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Solstice Observers Mark the Year’s Shortest Day

The public is invited to join the 30th annual Winter Solstice celebration on Monday, Dec. 21, which begins at 4:48 p.m. at Main Beach with the sunset observance of the year’s shortest day followed by art, music and poetry. “We are fortunate in Laguna to have our own solstice...

Senior Needle Guild Warms Up Recipients

Laguna Beach Seniors’ Needle Arts Guild held its annual holiday gift wrapping party, the culmination of their Friday afternoons spent knitting and crocheting scarves, hats, shawls, children sweaters, dresses and lap blankets. Their handiwork is donated to local groups and special...

Scientist Inspires Protection of the Natural World

Marine biologist Nancy Caruso describes her green abalone restoration project Monday, Dec. 7, with the Laguna Canyon Conservancy. She speaks at the 6 p.m. dinner meeting at Tivoli Terrace restaurant on the Festival of Arts’ grounds. RSVP to Laron Larimer at 949 306-0122.  ...

Limelight

Tell Tale, Part 1

  By Mark Chamberlain, Special to the Indy Veterans Day is a special day of remembrance for many in Laguna Beach and Orange County because the federal holiday also coincides with the anniversary of the famous Laguna Canyon walk, a critical turning point in the battle to...

Former Cigar Maker, Turns Captain of Commerce

A 1921 biographical sketch on the Jahraus family, now in its fifth-generation locally. Linda Jahruas described her family history at a Heritage Month event last week. Part 2 Among Elmer Ellsworth Jahraus’ many other activities, he is president of the Chamber of Commerce,...

Biography Profiles a Founding Laguna Family

As part of Heritage Month activities, Linda Jahraus will describe her family’s early influence on the town at a 7:30 p.m. Historical Society presentation Tuesday, May 10, in City Hall’s Council Chambers. She has recently published a book on her family history, which spans the...

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Obituaries

Karl F. Kramer

Aug. 3, 1935 – Aug. 29, 2015 Karl Francis Kramer Jr., a 44 year resident of Laguna Beach, passed away peacefully with his family at his side Aug. 29, 2015. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 56 years, Diana Lee Kramer, in 2014. Born in 1935, Karl grew up in Beverly...

Lew Williams

Llewelyn Lloyd Williams, Jr., also known as Lew, 96 years young, passed on Aug. 12, 2015, surrounded by his immediate family. Lew grew up in Orange and was a 1938 graduate of Orange High School. He also attended Fullerton Junior College and UCLA and remained a huge Bruins fan....

Stephen Lee Runnalls

A former Laguna resident in the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, Stephen Lee Runnalls died suddenly from a heart attack on July 7, 2015, in Puerto Penasco, Mexico, where he had lived for more than two years. Born on Jan. 10, 1944 in Los Angeles to Eugene and Gladys Runnalls, Steve grew up...

Columns

Taking Stock

The Waiting Game The stock market sometimes behaves like a teenager learning to drive, switching between hitting the brakes and the gas pedal. A historic streak came to an end with the close of trading on Wednesday, the final trading day of February. The S&P 500   fell 2.6%...

Wisdom Workout

Savoring Laguna My experiences lately have brought home how privileged I feel to be a part of life in Laguna. It started with a leisurely dinner on a Thursday night with a friend at Watermarc that supplied the simple pleasure of catching up with each other. It is so satisfying to...

Pet Peeves

Going for Gold 2022 It was quite the surprise to find out in reading Indy’s “Local Athlete Races on Sled Team,” that one of the Olympian bobsledders was from Newport Beach. What wasn’t reported, but rumored, was that as a boy he sunk more bobsleds in the bay than his father could...

Just for Laughs

Read the Personals THE LEGENDARY BRANAHOUGAN Bar and Grill has reopened.  Magnificent views.  Have cocktails on our beautiful new patio. Steak and lobster dinners are out of this world.  Special reopening prices – 2 for 1.  Laguna Canyon Trail #TopSecret   THANK YOU FOR NOT...

Village Matters

Loving it More by Doing Less The downtown has been getting a lot of attention for years now. This beloved heart of our city is considered by many to be the “gold standard” in exemplifying what a small city’s center should be. Yet we are agonizing about how and what to protect in...

Finding Meaning

A Season for Fasting? Willing to endure some discomfort to achieve a more meaningful life? If so, consider fasting. In the midst of plenty, try deprivation. Fasting aids spirituality, but it can also benefit your health (more below). What’s the longest you’ve ever fasted? For me...