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By Candice Baker | February 23, 2007
For kids at the main branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Laguna Beach, the world outside can be found inside their spacious art room. At 3 p.m. last Wednesday, club Art Director Emily Murray walked to the room's intercom, which is near a window overlooking the play yard, and announced that global art was about to begin. An array of kids scrambled into the art room, which is filled with long work tables and even has its own kiln. In the global art class, the kids create a different craft from around the world each week; Murray also teaches a bit about each ethnic tradition.
By Candice Baker | February 8, 2008
The accomplishments of more than 120 local young artists from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Laguna Beach Main and TLC Branches were displayed in a gallery-style juried art exhibition last month. Showing off their aesthetic aptitudes and creative imaginations, club members who participated in the clubs? fine art program gave tours to their parents, and beamed with pride as their artwork encompassed the walls of the main branch?s community room. The art was displayed in sections by age groups of 9 and younger, 10 to 12, 13 to 15, and 16 to 18. Mediums included monochromatic drawing, multicolored drawing, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, printmaking, mixed media, collage, sculpture and group projects.
By Candice Baker | April 4, 2008
Teens from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Laguna Beach?s Keystone Club spent the weekend at a national Keystone conference in Anaheim, where they learned about leadership and inspiration. ?I learned how to motivate myself and others,? said local club president Michael Necula, 16. Kelsey Laroche, 15, the club?s treasurer, said she learned what it takes to be a leader. ?We need to take others? thoughts into consideration and work as a team,? she said. The Keystone Club is a teen leadership program that concentrates on community service, fundraisers and developing leadership skills, said club Resource Manager Gretchen Long.
By Ashley Breeding | July 10, 2008
Money Matters, a national program founded by Charles Schwab that educates youth ages 11 to 17 about finances, was recently adopted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Orange County. The course was funded by Joe Ziomek, a Laguna Beach resident and former Boys Club member of 15 years who won “Boy of the Year” in 1958. In honor of his 50th anniversary of winning the award, Ziomek donated $50,000 to the BGC and asked that it be directed toward a program like Money Matters. “I want to see [the program]
By Candice Baker Yacono | August 11, 2006
Hitching his thumbs around a wide belt buckle, Bruce Forman smiled widely at about 30 youngsters sprawled on the floor of the Boys & Girls Club's gymnasium on a warm Tuesday afternoon. Forman and his Western jazz band, Cow Bop, appeared at the club as part of its cowboy theme day. Children in flannel shirts and bandanas danced and giggled through the performance. "Most kids' relationship with music comes out of electronic boxes," Forman said. Show by show, class by class, he hopes to change that.
By Sarah Noone | July 25, 2008
Kids come together, so they can take it on the road. This summer the 2008 Element Youth Movement Co-op Tour features “Scratched,” the Laguna Beach Boys & Girls Club’s art show of “repurposed” art, along with performances by the Collective Sound Summer Music Academy. Last Tuesday, the Boys & Girls Club’s main branch hosted the first stop on the four-date tour, displaying more than 300 CDs hand painted by children from five individual clubs located across California.
September 14, 2007
Register for hoops at Boys & Girls Club Registration for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Laguna Beach Boys’ Basketball League (grades K through 9) runs through Sept. 28. Register in person at the Boys & Girls Clubs’ main branch at 1085 Laguna Canyon Road. For more information, please call the Boys & Girls Clubs Main Branch at (949) 494-2535. Fall tennis classes and workouts underway All Court Tennis will offer fall classes and workouts beginning Sept.
May 13, 2005
The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach has earned the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Gold MAC Award in the publications category. The award, given to the club that has developed the most creative and compelling publications, was recently presented at BGCA's 99th annual national conference in San Diego. The club also received honors for its advertising efforts and overall marketing strategy. Winners were chosen from more than 3,000 Boys & Girls Clubs across the country.
By Bryce Alderton | April 24, 2014
The outdoor basketball courts at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach served a different purpose for a few hours on April 17. Instead of shooting hoops, kids were riding skateboards alongside employees from Irvine-based Element Skateboards Inc., showing off their tricks on the quarter-pipe and "pyramid" ramps at the club's main branch on Laguna Canyon Road. The event kicked off the club's seven-week skate camp. Children have wanted a place and time to skate, and Element was more than willing to help provide staff to offer some education.
