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Lagunans recognized in WeddingWire awards

Laguna Beach-based Click Chicks Photography has received the 2012 WeddingWire Bride's Choice Award for Photography.

WeddingWire, an online wedding marketplace, recognizes annually the top wedding vendors in its network. Its community includes more than 200,000 wedding professionals in the U.S.

Click Chicks was awarded the honor based on reviews from its clients, according to a news release.

"I am delighted and honored to receive this award. While it's always nice to be acknowledged, receiving something based on the satisfaction of my clients is particularly gratifying," Click Chicks owner and Laguna resident Leslie Cunningham said in a statement. "When a couple hires me, I'm being asked to be a part of one of the biggest days of their lives! What many people don't realize is that it's really an intimate experience."

For more information on Click Chicks, call Cunningham at (949) 464-9529 or visit

Also, Rev. Michael J. Ahern, of Laguna Beach, won the WeddingWire's Bride's Choice Award for Wedding Officiant.

For more information on his work, visit


Foundation grants go to area nonprofits

The Laguna Beach Community Foundation has given out four more grants to local organizations: the Friends of the Laguna Beach Library, Friendship Shelter, Laguna Greenbelt Inc., and the Laguna Beach Historical Society.

The Friends received a $2,000 grant, which will go toward purchasing new furniture for the adult section of the library.

For more information on the Friends, visit

The Community Foundation also gave a $2,500 grant to the Friendship Shelter to support its self-sufficiency program, which helps adults in need become more independent.

The program, which has a waiting list, provides adults with a "home base," three meals a day and access to support services, according to a news release from the shelter.

For more information, visit

Laguna Greenbelt Inc. received a grant from the Community Foundation and the Massen Greene Foundation to help support its Wildlife Corridor Outreach and Education Program.

The money will partially go toward setting up a website for the planned wildlife corridor and start a print ad campaign.

For more information, visit

Finally, the Community Foundation gave a $550 grant to the Laguna Beach Historical Society for operation expenses that include utilities like electric, gas and telephone.

For more information, visit


Business workshop set for Feb. 16

The city's next "Open For Business" workshop will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Community Center, 380 Third St.

The workshops are for business owners and others who want to open or expand their current business in Laguna Beach.

City officials attending the workshop are: Planning Commissioners Linda Dietrich and Norm Grossman; the Chamber of Commerce's Interim Executive Director Kristine Thalman; and Cary Glenn, owner of Main Beach Realty.

"We are reaching out to business owners, building owners, commercial Realtors and other professionals to let everyone know that we want to help entrepreneurs realize their vision in Laguna Beach," Mayor Jane Egly said in a statement.

More workshops are scheduled for April 19 and June 21.

For more information, contact Principal Planner Monica Tuchscher at (949) 497-0745 or

—Kelly Parker

Twitter: @KellyParkerTCN

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