In Praise 
of Mothers

Our mothers are our lifeline. They are there for us through thick and thin and everything in-between. And, if we're lucky, they see us happily married with a family (didn't happen with me, but my sister came through!). We do go through stages of thinking maybe she doesn't know best, but in the end, she does, and that's that! I…

Around Town

Three-time Grammy nominated Mariachi Sol de Mexico, celebrating its 35th anniversary year under the direction of founder Jose Hernandez, will make its Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ debut on Thursday, May 5, at 8 p.m. Attendees will enjoy traditional Mexican folk, classical and pop music with Hernandez’ vivid and graceful compositions. Billboard declares the group, “One of the most prolific…

A Mother-Daughter Road Trip

To pass or not to pass. That is the question. I am driving along a beautiful winding road in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with my nine-year-old on a mother-daughter road trip. The landscape with its rolling green hills, its stark white barns, fields alive with free ranging horses, cows and chickens is unmarred by sprawl or skyscrapers or even unsightly cell…

A Mother’s Guide for Good Skincare

The second Sunday in May is a yearly celebration honoring motherhood. As we reflect on this beautiful occasion, one might pause to appreciate the aging process that accompanies the wisdom of our years. As time passes, so comes wisdom and its fellow traveler–the associated lines, wrinkles and changes in skin tone that show on our face. Some cultures believe the…

Hilbert Museum Opening Draws Huge Crowds

The two-day grand opening of the Hilbert Museum at Chapman University and its exhibition, 
“Narrative Visions: 20th Century California Art from the Hilbert Musuem” drew rave reviews from the nearly 
2,000 people attending. Photography Peggy O'Donnell

Remodeling a Room is a Form of Time Travel

With every shower I took, I experienced the sensation of stepping into a time capsule. When we bought our relatively not-old house, I realized the master bathroom had curious touches of early 1980s aesthetics. For instance, it was wrapped in ugly accent tile. I convinced myself the room had enough classic elements, but when I showered, the offending ceramic stripe…

“Tropical Paradise” Fundraiser Delights

The West County Area Chapters of The Guilds of Segerstrom Center for the Arts held its "Tropical Paradise" fundraiser 
onboard the MS Duck Club, with colorful leis, Mai Tais and steel drum music welcoming the island-attired crowd. 
Photography Peggy O'Donnell

Joyce Hall and Anna Jarvis: The Creative Geniuses Behind Mother’s Day

With Anna Jarvis's help in making Mother's Day a national holiday and Joyce Hallmark's expertise in commercializing it, Mother's Day has been celebrated the second Sunday in May for more than 100 years. Mother's Day is a modern celebration honoring one's mother, motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society. 
The origin of the celebration goes back to…

From Garden to Table: Edible Flowers and Anti-Aging Herbs

A bouquet of flowers can brighten any room, but did you realize that they can sweeten your recipes while promoting longevity? Indeed, there are several varieties of edible flowers which can easily be grown in a home garden or even indoors. Plus, many of these pretty petals come from plants with a long history of anti-aging properties. A perfect way…

A Patriotic Tribute with the Seventh Annual “Field of Honor”

May is a month of patriotic celebrations. I unfurl my ribbon-adorned hats, and carefully select all the red, white and blue, flag-waving, troops-praising clothing I so proudly own. And, befitting any patriotic event, I even have a special outfit for my dog, Mr. Riley, to wear. Yes, the American flag is front and center on his back and appears to…

Making the Case for Battered Women

Since its founding in 1981, Human Options has served more than 28,700 individuals in direct services, responded to 55,100 hotline calls and reached more than 294,000 individuals through its community education program. And, perhaps, even more important, is the fact that four independent research studies verify that 90% of clients remain violence-free one year or more after graduating from Human…

Traveling Through the Land of the Conquistadores

The delightful tastings of the most exclusive products prepared by those who have dedicated their entire life, from generation to generation, to excel in what they do, transports the traveler to a new world of sensations. In a 10-day, 760-mile road trip in Spain, guided by the experts, the traveler will experience total cultural immersion during the most exclusive and…

Newport Beach Tennis Club Celebrates 50 Years of Excellence

The latest gadgets, makeup, and even cars are fairly common examples of what men and women in sales encourage customers to purchase. But, what if a salesman–an expert with kitchen appliances–could convince you to build and open a tennis club from scratch? More than 50 years ago, salesman Larry Johnson persuaded developer George Holstein to do just that. The result:…

SCORE: Helping the Entrepreneurial Spirit Within You

Calendar of events for May, 2016 May 3 Tuesday – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Secrets to Buying A Franchise. National University, Costa MesaMay 3 Tuesday – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Road to Business Credit! Anaheim Gordon Hoyt Conference Center, Anaheim May 9 Monday – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Avoiding Employment Related … Continued

OCSA Showcases School’s Amazing Talent

The Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) welcomed more than 600 guests to its 29th annual gala, themed 
"OCSA Music Awards!" Celebrating the biggest musical icons, more than 200 talented students entertained, and community leaders were honored for their generosity to the school's Masterpiece in the Making capital campaign.

Table for 10 Draws Area’s Top Chefs

Three hundred gourmet food and wine lovers gathered at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa to enjoy a culinary extravaganza par excellence. Dinners were prepared tableside and restaurant tables were uniquely decorated. Vocational Visions and The Teen Project received the $300,000 net proceeds. Photography Bob Hodson and Tony Lattimore