Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

South Laguna is opening their doors…okay, garages, for the 8th Annual South Laguna Community Garage Sale tomorrow morning

Chris Tebbutt, real estate agent extraordinaire from Compass Real Estate Group, has been working to help organize the 8th Annual South Laguna Community Garage Sale tomorrow (Saturday, May 4) from 7-11 a.m.

This, of course, after eight years has become a neighborhood tradition, inviting shoppers from all around to come looking for great deals amongst the friendly South Laguna residents.

Who knows, maybe you’ll find a treasure or two.

Either way, you can enjoy the people, complimentary coffee and donuts to help wake you up.

This is not just one home, but many. Here are the addresses of those participating. Hopefully, we’ll see you along the way.

31541 Summit Road

31683 Wildwood Road

31571 Jewel Avenue

31706 Scenic Drive

31751 Scenic Drive

31666 Scenic Drive

31532 Egan Road

31547 Eagle Rock Way

31616 Virginia Way

32012 Virginia Way

31644 2nd Avenue

31691 Florence Avenue

31641 3rd Avenue

31914 9th Avenue

31311 Ceanothus Drive

31212 Pedro Street

31262 Brooks Street

On your marks…get set…GO!

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Mayor Sue Kempf and I discussed a number of those goings on in Laguna Beach, including the plans for the Promenade, what’s happening in the canyon with undergrounding and more. Check it out below. And, if you have a question you’d like me to pose to the mayor, send it to me at tomjohnson@me.com.

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The May agenda for the upcoming California Coastal Commission meeting held next Wednesday through Friday (May 8-10) at Sovereign Nation of the Elk Valley Rancheria in Crescent City has been posted.

On Wednesday’s agenda is an appeal item directed at the Laguna Royale Owners Association at 31423 S. Coast Highway. The appeal was submitted by Catherine Jurca questioning a decision by the City of Laguna Beach granting a permit with conditions to the HOA for repair of approximately 15,600 sq. ft. of elevated deck area, removal and replacement of deck railings with glass guardrails at all units and common area decks, and after-the-fact coastal development permit for repairs and modifications to the structures and individual units, completed with design review permits and/or building permits, from 1989 through 2022.

Anyone wishing to submit a comment can do so here (must be received by 5 p.m. today, Friday, May 3).

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The Newport Beach Art Exhibition comes up Saturday, June 29 in and around Newport Beach’s Civic Center from 1-6 p.m. It’s now the last call for entries, and that might be of interest to the many Laguna Beach artists.

All painters, sculptors, photographers and mixed media artists are wanted. Categories include: painting (oils, acrylic, watercolor); drawing (ink, pencil, charcoal); photography and 3D Art (sculpture and 3D mixed media).

The one-day juried art show has a final deadline for entries on May 10. Enter at callforentry.org.

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Art by Kym De Los Reyes/Courtesy of NBPL

Art Exhibition is at final call for entries for the late June juried show

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Heritage Month is officially underway. Upcoming events include the Trolley Tour (Saturday, May 11 at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.) celebrating the works of Laguna Beach architect Aubrey St. Clair. Space is limited, so go to www.historiclaguna.com to register.

Then, on Thursday, May 16 it will be the Historic Project Forum from 6-8 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. It will feature design, construction and real estate professionals sharing experiences with historic properties, including Mills Act calculations, along with a Q&A. Attendees may also find out about the rewarding process of historic preservation.

Other activities during the month include a Laguna Beach Living History featuring No Square Theatre on Saturday, May 18 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.), public tours of the Hortense Miller Garden (www.hortensemillergarden.org/) and a Crystal Cove Historic District self-guided walking tour (www.crystalcovestatepark.org).

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Do you have a young person in your home who wants or might want to participate in the Junior Guard program? Well, all new applicants must pass a required swim test before they can register.

The requirements are these: for 8-11 years old, they need to have the ability to swim 100 yards (four lengths of the pool) in 2 minutes and 20 seconds; those 12-15 need to do that same distance in 1 minute and 50 seconds.

There are a number of tests available and participants can take the test as many times as needed to get there.

Here are the upcoming dates and times, all at Laguna Beach High School: today, May 3 from 6-7 p.m.; tomorrow, May 4 from 3-4 p.m.; Friday, May 17 from 6-7 p.m.; Saturday, May 18 from 3-4 p.m.; Friday, June 14 from 6-7 p.m.; Saturday, June 15 from 3-4 p.m.; Friday, June 28 from 6-7 p.m., and Saturday, June 29 from 3-4 p.m.

Tests are by appointment only; and they must be supervised by staff.

Interested participants must register through the city.

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Here’s something to enjoy this Sunday, May 5 from 1-2 p.m. at the Laguna Art Museum. Laguna Live! at the Museum presents the Triada Guitar Trio, three virtuoso guitarist brothers – Nikola, Petar and Vasil Chekardzhikovi.

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Courtesy of Laguna Beach Live!

The three Chekardzhikovi brothers comprise the Triada Guitar Trio

Those in the know say, “Their intuitive sense of ensemble creates captivating and thrilling performances.”

Their repertoire includes traditional classics, modern favorites and vibrant, colorful ethnic music.

Advance reservations are recommended and can be made at www.lagunalive.org, or by calling the Museum 949.494.8971. It’s free to members of Laguna Beach Live! and to members of the Museum or $14 museum admission to non-members.

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Finally, my efforts to get more plugged into the galleries with future First Thursdays Art Walks struck at least one reader. Bridgette Shaw from Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art (LGOCA) replied saying that she was “happily shocked” to see my reach out.

She’s owned the gallery for the last eight years and told me LGOCA is “a unique contemporary gallery showcasing top regional and international artists. The emphasis is on emerging and mid-career artists working with a variety of mediums. LGOCA offers a diverse mixture of paintings, sculpture, glass and metal creations and Large Statement pieces are a specialty.

“Not your typical white-walled gallery affair, LGOCA promises to engage you in an experience you won’t find anywhere else.”

It sounds like a place I need to visit…and soon!


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