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A Little Help From a Friend

Children and young adults with special needs build bonds with local volunteers as part of the Friendship Circle. By Sharon Stello   Sometimes, making friends is hard. Luckily, Friendship Circle is ready to lend a helping hand, partnering teens and other volunteers with children and young adults who have autism or other...

My 24 Hours in Newport: Brian Dirk

Brian Dirk, owner of award-winning olive oil company Pasolivo, offers insight about the business of making liquid gold and shares his favorite places in town. By Sharon Stello   When visiting some Central Coast wineries over a decade ago, Newport Beach resident Brian Dirk began to mull the idea of investing in...

Serving Up Success

Chau Dang, whose family owns the successful Vietnamese restaurant group, Brodard, in Orange County, attracts Newport Beach diners with creative fusion cuisine at Bamboo Bistro. By Sharael Kolberg   It’s a typical Thursday afternoon at Bamboo Bistro, a charming Vietnamese restaurant nestled on the corner of a residential street in Corona del...

My 24 Hours in Newport: Anoosheh Oskouian

Anoosheh Oskouian, co-founder, president and CEO of Ship & Shore Environmental, shares her passion for science and philanthropy, her journey from Iran to the U.S. and a few of her favorite places in town. By Sharon Stello   Anoosheh Oskouian, who grew up in Iran, convinced her parents to let her move...

Building Their Brands

Friends and business partners Chris Britt and Ed St. Geme discuss the success of their franchises, Mountain Mike’s Pizza and Juice It Up!, and life in Newport Beach. By Tanya A. Yacina   Chris Britt and Ed St. Geme, co-CEOs and owners of Mountain Mike’s Pizza, and co-chairmen and owners of the...

Protecting the Bay

Newport Bay Conservancy helps to preserve this natural gem through education, research, restoration and advocacy. By Sharon Stello   Back in 1967, Frank and Frances Robinson and other local residents came together to raise awareness about the Upper Newport Bay’s ecological importance and to advocate for its protection. Over the years, that...

A Slice of Serenity

For 50 years, the Environmental Nature Center has given locals a chance to escape into tranquility and make a connection with the natural world. By Ashley Ryan   Immersing oneself in nature isn’t the easiest task in Orange County, where sidewalks and buildings reign supreme. And even when you do manage to...

My 24 Hours in Newport: Courtney Baber

Courtney Baber, co-founder of The Route skin care brand and a former vice president at Urban Decay, shares some of her favorite places in town. By Sharon Stello   Beauty industry veteran Courtney Baber—who has worked for some of the top brands in the business and now has one of her own,...

My 24 Hours in Newport: Heidi Zuckerman

Heidi Zuckerman, the new director and CEO of the Orange County Museum of Art, offers a glimpse of upcoming exhibits and her go-to spots in Newport. By Sharon Stello   Heidi Zuckerman, who was the longtime director of Aspen Art Museum in Colorado, realized during the pandemic that she wanted to return...

Vintage Vehicles

Segerstrom Shelby Event Center prepares to open this winter with the fourth-largest collection of Shelby cars in the nation and a philanthropic mission. By Sharon Stello   Anyone who has seen the hit movie “Ford v Ferrari” is familiar with automaker and race car driver Carroll Shelby, portrayed by Matt Damon in...