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LA Charger to wear custom cleats with Laguna Beach nonprofit logo

Los Angeles Chargers’ Offensive Guard Forrest Lamp has partnered with Laguna Beach nonprofit Waymakers, as part of the National Football League’s My Cause My Cleats initiative. Lamp will wear his custom cleats during the December 9th game versus the Cincinnati Bengals.

My Cause My Cleats is an NFL initiative, which allows players to customize their cleats to raise awareness for causes they are passionate about. Lamp will use his platform to raise awareness for Waymakers and help raise funds by auctioning off his customized cleats after the game on www.nflauction.nfl.com. All proceeds will benefit Waymakers’ youth shelters in Laguna Beach, Tustin, and Huntington Beach serving at-risk youth. 

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These vibrant shoes are sure to stand out in Sunday’s game

Without Waymakers’ intervention, children suffering with mental health issues, unstable housing, and severe family conflict are most at-risk for victimization and out of home placement. The shelter program serves as a 24-hour family crisis resource to parents and youths residing in Orange County, especially those who do not have the means to seek private help.

Waymakers’ youth shelter program aims to achieve the following goals: family strengthening and reunification, homeless prevention, diversion of at-risk youth from the juvenile justice system, and school dropout prevention. In addition to providing youth with a safe haven and protection from the dangers of the streets, the shelter also provides youth and their families with professional comprehensive services including outreach and prevention. 

In addition to a variety of other programs for at-risk youth, Waymakers also has a Project PATH program to help create a safe and healthy Orange County by eliminating problems associated with alcohol, tobacco and other drug use through education, training and technical assistance. The program consists of health education experts who engage community members and leaders to apply alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention strategies throughout Orange County.

A complete list of Chargers players who will be participating this year can be found at www.chargers.com/cleats.

For more information on Waymakers, visit www.waymakersoc.org.


LCAD announces $1 million gift from The Moulton Company at 29th Annual Collector’s Choice Gala

Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) raised over $300,000 at its 29th Annual Collector’s Choice Juried Art Auction and Fundraiser held on Friday, Nov 16 at Montage Laguna Beach. The College also announced a $1 million gift from The Moulton Company to benefit the student experience at LCAD. 

 “The Moulton family has been a member of the LCAD family from our earliest days,” said President Jonathan Burke. “Their extraordinary generosity and volunteer leadership supports the success of LCAD students during their time at the College.” 

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President Jonathan Burke speaking during the gala

Jared Mathis, chief executive officer of The Moulton Company and chair of the LCAD Board of Trustees was on hand to acknowledge the excitement of the crowd. “My family and I are incredibly inspired by LCAD’s young artists and designers who pursue their work with a commitment to excellence and absolute dedication,” he said. “We are honored to be part of LCAD’s legacy and to expand its support programs for the next generation of creative leaders.”

LCAD’s 29th Annual Collector’s Choice Juried Art Auction and Fundraiser was co-chaired by LCAD Board of Trustees members Carla Arzente of saltfineart and Sue Greenwood of Sue Greenwood Fine Art. Lou and Lara Rohl served as honorary co-chairs.

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Auctioneer Jim Nye is joined by LCAD student volunteers to excite the crowd at the 29th Annual Collector’s Choice Gala

Auctioneer Jim Nye excited Orange County art collectors, LCAD donors, trustees, faculty, students, and staff to bid for exceptional paintings, sculptures, and luxury experiences donated by college alumni, faculty, respected artists, and Laguna Beach galleries including saltfineart and Sue Greenwood Fine Art. 

Peter Neptune, master sommelier and Laguna Beach resident, donated a magnum of Camigliano Brunello di Montalcino 2012, the top tier of Tuscan wines made from the Sangiovese grape to kick off the live auction. 

The artists who donated paintings and sculptures included Gerard Basil Stripling, Jonathan Burke, James Galindo, Michael Harnish, Kathy Jones, Jason Kowalski, Richard MacDonald, Adrienne Stein, and Jeff Sewell. Arzente donated a mystery item later revealed to be a sculpture titled “Titanium” by Cristian Castro. 

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Wade Mathis with Cristian Castro, the artist of the “mystery item” donated by saltfineart

Additionally, Montage Laguna Beach donated a dinner at the Chef’s Table at Studio. LCAD Drawing and Painting Alumnus and faculty member Miguel Gonzales (2016) expressed his gratitude for the financial aid support he received as a student at LCAD. 

According to the College, nine out of ten students receive financial aid in the form of merit-based scholarships. 

