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Romance! BETTE & WYLIE AITKEN–A 54-YEAR LOVE STORY

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LIFESTYLE LETTER

It's Romance Month! YES, VALENTINE'S DAY IS UPON US. However you celebrate it, I hope it is with remembering someone very special in your life. We not only recognize our romantic counterparts but also those people in our lives who we love very much–our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, godchildren, and so on. It's pretty expensive buying a card for everyone, but a phone call or email–even a text–would certainly work to convey your feelings. This month's feature story is a love story, which I try and do in February every year. There are many in our community who fit the bill, but this couple is really special.

FEBRUARY 2018 PUBLISHER

Randy Harding | Rharding@LifestylePubs.com Ana Launes | Alaunes@LifestylePubs.com EDITOR

Donna Bunce | Dbunce@LifestylePubs.com

Married 54 years, they met at age 17 wrapping Christmas gifts over the holidays for a

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store long gone from our community–Robert Hall Clothes in Santa Ana. At the time,

David Duran, Ana Launes,

Bette Robb was a senior at Bolsa Grande High School in Huntington Beach and Wylie

Melanie Lipsie, Deirdre Michalski

Aitken was a freshman at Santa Ana College. It didn't take long before the spark they both felt at first meeting developed into something more and in several years, they were married. Bette soon gave up her substitute teaching career to raise their family

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Laurel Hungerford, Tony Lattimore, Ana Launes, Peggy O'Donnell, Robert Rooks, John Watkins

of three, and Wylie, a graduate of Marquette University Law School, was on his way to becoming one of the top plaintiff lawyers in the country. This is a success story in itself, but the real success story is their love for each other. No matter what happened, they worked through it. And, we benefited as a community because Bette and Wylie are one of the most generous philanthropists in Orange County. Coming from very modest means, they are more than happy to be able to help others - and smile while they're doing it.   Our Chapman University story centers on the more than 800 alumni who have married. It seemed appropriate to highlight five married couples who met at the university since Valentine's Day is approaching.

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Along with the Valentine's theme, chocolate always comes to mind–at least for me. I am known as a "chocoholic" to my friends! You will enjoy our "Incredibly Sweet Indulgences"

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story on page 42, which features three absolutely awesome bakers and their handiwork. Two of the three desserts highlighted are chocolate, so I rest my case! We also feature a travel story on a cross-country train journey through Canada. The sights are absolutely breathtaking, and who knew a train could be so cozy? You might

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consider it for you and your loved one. In closing, however you celebrate Valentine's Day, enjoy it–whether you're on the receiving or giving end - or both! Until next time, ALABAMA | ARIZONA | CALIFORNIA | COLORADO | FLORIDA | GEORGIA | IDAHO ILLINOIS | KANSAS | MARYLAND | MICHIGAN | MINNESOTA | MISSOURI | MONTANA

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INSIDE THE ISSUE FEBRUARY 2018

FEATURES 24 Inspired and Relaxed Train Travel Cross Canada with your loved one

28 Cryptocurrency in the Spotlight Pro Currency and iPro Network

32 Destined to be Together Bette & Wylie Aitken’s 54-year love story

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50 Valentine Delights Local homemade sweets are a must

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DEPARTMENTS 6

Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

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Around Town

20 Open House 22 Local Limelight 36 Hot Spot 40 Locally Owned 44 Our Town 48 Lifestyle Calendar 50 Parting Thoughts


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GOOD TIMES 1.

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A Windy City Candlelight

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With a nod to Chicago, thanks to award-winning rock band Chicago and Event CoChair Carol Perry's Windy City roots, the 44th Annual Candlelight Concert on the stage of Segerstrom Hall surrounded 460 guests with a star-studded Chicago skyline. Perry's husband and fellow Co-Chair Mark Perry is incoming board chairman.

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1. Incoming Board Chairman Mark Perry and his wife Carol Perry, who were Event Chairs, Outgoing Board Chairman John Ginger and his wife Toni Ginger, President Terry Dwyer/Photo: Doug Gifford | 2. Honorees Julianne and George Argyros, whose generous gift made the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza and Fountain a reality/Photo: Kimberly April | 3. Major Underwriter, Executive Committee and Board member Elizabeth Segerstrom, center, with Underwriters Bette and Wylie Aitken, also Board Member/Photo: Doug Gifford | 4. Major Underwriter Ruth Ann Moriarty, right, with Joanne Sokolski/Photo: Bleu Cotton | 5. Underwriters Kelly and Jim Mazzo with Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame band Chicago performing in the background/Photo: Kimberly April | 6. Underwriters Zee Allred and Drago Gligic/Photo: Kimberly April | 7. Gary and Micki Groth, Underwriters Sally Segerstrom Andrews and Toby Andrews/Photo: Bleu Cotton | 8. Underwriters Mara and Keith Murray | 9. Underwriters Ygal and Sheila Sonenshine/Photo: Kimberly April | 10. Multi-Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Michael Bolton performing/Photo: Joesan Diche 10

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Orange County’s premiere charity chef event . . .

Table For Ten March 11, 2018 at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa

2018 participants venue host executive chef Salvatore Giuliano - The Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa honorary executive chef chair Rachel Haggstrom - Balboa Bay Resort event title sponsor Mike Danzi, Chairman and CEO of Legacy Pharmaceuticals Intl. cocktail reception hosts Pascal, Cafe Jardin at Sherman Gardens – Pascal Olhats Black Market Bakery – Rachel Marie MIXED Bakery – Elyssa Fournier Nirvana Grille - Lindsay Smith-Rosales Primal Alchemy Catering - Paul Buchanan Sugared And Iced – Samantha Meyers Wanderlust Wines – Pascal Gimenez LAVA Craft Cocktail Mixers and Tito’s Handmade Vodka Jagermeister, Nestle Waters participating restaurants/chefs 90 Pacifica – Scott Raczek Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club – Tom Capretz AVEO Table & Bar, Monarch Beach Resort – Donald Lockhart Bello by Sandro Nardone – Sandro Nardone Coliseum Pool & Grill, The Resort at Pelican Hill – Diego Bernal Craft House Restaurant – Blake Mellgren CUCINA Enoteca – Tony Trujillo Current Kitchen & Bar, Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel – Sean Gebo & Jessica Roy Dublin 4 Gastropub & Wineworks for Everyone – David Shofner Haute Productions & Catering – Keith Prante Jeff’s Inviting Food & Spirits – Paul Carcano Legado Bar & Kitchen – Manny Lopez Lighthouse Bayview Café – Ryan Sumner Mah Jong’s Restaurant – Michael Doctulero Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa – Andy Arndt Oceans & Earth – Adam Navidi Old Vine Cafe – Mark McDonald Orange Hill Restaurant – Eric Mickle Splashes, Surf & Sand Resort – Ron Fougeray Pinkiwi Culinary Production – Kimmy Wilson StillWater Spirits & Sounds – Stephen Kling Tanners Restaurant, Pasea Hotel & Spa – Kevin Meyer The Loft, Montage Resort – Michael Campbell The Pacific Club – David Martin The Ranch at Laguna Beach – Kyle St. John The Recess Room – Sam Green True Food Kitchen – Chris Polley Two Left Forks – Robert Hines Vue, The Laguna Cliffs Marriott – Salvadore Guiliano Waterline Newport Beach, Balboa Bay Resort – Rachel Haggstrom Waterman’s Harbor, Dana Point – Manny Gonzalez Watertable, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa – Manfred Lassahn & Adrian Legoy

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Giving every child an equal chance at life.

