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ConnectOC: Taste of Marquee Event Thursday 10/17

Founded by a few Orange County Professionals in 2010, ConnectOC was devised as a portal of event hosting for authentic Orange County Networking.

The mission of ConnectOC is to use social media to connect, socialize, network and contribute in meaningful ways to each other, the Orange County community as well as the local economy.

In 2010, the group held two events at Hilton Costa Mesa which brought together hundreds of Orange County professionals and businesses for networking events that were free – yet helped raise thousands of dollars for nonprofits.

In 2011 and 2012, casual holiday get-togethers helped close out the year.

Marquee Costa Mesa

It’s been a while since the last event, but they’ve partnered with Marquee Costa Mesa (located at Harbor and Adams in Costa Mesa) for an exciting fall event.

The restaurants at the newly-rebranded Costa Mesa shopping center will be providing a variety of food samples to guests.

The event will be located primarily in the northwest corner of the center, in the former location of the Paul Mitchell salon, a wide-open space perfect for mingling!

Beer and wine will be available for purchase from Haus of Pizza.

As usual, this event is completely free. Guests are encouraged to bring business cards and come hungry!

Guests are encouraged to use and follow the #ConnectOC hashtag on social media.

Click here to RSVP.

Hope to see you there!

MyPlaceOC.com Plans for the Future of Orange County

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Orange County/Inland Empire District Council is pleased to announce the launch of MyPlaceOC.com, a new comprehensive community engagement website, developed by MindMixer, where citizens can engage, communicate and collaborate with community stakeholders, decision makers and other residents on the future of Orange County.

“Millennials and GenXers have been moving away from Orange County – a trend that is not slowing down and one that is driving up Orange County’s median age,” said Phyllis Alzamora, Executive Director, ULI Orange County/Inland Empire. “This reality means that stakeholders must address issues that will impact the health of Orange County cities not just today, but for 10, 20, 30 years and beyond.”

In October, 2012, ULI Orange County/Inland Empire received a $25,000 Urban Innovation grant from the ULI Foundation to conduct an exercise, called “Reality Check”, that will enable discussions about the current trend of the globally coveted 18- to 44-year-old demographic being driven out of the region due to the limited access to “creative professional” jobs.

In addition to community engagement and participation, this project seeks to build a strong case for land use planning and real estate development meeting the economic development and quality-of-life needs of this age group, which represents a majority of the workforce as baby boomers hit retirement.

As part of this project, a crowdsourcing website, called MyPlaceOC.com, was created to get the community involved in addressing this issue. Feedback from citizens using this interactive and accessible platform will be used to generate new ideas and possibly to lay out plans on a variety of future projects.

While residents attest to the positive aspects of living in Orange County – weather, lifestyle, K-12 schools – what is driving 18- to 44-year olds away from the county can be attributed to lack of urban core, transportation and not enough affordable housing.

A MyPlaceOC video, posted on the site, was also created to tell the story about this phenomenon and includes interviews from young professionals, who have moved out of Orange County, as well as economists and demographers.

MyPlaceOC.com gives contributors a chance to share new ideas, second others’ ideas, expand upon existing ideas and give feedback on initiatives, working with community leaders on a variety of topics online anytime, anywhere.

The discussion will start with topics like these, and branch off from there based on input:

• What do you like best about Orange County?

• If you could change one thing about OC, what would it be?

 Multi-Language Support

There is also no language barrier on (site name). All MindMixer sites use Google Translate for multi-lingual participation. You can check it out right now. Go to (final URL) and click “Select Language” in the left hand column. Scroll down in the menu to choose your language.

MyPlaceOC.com will be live until December 31, 2013.


National Brain Tumor Society Hosts 12th Annual Brain Tumor Walk

National Brain Tumor Society, the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the brain tumor community in the United States, announced today its Orange County Brain Tumor Walk will be held September 21, 2013 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif.

Fiercely committed to finding better treatments and ultimately a cure for people living with a brain tumor, the National Brain Tumor Society’s annual walk connects brain tumor survivors, patients, family members, caregivers, and friends for an inspiring, family-friendly day of fundraising.

