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Shore Scene

Black Footed Beach Thief With its red bill tipped in black and its black legs and webbed feet, the Heerman’s gull (Larus heermanni) is one of the most easily recognizable seagulls found in Laguna. Often seen on the beach congregating with other species of seagulls, the bird is...

Jazz Summers Series Continues

Presented by Laguna Beach Live!’s Jazz Wednesdays Summer Series at The Ranch, the Jet Set Quintet performs from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27. Led by Tony Guerrero on Trumpet and Flugel, with mambos and  cha-chas the  swing classics of the quintet recall the fads, fashion and...

A Day of Pampering for Healing

The 3rd Annual Nurturing to Remember, a Forever Footprints event sponsored by Pacific Edge Hotel in Laguna Beach, 647 S. Coast Highway, will take place on Monday, Sept. 8. This free event honors mothers who have lost a baby and the professionals who care for them. It is designed...

Budget Stretch

The school’s retirement funds are broke again. Sounds like a broken record. Oops, let me update that. Sounds like a broken MP-3 player. Oops, oops. Sounds like a broken IPod. Whew, I dated myself there. And my wife, who knows me, wishes I dated myself again. It seems schools are...

Getting to Know a Regular Guy

Laguna Beach is a unique place. The flip-flopped, casually dressed person next to you in line at the grocery store may be a famous business owner, musician, athlete or philanthropist. Most people don’t put on airs in this town. People are real. Fascinating folks are among us....

School Salutes the Town’s Art Heritage

St. Catherine of Siena Parish School plans a pageant show this Friday, May 17, a tribute to the town’s famous Pageant of the Masters production. The school transforms itself into a gallery of live art, where students pose in full-sized art works. This year’s exhibit includes...

Filling the Tip Jar for Two Restaurant Owners

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy   On the cusp of heartbreak and the threshold of tragedy, two Laguna Beach families are leaning on friends and accepting the kindness of fellow residents as multiple fundraising efforts are underway to support Marc Pitz and William McMurray. This...

A Drink For Your Health

By Andrea Primer, Special to the Independent   Juicing, a dietary trend gaining popularity in recent years, has attracted fruit-blending entrepreneurs to Laguna Beach for some time, and Nekter is the newest to join the bunch, opening its newest store Friday, Jan. 25 at 272...

Perfect Pairing: Disaster Planning and Potluck

Interested neighbors of the Wesley Fire Protection Zone (from Lower Nyes to Aliso Circle) are invited to take part in an emergency preparedness event and light potluck on Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Laguna Terrace Park Clubhouse, 30802 Coast Highway, at 6:30 p.m. Pre-meeti...

Dicterow Hosts Sept 11 Event

Laguna Beach City Council candidate Steve Dicterow invites the public to join him for a Sept. 11 tribute on Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Mozambique restaurant, 1740 S. Coast Highway. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served.  

Brombies Return for a Second Bluegrass Barbeque

Laguna Beach Live! brings back the popular Brombies on Sept. 16 for an afternoon of bluegrass and barbeque at Aliso Creek Inn & Golf Course. The Los Angeles-based Brombies plays from 5 to 7 p.m. and Aliso Creek will be serving barbeque starting at 4 p.m. Dinner is $15 per...

Village Laguna Hosts Potluck

The public is invited to join Village Laguna’s annual potluck picnic at Aliso Beach on Monday, July 23, at 6 p.m. Burgers, hot dogs and drinks will be provided. Participants should bring their own re-usable eating and drinking utensils, a potluck dish to share and a sand chair.

Adding a New Tune to Laguna’s Art Scene

By Valerie Yu, Special to the Independent Grammy-nominated reggae artist Pato Banton performs Sunday, July 15, at The Cliff’s Laguna Village in the highly-anticipated “Music Matters” Concert, a special showcase to top local nonprofit Blue Water Green Earth’s free summer-long...

Jazz Wednesdays Jams On

Following a sold-out opening night of Jazz Wednesdays, Laguna Beach Live! continues its popular jazz series in Hotel Laguna’s Rose Garden on Thursday, June 27, with saxophonist Rickey Woodard’s quartet. The cover charge for the 6-8 p.m. show is $12 online, guaranteeing a seat and...

Luxury Cinema Takes a Bow

Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas recently premiered their newest location at Laguna Niguel’s Ocean Ranch shopping center. Moviegoers will experience state of the art, digital auditoriums, leather reclining chairs and call service buttons summoning waiters to take food or beverage orders....
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