Summer Fun!

I always love summer. Here we are approaching celebrating our nation's birthday on July 4th and all that entails–family gatherings, barbecues, picnics, fireworks. You know that whatever the weather, summer is really here! This summer, our community is celebrating the 50th birthday of one of our community icons–Sherman Library and Gardens. The history of the community mainstay is fascinating. To…

Balboa Island Artwalk Delights!

The 23rd Annual Balboa Island Artwalk brought out hundreds of people to ogle the works of more than 100 participating artists offering paintings, jewelry, pottery, blown glass, sculpture and photography. Added live music along the way only made the picture perfect day more perfect. Photography Ana Launes

Surfing Icon Laird Hamilton’s Documentary Opens Newport Beach Film Festival

The 18th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival proved once again that people love film, as 50,000 people attended the eight-day extravaganza, which showcased the West Coast Premiere on opening night of "Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton." The festival screened more than 350 films, representing 58 countries.

United Cerebral Palsy Honors Dr. Jennifer Simpson and Hoag Hospital

UCP-OC held its "Life Without Limits" gala at the Balboa Bay Resort, where $275,000 was netted to help children and families affected by cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome and developmental delays. Dr. Jennifer Simpson received the Individual Impact Award and Hoag Hospital the Community Impact Award. Photography Jon Didier

Circle 1000 Celebrates its 30th Annual Founders’ Brunch

The 30th Annual Circle 1000 Founders' Celebration Brunch, held at the Balboa Bay Resort, drew 350 guests to hear featured sparker Joan Lunden, award-winning journalist, bestselling author and cancer survivor. Circle 1000 has raised more than $18 million for the Hoag Family Cancer Institute. Photography Ann Chatillon and Kevin Warn

July 2017 Around Town

Up until recently, Daily Pilot columnist Bruce Cook has been silent about his need for a kidney to save his life. He had a “coming out” party hosted by Balboa Bay Club matriarch Carole Pickup in the resort’s Grand Ballroom, where 400 of Bruce’s friends showed up in support. Guest speakers included Newport Beach Nephrologist Dr. Eric Weschler, his partner…

The 2017 Festival of Arts Fine Art Show

For Festival of Arts’ Board President Fred Sattler to recall his first memory of the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach isn’t difficult. “Summer of 1965,” Sattler says wistfully. His then fiancé, now wife, was a Laguna Beach resident at the time. “She took me to the Festival,” Sattler recalls, “and I’ve always remembered it.”

A Community Icon Turns 50

It is doubtful Arnold Haskell, founder of Sherman Library and Gardens, ever dreamed he would be establishing a historical research library and horticultural learning center in Newport Beach when, as a young man in 1914, he accepted the job as personal secretary to Moses Hazeltine Sherman, one of the most prominent and successful businessmen in Los Angeles.


The cicadas’ song echoes through the trees that dot the grounds surrounding Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens. Perched above the winding paths lined with lush plants, colorful flowers and stone fountains, sits a wooden restaurant helmed by chef Richard Mead. For locals, the name should be familiar. Chef Mead owned two celebrated eateries called Sage–one in Newport Beach and the other…

Picture Perfect Picnics

July is a month filled with backyard barbeques, concert picnics on the grass and impromptu cruises around the Newport Harbor in a Duffy Electric Boat. No matter what we are doing, if great food and wine are on the menu, I am one happy lady! Here are some of my favorite spots to grab some grub without breaking a sweat…

July 2017 Road Trip

Japan is one of the hottest destinations for 2017. A significant language barrier has deterred many travelers, as English is fairly uncommon and thousands of characters compose the kanji alphabet. However, it does not take long for the distinguished culture to overshadow this challenge. Shortly after observing the order of everyday life, attention to detail, extreme cleanliness and formal etiquette,…