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In-person fellowship is a staple of the recovery community and many 12-step programs, so when COVID-19 shut-down orders were put in place, recovering alcoholics and addicts were left wondering what to do and where to go.

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With no in-person classes being held during the COVID-19 pandemic, Orange Coast College students have found their sleep schedules upended in a variety of ways.

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While most of the world is practicing social distancing and self-quarantine during COVID-19, there has been an increased number of wild animal sightings as they wander out of national parks and are exploring more populated areas.

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When we got the stay-at-home orders my gym, like everyone else’s, closed immediately. I felt angry at the closure but shortly after I realized how selfish my feelings were. Nonetheless, working out has always been a big part of my life.

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Sitting in quarantine 6,203 away from her family, former Orange Coast College student Emma Garay is stuck in Florence, Italy.

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Liquor has always been a vice Americans have refused to give up. Even during the COVID-19 quarantine, alcohol sales have been up 55 percent nationally, according to a report from the Nielson Co. in the week ending March 21.

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In order to stay in business during the COVID-19 quarantine, small business owners have no choice but to get creative.

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Bodhi Edwards grew up learning about surfboards, but attending Orange Coast College and using its surfboard shaper led him on a new educational journey.

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I remember when my 20-year-old friend and I were in class talking about fashion trends. I mentioned how I wore gladiator sandals in 2006. She gave me the strangest look. I could see that she was trying to add the numbers in her head.

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A small juice bar in Costa Mesa uses smoothies and juice to stop the spread of human trafficking by donating 100 percent of its profits to a victims’ organization.

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Orange Coast College’s DSLR Photography Program has always been ahead of the curve — even when it wasn’t.

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After over 40 years of teaching at Orange Coast College, art history instructor Irini Rickerson will celebrate her retirement with a last lecture saying goodbye to the college.

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A free course designed for non-native English speaking parents to help give them the language skills necessary to advocate for their children is being offered at Orange Coast College for the first time this semester.

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As Orange Coast College reels after a recent tragedy, a new state-funded grant will help the Student Health Center address issues of mental health that may arise for students in the coming months.

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Three Orange Coast College students have been selected from a highly competitive national pool of candidates for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel abroad this summer and do humanitarian projects with the group Export Hope.

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Orange Coast College student Valerie Fernandez is a mere three rounds away from possibly winning a national business pitch competition.

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Scott Mitchell wasn’t expecting to see his name in a list of Orange County’s 100 most influential people.

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Orange Coast College’s Ecology Club is more than just an ecologically based club, it’s a place where students can feel united in a community.

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If you’ve ever wondered who the green vested adults are who can be spotted picking up trash and making Orange Coast College’s campus squeaky clean, you’re not alone.

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The months-long pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong might be 7,200 miles away from Orange Coast College, but for two students on campus the unrest is close to home.

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In an effort to inspire kids and get them excited about science and technology, Orange Coast College hosted the school’s 20th annual Science Night, this year renamed STEM Night, on Friday.

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WalletHub recently released a list of the most vegan and vegetarian-friendly cities in the country and Orange County got a spot near the top with Anaheim ranking No. 12.

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Following the grand opening of The Closet, students from Orange Coast College’s fashion program modeled a few outfits from The Closet’s collection at The Box on Oct. 9.

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The Harry and Grace Steele Children’s Center at Orange Coast College welcomed the arrival of a tortoise hatchling on Sept. 17 and since then five more baby tortoises have joined the family — including their parents, Rocky and Georgia.

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The 16th annual OC Children’s Book Festival will have a little something for everyone when it comes to the Orange Coast College campus on Sunday.

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Orange Coast College is one of the first community colleges in the nation to offer a Virtual Reality Certificate Program, which starts this Fall semester as part of the Film and Television department.

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The Closet, located in Pirates’ Cove, is scheduled to open on Sept. 25 as a resource for students in need of professional attire or warm winter clothing.

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A new Aquarium Science certificate program has launched at Orange Coast College this fall. Students can earn the credential by taking eight required courses totaling nine units.

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For Rick Harlow, an associate professor in the Ornamental Horticulture department, seeing trash cans full of rotting lettuce, carrots, herbs and fruit led him to find a way for his department to give back.

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Sam Melvin says the most important thing is staying calm. Before every big race, Melvin said he calms down and focuses on executing his own race.

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Most colleges do not have an oasis in the middle of campus, but at Orange Coast College, students can find gurgling fountains, trees that give glorious shade, and flowers releasing sweet fragrance into the air. There is grass to sit in, benches to read a book on and tables to eat lunch at.

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They are often overlooked — the guys in the green carts who traverse the campus every day, keeping it clean, fresh and ready for students to gather.

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Jeff Anderson and Mike Brook have been best friends for 51 years.

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Natalia Jimenez loves flowers. And she loves her mother.

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I didn’t know I could want to adopt 10 dogs all at once and without hesitation until the Pet Expo located at the OC Fairgrounds came along over the weekend.

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At the back of Orange Coast College’s Campus Safety building is a small desk crowded by a set of dual monitors the size of big-screen TVs.

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Inspired by the reality television show “Shark Tank,” Orange Coast College’s own version of the show, called Pirates Plank, held its third annual event on April 4, giving students the opportunity to win cash prizes, mentorships and internships at the OCC Maker’s Space.