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Tangible Investments celebrates spirit of giving with

sale to benefit disabled veterans on Dec 3, 4, 5

During this holiday season, Tangible Investments, Inc., a Laguna Beach gallery, will host a three-day celebration of Art Deco & Art Nouveau fine art, furnishings, and jewelry to raise money for disabled American Veterans. 

The gallery, which specializes in rare coins, fine art, antiques, and estate jewelry celebration of unique and rare fine art, furniture, and estate jewelry from the Art Deco and Art Nouveau era, will donate a percentage of the sales proceeds to benefit disabled American Veterans. 

Everyone is welcome to attend this open house style event, which will be held from 4 – 8 p.m., Sun, Mon, and Tues, Dec 3-5. However, attendees are asked to register, as the gallery is having the popular Ristorante Rumari provide appetizers and beverages.

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Erte Art Deco

The event includes a major collection of Erte framed originals and signed embossed serigraphs as well as some of Erte’s work in bronze and works by Icart and Lalique. Showcased in the main gallery will be Art Deco and Art Nouveau pieces by Tiffany and luxury watches.

“Helping the men and women who have served in our military is appropriate for this event because the Art Deco era was bookended by two world conflicts,” says gallery owner and rare coin expert Silvano DiGenova. 

It was in 1920 that Robert Marx founded the Disabled American Veterans organization, though they would not receive their Federal charter until 1932. Today, DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than one million veterans in positive life-changing ways each year. 

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Disabled American Veterans organization in Texas

“It’s another way for our firm to be a part of our community, and taking care of our veterans is an important part of that community,” says Silvano. In addition to helping veterans, Silvano is passionate about collecting art in all its forms. His particular interest in Art Deco and Art Nouveau has resulted in a great opportunity for enthusiasts to add to their personal collections while helping men and women who have sacrificed so much to protect our liberties. 

Attendees should register online at call (949) 715-5333.  Tangible Investments is located at 1910 S Coast Hwy.

Locally represented artist Derek Gores created the cover artwork for Playboy Limited Edition Hugh Hefner tribute

Locally represented collage artist Derek Gores, whose work is prominently displayed at Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art (LGOCA), designed the Playboy magazine cover for the Hugh Hefner tribute, providing a unique take on his personal style of creating collage portraits. Gores assembled iconic Playboy covers, magazine features and versions of the Rabbit Head Logo into an abstract work of art.

“In the collage, I included hints and memories of the full legacy – the covers, the interviews, the lifestyle,” said artist Derek Gores. “In the end, I hoped to celebrate both the mischievous fun and the liberation Hef championed. My art form of collage is uniquely adept at referencing time, and I hope this piece takes Playboy fans back through the decades.”

The Limited Edition: Hugh Hefner Special Tribute is now available for purchase for $17.99 at and on newsstands nationwide (for approximately three months or until sold out).

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Collage by artist Derek Gores

In honor of the life and style of the iconic founder of the Playboy empire, the Hugh Hefner Special Tribute is a 120-page limited edition issue that details Hugh Hefner’s long life and the singular vision that fueled it all. The official Playboy tribute celebrates Hef’s life by documenting his early years as a cartoonist through his journey to editor-in-chief of the legendary magazine, revisiting rare images from the Playboy archives.

Special tributes included by Reverend Jesse L. Jackson Sr., Richard Lewis, Berry Gordy, Larry King, Jenny McCarthy, Christie Hefner, Dick Rosenzweig, Cindy Crawford, Art Paul, Kim Basinger and more. On the back cover is the widely known interpretation of the Rabbit Head Logo by Andy Warhol that appeared on Playboy’s January 1986 cover.

In his collage portraits, Derek Gores recycles magazines, labels, data, and assorted found analog and digital materials to create his pieces on canvas. Gores’ work is represented by Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles, ArtClubFrance in Paris, LGOCA in Laguna Beach, 19Karen Gallery in Australia, Parlor Gallery in Asbury Park, Gallery14 in Vero Beach, Charlestown Gallery in Rhode Island, Baisden Gallery in Tampa, and R House in Miami. Gores collector and commission list includes Prada, the Kentucky Derby, Loews Hotels, the San Francisco 49ers, Heineken, Tag Heuer, Adidas and others.

Gores is considered part of the “Pop Surrealism” or “New Contemporary” movements. He was named “One of the 40 important artists of the New Contemporary Movement” while exhibiting in London.

Annual holiday art show and sale in the canyon Saturday, Dec 9, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Join Maggie Spencer, Sian Poeschl, and Troy Poeschl for loading up on handcrafted holiday gifts at 2707 Laguna Canyon Road on Saturday, Dec 9 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. There will be refreshments and lots of holiday spirit.

