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16th Annual Art Star Awards proves that “The Future is Bright”

On Friday, April 26, the Laguna Beach Art Alliance (LBAA) hosted the 16th Annual Art Star Awards – with the theme of “The Future is Bright” – at the Festival of the Arts grounds.

The Art Star Awards is an annual award ceremony to recognize excellence in outstanding achievements and contributions in the arts in Laguna Beach. The award categories are Best Arts Program, Arts Patron of the Year, Outstanding Arts Collaboration and Artist of the Year. A special award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts is also presented.

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Photos by Ryan Hill @photoscompose on Instagram

LBAA Chair Amy Dechary welcomes attendees

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The various category winners are given one-of-a-kind sculptures (Louies) created by local artist and celebrity Louis Longi. The “Louies” are created specifically for the Art Star Awards with no molds or editions.

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LCAD artist Sofia Ketterer

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Art Star Awards Committee – Front row (L-R): Victoria Gerard, LAM and Amy Dechary, chair of LBAA. Back row (L-R): Wayne Baglin, FOA; Faye Baglin, Community Art Project; Pat Kollenda, LagunaTunes; Jay Kramer, Laguna Community Concert Band; Sharbie Higuchi, marketing/PR director FOA; Michael Ervin, LB Arts Commission and Rob Harryman, managing director, No Square Theatre

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Eliana Merritt, LBHS dancer, performed for the audience

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Ginger Hatfield and Laguna JaZz Band

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Art Star Award Winners – (L-R): Best Arts Program, Bree Burgess Rosen, No Square Theatre Lagunatics, 30th anniversary; Roxanna Ward, Special Award; Art Patron of the Year, Judy Baker accepting for Laguna Beach Seniors; Lifetime Achievement, G. Rey Kerciu; Artist of the Year, Casey Parlette and Outstanding Arts Collaboration, Pageant of the Monsters, Diane Challis Davy, director/producer Pageant of the Masters

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(L-R) Sophia Hope and Marina Strombom, Laguna Playhouse Youth Group

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Sydney Ford, LBHS artist

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Art Star Awards Emcee Pat Kollenda (right) hugging Roxanna Ward after announcement of Ward’s special award

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Scrumptious food and desserts by Starfish

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This week in Breakers sports

Photos by Scott Brashier

Tuesday, April 30

11 a.m. – Boys Golf in League Prelims at Los Serranos Golf Course

Saturday, May 4

2 p.m. – Girls Track & Field in CIF Prelims at Carpinteria High School

2 p.m. – Boys Track & Field in CIF Prelims at Carpinteria High School

Results

Boys lose on the diamond to the school from the north

It was a tough week for the Breakers’ baseball team, getting swept by Newport Harbor, 3-0, 1-0 and 5-1.

The boys finished the season with an overall record of 10-17, and 3-9 in league play, finishing fourth.

Here are some highlights from their final game to Newport Harbor:

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Senior southpaw Sam Burchi on the bump finding his rhythm early in the game

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Junior Lucien Reed fouls one off versus the Sailors

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Outfielder Dane Jenal circles under a flyball just short of the warning track

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Sophomore third baseman Lincoln Adams readies to tag Newport Harbor runner out

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Senior catcher Noah Neufeld frames pitch at plate for called strike as dust explodes from the glove

Wednesday, April 24

Boys Golf lost to Newport Harbor, 190-214, at Costa Mesa Country Club

Thursday, April 25

Baseball lost to Newport Harbor, 5-1

Girls Lacrosse lost to Edison, 10-8

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LCC sponsors Earth Day event focused on protecting the planet

Monday, April 22 was officially Earth Day, which is celebrated in many countries around the world. In Laguna Beach, the open space and education-focused group Laguna Canyon Conservancy (LCC) sponsored an environmental networking event to direct attention on protecting and respecting the planet we all share.