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"Christmas at The Ritz" Dazzles!

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Mona Lee Nesseth and her committee created a dazzling 31st Annual "Christmas at The Ritz" for Women of Chapman and netted nearly $291,000 for support of Chapman University. Snow sprites, toy soldiers, sparkling Christmas trees and Santa himself heralded the season for the 380 guests. PHOTOGRAPHY TONY LATTIMORE, PEGGY O'DONNELL

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1. 2017 “Christmas at The Ritz” Committee | 2. Women of Chapamn President Barbara Eidson, “Christmas at The Ritz” Chair Mona Lee Nesseth, Honorary Chair Shannon Argyros with husband George Argyros, Jr. (second from right), Chapman Board of Trustees Chair Wylie Aitken Chapman President Daniele Struppa | 3. Grand Patron Janet Curci, Director Donna Bianchi, Honorary Chair Laura Khouri, Producer Rusty Hood | 4. Honorary Chair for Whittier Trust Arlo Sorensen with his fiancée Marci Hollander, right, and Santa Claus (aka James Walker), center | 5. Grand Patron Pat Podlich (top), Grand Patron Zee Allred, left, with Drago Gligic | 6. Producers Bette and Wylie Aitken, Honorary Chair Kim Smith and the Smith-Walker Foundation | 7. Stage Managers John Massa and Lisa Argyros, Producer Julia Argyros | 8. Producer Joann Leatherby | 9. Producers Donna Janes and Robert and Carole Follman | 10. Jewelry Presenter Robert Procop, left, Wildflower Linens Owner Youngsong Martin, who provided the table and chair linens, Fashion Presenter Saks Fifth Avenue at South Coast Plaza, represented by VP/GM Chris Bures | 11. Model wearing Robert Procop jewelry and Saks Fifth Avenue fashion and furs 12

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American Ballet Theatre Honors Segerstrom Center's Judy Morr ABT honored Segerstrom Center Executive Vice President Judy Morr at its annual Holiday Benefit  at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Some of ABT’s biggest names, including principal dancers, joined the party and performed. Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie lauded Morr's

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efforts in "curating a world-renowned international dance program of the highest quality."

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1. Segerstrom Center Board Member and Event Co-Chair Elizabeth Segerstrom, ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie, Judy Morr, ABT Executive Director Kara Medoff Barnett/ Photo: Vince Bucci Photography | 2. Ishani Dhillon, Lisa LoCicero, television and film director and producer Nigel Lythgoe, Barbara Johnson | 3. Dita Von Teese with ABT Principal Dancer Daniil Simkin/Photo: Lauren Hillary | 4. Judy Morr, center, with Segerstrom Center supporters Dave and Jaynine Warner | 5. ABT Principal Dancer Gillian Murphy performing/Photo: Vince Bucci Photography | 6. Judy Morr, right, with her daughters Tania Vanderbeek, left, and Kirsten Reynolds/Photo: Lauren Hillary

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SOKA University of America 13th Annual Peace Gala

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"Celebrating the Vision of Peace" was the theme for SOKA's Peace Gala held at the esteemed university in Aliso Viejo. The Voice finalist Chris Mann entertained and NBC4 weather-caster Fritz Coleman was master of ceremonies for the 488 guests. An impressive $806,692 was netted for student scholarships. PHOTOGRAPHY ROBERT ROOKS

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1. SOKA President Danny Habuki with sponsors Junko and Joe Perez | 2. Entertainer Chris Mann, center, with Founding Gala Co-Chairs Joan May, left, and Dita Shemke | 3. Sponsors Jim and Sheila Peterson with NBC4 News’ Fritz Coleman, who was master of ceremonies | 4. SOKA CFO Arch Asawa and student speaker Vasco Yorgov | 5. SOKA Trustee Matilda Buck | 6. Michiel and Jennifer Schuitemaker | 7. SOKA’s Taiko Drummers | 8. Gala centerpiece | 9. Gala committee member Clothilde Hewlett with her husband Everett Hewlett | 10. SOKA Gala held in gymnasium 14

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Girl Scouts of Orange County Honor Six Extraordinary Women Local Girl Scout alumnae were honored at the 280-guest Eighth Annual "Celebrate Leadership" event at the Island Hotel. Each honoree was paired with a Girl Scout, who created a custom art piece representative of her mentor's leadership journey. Net proceeds of

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$275,000 were raised to support scouting. PHOTOGRAPHY LAUREL HUNGERFORD

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1. Honorees Julie Ann Ulcickas (Etiquette Consultant, Author, Philanthropist), Dr. Jane L. Kakkis (Surgeon, Breast Oncology), Susan B. Parks (CEO, OC United Way), Cynthia Stamper Graff (Founder and Former CEO, Lindora LLC), Kerri Sonenshine (VP of Marketing, Far West Restaurant Group), Robin Follman-Otta (World-Class Soprano, CEO, Markell, Inc.) | 2. Event Co-Chairs Ashleigh Aitken, left, and Jacqueline Akerblom, right, with Girl Scouts of Orange County outgoing CEO Nancy Nygren, center, who was recognized for her 12 years of outstanding leadership | 3. Celebrate Leadership Girl Scouts, ranging in age from six to 17, shared how their honorees inspired them. l-r: Melina Mayo, Kaekoa Corona, Trinity Brewer, Jillian Raymer, Lauren Best, Isabella Sidoni | 4. Guests Sandy Morales, Sandra Bensworth, with Past Honorees Muff Tennyson and Artyn Gardner | 5. Girl Scout Cadette Katelyn Park entertains on the piano during general reception | 6. Girl Scout Junior Kaekoa Corona holds up I can see myself as a scientist or engineer Invest in Girls sign

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Court Appointed Special Advocates Holiday Luncheon Sets Record Net

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Friends of CASA hosted its 22nd Annual Holiday Luncheon for 620 guests at Monarch Beach Resort and netted a record $426,000 for mentoring and advocating for foster care children. The runway fashion show was presented by Intermix, Jimmy Choo and South Coast Plaza. PHOTOGRAPHY JOHN WATKINS

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1. Supporter Victoria Stender | 2. Lugano Diamonds Client Development Director Bill Peters, center, with models wearing Lugano Diamonds jewelry. Lugano provided an opportunity drawing of black diamond oval earrings valued at $25,000 | 3. South Coast Plaza Director of Community Relations Kathryn Cenci | 4. Fashion show featuring Intermix fashions and Jimmy Choo luxury accessories | 5. Commumity Media Partner Ana Launes and Randy Harding of Newport Beach Lifestyle | 6. Event Chairs Stefanie Stamires and Marjie Zethraus | 7. CASA CEO Regan Phillips | 8. Friends of CASA President Erika Pedersen and Advisory Council Board member Jaynine Warner | 9. Executive Committee members Patty Juarez and Sara Van Dusen | 10. Guest Speakers Peggy Mauro and Carrie Cook 16

