Let’s Travel!

This is always a favorite issue for me because I love to travel. Having just returned from London after attending the Newport Beach UK Honours hosted by the Newport Beach Film Festival and Visit Newport Beach, visiting the city’s famous Churchill War Rooms, experiencing “Hamilton” for the first time and enjoying tea at Highclere Castle, where Downton Abbey was filmed (I could go on and on!), I am still in a whirl!

April 2018 Around Town

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Sequel to The Phantom of the Opera   For all you Phantom lovers, if you haven’t seen Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to the all-time favorite musical, plan on visiting Segerstrom Center for the Arts April 24 to May 5 to see Love Never Dies. Ten years after the Phantom’s disappearance from the Paris Opera House, he has a new life in New York amongst the screaming rides and freak shows of Coney Island. He has found a place for his music to soar but still yearns for his true love, Christine Daaé. The passion and drama continues…SCRFTA.org  Top Luxury Retailers Coming 
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Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Awards 
Dinner & Auction

Three hundred people gathered at the Fashion Island Hotel to celebrate the 109th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights winners. The annual event, which raises money for next year’s parade, is hosted by The Commodores of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce and its President/CEO Steve Rosansky. 

Women Helping Women

Each year the Beauty in Grace giving circle pools its membership gifts to make a donation to a women’s health program at Saddleback Medical Center. This year’s annual luncheon, which drew 60 women, saw $68,000 given to purchase video streaming equipment for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Photography Paul Gero

My Favorite Places for Tea…

Honestly, my favorite place to enjoy “afternoon tea” is Palm Court at The Langham on Portland Place in London. I also enjoy tea closer to home as well. It is a wonderful way to celebrate birthdays and holidays, sneak in some girlfriend time, or just escape for a few hours for a relaxing respite of sheer refinement. Here are my two favorites, and I am also noting four other tea houses that are on my list to explore.

Stockholm, One of the Great Cities of the World

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Stockholm shakes to life in spring. The season, perched between a bitter, if atmospheric, winter and sun-splashed, if brief, summer, is when residents unbundle a bit, waterfront restaurants launch outdoor dining (outfitted with heat lamps and woolen blankets), and a stunning pastel canopy of cherry blossoms unfurl in Kungsträdgården, one of the city’s most popular parks.

Surfing in Punta de Mita, Mexcio

I emerged from the ocean, a trail of blood clouded the water and a flap of skin dangled from my finger, resembling day-old sashimi. This certainly wasn’t my first time to surf, but the cause of my injury was definitely a kook move at best. But, let’s come back to that later. Being an avid surfer and enthusiastic traveler, I jumped at the opportunity when presented with the task of paddling into some of Riviera Nayarit’s finest waves. I was to be a guest of the W Punta de Mita resort for three bliss-filled days, and my itinerary would consist of guided small-group surf sessions, toothsome meals and plenty of time to relax on the hotel’s sparsely populated beach. This was going to be an incredible opportunity, and I had always fantasized about surfing in an exotic location.  

Get Inspired by Iceland

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An island in the North Atlantic, Iceland has become incredibly popular in the last decade as curious travelers from across the globe have ventured to the progressive and peaceful nation in search of an abundance of picture-worthy moments as well as a glimpse of a modern society where freedom and equality are the most important qualities. The country continuously ranks near the top in various measurements for quality of life, gender equality and democracy, and is one of the highest ranked countries in the world regarding healthcare, education and accessibility of the Internet.

Nonprofit Merger Celebrated

A Casino Night was held to celebrate the merger of Acacia Adult Day Services and its 38 years of extensive social and healthcare day services for aging adults with the local nonprofit Alzheimer’s Orange County. Nearly 300 guests attended the casino night at the adult day center. Photography Sarah Chavez

More Than Just a Pretty Smile

In the field of dentistry, a malocclusion occurs when a patient’s teeth don’t align properly when the jaw is closed. Also referred to as a ‘bad bite,’ a patient’s symptoms may go unnoticed and cause little to no discomfort. On the other hand, a bad bite can cause significant pain in the form of migraine headaches, sensitive teeth, and jaw and neck pain. Many of these symptoms are the result of temporomandibular jaw dysfunction, known as TMJ, which can occur when a poor bite is left untreated.

The Newport Beach UK Honours in London Draws Raves

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The luxury five star Rosewood Hotel in London drew a star-studded crowd in mid-February for the fourth annual Newport Beach UK Honours, hosted by Newport Beach Film Festival, Visit Newport Beach and Variety magazine.

And the Winners Are…

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The January weather at the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, is famously chilly. But for Chapman University alumni, this year’s festival scene was sizzling hot.