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Eighth Annual Project Independence Walk for Independence Surpasses $50,000 in Contributions


40th anniversary-related event enables nonprofit to build a community one step at a time


Costa Mesa, California, Sept. 13, 2017 – The eighth edition of Costa Mesa-based nonprofit Project Independence’s Walk for Independence, which commemorated the organization’s 40th anniversary, resulted in donations of more than $50,000.

More than 200 people participated in the event, which was held September 9 at Tewinkle Park in Costa Mesa.

Barbara and Mickey Shubin of Huntington Beach, owners of Barbara Shubin Productions, were the presenting sponsors with a donation of $10,000.  The top fundraiser was Project Independence client John Correa, who garnered $1,792 in donations.  This year, Trader Joe’s received the Extra Mile Award for employing people with developmental disabilities at Trader Joe’s locations in Huntington Beach, Irvine, Newport Beach and Orange.

“We created the Extra Mile Award to applaud those who provide employment for people with developmental disabilities,” said Project Independence CEO and President Debra Marsteller. “They are setting an important example for other companies to follow.”

More than 60 people volunteered, including from The Cornerstone Church, Cal State Fullerton, Kiwanis and Paul Mitchell School of Costa Mesa, and 16 exhibitors were registered. Last year’s Extra Mile Award recipient, Home Depot, again staged a workshop. A bounty of prizes from the local business community was awarded following the walk. Orange County marathon runner and Project Independence client Marcell Bassett was this year’s grand marshal.

“We heartily appreciate community support for our walk from our many friends and business associates who understand the importance of the work Project Independence does for people with developmental disabilities,” said Board Chair Judy Cole.

Nearly 95 cents of every dollar raised by Project Independence through the annual walk goes directly to support programs for people with developmental disabilities.

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Metro Events

The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin, People’s Republic of China Makes Its Segerstrom Center Debut in the Breathtaking Production China Soul

“One of China’s most acclaimed acrobatic troupes, The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin, People’s Republic of China come to Segerstrom Center for the Arts for the first time with its company of more than 100 performers under the direction of Mrs. Guo Qingli. For their Center debut, the award-winning company will perform its stunning new production: China Soul. Certain to delight the whole family, the program is accompanied by traditional Chinese music and features incredible feats of balance, juggling, acrobatics, kung fu and more. China Soul will be performed on Saturday, September 30 at 2 and 8 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. “
Tickets start at $19 and are now available online at , at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. A Group discount of 10% is available for parties of ten or more.

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Restaurant News

Weekday Lunch at Silver Trumpet

Visit Silver Trumpet for lunch weekdays from 11 A.M.- 2 P.M.! Their menu offers all the freshdelightful entrees you would want to indulge in during lunchtime. Start off with some of their favorite appetizers like the Charred Heirloom Vegetables or Fried Calamari and move on to their popular Angus Beef Burger or Cobb Salad. Still hungry? Their full dessert menu is available for you to satisfy your sweet tooth. Let them fulfill all your midday cravings!

Ciro’s Family Dinner | Friday, September 29th at 6:30 pm : Join host Ciro Cirillo for a three course Italian family dinner. Menu includes appetizer, entree and dessert – as well as three wine pairings for only $35.95 plus tax and gratuity. Book your reservation for a casual family-friendly night out at Antonello Ristorante!
Cooking Class | Friday, October 20th at 6:30 pm : Enjoy a wonderful evening at Antonello Ristorante with Antonio Cagnolo and his wife Fiorella as they demonstrate how to make some of Antonello Ristorante’s most popular dishes! Includes a delicious four course meal featuring the evening’s selected menu items.

Also, Book Your Holiday Party Early, and Recieve a $100 Gift Certificate! It’s never too soon to book your holiday party at Antonello Ristorante, and they tend to fill up fast. So between now and the end of September, book your reservations for any event after Thanksgiving, and receive a gift certificate for $100 towards your next visit to Antonello!

Retail News

Beverly Hills comes to South Coast Plaza with a Crustacean pop-up menu at AnQi

Beginning August 1 and through September 30, diners at the upscale gourmet bistro AnQi will be able to savor a sampling of signature dishes from An’s famous Secret Kitchen that previously were not available at the Costa Mesa restaurant.

The pop-up version of Crustacean’s highly acclaimed menu will be available at dinner only Monday through Friday in the Q Lounge at AnQi.

Reservations are required and are limited to 60 guests a night and should be made by phone: 714.557.5679.

AnQi is located at South Coast Plaza, 333 Bristol St, Costa Mesa

Check out the 2017 edition of the South Coast Metro 360!

The glossy, full-color magazine that covers Orange County’s  cultural, culinary and commercial center. Visit our website at or call Diane Pritchett  for a hard copy of the 2017 issue: 714.435.2109

South Coast Plaza Gift Certificates South Coast Plaza gift certificates make the perfect gift for Father’s day. For more information contact Diane Pritchett: 714.435.2109.