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By Tom Ragan | April 26, 2010
There was starfruit. There was blood orange. There was dragon fruit. And they weren’t characters in some video game. They were exotic fruits, which Pomona Elementary School tasted last week for the first time — the result of a collaborative effort to cut down on obesity in the classroom. The 400 children at the Costa Mesa campus also hit the gym and recess with Principal Stacy Holmes, performing dance routines and playing old-fashioned kick ball in a program designed to get the children doing something they should be doing naturally at their age: moving.
By Alan Blank | May 11, 2009
In addition to giving out rations of food to the area’s needy, Share Our Selves, a Costa Mesa nonprofit, will give out vegetable plants to its patrons in the coming weeks as part of an initiative to get people started growing their own food in their gardens. An alley near the charity’s administrative building now houses about 200 small pots holding newly sprouted plants of several varieties, including tomatoes, peppers, corn, okra and broccoli. In most cases, the green stems and leaves are just popping up from the soil, and the vegetables have yet to appear.
October 5, 2001
Like watching cooking shows on television? Well, the Taste of Newport is giving people a chance to see dishes prepared live at the Gas Company Chef's Pavilion, which features cookware by Bloomingdale's. Today on the stage, the chef at What's Cooking Cafe will share the secret of making a great tasting, bread crumb-encrusted pork tenderloin. Though the cafe will not be among the restaurants serving up tastes at the Taste, we did persuade them to share their recipe for the dish.
By Alan Blank | May 13, 2008
After recent budget cuts, the Costa Mesa Senior Center was planning on pruning down a popular grocery distribution program until two local women came forward with donations. Flo Martin donated $2,000 and Joan Cox donated $500 to the Senior Lunchbox program, more than making up for a $2,000 shortfall. City officials who are responsible for doling out federal Community Development Block Grant money gave the senior center $2,000 less compared with last year. The program allows the senior center to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, canned soups and meats, and other items that are given to low-income seniors.
By Britney Barnes | October 12, 2012
IRVINE - As the tractor-pulled wagons slowed to a stop, smell was the first indicator that the youngsters were about to come face to face with barnyard animals. The first-grade students were not pleased. "It smells stinky," said Taylor Park, 6, making a face as some of her classmates covered their noses. Lincoln Elementary School on Friday took its three first-grade classes on the Newport Beach school's annual field trip to Tanaka Farms, a 30-acre working organic farm on University Drive.
By Brittany Woolsey | August 25, 2012
Stephanie Chang hopes to make a difference for low-income families and the elderly in Costa Mesa. Chang founded Free Pantry, a farmer's market at Lighthouse Church & Outreach Ministries, in July with hopes to provide free, healthy food alternatives for those in need. "I learned from feeding the homeless for seven years," Chang said. "I thought if people do this, if people want to eat healthy, there is somewhere they can go for free and get fruits and vegetables. " Unlike other pantries that provide pre-packed bags, those in need can bring their own bags and fill them up with as much food as they want for free at Free Pantry.
April 27, 2000
The Jewish National Fund in Costa Mesa will kick off a 30-day campaign Monday to jump-start a three-pronged program to increase water supplies for the people of Israel. The country is currently faced with its most severe drought since 1951. Funds raised will be used to build new reservoirs and flood dams for drinking water; recycle more waste water for agricultural irrigation; and conduct more research and development using brackish water to grow fish and vegetables, said Ronald S. Lauder, president of the fund.
December 3, 2002
"Ice cream, `cause it's sweet, tastes really good and, on a hot day, it cools you down." STEPHANIE CASH, 11 Costa Mesa "I like to eat a certain kind of soup. It has quail eggs, vegetables and scrambled eggs. It is a Philipino soup." MELISSA TOWNSEND, 10 Costa Mesa "I like fast food because hamburgers are really good, and I like fries, too." MORGAN BRENNAN, 11 Costa Mesa "Chicken, because my mom fed it to me all the time and that just happens to be my favorite food."
December 22, 2008
When more than 160 needy families heard the doorbell last week and found gift baskets full of toys, food and other goods, many of them had Newport Harbor High School students to thank. All of that was part of “Basket of Miracles,” the program by Irvine-based charity Miracles for Kids, that assembled holiday baskets for families in time for Christmas throughout Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Each basket held a whole chicken, eggs, vegetables, canned and dry goods, blankets, towels, toys and games.
By Purnima Mudnal | July 31, 2006
Costa Mesa residents now have a whole new way of buying organic produce at Avanti Café, which is offering baskets of fresh produce for pick-up. About 20 people have signed up to receive the baskets. Seasonal produce is grown and put together for bi-weekly baskets by San Juan Capistrano-based South Coast Farms, as part of a community-supported agriculture program. "I love the idea of buying locally produced food," said Costa Mesa resident Denise Flanagan. "It's better for the environment and it's got higher nutritional content, because it's picked right and not stored as long."
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