Winning designs for banner contest are announced

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The Arts Commission reviewed more than 30 prospective design entries for the 2017 Banner Competition and selected four winners. The four selected artists are Therese Conte, Michael L Jacques, Galen Ramos and Jeffrey Skarvan.

New Raptor computerized visitor registration system approved for LBUSD

On March 14, the LBUSD approved the implementation of a new computerized visitor registration system. The system will screen visitors to district schools to ensure efficient tracking and consistency of security procedures.

Purchased from Raptor Technologies, the system will allow school personnel to scan a visitor’s driver’s license, state identification or passport and issue a printed visitor badge. 

Once scanned, the software will conduct a near-instant check to see if the visitor is listed on any sex offender registries. If the system identifies a match between the visitor and the database, the school’s administrator is alerted. 

Registration system will identify sex offenders listed on databases

The system only stores a person’s name and whether or not he or she is a sex offender. No other information is stored by the system or the district.

Subsequent visits will not require the visitor’s identification to be scanned. At that point, the visitor will provide their name and a badge will be printed that the person wears during their visit. 

The badge will have a picture, name, date, time and the area of the school the person is visiting. If a parent has children at more than one school, he or she will have to provide ID the first time at every school they visit.

Goal of system is to enhance safety at all district schools

“This system will further enhance the district’s efforts to improve safety at all schools by allowing school officials to monitor who visits the schools and when they are in the buildings,” said Jeff Dixon, interim assistant superintendent of business services.

The district anticipates implementation of the new system in late April. 

Anaheim Elementary, Irvine, and Santa Ana districts in Orange County also use the Raptor system.

Mystic Reiki announces new location

In celebration of their new downtown space, Mystic Reiki is offering events and introductory offers throughout the month of March.  A Japanese technique, Reiki is a “laying of hands” healing for stress relief and relaxation. 

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Relax with Reiki healing

Their new location is 352 Third St, Ste 306, 949-280-9202.  

Mystic Reiki also offers organic and wild-crafted essential oils and handmade candles and exclusively designed smudge fans.

Visit their website for special offers and events.

Walking about in a fog can be a beautiful thing…

if you’re on a Laguna Wilderness trail

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The morning mist makes for a magical hike

Photo by Scott Brashier

The Ducks, Laguna’s 4th/5th grade flag football team, win Soul Surf championship

Laguna’s young Ducks won the Soul Surf championship flag football game last Sunday at LBHS after a nearly undefeated season, with only one loss. 

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The champion Ducks, from L-R: Lincoln Adams, Lachlan Soloff, Dylan Petrie-Norris, Charlie Tyus, Chase Tyson, Preston Towe, Ellie Marshall, Dylan Siriani 

Not pictured: Triston Reidel

Coach Trigg Garner is at back left and co-coach Jake Hiemstra at back right

Flag football is a version of American football, where the basic rules of the game are similar to those of the mainstream game, often called “tackle football” for contrast, but instead of tackling players to the ground, the defensive team must remove a flag or flag belt from the ball carrier to end a down.

Maritime themed Tiny Tots: Parent and Me Program offered by The Ocean Institute

On successive Tuesdays, April 4 through May 9, from 9 – 10:15 a.m., the Ocean Institute will offer its Tiny Tots: Parent & Me Program for children ages 2 and 3 and their parents or caregivers.

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Tot participates in maritime themed play during Parent & Me Program

This six-week program is a maritime themed series of exploration and play designed to stretch a young child’s imagination through creative play that supports language development, social interaction, and problem solving.

The cost is $30 for a single drop-in class or $150 for the 6-week series.

Registration is available at http:/


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