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Animal Advocates

Laguna Beach has a soft spot for its furry friends, providing a home base for several nonprofits that rescue sick and abandoned pets and wild critters. By Sharon Stello   Nestled in Laguna Canyon, three organizations are working hard to…

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Forward-Thinking Thespians

Dramatic performances in the area encourage audience members to play a role in the production, too. By Christine Fugate Around the world, a new type of theater is emerging, knocking down the fourth wall, or the imaginary line that separates…

Art of Fitness

Power of the Punch

Boxing classes offer an exciting, full-body workout that can relieve stress, too. By Briana Verdugo Sweat drips onto the floor as heavy bags swing, carrying the momentum of powerful jabs and kicks. The sound of fists and feet hitting punch…

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Thinking Outside the Box

From house replicas to creative sculptures, Laguna mailboxes transcend the traditional. By Sharon Stello In this artsy town, even the mailboxes are masterpieces: Animal shapes from fish to cows, near perfect house replicas and impressive sculptures dot the streets, waiting…

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Home on The Ranch

Tucked away in the canyon, yet just steps from the shore, this newly renovated rustic retreat offers an unparalleled escape. By Elizabeth Nutt In 1871, George Thurston and his family, some of the first settlers in Laguna Beach, set their…

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Painting the Town

The Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational draws artists from across the country to capture this coastal city’s beauty. By Sharon Stello From its stunning ocean views to its picturesque canyon and hillsides, Laguna Beach has served as a muse…

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Sustainable Style

Laguna Beach shops offer a wide variety of “green” garments for shoppers seeking to reduce their impact on the environment. By Sharon Stello “Reduce, reuse, recycle” has long been the mantra of environmentalists looking to lessen their carbon footprint. To…

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High-Tech Teaching

Laguna Beach Unified School District is one of the leading digital districts in the state — and it’s taken technology and teamwork to get there. Integrating technology into the classroom is, undoubtedly, essential to preparing students for college, 21st-century careers…

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Living Design

A Laguna Beach landscape architect is painting the town green with vertical gardens that beautify, enchant and, most of all, show that art comes in many different forms. Laguna Beach is a mecca for some of the country’s finest artists—every…

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Making a Statement

  Denny Freidenrich has published more than 1,000 letters to the editor over the last four decades. Since 1972, Laguna Beach resident Denny Freidenrich has been writing letters to the editor and commentaries on everything from politics to terrorism and…