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Monks, meditation, thangkas and more coming to Neighborhood Congregational

An artistic and spiritual experience is set for May 30 – June 2 at Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann's Drive. Artists of all skill levels are invited to learn about geometry and mandala creation from the world's acknowledged authority on the art of painting thangkas, the wall hangings...

Supporters swing for Schoolpower at 8th annual Three Clubs Barefoot Golf Tournament

Monday, May 6, marked the eighth annual Three Clubs Barefoot Canyon Classic at The Ranch at Laguna Beach, generously hosted by Hobie and The Ranch. The sold-out event grossed over $50,000 to support local students through SchoolPower, a parent-volunteer-based, nonprofit education foundation that has raised money for Laguna Beach...

Two LBHS students selected as National Merit Scholarship winners

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced this year’s winners of the $2,500 scholarship awarded to 2,500 students nationwide, including Laguna Beach High School students Keira Hundhausen and Christopher Herkins. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an annual academic competition for high school students, offering recognition and college scholarships. It began in 1955 and is conducted by NMSC, a...

New Laguna Beach Run Club hits the ground running

Runners from all over Orange County are lacing up their Hokas and headed to Laguna Beach to start their Sundays with a three-mile run along the coastline, followed by a dip at nearby Crescent Bay and coffee courtesy of Jebediah Coffee. Founded by locals Tyler Willardson, Richard Zack and Ethan...

Public invited to give input in first phase of Facilities Master Plan

The City of Laguna Beach has announced its first phase of developing a comprehensive Facilities Master Plan (FMP).  The Facilities Master Plan is a comprehensive strategy that will cover a wide range of facilities, including the Laguna Beach Library, fire and police stations, marine safety stations and art facilities and parking...

Village Laguna’s Charm House Tour on the horizon

Laguna Beach is filled with beautiful, charming, and unique homes. Only a tiny portion of those are seen frequently from the well-traveled streets—others are hidden in canyon nooks away from the beaten path. Some of these hidden treasures will be featured in Village Laguna's Charm House Tour, to be held on Sunday,...

LBHS students join young developer of effective wildfire detection technology

By Moya Mitchell, Special to the Independent On a damp, overcast morning last Saturday, five Laguna Beach High School students, Tyler Tafreshi, Mateen and Darian Najafi, Ben Smith and Dutch McClellan, and a Corona del Mar high school student, Rustin Motakef, joined a decorated young climate activist and inventor to...

Artists draw inspiration through motherhood at the Festival of Arts

Mother's Day is a time to celebrate all the incredible women in our lives in all the ways that matter, whether someone is a mom, like a mom, or someone who simply has made a difference in our lives. As moms, they wear many hats, often finding inspiration in motherhood's...

Gallery: Honk delights with 3 sold out shows

Laguna Beach legends Honk took center stage at the Rivian South Coast Theater last weekend, April 26 to 28, for three sold-out performances. The iconic local band played tunes from their Five Summer Stories soundtrack while clips from the 1972 surf classic played on a big screen behind the...

Laguna Art Museum branches out with Jay DeFeo: Trees

Laguna Art Museum will present Jay DeFeo: Trees, showcasing the works of California artist Jay DeFeo (1929-1989). Set to be on view from Sept. 21 through January 12, 2025, this is the first exhibition dedicated to the artist's fascination with trees and exploration of the natural world.  Jay DeFeo: Trees encompasses...