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Sian Poeschl’s fused glass

Home décor to stocking stuffers! You’ll find all original art, including fused glass, jewelry, ornaments, mixed media, sculpture, photography, accessories and much more.

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Troy Poeschl’s mixed media

The season of giving and appreciating is upon us – a time to give friends and family special gifts that are unique, handmade and made in Laguna Beach.

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Fused glass by Maggie Spencer

The three artists have very different styles and variety of work – all on sale.

American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 222, once again sends Christmas Cheer to our troops overseas

For the third year in a row, Beth Johnsen and Diane Connell of the American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 222, came through by handcrafting 121 Christmas stockings for our troops overseas. They’ve been busy sewing all year.

With the help of Post members, and family and friends who sponsored these stockings, Sandi Werthe, Diane Connell, Christine Means, Lorraine Passero, Jean Law, Barbara Rostolder, and Beth Johnsen filled them with lots of goodies to bring holiday smiles to our troops during the Christmas season while they’re away from home. 

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(l-r) Sandi Werthe, Diane Connell, Jean Law, Christine Means, Lorraine Passero, Barbara Rostolder and Beth Johnsen.

The stockings will be included among those sent by a San Clemente non-profit organization called “Words of Comfort, Hope and Promise” founded by Cynthia Martinez. This organization ships over 2,000 filled stockings each year. 

Special thanks to Top of the World Elementary School, fourth grade teacher, Marie Bammer, for organizing student participation in writing cards and letters that will be included with these stockings.

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Chanukah celebrations and events set to take place at Chabad in Laguna Beach

Chabad is gearing up for the holiday season! On Tue, Dec 12, at 4:30 p.m. there will be Dreidles & Donuts, a JYZ Youth Zone event at Chabad for children of all ages. There’ll be Menorah lighting, Chanukah Crafting, Donut Decorating, and Dreidle Spinning Fun.

Another event is set to take place on Fri, Dec 15, at 6 p.m. – the “Shabbat around the World Service & Oneg Buffet.” It is a Chanukah celebration, kids program, and blessing under the Tallit, short service and fabulous singing. Latke Bar, Matzah Ball soup, traditional Shabbat delicacies will be available.

Time to have a laugh

Additionally, on Sat evening, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m., Chabad presents a Lighten Up Comedy Night at Monarch Beach Resort Dana Point. This promises to be ahysterical evening with comedian Brian Kiley, who appeared several times on the Late Show with David Letterman, Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Kiley has been a staff writer for Conan O’Brien since 1994 and is currently the head monologue writer. He’s been nominated for 16 Emmy awards, and is the winner of the 2007 Emmy Award for Writing in a Comedy/Variety series. 

Menorah kindling, Latkes and wine will be included. RSVP and ticket purchase can be made online at $36 per person. 

Additional Menorah lightings throughout the week will take place in the Monarch Beach Resort Lobby – 7 p.m., except Fri at 3:30 p.m., before the Sabbath, sponsored by Chabad Laguna Beach and Monarch Beach Resort.

On Sun, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m.  the Annual Surfboard Menorah Celebration at Laguna Main Beach will take place on the Cobblestones along with Israeli Music and Dancing with DJ Eldad. Variety Street performer and stilt walkers will be present and there will be  crafts for the kids, face painting, dreidel cookie decorating, hot latkes, and lighting of the way cool surfboard menorah. Admission is free. 

For more information, call Chabad office at (949) 499 0770. Chabad is located at 30804 S. Coast Hwy.

Christmas Breakfast for homeless will be hosted by Laguna Presbyterian Church on Dec 16 for 17th year

The 17th Annual Homeless Christmas Breakfast will once again be hosted by Laguna Presbyterian Church on Sat morning, Dec 16. Guests will be treated to a hot breakfast, musical entertainment, and gifts, including backpacks and sleeping bags.

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The homeless will enjoy breakfast again this year at the Presbyterian Church

Ed Sauls will serve as master of ceremonies at the event, organized by Rick Shoemaker of Laguna Presbyterian Church, and Ann Richardson from the LDS Mormon Church with the help of 30 plus volunteers.

Boy Scouts from Troops 35 and 38 will serve as wait staff and cleanup, while Brian and Sue Back will organize the kitchen “staff.” 

Missy Palino and Jennifer Baker with Girl Scout Troops 145 and1440, along with other Girl Scouts, will assemble 100 decorated hygiene kits for the guests.

All in need are invited. “This is what Christmas is all about,” Shoemaker said.

