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Prolific Local Sculptor Dies

Festival of Arts officials announced the death of local sculptor Terry Thornsley, 56, earlier this week, but a spokeswoman declined to provide other details. The name may not be familiar to those outside the artistic community, but Thornsley’s work embellishes the town from north...

Loyalty Pays Off for Media Company’s Employees

The Laguna Beach Independent and Laguna Beach Magazine are under new ownership, though readers shouldn’t expect to see any significant changes immediately. In a memo sent to employees on Tuesday, local resident Allan Simon, who expanded Firebrand Media’s portfolio of publications...

Memorial Day Activities

Veterans Stage 88th Memorial Day Ceremony Laguna Beach American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct the 88th Memorial Day ceremony in remembrance of their comrades who died in wars and conflicts protecting our country at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 25, at Monument Point...

Division Chief Sifts Through Fire Department History

The town’s Fire Department history, which includes the county’s oldest operating fire station, is the focus of a Laguna Beach Historical Society talk at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 26. The public is welcome at the free presentation. Division Chief Api Weinert, on the force during the...

Clinic’s Good Works Earn Praise

The Laguna Beach Interfaith Council, with 60 in attendance, celebrated the National Day of Prayer at Mission Hospital earlier this month. The theme compassionate healing honored one of its own, the Laguna Beach Community Clinic, for its outstanding service to the community. The...

Division Chief Sifts Through Fire Department History

The town’s Fire Department history, which includes the county’s oldest operating fire station, is the focus of a Laguna Beach Historical Society talk at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 26. The public is welcome at the free presentation. Division Chief Api Weinert, on the force during the...

Clinic’s Good Works Earn Praise

The Laguna Beach Interfaith Council, with 60 in attendance, celebrated the National Day of Prayer at Mission Hospital earlier this month. The theme, compassionate healing, honored one of its own, the Laguna Beach Community Clinic, for its outstanding service to the community. The...

Class Notes

Trio Scores Gear for Poor Kids Laguna Beach High School freshmen James Langton and Sterling Butler and junior Drake Butler have stepped up to continue the Score 4 the Poor program begun in 2011 by Rory Saunders and Chris Tellez. During May they are collecting gently used soccer...

PTA Honors its President With an Award

Laguna Beach PTA Council President Kathleen Fay was recently awarded the California PTA’s most prestigious honor, the Golden Oak Service Award. Fay was selected for her exceptional contributions to the school-community’s children for over a decade, said council historian Lisa...

Indy on Arts

Friday, May 22 Jason Harnell jazz Trio, 6:30 p.m., Sunset Serenade in Heisler Park Amphitheater. Free. Nick I & ADD, 9 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 S. Coast Hwy, 949 715-7777. Salty Suites, 7 p.m., Cliff Restaurant, 577 S. Coast Hwy. Dramarama Rock n Roll Circus, 7 p.m., Woman’s...

Mountain Bike Team Finishes First Season

A little rain did not discourage the Laguna Beach Interscholastic Mountain Bike Team from finishing the last race of the season in Temecula at just over 10 miles with a 1,300-foot climb. One high school student finished 30th out of 100, and of the nine middle school students...

Blue Water Concert Series Makes Waves

The Pawn Shop Kings will be the first to take advantage of a Blue Water Music Festival concert series kicking off from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, at Neighborhood Congregational Church. The series on the fourth Saturday of each month is designed to showcase original artists...

Dream Chronicles Opens At LGOCA

  Photographer Lucia Ferreira Litowtschenko will have a solo show at the Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art, 611 S. Coast Highway, with receptions from 6-10 p.m. on June 4 and July 2. Litowtschenko uses photography to build fictional stories. Her work has been exhibited at...

The Greeter Documentary Progresses

Laguna local and owner of Elestial Productions Martin Yewchuk says that Hollywood producers Victoria Paige Meyerink and Steven Vlasak have agreed to help him finalize and market his documentary “The Greeter,” about Laguna Beach’s past and present greeters. Local composer and...

Jewelry Maker Pioneers a New Technique

Adam Neeley, 31, has been making jewelry for half of his life. His pendant design “South Sea Glow,” came to him in a dream, he says. In the piece, which has won awards, color is graduated in both pearl and metal along an undulating line. Neeley developed a technique he nam...