Two men and a woman arrested on total of 19 charges including stealing a vehicle
A car stop on Goff St at a quarter before midnight last Saturday turned out to be a lot more than the vehicle code violation that attracted an officer’s initial attention.
Vanessa Wilson, 24, Colton, Justin Kimbro, 25, San Bernardino and Anthony Flores, 22, also from San Bernardino, were arrested for 19 charges.
Officers learned post haste that the vehicle had been reported stolen on Friday in Riverside and began treating the incident as a crime scene.
Wilson and Kimbro were both charged with felony vehicle theft and possession of a controlled substance when methamphetamine was located. Wilson also was charged with possession of unspecified stolen property. Flores was held for the meth charge.
In addition to the fresh charges above, all three had warrants.
Wilson had eight outstanding warrants including a no bail warrant out of Pasadena for two counts of ID theft. The other seven were from San Bernardino containing charges of grand theft, drug possession, shoplifting and possession of stolen property. The total bail on those warrants was $105,000.
Flores had warrants with charges of drug possession and shoplifting. His total bail was set at $50,000.
Kimbro had three San Bernardino warrants, each with two charges: one for grand theft and possession of stolen property, one for grand theft and petty theft and the third for being under the influence of a controlled substance and utility theft. Total bail: $70K.
All three were booked here and taken to county jail.
Laguna’s Mr. Baseball, Arnold Hano, received honor
By BARBARA DIAMOND
Arnold Hano, author of “A Day in the Bleachers,” was inducted this week into the Baseball Reliquary’s Shrine of the Eternals.
The organization is dedicated to fostering an appreciation of American art and culture through the context of baseball history and to exploring the “nation’s pasttime’s” unparalleled possibilities.
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Photo by Mary Hurlbut
“Inductees are voted in by the membership—only three per year,” said Hano. “It is a slightly offbeat West Coast version of the Hall of Fame.”
Legendary baseball club owner Bill Veeck’s wooden leg is among the prizes in the Reliquary’s possession. The collection also includes the jockstrap of Eddie Gardel, a 3-foot 7- inch dwarf who was contracted by Veeck as a publicity stunt that lives on in baseball lore.
Gael’s first and only appearance (he had the uniform number 1/8) in major league baseball came Aug, 19, 1951, when Vleck put him in the game as a pinch hitter. Gaedel walked on four pitches. The pitcher couldn’t find his strike zone.
The next day Gaedel was banned by Major League baseball.
Hano and his wife, Bonnie, learned two months ago that he was to become a member of such august company, along with Bo Jackson, who played two professional sports, and Don Drysdale, former Dodger pitcher. Hano has previously been honored with the organization’s Hilda Award in 2012.
About 200 people attended the ceremony, held at the Pasadena Central Library. Following the induction, they were served crackerjacks.
“Talk about fans!” said Bonnie Hano.
There is no greater fan of baseball than Arnold Hano. His book “A Day in the Bleachers” is as much a love story as a sports story.
The inning-by-inning recounting of Game 1 in the 1954 World Series includes that greatest of all catches, made by Willie Mays while the Giants were still in New York.
Hano was born in 1922 in New York. He lived there until he moved his family to Laguna Beach, better known in some local circles as a political and cultural activist, than the author of a book, described by the Los Angeles Times as one of the lasting works of baseball literature.
“Ice Cream Man” and Two Olympians
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Years ago, Laguna Beach artist Scott Moore painted “Ice Cream Man.”
Now, Moore wouldn’t be wrong to change the title of his oil painting to “Ice Cream Man, and two Olympians.”
Moore, 66, used his neighbors’ daughters as the models for the painting. Those two little girls are now members of the U.S. women’s Olympic water polo team getting ready to play in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Aria and Makenzie Fischer, who both play the position of attacker for the U.S. team, also played at Laguna Beach High. Makenzie graduated in 2015 and will be playing at Stanford this fall and Aria is just finishing up her junior year and still is part of Laguna Beach High’s water polo program.
In “Ice Cream Man,” Moore goes to that iconic childhood memory of the ice cream man’s visit, preceded, of course, by the music coming from his ice cream truck.
“I love telling stories of my childhood through my paintings,” Moore said. “‘Ice Cream Man’ brings me back to summertime, where the music from the ice cream truck stopped us in our tracks. We’’d beg mom for money and chase the truck down on our bicycles!”
Moore uses a unique style in his works. “Painting images with two scales gives me the freedom to enlarge some of the often forgotten objects that make up the details of a great memory,” he said.
Moore is one of the featured artists in the annual Festival of Arts, July 5 – Aug 31.
Planning Commission unimpressed with MIG interim report
By BARBARA DIAMOND
The Planning Commission was underwhelmed Thursday by the draft report presented by MIG, consultants on the city’s plans to update the Downtown Specific Plan.Expected information was missing and much included information was not acceptable to the commission.
“The consultants have a long, long way to go,” said veteran Planning Commissioner Anne Johnson. “We need to be looking to the future, not through a rear view mirror.”
