Fair Game



Local trades the beach life for a career on the ice

We’ve written before about James Stefan. James is a 20-year-old professional hockey player who grew up in Laguna Beach. Some great news for him and his family – the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League have signed Stefan, a forward from the Western Hockey League’s Portland Winterhawks, to a three-year entry-level contract.

Stefan has had an impressive young career, tallying career highs in goals (48), assists (51) and points (99) through 64 games during this WHL season, which has included three hat tricks and 33 multi-point games.

The Laguna Beach native currently ranks fifth in goals in the WHL and ninth in points. Through 251 career games with Portland, Stefan has recorded 109 goals and 145 assists for 254 points.

Stefan was invited last September to attend Rookie Camp, then with the Ottawa Senators.

The future appears bright for James Stefan.

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Photo by Keith Dwiggins/Portland Winterhawks/Provided courtesy of Carolyn Stefan

Laguna Beach native James Stefan (13) has signed with the Edmonton Oilers of the NHL

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Tomorrow, on Saturday, April 27, businesses all around Laguna Beach are participating in a city-wide Spring Sidewalk Sale, featuring special offers for shoppers. The event will take place from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. all over town, including North Laguna, Downtown, Laguna Breeze District and the HIP District.

The sidewalk sale is an event for both locals and visitors to explore the unique shops, boutiques and galleries around town.

Participating businesses to date include: Active Culture, Arrow and Branch Home Boutique, Cactus Jane Emporium, The Chakra Shack, Coast Hardware, Dog Tub, Faux Paw Artique, Experience Divine Vibes, The Fragrance Boutique, Laguna Beach Acupuncture, Laguna Beach Dojo, Laguna Coast Pottery, Larrea Cove, Little Freebirds, Marilyn Montero Hypnotherapy, Merkababe Designs, Miche McClendon Jewelry, Mimi and Rae Boutique, Nuance Home, The OC Ayurveda, Pacific Marine Mammal Center (on Forest Avenue), Sea Level Yoga, Soulshine Laguna, Store Laguna, Romantic Boutique, Royan Jewelry, Ryan’s Art of Soul, The T-Shirt Company, Toes on the Nose, Troy Lee Designs and Vanessa Rothe Fine Art.

Customers can expect to find discounts, promotions and sales on a wide range of items, including clothing, accessories, home goods, art and more. With so many participating businesses, there will be something for everyone at this event.

The Spring Sidewalk Sale is a great way to support local businesses and find unique items while enjoying the vibrant atmosphere of Laguna Beach.

Come out and support our local businesses during Small Business Saturday.

For more information, follow ThinkLaguna1st on Instagram, or visit https://thinklagunafirst.com to see all the deals.

To shop small locally online, go here.

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Also tomorrow, April 27 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., The Honarkar Foundation presents In Conversation, an insightful discussion between Gene Cooper, Tom Dowling and Mike McGee about Tony DeLap’s life and legacy.

Jedidiah Coffee will be on hand to serve complimentary coffee, along with some tasty treats offered from Sidecar Donuts.

The exhibition catalog will be available for purchase that day, too.

To RSVP, go here.

The Honarkar Foundation Galley is located at 298 Broadway St.

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On Sunday, April 28 at 12 p.m. in Alta Laguna City Park is a community meeting and discussion on Coyotes and Living With Wildlife.

Animal Services Officer John Thompson will be providing helpful information to the community about coyotes and other wildlife, and answering any questions.

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This week, Mayor Sue Kempf and I discuss fireworks and/or drones, coyotes, plans for the Promenade, along with how to become engaged and more in this week’s Fair Game Laguna.

Give us a look.

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There is a Laguna Canyon Road: Protect & Connect Community Workshop on Tuesday, May 7 at Susi Q Community Center from 6-7:30 p.m.

The Laguna Canyon Road: Protect & Connect project is designed to improve safety for all users, enhance sustainability and manage congestion along the Laguna Canyon Road (LCR) corridor (SR 133). The project is focused on addressing safety concerns, undergrounding utilities and considering multi-modal options.

Project organizers are currently gathering community feedback to better understand users of the corridor and their priorities. They need the community to take the following 5-10 minute survey.

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The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach received $2,037.25 from Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Ross Stores, Inc. through a 2024 in-store fundraiser.

Okay, maybe it’s not the biggest contribution ever, but that being said, it’s going to do a lot!

The theme of the fundraiser was “Help Local Kids Thrive” and the funds will now be directed to support the Power Hour program at the club.

As the national sponsor of BGCA’s Power Hour program, Ross Stores, Inc. demonstrates its commitment to empowering youth across the nation.

The Power Hour program provides crucial academic support and resources to youth members, helping them excel academically and personally.

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach aims to enhance and expand the impact of the Power Hour program, ultimately enabling local kids to thrive in all aspects of their lives. For more info, visit www.bgclagunabeach.org.

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