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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 organizations that could use volunteers and donations :

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...

$10,000 raised for bar bouncer's medical bills

$10,000 raised for bar bouncer's medical bills

Patrons gathered at Marine Room Tavern on Monday to offer support and raise money for the bar's beloved bouncer.

Hollywood and Disney costume designer Marilyn Sotto dies at 83

Hollywood and Disney costume designer Marilyn Sotto dies at 83

Marilyn Sotto, a costume designer for Hollywood movies who later transitioned to a career with Disney theme parks, has died. She was 83.

Adopt a family for the holidays or help in other ways

Sponsors are needed for the annual South County Outreach Adopt-A-Family program, which has paired the adopters with families since 1997 to...

On Theater: 'Romeo and Juliet' updated (again)

Modernizing Shakespeare is nothing new — directors have been doing it forever. Scissoring the script so the play checks in at under...

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

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

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...

Retail Therapy: Hello Kitty, hello holidays

As we enter the holiday warehouse sale season, heed a few tips: Many clothing sales don't offer dressing rooms, so ladies are reminded to...

A little taste of Pageant of the Masters' 'Happiness'

A little taste of Pageant of the Masters' 'Happiness'

What is happiness? Philosophers have tried to answer that question for centuries, and at the Festival of Arts' annual meeting Wednesday,...

'Charlotte's Web' challenge: Dressing 4- and 8-legged creatures

'Charlotte's Web' challenge: Dressing 4- and 8-legged creatures

Creating an animal, insect or rodent costume can be so tricky.

On Theater: 'Pippin' still a bright 'corner of the sky'

On Theater: 'Pippin' still a bright 'corner of the sky'

When "Pippin" first burst onto Broadway in 1972, John Rubinstein starred in the title role of the son of Charlemagne seeking his own...

Reel Critics: A Disney 'Hero' with heart

Disney's new animated adventure delivers exactly what kids and parents expect. "Big Hero 6" offers action, humor and wild escapades with a...

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

The fate of four kittens is at the center of a discussion among family members who will be arriving from Texas to move their mom and sell...

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

This cairn terrier mix may look familiar, because Toto in "The Wizard of Oz" was the same breed. Although Margo arrived as a stray, she is...

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Festival pops its first cork

"Try one," said Bruno Massuger as he presented a lobster crostini appetizer to a guest at a preview in August for the upcoming Newport Beach...