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Archive for August, 2012

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Award-winning Author Visits Bookstore

Award-winning Author Visits Bookstore

In the days preceding the Jewish New Year celebration, Maggie Anton, award-winning author of the trilogy of historical novels, “Rashi’s Daughters,” will speak about her new book, “Rav Hisda’s Daughter,” at Laguna Beach Books ,1200 S. Coast Highway, on Sept. 9 at 5 p.m. Anton’s historical novel is based on actual Talmud texts and populated with its rabbis […]

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Author Invites Kids’ Feedback on ‘Baluka’

Author Invites Kids’ Feedback on ‘Baluka’

Local entrepreneur Marian Keegan, owner of Laguna’s Art of Fitness & Spa, has released a children’s book entitled “Baluka & Friends” ($17.95, hardcover, ages 3 to 8), which is the story of a whimsical yet awkward character who spends all of his days and nights trying to fly inspired by Keegan’s daughter Victoria. Keegan invites […]

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Jazz Concert Broadcast Earns Industry Praise

Jazz Concert Broadcast Earns Industry Praise

The television production of last year’s Bill Childs concert by Laguna Beach Live! won three television-industry awards, board member Sam Goldstein said Monday. The “Billy Childs Jazz Chamber Ensemble” received a silver and two bronze awards in the Telly Awards, which honors  regional programming. The program produced by Jeff Cole Productions from last year’s concert at […]

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Son of Susi Q: Resting Places

Son of Susi Q: Resting Places

by Chris Quilter   Back when Leisure World borrowed half our name and started calling itself Laguna Woods — eschewing the stunningly obvious Laguna Viejo — I had a pretty snotty attitude about the place. Seizure World! (To think they decided to rename it.) Fast forward: I now own a small condo there. It’s an […]

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Disneyland Gala Replaces Legendary Big Splash

Disneyland Gala Replaces Legendary Big Splash

The popular Big Splash backyard fundraiser held each year around Al Roberts and Ken Jillson’s hilltop pool in Laguna Beach drew thousands of supporters and utilized hundreds of volunteer cast and crew members. “And we lost one of our most iconic voice-over volunteers yesterday when Phyllis Diller passed away,” Ken Jillson, Big Splash writer-director, said […]

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Waving the Flag in Tampa

Waving the Flag in Tampa

Frank Ricchiazzi, a Laguna Beach resident and member of California’s GOP delegation, was interviewed by CNN on Tuesday prior to the roll call vote at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. The interview with the founder of the Log Cabin Republicans, which support equality for gays and lesbians, focused on GOP policy issues important […]

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High Holiday Services Set at Chabad Jewish Center

High Holiday Services Set at Chabad Jewish Center

Kids can participate in Friday Night Live, Rosh Hashanah style on Friday, Sept. 7, beginning at 5 p.m.  Sponsored by the Chabad Hebrew School, open to all children in the community, the kids will enjoy diverse activities and crafts including challah making, shofar blowing, cake decorating, and holiday crafts, games and prayers. Rosh Hashanah services are […]

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Montage’s Eco Efforts Win Praise

Montage’s Eco Efforts Win Praise

They planted 366,100 trees, helped educate 96,298 people, provided health care to 116,900 others, and improved drinking water in 50 countries. And no, it’s not a United Nations agency or a non-profit. They are 15 winners and runners-up in Conde Nast Traveler magazine’s World Savers Awards, companies that are making a difference in six areas […]

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REACHing Out to Others: A creative project assists needy families

REACHing Out to Others: A creative project assists needy families

Thurston Middle School eighth-grader student Russell Thomas looked for a bar mitzvah project that would impact families where he lived and find a way to give back. He came up with REACH (Recycling to Enhance and Aid Children’s Homes). Russell connected with Resources In Motion, which brings services and resources to isolated communities, including monthly […]

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Salon and Cosmetic Store Opens

Salon and Cosmetic Store Opens

Laguna Beach native Laura Linsemayer offers diagnosis of cosmetic needs through a personalized shopping experience in-store, at Roots, The Beauty Underground, 384 Forest Ave., Suite 9. Located in the Lumberyard area of downtown Laguna Beach, the non-toxic cosmetic store and organic salon opened on Aug. 1. Roots strives to provide clients with high performance, natural […]

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Out of the Hangar

Out of the Hangar

Three new dining options opened at John Wayne Airport this week: Ruby’s Diner, Ruby’s To Go and Farmer’s Market by Laguna Culinary Institute. All three venues are located between Gates 8 and 9.

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Dorothy Ellen Springe

Dorothy Ellen Springe

Dorothy Ellen Springe died on Saturday, Aug. 11, at Mission Hospital, Laguna Beach. Springe was born in 1927 in Oklahoma, but spent her early years in Chicago. In the 1940s her family moved to Laguna Beach.  After the war, she met and married Clyde Z. Springe, who passed away in 1987. They raised their five […]

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LBHS Reunion Just Around the Corner

LBHS Reunion Just Around the Corner

A reunion weekend for Laguna Beach High School alumni of l971 and 1972 is less than a month away and the early bird registration deadline of Sept. 10 is fast approaching. This fall reunion will kickoff Friday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. at the LBHS home football game against St. Margaret’s High School with a […]

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Mauli Ola Raises Awareness for Cystic Fibrosis

Mauli Ola Raises Awareness for Cystic Fibrosis

Laguna Beach’s Mauli Ola Foundation, in its fifth year educating the public about the connection between ocean exercise and cystic fibrosis, hosted surf experience days for kids and a golf tournament fundraiser last month. The event is hosted by Ambry Genetics, co-founded by scientist Charles Dunlop, who established the foundation with his brother James. The […]

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New Tool Allows Less Invasive Surgery

New Tool Allows Less Invasive Surgery

Laguna Hills’ Saddleback Memorial Medical Center was selected by Sunnyvale-based Intuitive Surgical, a maker of robotic surgical systems, as the first robotic training center for gynecologic surgery in the county. Saddleback Memorial is one of three designated centers on the West Coast and will host gynecologic surgeons observing robotic surgeries in the da Vinci Si […]