Exploring Our Nation’s Capital

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I’m in a line that snakes along a sloping brick sidewalk. It’s crammed with millennials snapping selfies, families jostling for space and locals looking for a different kind of happy hour. My nine-year-old daughter Maxine and I have joined the throngs outside Georgetown Cupcake (known to TV fans as DC Cupcake). Maxine, a die-hard fan of the show, has convinced me that this is a good use of our time while visiting Washington, D.C. And, once we actually get our cupcakes in hand–delicate sweetness topped with perfect icing and fondant flowers–and catch a sighting of two of the TV show’s stars–she is proven right.

Around Town

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts held its third annual Arts and Business Leadership Awards Dinner, which honored Zelma “Zee” Allred, chairman and CEO of Pool Water Products, with the Distinguished Leader Award and attorney Ashleigh Aitken Of Counsel for Aitken • Aitken • Cohn with the Rising Leader Award. Both women were recognized for their exemplary business leadership and their generous support to Orange County’s arts organizations. The evening included a cocktail party, dinner and awards in Samueli Theater, a performance by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jackson Brown in Segerstrom Hall, and a post-performance party on the Arts Plaza featuring Nicholas David of NBC’s hit talent show, The Voice.

Ode to Summer

Summer is here! We were celebrating Christmas just six months ago, and now we’re gearing up for summer and all it brings. For some, it means planting a vegetable garden, or if you’re not an urban farmer, you are looking forward to enjoying the wonderful produce this time of year offers.

Newport Beach Film Festival Draws 50,000!

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Actors, celebrities, filmmakers, local government officials, and 50,000 film lovers attended the 17th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival. The eight-day run featured 400 films from 50 countries and honored industry icons Rita Moreno, Burt Bacharach, Matthew Morrison, and Kate Beckinsale. Winners were announced in Jury, Audience and Festival categories.

Surf-themed Soiree Benefits Segerstrom Center

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The Guilds’ “Celebrate Creativity 2016–Catch Our Wave” fundraiser at the Island Hotel honored Carol Hunter-Moon with its Inspiration Award, while guests enjoyed “The Wave” cocktail in keeping with the surfing theme. The Surf City All Stars, Beach Boys Tribute Band, entertained, keeping spirits high. Photography Doug Gifford

“Life Without Limits” Gala Warms Hearts

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United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County’s black-tie gala at the Balboa Bay Resort raised funds for children with disabilities and honored David Horowitz of the Horowitz Group and Dana Dowers for their extensive support. Guests were met on the red carpet by UCP-OC child ambassadors and their families.

CASA Nets More Than $1 Million at Gala

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Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) held its Celebration of Children: Black & White Ball at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel with more than 400 guests attending. Kylie Schuyler and Doug Hodge received the Children’s Champion award, while keynote speaker Lauren Leeman inspired as a former foster child. John Watkins Photography

Newport’s Star-Spangled Options for Celebrating Our American Independence

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There’s certainly no lack of fun to be had in Newport Beach on Independence Day, or what is more frequently referenced as the 4th of July.
However, before we start talking star-spangled fun, a primer on the history of our great country’s history is in order, especially after recently watching a beloved news personality conduct man-on-the-street interviews, only to find that there are a lot of folks out there who love 4th of July hotdogs and fireworks, but are a little fuzzy on the reason behind all the celebrating.

Urban Produce, High Density Vertical Farming

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Seventy-five million babies are born worldwide each year. While these sweet newborns must bring joy and light to their families’ lives, their hungry mouths require us to reevaluate how we grow our food. Population growth is not the only concern for farmers and consumers. Climate change, dwindling natural resources and scarce availability of land all put pressure on the global demand for crops.

Summer Is Finally Here…So Let’s Explore!

Summer Is Finally Here…So Let’s Explore!

Newport Beach offers 10 miles of pristine coastline, and is the quintessential place where I like to welcome summer with unabashed vigor. The June weddings and graduations seem a distant memory. I have replaced all that with bright sunshine, sparkling blue water and the excitement of a jam-packed calendar! Here are some activities that make me feel like I am somewhere far, far, away on a blissful vacation. And, somehow it works!

A Wonderful Partnership

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With Festival of Arts celebrating 84 years this summer and Pageant of the Masters a year behind, we are witnessing an extraordinary art partnership right here in Orange County.
For many of us, attending the Festival and Pageant at the beautiful Laguna Bowl on the Festival of Arts grounds in Laguna Beach is an annual pilgrimage, one we look forward to each summer with great anticipation. If, however, you are not familiar with them, here’s a short synopsis:

A Farming Legacy

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Grandfather James Manassero started it all. He began farming in Yorba Linda in 1922. Grandson Dan Manassero remembers visiting his grandfather’s giant garden when he was a kid to pick vegetables and watch him take care of his orange and avocado trees, asparagus patches and tomato rows. Later, in high school, Dan began driving tractors for his father and uncle in their farming operation.

The Vital Link between Education and the Work Force

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Education is the organic process of learning. It is a process of logical discovery and thoughtful exploration. It is not a systematic memorization of facts that will be quickly forgotten. Consequently, the best educational system consists of putting classroom theory into practice. In Orange County, Vital Link is the company that actively assists students in making the connection between academic interests and career choice, as well as putting classroom theory into practice. The company’s objective is providing educational and career-related resources to Orange County students at the high school, community college and university levels.