Laguna Beach

Laguna Art Museum store open Black Friday weekend 

Laguna Art Museum will be holding its annual Black Friday Sale in the Museum Store on Friday, Nov. 28 to Sunday, Nov. 30, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit the museum store Black Friday Weekend and receive 10% off all items, or 20% off if you are a museum member.

New merchandise is now available, just in time for the holidays. 

The museum store offers affordable, portable, and local giftware that reflects the nature of Laguna Beach, a community celebrated for its art and artists. The store offerings include branded museum merchandise, some custom-designed by artists; art and design items from local artists, selected with an emphasis on unusual and one-of-a-kind pieces not to be found in other stores; museum publications; publications and merchandise related to current exhibitions; and books on California art generally. Black Friday discounts are only valid for in-store purchases. 

As a bonus this holiday season for new members, the museum will add a complimentary Laguna Art Museum t-shirt, mug, or both, based on your gift membership level.

Laguna Art Museum is at 307 Cliff Drive. For information about membership, the museum, or to shop online, visit or call 494-8971.

Annual Hospitality Night next Friday, December 5

City’s schedules of events

This year’s Hospitality Night event is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 5 from approximately 5 to 10 p.m. 

Hospitality Night is co-sponsored by the City of Laguna Beach and the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season. The festivities will begin with entertainment at City Hall and the arrival of Santa Claus to light the Pepper Tree at 6 p.m. From there, the activities move to lower Forest Avenue with entertainment and merchant open houses. 

To accommodate pedestrian traffic in the downtown area, portions of Forest Avenue, Beach Street, 3rd Street and the Pepper Tree Parking Lot will be closed to vehicular traffic prior to and during the event. Free public parking will be available at the City’s Forest/Laguna Canyon (Lot 11), Lumberyard (Lot 12) and Community and Susi Q Center parking lots.

The public should expect heavy traffic on Dec. 5 during the afternoon and evening commute hours, and motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes and carpool. Road closures in the downtown will begin at approximately 3 p.m. Importantly, Forest Avenue between Broadway and Third Street will be closed to vehicular traffic (with the exception of City and OCTA buses) between 5:45 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. The City will send courtesy traffic alert reminders via text message and email to subscribers beginning Friday afternoon, Dec. 5. To subscribe to this free service, please visit the City’s website at and click on the “Traffic Alerts” icon. 

If you have any questions, or for more information about city events, please contact Tom Toman, Deputy Director of Community Services, at 497-0303.


Laguna Concert Band

Ed Peterson-Music Director of the Laguna Concert Band with Tessa Mansour (left), Sydney Haik and Sara Gordon during a rehearsal earlier this week. The three girls will be featured in a “Christmas On Broadway” number on Hospitality Night. 

The 70-plus community members of the Laguna Concert Band, celebrating its 15th year, is pulling out all the stops as it concludes its jam-packed and star-studded 2014 performance schedule with two spectacular Holiday Performances in December beginning with their annual appearance at the Balboa Bay Resort’s Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 1 at 6 p.m., and a combined performance with the 18 piece Swing Set swing band at Laguna’s Hospitality Night on Dec. 5, at 5 p.m., at the Peppertree Parking lot on Forest Avenue across from the Presbyterian Church.

Both performances will feature Holiday favorites highlighted by select numbers featuring talented local guest artists. The trio of young blossoming artists Tessa Mansour, Sydney Haik and Sara Gordon will be featured on the popular holiday medley, ‘Christmas On Broadway’ and local Laguna artists Suzy Elghanayan will perform ‘Let It Go’ from Disney’s 2013 animated feature film ‘Frozen’. Kim Sayer will be accompanied by the band on two traditional favorites, ‘O Holy Night’ and ‘White Christmas’. Ed Peterson, Music Director will share the director’s stand with Pete Fournier during the two evening’s performances.

