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Holiday Pairings!


Turn to UC Irvine to help with the holiday season. Its extension class in wine education called “Holiday Pairing of Food and Wine” can make your feast and holiday parties even more memorable. The two-session course beginning Monday, Nov. 7 from 7 to 10 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 14 from 7 to 10 p.m. teaches you how to choose wines for your holiday meals. Learn about the options in pairing domestic, international and sparkling wines with foods normally served at home or at a party. Find out more about the course here.

For more information, contact Stephanie Fix, at 949.824.0325.

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CHOC Follies!


Here’s your chance to perform live on stage while raising funds for Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Auditions for CHOC Follies are underway Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. CHOC Follies 15th annual original musical is called “Christina and the Crystal Ball, a Cinderella Story for the Social Net Set.” It’s a modern spoof on the classic fairy tale.

Since its inception in 1997, CHOC Follies has netted more than $5 million dollars for the hospital.

Cast members don’t have to have singing and dancing experience. Auditions will be at The Island Hotel (free valet parking) at 690 Newport Center Drive in Newport Beach.

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Walk with Me!


You can help find a cure for type 1 diabetes. On Sunday, Nov. 6,  I will be walking at UC Irvine along with more than 5,000 people in Orange County and a half million nationwide to raise funding for research in the fight against type 1 diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is not caused by obesity, overeating or a lack of exercise; it is an autoimmune disease that can strike anyone at anytime. Insulin keeps people with type 1 diabetes alive, but it is not a cure. Fatal complications caused by the disease include kidney failure, blindness, amputation, heart attack, and stroke. Children and adults with juvenile diabetes and their families are in a constant struggle to manage blood-sugar levels with six or more daily finger pricks to test blood, multiple insulin injections each day, and careful monitoring of exercise and food intake.

My son Tristan was diagnosed six years ago at 14 years old. Just to stay alive, he has given himself more than 13,140 shots of insulin since he was diagnosed.   

The good news is that a cure for type 1 diabetes is within reach. Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is  funding most major scientific breakthroughs in T1D research, and there have been many. JDRF funds a major portion of all type 1 diabetes research worldwide, more than any other charity. By making a tax deductible donation, you can be a part of bringing about a cure. Each of us can make a real difference.

Your contribution, no matter how small, can make a difference.

It’s easy to sponsor me in the Walk. Just hold down the control button and right click on this link to make a donation online. If you would like to contribute by check, just make it out to JDRF, write my name on the memo line and mail it to JDRF at 17992 Mitchell South, Suite 100 Irvine, CA 92614.

Or please join me at the Walk. In addition to the amazing foods at the Walk, you can continue support JDRF”S restaurant fundraiser. Seven local restaurants near UC Irvine including Wahoo's Fish Tacos, Pei Wei, Cha for Tea, Five Guys Burger, Daphne's, Freshii and California Pizza Kitchen will be donating a percentage of proceeds to JDRF between the hours of noon to 5 pm. Flyers will be passed out at the Walk.

For more information, visit

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Spooky Sale


Take a little time for yourself this weekend and visit the pre hallow's eve sale at Fetneh Blake Red

From only 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Sunday, the fashionista's secret spot on Pacific Coast Highway is having a spooky sale with 30% to 40% off incredible fashions.

While the kids are filling their pillow cases with nugget, caramel and butterscotch, head on over to Fetneh Blake and arm yourself with a mimosa and a mask. Some items will be marked trick and others treat so shop if you dare!

RSVP to reserve your spot by emailing

Fetneh Blake Red is located att 1476 South Coast Highway in Laguna Beach.


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