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Work-Out Addict Sweats to Educate Girls

Work-Out Addict Sweats to Educate Girls

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent Five mornings a week, promptly at 8 a.m., Carl Brown, lean and focused, begins his yoga class beneath whatever sky the day has brought in the public park north of Laguna Beach’s Montage resort. For more than seven years, the former communications executive has led free or donation-based […]

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Old Phones Build Nepal School

Old Phones Build Nepal School

Several local businesses are accepting donations of discarded cell phones for the benefit of a rural school in Nepal established by Laguna Beach-based R Star Foundation and its founder, Rosalind Russell. Laguna Beach collection sites include: Robert McGraw Architects, 305 N. Coast Highway; Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave.; Buy Hand boutique, 1570 S.  Coast Highway; […]

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Community Datebook

Community Datebook

American Legion to Conduct Veterans Day Ceremony Frank Sellers, a Long Beach Veteran’s Hospital representative, will serve as the keynote speaker at an 11 a.m. ceremony on Monday, Nov. 11, honoring Veterans Day. The pubic is invited to join Laguna Beach’s American Legion, which will conduct the ceremony recognizing the service of all veterans at […]

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Benefits and Benefactors

Benefits and Benefactors

Garden Party Helps Nepalese Children All are invited to a garden party at a private north Laguna home on Sunday, Oct. 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. to support Chhahari, (“shelter” in Nepalese), a home for 22 at-risk and orphaned children founded in 2007 by Laguna Beach resident Christine Casey. When Casey trekked Nepal in […]

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Lift a Cup for Nepal’s Top of the World School

Lift a Cup for Nepal’s Top of the World School

Laguna Beach resident Rosalind Russell and Rabin Sitaula, of Nepal, pooled their money as well as that of contributions from donors to build Top of the World School Nepal. Now, their goal is to raise $5,000 for a generator to power a student computer lab. Supporter Ileana Gulmesoff hosts a fundraiser to aid Russell’s R […]

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Goat Lady Returns to Nepal

Goat Lady Returns to Nepal

Former Laguna Beach resident Rosalind Russell departs on Dec. 7 for Nepal, where she will deliver dozens of pregnant goats to rural village women, giving them a chance to earn money to improve their lives. Because of Russell and her R Star Foundation’s goat-giving project, over 3,000 Nepali women, are now able to pay for […]

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Garden Party Benefits Goat Giving in Nepal

Garden Party Benefits Goat Giving in Nepal

Laguna Beach’s R Star founder Rosalind Russell invites friends and supporters to join her for a garden tea party Saturday, Sept. 29, from 2-4 p.m. at the home of Ileana, 17151 Greenleaf Lane, Huntington Beach, 92649. Entertainment will include a violinist and ballet dance performance, lunch, desserts and refreshments. Please RSVP to 714-846-5850 or 949 […]

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Fanning the Flames of Optimism

Fanning the Flames of Optimism

By Barbara McMurray, Special to the Independent In fall 2004, Laguna Beach resident Christine Casey, a retired banking executive, fulfilled a lifelong dream with a three-month trip to Nepal.  As her group walked through poor villages, she was appalled at the sight of sick, starving, neglected children begging in the streets. They had lice, open […]

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Star Receives a Gift from the Heart

Star Receives a Gift from the Heart

Cheryl Russell donated $100 and 10 “StarHeart” books valued at $150 to the R Star Foundation, the non-profit established by Rosalind Russell, who is no relation. The donation will purchase a goat in Nepal and the books, which inspire children to use their imagination, will be distributed to Nepalese children, said Rosalind Russell, temporarily a […]

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Teen’s Volunteerism Rewarded

Teen’s Volunteerism Rewarded

Laguna Beach High School junior Alia Manetta received the Violet Richardson Award from the Soroptimist International of the Newport Harbor Area earlier this month.   The award marks International Women’s Day, which honors young women for their volunteerism. Alia was recognized for establishing the Laguna Beach goat club, which supports the R Star Foundation’s work […]

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Locals Cast in Film Society’s Shorts

Locals Cast in Film Society’s Shorts

The Laguna Beach Film Society screens a series of shorts at 7 p.m. Aug. 18 at South Coast Cinema and many special guests and filmmakers will be on hand. Laguna Beach locals play a role in some of the films.             The line up includes “Abre Tus,” by Samantha Wilson, an animated film about a […]

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Philanthropy

Philanthropy

Crevier Starts Community Foundation Fund Local philanthropist Donnie Crevier has established a donor advised fund at the Laguna Beach Community Foundation and also made a $25,000 unrestricted foundation donation. “I believe in our Laguna Beach community and its nonprofits. I would encourage Laguna Beach residents to learn more about the benefits of supporting charities through […]

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Indy on the Itinerary

Indy on the Itinerary

Share a postcard from your travels near or far. Submit a high resolution image at www.lbindy.com.  Moscow  Retired Cal State Fullerton history professor Bob Feldman and his wife Pam at Moscow’s St. Basil Cathedral. Though retired, the couple conduct annual tours to Russia. Idaho Laguna’s Dennis Lockwood, center, took his friends, Bob Burns, left, and […]

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Community Datebook

Community Datebook

Become Breast Cancer Aware Celebrate life with breast-cancer survivors from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, at the Laguna Presbyterian Church parlor, 415 Forest Avenue. It could save a life. Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women between the ages of 35 and 54 years.  With early detection, the 10-year survival […]

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Carrying on Her Mission in Nepal Despite Setbacks at Home

Carrying on Her Mission in Nepal Despite Setbacks at Home

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent Rosalind Russell may be homeless and facing financial ruin here, but in Nepal she’s a heroine. Over two years ago, “the goat lady,” lost her home by fire and is in litigation with her insurance company over rebuilding it. Her personal funds are diminished and she’s living in […]