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New Year’s Eve Lowdown

By Donna Furey, Special to the Independent Choices abound for New Year’s celebrations in and around Laguna Beach this year, including two different Gatsby-themed costume parties, an ‘80s party, and a murder mystery dinner. To make life easier on beleaguered partiers, several...

A Crystal Cove Christmas

The sign said, Crystal Cove State Park Campground. This was Laguna Beach, Calif., Dec. 24, 2013. I saw Dawn open one eye. “Hey, go back to sleep or Santa won’t come!” Dawn elbowed me one hard. “Ain’t never come before. Don’t even know where we live now. You askin’ for another...

Canine Christmas At Heisler Park

Stroll along the glorious bluffs of Heisler Park in North Laguna around seven in the morning and you’ll eventually find a small pack of dog treat donors and their pups huddled together.  Most of the dogs sit patiently, but for one that snaps hungrily at every offering of a doggie...

The Gift

  Three crows swoop overhead and I follow them in the old kayak towards what used to be Laguna Beach. Skeletons of buildings covered in mussels and sea anemones rise up through the fog like fossils of ancient sea creatures. I ignore the fear rising in my gut. Twelve is too...

Grandma Claus

Two little pale faces peer at me. “What, sure, what time is it?” asks Jacob. “In California or Texas? Grandpa made coffee.” They climb over me all elbows and knees. I scoot over for Nicholas. He is coughing. They snuggle on each side of me. “Can we have waffles and cocoa?” He...

Indy Calendar Dec. 27, 2013-Jan. 2, 2014

Friday, Dec. 27 Nick I & A.D.D., 9 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 Coast Hwy. www.mozambiqueoc.com  949-715-7777 Jason Feddy, 8:30 p.m., Hotel Laguna, 425 S. Coast Hwy. 949-494-1151. (Also, Sat. Dec. 21) Juke Joint Jokers, 9 p.m., Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Ave, 949-494-3027 The...

Doctor Continues His Devotion to Clinic

One of the first doctors to treat AIDS patients and provide his services free to the citizens of Laguna Beach, Dr. Korey Jorgensen, has recently been recertified in family and HIV Medicine. His tenure began in 1972 when he was recruited by fellow Navy physician Dr. Bill Anderson...

The Miracle on Cliff Drive

It’s a beautiful December evening. The sun is doing its usual slow motion decent into the icy waters of the Pacific as people stroll through the park. Dog walkers, lovers, and seniors alike are all enjoying an amazing sunset. Two men sit on a bench not far from where the roses...

To Tree or Not to Tree

  We just moved into a smaller home and I can’t figure out where to put the Christmas tree.  I asked my husband, Gary, what he thought about one spot in the living room and he nixed it. “It would block traffic,” he said. “We’d knock it over every time we walked into the...