Around Town: Seasonal workers wanted this summer for annual O.C. Fair

The OC Fair & Events Center in Costa Mesa is looking for workers to help put on the 2021 O.C. Fair.
The OC Fair & Events Center in Costa Mesa is looking for workers to help put on the 2021 O.C. Fair, hiring a number of seasonal, part-time positions across several departments. Above, a child enjoys one of the rides at the 2019 fair.
(Raul Roa / Staff Photographer)

The OC Fair & Events Center in Costa Mesa is looking for workers to help put on the 2021 O.C. Fair, hiring a number of seasonal, part-time positions across several departments.

Jobs include building exhibits to ticket-taking to customer service in departments including parking, security and admissions. Positions are also available for applicants interested in being a member of the maintenance team, landscape crew or janitorial group.

Applicants must be 16 years or older and be willing to take part in virtual interviews and orientations during this year’s hiring process. Hiring has already begun with other start dates staggered toward the operating dates of the O.C. Fair, from July 16 through Aug. 15.

Perks include free fair admission with the option to purchase discounted tickets for friends and family members and the opportunity to win a fair employee scholarship. Employees must follow all COVID-19 safety precautions.

For more, visit or contact the Human Resources department Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (714) 708-1563.

Get ‘Wild & Crazy’ during drive-through Taco Night at O.C. fairgrounds benefiting Share Our Selves

Costa Mesa’s Share Our Selves — a nonprofit that provides food, rental assistance, medical services and more to area homeless individuals — will host its 28th Wild & Crazy Taco Night fundraiser at the O.C. fairgrounds in a drive-through format.

On April 24, from 3 to 6 p.m., participants can join in on the culinary fiesta featuring some of Orange County’s top chefs and restaurants. Guests can enjoy the musical stylings of DJ Irv from the safety of their vehicles.

Creative and delicious tacos will highlight the benefit, which will include margaritas to go. Proceeds benefit SOS Social Services.

Tickets cost $75 per person and must be purchased in advance at Vehicles will sign up for a 15-minute interval upon registering.

Hoag selects national expert to lead multiple sclerosis program

Hoag Hospital’s Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute has recruited Dr. Yasir N. Jassam to lead a multidisciplinary team that aims to improve the management of multiple sclerosis and similar disorders.

Coming from the University of Kansas’ Landon MS Center, Jassam completed his medical training at Cambridge University hospitals in the UK and earned the membership of the Royal College of Physicians and a diploma in neuroimaging for research from the University of Edinburgh.

After completing a residency at Tufts University School of Medicine, Jassam served as a clinical fellow at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of the National Institutes of Health. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Elizabeth Pearson, a former mayor of Laguna Beach, will be the featured speaker for the Laguna Beach Business Club meeting next week.

The meeting will be held over Zoom on Thursday, April 15 at 7:30 a.m. The Laguna Beach Business Club speaker series takes place the third Thursday of every month.

Pearson, who served on the Laguna Beach City Council for 12 years and also served on the Planning Commission, will be discussing accessory dwelling units. An advocate for seniors and homeowners, Pearson is also the founder of Laguna ADU, a business that helps people build accessory dwelling units on their property.

For a link to Thursday’s meeting, email

Festival of Arts Foundation awards $100,000 in grants to Laguna Beach arts community

The Festival of Arts Foundation announced this week it is awarding a total of $100,000 to 17 organizations that support the arts in the Laguna Beach community.

Among the beneficiaries are Laguna Beach High School’s art department, ceramics and band boosters.

The other recipients are: the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, the Festival of Arts, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach Chamber Singers, Laguna Beach Live!, Laguna Beach Seniors, Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna Community Concert Band, Laguna Dance Festival, Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Plein Air Painters Assn., LagunaTunes Community Chorus, LOCA, and the Sawdust Art Enrichment Fund.

“The FOA Foundation is a longtime sponsor of the Laguna Beach communities’ nonprofit art organizations,” Bob Earl, the president of the foundation, said in a statement. “During these difficult times, the Foundation is proud to support local organizations and venues that provide education and experience in all the arts to our youth. We hope to increase the cultural experience for young people, giving them a foundation for future appreciation and possibly a lifetime participation in the world of art.”

South Laguna Civic Assn. plans annual meeting

The South Laguna Civic Assn. will hold its annual meeting on Monday, April 12 at 6 p.m.

Several video presentations will be included in the Zoom meeting, which will focus on topics such as the preservation of parks, trails and open space, ocean protection, and the impact of visitors to the community.

“We’ll cover how [the South Laguna Civic Assn.] has addressed these matters and more during its 75-year history — what we have accomplished, and what we have not yet accomplished,” Greg O’Loughlin, the president of the organization, said in a statement.

The meeting can be accessed online at

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