A first for the Concert Band on Hospitality Night in Laguna will include a joint performance with the Thurston Middle School Band at 6 p.m. at the City Hall front lawn as a portion of the Laguna Concert Band travels up the street after their 5 p.m. performance to join the young musicians. In addition, the Laguna Concert Band is gifting stand lights to the middle school band thanks to the coordinated efforts of Jon Mann, Thurston’s band director and the Laguna Concert Band’s board members Jennifer Baker and Linda Hughes.  

“Everyone will enjoy hot chocolate and cookies after the performance, compliments of the band,” said Hughes. The 18-piece swing band, Swing Set will continue to entertain from 5:50-6:30 p.m. in the Peppertree lot.


Laguna Presbyterian Church

The church bell will ring in the season from 5 - 7 p.m. Enjoy complimentary holiday cookies, coffee and hot apple cider in the Rose Garden. The tradition of homemade tamales continues. Tamales will be sold (dine or dash) in Tankersley Hall beginning no earlier than 5 o’clock. Proceeds from the tamales will benefit the La Playa ESL Center.

Pass by the Heifer International table to find information on how you can empower a family to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity. There may even be a special two-legged, feathered, guest present!

Join in singing the traditional Christmas carols, accompanied by live music from 6 – 7 p.m. in the Rose Garden. Laguna Presbyterian Church is proud to showcase, once again, our local artists. Their works will be on display and for purchase in the Youth Center (use Rose Garden entry). 

You can also grab a quick dinner of hot dogs, chips, and bottled water at the Forest Avenue entry to the Church Parlor. Proceeds benefit the Mom’s group of LPC.

Contemplate the wonder of the season - “Unto us a child is born” - in the quiet beauty of our historic sanctuary.

Laguna Presbyterian Church welcomes you to these special Christmas events.

Christmas Concert (Sanctuary): 5 p.m., Dec. 7

Children’s Christmas Musical (Sanctuary): 8:30 a.m. & 10 a.m., Dec. 14 

Christmas Eve Candlelight Services: 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m., 9 p.m., Dec. 24

Find more information on the web at

Please contact the church with any questions at 494.7555

Purchase unique gifts that give far beyond the holidays: Neighborhood Congregational’s Joy of Giving Holiday Market

Neighborhood Congregational Church’s 10th annual Alternative International Holiday Gift Fair will take place Saturday Dec 6th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday Dec 7th from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Neighborhood Church’s Bridge Hall located at 340 St. Ann’s Drive. This year, an amazing array of gifts will be offered from Concern America, Bead for Life and SERRV. 

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Neighborhood Congregational Church Pastor BJ Beu and 

This unique event is free, festive, and open to the public. It is a wonderful way for shoppers to purchase handcrafted gifts that support artisans around the globe. Children can purchase gifts for teachers and family members at affordable prices, and also learn about the needs around the world. The International Gift Fair 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! 

Concern America is a unique nonprofit development and refugee aid organization that offers fair trade crafts from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Bangladesh.

Bread for Life offers opportunities for women in Uganda living on less than a dollar a day to become self-sustaining entrepreneurs by creating shea butter skin care products and jewelry made from colorful rolled paper.

SERRV is a nonprofit organization that provides opportunity and support to artisans and farmers in the United States, Latin America, Asia and Africa.

Many returning and local favorites will also joining this year’s Alternative Gift Fair at Neighborhood Congregational Church:

Rosalind Russell, Laguna’s “Goat Lady” with R Star Foundation serves and educates isolated and disempowered women and children of Nepal.

Shanti Hastkala brings beautiful handmade gifts, which provide financial independence for women in rural villages in India.

Equal Exchange is a worker-owned cooperative that works to raise and stabilize the incomes of small-scale farmers, farm workers and artisans providing fair trade coffees, teas, chocolates and olive oil.

Walk for Water has drilled more than 200 wells in Ethiopia and more than 60 in Haiti providing clean water to more than a million people.

Circulo de Amigas offers training and medical aid to poor women and children in Jinotega, Nicaragua. Enjoy their crocheted purses made from plastic bags and “Why Nicaragua”, the adventurous story of their founder, Pat McCully.

