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April 30, 2012
The 2012 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade will celebrate the beach. The 104th annual event's theme "Surf, Sand and Santa" was submitted by local Adam Gafke and was chosen out of more than 100 submissions. Gafke won two VIP spots on the official Santa Boat, which leads the parade. Newport Harbor residents decorate their homes, yachts, kayaks and boats with Christmas lights based on the theme every year for the five-night event hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.
April 2, 2012
The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce announced last week the start of its annual contest to choose a theme for the Christmas Boat Parade. Participants can submit holiday-related themes for the 104th annual event by email to by noon April 15. The contest winner will win a ride for two on the official Santa boat during one night of the five-night parade, which takes place this year from Dec. 19 to 23....
January 17, 2013
The theme of the 2013 annual Orange County Fair will be based on food, fair officials announced Thursday. "Come & Get It" will be the slogan for the annual summertime event in Costa Mesa, which runs from July 12 through Aug. 11, Wednesday through Sunday. A cast of characters, whom they're calling the "O.C. Foodies," will accompany the theme. Their names are Cornelius, Arturo, Carl, Dip and Scoop. Fair officials cited the popularity of cooking shows, home cooking and fair offerings as the reasoning behind the choice.
December 20, 2007
Organizers of this year’s Orange County Fair had barely put the cows out to pasture before plans were underway for the next fair. Discounted presale tickets for the annual event, themed “Say Cheese,” are on sale through July 10. The fair runs from July 11 through Aug. 3. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for children 6 to 12. Children 5 and younger get in free. For information, or to purchase tickets, call (714) 740-2000 or go to www.ocfair.
By Joseph Serna, | December 11, 2010
It's been around longer than the Rockefeller Center's tree lighting and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Among Newport Beach's signature events, this is one of those people plan their vacations around. The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade lights up the harbor for the 102 n d consecutive year Wednesday, concluding on Dec. 19 with a fireworks show at 9 p.m. This year's theme, "Lights, Camera…Christmas in Newport Beach," celebrates the city and parade's cinematic history.
October 10, 2003
June Casagrande This year's Christmas Boat Parade is guaranteed to be totally beachin'. The chamber of commerce has announced the theme for this year's boat parade is "A Holiday Beach Celebration." The idea is to decorate the 100-plus boats likely to be in the parade in classic California Christmas style. "Our thinking here is for the boat owners to be able to get creative with a particular theme," said Richard Luehrs, president and chief executive of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.
By Mona Shadia, | July 7, 2010
COSTA MESA — Although the Orange County Fairgrounds' future seems uncertain, one thing is for sure: "The Beat Goes On." That's the theme of this year's Orange County Fair, which runs July 16 to Aug. 15. And the message is meant to reassure fairgoers that no matter what happens, the annual event will continue. "This is the theme of reassurance, and I think it's what people need right now for a number of reasons," said Steve Beazley, fairgrounds chief executive. "Not just the uncertainty of the fair, but the uncertainty of the economy, the uncertainty of society.
October 28, 2002
June Casagrande Last year, the theme of the annual Christmas Boat Parade was "Let Freedom Ring" -- a more than apropos salute to America. But this year, while trying to come up with a new theme, organizers realized that patriotism is as important as ever. Their solution? This year's theme: "Celebrating America With Lights." "It holds on to last year's patriotic theme but also includes the more traditional Christmas boat parade, known for its lights," said Doug Stuckey, spokesman for the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.
By Jessie Brunner | June 12, 2007
Longtime Newport Beach resident Gary McEachen has a knack for naming, and for the second time, the city has recognized his talent. Last week, McEachen's entry was chosen from more than 100 submissions as the winner of the 99th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade theme contest — " 'Twas the Lights Before Christmas" — and in 2004, he named Back Bay View Park. "Newport Beach is such a privileged place to live and that's why I'd like to contribute as much as possible to it," said McEachen, who remembers coming to the parade as a 10-year-old, while vacationing here.
By Amy Senk, Corona del Mar Today | August 30, 2012
It may still be summer, but the fall season is officially underway at Roger's Gardens, where shoppers previewed the annual Halloween boutique that opens to the public on Friday. “You can't have too many rats,” said Mike Ridenhower of Coto de Caza, who attends the sneak preview every year with his wife, Carolyn Ridenhower. “We usually come several times,” he said. “Every year, we add to our collection.” The rats, they said, line a spiral staircase at their home and always get a big response from trick-or-treaters.
