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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

Scouts Earn Their Wings

Four Laguna Beach High School students were recognized by Mayor Elizabeth Pearson at a recent City Council for receiving their Eagle Scout Award, the highest rank in the Boys Scouts of America program. Ford Brian, Ethan Chesley, Andrew Kimball and Penn Nielson are all members of...

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...

Personnel File

New Executive Takes the Reins of the Chamber of Commerce Laura Ann Henkels was appointed as executive director of the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce. She succeeds Kristine Thalman, who retired but returned on an interim basis while a search was underway. Henkels brings a strong...

Marje Adams

Active in Laguna Beach senior life and well-known around town, long time resident, Marje Adams died peacefully in her sleep on Oct. 20, surrounded by family and friends. She was 87 years old. Born Marjorie Ann Bernell Johnson on Nov. 26, 1926 in St. Paul, Minn., she had two older...

Athletes Hike for Hunger

  Sixty-five fitness buffs took off from Aliso CrossFit in Aliso Viejo on a recent Saturday, each with 20 pounds of non-perishable food in their backpacks, for the Laguna Food Pantry. Aliso CrossFit organized the food drive as part of National Hunger and Homelessness...

Streetbeat

Wednesday, Nov. 19 Keep the peace. 2700 Highland Ave. 2 a.m. A 36-year-old Santa Ana woman was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail. Disorderly person. 2500 Temple Hills Dr. 5:27 p.m. Audrey Cherie Peebles, 28, of Chino, was arrested for a felony bench warrant for drug...

Tennis Court Repairs Hang On City Funding

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy With a $1.4 million bid in hand, the Laguna Beach Unified School District will ask the city to ante-up 70 percent, or $980,000, to repair and improve the dilapidating high school tennis courts, Dean West, the district’s assistant superintendent of...

Many Ways to Give Thanks

Share Thanksgiving Among Friends Bring a favorite holiday dish and join friends and neighbors at noon on Thanksgiving Day for Laguna Beach’s traditional community feast, held at Neighborhood Congregational Church, Glenneyre Street and St. Ann’s Drive. All are welcome to partake...

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...

Mischievous Merriment

  By Kimberly O’Brien Young This past weekend, Laguna Beach High School’s production of Shakespeare’s timeless tale “Midsummer Night’s Dream” opened at the Artists’ Theatre. It is a visually stunning, wondrous production to lose yourself in. The Rustics led by Wyatt Shipp,...