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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.  

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...
Posted On 28 Dec 2011

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...

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...

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...