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International Band Set to Play at Local Clubs

A British rock ‘n’ roll band, Rockxy will be performing at the Marine Room, 214 Ocean Ave., on Aug. 1 and the Sandpiper, 1183 S. Coast Highway, on Aug 6. All proceeds will go to Bishop Brian Delvaux, spiritual leader of Laguna Beach’s St. Francis by the Sea American Catholic...

Menu Changes Unveiled

Significant changes have been made to the lunch, dinner, and cocktail menus of Watermarc Restaurant and 230 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach restaurants operated by chef-owner Marc Cohen. Watermarc’s patrons can choose from updated selections with more steak and seafood, while at 230...

Art Borne of ‘The Garage’

Come appreciate the latest works by Seattle’s Brennan Coyle and the Electric Coffin team at AR4T Gallery’s, 210 N. Coast Highway, exhibition, “The Garage,” from Aug. 2-25. Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays, 3-8 p.m. Works on sale include paintings, restructured skate...

Cottage Gallery Hosts Artwalk Reception

Cottage Gallery, 1524 S. Coast Highway, hosts a reception Thursday, Aug. 2, with music by Sam Curo and an exhibition of several artists include Patrick Whelan. Whelan is also showing in the Festival of the Arts. Watercolorist Bill Hudson, the cottage’s resident artist, continues...

Students Experience Art in Festival Field Trip

The Sawdust Art Festival hosts two groups of students from Project Access’s Family Resource Center and Warwick Square Apartments, low-income housing units in Santa Ana, to participate in a ceramics class on the festival grounds. The 10 students between the ages of 8-12 returned...

Fostering Self-Sufficiency With a Smile

By Valerie Yu, Special to the Independent   Golden rays set the place aglow. Bird melodies ride the breeze. It’s six in the morning, on a summery day. But peering in the mirror, your eyes zero in on an abysmal gap between yellowing front teeth, charred with murky stains and...

Checking In: Taking Part in Seachange

Some thoughts on the sea …Before us. Beneath us. Beyond us. The constancy. The changeability. The sea. We sit on the edge of the great Pacific Ocean, a community of the lucky ones to call the beachfront our home. It’s our western boundary, our Laguna blue belt. Often, we take her...

Longtime Club Director To Retire

The public is invited to heap good wishes on the Boys & Girls Club’s finance director, Bali Thorn, at a retirement BBQ held in her honor at the club Friday, Aug. 10, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thorn, who started as a secretary in 1979, has seen the club swell to 1,500 members...

Laguna Makes its Mark in Volunteerism

Hundreds of police volunteers from all over Orange County, including 15 from the Laguna Beach Police Department, received a Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award on July 18 in Santa Ana. “It’s my pleasure to work with a group of outstanding people that serve the community with...

New Leaders Join Komen Board

Laguna Beach’s Sol Reyes Roberts remains on the board of the Orange County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, now bolstered by five new individuals who have a personal or professional tie to breast cancer. Newcomers include Regino Diaz, Lynn Jolliffe, Dennis Kuhl, Lynn...

New Communicator Joins College

Laguna College of Art & Design announced hiring Mike Stice, a part-time liberal arts faculty member and director of the college writing lab, as communications director. Stice, who has worked 12 year at LCAD, previously worked in differing  capacities at Laguna Art Museum and...

Dumping eWaste in Newport

Surterre Properties invites all to a free dumping of old and unused computer, printer, fax machine, and telephone hardware as well as paper shredding at their headquarters at 1400 Newport Center Dr. in Newport Beach on Saturday, July 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. No forms are...

Unique Tan Offers Unexpected Service

Laguna Beach tanning salon Unique Tan, 1120 S. Coast Highway, will live up to its name this Saturday, July 28, offering a free airbrush application of sunscreen from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. “There is no reason not to protect yourself from the sun and the new liquid sunscreen’s...

Playground Talks

Parents who want a voice on shaping the Main Beach playground should attend an informal question-and-answer session with city staff over its replacement on Aug. 1 at 9 a.m. and Aug. 2 at 3 p.m. Sessions will be held at the Main Beach playground site. The playground is scheduled...

Union, Campaign Reps to Visit Democratic Club

The Laguna Beach Democratic Club, meeting Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in its newly headquarters at 1401 S. Coast Highway, hosts campaign field organizer Tom Phifer and union representative Doug Mangioni. Phifer will speak about the national and local plans of the Obama...