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By Steve Kawaratani | June 26, 2009
Reporting from Bluebird Canyon: Unbowed by an unexpected rain and four years removed from being displaced by the Bluebird Canyon slide, Jim Moore and John Gustafson will be going home soon. Their groundbreaking ceremony was celebrated Saturday. More than 50 friends, family members, and supporters were on hand to see the first shovelful of soil symbolically removed for the start of construction. The hosts offered heartfelt appreciation for all in attendance and praised the efforts of Councilwoman Elizabeth Pearson, who was mayor at the time of the disaster and led the citywide rebuilding efforts.
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By Ashley Breeding | December 18, 2009
Musician and new Laguna resident David Arkenstone remembers his early youth in Chicago fondly, when his mom would lead him on outdoor adventures, exposing him to the wonderful things nature had offer. ?The memories of being outside are so intense, especially the snow,? he said. ?These images have been the greatest inspiration for creating music.? The now three-time Grammy nominee, known for his blend of Celtic-meets-new age/jazz/rock compositions, will illustrate his winter wonderland experiences on the sixth stop of his popular Winter Solstice tour at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Laguna Hills Theater.
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December 20, 2002
Suzie Harrison The many sides of the holidays have been the subject of study for first-graders at Top of the World Elementary School. "It's been fun learning what they do for the holidays," Camille Arredondo, 6, said. "I learned about decorating a tree, and for Hanukkah they spin a dreidel." Before Hanukkah, the students in Margaret Arnold's class learned about lighting the menorah, playing dreidel and a variety of traditions that surround the holiday, while for Christmas the students learned about Santa Claus and other related happenings.
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April 30, 2004
Barbara Diamond Quirky Laguna Beach has always been different. Its history was written by homesteaders, hotel owners, storekeepers and artists, rather than the hidalgos, vaqueros and cattle that occupied the surrounding areas. It is the oldest incorporated city in South County. Laguna will celebrate its special cultural legacy throughout the month of May with events sponsored by the Laguna Beach Heritage Committee. The committee seeks to preserve the best of Laguna's past for its future.
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April 19, 2012
Saturday Kelpfest The annual KelpFest celebration will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Main Beach cobblestones. There will be a reconstructed kelp forest for visitors to walk through, stand-up paddle board rides, tidepool tours, arts and crafts, musical performances and even a mermaid. For more information, visit http://www.kelpfest.org. Earth Day Challenge BlueWater-Greenearth is challenging residents to clean every beach and street in during the seventh annual Earth Day Challenge.
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By Liyna Anwar | August 14, 2009
The Hortense Miller Garden is holding two commemorative events, a photography exhibit and open house, this summer in celebration of the garden’s 50th anniversary. The photography exhibit by professional photographer and resident Karen Young will be on display at the Susi Q Senior Center, 380 Third St., Tuesday though Oct. 30, with a special opening reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 21. “It was obvious that the garden and its unique location on the edge of a rugged canyon was an ideal setting and inspiration to encourage the arts,” said Leah Vasquez, art director of the garden and coordinator of the photo exhibit.
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May 19, 2011
Laguna Beach resident Norma Young ushered in her 90th birthday with a party at her home May 14. More than 150 people showed up to celebrate the life of Young, who has owned property in Laguna for 54 years and moved permanently to the city in 1976. In tune with the town's artistic spirit, the art collector and painter raffled off oil paintings to guests. Many of her friends were lucky enough to take something home with them.   —Joanna Clay  
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April 29, 2014
Thousands of people turned out at Main Beach on Saturday to celebrate a precious ocean plant that has made a resurgence in the waters off Laguna Beach. The fifth annual Kelp Fest drew, among others, a good number of Girl Scouts, who toured tidepools during what event founder and marine biologist Nancy Caruso called a bright, clear day with a little breeze. "As the lifeguards told me, this cove always escapes the wind," Caruso said. About 2,600 people showed up from a variety of places, Chelsea Brigham, a Cal State Fullerton senior wrote in an email.
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By Beau Nicolette | December 19, 2013
A quick glance at Sin is Pretty's display window on South Coast Highway in Laguna Beach reveals a mannequin in a blue vintage dress. On closer inspection, a passerby will notice that the mannequin is crying tears of faux blood - actually red paint - and that the color is continued on her outstretched palms. Shop owner Denise Levesque said the mannequin is part of the vintage store's Christmastime display. Bloody tears and Christmas? The Laguna Beach native said the mannequin represents the feminine side of the holiday.
