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‘Debris Free Seas’ is Theme for Annual Kelpfest

Laguna Ocean Foundation’s Kelpfest 2019 will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at the south end of Main Beach. This free annual festival celebrates Laguna’s unique coastal ecosystem and informs visitors and residents that kelp provides essential habitat and...

Historical Society Looks Back at Laguna Canyon Project

he publisher and creators of the 2018 book, “The Laguna Canyon Project: Refining Artivism,” invite all to a panel discussion, talk and slideshow at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, at the Susi Q Community Center, 380 Third Street. The Laguna Canyon Project was a multi-phased...

Planting the Seed

The city of Laguna Beach held its second annual Arbor Day celebration at Main Beach Park on Friday, March 8. The event included a tree planting ceremony, during which city officials, local activists and students planted a New Zealand Christmas Tree in the park. The city was...

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

Obituaries

Frances Heussenstamm Frances was a longtime Laguna Beach resident and was an enrichment teacher on over 40 cruise ships for the last decade. Besides being a world traveler, Frances was a professor of art and education at Sierra High School, Cal State Los Angeles, and at Columbia...

Obituary

Paul Prewitt Dr. Paul Prewitt passed away on Feb. 26, 2019, at the age of 73, due to complications from Parkinson’s Disease. Paul was in the loving presence of his immediate family at the time. Paul was born in New York to Millard and Hortense Prewitt, where he spent his...

William Bellamy Tallant III

William Bellamy Tallant III, 72, formerly of Laguna Beach, California, died Dec. 17, 2018. He was born April 11, 1946. William was a longtime resident of Laguna Beach before moving to Northern California in 2008. Arrangements by Gobles Fortuna Mortuary.

Columns

Does the Wet Suit You

We’ve Gone Coastal Take a gander at Guna Peak. It is the hill at the very north end of town. Guna Peak remains undeveloped as part of the construction of the Laguna Beach County Water District’s five-million-gallon buried reservoir. The Irvine Company donated the 62 acres of land...

Finding Meaning

Healing Hands Way back in 1775, the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation. Pretty good outcome, don’t you think? In the darkest hours of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln called for a day of prayer. Within 10 weeks, the war had...

Pet Peeves

War Drums Can you hear it? Is it motorcycles on Coast Highway? Or, is it emergency vehicles? Maybe, it’s tourists’ car alarms? No. No. No. The new sound is war drums. And there are two sets of percussions. One is Village Laguna. The other is Liberate Laguna. Shoot. I’d prefer it...

Wisdom Workout

Mothering Matters It is a marvel how new mothers handle anxiety with the endless bombardment of information they receive about perfect parenting. Each stage of the baby’s development is analyzed and the list of things to avoid and to watch out for continues to grow. Websites...

Common Sense

Charm House Transparency Village Laguna has been defending its Charm House tour against those of us speaking out about their lack of transparency for the $50 entrance fee. That’s my thing – transparency. They are obscuring the discussion with rainbows and butterflies and all that...

village Matters

Rachel Visits Laguna Inspired by Jim Nordstrom’s photo, “Edward Hopper goes to the Legion Laundromat,” I wondered what might have resulted if commentator Rachel Maddow had come to Laguna Beach last week. Here goes… “Wow, this has been a week! Lagunans don’t need Mueller and Barr...