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The 37th Vic Marks Two Firsts

The 37th Vic Marks Two Firsts

In the aftermath of The Vic skim boarding contest at Aliso Beach, contestant Blair Conklin found himself in a gauntlet of hugs and high fives, as family and friends took turns congratulating the 18-year-old SoLag favorite on his first hometown pro victory. “It’s always something I’ve dreamed about,” said a humbled Conklin, overwhelmed by all […]

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Remembering With Flowers and Flags

Remembering With Flowers and Flags

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Indy Circles the Planet

Indy Circles the Planet

Devoted readers share a bit of themselves and their journeys even as they tote along a token from home. Thanks to readers for opening a window into their lives. To those setting out on new forays, the Indy continues to welcome more images from your adventures at lbindy.com.   Antarctica: Laguna Beach residents Jim Kisel […]

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Aliso and Wood Canyons

Aliso and Wood Canyons

Immersed in Nature’s Rain-Dance Symphony   Cloudy mists settled heavily into the dark folds of the verdant blanket wrapping around the canyons and hills.  Like a Japanese woodblock print, it felt solid yet ethereal. The valley below was dancing in the flashing rays of sunlight cutting through the Pacific mist, like so many filigree-winged fairies.  […]

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Meet Comes of Age, Starts a New Chapter

Meet Comes of Age, Starts a New Chapter

Laguna Beach High’s Eric Hulst Track and Geyer Field came alive last Saturday, as thousands of spectators, coaches and athletes ushered in a new era in the storied history of the Laguna Beach Trophy Invitational track and field meet. “We’re going to continue to build a quality meet and try to make it better every […]

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Parading With Pride

Parading With Pride

By Andrea Primer, Special to the Independent Parade watchers and participants were blessed by a beautiful day when the Laguna Beach community came together to celebrate the nation and the small town they love last Saturday for the 47th annual Patriots Day Parade. In honor of the theme, “All Together Now”, locals united for an […]

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Captured in His Lens

Captured in His Lens

Museum’s exhibit on Hollywood portrait photographer George Hurrell taps into local history    By L.F. D’Elia   Florence Leontine Lowe Barnes had money — big money – having been born into one of the wealthiest families in America. In addition to her estate in Pasadena, Florence owned a large home on 40 acres along the […]

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Tuning Up a Cherished Scout Tradition

Tuning Up a Cherished Scout Tradition

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy   Garbed in uniforms made of blue shorts and shirts and tied off with yellow kerchiefs, topped with blue caps, a pack of cub scouts encircled an assembled race track running from one end of the room to the other, swarming the finish line, whooping and hollering all the […]

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Buyers Step Up for Art

Buyers Step Up for Art

Artist donated works raised $255,000 for Laguna Art Museum’s education and exhibition programs at a well-attended art auction fundraiser showcasing works by 113 California artists last Saturday, Feb. 9. Based on preliminary numbers, the museum expects to net $175,000, better than its anticipated $120,000 goal and an improvement from similar auctions held in the two […]

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Ephemeral Sculpture Inspired by Dance

Ephemeral Sculpture Inspired by Dance

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent Local artist Karen Feuer-Schwager has transformed humble used tea bags into the inspiration for the choreography, costumes and sets in an upcoming dance performance by the Boulder Ballet. For the last few years, Feuer-Schwager, an experimental artist who works on unusual materials, has been creating garment like sculptures […]

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A Talking Candlestick Et Al. Come To Life

A Talking Candlestick Et Al. Come To Life

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy   Before a curious audience of elementary age students, actors from Laguna Beach’s middle school put on a costumed preview of their upcoming show this week. “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” draws its curtains for the first time Friday, Feb. 1 at 4 and 7 p.m. at Thurston Middle […]

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Walking Away From it All

Walking Away From it All

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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Playing Full Out

Playing Full Out

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent How does a mother, and a self-described worrier, watch her cancer stricken son walk off alone into the wilderness without plunging into a pit of anxiety and fear? She works at it. By looking unflinchingly at the reality of her son’s illness, fully feeling the accompanying emotions – […]

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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 […]