Dog surfing is a big time deal in Huntington Beach aka Surf City USA. Sunday's seventh annual Dog Surfing competition brought out dogs of all sizes and breeds to try their paws at riding the waves at Dog Beach. Hundreds turned out to cheer their favorites, watch the dogs hold on while they shredded the waves, share the love and enjoy the s
Once in a blue moon, there is a blood moon. Sunday, September 27, 2015 was the rare day when the moon was at its closes point to the earth and the moon is at its largest and brightest (a supermoon) and there was a total lunar eclipse (when the moon is completely in the earth's shadow). This produces a glowing orange moon which was visible all ov
Some 17,000 signed up to run in the annual Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure, held on a foggy, perfect Sunday morning for running, Sept. 28. Thousands more cheered and saluted survivors as the runners made their way around the the 5K course over in Fashion Island. Breast cancer has no age or sex bias and there were men, women, children
The long-awaited opening of Orange County’s first Urth Caffé, an organic coffeehouse from Los Angeles, has finally arrived. The owners spent more than a year restoring the Laguna Beach landmark The Cottage to its original appearance from 80 years ago. The historic Craftsman-style bungalow, one of the oldest buildings in the city, da
Irvine’s homebuilding boomBeacon Park, the newest residential development by FivePoint Communities in Irvine on the former El Toro Marine Corps base, is now open for sales and it is big, big, big. There are 47 models in 15 collections of homes by 10 homebuilders. And yes, this is the city of Irvine, long known for cookie-cutte
As in fashion and music, trends in dining and cocktails recycle with the times. Voracious mixologists, having already mastered those speakeasy-style cocktails made popular during the Prohibition era, are forever seeking the next hot trend.
Take tiki, for example. Liquor snobs who once regarded these drinks for being too kitschy are now r
Belgrade-born Milena Kitic might be the world’s most down-to-earth diva. A world-class mezzo-soprano best known for playing Carmen in major opera productions throughout Europe and American, Kitic is also the kind of person who, if she schedules a morning meeting, invites you to come to her home and whips up a berry smoothie to go with past
The classical symphonic canon includes a number of pieces inspired by geographical areas. Mendelssohn’s “The Hebrides” Overture comes immediately to mind, as does Respighi’s “The Pines of Rome” and Richard Strauss’ “An Alpine Symphony.” As far as we know, though, no one has ever tried to comp
A chorus of ragamuffins belts out “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” during a sweaty rehearsal for a production of “Annie” at the McCoy Rigby Conservatory of the Arts in Yorba Linda. Eyeing every move for a misstep or a limb out of line is conservatory director and co-founder Cathy Rigby, who bounces 3-yea
September was national Child Awareness Month, and the Festival of Children Foundation aimed to honor it in style with its opening night party under the stars at South Coast Plaza’s Garden Terrace. The 450 guests, including political dignitaries, business and community leaders, and representatives from over 75 children’s charities, en
Even at peak times, when more than 1,000 guests fill the Tuscan-style villas and bungalows strung across the undulating Newport Coast, the Resort at Pelican Hill seems to operate with tranquil, clock-like efficiency. Guests lounge poolside, overlooking the ocean, or chit-chat beside the hearth in the splendor of the Great Room, scarcely aware of
Toting picnic goodies, patrons in shorts and sundresses waited for the gates to open on a hot Saturday afternoon for the Pageant of the Masters at the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts. On the other side of a velvet rope, media awaited a parade of notables attending the Celebrity Benefit Concert and Pageant hosted by Mira Sorvino. Once arrivals bega
Fishing and fundraising aren’t common elements of most philanthropic events, but the combo pays off handsomely for OC children’s charities at the Stars & Stripes Tournament. The four-day festival drew some 600 to the Hilton Los Cabos Beac h & Golf Resort in Mexico, reeling in $2.8 million to help five youth nonprofits: Big Br
A picturesque summer evening set the scene for a celebration of South Coast Repertory’s gala patrons, hosted by SCR Emeritus Trustee Tod White and his wife, Linda at their bayside home. “Since Tod joined the board, we’ve enjoyed every minute of SCR, and especially love the gala festivities,” Linda said.
More than $225,000 was raised at a gala celebrating the 10th anniversary of Caterina’s Club, the nonprofit founded by chef/restaurateur Bruno Serato in honor of his mother. Since its inception, the program has served up more than 1 million pasta dinners for hungry “motel” children, so named because their working-class par
The Segerstrom Center for the Arts is already the cultural heart of Orange County. Now it wants to be even more open-hearted, becoming like a town square, where people find community in gathering, talking, listening to music, breaking bread.
A $68 million campaign is underway to finance a new arts center plaza that in some ways will be t
Clear skies and perfect sailing conditions made the 31st annual Tall Ships Festival in Dana Point a treat for thousands of spectators. The ships maneuvered into positions to engage in mock cannon battles to the delight of the passengers on board. The Festival is hosted by the Ocean Institute of Dana a community based, non-profit organization ded
Don’t be fooled by the familiar azure above and below. Dynamic, ever changing: That’s our Newport Beach. Waves crash into the shore and shape it, erode it, even as the current leaves shells, seaweed and sediment behind. A little different every day, even as our eyes notice only the horizon’s beauty, our skin feels the sun&rsquo
For his sixth birthday, Carl St.Clair received piano lessons, a gift that surprised him but certainly did not thrill him. “Studying piano wasn’t exactly what I’d envisioned,” recalls St.Clair, who was a farm boy in the tiny town of Hochheim (pop. 36), Texas, south of Austin. The lessons were life-changing, however, settin
South Coast Plaza is no stranger to fashion shows. The staff at SCP produces amazing runway productions for many high profile nonprofit events that feature professional models in the latest designer clothing. But there’s something sweetly unique about the Teen Project Fashion show, held for its second year poolside on the rooftop deck of t
Ah, a sunny day spent at Montage Laguna Beach. Does it get any better than that? Well, yes, when that day includes wine, cocktails, music from the Kalama Brothers and tastes from some of the best chefs in SoCal. Even better, it’s all for the great cause of raising money for hungry kids. One in five children in the U.S. struggles with hunge
On a July evening in Surf City at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, Pipeline to a Cure brought the biggest names in the surfing industry together with hundreds of supporters for the cause of beating cystic fibrosis.
Pipeline honorary co-chairs Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama, along with fellow surfing legend Brett Lickle, recounted thei
The 18th annual SeaChange Summer Party in Dana Point served as a “Mad Men” reunion of sorts, as actors Jon Hamm, January Jones, Kiernan Shipka and Michael Gladis were among the celebs in OC to support Oceana’s ocean preservation efforts. Guests mingled over cocktails in a chic,1960s-themed space overlooking the beach at the Str
A NEW-CONCEPT MARRIOTT IS UNDERWAYA fourth high-rise, full-service Marriott Hotel is coming to Orange County. Added to the high-rise, full-serve Marriotts already in Anaheim, Irvine and Newport Beach will be a 14-story, 250-room, $100 million tower in the Irvine Spectrum.
R.D. Olson Development plans to break ground for the
The 2015 Van's US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, the world's largest surfing event, provided thrills and spills for almost 500,000 fans over nine days. In spite of small and infrequent waves, the surfers managed to strut their stuff. Underdogs and virtually unkown, Hiroto Ohhara of Japan won the men's championship and Johanne Defay o