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By Britney Barnes | March 16, 2012
While the ingredients list for a garden only has three items - soil, seeds and water - putting one together isn't so simple. To start, measure the perimeter of each planter to calculate how much wood is needed. Then research when to plant and how to grow organically. Building a garden brings real life to the classroom, teachers say. "It gets back to the real purpose of education: tying the real world to their world," said fifth-and sixth-grade combo teacher Valerie Davisson.
NEWS
May 26, 2000
To better serve customers, librarians at the Newport Beach Public Library frequently swap stories about their favorite print picks. Their "best bets" for summer are featured annually in a flier listing recently enjoyed fiction, nonfiction and biographies. There are coming-of-age novels, story collections and funky fusions of fiction and real-life on this year's list. Find lyrical reads like "Seventeen Ways to Eat a Mango," in which a tropical fruit becomes a medium for exploring human nature, alongside "Timeline," a Michael Crichton thriller that looks forward into the geek-run world of quantum mechanics and backward into the 14th century.
NEWS
June 5, 2007
The Daily Pilot asked fifth-graders at Newport Elementary School, "What kind of building would you create in real life?" "Probably a hotel or some kind of building … because if there's nowhere else to go, you can always go there." Jack Storch, 11 "I'd probably just build a home, because the little details make a house." Nikki Walsh, 11 "I'd build several more parks, because most of the area is now being taken up by homes." Blake Jessen, 10 "A skyscraper, because it would really be fun to be up high when you're building it."
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By Jessie Brunner | December 22, 2006
In Charles Dickens' words, Ebenezer Scrooge is a "squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner," but the longtime star of South Coast Repertory's "A Christmas Carol" is anything but that in real life. This year's "Tiny" Tim Cratchit, Omead Moini, often compares working with Landon to spending time with family. "When he is on stage as Scrooge, you think 'That's Scrooge,' " the 7-year-old said. "But in real life, he is really, really nice." So nice, in fact, that when Landon's two daughters were young children, he did not permit them to come to the show.
NEWS
October 11, 2002
Set in wild worlds populated by real and imaginary heroes fighting diabolical battles, graphic novels can convey messages of satire, dark humor, history and hope. The popular genre is behind "Get Graphic @ Your Library," the theme of this year's Teen Read Week, which starts Sunday and ends Oct. 19. Best described as full-length comic books, which rely on images to tell their stories, the highly-visual medium has gained wide acceptance since 1992, when Art Speigelman won a Pulitzer Prize for "Maus."
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Depko and Susanne Perez | April 25, 2013
Big-budget science-fiction movies are often vehicles for selling toys to kids and merchandise to adult fans. But there was a time when these films offered compelling visions of a strange future far beyond conventional thinking. "Forbidden Planet" in 1956, Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" in 1968 and "Blade Runner" in 1982 broke new ground in the genre. "Oblivion" may not fully belong in that grand company. But it's created in the mold of those old-school classics. Tom Cruise plays Jack Harper, patrolling a post-apocalyptic Earth 60 years after alien invaders devastate the planet.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Depko and Susanne Perez | January 28, 2009
Transforming a children’s book into a major motion picture should be an easy formula for success. “Inkheart” begins with an interesting and family-friendly premise. Wholesome actor Brendan Fraser plays a man who is a rare “Silver Tongue.” He has the power to read the words in a book and bring any character in the text into real life. Reading from the title story, he releases into the world a wild collection of travelers, villains and mythical monsters.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 2007
"Knocked Up" is funny and crude, but also quite charming. Director-writer Judd Apatow ("The 40 Year Old Virgin") seems to have the magic — and Midas — touch. Leggy blond Alison (Katherine Heigl) is celebrating her promotion in a trendy bar. She chats up sloppy, guileless Ben (Seth Rogen) who can't believe his luck at meeting such a babe. We are more surprised that the snooty doorman even let him in. They say life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.
NEWS
February 24, 2001
CITY OF COSTA MESA Winter 2001 Softball Standings As of February Sunday Leagues Modified Coed D-1 - 1. Butchers, 4 pts.; 2. Touch 'Em All, 4 pts.' 3. Lil' Pickle Beachcomb, 2 pts.; 4. Team Logic, 2 pts.; 5. The players, 0 pts.; 6. Hootie Hoo, 0 pts.; 7. Balrogs, 0 pts. Modified Coed D-2 - 1. California Dreamin', 4 pts.; 2. Beer Buddies, 2 pts.; 3. Verifone, 2 pts.; 4. Outkasts, 2 pts.; 5. Clubhouse, 1...
