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By B.W. Cook | February 17, 2012
Celebrating 10 years of jazz at The Ocean Institute, Dana Point, a sold-out crowd came together for two evenings of incredible music, fabulous food and, most importantly, a purpose of raising funds to support the institute's educational programs. They accomplished their goal with style and success, raising $180,000 net. The jazz and gourmet dining event unfolded on Feb. 3 and 4, presented by organizers at The Ocean Institute in conjunction with partners 94.7 The Wave radio, which was represented by anchors Pat Prescott and Kim Amidon . Producer and jazz artist Rick Braun once again was at the helm of the fundraiser, joining fellow artists David Benoit and Mindi Abair in helping attract the sold-out jazz loving crowd.
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By B.W. Cook | February 9, 2011
It was Jazz in January but in February. On Saturday evening, the crowd converged on the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, celebrating the good life on the Pacific Rim in an effort to protect and preserve the precious Pacific coastline. Specifically, the institute finds its focus in education. Annual programs, funded through such events as Jazz in January, enable the institute to reach an estimated 115,000 Orange County students and visitors during the year. "Our unique immersion style educational experiences shows students how to be research scientists, tall ship sailors, expedition leaders and explorers for a few hours, a few days, and sometimes, for the rest of their lives," said Daniel Stetson , president and chief executive of the Ocean Institute.
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By B.W. Cook | December 28, 2011
The Ocean Institute is preparing to celebrate 10 years of jazz. The anticipated weekend of fine food and fabulous music will take place on Feb. 3-4 at the institute's Dana Point facility. Organizers will partner with radio station 94.7 The Wave and anchors Pat Prescott and Kim Amidon to raise needed funds to support the ocean-orientated educational programs provided year round by the Ocean Institute. As in years past, producer and performer Rich Braun , an internationally recognized trumpeter and composer, will be joined on stage by pianist David Benoit and saxophonist and vocalist Mindi Abair . The two-night celebration kicks off Feb. 3, with a reception hosted by Pear Valley Vineyards and Il Fornaio Restaurant.
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October 4, 2007
The Ocean Institute provides learning facilities for science and history to more than 80,000 students a year. Founded in 1977 on 2.4 acres of Dana Point Harbor, it’s open to the public on weekends.  HOURS Weekends 10 a.m. to 3 p.m; weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for school programs and summer camps only.  ADMISSION General fee: $6 for persons 13 or older; $4 for youths 3 to 12. Children younger than 2 and members get in free.  GETTING THERE Take CA-73 south to I-5. Head south on I-5 and take exit 79 to merge with CA-1, Camino Las Ramblas toward Pacific Coast Highway.
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By B.W. COOK | January 28, 2006
The fourth annual Jazz in January will consist of two performances this year. The opening night dinner show tonight -- benefiting the Ocean Institute in Dana Point -- is an overflow sellout at $350 per person. Due to popular demand, organizers have created an encore event for Sunday evening. Called a Twilight Taste of Sophisticated Jazz tickets are priced at $125 for reserved seating and $95 per seat for open seating. Both events will take place at the Ocean Institute and will star jazz entertainer Rick Braun.
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February 19, 2005
A crowd of jazz lovers came together to support the Ocean Institute at the scenic rim of Dana Point Harbor. It was a Saturday evening "Jazz in January" concert with Grammy-winning saxophonist Eric Marienthal, the talented nephew of Newport's late celebrated restaurateur Hans Prager. Marienthal was exceptionally cool, impressing the approximately 200 guests who raised more than $80,000 for the work of the Ocean Institute. "The premiere interactive ocean education and research facility in Orange County, the Institute educates students and teachers in ocean awareness, marine life and maritime history," said Sally Combe, representing the facility.
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By B.W. COOK | February 7, 2008
There is something special about getting up close and personal with a sea urchin. Last Saturday night in Dana Point the crowd converged on the Ocean Institute to raise funds and awareness to protect sea urchins and other creatures of the deep who reside in our precious coastal waters. It was Jazz in January the first weekend in February starring the talented performers Rick Braun and Gerald Albright . There was literally no room to move in the sold-out concert and dinner venue.
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October 14, 2002
McCarthy sponsors education program McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. in Newport Beach sponsored fifth-graders from John Muir Elementary School in Long Beach to embark on the cruise ship R/V Sea Explorer at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point on Oct. 4. The company partnered with the ocean institute to underwrite educational programs for children giving them an opportunity to examine coastal living systems like...
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February 12, 2004
B.W. COOK The Ocean Institute recently celebrated with "Jazz in January," raising much-needed funds to support the institute's children's educational programs. Jazz star David Benoit charmed the crowd of more than 180 guests, many of them from the Newport-Mesa community, at the scenic Ocean Institute headquarters in Dana Point. By the end of the evening, chaired by Tim McMahon representing his firm Grubb and Ellis, more than $75,000 was netted for the charity.
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By B.W. Cook | March 14, 2013
There was some big-time beefcake at a ladies fashion event last week in Newport Beach. Maksim Chmerkovskiy , the super-handsome male dancer made famous by his 13 seasons wowing American television viewers on the hit ABC show "Dancing with the Stars," fronted the March 4 "For the Love of a Child" fashion show and luncheon benefiting Childhelp. Chmerkovskiy had all the ladies melting, including the Childhelp chairpersons, Pam Pharris and Christine Bren , along with 400 pretty gals in early spring fashions, raising a whopping $250,000 net in support of the programs of Childhelp, which fights for the rights of abused and neglected children.
