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Zonta and Lunafest: Connecting Women Through Film and Philanthropy

Posted by: Terry Winkler
Posted on: Sunday, Mar 29, 2015

The Newport Harbor chapter of Zonta International hosts their annual Orange County LUNAFEST fundraiser Saturday, April 25th at Chapman University.   


It's a traveling film festival of award-winning short films by, for and about women. This season, the program of eight films - filled with stories of reflection, hope and humor - will travel to over 150 cities and screen in front of 25,000 people. Each year, various organizations bring LUNAFESTs to their communities and raise funds for their local non-profits as well as their main beneficiary - Breast Cancer Fund

This will be a wonderful afternoon outing with your significant other and family.  Or, with Mother's Day approaching, it might be a treat for your mom or other special women in your life.  For the first time this event is being held on the Chapman University campus in Orange at the world-class Marion Knott Film Studios.  There are plenty of great options for dinner nearby if you'd like to make a day of it!



What's Zonta?

It's a worldwide organization of professionals working to empower all women through service and advocacy.  The Newport chapter recently helped create a "soft room" at the Costa Mesa police station used for victims of domestic abuse or human trafficking when they're talking to investigators.  New transitional housing units in Anaheim for homeless women and their children were also established.    Other local service projects include working with school children, human trafficking organizations, police departments, homeless women, seniors, teachers, and veterans.   If you're looking for an opportunity to be "hands-on" in meaningful projects that make a real difference, please check out our local Zonta chapter

Where?  Chapman University, 283 North Cypress Street, Orange, CA 92866

When?  Saturday, April 25th at 3pm.

Buy tickets here:   $15  Students   $35 Adults

For more information: (714) 549-4751

Filed In: Dining

Only in Irvine: Burntzilla Modern Eats

Posted by: Ellen Bell
Posted on: Monday, Mar 23, 2015

On Sunday, March 29, Irvine will celebrate the Grand Opening of its newest, fun-food offering, Burntzilla Modern Eats in the Walnut Village Center. The restaurant may be new to the neighborhood, but the food is very familiar to local food truck fans, who have been enjoying the gourmet sliders and specialty hot dog treats for years. 

Burntzilla is a blend of two food truck operations, The Burnt Truck and Dogzilla, which were early success stories in the local food truck revolution. Both trucks offer comfort food with a twist, blending classic American fast food fare with a unexpected flavors, all from a mobile scratch kitchen where everything but the Kings Hawaiian rolls are house-made. Over the years, the food trucks have built a loyal group of fans who follow the trucks all over Orange County.

Now, these food truck favorites can be found every day at Burntzilla Modern Eats, near the corner of Culver and Walnut in Irvine.


The menu features "mini" sliders and hot dogs, and although they may appear to be a smaller sampling, each dish explodes with flavor.

Sure, you can order a cheeseburger slider, but you can also try a buttermilk fried chicken slider with garlic mashed potatoes and gravy or a fried mozzarella slider topped with basil aioli and tomato jam.


Forget ketchup and mustard. The popular Dogzilla beef frank is topped with avocado, grilled onion, japanese mayo, teriyaki, furikake and bacon.

A side of Carne Asada Tots and a glass of Strawberry Ice Tea round out the meal nicely. Of course, there's always room for a Mini Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cookie for dessert...


When co-owner Minh Pham and his partners chose the location for Burntzilla Modern Eats, the decision was easy.    After all, there's no place like home.

Pham, Paul Cao and Phi Nguyen all grew up in Irvine and have been friends since childhood. In fact, Burntzilla is located in the space formerly occupied by Golden Spoon Yogurt, a favorite bike destination when they were kids.

"My family lived in The Colony only a few blocks from here, and Paul and I both went to College Park Elementary School," said Pham, who attended local schools from kindergarten through UC Irvine. 

"I love the fact that we are able to do something here. Irvine is our home."

14413 Culver Drive
Walnut Village Plaza

Personalized Menswear Shopping at Bonobos Guideshop Fashion Island

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015

Bonobos has eased the frustration and struggle of shopping for menwear by providing an un-matched and unique shopping experience to find well-fitting clothes. Bonobos recently opened their fifth Californian Guideshop in Newport Beach at the Fashion Island Shopping Center a few minutes from Irvine; offering a fantastic selection of casual and dressy men's clothing. I got the chance to stop in last week and enjoyed looking through the variety of styles available to men and not to mention the impeccable fit each customer will receive. The fit guides at the Guideshop are very knowledgable and can help you find a staple for your wardrobe, or a trendier (but won't go out of style) piece like a printed chino or shirt. So what makes a Bonobos Guideshop different from any other mens wear store?

