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May 21, 2013
The Laguna Beach Festival of Arts Foundation awarded Laguna Beach High School five grants for visual and performing arts education programs, according to a news release. Laguna Beach High School's art program received a $15,000 grant; its band boosters received $5,000; the dance department $2,500; performing arts program $5,000; and performing arts boosters $2,500. The grants are key to the high school's programs. "Visual and Performing Arts are essential in the development of a well-rounded student," Principal Joanne Culverhouse said in a statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2012
Adult theater classes being offered The Laguna Playhouse will offer adult theater classes in January, according to a news release. "Intro to Playwriting: Write, Direct and Share a Short Play" starts Jan. 15, and "Intro to Theatre: The Art and Business of Putting on a Show" starts Feb. 19. Each class cost $250, with 25% discounts offered to seniors, students, Players Club members and Laguna Beach residents. Classes are limited to 10 people, and those interested do not need to have experience.
NEWS
June 7, 2013
Thurston Middle School's Wave Rider Café opened May 30 during the Laguna Beach school's open house. According to a news release, the café is designed to efficiently offer nutritious, healthy lunches while reducing the wait in line. Students will also have the opportunity to select nutritious and delicious grab-and-go food, it said. Assistant Supt. of Business Services Dean West said in the release that a lot of planning and hard work went into bringing this project to fruition, including the support of outside sources.
NEWS
November 21, 2012
Adopt a local family during the holidays Laguna Resource Center needs residents, churches and businesses to adopt local low-income families for the holiday season, according to a news release. Most of the families selected work in the Laguna Beach hospitality industry earning minimum wage, and many have reduced hours due to it being the off season. A large number of the families also have children attending local schools. Numerous families have asked to be adopted, but so far only 40 local families have been selected, the release said.
NEWS
August 7, 2013
Two men were taken into custody early Tuesday after federal officials seized their boat and found more than $4 million in marijuana, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency. Federal agents stopped a panga with two Mexican men and 119 packages of marijuana on board at 3:30 a.m. about 12 miles southwest of Laguna Beach, according to a news release. Authorities first spotted a boat that didn't have required navigation lights on at 12:45 a.m. several miles off the coast of La Jolla.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | January 21, 2014
The Pacific Marine Mammal Center has a new set of wheels to help spread the word of its mission to nurse marine animals back to health. Kia Motors America donated one of its Soul models to the Laguna Beach center, a nonprofit organization that rescues, medically treats and rehabilitates pinnipeds and cetaceans, including sea lions, that become stranded along the Orange County coastline because of injury or illness. The car will be primarily used for community outreach and education, bringing more awareness about the center's mission and problems facing the ocean, the center's director of development, Melissa Sciacca, wrote in an email.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 2013
The Laguna Dance Festival has received a $1,000 grant from the Festival of Arts Foundation for its educational programs, a spokeswoman announced in a news release last week. "The grant enables Laguna Dance Festival to continue its mission of facilitating education, entertainment and outreach programs by bringing the best of dance education and performances to Laguna Beach," the release read. The contribution marked the second recent major gift to the dance festival: In June, the group received a $7,000 grant from the Laguna Beach City Council.
NEWS
By Alisha Gomez | January 15, 2013
The Laguna Beach Police Department will be conducting DUI checkpoints from 9 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday in areas with high numbers of DUI collisions or arrests. The DUI saturation patrols are part of the department's ongoing traffic safety campaign, according to a news release. In California, DUIs accounted for 774 deaths in 2010, according to a news release. Such deaths had fallen dramatically for five straight years; however, 2011 numbers indicate that DUI deaths remained the same as 2010, the press release said.
NEWS
May 23, 2013
Memorial Day activities in town will kick off with the annual pancake breakfast, hosted by the Laguna Beach Exchange Club, Laguna Beach Police and Firefighters departments from 7 to 10:30 a.m. at Heisler Park, the corner of Myrtle Street and Cliff Drive. Cost for the breakfast is $5, according to a news release. Las Brisas Restaurant and White House Restaurant are donating food and other materials; firefighters will flip the pancakes; entertainment will be provided by Dough Miller, Rosie Morreale and Dave Lopez.
