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Pioneering AIDS Activist Shares Memoir

Sean Strub charts his remarkable life in “Body counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival,” which he will discuss and sign at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway, Thursday, Feb. 6, 6 p.m. Strub is founder of POZ magazine, producer of the play “The Night Larry...

Gearing Up for World AIDS Day

Laguna Beach’s downtown trees will be adorned with card enscribed with the name of one of the 500 local residents claimed by HIV/AIDS since 1981 in recognition of World AIDS Day this Sunday, Dec. 1. Free HIV testing and an evening vigil, both at Main Beach, as well as a free...

Community Datebook

Holiday Wreath-Making Underway Laguna Beach’s Green Tree General Store, 998 S. Coast Highway, hosts a wreath making workshop on Friday, Nov. 22, from 6-9 p.m. In this three-hour workshop, participants will sip on holiday cocktails, craft with friends and learn how to mak...

Wisdom Workout: Outliving the Quilt’s Patches

About 20 years ago, a colleague of mine, one of my favorite men in the world, called to say he was in Laguna and wanted to stop for a visit. We hadn’t worked together for years so I was excited about the opportunity to reconnect. I answered the door. Seeing his face, I knew...

Blazing a New Trail for AIDS Awareness

“I found some things that were shocking to me, and I’d like to share them with others,” said Laguna Beach High School freshman Nicholas Rieckhoff, explaining the motivation behind his HIV awareness brochure for teens, which he presented to the Laguna Beach City...

Remembering AIDS Deaths

  Editor, World AIDS Day is always Dec. 1, and this year it falls on Thursday. Just as in years past, members of our city’s HIV Advisory Committee will adorn city-center trees with red ribbons bearing the names of people who have died of AIDS, but this year you’ll see them ...

Reflecting on AIDS

The city’s HIV Advisory Board is gearing up for World AIDS Day, today, Thursday, Dec. 1, an annual day of reflection in honor of those who have died of AIDS.   Laguna will  offer a Main Beach health fair and sunset vigil at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. service at Neighborhood...

Finding Connections a Continent Away

Guest column By Jim Van Dalfsen, Special to the Independent   We were in the squatter’s camp of Kayamandi, South Africa, to build our third orphan home with an organization that I have been involved in for the past five years, Tapestry Homes.  It was child sponsorship day....

Alternative Market Reaps Gifts to Nonprofits

Patrons of the fifth annual Alternative Christmas Market, sponsored by the Neighborhood Congregational Church’s JOY (Justice, Outreach and You) Ministry, contributed $6,079 to 14 organizations with their purchses. The tally follows: American Friends Service Committee, 26 bottles...