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Archive for November, 2013

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Rash of Vandalism Targets Realtor

Rash of Vandalism Targets Realtor

A real estate agent’s signs in four different locations were vandalized with the numbers “666” spray painted in silver on Tuesday, Nov. 19. The reporting party told police he suspects a brother, according to the public log. Properties on Starlit, St. Ann’s, Glenneyre and Noria streets were hit, said Sgt. Louise Callus. Monday, Nov. 18 […]

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Stitching Together Holiday Cheer

Stitching Together Holiday Cheer

By Dona Harman, Special to the Independent The Susi Q NeedleArts Guild was busy last Friday, Nov. 22, wrapping over 75 hand-knit and crochet accessories to bring cheer this holiday season to residents of Friendship Shelter and Glennwood Home as well as the homeless through their donation to the Laguna Beach Net-Works Organization. Hats, scarves, […]

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Author Reveals Laguna’s Lesser Known History

Author Reveals Laguna’s Lesser Known History

The public is invited to local author Skip Hellewell’s discussion of his works “Loving Laguna” and “Early Homestead Families” at a Laguna Beach Historical Society program Tuesday, Nov. 26. The free 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. program will be held at the Laguna Beach City Hall Council Chambers, 505 Forest Ave. The program will be videotaped […]

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Festival Facelift Could Influence City Entrance

Festival Facelift Could Influence City Entrance

If all goes according to plan, the Festival of Arts’ facade may receive a $2 million makeover as early as next fall, according to board president Fred Sattler, who described planned renovations at the festival’s annual membership meeting last week, saying that the “time has come for a new frontage where aesthetics meet function.” The […]

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Departures Leave Openings at Fire Department

Departures Leave Openings at Fire Department

Two longtime employees of Laguna Beach’s fire department will leave next month, City Manager John Peitig announced. Division chief and fire marshal Dan Stefano, who joined Laguna Beach as a reserve firefighter in 1995 and became a full time firefighter in 1997, will become fire chief for the city of Costa Mesa, effective Dec. 2. […]

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Native Trees Replace Exotic Species in Bluebird Canyon

Native Trees Replace Exotic Species in Bluebird Canyon

The City Council approved a plan Tuesday night to replant native trees to replace those cut down last fall in Bluebird Canyon because of potential hazards. The decision diffused tension as 18 residents weighed in on the issue with opposing viewpoints. When the Council ordered the removal of 11 towering Eucalyptus trees last October, due […]

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Inside Out: The JFK Assassination was my 9/11

Inside Out: The JFK Assassination was my 9/11

When JFK was shot, my parents were on the parade route. Friends were at the Dallas Trade Mart awaiting Kennedy’s arrival for a highly anticipated speech. I was sitting in a Dallas classroom at Zion Lutheran Elementary School. So many of us will never forget where we were, what we felt the day Kennedy died; […]

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Still Acting Up

Still Acting Up

Alice Cooper is coming to Segerstrom Center for the Arts. That’s a sentence I never expected to write, but it’s true: the rock and roll icon, master of the macabre, prince of shock-rock, brings his Raise the Dead tour to Segerstrom Hall Tuesday, Nov. 26. I first saw Cooper in concert in San Diego in […]

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Diving Into an Underwater Jewel Box

Diving Into an Underwater Jewel Box

Local resident Beverly Factor’s luscious underwater photos debut in her newest book, “Seaduction, the Sensuous Side of the Sea.” Factor captures nature’s complexity with images that display patterns textures and movement. The 176-page, $60 coffee table book’s forward is written by Jean-Michael Cousteau and is available on her website.       Local Author Receives […]

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Minding Our Business: The Business of Art

Minding Our Business: The Business of Art

When I moved to Laguna, I was pleased to see a museum downtown, and subsequently disheartened by the collection’s limited scope. I also felt the facility had set itself up as a landmark more than a community art center and I more often attended as an afterthought than a destination. These days, Laguna Art Museum […]

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Palette Competition Winner

Palette Competition Winner

The only pallet selected in this year’s Holiday Palette Competition was a design made by Sean Tiner based on a photograph he took in Heisler Park. “I wanted to make the sunset color surreal and abstract to reflect the holiday cheer of the season,” Tiner explained. In its 47th year the invitational competition is judged […]

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Art Seen

Art Seen

One-Woman Show Arrives at Avran Gallery New works on canvas and paper by Bay area figurative abstract painter Ursual O’Farrell will be featured at a reception at Avran Art+Design, Saturday, Nov. 23, from 6 – 9 p.m. Guests will enjoy live music and refreshments at the event, 540 S. Coast Highway. The artist will be […]

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Pet Peeves: Citizen Fathom

Pet Peeves: Citizen Fathom

I now feel like a kid on Christmas Eve.  Up until now, I was on the naughty list. Then ‘lo and behold,’ my wife presented me with two tickets to the Sunday performance of “Citizen Twain,” presented by the Laguna Playhouse. Now I have no choice this year, “Every kiss begins with Kay.” My wife […]

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Winter Fantasy Unveils its New Art World

Winter Fantasy Unveils its New Art World

The 23rd annual Winter Fantasy, “A Whole New World of Art,” begins Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Sawdust Art Festival and will run over four weekends, including the Friday after Thanksgiving, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, concluding Dec. 14 and 15. Opening day entertainment, free to Laguna Beach residents after 3 p.m., […]

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Hospital Makes Good on Rx for Longevity

Hospital Makes Good on Rx for Longevity

Making good on growth plans outlined in 2011, Mission Hospital Laguna Beach will begin a $15 million seismic retrofitting project next week to bring its patient building up to state-mandated quake standards. Michael Beck, vice president of operations at the Laguna campus, informed the City Council on Tuesday of construction plans. Since Orange-based St. Joseph […]