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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...

Storm-Damaged Garden Needs Restoration

Laguna Beach Garden Club is collecting donations to restore a garden established by the Sister Cities Association in Heisler Park that was destroyed by an uprooted eucalyptus tree. Contributions can be mailed to Laguna Beach Garden Club, P.O. Box 362, Laguna Beach, Calif., 92652....

Limelight

A Jury of Your Piers

By Andy Hedden, Special to the Independent Editor’s Note: With El Nino storms again lashing Southern California piers, we figured readers would enjoy stepping again on the ones built in Laguna Beach. Even in 2011 when the late Andy Hedden revisited them, all were long gone. You...

Hospitality Night Magic

Hospitality Night kicked off with the City Hall tree lighting and Santa Claus escorted by Snow White and Cinderella. Afterwards, crowds flowed freely along Forest Avenue, anchored by the Kenny Garcia band at the far end, a faux ice rink on Glenneyre and the Laguna Community Band...

Indy on Vacation

                                                Please share a postcard from your latest trip with arm-chair travelers at home. Pack an Indy along with your...

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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

Pet Peeves

Good Luck, Neophytes I felt exhausted after reading the Indy’s “The New Activists Emerge” in the Feb. 26 edition. Political neophytes are coming out of the woodwork to form political groups to get their voices heard with elected officials. Years ago, I heard a similar story about...

Heart Talk

Teaching in the Time of Trump “Do you miss teaching?” That question has been asked of me so many times since my retirement. I first stood in front of a classroom on trembling legs in 1969 at the age of 22. Too young, too inexperienced; enthusiasm would only carry me so far. My...

Taking Stock

Market Tuning Beats Market Timing The financial media pump up fear and greed, often agitating investors to trade on emotions. This week, Tesla (TSLA-$297) hit a hot streak on news suggesting eventual profits. This sparked the rookies into thinking that it was time to get into the...

The Kibitzer

Festivals Are The New Religion Spring has sprung, and that means gazillions of wildflowers in Southern California, the start of America’s pastime (really, baseball?), and of course March Madness. It’s also the sprouting of festival season. I predict a record season, because in...
Posted On 30 Mar 2017

Pet Peeves

Walden’s Pool A dear childhood friend of my wife’s said, “We can’t wait to visit next week. I took the boys to the library and we checked out a book about creatures large and small found in tidal pools. The boys are stoked.” My wife couldn’t bear to break the bad news. So, I took...

Wisdom Workout

Core Competence  A hallmark of personal competence is the ability to make discerning choices. Choosing well requires the mental work of uncovering, discovering and committing to taking right actions that represent our best efforts to resolve the issues that are demanding our...