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Picture This: Photo Contest Winners Announced

Indy photo contributor Mitch Ridder took first place in the city’s “My Laguna” photo contest in the adult category. Second and third place went to Allard van der Graaf and Cheyne Walls, respectively. In the youth category, winners were Charlie Dickerson, Chloe Mansour and Deja...

New Venue Offers Music, Art Classes

Creative Identity, an organization providing art and music education to the developmentally disabled since 1996, has opened a Laguna Beach branch at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. Currently five students from the organization’s Anaheim branch are attending the local class,...

Personnel File

Laguna Women Celebrate the Joy of Giving   Laguna local Karen Wilson will serve as chair of Impact Giving, a women’s giving collective that funds non-profit organizations around the world. Recently, the organization made grants totaling $125,000 at its sixth annual awards...

Mark Patrick Hanley

Sept. 14, 1962- June 18, 2015. After a long, courageous battle with cancer, Mark Patrick Hanley passed away Thursday, June 18 with his mother, Constance, at his side. Born in Sharon, Penn., Mark was 3 years old when his family moved to Southern California. He attended Laguna...

Alyssa Blair Kennedy Richards

Alyssa Blair Kennedy Richards, 37, died peacefully June 23 with her dad and mom by her side. Loving family and her amazing circle of supportive friends surrounded her with love in the hours and days preceding her passing. Richards loved Laguna Beach intensely and adopted h...

Summer Just Got Cooler

Laguna Beach residents Steve and Jim Muzzy and Dan Bolar helped raise $17 million to remodel Discovery Cube in Santa Ana with new exhibits. Kids can now design and build a space rover or satellite, take virtual helicopter tours or go on a digital scavenger hunt. The expansion...

R Star Receives Unexpected Windfall

Laguna local Mary Williams’ Lacewings Foundation made a $10,000 gift to aid the R Star Foundation in rebuilding quake-damaged villages in Nepal. “We are delighted and grateful,” said Rosalind Russell, founder of R Star, which began working in poor rural Nepalese villages in 2003....

Michael Allard

Michael John Allard of Laguna Beach passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, June 11, 2015. Michael was born April 18, 1954, at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Orange to John and Tania Allard of Newport Beach. Later the family moved to Corona del Mar, where Mike grew up...

Martin Alper

  Born in Tonbridge, England, Martin Alper’s generous, inquisitive spirit led him around the world in pursuit of professional adventure and personal discovery. Alper’s love of music and fascination with the flamboyance of the ‘60s superstars motivated his first...

Indy on Arts

Friday, June 26 Sawdust Art Festival, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily, 935 Laguna Canyon Rd., $8.50. Thru 8/30. Art a Fair, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. weekends, 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 777 Laguna Canyon Rd. Free entry to locals. Mando Cordova and Friends play Latin jazz, 7 p.m., Congregational...

Scouts Retire Flags With Ceremony

Laguna Beach’s Cub Scout Pack 35 recently held its annual end of the year beach party at Aliso Beach, which included a BBQ and flag retirement ceremony. The ceremony involves shredding and burning of old flags ready for retirement until the flag turns to ash. Other than the...

Doing Good

Pribram is Local Cox Hero   James Pribram, founder of The Eco Warrior Project, received a $5,000 check and recognition as Cox Communications local hero of the year earlier this month. Pribram, a Laguna Beach native and professional surfer, started the project to preserve the...

Catherine Siedle

Catherine Paik Siedle, 52, passed away June 11, 2015, with family and friends at her bedside and enveloped in love. She had fought a brave, private and dignified battle with breast cancer for more than three years. She lived with her husband and children in Laguna Beach. She was...

Personnel File

Laguna Resident Receives the First Mission Cup   The first Mission Cup was awarded to Laguna Beach resident Richard Gordinier by Mission Hospital Foundation in recognition of his service on the hospital’s board. Gordinier, with 27 years of experience as a senior executive of...

The Scouting News

Scout’s Initiative Makes a Splash By Torie Hamilton, Special to the Independent Several residents of the Glennwood House of Laguna Beach are preparing to swim in the Special Olympics and their training was inadvertently made possible by Daniela Lucidi, who graduated from Laguna...