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By B.W. Cook | February 27, 2014
The valet lineup at Newport Beach's tony Cannery restaurant was unusually busy for a Tuesday night in February. The armada of black Benzes, BMWs and Bentleys flowed out of the parking lot up and around to Via Lido. Gary Sinise , actor and star of the TV drama "CSI: NY" and advocate for the men and women serving in the U.S. military, arrived in town for a Feb. 18 dinner fundraiser that local organizers were labeling an "Inspiration to Action. " Funds raised will benefit the Gary Sinise Foundation.
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By Beau Nicolette | August 28, 2013
Kids gave up a day of summer relaxation to join the work force as part of When I Grow Up Day, hosted by the Pretend City Children's Museum in Irvine. Pretend City hopes through the event to inspire youngsters by letting them interact with professionals. More than 15 guests attended, including a personal trainer, a hairdresser, a nurse, an entomologist and a police officer. "This is really how children learn," said Linda Hunter, the nonprofit's chief operating officer and senior director of education.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | May 16, 2013
When Amber Lehman transferred schools to join her boyfriend, everyone knew something about him that she didn't. He was gay. Lehman, then 16, recalled a sense of bewilderment about her former beau, who exuded a "tough guy" vibe. "I was surprised and a little shocked," Lehman said, "but mostly I was sad that he couldn't tell me himself. " The relationship petered out, and he disappeared, she added. Along with effectively opening Lehman's eyes to the fact that things aren't always as they appear, her high school partner served as a catalyst for the Lake Forest resident's latest venture - "Boy Out of Bounds.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Depko and Susanne Perez | April 25, 2013
Big-budget science-fiction movies are often vehicles for selling toys to kids and merchandise to adult fans. But there was a time when these films offered compelling visions of a strange future far beyond conventional thinking. "Forbidden Planet" in 1956, Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" in 1968 and "Blade Runner" in 1982 broke new ground in the genre. "Oblivion" may not fully belong in that grand company. But it's created in the mold of those old-school classics. Tom Cruise plays Jack Harper, patrolling a post-apocalyptic Earth 60 years after alien invaders devastate the planet.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | March 16, 2012
While the ingredients list for a garden only has three items - soil, seeds and water - putting one together isn't so simple. To start, measure the perimeter of each planter to calculate how much wood is needed. Then research when to plant and how to grow organically. Building a garden brings real life to the classroom, teachers say. "It gets back to the real purpose of education: tying the real world to their world," said fifth-and sixth-grade combo teacher Valerie Davisson.
NEWS
By Tom Ragan | March 16, 2010
Did you ever feel as if you were left out of the process? Did you ever think, “Wow, if only I could somehow let them know how I feel?” The Newport-Mesa Unified School District is giving the community that chance. Thousands of parents and residents in the district are being asked to complete a questionnaire that should take about 15 minutes. They have until March 24 to do so. After the survey is completed, district Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard and the Board of Education plan to look at the answers and try to incorporate them into an overall strategic plan.
NEWS
November 19, 2009
Estancia High School students took a trip on Veterans Day to a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital, where they met real-life war heroes in person. The students had prepared gift bags filled with toiletries, and made cards along with Costa Mesa High School students, which they distributed to veterans who had lost limbs and even eyeballs in service to their country, Estancia technology teacher Mike DeLaO said. His students, as well as students from John Yeomans’ class, distributed more than 100 gift bags and talked to veterans about everything from sports to war stories, he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Candice Baker | November 6, 2009
After spending more than a decade in the local art world, writing a novel loosely based on her experiences was a natural next step for local Nora Novak. “The Devil Wears Prada” meets the contemporary art world in “Art Damaged,” Novak’s debut novel, which was released last month. Novak will sign the book Saturday on Balboa Island and later this month in Costa Mesa. “This is a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes of the contemporary art world, and it follows the life of an artist in a fictional upscale beach community in Orange County,” Novak said; she called the community Emerald Beach.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Depko and Susanne Perez | January 28, 2009
Transforming a children’s book into a major motion picture should be an easy formula for success. “Inkheart” begins with an interesting and family-friendly premise. Wholesome actor Brendan Fraser plays a man who is a rare “Silver Tongue.” He has the power to read the words in a book and bring any character in the text into real life. Reading from the title story, he releases into the world a wild collection of travelers, villains and mythical monsters.
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