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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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

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. 

“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

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

“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

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

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. 

“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

Hot Summer Happenings

 Article Donna Bunce  There are no lack of options for fun summer happenings in our community. Whether enjoying the 2018 Vans US Open of Surfing competition in Huntington Beach, the world-renowned Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach or celebrating our nation's founding on July 4th through planned events at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina or watching…

Mixology Renaissance

 Article Chef Jessica Roy  Cucumber Orange Cooler  A perfect summertime recipe calls for sunglasses, great weather, and, of course, a great cocktail. Here at the Renaissance, we have an amazing beverage program that showcases “hand crafted cocktails made with freshly squeezed juices and house made syrups,” says Kevin Goodchild, our Director of Beverage and Food. Our cocktails are a reflection of…

Making a Difference

 Article Dawn Bonker  At Chapman, graduates don’t just earn diplomas, they also leave legacies big and small on campus and beyond.  At Chapman, graduates don’t just earn diplomas, they also leave legacies big and small on campus and beyond. Here, we introduce a few of the many from the Class of 2018, whose contributions made the world a little bit…

America’s Patriot City

 Article Andrea Poe  Long before Tom Brady’s winning team became synonymous with Boston patriots, this city on the banks of the Charles River was a hub for men and women of action. In 1630, Puritans established a foothold along the harbor and 150 years later the American Revolution was launched. Our country's history is wrapped up in this remarkable city along…

Royal Hen: A Local Seaside Gem

 Article Jessica Roy  The Royal Hen, nestled into the idyllic village-esque location on Balboa Island, offers vivid red iron gates that draw you into a stylish bistro-like space that has the feel of a classic English countryside. A perfect spot for a night out, Royal Hen greets you with hospitality and welcoming service as soon as you walk through the door.…

A True VIP Experience

 Article Randy Harding  One of the great things about being a VIP at The Gardens is that you might have the chance to play for a while with one of your favorite celebrities or an Academy Award-winning producer like John Landau.  There’s a new place to hang out and have some fun in Orange County. The Gardens Casino, located in…

July 2018 Around Town

Gingers Honored at Guilds Fundraiser The Guilds of Segerstrom Center for the Arts took their annual fundraiser to Balboa Bay Resort for an “Afternoon on the Bay: Celebrating Creativity and Arts.” Toni and John Ginger were honored for their heartfelt support of the Center, as John recently completed his term as Board Chairman, and an Inspiration … Continued

Iconic Newport Estates Available This Summer

 Article and Photography  Writer  Carol Lee

Kudos to Reader’s in the Outfield

 Article Ana Launes | Photography Tony Lattimore, Ana Launes  The Literacy Project (TLP), founded by Sue Grant, is a non-profit organization which provides a solid foundation of English skills to second grade students suffering from a “literacy gap,” as the organization calls it. The non-profit offers a reading program used in classrooms across Orange County, Long Beach County, Los Angeles and Coachella school districts.…

Newport Beach Film Festival Celebrates 19 Years

Featuring more than 350 films from 50 countries, the 19th Newport Beach Film Festival opened with the West Coast Premiere of Sundance hit, "American Animals," and proceeded during its eight-day run to also present nightly special events, red carpet galas, conversations with renowned filmmakers and international spotlight events and seminars. Celebrity attendess and festival honorees were the … Continued

A Salute to Barry Hoeven

A reception in Newport Coast was held celebrating the vision of the late Barry Hoeven, who founded Kure It Cancer Research 10 years ago to raise funds for research for underfunded cancers. More than 130 friends and supporters gathered to honor Hoeven's legacy and commit to his goal of donating $1 million a year to cancer research. Photography Reggie Ige

Twenty-Five Years of Wild & Crazy Tacos

Share Our Selves' (SOS) 25th Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night drew 650 guests to its Costa Mesa campus to sample delicious tacos from 23 local chefs. The popular fundraiser netted $82,800 to support the SOS Food Pantry to help feed Orange County residents at risk of going hungry. Photography Andy Templeton

The Follies Fun Continues

CHOC Follies' 21st annual original musical production featuring 85 volunteer cast members showcased a toe-tapping "Footloose Follies" theme this year. The four performances, held at the Robert B. Moore Theater in Costa Mesa drew 2,150 attendees and netted more than $710,000 for CHOC Children's KidsCare Fund. Photography Michael Munson and Robert Rooks

The Literacy Project’s Fourth Annual “Readers in the Outfield”

The Literacy Project (TLP) and Angels Baseball came together to honor 100 students from schools in Anaheim and Santa Ana, who recently graduated from TLP's reading program. The kids enjoyed a hot dog lunch at Angel Stadium's Lexus Diamond Club, where they showed off their new reading skills to volunteers, sponsors and Angels Baseball alumni. Photography Tony … Continued

Summer Is Here!!

I always love the lazy, and sometimes hazy, days of summer! Sometimes it takes getting into July to get those warm, sunny days, but they always come. The summer brings some amazing events to our doorstep. Four of them are featured in our Hot Summer Happenings feature. You may have guessed that the Festival of Arts and … Continued

OC Fair On Stage

 Article Ana Launes | Photography Provided  Another fantastic summer at the OC Fair is upon us and with it the opportunity to enjoy the great performances of the 2018 Toyota Summer Concert Series at Pacific Amphitheatre.  Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Thursday, July 12, 8:00 p.m.

