Ricky Figueroa: Respecting the night shift
BY SAMANTHA WASHER
Photos by Mary Hurlbut
Everyone should have the pleasure of meeting Ricky Figueroa. Why? Because it never hurts to meet someone who genuinely cares about others. It also never hurts to meet someone who can teach you something you didn’t think you needed to learn. So, while it may be a difficult prospect to schedule lunch with a man who works from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. (longer on weekends) six days a week, if the opportunity should present itself – jump on it.
For the last five years, Ricky Figueroa has worked the night shift at the Stop-N-Go in north Laguna. Prior to that he worked at the Mobil station downtown for four years, also the night shift. So he’s certainly adapted to those long, late night and early morning hours. “I like the night. Everybody is happy to be off school or off work, plus after 10 it gets very quiet. I feel safe,” he explains.
Finding an after hours community
The fact that he prefers working at night is not what made such an impression on me (although, it does seem incredibly challenging for a non-night owl like myself). What affected me so profoundly was the true enjoyment he derives from his job. As he explains it, “When I’m working it’s when I feel like I’m home. It’s more of a social life. Friends come in and visit. People come by after work. I can help people if they need something. I feel very blessed.” The Mobil station did not provide quite the same experience. It didn’t have the sense of community the Stop-n-Go does. And after listening to Figueroa discuss the people, particularly the kids, who frequent the store it is obvious how important community is to him.
Getting his first job when he was about 12, Figueroa worked at a relative’s construction site in his hometown of Puebla, near Mexico City. He decided he liked working, liked having money in his pocket to buy candy and things. When he went to college he was still working, this time at a nightclub in Tijuana. “I didn’t finish college. I was working too much. My job was from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. and my first class was at 7. I realized I’m not learning anything,” he says with a laugh. A friend convinced him to move to Chicago. Once he got to the States, however, they lost contact so he ended up living with his cousins in Laguna Hills. A quick stay in St. George, Utah installing air conditioning units ended and “I was supposed to go back to Mexico with my
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Ricky Figueroa with some of his North Laguna “peeps”
family, but my cousin asked me to stay. I found a job so I did.” His first job in Laguna was at the Inn at Laguna, then he moved right across Coast Hwy to the Mobil station. “I love Laguna Beach. There is such a good spirit here.”
When I ask him how many times he has actually been to the beach he laughs again, “Only about six times.” It’s not surprising considering his hours, plus he works another job part-time buying and selling computer parts online. That doesn’t leave a lot of time for beach going.
Paying it forward at Stop-n-Go
Figueroa’s boss, the owner of Stop-n-Go is “really nice,” according to Figueroa, allowing him and his co-workers to eat free of charge while on duty, for example. It’s a little thing, but to Figueroa it’s a sign of respect and trust from his boss. He says none of the guys who work there would dream of taking advantage of their boss’ generosity because they appreciate the gesture. Plus it sets a kind of precedent. The owner is generous, he allows his workers to be generous (short a few cents at the register? Not a problem), and frequently customers tell the guys who work there to “keep the change.”
The store is its own tiny microcosm of paying it forward. The idea of treating others how you would like to be treated is an important one to Figueroa and one he takes very seriously.
The Stop-n-Go in north Laguna, 1390 N. Coast Highway
Trust and respect build relationships
“My parents trusted me when I was a kid. When you trust a kid they feel it and give it back to you. I give my mom and dad a lot of thanks. They let me do what I want because they trusted me,” he explains. This philosophy is something Ricky puts into practice everyday at work. He sees the people who come in as more than customers. And most of his regular customers see him as more than the guy who rings up their order. It is with a fair amount of pride that Ricky tells me how customers he has seen grown up will come in to Stop-n-Go to buy their first beer on their 21st birthday, not because they really want a beer, but because they are so happy to show him their ID. But the ID better be real.
Figueroa has a pretty good idea of how old his customers really are, plus he very likely knows their parents, and will give the parents a head’s up if he thinks it’s necessary. After a few of his tales of thwarted teen purchases, I felt compelled to whip out my phone, show him a photo of my two teenagers (whom he recognized) and grill him as to their purchases and general behavior. I must say I feel better knowing he’s there, keeping an eye on things.
