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The Plant Man

The Plant Man

No Mystery Behind the Missing Blooms “Give a lot, expect a lot, and if you don’t get it, prune. –Thomas J. Peters   Who doesn’t love the way tree aloes brighten Laguna gardens this time of year?  The species, Aloe arborescens, is unrivaled for its magnificent red-orange blossoms, particularly in Heisler and Crescent Bay parks.  […]

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New Leaders Remake Art Scene

New Leaders Remake Art Scene

  A retrospective of Laguna Beach’s art scene in 2011 shows that high watermarks are likely to leave an indelible impression in the years to come, especially concerning major changes in the leadership of the art community. After 14 years at the helm of the Laguna Art Museum, longtime executive director, Bolton Colburn, abruptly resigned […]

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Lucky 11 Tie the Knot on 11-11-11

Lucky 11 Tie the Knot on 11-11-11

There was no other way to describe the day other than pristine, maybe even glorious. With rain predicted, the onshore breeze brought crisp, clean air.  The soft gold of the sun illuminated through multidimensional clouds against a baby blue sky.  It was warm enough for brides to feel comfortable in sleeveless gowns while grooms were […]

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Job Well Done, Laguna

Job Well Done, Laguna

Editor, I recently had a week’s vacation at a time-share in Laguna across from Heisler Park. Last visit there, the park was still under construction. Just want to say how much I enjoyed everything upon its completion. The day I arrived there was live music at the Rockpile Amphitheater that was so nice. The park […]

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Paint Competition Expands its Portfolio

Paint Competition Expands its Portfolio

A new palette of events colors the 13th annual Plein Air Painting Invitational, a competition among artists who paint on location, expanded to offer an array of activities that begin this Sunday, Oct. 8, in Heisler Park. Unlike in previous years, when festival painters first unpacked their easels along the Montage resort grounds, this year’s […]

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Uneducated Patriots?

Uneducated Patriots?

Editor,   For those who regard our new ‘sculpture’ in Heisler Park as patriotic art.   Today is 9/11 and I heard the host of the OC Television Channel say,   “Half of all Americans polled cannot tell you what year 9/11 occurred.”   If the poll is accurate, it would appear the US Patriot […]

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Sept. 11 Installation Underway

Sept. 11 Installation Underway

Though the months long reconstruction of Heisler Park ended before the summer season got underway, a contingent of joggers, dog walkers and tourists encountered what looked to be a construction truck loaded with steel beams this week. The unsuspecting audience witnessed the unfolding of a bit of Laguna Beach history taking shape near the park’s […]

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Elegant Design Selected for Sept. 11 Memorial

Elegant Design Selected for Sept. 11 Memorial

Laguna Beach artist Jorg Dubin’s concept for a Sept. 11 memorial sculpture was unanimously endorsed Monday by the city’s Arts Commission for installation in Heisler Park in time for the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack.             Mayor pro tem Jane Egly attended the proceedings and praised the finalists for their creativity. Dubin’s installation titled […]

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 Breached Whale Arrives Home at Last

Breached Whale Arrives Home at Last

Scupltor Jon Seeman’s “Breached Whale,” commissioned and approved by both the Arts Commission and the City Council but left homeless since no one could ultimately agree where to place the large beast, has finally found a home by the sea.   Last week, the whale sculpture was installed in a newly reconstructed section of a […]

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Bowlers Invite the Public to Try Their Greens

Bowlers Invite the Public to Try Their Greens

In celebration of their 80th anniversary, the Laguna Beach Lawn Bowling Club invites the public to join them for “Saturday on the Green,” a day of free lessons and a party-like atmosphere, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at their lawn in Heisler Park, 455 Cliff Drive. Singles, couples and families […]

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Finalists for Sculpture Garden Win Approval

Finalists for Sculpture Garden Win Approval

Naomi and Scott Schoenherr with models of their competition-winning Heisler Park sculptures. Photo by Ted Reckas Scott and Naomi Schoenherr’s designs for a sculpture garden, including works titled “Time Connected,” ”Continuous Rotation,” and “Tidal Pull” got the final go-ahead in a unanimous vote from the City Council this past Tuesday. The couple had been among […]

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Locals Win Commission for Heisler Sculpture Garden

Locals Win Commission for Heisler Sculpture Garden

The suspense over which artist team would be chosen to create a sculpture series for Heisler Park ended with a unanimous vote by the Arts Commission to award the $100,000 project to local artists Naomi and Scott Schoenherr last week. To the couple, however, the suspense won’t truly end until the City Council sanctions their […]

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An Unsettling End for a Restless Life

An Unsettling End for a Restless Life

Over a cup of coffee in Heisler Park last week, Charles “Cowboy” Conwell plucked a “holy” card from his wallet and presented it to Barbara McMurray, a Laguna Beach resident and homeless advocate. The card was embellished with a Jesus-like figure pointing the way to a sailor struggling in high seas. “It was one of […]

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Fishing Interests Vow to Oppose a Larger Marine Reserve

Fishing Interests Vow to Oppose a Larger Marine Reserve

A state-appointed panel favors a plan that would expand Laguna Beach’s existing marine reserve at Heisler Park to encompass 5.6 miles of the town’s shoreline and result in a ban on recreational and commercial fishing within the reserve for several years. Fishing interests who oppose the plan, including Laguna Beach’s mayor, said following the vote […]

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Economic Tide Turns Against Kelp Foresters

Economic Tide Turns Against Kelp Foresters

Southern California’s kelp forests, essential to the health of the marine ecosystem in California, have taken a beating in recent decades. Natural cycles of growth and decline have been skewed toward decline by El Nino events, algal blooms, polluted water, and populations of kelp-eating urchins unchecked by predators, among other things. Nevertheless, a small number […]