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By B.W. Cook | January 11, 2012
The Pelican Hill Golf Club was the setting for a spectacular day of golf pre-holidays benefiting the Literacy Project Foundation of Orange County. A picture-perfect day made for an outstanding first annual golf tournament that organizers billed as "Fore Dreams. " Co-chaired by a duo of dynamic gals, the beautiful (inside and out) Jeannie Lawrence and Sue Tucker , some 225 golfers and their guests participated in the day-long event that included 18 holes of golf at Pelican Hill on a course considered one of the top 100 public golf courses in America.
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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 Sheri Alzeerah, Special to the Daily Pilot | December 21, 2011
Fact: Having a holly, jolly holiday season means eating holly, jolly feasts with family and friends. From crisp apple strudels to schnitzel with noodles, these are a few of everyone's favorite things. But when it comes to funding a feast that can fill up a table of tummies, your wallet quickly becomes far from full. Fear no more, holiday host extraordinaire. With these simple steps, you can feast like royalty with time, money and, as is the case with all holiday meals, yummy food to spare.
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By Lauren Williams | November 11, 2011
COSTA MESA — About 150 people poured into Estancia High School's gym to celebrate the life of Jim Scott, an avid school booster who pioneered the building of the school's football stadium that today bears his name. The memorial coincided with the Battle of the Bell, a ritual he created in the mid-1980s to foster community traditions and a friendly competition between Estancia and its cross-town rival, Costa Mesa High, said son Jim Scott Jr. The ceremony began and ended with a bagpipe, whose player wore a red kilt and Scott Clan shirt.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | September 21, 2011
Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach was the setting for an underwriting dinner to benefit the upcoming 40th anniversary of Maestro John Alexander's association with the Pacific Chorale. Chaired by hosts Mart and Margie Hubbard , and Jan Landstrom , the evening brought together ardent benefactors of the Pacific Chorale, most notably Mary and Phil Lyons , Warren Coy , Margaret Gates , Vina Williams and Tom Slattery . These generous donors along with fellow Pacific Chorale supporters Dardie Dunlap , Ruth Ann and John Evans , Valerie and Hans Imhof , Sally Anderson and Tom Rogers , and Elizabeth and John Stahr raised $139,700 to underwrite the 40th anniversary concert on Nov. 6 honoring Alexander at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.
NEWS
By Alexandra Baird, dailypilot@latimes.com | July 18, 2011
The OC Skateboarding League hopes to raise $10,000 at an awards dinner Thursday evening to continue and expand its programs. Newport-Mesa Unified school board Trustee Katrina Foley founded the nonprofit last year to support local middle- and high-school skating teams. More than 150 students skate for 20 teams across the county. Costa Mesa, Estancia and Newport Harbor high schools are among the participants. The awards dinner at the Los Caballeros Racquet & Sports Club in Fountain Valley will feature a silent auction, skate videos and guest appearances by as-yet-unnamed industry pros.
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By Candice Baker | June 2, 2011
Maybe it's the super-secret ingredient in the fish batter, but something keeps locals coming back year after year — 64 years to date. The annual Lions Fish Fry & Carnival is set for this weekend, so club members are busy wrangling thousands of pounds of potatoes, fish and cole slaw into place. Organizers try to walk a tightrope between tradition and change. "There are a lot of new carnival rides, and we've got a lot of really good entertainment on the stage," Costa Mesa native and Lions Club board member Mike Scheafer said.
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By B.W. Cook | April 5, 2011
Editor's note: This corrects the spelling of Christopher Duma and Judy Voltmer's last names. A very special luncheon — intimate and inspirational — unfolded March 27 at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort. The Foundation for Neurosciences, Stroke and Recovery (FNSR) welcomed 60 passionate guests for luncheon by the bay and to participate in a session with Dr. Christopher Duma, executive director of FNSR, Allison Smith-Conway of Parkinson's In Balance and Todd Bischoff, also a Parkinson's activist.
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By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | February 25, 2011
Tamarind, the acclaimed London restaurant specializing in Indian cooking, has announced plans to open its first restaurant in the United States and U.S. flagship in Newport Coast. Tamarind will open this summer in the Crystal Cove Promenade at East Coast Highway and Crystal Heights Drive, a restaurant official said. The restaurant focuses on friendly, accessible service and cuisine that blends Indian dishes with American ingredients, such as in their seafood menu options, said Randall Hiatt, president of Fessel International, a Costa Mesa-based restaurant consulting firm hired by Tamarind for the move.
NEWS
By B.W. Cook | February 25, 2011
It was arguably the most prestigious social event of the Southern California business community. On Feb. 17, some 450 executives from all over Southern California converged upon the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Laguna Niguel, for the 16th Forum for Corporate Directors awards dinner. The high-powered function was hosted by Michael A. Mussallem , chairman and chief executive of Edwards Lifesciences Corporation. Edwards was also one of the overall event sponsors, joined by the Walt Disney Co. assisting in underwriting the evening.
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