2016 Community Archive Stories

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  • Photos: A Super Bowl Party to Remember By: Lawrence Sherwin
    The Eighth Annual Crisp Family Super Bowl Event at Newport Beach American Legion Post 291 honored the 5th Marine Brigade from Camp Pendleton. About 200 Marines walked through a giant American Eagle tunnel and were greeted by supporters, well wishers and the San Diego Charger cheerleaders. Hosted by Julie and Gary Crisp and their
    Mon Feb 08, 2016
  • It's Definitely his Nature BY DAVID FERRELL | photography Courtesy of MacGillivray Freeman Films
    Greg MacGillivray was the type of youngster who took on projects. He built a go-kart. He set up a home darkroom. When he was 13, his parents gave him a Kodak 8 mm camera, and he began shooting short films and showing them to his friends in Corona del Mar. “I loved doing that,” MacGillivray, 70, remembers. “I loved the c
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • A Salute to Everyday Heroes By: Theresa Walker | Photography by matt masin
    What’s it like to be saluted as a hero in a roomful of other heroes? “Amazing,” said Cameron Granger, 14, who, along with his sister, rescued three teenagers from a riptide at Huntington State Beach. Their swift action earned them the 2015 Youth Hero of the Year Award at the Orange County Register’s third
    Fri Jan 29, 2016
  • Ante up for Autism By: Nicole Polizois | photography by taca
    Imagine living in a world where no parent has to hear the words, “Your child has autism.” This was the mission of Talk About Curing Autism’s ninth annual Ante Up for Autism gala held November 7 at the St. Regis Monarch Beach. The event raised over $500,000 for the efforts of the Irvine-based national nonprofit to educate, empow
    Fri Jan 29, 2016
  • Applause from the Segerstrom Concert Hall, Laguna Playhouse and South Coast Repertory By: Ann Conway
    Let’s hear it for the lively performing  arts’ reception, a mini-bash fueled by bubbly, delectable fare, and animated gab about the performance at hand. Not to mention the frequent opportunity to rub elbows with the performing artists themselves. When The Philharmonic Society presented the Los Angeles Philharmonic a
    Fri Jan 29, 2016
  • Martin A. Brower's "Along the Coast" By: Martin A. Brower
    Village could replace RV lotA pedestrian-oriented waterfront village and a highly contemporary restaurant and marina complex are planned for two sites in Newport Beach, where Bayside Drive intersects with East Coast Highway just south of the bridge over Upper Newport Bay. The waterfront village, called Back Bay Landing, stil
    Fri Jan 29, 2016
  • Tea Time with Orangewood By: Coast Staff | photography by ann chatillon
    More than 200 Orange County ladies (and a few gentlemen) gathered in December for tea at The Balboa Bay Resort, which netted more than $95,000 to support the Samueli Academy – a public charter high school in Santa Ana funded by Orangewood Foundation. Chair of the holiday-themed tea, Lupe Erwin, brought her mother with her to
    Fri Jan 29, 2016
  • Versace supports JDRF Diabetes fundraiser By: Noelle Medina | photography by john watkins
    At the crossroads of fashion and philanthropy, JDRF Dream Guild’s holiday luncheon kicked off its Type1 diabetes fundraiser with runway-ready style. The Versace-sponsored event began with shopping and Champagne in the all-too-chic Versace boutique at South Coast Plaza. “Versace was kind enough to sponsor us this year, which i
    Fri Jan 29, 2016
  • Laguna Playhouse salutes 95 years By: Ann Conway
    It’s an accomplishment no other regional theater west of the Mississippi can claim: “The Laguna Playhouse has been open 95 consecutive years,” said Melinda Masson, co-chair with Barbara MacGillivray, of the venue’s 95th Season Gala, a mix of theatrical acts, pink Champagne toasts, gourmet fare and dancing into the wee hou
    Thu Dec 24, 2015
  • Martin A. Brower's "Along the Coast" By: Martin A. Brower and Nancy Luna
    HERE COMES ANOTHER LUXURY HOTELA new ocean-facing luxury hotel will open on the Orange County coast in the spring with completion of the eight-story, 250-room Pasea Hotel and Spa rising on Pacific Coast Highway near First Street in Huntington Beach. Located next to the just-opened Pacific City retail center, Pasea will join Pacific
    Thu Dec 24, 2015
  • On Pointe with American Ballet Theatre By: Ann Conway | Photography by Doug Clifford
    Kevin McKenzie was pinching himself. “This is such a gratification for me,” said the artistic director and acting executive director of American Ballet Theatre as he joined cast members and local ballet lovers at “The Nutcracker” opening-night cast party at South Coast Plaza. “I’v
    Thu Dec 24, 2015
  • Performing Goodwill By: Noelle Medina | photography by Lisa Renee
    For the second annual Goodwill of Orange County Gala, think Aruba. The Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort presented a perfect seaside backdrop for the island-themed affair on November 7. John Stamos and his longtime pals the Beach Boys returned to perform for a generous crowd.More than 550 guests dined, clinked cocktails and shared bidding stra
    Thu Dec 24, 2015
  • Sandra Tsing Loh’s Menopause-alooza By: Sam Dunn | photography by ben gibbs
