Stitching Together Holiday Cheer PAGE 4 | TOWN CRIER Lunch, Artists, Fashion, and Fun PAGE 10 | A&E ArT SEEN Fostering Hope One Child at a Time PAGE 35 “Our Town-Our Paper” lbindy.com November 29, 2013 | Volume X, Issue 48 PhOTO by JOdy TIONgCO Adding ‘Ice’ to Holiday Hospitality Plans for Laguna Beach’s annual Hospitality Night, celebrated Friday, Dec. 6 downtown on Forest Avenue, include live music, edible treats, Santa’s arrival and this year a rare Southern California experience: ice skating. A temporary plastic polymer artificial ice rink will accommodate 25 skaters at a time, said Kristine Thalman, executive director of Laguna’s Chamber of Commerce, sponsoring the rink set up in the parking lot between U.S. Bank and Broadway by Amar restaurant, also co-sponsors. Rental skates are free of charge as is use of the rink, which will be dismantled by 9:30 p.m., Thalman said. Expect Santa sighting between 5 and 6 p.m. on Coast Highway as St. Nick makes his way on an antique fire truck followed by a trolley carrying the Fireside Carolers. Other happenings include: The 5 p.m. bell choir and community sing-along at the Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave., as well as the La Playa pre-school tamale booth, craft bazar and live nativity. Also at 5 p.m., the Laguna Beach Community Band plays in the Peppertree parking lot, 326 Forest Ave. 5:30 p.m. Thurston Middle School’s band performs on the front lawn of City Hall. 6 p.m. Santa arrives at City Hall and with the mayor lights the pepper tree. 6:10 p.m. Santa is escorted by elves and golf sleigh to his house at 295 Forest Ave., serenaded by Anneliese’s School choir on the Main Stage at Forest Avenue and Glenneyre Street, where music continues ‘til 9 p.m. 9:15 p.m. South Coast Cinema screens “It’s a Wonderful Life” free. Forest Avenue will be closed to vehicles from 3:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Kathleen Gonzales shows Ivy Bianchi how to make a corn husk doll during El Morro Elementary’s Colonial Days. More in Schools, page 20. New Merchant Class On the Rise By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Some shoppers trade a good night’s sleep for Black Friday deals, rising in the wee hours to snag the best big box bargains of the year. Others chose a different kind of bargain, trading rock bottom prices on mass-produced products for the luxury of sleeping in and then sauntering no farther than their own backyard to peruse items thoughtfully selected by proprietors who stand behind the quality of their wares and who might also be their neighbors. Those seeking the latter bargain might even skip shopping entirely on Friday, and instead venture out to revel in a less-well-known event, Small Business Saturday. North Menswear, for one, just opened at 380 Glenneyre St., will offer 10 percent off to anyone with a same-day receipt from another local business. North’s owner Pete Surprenant belongs to a burgeoning group of young, mostly home-grown entrepreneurs catering to locals who are banking on a demographic that shares their own desire to find quality merchandise and services close to home. As if on cue during a visit to the shop last week, Terry Kiminta, general manager at the nearby Orange Inn, stopped in saying the shop provided “much needed” and “accessible” clothing retail, page 30 Cleaner Fire Pits May Burn In Laguna By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Wood-burning bonfires at Aliso Beach in South Laguna may be a thing of the past as fire pits up the coast switch to cleaner-burning propane or natural gas. According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, two contracts to install clean-burning fire pits for public use are being considered for beaches from Corona del Mar to Bolsa Chica in Huntington Beach. The two-year contracts are up for approval at the Dec. 6 SCAQMD board meeting. “They probably will be installed pits, page 31 Gloria Jewell Defining Excellence in Real Estate 714.749.7476 | firstname.lastname@example.org gloriajewell.telesproperties.com 1725 Del Mar | laguna Beach | 3 bd 3.5 ba | Home Theater Swim Spa | 4 Fireplaces | offered at $3,095,000 Gloria Jewell: Bureau of Real Estate BRE # 00810998 ©2013 Teles Properties, Inc. Teles Properties is a registered trademark. Teles Properties, Inc. does not guarantee accuracy of square footage, lot size, room count, building permit status or any other information concerning the condition or features of the property provided by the seller or obtained from public records or other sources. Buyer is advised to independently verify accuracy of the information.