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By Barbara Diamond | September 15, 2011
Recipes, booths, dogs and one cat were judged Sunday, but the real winners were Laguna's three animal shelters. The 15th annual Pet Parade & Chili Cookoff raised $18,000 for the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter, Blue Bell Foundation for Cats and the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. All three facilities are located in Laguna Canyon and suffered damage in the December deluge, but all are now operating at full bore. The city shelter cares for lost, stray, sick or injured animals rescued by Animal Services officers in Laguna Beach and Laguna Woods.
By Joanna Clay, | June 24, 2011
Whereas many of Laguna Beach's festivals focus on local artists, Art-A-Fair is unique because every summer it attracts 125 artists from around the globe. The festivities begin Friday and carry on until Aug. 28. Mike Cahill, president of the board, is looking forward to the 45th annual festival. "We've got 25 new artists out of the 125 total," he said. "It's always exciting when you have new people come in because they bring new work, new outlooks on life, and it adds a lot of spice to the show.
By Cindy Frazier, | July 1, 2010
Immigrant rights activists gathered in downtown Laguna Beach early today to denounce the U.S. Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. About 20 people from various community groups and religious organizations in Laguna Beach and surrounding areas held signs and handed out Spanish-language materials June 25 at the Laguna Beach Bus Depot on Broadway. The early-morning protest was organized to counter a rumored Border Patrol sting targeting employees getting off buses to work in Laguna.
By Barbara Diamond | February 9, 2010
Artist and arts benefactor Iris Adam died Saturday at Saddleback Hospital from respiratory complications while recovering from a broken hip she sustained in a fall Jan. 10. She was 91. “Iris was an artist, sister, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and always a friend of the artists and our community,” said longtime family friend Richard “Scooter” Brewer, president of the Art-A-Fair Board of Directors. “She will be deeply missed, but through her accomplishments, her presence will be with us always.
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.
December 4, 2009
Photographer to appear at book store Laguna Beach Books will host Judith Fox, author of ?I Still Do: Loving and Living With Alzheimer?s,? to sign her book at 4 p.m. Sunday at 1200 S. Coast Hwy. Fox?s husband, Dr. Edmund Ackell, was a surgeon, a pilot and a golfer. Three years into their marriage, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer?s disease. Over 10 years, Alzheimer?s slowly took a toll on his ability to pursue his career and his hobbies. In an attempt to remove the sense of isolation that so many feel, Fox attempted to capture images of the soul of the man she still loves.
By Ashley Breeding | October 9, 2009
The Laguna Beach Animal Shelter and its fundraising arm, Protecting Unwanted Pets Laguna Beach, are celebrating their 30th year of partnership. PUP President Elizabeth Bauer said she and her staff would like to thank the community for their continued support. “The ongoing support of Laguna Beach and Laguna Woods allows us to develop programs to provide the highest level of care for our animals,” she said. Established in 1979, PUP is dedicated to bridging the gap between funding from the city and the special needs of the shelter’s animals.
April 10, 2009
Motorcyclist jailed in license plate theft A 54-year-old Laguna Woods man was arrested on suspicion of stealing a license plate and DMV sticker after Laguna Beach police stopped him at 8:53 a.m. April 3 in the 300 block of Broadway for passing stopped vehicles on the right, Sgt. Jason Kravetz said. The arrestee, David John DiConstanzo, was riding with a 21-year-old woman passenger. Police determined that DiConstanzo had a suspended driver?s license; was not authorized to ride a motorcycle; the license plate on the motorcycle was allegedly stolen from another motorcycle in Laguna Woods; the 2009 DMV sticker on the license plate was stolen from another vehicle; and he had no insurance, Kravetz said.
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