The OC & COVID-19: Show respect & be safe.

Please, don’t disrespect the thousands of Orange County health care professionals, first responders, and everyday people on the front lines making sure you have what you need most – from food and essential services by ignoring guidelines designed to keep you, our community and the people you care about safe.

Little Girl Painting CookiesThese professionals are often making unimaginable personal sacrifices to be at your side for everyday and extraordinary emergencies beyond COVID-19, from heart attacks to fire emergencies, groceries to upset tummies, and much more.

Portrait of two girls in the woods girlfriendsGiven the gravity of the current situation, we’ll try and share the most important local news from across various media outlets – both local and national, that we think you might find especially useful in our local communities which you might otherwise miss.

Family Eating An Al Fresco MealIn most instances, we’ll share a headline and a few key details, with a link to the original media story. Our local media and government agencies continue to be the best source of current news and information. We simply hope to highlight some of the less-prominent stories.

We’ll still share our favorite fashion, lifestyle, entertainment, and other stories, because we hope (and believe) it can lift spirits and provide a needed positive distraction from the headlines.

 

OC continues appointment-free vaccinations through Saturday — Orange County Register

Orange County’s three mass vaccination sites will continue accepting walk-ins through Saturday, May 8, after testing out the service over the weekend. Since the OC Health Care Agency opened its “super pods” (points of dispensing) at Disneyland, Soka University and the OC Fair and Event Center, COVID-19 vaccinations have been available by appointment only…

OC continues appointment-free vaccinations through Saturday — Orange County Register

A new wave for Huntington’s beach concessions — Orange County Register

Pass by the concession stand on the sand at Bolsa Chica State Beach and you’ll hear more than the ocean waves crashing nearby. Some weekday nights at SeaLegs at the Beach, a string quartet fills the air with classical music sounds, surrounded by hundreds of flickering lights. More:

A new wave for Huntington’s beach concessions — Orange County Register

Surfers’ Hall of Fame to induct Huntington Beach’s Casey Wheat — Orange County Register

Well-known Huntington Beach surfer Casey Wheat was all about community – especially the tribe in the waters who shared his passion for the ocean. Wheat, co-founder of the West Coast Board Riders club, died last year at age 49.

Surfers’ Hall of Fame to induct Huntington Beach’s Casey Wheat — Orange County Register

How Disneyland costumed characters will interact with guests after the park reopens — Orange County Register

Disneyland will change the familiar meet-and-greet photo opportunities with princesses, superheroes and villains to socially distanced wave-and-play impromptu moments when the Anaheim theme parks return after a yearlong coronavirus closure.

How Disneyland costumed characters will interact with guests after the park reopens — Orange County Register

Disneyland draft horses pull Main Street U.S.A. trolleys in preparation for reopening — Orange County Register

The familiar clip-clop sound of Disneyland’s beloved draft horses are once again echoing off the facades of the Victorian-style buildings lining Main Street U.S.A. as the Anaheim theme park prepares for an April reopening following a year-long coronavirus closure…

Disneyland draft horses pull Main Street U.S.A. trolleys in preparation for reopening — Orange County Register

Bowers Museum reopens Wednesday, including Disney exhibit — Orange County Register

The Bowers Museum in Santa Ana is reopening Wednesday, March 17 and will be extending its popular exhibit, “Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic,” through June 20. Like other museums, the Bowers was forced to shut down due to COVID-19, then reopen, then shut down again…

Bowers Museum reopens Wednesday, including Disney exhibit — Orange County Register

Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park open again after several days with no mountain lion sightings — Orange County Register

Brian Wilson, an avid mountain biker, has been patiently waiting for Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park to reopen. “I was checking the website daily,” he said.

more:

Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park open again after several days with no mountain lion sightings — Orange County Register

Dozens of Escondido Union students, staff under quarantine — FOX 5 San Diego

Two days after the Escondido Union School District resumed on-campus instruction in a hybrid model, district officials reported 81 students and 15 staff members from four schools now are under quarantine. The bulk of those are from Farr Elementary where four positive cases of COVID-19 were reported…

Dozens of Escondido Union students, staff under quarantine — FOX 5 San Diego