| Sep 4, 2013
| 4:58 PM
Instructor Kathy Andruss, 67, takes the stage at 9 a.m. sharp, donning her headset and best workout clothing. She turns up the dance version of a '90s hit tune and the seniors halt their conversations, hurrying to the center of the floor, eager to get...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 12:11 PM
From pocket parks to 13.5-acre recreation spaces, new outdoor areas are being planned in Newport Beach.
City administrators praised existing facilities and outlined plans for further construction at a public Speak Up Newport event Wednesday night in...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 9:47 PM
On East Coast Highway in Corona del Mar, just north of Hobie Surf Shop, green grass covers a triangular piece of land that is easy to miss, save for the painted mural periodically changed on the wall behind it.
The mural will continue, but this 1,300-...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 7:20 PM
Supporters cheered as volunteers rode King Arthur's Carrousel at Disneyland last week on behalf of 10 local nonprofits.
The early morning event, dubbed "The Carousel of Possible Dreams," raised $208,575 for Orange County charities that benefit children....
| Nov 14, 2013
| 8:38 PM
When a 90-foot Christmas tree at Fashion Island lights up for the first time Friday night, it will mark just one mega-tree in a series sparkling to life for the holidays in shopping centers throughout Southern California.
Fashion Island's white fir,...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 2:20 PM
South Coast Plaza plans to host a holiday party for about 500 homeless children Dec. 6 — after the shopping center closes for the day.
The "Sharing the Spirit" event is being organized by two Orange County nonprofits that work with disadvantaged...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 3:49 PM
"Hi, baby, how ever are you?"
"Oh, in heaven, everything is fine. There's no pain, sickness, sadness. What about on Earth?"
"Well, there's all of that and we miss you terribly."
"I miss you too, Mommy, but please smile for me. I see...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 9:30 PM
Costa Mesa library boosters expressed strong enthusiasm Tuesday for a recent proposal to convert the city's Neighborhood Community Center into a large central library.
The City Council held a special study session regarding the conversion idea, which...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 3:05 PM
Working well in Sacramento and sending money back to Orange County were among the ideas marking the 2014 election season's first Feet to the Fire forum Thursday night.
The roughly hourlong debate in the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center featured...
| Apr 19, 2014
| 6:12 PM
Dennis Baker is inclined to associate with winners.
That's not to say he won't help an organization, initiative or individual get closer to victory. But, when that doesn't work, he has no misgivings about cutting loose or moving on.
"My energy goes to...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 6:29 PM
More than 125 residents and community activists gathered in Costa Mesa to discuss Banning Ranch, a proposed development in West Newport that opponents argue will burden humans and wildlife.
The Thursday night meeting at the Neighborhood Community Center...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 6:05 PM
As construction of Sunset Ridge Park gets underway, one question has been worrying city staff: Where will visitors park?
A possible solution emerged Tuesday, when staff explained during a Newport Beach City Council study session that a 64-space pay...