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By Ray Richmond | December 19, 2013
If there's one thing we have already learned this holiday season, it's that we want our gratification instantly or not at all. Ordering stuff off of the Internet is now a contest to see who can deliver it to us the quickest and cheapest. Ground shipping? Get out of town, pal. Two-day? So 2009. Even overnight shipping isn't really quite cutting it anymore. That's, like, as many as 24 hours, and we can only sleep for eight of those. What are we supposed to do with the other 16?
NEWS
December 23, 2001
Young Chang A heartfelt bunch they are, these Newport-Mesa notables. When asked about the best gifts they've ever received, the worst, what they've always wanted but never owned and their happiest Christmas memories, none resorted to talking about diamonds or generic sentiments involving snowmen with carrots for noses. Newport Beach socialite Eve Kornyei, Newport Beach's recently appointed mayor Tod Ridgeway, Newport-Mesa Unified school board member Wendy Leece, Costa Mesa Councilmen Chris Steel and Gary Monahan, and Costa Mesa Police Chief Dave Snowden each nearly brought this reporter to tears with stories about the human side of the holidays.
NEWS
December 7, 2001
Lolita Harper SOUTH COAST PLAZA -- Bubbling, sauce-splattered faces slurped up spaghetti at Maggiano's Little Italy Restaurant on Thursday, finally filling their little bellies after a busy morning visiting with Santa Claus. About 23 children from South Coast Children's Preschool went to the cross-town eatery for their first field trip of the school year and a chance to make sure Santa had the right information for his Christmas deliveries. "I want a Barbie and makeup," said Heather Canales, 6, as she sat on St. Nick's lap. "And I want a go-cart," Heather's 4-year-old friend, Kendall Wright, chimed in from Santa's other knee.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | December 22, 2012
About 300 homeless or down-on-their-luck individuals wrote Christmas lists at Lighthouse Church & Christmas Ministries in Costa Mesa this November. Their ream of requests went to Stanbridge College in Irvine. The college's president, Yasith Weerasuriya, read them aloud Thursday. "A pair of shoes would do me well. Encouragement and a blanket. A job and lots of work. A down jacket. Bus passes. Can I get possibly black shoes? Dental work. Work and love. I am working and could use a bus pass," Weerasuriya said, as he flipped through hundreds more.
NEWS
By The Reverend Dr. George R. Crisp | December 16, 2004
Advent is the season when we celebrate God's coming to us in the Holy Child of Bethlehem. During this season of anticipation, expectation and preparation, we light candles in an Advent wreath symbolizing the hope, peace, joy and love that comes to us with the advent of the birth of Christ. Our Advent waiting culminates in Christmas as God comes into this world to embrace and redeem us. Long before the coming of the Advent season, the Christian church acknowledged that God is always involved with us. The Spirit of God moved over the face of the waters and God made the world.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | November 15, 2012
The rest of the country might be gearing up for Thanksgiving, but at South Coast Plaza, Christmas officially began Thursday evening. The shopping destination hosted its 31st annual tree lighting ceremony at Town Plaza Center with traditional carolers, tap-dancing reindeer, and Santa and Mrs. Claus' arrival from the North Pole leading up the main event - lighting up a 96-foot tall tree. "From our family to yours, we wish you the very best the holidays have to offer, and we thank you for coming to celebrate with us today," said Stan Taeger, speaking on behalf of the Segerstrom family and South Coast Plaza.
NEWS
November 13, 2012
Never mind that Thanksgiving is only about a week away. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Fashion Island signaled the beginning of the Christmas season Tuesday evening when its 92-foot white fir tree, which is located in the Neiman Marcus-Bloomingdale's Courtyard of the coastal shopping center, was lighted for the first time in front of an estimated crowd of up to 10,000 people. Those in attendance were treated to a rare snowfall and several sing-a-long carols from Disney characters like Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy.
FEATURES
By CINDY TRANE CHRISTESON | December 10, 2005
Worry is like a rocking chair. It will give you something to do, but it won't get you anywhere. -- THE UNITED CHURCH OBSERVER "Hi, Cindy, it's great to see you," a friend said to me recently. "I know what you should write about this week. I have just the right thing for you." I told her I was very interested to hear her idea. I was surprised when her answer was simply, "worry." "Worry?" I asked. "Please tell me more, and tell my why I should write about worry now, three weeks before Christmas."
NEWS
December 19, 2002
They come for the friendship. They come for the fabulous food. They come to buy chance tickets for one of the most incredible door prize raffles on the social circuit. Mostly, they come to support Chapman University at the annual Christmas at The Ritz celebration. Since 1987, many of the most fashionable set in Newport-Mesa and Orange County have come together in early December to enjoy the holiday season and raise funds for a variety of Chapman University needs.