Arlyth’s fun and funky crocheted hats and the NCC Kid’s famous reindeer and snowman poop support the church’s mission efforts in Laguna Beach.

Gift cards will be available to purchase “gifts” in the name of a friend or loved one, supporting a variety of projects that can change lives, build communities, open doors of opportunity, and perhaps change a small corner of the world. 

Delicious homemade treats will also be served.

Last year’s event was a huge success, raising more than $5,000, all donated to the relief and support organizations represented. Again this year, shoppers can purchase gifts that provide support and sustenance for people in need, supporting both local and global efforts, with 100% of the money going directly to the designated organizations. 

Neighborhood Congregational Church is located at 340 St. Ann’s Drive one block east of Coast Highway, with free parking at Cleo & Glenneyre.

Call 494-8061 or visit for additional information or directions.

Seniors Holiday Party with the all the trimmings Dec 8

RSVP by Monday, Dec 1

The Laguna Beach Seniors Holiday Party invites seniors to celebrate the season with a traditional turkey feast, community entertainment, special prizes, and good company. The holiday fete will be on Monday, Dec.8, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tivoli Terrace, located at the Festival of Arts grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road.

Cost is $35 per person; please RSVP by Monday, Dec. 1. To reserve your space, send your check in the mail to The Susi Q, 380 Third St., Laguna Beach, CA 92651, come by the front desk at The Susi Q to pay by cash, check, or credit card, or visit the website at Please include note if you would like a vegetarian or vegan meal. Opportunity drawing tickets will be available at the luncheon for $5 each or five for $20. For more information, contact Christine Brewer at 715-8105 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Be cool and carpool. There is limited free parking at the parking lot across from the Festival grounds on Laguna Canyon Road. No parking will be available at the Festival or Playhouse parking lots.

No Square Holiday Cabaret & Open Mic Night Dec 7

No Square Theatre is having a Holiday Cabaret and Open Mic Night hosted by Saif Eddin on Sunday on Sunday, Dec. 7, 6 to 8:30 p.m. 

Cost is $5 at the door. Food and wine will be available to purchase starting at 5:30 p.m. No Square Theatre is at Legion Hall, 384 Legion St.

Get ready to yuk it up a bit! 

For more information, visit

Mark Christy will speak to the Exchange Club Dec 4

Local business owner Mark Christy will speak to the Laguna Beach Exchange Club on Thursday, Dec 4, at the Mandarin King Restaurant in North Laguna.

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Mark Christy

Christy, owner of both Hobie Sports and Tuvalu Home Furnishings on Forest Avenue, is a lifelong Laguna Beach resident. He bought the Aliso Creek Inn from developers in June 2013. Affiliates of the Athens Group had thought to make an 18-hole PGA golf course on the site, but when locals rose in opposition to that development, Christy stepped forward with a more local-serving project in mind. 

An October hearing of the Coastal Commission drew 150 Laguna residents to speak on the behalf of the project.

The Exchange Club meeting will be held at the Mandarin King Restaurant, 1224 North Coast Hwy, at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, Dec 4. To reserve a place at the meeting call Jim Rue at 494-6684. 

Early reservations are encouraged as the room fills up.

LBUMC begins Advent Season with hanging of the greens

Laguna Beach United Methodist Church will initiate the Advent Season Sunday, Nov 30, with congregants participating in a “hanging of the greens” during the 10 a.m. worship service. Pastor Mandy Flemming will offer a sermon from the point of view of Isaiah at the church, located at 21632 Wesley Drive, above Lang Park. 

In addition, the Alternative Christmas Market will be open after the worship service for Christmas shopping.

LBUMC will open its parking lot at 3:30 p.m. on Dec 1, to offer free parking for those attending the Montage Resort tree lighting at 4:30 p.m. 

