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California Southern University inaugurates the launching of The Finestone Leadership Institute

Costa Mesa, CA— January 2019 — California Southern University, a pioneer institution in online education is proud to announce the launching of the Finestone Leadership Institute.
The University President and founder of the Finestone Leadership Institute, Dr. Gwen Finestone shares her vision as a guiding light whose desire is to foster and enhance the role of leadership. The leadership potential that exists within by creating an environment that stimulates professional development and growth infused by inspirational leadership; Servant Leadership.
Dr. Finestone proudly affirmed her commitment to supporting and developing future leaders by creating a culture of opportunity and excellence through the institute. “We prepare learners to succeed in a world we yet have to imagine. We do this through active learning, respecting diversity, and promoting intellectual freedom.” Her leadership team consists of Provost & SVP, Dr. LaSharnda Beckwith, Ms. Nikki Ashtari, Dr. Steven Gold, Dr. Lazo and Dr. Kathryn Hammel.
“Leadership for 2029” is the initial rollout of the Finestone Leadership Institute, providing the opportunity to its internal staff at California Southern University. CalSouthern is an institution that believes in a system of meritocracy; therefore, everyone has the potential to rise in leadership.
The two-year leadership program will adequately equip the future leaders of tomorrow with key traits, cultivating vision in an environment that maximizes each person’s leadership potential. It offers a graduate-level certificate to all successful learners who complete all eight courses. The FLI learners will have the fortuity to experience a variety of workshops, conferences, and seminars, presented by well-known keynote speakers and leaders.
The university has also extended the Leadership program to a corporate partner, The Los Angeles Chargers for their March 2019 cohort along with IKEA and other approved and preferred partnerships allowing for a cross-cultural business opportunity to learn together in the exchange of ideas and best industry practices

Metro Events


The Market Place / Farmer’s Market event is back for 2019 and held every other Friday from 10am to 2pm.
  • February 22nd
The Market Place will have vendors selling Tamales, Thai Chicken, Tacos, Burritos, Pupusas, Brazilian BBQ, Poke, and more! There will also be vendors that sell a variety of prepackaged foods including hummus, salsa, nuts, dried fruit snacks, and produce vendors. Griffin Grill (café is on site) has $1 tacos every Friday.


Exhibition Walk-through with Rodrigo Valenzuela

Saturday, February 16 at 1:00 pm
Walk-through of “Forsaken Utopias: Photographs from the OCMA Permanent Collection” with Rodrigo Valenzuela.
Join artist, photography professor, and exhibition co-curator Rodrigo Valenzuela for a discussion about his insightful approach to considering photographic works from OCMA’s permanent collection.

Free Events on the Argyros Plaza for February


Swing Under the Stars
This Valentine’s Day, dance the night away to live music from Dave Stuckey and the Hot House Gang! Our dance floor has room for all: singles, couples, seasoned dancers, and those just learning. We’ll have an expert instructor on hand to help you find your dancing feet, along with a free bourbon tasting from High West*, caricatures, photo booth by Bumble, and a chance to make your own Valentine’s Day card for someone special.

  • Thursday, February 14 at 6:00 pm


We All Have Stories – Kindness
Join us for an uplifting storytelling event featuring Old Town Orange’s Heritage Future (formerly 1888 Center) as well as Trabuco Mesa Elementary School and their heart-warming kindness campaign.

  • Saturday, February 16 at 2:00 pm


Brilliance: A Night of Music and Light
Watch the plaza transform into a world of light and color! Wear your favorite glow-in-the-dark accessories, join the crowd on the dance floor for a silent disco, and visit our light painting photo booth. Then, in partnership with UC Irvine’s new Emergent Media + Design program, discover and explore interactive art and technology projects created by students and faculty.

  • Saturday, February 23 at 7:00 pm

South Coast Metro Alliance members, spouses and children can save 10% on tuition at California Southern University

Restaurant News

Valentine’s Day Dining, Sweets and Treats at South Coast Plaza

Your guide to some of the most delicious ways to spend quality time with your loved ones at South Coast Plaza this Valentine’s Day.

Create a memorable evening with your special someone this Valentine’s Day. Enjoy Chef’s four course exclusive menu at Silver Trumpet’s serene, lakeside hideaway.
For reservations, please call 714.442.8593


Convenient & Delicious!

Online Ordering Now Available
Choose your favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner, order ahead and they’ll have your meal waiting for you! George’s Café is located on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
Enter code FIRSTORDER and receive 30% off on your first order! (expires 3/31/19)


Valentine’s Day | Thursday, February 14th at 5:00 pm
Enjoy a special evening at Antonello Ristorante this Valentine’s Day. They will be featuring a special prix fixe menu for two, which includes a complimentary bottle of Hello Kitty Pinot Nero Bianco to take home! $160 for a four course meal for two, plus tax and gratuity. Call 714.751.7153 for reservations.

$20 and $40 Prix Fixe Menus are back
For lunch, enjoy a three course meal at Antonello Ristorante for only $20 plus tax and gratuity. No substitutions, please. Looking for easy weeknight dinner ideas? Treat yourself to a four course dinner at Antonello with their $40 prix fixe dinner menu! Meal includes a choice of appetizer, pasta, and entree as well as dessert for just $40 per person plus tax and gratuity. Monday through Thursday dinner only, no substitutions please.


Karl Strauss Brewing Company is Celebrating their 30th!

Beginning on Friday, February 1st, be sure to get your hands on their 30th Anniversary Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout, aged in rye whiskey barrels for twelve months. Rich aromas and flavors of chocolate, toffee, and espresso are backed by a warming, lingering finish. Thirty years in the biz calls for a really (really) big beer to celebrate, and it will be available on draft and 500mL bottles across California!
If you’re hungry, head to your local Karl Strauss brewpub to try their 30th Anniversary Ale paired with beer-braised Short Ribs. The beer has roasted malt flavors which complement the braised beef and demi-glace, and the rich potato cake is hearty enough to stand up to the beer’s delightfully boozy finish.

Retail News



South Coast Plaza

South Coast Metro Preferred

South Coast Metro Preferred is our latest insert published in Orange Coast Magazine. This issue focuses on South Coast Metro’s comprehensive array of amenities to serve businesses, residents and visitors. This unique blend of premier office and residential environments, restaurants, hotels, performing arts and unsurpassed shopping is what makes South Coast Metro the preferred address for those who want a vibrant mix of commerce and culture.

Exclusive Discount for SCMA Members with Code: 16467
Section A and B only, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings during previews of all Segerstrom Stage and Argyros Stage shows. Limit 4. Excludes Theatre for Young Audiences, Studio SCR, Youth Conservatory, and A Christmas Carol.

Check out the 2017/2018 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 2017/2018 issue: 714.435.2109

South Coast Plaza Gift Certificates make the perfect gift for the holidays! South Coast Plaza Gift Certificates are available in any denomination up to $5,000 and honored at more than 250 stores and restaurants at South Coast Plaza, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, South Coast Repertory and The Westin South Coast Plaza. For more information, contact Diane Pritchett at 714.435.2109 or