By Kathy Ochiai
Where in Newport Beach can you enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres with a fine cocktail next to the sound of a rippling stream? That would be at the Environmental Nature Center, of course! On Saturday, June 9 at 5:30 p.m. the ENC will be hosting its annual Summer Soiree. Guests will be supporting environmental education in their community while enjoying a meal catered by the award-winning Anaheim White House restaurant.
Established in 1972, the ENC works to connect people with nature and to provide opportunities which create connections with the world outdoors for people of all ages.
“Summer Soiree guests return year after year to support a cause they care for deeply,” said Lori Whalen, ENC Assistant Director. “Without our generous supporters, we would not be able to provide quality education through hands-on experience with nature.”
During the evening, acoustic music by Tracy and the Blues Makers will play under a canopy of alder and cypress trees. Guests can even roast marshmallows and make s’mores next to a campfire under the stars.
Special items will be up for auction. Last year, one of the items auctioned was the chance to release a rehabilitated barn owl.
This year, the ENC has begun construction on its new Nature Preschool.
Whalen said, “We believe that developing a love and connection to the natural world is intrinsically connected to protecting and conserving it. [There is] an element of excitement and anticipation to see the fruition of something we’ve all been waiting for so long. Our supporters are excited to see [the school] open, even if they don’t have young children of their own.”
Casual attire and trail-friendly shoes are recommended. Doors open at 5:30 pm for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Dinner will be served at 7:00 pm. The cost is $150 per person and $1500 per table. RSVP by June 5 at encenter.org or contact Lori at (949) 645-8489, ext. 103.