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April 24, 2003
Author and TV host Chris Casson Madden was busy signing autographs last week at the 14th annual Southern California Spring Garden Show. Madden served as honorary chair of the massive event, which filled the three levels of South Coast Plaza's Crate and Barrel/Macy's Home Store wing, with every imaginable blooming plant. The garden show weekend was free to the public, with thousands of local citizens enjoying the spectacular spring display. The opening night of the show is traditionally a charity event, and this year, proceeds from the opening party were earmarked to support preservation projects for the Great Stone Church Monument at Mission San Juan Capistrano.
January 26, 2002
This Little Piggy Wears Cotton is having a January sale. Girls' and boys' clothing and accessories are reduced 30% to 50%. This Little Piggy Wears Cotton is one of the best local shops to find darling outfits for girls and boys. It also carries all kinds of books, toys and gift items. It's at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. (949) 718-0533. Roche Bobois Paris is having a clearance sale on furniture and home accessories through Sunday. In the showroom, there are markdowns of 15% to 60%. Roche Bobois is at 3060 Bristol St., Costa Mesa.
September 30, 2004
B.W. COOK In 1812, a major earthquake in California reduced Junipero Serra's stone church at San Juan Capistrano to rubble. History books share that 40 parishioners lost their lives as the five-story, 185-foot-long structure came crashing down. While the mission survived, the stone church lay in ruins for nearly two centuries. Not until preservation and restoration efforts began in 1989, when scaffolding was erected to shore up the ruins, did the stone monument see the first light of resurrection.
By By Michael Miller | February 14, 2006
Newport fourth-graders go native in food-based project to study colonial life on California's early 19th century missions.For her class project on life in the California missions, Melia Spooner-Heath decided to cook an authentic mission meal, circa 1800. And that meant forsaking Betty Crocker. Nine-year-old Melia, a fourth-grader at Newport Elementary School, baked corn bread and served it to her class last week. She and her older brother had ventured to the San Bernardino Mountains to pick acorns, then cracked them with bricks, leached the tannin from them and ground them into dust with a Native American pounding stone.
By Michael Miller | July 11, 2006
Last Thursday, four dozen children and their parents packed a dark room at the Orange County Performing Arts Center to watch a bubbly woman give a presentation on Native Americans. The host, decked out in full Acjachemen garb, showed how to weave baskets, how to play clapper sticks and even how to roast rabbit over a fire. It was an impressive act ? except that, technically, it wasn't an act at all. Jacque Nunez, whose "Journeys to the Past" program opened the Performing Arts Center's summer series, is a native Acjachemen and a longtime activist for her tribe.
October 11, 2001
B.W. Cook Antonio Cagnolo, owner of Antonello Ristorante in Costa Mesa, welcomed the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for the annual La Dolce Vita, raising $82,500 for research. La Dolce Vita was started by Cagnolo as his personal gesture to help raise funds to fight the genetic disease of cystic fibrosis. This year, the restaurateur was honored for his long-standing dedication to the cause as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation recognized him for helping to raise more than $700,000 over the past 10 years of La Dolce Vita events.
November 6, 2003
B.W. COOK Holiday shopping at South Coast Plaza today through Monday will benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Orange County, if you have the Angelitos Card. The Angelitos de Oro, a support group for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, is sponsoring a holiday shopping spree at selected South Coast Plaza stores, where holders of the card will receive a 20% discount on merchandise. The cost of the card is $50, with proceeds going to Big Brothers/Sisters. It's not too late to participate.
By Daniel Tedford | February 17, 2008
Rooted in tradition, Catholicism is known for its reverence of the sacred and its historical customs. And through those cultural connections, St. John the Baptist Church has instituted the Traditional Latin Mass as a means to rekindle some of the more traditional aspects of the church. The Mass began on the first Sunday of Lent, Feb. 10, and continues every Sunday at 12:30 p.m. In an effort to comply with Pope Benedict XVI’s request to allow more individuals to become familiar with the Latin Mass, St. John the Baptist surveyed parishioners and the Mass was found to be popular.
By B.W. Cook | March 4, 2011
They have made a positive impact on Orange County. Bette and Wylie Aitken were honored recently by Cal State Fullerton with the university's O.C. Titan Award presented at the "Front and Center" gala held at the Honda Center in Anaheim. The major event filled the arena with supporters of CSF and the Aitkens coming together for a performance by Earth, Wind & Fire. In addition to the concert by the Grammy winners and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, a black-tie dinner celebration for major donors unfolded with tickets going for $600 to more than $25,000.
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