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Making Your Vote an Informed One

Making Your Vote an Informed One

Editor, On Nov. 6 we will be exercising our right to participate in the democratic process by voting for not only school board members and city council members, but also for state and national officers.  Good citizens are informed citizens. Making better information available is the goal of the Laguna Beach Branches of AAUW, League […]

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Brooks Surf Contest Opens Registration

Brooks Surf Contest Opens Registration

The waiting period for the 50th Brooks Street Surf Contest has begun. The surf contest, touted as “the oldest surfing classic in the world,” is open to Laguna Beach residents only. Event age groups range from youth (boys 13 and under, girls 15 and under) through to senior masters (40-49). Register at the city’s Community […]

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His Talents Go Beyond Theater

His Talents Go Beyond Theater

Elan (“EJ”) Kramer, the Laguna Beach High School senior who just landed the best actor award at the 42nd annual MACY Awards last week, displays extraordinary talent on stage. But the secret to his success, it seems, lies in a well-rounded character, limitless passion and strong work ethic. Musicality runs in the family, so EJ’s […]

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Student Musicians Rock the House

Student Musicians Rock the House

Three of the school district’s instrumental groups brought home first place trophies at a recent regional music competitions. The LBHS Wind Ensemble won first place and unanimous superior ratings from the judges at the “Music in the Park” competition held in conjunction with California’s Great American Theme Park in San Francisco, April 26-28. Last week, […]

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Getting to Know Allan Mansoor

Getting to Know Allan Mansoor

By Jean Ardell This is the third in a series of columns about the candidates running for the 74th Assembly District. Next week I’ll offer my reflections on the three candidates and my opinions on the needs of the 74th.   Allan Mansoor, a Republican, is the declared incumbent, although the 74th is a newly […]

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Hedden For God’s Country

Hedden For God’s Country

From Bongos To Head Banging To Maxiwhacking By Andy Hedden Originally published in 2005. It all started when my Aunt Pat gave me a set of bongos for my 6th birthday.  They say some people are born to play, and I guess it’s true, because 42 years later I’m still a drummer. I still have […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

Suds Up to Aid Orphans Students at the Community Learning Center at Top of the World School will hold their fifth annual car wash and bake sale to benefit children at the Door of Faith Orphanage near Rosarito, Mexico, on Saturday, May 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The event will take place in […]

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Stopping a Relic of a Wired World

Stopping a Relic of a Wired World

Editor,   Laguna outdid itself this year for Earth Day with collaboration between the city, Seeds, Transition Laguna, Kelp Fest and others. What a great day and a great turn out. So what a come down to have AT&T telephone directories dumped on our doorsteps. I was extra lucky; I got two of them since […]

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El Morro Students Visit Ocean Institute

El Morro Students Visit Ocean Institute

Forty-two fifth graders from Laguna Beach’s El Morro Elementary enjoyed a marine mammal cruise from Dana Point’s Ocean Institute dock last week.   Two additional groups of El Morro students were treated this week as well. The students were funded by a donation from Hearts of Montage, an employee charity affiliated with Montage Laguna Beach. […]

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Culture Karma

Culture Karma

Can We Talk?   We are surrounded by art. Galleries line the streets. Laguna Art Museum sits on the hill as if presiding over its flock. Laguna College of Art & Design exhorts budding artists to go forth and make art. Summer festivals attract huge crowds. Arts groups dole out funding and awards and classes […]

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Council Says No Puppy in the Window

Council Says No Puppy in the Window

Due to reported abuses at commercial dog breeding facilities, better known as “puppy mills,” the council this week joined the cities of Irvine and Dana Point by prohibiting the retail sale of cats and dogs.  No stores in the city currently sell pets. The number of pets exterminated at animal shelters from lack of adoption, […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

The Verb of Love Valentines Day is all about love. In our aggressive society, it is easy to ignore this opportunity to let down and enjoy the small pause points that come when we participate in the art of celebration. If we turn love into a verb, it has the power to transform the quality […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

The Fulfillment Factor Have you noticed that if you attempt to care deeply about everyone and everything, you end up stretched so thin that you become brittle, numb and overwhelmed? On the other hand, if you decide to live within a closed, overly protective attitude, your wellspring of curiosity, positive anticipation, and willingness to engage, […]

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Year’s Final Day Yields Gold for Non-Profits

Year’s Final Day Yields Gold for Non-Profits

While retailers and individuals by now have wrapped up the annual binge of gift selling and buying, leaders of some nonprofits are still anticipating crucial year-end gifts, many arriving in the year’s final hours, that keep their programs running. Even organizations with strong year-long support admit to a bump in December donations, and many turn […]

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Club Awarded Soul Support

Club Awarded Soul Support

Summer and Don Meek, founders of The SOUL Project Foundation, recently presented the Boys & Girls Club with a $500 donation.   The SOUL Project team of entrepreneurs, designers and artists began an apparel company that holds “socially conscious capitalism” as a core value. Its aim is to protect beautiful places by supporting groups that […]