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City OKs Village Entrance

By a 4-1 vote, Laguna Beach’s City Council endorsed a plan disproving the Joni Mitchell song about paving paradise to put up a parking lot. Their plan for a long-sought village entrance will un-pave a parking lot, summoning paradise in the form of an urban park where asphalt now...

Film Curator Shown the Exit

Veteran surf filmmaker Jack McCoy’s “A Deeper Shade of Blue” screened at 400 theaters around the country this past Thursday, a one-night performance but a major splash for an indie movie. The film recounting surf culture’s evolution was buoyed in part by local film consultant...

Still Seeking Artists for Lifeguard HQ

The city’s Arts Commission extended the deadline until April 1 for artists to submit their qualifications to compete for a public art installation outside the city’s lifeguard headquarters, under construction on Main Beach. Commissioners determined that none of the 26 applicants,...

Marine Center Overrun with Starving Sea Lion Pups

Last weekend, three sick sea lion pups came up on the shore and rocks below Laguna Beach’s Heisler Park and a dog that had broken free of its owner’s leash attacked another near the Treasure Island tide pools below the Montage resort.  The injured young sea lion later died due to...

Setting the Pace

Scores of kids participated in Laguna Beach’s annual youth track meet on Friday, March 22, including Calvin Capelle. His time of 2:43 in the Division 4 boys 800 meter smashed the city record of 2:58, held since 2004 by Joseph Rosseau, according to recreation supervisor Thomas...

Minding our Business: Adding Spice to Ocean Avenue

Paul Greer is learning to cook with spices. All sorts of spices, with which he is becoming familiar as he prepares to open, with his wife Mary, the Laguna franchise of The Spice Merchant. Tucked into the former Latitude 33 bookshop, one imagines each of the 300 spices, teas,...
Posted On 28 Mar 2013

Laguna Flutes Make Their Concert Debut

  It’s hard to imagine Sergei Prokofiev’s beloved “Peter and the Wolf” without the flute impersonating a bird. Those twittering sounds coaxed from a slender tubular instrument have been known to turn young children into future flutists. Concert goers world-wide take for...

Wisdom Workout: Magic Moments

My new granddaughter arrived Thursday, March 14, in New Zealand, but a day earlier in Laguna. Bless Skype one more time. I was able to see my daughter, Sara, looking beautiful and happy, her partner Stephan smiling ear to ear, and my new granddaughter, Aroha, with eyes wide open...

Art Seen 3/29/13

LOCA Reception Features Prize Drawing Laguna Outreach for Community Arts hosts a pre-Art Walk reception at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, with printmaker Sheryl Seltzer, who will be demonstrating printmaking at Pacific Edge Hotel’s Surf Cabanas. Reception attendees at 647 S....

Getting Out 3/29/13

With Regard to Matters of Music The Music Matters weeknight showcase returns to the Cliff Restaurant, which started this week with a line-up that included musicians Poul Pederson and Nick Hernandez. The live music sessions Monday through Thursday from  6:30 to 10 p.m. can be...

Stepping Up With Special Deliveries

An Assistance League group put together Easter baskets for children of military families at Camp Pendleton, their second project this year. Earlier, they packed 28 boxes with books and toiletries and had them shipped to soldiers deployed in Afghanistan. The chairmen of these...

Easter Events, Sacred and Secular

Religious Services The following are local services for Easter Sunday, March 31: Church By the Sea: 6:30 a.m. sunrise service at the end Moulton Meadows Park down the fire road, and 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. at 468 Legion St. Neighborhood Congregational Church: Rev. B.J. Beu leads an...

Community Datebook 3/29/13

Revisiting Historic Crystal Cove Laura Davick’s parents met as campers at Crystal Cove in 1940 and moved into cottage No. 2 when she was a toddler. Davick, who in 1999 founded Crystal Cove Alliance, will describe ongoing preservation efforts at the park during the Laguna...

Charlotte Marie McManus

  Charlotte Marie McManus, a resident of Laguna Beach for 53 years, passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2013. She was 86. She was our mother, mentor, benefactor, and friend. She was born Nov. 29, 1926 in Chicago, Ill., to Albert Frank Comiskey and Charlotte Ann (Lottie) Verry. ...

Personnel File 3/29/13

Deputy Treasurer Post Filled Margaret Hanson will serve as deputy treasurer on a pro bono basis, city Treasurer Laura Parisi announced this week. Hanson has over 20 years of financial management experience. She and her husband are Laguna Beach residents.   Exhibits Director...