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Archive for May, 2013

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'Pianist' Strikes an Evocative Chord

‘Pianist’ Strikes an Evocative Chord

Immerse yourself in passionate, flawlessly played classical music and absorb a riveting true story of family love in Laguna Playhouse’s “The Pianist of Willesden Lane,” in production only until June. 9. Coming straight from her heart and executed with fluid  professionalism, sole performer Mona Golabek summons pathos in her audience as she recounts the sacrifices […]

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Remembering With Flowers and Flags

Remembering With Flowers and Flags

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Farewell To May, Hello To Summer The market had a good month. As May comes to a close, the S&P 500 is up around 6% for the month and 15% since the beginning of the year. As always, investors now ask, “What’s next?” Stocks tend to follow Isaac Newton’s first law of motion that an […]

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Mayor Calls for Citywide Vote on Village Entrance

Mayor Calls for Citywide Vote on Village Entrance

For the second time this month, Mayor Kelly Boyd voiced his belief that the city’s largest pending capital improvement project, the estimated $50 million village entrance parking structure and strip park, should not go forward without voter approval. Boyd’s statement came as part of a “State of the City” address Tuesday, where he, City Manager […]

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Skim Boarder Makes a Miracle Save - Updated

Skim Boarder Makes a Miracle Save – Updated

Quick action by a skim boarder saved the life of an infant pulled into a rip tide by a rogue wave on Saturday at Aliso Beach, according to witnesses. Pat Watson, 46, who took up skim boarding after moving from Hawaii in 1991, said he threw his board aside and took off in a dead […]

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Patchwork: The Voice of Moderation

Patchwork: The Voice of Moderation

by Chris Quilter   My mother’s mother was a perfect lady. If she were starving, she would politely ask you if you were hungry. (No? Are you sure?) On occasion, however, she could flash the will of steel she usually kept cloaked beneath her garment of gentility. As she grew dangerously wobbly, for example, she […]

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Real Fun at Faux Show

Real Fun at Faux Show

The Laguna Art Museum is stepping into the summer season with two drastically different shows: “Faux Real” is an array of wel- executed works of art playing with concepts of reality versus perception. Ex-pose, on the other hand, is a poignant tribute to artist Beatriz da Costa, who documents her inner and physical struggles after […]

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Art Seen 5/31/13

Art Seen 5/31/13

A Winning Set The Arts Commission recommended a design by local artist Terry Thornsley for installation at the city’s new lifeguard headquarters on Main Beach. The City Council will review the recommendation, seen here in a rendering, at its meeting on June 4.   CES Exhibition Maps Identity Val Britton’s “Terra Incognita” opens with a […]

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Getting Out 5/31/13

Getting Out 5/31/13

Grammy Winners Gather to Support Blue Water and Radio Several Grammy winning artists will perform from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 31 at the Cliff, 577 S. Coast Highway, in a fundraising concert benefitting Blue Water Green Earth and KX 93.5, the local radio station. The confirmed performers already include Jonny Kaplan and Rami […]

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The Write Stuff 5/31/13

The Write Stuff 5/31/13

Poetry Winners To Be Announced The winners of the 15th Annual Poetry Contest will be announced at an event Saturday, June 1 beginning at 1 p.m. at the Laguna Beach Library, 362 Glenneyre St. More than 300 entries were taken for seven categories in this year’s contest.

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Wisdom Workout: Running on Empty?

Wisdom Workout: Running on Empty?

My first full time job as a young adult was as a bank teller. Periodically, the bank auditors would arrive and the atmosphere would become tense. What will they find? Will we be in compliance? Will our manager enforce stricter checks and balances on our procedures? In other words, will we be forced to change? […]

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Biker Pushes the Wheels for Fundraising

Biker Pushes the Wheels for Fundraising

George Vitolo, 47, will take part in 12hrs of Temecula, a 100-mile endurance mountain biking race in November. His goal is to raise $20,000 for his main sponsor, Huntington Beach’s Shoreline Ambulance, which delivers “joy jars” to children’s hospitals, a program called NEGU – never ever give up. Vitolo, who has lived in Laguna for […]

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Shore Scene: Spotting a Winged Carnivore

Shore Scene: Spotting a Winged Carnivore

By Mia Davidson and Jan Sattler Laguna Beach supports a large number of resident bird species and one of the more distinctive species sighted is the Brandt’s cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus).  Found only in North America, Brandt’s cormorants are marine birds that are mostly permanent residents of the Pacific coast and congregate in colonies on rocky […]

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Community Datebook 5/31/13

Community Datebook 5/31/13

More Markdowns at Tag Sale A post Boutique Benefit sale will be held in the parking lot of the Neighborhood Congregation Church on Saturday, June 1 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Remaining items will be offered at drastically reduced prices. The initial sale raised $30,000, the greater portion of which will go to Laguna Food […]

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Shirley Grogan

Shirley Grogan

Shirley Virginia Whitman Aguinaldo Grogan, 93, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Wednesday, May 22. She was born Jan. 4, 1920, in her home on 7 Mile Road during the biggest snowstorm in the history of Lake Orion, Mich. She graduated from Lake Orion High School in 1938 and in 1943 she joined the Marine […]