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January 23

Brian Carruthers

Lynné Collins

Sheila Lind

Tori DeGroote 


January 24

Alexander Carter

Amy Hardwick

Kent Russell

Wendi Liechty


January 25

Alex Hunt

Bruce Bernstein

Gretchen Andrews

Kimberly Clemons

Mary McManus

Mike Mitchell

Mike Todd Smith

Patty Quilter


January 26

Annie Mancuso

Brian Fast

Cindy Byrne

Claire Riccardi

Greg Thorne

Lori Levine

Tom Lamb

Travis Sampson


January 27

Craig Gordon

Donnie Crevier

Holly Tyson

Jacques Garnier

Josh Reynolds

Liza Stewart

Rebecca Meekma


January 28

Carolyn Egar Christy

Kate Cohen

Kenny Raponi

Susie Stiso


January 29

Bill Lawrence

Donna Schuller

Hillel Rzepka

Michael Suydam

Scotty Smith

Wendy Pearce

Bryan Stiso


January 30

D Weitfle

Rita Schwartzman

Tommy Cardenas

Wade Chrisler

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.) 

1/23/18 Wild 2014 USA 115 min. Reese Witherspoon. Based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir. 

1/30/18 Songcatcher 2000 USA 109 min. A musicologist seeks the old ballads. Stars Janet McTeer. Wr/dir Maggie Greenwald won three awards. 

2/6/18 Foreign Letters 2012 USA 99 min. An immigrant coming-of-age story based on the director’s personal experience. 

2/13/18 Elle 2016 France 130 min. Dutch director Paul Verhoeven adapted this revenge tale which earned 61 awards and an Oscar nomination for lead actress Isabelle Huppert (who won the Cesar, Golden Globe, Independent Spirit, and many more). 

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.

City News

City is now accepting applications for the Community Assistance Grant Program for 2018-19

The City of Laguna Beach is now accepting applications for the Community Assistance Grant Program for fiscal year 2018-2019. The Program’s objective is to assist local non-profit organizations in funding new projects and/or expanding services within the community. 

Consideration is given to local non-profit organizations with functioning programs, projects, and services which provide the greatest benefit in meeting the needs of residents, and new or expanded services not currently being provided locally.

This year, grant applications will be submitted electronically. More information can be obtained on the City’s website at

Grant applications will be accepted until 5:30 p.m. on Thurs, March 29. 

For further information, call (949) 497-0779.

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…and applications for Committee, Commissions, Boards and Task Forces will be accepted until Jan 22

The City Council is accepting applications for the following Committees, Commissions, Boards and Task Force: Recreation Committee; Design Review Board; Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee; Heritage Committee; Environmental Sustainability Committee; View Restoration Committee; and Affordable Housing Task Force. 

Applications are due to the City Clerk by Mon, Jan 22 by 5:30 p.m. 

Interviews and appointments will be conducted on Tues, Feb 6, at 6 p.m. 

Applications will not be accepted after the Jan 22 deadline. 

Laguna Beach residents who are interested in serving on one of these committees should obtain an application from the City Clerk’s office or online from the City’s website at (Click on ‘Government’; ‘City Council’; then ‘Boards, Commissions and Committees’)

Questions may be directed to the City Clerk’s office at (949) 497-0705.

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Mark Chamberlain: Photographer, gallery owner,

artivist, arteologist - one of Laguna’s great treasures


In 1969, after his discharge from the war, Mark Chamberlain drove west. He packed his 1963 MG Midget with cameras and optimism. Dubuque, Iowa faded in the rearview mirror. Mark drove away from a childhood battle with polio and a year spent in Korea during the Vietnam War that had profoundly changed the trajectory of his life. Ahead was Laguna Beach, the town that would become not only his lifelong home, but the inspiration for a career in environmental activism and a literal canvas for his photography.

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Mark Chamberlain, 2018

 “Meaningful art,” Mark says, “always has an autobiographical connection.” I spend the next hours with Mark, along with his partner and art journalist Liz Goldner, unspooling those long threads of connections. We travel through his childhood and the war, from his 1970s retrospective on his hometown, Dubuque Passages, to his current book, The Laguna Canyon Project: Refining Artivism, due out this year.

Mark calls himself an “arteologist” and an “artivist.” He uses his camera to excavate truth and to document humanity’s devastating impact on the environment. In one notable project, he photographed “Future Fossils” – those modern-day objects in our contemporary culture he imagines will soon be extinct: gas stations, automobiles, glitzy steel buildings and billboards, the gaudy super-color sprawl of urban landscapes. 

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Photographer: Last Boxcar to Dubuque, from Mark’s Passages series

But I’m interested in a different kind of study with Mark. And so, together, we embark on a conversational dig of our own, excavating the roots of Mark’s past and chronicling all the artistic fruits that emerged. 