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April 19, 2014
Call it a Christmastime pun, an ode to wintertime life on the harbor: "Deck the hulls with bows of jolly. " That's the theme for the 106th annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, event officials said in a release Friday. The local person who crafted the words, however, wants to remain anonymous, officials said. The winner will receive a free VIP excursion on one of the leading boats during the parade, whose roughly 100 participants take a nearly 15-mile route around Newport Harbor.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2014
Winners from the 2013 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights will see their efforts recognized at a gala Jan. 24. The event, which features dinner and an auction and is hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, will be at 6 p.m. at the Island Hotel. Tickets are $125. Sponsorships for a table of 10 cost $1,500. Winners for awards such as best lights, best music and best sailboat will receive two complimentary tickets and an invitation to a private champagne reception beforehand.
NEWS
By Jim de Boom | January 14, 2014
The Tee Room at the Newport Beach Golf Course was packed with 140 family members and friends of the Salata brothers as they celebrated the Serbian Christmas on Jan. 7. Serbian Orthodox Christians, like the Salata brothers, celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7 because all of their religious holidays are by the old Julian calendar. According to Tom Salata, many of the guests were "our neighbors, friends and church members. " Yet a large number of the guests I recognized there were from the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Six O'Clockers of the Balboa Bay Club.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | December 30, 2013
On Balboa Island, narrow streets and houses built side by side can create parking challenges even before holiday visitors descend. But street sweeping, and the parking enforcement that comes with it, continued largely uninterrupted throughout the holiday season - much to the chagrin of at least one resident who received a $54 parking ticket just after 9 a.m. the day after Christmas. Street sweeping operations occur in Newport Beach every weekday except specific holidays, including Christmas Day, New Year's Day and the days before each, as outlined on the city's website.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | December 24, 2013
Since 1968, come rain or shine, Joan Sue Betson's yard on Galaxy Drive in Newport Beach has been a Christmas Eve beacon. In old photos, hundreds of candles can be seen glowing inside brown paper bags, side by side on a retaining wall in front of the sprawling Spanish-style home and lining the driveway. Rows of the homemade luminaries shine from window sills and light the porch. "It used to be quite an event to walk out here every year," said neighbor John Senick, who has lived behind the house for about seven years.
NEWS
December 23, 2013
Well, another five wonderful nights of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade are behind us. The parade this year was incredible. The quality of the boats and the homes continues to get better and better. The crowds keep getting bigger and bigger. Sunday night was something truly magical, with hundreds of lighted boats floating in the calm waters of Newport Harbor and the amazing fireworks going off over the scene. The crowd's reaction to it just goes to show what a special event the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is to so many.
NEWS
By Billy Graham | December 20, 2013
Q: A family in our apartment complex comes from a country that isn't Christian. Do you think they'd be offended if we asked them for Christmas dinner? We don't know them very well, but I can tell they're kind of lonely. — Mrs. E.N. A: I seriously doubt if they would be offended. In fact, they might be honored to be invited into an American home. The Bible says, "Share with the Lord's people who are in need. Practice hospitality" (Romans 12:13). At the same time, ask God to help you to be sensitive to them and their customs.
NEWS
By Rabbi Marc Gellman | December 20, 2013
I love Christmas. I love Christmas the way a friend who loves you, but has not been raised like you, loves it. I don't want Christmas to be my holiday, but in America it must be partly my holiday because of the way Christmas washes over its theological banks and changes America for the better. I'm happy to love Christmas the way all of us should learn to love those holidays that are great but not ours. I love Christmas the way some Christians I know love Passover. Every year, when he was well, my dearest friend, Fr. Tom Hartman, came to my house for Passover, and he ate everything but the horseradish.
NEWS
By Ray Richmond | December 19, 2013
If there's one thing we have already learned this holiday season, it's that we want our gratification instantly or not at all. Ordering stuff off of the Internet is now a contest to see who can deliver it to us the quickest and cheapest. Ground shipping? Get out of town, pal. Two-day? So 2009. Even overnight shipping isn't really quite cutting it anymore. That's, like, as many as 24 hours, and we can only sleep for eight of those. What are we supposed to do with the other 16?
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | December 12, 2013
Ask any random group of patrons of the Orange County theater world, and they can probably tell you that Hal Landon Jr. has played Ebenezer Scrooge in South Coast Repertory's "A Christmas Carol" for the last 34 years. What they may not know is that Landon isn't the only person who's stayed with the annual holiday production since 1980. While the actor has traced Scrooge's metamorphosis from gruff curmudgeon to bringer of cheer, the same director, John-David Keller, has guided him from the wings each time.
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