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Food Pantry Bags a Gift at Store’s Opening

In opening a new grocery store at 26560 Moulton Parkway in Laguna Hills, the Smart & Final Charitable Foundation donated a check for $2,500 to the Laguna Food Pantry and local campus New Vista School for special-needs learners, says a statement. The new Smart & Final...

American Legion Honors Laguna’s Finest

The veterans of Laguna Beach American Legion honored three public servants from the police and fire departments Thursday, Jan. 21. Firefighter-paramedic Alex Pacheco was honored as firefighter of the year and Jeff Zaccaro was honored among reserves. James Michaud was honored as...

Personnel File

Council Fills Two Openings Adam Schwerner was selected to serve on the city’s Art Commission by a 4-1 vote of the City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Mayor Steve Dicterow dissented. Lisa Berman and Denise Ford also applied for the post. The same day, the council also selected Caren...

Indy on Arts

Friday, Jan. 29 Nick I & ADD, 9 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 S. Coast Hwy, 949 715-7777. $10. Alisa Eisenberg, 6 p.m., Cliff Restaurant, 577 S. Coast Hwy. Jackie Pember & Robert Jon, 7 p.m., Big Fish Tavern, 540 S. Coast Hwy. #200. 949 715-4500 Downtown Country Club, 9 p.m.,...

Schools Seek Public Feedback

The public schools, required to prepare a Local Control Accountability Plan, is seeking the public’s feedback on its goals, plans and accomplishments with an online survey open until Feb. 12. “We are seeking participation from students, parents, staff and community members to...

Class Notes

Student Talent Earns the Spotlight Students from Top of the World Elementary entertained parents and staff from the high school stage this week during the annual talent show. Next Thursday, Feb. 4, their peers in third, fourth and fifth grade from El Morro Elementary will get...

Author Builds Story of Fame’s Downside

By Randy Kraft, Special to the Independent Suzanne Redfearn writes novels the way she once shaped interiors. The former architect comes up with an idea, researches the essentials, and builds a plot. With her first novel, “Hush Little Baby,” published in 2013, the domestic...

These ‘Bouquets’ Lack Only Perfume

The new exhibit “Bouquets,” is on display through April 9 inside the Wells Fargo Bank, 260 Ocean Ave., featuring artwork of flowers, fields and bouquets. The public is welcome to join the artists for a free reception on Saturday, Jan. 30 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Mediums presented...

Jazz Guitarist to Perform

Jazz guitarist Peter Sprague, awarded as best jazz artist of the year in San Diego, performs with his quartet Wednesday, Feb. 3, during the Laguna Beach Live! winter series at Seven-Degrees, 891 Laguna Canyon Road. Sprague will be joined by Tripp Sprague on sax and flute, Mack...

Schools to Step Up Security

In the wake of several acts of vandalism at Laguna Beach schools, administrators plan to bolster security at all four campuses by installing surveillance cameras, Facilities Director Jeffrey Dixon said Tuesday.

Club to Award its Stars

The Boys & Girls Club holds its annual Awards Night on Thursday, Feb. 11, and welcomes support from local businesses in the form of a donated sandwich, vegetable or cookie trays or items for goodie bags. Three individuals who have demonstrated strong moral character,...

Personnel File

Radio Station Hires New Staff Steph Weaver-Weinberg has been named music director of KX 93.5, Laguna’s alternative rock FM radio station. She was formerly a music and promotions assistant. “I look so forward to abusing this newfound power. My first decree shall be to change...

Debutants Celebrate Six Years of Service

The Laguna Chapter of National Charity League honored 12 young women for their philanthropic and league service last month at the 27th annual debutante ball. The celebration recognizes the culmination of six years of commitment to serving the surrounding local communities, which...

New Exhibit Focuses on Spanish Master

The Laguna Plein Air Painters Association presents an exhibition featuring 50 original paintings from their members inspired by the work of the Spanish master Joaquin Sorolla. The great-great-granddaughter of Sorolla,  Fabiola A. Lorente-Sorolla will be traveling from Spain to...