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Archive for November, 2012

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Welcoming the Watermen's Wall

Welcoming the Watermen’s Wall

Scores turned out to check out an expansive sculptural mural installed over the last two weeks on one corner of the Hobie store at Beach Street and Forest Avenue.

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Special Ed Kids Mourn Loss of Landmark Eatery

Special Ed Kids Mourn Loss of Landmark Eatery

The Cottage Restaurant, a Laguna Beach landmark for nearly half a century, will close its doors by month’s end, its co-owner confirmed this week. The owner of the historic home turned café sold 308 N. Coast Highway and the new owners plan to open their own restaurant on the premises, said Jennifer McCulley, who has […]

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Mar Bar Gold

Mar Bar Gold

It was Mar Bar gold at its best.  The rarefied rock rhythms of The Missiles of October spilled out the open windows and door onto Ocean Avenue as patrons from the past 25 years flowed into the tavern earlier this week as easily as drinks flowed from the bar. There was no pretense, no stuffiness, […]

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A Disease That Still Claims Lives

A Disease That Still Claims Lives

By Justin Swanson, Special to the Independent   Red and black ribbons were wrapped about the circumference of Laguna’s downtown trees this week ahead of World AIDS Day, Saturday, Dec. 1, a day dedicated to   remembering those lost and building awareness. Members of the Laguna Beach High School HIV Outreach club and the city’s HIV […]

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Musings on the Coast: The New Prohibitionists

Musings on the Coast: The New Prohibitionists

Jason, my teenage friend, I know you are dead and cannot read this letter, but I had to write it anyway. You just wanted to go drinking with your friends. Then you foolishly got behind the wheel and got yourself killed, and killed two innocents in the process. I am dreadfully sorry.  But it did […]

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Montage Kindles Lights of the Season

Montage Kindles Lights of the Season

The Montage resort’s third annual tree lighting this past Monday drew throngs that enjoyed free treats offered throughout the grounds as well as a festive atmosphere under a nearly full moon. Along with caroling and a visit from Santa, the event came with several surprises. After guests joined the countdown for the tree lighting, the […]

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Art Seen 11/30/12

Art Seen 11/30/12

Mentors Step Into Art Walk Spotlight Select galleries during First Thursdays Art Walk, from 6 – 9 p.m. on Dec. 6, will feature original work by 17 graduating Laguna College of Art & Design seniors. Student will be at present at their mentor gallery to discuss their art. Proceeds from the sale of the students’ […]

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Wisdom Workout: A Chapterʼs End

Wisdom Workout: A Chapterʼs End

My mother loved cameos. Womenʼs profiles carved in ivory on a sepia, blue, or black background and made into a brooch or pendant. We sat at the dining room table, my three sisters, my sister-in-law, and two of my nieces, rummaging through jewelry boxes of Momʼs favorite things. Religious medals, costume jewelry, and then varied […]

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Getting Out 11/30/12

Getting Out 11/30/12

Bells Chime in the Season The Laguna Presbyterian choral and hand bell choirs present selections from John Rutter’s Magnificat and other festive music with a concert held in the church sanctuary at 415 Forest Ave., Sunday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. All are invited.  No tickets necessary.   Book Launches With Studio Gathering Writer Ruth […]

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Student Helping Students at Gallery 1951

Student Helping Students at Gallery 1951

The Healing Hands youth from Laguna Beach and San Clemente high schools will hold an Educate a Child for the Holidays event at Transformation at Gallery 1951, 1951 S. Coast Highway, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, to help educate African children in Burkina Faso, West Africa. The students will be selling […]

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Unusual Shopping Experiences

Unusual Shopping Experiences

Holiday Boutique Offers a Shoppers’ Respite This year’s Laguna Beach High School Holiday Boutique offers an alternative to the usual holiday shopping stampede on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the LBHS North Gym, 625 Park Ave. Admission is free. One may enjoy gourmet soup and fresh-baked bread furnished by Ladle, […]

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Culture Karma: Better to Stroll and Shop

Culture Karma: Better to Stroll and Shop

I took a stroll through Laguna this past Saturday, merely for the sake of enjoying the balmy day, and the pleasure of watching families together doing the same. A stroll is by definition without purpose and I had no mission, only window shopping, which is always fun in town. I’ve never done the black Friday […]

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Community Datebook 11/30/12

Community Datebook 11/30/12

Talking Restaurants With Chris Keller Chris Keller will speak to the Laguna Beach Exchange Club on Thursday, Dec. 6 during a 12:15 p.m. lunch meeting at the historic, but soon to close Cottage Restaurant, 308 N. Coast Hwy. Keller will speak about the local watering holes he owns, which include K’ya Bistro and the House […]

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Public’s Help Needed to Tackle Parking Inefficiencies

Public’s Help Needed to Tackle Parking Inefficiencies

Members of the public are invited to participate in a community workshop that is designed to spark discussions and generate ideas for the upcoming Parking Management Plan for Downtown Laguna Beach and Laguna Canyon Road. The workshop takes place Wednesday, Dec. 19 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Susi Q Senior/Community Center, 380 3rd […]

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A Crowd Joins Gala’s Ride

A Crowd Joins Gala’s Ride

Nearly 300 supporters of The Laguna Playhouse enjoyed a surf-themed gala earlier this month at Dana Point’s Laguna Cliffs Marriott. Proceeds of the event will help to sustain the operations of the 91-year-old theater, the oldest in continuing operations west of the Mississippi. The event co-chaired by supporter Heidi Miller and development director Elizabeth Pearson […]