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Polynesian Voyaging Canoe Hikianalia to Visit Ocean Institute

After a 2,800-mile voyage from Hawaiʻi to Northern California using traditional non-instrument navigation, solar and wind-powered voyaging canoe Hikianalia and her crew have been sailing down the coast of California and will be making a stop at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point...

Send a Susi Q Senior to the Prom

Age Well Senior Services invites community members to purchase a ticket for a Laguna Beach senior to attend the Annual Age Well Seniors’ Prom fundraiser that benefits Meals on Wheels. Through their 10 senior centers, Age Well, located in Laguna Hills, is an Orange County...

Council Seeks to Reward Beauty in the Community

The Laguna Beach Beautification Council is accepting nominees for their annual awards.  Community members are invited to submit photos of residences, commercial buildings or gardens that beautify the town. Email photos and addresses to lagunabeachbeautificationcouncil.com or send...

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

David French

David French, designer craftsman specializing in exotic hardwoods and a 27-year veteran of the Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach, passed away peacefully at his home in Mission Viejo, California on Friday, Oct. 5. David is survived by his wife of 38 years, Denise French, and...

Shirley Jean Shindler Dugger

Shirley Jean Shindler Dugger passed away on Monday, Sept. 3. Shirley was born and raised in San Diego, but being the daughter of a naval aviator, the service life took her family to Virginia, Florida and Panama while growing up. Shirley graduated from San Diego State University...

Raymond Lawrence (Larry) Toomey

Aug. 18, 1943 – Sept. 14, 2018 Larry succumbed to a sudden major heart event. Our beloved friend, brother, and uncle leaves behind his partner Karen Engberg, his brother Michael Toomey (Maryann), his niece Kelly Rodriguez, and his nephew Ian Toomey. He was preceded in death by...

Columns

Heart Talk

30 Years Was More Than Enough Judging from letters to the editor and the fiery exchanges between supporters of Liberate Laguna and Laguna Village, certain issues really enflamed people’s passion this election season. There was, of course, Measure P, questions about future...

Wisdom Workout

Are You an Over-Talker or an Over-Listener? Talking and listening were fraternal twins separated at birth. Their parents were young and immature and so adoption appeared the best solution for the wellbeing of the babies. It was decided that neither of the adoptive parents would...

Pet Peeves

Mother was very strict when it came to table manners. Rule #1—No elbows on the table. Rule #2—No shirt, no shoes, no service. And Rule #3—Mother never cooks. She makes reservations. Yes, we went out to eat a lot, as kids. So, I feel that I’m an experienced foodie who is qualified...

Does the Wet Suit You

Okay Corral Marshall Dillon, Miss Kitty, Doc, and Festus can’t vote in Dodge City, Kansas. Not because they are dead, though that could also be a problem. They can’t vote in Dodge City because it only has one polling place for its 1,300 voters. And it’s a mile and a quarter out...

Finding Meaning

Goodbye Good Ann Ann Richardson, who quietly served our community for over 20 years as a doer and organizer, has moved on. She fought a recurring cancer this past year, there were the usual signs, but she was uncomplaining, continuing the caring service that marked her life. But...

Just for Laughs

Read the Personals TALL, DARK, illegally-handsome guy of 40 – going into the witness-protection program (Midwest, I think). Seeking a gorgeous female pen pal with late-model fast car/stunt driver preferred – must be ready for adventure/no talking on job. No flakes/good pay....