Participants can choose to walk as individuals, create a new team or join an existing team. All proceeds raised from the Walk will go toward funding critical brain tumor research and raising viral awareness of the disease. Those interested in participating are invited to visit www.braintumorwalk.org/orangecounty to register, volunteer, donate, or become an event sponsor.

Nearly 700,000 people in the United States are living with a primary brain tumor. Experts estimate 69,000 more will be diagnosed this year, with more than 4,000 being children. A serious, life-threatening illness, brain tumors don’t discriminate and can affect anyone regardless of race, age or gender.

Brain tumors are often deadly, impact the quality of life and change everything for patients and their loved ones. With only four (4) FDA-approved treatments, options for patients are limited and advancements toward new therapies are underfunded. Today, no cure exists.

“Only one out of three adults diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor today will be alive in five years. More so than any other cancer, brain tumors can have life-altering psychological, cognitive, behavioral, and physical effects.

And yet, despite these facts, brain tumor research remains underfunded with little progress,” said N. Paul TonThat, chief executive officer of National Brain Tumor Society. “Every dollar pledged from the Orange County Brain Tumor Walk allows us to continue funding vital research to accelerate the discovery of new scientific breakthroughs and the availability of more treatments for this disease.”

The 2012 Brain Tumor Walk raised over $145,000 by teams and individuals. Sponsored by the Comprehensive Brain Tumor Program of UC Irvine Health, the National Brain Tumor Society hopes to raise even more funds at this year’s event.

All event teams are led by a (team) captain who is close to the cause. Friendly competition is encouraged when it comes to fundraising and the winning team is acknowledged after the walk.

National Brain Tumor Society is the only brain tumor organization to fully integrate research and public policy initiatives; partner with leading experts in academia, industry, and government to understand current challenges; and identify opportunities for scientific advancement and collaboration.

Additionally, as part of its work to find a cure, the National Brain Tumor Society mobilizes volunteer advocates across the country to raise awareness and support for public policies which aim to strengthen research and provide access to essential health care for all those affected by brain tumors.

Individuals looking to support the brain tumor cause and help increase awareness beyond this event can take action by becoming an advocate, making a gift, hosting a community event, or sharing their personal experiences. Learn more at www.braintumor.org/takeaction.

To register, donate, volunteer or become a sponsor of the Orange County Brain Tumor Walk, visit www.braintumorwalk.org/orangecounty.

Entertain with Time-Honored Traditions and Contemporary Touches this Holiday Season at Pelican Hill

The Resort at Pelican Hill®invites corporate and social guests from near and far to celebrate the season with three new settings for this year’s holiday entertaining.

From seasonal trimmings and treasured culinary traditions to contemporary mixers and outdoor soirées, groups large and small will discover turn-key entertaining ideas, special venues and Five-Star service along the coast of Newport Beach in Southern California.

“When guests want to know what it takes to put together a simple, yet unforgettable holiday celebration, my answer always remains the same: find a team of expert event professionals that will take your creative ideas and bring them to life in a magnificent setting,” said Pelican Hill Director of Meetings & Special Events Amanda Reeve.

“At Pelican Hill, we invite you to leave the planning and details to us, whether it’s an extravagant affair, casual social event, exclusive gathering, or off-site catered event at a variety of iconic Southern California locations.”

New this year, Pelican Hill debuts the following epicurean events for holiday celebrations and beyond:

Pelican Grill’s Tasting Table

Take a seat at the communal chef’s table next to the restaurant’s open-concept kitchen, and delight in this interactive chef-led dining experience for up to 10 guests. Epicureans will enjoy exclusive daily dishes featuring the freshest seasonal ingredients, creative presentations and paired wines as they converse with the chef across the pass counter.

El Moro Beach Experience

Crashing waves, dramatic cliff sides and views of Catalina surround you in this natural seashore setting nestled between Laguna Beach and Corona del Mar. As the exclusive Resort caterer for this unique outdoor experience offered at El Moro Beach in Crystal Cove State Park, Pelican Hill’s off-premise catering team can accommodate 200 to 300 guests for this al fresco “toes in the sand” event. Whether you choose a relaxed beach barbeque, a classic clambake or an elegant dinner, your guests will be enchanted by this soirée under the stars.

