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Celebrated Groundbreaking

The 130-room Lido House, the much-anticipated boutique hotel situated on the former Newport Beach City Hall, has broken ground! The hotel’s owner and developer is Newport Beach-based R.D. Olson Development. The hotel plans include meeting and retail spaces, a spa, a three-meal restaurant, a Kean Coffee, and a pool and recreation area. Equipped with shovels and hard hats, Bob Olson, president/CEO of R.D. Olson Development, joined with Newport Beach Mayor Diane Dixon for the ceremonial groundbreaking. Olson said the hotel’s design will feature a crisp Newport Beach nautical flair that merges with classic Cape Cod-style architecture.

Top-of-the-line Epicurean Festival Returns

This year’s third annual Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival will showcase a cadre of celebrity chefs (Hubert Keller, Nancy Silverton, Rick Bayless, Rick Moonen) and master sommeliers (Michael Jordan, Peter Neptune, Chris Miller, Steven Poe), joined with local star chefs, such as Pascal Olhats, Yvon Goetz, Alan Greeley, and Jean-Pierre Dubray.  The premier food and wine event is introducing Taste Around Town events, a series of exclusive food and wine tasting experiences with celebrity chefs and master sommeliers at Newport Beach restaurants on September 28 and September 29. The critically-acclaimed Daytime Festival, presented on the grounds of the Newport Beach Civic Center, takes place on October 1 and October 2.

Major Art Exhibition 

The Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) is featuring “American Mosaic: Picturing Art through the Eye of Duncan Phillips” through December 4. The exhibition of American Modern Art showcases 65 masterworks from the late 1800s through the mid-1900s and reveals the nature of art during the formation and heyday of modern art in the United States. Featured works include those of Richard Diebenkorn, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Thomas Eakins, and many more. Many of the artworks have never been on view on the West Coast.

Faith-based Group Offers Advocacy 
for Women

The Priceless Luncheon to End Human Trafficking in support of the Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University will be held at the Island Hotel on September 17 at 11:30 a.m. The Center is a faith-based organization that creates an environment for education, advocacy and collaboration to provide a voice for those with no voice, breaking through walls of oppression and fear and attacking ignorance and apathy about the status of women. For 14 years, GCWJ has provided training and resources to enable leaders to promote justice against human trafficking and modern day slavery. Tickets are $175 per person. For further information, call 714.966.5440.

Local Businesses Honored

The Orange County Business Journal’s 17th Annual Family-Owned Business Awards honored five businesses in the following categories: Small Business – Urban Produce, Irvine; Medium Business – Portola Coffee Lab, Costa Mesa; Large Business: Professional Plastics, Inc., Fullerton; Up and Coming: Sylde Handboards, San Clemente; Longevity – R.A. IndustriesLLC/Markell, Inc., Santa Ana. R.A. Industries and Markell are full-service engineering and manufacturing completion centers, which have been led by the Follman family for three generations, spanning more than 60 years (see photo). The companies serve the aerospace and defense, energy, entertainment (animatronics) and medical industries.

Ferris Wheel Groundbreaking 
at Santa Ana Zoo

This isn’t just any ferris wheel. With the Santa Ana Zoo’s heritage of having 50 monkeys on property at all times (thanks to the wishes of Santa Ana Zoo founder Joseph Prentice), the proposed ferris wheel will be called the Fifty Monkey Ferris Wheel, with each gondola featuring a description of a unique monkey species. The 64-foot wheel will be nestled between the Zoofari Express Train and the Conservation Carrousel to provide three child-friendly attractions in the same area. Construction is expected this fall, with the goal of a winter opening. It will be open seven days a week, except in severe weather.