EVENTS - 2017

October 19

Jon Seeman and Lorraine Passero

Jon Seeman and Lorraine Passero will be the guest speakers at their September meeting. Their topic will be “Inheriting Art: Laguna's First Tradition”. Art has been an essential component in the lives of husband and wife artists, Jon Seeman and Lorraine Passero. As a successful sculptor and business owner, Jon has been commissioned by the City of Laguna Beach to create a number of public sculptures. Discovering Jon's artistic heritage, Lorraine was determined to uncover the life and art of his great-great aunt, a 1890s Laguna first woman artist. In her book Distant Indigo, she brings to light for the first time the accomplishments of artist, author, and poet Clara Mason Fox.

September 21

John Pietig: City Manager

Mr. Pietig has been in local government management for 28 years.  He has been the City Manager of Laguna Beach for more than six years and served as the Assistant City Manager for the prior 10 years.  He also holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Washington State University.  John and his family, wife Peggy and sons Danny and Jacob live in the Top of the World neighborhood.

August 17

MarkChristyMark Christy: Notable local retailer, entrepreneur, hotelier, restauranteur, music and sports fan, occasional radio DJ, and perhaps Laguna Beach's biggest supporter.


Mark Christy is a graduate of Laguna Beach High and has been in Laguna his entire life (other than while attending UC Santa Barbara).  While most well known as the President and Owner of Hobie Sports, with retail shops in Laguna, Dana Point and Corona del Mar, he is also a real estate agent with Berkshire Hathaway, a partner in Tuvalu Home Interiors, La Sirena restaurants, he is now becoming widely known as the Managing Partner (and the moving force behind the renaissance) of The Ranch at Laguna Beach.  The Ranch was recently featured in an article in the December 2016 edition of Forbes Magazine, and is now a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, an invitation-only recognition.  

Through Mark, Hobie Sports donates to myriad Laguna Beach sports teams, schools and charities,  as well as being a downtown Laguna Beach anchor retailer, continuing to feature the legendary Hobie Alter's vision of the active sports life.   Mark is a fervent advocate for maintaining the unique Laguna Beach vibe and lifestyle and is Laguna's number one cheerleader.   Though maintaining more than two full-time 'jobs', Mark still squeaks in a Friday round of golf at the Ben Brown's course at the Ranch, some stand up paddling and volleyball.  Mark will share his love of and visions for Laguna and The Ranch, and some of his lifetime's experiences in Laguna with the LBBC on August 17.  

June 15

Chef Patrick DiGiacomo, Kitchen in the Canyon

Chef Patrick Di Giacomo is continually learning and growing. This has allowed him to create original and unique dishes.  Patrick's vision is to create Italian home-style cooking, using only the finest and freshest ingredients. He graduated with merit from The Laguna Beach Culinary Art School, located in southern California. Chef Di Giacomo's extensive knowledge and passion for perfection is visible in every dish he creates. With such a sincere passion for truly delectable food, Patrick's dishes are sure to amaze you.

 


April 20th

joyDittbernerJoy Dittberner, Executive Director of the Laguna Dance Festival

Joy Dittberner, Executive Director of the Laguna Dance Festival, will be overviewing the history of the foundation, the dance festivals past and present and the organization's vision for the future.

Joy, who has done prior volunteer work with the Friendship Shelter, the Marine Mammal Center and for 4 years prior to accepting the position of executive director of the Laguna Dance Festival is excited and honored to share the efforts of bringing world-class dance to Laguna Beach.

March 16th

Rosemary Swimm and Melanie Froysan

Rosemary and Melanie will be discussing, “Laguna Plein Air Painter's Association: Past, Present, and Future.” They will be presenting on the plein air movement and how LPAPA plays a part in preserving Laguna's heritage.

 

 

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