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Ricky Figueroa behind the counter with a smile
A clerk becomes a hero
“I think he likes how I treat him with respect. It’s important to hear what kids say. Being a child is not easy, for me either, “ says Figueroa with a laugh. “I had someone behind me showing me the way. That is something all kids need.” The “he” Ricky is referring to is a boy named Monty. According to Figueroa, Monty was a frequent Stop-n-Go customer and the two built up a friendship. When he was about 14 Monty told Figueroa that he needed to choose a hero for a class project. He chose Figueroa.
“The other day when I was a little down I remembered that and it picked me up. That was nice. I also had one of the kids ask me how much I make to work here. I just laughed and he told me that when ‘I get big I’m going to buy this store and give it to you.’ These are things that make you feel good. I feel blessed.” And he really does.
That’s why the chance to chat with Ricky Figueroa should not be squandered. Gratitude. Trust. Respect. These words carry a lot of weight with him and when you talk to him it’s easy to feel like maybe they should carry a little more weight with you. There’s feeling these things and there’s living by these things. I thought I was the former until I met Figueroa. That’s where I learned my lesson. If I use Figueroa as my standard, I’ve got some room for improvement. So, if you’re driving by and you need a bag of ice or you’re craving some chips, stop in.
I’m pretty sure you will get more than you thought you needed.
By DENNIS McTIGHE
October 21, 2014
Things you never knew about Hawaiian hurricanes
The third tropical system of the 2014 season to affect Hawaii is unprecedented. Never before, at least in recorded history have even more than one system affect da Islands. Whoops, there goes my pidgin again!
In 1957 there was Category 1 hurricane Dot who made a direct hit on the south shore of the Big Island fed by a moderately strong El Niño event in 1957-58, which warmed waters in Hawaii up to 82 degrees, plenty warm enough to sustain a tropical system. Remember, a tropical storm or hurricane needs at least 80 degree surface ocean temps below it to keep on truckin’. Normal surface ocean temps in Hawaii during the summer and early fall are about 77 degrees, cool enough to weaken a system, but during an El Niño event, anything goes.
In November of 1982, Category 1 Iwa formed about 300 miles south of Hawaii and plowed to the north affecting the leeward shores of the Big Island, then Maui and Oahu, and finally Kauai with winds of 60-80 mph gusts and dumped anywhere from 6-15 inches of rain. Minimum central pressure in Iwa was 988 millibars. The powerful 1982-83 El Niño event was coming on strong so surface ocean temps were up to 83 degrees opening the door wide.
In 1992 another healthy El Niño was in full swing. The waters were once again up into the low 80’s and mid to upper level winds, including the persistent northeast trades were unusually calm, making conditions ripe for a tropical system to develop well south of Hawaii. This system quickly beefed up into a high end category 2 as it moved to the north. Two days later, Iniki was a high end category 3 as its outer bands raced by the Kona Coast on the southwest shores of the Big Island now posing a big threat to Oahu and taking a direct aim at Kauai. Iniki’s core missed Oahu by a hundred miles but still dropped eight inches of rain on Honolulu with wind gusts reaching 60 mph.
The next day as Iniki aimed for the extreme northwest corner of Kauai, its winds increased to 170 mph with one gust reported at 224 mph, enough to blow a friggin’ bank vault down the street! Minimum central pressure at one point was 919 millibars, the lowest reading in Hawaii history!
Another heavy El Niño was in full swing in 1997 when islanders got a scare as Category 4 hurricane Guillermo, which first formed just off the Central America coast and traveled all the way to near Hawaii. He was headed for the Big Island with winds up to 140 mph, but miraculously veered to the north only 250 miles east of the Islands. Whew! That was a close one!
I might note here that any tropical system that forms less than a thousand miles from Hawaii is classified as a Central Pacific system and is given a Hawaiian name.
There are only 13 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet, Those would be a,e,h,i,j,k,l,m,n,o,p,u, and w.
The first two systems that affected the Islands here in 2014 were Isselle and Julio and they formed about 1200-1500 miles east of the Islands so they fell under the Eastern Pacific Zone. The latest, Ana, formed about 900 miles east of Hawaii so she was given Central Pacific status. As a high end tropical storm she came close, her core only 75-100 miles from any land mass but her northern bands dumped 6-12 inches of rain with gusty winds up to 45 mph. Honolulu got dumped on with nearly six inches.
