2015 Community Archive Stories

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  • Laguna Beach is music to Carl St. Clair's ears By: David Ferrell | Photography by Drew A. Kelley and Ana Venegas
    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
    Wed Aug 26, 2015
  • Teen Dreams By: Kedric Francis | Photography by Brian Feinzimer
    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
    Wed Aug 26, 2015
  • A Taste of Montage By: Kedric Francis | Bear Flag Photography, Baldemar Fierro and Trinity Wheeler
    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
    Wed Aug 26, 2015
  • Pipeline to a Cure By: Nicole Polizois | photography courtesy of the cystic fibrosis foundation
    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
    Wed Aug 26, 2015
  • Oceana's Chic Sea Soirée By: Kedric Kedric | Photography by Anne Chatillon and Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
    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
    Wed Aug 26, 2015
  • Martin A. Brower’s Along the Coast By: Martin Brower | Photography by Cindy Yamanaka
    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
    Wed Aug 26, 2015
  • PHOTOS: The Van's US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach By: Lawrence Sherwin
    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
    Tue Aug 04, 2015
  • OnQueStyle By: Sam Dunn | Photography by Leonard Ortiz
    “Oh my gosh, put something on her so she is not standing naked!” Kirsten Prosser directs her staff in Danish-accented English, waving toward a glass-mosaic mannequin glittering au natural in the window of OnQueStyle, the designer resale boutique and styling agency in Corona del Mar, where fashionistas flock in search of anything from
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • Orangewood Children's Foundation By: Kedric Francis | Photography by Ann Chatillon
    Please smile, my story isn’t a sad one,” said Karla, the youth speaker at the 44 Women for Children luncheon, a fundraiser for Orangewood Children’s Foundation. She could have fooled those in the audience, many of whom were in tears after just seeing an emotionally charged short film Karla created about the abuse she and two si
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • The Art of OCMA By: Kedric Francis | Photography by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
    Sometime before the end of the decade an iconic new building will rise on the campus of Segerstrom Center for the Arts, signaling the move of Orange County Museum of Art from Newport Beach to Costa Mesa. When the museum opens, there’s little doubt guests at OCMA’s 2015 Art of Dining gala fundraiser will be among the names seen on its
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • Along the Coast By: Martin Brower
    Building Boom of New Homes With two large residential communities about to open in Orange County – Beacon Park, the second major village in Irvine’s Great Park, in the summer and Esencia, the second major village by Rancho Mission Viejo near San Clemente, in the fall – it is easy to overlook the ever-continuing res
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • Chatter By: Nancy Luna and Steve Bramucci
    NEW AND RETURNING:Reunion & Asada by Nancy Luna When Scott McIntosh was forced to close Asada in Laguna Beach in 2013, he kept the rights to the name, hoping one day he’d reopen the restaurant again. Now, that time has come.McIntosh, who operates Reunion Kitchen + Drink in Anaheim Hills, has struck a deal to
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • For the love of Dana Point By: Deanne Stillman | Illustration by Amy Ning
    My favorite places always seem to have sand. When not in the desert, I can generally be found at the beach. These days, my beach town of preference is Dana Point. It was years ago, in Laguna Beach, that I first heard about Dana Point. I was learning how to surf and the waves got crowded. My instructor recalled the old days – the 19
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • Goodwill Golfing By: Nicole Polozois
    It was golf by day and dinner at sunset for the Goodwill Invitational at Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Coast. The day began as 140 golfers played in a scramble-format golf tournament. Later, an outdoor silent auction, dinner and live auction raised $152,000 to support Goodwill of Orange County’s Enduring Independence Program and the Ti
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • Natalie Stack and the Cystinosis Research Foundation By: Kedric Francis | Photography by Bob Hodson Photography
    The 2015 Natalie’s Wish gala at the Balboa Bay Resort raised more than $2.3 million for the Cystinosis Research Foundation. CRF is an OC-based nonprofit that helps identify, develop and fund scientific research for the treatment and eventual cure of cystinosis, a relentless and painful disease that affects 2,000 worldwide, mainly kids.
