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By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | December 8, 2010
A Christmas countdown of holiday gift drives is being held at Fashion Island on Saturdays to benefit three local charities. A toy drive was hosted by Becksrand Cancer Foundation on Saturday. The foundation's three youth auxiliaries — Four Pearls, Junior Pearls and Mini Pearls — collected 150 new, unwrapped gifts for children in their BELIEVE program, according to a news release. The drive had a massive increase compared with last year's net of 50 toys because of efforts put forth by a past program recipient, who spent numerous hours raising awareness in the community, said Kaerie Ray, director of development.
NEWS
November 18, 2007
Shirley Van Pelt is doing her part to say thanks to local firefighters who recently fought the blazes that overwhelmed Southern California. She and her friends contributed funds to purchase gift cards for firefighters at Balboa Island through Mariner’s Church. The church is accepting donations of $50 to purchase the gift cards that will send firefighters to a free dinner at local restaurants. The church is encouraging the local community to come together to show support and thanks.
FEATURES
December 16, 2009
Fashion Island and Laura’s House will join up to hold a Holiday Gift Card Drive from noon to 4 p.m. Friday that will benefit the Spirit of Empowerment program at Laura’s House. The cards will be used to provide Christmas gifts to children and mothers residing at Laura’s House, a local shelter for battered women and their children. The organization’s gift card wish list includes grocery, pharmacy and gas cards; local chain restaurant and fast food gift cards; department and book store gift cards; and clothing and shoe store gift cards appropriate for a variety of ages.
NEWS
By Brittany Woolsey | August 15, 2012
Nearly 65 students on Wednesday celebrated the final day of Victoria Elementary School's first summer reading program. The six-week program, led by Principal Linda Tenno and the school's staff, urged students to continue reading over summer vacation to keep reading skills consistent from the end of one school year to the beginning of the next. According to Tenno, when students returned to school last year, their reading levels declined due to lack of reading over the summer. "We don't have the opportunity to send students to summer school," she said.
BUSINESS
April 15, 2010
In time for National Administrative Assistants Day, which is Wednesday, Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill in Costa Mesa is holding a “Super Secretaries Search” to reward under-appreciated administrative assistants. Z’Tejas is asking the public to nominate those who go above and beyond the call of duty. A panel of judges will hear the top five finalists’ stories, then select the winner during a luncheon at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The finalist will receive a $500 in restaurant gift cards.
NEWS
November 22, 2007
Lions Clubs International has made an emergency grant for wildfire victims in Southern California through the Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions Club. The $10,000 grant will be distributed Nov. 30. Two local Lions, both past district governors for Lions District 4L4, will deliver gift cards and vouchers to local groups. Mike Scheafer and Barbara Hayward of the Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions have been designated by Lions Clubs International to coordinate the giving efforts. Scheafer and Hayward will deliver the funds to the Inter-Canyon League and Modjeska Ranch Rescue, an animal relief organization.
NEWS
November 27, 2009
Costa Mesa High School cheerleaders have launched their annual toy drive this year, but unlike past ones, this time they’re aiming specifically to help local families. The girls will be collecting toys and gift cards and donating them to needy families within the high school’s zone set up by the district. That means families with children at College Park, Davis, Killybrooke, Paularino and Sonora elementary schools will get assistance this year. Normally, donations are sent to the Childrens Hospital of Orange County, or the Boys & Girls Club of America.
NEWS
December 19, 2012
Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in Costa Mesa is looking for new toys to give to local children. The organization expects to give the toys to nearly 1,000 children Friday at the Neighborhood Community Center. The unwrapped toys, as well as gift cards, for all ages must be dropped off at the soup kitchen, 720 W. 19th St., by 5 p.m. Thursday. For more information, call the soup kitchen at (949) 548-8861. — Bradley Zint Twitter: @bradleyzint
NEWS
April 30, 2013
Costa Mesa police will be acting as servers this week collecting tips to donate to the Special Olympics, officials announced. Between 5 and 9 p.m. Thursday police are expected to act as servers at South Coast Plaza's Claim Jumper collecting tips for the Special Olympics and selling raffle tickets for prizes from local vendors, according to an announcement from the department. Raffle prizes range from gift baskets from Crate & Barrel and Saks Fifth Avenue to gift cards to Mastro's and Seasons 52 will be handed out among other prizes.
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NEWS
By Hannah Fry | November 20, 2013
Newport Elementary School's third annual jog-a-thon had students running to raise money for the school Wednesday morning against the picturesque backdrop of rolling waves crashing along the coastline. Principal Rich Rodriguez high-fived a group of third-graders as they sprinted around the corner of the 1/8 mile track on the blacktop, cheeks flushed and legs tired from running dozens of laps. This year's jog-a-thon is Rodriguez's first at Newport Elementary. He took over as principal just a few months ago. "It brings the kids together to have fun and raise money for the school," the principal said as he watched the runners.
