Holiday Happenings

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Leah Panos

Laguna Beach Live is presenting Leah Panos performing on the harp in a free chamber music concert on Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Laguna College of Art and Design at 3 p.m., 2222 Laguna Canyon Rd. The College Art Gallery will be open at 2 p.m.


Her varied program includes classical composers as well as some holiday sounds.


Panos earned her bachelor’s degree in music performance at San Diego State University where she continues to serve as an artist-in-residence.




Christmas Candlelight Concert


All are welcome to enjoy a free candlelight concert featuring Laguna Presbyterian Church’s chancel and bell choirs Sunday, Dec. 4 beginning at 5 p.m.


The church is at 415 Forest Ave.



Latter Day Saints Welcome the Season


From left, Redmond Chesley, BJ Morrison and Tamara Woods.

The Laguna Beach chapel of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 685 Park Ave., will be displaying nativity scenes and crèches that have been collected from around the world.


Doors open to all who wish to join the church for an evening of Christmas music and celebration. The displays will be open to the public from Friday, Dec. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. through Saturday, Dec. 3 from 12 to 4 p.m.






Holiday Food-Gift Workshop


The Saturday, Dec. 3, 4-7 p.m. class, presented by SEEDS and Delilah Snell, is geared to produce as many gifts as possible while teaching the fundamentals of home food preservation. The $65 per person class is held at Anneliese Schools’ Willowbrook Campus, 20062 Laguna Canyon Road.


Attendees will make a number of recipes for either large-group gift giving to more intricate gifts. Some recipes include: jelly trio, spice packs, hot sauce and cocktail items.


In addition to receiving all recipes, students will also receive packaging/presentation/wrapping items, recipe cards for tags and snacks while working on items to gift at least 10 people.


Holiday Hoedown Skips to Town


The holiday hoedown, an indie arts and crafts fair presented by Give Back Gallery, opens at the Sandpiper Lounge Sunday, Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The 21 and over event features multiple vendors, raffle items from local merchants, pictures with Santa, a live DJ and cocktails. Proceeds go to the Laguna Outreach for Community Arts, a non-profit arts education organization.



Crystal Cove Alights for the Holiday

Crystal Cove Alliance holds its 15th annual tree lighting in Crystal Cove Historic District on Saturday, Dec. 3.


The event and a holiday bizarre is complimentary and open to the general public. As families watch the tree illuminate and await Santa’s arrival, they can sip on hot beverages provided by The Beachcomber Café. For more info: visit www.crystalcovealliance.org.


Reliving Holiday Memories                  

Memory performers, from left: Amy Larson, Todd Patrick Breaugh, Jane Hilary, Jake Smith

Performances of “A Holiday Memory” return to the stage Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8 and 9, at the Woman’s Club, 286 St. Ann’s Dr.


Actors Todd Breaugh, Jane Hilary, Amy Larson and Jake Smith will perform in a staged reading of Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory,” along with a collection of humorous tales from O’Henry, Steve Martin and others.


The performance also raises funds for the two local non-profit co-sponsors, the Laguna Beach Foundation of the American Association of University Women and the Woman’s Club.


Tickets are $60 ($40 is tax deductible), which includes pre-show appetizers, wine and champagne from 7-8 p.m., the performance at 8 p.m., dessert and a meet and greet with the cast at 9 p.m.  Seating is limited so early reservations are advised.


RSVP by phone or email to PJ Gerrard, 949-497-9483 or [email protected].  Checks only, payable to AAUW-LBF may be mailed to PJ Gerrard,  2535 Iris Way, Laguna Beach, CA  92651.



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