Celebrating Two Years of Inspiring Community

Our magazine’s publisher, Randy Harding, launched this publication two years ago on pretty much a wing and a prayer. He firmly believed in creating a community-inspired magazine that, as he puts it in his “Happy Birthday Newport Beach Lifestyle magazine” story in this issue, had to be “a publication where the local businesses could generate interest in their products and services, and the readers could embrace the stories of the people and the history that is Newport Beach.”

A Clear and Present Vision

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Oceana was founded in 2001 by a group of leading foundations after a study they commissioned revealed that less than 0.5 percent of all resources spent by environmental nonprofit groups in the United States went to ocean advocacy, an appalling statistic! In other words, no organization was working exclusively to protect and restore the oceans on a global scale.

August 2015 Around Town

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My Generation: Young Chinese Artists, the exhibition that Orange County Museum of Arts (OCMA) recently launched and which runs through October 11, 2015, is a look at the new generation of artists emerging in mainland China since 2000. Born after 1976, all of them are products of the One Child Policy, have grown up with a high-powered market economy and been exposed to global art movements through the Internet and, increasingly, liberalized education at China’s art academies. They have much to say about their homeland–positive and negative–and are able to navigate around the restrictions of censorship and cultural differences. The exhibition is supported by The Segerstrom Foundation, Visionaries and Chopard. OCMA.net

The Guilds of the Center’s Spring Celebration

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The Guilds of Segerstrom Center for the Arts honored Chairman Emeritus Gail Daniels with the Georgia Spooner Inspiration Award at its “A Night of Discovery” gala at the Fairmont Hotel. The effort raised $150,000. Photography by Doug Gifford and Nick Koon

Balboa Island Parade Great Fun

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Hundreds gathered to celebrate the 22nd event sponsored by the Balboa Island Improvement Association. The “Anchors Aweigh” theme on the historic island inspired golf carts and floats, vintage cars, drill teams, marching bands, local dignitaries and much more. Photography by Ana Launes

Sushi Roku

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On a brisk Sunday morning, shoppers at Fashion Island strolled by the new addition to the center’s dining scene. While this Newport Beach location just opened in June, the Sushi Roku restaurants, owned by Innovative Dining Concepts, perfected this luxe style of dining decades ago. With locations in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Pasadena and West Hollywood–and another at the swanky W Hotel in Scottsdale–Sushi Roku knows how to blend a hip ambiance with decadently refined Japanese fare.

Birds on a Wire

Birds on a Wire

One of my dear friends is a painter who sees the world through her amazing artist eyes. When she was the newbie in our neighborhood, her heart was sensitive to how to integrate her family into the community. Driving one day she noticed how birds perched on a telephone wire seemed to choose when to gather, and who to pause with. As she watched the birds sit, and then come and go, those birds spoke to her of how we create community, who we keep counsel with, and even the dynamic nature of the process.

Human Options Honors Swayne Family

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Human Options’s annual Serious Fun benefit netted $394,000 to stop the cycle of domestic violence in Orange County. Held at Balboa Bay Resort, the 400-guest “Black Tie Masquerade” affair honored Keith Swayne, his late wife Judy, and daughter Anne Swayne Keir, for their ongoing support. Photography by Lisa Renee Baker

Happy Birthday, Newport Beach Lifestyle Magazine!

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You probably have heard the saying, “Information is power.” In the 20th century, information and its distribution were controlled by centralized media platforms. Large information bureaus like the Associated Press and others were very powerful and had the ability to control what, when, and how information was going to be seen and heard. Likewise, the promotion of products and services were seen only through the same well-established media platforms. Their influence over our buying decisions and habits was unprecedented. If we were going to drink something, we had better drink Coke, because it was “The real thing.” For those of us with wild hair, Brylcreem told us that “A little dab will do you!” For those of us that love beef, we were asked by a funny, little old lady on behalf of Wendy’s, “Where’s the beef?” 



Sue Hook was just 15 and a sophomore at Paramount High School in Los Angeles in 1965 when she and her friend, Nancy Myers, found out about a little boy in their neighborhood who had cystic fibrosis.

A Cape Cod Respite

A Cape Cod Respite

I awaken to a pair of swans paddling towards shore and a blue heron diving for fish in the pond beneath my window. A lone skiff bobs in the distance. Golden seagrass sways in the breeze. The sky is swirling, a mix of baby blue and steel grey, while clouds float by so perfectly in sync they look as if they have been suspended by wire. There is no denying I am on Cape Cod.

A Passion for Piano

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Morgan Simmsgeiger, an inspiring pianist and former teacher, is passionate in her belief that learning to play the piano for a child is life-changing, and her very successful business, Piano For Kids, is proof of her theory.

OC Caravan is Making its Mark

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OC Caravan is an eclectic mix of interviews, politics, music, and, as Producer/Host Scott Hays says, “conversations about random stuff that we find interesting.” The show broadcasts on Cox-TV, Channel 3, 8 p.m. Saturdays and noon Sundays.