Laguna Beach Charm House Tour

Posted by imFORZA Team on April 28th, 2011 | Filed under: Laguna Beach

Six homes in ‘central village’ will be open to public in Village Laguna fundraiser.

Six homes will be featured on the 39th annual Charm House Tour on May 15.

This year the tour will showcase classic and contemporary homes, some newly renovated and others maintained in their original condition.

“One example of this year’s featured homes is a charming 1926 cottage, hidden away but within walking distance of many Laguna retail establishments,” said event spokeswoman Barbara Picheny. “The home is abutted by a lush backyard garden which is visible from the ‘indoor/outdoor’ room overlooking meandering brick pathways, mature trees, an aviary and specimen plants such as cycads and a huge euphorbia. Inside the home is a life-time’s collection of children’s literature, antiques and noteworthy items of interest.”

Other homes on the tour will be announced at a later date.

All the homes are in what is being called the central village, two on Catalina Street, one on Temple Hills Drive, another on Virginia Park Drive and one on Ocean Way.

“This is not a walking tour, but wearing comfortable shoes is a good idea,” Picheny said.

The annual tour is presented by Village Laguna, which is dedicated to the preservation of the Greenbelt, the Bluebelt and other qualities that distinguish Laguna from other South County communities.

Proceeds from the tour benefit the group’s philanthropic and political efforts.

Tours begin at the Festival of Arts Grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road. Buses will transport visitors to the homes and back to the grounds.

The first bus will leave the grounds at noon, the last at 3 p.m. Homes will be open until 5 p.m.

Pre-event tickets are $40, $45 on the day of the tour, if still available.

Tickets may be bought at Animal Crackers, 30822 S. Coast Hwy.; Laguna Nursery, 1370 S. Coast Hwy.; Coast Pet Supplies, 880 N. Coast Hwy.; Copy & Print Center, 240 Beach St; Cottage Furnishings, 802 S. Coast Hwy.; Fawn Memories, 384 Forest Ave.; Hotel Laguna, 425 S. Coast Hwy.; La Casa del Camino, 1289 S. Coast Hwy.; Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Hwy.; Silver Images, 311 Ocean Ave.; Rock Martin Custom Jewelry, 268 Forest Ave.; and Monarch Bay Optometry, 13 Monarch Bay Plaza, Dana Point.

Paypal may be used to buy tickets at Tickets may also be obtained by mailing P.O. Box 1309, Laguna Beach, CA 92652. Tickets will be mailed until the week before the tour, after which they will be in will-call at the first home on the tour, where tour-day tickets will be sold.

By Barbara Diamond, Coastline Pilot

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Laguna Beach Boardwalk Repairs

Posted by imFORZA Team on February 8th, 2011 | Filed under: Laguna Beach

Repairs to the Main Beach Boardwalk are expected to be complete before summer.

The City Council approved a $120,000 contract Tuesday night to repair the decades-old wooden structure. Water from Dec. 22’s storm pushed the boardwalk out of alignment and damaged supports.

A portion of the boardwalk near Broadway and Pacific Coast Highway has been closed since the storm, though the area south of the damage has remained open to walkers and joggers.

Meek Construction will take on the two-month repair project, which must be started by the end of March. City officials hope to recoup 75 percent of costs through federal or state disaster aid, which would require approval from those agencies first. If that process carries on too long, the City Council agreed to take on all costs to ensure the landmark is repaired by summer.

Repairs will include:

•Replacing one broken piling and two stairway pilings

•Realigning three pilings and a displaced stairway

•Replacing lost or damaged planks

•Placing up to 300 tons of rock to repair the settled area

•Replacing paving and lighting

-OC Register, Feb 3, 2011

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Laguna Beach Art Walk this Thursday Jan 6th

Posted by imFORZA Team on January 5th, 2011 | Filed under: Laguna Beach

Local Laguna Beach galleries will open their doors to the public Thursday for Art Walk.  From 6-9 p.m., a free trolley will connect Art Walk member galleries, many of whom will feature live music and refreshments. Special events for this month include yogurt tasting from Active Culture at foaSouth, featuring photography by Stillman Sawyer from the Festival of Arts’ permanent collection. A preview and artist reception of “Artful Violins,” a project of the Laguna Beach Music Festival, will be on display at Swenson Fine Art.

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7 Storage Solutions You Didn’t Know You Had

Posted by imFORZA Team on January 4th, 2011 | Filed under: House Logic Tips
Every square foot of your home is valuable. Here are seven storage solutions that take advantage of underutilized nooks and crannies.

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Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade happening now!

Posted by imFORZA Team on December 17th, 2010 | Filed under: Newport Beach

Newport Beach Christmas boat paradeAs Newport Beach’s Christmas Card to the world, the boat parade will set the harbor ablaze for five consecutive nights, beginning Wednesday, December 15 and ending Sunday, December 19, 2010. The parade starts off Bay Island at 6:30 pm and finishes at the same site at approximately 9:00 pm each evening.

Beautiful multi-million dollar yachts, kayaks, canoes and other small boats will light up the harbor as a dazzling array of holiday lights and music fill the air at the Christmas Boat Parade.

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