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Gelson’s Laguna Beach to close permanently next week

Gelson’s Laguna Beach is closing permanently on Saturday, March 2. The store, located at 30922 South Coast Highway, will not relocate elsewhere in the city.

Despite rumors concerning lease issues or other potential reasons for the closure, a spokesperson from the store said that the reason for the closing is that the “store was not profitable.”

Gelson’s Laguna Beach will have modified hours during their final week, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday (Feb. 26) through Friday (March 1) and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, March 2.

“It is regrettable that Gelson’s will be leaving our community early next month,” said Laguna Beach Mayor Sue Kempf. “The quality of their offerings, the convenient location for many midtown and South Laguna residents and excellent customer will be missed.”

The closest Gelson’s following the closure on March 2 will be found in either Dana Point (24 Monarch Bay Plaza), Irvine (5521 Alton Parkway) or Newport Beach (1660 San Miguel Drive).

Gelson’s Laguna Beach is the only store closing among their current 28 stores throughout Southern California.

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The Laguna Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) today released their 2023 Annual Report to the Community, detailing the district’s educational initiatives, accomplishments and vision for the future. Embracing the theme “It Takes a Village,” the report showcases the creation of new community spaces such as the Family Resource Center and introduces the soon-to-be-opened Laguna Beach Preschool.

The report includes the introduction of the Framework for the Future,” designed to prepare students as engaged, productive citizens through personalized, authentic, competency-based and equitable education. It also showcases student performance data, emphasizing the LBUSD’s notable placement statewide.

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LBHS 2023 Graduating Class celebrates with the community

“As we reflect on our journey with the 2023 report, it is evident how a deeply committed community has created a synergy that extends well beyond academic achievement. This ongoing collaboration enriches our students’ school experience and shapes them into leaders prepared to drive transformation across industries,” said LBUSD Superintendent Jason Viloria, Ed.D. “It reinforces the profound impact of our united efforts, demonstrating that when we come together with a shared vision, we nurture individuals capable of making significant contributions to society and various professional fields.”

This community-focused report outlines LBUSD’s comprehensive strategy to support their students and families, in line with their wider educational goals. Leveraging the power of community collaboration, LBUSD invites community members to contribute their knowledge and life stories, with the goal of nurturing a new generation of informed learners and leaders through an innovative Living Library initiative.

The Living Library connects students with a broad spectrum of local experts for brief, engaging sessions via Zoom or in person, cultivating a love for learning and curiosity. It allows students to explore various subjects and career paths, enhancing their education with real-world perspectives and tailored interactions.

The community can review the LBUSD’s 2023 Annual Report for an in-depth look at the district’s achievements and future initiatives at www.lbusd.org/annualreport.

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Special Shake Shack Leap Year Day creation

It might be worth a little drive north as Leap Year is celebrated next week. Here’s a limited-time indulgence to be available on that day, Thursday, Feb. 29 at the Shake Shack in Crystal Cove. It’s a special milkshake celebrating this extra day…made with cotton candy-infused soft serve, and adorned with a spectacular array of toppings, including a cloud of whipped cream, a juicy cherry, sprinkles, unicorn gummies and a lollipop to top it off.

You may enjoy this special shake at the one and only Shake Shack in Crystal Cove.

I love going there. This one will be popular. You might want to get in line now. Ha! Ha!

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Join Laguna Art Museum and Grace Farms for a panel discussion with three of California’s top creative CEOs in sustainable food, fashion and architecture: Camilla Marcus, founder of West-Bourne; Shilpa Shah, founder/CEO of Cuyana and Sharon Jonston, partner at Johnston Marklee Architects.

Topics on the table: What inspires an entrepreneur to become a changemaker? What does sustainability translate to in everyday language? What steps can we take to help create the world we wish to see? These are just some of the questions their panelists will tackle during this insightful and inspiring evening.

Get tickets here.

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The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce will have their February Meet and Greet tomorrow night (Wednesday, Feb. 21) at Starfish Laguna Beach from 5-7 p.m.

You’re invited to come by to mix and mingle at this no-host event. A special Happy Hour menu will be offered from 5-6 p.m.

You’re asked to RSVP here.

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