This is as close as we can come to actually singing to our readers on their birthdays! 

We’d love to include yours – and/or your children’s birthdays here.

Just email to:

lynette@stunewslaguna.com

 

Celebrate and enjoy your

birthday!

 

February 20

Ronald Chilcote

Salem Alkateb

Steven Chew

 

February 21

Caroline Rustigian Bruderer

Christopher Schulz

Karlie Noyes

Marty Kansriddle

Richard Henrikson

Ryan Kollock

 

February 22

Brent Crawford

Charles Abraham

Faith Darling

Jason Feddy

John Bodrero

Susan Trudeau

Russell Pierce

Karen Polek

 

February 23

Laura Baldwin Henkels

 

February 24

James “Jimmy” Echternach

Jeff Grice

John Skaggs

Marla Moore

Pamela Levin

 

February 25

Angela Costa Roque Baptista

Frank Cotinola

 

February 26

Kerry Harker

 

February 27

Gavin Richards

Michael Digiovanni

Nancy Robinson

Samantha Savage Breit

Sound Spectrum

Faves

 

1.Valentine Mix – Reggae Love Songs!

2. Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa, Black Coffee

3. Ty Segall, Freedom’s Goblin

4. Justin Timberlake, Man of the Woods

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5. War On Drugs, Deeper Understanding

6. P!nk, Beautiful Trauma

7. Lana Del Rey, Lust For Life

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8. Beck, Colors

9. Neil Young, The Visitor

10. Foo Fighters, Concrete and Gold

11. Taylor Swift, Reputation

12. Tropidelic, Heavy Is The Head

13. Claypool-Lennon Delirium, Monolith of Phobos

14. St. Vincent, Masseducation 

15. U2, Songs Of Experience

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16. Jack Johnson, All The Light Above It Too

17. Weezer, Pacific Daydream

18. Kendrick Lamar, Damn

19. Imagine Dragons, Evolve

20. Killers, Wonderful Wonderful

 

Since 1967

1264 S. Coast Hwy

949-494-5959

Spring Film Genres Class at Susi Q: Attend one or all of these hand-picked movies

Irvine Valley College’s 2017 Emeritus Teacher of the Year, Kathryn Kramer, will lead a film screening and discussion group every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at Susi Q. 

This class is open ended/open exit, meaning that one doesn’t have to attend each meeting, but early enrollment is highly recommended. Such IVC offerings are again being offered totally free to registered students. 

Full schedule of movies: (Selections may change without prior notice.)  

2/20/18 The Founder 2016 USA 1125 min. Michael Keaton stars as Ray Kroc, a persistent and ambitious salesman who founded an empire. Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch co-star.

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Atomic Blonde starring Charlize Theron screens on March 6

2/27/18 Monster 2003 USA 109 min. Charlize Theron won the Oscar for transforming herself into “freeway killer” Aileen Wuornos; with Christina Ricci. Directed by Patty Jenkins. 

3/6/18 Atomic Blonde 2017 USA 115 min. Watch for the stunts, not the story. The ice queen archetype comes alive as Charlize Theron’s MI6 Agent Lorraine Broughton “is equal parts spy-craft, sensuality and savagery” (Focus Features). 

3/13/18 The Hundred-Foot Journey 2014 USA 122 min. Restaurant owners clash. Helen Mirren stars and Lasse Hallstrom directs.

Susi Q Community Center is located at 380 Third St, 949-464-6645.

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Monica Prado is a magician with her mosaic art

By LYNETTE BRASFIELD

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

In 1979, following her high school graduation, Prado, now a successful ceramicist, visited Chinautla, Guatemala. At that point, she hadn’t focused on a particular profession or chosen a college major. She was on a mission as part of a nonprofit group helping to rebuild a washed-out bridge and supply store in one of the poorest areas of the country. 

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Monica works at her booth at the Sawdust

While in Chinautla, Prado became mesmerized by the pottery produced by the villagers, who hauled clay from riverbanks and formed it by hand into bowls and animals and figurines. They had no pottery wheels, no fancy kilns, no special tools, yet many of the designs were reminiscent of the finest Greek designs. 

She was inspired.

At the Sawdust Festival, where she’s been exhibiting her ceramics – featuring fine mosaics with a contemporary color palette – for sixteen years, Prado shows me a one-of-a-kind bowl made for her by a Chinautla villager more than three decades ago. The piece is decorated with grapes and leaves. Nowadays trees and fruit and birds find expression in her serene works of art. 

There’s also a beautifully misshapen turtle that I immediately crave to have as my own. But these are Prado’s muses, not mine or anyone else’s to own: they are palpable and enduring evidence of her long-ago artistic awakening.

Yet that wasn’t obvious to her when she first returned to the States. The desire to become an artist lay dormant while she went to college, where she majored in social anthropology and social work. After graduating from Cal State Long Beach, she pursued a career working for political campaigns that she believed would make the world a better place.

“I still do some consulting work, but I feel so lucky that Laguna is a place that focuses on making it possible for artists to earn an actual living,” Prado says.

Prado has several times visited Europe in search of inspiration “whether it is from the inside of a church or a bank logo,” she notes. 