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AROUND TOWN

Celebrating with a South Coast Plaza 50th Anniversary cake are Segerstrom family members: Ruth Ann Segerstrom Moriarty, front; from left, Toren Segerstrom, Anton Segerstrom, Richard Moriarty, Jeannie Moriarty, Susie and Steve Perry, David Grant

DEBUT OF BOOK DETAILING SOUTH COAST PLAZA’S 50 YEARS South Coast Plaza, a limited-edition art book by

Attending the OC 500 event were Rick Keller, Co-Founder/Chairman, First Foundation, Inc.; Robin Follman-Otta, CEO, R.A. Industries and COO, Katmai Lodge, Alaska; Brian Goodman, COO/General Counsel, R.A. Industries

people attended. The group is an acknowledgment of the leadership and influence the 500 have exhibited while leaving their mark on Orange County.

Assouline, is a retrospective that celebrates South Coast Plaza’s 50 years and traces the heritage and transformation of the incredible landmark into an unparalleled commercial and cultural icon. The beautiful book details how the Segerstrom family created a world-wide shopping destination from humble farmland. The launch, held at South Coast Plaza’s Assouline store, was attended by members of the Segerstrom family and continued at a large reception in Jewel Court.

HISTORIC AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT AT JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT “The Aerial Photography History of Newport Center/Fashion Island” exhibit is on display at John Wayne Airport’s Orange County: Destination Art & Culture exhibition space through June, 2018. Fred L. Emmert and Richard N. Frost, co-authors of the book, “Newport Beach, California, Newport Center | Fashion Island, 50 Years in the Making,” arranged

Dan Bolar, Founder and CEO of Bolar Hirsch & Jennings LLP and OCCF President and Finance Chair, Shelley Hoss

ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION HOLDS ANNUAL MEETING

the exhibit which transports people through a visual

A sold-out group of philanthropists and business

journey of Newport Center/Fashion Island’s 50-year

and community leaders gathered at Hotel Irvine to

history. It is located in pre-security along the pedes-

hear OCCF President Shelley Hoss share that the

trian walkway connecting Riley Terminals B and C.

foundation’s assets have grown to $302 million

OC 500 INTRODUCED

during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017–more than doubling from $144 million in 2012. Prominent

The 500 people driving economic growth in the

community and business leaders shared their

area are annually listed in a publication researched

reasons for investing in philanthropy, including

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Buchanan Street Partners CEO Robert Brunswick,

Journal. An event was held at the Island Hotel to

Donnie Crevier of Crevier BMW and Crevier Classic

launch the publication and to introduce the 500

Cars, and Ginny Ueberroth and her daughter Vicki

most influential business leaders, to which 350

Booth, chairman and president of the Peter and Ginny Ueberroth Family Foundation, respectively.

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OPEN HOUSE

ARTICLE CAROL LEE

HOW TO WIN IN ANY REAL ESTATE MARKET WE ALL WANT TO FIND A DEAL. As the real estate market continues its historic climb, Newport buyers and sellers wonder whether the time is right for them to make a move. Sellers may be tempted to overprice their property, while buyers may hope to find a bargain based on inaccurate online estimates. Navigating this market successfully takes skill. Many years ago, before I was a real estate agent, my husband and I bought a home in a seller’s market: low inventory, high demand, rising prices. After losing two bids for homes we loved because we could not imagine paying over asking, we found an agent who helped us navigate the process and get a home in our budget. It was a fixer we transformed into our dream home. Now that I’ve been assisting people buy and sell real estate for 14 years, I’ve honed some tips for sellers and buyers to make the most of market conditions.

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submit with your offer to win.

home was wrong, so it’s important to work with a knowledgeable agent who will look at

2. Prioritize your wish list. Knowing whether

upgrades, comparable properties, and more.

lot size, pool, view, or single-level is the most important factor in your decision will influ-

2. Upgrade kitchen, baths, flooring and yard

ence your budget and ability to find what

to gain highest offers and spur a bidding war.

you’re looking for. Pick your top 3. 3. Know where you want to move and have a 3. Work with an agent you trust. Part of the

plan for when the home closes– especially if

seller’s listing contract in California is an

the sale goes through quickly.

agreement to pay for a buyers’ agent. It’s a free gift from the seller to protect your investment and interests in the deal.

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LOCAL LIMELIGHT

ENJOY AN ISLAND GETAWAY HERE IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD!

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STRAIGHT FROM THE SANDY SHORES OF THE PACIFIC ISLANDS TO OUR OWN BACKYARD HERE IN ORANGE COUNTY, IRVINE BARCLAY THEATRE IS BRINGING AN ABUNDANCE OF ‘ALOHA’ TO SOCAL IN 2018 WITH THE FINEST IN LIVE HAWAIIAN MUSIC. Performances by Hawaii’s most acclaimed artists, both traditional and contemporary, are a perfect opportunity to experience a mini tropical getaway and a memorable evening of music. The artists in the Barclay’s Hawaiian Music Masters performance feature Hawaii’s cultural traditions while showcasing the amazing range and diversity of Hawaiian music played in the islands today. As you sit back, relax and take in the sounds of the Islands, it reveals that Hawaiian music culture is not just about notes played, but also about the greater “Aloha Spirit” that the music evokes about the bonds of community, nature, love and beauty. The 2017-18 series features the return of several Barclay favorites, who are acclaimed ambassadors of traditional Hawaiian culture and legends of Island music. Hawaiian music greats, 4-time Grammy Award winner George Kahumoku, Jr., along with music legends Led Kaapana and Jeff Peterson, bring the best of classic Hawaiian slack key to the stage on March 16. True hula royalty, Halau O Kekuhi, is one of the Island’s most revered cultural treasures, sharing traditional hula and chant handed down by a succession of eight generations of kuma hula (hula masters). The acclaimed company brings their brand of Aloha

HAWAIIAN MUSIC MASTERS March 16, 2018 at 8pm

HALAU O KEKUHI April 21, 2018 at 8pm

VOICES OF HAWAII May 23, 2018 at 8pm

to the Barclay on April 21. The series wraps up on May 23rd with two of Hawaii’s shining vocal talents. The “Golden Voice” of 2015, Island Music Album of the Year and Slack Key Album of the Year winner Kawika Kahiapo joins forces with Nathan Aweau, whose accolades include 3-time Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year. This popular series is one of the centerpieces of the Barclay’s 2017-18 season, and we are honored to provide incredible talent to loyal Hawaiian music fans from across the southland, as well as introduce new generations to Hawaiian culture through these truly unforgettable evenings.

