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Celebrating a First Anniversary

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 lagoons in the Baja to give birth to their calves, […]

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Walking Away From It All On the PCT

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 time he had walked to the central California peak from […]

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Globe-circling With the Indy

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.    

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Look What’s Sprouting

Look What’s Sprouting

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

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Locals Greet the Season

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

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Awakening Creativity

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 can be seen on canvases displayed in galleries or at her studio in Laguna Beach.  Often related to […]

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Touring Santa’s Southern Workshop Outpost

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, still-warm panel of wax. With their combined efforts, […]

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Seeing Under the Sea

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 special breed, colorful and unusual and well-adapted […]

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Still Winning Applause After 20 Years

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 movie “Grease,” performed for the first time by Laguna High […]

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Still Winning Ovations in a 20-Year Run

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 movie “Grease,” performed for the first time by Laguna High […]

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Seeing Under the Sea

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 special breed, colorful and unusual and well-adapted […]

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Crystal Cove Alliance Hosts Gala

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 mission of restoration, education and conservation. Laguna Beach residents Madeline and James Irvine Swinden, left, attended alongside […]

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Cabaret Nets Record for Marine Mammals

Cabaret Nets Record for Marine Mammals

Pacific Marine Mammal Center raised over $140,000 and netted $128,000 at its Saturday, Sept. 30 Cabaret fundraiser at Aliso Creek Inn. The event, which sold out three months in advance, was attended by over 200 people and paid tribute to the Pacific Life Foundation for their long time support of the organization. Funds raised will […]

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Laguna Playhouse Hosts Sold-out Crowd

Laguna Playhouse Hosts Sold-out Crowd

Laguna Playhouse lured a sell-out crowd to the gala opening of the Tony-award winning play, “39 Steps” on Saturday, Sept. 29. Staff and board members celebrated the show in ‘30s-themed attire. Guests enjoyed a pre-show party and entertainment by  keyboardist Kathy Schroeder and saxophonist Chuck Weinberg of the Laguna Beach Community Band. “We were thrilled […]

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Symphony Opens Season

Symphony Opens Season

More than 250 guests joined “Festa di Firenze” and celebrated Opening Night 2012 of Orange County’s Pacific Symphony, Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Westin South Coast Plaza, where guests enjoyed an Italian dinner followed by a musical feast, intermission reception and after-party to kick off the 2012-13 Hal and Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation Classical series. […]