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By Terrance K. Phillips | October 2, 2010
Live music, martial arts demonstrations and a magician helped attract more than 13,000 visitors to Bill Barber Park on Saturday for ninth annual Irvine Global Village Festival. A Korean choir and Scottish bagpipes were heard among the five stages at the event, which wasn't hindered by the touch of tropical storms overhead. Visitors watched demonstrations of karate, taekwondo, judo, Brazilian jiu jitsu, each presented by the country of origin. Strolling street performers and entertainers meandered through the crowd, drawing laughter and joyous applause.
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September 24, 2013
Given Newport Coast Homeowners Assn. President Dan Wampole's background as having, presumably, served with Newport's elected officials on about three different committees, I have to admit I was more than slightly amused by his waxing on how "it is more eye-pleasing to look down the streets on trash day and see the uniformity of the cans. " I looked down my own street this morning and was impressed by the diversity of trash cans in our neighborhood. It was a beautiful sight. Joe Nedza Newport Beach * Cutting food stamps is wrong Trying to eliminate food stamps is the most inhumane and intolerable act of the Tea Party Republicans People, including children, will literally die without them.
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April 21, 2008
Corona del Mar High School has been named a distinguished school in Orange County thanks to its program unifying the campus’ diverse groups. Orange County Human Relations bestowed the honor upon three schools in Orange County. Corona del Mar High School showed exceptional contributions in promoting, nurturing, protecting and cultivating a campus that is safe, welcoming and equitable, county officials said. The school was recognized for its campaign to bring diverse campus groups together through the message of “Ubuntu,” or the “Spirit of Community.
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January 22, 2001
Jennifer Kho COSTA MESA -- Ethnic diversity is apparent in many ways throughout the community -- in its food, art, language, ideas and, of course, its people. Costa Mesa residents have backgrounds from the far reaches of the globe -- Africa, Asia, Europe and the Pacific Islands -- as well as from Latin America, the ancestral home to about 44% of the community, according to a 1997 survey. And while most residents say they generally live in harmony with their neighbors, the election in November of a controversial city councilman has some worried that his policies and ideas could hurt the town's ethnically diverse image.
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March 24, 2008
Various slices of Orange County?s diverse neighborhoods and people will be brought together for a day at Sage Hill High School. The school will celebrate its seventh Annual Multicultural Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 5 on its campus, with music, food and religious organizations. About 25 international food booths will feature favorites from all over the world. Joining the booths will be performances from Christ Our Redeemer Church?s Gospel Chorale, Mayan/Aztec flute performances, a Native American drum ceremony, the school?
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By Ron Vanderhoff | April 15, 2011
Spring has finally arrived. The sun is shining, and here in Southern California that means gorgeous wildflower blooms. Our state is home to an amazing array of plant diversity, ranging from redwoods to palms, pines to succulents. California is one of the most botanically rich regions in the world. With this amazing diversity comes threats to our native plants, especially through urbanization. As more homes are built, more lawns need to be cared for. More boxwoods, camellias, petunias and geraniums mean less poppies, sages, lupines and oaks.
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May 12, 2002
Deepa Bharath Sage Hill School's quadrangle came alive Saturday afternoon with vibrant colors, riveting music and delectable aromas. The Newport Coast private school was celebrating its first Multicultural Community Fair -- a collage of music, dance and cuisine from different parts of the world. The fair is not only a fun experience, but something "that is central to the school's mission," said Principal Clint Wilkins. "This fair is reflective of what is very important to us -- diversity," he said.
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February 15, 2000
Gay Geiser-Sandoval Currently, the Academic Performance Index scores for California schools are based upon the school's SAT-9 test scores and the number of teachers without full credentials. A lot of learning comes from the experience and background of the student population; that isn't reflected in the index. Before you flood the district offices with requests for transfers to the schools with the highest indexes, consider these excerpts from an essay of a district student: "Looking back at my great-grandfathers, the only things they all had in common was the fact that none of them made it past the third grade, and they were all wild men. One immigrated from Germany, where his first job was riding shotgun on a stagecoach in Yellowstone.
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July 1, 2003
Deirdre Newman A new flag unfurled as city officials kicked off Costa Mesa's 50th anniversary Monday by turning the spotlight on the volunteers who have helped the city run for half a century. While the exact anniversary of Costa Mesa's incorporation was Sunday, Monday kick-started a year full of festivities that will culminate with a celebratory dinner in June 2004. As city officials reflected on 50 years of history, they emphasized how important volunteers are to keeping the city running smoothly.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | April 11, 2014
Lonnie Lynn led his son to believe that his middle name, Rashid, means childhood love. Turns out, that's not true. But that didn't stop Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr., better known by his stage name, Common, from running with it. "I believe that love is the greatest gift we have, because if you love your creator and you love yourself, that start right there is amazing," said the 42-year-old hip-hop recording artist and actor, whose casual ensemble...
