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By Barbara Diamond | December 7, 2007
Menton, France, may mirror Laguna?s topography, coastal location and interests in art, education and the environment, but that doesn?t make it the only candidate for a sister city. Councilwoman Elizabeth Schneider volunteered to seek community input on additional sister city candidates. ?The idea of being a sister city is a good idea ? or several sister cities for that matter,? Schneider said. She encouraged anyone interested in helping to identify possible sister cities to contact her, which would not exclude Menton.
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By Imran Vittachi | June 14, 2012
The two sister cities are tourist magnets that hug sun-kissed stretches of coastline. Laguna Beach is an ocean and continent away from its French sister, Menton, which the last stop on the French Riviera before the Italian border. Every spring, Menton celebrates La Fête du Citron (the Lemon Festival), where floats made or decorated with lemons and oranges parade through. And every summer, the people of Menton, as well as the rest of the Francophone world, ring in the summer solstice with the annual Fête de la Musique (Music Festival)
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | January 11, 2008
Laguna Beach officials approved the adoption of Menton, France, as a sister city, Tuesday. The City Council endorsed a plan to create a long-term relationship between Laguna Beach and Menton, as proposed by an ad hoc committee that visited the city this winter and came home charmed and awed at the similarities between the two cities. “It was my pleasure to be part of the delegation that visited this truly remarkable city of history and art that so closely mirrors our own seaside community,” said Karyn Philippsen, president of the Laguna Beach Visitors and Conference Bureau.
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January 12, 2012
Family expert to speak at next Coffee Break Psychologist and author Dr. Thomas Habib will be the featured speaker at this month's PTA Coffee Break meeting. Habib is known for his work with couples and family therapy throughout Orange County. He also has experience working with families at Children's Hospital of Orange County and Mission Hospital. He will focus much of his discussion on discipline for children and how parents can help their kids develop their own self-discipline.
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By Barbara Diamond | November 29, 2007
Laguna’s new romance with a French city has gotten off to a rocky start. Mayor Toni Iseman and an ad hoc committee left Nov. 23 on a 10-day fact-finding trip to France that might lead to a partnership with the city of Menton. A proposal on the Nov. 20 agenda to enter into a sistership with Menton came as a shock to at least three members of the City Council and was amended to approval of a letter of intent to explore the possible relationship. Iseman had been pursuing the possibility since June.
LOCAL
By Barbara Diamond | March 13, 2009
Nazi-occupied France was a desperate place, especially for French Jews — even petite, blue-eyed blonds like Marthe Cohn Marthe Cohn who had spoken German as their first language since the Alsace and Lorraine provinces, where she was born, were handed over to Germany in 1871. When the Nazis invaded France at the beginning of World War II, Cohn was in nursing school and engaged. The family responded to the invasion by hiding Jews. Cohn’s sister, Stephanie , and their father were arrested.
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By Candice Baker | May 9, 2008
It’s said Americans “live to work” and Europeans “work to live,” but many Thurston Middle School French students and their families worked hard at living well over Spring Break in the South of France. On the trip, organized by French teacher Randi Beckley, they also had an opportunity to tour Menton, Laguna Beach’s new sister city, while on a trip to Monaco; the Menton visit wasn’t on the original itinerary, but happened fortuitously. Many of the Thurston girls who went on the trip found Menton to be very similar to Laguna, with boutique shops and an area like Main Beach, but the boys interviewed said they didn’t see the resemblance.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | June 23, 2011
If the Fête de la Musique had been held in an arena, it would have sold out. The Laguna Beach Sister Cities Assn. stationed entertainers at about 30 locations downtown. Crowds gathered to listen, clap in time to the music, even dance and applaud, much as audiences will, or have done, this year around the world. Music ranged from arias sung by Jenny Wang at Peppertree Lane Mall to the Grey Hill Gospel String Band by Tuvalu on Forest Avenue. "Fête de la Musique was officially recognized in France in 1976 and is now celebrated in 110 countries, 250 cities," said Karen Philippsen , association president.
ENTERTAINMENT
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 Fête 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.
NEWS
By Billy Fried | October 8, 2013
For years Laguna Beach has been held back from making meaningful changes to its infrastructure by the notion that the California Coastal Commission will not allow the city to remove parking without replacing each and every spot, thereby safeguarding fair beach access for all. This made perfect sense when it came to development along the beach in the 1970s and '80s that relegated access to the privileged few. But it doesn't make sense for today's cities...
