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 Volume 4, Issue 16  |  February 22, 2019                            


 
 
 

Police Files

Arrest made in cold case murder of 11-year-old Linda O’Keefe, additional witnesses sought

James Alan Neal, 72, of Colorado Springs, was arrested Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the Newport Beach cold case murder of 11-year-old Linda Ann O’Keefe from 1973.

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office along with the Newport Beach Police Department announced at a joint press conference on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. that James Alan Neal was identified as the suspect in the abduction, sexual molestation, and murder of 11-year-old Linda Ann O’Keefe, after a tireless and exhaustive investigation that lasted for more than 45 years.

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(L-R) James Alan Neal (now), James Alan Neal aka James Albert Layton Jr. (vintage photo)

At the news conference, Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said, “We believe he (Neal) did this beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Neal was arrested Tuesday at 6:29 a.m. in “unremarkable” fashion. He is being held in Colorado and has yet to waive extradition. He will be charged with murder and two additional special circumstances, including kidnapping and lewd and lascivious acts.

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Linda O’Keefe, died July 1973, age 11

Spitzer said, “The significant arrest for the brutal sexual assault and murder of Linda O’Keefe is an affirmation to never give up on solving cold cases. The community resolve for justice, cooperation of local law enforcement, and the strategic use of investigative tools like DNA are what helped find answers for this family and community. Our office will work tirelessly to ensure justice is served in a court of law.”

Arrest made Jon Lewis

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Newport Beach Police Chief Jon Lewis addresses the media

Newport Beach Police Chief Jon Lewis said, “For 45 years, the Newport Beach Police Department continued to search for Linda’s killer. Generations of investigators worked on her case. We never gave up.”

O’Keefe was abducted while walking home from Lincoln School in Newport Beach on July 6, 1973. Her body was discovered in the Back Bay the following morning.

DNA from the investigation site was put into the Codis DNA system but failed to turn up any match. Then, last month, investigators “got a hit through indication genealogy DNA” leading them to Neal. NBPD detectives broke the case through genetic genealogy techniques after receiving an investigatory lead from FamilyTreeDNA’s Gene-by-Gene, LTD. laboratory of Houston, Texas with further assistance from genetic genealogist CeCe Moore of Parabon NanoLabs, Inc. of Reston, Virginia.

From there, Spitzer said, “It was good old fashion police work in gathering additional DNA” to solidify the case. Neal is looking at “life without the possibility of parole,” with “the death penalty as a consideration.”

The Newport Beach Police Department launched an extremely detailed Twitter campaign earlier last year focusing on the O’Keefe cold case. “The Twitter campaign created an awareness around the world,” Lewis said.

Authorities said Neal lived in the Newport Beach area back in 1973 working in general construction. Shortly after the murder his family relocated to Chicago. Subsequently, he moved to Florida and switched his name from James Alan George Layton following what Spitzer called “an incident” there.

Newport Beach Police contacted O’Keefe’s two surviving family members, sisters, who said the news was “bittersweet” and another “reminder of what happened.”

Orange County Senior Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy will prosecute the case.

Additionally, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and the Newport Beach Police Department have released a vintage photo of James Alan Neal, also known as James Albert Layton Jr., to seek potential additional witnesses who may have seen Neal at or around the time of the murder (in 1973). The exact date of this photo is unknown, however it was likely taken during the time period of the late 1970s to the early 1980s.

The Newport Beach Police Department asks that anyone who has further information concerning this investigation call the NBPD Cold Case Tip Line at 949.644.3669.

NBPD arrests suspected Citibank robber

Yesterday, Thursday, Feb. 21, the Newport Beach Police Department served a search warrant and arrested Marco Antonio Rodriguez Arango, a 23-year-old resident of San Marcos, for the crime of bank robbery. Arrango was the outstanding suspect in the bank robbery of the Citibank in Newport Beach (1100 Newport Center Dr.) that occurred on February 8. 

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Marco Antonio Rodriquez Arango jail booking photo

Arrango was booked at the Newport Beach Police Department jail on the charge of 211 PC - Robbery.

At this time, it is believed Arrango was involved in two additional crimes that occurred on February 5; the first involved a bank robbery of the Chase Bank in Oceanside and the second was an attempted bank robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank in Escondido.

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Video still from recent Newport Beach bank robbery

Anyone with additional information on this crime is asked to contact Newport Beach Police Detective Prince at 949.644.3762.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Police get their man; airport worker killed and Costa Mesa United gets busy in Newport Beach

Fair Game Tom JohnsonKudos to the Newport Beach Police Department for their apparent solving of the Linda O’Keefe murder dating back to 1973. O’Keefe was the 11-year-old girl walking home from summer school who disappeared. Her body was found the next morning in the Back Bay area.

According to Newport Beach Police Chief Jon Lewis, O’Keefe’s photo has been on display all these years in the Detectives’ office as a reminder of the open case.

Fortunately, a hit last month on some DNA connected with the case tipped off officers to the lead. From there, it was “good old-fashioned police work” to zero in on the subject, 72-year-old James Alan Neal.

Next steps will include extraditing Neal back from Colorado, where he was arrested Tuesday. 

The Orange County District Attorney has promised to prosecute the case with their full capabilities.

Just to make matters more interesting, the District Attorney and NBPD released a vintage photo of Neal from the 1970/80s last evening seeking additional witnesses or information.

Both offices also corrected an earlier statement saying that Neal previously went by the name of James Albert Layton, Jr., and not James Alan George Layton. 

During his time in Newport Beach he is believed to have worked in general construction.

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A blown tire on a John Wayne Airport walkway killed 37-year-old Brandon Allison, of Fullerton, this week in a freak accident.

Allison and a co-worker were attempting maintenance on the jet bridge walkway used to connect the terminal to the aircraft doors when the tire exploded.

The incident occurred Tuesday morning according to an airport spokesperson.

Another employee working with Allison refused treatment.

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Costa Mesa United is a nonprofit group that over the years has raised money to improve sports fields, facilities and programs of local schools.

Most of their efforts have focused on Costa Mesa. That all changed this week when CMU approved a $23,500 grant to support the re-do of the Newport Harbor High School weight room.

NHHS’s population includes 65 percent of students from Costa Mesa.

Over the years, CMU has been instrumental in assisting in the building of both Estancia and Costa Mesa High School football fields, weight rooms and swimming pools.

CMU raises funds through community donations and an annual golf tournament held each January at Mesa Verde Country Club.

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Ben Zdeba, from the City of Newport Beach Community Development Department, let me know that an apparent typo reporting an upcoming date of the General Plan Update Steering Committee needs correcting. 

We previously reported that upcoming dates were March 6 and March 29. The 29th date should be changed to Wednesday, March 20. 

Sorry for the inconvenience.


Tuesday night’s mesmerizing sky

Tuesday nights color

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Jaw-dropping colors light up the skyline on Tuesday

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You Must Remember This: Orange County Illustrated, January 1976

By NANCY GARDNER

I recently came across a couple of old issues of Orange County Illustrated, a magazine published in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Each month it featured an original work of art on the cover* and original illustrations inside including cartoons by Virgil Partch (VIP) and others.

You Must Remember This Orange County Illustrated

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“Orange County Illustrated,” January 1976 cover art by Stella Popowski

An interesting feature was “The County Calendar,” nearly 20 columns of events: Footlights, Exhibitions, Films (festivals and special showings), Music, Special Events, Sports, Lectures and Seminars, Meetings (Datsun Owners Club anyone?) and Special Attractions (Knott’s Berry Farm, admission $2.25, children $1). This was in addition to the “Gallery Guide” that provided a comprehensive listing of commercial art galleries. That’s a lot of service from one publication which also included a section on wines and spirits and one on restaurant reviews. In looking at that section, it reminded me of how much Newport Center/Fashion Island has changed over the years, not just in stores (J. C. Penney’s, Robinson’s, Broadway, etc.) but restaurants as well. I don’t even remember some of those listed. Chicago Gaslight. Apadana. The first seems decidedly down market for today’s Newport Center, particularly as the magazine only gave it two stars out of a possible six. As for the second – belly dancing at Newport Center? Really? I do remember Bob Burns, a longtime mainstay and the Velvet Turtle (four stars both), but this must have been before the Ritz, which isn’t listed. 

