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Teachers Learn to Show, Rather Than Tell

Participating rather than being told is the key to learning, even for teachers, says a consultant hired last month to help integrate new state learning standards into the curriculum of Laguna Beach’s school district. “Here’s a brutal fact about professional development for...

New Merchant Class on the Rise

Some shoppers trade a good night’s sleep for Black Friday deals, rising in the wee hours to snag the best big box bargains of the year. Others chose a different kind of bargain, trading rock bottom prices on mass-produced products for the luxury of sleeping in and then...

Cleaner Fire Pits May Burn in Laguna

Wood-burning bonfires at Aliso Beach in South Laguna may be a thing of the past as fire pits up the coast switch to cleaner-burning propane or natural gas. According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, two contracts to install clean-burning fire pits for public...

The Mason and the Potter, United by Clay

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent In the current “Adam Silverman: Clay and Space” exhibit at Laguna Art Museum, a mason and potter blended their talents to create a sensory installation that wraps viewers in the artistic expressions of both. To view Silverman’s...

Speaker’s Corner

Adieu to a Great Woman By Arnie Silverman Several members of our Laguna Beach VFW Post are mentors at the Orange County Combat Veterans Court in Santa Ana.  Founded and managed by Superior Court Judge, Wendy Lindley of San Juan Capistrano, the court has literally turned around if...

Taking Stock

Happy Thanksgiving From Wall Street Stocks entered Thanksgiving Week at record levels with the Dow Average through 16,000 and the S&P past 1800. The NASDAQ over-the-counter stock index is also having a good year although it is the ghost at the banquet, still over 20% below...

Council Disregards its Pledge

Editor, With respect to the elimination, and promised replacement, of the trees in upper Bluebird Canyon, it would seem that once again the City Council has decided to totally disregard our historic neighborhood (“Native Trees Replace Exotic Species in Bluebird Canyon,” Nov. 22...

It Takes More Than Smarts to Revise Beliefs

Editor, Maybe the axiom by Mark Twain best explains the mental posture of Laguna Beach’s City Council promoting the over-priced, over-built village entrance and ineffective parking structure in June. Mark Twain said, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s...

The Slant: A Lump of Coal for the Politically Correct

It’s interesting that the forces of political correctness in the United States have slowly forced us to be ashamed of our culture. Recently I said “Merry Christmas” to a person in a store. I received a quizzical look. After thinking about it, I realized these are words you don’t...

Indy on Arts: Nov. 29 – Dec. 5

Friday, Nov. 29 John Heussenstamm, 7 p.m., The Cliff Restaurant, 507 S. Coast Hwy. 949-494-1956  www.thecliffrestaurant.com Nick I and ADD, 9 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 Coast Hwy. www.mozambiqueoc.com  949-715-7777 Midnight Whiskey, 9 p.m., Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Ave,...

LBHS Hosts College Aid Seminars

Two workshops to assist graduating seniors and their parents in making informed decisions about career and college are planned for Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 3-4, at Laguna Beach High School. A financial aid seminar will held in the high school’s library Tuesday, Dec. 3, from...

Schools OK Pool Use Pact

The school board approved a five-year, joint-use agreement with the city of Laguna Beach on Nov. 12, which includes capital improvements community pool used by students, the district said in a statement. In August, both parties agreed to a broader pact, also of five years,...

El Morro Steps Back in Time

  El Morro Elementary students shared a hands-on experience learning about the colonial era this week as parent volunteers transformed the school’s multipurpose room into a colonial village for two days of crafts, activities, and games. The village included 10 crafting...

Arts Supporters Keep Dance on Stage

Support by the Festival of Arts underpins two full-fledged dance concerts and one devoted to student choreography each year at Laguna Beach High School. This year’s winter show, “Infinite,” will run from Dec. 12-14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Artists’ Theatre. This semester,...