Ralph Rodheim, who was diagnosed with ALS, left, dumps a bucket of ice water on his friend Bill Jacoby after a group of community members participated in an ALS ice bucket challenge at the Newport Beach Athletic Club.

Ice challenge warms hearts

Holding bright-orange buckets filled with ice water, Newport Beach community members began to count down from 10.

Ballerinas Zoe Monroe, center, and Luca Watson, left, both 3, participate in a demonstration of the upcoming summer dance camp, Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy,  at Studio Fusion Dance in Huntington Beach on Tuesday.

Young dancers find inspiration from mouse

Angelina Ballerina, the dancing cartoon mouse from a PBS Kids television series, is quite the big cheese these days.

Some Costa Mesa seniors concerned about where foundation money will be spent

A group of Costa Mesa seniors is concerned that money from a non-profit memorial foundation could be used in the coming months to benefit the outgoing Costa Mesa Senior Center Corporation instead of the center itself.

Costa Mesa councilwomen call toll-lane ballot measure political

In Costa Mesa, even what should be a kumbaya political moment has a way of becoming contentious.

Connie "Jinkie" Modnick blows a kiss after swimming across Newport Bay on Friday in Newport Beach. Swimming across the bay is one activity Modnick can now cross off her bucket list. She will celebrate her 80th birthday in September.

Bay swim is woman's 80th birthday gift to herself

For 28 years, Connie Modnick vowed that she would one day swim across the Newport Bay channel outside her condominium complex on the Lido Peninsula.

Stuart Ward and Dani de Waal star in "Once," coming to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Aug. 19.

An unusual musical cherished more than 'Once'

In portraying a Czech pixie pianist in the Broadway musical "Once," Dani de Waal has a hard task: playing piano onstage.

Participants gather around the fire and dance to a tribal drum beat at sunset at Aliso Beach on Sunday.

Laguna drummers try to keep mellow vibe as growth creates spiritual tug-of-war

As the daytime crowds at Aliso Beach packed up and the sun started its descent into the sea Sunday evening, the beat rose.

Emily Reyes, right, styles the hair of manager Kimmy Breeding on the first day of business at the Belo Blow Dry Bar in Laguna.

No color or cuts at Laguna's new blow-dry hair salon

Laguna Beach now has a place specifically dedicated to braids and up-dos.

Virgen: Steinberg definitely ready for radio

At 65, and having experienced some of the highest of highs and the depths of rock bottom, Leigh Steinberg paused before answering a non-sports question while he sat at his desk near a window that overlooks Lido Isle.

Kelson Helbig helps to assemble Ray Katz's public art display The Odyssey in the Newport Beach Civic Center Park on Wednesday.

Debated modern-art sculptures join concrete bunnies in Civic Center Park

Ten modern art sculptures that were blasted by some residents during City Council meetings this year will be installed near the Newport Beach Civic Center during the next several weeks.