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Local Cooks Up a Winning Entrée

Laguna local Olivia Ladaire last month entered the Ben’s Beginners Cooking Contest, where children are invited to submit a home video of themselves preparing a rice-based dish. Olivia, a student in the culinary arts conservatory at Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana,...

Still Tilting at Windmills, Chamberlain Earns the Praise of His Peers

Artist, photographer, gallerist, socio-political activist, college professor and mentor are among the varied roles Laguna Beach resident Mark Chamberlain has filled over a span of four decades. And they inform why he’s this year’s recipient of the Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy...

Story Dispels Myths About Stem Cell Research

Editor, I want to personally thank you for the wonderful art review on The Art of Stem Cells being held at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Arts (OCCCA) in Santa Ana. Such a glowing review by your art critic, Daniella Walsh, who is held in the highest of esteem by OC...

Stem Cells Star in Marriage of Art and Science

  By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy Janet Dreyer earned a doctorate in molecular biology, but in her 50s enrolled at the Pasadena College of Art and Design and became hooked on art. After a hiatus from both science and art for travel, she’s back to art, creating a work that...

Iseman Is Ready to Keep Serving

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Toni Iseman taught junior high and high school classes for 12 years before switching from teaching to counseling and discovering a preference for working with students one-on-one. That penchant now informs her approach as an elected member of the...

A ‘Circuitous’ Path Leads to Arts Commission

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent As a metalworker, glassblower, landscape architect and lighting designer, Carmen Salazar’s experiences as an artist span across varied terrain. Describing her career path as “circuitous,” Salazar’s pursuit of many...

Bicyclist Dies in Coast Highway Accident

A 55-year-old Laguna Beach bicyclist died Tuesday, June 17, in a Santa Ana hospital due to injuries suffered in a 6:56 p.m. accident with a vehicle near Emerald Bay, police said. Cyclist John Greg Colvin was traveling northbound on the right side of Coast Highway when for an...

Observations from the Streets

It seems to be a heated debate on whether or not to provide an $18 million shelter for those living on the streets. Quite honestly, most homeless prefer the life on the street rather than establishing a permanent residence. There, they can live life with no accountability. Free...

Kids’ Culture

Oz and Ahhs at Imagination Celebration As part of Orange County’s 29th Imagination Celebration, the Arts & Learning Conservatory of Santa Ana will offer local children free tickets to their production of “The Wizard of Oz” at Segerstrom High School Theatre, 2301 W. MacArthur,...

Annette Louise Stephens

Annette Louise Stephens, a longtime resident of Laguna Beach, died Dec. 14, 2013, due to the complications of Widely Metastatic Uterine Cancer.   She was 78 years old. Stephens was born in Union City, N.J. to Gerard and Zoe Steencken on May 5, 1935.  There she was educated and...

Art Seen

Celebrating a 25-Year Itinerary A three-week long exhibition of work by Tom Swimm, a San Clemente oil painter and former Festival of Arts exhibitor, opens Saturday, Jan. 25 with a public reception from 5-8 p.m. at Laguna Beach’s Pacific  Edge Gallery, 540 S. Coast Highway. To...

A Family Tradition of a Different Sort

By Donna Furey, Special to the Independent The ideal community service projects undertaken by bar and bat mitzvah candidates help transform the 13-year-olds into young adults and develop their awareness for social justice issues. Aaron Alcouloumre and his sister Shira took the...

Final Arguments Underway in Murder Trial

Andrea Adelson | LB Indy In their final arguments before a jury charged with determining if a Lake Forest man is responsible for the 2009 murder of Laguna Beach’s Damon Nicholson, the prosecutor and defense attorney conveyed dramatically divergent portraits of the accused in a...

Street beat

Two Die in Overturned Truck The coroner’s office identified two passengers who died in a single-vehicle collision while exiting state Route 73 near Laguna Beach on Halloween Night. Victorino Benites and Esteban Dimas Alonzo, both 42 and residents of Santa Ana, were killed when...

Two Die in Overturned Truck

The coroner’s office identified two passengers who died in a single-vehicle collision while exiting state Route 73 near Laguna Beach on Halloween Night. Victorino Benites and Esteban Dimas Alonzo, both 42 and residents of Santa Ana, were killed when the vehicle where they were...
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