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Lifting the Curtain on an Epidemic of Youth Drug Use

Punked-out, self-taught chef Tyeson Jack Collester had just signed a television contract for a cooking show, “The Hungry Punker,” on the day he died as a result of an accidental drug overdose of morphine on Jan. 19, 2006 in Laguna Beach.   Through her strife over losing a...

Art Seen

Will Paint for Food The Laguna Resource Center will be partnering with the Laguna Canyon Artists at their December Group Show.  Prominent Laguna Beach artists will open their studios on Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 3251 Laguna Canyon Rd. In an effort to support local...

Playhouse Hires New Artistic Director

A year after the departure of its artistic director, Laguna Playhouse announced hiring a successor, theatre producing veteran Ann E. Wareham, a 27-year producing partner with Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles. “We are very fortunate to continue our partnership with Ann as she...

‘Stories of Home’ Tell a Homegrown Tale

Just days after returning to his beat as the police department’s community outreach officer, where he gets to know the local homeless population on a personal level, Corporal Jason Farris will step into a different role. He is one of a number of performers in “Stories of Home,”...

Getting Out

Weekend Concerts Benefit Local Skimboarder Guitarist Eric Henderson with special guests Steve Wood, Beth Fitchet and Bob Hawkins, will perform two concerts in Bridge Hall at the Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann’s Drive, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, and at 2...

Former Cigar Maker, Turns Captain of Commerce

A 1921 biographical sketch on the Jahraus family, now in its fifth-generation locally. Linda Jahruas described her family history at a Heritage Month event last week. Part 2   Among Elmer Ellsworth Jahraus’ many other activities, he is president of the Chamber of...

A 1921 Biography Profiles a Founding Laguna Family

As part of Heritage Month activities, Linda Jahraus will describe her family’s early influence on the town at a 7:30 p.m. Historical Society presentation Tuesday, May 10, in City Hall’s Council Chambers. She has recently published a book on her family history, which spans the...

Eva Bloom Weitzman Schweitzer

May 12, 1919-April 21, 2011 Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Eva Schweitzer spent most of her life in Los Angeles and Laguna Beach. She was beautiful, gracious and accepting of all.  She enjoyed books, Scrabble, music, her strong Jewish heritage and especially her family. Predeceased...

Take the Train to the Games

Baseball fans can save time and money by taking Metrolink trains to Angels Stadium this season. Metrolink and the Orange County Transportation Authority have teamed up to offer special weeknight roundtrip train service to and from Angels’ games from Los Angeles Union Station and...

Bailout At Mach 1.05

An aviation first occurs just off Laguna’s coast By Christopher J. Lynch | Special to the Independent Photos courtesy of the Boeing Historical Society   George Franklin Smith never knew he would be flying into aviation’s history book that fateful day of Feb. 26, 1955. The...

Relishing a Musical Treat

Editor, Our small city was fortunate to have world-class musicians in residence this past week, playing challenging, beautiful, and mysterious music. The Laguna Beach Music Festival brought the string quartet, Brooklyn Rider, together with some very special guests from Iran,...

Youth Polo Players Place 2nd

Laguna’s 14 and under boys water polo team captured the silver medal at the annual Winterfest tournament featuring the state’s top water polo teams. This past weekend, Laguna entered the 14 and under boys in the AA division, which featured 16 teams. Laguna boys came out strong...

Sober Pairs With Send-Ups in Biennial Exhibit

The much anticipated California Biennial exhibition by the Orange County Museum of Contemporary Art justified its build-up. The 150 works now on display are thought-provoking without being overwhelming. Instead, works that include painting, sculpture, photography, installation,...

Star Studded ‘Stories of Home’ Benefits Homeless

Combine the power of the written word with the immediacy of an actor’s visceral, live interpretation, and the result is a performance that literally brings a story to life. The experience, of last Sunday’s WordTheatre production “Stories of Home” was thrilling. “You get a lot...

OCTA Dilemma: Cost vs. Accountability

Editor, O.C. County Supervisor John Moorlach should resign from the Orange County Transit Authority board of directors. He does not represent the millions of citizens who ride the big OCTA buses, Access buses and Metrolink trains operated by OCTA. The driver who texted numerous...