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     Trail Upgrades OK’d for Top of the World

    Trail Upgrades OK’d for Top of the World

    By Rita Robinson | LB Indy The steep and winding dirt footpath that joins a paved fire road between the two hilltop communities of Top of the World and Arch Beach Heights may soon be easier to maneuver for school children, moms with babies in strollers, dog-walkers, hikers, bicyclists and skateboarders. The trailhead at Top […]

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    Sawdust Wraps Up With Festivities Aplenty

    Sawdust Wraps Up With Festivities Aplenty

    Join more than 200 Laguna Beach artists for entertainment and art activities leading up to the closing of the 48th Sawdust Art Festival. Visitors can paint, draw, make leather bracelets and create mosaics. Entertainment includes rock, bluegrass and reggae music along with magic and balloon artistry. On closing day, Sunday, Aug. 31, the final raffle […]

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    Top Nonprofit Execs Receive 6 Figure Salaries

    Top Nonprofit Execs Receive 6 Figure Salaries

    By Carisa Carlton, Special to the Independent Many leaders of the most prestigious Laguna Beach nonprofit organizations receive six figure salaries, nearly 25% more than the city’s mean job salary. The top ranking nonprofits aggressively compete for personnel with businesses and government by offering top salaries and benefit plans to key employees. The rankings include […]

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    Caltrans Installs College Signal

    Caltrans Installs College Signal

    By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Caltrans began work this week installing a traffic signal on Laguna Canyon Road at the pedestrian crossing where a Laguna College of Art and Design student was fatally injured in April, school officials said Wednesday. Caltrans estimates work will be completed by Oct. 16, an installation fast-tracked in the […]

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    Cyclists Peddle to Battle Alzheimer’s

    Cyclists Peddle to Battle Alzheimer’s

    Laguna Beach bike enthusiast Max Isles and friend Ryan O’Malley will set out Tuesday, Sept. 2, with a goal of pedaling 500 miles in five days to raise money for The Alzheimer’s Association. Both cyclists have close family members that have suffered from Alzheimer’s and dementia and hope their join effort raises awareness and funds […]

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    Candidates Set Out Their Vision for Laguna

    Candidates Set Out Their Vision for Laguna

    Seven candidates vying for three seats on the Laguna Beach City Council together faced a public audience Monday during the first of several candidate forums planned prior to the Nov. 4 election. While no candidate proved willing to become the standard bearer around a single paramount cause, several candidates said if elected they intend to […]

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    Dance Fest Soars With Diversity

    Dance Fest Soars With Diversity

    By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy With performances beginning next week, Laguna Dance Festival vaults into its tenth season, the equivalent of a grand jeté – where a ballet dancer leaps to perform a split jump — in terms of its longevity. That young history doesn’t shake the certainty of its founder, prima ballerina Jodie […]

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    Sawdust Continues a Lusty Tradition

    Sawdust Continues a Lusty Tradition

    Laguna Beach Belly Dancers, JJ & the Habibis celebrate 30 years of belly dancing at Sawdust Festival, 935 Laguna Canyon Rd., with two shows, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. and a parade through the grounds Saturday, Aug. 30, at 9 p.m. Jheri St. James won two trophies at the Belly Dancer of the Universe competition and the […]

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    Art Seen

    Art Seen

    Artistic Talent is in the Family Genes Charles Pabst, Cara Pabst Moran, and Michael Pabst present their latest works in a father, daughter and son show during Art Walk, from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4 at the Signature Gallery, 220 Forest Ave. Gallery director, Jessica Fry, is an “honorary daughter” of the Pabst family having […]

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    Award Winning Novelist Comes to Laguna

    Award Winning Novelist Comes to Laguna

    Former actor and television executive Brett Halsey visits Laguna Beach Books, 1200 South Coast Highway, Sunday, Aug. 31 at 4 p.m. to discuss and sign his fourth novel, “A Grave Misunderstanding,” a dark thriller. The event is free.                         Let the Dog Listen at […]

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     Hurricane Lowell Brings Big Waves, Near-record Numbers to 51st Brooks

    Hurricane Lowell Brings Big Waves, Near-record Numbers to 51st Brooks

    By Robert Campbell | LB Indy   The long arms of Hurricane Lowell, spinning just off the coast of Baja California, pushed overhead southern swells into Laguna Beach last weekend, setting up near-perfect conditions for the 51st edition of the Brooks Street Surfing Classic, a two-day event billed as the world’s longest running surfing contest. […]

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    Indy Travels Into the Wild, the West and Beyond

    Indy Travels Into the Wild, the West and Beyond

    We welcome a photo from your adventures exploring far-flung destinations. Pack the Indy and send along a high resolution image with a caption about the backdrop to [email protected]    

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    Exploring the Backyard Wilderness

    Exploring the Backyard Wilderness

    Photos and story by Ron Chilcote Above El Morro Elementary School, at Laguna Beach’s northern edge, is a trail access entrance to the upper portion of Crystal Cove State Park. Those who hike the trail that leads up into El Moro Canyon are confronted with a diversion to the south, the Moro Ridge Spur, the […]

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    Fashion Dazzles With Re-Imagined Fabrics

    Fashion Dazzles With Re-Imagined Fabrics

    By Loreen Berlin, Special to the Independent The sixth-annual Runway Fashion Show at the Festival of Arts astonished spectators with garments re-imagined from used, re-used and recycled items worn by gorgeous, sensuous models. Artist exhibitors, who devised the innovative designs, earned $1,000 prizes in four categories and the People’s Choice Award. The most creative concept […]

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     Trail Upgrades OK’d for Top of the World

