Free arts marketing workshop for artists – with a focus on the digital world – takes place on March 23

The City of Laguna Beach, in coordination with the National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP), will hold a free marketing workshop on Thurs, March 23. J Reese, associate media director for NIKE at Razorfish, will lead the workshop. 

Titled “The Artist’s Post-Digital Playbook for Marketing and Engagement,” the workshop has been uniquely tailored to address the most appropriate traditional and digital marketing mediums, leveraging available marketing tactics using the most effective strategies, and managing the selected marketing communications methods.

To attend this event, register online at by March 10.

This will be the fourth workshop facilitated by the City of Laguna Beach and NAMP. NAMP is a program of Americans for the Arts, a national non-profit organization that supports the arts in America. This workshop has been funded by the lodging establishments and the City.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Workshop details, times and location will be emailed after registration.

Drones under scrutiny: subcommittee to review proposed ordinance


That annoying droning noise heard overhead just might be a Drone.

The proliferation of unmanned aircraft and concerns about public safety and privacy prompted Police Chief Laura Farinella to propose an ordinance to strike a balance between the rights of drone users and the rights of the residents.  

“Drones have value---my son got one for Christmas--as a hobby and for commercial use,” said Farinella. 

Realtors use them, as well as fire, police and marine safety departments, Farinella told the council, and Marine Safety Chief Kevin Snow said his department has used a drone. 

However, complaints regularly come in to Farinella and Snow about noise, fear of crashes and possible criminal use, such as casing a residence for burglary. 

Drones are capable of taking great pics – and can be very annoying…

“All cities are struggling with how to let people enjoy the drones and still protect the privacy of residents,” Farinella said.

A local ordinance must not step on the Federal Aviation Administration regulations. However, the FAA is more concerned with air space above 400 feet or near an airport, Farinella summarized.

“The challenge is how far local regulations can go without conflicting with the FAA,” said city Attorney Philip Kohn. “The city does not have an open-ended invitation to regulate.”

Farinella’s concerns include flying over restricted areas and reports of drones hovering in front of windows of residents, including one report from a women who was showering at the time.

“Many drones have wide-angle lenses which can’t invade privacy,” said professional film maker Cory Sparkuhl. “I am not a hobbyist. I am an artist.”

He suggested the city not only set limits on where drones could be flown, but also the hours they could be flown.

“We are not concerned about the professionals: it’s the other guys,” said Councilman Steve Dicterow.

The council approved the suggestion by licensed commercial drone operator Joseph Cockrell to appoint a committee, including the professionals, to review the ordinance and report back to council.

Mayor Pro Tem Kelly Boyd was appointed liaison to the committee.

Chefs come together for Annual Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation For No Kid Hungry at Montage, May 21

Montage Laguna Beach, the five-star, five-diamond oceanfront Laguna Beach resort, will host the 10th annual Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation For No Kid Hungry event on May 21.

A number of celebrity chefs will come together to prepare fresh farm-to-table delicacies to further Share Our Strength’s mission to end childhood hunger in Orange County and across the nation. Event attendees will enjoy an afternoon of delectable tastings, fine wines, signature cocktails, and picturesque panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean at Montage.

In addition to delicious food and drinks, the event will feature a silent and live auction with live entertainment by the local band, The Kalama Brothers. 

This year’s event will be hosted by Celebrity Chef Fabio Viviani, who owns several restaurants in Italy. His most famed restaurants include Café Firenze in Moorpark,
CA, (his first North American opening), as well as Chicago favorites and celebrity hotspots, Bar Siena and Siena Tavern.

Executive Chef Craig Strong of Studio, Montage Laguna Beach’s award-winning signature restaurant, will be joined by the following talented celebrity chefs: Chef Bruce Kalman, Union Pasadena, LA; Chef Dakota Weiss, Sweetfin Poke, LA; Chef Bryant Taylor, Chianina Steakhouse, Long Beach; Chef Eric Samaniego, Michael’s On Naples, Long Beach; Chef Jason Neroni, Rose Café, Venice; and Chef Lee Smith, Executive Pastry Chef, Montage Laguna Beach.

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Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry fundraiser

Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength. 

Since the campaign’s launch, No Kid Hungry and its partners have connected kids struggling with hunger to more than 500 million meals. In 2016, Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry raised enough to help feed children in need more than 1,800,000 healthy meals. 

