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By Alicia Robinson | May 31, 2006
Members of the Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions Club will be heating up the oil for their annual fish fry this weekend, but they'll also try to light a fire under residents to revive the popular parade that was discontinued 1998. The Lions, with support from the Costa Mesa Community Foundation, want to reinstate the parade as part of the 2007 fish fry. They'll have a booth at this year's event encouraging people to sign petitions supporting the parade or volunteer to help put it together, and the city fire association's fire truck will drive by the fish fry at Lions Park on Saturday with banners about the parade.
August 19, 2007
Costa Mesa city officials are considering building a skate park at Lions Park, traditionally the site of the annual fish fry, which raises money for the Lions Club. Mike Scheafer, Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions Club board member, has said building a skate park near Park Avenue and West 18th Street could spell doom for the fish fry. Scheafer took the time this week to answer some questions on the issue from the Daily Pilot. Question: Tell us about the history of the Costa Mesa annual Lions Club fish fry. Answer: The fish fry has been held in Costa Mesa for over 60 years.
June 1, 2005
Andrew Edwards The sound of sizzling fish is only days away. Plates topped with deep-fried Alaskan cod and cole slaw await visitors at the annual Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions Club Fish Fry, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Lions Park. The fundraiser, which has been a Costa Mesa institution for 58 years, has a new twist this time: A portion of the proceeds is set to help out Costa Mesa United, the community group that has been pulling for new athletic facilities at Costa Mesa high schools.
August 21, 2007
Where is downtown Newport Beach? I am the daughter of the late former Newport Beach Councilman Paul Hummel. It’s my opinion my dad would give the green light for the new City Hall to be built at the park. He would ask locals, friends and tourists where is the center/downtown of Newport Beach? No one could answer. Is it CdM, Peninsula, Mariners Mile, Newport Coast? Where is it? My father thought the City Hall outgrew its location on the peninsula a long time ago. Please vote to build the new City Hall where it belongs.
By STEVE SMITH | August 28, 2007
There is a fabulous movie now out on DVD called, “Hot Fuzz.” But before you watch it, you should see, “Shaun of the Dead.” Both flicks are the work of Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg, who have revitalized the horror genre. Be warned that both movies contain some gore. But it’s funny gore, if such a thing is possible. “Hot Fuzz” takes place in an English village where the town council makes all of its decisions in the interest of “the greater good,” a line that takes on a new meaning as the film progresses.
June 6, 2004
Lolita Harper COSTA MESA -- Fish, fries, funnel cake, family and fun. Those five things captured the essence of the Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions Club Fish Fry on Saturday. The fry started at noon, and 30 minutes later the picnic tables were full, and Vincent Lenbird had already cleaned up on carnival game prizes. The Costa Mesa resident had racked up a large stuffed donkey (a character from the hit movie "Shrek"), a Cat in the Hat inflatable hammer, a toy rose and a Care Bear.
March 31, 2001
DISTRIBUTING CHECKS: On Monday, Newport Harbor -- Costa Mesa (Harbor Mesa) Lions President Darlene Shelley will distribute checks to representatives of local organizations that include: Westside Boys and Girls Club, Someone Cares Soup Kitchen, SOS Free Medical and Dental Clinic, Orange Coast College Child Care and Scholarship, Orange Coast Interfaith Shelter, Youth Employment Service, Women Helping Women, Lion's ...
By Alicia Robinson | August 22, 2007
COSTA MESA — The City Council voted to hold off on plans for a skate park at Lions Park Tuesday, after hearing from residents who said it would pave over valuable green space and should be built where it can be bigger. While there was no consensus on a location, everyone at the meeting seemed to agree that Costa Mesa needs at least one more skate park, and several suggested a world-class, multi-use park that would serve BMX bikers and skaters of all skill levels. Council members voted 3-2 to put off hiring a design firm until October, when they’ll discuss putting a smaller skating area in at Lions Park and adding a large skate park and dog exercise area at Fairview Park.
By: Alicia Robinson | September 18, 2005
They may be better known for their annual fish fry, but local Lions club members exercised their grilling skills Saturday to feed hungry model-train enthusiasts and raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina. The Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions served up hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and sodas while the Orange County Model Engineers carted parents and kids around Fairview Park on tiny trains. Helping with hurricane relief means a lot to Hank Hornsveld, a Lions club member and one of the founders of the Orange County Model Engineers.
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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