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By Tom Titus | January 9, 2009
The Laguna Playhouse generally manages to bring new attractions to the stage — even when the live production might be quite new but the original material has been around for eons. Such is the case with “Around the World in 80 Days,” playwright Mark Brown’s stage adaptation of the classic Jules Verne novel which was transformed into an award-winning movie in 1956 by famed showman Mike Todd. It opens Saturday and will be on the playhouse stage through Feb. 8. Brown’s personal journey to put this epic story on the stage began in 1999 and was realized in 2004 when it was named “best theatrical comedy” by the Sacramento Bee. Since then, the show has been produced, literally, around the world.
NEWS
July 16, 2004
BARBARA DIAMOND Laguna Coast Wilderness Park Ranger Barbara Norton patrols and guards the park with a strong body, a sunny smile and keen eyes. Not everything she sees makes her happy. "I must pick up two or three Mylar balloons a week," said Norton, a Laguna Beach resident and former powerhouse volunteer in the school district. "People let them go and they drift into the park, and sometimes park visitors bring them in." She picks them up and tacks the deflated balloon to a post near the Information Center behind the parking lot off of Laguna Canyon Road near El Toro Road, inadvertently creating "found art."
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | September 15, 2006
The Bluebird Canyon hillside restoration is shaping up. Restoration of the hillside that slid into the canyon June 1, 2005 is progressing toward a completion date of March 31, according to an update presented Tuesday to the City Council. The slide damaged 21 homes, 12 of which were destroyed, and buried city infrastructure. To meet the target date, city officials said the contractor is expected to work six-day work weeks from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and possibly some Sundays, if needed, to make up for rain delays.
NEWS
August 27, 2004
Andrew Edwards The August sun burned overhead as a noisy bunch of Laguna youngsters showed off their cache of water guns, and waited as others lugged heavy red buckets filled with an arsenal of fun. "Water balloons," 7-year-old Cora Bowers called out excitedly when she saw the dozens of balloons, just waiting to be tossed at her and her friends. The children at the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach commemorated "Water Blast Day" on Friday by playing three games, which became more frenzied as the day went on. The event started on a calm note with a water balloon toss, but got more hectic when it was time for the water balloon fight -- when it was time to bring the squirt guns into play, all bets were off. During the toss, children paired up and tossed a balloon back and forth.
NEWS
By Candice Baker | September 1, 2006
Fresh from summer vacation, incoming freshmen at Laguna Beach High School were treated to an orientation Monday that both informed them and tried to alleviate any fears about moving up to high school. Most of the kids knew each other through Thurston Middle School. They showed off their new leggings and backpacks, and hugged each other happily. But they were on a new campus. In the "Breakthrough Crew" orientation program, now in its fourth year, freshmen and upperclassmen student leaders connected on a peer-to-peer level.
NEWS
May 11, 2012
This letter responds to Richard Picheny's personal attack on me in the Coastline Pilot's May 4 story , "Cottage to be torn down. " Picheny indicated that I do nothing as a council member to protect old cottages. His statement is simply untrue. Here is one example: Several years ago, when I was involved with fundraising for our community/senior center, the city had purchased parcels on Third Street, where four old structures were located, to be used for the center. A couple of these structures had been made available by the city to the 2005 landslide victims to live in at no-cost while they were trying to rebuild their lives and their homes, and I had been inside them visiting those folks.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2009
The following is a list of special events for the 19th Annual Winter Fantasy Sawdust Festival, which opens Saturday and will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends through Dec. 13. Tree lighting: The Festival will kick off with Community Night at 6 p.m. Saturday with a Tree Lighting Ceremony and a speech by Mayor Kelly Boyd. Special guests and community performers including the Laguna Community Concert Band, Sasha Evans, Rene?s Marionettes, Laguna Presbyterian Church hand-bell group, Top of the World honors chorus, Balloon Diva and Santa will help celebrate the event.
SPORTS
June 15, 2007
Laguna Beach Little League will salute its 2007 regular season Saturday with its traditional Fiesta Day celebration at Riddle Field. The festivities begin at 9 a.m. — when the snack bar opens offering coffee and doughnuts — and concludes at 1 p.m. The snack shack also will be open for lunch. Events for players and their families include a big field slide, dunk tank, balloon twisters and in-field activities and contests. An awards ceremony and the handing out of yearbooks will take place between noon and 1 p.m. on the field and is for coaches and players only.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2008
Latin jazz in Rose Garden Aug. 6 Laguna Beach Live will present the Latin Jazz Syndicate featuring Bijon Watson at the Hotel Laguna Rose Garden from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 6. The group infuses authentic Latin grooves with classic standards, as well as performing original arrangements. The musicians are Bijon Watson, trumpet, fluegelhorn; Carlos Ordiano, keyboards; Ruben Ordiano, drums; Oscar Cartaya, bass; and Angel Rodriguez, percussion. Bijon Watson is lead trumpet for the critically-acclaimed Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, and recently toured with Harry Connick, Jr. Cover charge is $10. For more information, visit www.lagunabeachlive.
NEWS
August 19, 2005
TUESDAY Cozumel: Police received a report that someone used another person's personal information to buy a vehicle and a home mortgage at 3:47 p.m. in the 200 block. South Coast Highway: A man reportedly stole a golf cart and crashed it into the side of a building at 5:17 a.m. in the 30800 block. MONDAY Cress Street: A woman was reportedly harassing staff members at 8:39 a.m. in the 700 block. North Coast Highway and Myrtle Street: A woman told police that a water balloon hit her car while she was driving and broke the headlight at 8:20 p.m. SUNDAY 3rd Avenue: A 2005 Toyota 4-Runner was reportedly stolen at 11:12 a.m. in the 400 block.
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By Tom Titus | January 9, 2009
The Laguna Playhouse generally manages to bring new attractions to the stage — even when the live production might be quite new but the original material has been around for eons. Such is the case with “Around the World in 80 Days,” playwright Mark Brown’s stage adaptation of the classic Jules Verne novel which was transformed into an award-winning movie in 1956 by famed showman Mike Todd. It opens Saturday and will be on the playhouse stage through Feb. 8. Brown’s personal journey to put this epic story on the stage began in 1999 and was realized in 2004 when it was named “best theatrical comedy” by the Sacramento Bee. Since then, the show has been produced, literally, around the world.
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By Barbara Diamond | September 15, 2006
The Bluebird Canyon hillside restoration is shaping up. Restoration of the hillside that slid into the canyon June 1, 2005 is progressing toward a completion date of March 31, according to an update presented Tuesday to the City Council. The slide damaged 21 homes, 12 of which were destroyed, and buried city infrastructure. To meet the target date, city officials said the contractor is expected to work six-day work weeks from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and possibly some Sundays, if needed, to make up for rain delays.
NEWS
July 16, 2004
BARBARA DIAMOND Laguna Coast Wilderness Park Ranger Barbara Norton patrols and guards the park with a strong body, a sunny smile and keen eyes. Not everything she sees makes her happy. "I must pick up two or three Mylar balloons a week," said Norton, a Laguna Beach resident and former powerhouse volunteer in the school district. "People let them go and they drift into the park, and sometimes park visitors bring them in." She picks them up and tacks the deflated balloon to a post near the Information Center behind the parking lot off of Laguna Canyon Road near El Toro Road, inadvertently creating "found art."
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