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14 Dec 18
My Perfect Itinerary

Okay, so there’s technically a lot of places within 24 hours of Las Vegas, but this list will summarize all the best trips that are feasible to do within 1 day! AKA less than 5 hours of driving… because NOBODY wants to drive more than 5 hours + sight-seeing in a day. Am I right?! There’s […]

14 Dec 18
The Last Night on Earth

I had been tossing and turning some nights ago, laying nervous in my bed, my heart was racing with a wicked beat, like horse hooves on stone, my chest heaved visibly, I felt horrible, as though stones had been piled on my chest, I began to feel empathy with those accused of witchcraft in New […]

14 Dec 18
Outback Babe

At the beginning of December my boyfriend and I took a spontaneous trip to Las Vegas Nevada. We had been talking about it for over a year. Having never been to a real desert, I was excited to do some hiking! My boyfriend jokes that I’m probably the only girl who brings hiking boots and […]

14 Dec 18
Times-Herald
Derek Walker has accomplished plenty as the head coach of the St. Patrick-St. Vincent High boys basketball team. He’s won over 200 games since he took over the program in 2008-09. He’s taken all but one of his teams to the playoffs but the last two years may have been his best two squads. In 2017 St. Pat’s defeated Helix of La Mesa 59-46 in the CIF State Division IV championship at Golden 1 Center. Last season the Bruins won the North Coast Section IV title over St. Joseph Notre Dame. It was the first time the Bruins won a section title since Walker played for the team in 1992. Despite all the accolades, Walker said he still loves coaching St. Pat’s as he begins his 11th year at the helm. The Bruins (2-2) begin league play Friday night at home against El Cerrito. “I still love the game, I still love working with all the kids,” Walker said. “I love each individual year and the fun project of finding out which players and kids will work out the best for you.” This season Walker has one of his youngest teams in recent memory as the roster features just three seniors. Thankfully for Walker and the Bruins, one of those seniors is point guard Akil Edwards. Edwards, who starred at quarterback for the school in the fall, has impressed Walker early in the year on the hard court. When asked if there was any rust from his point guard the head coach just laughed before responding. “No, he’s actually even better,” Walker said. “Being a senior now, I think he has a bigger sense of urgency. What he does for us is very similar to what he does in football. He’s our quarterback out there and he’s a hyper competitor.” Walker praised Edwards’ performance at the Father Berry Tournament at Jesuit High. “He played very well there, averaging about 25 points a game,” Walker said. “Scoring is coming a little easier for him this year than in the past. But with a lot of new players on this year’s team, he has a little more on his plate this season and he’s accepted that.” When Edwards does look to get the ball to his teammates, one of the first players he’ll look for won’t be hard to find — 6-foot-10 junior Dishon Jackson. According to the website 247 Sports, Jackson is ranked as the 89th best player in the country and 12th best in the state. Last year Jackson had 24 points and 12 rebounds in the section-title game win over St. Joseph. “Well, his expectations go up now that he’s a junior,” Walker said. “Some things that he might have gotten away with before he can’t get away with anymore. We will tell him, ‘Look buddy, you’re an upperclassman now, you can’t be doing that.’ But he’s still rebounding the ball well and working very hard. He’s still D.J. and he’s still very coachable. He’s a notorious slow starter, so once he gets going he’s going to be very tough to stop.” The Bruins’ third option on offense has been shooting guard Jalen Scott. Scott had 16 points against Cathedral Catholic and another 16 against Brophy Prep last week. Scott, like a lot of other players on the Bruins’ roster, will see their roles increase because two players — Chance McMillian and Gabe Patrick, transferred to Jesse Bethel and American Canyon, respectively. McMillian was the Times-Herald’s Athlete of the Week earlier this month for the Jaguars. “Yeah I know why the players transferred but I’m not allowed to talk about it,” Walker said. “Losing Chance was very tough when it happened and we wish him all the best, but we’ve put it behind us and we’re moving forward.” Players that could step up in their absence include senior Luis Perez and junior Isleli Fifita who will each see a lot of minutes at guard. Walker has also been impressed with recent junior varsity call up, Magnus Santos, who at 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds will give the Bruins another inside presence to replace graduate Marshel Martin, who is now playing football at Sacramento State. Walker said that Esai Contreras and Wilfred Nado will handle backup point guard duties when Edwards needs a rest, while freshman Tariq Johnson has shown promise at guard. Walker is also excited about Vanden transfer Jaden Alexander, a sophomore that will be able to play for the Bruins in a week or two and “can fly out of the gym” according to the St. Pat’s coach. Trent Militar-Cross and Dmylo Dillahuntay are also on the Bruins’ roster. “It’s still early and I’m still trying to figure out the pieces with this team,” Walker said. “But our expectations don’t change. We have new players and new faces to the varsity level but we’ll be OK and we’ll get them playing Bruin basketball very soon.” St. Pat’s preview First league game: Friday vs. El Cerrito: 7 p.m.
14 Dec 18
Fighting Cancer

