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May 29, 2012
The transit of Venus is a rare event indeed. Though the occurrence - when the planet makes a visible pass between the Sun and Earth - last happened in 2004, it won't happen again until 2117. Orange Coast College's Astronomy Club is giving the community a chance to safely watch the planetary event - which, historically, helped measure the size of the solar system - through solar telescopes between 2:30 and 8 p.m. June 5 near the campus Planetarium, 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa.
NEWS
October 30, 2001
Deirdre Newman When students at Wilson Elementary School in Costa Mesa improved their Academic Performance Index score by a whopping 56 points -- more than any other elementary school in the district -- one of the secrets to their success was a lesson delivery system that engages the students in multiple ways. Project GLAD -- Guided Language Acquisition Design -- includes the integration of listening, speaking, reading and writing into all content areas and the interrelation of science, social studies and literature with each other.
NEWS
March 28, 2005
FROM THIRD BASE TO THE 18th HOLE Young Executives of America will host a networking breakfast Tuesday with guest speaker, former California Angels third baseman, Doug DeCinces. DeCinces, who also was the developer of Irvine's Strawberry Farms Golf Club, will discuss how to turn your dreams into reality. The 7:30 a.m. event will be at the Pacific Club, 4110 McArthur Blvd., Newport Beach. Information: (949) 721-8686 or http://www.yeamerica.com.
FEATURES
December 4, 2006
Mail CALENDAR items to Daily Pilot Calendar, 1375 Sunflower Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, or e-mail dpcalendar@latimes.com . TODAY STRING QUARTET PERFORMANCE The Philharmonic Society presents the Brentano String Quartet performing the complete Mozart Viola Quintets at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine at 3 p.m. on Sunday; 8 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $30 to $40. Call (949) 553-2422 or go to www.philharmonicsociety.org . WEDNESDAY DONATE BLOOD The Student Political Action Committee at Newport Harbor High School, 600 Irvine Ave., is hosting a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the girl's gym. To make an appointment, go to www.givelife.
NEWS
December 6, 2003
Marisa O'Neil In the middle of the gymnasium at Christ Lutheran Elementary School on Friday morning was what looked like a giant, wobbly, gray mushroom. The dome rose about 30 feet toward the lofty ceiling and spread 50 feet across the painted floor, with what appeared to be a super-sized stem coming out of one side. "Oh my goodness!" first-grader Milan Long exclaimed. "What's that?" The Starlab Planetarium, a mobile, inflatable observatory -- think bounce house without the bounce -- brought the stars indoors for the students in preschool through the eighth grade.
NEWS
January 16, 2001
Kansas is reevaluating whether it will continue its ban on teaching about evolution. A similar issue has members of our local community at odds. The constant controversy over whether science classes should teach creationism as well as the theory of evolution is reminiscent of another time in history. At that time, philosophers were held in great prestige, and philosophy professors were paid 10 times more than mathematics professors. There were two views of the universe.
NEWS
January 27, 2004
Marisa O'Neil Our sun is so hot ... . All together now: "How hot is it?" It's so hot, it will engulf the Earth and burn itself out into a tiny white dwarf star. But not for a few billion years, third-grade students in Phil Schinhofen's science class at Kaiser Elementary School learned Monday. "How old are you, Tyler?" Schinhofen asked, singling out Tyler Ingram. "Nine," Tyler replied. "Guess how old the sun is." Schinhofen said.
NEWS
April 3, 2007
When the phone rings in Tammy Smecker-Hane's UC Irvine office, it may be a student asking about the distribution of iron abundance in galactic bulge stars or a concerned citizen wondering if that strange green glow in the night sky was caused by a UFO. No question in the universe, it seems, is off-limits when you're director of the UCI Observatory and assistant professor of physics. Whether she's speaking to local third-graders about the solar system or UCI undergraduates about galaxy formation, Smecker-Hane seeks to educate her audience about the heavens above.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | August 11, 2010
The obliteration of a second story ocean view from a Mystic Hills home has the property owner and the city asking if energy conservation holds all the trumps. Unlike view obstructions from architectural elements, neighbors have no say in the installation of solar panels on rooftops, regardless of the effect on their property or lives. Under a state law, the installations are exempt from the usual design review required for building alterations and the City Council wants to know what can be done to make the installations less upsetting to neighbors.
NEWS
May 6, 2001
OK, it's Tina. Yippee. For those of you who have been away in another solar system, Tina Wesson is the $1-million winner on "Survivor" -- the most successful of the now-legion "reality-based" television shows. To be exact, this year's edition was called "Survivor: The Australian Outback." The name tells you everything you need to know. Back in January, 16 hardy souls were gingerly dropped into the outback in the depth of the Australian summer and had to, well, survive, you might say. The last man or woman standing gets the one million clams, to say nothing of fame, fortune, blah, blah, blah.
