Friday, December 31, 2010

A good way to end the year!

Do you have your plans in order for New Years Eve? If you don't, and your scrapping to make last minute plans, K'ya Bistro Bar is planning quite a party tonight. And guess what, it's FREE to get in! That's right, there's no cover charge! Tonight, from 8pm - 12:30am Andre Corradini will be playing Folk/Acoustic in the Lobby Lounge of La Casa del Camino, with complimentary appetizers and desserts from 10pm until midnight. Also, a complimentary toast at midnight along with complimentary hats & blow horns will round out your evening. If you're headed upstairs to the rooftop lounge, be sure to bring your winter woolens, it's bound to be cold up there! And don't forget to order off the regular menu, K'ya is a Zagat rated restaurant so you're sure to be pleased with whatever you order!

Sunset on the rooftop
Some of us usually imbibe in a toast or two on New Years Eve., but if you've had one too many it's good to know that Tipsy Tow from AAA will drive you and your car right to your front door for FREE, and you don't even have to be a member! AAA will come pick you up and tow your car to your home from 6pm Friday to 6am Saturday morning. Save this number, and pass it on to your friends and even your driving-age kids... 1-800-222-4357. *This offer is only good in Southern California, so check with your local AAA to see if it's offered in your neighborhood.

Here's wishing you all a safe and Happy New Year!! Thanks for visiting Chirp! Laguna. I look forward to sharing more info with you in 2011!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Free parking downtown!

Another storm hits Laguna Beach
Local Laguna neighborhoods and businesses have taken a beating these last weeks. Flooding had receded, and all roads and business had been reopened, but with the rain coming down hard again, I am hoping that all is well in the downtown area and in our canyons. As of 9:45 this morning all roads are still opened, and the city is encouraging all to come help our local restaurant and shop owners by offering free parking until January 2nd. Our new city manager, John Petig, has decided that we really need neighbors, friends and tourists to come stay, shop and eat, and help keep our downtown businesses afloat (pun intended!).

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Going downtown?

If you are headed to downtown Laguna for the holidays, don't be surprised at what you might find. Crews are working hard to dispose of all the debris and mud, but if you're wearing flip flops, you may still get some mud between your toes. You see, we've had a bit of a flood here. After days on end of torrential rain, mud and empty cars were floating down our streets. It's been mayhem!

Pacific Coast Hwy. at  Main Beach looking north
Looking South towards the Hotel Laguna
So, if you can, be sure to pop your head into your favorite shop, and share some kind words with our downtown merchants! Better yet, purchase that last minute gift for your friends. That will surely put a smile back on our local shop-keepers faces as they finish their cleanup!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

'Tis the season to get healthy

We all know it's the season for parties and merriment, but what about your stress level? If you're feeling overwhelmed instead of jolly, maybe it's time you checked out Health in Balance.  Longtime Lagunans Dr. Gary and Dr. Lisa Arthur specialize in chiropractic care, holistic and rejuvenating therapies. And, right now they are offering some amazing holiday specials. Just the thing we all need to get off to a good start in 2011!

Our Team:
hib doctors
Dr. Gary Arthur, Dr. Lisa Arthur and
Dr. Cynthia Costa

Give the Gift of Health this Season with a Health In Balance Gift Certificate!

Treat them to 50 minutes of a therapeutic massage session with one of our amazing therapists. Choose from: Deep Tissue, Swedish, Sport, MyoSkeletal, Myofacial, 
Cranial Sacral or Trigger Point Therapy.- $75
Patient Health Pass
Up to a $340 Value, available for $97  and includes:

  • New Patient Exam
  • Any necessary X-Rays
  • Doctor's Report of Findings & a Logical Treatment Plan
10% of Health Pass will be donated to SchoolPower

Rejuvenation And Detoxification Wellness Circuit  This 2 hour Medi-Spa includes Drinking Ionized Alkaline Water, Whole Body Vibration with oxygen therapy, Hydrotherapy Massage, Infrared Sauna, Ionic Foot Bath and Hydro-Fresh Rinse, all which help to mobilize and eliminate toxins while burning up to 1000 calories and boosting energy!  This gift is available as an entire circuit 
$97 ($147 Value) or Ala Carte.

Total Body Transformation with The Biosignature Method
 Our Biosignature Practitioner will assess thier body fat composition and tell them what their unique physiological profile says about where they store fat, why and what they can do to change it. Packages from $127 to $947.

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Natural Healthcare Center
330 Park Ave, Suite 3
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
P: 949.497.2553
F: 949497.5273

Therapy & Wellness Institute
380 Glenneyre St, Suite G

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

P: 949.376.8203
F: 949.376.8205
Natural Healthcare Center
350 Park Ave, Suite 3

Therapy Wellness Institute
380 Glenneryre Street, Suite G

Monday, December 20, 2010

Procrastination or bargain hunting?