01 | Voices of Hawaii: Kawika Kahiapo 02 | Halau O Kekuhi 03 | Hawaiian Music Masters: Led Kaapana, George Kahumoku, Jr., Jeff Peterson/Photo: Shane Tegarden 04 | Voices of Hawaii: Nathan Aweau

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DESTINATION AND HOTEL GULDE

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CANADA JUST CELEBRATED ITS 150TH ANNIVERSARY, AND OUR NORTHERN NEIGHBOR SAW AN INFLUX IN VISITORS FROM ALL PARTS OF THE GLOBE TO EVERY CORNER OF THEIR EXPANSIVE COUNTRY. Canada has much to offer and each region of the country is so diverse and different from one another. From majestic natural landscapes to skyscrapers in bustling cities, an incredible way to see Canada (or most of it) is by crossing the entire continent by train.

From majestic natural landscapes to skyscrapers in bustling cities, an incredible way to see Canada is by crossing the entire continent by train. There’s something pretty spectacular about train travel that can be so inspiring and relaxing for the right traveler. Traveling by train is an adventure, one that should be planned carefully but with an open mind…because unexpected delays can occur any time during the trip. VIA Rail Canada offers different classes of travel for their various rail lines, making the Ocean Renaissance Train

trip possible for virtually anyone. VIA offers pre-planned trips for those who prefer to just pick a package and go. But, for the more adventurous types, each segment can be booked

The Canadian and Jasper to Prince Rupert in the Panorama Car

individually to create a more personalized experience. What follows is a suggested travel path, starting in Halifax, Nova Scotia and ending in Vancouver, British Columbia via The Ocean line, The Canadian line and regional commuter lines, as well as suggested hotels to enjoy along the way. Part of a journey is experiencing destinations on your own; therefore, we will leave it up to you to find your way around each stop.

To start your trip, WestJet offers flights to either coast of Canada from Los Angeles. Splurge and opt for WestJet Plus, a premium economy experience with extra legroom as well as elbowroom, as each middle seat is blocked off. Plus, passengers also receive priority screening, two checked bags, as well as complimentary in-flight food and beverage. 24

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The Canadian in the Fall

» START IN HALIFAX: It is an Atlantic Ocean port in eastern Canada. Halifax is the provincial capital of Nova Scotia and is also known for its maritime history. » WHERE TO STAY: The Westin Nova Scotia. The hotel is one of the original railroad hotels owned by Canadian National Railways, which built landmark hotels all across Canada in the 1930s and 1940s. The Nova Scotian connected Halifax to the rest of Canada. The grand old dame re-opened on August 6, 1996 as The Westin Nova Scotian. The heritage hotel now offers 310 guestrooms, including 10 suites. » TRAIN: The Ocean Line is currently the oldest continuously operated named passenger train in North America. The train has been well maintained for modern comforts while keeping its charm. Travel via Sleeper Plus, which provides everything you need to feel right at home in your cozy cabin for two with a shower. Inside the dining car, enjoy fresh meals paired with Canadian wines.

» QUÉBEC CITY: It sits on the Saint Lawrence River in Canada's mostly French-speaking Québec province. » WHERE TO STAY: Château Frontenac. Ideally located inside the walls of Old Quebec, the iconic Fairmont Le Château Frontenac’s multimillion dollar renaissance restoration blends the charm of the hotel’s enchanting past with modern innovations, creating an allure that is fresh and seductive, balanced with the hotel’s rich history and dynamic future.

» MONTREAL: It is located on the waterfront with a healthy mixture of historical as well as modern architecture. Montreal is unlike any other city in North America. » WHERE TO STAY: Hotel William Gray. An upscale boutique hotel with only 127 rooms and suites, located in the center of Old Montreal. This property was carefully designed to not only be aesthetically appealing but ultra-convenient for guests, with an upmarket grill restaurant, a rooftop bar, a lobby bar, café and even a high-end retailer. » TRAIN: The Regional lines are used for short distances and do not have sleeper options. Travel in Business Class and gain access to the premium lounges, enjoy complimentary food and beverage as well as spacious seats with access to power outlets and Wi-Fi.

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» OTTAWA: It is Canada’s capital, in the east of southern Ontario. Sitting on the Ottawa River, it has at its center Parliament Hill, with grand Victorian architecture and museums. » WHERE TO STAY: Andaz Ottawa. The hotel promises a coveted urban location, with spacious guestrooms that celebrate one-of-akind facets of Canadian design.

The Canadian Vancouver British Columbia and Mt. Robson

» TORONTO: It is set upon Lake Ontario’s northwestern shore and is a dynamic metropolis with a core of soaring skyscrapers, including the iconic CN Tower. » WHERE TO STAY: Thompson Toronto. Located in one of Canada’s trendiest neighborhoods, the historic factory buildings of King West Village are home to the ever-changing and eclectic hot-spots of Toronto. » TRAIN: The Canadian Line: 2775 miles, 4 nights/3 days (nonstop). Leave the city center behind and glide through gentle prairie fields, rugged lake country and picturesque towns to the snowy peaks of the majestic Rockies. The Canadian brings the country’s ever-changing landscape to you, as you’ll never see any other way, with ease, comfort and exceptional service. Travel via Prestige, which is first class travel at its best, with your personal concierge and refined comfort. Take advantage of the lounges, scenic cars and dining car.

The Canadian Prestige Class by Night

» WINNIPEG: the capital of Manitoba, is in the heart of The Forks, a historic site at the intersection of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers. » WHERE TO STAY: The Fairmont Winnipeg. This popular downtown hotel with upscale amenities makes for a great business as well as leisure hotel and is near the Exchange area and the Forks.

» SASKATOON: the city is favorably positioned with the South Saskatchewan River winding through it. Seven bridges span its gentle flow, linking east to west. » WHERE TO STAY: The James Hotel: A contemporary boutique hotel centrally located in vibrant downtown Saskatoon on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River. The Canadian Prestige Class by Day 26

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» EDMONTON: nestled in the heart of western Canada’s prairie, 1.3 million people call Alberta’s capital city home. » WHERE TO STAY: Hotel Macdonald. This iconic property has been the setting of the city’s finest events and recognizable fixture of Edmonton’s skyline since 1915. The hotel stands high on the bank overlooking the largest urban parkway in North America, The North Saskatchewan River Valley.

» JASPER: the unpretentious town of Jasper originated as a railway town and is located in the heart of Jasper National Park with its abundant wildlife, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, canyons and evergreen forest. » WHERE TO STAY: Jasper Park Lodge. Situated in Alberta's magnificent Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the iconic Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge resort invites you to experience its Great Canadian Lodge, surrounded by nature and abundant wildlife.

» VANCOUVER: a bustling and extremely coveted west coast seaport in British Columbia,  Vancouver is one of Canada’s most diverse cities, which is surrounded by mountains. » WHERE TO STAY: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Known as the 'Castle in the City’ with a prime downtown location, the hotel is minutes away from some of Vancouver's biggest attractions.

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Lowell Rempel has overseen the creation and launch of multiple eCom stores and multiple successful software programs

THE ASCENT OF BITCOIN INTO THE FINANCIAL

even when compared to other, newer cryptocurrencies.

MAINSTREAM HAS BROUGHT A NEW ASSET CLASS

Today, there is no other digital currency that is as widely

KNOWN AS CRYPTOCURRENCIES INTO THE SPOT-

used and integrated as Bitcoin.

