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Benefit

Benefit: Pacific Symphony’s Gatsby Gala Raises $1.5 Million for Music Education

An invitation to the annual Pacific Symphony Gala is always a welcome and treasured treat, but when the theme is the Roaring 20s and Great Gatsby attire is suggested, we knew what we had to do: comb the costume boutiques and thrift stores for the perfect ensemble. After visiting...

Benefit: CASA Raises $1 Million at Black & White Ball

By Petrina Friede | NB Indy  Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County held its annual Celebration of Children: Black & White Ball, which took place on Saturday, April 22, at The Island Hotel in Newport Beach. Wickedly sophisticated black décor splashed with...

Campus

Speak Up Newport Present Scholarship Awards

Speak Up Newport, a nonprofit citizens group in Newport Beach, presented its annual Scholarship Awards to five students from local high schools. The Speak Up Newport Foundation Scholarship Awards, previously known as the Dorothy Hardcastle Scholarship Awards, are awarded annually...

Campus: Newport Harbor High’s 2017 Hall of Fame

The Newport Harbor High School Alumni Association has added 15 names to the Hall of Fame this year. To celebrate the school’s legacy of excellence and inspire current students, the Alumni Association inducted 10 student Alumni and five Faculty members, who have excelled in their...

Campus: Mariners Christian School Holds 8th Grade Graduation

On Thursday, June 15, Mariners Christian School held its graduation ceremony for the Eighth Grade Graduating Class of 2017.  Eighth grade students, families, friends, and the entire MCS faculty and staff gathered in the beautiful sanctuary at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in...

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Charity

Kids Use Beach Day to Fundraise for Nonprofits

A group of charitable children recently turned their vacation visiting Balboa Island into an opportunity to make a difference. Siblings Mischa Ross, 13, and twin brothers Connor and Zachary Ross, 7, had some fun in the sun in front of 802 South Bayfront on the big island over the...
Posted On 17 Aug 2017

Charity Spotlight: Center Club is Brewing Surprises for Charity Classic Sept. 28

Center Club of Orange County is planning a few surprises for the 11th Annual Charity Classic, “Hops & Vines,” on Thursday, September 28. The Center Club’s goal it to break last year’s record-setting event in donations and attendance. Proceeds from ticket sales and...

Green

Attracting ‘Good Bugs’ to a Garden

By Gary Jones | Special to the NB Indy “Good” bugs can be a homeowner’s best friend, while “bad” bugs can wipe out weeks of gardening in just a few days. By definition, it is easy to know the difference. The notorious bad bug gang of four – aphids, whitefly, scale and mealy-bu...

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...

Local Focus

CdM Artist Marks 50 Years at Festival of Arts

By Joe Haakenson | Special to the NB Indy Jacquie Moffett has been there, done that. Entering her remarkable 50th year as a presenting artist in Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts, one might think there is nothing more for her to experience, to inspire her, to tickle her funny bone....

Local Focus: Tracy Stayton is a 4Tunate Woman

By Caroline Leedom | NB Indy  How do you counter the negative undertone of getting older? Simple: rebrand the experience. That is what local resident Tracy Stayton has done since entering her 30s. At 31, she minted the age as “thirty-wonderful.” At 32, she was,...

Local Focus: Newport Entrepreneur Rolls Out New Electric Bike

  Archaeologists believe that the wheel as a useful tool was rolled out about 3,500 BC, in what was then Mesopotamia, a region within the Tigris and Euphrates River System in the Middle East.     Aside from materials, the wheel has changed little in purpose these past 5,517...

On Faith

On Faith: A Day of Compassion at St. Mark Presbyterian Church

St. Mark Presbyterian Church invites the community to A Day for Contemplation and Compassion on Saturday, Aug. 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. According to St. Mark Elder Deborah Mayhew, the retreat day is designed to deepen one’s skills and capacities for compassionate living. “We...

On Faith: Teens Turn to Fristers

“We believe in the significance of families and we support families,” said Ali Woodard, founder president and CEO of Fristers. “Fristers is a non-profit that supports teen parents, the youngest and most vulnerable families in our communities. We are completely focused on helping...

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...