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Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights Winners Honored

Several hundred people attended the annual Christmas Boat Parade Awards Dinner and Auction, hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce and held last weekend at the Island Hotel in Fashion Island. The dinner honored the winners of the Christmas Boat...

On Faith: New Alpha Course Starting at Rock Harbor

“Alpha is for anybody with questions about the Christian faith or about God,” explained Newport resident Kelly Callaghan. “It’s for those who don’t go to church or those who do go to church but who are struggling with questions. We address the basic tenants of Christianity and no...

Local Focus: Youngest Christmas Boat Parade Entrant Plots his Course

Landon Martin didn’t expect to attend the annual Christmas Boat Parade awards dinner on Jan. 16 at The Island Hotel. However, the 14-year-old Balboa Island resident was invited to the celebration by event Chairman David Beek. For the past two years, Landon has entered his boat in...

On Faith: HomeWord Benefit Helps Develop Strong Marriages

“Imagine you joined me on an airplane, and we heard an announcement, ‘Welcome to our flight, and oh and by the way, there’s a 35 to 50 percent chance that this plane is going to crash.’ How many of you would get on?” Jim Burns asked over 400 people recently at the Balboa Bay...

Charity Spotlight: Jazz & Juice Fundraiser Benefits Young Singers of Orange County

Young Singers of Orange County, a Newport Beach-based nonprofit children’s choir, is hosting a “Jazz and Juice” fundraiser at the Newport Beach Civic Center on Sunday, Jan. 4 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Some of Orange County’s top musical talent have joined together to support the next...

Benefit: Hoag Hospital Raises $850K at Christmas Carol Ball

More than 500 guests joined event chairs Tracy and Roger Kirwan at the St. Regis Resort, Monarch Beach last month to celebrate the Hoag Hospital Foundation’s 48th Annual Christmas Carol Ball. A tradition since 1966, the event raised $850,000 for Hoag to support a variety of needs...

Benefit: Laguna Playhouse Hosts ‘A Night at Cocoanut Grove’

Laguna Playhouse went back in time for its annual Gala last month, which pleased supporters so much that the gala brought in a record $196,500. Dubbed “A Night at the Cocoanut Grove,” the Big Band Gala was held at the Island Hotel in Fashion Island and chaired by Michelle...

Benefit: The Tradition Continues for Christmas at the Ritz

For 27 years, the Women of Chapman support group of Chapman University held its annual Christmas at the Ritz fundraiser luuncheon at the Ritz Restaurant in Fashion Island. Because The Ritz closed its doors earlier this year, Women of Chapman had to find a new venue for th...

Benefit: Dazzling Candlelight Concert Raises $1.9 Million for Segerstrom Center

Four decades ago, an event dubbed the Candlelight Concert was held to raise money to build a major performing arts center in Orange County. The event was held in a vacant Kresge five-and-dime store that was transformed into an elegant ballroom with the use of candles. Several...

On Faith: A Guide to Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Services

Christ Church by the Sea United Methodist (1400 W. Balboa Blvd). Dec. 24: 7 & 11 p.m. (949) 673-3805 / christbytheseanb.org. First Church of Christ, Scientist (Scouts Sea Base – 1931 West Coast Hwy). Dec. 24: 7:30 p.m. (949) 673-6150 / cs-nb.com. Community Church,...

Charity Spotlight: Race for the Cure Honors Top Teams

Following another successful Race for the Cure this year, Susan G. Komen Orange County recognized its top 2014 Race teams at a private reception on Nov. 18 in Newport Beach. More than 600 Race teams collectively raised over $765,000 (39 percent of the signature event’s overall...

Charity Spotlight: Angelitos de Oro Gives $300K to Big Brothers Big sisters

Angelitos de Oro, a Newport Beach-based volunteer women’s auxiliary group, raised $300,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County during its 13th annual Angelitos Card fashion fundraiser held during October at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. The donation was presented on...

Charity Spotlight: National Charity League Honors 25 Newport Beach Debutantes

Honoring six years of dedication to over 30 charities in Orange County, 25 Debutantes from the Newport Chapter of National Charity League, Inc. were honored at the 54th Debutante Ball, which was held on Saturday, Nov. 29, at the Hotel Irvine. National Charity League is a...

Special Section: NB Indy Guide to the Christmas Boat Parade

A Newport Beach holiday tradition returns on December 17 when the 106th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade sets sail for the first of five nights, with dozens of decorated vessels slowly cruising the perimeter of Newport Harbor under the delighted gaze of several hundred...

On Faith: Fellowship of Christian Athletes

“I was only 15 years old, but I drank more than anybody else,” explained Newport Beach resident Becky Tirabassi. “Before I turned 16 I was blacking out and passing out every time I drank. By 16, I dropped out of all my sports. My grades dropped and my friends changed. I smoked...

Charity Spotlight: Wild Goose Raises $22K for We Are Ocean

Wild Goose Tavern recently celebrated its two-year anniversary by holding a fundraising party that netted $22,110 for Newport Beach-based We Are Ocean, a non-profit charity dedicated to reinvigorating and enriching the lives of cancer patients and survivors. In addition to 100...

Charity Spotlight: Cycling for a Cause at GRIT

November was also Movember at GRIT Cycle in Costa Mesa, as the cycling studio partnered with the local Team Nuclear to raise funds for prostate cancer research and other men’s health issues. Cancer research and education is an important part of GRIT Cycle’s philanthropic mission,...

Santas Crawl Peninsula Pubs for Charity

  Christmas is coming. And one of the first signs of the season will be the 3rd Annual Newport Beach Santa Crawl on Dec. 13 on the Balboa Peninsula. Newport Beach based event production company, Expo 4 Life, is hosting the festive event. Who doesn’t like to “dress up and eat...
Posted On 05 Dec 2014

Communities: CdM Christmas Walk Returns for 36th Year Dec. 7

The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce presents the 36th annual Christmas Walk on Sunday, Dec. 7, and it promises to be another can’t miss event. Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., thousands of people are expected to pack the sidewalks along Coast Highway to enjoy merchant promotions...

Nights of a Thousand Lights at Sherman Gardens Dec. 12 – 13

For two nights only, Sherman Gardens will be illuminated with a thousand luminarias, holiday lights and festive decorations. On Friday, Dec. 12, and Saturday, Dec. 13, from 6 to 9 p.m., luminary bags will line the walkways guiding visitors from one magical experience to the next....