Biking Down Bolivia’s “Death Road”

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Bolivia is one of the least visited countries in South America by North American tourists, let alone anyone from outside of the continent. For years, it’s been a destination for backpackers and the more adventurous types, as not a lot was known about the small landlocked country. Today, tourism has picked up some, but the country still struggles mostly due to the current government’s lack of funds spent on tourism as well as consistent reports of the country being unstable. There is constant turmoil within the country due to political issues, but politics aside, Bolivia is one of the most fascinating countries most will never visit. The microclimates alone and the differences between each region are practically mind-blowing, as, in one day, it’s possible to be high up in the Andes Mountains covered in snow and, in just a few hours, be at the bottom depths of the rainforest, dripping in sweat from the extreme heat.

CF Guild Hosts Annual Luncheon

CF Guild Hosts Annual Luncheon 5

The Cystic Fibrosis Guild welcomed 210 guests to its Annual Luncheon held at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel, netting more than $75,000 for research and a cure. An impressive silent auction featured tickets to Dancing with the Stars, The Voice, premier wines from Caymus, and an autographed Maroon 5 guitar.

Giving Thanks

This time of year always brings thoughts of Thanksgiving Day and all that special day means–sumptuous aromas from the kitchen, the time spent with loved ones and a chance to ponder the things for which we are truly thankful.

Taking it to the Extreme

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On paper, the path Kaleigh Gilchrist took that led her to a gold medal in Rio seems to be a series of natural transitions. She got her start at Newport Harbor High School, where she led her team to first place at CIF Championships in 2008. In college, Gilchrist played for USC, and during her junior year, she made the national team. However, many don’t realize that Gilchrist has constantly been on the verge of ditching the pool for the ocean.

Newport Rises Up for Ben

Newport Rises Up for Ben 5

For seasoned Newport Beach lifeguard Ben Carlson, July 6, 2014 started out like any other sunny southern California day at the beach. But, on this day, the swells pealing in from the tumultuous, white-capped ocean were larger than usual, driven by an offshore hurricane pounding the coast. Up and down the 6 ½ miles of Newport’s coastline, red warning flags whipped ominously in the wind, alerting beachgoers of the dangerous undertow. As he arrived at lifeguard headquarters for his shift, Ben sensed the heightened energy in the air as rescue calls steadily streamed over the radio.

Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Sides

Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Sides

Time is a valuable commodity around Thanksgiving! There never seems to be enough time to get all the trimmings for Thanksgiving dinner finished at the same time. These quick and easy sides are a life saver! They can easily be prepared ahead, and they are sure to earn rave reviews from your guests. Try a new twist on traditional stuffing by baking it in a muffin tin. The individual sized portions are perfect for a buffet table and make serving easy!

Family Secrets For A Successful Thanksgiving Dinner

Family Secrets For A Successful Thanksgiving Dinner

Having happily orchestrated the family Thanksgiving dinner for almost 30 years, it is now time for me to pass the baton (or drum stick) to our next generation. The kids in our family now have careers, are purchasing homes and establishing their own traditions. I do want to continue to welcome the family to our home for Thanksgiving; however I do realize the day will soon come when they turn to me and say, “Mom (or Aunt Dee Dee), we would like to host Thanksgiving this year.” In all honesty, I am not sure I am ready for this news.

Zoofari’s 24th Annual Gala Delights!

Zoofari's 24th Annual Gala Delights! 5

Friends of the Santa Ana Zoo (FOSAZ) hosted Zoofari, themed “Year of the Monkey,” and netted nearly $100,000 for the Giant River Otter Habitat and Zoo Improvements. Zoo animals greeted the 300 guests as did the specialty drink, the “Rickshaw Ricky,” and longtime supporters Howard and Karen Hall were honored.

Tebow a Treat!

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Free Wheelchair Mission’s “Miracle of Mobility” gala with hundreds attending at the Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall featured a dinner reception and silent auction in the lobby and presentation by guest speaker Tim Tebow in the concert hall. Funds raised provide wheelchairs to people with disabilities in developing nations.

SeaChange Summer Party Celebrates Nine!

