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Crystal Cove Christmas

              “Two weeks since the Pearl Harbor attack. Hard to feel much holiday cheer.” Mother keeps stirring the fudge as she turns down “White Christmas” on the Zenith. “No one’s caused any trouble at the Cove, have they, Walter?” “There’s talk of questioning a few...

Nature Works Its Magic on At-Risk Kids

By Carol Carlson, Special to the Independent What did Orange County look like before the arrival of the plow, the cow and the bulldozer? Most residents of Orange County can only imagine, while others point to photographs catalogued in some archive. Yet most Friday mornings since...

Winter Fantasy Brims With Holiday Cheer

By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy The tree-shrouded grounds of the Sawdust Festival will wear a holiday glow for the 24th annual Winter Fantasy that begins Saturday, Nov. 22. Established in 1990, the event has drawn a variety of artists eager to sell their wares outside of the summer...

You’re Only As Old As You Feel.

50 Issues of Laguna Beach Magazine Steve Zepezauer: The Voice Inside My Head I remember when desktop publishing was invented in the mid 80s. Within a few years, anyone armed with a Mac Plus and PageMaker suddenly became an art director. Unfortunately for true graphic designers a...

Fish Fest Carries on With a Fresh Twist

The Laguna Beach Anglers are hosting their eighth annual Fish Fry this Saturday, Nov. 15 from noon to 4 p.m. at Bluebird Park, which serves as a benefit for Glennwood House of Laguna Beach. The $10 per person Fish Fry is served pot luck style and features fish caught by local...

Festival of Arts Makeover Moves Inside, Too

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy With the demolished main entrance to the Festival of Arts expected to be rebuilt in time for the 2015 festival, the organization is also developing concepts for an interior makeover that could begin next fall, President Fred Sattler said Wednesday...

LBHS Polo Star Signs With Stanford

Stanford University’s women’s water polo program signed six prep standouts to national letters of intent, including Makenzie Fischer of Laguna Beach, head coach John Tanner announced Wednesday. Fischer is one of just two high school students and the only member of the class of...

Injury Sidelines Former Laguna Beach Soccer Star

Fourteen minutes into the Big East Conference soccer finals, former Laguna Beach High School standout Marina Paul (‘12) went down with a season-ending knee injury and had to watch from the sidelines as her Georgetown teammates lost 2-0 to No. 13-ranked DePaul on Sunday, Nov. 9 in...

Breaking News: Rock’N Fish’s closure in Laguna Beach

November 11, 2014 Below is an open letter from the owners of Rock’N Fish Laguna Beach who closed their doors yesterday for the last time. Friends and Family, With great sadness we are announcing Rock’N Fish’s closure in Laguna Beach. We have developed many friendships and loyal...

Public Opinion Shapes the Future of Laguna Canyon, Downtown

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Even as taming congestion and improving road safety became part of the campaign spiel of some City Council candidates, new initiatives to address the issues are underway with a number of opportunities for the public to chime in. A task force to...

Celebrating Patriotic Service

Legion Marks Veterans Day With Pageantry The community is welcome to join the American Legion at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in honoring veterans for their service at Legion Hall, 384 Legion St. Mayor Pro Tem Bob Whalen will join keynote speaker Frank Daniel, commander of VFW Post...

Restaurants Cook Up New Plans

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Once again Laguna Beach’s menu of dining establishments is under revision. Just as two new restaurants seemed poised to replace long-closed Mosun and well-liked Sundried Tomato, Urth Caffe moves ahead with stalled renovations to the historic...

Grant Takes on Bad Drivers

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Police received a $107,519 grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety to fund special enforcement initiatives and public outreach over the next year to combat an upswing in traffic related deaths and injuries in Laguna Beach. It can’t come too soon....

School Board Welcomes Old and New

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Incumbent Ketta Brown was the top vote-getter in Tuesday’s election and will return to the Laguna Beach School Board for a third four-year term. Newcomers Carol Normandin and Dee Perry, who won the other two available seats on the five-member board,...

Voters Choose Familiar Names

The three most well recognized candidates for the Laguna Beach City Council came out on top, with very few votes separating the winners. Incumbent Kelly Boyd received about 60 more votes than incumbent Toni Iseman, who was about 80 votes head of newcomer Rob Zur Schmiede, who...