2016 Community Archive Stories

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  • CHOC Cherishes Children Gala By: Coast Staff | photography courtesy of choc
    The CHOC Cherishes Children Gala moved to the City National Grove of Anaheim, known more for hosting concerts than galas. And a concert is just what the donors and supporters of CHOC experienced as Grammy Award-winning performer Keith Urban presented what seemedto be his full concert set list, much to the delight of the crowd. Amon
    Fri Apr 01, 2016
  • From Huntington Beach to Alvin Ailey By: Sam Dunn | Photography by Andrew Eccles
    All those years being driven by her grandmother back and forth on the 405 from her Huntington Beach home to dance practice in Santa Monica were worth it for Danica Paulos. She’ll be among the principal dancers when Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater comes to Costa Mesa for six performances this month, plus a free Arts Plaza performance, &l
    Fri Apr 01, 2016
  • Martin A. Brower’s Along the Coast By: Martin A. Brower and Lawrence Christon
    Great Park hills coming alive Toll Bros., the Pennsylvania-based developer of luxury homes, has acquired another large parcel of land in Orange County, its second in the city of Irvine – this one in the highly desirable Great Park Neighborhoods. While other homebuilders in Irvine and south Orange County must typically purchase
    Fri Apr 01, 2016
  • My OC: Lawrence Higby, political partisan and arts patron By: Sam Dunn | Photography by Riley Kern
    In this contentious election season, who better to talk to than a political animal like Lawrence Higby? The Newport Beach resident is a native Southern Californian who, after receiving a political science degree from UCLA, jumped straight into politics by joining the presidential campaign of Richard Nixon. Then, during the Nixon administration,
    Fri Apr 01, 2016
  • South Coast Plaza turns palatial for Pacific Symphony Chinese New Year dinner By: Ann Conway | Photography by Nick Koon
    It was a fairy-tale feast fit for Princess Turandot herself – succulent Peking duck breast and Misoyaki butterfish, all washed down with Heidsieck brut reserve Champagne. Staged under the glittering stained-glass dome of South Coast Plaza, the formal dinner for 150 guests celebrating the Chinese New Year was followed by the Pacific
    Fri Apr 01, 2016
  • The Orange County School of Arts Music Awards By: Noelle Medina | photography by Eric Anderson
    Awards season isn’t over yet. Students of the Orange County School of the Arts welcomed nearly 600 guests to the Hotel Irvine for the OMAs, the OSCA Music Awards. The “celebrity” theme of this year’s gala came to life with student paparazzi, a red carpet walk-up and press passes for guests. With signature cocktails in han
    Fri Apr 01, 2016
  • Photos: Serena Williams and more from the 2016 BNP Paribas Open By: Lawrence Sherwin
    The 2016 BNP Paribas Open came to a spectacular conclusion on Sunday with some expected results and some huge upsets. Novak Djokovic, the number one player in the world, defeated Rafael Nadal in the semi finals and then thrashed Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-0 in  the  men's final. This is his record setting fifth championship in the In
    Mon Mar 21, 2016
  • Saving Bolsa Chica By: Noelle Medina
    Footage of a brown pelican skimming the ocean’s pink surface at sunrise is one of many breathtaking moments captured in “Saving The Bolsa Chica Wetlands,” a documentary by Rita Baghdadi and Jeremiah Hammerling from Endless Eye Production Company. With only ten-percent of California’s coastal wetlands remaining, the Bolsa
    Fri Mar 11, 2016
  • Orange Coast College expansion By: Martin A. Brower
    Orange Coast College, the two-year community college in Costa Mesa, opened in 1948 on 164 acres of the Santa Ana Army Air Base with 500 students and a master plan to accommodate an eventual 1,500 students. Today, 25,000 students are enrolled each semester. To handle the current enrollment and expected expansion, OCC recently announced it
    Fri Feb 26, 2016
  • New Homes in the Canyon By: Martin A. Brower
    Want a semi-custom home secluded in a canyon in Orange County? Advanced Real Estate Services of Irvine, working with Baywood Development, also of Irvine, is developing five homes on acre-size lots near the fabled Cook’s Corner in the Santiago Canyon foothills. The site is a 10-acre plot owned for the last 20 years by a private individual.
