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Native Americans Celebrate a Historic Site

The 11th annual Panhe, a daylong Native American gathering that celebrates protection and preservation, starts up at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 26 at the San Mateo campground on San Onofre State Beach. Panhe is the 9,000 year old historic village of the indigenous Acjachemen o...

Noted Architect’s Works Return to the Spotlight

Aubrey St. Clair, the prolific architect responsible for many government buildings and private homes in Laguna Beach designed in the Mediterranean colonial style, is the subject of a talk by architectural historian Ted Wells on Saturday, March 18. A prix fix menu will be served...

Taking Advantage of Subtle Seasons

Learn how to take full advantage of subtle seasons at South Laguna Community Garden as urban farmer Anna Maria Desipris provides growing guidance at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 18 at the corner of Coast Highway and Eagle Rock Way. The event is free and the public is welcome. RSVP at...

Limelight

Patriotism Steps Beyond Red, White and Blue

By Charlie Warner, Special to the Independent The Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association float featuring a roller-skating mime and dancers whirling in traditional Mexican costumes won the Grand Marshals Trophy in the 51st Laguna Beach Patriot’s Day Parade. “The Sister...

Art & Nature Raises the Bar

Slender and 10-feet tall, the four-sided posts shone in the sunlight, reflecting the moods of the ocean and hillsides and at evening dramatically mirrored cloud banks and at least one brilliant sunset. Come darkness, they mirrored staccato bursts of light coming from car...

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Obituaries

Donald Shoemaker

Aug. 14, 1937 – Feb. 20, 2017 Donald Shoemaker died Feb. 20, 2017, at his home in San Juan Capistrano after a four-year illness. Don was born Aug. 4, 1937, in New Castle, Penn., to Wendell and Doris Shoemaker. In 1971, he formed Shoemaker Films, a production company specializing...

Marilyn B. Schmitz

Marilyn B. Schmitz passed away in Palm Desert at the age of 86 on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. Known throughout her life as “Minow,” her parents, Lynn and Marie Taylor, settled in Laguna Beach in 1927, the year the village incorporated as a city. Marilyn was born in a bungalow on Aster...

Jeanne Marie Stodder

January 7, 1931 – February 17, 2017 Jeanne Marie Stodder (née Anderson) a 33-year resident of Dana Point, left this world suddenly on Feb. 17, 2017. She was surrounded by her seven children and four of their spouses when she left them behind and passed through those fabled gates....

Columns

Heart Talk

What You Can Do for Your Country Thanksgiving, as well Newport Beach, have felt the slings and arrows of this columnist. The new president, Dana Rohrabacher, and those that kill whales have come under scrutiny and ridicule as well. Now, new targets of opportunity need to be...

Village Matters

So Much Fun Ahead On Monday we all gathered for a mini potluck, saying farewell to one of our most dedicated and endearing gardeners. She and her husband are soon moving to Australia. She’ll be close to her family where job opportunities have opened up and housing costs are...

Pet Peeves

Beware Pensioners My heart monitor skipped a beat after reading the Indy’s “Pensions Pinch City’s Pocketbook.” My health can’t take any hint of pension problems. A deal is a deal. Right? So I made some calls to verify. “Laguna Beach City Hall. May I help you?” I answered. “Ye...

Taking Stock

Tomorrow Is Another Day Finally, the stock market closed down more than 1% for the first in 110 trading days. The streak began on October 11 and was the longest uninterrupted rise since 1995. The only casualty was complacency, never a good idea, nor are emotional reactions to...

The Kibitzer

A Walk Through Soka I’ve been exploring a lot of the Laguna Coast Wilderness, part of my scheduled therapy to combat the daily Dadaist play that has enveloped us. Recently I rolled deep into Aliso and Wood Canyons Park, that 4,500-acre wildlife sanctuary that serves as our buffer...
Posted On 16 Mar 2017

Pet Peeves

City’s Histrionic Register A property rights debate flared up at the city council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The council tried to close the 1993 Feb. 29 loophole that allows contractors to build whatever they want, wherever they want and at whatever costs they want, to be...