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By Barbara Diamond | October 4, 2012
The Beautification Council is more than a pretty face. "We are the stewards of the city's beauty; we assist the city in keeping the city pristine; we keep an eye out for chancellors of taste and provide support to those who have none," council President Ruben Flores said Monday night at the group's first-ever fundraiser. Montage Laguna Beach hosted the event. The hotel did them proud with a sumptuous dinner in the ballroom to celebrate the group's Diamond Jubilee and a cake with a frosted lifeguard tower, in honor of the council's late founder and "Window to the Sea" advocate Harry Lawrence . Flores, who loves growing things and all things beautiful, enthused over the revitalization of the council.
NEWS
December 22, 2006
The Laguna Legacy Awards will be presented to Virginia Schott and Harry Lawrence at the Laguna Beach Seniors, Inc. Legacy Ball on Jan. 26. Schott was one of the early founders of Laguna Beach Seniors, Inc., and served as the organization's longest-running president. Lawrence was one of the founders of the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Beautification Council. Laguna Beach Seniors President Lee Anderson called the award winners to notify them they had been selected.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | September 23, 2010
The Laguna Beach that "Mr. Laguna," Harry Lawrence, remembers isn't the Laguna Beach of today. "It was pretty run-down, especially during the war," Lawrence said. "We made most of what it is today. " By "we," he means the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce and Civic Assn., of which he is undoubtedly the oldest member, and other community-minded activists. In 1947, when Lawrence arrived in Laguna and bought Warren Imports with his late wife, the city was only 20 years old and, while famous as an art colony, was overgrown with weeds and vines.
NEWS
November 29, 2002
Harry Lawrence and Georgina Valdez have been elected to the Laguna Beach Historical Society Board of Directors. Board Members continuing their service are: Anne Frank, Ed Perry, Eric Jessen, Gene Felder, J. J Gasparotti, Jane Janz, Karolee Hampton, Nelda Stone and Willa Gupta. The Board subsequently re-elected Gene Felder president and Nelda Stone secretary treasurer ... Rose Petrowich-Webb has been named sales manager for the Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau.
NEWS
August 29, 2003
Beautification Council party The Laguna Beach Beautification Council held its annual summer party at the home of Harry and Zehide Lawrence. Members enjoyed the ocean view and a barbecue. The council meets at 4 p.m. on the first Monday of the month at City Hall, 505 Forest Ave. to discuss upcoming projects and what can be done to keep the town beautiful. Visitors are welcome. Pictured standing, from left, are Ann Wood, Karl Von Muff, Joy Dickerson, Terry Brandt, Jan Osborne, "Dutch" Vanderhoof, Jo Dominick, Steve May, Eleanor Henry, Bob Borthwick, Max Brown, Brian Osborne, Ed Drollinger and Glida Elk; seated, from left, are Cossie Mechling, Phyllis Willats, Barbara Hoag, Zehide Lawrence, Marjorie Adams, Georgina Valdez, Harry Lawrence and Ora Sterling.
BUSINESS
By Dan Beighley | June 30, 2006
Harry Lawrence works hard to surround himself with beauty. After 60 years of dealing in antiques, he is closing his Warren Imports business this July. But his legacy to the community remains in the scores of beautification projects around town. As shoppers peruse the "50% off" items that Lawrence hopes will clear out his remaining inventory, he is adjusting to going at a different gear. Eager to bid on an antique table a woman brought in, Lawrence, 91, is accustomed to opening things, rather than closing them.
NEWS
By BARBARA DIAMOND | May 26, 2006
A special spring sale could be the harbinger of a new phase in Harry Lawrence's life. "I am in good health, but I have been told to cut back a little, and it's time to let go," said Lawrence, 91, an icon of the city's business community and cultural organizations. Lawrence has been a force in the community since he and his late first wife, Maxine, bought Warren Imports in 1946 and built it from a one-room gift shop into a multimillion-dollar enterprise. On May 13, Lawrence began to sell off the antiques and imports for which the store has become famous.
LOCAL
By Barbara Diamond | October 10, 2008
The whole town celebrated the birthday of “Mr. Laguna.” Oct. 1 was officially declared Harry Lawrence Day for the second time by the City Council, paying tribute to his many contributions to Laguna Beach. He was previously honored with a proclamation when Cheryl Kinsman was mayor. This year, a public ceremony was held at Main Beach, organized by the Chamber of Commerce — doubly fitting. Lawrence was instrumental in acquiring the Window to the Sea for the city and is credited by many for the revitalization of the near-moribund chamber in the late 1940s.
NEWS
January 24, 2003
OUR LAGUNA Harry Lawrence is not known for his silence, but all he could manage was a simple "thank you" when he was presented with the Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award. Lawrence's contributions to the city are so numerous that Supervisor Tom Wilson didn't read the whole proclamation he presented to "Mr. Laguna." "We tried to chronicle all he achieved, so the print is rather small," Wilson said. Mayor Toni Iseman also paid tribute to Lawrence.
NEWS
By BARBARA DIAMOND | February 2, 2007
The first Legacy Ball netted about $25,000 for the programs and services to benefit Laguna Beach seniors and their families. A sell-out crowd of 250 guests attended the ball, held Jan. 26 at Seven Degrees, at which Harry Lawrence and Virginia Schott were honored for their contributions to the community. "The concept of the ball was to recognize one man and one woman who have left a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes," said event chair Councilwoman Elizabeth Schneider , who served as mistress of ceremonies for the program.
