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Archive for March, 2011

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Water Polo’s 12 and Under Girls Win County Cup

Water Polo’s 12 and Under Girls Win County Cup

By Steve Riches, Special to the Independent Laguna’s 12 and under girls, coached by Erich Fischer and Scott Baldridge, continued to develop as a winning team taking first place in the Orange County Cup at the Woollett Aquatic Center in Irvine recently. Starting with their first game, Laguna came out full force, crushing the SoCal […]

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Legion Honors Police, Firefighters

Legion Honors Police, Firefighters

The county’s 25 American Legion Posts honored local police and firefighters at an annual event on March 24. Former Assemblyman Todd Spitzer served as host because of his past police duty. Laguna Legionnaire Dave Connell and Legion Auxiliary President Diane Connell hosted Laguna’s honorees, who received several awards: Officer Jason Farris won first place for […]

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Youth Sports

Youth Sports

Young Diver Returns to Nationals For the second year in a row, Laguna Beach resident Mackenzie Peasley has qualified for the U.S. Diving Junior West national championships. Mackenzie represented Crown Valley Divers at the spring Region 9 championship in Arizona on March 19-20. Only the top six competitors advance to the western competition held in […]

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Art Seen

Art Seen

Dance, Emerging Artists and New Works at April’s Art Walk A jam-packed First Thursday Art Walk on April will feature the usual self-guided tour of gallery openings but also an exhibit by youthful photographers, dancers and a reception and award ceremony at City Hall.   Participants move around town at their own pace, speeded by […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

Sensory Overload As a result of my work as a consultant, each week I get a sampling of the challenges others are facing here in Laguna and across the country.   The number of tragedies and near catastrophic events of late are starting to pile up like planes on a runway, waiting for permission to […]

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Getting Out

Getting Out

AlmaNova Appearing in Free Concert   Laguna Beach Live! presents AlmaNova in a free chamber music concert on Sunday, April 3, at the Laguna College of Art & Design, 3 to 4:30 p.m.   AlmaNova is a flute and guitar duo presenting an eclectic program of music from all over the world.  They have traveled […]

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Art Sale to Benefit Japan Relief Fund

Art Sale to Benefit Japan Relief Fund

Students, faculty and staff at Laguna College of Art & Design have joined forces to produce artwork for a benefit sale to aid the victims of the cataclysmic events in Japan, to be held on Sunday, April 3, at the main campus, 2222 Laguna Canyon Road.   LCAD artists of all levels and all majors […]

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Tunes & Tomes

Tunes & Tomes

Top sales/rentals for the week ending March 27: Sound Spectrum, 1264 S. Coast Highway Radiohead, King of Limbs Troubadour DVD/CD, V.A., 60s Folk W. Nelson/W. Marsalis/N. Jones, Here We Go Again R.E.M., Collapse Into Now Strokes, Angles Adele, 21 Lucinda Williams, Blessed Snoop Dogg, Doggumentary Esperanza Spaulding, Chamber Music Society Britney Spears, Femme Fatale   […]

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Thurston Honors its Namesake

Thurston Honors its Namesake

Thurston Middle School honored their namesake Marie Thurston this past Thursday with the unveiling of the Marie Thurston Memorial Wall in the library and administration building.   Laguna Beach Council Member Kelly Boyd, Marie Thurston’s grandson, was scheduled to speak at the event, which was sponsored by the PTA and attended by district officials.   […]

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Get Out of the House

Get Out of the House

An Easy Night Out   March is my new favorite month and it has nothing to do with the weather. Turns out that the first break from team sports we’ve had since August happened in March. I couldn’t believe it when I realized it. We had been on the go every Saturday morning since school […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

Music Boosters Present ‘Jazz, Django and Jam’ Benefit Concert Music boosters will hold their 17th annual fundraiser at the Artists’ Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, to benefit the instrumental music department at Laguna Beach High School and Thurston Middle School. The Blues Offenders, made up of local musicians, will be the featured […]

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Schools Form Alliance Against Alcohol Abuse

Schools Form Alliance Against Alcohol Abuse

Responding to national and local trends in teen drug and alcohol abuse, a school district committee set out to partner with parents and community experts and reach students with a powerful deterrence message. The resulting Laguna Beach Community Coalition, established a year ago, now boasts 35 members and represents 15 local agencies.   The coalition’s […]

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Early Days of a Pioneering Laguna Family

Early Days of a Pioneering Laguna Family

Part 1 By Michelle Boyd   In early spring 1871, the Thurston family of eight left their home in Utah in search of government grant land in California. The nine-month journey involved a train ride to San Francisco, a boat ride to San Diego, and a journey by covered wagon with a six month stay […]

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Era Ending for Laguna’s Oldest Gallery

Era Ending for Laguna’s Oldest Gallery

The Esther Wells Collection, Laguna Beach’s oldest commercial gallery, will close on April 30. Financial issues are at the root of a closure that saddens longtime owner Charlie Ferrazzi, her cadre of 27 artists and art collectors who have come to regard the gallery as a vital part of Laguna Beach art history. Ferrazzi announced […]

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Man Dies in High Speed Collision

Man Dies in High Speed Collision

Traffic resumed flowing without disruption in downtown Laguna Beach by midday on Monday following the temporary morning closure of Broadway Avenue due to a single car collision that resulted in the death of the driver. Laguna residents on Ocean Avenue were awakened around 2:20 a.m. by a loud crash when a vehicle traveling at speeds […]