The report was billed as an analysis of urban design and a graphic, illustrative plan and criteria to increase building heights. The commissioners were less than impressed, although they all praised the concept of a scramble system for pedestrian and vehicular travel.
“This report is not the be-all and end-all,” said Greg Pfost, director of the city’s Community Development Department. “What is important tonight is to get feedback on concepts.”
It has been said that folks should be cautious with their wishes.
“I am disappointed in the content of the report,” said Commissioner Roger McErlane.” I was expecting what works and what doesn’t work in the downtown.”
Commission Chair Sue Kempf opined that commissioners are thrown off their game when they get something for which they are not prepared.
It’s even worse when the unexpected doesn’t meet expectations.
“The plan (presentation) is somewhat generic,” said Kempf. “We need a more thoughtful job.”
All of the commissioners expressed antipathy for proposed “Gateway” treatments, including an overhead arch at Broadway and Forest Avenue. MIG may be unaware that a contender for a previous design contract of the Village Entrance was adversely viewed after proposing a similar plan.
“Gateways are not needed, nothing flashy,” said Commissioner Susan Whitin, in her lengthy comments on the shortcomings of the report.
McErlane, Johnson and members of the audience also opposed the gaudy gateways.
Residents viewed the MIG report with the same enthusiasm as the commissioners.
“This draft document is disappointing,” said former Planning Commissioner Becky Jones. “It contains no analytics examination of the suggested ‘opportunities’ and doesn’t address several important planning issues.”
One of the things Jones wants to hear about is improvements to “aesthetically challenged” areas such as the least attractive surface parking while still preserving function and capacity.
However, just the mention of a parking structure at the Village Entrance was enough to raise the hackles of the soft spoken Barbara Metzger, also a former Planning Commissioner.
“I was dismayed to see (in the report) a huge parking structure at the Village Entrance,” said Metzger.
Norm Grossman, another former Commissioner, said the report seemed to be limited in scope.
“There was no discussion of the Central Bluffs,” said Grossman. “We should look at the downtown as a whole, rather than just Forest and Ocean Avenues and Broadway. And the homeless population needs to be considered.”
Next step in the process will be refined, recommended changes to the Downtown Specific Plan for review by the commission. Additional meetings will be held on key topics such as parking.
When MIG completes its recommended revisions, the document will be presented to the commission for review before presentation to the City Council.
Laguna Beach – Looking Back
Photo series courtesy The Laguna Beach Historical Society
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“DO-DO” The Clown handing out Cracker Jacks – C 1954
With players from each of the original six teams in the photo
Visit the Murphy-Smith Bungalow (home of the Laguna Beach Historical Society, on Ocean Avenue). It is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Laguna Beach Historical Society is a non-profit, all volunteer organization, which runs free historical programs at City Hall, and has a newsletter, website, and is on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Avila’s El Ranchito in Laguna celebrates its 10th anniversary: Love of family is the key to its success
By LYNETTE BRASFIELD
The romance began decades ago in Guanajuato, a small town in Mexico. Young Salvador Avila laid eyes on bright-eyed beautiful Margarita and knew he wanted to marry her. She fancied him, too. But in the way of small towns, he didn’t ask for a date. Instead he would mention to friends that he just might be hanging out at the town square that Sunday afternoon.
Miraculously she would find her way there. And so, after a series of, um, coincidental meetings, they fell in love.
That romance, continuing on when they started their new life in Southern California in 1958, begat not just a large, close, happy family of Avilas, but also 13 family-run Avila’s El Ranchito restaurants, where Mama Avila’s love of cooking and uniquely flavorful recipes have been enjoyed for 50 years now.
Laguna’s Avila’s El Ranchito is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year under the ownership and management of Michael Avila, grandson of Margarita and Salvador and one of Victor Avila’s two sons.
I ask Michael and his father Victor, who owns the San Clemente and Santa Ana restaurants, how many Avila family members now live in Southern California.
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Victor and Michael Avila are close friends as well as father and son
There is a long pause as both attempt to calculate numbers. After a few minutes, they give up.
“Just a whole bunch,” Michael says. “Lots. That’s all I know. And then of course, there are the best friends of relatives who become family. And many of our customers, we consider family, because we see them pregnant, then having babies, then the babies growing up, so we talk and we get close. So it’s really impossible to say.”
That’s what it feels like at the Laguna Avila’s El Ranchito location: that I’ve just been welcomed into someone’s cozy home. There’s a sprinkling of beach sand at the front door, a chatty crowd at the bar, and a whole lot of hugging going on as people recognize each other.
Michael remembers that as a kid, he and his friends would bike or skateboard to and from the nine restaurants that were then in place, from Huntington Beach to San Clemente, knowing they’d experience the same “good smells and smiles” at each.
Those smells and smiles, of course, had their origin in Michael’s grandmother’s home, Mama Avila’s home, where the table was always laid with delicious burritos and quesadillas and her legendary chicken soup.
Victor says that to this day Mama Avila watches to see what everyone is eating. “You have only had five tacos!” she might say sternly. “Eat more!”
