male hikers that picked the dog up and ran two miles to get to their car and drove her here. The dog’s tongue was severely swollen, bruised, bleeding and painful. We stabilized, started the anti-venom treatment, and then sent her to the local critical care facility in Irvine.
“We had a very positive outcome because the male hikers knew exactly what needed to be done and they knew we had anti-venom,” he adds. “They called here while running to the car to make sure we had it in stock because they were on their way. That also gave us the heads up so the support staff and the veterinarian were ready the second they came through the door. The other dog was bitten on the foot early morning and was home the same day.”
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Beware of rattlesnakes on our trails: Dr G. says he’s not sure where this snake was seen and anyway, he doesn’t understand “this hiking thing…!”
“Rattlesnakes are very common on all the hiking trails in Southern California,” Dr. G says.
A fact that as a frequent hiker, I can attest to. Although we’ve seen snakes in the Laguna Wilderness Park, luckily our dog Charley hasn’t been with us, since dogs aren’t allowed on the trails.
Dr. G recommends Rattlesnake Aversion training for dogs that go hiking with their owners. “The juvenile snakes are more dangerous than the adults,” he says. “Juveniles tend to cause worse reactions than the adults, and I believe it is due to not controlling how much venom they use. It is a neurotoxin, so the closer the bite is to the head, the quicker the reaction in theory.”
He cautions, “There is a vaccine that is available, but it does not stop the fact you need to get anti-venom. It buys you time. Our concern is that it is hard to get hold of the white paper on the research and morbidity/mortality reports. There can be vaccine reactions that are localized to the area the injection was given. You have to look at all the pros and cons prior to giving the vaccine.”
Vaccines or aversion training? Neither will infallibly protect your dog
Obviously, the best way to protect your dog from rattlesnake bites is to not walk the trails during rattlesnake season. A walk in groomed areas is recommended. However, a few years ago, my dog Charley came face to face with a rattlesnake at the dog park, which backs up to the wilderness, so dog park visitors should be vigilant too.
We then took Charley to rattlesnake aversion training, but, as far as we know, he hasn’t had to use it.
During aversion training, the dog, who has been fitted with a low-level electric stimulating collar, is introduced to a small, live, muzzled juvenile rattlesnake, native to the area. The dogs then experience an uncomfortable pinch from the collar, which they associate with the creature they’re looking at and smelling. So they don’t want anything to do with rattlesnakes and will avoid them.
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Charley takes note of the sign and watches out for rattlesnakes at the dog park
Worse-case scenario and your dog is bitten, according to Dr. G, you need to know where you are and get to your car. If you are not local, then hopefully, Siri or some other program on your phone will get you to the closest veterinary hospital. That’s important. Do not drive all the way back to your regular veterinarian, Dr. G advises.
“Time is of the essence. If you wait too long, the outcome has the potential to be grave. If you get there quickly, you have a better chance of recovery but not 100 percent chance your dog will recover.”
What the vet will do to treat your dog for the bite
“Most likely, the dog will need to be hospitalized and monitored 24 hours at the minimum. Intravenous catheters and fluids, pain medication and antibiotics will be used, and anti-venom will be started. Baseline blood work, including a clotting profile, will be performed. If the dog is in shock, that will also be addressed as well. At this time in the hospital, it will be stressful for the dog, the owner, and the staff. Owners will be upset and rightfully so. But understand, the staff will be working quickly and diligently to stabilize your companion, start the anti-venom, and relive any discomfort they have. It might take more than one bottle of anti-venom. Progress to treatment is what decides how much anti-venom and how often.”
The take home message from Dr. G is, does your dog have to join you on your hike between Feb and Oct? If so, get training and the vaccine. Find out how equipped your local veterinarian is to handle this type of emergency. Do they have anti-venom? If not, keep them home. They will be waiting for you all the same. They do not tend to keep a grudge for that long. They will love chasing a ball in the back yard just as much.
Thank you, Dr. G, for alerting us to the rattlesnake dangers this year, and for the valuable information on how to deal with a bite if the worst happens.
Kelp: It needed somebody. Not just anybody… Enter Nancy Caruso, and a ripple effect
Story by LYNETTE BRASFIELD
Photos by Mary Hurlbut
In recent years, Girl Scout troop leader Jennifer Baker heard about a project run by Newport Beach marine biologist Nancy Caruso to grow kelp seedlings in classrooms as a practical way to restore and revitalize local kelp forests devastated by pollution and overfishing.
