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…

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…

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…

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

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.…

Iconic Newport Estates Available This Summer

 Article and Photography  Writer  Carol Lee

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

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

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…

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

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.  

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

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.  

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

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…

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

Gentlemen, Hit the Town!

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

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

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…

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…

Sponsors and Donors Hit Home Run at “Let’s Be Frank About Cancer” Gala

 Article Randy Harding | Photography Laurie Bailey, Tony Lattimore  Ken Ketner, a founding committee member, and many others expressed their appreciation for the generous efforts of those in attendance at the City of Hope’s fourth annual “Let’s Be Frank About Cancer” Gala held in March.  “With the support of many Newport Beach residents and guests that were in attendance, this…

Motherhood Comes First for this Busy Lady

 Article Donna Bunce | Photography None  Born in Seoul, Korea to a designer mother and real estate entrepreneur father, Suzan and her just-born sister Patricia moved to the U.S. when she was two years old. Sister Linda quickly followed. Settling in Arcadia, Suzan grew up there, studied psychology at UC Irvine and married Richard Paek in 1990.  Richard and Suzan…

Blissfulness Awaits at Rancho La Puerta

 Article and Photography David Duran  Intro  Originating in 1940 by Edmond and Deborah Szekely as a fitness resort and spa, Rancho La Puerta has always been at its same location, and has always been family owned. In fact, Deborah, now in her nineties, still comes to the ranch each week to meet with guests and recall stories of the ranch…

Let’s Celebrate Women!

It’s the Ladies Issue, and we have featured some amazing women, as well as offering tempting ways to celebrate Mother’s Day and to travel with your girlfriends to a world-renowned health and wellness retreat. Suzan Paek is the ultimate mother. She adores her four children, always making time for them in her busy schedule, and … Continued

May 2018 Around Town

Framed Photo of James and Mary Roosevelt Unveiled Mary Roosevelt lost her beloved husband of 25 years, James Roosevelt, the eldest son of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in 1991. In 1992, Jim Doti, president of Chapman College (later University), and the Chapman board renamed Founder’s Hall the James and Mary Roosevelt Hall. Mary, still grieving, … Continued

St. Michael’s Abbey Breaks Ground

Nearly 200 benefactors joined the Norbertine community of St. Michel’s Abbey at the site of their new home for a groundbreaking and to celebrate the amazing achievement of raising $120 million in the campaign for the new abbey. The new abbey will feature the abbey church, monastery and cloister, convent, administration building, guest facilities and … Continued

CASA Ball’s Net Proceeds Record Breaking

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Orange County hosted its Celebration of Children: Black & White Ball at the Pasea Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach and for the fourth year in a row broke its net proceeds record with $1,165.800. With a “Back in Time” theme, guests dressed in roaring 1920s attire as longtime supporters … Continued

Childhelp’s 32nd “For the Love of a Child” Fashion Show & Luncheon

Four hundred attendees attended Childhelp’s annual fundraiser at the Fashion Island Hotel, where Tilly Levine received the Children’s Friend Award and Beverly Cohen the Inspirational Award. South Coast Plaza’s runway fashion show drew praise, with a $2,500 shopping spree at the venerable retail paradise a hot ticket item. More than $375,000 in net proceeds were … Continued

Pacific Symphony Gala Celebrates its Carnegie Hall Debut

In celebration of Pacific Symphony’s Carnegie Hall debut, a 1940s New York theme drew 400 guests to the Hotel Irvine for its “On the Town” gala. Vignettes of iconic New York scenes and cuisine greeted guests, and a sumptuous ballroom dazzled. Singing sensation Katherine McPhee entertained, and $1.55 million was raised for symphony music and … Continued

Adoption Guild’s 57th Patroness Spring Luncheon

With a “Celebrating Family” theme, the Adoption Guild of Southern Orange County hosted its Patroness Spring Luncheon for 250 women at Balboa Bay Resort. Highlighted by a lively runway fashion show of spring fashions from Grayse in Fashion Island, monies raised supported Holy Family Services Adoption and Foster Care Agency founded by Dolores Hope in … Continued

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…

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. 

April 2018 Around Town

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…

Stockholm, One of the Great Cities of the World

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.

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…

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

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