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Hip District to Hold ‘Old School Laguna Day’

The shops on South Coast Highway, between Thalia Street and Bluebird Canyon Drive, banded together several years ago to form the Hip District, also referred to by some shop owners and locals as “The Cool Part of Town.” Tourists and locals have slowly discovered the area,...

Laguna Beach Chamber Installs Board

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Board of Directors Installation mixer on Thursday, Feb. 28, at Laguna Beach Brewery & Grill. J.J. Ballesteros, President of the Board of Directors, presided over the ceremonies, and Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen presided...

Ukulele Fest Returns to Susi Q

Ukulele enthusiasts of all levels are invited to the Susi Q for a special musical experience. Laguna Beach Seniors  will present “Jack & the Vox”on Saturday, March 9, from 4-7 p.m. for an exclusive ukulele workshop, followed by a concert at the Susi Q Senior Center, 380 Third...

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

William Bellamy Tallant III

William Bellamy Tallant III, 72, formerly of Laguna Beach, California, died Dec. 17, 2018. He was born April 11, 1946. William was a longtime resident of Laguna Beach before moving to Northern California in 2008. Arrangements by Gobles Fortuna Mortuary.

John Thomas Hedges

1952-2018 Due to sudden complications from Juvenile Diabetes, John passed away Nov. 24, 2018. A Laguna Beach native, “Johnny” graduated with the illustrious LBHS Class of ’70. Growing up, he worked at his dad’s Paint & Glass Store on Forest Avenue. After his dad’s retirement,...

Frederick Henry Vickers

Sept. 9, 1937 – Nov. 13, 2018 A 30-year resident of Laguna Beach, Fred passed away with his beloved wife Cathleen at his side. Born in Manila, Philippines, Fred at 12 years old moved to Texas with his family. He remained throughout his life a proud citizen of the U.S. After...

Columns

Guest Column: What is Happening to Our Town?

What I have loved about Laguna Beach is not just its scenic beauty, its historic character, and its unique and varied neighborhoods—it’s our fellow Lagunans and the feeling that I have something deeply meaningful in common with those who have also chosen to live here. It’s how...

Does the Wet Suit You

We’ve Gone Coastal Take a gander at Guna Peak. It is the hill at the very north end of town. Guna Peak remains undeveloped as part of the construction of the Laguna Beach County Water District’s five-million-gallon buried reservoir. The Irvine Company donated the 62 acres of land...

Finding Meaning

Healing Hands Way back in 1775, the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation. Pretty good outcome, don’t you think? In the darkest hours of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln called for a day of prayer. Within 10 weeks, the war had...

Pet Peeves

War Drums Can you hear it? Is it motorcycles on Coast Highway? Or, is it emergency vehicles? Maybe, it’s tourists’ car alarms? No. No. No. The new sound is war drums. And there are two sets of percussions. One is Village Laguna. The other is Liberate Laguna. Shoot. I’d prefer it...

Wisdom Workout

Mothering Matters It is a marvel how new mothers handle anxiety with the endless bombardment of information they receive about perfect parenting. Each stage of the baby’s development is analyzed and the list of things to avoid and to watch out for continues to grow. Websites...

Common Sense

Charm House Transparency Village Laguna has been defending its Charm House tour against those of us speaking out about their lack of transparency for the $50 entrance fee. That’s my thing – transparency. They are obscuring the discussion with rainbows and butterflies and all that...