October 2017 Around Town 3

Great News for Dodge College

The Hollywood Reporter, which annually ranks the top 25 film schools in America, has placed Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at #6, after three years ranked as #7. It shows the school is gaining stature and Hollywood is noticing. Noting the achievements of its alumni, its distinguished faculty and guest speakers, state-of-the art facilities, international programs, and support from some of Hollywood’s finest, it marks the fifth consecutive year Dodge has been in the top 10 film schools in the country. It certainly doesn’t hurt that the Duffer Brothers–Matt and Ross, ’07–have their successful Netflix series Stranger Things up for 18 Emmy nominations! Chapman.edu/Dodge

DARTS Announces Community Grants and its 23rd Lecture Series

The Decorative Arts Society (DARTS) recently dispersed $175,000 to 12 nonprofits in the Orange County community. The included American Red Cross, Breast Cancer Solutions, CASA Youth Shelter, Caterina’s Club, Down Syndrome Association of Orange County, Mariposa Women and Family Center, Providence Speech and Hearing Center, Taller San Jose Hope Builders, WHW (formerly Women Helping Women), Women’s Transitional Living Center, and Youth Employment Service. DARTS raises monies for the nonprofits through a lecture series presented by nationally-known decorative arts experts, including interior and fashion, architecture and landscape design. DecorativeArtsSociety.net

Don’t Miss It!

The Festival for Children Foundation is presenting its 16th annual Festival of Children®, through September featuring 75 local children’s charities’ important work in exhibits at South Coast Plaza. There are a variety of free, family-friendly activities and entertainment celebrating National Child Awareness Month, including the debut of the Carousel Horse Art Exhibit, showcasing imaginatively decorated carousel horses designed by artists, including famous marine life artist Wyland. At the opening night event at the plaza’s Garden Terrace, Festival Founder and Executive Director Sandy Segerstrom Daniels presented the Fred Award to Ryan Hickman, the eight-year-old “Recycle King,” for his efforts in recycling nearly 50,000 pounds of trash in four years to support the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. FestivalofChildren.org

“Art in the Park” Announced

The Newport Beach Arts Foundation is hosting its 14th annual “Art in the Park” on Saturday, October 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Civic Green in Newport Beach. More than 100 Southern California artists and artisans will have their works for sale. It gives you a chance to speak with the artists, view their work and purchase some fine artwork and crafts. There will be art activities available for children, and the event is free with free parking as well. NewportBeachArtsFoundation.org

Oktoberfest at Hotel Irvine

Themed “The Backyard Oktoberfest,” Hotel Irvine is offering an Oktoberfest celebration on Sunday, October 29, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Look for craft beers, a farmers market food offering, sausage eating contest, rustic sausages, hot dogs, and burgers along with rousing music, family games and activities and a raffle. Check website for pricing. There is complimentary self-parking and an Oktoberfest gift. Reservations not required. HotelIrvine.com