Bringing the Doggies Out

 Article Jessica Roy | Photography Jessica Roy, Ana Launes  Stepping out into the California sun to enjoy great food is a must. Being able to make it a family outing by bringing your kids and pets could make it even better. Newport Beach houses three particular kid-and-pet-friendly locations we must mention. These restaurants not only offer delectable California fare, they offer a perfect setting for the whole family. Whether you are in the mood for a dockside view, inspired global fare or exciting local flavors, Newport Beach is our backyard for casual beachside bites that are family, kid, and pet friendly.  Lighthouse Bayview Cafe

Rolling on the Rhine

 Article David Duran  U by Uniworld is the first river cruise dedicated to a new generation of adult travelers, with a hip, stylish look and feel that offers immersive experiences along the world’s most popular rivers. Itineraries focus on longer stays in destinations, allowing guests to connect with local people, experiences and each city’s vibrant nightlife. The U fleet offers two, 120-passenger matte black ships – The A and The B, each boasting two rooftop venues, a spa, mixologists, international DJ’s, communal tables for dining and locally-inspired, farm-to-table cuisine.    Onboard accommodations include four Suites, 26 Balcony Bedrooms, 29 Studio Bedrooms and two Studio Bedrooms with triple occupancy, all with waterfront views, built-in Bluetooth speakers and BeeKind amenities.

Giving Back Through Education

 Article and Photography Ana Launes  There are many ways to give back to the community by contributing to various causes, but one of the most powerful ways is through education. Educating your family, especially your children, with regard to pet care is an integral part of that education. Our pet experts agree that a family who disciplines and cares for their pet using the same commands and behaviors will have fewer problems. Inconsistency by one family member in the treatment or care of a pet can undo months of training. Several of our experts who offer educational support to families and children about their pets are outlined below.  Newport Animal Hospital, serving Newport Beach residents and their pets for seven years, is owned by 40-year veterinarian, Dr. John Giannone. He has some valuable advice about how kids and families can safely interact with their pets. Puppies tend to get excited and want to jump away from a child while being held. If the child is sitting on the floor, then the puppies are much less likely to break their front legs. Kids also tend to disrupt a puppy’s schedule of sleep and eating when they are first brought home. This can cause issues such as hypoglycemia and even lead to death. Dr. G also urges parents to get down on their hands and knees, “on a dog’s level,” and see what is laying on the floor that might interest them and put it away.

Dr. Peter Smrecek, DDS Welcomes Daughter to Practice

 Article Randy Harding | Photography Ana Launes  Dr. Peter Smrecek, DDS, graduated from dental school in 1977. He spent three years in the Navy Dental Corps and has practiced dentistry in the Irvine/Newport Beach area of Orange County for the past 38 years.  Looking to follow in her father’s footsteps, Dr. Smrecek’s daughter Jaclyn, graduated from University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in June, 2018. Honors include both the UOP Honor Society Phi Kappa Phi and the National Dental Honor Society Omicron Kappa Upsilon.

Pets Rule!

 Article Donna Bunce | Photography Ana Launes  We’ve included some community people in our feature on pets and kids to show how important pets are to family life. Whether dogs or cats – canaries or turtles – it is evident that their addition brings joy to the families who take them in.    

Icons and Rising Stars

 Article Helena Danovich  The Barclay’s 2018-2019 season with artists who have collectively amassed such a great number of high caliber awards and nominations is a fabulous feat.  Procuring award-winning artists is a challenging task for any performing arts venue; curating a single season with artists who have collectively amassed such a great number of high caliber awards and nominations is indeed a fabulous feat. But, Irvine Barclay Theatre has managed to do just that. And the numbers are staggering!

Footloose on Campus…and in the Streets

 Article Donna Bunce  It was a unique opportunity for Chapman University dance students to blur the lines between performer and viewer as they executed brief high-energy numbers around campus and in a nearby intersection during an afternoon flurry of performances.  The dancers’ stages were a crosswalk, an art museum and an outdoor sculpture. Motorists, pedestrians and onlookers became instant audiences. The result? An experience that was part modern dance concert, part moveable feast of creativity.

Welcome to our Pets and Kids Issue!