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Did Blackbeard’s near the airport welcome pirates?

There were a number of other restaurants that didn’t strike a memory chord – the pirate-themed Blackbeard’s (four star), the Beggar’s Opera (three), Baxter’s Street (three) and Harry’s New York Bar and Grill (four), but there were others I remembered, but which have since closed. Matteo’s in Corona del Mar got a five-star rating and a note that it was a good place for celebrity watching, which seems an odd credit for a place in Corona del Mar. There was Bobby McGee’s at PCH and Bayside. The magazine gave it three stars, but I remember it primarily as a place to dance and meet people. The magazine granted one six-star designation. This was given to Ambrosia in Lido Village, an establishment which really raised the local bar in food preparation. Its closing was much lamented at the time, but that was before Newport became such a gourmet garden with all sorts of highly regarded restaurants, food fairs and even our own local winery. 

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Beggar’s Opera restaurant featured wine, beer and vittles

What Orange County Illustrated was not was a social magazine. There are no pictures of people attending a fundraiser, no effusive coverage of some gala. In fact, there is a rather ironic tone underlying many of the articles, particularly a regular feature, “The Duke of Orange,” which rambles over a variety of county subjects with a somewhat jaundiced view of government: “A rather ridiculous example of bureaucracy at work is...the county’s proposed final budget. It’s fairy tales time again...” It’s hard to imagine Coast Magazine or any of the other glossy publications around today taking that particular note, which is wise. When covering social events, irony is not appreciated. 

*Editor’s Note on the cover artist: Stella Popowski (1931-2008) was a prolific painter, mainly known for abstract and atomic designs. She was also a well-respected jewelry designer. In the U.S., she was active in Los Angeles, Berkeley and San Francisco. Popowski also played a big part in the modernist jewelry movement in Taxco, Mexico. Her jewelry and other works of art are in private collections throughout the world.

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Nancy Gardner, former Mayor of Newport Beach, longtime resident and daughter of Judge Robert Gardner, is a regular contributor to StuNewsNewport.


Stump the Stu

Golden Dragon is illuminating

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This one must have been a head scratcher, as Stu only received two correct answers on where this Golden Dragon resides. It watches over Benihana (actually there are a pair of them) located on the eye-catching blue tile roof at 4250 Birch St., Newport Beach. If you enjoy Japanese hibachi cuisine, head over to Benihana for dishes served tableside by theatrical chefs.

Congratulations to Dominic Tucci and Missy Ann Schweiger.

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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Fifth graders attend FiiN (Fostering Interest in Nature) Camp in Upper Newport Bay 

By LANA JOHNSON

The Newport Beach Recreation & Senior Services Department (NB Rec. Services) partnered with two Newport Beach-based organizations – Camp James and Newport Bay Conservancy (NBC) – to launch its inaugural year of Fostering Interest in Nature – FiiN, beginning this week in Upper Newport Bay.

From Tuesday, Feb. 19 through today, Friday, Feb. 22, NB Rec. Services hosted its first class of 33 fifth graders. This kicked off the eight-week season that will host Title 1 school students from throughout Orange County for a four day, three-night science camp. Students experienced camping in tents, tide pool exploration at the Back Bay Science Center, hiking the educational trails in Big Canyon, water safety with our lifeguards, a boat tour of the harbor and trying their hand at kayaking through the scenic and history-rich Newport Back Bay.

Fifth graders attend FiiN NB Lifeguard Andy Hayes

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Newport Beach Lifeguard Andy Hayes demonstrates water safety

There are a total of six schools participating in the program from Newport Mesa and the Santa Ana Unified School Districts this first year: Fremont Elementary (SAUSD), Heninger Elementary (SAUSD), Diamond Elementary (SAUSD), Romero-Cruz Elementary (SAUSD, two camp weeks), Sonora Elementary (NMUSD, two camp weeks) and Walker Elementary (SAUSD). Camp dates are: 2/19-2/22, 2/26-3/1, 3/5-3/8, 3/19-3/22, 3/26-3/29, 4/2-4/5, 4/9-4/12 and 4/16-4/19. The schools were chosen back in September 2018, based on responses to an email sent out to all Title I schools in SAUSD and NMUSD.

According to Derek Breaux, recreation supervisor of NB Rec. Services, who is overseeing the camp program, “We chose fifth grade, because not only does it coincide with what they are learning in school (Physical Activity, Growth and Development, Personal and Community Health, Earth/Life/Physical Sciences, and incorporation of the Education and Environment Initiative, to name a few), they are also reaching an age where we felt they would be comfortable branching out and staying a few nights away from home.

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Campers collecting phytoplankton and zooplankton in Upper Newport Bay

“Next year, we aim to reach out to other school districts in order to give everyone in Orange County a chance to send their class. We allow a maximum of 40 students each week, meaning we will be serving approximately 320 students this first year. In the future, we do have the capacity to serve anywhere from 350 - 400 per season. We will start recruiting schools for our 2020 program immediately after year one is complete.”

So, how does the FiiN partnership shake out? According to Breaux, Camp James runs the base camp and overnight portions of FiiN, including staffing the tents overnight, running nightly campfire programs and overseeing breakfast and dinner on site. Newport Bay Conservancy oversees the educational portion of camp, staying with the students throughout the day and leading them on the varied activities. 

Fifth graders attend FiiN Viewing plankton

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Students view the plankton they collected under the microscope

This week the youngsters were kept extremely busy: On Tuesday, following setting up their belongings in one of two huge tents, staff conducted ice breaking games. Newport Beach Lifeguard Andy Hayes came out to teach the importance of water safety. Time was set aside to write postcards, which were mailed to the youngsters’ addresses so when they arrived back home they could see what their thoughts were about being at FiiN. Lunch was served by Newport Dunes staff at the Back Bay Bistro, which created a special menu. (Throughout the week, some meals were camp-friendly, allowing the youth to take boxed lunches on the trails if need be, while other kid favorite-meals like tacos and spaghetti were made right at the Bistro.)

After lunch, NBC naturalists took the group to the Back Bay Science Center, where they had hands-on experience with tide pool creatures in the touch tank; performed various science activities in the teaching lab, such as collecting phytoplankton and zooplankton from the Upper Newport Bay (UNB) and then observing the plant and animal creatures under the microscope; walked the trail with binoculars to view birds in UNB (including seeing a nesting osprey); and learned about fresh and saltwater, and how the two types come together at UNB as an estuary. A surprise of the day was seeing a dolphin frolicking in the Back Bay.

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Youngsters experienced the touch tank that was filled with a variety of inhabitants, from lobsters and octopuses to sea urchins, sea stars and anemones

Wednesday was Big Canyon day, where the students hiked from Camp James to the Big Canyon trail system, stopping at educational stations that taught them about native and non-native plants, Native Americans and various other topics that are specific to Newport Bay. Thursday was spent on the water, starting with a boat tour of Newport Harbor, aboard the Cool Breeze, that was donated and captained by the staff from the Fun Zone Boat Company. Then, the students were dropped back off at Camp James where they tried their skills at kayaking and orienteering, which was the first for many of them. For dinner, the Camp James staff cooked up hot dogs and s’mores with the campers, allowing them to experience cooking over an open fire right on the beach.

Friday brought an end to camp activities, where the fifth graders reflected on what they had learned before eating lunch and getting back on the bus to head for home. What an eventful week!

