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By Rhea Mahbubani | September 30, 2013
Erin Whitcomb had just returned from a friend's 30th birthday celebration when she heard the news. She'd been laid off. Having dedicated 11 years to the PBS station in Seattle, she was devastated. In the throes of an identity crisis, Whitcomb packed her bags and moved to Orange County to be nearer to her fiance, Adam, a new graduate student at Chapman University. Accustomed to working long hours, she suddenly found herself filling her days by cooking, reading and maintaining a sparkling clean house.
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May 19, 2011
COSTA MESA — Area churches and church coalitions have agreed to move their "food sharing activities" away from Lions Park to appease residents who said they felt uncomfortable and unsafe because of the homeless population that frequents the park. Saddleback Church has also agreed to put a halt to Sunday morning services for the homeless, according to information released by the Homeless Task Force, a group of volunteers established by the City Council in January to address the issue of homelessness in Costa Mesa.
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November 24, 2004
Deepa Bharath Those looking for a little help to put festive food on their table this Thursday can get it from a Westside organization. Share Our Selves, a local nonprofit organization that has helped thousands of families celebrate Thanksgiving for the last 35 years will do it again, as it gives away 300 baskets or more every day. It began doling out the goodies last week. The group, with the help of its strong base of donors and volunteers, puts together bags with turkeys, vegetables, canned goods and bread, said Karen McGlinn, executive director of Share Our Selves.
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June 12, 2007
As far as Lowell Bernstein is concerned, food can be tied into almost any academic subject. Even swing. Bernstein, who visited Victoria Elementary School last week, runs food preparation workshops at schools around Southern California. The name of his presentation is Jazz Kidchen — with the "d" in "Kidchen" being intentional — and as he explained to fifth-graders at the start of class on Thursday, there's a similarity between whipping up an open-face sandwich and riffing on a theme by John Coltrane.
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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?
NEWS
February 28, 2002
Curves for Women, a Costa Mesa fitness center, will host its annual food drive to benefit Share Our Selves next month. The local gym -- whose motto is "no men, no mirrors" -- is encouraging Newport-Mesa residents to drop off bags of nonperishable food during the month of March. Members who bring in a bag of food, exercise three times a week and lose five pounds or five inches in the month will be awarded a "Food for Friends" T-shirt. Those who wish to join Curves for Women can bring in a bag of food during the week of March 11 and get the usual registration fee waived.
FEATURES
December 23, 2008
The Costa Mesa swap meet collected more than 2,000 pounds of food for the needy during the holiday season this year. Over the past four weekends, the $2 admission fee for the swap meet was waived for guests who brought in a canned or dried food item. All of the food will go to South County Outreach, a nonprofit that distributes provisions to people who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless. Earlier this year the pantry shut down for several days when its food supplies ran out. The food raised from the swap meet’s promotion will allow them to feed 22 families for a week, according to Shawna Herren, who coordinated the drive on the nonprofit’s behalf.
NEWS
June 8, 2002
-- Todd Karella The Hilton Costa Mesa received an award of excellence from the county's Environmental Health Division on May 31, recognizing it for consistently maintaining exceptionally high food safety and sanitation standards. "We are delighted to be recognized for our efforts to maintain superior food safety and sanitation standards for our guests and staff," said Joe Bann, general manager of the Hilton Costa Mesa and president of the Costa Mesa Conference and Visitor Bureau, in a prepared statement.
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By Michael Miller | September 28, 2009
Editor’s note: This is the third of a three-part series on how the recession is affecting the Newport-Mesa area. 8 a.m. Bob Jordan got in his company van, set a single cup of water in a cup holder to quench his thirst, and headed off on the route that he’s taken nearly every Monday for the last 12 years. The van, one of two owned by the Westside nonprofit Share Our Selves, maneuvered its way out of the cramped parking lot on Superior Avenue, inching around parked cars and families who had come for their daily needs.
