Town Crier: Week of Nov. 10

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Tibetan Monks to Visit South Laguna Community Garden Park on Sunday

Tibetan Monks Geshes Thinley and Tenzin will offer a meditation and blessing for peace in honor of World Kindness Day at the South Laguna Community Garden Park on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 11:30 a.m. Photo courtesy of the Garden Park

The South Laguna Community Garden Park invites all members of the community this Sunday, Nov. 12, to gather at the Garden (31610 Coast Highway, Laguna Beach) from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to welcome esteemed Tibetan Monks Geshes Thinley and Tenzin who will be offering a meditation and blessings for peace in honor of “World Kindness Day.”

A “Peace Potluck” will follow at 12 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share with 5 to 10 people. This will be the fourth time the Garden will host Tibetan monks and is one of four “World Kindness” events occurring around Laguna Beach in the coming week. The monks will also offer a “Sunset Meditation” to conclude a “Day of Kindness” at Main Beach on Nov. 11 at 4:45 p.m. They will construct a mandala made of sand at the Hugo Rivera Gallery, located at 550 South Coast Highway, on Nov. 18 and 19 and give prayers and chanting at the opening of Laguna Beach Yoga at 312 Broadway on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. For more information about the Garden Blessing and Potluck, contact Carly at [email protected]. For information about the other events, write to [email protected].

Veterans Day Celebration this Saturday

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5868 and American Legion Post 222 will proudly celebrate Veterans Day and the 77th anniversary of VFW Post 5868 at Heisler Park Monument Point on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. sharp. A musical prelude starts at 10:45 a.m. The public is invited. Seating is limited. 

November GLBGOP Members’ Meeting Features Scott Baugh

The GLBGOP’s Members’ Meeting will be held Wednesday, Nov. 15 at Mozambique Restaurant. Scott Baugh, a candidate for CA47 Congressional District, is joining the meeting. Baugh’s endorsements include the CAGOP, the Republican Party of Orange County and the Lincoln Club of Orange County. The event will start with a 5 p.m. social hour in the Shebeen Bar The meeting will start at 6 p.m. in the Boma Room. Attendees can mingle with fellow conservatives and enjoy Mozambique’s wonderful food and beverages. Interested participants can RSVP at www.glbgop.com/upcomingevents. The 2024 primaries are approaching. Ballots will be mailed on Feb. 5. 

Nirvana Grille to Unveil Rebranding with Ribbon Cutting Next Thursday

On Thursday, Nov. 16, at 5:30 p.m., join the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce for a ribbon-cut rebranding of Nirvana Grille into Nirvana Kitchen + Pantry with a launch celebration.

“After 15 years, we are evolving Nirvana Grille into a more accessible concept called Nirvana Kitchen + Pantry. We will focus on conscious food served casually.” Laguna native and Nirvana Kitchen + Pantry’s Executive Chef and Owner Lindsay Smith said. 

“With a more intentional focus on ingredient sourcing, the creativity of craveable dishes with a health-driven emphasis, and the newest inclusion of my custom-made woodwork from locally sourced reclaimed lumber, I have united both of my passions into a new concept under one roof. Instead of just being Farm to Table, we have evolved into ‘Farm to Fork & Tree to Table,’ and we cannot wait to unveil after 15 years into better serving the day-to-day needs of our community.” 

Chef Lindsay will be hosting one of her signature grazing tables for those in attendance. Open seating in the interior dining room and Bliss Above Broadway will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, as well as the entire new menu ordering tableside for diners to try until 8:30 p.m.

Nirvana Kitchen + Pantry is located at 303 Broadway Street, Suite 101, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. Please RSVP to the [email protected]. 

LBPD Grow Mustaches for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

In November, residents may notice Laguna Beach police officers growing beards or mustaches to bring awareness and support for prostate cancer. 

The Laguna Beach Police Department is participating in Grow & Give during November to raise awareness and collect donations for prostate cancer research. Please join in if you would like to grow your beard starting Nov. 1. You can also support by wearing blue in November. If you would like to participate, please donate to the Grow & Give link, which is a part of zerocancer.org.

Victoria Moore Presents ‘My Atomic Babylon: Classified Bondage at Woods Cove Art Studio’

Woods Cove Art Studio and Gallery and Victoria Moore will present Classified Bondage, 14 new paintings from her Atomic Babylon Collection, at 1963 S. Coast Hwy. on Nov. 11 from 1 to 4 p.m., a fundraising event for Atomic Veterans.

Join us as Woods Cove Art Studio and Gallery’s UNESCO-recognized artist, Victoria Moore, unveils new paintings in her legacy collection, ATOMIC BABYLON, reflecting on being conscripted at birth and subsequently serving 50 years of her inherited “Q Clearance” silence in service of the US Navy’s Human Radiologic Experiments. 

Victoria’s artistic ‘Classified Bondage’ officially began as a 12-year-old child, with her father’s nuclear Q Clearance, as a Naval Chief on the command ship ESTES for the Pacific Proving Grounds series of Atomic Tests in the Marshall Islands (1950-1962). In 1968, she would be bound for the next 50 years not to discuss or visually represent the effects repeated ionizing radiation exposures had on her and her family, specifically addressing the genetic damage and inherited cancers as a result of his exposures at 25+ known tests in the Pacific. Three Smithsonian museums currently have works from her collection in their permanent collections, including two National Air and Space Museums, the Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, NV, and the National Museum in the Republic of the Marshall Islands and their US Embassy.

Moore will also be at the studio to answer questions this Friday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more details or to register for this free event, visit the website at woodscoveart.com

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