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March 5, 1990 | STEPHEN C. CHAVEZ
Nine-year-old Jordana Marcus was playing Crown the Queen at a Purim carnival in Irvine on Sunday, concentrating hard on tossing a hoop over the neck of a soda bottle. Jordana, of Irvine, knew she was supposed to dress up like a queen at the Purim carnival. And she knew that there would be rides, games and food to eat. But when asked to recount the story of the Purim holiday, Jordana just shrugged her shoulders. "My mom and dad have been bringing me here every year," she said with a smile.
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April 6, 1998 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The blue skies, mild breezes and warm temperatures brightened William R. Mason Regional Park on Sunday, but the mood held a definite element of gloom for some of the thousands who came here to celebrate the Iranian New Year. Many had to park more than a mile away and then walk to the event. Others had shorter treks but only after forking over as much as $15 for parking.
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May 14, 1996 | RUSS LOAR
How much do you spend on a birthday party for a city? That's what council members will be discussing tonight as the city prepares for its milestone 25th birthday party this fall. "I just don't know what the number is yet," said City Manager Paul Brady. "We're trying to keep it as low-cost as possible." This fall also will be a milestone for Brady, who joined the city staff in 1971 during Irvine's incorporation.
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February 20, 1998 | LISA ADDISON
WomenFest 98, UC Irvine's fifth annual celebration of Women's History Month, will include events through Thursday. On Tuesday, the UCI Women's Chorus and other student groups will perform and the new dean of humanities, Karen Lawrence, will give a welcome address at noon on the UCI Student Center ATM Stage. An Artisans & Craftswomen's Fair will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Ring Mall, and a discussion about breaking gender barriers in science will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
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November 22, 1990 | TOM McQUEENEY
The city is looking for 11 residents to serve on a task force that will be asked to find holiday observances the city can sponsor without offending people's cultural and religious values. The City Council voted in September to form the citizen task force after protests from residents and local churches shot down a plan to set up a Christmas tree outside City Hall this December. There was also criticism of a plan to establish some form of prayer at the start of council meetings.
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November 16, 1991 | TOM McQUEENEY
A low-key celebration of the city's 20th birthday begins Sunday with the opening of an agricultural display in the Civic Center plaza. Irvine turns 20 on Dec. 28. To celebrate, the city has set up 15 farm implements in the plaza to honor the city's past, when agriculture and animal grazing were the two main activities on the sprawling Irvine Ranch. From noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, members of the Irvine Historical Society will lead tours and answer questions about the equipment.
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June 28, 1996 | RUSS LOAR
A budget discussion this week became heated over allocation of funds to the city's annual fireworks show, money that Councilman Barry Hammond complained would go to the police union that runs the event. "The bottom line is, we're being asked to give $5,000 to a labor union," Hammond told his City Council colleagues. "I have some real problems with any public funds going to a labor union for any reason at all."
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March 30, 1996
* Irvine Iranian Celebration Organizer Fardad Fateri on Unifying a Community For the eighth year, Irvine resident Fardad Fateri is overseeing the Iranian New Year celebration at Irvine's William R. Mason Regional Park from 7 a.m. to dusk Sunday.(CQ 3/30) Fateri, dean of student affairs for the DeVry Institute of Technology, brought to the regional park in 1989 several small groups that had been gathering separately across Orange County.
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October 13, 1990 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cirque du Soleil, the popular contemporary circus troupe from Canada, is scheduled to appear here next spring as part of the Irvine Arts Festival, actually a series of events organized by city officials starting in two weeks and taking place over several months. Orange County's Gloria Newman Dance Theatre will launch the festival Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. with an outdoor presentation that--like all the events except Cirque du Soleil--will be free.
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October 7, 1989 | ALLISON SAMUELS, Times Staff Writer
Although Ronald McDonald and a host of other familiar characters roamed nearby at Irvine's Harvest Festival on opening day, 10-year-old Lisa Raymond seemed to only have eyes for a giant red balloon that hovered above the sawdust-covered grounds. "I love bringing Lisa here each year because she is so happy and excited when she sees all the other children that are like her," Janice Raymond, 34, of Anaheim, said of her daughter, who suffers from Down's syndrome.
