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Around Town: Virtual reality comes to O.C. Fair with iBuyPower GameFest

Nicole McMahon, 26 of Yucaipa, turns around to see whats behind her while playing Oculus Rift First
Nicole McMahon plays the Oculus virtual reality game First Contact at the 2017 iBuyPower GameFest at the Orange County Fair. The festival returns to the fairgrounds in Costa Mesa on Saturday and Sunday.
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Virtual reality and other gaming experiences will be featured this weekend at the second iBuyPower GameFest at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.

The digital carnival will be open to fair-goers at no extra charge from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Hangar inside the fairgrounds at 88 Fair Drive.

For the record:
2:35 PM, Aug. 10, 2018 The iBuyPower GameFest at the Orange County Fair will open at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. The original version of this article stated incorrectly that it would open at 6 p.m.

Admission to GameFest after 7 p.m. both days will cost $25. Tickets can be purchased at

Laguna Beach nonprofit to deliver 1-millionth toothbrush to promote dental hygiene

Laguna Beach nonprofit Global Grins will deliver its 1-millionth toothbrush Friday at the Friendship Shelter in Laguna Beach.


Global Grins has donated toothbrushes to people in more than 100 countries in an effort to combat poor dental hygiene.

“When Todd [Miller] and I created Global Grins, we wanted to do something really simple that makes a big difference,” Joselyn Miller, co-founder of Global Grins, said in a statement. “Toothbrushes are easy to transport anywhere around the world. … We are so thankful to our supporters who have helped us change the lives of so many people and we look forward to delivering millions more toothbrushes to people that need them.”

Huck Finn Fishing Derby returns to Huntington Beach

The 55th annual Huck Finn Fishing Derby will cast away at the Huntington Beach Pier from 9:15 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The free children’s event will include prizes for the largest fish and the best-dressed Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher impersonators.


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Surf lessons and beach games to support clean water Saturday

An event with surf lessons and beach games to promote clean water will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at lifeguard Tower 3 at Huntington State Beach.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Costa Mesa-based environmental organization Orange County Coastkeeper.

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Rotary grant supports Laguna Food Pantry

The Rotary Club of Laguna Beach recently provided the Laguna Food Pantry with a grant to buy peanut butter.

The nonprofit collects and gives out 4,000 pounds of groceries to about 80 families every weekday.

“With this generous funding from the Rotary, we can make sure our shelves are stocked for the summer with plenty of protein-rich peanut butter for kids who are out of school,” said Anne Belye, executive director of the Laguna Food Pantry.

Laguna Beach gets $4.2-million grant for fire prevention

The city of Laguna Beach was awarded a $4.2-million fire prevention grant from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s California Climate Investments program, according to a city news release.


The money will fund hazardous-fuel reduction, fire planning and fire prevention education, said Fire Chief Michael Garcia.

“This is a huge award for our city and our ability to reduce the risk of wildfire potential in Laguna Beach,” Garcia said in a statement.

The city submitted the grant request alongside partners including the city of Irvine, Orange County Fire Authority and Laguna Canyon Foundation. Nearly all the work will be done within Laguna city limits.