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Benefit: Pacific Symphony Celebrates Chinese New Year

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  It was a case of East meets West when the Pacific Symphony presented its inaugural Chinese New Year Celebration and Concert on January 28 at Segerstrom Concert Hall. The event was a true feast of the senses for 180 guests...

Benefit: UCI Mind Gala is “A December to Remember”

By Petrina Friede | NB Indy  The 7th Annual fundraising gala for Alzheimer’s research at UCI MIND, the Institute for Memory Impairment and Neurologic Disorders, was held at the festively decorated Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach on Dec. 3. The gala raised $375,000 to support...

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Newport El Kicks Off Hula for Moola Fundraiser

A popular tropical themed fundraising effort that supports a local beach-side school is underway and organizers are gearing up for the big gala at the end of the month. Hula for Moola, hosted by the nonprofit Newport Elementary School Foundation, supports the Balboa Peninsula...
Posted On 15 Mar 2017

Young Men Distribute Food to Hungry Community

A group of charitable young men got to see the faces of the very people they were helping at an event this weekend. About 35 members of the Newport-Mesa chapter of the National League of Young Men visited the Christ Lutheran Church in Costa Mesa on Saturday to pack grocery bags...
Posted On 20 Jan 2017

CdM Teachers, Staff and Students Compete Together on the Dance Floor

Corona del Mar High School students and staff will hit the dance floor next week for a night of fun, competition and entertainment. The 5th Annual “Dancing with the Teachers” will be held in the big gym on the CdM campus at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The performance is presented by and...

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Charity Spotlight: Denim & Diamonds Raises 20K for Global Genes

In honor of the worldwide Rare Disease Day, Global Genes – a rare disease patient advocacy organization – hosted its first Denim & Diamonds Fashion Show last week and raised $20,000 for their cause.  The event was held Feb. 28 at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast. ...

Charity Spotlight: MOMS Orange County Gets Grant and New Director

Newport Beach resident has joined MOMS Orange County, a nonprofit organization serving low-income pregnant women, as director, strategic partnerships and communication. Pronk-Dunn began her nonprofit career as the director of public relations for Goodwill Industries of Orange...

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Going Green: Upper Newport Bay – Restoration, Recreation and Research

By Garry Brown, Executive Director / Orange County Coastkeeper Just above Newport Harbor is the Upper Newport Bay, a sanctuary to many species of plants, birds and marine organisms. The Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve and Ecological Reserve is an estuary, a wetland with a mix...

Going Green: Desalination Plant is Bad for the Region

By Garry Brown, Executive Director / Orange County Coastkeeper The California Coastal Commission will meet at Newport Beach City Hall November 13 – 15. On the agenda for Nov. 13 is a Coastal Development Permit application from Connecticut-based Poseidon Water. Their proposed...

Local Focus

John Wayne’s Daughter Adopts ‘True Grit’ Ethos

By Cassandra Reinhart | NB Indy You’ve got to have true grit to keep up with John Wayne’s daughter. “It’s actually funny, people think I can ride a horse because I am John Wayne’s daughter,” Marisa Wayne laughed.  “I’m like, ‘I grew up on a boat!’ ” The daughter of...

Local Focus: Laguna Supercross Rider and Newport Riding Coach Team Up

If you’re going to the Monster Energy AMA Supercross at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday, Jan. 21, look for a rider wearing number 14. That’s Laguna Beach-based rider Cole Seely, 26, who trains with Newport Beach resident Jeff Ward.  Ward is Seely’s riding coach, as well as a...

Local Focus: Former Newport Beach Mayor Dennis O’Neil Passes Away at 78

Longtime civic leader and former Newport Beach Mayor Dennis “Denny” O’Neil passed away on Jan. 6 in Corona del Mar after a long battle with fibrosis of the lungs. He was 78. O’Neil was the vice chairman of Newport Beach and Company, the private nonprofit marketing arm...

On Faith

On Faith: St. Andrew’s is Creating Space to Belong

“We are excited about our Grand Opening Celebration at all services March 18 and 19, and everything that is happening at St. Andrew’s,” explained Jon Batarse, Minister of Communications at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. “We want people in the community to know that our newly...

On Faith: Vanguard University’s Third Annual “Pray for Freedom”

Vanguard University recently hosted its third annual “Pray for Freedom” event to pray for victims of labor and sex trafficking. The prayer vigil was held in honor of the more than 45 million people living in slavery during National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month....

Senior Moments

Senior Moments: Frieda Caplan is ‘The Queen of Kiwi’

By Felicia Wiseman | NB Indy “Fear No Fruit” is a fascinating and true story of 91-year-old Frieda Caplan, also known as “The Queen of Kiwi.” Born in Los Angeles and a graduate of UCLA, she worked as a bookkeeper and cashier in the Wholesale Produce Market in downtown L.A. In the...

Bongiorno Boomers: Starting Anew

Good Morning, (Buon Giorno) Boomers! I trust you’ve recovered sufficiently from the Holidays for us to begin the New Year together. From my present vantage point, I see a lot of changes in the offing, and, like Ricky Ricardo, I may have “a lot of splainin’ to do” to make sense of...