Have you wrapped up all of your holiday shopping yet? If not, you may be called a procrastinator by some. But I like to think that we're just waiting for the best deals! Check out the bargains at Tuvalu this week. And the longer you "procrastinate", the more money you save. Now that's a deal that puts me right in the holiday spirit!

Tuvalu Home
295 Forest Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA  92651

Friday, December 17, 2010

Glen Ivy's birthday special is really special!

Did you know that Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Corona offers free admission on your birthday? I didn't either!

Glen Ivy has been the go to spa for kick back days with the best girlfriends. They are well known for their mud and mineral baths, but they also offer all sorts of spa treatments. Massages, body treatments, a nice hot steam room and fitness classes. Spend the day and have lunch at the cafe, then wander the 11 beautifully landscaped acres around the spa. A perfect way to de-stress and relax!

The floating pool
Glen Ivy is a low key spa, not one of those intimidating, snooty spas.

The famous mud bath
A free birthday spa day is a pretty good bargain, right? But right now Glen Ivy is also offering a $100 gift certificate for only $75! So, grab your best friends, or that special someone and spend an unforgettable day at Glen Ivy!

And here are even more specials!

Reservations are requested, call: 1-888-GlenIvy or purchase online.

Glen Ivy Hot Springs - Corona
25000 Glen Ivy Road
Corona, CA  92883

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Happy hour at Mozambique

You'll find one of THE best happy hours in town at Mozambique Steakhouse. Every so often, on a Friday evening ( before happy hour ends, of course! ), you'll find D and me there enjoying the great deals on food and booze. The happy hour menu has some great choices from starters and salads, to several choices of entree. Mozambique is known for their Peri-Peri spice rub and sauce, a staple in South Africa. The Peri-Peri chicken is an all time favorite!

Upstairs patio all dressed up for a wedding
Oh, and the upstairs patio is where I like to sit. The sunset views are killer!

Peri-Peri Chicken skewers
Oh no, I feel a hankering for this spicy sauce! Maybe this Friday Mozambique will be our happy hour spot! Hope to see you there!

Mozambique Steakhouse
1740 South Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA  92651

949) 715-7100

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Mondays and Tuesdays $1.99 pizza slice at Gina's

Which Laguna Beach pizza joint is your favorite? One that is surely a strong contender is Gina's Pizza. With two (actually three in summertime) locations in town, they make it convenient to stop in for a slice and an icy cold brew. Right now Gina's is offering $1.99 per slice on Mondays and Tuesdays. And I'm not talking about a flimsy thin crust that still leaves you hungering for more. Gina's slices are the big, hanging off the edge of the plate kind of slices!

Gina's Oak Street location

We also tried the new Caprese salad, and the roasted tomato soup. Both were really delicious, and the salad was a huge portion of arugula, tomato and buffalo mozzarella with a thick Italian dressing. It was more than the two of us could eat!

Pepperoni lovers delight

But it doesn't stop there, folks! Gina's is also offering kids eat free on Wednesdays! That's a deal you can't afford to  miss!

Great deals!

Gina's Laguna Beach locations:

Boat Canyon
610 N Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA  92651
949) 497-4421

Oak Street
1100 S Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA  92651
949) 494-4342

Festival Grounds Summer location
650 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA  92651
949) 376-6707

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Ocean Nails has reopened

Remember the old days when you could get a manicure and a pedicure for $20? Well, for the month of December, Ocean Nails in South Laguna, is offering exactly that! The Ocean Nails special is a one time per customer deal.

Recently closed for the month of September to remodel, the salon is now completely revamped, and it is gorgeous!

Brand new spa chairs

Ocean Nails is now very spa-like, and in my opinion, they give THE best foot message in town! Using reflexology techniques, the friendly staff will surely soothe, and relax you during the stressful holiday season!

Ocean Nails
31674 Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA  92651

For reservations call: 949) 464-1974

Friday, December 10, 2010

Last weekend for the Sawdust/Winter Fantasy

Hey there!

Have you been to the Winter Fantasy at the Sawdust Festival yet? If your answer is no, then you better hurry! This weekend will mark the end of the 20th annual event. And if you still need to find that unique gift for that special someone, there is no place better to shop than the Sawdust. With 170 artists exhibiting everything from jewelry and ceramics, to paintings, and hand blown glass, it's not only a wonderful shopping excursion, but an inspiring, fun filled day for the whole family. The Winter Fantasy also has live music and other great entertainment, too.

