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Our Laguna: Recalling the last half of 2011

January 04, 2012|By Barbara Diamond

• "Lagunatics" wound up its 19th season, already looking ahead to the 2012 production, which will reprise some of the greatest hits from previous shows. One suggestion: former Police Chief Jim Spreine's rendition of "Montage Cash," to the tune of "Monster Mash."

Faye Chapman's brain child, the Hunger Bowl, was a feast for eyes and stomachs: taste buds and wallets were tempted by soup and "fixins" donated by local restaurants and the auction of artist-created and donated bowls.

Nov. 18:

Laguna Beach Community Foundation officials announced the formation of the Professional Council, open to professionals in law, accounting, financial services, insurance and real estate who live or work in Laguna.

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•Laguna Playhouse launched the Players Club, with the goal of attracting new patrons, rekindling old relationships and raising money for the theater's operations.

•SchoolPower's $78,000 donation was added to the district's $87,000 to buy musical instruments for all four schools.

Nov. 25: Vandals destroyed murals at the Bus Depot.

• "Embrace Diversity," a stop-motion video by Thurston student Austin Fickman, was selected for showing at the 2012 Irvine International Film Festival.

•In sports: The Breaker's boys' water polo team repeated as CIF Southern Section Division 3 champions; the football team dismantled Anaheim 49-13 to win an opening-round game in the sectional championships; and the girls' cross-country team qualified for the state meet.

Dec. 2: All Hospitality Night activities traditionally held at City Hall were condensed to Forest Avenue to accommodate traffic expected for the semi-final playoff game between Laguna Beach and Corona del Mar high schools. The Breakers lost the game, but it was the first time since 1935 the team played a 13th game in a season.

Dec. 9: Jane Egly moved into the center seat on the council dais. Rollinger will succeed her as mayor pro tem.

•The City Council approved at the Dec. 6 meeting an Edison proposal that saved five Bluebird Canyon eucalyptus trees from the chopping block. Not everyone embraced the reprieve, cheered by environmentalists, citing safety as their major concern. Edison had proposed cutting down the trees to reduce the threat to high voltage power lines that could cause a fire or of falling into the roadway, blocking evacuation in an emergency.

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