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By Concerned Citizen | November 3, 2009
I too followed the art debate for the Community/Senior Center and also wonder why in this artsy town of Laguna Beach, there is no real visible art at this prominent building. I believe the reason is that the buildings landscape designer Ann Cristoff opposed art in front of the center. It was apparent that everyone was in favor of the arts commissions' selection. With her being an X Mayor of Laguna, along with her long-standing position as a one of the cities most used landscape designers, there was favoritism creating a political fix. While I like what she did at Bluebird Park, this landscape scene falls short of my expectations, especially in light of the stature of this project.
NEWS
August 20, 2004
CHERRIL DOTY Dog days and blackberries. Scuffing my feet through the dry summer dust of a hot August afternoon, I wound my way through the trees to the edge of the orange grove. A mass of vines covered in dark blackberries waited for me there. I would move to the vines with juicy anticipation filling my mouth and then savor that first one before picking all I could see for my bucket. Then, having exhausted the fruit at the surface, I would plunge my arms into the thickness of the vines, heedless of the sharp thorns that raked my skin, drawing blood.
NEWS
By BARBARA DIAMOND | May 5, 2006
A wine tasting hosted Sunday by the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce and Rotary International on the Festival of Arts Grounds raised enough money to fund four, $1,500 scholarships for Laguna Beach students. "Everybody had a great time and we exceeded our fund-raising goals," event committee member Steve Dotoratos said. Two of the scholarships will be awarded to Laguna Beach High School graduating seniors, two will go to Laguna Beach College of Art & Design students. Funds raised in excess of the scholarships will be split by the two presenting groups.
NEWS
August 6, 2004
Steve Kawaratani "The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit." -- NELSON HENDERSON "To leave the world a little better by a garden patch is the meaning of success." -- RALPH WALDO EMERSON Midway through summer has found warmer temperatures, clean water and incessant traffic in our fair village. Sunny afternoons guarantee pest activity, particularly turf eating insects and spider mites on fuchsia, roses, and many subtropical plants.
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By Ashley Breeding | May 13, 2010
The Laguna Beach community will reunite for the 15th year to raise money for some of the town’s local nonprofit organizations. The annual Taste for Charity event, hosted by the Laguna Board of Realtors and Affiliates Charitable Assistance Fund, will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Tivoli Too, 650 Laguna Canyon Road. The public event will feature a silent and live art auction from pieces donated by local artists and galleries, an array of cultural cuisine including Thai, Italian and Japanese from 12 of Laguna’s fine restaurants and a wine tasting from Four Vines Winery.
NEWS
March 7, 2008
We hope that a great location can be found for the large Jon Seeman sculpture of a whale that we agree was a bit overwhelming for the front of the senior/community center now being built on Third Street. The Laguna Beach City Council had a tough decision to make Tuesday regarding the works that were recommended by the Arts Commission for this site. The arguments in favor of the Seeman works were compelling, and the mock-ups were magnificent. In fact, all five finalists’ work was thrilling and it would be wonderful if they all could find a home at the center or at another city-owned site.
NEWS
By JAMES PRIBRAM | June 1, 2007
Standing before what was once the World Trade Center sits a huge void — and not only in the block of skyscrapers. A void has been left in the lives of all those people who lost loved ones on that vicious day known as 9/11. People from all walks of life were gathered, talking about that day, and up above us were the names and pictures of all those lost. I remembered watching the scene play out on TV that fateful day. Standing there, replaying those scenes in my mind, I couldn't help but say a prayer of my own. There have only been a few times in my life that I have felt so far away from my home, Laguna Beach New York gave me a whole new perspective on not only Laguna, but also just how lucky we are to live in such a wonderful town — or city, depending on your perception of what a city is. I can tell you that New York encompasses every aspect of a "city."
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By JAMES PRIBRAM | April 14, 2006
I remember being in my late teens when the movie "Surfers" came out. In the movie there was a quote from a surfer that has stuck with me from the day I first heard it. The quote was that surfing would one day call upon you and need your help. Never in my life would I have thought that those words would take me to a giant river bed known as the Rio Itata in southern Chile on a hot and beautiful Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. Why 3 p.m.? Because this was the time that nearly 1,500 Chileans came as a united front, from miles away, in a protest against the building of a Celco pulp mill that threatens not only the water quality of this pristine river, but also the air and ocean.
NEWS
April 29, 2005
Kerry Rubel Springtime at Top of the World is a wonder of blossoms. A recent trip to our outdoor classroom was a delight of flowers blooming, vines climbing, and fruit ripening. This time of year we are so lucky to watch our garden thrive. With no construction going on anymore, the students are able to enjoy this outdoor classroom in style. Retired TOW teacher Terry Hustwick has certainly created a wonderland of learning for our students. We recently celebrated the success of our annual jog-a-thon with an assembly to honor top participants.
NEWS
By Cherril Doty | September 30, 2010
"When the dog bites; when the bee stings. " Autumn has arrived, holding hands with the summertime we never had. I feel my youthful summer vacation self wanting full expression. Joy pulls at my shirttail, tugs at my heart. Remembrances leap to the fore, tingling all of my senses in a rush of jumbled time and place. Children's exuberant voices raised in cool morning hours at a nearby bus stop. Crows caw with the same energetic volume as they circle above the orange grove where I stand.
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By Concerned Citizen | November 3, 2009
I too followed the art debate for the Community/Senior Center and also wonder why in this artsy town of Laguna Beach, there is no real visible art at this prominent building. I believe the reason is that the buildings landscape designer Ann Cristoff opposed art in front of the center. It was apparent that everyone was in favor of the arts commissions' selection. With her being an X Mayor of Laguna, along with her long-standing position as a one of the cities most used landscape designers, there was favoritism creating a political fix. While I like what she did at Bluebird Park, this landscape scene falls short of my expectations, especially in light of the stature of this project.
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By BARBARA DIAMOND | May 5, 2006
A wine tasting hosted Sunday by the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce and Rotary International on the Festival of Arts Grounds raised enough money to fund four, $1,500 scholarships for Laguna Beach students. "Everybody had a great time and we exceeded our fund-raising goals," event committee member Steve Dotoratos said. Two of the scholarships will be awarded to Laguna Beach High School graduating seniors, two will go to Laguna Beach College of Art & Design students. Funds raised in excess of the scholarships will be split by the two presenting groups.
NEWS
August 20, 2004
CHERRIL DOTY Dog days and blackberries. Scuffing my feet through the dry summer dust of a hot August afternoon, I wound my way through the trees to the edge of the orange grove. A mass of vines covered in dark blackberries waited for me there. I would move to the vines with juicy anticipation filling my mouth and then savor that first one before picking all I could see for my bucket. Then, having exhausted the fruit at the surface, I would plunge my arms into the thickness of the vines, heedless of the sharp thorns that raked my skin, drawing blood.
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