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Water Polo’s 12 and Under Girls Win County Cup

By Steve Riches, Special to the Independent Laguna’s 12 and under girls, coached by Erich Fischer and Scott Baldridge, continued to develop as a winning team taking first place in the Orange County Cup at the Woollett Aquatic Center in Irvine recently. Starting with their first...

Legion Honors Police, Firefighters

The county’s 25 American Legion Posts honored local police and firefighters at an annual event on March 24. Former Assemblyman Todd Spitzer served as host because of his past police duty. Laguna Legionnaire Dave Connell and Legion Auxiliary President Diane Connell hosted Laguna’s...

Youth Sports

Young Diver Returns to Nationals For the second year in a row, Laguna Beach resident Mackenzie Peasley has qualified for the U.S. Diving Junior West national championships. Mackenzie represented Crown Valley Divers at the spring Region 9 championship in Arizona on March 19-20....

Art Seen

Dance, Emerging Artists and New Works at April’s Art Walk A jam-packed First Thursday Art Walk on April will feature the usual self-guided tour of gallery openings but also an exhibit by youthful photographers, dancers and a reception and award ceremony at City Hall.  ...

Wisdom Workout

Sensory Overload As a result of my work as a consultant, each week I get a sampling of the challenges others are facing here in Laguna and across the country.   The number of tragedies and near catastrophic events of late are starting to pile up like planes on a runway,...

Getting Out

AlmaNova Appearing in Free Concert   Laguna Beach Live! presents AlmaNova in a free chamber music concert on Sunday, April 3, at the Laguna College of Art & Design, 3 to 4:30 p.m.   AlmaNova is a flute and guitar duo presenting an eclectic program of music from all...

Art Sale to Benefit Japan Relief Fund

Students, faculty and staff at Laguna College of Art & Design have joined forces to produce artwork for a benefit sale to aid the victims of the cataclysmic events in Japan, to be held on Sunday, April 3, at the main campus, 2222 Laguna Canyon Road.   LCAD artists of all...

Tunes & Tomes

Top sales/rentals for the week ending March 27: Sound Spectrum, 1264 S. Coast Highway Radiohead, King of Limbs Troubadour DVD/CD, V.A., 60s Folk W. Nelson/W. Marsalis/N. Jones, Here We Go Again R.E.M., Collapse Into Now Strokes, Angles Adele, 21 Lucinda Williams, Blessed Snoop...

Thurston Honors its Namesake

Thurston Middle School honored their namesake Marie Thurston this past Thursday with the unveiling of the Marie Thurston Memorial Wall in the library and administration building.   Laguna Beach Council Member Kelly Boyd, Marie Thurston’s grandson, was scheduled to speak at...

Get Out of the House

An Easy Night Out   March is my new favorite month and it has nothing to do with the weather. Turns out that the first break from team sports we’ve had since August happened in March. I couldn’t believe it when I realized it. We had been on the go every Saturday morning...

Class Notes

Music Boosters Present ‘Jazz, Django and Jam’ Benefit Concert Music boosters will hold their 17th annual fundraiser at the Artists’ Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, to benefit the instrumental music department at Laguna Beach High School and Thurston Middle School. The...

Schools Form Alliance Against Alcohol Abuse

Responding to national and local trends in teen drug and alcohol abuse, a school district committee set out to partner with parents and community experts and reach students with a powerful deterrence message. The resulting Laguna Beach Community Coalition, established a year ago,...

Early Days of a Pioneering Laguna Family

Part 1 By Michelle Boyd   In early spring 1871, the Thurston family of eight left their home in Utah in search of government grant land in California. The nine-month journey involved a train ride to San Francisco, a boat ride to San Diego, and a journey by covered wagon with...

Era Ending for Laguna’s Oldest Gallery

The Esther Wells Collection, Laguna Beach’s oldest commercial gallery, will close on April 30. Financial issues are at the root of a closure that saddens longtime owner Charlie Ferrazzi, her cadre of 27 artists and art collectors who have come to regard the gallery as a vital...

Man Dies in High Speed Collision

Traffic resumed flowing without disruption in downtown Laguna Beach by midday on Monday following the temporary morning closure of Broadway Avenue due to a single car collision that resulted in the death of the driver. Laguna residents on Ocean Avenue were awakened around 2:20...