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Host an Exchange Student

ASSE, the non-profit international student exchange program is seeking local families to host students aged 15 to 18 for the 2018-2019 school year. ASSE students come for 10 months with an enthusiasm to practice their English and experience American culture as they share their...

Catch a Trolley, Catch A Deal

The Visit Laguna Beach mobile app now enables trolley riders to obtain offers and discounts from restaurants, retailers and attractions all over the city. The Visit Laguna Beach mobile app has a “Trolley Tracker” that utilizes GPS information to track the real-time location of...

Citizen Activist to be Honored

  Community leaders will gather at Crystal Cove State Park beach to dedicate a brass plaque honoring Jeannette Merrilees on Saturday, June 9 at 10 a.m. Merrilees was the first activist in the fight to save beach cottages for use by the public as she believed Crystal Cove...

Limelight

Artist Finds Her Calling Wrapped in Felt

Booties, bedroom slippers, hats, crafts and the smooth emerald green surface covering expensive pool tables: these are the typical consumer uses associated with felt, which also figures in industrial applications. Yet, in regions of central Asia, the dense fabric is popularly...

Expect Raunchy Fun at ‘Rocky Horror Show’

At more than six feet, he sashays onto the stage in a fishnet top, slightly slipping corset, platform heels and spiky pink hair. In the latest re-incarnation of the Rocky Horror Show lead character and mad scientist Frank-N-Furter works his wacky magic at the No Square Theatre,...

Biking at 10,000 Feet

Laguna local Hans Rey and Austrian champion trail biker Tom Oehler explored the rough and remote Guatemalan Highlands riding trails at an elevation of 10,000 feet in January. The hut-to-hut trip took the adventurers to the homes of some previous recipients of bicycles distributed...

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Obituaries

Tireless Volunteer Anne Wood Dies

Virginia Anne Wood passed away Saturday, May 26, with loved ones by her side.  Anne, a Laguna Beach resident since 1965, was recently in the care of the amazing staff at Arbor View 2 in Mission Viejo due to Alzheimer’s. Anne was born to Burris and Margaret Wood June 8, 1932, in...

Buckner Coe

Dec. 11, 1924-May 11, 2018 The Reverend Buckner Coe of Lake Forest and Laguna Beach passed away peacefully May 11, 2018, surrounded by his beloved wife, Judy, and members of his family. He was 93. Buckner (Buck) Coe was a sixth generation minister. A graduate of Yale University...

David H. Koontz

July 22, 1927 – May 16, 2018 A resident of Laguna Beach for 47 years, David H. Koontz was born in Ottumwa, Iowa. Koontz served in the U.S. Navy in the Philippines at the end of World War II. He graduated from Carlton College in Northfield, Minn., and did subsequent graduate...

Columns

Green Light

A Hiking We Will Go “OK my possums, listen up!” So says our hiking leader Charlotte Masarik in her disarming British-accented English when she wishes to give us trail directions, or explain the flora and fauna we are about to encounter. Her love of the Laguna Greenbelt, Laguna...
Posted On 09 Aug 2018

Pet Peeves

Go Around I felt dizzy after reading the Indy’s “Catalina Roundabout to Get Improvements.” The city council agreed to spend $300,000 to beautify the central roundabout. Wow. That’s a lot of spiffing up. For that much moolah, there has to be a secret addendum spelling out more...

Musings on the Coast

Thoughts from Croatia We’re on the Island of Vis, named for the town of Vis, founded in 397 B.C. It was the first town founded in all of Croatia, mainly because of its natural deep-water harbor.  It made its money from fishing and eventually trade. I’ve rented a house for two...
Posted On 09 Aug 2018

The Kibitzer

“If human beings really were able to take the long view – to consider seriously the fate of civilization decades or centuries after our deaths – we would be forced to grapple with the transience of all we know and love in the great sweep of time. So we have trained ourselves,...
Posted On 09 Aug 2018

Does the Wet Suit You

The Gubbins This column was assembled from gubbins collected from the floor of the composition room at Wet Suit World Head Quarters. Last month a red bark eucalyptus brutally attacked two innocent cars parked adjacent to the offices of this newspaper. It did so in apparent...

Finding Meaning

Spiritual but Not Religious I’ve said it before—attending Laguna’s churches is as enjoyable as a sunset walk on the beach.  Last Sunday offered two compelling choices: United Methodist featured the Urban Voices, a choir drawn from the homeless of Los Angeles’ skid row. The Urban...