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Help and Hope for At-Risk Students

Led admirably by Principal Joanne Culverhouse, the educators at LBHS who we count on to keep students safe and help at risk young people have come up with a bold idea that can bring the light of truth into one of the darkest corners of our lives. On May 12 the doors of the...

Is Laguna a Destination for the Homeless?

Editor, Is the city of Laguna Beach looking to become the number one destination for homeless people in Orange County? I am compassionate and want to help Laguna Beach residents that have lost their way or have a mental illness, but I do not believe our city has an obligation to...

Local Wins Accolades from National Charity League

The Sunshine Readers, founded by Julia Johnson of Laguna Beach, have been selected Philanthropy Partner for the 2014 National Charity League Leadership Conference being held in Anaheim, April 23-25. Johnson and her co-founder, daughter Candace, started Sunshine Readers 20 years...

Class Notes

UCI Summer Programs Offer Scholarships UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts received a grant that will fund as need-based scholarships for Orange County students to attend the Summer Academies in the Arts, for middle and high school students ages 13-18.  They offer...

Librarian Writes a New Chapter

By Donna Furey | LB Indy Jon Gilliom took on the job as Laguna Beach’s library branch manager a little more than a year ago and he is already helping rewrite what library patrons can expect to find amid the stacks. Gilliom, who holds a degree in literature and has studied...

Turnaround Artist Named Coach of the Year

Mark Lewis was named the 2013-14 Orange County girls’ basketball coach of the year after leading Laguna Beach High to second place in the Orange Coast League and a first round CIF post-season victory. The team’s eight league wins this season is a school record. Lewis’ first team...

On the Table

Boat-to-Plate Cuisine Lands in Laguna Slapfish will open its second Orange County location in Laguna Beach at 211 Broadway St. in April. Owners Chef Andrew Gruel and Jethro Naude will offer fresh, sustainable seafood at their beach close location with 10 seats indoors and an...

Keep it Wild with the Biologists

Join Bob Allen and Fred Roberts, renowned biologists and authors of “Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains,” as they discuss and sign their new book at the Nix Nature Center in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Feb. 12, 6- 8:30 p.m. Your book purchase supports...

Throwing a Housing Lifeline to the Homeless

Maybe you know of a family with a son or daughter diagnosed with a disabling mental condition, such as adult onset schizophrenia. They likely have described their difficulties finding effective medication, and the remote possibility of their 20-something ever carving out an...

With Technology, Coach Helps Swimmers Excel

A 15-year-old Brett Rose visited Mission Viejo in 1980 to compete in a junior national swim meet. He and his family had never before left their native Pennsylvania, but a detour to Laguna Beach during that trip hooked the family. Five years later, “We picked up like the...

New Group Plays Classic Tunes

By Roberta Carasso, Special to the Independent A new musical organization tuning up in Orange County will hold its second concert in its inaugural season next month in one of the county’s newest performing spaces. Laguna Beach resident Ronald Harris, continuing in his 12th year...

Rub Shoulders With Parade Honorees

The public is invited to meet this year’s Patriots Day Parade honorees at the Honorees Fundraiser Brunch on Sunday, Feb. 2 at Tivoli Terrace, 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. The cost is $30 per person; for information or reservations, contact Sandi Werthe at [email protected] or (949)...

Reviewer Finds Susi Q Lunch to His Liking

Editor, Two months ago, an Orange County health inspecter announced to Larry & Nick, who work for Age Well Senior Services that provide lunches from Langlois Foods in Laguna Canyon to all the senior centers in South Orange County, that she was totally surprised herself after...

Firefighters Ignite Spark of Love

This year marks the 20th anniversary of firefighters’ Spark of Love toy drive and Laguna Beach’s fire stations are participating in the collection. New, unwrapped toys may be dropped off through Dec. 24 at all four stations: 501 Forest Ave., 285 Agate St., 2900 Alta Laguna Blvd....

Fostering Hope One Child at a Time

Laguna Beach resident Jaynine Warner devotes her time to Court Appointed Special Advocates for the unique role it plays providing stability to a vulnerable group, the most disadvantaged foster children in Orange County. Friends of CASA fundraises for the privately funded...