Code Words I was at CdM High School during the 1960s race riots in America. There were almost nightly scenes of black people on TV being fire-hosed. Or attack dogs set on them. Or being beaten by police with batons, arrested, put on buses to jail. Or soldiers would guard them as they attempted […]
Archive for January, 2012
We’re at a festive gathering on the sun-dappled porch of a harbor-front home on Balboa Island. Guests chat away, enjoying views of passing sailboats. When everyone has arrived, we take our seats around a long table, set for brunch. Most in our group of 20 don’t know each other, but are meeting for the first […]
Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, the Carter family, the Weavers, the Kingston Trio, Leadbelly, Odetta, Joan Baez, Peter, Paul and Mary and Bob Dylan. To many, those musical icons, along with countless lesser knowns singing and playing in homes, fields and churches, represent the spirit of America to audiences here and abroad. Their voices provide the […]
Comfort Food is Anything But Common At 6’1” and brandishing tattoos beneath his shirt-sleeves, Chef Ryan Adams’ appearance suggests a ruffian, ex-prison inmate. On closer inspection, though, each artistic piece of ink signifies Adams’ passion for all matters culinary. Beneath the intimidating façade resides a gentle spirit and culinary savant. Adams and trusty sidekick […]
Laguna’s Wildlands Showcased at Soka Work by Laguna Beach landscape-nature photographer and UC professor Ron Chilcote is featured in an exhibit that opened this week at Aliso Viejo’s Soka University. The exhibit in Founders Hall titled “The Laguna Wilderness” and features images from Aliso and Woods Canyons as well as Laurel and Little […]
Laguna Beach Books The Old Pottery Place, 1200 S. Coast Highway 1. Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George 2. The Jaguar by T. Jefferson Parker 3. The Barbarian Nurseries by Hector Tobar 4. Swamplandia by Karen Russell 5. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes 6. Woolgathering by Patti Smith 7. Annabel by Kathleen […]
Laguna Beach Fire Department captain and paramedic Joe Maxon and reserve firefighter Brent Buccola will be honored as firefighters of the year at the Firefighters and Law Enforcement Annual Appreciation Awards Dinner on Jan. 28. Maxon was nominated by his peers for his commitment to the department, demonstrated in his leading the newly revamped […]
Climate Protection Earns B+ Marks Because of the difficulty of the subject matter, a B+ in climate protection is respectable. In this town of high achievers I doubt that we’ll let up in our mission of implementing the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement and our city’s mechanism for implementing it, the Climate Protection Action […]
Throwing Down a Fitness Challenge Marian Keegan, owner of The Art of Fitness, is issuing a fitness challenge and a chance at six weeks of free gym membership to those who visit with a trainer from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 21, 1080 S. Coast Highway. Those who become gym members (at […]
St. Joe’s Appoints Chiefs of Staff St. Joseph Health System this week named new chiefs of staff at its hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, which has a second campus in Laguna Beach. Dr. Rudy Marquez takes the job at Mission Hospital and Dr. Paul Beck will serve at St. Joseph Hospital […]
Dolores “Maya” Bargiela, a longtime Laguna Beach resident, independent spirit and world traveler, passed away on Dec. 30, 2011, in San Juan Capistrano. She was 81. The cause was heart failure due to complications from a stroke.
Bargiela was born in Newark, N.J., of Spanish and Hungarian immigrant parents. Benefiting from her talent in ballet performance, she moved to Laguna Beach when she was 16 to study under a Russian ballet master and later was among the first students at Orange Coast College. For a few years, she divided her time between Laguna and New York City but settled in Laguna in the mid-‘50s where she worked for a local business.
Friday, Jan. 20 Sawdust Art Festival Art Classes: 10 a.m., watercolor painting, water casting; 2 p.m., print making, fused glass. www.sawdustartfestival.org/studioartclasses 949-494-3030. Also Saturday. Jazz with pianist Giovanni Miradi at Romeo Cucina, 249 Broadway. 949-497-6627 www.romeocucina.com Free Family Concert, 6:30 p.m., Anneliese School, Willowbrook Campus, 20062 Laguna Canyon Rd. European classical […]
Editor, (This letter was also addressed to the city manager and other city staff.) I need to take a moment to tell you about Ann Marie McKay. I was involved in a project that required research into the formation of a subdivision in 1994 and 1995 – not exactly ancient history (at least […]
Editor, Village Laguna is grateful for all the city has done to meet its commitment to the U.S. Mayor’s Agreement on climate change. We support the staff recommendation, and we have a few suggestions for further contributions to the battle against global warming. 1. Solar power for City Hall and the Senior/Community […]