Pelican Hill Golf Pavilion

With a warm, inviting ambiance and beautiful surrounding grounds at the Pelican Hill Golf Club®, Pelican Hill’s newest venue is a perfect location for a variety of events. From social luncheons to alfresco dinners, The Pavilion at Pelican Hill® is intimate and tucked away, yet can accommodate up to 500 for a reception or 300 seated guests. Situated near the Golf Clubhouse, the Pavilion is naturally suited for tournament barbeques, or can be dressed with a grand canopy for formal affairs.

For the 2013 holiday season and beyond, Pelican Hill recommends its top entertaining ideas for groups large and small.

Celebrations for 20 guests or less:

Small Plates Cooking Class
Discover the world of Spanish tapas, Italian antipasti, Greek mezze and Asian small plates, as our chef guides groups of eight to 15 guests in a hands-on cooking class. In the gourmet kitchen of a luxurious private Villa overlooking the Pacific coastline, learn to prepare a globally inspired menu featuring some of the world’s most celebrated culinary traditions.  Following wine pairing tips from the chef, taste your epicurean creations and toast to your newly acquired culinary skills.

Spa Wellness Retreat
For six to 20 guests, celebrate year-end successes and re-energize for the new year with a custom half-day or full-day wellness retreat at The Spa at Pelican Hill®. Reward deserving employees or gather cherished friends for a Five-Star spa experience, including spa treatments, luxurious amenities and group fitness classes. Participate in a healthy cooking activity or savor a mindful spa lunch featuring locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Conclude with a glass of sparkling Prosecco during a private spa soirée, as our resident artist leads the group in the Spa’s signature “canvas of intentions” painting activity.

Celebrations for 60 guests or less:

Resort Private Dining

For a deliciously intimate catered affair, choose from exquisite private dining at Andrea Ristorante or Pelican Grill, with customized menus as varied as the spaces. Comfortable residential-style dining complements breathtaking backdrops, including spectacular Resort views, Pacific horizon sunsets and dramatic night lights. Your guests will enjoy tableside presentations and interaction with our chefs during this memorable evening.


A Taste of Pelican Hill Dine-Around
Don’t want to settle for a single restaurant setting? Explore a variety of epicurean experiences, while touring around multiple Resort restaurants this holiday season. For small-to-medium-sized parties, design your own lunch or dinner dine-around with a course at each restaurant. Begin Debbiewith endless ocean views from the terrace at Coliseum Pool & Grill, where Mediterranean appetizers, soups and salads feature fresh local ingredients. Continue on to Andrea Ristorante to savor authentic Northern Italian selections, such as handmade pasta, a tableside risotto presentation or classic entrées. Whether it’s a Grand Marnier soufflé, seasonal gelato or holiday-inspired desserts, observe chefs masterfully preparing a final course in their open-concept display kitchen at Pelican Grill. Before or after your dine-around, enjoy live entertainment and specialty cocktails throughout the Resort’s restaurants and lounges.


Celebrations for 100 guests or less:

Bring Pelican Hill Home for the Holidays
Give the gift of a Pelican Hill culinary experience in your home or at your office. Delight in turn-key entertaining for parties of any size by bringing the Resort’s chef-crafted cuisine, superb service standards and seasoned catering staff to your indoor or outdoor venue of choice. As you graciously attend to your guests, Pelican Hill’s off-premise event professionals look after every detail, from décor and entertainment to cuisine and service. This year, leave the party planning to Pelican Hill and treat your guests to an unforgettable holiday celebration.

Villa Progressive Dinner Party
Entertain groups of 40 to 100 guests with a progressive dining experience featuring holiday cuisine from around the globe. Guests stroll from one luxury Villa to another, savoring traditional dishes and seasonal beverages from various countries. Each Villa is decked outside and in with customary holiday décor, music and mini flags of the nation. This dine-around concludes with a hot cocoa bar and traditional desserts served in a vibrant outdoor street festival atmosphere, with charming strings of lights overhead and performances by strolling carolers.


Celebrations for more than 100 guests:

Alfresco Winter Picnic
Celebrate the holiday season outdoors! With an average of 340 days of sunshine every year, Pelican Hill offers a mild Mediterranean climate and ideal coastal location for alfresco events year-round. The Resort’s event planning experts organize every detail for gatherings large and small at locations throughout Southern California. Custom menus, décor and entertainment abound, from rustic family-style dining at the historic Irvine Ranch’s Bommer Canyon, to charming gatherings in the garden of Mission San Juan Capistrano.

