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Volume 3, Issue 98                                                                       December 11, 2018


 
 
 

Police Files

“Real estate” suspect arrested for false imprisonment

On Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 9:25 a.m., at the 00 block of Shoreridge, Sunny H. Dharod, 27, of Newport Beach, who listed his occupation as “real estate” in the arrest logs, was arrested for false imprisonment, vandalism and possession of an assault weapon. No bail was set.

Newport Beach woman arrested for assault with a deadly weapon/cutting instrument 

On Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 8:07 a.m., Avery Lynn Tamblyn, 26, Newport Beach, was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon/cutting instrument at 16th Street and Sea Gull Lane. Bail was set at $50,000.

Pair busted for controlled substances, fake checks

On Thursday, Dec. 6, at 11:25 a.m., at the 100 block of Scholz Plaza, Gary Nicholas Seeds, 33, of Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of a controlled narcotic substance, unlawful paraphernalia, appropriating lost property, passing fictitious checks and a warrant related to battery of a cohabitant. Bail was set at $25,000.

Also on Thursday at the same location, 16 minutes earlier, Katherine Carlisle Taylor, 31, of Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of a controlled narcotic substance, unlawful paraphernalia and a warrant related to possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $22,500.

String of thefts and burglaries hit home,

USPS has tips for avoiding holiday package theft

Two days in a row, two Newport Beach residents reported being victims of burglaries. On Wednesday, Dec. 5, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., at the 00 block of Waterford Way, a forced entry residential burglary was reported to NBPD. The value of the stolen property was $9,200. 

The next day, on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m., at the 1600 block of San Miguel Drive, a grand theft was reported. The value of the stolen property was $2,900. 

Two days later, on Saturday, Dec. 8, between 6:30 p.m. and 6:50 p.m., a grand theft was reported at 44th Street and Beach. The value of the stolen property was valued at $1,415.

Also on Saturday, at the 2200 block of Alta Vista Drive, a Newport Beach resident reported catching footage on their home security camera of their delivered parcels being stolen between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. The victim reported grand theft of mail/packages with a value of $1,800 to NBPD.

According to the U.S. Postal Service, Americans are expected to send more than 15 billion mail items over the holidays. In 2017, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service arrested nearly 2,500 people for mail theft and convicted about 2,200. 

The USPS has 10 tips on avoiding holiday mail and package theft: 

–Avoid sending cash

–Don’t leave delivered letters and packages unattended

–Consider an alternative shipping address

–Customize the delivery

–Plan ahead. Ship using, “Hold for pickup.”

–Going out of Town? Hold mail at the local Post Office.

–Secure the shipment using USPS Signature Services

–Chose the most secure area for delivery

–Use a PO Box

–Change the package address while it’s in transit by using USPS Package Intercept

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime report


CdM hosts annual Christmas Walk; parking changes might be on the horizon

By AMY SENK

The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce hosted the 40th annual Christmas Walk on Sunday, Dec. 2, with thousands of visitors wandering the length of East Coast Highway, up one side and down the other, sometimes venturing off on side streets to catch a band’s version of “Old Time Rock and Roll” or a holiday classic, or maybe heading down toward Bayside Drive where a beer and wine garden was set up behind temporary fencing.

CdM hosts annual Christmas Walk Santa and dog

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“SoCal Santa” and his dog enjoying the Christmas Walk

You can learn a lot if you spend some time at the Christmas Walk, like which of your friends have talented children who sing and dance, and who has dogs that are patient about things like wearing reindeer antler hats. You can talk to business owners who have all the gossip about rising rents and possible new tenants that could be pushing out old businesses. 

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Three “elf gals” ring in the holidays

Sometimes, businesses that aren’t quite set up for a grand opening occasionally pop up at the Christmas Walk to tell locals about their plans. But Mama D’s still remains closed and no one was around to discuss when it might open. Reborn Coffee, however, was set up in front of their future shop at 2935 E. Coast Highway with samples of their product. The shop, a representative said, should be open in January 2019 – five years to the month after the former tenant, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, shut its doors.

CdM hosts annual Christmas Walk Reborn Coffee

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Reborn Coffee set to open in January 2019

The funny thing about the Christmas Walk is that it tends to be very polarizing for locals. Some love it, dressing in colorful holiday suits or tiny little velvet Santa mini dresses. They bring their dogs in costumes and hit all the shops and vendors. Others can’t stand it – they think it’s too drunk and loud and over the top in a not great way. You almost always run into friends, though, and it definitely is the start of the holiday season for Corona del Mar.

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Meanwhile, the Corona del Mar Business Improvement District (BID) board met for its monthly meeting on November 29, where the group discussed a parking study and decided to try to get the City Council to act quickly on one of the proposed changes – parking time limits on East Coast Highway.

The BID wants to increase the time limit from one hour to two hours, which would keep shoppers or restaurant visitors from parking closer to residences if they needed the extra 60 minutes. The BID also wants to work with owners of private lots to make spaces available to the public, and to reduce or modify city parking requirements to encourage new business development in the village.

City Councilman Scott Peotter, in his last BID meeting before leaving office, said that the group should consider drafting a letter with all three items mentioned, but that they ask for immediate action on changing the parking time limits.

“It’s not a recommendation, it’s an ask,” Peotter said. “They could change the signs tomorrow. You have a study that shows it would be utilized more if there were longer times. Make sure you attach the study.”

A draft of a letter to be sent to the City Council made the case for improved parking as a key to injecting some life into a faltering Corona del Mar economy.

“As you are aware, the BID in its advocacy role for the businesses in CdM is very interested in both the current and long term health of the CdM business district as it affects not only our direct constituents, the businesses, but also the adjacent residential neighborhoods and the city at large,” the letter said. “Like us, you have probably noted the fairly high number of vacancies in the shop fronts along PCH which is alarming given the overall health of the economy. The rise of online purchasing has changed the way people shop, and specifically changed the kinds of commercial uses they are likely to frequent in their neighborhood. We believe that one of the largest impediments to entry for more local friendly commercial uses is the current parking situation in the village.”

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Amy Senk has lived in Corona del Mar for 20 years and was publisher of Corona del Mar Today, an online newspaper that ran daily for seven years. Senk, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, is involved in the Corona del Mar Residents Association and the Corona del Mar High School PTA. She and her husband have two children.

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Stump the Stu

Is this SoCal reindeer looking for Santa’s sleigh?

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Whether you refer to this graceful animal as a reindeer or caribou, Stu knows this is the season that will keep it busy on one very special night. Where does this antlered beast reside?

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The answer will appear in Friday’s edition, along with the correct guesses. So, join us for this local adventure.

If you have a unique spot or icon around town that you think Stu News Newport readers would enjoy finding out about, please shoot it, share it and give us the location, so we can challenge them! Happy Hunting.

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Guest Column

Grace Leung

An insider’s look at what’s going on in and around City Hall

Grace Leung

Newport Beach City Manager Grace Leung   

Happy Holidays! It’s hard to believe we are in the last weeks of the holiday season and the new year is fast approaching. It seems to be going extra fast for me, but then the past three months have been a whirlwind! During this time when we connect with family and friends, I am grateful to have been warmly welcomed by so many residents and businesses, as well as city employees. Newport Beach is a special and unique city and I feel incredibly privileged to now be a part of this community. I am looking forward to an exciting 2019.

Our last meeting of 2018 is on Tuesday, Dec. 11, and the primary focus will be the reorganization of the City Council, with the recognition of outgoing City Council, oath of office for newly elected members, and election of Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem. Therefore, the other items on the agenda have been limited to consent calendar items, generally more routine in nature. The following are items that may be of interest. As always, this is not a summary of the entire agenda, which can be viewed here.

The Regular Session begins at 6:30 p.m. and the following are items of note:

–At our last meeting, City Council requested the City Council L-6 Policy Update – Encroachments in Public Rights-of-Way come back with additional noticing requirements. This policy update was brought forward to better clarify the Planning Commission’s role and ability to waive City Council policy. The revisions now include a requirement to post the subject property at least ten days prior to the scheduled hearing.

