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Alliance Accepts Applications From Grant Seekers

Applications are now being accepted for the Seven Degrees of Inspiration grant, said Dora Wexell, executive director of the Laguna Beach arts venue. The $5000 grant is to provide support for an emerging or established Laguna Beach artist to develop and present an innovative arts...

New Calendar Captures Laguna’s Best Side

Laguna local graphic artist and photographer Cliff Wassmann has released his Laguna Beach Wall Calendar featuring images of popular beaches around the city and monthly Laguna Beach event information as well as an illustrated map of downtown and South Laguna. The calendar is a...

Concert Band Performs in Holiday Spectaculars

The 70-plus community members of the Laguna Concert Band, celebrating its 15th year, concludes its 2014 performance schedule with holiday shows at the Balboa Bay Resort’s Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. and at Laguna Beach’s Hospitality Night at 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5,...

A Classic Christmas Tale Retold

  The Combining pop-rock, musical comedy and a 21st century sensibility, “Striking 12,” weaves Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fable “The Little Match Girl” with a modern-day New Year’s Eve twist. The holiday treat suitable for audiences of all ages begins previews at 7:30...

Fine Art Majors Exhibit at Local Galleries

Sixteen fine arts majors from the Laguna College of Art and Design will exhibit their paintings in 30 Laguna Beach art galleries as part of the college’s professional mentoring program during Art Walk Thursday, Dec. 4. The program pairs fine arts majors with member gallerists,...

Escapism on View

,“Life Candy,” a new exhibit at JoAnne Artman Gallery,  326 N. Coast Highway, opens on Monday, Dec. 1. The group exhibit welcomes audiences into a world where artist Shinji Murakami brings flat digital images into three dimensions, James Verbicky creates lush multimedia works...

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...