Audi Q5 Diesel has Fuel Economy and Performance

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Clean diesel power appeals to drivers on two levels: performance and fuel economy. Audi’s midsize utility vehicle, the Q5, is available with five powertrains, ranging from a 2.0-liter turbo to the supercharged V-6 in the sporty SQ5, but the one that catches my eye is the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6.

New Home Remodel

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General Contactor/Interior Designer Julie Laughton of Julie Laughton Deign Build in Newport Beach was not daunted when she was asked by a client to do a remodel on a three-year-old home in Corona del Mar.

Ed Selich Relishes His Role as Father

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Ed Selich is a busy man. Serving as mayor of Newport Beach for the third time in seven years obviously agrees with him. The smile is ever-ready and nothing seems to daunt him. But, I have to say, his face really lights up when he talks about his wife, Lynn, and his family. Suffice it to say, this loving husband and father–and grandfather–will certainly enjoy Father’s Day.

Cycling in Croatia

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As I slowly crawl up another incline on my bicycle, I check my mirror to see a pack of septuagenarians inching closer. In an instant, the ringing of passing bells mutes the sound of my bike chain. One by one, the group passes me, most of whom have 40 years on me, and I’m the one out of breath. I could justify my sluggish performance on my recent spike in olive oil consumption, but no one likes excuses. Inspired by the cycling of others in my group, I take a deep breath, gear-up and spin my legs a little faster. Not long after, I reach the peak feeling satisfied by the sweeping views of the Adriatic Sea and by my ability to keep on pushing. I’m in Croatia, on the island of Brac, on a cycling tour, which will take me through the islands of Brac and Hvar in the Croatian region of Dalmatia.

CHOC Follies XVIII Presents “CHOCAGO”

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A take off of Chicago, the vaudeville revue of “guys, dames and debutantes” featured 100 volunteers performing at the Robert B. Moore Theatre in Costa Mesa. The Follies has netted more than $7 million since its inception. Photography Peggy O’Donnell 

New Editor Feted at Festive Party

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Newport Beach Lifestyle’s new editor, Donna Bunce, was celebrated at a party hosted by Julie Ann and Jim Ulcickas at Bluewater Grill. Julie Ann’s new book, Urbanity Fair, was featured in Bunce’s inaugural issue. Photography Ana Launes

OCSA’s “Next Stop LONDON” Gala Delights

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Orange County School of the Arts students shook the rafters at Hotel Irvine performing a musical journey featuring decades of British pop culture. The performance wowed the 575 guests and netted $610,000 for the nationally recognized arts school. Photography Eric Anderson and Cheryl Walsh

The Philosopher Dentist

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Dr. Peter Smrecek, D.D.S., has been in practice in Southern California for 37 years. We caught up with him recently.

‘We Grow Our Own’

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How does a “casual family dining” restaurant like “Wilma’s Patio” on Balboa Island keep packing them in for the last 33 years? What’s the secret?

A Nice Day for a White-Out Wedding!

 Dream gown? Check. Persnickety florist? Check. Top-notch wedding planner? Check.  Unexpected glitches? Check-Check-Check.  I have attended and participated in many different weddings across the country. Every blessed event had one thing in common: some sort of unforeseen mishap. Amazingly, not one involved a wacky uncle + booze.

A Passion for Art

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Janet and Mark Hilbert became acquainted with California Scene paintings quite by accident. Before they were married, they visited a consignment shop to furnish their first home and saw some watercolors that they really liked.

June 2015 Around Town

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The Second Annual Balboa Yacht Club Wooden Boat Festival is coming up on June 6 at, you guessed it, the Balboa Yacht Club! The public is invited to view Newport Beach’s finest wooden boats and yachts, and admission is free, so plan on plan on dropping by for a whale of a good time. Members of the Balboa Yacht Club are the perfect hosts, and the boat owners and an army of volunteers make the day a special day for everyone attending.

June 2015 Editor’s Letter

June 2015 Editor's Letter

 Summer is here!  It is June and time to start thinking about summer and what you’ll be doing the next few months. With Father’s Day approaching, it’s a given fathers will be honored throughout the community on June 21st. One father, in particular, will be enjoying his family on the special day. I think you will enjoy reading about Newport Beach Mayor Ed Selich’s take on fatherhood. “I’m a very lucky guy,” he says of his grown daughters, son-in-law, two adorable grandchildren, and his wife Lynn, whose personality and culinary skills have added a new dimension to their family festivities.  You will be just as impressed reading about the generosity of Newport Beach residents Janet and Mark Hilbert, who have offered their renowned California Scene art collection to Chapman University, along with funds to create a museum. They want to share their passion for the art they love that depicts everyday life in our fair state from 1930 through the present. Note that our cover is a piece from their collection, California artist Rex Brandt’s “Surf’s Up on a Golden Day,” which he painted in 1968. Brandt captures the joy of surfing, which is so much a part of our culture, and, in case you don’t know, he also designed the city’s official seal in 1957, and he and his wife Joan Irving were early supporters of the Orange County Museum of Art.

