January 2017 Around Town 2

Kickoff to Lotusland

The Decorative Arts Society (DARTS), Orange County, launched its 22nd annual lecture series at Edwards Big Newport Theatre with a look at the horticultural landmark and historical gem Lotusland in Santa Barbara through its Executive Director Gwen Stauffer. Lotusland is the former estate of Madame Ganna Walska, a celebrated opera diva who developed the property into incomparable gardens with extraordinarily diverse plant collections. Per usual, DARTS held a reception in Stauffer’s honor the evening before the lecture. DARTS is granting $155,000 to 12 nonprofit agencies in the community in 2016/2107. DecorativeArtsSociety.net

A Very Generous Community

It was announced at the Orange County Community Foundation’s (OCCF) annual meeting, attended by 650 philanthropists, business and community leaders, that $60 million in grants and scholarships was given to hundreds of nonprofit organizations and deserving students during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016. Featured speaker Jim Doti, president emeritus of Chapman University, delivered inspiring remarks about his motivation for leaving a legacy in Orange County and why local leadership matters to the future of the county. OCCF is the nation’s seventh most-active grantmaker among 750 U.S. community foundations. OC-CF.org

Architectural Honors 
for Chapman University

The new Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University has won two architectural design awards. The Pfeiffer Partners-designed center has received a Citation Award from the American Institute of Architects’ Orange County Chapter and an Award of Merit for its engineering from the Engineering News Record. Across campus, the future Center for Science and Technology, designed by AC Martin, is under construction and has already earned a Citation Award from the American Institute of Architects’ Orange County Chapter. Here! Here! MuscoCenter.org

Center Club Honors Community Heroes and Causes

The Center Club of Orange County held its 10th Annual Charity Classic, “Hops & Vines,” to showcase tasty culinary creations and popular craft beers and wines and recognize community standouts, among them wealth manager Victoria Collins and longtime community hero Ralph Rodheim. The event benefited the following charities: Augie’s Quest to Cure ALS and the ALS Therapy Development Institute, Anaheim Family YMCA, Center Club OC Cares, Employee Partner Care Foundation, Women Helping Women and YMCA of Orange County. American Idol contestant Adam Lasher entertained. CenterClub.org

Third High-Quality Butcher Shop Opens in Newport Coast

The Butchery, a full-service butcher shop, has opened its third Orange County location at Crystal Cove Shopping Center in Newport Coast and is offering the highest quality beef, pork and poultry sourced from the finest farms, ranches and purveyors. Exotics like bison and venison are also offered, along with locally made sausages, ground beef prepared in-house and marinated meats for grilling, along with a full deli case. Also, look for high-end wines and craft beers. Owners Robert Hagopian’s and Brian Smith’s other shops are in Brea and Costa Mesa. TheButchery.com

Rose Bowl Court Touted at Newport’s Bluewater Grill

Bluewater Grill owners Julie Ann and Jim Ulcickas welcomed the 2017 Rose Bowl Court to Newport Beach for the weekend to enjoy the sights and a Duffy Boat ride, thanks to Marshall “Duffy” Duffield. The Rose Bowl Queen is decided based on a number of qualifications, including poise, personality, speaking ability, academic achievement and community involvement. She presides over this year’s 128th parade, themed “Echoes of Success,” and will attend the 103rd Rose Bowl Game on January 2, 2017. The week after the court’s Newport weekend, it was announced that Victoria Castellanos, 17, a senior at Temple City High School, was Rose Bowl Queen. BluewaterGrill.com