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By Joanna Clay, | March 12, 2011
When picturing Orange County, one might think of beautiful beaches or luxury shopping, but few would picture limestone cliffs that are 30 million to 40 million years old. On Friday, OC Parks and the Irvine Ranch Conservancy unveiled a viewing deck in Limestone Canyon — not to be confused with Limestone Canyon & Whiting Ranch — so that visitors from a safe space can experience the natural wonders that some call a "mini Grand Canyon....
By Joanna Clay, | December 15, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — The Balboa Fun Zone was in full gear Wednesday during the first night of the 102nd annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Families munched on pizza, hot pretzels and bundled under fleece blankets as they enjoyed the annual waterfront parade. Capt. Mike Whitehead, a former Daily Pilot columnist, serves as emcee. Each night, he is situated right by the carousel and gives viewers a little background on the passing boats. The parade started with a number of dazzling, decorated yachts.
November 10, 2010
UC Irvine announced this week the addition of three events in the coming months that will surely draw crowds. Charlize Theron, ("Monster" and "Cider House Rules") will speak at UCI on Dec. 4. The Academy Award winner and United Nations messenger of peace will discuss her Africa Outreach Project, which raises awareness for children and families struggling with poverty in her native South Africa. Businessman Richard Branson will spend a night away from his private island Jan. 25. The businessman will talk about his nonprofit, Virgin Unite, which brings people together to deal with environmental and social problems.
By Joseph Serna, | November 6, 2010
For sailors and mooring renters who complain there wasn't enough input into Newport Beach's proposed mooring fee increases, they'll get their chance Tuesday when the City Council looks into the issue at a study session. "It was a simple kind of analysis, I challenge anyone to upend it," said City Manager Dave Kiff, discussing the methodology behind an ad hoc committee's suggestion that offshore mooring fees nearly triple. "I don't know an outside consultant would tell me anything other than what the mooring folks would tell me. " Earlier this year, the City Council created an ad hoc committee to explore raising mooring fees and adjusting mooring transfers in Newport Harbor.
May 20, 2010
G lenn Deck helps golfers with their swings, but before the swing comes something as or more important for each player to know well. The body comes before the swing. It might seem automatic to think of the body as key to the golf swing, but beyond the backswing and follow-through lie a series of movements that fitness and golf instructors are calling more attention to these days. Deck, instruction director at Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Coast, said the consensus among teachers, doctors and trainers is that the body is the most important part of the golf swing.
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | April 15, 2010
It is the dream of every creative chef to have his own restaurant where he is in complete control and can express his culinary vision. In the case of the Lido Deck Restaurant & Wine Bar in the Lido Marina Village, there is a dynamic duo at the helm of this small, pierside bistro — chef Don Schoenburg and his wife, pastry chef Christi Carter. They also have a wine bar next door with its own small plates menu. Both are tucked away in the village right by the water, with a deck overlooking the bay or a humongous wedding boat docked in front, depending on whether or not the bridal party is out to sea. We were seated in a big white leather booth in the small dining area where the wall of sliding doors was open to the three tables out on the deck.
By Brianna Bailey | March 22, 2010
The Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday night will consider approving an agreement to build an access road for Sunset Ridge Park in West Newport that will run through Banning Ranch. Conservationists who want to preserve Banning Ranch, a large parcel of undeveloped, coastal land that abuts West Coast Highway, say that even if paved with good intentions, building the road would be the first step toward developing the area. “If you can put a man on the moon, Newport Beach can come up with a plan for Sunset Ridge Park that does not involve a road through Banning Ranch,” said Terry Welsh, leader of the Banning Ranch Conservancy, a nonprofit that wants to preserve Banning Ranch.
By Brianna Bailey | January 29, 2010
Husband and wife team Don Schoenburg and Christi Carter knew they had found the right place to open a restaurant when they stumbled across a vacant spot in Lido Marina Village. Their new venture, the Lido Deck, 3420 Via Oporto, Suite 101, features simple, seasonal dishes paired with boutique wines. Featuring waterfront dining and a private dining room, the restaurant is on the site of the now defunct eatery Blanca. “Our vision is to have a place where you could come and get a really good meal, or at least not so expensive.
By Joseph Serna | July 2, 2009
While many will turn to their backyards, local parks or oceanfront views to enjoy fireworks Saturday, a different kind of entertainment awaits in Newport Harbor. The American Legion Yacht Club is sponsoring the 54th annual “Proud to be an American” Fourth of July Boat Parade Saturday afternoon. Starting at 1 p.m., the American Legion, Newport Harbor Post 291, will welcome Old Glory and her followers — many boats decked out from hull to mast in red, white and blue.
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