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Instructor Colin Robinson discusses Native American artifacts found at Big Canyon

Thanks to funding made available by the City of Newport Beach and the Lido House Hotel project, for youngsters who attend the camp, their schools only pay the cost of the transportation. Funding was required as a condition of approval of a Coastal Development Permit by the California Coastal Commission for the Lido House Hotel back in October 2015. Pursuant to the terms of the ground lease with RD Olson, the City contributed $975,000 and RD Olson contributed $440,232. These funds are earmarked for the program, allowing FiiN to run for the next 10 years!

For many of the students, this will be their first visit to the beach in addition to the unique hands-on activities planned for them. With an emphasis on marine ecology, FiiN provides an outdoor experience they will never forget, and at the same time fosters stewards of our precious resources. 

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This dolphin was a surprise visitor in Upper Newport Bay

If you would like more information on the FiiN program, contact Derek Breaux, NB Recreation Supervisor, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and visit the City’s website here.

Check out more photos from FiiN camp below

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Sherman Library & Gardens to hold free Hollywoodland lecture

On Wednesday, March 6 at 7 p.m., Sherman Library & Gardens will hold a special lecture: “Hooray for Hollywoodland: 96 Year History of the Hollywood Sign.”

In 1923, Moses H. Sherman, namesake of Sherman Library & Gardens, partnered with several associates to create an upscale hillside housing development named Hollywoodland. Built as a temporary billboard to advertise the development, the Hollywood sign now ranks as one of Los Angeles’ top tourist attractions and one of the most iconic images in the world.

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Historian Mary Mallory presents the fascinating story of how this emblem of glamour and opportunity has come to symbolize the city in which it resides. This is a free event.

To RSVP, call 949.673.0033 or visit www.slgardens.org.

Sherman Library & Gardens is located at 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.


Letter to the Editor:

Reference to CdMHS has little bearing on story

May I respectfully point out that using “former CdM student” in the headline in the last edition (for the Camden Nicholson story, Tuesday, Feb. 19) does two unfortunate things: 1. It adds pain to the 2,000+ CdM students, plus recent grads, who have been through so much loss the past 18 months. 2. It draws negative attention to a school that is doing so many great things and making so many healthy changes since the suicide of one of our beloved students.

While it may be interesting to some that the 27-year-old suspect went to CdM, it is not relevant to the homicide investigation and he attended about 9 years ago. It is not relevant to current events, their timing, or their cause. Mentioning his attendance seems more appropriate as a minor mention (as part of his general background) in the story but not the headline. 

We CdM parents hold our breaths when a tragic event happens in town. “Please Lord, don’t let it be a CdM family” is texted around town every single time, including this one. These kids have been through so much.

Thanks for listening. I’m not intending to be critical but wanted to engender some empathy for the CdMHS community. 

Sincerely,

Ruth Kobayashi

Newport Beach


Sand castles and boats at Balboa Island

Sand castle tower

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Photo by Chris Crosson (Instagram @sandcastlekit)

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A perfect pairing of a stunning sand sculpture and the near dusk-lit harbor

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Sage Hill School gears up for 2nd annual GEMfest

Sage Hill School has announced the return of GEMfest, a celebration-like conference that aims to educate girls in grades 6 - 8 (and their parents) about empowerment, self-esteem and independence, and will host the second annual event on campus on Saturday, March 2 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Back by popular demand, this ticketed event will feature accomplished guest speakers, panels and hands-on workshops that cover a variety of topics including nutrition, wellness, social media, public speaking, habits for a healthy life and more.

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(L-R) Alex Losey, YouTube influencer and Eliza Feffer, co-president of GEMfest

“GEMfest is organized and run by 13 Sage Hill students who are part of the school’s GEM Team (Girls Empowerment Movement),” said Torrey Olins, director of Communications and Marketing for Sage Hill. “Based on what this group has observed in their own lives and what they wish they’d known in middle school, the GEM Team decided on this year’s theme of ‘Emotional and Physical Health & Wellness.’”

The event will kick off with a message from keynote speaker, Kamie Crawford, who is an activist for diversity and body positivity and former Miss Teen USA 2010. Then, attendees can choose to attend one of two panels: Healthy Habits for Middle School Girls or A Mindful Approach to Social Media.

Following the panel discussions, student attendees can partake in a variety of hands-on workshops while parents and chaperones attend a special session led by experts on how to help middle school girls thrive physically, emotionally, and academically during this time in their lives and beyond.

GEMfest 2019 will conclude with a message from keynote speaker, Victoria Garrick, USC Volleyball player and body-image advocate.

Sage Hill School GEMfest committee

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The GEMfest Committee

While learning about the importance of maintaining a balanced lifestyle, GEMfest ticket holders are invited to enjoy lunch, snacks and a special photo pop-up courtesy of The Confetti Project.

This year’s list of panelists and workshops include:

Panelists:

(Healthy Habits)

Sadie Radinsky, 17-year-old food blogger

Aurora Kaye, graduate student at USC Rossier School of Education, youth advocate and Sage Hill alumna

Kelsey Rose, OB/GYN at UCLA and Sage Hill alumna

Daisy Renteria, head Trainer at Orangetheory Fitness and American Ninja Warrior contestant

(Social Media)

Alexa Losey, YouTube influencer

Taylor Hiskey, social media director for Urban Decay Cosmetics

Kenzie Piper, social Media influencer

Krissy Saleh, photographer/social media influencer

Workshops:

–Coding

–Creativity for Self-Care

–Hula Hooping for Fun and Exercise

–My Story, My Way

–The Confetti Project

–Public Speaking

–Yoga for Students

–Adult Workshop for parents

In addition, every attendee will leave with a swag bag filled with gifts from sponsors including Honest Beauty, Lola, Polished Perfect by Twila True, Patchology and Urban Decay Cosmetics.

“The most wonderful element of this event is the impact that it has on young girls in our community,” said Head of School for Sage Hill, Patricia Merz,. “We recognize the importance of giving middle school-age students the opportunity to meet like-minded peers and learn from inspiring and approachable female mentors so that they can make positive changes in their life, school, the community and the world.

Event tickets* are limited with two options available for purchase, including $15 tickets for students and $25 tickets for parents, available online here.

*Ticket Giveaway: GEMfest is holding a ticket giveaway to the March 2 conference for Stu News readers. Parents/guardians of a middle school girl (grades 6 - 8) who would like her to participate in GEMfest may send an email to Miki Akil at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 5 p.m. PST. The first four readers to reach out will each receive a complimentary ticket to attend the conference.

For more information about this event, visit www.gemfestoc.com.

Sage Hill School is located at 20402 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Coast.


Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so let’s see how well you know our town. Identify this partial glance of a sign that includes this vibrant two-toned petal. Where can you find it?

Good luck!

Stu loves publishing the winning answers on Tuesday.

Send your guesses to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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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OC teens take a stand in ending the cycle of relationship violence

Human Options, an Orange County-based nonprofit dedicated to ending the cycle of relationship violence, hosted a “Love Shouldn’t Hurt” Teen Dating Violence Conference on February 16, during National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. Held at Newport Harbor High School, the event focused on raising awareness on teen relationship violence and digital safety.

While many are celebrating love in February, one in three teens in the U.S. experiences dating violence, which is more than any other age group. The conference was designed to get students talking about healthy relationships, destructive gender stereotypes, warning signs of dating abuse, and help them learn safe ways to address occurrences of abuse in their own lives.

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Teens attend the fourth annual “Love Shouldn’t Hurt” conference” at Newport Harbor High School

Celebrating its fourth year, the annual “Love Shouldn’t Hurt: Teen and Parent Conference” was dedicated to promoting awareness about healthy relationships while increasing communication between teens and parents or caring adults. The day included parent and teen workshops, a community resource fair with 15 local agencies sharing about services and resources, activities for younger siblings, swag, opportunity drawing prizes and an opening performance by a teen from the Costa Mesa Family Resource Center Youth Action Council.

