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Archive for December, 2011

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Year’s Final Day Yields Gold for Non-Profits

Year’s Final Day Yields Gold for Non-Profits

While retailers and individuals by now have wrapped up the annual binge of gift selling and buying, leaders of some nonprofits are still anticipating crucial year-end gifts, many arriving in the year’s final hours, that keep their programs running. Even organizations with strong year-long support admit to a bump in December donations, and many turn […]

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New Year’s Revelers Face Array of Choices, New Venues

New Year’s Revelers Face Array of Choices, New Venues

K’ya Bistro Bar, located in the La Casa del Camino hotel, will host New Year’s Eve festivities from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m.  Guests will enjoy live entertainment featuring Andrew Corradinia in the lobby and receive complimentary appetizers and dessert. At midnight, enjoy complimentary champagne, hats, horns and confetti to ring in 2012. For more […]

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The Plant Man

The Plant Man

No Mystery Behind the Missing Blooms “Give a lot, expect a lot, and if you don’t get it, prune. –Thomas J. Peters   Who doesn’t love the way tree aloes brighten Laguna gardens this time of year?  The species, Aloe arborescens, is unrivaled for its magnificent red-orange blossoms, particularly in Heisler and Crescent Bay parks.  […]

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New Ocean Protections Come Ashore

New Ocean Protections Come Ashore

In a win for ocean conservationists, the state Fish and Game Commission earlier this month finalized marine protections for Southern California, preventing fishing or taking anything from the shorline along most of Laguna Beach, effective Jan. 1 Fishermen are adjusting more than their lines to comply with the new order. Volunteers also are stepping up […]

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Mayor Jane Egly: Soft Touch with Sass

Mayor Jane Egly: Soft Touch with Sass

Her agenda focuses on inadequate infrastructure The last thing the town’s new mayor, Jane Egly, wants to do is to offend anyone.  The soon-to-retire law professor leads with a soft and even-handed style but can be pointedly peppered, smart and refreshingly sassy. An environmentalist and former board member of Laguna Greenbelt, she says the most […]

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Marking the Shortest Day of 2011

Marking the Shortest Day of 2011

Whether talking on a cell phone, capturing the moment on camera or pointing out pelicans to a little one, silhouetted visitors observe the winter solstice at the 4:52 p.m. from the Main Beach boardwalk.  

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Dropping the Ball on Drinking and Driving

Dropping the Ball on Drinking and Driving

As New Year’s Eve weekend approaches and the merriment that follows the holiday ensues, a warning about its consequences rings a sobering note as well.   Among last year’s revelers countywide, 132 started the year with a DUI arrest, according to the state Office of Traffic Safety, and the statistics behind underage consumption at Mission […]

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Eavesdrops

Eavesdrops

Downhill Race We’re  going to go to Orlando, For school winter vacation.   No skiing then?   Grandma Clay says we’ll have more, Fun in Florida than in Vermont.   Hmnn… Grandma Clay, Not much of a skier then? Oh Grampa, that’s funny!   We’re going to Disney World, And the Apricot Center, And lots […]

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Talking Stock

Talking Stock

Living With Uncertainty Stock columns at this time traditionally try to forecast the year ahead. Currently, the only certainty is that there will be continued uncertainty and accompanying volatility. That is more of a useful forecast than it might sound. Investors will do better if they accept that stocks will be buffeted by winds from […]

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A Milestone Year

A Milestone Year

Some teams at Laguna Beach High have more storied histories than others, and a few are traditionally among the best in southern California. Yet rarely has the 78-year-old institution seen the kind of overall athletic success that 2011 brought to this sports crazy community. What follows is the first in a two looks back at […]

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New Leaders Remake Art Scene

New Leaders Remake Art Scene

  A retrospective of Laguna Beach’s art scene in 2011 shows that high watermarks are likely to leave an indelible impression in the years to come, especially concerning major changes in the leadership of the art community. After 14 years at the helm of the Laguna Art Museum, longtime executive director, Bolton Colburn, abruptly resigned […]

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Culture Karma

Culture Karma

Where Blue Meets Green   There are times when going back in time perpetuates the future; perhaps one concept that progressives and conservatives might agree on. Now and then.   New Year’s Day, Laguna Beach will become the first city in California to be ringed by blue and green belts. A line only on a […]

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Movie Buffs Invited to Foreign-Film Fest

Movie Buffs Invited to Foreign-Film Fest

Gene Alterman will celebrate his ninth year as executive director of the Orange County International Jewish Film Festival not with a cake and candles, but with high hopes and the ambition to expand the offerings that begin screening Jan. 15 in Irvine. A 31-year Laguna Beach resident, Alterman took the helm of the 22-year old […]

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Art Seen

Art Seen

Unveiling New Collection at Steven Lucas Gallery Steven Lucas Fine Arts hosts an exhibit by Canadian painter and sculptor Andre DesJardins in January. The showing at 1945 Laguna Canyon Road will also include charcoal and acrylic paintings. Please call 949-376-7611 for an invitation to this event. Photo: Artist Andre DesJardins Sandstone Gallery Opens Contemporary Work […]

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Youth Theater Workshops to Begin

Youth Theater Workshops to Begin

Registration for Laguna Playhouse’s Youth Theatre Classes, for kids 9 through 17, is Jan. 5.   These 8 to 10 week classes start on Jan. 10 and are held Monday through Thursday. They are taught by working theatre professionals. The classes culminate March 19 – 31 with a final performances for family and friends.   […]