That’s only a little less than one third of their normal output for a whole year. It was the wettest October on record for Town. Once again, 82 degree waters opened the door for Ana. I’ve noticed a trend here. All recorded tropical systems to affect Hawaii are a direct result of El Niño. It’s here, folks. All the symptoms are in place.
See y’all on Friday, ALOHA!
El Morro students enhance learning through weather
Thanks to a generous donation from the El Morro Elementary School PTA, students are enhancing their science, math, technology and geography education using an online program called WeatherBug Schools and a new WeatherBug Tracking Station.
Over the summer, the WeatherBug Tracking Station was installed on a roof at the school. It is a cutting-edge weather monitoring system that provides real-time local weather data into the online classroom lessons through WeatherBug Achieve, a web-based teaching tool.
WeatherBug Achieve is aligned with the national and state standards for math, science and geography. Lesson plans are interactive, dynamic and hands-on. Learning objectives are listed at the beginning of each lesson and students are able to navigate through the instruction at their own pace. The interactive design provides students instant feedback.
Lesson examples include learning to read temperature using bar graphs, applying barometric pressure, understanding El Niño and La Niña and forecasting weather. Students can log into the El Morro Elementary School WeatherBug site from classroom computers. In the school’s library, a WeatherBug LCD display is available for interactive instructional opportunities for small groups of students.
Principal Chris Duddy expressed his appreciation for the PTA’s generosity. “This is a great way to integrate real-time, real life experiences into our science, technology, math and geography curriculum. I also like how this program ties our school community together. Every one of us is affected by weather and it is exciting to have a weather tracking station on campus.”
El Morro PTA President Holly Anderton remarked, “This is a great addition to our curriculum and a wonderful opportunity to encourage students to explore science in a new way. Students of all ages will benefit from the cross-curricular lesson plans built into the program.”
Lunch was on us & the community enjoyed every bite
Team Stu News Laguna invited our readers to an afternoon of off-the-record conversation and fantastic tacos at Avila’s El Ranchito on Friday. People came armed with good cheer and plenty of topics to discuss.
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Photos by Mary Hurlbut
Shaena shared hugs all around. Stu got into a little off-the-record election talk when asked. Maggi talked with an artist who was pitching his story. Larry took a break from behind his law desk to crunch on chicken tacos. Ketta stopped by to say hi. Scott was in front of the camera, and Mary was behind it.
Old friends re-connected, and lots of people made new friends.
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Stu News and friends enjoyed the company and the tacos on Friday
Everyone thanked Stu and Shaena as they left, and said, “Let’s do this again!”
It was a good old-fashioned small town house party, just the way we think of Laguna. “We love Laguna and we love what we do!”
Check out more of Mary Hurlbut’s photos in the slideshow below
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FITZ Maurice - Solo Show at Laguna Design Center Friday
Jackson Pollock Award-Winner FITZ Maurice will be featured in a Solo Show this Friday from 4-7 p.m. at the 3,000 square foot Laguna Design Center’s Roberto Pellecchia Design Studio International. (877-436-0110)
She will be exhibiting 50 paintings including the premier of a new abstract series using heavy impasto oils, “Illuminism”, which she says represents “a lifetime of developing a signature technique.”
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Oil on Line Canvas – 2’ x 3’
One of the new “Illuminism” abstracts
There will also be new National Park Paintings and other paintings never before seen. Landscapes, Cityscapes, Female and Male Figures, Gouache Paintings, Paper- Art - Works and Ceramics.
There will also be live music and wine at 23811 Aliso Creek Rd, Laguna Niguel.
Now this is some really first class pumpkin carving!
Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD), one of one the nation’s top art colleges, announced the appointment of Jonathan Neill to the Fine Arts Sculpture program. Known for his imaginative character and creature sculptures, specialty props and elaborate pumpkin sculptures, Neill has appeared on the Food Network’s “Halloween Wars.” His work has also been seen in films such as The Hunger Games and Looper and in traveling museum exhibitions, Tiniest Giants and Dogs: Wolf, Myth, Hero & Friend.
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Pumpkin sculpturing by Jonathan Neill
To celebrate LCAD will host a live pumpkin sculpting event by Neill from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26 at LCAD on Forest. The finished pumpkin will be raffled, and proceeds will benefit the LCAD scholarships for students.
