| Nov 21, 2014
| 11:52 AM
His name isn't Willy Wonka, but that hasn't stopped him from opening a chocolate factory.
And Richard Foley, 53, plans to share the inner workings of his ChocXO Bean-to-Bar Chocolatier in Irvine with the public Friday and Saturday.
Foley, a Dana Point...
| Dec 3, 2014
| 11:58 AM
During the holidays, many community groups put together feasts and assistance programs for those in need. Others present opportunities to celebrate. Here are examples of both:
Costa Mesa-based Share Our Selves is conducting its...
| Dec 4, 2014
| 5:32 PM
They called it an afternoon of inspiration. New York-based fashion designer Donna Karan has created a national program, "Women Who Inspire," combining art, fashion and philanthropy to support community campaigns in cities across the nation.
| Dec 10, 2014
| 5:25 PM
Rush Hill, while still Newport Beach mayor, participated in a ribbon-cutting Dec. 4 at the grand opening of the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 840 Newport Center Drive, Suite 100.
About 200 people attended the event, including Coldwell...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 1:59 PM
For more than two decades, Laguna Beach's beloved band Missiles of October has built an avid following at its home base, the Marine Room Tavern, where locals gather for a stiff drink and live entertainment.
"I've been listening to these guys for 20-...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 7:37 PM
In a corner of town more popularly known for industrial buildings and oil changes, a budding pocket of artists and businesses are combining forces to forge their own slice of "Costa Mesa cool."
They're calling their neighborhood Style on Superior....
| Nov 26, 2014
| 5:24 PM
Thanksgiving is a day to surround oneself with friends and family and overindulge on home-cooked delights like turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.
But how do those who balk at standing in crowded grocery store lines and cleaning and cooking a...
| Nov 28, 2014
| 3:00 PM
A... Arthur Pescan. This Corona del Mar High School junior seems to do it all — cross country, the school musical, class president, mock trial, standing up to an angry crowd to support a new school sports complex. A school board trustee once said...
| Nov 28, 2014
| 4:17 PM
Seventh Tea Bar in Costa Mesa will close Dec. 31 after nearly two years in business.
The bar opened in January 2013 in OC Mix, part of the South Coast Collection shopping center on Hyland Avenue. The bar is owned by Jeff and Christa Duggan, who also...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 9:08 PM
Americans have become somewhat numb to the constant barrage of disasters, natural and manmade, blasted across the media. Sadly, the media seldom follow up on the aftermath. It's on to the next headline.
Last month in Mexico, Hurricane Odile devastated...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 7:50 PM
The fourth annual National Veterans Day Run in Irvine will come to William R. Mason Regional Park on Saturday. The event will offer a 5K (3.1-mile) race and a one-mile family walk/run. Racing will begin at 3:11 p.m.
Registration for the 5K is $30 for...
| Nov 12, 2014
| 4:01 PM
It's been a while since I've checked in with my restaurant column, Barbara's Bits & Bites, which continues to discover and rediscover fun places to eat in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa.
I've had a bellyful of politics from covering the last election...