Monthly Archives: August 2015

Where there’s smoke…

Factoid of the week: Vietnamese-Americans are more likely to be smokers than the rest of the U.S. population, according to the Centers for Disease Control. But, according to the CDC’s and other studies, smoking in the Vietnamese community is limited mostly to older, first-generation Americans.

A local group is targeting the Little Saigon area in Garden Grove and Westminster as part of a campaign to reduce or eliminate smoking.

Read all about it in Tony Cheong’s “Tony on the Town” column in this week’s Orange County News.

– Brady Rhoades

A shout out!

A shout out to the cheerleaders!

Often overlooked but never to be underestimated, cheerleaders will be rallying crowds at local football games — and other sporting events — this fall.

Pictured is the Rancho Alamitos High cheer squad performing a maneuver. Photo is by Dave Smithson.

–Brady Rhoades



Leos, be careful of overspending…

Do you know that if we don’t run the astrological forecast in the OCN every week, we’re sure to get calls?

I’ve never been one to read my horoscope, but many folks do, so I thought it would be fun to blog one this week for the Leos, since we’re in Leo season:

How is your financial situation? Do not create any great waves in your financial picture. Be careful of over-spending, over-valuing. No loans (given or applied for) at this time. Review finances, create new budgets (applied after three weeks), assess inflow/outflow, and if everything monetary is proceeding as planned or needs changing. Include a list of your values. And don’t forget to tithe.

– Brady Rhoades

Sikh Coalition gives back at OC Food Bank

The Sikh Coalition, a national community-based organization that works towards the realization of civil and human rights for all people, will help out at the Orange County Food Bank, 11870 Monarch St., from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in Garden Grove on Saturday, Aug. 22. 

This community service event is a “Day of Seva,” or selfless service, a key component to living a good life in the Sikh religion.

Sikhism is a monotheistic religion founded in the 16th century in the Punjab district of what is now India and Pakistan. Today, there are approximately 20 million followers worldwide.

Though a Sikh organization is putting it on, volunteering for this event is open to all faiths.

For more information about this event, visit The Sikh Coalition’s Facebook page or its event page.

– Justine Banal