By John Depko | January 31, 2014
Last year closed with several strong candidates for Best Picture. It's hard to narrow them down to a 10-best list, but these are my picks without ranking them in order. This was a hallmark year with three major films focused on the African American experience across two centuries. I mention them first as they all deserved Oscar nominations: "12 Years a Slave" is a stark portrayal of the cruel reality of slavery. "42" is the compelling story of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier of Major League Baseball.
By Steve Virgen | January 18, 2014
The Mesa Verde Classic is back, and it's going way back to the 1960s as its theme. The 9th annual golf fundraising event is Monday when organizers will have something psychedelic and fun at each hole at Mesa Verde Country Club. "It's going to be the typical Mesa Verde Classic, on steroids," said Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger, who is excited about this year's tournament. "We have animals, a whole bunch of stuff in store at each hole. There will be several 60s bands and plenty of refugees from the 1960s.
By Mike Whitehead | December 6, 2013
Ahoy! December has arrived along with a plethora of Christmas parades, whether by land or by sea. However, the signal lanterns from Paul Revere's Ride for one if by land and two if by sea have been replaced by thousands and thousands of Christmas lights decorating the floats and boats in parades for the next few weekends throughout the world. Looking locally, the boat parades in Orange County's three harbors begin this weekend and continue for a few weekends. Let's begin with Huntington Harbour, which is the county's most northerly.
By Bradley Zint | October 19, 2013
In the spirit of the Roaring Twenties, men and women young and old took to the Center Club on Friday for an evening of food, dance, a silent auction and a little bit of luck in the faux casino. The event was "The Gatsby Affair," a benefit for the Costa Mesa Senior Center that officials said was the center's first fundraiser in eight years. More than 190 were expected to attend the event at the Center Club , the private South Coast Metro venue next to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
By Michael Miller | October 12, 2013
The living room of Kalpna Singh-Chitnis' Irvine condominium was filled with signs of pending deadlines Friday: yellow envelopes bulging with DVDs, trophies, stacks of brochures. But the cluttered work area projected a joyous mood. In fact, it officially projected one. Tucked behind Singh-Chitnis' kitchen table, the poster for this year's Silent River Film Festival displayed a couple on the beach, bathed in orange sunlight, with the man hoisting the woman above his head as she bends a knee and stretches out her arms.
October 11, 2013
The 105th annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is scheduled to take to the waters Dec. 18 to 22 with a theme of "Rockin' around the Christmas Tree," according to a news release. "The parade is our community's Christmas card to the world and sets the harbor ablaze with twinkling lights and holiday spirit like no other tradition in the country," Steve Rosansky, president and chief executive of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the five-night event, said in the release.
By Rhea Mahbubani | September 30, 2013
Erin Whitcomb had just returned from a friend's 30th birthday celebration when she heard the news. She'd been laid off. Having dedicated 11 years to the PBS station in Seattle, she was devastated. In the throes of an identity crisis, Whitcomb packed her bags and moved to Orange County to be nearer to her fiance, Adam, a new graduate student at Chapman University. Accustomed to working long hours, she suddenly found herself filling her days by cooking, reading and maintaining a sparkling clean house.
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.
July 31, 2013
The Newport Beach Public Library Foundation is accepting entries for its annual creative writing contest for high schoolers. The Let your Imagination Run Wild creative writing contest is open to any high school student who has a Newport Beach Library card, according to a news release from the foundation. To enter, students should submit a story no longer than 1,500 words that takes place in or otherwise features a library or library themes. The writer of the winning short story writer will receive $250 and be featured on the foundation's website and in its quarterly publication, "Bookmark.
By Bradley Zint | July 9, 2013
After 16 years of serving food amid faux animals, greenery and falling water, the Rainforest Cafe at South Coast Plaza closed Sunday, a company executive confirmed. "The mall decided not to renew our lease," Keith Beitler, Rainforest Cafe's chief operating officer and senior vice president, said in a prepared statement Monday. "And although we are sorry to go, we look forward to serving guests at our other two Southern California Rainforest Cafe locations, at Downtown Disney at Anaheim and Ontario Mills mall.
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