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Stepping Into Nature’s Grandeur

  Two hundred and fifty miles on foot in about 19 days may seem a daunting task, but that’s not stopping 24-year-old Graham Harris and 16-year-old Liam Duncan. This Saturday, Aug. 8, Harris and Liam will begin 40 miles south of Mt. Whitney, summit it and then hike the...

Roundabout Comes to Town

  The temporary roundabout at the five point intersection of Los Robles, Catalina, and El Camino Del Mar, which was approved by the City Council last April, is now fully functional. Delineators were also installed as a temporary measure to aid in visibility until drivers get...

Worship with a Song and a Brew

Beer and Hymns OC, a musical group, will lead the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, Aug. 16, at Laguna Beach United Methodist Church, 21632 Wesley Dr. A barbecue lunch and root beer follows. Performers Kristen Howerton, Chad Markley and Tim Taber are not pastors, but have been worship...

Personnel File

Foot Patrol Beat Earns Honors   Officer Zach Martinez was honored at the Orange County Crime Survivors gala, which took place in Garden Grove last week. Martinez was recognized for his community outreach efforts in the downtown business district. He is the assigned foot beat...

Phyllis Doolittle

Phyllis Eleanor Miller Doolittle passed away on July 30 in Columbus, Ohio. She was 88. Born in Hagerstown, Md., daughter of Margaret Helen Clipp Miller and Jay C. Miller, she graduated from Hagerstown High in Maryland and Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Class of...

Indy on Arts

Friday, Aug. 7 Art a Fair, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. weekends, 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 777 Laguna Canyon Rd. Free entry to locals. Festival of Arts exhibit, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. daily; Pageant of the Masters, 8:30 p.m., 650 Laguna Canyon Road. Tickets: 949 497-6582. Thru Aug. 31. Sawdust Art...

Doing Good Globally

Locals Continue to Aid Villagers’ Rebuilding Efforts   While news of the earthquakes in Nepal recedes, residents of 48 remote Nepalese villages that local Rosalind Russell has populated with donated goats over the past decade continue to struggle with new challenges. Top of...

Trailblazing Social Ecologist Changed Treatment of Juvenile Delinquents

  Margot R. Carlson, a long-time Laguna Beach resident, died July 23, 2015, after a brief illness. Carlson, 85, held the role of executive director of Community Service Programs since 1986 and continued to support victims, shelter children, counsel families, and educate...

Woman’s Club Honors Bilingual Educator

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent When Elsa Brizzi remembers how her third graders of different ethnicities, speaking different languages, connected with each other in one of the first bilingual education classrooms in the nation, her eyes get misty. “It w...

Soroptimists Honor Sandy Vetter

Soroptimist International of Laguna Beach named long time Laguna Beach resident Sandy Vetter its Soroptimist of the Year. Vetter has held several board positions and is currently serving as treasurer.  With this recognition, she joins the Laurel Society, created by Soroptimist...

Set Out on a Blue Moon Hike

Hike with park staff and Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers as the sun sets Friday, July 31, from 6:30-9:00 p.m. and the moon rises over Laurel and Willow Canyons. Observe the changes as day turns to night on a leisurely hike and learn about night wildlife. Hear the last birds’...

Indy on Arts

Friday, July 31 Art a Fair, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. weekends, 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 777 Laguna Canyon Rd. Free entry to locals. Festival of Arts exhibit, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. daily; Pageant of the Masters, 8:30 p.m., 650 Laguna Canyon Road. Tickets: 949 497-6582. Thru Aug. 31. Sawdust Art...

Fixture on Forest Presses the Reset Button

Shop owner Rosalie Gelston has sold Thee Foxes’ Trot, a Forest Avenue fixture for 37 years, or “a lifetime,” as Gelston put it. The new owners, Frederick White and Corey Parry, will retain the name while putting their particular stamp on the shop. White who will manage day-to-day...
Posted On 30 Jul 2015

New Business Opens With Star Power

Beauty pageant winners and an “American Idol” contestant turned out with city dignitaries last week to welcome the opening of The Foundation skin care studio in Laguna Beach last week. The Foundation’s owner, Lisa G Artistry, a makeup artist and skin care specialist for 17 years,...

Doing Good

Rock and Roll Rocks Cabo A record of over $2.8 million was raised for five Orange County youth organizations during the Stars and Stripes fish, golf and music tournament in Cabo San Lucas on June 25-28. The event was managed by local residents Dick Gebhard and Al Baldwin, Stars...