“We are privileged to bring faculty like Jon, whose experiences span so many genres and industries including film, toys, theme park attractions and museums,” said Jonathan Burke, president of LCAD. “His expertise and playful spirit is an inspiration to the next generation of fine art sculptors who are incredibly fortunate to have him as an instructor.”
Neill plans to work on a 30-40 pound pumpkin for the event. Some of his students will join him in the live demonstration.
“I am very much excited and honored to be part of the LCAD family,” Neill said. “I couldn’t have imagined a better way to be welcomed by LCAD and I can’t wait to see what my students will create.”
Neill is also a member of the Art Directors Guild local 800 as a Senior Illustrator. He specializes in conceptual design, illustrations, and costume creation for television and feature films, as well as sculpting for the toy industry, and museum exhibits. Neill has been freelancing for more than 25 years.
Raffle tickets for the completed carved pumpkin will be sold for $10 each at LCAD on Forest located at ONE Laguna. No need to be present to win. The winner can pick up the pumpkin at LCAD on Forest located at ONE Laguna on Wednesday, Oct. 29 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Laguna Playhouse youth theatre presents - back by popular demand - Pinkalicious the Musical Nov 7-16
This popular NY Times best-selling children’s book will be presented live on-stage beginning Friday, Nov. 7 through Sunday, Nov. 16 at the Laguna Playhouse Moulton Theatre. Pinkalicious will be directed by Donna Inglima, with musical direction by Diane King Vann and choreography by Ellen Prince.
Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament!
There will be very special kids Pinkalicious Pre-Show Parties on Nov 8, 9, 15 & 16! Bring your special Pinkalicious fan to enjoy a Pinkalicious cupcake, have their face painted, have their photo taken in our Photo Booth, do a Pinkalicious craft, receive a raffle ticket for the show raffle and much more! Parties begin at 11:30 a.m. before the Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 580 Broadway next door to the Laguna Playhouse.
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The cast of Pinkalicious features young actors from the Laguna Beach and Orange County areas. The cast includes McCallister Selva reprising her role as Pinkalicious, Joey Laderer as Peter, Amanda Pappalardo reprising her role as Alison, Jessica Hayes as Mrs. Pinkerton, Siena Yusi as Dr. Wink and on a Special Guest Artist Contract with Actors’ EquityAssociation, Topher Mauerhan plays Mr. Pinkerton. The Ensemble includes: Faith Ackley, Josh Anderson, Samia El-Erian, Gavin Burkhart, Leo Hekma, Nini Guerry, Jayden Goodman, Sophia Haslett, Addyson Mackay, Bridget Phillips, Kalista Puhnaty, Delaney Puthuff, Anna Salvini, Katherine Sele, Maggie Sonenshine, and Abigail J. Williams.
Book and Lyrics by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann Music and Lyrics by John Gregor.
Pinkalicious will perform on Friday, Nov 7 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov 8 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.; Sunday, Nov 9 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.; Friday, Nov 14 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov 15 at 1 p.m. & 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov 16 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road.
Tickets range from $18 - $20 and can be purchased online at www.lagunaplayhouse.com or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787) x 1. Group tickets are available by calling Kathy Bonner at (949) 497-ARTS (2787) x 229. Add on a Pickalicious Pre-Party Ticket for $20.
The box office is open Mondays – Sundays: Noon to 5 p.m. (open until 7:30 p.m. on performance days).
For more information on all shows and programming visit http://www.lagunaplayhouse.com.
LBHS Concert Band will play at Carnegie Hall – with a little help from its community friends/supporters
The Laguna Beach High School Concert Band has been selected from bands throughout the Country, by audition, to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Carnegie Hall is a world-renowned venue and an opportunity of a lifetime to play…for any musician.
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Laguna Beach High School Concert Band
The musicians and their families, along with several fundraisers to help defray the costs, fund this trip. The LBHS Band and Band Boosters would be so appreciative of any donations from the community and/or local businesses towards this memorable NYC – Carnegie trip.
Please help us send our gifted students to New York this April to perform in the Carnegie National Band & Orchestra Festival.
Donations will receive a place of distinction in our bi-annual Music Program, and two reserved seats to the well-attended Winter Concert this December 2014. Your donation will secure reserved tickets, and a place in the Program: a business card sized ad for a $250 donation; a half-page ad for $500 donation; and a full-page ad for a donation of more than $500.
