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In the Pipeline: Pageant winner is serious about literacy

I'm waiting to speak with the newly crowned Miss Huntington Beach, but she is busy. Watching as she works on college applications, writing essays and drafting her resume, I am impressed. I'm aware of how busy she is at school, juggling advanced placement courses while also preparing for a part in an...

Retail Therapy: All things sweet and spooky

Sweet stuff: Baskin-Robbins lovers can receive a scoop of ice cream for $1.31 at all locations Friday. Information: baskinrobbins.com. If you prefer shakes, enjoy one for a special price of $2.99 at Ruby's from 3 to 5 p.m. weekdays this fall....

The Gossiping Gourmet: This Italian restaurant would make Puck proud

The Gossiping Gourmet: This Italian restaurant would make Puck proud

I love to find small new shopping center restaurants that serve really good food. My latest discovery is Ceppo in Huntington Beach.

On Theater: 'Zealot' a zenith for SCR

Of all the world premieres unveiled at South Coast Repertory over the years, few have approached the level of dramatic conflict or its effect on society that Theresa Rebeck has achieved with her superbly structured drama "Zealot."

The Gossiping Gourmet: Din Tai Fung worth the wait

The Gossiping Gourmet: Din Tai Fung worth the wait

In 1993, Din Tai Fung was voted one of the 10 best restaurants in the world by the New York Times. The first one opened in 1958 in Taiwan. Eventually, its success led to other restaurants opening throughout Asia, Australia and then the U.S.

On Theater: 'Venus' radiates plenty of heat

In producing a play for the stage, one of the most crucial elements is the casting process. Choosing the right actor or actress for a particular character often means the difference between the success or failure of a production.

In the Pipeline: Robin Samsoe marker unveiled on a day of hope for family torn by tragedy

In the Pipeline: Robin Samsoe marker unveiled on a day of hope for family torn by tragedy

We all met Sunday morning at about 8 o'clock on the front lawn at Dwyer Middle School, where a tree is planted in memory of Robin Samsoe.

Retail Therapy: Join the Block party at Brea

New kid on the block: Brea Mall will host a collaborative Shopping Block party with Refinery29 from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday on the mall's lower level. Cult favorite shopping website Refinery29 will bring its style into the physical world for a curated fashion experience at the...

In the Pipeline: H.B. memorial to slain Robin Samsoe, 12, to be dedicated Sunday

In the Pipeline: H.B. memorial to slain Robin Samsoe, 12, to be dedicated Sunday

I did not know Robin Samsoe personally, but I certainly have gotten to know her in the past few months. After I wrote a column about what happened to her 35 years ago in Huntington Beach, I've had the fortunate opportunity to become friends with her mother, sister and two brothers, along with...

The Gossiping Gourmet: Tang at the perfect temperature

The Gossiping Gourmet: Tang at the perfect temperature

I recently had a delicious dinner at a small Korean restaurant in a mall in Irvine. The restaurant is called Tang 190. The word "tang" means soup, and 190 stands for the ideal temperature for eating Korean soup.

Reader Report: 13-year-old completes three half-marathons in eight months

Reader Report: 13-year-old completes three half-marathons in eight months

I did it! I finished the Long Beach Half Marathon on Sunday, completing a goal that took almost a year to achieve — and I'm only 13 years old.

On Theater: A mournful, 'Magical' offering

On Theater: A mournful, 'Magical' offering

Linda Purl has come a long, long way since she played Fonzie's girlfriend on TV's "Happy Days" in the 1970s. Check out "The Year of Magical Thinking" at the Laguna Playhouse to see just how far.

The Gossiping Gourmet: A coastal feast at Babette's

The Gossiping Gourmet: A coastal feast at Babette's

The bohemian chic Babette's Restaurant first opened in East Hampton on Long Island some 20 years ago and became one of the most popular eateries there. After many years of catering to the trendy islander set, it opened its second location on the West Coast in beautiful Crystal Cove.

Retail Therapy: Check your health at Hoag

Healthy dose of wisdom: Hoag Health Center - Huntington Beach, 19582 Beach Blvd., will hold a free Health and Wellness Fair for seniors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. Residents ages 55 and older will have the chance to receive free flu shots and medical screenings. Skin cancer...

In the Pipeline: Ocean View High coaching legends honored

In the Pipeline: Ocean View High coaching legends honored

"Seahawks, please draw your attention to the front of the stadium stands, where some very special guests are joining us for homecoming tonight."

On Theater: NTAC, Concordia kick off season

There's a little something for every theatergoer at the Newport Theatre Arts Center this season, beginning with a golden oldie, Noel Coward's "Fallen Angels," now on stage and continuing through Sunday.

On Theater: The beat, and the season, go on

The Costa Mesa Playhouse will be 50 years old in June. I can testify to the authenticity of that observance since I started my 40-year community theater career in that first Costa Mesa production "Send Me No Flowers."

Retail Therapy: Cut down on water consumption

Drought intolerant: The Irvine Ranch Water District, 15600 Sand Canyon Ave., will partner with NBC4's Crystal Egger, Vikki Vargas and Fritz Coleman to host a public discussion about how to save water during the regional drought from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 11. The first 500 people to...

All About Food: Dine well, young grasshopper

All About Food: Dine well, young grasshopper

Have you ever feasted on fried grasshoppers, tasted tempting termites or munched on mealworms? Does the very idea sound disgusting or, at best, unappetizing?

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