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Playhouse Gets Down With Motown Gala

The Laguna Playhouse’s Motown-themed gala is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach and organizers are still seeking sponsors. Proceeds raised during this event will go towards helping sustain The Laguna, a 93-year-old icon and the oldest...

Lifeguards Place First in Regional Competition

Twenty Laguna Beach lifeguards participated in the California Surf Lifesaving Association Regional Lifeguard Competition on Saturday, July 27, in Newport Beach. Led by team captain Gina Nourmohamadian, the four-woman, 16-man Laguna Beach team finished first place in its division,...

Community Datebook 8/9/13

ZPizza Resumes its Spinning Tradition   Forced last year to vacate its original location in the Albertson’s-anchored Aliso Creek Shopping Center, Zpizza will reopen in the same center again on Monday, Aug. 12, but in a different space previously occupied by Animal Crackers pet...

Library Scores a Power Boost

Editor, I was at the library and saw many happy patrons working away on the computers so after reading Carter’s letter (“Lamenting an Impossible System,” Letters, June 14), I checked with our librarian and all our computers have been working just fine. I do have good news...

Responding to Constant Complaints

Editor: Answer to Roger Carter’s letter re: library Mr. Carter must not read the papers or he would know that the county is nearly broke. Yet, our library has 18 computers for public use bought by the Friends of the Laguna Beach Library, which also refurbished our library...

Preschool Opens for Offspring of Teen Moms

Fristers, a nonprofit that assists teen moms to become self-sufficient, has added a new school-readiness program for children of their clientele. The Kidsters Childcare and School-Readiness Program in Newport Beach is offered simultaneously with the life coach program offered...

Trees Contribute to Laguna’s Beauty

Editor, In considering a view ordinance for Laguna Beach, the overall look of Laguna should be kept in mind, not just individual lots. To me, our town looks much more inviting than sections of Newport Beach and Dana Point because of our lush and diverse vegetation. Sections of...

New Year’s Eve Laguna-Style

By Michele McCormick   New Year’s Eve in Paris, Hong Kong, Nairobi, Delhi, exotic spots all. Still, at the auspicious time, I’d rather be in Laguna. Not only because our town is one of the world’s most beautiful coastal cities, but also because I participate in revered...

Pampered For a Purpose

Bellacures Laguna Beach invites all to “Pamper For a Purpose,” a cocktail party for a cause, on Thursday, Aug. 30 at 5 – 8 p.m. at 226 Ocean Ave. Guest will sip wine, enjoy manicures and pedicures by Bellacures, botox by Newport Beach’s OMG OC Aesthetics, and on the spot...

Newport Seeks New Arts Programs

Arts organizations offering cultural arts programs for Newport Beach residents and visitors may apply for grants available through the city Arts Commission. Successful applicants must propose programs for funding that directly benefit children, youth, adults and seniors in...

Trees Merit a Caution Sign

Editor, In response to Ms. Blurock’s letter dated Aug. 3, (“Tribute to the ‘old spirit’ of Laguna”), it is incredible to me how one homeowner can hold the entire neighborhood hostage. Her “large grove of Eucalyptus  trees” in North Laguna are a danger to nearby homes, pedestrians...

The OC at the Olympics

Women’s Water Polo Laguna Beach High alum Annika Dries (’09) and Team USA squeaked out a 14-13 win during the opening round of Olympic water polo Monday night. The hard fought victory came against a scrappy Hungary squad that may have been looking for a little revenge after the...

Foreseeing Bike Sharrows for Laguna Beach?

Editor, In a 5-1 vote with one council member absent, the Newport Beach City Council recently approved the use of bicycle sharrows to be painted on Pacific Coast Highway in Corona del Mar. Sharrow symbols are traffic lane markers used to remind all road users the lane is...

Nathan’s Contest Inspires an Imitator

By Justin Swanson, Special to the Independent   Something about New York’s annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest enticed Newport Beach resident Colin Mulligan, who watched the annual rite on television last week. Joey Chestnut of Valencia, Calif., dominated the New York...

Chronicler of California Art Honored

  Laguna Art Museum will honor Ruth Lilly Westphal, a Newport Beach resident, as the first recipient of the California Art Award on Saturday, June 30. Westphal is accomplished for having published three books that became the foundation for the serious study and reassessment...