Hand blown glass ornaments

The kids will also have a blast playing in the real snow, trucked all the way from our local mountains!

Folks enjoy the ambience at the 20th annual Winter Fantasy
So come on out to the Festival grounds to support our local artists. If you're not in the holiday spirit yet, this will surely put you right in the mood!

Sawdust Festival
935 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA  92651

Phone: 949) 494-3030

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Local restaurants offer huge deals through Active Diner

I just stumbled upon this cool website called Active Diner. This website offers restaurant coupons and deals, not only at our local spots here in town, but all over the entire country! I can't begin to tell you how excited I am! The restaurants that are featured in Laguna are all favorites. Mozambique, Cafe Zoolu, Mosun's and Claes, just to name a few!

Zoolu Cafe is famous for their baseball cut Swordfish

Mosun Sushi and Club M
Dining with spectacular Laguna sunset views at Claes
Signing up is easy at Active Diner. So, be sure to register right away. You don't want to miss out on the great coupons and deals in your neighborhood!

Romeo Cucina Weeknight Specials

Romeo Cucina on Broadway is a wonderful local spot for great Italian fare. And you just can't beat their week night, and happy hour pricing. My favorite is the Tuesday night 50% off pasta and pizza!

Established in 1991, Romeo Cucina is a family run business, with strong local ties. The Romeo family have created a rich traditional Italian ambience for their guests, featuring delicious rustic Italian cuisine. Their menu is sure to have something for everyone!

It's Tuesday, can you guess what's for dinner?

Friday, December 3, 2010

Did you know that the Penguin Cafe offers cash discounts?

Growing up back east, having a meal at the local diner was a big part of our lives. Diners were just the spot for a hot meal, and some neighborly ribbing, mostly from the cooks and waitresses. How we loved that candid, dry humor! The closest you can come to that nostalgic feel here in Laguna is the Penguin Cafe. Their down home cooking, and friendly servers give the cafe that local charm that we all crave.

Living here for so long, I was surprised when I recently found out that the Penguin offers a cash discount. Who knew? Well, I think most of the locals knew, but just in case you're like me, I thought I'd spread the word!

Next time you want that back home experience, or some local flavor, head to the Penquin Cafe for breakfast or lunch. And be sure to pay in cash so you can get the 10% off cash deal!

The Penguin Cafe is located at: 981 South Coast Hwy., in Laguna Beach, between Thalia Street and Anita Street.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Laguna's Hometown Hospitality Night

Beginning with Santa's visit and the lighting of the old Pepper Tree, Hospitality Night is one of those community events that you don't want to miss out on! Santa is scheduled to arrive at City Hall at 6 pm for the tree lighting, then he parades down Forest Ave., with all the children following close behind. His final destination for the evening is Santa's House, right in front of Tuvalu's. Not a bad place to land!

Santa gives his reindeer the day off when he comes to town

Then, get ready for the festivities. With music in the streets, and people out enjoying one another, it's a great night for eating, drinking and making merry! Many of our shop owners will offer beverages, sweets or appetizers to entice shoppers, and offer a welcome place to warm up.

Only in Laguna!

And who doesn't love the movie "It's a Wonderful Life"? The movie starts at 9:15, so get in line early at South Coast Theater for your free tickets!

Happy Chanukah, Laguna style

  Don't you just love Hospitality Night? It's such a great way to get out, and see all of your friends, and support our local shops. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Laguna's First Thursday Artwalk

Happy December, Everybody!

Don't miss tomorrow night's First Thursday Artwalk! This month's event will collaborate with Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD) for their 9th annual Professional Mentoring Program. Fourteen lucky and talented seniors will have the opportunity to show their work, and be mentored by some of our local galleries. Knowing the inside workings of a gallery gives these students an incredible leg-up starting their own careers.

There's always a festive atmosphere at the First Thursday Artwalk, too. Most of the galleries offer free wine, or soft drinks, and some appetizers for their guests. Live music and dance exhibitions round out the evening. So bring your friends, but don't forget your wallet. You just never know which art piece will steal your heart!

I'd love to know, have you gone to one of our Artwalks before? Have you bought any art that you just had to have?

Shuttle service begins at 6 -9 pm, starting at the Laguna Art Museum. See map below.

The numbers on the map refer to our designated tram stops which coincide with the numbers in the gallery listings. The trams only stop at these designated areas.
During the months of July and August, there will be no dedicated shuttle service. To travel between gallery locations, please ride any of the Free Trams that are provided by the City. We will resume our free dedicated shuttle service in September.
See the links under Gallery Listings for tram stops and gallery information.
There is no tram service to The Laguna College of Art + Design.