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Art Seen 7/19/13

Art-To-Go Offers Receptions, Hotel Prizes at Festival of Arts  The Artists Fund at Festival of Arts is exhibiting its  Art-To-Go collection now through Aug. 31 at Tivoli Lane on the Festival grounds. The fund raising program, themed Little Pictures with a Purpose, features 100...

Getting Out 7/12/13

Festival Cooking Series Showcases Center Club Chef Lewis Butler, executive chef of Center Club in Costa Mesa, brings his culinary expertise to the Art of Cooking series at the Festival of Arts on Sunday, July 14, from 1 to 2 p.m. Festival visitors can watch award-winning Chef...

Getting Out 7/5/13

Mayor Leads Off Concert Besides mayor and former tavern owner, Kelly Boyd will add a new title to his repertoire when he conducts the Community Band in “God Bless America,” opening the 5:30 p.m. concert Monday, July 8 on the Festival of Arts’ grounds Boyd’s love for music...

Pageant Readies for its Hollywood Close-up

Sarah Schmidt, a 10-year volunteer cast member in the Pageant of the Masters, does not believe in half-measures. To turn herself into a convincing facsimile of Jean Harlow for a larger than life publicity photograph, the 31-year-old, just days before posing for the picture,...

City OKs Village Entrance

By a 4-1 vote, Laguna Beach’s City Council endorsed a plan disproving the Joni Mitchell song about paving paradise to put up a parking lot. Their plan for a long-sought village entrance will un-pave a parking lot, summoning paradise in the form of an urban park where asphalt now...

Council Endorses Village Entrance

Laguna Beach’s City Council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to move forward with a $35 million multi level parking structure and park for the town’s village entrance, despite concerns raised by dissenting member Toni Iseman about costs. More than 30 people addressed the special meeting in...

If We Don’t Build It, They Will Still Come

Editor: Is there a need for more parking in downtown Laguna? As a concept plan for a Village Entrance nears completion, naysayers are starting their drumbeat against a need for more parking. I offer some initial first thoughts to make a case that there is a need. 1) A citywide...

In Search of Splinter Festival Info

Editor, I lived in South Laguna in the ‘60s, but have lived in Connecticut since September, 1968.  I was born Olivia Marin and I grew up in Southern California. In 1968, I joined a group of artists in an art festival that ran in conjunction with the Festival of Arts and the...

Class Notes 1/25/13

Learning English While Making Friends Laguna’s school district offers adults English as a Second Language classes at all levels beginning Monday, Feb. 4. The sessions are Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and meet in Room 90 across the street from Laguna Beach High...

Festival of Arts Prospers in 2012

With Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts turning 81 next summer and revenue above projections  due to the success of “The Genius,” last year’s Pageant of the Masters production, the overall mood at the organization’s annual meeting on Wednesday was celebratory. “Our finances...

Rotary Revs Up for Car Show

A collection of classic cars and motorcycles bring to life the history, engineering ingenuity and art form of automobile design during Laguna Beach Rotary Club’s 9th Annual Classic Car Show, set for Sunday, Oct. 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Festival of Arts’ grounds, 650...

Living Green on Conservancy’s Dinner Agenda

Chris Prelitz, a local resident and co-founder of Transition Laguna Beach, speaks at the Laguna Canyon Conservancy monthly dinner meeting on Monday, Oct. 1 at the Tivoli Terrace restaurant on the grounds of the Festival of Arts. Prelitz is a green building pioneer, constructing...

Cyclists Pedal to Support AIDS Services

The third annual Orange County Ride for AIDS (OCRA), which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 13, setting out and finishing at Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts. The 100-mile event begins with rider registration at 5:30 a.m. departure at 7 a.m. Taste of OCRA participants will leave...

Stars Turn Out for Pageant Gala

  Festival of Arts board member Anita Mengels with noted lawyer Gloria Allred. Nearly 3,000 fans swarmed the Festival of Arts’ grounds to hear award-winning performer Christopher Cross in concert last Saturday, the capstone special event of the summer season. Special guests,...

Laguna Welcomes Hometown Medalist

The city will honor Olympic gold medalist Annika Dries on Saturday, Sept. 1, at the community pool from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission to the pool at 670 Park Ave. will be free and residents are encouraged to bring their suit and towel.  Mayor Jane Egly will present Dries with a City...