It's time to say farewell to the art festival season, which I might
add was my favorite to date. The festivals became my home away from
I managed to make it to the Sawdust on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
to soak in as much of the art, artists and entertainment as possible
before the lights went out for the summer. It was packed all three
days and nights with visitors and artists dancing to Lisa Haley & The
Zydekatz, World Anthem and Missiles of October. The atmosphere and
mood were festive and celebratory.
There are too many highlights to mention. The pageant was magical,
perhaps my favorite to date, and the Festival of Arts Gala was a
memorable evening too. Sharbie Higuchi should be lauded for a great
festival summer, as should Rebecca Meekma at the Sawdust Art
Festival. Sian Poeschl made Art Walk and other art events a lot of
fun, as did the artists. I want to thank the arts community creating
a five-star summer.
Don't fret even though the festivals are over -- there's still a
lot of art and entertainment happenings to be experienced.
Pacific Marine Mammal Center benefit cruise
To help the 143 marine mammal patients the Pacific Marine Mammal
Center has treated so far this year, the center is having its Fourth
Annual Sunset Sea Lion Cruise from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 15 aboard the
Phoenix, docked at the Balboa Fun Zone, just east of Balboa Pier on
The Sunset Sea Lion Cruise is a great way to enjoy sea life,
socialize, dance under the stars and make a difference by helping the
marine mammal center; it's an incredible cause. Take one visit to the
facility and you'll be hooked.
The marine mammal center rescues, medically treats and
rehabilitates sea lions, seals, dolphins and whales that strand from
Seal Beach down to San Onofre due to illness or injury.
The center's director of operations, Michele Hunter, said the
patient load has doubled over the past two years. There's a high
demand to meet the costs for patient care.
Proceeds from the event will help fund the lifesaving efforts of
the facility, including medicine, food, supplies, day-to-day
operations, animal care and education.
The fundraiser includes hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction and
opportunity drawings. Tickets are $20 and space is limited. Contact
Emily Wing at (949) 494-3050. Boarding begins at 5:30 p.m. Pacific
Marine Mammal Center is at 20612 Laguna Canyon Road.
Pet Parade and Chili Cook Off
Pet lovers unite and show off your companions at the 9th annual
Pet Parade and Chili Cook Off at Tivoli Too from noon to 3 p.m. Sept.
Though canines are the pet of choice for the parade and contest,
any pet is invited.
Besides the parade and chili cook-off, pets will be vying to win
the title of most talented, most handsome male, prettiest female,
cutest baby pet and best costume.
Unusual past winners include a duck that sucked on a baby bottle
and a rat dressed as a bride.
The chili component of the festivities asks Lagunans to submit
their best recipe to be judged by a panel of town dignitaries.
Tickets are $3, with children 12 and under free. All proceeds go
toward causes that help animals -- Pacific Marine Mammal Center,
Bluebell Cat Foundation and the Laguna Animal Clinic. Tivoli Too is
at 777 Laguna Canyon Road. To enter the contests, call (949)