March 27, 2014
Five families signed up their children for programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach during the organization's open house Wednesday night, development and marketing assistant Monica Silva wrote in an email. "Last night was a huge success," Silva said. "We served over 200 pasta meals. " The open house, the first at the club's main branch on Laguna Canyon Road, was an opportunity for parents to participate in activities with their children, education and technology director Patricia Walker wrote in an email.
December 26, 2013
Fifteen members of the Laguna Beach Police Department handed out gifts to preschool-aged children at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Laguna Beach. Each year police employees select an underprivileged child and become their "Santa" for the day, according to Capt. Jason Kravetz. The annual toy giveaway, held Dec. 20 at the club's main branch at 1085 Laguna Canyon Road, is part of the federal Even Start Family Literacy Program, which offers grants to support family literacy projects that integrate early childhood education, adult literacy and parent education, according to the U.S. Department of Education website . The employees hand out gifts and then enjoy a potluck and listen to the children sing Christmas carols, Kravetz wrote in an email.
By Bryce Alderton | November 27, 2013
For an hour every Thursday afternoon, friends Erin MacLean, Dani Morales, Maddi Bukaty and Lauren Anderson go from being students at Sage Hill School in Newport Coast to teachers at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach. The four friends pass on their specific "passions" - cooking, writing, theater or singing - during an after-school class for girls in grades five to eight dubbed "Power of Passion. " They're doing it as part of Sage's service learning program, a form of community service integrated into the private school's curriculum.
By Barbara Diamond | June 20, 2013
The Laguna Beach City Council awarded more than $240,000 on Tuesday to 30 nonprofit organizations. A subcommittee of the council reviews applications for Community Assistance Funds and makes recommendations. The funds are given annually when the fiscal budget is approved. Grants ranged from $500 to $20,000, with more than $3,000 left in reserve. "Only two organizations got as much as they asked for," said Mayor Pro Tem Elizabeth Pearson, who served on the 2013 subcommittee with Mayor Kelly Boyd.
By Brittany Woolsey | August 16, 2012
After 33 years of service, Bali Thorn has retired from the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach. Thorn, a Laguna Beach resident, began working with the Boys & Girls Club in 1979 as a secretary. Over time, she had other positions and finished her tenure as director of finance. "I'm known for my good budgeting," Thorn said. Pamela Estes, executive director of the club, said an email, "Since I've been involved with the club, Bali has been responsible in a large part for putting together a projected budget each year.
By Alisha Gomez | July 19, 2012
Twenty-eight teens from the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach got a taste of a pilot's life Tuesday. They flew in several Cessna and other small airplanes out of the Lyon Air Museum next to John Wayne Airport as part of the club's keystone leadership program. "The kids have been really excited," said Carla Contreras, teen program director. "Some of them have never been to a museum like this before. " The group, a mix of sixth- to 11th-graders, went through a series of steps before their big moment in the air, with several of them getting a chance to act as co-pilots and steer the plane.
March 12, 2012
Resources in Motion (RIM), a mobile family resource center, will now come to the Boys & Girls Club on the fourth Friday of each month, according to a news release from the club. RIM is operated by the Raise Foundation and offers programs and services that deal with family advocacy, domestic violence prevention, nutrition, diabetes education and treatment, and obesity, according to the release. RIM first arrived in Laguna on Feb. 27, when a representative from Kaiser Permanente helped families with questions about health insurance and enrollment.
By Joanna Clay, | August 22, 2011
COSTA MESA - Staying grounded wasn't an option Thursday for the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach. Instead, 14 kids opted to jump into foam pits and play dodgeball mid-air while bouncing on trampolines at Sky High Sports in Costa Mesa. The day was just one of many excursions for members of the Adventure Club, an eight-week camp aimed at "tweens" that gets them to try new things, see new places and have fun at the same time. "We can literally bounce off the walls," Ellie Sharf, 15, said about Sky High after exiting a trampoline.
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