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Photo by Jinger Wallace

Panel discussion

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Ray Hiemstra from Orange County Coastkeeper

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Mike Beanan from Laguna Bluebelt Coalition

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Beanan discusses the Bluebelt photo contest which continues through June 22

More than 150 attendees gathered at the Rivian Theater to hear from local concerned groups about their special efforts to carry out this mission. Participants included Tom and Ginger Osborne from Citizen’s Climate Lobby, Ray Hiemstra from Orange County Coastkeeper, Mike Beanan from Laguna Bluebelt Coalition, Rob Lee from Laguna Ocean Foundation, George Weiss and Jeremy Frimond for the City of Laguna Beach’s Climate Action Plan, Laguna Beach High School FLOW Program educators Sarah Benson and Jun Shen with student filmmakers Tessa D’Amico, Keanu Mir-Scaer, Wyatt Degner and Alexander Elyaza, and Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD) faculty Dana Herkelrath and Dan Marriner with students Katia Arriaga, Katelyn Hall and Alysha Martinez.

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Large crowd gathered for the event

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Charlotte Masarik

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Presenter from LBHS FLOW program

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(L-R) Patti Oshlund and Dee Perry

Laguna Canyon Conservancy’s history of activism and its accomplishments were shared by founding board member Gene Felder along with a video from the 1989 Walk in the Canyon that led the way to the eventual open space preservation of 22,000 acres surrounding Laguna Beach.

LCC President Gayle Waite moderated the event introducing the speakers each with their fascinating videos, slide shows and pertinent data to a captivated audience. The venue space was generously donated by the Rivian company and the program flowed smoothly thanks to their event group headed by Jennifer Ayala, Ben Burnett and Tom Yim. Both Rivian and Laguna Canyon Conservancy had the same goal to remind everyone to take part in protecting this earth and all the life it supports by making everyday Earth Day!

For more information about LCC, go to www.lagunacanyonconservancy.org/.

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Dennis’ Local Almanac

By DENNIS McTIGHE

Here comes May

Hooray, the sun’s out again after a rather lengthy absence. It was a nice Sunday afternoon here at 3:30 p.m. with a SE breeze and a mild 66 degrees. The water’s still chilly at around 58 degrees and the waves are small. I call ‘em knee knockers. There’s a lot of people out and about enjoying the sunshine.

The month of May is knocking at the door as the dry season is pretty much under way with May averaging less than a quarter inch of rain. June is even drier with around a tenth of an inch. July is our driest month of the year with barely a trace of rain. August gets only about a tenth of rain on average. Come September we only receive around a quarter inch, and October gets about four tenths before our rainy season begins to set in some time in November, usually the second half of that month. So, between May and October (the dry season), we get less than nine tenths of an inch for that period.

May, as a rule, sees a significant ramp up of the stubborn, slow to burn off marine layer with an average of seven to 10 days where it doesn’t clear at all. But the amount of stratus clouds varies from year to year. Things begin to warm up a bit because of much longer days where the sun doesn’t set until 7:40 p.m. – almost 8 p.m.

May’s average hi-lo is 71-51 at the beginning of the month and around 73-56 towards the end of May. Laguna’s hottest day in May occurred twice, on the 3rd and again on the 15th from two separate out-of-season hot Santanas with a sizzling 97 degrees along with humidity at water’s edge as low as nine percent! This happened in 2013.

The chilliest low temp for the month occurred on May 4 at 44 degrees. Just to set the record straight, all these statistics were not just pulled out of a hat; they are legit numbers from my personal daily weather and ocean records that I’ve been keeping since 1958 to this very day – just in case some of you are wondering, where does he get all these numbers!? I started this daily stuff when I was only 10.

May’s normal rainfall is around a quarter inch. The wettest May on record was a whopping 3.03 inches of rain from an out-of-season surprise cutoff low that loitered just off our coast for three whole days with intermittent strong thunderstorms. Our second wettest May occurred in 1990 with 1.71 inches from a late in the season strong Pacific low that found its way down into our region. May’s normal ocean temp is around 63 degrees early in the month to 65 or so by month’s end. The warmest ocean temp in May was 74 in 1972, again in 1992, and once again in 1997. All were El Niño years. The coldest was 50 in 1974 and again briefly in 1980.

This spring so far is our coolest on record up to April 27 with maximum temps running five to eight degrees below normal with only one day where it reached 70. That trend is likely to continue for the upcoming week. Local ocean temps are also running well below normal with an average of 57.8. That trend will also continue this upcoming week. What El Niño!? We might even get a bit of rain later this week, so stay tuned on that one. Just remember, the worst day in Laguna is still a hundred times better than the best day in Portland (unless you love the drizzle).

