December 2017 Around Town 8

One Wreath at a Time

The Patience Wright Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, in Laguna Beach, along with chapters in Newport Beach, Irvine, Tustin and Huntington Beach, are supporting Wreaths Across America again this year. They are asking friends, family and business associates to donate wreaths to be placed on more than 6,000 veterans’ graves at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar on Saturday, December 16th from 9–11 a.m. The wreaths are $15 each and will be placed on the graves by community volunteers on that day. The volunteer places the wreath on the grave, says the veteran’s name and thanks him or her for their service. Visit

Celebrate the Season

Harkening to the Golden Age of Hollywood, the Lido Theater in Newport Beach is the perfect setting for the award-winning Frank Capra movie, It’s a Wonderful Life. Released in 1946, the drama tells the story of an angel sent to help a frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. It will be showing Friday, December 15 through Thursday, December 21 at 7 p.m. At the December 16 showing, moviegoers can visit with Santa, enjoy carolers and sip complimentary hot cocoa prior to the movie starting. To purchase tickets, visit or call 949.673.8350.

New Exhibit at Heroes Hall

A striking new photography exhibit, Kimberly Millett’s Operation Iraqi Freedom, has opened at Heroes Hall at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. It features images captured by Public Affairs Specialist and Newport Beach resident Kimberly Millett while on assignment with the U.S. Army from 2006 to 2009. As a graduate of UC San Diego, Millett was deployed twice to Iraq as a journalist. Her grandfather, William Boylhart, served at the Santa Ana Army Air Base during WWII, and her brother, Ryan Millett, loaned military vehicles for the Heroes Hall opening. The exhibit closes in March, 2018.

Bruce Brown’s film, The Endless 
Summer, Celebrates 50 Years

American documentary film director, Bruce Brown, is known as an early pioneer of the surf film. His film, The Endless Summer, was released in 1966 and is considered among the most influential in the genre. Bruce has captured the making of the film in the new book, The Endless Summer Numbered Book and Box Set, authored by his son and filmmaker Dana Brown. The book details the story behind the making of the film with letters, film clips, maps and a remastered DVD of the movie. There are only 1,966 books, so if you are a surfing lover, you better grab it! Visit

Laguna Art Museum 
Opens Fall Exhibitions

Two new exhibitions are open at Laguna Art Museum as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Led by the Getty, it is a collaborative effort from arts institutions across Southern California. LAM is showcasing California Mexicana: Missions to Murals, 1820–1930, which explores how Mexico became California (runs through January, 2018), and Dan McCleary: Prints from Oaxaca, which focuses on prints the Los Angeles-based artist McCleary has made with regular visits to the Taller de Grabado in Oaxaca since 2000 (runs through January 14, 2018).

“Hops & Vines” Event 
Supports OC Charities

Fine wines, craft brews and even some scotch, along with an assortment of delectable hors d’oeuvres, were on the menu at the 11th Annual Charity Classic “Hops & Vines” benefit hosted by the Center Club in Coast Mesa. More than 350 guests help raised $40,000 for local causes. Critical Mass Radio Show host Richard Franzi was emcee, and former LA Rams star quarterback Vince Ferragamo brought his gold medal-
winning Tuscan wine Caressa J.

Too Precious for Words!

The Santa Ana Zoo has some new additions. Twin ocelot kittens were born in August and are bonding with their mother, while being very active in their den at the zoo. Their arrival is significant for the conservation of Brazilian Ocelots and the continued efforts of the Brazilian Ocelot Consortium. Ocelots are endangered due to habitat loss and poaching. Visit the kittens at the zoo daily during regular hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

High Fashion, Indeed!

The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) Museum Fashion Council in Orange County is featuring the Parisian designer Thierry Mugler in a “Thierry Mugler, Alien and Angel” exhibition opening Saturday, December 9. Opening day features a French-themed luncheon and three lecturers, who will showcase the iconic designer’s career, his inspiration from classic film costume and the raucous French fashion scene at Henri Bendel in New York in the 1980s and 1990s. Ticket price is $95. Contact Mima Ransom at

A Very Good Cause

Family Promise is a community-based approach to solving homelessness, engaging both the local community as well as houses of faith in an effort to help homeless families achieve housing stability by providing short term shelter, meals, case management and hospitality. The group recently held its annual fundraiser for 212 attendees at Angel Stadium and raised $80,000 for the cause. Dinner, music, stadium tours, auctions, batting cages and parlor games were all part of the mix.

Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration for 
Benjies NY Deli 
& Restaurant

Benjies 50th four-day anniversary party in early October at the Santa Ana eatery was the place to be! Voted Best Deli by OC Register readers in 2016-17 and awarded Best American Restaurant in 2016-17 by the Southern California Restaurant Writers, owners Noriko and Lloyd Weinstein greeted 200 at the sold-out opening night party. The Weinstein’s offered giveaways, opportunity drawings, dining specials and drink specials in its newly-renovated Avenue K Bar over the four-day celebration.  Photo: Peggy O’Donnell

Civic Center 
Park Boasts 
New Sculptures

The Newport Beach City Arts Commission unveiled Phase III of the Sculpture in the Civic Center Park Exhibition at the Newport Beach Civic Center. Sculptures named Burnt Matchstick, Popsicles, Life is a Balancing Act and Cosmic Glints were among the nine sculptures debuted. ArtsOC provided professional services for the artist selection and installation of the sculptures, which were selected from a national call for entries based on their artistic merit, durability, practicality and site appropriateness.