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Community Service Programs Names a New Leader

Struggling Orange County youth, adults and families caught up in the justice system and facing their greatest time of need have a new leader advocating on their behalf. Ronnetta Johnson assumed the role of executive director Nov. 1 at Community Service Programs Inc., which...

World AIDS Day Summons Memories of a Disease’s Toll

A candle-lighting and reading of the names of many who have died from AIDS will take place at the cobblestones on Main Beach at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, to mark World AIDS day. Rev. BJ Beu of the Neighborhood Congregational Church will speak. In the same location Sunday, Nov....

Keep Laguna Alive by Shopping Locally

Nearly 100 Laguna Beach merchants will offer deals, giveaways and attractions to customers who shop in Laguna on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28. Shoppers can take advantage of discounts, gifts with purchases and open houses with free giveaways. The Chamber of Commerce will be...

A Principled, Exemplary Leader

Bill Rihn (1930-2015) By Tom Osborne Civic valor defined Bill Rihn. Steadfastly, for 11 years (2003-2014) he served with distinction as president of the South Laguna Civic Association. Almost single-handedly he achieved the removal of South Laguna’s only remaining billboard along...

Water District Leader Scherer Dies

Bruce Scherer, a local resident who served on the board of the Laguna Beach County Water District, died Nov. 11. He was 80. Scherer was appointed to the board in 1976, which began his 39-year tenure protecting and ensuring Laguna Beach’s water supply. When the district became a...

Giving Thanks

Church Hosts Potluck Feast Bring a favorite holiday dish and join friends and neighbors at noon Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26, for Laguna Beach’s long-standing communal feast at the Neighborhood Congregational Church, on St. Ann’s Drive. All are welcome to participate in...

Tarnished Treasure Sale Enriches Club Treasury

The Woman’s Club Tarnished Treasures lunch provides an opportunity to buy gifts at spectacular prices because the items are donated. The event takes place at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11. Admission is $35 for club members and $40 for non-members. Shoppers can expect to be tempted...

Zpizza Recognized for Anti-Bullying Campaign

Zpizza, based in Newport Beach, won the first Ultimate Food Fanatic Awards program for their Nice zSlice anti-bullying program. Teachers from more than 200 schools nationwide partnered with local Zpizza restaurants, rewarding student kindness with a complimentary slice of pizza....

Indy on Arts

Friday, Nov. 20 Comedian David Steinberg, 7:30 p.m., Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road. Tickets, $45, at lagunaplayhouse.com or 949 497-2787. Also Nov. 21. Nick I & ADD, Mozambique, 1740 S. Coast Hwy, 949 715-7777. Special Blend, 7 p.m., Cliff Restaurant, 577 S. Coast...

Heritage Committee Continues Historic Preservation Talks

A second workshop with the Heritage Committee will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16, in City Council Chambers to discuss historic property ratings and historic criteria. The purpose is to formulate a revised Draft Ordinance and Historic Inventory Update. For more information...

Council Considers Vacation Rental Restrictions

The Laguna Beach City Council will discuss vacation rentals at its next meeting, 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17 City Council Chambers, 505 Forest Avenue. The council will consider and provide direction to city staff regarding a draft ordinance that proposes amendments to Municipal...

Progress Report due on Revisions to downtown Specific Plan

The city of Laguna Beach and MIG consulting team will hold a meeting from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3 in the council chambers to present updates to the Downtown Specific Plan. The study session will focus on retail, commercial and the Conditional Use Permit Process. MIG will...

Local Merchants Woo Customers With Post Black Friday Breaks

Friends, family, and colleagues are encouraged to shop downtown on Small Business Saturday, Nov 28 and enjoy special discounts, giveaways, entertainment, refreshments and raffles. Join with 50 businesses that have already signed up to #thinklagunafirst; stay, shop and dine in...

Chamber Leader Addresses Business Club

Join Laura Henkels, Executive Director of the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce at the 7:30 a.m. breakfast meeting of the Laguna Beach Business Club on Nov. 19 at the Hotel Laguna, 425 S. Coast Highway. Ms. Henkels holds 2 Bachelor’s degrees and is a licensed stock broker, a...