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By Matt Szabo | August 27, 2006
Former Costa Mesa High football coach Tom Baldwin admittedly didn't know how to spend his summers. Last year was the first time in nearly a half-century he'd had a real summer vacation. "I coached football for 47 years," Tom Baldwin said. "I always thought you were supposed to coach football during the summer." But after retiring from coaching football following his second Mustangs head coaching tenure in 2004, Baldwin, now 74, had time on his hands. Although it must have been tough for the longtime head coach, he left it to his wife, Carol, to do the planning.
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By Jim Carnett | July 16, 2012
I was 12 years old in the summer of 1957 and had just finished the seventh grade. My family lived on Costa Mesa's Eastside, not far from the Santa Ana Country Club. I was too old to play in our front yard sprinklers. Conversely, I was not old enough (according to my mother's non-negotiable edict) to ride my bicycle five miles to the glorious breakers off Newport. What to do for summer fun? Fishing for crawdads in the open drainage ditches flowing next to Costa Mesa's potholed streets was one diversion.
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By Jim Carnett | July 29, 2013
Last week this space acknowledged the 20th anniversary of Orange Coast College's 1993 summer musical production, Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific. " I was fortunate to land a small role in that show. Last week, I listed in this column several other cast members, including Sean Cox who portrayed the wily but endearing Seabee Luther Billis. My daughter, Jenn, who took an OCC acting class or two with Sean in the early 1990s, recently reminisced with me about him. Though Sean and I hadn't met before "South Pacific," he ended up becoming my "surrogate son" for the summer.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | January 23, 2014
The Orange County Fair will brand itself as the starting gun for the summer season this year. "Summer Starts Here" will be the fair's 2014 theme. The Fair Board got a sneak peek at the new branding during its monthly meeting Thursday. "There's a quintessential moment for every season, an event that tells you it's here, it's time, I've been waiting all year for this," said Michele Richards, the fair's chief business development officer. "It's the feeling you get when you see the first Christmas lights that go up after Thanksgiving or the first pumpkin patch opens or the first chocolate eggs appear on the shelves.
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June 25, 2012
It's that time of year across the Fruited Plain. Yes, vacation Bible school season! Though VBS is offered throughout this country — and the world — I've discovered that it's especially popular in the American South, traditionally known as the Bible Belt. Hedy and I have just returned from a three-week road trip through Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina. It seems that every little redbrick country church in every backwater hamlet that we visited had a sign on its front lawn announcing: "Catch the Spirit!
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June 30, 2002
Young Chang It's hard to understand just why the wing of the Eastern spotted skate being grilled by chef Jason Niederkorn is a summer selection. On the silver stove, it appears to be just a fillet of fish without seasonal ties. But once Niederkorn lays the fish at a tilt on a little hill of lime, red and orange garnish that comes from the farmers market just an hour away, he completes a summer scene using Mother Nature's vegetable colors as his paint and a large white plate as his canvas.
BUSINESS
By Amanda Pennington | August 22, 2006
Despite slightly less airline passenger traffic out of John Wayne Airport, local hotels report business has been steady compared to last summer. "This summer has been very similar to last summer, but we've been able to see a rate increase," said Doug French, director of the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa's revenue management. "People are paying more for rooms." Rates of local hotels have gone up about 10% to 15% since last year, French said. Brad Logsdon, director of sales and marketing for the Hilton, said at the start of the summer hotel staff was nervous about occupancy as they watched gas prices creep above the $3 mark.
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July 9, 2005
Christen D'Alessandro Summer vacation is coming to a quick end for the four local boys who played in the North-South Orange County All-Star football game last night at Orange Coast College. Kevin Welch, a wide receiver from Corona del Mar, will be attending Indiana University in the fall. He will be leaving in less than 10 days to start football camp in Indiana, where he is a preferred walk-on. "I haven't done much this summer. I've just been working out every day to get ready for football," Welch said.
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May 25, 2002
Young Chang Prettiness this summer won't be pretty as in pink or the sort of pretty that is shy. The look stands out, instead, in lace and ruffles, soft greens and pastels, with subtlety but with panache. Pretty, these next few months, will look romantic. Last summer's trend welcomed bold stripes and bared stomachs, not to mention the wristfuls of ethnic-looking bracelets that seemed to compete for "most chunky." This summer's fashion forecast from local resort-wear experts includes mostly solids (white being the most popular)
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July 9, 2003
Summer is supposed to be a time to relax. Mellow out. Hang by the beach and catch some rays. But what if you are not a carefree student who's lounging at home for the summer or a trust-fund baby who has no need to work? What if the kids are out of school and one needs a ride to soccer practice and the other is dying to go surfing with his pals but the pool guy is supposed to stop by sometime in the next 12 hours to fix the drainage system? There is only a 10-degree difference between summer and hell.
