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OC Fire Watch volunteers work to spot fires before they start

For Orange County Fire Watch volunteers, the day out started as an early summer drill in Mission Viejo, but they quickly had to switch gears when they detected a fire. “During a mock activation in June — which is not really the peak of fire season — I actually spotted a fire while I [was] checking...

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  • No snow? No problem. Urban Mushing's dog owners glide over dry land

    No snow? No problem. Urban Mushing's dog owners glide over dry land

    Rufio is 9, Rinoa and Gizmo are 8, Cowboy is 6, Tails is 5 and Maya is 2 1/2. Christian and Ashley Casillan have a team of huskies, but they live in Long Beach, not Alaska. What’s a family of huskies to do in Southern California without snow and a sled? A group of dog owners in the area asked themselves...

  • Easel takes commissioning artwork online

    Easel takes commissioning artwork online

    A narrow dirt road leading to some unknowable place is flanked by spindly trees, their branches arching over the claustrophobic path. In charcoal-black darkness sits a spectral white home. A skateboarder readies to drop into an ocean wave. These are scenes depicted in some of the work of artists...

  • Boney James to headline New Year’s Eve concert in Huntington Beach

    Boney James to headline New Year’s Eve concert in Huntington Beach

    When he was a kid, Boney James wanted to play the trumpet but the music store in his native New Rochelle, N.Y., only had clarinets. James mastered the woodwind instrument but then his music teacher asked him to pick up the saxophone. He agreed though he wasn’t happy with having to carry a heavy...

  • Salute to Vienna will ring in the New Year

    Salute to Vienna will ring in the New Year

    As a girl growing up in Vienna, Marion Glatz loved the traditional New Year’s concert, or Neujahrskonzert. The annual event featured singing, ballroom and ballet dancing, a live symphony orchestra and much merriment. “We grew up with this concert, and we always watched it,” said Glatz, who co-founded...

  • Star and creators of ‘The Big Sick’ attend screening in Newport Beach amid awards buzz

    Star and creators of ‘The Big Sick’ attend screening in Newport Beach amid awards buzz

    The first time Kumail Nanjiani set foot in Orange County in 2010, someone from a passing car yelled, “Hey Kumar! Where’s Harold?” “I was doing the comedy club here, the Improv (in Irvine),” said Nanjiani, the comedian, actor and star of “The Big Sick,” which has received critical accolades, nominations...

  • Kontrapunktus will bring its adventure in Neo-Baroque music to O.C.

    Kontrapunktus will bring its adventure in Neo-Baroque music to O.C.

    A new Neo-Baroque ensemble made up of young local musicians will perform in Orange County early next year. Kontrapunktus’ Feb. 10 concert at Mission Basilica Catholic Church in San Juan Capistrano will feature a performance of Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day by George Frideric Handel. On March 9, the...

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