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High School Sports Update

  Girls Water Polo (1-0) Southern California’s top team opened their 17th season this past week with a 22-9 thrashing of Dana Hills on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the local community pool. Missing the team’s top player, Makenzie Fischer, who was with USA Water Polo’s Jr National Team,...

Adding ‘Ice’ to Holiday Hospitality

Plans for Laguna Beach’s annual Hospitality Night, celebrated Friday, Dec. 6 downtown on Forest Avenue, include live music, edible treats, Santa’s arrival and this year a rare Southern California experience: ice skating. A temporary plastic polymer artificial ice rink will...

Fostering Hope One Child at a Time

Laguna Beach resident Jaynine Warner devotes her time to Court Appointed Special Advocates for the unique role it plays providing stability to a vulnerable group, the most disadvantaged foster children in Orange County. Friends of CASA fundraises for the privately funded...

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...

Teachers Learn to Show, Rather Than Tell

Participating rather than being told is the key to learning, even for teachers, says a consultant hired last month to help integrate new state learning standards into the curriculum of Laguna Beach’s school district. “Here’s a brutal fact about professional development for...

New Merchant Class on the Rise

Some shoppers trade a good night’s sleep for Black Friday deals, rising in the wee hours to snag the best big box bargains of the year. Others chose a different kind of bargain, trading rock bottom prices on mass-produced products for the luxury of sleeping in and then...

Cleaner Fire Pits May Burn in Laguna

Wood-burning bonfires at Aliso Beach in South Laguna may be a thing of the past as fire pits up the coast switch to cleaner-burning propane or natural gas. According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, two contracts to install clean-burning fire pits for public...

The Mason and the Potter, United by Clay

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent In the current “Adam Silverman: Clay and Space” exhibit at Laguna Art Museum, a mason and potter blended their talents to create a sensory installation that wraps viewers in the artistic expressions of both. To view Silverman’s...

Stitching Together Holiday Cheer

By Dona Harman, Special to the Independent The Susi Q NeedleArts Guild was busy last Friday, Nov. 22, wrapping over 75 hand-knit and crochet accessories to bring cheer this holiday season to residents of Friendship Shelter and Glennwood Home as well as the homeless through their...

Author Reveals Laguna’s Lesser Known History

The public is invited to local author Skip Hellewell’s discussion of his works “Loving Laguna” and “Early Homestead Families” at a Laguna Beach Historical Society program Tuesday, Nov. 26. The free 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. program will be held at the Laguna Beach City Hall Council...

Festival Facelift Could Influence City Entrance

If all goes according to plan, the Festival of Arts’ facade may receive a $2 million makeover as early as next fall, according to board president Fred Sattler, who described planned renovations at the festival’s annual membership meeting last week, saying that the...

Departures Leave Openings at Fire Department

Two longtime employees of Laguna Beach’s fire department will leave next month, City Manager John Peitig announced. Division chief and fire marshal Dan Stefano, who joined Laguna Beach as a reserve firefighter in 1995 and became a full time firefighter in 1997, will become fire...

Native Trees Replace Exotic Species in Bluebird Canyon

The City Council approved a plan Tuesday night to replant native trees to replace those cut down last fall in Bluebird Canyon because of potential hazards. The decision diffused tension as 18 residents weighed in on the issue with opposing viewpoints. When the Council ordered the...

Inside Out: The JFK Assassination was my 9/11

When JFK was shot, my parents were on the parade route. Friends were at the Dallas Trade Mart awaiting Kennedy’s arrival for a highly anticipated speech. I was sitting in a Dallas classroom at Zion Lutheran Elementary School. So many of us will never forget where we were, what we...

Winter Fantasy Unveils its New Art World

The 23rd annual Winter Fantasy, “A Whole New World of Art,” begins Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Sawdust Art Festival and will run over four weekends, including the Friday after Thanksgiving, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, concluding Dec. 14 and 15. Opening day entertainment, free...