Female shoplifter managed to drive away – for now
An employee at Whole Foods watched a woman shoplifting Wednesday after noon at about five minutes after three and confronted her in the parking lot as she was getting into her car.
Police said the employee told them she resisted and drove away before the employee was able to call police.
An officer arrived to take a report and the employee provided a license plate for the getaway vehicle. The officer watched a surveillance video and observed the woman taking various items of merchandise valued at $107.
Police said Thursday that the video and the license plate have allowed police to identify the suspect, who has prior convictions for the same offense and is currently on formal probation.
No arrest has yet been made and therefore, under state law, the name of the suspect cannot be released to the press.
People with felony no bail warrants need to learn police protocol
As just about every regular reader of this publication is well aware of, police officers run a check on the name of almost every person they make contact with in the normal course of their duties.
Bad guys apparently are not our regular readers.
This Monday at 10:18 a.m., a resident in the 300 block of Canyon Acres reported that a car had been parked on the street for some time and that it might be abandoned.
As cops checked out the car, the owner walked up and assured them that his car wasn’t abandoned.
You guessed it – the officers routinely checked for wants and warrants and pretty soon Joshua Nolan Jenkins-Driggers, 31, Dana Point, was off to jail for two no bail felony warrants.
One from Central Court with a charge of drug possession and the other out of Harbor Court fro dug possession and burglary.
Cops will set up a DUI checkpoint here overnight this Saturday but they won’t tell us where they will be…
The Laguna Police Department, part of the Orange County Avoid DUI Task Force, will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Dec. 20, at an undisclosed location within the city limits, between the hours of 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.
The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely.
In California, this deadly crime led to 802 deaths and nearly 24,000 serious injuries in 2012 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Nationally, the latest data shows nearly 10,000 were killed by an impaired driver. “Over the course of the past three years in Laguna Beach, DUI collisions have resulted in 38 injury crashes harming 55 of our friends and neighbors,” said Lieutenant Jeff Calvert.
Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing delaying motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes. Drugs which may impair driving not only include illegal narcotics, but many prescription drugs, marijuana, and even some over-the-counter medications.
DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.
Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.
Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Laguna Beach Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1’.
Tuesday Morning’s Amazing Rainbow
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This photo was taken as close to sunrise as possible – when the rainbow’s appearance and the red within was – well – amazing. An instant classic! Paul took this shot from his South Laguna vantage point looking north without a filter.
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A pano mode shot a while after Paul’s photo when the sunrise obliterated the earlier “red”. In this shot, the double rainbow has become visible to the eye.
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Pearson named to board of statewide arts advocacy groups
The statewide arts advocacy organizations California Arts Advocates and Californians for the Arts today elected three new individuals to serve on their respective Boards of Directors: Julie Baker, Executive Director of The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley; Angie Kim, Interim President & CEO, Center for Cultural Innovation in Los Angeles; Elizabeth Pearson, President & CEO, Pacific Chorale in Santa Ana.
California Arts Advocates, a 501(c) 4 nonprofit organization, was founded in 1996 to advocate and lobby on behalf of all the arts and community interests in California. Its “sister” organization, Californians for the Arts, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, was founded in 2010 to increase public awareness of the importance of the arts, ensure that the arts are an ongoing part of the public dialogue and encourage people to care about the arts.
Elizabeth Pearson is the President and CEO of Pacific Chorale, a $1.7 million annual budget arts non-profit which is now celebrating its 47th season. Pacific Chorale is the resident choir of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and is internationally acclaimed under the artistic direction of Maestro John Alexander.
Elizabeth recently completed her fourth term as the Mayor of Laguna Beach. After having served for 12 years on that community’s City Council, she did not stand for re-election in 2014. As Mayor, she served as an ex officio board member at the Festival of the Arts & Pageant of the Masters.
Elizabeth also serves on the boards of the music presenter Laguna Beach Live! and the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. Prior to joining Pacific Chorale, she worked for the Laguna Playhouse and also served as a board member at the Laguna Art Museum.
Sawdust Winter Fantasy will wrap up 2014 Sunday
The 24th annual Winter Fantasy, “A Holiday Tradition,” concludes this weekend, Dec. 20-21, at the Sawdust Art Festival. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.