Local beneficiaries include Second Harvest Orange County Food Bank and Community Action Partnership of OC.

Southern California Gas Company has supported Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry since the event began ten years ago, and will be honored as the Ten Year Anniversary Honoree.  

As contributors to the charity, guests will enjoy the celebrity chef Tasting and VIP “Meet the Chefs” After Party from 2  – 7 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased in advance for $300, or $325 at the event. To buy tickets, visit

Boys & Girls Club will honor 200 club members at annual Awards Night ceremony on March 24

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach will hold their annual Awards Night ceremony on March 24at the Club’s Canyon Branch location.

 Two hundred Club members from the Canyon, Bluebird, and Lang Branch as well as the Teen Center will be recognized as outstanding youth for their dedication to improving their community by being positive, respectful, and caring young citizens.

More than 100 families will attend award ceremony

More than 100 families will attend the annual ceremony and enjoy a light dinner, photo slideshow and presentation from the Club’s staff. Among the 200 Club kids that are being honored at the ceremony, a 2016 Youth of the Year will be announced. 

The Youth of the Year award is the most prestigious tribute within the organization and is awarded to three young individuals who demonstrate strong moral character, community service involvement and leadership skills over the course of their membership at the Club.

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B & G club members and staff held signs with positive phases such as, “You Are Loved” and “Trust Yourself”, during Laguna’s 51st Patriots Day Parade. Pictured: Pam Estes and Bradley Butler

Any donation is greatly appreciated and will contribute to the success of the evening. Local businesses interested in donating food (sandwich, veggie or cookie trays) are asked to contact Jason Gupta at (949) 494-2535 x7931 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach-Canyon Branch offers a nationally recognized and award winning, year- round Out-of-School enrichment program that focuses on the whole family. Visit for more information.

Ted Wells talks history at Taverna: He’ll discuss the impact of Aubrey St. Clair on the look of Laguna

On Saturday, March 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Taverna, a high end Italian restaurant located in a recently remodeled St. Clair masterpiece, is providing a prix fixe menu and a Tuscan style ‘long table’ setting for the Laguna Friends of Architecture to eat and drink and listen to architectural historian, Ted Wells, talk about the history of Aubrey St. Clair and his impact on what Laguna looks like today.

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The Taverna building is a remodeled Aubrey St. Clair masterpieces

Aubrey St. Clair (1889-1968) began his architectural career in Pasadena as a draftsman for Wallace Neff, Greene-and-Greene and the giants of the industry at the time. He began his own architectural firm, and moved to Laguna to his grandmother’s cottage at 432 Jasmine in 1936. 

Aubrey was very prolific in Laguna and is best known as the architect (collaborating with Wilfred Verity for governmental projects) for the City Hall complex: the Water District offices (1929), Fire Department (1931), and City Hall (1951), all Mediterranean Revival style.

But his influence on Laguna, as Wells will reveal, goes much deeper than that in our town, including many other commercial and residential buildings.

Taverna is located 222 Ocean Ave, formerly the home of Federal Savings and Loan. This event is limited to only 25 to 35 guests, so those interested should make a reservation now. Call 949-715-0821 or stop in at Taverna to make a reservation, letting them know you’re with the Laguna Friends of Architecture. Price is $30 per person, inclusive of tax and tip.

Ocean Institute offers summer programs for children beginning on June 19: Registration opens March 15

Registration opens March 15 for the Ocean Institute’s week-long summer programs that give children ages 5-17 a unique, hands-on opportunity to experience ocean science and maritime history.  Programs begin June 19 and will introduce kids to the mysteries of our oceans, from the tiny world of microscopic plankton to the open seas to look for large sea creatures such as seals and sea lions, dolphins, sunfish and whales.  Maritime history programs are designed to take children back in time to experience the Golden Era of Sail. 

Programs offered include:

Sea Squirts for ages 5 to 6. Children observe and touch live animals, travel through enchanted kelp forests, and imagine being at the bottom of the deep dark sea. Each day a song will introduce the theme for the day’s activities with highlights that include daily crafts, crab races at baby beach, and a treasure hunt.

Neptune’s Mysteries for ages 6 to 7. Using scientific tools and techniques, children will solve a new case each day in one of the marine ecosystems: tide pools, kelp forest, the open ocean and deep sea. They’ll get excited about helping the sea otter find her family, discovering what sank the pirate ship, exploring the Dana Point Marine Conservation Area and taking a cruise onboard the R/V Sea Explorer. 

