Kudos to Our Local Library!

The Newport Beach Public Library was recently named a Star Library in a national ranking complied by Library Journal in its 10th edition of the Library Journal of Public Library Service.  Of the 259 named Star Libraries in the country, 13 are in California, with just four in Southern California. NBPL is the highest scoring library in Orange County and has been recognized as such five years running.

The New Golden Age of Latin Music

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is presenting two of today’s most exciting Latin bands at globalFEST On the Road – The New Olden Age of Latin Music at Samueli Theater on March 10. Alternative Chicano band Las Cafeteras recreates traditional Afro-Caribbean Son Jarocho music in a wildly vibrant style, while Latin Grammy nominee Flor de Toloache made New York City history as its first and only all-women Mariachi group, founded in 2008. The two bands, created here in the U.S., are hotbeds of musical activity, blending styles that reflect cultural identities between Mexico and the United States. Look for a free pre-performance party on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. SCFTA.org

OC Fair & Event 
Center Wins Awards

The Western Fairs Association presented 19 industry awards to the OC Fair & Event Center at its annual conference in Anaheim. OCFEC received first-place honors in photography, technology innovation, volunteer programs, working with nonprofit organizations and producing an event within an event. In particular, the Heroes Hall Veterans Story Booth and Friends of the Fair program for special needs guests were noted. OCFair.com

DARTS Welcomes Renowned 
Landscape Architect

The Decorative Arts Society (DARTS) of Orange County is featuring Ben Page, principal landscape architect, as part of its much-lauded lecture series on March 13 at Edwards Big Newport Theatre at 9:30am. The series features experts in the fields of interior design, architecture, landscape design and other decorative arts. The nonprofit group annually funds projects and programs benefiting women, children and families. DecortiveArtsSociety.net

New President/CEO Announced

Community Action Partnership of Orange County and its OC Food Bank has welcomed Gregory C. Scott as their new president/CEO. With 20 years of vision and executive leadership in economic and community development, Scott’s appointment promises to continue the nonprofit’s mission of combating poverty and economic equality in Orange County. CAPOC.org