Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

 

Surf legend Dick Metz returns next week for round two of his Historical Society talks

Dick Metz, a pioneer of the surfing industry, will speak on behalf of The Laguna Beach Historical Society at Susi Q Community Center next Tuesday, Feb. 20, from 7-8:30 p.m. The event is free.

Metz returns to speak about his adult years in Laguna Beach, after giving a “wonderful” presentation titled Boyhood Adventures in Laguna Beach last winter.

The original owner of Hobie Surf Shops, Dick at one time owned 22 retail stores in California, Florida and Hawaii, along with Hobie Surf Shop in Laguna Beach.

Organizers ask, “How does a busy person like this also make time for lifelong friendships, world travel and surfing?” Well, come join in to hear those areas of Dick’s amazing life. Enjoy Dick’s sharp mind and a great sense of humor in his storytelling of a fascinating life as a big contributor in shaping business and surf industry culture in Laguna Beach and beyond.

Photo by Douglas Miller

Downtown Laguna back in the day with Hobie Sports smack in the middle

Courtesy of Surfing Heritage and Culture Center/Dick Metz Collection

Dick Metz getting the boards ready for most likely a day on the water

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Shannon Ticatch contacted us about sharing plans for the upcoming Opening Day (Night) festivities for Laguna Beach Little League. Cue Frank Sinatra…and “start spreading the news…”

Opening Night is planned to be an “unforgettable evening of community, camaraderie and baseball as Laguna Beach Little League kicks off its season with a spectacular event on Friday, March 1 at 4 p.m., at where else but Laguna Beach’s baseball gem of Riddle Field.

Here’s what’s planned:

–Indulge in a variety of delicious treats and snacks – the perfect way to fuel your enthusiasm for the upcoming season.

–Watch the Little League stars shine as they parade proudly around Riddle Field.

–Don’t miss the highlight of the evening – an exhibition game between two Majors teams, showcasing the incredible talent within our league.

This event is not just for players – it’s a fantastic opportunity for fans, families and the entire community to come together and celebrate the love of baseball.

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There is no question that the Honarkar Foundation for Arts & Culture had an extremely successful initial run at their new gallery with the Jorg Dubin exhibition.

Next up is Gerard Basil, which opened Saturday (Feb. 10) with Innocence Lost, Freedom Fading: America’s Wake Up Call, organized by Dr. Rebecca Washington-Lindsey.

The exhibition is open daily from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. running through this Sunday, Feb. 18.

According to Basil, “This exhibition stands as a wake-up call to the trajectory of our nation. It’s imperative to preserving not only our past but, more crucially, safeguarding the exceptional qualities that define America for future generations.

“Each piece in this collection encapsulates not just tangible objects and forms, but the intangible spirit of America – its ideals, beliefs and the vast realm of opportunities that have made our nation a beacon of hope. These sculptures become powerful reminders, urging us as responsible stewards to champion the very freedoms and experiences that colored our childhood, creating the foundation for an exceptional American legacy.

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Photos courtesy of Honarkar Foundation

On display is the current Gerard Basil “Innocence Lost, Freedom Fading: America’s Wake Up Call” now at the Honarkar Foundation for Arts & Culture gallery. Pictured (L-R): “Fact or Fiction II” and “Provenance.”

“In the face of our present trajectory, this exhibition serves as a call to action, imploring us to awaken to the stark reality that the greatness we cherish is at risk. The fragility of these cherished memories hangs precariously in the balance, compelling us to alter our course for the sake of a promising future. Each piece, seemingly wrapped and preserved, symbolizes not only a gesture of protection but a tangible memory of the extraordinary qualities that we must safeguard for generations to come.”

The gallery is located at 298 Broadway St. in the former post office.

Dr. Washington-Lindsey organized the exhibition on behalf of We All Matter – a nonprofit organization committed to recognizing, promoting and celebrating the artistic contributions of African American artists.

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Speaking of The Honarkar Foundation…and adding in the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce, plan for a community ribbon cutting on Thursday, March 7 at 5:30 p.m. Attend and you’ll also enjoy a first preview of the exhibition Tony DeLap: A Survey of Works 1960s-2000s.

RSVP to the Chamber at director@lagunabeachchamber.org.

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The Rotary Club of Laguna Beach has announced that Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD) graduating senior Gabriel Tanner has designed the logo for its 2024 Grapes for Grads® wine tasting event. The club’s annual fundraiser provides scholarships to Laguna Beach High School seniors and undergraduate students at LCAD.

Each year, LCAD faculty selects a student to design the logo, which is then used on all Grapes for Grads® marketing and media pieces. The Rotary Club honored Tanner and unveiled the logo at a recent weekly club meeting, attended by both Tanner and LCAD’s Chair of Graphic Design+Digital Media, Dana Herkelrath.

Tanner is majoring in graphic design and digital media with an emphasis in action sports.

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Photo by Ward Blackburn

Gabriel Tanner discusses his winning design in the Rotary’s logo contest for 2024 Grapes for Grads®

“We are thrilled with Gabriel’s logo design,” said event chairman Jeffrey Redeker. “It’s with the college’s support that we have been able to raise nearly $600,000 in scholarships for Laguna Beach students, since the inception in 2005 of the Grapes for Grads fundraiser.”

This event will be held April 28 from 1-5 p.m. at the Festival of Arts grounds and features more than 40 wineries with more than 85 labels, live music and a silent auction.”

Tickets are available at www.grapesforgrads.com. Sponsorships are available and the Rotary Club is accepting donations for the silent auction.

For questions, contact Redeker at 949.371.7595.

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In the “Do you remember” or “Whatever happened to” file of Stu News Laguna, we’ve found this:

Seventeen-year-old Anneka Neukomm is a former Laguna Beach High School student. Her father was an instructor and graduate of the master’s program with Laguna College of Art + Design, but was recruited by Savannah College of Art and Design (Georgia) for a faculty position, requiring the family to move.

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Anneka Neukomm (front center) with her Eagle Board of Review panel

Before moving, Anneka was a member of Laguna Beach Scouts BSA Troop 35G. Well, good news, she continued her involvement with Scouts after moving, joining Troop 486G in Richmond Hill, and now has become the first female Eagle Scout in the Coastal Georgia Council of Boys Scouts of America.

For her Eagle project, Anneka supported St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Savannah by “installing talk tubes on the playground for youth to enjoy and learn about sound waves.”

Quite an accomplishment.


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