More than 175 talented artists are creating, showcasing and selling their original artwork on the Sawdust grounds, which have been transformed into a winter wonderland with thousands of holiday lights and decorations and a freshly built “Towne Square” in the center of the festival. The square features Santa Claus, his house and elves, a Children’s Playhouse, Christmas trees decorated by various community groups, and even falling snow! Elsewhere on the grounds are a petting zoo, four outdoor cafés, an espresso bar, a popcorn and candy booth, art classes and more.
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Photos by Mary Hurlbut
TV star Cathy Lee Crosby visits with Santa Claus
The Winter Fantasy artists have handcrafted each piece of artwork, creating a truly unique holiday shopping experience for visitors. Art media include glass, ceramics, jewelry, clothing, textiles, painting, photography, mixed media and more.
Supporting the Sawdust Art Festival’s mission of educating the public, artists are creating work live in front of our guests in the artists’ booths and at our popular Glassblowing Demonstration Booth. Visitors have the opportunity to explore their own creativity and take an art class at the Ceramic Center, Studio One, Children’s Art Spot and also the classrooms of the year-round Sawdust Studio Art Classes.
Special activities for families and kids include pottery wheel throwing in holiday-themed shapes at the Ceramic Center, and many art and craft projects at both the Children’s Art Spot and Studio One. Complimentary “Winter Art Series” classes are also taking place in Studio One and elsewhere
The 14th Annual Community Tree Lighting Ceremony, a Laguna Beach holiday tradition, took place opening day on Saturday, Nov. 22. Winners of the community tree and artist booth decorating contest were announced. Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen formally lighted the Community Tree, kicking off the 2014 holiday season in Laguna. To help celebrate the opening event, special guests and community performers included Magic Matt, Balloon Diva, the children’s Top of the World Honors Chorus, ‘Lil Dickens Carolers, Upstream, The Salty Suites, and, of course, Santa Claus.
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Santa and Marines plan Toys for Tots this Sunday
Through the remainder of the festival, guests can participate in special community events planned for this winter show, including Toys for Tots on the final Sunday of the festival. Toys for Tots is a foundation supported by the Marine Corps Reserve with a mission of collecting toys to distribute as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community. Visitors to the 2014 Winter Fantasy can show their support by contributing new unwrapped toys for children, newborn to 17, on Dec. 21, the final Sunday of the festival. Those who donate a new toy with a value of $5 or more will receive free one-day admission to the Winter Fantasy that Sunday.
The 24th annual Winter Fantasy at the Sawdust Art Festival started on Nov. 22 and concludes this Saturday and Sunday, December 20-21. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Adult admission is $7; $6 for Seniors (65+); $4 for children (6-12); FREE for children (5 and younger); and $10 for a Season Pass. The festival is located at the Sawdust Art Festival, 935 Laguna Canyon Road. For additional information, call 494-3030 or visit http://www.sawdustartfestival.org
Rotary Club names its December Student of the Month
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Laguna Beach Rotary Club has named Bryson Elghanayan, December Student of the Month for the French Department.
Bryson plans on studying Mechanical and Electrical Engineering after graduation.
He is active in Track and Field throwing shot put and discus and enjoys AP Physics and ACR classes.
He has built a Rallycross car with his father and races in the Southern California Rally Series. One of his life goals is to participate in designing and creating more efficient vehicles.
“Joy of the Season” was truly an interfaith success
By JULIETT CHESLEY
The First Annual “Joy of the Season” Festival, which took place on Friday, December 5th, was a true interfaith success. In conjunction with Hospitality Night, “Joy of the Season”, sponsored by the Interfaith Council of Laguna Beach, was a great opportunity for the various churches within Laguna Beach to open their doors and offer free musical performances, fellowship and refreshments to the community.
The night began with The Laguna Beach Methodist Church and their mini-concert featuring the local piano quartet “Sodalis”. The Pastor from the Methodist Church, Mandy Flemming, felt, “It was a joy to see our community come together for the pure joy of fellowship.” In regard to the “Joy of the Season”, Pastor Flemming stated, “…it was a beautiful new tradition, especially in my first year of ministry here, and it makes me so proud of the work that the Interfaith Council can do. I look forward to the event next year with great excitement!”
After the Sodalis performance, the Missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints performed downtown, as well as at the Mormon Church on Park Avenue. This choir of more than 100 missionaries from around the world brought the Spirit of Christmas to all who stopped to listen.
