Carnett: Ah, the spectacle of fall — elsewhere, of course

It was a glorious early September morning.

Community & Clubs: Celebrating 100 years of Kiwanis

Kiwanis International began in 1914 when a tailor and a professional organizer teamed up to develop an organization that provided fellowship as well as business networking and community service.

Corona del Mar Today: 7 Japanese exchange students visit CdM Middle School

In an assembly that was both all-American and distinctly Japanese, Corona del Mar Middle School students on Friday welcomed seven exchange students from Okazaki, Japan.

Apodaca: Educators mining Minecraft for learning

What if there was a way for students studying history to build a replica of Ancient Rome? Or for kids learning about California missions to forgo the sugar-cube models — projects that well-intentioned but misguided parents often take over anyway — and instead design and construct their...

Venezia: Candidates decline to meet the press

Last week we taped the eighth edition of the Feet to the Fire Forum at Orange Coast College with Costa Mesa City Council candidates Lee Ramos, Chris Bunyan, Rita Simpson, Al Melone, Tony Capitelli, Jay Humphrey and Mayor Jim Righeimer.

The Harbor Report: The man who walks the docks

This week, I had the opportunity to catch up with Troy Heidemann, the new dock master at the Balboa Bay Resort.

From the Boathouse: Get your license to turn the wheel

Ahoy! Boater's licensing is official in California!

The Crowd: Saturday night fever for SCR

The Crowd: Saturday night fever for SCR

As the expression goes, "It takes a village." For more than half a century, the village of Orange County has rallied behind South Coast Repertory. The results of this decades-long commitment have been nothing less than "magical." Appropriately, the 2014 SCR gala, which unfolded on the starry night...

Reel Critics: 'Skeletons' opens a closet

I'll say it up front — "The Skeleton Twins" is one of the best films this year, with amazing performances from stars better known for comedic roles. But Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader and Ty Burrell show us real gifts at playing darker, more troubled souls.

Friends of the Libraries: Calling advocates for our libraries

This is a reminder to attend the Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries' "Meet and Greet," intended to introduce candidates of our special districts, namely Mesa Water District, Orange County Water District and Costa Mesa Sanitary District, to our community. The services of these sometimes forgotten...

Fitness Files: What to do when you're wilting?

Way back in the days before air-conditioned cars, my family had a joke that wasn't funny.

Boat parade grand marshals named

Boat parade grand marshals named

Actress Leslie Mann and Sugar Ray's lead singer Mark McGrath will serve as the grand marshals for the upcoming Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.

A word, please: A notion writers should be disabused of

If I had a nickel for every time I've written about ending sentences with prepositions, I'd be about 5 cents shy of that Frappucino I've had my eye on. (I'd probably also be one of the top earners in what remains of the newspaper industry, but that's a subject for another day.)

Apodaca: A forgettable night on ship provides lasting memories

When I read about the Pilgrim of Newport's recent visit to Newport Harbor, it brought me back to a memorable night spent aboard the 118-foot replica of an 18th-century merchant ship.

Corona del Mar Today: Filming of 'SciGirls' gets underway at Crystal Cove State Park

Corona del Mar Today: Filming of 'SciGirls' gets underway at Crystal Cove State Park

Three girls, all Crystal Cove State Park Junior Guards participants, were recently hanging out at the park, conducting scientific research in the ocean and in university laboratories — all part of filming of a PBS television show that will air in the spring.

The God Squad: When watch stops, does life go on?

Q: In a recent column, you mentioned how the time of death of a man's father showed up on a grandfather's clock when it stopped working several weeks later. I wanted to share a similar story.

My Answer: Take survival as sign from God

Q: I escaped with only minor injuries from a bad car wreck a few months ago. Did God have something to do with this, like one of my friends says, or was I just lucky? I've never thought about questions like this before.

The Harbor Report: Calling for comments on story boards

Summer is slowly coming to an end, and yet the harbor is as active as if it were June.

From the Boathouse: Stop by Lido for a show

Ahoy, and time for a boat show and a ship celebration!

The Crowd: Spreading awareness of children's needs

This is National Child Awareness Month. Every weekend in September, South Coast Plaza will hold events at the retail center in conjunction with the work of multiple charities focused on child welfare in Orange County. The month-long commitment is the brainchild of Festival of Children Foundation,...

Barbara's Bits and Bites: Great ramen; frustrating dinette

Barbara's Bits and Bites: Great ramen; frustrating dinette

Though I enjoy writing about the local political scene, I look forward each month to switching gears to discover and rediscover fun places to eat in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa.

Check It Out: Reading is in fashion this fall

With fall just around the corner, now is the perfect time to revamp your wardrobe. Whether you want to polish your image for an upcoming job interview, put together the perfect outfit for a special occasion or update what's in your closet, you'll find plenty of inspiration in these and other...

Reel Critics: 'Drop' and roll with this thriller

A foolish and poorly planned robbery is a core scene of many offbeat crime dramas. "The Drop" unfolds as a slow-burning thriller based on that premise. The gritty and realistic portrayal of underworld life in Brooklyn is a fitting finale for the "Soprano" talents of the late James Gandolfini.

A Word, Please: The No. 1 reason for numeral inconsistency

A reader named Loretta recently wrote to me after making a very astute observation.

Fitness Files: Feeling hopeful after seeing help for Alzheimer's sufferers

I left my conversation with Lynn feeling melancholy. Had trouble sleeping that night.

Corona del Mar Today: Candidates square off at CdM forum

Seven candidates vying for Newport Beach City Council seats met Thursday morning at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club for a 90-minute candidates' forum sponsored by the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee.

Apodaca: Kids can break the code to success

Both Corona del Mar and Newport Harbor high schools now offer Advanced Placement classes in computer science. That's an encouraging sign, given the increasing calls for educational curriculum geared toward the knowledge and skills most in demand in the 21st-century workforce.

My Answer: Yes, Satan still has worshippers

Q: Our paper featured a report a few days ago about some people who claim they worship the devil. I thought that went out hundreds of years ago. Are they serious, do you think, or just trying to get attention?

From the Boathouse: Not the worst of winter in SoCal

Ahoy! It might be time to winterize your condo on the water!