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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

A Chef’s Answer for Time-Pressed Patrons

Nirvana Grille’s chef owner Lindsay Smith-Rosales whipped up a new take on take-out food with family supper pot meals. A working parent herself, she recognized a void for busy families and devised a one-pot take out meal that is already popular with some customers. “We have...

Alumni Report: Laguna grads compete in collegiate fall sports

If you caught “The Game” on TV Saturday, Nov. 22, Robert Clemons III ’13 was a starter for Yale in the football rivalry for the Ivy title. Yale got revenge in women’s volleyball, defeating Harvard for the Ivy’s berth in the NCAA D-I playoffs. Caroline Holte made 2nd Team All-Ivy...

Collaborative Garden Opens in Heisler Park

Members of the Laguna Beach Garden Club joined forces with the Laguna Beach Beautification Council, Laguna Nursery, and the Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association to install a Sister Cities garden in Heisler Park. The land was designated by the city in March 2009. The sister...

Churches Prepare for Christmas

Methodists Ring In the Season The Methodist Church will initiate the advent season Sunday, Nov. 30, with the “hanging of the greens” during the 10 a.m. worship service on Isaiah by Pastor Mandy Flemming. The Alternative Christmas Market will be open for shopping after the service...

Indy Calendar

Nov. 28 “A Christmas Carol,” South Coast Repertory Theater, 655 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa. Through Dec. 27, but excluding Christmas Day. Kalama Bros., 7 p.m., Cliff Restaurant, 577 S. Coast Hwy. DJ Xclusive, White House, 340 S. Coast Hwy. Juke Joint Jokers, 9 p.m., Marine Room...

Devout Artist Focuses Her Lens on Heaven

There was as time when Kerry Swank achieved acclaim making photographic portraits of members of California’s upper echelons. But, as it has turned out over time, she aimed much, much higher. Proclaiming herself as a person of faith, she said that after years of deep prayer she...

City Cuts Off Water Due to Drought

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Motorists entering town along Laguna Canyon Road should prepare for the disappearance of the green ribbon of grass lining the median as the result of a new water conservation measure approved by the City Council this week. Turning off sprinklers to...

Protest Erupts Over Ban on Street Play

By Rita Robinson Sarah Copeland is about to pull up her wheels and move. Copeland owns a mobile home in Laguna Terrace Park and is fed up with recent changes made by the new owners, Hometown America. Earlier this month, the new landlords removed “Children Playing” signs from the...

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...

Local Cooks Up a Winning Entrée

Laguna local Olivia Ladaire last month entered the Ben’s Beginners Cooking Contest, where children are invited to submit a home video of themselves preparing a rice-based dish. Olivia, a student in the culinary arts conservatory at Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana,...

Hall Expresses Gratitude to Supporters

Editor, The election of 2014 is over and boy oh boy what a ride it was! I am very proud to have come in as runner up. Compared to the war chests of other candidates and their spending, my team and I worked really hard and ran a smart campaign with not a lot of money. We walked...