    Fri Feb 26, 2016
  • A Restaurant By: Jenn Tanaka | Photography by John Dole
    The space that houses Newport Beach’s A Restaurant is a longstanding PCH landmark. When it first opened as The Arches in 1926, the eatery began humbly as a diner and service station. As time passed, the quaint beachside village grew into the luxurious waterfront city that we know now. When two Corona del Mar natives, McG and Jordan Otterbe
    Fri Feb 26, 2016
  • AIDS Services Foundation Orange County gala celebration By: Coast staff | photography by jesse noh photography
    AIDS Services Foundation Orange County (ASF) had hoped to raise $350,000 with its 30th anniversary gala celebration held in January. But with a little help from its friends, the evening netted nearly $440,000 for the county’s oldest and largest AIDS service organization. Some 365 guests attended the red-carpet event at Tustin&rsquo
    Fri Feb 26, 2016
  • Anaheim Ducks for Orangewood By: Nicole Polizois | photography by ann chatillon
    Donning their finest cowboy boots and blue jeans, a sold-out crowd of 550 joined the Anaheim Ducks at the House of Blues Anaheim for the “California Country”-themed Anaheim Ducks Center Ice Party in support of Orangewood Foundation. The swoon-worthy Ducks players performed a line dance to “Achy Breaky Heart” by B
    Fri Feb 26, 2016
  • Applause for the Pacific Symphony By: Ann Conway | Photography by Mary Platt, Stan Sholick, Kimberly April, Doug Gifford and Carla Rhea
    Salons Provide Elegant Backdrop for the Arts It was enough to make a culture vulture swoon. Not only did Pacific Symphony patrons hear the ethereal strains of a 1715 “Titian” Stradivarius violin, they cruised a museum-quality collection of art glass during a salon at the Laguna Niguel home of Stan and Dolores S
    Fri Feb 26, 2016
  • Martin A. Brower’s Along the Coast By: Martin A. Brower
    LAGUNA BEACH RESORT IN THE WORKSYou may not have heard of a resort called The Ranch at Laguna Beach. Laguna Beach resident Mark Christy, who in 2013 purchased what was originally named Ben Brown’s and at the time called the Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course, is re-envisioning and reconstructing the 83-acre property into a boutiq
    Fri Feb 26, 2016
  • My OC: Nicole Mather's Business Makes Good Scents By: Sam Dunn | Photography by Ed Crisostomo
    You might say Nicole Mather’s life of haute parfumerie happened by divine inspiration. After she married a Pimco executive, Mather left a high-powered career in financial services and research sales. While working at such firms as Goldman Sachs, she had found the most exciting part of her work to be interviewing entrepreneurs about how the
    Fri Feb 26, 2016
  • National Charity League's Debutante Ball By: Coast Staff | photography by bird studios
    The saying “pretty is as pretty does” was never more true than describing the dozen young women honored at the Laguna Chapter of National Charity League’s 27th annual Debutante Ball at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Having logged more than 3,600 hours volunteering in South County communities and serving in NCL since t
    Fri Feb 26, 2016
  • Volunteer Here By: Greg Hardesty | Photography by Shutterstock
    Getting your teen to do her homework or clean his room is hard enough. So how in the heck are you supposed to get them to volunteer? For most of my life I’ve been a pathetic slacker, but recently I committed to being a volunteer in a big way with the Trauma Intervention Program (
    Fri Feb 26, 2016
  • Bravo to Bravery: Reality TV stars challenge the stigma of gynecomastia By: Noelle Medina
    Reality TV costars of Bravo’s “Newlyweds: The First Year,” Brandon Liberati and Craig Ramsay appeared at the Center Club in Costa Mesa recently for a cozy evening of cocktails and conversation about gynecomastia, abnormal swelling of breast tissue in men caused from an imbalance of hormones that affects about 65 percent of men.
    Thu Feb 25, 2016
  • 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