Can I tell you how much I love our kitties? Doug and I have two adorable cats, both rescues, who are the delight of our lives. Katie, an orange and white long-hair (see her pictured), and Frankie, a beige tomcat with blue, blue eyes (that’s why he’s called Frankie, after Sinatra!). Unfortunately, he wouldn’t sit still … Continued

‘Living the Life of Riley’

 Article and Photography Deirdre Michalski  I didn’t really plan it this way when I first got our puppy 12 years ago. Like motherhood, I started out with the best of intentions. I cuddled our new bundle of joy and took him to behavior classes and slowly introduced him to other dogs. It all started out so well. I am of Irish descent, so I thought the name Riley was befitting. I was on pace for success and yet, somehow, I knew that was just a daydream.  I somehow took a left turn. Actually, I am not sure if it was Riley or me who first took the detour, but it has certainly occurred. Together, we have somehow “jumped the shark,” as they say. My six-pound Maltese, Riley, is a spoiled little brat. There I said it! I feel better just making that pronouncement to all of you. I know I am not alone in this whirlwind life as a pet owner. Somehow, it just happens.

Latin-Inspired ‘Life Without Limits’ Gala

United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County held its annual "Life Without Limits" gala with Tarek El Moussa of HGTV's popular Flip or Flop as guest host and with 2018 American Idol finalist Effie Passero entertaining. The 300-guest, Latin-themed benefit honored longtime supporter Scott Pievac as the individual Impact Award recipient and loanDepot as the Corporate Impact recipient. 

August 2018 Around Town

Comedy Pet Theater Coming to The Barclay Comedy Pet Theater Coming to The Barclay Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is a blend of the unique comedy of Gregory Popovich, award-winning star of the Moscow Circus and champion juggler, and the extraordinary talents of his performing pets. Popovich and his cast of over 30 gifted animals, all … Continued

“Women of the Year Awards”

The 24th Annual "Women of the Year Awards" luncheon, hosted by Orange County Business Journal at Hotel Irvine, honored five remarkable women: Patty Avielo, President, New American Funding; Sheng Wang, Chief Technology Officer, AutoGravity; Shelly Hoss, President, Orange County Community Foundation; Nicole Suydam, CEO, Second Harvest Food Bank; Joni Rogers-Kante, Founder/CEO/Chairwoman, SeneGence International, Inc. Photography Laurel … Continued

Prominent Film Industry Women Featured

Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts held its 19th Annual "Women in Focus" luncheon and conference at Dodge with five??? of the film industry's most prominent women leading a panel discussion for 400 luncheon attendees and Chapman students. Featured were Dorothy Fortenberry, Amanda Barclay, Bonnie Pan, Rachel Skidmore, and Winnie Kemp. Photography Tony Lattimore, Olivia Dom

“Brighter Futures Luncheon” Brings Awareness

Laura's House held its third annual "Brighter Futures Luncheon," with 220 guests helping net $86,000 to help with domestic violence-related services. The keynote speaker was Cyber Cop, Clayton Cranford, who spoke on cyber safety. The Girl Scouts of Orange County and budding advocate and philanthropist Ali Shimabuku were honored for their support of the Laura's House mission. Photographer … Continued

“Hamilton” Finale for Arts & Business Leadership Awards Dinner

Segerstrom Center for the Arts' Fifth Annual Arts & Business Leadership Awards Dinner served the carrot on the stick as its finale – tickets to the Tony Award-winning "Hamitlon" at Segerstrom Center. The dinner, held at Samueli Theater, honored Samuel Tang with the Rising Star Award and Moti Ferder with the Distinguished Leader Award. Photography Doug Gifford, … Continued

Art Shines at Balboa Island Artwalk

The 24th Annual Balboa Island Artwalk, held on a beautiful sunny day in May, showcased talented artists and marked the start of Balboa Island's summer season. Held along the South Bayfront Promenade, 100 artists were featured exhibiting paintings, sculpture, blown glass, fine and fashion jewelry, and photography, with performing musicians entertaining along the way. 

Special Olympics Orange County Celebrates 50 Years

The "Heart of a Champion" gala celebrated Special Olympics Orange County's 50th anniversary and lauded its late Founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Honorees included NFL Hall of Famer and longtime Special Olympics supporter Vince Ferragamo, who was awarded the nonprofit's inaugural Hall of Fame Award, and Rebecca Nerney, honored as Outstanding Athlete, with the Betty Belden Palmer Award. Photography … Continued