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Bringing Laguna Up to Bike Speed

Editor, In support of “Give Bikes a Route” by Justin Gresh, the new policy for mobility from our Federal Department of Transportation gives equal consideration to pedestrians, bicycles, buses, and private automobiles. Adopting this policy into Laguna Beach’s general plan would be...

Day Without a Bag Was a Hit

Editor, The City of Laguna Beach wishes to thank all of the local volunteers and retail markets for making the Dec. 18 “Day Without A Bag” event a tremendous success. Despite inclement weather, over 1,700 free, recycled, reusable grocery bags were handed out to shoppers by...

Clutter Less, Inspire More

By Ann Christoph   It’s piled here in my living room — all the notes and documents for my unfinished South Laguna history book project, the souvenirs from the Japan trip, still not organized. At the office are other notebooks and files; for jobs, product literature,...

Help Pours Out for Growers

Growers First, a Laguna Beach-based nonprofit helping improve the livelihood of 687 family coffee farmers in 20 villages in Honduras and Mexico, expects to double the number of families they serve next year due mostly to local supporters. Contributors from professionals to...

Tour Renovated Presbyterian Church

There will be a free, half-hour, docent-led tour of the recently renovated Laguna Presbyterian Church, at the corner of Forest Avenue and Second Street, beginning at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 2. Learn about the history and architecture of the church, including acts about design...

Clinic Adds Up a New Year Wish List

Even as clientele turn to the Laguna Beach Community Clinic for help with acute and chronic health needs, clinic fundraisers hopes that others in the community might consider a clinic gift to fund vital services. $25 purchases 500 exam room gloves; $50 will provide 5,000 alcohol...

Goat Lady Still ‘On the Move’

Despite unquestionable set backs resulting from the loss of her Laguna Beach home to a fire two years ago, “goat lady” Rosalind Russell, director of the R Star Foundation, reports that her work helping improve the lives of women and children in rural Nepal is “on the move” with...

Homeless Breakfast Infused with Christmas Spirit

The Laguna Relief and Resource Center was joined by local service organizations, churches and individual volunteers to make the 10th annual Homeless Christmas Breakfast an example of coming together to help those in need during the Christmas season. Not only were the community’s...

Bookstore Opens Its 16th Chapter

By Dinah Shields Special to the Independent   Among downtown merchants, Latitude 33 survived the 2010 flood with no damage to stock or shelving, says manager Kim Vater.   Now comes the hard part, as Latitude 33 nears its 15th anniversary at a time when small bookstores...

Wedding Maven Earns Web Presence

Laguna Beach resident Billy Folchetti, founder of Luxe Life Events, was recently named as the wedding style and design expert for the site Onewed.com. In this capacity, Folchetti will offer weekly wedding planning inspiration to the site’s patrons, such has his latest advice on...

New Prize Offered to Local Artists

The Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts (LBaa) is now accepting applications for the $5,000 Seven-Degrees of inspiration grant, open to individual, Laguna Beach-based artists. The deadline for application is Jan. 21. The grant is funded by Mark Orgill’s Seven-Degrees event venue...

Lessons Even Scrooge Would Admire

Just as national trends show an uptick in holiday spending, that trend was also reflected at an annual holiday boutique put on by fifth-graders at Top of the World elementary school last week. In fact, Scrooge himself would have had trouble suppressing a smile at the makeshift...

Filmmaker’s Wish Unspools as Summer Camp for Adults

“Being able to write or direct any movie is a thrill, but when you get to do both on the same project, it’s the brass ring,” said Laguna native Rob Hedden about his most recent film project. His romantic comedy “You May Not Kiss The Bride” is scheduled for release next year and...

Rotary Elves Lend a Hand to Santa

The Rotary Club’s members handed out 26 holiday care packages to low-income families that take part in the Boys & Girls Club’s TLC preschool program last Wednesday. The longtime supporter of both the club and its preschool program partnered with Rotary’s district...

McWeather or Not

Aboard the Pineapple Express By Dennis McTighe Winter officially began this past Tuesday at 3:38 p.m. The Earth tilts away from the Sun at it’s most severe angle here in the Northern Hemisphere at 23.5 degrees, with the least amount of sun time at 9 hours and 54 minutes and a...