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By Barbara Diamond | November 29, 2012
Santa's coming to town for Hospitality Night Dec. 7 — and this year he won't be competing with a football game. The city and the Chamber of Commerce sponsor Hospitality Night, a highlight of the year in Laguna. Downtown Merchants will stay open late to dispense cheer to browsers and buyers. Music and comestibles will be provided by community groups. "Everybody in town will be coming down for the party and the city will be a sparkling sea of lights," chamber President Michael Kinsman said.
By Billy Fried | April 10, 2009
I read with great enthusiasm the council?s approved ?Third Thursday?s Hospitality Night,? and the closure of the west end of Forest Avenue(?Businesses to be bolstered,? March 27). This is a great beta test of how the city might look and function with a permanent pedestrian mall. This could become our de facto town square, a nexus for community interaction and celebration ? and a boon to downtown merchants. Just imagine how beautiful the block would look without the cars blocking the sight lines.
August 24, 2007
The following information was obtained from Laguna Beach Police Department records for the period from August 15 to 21. ? Forest Avenue : At 1:19 p.m. a Laguna Beach woman was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting $128 worth of goods from a store in the 200 block. St. Tropez Court : At 1:44 p.m. a Laguna Beach man reported an identity theft that was used to obtain $5,000 fraudulently in the 300 block. ? Forest Avenue : At an unspecified time, a homeless man was issued a citation for camping or sleeping at a complex in the 300 block.
May 16, 2008
Families are invited to come to Laguna Presbyterian’s Fellowship Hall for Family Fun Night from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Children and teens, accompanied by one or both of their parents, are welcome. Fun for the whole family includes pizza, hot dogs, soft drinks and bingo cards will be sold. Bouncy houses and dessert are provided. Admission is free. Fellowship Hall is located in the middle of Second Street, between Forest Avenue and Mermaid Street. For more information, contact Youth and Family Pastor Steve Sweet at (949)
March 3, 2006
Parade traffic, road closures The Laguna police department is giving notice of street closures and heavy traffic in the downtown area on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. due to the Patriots Day Parade. Closures: Park Avenue between Wendt Terrace and Pacific Coast Highway; Glenneyre Street between Legion Street and Forest Avenue; Forest Avenue, the entire length between Pacific Coast Highway and Laguna Canyon Road. Third Street, entire length between Park Avenue and Forest Avenue.
April 16, 2004
In addition to the sewer reconstruction work and the underground placement of utility poles already in progress in the Downtown area, projects planned for next week include work at the intersections of Beach Street and Ocean Avenue, Forest and Ocean avenues and Forest Avenue and Glenneyre Street. Asphalt repaving on Third Street and Ocean Avenue is scheduled for April 27. Resurfacing on 2nd, Beach and Mermaid streets is planned for April 28. Repaving on Forest Avenue is scheduled for the first week of May. Work is scheduled to continue on the Downtown rehabilitation project through May. Installation of the Louise Street storm drain will result in a lane closure on North Coast Highway through mid-May.
December 6, 2002
Suzie Harrison Reindeer trotting down Forest Avenue guiding Santa to his house followed by a parade of locals young and old is just one of the many scenes to be expected at tonight's Hospitality Night -- Laguna Beach's biggest annual community event, an event that has become a tradition for more than 25 years. It's a time for friends, family and neighbors to enjoy the holiday festivities in Downtown Laguna. There's lights, cameras, Santa and all the action one could ever wish for in a holiday event ... even greyhounds with antlers posing as reindeer.
November 30, 2007
Ropage Salon returns to Forest Avenue Ropage Beauty Supply and Salon will reopen on Forest Avenue after a five-year stint on Ocean Avenue. A lease has been signed for 265 Forest, a conditional-use permit has been approved, and Ropage is expected to open for business at the new location by the end of February. “We wanted to be back in the heart of downtown,” owner Len Weinstein said. “We would like to have stayed on Forest.” Five years ago, Weinstein and his wife, Elaine, unhappily decided they could not afford a rent increase and moved from their pink, turquoise and white cottage-style shop to 435 Ocean, a former art gallery.
By Josh Aden | December 7, 2007
Forest Avenue will be transformed into a holiday promenade tonight for Laguna Beach?s 51st Annual Hospitality Night. Lights will twinkle on the streets while community members gather on Forest Avenue to celebrate a Laguna-style holiday. The night will see a parade with a special guest all the way from the North Pole ? Santa Claus himself. The historic pepper tree in front of City Hall, 505 Forest Ave., will be lit in a special ceremony at 6 p.m. The tree will shine through the holiday season with 18,000 lights.
November 24, 2006
Laguna Beach will kick off the holiday season Dec. 1 with a night of tradition and fun. It's the 50th annual "Hospitality Night" sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Downtown will come alive with music and revelry, and businesses will stay open until 9:30 p.m. The evening's festivities will start at 5 p.m. with a concert by the Thurston Middle School Band in front of City Hall, 505 Forest Avenue. Santa Claus will arrive in style — this year riding on a new Mini Cooper that will be raffled off. Then Santa, with the help of city officials, will light up the historic pepper tree in front of City Hall at 6 p.m. Santa will then parade down Forest Ave. to his special house at the corner of Forest Avenue and Glenneyre Street, where he will spend the evening visiting with children — after picking the winner of the Mini Cooper.
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