How a childhood disease led to an enduring desire

Mark contracted polio when he was in the fifth grade. His mother, not one to accept common fate, employed unconventional (and controversial) methods to help her son. The therapy was arduous and painful, but it worked. Mark credits his mother’s strength and dedication for his full recovery, and for his feminist attitudes today. 

Still, Mark was bedridden for a year. During that time he read... and read... and read. He discovered Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn and, specifically, riverboats. From this came a lifelong passion to own a riverboat and traverse the Mississippi River.

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Adventurer: Mississippi River Queen, 1959

Mark emerged from his recovery stronger than his peers. He learned to swim in the mighty Mississippi that, of course, flowed right through Dubuque. His father had little choice but to buy Mark what he calls his first “magic carpet,” a 15 1/2-foot flatboat.  

To date, Mark has made his way down one-third of the Mississippi. He owns a 1959 shallow draft steel-hulled 25-foot houseboat with an outboard motor that can carry him through 12 inches of silted water. “Most people can’t even find the places I go,” Mark says. “It takes knowledge, which I have. And maps, which I also have.” Many hidden areas have been sealed off because railroads destroyed river traffic, Mark tells me. The currents silted them in, making the river impossible to navigate. But Mark has winches and tools – and determination.

Mark uses his boat as a shooting platform, giving him access to very tight and isolated river communities. “People tell me their stories. I have videos and photographs.” He anticipates this will make an incredible project. 

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Photographer: Mrs. Pillard, 1973, from Dubuque Passages

His desire to finish the final two-thirds is palpable. “Would you say you have any regrets in life?” his partner, Liz, asks. “Not finishing the Mississippi,” he says. “That would be my one.”

The unexpected blessings of Vietnam

Two days after Mark received his master’s degree in Operations Research from the University of Iowa, he was drafted. Though, through a series of lucky breaks, he was deployed to Korea instead of Vietnam. There he taught himself the language, as well as Korean culture and history, which ingratiated him to the locals. 

“I watched these 17 and 18-year old kids come in. They drank, gambled and whored.” Because the United States used Korea as a way station back to civilian life, many men were broken from time spent in Vietnam. “You could watch their lives change dramatically.” Mark was 24, on the older side of the draft, and a little wiser about life. He used that year as an opportunity, discovering photography and finding a Korean mentor to hone his craft. He had access to a Jeep and little need for sleep. In his free time, Mark documented his experiences, touring the country, talking to locals, and giving himself an education far more valuable than the one he received at home.

By the time he returned to Dubuque, Mark found himself deeply changed. His father had passed while he was away. “I didn’t have a home there anymore,” Mark says. “I didn’t agree with anything I was seeing.” Mark’s degree felt like a vestigial remnant of a life he no longer recognized. And so, camera in hand, Mark set out west to reinvent himself.

A partnership becomes a brotherhood

A few years after Mark arrived in Laguna, he met Jerry Burchfield. The two became instant friends. “Encountering Jerry under the circumstances I did was a meaningful passage,” Mark says. Jerry was an only child, Mark an only son. The two forged a kind of brotherhood they each were missing. Mark says Jerry is one of the only friends to whom he gave his early photographs from Korea. Although they were quite different, they shared a passion for photography, an interest in activism, and both felt changed by the war.

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Jerry & Mark at the Nix Interpretive Center. On the left, an image from The Tell mural, leading into the trail. As part of their 25th anniversary celebration, the Nix Center will host a book signing of Laguna Canyon Project: Refining Artivism.

Together they co-founded The Laguna Canyon Project, The Legacy Project and BC Space Gallery, perhaps one of the longest continually running fine art photography galleries in the United States.

Although Jerry passed in 2009, there almost seems a soulful residue imprinted on Mark. He sometimes speaks of Jerry as if he’s still alive, at one point saying, “Jerry has a photograph from those days.” It makes me think, as I listen to Mark talk about Jerry, that’s how brotherhood should be – each absorbing the best of the other, and allowing them to live on.

Saving Laguna Canyon, one photo at a time

Longtime Laguna locals know Mark’s work well, even if they don’t realize it. Mark and Jerry were instrumental in saving Laguna Canyon from development by the Irvine Company. The Laguna Canyon Project spanned 30 years, and included one of Mark’s most ambitious projects to date: The Tell. 

Stretching 636 feet and rising 34 feet into the canyon sky, The Tell was a massive installation of photographs gathered from hundreds of community members in 1989. “No photograph was censored,” Mark smiles. “Though some had to be placed up high.” 

Its shape was meant to mirror the surrounding landscape, although it had a definitive head (representing Easter Island, and the inhabitants destruction of their own civilization) and a tail that trailed to the ground. The mural in many ways represented both the land and the creatures that roamed it. More important, it called people into the canyon. First, to search for their own photos. Then to commune with nature. And, finally, to take an active role in saving it.