Family members are fortunate to have complementary skills, from financial acumen to interior design training, but all collaborate when it comes to making final decisions. No one is pressured to be part of the family business, but most find their way there, including Christine, Michael’s wife, who is very involved. Already their two boys, Benson (10) and Braden (8), are showing an interest in cooking and love to take chips and salsa to the tables, just as Michael did when he was a kid.
“Benson said to me the other day, ‘so Dad, this is your work? To make sure people have the drinks and the food that they want, and that they’re happy? That’s a nice job,’” Michael says. “I said yes, it is!”
I asked Victor what talents he saw early on in Michael.
“I remember a neighbor telling me that Michael was selling snakes,” he said. “So he’s definitely got the entrepreneurial spirit.”
(“I was saving to buy a car,” Michael interjects, as though that is a supremely logical reason for selling snakes, which maybe it is.)
“And he is always smiling, he is so good-hearted, he loves people, loves this job, and it shows,” Victor continues. “We are so lucky with our family. We can rely on each other and somehow it all works, we fit together.”
I can vouch for the smiles. They light up the place.
The different locations all serve Mama Avila’s original recipes, which makes their dishes distinct from other Mexican restaurants, also because of a few “secret ingredients.”
The Avilas don’t use microwaves and they have always prepared dishes with ingredients directly from the garden.
“We started that way and didn’t buy into the convenience of ordering pre-prepared standardized food in bottles and cans,” Michael says. “Now everyone is going back to ingredients fresh from the farm. We never stopped doing that. If we run out of an ingredient, which rarely happens but does sometimes, we do what we would do at home: we raid the kitchen for an alternative to suggest to our guests.”
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An all-time El Ranchito favorite: Mama Avila’s Soup
While each restaurant offers dishes true to the flavors created by the “hands and heart” of Mama Avila, each has its own personality. For example, the restaurant in Orange is a converted church. In San Clemente, there is a statue of a golden Lab, commemorating Hallie, the faithful dog that accompanied Victor to work for many years.
“Kids love that,” Victor says.
Laguna’s Avila’s El Ranchito has a soul of its own: a beachy vibe, a great view of the ocean and passing pelicans, and particular food preferences.
“The chef came to me one day, and he said, I think we have a problem. I think there is a thief. We are running out of ingredients for Chile Rellenos,” Michael says. “So I checked the books, and there was no thief, just an incredible number of sales for that item. So now we make sure we have the quantities we need.”
In this way, each restaurant adapts to local needs without changing the sacred recipes that are Avila’s El Ranchito trademark and reason for its success. One of the favorites among customers – other than the reigning favorite, Mama Avila’s chicken soup – is baby rice, cooked in chicken stock, a staple for all Avila babies and many locals with young kids.
Now it was time for me to leave, though like any guest who is having a good time, I could have stayed to talk to and laugh with the two Avilas for much longer.
But Michael had “work” to do, though to him it isn’t work: it’s his life and his passion. Along with surfing and watersports. And his Laguna customers.
And, of course, his large extended family. Every single last one of them, the whole wonderful bunch.
Amy Christine Higginbotham Obrand earned her angel wings on May 24, 2016 surrounded by her parents, Cindy and Michael Obrand. She was 50.
Amy is survived by her bothers, Jesse and Edgar Obrand, her uncles, Sandy Obrand, David Crash Nelson, Jonathan Nelson, her aunts, Andi Miner, Carol Obrand and Barbara Nelson and her first cousins, Kip Kernodle, Kelly Kernodle, Allie Obrand, Hilary Obrand and Samantha Scizak.
Amy graduated from Laguna Beach High School with honors. She had a love of journalism and was editor of her high school newspaper. She attended both UC Santa Cruz and UCLA. Amy loved books and majored in Women’s Literature. Her very favorite books were the L. Frank Baum’s Oz series with W.W. Winslow’s beautiful illustrations. Ozma of Oz was her personal hero.
Amy was an iconoclast in the punk movement and in her life. She was courageous and admired for her fierce intelligence and strong commitment to woman’s rights and freedom of speech and expression. She was a shooting star to her friends and family.
Amy was a lifelong collector of vintage treasures and early cowgirl glam. At a very young age, Amy and her mom combed through flea markets and garage sales for clothing, jewelry and furniture.
Amy was a sixth generation Texan. Her deep roots in Texas appealed to her rockabilly heart. Her favorite place on earth was Austin and the Hill Country.
The music scene in Austin was Amy’s pride and joy. She loved dancing with her friends and family at the Broken Spoke to the likes of Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel.
The Obrand family is honoring their precious daughter, Amy, in a private memorial and tree planting. In lieu of flowers, please pay it forward to someone in need in the name of Amy Christine Higginbotham Obrand.
Thank you for your kindness.
The most wonderful time of the year
By SUZIE HARRISON
I get asked by Laguna outsiders all the time about our art festivals and what our artists really do for jobs, to make money. The dialogue goes back and forth with the question rephrased. As hard as it is for them to understand, our artists are professional artists and creating art is what they do for a living. We are so lucky that Laguna is a true artist colony with so many gifted artists. Art in Laguna means professional artists 365-24-7, which is even better this time of year with our renowned art festivals. Bring it on!
