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By Emily Foxhall | December 10, 2013
A local organization of mothers in Newport Coast raised more than $10,000 at a holiday carnival Sunday to help fight a genetic syndrome often associated with autism. The MOMS Club of Newport Coast, part of an international moms support network, hosted free activities for families in addition to running a silent auction and bake sale, according to a news release. Funds will be given to the Florida-based Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Foundation, a nonprofit organization that focuses on research and awareness of the condition as well as family support, according to its website.
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June 11, 2001
Tariq Malik COSTA MESA - After spending the morning in prayer Sunday, the congregation of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church spent the rest of the day in celebration. In a playing field behind its 1015 W. Baker St. location, the church attracted thousands to its second annual three-day carnival over the sunny weekend before capping it off Sunday evening. "This worked out great and we never could have done it without our volunteers," said resident Dan Peterka, a firefighter who chairs the carnival board of directors.
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By Saneyee Purandare | March 27, 2009
On Friday afternoon, the Harbor View Elementary playground became a colorful carnival with food, fun and contests. It was a charity carnival organized entirely by the fourth, fifth- and sixth-graders. The money raised will go to St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton. “Raising money for the hospital was the students’ idea,” Principal Charlene Metoyer said. “For the last month or so, they have been missing their lunch a few times during the week to meet and organize the carnival.
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By Lauren Williams | July 25, 2013
In the land of bacon-wrapped this and barbecued-smothered that, it can be hard to find anything healthy at the Orange County Fair. Especially if you're a vegetarian. Animal-derived delights are everywhere you look, from the oversized turkey legs to the Krispy Kreme sloppy joe. There are, however, a few hidden gems at the fair for those living meatless in a meat-filled world - and they were not slathered in batter, deep-fried or sugar-filled. As an experiment, my omnivorous colleague Jill Cowan and I (a sometimes fish-eating, oftentimes vegetarian)
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By Alicia Robinson | May 30, 2007
As carnival rides and games take over the ball field at Lions Park this weekend, local Lions Club members will batter up the fish for the 60th annual fish fry. They've changed a few things this year — no more Miss Costa Mesa pageant, and musicians from local high schools will play instead of adult bands. And for the first time ever, the Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions have some help from another service group, the Costa Mesa Kiwanis. "It's the 60th annual, so this year is really kind of special," said Lions treasurer Raul Jara.
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June 8, 2001
Jennifer Kho FAIRGROUNDS -- Clocks might stop, lights may go out and computers might crash. But Costa Mesa residents can be rest assured that even if the power fails this summer, the carnival rides at the Orange County Fair won't. "I'm worried about my refrigerator, because the food will go to waste, and about my computer, because I won't be able to do any work on it," Costa Mesa resident Tony Henriquez said Friday. "I wasn't actually concerned about the rides, but it's cool they aren't going to be wasting our electricity."
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June 5, 2000
Sue Doyle COSTA MESA -- Families poured into the carnival grounds Sunday to soak up the end of the 55th annual Lions Club Fish Fry. The three-day fund-raiser transformed OCC's campus into a children's wonderland packed with carnival rides, games, booths, contests and food. Coordinators had not counted the money raised but said the turnout exceeded last year's, also held at OCC. Proceeds go toward youth groups, such as the Boys & Girls Club, said Brett Smith, Lions Club vice president.
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November 7, 2001
Story by Paul Clinton; photo by [tk] Creating a safe atmosphere for children at Halloween gives Ellis Dandy a strong sense of purpose. Dandy volunteered his time as one of the crew of organizers of Calvary Church's annual Halloween festival. Leaders of the Newport-Mesa church each year bring a mini-carnival to their property to entertain costumed children. "This is just something we do as a way to reach out to the community and to provide a safe environment," Dandy said.
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June 17, 2001
-- Steve McCrank You could not have asked for a more perfect day for a carnival then last Sunday. The sun was warm, the breeze cool, and I was happy to be out of the office. Finding photos at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church's carnival was like shooting fish in a barrel. But I was hoping to get something a little more special. For nearly an hour I had been trying to get a photo from one of the more thrilling, fast rides when over my shoulder I could hear the laughter of kids on one of the kiddie rides.
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By Emily Foxhall | December 10, 2013
A local organization of mothers in Newport Coast raised more than $10,000 at a holiday carnival Sunday to help fight a genetic syndrome often associated with autism. The MOMS Club of Newport Coast, part of an international moms support network, hosted free activities for families in addition to running a silent auction and bake sale, according to a news release. Funds will be given to the Florida-based Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Foundation, a nonprofit organization that focuses on research and awareness of the condition as well as family support, according to its website.
