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Posted March 26, 2015 by Charles Epting
All Quiet on the Western Front

In Part One of the Silver Screen in Orange County, Charles Epting explored Orange County’s film locations from the silent era of Hollywood. In Part Two, he looks at how Orange County was used as a backdrop during cinema’s classic period of the 1930s, 40s and 50s.

Posted March 25, 2015 by Janet Pacheco
Caterina’s Club’s local children, actress Mira Sorvino, OC reality star Vicki Gunvalson, Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait and volunteers gather around Chef Bruno Serato

An honorable milestone was reached yesterday in Anaheim/Orange County: Anaheim White House Chef Bruno Serato and his local Anaheim charity Caterina’s Club served its millionth meal to underprivileged children. Take a look at the celebration with one of Orange County’s most recognizable chefs and CNN Hero.

Posted March 20, 2015 by Janet Pacheco
Angel Stadium of Anaheim

While our weather allows us to wear flip-flops and shorts year-around in Anaheim/Orange County (even during our “chilly,” 70 degree winter seasons), spring is officially here! The change of seasons couldn’t be a better time to spring into Anaheim and explore what our sunny destination has to offer.

Posted March 19, 2015 by Charles Epting
A still from Theda Bara’s Cleopatra, a lost film that utilized Newport Bay as the banks of the Nile.

Less than an hour’s drive from Hollywood, Orange County has proved a popular filming location since the earliest days of Tinseltown. In part one of a multi-part series, author Charles Epting examines some of the first movies to use Orange County as a backdrop.

Posted March 13, 2015 by Alex Fenn
The Droppers at Muldoon's St. Patrick's Day 2013

Whether you are looking for a double pour of Guinness, craving delicious corned beef and cabbage, or just need a good place to hear some authentic Celtic tunes and hang out with your friends, Orange County has you covered.

Posted March 11, 2015 by Charles Epting
 Concept art for the coming attraction

Rocket to the Moon was one of Disneyland® Park’s premier attractions in 1955, taking visitors on a fantastic simulated moon voyage at the very beginning of the space race between the United States and Russia. But while Rocket to the Moon won’t be celebrating its 60th anniversary until July 22 (five days after the park first opened its doors), its successor — Mission to Mars —celebrates its 40th anniversary on March 21.

Posted March 06, 2015 by Charles Epting
Congressman Rohrabacher addresses the crowd.

On Feb. 23, 2015, to mark the 70th anniversary of the iconic photograph of six men raising an American flag on the peak of Iwo Jima’s Mount Suribachi, 26 veterans of the battle gathered for a luncheon in Newport Beach. The event was held to raise awareness for one Orange County-resident’s mission to install a bronze statue of the iconic image at Camp Pendleton.

Posted February 26, 2015 by Charles Epting
Indiana Jones Adventure

As Disneyland® gears up for its 60th anniversary this spring, it’s important not to forget that one of the park’s most popular attractions is also celebrating its 20th anniversary. “Indiana Jones Adventure,” an Adventureland staple, has become one of Disneyland’s most beloved attractions since it first opened to the public on March 4, 1995.

Posted February 20, 2015 by Alex Fenn
Milky Buns by Afters Ice Cream in Fountain Valley

Doughnuts, they are a traditional sweet treat that satisfies around-the-clock and appeals to all ages. Whether it’s an old fashioned, a maple bar or an apple fritter, everyone has his or her go-to doughnut flavor. From new flavors to hybrids, like the cronut, a fair share of experimental and unique doughnut options have popped up around Orange County.

Posted February 19, 2015 by Charles Epting
The first overland trail through California

From the Santa Ana Mountains to the former Irvine Ranch and dozens of miles of coastline, Orange County is renowned for having some of Southern California’s best hikes. Here are three hikes that — in addition to featuring beautiful scenery — showcase the county’s rich cultural history.


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