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Artivist: The Tell overview, 1989

As the sun scorched the project and the hostile environment invaded, something new appeared. Where once the focus was on individual pictures and people, Mark and Jerry designed the mural so images of animals would emerge when the photographs faded – a dinosaur, a giant deer, people feuding inside the belly of a beast. 

“That’s part of the deceit of the piece,” says Mark. “If art isn’t entertaining to the artist, why do it?” They drew on the power of myths, archeological principles, and the history of Easter Island to play with the art and make a broader statement about the environment. “At the dedication ceremony, we had horsemen from Leisure World walk out from the throat. Men delivered speeches on scrolls of parchment. We tapped into every myth we could.” 

Mark calls his work a tricky seduction, his art operating on every part of the viewer’s conscious and unconscious mind. That’s the power of both myth and scale.

The Tell was dismantled in 1990. The skin came off first, Mark tells me. Then the skeleton came down. “Then the cross members were removed, so it became like Tellhenge for another two weeks.” Much of its remains were destroyed in the 1993 fire. Mark confesses it felt like a relief, the project almost a burden to keep alive. It died in much the way it was born – mythologically.

When asked if he would do it again, Mark says he’s guided by the principle that a project done once is art, and a project repeated is product.

The Great Picture – living life on a large canvas

Inspired by the success of the Laguna Canyon Project, Mark and Jerry turned their attention to the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, and to documenting the 4,700 acres of contiguous space in Irvine that would become Orange County’s Great Park. From that, The Great Picture arose. 

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Historian: The Great Picture

Three stories tall and 11 stories wide, the Great Picture is the world’s largest photograph made as a single seam image. By converting a jet maintenance hanger into a camera obscura, they achieved the exposure by creating a 6-millimeter pinhole lens projected onto a muslin canvas. Following a 35-minute exposure, the crew captured a black-and-white image that they processed in a pool-sized developing tray. The gelatin silver print portrays the control tower structures, tarmac and the distant San Joaquin Hills.

Breaking the Guinness World Record, and shown around the world, the image remains both a wonder and a masterpiece.

BC Space – the mouse that roared

As our time wraps up, we discover we haven’t discussed the gallery. BC Space, nestled beside the Candy Baron and above Violet’s Boutique on Forest Avenue, is hard to spot even if you know it’s there. There’s no advertising, barely a sign of any kind. 

Sometime after buying the gallery, Mark discovered the space used to be owned by the Masons. “The interesting thing about the Masons,” says Mark, “you had to ask to join. They didn’t invite you. You had to want to know more.” That’s the guiding philosophy behind BC Space. “I prefer to talk to people who know where they’re going,” he says. “You don’t walk in here by accident. If you make it up the stairs, you want to be here.”

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BC Space: “If you make it up the stairs, you want to be here”

Like everything in Mark’s life, he continues to have big ambitions for the space. “There are so many things I want to do here,” he says. “Every show has been curated from here, generated from here. Usually in response to some current event, or long-term recurring situation.” 

Self-invention or self-discovery?

“I don’t think we invent anything,” Mark says as we conclude our time. “Instead I think we discover things.” 

I consider this long after I leave. 

Then there are the words of his partner, Liz, who seems so moved by Mark that it’s her reaction to him, as much as the man himself, that leaves a lasting impression. 

“Over our years together, I keep asking him, ‘What makes you, you?’ ‘How did you get to be this person?’” 

Mark smiles and shrugs as Liz asks again. 

“With all these insights, and passions, and emotional and intellectual understandings. How did that happen?” Liz keeps looking at him, as though waiting for an answer. “To have the confidence to do the crazy things you did. To have the confidence to save the canyon.” 

Mark sits silent. 

“I guess it’s just his DNA”

“I guess it’s just his DNA,” she finally concludes. 

So maybe it’s true of people too: we don’t invent ourselves, but rather discover ourselves. We’re there all along, living fossils waiting to be excavated. 

Perhaps that’s why art feels so gratifying and so personal. By creating something, we’re really discovering something about ourselves. We’re shining a light on those profound parts of our soul, digging them up and bringing ourselves to the surface, letting others see inside. 

Looking at the long arc of Mark’s work – across distance and time, and almost always larger than life – that’s just how it feels. Profound.

Meet Patriots Day Parade Honorees at a brunch on Sun Feb 4 at Tivoli Terrace: tickets limited

The community is invited to celebrate the 2018 Patriots Day Parade honorees on Sunday, Feb 4 at the Honoree Brunch. The brunch will take place from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Tivoli Terrace, Festival of Arts grounds.

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Just a few of the LBWPF Girls’ Junior Olympic champions…

Honorees for the March 3 parade are Grand Marshal Gloria Fickling; Honored Patriot George Ciampa (WWII); Citizen of the Year Heidi Miller; Junior Citizens Marisa Schatz and Joseph Ravenna; Artists of the Year Laguna Art Museum; and Athletes of the Year Laguna Beach Water Polo Foundation Girls Junior Olympics Champions.

