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Girls Water Polo Update

Breakers 4th at Newport Laguna girls won two of five matches played over three days against many of the sport’s highest rated teams during a challenging winter break. Coach Ethan Damato’s young squad continues to surprise the polo community with their stellar defense. The team is...

Winter Sports Update

Girls Basketball (W 4, L 10) Breakers struggled through the Garden Grove Tournament due to missing many players for almost all the contests. The team lost to Segerstrom 50-33, Pacifica 66-39, and Godinez 50-31. In the final game, Laguna had almost a full roster and easily...

Rehearsals Underway for Shap Show

The Shap Show, the 22nd annual No Suits Allowed student talent show hosted by math teacher-guitarist Gary Shapiro, is set for Saturday, Jan. 16. Funds raised during the 7:30 p.m. show underwrite graduation night activities for the first class of the new decade. Featured artists...

College Siblings Take Up Ski School

Laguna Beach High School alumni Laure and Noah Michelon spent two weeks of their winter break from college at Mammoth Mountain teaching skiing. They both started skiing at early ages and continue to enjoy the cold temperatures.  Laure is a junior at Columbia University and will...

A Fast Start for Lewis in 2010

By Meredith Kaplan Burns, Special to the Independent Laguna Beach resident Michael Lewis sped into the 2010 race season with a quick time at Tucson Raceway Park on Friday, Jan. 1, for the track’s special USAC Ford Focus event. Lewis and his Western Speed Ford Focus team started...

Is it 1973 Again?

Stocks greeted the New Year with a nice rally. January market strength traditionally forecasts an up year for stocks although the misadventures of the past two years have left investors skeptical of tradition. Even though there will be further misadventures, I believe that...

Laguna’s Top 10 News Stories of 2009

2009 was a year of firsts for Laguna. First off, the town almost lost the hospital where, for 50 years, many of its native sons and daughters were born. Under a new name and new owners, the hospital is focusing on emergency service and acute care as its lifeline.   Another...

Philanthropy Lives, But Grim Times End Good Works of Some

A look back over developments in Laguna’s nonprofit sector for 2009 proves that our community’s philanthropic activities are as vibrant as ever. The year marked new beginnings, milestones and farewells. A sour economy put a strain on personal pocket books; the state’s budget...

For the Arts, ‘09 Ends on a Hopeful Note

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Charles Dickens’ timeless pronouncement from “A Tale of Two Cities” proves a fitting corollary for arts organizations in 2009. The worst? That would be the over-arching recession that shriveled the support of donors and the...

An Angel Visits Sea Mammal Rescue Center

An anonymous animal lover stopped on Christmas Eve at Laguna Beach’s Pacific Marine Mammal Center and stuffed a pile of bills eventually amounting to $5,700 into the hands of a surprised volunteer.  “I was so taken back by her generosity that tears started flowing down my face...

Laguna Observed

Resolutions 2010 Of course you don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I’m certainly not accusing you of such a thing. No sophisticated, grounded, pragmatic or even dreamer person over the age of 12 makes New Year’s resolutions. Preposterous. Nor am I about to...
Posted On 01 Jan 2010

Gallery News

Latin Roots Influence New Exhibit at Demossa Gallery Demossa Gallery presents an exhibit of the works by Vincent Serritella and Gilbert Reyes, Jan. 7 to 24, with a reception for the artists from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. during First Thursdays Art Walk on Thursday, Jan. 7. Of...

Wisdom Workout

Taking On The New Year Challenge   “I could never tell if it was opportunity or the wolf knocking.” Anne Ellis wrote in “The life of an Ordinary Woman” (1929). Do you avoid taking a deeper look into your present conditions because of the overwhelming harshness of your...

Sea Life Ready for a Close-Up

Advanced reservations are now being accepted for a Saturday morning art workshop Jan. 2 set at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Canyon. The 9 a.m. workshop through Laguna Outreach for Community Arts includes a docent lead tour of the center and a close up view of live...

Art-A-Fair Seeks Artists for Summer’s Fest

The Art-A-Fair Festival is now seeking new artists for its 44th annual season, which will run for nine weeks from June 25 to Aug. 29. And, for the first time, Art-A-Fair is offering entry online via ZAPP, in addition to the usual options of mailing in entries or bringing them in...