There is so much to experience at our festivals, including new and exciting art events. Kicking off Sunday at the Festival of Arts is “Books and Brunch,” a new summer event “to showcase another great artform, writing,” said Susan Davis, Director of Special Events and Member Services.
“We have partnered with Laguna’s own Laguna Beach Books to bring in exciting contemporary authors to talk with and meet our patrons,” said Davis.
This Sunday, July 24, author Steve Hely will be discussing his recently published book “The Wonder Trail: True Stories from Los Angeles to the End of the World.”
A talented author and writer, Hely was the editor of The Harvard Lampoon and a comedy writer for several TV shows including “30 Rock,” “The Late Show With David Letterman,” “The Office” and “American Dad!”
“The Wonder Trail” is the story of the LA based author’s trip from Los Angeles to the bottom of South America. Throughout his adventure, the author collected stories, bits of history, anecdotes, local color, and fun and interesting facts. Hely set out to discover each area, and the result is a blend of his collected stories, travel writing, and comic memoir.
“Books and Brunch,” is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $75 and includes admission to the Festival, author reading and discussion, brunch, and a hardcover copy of book and book signing.
“Rising Stars” is another new series on Tuesday nights at the FOA.
“We’ve asked prominent people from the music world to come down and introduce their favorite ‘rising star.’ We started off the summer with two-time Grammy nominated saxophonist Mindi Abair introducing her Berklee College buddy Greg Manning, who put on an amazing performance,” Davis said.
“Mindi graciously joined Greg for a few songs.”
The festival was also thrilled to welcome Grammy winning, and two-time Academy Award nominated performer and songwriter, Melissa Manchester.
“Melissa introduced longtime keyboardist Stephan Oberhoff with his band ‘Heartbeat Brazil,” Davis said. “It was an extraordinary performance that wowed the crowd when Melissa joined Stephan for a few songs.”
“Rising Stars” is on Tuesdays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., continuing on July 26 through Aug 30. The series is free with Festival admission.
“Whether it’s enjoying the music, sipping wine and buying art for the adults, imaginative art activities for the kids or special events for the whole family, the Festival of Arts provides an art experience for everyone,” said Sharbie Higuchi Festival Marketing/PR/Merchandise Director.
Sawdust Art Festival is busy celebrating its 50th Anniversary with many new features and creative events.
“The painted bus installation, hand painted by Sawdust artist Star Shields, is the first thing you see when you walk through the gates and has offered a nice fresh look to the festival. It is an interactive photo op and our visitors love it,” said Kelsey Paprocki, Sawdust Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator.
In celebration of the 50th Sawdust Art Festival, their Merchandise Shop received a complete makeover.
“We have all new products for sale including t-shirts, hats, coloring books and our 50th Anniversary Remembrance Book entitled ‘The Dream That Came True - Celebrating 50 Years at the Sawdust Art Festival,’” said Paprocki. “We have received nothing but glowing remarks on our new merchandise shop and our 50th anniversary merchandise. It has been flying off the shelf.”
As far as new art classes, the Sawdust is offering a Sawdust Studio Art Class (SSAC) After Dark on Wednesday evenings, 7 to 8 p.m. Each class offers admission to the festival, an art class and a glass of wine and costs $45.
“We are offering a Mixed Media Printmaking class, Screenprinting class and Intro to Acrylic Painting class,” said Paprocki. “It has been a great success.”
“This has been an incredible summer for the Sawdust Art Festival. Our artists really raised the bar this summer with their booths and their new artwork,” said Paprocki. “We have had great responses from visitors who say that the grounds feel different this year; it is clear to all who visit that this is a special year. We welcome guests to come enjoy the festival and experience the magic that is the Sawdust Art Festival.”
Until next time…so much Festival Art & Events, so little time!
Artist Benevolence Fund – Helping artists in need
By LINDA GROSSMAN
Special for StuNewsLaguna – Part II
Making beautiful sculptures from found metal objects that others have tossed away as “junk”, Shamus Koch has made a living and made many people happy for years. As a Sawdust artist, he volunteered his time and artwork to the Artist Benevolence Fund, because it was a “worthwhile cause. Little did I know that one day I’d be using it,” he said.
In 2012, Shamus fell off a ladder and broke his left ankle and right kneecap.
“I was in a wheelchair unable to work. Susan Wade (ABF Board Member) heard about it, called me up, and told me I’m eligible for benevolence funds. I had no money coming in.”
Shamus’ work requires heavy lifting and physically demanding welding, and he was completely immobilized. He described that time saying, “You’re fried, can’t walk, and confined to your house. You can’t do your art and that’s how you make your living.” He said, “They delivered a check to my house. They went out of their way. In a few months when I could hobble around on crutches, I could start to sit at my welding table and work.”
Not long after his recovery, Shamus developed cancer, and his chemotherapy treatments rendered him unable to create his art. Once again, “The Artist Benevolence Fund came through. I’m eternally grateful,” said Shamus.
