renaissance

Coming Up Roses for Two Decades

Specialty flower store, the English Garden, 1199 S. Coast Highway, is celebrating their 20th year in business with an open house all day on March 2.   Established on March 1, 1991, by Anita Valdez, whose family is also in the florist business, the shop added staff as...

Pet Peeves

Betting on a Sunset Quota   Laguna Beach.  Another perfect day in paradise, but then there are benches. Oh, no!  I’ve started to notice benches and have begun seeking them out. That’s worse then finding the first grey hair or the first wrinkles that can’t be passed off as...

Community Datebook

Rotary Hooked by Ocean Expert   Dr. Chris Lowe of Cal State University Long Beach’s shark lab will speak at Rotary Club’s lunch meeting on Friday, March 2, at Aliso Creek Inn.   Few animals attract our attention as much as sharks, yet myths and misconceptions about them...

Benefactors

Weddings Bring Joy to Children   A Laguna Beach couple, Scott and Erin Ferrel, decided to donate to Make-A-Wish Foundation instead of receiving the usual wedding gifts when they tied the knot.   “There was no better way to celebrate one of the happiest days of my life...

Cops Join Museum’s Opening Night

Some of the Los Angeles Police Department’s top brass attended last Saturday’s opening at the Laguna Art Museum of “Mi Obra” (my work), paintings and sculptures by Victor Hugo Zayas. The native of Mexico has lived and worked in South Los Angeles and witnessed violence’s toll over...

Arts Projects Remain in Limbo

After much discussion and input by 15 speakers, Laguna Beach’s Arts Commission on Monday could not determine the fate of “Cathexis,” a weather-eroded sculpture donated by the late Steven Harmon that had been removed from Riddle Field as a potential safety hazard. A year ago, the...

Getting Out

Dueling Cellos to Perform   Laguna Beach Live! presents its First Sundays free chamber music concert on Sunday, March 4, at the Laguna College of Art & Design with a Cello Showcase, a program of solos, duets and trios performing works by Bach, Beethoven, Gabrielli....

Art Seen

Exhibit Dives Into its Environs   The Festival of Arts is making a splash with its new exhibit at foaSouth where visitors will be surrounded by water, but not the drinking kind.   ombining the theme of water with the artistic medium of watercolors, “Selections from the...

No Square Theatre Sets Auditions

Auditions for singers, dancers and actors for No Square Theatre’s production of Laguna Tots will be held on Friday, March 2, between 3 and 8 p.m., at No Square Theatre’s Legion Hall, 384 Legion St.   Candidates should sing one song and bring accompaniment on CD, a...

Workshops

Spring Into Art Workshops   Sawdust Art Festival’s Spring Into Art workshops are scheduled to begin April 14-29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 935 Laguna Canyon Road.   These two-day weekend art workshops offer students one-on-one instruction with Sawdust artists.   To...

Groms Get 60-Day Reprieve

Blaming it on the younger generation, “older” teenage skateboarders swayed Laguna Beach’s City Council on Tuesday to keep a hilltop street slated for closure open to downhillers. As a result, Skyline Drive, a narrow, mile-long descent from Thurston Middle School to Park Avenue...

Get Out the Flag for Patriot’s Day

By Ben Bodart, Special to the Independent   Laguna Beach puts on its patriotic finery this Saturday, March 3, wearing the colors that have honored the nation for more than 225 years. In Laguna, the Patriot’s Day Parade marks its 46th year.   Traffic will undoubtedly be...

Skateboarding on Skyline Heads Downhill

Skyline Drive may be added to the existing list of eight Laguna Beach streets where skateboarding is prohibited if the City Council adopts the staff recommendation this Tuesday. Since enacting a skateboarding ordinance last April, which banned skateboarding on certain streets and...

Church’s Followers Beget an Unholy Mess

An Orange County probate court was asked this week to settle conflicting claims over control of Laguna Beach’s most unusual church, St. Francis by the Sea, listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Ownership of the diminutive structure 17-feet wide by 16-feet long is at...

Owner Readies to Reopen

Eva Madray, owner of Eva’s Caribbean Kitchen, was awakened by a call from the police at about 4:30 a.m. last Friday, after an alarm went off at her restaurant. She arrived 10 minutes later to find a fire truck on the scene. Others soon followed. An officer responding to the...