Festa Italian Street Fair

Along the Resort’s olive tree-lined bungalow lanes, an outdoor Italian Street Festa brings the sights, sounds and tastes of Italy to Southern California’s own “Tuscan Seaside Village.” Reception-style gatherings of 100 guests or more feature olive oil and wine tasting, strolling musicians, stilt-walkers, Venetian-masked entertainers and other traditional festivities to celebrate la dolce vita!

Dinner Show Kitchen
Pelican Hill’s dinner show kitchen concept entertains guests while they dine in a banquet setting. As guests enter to be seated at long communal tables, lights are dark over the stainless steel show kitchen at one end of the elegant ballroom. The spotlight turns to a chef, who welcomes the group and begins narrating as the show kitchen is illuminated to reveal an ensemble of chefs masterfully preparing the first course. Classical music dramatically punctuates the performance, which dazzles as many as 180 guests as each course is served with synchronized service.

For additional information, please contact the Resort’s Catering Department at 855.467.6800 or visit pelicanhill.com.

BJ’s Restaurants Partners with Big Poppa Smokers for Summer Menu

Huntington Beach-based BJ’s Restaurants and Brewhouse took their summer menu to a new level this year. When they wanted to launch a summer barbecue menu they brought in the big poppa of barbecue: “Big Poppa” Sterling Ball of Big Poppa Smokers.

I had the chance to chat with Sterling and James Drake, VP of Kitchen Operations for BJ’s, to learn more about recipe development and this tasty collaboration.

Well known within the competitive barbecue circuit for his champion rubs and spices, Sterling and his team won the 2012 American Royal World Series of Barbecue Invitational. He describes the relationship with BJ’s as a “love fest” and his passion is extremely apparent.

Sterling welcomed the process of creating flavor samples. When the two parties began talking last winter, they united with the goal of bringing in more flavor to some of BJs’ signature items. Sterling spent days in the kitchen playing around with spices. He also created ribs that feature the color, flavor and tenderness of competition-style ribs.

This helped birth the new limited-edition Blue Ribbon Barbeque menu that incorporates several of Big Poppa’s unique spice rubs, including his Sweet Money Championship Rub and Jallelujah Seasoned Jalapeno Salt.

The idea for BJ’s to feature a barbecue menu stemmed from elements of everyone’s favorite summer tradition: barbecuing. Tying in to this theme, the menu also features a corn-fritter-style corn bread, a popular summer salad boasting chipotle crutons as well as a grilled chicken with specific blends of flavor including Jallelulah spices.

The Jallelulah flavor is also pertinent as a sauce that fits great with fries and other appetizers. All the sauces are from the southeast and others include spicy mustard and honey chipotle barbecue sauce.

On the beverage front, beer pairings also weigh heavily into the menu. The new Oasis Amber Ale was launched specifically because it pairs beautifully with the barbecue menu, plus various others beers play perfectly into the spices and sweetness of the food. James’ favorite is the Harvest Hefe, a refreshing summer selection that works well as a background flavor with several of the dishes.

Both James and Sterling are extremely excited about the menu and the opportunity to work together. The welcomed the opportunity to bring in traditional dishes with new twists, and done in a way that brings value.

The menu is available at participating BJ’s Restaurants for a limited time until September 2nd. The menu has been very well received, and, in fact, when barbecue aficionados tried some of the items, they noted they were so good they could be entered in competitions. Ribs and fritters are top sellers and the collaboration, the first co-branded culinary partnership, has been deemed extremely successful for both parties.

Barbeque lovers can enjoy Big Poppa Smokers items year-round by visiting www.bigpoppasmokers.com. A variety of rubs, apparel, supplies, grills sauces and more are available for purchase.

Pelican Hill Presents Third Annual Festa dell’Autunno

The Resort at Pelican Hill®, Newport Beach’s only Five-Star resort, presents its third annual Festa dell’Autunno, an autumn festival that brings the traditions of Italy to Southern California’s own Tuscan seaside village.

