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By Imran Vittachi | July 5, 2012
The Irvine Museum has opened an exhibition of paintings by California Impressionists that depict open air scenes from around a century ago, when the Golden State still was underdeveloped and uncrowded. The exhibit of 48 paintings by 28 artists has an environmentally friendly undertone and features works by men and women who painted in the Laguna Beach and Newport Beach areas, including Plein Air stylists Anna Hills, Guy Rose, William Wendt, Arthur Rider and Curtis Chamberlin. "A lot of that land is no longer open space," said Jean Stern, the museum's executive director.
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By David Hansen | February 23, 2012
If two Laguna Beach residents meet, they will ask, "What part of Laguna do you live in?" North or south? Emerald Bay or Three Arch Bay? The Village or Woods Cove? It's not enough that we live in Laguna Beach — we have to know where. It's the way we define our lives and express a quality of life without having to explain it. It's in our DNA. Since the beginning of time, we've been tribal. We call ourselves "the people of the mountains" or "the brave people" or, in the case of Laguna, "the people who can't fish.
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By Barbara Diamond | January 12, 2012
Transformation of a South Laguna mansion into the 2012 Philharmonic House of Design will begin this month, culminating in a monthlong showcase this spring for top designers that will raise thousands for youth music education. The Planning Commission on Wednesday approved the application for a permit for the use of the 11,333 square-foot home at 31401 Mar Vista for the annual Philharmonic Society of Orange County's major fundraiser, expected to bring in about $250,000. Opponents have two weeks to appeal the approval, which will be considered.
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By David Hansen | November 23, 2011
For people who believe that "mall" is a four-letter word, it's a coup to get all of your Christmas shopping done without leaving Laguna Beach. To that end, I thought it might be useful to give you my Top 10 list of suggested unique gifts found only in Laguna. But before you shop, remember why you are doing it. The joy is in the hunt, not the kill. It's about the window shopping and bartering, not necessarily the final transaction. In most cases it should be the expectation of giving that gives you the most pleasure.
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By Barbara Diamond | October 27, 2011
The youth of sister cities Laguna Beach and Menton, France, cemented relations this week. The Laguna Beach Sister Cities Assn. entertained students from Menton and their two chaperones with dinners at local restaurants, field trips, some free time to browse downtown stores, a pumpkin-decorating party — introducing the kids to American Halloween customs — and joint classes with Laguna Beach High School students. "The association has had the vision for just this kind of educational and cultural exchange from the very beginning," said Karyn Philippsen , president of the Laguna association.
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By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | May 26, 2011
Laguna Beach designer Charlotte Mills of Plum Pretty Sugar offers women an alternative to the shabby bathrobe with a feminine line she describes as "loungerie. " "I always had the idea of Plum Pretty Sugar as the art of getting ready," Mills said. "I think as women we spend so much time in the bathroom getting ready and we've got, like, some towel on. Once we're done, we put on our beautiful dress or gorgeous outfit. "Wouldn't it be nice if we could wear our robe or wear our tunic and feel beautiful all the way through the process?
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By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | January 6, 2011
Driftwood Properties, LLC has dedicated 75 acres of land in South Laguna to the city of Laguna Beach, including land earmarked for a hotly contested proposed housing project. The dedication was made at the Dec. 16 California Coastal Commission hearing in San Francisco by John Mansour, vice president of The Athens Group on behalf of Driftwood Properties, according to a news release issued Dec. 17. "The ownership of Driftwood Properties is very pleased to announce a gift of 75 acres of land to the city of Laguna Beach for the public's enjoyment in perpetuity," said Mansour.
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By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | November 25, 2010
Home heaters were blamed for two separate fires Tuesday, according to Laguna Beach firefighters. The first blaze was reported at 8:26 a.m. at a two-story apartment in the 200 block of Cliff Drive. There was no one in the unit. A neighbor who heard a smoke alarm and smelled smoke called 911, according to spokesman and Fire Dept. Division Chief Dan Stefano. That fire was quickly put out by firefighters, who determined that it was caused by a floor mat and a couch sitting on top of a floor furnace vent.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2010
YOUR WEEKEND FRIDAY: Help end Hunger and Homelessness at the Hunger Bowl supper, 6 to 9 p.m. at the Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann's Drive. Includes a silent auction of artist-designed bowls and a variety of soup dishes from Laguna restaurants, plus live music. Tickets are $45. SATURDAY: Visit 24 of Laguna's artists from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during Artist Open Studios, shown, and peer into the creative spaces of painters, sculptors, photographers, ceramicists, printmakers, glass, fiber and jewelry artists, and buy right from the source.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | September 16, 2010
South Coast Water District will be digging up some pricey dirt if proposed repairs to a tunnel and replacement of a sewer pipeline are approved. The 55-year-old tunnel runs for about two miles from South La Senda Drive in Three Arch Bay north to Aliso Beach. The project and its effect on the environment are outlined in a recirculated draft environmental impact report available to residents for review at the district office and on its website. Written comments may be submitted through 6 p.m. Oct. 11. Oral and written comments were also solicited at a Sept.
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