| Dec 17, 2014
| 4:52 PM
They came armed with scissors, tape, wrapping paper, bows and creativity.
Representatives of nine nonprofit organizations went head to head Wednesday morning in a gift-wrapping competition sponsored by Quattro Caffe at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa....
| Jan 8, 2015
| 7:32 PM
Twenty-fifteen was launched with style on the Orange Coast. Hostess Elizabeth An and husband Gordon Clune welcomed some 300 guests in sparkling New Year's Eve attire to a very special party at AnQi, South Coast Plaza.
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Champagne...
| Dec 17, 2014
| 7:34 PM
A lawsuit between Newport Beach and a popular restaurant will head back to court Friday.
The issue of whether patrons can dance late into the night at Woody's Wharf ended up in court last year after the City Council denied permits needed by the...
| Dec 18, 2014
| 8:11 PM
The holiday season is a time for good food and getting together with friends.
So when Doug Bennett, executive director of college advancement at Orange Coast College, and Liz Parker, an OCC Foundation specialist, invited me to lunch and tour their...
| Dec 24, 2014
| 4:55 PM
The week between Christmas and New Year's is a good time to get out and try some local dining spots with family and friends, including the furry kind.
While Newport Beach and Costa Mesa have many dog-friendly restaurants, that's not always the case if...
| Dec 26, 2014
| 5:16 PM
Intrigued by the hype preceding the limited release of "The Interview," moviegoers flocked to the Lido Theatre in Newport Beach this week to catch the controversial comedy even after threats of violence from hackers.
The Lido is one of a handful of...
| Dec 26, 2014
| 3:58 PM
Dr. Boyd's Pet Resort, a grooming, day care, veterinary, training and boarding facility in Irvine, celebrated its grand opening Dec. 15.
Dr. Boyd's is open around the clock every day at 8645 Research Drive, offering services ranging from "play-...
| Dec 22, 2014
| 1:26 PM
As the clock nears midnight on Dec. 31, Orange County residents have plenty of options to make the countdown to 2015 fun.
Tickets are on sale for XL NYE, a block party at the Triangle in Costa Mesa. The event, hosted by Newport Beach-based Identity...
| Jan 2, 2015
| 11:13 AM
In the O.C. at holiday time, the grandest gala of them all is arguably the Candlelight Concert benefiting the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Celebrating 41 seasons this year, the event raised $1.9 million in support of center arts and education programs....
| Dec 1, 2014
| 2:50 PM
The other week, I went grocery shopping and brought a bag to fill for charity, as we're wont to do during the holiday season. The blue reusable bag, produced by a church pantry, contained a list of suggested donations on the side: rice, cereal, canned...
| Sep 20, 2014
| 6:27 PM
Chef Richard Blais dripped soon-to-be-frozen horseradish ice cream into liquid nitrogen.
"You have signed the liability waiver, correct?" Blais joked as he poured some of the liquid over the front of a small stage where it evaporated in a freezing cloud...
| Oct 16, 2014
| 5:51 PM
Serving People In Need (SPIN), the Costa Mesa-based nonprofit assisting working-poor families in O.C. with housing and basic life necessities, will gather advocates Friday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Huntington Beach for its 26th annual gala. Celebrity...