Reservations should be made by January 22. The cost is $30 per person.  For further information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (949) 494-6016.

Dennis’ Tidbits


January 23, 2018

On this date…years ago…this is what the weather was up to

In 1963 the temp plunged to a low of 29 in town and 24 out in the Canyon, one of the coldest readings of all time in Laguna.

In 1969 Laguna got drenched with 3.18 inches of rain, all part of the record 18.81 inches that month from a ten-day atmospheric river. There were also two other days during that event that saw three or more inches fall.

In 1981 strong Santana winds with gusts up to 52 mph hit Laguna reducing visibilities to less than a half mile due to all the real estate blowing around. Humidity sank to nine percent at water’s edge. It’s rare when the humidity sinks below 10 percent here on the beach.

In 1983 we collected 2.82 inches as one of many very wet Pacific storms plowed through Laguna, all part of the mega El Nino of 1982-83. Between Jan 20 and May 1 of 1983 we collected over 28 inches of rain and that’s more than two years’ worth in just three months plus. March of 1983 was our wettest March on record with 10.40 inches.

In 1990 in the morning there was a controlled fire behind Emerald Bay when suddenly around 10 a.m. a surprise strong Santana wind appeared with gusts up to 40 mph. The strong event hadn’t originally been predicted but fortunately fire crews were able to contain the blaze within an hour. When all was said and done, a mere 45 acres was scorched, but flames were still a quarter mile away from any homes. Whew! These surprise winds also caught longtime local Lynn Watkins off guard as he was launching his windsurfer off Main Beach. When he set out the winds were only about 10-15 mph but out of nowhere gale force winds ended up taking him over three miles out to sea and the Coast Guard had to rescue him, otherwise he might have had a free trip to Avalon!

In 2005 we collected three inches of rain from a very active atmospheric river that dropped nearly nine inches for the month. Laguna finished with its third wettest season on record with nearly 33 inches. As you can see, January 23 was a busy day historically. 

See y’all on Friday, ALOHA!

Divers Cove on Saturday: Brilliantly blue ocean, burnished rocks, and a squabble of gulls (plus one)

Photos by Marshall Aren

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ECO-Warrior battles trash once again at the first Beach Cleanup of the new year on Sat, Jan 27

The nonprofit group ECO-Warrior, founded by James Pribram, notes that the fight to save Laguna’s sea and sand is never over, and the more troops they have, the better. They are asking for volunteers to join them at Aliso Beach Park (located at 31131 S Coast Hwy) on Sat, Jan 27, anytime between 9 a.m. and noon to ‘Do Your Part’ in helping keep the oceans and beaches litter free for generations to come. 

According to ECO-Warrior, one million seabirds die every year from plastic pollution, and 46,000 pieces of plastic are present in each square mile of the ocean.

The prediction is that by 2050, the amount of plastic in the world’s oceans could weigh more than the ocean’s fish population.

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Trash picked up at previous Cleanup Day

At the ECO-Warrior Coastal Cleanup Day held on Sept 16, 2017, at Aliso Beach Park, 141 volunteers picked up a whopping 346 pounds of trash. Volunteers came from as far away as Anaheim, Whittier, Topanga, Cota De Casa, Orange, Lake Forest, Orange, Laguna Niguel, Ladera Ranch, San Clemente, Dana Point with 23 volunteers coming from Laguna Beach. Items found included woman undergarments, tampons, condoms, socks, tweezers, sleeping bags and an overwhelming amount of cigarette butts and single use plastics.

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Young volunteers

ECO-Warrior will have waivers to sign, and provide gloves and bags. As a special thank you, the first 48 volunteers will receive a trial size Aveda Hand Relief Crème to soothe their paws after a hard morning picking up litter. 

The cleanup is sponsored by The British Hair Company of Laguna Beach and Chronic Tacos, who will be serving up tacos for all the volunteers. Participants are asked to use the following #hashtags on social media, as ECO-Warrior will be giving out special prizes for the best photographs: #ecowarrior #doyourpart #litterfree #adoptabeach #Aveda #Britishhaircompany #chronictacos. 

The ECO-Warrior Foundation is a CA and Federal non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving our oceans and beaches through education, activation and motivation. 

For more information, go to

Into the woods, the Mule deer among us

Photos by John Foley, Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer

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Snack time

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Jumping for joy, or something else 


These amazing photographs were all taken by volunteer John Foley in Aliso and Wood Canyon on the LCF Wednesday Discovery Hike, (which is every other Wednesday). For more information and to register, click here.

