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Archive for January, 2012

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

Code Words   I was at CdM High School during the 1960s race riots in America.   There were almost nightly scenes of black people on TV being fire-hosed. Or attack dogs set on them.  Or being beaten by police with batons, arrested, put on buses to jail.  Or soldiers would guard them as they attempted […]

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Itinerant Supper Club Lures Food Fans

Itinerant Supper Club Lures Food Fans

We’re at a festive gathering on the sun-dappled porch of a harbor-front home on Balboa Island. Guests chat away, enjoying views of passing sailboats. When everyone has arrived, we take our seats around a  long table, set for brunch. Most in our group of 20 don’t know each other, but are meeting for the first […]

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‘Lonesome Traveler’ Finds Good Company

‘Lonesome Traveler’ Finds Good Company

Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, the Carter family, the Weavers, the Kingston Trio, Leadbelly, Odetta, Joan Baez, Peter, Paul and Mary and Bob Dylan. To many, those musical icons, along with countless lesser knowns singing and playing in homes, fields and churches, represent the spirit of America to audiences here and abroad. Their voices provide the […]

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Hot Dish

Hot Dish

Comfort Food is Anything But Common   At 6’1” and brandishing tattoos beneath his shirt-sleeves, Chef Ryan Adams’ appearance suggests a ruffian, ex-prison inmate. On closer inspection, though, each artistic piece of ink signifies Adams’ passion for all matters culinary. Beneath the intimidating façade resides a gentle spirit and culinary savant. Adams and trusty sidekick […]

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Art Seen

Art Seen

Laguna’s Wildlands Showcased at Soka   Work by Laguna Beach landscape-nature photographer and UC professor Ron Chilcote is featured in an exhibit that opened this week at Aliso Viejo’s Soka University.   The exhibit in Founders Hall titled “The Laguna Wilderness” and features images from Aliso and Woods Canyons as well as Laurel and Little […]

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Starfish Sweeps Out the Old Year

Starfish Sweeps Out the Old Year

Starfish restaurant plans revelry centered on traditional foods and traditions of the Asian year of the dragon with four days of special drink and food offerings beginning Monday, Jan. 23.   To celebrate the Asian lunar New Year, Starfish’s Chef Jarvis Yuan has created a pan-Asian inspired menu of traditional treats to celebrate this most […]

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Tunes & Tomes

Tunes & Tomes

Laguna Beach Books The Old Pottery Place, 1200 S. Coast Highway 1. Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George 2. The Jaguar by T. Jefferson Parker 3. The Barbarian Nurseries by Hector Tobar 4. Swamplandia by Karen Russell 5. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes 6. Woolgathering by Patti Smith 7. Annabel by Kathleen […]

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Firefighters Earn Praise of Their Peers

Firefighters Earn Praise of Their Peers

Laguna Beach Fire Department captain and paramedic Joe Maxon and reserve firefighter Brent Buccola will be honored as firefighters of the year at the Firefighters and Law Enforcement Annual Appreciation Awards Dinner on Jan. 28.   Maxon was nominated by his peers for his commitment to the department, demonstrated in his leading the newly revamped […]

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Green Light

Green Light

Climate Protection Earns B+ Marks   Because of the difficulty of the subject matter, a B+ in climate protection is respectable.  In this town of high achievers I doubt that we’ll let up in our mission of implementing the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement and our city’s mechanism for implementing it, the Climate Protection Action […]

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Community Datebook

Community Datebook

Throwing Down a Fitness Challenge   Marian Keegan, owner of The Art of Fitness, is issuing a fitness challenge and a chance at six weeks of free gym membership to those who visit with a trainer from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 21, 1080 S. Coast Highway.   Those who become gym members (at […]

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Newsmakers

Newsmakers

St. Joe’s Appoints Chiefs of Staff     St. Joseph Health System this week named new chiefs of staff at its hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, which has a second campus in Laguna Beach.   Dr. Rudy Marquez takes the job at Mission Hospital and Dr. Paul Beck will serve at St. Joseph Hospital […]

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Dolores Bargiela

Dolores Bargiela

Dolores “Maya” Bargiela, a longtime Laguna Beach resident, independent spirit and world traveler, passed away on Dec. 30, 2011, in San Juan Capistrano. She was 81. The cause was heart failure due to complications from a stroke.

Bargiela was born in Newark, N.J., of Spanish and Hungarian immigrant parents. Benefiting from her talent in ballet performance, she moved to Laguna Beach when she was 16 to study under a Russian ballet master and later was among the first students at Orange Coast College. For a few years, she divided her time between Laguna and New York City but settled in Laguna in the mid-‘50s where she worked for a local business.

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Indy Calendar, Jan.20-26, 2012

Indy Calendar, Jan.20-26, 2012

Friday, Jan. 20   Sawdust Art Festival Art Classes: 10 a.m., watercolor painting, water casting; 2 p.m., print making, fused glass. www.sawdustartfestival.org/studioartclasses  949-494-3030. Also Saturday.   Jazz with pianist Giovanni Miradi at Romeo Cucina, 249 Broadway. 949-497-6627 www.romeocucina.com     Free Family Concert, 6:30 p.m., Anneliese School, Willowbrook Campus, 20062 Laguna Canyon Rd. European classical […]

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Citizen Appreciation for Civil Servants

Citizen Appreciation for Civil Servants

  Editor, (This letter was also addressed to the city manager and other city staff.)   I need to take a moment to tell you about Ann Marie McKay.  I was involved in a project that required research into the formation of a subdivision in 1994 and 1995 – not exactly ancient history (at least […]

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Suggestions for More Resources Conservation

Suggestions for More Resources Conservation

  Editor,   Village Laguna is grateful for all the city has done to meet its commitment to the U.S. Mayor’s Agreement on climate change. We support the staff recommendation, and we have a few suggestions for further contributions to the battle against global warming.   1. Solar power for City Hall and the Senior/Community […]