NEWS
November 28, 2002
I am thankful for my family. I am thankful for my dog for keeping me safe while the day is going by. I am thankful for my mom to keep me healthy. I am thankful for my dad for keeping me from getting sick. I am thankful for my sister; she keeps me from being lonely. I am thankful to my mom and dad for keeping food on the table every night. I am thankful for my friends at school who play with me. I am thankful for my teacher for helping me get a good education.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | April 10, 2014
Karen Mahmalji is in it for the wagging tails. It's common for the owner of Top Dog Barkery to see pooches, quivering with excitement, pulling their owners in the direction of the store. "It's hilarious and we love it," said the 49-year-old Irvine resident. "The dog knows he's going to get his favorite treat, so that makes us laugh and it's a great feeling. " The venue - with its tagline, "The Dog Lover's Boutique and Bakery" - is located in the Corona del Mar Plaza alongside Chico's, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Sienna Brown, Brighton Collectibles and other shops.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | March 20, 2014
For as long as Frank Bruni can remember, food has played a lead role in his life. In his Italian-American household in White Plains, N.Y., every family gathering was marked by culinary creations. He was a ravenous eater, with chubbiness to show for it. And bulimia made an early appearance - when he was still a toddler. A look into the rearview mirror reveals that it wasn't competitive swimming or the Atkins diet that helped him break the cycle of binging and purging. It was professional eating as the restaurant critic for the New York Times, a position he took the calculated risk of accepting.  The Newport Beach Public Library will host the 49-year-old veteran journalist, an op-ed columnist since 2011 and former Rome bureau chief for the Times, on Friday and Saturday.
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By Jill Cowan | March 7, 2014
A recent study says many of Orange County's supermarkets and convenience stores make buying tobacco, alcohol and other unhealthy items too convenient for kids. The study is part of a statewide campaign called Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community, which aims to improve Californians' health by "informing them about the impacts of unhealthy product marketing in the retail environment," according to an Orange County Health Care Agency news release. The survey - which included data from more than 7,300 businesses ranging from big-box chains to drug stores in all of California's 58 counties - found that 76.7% of tobacco retailers in Orange County sell flavored tobacco products and are near schools.
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By Michael Miller | February 27, 2014
Growing up in Southern California as the son of an aerospace worker, Ricardo Mendoza never had to live the life of a migrant laborer. But he had a document framed on the wall at home that connected him to that part of the world. That was a letter from Cesar Chavez to Mendoza's grandfather, who served with the Mexican Consul and worked with the legendary activist to address human rights issues. "I did not have the opportunity to meet him," Mendoza said. "I think the letter is dated 1964 or '5, and I was just a kid. " Across the continent, in New York, another future artist, Josh Sarantitis, found himself inspired as a child when he read Chavez's biography.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | January 22, 2014
Save for breaking in, how can someone gain entry into a family's home and hear about the experiences that form the tapestry of their lives? By cooking for them - or so Bay Ewald and Nick Nigro, founders of comewecreate, have found. The Costa Mesa couple, self-proclaimed foodies, launched the in-house catering service last summer after picking cooking as their creative outlet of choice. Since word got out, they've served at birthdays, business events and Christmas parties, provided romantic meals for two and even fed people with special dietary needs.
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By Beau Nicolette | December 11, 2013
Angelica, 9, skipped to her mom, cheeks sparkling with glitter, lips shining from gloss, and said, "Mom, I got a makeover!" She beamed with her new look and pulled at her mom to explore the rest of what the Sharing the Spirit Holiday Party at South Coast Plaza had to offer Friday. The Newport Beach girl had already taken a picture with Santa Claus and received a gift bag, and as she peered down the Sears wing of the mall at the 60 tables covered in different activities, her options seemed endless.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 27, 2013
In the back of Someone Cares Soup Kitchen on the day before Thanksgiving, Lorrie Sanchez rasped out instructions to two volunteers straining out turkey stock for the stuffing. For more than a dozen years, Sanchez has run a kitchen without a regular staff, without recipes and without knowing what ingredients she'll have the next day. But she does know that hundreds of people will be waiting outside on 19th Street, expecting something to eat. On Wednesday, she geared up for Thanksgiving dinner by overseeing the preparation of tubs of homemade stuffing, vats of sweet potatoes and more than 40 turkeys.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rene Lynch | November 4, 2013
They found the home listing in the PennySaver, of all places. Todd Porter and Diane Cu barely glanced at the interior of the run-down three-bedroom, two-bathroom house when they arrived for a walk-through, and instead they headed straight to the sprawling backyard overgrown with brush and suffocated by a giant pine. "We looked at each other and said, 'This is it,'" Porter recalled. The Costa Mesa backyard wasn't neat or squared off like Southern California yards are supposed to be. Instead, the 11,000-square-foot lot was a jagged, oddly shaped U. It was perfect for the couple's plans: To carve out a quiet oasis where they could live a garden-to-plate lifestyle.
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By Steve Virgen | October 22, 2013
Allan Mansoor, the California assemblyman (R-Costa Mesa) and former Costa Mesa councilman, isn't all about politics when it comes to the Halecrest Chili Cook-Off in Costa Mesa. He blends in with everyone. He just enjoys being part of the community and having fun, which is why he returned to the event Saturday at Halecrest Park. He said he's been part of the event since 2005, when it used to be at the cul de sac on Donegal Place. But it was at the park this time with 12 contestants and a few other booths promoting and raising money for Costa Mesa athletic teams.
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