This year’s workshops included the importance of adults and teens knowing the facts surrounding digital relationship violence. Defined as the use of technology to bully, harass, stalk or intimidate a partner, this can include constant texts and phone calls, using social media or GPS to track locations, stealing passwords, pressure to send explicit photos and videos and sending negative messages.

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One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse from a dating partner and, according to the CDC, nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year. By empowering teens with the education and tools they need to be advocates and role models for their peers, Human Options is aiming to shift the culture of dating violence and striving to break the ending of relationship violence.

If you’re interested in attending a “Love Shouldn’t Hurt Conference,” Human Options is also hosting one on Saturday, March 2 at Gerald P. Carr Intermediate in Santa Ana, featuring workshops for parents and teens, a complimentary breakfast and lunch, and children’s activities for younger siblings and more.

For more information about Human Options, visit www.humanoptions.org.


ENC Presidents’ Week Camp was filled with outdoor hands-on science education...and lots of fun, too

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In honor of Presidents’ Week, naturalist Gigi Harvey is reading about President Martin Van Buren to the campers in a replica of a Tongva ki, a hut made of tules or willow reeds

The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) held Presidents’ Week Nature Fun Camp for Kids from Monday, Feb. 19 to Thursday, Feb. 21. The camp welcomed children in kindergarten through 6th grade with age-designed crafts and activities, combined with a great deal of fun and laughter. The outdoor hands-on nature-based curriculum was led by knowledgeable ENC naturalists.

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Gigi Harvey’s campers read through directions to create tiger art from recycled materials. This animal was chosen because President Van Buren owned two tiger cubs.

Campers explored and made natural crafts to take home using tools made from materials found in nature, such as making string from native plants, weaving and mask making. They explored the natural world, including traveling back in time and going on a “Native American Adventure” to learn about the tools, trade and customs of the native people of the Tongva (Gabrielino) and Acjachemen (Juaneño) people of Orange County. They sang and played music using authentic Tongva instruments, and used their senses of sight, touch and smell to understand the plants used centuries ago.

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Ashley Coleman, age 9, a student at Carden Hall, shares her finished tiger art

They enjoyed a trip through the redwoods to the waterfall to listen to the sounds and experience animal yoga, competed in paper boat races, discovered pictures in the clouds, embarked on a scavenger hunt, played a pollination game and discussed why pollinators are important and viewed insect parts under the microscope.

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Campers cut out magazine wildlife photos to create animal journals

Exploration of the animal and plant kingdoms took center stage. Campers found out about the differences between mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians and what made each of them unique. They created animal collages (cutting out wildlife pictures from magazines), plant collages (using leaf rubbings), made plant presses and kept nature journals where they wrote and drew what they observed. Arts & crafts were created from found objects or materials which were recycled or upcycled. Youngsters came away experiencing new friends and treasuring new memories.

ENC Lium and animal journal

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Lium Eide, age 7, a student at Top of the World, shares his animal journal

ENC is now enrolling for Summer Nature Camp. Geared toward ages 3 through grade 8 with three different camps offered by age/grade level, it runs from June 24 - August 15. Hours are 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. for a half day or 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. for a full day. To find out more information and what each of the week-long themed eight sessions cover, visit the website at www.encenter.org or call 949.645.8489.

Environmental Nature Center is located at 1601 16th St., Newport Beach.


Time is running out on the Christmas Boat Parade online auction...

Time is running out, but you can still get in on the bidding on more than $30,000 worth of items at the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade online auction. Bidding closes tonight, Friday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m....so hurry!

Get some great auction items while supporting the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Chamber of Commerce.

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Courtesy of NB Chamber of Commerce

Among the more than 60 items available are:

–Hotels and Getaways

–Dining Opportunities

–Entertainment and Shopping

–Harbor, Boating and Cruises

–Items for the Home

–Sports

–Wine

–Health, Fitness and Beauty

Bidding is easy. Just take a look at the items at https://bit.ly/2IdcuDR. If you see something you like, you can quickly and securely register with your credit card and start bidding. If there is an item you know you want, just use the “Buy It Now” button and that item will no longer allow other bids and it is yours!

You can even set up a “proxy” bid amount to bid for you in case you get outbid up to a maximum amount you set. 

Any questions? Call the Newport Beach Chamber at 949.729.4400.

Happy Bidding!


Leadership Tomorrow Alumni mixer on March 12

Leadership Tomorrow alumni are gathering together for a networking mixer to mingle on Tuesday, March 12 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at Lighthouse Bayview Café in Marina Park. If you have experienced Leadership Tomorrow, come relax and reconnect with other alumni.

Admission is $10 and includes complimentary appetizers and a no host bar. Metered parking is free after 6 p.m. (If you have a boat, you can tie it up at the public dock.) The Lighthouse Café will provide picturesque harbor views!

Leadership Tomorrow Lighthouse Cafe

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If you would like to attend, RSVP to www.leadershiptomorrow.org/alumni-mixer.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Leadership Tomorrow provides concerned citizens with a nine-month program for one full business day each month, whereby class participants focus on a workshop dedicated to one aspect of the local community (Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Irvine). To find out more about the programs, view alumni classes and read testimonials, visit the website at www.leadershiptomorrow.org.

Lighthouse Bayview Café is located in Marina Park at 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.


Segerstrom Center welcomes back comedian Brian Regan

Acclaimed comedian Brian Regan returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts for one night only on Friday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Segerstrom Hall.

Critics, fans and fellow comedians agree: Brian Regan is one of the most respected comedians in the country! Declared by Vanity Fair as “the funniest stand-up alive,” Regan made history in 2015 with his special Brian Regan, Live from Radio City Music Hall – the first live broadcast of a stand-up special in Comedy Central’s history. His non-stop theater tour visiting close to 100 cities each year fills the most beautiful venues across North America.

Segerstrom Center welcomes back

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Comedian Brian Regan comes to Segerstrom Hall on April 5

Orange County comedy fans are in for a treat when the celebrated comic returns to the Segerstrom Center this spring.

Single tickets start at $54.50 and are available at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings of 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.


Photograph 51 comes to SCR

On March 3 - 24, Photograph 51 graces the Julia Argyros Stage at South Coast Repertory ( SCR). Performance times and ticket prices vary.

Synopsis: Rosalind Franklin was a British pioneer in science in the early 1950s, yet her groundbreaking role in the discovery of DNA’s double helix structure is still often overlooked. Based on a true story, Photograph 51 presents an intriguing portrait of a complex, courageous woman making her way in a male-dominated field. While rival teams of researchers compete for a breakthrough, Franklin focused and unbending, is locked in a race of her own. A hit in the West End, it was proclaimed “A triumph” by the Telegraph.

Photograph 51

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The play is written by Anna Ziegler and directed by Kimberly Senior.

South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information and tickets, visit www.scr.org.


Pacific Symphony’s Café Ludwig pianist to perform at Samueli Theater

On Sunday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m., pianist and host of Pacific Symphony’s Café Ludwig, Orli Shaham, performs the world premiere of David Robertson’s “A Goldberg Conjecture.” This new version of Bach’s Goldberg Variations reimagines this famous solo harpsichord work for piano and string quartet.

The pianist Orli Shaham, curator and host of the popular chamber music series in Costa Mesa, said she was looking for a different kind of entry point into this seminal work by J.S. Bach. “It’s such an incredible piece,” she said. “Every pianist wants to perform it. And, pretty much every pianist has performed it.”

