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Church Hosts Alternative Holiday Market, Gearing Up for Giving, Gardening in Confined Spaces, Transition Laguna Hosts Film ‘Forks Over Knives' and Patriot Shares Her Account.

Benefits

Shanti Entertains at Wreath Auction, Donations Wanted for Gift Party, Light a Light of Love Celebration, Wheels4Life Rolls into Action and MOPS Supports Christmas Child.

Local Couple Embrace Foundation’s Goals

Long-time Laguna Beach residents Susie and Jim Jaqua have established a new donor advised fund at the Laguna Beach Community Foundation and are also contributing $10,000 to the foundation’s annual grant program.   “As the fifth generation of a family of bankers concerned...

Obituaries

Sherwood (Bob) Ichiro Saruwatari and Jon Riggs.

Cultivating a New Generation of Philanthropists

When the adult children of a couple who set up a new private family foundation showed no interest in freeing up time to devote to their parents’ project 12 years ago, estate attorney and Laguna Beach resident Mark Powell turned instead to their grandchildren. One child was...

Laguna Girls Finish Sixth at State

Strickland just misses school record   After falling short last year, the 2011 girls’ cross-country team achieved its season-long goal of returning to state finals last Saturday in Fresno. And though the Breakers failed to realize their dream as a top three finisher, the...

Breakers Hope for Sixth Straight Title

While a bunch of millionaires squabbled over how to divide a huge pile of NBA cash, Laguna’s high school hoopsters opened what promises to be an exciting season of unselfish Breaker basketball last Tuesday at Dugger gym against Anaheim’s Western High School in the second round of...

Kicking Off

Laguna Beach’s AYSO boys under 12 team will participate in the regional tournament Dec. 3 and 4.

Lightning Wins Under 12 Tournament

After finishing third in the AYSO girls under 12 season, Laguna Beach’s Lightning, was named tournament champion, beating team Viola Ferrari in a shut out of 4-0 last month. “After six years of coaching, it’s sweet to finally garner the hardware,” said coach Sam Eidt of...

Get Out of the House

Tis the Season I’m writing this as another Sunday draws to a close. Early morning hike in the hills, late breakfast with the family, a few errands and we were home just as the rain began in earnest. Husband had DVD’ed the Packers game and there we were, snug as bugs in a rug on a...

An Epic Fundraiser for Thurston

Thurston Middle School will hold its largest annual fundraiser, the EPIC Challenge, from Dec. 6-9.   Instead of selling goods and consumables, kids are challenged by mental and physical activities to raise money for their school by participating in games, races and contests...

Young Children Encouraged to Read Early

The school district continues to partner with the Children and Families Commission of Orange County to implement the School Readiness Initiative, to promote early learning experiences that influence school success. Program facilitator Julie Olsen and school readiness nurse...

Lumberyard Whips Up a Winning Recipe

Continuing a tradition of the Thurston principal winning the SchoolPower Chef Challenge, defending champion and new LBHS principal Joanne Culverhouse conceded the title to her Thurston successor Jenny Salberg. The third annual event hosted by Lumberyard owners Suzanne and Cary...

Class Notes

Theater Night for Graduates, Sports Gear Plays On, Take a Coffee Break at Home, and Working Musical Instruments Wanted.

Teen Assaulted on Beach

A 16-year-old Laguna Beach boy was detained by police and taken to Juvenile Hall late Tuesday after an acquaintance reported he had sexually assaulted her on the beach in front of a downtown hotel, police said. The 19-year-old victim, also a Laguna resident, reported the assault...