–Per the Municipal Code, we adjust the Recycled Water Commodity Charge to reflect the City’s cost to purchase water from the Orange County Water District (OCWD) annually as needed. OCWD increased the cost to purchase recycled water from $1.69 per Hundred Cubic Foot (748 gallons) to $1.92 per HCF so we need to pass on this increase to our recycled water rate payers. The new rates will be effective February 1, 2019.

–The City has reached a Tentative Agreement with the Newport Beach Firefighters Association. The Tentative Agreement is for a three-year period and includes wages adjustments and increased employee contribution to CalPERS for the safety members. To promote greater transparency in the negotiations process, the Tentative Agreement is provided for public review and comment. The entire redline version of the Tentative Agreement is included with the staff report as Attachment A. The agreement will be presented for City Council consideration at the January 8, 2019 regular meeting.

The reorganization of City Council will follow at 7:00 p.m. 

As a reminder, public comment is welcome at the City Council meeting. The public can comment on any item on the agenda. If you cannot attend the meeting and/or want to communicate with the City Council directly on an item, the following email address gets to all of them: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Week in Review was provided last week. In case you missed it, we do post them on the City’s website; the latest edition can be found here.

Thank you for reading. Feedback is appreciated, so please don’t hesitate to ask a question or offer a comment.

Happy New Year!

Grace K. Leung

City Manager

City of Newport Beach

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ARC Butcher & Baker to open later this month
in Cannery Village

ARC Butcher & Baker interior

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Furnishings for the interior were handmade by owner Marin von Blöm

ARC Butcher & Baker is gearing up to open its doors later this month. Acclaimed restaurateurs Marín and Chef Noah von Blöm are bringing a unique new culinary concept which will feature premium cuts of meat, fresh-baked bread, and family-style to-go offerings to Newport Beach’s historic Cannery Village.

Chef Noah von Blöm was recently named Chef of the Year at the 2018 Golden Foodies Award.

The dine-in menu will feature toasts, salads, streetwiches and classic entrees including a Baby ARC Burger, Steak n’ Potatoes, and Southern Fried Chicken & Biscuits as well as a curated list of beer & wine available by the glass.

ARC Butcher & Baker SteakNPotatoes

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SteakNPotatoes, one of the many dishes available at the European-style butchery

Breakfast favorites from Restaurant Marín, the couple’s modern-day diner, which re-opened as ARC Pizza House in 2017, have been reimagined into mainstays on ARC Butcher & Baker’s menu.

ARC Butcher & Baker is located at 417 30th St., Newport Beach and will be open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.

For more information, visit www.arcrestaurant.com.

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Balboa Island Museum now open at its new location

Balboa Island Museum now open

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Artwork by John Dunn
Courtesy of Balboa Island Museum

“Pavilion Color” by artist John Dunn

Balboa Island Museum has moved to 210 B Marine Ave., Balboa Island, in a historic building from the 1920s. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Private tours are available.

To become a member, visit www.balboaislandmuseum.org/support1. Your tax-deductible donation enables the museum to fulfill its mission: To collect, preserve and promote the culture and history of Balboa Island and Newport Beach.


Twin sisters at Sage Hill School conduct coding class where education and technology rule

“Everyone should learn how to code. It teaches you how to think.”

–Steve Jobs

Hana and Miya Stauss, twin sisters who attend Sage Hill School, conducted a free coding class for OC kids in grades 3 - 8, held at their school on Friday, Dec. 7. The goal of this free event was to get students coding in one hour. These twin coders also have an app that won a national award.

We met up with Hana and Miya for a Q&A to find out a bit more about coding and what it offers.

Stu: Tell us a little bit about the class/workshop – i.e. when it began, the mission, objective, goal and how it was launched.

Hana and Miya: Last year, we founded OC Coder Sage, the school’s first coding club. The mission of the club is simple: to get everyone coding! Hour of Code Sage is just one of the events we host for our local community, with the goal of providing coding classes for kids in 3rd - 8th grades. This year was our 2nd annual Hour of Code and we are pleased to announce that we had 110 students from 40 different schools in the area attend our event. We taught four different coding languages in two, one-hour sessions: Scratch, Python, Ruby and Java. All the classes were taught by Sage Hill students.

Twin sisters at Sage Hill Miya and Hana Strauss

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(L-R) Miya and Hana Stauss, twin sister coders

Stu: Did the both of you come up with this concept on your own? If so, what sparked the idea?

Hana and Miya: Hour of Code is a global movement in 180+ countries, serving nearly 690 million people. Every year, in the first week of December, schools, organizations and clubs all over the world put together free one-hour coding classes for their own communities. Although we are just one small footprint in a very global movement, we’re proud to participate. It is incredibly exciting to think that 690 million of us are writing lines of code simultaneously. (https://hourofcode.com/us)

Stu: How did you get the opportunity to teach this?

Hana and Miya: When we formed the club, we decided early on that we would host free coding classes to students in our Sage Hill community, as well as the larger regional community. Hour of Code is a natural fit with the mission of our Club.

Twin sisters at Sage Hill group

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 (L-R) Standing: Jane Zuo, Joyee Chen, Miya Stauss and Hana Stauss

Sitting: Bella Kim, Susie Hao and Shauna Bahri at Sage Hill School 

Stu: Is this an ongoing class that you offer? If so, how often? And what are the dates of any future classes so our readers can participate?

Hana and Miya: Hour of Code is an annual event. This year, we were given the opportunity to hold a special Hour of Code session for Sage Hill faculty, where we taught the teachers how to code. That was a very exciting and memorable moment for us. Typically, we host four, four-week sessions at school for Sage students throughout the school year. For every class, we recruit UCI grads to come to Sage to help teach our coding classes. What we’d love to tell you about, however, is our Girls Who Code classes that will start in January 2019 at the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Ana. We will be hosting 12 classes for 6 - 8th grade girls. It is really important for us to get more girls coding, because tech is an incredibly male-dominated field. Coding is an incredibly valuable skill set one can learn to break the technology gap. If you are interested in signing up, please register at http://bit.ly/gwcsantaana19.

Stu: Have you led or taught any workshops in the past on a different topic? If so, what were they? If not, do you plan to in the future?

Hana and Miya: We taught a one-week coding camp at Sage last summer. That was really fun. Some of those campers came back last Friday when they heard about the Hour of Code event. It’s pretty special and exciting to be building a community of coders as we host these classes.

Note: Hana was hired as a TA for Kode with Klossy (KWK) camps last summer,  where she spent four weeks in San Francisco and Los Angeles helping to teach the KWK camps. As Hana’s initial inspiration to code was through Karlie Kloss’ KWK camps, it was an incredible honor to be hired to TA Karlie’s camps.

Stu: Is this class/workshop done through any type of extra credit or community service-type program at Sage? 

Hana and Miya: Hour of Code is an event that is run through a Sage school club called OC Coder Sage. It is an event focused on serving the local community.

Stu: Anything else you’d like our readers to know?

Hana and Miya: We believe coding is a universal language. It touches every moment of our lives. Technology is driven by code – our phones, our laptops, our cars, the Internet – they are all strings of code. By 2020, 77 percent of jobs will require technical skills. That’s why we believe coding is the single most important language for everyone to learn. Specifically, we believe it is incredibly important for girls to learn to code. At the moment, women only comprise 20 percent of jobs in technology-driven firms, even though 85 percent of social media is utilized by women. Girls need a voice in how the future of technology develops, and we are determined to break down those barriers so that girls can have a seat at the Tech Table.


Newport Harbor holds “Dancing with the Staff” event

Newport Harbor High School (NHHS) got the disco ball out and started it spinning on Thursday, Dec. 6 during “Dancing with the Staff,” an annual holiday dance event in the large gymnasium, with a capacity crowd in attendance.

This event has become a beloved tradition whereby members of the Dance Team are paired up with NHHS staff, competing for the coveted mirror ball championship title.

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Newport Harbor Dance Team and staff

Performances were by: Varsity & Junior Varsity Dance Team with teachers, counselors, aides and a security guard; Dance levels 1, 2, 3; Varsity Dance Team; NHHS Cheer; and for the first time, Newport Harbor Mini Dance Campers, comprised of 65 girls who attended a single day dance camp to learn a routine.

