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Jews Welcome a New Year

Chabad Jewish Center plans Rosh Hashanah services and a workshop in the next week, marking the beginning of the Jewish new year 5775. At a 7 p.m. cooking class in a private home on Sunday, Sept. 21, cook Mazal Yuditsky introduces participants to Rosh Hashanah foods and customs...
Posted On 18 Sep 2014

Embrace ’14 as Your Own Child

Let’s take a moment to formally welcome 2014. The birthing process is over and we’ve brought the new baby home. If you listen closely, you might notice that your mind may be rehearsing its New Year speech. It goes something like this: “A new year is a good thing. It brings...

New Year’s Eve Lowdown

By Donna Furey, Special to the Independent Choices abound for New Year’s celebrations in and around Laguna Beach this year, including two different Gatsby-themed costume parties, an ‘80s party, and a murder mystery dinner. To make life easier on beleaguered partiers, several...

New & Improved

It’s that time of year again, making New Year resolutions. I suppose I should be grateful to be around for this annual event. But to tell the truth, something I rarely do, resolutions are my second least favorite thing to do. My first least favorite thing is to hear from my wife...

Pet Peeves: Resolutions

By Mark Crantz   Laguna Beach.  Another perfect day in paradise, but now it’s time to make New Year resolutions. Oh no!  And this year I’m not prepared because I was counting on my Mayan calendar to get me out of this time worn ritual. Darn those magnetic fields....

New Year’s Eve Liberation

By Pamela Knudsen “What are you doing for New Year’s Eve?” said the owner of C.J. Rose as I browsed through the latest fashions in her boutique.  “This dress would look fabulous on you!” she said enthusiastically as she pointed to a sparkly, black gown.  “It’s gorgeous,” I sai...

New Year’s Eve Laguna-Style

By Michele McCormick   New Year’s Eve in Paris, Hong Kong, Nairobi, Delhi, exotic spots all. Still, at the auspicious time, I’d rather be in Laguna. Not only because our town is one of the world’s most beautiful coastal cities, but also because I participate in revered...

Getting Out 12/28/12

Saluting ’13 in 007 Style The St. Regis Monarch Beach hosts its New Year’s Eve party with live music, culinary stations, cocktails, Aston Martins, and a midnight champagne toast. Located at 1 Monarch Beach Resort, advanced entry at 8 p.m. is $105 and includes the culinary...

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...

Live Performances

New Music Series Starts in the New Year   Laguna Beach Live is offering a discounted season subscription to its Jazz Wednesdays Winter Series for those who buy online.   The concerts begin Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. and features an array of jazz artists in a cabaret style club...

New Year’s Revelers Face Array of Choices, New Venues

K’ya Bistro Bar, located in the La Casa del Camino hotel, will host New Year’s Eve festivities from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m.  Guests will enjoy live entertainment featuring Andrew Corradinia in the lobby and receive complimentary appetizers and dessert. At midnight, enjoy...

Wisdom Workout

Transformation   Remember when the transformer action figures were the current got-to-have toys for boys? I would watch my grandson twist and turn limbs, torsos and heads with a surety and speed that was mind-boggling. “How did you do that?” “Easy!” he would say. When I tried, I...

A Bicyclist’s Viewpoint

Editor: Bill Deline’s letter to the editor about the number of cyclists riding through Laguna is expected and deserved (“More Two-Wheelers on the Road Too,” Feb. 11, Letters.) If he saw the New Year’s Day ride…yes, it’s huge (400+riders), and can stretch out over half a mile....

Keeping Teens in Plain Sight

Editor,   Dear Oak Street neighbor, Sorry my son and his friends annoy you. Teen-agers are annoying, and very often annoy me, too. However, if like you, I complained to the police every time I was annoyed by them, I would need a full-time officer assigned to me. Maybe you...
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