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Forecasted rain forces cancellation of Saturday’s Patriots Day Parade

The 57th Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade has been canceled after rain is predicted this Saturday. “Our parade committee officers have decided that it is best to cancel our March 2 parade because of the threat of rain,” parade organizer Sandi Werthe said. “We are heartbroken that the step was...

Laguna Beach Police Department names 2023 employees of the year

The Laguna Beach Police Department has nominated Corporal Antonio Manzano, Community Services Officer Rosie Santana and Sergeant David Gensemer as its employees of the year. Manzano was nominated Officer of the Year, Santana was selected as Professional Staff Member of the Year, and Supervisor of the Year went to Gensemer. According...

Marion Jacobs: A take charge lover of life and people

By Clara Beard | LB Indy, with contributions from residents One could describe Laguna Beach's residents as a multi-layered quilt comprised of diverse and unique people. Many of these are gifted individuals who have made noteworthy accomplishments in their professional lives and kindly share their talents to help make our...

Gelson’s to permanently close Laguna Beach store

By LB Indy Staff Gelson’s announced on Feb. 16 that it will permanently close its Laguna Beach store located at 30922 Coast Highway. The closure is set to happen on March 2. “The limited population of the area coupled with challenging economic headwinds for grocers in California has unfortunately made this decision...

Lumberyard Chef Challenge an tasty annual fundraiser for Schoolpower

On Jan. 29 at the Lumberyard restaurant, Laguna Beach Unified School District principals dueled as guest “chefs” for the Lumberyard Chef Challenge befitting SchoolPower. Served three-course meals and signature cocktails, the full-house crowd of SchoolPower supporters agreed that the evening was hilarious and heart-warming. This event was made possible by...

Festival of Arts offers scholarships to Laguna Beach High School seniors

Available to High School Seniors Who Reside in Laguna Beach or Attend Laguna Beach High School  The Festival of Arts has opened scholarship applications for the 2024/2025 academic school year to local students. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors living in Laguna Beach or going to Laguna Beach High...

No Square Theatre Presents Alice by Heart: A Musical

To the naked eye, Alice by Heart may seem like another take on the famous Lewis Carroll story, but this musical is anything but. Set in 1941, in the debris after the London Blitz of World War II, the life of teen Alice Spencer is disrupted as she and...

Laguna Dance Festival celebrates 19th year with international and homegrown talent

The Laguna Dance Festival is back for three nights of captivating dance performances from international and local talents.  Led by founder and artistic director Jodie Gates, the festival runs Friday, Feb. 23, to Sunday, Feb. 25, with a complimentary backstage event on Thursday, Feb. 22, at the renowned Laguna Playhouse.  "The...

Persistent ‘Zoom-bombing’ forces council to adjourn meeting early

By Tasmin McGill, Special to the Independent Laguna Beach city officials and residents were bombarded with racial, homophobic, and antisemitic remarks during Laguna Beach City Council's regular meeting on Tuesday. Unidentified individuals spent their allotted time during public comment hurling hate-filled rhetoric from a Zoom screen either with a photo or...

The art of being a new mom: New meet up for new mothers launches at LAM

Moms at the Museum, a unique monthly meet-up designed to guide new mothers of infants up to six months old through the complex world of postnatal care, has hit the ground running at the Laguna Art Museum. Spearheaded by Laguna Beach resident Valerie Lynn, a holistic postpartum doula and author,...