renaissance

A Flight Into the Past

Aviation author Barbara H. Schultz animates the next Laguna Beach Historical Society program Tuesday, April 24, at City Hall with tales about historic aviators that figure in Laguna history.   Schultz wrote “Pancho,” about Pancho Barnes, and “Flying Carpets, Flying Wings”...

Street Beat

Identity Thief Leads the High Life   A 36-year-old man who caromed between 11 resort hotels in Laguna Beach and Costa Mesa over the past four months by using purloined credit card information was arrested last week by Laguna Beach police. Harold Eric Larson, 36, of Orange,...

Dive Instructor Ignored Warning

Editor,   The multi diver rescue mentioned in your April 13 article “Instinct Saves a Life” shows the value and courage of people like Mr. McErlane and our lifeguards.   I personally met the bald and bearded dive instructor standing to the right of center in the...

A Community Always Ready to Help

Editors;   Just wanted to praise some Laguna Beach business owners and what a godsend they are to this community.  First off, Gina from Animal Crackers Pet Rescue –  I called her in desperation after finding two tiny, tiny black kittens in my rose planter.   Without...

Territorial Attitudes Unfairly Bruise a Newcomer

Editors,   I live on Bluebird Canyon Drive and I disagree with Jeff Tyler (“Disputing Sweat Lodge Reporting,” Letters, April 13).   Andrew Soliz has no neighbor living on the right side of the property.  There is a street.  This is not a cul-de-sac at all.  On the other...

Kudos for Ray’s Kayak Advice

Editor, I read the article (“The Risks of Ignorance,” Musing on the Coast, March 23) and it was excellent.  Excellent!   I’m a sea kayaker and I’ve read a lot of articles about close calls and fatalities over the past 30 years. I would certainly place his in the...

Overfishing Battle Strikes Home

Editor, The other night as my husband and I sat down at the counter of our favorite Laguna Beach sushi bar, I was shocked to see bluefin tuna written on the dry-erase specials board. It’s pretty common knowledge that the bluefin’s populations are in serious decline worldwide.  In...

In Need of a People Fix

Editor, It’s been just a little over a year since we’ve moved from Laguna. It made financial sense for us then, and still does today. We never took for granted the wondrous physical attributes of Laguna Beach. I made the 12-mile drive to the terrific farmers market Saturday...

Village Matters

Effecting Change   I had a mysterious call last week from someone who wanted to know what the chances are that change can happen at city hall. Not only did he want the answer to that question, but there was a condition in his question, “Can we make change happen without the...

Correction:

In the story “Dream House Comes Closer to Reality” in the March 30 edition, Jacob Voogd $500,000 donation was incorrectly described as a pledge rather than a gift.

Indy Calendar, April 20-26, 2012

Friday, April 20 Sawdust Art Festival Art Classes: 10 a.m. Water casting with Erin Elowe; 2 p.m., fused glass serving dish with Maggie Spencer. www.sawdustartfestival.org/studioartclasses  949-494-3030. Also Saturday.   Jazz with pianist Giovanni Miradi at Romeo Cucina, 249...

Community Datebook

  Labyrinth Reopens for Spring Meditation   Enter Neighborhood Congregational Church’s labyrinth Saturday, April 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., to meditate on the seeds of transformation.   Transition Laguna volunteers return to continue transforming the church...

Get a Sneak Peak of High-End Tag Sale

Organizers of Laguna Beach’s Boutique Benefit plan a pre-sale party on Friday, May 4, which supports local and global causes.   For a $40 tax-deductible contribution, participants before shopping can feast between 5 and 6 p.m. at Nirvana Grille, 303 Broadway St., which...

The Plant Man

Good Neighbors Use Shears   “On most of the lists of things to worry about (is) the unrestrained growth of plastic plants.” – with apologies to Lewis Thomas Have you noticed how much taller and fuller your neighbors’ vegetation have become?  Likely so, because now its...