Until next week, ALOHA

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At least we’re not alone

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Photo by Scott Brashier

Two boats seemingly alone on a darkening night

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Take a peek at Laguna’s homes “off the beaten path” at the Charm House Tour on May 19

Laguna Beach is filled with beautiful, charming and unique homes. Only a small portion of those are seen frequently from the well-traveled streets – others are hidden in canyon nooks away from the beaten path. Some of these hidden treasures will be featured in this year’s Charm House Tour to be held Sunday, May 19 beginning at 12 p.m. and ending at 5 p.m.

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Photos courtesy of Village Laguna

This home on the Charm House Tour has a cabin-in-the woods feel, yet it is hidden away just minutes from Downtown

This will be an enjoyable afternoon in Laguna, with a taste of the heritage of Laguna Beach in neighborhoods dating from homestead days in the 1800s. Cottages and rural estates, working artists’ homes and studios will be open for view, guided by docents. Rustic canyon environments are the setting for creative residents to craft their home settings to reflect their own unique talents and interests.

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Look closely, even the kitchen cabinet pulls are artistic and original

This will be the 49th Charm House Tour sponsored annually (except during COVID) by Village Laguna, a civic organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the village character of Laguna Beach. It is a nonprofit, mutual benefit corporation, under section 527 of the IRS code. Village Laguna holds monthly meetings to hear speakers on topics of community interest, participates in city decision-making and elections, sponsors forums on major issues and promotes activities that preserve the qualities that make Laguna Beach unique.

Creative and imaginative details abound

The tour begins in front of the Festival of the Arts grounds at 650 Laguna Canyon Road. Buses depart between 12. p.m. and 3 p.m. Visiting all the houses usually takes two to three hours. Tickets are $70 pre-sale and $80 day of the tour. Purchase tickets at www.villagelaguna.org.

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American Legion Auxiliary seeks donations to support poppies for veterans

The American Legion Auxiliary supports veterans with donations received in exchange for the red paper poppies they distribute at this time of year.

The original Poppy Lady was educator Moina Michael of Good Hope, Ga. After the United States entered World War l in 1917, Michael applied to volunteer with the YMCA overseas war workers. Since she was age 48, that was the only war effort open to her. After reading the last line of the poem, “We Shall Not Sleep” by Col. John McCrae, M.D. (later renamed “In Flanders Fields”), which reads: “We shall not sleep. Though poppies grow in Flanders Fields,” Michael pledged to always wear a red poppy as a sign of remembrance and the emblem of keeping the faith with all who had died in battle.

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Courtesy of American Legion Auxiliary

A donation to American Legion Auxiliary Unit 222 makes it possible for them to continue to support veterans’ projects

Michael always wore a poppy and continued her teaching career by instructing a group of disabled veterans. She became known as the “Poppy Lady” and lobbied the American Legion to have veterans assemble poppies for distribution to assist them financially and as physical therapy. The poppy was made the Legion’s official memorial flower in 1920 and that of the American Legion Auxiliary in 1921.

Last year, nearly $2 million was collected nationally from poppy distributions and allocated to disabled or hospitalized veterans. Your donation to American Legion Auxiliary Unit 222 makes it possible for them to continue to support veterans’ projects including those at V.A. Hospitals, the Bob Hope U.S.O. at John Wayne Airport, as well as helping Camp Pendleton families and our troops overseas.

If you would like to receive a poppy, mail your donation to ALA Unit 222, P.O. Box 517, Laguna Beach, Calif. 92652, or contact Sandi Werthe at shworthy@cox.net, or call 949.494.6016. A poppy will be sent to you.

Thank you in advance for your tax-deductible donation.

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Laguna Beach’s National Day of Prayer offers an inclusive day to manifest peace

At least 13 faith communities will participate in Laguna Beach’s National Day of Prayer. Locally, it is a designated day when people of all faiths or nonfaiths are encouraged to pray and meditate on peace within themselves and for the nation and the world. The theme is “Finding Peace through song, silence and prayer.”

