November 2015 Around Town 2


Leatherby Libraries 
Celebrate 10 Years

In celebration of the Leatherby Libraries’ 10th Anniversary, Chapman University honored the Leatherby Family who is responsible for the lead gift to build the spectacular $26 million facility. A reception and dedication of the Leatherby Family Wall of Honor was held in the Allred Entrada of the libraries, where formal portraits of the family were unveiled, along with a display case of family items committed to scholarship, libraries and the Orange County community. A new digital donor wall to honor gifts to the library and to feature special donors was also revealed. A banquet at Fish Interfaith Center followed to celebrate the bright future of the venerable institution.

A Modern Approach to Cooking

CulinaryLab is a forward-focused cooking school, where timeless techniques meet cutting-edge curriculum and real world training in order to cook up bold, contemporary cuisine. Participants are taught by top local chefs in a tech-savvy, hands-on learning atmosophere with a sustainable food philosophy. Applications are being accepted for CulinaryLab’s January 2016 class. It is located at Cooks Chapel on the ground floor of the Packing House in downtown Anaheim. Apply online at

Balboa Island Poster Offered

The Balboa Island Museum’s Museum Store, which is housed in an adorable 1927 cottage on Marine Avenue, is offering a gaggle of new merchandise perfect for your shopping pleasure. Look for historical prints, original artwork, jewelry, and beautiful home décor. The most recent addition is an exclusive Balboa Island poster, which was created exclusively for the museum and is a collage of recognizable landmarks. Pick up a copy in person or have it shipped. The 16” x 20” print is $20, or $50 framed.

Pacific City Opens to the Public

The long-awaited Pacific City complex in Huntington Beach has announced its opening to the public on Saturday and Sunday, November 7 & 8, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The highly-anticipated new dining, entertainment and shopping destination is near the Huntington Beach Pier at 21022 Pacific Coast Highway. First guests to arrive will receive free tote bags with special merchant giveaway samples. DJs will entertain and complimentary “tastes” from participating Pacific City restaurants will be offered.

Gone With the Wind Revisited

The FIDM Museum Fashion Council is exploring the fashions of the Civil War era and the costumes of the Civil War epic, Gone With the Wind, in a presentation titled “Hooped: 1860s Fashions.” It will be held at the Orange County FIDM campus at 17590 Gillette Avenue in Irvine on Saturday, November 14, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $75 and include a taste of Southern cuisine and three exciting lectures. The exhibit, also titled “Hooped: 1860’s Fashions,” opened in August and runs through February 20, 2016. Museum hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Underwriting Party Launches Holiday Gala

Capitalizing on its December 20th gala, themed “Bubbles, Baubles and Berlin” (as in Irving Berlin), the Pacific Chorale recently held its holiday gala underwriting party with a posh afternoon champagne soiree at the lovely Laguna Niguel home of longtime supporters Darrellyn and David Melilli. Each year, the gala follows the chorale’s “Tis the Season” concert, presented with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.