The Missionary Choir of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
The Bishop from the Laguna Beach’s Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, York Galland, was also thrilled by the interfaith efforts… “Joy of the Season was a huge success. I was so pleased with the support and participation of the other church leaders and congregations in the community. I was overwhelmed with the spirit of interfaith fellowship that was so abundant that evening.”
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church opened their doors and presented a prayer service entitled, “Blue Christmas: A Service of Comfort and Light”.
St. Mary’s “Blue Christmas” candles
According to Reverend Elizabeth Rechter, “Christmas is not a joyous season of celebration for everyone. If you’ve experienced the loss of a loved one, your health, a relationship, your job, or a deeply held dream… the holidays can be agonizing and isolating.” The “Blue Christmas” prayer service proved to be a celebration of peace and healing, with beautiful music and candle lighting for all who attended.
The Little Church by the Sea performed downtown on Forest Avenue by “The Flower Stand” throughout the evening. Their Worship Team performed beautiful Christmas carols and provided refreshments to all who passed by.
The evening would not have been complete without the traditional caroling, refreshments and tamale sale provided by the centrally located Laguna Presbyterian Church. Reverend Steve Sweet felt the night was a huge success… “What a great event. Every year it gets better. Having our church provide music, tamales, cookies, food, cider and a place to gather is one of the highlights of our year.”
For those who attended the various events of the “Joy of the Season”, the interfaith efforts were greatly enjoyed and fully experienced. Beth Garlock, the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ women’s group, and a devoted member of the Interfaith Council, detailed her joyful evening, “We started our night attending a wonderful piano concert at the Methodist Church. We then attended a beautiful service at St. Mary’s, enjoyed tamales and the tranquility of Laguna Presbyterian, strolled to the Flower Stand to catch Little Church by the Sea, and ended our evening with the 100 member missionary choir and live nativity at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This event was a great way to kick of our holidays. We truly felt the ‘Joy of the Season’”.
The Interfaith Council looks forward to the “Joy of the Season” becoming a true Laguna Beach tradition. Laguna Beach United Methodist Church member Judy McCall felt this tradition has a real place in our community, “We all talk about peace, and pray for it in the world, but the whole Interfaith community coming together gave us a glimpse of how peace is possible. The music, the words, the food and the true sense of community really began for us that night. God bless us everyone!”
Passport to the Arts 2015 available now
The Passport to the Arts team of Laguna Beach has the perfect offering this holiday season – a 2015 Passport to the Arts.
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Kicking off its seventh consecutive season, the Passport team, comprised of Art-A-Fair, Festival of Arts and Sawdust Art Festival, in collaboration with Visit Laguna Beach and the City of Laguna Beach, offers the 2015 Passport to the Arts for just $23. 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 26 through Aug. 31.
Compare the nominal Passport to the Arts fee of $23 to the standard fee of more than $69 in value. Passport holders receive unlimited admission to all three festivals through August 31, 2015. Special discounts from selected retailers, merchants, hotels, and restaurants throughout Laguna Beach are also available to Passport holders, as well as one-time free parking at the Act V lot at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road.
The 2015 Passport to the Arts benefits include:
• Unlimited admission all summer long to all three Laguna 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
• Great Savings – Only $23 for the whole season!
• One-time free parking in the Act V parking lot on Laguna Canyon Road
• FREE shuttle service all summer long
• Special discounts at selected Laguna hotels, local shops, and eateries
The 2015 Passport may be purchased online at www.LagunaBeachPassport.com. The Passport does not include admission to the Pageant of the Masters.
For information about overnight stays and things to do while in Laguna Beach, drop in to the Official Visitors Center, located at 381 Forest Ave. The Visitors Center is open daily, Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dr. Neon and other artists bring gifts from the heart to Glennwood House and everyone wins!
By MAGGI HENRIKSON
He makes all kinds of sculptural things, including neon signs, all by hand. But he gives with all his heart.
Dr. Neon, long-time Sawdust Festival artist wanted to give something to the residents of Glennwood in their first year. The young people could not have been happier when he showed up, arms heaping high with art pieces, all for their enjoyment.
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Dr. Neon and Tiffany smile, as she shows her starfish created by Dr. Neon’s hand
Director of Glennwood House, Stacey Enmeier, said that the residents connected with Dr. Neon when they attended the Sawdust Festival. “He was just so kind, and really likes the kids,” she said. “People like him represent the heart of Laguna.”
