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Laguna’s Top 10 News Stories of 2009

2009 was a year of firsts for Laguna. First off, the town almost lost the hospital where, for 50 years, many of its native sons and daughters were born. Under a new name and new owners, the hospital is focusing on emergency service and acute care as its lifeline.   Another...

Philanthropy Lives, But Grim Times End Good Works of Some

A look back over developments in Laguna’s nonprofit sector for 2009 proves that our community’s philanthropic activities are as vibrant as ever. The year marked new beginnings, milestones and farewells. A sour economy put a strain on personal pocket books; the state’s budget...

For the Arts, ‘09 Ends on a Hopeful Note

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Charles Dickens’ timeless pronouncement from “A Tale of Two Cities” proves a fitting corollary for arts organizations in 2009. The worst? That would be the over-arching recession that shriveled the support of donors and the...

An Angel Visits Sea Mammal Rescue Center

An anonymous animal lover stopped on Christmas Eve at Laguna Beach’s Pacific Marine Mammal Center and stuffed a pile of bills eventually amounting to $5,700 into the hands of a surprised volunteer.  “I was so taken back by her generosity that tears started flowing down my face...

Laguna Observed

Resolutions 2010 Of course you don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I’m certainly not accusing you of such a thing. No sophisticated, grounded, pragmatic or even dreamer person over the age of 12 makes New Year’s resolutions. Preposterous. Nor am I about to...
Posted On 01 Jan 2010

Gallery News

Latin Roots Influence New Exhibit at Demossa Gallery Demossa Gallery presents an exhibit of the works by Vincent Serritella and Gilbert Reyes, Jan. 7 to 24, with a reception for the artists from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. during First Thursdays Art Walk on Thursday, Jan. 7. Of...

Wisdom Workout

Taking On The New Year Challenge   “I could never tell if it was opportunity or the wolf knocking.” Anne Ellis wrote in “The life of an Ordinary Woman” (1929). Do you avoid taking a deeper look into your present conditions because of the overwhelming harshness of your...

Sea Life Ready for a Close-Up

Advanced reservations are now being accepted for a Saturday morning art workshop Jan. 2 set at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Canyon. The 9 a.m. workshop through Laguna Outreach for Community Arts includes a docent lead tour of the center and a close up view of live...

Art-A-Fair Seeks Artists for Summer’s Fest

The Art-A-Fair Festival is now seeking new artists for its 44th annual season, which will run for nine weeks from June 25 to Aug. 29. And, for the first time, Art-A-Fair is offering entry online via ZAPP, in addition to the usual options of mailing in entries or bringing them in...

Comedian Draws a Crowd

Fans of comedian, author, and television personality Kathy Griffin lined up around the block for a chance to chat and have their picture taken with the author visiting at Laguna Beach Books last week. An estimated 350 fans turned out in Laguna, creating a party-like atmosphere at...

Caring Community Organizes for Homeless Breakfast

The ninth annual Homeless Christmas Breakfast, held on Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Neighborhood Congregational Church, brought the spirit of Christmas giving, complete with breakfast, gifts, and entertainment, to its guests. The event was organized by the Laguna Resource Center and...

Weather or Not

Highlights of 2009 By Dennis McTighe     Hottest Days: 93° – Aug. 28, Nov. 3 Coldest Nights: 34° – Jan. 8, Dec. 21 Strongest Wind: 47 m.p.h. from the WNW on Monday, Dec. 14 Highest Barometer: 30.32 inches on Nov. 3 Lowest: 29.53 inches on Dec. 14 Warmest...

Civic-Minded Citizens Needed for Grand Jury

Application Deadline January 8, 2010 The Orange County Superior Court is urgently seeking applicants to serve on the 2010-2011 grand jury as applications have nosedived by 50 percent compared to last year’s applicant pool of 208. The application deadline is Jan. 8. Grand jurors...

Mothers Share Their Sandwich-Generation Secrets

An educational and informative program devoted to mother-daughter communication will be held on Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach. Three speakers, all mothers of daughters and all trained professionals, will share practical information and answer question...

Alternative Market Reaps Gifts to Nonprofits

Patrons of the fifth annual Alternative Christmas Market, sponsored by the Neighborhood Congregational Church’s JOY (Justice, Outreach and You) Ministry, contributed $6,079 to 14 organizations with their purchses. The tally follows: American Friends Service Committee, 26 bottles...
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