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Sixty-five young girls attended a one-day dance camp to learn a routine

The winning dance team was Team Ballin’ made up of Hallie Peplow, Ava Rosten and Lemar Warren.

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 (L- R) Winning Dance Team member Lemar Warren with Sean Boulton, principal of Newport Harbor High School

Organizers of the dance competition were Jamie Tanzer, NHHS dance director and Tara Olson, NHHS dance team coach. The show was designed to celebrate the love of dance amid the festive atmosphere of the holiday season, while supporting the arts. The NHHS Dance Team thanks all of its supporters who made this fundraiser such a success.


ENC to hold information session on new nature preschool

On Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019 from 6 - 8 p.m., join Environmental Nature Center (ENC) Nature Preschool Director Sue Bierlich and ENC Director Bo Glover for a free information session about the new ENC Nature Preschool.

Bierlich and Glover will discuss the school’s timeline, philosophy, curricula, a typical day, and layout and design of the buildings and Nature Play Area.

ENC to hold building

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To donate to the ENC Nature Preschool, visit www.encnaturepreschool.org/donate, or contact Executive Director Bo Glover at 949.645.8489 ext. 101, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To inquire about sponsorship opportunities (food, beverages, etc.) for the information session, contact Lori Whalen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This is an adult-only event.

Environmental Nature Center is located at 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach. To register for the event, call Lori Whalen at 949.645.8489, ext. 103.


Letter to the Editor:

OCGOP to oversee a recount?

I find it disconcerting that the OCGOP would send in a team to oversee the recount in a non-partisan race, particularly in the case where both candidates are Republicans. Mr. Stoak’s grassroot supporters kicked in personally to collect $25,000 in a short period of time because they support him so strongly. On the other hand, Mr. Duffy gets to rely on “free” support from the OCGOP. I am quite sure that Republicans, particularly those that supported Mr. Stoaks so enthusiastically, wonder why the local Republican Party would do that.

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Lynn Lorenz

Newport Beach


Sign of the times

On Fridays we give you a partial glimpse of a sign around town. You guess what the overall name of the business is. 

Stu definitely has some readers who knew that this “R” logo leads to fine Italian cuisine on PCH in the middle of Corona del Mar Village – the landmark Rothchild’s. 

Congratulations to Ashley Johnson, Kelly Couzens, Vicky Hatfield and Wendy Kerr.

If you’re a business and you want to play, you can send us a high-quality photo of your sign and we’ll take it from there and challenge our readers.

Let’s have some fun!

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NBPLF announces 22nd Annual Witte Lecture Series

The Newport Beach Public Library Foundation (NBPLF) presents its 22nd Annual Witte Lecture Series, featuring renowned speakers on a variety of compelling, current topics. The 2019 season features four experts – including Hanna Rosin, Richard Blanco, Amy Walter and Joel Sartore – from January to April 2019. The NBPLF, the nonprofit that funds valuable library resources, programs and services, and engages the community through the creation and sponsorships of diverse literary, cultural and intellectual programs, hosts this high-profile series to provide the community an unparalleled opportunity to engage with great minds.

“Given the current climate and conversations in media, we are thrilled to invite the community to experience and learn from these relevant thought leaders in person,” said NBPLF Program Director, Kunga Wangmo-Upshaw.

The Witte Lectures Series, established by the Witte Family in honor of Martin Witte, is made possible through the support of generous donors. It encourages dialogue on relevant issues of our time. Members of the NBPLF receive advance notice and ticket purchase access for the events, among other benefits. Reservations are encouraged to assure access to this popular series.

This season’s renown speakers are:

NBPLF announces Hanna Rosin

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Hanna Rosin

Hanna Rosin: The End of Men and the Rise of Women on January 25, 2019 at 7 p.m. and January 26, 2019 at 2 p.m. The #MeToo climate has created a stunning year of revelation and change. Author Hanna Rosin has researched and lectured on this unfolding topic of the male/female dynamic in the workplace and world at large. She is the author of The End of Men and the Rise of Women, a national bestseller that addresses this sensitive topic with deft humor and insightfulness. She is a regular contributor to The Atlantic and Slate where she has authored notable articles including “The Overprotected Kid,” “The Case Against Breastfeeding,” “The Silicon Valley Suicides,” and “Murder by Craigslist.” Rosin is also the co-host of the acclaimed NPR show INVISIBILIA, a program about the invisible forces that shape human behavior. Awards from the Education Writers Association and nominations for a National Magazine Award round out her status as a noteworthy author. Rosin has appeared on The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and The Today Show. She is the mother of a daughter and two sons and is married to David Plotz, CEO of Atlas Obscura. Where better to study gender dynamics than with one’s own family? Be sure to mark your calendar for Hanna Rosin’s researched view on a most contemporary topic: How men and women are going to work and live side by side in these hypersensitive times.

NBPLF announces Richard Blanco

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Richard Blanco

Richard Blanco: The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood and An Inaugural Poet’s Journey on February 8 at 7 p.m. and February 9 at 2 p.m. Richard Blanco is the fifth presidential inaugural poet and the first Latino immigrant and gay person to serve in such a role. He is the author of numerous award-winning works such as The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood and An Inaugural Poet’s Journey. Blanco is the recipient of three honorary doctorates and has been a guest on numerous television programs as well as NPR. Born in Madrid to Cuban exiled parents and raised in Miami, the themes of his books center on the negotiation of cultural identity and place in society. Whether speaking as the Cuban Blanco or the American Richard, the homebody or the world traveler, the civil engineer or the civic-minded poet, Blanco’s writings possess a story-rich quality that illuminates the human spirit. His work asks those universal questions we all ask ourselves on our own journeys: Where am I from? Where do I belong? Who am I in this world? NBPLF welcomes Blanco to this series.

NBPLF announces Amy Walter

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Amy Walter

Amy Walter: The Cook Political Report on March 8 at 7 p.m. and March 9 at 2 p.m. Amy Walter is the national editor of The Cook Political Report where she provides non-partisan analysis of issues, trends and events that shape the political environment. Over the past 19 years, she has built a reputation as an accurate, objective and insightful political analyst with unparalleled access to campaign insiders and decision makers. Known as one of the best political journalists covering Washington, she is the former political director of ABC News. She is also a regular panelist on NBC’s Meet the Press, Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier and CBS’s Face the Nation. According to Charlie Cook of The Cook Political Report, Walter’s “work is trusted and respected by Democrats and Republicans alike. She knows how to get beyond bluster and spin to unearth – and explain – what really matters.”

NBPLF announces Joel Sartore

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Joel Sartore

Joel Sartore: Photo Ark on April 12 at 7 p.m. and April 13 at 2 p.m. Joel Sartore is an award-winning photographer, speaker, author, conservationist, the 2018 National Geographic Explorer of the Year and a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine. Sartore specializes in documenting endangered species and landscapes around the world. He is the founder of the Photo Ark, a 25-year documentary project to save species and habitats. “It is folly to think that we can destroy one species and ecosystem after another and not affect humanity,” he said. “When we save species, we’re actually saving ourselves.” Sartore and the Photo Ark are the subjects of the television series RARE, in which he documents some of the most endangered creatures left on Earth. In addition to National Geographic, Sartore contributes to Audubon, Geo, the New York Times and Smithsonian. He has authored several books, including Photo Ark: A World Worth Saving, and RARE: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species.

For information on tickets, visit www.nbplfoundation.org/content/The-Witte-Lectures.html, or call 949.548.2411. For information on membership visit nbplfoundation.org/content/Become-a-Member.html.


Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Newport Dunes

On Monday, Dec. 31, Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort welcomes a star-studded country music lineup for their second annual Boots on the Beach New Year’s Eve celebration.

Kicking off the New Year in country style, nationally touring headliners A Thousand Horses will be joined by popular ‘90s rock-turned-country band Lit, along with local country favorites Redneck Rodeo and Temecula Road.

Celebrate New Years Eve

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A Thousand Horses headlines the country music lineup at Boots on the Beach

Bring family and friends for an evening of celebration featuring live music, food trucks and full bars, plus country western merchandise available for purchase. The event will take place in the 14,000-square-foot Bayside Pavilion tent with David Bugenske from Go Country 105 as host and DJ for the evening. Before the show, Kristen Ann, one of Southern California’s top line dance choreographers, will teach the crowd all the right country dance moves.

