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Health in Balance Celebrates 30 Years

  Free and discounted treatments will be offered from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, by the Health in Balance chiropractic office as part of its 30th anniversary party. Enjoy refreshments and live music by Skipper Carrillo and Dr. G from 2-5 p.m. at 330 Park Ave. Call 949...

Troop Fledges Three New Eagle Scouts

Jonathan Ranabarger, Andrew Keyser, and Michael Davidson, members of Laguna Beach Boy Scout Troop 35, have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, a troop spokesman announced. Only 4% of youth achieve Eagle Scout rank, which requires hundreds of hours of community service, leadership...

Film Documents a Mountain Lion’s Home in an Urban Landscape

“The Cat That Changed America,” a documentary about a mountain lion coexisting in urban Los Angeles, will be shown by Laguna Greenbelt, Inc.  Sunday, Nov. 12. The 3 p.m. screening takes place in fhe Forum Theater on the Festival of Arts grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road. Following...

Limelight

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 Classic, which took place Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7-8. Travis Booth, 16, won the pro/am division, the youngest participant to take the contest’s top...

Patriotism Steps Beyond Red, White and Blue

By Charlie Warner, Special to the Independent The Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association float featuring a roller-skating mime and dancers whirling in traditional Mexican costumes won the Grand Marshals Trophy in the 51st Laguna Beach Patriot’s Day Parade. “The Sister...

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Obituaries

Local Poet, Actor, Raconteur Dies at 70

John Abbot Gardiner died of heart disease in Laguna Beach, Calif., on Nov. 24, 2017. He was 70.

Lana Marie Dunn Facinelli

Lana Facinelli, a top-producing realtor, started her career in 1976 at the Laguna Hills Tarbell office and stayed loyal to Tarbell until she retired in 2011. Lana Dunn met her husband Jerry Facinelli in Laguna Beach at the age of 13. Jerry and Lana married three years later and...

John Robert Bergmann

John Robert Bergmann, 60, passed away Oct. 3, 2017 in his home in Trumbull, Conn. John was born in Wichita, Kas., to the late B. James and Joan M. Bergmann. He graduated from Trumbull High School and received his engineering degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Bergmann...

Columns

Heart Talk

The Perils of Park Avenue I travel Park Avenue to and from my home each day. It can be a perilous journey. Sometimes I suffer just minor, but annoying inconveniences that rankle, such as the super slow driver plugging up the hill at 20 miles per hour, oblivious to the number of...

Just for Laughs

Read The Personals INVESTORS – Opportunity to make lots of money; mobile shops selling clothing, food, household items. We will sell platters of finger tea sandwiches, mini-pumpkin pies for singles, jeans, t-shirts, sandals – tell us what you need/invest.  #ComeOnnaMyTruck NEW...

Pet Peeves

Finding Plein Air Waldos It’s a who’s dunnit. Next year’s Pageant of the Masters is called “Under the Sun.” Originally named “Painting Under Lamppost,” the show’s title was scratched when the 39 foot styrofoam lamppost of ‘Art & Nature’ had to be barged back to Newport Beach...

The Kibitzer

Build a Garage and Bury the Lines Watching the recent firestorms in Northern California was a vivid reminder of the power and destructive fury of these deadly scourges. The image of Santa Rosa neighborhoods eviscerated to rubble was as brutal as it gets, and a none-too-subtle...
Posted On 21 Nov 2017

Village Matters

It’s Just the Perception The truth of the matter is something else again. How do urban legends/false perceptions live on? Do people really believe false statements if they are said often enough? The past elections proved that they do, but somehow I thought Laguna would be...

Pet Peeves

Let’s Make a Toast I like to save time in the morning by making toast right next to the bathtub. It’s a habit I got into during my working years. I would do my ablution and eat toast at the same time. Got me ahead of the competition. Sure, it was dangerous having the toaster...