2015 Gate & Garden Tour of Woods Cove Friday

The Laguna Beach Garden Club announced that tickets are now available for the 2015 Gate & Garden Tour of Woods Cove on Friday, May 1 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

A self-guided walking tour on quiet streets near Bluebird Park offers not only a unique opportunity to stroll through private gardens but also views of heritage trees, quirky birdhouses and memorable homes. Woods Cove is one of the first neighborhoods settled and is still filled with quaint beach cottages, mature trees and small scale newer homes. 

Eight private gardens will be open to explore along a marked route on paved city streets. This is the shortest Garden Tour route ever and mostly downhill yet you will be transported to fragrant Tuscany, a mermaid’s watery lair, orderly vegetable gardens, gently controlled wild spaces and a tropical Paradise. 

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In celebration of Laguna’s heritage, plein air artists have been invited to paint in several of the gardens. There will also be an exotic plant sale at the end of the tour. Cheerful garden club volunteers will be available in gardens and along the route to answer questions.

The $45 advanced-sale ticket includes admittance to the gardens described in the tour brochure, which includes a map of the route and round trip shuttle bus transportation.  Registration will once again be at historic Arabella Laguna where there will also be delicious homemade refreshments and a raffle. Purchase raffle tickets for the opportunity to win a spectacular prize provided by Dana Point Nursery. 

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Gardens may have uneven steps and paths; there is no sidewalk.  Comfortable walking shoes are essential; broad brimmed hat advisable. Don’t forget your camera. 

Advance tickets cost $45. A limited number of tickets will be available on tour day for $50. 

The garden tour is the major fundraiser for the Laguna Beach Garden Club. Proceeds provide financial support for the many environmental, educational and civic beautification projects of the club as well as scholarships for local high school and junior college students with an interest in horticulture. 

Tickets are available in Laguna Beach at Laguna Drug (239 Broadway), Tides Inn (460 N. Coast Hwy) and Laguna Nursery (1370 S. Coast Hwy) or in Dana Point at Dana Point Nursery, 34100 Pacific Coast Highway. 

For more information about Laguna Beach Garden Club, visit their website at: LagunaBeachGardenClub.org


The American Institute of Architects hosted seminar on rammed earth walls on site at new Festival of Arts façade 

Recently the American Institute of Architects (AIA) hosted a seminar at the Festival of Arts highlighting the rammed earth walls of the Festival’s new façade, designed by Bauer Architects.

Covered in the seminar was an overview of current building trends and practices, a brief history of the Festival’s façade project, and a summary of the various types of rammed earth construction. Over 20 architects and designers attended.

Leading the discussion was Bradley Mimlitz, founder of Rammed Earth Wall Builders, LLC, in Park City, Utah and a pioneer in this industry. Bradley is actively involved in every stage of a project from consulting at the planning and design stages, preliminary sourcing and testing of the soils material through the day-to-day rammed earth construction of the project.

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Attendees learned about rammed earth construction use in the FOA façade

 The process of rammed earth is an ancient building method gaining popularity today because of its environmental, health, safety, and welfare benefits. Building a rammed-earth wall involves compressing a damp mixture of earth that has suitable proportions of sand, gravel and clay into an externally supported frame or mold, creating either a solid wall of earth or individual blocks. The material is compressed in batches, gradually building the wall up to the top of the frame.

Projected completion of the Festival’s new façade is scheduled for the opening of the 2015 Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters.


LOCA watercolor workshop at Laguna Nursery April 30

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Heliconia by Lydia Delgado   

Laguna Outreach for Community Arts (LOCA) is offering a watercolors workshop with Lydia Delgado Thursday April 30, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at Laguna Nursery. 

Participants will learn to mix and layer colors. Everyone will take home a beautiful finished Heliconia painting. Cost is $30 including all supplies and free parking. Beginners and all levels are invited. Advance registration is required, visit the calendar dates at www.LOCAarts.org, or call 363-4700, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


MacGillivray Freeman’s IMAX® documentary – Dolphins – has gone past $100 million mark at the worldwide box office

Marking another benchmark in MacGillivray Freeman’s long history of producing some of the most successful films for IMAX® theatres, MacGillivray Freeman Films today announced that its giant-screen ocean documentary Dolphins had surpassed $100 million at the worldwide box office. 

The film, which was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short Subject, has been seen by nearly 20 million people in more than 200 IMAX and giant-screen theatres worldwide since it first debuted in 2000.

“With this new milestone, Dolphins confirms its standing as one of the most beloved films of the giant screen industry,” said Shaun MacGillivray, President of MacGillivray Freeman Films.  “Millions of people have been entertained and inspired by this underwater romp with the ocean’s most playful creatures, and we’re proud of the fact that the film is still playing in theatres today.”  

