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Three Injured in Two-Car Crash

An Upland woman suffered a leg fracture when she was trapped against a light pole as a result of a 2:30 p.m. collision that closed Coast Highway last Friday, police said. The accident at Coast and Cress Streets involved two vehicles colliding head on as the driver of a southbound...

‘Bright Bulb’ Lights Up A Program’s Flaws

As it is for most kids, school isn’t always fun for Top of the World fifth-grader Ethan Ghere.  There are days when he’s just bored, and that can lead to either trouble or discovery. On this particular day, trouble transmuted into treasure. “Well, I was in the principal’s office...

A Drink For Your Health

By Andrea Primer, Special to the Independent   Juicing, a dietary trend gaining popularity in recent years, has attracted fruit-blending entrepreneurs to Laguna Beach for some time, and Nekter is the newest to join the bunch, opening its newest store Friday, Jan. 25 at 272...

Walking Away From it All

One man’s attempt to find healing by hiking the 2,660 mile Pacific Crest Trail By Dashel Pierson Plesa, Special to the Independent To his mother’s disbelief, Andy Lyon, called to “check-in” from the summit of 14,500-foot Mt. Whitney. Lyon had been there before, but this...

Playing Full Out

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent How does a mother, and a self-described worrier, watch her cancer stricken son walk off alone into the wilderness without plunging into a pit of anxiety and fear? She works at it. By looking unflinchingly at the reality of her son’s...

Tribal Life Plays Out in a Temple of Commerce

  The woman is of undeterminable age, with her face creased by elements and the passage of time. Her remaining teeth are crooked and stained, but from her mouth protrudes a wad of betel nut, a stimulant, she’s been chewing throughout most of her life. By contrast, the comely...

Calling Artists for Guard HQ

Artists from ocean environments are invited to compete for a $100,000 public art commission for installation next year in one of the town’s most visible locations, Main Beach’s lifeguard headquarters. The project includes a sculpture and a mural involving an ocean theme and the...

Patchwork: Moving Pictures

by Chris Quilter   We have the best average climate in the country and it’s been cold comfort these past few weeks. Last Saturday—finally—it was warmer outside than in and Orange County celebrated by driving en masse to Laguna. Being a contrarian, I beat my way through...

Getting Out 1/25/13

Ocean Films Buoy Documentary Series Laguna Beach Film Festival is launching a three month-long ocean awareness documentary film series the fourth Friday of each month, beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 at the Forum Theater, 693 Bluebird Canyon Dr. Wyland’s “Blue Planet” will...

Arts Community 1/25/13

Senior Art Escapes Begin at Susi Q In a 1 p.m. mixed media class Wednesday, Jan. 30, instructor Hedy Buzan demonstrates how to combine text, images, surface treatment, ephemera and paint to create collages that explore participants’ past, present and future. The workshop for...

Chamber Sets Goals For More Growth

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy   The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce more than doubled its membership last year and expects to continue growing with the addition of new programs, its president said this week. Longtime resident, accountant Michael Kinsman, will be installed for...

Minding Our Business: Cranking Up Innovation

Crank Brothers are not brothers. Founding partners Carl Winefordner, lead engineer, and Frank Hermansen, industrial designer, share a passion for sport and excellence in design. That combination has catapulted the Laguna start-up into an international enterprise with a reputation...
Posted On 23 Jan 2013

Community Datebook 1/25/13

Winter Crop Seedlings on Sale Transition Laguna Beach’s food group will be at the Farmers Market, this Saturday, Jan. 26 selling vegetable seedlings. Many of the seedlings of potatoes, strawberries, herbs, kale and cabbage are from seeds harvested and grown organically locally....

Gift of Light Comes Up Short

The goal of locals to bring solar powered light to families living in a Tibetan settlement in central India was nearly realized at a fundraiser last Saturday at the Neighborhood Congregational Church. “Sharing Light,” a benefit that featured a Tibetan flute player, homemade...

Hosts Sought for Friendship Shelter Dinners

Friendship Shelter has been saving lives and helping homeless individuals for 25 years and today serves as operators of the only homeless shelter in south Orange County.  To mark its anniversary, the shelter plans a series of events, including a drive for hosts for its signature...