The influences of Barcelona architect Gaudi and mosaic master Marco de Luca are evident in many of her creations – de Luca, who memorably said, “I want each mosaic to have the maximum liberty to be itself.” 

Similarly, “I don’t start with a theme or idea,” Prado says. “The image evolves.” She points to Spanish Grotto, one of the works hanging in her booth. “That changed time and time again over the last year, only a few weeks ago taking its final form.”

In her work I see a fusing of the visual and the visceral: art that is aesthetically appealing to the senses and also creates some kind of order out of inchoate emotions, leaving the viewer somehow soothed.

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A reflection of Monica’s beautiful ceramic art

Along with creativity, caring remains a consistent thread in Prado’s life. So it is that she provides consulting services to the director of development for the Laguna Community Clinic, which provides continuity of care for many people who would otherwise fall through the cracks in our complex health care system. 

“Within an area of just 5,000 square feet we handle 15,000 patient visits per year,” Prado notes. “Nine exam rooms plus a full laboratory and pharmacy are all located onsite. It’s an ingenious use of a small space.”

James Koch, who is HIV-positive, says of the care, medication and love he received when he needed it, “I want to thank the Clinic and Dr. Korey Jorgensen for giving me the opportunity to grow old.” 

That’s the kind of tribute that gladdens Prado’s heart and makes her work for the Clinic worthwhile.

She is also the president of the Board of Trustees of the Artist Benevolence Fund. The Benevolence Fund got its start in 1987, when a critically ill artist needed financial help, and local artists clubbed together to help him. Since then the fund has helped literally hundreds of artists through difficult times caused by illness or natural catastrophes.

“That’s it, though,” she says of her work in both the profit and nonprofit arena. “I have no desire to be a multitasker. I feel lucky to have such a deep, full life here in this beautiful place.”

Prado loves to hike the Canyon trails or walk along the beach with her brindled Australian cattle dog, Shasta. “On my travels and in nature I soak in the inspiration, and on the beach in Laguna I sort it out,” the Canyon Acres resident says. 

With that, Prado is ready to do business at the booth and we say farewell. 

I drive away, thinking about what Monica told me about her dog, Shasta – how she, the daughter of working dogs, cannot help but follow her instinct and so does her best to herd other dogs at the dog park – just as Monica Prado herself cannot help but create and care, because that’s simply who she is. 

To take a look at Monica’s art, visit her booth at the Sawdust Festival or her website at http://www.pradomosaica.com.

Library Events

February

 

 Fri, Feb 16

Homework Club 

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Homework is an important part of the education process. It improves your child’s thinking and memory, helps them develop positive study skills and habits that will serve him or her well throughout life. That is why Laguna Beach Library is hosting a Homework Club. Children from Kindergarten through 8th grade are welcome to attend and receive help with their homework in Math and English.

 

Sat, Feb 17

Children’s Craft Open House

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Get creative! Let your imagination run wild! Children under 12 are encouraged to come to the library during the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to make fun and creative seasonal crafts. Adult supervision is recommended.

 

Sat, Feb 17

Poetry Workshop

2 – 4 p.m.

Poetry Workshop is set to take place at the Laguna Beach Library. For more information, contact (949) 497-1733.

 

Tue, Feb 20

Crazy 8’s Math Club

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Crazy 8s is a recreational after-school math club that helps kids enjoy the math behind their favorite activities! This is an 8-week program for K-2nd grade. The club will meet once a week for one hour. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. 

 

Wed, Feb 21

Pre-School Playtime

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Calling all pre-schoolers and toddlers! You are invited to enjoy our new Wednesday storytime. Stories, songs, fingerplay, dancing and more will encourage a love of books and learning in a fun and interactive environment. Come for the stories and stay for playtime afterward.

 

Thu, Feb 22

Family Storytime

10:30 a.m. – Noon

Welcome to the Peapod Academy. Join some of the cutest babies, toddlers, and preschoolers in town (and adults of their choice) at the Library. Little peas will enjoy books & storytime, songs & music, fingerplays, movement, hands on activities, arts & crafts, and other cadets. Each week has a different theme. Get to know others and support your little one’s developmental skills. No preregistration required. 

 

Fri, Feb 23

Homework Club

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Homework is an important part of the education process. It improves your child’s thinking and memory, helps them develop positive study skills and habits that will serve him or her well throughout life. That is why Laguna Beach Library is hosting a Homework Club. Children from Kindergarten through 8th grade are welcome to attend and receive help with their homework in subjects Math and English.

 

Laguna Beach Library

363 Glenneyre St.

www.ocpl.org

949-497-1733

Laguna Beach Books Bi-weekly Bestsellers

 

Novels

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

 

Non-Fiction

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson

The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers

 

Children’s Books

I Am Peace by Susan Verde

Petra by Marianna Coppo

Yellow Kayak by Nina Laden

 

Staff Recommendation

It Occurs to Me That I Am American by Jonathan Santlofer 

1200 S Coast Hwy

949.494.4779

www.lagunabeachbooks.com

Forest Avenue Banner Program

The Community Services Department is requesting email addresses from Laguna Beach based non-profit organizations interested in participating in the 2019 Forest Ave Banner Program. 

Submit your email address before Thurs, Feb 22, to pslowsky@lagunabeachcity.net 

to receive information and dates to participate in the program.

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