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Churches Mount Holy Week Celebrations

Churches Mount Holy Week Celebrations

Neighborhood Congregational Church will hold its annual Easter sunrise service at 6 a.m. in Alta Laguna Park, 3299 Alta Laguna Blvd., including Native American flutes and drumming, as well as a traditional worship service at 10 a.m. in the church sanctuary, 340 St. Ann’s Dr. Worshipers can expect choral music led by Pam Wicks, a […]

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Churches Mount Holy Week Celebrations

Churches Mount Holy Week Celebrations

Neighborhood Congregational Church will hold its annual Easter sunrise service at 6 a.m. in Alta Laguna Park, 3299 Alta Laguna Blvd., including Native American flutes and drumming, as well as a traditional worship service at 10 a.m. in the church sanctuary, 340 St. Ann’s Dr. Worshipers can expect choral music led by Pam Wicks, a […]

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Sea Star Die Off Remains a Mystery

Sea Star Die Off Remains a Mystery

After six weeks of investigation, scientists still have yet to pinpoint the underlying cause of a disease that is killing sea stars along the West Coast and wiping out Laguna Beach’s population. “It’s certainly into the tens of thousands and maybe in the millions,” said Pete Raimondi, chair of the ecology and evolutionary biology department […]

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Surf Legend Remembered as a ‘Genius and a Gentleman’

Surf Legend Remembered as a ‘Genius and a Gentleman’

With hundreds of well-wishers reciting his name three times in unison, Hobie Alter’s daughter Paula concluded an outdoor memorial service on the Aliso Creek golf course fairway, saying “we release you to the elements: earth, air and sea.” Hundreds more are expected at Doheny State Beach to further fulfill that promise by joining a memorial […]

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College Mourns a Student of Wit and Talent

College Mourns a Student of Wit and Talent

They stood in solemn formation, their faces illuminated by electronic candles or glow string head and wristbands, along Laguna Canyon Road at the edge of the Laguna College of Art and Design’s main campus. As lights in the crosswalk brought traffic to a stop last Thursday, April 10, students from LCAD’s Big Bend campus and […]

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Answering Homeless Housing Skeptics

Answering Homeless Housing Skeptics

A plan for permanent housing for chronically homeless people who are mentally ill is generating much discussion around town and some pointed letters to the editor. Even so, only about 35 residents showed up at a meeting held last Friday at the Neighborhood Congregational Church, organized by the project’s leaders to address concerns prior to […]

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Embracing an ‘Eternal Legacy’

Embracing an ‘Eternal Legacy’

The Arts Commission chose the work titled “Eternal Legacy” by Gerard Basil Stripling and Michele Taylor to serve as a memorial for two Laguna Beach police officers who died on duty. The unanimous recommendation, made this past Monday, April 14, will come before the City Council on May 6. Three other Laguna Beach artists, Jorg […]

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Master of Migration

Master of Migration

Twice each year, thousands of Pacific gray whales closely follow the coast and pass by Laguna Beach. This is the longest seasonal migration known as they travel more than 14,000 miles roundtrip between their winter warm-water breeding grounds in the lagoons of Baja California and their summer cold-water feeding grounds in the Bering Sea and […]

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For Young Pilot, Perseverance Pays Off

For Young Pilot, Perseverance Pays Off

Ryan Raffo, a native of Laguna Beach and 2010 graduate of Laguna Beach High School, has always loved planes. As a child, he “flew” toy jets, imitating the engine sounds. At 12 he got his own flight simulator. His dad, Coleman Raffo, recalls his son’s response to a call for dinner: “I’ll be right there, […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

UCI Summer Programs Offer Scholarships UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts received a grant that will fund as need-based scholarships for Orange County students to attend the Summer Academies in the Arts, for middle and high school students ages 13-18.  They offer focused workshops in art, dance, drama and music. The grant also […]

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A Modern Passover

A Modern Passover

Passover began as a celebration of spring for the Jewish people; a time for the celebration of life.  With the rabbis it became a commemoration and celebration of a biblical exodus and escape from slavery in ancient Egypt. This familiar story, contained in the traditional Haggadah, a text that sets forth the order of the […]

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Diana Lee Kramer

Diana Lee Kramer

May 6, 1936-April 12, 2014 Diana Lee Kramer, a longtime resident of Laguna Beach, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on April 12, the 56th anniversary of her wedding. She leaves her loving husband, Karl Kramer, three children, two grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and an army of beloved family and friends. Diana was born […]

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Holden Obituary

Holden Obituary

Melanie Ott Holden passed away at her home on March 31, 2014. Born in Evanston, Ill., on May 12,1938, Melanie moved to Laguna Beach with her family in 1941. Her father was renowned sculptor, Peterpaul Ott. After graduating from Laguna Beach High School, Melanie continued her education in Germany, mastering six foreign languages and working […]

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Festival Foundation Confers Local Grants

Festival Foundation Confers Local Grants

The Festivals of Arts Foundation has awarded $90,000 in grants to local non-profits. Recipient include the Laguna Art Museum, the Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna Beach Live!, the LBHS Band Boosters, Laguna Beach Seniors, Laguna Community Concert Band,  Laguna Dance Festival, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, LagunaTunes, Inc., No Square Theater, Festival of […]

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Basket Overflows With Easter Treats and Events

Basket Overflows With Easter Treats and Events

The Laguna Beach Parents Club will host its annual Easter egg hunt on Friday, April 18, from 4 -7 p.m. at Alta Laguna Park. Member families are welcome. After the hunt there will be food, fun and DIY pictures with the Easter Bunny. Visit lagunabeachparents.com to become a member of the LBPC. The veterans of Laguna […]