Ode to Summer

Summer is here! We were celebrating Christmas just six months ago, and now we're gearing up for summer and all it brings. For some, it means planting a vegetable garden, or if you're not an urban farmer, you are looking forward to enjoying the wonderful produce this time of year offers.

Around Town

Segerstrom Center for the Arts held its third annual Arts and Business Leadership Awards Dinner, which honored Zelma “Zee” Allred, chairman and CEO of Pool Water Products, with the Distinguished Leader Award and attorney Ashleigh Aitken Of Counsel for Aitken • Aitken • Cohn with the Rising Leader Award. Both women were recognized for their exemplary business leadership and their…

Exploring Our Nation’s Capital

I’m in a line that snakes along a sloping brick sidewalk. It’s crammed with millennials snapping selfies, families jostling for space and locals looking for a different kind of happy hour. My nine-year-old daughter Maxine and I have joined the throngs outside Georgetown Cupcake (known to TV fans as DC Cupcake). Maxine, a die-hard fan of the show, has convinced…

CASA Nets More Than $1 Million at Gala

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) held its Celebration of Children: Black & White Ball at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel with more than 400 guests attending. Kylie Schuyler and Doug Hodge received the Children's Champion award, while keynote speaker Lauren Leeman inspired as a former foster child. John Watkins Photography

“Life Without Limits” Gala Warms Hearts

United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County's black-tie gala at the Balboa Bay Resort raised funds for children with disabilities and honored David Horowitz of the Horowitz Group and Dana Dowers for their extensive support. Guests were met on the red carpet by UCP-OC child ambassadors and their families.

Surf-themed Soiree Benefits Segerstrom Center

The Guilds' "Celebrate Creativity 2016–Catch Our Wave" fundraiser at the Island Hotel honored Carol Hunter-Moon with its Inspiration Award, while guests enjoyed "The Wave" cocktail in keeping with the surfing theme. The Surf City All Stars, Beach Boys Tribute Band, entertained, keeping spirits high. Photography Doug Gifford

Newport Beach Film Festival Draws 50,000!

Actors, celebrities, filmmakers, local government officials, and 50,000 film lovers attended the 17th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival. The eight-day run featured 400 films from 50 countries and honored industry icons Rita Moreno, Burt Bacharach, Matthew Morrison, and Kate Beckinsale. Winners were announced in Jury, Audience and Festival categories.

Summer Is Finally Here…So Let’s Explore!

Newport Beach offers 10 miles of pristine coastline, and is the quintessential place where I like to welcome summer with unabashed vigor. The June weddings and graduations seem a distant memory. I have replaced all that with bright sunshine, sparkling blue water and the excitement of a jam-packed calendar! Here are some activities that make me feel like I am…

Urban Produce, High Density Vertical Farming

Seventy-five million babies are born worldwide each year. While these sweet newborns must bring joy and light to their families’ lives, their hungry mouths require us to reevaluate how we grow our food. Population growth is not the only concern for farmers and consumers. Climate change, dwindling natural resources and scarce availability of land all put pressure on the global…

Newport’s Star-Spangled Options for Celebrating Our American Independence

There’s certainly no lack of fun to be had in Newport Beach on Independence Day, or what is more frequently referenced as the 4th of July. However, before we start talking star-spangled fun, a primer on the history of our great country’s history is in order, especially after recently watching a beloved news personality conduct man-on-the-street interviews, only to find…

Supporting Our Own: Newport Beach First Battalion First Marines Foundation

In 2003, the City of Newport Beach officially “adopted” the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines Combat Unit based at Camp Pendleton in order to assist the troops with emergency family needs, community programs and Unit social activities.

A Farming Legacy

Grandfather James Manassero started it all. He began farming in Yorba Linda in 1922. Grandson Dan Manassero remembers visiting his grandfather’s giant garden when he was a kid to pick vegetables and watch him take care of his orange and avocado trees, asparagus patches and tomato rows. Later, in high school, Dan began driving tractors for his father and uncle…

A Wonderful Partnership

With Festival of Arts celebrating 84 years this summer and Pageant of the Masters a year behind, we are witnessing an extraordinary art partnership right here in Orange County. For many of us, attending the Festival and Pageant at the beautiful Laguna Bowl on the Festival of Arts grounds in Laguna Beach is an annual pilgrimage, one we look forward…

The Vital Link between Education and the Work Force

Education is the organic process of learning. It is a process of logical discovery and thoughtful exploration. It is not a systematic memorization of facts that will be quickly forgotten. Consequently, the best educational system consists of putting classroom theory into practice. In Orange County, Vital Link is the company that actively assists students in making the connection between academic…