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By B.W. Cook | January 5, 2011
More than 250 guests in black tie and glittering evening gowns came together at The Balboa Bay Club & Resort for a midnight champagne toast to ring in 2011. Hotelier Henry Schielein and his wife, Carol , welcomed the crowd to what arguably is one of the last grand and formal New Year's Eve dinner dances on the Orange Coast. Arriving between 8 and 9 p.m., guests sampled hors d'oeuvres, passed on gleaming silver trays by white-gloved dining room staff. Cocktail glasses clicked with toasts of good health and good fortune ahead in 2011.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 6, 2009
Community leaders will vie in a ballroom dancing competition Saturday to benefit a local philanthropic organization. The Assistance League of Newport-Mesa will hold Dancing for Tomorrow’s Stars beginning at 6 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road. Community leaders Sandy Segerstrom Daniels, Kristina Dodge, Mindy Stearns, Alexandros Bletsos, Tim Kashani, and Ralph and Sherry Opacic will compete to raise funds for deserving Newport-Mesa children. Ed Arnold will emcee the event, which will be judged by 2008 dancer Julia Argyros, Paul Folino and Dean Robert Bassett.
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By B.W. COOK | May 25, 2006
The 20th annual mother-daughter luncheon and fashion show produced by the Newport Beach chapter of the National Charity League Juniors turned out to be both a beach bash and formal ballroom event. The Balboa Bay Club & Resort provided both beach and ballroom for the festive afternoon that welcomed area sixth-graders and their moms. It all began on the beach, where a wonderful pink-and white-stripped tent was erected facing the main channel of Newport Harbor. An auction featuring some 250 fabulous donated items gathered by auction co-chairs Carolyn Mangano and Judith Wattson and their hardworking committee went up for bid. The theme was "Just Another Day In Paradise," and it surely was just that.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sue Thoensen | September 24, 2007
OK, I admit it. By the end of season four, I was hooked on “Dancing with the Stars,” and have anxiously been awaiting season five, which premieres tonight. The celebrities, the clothes, the music, the steps, the simple synchronicity of it all. It looked so easy. Even Heather Mills mastered the steps, and let’s face it, without appearing mean, we all know she only had one leg. Apparently, having two legs isn’t a sure bet you can do the rumba, fox trot or, in my case, even the waltz.
FEATURES
By Jessie Brunner | January 6, 2007
Though the Balboa was a very popular dance in his youth, Clint Holland learned the step only recently. At 84 years old, the Orange County resident spends three or four days each week on the dance floor. Besides the dance classes he attends at various local senior centers, Holland is at the Avant Garde Ballroom in Newport Beach every Sunday for swing dance lessons offered by The Orange County Swing Dance Club. Though he's "not quite up to" all of the dances, he usually stays for three of the four classes offered, which include beginning swing and intermediate Balboa.
BUSINESS
By Dave Brooks | April 17, 2006
A Newport Beach hotel is putting down its sand wedge and picking up its dancing shoes. Hyatt Newport Beach's owners have submitted plans to convert the nine-hole Back Bay Golf course into a time-share development and build a 24,387-square-foot ballroom on the hotel's southwest parking lot. The expansion will require approval from the City Council and the California Coastal Commission because the project will require an exemption from the...
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By B.W. COOK | January 16, 2009
The phone rang at the front desk of the Balboa Bay Club and Resort. It was a quiet morning a few days before New Year’s Eve. The receptionist answered in her usual cheerful tone and asked the man on the other end of the line how she could help him. “I understand that you are having a formal New Year’s Eve party in your ballroom,” he said. The receptionist responded affirmatively and asked the man if he would like to be transferred to reservations. “My parents are looking for an elegant traditional New Year’s Eve dinner dance, with champagne at midnight, a big orchestra, hats and streamers, and all the works,” he told the person taking reservations.
NEWS
October 9, 2004
B.W. COOK The Leatherby family, one of Orange County's most philanthropic community beacons, stepped up to the plate yet again to create a residential facility for young adults with learning challenges. Named Casa de Amma, the nonprofit home in San Juan Capistrano, consisting of individual apartment residences for its tenants between the ages of 21 and 29, recently opened and presently serves 10 Orange County citizens. The facility can house 34 residents.
