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Montage Gets New Director   Rick Riess was appointed the new managing director of Montage Laguna Beach, the town’s largest hotel and one of its largest employers. A veteran hospitality executive, Riess has managed resorts from Napa Valley to South Carolina, Hawaii and...

Rocking Babies

Holding and feeding a baby is a pleasure to most people. Every Wednesday morning, Assistance League volunteers experience this special pleasure, settling into rocking chairs where they hold babies and often feed them their bottles while their parents receive counseling. Beginning...
Posted On 25 Sep 2014

Weekends for the Four-footed

Come for the Dogs, Stay for the Chili The Laguna Board of Realtors will hold their 18th annual Pet Parade and Chili Cook-off at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at Tivoli Too, 777 Laguna Canyon Rd. Amateur and aspiring chefs will vie for the best chili award while pet owners of all ages...

Benefits and Benefactors

Night at the Ranch, a Surprising Success The inaugural Night at the Ranch fundraiser welcomed over 200 guests with a farm-to-table outdoor dinner served family style and musical acts set amid a eucalyptus grove. Altogether, the event earlier this month raised $65,000 for the Boys...

Make a Difference By Cleaning Up the Coast

The public is invited to join California’s largest beach cleanup of the year —from Aliso Creek Beach to Main Beach in Laguna Beach – as part of the annual California Coastal Cleanup Day Saturday, Sept. 20. Gloves and cleanup bags will be provided from 9-11 a.m. at four...

Jews Welcome a New Year

Chabad Jewish Center plans Rosh Hashanah services and a workshop in the next week, marking the beginning of the Jewish new year 5775. At a 7 p.m. cooking class in a private home on Sunday, Sept. 21, cook Mazal Yuditsky introduces participants to Rosh Hashanah foods and customs...
Posted On 18 Sep 2014

Eight Grader Embarks on a Haiti Mission

Sydney Mangus, a Thurston Middle School student, will travel to Cap Haitian, Haiti, on a nine-day medical mission trip with the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Irvine in January. While there, the eighth grader will be responsible for teaching basic first aid and distributing 25...

Laguna Adopts Another Sibling

The Laguna Beach City Council officially adopted St. Ives, England, as a sister city, joining current siblings in Menton, France, and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. An official recognition ceremony took place earlier this month with Mayor Elizabeth Pearson signing a proclamation,...

Indy Calendar

Friday, Sept. 19 Saif Eddin & Friends perform the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, 6:30-10 p.m., refreshments, Laguna Nursery, 1370 S. Coast Highway. Tickets $45 in advance, 949 494-5200. $55 at the door. Pawnshop Kings, 7-10 p.m., Cliff Restaurant, 577 S. Coast Hwy. The Kalama...
Posted On 18 Sep 2014

Exploring a Coastline for a Cause

Laguna Beach resident Max Isles, 44, and friend Ryan O’Malley, 33, returned home safely on schedule last Saturday, Sept. 6, without any accidents other than a tire puncture after a five-day journey covering 536 miles. Supporters have contributed almost $6,000 so far toward their...

Tide Pool Docents Wanted

The Laguna Ocean Foundation seeks volunteers for the Tidewater Docent program. The next training session will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the lifeguard department headquarters on Main Beach. “It’s easy to learn and even the training is fun. Anyone with a...

Club Packs Memories into Summer Program

Using Laguna Beach as their playground, the Boys & Girls Club’s canyon branch offered a summer enrichment program with a multi-faceted curriculum. Members of the seven-year-old Adventure Club had a chance to hike, kayak, rock climb, go bike riding, and participate in a four...

Noel Selby

Noel Selby, born in Australia in 1936 and a resident of Balboa Island, died on Sept. 2, 2014. He received his law degree from Melbourne University in 1956. Selby excelled in tennis, Aussie Rules football and cricket. He retired from Xerox in 1995 after 30 years in the human...

A New Place to Play

The Boys and Girls Club opened the doors of their newest branch this week at Lang Park in South Laguna. Children in first through fifth grades are welcome to join the club’s daily out-of- school enrichment program. “The Lang Branch will be a place for children to grow socially,...

Ever Upbeat, Reed Signs Off With a Cheery Epitaph

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Darrin John Reed, a longtime Laguna Beach resident whose parting words revealed his unending enthusiasm for life, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, after a two year battle with leukemia and its complications. Last month, Reed was admitted to Hoag hospital’s ICU...