American Legion Post 291 Centennial Celebration Set for July 4th Holiday Weekend

June 22, 2024

American Legion Post 291, a steadfast supporter of veterans in Newport Beach and surrounding areas, announces its centennial celebration, marking 100 years of dedicated service to local veterans.

Established on April 24, 1924, Post 291 has been a beacon of camaraderie, advocacy, and essential resources for those who have served the nation. For the past century, the Post has fostered a sense of belonging among veterans, championed their rights at all levels of government, and raised awareness of their unique challenges.

The centennial celebration will take place over the July 4th holiday weekend, from July 4th to July 6th, featuring a variety of community events and activities.

July 4th – Pancakes, Bands, and Boat Parade

The festivities will commence on Thursday, July 4th, with a public Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., offering pancakes, sausage, bacon, hashbrowns, toast, coffee, orange juice, and a Mimosa for $12. Throughout the day, live music performances by bands such as "M Street," "The Beat 5," and headliner "Young Guns," an international country rock band, will entertain attendees. The boat parade, themed “100 Boats for 100 Years,” with Mayor Will O’Neill as Grand Marshal, will begin at 1 p.m. The day will also feature a silent auction with items like sports memorabilia, Hollywood collectibles, travel experiences, limited edition art, and fashion jewelry. Food and drink prices will be $5 for 2 tacos, $5 for 2 hot dogs, $5 for a hamburger, and $5 for beer and wine.

July 5th – Family Day and Gala

On Friday, July 5th, the celebration will continue with Family Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring live entertainment and family-friendly activities. In the evening, the American Legion Post 291 Gala, a black-tie event, will take place from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Guests, including local and state officials, will deliver proclamations and resolutions, and there will be a Time Capsule ceremony and a post-history presentation video. RSVPs for the Gala can be made by calling (949) 673-5070 x1100.

July 6th – Food, Music, and Auction

The celebration will conclude on Saturday, July 6th, with a day filled with live music, delicious food, and a continuation of the silent auction. From 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., breakfast will be available for $10.00. From 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., food and drink prices will again be $5 for 2 tacos, $5 for 2 hot dogs, $5 for a hamburger, and $5 for beer and wine. The silent auction will feature items like sports memorabilia, Hollywood collectibles, travel experiences, limited edition art, and fashion jewelry.

This momentous occasion invites the community to join in celebrating a century of service and support for veterans at American Legion Post 291.

Throughout the celebration, commemorative items such as t-shirts, cups, and posters will be available for purchase, allowing attendees to take home a piece of this historic event.

For more information about American Legion Post 291 and its centennial celebration, including event details and programs, please visit


Sessions West Coast Deli Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary with Specials and Film Premiere

June 21, 2024

Sessions West Coast Deli, known for its chef-crafted sandwiches at six locations throughout Orange County, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a week of specials culminating in the premiere of its feature film, Baja Sessions. Starting Monday, June 24, and running through Friday, June 28, Sessions will offer one of its best-selling sandwiches for $10 each day. 

The celebration concludes with the worldwide premiere of the Baja Sessions surf film at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, at Ancillary Studios in Costa Mesa, followed by an afterparty at Sessions’ South Coast Plaza location.

Since its inception in 2014 in a modest space on Newport Beach’s iconic peninsula, Sessions West Coast Deli has redefined the neighborhood sandwich shop. Its chef-driven menu, featuring premium ingredients, quickly gained national attention. Sessions’ award-winning sandwiches are known for their vibrant, seasonal ingredients and complex flavors, elevating the gourmet deli experience.

From Monday, June 24 to Friday, June 28, Sessions will offer one of its most popular sandwiches each day, along with its noted Shaka Spuds, for only $10 in honor of its 10-year milestone:

  • Monday, June 24: GOODMOTHER – Genoa salami, country ham, lemon ricotta, shaved red onion, cherry pepper, parmesan, baby gem lettuce, herb vinaigrette, ciabatta.
  • Tuesday, June 25: YOGI – Chicken, avocado, basil pesto, cucumber, marinated tomato, arugula, French roll.
  • Wednesday, June 26: MEDDOCK MELEE – Chicken, jalapeño jack, avocado, sprouts, marinated tomato, cherry pepper, adobo buttermilk, squaw.
  • Thursday, June 27: BIG TUNA MELT – Dill albacore tuna salad, Swiss, garlic pickle, sriracha aioli, rustic Italian.
  • Friday, June 28: SUMMER ZEPHYR (Sandwich of the Year) – Fresh mozzarella, marinated tomato, pickled onion, basil aioli, arugula, balsamic reduction, French roll.

