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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 $299, a $900 value) will receive access to classes, weekly monitoring, and a meeting with Tony Hardridge, an accredited University of Pennsylvania nutritionist and four-time power lifter. Personal goals will be determined with a trainer.


All of this is to ensure that members have every tool available in order to reach their fitness goals, said Keegan, who also is offering an incentive of six weeks free use of the gym for those who meet the initial six-week challenge.


Keegan has her own goal: Laguna ranked as the fittest town in the country.



Friends Discount Used-Book Inventory 


The Friends of the Library Book Shop, 363 Glenneyre St., there hold a week-long  half-off sale Saturday, Jan. 21 through Saturday, Jan. 28.


All books will be on sale. Bookshop hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays.


All Laguna Beach residents are members of Friends of the Library, however donations are very welcome, as the group is now ordering new furniture for the library’s adult section.


For more information call 497-1733 ext. 6.

Business Ethics Examined


The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute will present their new course, Money Matters: Jewish Business Ethics beginning Sunday, Jan. 29, 11 a.m. at Chabad Jewish Center, 30804 S. Coast Highway.


Rabbi Eli Goorevitch of Chabad Jewish Center will conduct the six-week course.


“The recent failures in the financial industry have drastically changed the way we think about business,” explains Goorevitch,  “At JLI, we deeply believe that business should be a force for good, and that’s why we’re presenting students with timeless Talmudic insights into real-world ethical dilemmas.”


Spanning a wide range of subjects, Money Matters discusses the personal ethics of bankruptcy and freeloading. Questions regarding topics in social ethics such as living wages, insider trading, CEO compensation, and collective bargaining are some of the topics addressed.


The course is designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. All JLI courses are open to the public.


Interested students may call Chabad at (949) 499 – 0770.


Applications Due for Community Assistance Grants 


The City of Laguna Beach is now accepting applications for the Community Assistance Grant Program for the fiscal year through 2013.

Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 at the city’s Community Services Department, 515 Forest Avenue, by mail or in person.

The program’s objective is to assist local non-profits or public organizations in funding new projects and or expanding services within town.

Application may be downloaded from the city’s website at, or call 949-497-3311 ext. 426 to have an application e-mailed to you.

Contest’s Prize is a Local Vacation


Eighth Continent Soymilk teamed up with TV Guide Network and the series “Hollywood Girls Night” for a contest that promotes healthy and active living.

Winners and their families receive an all-expenses paid trip to a luxury five-star resort and spa in Laguna Beach or Boca Raton, Fla., and a $5,000 donation to a school of their choice.

From now until April 17, consumers who visit the Lookin’ Good Feelin’ Good Facebook fan page ( can enter by participating in weekly challenges.

Entrants also receive a $1 off 8th Continent Soymilk coupon.

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  1. Spring Pup Fashions Debut

    The Anything Canine Boutique in Laguna Beach welcomes designer Susan Lanci on Thursday, February 2 to the shop for a special evening 2012 Trunk Show event beginning at 7pm.

    Anything Canine will be celebrating Lanci’s visit with food, fun and prizes. One lucky guest will win $100 towards a Susan Lanci Designs product. Other prizes include a doggie spa kit from Cain and Able and a Jimmy Belasco candle. DeSoto, the Anything Canine mascot, will also be on hand for photo opportunities with children both human and furry.

    Lanci is bringing her Spring 2012 Trunk Show to debut her new line for the upcoming season. Fans of Susan Lanci Designs can’t wait to see what she’s offering, but even those who are unfamiliar with Lanci’s work will be delighted. Lanci specializes in luxurious Ultrasuede® harnesses, collars, carrying bags and “cuddle cups” that are not only incredibly soft and comfortable but gorgeous as well.

    For more information about the Susan Lanci Designs Spring 2012 Trunk Show go to or call (949) 716-8051.


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