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Locals Greet the Season

  Photos by Mary Hurlbut   Sampling a Hospitality Night Tradition Go into the kitchen and see a behind the scenes video of tamale making sold on Hospitality...

The Abel Legacy: Four Generations Of Art And Architecture

You can find their creations from one end of town to the other, both hill and dale. From iconic architecture to elaborate wood carvings to fine art and jewelry, the Abel family has been a major part of Laguna history for over 74 years.

Indy on Vacation

The proliferation of online social media platforms has understandably depressed the number of vacation photos submitted to the Independent in recent years. So has...

July 4 Crowds Celebrate Freedom in Myriad Ways

By Allison Jarrell, Special to the Independent Hundreds of Laguna residents gathered on Brooks Street to celebrate the nation’s independence, honor local servicemen, and commemorate...

William Wendt: Nature’s Faithful Interpreter

      By Jean Stern, Special to the Independent Laguna Beach is widely know as an Artists’ Colony, and today, looking at the abundance of art galleries, one would...

Stand-Out Entries Reap Parade Honors

The following is a list of winning entries in the 54th edition of the Patriots Day Parade, which took place despite showers and cool...

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...

Don’t Overlook Arch Beach Heights When Looking for Laguna History

By Suzanne Dunn, Special to the Independent When my realtor told me three years ago that my $1 million plus home was a great Laguna...

South Swell Lifts 54th Brooks Contest

A welcome swell with waves of as much as 10 feet provided the engine for the 54th running of the annual Brooks Street Surfing...

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                               Pro women’s division Keiao Gucwa-Bucasas Casey Kiernan Alexandra Badie Pipa Pinto Silvia...

The ‘Movies’ Come to Town

Film Plays A Starring Role In Smithcliffs’ History By Jane Janz, Special to the Independent Barbara Isch, an 18-year old native daughter of Laguna wrote in...

Setting the Scene for Art and Architecture

St. Clair Family Norman St. Clair, Laguna's First Artist  Part 1 By Ann Christoph Artist and architect Norman St. Clair and his descendents played a powerful role...

Local Football Club Sees Unprecedented Success In Its Inaugural Season

Hindsight is a wonderful thing and timing is everything, so forming a new soccer club in January 2020, just as a global pandemic was...