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Biennial count of homeless takes place beginning next week for 10 days…you can join in to assist

Next week, the County of Orange will be conducting the 2024 Point In Time Count.

The Point In Time is a biennial count of people experiencing unsheltered homelessness on a given night that takes place during the last 10 days in January. The count provides vital information that helps the county and the OC Continuum of Care (CoC) better understand homelessness in the community and guide ways for them and their partners to respond to homelessness.

Volunteer opportunities are available leading up to and during the 2024 Point In Time Count. To sign up and help shape homeless services in the OC for the next several years, go to www.everyonecountsoc.org.

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Today is the Laguna Beach City Council’s Annual Planning Workshop that is being held in the City Council Chambers beginning this morning at 8:30 a.m. An agenda encompasses plans for discussion for the entire day.

The meeting does NOT replace next week’s normally scheduled City Council meeting planned for Tuesday, Jan. 23. Closed Session begins at 4 p.m., followed by the Regular Meeting at 5 p.m.

Some of the items on the Tuesday agenda include: alternatives for Lang Park Pickleball – including changes to operating hours, the encouragement and promotion of using quiet paddles and balls, and more; a review of the concept planned for the Promenade on Forest and possible approval; and a presentation by the Laguna Ocean Foundation regarding the restoration project for the Aliso Creek Estuary.

You may view the full agenda here.

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Ann Christoph informed Stu News that the event originally planned for tomorrow (Jan. 20) at the South Laguna Community Garden Park has been postponed until Saturday, Jan. 27 at 9 a.m., due to the forecast of rain.

Master tree artist and landscape contractor Gilbert Briseño will still join in for the January 27 workshop to explain the safe approach that will result in beautiful gardens.

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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I sincerely hope you had a chance to visit the Jorg Dubin exhibit “Paintings from the 2000s” on display at The Honarkar Foundation gallery, 298 Broadway St.

Now, I’m no art connoisseur, but the exhibition in my opinion was truly spectacular.

Congrats to the Honarkar family on their initial attempt in offering Laguna Beach this new gallery for not only the public to enjoy, but also as a place where nonprofits can host special event fundraisers.

Speaking of special events, next up at the gallery is a celebration on Sunday, Jan. 28 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., of Jorg Dubin’s work with the presentation of a special 120-page catalog published on the occasion of the exhibition.

The catalog contains an introduction by the Curator Genevieve Williams, an essay by the art critic John Seed, and full color-reproductions of artworks painted between 2001 and 2023. The catalog will be available for purchase during the celebration.

Those attending can enjoy complimentary coffee served by Jedidiah Coffee and tasty treats from Sidecar Donuts, provided by the Honarkar Foundation.

Dubin will also be on hand to sign books.

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Well, if you’ve been holding out on applying for a board, commission or committee for the City of Laguna Beach, now’s the time. The deadline for any of a number of positions closes today, (Friday, Jan. 19) at 4 p.m.

The process is to go here to access an application that then needs to be filled out and returned to the City Clerk.

Good luck…we need you, your thoughts and expertise.

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You may now register for the State of the City Mayor’s Luncheon planned for Tuesday, April 2 at the Montage Laguna Beach. The luncheon is put on by the City of Laguna Beach and the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce.

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Check out these events still planned for the Laguna Art Museum this month:

–Today, Jan. 19 from 4-7 p.m. is the Art Workshop: Figure Drawing featuring a live model.

–Thursday, Jan. 25 from 9-10:30 a.m. is a New Moms at the Museum presentation offering an opportunity for new moms to meet each other and other insightful professionals in a setting surrounded by a mix of California art.

–Saturday, Jan. 27 at 11 a.m., is Storytime Saturday, where little ones can enjoy an interactive story time, coupled with an art-making experience.

–Saturday, Jan. 27 at 6 p.m., is an Artist Talk featuring Luciana Abait, who will offer an illustrated lecture about her exhibit Escape – Route currently on view as a featured component of the museum’s annual Art + Nature initiative.

Most of the museum’s events require a ticket. Information can be found here.

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