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Donors Make a Game-Changing Difference

Donors Make a Game-Changing Difference

If it takes a village to raise a child, this town takes the maxim a step further. An estimated $283,000 in scholarships was bestowed on 120 students at the high school’s Honors Convocation last Friday, supporting their aspirations for college and the future. Thanks to the Laguna Beach High School Scholarship Foundation, which maintains relationships […]

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Pageant Spotlights ‘The Genius’ of Art and Science

Pageant Spotlights ‘The Genius’ of Art and Science

The Festival of Arts turns 80 this summer and shows no signs of aging. It seems to have its own fountain of youth, flowing most likely from its wine bars or the new bar about to serve up beer and pretzels during its upcoming event TGIF@Foa, as in T.G.I.F at the Festival of Arts. Visitors […]

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Cub Car Culture

Cub Car Culture

Photos and text by Marilynn Young Wolfs, Bears and Webelos in Laguna Beach Cub Scouts Pack 38 transformed rough blocks of wood by shaving, painting and precisely adding spinning tiny wheels to create aerodynamic machines. Their inaugural race, the annual Pinewood Derby, was held held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on […]

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Body of Work

Body of Work

Text and photos by Marilynn Young   Rubber dish gloves, old tennis balls, even the all-knowing Master Yoda found useful purpose as students at Thurston Middle School used their imaginations to gather recycled items from around the house to build a 3D construction of the human body. Students wheeled their creations into science class in recent […]

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Best Ever CIF Finish for Boys

Best Ever CIF Finish for Boys

The Southern Section’s CIF swimming and diving championships got underway at Riverside Community College Thursday afternoon with a come-from-behind victory for the Laguna boys in the 200 medley relay. Four hours later in the cool evening air, they capped their best overall post-season performance with a runner up finish behind Alhambra’s Mark Keppel High 311 […]

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Hedden For God’s Country

Hedden For God’s Country

From Bongos To Head Banging To Maxiwhacking By Andy Hedden Originally published in 2005. It all started when my Aunt Pat gave me a set of bongos for my 6th birthday.  They say some people are born to play, and I guess it’s true, because 42 years later I’m still a drummer. I still have […]

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Design House Crowns a Laguna Hilltop

Design House Crowns a Laguna Hilltop

Welcome lookie-loos! Tis the season for house and garden tours and here’s one for a good cause. The annual Philharmonic House of Design, now in its 20th year, finally celebrates its debut in Laguna Beach, a to-be-expected month-long luxe open house extravaganza that kicked off last week. Here, the house of 11,333 square feet has […]

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Ecstatic Over Earth Day

Ecstatic Over Earth Day

Earth Day celebration organized by Transition Laguna on Park Avenue between Coast Highway and the library drew hundreds of people to its habitats. The eco-village set the example for water reuse, solar, composting and gardening. The eco-exhibition showcased vendors covering relevant topics and the eco-lounge provided old-fashioned live musical entertainment.   Photos by Mitch Ridder […]

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A Flight Into the Past

A Flight Into the Past

Aviation author Barbara H. Schultz animates the next Laguna Beach Historical Society program Tuesday, April 24, at City Hall with tales about historic aviators that figure in Laguna history.   Schultz wrote “Pancho,” about Pancho Barnes, and “Flying Carpets, Flying Wings” the biography of Moye W. Stephens, the aviator who accompanied adventurer Richard Halliburton.   […]

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Recapturing Laguna’s Early History

Recapturing Laguna’s Early History

by Ronald H. Chilcote   Adapted from “Nature’s Laguna Wilderness”   Before the Spanish Originally the Laguna Wilderness was home to Native Americans. Remnants of their cultures are scattered in and around Laguna Beach. Two early Native American -cultures are known, the first being the Ute- Aztekas and later the Shoshones, who occupied the canyon […]

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Spring Dance Festival Opens with Leaps and Bounds

Spring Dance Festival Opens with Leaps and Bounds

Bevies of dancers that defy gravity with impossible reaches and soaring leaps provide proof of spring’s arrival in Laguna Beach. Beginning next Thursday, their presence will entice dance aficionados to performances of the Laguna Dance Festival, April 12-15 at the Laguna Playhouse. This latest iteration in its seventh season showcases two dance companies, Ballet X […]

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A Race to Bring Out the Kid in Everyone

A Race to Bring Out the Kid in Everyone

By Monica Petrova, Special to the Independent   El Morro Elementary’s jog-a-thon, one of the largest PTA fundraisers, is a day filled with dancing and running laps in the school yard and enjoying some well deserved ice cream at the race’s end. Prior to the event, students had to look for sponsorship from their families, […]

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A Swan Remembered

A Swan Remembered

Lila Zali and the Laguna Beach Civic Ballet will reclaim the stage during the next Laguna Beach Historical Society program Tuesday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the Laguna Beach City Hall Council Chambers, 505 Forest Ave. Presenting the program will be Kathy Kahn along with two former company dancers, Merilee Magnuson Blaisdell, Mary Hanf […]

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‘Sound of Music’ Still Resounds

‘Sound of Music’ Still Resounds

As promised by one Broadway’s most popular tunes, “The hills are alive with the sound of music….” so is the Artists’ Theatre, where the Rogers and Hammerstein musical “Sound of Music” is sure enthrall a new generation for the next few weekends.   Based on the 1959 musical rather than the slightly different 1965 film, […]

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Take Me Out To The Ballgame

Take Me Out To The Ballgame

Amy and Jack Norworth, who started Laguna’s Little League, hand out Cracker Jacks to players. Once upon a time in 1964, a little boy of 7 yearned to play Little League in his hometown, Laguna Beach.  He was a too young and far too short to make the team, but his big brother got him […]