All donations with your advertising information can be mailed to LBHS Band Boosters, 1021 Miramar Street, Laguna Beach, CA 92651.
The Annual Fall Women Artists Event and Fundraiser
The Annual Fall Women Artists Event and Fundraiser will be held Sunday, November 2 from Noon to 5 p.m. at the Woman’s Club, 286 St. Ann’s Drive.
Proceeds raised from the auctioned items will support a scholarship fund for one student at the Laguna College of Art + Design.
The registration fee for the event is $25 per artist for Woman’s Club members and $40 (early bird pricing) per artist who are non-members. With your fee and artwork donation, you will be entitled to showcase and sell your creations to the public in the Clubhouse.
Only a few tables remain!
Fall Boutique at LBUMC – great bargains Sunday, Oct 26
The Laguna Beach Friendship Shelter is one of eight organizations that will receive donations from the proceeds of the Fall Boutique sponsored by United Methodist Women of Laguna Beach United Methodist Church. The annual event will be held on Sunday, Oct 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church’s Healton Hall, 21632 Wesley Drive (up the street from Lang Park).
This year a light lunch will be available for $3 in addition to the usual handcrafted items, gently used clothing and housewares, plants, Christmas decorations, jewelry, gifts, collectibles and more. A silent auction will be held until 12:30 p.m.
Becky Smith looks at wares at a previous Fall Boutique
Monies raised also will be distributed to the Illumination Foundation, David and Margaret Home for Girls, Africa University, Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania (IEFT), I-Hope, Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice, and LBUM’s Children and Youth Programs.
Soroptimists of Laguna Beach accepting applications for their “Live Your Dreams Award” – Nov 7 deadline
Natalie Fisser,hearing impaired,part time student and head of household of 4, won the Live Your Dreams Award (formerly the Woman of Opportunity Award) at the Regional level last year. The deadline to apply is Nov 7.
Soroptimist International of Laguna Beach is seeking applicants for the Live Your Dreams award at the local club level.
Since 1972, the Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards program has provided women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families with the financial resources to offset costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education or additional skills and training. The award can be used for tuition, books, childcare, transportation or any other education-related expense.
The Laguna Beach club will provide a $2,500 cash grant to its award recipient, who will then advance to the Soroptimist Region level, where one recipient will receive $5,000. The program culminates with three finalists being awarded $10,000 each.
It is possible to be awarded as much as $17,500 if the candidate wins at all three levels: local, regional and national.
The qualifications are:
Provide the primary financial support for her dependents (including children, spouse, siblings and/or parents).
Demonstrate financial need.
Are enrolled in, or have been accepted to, a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduatedegree program.
Are motivated to achieve their educational and career goals.
Reside in one of Soroptimist International of the Americas’ member countries or territories.
Have not previously been the recipient of a Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Award; are not aSoroptimist member, employee of Soroptimist or immediate family of either.
Rosalind Russell will soon be called “Carolina Goat Lady”
From a press release
Rosalind Russell of the R Star Foundation ”Women Helping Women & Children in Nepal” has been invited to Raleigh, North Carolina to present her successful work with rural women and children at former resident of Huntington Beach, Linda Toreno’s home, for a light dinner on the 25th of October with a silent auction. Another presentation is scheduled at Linda’s church on the 28th.
When asked why Linda is hosting the events, she stated clearly that she has watched the R Star organization start from very little in 2003 and grow to magnificent and outstanding successes, which truly benefit the world by what Rosalind began with 200 goats, now at 15,000 and growing along with micro financing; and expanded to education for children (60) by building a school and holding literacy classes for women now graduating over 3300.
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Kids in Nepal enjoying their class funded by R Star Foundation
Linda is a retired teacher; she understands the benefits of education to make lasting changes in third world countries. Nepal is rated as the #1 poorest country in Southeast Asia. Linda’s aim is to raise enough funds to send Rosalind back to Nepal this year with the needed 200 goats for two more villages.
To attend or otherwise support either event, call Linda at: (919) 322-0850 or Rosalind at: 497-4911.
Save the date for Friendship Shelter’s 2014 gala!
Friendship Shelter’s annual gala will be held on Friday, Nov 14 at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Themed HOME, the evening will feature fine dining, live and silent auctions, and lively entertainment.