Double the delight: Donate & buy gifts at Joy of Giving Holiday Market – help a worthy cause Dec 2 & 3

On Sat, Dec 2 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., and Dec 3 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., shoppers can make holiday gifts count twice.  At the “Joy of Giving Holiday Market,” held at the Neighborhood Congregational Church, buyers can purchase beautiful, hand-crafted international gifts and, at the same time, support a wide range of projects around the globe.

 This unique event is a wonderful way for children and adults to purchase gifts for teachers, friends and family members at affordable prices, while learning about needs around the world in places like Nepal, Africa, India, Central and South America. 

The Joy of Giving Holiday Market also provides many opportunities for shoppers to honor friends and family at the holidays who don’t need or want more “stuff,” but do appreciate making the world a better place by donating to a worthy cause.

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Walking for Water group

Each of the groups provides gifts that support a variety of projects that change lives, build communities, open doors of opportunity, teach new skills, and perhaps change a small corner of the world. It’s a win-win event. 

While buying with joy this season, shoppers will enjoy holiday music and feast on delicious snacks and holiday desserts. Exhibitors include those offering hand crocheted hats as well as Bead for Life, Direct Connection to Africa, Equal Exchange Coffee, Hero Rats, NCC Kids, Peace Exchange, R Star Foundation, SERRV, Tiyya, and Walking for Water. 

Neighborhood Congregational Church is located at 340 St. Ann’s Dr, behind Ralph’s Supermarket.  Parking and shopping is free.  

Visit the Facebook Page: Neighborhood Church Laguna, or their website for additional information.

Great holiday gift for art lovers: 2018 Pageant of the Masters tickets on sale now for “Under the Sun” 

Tickets for the much-anticipated 2018 Pageant of the Masters are on sale now and make the perfect holiday gift for art lovers. Brighten up the holiday season with tickets to next summer’s production “Under the Sun.” 

In the early years of the 20th century, a new generation of Impressionists and plein air painters set up their easels outdoors and reveled in the natural beauty to be found as far as the eye could see. 

In the 2018 Pageant of the Masters, “Under the Sun,” theatrical magic, live music and light-hearted storytelling will honor Laguna’s own and other artistic pioneers from around the world who left their studios in search of new inspiration.

There’ll also be no shortage of fun and surprises as the Pageant acknowledges two local milestones: the 85th anniversary of “living pictures” at the Festival of Arts and the 100th anniversary of Laguna Art Museum. 

“You won’t want to miss this year’s show as we celebrate the Pageant’s 85th anniversary,” said Sharbie Higuchi, director of marketing and public relations. “Order tickets early to get the best seats for yourself or a loved one!”

The Pageant runs from July 7 – Sept 1, 2018, with performances nightly at 8:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale to the public on Dec 1. Advance ticket prices are $15 - $240.

The Pageant of the Masters is arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world. Audiences are amazed and enchanted by ninety minutes of tableaux vivants (“living pictures”), incredibly faithful re-creations of classical and contemporary works of art, with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces.

Irvine Bowl at the Festival of Arts is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Rd. 

For information and tickets, call (800) 487-3378 or go to

Park Plaza hosts Third Street Writers’ reading event on Sat Dec 2: First in a series

On Sat, Dec 2 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Third Street Writers will share holiday stories in the first of the month-long Park Plaza Readers & Writers Saturdays organized by local journalist and writer Billy Fried. 

The event also celebrates Holiday Digest, the fifth annual collection of holiday stories written by members of the group for publication.

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Third Street Writers

Founded in 2015, the Third Street Writers is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to fostering the growth of the writing community in Laguna Beach through weekly workshops, reading events, and publication of its annual Beach Reads anthology. 

For more information, contact Amy Dechary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

Laguna Beach Police Department now accepting applications for Citizens Academy, deadline Jan 19

The Laguna Beach Police Department is currently accepting applications for the upcoming Citizens Academy. The academy starts Thurs, Jan 25, 2018, and will meet from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for 12 consecutive weeks (the 13th week is graduation). 

Applications will be accepted until Jan 19, 2018. 

This is a non-stress course designed to provide community members with a better understanding of the LBPD and to help foster communication between police personnel and citizens. 

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Graduating Class of 2016

The academy course includes instruction in the following areas: History of the LBPD, investigations, traffic enforcement, accident investigation, driving under the influence investigation, gangs, narcotics, neighborhood watch, crime prevention, crime scene investigation, police K-9 program, volunteer programs, and other relevant topics. 

There will also be a tour of the LBPD and the OC Jail. Academy members will be given the opportunity to shoot at the police firing range and participate in mock scenarios. 

Applications are available on or

For questions regarding this program, contact class coordinator Ross Fallah at

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (949) 464-6624.

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