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Archive for March, 2012

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The Write Stuff

The Write Stuff

Local Couple Illustrate Sea Book   Laguna Beach residents Ret and Karen Talbot have been named co-author and illustrator in a book project about a coral reef fish indigenous to a remote Indonesian archipelago.   A fulltime freelance writer and photographer who frequently covers fisheries issues, Ret will embed with a scientific expedition travelling to […]

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‘Wonder’ Work Begins

‘Wonder’ Work Begins

Laguna College of Art and Design instructor Mia Tavonatti and her students last weekend begin work on a replacement mural in Laguna Canyon. The winning mural design, “Wonder: An Odyssey,” was conceived by Tavonatti’s student Cheryl Kook and will cover a 13 x 75 foot area and is expected to take about five months to […]

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Getting Out

Getting Out

AlmaNova Appearing in Free Concert   Laguna Beach Live! presents AlmaNova in a free chamber music concert on Sunday, April 1, at the Laguna College of Art and Design, 2222 Laguna Canyon Rd, from 3 to 4:30 pm.   AlmaNova is a flute and guitar duo which perform an eclectic program of music from all […]

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Artist Elected to Museum Board

Artist Elected to Museum Board

Artist and Corona del Mar resident Tony DeLap was elected to the  Laguna Art Museum’s board. DeLap is best known for his minimalist painting and abstract sculpture,  often informed by his intimate study of magic and illusion. Born in Oakland in 1927, DeLap helped found the studio art department at UC Irvine where he taught […]

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Art Workshops

Art Workshops

Learning Art with a Professional   Artist September McGee will teach watercolor painting following a docent-led tour of tide pools during “Watercolors on the Beach Sunday, April 1, from 10-11:30 a.m. at Treasure Island Beach.   All participants will take home finished art, a journal, gel pen, pencils and canvas tote.   Instructor Olivia Batchelder […]

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A Race to Bring Out the Kid in Everyone

A Race to Bring Out the Kid in Everyone

By Monica Petrova, Special to the Independent   El Morro Elementary’s jog-a-thon, one of the largest PTA fundraisers, is a day filled with dancing and running laps in the school yard and enjoying some well deserved ice cream at the race’s end. Prior to the event, students had to look for sponsorship from their families, […]

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Coffee Break

Coffee Break

Arming Kids to Resist Pressure to Drink By Kate Rogers, Special to the Independent   Brenda Conlan acted as a lightning rod for community angst around “social host” drinking by teens at last week’s PTA-sponsored Coffee Break talk at Aliso Creek Inn. School district Superintendent Sherine Smith and City Council member Verna Rollinger were also […]

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Teen’s Volunteerism Rewarded

Teen’s Volunteerism Rewarded

Laguna Beach High School junior Alia Manetta received the Violet Richardson Award from the Soroptimist International of the Newport Harbor Area earlier this month.   The award marks International Women’s Day, which honors young women for their volunteerism. Alia was recognized for establishing the Laguna Beach goat club, which supports the R Star Foundation’s work […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

Creating A Social Future   My eldest daughter, Lisa, shared a profound insight about the differing parenting experiences between herself and her sister Jennica. “Mom, I realize that I have been a lazy parent in a lot of ways, simply because I could get away with it since my children fall within the ‘norm’ in […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

Authors to Visit El Morro   Neil Klayman and Barry Chung, author and illustrator of “Boris Ate a Thesaurus”, will visit El Morro School on April 27, for a special assembly.   Their work was selected for Read Across America’s theme, “Sink Your Teeth Into a Good Book.”   Host a Student from Spain   […]

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Top Player Looks to Revive Team’s Legacy

Top Player Looks to Revive Team’s Legacy

Last year as the team’s number two singles player, then-sophomore Teague Hamilton went undefeated during Laguna’s run through CIF, which ended with a finals loss to Viewpoint. This year, Hamilton hopes to lead his team back to the top, and along the way accomplish what only three Laguna Beach High tennis players have done before: […]

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Spring Sports Update

Spring Sports Update

Baseball (5-5, 2-2) Laguna climbed back into the playoff picture with a pair of big wins last week in Orange Coast League play. On Wednesday, Grant Wilhelm pitched a complete game 4-0 shutout over Costa Mesa (2-8, 0-4) at the loser’s field. Wilhelm allowed three hits and struck-out 13 Mustang batters. Laguna bats continued to […]

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Little League

Little League

Just Like Their Sponsor, UPS Store Really Delivers     AAA division team UPS Store celebrates a recent win over American Legion, 9-8.   The first inning looked like it would be a battle of the all-star pitchers with American Legion’s Charlie Pillsbury and UPS’s Daniel Kimball shutting down the batters one-two-three.   In the […]

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Track Meet Welcomes Newcomers

Track Meet Welcomes Newcomers

The city’s annual Boys & Girls Track Meet will take place Friday, March 30, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the LBHS track and field.   All boys and girls who were born in or after the year 1997 and reside or attend school within the Laguna Beach Unified School District are invited to […]

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Unclear End to ‘Epic’ Rescue

Unclear End to ‘Epic’ Rescue

UPDATE   By Ben Bodart, Special to the Independent   Rescuers accomplished something of a marine miracle offshore Laguna Beach last weekend, but apparently their efforts ultimately were not enough.   Members of the town’s Pacific Marine Mammal Center and a special whale disentanglement team from the National Marine Fisheries Services successfully freed a young […]