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MFA Thesis Exhibit

Laguna College of Art & Design is hosting the 2010 MFA Thesis Exhibitions now through Saturday and June 26 to July 10 at Arena 1 Gallery in Santa Monica.

The exhibit is a visual statement representing the culmination of each student's graduate painting research and contains of work that centers around their particular conceptual objectives. Major works from each artist's series will be exhibited in addition to drawings and small painted studies.

There will be an accompanying exhibition of current MFA students' work.

Members of the community, friends of the college, as well as collectors, gallery dealers and critics are invited to the opening receptions at the gallery from 6 to 9 p.m. on June 26.

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Fine Arts for tots in July

Chabad Jewish Center of Laguna Beach, 30804 S. Coast Hwy., will host five "Fab Fine Arts Fridays" in July. Art and language teacher Tracey Belland lead kids ages 2 to 7 in two hours of exploring the great art masters through food, art and books.

Each Friday will focus on a different master of the arts. The month will begin with Magical Monet, and will also feature Jazzy Jackson Pollock, Powerful Picasso, Marvelous Matisse and will conclude with Wonderful Warhol.

Classes run from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $20 per child. To reserve a seat, call (949) 499-0770. For more information, visit

Father's Day dance tribute

"Miss Linda," Linda Haylett, will present the Laguna Beach Community Service Department's 8th annual Father's Day tribute at 2 p.m. Sunday at The Artists' Theatre, 625 Park Avenue.

"Rockin' Salute to Dads & Grandpas," a sequence of dances, each devoted to different types of dads, such as Disco Dad, Mambo Dad and Racetrack Dad, will feature singers and dancers ages 3 to 15, and will for the first time include the 18 month-old to 2-year-old Tiny Tiaras.

Tickets are $10 at the door.

Grapes for Grads winners recognized

The two student recipients of Grapes for Grads scholarships were recognized Tuesday at the Laguna Beach City Council meeting. Mayor Elizabeth Pearson, Grapes for Grads committee member, Rotarian and Chamber Board member John L. Campbell presented the scholarships on behalf of the Laguna Beach Rotary and the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Sophia Patrico and Camille Borges from Laguna Beach High School each received a $2,000 college scholarships. James Bertucci and Rebecca Young, the winners from Laguna College of Art and Design, were not present, so College President Dennis Power accepted on their behalf.

The scholarship funds were raised at the Grapes for Grads V wine tasting, held May 2.

Sophomore nominated for medical program

Leanne Huynh, a sophomore at Laguna Beach High, was recently nominated for the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine for the summer at UCLA, where she will stay for 10 days in July to participate in the medical program.

The forum introduces students to a variety of concepts in public health, medical ethics, research and general practice, and will include site visits to medical facilities and clinics.

Scholars will engage in a simulation using problem-based learning, an educational method in which students will be presented a fictional patient's case history and must diagnose and develop a treatment plan for the patient.

"Each student may very well be the face of the future of medicine," said forum executive director, Donna Snyder. "The National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine creates a virtual classroom with hospitals, clinical facilities and healthcare professionals."

In addition to visiting cutting-edge medical schools and clinical facilities, scholars can interact with leaders within the medical field. Students engage in personal contact with physicians, surgeons, researchers, scientists and medical educators as they view these professionals at work.

NYLF is an educational organization that brings various professions to life, empowering outstanding young people with the confidence to make well-informed career choices, and has provided services to more than 100,000 young people.

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