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New Inn Keeper Unlocks Boutique Hotel

Francois Leclair, 15-year owner of Casa Laguna Inn & Spa, handed over the keys to the new owners of the historic Laguna Beach landmark inn last week. Casa Laguna will be managed by PRG Investment and Management Inc. of Los Angeles for the new owners, Villa Carlotta LLC, the...
Posted On 11 Dec 2014

Holiday Happenings

A Caroling They Go Watch and listen for the Laguna Beach Girl Scouts as they sing in the holidays Friday, Dec. 12, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Driven by Santa Claus, who traded in his sleigh for a Laguna trolley, scores of local Girl Scouts will be on board to sing holiday carols...

Gift Shopping Laguna Style

Purchase Holiday Gifts that Keep on Giving A free event open to the public, the 10th annual Alternative International Holiday Gift Fair hosted by Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann’s Dr., will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6 and from 11 a.m....

Spiritual Matters

Chamber Singers Perform Christmas Evensong The community is invited to attend a free 6:30 p.m. holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 6, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 428 Park Ave. The program is comprised of songs and readings of winter and the coming of Christmas. Solos duets and...

Public Is Invited to a Mobility Workshop

The public’s feedback is wanted on a draft mobility plan at a 5-6 p.m. workshop Wednesday, Dec. 10 in City Hall by the Planning Commission and the Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee. Join city staff and the project team at 505 Forest Ave. to review the plan, which is to...

Swayne, a Role Model for Philanthropy, Dies at 73

Judy Kjellberg Swayne was born April 4, 1941, in Chicago, Ill., and died on Nov. 29, 2014, after a prolonged battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She resided in Laguna Beach from 1970 until 2012 at which time she became a resident at Silverado Memory Care in San Juan Capistrano. Judy...

Cooler Temps Lure Nature Lovers to the Hillsides

From 9- 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, ages 10 and up can step back 25 million years to a time when the seas receded and the San Andreas Fault was just starting to form. A Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist guides the way in a moderate three-mile hike in the Laguna...

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...

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...

Marje Adams

Active in Laguna Beach senior life and well-known around town, long time resident, Marje Adams died peacefully in her sleep on Oct. 20, surrounded by family and friends. She was 87 years old. Born Marjorie Ann Bernell Johnson on Nov. 26, 1926 in St. Paul, Minn., she had two older...

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...

Many Ways to Give Thanks

Share Thanksgiving Among Friends Bring a favorite holiday dish and join friends and neighbors at noon on Thanksgiving Day for Laguna Beach’s traditional community feast, held at Neighborhood Congregational Church, Glenneyre Street and St. Ann’s Drive. All are welcome to partake...

A New Cupcake Queen Rising

By Donna Furey | LB Indy In the past year while still a senior at Laguna Beach High School, Nikki Hunt began making cupcakes in her mom’s kitchen and selling them from her website, La Vie en Rose. Flavors run from the obvious chocolate and vanilla to pina colada, margarita, green...