At 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, the church will have an open house. At that time, Sodalis, the piano quartet composed of talented church members, Pennie Foster, Deborah Glass, Daniel Thompson and Michael Vantrease will perform a free mini-concert of Christmas music in the church sanctuary. 

At around 5:45 p.m. a free trolley will transport people who wish to attend Hospitality Night downtown. The trolley will return to the church at 9 p.m.

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Sodalis: Pennie Foster, Deborah Glass, Daniel Thompson and Michael Vantrease

The Alternative Christmas Market will continue on Dec. 7, after the worship service and World Aids Day will be recognized with a communion offering designated for Aids Ministry. Pastor Flemming will discuss Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, during her sermon. Family Advent Night at 5 p.m. that evening will offer an opportunity for families to gather together to work on holiday crafts and sing carols 

Las Posadas, a Christmas pageant performed by the children of the church, will be given on Dec. 14. Its story will offer insight into the role of the innkeeper in the traditional Christmas story.

For more information about these events as well as those of Dec. 21, and Christmas Eve, please contact the church at 949-499-3088. Or, check the church’s web page,

LCAD and Art Walk mentor collaboration in its 13th year

The 13th annual Professional Mentoring Program, a collaboration between Laguna College of Art & Design (LCAD) and First Thursdays Art Walk culminates on Thursday, Dec. 4, 6 to 9 p.m., when a select group of Laguna Beach galleries will feature original works by Fine Arts seniors of LCAD during the Art Walk. 

The program pairs 16 senior students in the Fine Arts Professional Studies class with First Thursday’s professional art galleries and is designed to demonstrate the intricacies involved in the business of operating a gallery and professionally exhibiting artwork. 

Representatives from the galleries guide students through the fundamentals of exhibiting their work in the professional arena and educate them about the business side of operating a gallery. With the exception of juried student exhibitions through LCAD’s satellite galleries, LCAD on Forest and LCAD Space at Forest & Ocean Gallery, many students have never exhibited their work professionally.

LCAD Fine Arts Senior Brianna Lee, a student assigned to Dawson Cole Gallery said that the gallery features works of art that served as inspirations earlier in her career, when she first visited the gallery at age 16. 

LCAD student Brianna Lee and Mardi Raichle of Dawson Cole Gallery

“Now I’m actually exhibiting my current work in their gallery. The pressure is intense, but it has motivated me to become a more professional artist and I am incredibly grateful to LCAD and to Dawson Cole for this opportunity,” Lee said. “The opportunity to exhibit in such a high-end gallery is incredibly motivating and exciting, and to have them as a mentor and guide will surely be an invaluable experience. This program will give all of us a competitive edge in the art market upon graduation.” 

Robin G. Fuld, Instructor of Professional Studies and Director of Career Services at LCAD, has coordinated the program for 13 years and is an active member of Laguna Beach First Thursdays Art Walk. 

“There is neither another mentor program nor art walk like this in the nation,” Fuld said. “Laguna Beach is unique among California’s art communities in that its First Thursdays Art Walk brings together world-class galleries with one of the nation’s top art and design schools to enhance student education, giving them a competitive edge in the professional art world.”

Laguna Beach’s vibrant arts community, large concentration of galleries, museum, summer art fairs and prestigious art and design school makes this program unique to the nation. Many alumni who participated have gone on to work for their mentor galleries after graduation as gallery assistants, art installers, gallery managers, art consultants or exhibitors. 

“This will be my first experience working with a commercial gallery and I am looking forward to learning a lot over the next three months. I am excited to establish a relationship with my gallery and learn from them about the art world as they see it,” said Emmalyn Tringali assigned to Redfern Gallery. 

Torrey Cook with Art4T, a participating gallery said, “The mentor program is a wonderful experience for both the galleries and students. This is the fourth year we are involved with the program and we look forward to it every year. It’s a very special feeling to know that you are a milestone on the path of a young artists career, and it’s a great bond. A huge thanks to Robin Fuld and the Laguna College of Art and Design for partnering with local galleries this way.” 

