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Local Focus: An Appreciation for Military Spouses

May was Military Appreciation Month, and this weekend is the fourth of July, perfect opportunities to salute the noble men and women who serve our nation, and remember those who gave their lives in defense of freedom. An often-overlooked occasion came earlier this year: Military...

Charity Spotlight: OC Community Foundation Gets Grant from Bank of America

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has awarded $350,000 in grants to 18 nonprofits dedicated to providing workforce development and education opportunities throughout Orange County. One of those nonprofits is the Newport Beach-based Orange County Community Foundation,...

Charity Spotlight: Women of Chapman Summer Luncheon at Balboa Bay Resort

Chapman University may be located in Orange, but the school has a host of supporters from the greater Newport Beach area, so it was fitting that the annual Women of Chapman Summer Luncheon was held last month at the Balboa Bay Resort. Women of Chapman is Chapman University’s...

Charity Spotlight: Visionary Women Luncheon Honors Alzheimer’s Advocates

In 2011, country music legend Glen Campbell announced he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, but instead of hanging up his guitar, he set out on a tour of America that lasted more than a year. Filmmaker James Keach documented that tour in his film “I’ll Be Me,” a...

On Faith: Interfaith Council Defines Golden Rule

Nearly 40 people from nine different places of worship met recently at the Pacifica Institute in Irvine for the monthly meeting of the Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council. Lane Calvert, President of the Interfaith Council, welcomed the group and explained the agenda. “We want...

Radio Messages Sent Around World During Field Day

Morse code and radio messages from all over the world were received loud and clear over the weekend by a group of volunteers at Coastal Peak Park as part of a nationwide event. Messages from as far as Belgium came in as volunteers from Newport Beach Radio Amateur Civil Emergency...
Posted On 30 Jun 2016

Local Focus: ExplorOcean Educator Wendy Marshall Travels to Icy Wilderness

ExplorOcean’s Director of Education, Wendy Marshall, Ed.D., will soon be roaming the sub-Arctic wilderness around Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, where polar bears congregate in carnivorous summer crowds almost like puppies at a dog park. In the process of studying the northland’s...

On Faith: St. Andrew’s to Launch New Campus

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church is growing. Richard Kannwishcer, Lead Pastor of St. Andrew’s, recently announced plans to add a new campus in South Orange County by February 2017. “God is on the move in the world and we seek to join Him,” he said. “Discipleship is inherently an...

Local Resident Brings Inclusive Sailing to Newport

By Caroline Leedom | NB Indy Newport Beach resident Steve Bender has found the answer to cloning. At least, that’s the best explanation for how Bender is able to be as busy as he is and accomplish so much for so many local organizations. Two years ago, Bender – the president and...

Council Considers Sustainability in the Community, Government Involvement

Sustainability in the city was back on the Newport Beach City Council’s table for discussion this week. Councilman Scott Peotter pulled the item regarding the Newport Beach Sustainability Plan from the consent calendar during Tuesday’s meeting The item was ultimately approved 5-2...
Posted On 17 Jun 2016

Benefit: Dining as Art at OCMA’s “Art of Dining” Gala

Dining has truly become an art form—chefs have turned into culinary artists whose canvas is an empty plate waiting to be filled with gastronomic delights. It’s fitting that the Orange County Museum of Art’s annual fundraiser is dubbed Art of Dining, because it successfully...

Charity: Circle 1000 Raises $840K for Hoag Family Cancer Institute

Hoag Hospital Foundation held its 29th annual Circle 1000 Founders’ Celebration Brunch at Island Hotel on May 9 and raised $840,000 to benefit the Hoag Family Cancer Institute. More than 350 Circle 1000 donors and friends, along with Hoag physicians and staff, attended the...

On Faith: The King’s Daughters Hold Regal Celebration

”Ginnie and Sarah are a combination of Martha Stewart, Beth Moore, and Tori Burch,” explained Newport resident Barbi Townsend. “They bring creative, Christ-centered events, called Regal Celebrations, to cities all across the country. It’s a multi-modality approach that reaches...

Benefit: Dazzling Philharmonic Gala Features Yo-Yo Ma Concert

It was a dazzling evening of fabulous cuisine and spectacular music as The Philharmonic Society of Orange County presented its 2016 benefit gala featuring multi-Grammy Award-winning artist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott on Saturday, May 14, at Segerstrom Center for the Arts....

Charity Spotlight: Mariners Spring Fundraiser Nets $300K

Mariners Christian School hosted its annual Spring Gala and Benefit fundraiser on Friday, April 29, welcoming over 400 parents, grandparents, teachers, and school friends to the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach. Parents and teachers were thrilled to receive word that the event...

Pacific Symphony Gala Guests Spend a Night in Tahiti

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy The Pacific Symphony has performed concerts in countries around the world, but this time it was symphony supporters who traveled to an exotic land during the Pacific Symphony’s 2016 gala, “Je t’aime Tahiti, Some Enchanted...

Benefit: Country Concert Benefits Olive Crest

Country musician and author Jimmy Wayne performed a sold-out concert for 320 guests at Downtown Disney’s House of Blues in Anaheim on Saturday, May 7, 2016, to benefit Olive Crest’s Project Independence program. Wayne’s performance included his hits, “Sara Smile,” “Do You Believe...

Women of Vision Have Eyes on the World

“I went from being co-host on the 700 Club in the morning, and by that evening I was in the locked ward of the psychiatric hospital,” Sheila Walsh said.  “I felt I failed everybody…I’d never felt so desperate in my life.  Sometimes God will take you to prison to set you free.”...

Longtime Newport Beach Resident and Philanthropist Jim Emmi Dies at 99

Longtime Newport Beach resident Jim Emmi, a Staff Commodore at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club and a supporter of numerous artistic and educational institutions and organizations, died on Saturday, May 14, a few weeks shy of his 100th birthday. He died peacefully from natural...

Golf Club Tees Off at Speak Up Newport Meeting

Keeping control of the land and revamping the Newport Beach Golf Club will benefit the community in more than one way, club officials explained recently. It can be a world class golf course, said William Buck Johns, who represents the golf course’s new ownership group, which took...
Posted On 20 May 2016