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Tidal Wave of Parking Ideas

“Life improves slowly and goes wrong fast, and only catastrophe is clearly visible.” Edward Teller As if the Laguna’s leaders don’t have enough to worry about, with tree rancor sapping community cohesion, and a plebiscite over a parking structure looming, now...

Darrow Retrospective

Spotlighting the Reluctant Renaissance Man At age 92, Laguna Beach artist Paul Darrow does not venture down the rickety stairs to his memento-filled home basement very often. But, that’s where friend Mark Chamberlain found him during a recent visit. Darrow had immersed himself in...

Art Seen 9/20/13

Peter Blake Earns Honors From His Peers Laguna Beach gallerist Peter Blake will receive The Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the 14th annual Orange County Arts Awards in the Samueli Theater in Costa Mesa. In addition, this week Blake’s gallery, 435...

Getting Out 9/20/13

Comedians Join the Tavern’s Crowd  A free comedy show at Hennessey’s Tavern in Laguna Beach called Brent Goodman Presents Stand Up Comedians will take place on Monday, Sept. 23, from 8-9 p.m. The show will be hosted by Brent Goodman and consist of six comedians, two from San...

The Write Stuff 9/20/13

Poets Elevate the Discussion at Laguna Books Laguna Beach Books welcomes local poets John Gardiner and Charles Redner to the store at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22, 1200 S. Coast Hwy, Suite 105. Gardiner will read from his new book, “Coyote Blues,” and Charles Redner will read from...

Personnel File 9/20/13

OCMA Director Departs  Newport Beach’s Orange County Museum of Art announced the resignation of its 10-year director, Dennis Szakacs, effective Dec. 31. Szakacs, of Laguna Beach, has served as OCMA’s director and chief executive since April 2003, and will consult for the museum...

Pearson to Seek a Delay in Entrance Project

As the outcry over the proposed village entrance gains momentum, including a nascent ballot initiative to limit its scope and fundraising by advocates of a citywide vote, Mayor Pro Tem Elizabeth Pearson this week concedes the need to slow the process down and make it more...

‘Doc’ Blacketer, Artist-Craftsman, Dies at 96

By Belinda Blacketer, Special to the Independent   Francis LeRoy “Doc” Blacketer, an artist with ties to Laguna Beach’s early settlers, died in Atwater, Calif., on Aug. 30. Born on July 10, 1918, to Lewis Sherman Blacketer and Frances Mae Lovelace Blacketer on a...

Pet Peeves: Change in the Ear

Laguna Beach was founded as an artist colony.  I took an art aptitude test once. I had to draw a horse, people and a floral arrangement. As a child I was always in a hurry.  To save time I put two stick figures inside a horse and placed a red hat with flowers on it.  I thought my...

Indy Calendar Sept. 20-26, 2013

  Friday, Sept. 20 Sawdust Art Festival Classes: 2 p.m., tidepool bracelet with Linda Ames.  www.sawdustartfestival.org/studioartclasses  949-494-3030. Also 9/21. Jazz on the Patio, 6:30 p.m., Zinc Cafe, 344 Ocean Ave. 949-494-2791 Heisler Park public art tour, 4-5:30 p.m.;...

Unraveling Local History

Local Shares Hometown Wit and Wisdom The public is invited to attend Laguna Beach Historical Society’s program featuring longtime resident and author Arnold Hano at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, in City Hall’s Council Chambers, 505 Forest Ave. Hano, author of recently publish...

Wisdom Workout: Where Faith and Community Meet

  When I was growing up, skipping church services wasn’t an option. I went to Catholic schools and my mother was particularly adamant about our religious training in the home as well as insisting on our full participation in all church related activities. I am grateful for...

Community Datebook 9/20/13

Anti-Litter Forces Invade Coastal Cities Californians will take to the beaches, shorelines, and inland waterways Saturday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to noon, to clear away debris and honor the anniversary of the state’s Coastal Act. Locally, clean-ups led by the Eco Warrior...

Lift a Cup for Nepal’s Top of the World School

Laguna Beach resident Rosalind Russell and Rabin Sitaula, of Nepal, pooled their money as well as that of contributions from donors to build Top of the World School Nepal. Now, their goal is to raise $5,000 for a generator to power a student computer lab. Supporter Ileana...

Clinic Adds Health Services for Children

While continuing to operate its regular pediatric program, the Laguna Beach Community Clinic has delivered additional services to 247 children and adolescents to prepare them for the school year. The clinic also conducts athletic physicals for a number of young people...