The Road to the Garden

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Greta Garbo was awarded ‘Select Bitch’– the top female of her variety–at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 2013. The story of how this two-year-old, wire-haired dachshund won at the top dog show in the land is quite remarkable.

May 2015 Editor’s Letter

 Mother’s Day is here.  It is May and time to honor our mothers. My sweet mother has been gone for 11 years, but I will take the time on Mother’s Day, as I often do, to remember all the wonderful ways she touched my life.  This issue features several stories that showcase motherhood. I think you will enjoy Andrea Poe’s “Mother-Daughter Tropical Escape” story about their trip to Jamaica’s Round Hill Hotel and Villas and its simple pleasures. Likewise, our book review of LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now, a collection of 56 candid, funny, poignant, unexpected and soul-bearing essays, is inspiring in that it spawned a Listen to Your Mother movement that this month will feature nearly 40 nationwide events. Those of us who remember mom’s delicious cooking (at least my mom’s was), will enjoy Suzette Zara’s suggestion that making her slow-cooked pot roast and garlic mashed potatoes for mother on Mother’s Day is just the ticket. Besides, her recipes of comfort food are the skinny versions. Finally, you must read in Parting Thoughts the stories of two mothers who laud motherhood in spite of daunting personal circumstances.

May 2015 Around Town

Irvine Barclay Theatre is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a special exhibition at John Wayne Airport (JWA). Located pre-security along the pedestrian walkway connecting Terminal B and C, the exhibition, entitled “Wit, Style, Power, Grace,” explores the artistic and cultural diversity of Orange County through the lens of events presented at the Barclay over its history. The Barclay has developed a national reputation as a leader in developing culturally relevant programs that are unique to Southern California. Curated by Henry Korn, the exhibit can be viewed through November 27, 2015.

City of Hope Honors Cancer Survivor Frank Di Bella

The “Let’s Be Frank About Cancer” gala at the Island Hotel hosted 400 guests, including Governor Jerry Brown. Frank Di Bella credits City of Hope’s Sumanta Pal, M.D., for saving his life. Proceeds benefit Pal’s research. Photos by Kristine Kelly

A “Beauty” to Cherish

Segerstrom Center presented the world premiere of American Ballet Theatre’s new production of The Sleeping Beauty to rave reviews. ABT Artist-in-Residence Alexei Ratmansky’s breathtaking choreography and designer Richard Hudson’s sumptuous costumes and sets made for a memorable evening. Photography Doug Gifford, Kimberly April, Gene Schiavone

‘Go Red for Women” Luncheon Gets the Word Out

The American Heart Association’s Orange County “Go Red for Women” Luncheon, held at the Hotel Irvine, attracted nearly 500 guests and netted $435,000 to fund programs and research to fight cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Photography Kristine Kelly

Mother-Daughter Tropical Escape

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You know something very good is happening to your soul when you awake with a single worry: Will the woodpecker linger at the palm tree outside your window long enough for your eight-year-old daughter to catch a glimpse of him?

Living the Good Life

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Area residents always eagerly anticipate the Annual Newport Beach Wine Festival, hosted by the Balboa Bay Resort, and this year is no exception. In the 12th year of the event, the resort has retained the festival’s tried and true events, and stepped it up in other areas.

Art and Culture on the Bay

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As far as artwalks in Orange County go, the Balboa Island Artwalk has one thing over all others.

A New Health/Fitness/Therapy Business Opens in Newport Beach

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I have suffered from intermittent sciatica pain for many years. To combat the uncomfortable feeling, I have tried different conventional and unconventional approaches that have yielded somewhat successful results. When One Fitness & Therapy owner Chris Swartz invited me to come and work out at his center in Newport Beach, I felt curious and intrigued to try this new method.

It All Starts with a Good Plan

Who would know that this statuesque Midwest gal in her pointed orange ostrich cowboy boots would be navigating construction job sites, managing men, and delivering client’s new home or remodeling dreams with extraordinary creativity and drive. You have a concept? Julie Laughton will deliver.



In 2010, Ann Imig organized a live-staged reading event in Madison, Wisconsin, to bring together her community—mothers and non-mothers alike—and provide a forum for a diversity of voices to share their personal stories. These readers spoke honestly and openly about motherhood, family, childhood and parenting. And so, the Listen to Your Mother movement was born. This one event quickly grew into an annual national performance sensation, with nearly 40 nationwide events scheduled for May 2015. Now, in LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now, Imig brings to the page what she helped bring to the stage five years ago with this collection of 56 candid, funny, poignant, unexpected and soul-bearing essays.

Motherhood is not for the fainthearted

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As an ambitious young woman in love with a high-spirited New Yorker, Doreen Sternkopf pictured the happy life ahead: marriage, children, a home full of laughter and music. But the realities of motherhood rarely meet the expectations of the uninitiated.