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Sherman Library & Gardens Hosts Bonsai and Fuchsia Show and Sale June 1 and 2

Sherman Library & Gardens in Corona del Mar is offering visitors the opportunity to learn about bonsai and fuchsia plants and event take one home at the Bonsai and Fuchsia Show and Sale June 1 and 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. In collaboration with the Orange County Fuchsia...

Sherman Library & Gardens Host California Native Plant Expo April 21

Sherman Library & Gardens is hosting the California Native Plant Expo on Sunday, April 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Find out about the incredible range of plants that naturally thrive in our beautiful SoCal landscape. Preserving native plants helps protect the biodiversity of California and supports native wildlife. The...

Health and Wellness Activities at VEA Newport Beach

VEA Newport Beach has become known as a luxe resort and spa destination that overlooks the Newport Beach Country Club and coastline beyond, but the resort also offers health and wellness activities that are open to resort guests and the public. Here’s a sample: Saturday, 4/13: Boxhaus x VEA Newport Beach Join...

Sherman Library & Gardens Evening Lecture with Movie Designer Nelson Coates April 16

Sherman Library & Gardens is hosting an evening lecture with Nelson Coates, top production designer for cinema and television, on Tuesday, April 165 at 7 p.m. Find out what's involved in creating the set design for TV shows such as The Morning Show, the feature film adaptation of Kevin Kwan's...

The Greek Wine Industry is Blossoming—a Tour of Chateau Nico Lazaridis

When it comes to wine, Italy and France always get the focus, but after visiting the Chateau Nico Lazaridis winery in northern Greece, I think there may be another contender in the Mediterranean region. Greece has not traditionally been known as a “wine production country,” but considering it is still...

Oceania Regatta: Views on a Cruise, Views of the Crews

A wristwatch on average weighs two ounces. Oceania Cruise Lines’ “Regatta” weighs 30,277 tons. Although an extreme David-and-Goliath comparison, they both have something in common: Should any of their “parts” fail to perform seamlessly, each could find itself literally dead in the water. While the watch tells time, a cruise...

What Makes a Great Airbnb or Hotel Room When You Travel the World

If you like to travel for extended periods of time, you may be familiar with the room sharing platform known as Airbnb. They have been around for 15 years and pretty much created the idea of shared, short-term rentals. They started modestly when the founders came up with the idea...

33rd Annual Southern California Spring Garden Show Blooms at South Coast Plaza April 20-23

Kyle Cheesborough, the Horticulture Director at Sherman Library & Gardens in Corona del Mar, has a difficult task this month: he’s one of the Garden Design judges at the 33rd annual Southern California Spring Garden Show at South Coast Plaza that runs April 19-23. The Garden Show features 35 unique...

Fourth of July in Photos

On July 4, Newport Beach Independent photographers Charles Weinberg and Lawrence Sherwin captured Independence Day photos. Charles shot photos of neighborhood children interacting with Newport Beach Fire Department vehicles in the Newport Coast community of St. Laurent, while Lawrence captured images of the Old Glory Boat Parade in Newport...

Checking Off Your Bucket List: A Visit to Israel, Jordan, and Egypt (in 12 days)

The term “bucket list” is almost a cliché, but whether you call it that or not, most of us have a list of things we want to do before we die. It has become such a common phrase that a movie was made about it with Jack Nicholson and Morgan...

Crossing the Northwest Passage: A Voyage of Ice, Wind and Polar Bears

Please excuse this piece of travel advice: Don’t ask directions to Qeqertarsuatsiaat, Qeqertarsuaq, or Ittoqqortoormiit unless you know how to pronounce them, lest you find yourself in Kitssuarasuit, Quasigniannuit or Kallaallitnunaeqqissismattaq. To that end, it may be better to book a cruise to Greenland and then let the ship’s navigator...