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They’re Outta Here

Please tantalize those at home with a high resolution image from your adventures near and far. And thanks again to fans that save space for the Indy in their bags.    

Correct Email for India Donations

Editor, I was so happy to be featured in last week’s paper. However my email address was incorrectly noted. It is actually [email protected] My phone number is  949 892-9997. I will be leaving for my third volunteer trip to India on June 23, where I will continue my work...

Aspiring Doctor Disembarks for India Again

By Donna Furey | LB Indy As a freshman at Laguna Beach High School, Alia Manetta took up her mom’s invitation to join her watching “60 Minutes.” The now soon-to-be sophomore at UCLA says that the program they watched about people who work in third world countries changed her...

Local Hosts Trekker Walking for Charity

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent Stephen Hnilca walked through Laguna Beach on Wednesday, May 28, nearly a year since his journey began from New Port Richey, Fla., to raise money for charity. Since departing on May 25, 2013, he has covered 3,000 miles en route to his...

Taking Stock

Eyes on the Prize Two weeks after a small-minded sect of politicians drove the United States to the brink of default, its stock market hit record levels. This rebound reflects its continued leadership as the world’s largest economy and also on the country’s ability to produce and...

Former Refugee Envisions Playing Fields for Youth

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent A fundraiser to build a sports complex at a Tibetan refugee settlement in rural India will be held this Friday evening at Laguna Beach’s Neighborhood Congregational Church. Sharing Light, the second fundraiser for the Norgyeling...

Kindling Community in Dark Corners

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent   After spending more than 20 hours in the air, a group of local travellers dropped down in central India and were instantly bombarded by a relentless barrage of sights and sounds as they drove another four hours to a remote...

Wells a Splashing Success

Money raised by Laguna Beach’s Soroptimist International and its partner, Newport Beach’s Woman of the Wells, have built four wells in India. The first of eight wells planned were installed in the villages of Dukari Pada, Gultaare and Pepal Gaon, located in State of Maharashtra,...

Gift of Light Comes Up Short

The goal of locals to bring solar powered light to families living in a Tibetan settlement in central India was nearly realized at a fundraiser last Saturday at the Neighborhood Congregational Church. “Sharing Light,” a benefit that featured a Tibetan flute player, homemade...

Local Businesses Voted Best in Show

Seven Laguna Beach businesses were voted “best” in their respective categories for 2012 online at oc.cityvoter.com. Laguna Beach resident Rev. Michael J. Ahern has been voted best wedding officiate for three years in a row. Occasions at Laguna Village was voted the best wedding...

Church Members Organize Return India Trip

Those interested in joining members of Neighborhood Congregational Church’s 16-day trip to India are invited to attend an 11:30 a.m. informational meeting Sunday, Oct. 21, at the church, 340 St. Ann’s Dr. The tour leaving Jan. 24 will be led by Tenpa Dorjee, owner of Laguna...

Monks Reprise Their Temporal Works of Art

Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Phukhang Monastery in southern India return to Laguna Beach’s Neighborhood Congregational Church on Sept. 18-23, where they will again create a sand mandala and introduce the community to their practices. The church, which has sponsored...

Prayer Wheel Embodies Church’s New Pledge

By Robin Pierson and Pam Wicks, Special to the Independent After viewing moving slides taken on a spiritual trip to India, the Neighborhood Congregational Church and several members of the audience, pledged support and $600 to help the monks and Tibetan refugees living in an...

Janet Lena

Janet Lena 1941-2012   D.H. Lawrence once said, “It is not the length of life but the depth.”  If one agrees with this conclusion then Janet (Jan) Lena’s, of Laguna Beach, certainly filled the bill. Born in New York City in 1941, Lena spent her formative years in Long...
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