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By B.W. Cook | March 13, 2014
It's hard to imagine, given the spectacular weather of the past week, that for a brief moment California was being soaked by torrential rain at the beginning of the month. The downpour did not deter the dedicated volunteers of the Ocean Institute from producing the 2014 Jazz Festival at their headquarters in Dana Point over the weekend of Feb. 28 through March 2. Docents with yellow and blue striped umbrellas greeted patrons arriving for the Friday and Saturday night outdoor concerts and dinners.
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By B.W. Cook | February 6, 2014
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Bill Medley , Grammy-winning member of the Righteous Brothers and O.C. native son, fronted the recent "Celebrity Series" produced by the Crescendo Chapter of the Guilds of Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The Jan. 9 appearance delighted a sold-out crowd of about 300 guests at the Bowers Museum, as Medley presented his lecture called "The Time Of My Life," a title borrowed from one of the songs that made his act world famous. It is also the title of Medley's soon-to-be-released biography, written with Mike Marino , who joined Medley onstage and conducted an interview with the singer-songwriter.
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October 8, 2013
Rick Hadley, 55, passed away on September 28, 2013 doing what he loved best... Free Diving. Rick was born on March 8, 1958 in Newport Beach, California to William and Joan Hadley. He attended Newport Harbor High School, and went on to graduate from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Following college he began to work for the family-owned business, Hadley Auto Transport. During his time at HAT, he met Renee Sauve, and they were later married in 1987. They had two beautiful children, Nikki and Jack, and were together for 22 years.
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By B.W. Cook | March 14, 2013
There was some big-time beefcake at a ladies fashion event last week in Newport Beach. Maksim Chmerkovskiy , the super-handsome male dancer made famous by his 13 seasons wowing American television viewers on the hit ABC show "Dancing with the Stars," fronted the March 4 "For the Love of a Child" fashion show and luncheon benefiting Childhelp. Chmerkovskiy had all the ladies melting, including the Childhelp chairpersons, Pam Pharris and Christine Bren , along with 400 pretty gals in early spring fashions, raising a whopping $250,000 net in support of the programs of Childhelp, which fights for the rights of abused and neglected children.
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By B.W. Cook | January 17, 2013
In the Eastern Hemisphere, the Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year, Spring Festival, is the most important holiday occasion on the annual calendar. In Orange County, the Lunar New Year celebration, which begins Feb. 10, is being observed throughout the region with considerable excitement and hope for a healthy and prosperous 2013. For those unaware, the holiday is an occasion when red envelopes signifying good luck are often filled with money and presented to loved ones and friends in a symbolic gesture of good faith.
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By Jon Cassidy, Special to the Daily Pilot | April 17, 2012
The Newport Harbor Nautical Museum is getting closer to reaching its ambitious fundraising goals, according to museum President Rita Stenlund. The museum also has profile-raising community events coming up, from a kick-off party for the Newport to Ensenada yacht race Sunday to weekly family events starting in June. Stenlund told the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday that the museum now has about $8 million in an investment fund. That's up from the $6.6 million listed in its 2011 tax return and $5.1 million the year before.
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By B.W. Cook | February 17, 2012
Celebrating 10 years of jazz at The Ocean Institute, Dana Point, a sold-out crowd came together for two evenings of incredible music, fabulous food and, most importantly, a purpose of raising funds to support the institute's educational programs. They accomplished their goal with style and success, raising $180,000 net. The jazz and gourmet dining event unfolded on Feb. 3 and 4, presented by organizers at The Ocean Institute in conjunction with partners 94.7 The Wave radio, which was represented by anchors Pat Prescott and Kim Amidon . Producer and jazz artist Rick Braun once again was at the helm of the fundraiser, joining fellow artists David Benoit and Mindi Abair in helping attract the sold-out jazz loving crowd.
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By B.W. Cook | December 28, 2011
The Ocean Institute is preparing to celebrate 10 years of jazz. The anticipated weekend of fine food and fabulous music will take place on Feb. 3-4 at the institute's Dana Point facility. Organizers will partner with radio station 94.7 The Wave and anchors Pat Prescott and Kim Amidon to raise needed funds to support the ocean-orientated educational programs provided year round by the Ocean Institute. As in years past, producer and performer Rich Braun , an internationally recognized trumpeter and composer, will be joined on stage by pianist David Benoit and saxophonist and vocalist Mindi Abair . The two-night celebration kicks off Feb. 3, with a reception hosted by Pear Valley Vineyards and Il Fornaio Restaurant.
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By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | July 16, 2011
On Sunday, the Maddie James Foundation will celebrate the naming of the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center at Dana Point's Ocean Institute. The event will be catered by Newport Coast's Zov's Bistro. Maddie James, 5, died in March after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor only a couple months prior. A camper at the Ocean Institute, her parents, Kajsa James and Collie James, made it their mission to raise $1 million to name the new addition to the institute after their daughter, it being one of her favorite places . In less than three months, they raised the ambitious amount.
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By B.W. Cook | February 9, 2011
It was Jazz in January but in February. On Saturday evening, the crowd converged on the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, celebrating the good life on the Pacific Rim in an effort to protect and preserve the precious Pacific coastline. Specifically, the institute finds its focus in education. Annual programs, funded through such events as Jazz in January, enable the institute to reach an estimated 115,000 Orange County students and visitors during the year. "Our unique immersion style educational experiences shows students how to be research scientists, tall ship sailors, expedition leaders and explorers for a few hours, a few days, and sometimes, for the rest of their lives," said Daniel Stetson , president and chief executive of the Ocean Institute.
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