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For Methodists, Times are Changing Again

For Methodists, Times are Changing Again

By Donna Furey | LB Indy   The Ash Wednesday service conducted earlier this month by Rev. Mary Scifres at Laguna Beach’s United Methodist Church filled the pews with almost three times as many worshipers as in past years. And six new voices fill out the church choir since the recent arrival of new music […]

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City Candidate Sets Up a Big Tent

City Candidate Sets Up a Big Tent

  About 100 people attended an $85 per person fundraiser for Robert Zur Schmiede this past Sunday, kicking off his campaign for Laguna Beach’s City Council. The candidate, the current appointed chair of the city’s Planning Commission, outlined his top priorities, which included protecting Laguna Beach’s open spaces and beaches and invigorating its economy. Zur […]

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

Where Newport Got It Right If you have not yet seen the new Newport Beach Civic Center, go.  It is a delight.  More, it is a statement: this is the new Newport Beach, a place where giant international companies like Pimco call home. It is sophisticated and modern. The center contains more than the new […]

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Creating a Seascene in Watercolor

Creating a Seascene in Watercolor

Laguna Outreach for Community Arts is offering family-friendly watercolor workshops for beginning artists at 10 a.m. on Sundays at Treasure Island Beach, March 23, April 6 and May 18. Participants will enjoy a tide pool tour and instructor of a LOCA artist on easy watercolor techniques. The cost for adults is $35, and $20 for […]

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Music Fest Drums Up Support for Causes

Music Fest Drums Up Support for Causes

The grounds of the Sawdust Art Festival will come to life for a weekend of live music March 29 and 30, a rare treat in a venue primarily dedicated to winter and summer visual art fairs where music is served up as a side dish. The Blue Water Festival is the brainchild of local tennis […]

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No Bull: Bovine Corralled in Body Shop

No Bull: Bovine Corralled in Body Shop

In a spray booth at Beach Cities Auto Collision in Laguna Canyon rests a rare breed. Not a Ferrari or a Porsche or even a humble Volkswagen, but the unlikeliest of would-be conveyances, a 400 pound, nine-foot long sculpture of a  bull, ready for the drive to Austin, Tex. Created by Laguna Beach sculptor Cheryl […]

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Own Your Own Dish at Slapfish

Own Your Own Dish at Slapfish

  Chef Andrew Gruel is launching a recipe contest tied to next month’s opening of his latest Slapfish restaurant at 211 Broadway St. Gruel is giving guests the opportunity to contribute to his menu by submitting recipes that meet Slapfish’s standards of sustainability and emphasize seasonal, local ingredients. Gruel will select three finalists and the […]

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On the Dial

On the Dial

Friendship Shelter executive director Dawn Price and City Council candidate Rob Zur Schmiede are guests on “The Importance of Being … A Live Interview Show with Ernest Hackmon,” webcast and broadcast this Saturday, March 22, beginning at 1 p.m. The show streams live over the internet at KX@OneLaguna and FM radio station KX 93.5. Hackmon’s podcasts with LBHS […]

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Special Ed Goes Common Core

Special Ed Goes Common Core

In this class, acting out is encouraged. With its emphasis on less is more, the new Common Core state-mandated academic standards still require teachers to cover certain subjects, but at a less hectic pace. The focus is depth rather than breadth of subject to engender greater understanding of one idea instead of the scattershot approach […]

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Survey Asks Students About Their Lives

Survey Asks Students About Their Lives

In the coming weeks, public school students in grades 5, 7, 9 and 11 will be asked to anonymously take a revised California Healthy Kids Survey, which measures school climate and other factors. As part of a revision, staff working with students in grades 5 through 12 will be surveyed and parents of students taking […]

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Dance Sows Seeds for Schools

Dance Sows Seeds for Schools

  Three hundred guests attended Schoolpower’s 29th annual dinner dance, which netted over $225,000 for Laguna Beach schools. The crowd raised paddles and pledged over $140,000 for this year’s Fund-a-Need initiative, “Xtremely iNteractive,” which requested Apple iPads, Apple TVs and Google Chromebooks to create high-tech, interactive classrooms. “It’s been really exciting to integrate technology into […]

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Tennis Anyone

Tennis Anyone

My neck hurts. I’ve been watching the back and forth volley regarding resurfacing the tennis courts. The baseline-to-baseline action has been fast and furious. Many Laguna spectators have given up altogether and have switched to the lawn bowling action in Heisler Park.  “Much easier on my neck muscles,” reports a disavowed tennis spectator.  A few, […]

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Foliage as Invasive as Cancer

Foliage as Invasive as Cancer

Editor, Cancer is an interesting disease; you cannot just trim it away and hope for the best. It requires a doctor with expertise. I say this as I perceive the new version of a proposed ordinance is like a map for not dealing with a cancer in this city. Vegetation that is going viral is putting […]

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Lights Too Bright on Broadway

Lights Too Bright on Broadway

    Public deprecation of the overly intense lighting at the new Chase Bank at 310 Broadway St. seems to have cast a shadow on a ribbon-cutting ceremony planned at the branch for next week and prompted an informal inquiry by city staff. Residents and business owners spoke out at the City Council meeting Tuesday, […]

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Surely a Compromise Exists

Surely a Compromise Exists

I am writing to you regarding the proposed Longi live/work project in Laguna Canyon.  I am appealing to you today as a Laguna Beach real estate professional, a board member of the Laguna Canyon Foundation and as a passionate admirer of all things beautiful about Laguna Beach. I have been following the progression of the […]