SeaChange Summer Party Celebrates Nine! 3

Nearly 400 guests gathered at a private, ocean-view estate in Laguna Beach to party for ocean conservation. With the likes of Ted Danson, Sam Waterston, Jeff Goldblum and honoree Seth MacFarlane attending, oodles of tempting auction items and a banquet of delicious food, it was a night to cherish!

The World is Your Oyster

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On a recent afternoon, I found myself sitting at Driftwood Kitchen’s open-air dining room overlooking the blue Pacific Ocean. My companion on that blissfully warm day was my dear friend, Tae, who was visiting from New York. The two of us had first met in Manhattan as aspiring writers with a passion for the burgeoning epicurean world. Back then–nearly a decade ago–when we worked at Food & Wine magazine, the American food scene was quite different. The idea of today’s celebrity chef was in its infancy and TV shows such as “Top Chef” had just aired bringing the likes of Tom Colicchio and Anthony Bourdain to the masses. Over the years, my friend and I moved to different cities–he to Seoul and Bangkok before returning to New York, and I cooked for Michelin-starred chefs before making my home out west in some of California’s most food-centric locales. We acquired new jobs and new zip codes, but our passion for food and drink remained constant.

The Physical Dimension of Wellness

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The state or condition of being in good physical and mental health is what we call wellness. Wellness is something of a buzzword these days, touted and tossed about in pop culture and in many different fields. It has been described by Dr. Bill Hettler, co-founder and president of the board of directors of the National Wellness Institute, as a six-dimensional concept. Wellness can be found in our social, occupational, intellectual and emotional dimensions, as well as in our spiritual and physical ones. When talking about our physical wellness, we are talking about our health. Sports medicine has helped find solutions to many of the issues resulting from the process of aging, stress, sedentary life, or the injuries resulting from high intensity sports practices.

KidSingers’ 20th Annual Gala Benefit

KidSingers' 20th Annual Gala Benefit

One Hundred and ten attendees celebrated the KidSingers’ 20th annual Gala Benefit & Auction themed “Imagine” at the Wyndham Hotel in Irvine, where longtime supporter Rhea Zakich was the Ovation honoree. More than $41,000 was raised for the award-winning after-school youth chorus for at-risk youth in Santa Ana.

Last Woman Standing

Last Woman Standing

“I can’t believe I’m 94,” Ruth Ann Segerstrom Moriarty says, as she reflects upon her life. Ruth Ann’s father, Anton Segerstrom, was one of 11 children that Charles John (C.J.) and Bertha Segerstrom brought into the world. Anton Segerstrom married Ruth Thomas, a native of Indianapolis, Indiana in 1920. They had two children: Ruth Ann, born in 1922, and her brother Henry, born in 1923. With the passing of Henry on February 20, 2015, Ruth Ann is the sole direct descendant of the Segerstrom generation that made their pioneer voyage from Sweden to America in 1882.

A Philanthropy Match Made in Heaven!

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Elizabeth and Tom Tierney strongly agree that any positive contributions they have made to their family and the community have been a direct result of them creating it together.
“We’ve been in escrow a long time,” Tom quips, regarding the couple’s 38-year marriage.

November 2016 Around Town

November 2016 Around Town

Newport Beach native Agnes Su, who now dances with Stuttgart Ballet, got her start at Southland Ballet Academy, the dance company affiliated with Festival Ballet Theatre. Recently, FBT held an exceptional night of dance at the Irvine Barclay Theatre at its ninth annual Gala of the Stars, where Su was showcased in the West Coast premiere of a John Cranko duet. FBT’s Artistic Director Salwa Rizkalla, who was very impressed with Su, has been with FBT and Southland Ballet Academy for more than 30 years.

Jane Lynch Hosts and Performs at Pageant

Jane Lynch Hosts and Performs at Pageant

Popular actress/comedian Jane Lynch entertained at the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters Celebrity Benefit for 3,000 guests and hosted the critically acclaimed Pageant production themed “Partners.” A contingent of stars walked the red carpet as an added highlight, and funds raised benefited the facility’s Building Fund.