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In the Pipeline: Timeless design has helped Huntington Beach library stand test of time

In the Pipeline: Timeless design has helped Huntington Beach library stand test of time

With cake, storytelling and shelves full of memories, the Huntington Beach Central Library turned 40 last week. In a day and age when some libraries are becoming like dinosaurs, the one in Huntington Beach keeps thriving.

The Gossiping Gourmet: A culinary district of Colombia

The Gossiping Gourmet: A culinary district of Colombia

There are very few authentic Colombian restaurants in our reviewing area. In fact, I only found two that were strictly Colombian, although Orange County does have a large South American population, and there are many restaurants in that broader category.

On Theater: Nicely, nicely done 'Guys and Dolls' at Segerstrom

On Theater: Nicely, nicely done 'Guys and Dolls' at Segerstrom

Most theatergoers have seen "Guys and Dolls," either the stage musical that's been around since 1950 or its 1955 movie adaptation. One exception was my companion at the touring show's opening Tuesday at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and she pronounced her first exposure to the show "excellent....

Retail Therapy: Spend Saturday in style

Live the look: Glamour, GQ and the Shops at Mission Viejo will partner for LOOKBOOK Live from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, featuring stage shows, style closets, beauty stations, style challenges, a photo booth and more. New retailers at the mall include Windsor Fashions, Brow Arc Dry...

Reader Report: Giving our lawn its just deserts

Reader Report: Giving our lawn its just deserts

With the California drought into its 4th year, some residents of Orange County are looking at the future with concern. How does a family with a single-family residence reduce water consumption and still have a yard and a garden that require much less water than the usual green lawns?

My Pet World: Bonding with your veterinarian is good for your pet's health

What do pet owners want from their veterinarians? According to a 2014 survey, they disdain medical jargon they don't understand, want tests results and expect full transparency regarding their pets' care.

All About Food: Costa Mesa store follows owner's passion for wine

All About Food: Costa Mesa store follows owner's passion for wine

Laguna Beach resident Nancy Milby gave up a career in the corporate world to follow her passion for food and wine.

Retail Therapy: Cash in at Cache

Silky sale: Pounce quickly, promgoers and bargainistas — all locations of the Cache special-occasion apparel boutique chain, including its South Coast Plaza store, will be shuttering forever this month. Score big deals on dresses, fabulous gowns, accessories and sportswear, as...

On Theater: This 'Stock' packs a barrel

On Theater: This 'Stock' packs a barrel

World premieres have been a stock in trade for South Coast Repertory, particularly during its spring Pacific Playwrights Festival, and the title of its current production slyly understates its value — Melissa Ross' crackling dramatic comedy about sibling rivalry (and revelry), "Of Good Stock."

In the Pipeline: Siblings on their own, no mom or dad

In the Pipeline: Siblings on their own, no mom or dad

"Our mom always told us, 'When you get older, all you're going to have is each other, so make sure you know how to get along.' We just didn't think it was going to be this soon."

Health Q&A: Health assessment can put overweight child on healthier path

 DEAR MAYO CLINIC: At what age should I be concerned about my child's weight? My 6-year-old son is healthy and gets plenty of exercise, but I feel that he's quite large for his age. He does have a huge appetite and is always saying he's hungry, and I don't want to keep food...

In the Pipeline: If kidnapping is a hoax, woe to us all

Outside the house on 19th Street there remained two news trucks and what might have been a couple of unmarked police vehicles. This was days after the crazy event that became a national news story, Huntington Beach's second in just a few weeks, after the recent hailstorm in the city.

The Gossiping Gourmet: Pueblo's plates are great, no matter how small

The Gossiping Gourmet: Pueblo's plates are great, no matter how small

The South Coast Collection, or SoCo, center has become a real haven for foodies. In addition to Surfas, the large cooking supply store, it is home to Taco Maria, Arc, Pueblo, The Cellar Cheese Shop, The Portola Coffee Lab, Shuck Oyster Bar, Birdie Bowl and Juicery Bar, Susie Cakes, The Iron Press,...

Retail Therapy: Hunt for a pair at Prey

Fashionista catnip: Shoes of Prey, the Australian innovators of the design-it-yourself shoe, just launched an in-store design studio at Nordstrom Fashion Island — Southern California's first. To celebrate the launch, company co-founder Jodie Fox will conduct a complimentary...

On Theater: 'Fish' not quite ready to be consumed

On Theater: 'Fish' not quite ready to be consumed

If you're a connoisseur of Japanese seafood, particularly sushi, you might find South Coast Repertory's latest world premiere somewhat tasty, once you get beyond the ennui created by the meticulous preparation of fish as a theatrical device.

In the Pipeline: Young actress stays grounded even as she soars

In the Pipeline: Young actress stays grounded even as she soars

The picture says it all. It was the moment that Hadley Miller found out she would be the voice of Lucy Van Pelt in the upcoming animated feature "The Peanuts Movie."

On Theater: Nothing stunning, but 'Nice Work'

On Theater: Nothing stunning, but 'Nice Work'

Building a new story around a score of classic numbers by George and Ira Gershwin is nothing new. When it was done back in 1951, the result was a Best Picture Oscar for "An American in Paris."

The Gossiping Gourmet: Steam kettles a sight to behold

The Gossiping Gourmet: Steam kettles a sight to behold

Orange County has very few Cajun/Creole restaurants, so I was delighted to discover the recent arrival in Huntington Beach of Ritter's Steam Kettle Cooking, which also has a location in Santa Ana.

Retail Therapy: Spend a little at Rascals

Forever young: The Rascals to Rebels children's boutique at 10680 Los Alamitos Blvd., Los Alamitos, is closing soon. Enjoy savings of up to 75% on children's apparel and accessories. Fixtures also are on sale. The store also is offering a 15-minute complimentary photo session for...

In the Pipeline: A history book for the love of locals

In the Pipeline: A history book for the love of locals

What defines a "legendary local"?" I've been asking myself that over the last year or so while working on a new book about notable figures in Huntington Beach history.

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