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By David Hansen | June 20, 2013
If you visit Laguna Beach High School right now, it has the appearance of an evacuation - that hurried, ramshackle feeling of disregard. It is finally summer, after all, for both students and teachers, so the cleanup comes later. What's more important is the break, both physical and emotional. The seasonal shift to summer is the most dramatic of all. One day we have finals or work projects due, and the next day we are in a bathing suit drinking a mojito at 11 a.m. We celebrate summer's arrival to regain a sense of balance; call it work-life, family fun or a personal recharge.
NEWS
By Cherril Doty | September 2, 2010
" Wherever you go, there you are. " —Zen saying I'm feeling the call of nature. No, no, not that way, but in myriad other forms, nature is calling to me — LOUDLY! I need to answer, chase it down, follow my muse there, wherever "there" is. I had packed the remains of summer's Sawdust Art Festival booth into my car and headed straight for Trader Joe's to replenish the bare cupboards at home. It was a gorgeous autumn-feeling day, and I had the car windows down with the breezes blowing around me. Just as I approached Main Beach on Coast Highway a whiff of fresh sea air reached my nose and my brain simultaneously.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | July 22, 2010
"No more pencils, no more books No More Teachers' dirty looks" It's the anthem sang by generations of school children at the end of the academic year, welcoming the long unstructured days of summer — followed shortly thereafter by, "There's nothing to do. I'm bored." When those summer doldrums hit, savvy Laguna parents should reach for the Community Services brochure of activities. "We have the advantage of having beach-related activities that other cities don't," said Susan Cannan, director of Community Services since 2006.
NEWS
By David Hansen | June 7, 2012
Without even trying, Laguna Beach has 50 shades of sand. We are flush with the glistening colors of the beach, already out in force on Memorial Day. Packed with bodies from Crescent Bay to 1,000 Steps, it was as if summer arrived like a contract, paid for and ready to play. But what price is summer? As much as we long for the departure of June gloom, do we always feel ready for it? Sure, we want it, but there is this lingering, unspoken reality of failed promises. As the string bikinis show up, skipping across Coast Highway all barefoot and tender, we suck in and hold our breath just a little, thinking it might help burn calories.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | August 4, 2011
Business is on an upswing this summer in Laguna Beach. The national and state economic doldrums are far from over, but members of the local hospitality industry, business community and art festivals are reporting a welcome improvement over last year. "We won't get the official hotel figures until later in the summer, but we are hearing the numbers are positive," said Karyn Philippsen, president of the Laguna Beach Visitors Bureau. "In July, we counted more than 2,000 visitors in one-on-one contacts with our staff and at least another 500 who came to the bureau just to get brochures," she said.
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | July 19, 2012
The start of the season is still six weeks away, but Laguna Beach High football Coach Mike Churchill has a pretty good read on his 2012 Breakers. "The biggest thing I've seen so far is that we're so much further ahead this year at this time than we were last year," he said. Last June served as a prelude to Churchill's first season as Laguna's head coach meaning his Breakers were still learning the Xs and Os of a new playbook. "We were [reaching] and had to learn a whole new offense and a whole new defense," Churchill said.
NEWS
July 16, 2004
"I like it because you get like a head-start than other kids in the class in the school year, and it helps you learn in the summer." RORY SAUNDERS, 8 "This is my first summer camp [school], and it's fun because there's all these activities, always something to do. They don't let us sit there with nothing to do." RONNIE HINMON, 8 "I like it because I can do a lot of fun activities. I liked everybody's exhibits. They were really cool, and I liked the fair."
NEWS
June 27, 2003
The Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot went to Heisler Park and asked children, 'What are you looking forward to doing the most this summer?' "I like to go to Wild Rivers sometimes, to junior lifeguards. I like to go to Hawaii and to play with my friends. The rest of the days -- I'm free." LIDA DEGROOTE, 9 "I like to go to the beach, I like to play in my yard and play with my friends." HANNAH BUNTING, 10 "I like to play with my friends, go to the beach, go on vacations with my family and hang around town."
NEWS
May 27, 2005
Suzie Harrison The art banners have been hung in Laguna, as residents, retailers, hotels, bars and restaurants prepare for the official kick-off of summer and beginning of tourist season this Memorial Day weekend. "The banners absolutely go up before Memorial Day to celebrate the summer season," city cultural arts manager Sian Poeschl said on Wednesday. "The public works department started hanging the (42 banners) on Monday." Laguna Beach Visitors and Conference Bureau has been fielding calls for months with people planning Memorial weekend vacations in Laguna.
NEWS
June 21, 2002
Suzie Harrison The hardest part of summer in a sport like Laguna just may be narrowing down all the options. The beach, shopping, mountain biking, sailing, diving, surfing, skateboarding, gardening, creating, tanning, basketball, shopping, entertainment, dinning, barbecues, pool parties, in-line skating, running, hiking, diving, swimming, art festivals, outdoor concerts, kayaking and volleyball are a mere portion...
