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Animals

Baby Sloth Born At San Diego Zoo

The baby sloth is “instinctively clinging to her mother, nursing and gaining strength each day,” the zoo said.

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San Diego Humane Society Reduces Adoption Fees To “Clear The Shelters”

Dogs, cats and kittens are available for adoption for $20, and small pets are available for $5 through Aug. 31 at San Diego Humane Society.

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Tourists Meet Massive Blue Whale Off Newport Beach Coast: Video

Passengers aboard a small boat off the coast of Newport Beach were awed by a rare sight: a massive blue whale swimming beneath them.

Watch: 2 Young Deer Rescued From Drowning In Coachella Canal

The two exhausted-looking deer were plucked from the waterway in Indio.

Business

Big 5 In Murrieta: City’s Sporting Goods Retailer Still Stands

During an earnings call Tuesday, the company announced its fiscal 2022 second-quarter earnings results.

Caregiver Job Fair To Fill Hundreds Of Positions Across RivCo

There are about 34,000 IHSS caregivers available to assist 40,000 seniors countywide.

Culver City Whole Foods Market To Open In August

The store will feature a wide assortment of locally sourced food, produce and health products, officials said.

LA Ice Cream Shops Named Among Best In U.S.: Report

A scoop of Golden State ice cream shops were ranked among the 40 best creameries in the nation. Here are the shops that were named in LA.

Marina Del Rey Hotel Unveils New Look & Restaurant Refresh

The iconic hotel, opened in 1964, overhauled its SALT restaurant, bar and pool deck, embracing its waterfront setting.

Murrieta Costco Warehouse Store Officially Opens Aug. 5

The 151,000-square-foot store marks the third Costco location in Southwest Riverside County.

OC Museum Of Art Seeks New Hires For Costa Mesa Location

The Orange County Museum of Art is hosting a job fair to fill an abundance of job openings.

Pechanga Resort Casino Nominated As Best In US: Vote

The voting is open for two national Best Of awards for 2022 in the categories of Best Casino Hotel and Best Casino Outside of Las Vegas.

San Diego Ice Cream Shop Named Among Best Creameries In U.S.: Report

A scoop of Golden State ice cream shops were ranked among the 40 best creameries in the nation. Read about the shop that was named in SF.

Weekend At A Winery: Add Shannon Family Of Wines To Your Travel Agenda

As homage to 100-year-old shed at Lake County winery, owners are hosting a summer sweepstakes for custom “Buck Shack” at-home watering hole.

Community

$530K Awarded To Nonprofits Across OC Thanks To Bank Of America Grant

As the cost of living across the state rises, 20 Orange County nonprofits received a chunk of a $530,000 grant this month.

As The Salton Sea Dies, $4.12M Contract Approved To Give It Life

The two-year agreement with Dudek Consulting formally marks initiation of the Salton Sea North Lake Pilot Demonstration Project.

Community Celebrates Murrieta Police Department’s 30th Year

The Murrieta Police Department held an open house to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Hundreds turned out.

Feeding America Riverside-San Bernardino Receives $60K Grant

Albertsons Foundation provided the grant.

Outpour Of Support For OC Firefighter Battling Cancer In Laguna Niguel

What started off as an idea to host a bake sale for an Orange County firefighter battling cancer ended as much more.

Recycled Water For French Valley Landscaping Getting Significant Boost

Pipeline work is slated to begin in the fall and wrap up in autumn 2023, according to the Perris-based EMWD.

Salton Sea, Indian Tribe To Get 5,000 Acre-Feet Of Water Annually

The allocation will be known as the Cadiz Water Conservation and Storage Project.

Santa Monica OK’s Massive Frank Gehry-Designed Complex

The Santa Monica City Council on July 14 approved plans for a huge Frank Gehry-designed complex, including a 120-room hotel and apartments.

SFV Donation Drive Underway For Hope Of The Valley Rescue Mission

Non-perishable food, travel-size toiletries, sports drinks and more are being collected by the local Associated Builders and Contractors group.

