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By By Mike and Melissa O'Neal | December 23, 2005
"What's it like to spend Christmas where there's never any snow?" Our friends who live in colder places seem to always want to know. Some think the holiday spirit can only be enjoyed served over ice. We tell them more than honestly, that it's comparatively quite nice! It's true we miss a fresh-fallen show, laid smoothly across the lawn, But shoveling it off the driveway simply requires too much brawn. And while we enjoyed the frozen snow crackling beneath our feet, Do we need to live where it's cold enough to keep a side of meat?
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By CATHERINE COOPER | December 16, 2005
OK. It's winter already! Forty-four degrees in the morning? What part of the state is this? Big Bear? The low temperatures mean mittens on my morning walks, the threat of sweatpants and the possible addition of earmuffs. I actually shouldn't complain. My sister, Claudia, who lives in Idaho, suffered a low this evening of negative six. But of course, I don't live in Idaho. I live in Laguna. With winter comes -- yes -- the holiday season. Several family members and friends groused loudly this year, as banners were raised, gift racks filled and the press of Christmas merchandizing amped up before Halloween.
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By Kay Wright | January 8, 2010
I would like to add to my daughter, Catharine Cooper?s, wonderful column about her first Christmas in Laguna Beach in 1957. We were familiar with Laguna, coming down for breakfast at the Cottage or dinner at Victor Hugo?s, but the move from Long Beach (population 110,000) was big. And I loved it. It was a special village for my children to grow in. Now to Christmas ? and my shopping. Shirts and ties from Stuart Avis Men?s Store for my husband. And also for my husband, some tools from Shields Hardware.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | November 21, 2013
For the Garrard family, Christmas lasts all year long. Things have been this way since late 2010, when Italia turned to her parents with sadness etched on her face. She didn't want the colorful lights and presents to be boxed up and tucked away, she said, mournful in a way that perhaps only a 4-year-old can be about the conclusion of holiday festivities. And so, Angelica and LaMoin began mulling over how to prolong the day and its inherent spirit. They cut out a small part of the Christmas tree trunk and decided to join their children in painting it. Seated around the dining table, the Glendora family derived so much pleasure from the shared activity that they kept at it. Their efforts took the shape of ornaments that were distributed to friends and family, who, in turn, suggested they sell them.
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December 1, 2006
Permit parking would help residents Let the residents of the affected area decide if they want permit parking. With the opening of nearby new businesses, they will be adding more cars to an already bad situation. If a business employs a substantial number of employees they should have the responsibility to provide safe, designated nonresidential parking for them, even if it means shuttling workers to their cars at night. The front of our homes and the narrow streets of our quaint cottage neighborhoods are not parking lots.
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By Candice Baker | December 7, 2007
Laguna Community Concert Band will bring back an old favorite, ?The Bells of Christmas,? as part of its free ?Swingin?, Singin? Holiday Concert? at 3 p.m. Sunday. Returning as mistress of ceremonies will be actress and local resident Lona Ingwerson, who will also narrate Henry Wordsworth Longfellow?s ?The Bells of Christmas.? ?I think it?s a show that families would really enjoy,? she said. ?It?s sort of a kickoff for the Christmas season.? Ingwerson said she was thrilled to volunteer her efforts to the organization.
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November 28, 2003
"I like Christmas because I'm a Christian and it's God's birthday -- and I like praising him in that way." BRYNN ZOELLNER, 10 "Thanks- giving because I get to get together with my family and spend time with them to celebrate a special holiday." MACKENZIE HESTER, 10 "Hanukkah because I celebrate my religion." TROY DONENFELD, 10 "Halloween because you get to dress up, you get candy and my birthday is that month." DREW WHEELER, 11 "My favorite holiday is Christmas because my birthday is in that month so I get double the toys, a bunch of toys."
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December 17, 2004
Evan Marmol "Christmas with the Kranks" is a perfectly serviceable, if not entertaining adaptation to the outlandishly hilarious John Grisham paperback entitled "Skipping Christmas." When the Kranks (Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis) drop their absolutely lovely daughter off at the airport for a stint in the peace corp. they have plenty to carp about. Primarily among Luther Kranks complaints is the $6,100 that was spent on what he deems "trivialities" on the previous Christmas.
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December 17, 2004
Suzie Harrison Parents and relatives filled Mary Blanton's third-grade class at El Morro Elementary School Tuesday for the Winter Poetry Reading. One by one each student either recited by memory or read their original poems to the audience. Hannah Martin, 9, titled her poem "Christmas." "It's about homeless people on Christmas," Hannah said. "Christmas isn't really about presents it's about caring for each other." Hannah said she thought of the beach and sleeping bags at the beach and wondered what Christmas was like for the homeless.
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December 19, 2003
El Morro Elementary School MARILYN BEACHEMIN'S FIRST-GRADE CLASS Dear Santa, I want Barbie cruise ship, a real puppy dog, American Girl dolls and a cymbal and drum set and teddy bear. I want my mom to get a new coffee machine. I want my dad to get a new bike. Audrey Pillsbury Dear Santa, I wish for a big stuffed bear. I wish a pink bike. I also wish a big Christmas tree. Quenia Vasquez Dear Santa, I have been thinking about you. I want airbrush tattoos.
