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Learn the Benefits of Scouting

Laguna Beach Cub Scout Pack 35, for boys in kindergarten through fifth grade, invites prospective members to join their pack at an open house featuring a live magic show on Tuesday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. at Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave. Cub Scout activities include...

Business Club Hosts Dance Director

Business Club Hosts Dance Director Joy Dittberner, executive director of the Laguna Dance Festival, will be guest speaker at the Laguna Beach Business Club’s Thursday, April 20, breakfast meeting. She will describe the history of the foundation, its productions past and present...

Tour Sprouts with a Fiesta of Gardens

Nine gardens will be featured in the annual Gate & Garden Tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 5, a Laguna Beach Garden Club statement says. Taking place on Cinco de Mayo, participants can look forward to refreshments of tacos, margaritas, wine and beer as well as agave plants...

Limelight

A New Champ Skims to Shore

                      And division winners, according to the Vic website: Pro men’s division Tim Fulton Austin Keen Blair Conklin Max Bourne Sammy Stinnett Teddy Vlasis Johnny Salta Perry Pruitt        ...

Artist Finds Her Calling Wrapped in Felt

Booties, bedroom slippers, hats, crafts and the smooth emerald green surface covering expensive pool tables: these are the typical consumer uses associated with felt, which also figures in industrial applications. Yet, in regions of central Asia, the dense fabric is popularly...

Expect Raunchy Fun at ‘Rocky Horror Show’

At more than six feet, he sashays onto the stage in a fishnet top, slightly slipping corset, platform heels and spiky pink hair. In the latest re-incarnation of the Rocky Horror Show lead character and mad scientist Frank-N-Furter works his wacky magic at the No Square Theatre,...

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Obituaries

Kathleen Reilly Miller

Kathleen Reilly Miller, 97, died peacefully at home on Dec. 14, 2016, with family at her bedside. She is survived by her daughters Kathleen Hudson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Liza Glenn of Antigua, Guatemala; grandchildren Alix Jarrard of Laguna Beach, Rodman Primack of Miami...

Dennis Junka

Laguna Beach artist and business owner Dennis Junka died at home March 28. He was 68. Junka, a native of Ohio, but spent most of his life in Southern California. He attended Chouinard Art Institute (now California Institute of the Arts). Junka’s commitment to Laguna Beach was...

Unorthodox Leader’s Imprint is Read All Over Town

Vernon R. Spitaleri, a longtime Laguna Beach resident, war hero and entrepreneur, died in January at the age of 94. Born Aug. 2, 1922, in Pelham, N.Y., Vernon was the son of immigrant parents Rosario and Martha Spitaleri from Italy, who taught their three children life lessons,...

Columns

Pet Peeves

Driving Miss Ditzy I had a thought after reading Indy’s “Uber, a New Perk for Seniors.” Then I lost that thought. So I reread Indy’s “Uber, a New Perk for Seniors.” Then I remembered that thought. I’m a senior, what’s this article mean to me? Uber and out. Hours later after my...

Wisdom Workout

The Dynamics of Loss Many of us who live here are currently mourning the loss of Stu Saffer who was the original creator of the Laguna Beach Independent and who went on to create the successful on-line newspaper, Stu News Laguna. We are so fortunate here in Laguna Beach to have...

Green Light

What Gets Measured, Gets Managed “Lose five pounds,” my doctor said after this year’s annual physical. I’ve lost them and found them again. Part of my difficulty is that I avoid getting on the scale. Unless I regularly measure my weight, I know I’ll not be able to better manage...
Posted On 18 May 2017

The Kibitzer

Nourish the Neediest  I think about food all the time. My mother’s great pearl of wisdom to me was, “never finish a meal without knowing what your next one will be.” Planning meals and talking about food are her love language. She grew up in New Orleans, where food was second in...
Posted On 18 May 2017

Pet Peeves

Don’t Rescue Me I spend a lot of time perfecting my sedentary lifestyle. At my age, the testosterone is testoster-gone. It’s prudent to live still. Safety first. I’ve explained to my grandchildren that I live in a triangle. One point is my bed before the television. The second...

Heart Talk

Furry Hats and Sculpture Trios On “The Late Show,” Stephen Colbert, does a hilarious segment wearing a giant furry hat, reminding viewers that all powerful rulers like Genghis Khan wore such lids. He proclaims that anything he says will now and forever become law. If I had a hat...