Over the first weekend of autumn, September 20-22, visiting guests and locals will experience authentic Italian cuisine, live entertainment, art and children’s activities.

“We invite Resort guests and local guests are invited to gather under the California sun, amid olives trees and Italian architecture, just as those in similar Mediterranean climates across the globe do during this beautiful time of the year,” said Pelican Hill Managing Director Giuseppe Lama.

“Expanding on our last two celebrations, this year’s Festa dell’Autunno weekend introduces new children’s activities at Camp Pelican, a special guest chef wine dinner at Andrea and an extraordinary Villa package, designed for our most discerning guests.”

The highlight of the three-day series of events, an Italian Street Festival on Saturday, September 21, features regional Italian cuisine, wine tasting, live music, visual arts, automobile exhibitions and an olive oil pressing demonstration.

Open to locals and Resort guests alike, Pelican Hill’s festive autumn series of events, dining and entertainment includes:

 Andrea Guest Chef Wine Dinner

Friday, September 20 from 6 – 10 p.m.

Savor a multi-course dinner inspired by the freshest autumn ingredients, paired with Italian wines and presented by guest chef Angelo Auriana, executive chef of San Francisco’s celebrated Northern Italian restaurant FARINA and previously executive chef of the critically acclaimed Italian restaurant Valentino in Santa Monica.

$175* per adult

Italian Street Festa

Saturday, September 21 from 12 – 5 p.m.

From regional Italian cuisine and wine to live music and visual arts, experience a traditional celebration of the harvest season along the Resort’s olive tree-lined Bungalow lanes.

$115* per adult, or $45* per child under age 12

Festa dell’Unitá

Saturday, September 21 from 6 – 10 p.m.

Celebrate the flavors of autumn with a family-style dining experience, live opera performances, music and dancing in a rustic outdoor setting.

$150* per adult

Prosecco Brunch & Art Auction

Sunday, September 22 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Festa weekend concludes with a festive alfresco brunch, including endless Prosecco mimosas, performances by a jazz trio and an art auction, featuring the presentation of charitable donations to the winning artists of the Resort’s second annual Festa Plein Air Painting Invitational.

$100* per adult, or $40* per child under age 12

Pelican Hill offers two Festa dell’Autunno accommodations packages:

Festa Weekend Package

Available September 20 & 21, 2013 only

Enjoy the complete Festa dell’Autunno experience with a Bungalow or Villa stay. Each package includes one night of accommodations, a special welcome amenity and entry to Saturday’s

Italian Street Festa, as follows:

Bungalows from $675* including two adult tickets

Two-Bedroom Villas from $1,155* including four adult tickets Three-Bedroom Villas from $1,635* including six adult tickets Four-Bedroom Villas from $2,470* including eight adult tickets

Festa Fantastica Package

Available September 20-22, 2013 only

Limited to just one exclusive booking for up to 10 guests over Festa dell’Autunno weekend, this exclusive experience features two nights in a luxurious four-bedroom Villa and a private Saturday evening chef’s dinner with rare Italian wine pairings for up to 10 guests, prepared in your Villa’s gourmet kitchen by Andrea’s Michelin-starred Chef Luigi Fineo. On Friday evening, enjoy Guest Chef Angelo Auriana’s Wine Dinner at Andrea Ristorante in a private dining room for up to 10 guests. Each guest also receives entry to Saturday’s Italian Street Festa event, Sunday’s Prosecco Brunch & Art Auction, a hand-painted Italian ceramic keepsake from the Resort’s collection, and a choice of one golf round or one 50-minute Amber Gold Signature Massage.

Four-Bedroom Villas from $30,000* for up to 10 guests

Available on select dates in August and September, Festa dell’Autunno children’s activities include:

Mini-Madonnari Chalk Painting

Saturdays from 2-4 p.m. on August 31, September 7 & 14

Inspired by Pelican Hill’s annual Festa dell’Autunno weekend and Italian traditions dating back to the Renaissance, Camp Pelican presents a special series of artist-led workshops for children ages 4 – 12. Professional artists will teach youngsters how to create vibrant chalk art and transform pavement into pictures, just like Madonnari street painters have done for centuries. Each child will take home a framed memento of their masterpiece.

