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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 […]

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Indy Globetrotters

Indy Globetrotters

Send readers a postcard with a highlight from your travels. Pack an Indy and send a hi resolution image to www.lbindy.com. We’ll do our best to get them in print. Happy travels.     Bora Bora   Arab        Colorado     New York       Continental Divide       San […]

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A Little Off the Top

A Little Off the Top

By Andy Hedden, Special to the Independent   Just ask Sampson. Getting a bad hair cut can have devastating results.  Any man worth his salt knows that his hair as much as his clothes make him. I have had good luck and bad when it comes to this. Fortunately for the citizens of Laguna, a […]

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Dropping in On a Homegrown Sport

Dropping in On a Homegrown Sport

Words and Images by Mitch Ridder   Skimboarding originated in the late 1920′s when Laguna Beach lifeguards used flat sheets of wood to skim across the wet sand. In the ‘60s as the surfing craze took off, skimboarding’s popularity grew and began evolving toward its current form that involves skimming the sand into the water, […]

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Tenth Laguna Beach Music Fest Moving Into High Gear

Tenth Laguna Beach Music Fest Moving Into High Gear

The Laguna Beach Music Festival, a collaboration between Laguna Beach Live and the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, is celebrating its tenth anniversary with an expanded repertoire under the artistic direction of violinist Joshua Bell, a Grammy winner, Avery Fisher Prize recipient and Musical American’s 2010 Instrumentalist of the Year. Also featuring double bass player […]

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Itinerant Supper Club Lures Food Fans

Itinerant Supper Club Lures Food Fans

We’re at a festive gathering on the sun-dappled porch of a harbor-front home on Balboa Island. Guests chat away, enjoying views of passing sailboats. When everyone has arrived, we take our seats around a  long table, set for brunch. Most in our group of 20 don’t know each other, but are meeting for the first […]

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Room With a View

Room With a View

Whether a central meeting point for family and friends, people watching or just catching a sunset, the historic lifeguard tower remains one of Laguna’s favorite places and best known landmark. With the tower’s three floors having the combined square footage of a good sized walk-in closet, the tower doubled as the entire lifeguard department’s headquarters for a portion of the ‘70s and ‘80s. The top floor is for supervisor observation during the summer lifeguarding season. The boardwalk level is for first-aid treatment and supplies while the subterranean level stores paddleboards and rescue tubes.