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By Hannah Fry | October 26, 2013
As the moon rose above California Elementary School on Friday night, masked and cloaked figures emerged from nearby parking lots. Students, their families and community members, some dressed in costume, celebrated the spooky Oct. 31st holiday early at the elementary school's seventh annual Halloween Hoot. Cari Christie, president of the Parent-Teacher Assn., helped organize the carnival, which aims to entertain and bring families together to raise money for the school's foundation.
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By Bradley Zint | July 25, 2013
The crosswind is killer on the Ring-a-Duck. It comes from somewhere in the West - the ocean, perhaps - to impede the already arduous task of throwing a lightweight plastic ring completely onto the neck of one of those smiling yellow duckies as it and its friends go round and round in their little pond. Like nearly all the Orange County Fair midway games, this one is deceptively tough. I failed after four throws. Thus, I blamed the wind. Sosa Amadin of Irvine blamed the ducks' orange beaks.
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By Lauren Williams | July 25, 2013
In the land of bacon-wrapped this and barbecued-smothered that, it can be hard to find anything healthy at the Orange County Fair. Especially if you're a vegetarian. Animal-derived delights are everywhere you look, from the oversized turkey legs to the Krispy Kreme sloppy joe. There are, however, a few hidden gems at the fair for those living meatless in a meat-filled world - and they were not slathered in batter, deep-fried or sugar-filled. As an experiment, my omnivorous colleague Jill Cowan and I (a sometimes fish-eating, oftentimes vegetarian)
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | July 6, 2013
The Orange County Fair doesn't specify exactly what "it" is in this year's theme of "Come & Get It," but there's plenty to choose from. Friday marks the beginning of the annual event's deep-fried grandeur, cornucopia of entertainment, rides, animals, games and more at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, according to news releases and the fair's website. This year, a new cast of food mascots is ready to welcome fairgoers Wednesdays through Sundays, from Friday to Aug. 11. Although attendees won't be able to eat Arturo the churro, Olivia the orange or Mike the bacon-wrapped turkey leg, they can buy plush toys depicting the "foodies" and find them in costume around the grounds.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | May 30, 2013
Only three people can list the ingredients of the Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions Club's secret fish batter recipe. President Mike Scheafer is one of them, and he claims that the directions will probably accompany him to his grave. The 59-year-old Costa Mesa resident created some wiggle room, though, when he admitted that he might share the coveted information with his oldest son, Matt, who is a fellow club member. Dinners - for $10 they include the famed fish, French fries and coleslaw - will be offered at the Lions Club's 66th annual Fish Fry and Carnival from Friday to Sunday.
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By Jim de Boom | May 21, 2013
The 66th annual Fish Fry and Carnival will take place May 31 through June 2 at Fairview Park in Costa Mesa. The three-day event will include the traditional world-famous $10 fish dinners, hamburgers, hot dogs, desserts, the annual cute baby contest, opportunity drawings, wine and beer. New for 2013 is the partnership with the Costa Mesa Community Run on Sunday the 2nd, and in celebration of the City of Costa Mesa's 60th anniversary. Friday night, May 31, has been designated as Costa Mesa night.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | February 13, 2013
Rea Elementary students and parents know how to give until it hurts, the Costa Mesa school's principal said Wednesday. Anna Corral stood on the blacktop amid her students while they ran their own carnival. They'd developed games and sold tickets, with all proceeds going to the ASPCA. "They want to save the puppies," Corral said. The festivities were the finale to a monthlong program run by the Irvine-based nonprofit Team Kids. Program Director Jamie Havig said Team Kids was cautious about coming to Rea, a school where the vast majority of students qualify for free or reduced-cost lunches under Title I. Having run the program in affluent areas of Irvine and Newport Beach, he wasn't sure what the response would be when he challenged less fortunate students to donate time and money.
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By Sarah Peters | June 2, 2012
A 65-year-old tradition turned a new page Saturday with Fairview Park in Costa Mesa hosting the annual Fish Fry and Carnival. To some, it was a tradition broken, but for past Lions Club president Jim Ferryman, every deep fryer has a silver lining. "I think that it's going to be good this year," Ferryman, 63, said. "And in the long run, this is a better venue. There is room to expand and we'll be able to fine tune the event itself. " Past years saw the Fish Fry at Lions Park - named for the Lions Club, which hosts the annual event - but city officials asked the club to relocate for fear that the newly renovated Davis Field would be damaged by the carnival rides, Ferryman said.
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November 4, 2011
Students organizing a Saturday demonstration to preserve the Fun Zone have disassociated themselves from the Occupy movement. Organizer Courtney Brown, a Corona del Mar High School sophomore, changed the name from Project: Occupy the Fun Zone to Project: Save the Fun Zone on Friday. While it's not clear exactly why the group changed names, comments on the event's Facebook page provide a hint. One poster suggested camping out at the Fun Zone like Occupy groups have done around the world, and another quickly pointed out that some Occupy groups were turning violent, and it could be a mistake to be even loosely affiliated with the movement.
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