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Photo by Barbara McMurray

Interfaith Council volunteer organizers (L-R): Angela Ordway and Blanche Zelko are preparing for Laguna Beach’s National Day of Prayer on the May 2 at tiny St. Francis by the Sea American Catholic Church, 430 Park Ave. All are welcome to attend the free 4 p.m. event that aims to bring together people of all faiths or nonfaiths to pray for and meditate on peace within oneself and in the world.

Observed annually nationwide on the first Thursday in May, the Laguna Beach Interfaith Council is spearheading the event. The LBIC will acknowledge this day with a service on Thursday, May 2 from 4-5 p.m. It is a free public event offering messages, music, prayers and more from leaders of many faith traditions. The service will be held at the tiny St. Francis by the Sea American Catholic Church, 430 Park Ave., Laguna Beach, with refreshments and snacks to follow next door at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 428 Park Ave.

With origins in the 1700s, the official U.S. National Day of Prayer was co-founded by Congress and President Truman and signed into law in 1952. Updated in 1988, one of the stated intentions of the National Day of Prayer is that it would be a day when adherents of all religions could unite in prayer. Although its current online complexion reflects a conservative Christian viewpoint, the Laguna Beach event organizers have made it a tradition to make National Day of Prayer in Laguna Beach one of inclusion, expanded thinking and caring for our neighbors. For more information, email office@ncclaguna.org.

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Color my life

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Photo by Mary Hurlbut

Rain, then sun equals blooms a plenty

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Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

 

Local trades the beach life for a career on the ice

We’ve written before about James Stefan. James is a 20-year-old professional hockey player who grew up in Laguna Beach. Some great news for him and his family – the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League have signed Stefan, a forward from the Western Hockey League’s Portland Winterhawks, to a three-year entry-level contract.

Stefan has had an impressive young career, tallying career highs in goals (48), assists (51) and points (99) through 64 games during this WHL season, which has included three hat tricks and 33 multi-point games.

The Laguna Beach native currently ranks fifth in goals in the WHL and ninth in points. Through 251 career games with Portland, Stefan has recorded 109 goals and 145 assists for 254 points.

Stefan was invited last September to attend Rookie Camp, then with the Ottawa Senators.

The future appears bright for James Stefan.

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Photo by Keith Dwiggins/Portland Winterhawks/Provided courtesy of Carolyn Stefan

Laguna Beach native James Stefan (13) has signed with the Edmonton Oilers of the NHL

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Tomorrow, on Saturday, April 27, businesses all around Laguna Beach are participating in a city-wide Spring Sidewalk Sale, featuring special offers for shoppers. The event will take place from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. all over town, including North Laguna, Downtown, Laguna Breeze District and the HIP District.

The sidewalk sale is an event for both locals and visitors to explore the unique shops, boutiques and galleries around town.

Participating businesses to date include: Active Culture, Arrow and Branch Home Boutique, Cactus Jane Emporium, The Chakra Shack, Coast Hardware, Dog Tub, Faux Paw Artique, Experience Divine Vibes, The Fragrance Boutique, Laguna Beach Acupuncture, Laguna Beach Dojo, Laguna Coast Pottery, Larrea Cove, Little Freebirds, Marilyn Montero Hypnotherapy, Merkababe Designs, Miche McClendon Jewelry, Mimi and Rae Boutique, Nuance Home, The OC Ayurveda, Pacific Marine Mammal Center (on Forest Avenue), Sea Level Yoga, Soulshine Laguna, Store Laguna, Romantic Boutique, Royan Jewelry, Ryan’s Art of Soul, The T-Shirt Company, Toes on the Nose, Troy Lee Designs and Vanessa Rothe Fine Art.

Customers can expect to find discounts, promotions and sales on a wide range of items, including clothing, accessories, home goods, art and more. With so many participating businesses, there will be something for everyone at this event.

The Spring Sidewalk Sale is a great way to support local businesses and find unique items while enjoying the vibrant atmosphere of Laguna Beach.

Come out and support our local businesses during Small Business Saturday.

For more information, follow ThinkLaguna1st on Instagram, or visit https://thinklagunafirst.com to see all the deals.

To shop small locally online, go here.

