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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...