The Gala Cabinet!
Keiko Sakamoto (Left), Jane Manolakas, Jeri McKenna and Teddie Ray
This year’s event is chaired by Jane Manolakas, Jeri McKenna, Teddie Ray, and Keiko Sakamoto, and will honor Jane and Joe Hanauer and Temple Bat Yahm for their outstanding generosity and community leadership.
Additionally, a former Friendship Shelter client will be honored the evening of the event and will share his remarkable journey.
“Not only do we have a fabulous event cabinet this year, but the theme HOME ties into our mission of breaking the cycle of homelessness in our community in a very meaningful way,” said Dawn Price, Executive Director of Friendship Shelter. “We’re looking forward to another fun-filled evening to raise critical funds that directly impact the men and women who turn to us in despair, and leave with hope and the promise of a new beginning.”
Tickets to the gala are $250 each and sponsorship packages range from $1,500 to $25,000. Additional details can be found at: http://www.friendshipsheltergala.org.
All proceeds will benefit Friendship Shelter, which has helped homeless adults achieve self- sufficiency since its inception 26 years ago. Every night, nearly 100 people who would otherwise be on the street sleep safely under the care of Friendship Shelter staff at its flagship shelter on Coast Highway in Laguna Beach, the Alternative Sleeping Location in Laguna Canyon, or at various permanent supportive housing sites throughout South Orange County.
For more info about the Gala, or to purchase tickets, call (949) 494-6928 x. 16.
Laguna Beach Library presents “Home-Cooked Pet Foods”
On Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 6 – 7:30 p.m., former animal law attorney Jean-Pierre Ruiz will review ingredients of the most common pet foods. In addition, he will present a series of home-cooked meals that have been developed with a holistic veterinarian.
The event will be a 30-40 minute lecture followed by a question and answer period.
Questions before the event should be directed to the Laguna Beach Library, 949-497-1733. The library is located at 363 Glenneyre Street.
LAM’s Art & Nature features…nature-based art!
Laguna Art Museum will present the Art & Nature event Nov. 6-9. Art & Nature is a multidisciplinary exploration of art’s many and various engagements with the natural world. Both a community-wide festival and a conference, the festival will include works of art specially commissioned for the event.
Art & Nature brings California artists of all kinds together with art historians, cultural historians, scientists, environmentalists, geographers, and other thinkers to share ideas and information about art in its engagement with nature.
This annual event serves a number of purposes: to provide a festival of art and ideas for the community; to inspire artists; to offer scientists a sense of what their work means in the wider culture; to find and develop connections between art and science; to raise awareness of environmental issues; and to celebrate Laguna Beach as a center for the appreciation of art and nature.
Artists have responded to nature in a kaleidoscopic variety of ways, from landscape and still life to scientific illustration, garden design, and Land Art; from painting and sculpture to installations, photography, film, and video. They have been inspired by the microscopic and the astronomical, by scientific research, by conservation concerns, by love and awe.
Nature-based art has developed hand-in-hand with natural science, serving to connect science with the general culture and provide scientists with a sense of the social, intellectual, and imaginative context of their work. Throughout history, artists have periodically rallied around calls for a return to nature, and the early twenty-first century may well be such a moment.
The theme of Art & Nature speaks particularly to the identity of Laguna Beach, which for over a hundred years has been a center for art, the appreciation of nature, and environmental awareness. In 1929, when the Laguna Beach Art Association built an art gallery to show and sell their work, they chose a commanding location on the coastline close to the natural wonders they loved to paint. The present museum occupies the same site. There could be no more appropriate venue in which to explore the art-nature connection.
Laguna Art Museum is at 307 Cliff Dr. For information, please visit http://www.LagunaArtMuseum.org/ArtandNature
We’ve gotta beat Maggi’s winning streak!
She’s had a few stumpers in the last couple of weeks, so now it’s our turn to beat her at her game.
If you know where these places and things are, bombard her with emails! That ought to get her goat.
Send in all the answers you’ve got to the Laguna locales pictured here.
Begin with the featured photo below then click on the left-hand photo in the slideshow to view the other three.
The correct answers will be in Friday’s edition and on our Facebook page.
Have fun and thanks for playing!