Earlier this year, Sessions West Coast Deli partnered with Costa Coffee to follow the Sessions Surf Team, ten professional surfers from Orange County, on their journey to Baja, Mexico. Their shared experiences formed the basis of Baja Sessions, a film made for Fuel TV. The public is invited to attend the worldwide premiere of Baja Sessions at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, at Ancillary Studios in Costa Mesa. Following the film’s debut, the surfers-turned-movie stars will be celebrated at an afterparty on the newly remodeled patio at the nearby Sessions South Coast Plaza.

While there is no cost to attend the screening of Baja Sessions on Saturday, June 29, seats are limited and guests must reserve theirs at


The Ranch at Laguna Beach’s 2024 Summer Programming

June 20, 2024

As the summer season approaches, The Ranch at Laguna Beach, a boutique coastal resort located in the scenic hills of Laguna Beach, California, is excited to unveil its new and exhilarating summer programming. Discover an idyllic summer retreat at The Ranch, where the natural beauty of the Aliso Canyon mountains meets luxurious yet heartfelt hometown hospitality. The 2024 summer lineup includes activities that celebrate the quintessential California summer lifestyle, offering unforgettable experiences from new farm-to-table dining to Laguna-style golf.

Here are the details of the 2024 summer activations at The Ranch:

Outdoor Adventures and Nature Exploration

Guests can immerse themselves in nature through various outdoor activities and guided tours:

  • Farm Tour: Join Farmer Leo every Thursday for a tour of Scout Camp and the Garden. Taste the season’s harvest and learn about sustainable farming practices at the property's ½ acre biodynamic farm.
  • Stargazing: Enjoy clear night skies away from city lights every Friday with The Ranch’s master astronomer.
  • Birds of Prey: Learn about hawks and owls from the OC Birds of Prey Center every Saturday.

Summertime Dining on the Coast

Experience The Ranch’s oceanfront dining options:

  • Lost Pier Café: Located on Aliso Beach, offering locally-sourced California cuisine.
  • Young’s Beach Shack: A new addition at Salt Creek Beach, serving beach favorites like breakfast burritos and Balboa Bars.

Exclusive Guest Experiences

Tailored activities for guests to connect with the local culture:

  • Cultural Experiences: For explorers looking to capture the charm and heritage of Laguna Beach, cultural experiences like The Shaper and The Painter immerse travelers into the California spirit. Guests meet with expert local surfboard shaper Gary Larson and build their imagined short or longboard. During The Painter experience, guests lunch with a local legend and painter, visit his studio, and take an oceanfront, plein-air art class.
  • Junior Explorers Camp: Engaging nature activities for kids ages 6-12, including a Garden Party, Artists Summit, Canyon Creatures, and Aviation Adventure.
  • Fitness Classes: Complimentary high-intensity interval training and restorative yoga classes are available every weekend for guests.

Golf and Wellness

  • Golf: Enjoy a round on the 9-hole course set within the dramatic canyons, offering stunning views and a private playing experience.
  • Spa: Relax at the Sycamore Spa by Hudson with customized treatments such as the Beach Recovery Body Treatment and a session in the infrared sauna.

Evening Activities

Unwind with live music, fire pits, and fine dining:

  • Harvest Restaurant: Enjoy a newly released summer menu at Harvest, the farm-to-table culinary concept certified as an ‘Ocean Friendly Restaurant’ by the Surfrider Foundation.
  • Live Music and Fire Pits: Enjoy live music every evening and reserve a fire pit for a cozy end to the day.

New This Summer

The Ranch is thrilled to announce the addition of Harvest's new summer menu, launched last week. A highlight is the Strawberry Balm Spring Tea, featuring fresh lemon balm and lemon peel grown just yards away at Harvest’s farm. These ingredients are blended with Oolong leaves sourced by tea sommelier Lan Zentil and scented with berry essence to craft a delightful summer farm-to-cup experience.

31106 Coast Highway in Laguna Beach. 888.316.0959.

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