Steve Kaye will speak about Garden Photography at the LB Garden Club on Dec 8

On the Fri, Dec 8 meeting of the LB Garden Club, speaker Steve Kaye will discuss Garden Photography, or How to Take Better Pictures. Steve feels a connection with nature and a compassion for life which guide his focus for photographs that capture the extraordinary essence of the earth’s beauty in flowers and birds in California gardens.

 Photographs inspire respect for Nature, and offer uniquely wonderful experiences and memorable stories.  Attendees will discover how the “art of seeing” leads to better, more memorable photos and they will gain tips, tricks and techniques used by professional photographers.

At one of Steve’s workshops, a professional photographer said “It took me four years to learn what you just covered in 20 minutes.” 

The Laguna Beach Garden Club meets on the second Fri of every month, Sept through May at the Laguna Presbyterian Church, located at 415 Forest Avenue. The event starts with a 9:30 a.m. Social and 10 a.m. General Meeting. 

The public is welcome, there is no charge for guests on their first visit. Before or after the meeting, browse the outdoor “Garden Boutique” where donated garden-related items and plants can be purchased at “dirt-cheap” prices.

Fantastic garden gloves only $7/pair. Parking: Free in the Laguna Canyon Road lot (spaces 300-422) or $3 for all day in spaces 185-228.  For more information on the Garden Club: www.lagunabeachgardenclub.org.


Swing with Santa as LagunaTunes presents a free holiday concert at LBHS’s Artists’ Theatre Dec 17

Get in the holiday spirit when LagunaTunes Community Chorus performs at a free holiday program, “Swingin with Santa,” on Dec 17 at 4 p.m. in the Artists’ Theatre at Laguna Beach High School. The program features a light-hearted treatment of Christmas favorites in an upbeat swing style, as well as some beautiful and inspiring choral selections. 

It’s a family show, suitable for all ages. LagunaTunes, a no-audition chorus, welcomes singers of all training and experience levels. Some members read music, some do not, age levels cover a broad range, and all are united by a love of music. The emphasis is on fun, learning, improving performance skills, and the joy of group singing. 

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LagunaTunes Community Chorus

They perform two concerts a year, one in Dec and another in June. New members are welcome to join when rehearsals for the June concert begin in Feb. The 50-member chorus is led by Bob Gunn, popular director of Orange County’s Men Alive chorus and Laguna’s St. Mary’s choir. Gunn’s entertaining choral productions are well known throughout southern CA. 

LagunaTunes is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides choral singing to everyone. Funding is provided by the Festival of Arts Foundation and The Lodging Establishments and City of Laguna Beach. 

LBHS is located at 625 Park Ave.

For more information: http://www.lagunatuneschorus.org/ or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


The Huddle will be huddling at NCC on Dec 5 at 6:30 p.m. to listen to guest speakers on current issues

The Laguna Beach Women’s March Huddle will meet on Dec 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Neighborhood Congregational Church to discuss coordination on a regional level with other local groups and develop its own “mini-huddles.”

The plan is to rally together and prepare for the anniversary of the Women’s March, meet with and hear from other progressive organizations in the area, and get an update from the Criminal Justice mini-huddle regarding the Inmate Firefighter Appreciation Project and other initiatives.

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The Huddle expects a large crowd as seen here from a previous meeting

The meeting will also feature presenters including Don Han, Senior Human Relations Specialist, of the OC Human Relations. Han has been with OCHRC since 2001. He is the manager of the Police Community Reconciliation Program. This program works in collaboration with the OC Sheriff’s Department to address low-level complaints against OC Sheriff’s personnel. Don also responds to reported hate crimes and hate incidents in the county and coordinates the release of the annual hate crime report. He earned a Sociology Degree from Cal State Fullerton and is a former Human Relations Commissioner for the City of Santa Ana. 

#HateFreeOC is OC Human Relations’ public education and awareness campaign designed to cultivate a hate-free environment in Orange County, bring diverse communities together, and promote a safe, peaceful, respectful, and inclusive community for all to live, work, go to school and do business.

Additional speakers include Joanne Joyce Weiss of WAVE (Women for American Values and Ethics), a diverse group of non-partisan women which exists to empower the advancement of American Ethics and Values; Faye Hezar of Imagine Action OC, 

a diverse and inclusive group “caring deeply about our nation and our plan through solidarity and grass-roots action”; Cottie Petrie-Norris of the Laguna Beach Democratic Club; and Mary Carter - State Delegate,responsible for representing our Assembly District to the California Democratic Party and what that means to our community.