    Trail Upgrades OK’d for Top of the World

    By Rita Robinson | LB Indy The steep and winding dirt footpath that joins a paved fire road between the two hilltop communities of Top of the World and Arch Beach Heights may soon be easier to maneuver for school children, moms with babies in strollers, dog-walkers, hikers, bicyclists and skateboarders. The trailhead at Top […]

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    Sawdust Wraps Up With Festivities Aplenty

    Sawdust Wraps Up With Festivities Aplenty

    Join more than 200 Laguna Beach artists for entertainment and art activities leading up to the closing of the 48th Sawdust Art Festival. Visitors can paint, draw, make leather bracelets and create mosaics. Entertainment includes rock, bluegrass and reggae music along with magic and balloon artistry. On closing day, Sunday, Aug. 31, the final raffle […]

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    Top Nonprofit Execs Receive 6 Figure Salaries

    Top Nonprofit Execs Receive 6 Figure Salaries

    By Carisa Carlton, Special to the Independent Many leaders of the most prestigious Laguna Beach nonprofit organizations receive six figure salaries, nearly 25% more than the city’s mean job salary. The top ranking nonprofits aggressively compete for personnel with businesses and government by offering top salaries and benefit plans to key employees. The rankings include […]

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    Caltrans Installs College Signal

    Caltrans Installs College Signal

    By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Caltrans began work this week installing a traffic signal on Laguna Canyon Road at the pedestrian crossing where a Laguna College of Art and Design student was fatally injured in April, school officials said Wednesday. Caltrans estimates work will be completed by Oct. 16, an installation fast-tracked in the […]

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    Taking Stock

    Taking Stock

      S&P Hits 2000; What’s Next? Market professionals use the Standard & Poor’s index of 500 stocks rather than the popular Dow Jones Industrial package of 30. Still, if you ask one of them how the market is doing, she will probably respond with the change in the Dow. The DJIA has greater historical roots, […]

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    Memory of A Day Past

    Memory of A Day Past

      By Arnie Silverman On Sept. 3, 1939, in response to Hitler’s invasion of Poland, England and France, allies of the overrun nations declared war on Germany. That year started out well for me. I managed to get a job as a newsboy. Those were still rough, economic times, and even in D.C. with the […]

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    Village Matters

    Village Matters

    Big Plans vs. Small Adjustments… “Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood…” Daniel Burnham.  This advice from one of the designers of the Chicago 1893 World’s Columbian Exhibition, may have been taken too seriously by our governmental policy makers.  Big projects have been proposed in Laguna Beach, time after time, […]

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    High School Sports Update

    High School Sports Update

    Fall Sports Now Underway By Frank Aronoff | LB Indy Football 80th Varsity Season Opens Friday, Sept. 5 Coach Corey Brown takes his squad to the Bolsa Grande Stadium in Garden Grove for the opening contest in Laguna’s 80th varsity campaign. Breakers will face host Bolsa Grande, who finished last season 3-7 including a 48-17 […]

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    Class Notes

    Class Notes

    She’s the First Starts Up at LBHS She’s the First is a not-for-profit organization that sponsors education for girls in the developing world. Laguna Beach High School sophomores and juniors Regan Caraher, Christine Johnson, Callista Wulff, Shea Metz and Carmen Nichols have organized a new chapter at Laguna Beach High School and are looking for […]

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    Girls Return to the Court

    Girls Return to the Court

    Former players of the high school’s girls volleyball teams are invited to return to their home court Oct. 10 for a varsity vs. alumni match, says organizer Diane Dorn. The high school’s Dugger Gym will host a JV vs. frosh soph match at 5 p.m. and the varsity vs alumni match at 6:30. Shawn Patchell […]

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    Ways to Save on Dorm Room Essentials

    Ways to Save on Dorm Room Essentials

    By StatePoint news service. College tuition may be costly, but outfitting your collegiate student with dorm décor, apparel and gear to support a great academic year doesn’t have to be. With care, college students and their parents can make back to school preparations a wallet-friendly experience. The discount experts at Dollar General are offering some […]

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    Indy Calendar

    Indy Calendar

    Friday, Aug. 29 Robert Jon &The Wreck, 6 p.m. Cliff Restaurant. 577 S. Coast Hwy. 949-494-1956 Steve Tyrell, 8 p.m., The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949 496-8930 Nick I and ADD, 9 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 S. Coast Hwy, 949 715-7777 ADAAWE, 5:30 p.m., Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd. Saturday, […]

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    Pancake Breakfast Serves as Summer’s Capstone

    Pancake Breakfast Serves as Summer’s Capstone

    Join your friends in marking summer’s end on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1, at the annual al fresco pancake breakfast in Heisler Park. Firefighters will be serving up flapjacks and sausage from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Cliff Drive near Myrtle Street, above Picnic Beach, organizer Sande St. John said. The $5 per person […]

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    Personnel File

    Personnel File

    Holst Becomes New Host at KX 93.5 Brian Holst, volunteer host of radio station KX 93.5’s electronic program “Departure,” took on new tasks at the station, hired as its music director and afternoon host. Holst succeeds Marc “Mookie” Kaczor, who departed for another job in San Diego, said the station’s program director, Tyler Russell. Holst […]

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    Gift Hits the Tempo for Teen Center

    Gift Hits the Tempo for Teen Center

    Laguna Beach Live!, through their Live! Music & Kids outreach program, has donated electronic and acoustic drums to the Boys and Girls Club’s new teen center, which opens when school begins next week. The drum kits will be used at the The Spot, located behind St. Mary’s Episcopal Church on 428 Park Ave., a place […]

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