Around Town: Newport-based foundation celebrates 25 years


The Newport Beach-based Orange County Community Foundation marked its 25th anniversary Nov. 12 as nearly 700 philanthropists and business and community leaders attended its annual meeting at Hotel Irvine.

Since its founding in 1989, the foundation has awarded more than $300 million in grants and scholarships, supporting the work of nonprofits worldwide.

For more information, visit or call (949) 553-4202.


MIND Research gets $3.2-million gift


The MIND Research Institute of Irvine announced a $3.2-million contribution from The PwC Charitable Foundation to help improve youth financial literacy by developing game-based math instructional software.

MIND’s financial-literacy curriculum will be the first to apply the visual ST Math approach toward financial concepts and simultaneously teach math skills required for financial literacy.

The program, geared toward sixth- through eighth-graders, will include areas such as saving and investing, planning and money management, homebuying, environmental sustainability, credit and debit, and risk and insurance.

MIND’s programs reach more than 800,000 students and 31,000 teachers in 40 states, according to a news release. For more information, visit


Marriage by the numbers on 12/13/14

Planning to get married and hoping to avoid the embarrassment — not to mention the wrath of your spouse — of forgetting your anniversary?

The Orange County clerk-recorder’s office has an idea to help you remember. It will be open for wedding ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 13 — that’s 12/13/14, the last date this century when the day, month and year will be consecutive numbers.

The offices in Fullerton and Laguna Hills and at the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana will be open that day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The last time there was a consecutive-numbers date, 11/12/13, the department performed 103 civil wedding ceremonies, more than double the number on a typical Tuesday, according to a news release.

Appointments for marriage ceremonies are recommended. For more details, visit