Come just for the concert, or make the evening extra special and enjoy dinner before the show at Newport Dunes’ picturesque waterfront restaurant, Back Bay Bistro. The Boots on the Beach VIP dinner package offers seatings from 5 - 7 p.m. and includes a four-course New Year’s Eve dinner along with VIP concert seating.

For a more intimate evening out, dinner reservations are also available without the purchase of concert tickets, with a first seating from 5 - 7 p.m. for $65. Also offered is a festive second seating starting at 8 p.m. featuring a five-course dinner, party favors, live DJ and a Champagne toast to ring in the New Year on the bay for $125.

those choosing the VIP Back Bay Bistro Dinner and Concert package, a three-course meal is included, with seating from 5 - 7 p.m.

Boots on the Beach Entertainment Schedule:

5 p.m.: Dinner at Back Bay Bistro/Concert Doors/DJ David Bugenske 

6:15 p.m.: Dance Lessons

6:40 p.m.: DJ David Bugenske

6:55 p.m.: Dance lessons

7:20 p.m.: Temecula Road

8:20 p.m.: Redneck Rodeo 

9:40 p.m.: Lit  

11 p.m.: A Thousand Horses

11:59 p.m.: Countdown to 2019 with a performance by A Thousand Horses, Lit, Redneck Rodeo, David Bugenske and Temecula Road. The event runs until 1:30 a.m.

Concert Pricing: 

Early Bird General Admission: $49

Early Bird VIP Seating: $99

Early Bird VIP Back Bay Bistro Dinner & Concert Seating Package: $159

For reservations, call 949.729.1144 or visit www.NewportDunes.com. To purchase concert tickets, visit www.TicketWeb.com. To make your New Year’s Eve dinner reservation at Back Bay Bistro, after purchasing tickets online, call 949.729.1144, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is located at 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.


NBPD warns against rental scams

According to the Newport Beach Police Department, there has been a recent scam going around regarding rental property advertisements.

Here’s how it works:

A suspect posts a Craigslist For Rent ad with photos of a Newport Beach home that they pulled from an Airbnb ad. Once the victim starts corresponding with the suspect, the victim is sent a fake rental agreement and is instructed to wire money or deposit money into an account. Once the money has gone through, the suspect stops corresponding with the victim.

Here are some tips to protect yourself from these types of scams:

–Never wire or deposit money into an account of someone you have never met. Remember: wiring money is like giving someone cash – you will not get it back.

–Ask to arrange a tour of the property with the landlord or property manager before signing an agreement or transferring money. Legitimate landlords will be open to having prospective tenants check out the property.

–Beware of a landlord or property manager who only communicates via email and is ready to sign an agreement without any background information. Legitimate landlords want reliable tenants, and will want to make sure you check out before they rent to you.

–Do an internet search on the owner, real estate management company and listing. If you find the same ad listed under a different name, it may be a scam.

If you believe you’ve been the victim of a scam, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov/complaint.


Human Kindness Club to hold celebrity golf tournament at Pelican Hill

Human Kindness Club (HKC), a local nonprofit charity organization dedicated to making a difference in the world by giving perpetually to those in need worldwide, is hosting the “Fairway to Heaven Celebrity Golf Tournament” on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 at the world-class Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Coast, with proceeds supporting Make a Wish Foundation and Wounded Warrior Project.

The Fairway to Heaven event will be held at Pelican Hill Golf Club’s pristine panoramic ocean north course, with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean from every tee. After enjoying a day of golf (9 a.m. shotgun start), participants will be treated to an evening of inspiring speeches by celebrity guests, a sumptuous dinner, an awards ceremony with prizes for tournament winners, and a silent auction and opportunity drawing, among other highlights.

Human Kindness Club to hold

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Human Kindness Club outreach donating money and supplies to the fire refugee camps in California

“We are so excited to celebrate the awareness of the Human Kindness Club and share this fun-filled philanthropic experience with generous like-minded people,” said David Parrish, founder of Human Kindness Club. “Pelican Hill is absolutely beautiful. It’s the perfect setting for participants to play world-class golf with a dozen pro athletes and celebrities while supporting our mission. Together we will honor Wounded Warrior and help raise critical funds for Make a Wish to help make wishes come true for special children.”

Human Kindness Club was founded as a nonprofit charitable organization to give back to people in need and to do something great for the community. “The founders lived their life, have had their successful careers, and now they just want to give back to the community they love and make a difference in the world through perpetual giving,” Karla VandenBerg said. 

It’s the first time for Human Kindness Club to work with the Wounded Warrior Project and Make a Wish Foundation and through the Fairway to Heaven, HKC is offering participants an incredible opportunity to raise funds while having an unforgettable time.

“We decided to benefit Make a Wish because we all love kids; we all have kids. The founders of HKC have kids and love kids, and they have great hearts, so that’s why we decided to raise funds for them because we believe in making dreams come true,” VandenBerg said. 

Also, at the event, Human Kindness Club will be honoring Big Al who founded the Mongols, then turned his life around, and was awarded with two purple hearts. 

“We believe in Big Al, Wounded Warrior, and all the men and women in our military who bravely fight for our freedom with such pride and integrity; it’s good to give back to them and help them,” VandenBerg shared.

Human Kindness Club has supported 140 nonprofit charitable organizations over the years.

“Giving back and helping others is the best feeling I have ever had in my life through working for HKC. Helping someone and seeing the look in their eyes, the gratefulness, as they have tears come down, you can see into their soul and that’s a really cool thing,” VandenBerg said. “It’s nonexistent nowadays and many of those people have tons of possibilities. It’s nice they can tell someone else believes in them.” 

Participants will be vying to win top prizes that include a million-dollar golf shot giveaway, an all-expense paid trip for two to the Masters via a putting contest, a $10,000 cash giveaway and a 2018 Ducati Motorcycle, generously donated by Fletcher Jones Motorcars Newport Beach. 

“Plush swag bags, Mastro’s martinis and girls dressed as angels will add some sizzle to the Fairway of Heaven golf tournament. Golfing at Pelican Hill is like a dream, as this event will be a memorable experience, all while golfing with a celebrity. You can help make dreams come true and it’s all for a great cause,” VandenBerg said.

Celebrity golfers include actors Michael Dudikoff, Rick Ravanello and Kevin Sorbo, and former pro athletes Doug DeCinces, Byron Russell, Bryon Chamberlain, Mike Salmon, Ron Brown, Garry Templeton, Chris Hale and Ricky Ellis, to name a few. 

The cost is $380 per person and $1,500 for a team of four. Sponsorships and tickets are available online at www.humankindness.org. To purchase tickets or learn more about sponsorships for the Human Kindness Club Fairway to Heaven Celebrity Golf Tournament, contact Karla VandenBerg at 208.272.1578 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pelican Hill Golf Club is located at 22800 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.


Kids! Winter break is almost here...so head to art camp

Kids! Winter break is almost here

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Winter camp at Urban Arts OC is sure to bring out your youngster’s creativity

Urban Arts OC is offering a very “cool” winter art camp, geared to ages 4 and up, so come join the fun, as space is limited.

Schedule:

Week 1 – December 17 - 21

Week 2 – January 2 - 4, 2019

The camps run Monday through Friday with half day from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. for $55/day; and full day from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. for $75/day. There is a slight discount for purchasing a full week ($350), which includes five sessions total and can be used/split up however you would like over the break.

Snacks are provided. Pack a sack lunch. Dress for a mess, as youngsters will be using paint, clay and creating crafts.

Register by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by calling 9498.474.1552. For more information, visit www.urbanartsoc.com.

Urban Arts OC is located at 4250 Scott Drive, Suite L & O, Newport Beach.


Second annual Holidays Around the World tomorrow, through the weekend

Second annual Holidays Argyros Plaza

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Holidays Around the World festival will turn the new Julianne and George Argyros Plaza into an international cultural crossroads on December 12 - 17. 

