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Community & Clubs: Celebrating three decades of exchange

For three decades, with the support of the Rotary Club of Newport-Balboa, the Newport Beach Sister City Assn. has organized an annual exchange with Newport Beach's sister city, Okazaki, Japan.

Carnett: These class acts are the only celebrities I care about

I don't give a moldy fig for celebrities.

Corona del Mar Today: Bike lane near Corona del Mar High is almost complete

Corona del Mar Today: Bike lane near Corona del Mar High is almost complete

A new bike lane being built near Corona del Mar High School and Our Lady Queen of Angels neared completion last week, according to Newport Beach staff.

The Crowd: Stars help get funds flowing for Ocean charity

The Crowd: Stars help get funds flowing for Ocean charity

Never doubt the value of the celebrity connection when it comes to charitable fundraising. Even in this age of over-exposure, star power sells.

The Harbor Report: Beautiful weather for the Long Point Race

This time each year, I reflect back to previous Long Point Race Weeks, and this year's event — which took place last weekend — was another extraordinary regatta.

Friends of the Libraries: Books and more for sale

It is book sale time again. Really great books appealing to all ages and interests are being offered for sale, as well as 33 rpm records, CDs, VHS tapes, and DVDs.

Venezia: CM4RG rep says Weitzberg was squeezed out of race

With the next Feet to the Fire Forum just around the corner for Costa Mesa council candidates, political rumblings are starting to surface.

Fitness Files: The healing power of laughter

A few years ago, I read about laugh therapy. People met and laughed, not at anything in particular — just laughed. "Ridiculous," I thought.

Retail Therapy: Ice Cream. Get your ice cream.

Ice screaming good deal: Stop by Baskin-Robbins locations on Sunday to score a regular scoop of ice cream for $1.31 plus tax. The deal also will be good on Oct. 31 and Dec. 31. Information:baskinrobbins.com.

Carnett: 'O Canada,' you're my second home

Newport Beach, Orange Coast College, Canada, Vancouver Island, Victoria, the Canadian Rockies, Calgary, Montréal, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island

A Word Please: Tempted to use quote marks? Ask yourself why

Much has been said about misused quotation marks. Photos of signs boasting about "fresh" seafood and "free" refills abound on the Internet, offering a good laugh at the expense of business owners who don't realize that quotation marks around "fresh" and "free" could suggest quite the opposite.

Apodaca: Time to rethink the role of testing?

When I was a senior in high school, I had an English teacher who had a profound effect on my life. To be honest, at first I thought she was a little weird because she was, well, old. But before long I began devouring the assigned readings — classic novels such as "Siddhartha" by Hermann...

Corona del Mar Today: Planners allow A-frame signs in village

Corona del Mar Today: Planners allow A-frame signs in village

The Newport Beach Planning Commission voted Thursday to change the city's zoning code to allow A-frame signs in front of businesses — but only in Corona del Mar — and only after a discussion in which a few of the commissioners said they thought the signs were a terrible idea.

The Harbor Report: Fiberglass repair artist keeps busy

Most of this week, I have been busy showing and selling boats. I hesitate to say this, but things appear to be picking up in the marine business.

The Crowd: Talk gets political at Lido Isle gathering

The Crowd: Talk gets political at Lido Isle gathering

It was an evening of summer cocktails mixed with serious political conversation as House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) came to Newport Beach to meet and greet local citizens at the invitation of Andrew and Karen Littlefair.

Barbara's Bits and Bites: The Ritz, Pizza Nova

Barbara's Bits and Bites: The Ritz, Pizza Nova

It's time to take my monthly break from writing about politics and focus on something more far delicious for all those foodies out there who enjoy discovering — and re-discovering — fun places to eat in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa as much as I do.

Fitness Files: Preparation pays off in endurance events

"I'm planning to walk 60 miles in three days. What do you think?" Carl asked.

Retail Therapy: Mixing up a sale at SOCO

Walk on up: The OC Mix at SOCO, 3303 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, is hosting a sidewalk sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Customers will save up to 70% off a curated selection of clothing, accessories, housewares, gifts and more. Full...

On Theater: 'Once' is one of a kind

On Theater: 'Once' is one of a kind

“Once” is a Broadway musical that dares to be different. Not only dares but demands. Stridently. At the top of its voice.

Carnett: Living with what Parkinson's takes can be painful

Parkinson's disease slows a person down.

Corona del Mar Today: CdMHS club provides six vests for area police dogs

Corona del Mar Today: CdMHS club provides six vests for area police dogs

Members of Corona del Mar High School's Vest-A-Dog club have been fundraising all summer, and last week six police dogs were fitted with protective gear as a result of the club's hard work.

Apodaca: District working with teachers to make Common Core work

Whether you're inclined to love it or hate it, or are reserving judgment, Common Core is here.

The God Squad: Do you take this man as your minister?

Here's a smattering of out-of-the-ordinary questions from readers:

My Answer: How do we know to trust the Bible?

Q: I know you believe the Bible is God's word, but can you prove it? I haven't read the Bible much, but all it talks about are things that happened thousands of years ago, and that doesn't seem very important to me.

The Harbor Report: It's August, and the marlins are biting

I made my way around the harbor this week and checked in with some old friends.

Fitness Files: A finger on the PulsePoint

"Read this," my husband said, handing me Sunday's Los Angeles Times.

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