The Fish Fry opened on September 20th through September 22nd; 5-10 p.m. Friday, 12-10 p.m. Saturday & Sunday. It has been around for 72 years at Fairview Park. Money that is raised by Fish Fry is being donated to Children's hospitals in Orange County, Knots of Love, Project Cuddle, Some Cares Soup Kitchen, Costa Mesa Boys and Girls Club, Save our Youth, and local high school sports. The Costa Mesa Fish Fry has raised more than $6 million for the community. Students that are Costa Mesa residents came to The Fish Fry to see what they had to offer. Miriam Arriaga, a student that goes to Estancia High School came to hang out at The Fish Fry on September 21st and saw some friends of hers that she hasn’t seen in 2 years. She said, “I got a funnel cake and I was wishing they had strawberry toppings but they ran out.” Estancia, Costa Mesa and Early College High School students were in attendance. Most of the time many families are having fun with their kids and walking around the area. On the other side of Fairview, where the parking lot was at; music and food stands were displayed everywhere. Older couples could be found near the stage and danced to the music. Others were sitting in chairs, watching the couples, listening to T- Bird and the Flock. A 10th grader Dylan Park from Early College said, “It was pretty alright. I had fun with my friends”. The park was filled with laughter, joy, and smiles all around as many look forward to this event in years to come.
Reporter: Leslie Ventura
What if you knew when you would die? The amount of anxiety and nervousness you would get if you don't live your life everyday with no worries? What if you could find it out easily by just downloading one simple app? The exact date and time you would have till your death. Countdown comes out on October 25th. Justin Dec is the director of the movie. Actress Elizabeth Lial, is the protagonist and is a nurse who downloads an app; where you can find out the exact time and date for your death. Once you open the app, it asks if you accept the fate; knowing the consequences of what’s bound to happen next. She accepts it and it shows she has three days to live. Time is ticking faster and faster. A figure follows her every step of the way and she has to figure out what she has to do to stop the time before it runs out. No matter what happens, such as getting a new phone and a new service, it’ll still follow you and keep continuing to countdown until you actually do something about it. I think it’s a cool way for viewers to watch this movie because it’s basically social media displayed in a movie and I would think people can relate to wondering how they would die. Student at Estancia High School, Lesley Hernandez said, "it's a pretty cool app and it would be exciting yet scary to actually have the real thing.¨
Reporter: Leslie Ventura
The OC Fair/Event Center had the pumpkin patch located in LOT C. Entering the pumpkin patch was free, while parking was $9. All activities and pumpkins varied in price. There was a petting zoo, inflatable bounce houses, obstacle courses, and games. The event started on October 6th - 31st. It’s open on weekdays from 1- 9pm. While on the weekdays it opens at 9am - 9pm. Families with kids ran around the pumpkin patch and jumped around the bounce houses. Kenia Rocha and Lesley Hernandez joined along in the fun. The two girls had the best time taking pictures and just having fun with whatever was brought upon the conversations they we’re having. Walking around the pumpkin patch with them was pretty entertaining actually. Senior at Estancia High School, Kenia Rocha said, “The pumpkin patch was cool, but it didn’t really have a lot of things.” which then again, it could’ve been set up better. It was great but if they added more for young adults, maybe it would be more appealing to them. Lesley Hernandez stated, “The pumpkin patch was fun but they didn’t have many activities.” There were small games, but it was more geared towards a younger crowd.
Reporter: Leslie Ventura
The 2019 LA County Fair was located at Fairplex, Pomona CA. The theme this year was Pop Art! It was first held on October 17, 1922, and ran for five days through October 21, 1922, in a former beet field. This year’s fair opened up on August 30th through September 22nd. On wednesday and thursday, they tend to open at noon and end between 10pm through 11pm. Then, on Friday, Saturday, & Sunday they open at noon and end near 10 through midnight. The tickets on the weekdays range from $8 - 14. The weekends and holiday tickets were $12 - 20. I went along with Jessica Espinoza and Nancy Diaz. Initially, our plan was to go and have fun since Jessica and I worked at the OC fair. We didn’t really have enough time to go on rides and actually enjoy the fair. Parking was $15, which was very pricey and crowded. A lot of colorful art was pictured throughout the fair. Lots of people were around this one art museum called, “Pops of Color”. There was tons and tons of beautiful architecture and they even had a pop up of the famous LA landmarks such as the hollywood sign, Randy’s Donuts, LACMA, etc. Vintage items were also at the fair; A cassette tape wall, a Volkswagen Beetle, and a wooden Volkswagen camper van. Majority of the time, we walked around looking at how different it was from the OC Fair. I saw a lot of my old supervisors, talked and hugged a lot of them. Supervisor Megan, said “It’s very cramped here in LA, other than the OC fair everything is so spaced out”. Inside the LA fair, each game was together unlike at the OC fair they had space in between each game where you can pass through easily. Nancy said, “It was pretty interesting. I would love to go back to go for a strawberry horchata that I got over there.” The night was filled with memories and joy that others would never forget.
