| Mar 29, 2014
| 11:52 PM
Editor's note: Costa Mesa High sophomore Sammy Swanson, a decorated snowboarder, is in Colorado to compete in the 2014 USA Snowboarding Assn. nationals in boardercross. This is his first-person diary of the trip:
I've been snowboarding since I was 4 1/2...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 1:58 PM
When I stop by The Harp Inn in Costa Mesa, it's usually to unwind or to have a good time. But I was there for a different reason Sunday when the St. Baldrick's Foundation held its special head-shaving event to raise money for children's cancer research....
| Mar 20, 2014
| 11:18 AM
She sauntered up to the microphone, which was attached to a clear Plexiglas podium on the fashion runway. Her slinky, fitted, coral-colored silk pants under a matching tunic caught the attention of a very well-dressed audience.
| Jul 2, 2014
| 3:49 PM
Weekly I receive promotional emails for events and fun happenings from all over.
And this week there were no shortage of suggestions for the July Fourth holiday.
Sorting through them — from the traditional to the odd — I could see...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 6:18 PM
Orange County has become the center of the world of charitable galas.
Arguably, there are more fundraising extravaganzas night after night and week after week, not just during the social season but throughout the year, than anywhere else. Intense...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 2:56 PM
Fletcher Jones Motorcars in Newport Beach recently held a coloring contests for children to design graphics for the Mercedes-Benz dealership's John Wayne Airport shuttle.
General Manager Garth Blumenthal ordered the new van to take customers to and from...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 12:58 PM
On the weekend of Presidents' Day and Valentine's Day, the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa will celebrate a uniquely American art form that has provided the soundtrack to more than a few make-out sessions.
The 14th Annual Newport Beach Jazz Party will...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 9:40 AM
Valentine's Day is the holiday that plays a big role in dating and relationships. Whether you have just started dating or have been dating someone for months, this holiday has the ability to either speed up or slow down the relationship.
| May 28, 2014
| 11:09 AM
I fielded a question recently about "minding your p's and q's." I had used that expression in a column a few weeks ago, and it prompted an email from a reader named Christine who was curious about the apostrophes.
Anyone who knows anything about...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 9:11 AM
Welcome to the Year of the Horse. The Lunar New Year debuts Friday. Last week in the O.C., the Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Los Angeles, Ambassador Liu Jian, traveled to Costa Mesa to cut a ribbonand front opening ceremonies for the...
| May 9, 2014
| 11:19 AM
Mother's Day is 100 years old Sunday. Anna Jarvis, the woman credited for its establishment, would be horrified.
Jarvis' idea had plenty of historical precedent. The honoring of mothers in some form or another can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 2:40 PM
The director's hand is constantly evident throughout Vincenzo Cosentino's feature film debut, which will screen Saturday at the Newport Beach Film Festival.
And in this case, that's not simply a cliche.
Cosentino's hand — which plays the title...