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After a Fall, Mountain Biker Gains a New Perspective

“I feel this is a modern day miracle and through God's grace I am walking,” San Clemente mountain biker, Chris Hukill, said in a recent interview, four months after sustaining severe injuries in a 300-foot fall from a mountain bike trail in Laguna Beach.

Chances to Quiz Candidates Line Up

The first debate sponsored by Village Laguna is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 29, in the City Council chambers at City Hall, 505 Forest Ave.

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Village Matters

Masters of Time On a recent Saturday we walked up the street for the memorial service for our neighbor Bill Ives. Friends and family gathered under a beautiful tent that had been erected in front of the Ives home to work out together what...

Club Members Sample Mariachi Music

Mariachis Tapatio de Los Angeles displayed their boundless joy and talent performing for the Boys and Girls Club in Laguna Beach on Monday, Aug. 8. The performers, who each sang and played traditional instruments, introduced the audience to...

Rotary’s Generosity Funds Many Services

The 12th annual Rotary Classic Car show takes place this year on Sunday, Oct. 2, which benefits many local charities. The club recently distributed $12,000 in annual community grants to representatives from the Boys and Girls Club, Laguna Beach...


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Updated: Women Claim Gold!

The U.S. women’s water polo team claimed the gold medal for the second straight Olympics by continuing their dominating performance in Rio de Janiero beating undefeated Italy 12-5 in the gold medal match Friday, Aug. 19. Aria Fischer, 17,...

US Women Advance to Semifinal

The US women’s water polo team defeated Brazil in the quarterfinal round 13-3 on Monday, Aug. 15 at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the highest-ever margin of victory for an Olympic women’s water polo match. Team USA advances to the...

Updated:Olympic Champs Looking Good

The women’s Water Polo team is successfully defending its world title in Rio at the 2016 Olympics beating the Spanish team 11 to 4 on Tuesday and the Chinese team 12-4 on Thursday. Saturday’s game against Hungary was closer than the match...

Recycling Returns to the Runway

Artists made the runway their canvas at the Festival of Arts, competing to create the most imaginative and unique designs using reclaimed, reused or recycled materials last Sunday, Aug. 13. A three-panel judge chose the top looks in four categories and over 2,000 Festival...

Final Jazz Concert Steps onto the Festival Stage

The Russell Ferrante Trio and saxophonist Bob Mintzer will play the final Concert on the Green at the Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Saturday, Aug. 20, from 1-2:30 p.m. “This is a not-to-be-missed concert for fans of the Yellowjackets and great jazz music,” said Susan...

Aerial Photographer Offers Tips

A Sawdust Art Festival exhibitor, a self-described video drone pioneer who goes by the name ArtZ, will demonstrate drone camera technique and aerial drone photography at the show this weekend. “It was just a few years ago when spectacular aerial shots were cost prohibitive to the...

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Laguna First to Vote on Legalizing Recreational Pot

Editor, Congratulations on being the first city in Orange County to vote on legalizing recreational marijuana (RMJ). Note that I specifically use the term “legalize” but not...

Hypocrisy in Demonizing Pot Dispensary

Editor, Yeah, I’ll vote “no” on the medical marijuana dispensary proposition when all the liquor stores and retail outlets that sell alcohol in the city are closed down. If you...

Tourist Backlash Mirrors Trumpism

Editor, About the new, first-time candidate for City Council, Judie Mancuso, Laguna Beach Independent (Aug. 5) says “she’ll give the city back to the citizens.” This declaration is in response to...

Eat & Drink


Riverain Wine has Local Ties

By Christopher Trela, Newport Beach Independent Riverain is a French term meaning “near the river,” so it’s no surprise that Newport Beach residents Dean and Laurie Gray chose Riverain as the name of their winery. After many years of visiting the Napa Valley and enjoying boutique...

Steak Tavern’s Wine List Receives Praise

The Selanne Steak Tavern, a Laguna Beach restaurant owned by retired ice hockey player Teemu Selanne and partner Kevin Pratt, received its first Wine Spectator award of excellence. The industry publication has honored restaurants with extraordinary wine programs since 1981....

Exploring the Fourth Pillar

In this video log, Patty examines the fourth element of her four-part series exploring the Four Pillars of Health. It is discovering your Purpose & Dream in which these questions, and others, are asked: what is your dream and what is your...
Posted On 02 Oct 2015

Pelvic Floor Muscles: What’s the Big Deal?

The third pillar of health is movement or exercise. Movement that keeps the curves in the right places and trims the places that need to be trimmed. I’m not referring to cookie-cutter, generic exercise programs. I’m talking about...
Posted On 04 Sep 2015

Quiet Time: A Pillar of Health

This week’s post is a follow up from last week’s blog entry, titled The Four Pillars of Health. Today, I share the second pillar of health: quiet time. To me, quite time means meditation, rest and proper sleep. Do you take precious time...
Posted On 07 Aug 2015

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