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What’s New at the Susi Q?

Floral Design Class Floral design instructor Debby Neville is back working her magic for classes from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on four Fridays through May 13. Register by the Wednesday prior to each class. The cost is $45 per class, which includes all materials. Memoir Writing...

Grapes for Grades Was a Smashing Success

The Laguna Beach Rotary Club hosted a record crowd of over 340 guests at its sixth annual Grapes for Grads Wine Tasting, its most successful fundraiser to date. Attendees included Mayor Toni Iseman, council members Elizabeth Pearson and Kelly Boyd, club president Linda Seville...

Newport Film Clips

Accidental Super Hero Has Comic Appeal The new family comedy “Somebody’s Hero” makes ts U.S. debut at the Newport Beach Film Festival on Sunday, May 1, screening at 2 p.m. at Triangle Square, 1870 Harbor Blvd. Costa Mesa. Dennis Sullivan, a lonely New York accountant accidentally...

Join Relay For Life Kick Off

The American Cancer Society invites those touched by cancer to join its Relay For Life kickoff rally, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, at Seven Degrees. This free event is open to the entire community and will include food, a cash bar, photo booth, a silent auction,...

Endeavors of the Heart

The Small But Mighty Exchange Club By Marion Jacobs And Lee Winocur Field If preventing child abuse, enjoying a friendly, effective group of Lagunans dedicated to community service, and hearing lunch presentations on a wide array of topics interest you, consider joining the...

The Write Stuff

Debut Young Adult Novel Set in Crystal Cove The Crystal Cove Store in the state park will host a book signing for Jessi Kirby, author of “Moonglass” from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. Proceeds will benefit the Crystal Cove Alliance in its mission of restoration and...

Hotel Receives Plus Rating

The former Best Western Laguna Brisas Spa Hotel has earned the addition of “Plus” to their moniker. Affiliate hotels can earn the plus or premier designation depending on design and amenities. The “Plus” added to a hotel’s name now indicates an upper mid-scale hotel with...

Art Fests Again Offer Three-For-One ‘Passport’

For the third consecutive year, Laguna’s three summer art festivals, Art-A-Fair (June 24 – Aug. 28), the Festival of Arts (July 3 – Aug. 31), and the Sawdust Art Festival (June 24 – Aug. 28) have joined forces with the Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau to offer...

Ms. America Detours to Laguna

This year’s Ms. America, Tracy Broughton, spent some of last week on her first official photo shoot in Laguna Beach. Broughton, crowned in January in Anaheim, first visited with salon owner Tiare’ Kaufman and makeup artist Kacie Dirks at Tiare International Hair Design, 260...

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...

Musings on the Coast

The Libertarian Blues   The most famous libertarian in American history probably is Ayn Rand, whose institute is based in Irvine. During the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s, she wrote a series of novels about how big government is inherently evil. Two of her books, “The Fountainhead”...

5.18 to Go

Runner Driven to be School’s Best Miler Last season at the Orange Country Championships, Natasha Strickland covered 3200 meters in 11:13.85, knocking more than three seconds off Wendy Peterson’s 23-year-old Laguna Beach High School record. Strickland has since gone on to...

Spring Sports Update

After a week-long spring break, the spring season teams returned to full competition this past week with the regular season winding down. Baseball Entered this past week at 19-2, 9-0 with six games remaining, including the series this past week with Godinez.  Breakers just need...

Baseball Now 20-2

Breakers Crush Grizzlies 18-2 Tough pitching and strong bats led Laguna to another league romp defeating Godinez this past Tuesday, April 26,  at the loser’s field in Santa Ana. The victory clinched a CIF playoff spot for the Breakers who now are hoping to capture their first...

New Tax Hurts Seniors, Lacks Fairness

Editor, I am writing on behalf of my 100-year-old mother, a homeowner, regarding your proposed $10/month parcel “flat tax” to purchase open space within our city. As caregiver to my bed-bound mother, I am given to understand from today’s articles (“Campaign...