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Tuning Up a Cherished Scout Tradition

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy   Garbed in uniforms made of blue shorts and shirts and tied off with yellow kerchiefs, topped with blue caps, a pack of cub scouts encircled an assembled race track running from one end of the room to the other, swarming the finish line, whooping...

Class Notes 10/5/12

Sapphire, At School Sapphire at School, an offshoot of Laguna Beach’s Sapphire restaurant, began delivering  fresh and healthy meals to students of St. John’s Episcopal School in Rancho Santa Margarita beginning with the school year. Begun in 2007 by Sapphire’s Chef Azmin...

Ancient Tree Seeds a Newly Minted Author

By Justin Swanson, Special to the Independent   Gilbert G. Thibault, a 36-year Laguna Beach resident, recently published his first nonfiction work, “I Am the World’s Oldest-Known Living Tree,” a children’s book about California-native bristlecone pines. Becoming a...

Laying Claim to Budget-Conscious Appetites

Three restaurants scheduled to open in Laguna Beach this spring should elevate the casual dining options in town. Newcomers BurgerFi, Umami Burger and Carmelita’s, respectively touting healthy and sustainable burgers and franks, burgers with extra flavor, and fine Mexican food,...