Once the seedlings were mature, Nancy organized divers to plant the seedlings, and our kelp forests flourished.
The project, which also had the advantage of teaching kids about the importance of kelp forests and ocean health, impressed Baker.
Then, earlier this year, Baker learned that the original Girl Scouts troops had graduated from high school and were no longer able to help with Laguna’s annual Kelpfest, which celebrates the success of the project and encourages locals and visitors to become good stewards of the ocean.
“Several of our Scouts, most about 11 years old, had expressed interest in taking action and focusing on marine life as part of their Bronze Award,” Baker says. “Everything fell into place.”
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Girl Scout troops 274 & 3217 had a great time educating the public about kelp
Pictured from L-R: Brennan and Hayley Mulvaney, Topper (TOW Elementary School mascot), Katie Pfieffer, Cailin Mulvaney, Katie Baker, Hannah Keiser, Emma Stahl, Lucky Matties and Olivia Lane
The girls met twice with Laguna Ocean Foundation director Sabrina Blash to learn about tide pools and then reached out to Kelpfest director Louise Thornton, who was delighted at their interest.
Creating and staffing a booth would serve two purposes, Baker says, “…sustain the work of the original Girl Scout groups, and allow for our troops’ own creativity in decorating the booth.” And so it was that the girls began creating posters and art to illustrate the importance of kelp.
The Girl Scouts also take the initiative to recycle materials
One of Baker’s Scouts, Sydney Alderson of TOW Elementary, had recently helped organize an amazing “Ocean Warriors” awareness evening benefitting PMMC.
Hosted by Mrs. Campbell’s fifth grade class, the students raised more than $3,000 with skits, a raffle, and crafts. Sydney and her troop leader arranged for many of the exhibits to be transported to Kelpfest and Sydney’s skit to be re-enacted.
“So we got a bit of reusing and recycling into the project too!” Baker notes.
Baker tells Stu News Laguna that the day was tremendous fun and educational for all involved.
“I’m so proud of my girls. They all participated and put their unique signature on the event,” she says. “At our wrap-up meeting this week, the girls were full of enthusiasm, and they are committed to continue to take action to keep our oceans healthy.”
Attendees also enjoyed building up and knocking down giant cardboard Jenga blocks, wandering in a mock kelp forest, and learning the facts about kelp while chatting with a large dolphin mascot and an enormous cardboard fish that was doing the rounds of the booth.
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During the day, hundreds of people wandered around the booths, learning about kelp forests: did you know kelp can grow two feet in one day?
Rosie Morreale, Brian Peterson, and others provided musical performances to enhance the experience.
Sponsors included Hobie and zpizza, with this year’s art poster provided by www.ArtistHeatherRitts.com.
Participants included Laguna Beach Girl Scout troops 274 and 3217, artist Heather Ritts, Laguna Beach County Water District, California Coastal Monument (BLM), Laguna Art Museum, My Hero project, Laguna Sea Dwellers, Laguna Bluebelt Coalition, City of Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach Marine Safety, and others.
A groundbreaking documentary – and a timely one, too – will be presented by NCC on May 6
SEVEN, a groundbreaking work of documentary theater that captures the remarkable lives of a diverse and courageous group of global women leaders, will be presented by the Neighborhood Congregational Church on Saturday, May 6.
A collaboration of seven award winning playwrights, the play is based on personal interviews with seven women in the Vital Voices Group Leadership Network who have triumphed over enormous obstacles to bring about major changes in their home countries of Russia, Pakistan, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, Guatemala and Cambodia.
SEVEN is PG13 due to frank discussion of sexual violence. Older youth are welcome to attend. Suggested donation for this timely and relevant play is $10 to $20.
Neighborhood Church, which works toward social justice, is located at 340 St. Ann’s Drive. Free parking is off Glenneyre behind Ralphs Supermarket. Call the office at 949.494.8061 for more information.
Kate Buckley is appointed Laguna’s Poet Laureate
Story by DIANNE RUSSELL
As of May 1, Kate Buckley, among her many other roles, will assume a new one as Poet Laureate of Laguna Beach. Buckley was selected from the field of finalists by juror, award-winning poet and professor, Grant Hier.
Mr. Hier reviewed applications taking into consideration personality, professionalism, educational experience, poetic talent, resume, performance experience and proposal.
