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Local Currents: Memorial Day

“The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and by acting on the law of the strongest breaks up the foundations of society.” –Thomas Jefferson   Memorial Day is the official start to Laguna’s biggest season—summer. It is when the ocean...

Correction:

The Village Matters column “Don’t ask how much” of May 24 provided an incorrect date for Arnold Hano’s heart surgery. It was 1988.

Tapping Solar Power for a Boat Race

Laguna Beach High School students equipped a 16-foot, single-seat canoe to run on sun power to compete in the 11th annual Solar Cup, held recently in Riverside’s Lake Skinner. A series of qualifying events and endurance races preceded the final sprint race. Laguna’s team finished...

Schools Name ‘Teacher of the Year’

Top of the World Elementary School teacher Triana Ramazan was named teacher of the year, the school district announced this week. Ramazan was recognized for her ability to intervene with students at every level in the district’s K-12 Response to Intervention program to ensure...

Palmer Sets For National Team

Laguna Beach’s Allison Palmer, who attends Arizona State, was among 13 players named to the 2013 U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Training Team, which will begin training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., next week. Palmer will serve as an alternate...

Class Notes 5/31/13

Pulling the Curtain on a Saturday Academy  The Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine is having a Saturday Academy in Drama on Saturday, June 8 to familiarize middle- and high-school students, their parents and teachers with the school’s award-winning drama program. The...

Student Musicians Put It All Together

Singers and jazz musicians from Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School are putting their talents together in the first-ever combined spring concert in the Artists’ Theatre, June 6, at 7:30 p.m. A celebration of the great variety and shared heritage of American...

Mogel Critiques Over-Parenting

By Kate Rogers, Special to the Independent Over 140 people filled the Aliso Creek Inn as Dr. Wendy Mogel delivered her unique blend of humor and wisdom during PTA’s Coffee Break parenting workshop. A practicing child psychologist for years, she has authored “The Blessings of a...

Waiting Period Begins For Surf Contest

The waiting period for the 50th Brooks Street Surf Contest begins on Friday, May 31. The surf contest, touted as the oldest surfing classic in the world, is open to Laguna Beach residents only. This year, the contest “window” will include Fridays in addition to the weekend to...

Street Beat 5/31/13

 Public’s Help Needed in Nabbing Burglary Suspects  Laguna Beach police released video images from two separate break-ins at local businesses in recent weeks hoping for the public’s help in identifying the suspects, but have yet to receive any leads, Sgt. Louise Callus said...

A Star Still Seeks the Footlights

Actress-dancer Leslie Caron, who has appeared in 45 films and partnered with dance greats Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Rudolf Nureyev, will perform at the Laguna Playhouse in December in a comedy about the human condition. The show, “Six Dance Lessons in Six...

Skimboarder Rescues Infant Swept to Sea

Quick action by a skimboarder is credited with saving a life after a big wave knocked a child from the arms of her mother on Saturday at Aliso Beach, according to witnesses. Videographer Pat Watson, who was trying out a new skimboard, sprinted into the water after he saw a woman...

Memorial Day, Monday, May 27

Remembering Heroes With Salutes, Sounds and Syrup   With the morning marine layer vanishing before noon, throngs of visitors already are arriving in town prior to this weekend’s holiday, where Memorial Day and the unofficial start of summer kicks off with a pancake...

Lack of Rain Brings More Goats

A second herd of goats will start foraging in open spaces surrounding Laguna Beach to help maintain a fuel break beginning June 1. The city’s Fire Department requested adding more of the four-footed fuel-consumers due to this winter’s scant rainfall, resulting in plants with low...

Thalia Café’s Owners Turn in the Key

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy   Thalia Beach Café will close its doors for good after Monday, May 27. The dining establishment, which originally began as Mediterranean food stop Goko’s Cafe, is unable to meet the demands of a new lease with higher rent, say its owners. Goko,...