In The Arts

December 11, 2009

Winter Fantasy wraps up Sunday

Total paid attendance for the first three weeks of the Sawdust Art Festival’s Winter Fantasy has increased 9.3% from last year, according to Sawdust officials. The festival features more than 170 artisans exhibiting and selling a huge variety of wares.

The Winter Fantasy’s last weekend is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closing weekend highlights include:

?Puppy Adoption — In collaboration with the Pet Rescue Group, the Sawdust Winter Fantasy will be hosting a puppy adoption in the gazebo area in Town Square on both days. For more information on the Pet Rescue Group, visit


?Canned Food Drive — The Laguna Resource Center is collecting non-perishable foods Sunday near Pappou’s Mediterranean Grille. Canned food items and other non-perishable goods such as cereal, oatmeal, cooking oil and macaroni and cheese dinners are accepted.

?Smokey the Bear — Smokey the Bear will be on the festival grounds this weekend. Tying into the theme of the Wyland Foundation forest conservation project, visitors can visit with Smokey and make a pledge to forest conservation by painting a forest shape for the mural. The mural pledge project will be held at the Winter Art Series booth.

?Holiday Art Classes — A wide variety of holiday art and craft projects will be available at four interactive locations: Ceramic Center, Sawdust Studio, Children’s Art Spot and Winter Art Series booth. Class highlights include Winter Watercolor Cards with Linda Velasco, Animal Finger Puppets with Stacey Taxin, Eco-prints with Terrell Anansi, Holiday Lanterns with Evelda Loftsgaard, Acrylic Painting with Donita Lloyd and Landscapes and Wildlife Photography with Paul Renner. Class fees range from free to a $5 donation and include all materials needed. All ages are welcome. For dates and times, visit or call (949) 494-3030.

?Live Entertainment — Country rock group City Country City will be performing from noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday on the main deck. The Laguna Beach High School Jazz Band will perform from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and Upstream will close out the last entertainment hours from noon until 4:30 p.m. on the main deck.

?Santa Claus — Jolly St. Nick will be in his house in Town Square from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for holiday photo-taking.

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