Town Crier: Week of Sept. 15

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From left to right: Supporters of the Rotary Car Show include Jonny Fotsch with his Sunbeam Tiger, Planning Commissioner Jorg Dubin, Rotarian Nick Clarke, George Nelson (Fawn Memories) with his Tiki bus and Rotarians Mike Mahoney and Julie Hile. Photo courtesy of the Laguna Beach Rotary Club.

Rotary Club Gears Up for 19th Annual Classic Car Show

Laguna Rotary Club will once again host its Annual Classic Car Show on Sunday, Oct. 1. The show usually draws over 125 American and foreign classic cars and is held in the City lot across from the Festival Grounds from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to the classic cars, food, beverages and live music will be featured. All proceeds from this yearly family event support local charities and nonprofits through community grants.

Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach Preschool Program – Open Enrollment

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach licensed preschool program is open for 2023-2024 school year enrollment. The preschool is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with additional extended daycare available from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The program allows your child to learn, grow and share in a structured environment while preparing for kindergarten. Preschoolers cultivate their curiosity, develop language and social skills, and learn through the power of play.

The program tuition costs $225 per week. For extended care, there is an additional $30 fee per day or a total fee of $300 a week (including the $225 tuition). Breakfast and lunch are included in the fees. Parents can sign up at www.bgclagunabeach.org/earlychildhood/.

For more information, contact Jonathan Navarrete, Early Childhood & Family Services Director, at [email protected] or call (949) 494-2535 ext. 7812.

PMMC Executive Officer Glenn Gray to Speak at LBBC Meeting

Pacific Marine Mammal Center Chief Executive Officer Glenn Gray will speak at the Laguna Beach Business Club on Sept. 21. The LBBC holds a breakfast meeting on the third Thursday of each month starting at 7:30 a.m., hosting speakers that discuss topics valuable to achieving success in your personal and professional lives.

Gray transitioned from being a board member for PMMC for six years to the organization’s CEO in June of 2022. Before his retirement in 2020, Gray was involved in the financial services industry for 40 years, 20 of those years were in executive leadership positions.

Glenn and his wife, Kathryn, have been residents of Laguna Beach since 2000. He is a Trustee Emeritus of The Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Beach Police & Community Foundation President, a Pink Tie Guy for Susan G. Komen/Orange County, and Chair of the Audit Review & Investment Advisory Committee for the City of Laguna Beach.

Club meetings begin with a buffet breakfast and a brief networking roundtable. Meetings are hosted at Nirvana Grill, 303 Broadway St., #101, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. Non-members are welcome. Space is limited. To RSVP, visit the LBBC website at lagunabeachbusinessclub.com or email [email protected].

Historical Society Presents: The Art of Bill Ogden – Laguna Beach Visionary Artist of the 1960s and Beyond

The Laguna Beach Historical Society will host a special presentation on Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., celebrating the art and life of Laguna Beach artist Bill Odgen.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the Susi Q Center. The event is free to the public.

Former Laguna Beach High School art teacher Peter Tiner and Mitch Robinson, Odgen’s friend, will present The History of Bill Ogden, Laguna Beach Visionary Artist.

Bill Ogden came to Laguna Beach from Los Angeles in the 1960s.

A self-taught artist, he became a student of the Flemish master painters and spent hours studying and reading about them at local libraries.

His painting style mimicked theirs, starting with a sepia underlayer and adding layers of color. For some who remember, he was known for his involvement in the Laguna Beach Christmas Happening and The Brotherhood of Eternal Love period, but that was just one of the notable moments in his long life as an artist.

Ogden’s work was vibrant and left its mark on our community. He was an exhibitor at The Sawdust Festival and was willing to take on many commercial art projects, like creating a series of calendars for The Sound Spectrum that are sought after by collectors today. Other commercial projects for Hobie, Jantzen and movie posters represent a time in the 1970s and 1980s that marked Laguna Beach on the map of surfing hotspots.

Ogden loved Laguna, nature and his art. His love of nature and the ocean matched his love for the natural beauty of Laguna Beach, as shown in his paintings. He was a prolific painter and worked tirelessly at his craft, becoming well-known for his art along with contemporary Rick Giffin.

Laguna Beach Republicans to Feature Special Guest Speaker Scott Baugh 

Special Guest Speaker Scott Baugh will present at the Laguna Beach Republicans Meeting on Sept. 20. Baugh is a candidate for the 47th District Congressional seat in 2024.

All conservatives, Republicans and Independents are invited to hear Baugh’s plans for winning the district back. Baugh has served on the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush, Sen. John McCain, Gov. Mitt Romney and Sen. Marco Rubio.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at Mozambique Restaurant, 1740 South Coast Highway. The social hour starts at 5 p.m. at Shebeen Bar, with the business meeting following at 6 to 7:15 p.m. in the private dining room.

The Laguna Beach Republicans ask participants to RSVP by emailing [email protected], as Mozambique needs an accurate count to ensure sufficient staff for this event.

GLBGOP to Host Republican Presidential Primary Debate Watch Party

The Greater Laguna Beach GOP (GLBGOP) Members Meeting is on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at Mozambique. The event will start at 5 p.m. with a social hour in the Shebeen Bar. The meeting will start at 5:45 p.m. in the Boma Room. Attendees can mingle with fellow conservatives and enjoy Mozambique’s food and beverages. This month, the GLBGOP’s meeting is on the same evening as the second Republican Presidential Primary Debate, which will be livestreamed during the meeting. RSVP at www.glbgop.com/upcomingevents.

Upcoming Laguna Art Museum Programs

What’s It Worth? – Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. 

John Moran Auctioneers & Appraisers, in partnership with the Laguna Art Museum, invites the public to have up to five items professionally valued. Appraisers at John Moran Auctioneers will provide a verbal valuation of your treasures.

Storytime Saturday – Sept. 23 at 11 a.m.

Back by popular demand, Storytime Saturday continues this month with a special session dedicated to celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. The interactive experience combines read-alouds, mindfulness exercises, art projects and in-gallery activities. This session features El Cucuy Is Scared, Too! by Donna Barba Higuera and illustrated by Juliana Perdomo.

Third Street Writers: Paint a Picture with Words – Sept. 23 at 6 p.m.

Third Street Writers is proud to present an ekphrastic writing workshop on the work of Joseph Kleitsch. As well as an exclusive tour of the current Laguna Art Museum exhibit of Kleitsch’s work, we will guide you through techniques and approaches to creative writing about art, whether as poetry, prose or personal essays. In this intensive but supportive environment, the goal is for participants to come away with an original work of literature centered on their responses to the work of this important American artist. Details about all LAM events can be found at www.lagunaartmuseum.org/events.

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