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By Hannah Fry | September 4, 2013
Instructor Kathy Andruss, 67, takes the stage at 9 a.m. sharp, donning her headset and best workout clothing. She turns up the dance version of a '90s hit tune and the seniors halt their conversations, hurrying to the center of the floor, eager to get moving. With a march, step and kick, they move across the wood floor with more grace and energy than one might expect from a group of senior citizens. About 30 seniors head to the Costa Mesa Senior Center on 19th Street three times a week for Andruss' aerobics class.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | August 22, 2013
When Bill Eddy started his newsletter nine years ago, he didn't have any aspirations to be an author. The Newport Beach retail real estate consultant had accumulated a thick Rolodex of contacts, and as a way of staying in touch, he began emailing the Eddy Line, a series of reflections on travel, culture and other topics, to about 1,100 people. As it turned out, there was more demand for Eddy's writing than he imagined at first. Friends began asking when he planned to write a book, and this year, he responded with "Loves, Life & Laughter: The Highly Enjoyable Journey of Bill Aloha Eddy.
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By Jim Carnett | August 6, 2013
Eighteen months ago my wife bought me a Kindle e-reader for my birthday. I recently finished my 100th book on it. To be honest, when I received the Kindle I wasn't certain I'd get through the opening passages of my first book. I'm now hooked, and reading more than ever. I like my Kindle so much that I may never read another hardbound book again. It's with utmost enthusiasm that I list — and briefly describe — my Kindle 100 Top 10: 10.) "Dream Team: Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time," by Jack McCallum.
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By Bradley Zint | July 31, 2013
Costa Mesa residents can once again peruse the stacks containing titles from "Snoring Beauty" to "War and Peace" at the Donald Dungan Library. The county-run branch, one of three in Costa Mesa, reopened Wednesday morning after a nearly four-month closure for improvements. The library, at 1855 Park Ave., closed in April so that construction crews could replace some of the building's aging and rotting wood beams, as well make the building more compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The project cost $385,000, with an additional $35,000 for the design plan, said Bob Genzel, a project manager with the county's Community Resources division, which oversees the libraries.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2013
Return to Oakpine by Ron Carlson Viking; 264 pages The high school years are such a slim period - about one 20th of a typical lifespan - and yet they can weigh so heavily in our memory. To attend a reunion is to be overjoyed to see old classmates and content to go another decade without seeing most of them again. And there must be few lonelier states than viewing those formative years as a work still in progress, a project that waits naggingly to be resolved. That wistfulness lies at the heart of Ron Carlson's "Return to Oakpine," a gentle meditation of a novel about four former high school friends in Wyoming who revive the rock band they played in together as teenagers in 1969.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Ellen Goddard | July 11, 2013
While looking at some newspaper clippings at the Costa Mesa Historical Society recently, I found one from the Globe-Herald (predecessor of the Daily Pilot) for Sept. 29, 1948. Titled "Costa Mesa Library Gives Wide Service," it noted some of the services and collections that were available there. It also listed some of the new children's books that had recently been received. One of them, for first-graders, was "Two Is a Team" by Lorraine and Jerrold Beim. This book, published in 1945, is mentioned in Elizabeth Goodenough's book, "Infant Tongues: The Voice of the Child in Literature.
NEWS
By Jim de Boom | July 2, 2013
Rotarians from the three area Rotary Clubs (Newport-Balboa, Newport Beach Sunrise and Newport-Irvine) as well as from District 5320's eClub have arranged for the purchase and delivery of nearly 2,000 summer reading books to the students at Wilson, Whittier and Pomona elementary schools in Costa Mesa as part of the Fountains for Youth program, according to Newport-Balboa Rotarian Roger McGonegal. These books were given to the students to take home and keep (and share with friends and family members)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Evelyn Rogers | June 22, 2013
It's officially summertime, and the Newport Beach Public Library's Summer Reading Program begins Saturday. So visit the Central Library or the Balboa, Corona del Mar or Mariners branch and pick up game sheets or review forms, win prizes and enjoy activities like face painting, story times and crafts. This year's theme for kids, teens and adults is "Reading Is So Delicious!" In this great annual program, adults and teens submit reviews of the books they read. Five reviews earns readers a paperback book.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | June 5, 2013
Harbor Day School in Newport Beach was built with a library at its center. Students filter through it all day, and librarian-taught classes rotate in. The lessons often include activities such as kids feeding their "bookworm" earth worms or using quill pens to write their names like the signers of the Constitution. "The library is really an integral part of the whole school," said Harbor Day's first librarian, Anne Polkingharn. "It's not just a room with books and computers now too. " FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this story misspelled Anne Polkingharn's last name.
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By Jim Carnett | June 3, 2013
For my birthday this year my daughter Jenn gave me one of those photo books you create online. I'm guessing she thought me old enough to qualify for a "This Is Your Life" memory album. I was surprised by how moved I was when I opened the book for the first time. Many photos came from old family archives originally managed by my grandmother and, later, my mom. In recent decades, Jenn has assumed custodianship of the treasured collection. She titled the coffee table picture book "My Family History.
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