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Offield and family back at it with donation to Laguna Beach Police and Community Foundation

More often than not, when you read or hear the name Amber Offield and/or the Offield Family Foundation, it’s followed by some sort of sizable contribution to our community. This latest incident is no different.

Yesterday (Jan. 11), the Laguna Beach Police and Community Foundation (www.lbpcf.org) announced that it had received a $25,000 donation from board member Amber Offield and the Offield Family Foundation to further LBPCF’s work to help officers, professional staff and their families.

Specifically, the funds will be used for three purposes:

–$10,000 will go toward the establishment of an emergency benefits assistance fund. Modeled after a similar program at the CHP 11-99 Foundation, the fund will provide immediate financial assistance to LBPD employees and their families facing hardship due to prolonged illness, a medical emergency, natural disaster or death.

–$10,000 will be used for vocational or academic scholarships to qualified dependents of LBPD employees.

–$5,000 will be added to the existing Jon Coutchie Memorial Fund College Scholarship program, which is awarded annually to a Laguna Beach High School student in support of a career in criminal justice.

“As a board member of the Laguna Beach Police and Community Foundation, we clearly recognized the importance of supporting our officers, professional staff and their families in times of need,” said Offield. “I’ve seen the invaluable help to officers and families provided by a similar program at the CHP 9-11 Foundation, and I felt that it was important to bring this same type of assistant to the LBPD.”

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Okay, you have that bush or tree in your yard that needs pruning…the questions, What do I cut? Where do I cut? How do I cut?

Wonder no more! On Saturday, Jan. 20 at 9 a.m., master tree artist and landscape contractor Gilbert Briseño will join a workshop at the South Laguna Community Garden Park (31610 Coast Highway) to explain the safe approach that will result in beautiful gardens.

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Gilbert Briseño demonstrates a cut for onlookers in the South Laguna Community Garden Park

Briseño “will give a demonstration on pruning for the health and beauty of trees and shrubs, while considering each plant’s role in the total landscape,” according to event hosts. “He will demonstrate and give you an opportunity for hands-on learning, while making the Garden Park more lovely. Bring your gloves, loppers and clippers.

Participation is free. Reservations are requested at gardenpark@southlaguna.org.

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The casting call for the Pageant of the Masters saw more than 720 people respond. That’s the good news. The bad news is that they are still seeking more people – specifically more applicants of all ages and ethnicities to ensure a robust pool to draw upon. No theater experience is necessary, with the Pageant’s only requirement being that participants can hold still for 90 seconds.

In addition to needing volunteers to pose, volunteers are also needed for positions in the wardrobe, makeup and headdress departments, as well as cast area coordinators and refreshment servers, among other positions. For more information on volunteering, contact the Pageant’s casting office by calling 949.494.3663. The office is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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The Orange County Board of Supervisors have re-elected Donald Wagner, from the Third District, unanimously as Chairman for 2024 and the Fourth District’s Doug Chaffee as Vice Chairman.

Wagner’s past record shows a commitment to fiscal responsibility, improving public safety and enhancing the quality of life for OC residents.

Chaffee said he plans to continue to create new initiatives that address healthcare and public safety. He also will continue to encourage everyone to practice kindness as a special human value that brings us together and connects us despite our differences.

Laguna Beach is represented by Fifth District Supervisor Katrina Foley.

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Mark your calendar, because the Laguna Art Museum has two events planned for this weekend.

Tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 13), from 6-9 p.m., will feature a special panel discussion and closing reception with important artists and Self Help Graphic leaders who will discuss the past, present and future of SHG. That discussion will include SHG’s support of artists and its role in the evolution of Chicana/o/x practices.

Tickets are available here.

Then on Sunday, Jan. 14 at 10 a.m., Jean Stern presents
Genre: Painting Everyday Life. Art historian and LAM Curatorial Fellow, Stern will discuss and share approximately 100 slides of works of art showing the history of genre from ancient times to works of today.

For tickets, go here.

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Skaters take note – The City of Laguna Beach installed temporary skate ramps at the Community & Recreation Center. The skate ramps will be used for city-sponsored skate classes and camps, as well as for free skating during limited daytime hours.

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Temporary ramps installed at Community & Recreation Center

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The City of Laguna Beach makes Community Assistance Grants available to local non-profit organizations that provide special services to residents of Laguna Beach. The objective of this program is to assist local organizations in funding new projects or expanded services within the community.

The Community Assistance Grant Application period is open from January 8 through March 21.

Grant awards are decided by the City Council. For more info and to apply, go here.

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