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Also tomorrow, April 27 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., The Honarkar Foundation presents In Conversation, an insightful discussion between Gene Cooper, Tom Dowling and Mike McGee about Tony DeLap’s life and legacy.

Jedidiah Coffee will be on hand to serve complimentary coffee, along with some tasty treats offered from Sidecar Donuts.

The exhibition catalog will be available for purchase that day, too.

To RSVP, go here.

The Honarkar Foundation Galley is located at 298 Broadway St.

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On Sunday, April 28 at 12 p.m. in Alta Laguna City Park is a community meeting and discussion on Coyotes and Living With Wildlife.

Animal Services Officer John Thompson will be providing helpful information to the community about coyotes and other wildlife, and answering any questions.

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This week, Mayor Sue Kempf and I discuss fireworks and/or drones, coyotes, plans for the Promenade, along with how to become engaged and more in this week’s Fair Game Laguna.

Give us a look.

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There is a Laguna Canyon Road: Protect & Connect Community Workshop on Tuesday, May 7 at Susi Q Community Center from 6-7:30 p.m.

The Laguna Canyon Road: Protect & Connect project is designed to improve safety for all users, enhance sustainability and manage congestion along the Laguna Canyon Road (LCR) corridor (SR 133). The project is focused on addressing safety concerns, undergrounding utilities and considering multi-modal options.

Project organizers are currently gathering community feedback to better understand users of the corridor and their priorities. They need the community to take the following 5-10 minute survey.

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The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach received $2,037.25 from Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Ross Stores, Inc. through a 2024 in-store fundraiser.

Okay, maybe it’s not the biggest contribution ever, but that being said, it’s going to do a lot!

The theme of the fundraiser was “Help Local Kids Thrive” and the funds will now be directed to support the Power Hour program at the club.

As the national sponsor of BGCA’s Power Hour program, Ross Stores, Inc. demonstrates its commitment to empowering youth across the nation.

The Power Hour program provides crucial academic support and resources to youth members, helping them excel academically and personally.

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach aims to enhance and expand the impact of the Power Hour program, ultimately enabling local kids to thrive in all aspects of their lives. For more info, visit www.bgclagunabeach.org.

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Project O hosts TEDx Laguna Beach at Rivian South Coast Theater

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Photo by Mary Hurlbut

Nature lovers came together to celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 21 for TEDx Laguna Beach at Rivian South Coast Theater

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Attendees waited for the doors to open for the event, which was sponsored by the local nonprofit Project O

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Co-hosts Rich German, founder of Project O and Steve Reiss, award-winning producer, creative consultant, art book developer and digital video pioneer

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With the event theme “Ocean. Earth. Humanity,” the organizers compiled an eclectic group of speakers with an “idea worth sharing.” Topics included ocean conservation, education, art, design, social justice and spirituality.

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Greg MacGillivray

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Mary Mercurio and Rich German enjoy fabulous food from Starfish

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Vegan sushi from Starfish

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Speaker Don Meek, A New Earth Project

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(L-R) Alan Salazar, Tataviam and Chumash storyteller; Rich German; Chad Nelsen, CEO of Surfrider Foundation and Bodhi Patil, ocean climate solutionist

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Annee Della Donna, civil rights attorney/founder of Innocence OC

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Rich German with Executive Vice President of Crystal Cove Conservancy Hallie Jones

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(L-R) Skip Jackson, Amy Jackson, Benton Sparks, Amber Sparks (speaker and co-founder of Blue Latitudes), Nancy Edit and Victoria Jackson

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Reverend Rodrick Echols, pastor of Neighborhood Congregational Church

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(L-R) Rich German; Steve Brittan, president and CEO of LCAD; Gabriel Tanner, student presenter; Sophia Felger, student presenter and Piper Hubbell, student presenter

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Alan Salazar, tribal elder with the Fernandeno Tataviam Band of Mission Indians

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Back row, center (L-R): Kirsten Whalen, Bob Whalen and Tom Davis

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Logan Teeple, student researcher and senior at Laguna Beach High School

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Nancy Caruso, marine biologist, founder of Get Inspired

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Sarah Bedolfe, marine scientist, Oceana

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(L-R) Rachel O’Neill-Cusey, president of Visit Laguna Beach; Rich German and Emma York of Visit Laguna Beach