The Bonobos Guideshop brings Bonobos' personalized and comprehensive shopping experience to life with a physical e-commerce store. The brick-and-mortar Guideshop offers men the opportunity to look, feel and try on current collections from Bonobos before purchasing, guided throughout the process by a skilled Bonobos Guide.

Once fit for style and size, customers can make a purchase at while at the Guideshop, through help from a Guide, or later at home. Sizing + order information is saved to an online customer profile for easy access later, and product arrives (with free shipping + returns!) 1-5 days after the order is placed.

How the Guideshop Works:

· Make an appointment for a one-on-one fitting with a Bonobos Guide at; walk-in appointments are also welcome

· Once you're fit, check out at either during your Guideshop appointment, with the help of a Guide, or place your order at home later

· Shipping is free and items are delivered to your doorstep in 2-5 days

· Bonobos offers easy returns (free return shipping) and guarantees 100% customer satisfaction

Bonobos Guideshop - Fashion Island, Newport Beach

1057 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Mon-Fri: 10:00am - 9:00pm
Sat: 10:00am - 7:00pm
Sun: 11:00am to 6:00pm

*Faces the Nordstrom Courtyard

WIN TICKETS to Irvine Park Railroad's Easter Eggstravaganza

Posted by: Sharlene Earnshaw
Posted on: Monday, Mar 02, 2015

  Irvine Park Railroad Eggtravaganza

Hippity Hoppity Choo Choo! Once again, the Easter Bunny has arrived by train to Irvine Regional Park, a favorite outdoor destination for kids across Orange County, kicking off its annual Easter Eggstravaganza. Plenty of Easter-themed fun, from egg hunts to carnival games, can experienced daily March 14 through April 14th, 2015. Scroll down to find our giveaway details.

Kids have a blast at this experienced this Orange County tradition which takes place on a tree-shaded grass area near the Irvine Railroad Train Station. In addition to the classic train ride on the park's 1/3 scale train, kids can enjoy fun activities such as hay rides, decorating Easter-themed cookies, face painting, carnival games, bounce houses, and photos with the Easter Bunny (coupon here).

Irvine Park Railroad 

For many children, the biggest highlights of the Eggstravanza are the egg hunts which begin daily at 10am and continue on the half hour through 4:30pm. Tickets for the hunts, as well as the many activities at the Eggstravganza, are available for purchase at the Irvine Railroad ticket counter (a little yellow shack behind the train station) which can be exchanged for wrist bands denoting the time of your child's hunt. Hunts are broken up into age groups so the little tots don't have to compete with the bigger kids (up to age 12) to find plastic eggs filled with candy and prizes. The egg hunts are very popular so plan on arriving early, especially on weekends.   

Irvine Regional Park 

Beyond the Eggstravagnza,. Irvine Regional Park offers a multitude of activities to be enjoyed on the park's 477 acres. Popular activities include hiking, playing on fields and playgrounds, horseback and pony rides, water bikes, surrey bike rentals, and visiting the Orange County Zoo.  Be sure to pack a picnic in order experience the park as it has been enjoyed by generations, first beginning with the German colonists that settled in Anaheim back in 1857. 

 Irvine Park

If you happen upon Irvine Park during fall or winter, be sure to come back with the kids to experience the Pumpkin Patch and Christmas Train. Both events have become Orange Country classics, with train rides always serving as event centerpieces. The pumpkin patch features hay rides, john deer tractor racers for the little ones, and of course, plenty of pumpkins. For Christmas, children depart from the station lit in holiday lights as they head to the North Pole for pictures and a visit with Santa before heading back through the magical tunnel of lights. All seasonal events are first-rate but with Southern California's dreamy weather and the park's natural beauty as well as a multitude of activities to enjoy, there is no bad time to visit.



· 4 Tickets (which can be used to ride the train OR participate in Easter Eggstravaganza activities)

· 1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park deuce coupe bike rental

· 1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park paddle boat rental

The approximate value of this prize package is $55.00.

To enter:  Simply leave a comment telling us what your family is most interested in experiencing at Irvine Park. Please include your email address so that we can contact you should you win. If you feel uncomfortable leaving your email address in the comments, simply email your entry to with "Easter Irvine Park Giveaway" in the subject line. 

Giveaway runs March 2-8, 2015. Giveaway closes at 8pm on March 8, 2015. Winner will be picked at random and notified via email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email with mailing information so that the tickets can be sent out. If the winner doesn't respond within the 48 hour window, another winner will be selected at random. 


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