Fall 2017 After everything that happened to me, my plan to move back to the Detroit area to be closer to my family.  I am looking for jobs in that area now.  I decide to finish the dining room and kitchen in my house.  The walls are the original knotty pine, and the rooms contain […]

14 Dec 18
Mr. Morggenfrisk

Central location to many parks and open spaces! When people hear the words Las Vegas, instantly their minds run to crazy bachelor parties, gambling and women…but that may change after reading this. While going down to the strip, enjoying the glitz and glamour that surrounds you, it puts you in a place of unrivaled lights […]

14 Dec 18
SCNG
Nominations are being accepted for Anaheim Beautiful’s 2018 Holiday Light Contest through 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14. The citizens of Anaheim are enthusiastic about decorating their homes and business in spectacular fashion. And, residents can nominate outstanding holiday lighting for the 2018 contest through an online form at anaheimbeautiful.org/holiday-lights-contest or by emailing contact@anaheimbeautiful.org  (put “2018 Holiday Lights Contest” in the subject line and include name, email and phone of person nominating, address of nominated property and include a photo, if possible). Self nominations are permitted. Residential, commercial and community organization properties will be judged in these categories: Grand Prize, Best Display Using LED Lights, Best Vintage Display, Best Animated or Musical Display, Best Themed Display, Best Retail/Commercial Display, Best Spirit of the Season and The WOW Factor Display. For more information contact Carol at vannauss@gmail.com or call 714-606-3620. Share a meal with Santa Breakfast with Santa Claus will be held at Applebee’s, 2114 E. Lincoln Ave., on Saturday, Dec. 15. Santa will be joined by Miss Anaheim Beautiful and Councilman Steve Faessel. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 10 a.m.  The manager at Applebee’s is working with the principal from Anaheim High to be sure the proceeds go to Anaheim families in need, organizers said. For reservations, call 714-817-7806. For more information, contact David Bartash at dbartash@yahoo.com Help needed for community Christmas breakfast Volunteers are needed to wrap gifts for and man the 10th annual community Christmas breakfast on Dec. 24. K&A Downtown Café, St. Joseph Heritage and local sponsors will be presenting the free holiday brunch with lots of food, a visit from Santa Claus and gifts. Last year, 1,000 plates were served and more than 900 gifts were given away.  The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 24. There will be crafts, face painting, entertainment and a raffle. Donations of gifts are needed by Dec. 14. Collection bins are at the St. Joseph Heritage offices or K & A Café on Center Street Promenade. Wrapping parties are planned for 8 to 11 a.m. on Dec.16 and  4 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 20. Also, the Dec. 24 event needs volunteers from  to 9 a.m. to set up and from noon to 1:30 p.m. to clean up.  Art supplies are also needed for crafts throughout the event.  To volunteer and for all information, call Kathy at 714-878-3343. Santa among the stacks Santa Claus is planning visits to Anaheim library branches. On Dec. 15 he will be at the Canyon Branch at 11 a.m.; on Dec. 19 at he will visit the Euclid Branch at 6 p.m.; on Dec. 20 at 4 p.m. he’ll visit the Central Library; on Dec.  21 he’ll stop at the Haskett Library at 3:30 p.m.; and on Dec. 22 at noon he’ll visit the Ponderosa branch. Check anaheim.net/librarycalendar for addresses. Anaheim Marketplace offers holiday celebration events The Anaheim Marketplace at Cerritos Avenue and Anaheim Boulevard is planning a number of events to celebrate the season. There will be a toy giveaway and Santa’s Village is open through Dec. 24, including a photo booth. Through its Santa Claus Community Outreach, the marketplace also has a Santa available for visiting in the neighborhoods. Check out anaheimmarketplace.com for more information or contact Edda@marketplaceteam.com   You can also call 714-999-0888. Bright lights, less energy The city of Anaheim is encouraging residents to stop by the Anaheim Central Library Canyon Hills branch to “brighten up your holidays” by upgrading lighting options. Through Dec. 15 residents can replace old, incandescent holiday lights for strings with more energy-efficient bulbs. People can bring one old strand of lights and exchange it for a new strand. In order to complete the exchange, residents must bring an Anaheim Public Utilities bill or a valid driver’s license with their Anaheim address. Exchanges are limited to one strand per household while supplies last. Chance for children to sing Anaheim First Presbyterian Church is forming a children’s choir. The church has a history of excellence in music; its members are currently reforming the children’s music program. Children age 3 and up are welcome to join. Practice is Sunday mornings from 10 to 10:30 a.m.   The choir will be singing every month or so in worship which begins at 10:30 a.m. Topher von Kolen is the choir director; he is the music specialist at McGaugh Elementary School in Seal Beach. His resume includes singing in opera choruses for Andrea Bocelli and under the baton of film composer John Williams at the Hollywood Bowl. There is no fee for this program. For more information, call Sara Robertson at 818-731-7272. ‘The Nutcracker’ in Anaheim The Anaheim Ballet is bringing its staging of “The Nutcracker” to the City National Grove of Anaheim on Dec. 23. Shows will be at 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. with Symphony Irvine. The Grove is at 2200 E. Katella Ave.; tickets are available at its box office or at 714-712-2700  or http://www.AXS.com. Packing District holiday plans The Anaheim Packing District is offering some holiday fun.  “Selfies with Santa” is coming  up from 2 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 15 at the Packing House. And, there will be a New Year’s Eve Celebration from 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 31 at the Packing House. There will be a free concert from The Downtown Band. For more information check anaheimpackingdistrict.com. The Anaheim Packing District is at 440 S. Anaheim Blvd.   If you have an event to share, contact Andrea Manes  at anzom@aol.com or 714-815-3885.
14 Dec 18
Retz

