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All Invited to Take Back the Town

The unofficial Take Back the Town Party starts early, with a 7-11 a.m. breakfast on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4, at Picnic Beach in Heisler Park. Expect local entertainment with Doug Miller on violin, firefighter Dave Lopez on bagpipes and Jessica de Stefano hand-delivering...

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...

Limelight

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....

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...

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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

Guest column

Read The Personals GEEZERS ANONYMOUS – If you’re an old guy who likes to hang out and play cards, join us. Bring along a pack of cards and a couple of cigars; folding chair is vital.  #GrumpyGuys FOR WOMEN ONLY – Gender specific/over 50.  Do you like to give and receive...

Heart Talk

Early Morning Riser “Early Morning Riser” was a song recorded in 1972 by the group Pure Prairie League. Sweet and soulful, with Craig Fuller singing lead, “Riser” is as fine a country rock tune as you will hear. Recently, on weekends, I have become an early morning riser. This is...

Just for Laughs

Read the Personals VEGAS-BOUND – Old retired guy looking for same with car.  You drive both ways; I pay for deluxe hotel. Prime location/4 days. We share cost of meals. Quality sportswear attire.  #Win-Win. AIR GUITAR – Some missing strings but still plays sweetly.  $25 bargain. ...

Wisdom Workout

Harvey Horror The aftermath of the Harvey Hurricane tragedy continues on with no end in sight. My brother Joe and my sister-in-law Laura lost both their home and Laura’s mother’s home that is on the next block of their used to be beautiful neighborhood in Houston....

Pet Peeves

First One Here I was on lower Park Street and reading the Indy’s “Downtown Street to Transform into a Plaza” when a motorist honked and yelled, “You’re early. Get out of the middle of the road. It’s not a plaza yet.” I feigned being deaf. The motorist threw a paper cup at me. I...

Village Matters

Take Your Photos Now The pepper tree in front of City Hall will be cut down to a 12-foot height next week, city public works director, Shohreh Dupuis announced at Tuesday’s council meeting. Don’t say no one told you this was going to happen. Now is the time to get one last look...