Let the wilderness be your legacy: Planned Giving through Laguna Cyn Foundation ensures open spaces

For anyone who has hiked, biked, or merely enjoyed the beauty of Laguna Beach’s wilderness parks, there is a way to express appreciation for these stunning open spaces. Through estate planning, it is possible to establish a legacy to protect our parks forever.

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Hikers enjoy Laguna Wilderness trails

Laguna Canyon Foundation relies on the generosity of donors to accomplish their mission of educating, maintaining, and supporting the many uses of the park in perpetuity. 

The spectacular trails residents and visitors enjoy are the result of the efforts and support of many who fought for preservation of these spaces. On any given day, people of all ages revel in the scenery at Laurel Canyon, Little Sycamore Canyon, and Barbara’s Lake Loop. Through planned giving, it is possible to preserve this pristine space.

For more information about Laguna Canyon Foundation planned giving, go to

Mindful Parenting Series, instructed by Lucas Leardmann, begins on Sat Jan 27 at Susi Q

Are you looking to bring calm into your home and improve communication with your children? If so, this Mindful Parenting Series workshop is for you. This event will be instructed by Lucas Leardmann, UCSD School of Mindfulness, on every Sat Jan 27 - Feb 10, from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. and will be located at the Community & Susi Q Senior Center. The cost will be $15 for the three-part series. 

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Mindful parenting results in mindful, happy kids

A mindful approach to parenting helps children and their parents feel happier, calmer, and less stressed. This series will aid in managing strong emotions and cultivating compassion, while teaching skills that enhance the parent-child relationship.

Studies show that children whose parents are more mindful are significantly less likely to report being stressed. Practicing mindfulness strengthens pathways in the brain and can change how the brain responds to stress, explaining why people who practice mindfulness have a more positive outlook on life and are better equipped to handle daily stress and anxiety.

For more information, to register, or to find out about available scholarships,  call the City of Laguna Beach at (949) 464-6645 or visit

More info: Marci Mednick at (949) 499-7292 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Learn to paint Laguna landscapes: LOCA collaborates with LPAPA

In the spirit of collaboration, LOCA has created a new series of landscape painting workshops in conjunction with the highly acclaimed Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA). 

Participants will enjoy learning from multi-award winning LPAPA artists at indoor and outdoor locations at Top-of-the-World School and the breathtaking Alta Laguna Park. A choice a free and affordably-priced classes are offered, including family-friendly classes. 

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Experienced plein air painter Marissa Head captures a Laguna scene

The unique series starts with Night Landscapes with Michael Obermeyer on Jan 27, a Coastal Scene class for adults and families on Feb 10, a free Mentor Paint-Out on Feb 12, and many more through April.

To read more and register, visit the events pages at or the calendar pages at

The program is funded through a grant from City of Laguna Beach and Local Lodging establishments

City calls for applications from artists for 2018 Public Art Projects

The City of Laguna Beach is currently accepting applications from qualified artists with demonstrated experience in public art. Applicants may apply for one or all projects by March 19. 

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One of three proposed sites, the Third Street stairs

The sites are at the Agate Street and Thalia Street Beach access and the Third Street stairway. For information about the call for artists and honorarium please visit

Laguna Art Museum announces featured artists for annual California Cool Art Auction

On Feb 10, Laguna Art Museum will present its annual California Cool Art Auction. The event takes place from 6 - 10 p.m. with a silent auction from 6 - 8 p.m. and a live auction of selected works starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $125 for museum members at the Friend level and higher, and $150 for all others. 

The live auction, in partnership with Paddle8 and led by Andrea Fiuczynski of Sotheby’s, will add a further element of excitement to the competitive bidding with absentee bids placed from around the world. 

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Michael Situ: Morning in Crystal Cove

2018 marks the 36th edition of the highly-anticipated auction event during the museum’s centennial year. With works by more than 100 important California artists, Art Auction 2018 will include great art, delicious cuisine, and creative cocktails.

As LAM continues its PST: LA/LA exhibition of works by Dan McCleary, the auction will feature a recent oil painting by McCleary ($6,000 value) courtesy of the artist and Craig Krull Gallery. In advance of the upcoming retrospective exhibition of works by Tony DeLap, the auction will feature a work by DeLap ($40,000 value) courtesy of the artist and Parrasch Heijnen Gallery. 

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Sherry Karver: Pieces of the Puzzle

Other notable works include a monoprint by Peter Alexander ($32,000 value) courtesy of the artist, a pastel by James hd Brown ($12,000 value) courtesy of the artist, a color etching by Frank Gehry ($3,500 value) courtesy of Gemini G.E.L., an etching by Ed Ruscha ($9,500 value) courtesy of the artist and Gagosian Gallery, as well as works by Lita Albuquerque, Phillip K. Smith III, Elizabeth Turk, and others.