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By Barbara Diamond | October 4, 2012
The Beautification Council is more than a pretty face. "We are the stewards of the city's beauty; we assist the city in keeping the city pristine; we keep an eye out for chancellors of taste and provide support to those who have none," council President Ruben Flores said Monday night at the group's first-ever fundraiser. Montage Laguna Beach hosted the event. The hotel did them proud with a sumptuous dinner in the ballroom to celebrate the group's Diamond Jubilee and a cake with a frosted lifeguard tower, in honor of the council's late founder and "Window to the Sea" advocate Harry Lawrence . Flores, who loves growing things and all things beautiful, enthused over the revitalization of the council.
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By Barbara Diamond | March 28, 2012
Laguna Beach lost an icon Sunday when Harry James Lawrence died, with his wife, Zahide, holding his hand. He was 98 and in ill health for several years. "It was time," said Zahide, who Harry married in 1996. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Laguna Presbyterian Church to celebrate the life of the man dubbed "Mr. Laguna" in honor of his contributions to the city. The Patriots Day Parade Committee named him grand marshal in 2008, referring to him in the program as one of Laguna's most distinguished residents.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | July 28, 2011
All veterans, but particularly one of Laguna's own, were honored July 21 at a fundraiser hosted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5868 at the Laguna Beach Woman's Club. About 75 people attended the tribute for vets and, specifically, Harry James Lawrence — yes, there are two Harry Lawrences in town, hence the middle name. Among the guests: family, friends, admirers and members of the post, its auxiliary and of American Legion Post 222. "Harry was in the hospital for two weeks before the event, and it took a tremendous effort on his part to attend," said his wife, Zahide . "I was so grateful he was able to be there.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | September 23, 2010
The Laguna Beach that "Mr. Laguna," Harry Lawrence, remembers isn't the Laguna Beach of today. "It was pretty run-down, especially during the war," Lawrence said. "We made most of what it is today. " By "we," he means the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce and Civic Assn., of which he is undoubtedly the oldest member, and other community-minded activists. In 1947, when Lawrence arrived in Laguna and bought Warren Imports with his late wife, the city was only 20 years old and, while famous as an art colony, was overgrown with weeds and vines.
LOCAL
By Rose Hancock | September 15, 2009
Legendary Mr. Laguna will be honored on October 1st (his 96th Birthday) with a public celebration at 1:00 pm at Main Beach Park. Elected officials from President Bush to Mayor Jane Egly and the City Council joined in a tribute to community activist Harry Lawrence, when Mayor Egly officially declared October 1st as Harry Lawrence Day. Accolades from White House and beyond for his decades of service were bestowed upon Harry. We will celebrate this official day October 1st at 1:00pm at the cobblestone area at Main Beach Park.
LOCAL
By Barbara Diamond | October 10, 2008
The whole town celebrated the birthday of “Mr. Laguna.” Oct. 1 was officially declared Harry Lawrence Day for the second time by the City Council, paying tribute to his many contributions to Laguna Beach. He was previously honored with a proclamation when Cheryl Kinsman was mayor. This year, a public ceremony was held at Main Beach, organized by the Chamber of Commerce — doubly fitting. Lawrence was instrumental in acquiring the Window to the Sea for the city and is credited by many for the revitalization of the near-moribund chamber in the late 1940s.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | August 7, 2008
Elected officials from President Bush to Mayor Jane Egly and the City Council joined in a tribute Tuesday to community activist Harry Lawrence. The City Council proclaimed Oct. 1 as Harry Lawrence Day in Laguna. “Wow!” said Lawrence, who will turn 95 that day. Best wishes were sent from the White House, the House of Representatives, the state houses of legislature and the Governor’s Mansion. The City Council chambers reverberated with “Happy Birthday,” sung to Lawrence by an appreciative audience.
NEWS
By BARBARA DIAMOND | February 2, 2007
The first Legacy Ball netted about $25,000 for the programs and services to benefit Laguna Beach seniors and their families. A sell-out crowd of 250 guests attended the ball, held Jan. 26 at Seven Degrees, at which Harry Lawrence and Virginia Schott were honored for their contributions to the community. "The concept of the ball was to recognize one man and one woman who have left a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes," said event chair Councilwoman Elizabeth Schneider , who served as mistress of ceremonies for the program.
NEWS
December 22, 2006
The Laguna Legacy Awards will be presented to Virginia Schott and Harry Lawrence at the Laguna Beach Seniors, Inc. Legacy Ball on Jan. 26. Schott was one of the early founders of Laguna Beach Seniors, Inc., and served as the organization's longest-running president. Lawrence was one of the founders of the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Beautification Council. Laguna Beach Seniors President Lee Anderson called the award winners to notify them they had been selected.
BUSINESS
By Dan Beighley | June 30, 2006
Harry Lawrence works hard to surround himself with beauty. After 60 years of dealing in antiques, he is closing his Warren Imports business this July. But his legacy to the community remains in the scores of beautification projects around town. As shoppers peruse the "50% off" items that Lawrence hopes will clear out his remaining inventory, he is adjusting to going at a different gear. Eager to bid on an antique table a woman brought in, Lawrence, 91, is accustomed to opening things, rather than closing them.
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