February 12, 1994 |
The mere mention of Valentine's Day in Orange County this year can conjure up images of heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, red silk boxer shorts, popping The Question to a loved one, the death penalty . . . The death penalty? It's not the predicted outcome of a failed romance, but the driving theme behind one of the many unusual observations planned to mark Feb. 14 in Orange County.
February 12, 2010
Valentine's Day comes every year in a dust devil of chocolates, heart-shaped cards, cupids, Necco Sweethearts and dread. But this year, it's so much more: in 2010, Valentine's Day and Chinese Lunar New Year happen on the same day. This is a rare convergence -- it's only the third time since 1900 -- and it won't happen again until after 2030. Added to that, it's the year of the Tiger, which traditionally symbolizes great passion. All of this can signal only one thing: No one should be staying home eating bon-bons on the couch.
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February 15, 2010 |
Yolanda Miranda spent two months planning for Valentine's Day this year -- assembling hundreds of cellophane-wrapped gift baskets, designing dozens of flower bouquets, hunting for deals on teddy bears, holiday mugs and picture frames. A year ago, she made $3,000 peddling Valentine's Day gifts from a folding table in a Northridge parking lot. This year, she doubled her offerings, staked out three spots, and imagined dollar signs over every heart. But on Sunday night, Miranda was pacing the sidewalk in front of her home, her melting candy, wilted roses and untouched pile of teddy bears crowding her tiny front lawn.
February 13, 2012 |
Roses are red Violets are blue On Twitter, men don't like Valentine's Day But the ladies sure do! And we've got a study to prove it. Ladies are twice as likely to tweet about Valentine's Day as men, according to NM Incite, a Nielsen McKinsey company that tracks social media trends. The company also reports that women are twice as likely as men to have positive things to say about the holiday. No major surprises there, but let's take a close look at the numbers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2013 |
HALF MOON BAY, Calif. - The piano was delivered to its bluff-top perch under cover of fog nearly two weeks ago. It is scheduled to leave this coastal enclave in a burst of flames on Sunday. In between the fog and the fire, musician and sculptor Mauro Ffortissimo has been treating his neighbors to an illicit outdoor concert series grandly dubbed Sunset Piano. Chopin, Debussy, a tango or two. The performances are timed to end the moment the sun sinks below the horizon. He plays to cyclists and dog walkers, babies in strollers, his landlady in a folding chair, the charmed, the perplexed.
February 13, 2003 |
Love in Los Angeles? You want to know about love in Los Angeles? It's still like the man said, some 70 jaded years ago: "It's a Barnum and Bailey world/ Just as phony as it can be/ But it wouldn't be make believe/ If you believed in me." Granted, when the Broadway lyricists E.Y. Harburg and Billy Rose wrote "Paper Moon" with Harold Arlen in 1933, hoping the song would find its way west and into a movie and make them MGM-style rich, they may not have mentioned L.A. outright.
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February 12, 1997 |
Kenneth Foster got an early Valentine's Day treat Tuesday, delivered by four red-vested, bow-tied singers. "Dear valentine, my valentine . . . " sang the lead, Art Clayton; tenor, John Rambo; bass, Fred Robirds; and baritone, Stan Tinkle. Along with their harmonious tunes, the barbershop quartet, known as Jubilee, also sang "Happy Birthday" to the surprised Foster, who turned 67 Tuesday.
February 10, 1990 |
The mayor of Blacksburg has been charged with shoplifting two Valentine's Day cards and a candle, police said.
February 12, 2010 |
To paraphrase that Southern philosopher Mama Gump, "Valentine's Day" is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get -- although I'm pretty sure ooey-gooey sweetness and absolutely no nutritional value is a given. Because the man handing out this particular box is Garry Marshall, definitely more a milk chocolate than dark bittersweet kind of guy, the hearts-on-sleeves sentimentality that saturates this romantic comedy won't come as a surprise. Funny-sweet terrain has proved a very good match for the director over the years, with "Pretty Woman" among his many nougats.
January 31, 2010
Santa Catalina Island Co. has put together a Valentine's Day package sure to keep planning your getaway to a minimum. Those who are feeling extra romantic can even renew their wedding vows. The deal: The package price is $445 per couple if you stay Feb. 14 and 15 or $532 if you stay Feb. 13 and 14. The package includes round-trip transportation on the Catalina Express, two nights at the Hotel Atwater, dinner at the Catalina Country Club and tickets to the "All You Need Is Love" dance in the Casino Ballroom on Feb. 14. During the dance, there will be a wedding vow renewal in the ballroom overlooking Avalon Bay. Info: Santa Catalina Island Co., (800)