Kate will serve until April 30, 2018, and her platform will include serving as a brand ambassador for the literary arts, creating content, performing readings, conducting workshops and classes, and leading and coordinating Laguna Beach’s first ever official poetry festival.
Regarding her many roles in the City, she says, “I have a deep connection with Laguna Beach, as resident (full or part-time) since 2000 and as a dedicated community servant.
“I am involved with multiple local non-profits and have served on the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as well as the Laguna Poets Workshop. Professionally, I am an accomplished writer, media expert and entrepreneur.”
Kate Buckley marries passion for poetry and love of LB for role as Poet Laureate
Formerly President of LagunaBeach.com, Kate now serves as CEO of BuckleyMedia.com. Buckley Media Group specializes in branding and ultra-premium domains. In the past few months alone, Kate has brokered such chart-topping sales as Advance.com ($300,000) and Refi.com ($300,000). Other recent notable sales include her sale of Rate.com last summer ($725,000).
She was inspired to apply for Poet Laureate because, “I fell in love with poetry at age three, got the publishing bug at twenty-three, and became enamored of teaching poetry while completing my Masters of Fine Arts in Poetry at age thirty-three.”
In addition, Kate has served as co-facilitator of Laguna Poets, founder of Women Poets of Orange County, and has conducted workshops and lectured for groups such as the Orange County Writers Group and the Ventura County Writers Group.
She’s volunteered extensively in the literary community, including working with young readers at the Boys and Girls Club, and Women Wonder Writers.
Kate’s plans for her role as Poet Laureate
“As Poet Laureate, I view myself as a brand ambassador for poetry and the literary arts in Laguna Beach. I’d like to both educate and inspire the people of Laguna Beach to read, write and perform poetry, to show them how poetry and the literary arts immeasurably enrich our lives, our community, and provide yet another filter through which to view reality,” Buckley says.
“Poems help us get beneath the skin of things—to see things differently, to express the ineffable. I’d like to get poetry out of the intimidating ivory tower and make it accessible—and relevant—to the residents of Laguna Beach. I will be sharing original content as well as organizing public readings and workshops, and Laguna Beach’s first ever Poetry Festival.
“I delight in connecting with people and building community—and helping that community enjoy, create and participate in the larger community of poetry. As Poet Laureate, I will work to enhance awareness and appreciation of poetry and the literary arts in Laguna Beach – to share how they can illuminate each and every life; how they are not only illuminatory, but necessary – now more than ever,” Buckley adds.
Ellen Girardeau Kempler’s poem, For a Catfish (after Fukushima), wins honors in international contest
Story by LYNETTE BRASFIELD
Accomplished Laguna poet Ellen Girardeau Kempler’s poem “For a Catfish (after Fukushima)” has won an honorable mention in Winning Writers’ fourteenth annual Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest, which attracted close to 3,000 entries from around the world.
Girardeau Kempler’s poem was one of only 10 entries awarded this accolade.
Judge Soma Mei Sheng Frazier noted the challenges inherent in judging the popular contest and whittling down the honors to 12 poets (including the two winners).
“Given the option, I’d name twenty winners and a hundred honorable mentions from the 2,926 entries,” Sheng Frazier said. “Ultimately, though, it’s been my honor and onus to come to some hard decisions, and I’ve selected the poems that hit me the hardest.”
One of which, of course, was Girardeau Kempler’s haunting “For a Catfish,” a poem that leaves a lasting impression on the reader – at least, this reader – for its chilling evocation of the fragile, unpredictable world that we inhabit.
Ellen Girardeau Kempler
The poet tells Stu News, “I originally wrote ‘For a Catfish’ as an undergraduate at UCSB’s College of Creative Studies. It was inspired by a news article I read about Namazu, the mythical catfish that according to Japanese legend holds the island on its back, and whose restlessness causes earthquakes.
“In 2011, after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami and resulting nuclear disaster at Fukushima, I revisited, extensively expanded and reworked the poem. I wanted to draw a distinction between Japan’s geologic fragility and its unhappy Atomic Age history,” Girardeau Kempler adds.
Sheng Frazier characterizes Kempler’s poem this way: “This vivid imagining of mythical Namazu’s accidental destruction of ‘Japan’s brittle beauty’ is no simple fable; no morality tale. Despite its surreal imagery and familiar storyteller’s voice, the poem is frighteningly realistic. It indicts us with its gentle reminder, its legitimate warning—for a lack of ill intent does not mean a lack of culpability. And even the honorable may close their eyes for a moment and make a costly mistake.”