He is actively involved in the Artist Benevolence Fund Auction, saying, “Once you become a recipient, you realize how crucial it can be.” He will be helping with this year’s auction on August 14, and has donated a beautiful piece of original art, pictured here.
Join us on Sunday, August 14, for the silent auction from 10-12 and the live auction from 1-3 p.m. at the Sawdust Festival. There are many beautiful pieces donated by the Sawdust Artists, and many good deals to be had. These artists hope never to have to rely on the Artist Benevolence Fund, but if they need to, it’s there for them.
As Shamus said with a grin, “I had no workman’s comp. My boss (Shamus himself) couldn’t afford it.”
Please attend, or consider contributing to this fund by calling 949-494-3030.
Passport to the Arts season pass – just $24
In its eighth consecutive season, the Passport team, comprised of the Festival of Arts, Laguna Art-A-Fair and Sawdust Art & Craft Festival, in collaboration with Visit Laguna Beach and the City of Laguna Beach, is currently offering the 2016 Passport to the Arts for just $24. This triple-value, unique season pass provides unlimited entry to the three premier art festivals in Laguna Beach throughout the summer festival season, which runs June 24 through August 31.
The 2016 Passport to the Arts benefits include:
Unlimited admission all summer long to all three Laguna Beach art festivals
More than 500 artists and 300 hands-on art workshops
Great music at all three festivals throughout the season
Dozens of special events
One-time free parking at Lot #16 (Act V), 1900 Laguna Canyon Road
Free shuttle service all summer long
Special offers at selected lodging properties, local shops, eateries and attractions
To purchase a 2016 Passport online please visit: www.LagunaBeachPassport.com.
For information about overnight stays and things to do while visiting Laguna Beach, drop by the official Visitors Center, located at 381 Forest Ave or visit www.visitlagunabeach.com.
Art-A-Fair offers more than art: artist workshops, live musical entertainment, and more
Art-A-Fair Summer Workshops and Events Calendar
Live music schedule for this week
Friday, July 22, 5 – 9 p.m.: Upstream (Reggae, Calypso, Soca, Steel Drum)
Saturday, July 23, 12 – 4 p.m.: Drexx Cannon (Jazz, R&B) &
5 – 9 p.m.: San Manuel Quartet (Jazz, Blues, Bossa Nova)
Sunday, July 24, 12 – 3 p.m.: Norm Douglas (Smooth Jazz, Adult Contemporary) & 4 – 8 p.m.: Barefoot Jackson (Classic Rock)
Photo from Barefoot Jackson’s Facebook Page
Groove with classic rock on Sunday featuring Barefoot Jackson
Purchase as many or as few sessions as you like. Class size is limited to six students, must be 16 years or older, and all supplies are included. Workshop sessions are $45/4hrs (a.m. & p.m. sessions), or $30/2hrs (morning session only). Hours are 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., and 1:15 – 3:15 p.m. daily.
Contact: 949-494-4514, www.art-a-fair.com.
Fridays, Now – Aug 19, Laura Curtin, Oil
Oil Workshop: Topics: Using oil paint; Value in color; Painting in high detail; Experimenting with color. Subject matter will cover wildlife with a twist.
Photo from Laura Curtin’s Website
Learn oil painting techniques with artist Laura Curtin
Saturdays, Now – Aug 20, Rosemary Rush, Gourds
Gourds Workshop: Topics: Cleaning gourds; Transferring designs; Burning and staining; Gold/Silver foiling; Embellishing and sealing.
Sundays: 4 – 9 p.m., Local’s Night: Free admission for Laguna Beach residents and other O.C. cities with photo ID, check http://art-a-fair.com/events/list/ for a complete listing.
Sundays, Now – Aug 21, Robin Wethe Altman, Watercolor
Watercolor Workshop: Topics: Using watercolor paint; Tricks of the trade; Use of color; Composition and design. Subject matter will include tropical landscapes, the ocean and flowers.
Mondays: 4 – 9 p.m., Local’s Night: Free admission for Laguna Beach residents and other O.C. cities with photo ID, check http://art-a-fair.com/events/list/ for a complete listing.
Mondays, Now – Aug 22, Emilee Reed, Watercolor
Watercolor Workshop: Topics: Composition and how to “see”; Protecting the white of the paper; Keeping colors fresh; Warm, cool & complimentary colors; Techniques for using the paint in conjunction with other tools. Subject matter will cover still life & painting from photos.
For more information about Art-A-Fair artists, workshops, events, and to purchase event tickets, please call 494-4514 or visit http://art-a-fair.com/. Tickets for adults, $7.50 for seniors (65+), military and students $5.50 and children 12 and under are free. The one time ticket price allows for free entry during the season. Art-A-Fair is located at 777 Laguna Canyon Road.
Sawdust Art Festival event calendar,
There is something new and different every day at the Sawdust Arts Festival, ranging from special admission promotions, special events and entertainment.
