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Hope In Motion International fundraises for Mexican children

Hope In Motion International raised more than $75,000 at its first event on Nov. 13 to support the nonprofit’s mission to provide medical, dental, and vision care to children and adults in Mexico. Founder Kevin Baldridge and his wife Lora hosted the fundraiser at their Mystic Hills home. The nonprofit was...

Penny Milne to Speak at Laguna Canyon Conservancy

The Laguna Canyon Conservancy will virtually host Penny Milne, president of Canyon Alliance of Neighborhoods Defense Organization (CANDO), at 7 p.m. on Dec. 6. Milne will discuss current development threats to Laguna Canyon slopes, preservation and restoration of Laguna Canyon Creek, and implementation of the Laguna Canyon Planning Study. The...

Laguna Beach joins sister city in annual French celebration

On Nov. 18, Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association celebrated the French Beaujolais Nouveau release tradition with 65 guests at a private home in San Juan Capistrano. At one past midnight on the third Thursday of each November, from little villages and towns like Romanèche-Thorins, over a million cases of Beaujolais...

Nuance Boutique to Support PUP Laguna Beach

Interior designer Lisa McDennon will once again host a private shopping event at her boutique where a portion of the sales is given to Protecting Unwanted Pets, a nonprofit benefiting the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter. The event will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 9 at Nuance...

Christmas Golf Cart Parade to Return Dec. 18

The Laguna Beach Golf Cart Club is having its second annual Christmas Golf Cart Parade at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 18. The public is invited to join or wave to the decorated carts as they drive by. This year’s parade is organized by Allison Sladeck and Kristie Hensley of Laguna...

Letter: The Preposterous Price of Paradise

Is it time to drop Sarasota, Fla. for Laguna Beach, Calif.? I left Laguna in 1984, but it never really left me. I always come back. Mom’s there waiting with a joint and the Scrabble board in Leisure World, and yes I will always call it that. Some days, it seems… Laguna, the...

Letter: Coordinated Attacks By Pro-Developers?

What - is it only a coincidence that Michael Ray of Liberate Laguna and pro-development Councilmember Peter Blake publicly attacked outspoken activists in the media in the same week? Or maybe it’s a concerted effort to silence residents such as Michele Monda and others who defend residents’ rights and...

Letter: Ballot Initiative Pushback

Michele Monda’s insightful Nov. 12 column, “Seeking Balance With The Ballot Initiative,” must have struck a real nerve with developers Mo Honarkar and Michael Ray (founding member Liberate Laguna, Sanderson J. Ray Development)– now they’re out to double team and publicly dump on her in the Indy.  She’s obviously doing...

Letter: In Defense of Michele Monda

In his column, aka “Mendacity on the Coast”, Michael Ray takes a not so veiled attack on Michele Monda’s character. I was really surprised that the Indy lets these obvious misogynistic attacks get printed as a “Column”. What does where she and her husband live matter in the discussion...

Opinion: Wisdom Workout

A Peek Inside ‘Tis the season of commercials and glitzy marketing strategies. Multiple 30-second commercials attack us with pumped up volume until our senses are dulled. What if this season we begin to step off the treadmill and take a moment to quiet down and look inside to see how we...