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OC Fair

  • OC Fair extends its reach to nonprofits and local kids

    OC Fair extends its reach to nonprofits and local kids

    Just because it’s summer does not mean learning takes a break, even at the Orange County Fair. On Wednesday, 57 children who receive free academic support during the school year and four weeks in the summer at the Shalimar Learning Center in Costa Mesa watched men milk a cow and learned about oxen...

  • Midway Moments: O.C. Fair's fruit and vegetable contests are ones to beet

    Midway Moments: O.C. Fair's fruit and vegetable contests are ones to beet

    Under the watchful eye of scarecrows and the occasional piercing call of a peacock, Mary Potempa paced around a tent at the Orange County fairgrounds’ Centennial Farm carrying a clipboard Tuesday morning, taking note of the best, the biggest and the bizarre of the fair’s fruit and vegetables. Hobbyist...

  • Unicorn, fried, sweet and hot: We taste the OC Fair food

    Unicorn, fried, sweet and hot: We taste the OC Fair food

    From Flamin’ Hot Cheetos cheese fries to a chicken sandwich made with doughnuts and heaped with ice cream, we made our way to the Orange County Fair Friday — stomachs rumbling and antacids at the ready — to taste some of the event’s most unconventional gastronomic delights. Our first stop was Chicken...

  • Knights in live action: OC Fair welcomes full-contact jousters for first time

    Knights in live action: OC Fair welcomes full-contact jousters for first time

    Shane Adams can remember how he felt staring down his first opponent at a jousting tournament in 1997 — scared senseless. He used more colorful language than that, but the point is he was afraid. It wasn’t the first time he’d ever sat astride a horse. Adams, now 47, grew up on an equestrian ranch...

  • First-day visitors to Orange County Fair find a lot to like

    First-day visitors to Orange County Fair find a lot to like

    Some visitors to Friday’s opening of the Orange County Fair had made their plans to attend months in advance, while others chose to go in a more spontaneous fashion. Take Matthew Casey and his daughter Piper. The Yucaipa residents saw a news report about the fair Friday morning and adjusted their...

  • Midway Moments: Veteran inspector gets O.C. Fair ready for a safe ride

    Midway Moments: Veteran inspector gets O.C. Fair ready for a safe ride

    If Al Scanlan does his job right, nobody at the Orange County Fair will notice. That’s not to say his duties aren’t important. They are — crucially so. It is to say that if Scanlan and his colleagues dot every “i” and cross every “t” and no one gets hurt and there’s no other major incident, it’s...

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Team USA women into quarterfinals at FINA Worlds

Team USA women into quarterfinals at FINA Worlds

BUDAPEST, Hungary — The U.S. women’s water polo senior national team beat New Zealand, 22-7, on Thursday at the FINA World Championships. With the win, Team USA claims the Group B crown and earns a bye into the quarterfinals. Team USA will play Monday against an opponent to be determined. Corona...

Costa Mesa and Newport Beach

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Newport Beach's new high-end rentals come with five-star resort amenities
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Newport Beach's new high-end rentals come with five-star resort amenities

A private fitness training center, on-site massage therapy, a luxury dog wash, food delivery and a putting green are all amenities offered to the residents and their four-legged friends at one of Newport Beach’s most exclusive properties. Whether it’s catered parties and cooking classes or personal...

Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Seal Beach

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Rep. Dana Rohrabacher draws a Republican challenger in 48th Congressional District

Laguna Beach

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Protect Laguna Canyon's creek and do more research on development, planners suggest

Life & Arts

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Five places to eat at the new Lido Marina

Five places to eat at the new Lido Marina

A few short years ago, Newport Beach’s Lido Marina Village was an aging and mostly abandoned — if not still-quaint — seaside retail destination. Built in the early 1970s in the cozy style of the East Coast’s many pedestrian-centered marinas, it spent most of its life populated by boat rental businesses,...

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  • Amelia Earhart, subject of new documentary, had ties to O.C.

    Amelia Earhart, subject of new documentary, had ties to O.C.

    Three summers ago, I was standing in a secluded jungle clearing on Saipan, the capital of the Northern Marianas Islands, a U.S. territory in the remote western Pacific about 6,000 miles from the West Coast of the United States. Before me lay the crumbling stone ruins of the notorious Japanese Jail,...

  • Concerns about parking, pedestrian safety persist in Laguna

    As frustrating as parking can be, and as our transit management in Laguna Beach can hardly be accused of competent community service, let me share a few ideas: 1. The signal light at the art school in the canyon is causing a nuisance and severe traffic backup. There is no reason to have this signal...

  • O.C. Iranian Americans attend dedication of Freedom Sculpture

    O.C. Iranian Americans attend dedication of Freedom Sculpture

    Two distinct historical events that are about 2,300 years apart, and yet amazingly share common principles, stand out in human history. One is the first declaration of human rights known as the “Cyrus Cylinder” by Cyrus the Great. He was the just and kind ruler and the father of Persian empire,...

  • What the dickens are fidget spinners?

    What the dickens are fidget spinners?

    All of a sudden, I am hearing about fidget spinners everywhere. Even in the funny papers! When I first saw the gadgets on the counter, they reminded me of the replacement heads for Norelco shavers. I saw them in Lido Pharmacy recently and ignored them. But my son Mark was with me, and he asked...

  • Consider vaccines, repellents and other precautions before traveling overseas this summer

    Consider vaccines, repellents and other precautions before traveling overseas this summer

    Small talk during the course of an office visit sometimes turns to the topic of summer vacation plans. My patients might be seeing me for nausea, but when they tell me about their upcoming trips to distant locales, I’m the one who turns green. Envy aside, I want them to enjoy their excursions to...

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