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March 1, 2001
The Clubhouse at South Coast Plaza will present Monte Carlo Night on Saturday to raise money for the Junior League of Orange County. Tickets for the "cocktail attire" event, which will take place from 7:30 p.m. to midnight, cost $70. Participants who bring a children's book to donate to Laura's House, a Junior League home for abused women and their children in San Clemente, will receive $50 in gambling script....
November 3, 2000
1. Hide behind a mask. The 10th annual Toast of the Coast -- Diamond Masquerade Ball will be held from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at the Hyatt Newporter, 1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach. The evening will include dancing, a silent auction and casino tables. All proceeds will benefit the Orange County Federation for Oncology Children and Families. $55-$70. (800) 405-2766, Ext. 83. 2. Have a cocktail. The Southern California Social Guide will present its Orange County Cocktail Party from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at the Newport Beach Radisson Hotel, 4545 MacArthur Blvd.
October 29, 2007
The Orange County Performing Artscenter has announced that Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons will headline its 2007 Candlelight Concert Dec. 7 in Segerstrom Hall. The evening will begin with a pre-concert cocktail reception featuring Ketel One?s signature ice bar in the Plaza Level Lobby. A four-course dinner will follow on the 8,500-square-foot stage in Segerstrom Hall, which will be transformed into a New York terrace for the event. Hosted by the board of directors, the Candlelight Concert and Candlelight Encore on Dec. 8 are the center?
By Heather Youmans | July 14, 2012
Some people historically come to the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa to taste the newest deep-fried cuisine. This year was no exception as thousands crowded the fairgrounds on Saturday, searching for the latest culinary offerings. New to the fair is the "Bacon A-Fair" stand, which stands on the site of the former the Deep Fried Butter Stand. The re imagined stand now attracts foodies and fair goers alike who come for their favorite bacon-inspired dishes. In addition to crowd favorites like chocolate covered bacon, owners Mike and Brittney Peterson have added more unique items to their menu.
May 26, 2005
JOSEPH N. BELL One of the more significant contributions of my generation to the Midwestern culture, in which I was raised, was the domestic cocktail hour. It took root in Indiana and Illinois, where I lived after World War II, then was exported wherever we moved, causing some resistance in other American cultures less advanced -- like that of my wife, who was raised in Southern California and had no grasp of the blessings of the cocktail hour in the early years of our marriage.
By Bradley Zint | February 6, 2013
A new restaurant in Costa Mesa with decor that's a modernized take on 1920s New York is having its grand opening Friday evening. The folks behind Arc Restaurant at the South Coast Collection, 3321 Hyland Ave., are calling their nearly 1,800-square-foot restaurant a new American roast house and classic cocktail bar. "We're looking more into doing right what we were doing in the '20s, kind of a happy period when we weren't overthinking things...
By B.W. Cook | March 23, 2012
A grand early spring festival of the grape, co-chaired by DeDe and Alex McKinnon , attracted some 300 wine lovers and raised an impressive $160,000 for the Pacific Symphony. Organizers billed the event, which unfolded at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, as the Pacific Coast Wine Festival. It showcased vintages from 30 wineries worldwide. Participants in the festival were selected by advanced sommelier Jim Houston from the renowned Charlie Palmer's dining rooms. The Saturday evening party began at sunset with a cocktail reception.
By B.W. Cook | December 21, 2011
They danced until midnight, interrupted only by an invasion by the famous USC Marching Band. A fun-filled and romantic winter wedding united a charming and promising couple in what was the social event of the holiday season. Meredith Louise Potter , resplendent in a classic bejeweled wedding gown by Monique Lhuillier, married her beau Charles Alexander Blecksmith (Alex) , in a traditional ceremony taking place in the 1920s-era Laguna Presbyterian Church in Laguna Beach.
By TOM TITUS | April 10, 2008
In the movie “The Philadelphia Story,” Jimmy Stewart, en route to an Oscar, remarked how much he enjoyed watching “the privileged class enjoying its privileges.” “Class” isn’t something we on this side of the Atlantic are much concerned with, but playwright A.R. Gurney seems to be. He alluded to it quite liberally in “The Dining Room” and seems obsessed with it in “The Cocktail Hour,” the latest production at the Newport Theater Arts Center.
By Paul Anderson and Joseph Serna | May 21, 2008
A jury found an Irvine woman guilty Wednesday morning in connection with a 2006 accident that killed a Costa Mesa teacher. Janene Johns, 53, was found guilty of vehicular manslaughter after hitting Candace Tift Aug. 23, 2006 with her Lexus as Tift was riding her bike. Prosecutors said Johns was on a cocktail of prescription drugs Xanax, Ambien sleeping pills and cough medicine when the accident happened. Johns' defense tried to argue that she was so grief-stricken by the death of her husband weeks before the accident that she was in an unconscious state when the accident happened, meaning she was not liable.
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