Pacific Symphonys Cafe LudwigShaham felt that the combination of piano and string quartet was one of maximum versatility, and so she turned to David Robertson to create this new adaptation for her and selected members of the string section of Pacific Symphony. Why him? While Robertson is internationally known as a conductor, he has long had an interest in writing music – even before he triple-majored in composition, conducting and French horn at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Over the past few years, he has created a number of transcriptions for the interactive concert series for children, Orli Shaham’s “Bach Yard” (formerly “Baby Got Bach”).

“A Goldberg Conjecture” is beyond a mere transcription of Bach’s music, It is actually a hybrid form,” Robertson said. “There are places where I allow Bach to be just him, and then there are moments where I really get in there and mess things up. It’s an enlargement of elements that I feel are fascinating within the piece.” Robertson’s title is a play on words of the “Goldbach Conjecture,” an 18th century mathematical treatise.

Shaham is delighted with the way David Robertson takes advantage of the modern keyboard and its reach in this music. “He’s taken into account how different sounds and timbres affect each other. In some cases, he’s put variations on top of one another to be played simultaneously,” she said. “He has created a fascinating sound world employing various string techniques in combination with the piano.” 

The premiere includes just half of the variations from Bach’s original music. Robertson is still working on his ‘conjecture’ of the entire Goldberg Variations, so Café Ludwig audiences have something to look forward to.

For tickets and more details, click here.

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


Balboa Island Classical Series opens with saxophone quartet

On Tuesday, March 12, the Balboa Island Improvement Association (BIIA) presents the first in the 2019 Balboa Island Classical Series, featuring a quartet of saxophones – the Noir Quartet.

The ensemble has performed together since 2013. Their repertoire includes music from Bach to Rock, Beethoven to Ellington.

Balboa Island Classical Series saxophone

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Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert takes place from 7 - 8 p.m., without intermission.

Limited tickets at $10 per person are on sale at Island Home, 313 Marine Ave., Balboa Island.

The saxophone symphony takes place at St. John Vianney Chapel, 314 Marine Ave., Balboa Island.


ENC presents Tiny Naturalists this spring

Join Outreach Coordinator Mindy Schwartz for an unstructured Parent and Me-style class on the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) grounds during Tiny Naturalists this spring on Mondays, March 4 - April 8 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Each week, babies ages three - nine months along with their moms or dads*, will hike out to a different habitat along ENC trails, set up a big blanket, and relax in the shade of the forest canopy. Parents will get to know one another while the babies experience tummy time and free play outdoors. Each session will end with story time and a song.

ENC presents Tiny Naturalists baby with turtle

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This is a six-week series. Strollers are discouraged; baby-wearing devices are encouraged. Registration is required; no walk-ins are allowed.

The cost is $24 for ENC members, $30 for non-members (includes all six classes).

To sign up, visit https://encenter.org/blog/events/tiny-naturalists-spring-2019/.

*Note: Babies only, no older kids permitted to attend.

Environmental Nature Center is located at 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach.


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

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Ethos Contemporary Art | February 23 from 1 - 4 p.m. | Meet local artists and hear more about their work at Ethos inaugural Art House a Salon in Big Canyon. Also, view select works of internationally acclaimed artists from around the world.  Art will be available for purchase. Ethos has chosen Newport Beach Arts Foundation as the charity for this show, and 10 percent of sales will benefit public art in Newport Beach. You must RSVP for the event. The address will be provided after an RSVP is received.

Contact: RSVP with your name at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or contact the gallery at 949.791.8917.

Cure Duchenne | March 2 from 5 - 10 p.m. | Wine connoisseurs and epicureans: Indulge in Napa Valley’s premier wines at CureDuchenne’s Napa in Newport event. From cult wine brands to exquisite cuisine to unparalleled auction lots, Napa in Newport brings together renowned vintners and wine enthusiasts for a truly unforgettable evening. Featuring coveted wines served alongside perfectly paired culinary creations, the Grand Tasting offers a spectacular night of wining and dining, and culminates in a spirited live auction. Celebrity Chef: Casey Thompson, a former finalist and three-time competitor on Bravo’s Top Chef. Cocktail attire recommended. Single tickets: $800. Sponsorships available. With this evening’s proceeds going to CureDuchenne – the nation’s leading Duchenne nonprofit organization with a mission of finding a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy – you can enjoy the festivities all the more knowing you’re supporting a righteous cause. The most common and fatal form of muscular dystrophy, Duchenne is a devastating, progressive muscle-wasting disease most commonly found in young boys. Affecting 15,000 children in the U.S. and 300,000 worldwide, there is currently no known cure for Duchenne. Cure Duchenne is headquartered in Newport Beach.

Contact: www.cureduchenne.org

Takes place at Monarch Beach Resort, 1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point.

CDM Foundation | March 2 from 7 p.m. - 12 a.m. | Neptune in Vegas is an every other year fundraiser presented by the CDM Middle and High School Foundation, and it is open to the public. Come enjoy a fun casino night. Register to attend here. Bassman Blaine is the High Roller Sponsor for the evening, and is offering 20 percent off any piece(s) that you see on their showroom floor, with an additional 20 percent given back to the CDM Foundation. The CDM Foundation is a parent run group that invests in educational programs and campus improvements that help students prosper, have a positive school experience and prepare for their college careers.

Contact: www.CDMFoundation.org

Takes place at Bassman Blaine home furnishings showroom located at 2485 McCabe Way, Irvine.

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian | March 6 - 10 | After an illustrious 20-year partnership with Toshiba, this event is entering a new era with Hoag assuming title sponsor ownership and becoming the Hoag Classic. This tournament will deliver world-class entertainment and infuse millions of dollars into our local economy. The Hoag Classic is televised domestically on the Golf Channel, and internationally on PGA TOUR television partners overseas. This exposure provides benefits that are immeasurable, and the positive light shed on Orange County residually impacts the businesses and individuals who reside here. Pre-tournament events include Monday, March 4: Womanology from 7:30 -10 a.m. in the Newport Beach Country Club Ballroom that will lead guests on a journey to better health and enhancing their well-being. The special event will start with a morning brunch and meet and greet, followed by an entertaining open panel discussion with well-known female leaders and physicians from Hoag. Proceeds from Womanology will benefit the Women’s Health Institute at Hoag. (By pre-purchased ticket only.); Monday Pro-Am - Competing inside the ropes and alongside the legends of the PGA TOUR is the most unique golf and entertainment experience in the world. The Monday Pro-Am offers sponsors the first opportunity to experience the championship course before their favorite PGA TOUR Champions players go head-to-head later that week. Each amateur foursome is paired with a professional in this one day competition; Tuesday, March 5: Breakfast with a Champion from 7:30 - 10 a.m. in the Newport Beach Country Club Ballroom features Darren Clarke. Do you ever wonder about the journey it takes to become a tour pro? Or the most prized moment in an accomplished career? And what it was like playing alongside some of the most influential players in the history of golf – like Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus or Sam Snead? The Breakfast with a Champion event provides an unparalleled opportunity to get to know one of your favorite golf legends like never before. Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2019 Breakfast with a Champion Guest of Honor. (By pre-purchased ticket only.)

Contact: For a detailed roster of tournament events, visit www.hoagclassic.com

Takes place at Newport Beach Country Club, One Clubhouse Drive, Newport Beach.

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BrightFutures4Kids | March 9 | 21st Annual BrightFutures4Kids fundraiser, The Heart of Broadway evening themed Bright Lights, Brighter Futures features dining, dancing, entertainment and silent & live auctions. The elegant gala will unite business and community leaders for a night of awareness and support for child abuse prevention services to many of the 10,000 at-risk children and their families in Orange County. Sponsorships range from $5,000 - $25,000. 

