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By Britney Barnes | September 25, 2012
The teapot was full of hot herbal tea, but the weather made the sweating pitcher of Arnold Palmers more inviting. An immaculate lemon tart, sinful-looking chocolate French silk pie and homemade whipped cream stood at the ready as the eight ladies sat around the Dover Shores living room chatting. The day was like most of their Monday afternoons. "We get together here once a week - 31 years of tea," said Patricia Dawson, who always hosts. "It's just great. We've gone through so much together.
By B.W. Cook | January 20, 2012
The elegant gals of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County came together to host a tea at AnQi in South Coast Plaza in advance of the society's upcoming 2012 gala benefit. They are calling the gala, which will take place in the Samueli Theater at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on March 9, "A Night of Broadway at the Philharmonic Supper Club. " Gala chairs Marsha Anderson and Marta Bhathal will transform the Samueli into a fabulous nightclub atmosphere. Guests will begin the evening with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner catered by Patina.
April 19, 2003
Coral Wilson In Lissi Kaplan's mind, a warm cup of tea opens the soul and ignites conversation. Life seems to slow down, and flowers begin to bloom. "Over a cup of tea, people open up to you," she said. "It is a very ancient ritual and people, they melt. Then you can really feel them if you are sensitive." Awakening the long lost art of porcelain painting, teacups blossom into gardens in Kaplan's hands -- inner gardens that reflect the very essence of a person.
July 19, 2000
Alex Coolman NEWPORT HARBOR -- It started with tea and silk, and it ended with boats that tore through the ocean like rockets. The trade between the West and China during the 18th and 19th centuries was more than a cultural exchange: it was the driving force behind a nautical revolution. That's the message that's driven home by "Mariners and Mandarins," the new exhibit at the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum. The exhibit displays many of the Chinese items that European consumers found most tantalizing: things like ornate fans, elaborately engraved silver ewers, lacquer boxes and, above all, tremendous quantities of tea. An extensive collection of paintings also showcases the scenes of port cities -- like Shanghai, Canton and Singapore -- that exercised a powerful force on the Western imagination.
June 3, 2004
B.W. COOK Newport went Hollywood for the Doheny Eye Institute. The Luminaires, a volunteer support wing of the institute, threw a gala dinner at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood, attracting a large turnout of Southern California support. Newport Beach was represented by Barbara Nielsen, serving on the gala committee with Bea Stathatos, Mary Cooper, Mary Jane Harris, Mary Jane Kurlander and Bobbie Niblo. The evening, billed as "Let Us Entertain You," was chaired by Jackie Flynn with assistance from Rita Coulter.
By Michael Miller | January 21, 2008
COSTA MESA — Ethel Walley can tell, looking out the window of her shop on Baker Street, that she’s not in England anymore. For one thing, the window is much larger than the tiny one she had in her old tea room in Cornwall. For another, the teenagers who dart past on skateboards are a distinctly American touch. Aside from that, though, the Copper Kettle offers a pretty remarkable simulation of an afternoon across the Atlantic. The shop, which Walley founded with her daughter in May, leaves most American brand names behind and lines its shelves with bags of Barry’s tea, jars of Yorkshire pickled red cabbage and cans of Spotted Dick sponge pudding.
April 21, 2002
To stain or not to stain, that is the question. Why on earth would I want to ruin perfectly good fabric by dousing it with a tea concentrate? The answer is patina. Ahhh, now it makes sense. Tea staining is an excellent way to give new materials an old look. Sort of a reverse face-lift. Tea staining takes the "blush" off of new fabric, creating an instant vintage aura. Styles that incorporate antique furnishings like shabby chic, English cottage and Mediterranean are good candidates for a few stains here and there.
February 28, 2003
house and tea Every era has its own 'look' -- forever branded by the clothes that people wore. In this way, fashion is an integral part of history. In 1970, the California Lutheran Homes Auxiliary opened a thrift shop in Alhambra, California. As items were received from members and friends of congregations, it was observed that some of the donated clothing was historically valuable and pieces were set aside. Eventually, a number of dresses from the early 1900s and a few large-brimmed hats appeared along with many valuable accessories.
November 4, 2001
Young Chang Susan and Jim Hart got to do more than just climb the Great Wall of China during a trip to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong early last month. Traveling with the Young President's Organization, which Jim Hart is a member of, the Corona del Mar couple spent almost three weeks learning about everything from traditional tea preparations to Muslim extremism, as understood by business leaders from the United Arab Emirates, Syria and Saudi Arabia.
April 20, 2000
B.W. Cook For 39 years, the nondenominational Christian-based Adoption Guild of Southern Orange County has been serving the community, providing adoption placement services, pregnancy and post-delivery counseling, and child care. Recently, the ladies of the guild joined forces for their annual patroness tea, held at the Newport Beach home of Dac and Donna Clark. Some 250 guests surveyed the expansive Pacific Ocean view from the Clark's Shorecliffs estate while sampling the afternoon buffet catered by Sun Dried Tomatoes of Orange.