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Police Beat Primer
Police Beat derives from information in the log maintained at the front counter by the Laguna Beach Police Department and required under CA Government Code Section 6254 (f). The press does not have access to written police reports.
Information in the police department log is deemed reliable and StuNewsLaguna is not responsible for mistakes made available as public record by the Laguna Beach Police Department.
Parents with children in school may contact 949-497-1615 to request that their names be omitted from Police Beat. The decision of StuNewsLaguna is final.
Any person arrested is innocent until found guilty in a court of law.
Abbreviations sometimes used in Police Beat
647f – Public Intoxication; DUI – Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; NFA – No fixed address; RP – Reporting/Responsible Party; UTL – Unable to locate
Police Beat 102114
S. Coast Hwy | 1400 Block | Saturday, October 18 | 11:41 p.m.
William Michael Barrick, 53, Laguna Beach
Third Street & Park Avenue | Saturday | 2:26 a.m.
Rose Odessa Leidenfrost, 22, Rancho Santa Margarita
Mountain Road | 200 Block | Saturday | 2:14 a.m.
Victoria Macky Noravong, 24, San Diego
S. Coast Hwy & Pearl Street | Saturday | 12:14 a.m.
William Reed Nichols, 69, Lake Elsinore
S. Coast Hwy & Cleo Street | Friday, October 17 | 11:40 p.m.
Bradley Allen Hemphill, 23, Mission Viejo
Coast Hwy & Montage Resort Drive | Friday | 1:13 a.m.
Michael Gerard Fennelly, 58, Laguna Beach
Cliff Drive | 300 Block | Thursday | October 16 | 11:55 p.m.
Katie Sue Shumway, 32, Dana Point
Sunday, October 19
N. Coast Hwy | 400 Block | Drunk in Public
2:49 a.m. Tanner James Susa, 23, Nevada, was arrested for being drunk in public. Callers had reported that a man was standing in the middle of Coast Hwy.
S. Coast Hwy | 1500 Block | Drunk in Public
1:39 a.m. Ryan Young Hong, 28, Utah, was arrested for being drunk in public. A resident reported that a man had come onto his front porch and thrown up. The caller said the man then passed out.
Top of the World School | Juveniles; Drugs & Alcohol
1:02 a.m. A patrol unit came upon an Audi A-4 on the school parking lot occupied by three boys from Costa Mesa, two ages 16 and the other 17. The younger boys were issued citations for curfew violation and minors in possession of alcohol and the 17-year-old was detained for possession of a dangerous drug (cocaine) and being under the influence of a controlled substance. Their parents were contacted and required to come to the police station.
Saturday, October 18
S. Coast Hwy | 2000 Block | Domestic Violence
12:40 p.m. Police were called to a hotel by the desk clerk who reported that a woman at the front desk had said her boyfriend had beaten her. Police said she had obvious injuries and arrested her boyfriend, Christopher Hugh Bowman, 31, San Clemente, for felony domestic violence with bail of $50,000.
S. Coast Hwy | 1300 Block | Vandalism
8:23 a.m. Laguna Nursery reported that yet another giant pumpkin sitting on a wall had been pushed down – smashing it. The pumpkin was priced at $365.
Friday, October 17
LBHS Guyer Field | Pot Sales
8:34 p.m. Officers were summoned by school officials after two boys (both 16) had been observed possibly selling marijuana. Police contacted the pair and detained them on charges of possession of marijuana for sales, minor in possession of marijuana and possession of cigarettes. Both were transported to the station for parental pick up.
Cliff Drive | 300 Block | Drunk in Public; Warrants
1:49 p.m. Police were called to a restaurant about a man who caused a disturbance when he didn’t pay a $68.04 lunch tab. Kenni Thomas Nickel, 56, was held for being drunk in public and two central court warrants – one for a City of Orange Municipal Code violation and the other for violation of a court order. Total bail: $5500.
Thursday, October 16
S. Coast Hwy | 200 Block | Shoplifting
12:25 p.m. A man took off with a pair of brown sandals. He was last seen running up Ocean.
Lower Cliff Drive | 200 Block | Theft from a Vehicle
12:21 p.m. A watch and sunglasses were taken out of an unlocked pickup.
Wednesday, October 15
S. Coast Hwy & Cress Street | Vandalism, vehicle x 3
12:46 p.m. Three cars parked in a row in a parking lot had their hoods keyed overnight.