As American Ballet Theatre transforms the stage of Segerstrom Hall into the magical wonderland of The Nutcracker, outside, the Argyros Plaza will be alive with free multicultural performances, family activities representing beloved holiday customs and traditions, and an array of vendors to help you find the perfect holiday gift.

For a full schedule of each day’s events and activities, visit www.scfta.org.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa.


Curiosity lies at the heart of newest
Segerstrom family shows

Awaken your imagination with celebrations of puppetry and music designed for theater lovers of all ages. Segerstrom Center for the Art’s 2018-19 Family Series continues with two charming shows, The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites on February 2 and 3, 2019 and They Called Her Vivaldi on February 16 and 17, 2019 in Samueli Theater.

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A scene from “The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites”

In The Very Hungry Caterpillar, three stories from renowned children’s author Eric Carle come to life through the magic of black light and fanciful puppets. They Called Her Vivaldi tells the story of a young musical prodigy as she encounters colorful characters on a quest to recover her magical hat. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is ideal for children ages 4 - 8. They Called Her Vivaldi is designed for children ages 7 and up. Both productions seek to inspire young imaginations, to create a lifelong interest and appreciation for live theater, and to be enjoyed and shared as a family.

Performances of The Very Hungry Caterpillar are Saturday, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 3 at 1 and 3:30 p.m. The Saturday, Feb. 2 performance at 10 a.m. is a sensory-friendly performance designed for patrons on the autism spectrum or others with sensory sensitivity to enjoy fully the magic and amazement of live performances. The Sunday, Feb. 3 performance at 1 p.m. will be ASL interpreted. Performances of They Called Her Vivaldi are Saturday, Feb. 16, and Sunday, Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. The Sunday performance will be ASL interpreted.

Curiosity lies at the heart Vivaldi

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A scene from “They Called her Vivaldi”

Tickets for both shows are $20 and are available online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, or by calling 714.556.2787. Group discounts for groups of 10 or more are available at 714.755.0236. The Center offers many services for patrons with disabilities including removable wheelchair locations, binoculars and assistive listening devices. To learn more, visit www.SCFTA.org/accessibilityinformation.

Audiences are encouraged to arrive one hour before the performance for free creative activities. The Center’s Education Department offers these enriching experiences to provide young people and their families with more opportunities to play together creatively. Studies show that this is critical in helping to develop the ability to think and problem solve.

Segerstrom for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


Kathi Koll talks about new book at NBPL

Newport Beach Public Library (NBPL) presents Newport Beach resident and author Kathi Koll in a special program on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Central Library Friends Room.

Koll, founder of the Kathi Koll Foundation, will introduce her memoir Kick-Ass Kinda Girl: A Memoir of Life, Love and Caregiving, inspired by her experiences caring for her late husband, developer Donald Koll, whose debilitating stroke changed their lives dramatically. With an unflinching look at the difficult times and an ability to laugh at herself, while never losing hope for tomorrow, Koll unveils a powerfully moving story of resilience and inspiration. Kick-Ass Kinda Girl is her first book.

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Kathi Koll to share her new book on January 29

Koll has been committed to civic, community and healthcare organizations within and outside the U.S. for decades. She currently serves on the Hoag Hospital Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute advisory committee and on the Boy Scouts of America Orange County Council board of directors. She has previously served on the board of trustees of Casa Cuna, an orphanage in La Paz, Mexico, the boards of UCLA Health Systems and American Ballet Theatre, and as a trustee for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Koll is also an owner of the Koll Company, a real estate development firm founded by her late husband.

Seating is limited. Register online at www.newportbeachca.gov/events to save a seat. This event is funded by the Friends of the Library. Admission is free. Books will be available for purchase and signing. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book will be used to support caregivers in need.

To read an excerpt of the book, visit www.KathiKoll.com.

For more information, visit www.newportbeachlibrary.org, or call 949.717.3800, option #2.


Exchange Club holds movie screening tomorrow night

The Exchange Club of Newport Harbor will present its 27th Annual Movie Event, featuring a screening of the movie All Square at the Regency Lido Theatre, on Wednesday, Dec. 12. This movie is being made available by the Newport Beach Film Festival.

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A pre-movie gala includes a variety of the area’s popular restaurants presenting samples of their favorite dishes. To date, the participating eateries include: Blue Water Grill, Cowafornia Ice Cream, El Ranchito, Great Mex, Pizza Pete’s, Royal Thai and Sabatino’s. Beer and wine will be available. Opportunity drawing tickets will be sold for a chance to win a variety of gift baskets and a number of special prizes, including lunch with the Newport Beach Fire Department, a ride-a-long with the Newport Beach Police Department and a ride with Santa during the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.

All profits from ticket sales and donations will benefit the Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center and related youth charities. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with food and beverages served in the courtyard of Lido Village. The movie begins at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event, including both the food festival and movie showing, are $70; VIP tickets are available for $90.

To purchase tickets, visit www.nhexchange.net. For more information, call the Exchange Club of Newport Harbor at 949.543.7628.

Regency Lido Theatre is located at 3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach.


Perspire Sauna Studio to hold grand opening tomorrow

Infrared saunas are heating up the OC, and they’re here to stay. Welcome Perspire Sauna Studio at the Newport Bluffs Shopping Center, which is celebrating its grand opening on Wednesday, Dec. 12. The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony starts at 5 p.m., with food and festivities going until 7 p.m.

Mark Rutledge, the owner of the first ever Perspire franchise, has known first-hand the healing effects of infrared heat. Rutledge injured his back and neck in a rear-end car accident 15 years ago that intensified the wear and tear caused by G-forces from many years flying jets in the Air Force. Infrared heat allowed his spine to heal in ways other medical procedures couldn’t, and he now leads a normal and active life.

Perspire Sauna Studio spa

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Perspire Sauna Studio

Rutledge is committed to bringing the healing properties of infrared to Newport Beach and the surrounding communities. Relaxation, detoxification, aches and pain relief, burning about 400 calories in 40 minutes, and lowering blood pressure and cholesterol while listening to music or watching TV are among the benefits – you have to try it to believe just how good it is, Rutledge says.

But Rutledge is also committed to providing more than amazing service; he is launching generosity as the focal point of his clients’ experience. As such, Perspire Newport Bluffs will donate to the Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation through an opportunity drawing at the grand opening. The foundation is a local charity giving 100 percent of its funds through grants directly to teachers of all schools in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.

Anyone who enjoys a sauna session is automatically entered into the drawing for free (one per session per person). However, those wishing to donate to the Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation will receive more tickets and increase their chances to win the grand prize (three days, two nights on Catalina Island for two people), or other great prizes from within the Perspire Newport Bluffs studio. Winners need not be present at the drawing, but all participants must visit Perspire at The Bluffs before the grand opening to enter the drawing.

Perspire Sauna Studio is located at 1308 Bison Ave., Newport Beach. For more information, call 949.717.7588 or visit www.perspiresaunastudio.com.


What’s Happening at Lido Village Books?

Ready for some holiday merriment? Join the fun at Lido Village Books on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 10 a.m., for Little Lido.

Together, the group will read Elise Parsley’s If You Ever Want to Bring a Pirate to Meet Santa, DON’T! There will also be live music and crafts.

Whats Happening at Santa

RSVP by 8 p.m. on December 19 at http://bit.ly/LLholidaycheer to enter a drawing for prizes. Must be present to win.

Afterward, enjoy discounts at participating stores in Lido Marina Village.

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Lido Village Books is partnering with the Glass Slipper Guild to donate new books for children at CHOC. Support the #carterstrongforever book drive by purchasing books at 10 percent off at the bookstore and dropping them into the donation box through Tuesday, Dec. 17.

Lido Village Books is located at 3424 Via Oporto #102, Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.lidovillagebooks.com.


Pet of the WeekDog and Cat print

StuNewsNewport is delighted to be working with the Newport Beach Animal Shelter to help get the word out in search of loving homes for pets that deserve a warm, nurturing environment and a place to call “home.”

Pet of the Week Potato

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MEET POTATO

Potato is four months old and also has a few brothers needing great homes. They are neutered, microchipped and vaccinated.

