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    Surf Legend Remembered as a ‘Genius and a Gentleman’

    Surf Legend Remembered as a ‘Genius and a Gentleman’

    With hundreds of well-wishers reciting his name three times in unison, Hobie Alter’s daughter Paula concluded an outdoor memorial service on the Aliso Creek golf course fairway, saying “we release you to the elements: earth, air and sea.” Hundreds more are expected at Doheny State Beach to further fulfill that promise by joining a memorial […]

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    College Mourns a Student of Wit and Talent

    College Mourns a Student of Wit and Talent

      They stood in solemn formation, their faces illuminated by electronic candles or glow string head and wristbands, along Laguna Canyon Road at the edge of the Laguna College of Art and Design’s main campus. As lights in the crosswalk brought traffic to a stop last Thursday, April 10, students from LCAD’s Big Bend campus […]

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    Music Fest Wins New Fans

    Music Fest Wins New Fans

    Organizer and promoter Rick Conkey agreed to some unusual concessions in setting up last month’s Blue Water Green Earth Music Festival. Besides hiring police for security, keeping an ambulance on standby, he agreed to pull the plug on amplified music for 30 minutes Saturday evening due to a wedding scheduled at a neighboring venue, Seven […]

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    The Truth Behind the Fiction

    The Truth Behind the Fiction

      When I was a girl, a police officer lived with his sweet wife and three fresh-faced children in the ground floor apartment. Think Norman Rockwell in the Bronx. Now and then, angry shouts and frightening sounds were heard behind their door. When I asked my mother about it, she said that things happen between […]

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    New Appeals Keep Artists on Hold

    New Appeals Keep Artists on Hold

    Artists are already lining up for the chance to take up residence in Louis Longi’s controversial work-live project in Laguna Canyon, which was approved by the City Council last week. When they will get the chance to apply remains to be seen as opponents are pursuing new avenues to halt the project. On one front, […]

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    Student’s Death Revives Safety Questions

    Student’s Death Revives Safety Questions

    The section of Laguna Canyon Road where an art student from France was fatally injured had long been known to her college, city officials and Caltrans as a crossing in dire need of a traffic signal. Fine art major Nina Fitzpatrick, 22, died this week after being struck April 3 by an elderly motorist from […]

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    Indy Calendar April 11-17, 2014

    Indy Calendar April 11-17, 2014

    Friday, April 11 Sawdust Art Festival Classes: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  www.sawdustartfestival.org/studioartclasses  949-494-3030. Also 4/12-13. Nick I & ADD, 9 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 Coast Hwy. , 949-715-7777 VooDoo Grove, 9 p.m., Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Ave, 949-494-3027 Bruce Cockburn, 8 p.m., The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano. 949-496-8930 Roger Housden, […]

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    Gates, Ekstrom Receive Art Stars Awards

    Gates, Ekstrom Receive Art Stars Awards

      Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts recognized its stars and paid tribute to renowned Pacific Symphony Music Director Carl St.Clair at the eighth annual Art Star Awards on Sunday. About 260 attended the event at Seven Degrees, which included a red carpet reception set to music by Laguna Concert Band’s Swing Set. Even chair Wayne […]

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    Art Seen

    Art Seen

    Studying Oil Painting and Native Creatures Enjoy an informative tour of the Pacific Marine Mammal Center on Saturday, April 12, with a close-up view of live sea lions, followed by a hands-on art project, taught by a professional instructor Mary Hurlbut. Everyone takes home finished art. Beginners are welcome and all supplies are included. The fee […]

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    Spring Delicacies Season New Menu

    Spring Delicacies Season New Menu

    English peas, sugar snap pea vines, asparagus, artichokes and sweet onions are incorporated into 10 new dishes on the menu at The Deck, 627 Sleepy Hollow Lane, next door to the newly renamed Driftwood Kitchen, due to open this summer. Chef Rainier Schwarz, who trained in Switzerland and was mentored by Joachim Splichal, says “By […]

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    Guards Endure a Daunting Tryout

    Guards Endure a Daunting Tryout

    Photos and story by Mitch Ridder Last Saturday morning, 50 men and six women pushed themselves through three physical events to begin their journey to become Laguna Beach lifeguards. First, competitors had to successfully complete a 1,000-meter swim under 20 minutes in 58º water, before moving on to the second and third events. A run-swim-run […]

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    Visiting the Wilderness in Laguna’s Backyard

    Visiting the Wilderness in Laguna’s Backyard

    By Ron Chilcote Perhaps the most pristine and precious of all the canyons in the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Laurel Canyon nestles in a hollow shielding it from the adjacent San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor, a barrier to the free flow of wildlife that introduces sounds of traffic to the wilderness.           […]

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    Amid Laguna’s Open Space, a Fresh Water Oasis

    Amid Laguna’s Open Space, a Fresh Water Oasis

    Photos and story by Ron Chilcote Through the heart of the Laguna wilderness runs Laguna Canyon Road. Historically a major access to Laguna Beach, it was originally dirt and gravel and later a paved, twisting two- and three-lane road through the canyon. Now it is two lanes each way, and separated by barriers and space […]

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    All Was Merry and Bright for Hospitality Night

    All Was Merry and Bright for Hospitality Night

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    Surf Legend Remembered as a ‘Genius and a Gentleman’

    Surf Legend Remembered as a ‘Genius and a Gentleman’

