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July 15, 2010
EVENTS Celebrate Bastille Day with nearly 20,000 revelers at what is being dubbed the largest French celebration in the United States. The 23rd annual Santa Barbara French Festival promises fun for the whole family, including food, wine, wandering mimes and three stages of non-stop music, cabaret and dance performances. Oak Park, 300 W. Alamar, Santa Barbara. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sat. and Sun. Free. (805) 564-7274.
July 29, 2010
Surf's up at one of Southern California's most famous beach towns. The 2010 U.S. Open of Surfing rides a wave into Huntington Beach this weekend as more than 300 competitors vie for more than $300,000 in prize money. Skateboarding and BMX competitions will also be staged, and a free live concert gets rocking when the action is over each day. Huntington Beach, Sat. through Aug 8. Check website for event schedule and times. (424) 653-1900;
December 9, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
Ready for Hillary, the independent effort prodding former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president in 2016, held events Monday in the Los Angeles area courting high-profile Hollywood backers. "Building a historic movement like this requires resources and lots of energy,” said Michael Trujillo, a senior advisor to the super PAC. “Tonight we planted the seeds for both.” Previous events here have raised money for the group -- one of two independent efforts focused on a potential Clinton run -- but the two on Monday were deemed informational.
April 27, 2006
Calendar has a bit of chutzpah publishing Chris Pasles' article about concert venues in Southern California ["Stages of Discovery," April 20]. Many events that take place at these venues are refused publicity by The Times in the name of saving money on newsprint. Pasles would have done the public a greater service by calling readers' attention to the Clickable Chamber Music Newsletter at newsletter.cfm, which offers a comprehensive listing of music events at those and other venues, the sort of listing that used to be available in The Times.
June 24, 2010 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
At the heart of the current controversy involving free tickets at Los Angeles City Hall, one question stands out: If Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa attended big-time entertainment events because he was conducting city business, why did he not keep better records of those public duties? For weeks, Villaraigosa has argued that he appeared in an official capacity at dozens of concerts, sporting events and awards shows since 2005, from sitting in box seats at Dodger Stadium to attending a 2007 performance by R&B singer Mary J. Blige at L.A. Live.
March 23, 2003
Re: "Lockyer Sues Hollywood Charity Event Producer, Alleging Fraud" (March 14): Our donors in the Greater Los Angeles area ought to know that the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research has never been associated with Aaron Tonken or Aaron Tonken & Associates. The only charity fund-raising events that the Michael J. Fox Foundation sponsors are those we produce ourselves. Joyce Oberdorf Director of Communications Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research New York
May 23, 1989 | From Times wire services
The president of the French rugby federation today announced that French players will be allowed to participate in the 100th anniversary of the South African Rugby Federation and said a boycott of South African sports events "would not do much good and would hurt blacks more than whites." Federation President Albert Ferrasse said the federation would not take any action to stop French players after noting that players from Wales, Scotland and England also will take part. "It's clear.
April 16, 1989
More than 90 athletes from Fairview Developmental Center in Costa Mesa and Lanterman Developmental Center in Pomona will take part in the Fairview Invitational Track Meet at Orange Coast College on Wednesday. The event is part of Fairview's Special Olympics program.
December 22, 2008 | Diane Haithman
The Los Angeles City Council voted to cut by half the amount the city is spending to provide city services for many special events presented by nonprofit organizations, such as arts and community festivals. In recent years, the city has made a practice of providing numerous groups with a fee waiver to cover 100% of the cost of police, traffic cops, firefighters, street custodians and street inspectors required for their events. But Lynne Ozawa, assistant chief legislative analyst for Los Angeles, says those annual costs were getting out of control.
October 18, 2009 | Susan Carpenter
Navin Megji calls it "the thoroughfare" -- a stretch of San Vicente Boulevard that isn't a shopping district so much as a racetrack for commuters. Yet it's this strip of posh Brentwood where the 25-year-old boutique owner set up Feature -- a chic, fashion-forward enclave selling splatter-paint mini dresses and fitted boyfriend jackets from designers such as Alexander Wang, Vena Cava and Wayne. "There's not a lot of walking traffic," said Megji, who, on a recent Monday in her 1,000-square-foot shop, was spending most of her time refolding lingerie and doing paperwork.
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