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Goat guardians of Laguna: 200 nibblers added to the hillside herd…LBPD is on a homicide cold-case pursuit

I hear that I’ve done a less than adequate job in promoting the First Thursdays Art Walk. So today, let’s try and begin correcting that. The First Thursdays Art Walk begins each month by celebrating the diverse cultural art scene of Laguna Beach while offering all-comers a free evening tour of our local galleries and shops in town, enjoying food, drink and even some entertainment along the way.

The Art Walk kicks off at Hotel Laguna (425 S. Coast Highway) with Art Start Happy Hour from 5-6 p.m.

And now, with the weather even better, what can be nicer than an evening out enjoying all that’s good about Laguna Beach with your neighbors. Typically, you’ll enjoy some 40+ galleries, proudly featuring many incredible artists.

Here is just a sampling of galleries you may be interested in checking out this week:

LCAD Gallery (347 Ocean Ave.) promotes the development of their student talent.

Dawson Cole Fine Arts (326 Glenneyre St.) specializes in contemporary and modern sculpture, drawings, prints and unique works on paper by American and European masters.

The gallery offers works by Chuck Close, Wayne Thiebaud, Donald Sultan, Richard MacDonald, Henri Matisse, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso, Jian Wang, Tom Betts, James Galindo and Jim Lamb.

Sue Greenwood Fine Art (330 N. Coast Highway) is one of the most respected contemporary fine art galleries, exhibiting artists that exemplify aesthetic excellence with a focus on realism and figurative works of art.

–The Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (414 N. Coast Highway) builds upon and promotes the renowned landscape painting heritage that’s renowned in Laguna Beach.

–And many, many more.

BTW, that evening you may also enjoy free entrance into the Laguna Art Museum as part of the Art Walk.

If you’re a gallery, put me on your promotion list (tomjohnson@me.com), and let me know what you’re doing and we’ll try to bring it to the community’s attention prior to upcoming First Thursdays.

The Art Walk takes place from 6-9 p.m. For a list of galleries, go to www.firstthursdaysartwalk.org.

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Guess who’s baaaaack? A second herd of 200 goats was added to the pool, or should we say hillside, this past Sunday. They began grazing at Nyes Place.

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Photo by Mary Hurlbut

Two hundred more goats grazing on the Laguna Beach hillsides this week

The goats presently in Three Arch Bay have seven days left there before they move on to clear Bluebird Canyon.

We love our goats in Laguna Beach!

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The Laguna Beach Police are committed to a cold-case pursuit of justice. As such, meet Jeff:

“On May 9, 1992, I was murdered at Aliso Beach in Laguna Beach. I was 19 years old and had my entire life in front of me. I had a twin brother, loving parents and lots of friends. It has been almost 32 years since I died, and nobody has been held responsible. Detectives say the suspects probably told someone what they did.”

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Courtesy of LBPD

Cold case Laguna Beach murder dating back to 1992

Witnesses said the suspects were two male Hispanics in their late teens/early 20s. They fled in a light-colored American sedan like an Olds or Buick.

If you know anything, please call Laguna Beach PD detectives at 949.715.0984. #LBPD #whokilledjeff #pursuitofjustice.

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The Woman’s Club is planning their Boots & Buckles Country Jamboree this Friday (May 3), from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Woman’s Club, 286 St. Ann’s Drive.

They have tickets left!

Come join them for a unique Country Rock dance party and evening of fun, complete with Texas BBQ dining and great socializing. Or, as they’re saying, “put on your denims and best dancin’ shoes and mosey on down.”

Dinner includes Tender Tri-Tip, Grilled BBQ Chicken, Corn Bread, Smokey Ranch Beans, Mac & Cheese, Seasonal Veggies, Spring Strawberry Salad AND for those interested in “dee-sert,” better translated to Apple Cobbler with whipped cream topping.

Then, dance and stomp to the sounds of classic/modern country songs by the likes of Garth Brooks, the Marshall Tucker Band, Johnny Cash, Lynyrd Skynard, the Stones, Beatles, Jimmy Buffet, Aerosmith and the late, great Roy Orbison.

And, for those of you interested in “drinkin’,” choices include beer, spirits, wine and two signature drinks – Tequila Sunrise and Mint Juleps.

There will also be instructors on-hand to help you with some line dancin’ and the Texas Two-Step.

All proceeds go to support the club’s outreach programs. For more information, contact info@wclb.org. RSVPs are requested.

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The 13th Annual Laguna Bluebelt Photo Contest attracts top professionals and emerging amateur photographers who capture the magic of our Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). The contest officially opened on Earth Day (April 22), and will run through June 22.

Contest prizes will include cash awards for top winners.

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Photo by Bassim El Hatem

Bassim El Hatem won second place amateur last year with this shot titled “Dances with Dolphins”

This year’s contest is dedicated to celebrating the good news and success following 10 years of MPA protection to showcase the recovery of sea life and kelp forests in Laguna Beach.

“The California Fish & Game Commission’s Decadal Review is an opportunity to showcase the steady recovery of Laguna’s sea life and many ways we enjoy the Laguna Bluebelt’s citywide Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Images captured by photographers give us hope for a better, brighter future with abundant kelp forests and healthy sea life,” said Anne Girtz, a contest organizer.

Laguna photographer Sean Hunter Brown, winner in the 2017 and 2021 Bluebelt Photo Contests, recently summed up the feelings of those who enter the contest in a recent interview, “My love of the ocean is where my inspiration comes from – not the ocean itself, but the feeling I get from being in it…it is spiritual for me.”

Laguna Bluebelt 2024 Photo Contest judges are Julianne Steers (marine scientist, nature photographer and popular educator), Rich German (Project O, TEDx organizer and author of Blue Laguna) and Kate Vylet (award-winning conservation photographer and videographer based in Monterey Bay, Calif.).

An Artists’ Reception will be hosted by the Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD) Gallery on August 1, to coincide with Laguna’s popular Thursdays Art Walk. Bluebelt Contest photography will then be displayed at the Gallery from August 1-18.

To find out more about entering the contest, go to https://contest.lagunabluebelt.org.

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Did you know that the City Council has proclaimed this Saturday, May 4, as Bee Day? It was done to “recognize the important role bees play in our ecosystem as pollinators, contributing to the health and vitality of our environment.”

Also recognized with a big thank you are Karen Nelson, Nancy Englund and Lynn Jax from the Laguna Beach Garden Club for their work in promoting bee-friendly initiatives in our community.

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