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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...

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....

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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...

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...
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