For more information, contact Director of Development Tracy Hartman at (949) 376-6000, ext. 241 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Sculpture to Wear is donating 50 percent of profits to LAM through the weekend

Laguna Art Museum is hosting Lisa Berman’s Sculpture to Wear during a four-day shopping event, starting this Thursday during Art Walk from 5 - 6 p.m., with a preview for members until 9 p.m. The event continues on Friday, Dec 7 and Saturday, Dec 8 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday, Dec 9 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Sculpture to Wear launches at LAM for an exciting four-day event starting at Art Walk on Thursday, Dec 6 

Sculpture To Wear is donating over 50 percent of their profits to the Museum.

Fantastic jewelry and indelible art are usually reason enough to shop – now it gets even better. You can support LAM too. Sculpture to Wear has been a benchmark brand in the country for wearable art jewelry for 45 years. Raised in Laguna Beach, owner Lisa Berman (aka Babik) is thrilled to have her company, specializing in wearable art hand-crafted jewelry, give back to LAM in the town where she learned to love art during this unprecedented event.

Sculpture to Wear will present work in the foyer and front window of the museum during the four-day shopping event. Featured artists include designers from Berman’s recent show at Leica Gallery in Los Angeles and her former Gallery in Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, including Jeanet Metselaar, Yves Amu Klein, Kelly Berg, Marc Cohen, Jacqueline and Ondrey Rudavsky, and Valerie Jo Coulson, plus other accessories and artists to be confirmed. The Collection ranges from $50-$500. 

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr. For more information, call (949) 494-8971 or visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org.


Free sandbags available to help residents avoid property damage during storms

With winter storms in the forecast, the City is offering pre-filled sandbags at no cost to residents and business owners of Laguna Beach who may need them to protect their property. These sandbags are not for private contractors or commercial purposes.

Pre-filled sandbags are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on a first-come, first-served basis (limit 10 per resident). 

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Reminder of past floods in Laguna Beach

Sandbags can be picked up at either of the two following locations:

--ACT V Parking Lot – 1900 Laguna Canyon Road

--Aliso Beach Inland Parking Lot – 31118 Coast Highway

Additionally, the City offers free, unfilled sandbags at the four fire stations. The unfilled sandbags cannot be filled with sand from Laguna’s beaches or playgrounds. For locations where sand can be purchased, click here. 

The City is also doing its part to protect the community by cleaning and inspecting the Laguna Canyon Channel, maintaining public terrace drains and manholes, and conducting outreach including workshops and mailers to property and business owners. The City encourages residents to protect their homes from flooding by remembering the following tips:

--Clear out rain gutters and pick up litter and loose objects on your property. Anything loose can be washed away.

--Sandbag flood prone areas.

--Check your own yard drains to make sure they are not clogged.

--While not required, flood insurance is recommended for flood prone properties.

Visit www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/police/emergprep for further information about Emergency Preparedness and for video footage from past Laguna Beach disasters.

For further information, contact Jordan Villwock, Emergency Operations Coordinator, at (949) 497-0389 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Community invited to Festival of Mosaics mural dedication ceremony Dec 9 at NCC

Neighborhood Congregational Church (NCC) invites the public to a mural dedication ceremony on Sunday, Dec 9, at noon. The mosaic, titled “Coastline to Canyon,” reads like an abstract aerial view of Laguna Beach, from the blue ocean to tide pools, shoreline, hillside bluffs, and greenbelt. 

“More than 700 people participated in the Festival of Mosaics program,” said Mike Tauber, Program Coordinator.

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Festival of Mosaics mural dedication party is on Sunday, Dec 9 at noon

Activities included tile glazing workshops with LOCA Arts Education at Laguna Art Museum, LOCA’s annual meeting, and at Festival of Arts Pageant of the Monsters. 

“We also did color picking, tile cracking, and puzzle making workshops at the church campus,” Tauber said. “Lastly, the public came and installed the mosaics over several weekends in November.” 

The project was supported by donations from Mark Porterfield and Steve Chadima, and others. “We are grateful to our many volunteers, donors, and everyone who contributed to the making of this beautiful public art work,” stated Pastor Rodrick Echols. 

Visitors attending the dedication may arrive early to enjoy a service at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary, located at 340 St Ann’s Drive. There is free parking available – enter from Glenneyre Street. Light refreshments will be served. 

Hosted by Neighborhood Congregational Church, along with designer and 2018 Laguna Artist of the Year Mike Tauber, this awe-inspiring celebration continues a Laguna legacy of community beautification through the arts. 

For more information, visit www.ncclaguna.org.


City Council Oath of Office Ceremony will swear in elected council members today

Elected City Council members Peter Blake, Toni Iseman, and Sue Kempf will be officially sworn into office today, Tuesday, Dec 4, at the regular meeting of the Laguna Beach City Council. 