Contact: www.brightfutures4kids.org

Takes place at Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

Childhelp Orange County | March 14 | The 33rd Annual Diamond Jubilee Fashion Show & Luncheon is one of three fundraisers held by the Childhelp Orange County Chapter members each year. At this year’s event, they will honor Childhelp founders, Yvonne Fedderson and Sara O’Meara with the Inspiration Award, and actress and singer, Jen Lilley, with the Children’s Friend Award. Event co-chairs Linda Burns, Patti Edwards and Tami Smith anticipate welcoming 400 guests for an afternoon of friendship, fashion and fun. Childhelp is celebrating its 60th year in the fight against child abuse and neglect. Guests will be treated to a New York Fashion Week runway-style fashion show presented by South Coast Plaza and featuring the latest fashion trends from the likes of Bally, Escada, Intermix, Lafayette 148, Max Mara, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tadashi Shoji and Ted Baker London. David Yurman will offer informal modeling of their jewelry. There will also be an opportunity drawing offering prizes provided by South Coast Plaza designer boutiques. Tickets: $175 - $50,000. To purchase tickets, visit www.one.bidpal.net/childhelpocfashionshow2019.

Contact: Pam Pharris, 949.892.7300. www.childhelp.org

Takes place at Fashion Island Hotel Newport Beach, 690  Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Childhelp dress

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36th Annual Spirit Run | March 17 | This road race and expo take place on St. Patrick’s Day featuring 15 running and walking events with something for every age: from toddler to grandparents, and fitness level, from walkers and joggers to elite runners. Bring your furry friend for the Kriser’s Dog Mile where humans age 13 and older run or walk with their favorite pups. Spirit Run is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with St. Patrick’s Day-themed happenings including T-shirts, a costume contest, and a four-leaf clover medal and coupon for a free “Banger Bites” appetizer at Muldoon’s Irish Pub for adult finishers. Net proceeds benefit education and athletics in local schools.

Contact: For event details and registration, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

and visit www.nmspiritrun.org

Takes place at Fashion Island, Newport Beach.

For A Good Cause Spirit Run logo

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OASIS Senior Center | April 13 from 5 - 9 p.m. | Ole! Ole! Fiesta Fantastica is the annual spring fundraiser presented by Friends of OASIS. Enjoy a fun-filled evening of wining, dining, dancing and gaming including a wheel of fortune, a silent auction and surprise balloon sales with prizes donated by restaurants, retail shops and local services. Live music by Tears of Joy. Tickets are $45. Sponsorship opportunities are available from $250 - $5,000.

Contact: Call Sharon at 1.435.640.3634, Barbara at 949.633.1514, or the Friends of OASIS office at 949.718.1800 for more information. www.friendsofoasis.org

Takes place at OASIS Senior Center, 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar.

Southern California Hospice Foundation | April 16 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. | The Southern California Hospice Foundation’s annual golf tournament is a place where you or your company can become active members of the SCHF Family, as they offer a forum to mingle with individuals of common background who share the beliefs that hospice is a vital, indispensable service for our community. Join the day’s festivities as an individual player, sponsor, or both. You will enjoy breathtaking ocean views from every hole, offering a unique golf experience you will not soon forget. Bring a guest, client, or colleague and enjoy the ultimate Southern California golfing experience. Your support allows this organization to continue to celebrate life and restore hope throughout the years to come. Ticket information: Individual, $600; Sponsorship opportunities from $1,000 - $30,000.

Contact: Michelle Wulfestieg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 877.661.0087. www.socalhospicefoundation.org/events/life-links-love-annual-charity-golf-tournament

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

Southern California Hospice Foundation golfer

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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’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

From Live Theater to Community Happenings, enjoy these!

Classic Cars

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Balboa Car Show | Every Sunday from 7 - 9 a.m. 

Fun Zone Parking lot, 600 E. Bay Ave., Balboa Peninsula

Gem Faire, Continuing through February 24. Features fine jewelry, precious & semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, crystals, gold & silver, minerals & much more at manufacturer’s prices. Nearly 200 exhibitors from around the world. Jewelry repair, cleaning and ring sizing while you shop. Hours: Friday, Feb. 22 from 12 - 6 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tickets: $7 general admission, which is good for all three days; children 11 years and younger are free. Parking is $9.

Contact: www.gemfaire.com

Takes place at Orange County Fair & Event Center in the Costa Mesa Building and Santa Ana Pavilion, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

The Annual OC Home & Garden Show, Continuing through February 24. The 42nd annual Orange County Home & Garden Show features fresh ideas, innovative products, inspiring exhibits and informative workshops. Hours: Friday, Feb. 22 from 12 - 6 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tickets: $8 general admission; $6 seniors (60+ years of age); children 12 years and younger are free. Parking is $9.

Contact: www.thebesthomeshow.com

Takes place at Orange County Fair & Event Center - Los Alamitos and Anaheim buildings and OC Promenade.

“In Residence” landscape oils by Gianne de Genevraye, Continuing through March 1 during Newport Beach Central 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.

Giannes aloe artwork for Newport's Best Bets

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Madame Butterfly, February 23 and 26 at 8 p.m. Puccini’s Madame Butterfly tells the story of a young naïve Japanese geisha who believes that her love for a handsome American naval officer is eternal. With its lush score and heartbreaking arias, it is a timeless tale that will stir your emotions. Carl St.Clair, conductor. Tickets start at $30.

Contact: Call 714.556.2787. www.scfta.org

Takes place at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Madame Butterfly for Best Bets

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Afternoon Tea in the Gardens, February 27 at 2:30 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea in the Garden’s beautiful surroundings. The menu includes a fresh pot of tea, petite fresh currant & chocolate scones, a selection of tea sandwiches and chef’s selection of desserts. Cost: $34 per person plus tax & gratuity. By reservation only.

Contact: For reservations, call 949.673.0033. To view the menu, visit the website.

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

The Takács Quartet, February 28 at 8 p.m. Now entering their 44th season, the Takács Quartet returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts with its new second violinist Harumi Rhodes, who was welcomed into the group earlier this year upon the retirement of founding member Károly Schranz. Based in Boulder at the University of Colorado, the Quartet – Edward Dusinberre, Harumi Rhodes (violins), Geraldine Walther (viola) and András Fejér (cello) – performs 80 concerts a year worldwide. For their Segerstrom engagement the program includes Haydn: Quartet Op. 76 #1, Bartók: String Quartet #6 and Grieg: String Quartet. Tickets start at $39.

Contact: Call 714.556.2787. www.scfta.org

Takes place in the Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

The Takacs Quartet

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Orange County FIRST Robotics Competition, February 28 - March 2. Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology, the FIRST Robotics Competition is the ultimate sport for the mind. High school student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.” Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Hours: Thursday, Feb. 28 from 7:45 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, March 1 - 2 from 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Free admission; Parking is $9.

Contact: www.firstoc.org

Takes place at Orange County Fair & Event Center – The Hangar, Anaheim Building and Baja Blues, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

Flying Miz Daisy Vintage Market, March 1 and 2. Southern California’s Best Vintage Market with authentic, upcycled, repurposed and one-of-a-kind merchandise not found in any department stores. Individual vendors feature Americana and European goods, home decor, furniture, jewelry/clothing, and artisan wares styled & curated in each booth. Hours: Friday, March 1 from 3 - 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 2 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tickets: $7 general admission; free for military (with ID) and children 12 years and younger. Parking is $9.

Contact: www.flyingmizdaisy.com; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.422.0432.

Takes place at Orange County Fair & Event Center - Los Alamitos Building, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

Lantern Festival 2019, March 2 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Bring the entire family and join the Pacific Symphony’s annual Lantern Festival, celebrating the Year of the Pig. The Lantern Festival, which can be traced back 2,000 years, takes place 15 days after the Lunar New Year – on the first full moon night in the lunar calendar – and marks the return of spring, representing the reunion of family. The act of lighting and appreciating lanterns is a way for people to let go of the burdens of their old selves and express their best wishes for themselves and their families for the future. Pacific Symphony and South Coast Chinese Cultural Center/Irvine Chinese School join in presenting this free family-friendly festival in cooperation with Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Commemorate the end of the Lunar New Year celebration with music, dance, art making, riddles and food. Enjoy performances featuring local music and dance groups in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and activities on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. You’ll have the opportunity to decorate your very own lantern, take in live music, try your hand at solving a riddle, take a Chinese folk dance lesson and more. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Due to venue capacity, admission will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the course of the event. Though a ticket does not guarantee immediate admission, ticket holders will be given priority access. Be sure to print out all print-at-home tickets.

