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A Talking Candlestick Et Al. Come To Life

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy   Before a curious audience of elementary age students, actors from Laguna Beach’s middle school put on a costumed preview of their upcoming show this week. “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” draws its curtains for the first time Friday, Feb. 1 at 4 and...

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...

Celebrating a First Anniversary

  By Jinger Wallace   It’s hard to believe we are celebrating the first year anniversary of the Laguna Bluebelt and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). It’s exciting to watch the marine life along our shores thrive.  The California gray whales are traveling south to the...

Walking Away From It All On the PCT

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...

Globe-circling With the Indy

Tuck the Indy in your bag and share a photo capturing your next adventure by sending a high-resolution image to lbindy.com.    

Look What’s Sprouting

Musicians and vocalists enlivened the community garden in a well-attended holiday sing-along last Saturday afternoon.  

Locals Greet the Season

  Photos by Mary Hurlbut   Sampling a Hospitality Night Tradition Go into the kitchen and see a behind the scenes video of tamale making sold on Hospitality Night in the Presbyterian Church. Here

Awakening Creativity

By Monica Petrova, Special to the Independent   Internationally recognized artist Deborah Paswaters’ inspiration comes from life and its ever-changing patterns.  She shares her creativity through various mediums, including sculpture, collages and painting. Much of her work...

Touring Santa’s Southern Workshop Outpost

Dear Santa:  Let’s skip the mall and take in the Laguna Beach Artist Open Studio Tour instead. I hear there’s so much neat stuff there and no parking hassles and everyone is soo nice.  Your friend, Virginia   Sculptor Louis Longi handed a visitor a small rectangular,...

Seeing Under the Sea

Nearly all of the tidepools in Laguna Beach are a state protected habitat. Though there’s no touching or taking allowed, plenty of unusual creatures make their homes in Laguna’s intertidal zone. It’s a matter of the more you look, the more you see.  The tidepool creatures are a...

Still Winning Applause After 20 Years

Friendship, love, cliques and gangs, violence, drop-outs, haves and have nots, unintended pregnancy and booze keep fueling angst among teens and their parents regardless of the passage of time. These subjects set to rock ’n’ roll comprise the gist of the ‘70s era musical and...

Still Winning Ovations in a 20-Year Run

Friendship, love, cliques and gangs, violence, drop-outs, haves and have nots, unintended pregnancy and booze keep fueling angst among teens and their parents regardless of the passage of time. These subjects set to rock ’n’ roll comprise the gist of the ‘70s era musical and...

Seeing Under the Sea

Nearly all of the tidepools in Laguna Beach are a state protected habitat. Though there’s no touching or taking allowed, plenty of unusual creatures make their homes in Laguna’s intertidal zone. It’s a matter of the more you look, the more you see.  The tidepool creatures are a...

Crystal Cove Alliance Hosts Gala

About 450 guests attended Crystal Cove Alliance’s 10th annual gala Saturday, Sept.  22 on the bluff top overlooking Crystal Cove, which proved unforgettable and exceedingly charitable as the spectacular underwater-themed event reeled in $238,000 to help fund the alliance’s...