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Frankie Myers, vice chair of the Yurok Tribe

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Panel at the conclusion of the presentations

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Attendees were treated to environmentally friendly Humble products

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Benton and Amber Sparks, co-founders of Blue Latitudes

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Alan Salazar and Bodhi Patil

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Man arrested on suspicion of DUI after reportedly striking three vehicles along Laguna Canyon Road in morning collision

Yesterday (Thursday, April 25), at 7:36 a.m., Laguna Beach Police officers responded to a reported four-vehicle collision in front of the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter. The driver of a Mercedes reportedly lost control of his vehicle and then struck three unoccupied parked cars.

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Driver lost control in canyon near Animal Shelter and struck multiple unoccupied vehicles

LBPD arrested Dylan Owen-Pachito on suspicion of DUI and reportedly found him in possession of nitrous oxide, marijuana and an open alcoholic beverage.

No one was reported injured.

Traffic along Laguna Canyon Road was impacted by the collision, as it was slowed down but remained open.

Editor’s Note: An arrest contains allegations that a suspect has committed a crime. Every suspect is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

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The Honarkar Foundation holds reception to honor artist Tony DeLap’s life and legacy

On Saturday, April 20, The Honarkar Foundation held reception to celebrate the exhibition titled “Tony DeLap – A Survey of Works: 1960s-2000s,” is curated by Genevieve Williams.

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Photos by Euree Hong

(L-R) Andrew Myers and Gary McDermott captured in front of Tony DeLap’s “Pro (Double-Sided),” mixed media assemblage, c. 1965 at The Honarkar Foundation

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(L-R) Gene and Pat Cooper with Diane Holland and Peter Frank

Among the notable attendees who enjoyed Champagne and hors d’oeuvres by Chef Lindsay Smith, Nirvana Kitchen + Pantry were Malcolm Warner (previous director of Laguna Art Museum), were Peter Frank (art critic), Justin Williams (founder/CEO of Blue Door Magazine), Julie Perlin Lee (director of Laguna Art Museum), Eric Brinkman (Cultural Arts supervisor Manhattan Beach), Mike McGee (curator), Gene Cooper (art historian), Julia Freidman (art historian/critic), Horst Noppenberger (architect) and many artists including G. Ray Kerciu, Andy Moses, Kelly Berg, Scot Heywood, Tom Dowling, Eric Johnson, Roy Thurston, David Lee and James Hayward.

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(L-R) Lisa Dowling, Mike McGee (curator, professor), Tom Dowling (artist) and David Lee (artist)

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(L-R) Eva Ross, Kelly Berg (artist) and Eric Brinkman (Cultural Arts supervisor, Manhattan Beach)

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(L-R) Horst Noppenberger (architect), Nansea Williams (artist) and Justin Williams (founder & CEO of “Blue Door Magazine”)

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Director of Laguna Art Museum Julie Perlin Lee

DeLap (b. 1927, Oakland, Calif.; d. 2019, Newport Beach, Calif.) was a pivotal figure on the West Coast and was at the nexus of significant art movements throughout his six-decade career. Recognized as a pioneer of West Coast Minimalism and Op Art, his influence extended to the development of hard-edge painting, the California Light and Space movement, and site-specific installation.

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(L-R) Former Director of Laguna Art Museum Malcolm and Sara Warner with John and Kirsten Rogers

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(L-R) Linda Scott-Katz, Mitchell Katz and Eric Johnson

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(L-R) Marie Chambers (art advisor), James Hayward (artist) and Roy Thurston (artist)

This exhibition features more than 40 paintings, sculptures and drawings, and offers an opportunity to witness the evolution of DeLap’s visionary oeuvre, from his pioneering “floating” sculptures of the 1960s to his mesmerizing explorations of form and illusion in the 2000s. Spanning decades, the exhibition highlights DeLap’s iconic geometric forms, meticulous craftsmanship, and intriguing optical illusions, offering insight into his early studies of perception and space, as well as his later explorations of color, shape and material.

