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By Candice Baker March 2, 2007After school on Wednesday one day after a massive sell off in the Shanghai stock market caused the Dow Jones index to plummet by more than 400 points more than two dozen students trooped past a large Chinese flag in Dave Dixon’s Thurston Middle School classroom. The students were there to learn Standard Mandarin, the world’s most common language. An e mail from an appreciative Marcia Jager has inspired this review of an Oriental venue I had long forgotten. It is nice to note that Mandarin King, situated far north on Coast Highway, will celebrate a 20 year success come Sept. 1. The store front establishment is the popular concept of gracious Glenn Fu and his dedicated sister in law Lily Chao. “A challenging economic environment is no excuse for not being able to offer new and innovative educational programs requested by our community,” Board Clerk John M. Laguna Beach detectives arrested Armando Serrano Gutierrez, 37, of Santa Ana, Thursday in Riverside County on suspicion of involvement in the Feb. 26, 2009, robbery at the rear of the Mandarin King Restaurant, according to Laguna Beach Police Sgt. Louise Callus. Eight galleries in Art Walk carry the work of more than 45 Chinese artists, and many are celebrating with special events; red balloons will mark the participating galleries. Kamin Fine Art Lu Martin Galleries Mandarin Fine Art Miranda Galleries Dawson Cole Fine Art Seven Degrees Win Henstock Gallery Mei Hui, a student from the Los Angeles Classical Chinese Orchestra, will perform on the guzang (zither)Briefly In BusinessFurniture shop hosts celebrity retreat Modern Studio Furnishings in Laguna Beach hosted the celebrity retreat for the BET Awards held recently at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The furniture shop owners styled the retreat with “mod” furnishings, slick lighting and a one of a kind armless sofa chaise, which was created to hold the signatures of the likes of Patti La Belle, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder, to name a few. The board approved a contract for Jean Wu to teach Mandarin to Thurston Middle School students this summer and after school next year, and to Laguna Beach High School freshmen after school next year.