The Neighborhood Congregational Church is located at 340 St. Ann’s Drive. The event starts with a social gathering at 6:30 followed by the meeting from 7 – 8:30 p.m.

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‘Tis the season for art, artists, galleries, and fun 

at First Thursdays Art Walk, Dec 7

Compiled and written by SUZIE HARRISON

Make December an art season to remember at First Thursdays Art Walk, Dec 7, 6 to 9 p.m. On that evening, Art Walk will celebrate the diverse cultural art scene of Laguna Beach and the event is free to the public, with participation by more than 30 member galleries. 

See terrific LCAD student artwork at the galleries participating in the College’s Professional Mentoring Program

Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) and First Thursdays Art Walk (FTAW) has matched 14 students from the BFA in Fine Arts to exhibit their artworks in select Laguna art galleries as part of LCAD’s Professional Mentoring Program, an annual collaboration between LCAD and participating Laguna Beach First Thursdays Art Walk galleries, now in its 16th year.

To check out the names of LCAD artists and their respective mentor galleries, click on the Printable map here.

LCAD student Sureya Davis, who partnered with the Whitney Gallery, lauds the Mentorship Program and shared her experience in a recent interview.

“I have loved every aspect of the Art Walk mentorship program, it has definitely been gratifying,” said Davis. 

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“Key” by Sureya Davis - check out her work and 13 other LCAD student’s work as part of the mentorship program with Art Walk galleries

“The experience that I have gained from the mentorship program is more than I could have asked for. Before participating in the program, I, and I am sure most of my peers, had little to no knowledge about the gallery business,” Davis said. “But through the mentorship program and by partnering with Whitney Gallery, I was able to experience, firsthand, the behind the scenes of how a gallery is run.” 

She found that learning how to price her work was one of the most beneficial aspects.

“Something really important that I took away from this is how to price my work. Talking to Jackie Whitney and Robin Fuld, my professional studies instructor, helped me so much with pricing,” Davis said. “Before this program, my pricing needed a lot of help.”

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Another impressive artwork by Sureya Davis

“Another important issue that was addressed with this program was gaining a perspective on how galleries view artists and their work from the gallery owners side versus the artists side,” Davis said. “I learned multiple lessons about what cohesion means in my work that I am definitely going apply in my future.”

To see her work, visit the Whitney Gallery, 305 Forest Ave. For information, call the gallery at 497-4322 or visit www.marcwhitney.com

During Art Walk only, 50 percent of the proceeds go directly to the student, and 50 percent to the First Thursdays Art Walk/LCAD Scholarship fund.  

Around town…enjoy special events at myriad galleries. Here are two:

A benefit for the Boys & Girls Club at Dawson Cole Fine Art

Dawson Cole Fine Art, 326 Glenneyre St., is featuring a Holiday Exhibit and benefit event for The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach from 6 to 8 p.m. The evening will include a champagne reception and a performance of The Nutcracker by the Festival Ballet Theatre. Attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped toy or new clothing for a boy or girl ages newborn to 18. The evening will include an opportunity drawing, holiday refreshments and prize drawings. To attend, RSVP to 888-972-5543 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For information, call 888-972-5543 or visit www.dawsoncolefineart.com.

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A lovely piece by Richard MacDonald, “Sisters, Atelier,” 16.75 x 10 x 8”

Las Laguna Gallery Contemporary and Fine Art, 557 S. Coast Highway, A-1, is featuring a new show for the month of December, “Small Works – Big Talent: A Group Exhibit,” including works by guest artist Lanae Dahl. The latest show will feature various forms of art, all 16 x 16 inches, or smaller. Whoever said size doesn’t matter was right. Though small in size, the gallery’s featured artists’ works are sure to be large in impact. In the words of Vincent Van Gogh, “…the great doesn’t happen through impulse alone, but a succession of little things that are brought together.” 

Works in this exhibition will include Digital Art, Photo Collage, Fiber Art, Graphite, Mixed Media, New Media, Acrylic, and Oil. Art patrons will enjoy an artist reception with live music. For information, call 667-1803 or visit www.laslagunagallery.com.

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Enjoy monumental art in the gallery’s “Small Works – Big Talent: A Group Exhibit,” featuring pieces 16 x 16 inches or smaller

Meet the artists, explore an array of mediums and experience new and exciting exhibits at galleries around town, including LCAD student artists and their exhibits, as part of a mentorship program with participating Art Walk galleries.

