Commission selects holiday palette designs
The arts commission on Monday selected six winning designs from 31
entries for its 2005 holiday palette competition. The winning artists
are Cheryl Michelon, Suzanne Redfearn, James Nelson, Sherry Ford, Jim
Stanaland and Charleine Guy.
"We have a fabulous group to select from this year," arts
commission chair Mike Tauber said. "It looks like we have a diverse
selection and a lot of well-known artists too."
Entries were judged by the commission based on creativity and
The competition was open to Laguna Beach residents, artists with a
studio in Laguna Beach or showing in a Laguna Beach gallery, Laguna
College of Art & Design students and artists exhibiting in Laguna
A $300 honorarium will be awarded for each selected design. The
palettes will be displayed in Laguna Beach over the holiday season.
Disaster preparedness to be discussed at meeting
The Laguna Relief and Resource Coalition Disaster Preparedness
Committee is sponsoring a community meeting with police and fire
officials on how neighborhoods can prepare for a disaster. The
meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at Laguna Presbyterian Church,
415 Forest Ave.
Retiring Police Chief Jim Spreine is hoping that every household
can be prepared to deal with a three-day emergency situation.
Incoming Police Chief Mike Sellers will attend the meeting, as will
Police Capt. Danell Adams and Fire Chief Mike Macey.
Particular attention will be given to organizing neighborhoods to
prepare. Neighborhood Watch and Neighborhood Association participants
are strongly encouraged to attend.
Information: (949) 494-7849.
Tidewater Docents seek volunteers
The Tidewater Docent Program was created in April 2003 as the
first program offered by the Ocean Laguna Foundation. Over the last
two years, the volunteers have been trying to educate the public and
protect marine resources. To date, more than 90 volunteers have been
trained as docents.
A new docent training class will be held Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the
Ocean Institute in Dana Point.
"We aim to double the number of docents so that the program can
have a higher presence at our two designated locations, below Heisler
Park and at Treasure Island," said Mia Davidson, docent coordinator.
"But our real goal is to add another cove to our roster over the next
To qualify as a docent, volunteers must attend one formal training
session of approximately two hours and accompany a veteran docent for
on-the-job training in the tide pools. Anyone interested in receiving
more information or an application should contact Davidson at (949)
497-8807 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gala raises $140,000 for Crystal Cove
Hundreds of Crystal Cove Alliance supporters enjoyed an "Evening
with the Artists" to raise funds for restoration of the Crystal Cove
Historic District. The event raised a record $140,000, a 40% increase
over last year. The funds will be used to help realize the community
vision for preservation and public use of the historic district.
The gala took place Sept. 24 on a blufftop location in Crystal
Cove State Park. Planners had to move the venue from the beach when
it became clear that it would be submerged in unusually high surf.
The display and sale of coastal plein-air artwork was a prominent
feature of the fundraiser.
Business Club hosts attorney as speaker
Diana Cimino, a business attorney, will be the guest speaker at
the Laguna Beach Business Club meeting from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday,
Oct. 20, at the Hotel Laguna. Cimino will discuss legal issues
relating to business entities and the necessity of business
Cost for nonmembers is $20 for a buffet breakfast; guests are
welcome. Reservations are required. Contact Club President Karen
Polek at (949) 295-6023, or visit o7www.lagunabeach
Affordable housing committee in need of new members
City officials are seeking applicants to serve on the newly
renamed Housing and Human Services Committee, formerly the Housing
and Human Affairs Committee. The five-member committee is charged
with helping the city "to create affordable housing for all segments
of the community."
There are four openings on the committee. Members serve two-year
terms and must be residents of Laguna Beach. Applications must be
submitted by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25. Applications may be obtained
from the City Clerk's office at City Hall, 505 Forest Ave.
Program for children of Afghanistan
The Laguna Beach United Methodist Church's second program in its
fall lecture series, "The Children of Afghanistan," is set for 7 p.m.
Sunday at the church, 21632 Wesley Drive.
Speaker Mike Whipple, former mayor of Laguna Niguel and current
City Councilman, is a member of the board of directors of
International Orphan Care. A light supper will be served at 6:30
p.m., followed by the lecture. Reservations: (949) 499-3088.