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Archive for February, 2014

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Personnel File

Personnel File

New Executive Takes Chamber’s Helm Tamara Campbell was appointed executive director of Laguna Beach’s Chamber of Commerce, succeeding Kristine Thalman, who left the post after three years earlier this month. Campbell, a local resident and former member of the city’s Heritage Committee, has experience representing business interests and engaging in political action. “We are confident […]

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Local Investor Doubles Down

Local Investor Doubles Down

As a youngster growing up in Laguna Beach, Chris Dornin considered himself steeped in artists. The high school’s teams then were still named Artists, rather than the current Breakers. He studied art with retired art teacher Peter Tiner, entering projects in local art competitions. Many of Dornin’s childhood friends have now become working artists. Some, […]

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Thiebaud Revealed Through the Lens of Friendship

Thiebaud Revealed Through the Lens of Friendship

  Slices of cake, cupcakes dripping with frosting, ice cream cones and gum ball machines rendered in oil paint rather than flour and sugar might momentarily fool the senses and blur distinctions between a sweet shop and the Laguna Art Museum’s newest exhibit, “Wayne Thiebaud: American Memories.” Comprised of nearly 60 paintings selected by the […]

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Authors Share Their Sources of Inspiration

Authors Share Their Sources of Inspiration

A diverse foursome — an actress and an architect, a Canadian and an Israeli —  share in common both penning best sellers and the spotlight at the American Association of University Women’s annual literary lunch on Saturday, March 8. The 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. event at the Surf & Sand Resort includes a silent […]

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Tasting and Toasting the Town

Tasting and Toasting the Town

Celebrate Good Taste, billed by promoters Visit Laguna Beach as a three-day culinary adventure, takes place March 7-9, with prix fixe menus, dinners with food and beverage pairings, and seating at chef’s tables in many Laguna Beach hotels and restaurants. March 7: The Rooftop Lounge at hotel La Casa del Camino, 1289 S. Coast Highway, […]

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Vocalist Performs for Jazz Wednesdays

Vocalist Performs for Jazz Wednesdays

The Katie Thiroux Quartet performs on Wednesday, March 5, at Seven-Degrees, 891 Laguna Canyon Rd., from 6-8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door and can be ordered at www.lagunabeachlive.org or by phone at 949-715-9713.           Festival Pushes Music’s Boundaries Cal State Fullerton’s annual New Music Festival […]

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Art Seen

Art Seen

Outsider Explores OC’s Culture “Greetings From the OC,” an exhibition of work by artist David Blake, opens to the public at Laguna Beach’s AR4T gallery, 1175 S. Coast Highway, on Thursday, March 6, during Art Walk. Blake unabashedly dives headfirst into the stigma of Southern California culture. He uses silkscreen-printing techniques, painting acrylic and encaustic […]

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 On the Table

On the Table

Boat-to-Plate Cuisine Lands in Laguna   Slapfish will open its second Orange County location in Laguna Beach at 211 Broadway St. in April. Owners Chef Andrew Gruel and Jethro Naude will offer fresh, sustainable seafood at their beach close location with 10 seats indoors and an extensive outdoor patio. Food truck-turned-restaurateur Gruel says “…we are planning to […]

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Another Hat in the Ring for Laguna’s Council

Another Hat in the Ring for Laguna’s Council

Former political consultant and nearly lifelong local resident Michele Hall declared her candidacy for Laguna Beach’s City Council this week, filing a campaign organization statement, the city clerk reported. She joins Robert Zur Schmiede, chair of the city’s Planning Commission, as the only other declared candidates in the November race for three seats held by […]

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Laguna Beach Unified School District

Schools Required to Survey Parents

A first-time, state-mandated survey of parents soliciting their input on the Laguna Beach school district’s plans and goals will arrive in inboxes on Friday, a district official said Wednesday. During Tuesday’s school board meeting, Superintendent Sherine Smith described the survey to board members, which she assumed had already been sent out until she was challenged […]

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Indy Calendar Feb. 28-March 6, 2014

Indy Calendar Feb. 28-March 6, 2014

Friday, Feb. 28 Mill Workshop w. Jamie Bichler, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. www.sawdustartfestival.org/studioartclasses  949-494-3030. Also 3/1. Nick I & ADD, 9 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 Coast Hwy. www.mozambiqueoc.com  949-715-7777 Jason Feddy, 8:30 p.m., Hotel Laguna, 425 S. Coast Hwy. 949-494-1151. The Dalton Gang, 9 p.m., Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Ave, 949-494-3027 Sharon Corr, 8 […]

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Protecting Nature’s Fragile Wonder

Protecting Nature’s Fragile Wonder

On a farm the kitchen is a combination office, staging area and coffee shop and I was enjoying being at this hub of my brother’s Nevada dairy. In came Alex, his partner, straight from spraying the cornfield.  “What did you spray it with?” the gardener in me wondered.  “Roundup,” he replied matter-of-factly. “But won’t that […]

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Housing for Homeless in the Works

Housing for Homeless in the Works

Editor, Beautifully written (“Soloist’s Closing Coda,” Feb. 21 edition). Thank you for this. The fact that Cliff was hounded by the authorities – ticketed 17 times for sleeping in public and whatever else, having his belongings confiscated – is an injustice. Sadly, it is too late for Cliff, but we are closer than ever to […]

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Artist Opposes Live-Work Project

Artist Opposes Live-Work Project

Editor, I’m an artist. I have a studio in my home at 20358 Sun Valley Dr. since 1974. I taught at the Laguna College of Art, have shown my work at the Laguna Art Museum and am actively exhibiting my work in Orange County, Los Angeles, and elsewhere in the U.S. and abroad. Although I support artist […]

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Join the Flag Waving

Join the Flag Waving

With Patriots Day and the parade almost upon us, I have some thoughts I have been considering for quite a while that I would like to share with you. Now, I am not a flag-waving, America-can-do-no-wrong “perpetual patriot”.  However, I have been thinking about this for quite some time and the more I do the […]