    Warning: No attempt at journalistic objectivity is being made in the following article. The reason is because the woman featured has been one of my closest, call-at-4-a.m. girlfriends since we were in our 20s, married to musicians (whom we later divorced). I did OK, but she got pretty famous, a fact for which I still have not forgiven her. And s
    Thu Dec 24, 2015
  • The annual Candlelight Concert in Segerstrom Hall By: Ann Conway | photography by Kimberly april and josean diche
    It was the kind of night that would have made Henry T. Segerstrom proud. Noted for decades as the glittering launch of Orange County’s holiday social season, the annual Candlelight Concert in Segerstrom Hall was elegant, joyful and artfully detailed, right down to the purple light on its iconic façade matching the 
    Thu Dec 24, 2015
  • The Funny Business of Rita Rudner By: Sam Dunn | Photography by Bill Alkofer
    You’d think Rita Rudner, who prides herself on being the longest-running comedy act on the Las Vegas Strip, would actually live in the place where’s she’s been performing since 2000. But noooo. Rudner – along with producer-writer husband Martin Bergman and their daughter Molly – makes her home in Laguna’s Mona
    Thu Dec 24, 2015
  • Ritz Holiday Blitz By: Coast Staff | Photography by Tony Lattimore, Peggy O’Donnell
    Always anticipated in the community as a cornerstone of the O.C. charity event season, the 29th annual Women of Chapman holiday luncheon, Christmas at the Ritz, also marked the last that outgoing President Jim Doti will attend in the position he’s held since 1991. The mood among the 280 guests at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach &
    Tue Dec 22, 2015
  • Holiday Concert for Vanguard University is a sparkling sellout By: Ann Conway
    In a holiday blur of  twinkle lights and heartfelt song, Vanguard University's department of music staged its 19th annual Christmas Fantasia Concert on Dec. 8 at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa. Festivities began with a cocktail and buffet supper reception at the  Center Club where university boosters and staf
    Mon Dec 21, 2015
  • Fall Into Giving By: Noelle Medina
    To the Association of Fundraising Professionals, giving is always in season. More than 850 family, friends, and philanthropists gathered on November 19 at the 30th annual National Philanthropy Day (NPD) Orange County Awards Luncheon. Guests enjoyed a program emceed by PBS So Cal’s Maria Hall Brown and Rick Reiff, honoring some o
    Mon Dec 21, 2015
  • New Shopping along the Coast By: Denise Smaldino | Photography by Denise Smaldino
    If you have any doubts about Orange County’s passion for shopping, just look up and down the coast. Two new consumer meccas cut their ribbons in time for holiday buying. Pacific City in Huntington Beach sits beach-adjacent on PCH, with more than half its 60 stores and restaurants still to come through the summer. Outlets at San Clemente ov
    Tue Dec 01, 2015
  • Martin A. Brower’s Along the Coast By: Martin Brower and Nancy Luna
    Anaheim’s JW Marriott progressesOne of a spate of new hotels proposed for the Disney Resort area of Anaheim is ready for the city’s approval process, and this one is a potential gem: a JW Marriott. The JW brand is the top of hotel giant Marriott’s brands, and the 466-room, 12-story hotel would rise on a 2.8-acre pa
    Tue Dec 01, 2015
  • Fashionista Rachel Zoe lends her advice on living the look By: Sam Dunn | Photography by Zuma Press
    Fashion is everything. Those who know Rachel Zoe – and really, who doesn’t? – know this is more than a catchphrase. It’s the motto this stylist-to-the-stars lives by and the belief she evangelizes through an empire that includes a clothing line, the Bravo reality series “The Rachel Zoe Project” as well as &ldq
    Tue Dec 01, 2015
  • My OC: Rick Riess of the Montage By: Sam Dunn | Photography by Leonard Ortiz
    The son of a spy, born in Panama while his father was on assignment, who goes on to a career managing some of the world’s finest luxury properties – when you hear these details about Rick Riess, “glamorous” might be the word that pops to mind. But in person, Riess, who took the reins as managing director of Montag
    Mon Nov 30, 2015
  • Applause: Chapman's Annual American Celebration By: Ann Conway | Photography by Mary Platt for Chapman University
    Move over, Tinseltown party planners. Chapman University’s annual American Celebration had it all – star power, polished entertainment and one of the most sophisticated suppers ever tossed in a tent. Oscar nominee James Caan (“The Godfather”) received the school’s Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award at th
    Mon Nov 30, 2015
  • National Adoption Month at Olive Crest Orange County By: Coast Staff | Photography by Steve Lee Photography
    In celebration of National Adoption Month, a crowd of 340 guests attended Olive Crest Orange County’s The Power of One luncheon to hear keynote speaker David Pelzer, best-selling author, inspirational speaker and internationally recognized humanitarian. “For over four decades, Olive Crest has become the premier facilitator of
    Mon Nov 30, 2015
  • Laura's House Helpers By: Nicole Polizois | Photography by Rocky Halim Photography
    Sporting island-style attire, more than 350 supporters of Laura’s House filled Newport Beach’s Island Hotel for the Bahamas Nights gala, sponsored by Laura Khouri and Michael K. Hayde, for the signature fundraiser for the nonprofit dedicated to ending domestic violence. Guests – including TV personality, philanthropist
    Mon Nov 30, 2015