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By Michael Miller | August 29, 2013
David Parsons' in-progress dance piece, "EK90," officially celebrates the 90th birthday of a world-renowned artist. But to Parsons, it represents the birth of a movement - one that's grown fitfully over the years and now looks to have more momentum than ever. Last year, photographer Jack Shear commissioned a piece from Parsons in honor of his longtime partner, Ellsworth Kelly. With gay rights winning battles in both the United States and abroad, the topic came easily enough. "EK90," which Parsons Dance will perform Sept.
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By Bryce Alderton | August 19, 2013
William McMurray's friends and family took note of the many nonhuman attendees - whales, dolphins and deer - at his celebration of life last week. It was fitting for a boy who loved animals so much. William, 12, died Aug. 7 from the effects of a tumor on his brain stem. Supporters gathered off Thalia Street Beach in Laguna Beach on Friday morning for a paddleout in his honor before an afternoon reception at the Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course. His mother, Sabrina McMurray, said during the reception that William had a great spirit.
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By Michael Miller | July 25, 2013
When news reports announced that "Sopranos" star James Gandolfini had died, Marco Toro reached for the best coping mechanism he had: a brush and canvas. The London artist, an avid fan of the long-running HBO series, has made a career largely from painting celebrities, from Kiefer Sutherland to the Rolling Stones. In the past, Toro had painted the Sopranos as a group, but now that Gandolfini - which is to say, Tony - was gone, he set to work on a portrait of the leading man. The finished work, which will go on display Aug. 1 at the Village Gallery, is fittingly spectral for a recently deceased celebrity.
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July 18, 2013
The Orange County Fair will honor Laguna Beach next week as part of its Summer in the Cities promotion. At 12:30 p.m. on predetermined days, representatives or residents from specific cities in Orange County will lead the flag salute and national anthem in front of The Hanger. Laguna Beach will be honored Wednesday along with Laguna Hills, Laguna Woods and Laguna Niguel. Laguna Beach residents can get discounted admission Wednesday by presenting a coupon available at City Hall, 505 Forest Ave., and the library, 363 Glenneyre St. The fair also features a free multimedia presentation celebrating Orange County every night at The Hanger.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | July 15, 2013
Jane Davidian is being overrun by dogs. Not the tail-wagging, wet-nosed, four-legged man's-best-friend type, though. These pooches have dog faces but human bodies and peer at you from an assortment of wood panels. Barack and Michelle Obama, Tiger Woods, Johnny Depp, Tina Fey, John Wayne, and Matthew McConaughey have been immortalized with oil colors. The paintings, stamped "Celebrity Dogs," are Davidian's brainchild. And she is hooked, much to the amusement of her husband.
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By Barbara Diamond | April 18, 2013
Folks who can't find something to do in Laguna, or a group with which to do it, aren't paying attention. The Laguna Beach Sister Cities Assn. hosted a reception April 5 to celebrate its new sister city, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version incorrectly referred to the city as San Juan del Cabo. Alicia Cota , director of foreign residences in San Jose, represented the town's mayor at the reception. Gabriel Juarez , a member of the Mexican Tourist Board in Los Angeles, also attended.
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By Barbara Diamond | March 14, 2013
Not all authors are as good at speaking as they are at writing, so the guests at the 26th annual Literary Luncheon on Saturday had a real treat. The Laguna Beach Chapter of the American Assn. of University Women hosted the annual luncheon at the Surf & Sand Resort. It was sold out. Authors Rahimeh Andalibian , Maggie Anton , Margaret Dilloway and Nicole Mones entranced the audience with snippets of their lives, how they became writers and some tidbits from what they had written.
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By Bryce Alderton | February 12, 2013
The numbers tell only part of the story of why parents, students, teachers and school board members gathered in the gym at Thurston Middle School on Friday morning to celebrate. Yes, the school's Academic Performance Index score was 944 in 2012. Yes, 453 of the 770 students have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Yes, there are 21 clubs on campus. But Principal Jenny Salberg said there is much more to the campus, which holds sixth through eighth grades. "We're not perfect, but it's great [at Thurston]
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