Contact: Call 714.556.2787. www.scfta.org

Takes place at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and Julianne and George Argyros Plaza, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Lantern Festival

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Photograph 51, March 3 - 24. Performance times and ticket prices vary. Rosalind Franklin was a British pioneer in science in the early 1950s, yet her groundbreaking role in the discovery of DNA’s double helix structure is still often overlooked. Based on a true story, Photograph 51 presents an intriguing portrait of a complex, courageous woman making her way in a male-dominated field. While rival teams of researchers compete for a breakthrough, Franklin focused and unbending, is locked in a race of her own. A hit in the West End, it was proclaimed “A triumph” by the Telegraph.

Contact: Call 714.708.5500. www.scr.org

Takes place on the Julia Argyros Stage at South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Hooray for Hollywoodland: 96 Year History of the Hollywood Sign, March 6 at 7 p.m. In 1923, Moses H. Sherman, namesake of Sherman Library & Gardens, partnered with several associates to create an upscale hillside housing development named Hollywoodland. Built as a temporary billboard to advertise the development, the Hollywood sign now ranks as one of Los Angeles’ top tourist attractions and one of the most iconic images in the world. Historian Mary Mallory presents the fascinating story of how this emblem of glamour and opportunity has come to symbolize the city in which it resides. This is a free event.

Contact: To RSVP, call 949.673.0033, or visit the website.

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

Aladdin, March 6 - 23 (no performances on March 11 and March 18). Performance times vary. From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of ALADDIN, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. Hailed by USA Today as “Pure Genie-Us,” ALADDIN features all your favorite songs from the film as well as new music written by Tony and Academy Award winner Alan Menken (Newsies) with lyrics penned by the legendary Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast), Tony Award winner Tim Rice (The Lion King, Aida), and book writer Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer). Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Something Rotten!), this “Fabulous” and “Extravagant” (The New York Times) new musical boasts an incomparable design team with sets, costumes and lighting from Tony Award winners Bob Crowley (Mary Poppins), Gregg Barnes (Kinky Boots) and Natasha Katz (An American in Paris). Recommended for ages 6 and up. Tickets start at $26.50.

Contact: Call 714.556.2787. www.scfta.org

Takes place at Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Aladdin for Best Bets

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Kids Peaceful Painting with Miss Erna, March 9 from 12 - 3 p.m. This workshop is geared to give your child a chance to spend time in a garden and be surrounded by nature’s beauty. Children will be encouraged to find their unique creative expression. This workshop provides a stress-free space where everyone is welcome. Open to all ages. Children 6 and under need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please bring a snack. All supplies provided. Class sizes are limited. Cost: $40 Friends, $50 Non-members.

Contact: Call 949.673.0033, and sign up at the website.

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

Afternoon Tea in the Gardens, March 13 at 2:30, 2:45 and 3 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea in the Garden’s beautiful surroundings. The menu includes a fresh pot of tea, petite fresh currant & chocolate scones, a selection of tea sandwiches and chef’s selection of desserts. Cost: $34 per person plus tax & gratuity. By reservation only.

Contact: For reservations, call 949.673.0033. To view the menu, visit the website.

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

Afternoon Tea

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Watercolor Class: Florals and Brush Lettering with Erna, March 15 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join local artist Erna Van Dyk as she teaches you how to see and paint color and simple shapes. Classes are designed for all levels of painter and non-painter. Each participant will take home his/her own charming painting. Maximum: 12 people. Cost: $35 Friends, $45 Non-members.

Contact: Call 949.673.0033, and sign up at the website.

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

Sleeping Beauty for Kids, March 16 at 10 and 11:30 a.m. The whole family will enjoy this program for children. Sleeping Beauty for Kids is an abridged narrated version of the classic ballet presented by Festival Ballet Theatre. The shortened performance, the heart-warming production of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, brings to life fabled storybook favorites Princess Aurora, Puss ‘n Boots, Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf…characters that remind us that good always triumphs over evil. Admission is free. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Ticket distribution, for both shows, will begin at 9 a.m. Ticket holders should return 15 minutes prior to the show to be seated.

Contact: www.newportbeachlibrary.org

Takes place at the Central Library’s Friends Room,100 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Sleeping Beauty for Kids ballerina Newport's Best Bets

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Phantom of the Opera, March 17 at 3 p.m. Organist and internationally renowned silent-film accompanist Dennis James provides a chilling soundtrack to the classic 1925 silent film The Phantom of the Opera (1925), starring Lon Chaney Sr. as the dreaded Phantom who terrorizes the Paris Opera House in an attempt to make the woman he is infatuated with a celebrity. See this extraordinary film on the big screen while experiencing the overwhelming sounds from the 4,322-pipe organ. Tickets start at $10.

Contact: Call 714.556.2787. www.scfta.org

Takes place at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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Sunday Musicale, March 17 from 3 - 4 p.m. Actress and Mezzo Soprano, Rigby Jones (Pacific Opera Project, Boston Conservatory), and pianist, Martin Borsanyi, perform a dynamic, dramatic, multilingual program from the European cabaret tradition, centered on the favorite works of Kurt Weill and Edith Piaf. Translations provided.

Contact: www.newportbeachlibrary.org

Takes place at the Central Library’s Friends Room,100 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Floyd Collins, March 22 - April 21. Performances take place Thursdays through Sundays; times vary. Tickets: $25. “In 1925, a heedless Kentucky spelunker, Floyd Collins, got trapped underground while searching for a cave big enough to turn into a tourist attraction. The rescue effort gained national attention with reporters being sent from all over to cover the story, becoming the first media circus, everyone looking to cash in on Floyd’s misfortune.” Variety. A Lucille Lortel award winner for Best Musical. Book and additional lyrics by Tina Landau. Obie award-winning music and lyrics by Adam Guettel.

Contact: For tickets and box office hours, call 949.631.0288. www.ntaconline.com

Takes place at Newport Theatre Arts Center, 2501 Cliff Drive, Newport Beach.

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Block Printing Workshop, March 23 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Taught by instructor Elizabeth James from Pacific and Rose Textiles, learn step-by-step the ancient art of hand block-printing, including classic Indian design principles, printing bed and ink tray preparation, and blocking-printing techniques. After first practicing on paper, you’ll complete two large flour sack kitchen towels. Plan your design from a selection of vintage woodblocks from her personal collection. Block printed examples will be exhibited to inspire your inner design child. All tools and supplies will be furnished, with an instruction pamphlet for you to keep, as well as a free surprise gift. Additional

vintage woodblocks and tea towel blanks will be available for purchase. James’ collections of home and lifestyle products have been hand block-printed in her Jaipur, India workshop since 2001. Cost: $70. Reserve you spot at www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com/collections/seaside-events.

Contact: 949.290.7249. www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

Takes place at Seaside Gallery & Goods, 124 Tustin Ave., Newport Beach.

Block Printing for Newport's Best Bets

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Afternoon Tea in the Gardens, March 27 at 2:30 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea in the Garden’s beautiful surroundings. The menu includes a fresh pot of tea, petite fresh currant & chocolate scones, a selection of tea sandwiches and chef’s selection of desserts. Cost: $34 per person plus tax & gratuity. By reservation only.

Contact: For reservations, call 949.673.0033. To view the menu, visit the website.

