Thirteen local architectural, construction, engineering, planning and design teams participated in the 10th Annual CANSTRUCTION competition by using cans of food to create art. The total amount of cans (77,333) utilized were donated to the OC Food Bank to feed the hungry in Orange County. Photography Pixel That!/Brian Carter
Free Wheelchair Mission’s “Miracle of Mobility Gala” with 700 supporters raised $1.5 million to fund nearly 19,000 free wheelchairs, thus putting in motion the march to providing the second million wheelchairs. Founder/President of the faith-based, humanitarian organization, Don Schoendorfer, pledged to provide the second million in half the time.
Many of the 300 guests attending the “Saturday Night Fever at Club Laura’s House” gala at the Island Hotel donned Disco attire to raise money for the services Laura’s House provides domestic violence victims. Underwriting, auction items and the “Rebuild a Life” ask raised $530,000 for the nonprofit, which pleased CEO/Executive Director Margaret Bayston.
The Mission Gala showcased a magnificent concert in the ruins of the Great Stone Church by Tony/Grammy vocalist Heather Headley and presented a superb gourmet repast in the Mission’s Central Courtyard for 450 guests. Net proceeds of $221,000 helped the Mission Preservation Foundation. Photography Lisa Renee Baker, Carla Rhea
Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice held its fifth annual “Priceless” luncheon to raise awareness of the issue of human trafficking and to recognize individuals, businesses and organizations who have worked to protect and defend survivors. The center carries out its mission through education, research, advocacy and collaboration.
November brings thoughts of Thanksgiving Day and all that entails. Thanksgiving Day at our house is about family and sharing the wonderful aromas from the kitchen that make that particular meal so special. We rely on the recipes that my sister and I grew up with, and the meal never disappoints. The day is also about being thankful for so much–our family and friends, being alive and living in this great country of ours.
In the depths of the Grand Canyon lies a place of beauty that most don’t know about. The Havasupai, known as the “people of the blue-green water,” who reside there and own the land, have been maintaining this secret and almost mythical place in tact for many, many years, but have permitted visitors to come and experience the magic of the falls and river. The lush oasis of blue-green water is sacred to the Havasupai, and they believe that it not only flows through the land, but through each tribal member. A visit to Havasupai is a visit to their land, their home and their place of origin, and one that is unforgettable. Once you’ve obtained your permit, here’s a sample itinerary to help guide your experience.
When you live in paradise, it is difficult to consider a move. In fact, Newport Beach has one of the lowest housing turnover rates in the country. Many homeowners reach out to me when they are ready to downsize or move to a neighborhood that suits their current needs. Preparing a property for sale often takes a surprising amount of forethought, planning, market knowledge and work. Despite low interest rates, and consistent demand, some properties linger on the market, while others close quickly and smoothly. Here are some of the factors to consider when deciding to list your home.
Festival of Arts’ 85th season ended with a Celebrity Benefit Concert headlining legendary performers Herb Alpert and Lani Hall, while the sold-out crowd viewed the festival’s amazing art show and ended up in Irvine Bowl entertained by the 84th Pageant of the Masters hosted by acclaimed actor Bryan Cranston.
In my foolish youth, it was an unsaid rule that I never ordered fish. (This, of course, excluded lox and salmon sashimi–I never said it was a rule that made sense). Most restaurants where I dined back then served fish simply fried or just plain overcooked to the point of no recognition. Dry, flaky and too fishy–that was how I described piscatorial fare. Then, I tasted Nobu’s miso black cod. One bite converted me. It was that easy. Chef Nobu Matsuhisa prepared the fish with a sweet, salty, perfectly umami, miso glaze. That tender piece of cod was my introduction to the chef’s cooking and it forever changed my mind about fish. It also became one of the Nobu’s signature dishes.
Suzanne and James Mellor both recall their first meeting as love at first sight.
“I fell in love with her the minute we met,” Jim says, and Suzanne adds, “I thought he was the nicest, most handsome man I had ever seen.”
Married 64 years, the two met in Detroit, where they were both born and raised. Jim was an only child and Suzanne came from a single parent family with six children, as her father died when she was three. Although college was not an option for Suzanne due to economic considerations, Jim, thanks to academic scholarships and fellowships, was the first in his family to attend college. While at the University of Michigan, he graduated with honors, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics in 1952 and a Master of Science degree in 1954.
William Finnegan, an award-winning reporter, staff writer for the New Yorker and the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Barbarian Days, a memoir about his lifelong passion with surfing, is making an appearance through the Newport Beach Library Foundation on Thursday, November 9, at 7 p.m. at the Central Library in Newport Beach. Whether speaking about his experiences as a political journalist or his bestselling memoir, Finnegan gives a fresh understanding of the world around us. Tickets are $25/$20 with a $5 discount for foundation members. Call 949.548.2411 for a reservation.
In 1977, 29-year-old Antonio Catalan, founder and president of AC Hotels, opened his first hotel of the NH Hotels Group in Spain. Twenty years later, Antonio sold his stake in the company to an Italian firm for around 70 Million Euros. It was at that time he began to develop the new brand AC Hotels. He wholly owned the company until 2011, when he sold 50% to the worldwide operator Marriott.
At 13 years old, jazz pianist Joey Alexander was already a seasoned touring professional and a two-time Grammy nominee (now a Grammy winner). He played to a sold-out audience at his Irvine Barclay Theatre debut, but the real fun began the very next morning. The Barclay’s ArtsReach brought 300 IUSD middle school students to the theater to see if Joey could ignite some creative sparks. It was a smashing success!
It’s that time of year again when pumpkin spice fills the air and my Thanksgiving planning gets into full swing. We host anywhere from 10-15 guests and, depending on how many are on the base at Camp Pendleton, we often extend an invite to Marines who find themselves without family. The young adults in our family always enjoy visiting with them and watching a football game. I send them back with boxes of candies and goodies to share.
After spending more than forty years in kitchens prepping, cooking and serving Thanksgiving dinner in restaurants, hotels, and at home, I came to the following conclusion:
In general, people still enjoy Thanksgiving classics such as velvety mashed potatoes, stuffing, roasted yams with marshmallows, green bean casserole, and perfectly roasted turkey and gravy. However, besides the classics, it is also exciting to add some creativity, new combinations and side dishes, and food that does not need to be super hot or cold.
By now you probably have had the chance to experience and admire the outstanding Canstruction exhibits at ARTIC, South Coast Plaza and John Wayne Airport.
For the 10th consecutive year, Canstruction is dedicated to raising awareness about hunger by making a difference in the lives of one-in-five children who struggle with it every day in our beloved Orange County community. Most of the hungry are part of the working poor who are trying their best to provide food for their families, or seniors on fixed incomes who simply cannot make ends meet. With sky-high rents, rising medical costs and under-employment, too many are forced to make hard choices between food and paying the rent or buying the medicine they need.