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May 2, 2013
The 36th annual Women's Laguna Open Beach Volleyball Tournament at Main Beach in Laguna Beach is Saturday. Throughout its history, some of the top names in beach volleyball have competed in the tournament. Next month, the 58th annual Men's Laguna Open, the second-oldest continually held tournament in the state, starts June 15. For tournament information, visit , or email Kirk Morgan at . To follow all tournaments, classes and beach volleyball events, visit the "Laguna Beach Volleyball" page on Facebook.
By David Hansen | April 24, 2013
Most people will not admit this out loud, but we have made fun of Earth Day. With its unrealistic solar ovens and organic patchouli oil, over the past 40 years it has grown into a bloated caricature of itself. And now in Laguna Beach we have added its nautical stepsister, Kelpfest. But here's the thing: The eco-revelers are having the last laugh. Regular humans are finally paying attention and listening. Perhaps we are feeling mortal. Perhaps the global headlines are starting to sink in. Perhaps we are believing the science.
April 18, 2013
Transition Laguna Beach and marine biologist Nancy Caruso are teaming up for the second annual Earth Day and Kelp Fest from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. The events will take place at the intersection of Park and Forest avenues, and at Main Beach. The events celebrate earth awareness and the resurgence of kelp forests off Laguna Beach's coastline. Activities include guided tide pool tours, a life-sized interactive kelp forest model, free stand-up paddleboard tours to the kelp forests, interactive games, arts and crafts for children, cooking demonstrations and rain barrel and compost bin giveaways.
By Michael Miller | March 20, 2013
Karl Halili spent years devouring movies and television and hanging around Laguna Beach. And all he got out of it was a medal. The Tustin resident, who works for his city's Parks and Recreation Department, was officially recognized in October as a scholar of Laguna. He, his girlfriend and another couple took first place in the Laguna Beach Art Adventure, a scavenger hunt of sorts in which teams compete to find landmarks around town. Unlike in a typical scavenger hunt, the participants don't get to take the items with them - they just have to locate and identify them from the clues given.
February 15, 2013
Laguna Beach lifeguard tryouts will begin at 9 a.m. Feb. 23 at Main Beach. Sign-in starts at 7:30 a.m., and applicants should expect to enter the water at 9 a.m. Candidates must complete a 1,000-meter swim in 20 minutes to advance to the Seasonal and Rookie Ocean Lifeguard Academy. The Marine Safety Department expects to hire 10 to 12 graduates of the academy, said Marine Safety Lt. Kai Bond. About 100 candidates participated in physical testing last year. Additional tryouts make take place.
By Bryce Alderton and By Bryce Alderton | January 31, 2013
Laguna Beach lifeguards are making do with a temporary facility while their new $6 million headquarters is being built. Lifeguards are using a trailer on a cobblestone area near Main Beach, across from the movie theater downtown, for day-to-day activities. "It's providing what we need for our operations [including dispatch, first aid and communications]," Marine Safety Capt. Tom Trager said. The new one-story station will occupy the same space on Main Beach as the former facility.
January 29, 2013
Get ready to walk it off — Glennwood House of Laguna Beach is hosting its Walk and Roll-A-Thon fundraiser at 10 a.m. Saturday starting at Main Beach. Money raised from the event will go toward finishing construction of the Glennwood House, which will house 50 special needs adults later this year . "This is the real push time to make this dream a reality," Executive Director Shauna Bogert said in an email. "Once we are open, future fundraising will go toward an endowment to assist residents with rental costs.
By Alisha Gomez | January 10, 2013
A 36-foot Catalina sailboat that ran aground earlier in the week was temporarily parked in the sand at the north end of Main Beach as of Thursday. On Monday the Why Knot, which ran aground near south Main Beach, was towed from the shoreline, according to police. "Lifeguards eventually worked with Laguna Beach public works officials to get the boat moved to the north end of Main Beach via tractor," Capt. Jason Kravetz wrote in an email. On Sunday, Laguna Beach police, firefighters and lifeguards responded to a call that the Why Knot was aground, with its starboard side on the surf zone and its engine running, Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email.
January 3, 2013
Pets in need of help Animal Crackers Pet Rescue is closing its doors Tuesday and still needs people to temporarily take in pets. About five to six animals — including dogs, cats and possibly parrots — are in need of temporary homes, volunteer Johannah Falke said. The pet rescue center moves into its new space in Laguna Hills sometime in March. Those interested in helping Gina Kantzabedian should email her as soon as possible at . Animal Crackers is at 30822 S. Coast Hwy., (949)
By David Hansen | December 27, 2012
They come from Russia, Japan, China, Iran, India and Pomona. They are allies, enemies, Hindus, Buddhists, Catholics and atheists, but once in Laguna they are all Main Beach tourists. Like schools of colorful fish, they huddle, pause and swim, randomly moving forward, stopping and pointing at nothing in particular. They stop at shiny things and talk in foreign tongues, Instagramming their experience, immediately looking at the image, laughing and taking another. And another.
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