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Installation view of “Tony DeLap, A Survey of Works,” at The Honarkar Foundation

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The “Tony DeLap, A Survey of Works” catalog was available for purchase

DeLap’s influence extends far beyond his own artwork. As a founding faculty member and esteemed teacher at the University of California, Irvine, he inspired subsequent generations of artists and scholars, leaving an indelible mark on the contemporary art landscape. This exhibition, which is on view through May 4, not only celebrates DeLap’s remarkable achievements but also pays homage to his enduring legacy and ongoing impact on the art world.

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Yummy hors d’oeuvres by Chef Lindsay Smith, Nirvana Kitchen + Pantry

The exhibition catalog was available for purchase.

The Honarkar Foundation is located at 298 Broadway St., Laguna Beach. For more information, visit www.thehonarkarfoundation.org.

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In Loving Memory

Kirk Robert Sand

March 13, 1953 – March 17, 2024

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Kirk Robert Sand

Kirk Robert Sand of Laguna Beach, passed away peacefully on March 17, 2024 at the age of 71. His family is deeply saddened to share the news of his passing to those who knew and loved him.

Kirk Sand was born on March 13, 1953 in Springfield, Ill. to parents Donald Robert Sand and Martha Jane Stormont Sand, who predeceased his passing in 2007 and 2011, respectively.

Upon graduating from Springfield High School in 1971, Kirk left Springfield and headed out West relocating to Fullerton, Calif. As an accomplished guitar player, Kirk began working at Fender Musical Instruments, kickstarting his 57-year successful career as a luthier, builder of fine custom handmade guitars in Laguna Beach, Calif.

In 1974, Kirk purchased his first business, the Guitar Shoppe in Laguna Beach with his partner of 48 years, Jim Matthews, who passed away in 2022. The Guitar Shoppe continues to enjoy their fabulous reputation internationally and locally as one of the finest guitar-based music stores that is appealing and personable to the world-class guitarist, and guitar players of all styles and skill levels, including new students.

Self-taught and extremely focused, Kirk’s craftsmanship evolved into his own brand of custom handmade Kirk Sand Guitars. His first “celebrity” guitar was made for Jose Feliciano. When Kirk met the famed guitarist Chet Atkins in Nashville in the late 1980s, he began creating the innovative Chet Atkins Signature Model guitar. That changed everything!

Kirk made nearly 800 custom handmade guitars, including those played and endorsed by Chet Atkins, Jose Feliciano, Jerry Reed, John Knowles, Paul Yandell, Doyle Dykes, Earl Klugh, Lenny Breau, Richie Sambora, Lauren Hill, Steve Wariner, Tommy Emmanuel and Richard Smith.

In 1984, Kirk met talented musician Beth Haskins. They married and had two beautiful children, Natalie Sand King of Seattle, Wash. and Donny Sand of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.

Most of all, Kirk loved his adoring family. He was overjoyed at becoming a grandfather of seven young grandchildren. Natalie and her husband Dowel King have a newborn son, Ronan King. Donny Sand is married to Donna Sand with five daughters Kailee, Zoey, Quinn, Skylar, Robyn and a son, Luke Sand.

Kirk was always ready for fun and laughter with his many friends that would often stop by the Guitar Shoppe, sometimes just to enjoy his good humor and his generous spirit that touched everyone who knew him.

It is certain that Kirk would wish for his family and friends to all gather together for an uplifting and rousing send-off to celebrate the accomplishments, joy and happiness that he had found in his life.

In remembrance, his children Donny and Natalie, warmly invite family and friends of Kirk Sand to join in a Memorial to a life well-lived and share in celebration at The Ranch at Laguna Beach on Friday, May 10 from 3-6 p.m., located at 31106 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach.

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Laguna Board of REALTORS® members embracing Earth Day at Main Beach

On Monday, April 22, REALTORS® and Affiliated Business Partners gathered on a cool, misty, foggy morning to participate in a beach cleanup. Offering a unique opportunity to connect with their communities and make a tangible difference in the environment. Armed with trash bags, gloves and a shared sense of purpose, volunteer members pitch in for the community where they live and work.