By Bradley Zint | April 11, 2014
Integrity is essential to public service and is something achieved over a long period of time, a Costa Mesa City Council candidate stressed during a conservative candidates forum Thursday evening. "I believe that the old man who's running for City Council can lend his experience and work with people," said Lee Ramos, a Costa Mesa resident since 1947 who serves on the Charter and Fairview Park committees. Ramos, 70, was one of three invited candidates from Costa Mesa and Newport Beach who spoke at the Newport-Mesa Tea Party event.
By Bradley Zint | March 18, 2014
Tom Pollitt, founder of the Newport-Mesa Tea Party, has announced his intent to run for the Orange County Board of Education. The 70-year-old Costa Mesa resident is seeking the District 2 seat, held since 2010 by David Boyd, also a Costa Mesa resident. Boyd is serving out his first term on the five-member board and has applied for reelection in the June primary. Pollitt, a small-business man, said his priorities include making sure that education funds go to the classrooms, not the administration, and improving the county's charter school system.
By Bradley Zint | February 14, 2014
Two candidates for county supervisor met in Costa Mesa on Thursday evening to debate issues ranging from taxation to immigration law. State Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa) and state Board of Equalization Vice Chairwoman Michelle Steel spoke to a group of about 100 people at the Halecrest Park Swim and Tennis Club in a session organized by the Newport-Mesa Tea Party. The two Republicans are running in the June primary for the 2nd District - which includes Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Seal Beach and Huntington Beach - on the five-member Board of Supervisors.
February 7, 2014
The Newport Mesa Tea Party will host two candidates running for a seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors and offer a chance for the public to ask them questions Thursday. Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa) and Michelle Steel, Orange County's representative on the state Board of Equalization, are both running for the District 2 supervisor seat held by John Moorlach, who is being termed out. District 2 covers Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Seal Beach and parts of Fountain Valley Mansoor and Steel will speak and answer questions between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. at Halecrest Park Swim & Tennis Club, 3107 Killybrooke Lane in Costa Mesa, according to an announcement from the group.
By Eleanor Egan | February 1, 2014
Are you under 35 with plenty of money to spend? Then Costa Mesa is putting out the welcome mat for you. But are you a senior citizen or a financially struggling family? Then Costa Mesa is pulling the rug out from under you. The actions of the City Council majority form a pattern. They whip up a financial crisis, which they claim can only be resolved by getting rid of people they don't want around. Soon after the 2010 election put the Tea Party in power in Costa Mesa, the new majority announced a financial crisis over pension obligations.
By Jill Cowan | January 10, 2014
Before a backdrop festooned with American flags and paintings of charging elephants, the four candidates vying for what will be an open 74th Assembly District seat traded conservative credentials at a Newport Mesa Tea Party Patriots event Thursday night. The meeting at Costa Mesa's Halecrest Park Swim and Tennis Club drew about 100 people. Newport Mesa Tea Party founder Tom Pollitt moderated. One by one, the candidates - who will be on the ballot next year to replace Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa)
By Bradley Zint | August 9, 2013
U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) referred to President Eisenhower's farewell address Thursday evening in his explanation for why he believes global warming is a "total fraud. " In the 1961 speech - famously known for its admonition of an emerging military-industrial complex - the former five-star general also warned of a similarly captive grip on U.S. public policy wielded by scientists and the government that funds them. "There's so much money that has gone into science research projects," Rohrabacher said, "and they have used it to intimidate people who disagree with their attempt to frighten all of us into changing our lives and giving up our freedoms to make choices.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | May 14, 2013
The Newport Mesa Tea Party announced Tuesday that it objects to the possibility of an overarching agreement between the Coast Community College District and local unions that could govern hiring on almost $700 million in construction work. The district's board of trustees on Wednesday will consider drafting a project labor agreement, or PLA, that would pre-negotiate hiring terms with local unions for $698 of infrastructure bonds voters approved under Measure M. "The Tea Party stands for free markets," Tom Pollitt, Newport Mesa Tea Party Patriots founder, said in a prepared statement.
By Bradley Zint | January 2, 2013
Source it well and they will come. That's been a philosophy and a brewing way of life for Jeff and Christa Duggan, owners of Portola Coffee Lab in Costa Mesa. Now the coffee-making pair are taking their approach to the tea world with the opening of Seventh Tea Bar. "We feel like if you source a high enough quality coffee, roast it and serve it fresh, then there's so many wonderful, natural flavors," Jeff Duggan said. "It wouldn't make sense to add anything artificial. That's kind of how we're going with the tea as well.
By Jill Cowan | October 16, 2012
A local mom took a beef with school officials to the Internet last week after her son was sent to the vice principal's office for having in his lunch a glass bottle of fermented Kombucha tea, which contains small amounts of alcohol. Newport-Mesa Unified School District officials said administrators followed standard protocol in a situation possibly involving banned substances after the Ensign Intermediate School seventh-grader was overheard telling other students he had alcohol. But the 11-year-old boy's mother was "irate" over the school's response.
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