Buccaneer Adventure for ages 7 to 8.  Each day is filled with hands-on activities including fun crafts, sail handling, rowing, storytelling, treasure hunts, encountering historic characters (perhaps a pirate or two) and voyaging to sea aboard the R/V Sea Explorer. Little Buccaneers complete their pirate training by the end of week and celebrate with “Dress like a Pirate Day.” Adventures include dockside activities aboard the tall ship Pilgrim and in the maritime facilities.

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Captain Tom Fenstermaker introduces kids to maritime arts

Ocean Discovery for ages 8 to 9. How do animals survive in the deep sea?  Do fish have a sense of smell?  Participants investigate these questions and more as they discover how our ocean works. They also assist in collecting samples of local organisms, use microscopes to study plankton, dissect a fish, and discover how animals are adapted to live in their environments.

Other camp highlights include driving a remotely operated vehicle, a two-hour cruise aboard the R/V Sea Explorer, an exploration of the Dana Point Marine Protected Area, and a field trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach.

Seafarer’s Odyssey for ages 9 to 10.  The odyssey begins with exploration and discovery of human powered vessels and learning to row a traditional longboat. From there attendees travel on through the Golden Age of Sail aboard the schooner, Spirit of Dana Point, and continue through time, to tour the modern research vessel and explore the sea floor using ROVs and more. 

Coastal Explorer for ages 10 to 12.  Explore the beautiful, unique coastline of Dana Point in this activity-packed camp. Throughout the week, attendees study the science of the surf zone in the laboratory, out in the field, as well as onboard the R/V Sea Explorer. Also, they will participate in fun activities focusing on reusable resources and our impact on the environment. This camp includes cruising along the coastline looking for blue whales, scientific sampling aboard the research vessel, kayaking in Dana Point Harbor, and exploring the intertidal area.

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Explorers kayak in Dana Point Harbor

Sea Tech for ages 12 to 14.  This camp investigates the technology used by ocean scientists in their research. Activities each day will focus on the principles of constructing a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV).  There will be teamwork to assemble, wire the controls, and design a ROV mission. While aboard the R/V Sea Explorer, participants use research equipment to gather information on water chemistry and the sea floor that can be applied to understanding the ocean environment. On the final day, piloting skills are tested using ROV in underwater challenges.

Marine Science Careers/Internship Academy for ages 14 to 17.  This weeklong program introduces intertidal ecology, animal husbandry, laboratory investigations, and shipboard research in preparation for a marine science internship or career. Program highlights include a snorkeling field trip, an ROV workshop, a 4-hour research cruise aboard the R/V Sea Explorer, and effective leadership/team building activities.

Successful program graduates may apply to intern with one of our departments: Animal Husbandry, R/V Sea Explorer, Marine Conservation Area, Native Plant Preserve, Public Programs, or Citizen Science. If selected, students will work on a project during the year after the camp and present findings at a symposium hosted at the Ocean Institute.

Camps begin at 9 a.m.

The Ocean Institute also offers single day and multi-day overnight programs.  Single-day camps include Sailors, Sirens & the Sea (ages 6 to 8); Turtles, Sharks & Whales (ages 6 to 8); Junior Neptunes (ages 6 to 8); Junior Oceanographer (ages 9 to 12). 

Overnight camps include:

Eco-Expeditions Overnight (ages 10 to 12). Participants explore all the ocean offers during this two-day overnight camp and discover how organisms adapt to their habitats from the harbor to the extreme environments found in the deep sea. Students try out skills at building and driving a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and kayaking around the harbor before enjoying dinner around the campfire. They then spend the night by the sea in the Surf Science deck before heading out on an early morning whale watching expedition. 

Island Bound Camp (ages 11 to 13).  Students voyage to Catalina Island aboard the schooner Spirit of Dana Point. This camp involves the life of tall ship sailing and reveals the rich marine resources of a beautiful California island.  Day One of Island bound is spent developing participants into young sailors and bonds them a fully functioning crew. During this island voyage, they team up with our professional crew for sailing, navigating, and learning rope work and explore the marine ecosystem through kayaking, swimming and snorkeling.  

For specific dates, additional details and pricing for the programs, visit the Ocean Institute website at


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