Around Town 20

Cinco de Mayo!

Three-time Grammy nominated Mariachi Sol de Mexico, celebrating its 35th anniversary year under the direction of founder Jose Hernandez, will make its Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ debut on Thursday, May 5, at 8 p.m. Attendees will enjoy traditional Mexican folk, classical and pop music with Hernandez’ vivid and graceful compositions. Billboard declares the group, “One of the most prolific recording Mariachis in the world…(and has) evolved into a versatile top performing troop.” Tickets start at $29 and are available online at or by calling the box office at 714.556.2787.

Patroness Luncheon Shines

The Adoption Guild of Southern Orange County celebrated its 55th Annual Patroness Luncheon at Balboa Bay Resort with 300 guests in support of Holy Family Service Adoption & Foster Care Agency. Newport Beach personality Jim Roberts emceed, Mi Place fashions entranced, raffle and silent auction prizes enticed, and parents Vivien and Elroy Flores expressed their joy in the adoption of Vincent through HFS. The “friendraising” event leads up to the AG’s 55th Annual Roy Emerson Adoption Guild Tennis Tournament.

Wine Festival, Par Excellence!

The 13th Annual Newport Beach Wine Festival is scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, May 27–29, at Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach. Look for a Far Niente and Nickel & Nickel five-course winemaker dinner May 27; a Trinitas Cellars “Cooking with Wine” cooking class and lunch May 28; a Grand Tasting May 28, plus a Grand Tasting VIP Preview Reception and harbor cruise aboard the club’s new SeaForce1 yacht and event space; and a Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Sunday Brunch on May 29.

Race4Your Future Car Show

UC Irvine, in part with Vital Link of Orange County, is planning another successful Race4Your Future Car Show and UCI Energy Invitational on May 21. High school and college students demonstrate what it takes to be a future engineer. Twenty teams of young men and women are challenged to construct a one person, energy-efficient vehicle and put their product to the test in a time trial against other competitors. In addition, more than 100 rare cars, including muscle cars, classics, antiques, and exotic sports cars, will be featured. Included is live entertainment and tasty bites from local restaurants.

Celebrating 60 Years!

In observance of six decades of women working together to build a stronger Orange County, Junior League of Orange County, California, held a 60th celebratory brunch at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa. JLOCC had a major impact in founding Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Child Abuse Services Team, Volunteer Center Orange County (now OneOC), and the Delhi Center, with major help to other nonprofits. Other highlights include contributing $7 million to the community, with 600+ women contributing more than 12,000 volunteer hours. Here! Here!

Calligaris OC 
Opens at SOCO

Calligaris, a leader in Italian home design since 1923, is opening a dedicated showroom featuring the complete line of the brand’s elegantly modern collection at South Coast Collection (SOCO). Known for its unique mix of classic and contemporary furnishings created by some of Italy’s top designers, Calligaris OC is one of just two stores in the western U.S.