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Wares That Support Artisans

Buy Hand boutique and The Peace Exchange plan a holiday party during Art Walk on Thursday, Dec. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m., 1175 S. Coast Highway. The two organizations, fueled by their passion to help disadvantaged people around the world, invite the public to celebrate with them while...

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...

Limelight

Parade Winners

Winners in the 50th Patriots Day Parade are as follows: Grand Marshal’s Trophy: Pageant of the Masters. President’s Trophy: Laguna Beach County Water District. Band Sweepstakes: Bassett High School of La Puente. Elementary Band: L.B.U.S.D. Elementary School Band. Military Color...

Winning Images Evoke Nature’s Best

Laguna Bluebelt Coalition announced winners in amateur and professional categories in its fifth annual photo contest this week. Local Rich German, known for capturing video of marine mammals from his paddleboard, won in the amateur category with an image of a gray whale’s flukes....

A Jury of Your Piers

By Andy Hedden, Special to the Independent Editor’s Note: With El Nino storms again lashing Southern California piers, we figured readers would enjoy stepping again on the ones built in Laguna Beach. Even in 2011 when the late Andy Hedden revisited them, all were long gone. You...

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Obituaries

Obituary: Catalina Raine Kollock

Catalina Raine Kollock was born with tremendous love at home on Nov. 14, 2017. On the morning of Dec. 16, 2017, she passed peacefully from this world surrounded by her loving family. Catalina Raine is a perfect angel. She is a beautiful ray of light who is loved deeply by family...

Obituary: Ben Rogers

Jan. 27, 1994 – Dec. 13, 2017 Ben Rogers passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Dec. 13. Ben was the light of all our lives, full of a deep kindness towards all, a generous spirit, and a light-hearted presence. Many have shared how Ben would encourage them, and how...

David J. McDonald

David J. McDonald, Jr. died peacefully of natural causes in his Laguna Beach home on Oct. 29, 2017. McDonald was a professor of drama at UC Irvine until 2004. He earned his Ph.D. from Stanford, his master’s in fine arts from the Yale School of Drama and his bachelor of arts from...

Columns

Just for Laughs

Read the Personals BEST CAT EVER – Melvin is a 6 year old, neutered cat, black and white.  We’re looking for a good home for him because we’re moving and can’t take him along.  He is a wonderful companion, very gentle – the best.  #WeMissMelvinAlready   LET’S EAT OUT –...

Village Matters

The Importance of Horseradish Did you get one of those fancy cars with the bow on top for Christmas? Or some of that kiss-worthy jewelry? Or a just-what-I-wanted video game adventure? To no one’s surprise none of these appeared either in my driveway or under my tree. Instead...

Taking Stock

Happy New Year On The Street Wall Street observed the New Year in reverse order. Crowds in the streets, noisemakers and fireworks celebrated the passing of 2017 but stocks were in a sour selling snit. Investors were still nursing hangovers when the stock market greeted 2018 with...

Pet Peeves

Schemeboat It was Wednesday 10 a.m. And once again, we were meeting in the boiler room of the Susi Q Center. Our existence has been a well-kept secret. For want of a better name we are “The Obit Boosters.” Our mission is to enhance a person’s lifetime before the inevitable...

Just for Laughts

Read the Personals     NEW YEAR’S EVE BUS – For $25 per person let our buses drive you door-to-door to five dive bars where there’s no cover, no minimum, cheap drinks, live music, chips and salsa, dancing.  #GiveMeABrake.   PERSONAL TRAINER – I can help you to make...

Taking Stock

It Was A Very Good Year It was a very good year for stocks. With the closing bell coming on Friday, the broad S&P 500 is up around 20%, the blue-chip Dow Jones Industrials 25% and the technology-heavy NASDAQ 30%. I have continued to emphasize that investors concentrate on...