Girardeau Kempler is known in Laguna for her prize-winning ways – and her generosity in offering free poetry-writing workshops at the Laguna Library.
The top 12 poems, including Girardeau Kempler’s, and the judge’s comments are published at WinningWriters.com.
Always wanted a worm bin? Now’s your chance to buy one – and learn the finer points of composting
The City’s solid waste hauler, Waste Management, will offer the second of four free composting classes planned for 2017 on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Bluebird Park, located at 798 Bluebird Cyn Drive.
Compost and worm bins will be available for purchase during the class at a discounted price.
Pet of the Week: Good news – but two Pekingese Chihuahuas still long for a new home
We are happy to report that three of our previous pets of the week have been adopted: Eddie, Cleo, and Haku. Good luck to them in their new homes. However two of our pets still need someone to take them home.
Duke and Duchess, four-year-old Pekingese Chihuahua mixes, are brother and sister. They arrived at the shelter because their owner died. Nancy Goodwin, shelter director, says that once they get to know you, they fall in love and will be glued to your side.
They also are very fond of cuddling (after the get-to-know-you phase) and enjoy their walks. A home with older children would be best. Although it would be nice to keep them together, it may not be possible. Now all Duke and Duchess need is someone to fall in love with them.
The Laguna Beach Animal Shelter adoption procedures are designed to make sure that both the potential family and the animal adopted are in the very best situation possible. Due to their approach to adoption, their return rate is five percent as compared to the national return rate of fifty percent.
The LB Animal Shelter is located at 20612 Laguna Canyon Rd, (949) 497-3552, or go to the website for information on adoption procedures: www.puplagunabeach.org/our-pets.php.
Two annual exhibitions open at Laguna College of Art and Design in May: Juried Students and BFA Fine Arts
Two exciting exhibitions will be featured in May at Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD). The Annual Juried Student exhibition will open in the Dennis and Leslie Power Library at LCAD (2222 Laguna Cyn Rd) on May 1 and continue through May 31, with a reception on Fri, May 5, from 6 – 9 p.m. The hours of the Library are Mon – Fri, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Laguna College of Art and Design’s Annual Juried Student Exhibition is an exhibition of original works of art from some of LCAD’s many talented undergraduates and Post-Baccalaureate students. This spring exhibition is comprised of a wide range of mediums, expressions and techniques that are representative of the five degree programs at LCAD: Animation, Design and Digital Media, Fine Arts, Game Art, and Illustration and LCAD’s Post-Baccalaureate Drawing and Painting certificate program.
Zoe Smith, Angry Troll, Digital drawing, 18” x 12”, 2016, Juried Student Exhibition
The BFA program in Fine Arts presents the 2017 BFA Fine Arts exhibition on May 4 - May 26, at the LCAD Gallery at 374 Ocean Ave, with the First Thursday Art Walk Reception on May 4 from 6 – 9 p.m.
This is a group exhibition highlighting representational paintings, drawings and sculptures produced by the senior class. The exhibition offers a selection of work developed as part of LCAD’s BFA program in Fine Arts senior thesis project.
The mission of the senior thesis project is to help guide seniors to create a cohesive body of work that reflects a balance of individual conceptual growth and academic knowledge of the figure, still life, landscape and interior.
BFA Fine Arts, Justin Tecson, Mourning Light, Oil on canvas, 40” x 40”
Exhibiting senior students include Micaela Aguirre, Danielle Cansino, Shannon Fody, Kimberly Frassett, Gordon Paitimusa, Taylor Phillips, Justin Tecson and Nina Ulett. The exhibit is curated by Chair of Fine Arts, Hope Railey, and Fine Arts adjunct faculty, Kenny Harris.
LCAD Gallery is open from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m, Wed through Sun: closed Mon and Tues.
Founded in 1961, Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) is one of the top art and design schools in the nation. LCAD offers undergraduate degrees (BFA) in Animation, Creative Writing, Drawing and Painting, Game Art, Graphic Design + Digital Media, and Illustration, as well as Master of Fine Arts degrees (MFA) in Art of Game Design, Creative Writing, Drawing, and Painting. The Dennis and Leslie Power Library at LCAD houses the historic archives of the college and The Rex and Joan Irving Brandt Papers.
Galley Q invites artists to celebrate life in Laguna Beach by painting the town
Anyone can join the fun and celebrate life in Laguna Beach by painting the hills or valleys, people or pets, shorelines or endless views. Anything goes in this multi-media exhibition for all ages at Galley Q at the Susi Q.