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • Olive Crest's Independence Day By: Kedric Kedric | Photography by Carla Rhea
    The Balboa Pavilion was the bayview venue for Olive Crest’s nautically-themed fundraiser that reeled in more than $245,000 to support the Project Independence program for at risk teens and young adults. Chaired by Lorraine Bader and Lori Feeney, the festive dinner included a Cal State Fullerton freshman speaking about how Project Independe
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • Pacific Symphony Beach Party By: Kedric Kedric | Photography by Nick Koon
    Pacific Symphony featured a beach party theme at its annual gala, which raised $1.6 million while honoring Music Director Carl St.Clair’s 25th anniversary with the orchestra. The gala drew more than 400 to the Hotel Irvine, where guests enjoyed an al fresco scene, complete with cabanas, surfboards and a mechanical shark, before adjourning
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • Pink Tie Ball 2015 By: Nicole Polizois | Photography by Richard Gámez, Grafik Creature; Andy Halbeck, Andy Art; Antje Woolum, Antje PhotoArt
    Imagine living in a world where breast cancer doesn’t exist, where no one has to hear the words, “You have cancer.” This was clearly the mission at Susan G. Komen’s 2015 Pink Tie Ball held in May at Orange County’s Great Park. The sold-out celebration, themed “A Blast for the Cure,” raised more than $556
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • Sam Waterston talk ocean convervation By: Jenna Jones
    Growing up in New England, Sam Waterston would buy fish from the local market as little boats pulled ashore with the daily catch. The nets were full and the partaking plentiful, but technology arrived and fishing fleets grew, destroying ocean ecological systems and decimating fish populations. Waterston, whose many credits include the film &ldqu
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • PHOTOS: Comic Con San Diego 2015 By: Lawrence Sherwin
    The 2015 Comic Con filled San Diego's convention center and downtown area with hordes of cos players and fans of superheroes, cartoon characters, steam punkers and video gamers. The movie and television industry had a major presence witih previews of coming films and TV series. Those whopurchase badges were able to attend panel discussions and m
    Mon Jul 13, 2015
  • Spotlight: Summer Arts By: Jackie Moe
    It’s the time of year when exploring art doesn’t mean spending the day inside a museum. Laguna Beach’s big three events that run through next month make this the season to get up close and personal with many painters, sculptors and other artists who call Southern California home.One of the area’s best-known cultural
    Wed Jul 01, 2015
  • Spotlight: Shakespeare in the Summer By: Paul Hodgins
    To theater fans, summer means al fresco Shakespeare, and Orange County offers a couple of tempting options.UC Irvine offers an unorthodox and intimate experience with its New Swan Shakespeare Festival, held in a nautilus-shaped pop-up venue that offers everyone a seat close to the action. This summer, artistic director Eli Simon and his cr
    Wed Jul 01, 2015
  • Goodies to buy that are Made in the U.S.A. By: Nicole Polizois
    Pedaling Our WaresInspired by the enduring French design of Porteur bicycles but made in good ol’ Detroit, The Runwell by Shinola delivers a classic blend of urban style and practicality. This 11-speed, meticulously designed American-made beauty is engineered for errand running, commuting or a casual ride along Balboa Peninsul
    Fri Jun 26, 2015
  • 3 yummy desserts for your inner child By: Jenn Tanaka
    Nostalgia for the whimsical desserts of childhood is the sweet inspiration for a few local chefs. While these dishes might channel your inner child, OC’s fine foodie creations are definitely not kid stuff.Cookie CrazyA take on the childhood classic, the Fluffernutter sundae at A Restaurant in Newport
    Fri Jun 26, 2015
  • Patriot acts: cool clothes that are red, white or blue By: Jamie Lobel
    You’ll want to give more than three cheers for the red, white and blue of these fun-in-the-sun stylesTop thatProtect your face from the sun’s aging rays with Seafolly’s Royale Floppy Hat in white ($52). Available at Seafolly, Fashion Island.   ::
    Fri Jun 26, 2015