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!

 

October 17

Brandon Menchaca

Kathy Norwood

Robert Hayden III

Teri Hunter

 

October 18

Blake Smith

Debbie Zoller

Joe Foro

Joann Freeman

Linda Butterwick

Michael Hutnick

Michelle DuPont

 

October 19

Cherie Fortin-O’Grady

Christopher Amodeo

Kathy Conway

Kris Howson

Larry Nokes

Lynn Jax

Teri Ledyard

 

October 20

Eve Sharon Hart

Fabiola Thebaud Kinder

Greg Vail

Richard Selin

Valerie Dalena

 

October 21

Elvin Bishop

Foster Eubank

Janet Koelle

John Hoover

Regina Jacobson

Wendy Collins-Estreicher

 

October 22

Curtis Thibault

Donna Edmunds Brown

Michael Ervin

Steven St. Clair

Susan St. Clair

 

October 23

Gavin Heath

Jaime Bentley Hoben

Kyle Parry

Michael Finn

Pam Wicks

Scott Bunte

 

October 24

Cambria Steel

Debi Cortez

G Ray Kerciu

Heidi Winegard

Hunter Wells

Josh Hoke

Julia O’Brien

Robin Fuld

Sound Spectrum

Faves

 

1. War on Drugs, Deeper Understanding

2. Beatles, Sgt. Peppers Lonely hearts Club 50th 

3. Lana Del Rey, Lust For Life

4. Cage The Elephant, Unpeeled 

5. Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie, Self Titled

6.George Thorogood, Party Of One

7. Arcade Fire, Everything Now

8. Haim, Something To Tell You 

9. Chainsmokers, Memories: Do Not Open

10. Foster The People, Sacred Hearts Club

11. Lorde, Melodrama

12. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN

13. Manchester Orchestra, A Black Mile To The Surface

14. Imagine Dragons, Evolve

15. Grateful Dead, Long Strange Trip (S.T.) 

16. Mac DeMarco, This Old Dog

17. Fleet Foxes, Crack-Up

18. John Mayer, The Search For Everything

19. Phoenix, Ti Amo

20. Violent Femmes, 2 Mics & The Truth

Since 1967

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LBHS Schedules

Varsity

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Friday, October 20

Boys JV Water Polo

@Beckman Steve Pal Tourney – 4:30 p.m.

 

Friday October 20

Boys F/S Water Polo 

@Newport Harbor –4:45 p.m.

 

Friday, October 20

Boys Varsity Football

@Sergerstrom –7 p.m.

Saturday, October 21

Coed  Cross Country

@Riverside Invitational – 4 p.m.

 

Saturday, October 21

Boys JV Water Polo

@Vila Park Steve Pal Tourney – TBA

 

Saturday, October 21

Boys F/S Water Polo

@Newport Harbor – TBA

 

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Red Cross Blood Drive at Laguna Presbyterian

 on October 25

Wednesday Oct 25 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Laguna Presbyterian Church

4156 Forest Ave

You are invited to participate in a blood drive at Laguna Presbyterian. Recent tragedies have demonstrated our ongoing need to maintain well stocked blood supplies.

This is your opportunity to save a life!

Schedule an online appointment: redcrossblood.com; Sponsor code: lagunap

Contact: Sandy Grim, 735-7390 or sandygrim@icloud.com

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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

October

 

Fri, Oct 20

Homework Help

3:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Homework is an important part of educational 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’s why Laguna Beach Library is hosting a Homework Club. Children from Kindergarten through 8th grades are welcome to attend and receive help with their homework for subjects Math and English. 

 

Sat, Oct 21

Family Activity 

9 a.m. - 3p.m.

Get creative! Let your imagination run wild!  Children under 12 are encouraged to come to the library during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to make fun and creative seasonal crafts.  Adult supervision is recommended. 

 

Sat, Oct 21

Class/ Workshop

2p.m. -  4p.m.

Participants should bring 10 copies of a poem they wish to have read and work-shopped.  Each poem will be read by the poet and perhaps by another reader. Participants then respond with emphasis on positive comments and constructive suggestions. Recommended for advanced poets—this is not a workshop for beginners. Meets in the Community Room. Contact John Gardiner @949-715-7507 for more information.

 

Mon, Oct 23

Third Street Writers Group Ink

10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Serious writers working on projects (short stories, novels, plays) meet to share feedback and support.  This is not a workshop for beginners. Please contact the library for additional information. 

 

Tue, Oct 24

Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8s club

3:30 p.m.- 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, Oct 25

Pre-School Storytime 

10:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

Calling all pre-schoolers! 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, Oct 26

Family Storytime

10:30 a.m.- Noon

 Welcome to the Peapod Academy. Join some of the cutest babies, toddlers, & 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, Oct 27

Homework Help

3:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Homework is an important part of educational 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’s why Laguna Beach Library is hosting a Homework Club. Children from Kindergarten through 8th grades are welcome to attend and receive help with their homework for subjects Math and English. 

 

Laguna Beach Library

363 Glenneyre St.

www.ocpl.org

949-497-1733

  Laguna Beach Books

Bi-weekly Bestsellers

 

Novels

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward 

A Column of Fire by Ken Follett 

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

 

Non-Fiction

The Vietnam War by Geoffrey C. Ward & Ken Burns 

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton 

Bloomberg by Chris McKickle 

 

Children’s Books

The Book of Gold by Bob Staake

The Antlered Ship by Dashka Slater 

Meditate with Me by Mariam Gates 

 

Staff Recommendation

Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda 

 

1200 S Coast Hwy

949.494.4779

www.lagunabeachbooks.com

Off-season transit hours 

Laguna Beach Transit off-season hours are as follows:  

Coastal Trolley: Friday, 4 to 11 p.m.; Sat, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Neighborhood Trolleys in Top of the World, Arch Beach Heights and Bluebird Canyon: Monday through Thursday 6:40 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Neighborhood Service to North and South Laguna: Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

For more information visit the City’s website at http://lagunabeachcity.net/
cityhall/transit_and_trolleys
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Caduceus will offer free blood pressure screenings Sat Oct 21 at World Newsstand

Caduceus will offer complimentary blood pressure screenings this Saturday Oct 21 from 10 a.m. - noon at the World Newsstand across from Main Beach.

Caduceus on Thalia is the Laguna Beach location of Caduceus Medical Group. They are the last remaining locally owned and managed medical group in Orange County. 

Among other programs, including a useful app, Caduceus offers unique concierge services for patients. The group has been providing medical care in Laguna since 2001.


First Annual Salsa Sunday!

Presented by the Laguna Beach Community Clinic

Live Music provided by La Charanga Cubana

Salsa Dance Lesson with Kati Hernandez

Authentic Cuban Treats by Portos

October 22,  at the Clinic’s parking lot from 3 – 5 p.m.

$20 Cover, accompanying children are free

Go to LBClinic.org for event tickets

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