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OC Supervisors Unleash ‘Doggy Disneyland’

Dogs running and playing off-leash along a strip of sand at the mouth of the Santa Ana River dubbed “Doggy Disneyland” will likely no longer be outlaws following a county decision this week. Orange County Supervisors unanimously voted to amend the law regarding the restraint of...
Posted On 29 Apr 2016

On Faith: Nuns Risk All in ‘Radical Grace’

In 2012 the Vatican issued an official censure of American nuns saying that feminism is incompatible with Catholicism and the nuns needed to abandon their view to remain part of the church. Three nuns took a stance, and took to the road, to challenge the patriarchal system and...

Tuesday is Disney Day at Film Festival

Growing up in Orange County means growing up with Disney. Over the years, I’ve made countless trips to Disneyland, watched “The Wonderful World of Disney” on TV, and viewed numerous Disney-produced animated and live films. That’s why I’m looking forward to Tuesday, April 26, when...

“Orange Sunshine” Trips on LSD Love Story set in Laguna

By Rita Robinson | NB Indy After seven years of work completing a “fun drug-smuggling tale” about the LSD-deifying Brotherhood of Eternal Love from Laguna Beach, documentary filmmaker William Kirkley canned the whole thing. He had finally found the real story within the story and...

Festival Features Films with a Local Focus

Newport Beach has had its share of celebrities, both real and manmade. Two of the most famous are as popular as ever: John Wayne, and The Wedge. The Duke spent the last 20 years of his life in Newport Beach. Much of that time was spent aboard boats, but on film he spent even more...

Charity Spotlight: iheartoc Giving Day Benefits Newport Nonprofits

More than 20 Newport Beach-based nonprofits are participating in this year’s annual iheartoc Giving Day, hosted by Newport Beach-based Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF). The event kicks off on April 27 at 6 a.m. and concludes on April 28 at noon, which adds up to 30 hours...

Charity Spotlight: Local AFP Chapter Honored for Diversity and Philanthropy

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Orange County has been named a 2015 Friends of Diversity Designation Chapter and a Ten Star GOLD Chapter. Presented by AFP, the largest association of fundraising professionals in the world, the Friends of Diversity Designation...

City Says ’Pardon Our Dust’ With Business Promotion Program

Residents may find themselves at more sidewalk sales and street fairs on Balboa Peninsula, Mariner’s Mile, and in West Newport this year after officials approved a promotional program this week to encourage special events in these areas of the city. Newport Beach City Council...
Posted On 15 Apr 2016

On Faith: A21 Freedom Clothing Campaign Helps Trafficking Victims

“I’ve been aware of how easy it is to live an Orange County faith of going to church and Bible study and interacting with our faith community, and of course that’s not bad, but I believe we’re also called to action,” said Allison Schneider. “If I am to follow Jesus’ example, it...

Construction Work Aims to Improve Entry Into CdM

The new and improved entryway to Corona del Mar will soon be revealed. Construction on the CdM Entry Improvement project is expected to be completed by mid-May, according to Newport Beach city officials. The focus of the project is to enhance the southbound entry point into the...
Posted On 08 Apr 2016

Benefit: Alzheimer’s OC Gala Raises $378K

There were several exciting “firsts” at the annual Alzheimer’s Orange County’s “Creating Hope” gala, held March 18. Although the event was the organization’s 18th annual gala, it was the first since Alzheimer’s OC split from the national Alzheimer’s Association and became an...

Charity Spotlight: Orangewood Names New Academy After Samuelis

Newport Beach philanthropists Henry and Susan Samueli have generously assisted numerous local charities, and have had everything from a theater at Segerstrom Center to medical centers and schools name after them. Now, they can add Academy to that list. Orangewood Foundation, the...

Local Focus: Old Books May Yield New Money

In this era of instantaneous texting and digital imagery, have you ever given thought to the “value” of the printed word? Not from the literary point of view, but from the investment or sale perspective. Dust off those bookshelves and check your musty tombs—you just may discover...

Table for Ten Culinary Event Serves Donations for Charity

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  One of the tastiest charity events in Orange County is the annual Table for Ten culinary experience, held this year at the at Laguna Cliffs Resort & Spa on March 6. This extravagant affair benefits two Orange County...

Pacific Coast Wine Fest Raises $350K for Music Programs

 Is there a more perfect pairing than music and wine? Not if you ask Pacific Symphony board chairman Mike Kerr, founder of the symphony’s annual Pacific Coast Wine Festival, which raises funds in support of the Pacific Symphony’s education and music programming. “With this year’s...

“Napa in Newport” Raises $700,000 for CureDuchenne

More than 400 guests gathered at the St. Regis Resort on Saturday, Feb. 27 to enjoy tastings from more than 40 top Napa Valley wineries and raise funds for CureDuchenne, a national nonprofit organization based in Newport Beach that is dedicated to finding a cure for Duchenne, the...

On Faith: Easter Services in Newport Beach

Christ Church by the Sea United Methodist, 1400 W. Balboa Blvd, Balboa. (949) 673-3805. christbytheseanb.org. 3/27: Sunrise 6:30 a.m. at 14th St., 10 a.m. at church.  Community Church, Congregational, 611 Heliotrope Ave., Corona del Mar. (949) 644-7400. cdmucc.org. 3/27: Sunrise...

Events and Information Around Town

Balboa Island A few upcoming events on the island include a fun, local run and an island-wide garage sale. The Balboa Island Jetty Run will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Participants will meet at the ferry crossing on Agate Avenue. Runners will cross the harbor to the fun zone and...

Sage Takes Trip Around Globe at Multicultural Fair

Visitors to the 15th Annual Sage Hill Multicultural Fair on Saturday enjoyed sights, sounds, and tastes from cultures all around the world without ever leaving the Newport Coast campus. The school’s town square transformed into a global village with 16 authentic international...
Posted On 18 Mar 2016

On Faith: Mental Illness Support at St. Andrew’s

“One out of four families in this country is directly affected by mental illness,” said Rev. Leah Stout, Parish Associate at St. Andrew’s. “It’s much more prevalent in society than people realize. When I refer to mental illness, I’m referring to a chemical imbalance in the brain...