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Laguna’s Girls Wins CIF’s Water Polo Crown

Girls Water Polo (30-1) Makenzie Fischer scored five goals and had five steals to help power Laguna Beach past Newport Harbor 10-7 to capture the CIF’s top tier Division I girls water polo title Saturday at Irvine’s Woollett Center. Cara Borkovec added three goals and Bella...

Will the Parade Go On, Weather or Not?

The 48th Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade is scheduled to step off at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1, from Laguna Beach High School if it’s not raining hard. The National Weather Service is predicting a “strong” storm starting Friday night and continuing into parade day. In...

Personnel File

New Executive Takes Chamber’s Helm Tamara Campbell was appointed executive director of Laguna Beach’s Chamber of Commerce, succeeding Kristine Thalman, who left the post after three years earlier this month. Campbell, a local resident and former member of the city’s Heritage...

Local Investor Doubles Down

As a youngster growing up in Laguna Beach, Chris Dornin considered himself steeped in artists. The high school’s teams then were still named Artists, rather than the current Breakers. He studied art with retired art teacher Peter Tiner, entering projects in local art...

Thiebaud Revealed Through the Lens of Friendship

  Slices of cake, cupcakes dripping with frosting, ice cream cones and gum ball machines rendered in oil paint rather than flour and sugar might momentarily fool the senses and blur distinctions between a sweet shop and the Laguna Art Museum’s newest exhibit, “Wayne...

Tasting and Toasting the Town

Celebrate Good Taste, billed by promoters Visit Laguna Beach as a three-day culinary adventure, takes place March 7-9, with prix fixe menus, dinners with food and beverage pairings, and seating at chef’s tables in many Laguna Beach hotels and restaurants. March 7: The Rooftop...

Vocalist Performs for Jazz Wednesdays

The Katie Thiroux Quartet performs on Wednesday, March 5, at Seven-Degrees, 891 Laguna Canyon Rd., from 6-8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door and can be ordered at www.lagunabeachlive.org or by phone at 949-715-9713.           Festival...

On the Table

Boat-to-Plate Cuisine Lands in Laguna   Slapfish will open its second Orange County location in Laguna Beach at 211 Broadway St. in April. Owners Chef Andrew Gruel and Jethro Naude will offer fresh, sustainable seafood at their beach close location with 10 seats indoor...

Another Hat in the Ring for Laguna’s Council

Former political consultant and nearly lifelong local resident Michele Hall declared her candidacy for Laguna Beach’s City Council this week, filing a campaign organization statement, the city clerk reported. She joins Robert Zur Schmiede, chair of the city’s Planning Commission,...

Indy Calendar Feb. 28-March 6, 2014

Friday, Feb. 28 Mill Workshop w. Jamie Bichler, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. www.sawdustartfestival.org/studioartclasses  949-494-3030. Also 3/1. Nick I & ADD, 9 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 Coast Hwy. www.mozambiqueoc.com  949-715-7777 Jason Feddy, 8:30 p.m., Hotel Laguna, 425 S. Coast Hwy....

Protecting Nature’s Fragile Wonder

On a farm the kitchen is a combination office, staging area and coffee shop and I was enjoying being at this hub of my brother’s Nevada dairy. In came Alex, his partner, straight from spraying the cornfield.  “What did you spray it with?” the gardener in me wondered.  “Roundup,”...

Housing for Homeless in the Works

Editor, Beautifully written (“Soloist’s Closing Coda,” Feb. 21 edition). Thank you for this. The fact that Cliff was hounded by the authorities – ticketed 17 times for sleeping in public and whatever else, having his belongings confiscated – is an injustice. Sadly, it...

Artist Opposes Live-Work Project

Editor, I’m an artist. I have a studio in my home at 20358 Sun Valley Dr. since 1974. I taught at the Laguna College of Art, have shown my work at the Laguna Art Museum and am actively exhibiting my work in Orange County, Los Angeles, and elsewhere in the U.S. and abroad....

A Different Type of Welcome

Editor, Regarding L. Frazee’s suggestion (“Roll Out a Welcoming Bridge,” Letters, Feb. 21 edition) that Laguna Beach considers an entrance feature similar to Dana Point’s, I mean no disrespect to Mr. Frazee nor Dana Point residents, but I find that bridge, while...

At the Susi Q, Spirits Rise, Falls Diminish

Due to its popularity, the fall prevention class that began as a weekly session at the Susi Q Center three years ago, now is offered four times a week in three levels by physical therapist and Laguna local Geeta Singh. Singh teaches modified tai chi movements, flexibility and...