The Road to the Garden

Greta Garbo was awarded ‘Select Bitch’-- the top female of her variety--at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 2013. The story of how this two-year-old, wire-haired dachshund won at the top dog show in the land is quite remarkable.

May 2015 Editor’s Letter

 Mother’s Day is here.  It is May and time to honor our mothers. My sweet mother has been gone for 11 years, but I will take the time on Mother’s Day, as I often do, to remember all the wonderful ways she touched my life.  This issue features several stories that showcase motherhood. I think you will enjoy Andrea Poe’s…

May 2015 Around Town

Irvine Barclay Theatre is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a special exhibition at John Wayne Airport (JWA). Located pre-security along the pedestrian walkway connecting Terminal B and C, the exhibition, entitled “Wit, Style, Power, Grace,” explores the artistic and cultural diversity of Orange County through the lens of events presented at the Barclay over its history. The Barclay has developed…

City of Hope Honors Cancer Survivor Frank Di Bella

The “Let’s Be Frank About Cancer” gala at the Island Hotel hosted 400 guests, including Governor Jerry Brown. Frank Di Bella credits City of Hope’s Sumanta Pal, M.D., for saving his life. Proceeds benefit Pal’s research. Photos by Kristine Kelly

A “Beauty” to Cherish

Segerstrom Center presented the world premiere of American Ballet Theatre’s new production of The Sleeping Beauty to rave reviews. ABT Artist-in-Residence Alexei Ratmansky’s breathtaking choreography and designer Richard Hudson’s sumptuous costumes and sets made for a memorable evening. Photography Doug Gifford, Kimberly April, Gene Schiavone

‘Go Red for Women” Luncheon Gets the Word Out

The American Heart Association’s Orange County “Go Red for Women” Luncheon, held at the Hotel Irvine, attracted nearly 500 guests and netted $435,000 to fund programs and research to fight cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Photography Kristine Kelly

Mother-Daughter Tropical Escape

You know something very good is happening to your soul when you awake with a single worry: Will the woodpecker linger at the palm tree outside your window long enough for your eight-year-old daughter to catch a glimpse of him?

Living the Good Life

Area residents always eagerly anticipate the Annual Newport Beach Wine Festival, hosted by the Balboa Bay Resort, and this year is no exception. In the 12th year of the event, the resort has retained the festival’s tried and true events, and stepped it up in other areas.

Art and Culture on the Bay

As far as artwalks in Orange County go, the Balboa Island Artwalk has one thing over all others.

A New Health/Fitness/Therapy Business Opens in Newport Beach

I have suffered from intermittent sciatica pain for many years. To combat the uncomfortable feeling, I have tried different conventional and unconventional approaches that have yielded somewhat successful results. When One Fitness & Therapy owner Chris Swartz invited me to come and work out at his center in Newport Beach, I felt curious and intrigued to try this new method.


In 2010, Ann Imig organized a live-staged reading event in Madison, Wisconsin, to bring together her community—mothers and non-mothers alike—and provide a forum for a diversity of voices to share their personal stories. These readers spoke honestly and openly about motherhood, family, childhood and parenting. And so, the Listen to Your Mother movement was born. This one event quickly grew into…

It All Starts with a Good Plan

Who would know that this statuesque Midwest gal in her pointed orange ostrich cowboy boots would be navigating construction job sites, managing men, and delivering client's new home or remodeling dreams with extraordinary creativity and drive. You have a concept? Julie Laughton will deliver.

Motherhood is not for the fainthearted

As an ambitious young woman in love with a high-spirited New Yorker, Doreen Sternkopf pictured the happy life ahead: marriage, children, a home full of laughter and music. But the realities of motherhood rarely meet the expectations of the uninitiated.