Road Tripping Iowa

 Article David Duran  At 199 miles long and 310 miles wide, Iowa is the 26th largest state in the United States, making it an obvious perfect candidate for a statewide road trip,It may not be possible to visit all 947 cities within the state in one go, but visiting the 99 counties, or at least driving through them, is definitely…

A Classical Connection

 Article Brittany Hanson  The Temianka Professorship and String Studies Scholarship program connect Chapman students to the remarkable story of violin virtuoso, conductor and Paganini Quartet founder Henri Temianka.  It is a quiet Friday morning at Chapman University, until you enter the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music. William Fitzpatrick, the Henri Temianka Professor of Violin, sits in his office rehearsal space as…

Saving People’s Lives

 Article Donna Bunce  It’s a very good thing that Edwards Lifesciences developed the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) because Sebastion Paul Musco (known as Paul) and his twin brother Anthony Musco are alive today because of it.  

An Incredible Father

 Article Donna Bunce  “I love playing with them, helping them with schoolwork and taking them to Disneyland. Every night we have storytime and the good night kiss. When I go to the dentist or to the doctor, they give me a stuffed animal.”  –Daniele Struppa, speaking about his daughters Arianna and Athena

The New Regulations for the ICO Phenomenon

 Article and Photography Ana Launes  An Initial Coin Offering, also commonly referred to as an ICO, is a fundraising mechanism in which new projects sell their underlying crypto tokens in exchange for bitcoin and ether. It’s somewhat like an Initial Public Offering (IPO) in which investors purchase shares of a company.  

The Men’s Issue

This issue is packed with good stories and fun offerings for and about men. Father’s Day is June 17th and is the perfect time to highlight a fabulous father. It was easy for me to select Daniele Struppa, president of Chapman University, as a father, first and foremost. He is so proud of his two … Continued

June 2018 Around Town

Chapman’s Sixth Annual Alumni Entertainment Industry Mixer Nearly 500 Chapman University alumni flooded the Lionsgate Entertainment Headquarters in Santa Monica for a night of lively conversations, networking, photo booth pictures and school spirit. As the University’s largest and most anticipated networking event of the year, the Annual Alumni Entertainment Industry Mixer illustrates the diverse talent … Continued

OCSA’s “Big Time in the Big Easy” Wows!

Orange County School of the Arts’s New Orleans-themed gala thrilled 600 guests as students from the nationally-renowned school performed a scintillating show. Spirits were high as $1.6 million was netted, thanks in large part by generous donors Julia and Lisa Argyros and Mohamed El-Erian. The performance was dedicated to late supporter Lew Webb. Photography Yunuen … Continued

Culinary Extravaganza Draws Raves

The 12th Annual Table for Ten drew a sold-out crowd of 320 to Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort, where 32 chefs and their restaurants provided gourmet dinners for 10 at beautifully decorated tables. Balboa Bay Resort’s Executive Chef Rachel Haggstrom was honored, and $450,000 in net proceeds was garnered for Vocation Visions and The Teen Project. … Continued

“Dancing for Tomorrow’s Stars” Entertains

The Assistance League of Newport-Mesa’s 10th annual dance competition featuring high-profile community leaders and dance professionals drew kudos all-round from the 250 guests at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Net proceeds of $82,000 were designated for the community philanthropic programs the league supports benefiting underserved children and their families. Photography Ann Chatillon, Sandy Zimmer

Salute to St. Patrick’s Day Benefits Olive Crest

Olive Crest’s St. Paddy’s Day Celebration drew a sold-out crowd of 435 guests to the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort on St. Patrick’s Day to net $125,000 for its children and families programs. An Irish band and dancers, whiskey tasting, tempting auctions, and a chance to win a Vince Farragamo-autographed football from Super Bowl XIV drew … Continued

The Top Three Crypto World’s Richest

 Article Ana Launes  There has been a huge spike in the value of unregulated cryptocurrencies, which are 'mined' using secret algorithms based on the blockchain technologies. According to Forbes, the average 2017 price change of Bitcoin, Ethereum and XRP, three of the most common cryptocurrencies, is a whopping 14,409 per cent. Cryptocurrencies are characterized by extreme volatility, and so, when…

Gentlemen, Hit the Town!

Article Jessica Roy | Photography Stag Bar + Kitchen, Side Bar, Jessica Roy

Chef Jessica Roy

 Article and Photography Ana Launes  Originally from Huntington Beach, young Chef Jessica Roy’s passion for food started while cooking up a storm in the kitchen with her mother preparing lavish dinners for family and friends. Driven by a desire for learning, high quality and performance, Chef Roy started her career with Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. Later, she transitioned into a…

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Home

 Article and Photography Josef Lageder  Strawberry Basil Crostini (Serves 4)  Consider celebrating Mother’s Day at home this year. Your mother would be so happy to know that you took the time to create a special Mother’s Day brunch in her honor. The recipes are simple and present well at the table. So, take a look at the ingredients, plan a…

The Feminine Side in Home Interiors

 Article Carol Lee | Photography None  Ladies often are the arbiters of home interiors, and I wanted to show how that translates in today's homes.  Kitchen

Charming Gardens Inspire Me in Spring!

 Article Deirdre Michalski | Photography None  With spring upon us, I gladly welcome crisp green foliage, colorful blooms and pristine gardens. During late April and May, here are a few of my favorite gardening tours.  South Coast Plaza’s Spring Garden Show - This will be the 29th Annual Southern California Spring Garden Show: At Home in the Garden, from April 26-29. The show…