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Historic Theater Readies for a Sequel

Signs of life are visible within Laguna Beach’s only movie theater, a landmark building that closed 16 months ago and is expected to reopen shortly. There is new carpet in the lobby and a giant popcorn maker gleaming just inside the front doors. Painters are dodging ladders and...
Posted On 02 Dec 2016

Holiday Spirits Now Require a Permit

By Cassandra Reinhart, Special to the Independent Like NORAD tracking Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve, alcoholic beverage compliance in Laguna Beach is on the radar. After an undercover alcohol-citation operation by the Laguna Beach Police Department on First Thursday’s Art Walk,...


Town Crier

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The Slant

What’s Worth Celebrating?   What a year. The never ending presidential campaign and election are finally over. Everyone feels the fatigue. There have been wars, terrorism, and climate disasters. Much news about shootings of and by police....

Village Matters

Unexpectedly Making History We don’t know we’re part of history when we’re in it. We’re just living our lives and dealing with what is laid before us, with glimmers of leadership and inspiration offered to add innovation and meaning to our...

Taking Stock

Up, Spirits? Stocks had a good month in November, the best since March. The rally that begin with the unexpected election results is so far only pausing occasionally. The three-month period from November through January historically records the...

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Saints Overwhelm Breakers 66-27

Football (8-5, 4-1) Breakers were unable to stop the surging Briseno brothers as Santa Ana High was on all-cylinders in the Southern Section CIF Division 13 semifinals Friday, Nov. 25, at the Santa Ana Stadium. The home team scored on their...

Girls Water Polo (1-0)

Laguna’ 20th season got underway this past Tuesday, Nov. 29, as the deep and talented Breakers blasted El Toro 17-3 behind Aria Fischer’s six goals and two assists while Bella Baldridge scored twice and dished out six assists. Goalie Thea Walsh...

Soccer

Boys Soccer Squad opens the season on Friday, Dec. 2, with Los Amigos and host Crean Lutheran on Wednesday, Dec. 7. Laguna was 3-7-7 last season and fifth in league play.   Girls Soccer Breakers are shooting for their sixth straight trip to...


Letters

Take a Stand Against Discrimination

Editor: As people, who live and work in Laguna Beach we are concerned about the safety of our fellow humans in town. While most of your readers experience Laguna as a friendly little place, which...

Is Alcohol Enforcement a Profit Center?

Editor, After reading your article by Cassandra Reinhart (“Police Cork an Art Walk Tradition,” Nov. 16) my first thought was doesn’t the PD have better things to do with their time? The Art Walk...

Dry Art Walk Further Degrades an Art Colony’s Soul

Editor: No red wine on weeknights? Okay, so now our galleries are under yet another set of over-bearing rules! Undercover cops patrolling Art Walk to bust gallery owners and their employees for...

No Square Presents ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

A stage production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” comes to the No Square Theatre beginning this weekend, Dec. 3-4, 9-11, and 16-18. Directed by Joe Lauderdale with music direction by Roxanna Ward and choreography by Ellen Prince, the show is appropriate for everyone 5 or older....

Cartoonist Draws a Crowd to Local Gallery

Cartoonist Ron Campbell, involved with The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” recording, “The Flintstones” television show and countless other famous animations, will be at the Forest & Ocean Gallery, 8480 Ocean Ave., Dec. 5-7. Campbell will create cartoons at the gallery and engage...

Indy on Arts

    Friday, Dec. 2 Hospitality Night, 5-10 p.m., Forest Avenue. Santa, music, ice skating and tamales. Kurtis Gentile, 7 p.m., Big Fish Tavern, 540 S. Coast Hwy. #200. Adam Lasher Band, 7 p.m., Cliff Bar & Firepit Lounge, 577 S. Coast Hwy. Francios Dean, 7 p.m.;...

Upcoming Events

Eat & Drink

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Splashes Serves Up Thanksgiving

Executive Chef Ron Fougeray is serving up a Thanksgiving meal at the Surf and Sand Resort. Lunch seatings will take place from 1:30- 3:45 p.m. at $80 per person; dinner seatings from 4-8 p.m. at $95 per person. Reservations are recommended; available online or at 877-741-5908....

Win a VIP Beachfront Bungalow

GRAND PRIZE VIP Private Bungalow & Overnight Stay Includes dedicated VIP host, living room, outdoor beachview deck with enough room to host up to 10 comfortably EASY TO ENTER 1.  Correctly Answer the Trivia Question Trivia: Each Bungalow at Pacific Edge was designed by local...
Posted On 11 Nov 2016
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Exploring the Fourth Pillar

In this video log, Patty examines the fourth element of her four-part series exploring the Four Pillars of Health. It is discovering your Purpose & Dream in which these questions, and others, are asked: what is your dream and what is your...
Posted On 02 Oct 2015

Pelvic Floor Muscles: What’s the Big Deal?

The third pillar of health is movement or exercise. Movement that keeps the curves in the right places and trims the places that need to be trimmed. I’m not referring to cookie-cutter, generic exercise programs. I’m talking about...
Posted On 04 Sep 2015

Quiet Time: A Pillar of Health

This week’s post is a follow up from last week’s blog entry, titled The Four Pillars of Health. Today, I share the second pillar of health: quiet time. To me, quite time means meditation, rest and proper sleep. Do you take precious time...
Posted On 07 Aug 2015