Apps and more to help guide you on your Art Walk

For your convenience, you can download the First Thursdays Art Walk Gallery Guide via the izi.TRAVEL app.

Free trolley service for Art Walk runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Trolleys begin at the Laguna Art Museum (north) and Bluebird Canyon Road (south). The trolley route runs as far north as Viejo Street, up Laguna Canyon Road as far as Canyon Acres, and south to Bluebird Canyon Road. Download the Visit Laguna Beach smart phone app: LAGUNA BEACH TRAVEL INFO to stay connected to the First Thursdays Art Walk page, Trolley Tracker, and “for everything Laguna.” 

To learn more about First Thursdays Art Walk and a full listing of participating galleries, please visit www.FirstThursdaysArtWalk.com.


Mindfulness Retreat with Elizabeth Gosselin at The Ranch offers peace during the busy holiday season

The Ranch of Laguna Beach is offering a Mindfulness Retreat on Friday & Saturday, December 8 – 9, at the Sycamore Spa, led by yoga and meditation teacher Elizabeth Gosselin, author of “The Wisdom Deck Book.” Sessions are open to all, locals and resort guests, beginners and seasoned students.

This retreat will focus on mindful movement, sitting, silent and guided meditations. The practices explored are based on Eastern philosophies for cultivating a calm and quiet mind, resting and rejuvenating the body and exploring more spaciousness in everyday life. Each day will feature progressive instruction in mindfulness practices and an interactive discussion from the teachings.

 

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Peace is within reach at this retreat

Here is the retreat Itinerary:

Friday: 4 p.m. Check-in; 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.; dinner at Harvest; 7 - 9 p.m. Program overview and meditation session.

Saturday: 7 - 8 a.m. Breakfast at Harvest; 8:30 - 10 a.m. Yoga and meditation session; 10 - 11 a.m.; walking meditation 11 a.m. to noon; sitting meditation, noon - 3 p.m.; lunch break and leisure, 3 - 5 p.m.; Qigong and meditation session 6 - 7 p.m.; dinner at Harvest 7 - 8:45 p.m.; Evening discussion and meditation session.

Registration is limited to 14 people. The cost is $299 per person, including tax and gratuity. Retreat guests receive a special retreat rate for spa treatments and their room rate. 

For more information or to sign up, please contact Reservations Manager Madison Powers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (949) 715-1381.


Laguna Board of REALTORS® & Affiliates were busy supporting Hunger and Homeless Awareness Month

During the month of Nov, each week at the broker preview meetings and the brokers’ office meetings, REALTORS® and Affiliates donated food, toiletries, and worked on activities for the Annual Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month 2017, organized by the City of Laguna Beach Housing and Human Services Committee. 

The Laguna Food Pantry has been the recipient of both the Real Estate office food drives and a portion of the proceeds from the Taste for Charity event produced by the Laguna Board of REALTORS® and Affiliates Charitable Assistance Fund. The local Girl Scouts organized the toiletries collection. 

Since 1924, the Laguna Board of REALTORS® and Affiliates has been an active part of the business and charitable community in LB. With over 750 members, community friends and neighbors serve as leaders on non-profit boards, committees and local government organizations that work tirelessly to promote and protect Citizens’ property rights and the REALTOR® Code of Ethics.

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The 2017 Board of Directors & Staff of the Laguna Board of REALTORS®

L-R Back Row: Spencer Wall, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Michael Johnson, Villa Real Estate, Dede Westgaard-Pike, Coldwell Banker Residential, Charles Brickell, Board President, Compass, Janelle Hilton, The McMonigle Group, Traudi Hansen, 2017 President-elect, Surterre Properties, Bobbie Jordan, LBOR Admin Assistant, Frank Hufnagel, Surterre Properties, Mahmoud Aldimassi, Treasurer-elect, Coldwell Banker Residential

L-R Front Row: Madelaine Whiteman, Treasurer, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Lauriann Meyer, Executive Officer, Cheri Romig, Coldwell Banker Residential, Michelle Orozco, LBOR Admin Assistant, Marie Thomas, Laguna Beach Properties, Cari Young, Compass, David Csira, 2018 President-elect, The Csira Group

Lauriann Meyer, executive officer of the Laguna Board of REALTORS® and past chairperson of the City of Laguna Beach Housing and Human Services Committee, thanks the Board of Directors and Brokers for their leadership in promoting the giving spirit in their organizations.

For more information about the events of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month, visit www.lagunahungryandhomeless.org. For more information about the Laguna Board of REALTORS®, visit www.lagunarealtors.org.

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