With something for every taste and pocketbook, there are many opportunities for guests to add top-quality art to their collections. The works range in price from $400 to $40,000, and bidding begins at 50 percent of the stated value. Proceeds from the event will support Laguna Art Museum’s dedicated to collecting and preserving California art, presenting critically acclaimed exhibitions, and enhancing art education programs.

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William Wray: Enterprise

In addition to art, guests will enjoy the culinary talents of West Coast Event Productions, wines by Wine Gallery, and desserts by Simply Sweet Cakery served alongside specialty coffees and teas provided by Urth Caffé. The evening’s cool ambience will feature floral designs by Laguna Nursery and lighting and decor by The Showpros Group. Other sponsors include Cookes Crating, Paddle8, Randy Higbee Gallery, Royal Hawaiian, Sotheby’s, and Modern Luxury Orange County. 

The Art Auction 2018 team is led by co-chairs Sara Heeschen and Deborah Lake; and committee members Jeannie Denholm, Ruben Flores, Vanessa Helin, Lauren MacLaughlin-Brinker, and Karen Morally.

For more information on this upcoming event, visit

Avran Fine Art presents James C. Leonard’s Exhibition, Inner Landscapes from Feb 10 – March 10

Avran Fine Art will present a Solo Exhibition featuring gestural abstract artist, James C. Leonard. The show, Inner Landscapes, takes place from Feb 10- March 10, and it is free and open to the public. Meet the artist and learn more about his work and techniques.

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James C. Leonard and his work will be presented at Avran Fine Art 

James C. Leonard has emerged as one of California’s leading abstract expressionist painters. Leonard’s emotionally charged landscapes often portray backdrops for figures dramatically suspended. 

Leonard grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and has always been drawn to the early expressionists of the 1930’s and 40’s. The German painter Gerhard Richer has had an influence on his style, approach, and directness. 

Working with acrylics on canvas, Leonard uses bold horizontal and vertical strokes and strong color palettes. “Art has always been the focus of my life,” he says. “Just as our lives unfold in unique and beautiful ways, so do my paintings have their own unique and individual expression.”

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Landscape in my Dreams by James C. Leonard  

Leonard’s compositions are entirely non-representational and move the viewer’s eye vertically or horizontally across the space. This basic movement is complicated by layers of dripped, speckled and fragmented colors that infuse not only a rich language of color, but also a visual history left to be discovered by the eye as it moves across the surface. 

Leonard’s inventive layering process using an “extended palette knife” results in heavy impasto, or textured, surfaces with a glossy, wet shine making them particularly stunning when seen in person. He prefers to call himself a “colorist” and listens to the work as it develops, often carrying an element of smooth transition that he relates to water.

For more information on this upcoming event, visit

Spend your Sunday at the Laguna Craft Guild art show set to take place this month 

On Sun, Jan 28, the Laguna Craft Guild art show is set to take place on the Cobblestones of Main Beach, from 9 a.m.- sundown. Tickets are free and open to the public. 

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Come down to the Cobblestones of Main Beach on Jan 28 

This is a small group of local Laguna Beach artists who sell handmade goods once or twice a month. What better way to spend a Sunday than strolling along the boardwalk with friends, family, and pets while gazing at the ocean? There are always many treasures to be found at the show, and you really never know what you’ll find, It’s kind of like looking for that perfect seashell along the shore line, organizers say.

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There will be more than 30 artists available to explore their pieces 

There are over 30 different artists exhibiting unique and handmade arts and crafts, including painters, glassblowers, textile artists, potters, jewelers, & lots of others. 

For more information visit, or call 949-228-6206.

LCAD’s MFA Tributary exhibition will be on show at City Hall from Jan 24 to March 8

LCAD’s MFA Tributary exhibition will be on show at City Hall from Jan 24 to March 8. “Tributary” refers to both the personal and social aspects of art. Just as individual streams of water form tributaries that flow into ever-larger bodies of water, individual artists form alliances that grow and contribute to society. As a sign of respect, these artists also often pay tribute to the legacies of those who have influenced and nourished them.

All artists exhibiting in Tributary appreciate the opportunity to share their original works of art and to acknowledge those artists who have come before them.

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Shane McClatchey, Island (2), Oil on Panel, 2017, 41 x 28

Tributary is curated by Peter Zokosky, Chair of the Laguna College of Art + Design’s MFA programs in Drawing and Painting.

City hall hours are Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and every other Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. City Hall is located at 505 Forest Ave. Visit for more information.

Founded in 1961, Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) is one of the top art and design schools in the nation. LCAD offers undergraduate degrees (BFA) in Animation, Drawing and Painting, Game Art, Graphic Design + Digital Media, Illustration and Illustration in Entertainment Design, as well as Master of Fine Arts degrees (MFA) in Art of Game Design, Drawing, and Painting.

