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Thanksgiving with Sapphire

CELEBRATE AT SAPPHIRE
 LAGUNA Our THREE COURSE PRE-FIX MENU will be served from 11am to 8pm. Guests with complete party seated before noon will receive a complimentary glass of Cava Sparkling Wine, Mimosa, San Permis or Bloody Mary. CALL FOR A RESERVATION
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No Detail Spared for a Welcoming Home

Situated a house away from the oceanfront in the Shore Cliffs neighborhood of Corona del Mar, this pristine home is perched on an elevated lot that allows privacy and is in move-in condition. Beautifully appointed and extensively remodeled, it features dark hardwood floors, crown...

Remodel Revels in Beach-White Palette

This beautifully remodeled home with a Mediterranean flair captures full Catalina Island views. Accents include vaulted and beamed ceilings, Travertine floors and custom ironwork. An ocean view deck flows from the main entertainment areas. The all-new kitchen comes equipped with...

Turning Over a New Leaf

The once-humble vegetable is appearing on menus in imaginative ways. By Karlee Prazak   Pinpointing what constitutes a balanced meal can create quite a stir in today’s culinary scene. A “balanced meal” is somewhat of a myth that exists just beyond the center aisles of the...

Walking Away From it All

One man’s attempt to find healing by hiking the 2,660 mile Pacific Crest Trail By Dashel Pierson Plesa, Special to the Independent To his mother’s disbelief, Andy Lyon, called to “check-in” from the summit of 14,500-foot Mt. Whitney. Lyon had been there before, but this...

Playing Full Out

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent How does a mother, and a self-described worrier, watch her cancer stricken son walk off alone into the wilderness without plunging into a pit of anxiety and fear? She works at it. By looking unflinchingly at the reality of her son’s...

Laguna Bluebelt Coalition Photo Contest Winner

        This panoramic photo of “Heisler tidepools at moonrise” by Eddie Yerkish recently won first place in the Open category of the Laguna Bluebelt Coalition’s photo contest to celebrate the new marine reserves and Underwater Parks Day. Visit the coalition’s...

Blue Angels Cockpit Cam

The Blue Angels magnanimously invited me to fly with them in their two-seat F/A-18 Hornet, and to put it mildly — it was phenomenal! Invitations for a backseat hop are far and few between, so it was a distinct privilege to be selected for a VIP ride. This type of sortie...

Join Relay For Life Kick Off

The American Cancer Society invites those touched by cancer to join its Relay For Life kickoff rally, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, at Seven Degrees. This free event is open to the entire community and will include food, a cash bar, photo booth, a silent auction,...

That’s some birdie!

Golfers flocked to the Aliso Creek course last month after a two-month closure due to flood damage. Opening day proceeds of $6,200 were donated to flood relief. From left, flood relief coordinator Ann Quilter, Laguna Relief and Resource Center director Donna Valenti, Aliso Creek...

All-League Team Members Selected

Winter Sports Laguna selections in the Orange Coast League 1st Team except where noted Boys Basketball Tyler Masukawa (Jr) Co-MVP Cole Kesler (So) Jake Dalke (So) Tyler Kesler (Sr) 2nd Team Derek Reigel (Jr) 2nd Team Girls Basketball Samantha Garner (Sr) Emily Writer (Sr) Lola...

Redemption Song | Playing For Change

This video is a version of “Redemption Song” performed around the world in honor of Bob Marley’s birthday. We have reunited Bob with his son Stephen and the support of the entire planet. In this song there is a felling of rising above the past and moving forward...

Resident Michael Spencer Taylor’s video about Laguna’s continuing efforts to regulate skateboarding.

Another moment in time! From Moments in Time Films! Please come and Support the 2-1-2011 City Council Meeting in Laguna Beach Tues 6pm!!!!! or E mail [email protected]

Staff videographer Ted Reckas attended last summer’s final Bluebird Park concert.

The outdoor event is a great way to cap off the weekends throughout July and August. Locals and visitors show up hours ahead of time to reserve their spot with a picnic blanket.