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By Mike Whitehead | May 2, 2014
Ahoy! Two boat shows are entering my radar screen for the end of May, but now is the time to make plans to attend. Locally is the Dana Point Harbor Boat Show, and 90 or so miles to our east is the Lake Arrowhead Boat Show. Dana Point's show will be held from May 29 to June 1 at the OC Sailing & Events Center & Public Docks. Power and sailboats will be on display with vendor booths for those looking for accessories. Go to danapointboatshow.com for ticket prices, parking and shuttle information, and a list of the exhibitors.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | January 23, 2014
The Orange County Fair will brand itself as the starting gun for the summer season this year. "Summer Starts Here" will be the fair's 2014 theme. The Fair Board got a sneak peek at the new branding during its monthly meeting Thursday. "There's a quintessential moment for every season, an event that tells you it's here, it's time, I've been waiting all year for this," said Michele Richards, the fair's chief business development officer. "It's the feeling you get when you see the first Christmas lights that go up after Thanksgiving or the first pumpkin patch opens or the first chocolate eggs appear on the shelves.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | January 22, 2014
Save for breaking in, how can someone gain entry into a family's home and hear about the experiences that form the tapestry of their lives? By cooking for them - or so Bay Ewald and Nick Nigro, founders of comewecreate, have found. The Costa Mesa couple, self-proclaimed foodies, launched the in-house catering service last summer after picking cooking as their creative outlet of choice. Since word got out, they've served at birthdays, business events and Christmas parties, provided romantic meals for two and even fed people with special dietary needs.
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By Bradley Zint | August 13, 2013
Orange County Fairgrounds officials announced Monday that this summer's fair closed with its second-highest attendance ever. The annual fair, whose slogan this year was "Come & Get It," saw 1,374,633 attendees — about 17,000 more than last year though not enough to break the all-time record set in 2011 of nearly 1.4 million. The fair, held on 150 acres in Costa Mesa, ran for 23 days between July 12 and Sunday. Interim fairgrounds Chief Executive Doug Lofstrom said the results show a continuing growth pattern for the fair and added that success can't be attributed to "just any one thing.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | August 10, 2013
Friday night was Theo Freidenrich's final graduation from the Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard program, which has been a part of his life for five years. The 15-year-old is part of one of the smallest groups of junior lifeguards, the 'A's, who are the oldest and most experienced young guards. At a graduation ceremony that started around dusk on the Balboa Peninsula, Freidenrich stood in front of more than 1,000 junior guards with their parents and detailed a summer filled with learning about Newport, the value of its harbor or beach and, of course, competing in watersports like outrigger canoeing.
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By Chasen Doerr | August 8, 2013
Opening night is just a day away for South Coast Repertory Summer Players production of "Annie," which plays this weekend and next on the Julie Argyros Stage. The show stars local youth in grades 5-12 who auditioned for their roles after completing one year in SCR's theater conservatory. The musical will be performed in the 336-seat theater, giving the students the complete experience: the big stage, full lighting and sound, period costumes and sets changes. Theatre conservatory director Hisa Takakuwa is directing the show, which takes place during the Great Depression.
SPORTS
August 3, 2013
Estancia High is having its Summer Junior Cheer Camp Aug. 13-16 at Jim Scott Stadium. The cheer and dance camp is open to children in kindergarten through eighth grade. The four-day camp is taught by members of the Estancia High cheer program. The camp is for both the beginning and experienced cheerleader, and it teaches the vital elements on how to become a successful cheerleader. Each session will last around 2 1/2 hours. The cost is $120 per participant and will include daily snacks and drinks during the main break, a junior cheer camp tee and cheer bow, a team photo with the Estancia cheerleaders, and be allowed to perform during halftime of an Estancia High football game in the fall.
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By Mike Whitehead | August 1, 2013
Ahoy! Around this time of year, a number of boat owners move their boats to a different cruising area, and then return home after the end of summer. For example, if the boats are moved to the Pacific Northwest, owners want to start their trek back before winter weather begins. There are yacht delivery companies that can move a boat either by truck or aboard a ship, and Yacht Path International was one of those companies. Yacht Path, was known locally for deliveries along the Pacific Coast and up to Seattle or Vancouver.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Depko and Susanne Perez | August 1, 2013
It's easy to get burnt out on the endless parade of superheroes marching across the summer cinema screens. The loud pyrotechnics and large-scale destruction make it difficult to care about the central characters. Whether it's Superman, Iron Man, Spider-Man or G.I. Joe, they all fight and prevail through the same category of explosive special effects seen in movie after movie. But wait! Hugh Jackman's current incarnation of "The Wolverine" actually brings the genre to a more cerebral level.
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By Michael Miller | August 1, 2013
The exercise wasn't on the schedule, but Bill Brawley had learned to read the eyes of kids and improvise when the moment required it. Monday morning in a rehearsal room at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 40 young vocalists were working on R. Kelly's ballad "I Believe I Can Fly," and Brawley abruptly turned the song into a group exercise. Or maybe therapy. As pianist Jarod Sheahan played softly, Brawley, the director of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts' annual Summer at the Center program, had each participant stand and utter a sentence that began with the words "I believe.
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