$35 or complimentary for children enrolled in Camp Pelican

Carnevale dei Bambini

Saturday, September 21 from 12 – 5 p.m.

Camp Pelican presents a special Festa dell’Autunno half-day session for children ages 4-12. Children create their own artistic masterpieces of hand-decorated flags and Venetian masks before donning classic Renaissance-style costumes to participate in the Carnevale dei Bambini – the Children’s Carnival – under the guidance of Italian flag performers!

$95 including lunch and snacks

Cooking Class & Kid’s Night Out

Saturday, September 21 from 6 – 10 p.m.

Resort chefs teach children ages 4 – 12 the art of pizza-making, from rolling dough and making sauce to grating cheese and adding toppings. This interactive evening of fun with food also includes popcorn and a movie.

$60 including dinner
To purchase event tickets and packages, please contact us at 855-55-FESTA. Advance purchase recommended, as ticket quantities are limited. For more information, please visit pelicanhill.com/festa.

*Prices exclude tax and gratuity.

Third Annual Great Wine Festival at Orange County Great Park to Benefit Legal Aid Society of Orange County

The Legal Aid Society of Orange County is pleased to announce that over 20 vineyards are scheduled to participate in the third annual Great Wine Festival on Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. to benefit Legal Aid Society of Orange County.

The event will be held at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine inside Hangar 244.

The Great Wine Festival will include gourmet food and wine by Frisby Cellars, Gagnon Cellars and Delicato Winery to name a few. This event will also feature musical entertainment, a silent auction and opportunity drawings.

About 400 participants from Orange County’s legal community along with food and wine enthusiasts are expected to attend with all proceeds benefiting Legal Aid Society of Orange County, a nonprofit organization which provides free legal services to those in our community who would otherwise be denied access to justice.

Tickets are $60 until September 1, 2013. After September 1st tickets are $75.

For more information about the event, visit www.greatwinefestival.com.

The Great Wine Festival will take place at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine located on Marine Way in the City of Irvine.

About Legal Aid Society of Orange County:

Founded in 1958 by the Orange County Bar Association, Legal Aid Society of Orange County (LASOC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide civil legal services to low-income individuals and seniors and to promote equal access to the justice system through advocacy, legal counseling, innovative self-help services, in-depth legal representation, economic development and community education.

Turkey Trot Helps South OC Economy

The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce has announced the four local charities who will receive a portion of the proceeds from the 36th Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot.

The four charities will utilize Crowdrise, an online donation platform, to garner donations from Turkey Trot registrants and their supporters.

In addition to the funds raised on Crowdrise, each charity has the opportunity to receive an additional $5,000 from the Dana Point Chamber by earning the most donations online. Each charity is guaranteed a donation of at least $1,000.

The four participating charities are The Boys & Girls Club of Capistrano, Family Assistance Ministries, The Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9934. Supporters can choose their favorite charity and make a donation at Crowdrise.com/danapointturkeytrot.

The charity that raises the most money through Crowdrise will receive an additional $5,000 donation from the Dana Point Chamber. The charity to raise the second highest amount will receive an additional $2,500 donation; the third $1,500 and the fourth $1,000.

“We are so appreciative of Dana Point businesses and community members who welcome the Turkey Trot each year,” said Heather Johnston, Executive Director of the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce. “Because of this support, we have been able to donate over $100,000 to local charities in the past and we are excited to continue this tradition of giving.”

The Dana Point Turkey Trot brings more than 15,000 people to the coastal community of Dana Point every Thanksgiving Day morning. The presence of runners, walkers, volunteers, and partners from near and far have a positive impact on the Dana Point economy not just on Thanksgiving Day, but the entire weekend.

Families travel from surrounding cities and states to spend their holiday weekend in one of Dana Point’s many hotels or enjoy their Thanksgiving Day meal at one of Dana Point’s local restaurants.

Additionally, monies raised during the Turkey Trot help fund the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce programs centered around helping local businesses grow and succeed.

Dana Point Turkey Trot 2013

About the 36th Annual Dana Point Turkey Trot

Now in its 36th year, the Dana Point Turkey Trot has been named one of America’s best Thanksgiving Day runs by Fitness Magazine. An Orange County tradition with more than 16,000 runners, walkers, volunteers, spectators, sponsors and vendors, the course runs through the scenic and picturesque Dana Point Harbor and Doheny State Beach.

