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By Peter Buffa | June 4, 2011
Sixty-four years is a long time. That's how long Costa Mesa's annual Lions Fish Fry & Carnival has been around, and it is in full swing and full sizzle this weekend. But do not delay, dawdle or procrastinate, because Sunday is the last chance for fish fry fanatics to do their annual deep-fried, carnival ride, kewpie doll-stuffed panda thing. In addition to the extreme fun factor, the Fish Fry raises about $50,000 for the Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions Club, which supports a boatload of great organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs, Sea Scouts, various schools and the Home for Washed Up Italian-American Mayors.
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By Jim de Boom | March 26, 2013
Job's Daughters announces the reopening of its bethel in Newport Beach. The public is invited to attend the inaugural installation of officers at 5 p.m. April 14 at the Seafaring Masonic Building, 1401 15th St. Dress is formal, specifically dresses for the women and ties for the men. Light refreshments will be served following the installation. Alumni of Job's Daughters are encouraged to make contact with the new bethel. According to the announcement, "Job's Daughters is an international sorority for young women ages 9 to 19. Job's Daughters teaches young ladies important skills for life, such as leadership, public speaking, organization, teamwork and self-reliance.
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By Jill Cowan | June 1, 2013
Locals had their first taste of summer this weekend, and it had a distinctly fishy flavor. It was also lightly battered and crisped to perfection, visitors to Fairview Park for the Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions Club's 66th annual Fish Fry and Carnival said Saturday afternoon. "It's a very pleasant batter," longtime Costa Mesa resident Hank Panian said as he finished off a $10 plate with fries and Newport Rib Company coleslaw. Added his wife, Barbara Panian: "It's not greasy at all. " But it's not just the Pacific cod that hooks residents year after year, said Panian, who's lived in Costa Mesa since 1956.
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June 5, 2005
Alicia Robinson If you stop by the annual Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions Club fish fry today and you're hungry, you might want hit the hot-buttered corn booth first. By midafternoon Saturday, the first of two fish-filled days at Lions Park, members of the Costa Mesa Orange Coast Lions Club had gone through 12 of the 18 cases of corn they'd cleaned in preparation for the event, and they knew they'd have to buy more to last through Sunday. "We're doing really, really good this year.
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By Alicia Robinson | August 15, 2007
Moving Costa Mesa's annual Lions Club fish fry out of Lions Park may spell the death of the event that has run for six decades, Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions Club board member Mike Scheafer said Tuesday. As Scheafer and other Lions try to plan for the 2008 fish fry, they'll discuss contingency plans in case they're displaced. And they could be, if the city builds a second skate park near Park Avenue and West 18th Street. The fish fry, which is always the weekend after Memorial Day, has taken place at Lions Park for 59 of its 61 years.
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By Alicia Robinson | May 8, 2007
Costa Mesa's Lions Park, the longtime site of the annual Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions Club fish fry, could be closed to carnivals in the future because they damage the baseball field. City Council members today will talk about whether to continue allowing carnivals such as the fish fry, which includes rides and games, at the park in the future. Davis Field, one of only a few lighted baseball fields in the city, has to be shut down for several weeks because of the event. "It's an issue that we need to get resolved prior to the next Lions fish fry so we can address any similar requests," said City Finance Director Marc Puckett, who wrote a report for the council on the issue.
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By Brianna Bailey | November 3, 2007
Longtime Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions Club member Mike Scheafer is known around town as “Mr. Fish Fry.” Scheafer has helped with the Lions annual fish fry and carnival at Lions Park since he was 8 years old, and his dad was a Lions Club member. “It’s the only event in Costa Mesa that is really a tradition,” Scheafer said. The Lions Club used the proceeds from the first fish fry to build the softball field at the park 60 years ago, Scheafer said.
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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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August 29, 2013
Re. " Police: Politics harming recruitment ," (Aug. 9): Wow, this is reasonably upsetting, especially since Cost Mesa has so much potential to earn funds to pay for its employees and bring the community together at the same time. Costa Mesa is one of the few cities that I know of that can utilize fairgrounds for hobby shows, concerts and a speedway to complement an already-popular swap meet. It has plenty of parks for recreation. People can congregate at events such as the Lion's Fish Fry. Maybe it is time to utilize this space and get city employees involved creating events and functions to raise money and awareness of some key issues.
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By Jill Cowan | June 1, 2013
Locals had their first taste of summer this weekend, and it had a distinctly fishy flavor. It was also lightly battered and crisped to perfection, visitors to Fairview Park for the Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions Club's 66th annual Fish Fry and Carnival said Saturday afternoon. "It's a very pleasant batter," longtime Costa Mesa resident Hank Panian said as he finished off a $10 plate with fries and Newport Rib Company coleslaw. Added his wife, Barbara Panian: "It's not greasy at all. " But it's not just the Pacific cod that hooks residents year after year, said Panian, who's lived in Costa Mesa since 1956.
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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 Annie Kim | May 28, 2013
Anyone worried about consuming too many calories at this weekend's Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions Club Fish Fry won't have to go far to work them off. Runners and walkers can join the sixth annual Costa Mesa Community Run, which takes place Sunday along with the annual $10 Fish Fry at Fairview Park. "There's a race for every level and something for everyone," said Karen Barloon, president of the Costa Mesa Community Run. "Think of it as a cross-country course through a park.
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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 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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By Jon Cassidy | May 28, 2012
Rollo McClellan, 92, is looking forward to the fish fry next weekend like it was his first. The first Costa Mesa Newport Harbor Lions Club Fish Fry was in 1945, and McClellan hasn't missed one since. Well, he had to cut out a day early once to go take a cruise, but he still made Friday and Saturday of that year's event. "We had the cotton pickin'-est weather you ever saw," McClellan said. "Everyone got drenched, the parade got rained out, and it was still a good time.
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By Jim de Boom | May 22, 2012
The Costa Mesa Newport Harbor Lions Club will hold its 65th annual Fish Fry in a new location: Fairview Park. Admission to the two-day event to the park, 2525 Placentia Ave., on June 2 and 3 is free, while the delicious fish dinners will be served starting at noon for a cost of $10. There will be carnival rides for all ages. Vendors will be selling corn on the cob, hot dogs and burgers, delicious pies and games of chance. And there is a baby contest and entertainment on the stage.
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By Mike Reicher | May 3, 2012
The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday approved a $1,514 stipend for Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer and Councilman Steve Mensinger, who plan to attend the annual International Council of Shopping Centers convention in Las Vegas later this month. The Costa Mesa Conference and Visitors Bureau will cover the other half of the cost. The trip is part of the city's effort to attract new commercial development, especially sit-down restaurants on Harbor Boulevard, council members said.
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