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Soka University Presents Laguna Greenbelt Documentary

  On Thursday, Nov. 29, from 7-9 p.m., Soka University will present the premiere viewing of the documentary, “The Laguna Greenbelt—50 Years of Preservation.” This recently completed 90-minute cinematic documentary was produced and edited by Ron Chilcote, Harry Huggins, and...

Soroptimists Continue Support for R Star Foundation

Soroptimist International of Laguna Beach has awarded R Star Foundation a grant for the fifth year running. Rosalind Russell, founder of R Star, will visit 51 Nepalese rural villages Dec. 6 to Jan. 20 to oversee the many programs R Star sponsors, including providing goats to...

Tree Lighting Opens Sawdust’s Winter Fantasy

TheSawdust Festival Winter Fantasyfeatures 175 artists and makers, three stages of live music and entertainment, thousands of lights and decorations, glassblowing and art demos, art classes including hands-on pottery wheel, falling snow, photo-ops with Santa, outdoor eateries and...

Limelight

Art & Nature Raises the Bar

Slender and 10-feet tall, the four-sided posts shone in the sunlight, reflecting the moods of the ocean and hillsides and at evening dramatically mirrored cloud banks and at least one brilliant sunset. Come darkness, they mirrored staccato bursts of light coming from car...

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Obituaries

David French

David French, designer craftsman specializing in exotic hardwoods and a 27-year veteran of the Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach, passed away peacefully at his home in Mission Viejo, California on Friday, Oct. 5. David is survived by his wife of 38 years, Denise French, and...

Shirley Jean Shindler Dugger

Shirley Jean Shindler Dugger passed away on Monday, Sept. 3. Shirley was born and raised in San Diego, but being the daughter of a naval aviator, the service life took her family to Virginia, Florida and Panama while growing up. Shirley graduated from San Diego State University...

Raymond Lawrence (Larry) Toomey

Aug. 18, 1943 – Sept. 14, 2018 Larry succumbed to a sudden major heart event. Our beloved friend, brother, and uncle leaves behind his partner Karen Engberg, his brother Michael Toomey (Maryann), his niece Kelly Rodriguez, and his nephew Ian Toomey. He was preceded in death by...

Columns

Finding Meaning

The Century Rule The search for meaning lies at the heart our life journey. One may err along the way, but we usually deal with it and chalk it up to experience. Hence the saying, “Live and learn.” In the church setting, this is called repentance. Learning is easiest when effects...

Wisdom Workout

A Sanity Assessment Happy New Year 2019! Many of us have given up on the tradition of New Year’s resolutions because of the all-too-common experience that they end up forgotten by the second week of January. Instead, let’s talk about how we can expand our vision to...

Heart Talk

Taste Buds in a Monastery   “How much do you weigh and how tall are you?” asked the good doctor at the Hoag Clinic on Ocean Ave. “5’ 11” and 207,” came the sheepish reply. The question was asked because when my blood pressure was taken, the systolic was 160. The nurse beat a...

The Kibitzer

Sex Offenders to Sell Ice Cream in Laguna Calling all grifters, scammers, minstrels, buskers, barkers, carnies, conjurers, shylocks, scalpers, rapscallions and confidence men. Its open season for street vending in Laguna, thanks to State Senate Bill 946, the Safe Sidewalk Vending...
Posted On 27 Dec 2018

Guest Column

Tree Removal, Replanting Done for Public Safety The City takes great pride in maintaining its urban forest and appreciates the benefits of trees (there are over 500 in the downtown area alone) in our community. A recent decision to replace two trees downtown and to remove two...

Does the Wet Suit You

Activated Charcoal Did you have a Merry Christmas with Santa bringing you everything you wanted? Santa was pretty busy here at Wet Suit World Headquarters. He stuffed the big stocking with a vast assortment of useful gifts. There were charcoal sheet masks, charcoal natural...