December 17, 2009
From an 11-foot dinghy illuminated with flashing red and green lights to look like a Christmas tree to 70-foot yachts topped with saluting toy soldiers and dancing Santas, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade set sail for its 101st year Wednesday night. Sail boats, electric boats and massive power yachts all adorned with strings of red, green and white Christmas lights crisscrossed Newport Harbor. Although it’s illegal for boats in the harbor to display Christmas lights, unless the vessel is a sanctioned entry in the parade, “the Harbor Patrol kind of looks the other way at this time of year,” parade emcee Mike Whitehead said.
December 22, 2001
Lolita Harper WESTSIDE -- Families gathered at Shalimar Learning Center on Friday afternoon to exchange gifts around the center's Christmas tree and, they hoped, walk away with a traditional holiday symbol of their own. The owners of Costa Mesa-based Beach 'n Backyards donated a dozen Christmas trees and decorative wreaths to the needy families at the center. Owners Lindy and Galvin Bartlett of Newport Beach said they wanted to give back to the community.
December 18, 2013
The sun had long set at the bridge to Balboa Island, where 3-year-old Connor Murphy stared off into the harbor, mumbling the words to "Feliz Navidad," which he had recently learned. Off in the distance, the Orange County Sheriff's Department boat approached, spraying water as it led the charge for the 105th annual Newport Beach Christmas boat parade. "Ready?" asked Connor's dad, Bryan. "Santa's boat is coming!" Boats of all sizes -- about 80 in all -- passed one after another by Murphy's perch, casting sparkling reflections onto the dark water.
December 11, 2003
GREER WYLDER In the spirit of the season, Fashion Island will host two events this weekend to benefit the less fortunate. On Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be a Holiday Toy Drive with Star 98.7 FM at the Christmas tree. All new, unwrapped gifts will go to the Orangewood Children's Foundation. On Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m., Kids & Cottages will have "Caring for Kids" benefiting orphans in Mexico. Bring in a shoe box or other small box containing one or more small toys, and one or more everyday necessity, like a toothbrush, socks, shoes or clothing.
October 28, 2004
KAREN WIGHT Tucked between plain office buildings and trendy bikini boutiques is a Balboa street filled with charm and character. Antique stores, art galleries, floral designers and unique eateries are the trademark of 31st Street, and their owners invite you to join them on Nov. 13 for an open-air open house. The festivities will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m. In addition to the stores and galleries, there will be refreshments served, compliments of the Cannery Painters, a group of artists organized by Marilyn Poliquin of Cannery Paints.
December 20, 1999
We asked six kindergartners at Anderson Elementary last week what they wanted for Christmas. Here's what they had to say:"I want a dog for Christmas. A Golden Retriever. I think I'll get one because I wrote a note to Santa. It would be a boy dog and I would name him Lucky."EMMA KAYE, 5 Newport Beach "I want ice skates because I want to learn how to ice skate. I could balance on one foot if I learned how to ice skate. The Mighty Ducks are my favorite ice skaters.
December 21, 2000
I have just returned from my annual Christmas visit with my youngest daughter and my grandchildren in Boulder, Colo. We follow a regular routine during this week that starts with shopping for a Christmas tree. I'm allowed to buy it and take part in putting on the lights. Then I sit back, usually with a martini, and watch my daughter and grandchildren decorate the tree. The rest of my time there is subdivided into shopping for gifts, wrapping them, writing outrageously bad poems to accompany each gift, taking my daughter and son-in-law out to lunch, schmoozing with my grandsons and enjoying family dinners.
December 7, 2000
Danette Goulet NEWPORT BEACH -- Mariners Elementary School parents have taken down strings of colored and white lights at the request of school board president Dana Black, although there has been little to no opposition in the community to the display. "It's a public building," Black said. "Our school parents do a really good job of ringing in the holidays, but it's a public building and lights have no place there." When Black was at a grocery store Saturday afternoon, a resident who lives in the Mariners neighborhood stopped her to let her know that "they were at it again," Black said.
December 14, 2002
Deirdre Newman Southern California may not be blanketed by the snowy weather that heralds the approach of Christmas, but it is blessed with a bevy of ballet companies performing the quintessential holiday classic "The Nutcracker." This month, three companies will perform the ballet -- two in Costa Mesa and one in Irvine. All of them feature different interpretations of the Sugar Plum Fairy role, the lead female soloist who entertains young Clara and the Nutcracker Prince after their journey through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Candy.