Artist, Vicki Orgill
Artists are invited to bring their artwork to Gallery Q on Thurs, May 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. or Fri, May 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. All media is welcome and accepted: paintings, mixed media, photographs, jewelry, sculptures, textiles or ceramics. There is an entry fee of $25 per piece and a special discount for those 65+ who qualify. Additional entry pieces are $5 each with a limit of three. Visit www.susiq.org or the Susi Q front desk for guidelines and an application form.
A free Artist’s Reception with beverages and light refreshments will take place on Fri, May 26, from 4:30 – 6 p.m. The exhibit will be on display from May 8 through June 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mon through Fri. Gallery Q is in the Laguna Beach Community and Susi Q Senior Center at 380 Third St. Many of the art pieces in the show will be available for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Laguna Beach Seniors.
Artist Maureen MacDonald
Gallery Q is a public exhibition space dedicated to showcasing and celebrating the talent of emerging, semi-professional, and professional artists of all ages in Orange County. Five shows per year honor local artists and are kicked off with a public art reception. For more information about Gallery Q and Laguna Beach Seniors at the Susi Q visit www.susiq.org or call 949.464-6645.
Free workshop on April 29 discusses pros and cons of mortgage brokers vs. banks and direct lenders
In the fourth of a series of workshops, held on the last Saturday of each month, a free workshop will be presented by Richard T. Cirelli of RTC Mortgage Corporation and James Hitchcock of Raymond James Pacific Wealth Solutions Group. This event will be at the Laguna Board of Realtors office, 939 Glenneyre St., 2nd floor, on Saturday April 29 from 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Rick Cirelli will compare the various types of mortgage lenders including the pros and cons of Mortgage Brokers, Direct Lenders, Portfolio Lenders, big Banks and Non-Banks. His discussion will include comparing costs; loan products offered by each; and how to navigate the potential pitfalls of each type of lender.
Jim Hitchcock, who runs Pacific Wealth Solutions Group of Raymond James in Newport Beach, will discuss this month all things “Income,” and specifically the fixed income capabilities and resources available to those who wish to receive income from a capital markets portfolio – and in particular “equity income,” i.e. income from stock dividends, which is a popular strategy these days with the low interest rate world in which we live.
Richard T. Cirelli of RTC Mortgage Corporation, located in Laguna Beach, is a mortgage industry veteran with over 40 years of professional mortgage experience. Throughout his career, Rick has held executive positions with some of the country’s largest and most respected mortgage lenders. Since founding his own company in Laguna Beach in 2000, Rick has built a strong reputation as a highly professional and knowledgeable mortgage broker. Rick has been originating Reverse Mortgages for over 10 years and is a member of the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA); serves on the Board of Directors of the Laguna Beach Seniors, and is an active member of the Laguna Board of Realtors, Laguna Beach Rotary Club, Laguna Beach Business Club and the Laguna Beach Professional Alliance.
James Hitchcock of Raymond James Pacific Wealth Solutions Group, located in Newport Beach, works with individuals and corporations in assisting them toward achieving their long-term goals. His investment philosophy emphasizes a conservative asset allocation approach toward investing. Throughout his career, Jim has given numerous presentations on retirement planning strategies and money management to individuals and corporations.
Chamber of Commerce presents “State of the City” address on May 8 at the Montage
The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce will host its annual “State of the City” luncheon on Monday, May 8, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Montage Laguna Beach, 30801 S Coast Hwy.
“[It is] one of my favorite events of the year,” says Mayor Toni Iseman. “Always a great mix of people and a moment of reflection. This year in particular was unique. Nothing is easy in Laguna; trees, cars, parking places, marijuana, goats, sidewalks--some of our favorite things. We all care and the civic involvement is unequaled.”
The luncheon is a great opportunity to get an up-close look at city activities. Mayor Iseman and City Manager John Pietig will present a state of the city address. The Chamber of Commerce will provide a brief overview of the recent highlights of the past 12 months and goals for the near future.
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Laguna Beach residents live in a beautiful place, on that almost everyone agrees
This annual tradition brings out members across the community including non-profits, arts and cultural organizations, business and hospitality industry reps and other civic-minded individuals. The event is open to the public.
As host of the event, the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce promotes, represents, and supports local businesses in Laguna, and advocates on their behalf. Celebrating its 100th year of operation, the Chamber also serves as the business resource center for the community.
