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By B.W. Cook | December 11, 2009
The chic Island Hotel, Newport Beach, kicked off the Christmas season with its annual Toys for Tots reception in the grand ballroom. Decorated in spectacular winter wonderland fashion with a decidedly whimsical edge by talented Andrew Gromek of Couture Flowers, the reception welcomed hundreds of holiday revelers anxious to drop an unwrapped toy in the Island Hotel collection. The gifts will be distributed by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves to needy children and families.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Candice Baker | December 9, 2009
The band that bakes together, breaks together? Costa Mesa band The New Limb are as well-known for their music as for their tradition of baking cookies for audience members at each of their gigs. They’ve taken that benevolent spirit to the next level for their December residency at the Gypsy Lounge in Lake Forest, where they will be collecting toys for the Orangewood Children’s Foundation. Attendees at shows tonight, and on Dec. 17, will be able to bring toys for kids; the toys will be dropped off by the band on Dec. 22, when they will perform a holiday acoustic set for kids in need of homes.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2009
Local families donated toys for needy children for a chance to ride the Polar Express train and meet Santa Claus on Saturday at Fairview Park. Donated toys from the event will go to ABC-7’s Spark of Love program. Spark of Love is a joint collaboration with fire departments all over Southern California and with ABC Channel 7. All toys that are distributed in Orange County go through a single warehouse to organizations that apply through the Toy Collaborative. In its fourth year, the Polar Express family event is sponsored by Weichman Associates-Realtors.
NEWS
November 27, 2009
Costa Mesa High School cheerleaders have launched their annual toy drive this year, but unlike past ones, this time they’re aiming specifically to help local families. The girls will be collecting toys and gift cards and donating them to needy families within the high school’s zone set up by the district. That means families with children at College Park, Davis, Killybrooke, Paularino and Sonora elementary schools will get assistance this year. Normally, donations are sent to the Childrens Hospital of Orange County, or the Boys & Girls Club of America.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Paul Anderson | July 17, 2009
It was just meant to be the soundtrack for a car commercial. The 2010 Lincoln MKS, in fact. It wasn’t even his first choice for a cover of a Peter Schilling song. “My favorite song of his was ‘The Different Story.’ If given a choice, I would have picked that one,” Shiny Toy Guns keyboardist Jeremy Dawson said. “It all started with Lincoln Mercury asking for a 30-second commercial for the Lincoln MKS, the teenage not-quite-a-sports-car.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 2009
Treasure map in hand, kids at the swap meet in Costa Mesa will have a chance to search out a plastic egg containing a golden ticket at the Orange County Market Place’s free Easter Festival and Treasure Hunt on April 11. Vendors and food concession stands will hand out free candy and small toys and five lucky hunters who find golden tickets will win a “special,” unspecified prize. Check-in for the hunt begins at 10 a.m. The Easter Bunny will also be on hand for photos and free face painting, and a puppet show will be presented throughout the day. Admission to the swap meet costs $2 except for kids under 12 who get in free.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | December 23, 2008
In the 18 years volunteers from Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in Costa Mesa have been giving out toys at Christmas time, never was the line as long as it was Tuesday, organizers said. Nearly 1,500 parents and children lined up outside of the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center on Tuesday morning to receive a gift for Christmas and take a picture with Santa and have their face painted. For many, it was their only opportunity to celebrate the holidays in these hard times. “You kind of see the kids faces and how overjoyed they are,” said Shannon Santos, executive director for Someone Cares.
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By Michael Alexander | December 19, 2008
They were going to “cram the cruiser,” but instead they ended up “tricking out the trolley.” Women Looking Forward, a subgroup of the Orange County United Way, jammed the back half of a holiday-themed trolley with toys, clothes, diapers and blankets at the organization’s headquarters Friday in Irvine, then drove the whole thing over to Costa Mesa-based charity Share Our Selves. The large trolley was donated for the occasion by the O.C. Cruiser company, which had originally planned to send over the VW bus for which the business is named.
NEWS
By Michael Alexander | December 16, 2008
First-, second- and third-graders at Harbor View Elementary didn’t just donate toys to the Spark of Love drive at a nearby fire station; instead of a plain-old holiday party, they took a field trip and walked over there together. And they didn’t just get their parents to buy toys; they had to earn the money themselves by doing chores. “I took out the trash and cleaned the garage,” said third-grader Chase Munger. It’s a growing tradition at Harbor View, brought on by a family relation: Capt.
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