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August 28, 2013
For the past 45 years, I have been both a tourist and a long-term resident of Laguna Beach. My husband and I have had almost daily strolls with our dog Chacha along the Main Beach boardwalk, taking in all the sights and sounds. We and the rest of our family also enjoy body-surfing the beautiful waves in the summer. The grandkids play on the new playground structure when they're not in the water or making sandcastles. My dog also loves the stroll. We meet many people, both tourists and locals, and a wonderful time is had by all. Nothing is more like Laguna Beach to me than this daily experience.
By David Hansen | August 22, 2013
If a city is cultured and broad-shouldered, it welcomes a little criticism. A savvy city knows that nothing should be taken for granted because life does not stand still. Laguna Beach, however, has become complacent about some things. Flush with tourist dollars, or just because of prime location, a few businesses don't even try anymore. Privately, locals tell their friends what places to avoid. But perhaps it's time to call out the sacred cows. Here is my list of the 10 most overrated things in Laguna Beach.
By Bryce Alderton | August 14, 2013
The Laguna Beach Police Department is seeking to have criminal charges filed against a mother who allegedly left her 4-year-old son at Main Beach on Sunday, Capt. Jason Kravetz wrote in an email. The department filed a report of felony willful cruelty to a child with the Orange County district attorney's office, Kravetz said. If the district attorney files a charge, police can release the mother's name, he said. She is from south Orange County but Kravetz declined to mention the city.
By Bryce Alderton | July 29, 2013
Harrison Milanian trekked through the Mohave Desert for five days in 130-degree heat. Coyotes urinated on his tent while he tried to sleep in the Florida woods. He walked three miles through a thunderstorm. The 22-year-old Tampa, Fla., resident persevered through all those events and ended his nearly three-month cross-country walk Sunday at Main Beach in Laguna Beach. Wearing a sign that displayed his Facebook page address, americaonfoot , Milanian strolled barefoot south along Broadway Street, crossed Coast Highway and walked across the sand toward the ocean.
By Barbara Diamond | July 18, 2013
Sand will be the medium for artwork at the Laguna Art Museum's Art and Nature event in November. The Laguna Beach City Council on Tuesday approved the proposed "sand art" component of the weekend event, which will also include commissioned art, a keynote address by historian Kevin Starr, lectures, panel discussions, performances and children's programs. "We are hoping the event will grow over the years," said museum Executive Director Malcolm Warner. "Artists will be coming together with scientists in an interdisciplinary dialogue.
July 11, 2013
AREA 1 High Drive and North Coast Highway: Vandalism was reported at 2:46 p.m. Friday. The caller said two tires of a 2001 brown Nissan Pathfinder were slashed. North Coast Highway: A caller reported three people were sleeping on the third floor of a building in the 1000 block at 9:32 a.m. Monday. Cypress Drive: A caller reported jewelry was stolen from the 300 block at 7:18 p.m. Monday. * AREA 2 Cozumel: A caller reported a wallet was stolen from inside a car in the 100 block at 11:57 a.m. Friday.
By Barbara Diamond | July 11, 2013
Highly regarded scientist, food and wine expert and educator Joie Pierce Jones died June 23 after years of failing health. He was 72. A memorial service will be held for the longtime Laguna Beach resident later this year, date and location to be announced. "He was a special man," said Becky Jones, his wife of 48 years. "He will be missed. " The Joneses moved to Laguna Beach in 1977 when he was appointed professor of radiological sciences at UC Irvine. "He knew he wanted to live in Laguna," said his wife.
By Mike Sciacca | June 20, 2013
Will Montgomery and Tri Bourne earned the Men's Laguna Open title Saturday. The pair won the championship by defeating Andy McGuire and Joey Dykstra in the final of the 58th annual event at Main Beach. The event offered $2,000 in cash and prizes. Montgomery (Santa Barbara), Bourne (Aiea, Hawaii), McGuire (Hermosa Beach) and Dykstra (Redondo Beach), are AAA-rated players. Montgomery and Bourne won $500 and other prizes for their first-place finish. Large crowds, which tournament director Kirk Morgan said were "hard to estimate," turned out to watch tournament action that started at 9 a.m. and went into the night.
By Michael Miller | June 13, 2013
When Sydney Haik takes the stage to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Main Beach on Saturday, she may not look like a veteran performer. But, of course, appearances can deceive. Sydney, who will turn 8 in October, is the youngest performer at this year's FĂȘte de la Musique, an event hosted every year by the Laguna Beach Sister Cities Assn. She'll help open the festivities by singing the national anthem at 1 p.m. Stage nerves probably won't be a problem - the San Juan Capistrano resident has already appeared in "Annie," "Seussical" and other youth-theater productions.
June 6, 2013
Junior Breakers boys' volleyball camp Junior Breakers Summer Volleyball Camp is a grass-root youth organization focused on teaching young athletes the basic fundamentals and strategies of volleyball using the techniques and philosophies taught at Laguna Beach High School. Camps will be held between 4 and 6 p.m. daily the weeks of July 8-11, July 15-18, July 29-Aug. 1, Aug. 5-8 and Aug. 19-22. Participants will receive instruction from current Laguna Beach High boys' volleyball head coach Scott Panaro, additional Laguna Beach volleyball staff members and current players.
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