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Taste of Laguna Expositioned

Taste of Laguna Expositioned

The Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of Laguna Expo transformed the Glenneyre Street parking structure into an al fresco food and swag fair, with participants offering pours, tastes and giveaways from wine glasses to paint buckets. Scores of Laguna vendors were on board, restaurants from Avila’s to Nick’s, from Ganahl Lumber to Laguna’s police department. Here, […]

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Honoring Laguna’s Greeter of the Century

Honoring Laguna’s Greeter of the Century

By Valerie Yu, Special to the Independent   Rain or shine, the Gate hangs aloft outside Laguna Beach’s Chantilly Ice Cream, greeting newcomers and locals alike with welcoming words hand-painted on its seashell-white wood. Almost a century ago, in the early 1900s, this very gate hung in front of another ice cream parlor on the […]

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The Seafaring Life

The Seafaring Life

From Laguna Beach’s shoreline last Friday, residents caught a glimpse of unusual ships under sail on a southern heading and making for Dana Point’s headland. Hundreds of other landlubbers flocked to Dana Point’s harbor over the weekend to get a closer view of a small fleet of visiting tall ships and schooners and a glimmer […]

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Solo Show Lifts Backhaus Into Prestige Company

Solo Show Lifts Backhaus Into Prestige Company

  This evening’s performance by Backhausdance at the Laguna Playhouse marks the opening of the anticipated three-day Laguna Dance Festival. It’s even more for choreographer Jennifer Backhaus and her dancers, cheering their 10th anniversary and their first full-evening solo performance. “It’s a really big deal to be placed on the same festival bill with Hubbard […]

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Stars Turn Out for Pageant Gala

Stars Turn Out for Pageant Gala

  Festival of Arts board member Anita Mengels with noted lawyer Gloria Allred. Nearly 3,000 fans swarmed the Festival of Arts’ grounds to hear award-winning performer Christopher Cross in concert last Saturday, the capstone special event of the summer season. Special guests, including television and sports celebrities, enjoyed a private showing of the Festival of […]

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Recycled Materials Reworked By an Artist’s Touch

Recycled Materials Reworked By an Artist’s Touch

Artists made the runway their canvas at Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts this past Saturday, Aug. 18, competing to create the most imaginative and unique designs using reclaimed, reused or recycled materials. A three-panel judge chose the top looks in four categories and over 1,500 Festival visitors cast their votes for “People’s Choice Award.” “Most […]

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The Queen of Textile Pandemonium

The Queen of Textile Pandemonium

By Tracy Middleton, Special to the Independent   “Low Clouds and Fog Along the Coast” may sound like a typical Laguna Beach weather report. In this case, it’s the title of a work of art you’d want to snuggle up with on a June-gloomy day. Nancy Gasparotti, a Laguna resident and retired software engineer, conveys […]

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Laguna's Market Targets Educated, Healthy Consumers

Laguna’s Market Targets Educated, Healthy Consumers

With raw energy bars on display at her Healthy Cowboy Kitchen booth, Katie Burtino said she’s often first mistaken as a vegan or raw foodie at the Laguna Beach farmers market. “No way!” she insists. Dispel that notion with a glance at the chalkboard listings of perishable items kept in coolers, which can include her […]

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A Natural Eye for Art

A Natural Eye for Art

Photos and text by Danielle Robbins Festival of Arts exhibitor Casey Parlette spends daylight hours as a fulltime Laguna Beach lifeguard, dispensing first aid, advising beach-goers and grabbing a float buoy and fins for rescues and preventative contacts. At night, he takes up different tools, carving wood and hammering metals into intricate works of art. […]

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Sawdust Memorial: An Eternal Flame With a Twist

Sawdust Memorial: An Eternal Flame With a Twist

Festival glass artists cooperatively created a glass flame last week to serve as a memorial for exhibitors who have died. Installation of the completed work is planned for Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 10 a.m. near the waterfall.   Photos by Mary Hurlbut          

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The Vic Keeps Getting Better

The Vic Keeps Getting Better

If you slept in, you missed it. Last Sunday at Aliso Creek Beach, SoLag native Sam Stinnett won Victoria Skimboards’ World Championship of Skimboarding a second time in a closely contested men’s pro final that got underway early to take advantage of optimal surf conditions at low tide. “I didn’t really believe I could do […]

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The Vic Keeps Getting Better

The Vic Keeps Getting Better

If you slept in, you missed it. Last Sunday at Aliso Creek Beach, Laguna Beach native Sam Stinnett won Victoria Skimboards’ World Championship of Skimboarding a second time in a closely contested men’s pro final that got underway early to take advantage of optimal surf conditions at low tide. “I didn’t really believe I could […]

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Vacation Tales

Vacation Tales

Take the Indy on the road and be sure to send us a photo from your favorite landmark along the way. Africa Sandra Gibson visits a hippo pool in Tanzania’s Serengeti. Taking her photo was  tour companion Sheila Judah. Boston Jane Bening, center, and daughters Marisa and Kim at the Mayflower II, in Plymouth, Mass. […]

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Honing in on the Horizon

Honing in on the Horizon

By Justin Swanson, Special to the Independent   Laguna Beach High School’s graduating class of 2012 reveled in their commencement where some 239 students met the end of their high school careers. The air last Thursday, June 21, in the Festival of Arts’ Irvine Bowl was jocular if not occasionally sentimental as student and teacher […]

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Spring Recruits Become Summer’s Guardians

Spring Recruits Become Summer’s Guardians

Photography and Story By Mitch Ridder With local schools out this week, city lifeguard towers will be fully staffed starting Saturday, but few know what’s involved to become a Laguna Beach lifeguard. Hopefuls had to first successfully place in the top half of a field that tried out in February before being invited to further […]