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By Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times | April 5, 2014
On a recent weekday afternoon, the South Coast Collection in Costa Mesa is inhabited by an eclectic crowd - young hipsters sipping lattes at Portola Coffee Lab, professionals in business suits nibbling on carnitas de pato at Taco Maria, moms pushing strollers, and employees from nearby businesses simply enjoying the open-air courtyards. Designers can be spotted in the design showrooms too, as they stop to eye the furnishings on display in the more than 20 stores specializing in home design.
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By Hannah Fry | October 11, 2013
The Orange County Equality Coalition has filed a complaint with the state accusing Corona del Mar High School of discriminating against an organization that offers support to gays and lesbians. The coalition alleges in a Department of Education filing that the Newport-Mesa Unified School District violated state laws by requiring parents to sign permission slips allowing their children to receive information about HIV/AIDS and Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) at CdM's annual Diversity Day event.
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September 24, 2013
Given Newport Coast Homeowners Assn. President Dan Wampole's background as having, presumably, served with Newport's elected officials on about three different committees, I have to admit I was more than slightly amused by his waxing on how "it is more eye-pleasing to look down the streets on trash day and see the uniformity of the cans. " I looked down my own street this morning and was impressed by the diversity of trash cans in our neighborhood. It was a beautiful sight. Joe Nedza Newport Beach * Cutting food stamps is wrong Trying to eliminate food stamps is the most inhumane and intolerable act of the Tea Party Republicans People, including children, will literally die without them.
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By Lauren Williams | July 12, 2013
The Orange County Fire Authority and a rescue worker injured trying to find a pair of missing Costa Mesa hikers are not crime victims and cannot seek restitution, a judge ruled Friday. The fire authority made a motion in Orange County Superior Court seeking restitution in the criminal case against one of the rescued hikers, Nicolas Cendoya, 20, who pleaded guilty to one felony count of methamphetamine possession in exchange for permission to enter a drug-diversion program for first-time offenders.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | April 30, 2013
When Alan Arkin signed on to "In Security," he wanted to play only one role. A motorcycle cop. "He wanted the boots, helmet, glasses and leather jacket - he wanted to look good," said Evan Beamer, who co-directed the movie along with his older brother, Adam. After the Beamers granted his wish and filming was underway, Arkin turned to them and said, "You realize this is completely ridiculous, right? There's no such thing as a 75-year-old motorcycle cop. " Adam recalled working with the senior Arkin for three or four hours, after which the assistant director called a wrap.
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By Candice Baker | September 27, 2012
"He who is different from me does not impoverish me - he enriches me. Our unity is constituted in something higher than ourselves - in Man ... For no man seeks to hear his own echo, or to find his reflection in the glass. " - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry * An annual event will seek once again to promote understanding between cultures in a festive, family-friendly atmosphere Saturday. The Irvine Global Village Festival, the city's flagship event, saw more than 20,000 attendees last year.
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By Candice Baker | July 26, 2012
Four up-and-coming choreographers will debut new works Saturday at the Irvine Barclay Theatre as part of the National Choreographers Initiative, now in its ninth year. The project allows audiences to get in on the ground floor to see the works of up-and-coming choreographers, which are developed over the course of three weeks in a supportive environment in which they can feel free to experiment, Artistic Director Molly Lynch said. As is the case each year, four choreographers were selected to debut new works in this year's showcase: Wendy Seyb, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Thang Dao and Melissa Barak.
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By Britney Barnes | April 23, 2012
Hand-colored flags lined the walls and cut-outs of people of different nationalities decorated the stage for a performance celebrating the community's diverse dance and musical heritage. Paularino Elementary School hosted its annual Multicultural Night on Friday with homemade food, and student and professional performances that crossed a spectrum of the world. "We want each child to be proud and understand their unique background," said interim Principal Bonnie Swann. "Paularino is a salad bowl.
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By Julia Keller, The Chicago Tribune | January 19, 2012
He loved lists, so let's make one in his honor. The late John Leonard was brilliant, witty, earnest, brave, erudite, stubborn, poetic and totally smitten by literature. I never met him, but I can swear to the foregoing because I read his work for many years and — as I now know — his work reflected his soul. I know that because "Reading for My Life: Writings, 1958-2008" (Viking), a forthcoming collection of Leonard's superb essays and book reviews, includes a portrait of the writer.
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