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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | March 6, 2009
The old China Bistro has gotten a face-lift, a menu transplant and assumed a new identity! She now calls herself Taz/Asian Fusion and has a sexy new personality. In the competent hands of Geri Hulon, a former interior designer, and her son Dan Baker, a Cordon Bleu-trained chef, the food and the space itself have been remodeled. Old favorites still appear on the menu in a slightly different format, but there is an entirely new selection of chef?s specials that are innovative and particularly delicious.
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By Candice Baker | March 2, 2007
After school on Wednesday — one day after a massive sell-off in the Shanghai stock market caused the Dow Jones index to plummet by more than 400 points — more than two dozen students trooped past a large Chinese flag in Dave Dixon's Thurston Middle School classroom. The students were there to learn Standard Mandarin, the world's most common language. Researchers have found that more than 1 billion people worldwide speak Mandarin Chinese, but only about a half-billion speak English.
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July 2, 2004
Glori Fickling It is always a pleasure to hear from an enthusiastic restaurant fan. An e-mail from an appreciative Marcia Jager has inspired this review of an Oriental venue I had long forgotten. It is nice to note that Mandarin King, situated far north on Coast Highway, will celebrate a 20-year success come Sept. 1. The store-front establishment is the popular concept of gracious Glenn Fu and his dedicated sister-in-law Lily Chao. Thanks to creative chef Tan, who joined the family venture almost 10 years ago, the picturesque dishes distinguish the tempting bill of fare.
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By Joanna Clay | September 27, 2011
Capistrano Unified School District will be the first district in Orange County with a Mandarin Chinese language immersion program, which will start in the 2012-2013 academic year. The district's board of trustees voted Monday for the program, which is one of about 80 similar programs in the U.S. "A challenging economic environment is no excuse for not being able to offer new and innovative educational programs requested by our community," Board Clerk John M. Alpay stated in a press release.
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By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | August 12, 2010
DNA evidence has led to the arrest of a suspect in a more than year-old robbery of a restaurateur. Laguna Beach detectives arrested Armando Serrano Gutierrez, 37, of Santa Ana, Thursday in Riverside County on suspicion of involvement in the Feb. 26, 2009, robbery at the rear of the Mandarin King Restaurant, according to Laguna Beach Police Sgt. Louise Callus. On the evening of the robbery, the owner of Mandarin King had just locked up and was leaving the property when he was confronted by two masked men who demanded his money, Callus said.
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January 27, 2006
First Thursdays Art Walk marks its eighth anniversary Thursday, when it will also celebrate the Chinese New Year -- the start of the Year of the Dog. Eight galleries in Art Walk carry the work of more than 45 Chinese artists, and many are celebrating with special events; red balloons will mark the participating galleries. Chinese refreshments will be available at each of the following galleries during Art Walk, 6 to 9 p.m.: Contemporary Chinese Fine Art J. Kamin Fine Art Lu Martin Galleries Mandarin Fine Art Miranda Galleries Dawson Cole Fine Art Seven Degrees Win Henstock Gallery Mei Hui, a student from the Los Angeles Classical Chinese Orchestra, will perform on the guzang (zither)
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July 6, 2007
Furniture shop hosts celebrity retreat Modern Studio Furnishings in Laguna Beach hosted the celebrity retreat for the BET Awards held recently at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The furniture shop owners styled the retreat with "mod" furnishings, slick lighting and a one-of-a-kind armless sofa chaise, which was created to hold the signatures of the likes of Patti La Belle, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder, to name a few. The "signature" sofa chaise lounge will be auctioned off on Charity folks.
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By Bryce Alderton | May 16, 2013
A Mandarin language instructor will stay on this summer and next school year, Laguna Beach Unified School District board members decided at its Tuesday night meeting. The board approved a contract for Jean Wu to teach Mandarin to Thurston Middle School students this summer and after school next year, and to Laguna Beach High School freshmen after school next year. The district will pay Wu, an independent contractor, $14,040 for the summer and next school year and the money will come out of the district's general fund, according to a district staff report.
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March 14, 2008
The following is from the March 11, 2008, meeting of the Laguna Beach Unified School District Board of Education. ? Drug and alcohol expulsions increase District officials who researched the best practices for referring families for drug and alcohol issues presented their findings. The district had recognized a need for good referrals, and sensed increased community interest in the issue. There have also been more suspensions and expulsions due to drug and alcohol issues in the past school year.
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By Joanna Clay | September 27, 2011
Capistrano Unified School District will be the first district in Orange County with a Mandarin Chinese language immersion program, which will start in the 2012-2013 academic year. The district's board of trustees voted Monday for the program, which is one of about 80 similar programs in the U.S. "A challenging economic environment is no excuse for not being able to offer new and innovative educational programs requested by our community," Board Clerk John M. Alpay stated in a press release.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | March 6, 2009
The old China Bistro has gotten a face-lift, a menu transplant and assumed a new identity! She now calls herself Taz/Asian Fusion and has a sexy new personality. In the competent hands of Geri Hulon, a former interior designer, and her son Dan Baker, a Cordon Bleu-trained chef, the food and the space itself have been remodeled. Old favorites still appear on the menu in a slightly different format, but there is an entirely new selection of chef?s specials that are innovative and particularly delicious.
NEWS
By Candice Baker | March 2, 2007
After school on Wednesday — one day after a massive sell-off in the Shanghai stock market caused the Dow Jones index to plummet by more than 400 points — more than two dozen students trooped past a large Chinese flag in Dave Dixon's Thurston Middle School classroom. The students were there to learn Standard Mandarin, the world's most common language. Researchers have found that more than 1 billion people worldwide speak Mandarin Chinese, but only about a half-billion speak English.
NEWS
July 2, 2004
Glori Fickling It is always a pleasure to hear from an enthusiastic restaurant fan. An e-mail from an appreciative Marcia Jager has inspired this review of an Oriental venue I had long forgotten. It is nice to note that Mandarin King, situated far north on Coast Highway, will celebrate a 20-year success come Sept. 1. The store-front establishment is the popular concept of gracious Glenn Fu and his dedicated sister-in-law Lily Chao. Thanks to creative chef Tan, who joined the family venture almost 10 years ago, the picturesque dishes distinguish the tempting bill of fare.
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