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers and shortly thereafter, honors and remarks will be made for outgoing council members Mayor Kelly Boyd and Mayor Pro Tem Rob Zur Schmiede. 

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Toni Iseman, Peter Blake, and Sue Kempf

The Oath of Office Ceremony will then take place and the new City Council will vote to select a Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem before holding their regular meeting.

Blake, Iseman, and Kempf join City Council members Bob Whalen and Steve Dicterow to form the five-member Laguna Beach City Council. Each City Council member is elected at large and serves a four-year term. The City Council is responsible for the legislative functions of the City. 

The Laguna Beach City Council Chambers is located at 505 Forest Ave.

For further information, contact City Clerk Lisette Chel-Walker at (949) 497-0705.


LCAD’s Professional Mentoring Program makes a difference in young artist students’ careers

One of the nation’s top colleges of art and design, Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) announced that 16 students from its BFA program in Drawing + Painting will exhibit their art as part of LCAD’s Professional Mentoring Program, an annual collaboration between the College and participating Laguna Beach First Thursdays Art Walk galleries. 

The 2018 LCAD Professional Mentoring Program exhibition will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. this Thursday, Dec 6, during First Thursdays Art Walk. Everyone can view student artwork at participating galleries that are listed at www.facebook.com/lcadprofessionalmentorprogram, www.lcad.edu or www.firstthursdaysartwalk.org

LCAD’s Professional Mentoring Program pairs LCAD BFA Drawing + Painting seniors with local galleries. For two months, gallery owners and managers mentor students through the fundamentals of exhibiting their work and educate them about the business side of operating a gallery. For many students, this will be the first time they exhibit their work in a professional gallery. Proceeds from art sales go to the student artists and LCAD student scholarships.

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Benjamin Askevold is one of the LCAD students involved in the mentoring program with local Art Walk galleries. His piece Public Transportation, seen here, will be on display at Todd Kenyon’s Pure Laguna Beach.

Now in the 16th year of their collaboration, First Thursdays Art Walk and LCAD received the 2018 Outstanding Arts Collaboration Award for the Professional Mentoring Program. The award, from the Laguna Beach Art Alliance, recognized the program’s excellence in outstanding achievements and contributions in the Laguna Beach arts community.

After 14 years of teaching the Professional Studies course, Robin Fuld, director of LCAD’s Career Services, is handing the reins to Charity Oetgen, an alumna of LCAD’s BFA program in Drawing + Painting (2014) and its MFA in Painting (2017), who, last year, co-taught the course with Fuld. 

“As an alumna of LCAD, of the course, and of the Professional Mentor program, Charity brings a unique and refined perspective,” Fuld said. “She is a successful working artist and is perfect to mentor LCAD Drawing + Painting majors as they prepare for careers as professional artists.”

For more information about the December 2018 LCAD + FTAW exhibitions, visit www.lcad.edu.


December Delights

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

December Delights Oak St

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View from Oak St

December Delights Aloe

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The holidays are here, and the aloe is in bloom

December Delights Jonah

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Jonah enjoys a quiet day digging in the sand


Holidays at The Hive

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Holidays at signage

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The Hive celebrates the season

Holidays at live tree

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Friday’s Tree Lighting Ceremony

Holidays at Hasty

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(L-R) Laguna Beach Beer Company owner’s wife Heather Reynard and Hasty Honarkar

Holidays at sledding

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Watch out for the bumps

Holiday at horse carriage

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Horse and buggy rides

Holidays at Mo Honarkar

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Is Mo Honarkar writing a letter to Santa?


Plaque will honor Axelrod donation

By BARBARA DIAMOND

A $25,000 bequest by the late Robert Irwin Axelrod will be added to the City’s Art-in-Lieu Fund. 

A plaque will acknowledge the donation, as requested by Mr. Axelrod.

No site or specific project was identified in the donation. 

Mr. Axelrod’s connection to Laguna Beach is something of a mystery. Cultural Arts Manager Sian Poeschl said she had been unable to locate any reference to Mr. Axelrod’s connection to Laguna Beach or why he left the bequest to the City.

Anyone with information about Mr. Axelrod can contact Poeschl at (949) 497-0722 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

Based on the Cultural Arts Plan’s goal to build on the public art program to achieve the next level of success and impact, the Arts Commission recommended Mr. Axelrod’s donation be deposited in the in-lieu fund. The donation will be allocated to a larger public art project, in line with the plan’s stated intent to develop fewer, but larger public art projects as additions to the City’s permanent collection of public art.

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