LIGHT. They enable both commerce and trade through

Since December of 2016, the Bitcoin price has grown

the implementation of advanced blockchain technology.

from $1,000 per coin to an astounding $20,000 per coin

This versatility fosters different views with respect to their

in December 2017. Like the Initial Public Offerings (IPOs)

classification as either commodities or currencies.

of the dot.com era which brought euphoria to the markets

As a currency, Bitcoin can be exchanged for goods and

during the 1990’s, today’s Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and

services all around the globe as a viable mode of payment.

the blossoming cryptocurrency-blockchain industry is again

Led by Overstock.com, DISH Network, and Microsoft, its

building huge expectations. In the 1990s, people in general

growing popularity among merchants is fueled by several

understood the transformational nature and impact of the

unique advantages: low transaction costs due to the non-

internet and bet on it. Today, we are spectators of the bur-

existence of intermediaries, security assured by the block-

geoning cryptocurrency market with a capitalization over

chain technology, and speed in the form of a streamlined

$600 billion, over 1,360 digital currencies in circulation, and

peer-to-peer form of direct payment. Nonetheless, Bitcoin

trading in 7,617 markets. (Coinmarketcap.com)

lacks the primary attributes of conventional fiat currencies:

Bitcoin currently has only 50% of the digital currency

coinage or banknotes, a central bank, Governmental back-

market, allowing room for other cryptocurrencies. Apart

ing (it is not guaranteed), and limited supply.

from Ethereum (ETH), Bitcoin’s own splits of Bitcoin

As a commodity, Bitcoin is usually compared to Gold.

Gold (BTG) and Bitcoin Cash (BCC) or Litecoin (LTC),

Its value depends on scarcity, utility, supply and demand.

there are many other currencies that allow you to enter

With all other things being equal, if something is scarce

and position yourself in this market at a much lower

and useful it must have value and demand a specific

price point than Bitcoin.

price. The combination of scarcity and utility creates

Here in Orange County, Pro Currency’s ICO was

value by which price is determined based upon the mar-

launched on April 28, 2017 and today is trading in

ket’s supply and demand. Gold is rare, hard to find and

several exchanges with a total circulation of 96 million

limited in supply (scarcity), and has some uses to which

coins. The utility of the currency is justified due to the

consumers derive satisfaction from (utility). In the same

development of a platform called iPro Network. This

way, Bitcoin is also scarce with a circulation just over 16.7

marketing platform offers e-Commerce Education,

million coins, and a maximum supply capped at 21 million.

Coin-Back Rewards Shopping and e-Commerce online

This cap is well known, making its scarcity transparent. In

stores, all built around Pro Currency. Access is granted

addition, Bitcoin is useful and creates utility like gold. It is

through the PRO Rewards app. The company also has a

perfectly fungible (one Bitcoin is like another), it is divisi-

new exciting product offering, an auto trading software

ble (you can pay someone fractions of a Bitcoin), is easily

which operates on several cryptocurrency exchanges.

verifiable (via the Blockchain) and has undeniable utility,

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E-COMMERCE EDUCATION includes five separate learning modules which teach an individual everything they need to know about how to set up their own online retail stores including elite Amazon training. COIN-BACK REWARDS shopping is an app when downloaded onto your smartphone enables you to purchase goods from more than 4,500 retailers including Hotels.com, Macy’s, Office Depot, Petco, Sephora, Target and Walmart. Shopping through the app pays back a specific percentage of Pro currency as a reward. E-COMMERCE opportunity provides the ability to purchase into turn-key online stores that are fully stocked with products and ready to sell. The profits generated from each transaction are paid back to the purchaser. THE AUTO TRADING SOFTWARE is possibly the most exciting offering by iPro Network. The software works with specific cryptocurrency exchanges to automatically trade the digital currencies you choose according to the parameters you set. The software provides above average daily returns by using high speed transactional processing and artificial intelligence to determine what to buy and at what price. The software can also be configured to work on the Forex exchange to trade foreign currencies. iPro Network is managed by a team of long-time experts in network marketing with a proven record of success. The current platform already has a total of approximately 100,000 affiliates and by implementing all the products described above, it expects to grow to more than 1,000,000 affiliates during 2018. Free Pro coins are offered as part of the PRO rebates program in the app. This free offering incentivizes consumers to participate while pushing the coin price up. A second consequence is that it also insures the app gets massively used. Everyone in iPro Network has a vested interest in the PRO coins success. Users will be sure to increase the demand for the coin. It is a win-win situation. For more information about iPro Network and Pro Currency, go to moreinfo.ipronetwork.com Disclaimer: This article has been produced for informational purposes, and is not a recommendation to buy or sell any securities. Investing comes with risk to loss of principal. Always conduct your own research and consider any investment decisions very carefully. 30

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Wylie and Bette at Santa Ana College Homecoming in 1961. Bette was a Homecoming Princess

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MEETING WHILE WRAPPING CHRISTMAS PRESENTS CHANGED THE LIVES OF BETTE ROBB AND WYLIE AITKEN

WHO WOULD IMAGINE THAT A PART-TIME JOB WRAP-

Fast forward to 1962, when Wylie received a three-year

PING CHRISTMAS PRESENTS AT THE ROBERT HALL

scholarship to Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee,

CLOTHES STORE IN SANTA ANA WOULD BE THE PLACE

Wisconsin, where he received his law degree in 1965, graduat-

WHERE WYLIE AITKEN WOULD MEET BETTE ROBB?

ing at a young 23.

With Wylie a freshman at Santa Ana College (SAC) and

While Wylie was at Marquette, Bette worked part-time at the

Bette a senior at Bolsa Grande High School in Huntington

Disneyland Hotel as a switchboard operator and as a billing

Beach, the spark was lit.

agent for New York Life Insurance Company. After one year

They began dating, with Wylie taking Bette to her senior

in law school, the two were married in 1963 in a small family

prom and other social activities, and when she joined him

ceremony in Dana Point at a judge’s modest home. Their honey-

at SAC after graduating, he escorted her to homecoming

moon was a weekend in Big Bear.

in his cheerleading outfit (“I sure couldn’t play football,”

“It’s all we could afford,” Wylie says.

claims Wylie) when she was a homecoming princess. Gaining the Robb family trust was not an easy thing for Wylie. “My

family

were

strict

Presbyterians, with my father an elder in the church and my grandfather a minister,” Bette says. “They were a little suspicious of Bette dating a Roman Catholic, and I had to go through an interview process to date her,” Wylie recalls. “In the end, her parents were terrific. I think my Irish charm and personality overwhelmed them,” he jokingly adds. With the connection made, after Bette received her Associate of

“I loved him so much,” Bette says. “He

“We’re both very independent and strong-willed, but it works,” says Bette. “In the final analysis,

was so bright. I knew we would have a very good gene pool for having children.” “I was in love with her,” Wylie says. “She was special. It was an adventuresome time for us.” Bette stayed in Orange County until the next year, and then joined Wylie in Milwaukee for his last year in law school. Their first child,

we are always able to work out

Darren, was born in 1964 in OC.

a compromise,” to which Wylie

County and rented a house on Spurgeon

quips with a twinkle in his eye,

Arts degree from SAC, she went to Orange County State University (now Cal State Fullerton), and by

“I say, ‘yes, dear.’”

this time, Wylie had left OC State to pursue his dream to be a trial lawyer in Milwaukee. Both Wylie and Bette came from families of modest means.

