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Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

Dennis and Tas Watts lured a pregnant cat to their garage from the park across the street and listed the kittens with Community Animal Network for adoption. The rescuers were surprised when the kittens grew to be 9 pounds by 6 months of age.

Here's how you can help during the holidays

Here's how you can help during the holidays

During the holidays, many community groups put together Thanksgiving feasts and assistance programs for those in need. Here are some...

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

Max is often described by volunteers as a perfect gentleman, because his behavior around people and other animals reveals a maturity...

Retail Therapy: Don't be blue on Black Friday

Work smarter, not harder: If the idea of poring through a stack of Black Friday newspaper ads has you breaking out in a...

The Gossiping Gourmet: Driftwood comes ashore in Laguna

The Gossiping Gourmet: Driftwood comes ashore in Laguna

A Laguna landmark, the Beach House, has been reborn as Driftwood Kitchen.

A bleaker 'Breakfast Club'

A bleaker 'Breakfast Club'

Rocky Costanzo will admit he wasn't exactly Mr. Congeniality in school.

On Theater: No smoke, but plenty of steam in 'Anna'

Simmering passions boil and bubble underneath the ennui of the manufacturing of Cuban cigars at the Newport Theatre Arts Center, where the...

The Gossiping Gourmet: Great food, same old decor at Forno

The Gossiping Gourmet: Great food, same old decor at Forno

Chef Ali Kihanmahd has worked in the restaurant business for 25 years, including 15 spent in top Italian restaurants in New York, and he...

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

This petite puppy with the confident gait was found as a stray.

Reel Critics: The sober side of Stewart

Comedian Jon Stewart skewers our culture and politics on cutting edge broadcasts of "The Daily Show." We expect raucous laughter from his...

Winter is coming to Sawdust Festival

Winter is coming to Sawdust Festival

In her classic song "River," Joni Mitchell laments having to spend the holidays in a temperate climate. "But it don't snow here / it stays...

Miss Fountain Valley offers take on self-image, feminism

Miss Fountain Valley offers take on self-image, feminism

Earlier this month, Time magazine issued an apology for including "feminist" in...

School of Rock readies young musicians for the stage

School of Rock readies young musicians for the stage

There are performing arts schools for children who want to pursue a career in theater. There are club sports for those who want to improve...

Dining Reviews

The Gossiping Gourmet: Out and about at Social

The Gossiping Gourmet: Out and about at Social

Social Costa Mesa is the hot new spot in town. Like many of the new restaurants these days, it is quite casual, and the food is rich and...

All About Food: Sugar is sweet, and so is moderation

All About Food: Sugar is sweet, and so is moderation

Did you know that the amount of total added sugar (not the sugar found in fruits, vegetables or dairy products) that we consume has risen...

Film Reviews

Reel Critics: This 'Wick' catches fire

Reel Critics: This 'Wick' catches fire

Gangsters from Russia are the new default mafia in recent crime thrillers. Denzel Washington in "The Equalizer" and James Gandolfini in "The...

Reel Critics: '22 Jump Street' mostly by the numbers

Reel Critics: '22 Jump Street' mostly by the numbers

The sequel comedy "22 Jump Street" is as rude, crude and ridiculous as the rowdy original. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum revise their...

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