Running USA said the Dana Point Turkey Trot is the ninth largest Thanksgiving Day race in the nation, and the second largest in California. The race offers walkers and runners a 10k, 5k, Kids’ Gobble Wobble, and a two-day health and wellness expo. For more information about the 36th annual Dana Point Turkey Trot, visit http://www.turkeytrot.com.

The Queen Mary Presents Delicious Chili & Brewfest 9.1

The Queen Mary is pleased to announce the inaugural Delicious Chili & Brewfest will be joining the exciting list of events planned on the ship and surrounding grounds over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

The first-year festival will take place on Sunday, Sept. 1 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Queen Mary’s beautiful Waterfront Events Park and celebrate the best in culinary and local breweries.

Queen Mary Presents Delicious Chili and Brewfest 9.1

Delicious Chili & Brewfest will present various local food and craft beer vendors and an extreme chili cook-off featuring some of the best Southern California chefs.

Chefs interested in participating in the chili cook-off can obtain more information and submit to compete in the event online at http://queenmary.com.

Delicious will also offer live entertainment and a family friendly Kid’s Country where the little ones can keep busy with obstacle courses, a bounce house, games, face painting and much more.

General admission tickets for Delicious Chili & Brewfest start at just $10. VIP experiences are available beginning at $39 and include early VIP admission, a souvenir mug, five tasting tickets and access to a VIP lounge.

Delicious Chili & Brewfest is just one of the many special events planned at the Queen Mary over the Labor Day holiday weekend. The festivities begin with the Art Deco Festival, celebrating the opulence of “The Great Gatsby” era, Aug. 30 – Sept. 2.

Shoreline Jam music festival follows with Pepper, Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds and more artists performing on Saturday, Aug. 31.

The Delicious Chili & Brewfest will then premier on Sun., Sept. 1. More information and tickets to all of the holiday events and activities at the Queen Mary can be found by visiting http://queenmary.com


2nd Annual CCFA Orange County Bocce Invitational


Be a part of some great entertainment at Il Fornaio Restaurant where executives get a chance to show off their skills outside the boardroom. The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA)’s Second Annual Bocce Invitational takes place on Friday, August 23rd, 2013 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

The evening features live jazz on the bocce courts by The SMART Foundation Quartet, wonderful food and wine from Il Fornaio and excellent company with other prominent local business leaders, all of whom have joined together to raise funds and awareness for mission critical research, education and support for healthcare professionals and the more than 15,000 Orange County families they serve.

Known collectively as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis affects approximately 1 in 200 people[1] yet less than 50 percent of people in the US are familiar with the disease.[2]

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) has also recently launched a comprehensive and compelling new awareness campaign, “Escape the Stall” in order to raise awareness for these chronic illnesses.

The campaign features actress Amy Brenneman, most well-known for her role on “Judging Amy,” and has just won a national award for best PSA.

IBD are painful, medically incurable diseases that attack the digestive system.  Symptoms may include abdominal pain, persistent diarrhea, bleeding, fever, severe fatigue and weight loss. Many patients require numerous hospitalizations and surgery. The fastest growing patient population is children under the age of 18.

With the help of the local business community, including Carol Fox and Teri Aikin of Orange County Business Journal, Michael Katz of Katz & Yoon, LLP, Alejandro “Alex” Angulo of Rutan & Tucker, LLP, Betty Rengifo Uribe of California Bank & Trust, Paul O’Mara and Patty Juarez of Wells Fargo, and Michael Aceves of Union Bank, CCFA can continue to drive the conversation about these often “taboo” diseases.

More than 82 cents of every dollar donated directly supports the Foundation’s mission to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.

For those new to the sport, “coaching” is provided onsite. Last year’s Italian lawn bowling extravaganza raised over $32,000 for the cause, and a Stanley Cup style trophy is awarded to the winning foursome.

Tickets may also be purchased to attend as a guest of this fabulous mixer event. To reserve now, please visit http://online.ccfa.org/bocce.

[1]  GASTROENTEROLOGY 2012;142:46–54

[2] OmniTel Overnight CCFA Awareness Pre Wave, October 2012