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January 29, 2014
The Festival of Arts satellite gallery foaSOUTH, at 1006 South Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, presents the art of printmaker Vinita Voogd until April 11. The display features her new works juxtaposed with her contributions to the festival's permanent art collection. An artist's reception will be hosted from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 6 during First Thursdays Art Walk in Laguna Beach. "Vinita's involvement with a variety of printmaking processes has allowed her to realize a deeper understanding and significance to her artwork," exhibit curator Pat Sparkuhl said in a news release.
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NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | January 21, 2014
The Pacific Marine Mammal Center has a new set of wheels to help spread the word of its mission to nurse marine animals back to health. Kia Motors America donated one of its Soul models to the Laguna Beach center, a nonprofit organization that rescues, medically treats and rehabilitates pinnipeds and cetaceans, including sea lions, that become stranded along the Orange County coastline because of injury or illness. The car will be primarily used for community outreach and education, bringing more awareness about the center's mission and problems facing the ocean, the center's director of development, Melissa Sciacca, wrote in an email.
NEWS
December 11, 2013
A residential structure fire in Laguna Beach on Monday caused thousands of dollars in damage and has left one resident displaced, according to fire officials. A three-story home on the 700 block of Buena Vista Way sustained $150,000 in damages as well as $30,000 in damaged belongings, according to statement from the Laguna Beach Police Department. Firefighters responded to the house at 7:06 p.m., finding flames shooting out from the roof of the structure. The resident was outside the structure when authorities arrived, according to a news release.
NEWS
November 21, 2013
The fifth SchoolPower Chef Challenge netted about $9,000 for Laguna Beach Unified schools on Monday night, according to a news release. Diners who participated in the fundraiser at the Lumberyard Restaurant enjoyed two meals - chosen by each team of two principals - and then voted for their favorite appetizer, entree and dessert. The team of Chris Duddy and Ron LaMotte, principals at El Morro and Top of the World elementary schools, prevailed over the duo of Jenny Salberg and Joanne Culverhouse, principals at Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School, the release said.
NEWS
November 8, 2013
The Laguna Beach Animal Shelter will temporarily close to the public beginning Monday, the Laguna Beach Police Department said in a news release. The closure will last through Nov. 17 as crews resurface the kennel floors, which were unhealthy for the animals because they were rough, at the facility, 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, according to the release. Residents can still contact shelter staff by coming to the police department front counter, 505 Forest Ave., where staff members will answer questions and issue licenses.
NEWS
August 7, 2013
Two men were taken into custody early Tuesday after federal officials seized their boat and found more than $4 million in marijuana, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency. Federal agents stopped a panga with two Mexican men and 119 packages of marijuana on board at 3:30 a.m. about 12 miles southwest of Laguna Beach, according to a news release. Authorities first spotted a boat that didn't have required navigation lights on at 12:45 a.m. several miles off the coast of La Jolla.
NEWS
August 7, 2013
Laguna Beach police will hold a community meeting next week to discuss recent coyote attacks on dogs, according to a news release. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at Top of the World Elementary School's multipurpose room, 21601 Treetop Lane. Animal services supervisor Jim Beres and Officer John Thompson will lead the discussion, designed to educate residents about two reported attacks in the past month and offer tips on how to keep animals safe, the news release said.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | July 26, 2013
A sea lion named Roscoe that Pacific Marine Mammal Center employees nursed back to health was seen off the Newport Beach coast and is making progress, the Laguna Beach-based center reported in a news release. Rescue teams spotted Roscoe, who was originally stranded in Newport Beach, and checked his body weight. He was one of four sea lions who had a satellite tag so mammal center staff could track his status in the ocean. "We were pleased to see Roscoe doing so well in the wild," executive director Keith Matassa said in the release.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 2013
The Laguna Dance Festival has received a $1,000 grant from the Festival of Arts Foundation for its educational programs, a spokeswoman announced in a news release last week. "The grant enables Laguna Dance Festival to continue its mission of facilitating education, entertainment and outreach programs by bringing the best of dance education and performances to Laguna Beach," the release read. The contribution marked the second recent major gift to the dance festival: In June, the group received a $7,000 grant from the Laguna Beach City Council.
NEWS
June 7, 2013
Thurston Middle School's Wave Rider Café opened May 30 during the Laguna Beach school's open house. According to a news release, the café is designed to efficiently offer nutritious, healthy lunches while reducing the wait in line. Students will also have the opportunity to select nutritious and delicious grab-and-go food, it said. Assistant Supt. of Business Services Dean West said in the release that a lot of planning and hard work went into bringing this project to fruition, including the support of outside sources.
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