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Photo by Jennifer Halbert

(L-R) Chuck Denny – Compass, Cherese Denny – Coldwell Banker, Tracy Lineback – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Marcia Duff – Luxury Home Imaging, Elizabeth Black – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Bob Chapman – Pacific Sotheby’s International and Jesse Brossa – Compass

The impact of REALTORS’® involvement in beach cleanup extends far beyond the shores. By actively participating in environmental conservation efforts, real estate professionals demonstrate their commitment to sustainable practices, protecting private property rights and community well-being. Their actions not only beautify coastal areas, but also inspire others to help protect and preserve the coastal environment honoring Earth Day and giving back to the community they love.

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Meet Rotary’s Student of the Month

The Rotary Club of Laguna Beach recently honored LBHS Senior Maverick Baylies, as their April Student of the Month in the field of CTE (Career Technical Education). Baylies relates that he is an aspiring firefighter and soon to be an EMT. He loves helping others out; he has lived in Laguna Beach his entire life.

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Maverick Baylies

Baylies has received the Breaker Award for French and four honors awards for his GPA. His principal school activities include the Walking for Water Club, Fire Science, EMT and Medcore. He also leads the Fire Science class. His extracurricular activities include working at Jackson Physical Therapy and training in Muay Thai and kickboxing.

Following high school, he would like to attend Cal Poly SLO and major in Fire Science and Forestry. He will work as an EMT and participate on the logging team. His professional goal is to be an urban firefighter captain, woodland firefighter and EMT.

The members of Laguna Rotary are actively involved during the year with fundraising projects such as “Grapes for Grads” and the “Classic Car Show” to raise money for local no profits, and fund student scholarships at the high school and the Laguna College of Art + Design.

To learn more about, or become a part of the Rotary Club of Laguna Beach, visit their website at www.lagunabeachrotary.org.

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Community meeting on coyotes this Sunday

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Courtesy of City of Laguna Beach

Animal Services will be conducting a community meeting at Alta Laguna City Park on Sunday, April 28 at 12 p.m. to discuss coyotes and living with wildlife. Animal Services Officer John Thompson will be providing helpful information to the community about coyotes and other wildlife, and be available to answer any questions people may have. Alta Laguna Park is located at 3300 Alta Laguna Blvd., Laguna Beach.

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LBPD hosts Annual Road Safety Expo at TOW on May 19

Join the Laguna Beach Police Department on Sunday, May 19 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for their Annual Road Safety Bike Expo at Top of the World Elementary (TOW). They will be promoting safe and legal operations of bicycles for all ages at this free event.

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Photo by Mary Hurlbut

Safety demonstrations from a previous Bike Expo

There will be plenty of activities. Bring your bike with you.

BMX riders will perform from 12-1:30 p.m., and the Fire Department will have demonstrations at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

In addition to the BMX riders, attendees can participate in games, face painting, bounce houses and much more. Lunch will be available. Join the raffle for a chance to win a signed Tony Hawk helmet, a bike and more.

Top of the World Elementary School is located at 21601 Treetop Lane, Laguna Beach.

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A glimpse at Crystal Cove this weekend

Crystal Cove State Park is offering two events this weekend. During the spring, the beaches and park are less crowded, providing the perfect opportunity to hike, explore and discover the flora and fauna, and take in picturesque ocean vistas.

Check out these two events:

Saturday, April 27: Beachfront Geology Tour from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Crystal Cove State Park is hosting a Beachfront Geology Tour along the coastal section of the park to explore several diverse and geologically outstanding sites which all display a story from a different geologic time. Meet at the Los Trancos lot at the trailer (PCH turn inland at stoplight “Los Trancos”). $15 day use fee.

Sunday, April 28: Sunset Treasure and Photo Op Walk from 6-8 p.m.

Join a docent for a slow-paced walk along the beach at low tide stopping to admire sea treasures, birds and interesting rocks on this Sunset Treasure and Photo Op Walk at Crystal Cove State Park. Let the sounds of the sea and sights soothe you while walking to an ideal spot to watch the sun sink behind Catalina Island. You’ll walk on flat, firm sand except for the steepish paved ramp from the parking lot to the beach. Meet at the restroom building at Reef Point (PCH coastward at the stoplight Reef Point, around the kiosk to the southernmost end of the lot). $15 day use fee.

For a complete calendar of events, go to www.crystalcovestatepark.org/park-calendars/.

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Succulents need water too

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Photo by David Powers

Beads of water gather around plant life

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