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December 26, 2013
Fifteen members of the Laguna Beach Police Department handed out gifts to preschool-aged children at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Laguna Beach. Each year police employees select an underprivileged child and become their "Santa" for the day, according to Capt. Jason Kravetz. The annual toy giveaway, held Dec. 20 at the club's main branch at 1085 Laguna Canyon Road, is part of the federal Even Start Family Literacy Program, which offers grants to support family literacy projects that integrate early childhood education, adult literacy and parent education, according to the U.S. Department of Education website . The employees hand out gifts and then enjoy a potluck and listen to the children sing Christmas carols, Kravetz wrote in an email.
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By David Hansen and By David Hansen | December 12, 2013
If you believe the mall is a four-letter word, then you may like my annual top 10 alternative Christmas gifts. These are the only-in-Laguna type gifts that help make the city unique. And after all, people shop in Laguna Beach during Christmas for a reason: We have weird and cool stuff. So if you are still shopping, here are some handpicked suggestions that may help spice up that office white elephant gift exchange. No. 10: Fabulous ornaments. Madison Square, 320 N. Coast Hwy. Price: $24. Don we now that gay apparel ... for that special Christmas ornament, go to Madison.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | December 12, 2013
With feet embedded in snow, the curmudgeonly Grinch wondered, "How could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. " Come Saturday, the holiday will dawn at Laguna Beach gallery Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow (AR4T) without packages, boxes or bags. Instead, there will be paint, ink and even palm fronds. Happy to let the bitter cave-dweller steal the show, founder Torrey Cook is slated to host "Straight Outta Whoville: The Night Before Grinchmas" through Dec. 31. Thirty local and foreign artists will be showcasing as many pieces.
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By Beau Nicolette | November 27, 2013
The nonprofit Crystal Cove Alliance plans to host its Deck the Cove and tree-lighting ceremony Dec. 7 at Crystal Cove State Park's historic cottages. The event, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., will feature the signature Christmas tree on the sand, an art sale, holiday bazaar and visit from Santa Claus. The vintage cottages, restored to reflect the years between 1935 and 1955, when the area evolved as a community, will be decorated retro-style. Wreaths will adorn the doors, sea shell garlands will hang from railings and large-bulb Christmas lights will provide retro color.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | November 21, 2013
For the Garrard family, Christmas lasts all year long. Things have been this way since late 2010, when Italia turned to her parents with sadness etched on her face. She didn't want the colorful lights and presents to be boxed up and tucked away, she said, mournful in a way that perhaps only a 4-year-old can be about the conclusion of holiday festivities. And so, Angelica and LaMoin began mulling over how to prolong the day and its inherent spirit. They cut out a small part of the Christmas tree trunk and decided to join their children in painting it. Seated around the dining table, the Glendora family derived so much pleasure from the shared activity that they kept at it. Their efforts took the shape of ornaments that were distributed to friends and family, who, in turn, suggested they sell them.
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By Britney Barnes | December 14, 2012
When Maya Ciemons, 13, visited a Laguna preschool with some of her peers to put on a holiday party for the tots, she found herself partnered with a small boy who wouldn't talk much and didn't seem to be having much fun. But, she eventually found the way to bring a smile to his lips: a game of tag. "A great moment for me was when he got out of his shell and was having fun," Maya said. "He loved tag. " Thurston Middle School's Peer Assistance Leadership club, or PAL, kicked off the holidays Dec. 5 with a day of giving back that included a holiday celebration at the La Playa Center, dropping off the last donations from a Hunger and Homeless Awareness Food Drive at the Laguna Food Pantry and a visit to Alternative Sleeping Location.
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By Barbara Diamond | November 23, 2012
It may be Black Friday, but Laguna will be greener with the Friday opening of a Christmas tree lot at 725 Laguna Canyon Road. The lot is set to be open through Dec. 26, operating from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, as approved in a temporary use permit by the Planning Commission on Oct. 24. The temporary use permit accommodates reasonable requests for interim or...
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By Barbara Diamond | December 15, 2011
The Laguna Relief and Resource Center has helped bring holiday cheer to adopted families since 1993, but unexpected help came this year. Smart Circle International, an Orange County marketing company, announced Monday that it will provide gifts and necessities for 17 of the estimated 100 families in the center's Holiday Adopt-a-Family program. All of the adopted families live or work in town or have children in the Laguna Beach Unified School District. "Usually, someone calls and the most they want to adopt is one family," said Sande St. John, who has been organizing the center program with Marsha Bode since its inception.
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By Barbara Diamond | December 23, 2010
The holidays are a time to extend hospitality — to show there is room at the inn. Here is a sampling of with whom Laguna folks would most like to invite share their Christmas or Hanukkah dinner, given the choices of anyone living or dead, fact or fiction, but not a relative. Laguna Beach Visitors Bureau President Karyn Philippsen chose Walt Disney , but not because he created the "happiest place(s) on earth," pioneering family entertainment. "He demonstrated entrepreneurial style, protection of branding and hospitality training for staff before it was trendy," Philippsen said.
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By Kay Wright | January 8, 2010
I would like to add to my daughter, Catharine Cooper?s, wonderful column about her first Christmas in Laguna Beach in 1957. We were familiar with Laguna, coming down for breakfast at the Cottage or dinner at Victor Hugo?s, but the move from Long Beach (population 110,000) was big. And I loved it. It was a special village for my children to grow in. Now to Christmas ? and my shopping. Shirts and ties from Stuart Avis Men?s Store for my husband. And also for my husband, some tools from Shields Hardware.
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