Friday, July 22: Studio Art Classes, 8 – 10 a.m., Silk Painting with Olivia Batchelder. Cost: $95. Laguna Beach Artist of the Year, Batchelder, will be offering her ‘Laguna Flora on Silk’ Silk Painting Class as a two hour Sawdust Studio Art class! Following a brief demonstration, students will choose and mix their own colors and learn the process of painting on silk. Paint a beautiful textured silk piece with the artist that will be ready to take home at the end of class. The SSAC program highlights the artistic history of Laguna Beach while providing professional Sawdust artists the opportunity to teach their craft in hands-on classes. For a full schedule and reservations visit: https://sawdustartfestival.org/sawdust-studio-art-classes/.
Saturday, July 23: Studio Art Classes, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Beadwork with Lylah Jarvis. Come join Lylah in a day-long class to learn the art of Navajo beadwork. Students will learn to create a pattern and weave this beaded pattern onto a loom in a traditional Navajo way. Beadwork lends itself to creating intricate, colorful and beautiful designs that will be sewn onto leather for bracelets, barrettes, bags, purses, clothing, and moccasins or as your own original piece of work. The class will include materials and the opportunity to purchase a beautiful handmade loom if you would like to continue beading at home.
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Learn the art of Navajo beadwork with Lylah Jarvis
Monday, July 25: Sawdust After Dark- Laguna Beach locals night. Residents get free entry after 5 p.m. with photo I.D.
Daily: Ceramic Center, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 – 9 p.m., Throw A Pot: One-on-one instruction at the potter’s wheel for all ages, Cost: Free with admission to take home as greenware, $10 to glaze, fire and pick up; $18 to glaze, fire and ship to your home.
Daily: Children’s Art Spot, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 1 – 3 p.m., & 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.Classes are for kids ages 4+. Art fun for the little ones. *Free with admission, although most are complimentary, some classes and workshops may require a materials fee.
Daily: Studio One, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 1 – 3 p.m. & 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Painting, printmaking, collages and a wide variety of art workshops for visitors ages 7 to adult. Cost: Free with admission.
Daily Live Music Schedule, 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Free with Festival admission
Enjoy live entertainment at three outdoor stages, the Tavern, Grill, and Main Deck, on the festival grounds. Musical acts of all genres, roving entertainment, and much more are on schedule to perform during our festival.
Friday, July 22: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.,Trisha Freeman Solo, Tavern & Robert Charles Starr, Grill; 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Kenny Hale Band, Main Deck; 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., Pawnshop Kings, Tavern, & Paul McIntire, Grill; 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Hunter & the Dirty Jacks, Main Deck.
Saturday, July 23: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.,Rocky’s Revival, Tavern & Pasion Gitana, Grill; 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Upstream, Main Deck; 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., Nightwalkers, Tavern & Victoria, Grill; 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., World Anthem, Main Deck.
Sunday, July 24: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Really Classic, Tavern & Peter Dobson, Grill; 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Brightside, Main Deck; 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., Barefoot Kindred, Tavern, 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Adam Lasher Band, Main Deck; & 6:30 – 8 p.m., JJ & Habibis Belly Dancers, Main Deck, and Roaming, 8 – 8:15 p.m.
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Photo by Doug Miller
Experience belly dancing with JJ & Habibis Belly Dancers on Sunday evening
Monday, July 25: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Chris & Sue, Tavern; 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., The Dayna Lane Band, Main Deck; 4:30 – 9 p.m., Jesse Miller- Duo, Tavern; 5 – 9:30 p.m., The Sharp Brothers, Main Deck.
The Sawdust Art Festival is open daily from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. through August 28 with special July 4 hours, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tickets are Adults: $9, Senior 65+: $7, Children ages 6-12: $4, Children ages 5 & under: free. For more information on these and upcoming programs, visit the Sawdust Art Festival at www.sawdustartfestival.org or call 494-3030. The Sawdust is located at 935 Laguna Canyon Road.
Local artist Vanessa Rothe is invited as an artist member of the Salmagundi Art Club NYC and more – what a great career
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Montage View North
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In her past career, Laguna Beach native Vanessa Rothe was a successful art director and graphic designer with Disney Press, Walter Foster and Sony. These days, as a professional fine artist, editor, curator and art dealer, Rothe has made use of a more traditional color palette.
Rothe has recently been juried in as an artist member of the famed Salmagundi Club in New York, in this way reaching all the way to the East coast in one of the oldest and most revered art clubs. She is also a Signature member and educational advisor for the American Impressionist Society.
Vanessa has had three successful solo exhibitions at Wendt Gallery in Laguna Beach, along with an impressive list of group shows including The Laguna Beach
Art Museum, Richard Schmid Fine Art Auction, the Annual American Impressionist Society Exhibition, The California Museum of Fine Art, the LA ART SHOW, and the Salmagundi Club in NYC.
She was proclaimed one of the “Artists for a New Century” at The Bennington Center for the Arts and has shown in group shows at the Gallerie DDG in Paris, and the J. Willott Gallery in Palm Desert, just to name a few.
