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Crime in Laguna Declines

Laguna Beach experienced a 10 percent decrease in major crimes and a 14 percent decrease in petty crimes last year, according to a police report. The downward trend is not unique to Laguna, but has been occurring across the nation, though some locally implemented measures are...

Arts Foundation Awards Grants

The Festival of Arts Foundation awarded $111,000 in grants to 22 local non-profits this year, the foundation president, Scott Moore, announced. Recipients are ART4KIDS, Inc., Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach, Community Art Project, Festival of Arts, Laguna Beach Live!, Laguna...

Neighbors Seek Beach Access

Property Owner Says It’s A Bluff When an iron gate with security camera went up across the driveway at 2425 S. Coast Highway, so did a figurative door slam on public coastal access to a beach stairway, claim two neighbors contesting design elements of a large-scale bluff-top home...

Redo Planned for Erased Mural

The Laguna College of Art and Design and Laguna Canyon Winery reached an agreement to replace the large mural eradicated in March by winery proprietor Marlowe J. Huber, who wanted to replace it with a sign for his business. The now gray expanse will be covered by another mural...

Domoic Acid Kills Marine Animals

The Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Canyon has received 27 sea lions and eight dolphins with signs of domoic acid poisoning from a harmful algal bloom over the last two weeks. Just two sea lions survived. “We clearly have an event taking place. There have been dozens of...

Tunes & Tomes

Top sales/rentals for the week ending April 24: Sound Spectrum 1264 S. Coast Highway Paul Simon, So Beautiful or So What Kills, Blood Pressures Foo Fighters, Wasting Light Airborne Toxic Event, All At Once Strokes, Angles Adele, 21 Gorillaz, The Fall Alison Krauss, Paper Airplane...

Jose Rizo’s New Band Celebrates Conga Rhythms

Think of it as a Cinco de Mayo warm-up Tickets are on sale now for Jose Rizo’s “Mongorama,” a Latin jazz concert presented by Laguna Beach Live! at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4. This new, nine-piece ensemble formed by Rizo (host ...

Wisdom Workouts

Shopping Doldrums Last week I was invited to lunch at an elegant French restaurant in South Coast Plaza. I was excited because I was finally going to have a face-to-face meeting with a woman who I met years ago by phone, as a result of writing this column. I decided to go early...

Museum Hosts Hands-On Art

Day of Art, May 1 Art Takes Flight at Laguna Art Museum from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, an Imagination Celebration event hosted by the museum and Laguna Outreach for Community Arts. Families are invited for a fun-filled day of hands-on artprojects led by members of LOCA,...

First Sundays Concert Tunes Up

Getting Out Laguna Beach Live! closes this First Sundays season with a May 1 concert by Auria, a voice, flute and harp ensemble playing traditional and classical music in arrangements for solo, duet and trio. The concert will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Studio 8 at the...

Embarking on a Home Tour

Tickets are on sale for Village Laguna’s Charm House Tour on May 15, which features some of Laguna Beach’s most interesting and often historic homes. The 39th annual tour is produced by Village Laguna, whose mission is to preserve and enhance the town’s history, village...

Arno Chauvel

Arno Chauvel, a fourth-generation Californian, grew up hiking and fly fishing in the Sierra Nevada and developed a life-long love of all things wild. His enthusiasm for outdoor sports made him legendary among friends he cajoled into 100 mile bike rides, marathon backpack trips,...

Art Walk Showcases Diverse Cultural Scene

Art Seen Stroll and trolley around town on Thursday, May 5, taking a self-guided tour of gallery openings, artist demonstrations and receptions, live music and refreshments during First Thursdays Art Walk. The event is free, as is the trolley service. At any gallery, pick up an...

Community Datebook

Fundraiser Supports a Home of Their Own The public is invited to attend a free fundraiser “A Home of Their Own,” an art auction benefiting Laguna Beach’s Glennwood House on Saturday, April 30, from 2-5 p.m. at 2130 Coast Highway. Proceeds will benefit the Glennwood House, the...

Quiz the Mayor

The public is invited to ask Mayor Toni Iseman how the city is being run at the Laguna Canyon Conservancy monthly meeting and dinner Monday, May 2, where she is the guest speaker. Doors of Tivoli Terrace on the Festival of Arts grounds open at 6 p.m. and the program starts by 7....