Let’s Travel!

I've always enjoyed traveling, whether in the U.S. or abroad. My first experience over the "big pond" (Atlantic Ocean) was a year out of college, when I decided to go to Europe (I have no idea where that came from–I was from Indiana and had never flown on a plane!). So, I flew to London and joined 48 people I…

Hope & Help for Autism

The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders hosted its second annual Hope & Help Gala at The Resort at Pelican Hill. The sold out event netted $347,439 to benefit the Center’s services. “It was incredible to see the continued support from families and friends,” Executive Director Catherine Brock said.

Christmas Boat Parade Awards Dinner and Auction

The 108th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Awards Dinner recognized the Boat Parade and Ring of Lights winners at its 300-guest dinner at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. Hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, the event's proceeds were delegated for next year's gala awards dinner.

“Love Grows By Giving” Wine Tasting Supports Youth in Crisis

More than 500 wine lovers and Community Service Programs' supporters gathered at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa to enjoy unique wines and food pairings from local restaurants. Event proceeds benefited CSP's Huntington Beach Youth Shelter and its emergency and therapeutic programs.

April 2017 Around Town

Kudos to Keith Hancock, ’02 and M.A. ’04, who was recently named Grammy Music Educator of the Year, along with being presented a $10,000 honorarium, at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. Under Hancock’s leadership, Rancho Santa Margarita’s Tesoro High School choirs grew from a single class into an award-winning program with more than 200 singers, who have toured Europe, performed…

A Safari Unlike the Others

A trip to South Africa is a dream for most, and, usually, that dream involves the inclusion of a safari. And, why wouldn’t it? An African safari is by far one of the most incredible experiences an adventure traveler can have in their lifetime. Nothing can compare to witnessing majestic creatures in their natural habitat, where they are free to…

Girl Scouts of Orange County’s Seventh Annual Celebrate Leadership Event

Seven outstanding female leaders and Girl Scout alumnae were recognized at the Island Hotel fundraiser for more than 250 guests, netting $225,000 for local Scout programs. Each honoree was paired with a Girl Scout, who created a unique art piece illustrating the woman’s leadership characteristics. Photography Laurel Hungerford

“That’s The Spirit” Raises Funds for Vets

Committed to helping veterans find employment through its VetNet program, Working Wardrobes' annual gala, themed "That's The Spirit," raised significant funds for the cause. Held at Mission San Juan Capistrano, the 300 guests enjoyed Spanish-themed cuisine, a professional salsa performance, tempting auctions and dancing under the stars.

Extending an Olive Branch

Fashion Island celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year. The open-air shopping center houses high-end boutiques and department stores. But, the real draw these days are the impressive array of restaurants housed within it. A diner can easily travel the world without leaving Newport Beach’s borders. A jaunt to Japan with an omakase at Sushi Roku, a taste of Mexico a…

Go Deeper, Go Bigger

Since it’s inception in 1999, the Newport Beach Film Festival has remained dedicated to bringing the best in classic and contemporary film to Orange County. Now the age of a high school senior, the Newport Beach Film Festival has matured into one of the top film festivals in the country.

Upscale Coastal California Living

Looking for a property that indulges your senses, resurrects the soul and meets all your expectations of an upscale coastal California lifestyle? This property can touch both your heart and your mind. At the exclusive guard-gated community of The Strand at Headlands, a new custom-built modern masterpiece at 43 Beachview Avenue in Dana Point is poised with approximately 7,000 square-feet…

A World Apart

Everything you've heard about Dubai's unbridled extravagance is true. Well, at least most of it is. (I’d been told that most taxis I’d hail would be Mercedes and with luck even Lamborghinis. Turns out, that wasn’t quite true.) However, this city–technically an Emirate–perched on the Persian Gulf is considered the most expensive in the Middle East. It is the flashiest…

April 2017 Culinary Creations

Spice up your dinner table with this exotic, easy dish which can utilize all the vegetables from your garden or the local farmer’s market. Throughout the world, diners are embracing the “farm-to-table” movement, and restaurants are responding by modifying their menus to offer more locally grown fruits and vegetables. Termed “paddock-to-plate” in Australia, the focus remains the same, integrating more…

The Beauty of Cuba

The best way to approach Cuba is to resist understanding it and just enjoy it. The most apparent contradiction is the juxtaposition of old and new. While most of the country has not changed in 60 years, half the buildings are in disrepair and seem uninhabitable. Yet, the grandeur of pre-Revolution Cuba is visible on the exteriors. Most of Havana’s…

Sailing Into Spring

For me, Spring is indeed my most favorite time of the year. The strawberries are bursting with flavor, gardens are in bloom, the weather is warming and the days are longer. A fun local April happening is the annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race, which this year will proudly celebrate its 70th year. Yes, this event began here in…

A Sacred Calling

They are clothed in the white habit of their order–a beautiful sign of their inner identity and consecration. The Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael’s Abbey in Silverado Canyon go about their sacred duties, as they serve in schools, hospitals, and prisons throughout southern California.