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Archive for December, 2011

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Granting Passports to the Arts

Granting Passports to the Arts

For the fourth consecutive year, arts organizations and the Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau are offering the $21.50 Passport to the Arts, a pass good for unlimited entry to next summer’s three local art festivals, June 29 through Sept. 2, 2012. Passport holders receive discounts from select local merchants, hoteliers, and restaurateurs as well […]

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Imagining Festival of Arts’ History

Imagining Festival of Arts’ History

A 25-year retrospective of the Festival of Arts’ annual posters is now on display at the downtown Wells Fargo, 260 Ocean Avenue. The exhibit runs through Jan. 31. Exhibit curator Pat Sparkuhl said the display includes the 2001 poster “Crystal Cove Cottages” by Michael Obermeyer, 2005 poster by Mark Jacobucci called “Rockpile, Laguna Beach,” the […]

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Rock’N Fish Cooks Up New Offers

Rock’N Fish Cooks Up New Offers

Rock’N Fish, 422 S. Coast Highway, has introduced Prime Rib Sundays and a four-item lunch menu that offers guests special dining options over the holidays and beyond. The restaurant also announced that next year, it will offer weekend brunches, wine and beer dinners, pint nights and other special events and promotions. For more information on […]

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Tunes and Tomes

Tunes and Tomes

Top 10 Bestsellers at Barnaby Rudge Videos

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Ebell Club 2012 Board Elected

Ebell Club 2012 Board Elected

The Ebell Club, serving the community for more than 78 years, recently elected its 2012 board. Back row from left: Sylvia Newton-Robbins, Murphy Gerber, Wendy Burden, Lori Rosenberg-Romero, Karen Baker, Mary Thomson and Cristina Calderone; front row from left: Vice President Dayva Stewart, President Amy Alteri, Brenda Solomon and Carla White. Photo by Romero Fine Portraiture.

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McWeather or Not

McWeather or Not

Warm Christmas Again! By the time you read McWeather’s latest literary installment, winter will be upon us. Wednesday the 21st marks the arrival of the solstice with 9 hours 54 minutes of sun time at our latitude. The further north you go the less amount of sun time there is on the winter solstice and […]

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Community Datebook

Community Datebook

Extra Hands Needed for Bridge, Park Pass Tops Outdoor Lover’s Wishlist, Health Workshop Seeks Funding Remedy and PMMC Leader Receives Science Honor.

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Charitable Gifts Make a Statement

Charitable Gifts Make a Statement

The Laguna Beach Community Foundation offers a sackful of charities worthy of gifts to wrap up the holiday season.   Donors can establish a new fund to connect their charitable giving with their passions and interests and obtain a tax deduction for 2011. The donor can make recommendations for future charitable distributions to any nonprofit. […]

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Travel Tips for Holiday Flying

Travel Tips for Holiday Flying

John Wayne Airport anticipates a busier travel period than normal through Jan. 3 and encourages travelers to plan ahead and arrive at the airport 90 minutes to two hours prior to their flight departure time. Before coming to the airport, passengers can review the latest travel tips and security requirements by visiting JWA’s website at […]

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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

Laguna. Another perfect day in Paradise, but then there is the “December to Remember Sales Event” commercial jingle. Oh, no! Unless you’re clinically dead or Ted Williams, there is no way you could avoid seeing these Lexus TV commercials. In case you are Ted Williams and you don’t get around much, let me describe them. Cut to a homey Christmas living room where the wife opens a beautiful music box that plays the Lexus jingle. Several bars into the music, she thinks what a crappy gift and I should have left him in June. Suddenly it dawns on her that the tune signals there’s a brand new Lexus in the driveway.

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Indy Calendar, Dec. 23-29, 2011

Indy Calendar, Dec. 23-29, 2011

Friday, Dec. 23   Jazz with pianist Giovanni Miradi at Romeo Cucina, 249 Broadway. 949-497-6627 www.romeocucina.com Isle of Lucy, 9 p.m.-1 a.m, Marine Room 214 Ocean Avenue. 949-494-3027   Nick I & A.D.D of Common Sense, 8:45 p.m to midnight, Mozambique, 1740 Pacific Coast Highway. www.mozambiqueoc.com  949-715-7777     The Nutcracker Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 […]

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The Big Picture

The Big Picture

Editor, Laguna Beach has no citywide water recycling system.  With ocean diesel power requirements to extract, filter and re-distribute seawater, we will likely have the highest energy per capita use for water management in the state if not the country. Stormwater cisterns located under parks, parking lots and streets throughout our steep terrain can capture millions […]

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Grateful for Acceptance of Giants

Grateful for Acceptance of Giants

Editor, I wanted to express my gratitude to the mayor and the members of the city council for taking a second look at the great eucalyptus trees that populate upper Bluebird Canyon, and for allowing them to continue to stand. I know it was not an easy decision, but I believe it was the right […]

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Good People in Bad Times

Good People in Bad Times

Editor, This morning (Dec. 15), after our Food Pantry had closed, a car pulled up to the Resource Center.  It seems the driver had “found” a mother and two children wandering down at the beach with no place to sleep. So she brought them to us, next door to the homeless shelter.  Because the Laguna […]

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Local Currents

Local Currents

“When is the surfboard menorah going to be up at Main Beach? I can’t wait!” Sarah Vanderveen.

Laguna has a great mix of festivities over the late-December holiday season. We’re just kicking off the eight days of Hanukah as I write this column, and Christmas isn’t far off. Weeks and weekends are crammed with homes to visit and gifts to give. It’s a time when you start to wonder if you have too many friends in such a small town.

The surfboard menorah is a highlight of the season for my wife, Sarah. She believes that she’s Jewish somewhere in her ancestry and also just loves the unique way that the Chabad Jewish Center celebrates Chanukah publicly with lighted surfboard art at the beach.