Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

 

Matriarch of Adolfo’s restaurant passes at 87

It is with sadness on behalf of Stu News Laguna that we share that Concepcion “Connie” Vides, of Adolfo’s restaurant in Laguna Beach, passed away last Wednesday, April 10 at 87. She was surrounded by loved ones in her home in San Clemente.

From her family, “to say she will be missed is an understatement. Not only did she live life to the fullest but made so many memories with every person that encountered her.

“She made sure to ‘welcome home’ construction workers on break to sneaking a drink with local surfers, she was also known to give out a free burrito or two to local kids who she treated as her own.

“She was charming, witty, humorous and loving to many locals in town and tourists, who embraced her creativity as a business owner and her personal style. Connie, along with Adolfo, poured all their heart and hard work into creating not just a restaurant but a home away from home for many.”

Adolfo and Connie met years ago when they were both just 24.

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Courtesy of Adolfo’s Facebook page

Concepcion “Connie” Vides

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Courtesy of Adolfo’s Facebook page

Connie Vides in her younger days

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Photo by Mary Hurlbut

Connie and Adolfo

She will be laid to rest at El Toro Memorial Park (25751 Trabuco Road, Lake Forest) on Sunday, April 21 at 12 p.m.

Afterwards, the family will have a memorial service/celebration of life at Adolfo’s (998 S. Coast Highway, Suite A) beginning at 3 p.m. Food and drinks will be provided until 5 p.m.

There is an open invitation to the community for both events.

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The FOA Foundation has announced 19 organizations awarded $100,400 total in arts grants for the 2024 year. The FOA Foundation helps fund the many art-related nonprofits in the Laguna Beach community, emphasizing those dedicated to education and the cultural enrichment of the local community through the arts.

“Laguna Beach owes much of its cultural richness to the tireless efforts of our local arts organizations,” said Kathy Jones, president of the FOA Foundation. “We applaud the dedication and passion of each organization for their invaluable contributions to the cultural fabric of Laguna Beach.”

The 2024 Art Grants recipients are: Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, Cultural Arts Center, Festival of Arts, Laguna Beach High School Band Boosters, Laguna Beach High School Ceramics, Laguna Beach Schools Performing Arts Boosters, Laguna Beach Live!, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach Seniors, Inc., Laguna Community Concert Band, Laguna Dance Festival, Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, LagunaTunes Community Chorus, LOCA, Inc., No Square Theatre, Sawdust Art Enrichment Fund, Third Street Writers and Thurston Middle School – Drama.

The FOA Foundation, formally the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts Foundation, was established in 1989 to preserve and promote the fine arts and all other artistic endeavors in and about the City. Since its establishment, the foundation has awarded nearly $3 million in grants to strengthen Laguna Beach’s arts, culture and creative expression.

The FOA Foundation is comprised of a board of trustees who oversees and administers the program including Kathy Jones (president), John Campbell (vice president), Bob Earl (treasurer), Kirsten Whalen (secretary), Jacquie Moffett (board member), Jeff Redeker (board member), Michelle Reindl (board member) and Jeff Rovner (board member).

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Here’s a fun one. John Moran Auctioneers & Appraisers, in partnership with the Laguna Art Museum, will appraise up to five jewelry items professionally valued in their Jewelry Edition this Saturday, April 20 from 1-4 p.m. at LAM.

First off, who are John Moran Auctioneers & Appraisers?

“From (their) humble beginnings 50 years ago, John Moran Auctioneers has grown into a trusted, full-service auction house with an international reach. (Their) experienced team of friendly, knowledgeable specialists can offer the highest level of service, whether you are seeking a free auction valuation, a formal appraisal, or a customized estate liquidation plan.”

John Moran Auctioneers and Appraisers will value your fine jewelry, timepieces, designer jewelry, Native & Mexican jewelry and couture jewelry.

Photographs/cellphone images may also be evaluated if items cannot not be brought into the museum.

Advance tickets are recommended. Museum members: $20; non-members: $30. Go here.

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Speaking of fun, City Councilmember George Weiss is working on a project that includes the restoration of Laguna Beach’s first ever fire apparatus, a 1931 Seagrave fire engine.

The engine was first purchased way back in the day for $7,500. It was used and then retired in 1962, where unfortunately, it naturally deteriorated over time.

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Courtesy of City of Laguna Beach

This 1931 Seagrave was the first fire engine purchased by the City and was retired back in 1962…it now awaits restoration. City Council George Weiss heads up the efforts.

The engine, which is now stored at Fire Station 2, has been seen out and about hundreds of times over the years in parades, at pancake breakfasts and other community gatherings.

The restoration is simply something the community should get behind. It’s a symbol of our valued first responders.

If you have an interest in joining George to get behind this project, simply go here.

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That being said, another important part of our firefighting methods in town has returned…the goats.

The first herd of 200 arrived last weekend and headed straight for the vegetation in the hills above Three Arch Bay.

Our goats have been around town since the early 1990s and play a huge role in reducing the vegetation fuel on the hillsides, thus helping to assist in fire control.

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Courtesy of City of Laguna Beach

The goats are back to work

As just another reminder, do NOT try to pet or come in contact with the goats. Remember, it’s not a petting zoo, they have a job to do.

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As just an FYI, we have a new Fire Safety Inspector in town; his name is Christopher Caisip. His prior experience was with the La Habra Heights FD, the LA County Office of Emergency Management and Loma Linda University Health’s EH&S Office.

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Courtesy of City of Laguna Beach

Newly hired Laguna Beach Fire Safety Inspector Christopher Caisip

He is responsible for supporting the LBFD in keeping residents, businesses and visitors safe as it relates to fire prevention.

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Thursday evening (April 18 at 5 p.m.) is an event that is great for the community’s kids. It’s the City’s Annual Youth Track Meet open to Laguna Beach residents under 14 years of age.

There are a number of events: running races over distances that include 50 meters, 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1600. Field events include the long jump and softball throw.

It takes place at the Laguna Beach High School track.

The top three winners in each age group divisions will move on to the county meet.

You need to register, and the easiest way is to do it here.


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