Artist Vanessa Rothe
Vanessa Françoise Rothe grew up in Laguna Beach, the daughter of well-known German clothing designer to the ‘Stars’ Detlev Rothe, and French mother, Jacqueline. At 10 she won the Color it Orange art awards through TOW School, and at 18, she took first place in the LBHS Senior Art Contest, going on to receive top art scholarships from the Festival of Arts.
In addition to her own art career and fine art achievements, Rothe is also the West Coast editor of the nationally acclaimed art collector magazine Fine Art Connoisseur, and a long time contributing writer and part founder of PLEIN AIR magazine, a freelance Curator, as well as a lecturer in fine art/art history.
Rothe has been fortunate to exhibit alongside the nation’s most well known artists for over 15 years. Her works have been included in exhibitions with top American Realist and Impressionist artists, as well as historical California and Russian impressionists.
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Rothe’s studio gallery at 418 Ocean Avenue
Rothe is particularly proud to be an invited artist/writer member of the famed Alpine Fellowship among a group of elite philosophers, artists and writers such as Roger Scruton, Odd Nerdrum, and Ian McEwan, who meet annually in Venice, Italy to discuss aesthetics, art, writing and philosophy. Rothe is also proud to be the co-founder of the Paris Seminar, exhibiting with some of the nation’s top artists such as Jeremy Lipking, Aaron Westerberg and Adrian Gottlieb.
She will lead the group of 12 artists to Paris in spring 2017, where they will copy from the Masters and take private charted tours of the Louvre to study group composition.
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Inside Rothe’s studio gallery
Rothe has also been invited to be a field instructor for next year’s Plein Air Convention in San Diego in April 2017. Rothe has also lectured on how to look at art as an artist, and collector and on the fundamentals of oil painting.
Vanessa Rothe is married to Tom Ribarich (director of lighting at IR) and has two boys, Logan, 11, and Perry, 9, now following in her footsteps growing up in Laguna.
Her How To Art book, “An Art School Approach to Oils”, can be found on Barnes and Noble.com as well as Amazon.com.
Often Rothe can be found painting along the shores of Laguna, or in her studio at 418 Ocean Ave creating new articles, exhibitions and fine works for the art world of today. Visit www.vanessarothefineart.com or her studio at on Ocean Ave, or call 949-280-1555 for more information.
Crystal Cove Alliance hosts “Follow the Sun” art show and sale from July 29 to Sunday July 31
Those who love California Plein Air paintings might want to think about joining Crystal Cove Alliance (CCA) from Friday, July 29 through Sunday, July 31 for its annual summer art show and sale, “Follow the Sun”, featuring work by more than 25 Plein Air artists who have captured the beauty of Crystal Cove.
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Art from “Follow the Sun”
On July 29, guests can delight in an art preview and sale from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. while enjoying drinks, appetizers and live music. Tickets to this private reception are $40 for CCA members and $50 for the general public. Costs may be applied toward the purchase of any painting.
A free public show will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 30 and 31. Fifty percent of all proceeds from the show will support the preservation, restoration and education of Crystal Cove State Park.
The event takes place in the Education Commons of Crystal Cove State Park in the Historic District.
For more information, visit http://www.crystalcovealliance.org/followthesun/ or call 949-376-6200 ext. 205.
Orange Coast Magazine honors our Laguna Beach establishments as some of the “Best of OC 2016”
Story and photos by LYNETTE BRASFIELD
Orange Coast Magazine, my favorite OC glossy magazine, has chosen several Laguna locations in its “Best of OC 2016” edition.
Driftwood Kitchen, selected as one of the best restaurants, participated in the magazine’s party to celebrate honorees. The restaurant served a delicious Snake River Farms Zabuton steak with heirloom and watermelon salad, fresh mint and crescenza cheese.
Don’t know what either Zabuton or crescenza denote, but the dish tasted great!
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Alan Gibbons, editor-in-chief of Orange Coast Magazine, and Lynette Brasfield, associate editor of Stu News Laguna, drop their pens to enjoy the Best of OC
Laguna Beach’s Rock Etiquette is included among the best of retailers in 2016. The magazine describes the store thusly: Looking for clothing with a bit of an edge? Check out Rock Etiquette. Boasting a rustic façade and an open-concept layout, the shop is stocked with uber-distressed jeans and festival-ready dresses.
Surf and Sand Resort was chosen as one of OC’s best indulgences, with the suggestion that visitors buy a day pass for up to $300 to hang out at its pool for the day and drink margaritas (which shows you how lucky we are to be able to hang out at our beach for nothing by day and drink to the sunset free at our homes!).
The vibe is described as Palm Springs meets Las Vegas, where “…you’ll sunbathe with the beautiful people.”
Also in the “Best of” issue, Laguna Beach stylist Luisa Fernanda Espinosa is featured praising Salt Fine Art Gallery, which specializes in Latin American contemporary art, as one of her favorite galleries and Vertigo Home on South Coast Highway as one of her favorite stores, “…because it combines the owner’s passions for travel, art, and design,” passions she also shares.
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We think this walking floral arrangement was a plant!