Reporter: Leslie Ventura
HAWAII IS A STATE OF THE U.S. LOCATED IN THE CENTRAL PACIFIC. LEONARD’S BAKERY IS WIDELY BELIEVED TO HAVE THE BEST MALASADAS IN OAHU AND HAS BEEN OPEN SINCE 1952. MALASADAS ARE PORTUGESE DONUTS THAT ARE FRIED AND COVERED IN GRANULATED SUGAR. IF YOU EVER VISIT OAHU YOU’LL WANT TO TRY THESE DONUTS.
ON MY VISIT TO OAHU I WAS CONVINCED TO VISIT LEONARD’S BY MY FAMILY. MY AUNT GENA ORTIS SAID, “THEY WERE DELICIOUS, SOFT, AND WARM WHEN I BIT INTO THEM”. LEONIDAS RAMONE CLAIMED, “THEY WERE BOMB”. THESE ARE SOLD AT $1.30 EACH. ANOTHER FOOD WORTH TRYING IS THE HAM AND CHEESE WRAP. THIS IS ROLLED UP HAM AND CREAM CHEESE INSIDE OF BREAD GOING FOR $3.50 EACH.
THE SHOP WAS SMALL AND THEY TOOK ORDERS REALLY QUICKLY, HOWEVER, THE WAIT FOR THE FOOD WAS LONG. ALTHOUGH WE WAITED 20 MINUTES FOR THE MALASADAS IT WAS DEFINITELY WORTH IT BECAUSE THEY WERE REALLY HOT AND FRESH. THE MALASADAS WERE LIFE-CHANGING AND YOU WILL LIKE THEM AS WELL IF YOU ENJOY PASTRIES THAT AREN’T REALLY SWEET. ONE THING THAT I FOUND TO BE INCONVENIENT ABOUT LEONARD’S IS THAT THERE IS NOT ENOUGH SPACE TO WAIT FOR YOUR FOOD. THERE IS LITTLE TO NO SPACE TO SIT, SAVE FOR TWO BENCHES AT THE FACE OF THE BUILDING. I GIVE THIS BAKERY AN A+ FOR THE DELICIOUS FOOD AND IT’S GREAT SERVICE. LEONARD’S BAKERY IS LOCATED ON 933 KAPAHULU AVE, HONOLULU, HI 96816.
Reporter: Makai Walker
The Sun is Also a Star was released May 17, 2019 to all theaters nationwide. It was directed by Ry Russo-Young, an American director from New York City who also released the hit movie Before I Fall.
The main characters Yara Shahidi as Natasha Kingsley and Charles Melton as Daniel Jae Ho Bae tells the story of Kingsley (Shahidi) who believes in science and facts and not fate as she looks for a way to go back to Jamaica in an attempt to avoid deportation. It also follows Jae Ho Bae (Melton) on his journey to becoming a doctor.
Jae Ho Bae was always the good kid, living up to his parents high expectations. Jae Ho Bae on his way to a important meeting sees Kingsley from across the train station. Something about Kingsley makes him think that fate has something much more in store. After taking many different trains is set on trying to find her. He intervenes and saves her life.
Although I don't really enjoyed the movie the actors really made the movie believable. In almost every scene there emotions seemed real. I think they chose good actors to play each characters . Overall this movie was an okay movie I would not pay to see this movie at least not in theaters. I would rate this movie a 7/10 and a C.
Reporter: Natalie Garcia
The OC Night Market comes to town three times a year on dates: May 17-19, June 14-16, and August 23-25. As of 2019, it’s the sixth year of the market being at the OC Fair and Event Center. Besides eating a lot of junk-food and uncommon recipes, you can indulge in eating contests, watch live performances, and stroll through the artwalk (art for sale). You can also try some Ramen in a cup or some delicious funnel cakes. The event opens at 4pm and ends at 12am all nights.
The majority of the vendors sell food items that are priced at around $10. Raul Hernandez, senior at Estancia High, ate at Friedays and shared his opinion afterwards. After eating Friedays’ pizza fries he said “they were really good… it exceeded my expectations”. If you want to visit the OC Night Market then you should be aware of its atmosphere.
Juan Uribe, another senior at Estancia High, says that “the atmosphere was very inviting and encouraging for people to come together and explore a different culture”. If there aren’t any live performances in the moment there is hip-hop music booming throughout the whole premises. All of the eating is outside due to vendors location, so wear outdoor clothing as well as comfortable shoes.
