Scuba Santa. (Photo: Adam Birkan for the Enquirer)
Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Newport Aquarium, 1 Aquarium Way, Newport. Holiday decorations throughout Aquarium. Underwater Santa show alongside sharks, shark rays and Denver the Sea Turtle. Through Dec. 31. Included with admission: $23, $15 ages 2-12, free under age 2. 800-406-3474; www.newportaquarium.com.
Christmas at EnterTRAINment Junction, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, EnterTrainment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester Township. Take “Journey to the North Pole,” meet Mrs. Claus and Santa. See “Main Street Holiday Trains” displays, which offer some free winter train displays. Through Jan. 2. 513-898-8000; www.entertrainmentjunction.com.
Holiday Ice Skating, noon-6 p.m. and 8-10 p.m. Monday-Sunday, Northland Ice Skating, 10400 Reading Road, Evendale. Climate-controlled rink. Free skate rental. Through Jan. 3. $9, $7 children. 513-563-0008; www.northlandicecenter.com.
A Star Wars-themed light show dances across the lake at The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens for Festival of Lights. (Photo: Madison Schmidt for The Enquirer)
PNC Festival of Lights, 5-9 p.m. http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2015/12/28/christmas-leftovers-holiday-events-continue/77762870/
Gabriel River that divides Orange County from Los Angeles County. Seal Beach lacks the surf-town hustle of Huntington Beach, the high-end glitz of Newport Beach, the Riviera splendor of Laguna Beach. At the foot of Main Street stands the gray timbers of the Seal Beach Pier, and the stretch of sand on either side of it is so broad, flat and empty that, on weekdays at least, it’s possible to walk the strand and feel lonely.
It was not always this way. Seal Beach started where its sister beach towns to the south have ended up, glamorous and tourist-laden. Seal Beach was the first of the beach towns to be served by the Red Car Line, bringing in the ocean-bound hordes beginning in 1904. The city fathers enticed them by building what was then the longest pleasure pier on the West Coast, with 52 giant “scintillators” left over from the most recent world’s fair erected at the end. These huge light standards, arrayed like a battalion of soldiers staring out to sea, cast brilliant rainbows of light onto the water for night swimming. By 1920, the Jewel Café and the Seal Beach Dance Pavilion and Bathhouse with its 90-foot plunge flanked the pier and were the talk of the coast. Seal Beach was a must-stop for weekend beachgoers with a quarter to burn on the trolley, as well as for the stars of the silent screen arriving in their roadsters and limos. Cecil B. DeMille parted the waters in his first filming of the “Ten Commandments” here, as sightseers plied the beach walk on miniature wicker cars powered by electric motors. A giant roller coaster two blocks long towered over all, and celebrities popped into town aboard their private planes, which landed at the Seal Beach Airport, famous for its Airport Club 24-hour casino.
Prohibition and the Great Depression, followed by the demise of the Red Cars, ended all that, grinding Seal Beach’s incarnation as Sin City into dust. In its place arose a quiet family town known for its hokey, beloved Main Street Christmas parade, and for being one of the safest places to live in Orange County. Name a crime, and it occurs less often here than any other town in the area, and at a rate far below the national average. From 2005 to October 2011, there was exactly one murder in Seal Beach: an 88-year-old man shot his 86-year-old wife as she lay in a nursing home suffering from advanced dementia. The family begged the community for understanding in the wake of this “mercy killing.”
No town could have been less prepared for Scott Dekraai as he turned off Pacific Coast Highway a block away from Main Street and pulled into the busy Bay City Center shopping plaza. He drove pa... http://www.ocregister.com/articles/dekraai-697917-salon-beach.html
Or waiting for Sunday church traffic to clear out?
That’s why David Feldberg, broker/owner of Coastal Real Estate Group in Newport Beach, CA, advises his clients to spend some time at their would-be house at all hours of the day and night to find out what it would really be like to live in the neighborhood.
Let’s check out some of the times during the day and night buyers might want to visit a home they like, paying extra attention to local goings-on.
8 a.m.: Is your commute a slog?
“It’s just 10 miles to work as the crow flies,” Lea Jacobson heard about a home she had her eye on in Portland, OR. But Jacobson was skeptical.
“I am not a crow; I don’t fly,” she says. So she decided to see for herself by driving around the area at rush hour. While her commute ended up being doable, she definitely recommends doing the test drive. Track the actual time it takes to commute from your driveway to your office to determine how long those red lights are and how bad the backup is on the on ramp—and if you can stand it. If you’re planning to take public transportation, give that a try, too.
10 a.m.: Do you hear what I hear?
Glenda Cook of San Antonio gets literally rattled by noise coming from the quarry a mile from her house.
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“I wish I had known how badly it would shake my house when they detonate rock in the middle of the day. The home builder never said a word during the buying process, and it still startles me when I’m working in my office.”
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