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Soka University Presents Laguna Greenbelt Documentary

  On Thursday, Nov. 29, from 7-9 p.m., Soka University will present the premiere viewing of the documentary, “The Laguna Greenbelt—50 Years of Preservation.” This recently completed 90-minute cinematic documentary was produced and edited by Ron Chilcote, Harry Huggins, and...

Soroptimists Continue Support for R Star Foundation

Soroptimist International of Laguna Beach has awarded R Star Foundation a grant for the fifth year running. Rosalind Russell, founder of R Star, will visit 51 Nepalese rural villages Dec. 6 to Jan. 20 to oversee the many programs R Star sponsors, including providing goats to...

Tree Lighting Opens Sawdust’s Winter Fantasy

TheSawdust Festival Winter Fantasyfeatures 175 artists and makers, three stages of live music and entertainment, thousands of lights and decorations, glassblowing and art demos, art classes including hands-on pottery wheel, falling snow, photo-ops with Santa, outdoor eateries and...

Limelight

Artist Finds Her Calling Wrapped in Felt

Booties, bedroom slippers, hats, crafts and the smooth emerald green surface covering expensive pool tables: these are the typical consumer uses associated with felt, which also figures in industrial applications. Yet, in regions of central Asia, the dense fabric is popularly...

Expect Raunchy Fun at ‘Rocky Horror Show’

At more than six feet, he sashays onto the stage in a fishnet top, slightly slipping corset, platform heels and spiky pink hair. In the latest re-incarnation of the Rocky Horror Show lead character and mad scientist Frank-N-Furter works his wacky magic at the No Square Theatre,...

Biking at 10,000 Feet

Laguna local Hans Rey and Austrian champion trail biker Tom Oehler explored the rough and remote Guatemalan Highlands riding trails at an elevation of 10,000 feet in January. The hut-to-hut trip took the adventurers to the homes of some previous recipients of bicycles distributed...

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Obituaries

Loraine Estelle Hollingsworth

Loraine Estelle Hollingsworth, 82, also known as Cherokee, passed away peacefully in her canyon home of 70 years surrounded by her loving family. Loraine is survived by her two children, John William Verdugo and Andrea Estelle Verdugo; her son-in-law, Timothy Kane O’Neil; her...

Laguna Beach Mourns Sandpiper’s Chip Harrell

By Allison Jarrell | LB Indy Laguna Beach is mourning the loss of Chip Harrell, who was the longtime owner of The Sandpiper Lounge with his brother, Chuck. Harrell’s uncle opened the Sandpiper in 1942, known affectionately by locals as the Dirty Bird, and owned it for about...

John Christian Watson

Feb 28, 1972 – July 29, 2018 The world dimmed, and the stars became much brighter, as John Christian Watson passed away in Laguna Beach, California, on July 29. Born outside of Rochester, New York, John called many places home throughout his 46 years—raised in Southern...

Columns

Wisdom Workout

Tend and Befriend We all have stressors in our lives that are unique to the societal landscape we live in today. The fight/flight concept as the automatic response to stress has been applied to both genders for decades. This familiar metaphor represents the notion that when we...

Just for Laughs

WINNEBAGO FOR SALE – One-of-a-kind rolling home/dressing room belonging to a HOT actress of the 1980s. Wow – you won’t believe what went on here! This is a true piece of entertainment history – big names/big happenings for only $55,000 (photos included) #LaVidaLoca  ...

Pet Peeves

Home Sweet Home Laguna Beach took a step forward in reforming its controversial historic preservation list. But the task force forgot to ask first, “Mother may I?” and had to take two steps back.  Now everyone’s home is on the list again under the “exceptional” designation with...

Heart Talk

A Vile Foe Resurfaces Growing up in Orange County in the 1950s and 1960s, I was exposed to plenty of anti-Semitism.                                                                                                                                             “Of course she’s a Jew,”...

Does the Wet Suit You

Pay or Plague Only a prolonged plague would solve Laguna’s persistent parking problems. A new garage near the downtown bowl certainly isn’t going to do it. Nope, that garage is intended to solve a specific problem associated with all the business owners, customers, and employees...

Finding Meaning

Luck of the Irish To honor St. Patrick’s Day, I should tell the story of John Monahan, a son of Ireland no longer with us. I worked for John at a Procter & Gamble plant that used to be in Long Beach. I was starting my career; he was nearing the end of his. He had been a...