Events

Annual ‘Paint El Paseo Pink’ Returns To Palm Desert

Paint El Paseo Pink takes place in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Free Performances, BMX Demonstrations At Bike Safety Rodeo In RSM

Residents looking to join in on a rodeo-themed day are asked to stop by the free event at Bell Tower Regional Community Center.

Malibu Triathlon Set For Sept. 17, 18

Malibu athletes will put their stamina to the test in the annual Malibu Triathlon set for Sept. 17-18 to benefit Children’s Hospital LA.

New Mission Viejo Farmers Market Set To Hold Grand Opening

Mission Viejo residents looking to be a part of the celebration should mark their calendars for Aug. 13.

‘Star Wars’ Free Showing At Temecula Public Library: Aug. 18

Unpack your lightsaber & enjoy movie night at the Ronald H. Roberts Temecula Public Library Aug. 18. What to know when you go.

Health

COVID Pandemic Caused More Danes To Quit Smoking, UCSD Research Finds

In Denmark, about 17% of the population smokes while around 12.5% of Americans are smokers.

Malibu Teens Create Physical Therapy Cars For Toddlers

Malibu Boys & Girls Club participants were tasked with making robotic cars for toddlers whose mobility is impacted by cerebral disorders.

Restaurants

15-Plus Top Summer Restaurant Specials 2022: San Diego Area

Check out chefs’ latest seasonal dishes along with discount deals at eateries throughout the San Diego County region.

20-Plus Top Summer Restaurant Specials 2022: Inland Empire

Check out chefs’ latest seasonal dishes along with discount deals at eateries throughout Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

20-Plus Top Summer Restaurant Specials 2022: Orange County

Check out chefs’ latest seasonal dishes along with discount deals at eateries throughout the Orange County region.

30-Plus Top Summer Restaurant Specials 2022: Greater L.A.

Check out chefs’ latest seasonal dishes along with discount deals at eateries throughout Los Angeles County.

Fat Sal’s Sandwich Shop Opens In Venice-Marina Del Rey

Stop by the Washington Boulevard shop for a half-off sandwich deal.

Inside LA’s Immersive Golden Girls-Themed Restaurant

This Beverly Hills pop-up restaurant will transport visitors straight to Blanche, Dorothy, Sophia and Rose’s kitchen table.

Massis Kabob To Open First Stand-Alone Restaurant In Glendale

The 45-year-old “Original Kabobery,” known for its falafel, gyros and kabobs, operates six mall-based locales throughout Greater L.A.

Music Mondays and Taco Tuesdays Kick Off At Tallula’s In Santa Monica

Looking to spice up your work week?

Pachamama Brings South American Cuisine To Venice Beach Boardwalk

Swing by the vegan-friendly restaurant Aug. 12 to celebrate its grand opening. Free tacos & sample bites to the first 50 patrons.

School

2 Interim Principals To Take Over At Beverly Hills High

Beverly Hills High School is getting creative for the 2022-2023 school year after Mark Mead took on a new school safety role.

College Of The Desert Seeks Community Input On New Palm Springs Campus

The college held an online forum.

New Principal Leads Beaumont High School

Drew Scherrer has been a familiar face in the district since 2006 when he became assistant principal at Beaumont High School.

‘Stuff The Bus’ School Supplies Drive Extended Through August

The school supplies drive is for students experiencing homelessness in San Diego County.

Sports

Coachella Valley Firebirds Reveal Team Mascot: Fuego

Fuego contains a powerful spirit, born of fire and intense heat, destined to unite people, according to a Firebirds statement.

San Diego Padres Agree To Trade For Nationals Superstar Juan Soto: Report

The San Diego Padres reportedly reached an agreement to trade for superstar outfielder Juan Soto.

San Diego State To Face Ohio State In Maui Invitational Opener

The San Diego State men’s basketball team will open play in the Maui Invitational against Ohio State Nov. 21.

Travel

San Diego International Airport Serves Over 2M Passengers In June

It was the first time SAN served more than 2 million passengers in a month since December 2019, according to the Airport Authority.


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