After graduation, the happily married couple and son returned to Orange Street in Santa Ana, with Wylie hired as a law clerk by Adams, Hunt & Martin while studying for the bar. “Vern Hunt was a prominent lawyer, and I was lucky to have him as my mentor,” Wylie says. To help ends meet, Bette taught early elementary education as a substitute

teacher for several years before devoting her attention fulltime to their young family.

Bette, the youngest of four children to her educator father and

In 1969, Wylie and John Bradshaw borrowed $15,000 from Bank

homemaker mother, was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Wylie, the

of America and opened their own law firm–Aitken and Bradshaw,

fourth of six children, was born in Detroit, moved to Chicago

with Wylie later establishing Aitken* Aitken* Cohn Law Firm in 2011.

when he was two and spent the third through the eighth grade

Wylie’s business success story is impressive. He credits some sig-

in Wichita, Kansas, where he says he experienced his “Tom

nificant cases for his success, among them the five-year-old Laura

Sawyer/Huck Finn” years. His father, an engineer in tool design

Small/mountain lion attack case in Caspers Park in 1991, and two

and his stay-at-home mother let him roam the cornfields,

Disneyland cases involving the 1998 death of a young father and

streams, parks and swimming holes.

mutilated mother from a malfunction on the Sailing Ship Columbia

“It was an idyllic childhood,” he says.

and a young boy severely injured on Big Thunder Mountain.

Ironically, both families arrived in California in 1955, with

“I was blessed because it allowed me to take on some terrific

Bette and Wylie attending Garden Grove High School for one

causes for clients that I was passionate about,” Wylie states, “and

year, though never meeting.

if I won, I got paid.”

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DESTINED TO BE

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02

03

01 06

07 04 05

1. Wylie and Bette at a 2011 Segerstrom Center for the Arts' Reflections Bolshoi Trustees Dinner/Photo: Steve Dawson | 2. Bette and Wylie and their family at their 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration at The Villa at Mission San Juan Capistrano, September 6, 2013. Top Row: Gavin, Darren, Laurie, Wylie, Bette, Michael, Violet, Ashleigh, Chris, Maureen, Annalise; Bottom Row: Grace, Kylee, Colleen, Colette, Simone, Shane, Tyler, Jack | 3. Aitken family in the early 1980s | 4. Wylie in the courtroom with Laura Small, the little girl attacked by a mountain lion, in the 1991 trial that put him on the map as a trial lawyer | 5. Wylie, receiving his Honorary Doctorate from Chapman University, May 19, 2017 | 6. Bette, a Santa Ana College Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, June 8, 2017 | 7. Wylie, receiving a Hall of Fame Award at the Orange County Trial Lawyers Assocation’s Annual Top Gun Event in November, 2017 34

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As the law company grew and prospered, the Aitken children–Darren, Christopher (born in 1969) and Ashleigh (born in 1975)–joined the law firm. And, as it turned out, their wives (Laurie–Darren’s spouse, Maureen–Christopher’s spouse, and Michael Penn–Ashleigh’s spouse) are lawyers as well. Wylie is a nationally-recognized trial lawyer and has received a myriad of honors, too many to mention here. However, listed as one of the “Top 100” lawyers in California and one of the “Top 30” plaintiff lawyers by the Daily Journal in a state of 264,074 practicing attorneys are two for which he is most proud. Appointed by Governors Schwarzenegger and Brown to serve a four-year term on the California Arts Council, finishing in 2015 as chair, was another. The Aitken story took a new turn when the young couple began their journey into philanthropy. “We were always passionate about the arts,” Wylie says. “Bette loved music and Broadway, and I loved theatre, having aspired at one time to be an actor. So, we got involved.” Getting involved is putting it mildly–not only making major monetary commitments, but giving of their time. Their arts support began with the Orange County Performing Arts Center (now Segerstrom Center for the Arts) as significant donors for its 1986 opening, where Wylie is a trustee and Bette is an Angels of the Arts member. Long-time South Coast Repertory subscribers, Wylie

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was board chair and Bette was a two-time gala chair and co-chair of the 50th anniversary gala. Wylie serves on the Marquette University Law School’s President’s Council and Advisory Board, and both of them supported Cal State Fullerton. Most recently, the couple supports The Chance Theatre, which houses the Bette Aitken theater arts Center in Anaheim. Education is another passion for this erudite couple. “The Muzeo” Anaheim Historical Museum, with Bette the 2006 founding gala chair and board member, is one, as is Chapman University, where Wylie is board of trustees chair and the two have chaired on two occasions the scholarship fundraiser Chapman Celebrates. Bette was committee co-chair for the opening of Chapman’s Musco Center for the Arts, and the Bette and Wylie Aitken Arts Plaza is named in their honor. Other Aitken philanthropic endeavors involve the PBS Masterpiece Trust, Laura’s House, Aitken Family Protection Center, Susan G. Komen, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric Aids Foundation and American Film Institute, among others. In closing, it seems this predestined couple, now married 54 years, is very happy with their lives. “We’re both very independent and strong-willed, but it works,” says Bette. “In the final analysis, we are always able to work out a compromise,” to which Wylie quips with a twinkle in his eye, “I say, ‘yes, dear.’” There is no dissension here. Clearly, the love showing on their faces for one another says it all. And, I’ll bet they can both wrap Christmas gifts to beat the band! February 2018 | Newport Beach Lifestyle

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BUSBOY TO

EXECUTIVE CHEF KEVIN MEYER DISHES UP

EXCEPTIONAL

CUISINE FOR A

WORTHY CAUSE

FEW OF US ARE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO HAVE OUR CAREER DESTINY MANIFESTED AT A YOUNG AGE. This is true of Kevin Meyer, the Executive Chef at Tanner's restaurant at the Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach. Meyer has an impressive background in leading the menu creation of several top-rated restaurants in Southern California. His education started at a young age in his Los Angeles neighborhood. Surrounded by restauNiman Ranch Pork Tomahawk, Apple Cider and Moonshine Brined, Pork Jus, Mango Chutney, Ash Roasted Okinawa Potatoes

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"The restaurants I worked in growing up helped me realize that my passion was to create something out of nothing (dishes from scratch),” Meyer says. “I was rewarded by the look of enjoyment on

