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Fans Return to Applaud Dressler

After 25 years of building an acclaimed student drama program at Laguna Beach Unified School District, Mark Dressler is expected to experience another outstanding showing. More than 150 former students, parents, friends and theatrical associates are planning to attend Dressler’s...

Media Owner Gives Employees a Parting Gift

Ownership of the Laguna Beach Independent newspaper, Laguna Beach Magazine and other publications of Firebrand Media will soon shift to 10 of its employees. Owner Allan Simon, who since 2009 has invested $7 million in expanding the company’s portfolio with new titles, announced...

Schools Receive Sizeable School Power Gifts

Two longtime school fundraising organizations awarded the Laguna Beach Unified School District some of its largest gifts ever this past Tuesday, May. 26. A check for $316,117 was gifted to the district by School Power, a volunteer fundraising group that augments the school’s...

A Visit to Their Namesake

Laguna Beach residents Sue and Bill Gross visited Mission Hospital Laguna Beach last week to get their first glimpse at the transformation their $10 million gift is making in the hospital’s emergency department. Last fall, the Grosses donated money to enhance and expand emergency...

Realtors Host Taste for Charity

The Laguna Board of Realtors will host their 20th annual “Taste for Charity” benefit from 6-10 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3 at Seven Degrees, 891 Laguna Canyon Road. Proceeds, amounting to $120,000 last year, will go to nine local organizations ranging from the Boys and Girls Club...

Personnel File

Educators Join Board of Laguna Beach Live!   Carol Reynolds, community activist and retired music teacher, and Juan Vázquez, recently retired president of Santiago Canyon College, joined the board of Laguna Beach Live! Both Reynolds and Vázquez, frequent patrons at Laguna...

Indy on Arts

Friday, May 29 Singer songwriter John Troy, 6:30 p.m., Sunset Serenade in Heisler Park Amphitheater. Free. “Love, Lost and What I Wore,” 7:30 p.m., Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road. Tickets, $41-$61, 949 497- 2787. Thru 6/7. “You Can’t Take it With You,” 7:30 p.m.,...

Checkpoint Snags DUI Suspects

Six drivers suspected of inebriation and 11 others driving with restricted licenses were arrested at a Laguna Beach police checkpoint Sunday on Coast Highway, north of Wesley Drive. More than 1,600 vehicles passed through the checkpoint over its six hours of operation beginning...

Prolific Local Sculptor Dies

Festival of Arts officials announced the death of local sculptor Terry Thornsley, 56, earlier this week, but a spokeswoman declined to provide other details. The name may not be familiar to those outside the artistic community, but Thornsley’s work embellishes the town from north...

Quakes Continue to Unsettle Nepal

As aftershocks shook the house where he was writing last week, Rabindra Sitaula, program manager for Laguna Beach-based R Star Foundation, sent a progress report about supply deliveries to quake hit villages. Sitaula had just come from Khampur, Bagultar, where he distributed...

Memorial Day Activities

Veterans Stage 88th Memorial Day Ceremony Laguna Beach American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct the 88th Memorial Day ceremony in remembrance of their comrades who died in wars and conflicts protecting our country at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 25, at Monument Point...

Division Chief Sifts Through Fire Department History

The town’s Fire Department history, which includes the county’s oldest operating fire station, is the focus of a Laguna Beach Historical Society talk at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 26. The public is welcome at the free presentation. Division Chief Api Weinert, on the force during the...

Clinic’s Good Works Earn Praise

The Laguna Beach Interfaith Council, with 60 in attendance, celebrated the National Day of Prayer at Mission Hospital earlier this month. The theme compassionate healing honored one of its own, the Laguna Beach Community Clinic, for its outstanding service to the community. The...

Chefs Satisfy a Hunger for Fresh Dining

When Jessica McLeish and Jonathan Pflueger bumped into each other last fall in between volleyball sets at Ninth Street Beach in South Laguna, it didn’t take them long to realize their life experiences provided the right ingredients for a new enterprise. They were about to change...