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Community Datebook

Assistance Grants Request Due Today Today, Friday, Feb. 25, is the last day to submit applications for the Community Assistance Grant program for the current fiscal year. Applications must be delivered to the community services department at 515 Forest Avenue, by 5 p.m. The grant...

Conservancy Members Host Borella

The newly named executive director of the Laguna Canyon Foundation, Max Borella, is the featured speaker at the Laguna Canyon Conservancy dinner meeting, Monday, March 7, at Tivoli Terrace.

Community Datebook

Does the OC Measure Up? Find out how far your tax dollars go when the League of Women Voters hear from Lisa Burke, project manager for the Community Indicators Report, at 9:15 a.m., Saturday Feb. 26, 1041 Madison Place, who will describe how Orange County measures up. Burke will...

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Guardian Angels I was fascinated reading the Indy article, “Devout Artist Focuses Her Lens on Heaven.”   Kerry Swank is a gifted photographer who did photographic portraits of members of California’s upper echelons. I was never photographed. A deeply religious person, Swank heard...

Alone, But Warmed by His Adopted Hometown

Editor’s Note: New submissions from Christine Fugate’s writing class. In 2001, our children out of high school, my wife convinced me we should move to Laguna Beach, the city where she had grown up. Reluctant at first to leave Irvine, our home of 20 years, I was soon seduced by...

Village Matters

Don’t Let the Lights Go Out No holiday lights, no candles in the windows. The step-houses—the second homes– are empty for the holidays. And most of the year. Laguna’s population has been steadily growing from just over 5,000 in the 1950s to 23,727 in 2000, until the 2010...

Twilight and the Gods: A Solstice Tale

Freya bit into her pastry. “Odin, honey, can you grab me some napkins? This lingonberry tart is just oozing all over the place,” she said, loudly enough so everyone in Scandia Bakery could hear her. Odin, on his way back from the men’s room, picked up several...

The Sea Tree

  I knew where I went wrong after it was all over. That night, my husband lay drenched in sweat, swearing as he struggled to construct the dismembered artificial tree. Our dog licked my husband’s sweat and is sworn at for her trouble, so she slinks off to our closet to eat a...

Taking Stock

From Trick Or Treat To Naughty Or Nice Only a few weeks ago, kids were in Halloween costumes and the Dow Jones Industrials Average was nearing 17,500. Stock averages then began to reach all-time highs just before oil prices plunged and stocks joined the slide. Oil prices are now...