If you are interested in finding out more about Potato, or any other animals up for adoption, call 949.644.3656 or email Valerie Schomburg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Newport Beach Animal Shelter is located at 20302 Riverside Drive, Newport Beach. It is open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

At any given time, the shelter can have 4-5 dogs and 7-8 cats/kittens available for adoption. At times, the shelter receives owner turn-ins that would do best adopted out together. 

Adoption costs at the shelter:

Dogs - $130

Puppies - $150

Cats - $90

Kittens - $110

To find out how you can help support the shelter, visit www.nbpd.org and click on “Our Animal Shelter” to view the wish list. The shelter can always use food & treats; new toys; grooming, hygiene & comfort products; as well as laundry soap, dish soap, paper towels, sponges, scrub pads and lint rollers. If you are interested in volunteering, you can fill out and sign the application on the website.


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

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Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center | December 12 at 5:30 p.m. | The Exchange Club of Newport Harbor will present its 27th Annual Movie Event, featuring a screening of the movie All Square at the Regency Lido Theatre. This exciting movie is being made available by the Newport Beach Film Festival, and for the first time in the 27 years the Exchange Club has been hosting this event, there will be a question and answer session with the producer of the film immediately following the showing. A pre-movie gala includes a variety of the area’s popular restaurants presenting samples of their favorite dishes. Beer and wine will be available. Opportunity drawing tickets will be sold for a chance to win a variety of gift baskets. All profits from ticket sales and donations will go to benefit the Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center and related youth charities. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with food and beverages served in the courtyard of Lido Village. The movie begins at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event, including both the food festival and movie showing, are $70; VIP tickets are available for $90. 

Contact: To purchase tickets, visit www.nhexchange.net. For more information, call The Exchange Club of Newport Harbor at 949.543.7628.

Takes place at Regency Lido Theatre, 3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach.

Share Our Selves | December 17 - 20 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. | This holiday season marks the 49th of the annual Adopt A Family Program. In what has become a cherished tradition, SOS connects struggling Orange County families with generous community members who provide gifts and food for the holidays. This year, SOS will connect donors with more than 1,400 families with children recommended by Costa Mesa and Santa Ana organizations and schools. Help make a difference in the lives of children and families in need. Give hope to thousands in Orange County this season.

Dec. 17 - 19 are drop-off dates for donated items; December 20 is the pick-up date for recipient families. Free admission and parking for all donors, volunteers and staff 

Contact: To get more information and to see how you can participate, call 949.270.2187; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. www.shareourselves.org/aaf

Takes place at OC Fair & Event Center in the Costa Mesa & Huntington Beach buildings, the Courtyard and Santa Ana Pavilion, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. 

Human Kindness Club | January 25, 2019 beginning at 9 a.m. | This local nonprofit charity organization dedicated to making a difference in the world by giving perpetually to those in need worldwide, is hosting the “Fairway to Heaven Celebrity Golf Tournament” at Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Coast, with proceeds supporting Make a Wish Foundation and Wounded Warrior Project. After enjoying a day of golf (9 a.m. shotgun start), with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean from every tee, participants will be treated to an evening of inspiring speeches by celebrity guests, a sumptuous dinner, an awards ceremony with prizes for tournament winners, and a silent auction and opportunity drawing, among other highlights. Participants will be vying to win top prizes that include a million-dollar golf shot giveaway, an all-expense paid trip for two to the Masters via a putting contest, a $10,000 cash giveaway and a 2018 Ducati Motorcycle, generously donated by Fletcher Jones Motorcars Newport Beach. Plush swag bags, Mastro’s martinis and girls dressed as angels will add some sizzle to the tournament. Celebrity golfers include actors Michael Dudikoff, Rick Ravanello and Kevin Sorbo, and former pro athletes Doug DeCinces, Byron Russell, Bryon Chamberlain, Mike Salmon, Ron Brown, Garry Templeton, Chris Hale and Ricky Ellis, to name a few. The cost is $380 per person and $1,500 for a team of four. Sponsorships and tickets are available online at www.humankindness.org.

Contact: To purchase tickets or learn more about sponsorships for the Human Kindness Club Fairway to Heaven Celebrity Golf Tournament, contact Karla VandenBerg at 208.272.1578 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Takes place at Pelican Hill Golf Club, 22800 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.

For A Good Cause Pelican Hill

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Editor’s Note: If you have a philanthropic event with a connection to Newport Beach you would like to see publicized, please email the information with an image and contact person with email address to Lana Johnson: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you would like to reach out to Newport Beach non-profit organizations, visit https://greatnonprofits.org/city/newport-beach/CA.


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

NB Central Library

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Upcoming Events & Workshops

SCORE Workshop: Make a DIY Video for Your Business, December 11 from 5:30 - 8:45 p.m. This series of business workshops is funded by Friends of the Library. Geared to adults. For more information and to register, visit www.orangecounty.score.org. Takes place at the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Book Discussion Group, December 12 from 9:15 - 11 a.m. The Charlotte “Charlie” Alexander Book Discussion Group will be discussing, Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. Synopsis: On the surface, this is the story of the murder of a beautiful young woman, a beloved daughter and sister. At heart, it’s the story of what that tragedy does to a boy, his family and ultimately the fabric of the small town in which he lives. It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God. Doors open at 9 a.m.; no reserved seating and registration isn’t necessary. If you haven’t finished or read the book, come anyway. Takes place in Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

NBPL Ordinary Grace

LEGO Block Party, December 12 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Wonderful Winter Crafts, December 12 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Create wonderful warm wintry creations. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required. Geared for ages 3 - 8. Takes place at the Balboa Branch Library, 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Balboa.

Movie Night: Bicycle Thieves, December 17 at 7 p.m. Enjoy a film classic from 1948. “Hailed around the world as one of the greatest movies ever made, the Academy Award–winning Bicycle Thieves, directed by Vittorio De Sica, defined an era in cinema. In poverty-stricken postwar Rome, a man is on his first day of a new job that offers hope of salvation for his desperate family when his bicycle, which he needs for work, is stolen. With his young son in tow, he sets off to track down the thief. Simple in construction and profoundly rich in human insight, Bicycle Thieves embodies the greatest strengths of the Italian neorealist movement: emotional clarity, social rectitude, and brutal honesty.”  – Criterion Collection. The film will; be shown using streaming video from Kanopy, an online streaming video resource that NBPL customers can use free of charge. Takes place in Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

The Bicycle Thieves

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LEGO Block Party, December 19 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

LEGO Saturdays, December 29 from 12 - 3 p.m. From buildings to action figures, design, build and invent with LEGOs at this casual, but creative program for elementary age children. No registration required. (Not held the first Saturday of the month.) Takes place in Central Library’s Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Superhero Drop-In Crafts, January 5, 2019 from 12 - 3 p.m. Start the New Year off with a super fun afternoon of Superhero crafts. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required. Geared for ages 3 - 8. Takes place in the Children’s Storytime Room at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Superhero masks

“In Residence” landscape oils by Gianne de Genevraye opens, January 7, 2019 through March 1, 2019 during library hours. The Newport Beach City Arts Commission presents an exhibition of landscape oil paintings by international artist Gianne de Genevraye who paints public gardens in Europe and the United States. She is a contemporary nature painter, exhibiting widely with work seen in collections in France, Italy, Sweden and the U.S. Born in California, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of California Irvine, studying under contemporary masters Judy Chicago, Tony Delap, Craig Kaufman and John Paul Jones. She was studio assistant to Jennifer Bartlett in France for three years. In 1990-91, she was an Invited Artist at the American Academy of Rome. In 2017, de Genevraye was in residence at the Villa Fontaine in Antibes, France, beginning her residency for her upcoming Sister Cities exhibition at the Newport Beach Public Library. She then returned to Baja, Mexico, painting in both Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. In 2018, she traveled during the spring with Newport Beach Sister City to Okazaki, Japan to paint in residence during the cherry blossom festival. Paintings on display at the Newport Beach Central Library gallery, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. On January 12, Newport Beach Sister City will host a reception and conversation with de Genevraye at the Newport Beach Central Library, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

