Of Relationships and Herding Cats

Of Relationships and Herding Cats

Many parents get pets for their kids to teach them about the care that goes into building a relationship. That’s probably why, when I was two, my mother got me a black puppy that I named “Bow Wow.” All her life, my mom laughed about the neighbors’ reactions when she would lean out the back door and call, “Bow Wow! Bow Wow!”

Love a Community: Changing Lives One Village at a Time

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Lydia Natoolo, past President of the Honor Students at Saddleback College and currently a Biology student at UC Irvine, is a driven student aspiring to become a pediatrician with the intention to give back to the communities that saw her grow.

The Best of Napa Valley – What Not To Miss 

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When visiting California, for most, taking a trip to experience the beauty (and wine) of Napa Valley is one of the most desired things to do. Even for people living in California, visiting Napa is a treat. The region is famous for its superb wines, and visitors can’t help but get caught up in the moment of going from tasting room to tasting room. With so many different options of places to visit for tastings, it’s easy to overlook or miss some of the best. Luckily, we’ve put together a list of seven tasting rooms that must be on your next Napa trip list. From the crowded, but worth it, to the old-school Napa experience, to the tech-friendly winery of the future, to the wine pairing food truck, Napa has a bit of everything, and, if you can manage to visit all on this list, you will leave a Napa wizard, and feeling overly accomplished…just make sure to not do them all in one day.

October 2016 Around Town

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Gary Hill, owner of Hill’s Boat Service in Newport Beach and Newport Harbor Yacht Club Commodore, received the 2016 Good Sea Scout Award from the Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America at an awards luncheon at NHYC attended by nearly 200 peers, friends and family. The event raised more than $107,000 for the Newport Sea Base–a new record!–which will enable more youth to be on the water while teaching character and leadership development. The Newport Sea Base delivers high quality educational programs to more than 5,500 youth annually. OCBSA.org

Autumn is Upon Us!

Autumn always brings thoughts of the glorious panorama of leaves that have turned bright yellow, orange and red! Please indulge me–I’m from the Mid-West, where taking in the beauty of autumn was always a highlight. That’s why I have that dynamic on the cover. However, October in California is time to celebrate wine harvests (see our feature on “The Best of Napa”), Oktoberfest and Halloween.

To Love and Serve

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Paul McDonald remembers his upbringing with great affection. Born in Montebello and raised in Covina, his father Frank was head of maintenance for the Hacienda/La Puente School District and his mother Annie was a stay-at-home mom, until Paul was high school age and both parents worked at night cleaning the GTE building in Covina for Paul to attend the private Catholic high school, Bishop Amat Memorial High School in La Puente.

Angelitos de Oro’s 55 Years of Service to Big Brothers Big Sisters

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What began in 1961 as a suggestion by Big Brothers of Orange County board member Robert Guggenheim, when he asked Mrs. Spencer T. Honig and several of her friends to form an auxiliary in support of the organization, spawned a support group called Angelitos de Oro (“Golden Angels”). Fifty-five years later, the group is still going strong, having contributed nearly $6 million to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County (girls were added later) of Orange County and the Inland Empire.

Perfect Pumpkin Halloween Treat

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Halloween and pumpkins! They go together like cheesecake and calories… Boo! Surprise! These tiny tasty treats won’t scare away your guests when they find out that these mini-cheesecakes are actually low in calories and packed with nutrition from creamy pumpkin!

A Taste of the Mediterranean

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At first glance, South Coast Plaza’s new eatery is easy to overlook. The space, which formerly housed Nello Cucina, is nestled on the Crystal Court side of the luxury shopping experience. Divided into two parts–an open bar area surrounded by ivy, a perfect perch for people watching in the afternoon, and a small dining room with views of the open kitchen–Mezzet exudes a breezy, relaxed atmosphere.

LLS Hosts Man & Woman of the Year Gala

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Man of the Year Chris Lee, Woman of the Year Holly Morales and Boy of the Year Ace Calvert were all smiles as winners 
of the campaign that raised $775,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Orange County Inland Empire Chapter. 
The 500-guest gala was held at Fairmont Newport Beach.

Heart Ball Celebrates 35 Years

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The black-tie fundraiser, hosted by the American Heart Association, drew 410 guests to The Ritz-Carlton to meet Max Page, who has a congenital heart defect and is best known for his Star Wars Super Bowl commercial, and to honor the “Sweetheart of the Ball” Peggy Goldwater Clay. Photography Ryan Miller

Fathers Honored at Awards Dinner

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The American Diabetes Association and the Father’s Day Council honored three local community and business leaders at the 14th Annual Orange County Father of the Year Awards at the Island Hotel. The $300,000 raised will help ADA in their mission to prevent and cure diabetes.

Master Glassblower John Barber

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In 1976, I had a glass studio in Santa Monica. I had been blowing glass for six years and was starting to see some success. My mother moved to Laguna Beach, where I would visit her often. The main attraction to me was not only the beauty of the coastline but the community of artists and the summer venues and art shows that ran all summer. In 1977, I moved to Laguna and built my glass blowing studio in Laguna Canyon. My first Sawdust Art Festival and Festival of Arts was that year.

A Winning Team!

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Joe and Mechelle Lawrence Adams meet every morning for coffee at 6 a.m. to talk about their exciting work with the nonprofits they head–Joe as President of Discovery Cube and Mechelle as Executive Director of Mission San Juan Capistrano.

Sunday Funday at Newport Dunes

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Sunday Funday drew 700 people to Newport Dunes for a day of fun. Hosted by US Storage Centers to support its chairman, Barry Hoeven, founder of Kure It Cancer Research for which $50,000 was raised, families enjoyed peddle boating, kayaking, dodgeball, beach games, food trucks, a live band and more.

Clambake for a Good Cause

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Peggy Goldwater Clay and Ingram Micro were honored for their longtime support of Children’s Bureau’s child abuse prevention programs at its annual Clambake at Oak Creek Golf Club. Lobster and s’mores were the draw for dinner, and dancing to the Dwight Kennedy Band a highlight. Photography Danielle Klebanow