CANSTRUCTION OC Winners Announced

Thirteen local architectural, construction, engineering, planning and design teams participated in the 10th Annual CANSTRUCTION competition by using cans of food to create art. The total amount of cans (77,333) utilized were donated to the OC Food Bank to feed the hungry in Orange County. Photography Pixel That!/Brian Carter

Giving Thanks!

November brings thoughts of Thanksgiving Day and all that entails. Thanksgiving Day at our house is about family and sharing the wonderful aromas from the kitchen that make that particular meal so special. We rely on the recipes that my sister and I grew up with, and the meal never disappoints. The day is also about being thankful for so…

“Priceless” Luncheon Raises Awareness on 
Issue of Human Trafficking

Vanguard University's Global Center for Women and Justice held its fifth annual "Priceless" luncheon to raise awareness of the issue of human trafficking and to recognize individuals, businesses and organizations who have worked to protect and defend survivors. The center carries out its mission through education, research, advocacy and collaboration.

Mission San Juan Capistrano’s 
”Romance of the Mission Gala” a Magical Affair!

The Mission Gala showcased a magnificent concert in the ruins of the Great Stone Church by Tony/Grammy vocalist Heather Headley and presented a superb gourmet repast in the Mission's Central Courtyard for 450 guests. Net proceeds of $221,000 helped the Mission 
Preservation Foundation. Photography Lisa Renee Baker, Carla Rhea

Guests Boogie on Down at Saturday Night Fever-Themed Gala

Many of the 300 guests attending the "Saturday Night Fever at Club Laura's House" gala at the Island Hotel donned Disco attire to raise money for the services Laura's House provides domestic violence victims. Underwriting, auction items and the "Rebuild a Life" ask raised $530,000 for the nonprofit, which pleased CEO/Executive Director Margaret Bayston.

Free Wheelchair Mission Celebrates One Million Lives Changed Through the Gift of Mobility

Free Wheelchair Mission's "Miracle of Mobility Gala" with 700 supporters raised $1.5 million to fund nearly 19,000 free wheelchairs, thus 
putting in motion the march to providing the second million wheelchairs. Founder/President of the faith-based, humanitarian 
organization, Don Schoendorfer, pledged to provide the second million in half the time.

Long Weekend-Havasupai, Grand Canyon

In the depths of the Grand Canyon lies a place of beauty that most don’t know about. The Havasupai, known as the “people of the blue-green water,” who reside there and own the land, have been maintaining this secret and almost mythical place in tact for many, many years, but have permitted visitors to come and experience the magic of…

November 2017 Around Town

William Finnegan, an award-winning reporter, staff writer for the New Yorker and the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Barbarian Days, a memoir about his lifelong passion with surfing, is making an appearance through the Newport Beach Library Foundation on Thursday, November 9, at 7 p.m. at the Central Library in Newport Beach. Whether speaking about his experiences as a…

A Love Story in Philanthropy

Suzanne and James Mellor both recall their first meeting as love at first sight. “I fell in love with her the minute we met,” Jim says, and Suzanne adds, “I thought he was the nicest, most handsome man I had ever seen.” Married 64 years, the two met in Detroit, where they were both born and raised. Jim was an…

Fusion of the Minds

In my foolish youth, it was an unsaid rule that I never ordered fish. (This, of course, excluded lox and salmon sashimi–I never said it was a rule that made sense). Most restaurants where I dined back then served fish simply fried or just plain overcooked to the point of no recognition. Dry, flaky and too fishy–that was how I…

Celebrity Benefit Fitting Finale to Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters Season

Festival of Arts' 85th season ended with a Celebrity Benefit Concert headlining legendary performers Herb Alpert and Lani Hall, 
while the sold-out crowd viewed the festival's amazing art show and ended up in Irvine Bowl entertained by the 84th Pageant of the Masters hosted by acclaimed actor Bryan Cranston.

Tips to Listing a Home for Sale

When you live in paradise, it is difficult to consider a move. In fact, Newport Beach has one of the lowest housing turnover rates in the country. Many homeowners reach out to me when they are ready to downsize or move to a neighborhood that suits their current needs. Preparing a property for sale often takes a surprising amount of…

New Opening: AC Hotel Irvine by Marriott

In 1977, 29-year-old Antonio Catalan, founder and president of AC Hotels, opened his first hotel of the NH Hotels Group in Spain. Twenty years later, Antonio sold his stake in the company to an Italian firm for around 70 Million Euros. It was at that time he began to develop the new brand AC Hotels. He wholly owned the company…

The Season of Thanks & Giving

It’s that time of year again when pumpkin spice fills the air and my Thanksgiving planning gets into full swing. We host anywhere from 10-15 guests and, depending on how many are on the base at Camp Pendleton, we often extend an invite to Marines who find themselves without family. The young adults in our family always enjoy visiting with…

Three Hundred Middle School Students + One 13-year-old Grammy Nominee = MAGIC!

At 13 years old, jazz pianist Joey Alexander was already a seasoned touring professional and a two-time Grammy nominee (now a Grammy winner). He played to a sold-out audience at his Irvine Barclay Theatre debut, but the real fun began the very next morning. The Barclay’s ArtsReach brought 300 IUSD middle school students to the theater to see if Joey…

Thanksgiving – Be Creative but Keep the Classics

After spending more than forty years in kitchens prepping, cooking and serving Thanksgiving dinner in restaurants, hotels, and at home, I came to the following conclusion: In general, people still enjoy Thanksgiving classics such as velvety mashed potatoes, stuffing, roasted yams with marshmallows, green bean casserole, and perfectly roasted turkey and gravy. However, besides the classics, it is also exciting…

CanstructionOC 2017: The Contribution of Art to Alleviate Hunger

By now you probably have had the chance to experience and admire the outstanding Canstruction exhibits at ARTIC, South Coast Plaza and John Wayne Airport. For the 10th consecutive year, Canstruction is dedicated to raising awareness about hunger by making a difference in the lives of one-in-five children who struggle with it every day in our beloved Orange County community.…