September 2015 Around Town 5


Debutante Ball Highlight for 15 Seniors

The 75-year-old Assistance League of Newport-Mesa honored 15 high school seniors at its 24th Annual Medallion Recognition Ball, held at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. The debutantes were recognized for their close to 3,500 hours of community service during their four years as members of Assisteens, an auxiliary of ALNM. Dressed in traditional white gowns and evening gloves and carrying a floral pomander, each girl performed the classic St. James bow and waltzed with her father. Wendy Braun co-chaired the 180-guest dinner dance for friends and family members.

Giving with an Impact

Impact Giving, an Orange County women’s giving collective, announced eight grants totaling $125,000 at its sixth annual “Making An Impact” awards ceremony at the Center Club in Costa Mesa. The recipients were: Give a Child Life, The Wooden Floor, Giving Children Hope, The Alzheimer’s Association of Orange County, Concern America, Hart Community Homes’ Monkey Business Café, Family Promise, and Voices for Children through CASA-OC. The philanthropic group has awarded $731,000 in grant money to deserving nonprofits since its founding in 2009.

Laguna Dance Festival Announces Performances

The Laguna Dance Festival, scheduled for September 3–13, is showcasing two world-renowned dance companies. The Malpaso Dance Company from Havana, Cuba, will perform its West Coast premiere on September 10 & 11, and San Francisco’s Alonzo King LINES Ballet returns to perform September 12 & 13. All performances are at Laguna Playhouse. In addition, a free public dance performance is being held at the September 3 First Thursdays Art Walk in three different locations, and master classes for local intermediate and advanced dancers are scheduled for September 10, 12 & 13 at the Laguna Beach High School dance studio. Visit for times and prices, if applicable.

First-Time Eco Expo in Newport Beach

The Newport Chamber of Commerce and the City of Newport Beach are presenting the first-ever Newport Beach Eco Expo on Saturday, September 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Called “Green on the Green” because it is being held at the Civic Green at the Newport Beach Civic Center, there will be local businesses and organizations showcasing “green” practices, innovation, products, education, and more. The City of Newport Beach will be bringing its truck, the Interactive Sealife Outreach Pod (ISOpod), so bring the kids to view the tidepools and sea life. |

Newport Beach Icon Announces New Head Chefs

The Balboa Bay Club and Resort have both announced new talent at the helm of its food and beverage operations. Rachel Haggstrom has been named executive chef of Balboa Bay Resort. Formerly Chef de Cusine, the talented chef will oversee the resort’s restaurants, including Waterline and A&O Kitchen+Bar, as well as the resort’s day-to-day culinary operations, including special events, galas and weddings. New on the Balboa Bay Club side is Executive Chef David Fuñe, who some of you might remember from his stint at Surf & Sand Resort in Laguna Beach. His credentials are impeccable and will enable him to oversee the club’s Members Grill, as well as member banquet events and special occasions.

Catalina Art Show a Walk on the Wild Side

The Fifth Annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show & Sale is coming up on Sunday, October 25, from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club. The show will feature nationally acclaimed plein air artists with their interpretations of Catalina’s rugged wildlands, as well as Avalon and Two Harbors. Proceeds will support the growth of a permanent collection of plein air artwork that docments the island’s “wild side” and the Conservancy’s restoration efforts. Advanced sale of Priority Admission tickets are available for attendees at 1:30 p.m., with General Admission tickets available for 2:30 p.m. Please visit for further information.