Patty Goethals was one of many volunteers from around the country invited to decorate the White House for Christmas.

Newport Beach woman helps deck White House halls

Tom Goethals had a secret.

The Laguna Beach High girls' cross-country team earned a fourth-place finish in Division 4 on Saturday at the CIF State Cross-Country Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno.  Top row (from left): Pearl Shoemaker, Allison Konno, Grace LaMontagne, Lauryn Alvarez, Taylor Alvarez. Bottom row (from left): Brenna Merchant, Kirsten Landsiedel, Natalie. Kimball, Janie Crawford, Annie Brown.

Girls' Cross-Country: Season ends on a high note for Laguna Beach

The Laguna Beach High girls' cross-country team completed another successful campaign on Saturday at Woodward Park in Fresno. The Breakers finished in fourth place among 23 teams competing for the Division 4 team title at the 2014 CIF State Cross-Country Championships.

Angel Martinez, and his son Justin, 2, take a spill off their sled during Saturday's event at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina.

50 Christmas trees light the bay at Newport Dunes

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina kicked off its holiday celebration Saturday evening with the annual Lighting of the Bay, during which Santa Claus lights 50 Christmas trees on Newport Bay.

Corona del Mar's Foster Hoose shoots and scores in the first half of a quarterfinal match of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoff against Long Beach Wilson at Belmont Plaza pool on Saturday.

Boys' Water Polo: Corona del Mar edges Long Beach Wilson to reach CIF semifinals

LONG BEACH — They say that duct tape can fix just about anything, but whoever came up with that saying probably didn't have the right ankle of Corona del Mar High senior Jack Trush in mind.

Shoppers browse crafts at the Sugar Plum Festival at the OC Fair and Event Center on Saturday.

Sugar Plum Festival offers shoppers a winter wonderland

For Fred Richter and his wife Camilla Richter, what started as a project to earn some extra cash for the holidays has turned into a winter wonderland tradition that people have been attending for 37 years.

Costa Mesa DUI arrests plummet after special police team is disbanded

Costa Mesa police describe their city as an ideal incubator for drunk drivers.

Righeimer maintains lead against Humphrey in Costa Mesa City Council race

Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer maintained a small but potentially decisive lead over challenger Jay Humphrey on Saturday night in the ongoing ballot counting in the race for City Council.

According to police, John Roger Alcorn, 65, was crossing the street with his son at about 7:15 p.m. Friday when a Mazda 3 struck them near the intersection of Burwood and West Yale Loop, shown Monday morning. Alcorn died of his injuries and his son was injured.

Car crash in Irvine kills man while he was trick-or-treating with son

An Irvine man was killed and his 4-year-old son was seriously hurt when a car crashed into them while they were trick-or-treating on Halloween night.

Kids play soccer during the City of Irvine and FivePoint Communities ceremonial breaking of the concrete runways of the old El Toro Marine Base to make way for the Great Park neighborhoods and parks on Oct. 9. A Great Park consulting firm claims its reputation has been damaged during audits of the park.

Great Park consultant files complaint, says accounting firm hurt its reputation

A consulting firm battered by allegations of cronyism and inefficiency in reviews of Irvine's $200-million effort to develop the Orange County Great Park has asked a state agency to force the city to apologize, claiming it besmirched the company's reputation.

Sandy Dvore, an Emmy-winning artist, will have an exhibition retrospective of his career at Forest & Ocean Gallery in Laguna Beach.

The art of movies, TV

The conversation moves — on foot, since Sandy Dvore doesn't sit down for long — to a small room in the back of this West Hollywood apartment, where the resident reaches into a pile of old artifacts and holds up an old black-and-white photograph in a plastic frame.

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