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By Steve Virgen | December 20, 2012
This game - the one in the water with the yellow ball and players swimming back and forth trying to put that ball into a net - is fun for Ilene Umansky. It's fun to score and it's fun to learn about water polo for Umansky. Two years ago, the Estancia High senior saw a water polo ball up close for the first time when she went out to play for the girls' team. She quickly picked up the game even though she didn't swim properly. Instead of the traditional freestyle stroke, she used somewhat of a breaststroke or even dog paddle when she first played water polo as a sophomore.
April 13, 2012
Celebrate the beginning of butterfly season with local artists and musicians. The Environmental Nature Center is hosting its annual Spring Faire and Butterfly House Opening from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 5 at 1601 16th St. in Newport Beach. Visitors can explore Orange County's only butterfly house, buy native butterfly host and nectar plants and hear performances by local musicians. There will also be a children's juried art exhibit, eco-friendly artwork and handmade items for sale, face painting, henna, crafts and food.
By Ron Vanderhoff | June 17, 2011
"I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. " —John Muir We pulled back into the driveway, our adventure through some of California's best wild and human gardens was complete. Or was it? Accompanying me on this road trip to some of California's botanical highlights were my 18-year-old daughter and her best friend. Although we enjoyed the trip, especially the time together, I think outings like this leave lingering impressions, especially on young people.
July 16, 2012
I attended the California Coastal Commission meeting in Chula Vista on July 12. Everyone in Chula Vista wanted Sunset Ridge in Newport Beach to be a park, and no one lost as they decided to push the decision off for another month. But the saddest thing about the day is the role that the city of Newport Beach plays. It was clear to me, and to some on the commission, that the city has mowed Sunset Ridge, claiming fire suppression motives, when in truth it is done to make barren the landscape and reduce nature's access.
By Robin Leffler | November 23, 2013
Numerous articles have appeared in the Daily Pilot about Fairview Park. Last weekend, an organized community event was held at the park to celebrate this wonderful piece of land. On Nov. 17 members of Costa Mesans for Responsible Government (CM4RG) joined with numerous friends for a picnic at Fairview Park to express strong support for preserving the park. Of the nearly 200 attendees throughout the day, many expressed appreciation for the park's open space as the perfect place for family outdoor adventures and activities, its natural environment and wildlife habitats, its Native American historical, archaeological and cultural importance, and its train rides.
August 18, 2010
Thank you for your coverage regarding the solar panels. I am appalled that these panels were approved and are allowed to stay. While I understand the laws that are cited, I find it more than difficult to believe that such laws permit the destruction of the entire hillside. Didn't the developer on Carnation just have his project rejected due to its perceived negative impact on the hillside? As a measurement of the sanity of this project, imagine if every homeowner along Dolphin Terrace installed a similar solar panel project.
December 24, 2012
Newport Beach's Environmental Nature Center is making a year-end fundraising push in the hope of expanding into a neighboring property that recently went up for sale, a news release said. The center envisions a nature-based preschool and expanded habitat area on the 1.3-acre parcel on Dover Drive, founder Robert House wrote in a statement. A supporter will triple any donations between $5,000 or more, up to $10,000, made before Jan. 1, according to the release. The ENC, a nonprofit that provides hands-on educational programs for children and adults, was founded in 1972.
May 23, 2012
Families interested in giving their children a chance to get deeper into nature over the summer can attend an informational meeting Saturday. The Environmental Nature Center is hosting a Summer Nature Camp Open House from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1601 E. 16th St. in Newport Beach. Families can learn about the different camps, walk nature trails and participate in activities like making a volcano, a cloud in a jar and launching a poppin' rocket. Families can also visit the Butterfly House and get up close to reptiles, amphibians, arthropods and mammals.
October 16, 1999
-- Susan McCormack The Environmental Nature Center will be holding its free Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1601 16th St., Newport Beach. The event also will feature children's activities, such as gemstone sifting, making corn husk dolls and tours of the center. Adults can enjoy a silent auction, craft sales and music by the Sage Bluegrass Band. Prizes, including a Catalina Island getaway, $500 in gift certificates to Fashion Island and passes to Edwards movie theaters, will be raffled off. Food will be provided by such restaurants as Autobistro, Blue Water Grill, El Torito, Haute Cakes Caffe, Riverboat Restaurant, SunFlower Natural Bakery and more.
June 29, 2005
Please be sure to remind me never to take my walk around Balboa Island when Barbara Baumgartner is out also walking. If I read Baumgartner's letter correctly ["Sea lion problem may need drastic solution," June 22], she proposes that we just shoot the sea lions to quiet them down because they make too much noise! What? If we are to follow this way of thinking, do we just shoot every living creature because they make too much noise? Do we then shoot my neighbor's dogs because they bark?
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