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June 26, 1995 | HOLLY J. WAGNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
PE-thonk! PE-thonk! Every Saturday morning the four-inch steel balls click out a sound much like the name of the European game-- Petanque. "It's a totally delightful game," said Jody Hoy, head of the French department at Irvine Valley College. "And there's this little subculture of people who love to play it." In the south of France, in places like Newport Beach sister city Antibes, the game is called Petanque .
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November 8, 2000 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hoping to continue Orange County's legacy of Olympic medal-winning performances in swimming, diving and water polo, the Board of Supervisors plans to develop an Olympic training facility at the El Toro Marine base. In a rare unanimous move by the five-member board, which has been deeply divided over plans to build an international airport on the base, supervisors voted to open the base's indoor pool to the Irvine Novaquatics.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 1995 | JULIE FATE SULLIVAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Nicholaas Faas readies himself at the starting gate, a trickle of sweat rolling down his forehead. He glances nervously through his helmet visor at his competition on their racing bikes, then eyes the racetrack. The bikers adjust their suits, the starting gate releases, and Nicholaas bursts onto the track in a flurry of Day-Glo and dust. "Pedal, Nick, pedal!" screams his father, Jerry Faas, his voice thick with pride. Little Nicholaas Faas is no professional bike racer. After all, he's only 5.
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December 3, 1998 | JON MATSUMOTO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
You've heard of a three-ring circus. Now get ready for a different kind of sensory overload experience: a 37-ring martial-arts tournament showcasing more than 2,500 leg-kicking and arm-punching men, women and children. On Sunday, the Bren Events Center at UC Irvine will host an all-day competition featuring members of the United Studios of Self Defense, which practices a form of karate known as Shaolin Kempo. The Lake Forest-based company has 31 franchised studios in the Orange County area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 1995 | DEBRA CANO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Girded with helmets and knee guards, the horseback riders resemble galloping gladiators as they clutch the reins in one hand and swing the mallet with the other. Their battlefield is the arena, their conflict with the opposing team. To succeed, riders must smack a ball four inches in diameter into a goal. The team with the most goals wins. Polo players say charging full speed up and down the field on a 1,000-pound horse, making quick turns, is like no other game.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 1995 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On a warm summer day, Robert Pelletier drove to Lake Elsinore, ran off a high cliff and didn't come down until he reached Palm Springs. When real estate agent Bob Ryan goes flying for the day--without benefit of airplane--he takes a cellular phone and makes deals several thousand feet above the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Dana Point. Para-gliding is a relatively new sport in the United States and only a few hundred people in Orange County are licensed to para-glide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 1995 | MARTIN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was the Judo McTwist that tripped up Erik Bianchi. The maneuver--a variation on a daring feat that few in-line roller-skaters can execute properly--entails rotating 540 degrees upside down and grabbing one's leg while speeding up a ramp. "I miscalculated," said the 16-year-old Garden Grove resident, who pulled a muscle in his left leg during the recent attempt. "I just got disoriented."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1995 | JEFF KASS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Whether the target is a 1 1/4-inch paper bull's-eye or a 900-pound elk, Orange County's archers say nothing compares to the taut release, the long zing and the subtle thump of an arrow hitting its mark. Jogging or bicycling may be more mainstream sports, but county archers note that humans have been slinging bows and arrows since hunters and gatherers first roamed the earth. And anyway, archery is just as fun and challenging.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1995 | JEFF BEAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Scott Killian tossed his first Frisbee before his first birthday--when he was too young to know that flying discs found at picnics would become his sporting passion. * But here he is now, 14 years old, and playing a couple rounds of disc golf just about every summer day at Central Park, the site of the county's only 18-hole disc golf course. "You just can't stop," the spike-haired Scott said. "It's addictive."
