2016 Activities Archive Stories

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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Four great tidepools to explore By: Laylan Connelly | Photography by Nick Koon, Mindy Schauer, Mark Rightmire
    Making his way along the slippery landscape of a local tide pool, Kasey Eunice hops from wet rock to wet rock. The world here, he explains, is as teeming as it is vibrant. Purple sea urchins sway with the roiling currents. Mussels and barnacles create a buffet for seagulls and, depending on the tide, fish. In the sun baked water of the pools the
    Fri Oct 30, 2015
  • Photos: A colorful day of Halloween surfing By: Lawrence Sherwin
    Kids of all ages dressed up on Halloween for a morning of costumed surfing at  Newport Beach Pier. Superheroes, witches, and a shark strutted their stuff to the delight of parents, surf fans and a bevy of photographers. In spite of the crowded surf line, there were only smiles and laughter as the warm weather and water and consistent easy w
    Tue Oct 27, 2015
  • Photos: Dogs + Surf = Fun By: Lawrence Sherwin
    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
    Tue Sep 29, 2015
  • Photos: Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure at Fashion Island By: Lawrence Sherwin
    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
    Mon Sep 28, 2015
  • Photos: The glorious 31st Tall Ships Festival By: Lawrence Sherwin
    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
    Mon Sep 21, 2015
  • The Big Blue
    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
    Mon Aug 31, 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
  • 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
  • Photos: Surf's up in Corona del Mar By: Lawrence Sherwin
    Hundreds of spectators have been gathering at Orange County's Wedge to watch giant waves ricochet off the jetty soar up to 20 feet in the air and crash onto the sand. A short distance away, across the channel lies the hamlet of Corona del Mar, unlike the Wedge not an icon for surfers. Yet for this and recent storms, dozens of surfers of
    Tue May 05, 2015