Giannes Elephant Cactus

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SCORE Workshop, January 8, 2019 from 5:30 - 8:45 p.m. This series of business workshops is funded by Friends of the Library. Geared to adults. For more information and to register, visit www.orangecounty.score.org. Takes place at the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Book Discussion Group, January 9, 2019 from 9:15 - 11 a.m. The Charlotte “Charlie” Alexander Book Discussion Group will be discussing, The Marriage Artist by Andrew Winer. Synopsis: Ambitious, haunting and stunningly written, this is a universal tale of a family dramatically reshaped by the quest for personal freedom in the face of inherited beliefs, public prejudices and the unfathomable turns of history. It is at once a provocative snapshot of contemporary marriage, the recovery of a passion that history never recorded, and a fierce reminder of the way we enlist love in our perpetual search for meaning and permanence. Doors open at 9 a.m.; no reserved seating and registration isn’t necessary. If you haven’t finished or read the book, come anyway. Takes place in Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

The Marriage Artist book cover

LEGO Saturdays, January 12, 2019 from 12 - 3 p.m. From buildings to action figures, design, build and invent with LEGOs at this casual, but creative program for elementary age children. No registration required. (Not held the first Saturday of the month.) Takes place in Central Library’s Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Coding for Kids: ScratchJr, January 16, 2019 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Would you like to learn computer coding? Join this session for a special hands-on workshop introducing kids to simple coding techniques. Children will design their own interactive projects using the ScratchJr application on iPads. All materials provided; please feel free to bring your own iPad or tablet. The ScratchJr app is available to download for free (iOS, Android). Geared to ages 5 - 8. No registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Takes place at the Balboa Branch Library, 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Balboa.

Evening Book Discussion Group, January 16, 2019 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Join the Evening Book Discussion Group meeting in the beautiful new Sword meeting room, upstairs. The book to be discussed is Isabel Allende’s Of Love and Shadows. This group meets on the third Wednesday every other month. At each meeting, the group will work together to select the next book title, so come prepared with ideas for future reads. All readers are welcome. No registration required. For more information, email Terry Sanchez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Takes place at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Of Love and Shadows book cover

LEGO Saturdays, January 19, 2019 from 12 - 3 p.m. From buildings to action figures, design, build and invent with LEGOs at this casual, but creative program for elementary age children. No registration required. (Not held the first Saturday of the month.) Takes place in Central Library’s Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Penguin Crafts, January 22, 2019 from 4 - 5 p.m. Join the fun by celebrating Penguin Awareness Day by learning about penguins and making penguin-inspired crafts. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required. First come, frst served, limited by room capacity. Geared for ages 3 and up. Takes place at the Mariners Library Branch, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

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LEGO Block Party, January 23, 2019 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Beyond the Canvas – The Great Masters in Art: Caravaggio, January 23, 2019 from 7 - 8 p.m. This season, award-winning professor Jacqueline Hahn will explore the Great Masters, in this fascinating art lecture series on legendary artists’ lives and artistic movements. Caravaggio was an Italian painter from the early 1590s to 1610. His paintings combine a realistic observation of the human state, both physical and emotional, with a dramatic use of lighting, and they had a formative influence on Baroque painting. Caravaggio employed close physical observation with a dramatic use of chiaroscuro that came to be known as tenebrism. Learn more about the great masters of art in a fascinating visual presentation. Free to the public; seating is first come, first served. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Caravaggio painting

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The Witte Lectures: Hanna Rosin, January 25, 2019 at 7 p.m. and January 26, 2019 at 2 p.m. The Newport Beach Public Library Foundation presents a Witte Lecture with Hanna Rosin, author of The End of Men and the Rise of Women. The #MeToo climate has created a stunning year of revelation and change. Author Hanna Rosin has researched and lectured on this unfolding topic of the male/female dynamic in the workplace and world at large. She is the author of The End of Men and the Rise of Women, a national bestseller that addresses this sensitive topic with deft humor and insightfulness. She is a regular contributor to The Atlantic and Slate where she has authored notable articles including “The Overprotected Kid,” “The Case Against Breastfeeding,” “The Silicon Valley Suicides,” and “Murder by Craigslist.” Rosin is also the co-host of the acclaimed NPR show, INVISIBILIA, a program about the invisible forces that shape human behavior. Awards from the Education Writers Association and nominations for a National Magazine Award round out her status as a noteworthy author. Rosin has appeared on The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and The Today Show. Rosin is the mother of a daughter and two sons and is married to David Plotz, CEO of Atlas Obscura. Where better to study gender dynamics than with one’s own family? Be sure to join us this event for Rosin’s researched view on a most contemporary topic: How men and women are going to work and live side by side in these hypersensitive times. Friday Evening Lecture: Lecture and community conversation with dinner & wine. Tickets are NBPLF member, $58; Non-member, $63. Lecture and Q&A takes place from 7 - 8:30 p.m.; Light supper & wine at 8:30 p.m. Book sales & signing. Saturday Afternoon Lecture: Lecture with coffee, cookies and conversation. Tickets are NBPLF member, $38; Non-member, $43. Lecture and Q&A takes place from 2 - 3:30 p.m.; Coffee and dessert at 3:30 p.m. Book sales & signing.

For tickets and more information, visit www.nbplfoundation.org. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

LEGO Saturdays, January 26, 2019 from 12 - 3 p.m. From buildings to action figures, design, build and invent with LEGOs at this casual, but creative program for elementary age children. No registration required. (Not held the first Saturday of the month.) Takes place in Central Library’s Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Teen Study Hall, January 27, 2019 from 12 - 3 p.m. Busy preparing for finals?

They’re opening the Friend’s Room as a study space exclusively for teens. You bring your schoolwork and study pals, they’ll provide WiFi and snacks. Funded by donations from the Friends of the Library. Age Level: Teens. Takes place in Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

STARS Volunteer Orientation, January 27, 2019 from 12 - 1 p.m. Do you love to read to kids? For this special volunteer work, they choose only the best and most reliable., so come find out more about this program. Minimum commitment is one year and a minimum of one hour per month. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions. View the website to obtain an online registration form. Takes place in Central Library’s Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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Medicine in Our Backyard, January 28, 2019 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. NBPL Foundation, in partnership with UC Irvine Health, presents Medicine in Our Backyard, a series of lectures featuring internationally known UC Irvine Health physicians who will discuss research and cutting-edge technology in their various fields of expertise. Speaker: Howard Federoff, M.D. Topic: Biomakers and drug repositioning for neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Federoff made international news in 2014 after he led a team of researchers in designing a blood test that predicted the development of Alzheimer’s disease with 90 percent accuracy. He will discuss this groundbreaking discovery and new advances in Alzheimer’s disease research. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; Lecture and Q&A from 7 - 8:30 p.m. No charge to attend. Takes place in Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Mini Science Fair, January 29, 2019 from 4 - 5:30 p.m. Have fun exploring hands-on physics experiments for all ages. Investigate magnetism, static electricity, gravity and more.

All ages welcome. No registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Funding for this program is donated by the Friends of the Library.

Author Kathi Koll, January 29, 2019 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Newport Beach resident and author Kathi Koll will talk about her new book, Kick-Ass Kinda Girl: A Memoir of Life, Love and Caregiving at this special program. Koll, founder of the Kathi Koll Foundation, introduces her beautifully written memoir, inspired by her experiences caring for her late husband, developer Donald Koll, whose debilitating stroke changed their lives dramatically. With an unflinching look at the difficult times and an ability to laugh at herself, while never losing hope for tomorrow, Kolli unveils a powerfully moving story of resilience and inspiration. Her  journey, steeped in the joy of living in the moment, at the best of times and under the worst of circumstances, will offer great emotional and practical support to others facing the challenges of caring for a loved one. Admission to this event is free, however space is limited so registration is recommended. Register at the website.

