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Tidewater Docent Class Starts Splashing Soon

Laguna Ocean Foundation is offering a tidewater docent training class Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point. The program offers education about the near shore habitats including ecosystems, tide-pool creatures, the laws protecting them, and the reasons behind...

Free Yoga Celebration

The annual celebration of Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala’s opening promises to stretch the body and calm the spirit with a complimentary class, food and organic juice, and more on Sunday, Aug. 26, in Dana Point. Laguna Beach resident and founder Diana Christinson opened Pacific...

Bryce William Halbert

Bryce William Halbert of Laguna Niguel, loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012. He was 43. Bryce underwent emergency abdominal surgery while on vacation with his family and friends in Cabo San Lucas. A few days after the...

Tip Leads to Multiple Drug Arrests

Laguna Beach detectives arrested four people for drug offenses last Tuesday, July 10,  after pursuing a tip that a Dana Point man might be selling drugs in Laguna Beach, police said. After detectives began surveillance of Michael Gillen Gregory, 27, of Dana Point, they observed...

Home Raffle: In It to Win It

Tickets are now on sale for the eighth Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle, which benefits Dana Point’s Ocean Institute and the Irvine Public Schools Foundation. Ticket buyers will get a chance to win a Laguna Beach home or the alternative prize of $1 million. Over 250 prizes...

Local Kicks Off Regatta

Laguna Beach classical guitarist and private wealth manager Nicholas Yrizarry helped kick-off the 15th annual Richard Henry Dana Charity Regatta on Sunday, June 10, by entertaining guests. The regatta benefits Dana Point’s Ocean Institute and is scheduled to start on Thursday,...

Jag Goes for a Spin in Car Show

  By Justin Swanson, Special to the Independent   Laguna Beach’s Tim Tunnell will be entering his classic 1953 Jaguar XK 120 FHC in Dana Point’s Concours d’Elegance on June 24, where just last year Tunnell’s car earned the Elegance Award for a post-war sports car. The...

Village Matters: Who Started This Anyway?

It’s complicated, but South Laguna has lost its power to vote on the running of the water district that the community established in the 1930s. Way back in 1910 when the Egan family homesteaded 40 acres where West Street and Paso del Sur is now, they managed to get water from a...

The Write Stuff

Local Author Sets Romance Novel in Her Hometown Dana Point author Anita Hughes, author of the novel “Monarch Beach,” visits Laguna Beach Books on Friday, June 22, at 6 p.m. The debut novel is about a woman’s journey back to happiness after an affair splinters her perfect marriage...

Happy Returns for Design House’s Boutique Seller

The Gallery of Wearable Art, a defunct 10-year Laguna Beach shop, returns to its former roots to participate in the OC Philharmonic House of Design boutique, opening this week through May 21 in a hilltop South Laguna home. To tour the design house and meet designers, catch a free...

Happy Returns for Design House’s Boutique Seller

The Gallery of Wearable Art, a defunct 10-year Laguna Beach shop, returns to its former roots to participate in the OC Philharmonic House of Design boutique, opening this week through May 21 in a hilltop South Laguna home. To tour the design house and meet designers, catch a free...

Sea Scouts Fear Missing the Boats

The Sea Scout program, which instills sailing and leadership skills in youth ages 12 to 18, has not ventured beyond Dana Point Harbor since February, anchored by a pending Coast Guard investigation.   Emotions are reaching a crescendo as many in the local boating community...

El Morro Students Visit Ocean Institute

Forty-two fifth graders from Laguna Beach’s El Morro Elementary enjoyed a marine mammal cruise from Dana Point’s Ocean Institute dock last week.   Two additional groups of El Morro students were treated this week as well. The students were funded by a donation from Hearts of...

Cadet Navigates Passing the Baton

My wife’s daughter Breanna Hite returned to her alma mater recently to share her experiences and offer advice to Laguna Beach High School students who might be considering a Coast Guard career.   For the cadet, Hite’s turn at recruiting signified her own maturation and...

Council Says No Puppy in the Window

Due to reported abuses at commercial dog breeding facilities, better known as “puppy mills,” the council this week joined the cities of Irvine and Dana Point by prohibiting the retail sale of cats and dogs.  No stores in the city currently sell pets. The number of pets...