Nelson Coates & Ruben Flores - MC

Our LOCA folks seem to be taking their B vitamins these last few months, as they seem to have an even greater amount of creative energy than usual.

LOCA (Laguna Outreach for Community Arts) was founded more than 20 years ago to both celebrate artistic innovation and provide art-oriented workshops and education to innumerable community reservoirs. They always have several projects going on at once, spanning a geographical reach from the Boys & Girls Club in Laguna Canyon to Glennwood House in South-central Laguna.

On Sunday, April 24th, though, they’ll be celebrating their own with an “Art-Filled Circus Extravaganza” that raises funds for the non-profit entity.

Titled “One Thin Dime!”, the event will take place at the gorgeous Sandra Jones Campbell Studio with food, wine, games, fortune tellers, tarot card readers, high-brow raffle items and, of course, great artwork for sale.

Additionally, the event honors the two gentlemen I consider the most creative souls in all of Laguna Beach, Ruben Flores and Nelson Coates (and I’m not sure anyone would disagree with me). Tireless creatives in and of themselves, Ruben and Nelson bring a light and energy to this town that simply can’t be duplicated.

We’re blessed to have Ruben and Nelson in our world and we’re as equally blessed to have LOCA’s commitment to adding color, light and life to our everyday lives, too.

For VIPs who want early-bird options on all that great art, tickets are $80 for a 3:00 p.m. entry. Otherwise, general admission is $40 if purchased in advance, and $50 at the door.

Today, as I’ve watched emails about this event swapping between so many community leaders, I’d say go to to buy your ticket while there are still “Circus” tickets to step on up to!



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