LEGO Block Party, January 30, 2019 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Course Work Selection, January 30, 2019 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Planning which high school courses you will take in each year is important. Newport Beach Public Library in partnership with C2 Education will help you select courses that make the most sense for you. First, know your graduation requirements. Then figure out which courses you have to take each semester in order to meet graduation requirements. You’ll typically have two or three free class periods each semester -- how will you fill them? Will you take four years of a language? Are there elective AP classes you can take? Does your school offer electives that suit your intended major? Do the colleges or major you want to apply have requirements? By planning ahead, you’ll ensure that you hit all of your graduation requirements while making the most of your elective periods. This is a free event but registration is required and space is limited. Age Level: Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. To obtain an online registration form, visit the website. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

Books & Babies – It’s never too early for storytime. Introduce language and reading to the littlest lap-sitters, 6 - 24 months. Central on Mondays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.; Grant Howald Park’s Community Room on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 11:45 a.m. Mariners on Wednesdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.; Balboa on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Toddler Storytime – Start building a love of reading early with fun stories and songs for toddlers from 24-36 months. Please arrive on time and do not bring older siblings. Central on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Mariners on Thursdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Songs & Stories – Children 2 - 5 years of age will enjoy stories and music, while being introduced to guided movement, yoga and instruments. Grant Howald Park’s Community Room on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 11:45 a.m..

Preschool Storytime – Stories, poems and songs will inspire literary, dramatic and musical fun for kids 3 - 5 years of age. Balboa on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Mariners on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Grant Howald Park’s Community Room on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 11:45 a.m.. Central on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Pajama Storytime – Children from age 3 - 7 can enjoy just-before-bed storytelling fun. Don’t forget to come in your pjs! Central on Mondays at 7 p.m.

Family Storytime – Enjoy family time with stories, songs and a craft geared especially for children ages 3-7. Central on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. www.newportkids.org

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Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.;

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.;

Sunday, Noon – 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday through Saturday,

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Closed Sundays

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

Closed for reconstruction. Scheduled to re-open in Spring 2019. Customers will be able to use services at the Central Library or concierge services at OASIS Senior Center for pickup and return of materials. Existing holds set for pickup at Corona del Mar have been re-routed to the Central Library. Customers can change their desired pickup location by accessing their account online or by contacting the Library.

www.newportbeachlibrary.org

Police Beat Primer

Compiled by Tom Johnson 

Police Beat derives from information in the log maintained at the front counter by the Newport Beach Police Department and required under CA Government Code Section 6254 (f). The press does not have access to written police reports.

Information in the police department log is deemed reliable and StuNewsNewport is not responsible for mistakes made available as public record by the Newport Beach Police Department.

Any person arrested is innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

Abbreviations sometimes used in Police Beat:

647f – Public Intoxication; DUI – Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; NFA – No fixed address; RP – Reporting/Responsible Party; UTL – Unable to locate

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DUI Arrests

Bryan Arnold Grupe, 69, Newport Beach – Saturday, December 8

Fernando Meneses, Jr., 28, Los Angeles – Friday, December 7

Incident Reports

Saturday, December 8

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Justin A. Burns, 47, Costa Mesa

Jose Antonio Cortes Ruiz, 21, Costa Mesa

Zachary Stephen Gates, 25, Merano Escondido

Newport Drive I 00 Block I  DUI and Obstructing/Resisting

10:15 p.m. Bryan Arnold Grupe, 69, Newport Beach, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and obstructing/resisting a peace officer. Bail was set at $2,500.

Hospital Road & Placentia Ave. I Warrant 

9:25 p.m. James Michael Loudon, Jr., 53, Duluth, was arrested on a warrant related to driving under the influence. Bail was set at $15,000.

Superior Ave. I 1500 Block I Paraphernalia, Sharps Waste and Warrant

9:25 p.m. Robert Alan Sellers, 32, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia, illegal transport of sharps waste and a warrant related to indecent exposure. Bail was set at $22,500.

Sherington Place & Irvine Ave. I Warrants 

1:17 p.m. Vincent Lee Feldman, 55, Laguna Hills, was arrested on a warrant related to possession of unlawful paraphernalia and driving under the influence. Bail was set at $25,000.

Newport Center Drive I 1100 Block I Shoplifting

11:21 a.m. Stephen Golkar, 25, Irvine, was arrested for committing a theft crime worth $950 or less. Bail was set at $500.

Beacon St. & Santa Ana Ave. I Paraphernalia

9:50 a.m. Cassandra Leann Simmons, 26, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $500.

Beacon St. & Santa Ana Ave. I Paraphernalia, Burglary Tools, Narcotics and Probation Violation

9:46 a.m. Nicholas Austin Smith, 38, Newport Beach, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia, burglary tools, a controlled narcotic substance and probation violation. Bail was set at $2,500.

Irvine Ave. I 1000 Block I Drunk in Public and Warrant

7:36 a.m. Jose Antonio Cortes Ruiz, 21, Costa Mesa, was arrested for being drunk in public and having an open container. Bail was set at $500.

Friday, December 7

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

John Paul Aceves, 39, Tustin

46th St. I 100 Block I Trespassing

8:09 p.m. Lewis Patrick Hathorne, 53, Costa Mesa, was arrested for trespassing by refusing to leave property. Bail was set at $20,000. 

Avocado Ave. I 1500 Block I Parole Violation

4:12 p.m. Dale Ira Haviland, Jr., 53, Santa Ana, was arrested for parole violation. No bail was set.

Santa Cruz Drive & San Joaquin Hills Drive I Appropriation

12:47 p.m. Terence Lee Adkins, 62, Chatsworth, was arrested for appropriation of lost property. Bail was set at $500. 

W. Coast Hwy. I 4500 Block I Narcotics and Paraphernalia

12:05 a.m. Max James Sweeney, 31, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of a controlled narcotic substance and unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $10,000.

Thursday, December 6

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Justin A. Burns, 47, Costa Mesa

Scholz Plaza I 100 Block I Paraphernalia, Controlled Substance, Narcotics, Appropriating Lost Property, Fictitious Checks and Warrant

11:25 a.m. Gary Nicholas Seeds, 33, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia, a controlled narcotic substance, appropriating lost property, passing fictitious checks and a warrant related to battery of a cohabitant. Bail was set at $25,000.

Scholz Plaza I 100 Block I Paraphernalia, Controlled Substance, Narcotics and Warrant

11:09 a.m. Katherine Carlisle Taylor, 31, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia, a controlled narcotic substance and a warrant related to possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $22,500.

32nd St. & Balboa Blvd. I Paraphernalia, Controlled Substance and Warrant

3:03 a.m. Steven Lawrence Loughery, 42, Huntington Beach, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia, a controlled narcotic substance and a warrant related to possession of methamphetamine. Bail was set at $7,500.

Wednesday, December 5

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Jose Alberto Garcia, 28, Norwalk

Eduardo Orduno, 22, Costa Mesa

Avocado Ave. I 1500 Block I Controlled Substance and Paraphernalia 

8:55 p.m. Gerald Martin Busane, 47, Santa Ana, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $10,000.

Avocado Ave. I 1500 Block I Paraphernalia, Narcotics, Sharps Waste and Warrants

4:31 p.m. Rachel Christina Osborne, 31, Lake Forest, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia and a controlled narcotic substance, illegal transport of sharps waste and warrants related to possession of unlawful paraphernalia and misappropriation of lost property. Bail was set at $22,500.

Newport Center Drive I 900 Block I Grand Theft

3:49 p.m. Marcella Josephine Garcia, 54, Long Beach, was arrested for grand theft by an employee. Bail was set at $20,000.

Irvine Ave. I 1000 Block I Drunk in Public and Warrant

1:25 p.m. Eduardo Orduno, 22, Costa Mesa was arrested for being drunk in public and a warrant related to petty theft. Bail was set at $3,000.

Bristol Street I Costa Mesa I Suspended License, Driver w/o Registration and Driver w/o Insurance

12:53 p.m. Christopher David Briggs, 48, Huntington Beach, was arrested for driving on a suspended license due to a DUI, driving without valid registration and without having insurance. Bail was set at $500. 

Shoreridge I 00 Block I False Imprisonment, Vandalism and Possession of Assault Weapon

9:25 a.m. Sunny H. Dharod, 27, Newport Beach, was arrested for false imprisonment, vandalism and possession of an assault weapon. No bail was set.

Sea Gull Lane & 16th St. I Assault with a Deadly Weapon

8:07 a.m. Avery Lynn Tamblyn, 26, Newport Beach, was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon/cutting instrument. Bail was set at $50,000.

Hoag Drive I 00 Block I Paraphernalia

3:55 p.m. Katherine Carlisle Taylor, 31, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $500.