Tanner's Executive Chef Kevin Meyer, Paséa Hotel & Spa, Huntington Beach/ Photo: Ana Launes

the faces of those I served." Meyer’s passion for advancing his culinary skills led to his enrollment in Pasadena’s famed Le Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts. Within a few months of attendance, he garnered an entry-level position working in a restaurant at The Ritz Carlton’s Pasadena location. He spent time there perfecting the routine tasks his co-workers disliked, making sure the most menial jobs were accomplished to perfection. His first position working at an upscale eatery was a fortuitous one for his future career path. Meyer graduated from Le Cordon Bleu and held various positions at exclusive restaurants, including six years at The Beverly Hills Hotel and an executive chef position at The Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica. While at The Huntley, Meyer developed relationships with farmers at the local market where he shopped twice weekly. With the restaurant's proximity to the ocean, he had access to fresh seafood, leading Meyer to create inspiring California cuisine dishes for his bustling clientele. Now  in his second year at Tanners, Meyer considers it his 'baby,' and he fully enjoys watching it grow and develop. The wood fire grill is the main attraction, and it's utilized in almost every dish on the menu. Cuisine delights include blackened fish tacos, tri-tip steak sandwiches and roasted salmon. The Southern California fresh cuisine fits seamlessly with the restaurant’s low-key vibe. It's a great place to gather with family and friends, with the bonus of having the ocean as your backdrop. For the second year in a row, Meyer will be featuring Tanner's cuisine at the upcoming Table for Ten annual fundraising event. During the evening, Meyer will be showcasing Tanner's menu by creating dishes tableside for attendees. Meyer loves being able to make a positive impact on the community by participating in such events while doing something he loves.

"I thank the Table for Ten organization for giving Tanner’s restaurant and myself the opportunity to give what we can to help those in need,” adds Meyer. For more information on the Table for Ten event and the opportunity to view Chef Kevin Meyer in culinary action, see below: A Culinary Experience you won’t want to miss! Southern California’s top Executive Chefs will compose masterpiece signature dishes prepared tableside for ten guests. At each table, chefs will create unique, awe-inspiring table designs, cuisine fit for royalty, exquisite wines perfectly paired with each course and five-star “white glove” service. The culinary extravaganza is Sunday, March 11, 2018, at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa. Benefitting charities: The Teen Project and Vocational Visions. TableForTen.org 38

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After 29 years as Newport Beach residents and 42

or a remodeled one, the challenges and goals are

years in business, the couple could not have imagined

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The couple feels blessed and honored with the privilege of becoming friends with their clients and building their dream homes. “It is so fulfilling to be introduced by our clients as ‘the builder’ to other friends and to hear the accolades and compliments. We have the joy of seeing their children grow up and the joy of their grandchildren being born. We have clients who we have built four homes for, all the way to the home they planned to retire in. We have clients that we have started with one member of the family and then built for other family members.” Hilton Builders has no favorite project. They put their heart and soul into every single one, no matter the size or style. The most attractive part of a project is the ability to create something new, innovative and uniquely special for each client. “Each client and each home are so different. It would be like trying to pick out a favorite snow-

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flake,” Patricia says. No matter how big or beautiful the home, everyone wants to gather in the kitchen. “Gone are the days where the kitchen was hidden away, and the lady of the house was shut away from the party,” Patricia states. She went on to outline how every remodel literally starts with opening the kitchen to flow seamlessly into the décor of the living spaces, making it more efficient and beautiful. Whether a brand new kitchen

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MORE THAN 800 CHAPMAN ALUMNI HAVE MARRIED AND MANY OTHERS ARE DATING

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Tom and Pat Elliott

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PAT ELLIOTT ’60 (M.A. ’74) AND TOM ELLIOTT ’60 Pat and Tom met on a blind date in 1957 while attending what was then Chapman College. Within weeks, Tom left for the U.S. Army and was stationed in Iceland. Daily letter writing kept the relationship alive. “You learn a lot about someone by corresponding by letters,” Pat says. A year WELL-LAUNCHED CAREERS, MEMORIES AND LIFE-

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More than 800 Chapman Sweetheart couples are married and countless others are dating. Some met before coming to Chapman where the romance blossomed, while for others, sparks ignited on campus in chemistry labs and on mock trial teams.

across the world together in 1962 and have been to 72 countries–and are still counting.

AMI GARVIN ’98 AND JEFF GARVIN ’98 Ami and Jeff met during Orientation Week at Chapman

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freshman and sophomore years but lost touch after breaking

piness and adventure.

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ARIANA BURRIS (JD ’09) JASON BURRIS ’02 (JD ’08)

Angeles to do “the film director/actor thing.” They ended up back in Orange County in 2006 as they were both going

Ariana and Jason met in law school at Chapman in 2007.

through divorces. A mutual friend invited them to a party, not

They kept their relationship a secret to avoid the “drama”

telling them the other was coming. “We both left the party

if discovered. But one night, as they left school together,

thinking, ‘Hmmm, something’s there,’” Jeff says. They were

their professor James Rogan, judge of the Superior Court of

married two years later and now have two children. They

California, spotted them and said, “Well, well, well. Are you

enjoy their creative lives together: “She’s a music teacher; I’m

two an item?” Ariana said he nodded in approval and walked

a writer and musician,” Jeff says. “There are musical instru-

away, “basically blessing” their relationship. The couple mar-

ments all over the house. It’s fun.” They also appreciate their

ried in 2012, welcomed daughter Cameron in 2016, and run

mutual love for Harry Potter. Jeff says, “One of my fatherhood

Burris Law in Orange–a firm staffed with many Chapman

highlights is reading Harry Potter to our son.”

interns and employees. “Running our firm has deepened and broadened our relationship,” Ariana says.

CHERYL MCNABB ’84 AND ALAN MCNABB ’84 Alan and Cheryl met when Alan turned around to Cheryl in

CHARLA DELACUADRA ’04 AND JEREMY DELACUADRA ’04 (M.A. ’10)

a science lab at Chapman, asking her what the professor was

Charla and Jeremy’s love story begins in middle school

talking about. She did not answer him. “I disliked him imme-

marching band. They began as close friends, dated in

diately,” she said. And yet, they were married five years later.

high school, and married eight years after college. They

They moved to Washington, D.C., where Alan went to medi-

both decided to attend Chapman for its music program.

cal school and Cheryl attended graduate school and worked

“I consider us to be very lucky to have grown in compli-

for the Environmental Protection Agency. Alan’s service in

mentary and parallel ways over our college years rather

the Air Force took them to Japan for three years, before they

than grown apart,” Charla says. Today, they live in Old

settled in the Sacramento area and had their two daughters,

Towne Orange. Jeremy enjoys his job as band director

Brenna and Tara. “The best ways to keep a marriage going

in the Santa Ana Unified School District, while Charla is

are riding a tandem bike together, putting Ikea furniture

catalog librarian and archivist at the Huntington Library

together and playing doubles tennis,” says Cheryl, laughing.

in San Marino. They perform with Symphony Irvine, where they both serve on the board of directors.