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October 3, 1996 | LORI HAYCOX, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Irvine will change its image from a quiet master-planned community to a party town. That's when residents here will start celebrating the 22nd annual Irvine Harvest Festival and the city's silver anniversary at one big bash in the vacant lot at Barranca Parkway and Harvard Avenue, next to City Hall. Festival organizers have allowed the city to include the 25th birthday celebration with this year's festival theme "Irvine . . . the Good Ol' Days."
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June 28, 1996 | RUSS LOAR
A budget discussion this week became heated over allocation of funds to the city's annual fireworks show, money that Councilman Barry Hammond complained would go to the police union that runs the event. "The bottom line is, we're being asked to give $5,000 to a labor union," Hammond told his City Council colleagues. "I have some real problems with any public funds going to a labor union for any reason at all."
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May 14, 1996 | RUSS LOAR
How much do you spend on a birthday party for a city? That's what council members will be discussing tonight as the city prepares for its milestone 25th birthday party this fall. "I just don't know what the number is yet," said City Manager Paul Brady. "We're trying to keep it as low-cost as possible." This fall also will be a milestone for Brady, who joined the city staff in 1971 during Irvine's incorporation.
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March 30, 1996
* Irvine Iranian Celebration Organizer Fardad Fateri on Unifying a Community For the eighth year, Irvine resident Fardad Fateri is overseeing the Iranian New Year celebration at Irvine's William R. Mason Regional Park from 7 a.m. to dusk Sunday.(CQ 3/30) Fateri, dean of student affairs for the DeVry Institute of Technology, brought to the regional park in 1989 several small groups that had been gathering separately across Orange County.
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August 14, 1995
A wide range of marchers drew enthusiastic cheers Sunday from the estimated 1,000 people gathered for the seventh annual Orange County Lesbian and Gay Parade at UC Irvine. "The stereotypes need to be broken," said Byron Batista, who emceed the event for Orange County Cultural Pride Inc., which sponsored the parade on the second day of the weekend festival.
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August 13, 1995 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sandy-haired Josh Skeber helped his mother Jeannette Arce sell T-shirts at a booth at the 7th Annual Orange County Lesbian & Gay Festival, flashing a dimpled smile at shoppers and chatting breezily. When business slowed, the 12-year-old hovered near his other mother, Jann Skeber, while she fed his infant sister and summed up life in a two-mother family. "All my other friends who have dads, well, the dads basically do all the punishing," Josh Skeber said.
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June 30, 1992
A library support group has awarded prizes to 16 winners in its "What Irvine Means to Me" contest of essays and poetry. Friends of the Heritage Park Regional Library organized the contest in honor of the city's 20th anniversary, which was Dec. 28 last year. Entrants were asked to pen prose reflecting their feelings toward the city. The 35 winning entries reflect life in the city past and present, said Marjorie Glass, president of the library group.
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July 28, 1991 | CARLA RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Paul Clary had circled the food court at the 1991 Kaleidoscope Festival for 20 minutes and still couldn't decide whether to go Chinese, Indian, Mexican, Italian or Jamaican for lunch. The choices were much like the festival itself, he observed: everything colorful, exotic and inviting.
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April 6, 1994 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Richard Elliot, Keiko Matsui and Everette Harp will headline a three-day jazz festival to be held Mother's Day weekend, May 6 to 8, on two outdoor stages at the Koll Center North office complex, festival organizers announced Tuesday.
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February 19, 1994 | SHELBY GRAD
They're calling this weekend's public celebration at the Buffalo Ranch "the last roundup." Preservationists say the name aptly describes the precarious state of the landmark ranch. The last of the business tenants that rented space on the ranch left this month. And the Irvine Co., which owns the site, is talking with the Orange County Fair about moving all or some of the ranch's more than a dozen buildings to the Costa Mesa fairgrounds.
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