The OC Night Market attracts large sums of people so obtaining a place to sit and eat proves to be quite difficult. Another thing to take in to consideration is the waiting lines, many people come to the market so the lines tend to get long. If you are willing to wait a little longer to try out some unique foods then definitely give the OC Night Market a shot.
Reporter: Makai Walker
Homecoming, a new documentary available on Netflix, is written by Beyoncé, produced by Carter (the executive producer), and Dora Melissa Vargas. It stars Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and their children. The documentary first premiered on Netflix on April 17th, 2019 and features live performances of Beyonce’s songs performed at Coachella.
Homecoming is more about the aspects of Beyoncé’s life from being a famous pop star and didn’t reveal much about her childhood. Although, she did share how much work was put into the performance behind the scenes. She also shares the meaning behind her performances that most people might have not noticed until they watch this. Her explanations help the viewers connect the puzzle pieces of the deeper meaning. Beyoncé was able to use her voice to express the ideals and importance of both black culture and black college culture.
Also seen in the film, Beyoncé shares her pregnancy struggles with the world and explains how she had to work out and eat no carbs in order for her to lose weight and be able to fit into her costumes. She did mention how she got rusty in dancing because she hadn’t danced in so long and got weak in certain muscles that wouldn’t allow her perform as she used to. All of these issues acted as a wakeup call for her, so she had to work incredibly hard in order to do her next performance at Coachella where she would be the first black woman to headline the festival. After much disciplined work, she accomplished in fitting into her old suit.
Beyoncé serves as inspiration to anybody and everybody. She is living proof that anything is possible no matter how hard one thinks it is, you just have to set your mind to it. It may get difficult at times, but as long as you are trying you will get closer to your goal. Also, Beyoncé never lost her identity even after becoming famous she carries it within her performances. That is something everybody should look up to because sometimes we forget where we came from due to money or fame. It proves how you can have everything and keep your identity, your past, your family, your culture, etc. The word “documentary” can be turn off many people but trust me when I say this documentary will not bore you! It is a well deserved A.
Reporter: Jennifer Neri
The Last Summer, a new movie on Netflix, came out on May 3rd, 2019. It was directed by William Bindley, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Scott Bindley. The two main film stars are KJ Apa and Maia Mitchell. KJ Apa is well known from the current show called Riverdale and Maia Mitchell is most likely known from The Fostersand Teen Beach Movie. The film’s genre is an American romantic comedy. This movie’s targeted audience is teenagers, specifically seniors graduating high school.
This movie expresses the sense of a entering new chapter in one’s life. The new chapter after high school may lead to getting a higher education or even training for a specific career, but no matter what path one takes - it’s filled with good-byes to the past and hellos to new beginnings. Throughout the movie, it shows activities that the main characters did during their summer because it was their final break before they went their separate ways to college. Their summer was filled with various activities for them such as jobs, parties, family problems, working hard for that last-minute scholarship to ensure financial needs from their desired school, internships, etc.
It’s a very accurate film in many aspects when it comes to the summer activities, saying goodbye to friends and family, and most importantly in its of portrayal of unexpected family problems. The film is not just accurate, but it’s also very relatable for seniors that are graduating. It shows points of view from not only different races, but different members of subgroups - popular and the more quiet. It really does get a good grip on the average high-schooler’s life. Even if the viewer doesn’t relate to one of the groups shown, the stories within the groups consist of something different that anybody can relate to. This film is similar to The Perfect Date since the time period is also a senior year in a high school. It’s a different storyline but both movies are similar. If you enjoyed The Perfect Date, then you will love this movie. The Last Summer gets an A+.
Reporter: Jennifer Neri
On April 25th, 2019, Marvel Studios newest (and allegedly last) Avengers movie hit theatres and it was epic. If you watched Avengers: Infinity War, you know that it left everyone in tears and with lots of questions revolving around the disappearance of numerous Avengers superheroes including, Spider-man (Tom Holland), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Bucky (Sebastian Stan), Groot (Vin Diesel), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), and many more.
With the loss of all of these superheroes the Avengers accepted defeat. In Avengers: Endgame we see some new faces Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) who help the Avengers in their new mission, to fix what Thanos (Josh Brolin) had destroyed in Avengers: Infinity War. Endgame brings back people thought to be dead and gone, and breaks more hearts as they kill off more of everyone's favorite Avengers superheroes. Although the deaths are unexpected and heart wrenching, they are justified and important to the plot and if they had ended any other way the audience would’ve been left unsatisfied.
The movie had the audience clapping, laughing, gasping, and crying. There are a lot of unexpected twists for Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) in the movie and some very heartwarming moments between Hawkeye and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). Endgame still leaves the audience with some questions of the future of some of the superheroes and answers most of the Infinity Wars questions. I suggest re-watching Infinity Wars, going to the bathroom before the movie starts, and bringing tissues. I give Avengers: Endgame an A.
Reporter: Nessa Osso