Let’s Celebrate New Beginnings

Let's Celebrate New Beginnings

January of the New Year has arrived and with it plans for honoring resolutions. I don’t know about you, but I don’t always find that I follow through with my good intentions. There is one young lady who is very determined to follow through with hers. That person is Huntington Beach resident and star surfer Courtney Conlogue, whose love of the sport and her competitive spirit keeps her on overdrive in an effort to win titles. Right now she’s battling it out at the World Surfing League’s final world title race in Maui. However it turns out, we know that Conlogue will be back for more.

January 2018 Around Town

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 Journey Back to a Simpler Time  Tom Stillwell started his own Facebook site in 2010 called “I Grew Up In Newport Beach BEFORE it was the OC,” and it now has 14,000 followers. He was recently the featured speaker at the Balboa Island Museum’s Speaker’s Series in collaboration with the City of Newport Beach Arts Commission, and 150 people showed up to the sold-out affair. Held in the Central Library Friends Room, Stillwell entertained with his amazing collection of photos and creatively produced videos to show a simpler time. He introduced the NBB4OC Project, where he will work with the Museum to interview people and preserve memories.  Twenty Years of Giving 
and Nurturing

Harvesters Net More Than $1 Million 
at 25th Anniversary Benefit

Harvesters Net More Than $1 Million 
at 25th Anniversary Benefit 9

South Coast Plaza, celebrating its 50th Anniversary, hosted the Harvesters 25th Annual Fashion Show & Luncheon in a plaza-based pavillon, which drew 450 guests to enjoy the latest fall/winter fashions and a delicious Water Grill-catered lunch. The proceeds provided three million meals for the hungry through Second Harvest Food Bank.

2017 American Institute of Architects OC Design Awards.

2017 American Institute of Architects OC Design Awards. 8

Since 2011, AIA Orange County (AIAOC) chapter president Brett Dougherty has led the student design competition, and participated in the 2017 Design Awards and Art Walk committees. Dougherty is also a director on the AIA California Council Board of Directors, as well as the California Architecture Foundation Board of Directors.

I Stand Resolute For 2018!

I Stand Resolute For 2018!

By now I have flipped the page of my brand new day-timer to January, 2018. Yes, I still use a paper calendar. And, in doing so, I know that three things are going to happen, as they do every year for the past twenty. First, I am going to enjoy a long walk along the Laguna coastline and ponder the close of 2017, reflecting on all the good and some sad things that have happened. Secondly, I am going to mentally flip through my new calendar, month by month, exploring all the trips and fun events I have planned for 2018. These all give me inspiration and topics to write about and photograph. Third, I am going to make four New Year’s resolutions, which I will promptly break (or bend)–at least one or two–but, I’m good with that.

On the Road to No. 1

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Currently ranked #3 in the world, Santa Ana native Courtney Conlogue calls Huntington Beach her second home.

Hula, Opera and Organs, Oh My!

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This season, Irvine Barclay Theatre is significantly expanding its ArtsReach programming with an especially eclectic menu of unique experiences for lucky participants. From reimagined Americana to traditional Hula, from classical opera to the world’s first and only International Touring Organ, these innovative educational programs connect featured main-stage artists with students of all ages in the most inspiring and transformative ways. Stressing hands-on interaction, the Barclay is creating once-in-a-lifetime experiences that foster greater appreciation and understanding of the arts.



A tightly packed town with a population of about 600,000, it is wedged between Maryland and Virginia. From its beginnings, it has always rolled out the welcome mat to people from around the country and the world. Because of the influx of energy of this power hub, the world’s capital is one of the most dynamic places on earth.

Moderne Moves

Moderne Moves

When Marchè Moderne quietly shuttered at South Coast Plaza more than three years ago, everyone admitted to having a dish that they would miss. Some spoke of decadent plates such as Chef Florent Marneau’s roasted bone marrow that spread like butter across grilled slices of toasty baguette. Others languished about his divinely simple succulent chicken with creamy whipped potatoes. The buttery flavor transported you back to your grandma’s country kitchen–even if your Nana didn’t live in the country or step foot in a kitchen. Then, there were Amelia’s desserts. Macarons and creamy custard-filled Napoleons. Confections that sometimes outshone her husband’s savory efforts.

Vocational Visions’ “Masquerade Ball” Delights!

Vocational Visions' "Masquerade Ball" Delights! 9

Many of the 290 guests wore masks and enjoyed world-famous magician Johnny “Ace” Palmer’s rabbit out-of-a-hat trick, while the evening’s highlight was a performance by Vocational Visions’ clients dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” The much-needed $60,000 provides programs, services and support to help adults with disabilities. 
Photography Ann Chatillon

“Chapman Celebrates” Wows with Honors, 
Entertainment and Gala Dinner

"Chapman Celebrates" Wows with Honors, 
Entertainment and Gala Dinner 9

The Duffer Brothers ’07 of Netflix fame for showstopper “Stranger Things” and extraordinary donors Sarah Ann and Dale Fowler ’58 were honored at the 37th Annual “Chapman Celebrates” scholarship benefit (raising $1.5 million), while 100 Chapman student performers wowed guests. Dinner and dancing was the frosting on the cake! 

National Philanthropy Day Inspires!

National Philanthropy Day Inspires! 8

Nearly 800 guests attended the 32nd National Philanthropy Day of Orange County’s Awards Luncheon at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Orange County Chapter, the “Celebrating Passion for a Cause”- themed event honored standouts in philanthropy. 
Photography Tony Lattimore and Carla Rhea