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By Billy Fried | October 8, 2013
For years Laguna Beach has been held back from making meaningful changes to its infrastructure by the notion that the California Coastal Commission will not allow the city to remove parking without replacing each and every spot, thereby safeguarding fair beach access for all. This made perfect sense when it came to development along the beach in the 1970s and '80s that relegated access to the privileged few. But it doesn't make sense for today's cities...
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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 Fête 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.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Imran Vittachi | June 14, 2012
The two sister cities are tourist magnets that hug sun-kissed stretches of coastline. Laguna Beach is an ocean and continent away from its French sister, Menton, which the last stop on the French Riviera before the Italian border. Every spring, Menton celebrates La Fête du Citron (the Lemon Festival), where floats made or decorated with lemons and oranges parade through. And every summer, the people of Menton, as well as the rest of the Francophone world, ring in the summer solstice with the annual Fête de la Musique (Music Festival)
NEWS
January 12, 2012
Family expert to speak at next Coffee Break Psychologist and author Dr. Thomas Habib will be the featured speaker at this month's PTA Coffee Break meeting. Habib is known for his work with couples and family therapy throughout Orange County. He also has experience working with families at Children's Hospital of Orange County and Mission Hospital. He will focus much of his discussion on discipline for children and how parents can help their kids develop their own self-discipline.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | June 23, 2011
If the Fête de la Musique had been held in an arena, it would have sold out. The Laguna Beach Sister Cities Assn. stationed entertainers at about 30 locations downtown. Crowds gathered to listen, clap in time to the music, even dance and applaud, much as audiences will, or have done, this year around the world. Music ranged from arias sung by Jenny Wang at Peppertree Lane Mall to the Grey Hill Gospel String Band by Tuvalu on Forest Avenue. "Fête de la Musique was officially recognized in France in 1976 and is now celebrated in 110 countries, 250 cities," said Karen Philippsen , association president.
LOCAL
By Barbara Diamond | June 26, 2009
You’d think after months of preparation, sleepless nights and anxiety attacks event organizers would be able to kick back on the big day. No way. If anything can go wrong, it will. Is it worth it? “You bet,” said Carol Reynolds , chairwoman of the second annual Fête de la Musique on Saturday on Forest Avenue and Main Beach. But a capricious Mother Nature can sure give organizers a few gray hairs. Last year, folks sweltered on the day of the inaugural fete.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Ashley Breeding | June 19, 2009
The city of Laguna Beach will celebrate cultural and musical diversity, de la maniere Français de la maniere Français . The Sister City Assn.?s second annual Fete de Musique, a festival that originated in France in 1982 and has since spread to many countries across the globe and has been dubbed ?world music day,? will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday in downtown Laguna. Lisa Morrice, communications director for the association and a professional singer who works primarily with Gallimaufry Performing Arts, said the event will emulate the music celebration that takes place in Paris on June 21 each year.
LOCAL
By Barbara Diamond | March 13, 2009
Nazi-occupied France was a desperate place, especially for French Jews — even petite, blue-eyed blonds like Marthe Cohn Marthe Cohn who had spoken German as their first language since the Alsace and Lorraine provinces, where she was born, were handed over to Germany in 1871. When the Nazis invaded France at the beginning of World War II, Cohn was in nursing school and engaged. The family responded to the invasion by hiding Jews. Cohn’s sister, Stephanie , and their father were arrested.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Barbara Diamond | June 26, 2008
Hot temperatures didn’t cool off the enthusiasm of the performers, audience or organizers at Laguna’s first Fete De Musique on Saturday. The festival introduced Laguna to the tradition of French musical festivals, which include a variety of musical genre. The event was held under the auspices of the Laguna Beach Sister Cities Assn. Inc. “I knew it had to be good or it would never happen again, but it was way better than I ever envisioned,” said association Music Chairwoman Carol Reynolds.
NEWS
By Candice Baker | May 9, 2008
It’s said Americans “live to work” and Europeans “work to live,” but many Thurston Middle School French students and their families worked hard at living well over Spring Break in the South of France. On the trip, organized by French teacher Randi Beckley, they also had an opportunity to tour Menton, Laguna Beach’s new sister city, while on a trip to Monaco; the Menton visit wasn’t on the original itinerary, but happened fortuitously. Many of the Thurston girls who went on the trip found Menton to be very similar to Laguna, with boutique shops and an area like Main Beach, but the boys interviewed said they didn’t see the resemblance.
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