NEWS
September 16, 2004
B.W. COOK The buzz in the ballroom was all over "Brooklyn Boy." This new play, written by Donald Margulies, commissioned by South Coast Repertory Theater, had its world premiere debut on the theater's Segerstrom Stage Sept. 3. The performance runs through Oct. 10 at the Costa Mesa theater that gave it legs. The buzzing black-tie crowd had come together last Saturday evening at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa to celebrate South Coast Repertory Theater at its annual gala ball.
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July 6, 2012
Claire Ahern Shaklee Resident of Newport Beach. Born in San Francisco on 4/22/26 as Claire Ahern. She was the youngest of 6 children and had several brothers that were San Francisco fireman. She passed away in Newport Beach, CA. peacefully in her sleep after a long illness on June 19, 2012. Survived by her husband Raleigh "Lee" Shaklee of Newport Beach, CA. who cofounded Shaklee Corporation in 1956 with his Father (Dr. Forrest C. Shaklee) and Brother (Forrest Shaklee)
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ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | December 30, 2011
A Newport Beach tradition at Christmas time once again filled the grand ballroom of the Balboa Bay Club & Resort with a major dose of family warmth and togetherness. On Dec. 23, the Costa Mesa-based All-American Boys Chorus attracted some 250 guests for the annual holiday dinner and concert of the season on the coast. Led by executive director Anthony Manrique and musical director Wesley Martin , the chorus performed with musical perfection for the crowd of multi-generational family members united to share in the joy of the season.
NEWS
By Candice Baker | May 19, 2011
It's flashy, sensual … and fabulous. For fans of reality shows like "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Dancing with the Stars," "Burn the Floor" is a perfect real-life night out. A record-breaking Broadway hit — and the first ballroom dance musical ever to make it to the Great White Way — "Burn the Floor" showcases the world's top ballroom dancers in a highly athletic, frenetic spectacle. Think mirror balls, strobe lights, smoke clouds and plenty of sultry expressions.
NEWS
By B.W. Cook | January 5, 2011
More than 250 guests in black tie and glittering evening gowns came together at The Balboa Bay Club & Resort for a midnight champagne toast to ring in 2011. Hotelier Henry Schielein and his wife, Carol , welcomed the crowd to what arguably is one of the last grand and formal New Year's Eve dinner dances on the Orange Coast. Arriving between 8 and 9 p.m., guests sampled hors d'oeuvres, passed on gleaming silver trays by white-gloved dining room staff. Cocktail glasses clicked with toasts of good health and good fortune ahead in 2011.
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By Brianna Bailey | January 18, 2010
Newport Beach city officials shut down the legendary Rendezvous Ballroom for two months in 1957 after police officers claimed the place was a haven for “immoral” dancing, illicit drug use and racy rock ’n’ roll music, according to contemporary news accounts and city records. Originally built in 1928, the ballroom on East Ocean Front, between Washington and Palm streets, once hosted performances by big band icons like Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller. But the 1950s, the venue began booking edgy rock ’n’ roll acts, attracting the ire of city officials.
FEATURES
By B.W. Cook | September 18, 2009
Heralding the 2009-10 social season on the California Riviera, South Coast Repertory Theatre threw a most elegant ball Sept. 12 in Newport Beach. The Balboa Bay Club & Resort transformed its handsome ballroom into the perfect setting for “Nothing But Blue Skies…from now on.” The party theme was taken from the classic Hollywood film and title song written by Irving Berlin . Glamorous event Chairwoman Bette Aitken , wife of repertory board chairman Wylie Aitken, joined her committee in selecting a theme representing optimism in the face of difficult times.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 6, 2009
Community leaders will vie in a ballroom dancing competition Saturday to benefit a local philanthropic organization. The Assistance League of Newport-Mesa will hold Dancing for Tomorrow’s Stars beginning at 6 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road. Community leaders Sandy Segerstrom Daniels, Kristina Dodge, Mindy Stearns, Alexandros Bletsos, Tim Kashani, and Ralph and Sherry Opacic will compete to raise funds for deserving Newport-Mesa children. Ed Arnold will emcee the event, which will be judged by 2008 dancer Julia Argyros, Paul Folino and Dean Robert Bassett.
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