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Contest being held to celebrate marine areas

Laguna Bluebelt is celebrating the one-year anniversary of Laguna's marine protected areas with its annual photo contest, according to a news release.

Contest prizes include:

•A helicopter ride along the coast to Laguna with OC Helicopter Tours.

•A scuba dive and 2-tank boat trip, plus air from Laguna Sea Sports/Beach Cities Scuba.

•Whale and Dolphin Cruise for two with Capt. Dave's Dolphin Safari.

•Kayak or stand-up paddleboarding tour for two from La Vida Laguna.

•gift card from La Sirena Grill.

Interested participants should send photos taken during the past year — of any subject — along with the photo's location and date, to before Jan. 18. For more details, visit Winners will be announced on Underwater Parks Day, Jan. 21.

— Alisha Gomez


Laguna to be highlighted during radio show

A news radio station will highlight Laguna Beach as one of Orange County's most popular beaches during a special broadcast.

KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO is focusing on Orange County beach cities — including Seal Beach, Sunset Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, the Balboa Peninsula and Corona del Mar — for its "KNX On Your Corner" segment on Jan. 25.

The segment will feature discussion on current events, improvement projects, tourism and entertainment with representatives from each of the cities.

The station will broadcast live on that day from ExplorOcean, home of the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum, sandwiched in the Balboa Fun Zone, 600 East Bay Ave. in Newport Beach.

Anchors Dick Helton and Vicky Moore will take the air from 5 to 9 a.m., followed by Frank Mottek, of the KNX Business Hour, from 1 to 2 p.m. Chris Sedens and Diane Thompson will close out the segment from 2 to 7 p.m.

The public is welcome to stop by to meet the radio personalities and enjoy refreshments.


Assistance League collects 200 books for children

The Assistance League of Laguna Beach collected 220 books for children as part of a national effort.

The Laguna Beach chapter participated in the Children's Book Drive for National Make A Difference Day on Oct. 27 to collect books for local schools, Boys & Girls Clubs and other nonprofits to promote literacy.

The Laguna chapter was one of more than 90 Assistance League chapters across the country participating in the drive that collected 113,101 books that will be distributed through the Operation School Bell program.

The volunteer effort was sponsored by USA Weekend and Hands-On Network.


Spirit of Laguna Award winners announced Jan. 25

Laguna Beach residents and businesses were named Spirit of Laguna Award nominees.

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce board of directors announced the nominees for the 2012 Spirit of Laguna Awards at its December meeting.

The winners will be announced at the annual board of directors installation meeting from 6 to 9 p.m. on Jan. 25 at Tivoli Too!, 777 Laguna Canyon Road.

The nominees are:

• Business of the Year: [seven-degrees], Marine Room,

Volunteer of the Year: Wendy Potter, Lucian Stefanini, Justin Intveld

Citizen of the Year: Jane and Paul Egly, Pat Kollenda, Chip McDermott

Green Enterprise of the Year: Billy Fried, La Vida Laguna; Laguna County Water District; Chris Prelitz, New Leaf America

Building Industry of the Year: Burge Construction, Morris Skendarian Architect, Gregg Abel Construction & Design

Nonprofit of the Year: Glennwood Foundation, Friends of the Laguna Beach Library, Laguna Beach Community Foundation

Restaurant of the Year: Nicks — Laguna Beach, The Cliff Restaurant, The Deck

Government Official of the Year: Heritage Committee Chairman John Madison, City Council member Elizabeth Pearson, retired City Clerk Martha Anderson

City Professional of the Year: Principal Planner Monica Tuchscher, Police Chief Paul Workman, Fire Chief Jeff LeTendress

Retail Store of the Year: Coast Hardware, Laguna Culinary School, Laguna Beach Books

Gallery of the Year: Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna College of Art & Design, Laguna Art Museum

Professional Service of the Year: Agua Terra Spa, Surf & Sand; Canyon Animal Services; Mission Hospital Emergency Room, Laguna Beach; Anneliese Schools, Inc.


Glennwood taps Wyland, hosts fundraiser for new home

A local organization that is building a home for young adults with developmental disabilities is trying to raise the funds to complete the project.

Glennwood House of Laguna Beach is hosting its 2013 Walk and Roll-A-Thon Fundraiser at 10 a.m. on Feb. 2 at Main Beach.

Glennwood, a nonprofit foundation, is renovating an assisted living home to help young adults with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and other special-needs adults, transition out of their parents' homes. The future residents will learn skills toward independence, such as money management and grocery shopping.

The foundation is in the process of remodeling a former senior assisted living home at 2130 S. Coast Hwy. that when complete, will house 50 residents.

The walk will start at 10:30 a.m. at Main Beach, south of the playground, and follow the boardwalk to Pacific Coast Highway through Heisler Park to Divers Cover and back.

Registration starts at 10 a.m. and participants should bring their donor forms and donations. Each participant is asked to raise $500, but any donation is accepted.

Prizes will be given out at the end.

Participants are asked to wear Glennwood shirts or dark blue or green.

For more information, contact volunteer and event coordination Cindy Beaman at

Glennwood House is also hosting famous marine life artist Robert Wyland this month to do a mural on its new residential home.

Wyland, who is also a Laguna Beach resident, has volunteered to paint a mural on an outside wall of the future Glennwood House of Laguna Beach.

Joining the artist will be 10 future Glennwood residents, who will help create the mural and learn about ocean conservation and sea life from Wyland.

Wyland will paint the mural on the dining hall's outside wall at 10 a.m. on Jan. 19 at 2130 S. Coast Hwy. Parking will be available in the garage in the back.

— Britney Barnes

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