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February 21, 2013
Organizers are calling the upcoming Costa Mesa mayor's dinner a "first-class event" that will raise funds for local arts programs. "The Art of Leadership" celebration, a first for Costa Mesa, is April 25 at the Samueli Theater within the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. Organizers are hoping to net at least $30,000 from the event, with Costa Mesa and Estancia high schools' art programs each receiving $10,000, and PBS SoCal and Segerstrom Center's art programs each receiving $5,000.
By Jill Cowan | January 24, 2013
Organizers of the 104th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade will celebrate one last hurrah - more specifically, the Last Hurrah - at the event's annual awards dinner and auction Friday night. Topped by a VW surf bus made of LED lights, the 84-foot yacht of that name won the 2012 Sweepstakes - as it has done four out of the five years it's appeared in the parade. Newport resident Rob Meadows, who owns the craft with his family, said doing up the boat with structures covered in more than 50,000 LED lights that move and change color is a months-long endeavor.
January 22, 2013
Corona del Mar High girls' water polo coach Sam Bailey was honored Saturday night, receiving the Doc Hunkler Distinguished Women's Coaching Award at the USA Water Polo awards dinner in Los Angeles. The awards dinner was held in conjunction with the USA Water Polo Assembly at the LAX Crowne Plaza. Bailey was the recipient of the national award, given each year to the top women's coach in the country at the scholastic level. Bailey, in his third year coaching at CdM, has led the Sea Kings to a 62-14 overall record.
By B.W. Cook and By B.W. Cook | November 15, 2012
The Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa welcomed an overflow crowd Nov. 9 for the 22nd annual Celebrity Chef Dinner benefiting Share Our Selves. Nearly 300 guests helped raise $187,000 in support of SOS Orange Aid Project, which collects food from restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries and caterers for distribution to low-income Orange County residents. * Barons Rock for Cancer Cure They called it "Rock and Roll for a Cure. " The Orange County Barons Ball, co-chaired by Jeanie Gibson and Karyn Sanderson, unfolded recently at the Santa Ana Country Club, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society.
By Jim Carnett | November 12, 2012
Grace can be amazing. As a pre-teen in the 1950s, I accompanied my parents to the home of my great aunt and great uncle in Alhambra for Sunday afternoon dinners. Uncle Ed was my paternal grandmother's eldest brother. My paternal grandmother died when Dad was 10, and Uncle Ed took a proprietary interest in his upbringing. Because there was no San Diego (405) Freeway in the 1950s, we drove surface streets from Newport Beach/Costa Mesa to Los Angeles County's western San Gabriel Valley.
October 16, 2012
The Orange County regional office of the American Jewish Committee will present Newport Beach resident Steve Price with the Samuel Gendel Community Service Award at a dinner Sunday for his work as a leader in the local Jewish community. "Steve is fairly new, … and he's made a significant impact since we first got to know him, primarily because of his interest in Israel," said AJC Orange County President Susan Glass. "We appreciate all the help and direction he gives us. He certainly has a wonderful perspective, and he comes from a business environment that's very helpful.
By B.W. Cook | June 15, 2012
Newport Beach's tony Ritz Restaurant was the setting for the Big Canyon Spyglass Hill Philharmonic dinner on May 26. It welcomed more than 100 patrons to a fabulous evening with entertainment by the talented "Baker Boys. " If you have not enjoyed an evening at The Ritz when the Baker Boys are performing, you are missing a special treat, as their talent is impressive and they make the evening memorable. Philharmonic supporters Darby and Bill Manclark , Martha and Malcolm Green , Al and Margaret Clark , Joyce and Al Dieda , and Patricia and Otis Cranford , were among the glamorous crowd that enjoyed a four-course dinner featuring an entree of filet mignon and Atlantic salmon.
By Sarah Peters | April 12, 2012
Los Angeles-based healthy salads and sandwiches eatery Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop will expand into Orange County with the April opening of a Costa Mesa location. Greenleaf opens April 30 on East 17th Street, between Orange and Santa Ana avenues, in a 4,200-square-foot space reflective of the restaurant-meets-farmstand atmosphere signature to its Beverly Hills and Century City locations, according to a news release. Developers submitted plans for the project, which is the largest of the Greenleaf locations, to city planners in May, according to Daily Pilot archives . The restaurant will open at 8 a.m. daily and offer breakfast, lunch and dinner items consisting of a variety of salads, wraps and sandwiches.
By Mike Reicher | February 4, 2012
When Newport Beach Mayor Nancy Gardner delivered a two-word state-of-the-city address to the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce last month ("it's fine"), people thought she was mostly joking. Turns out she wasn't. Gardner slightly elaborated on that theme Friday night at the annual mayor's dinner, hosted by the advocacy group Speak Up Newport. She said the City Council and its administrators have reshaped the government the past two years, and now it is time to take a breath, to see how the major changes work out. Beyond that, she proposed revamping the city's TV station, better chronicling the area's history and identified some long-term goals.
By Candice Baker | January 19, 2012
Several local restaurants will be showing off their most popular dishes during Newport Beach Restaurant Week, which kicks off Friday. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version incorrectly said that Five Crowns is serving mushroom soup, a gem lettuce and Point Reyes salad and Jidori chicken. The restaurant is serving Mary Alice's pride salad, roasted parsnip soup and braised Boulder Valley shortrib, among other items. Also Bryon Freeze's title is chef de cuisine, not chief de cuisine.
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