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Tina loves her art fish; it hangs next to her Christmas tree
Glennwood House has been graced with the presence of many artists willing to share their talents.
The Laguna Outreach for the Community Arts (LOCA) has scheduled artists who come to demonstrate and teach their craft. The residents enjoy classes including making cards, paper marbling, mask making, and how to create centerpieces.
“These artists take ownership and pride in their local non-profits,” said Enmeier. “We love them!”
Spark of Love Toy Drive created by our firefighters
The Laguna Beach Fire Department in conjunction with all other local fire agencies will be taking part in the annual Spark of Love Toy Drive. The Spark of Love campaign began in 1993 as a partnership between ABC7 and Firefighters throughout the five county areas of Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Ventura.
Although there are many worthwhile toy drives taking place this holiday season, the Spark of Love is the only one created and operated by Firefighters!
Working together as the Orange County Toy Collaborative, these agencies collect and distribute approximately 300,000 toys annually to disadvantaged children who otherwise would not be receiving gifts this holiday season.
This year marks the 21stanniversary of the Firefighters’ Spark of Love campaign, which runs through Dec. 24. The Laguna Beach Fire Department has been involved since the program’s inception and each station will serve as a drop off site for new, unwrapped toys or sports equipment.
For additional information, please contact your local fire department representatives: LBFD Fire Captain Thomas Padden or Firefighter/Paramedic Patrick Cary, (949) 497 0700.
Fire Station 1 is located at 501 Forest Avenue; Fire Station 2 is located at 285 Agate Street; Fire Station 3 is located at 2900 Alta Laguna Blvd; Fire Station 4 is located at 31646 2nd Avenue. Thank you for your donations!
Special note from Shaena & Stu – this is the Toy Drive we recommend to all!
Laguna Family Dentistry offers new technology for our benefit
Alex Kalmanovich, DDS, of Laguna Family Dentistry is reaching out to the community to educate and provide services in preventive oral care and proper oral hygiene. Last year he provided free oral screenings at the Susi Q Senior Center’s health fair, and he continues to offer free oral health care services to children from low-income families during the month of February.
Dr. Alex always strives to stay on the front lines of the newest treatment options, as well as the newest and best innovations and technologies while providing high quality care for his patients. He has a strong passion for education and was awarded the Grosso Endowment for Promise as a Dental Educator.
One of the latest dental technology tools Dr. Alex has employed is the CEREC machine. It includes a specialized computer that acts as a dental restoration tool, allowing for placement of dental crowns, removal of amalgam fillings, or installing porcelain dental veneers in just one appointment.
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Today’s technology (CEREC) vs. the old style
This means that patients will not need temporary crowns, or have impressions taken. They will get permanent crowns on the same day.
Dr. Alex says, “Our office is the first private practice office to offer this new technology to our patients in Laguna Beach.”
Gift the music lover on your list with a Winter Season of Live Jazz (and be entered to win a Summer Season, too!)
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Trumpeter Bijon Watson and Latin Jazz Syndicate at [seven-degrees] in 2014
Why settle for giving an average, ordinary gift this holiday season when you can gift an entire season of Laguna Beach Live! world-class jazz for just $105?
Laguna Beach Live!–the non-profit entity dedicated to bringing globally renowned jazz, blues and classical music to Laguna Beach at an affordable price – is once again offering a lively (and very warming) Winter Jazz Season beginning Jan. 21. The annual sell-out shows take place in the gorgeous [seven-degrees] event center, whose acoustics and staging serve as perfect partner to the phenomenal incoming talent.
Winter Jazz Season Tickets for the 7-concert event series are just $105, with single tickets $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
As a special holiday offer, for every Winter Jazz Season Ticket you purchase before Dec. 21, you are also entered in a raffle to win two tickets to the entire 2015 Summer Season of Jazz at The Ranch.
Last year, when Laguna Beach Live’s celebrated live jazz season outgrew its venue, it moved to the spectacular patio above the Ben Brown Golf Course at The Ranch, with sell-out crowds of 300 and more at each event. Clearly, where LagunaBeachLive! goes, rabid fans follow.
Purchase the Winter Jazz Season Ticket (just $105 per person) at www.LagunaBeachLive.org by Dec. 21 to qualify for the Summer Season raffle. Seating is preassigned according to date of purchase and group size, with season ticket holders considered “V.I.P.”
