Santa Ana held its weekly Saturday Vegan Festival, at 101 N Bush Street in the Blue Lot. The event consists of over 20 vendors set up side by side bordering the Blue Lot.
There were all kinds of plant based food products ranging from Asian, Mexican, American, Italian and more. Some of the vendors I tried were Mama’s International Tamales, Nodoh Brand and Vegan by el Zamorano.
My favorite was the fried mozzarella sticks by Nodoh Brand. Aside from food served by stands there are also vendors selling healing crystals, photography, meditation books, vegan bath bombs and matcha tea plus Mexican water and baked sweets.
Vegan vendors come together every Saturday at the Blue Lot to share their creations with the community. There is available on and off street parking conveniently located near the Blue Lot. All are welcome, bring your appetite and an open mind to try all sorts of new foods
Reporter: Claudia Arce
Steve Irwin, also known as “The Crocodile Hunter”, would have been 57 less than a week ago. He died on September 4, 2006 while filming a documentary about marine life. His impact stretches all the way around the world in terms of the environment and animal life. Irwin’s television show, The Crocodile Hunter, taught all who watched about numerous kinds of animals.
Steve Irwin was born on February 22, 1962, in Victoria, Australia. His parents, Bob and Lyn Irwin, owned and operated the Australia Zoo located in Queensland, Australia. From an early age he would wrestle and play with the crocodiles in the zoo, and for his birthday one year, he received a 12-foot python from his parents as a present. His first job, in fact, was to catch crocodiles for a company he was working for. Irwin said that he caught over a hundred crocodiles, some of which found their way into the Australia Zoo.
Irwin’s show, The Crocodile Hunter, began in 1996 and used footage from his honeymoon as the focal points for the first episode of the show. Irwin would later go on numerous adventures for his other episodes. His show made people excited to learn about animals and the wild. Featured on Animal Planet, after one year on local television, and it was a major success all over the world. At the peak of the show’s popularity, over 200 countries were tuning in to watch Steve Irwin. His look, enthusiasm, and his signature catchphrase “Crikey” became known around the globe. Many people credit his style for making learning about animals and nature that much more exciting. Sadly, the show ended in 2004, but in the final episode, Irwin talks about some of his favorite moments including those with his wife Terri Irwin, who continues to carry on his educational legacy.
After the show was over, he began to make cameos on other popular animal television shows. In fact he even made a quick appearance in the film Dr. Dolittle: 2. He died while filming a story for Ocean’s Deadliest in his hometown of Queensland. He was pierced numerous times by a stingray he was observing and one of the punctures hit his heart. Irwin died later that day due to loss of bleeding. He died on September 4, 2006.
Although he is no longer with us, his moments as the crocodile hunter live on in the lives of so many around the world. His actions on television have shown people things they thought they would never see or experience. Irwin brought Australian wildlife to people all across the globe. Perhaps it is Irwin’s personality, charisma, and enthusiasm that will be missed the most. Steve Irwin is “The Crocodile Hunter.
Reporter: Myles Witte
School is what keeps most of students occupied. We spend up to 7 hours in school being educated on different topics, but we aren’t taught about other topics such as mental health. In elementary school kids are taught about changes that occur in our body as we get older, but mental health isn’t part of the curriculum.
Statistics show that 1 in 5 teens aged 14 to 24 suffer from a mental health illness. Only a third of those teenagers are getting the proper help and resources needed. Some students may not know that they are experiencing a mental illness because they've never been taught the warning signs to look out for. The lack of knowledge later on leads to questions which can’t always be answered.
As of 2018, anxiety is the most common mental illness in the U.S. that is affecting up to 40 million adults starting at the age of eighteen. Only 36% of those suffering with anxiety receive the proper treatment. That is only one example, but there are other disorders that remain untreated as well. The government and school districts spend thousands of dollars designing curriculum for students of all ages yet fail to address the growing epidemic of mental illnesses in the United States today.
Reporter: Gisselle Suarez
The Riverdale Star Luke Perry who played Archie Andrew’s dad on the show, died on March 4th, 2019 after having a massive stroke. On Wednesday February 27th, Perry was rushed to the hospital after suffering the stroke in his home located in Sherman Oaks, California.
Emergency responders reported receiving a call from the residence in regards to a stroke. According to paramedics who arrived at the site, Perry was responsive and talking, but his condition worsened later on. His representatives informed that doctors sedated Perry in hopes of giving his brain a shot to recuperate. Unfortunately the damage caused by the stroke was too extensive and the actor died at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank.
Perry died alongside his closest friends, relatives, and his children. In sorrow, LIli Reinhart who acted alongside Perry in the show Riverdale tweeted,“I'm finding it hard to grasp that he will no longer be around to give long hugs and share his wisdom and kindness with all of us.” The whole Riverdale crew is devastated, and they are dedicating season 3 in his honor.
Perry is best known for his portrayal of Dylan Mckay on the 90’s coming of age drama,Beverly Hills 90210. Perry left behind children, Jack, Sophie, and fiancé Wendy Madison Bauer.
Reporter: Jeraldy Gomez
The Pacific Symphony is holding their 4th annual Lantern Festival at the Segerstrom Center of the Arts , in celebration of Year of the Pig. The pig is the 12th animal of all the Chinese zodiac signs. According to one myth the pig was late because a wolf destroyed his home and he had to rebuild it before he could set off, forcing him to be last. In Chinese culture the Pig is associated with fortune.
To celebrate the end of the Lunar New Year live music was held, dancing, art making, riddles and food from across Asia! I learned a lot about chinese culture while at the festival. The women were all dressed in beautiful vibrant colored silk sarees, and the men wore wide sleeves with silky loose flowing fabrics as well. Despite the rainy atmosphere, the little boys and girls were still nicely dressed in their prideful traditional clothing. I had a lot of fun, decorating my very own lantern and enjoying the live music.
The Lantern Festival can be traced back 2,000 years, which takes place on the 15th day of the Lunar New Year and marks the return of spring, representing the reunion of family.
A little bit about pigs:
Pigs are social, playful animals that protect each other and like to relax in the sun or cool off in the mud. They’re known to recognize
their own names and show empathy for other pigs. Some love to cuddle while others prefer their own space.
Reporter: Claudia Arce