Introduction Hiking from Coachella Valley: 10 Hikes for a Mild Adventure, Hike 1, The Grand Canyon Hiking from Coachella Valley: 10 Hikes for a Mild Adventure, Hike 2, Traveler’s Peak With my recent move back to the desert (La Quinta, CA) I wanted to chronicle a series of hikes where I provide the information that […]

14 Dec 18
The Neophyte

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is the most recent Coen Brothers film and one of the first, that I’ve seen, of a famous director changing mediums to adapt to new viewers. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs ultimately succeeded in doing so, bringing in a new audience by being published on the popular streaming site, Netflix. The Ballad […]

14 Dec 18
gregorygfrank

gregfrank18 Out in the #coachellavalley #butfirstletmetakeaselfie #travelphoto #cathedralcity Rio Del Sol area – West of E Palm Canyon Drive/ SR 111 – South of Date Palm Dr #bts #travelpic #riversidecounty #vibe #california #vibes #behindthescenes #travelphotography #cali #socal #adventure #californiaadventure #californialove #calilove #beautifuldestination #beautifuldestinations #travelawesome #travelgram #travelingram #travel #travels #inlandempire #ie #selfie #traveler #reflectionsbygreg

14 Dec 18
a girl and her commander

As soon as I finished work in Phoenix, I headed north towards cooler temperatures. I had some time to kill before my family arrived, so I bounced around to a couple of BLM spots and waited. I made sure my introvert tank was topped off so when they arrived, I had all the energy to […]

14 Dec 18
Unanimousity

As part of the slew of Good Things Festival sideshows Canberra definitely didn’t draw the short straw when they landed emo stalwarts ‘The Used’