renaissance

Recovering Sports Agent Still Making a Difference

Concussions are “a ticking time bomb,” said sports agent Leigh Steinberg, guest speaker of Laguna Beach Rotary Club last Friday. That bomb exploded last month when former NFL legend Junior Seau, reportedly suffering from depression fueled by countless blows to the head over a...

Don Lowry

Don Lowry Laguna Beach has lost an ardent supporter of The Nature Conservancy, The Pacific Marine Mammal Center, The Zinc Cafe, Madison Square and The Penguin with the death of Donald Marquis Lowry on Friday, May 18, at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo. Lowry, still an avid...

Nike Taps Into Future Design Talent

For casual surfing fans, it’s hard to distinguish individual athletes in the line up and keep abreast of their standings from every heat. That may well change if the invention of three Laguna College of Art and Design students proves ready for commercialization. Amber Jepson,...

Laying Out a Smorgasbord for Film Junkies

By Christopher Trela   Eight hundred volunteers, 450 films, 50 countries, 14 screens and seven days comprise the staggering statistics behind an incredible experience for cinema junkies. They define the Newport Beach Film Festival, which takes place April 26 – May 3 at...

Soccer Teams Earning Respect of Peers

Keeping in step with a year-long pattern of sports success at Laguna Beach High, both soccer programs are putting together strong seasons that could end up rivaling the surprising efforts of last year’s baseball and football teams. “They want to do as well as their friends did in...

Hexbergs Grant Athletes’ Wishes

By Samantha Washer, SchoolPower vice president   Christmas came early this year for Laguna Beach High School’s athletic programs with a surprise donation of $25,000.  The donation from the Hexberg Family Foundation was given to SchoolPower and earmarked for distribution to...

Class Notes

Theater Night for Graduates, Sports Gear Plays On, Take a Coffee Break at Home, and Working Musical Instruments Wanted.

Food Experts Discuss Youth Nutrition

Two speakers who focus on children’s nutrition are featured guests Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Coffee Break, the PTA-sponsored adult education workshop held at Aliso Creek Inn at 8 a.m. Local Melanie R. Silverman, a registered dietician, will provide effective strategies to improve...

Wielding Chop Sticks Boosts Team Spirit

In a year of tight school budgets and a legal settlement that has spiked the levying of “spirit fees” for student athletes, Laguna Beach’s Katsuya restaurant has made a welcome season-long offer: 10 percent of game-night dinner checks from patrons who wear the school’s maroon and...

Basketball Sign-ups Underway

Become a part of community history by participating in this year’s boys basketball league at the Boys and Girls Club. Since the original club opened its doors on Main Beach in 1952, basketball and other sports leagues have played a pivotal part in providing local youth a safe...

Summer Wonderland

Editor, Among the many viewing pleasures of the fabulous holiday weekend was the extraordinary array of water sports gracing our pristine waters. Kayaks, swimmers, divers, sailboats, and that most pandemic of water sports, stand-up paddleboarding. A panoply of healthy,...

Fun Summer Camps for Kids

Dana Sara and Jacob Cho of Cho’s Academy are offering a series of week-long summer camps. Themes include Harry Potter, Sports, Superhero, Seeing Outside and Western Camp.  Camp dates are Harry Potter (July 19-23), Sports (July 25-29), Superhero (August 8-12), Seeing Outside...

A Taste for Greek Life

Students at Laguna Beach’s St. Catherine’s of Sienna Parish School participated in their own version of the Greek Olympics last week. Sixth-graders participated in sports events, which coincided with their review of ancient Greece during social studies. Students staged “chariot”...

Hobie and Hurley Split a Peak

Surf apparel maker Hurley International announced a first-time collaboration with iconic surf brand and retailer Hobie to create a line of men’s surf apparel called Hobie by Hurley. This is the second recent alliance between national brands and local Laguna Beach retailers, which...

Thurston’s Noon Recess Goes Beyond Lunch

For two weeks of each month, Thurston Middle School students get to kick their fitness and sports activity up a notch with “Noon Sports.” The brainchild of physical education teacher Michael Bair, Noon Sports is a chance for kids to learn how to play organized sports, find the...