Then, beginning Wednesday, Jan. 21, and every other week thereafter, enjoy the world-class talents of Trumpeter Bijon Watson, Brazilian Guitarist phenom Teka, award-winning jazz singer Sara Gazarek, and the very popular Tony Guerrero and his Jet Set Quintet.
Add to that acclaimed trumpeter Gabriel Johnson, Grammy award-winning pianist Bill Cunliffe and the industry’s go-to saxophonist Rickey Woodard with Frank Potenza as part of the exciting Winter Jazz Season lineup.
(See more details on each of the upcoming acts at www.LagunaBeachLive.org )
Winter Jazz Season concerts are 6 – 8 p.m. Handcrafted cocktails, beers, wines, and an innovative dinner menu are available at each concert for purchase.
Be a part of the growing community of live jazz enthusiasts this coming January. The Laguna Beach Live! Winter Jazz Season is a quintessential, affordable and thoughtful gift for every music lover in your life (including you).
Ocean Institute’s 3-day 2015 Jazz Festival January 23-25
Delectable jazz music won’t be the only delicious treat at the Ocean Institute’s 2015 Jazz Festival. Top area restaurants and star chefs are planning a palate-pleasing weekend for Festivalgoers.
Friday’s Jan. 23 opening day will feature an elegant appetizer and wine reception, highlighting Dana Point’s Luciana’s Ristorante, Laguna Niguel’s Savannah Chop House and Pear Valley Vineyard wines. A silent auction will precede the concert. Jazz greats Rick Braun with friends Norman Brown and Elliott Yamin perform for a limited audience of 300 guests. Doors open at 6 p.m.
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Saturday, Jan. 24, at 5:30 p.m., the red carpet rolls into the glittering Premier Gala. An award winning epicurean 4-course dinner, prepared by Orange County’s brightest food stars, will be served to 200 festival guests.
An array of amazing epicurean delights (see Today’s Front Page II) from an all-star line up of local chefs will be a highlight all who attend will remember forever!
A silent and live auction is followed by performances of top jazz artists Rick Braun, Elliott Yamin and Norman Brown.
Sunday afternoon’s Encore event begins at 3 p.m., Jan. 25, with hot new group DW3 performing their high-energy mix of R&B jazz and Latin Soul. Bristol Farms provides a deluxe box lunch, followed by a beer, cheese and wine tasting. The final concert of the Festival starts at 4 p.m.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, go to oijazzfestival.com or call 496-2274, ext. 337.
Laguna Beach Library’s December events
Upcoming special events are:
Saturday, Dec. 20, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Children’s Craft Open House
Get creative! Let your imagination run wild! Children 12-years and under are encouraged to come to the library Saturdays, during the hours of 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to make fun and creative seasonal projects. Adult supervision is recommended. There will be no craft table Dec. 27.
Saturdays, Dec. 20 & 27 10 – 11 a.m.: Food Addicts Anonymous (FAA) Meeting
“Sharing our Experience, Strength & Hope.” A12-Step Program dedicated to food addiction. There is a food plan, sponsors, face to face meetings, phone meetings, literature and fellowship. Meets in the Community Room. Contact James @ 714-554-2195 for more information.
Saturday, Dec. 20, 2 – 4 p.m.: Poetry Workshop
Participants should bring 10 copies of a poem they wish to have read and work-shopped. Each poem will be read by the poet and perhaps by another reader. Participants then respond with emphasis on positive comments and constructive suggestions. Recommended for advanced poets-this is not a workshop for beginners. Meets in the Community Room. Contact John Gardiner at 715-7507 for more information.
Mondays, Dec. 22 & 29, 6 - 7:30 p.m.: Toastmasters Open House Meeting
Come learn about the benefits of being a member of Toastmasters and how you can enhance your public speaking and leadership skills. Meets in the Community Room. For more information contact the library or inquire at the Information Desk.
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 3:30 p.m.: B.A.R.K. Read to a Dog Program
Do your kids love to read aloud, or just need to practice their reading skills? Come meet Venus and her owner, Theresa, from Beach Animals Read 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!
All programs are free, graciously funded by the Friends of the Laguna Beach Library.
Laguna Beach Library hours are Monday-Wednesday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Sundays. This holiday season, Wednesdays Dec. 24th and 31st the library will close at 5 p.m. The library will be closed all day on Thursday, Dec. 25th for Christmas.