San Diego Opera

Photography by Carol Sonstein

“A Night in the Woods,” San Diego Opera’s 2020 Lover’s Ball honored Carol Lazier’s contributions to the San Diego community and featured a performance of cabaret songs by world-renowned soprano Patricia Racette. The event, held at the Pendry San Diego, was an elegant affair inspired by the company’s production of Hansel and Gretel. Categories: On The Scene

Tea by the Sea

Photography by Carol Sonstein

For the sixth year in a row, St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center partnered with the Marine Room for Tea by the Sea. This year’s event, with delectable food, a silent auction, live music and ocean views, benefited SMSC’s Sophie’s Gallery and celebrated its new location in El Cajon. Categories: On The Scene

Mainly Mozart

Photography by Vincent Andrunas

Mainly Mozart’s fundraisers included an Angel Party featuring entertainment by vocalist Roman Palacios accompanied on piano by Tommy Gannon, and a drawing for Dom Perignon Champagne. The bash was followed the next evening by the “Mad About Mozart” gala. Guests enjoyed strolling violinists at dinner along with a live auction and a concert by Zachary de Pue on violin, Nate…

Jewish Family Services

Photography by Vincent Andrunas

Guests enjoyed the Tony Award-winning musical, Dear Evan Hansen, along with a before-the-show VIP dinner with the cast at this year’s Jewish Family Services’ fundraiser. The lively cast-panel discussion took place at The Westgate Hotel after which the play was viewed at the Civic Center. Categories: On The Scene

Culture & Cocktails

Photography by Carol Sonstein

Party goers at The San Diego Museum of Art’s Culture & Cocktails event got a sneak preview of works from all five of the Spanish masters represented on the museum building’s façade: Diego Veláquez, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Francisco de Zurbarán, Jusepe de Ribera and El Greco. The event, themed Angels and Saints after the Museum’s exhibition Art & Empire: The…

Global Casino Night

Photography by Vincent Andrunas

Water4Life Global invited guests to take a chance and enjoy its first annual Casino Night Under the Stars fundraiser to help reach a $100,000 goal. Guests played blackjack and roulette while sipping wine and cocktails and tasting yummy foods to bring in the sum needed to deliver clean water filters to villages in Guatemala. Categories: On The Scene

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

Photography by Vincent Andrunas

As one of San Diego’s long-standing traditions, fashion-forward trendsetters came dressed to the nines—from head to toe—for Opening Day at Del Mar and fans with extravagant headpieces competed for more than $5,000 in prizes in the Opening Day Hats Contest. Categories: On The Scene

Masterpiece in Morocco

Photography by Vincent Andrunas

The Patrons of the Prado summer benefit gala went Moroccan to benefit 10 Balboa Park arts, science and culture organizations. Set in the crown jewel of San Diego—Balboa Park— at the iconic Spreckels Organ Pavilion, the event included sunset cocktails, a catered dinner and music provided by The Mighty Untouchables. Categories: On The Scene

5 Easy-Growing Colorful Flowers

Out favorite simple-care flowers to get you growing

Looking to add color to your garden? Whether you’re redoing a plot in your yard or starting from scratch in a barren landscape, there are a few simple-care flowers to get you growing. Here’s our roundup—and a gallery—of some easy options to add colorful flowers to your garden through as many seasons as possible! Marigolds So yellow they named a…

USO Stars & Stripes Gala

Photography by Vincent Andrunas

  “Stand Up For Liberty” celebrated the strong, enduring relationship between San Diego and its Armed Forces. Guests of the 78th annual gala were inspired by San Diego service members as they shared their experiences. The event honored Ernest Rady, who received the American Eagle Award, and Gary Sinise, who was given the Patriot Award. Categories: On The Scene

Yacht Party

Photography by Arlene Ibarra

Explorer Vessel, Pacific Provider, has had adventures in Alaska and the Sea of Cortez and now in San Diego with a yacht party benefiting Rady’s Children’s Hospital and the Padres Foundation. Guests watched the sunset from the top deck while enjoying complimentary drinks, bites and entertainment. Categories: On The Scene

Candlelight Soiree

Photography by Carol Sonstein

Guests mixed and mingled with other garden enthusiasts at an intimate garden soiree where sipping wine, nibbling hors d’oeuvres and listening to music was all part of the fun. But enjoying it by candlelight made this kick-off for the La Jolla Historical Society’s 2019 Secret Garden Tour, an event sponsored by San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles, even more fun—and enchanting. Categories:…

Dine for Design

Photography by Vincent Andrunas

Table displays by some of Southern California’s top interior designers wowed guests at this year’s Dine for Design cocktail reception. The fundraiser for Savvy Giving by Design was held at DuChateau’s new showroom and included a cooking demonstration, sweet treats, a wine tasting, cocktails, tasty bites and a silent auction. Categories: On The Scene

Start a Simple Kitchen Garden Now

Our green-thumb guide to a kitchen-ready backyard transformation

Kait Schulhof of A Clean Bee works in her new kitchen garden. Photo by Gary Payne. Now that I am the ripe age of 31, many of my friends are getting “settled”—marrying, having kids and buying homes. Because I’m known as the “plant guy,” I get a lot of questions about setting up their backyard gardens. One of my childhood…

Seal Family Foundation

Photography by Carol Sonstein

The Families First San Diego Dinner Gala and Annual Fundraiser honored the legacy of service for fallen SEAL heroes and served as an acknowledgement for the sacrifices made by the active duty Naval Special Warfare community and their families. The event, held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, included a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, dinner and an evening program…


