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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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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”...

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...

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...

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...