President of Laguna Beach Sister Cities Assn. Karyn Philippsen; Alicia Cota, director of foreign residence at San Jose del Cabo; Fabiola Kinder, chairwoman of Sister Cities Assn.'s Future Committee; and Susan Davis, social chairwoman, with Bill Atkins-designed poster originals. (April 18, 2013)

Folks who can't find something to do in Laguna, or a group with which to do it, aren't paying attention.

The Laguna Beach Sister Cities Assn. hosted a reception April 5 to celebrate its new sister city, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico.


FOR THE RECORD:
An earlier version incorrectly referred to the city as San Juan del Cabo.

Alicia Cota, director of foreign residences in San Jose, represented the town's mayor at the reception. Gabriel Juarez, a member of the Mexican Tourist Board in Los Angeles, also attended.

They were welcomed by Laguna Beach Mayor Kelly Boyd and association President Karyn Philippsen.

"This event launched the new relationship between San Jose and Laguna Beach, as well as our membership drive," said Philippsen.

Membership is $25 per person, $50 per family or $100 per business. New members will be eligible to win a trip for two to San Juan.

The drive will continue until June 15, the date of the association's annual Fete de la Musique, chaired this year by Ken Aubuchon, who was among the folks at the reception, held on the patio between the salt fine arts and Vintage Poster galleries.

Among the guests: founding association members Pat Kollenda, Carol Reynolds, Nancy Beverage and Susan Davis. Also: Katrina and Councilman Steven Dicterow, Wayne and Faye Baglin, John Hoover and Saviola Kinder, chair of the Future Sister Cities Committee.

For more information about the association and membership, visit http://www.lagunabeachsistercities.com.

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Mega Mixer

The Chamber of Commerce welcomed 18 new or soon-to-be-new members at the Spring Fling Mixer, held April 10 at the Montage Resort and Spa.

"We have more than 150 folks here tonight," said chamber Executive Director Kristine Thalman, who welcomed guests and introduced new members.

Among the newcomers: Robin Lee Riddell of Coastal eddy, a gallery, Dianna Drake of Helping Hands, Nicole Eagan of Invoke Capital, Sean C. Englert of Coastal Land Solutions, Andrew John Liersch III of Wells Fargo Private Mortgage, Richard Gall of Paris Salon, Mike Thompkins of Blazing Hammer Construction, Rudy Lukes of Coldwell Banker, Michael George of MG Music Events, Ronald Sinclair of Star Cleaning System, Rebecca McCormick of McCormick & Sons, Amy Sabreen of Sabreen Media, Loren Blackwood of Newport Beach Vineyard and Winery, and Thalman's own company.

Billy Fried, owner of La Vida Laguna, is a proposed member.

"I am very excited about getting the chamber to 500 members," Thalman said.

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