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By Bryce Alderton | January 23, 2014
The Laguna Beach City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to raise certain parking rates this summer as part of a trial program. The city will increase on- and off-street meter rates to $2 per hour on summer weekends, holidays and after 5 p.m. on weekdays on Forest Avenue, Ocean Avenue, Broadway and Coast Highway (between Cliff Drive and Legion Street), the staff report said. It currently costs $1.25 per hour to park at the meters, but deputy city manager Ben Siegel pointed out that the rate was already scheduled to jump 25 cents to $1.50 beginning July 1 as part of a separate council action on the Village Entrance financing plan last year.
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SPORTS
August 1, 2013
The Laguna Beach High baseball team closed out its eight-game summer season Wednesday with a matchup against Santa Ana Century. The Breakers dropped a 2-0 game to the host Centurions. Laguna started the week with a game Monday at Tustin and lost, 6-3, to the Tillers. The Breakers began their summer game schedule July 8. The schedule included two games against both Ocean View and Beckman and one game against both Woodbridge and Segerstrom. "Our pitching improved over the summer but we still need to get some serious work in the batting cage and improve our hitting," Laguna Coach Mike Bair said.
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | July 18, 2013
Corey Brown is excited about the prospects for his first Laguna Beach High football team. Summer football arrived at Guyer Field last week and the Breakers already have competed in two passing tournaments starting with a seven-on-seven tournament July 11 at JSerra. Irvine High, followed Wednesday with a tournament at Irvine High. Brown, in his first year as head coach of the Breakers, was glad to have the summer session arrive. "Finally," he said. "We have been preparing for summer camp and fall camp since the first week of January, beginning with strength and conditioning.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | July 15, 2013
Jane Davidian is being overrun by dogs. Not the tail-wagging, wet-nosed, four-legged man's-best-friend type, though. These pooches have dog faces but human bodies and peer at you from an assortment of wood panels. Barack and Michelle Obama, Tiger Woods, Johnny Depp, Tina Fey, John Wayne, and Matthew McConaughey have been immortalized with oil colors. The paintings, stamped "Celebrity Dogs," are Davidian's brainchild. And she is hooked, much to the amusement of her husband.
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | July 11, 2013
The Laguna Beach High football program went through a workout for the first time this summer on Monday, beginning preparations for its summer season. The Breakers started seven-on-seven competitions with a four-team event Thursday at JSerra. In addition to the Breakers and host Lions, the two other competing teams were Canyon/Anaheim and San Juan Hills. Laguna next week will travel to Irvine High for a four-team, seven-on-seven competition at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Corey Brown is in his first season as head varsity coach at Laguna.
NEWS
By David Hansen | June 20, 2013
If you visit Laguna Beach High School right now, it has the appearance of an evacuation - that hurried, ramshackle feeling of disregard. It is finally summer, after all, for both students and teachers, so the cleanup comes later. What's more important is the break, both physical and emotional. The seasonal shift to summer is the most dramatic of all. One day we have finals or work projects due, and the next day we are in a bathing suit drinking a mojito at 11 a.m. We celebrate summer's arrival to regain a sense of balance; call it work-life, family fun or a personal recharge.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2013
Laguna Beach Live! will launch its Jazz Wednesdays Summer Series on June 19. First up is the Latin Jazz Syndicate from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hotel Laguna Rose Garden at 425 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach. Doors open at 5 p.m. The band, which has performed with Poncho Sanchez, Luis Miguel, Dave Valentin and others, is led by Bijon Watson on the trumpet. Admission is $15 online and $18 at the door. For more information, visit http://www.lagunabeachlive.org or call (949) 715-9713.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | April 18, 2013
Even before Johanna Felder moved to Laguna Beach 26 years ago, she was well aware of the parking difficulties. "I didn't come to Laguna [back then] because it was a pain to park," said Felder, who now lives near Top of the World Elementary School. Felder is one of several residents and business owners who attended the first public hearing April 10 on the Parking Management Plan for downtown and Laguna Canyon areas, which presented potential parking solutions to the Planning Commissioners.
NEWS
February 7, 2013
In important ways our public schools are a success story. Our goal is to sustain and enhance success. Accordingly, our school board should continue to encourage innovation, prudently husband resources, and try to turn weaknesses into strengths. You can count on us to support our schools, as we always do in so many ways. But we can't let you turn strengths into weaknesses. In some small farm towns, you don't open schools at harvest. In some seafaring villages, you don't open schools when fish are running.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay | November 14, 2012
A Laguna Beach High School senior swapped her Bluebird Canyon home for a rural Indian town this summer. Alia Manetta, 17, spent the month of August working at Sundari Mohan Seva Bhawan Hospital in the Northern Indian town of Silchar, an area known for its rice and tea farms. While there, her bedroom was inside the hospital, where she slept on a plank of wood with a mattress on top, and netting around it as a mosquito protector. During the day she assisted in gall bladder surgeries, hysterectomies, pelvic floor repairs, thyroid surgery and kidney removals.
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