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Drama Students Close Out the Year

Twenty student actors and crew members perform May 26-29 in five performances of “Almost, Maine,” directed by drama instructor Alexis Karol and alumna Celena del-Pizzo Howell. The play by John Cariani is set amid the northern lights of winter when Almost’s residents find...

Locals Figure In UCI’s Anniversary Party

Laguna Beach activist and decorated Vietnam veteran Michael Beanan led several veterans’ initiatives and programs as assistant dean of students at UC Irvine from 1973-78. Anne Frank established the UCI library Southeast Asian archive. And political science professor emeritus Jim...

Boys and Girls Club Members Enjoy Live Music

The Oakwood Brass Quintet performed music from J.S. Bach to John Williams for the Boys and Girls Club earlier this month. Students had the opportunity to talk with the musicians about their instruments, learn about musical forms such as rounds and fugues, and to sing along with...

Shoeless Take to the Fairway

The 78 shoeless participants in the 3 Clubs Barefoot Canyon Classic enjoyed the casual fundraising tournament held recently at The Ranch at Laguna Beach. Top honors went to Team Loughlin (Dan Estricher, Tim Loughlin, Rob Smith and Greg Washer), who won with a low score of 29....

New Gift Supports Emerging Laguna Artists

The Festival of Arts Foundation expands its grant making to local students as well as arts related organizations with a $30,000 gift.

Class Notes

Rotary Spotlights Two Students The Laguna Beach Rotary Club honored Malia Helms and Drake Butler as Laguna Beach High School scholar athletes. Malia received awards for sportsmanship in varsity tennis and math. She plans to attend UC Davis and major in bio-engineering while...

Students Score Points in Ceramic Exhibit

Three ceramic students from the Festival of Arts Youth Arts Education classes received honors from the 19th annual K-12 Ceramic Exhibition in Kansas City, Mo. Their work, selected from among hundreds of entries nationwide, was exhibited at the Kansas City Convention Center in...

Teacher’s Aide Receives White House Honor

  Margaret Warder, a Laguna Beach school district teaching assistant, was absent from class this week due to a ceremony Wednesday, May 11, in Washington, D.C., where she and nine other classified school employees from elsewhere in the nation were honored by the White House...

Beloved Preschool Teacher to Retire

By Amantha Writer, Special to the Independent After 28 years of teaching preschool, Mandy Writer will be retiring soon from Laguna Presbyterian Church’s preschool. She is the instructor with the most longevity among the current staff and began in 1985 at the behest of its former...

Class Notes

Registration Opens for Preschoolers Parents of youngsters 2 ½ to 5 can register for Learning Link, a no cost program to improve early childhood development, on Monday, May 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesday, May 24 from 9 to 11 a.m. at 811 Manzanita Dr., Room 90, above the...

Schools Plan for Jump in Enrollment

The Laguna Beach school district expects a 27 percent increase in its student population over two decades and forecasts needing $24 million in improvements to accommodate such growth. To start recouping the expected costs of an enrollment jump, the school board will tonight...

Young Filmmaker Wins Public-Service Contest

Laguna Beach High School student Hailey Meister won second place in a regional contest to create minute-long films to reduce the stigma often associated with mental illness. Hailey volunteered to direct a student group in creating a video that depicts the difficulty in...

Class Notes

American Sculptor Delivers Graduation Address Innovative marble sculptor Elizabeth Turk will deliver the Laguna College of Art And Design commencement address at 4 p.m. on Monday, May 23, at the school’s main campus, on 2222 Laguna Canyon Road. The class of 2016 will include...

Class Notes

Rotary Awards an Artist   Haru Agnes Urushido was honored as the April student of the month by Laguna Rotary Club. Haru’s recognition stems from her creativity in the Laguna Beach High School visual arts department. She is a prize winner in a a Japan high school art and...

Elementary Schools Earn State Awards

El Morro and Top of the World elementary schools were selected as part of the Gold Ribbon Schools Awards Program and will be honored at next school board meeting Tuesday, April 26. The California Gold Ribbon Schools Award, which replaces the California Distinguished Schools...