Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

 

LBHS Boys Basketball not only wins on the court, but they also win off of it

Jimmy Azadian is a proud parent who has been very involved with Laguna Beach High School sports, in particular, the boys basketball team. Fortunately for us at Stu News, Jimmy often keeps us up-to-date with things that are going on.

For example, yesterday he told us all about the Laguna Beach High School Boys Basketball Team’s Second Annual Blood Drive for City of Hope, which was held (Sunday, Jan. 28), inside Dugger Gym.

According to Azadian, “Almost 70 individuals showed up to donate blood in an effort to help save the lives of City of Hope patients who are battling cancer. Approximately 50 units of viable blood were donated.”

The event was hosted to honor team parent Arash Rounaghi and City of Hope.

It was the second year the team has hosted the drive, in an effort to support those in need at City of Hope. What made it extra special this year was that each donor had a special tie and connection to the high school.

To greet the donors as they arrived, the players lined up alongside the entrance to the gym to applaud or “clap-in,” as they call it, as each one passed.

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Local real estate agent Marcus Skenderian enjoys high-fives from the team on his way in to donate

But before the event even kicked off, there was more – the team feasted on a pancake breakfast put on by the team’s parents, who showed up at the crack of dawn to flip pancakes and grill bacon. The team also hosted City of Hope staff at the breakfast.

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For breakfast, the moms flipped the pancakes…

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While the dads grilled the sausage…

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And the boys ate…as it should be!

City of Hope reported that it was “one of their most successful blood drives and that the team once again knocked it out of the park!”

Azadian, as a concerned, involved parent, said that the team hopes to also set an example for other sport teams at LBHS to give back to the community in meaningful ways through community service.

“Team bonding is most meaningful when accomplished through team community service projects like this one.”

We couldn’t agree more. Good for the coaches, players and parents!

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Go team!

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The Honarkar Foundation for Arts & Culture wrapped up their initial exhibition Sunday (Jan. 28) at their Broadway located gallery featuring the works of local Laguna Beach-based artist Jorg Dubin.

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Attendees gather inside The Honarkar Foundation gallery to mingle and enjoy the art of Jorg Dubin adorning the walls

The exhibition displayed Dubin’s “rich history of portraiture whose paintings break free of convention through the unfiltered renderings of contemporary subject matter. Influenced by social, political and environmental events, Dubin’s work captures the essence of the moment in which it was created.”

At Sunday’s finale, The Honarkar Foundation presented a celebration book signing, releasing a 120-page catalog of Dubin’s work published in Paintings from the 2000s for the occasion of the exhibition. Dubin was on hand.

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Jorg Dubin signs “Painting from the 2000s” as his exhibition closes at The Honarkar Foundation gallery

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.

If you haven’t yet visited, you should know that The Honarkar Foundation was founded in 2019 as a cultural organization dedicated to supporting and promoting arts, culture and education in Laguna Beach. “The Foundation envisions a world where the arts and humanities are not exclusive privileges, but rather cherished resources that inspire, empower and connect.”

The gallery launched at the end of 2023, in their spacious 4,200-sq.-ft. exhibition venue housed in the historically significant former post office building at 298 Broadway St.

According to founder Mo Honarkar, “This museum-quality exhibition space is dedicated to showcasing a rotating series of curated shows, with a specific focus on Southern California artists. It will also play host to a diverse range of public programming and collaborations, including performances, screenings and discursive events.”

Check it out…it’s special.

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The Laguna Beach Democratic Club (LBDC) kicked off the 2024 election year in preparation for the March 5 primary and the November election with a capacity crowd of more than 125 guests at Zinc Café last Thursday (Jan. 25).

Guest speakers included Sen. Dave Min, who is running for the 47th Congressional District, Mayor Pro Tem Alex Rounaghi, City Council candidates Hallie Jones and Judie Mancuso, and Ryan Dack, a teacher and trustee of the South Orange County Community College District.

The club’s next activity is a guided tour through the March 5 primary ballot via Zoom, presented by Michael Sall, the Democratic Party of Orange County’s Director of Clubs, on Thursday, Feb. 15 from 6-7 p.m. All LBDC club members will receive information via email soon.

You may find out more at https://thelbdems.com/.


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