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.
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.
June 6, 2000
Danette Goulet CORONA DEL MAR -- Alec Hanson had eight minutes to relate the history and significance of the three types of dance he studied -- ballet, ballroom and breakdancing -- and to demonstrate his newly acquired skills in each. He spoke, he danced, and he spoke some more. He shed a layer of clothing and danced again. More talking, more shedding, more dancing. By the end of his eight minutes the 18-year-old was talking as he performed moves. The sheer speed and diversity of his performance was impressive -- not to mention his fitting two outfits under a suit, in which he performed the rumba.
April 15, 2000
B.W. Cook The ballroom of The Four Seasons Hotel, Newport Beach, was transformed into an intimate supper club last Saturday evening. Quite a remarkable feat, given the grand size of the room that often serves hundreds of guests for every imaginable purpose. On this night, however, The Angelitos de Oro, a support wing of Orange County Big Brothers/Big Sisters, turned the setting and the evening into a warm and gracious benefit for the children. The organization, under the stewardship of benefit chair Darleen Manclark, is comprised of a committee of talented volunteers including Eve Kornyei, Cecilia Nott, Carolyn De Wald, Bobbie Purcell, Rhoda Stanley, Martha Crowner, Kate Eastman, Barbara Barnard and GiGi Spragins.
March 5, 2003
You can tell by Irene Jeanson's fashion palette that she enjoys bringing color to other people's lives. Jeanson, 89, has a penchant for pink -- pink lipstick, pink jackets and colorful blouses that feature pink prominently. For the past 20 years, Jeanson has been brightening the lives of other seniors through numerous volunteer activities, among them helping out with the Costa Mesa Senior Center since it opened in 1992. "We nominated her this year for the Volunteer Recognition at Disneyland because of all the years she's been here," Aviva Goelman, the center's director, said.
April 5, 2004
Alicia Robinson and Luis Pena A 99-year-old Balboa resident will show off a major face-lift to the public beginning Tuesday, but already the work is getting rave reviews. The new Harborside Restaurant and Grand Ballroom on Main Street near the Fun Zone occupies the space in the Balboa Pavilion that for 32 years was the Tale of the Whale restaurant. Over the years, the building has housed a ballroom that hosted 1930s big band greats such as Benny Goodman and Count Basie, a bowling alley and bingo hall, and the Newport Harbor Art Museum.