Photography by Carol Sonstein

New PATH’s two decades of dedication was something to celebrate at its gala held at the Hyatt Mission Bay. The 20th anniversary bash featured an auction, dinner, awards ceremony and musical entertainment and benefited PATH’s efforts to increase access to therapeutic treatment and recovery services for substance-use disorders. Categories: On The Scene

Bags & Baubles

Photography by Vincent Andrunas

Guests shopped for a cause while enjoying a fantastic day with fellow fashion-minded animal lovers at FACE Foundation’s annual Bags & Baubles. Held at the estate of Cini and Ira Robb, the event’s proceeds of more than $138,000 benefited families whose pets need life-saving veterinary care. Categories: On The Scene

Art of Fashion

Photography by Vincent Andrunas

Neiman Marcus’ spring fashion hit the runway at its Fashion Valley location to support the Patrons of the Prado Bucks4Buses Program. The annual fashion presentation began with a champagne reception and included Neiman Marcus buyer Lori Caplin’s commentary “Confessions of a Buyer” along with the fashion show. Categories: On The Scene

Scripps Mercy Ball

Photography by Bob Ross and Carol Sonstein

Scripps leaders, physicians, donors and community volunteers gathered for an evening of dining and dancing at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in downtown San Diego for Scripps 47th Annual Mercy Ball. The event raised $2.5 million to help fund the construction of the Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center, which will provide the latest in treatments, research and clinical trials, and other…

Celebrating Couture 2019

Photography by Carol Sonstein

Guests of the Globe Guilders’ annual fashion show and luncheon were greeted with a sunlit champagne reception in the glass-enclosed Vicino Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine. Neiman Marcus produced a special treat with a West Coast debut viewing of Marchesa’s 2019 fall couture collection. Categories: On The Scene

Apollo 9 50th Anniversary

Photography by Vincent Andrunas

Apollo 9 crew members—commander James McDivitt, command module pilot David Scott and lunar module pilot Rusty Schweickart—as well as many other Apollo VIPs were on board to honor the 50th anniversary celebration of Apollo 9. The event, which took place at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, kicked off a year-long commemoration. Categories: On The Scene

Cocktails and Conversation with Thom Filicia

Photography by Jenny Siegwart

  Thom Filicia with the Designers Resource Collection (DRC) San Diego team Designers Resource Collection, the West Coast’s largest collection of interior design trade showrooms, proudly hosted a VIP event with famed interior designer and entrepreneur Thom Filicia. Guests enjoyed a guided conversation with Thom, who shared candid details from his career and discussed his sources of inspiration. Several pieces…

Go Red for Women

Joan Embery, Robin Tharp Nordhoff and Nikki Clay were celebrated as Legendary Women of the Heart inductees at this year’s Go Red For Women Luncheon. Held at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, the event raised awareness of heart disease in women and generated funds to support education and research. Categories: On The Scene

Lover’s Ball

Photography by Vincent Andrunas

The artwork of Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso inspired the color palette of The San Diego Opera Lover’s Ball, an elegant affair held at the US Grant Hotel. The gala event celebrated love in all its many forms and honored Lee and Frank Goldberg for their generous contributions to the community. Categories: On The Scene


Photography by Vincent Andrunas

A major donation of $100,000, announced by UCSD Chancellor Pradeep Khosla, was the highlight of the Visual and Performing Arts Foundation’s inaugural Spotlight fundraiser. A deluge of rain did not stop supporters of arts education for San Diego Unified School District students from attending the event held at the University Club’s Symphony Towers. Categories: On The Scene

Glitter in the Air

Photography by Vincent Andrunas

The Charity Ball, a vital part of Rady Children’s Hospital since its establishment in 1954, was presented with the Thomas F. Carter Leadership award during Glitter in the Air, its 110th gala. The black-tie ball was held at the historic Hotel Del Coronado in support of the Copley Psychiatric Emergency Department—one of the first departments of its kind—and affiliated programs….

Human Dignity Award Breakfast

Photography by Vincent Andrunas

The YMCA was honored to have Azim Khamisa and Ples Felix accepting the 2019 Human Dignity Award on behalf of the Tarique Khamisa Foundation during the 34th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Dignity Award breakfast. The foundation was born after 20-year-old Tariq was killed by 14-year-old gang member, Tony Hicks. Tariq’s father Azim reached out to Hick’s grandfather,…

Discovery Night

Photography by Carol Sonstein

Guests joined members of high-tech and biotech communities for Discovery Night, an evening of networking, cocktails at the University Club atop Symphony Towers and an historic San Diego Symphony concert featuring Rafael Payare, the Symphony’s music director designate. Categories: On The Scene

Tea by the Sea

Photography by Carol Sonstein

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC) partnered with The Marine Room to host Tea by the Sea, a benefit that brought in more than $19,000 for SMSC’s art program. During the event, guests were treated to complimentary champagne, a signature cocktail, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, live music and a visit from executive chef Bernard Guillas. Categories: On The Scene

Noche Española

Photography by Vincent Andrunas

San Diego Opera’s production of Bizet’s Carmen inspired this special evening of Spanish culture hosted by Veronica Leff, Diana Lombrozo and Karla Espinoza. Guests enjoyed excerpts from Carmen and flamenco dance by Reyes Barrios as well as tapas, paella, flan and fine wines from the Valle de Guadalupe and Ensenada. Categories: On The Scene