Summer Fun!

I always love summer. Here we are approaching celebrating our nation's birthday on July 4th and all that entails–family gatherings, barbecues, picnics, fireworks. You know that whatever the weather, summer is really here! This summer, our community is celebrating the 50th birthday of one of our community icons–Sherman Library and Gardens. The history of the community mainstay is fascinating. To…

Balboa Island Artwalk Delights!

The 23rd Annual Balboa Island Artwalk brought out hundreds of people to ogle the works of more than 100 participating artists offering paintings, jewelry, pottery, blown glass, sculpture and photography. Added live music along the way only made the picture perfect day more perfect. Photography Ana Launes

Surfing Icon Laird Hamilton’s Documentary Opens Newport Beach Film Festival

The 18th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival proved once again that people love film, as 50,000 people attended the eight-day extravaganza, which showcased the West Coast Premiere on opening night of "Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton." The festival screened more than 350 films, representing 58 countries.

United Cerebral Palsy Honors Dr. Jennifer Simpson and Hoag Hospital

UCP-OC held its "Life Without Limits" gala at the Balboa Bay Resort, where $275,000 was netted to help children and families affected by cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome and developmental delays. Dr. Jennifer Simpson received the Individual Impact Award and Hoag Hospital the Community Impact Award. Photography Jon Didier

Circle 1000 Celebrates its 30th Annual Founders’ Brunch

The 30th Annual Circle 1000 Founders' Celebration Brunch, held at the Balboa Bay Resort, drew 350 guests to hear featured sparker Joan Lunden, award-winning journalist, bestselling author and cancer survivor. Circle 1000 has raised more than $18 million for the Hoag Family Cancer Institute. Photography Ann Chatillon and Kevin Warn

The 2017 Festival of Arts Fine Art Show

For Festival of Arts’ Board President Fred Sattler to recall his first memory of the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach isn’t difficult. “Summer of 1965,” Sattler says wistfully. His then fiancé, now wife, was a Laguna Beach resident at the time. “She took me to the Festival,” Sattler recalls, “and I’ve always remembered it.”

A Community Icon Turns 50

It is doubtful Arnold Haskell, founder of Sherman Library and Gardens, ever dreamed he would be establishing a historical research library and horticultural learning center in Newport Beach when, as a young man in 1914, he accepted the job as personal secretary to Moses Hazeltine Sherman, one of the most prominent and successful businessmen in Los Angeles.

July 2017 Around Town

Up until recently, Daily Pilot columnist Bruce Cook has been silent about his need for a kidney to save his life. He had a “coming out” party hosted by Balboa Bay Club matriarch Carole Pickup in the resort’s Grand Ballroom, where 400 of Bruce’s friends showed up in support. Guest speakers included Newport Beach Nephrologist Dr. Eric Weschler, his partner…


The cicadas’ song echoes through the trees that dot the grounds surrounding Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens. Perched above the winding paths lined with lush plants, colorful flowers and stone fountains, sits a wooden restaurant helmed by chef Richard Mead. For locals, the name should be familiar. Chef Mead owned two celebrated eateries called Sage–one in Newport Beach and the other…

Picture Perfect Picnics

July is a month filled with backyard barbeques, concert picnics on the grass and impromptu cruises around the Newport Harbor in a Duffy Electric Boat. No matter what we are doing, if great food and wine are on the menu, I am one happy lady! Here are some of my favorite spots to grab some grub without breaking a sweat…

July 2017 Road Trip

Japan is one of the hottest destinations for 2017. A significant language barrier has deterred many travelers, as English is fairly uncommon and thousands of characters compose the kanji alphabet. However, it does not take long for the distinguished culture to overshadow this challenge. Shortly after observing the order of everyday life, attention to detail, extreme cleanliness and formal etiquette,…

CHOC Follies XX Nets More Than 
$1 Million for CHOC Children’s

More than 2,500 people took a trip back to the 1950s at the Robert B. Moore Theatre in Costa Mesa to enjoy 85 volunteer business and civic leaders performing in the 20th Annual CHOC Follies, dubbed “CHOC Around the Clock–We’re Twistin’ and Returnin’ to the Happiest Days in OC.”

