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 Baycrest residents help celebrate neighbor's 108th birthday

Baycrest residents help celebrate neighbor's 108th birthday

Despite 108 years of being a "curious gal," Mona Schwaer's surprise birthday party remained a secret until her family and friends gathered in her honor on Tradewinds Lane in Newport Beach on Sunday.

Vinyl's special day is fun for Record Stores but not always fruitful

Vinyl's special day is fun for Record Stores but not always fruitful

It's torturous but also rewarding waiting outside a record store in the early hours of the morning.

Costa Mesa barbershop provides backdrop at Newport Beach Film Festival

Costa Mesa barbershop provides backdrop at Newport Beach Film Festival

If Alexa Polar makes it in Hollywood, she may have a barbershop with a nearly identical name to thank for it.

The Crowd: Piling up dollars to fight Duchenne

The Crowd: Piling up dollars to fight Duchenne

Napa came to Newport in March, and $680,000 was raised at a wine dinner and auction benefiting young boys suffering from Duchenne muscular...

Corona del Mar High grad's new film probes bullying and social media

Corona del Mar High grad's new film probes bullying and social media

Caryn Waechter did not encounter bullying during her days at Corona del Mar High School in the early 1990s. But when she recently directed...

A spotlight on songwriting

A spotlight on songwriting

They wrote hits for other artists.

Pets of the Week: Carmela and BeBe

Pets of the Week: Carmela and BeBe

Community Animal Network's attempts to use social media to find a foster home for two kitties whose lives are at risk at the Upland Animal...

Reel Critics: 'Young' captures the restless

Director Noah Baumbach ("The Squid and the Whale") takes us to unexpected places in his new offbeat dramatic comedy. "While We're Young"...

The Latest: 'Garden' digs deep; 'Ghost' stories echo

The Latest: 'Garden' digs deep; 'Ghost' stories echo

Untended Garden (Histories and Reinhabitation in Suburbia)

The Crowd: Putting a dent in diabetes

The Crowd: Putting a dent in diabetes

They called on donors to "Join the Revolution" to end diabetes — in particular, Type 1 diabetes (T1D), affecting some 3 million...

The Gossiping Gourmet: A culinary district of Colombia

The Gossiping Gourmet: A culinary district of Colombia

There are very few authentic Colombian restaurants in our reviewing area. In fact, I only found two that were strictly Colombian, although...

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

Gomez is a lively boy, with soft fur that begs to be petted; he clearly enjoys such attention and appreciates being stroked.

Food truck brings nutritious meals to the needy

Food truck brings nutritious meals to the needy

The blond man was always well-dressed and well-groomed, and he'd sit before a laptop in the corner of the coffee shop. But something, Bill...

On Theater: Nicely, nicely done 'Guys and Dolls' at Segerstrom

On Theater: Nicely, nicely done 'Guys and Dolls' at Segerstrom

Most theatergoers have seen "Guys and Dolls," either the stage musical that's been around since 1950 or its 1955 movie adaptation. One...

Retail Therapy: Spend Saturday in style

Live the look: Glamour, GQ and the Shops at Mission Viejo will partner for LOOKBOOK Live from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday,...

 Senior center plans wild night

Senior center plans wild night

The entire Evelyn Hart Event Center will be taken up by casino games and prize tables Saturday in honor of the "Wild, Wild West Casino...

Film Reviews

Taste-testing Taco Bell's new Sriracha Quesarito

Taste-testing Taco Bell's new Sriracha Quesarito

Taco Bell and Sriracha fans, get ready to unite forces. The Irvine-based fast-food company is set to give Sriracha heads a warm, cheesy,...

Reel Critics: This 'Wick' catches fire

Reel Critics: This 'Wick' catches fire

Gangsters from Russia are the new default mafia in recent crime thrillers. Denzel Washington in "The Equalizer" and James Gandolfini in "The...

Pet Of The Week

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

True to his name, Cocoa does resemble a frothy confection — especially when the wind ruffles his fur, as shown in this photo....

Pet of the Week

Community Animal Network is still accepting donations for Bluto, the dog we have profiled before that belongs to a homeless veteran.

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Dining Reviews

The Gossiping Gourmet: Pueblo's plates are great, no matter how small

The Gossiping Gourmet: Pueblo's plates are great, no matter how small

The South Coast Collection, or SoCo, center has become a real haven for foodies. In addition to Surfas, the large cooking supply store, it...

Society

The Crowd: The gentlemen's club of the future

The Crowd: The gentlemen's club of the future

The fashionable residence of Julie and Jay Rutter in the Newport Heights was opened recently to the junior...