Merkel the Doxie dog is ready for a new adventure 

Merkel is a seven-year-old neutered male Doxie seeking a new adventure alongside a new owner and home. Any home will fit his needs, for he is easily adaptable. He is full of love, and is the perfect size to hold in your hand. Nancy Goodwin, shelter director, hopes to see Merkel adopted as soon as possible. 

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Merkel is open to any home willing to adopt him 

The Laguna Beach Animal Shelter adoption procedures are designed to make sure that both the potential family and the animal adopted are in the very best situation possible. Due to their approach to adoption, their return rate is five percent as compared to the national return rate of fifty percent.

The LB Animal Shelter is located at 20612 Laguna Canyon Rd, (949) 497-3552, or go to the website for information on adoption procedures:

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Laguna Friends of Architecture feature Oscar Niemeyer- The Man Who Loved Curves - at LCAD on Jan 26

Award-winning teacher and lecturer Jacqueline Hahn and the Laguna Friends of Architecture (LFA) present a narrated slideshow of noted Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer on Fri, Jan 26, at 7 p.m. at Laguna College of Art & Design (LCAD), Studio MC1. For attendees with a passion for architecture, it will be an evening of discovery and history pertaining to Neimeyer, whose work is well known for its futuristic, abstract and curved forms. Non-alcoholic refreshments will be served.

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Cathedral of Brasilia

Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012) is revered as a key figure in the development of modern architecture, and is best known for his design of civic buildings for Brasília, a planned city that became Brazil’s capital in 1960, as well as his collaboration with other architects on the headquarters of the United Nations in New York. His exploration of the aesthetic possibilities of reinforced concrete was highly influential in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. 

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Palácio do Planalto, official workplace of the President of Brazil

LFA is a non-profit group created by volunteers to foster the appreciation and understanding of fine architecture and design. LFA meets regularly to present events and topics related to architectural design. Through lectures featuring knowledgeable guest speakers, interesting films, and a variety of home tours, LFA provides a venue whereby people with a passion for architecture can gather and learn about the history of buildings, communities and the architects who envisioned them.

LCAD is located at 2222 Laguna Canyon Rd.

For more information on LFA, visit

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FOA Foundation funding grants are now available – submission deadline is Feb 9

The FOA Foundation has announced that applications are now available for 2018 Art Grants. Nonprofit organizations that have programs that promote fine arts in and about the City of Laguna Beach may apply. Grant applications are available online at Submission deadline is Feb 9.  

“The Foundation board looks forward to reviewing your organization’s grant application this year,” said FOA Foundation President Scott Moore. “We’re proud to be able to help fund the many art-related non-profits in the Laguna Beach community, emphasizing the enrichment of our children and young adults in all disciplines of art.”

For more information on the grant application process, contact Scott Moore at (949) 494-9680.

In 1989, the Festival of Arts with a $1.5 million donation established the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts Foundation, a California nonprofit public benefit corporation, in order to guarantee annual financial support for the arts in Laguna Beach.

FOA Foundation operates independently of the Festival of Arts

The FOA Foundation operates independently from the Festival of Arts. In 2007, the Festival of Arts assumed the financial responsibility of the art scholarships, enabling The FOA Foundation to focus on its grant program for local non-profit art organizations.

The FOA Foundation is comprised of a five-member board of trustees who oversees and administers the program including Scott Moore (president), John Campbell (vice president) Bob Earl (treasurer), Jacquie Moffett (secretary), and John Rayment (board member).

Police Beat Primer

Compiled by Alli Rael

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

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DUI Arrests

Fernanda Isabel Macias, 24, Thousand Oaks – Sunday, January 21

Hyatt Russell Dabbs, 24, Sherman Oaks – Sunday

Elizabeth Wangui Mukami, 28, Anaheim – Saturday, January 20

William Aidan Raney, 44 – Saturday

George Albert Thexton, 53, Aliso Viejo – Friday, January 19

Paul Michael Miszkowicz Jr., 30, El Segundo – Friday

James Martin Kausch, 65, San Juan Capistrano – Friday with prior

Amanda Irene Yarosh, 25, Los Angeles – Friday

Incident Report

Sunday, January 21

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Nichole Lillian Novotny, 26, Costa Mesa

Angelina Lee Fletcher, 30, Dana Point

Michael Clyde Dilley, 64, Corona Del Mar

Dayton R. Palen, 25, New York

Saturday, January 20

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Efrain Zavala Duran, 24, Santa Ana

Rachel Jenine Tanasbrynt, 33, Dana Point

Esteban Ortiz, 50, Los Padres

Thalia & S. Coast Hwy. | Warrant

12:59 a.m. Elizabeth Marie Aukerman, 40, Anaheim, was arrested on a Harbor Court warrant.

Friday, January 19

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Battery Against a Peace Officer

4:15 p.m. Maxi Yvonne Greenwood, 32, Huntington Beach, arrested for battery against a peace officer, bail $500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Petty Theft

8:33 a.m. A cellphone was stolen.

