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Holiday Happenings

A Return of the Most Hospitable Night of the Year Street closures begin at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, in downtown Laguna Beach in anticipation of Hospitality Night, annually organized by the Chamber of Commerce. Look for jolly old St. Nick sightings after 5 p.m. as he makes his...

Montage Open House Embraces the Season

Montage Laguna Beach opened its doors to locals and resort guests for its fifth annual holiday tree lighting ceremony and community open house, which was attended by 4,500 people Monday, Dec. 1. Families took photos with Santa on the lawn, participated in children’s activities...
Posted On 04 Dec 2014

Gift Shopping Laguna Style

Purchase Holiday Gifts that Keep on Giving A free event open to the public, the 10th annual Alternative International Holiday Gift Fair hosted by Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann’s Dr., will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6 and from 11 a.m....

Cooler Temps Lure Nature Lovers to the Hillsides

From 9- 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, ages 10 and up can step back 25 million years to a time when the seas receded and the San Andreas Fault was just starting to form. A Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist guides the way in a moderate three-mile hike in the Laguna...

Girls Miss Podium, Finish Fourth at State

By Robert Campbell | LB Indy The CIF Southern Section’s third-ranked Laguna Beach High School girls cross country team finished fourth, 14 points behind second-ranked JSerra, at the state meet on Saturday, Nov. 29 in Fresno. Visalia’s Central Valley Christian took the Division 4...

Workshop Captures Orchid in Mixed Media

Laguna Outreach for Community Arts is presenting a mixed-media workshop at Laguna Nursery, 1370 S. Coast Highway, Thursday, Dec. 11, from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Beginners and all levels are invited.    Working on a canvas support, participants will combine collage with acrylic...

On the Table

Cheese, Coming Right Up Take the mystery out of pairing wine with the Perfect Four Cheese Class with Starr Cornwall at The Cellar, 156 Avenida Del Mar, in San Clemente. Tickets, $40 to the 2:30 p.m. class on Saturday, Dec. 6 are available at:...

Patron Suspected in Bar Fight

Investigators arrested Waref Riad Assaf, 37, of Long Beach, for suspicion of felony battery on Wednesday, Nov. 26, stemming from an unprovoked attack outside Brussels Bistro restaurant the week before. Witnesses at the bar identified the suspected assailant, Capt. Jason Kravetz...

Reindeer Retrace Their Footsteps

Little did local actors Ava Burton and Mark Miller know when they first planned it, how timely their second staging of The Reindeer Monologues, which opens at the BC Space Gallery on Thursday, Dec. 4, would become. Written by Jeff Goode, the play pokes sharp-edged fun at Santa...

Wedding Night Tryst Postponed by Arrest

Rap artist, actor and television host Alvin Nathaniel Joiner, better known by his stage name Xzibit, was arrested in Laguna Beach after his own wedding for suspicion of driving while under the influence on Sunday, Nov. 30. The 40-year-old Porter Ranch resident, known as the host...

Laguna’s Ex-City Manager Receives an Unexpected Gift

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy A small park created in 2012 at a trailhead off of Park Avenue was formally named the Kenneth Frank View Park by the City Council last week, honoring the retired city manager who served the city for 31 years. Mayor Elizabeth Pearson, who leaves...

Concert Band Performs in Holiday Spectaculars

The 70-plus community members of the Laguna Concert Band, celebrating its 15th year, concludes its 2014 performance schedule with holiday shows at the Balboa Bay Resort’s Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. and at Laguna Beach’s Hospitality Night at 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5,...

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...

Shopping Local Pays Back on Saturday

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Small Business Saturday is the local merchants’ response to Black Friday. Where the latter lures residents out to the big box stores and malls in the wee hours of the morning after Thanksgiving to be the first in line for discounts, the former...

Mind Over Matter

By Randy Kraft, Special to the Independent When Robert Owens, the adopted son of now retired Orange County Superior Court Judge Claude Owens, first made his mark on the world, it was not as high-minded as expected. He just wanted to have fun. “It was all rear-view mirror stuff...
Posted On 28 Nov 2014