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Scouts Earn Their Wings

Four Laguna Beach High School students were recognized by Mayor Elizabeth Pearson at a recent City Council for receiving their Eagle Scout Award, the highest rank in the Boys Scouts of America program. Ford Brian, Ethan Chesley, Andrew Kimball and Penn Nielson are all members of...

Collaborative Garden Opens in Heisler Park

Members of the Laguna Beach Garden Club joined forces with the Laguna Beach Beautification Council, Laguna Nursery, and the Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association to install a Sister Cities garden in Heisler Park. The land was designated by the city in March 2009. The sister...

Churches Prepare for Christmas

Methodists Ring In the Season The Methodist Church will initiate the advent season Sunday, Nov. 30, with the “hanging of the greens” during the 10 a.m. worship service on Isaiah by Pastor Mandy Flemming. The Alternative Christmas Market will be open for shopping after the service...

Personnel File

New Executive Takes the Reins of the Chamber of Commerce Laura Ann Henkels was appointed as executive director of the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce. She succeeds Kristine Thalman, who retired but returned on an interim basis while a search was underway. Henkels brings a strong...

Athletes Hike for Hunger

  Sixty-five fitness buffs took off from Aliso CrossFit in Aliso Viejo on a recent Saturday, each with 20 pounds of non-perishable food in their backpacks, for the Laguna Food Pantry. Aliso CrossFit organized the food drive as part of National Hunger and Homelessness...

Third Graders Treated to Special Visitors

Third-grade El Morro students who read a book about friendship topped off their lesson with a visit by guide dog trainers Nancy and Len Joseph. They brought guide dogs in every stage of their training to the third grade school assembly. The volunteers and their puppies visited...

Class Notes

Budding Scientist Recognized Andrew Couse has been named November student of the month by the Laguna Beach Rotary Club. Andrew is currently studying AP classes in calculus, biology, macroeconomics and advanced chemical research. He was part of the team that won the TedX Orange...

Many Ways to Give Thanks

Share Thanksgiving Among Friends Bring a favorite holiday dish and join friends and neighbors at noon on Thanksgiving Day for Laguna Beach’s traditional community feast, held at Neighborhood Congregational Church, Glenneyre Street and St. Ann’s Drive. All are welcome to partake...

Local Cooks Up a Winning Entrée

Laguna local Olivia Ladaire last month entered the Ben’s Beginners Cooking Contest, where children are invited to submit a home video of themselves preparing a rice-based dish. Olivia, a student in the culinary arts conservatory at Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana,...

Correction

In a story titled “Local Runners Contend with Countless Conditions,” in the Nov. 14 edition, the name of the race director of the Surf City Marathon was misspelled. The correct spelling is Amy Tomchak.

Landscapes Reflect a Modern Esthetic in ‘Tidal Zone’

  Laguna Canyon Studios brings a contemporary take on the geological formations along the California coastline in “The Tidal Zone,” 50 new paintings by Fred Hope. He hosts a reception for the new exhibition from 4-8 p.m. in Studio F, 3251 Laguna Canyon Road on Saturday, Nov....

Free Screening of a Classic Robin Williams’ Film

In honor of homeless advocate Robin Williams, a free screening of his acclaimed film, “The Fisher King,” will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21 at the Festival of Arts’ Forum Theatre. The public to invited to attend the screening organized by the town’s Housing & Human...

Technology Now Required in Fifth-Grade Classes

Parents of fifth-graders recently learned about methods their children can use for the school district’s pilot bring-your-own-device program, which is to start in January. “It is so critical we teach the necessary technological skills to our students that will prepare them...

Junior Citizens Chosen for Parade

Laguna Beach High School staff has chosen Janie Crawford and Taylor Addis, class of 2015, as junior citizens of the year for the 49th Patriots Day parade, which will take place Saturday, March 7. The two seniors will join 2014 honorees, Grand Marshal Janet Evans, Honored Patriot...