Reef Point Drive & Coast Hwy | Drugs

12:24 a.m. Anjoeraye Gozmez Espiritu, 18, Santa Ana, arrested for possession of narcotics, and for possession of less than 28.5 grams of marijuana.

Thursday, January 18

Park Avenue & 3rd Street | Drugs

11:33 p.m. Parker D. Pyun, 37, Aliso Viejo, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

Cypress Drive | Vandalism

8:29 p.m. The gate was cut down and damaged at the location, $75 – $200 loss.

Agate Street | 200 Block | Fraud

1:03 p.m. The RP stated that their employer sent a fraudulent check.

Wednesday, January 17

Forest Avenue| 500 Block | Burglary, Vehicle

11:25 p.m.  A wallet, a briefcase, a checkbook, a driver’s license, and some money, was reported stolen from a vehicle.

Cleo Street & Glenneyre Street | Drugs

8:14 p.m. Matthew Ryan Wilkins, 25, Laguna Beach, arrested for possession of narcotics, and for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Forest Avenue | 300 Block | Theft

3:09 p.m.  Approximately 45 minutes prior, the woman suspect at the location used a fake $100 bill at both of the RP’s businesses. The RP has surveillance video of the encounter.

S. Coast Hwy | 700 Block | Petty Theft

3:07 p.m. The RP stated that a woman stole a pair of sunglasses from the location, $500 loss.

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Petty Theft

12:33 p.m. The RP left their iphone on January 17 at the location. The iphone was reported either lost or stolen.

Library Events



Sat, Jan 20

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.


Mon, Jan 22


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.


Wed, Jan 24

Pre-School Playtime

10:30 a.m. - 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.


Thurs, Jan 25

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.


Laguna Beach Library

363 Glenneyre St.


    Laguna Beach Books Bi-weekly Bestsellers



A Column of Fire by Ken Follett 

In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan



The River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks 

The Vanity Fair Diaries by Tina Brown 

Tribe of Mentors by Timothy Ferriss



Children’s Books

Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Jonah Winter 

Margritte’s Marvelous Hat by D/B/ Johnson 

From the Heart of Africa by Eric Walters 


Staff Recommendation

Aerial Geology by Mary Caperton Morton  


1200 S Coast Hwy


Jazz Wednesdays are back for the winter season

Tickets are now on sale for the popular Jazz Wednesday’s Winter season presented by Laguna Beach Live! The series includes seven concerts, Jan 17-April 11, at the distinctive event facility [seven-degrees] at 891 Laguna Canyon Rd.

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The series kicks off on Jan 17 with Mark Towns Latin Jazz featuring Diana Purim, followed on Jan 31 by Straight Ahead Jazz featuring the Rickey Woodard Quintet. Feb 14 features Valentine’s Day Piano Jazz, with Grammy-Award winning Bill Cunliffe Trio with special guest vocalist, and February 28 presents Iconic Jazz, an All-Star Tribute to Dizzy & Ella featuring vocalist Maiya Sykes & Trumpeter Bijon Watson. March 14 features New West Group, March 28 Project Popular, and the series ends on April 11 with Modern Jazz Josh Nelson presenting: “And The Sky Remains” a love ballad to LA

Concerts are from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m, and doors open at 5 p.m. A full bar and buffet dinner menu is available for purchase starting at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Seating is assigned. Reservations are accepted until noon on day of concert or until sold out.

For more information visit or call 949-715-9713.

Community is invited to Patriots Day Parade Honoree Brunch on Sun Feb 4 at Tivoli Terrace

The community is invited to celebrate the 2018 Patriots Day Parade honorees on Sunday, Feb 4 at the Honoree Brunch. The brunch will be staged from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Tivoli Terrace, Festival of Arts grounds.

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Enjoying the 2017 Parade

Honorees for the March 3 parade are Grand Marshal Gloria Fickling, Honored Patriot George Ciampa (WWII), Citizen of the Year Heidi Miller, Junior Citizens Marisa Schatz and Joseph Ravenna, Artists of the Year Laguna Art Museum, and Athletes of the Year Laguna Beach Water Polo Foundation Girls Junior Olympics Champions. 

Reservations should be made by January 22. The cost is $30 per person.  For further information, email or phone (949) 494-6016.

LBUSD Board Meeting takes place Tues Jan 23

Theregular LBUSD Board meeting takes place this Tuesday Jan 23 with the open session beginning at 6 p.m. at 550 Blumont Street.

Action items include a recommendation to support AB 1743 (Career Technical Education Incentive Grant Program), descriptions for a Digital Library and Media Specialist and K-5 Computer Literacy Teacher on Special Assignment, and independent contractor agreements.

The agenda for Tuesday’s regular Board meeting is posted here.

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