Ode to Men!

Father's Day is celebrated Sunday, June 18th this year, and we are pleased to feature Newport Beach Police Chief Jon T. Lewis and his family on our cover. Lewis is a loving husband to his wife Darcy and a dedicated dad to their children Claire and JT. Declaring his family as "the most important thing in my life," Lewis carries…

Adoption Guild Features Fashion Island Fashions at Luncheon

The 56th Annual Spring Adoption Guild Patroness Luncheon at the Newport Beach Country Club attracted 260 guests for a lively fashion show, tasty lunch and tempting silent auction. More than $100,000 was raised for Holy Family Services Adoption and Foster Care outreach. Photography Ann Chatillon

Heartfelt Luncheon Raises Funds for CF Research

The Cystic Fibrosis Guild's Annual Luncheon drew 280 guests to the Hilton Orange County, where nearly $100,000 was netted for cystic fibrosis research. Brice Baumgartner spoke about living with CF and surviving a recent lung transplant, and 14-year-old Grace Rose Bauer, who has CF, showcased her fashions. Photographer Sebastian Moreno

OC Heart & Stroke Ball Touts Healthy Diet

The 36th Annual OC Heart & Stroke Ball, hosted by the American Heart Association, drew 300 guests to The Ritz-Carlton for a “Color Your Life”–themed black-tie affair. The healthy dinner featured vegetables and fruits encouraged by AHA to help prevent heart disease and stroke. Photographer Rich Lasalle

Childhelp’s 31st Annual “For the Love of a Child” Benefit

Close to 400 people attended this year’s Childhelp “For the Love of a Child” Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Island Hotel. South Coast Plaza sponsored a fabulous runway fashion show, and longtime supporter Julia Argyros was presented the chapter’s Inspirational Award for her leadership and philanthropy. Photography Ann Chatillon

Leading Alzheimer’s Supporters Honored at AOC Gala

Alzheimer’s Orange County’s 19th Annual “Care Support Cure” Gala, held at the Pelican Hill Golf Pavilion, drew nearly 300 guests to raise funds for the nonprofit’s no-cost care and support programs and services. Guest speaker Kim Campbell spoke about her role as caregiver to legendary country music star Glen Campbell.

CASA’s Black and White Ball Nets More Than $1 Million

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) held its annual Black & White Ball at the Island Hotel, attracting 370 guests and netting $1,047,000 to support and serve abused, abandoned and neglected children. The black-tie affair featured a superb repast, tempting silent and live auction items and lively casino games.

June 2017 Around Town

The 46th Annual Police Appreciation Breakfast, hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, was held to honor the city’s finest and to show how much residents and local businesses appreciate their work in the community. Held at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, the turn-out was a sell-out at nearly 500 in attendance. Police Chief Jon Lewis was front and…

Island Time

Time seems to stand still as soon as you cross the bridge onto Balboa Island. The buildings, which seem to have stood the test of time, look exactly the same as they did a decade ago. The streets are small and narrow. And, many of the businesses have been landmarks on Balboa for generations. So, when a newcomer opens shop…

Art Stars Shine at 11th Art Star Awards

Held at event sponsor's [seven degrees] digs in Laguna Beach, 260 community and cultural leaders gathered to celebrate 
Laguna Beach Art Alliance's Art Stars. Aside from the photos, the Best Arts Program was Sawdust Art Festival 50th Anniversary and 
Laguna Beach Band and Elementary Music Program won Outstanding Arts Collaboration.

A Dedicated Father

“I am so grateful for my wife and the life we’ve created together. Our family is the most important thing in my life,” says an impassioned Jon Lewis, Newport Beach Police Chief. “My kids are the light of my world,” he continues.

Seventh Continent Explorations

Explorers and researchers have been visiting the continent of Antarctica for decades, although throughout history, the voyages getting to the mostly untouched land have been met with tales of unprecedented struggles and defeat. Today, thanks to modern ships and experienced crew, getting to Antarctica is no longer what it once was. That being said, the Drake Passage, one of the…

Fire Up the Burgers!

