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Around Town: Costa Mesa preschool raises $6,000

Rhianna Detken plays with her brother at Little Lighthouse Preschool’s Holiday Boutique fundraiser in Costa Mesa.
(Courtesy Little Lighthouse Preschool, Daily Pilot)

Little Lighthouse Preschool in Costa Mesa raised $6,000 last weekend through its annual holiday boutique to help update its playground equipment and fund its scholarship program for needy families.

The school said about 400 people attended and more than 45 area businesses participated.


Teachers to bust a move at Corona del Mar High


Corona del Mar High School teachers and administrators will show off their best dance moves at 7 p.m. Wednesday for the 2014 Dancing with the Teachers competition.

The annual event raises money for the school’s dance team. Tickets are $10 at the door, and guests can vote for their favorite dancers for $1.

The school is at 2101 Eastbluff Drive, Newport Beach. For more information, call (949) 515-6000.



Newport Harbor on Bucket List

What’s the one thing you must do when in Newport Beach? According to the Fairmont Hotel Group’s Great North American Bucket List, you haven’t seen Newport until you’ve cruised the harbor in an electric boat.

According to a news release, the concierge at Newport Beach’s Fairmont Hotel recommended the experience as part of a compilation of must-dos from Fairmont concierges around North America.

“Take in the sights of the mansions that line the waterside while you weave your way through spectacular yachts and people taking in the view on paddleboards,” the Newport entry reads.

See the full list at


Festival of Children Foundation raises $246,195

More than 180 people gathered Nov. 5 at Disneyland to cheer on volunteer riders at the Costa Mesa-based Festival of Children Foundation’s “The Carousel of Possible Dreams.”


The event raised $246,195 for 10 nonprofit groups including the Down Syndrome Assn. of Orange County, Girl Scouts of Orange County, Orange County School of the Arts and Project Hope Alliance.

The Festival of Children Foundation coordinates the efforts of charities, companies and individuals to improve the lives of children. For more information, visit


Assemblyman Allen honored as leader

Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) was honored Friday by the Assn. of California Cities -Orange County with the Assembly Legislator of the Year Award.

The award highlights Allen’s commitment to protecting the autonomy of local governments and his support of Orange County communities, according to a news release.

“Assemblyman Allen is a tireless advocate for ACC and local control,” said Lacy Kelly, chief executive of the Orange County association. “He walks his talk by supporting pragmatic and balanced public policy and fosters collaborative relationships between local elected officials and their state lawmakers.”