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Turning Over an Edible Leaf

By Ben Bodart, Special to the Independent   Thanks to Transition Laguna volunteers, the Neighborhood Congregational Church will soon be able to grow the organic vegetables they cook up in soup for those in the homeless shelter during winter.   A first step towards a...

A Welcome Heat Revives Eva’s Kitchen

By Ben Bodart, Special to the Independent   They did in three weeks what was supposed to be done in six months.   After a fire in the storage area of Eva’s Caribbean kitchen closed the south Laguna restaurant late in February, owner Eva Madray returned to her kitchen...

Success for A Second Pop of Uncorked

Laguna Beach Uncorked! an International Wine & Food Fest drew 700 both food lovers and wine connoisseurs last Saturday, March 10, to the Festival of Arts’ grounds.   Laguna Beach Uncorked welcomed guests who experienced tastes from 24 wineries from around the world, a...

Native American Jewelry Targeted in String of Burglaries

In the past three months, a window-shattering thief or thieves plundered three Laguna Beach businesses that sell Native American jewelry, two of which were hit twice within weeks of the first break-in, according to police. In the most recent incident on Saturday, March 10, the...

Searching for a Lifeline

By Ben Bodart, Special to the Independent Perhaps the previous seven days were the most important in the life of Lesley  Domiano. The 66 year-old Laguna Beach resident organized three separate events in town last week to lure a potential bone marrow donor for a transplant she...

Volunteers Help Revive Marine Mammal Center

By Ben Bodart, Special to the Independent   The three-month birthing season for seal pups nears its end this month. By now some have weaned and are foraging successfully on their own, but historically many fair poorly. As a consequence, spring begins peak season for Laguna...

Cooking Up a Foodie’s Dream Come True

As good cooks know, there’s a fine line between a sauce that blends together and one that curdles. Besides having the right ingredients, timing is everything. Experience doesn’t hurt either. Fortunately, the movers behind Laguna Beach a la Carte – A Food & Wine Experience,...

Get Out the Flag for Patriot’s Day

By Ben Bodart, Special to the Independent   Laguna Beach puts on its patriotic finery this Saturday, March 3, wearing the colors that have honored the nation for more than 225 years. In Laguna, the Patriot’s Day Parade marks its 46th year.   Traffic will undoubtedly be...

Author Sprints for Literacy

Laguna Beach resident Dennis Yang, who has written over 110 children stories under the pen name Papa Didos, finished a 3,281-mile cross-country journey last year where he gave away books to children along the way. He’s still on the road, this time making a local pit stop at the...

Amateur Video Hits Extra Points for Principal

Buick devised the competition to show that NCAA athletes are about more than points and playoffs. Contestants were required to submit a mini-documentary, up to 60 seconds long, about a former NCAA athlete’s experience on or off the field that caused them to take action. In the...

Chameleon Actor Inhabits a Holiday Classic

Popular wisdom holds that one can’t be everything to everyone. Don’t tell that to actor James Leaming, who embodies George Bailey, the main character, and everyone else in the Laguna Playhouse production of “This Wonderful Life.” The one-man Steve Murray stage play is based on...

Blue Angels Cockpit Cam

The Blue Angels magnanimously invited me to fly with them in their two-seat F/A-18 Hornet, and to put it mildly — it was phenomenal! Invitations for a backseat hop are far and few between, so it was a distinct privilege to be selected for a VIP ride. This type of sortie...

Dance Festival Springs to Life

The arrival of spring this year coincides with the expansion of the Laguna Dance Festival season, staged in the fall of previous years. Though dancers set the mood with audience-teasing performance snippets in galleries during this past Thursday’s Art Walk, the real attraction...

Throwing Down a Contest for Skimmers

Despite near perfect shoreline conditions for skimboarding in Laguna Beach, the town lacks frequent skim competitions, save for the large annual Victoria contest at Aliso Beach. Skim boarders Paulo Prietto and Steve Taylor decided to remedy the situation by organizing some...

Laguna Dance Festival

  Here is a preview video from Complexions Contemporary Ballet with Desmond Richardson, who will be performing in Laguna Beach April 14-17 as part of the upcoming Laguna Dance Festival.   Four different programs are scheduled April 14-17 at the Laguna Playhouse, with an...