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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.

LCADs Professional Benajmin

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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.


The beauty of contrast 

The beauty palms

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Photo by Jean Brotherton

Heisler Park on a fall day: wild bougainvillea, stoic cactus, and lofty palms, 

so spectacular together


The Hive’s holiday party fun continues…

Photos by Scott Brashier 

The Hives Santa 1

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Santa brought joy to children in Laguna on Friday at the Hive

The Hives sled

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Sledding and palm trees, that’s our Laguna

The Hives Grinch

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The Grinch didn’t steal any joy from this holiday party

The Hives cookies

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Children enjoyed decorating cookies and tasting them too

The Hives KX

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The KX93.5 team: Ed Steinfeld (left), Monica Russell, and Tyler Russell were excited to say hi to St. Nick 

The Hives ornaments

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The Hive’s Christmas tree is a sight to behold


Riddle Field closed for field maintenance and turf renovations through January 28

Riddle Field closed for annual maintenance yesterday, December 3, and will remain closed through January 28, 2019. The park boasts a beautiful baseball field that will be closed for part of winter to maintain its beauty. There is also a basketball court, restrooms and a children’s playground, which will remain open.

Ridde Field park

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The beautiful Riddle Field will be closed for part of winter for annual maintenance

For questions, call Alexis Braun, Senior Recreation Supervisor at (949) 497-0762.

Riddle Field is located at Cliff Drive and Hillcrest Drive behind Boat Canyon.


Inky black sea

Inky black sunset

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Photo by Tom Berndt

Saturday’s sunset turns the sea black and gray


Luke Hendrickson spearheads toy drive for CHOC Hospital with goal of 100 toys by Dec 15

By DIANNE RUSSELL

Local Scout Luke Hendrickson is spearheading a toy drive for CHOC Hospital with a goal of gathering 100 toys by Saturday, Dec 15. The drive is Luke’s final project in order to achieve Eagle Scout status. His father, Jon, made Stu News aware of Luke’s wish to give back to CHOC by conducting this toy donation drive.

Jon says, “I am an English teacher, Varsity Girls Golf Coach, and JV Baseball Coach at LBHS. My wife Lou Ann is an Instructional Aide at the high school as well. My two daughters (Jamie and Corrie) graduated from LBHS, Curran is a senior, and Luke is a freshman. We love the Laguna Beach community and the public school system and how everyone has helped us raise our children.”

Luke Hendrickson scout

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Luke’s goal – to deliver 100 toys to CHOC on Dec 15

When asked what the basis was for selecting this activity, Jon replies, “When choosing an Eagle Scout Project, the boy scout has a variety of different options. The criteria is the following: While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community. 

“Luke decided he wanted to partner with an organization that supported his Uncle Ricky for many years before he passed away at the age of 24. Ricky spent many long hours, days, weeks, and months at CHOC Hospital and they loved and supported him throughout his time there. When I told my son Luke about that, he thought this project would be perfect for his Eagle Scout requirement.”

In order to become an Eagle Scout, there are many requirements. Jon notes: if one works at a frenzied pace, it would take about two years to become an Eagle Scout.

Luke Hendrickson bowling

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On a family bowling excursion a year or two before Luke’s Uncle Ricky died

(L-R) Luke, Curran, Lou Ann, Jon, Jamie, Corrie, Ricky in the middle

Luke says, “I am partnering with CHOC Hospital this holiday season, and I am conducting a toy drive for kids in need; I would love your help! My Uncle Ricky spent much of his childhood and teenage years at CHOC before passing away, and because of their love and support towards him, I wanted to help those kids currently staying at CHOC have a happier holiday this year. If you want to help support me, my goal is to collect over 100 unwrapped toys and deliver them to CHOC on December 15th.”

Ways to help

--Buy a new toy(s) from the list below

--Contact Luke via email, phone or text at (949) 278-2508 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

--Luke will come by and pick up the item(s) at your convenience, or you can mail or drop off the unwrapped toy(s) directly to his school address where his dad works as well: 625 Park Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 

--Tax ID number is 95-609-7416 

Toy Donations

Durable, cleanable unwrapped toys are most useful in the hospital setting. Please choose from the following items only for your toy donation. They cannot accept any used items.