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2 UNIVERSITY SINGERS POST-TOUR CONCERT

Irvine is the perfect meal for loving cou-

merses visitors in a vibrant spread of tra-

ples. At this special Valentine’s Day event,

ditional cuisine, live entertainment, festive

the delectable four-course prix fixe dinner

games and customs to celebrate the New

comes with a complimentary glass of spar-

Year. Check website for times and ticket

kling rosé for each, while a live Spanish

prices. UVSA.org/Tet

Musco Center for the Arts

guitarist sets the romantic mood. Check

Chapman University's College of Performing

website for pricing, which excludes tax and

Arts (CoPA), presents its top choir, Universi-

gratuity. For reservations, call 949.225.670

ty Singers, with Stephen Coker conduct-

or visit website/HotelIrvine.com.

ing, performing an exciting concert featuring highlights from their Northern California and Nevada tour.  Contact the CoPA  Box Office hotline at 714.997.6624,  email at  COPATickets@Chapman.edu or see website MuscoCenter.org.

2 GORDON GOODWIN'S BIG PHAT BAND

15 GARY TAUBES AND "THE CASE AGAINST SUGAR"

like any you have ever seen. Check the website for times and ticket prices.

Times Magazine cover story, "What If It's

OCFair.com/Luzia

a contemporary, highly original sound

ar is the tobacco of the new millennium.

featuring Goodwin's witty, intricate and

Free admission–suggested donation $10.

hard-swinging compositions in a verita-

NBPLFoundation.org

ble grab bag of styles: Latin, blues, classi-

25 "THE GRAY EVENT" GALA RECEPTION AND DINNER

Café Jardin, Sherman Library & Gardens

15-18 NEWPORT BEACH JAZZ PARTY & BIG BAND BLOWOUT!

The Gray Event is an evening of food, wine and entertainment to raise funds and awareness for the rescue and care of Asian elephants. Spearheaded by Chef Pascal Olhats, tickets to the Gray

Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa

Reception (4:30 p.m.) and Gray Dinner

Attention, jazz lovers AND big band

(6 p.m.) are $250. Reception only is $125.

lovers. This year's 18th Annual Newport

Check the website for details for both

Beach Jazz Party will feature a big band

events. TheGrayEvent.org

Musco Center for the Arts

closing each of the four nights. Also, in

Chapman graduates all, John Nuzzo, Vale

addition to the Saturday and Sunday

Rideout and Bruce Sledge, have built in-

Champagne Jazz Brunch, daily evening

ternational careers since they studied mu-

concerts will take place in the Marriott's

sic at Chapman. They return for one eve-

Grand Pacific Ballroom, plus afternoon

ning with some of the greatest love songs

sessions on the grounds of the resort.

ever written–sharing their gifts of melody,

WestCoastJazzParty.com

talent and stagecraft. Bring someone you

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beginning Feb. 21, will feature water inside

which came from his 2002 New York

that makes the convincing case that sug-

VALENTINE'S DAY AT EATS KITCHEN & BAR

five shows slated through 2028. LUZIA,

larger than life props in a production un-

a groundbreaking, eye-opening expose

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Cirque du Soleil for the next 10 years, with

latest book, The Case Against Sugar,

tradition into the new millennium with

love! MuscoCenter.org

The OC Fair & Event Center is home for

Gary Taubes will be speaking about his

The Big Phat Band takes the big band

A THREE-TENOR VALENTINE: JOHN NUZZO, VALE RIDEOUT AND BRUCE SLEDGE

OC Fair & Event Center

the Big Top, with jaw-dropping acts and

All Been a Big Fat Lie?" His new book is

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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL–"LUZIA"

Newport Beach Central Library

Irvine Barclay Theatre

cal, rock, and more. TheBarclay.org

FEB 21–MAR 18

FEB 27–MAR 11 RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S "THE KING AND I" Segerstrom Hall,

Segerstrom Center for the Arts

16-18 TET FESTIVAL

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein's finest works, The King and I boasts a score with many beloved classics. Set in 1860's Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the

OC Fair & Event Center

King of Siam and British schoolteacher

Tet is the most observed holiday within

Anna Leonowens, when he brings her to

Vietnamese culture, celebrating the Lunar

Siam to teach his many wives and chil-

Hotel Irvine

New Year, the beginning of spring, and a

dren. Winner of the 2015 Tony Award® for

Dinner at EATS Kitchen & Bar at Hotel

fresh start. The three-day weekend im-

Best Musical Revival. SCFTA.org

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PARTING THOUGHTS

IncrediblySweet Indulgences ARTICLE DEIRDRE MICHALSKI

AS WE APPROACH VALENTINE’S WEEK AND ALL THINGS DELICIOUS, I AM PLEASED TO SHARE WITH YOU SOME OF THE BEST HOMEMADE SWEETS AVAILABLE LOCALLY. These three entrepreneurs are “best of class” in confections and baking. I know each one of them personally, which makes this extra-sweet.

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AMY JO PEDONE–

BETSY THAGARD-

ELYSSA FOURNIER-

FOUNDER OF

FOUNDER OF

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OF MIXED BAKERY

Here was my first impression of Amy

After years of passionate experiment-

Elyssa was a Pastry Chef in New

Jo…“Amy Jo is one part entrepreneur,

ing to create a toffee that would combine

York before heading west with her tal-

another part scientist, and a dash of just

only the finest, Newport Beach resident

ented chef husband. She comes by this

plain adorable!” She is a Certified Master

Betsy Thagard created the perfect tof-

honestly, as both her grandfather and

Chocolatier and has won numerous

fee, B. toffee. It is an elegant balance of

great-grandfather were also bakers. She

awards. For Valentine’s, Amy Jo will show-

crunchy and buttery goodness. Family

just won the 2017 Pastry Chef of the Year

case her decadent 2018 Collection. For

and friends urged her to introduce it to

at the Golden Foodie Awards. Elyssa cre-

Him: The Bourbon Bar-dark chocolate

the world. Today, B. toffee is growing

ates flavorful and memorable treats from

encasing a rich milk chocolate ganache

nationwide, with premiere placement in

her Corona del Mar kitchen. Everything is

infused with heady oak notes of bourbon.

gourmet markets and specialty stores.

baked to order from scratch using the fin-

For Her: The Heart-an edible chocolate

She has many awards, including the

est ingredients. She makes cookies, bars,

heart jewel box with a six-piece assortment

“Official Toffee” at The Golden Foodie

scones, muffins, breads, tarts, cakes and

of chocolates and confections inside. Our

Awards. Her signature canisters are

brownies. This Linzer Heart Cookie says

favorites: I am partial to her Limoncello

see-through, and the product is avail-

it all for Valentines! My favorite is her

Bonbons, which melt in your mouth, and

able in various sizes. My favorite is her

apple pie, which was the most popular

my husband’s favorite is the Tartaruga

custom gift boxes with matching ribbon

item on our dessert table at Christmas.

(turtle in Italian), a chewy caramel with

for weddings, showers and corporate

Ordering: Mixed-Bakery.com for a list

roasted Georgia pecans and a dark choc-

events. Ordering: Website: BToffee.com

of sweet creations. To actually order,

olate shell. Ordering: Customers can visit

or call 1.844.eat.btoffee.

Elyssa prefers customers call her directly

her website at ValenzaChocolatier.com.

at 949.903.BAKE (2253) or email her at

Orders can be shipped or picked up in

Elyssa@Mixed-Bakery.com.

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