“When we set out to make Dolphins more than fifteen years ago, we wanted to take audiences on a journey into the hidden world of these remarkably intelligent animals, to give viewers the sensation they were swimming right alongside them in their ocean home,” said producer/director Greg MacGillivray. “The film succeeds in giving people a new perspective on these fascinating mammals, which is why theatres continue to open the film for two, even three, repeat exhibitions.” 

Other MacGillivray Freeman films to reach this notable box office milestone include To Fly!, Everest and The Living Sea.

The historic film is narrated by Pierce Brosnan. Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Sting composed the title song for the film, “I Love You Like a Hole in the Head,” and released an album that helped promote the film’s release. 

Dolphins follows a team of scientists as they travel from Patagonia to the Bahamas studying dolphin communication. The film is produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films in association with the National Wildlife Federation with major funding provided by the National Science Foundation and Museum Film Network.

Throughout the company’s 50-year history, its films have won numerous international awards including two Academy Award nominations and three films inducted into the IMAX Hall of Fame. MacGillivray Freeman’s films are known for their artistry and celebration of science and the natural world. It is the first documentary film company to reach the one billion dollar benchmark in worldwide ticket sales. 

As a mission-based company, MacGillivray Freeman supports the One World One Ocean campaign and has produced six films in its ocean awareness series, The Living Sea, Dolphins, Coral Reef Adventure, To The Arctic, Journey to the South Pacific, and Humpback Whales. For more information about the company, visit www.macgillivrayfreemanfilms.com.


Laguna Beach Garden Club honored Earth Day 

In honor of Earth Day, April 22, the Laguna Beach Garden Club donated 30 native milkweed plants in an effort to attract more Monarch butterflies to Laguna Beach. 

The plants, purchased from Tree of Life nursery, were donated to El Morro Elementary, Top of the World Elementary, the Laguna Presbyterian Church Preschool, Anneliese Schools, and the Laguna Beach County Water District. 

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El Morro students learned to be creative with milkweed and Monarchs

Garden Club President Jorja Puma said, “We felt it was especially important to have young school kids be involved in the planting. Education is going to be what saves the Monarch butterflies whose population is down by 90 percent. The native milkweed, rather than the tropical, is particularly important to the existence of the Monarch.”


Kick off summer with Laguna Beach Live! It’s the Bluegrass & BBQ – Sunday, June 14 at The Ranch 

Laguna Beach Live! welcomes the highly acclaimed Bluegrass band, The Lonesome River Band, on Sunday, June 14, 2015 for another awesome afternoon of Bluegrass & BBQ at The Ranch at Laguna Beach. Whether performing on the famous stage of the Grand Ole Opry or headlining major concert events & festivals, Lonesome River Band is one of the most respected names in bluegrass music and continues to set the standard in the bluegrass world.

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The Lonesome River Band

Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer and multi-award winning banjo picker, Sammy Shelor (banjo and harmony vocals) has put together a wealth of talent that includes: Brandon Rickman (lead & harmony vocals and guitar); Mike Hartgrove (fiddle); Barry Reed (bass, harmony vocals); and Randy Jones (lead & harmony vocals, mandolin), all performing the distinctive LRB sound fans love.

Their long career is filled with a multitude of awards and recognitions including the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Award for Instrumental Recorded Event of the Year, for their song “Angeline the Baker.” The group has also received other awards from IBMA including Album of the Year, along with numerous awards from SPBGMA – Bluegrass Band of Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Song of the Year, and Shelor as Banjo Player of the Year. 

Sammy Shelor received the 2nd Annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, and received his fifth win as the 2012 IBMA Banjo Performer of the Year.

Concert tickets (includes valet parking) are $15 for adults in advance and $20 at the door; children, 12 and under, are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Chairs are provided on the Harvest Patio overlooking the first fairway and are first come, first served. 

The Concert is 6 – 8 p.m. and doors open at 5 p.m. Reserved table seating is available for a VIP ticket of $85 per person that includes concert, BBQ, and a donation for our outreach education programs.

The Ranch is offering a fabulous BBQ dinner for $26.50/person in advance and $30 at the door. Concert and BBQ tickets may be purchased together, in advance, for $41.50/person, or separately at the door. Sorry, due to licensing restrictions, outside food and beverages cannot be brought in.

Tickets at www.lagunabeachlive.org or 800.595-4849. Checks can also be mailed to PO Box 9336, Laguna Beach, 92652. Information: 949-715-9713

“One of the hottest bluegrass acts in the world, Lonesome River Band.” -McCreary County Record

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