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.
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.
January 27, 2002
We hope the planned revival of the Fish Fry this year will prove the old adage true: Good things come in small packages. The Lions Club Fish Fry, for more than 55 years a beloved Costa Mesa tradition that served as hometown fair, reunion and deep-fried belly-filler all in one, was canceled last year when Orange Coast College officials decided not to host the event after a legal dispute between OCC and the Lions Club....
May 12, 2000
Danette Goulet COSTA MESA -- Hundreds of tiny tots were given a heads-up Thursday morning as to what kindergarten will be like for them next year. It was the annual Head Start community event to introduce the preschool children to the wonderful world of Costa Mesa elementary schools. Head Start is a child development program designed to meet the educational, emotional, social and health needs of children and their families. "They teach about 'don't hit' and 'do nice things,' " said 5-year-old Halana Martinez, who graduated from the Head Start program last year.
March 15, 2013
When Steve Mensinger passes Victoria Pond, he sees potential for a lot more than what's there. It could use a dock or maybe a gazebo, Costa Mesa's mayor pro tem says. Perhaps it should be set up for fishing or, at the very least, have a walkable path around the water's edge. But right now that little lake is fenced off and the area minimally maintained. It doesn't have to be that way, though, he asserts. If Mensinger and the other members of the City Council have their way, the county will give Victoria Pond and the rest of Talbert Regional Park to Costa Mesa to manage and potentially improve.