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Celebrating summer at the library

Art, music, reptiles and live entertainment were all part of the Aliso Viejo Library’s third annual Summer Celebration. Between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on June 28, nearly 250 people visited the celebration to paint, hold a reptile, and enjoy performances and demonstrations.

Summer Celebration at the Aliso Viejo Library;
Credit: Courtesy Debbie Sinclair

The Wyland foundation invited guests to paint on a large canvas. “It was spread wide for all ages to reach some portion of it,” said Friends of the Aliso Viejo Library board member and event planner, Gena Morris. The completed mural will be displayed in the library all year.

Artist Jack Knight supplied rocks for painting, and paints in a wide range of colors, inspiring some unique creations. “It was more than children painting rocks,” Morris said. “Parents and people in their fifties were walking around with their rocks.”

A reptile table sponsored by “The Tortoise Lady,” Lynda Hagley, included a large frog, an iguana and a snake. “Her table never had a single moment of peace,” said Morris. “Little bitty girls and little bitty boys held and touched everything that was on the table.”

In the library’s community room, scheduled performances included gymnastics, martial arts, two young soloists and dance routines by members of Center Stage Studio.

Morris, who scheduled the talent for the event, said she was proud of all of the performers. “They belong on the big stage,” she said. “It was a pleasure to showcase their talent.”

The Summer Celebration was sponsored by Friends of the Aliso Viejo Library (FAVL), a non-profit organization that raises funds for the Aliso Viejo library through donations and by selling donated books at its bookstore. Funds raised by FAVL support a wide range of programs and materials, from adult community programs to special language books to new flooring in the community room.

“We look for ways to take care of our community,” Morris said.

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