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NEWS
April 30, 2013
Costa Mesa police will be acting as servers this week collecting tips to donate to the Special Olympics, officials announced. Between 5 and 9 p.m. Thursday police are expected to act as servers at South Coast Plaza's Claim Jumper collecting tips for the Special Olympics and selling raffle tickets for prizes from local vendors, according to an announcement from the department. Raffle prizes range from gift baskets from Crate & Barrel and Saks Fifth Avenue to gift cards to Mastro's and Seasons 52 will be handed out among other prizes.
NEWS
December 19, 2012
Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in Costa Mesa is looking for new toys to give to local children. The organization expects to give the toys to nearly 1,000 children Friday at the Neighborhood Community Center. The unwrapped toys, as well as gift cards, for all ages must be dropped off at the soup kitchen, 720 W. 19th St., by 5 p.m. Thursday. For more information, call the soup kitchen at (949) 548-8861. — Bradley Zint Twitter: @bradleyzint
NEWS
November 30, 2012
Two nonprofits are seeking sponsors that will allow 500 children from Orange County shelters and motels to have a private holiday party at South Coast Plaza. The Happiness Project and Costa Mesa-based Festival of Children Foundation are asking for $125 for each child to visit Santa, make holiday crafts, eat food, play games and receive a gift bag full of toys, school supplies, gift cards and clothes during the Dec. 14 event. The money also includes the children's transportation to and from the event, which goes from 9 p.m. to midnight after the Costa Mesa shopping center's normal operating hours.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | November 23, 2012
The holidays don't have to mean going into debt buying expensive presents and stocking up on colorful paper, shiny bows and miles of ribbon. The Environmental Nature Center, 1601 E. 16th St., offers a holiday workshop series to promote upcycling and sustainability through gift-making with old items and wrapping presents in reusable materials. "We're giving folks the tools to be creative and give gifts that are homemade, which are more meaningful," said Director Lori Whalen. The center is a 3-acre outdoor area that showcases 15 ecological habitats native to California, from desert to freshwater marsh to redwood forest.
NEWS
By Brittany Woolsey | August 15, 2012
Nearly 65 students on Wednesday celebrated the final day of Victoria Elementary School's first summer reading program. The six-week program, led by Principal Linda Tenno and the school's staff, urged students to continue reading over summer vacation to keep reading skills consistent from the end of one school year to the beginning of the next. According to Tenno, when students returned to school last year, their reading levels declined due to lack of reading over the summer. "We don't have the opportunity to send students to summer school," she said.
OCNOW
July 24, 2012
7-Eleven celebrates the grand opening of a new location at Sand Canyon Plaza in Irvine on Friday. The event, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., will kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Chamber of Commerce. Various entertainment is slated for the day. A deejay will spin Top 40 songs, and visitors can enjoy light refreshments and activities like face-painting. They can also compete in trivia challenges, and win prizes like tumblers, temporary tattoos, T-shirts, gift cards, a bicycle and a TV. Sand Canyon Plaza, owned and managed by the Irvine Co., is at Sand Canyon Avenue and Irvine Center Drive.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | December 24, 2011
SANTA ANA - The convoy made its way across the street and up the stairs with 12-year-old Bella Anderson bringing up the rear with four oversized Nordstrom shopping bags stuffed with presents. At Apartment 103 - the number scribbled on the door - the party gingerly walked inside, packing the living room of the studio-turned-two-bedroom apartment where four members of the Murillo family waited. Moms Rebecca Anderson and Christina Murillo broke the ice with a nice-to-meet-you hug that brought tears to their eyes.
NEWS
By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | June 24, 2011
COSTA MESA — The clothing and accessories store that made girls hip, chic and forever young at affordable prices will open Saturday at South Coast Plaza. The 43,000-square-foot, two-story Forever 21 takes up a large part of Sears' location at the center. Sears Holdings and the retailer with a cult-like following of young shoppers reached an agreement late last year that allowed Forever21 to open within Sears, while also keeping both competitive. The new Forever 21 adds to the experience and diverse retailers — from young and hip to high-end couture — offered to shoppers at South Coast Plaza, said the center's executive director of marketing, Debra Gunn Downing.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | March 12, 2011
IRVINE — City Council members last week unanimously approved a set of business-friendly initiatives. Some of the initiatives, which encourage local purchases, will be implemented in the coming weeks, while others were sent back to city staff for review. The council was presented with 15 initiatives intended to stimulate local business growth and consumer spending, including lowering fees and a cell phone application, at a total cost of $373,000, according to the staff report.
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