Rising June temperatures create the perfect excuse to fire up the grill. Every cookout needs a great burger, and these juicy masterpieces, stuffed with cheese and peppers, will earn rave reviews! Of course, many people argue that the burger is only as good as its toppings. Since June is recognized as California Avocado Month and National Papaya Month, these two…

Ready, Set, Summer!

June is indeed a busy month filled with birthdays, graduations, weddings and, of course, Father's Day on the 18th of June. Mid-month, the kids will be anxious for the school year to come to a close and outdoor activities and musical events will be in full swing. Here is a quick run-down of the some of my favorite happenings in…

Fear of Veneers?

Enhancing a smile with the application of veneers is an exciting dental treatment for those unhappy with the condition of their teeth. Whether for cosmetic or health reasons, deciding to get veneers is a process that requires careful research and trust in your chosen cosmetic dentist.

DOMINGO Receives Honorary Doctor of Arts from Chapman University as Musco Center for the Arts Celebrates Its One-Year Anniversary

World renowned opera star Plácido Domingo returned to Chapman University to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Musco Center for the Arts, where he officially opened the center by performing at the grand opening concert.

June 2017 Local Limelight

Philanthropist Sebastian Paul Musco joined an acclaimed list of recipients, including seven U.S. Presidents and luminaries such as Elie Wiesel, Bob Hope, Rosa Parks, General Martin Dempsey and Edward James Olmos, in being awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Let’s Celebrate Mothers!

It is time to celebrate mothers, as Mother's Day on May14th is the day set aside to do so. My mother passed on 12 years ago, and I cherish all the wonderful, loving memories she gave me throughout my life. Our Mother's Day story in this issue features Isabelle Villaseñor, whose mother demonstrated unconditional love her entire life and gave…

Table for 10’s Culinary Extravaganza Delivers!

Table for 10, orchestrated by KM Productions for deserving nonprofits, held its 11th annual culinary extravaganza for a sold-out crowd of 350 gourmands at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa in Dana Point. More than $300,000 was divided between Vocational Visions and The Teen Project. Photography Bob Hodson, Tony Lattimore

‘Fiddlin’ Around in Ragtime’

The Hutchins Consort featured The G Burns Jug Band in a performance featuring ragtime favorites at Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, where 107 Hutchins' supporters gathered for dinner and an auction. The $41,000 netted supports the octet, who perform on violins designed and built by Dr. Carleen Hutchins. Photography Ann Chatillon

Laguna Art Museum’s 35th Annual Art Auction

Laguna Art Museum's popular art auction, themed "California Cool," drew 350 art lovers to enjoy, purchase and bid on the works of more than 100 California artists. Together with a silent and Bonhams-orchestrated live auction, as well as a Fund-A-Need campaign benefiting LAM's K-12 children's education programs, proceeds reached $366,000.

Olive Crest’s St. Paddy’s Day Celebration Shines!

Olive Crest's St. Paddy's Day Celebration rocked the house on March 17th at Newport Beach Country Club, with a sold-out crowd of 336 eager to celebrate the Irish holiday. The festive affair showcased an Irish band, whiskey sampling, and fun prizes and auction items, helping raise $200,000 for Project Independence.

OCSA’s 30th Anniversary Gala Dazzles!

"Enter a World of Pure Imagination…Expect the Unexpected" was Orange County School of the Arts' theme for its 30th Anniversary Gala at Hotel Irvine, and the 200 students who entertained delivered! It was a thrill-packed evening, with net proceeds reaching a cool $1 million. Emeritus Board members were the honorees.

Skinny Sweets for Mom

cIn homage to visionary philanthropist and retailing legend Henry Segerstrom, the documentary film, “Henry Segerstrom: Imagining the Future,” was premiered for an impressive cadre of 300 guests at the Directors Guild of America’s New York Theater recently. Following the private screening, Cartier pages ushered guests to a champagne dinner at the Weill Terrace Room, Carnegie Hall, with featured remarks by…

May 2017 Around Town

In homage to visionary philanthropist and retailing legend Henry Segerstrom, the documentary film, “Henry Segerstrom: Imagining the Future,” was premiered for an impressive cadre of 300 guests at the Directors Guild of America’s New York Theater recently. Following the private screening, Cartier pages ushered guests to a champagne dinner at the Weill Terrace Room, Carnegie Hall, with featured remarks by…