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September 15, 1992 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a roar of a burner, the rainbow-colored hot-air balloon rose from a grassy park recently and floated over Aliso Canyon, sending a deer scampering through the thick underbrush. The five passengers in the straw basket could see the blue-gray peaks of Saddleback Mountain to the east and the deepening blush of the sun setting over the ocean to the west.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1995 | JEFF KASS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Whether the target is a 1 1/4-inch paper bull's-eye or a 900-pound elk, Orange County's archers say nothing compares to the taut release, the long zing and the subtle thump of an arrow hitting its mark. Jogging or bicycling may be more mainstream sports, but county archers note that humans have been slinging bows and arrows since hunters and gatherers first roamed the earth. And anyway, archery is just as fun and challenging.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 1995 | DEBRA CANO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Girded with helmets and knee guards, the horseback riders resemble galloping gladiators as they clutch the reins in one hand and swing the mallet with the other. Their battlefield is the arena, their conflict with the opposing team. To succeed, riders must smack a ball four inches in diameter into a goal. The team with the most goals wins. Polo players say charging full speed up and down the field on a 1,000-pound horse, making quick turns, is like no other game.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 1995 | JULIE FATE SULLIVAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Nicholaas Faas readies himself at the starting gate, a trickle of sweat rolling down his forehead. He glances nervously through his helmet visor at his competition on their racing bikes, then eyes the racetrack. The bikers adjust their suits, the starting gate releases, and Nicholaas bursts onto the track in a flurry of Day-Glo and dust. "Pedal, Nick, pedal!" screams his father, Jerry Faas, his voice thick with pride. Little Nicholaas Faas is no professional bike racer. After all, he's only 5.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1995 | JEFF BEAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Scott Killian tossed his first Frisbee before his first birthday--when he was too young to know that flying discs found at picnics would become his sporting passion. * But here he is now, 14 years old, and playing a couple rounds of disc golf just about every summer day at Central Park, the site of the county's only 18-hole disc golf course. "You just can't stop," the spike-haired Scott said. "It's addictive."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 1995 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On a warm summer day, Robert Pelletier drove to Lake Elsinore, ran off a high cliff and didn't come down until he reached Palm Springs. When real estate agent Bob Ryan goes flying for the day--without benefit of airplane--he takes a cellular phone and makes deals several thousand feet above the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Dana Point. Para-gliding is a relatively new sport in the United States and only a few hundred people in Orange County are licensed to para-glide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1995 | HOLLY J. WAGNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
PE-thonk! PE-thonk! Every Saturday morning the four-inch steel balls click out a sound much like the name of the European game-- Petanque. "It's a totally delightful game," said Jody Hoy, head of the French department at Irvine Valley College. "And there's this little subculture of people who love to play it." In the south of France, in places like Newport Beach sister city Antibes, the game is called Petanque .
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 1998 | JON MATSUMOTO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
You've heard of a three-ring circus. Now get ready for a different kind of sensory overload experience: a 37-ring martial-arts tournament showcasing more than 2,500 leg-kicking and arm-punching men, women and children. On Sunday, the Bren Events Center at UC Irvine will host an all-day competition featuring members of the United Studios of Self Defense, which practices a form of karate known as Shaolin Kempo. The Lake Forest-based company has 31 franchised studios in the Orange County area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2000 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hoping to continue Orange County's legacy of Olympic medal-winning performances in swimming, diving and water polo, the Board of Supervisors plans to develop an Olympic training facility at the El Toro Marine base. In a rare unanimous move by the five-member board, which has been deeply divided over plans to build an international airport on the base, supervisors voted to open the base's indoor pool to the Irvine Novaquatics.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 1995 | MARTIN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was the Judo McTwist that tripped up Erik Bianchi. The maneuver--a variation on a daring feat that few in-line roller-skaters can execute properly--entails rotating 540 degrees upside down and grabbing one's leg while speeding up a ramp. "I miscalculated," said the 16-year-old Garden Grove resident, who pulled a muscle in his left leg during the recent attempt. "I just got disoriented."
NEWS
September 15, 1992 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a roar of a burner, the rainbow-colored hot-air balloon rose from a grassy park recently and floated over Aliso Canyon, sending a deer scampering through the thick underbrush. The five passengers in the straw basket could see the blue-gray peaks of Saddleback Mountain to the east and the deepening blush of the sun setting over the ocean to the west.
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