More than 450 young inventors from kindergarten through eighth grade compete for awards and more than $10,000 in prizes Saturday during the 28th annual "Astounding Inventions" competition.

Inventors test their creations during 'Astounding Inventions' competition at Irvine Valley College

More than 450 young inventors in kindergarten through eighth grade put their creations to the test Saturday in the 28th annual "Astounding Inventions" competition at Irvine Valley College.

Pacific Symphony to pay tribute to Leonard Bernstein

Carl St.Clair can pinpoint the last moment he saw Leonard Bernstein. The two had just conducted a show together at the Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts, and Bernstein, who had trusted his own composition to St.Clair's baton, urged him to attend a recording session a few months later.

Jeamy Ruiz, dressed as Captain Popcorn, hands out free bags of kettle corn provided by Gaslamp Popcorn in celebration of National Popcorn Day on Saturday at the Orange County Market Place in Costa Mesa.

Celebrating for the love of popcorn

If you just can't get your fill of popcorn, you can find plenty of it this weekend at the Orange County Market Place in Costa Mesa — and it's free.

Brownies from Troop 3044 in Huntington Beach and Daisy Troop 3168 in Newport Beach gather together to show off the new gluten-free Trios  cookies.

Girl Scouts warm up for cookie season at UCI rally

It's almost Girl Scout cookie season again, and more than 1,000 Orange County Girl Scouts celebrated at a rally Saturday at UC Irvine's Bren Events Center.

District to discuss Signature Academies, teacher negotiations

Student admission policies and publicity for a series of Signature Academies are set for discussion in a study session Tuesday by the Newport-Mesa Unified School District board.

Grammy-winning vocalists Dianne Reeves (pictured) and Gregory Porter will perform Friday at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

Jazz singer Dianne Reeves heads to Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Dianne Reeves knows her way around a jazz song.

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.

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