November 27, 2013
Earlier this week, Newport Beach resident Erin Kunkle took stock of the contents in the kitchen of her mobile home at Marina Park. She wondered not about which utensils to use to make turkey or stuffing, but instead how to pack all of the items from the cupboards and drawers into cardboard boxes. The Marina Park residents, whose homes along Balboa Boulevard will be removed to make way for a new public park, must vacate the city property by noon Monday - a final "date of surrender" set so that the mobile home dwellers might enjoy one last Thanksgiving meal at home.
July 12, 2008
Dining alfresco is one of summertime’s greatest pleasures. Food just tastes better eaten outdoors. Sharing a leisurely meal with loved ones surrounded by nature is a welcome respite from our fast-paced lives. Any outdoor meal can be cause for celebration — a romantic dinner for two underneath a starry sky, a family picnic on the beach, concerts in the parks or even a tailgate party held in a stadium parking lot. You don’t have to travel far to find an idyllic spot for a picnic in Southern California.
April 6, 2003
I believe that a picnic area with turf grass could be placed at the very point of the Castaways. They should be restoring the central park with native grass land and wildflowers. This is the intent of the original plan for Castaways Park because it is a natural park. It is a unique park where people can walk, run, bicycle and stroll and watch nature. Most of the other parks have nothing but turf grass. This park was originally designed to be a natural park and should remain as such, however, turf grass can be put on the point where people can lay down a blanket and enjoy the views.
April 11, 2008
Crystal Cove State Park will celebrate the dedication of its newly renovated historic district visitor centers and educational exhibits with an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The free event hosted by the Crystal Cove Alliance will include guided walking tours and a plein air painting demonstration. Visitors can also explore the park’s tide pools, picnic areas and whale watching from the cultural center patio deck. Free parking will be available at the Los Trancos parking lot. For more information, call the park office at (949)
March 31, 2008
Celebrating the beginning of spring, a local plant expert will guide a hike through Fairview Park on April 5. The 90-minute outing, hosted by the Fairview Park Friends Committee, will highlight native wildflowers and vegetation throughout the park. Sarah Jayne of the Orange County Native Plants Assn. will lead the walk, which starts at the picnic shelters next to the parking lot. The hike begins at 9 a.m. and participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes. Dogs on leashes are welcome.
May 26, 2002
Young Chang Did you know Newport Beach has 47 parks? And that Costa Mesa has 35? Some are really big, some are barely bigger than an average backyard. Some have views of Newport Bay, some have baseball diamonds, some have grills, some have tables, some just have grass. Which is, in a way, all you need for a picnic. Every park in Newport-Mesa allows picnicking and the rules are few and reasonable. So the next time you want to pack a basket, roll up a blanket and eat among the trees and the ants, remember that your choices are more than just that one big park you know of across town.
November 26, 2013
Anthony Soto, 6, adjusts his feathered headdress as he sets his slice of apple pie on the picnic table next to one of his classmates. He smiles and begins shoveling a mountain of whipped cream into his mouth. "I'm gonna eat this pie and then I'm gonna get more pie," he says. "I love pie. " Kindergartners at Adams Elementary School celebrated Thanksgiving a few days early Tuesday with their friends, parents and teachers. Students feasted on turkey and traditional fixings, including mashed potatoes, vegetables, cranberries and, of course, pie during the school's annual event.
September 8, 2000
1. THE HORSE'S MOUTH: The Orange County Fairgrounds & Exposition Center will present a Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Show from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Sunday at the Equestrian Center, 88 Fair Drive. Enter through Gate 8 off Arlington Drive. (714) 708-1654. 2. SUMMER FINALE: Summer might be officially over, but block parties are still in season. The Balboa Merchants and Owners Assn. is hosting its Bay to Beach Block Party from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
August 5, 2010
IRVINE — Deputies are looking for two men who may have tried to abduct a 4-year-old boy from an Orange park. It happened Saturday afternoon during a company picnic at Irvine Regional Park, said Jim Amormino, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department. The boy's mother says he was inside a bounce house when she asked her boyfriend to watch him while she went to the bathroom. When the woman came back, her son wasn't in the bounce house. Instead, she saw two men taking the boy away.
June 4, 2010
Editor's note: Due to an editing error, The Bell Curve failed to appear in Thursday's Daily Pilot. It appears in full below. Memorial Day — we called it Decoration Day when I was growing up in Indiana — has come and gone, and seemed more full of urgent memories and intensity this year than ever before. Maybe that's because I feel closer to the Civil War as I grow older. There is an increasing awareness as I distance myself from it that I was only two generations away from the violent remnants of slavery in this country, a sobering thought whenever I allow it in. My grandfather, Robert Patterson, was a colonel in Gen. William Rosecrans' Army of the Cumberland.