On an ongoing basis, the Chamber hosts educational seminars, luncheons, and networking events for local businesses and citizens.
Admission is $65 per person; $75 for VIP. Register through the Chamber’s website, at LagunaBeachChamber.org, “events” tab; or by contacting the Chamber at (949) 494-1018. Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available.
Red Cross Blood Drive at Presbyterian Church May 10
From 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10 in Tankersley Hall, Laguna Presbyterian Church will host a Red Cross Blood Drive.
Your Chance to Save a Life!
Volunteers will be welcomed and appreciated.
Each unit of blood has the potential to save up to three lives according to the Red Cross.
Sign-up online: Register: redcrossblood.org Sponsor Code: lagunap
LB United Methodist Women hosts annual Spring Tea helping those in need overcome challenges
Learn how Working Wardrobes helps people re-enter the workforce.
Laguna Beach United Methodist Women will host its annual Spring Tea at the church, located at 21632 Wesley Drive in Laguna Beach (across from Montage), from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 6. The featured speaker is Arnie Lynn Bengo from Working Wardrobes, a non-profit organization that offers a full wardrobe of career services, for men, women, young adults and veterans who are overcoming difficult challenges to reenter the workforce.
“When I hear, ‘I got the job!’ it makes my day,” said Bengo.
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United Methodist Woman, Arnie Lynn Bengo (front, in Volunteer shirt), with the Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team
The annual Spring Tea includes fellowship, savories and sweets, a fantastic speaker and an Accessories Bazaar. All net monies go to Working Wardrobes.
“Not only do we have an ocean view, but Jesus is a dedicated member of the congregation and here most Sundays,” said Pastor Mandy Sloan McDow. Jesus is portrayed by Frank Daniel, who has been doing so for 30 years at the Pageant of the Masters.
Laguna Beach Police Department hosts its 3rd Annual Bike Rodeo & Safety Expo on April 30
The Laguna Beach Police Department’s Bike Rodeo & Road Safety Expo will be held on Sunday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Parking Lot #11, located at 551 Forest Avenue (in front of the Pageant). This event will encompass safety information for all roadway users including cyclist, pedestrians, and motorists. Whether you drive a vehicle, ride your bike, or walk, your safety depends on sharing the road safely with other vehicles and users.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their bicycles and helmets as they will be given the opportunity to practice their safety skills in our obstacle course. All participants are required to complete a waiver before participating, which can be located on the City web-site. Cyclists of all ages are invited to attend this Family Fun Event.
The Laguna Beach Police Department continues to promote “Vision Zero,” which aims to reach zero fatalities on our streets. They accomplished this goal in 2016. The Bike Rodeo is intended to promote the safe and legal operation of bicycles within our community, especially for young children and teens, and will include tips for parents.
Children learn bicycle safety skills
Participants will have their bikes and helmets inspected, and will also put into practice safe riding techniques by navigating through an obstacle course with a member of the Laguna Beach Police Bike Patrol Team.
The expo will include interactive displays such as traffic safety games, Mercy Air helicopter, police vehicles, K-9 Ranger, child ID making, bounce house, face painting, balloon artist, and a DUI crash car. The Burnt Food and Kona Ice food trucks will be available, and there will be a bike raffle for a toddler, child, and teen sized bike donated by the Laguna Beach Police Employees Association. There will also be a Child Car Seat Installation Demonstration, a Vehicle Extrication Demonstration, and a BMX stunt show performed by Robert Castillo’s BMX Freestyle Team www.bmxfreestyleteam.com.
Supporting organizations include the Laguna Beach Fire Department, Laguna Cyclery, MADD, Doctors Ambulance, and the Automobile Club of Southern California.
School Readiness! Parenting tips supporting school readiness will be offered at Library workshop on May 3
Join Sandee Bandettini, Early Learning Specialist at the Laguna Beach Public Library for a free parent workshop to offer tips and strategies to support a child’s transition to school.
This parent education event was developed by OC Libraries’ School Readiness Program to promote early literacy, encourage positive peer relationships, support school readiness and offer the community a helpful parenting resource.
This workshop will include a story time and art activity for children and professional support and resources for parents.
The workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, May 3 from 10:30 – 11 a.m. at the Laguna Beach Library, 363 Glenneyre.
The Laguna Beach Unified School District’s School Readiness Program offers a variety of free services from developmental screenings, referrals to community resources and a weekly Learning Link to support young children and families.