Around Town: ‘Fiesta Holiday’ for a parade off the coast in the south of OC


The annual boat parade of lights in Dana Point Harbor will set sail from Friday to Sunday under the motto “Fiesta Holiday” this year.

Boaters will decorate their boats to win up to $ 10,000 in cash prizes awarded in various categories such as Best Use of Theme, People’s Choice, and Mayor’s Cup.

The parade starts on Friday and Saturday at 7.30 p.m. and on Sunday at 6.30 p.m. Dana Point City’s Jolly Trolley runs on Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm and Sundays from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Dana Point Harbor Partners are also lighting up the harbor with a Christmas display made up of more than 700,000 LED lights.

The themed light exhibitions include giant whale sculptures, illuminated palm trees, Christmas trees, a giant Adirondack chair and a mistletoe photo opportunity in the popular “Merry Kiss Me” arch. The light display will be available every night until the beginning of January.

You can find more information about holidays at the port at

Beach cleanup scheduled for Saturday at HB State Park

Orange County Coast Guard and Rep. Cottie Petrie-Norris are hosting a beach cleanup at Huntington Beach State Park Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Cleanup begins at Lifeguard Tower 14, near the Pacific Coast Highway and Newland Street. Parking is free for the first 30 minutes.

“The recent Orange County’s oil spill has reminded us of the fragility of our marine ecosystems and demonstrated the impact we all have on our environment,” said Petrie-Norris in an email invitation. “As chairman of the California State Assembly’s Special Committee on the Orange County Oil Spill, I am committed to holding those responsible for this disaster accountable.”

For more information and RSVP call (949) 251-0074 or visit

Laguna Beach Santa Parade

The Laguna Beach Santa Caravan comes to town on Sunday as Santa Claus drives the streets of the town in South Laguna from 3:30 p.m.

The caravan can be followed on arrival via or on Facebook Live. For those who want to see Santa’s progress as he travels, visit

Garbage collection in Fountain Valley is delayed

Fountain Valley city officials released a statement Thursday noting that the strike by plumbing workers at Republic Services’ Anaheim and Huntington Beach sites would cause temporary delays in garbage and recycling services for residents.

The announcement said Republic Services is urging residents to drop their trash cans on the curb for service, with a driver serving the city and prioritizing residential waste collection.

The road sweeping remains on schedule, the statement said.

Descanso Restaurant offers holiday dishes

Descanso Restaurant, a modern taqueria in Costa Mesa, offers a 3-course pop-up dinner from December 20-27 from 4pm to 9pm

Holiday meals include the restaurant’s most popular dishes, such as choriqueso verde and crispy carnitas pan, and a selection of beverages for $ 35 per person.

The restaurant also has its family-style pozole to take away from December 17th to 19th, December 23rd to 26th and December 31st to January 2nd.

The Pozole Rojo consists of hominy, guajillo chilli broth, pulled pork, red onions, chilli peron and oregano. It also includes corn tortilla chips, sliced ​​onions and radishes, shredded lettuce, oregano, and Descanso’s Volcano Salsa. An order costs $ 20 and serves three to four people.

To make a reservation or place takeaway orders for the holiday pop-up, call (714) 486-3798. The restaurant is located at 1555 Adams Ave, Ste. 103 Costa Mesa.

Costa Mesa Donates US $ 15,000 for Vandal Repairs

After the recent vandalism of the Mackerel Flats and Goat Hill Junction Railroad structures in Fairview Park on Costa Mesa, city officials have agreed to donate $ 15,000 to Orange County Model Engineers for repairs and site improvements.

Orange County Model Engineers’ mini train system in Fairview Park on Costa Mesa. The popular train fleet was damaged by vandals.

(Don Leach / employee photographer)

Councilor Loren Gameros urged the city to provide the funds for use by the local non-profit organization that offers the public free mini-train rides on the third weekend of each month from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Orange County supervisor Katrina Foley presented club members with a check for $ 15,000 immediately after the wreck was discovered on December 1. The city’s fund wants to top up this amount.

In a public comment during a council meeting on Tuesday, OCME member Hank Castignetti shared the group’s appreciation for the gift.

“We are stunned by the tremendous support we have received and we are committed to keeping our little trains running for years to come,” he told the council.

You can find more information about the association at

Spark of Love Toy Drive

The Laguna Beach Fire Department is participating in the Spark of Love Toy Drive, which is now taking place for the 29th time.

Unwrapped gifts can be donated until December 24th by placing them in the designated mailboxes outside of each Laguna Beach fire station.

For security reasons, donors are asked to ring the doorbell at the fire station when they hand in their gift.

New unpackaged toys must be in their original packaging. This policy does not apply to exercise equipment.

Clothing, personal care items and blankets cannot be accepted as part of the holiday toy campaign.

Hoag among the “Best Hospitals for Obstetrics”

The Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach was named “High Performing in Adult Maternity Care (Uncomplicated Pregnancy)” by the US News & World Report.

Hoag is now one of three hospitals in the country to receive this ranking in all 18 specialty procedures and diseases recognized by the US News & World Report. For the first time, the media company published a list of the “Best Hospitals for Obstetrics”.

“This recognition pays homage to Hoag’s commitment to providing the highest quality, family-oriented care to Orange County’s women,” said Allyson Brooks, MD, Ginny Ueberroth executive medical director, foundation chairman and chief quality officer, Hoag Women’s Health Institute.

“The passion and expertise of our obstetricians, qualified midwives, maternal and child health care staff and specialists in neonatology and maternal fetal medicine enable Hoag to offer each individual the ideal birth experience.”

To qualify for the category, Hoag had to excel on several quality metrics that are important to expectant families, including caesarean section rate in uncomplicated pregnancies, complication rates in newborns and mothers, adequate timing for planned births, resources and support for breast milk feeding, accordingly a press release.

“Our culture of innovation at Hoag inspires our senior physicians to continually seek the most advanced treatments, cutting-edge technology and access to clinical trials for our patients,” said Robert T. Braithwaite, President and CEO of Hoag. “This forward-looking vision is why Hoag has remained Orange County’s highest rated hospital.”

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