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Arts donation, designation and doings

June 12, 2013

The Laguna Beach Community Foundation has provided funding to Laguna Outreach for Community Arts in aid of the latter's workshops at the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach.

Hosted at the TLC Branch in Bluebird Park, these after-school activities include the creation of collages, paper flowers and fish kites. Classes are free and held twice a month, and they feature local artists Reem Khalil, Lorraine Passero and Jude Taylor.

"We are very grateful to the Laguna Beach Community Foundation for enabling LOCA to continue our important educational programs," LOCA President Sue Linder said in a news release.

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For more information, visit http://www.LOCAarts.org or http://www.LagunaBeachCF.org.

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The Arts Commission presents "Shakespeare's Fool" at 6:30 p.m. Friday and June 21 in Heisler Park, 375 Cliff Drive. The free concerts, a blend of music and monologues, star British rocker Jason Feddy and actor John Gardiner, both from Laguna Beach.

Local lodging establishments and the city fund these events.

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TravelNerd, a travel-friendly component of consumer advocacy site NerdWallet, listed Laguna Beach among the nation's top 10 cities for art aficionados.

The city, with its slew of art galleries, festivals, museums and more, featured prominently among others with fewer than 200,000 residents.

Also recognized were Savannah, Ga., Asheville, N.C., Sarasota, Fla., and Alexandria, Va.

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Avran Art + Design will host a solo show by Newport Beach-based Eren Alptekin from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

The "Evening of Enchantment" showcases the contemporary artist's combination of vibrant compositions and strong contrasts, which are inspired by her love of traveling.

Avran Art + Design is at 540 S. Coast Hwy., Suite 106, Laguna Beach. Alptekin's work will be on display until the end of August.

For more information and to RSVP, call (949) 494-0900 or email info@avranart.com.

— Rhea Mahbubani

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