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Noted Architect’s Works Return to the Spotlight

Aubrey St. Clair, the prolific architect responsible for many government buildings and private homes in Laguna Beach designed in the Mediterranean colonial style, is the subject of a talk by architectural historian Ted Wells on Saturday, March 18. A prix fix menu will be served...

Taking Advantage of Subtle Seasons

Learn how to take full advantage of subtle seasons at South Laguna Community Garden as urban farmer Anna Maria Desipris provides growing guidance at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 18 at the corner of Coast Highway and Eagle Rock Way. The event is free and the public is welcome. RSVP at...

Storm-Damaged Garden Needs Restoration

Laguna Beach Garden Club is collecting donations to restore a garden established by the Sister Cities Association in Heisler Park that was destroyed by an uprooted eucalyptus tree. Contributions can be mailed to Laguna Beach Garden Club, P.O. Box 362, Laguna Beach, Calif., 92652....

Limelight

A New Champ Skims to Shore

                      And division winners, according to the Vic website: Pro men’s division Tim Fulton Austin Keen Blair Conklin Max Bourne Sammy Stinnett Teddy Vlasis Johnny Salta Perry Pruitt        ...

Artist Finds Her Calling Wrapped in Felt

Booties, bedroom slippers, hats, crafts and the smooth emerald green surface covering expensive pool tables: these are the typical consumer uses associated with felt, which also figures in industrial applications. Yet, in regions of central Asia, the dense fabric is popularly...

Expect Raunchy Fun at ‘Rocky Horror Show’

At more than six feet, he sashays onto the stage in a fishnet top, slightly slipping corset, platform heels and spiky pink hair. In the latest re-incarnation of the Rocky Horror Show lead character and mad scientist Frank-N-Furter works his wacky magic at the No Square Theatre,...

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Obituaries

Marilyn B. Schmitz

Marilyn B. Schmitz passed away in Palm Desert at the age of 86 on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. Known throughout her life as “Minow,” her parents, Lynn and Marie Taylor, settled in Laguna Beach in 1927, the year the village incorporated as a city. Marilyn was born in a bungalow on Aster...

Jeanne Marie Stodder

January 7, 1931 – February 17, 2017 Jeanne Marie Stodder (née Anderson) a 33-year resident of Dana Point, left this world suddenly on Feb. 17, 2017. She was surrounded by her seven children and four of their spouses when she left them behind and passed through those fabled gates....

Michael Sager

Michael Sagar passed away Dec. 20, 2016, with his family, fresh cookies and chocolate ice cream by his side. He was 84. Sagar lived his ideal life surfing, skiing, windsurfing and mountain biking with a little layering of jazz trumpet thrown in. A lure of the ocean and dream of...

Columns

Village Matters

We Have Everything We Need Neighbor and fellow landscape architect Sally Dunne had stage four cancer for years. Surgeries, chemotherapy, bone marrow transplants bought her time. Always cheerful and beautiful—even though bald—she’d walk past our house with her large black poodle...

Pet Peeves

Denise & Mr. Wilson   I’ve changed the names in this column to protect the privacy of the people I’m writing about. My name is changed to Mr. Wilson, of “Dennis the Menace” fame. The little girl who lives next door is Denise. She refused using a boy’s name like Dennis...

Wisdom Workout

Emotional Etiquette   Do you have friends or relatives that you don’t like talking to because they interrupt, invalidate, shut you down, give you quick and useless bits of unsolicited advice and, to sum it all up, are lousy listeners, emotionally violating, aggressively...

The Kibitzer

The Towering Flowering I only went out for a walk, / And finally concluded / To stay out until sundown, / For going out I found, Was really going in. — John Muir No less a color authority than Francis Albert Sinatra once remarked, “Orange is the happiest color.” If he were...
Posted On 13 Apr 2017

Taking Stock

Bad News Gets Higher Ratings “Don’t sell on strike news” is one of Wall Street’s oldest adages. This appeared in the 1880’s, reflecting a period when the newspapers put labor disputes in bold headlines. The slogan persisted until about fifty years ago as strikes against...

Pet Peeves

Ancestry.com(e) I can vouch for the Indy’s “Study Confirms 6.3 Million Visitors.” My wife and I have had 6.3 million relatives since January. That’s how many it felt like. I’ve met relatives I didn’t even know I had. I asked one fellow crashing on our couch in March, “What side...