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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...

‘Rumors’ Will Fly at LBHS

Laguna Beach High School’s Park Avenue Players finish their year with the staging of Neil Simon’s hit comedy “Rumors.” The show opens in the Artists’ Theatre, 625 Park Ave., this Friday, May 25, at 7:30 p.m. and runs through the first weekend of June. The curtain goes up on...

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...

An Unwanted Distinction

To help raise public awareness of crosswalk safety, Laguna Beach police tested the awareness of drivers along Coast Highway on Wednesday; motor officers wait while a third police officer in a high visibility safety vest crosses. Several motorists were cited for failing to stop....

No-Go for Emerald Bay Traffic Signal

Even after a heart-rending plea from a mother whose son was killed when his motorcycle was hit by an exiting Emerald Bay resident, the City Council on Tuesday unanimously rejected a proposed traffic signal at the gated community’s main entry. Against a backdrop of emotional...

Disaster? Citizens to the Rescue!

“I’m bleeding, I’m bleeding,” yells a disaster victim sprawled on a staircase. Two people respond to the cries and evaluate the extent of the teen’s injuries, perform a bit of first aid, but leave the victim behind to ascend the next floor where more casualties await. 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...

Sunset Serenades, Shakespeare’s Fool Frolic by the Seashore

Al fresco summer performances of Shakespeare plays finally arrive in Laguna next month. British-born rocker Jason Feddy and actor John Gardiner, both Laguna locals, will expand on “Shakespeare’s Fool,” the off-beat and wildly successful production of the Bard’s sonnets and plays...

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...

Laying Out a Smorgasbord for Film Junkies

By Christopher Trela   Eight hundred volunteers, 450 films, 50 countries, 14 screens and seven days comprise the staggering statistics behind an incredible experience for cinema junkies. They define the Newport Beach Film Festival, which takes place April 26 – May 3 at...

Ecstatic Over Earth Day

The 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...

Whale Gives Rescuers the Slip

By Ben Bodart, Special to the Independent   Rescuers, forced by nightfall to quit efforts to cut lines entangling a whale spotted near Laguna Beach on Tuesday, were unsuccessful in locating the 40-foot gray again by Thursday. The animal was last seen heading west into deeper...

Youngsters Vie for Track and Field Ribbons

By Monica Petrova, Special to the Independent The city’s annual track and field meet drew a crowd of spectators and young athletes to the high school field last Friday. Participating athletes were born in 1997 or later, ruining my chances of competing. Each competitor was...

Honoring Their Best and Brightest

Exhibitor Jorg Dubin found himself unceremoniously ejected from Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts in 1989 for a rules infraction over hosting an overly raucous party honoring his musical idol, Elvis Presley. He was similarly banned from the Sawdust Festival too. In a measure of...

Unclear End to ‘Epic’ Rescue

UPDATE   By Ben Bodart, Special to the Independent   Rescuers accomplished something of a marine miracle offshore Laguna Beach last weekend, but apparently their efforts ultimately were not enough.   Members of the town’s Pacific Marine Mammal Center and a special...