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University Women Hold Annual Mixer

New and ongoing members of the American Association of University Women, Laguna Beach, will be gathering for the 51st annual membership mixer from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10, at Laguna College of Art and Design, 2222 Laguna Canyon Rd. Attendees will hear brief remarks fr...

Workshop Offers Pain Relief

Health in Balance Integrative Medicine chiropractor Gary Arthur and his staff will offer an interactive workshop, Seven Steps to Relieve Neck and Back Pain, at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 29. RSVP for the workshop, which includes dinner at 949-497-2553 or visit...

Birthday Bash Marks Festival’s 85th Year

To celebrate its 85 years showcasing art, the Festival of Arts is throwing itself a party on Sunday, Aug. 13, with free admission, games, art activities, live music, giveaways and treats at 650 Laguna Canyon Road Among the day’s highlights: jurors Mark Porterfield, Emma Paddon...

Limelight

Parade Winners

Winners in the 50th Patriots Day Parade are as follows: Grand Marshal’s Trophy: Pageant of the Masters. President’s Trophy: Laguna Beach County Water District. Band Sweepstakes: Bassett High School of La Puente. Elementary Band: L.B.U.S.D. Elementary School Band. Military Color...

Winning Images Evoke Nature’s Best

Laguna Bluebelt Coalition announced winners in amateur and professional categories in its fifth annual photo contest this week. Local Rich German, known for capturing video of marine mammals from his paddleboard, won in the amateur category with an image of a gray whale’s flukes....

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Obituaries

In Memoriam of Katie Haven

1932-2017 Katie Haven passed away on July 30, 2017, while in hospice care for the last several weeks if her life. She was a valued 50-year American Association of University Women Laguna Beach Branch charter member, having come to Laguna Beach in 1967 with her husband Al who...

Helen Pines

Helen Pines, of Laguna Beach, passed peacefully in her sleep on July 29, 2017. She grew up in Los Angeles and attended the University of Southern California.  She began her career as an interior decorator and ended it as a loving mother and homemaker.  Her husband, Mark Pines,...

Zimmerman, Owner of Famed Local Bookstore, Dies at 76

By Josh Zimmerman, Special to the Independent   Lorraine Zimmerman, owner of legendary Fahrenheit 451 Books in Laguna Beach (1978-1988), of Collected Thoughts Bookshop in Berkeley (1996-2004), and partner at Berkeley’s University Press Books (2004-2017), passed away on July...

Columns

Wisdom Workout

Grace and Grit      Two of my brothers and one of my sisters, their spouses and families have all been directly impacted by the tragedy in Houston. Even the home owned by my parents, plus the neighborhood that holds all my younger siblings’ growing up memories, is five feet...

Guest column

America First: What does that mean and other thoughts on immigration, raising kids and reading   If it is just a conceit to pay the people we hire a living wage, and it may be but I am betting not, we still impact the lives of the people we hire with a single conceit and that...

Village Matters

  We want to hang onto old friends as long as we can, but inevitably they go beyond our grasp or we go beyond theirs. This weekend there was a little gathering for an old friend who had moved on, finding another path in life, and finally dying after a long illness. Those who...

Pet Peeves

First Day I got a real kick out of reading Indy’s “Kindergartners Kick Off the Year at El Morro.” They are so excited to start school. Of course, they don’t know how to read yet. So it will come, as a surprise, when they find out El Morro is Spanish for prison. And prison terms...

Taking Stock

The Rally Broadens The stock market rally continues and its participation has become broader. Technology gains dominated the 2017 market. They are continuing but other sectors are joining in. Medical and biomedical stocks, Real Estate Investment Trusts, homebuilders, aerospace,...

Heart Talk

Two Sheriffs Last Saturday, two men came out to repair my garden fountain. They were on time, friendly, and very knowledgeable. They worked quickly, had the fountain up and running smoothly in no time, and explained how I was using the wrong chemicals in the war against algae....