Supplies Donation Days

The Laguna Beach Passport to the Arts team, including Art-A-Fair, Festival of the Arts, Sawdust Art Festival and the Laguna Beach Visitors Bureau, will hold its second Art Supplies Donation Day of the season on Wednesday.

Festival-goers who bring items worth $5 or more such as sketch pads, small journals, drawing pencils, markers, watercolor sets and pads, will receive free admission that day to all three art festivals.

Donations may be turned in at the front entrance at each festival.

Beatles Day is Saturday

The Sawdust Art Festival will feature Beatles Day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, where patrons can enjoy all of their favorite Beatles classics at the Festival's live performance stages, as well as make Beatles crafts like '60s monograms, air-dry clay musical instruments and magnets.

Beatles tribute performances include Blue Latitude from noon to 4:30 p.m., followed by Rubber Sole from 5:30 to 9:45 p.m. on the Main Deck.

The Sawdust Saloon will celebrate the Beatles throughout the day by offering $3 European beers including Boddington's, Abbey Leffe and Czechvar.

For a complete list of performances, visit http://www.sawdustartfestival.org.

Sawdust Education Fundraiser

The Sawdust Festival will introduce its Original Collectors' Panels auction from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday on the Main Deck in support of 2010 Sawdust Art Education programs.

More than 75 Sawdust artists have donated their time and artistic talents to create a diverse collection of decorative art panels using a wide variety of media.

Compared to last year's 14 fundraiser participants, the enthusiasm of these 70 fundraising artists exemplifies the coming together of the Sawdust family for a unified cause.

"It's time to utilize power in numbers, pull together, and give back to our organization," Art Education Committee Chair Muffin Spencer-Devlin said in a statement.

The Panels will be on display around the Sawdust grounds and in artists' booths, and will be pre-auctioned during the run of show. Proceeds will benefit the Sawdust Art Education Fund. The Sawdust Festival is located at 935 Laguna Canyon Road.

Customer Appreciation Weekend

Art-A-Fair will "give back to its patrons" during the final weekend of the season Aug. 27 to 29 by not charging admission.

Despite the lackluster economy, visitors have been coming to Art-A-Fair all summer and making many purchases from the Festival's 125 artists, VP of Marketing Joyce Kaspryzk said.

"Our Customer Appreciation Weekend celebrates the generosity of our visitors. We invite them to come back and enjoy another visit 'on us,'" she said in a statement.

The Festival has seen an increase in attendance and sales over the last year, according to Scooter Brewer, president of the Board of Directors.