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By Sarah Peters | October 24, 2012
NASA's shuttle Endeavor didn't land in Costa Mesa, but one local dog owner has other plans to bring space travel to humans and non-humans alike. Briana Smith, 22, of Newport Beach, took a small step for dogs and their owners when she entered the Nestle-Purina Beneful Dream Dog Park Contest 2012 with visions of transforming the Costa Mesa Bark Park into something otherworldly. Her plans of a solar system-themed dog park would include a canine version of a space shuttle, black hole tunnels, flying star jumps, water planet slash pads and for human "astronauts," a solar room for comfortable observation.
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NEWS
May 29, 2012
The transit of Venus is a rare event indeed. Though the occurrence - when the planet makes a visible pass between the Sun and Earth - last happened in 2004, it won't happen again until 2117. Orange Coast College's Astronomy Club is giving the community a chance to safely watch the planetary event - which, historically, helped measure the size of the solar system - through solar telescopes between 2:30 and 8 p.m. June 5 near the campus Planetarium, 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa.
NEWS
August 14, 2010
City officials have "signed off completely" on a house being built on Dolphin Terrace that incorporates 168 solar panels that some neighbors claim are ugly and glaring. "It is now a fully approved, inspected, completed project, as is the house," owner Steve Rizzone said in an e-mail. "All of the setbacks, height requirements, etc., were checked and found to be completely according to plans and building codes. Hopefully, we all can move forward now. " The three-story home on Dolphin Terrace in the Irvine Terrace neighborhood not only uses solar energy but has glazed windows to filter the sun, windows and skylights to reduce the need for artificial lights, and it uses low-voltage LED lights, and has a system to reuse runoff water for irrigation and more.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | August 11, 2010
The obliteration of a second story ocean view from a Mystic Hills home has the property owner and the city asking if energy conservation holds all the trumps. Unlike view obstructions from architectural elements, neighbors have no say in the installation of solar panels on rooftops, regardless of the effect on their property or lives. Under a state law, the installations are exempt from the usual design review required for building alterations and the City Council wants to know what can be done to make the installations less upsetting to neighbors.
NEWS
April 3, 2007
When the phone rings in Tammy Smecker-Hane's UC Irvine office, it may be a student asking about the distribution of iron abundance in galactic bulge stars or a concerned citizen wondering if that strange green glow in the night sky was caused by a UFO. No question in the universe, it seems, is off-limits when you're director of the UCI Observatory and assistant professor of physics. Whether she's speaking to local third-graders about the solar system or UCI undergraduates about galaxy formation, Smecker-Hane seeks to educate her audience about the heavens above.
FEATURES
December 4, 2006
Mail CALENDAR items to Daily Pilot Calendar, 1375 Sunflower Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, or e-mail dpcalendar@latimes.com . TODAY STRING QUARTET PERFORMANCE The Philharmonic Society presents the Brentano String Quartet performing the complete Mozart Viola Quintets at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine at 3 p.m. on Sunday; 8 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $30 to $40. Call (949) 553-2422 or go to www.philharmonicsociety.org . WEDNESDAY DONATE BLOOD The Student Political Action Committee at Newport Harbor High School, 600 Irvine Ave., is hosting a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the girl's gym. To make an appointment, go to www.givelife.
NEWS
By PETER BUFFA | September 3, 2006
It's a home run. Wait, too wimpy. It's a walk-off home run with two outs and a full count, seventh game of the World Series. That's it. That's what the new Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall is. We had the opportunity to tour the nascent performing arts wow-house last week, and to say jaw dropping is to say nothing at all. Henry Segerstrom and uber-architect Cesar Pelli have undone themselves this time, which ain't easy. The 2,000-seat concert hall is not only a architectural and technological marvel but will be accompanied by the Samueli Theater, a 500-seat multi-purpose performance space and arts education center.
NEWS
March 28, 2005
FROM THIRD BASE TO THE 18th HOLE Young Executives of America will host a networking breakfast Tuesday with guest speaker, former California Angels third baseman, Doug DeCinces. DeCinces, who also was the developer of Irvine's Strawberry Farms Golf Club, will discuss how to turn your dreams into reality. The 7:30 a.m. event will be at the Pacific Club, 4110 McArthur Blvd., Newport Beach. Information: (949) 721-8686 or http://www.yeamerica.com.
NEWS
January 27, 2004
Marisa O'Neil Our sun is so hot ... . All together now: "How hot is it?" It's so hot, it will engulf the Earth and burn itself out into a tiny white dwarf star. But not for a few billion years, third-grade students in Phil Schinhofen's science class at Kaiser Elementary School learned Monday. "How old are you, Tyler?" Schinhofen asked, singling out Tyler Ingram. "Nine," Tyler replied. "Guess how old the sun is." Schinhofen said.
NEWS
December 6, 2003
Marisa O'Neil In the middle of the gymnasium at Christ Lutheran Elementary School on Friday morning was what looked like a giant, wobbly, gray mushroom. The dome rose about 30 feet toward the lofty ceiling and spread 50 feet across the painted floor, with what appeared to be a super-sized stem coming out of one side. "Oh my goodness!" first-grader Milan Long exclaimed. "What's that?" The Starlab Planetarium, a mobile, inflatable observatory -- think bounce house without the bounce -- brought the stars indoors for the students in preschool through the eighth grade.
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