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Archive for November, 2012

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

The Reality And The Noise After stumbling earlier this fall, the stock market resumed its uptrend. The aftermath of the elections spurred rumors that stocks were entering a bear market and the economy a recession. These were exaggerated as stocks are now down only 2% this quarter, well within the range of normal fluctuations, while […]

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Laguna Loses Landmark Eatery

Laguna Loses Landmark Eatery

The Cottage Restaurant, a Laguna Beach landmark for nearly half a century, will close its doors by the end of December, its co-owner confirmed Tuesday. 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 […]

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Watermen Mural Takes Shape Outside Hobie

Watermen Mural Takes Shape Outside Hobie

After winning approval from the city’s Arts Commission two years ago, installation of a  sculpted mural by Laguna Beach artist Randy Morgan titled “A Day in the Life” and also known as “The Waterman’s Wall” began this week on the Beach Street side of the Hobie Surf Shop. A formal dedication is planned Thursday, Nov. […]

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Meals Served With a Side of Care

Meals Served With a Side of Care

Every single night for the past three years, without fail, volunteers from the community have arrived at Laguna Beach’s homeless shelter, formally known as the Alternate Sleeping Location, bearing food, and served a hot meal to 50 to 80 homeless people. Every night. More than a meal, such dedication serves as “a daily reminder to […]

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Who’s Next in Line for Mayor?

Who’s Next in Line for Mayor?

Mayor Pro Tem Verna Rollinger’s losing bid for another four-year term on Laguna Beach’s City Council earlier this month opens the question of who will serve as Laguna Beach’s next mayor. There is no particular order that the five-member council follows for the one-year appointment, decided at the prerogative of council members during their next […]

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New Mar Bar Owner Keeps Traditions Alive

New Mar Bar Owner Keeps Traditions Alive

The Marine Room, a 78-year-old tavern at 214 Ocean Ave. opened in 1934 by Walter Elterman Sr., has been under the nearly daily care of Kelly Boyd, Laguna native and current council member, for the last 25-plus years.  “Everybody knows that’s my office, Kelly’s seat, that first stool of the second bar,” Boyd said, pointing […]

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Newcomers Enliven Laguna’s Winter Art Fair

Newcomers Enliven Laguna’s Winter Art Fair

This year’s 22nd Annual Winter Fantasy, “Art for the Holidays,” offers a cornucopia of gifts by 170 artists, Laguna Beach’s outdoor antidote to the Black Friday blues. Varieties of glass and jewelry dominate, but visitors clamoring for ceramics, paintings, photographs and whimsical multi-media works will not be disappointed. Suzi Anderson, a first time exhibitor, sells […]

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Thanksgiving from Scratch

Thanksgiving from Scratch

By Pam Tallman   This Thanksgiving I hope there’s no repeat of last year’s embarrassing potato incident. As designated cook for all our family Thanksgivings, I’d spent the day chopping, stuffing, pealing, baking, basting, name a verb and I did it. From scratch. My potatoes had just finished boiling when the doorbell rang, so I […]

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New Stores Opening

New Stores Opening

Laguna Wine, Coffee & Specialty Foods, a retail store specializing in wine, beer and specialty food items owned by Daniel Huang, was approved at 381 Forest Ave., the former Sotheby’s office, according to the city manager’s weekly update. The storefront will also have a coffee bar and will maintain an area for the Visitor’s Bureau […]

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Art Seen 11/23/12

Art Seen 11/23/12

‘Turnings’ Exhibit Displayed at Garden Art woodwork created from local trees and exotic woods by Laguna resident and retired Admiral Warren E. Aut is on display through Dec. 31 at the Hortense Miller Garden. To visit the Gardens and exhibit, please call 497-0716 to schedule a free guided tour, Tuesday through Saturday, 9:45-noon.     […]

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Getting Out 11/23/12

Getting Out 11/23/12

Weekend Sale At Laguna Art Museum The Laguna Art Museum is offering a 10 percent discount Friday through Sunday, Nov. 23-25 in the refurbished store on all purchases. Museum members receive 20% off. The museum has revamped its store under the direction of Executive Director Malcolm Warner and new volunteer store manager Michele Monda with […]

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Erudite Pair Discover Pop Fiction

Erudite Pair Discover Pop Fiction

Retired UC Irvine faculty members and Laguna Beach residents Margot Norris and her husband, Rowland Davis, teamed up five years ago to write mysteries together. “We’re obviously not in this for the money,” Norris said, referring to the $2.50 in royalties earned by their first novel, “Murder at Astron Bay,” released in 2009. Their second […]

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Successful Gala Raises Bar for Friendship Shelter

Successful Gala Raises Bar for Friendship Shelter

“Fly Me To The Moon,” Friendship Shelter’s annual gala on Friday, Nov. 9, set records for both attendance and funds raised. Gala chair and Laguna Beach resident Keiko Sakamoto and her committee presided over an exuberant and thriving evening that raised nearly $400,000 for Friendship Shelter’s work rebuilding the lives of homeless people in Orange […]

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Patchwork: Running on Half-Empty

Patchwork: Running on Half-Empty

By Chris Quilter   My friend and fellow columnist Randy Kraft gave me the idea for my Thanksgiving column in her Thanksgiving column last week. Writing with her usual seductive flair, she discussed the value of gratitude in her life, artfully reeling me in before throwing down the gauntlet: “The jaded among us, who see […]

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Glennwood Seeks Further Funding

Glennwood Seeks Further Funding

The Glennwood Housing Foundation is seeking to raise $250,000 by the end of the year towards operating and construction funds needed to ready the city’s first residential facility for the developmentally disabled. Materials, supplies, equipment, furnishings and three months of operating funds are required before it is possible for organizers to complete the licensing evaluation. […]