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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
As the current school year began, expectations were high for Laguna Beach High’s defending CIF champion boys water polo team. The girls’ volleyball team had lost some offensive firepower but was still expected to hold its own. And few knew what to expect from a football team that had lost the heart and soul of […]
Some teams at Laguna Beach High have more storied histories than others, and a few are traditionally among the best in southern California. Yet rarely has the 78-year-old institution seen the kind of overall athletic success that 2011 brought to this sports crazy community. What follows is the first in a two looks back at […]
‘Tis the season for eye-dazzling displays. This week, we’re featuring some of our favorites: Vessels festooned like bedazzled Las Vegas showgirls in the Dana Point Boat Parade. Monarch Bay’s Moreton bay fig tree, its well-trimmed trunks enrobed with points of light, transforms into a botanical fantasy. And a halo of old-school lights paints the Orange […]
You can find their creations from one end of town to the other, both hill and dale. From iconic architecture to elaborate wood carvings to fine art and jewelry, the Abel family has been a major part of Laguna history for over 74 years.