    With hundreds of well-wishers reciting his name three times in unison, Hobie Alter’s daughter Paula concluded an outdoor memorial service on the Aliso Creek golf course fairway, saying “we release you to the elements: earth, air and sea.” Hundreds more are expected at Doheny State Beach to further fulfill that promise by joining a memorial […]

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    College Mourns a Student of Wit and Talent

    College Mourns a Student of Wit and Talent

      They stood in solemn formation, their faces illuminated by electronic candles or glow string head and wristbands, along Laguna Canyon Road at the edge of the Laguna College of Art and Design’s main campus. As lights in the crosswalk brought traffic to a stop last Thursday, April 10, students from LCAD’s Big Bend campus […]

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    Music Fest Wins New Fans

    Music Fest Wins New Fans

    Organizer and promoter Rick Conkey agreed to some unusual concessions in setting up last month’s Blue Water Green Earth Music Festival. Besides hiring police for security, keeping an ambulance on standby, he agreed to pull the plug on amplified music for 30 minutes Saturday evening due to a wedding scheduled at a neighboring venue, Seven […]

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    The Truth Behind the Fiction

    The Truth Behind the Fiction

      When I was a girl, a police officer lived with his sweet wife and three fresh-faced children in the ground floor apartment. Think Norman Rockwell in the Bronx. Now and then, angry shouts and frightening sounds were heard behind their door. When I asked my mother about it, she said that things happen between […]

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    In Appreciation

    In Appreciation

    It’s that time of the year when our graduating high school seniors anxiously await news of acceptance to the college they have their heart set on. There are also local scholarships to be awarded and panels who are diligently meeting to decide who the recipient’s will be this year. My youngest daughter, Sara, was lucky […]

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    Let’s Go Parking

    Let’s Go Parking

    You know you are older when going parking has become a problem. In high school, we had a special place to go parking and there always seemed to be enough room for cars, and birds and bees, too.  Now everybody is older and fuzzy about parking with benefits so it is necessary to hire a […]

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    Slow Down, Mindful of Life's Preciousness

    Slow Down, Mindful of Life’s Preciousness

    Editor, Our hearts are broken over the lost of Nina Fitzpatrick. Our sympathy, while heartfelt, is little consolation for her friends and family. We wish it were the case that tragedy was not a prerequisite for learning how precious and fragile life is, but it seems we have a difficult time with this lesson. If […]

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    Shelter Worse Than a Natural Disaster

    Shelter Worse Than a Natural Disaster

    Editor, (This letter also went to the City Council.) First of all we’d like to  thank each and every one of you for your years of commitment, dedication and endless hours of hard work in helping preserve the tremendous attributes that we all love about Laguna Beach. As 45-year residents and homeowners the past 20 […]

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    Students Compete in Unusual Contest

    Students Compete in Unusual Contest

    Members of a Thurston Middle School club participated in the Destination Imagination Challenge tournament at El Cajon’s Granite Hills High, an example of learning that includes a focus on critical thinking and communication, Principal Jenny Salberg said. The contest is sponsored by a non-profit organization whose purpose is to inspire and equip children to become […]

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    In Appreciation

    In Appreciation

    It’s that time of the year when our graduating high school seniors anxiously await news of acceptance to the college they have their heart set on. There are also local scholarships to be awarded and panels who are diligently meeting to decide who the recipient’s will be this year. My youngest daughter, Sara, was lucky […]

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    Getting High Tech Up to Speed

    Getting High Tech Up to Speed

    The school district’s new tech director vouched for the necessity of spending $900,000 over the next year to get the district up to speed with the high-tech direction public education is rapidly taking. “Speed is our biggest issue,” Mike Morrison, who was hired in February as the district’s chief technology director, told school board members […]

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    Young Actor Scores Another Role

    Young Actor Scores Another Role

    Makenna Pitz was honored with a certificate of recognition by the Rotary Club as the Laguna Beach High School student of the month for March in the performing arts department. She will also receive a scholarship at the Honors Convocation to be held in June. Makenna performed in the high school’s spring musical. She plans […]

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    Himalayan Festival Comes to Laguna Beach

    Himalayan Festival Comes to Laguna Beach

    Visitors to the first Himalayan Festival held in Southern California will have a chance to experience a sampling of culture from four different Asian countries over two days while in Laguna Beach. On Saturday and Sunday, April 19-20, the Festival of Arts’ grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, will experience an influx of Tibetans, Nepalese, Bhutanese […]

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    Community Datebook

    Community Datebook

    Forum Looks at Housing Homeless in Laguna Canyon Neighborhood Congregational Church hosts a community forum to discuss Friendship Shelter’s permanent supportive housing proposal at 7 p.m., Friday, April 11. Dawn Price, Friendship Shelter’s executive director, will give details about the proposal and will answer questions about its impact and benefits at the church, 340 St. […]

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    What’s Sprouting

    What’s Sprouting

    Nurturing Plants That Heal The public is invited to Jessica McLeish’s free workshop on Healing Foods in the South Laguna Community Garden at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 12. McLeish will share her knowledge of the healing properties of plant-based foods and how eating certain foods may help counteract ailments. The garden is at Eagle Rock […]

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    Design Professional Wins Award

    Design Professional Wins Award

    Laguna Beach architect Bob McGraw received a customer satisfaction award from Houzz, a home remodeling and design website. Users of the site, which has 16 million monthly visitors, chose McGraw. Winners receive a “Best of Houzz 2014” badge on their profiles.

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