Orange County Almanac

Little Saigon was built by Vietnamese American business people and merchants starting in the mid-1970s from vacant agricultural land and aging strip malls along Bolsa Avenue in Westminster.

Now the district is on its way to becoming a major tourist spot with more than 2,000 shops, restaurants, cafes, jewelry stores and offices. The business district stretches for 1 1/2 miles on Bolsa Avenue between Ward and Magnolia streets.

The area is considered the heart of the county's 150,000-member Vietnamese community. City officials hope it will emerge as a trading gateway with Vietnam and Pacific Rim countries.

Today

Feel the urge to sit down in front of a typewriter and bang out the Great American Novel?

Well, here's your chance.

The Newport Central Library will offer a writing workshop by author Jennifer Marshall. The topic of Marshall's talk is "How to Write a Book: Unlocking Your Creative Potential."

The workshop is free to the public and begins at 7 p.m.

The Newport Central Library is at 1000 Avocado Ave., near MacArthur Boulevard and East Coast Highway. Information: (714) 717-3800.

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