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

Zakir Hussain & Masters of Percussion, March 27 at 8 p.m. An international phenomenon, Grammy Award-winning tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain is one of the foremost percussionists of the contemporary world whose brilliant and exciting performances have established him as a national treasure of India. Considered one of the greatest musicians of our time, he along with his legendary father and teacher, Ustad Allarakha, has elevated the status of his instrument, the tabla, both in India and around the world. Masters of Percussion, an outgrowth of Hussain’s memorable tours with his father, has enjoyed successful tours in the West since the mid-1990s, and this performance showcases Indian ragas, rhythms and traditional dance. Widely recognized as a chief architect of the world music movement, Hussain received a Grammy Award in the Best Contemporary World Music category for Global Drum Project with drummer Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, Latin jazz percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo and Nigerian percussionist Sikiru Adepoju. He has also participated in historic collaborations, including Shakti, Remember Shakti, Diga, Planet Drum, and his ever-changing musical feast, Masters of Percussion. Program to be announced. Part of the Orange Series, sponsored by Judith and Howard Jelinek. Tickets start at $28.

Contact: Call 714.556.2787. www.scfta.org

Takes place at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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¡DAMAS! Celebrating Women Creators, March 27 at 8 p.m. In honor of International Women’s Month, meet inspiring female creators and discover your own creative voice as we celebrate the power and diversity of women in Orange County. From painters to poets and everything in between, this free event recognizes the importance of women and the innovative ways in which they use art to better our community. Enjoy live music and compelling speakers and learn about the many forms that self-expression takes. Free; no tickets required.

Contact: Call 714.556.2787. www.scfta.org

Takes place at the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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UnSung Heroes, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. Featuring creators ranging from medieval mystic Hildegard von Bingen to 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw, and including a world premiere by Seattle composer and conductor Karen P. Thomas, UnSung Heroes brings the genius of music written by women to the forefront. Robert Istad, conductor. Pacific Chorale performs. Tickets start at $20.

Contact: Call 714.556.2787. www.scfta.org

Takes place at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

UnSung Heroes for Best Bets

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Poor Yella Rednecks, March 30 - April 27. Performance times and ticket prices vary. In the award-winning Vietgone, Qui Nguyen recounted his parents’ hot and hilarious courtship in a Vietnamese refugee camp in 1975. Now, six years later, Tong and Quang are building new lives in a foreign land called Arkansas. But marriage is hard –especially when she’s having doubts and his first one isn’t over yet. One family’s history makes for a raucously funny, deeply moving take on the immigrant story, told with hip-hop style. Performances occur on the Segerstrom Stage. 

Contact: Call 714.708.5500. www.scr.org

Takes place at South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Poor Yella Rednecks for Best Bets

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Mosaic Hummingbird Class on April 2 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. This class will sell out. Pre-registration is required.

Contact: Call 949.673.0033. www.slgardens.org

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

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Sheepdog, April 14 - May 5. Performance times and ticket prices vary. What begins as a love story about two Cleveland cops – a black woman who falls for her white male partner – changes when he shoots a young black man in the line of duty. Amina loves Ryan. But can she trust her heart when the truth about the shooting, and her man, becomes more and more slippery? A relationship gets shaken to the core in this riveting drama by an up-and-coming playwright. Written by Kevin Artigue and directed by Leah C. Gardiner. Recommended for ages 14 and older.

Contact: Call 714.708.5500. www.scr.org

Takes place on the Julia Argyros Stage at South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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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


DUI Arrests

Sean Steven Ullom, 50, Corona – Tuesday, February 19 (with prior)

Catelyn Nicole Link, 21, Huntington Beach – Tuesday, February 19

Jamie Elizabeth Bullard, 41, Newport Beach – Tuesday, February 19

Denise Joan Zak, 57, Newport Beach – Tuesday, February 19

Rayner Oswaldo Chicarrillo, 26, Irvine – Monday, February 18

Salatiel Gomez, 25, Costa Mesa – Sunday, February 17

Incident Reports

Tuesday, February 20

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Karen Lauren Galindo, 24, Los Angeles

Birch St. & Orchard Drive I Warrant

11:07 p.m. Joseph Phillip Baker, 33, Buena Park, was arrested on a warrant related to petty theft. Bail was set at $15,000.

Hoag Drive I 00 Block I Sharps Waste and Paraphernalia

10:48 p.m. Dustin James Nordvall, 39, Costa Mesa, was arrested for illegally transporting sharps waste and possessing unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $500.

19th St. & W. Balboa Blvd. I Under the Influence, Riding Bicycle on a Sidewalk and Controlled Substance

9:20 p.m. Sean Aaron Flinn, 53, Huntington Beach, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance, riding a bicycle on a sidewalk and possessing an illegal controlled substance. Bail was set at $2,500.

Second Ave. & Goldenrod Ave. I Warrants

8:05 p.m. Bryan Andrew Apelian, 37, Downey, was arrested on a warrant related to possession of methamphetamine. Bail was set at $10,000.

8:00 p.m. Edward G. Foulds, 51, Anaheim, was arrested on a warrant related to domestic battery. Bail was set at $10,000.

E. Ocean Front Alley & Main St. I Failure to Stop

8:58 a.m. Johnny Lewis Matara, 68, Big Bear City, was arrested for failing to stop at a stop sign. Bail was set at $500.

Lido Park Drive & Anchorage Way I Receiving Stolen Property, Controlled Substance, Controlled Substance without Prescription and Driving while Suspended/Revoked

3:45 a.m. Cody Allen Hammer, 19, Anaheim, was arrested for receiving stolen property with a value less than $950, possessing a controlled substance, possessing a controlled substance without a prescription and driving while suspended/revoked. Bail was set at $2,500.

W. Coast Highway & Riverside Ave. I Paraphernalia and Controlled Substance

12:08 a.m. Damian John Warren, 36, Santa Ana, was arrested for possessing unlawful paraphernalia and possessing a controlled substance. Bail was set at $2,500.

Monday, February 18

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Eduardo Orduno, 22, Costa Mesa

E. Coast Highway I 300 Block I Threaten Crime

7:11 p.m. John Ara Hasekian, 60, Sherman Oaks, was arrested for threatening a crime with the intent to terrorize. Bail was set at $50,000.

Dover Drive & Irvine Ave. I Narcotics, Destroying/Concealing Evidence and Addict Driving Vehicle

3:22 a.m. Thomas Michael McConville, 48, Anaheim, was arrested for possessing a narcotic controlled substance, destroying/concealing evidence and being an addict driving a vehicle. Bail was set at $10,000.

Riverside Ave. & Cliff Drive I Under the Influence, Controlled Substance, Paraphernalia and Sharps Waste

1:33 a.m. Nathan Jeffrey Shuler, 27, Costa Mesa, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance, possessing a controlled substance, possessing unlawful paraphernalia and illegally transporting sharps waste. Bail was set at $2,500.

Sunday, February 17

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Robert Oxier, 36, Fontana

Jeffrey Joseph Noon, 64, Laguna Beach

Audrey Karikan Chase, 29, Costa Mesa

Michael Stephen Lenox, 55, Hemet

Ravi Ramesh Dolwani, 31, Newport Beach

Eastbluff Drive & Jamboree Road I Loaded Firearm, Driving without a License and Concealed Weapon

11:23 a.m. Jony Joel Garciabeiza, 33, Santa Ana, was arrested for carrying a loaded firearm, driving without a license and carrying a concealed weapon in vehicle. Bail was set at $500.

E. Coast Highway & Cameo Highlands Drive I Warrant

3:55 a.m. Matthew John Ehlen, 36, Lake Elsinore, was arrested on a warrant related to violating a protective order. Bail was set at $15,000.

W. Coast Highway I 3300 Block I Battery

12:06 a.m. William Christopher Radican, 34, Newport Beach, was arrested for battery. Bail was set at $500.