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Exploring the Backyard Wilderness

Exploring the Backyard Wilderness

Photos and story by Ron Chilcote Above El Morro Elementary School, at Laguna Beach’s northern edge, is a trail access entrance to the upper portion of Crystal Cove State Park. Those who hike the trail that leads up into El Moro Canyon are confronted with a diversion to the south, the Moro Ridge Spur, the […]

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Fashion Dazzles With Re-Imagined Fabrics

Fashion Dazzles With Re-Imagined Fabrics

By Loreen Berlin, Special to the Independent The sixth-annual Runway Fashion Show at the Festival of Arts astonished spectators with garments re-imagined from used, re-used and recycled items worn by gorgeous, sensuous models. Artist exhibitors, who devised the innovative designs, earned $1,000 prizes in four categories and the People’s Choice Award. The most creative concept […]

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A Glimpse of a Coastal Jewel

A Glimpse of a Coastal Jewel

Photos by Ron Chilcote With the reopening of the Emerald Canyon Trail in the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park this month, we figured readers might enjoy a glimpse into what some consider the jewel of the coastal canyons. Emerald Canyon Trail begins at the top of Bommer Ridge, a less than hour’s hike from Laguna Canyon […]

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They’re Outta Here

They’re Outta Here

Please tantalize those at home with a high resolution image from your adventures near and far. And thanks again to fans that save space for the Indy in their bags.    

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Guards Endure a Daunting Tryout

Guards Endure a Daunting Tryout

Photos and story by Mitch Ridder Last Saturday morning, 50 men and six women pushed themselves through three physical events to begin their journey to become Laguna Beach lifeguards. First, competitors had to successfully complete a 1,000-meter swim under 20 minutes in 58º water, before moving on to the second and third events. A run-swim-run […]

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Visiting the Wilderness in Laguna’s Backyard

Visiting the Wilderness in Laguna’s Backyard

By Ron Chilcote Perhaps the most pristine and precious of all the canyons in the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Laurel Canyon nestles in a hollow shielding it from the adjacent San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor, a barrier to the free flow of wildlife that introduces sounds of traffic to the wilderness.           […]

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Amid Laguna’s Open Space, a Fresh Water Oasis

Amid Laguna’s Open Space, a Fresh Water Oasis

Photos and story by Ron Chilcote Through the heart of the Laguna wilderness runs Laguna Canyon Road. Historically a major access to Laguna Beach, it was originally dirt and gravel and later a paved, twisting two- and three-lane road through the canyon. Now it is two lanes each way, and separated by barriers and space […]

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All Was Merry and Bright for Hospitality Night

All Was Merry and Bright for Hospitality Night

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‘Gnome Home

‘Gnome Home

On the corner of High Drive and Cedar Way in North Laguna stands a little tiny village of welcoming and kitschy gnomes. The gnome village is the fond collection of a seemingly well-adjusted person, Jennifer Hart, the lone remaining occupant of the Laguna Playhouse costume shop. Hart has no particular reason for creating the gnome […]

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Discovering Heisler’s Not so Hidden Treasures

Discovering Heisler’s Not so Hidden Treasures

  Arts Commission members will lead walking tours of the public art in Heisler Park on Friday, Sept. 20, between 4 and 5:30 p.m. Leaving every 20 minutes from the amphitheater, the commissioner led tours will provide background about the art works and insights into the installations. The 40-minute tour involves walking along paved pathways. […]

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Tread Lightly in a Sacred Place

Tread Lightly in a Sacred Place

Photos and Story by Ron Chilcote In the Sycamore Hills of Laguna Canyon, now known as the James Dilley Greenbelt Preserve, the majestic old oaks and sycamores form magnificent groves. Near the entrance the trees stand in sharp contrast to the nearby toll road. The path up the canyon leads to the sycamore and oak groves. […]

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Creativity Flourishes on the Runway

Creativity Flourishes on the Runway

By Loreen Berlin, Special to the Independent A hushed crowd of appreciative attendees nearly forgot to applaud as models strutted the runway at the annual fashion show, among the final special events of the summer-long Festival of Art, which closed Saturday. All entries were fashioned of 80 percent used, recycled or re-used materials. Model Alicia […]

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Crowning Table Top Champs

Crowning Table Top Champs

Good-natured ribbing between players as well as intense, competitive ping pong characterized last Saturday’s third annual table tennis tournament at The Susi Q Senior Center. Fifteen players competed in singles and doubles brackets.   Singles: Russell Singer William Ta.   Doubles: Russel Singer & Fiona Skye Mo Ramhormozi & Don Clarfeld         […]

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U.S. Surfing Open Marred by Melee

U.S. Surfing Open Marred by Melee

A wave of violence erupted in Surf City USA after the conclusion of the U.S. Open of Surfing on Sunday in Huntington Beach. Local police had to use tear gas and other non-lethal means to disperse an unruly crowd of hundreds that left a wake of damage to city vehicles, portable toilets, newspaper racks, store […]

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Fourth of July Limelight

Fourth of July Limelight

Fourth of July Fun in South Laguna About 50 people gathered for South Laguna’s eighth annual Fourth of July Parade last week where families and friends whooped it up the old-fashioned way. From tossing eggs and water balloons to bobbing for apples and face painting, a good time was had by all!       […]