“An integral part of LCAD’s mission is to provide students with the skills and education necessary to prepare them for today’s complex and changing job market,” said LCAD President Jonathan Burke. “The success of our college and the success of our alumni is a reflection of our Career Services program’s ability to help guide students toward fulfilling careers in their chosen fields. Robin’s professional and personal commitment to the Professional Mentoring Program has greatly contributed to our reputation for preparing the next generation of artists and designers.”

The student artists will be present at their mentor gallery during First Thursdays Art Walk exhibiting their work, which is available for sale. Sale proceeds benefit the student artists and the First Thursdays Art Walk LCAD Scholarship.

Participating galleries include La Bottega Dell’Acquaforte, The Redfern Gallery, Bluebird Gallery, Gallery McCollum, saltfineart, Cove Gallery, AR4T SPACE, Artist Eye Laguna Gallery, Vintage Gallery, Laguna Ink Spot & Gallery, Studio 7 Gallery, Dawson Cole Fine Art, Drizzle Art, Hugo Rivera Gallery, Signature Gallery, and Exclusive Collection.

For information, visit or Download a catalog, stay up-to-date on the latest news and events and support LCAD’s Annual Fund at, Facebook at @LCADBFA, Twitter @LCAD and Instagram @lcadbfa.

 ‘Laguna Creek or Laguna Ditch’ – LCC dinner Monday

The next Laguna Canyon Conservancy (LCC) dinner meeting will be held Monday, Dec.1, at Tivoli Terrace restaurant, which is on the Festival of the Arts grounds at Irvine Bowl Park. The program will be “Laguna Creek or Laguna Ditch” presented by local landscape architect Bob Borthwick.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner tickets are $10 for members, $15 for non-members and may be paid at the door with prior reservations. 

Borthwick will present ideas for restoring Laguna Canyon Creek and the entire creek corridor from the 405 Freeway to downtown Laguna Beach. 

Long neglected, Laguna Canyon Creek has deteriorated over decades from the bucolic natural waterway depicted by early artists. The sterile and channelized sections extending from Downtown, and the largely undefined and fragmented earthen swales that extend from the Laguna Lakes to the Dog Park, currently define the is our fault for not seeing its potential to provide a beautiful visual focal point that links the Canyon together.

According to Borthwick, “All over the country, waterways are being restored with native plantings, wildlife enhancements, and water purification technology...often including trails and environmental education opportunities. We in Laguna should be doing no less.”

Borthwick is a 40-year Laguna Beach resident and is on the Laguna Greenbelt Board of Directors. He has served on the Laguna Open Space and Trails Committee, the Beautification Council, and several other City of Laguna Beach advisory committees.

Those wishing to attend should make reservations by calling Sharon Larimer at 545-7669. Space is limited.

Laguna Beach VFW annual raffle drawing nears - support your local veterans and enter to win some wonderful prizes!

There’s still time to support your local veterans and maybe win something, too!

Laguna Beach Post 5868 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars is still conducting its annual holiday raffle, and invites the community to buy tickets for chances to win one or more exciting prizes donated by local merchants. 

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A stay at Montage Laguna Beach is among the raffle prizes

Laguna Beach VFW’s annual raffle features prizes such as $500 in cash; a weekday stay at the Montage Laguna Beach; tickets to the Pageant of the Masters and Laguna Playhouse, and gift cards and merchandise from fine local restaurants and businesses.

Tickets will be sold from now until 6 p.m. on Dec. 4. Later that evening the lucky winners’ names will be drawn at the VFW’s monthly meeting at Legion Hall. 

One ticket is $10 and 3 tickets are $25.

To buy tickets, send a check with your name, address, and phone to: Laguna Beach Post 5868, PO Box 629, Laguna Beach, CA 92652; or purchase online at

The Holiday Raffle is the VFW’s major annual fundraiser. The proceeds of the raffle help support local veterans services and programs throughout the year.

Act quickly – the drawing will be held on Dec. 4!

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