Friends Unite to Fight Cancer

Defining moments in one’s life can come at any time. For Ken Ketner, a long-time Newport Beach resident and businessman, his defining moment began years ago when he was a young child. “I suffered a debilitating bone disease and my parents had limited resources, so they turned to Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles for help. The care I got was…

American Ballet Theatre’s World Premiere of “Whipped Cream” at Segerstrom Center

ABT premiered its whimsical ballet, "Whipped Cream," choreographed by Artist-in-Residence Alexei Ratmansky with marvelous sets and costumes by pop-surrealist Mark Ryden, at Segerstrom Hall to delighted packed houses. The post-performance party at South Coast Plaza's Jewel Court wowed the taste buds with its out-of-this-world desserts. Photography Doug Gifford

A Mother’s Story

It turns out that Isabelle was introduced to McDonalds in 1967, when at age 21 she married Pat Smith, who with his parents eventually owned and operated stores in Artesia and San Clemente. After Dolorys and Jack Smith passed away by 1976, Pat and Isabelle opened a store in San Juan Capistrano, later selling it before an amicable divorce in…

Hurray For Me…Another Mother’s Day!

Historically, celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele. While versions of Mother’s Day are celebrated throughout the world, traditions vary depending on the country. In Thailand, for example, Mother’s Day is celebrated in August on the birthday of the current…

New Beginnings

Crunch! The grilled bread crackles between my teeth. The toast’s charred exterior gives way to a springy sourdough center. Served beside it are succulent pieces of uni bursting with the essence of Santa Barbara’s salty ocean waters. For this starter, each diner is in charge of constructing his or her perfect bite. We take turns slathering the scorching hot bone…

The “New” New York

I was born in Manhattan and my mother, a native Californian, logged more than four decades in New York. So, it was with great curiosity that we, together with my 10-year-old daughter, decided to explore a downtown neighborhood located at the narrow tip of the island that spans from the East River to the Hudson River. Locals have started referring…

A Winning Vision

“I was a one-man band,” Sam Goldstein says of launching Art of Dining for the Newport Harbor Art Museum (now known as Orange County Museum of Art), in 1987. “I was on the museum’s acquisition committee, and we needed money to buy art, so I established a fundraiser that would divide the proceeds between acquiring art and the operating fund,”…

A Circle of Love

It takes a village–and, in this case, a large circle of wonderful friends. That is how it all began 30 years ago. Circle 1000 is a philanthropic endeavor benefiting the Hoag Family Cancer Institute. The program was first developed to raise awareness and help the Hoag Family Cancer Center Institute to flourish. The inspiration behind the impactful program is Newport…

Hope & Help for Autism

The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders hosted its second annual Hope & Help Gala at The Resort at Pelican Hill. The sold out event netted $347,439 to benefit the Center’s services. “It was incredible to see the continued support from families and friends,” Executive Director Catherine Brock said.

Let’s Travel!

I've always enjoyed traveling, whether in the U.S. or abroad. My first experience over the "big pond" (Atlantic Ocean) was a year out of college, when I decided to go to Europe (I have no idea where that came from–I was from Indiana and had never flown on a plane!). So, I flew to London and joined 48 people I…

Christmas Boat Parade Awards Dinner and Auction

The 108th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Awards Dinner recognized the Boat Parade and Ring of Lights winners at its 300-guest dinner at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. Hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, the event's proceeds were delegated for next year's gala awards dinner.

“Love Grows By Giving” Wine Tasting Supports Youth in Crisis

More than 500 wine lovers and Community Service Programs' supporters gathered at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa to enjoy unique wines and food pairings from local restaurants. Event proceeds benefited CSP's Huntington Beach Youth Shelter and its emergency and therapeutic programs.

April 2017 Around Town

Kudos to Keith Hancock, ’02 and M.A. ’04, who was recently named Grammy Music Educator of the Year, along with being presented a $10,000 honorarium, at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. Under Hancock’s leadership, Rancho Santa Margarita’s Tesoro High School choirs grew from a single class into an award-winning program with more than 200 singers, who have toured Europe, performed…