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Urth Caffe in Laguna Countersues Muslim Customers

Updated subsequent to the print edition, Friday, June 24. The Urth Caffe in Laguna Beach responded to a lawsuit filed by seven Muslim customers claiming religious discrimination by countersuing, alleging the patrons conspired to conduct a defamatory social media and public...

Grand Jury Examines Pension Liabilities

The amount of unfunded pension liability in Orange County — at about 70 percent — mirrors the median liability tally of other jurisdictions in the state, according to a June 15 Grand Jury report Going from a surplus in 2000 to a $4.5 billion liability in 2012, the...

Realtors Host First Needs Drive

Local real estate agents Kendall Clark and Quincy Mugg of Coldwell Banker held their first annual needs drive, Saturday, June 11, benefitting Friendship Shelter and CSP Youth Shelter. The two Laguna Beach organizations provided wish lists of needed items to Clark and Mugg....

‘Contemporary Abstraction’ Extends it’s Stay

Art exhibit “Contemporary Abstraction,” at The CAP Gallery, 260 Ocean Ave., has been extended to run to Saturday, Aug. 20. The exhibit juried by Ellie Blankfort and showcases the works of Kate Cohen, Halverson Frazier and Fred Hope. Viewers are given an opportunity to...

Songs of the American West To Be Sung

Master Chorale of Saddleback Valley will present Songs of the American West in a concert Saturday, June 25, at 7 p.m. at the Laguna Beach Woman’s Club, 286 St. Ann’s Dr. Tickets, $12-$15 are available at masterchoralesv.org. Accompanied by guitar, fiddle and mandolin, the program...

Class Notes

LCAD Grad Wins Contest and a Paycheck Matthew McKeown, a 2016 game art graduate of Laguna College of Art and Design, won a student art contest by Blizzard Entertainment, which also offered him a job, says a college announcement. McKeown designed a “World of Warcraft” ogre...

Indy on Arts

Friday, June 24 Sawdust Art Festival, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily, 935 Laguna Canyon Rd. $9. Through Aug. 28. Kurtis Gentile, 7 p.m., Big Fish Tavern, 540 S. Coast Hwy. #200. World Anthem, 7 p.m., Cliff Restaurant, 577 S. Coast Hwy. Slingshot, 9 p.m., Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Ave....

Scouts Hold Ceremony and Beach Party

Laguna’s Cub Scout Pak 35 ended the year’s scouting activities with a flag burning ceremony and beach party at Aliso Creek Beach on June 7. “The Boy Scouts of America is one of the only organizations other than the military allowed by Congress to officially retire a United...

Justice Center Expands with Help of Laguna Locals

Laguna Beach residents Suzy K. and Jeff Elghanayan hosted an event recently that raised $100,000 for the newly established Orange County chapter of the Tahirih Justice Center, which provides legal aid and referrals to social services to immigrant women fleeing violence and forced...

   

Gallery Adds Gleam to Solstice Party

BC Space Gallery hosts a special summer solstice celebration Monday, June 20, from 3-6 p.m. with a performance by guitar virtuoso Eric Henderson and a reading by local poet John Gardiner. The event, free to the public, will take place at the gallery, currently exhibiti...

Jazz Wednesdays Returns

Tickets are on sale for the Laguna Beach Live! jazz Wednesdays in the Hotel Laguna’s rose garden, 425 S. Coast Highway. The Afro-Cuban ensemble Homenaje kicks off the series at 6 p.m. series on June 22. Tickets, $20-$24 are available at lagunabeachlive.org.  

Local Author Discusses New Book

Local psychologist and psychoanalyst Christal Daehnert, will appear at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway on Sunday, June 26, from 3 to 5 p.m. with her illustrator, Christen Phillips to discuss their book, “Kelly Finds a Way.” The character Kelly falls inside her mother’s...

Special Events Mark Art-A-Fair’s 50th Season

Juried fine art festival Laguna Art-A-Fair, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, will open its gates on Friday, June 24, at 10 a.m. with a Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting, free entry and a golden ticket contest entry for those attending the ribbon cutting. Customers who...