The Best of 2016 party included the appearance of a strange creature, a woman with stilts on each of her four limbs, swathed in flowers from head to toe – rather scary, to tell the truth. Almost macabre, if you recall the quote “Macbeth shall never vanquished be, until Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane Hill Shall come against him.” And then of course the woods did come to Dunsinane, in the form of camouflaged soldiers.
So I’m not sure what that augurs, especially in light of the upcoming presidential election, but the party was a lot of fun, and I’m glad Laguna Beach establishments are featured among the many bests, because in my view Laguna Beach is the best of OC.
Join in for a Tuesday Family Show at the Library
The Laguna Beach Library is presenting Tuesday Family Shows this month. The shows start at 6:30 p.m. and run about an hour.
The final show will be on July 26 with John Abrams Animal Magic!
John doesn’t just show the animals and tell about them like the other guys you’ve seen before...through zany comedy and stunning magic, the animals appear in ways and do things that leave your children and friends talking about it for weeks to come!
Learn about City Council’s tax increase proposed for the Nov ballot at Village Laguna’s July 25th meeting
The public is invited to Village Laguna’s general meeting on Monday, July 25, starting at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship building, 429 Cypress Drive.
A panel including City Treasurer Laura Parisi, Laguna Beach Taxpayers’ Association president, Jennifer Zeiter, and John Thomas will make comments and answer questions.
The responses of 543 residents to a recent city survey focused on possible projects on which the city could spend money and ways of raising that money have persuaded the City Council that it is likely that an increase in the occupancy or “bed” tax (TOT) would receive voter approval in November if put on the ballot. Respondents’ top priorities for the use of additional funds were protecting beaches from pollution, fire protection, maintaining emergency response times, and undergrounding utilities. The results indicated that a 1% increase in the sales tax would also pass, but objections from downtown merchants seem to have led the Council to reject that alternative. A subcommittee was appointed to meet with the hotel owners to determine an appropriate percentage increase before the Tuesday, July 26, City Council meeting.
Here are some questions that should be answered by the City Council before they act: What exactly are the unmet needs that this increased funding would satisfy? Is the description of the proposal consistent with the possible funding scheme for undergrounding utilities citywide that we saw last March? Will we be able to vote on where the money will be spent?
The public is invited. Light refreshments will be served.
Hearts of Montage Red Cross Blood Drive on Aug 24
There will be a Hearts of Montage Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, Aug. 24 from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom III at Montage Laguna Beach.
Valet parking will be complimentary for all donors, and fresh fruit and cookies prepared by our pastry chefs will be provided.
The Red Cross issued an emergency shortage announcement on July 18
Please note, donors must bring a photo ID. Each blood donor saves three lives.
Laguna Beach Library’s July events
Laguna Beach Library will host a host of fun events throughout the year. All programs are free, graciously funded by Friends of The Laguna Beach Library.
Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(In July Open Tuesdays 10a.m.-8p.m. for Summer Reading Shows)
Laguna Beach Library’s July Events:
Monday, July 25 at 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Third Street Writers Group Ink
Serious writers working on projects (short stories, novels, plays) meet to share feedback and support. This is not a workshop for beginners. Contact the library for additional information.
Monday, July 25 at 2-3 p.m. - Crafts with Amy Looking for something to do on a Monday summer afternoon? Bring your children ages 5-12 years to create crafts with local LBHS student, Amy You. We’ll be using some interesting materials to make projects you’ll enjoy and want to share. Children 7-12 may attend without an adult. Preregistration required. Please sign up at the Children’s Desk. Class is limited to 18.
Tuesday, July 26 at 11 a.m.- Noon - B.A.R.K. Read to a Dog Do your kids love to read aloud, or just need to practice their reading skills? Come meet Venus and Georgie, therapy dogs from Beach Animals Read to 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. Drop-ins welcome too.
Tuesday July 26 at 6:30-7:30 p.m. - Summer Reading Program Family Shows Come join us Tuesday evenings for fun family entertainment featuring a variety of events: Fantastick Patrick- a one-man-circus who will have you in stitches, Tic Clowns’ crazy skits and magic, then our final show featuring the amazing John Abrams and his Animal Magic. Guaranteed to amaze! All ages welcome! No preregistration required. Open seating.
Wednesday, July 27 at 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Sunshine Readers Family Storytime The National Charity League, Laguna Chapter, presents the Sunshine Readers! Enjoy a fun & lively Family Storytime presented by local teen NCL members. Each show last approximately 1 hour and includes refreshments. No pre-registration required. All ages welcome!
Wednesday, July 27 at 3:30-4:30 p.m. - ABC Book Club An 8 week program for children entering Kindergarten (4 & 5 years) in fall and their significant adults. We read and discuss a story, work on beginning phonetics and letter awareness. A fun class with games and activities to build the skills needed for school. Preregistration is required. Class is limited to 9 children with one adult. Sign up at the Children’s Desk or call the library.
Thursday, July 28 at 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. No preregistration required.
Saturday, July 30 at 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Children’s Craft Open House
Get creative! Let your imagination run wild! Children under 12 are encouraged to come to the library during the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to make fun and creative seasonal crafts. Adult supervision is recommended.
For information, call 497-1733.