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Boyd Weds Same-Sex Couple

Laguna Beach’s Mayor Kelly Boyd, who took wedding vows himself three times, for the first time served as a wedding officiate, presiding over a same-sex marriage on Monday, July 29. The couple, two men who wed on their 51st anniversary of their partnership, were legally united in...

Views from a Different Lens

By Christine Carpenter, Special to the Independent Selling their work alongside 125 professional artists at this summer’s Art-A-Fair festival are two Orange County students, awarded with scholarships and the opportunity to exhibit by Laguna Beach’s Art-A-Fair Foundation. The...

Where the Boys Are

Old School Barbershop Provides Cuts and Camaraderie    Tyler Berryhill confesses to cheating on his regular barber while ensconced in a vintage chair at The Den, a retro barbershop and shave parlor that opened this month in Laguna Beach. “I get my hair cut every two weeks...

After a Crisis Season, Center’s Patients Exit

  Rehabilitated California sea lions Grace and Evanora will be released back into the wild this weekend by the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, whose staff and volunteers saved many lives during an unprecedented stranding epidemic this spring. Starting in January, the Laguna...

Environmental Doubts Surface Over Entrance

Critics continue to air objections to a plan approved by elected officials in June to develop a $42 million village entrance park and parking structure long sought for downtown. At last week’s City Council meeting, among eight people raising an array of concerns, resident Alan...

Canyon Crash Spurs Undergrounding Advocates

Springing into action after an unexpected power outage last weekend, a Pacific Marine Mammal Center board member managed to get a generator operating to prevent thousands of pounds of fish in the center’s freezers from defrosting. The 30-hour long outage only affected one...

Taking Stock

Back To Basics With no new announcements from the Federal Reserve, the stock market calmed down. In May, Chairman Bernanke’s comment about prospective tapering of its supportive policies spooked Wall Street and set off a 6.4% pullback. Since then, the markets seem to have...

Wooed by a Matrimonial Match

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy   Weddings were the theme of two different recent productions: the musical “I Do, I Do!” at The Laguna Playhouse, and an outdoor screening of “The Wedding Singer” at Segerstrom Center. I’ve...

Getting Out 7/26/13

Hitting the High Notes Early and Late Jazz vocalist, Yve Evans will join the choir at the Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave, on Sunday, July 28,. The community is invited to enjoy this performance at the 8:30 and 10 a.m. worship services. Evans, who has studied classical...

Art Seen 7/26/13

Art Cube Unfolds for Dubin Local artist Jorg Dubin’s “American Cultural Icons” series opens at Art Cube gallery for Thursday’s Art Walk on Aug. 1, 266 Forest Ave. “I wanted to create an interesting surface that was very tactile and at the same time could be enjoyed from...

The Write Stuff 7/26/13

Laguna Books Welcomes UCI Writing Program Director Laguna Beach Books welcomes Ron Carlson, author of “Return to Oakpine” to the store on Sunday, July 28 at 4 p.m. at 1200 S. Coast Hwy. Carlson will be answering questions and reading from his new work, a look at friendship,...

Relying on Cross-Country Kindness

Harrison Milanian never got a chance to see the face of the railroad engineer, who stopped a 200-car train somewhere between Amarillo, Tex., and New Mexico to briefly step off the engine and leave an unexpected gift for him below the track’s embankment. “It blew my mind that he...

Community Datebook 7/26/13

Master Gardener Sows SEEDS City Council member Toni Iseman awarded junior master gardener certificates recently to Laguna Beach elementary school students Katelyn Kolberg, Keala Henry, and Olivia Markman. The girls completed a yearlong program taught by master gardener Sharael...

Eye on Nature: Bee Aware

By Ellen Girardeau Kempler   About once every summer, someone in our neighborhood spots a honey bee swarm. I’ve seen them myself: a buzzing cloud of restless energy moving from one yard to another.  Because bees make many people anxious even under normal circumstances (about...

Wisdom Workout: The Power of Exceptional Giving

Based on research done by Adam Grant, one of the highest-rated professors at Wharton School of Business, about 35% of our business workforce is comprised of takers. This includes both leaders and employees who are driven by ego and self-promotion that includes taking credit for...