Infant & Toddler

--Musical toys (ones with buttons, knobs, light up, etc.) *Highest priority 

--Crib toys – mobiles, mirrors, busy boxes 

--Teethers and rattles 

--Little People/Weeble People 

--See ’n Say/talking phones 

--Shape sorters/stacking toys

School age

--Action Figures (Batman, Superman, Transformers) 

--Dramatic play-medical play kits, kitchen, food, doll families 

--Coloring books, Paint by Numbers, velvet color posters 

--Barbie Dolls/small dolls 

--My Little Pony, Doc McStuffins

--Princess dolls, dress-up

--Beads and jewelry making kits 

--Craft sets/stickers 

--I Spy Books/Look ‘n’ Find books 

--Light-up wands/Light & spin toys 

--Small Lego building sets/Bionicles 

--Matchbox/Hot Wheels cars (small size cars) 

--Play-doh/Model magic – all colors 

--Playing cards and Uno cards

--Puzzles – 24, 63 & 100 pieces

--Markers and crayons (8, 16 and 24 pack)

Teenagers: CHOC is always in need of more activities for its teen population.

--Makeup/body care products 

--Young Adult novels 

--Clothes, jewelry – teen themed 

--Sweatshirts 

--Sports jerseys, hats 

--Sports equipment 

--Skateboard themed clothing 

--Picture frames 

--Jewelry making kits 

--Slippers 

--Gift bag 

To the community, Luke says, “Thank you so much for your generosity and support!”

With a cause like CHOC Hospital, Luke is certain to reach (and even surpass) his goal.


2018 Election: County Registrar certifies Laguna election results

By BARBARA DIAMOND

County Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley announced this weekend the certification of the 2018 local midterm elections.

Eighty-one point two percent of Laguna’s 16,791 registered voters cast ballots. 

Only three Orange County cities had a higher turnout: Seal Beach (82.8), Laguna Woods (82.6) and Villa Park (81.6).

There was no change since the last report in the positions of Laguna’s 13 council candidates, including write-in candidate Jorg Dubin, sculptor of the 911 Memorial in Heisler Park. 

However, accumulated votes and percentages did rise. 

As of Sunday, with zero ballots left to be counted, first-time City Council candidate Peter Blake finished at the front of the pack with 4,881 votes, 14.8 percent of the total votes cast. Incumbent Toni Iseman won her bid for a sixth consecutive term with 4,792 votes (14.5 percent). 

Sue Kempf also earned a Council seat, maintaining her lead over former Mayor Ann Christoph, 4,483 to 4,235 (13.6 percent to 12.8 percent).

Laguna Beach County Water District Commissioner and former Mayor Cheryl Kinsman chalked up 4,037 votes (12.2 percent). 

Judie Mancuso’s final count was 2,834 votes, 8.6 percent of ballots cast, in her second try for a Council seat. 

Outgoing Mayor Pro Tem Rob Zur Schmiede, who officially withdrew from the election due to a family crisis, still found favor with 2,206 voters, with 6.7 percent of them casting their vote for him. 

Paul Merritt finished in eighth place with 2,067 votes (6.3 percent). 

Lorene Laguna picked up eight votes in the latest posting with 1,417 (4.3 percent). 

She is followed by Sue Marie Connolly, Liz Bates, Allison Mathews and Dubin.

Measure P, which would have raised the Laguna Beach sales tax by one percent, failed to reach a majority of the votes, let alone the two-thirds majority required for passage.

As of Sunday, the vote was 7,034 to 6,029, 53.8 percent to 46.2 percent, a margin of 1,005 votes. 

School Board

Four of the five candidates for the three open seats on the Laguna Beach Unified School District Governing Board racked up more votes than Blake, as reflected in Sunday’s certified totals.

However, the district includes voters who live outside the city limits, including Emerald Bay. 

Incumbent Carol Normandin added 40 votes for a total of 5,923 votes (21.9 percent). She defeated Dee Namba Perry, also an incumbent, by 228 votes. Namba Perry finished with 21.0 percent of the votes cast, 149 votes ahead of James Kelly, who earned the third open seat. Kelly finished with 20.5 percent.

Nineteen votes separated third place winner Kelly and Christine de Bretteville. 

Mark Nelson finished with 3,623 votes; write-in candidate Howard Hills had 761.

The general election recorded the highest midterm turnout in Orange County in nearly 50 years, according to Kelley’s press release, issued on Sunday – second only to 1970 when the turnout was 76.3 percent.

Total turnout in the county for the November 6 election was 71 percent with 44.2 percent of voters casting their ballots by mail, 25.2 percent choosing to go to their polling place, and 1.5 percent submitting their ballot in an Early Vote Center. Turnout in neighboring counties south of Santa Barbara had lower voter turnout compared to Orange County:

Santa Barbara: 67.2 percent 

Kern: 54.5 percent 

Ventura: 68.8 percent 

Los Angeles: 57.3 percent 

San Bernardino: 57.6 percent 

Riverside: 54.9 percent 

San Diego: 64.4 percent 

Imperial: 47.9 percent

For more information, visit www.ocvote.com/results.detailed-data-and-reports.

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