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Students Take Up the Challenge

A total of 27 students form Thurston Middle School and Top of the World Elementary School participated in the Destination Imagination Instant Challenge on Saturday, Jan. 9, says a district statement. The competition required teams to use critical thinking to solve open-ended...

Bobcat Attacks Beloved School Pets

A bobcat killed 12 chickens, a swan and three doves inside an aviary on the Laguna Canyon campus of Anneliese Schools on Sunday, Jan. 10, police said.

Mission Hospital CEO to Leave Post in February

Kenneth McFarland, chief executive officer of Mission Hospital, will leave his post effective Feb. 5. McFarland has been with Mission Hospital for 18 years and served as chief executive since 2011.

Casting a Net for Tidepool Docents

The Laguna Ocean Foundation is seeking volunteer tide pool docents with a willingness to educate the public about preserving the intertidal habitat and the coastline’s natural resources. The next class training will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Ocean...

Wake Set for Andy Leaf

Local disabled entrepreneur Andy Leaf was recognized by the Laguna Beach City Council last October for his years spent mentoring the disabled in business. Two months later, he slipped the surly bonds of earth. Now his life, friendships and accomplishments will be celebrated in a...

Ocean Educator Makes Waves at Business Club

Wendy Marshall, Ph.D., director of education and public programs of ExplorOcean, will be the guest speaker for the Thursday, Jan. 21, Laguna Beach Business Cub breakfast meeting at 7:30 a.m. in the Hotel Laguna, 425 S. Coast Highway. Programs at ExplorOcean include field trips,...

Top Level Pros to Teach Student Dancers

Intermediate and advanced dance students are invited to participate in a master class Saturday, Jan. 23, taught by celebrated dancer and choreographer Victor Quijada. The class will be held on from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the dance studio at Laguna Beach High School, 625 Park Ave....

Class Notes

Principals Compete Off-campus for Top Marks The seventh annual Chef Challenge takes place Monday, Jan. 25 at the Lumberyard restaurant, a $95 per person benefit for Schoolpower. Restaurant owners Suzanne and Cary Redfearn host the friendly rivalry that features menus devised by...

Ring in a Jazz Filled New Year

The winter jazz series returns to the Seven-Degrees event center, 891 Laguna Canyon Rd., with seven concerts Jan. 20-April 13. The Latin Jazz Syndicate, featuring Bijon Watson on trumpet, opens the 6 p.m. series on Wednesday, Jan. 20, and is followed on Feb. 3 by guitarist Peter...

McGhee Opens LOCA Art Club

Multi-award winning oil painter Elizabeth McGhee kicks-off LOCA’s monthly Art Club talk Thursday, Jan. 21 at 4 p.m. at Delgado Gallery, 1550 S. Coast Highway. McGhee will share stories about the Greek myths behind her portrait series, and the swap meet finds that inspire her...

Indy on Arts

  Friday, Jan. 15 David Ligare and Canyon Project exhibits, Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Dr. Closing Jan. 17 Nick I & ADD, 9 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 S. Coast Hwy, 949 715-7777. $10. Robert Jon & the Wreck, 6 p.m., Cliff Restaurant, 577 S. Coast Hwy. The Strangers, 9...

Gala Supports Teen Mental Health Initiative

The 20th anniversary Mission Hospital gala was deemed a success, raising $1.3 million to complete a $200 million capital campaign and a special project in Laguna Beach. The Fund A Need challenge raised nearly $650,000 to support adolescent and young adult mental health and...

Patriot’s Day Parade Brunch Scheduled

A brunch for the honorees in the upcoming Patriots Day Parade takes place at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 7 at Tivoli Terrace, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd. The parade steps off Saturday, March 5, led by grand marshal Kelly Boyd. The honored patriot for 2016 is Carlos McAfee. Citizen of the...

Sandbags Available for Locals

The city offers pre-filled sandbags at no cost to residents and business owners of Laguna Beach. They are available daily on a first-come-first-serve basis, with a limit of 10 per resident, at the ACT V parking lot, 1900 Laguna Canyon Road, or the inland Aliso Beach parking lot,...

Personnel File

Asst. City Manager Moves On Assistant City Manager Ben Siegel will be leaving Laguna Beach city staff to run his own show as city manager of San Juan Capistrano. Siegel, 37, who has worked where he lives since 2012, described the move as a great opportunity in a town steeped in...