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Summer Jazz Series Starts Up

Jazz Wednesdays summer series returns to Aliso Canyon at The Ranch, 31106 S. Coast Highway, with Haley Reinhart, an “American Idol” finalist who will join Dave Damiani and his 10-piece No Vacancy Orchestra from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17. “Adding Haley to the big band sounds...

Poets Step Into the Spotlight

Laguna Beach Library honors winners of its annual poetry contest Saturday, June 6, at noon. Master of ceremonies, John Gardiner, will host a public reading of winning entries in the “Winds of Change” contest. The top three winners in each age category will be recognized and are...

Funding Art Appreciation

Grant Brings Music to Kids   Laguna Beach Live! received a grant from the Festival of Arts Foundation for $2000. The grant will be used to support their Live! Music & Kids outreach program. The grant supports enrichment programs like the concert performed last week for...

Cookbook Author Tries Out Another Recipe

Sara Forte, a food blogger and author of “The Sprouted Kitchen,” introduces her new book, “The Sprouted Kitchen Bowl and Spoon,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. Her husband, photographer Hugh Forte, whose work has been featured in several...

A Drive That Does Double Duty

Top of the World fifth graders who held a food drive at local grocery stores earlier this month collected 2,700 pounds of food for the Laguna Food Pantry. Students elected to create a class service project as they prepare to move up to Thurston Middle School. They asked shoppers...

Double Bill

Thurston Students Perform in Year’s Last Show A musical rendition of “Legally Blonde,” will be performed by Thurston Middle School students through June 6 at the Black Box Theatre, 2100 Park Ave. Mark Dressler’s last show promises to impress with the actors’ comedic timing and...

Two Students Win Regional Surf Titles

Double overhead sets created challenging and exciting wave conditions during the National Scholastic Surf Association’s West Coast Regional Championships where two students from Laguna Beach won regional titles May 14-17. Thurston Surf Team rider Kayla Coscino took the title for...

On the Roster

Boosters Sponsor Heart Screenings Cardiac screenings for ages 5 and up will be available at Laguna Beach High School, 635 Park Ave., from 2:30-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, June 3 and 4 for a donation of $85. Schedule appointments on line at: heartfeltcardiacprojects.org....

Indy on Arts

Friday, May 29 Singer songwriter John Troy, 6:30 p.m., Sunset Serenade in Heisler Park Amphitheater. Free. “Love, Lost and What I Wore,” 7:30 p.m., Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road. Tickets, $41-$61, 949 497- 2787. Thru 6/7. “You Can’t Take it With You,” 7:30 p.m.,...

Prolific Local Sculptor Dies

Festival of Arts officials announced the death of local sculptor Terry Thornsley, 56, earlier this week, but a spokeswoman declined to provide other details. The name may not be familiar to those outside the artistic community, but Thornsley’s work embellishes the town from north...

Loyalty Pays Off for Media Company’s Employees

The Laguna Beach Independent and Laguna Beach Magazine are under new ownership, though readers shouldn’t expect to see any significant changes immediately. In a memo sent to employees on Tuesday, local resident Allan Simon, who expanded Firebrand Media’s portfolio of publications...

Memorial Day Activities

Veterans Stage 88th Memorial Day Ceremony Laguna Beach American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct the 88th Memorial Day ceremony in remembrance of their comrades who died in wars and conflicts protecting our country at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 25, at Monument Point...

Division Chief Sifts Through Fire Department History

The town’s Fire Department history, which includes the county’s oldest operating fire station, is the focus of a Laguna Beach Historical Society talk at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 26. The public is welcome at the free presentation. Division Chief Api Weinert, on the force during the...

Clinic’s Good Works Earn Praise

The Laguna Beach Interfaith Council, with 60 in attendance, celebrated the National Day of Prayer at Mission Hospital earlier this month. The theme compassionate healing honored one of its own, the Laguna Beach Community Clinic, for its outstanding service to the community. The...

Division Chief Sifts Through Fire Department History

The town’s Fire Department history, which includes the county’s oldest operating fire station, is the focus of a Laguna Beach Historical Society talk at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 26. The public is welcome at the free presentation. Division Chief Api Weinert, on the force during the...