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Volume 3, Issue 16                                                                         February 22, 2018


 
 
 

Police Files

Strong-arm robbery leads to fight with arriving police officers

On Friday night, Feb. 17, at 10:51 p.m., Benjamin Adam Gavello, 26, Santa Ana, approached a clerk at a gas station store in the 1600 block of Jamboree Road and lunged at her aggressively in an attempt to steal merchandise that she was holding. The clerk was able to avoid contact with him and withdraw to safety, but Gavello did not leave the premises.  

The clerk called NBPD and several officers responded. Gavello was repeatedly uncooperative with officers, and eventually combative. A fight ensued, and one officer sustained minor injuries as a result. Gavello was eventually handcuffed and subsequently arrested for the listed charges.

He was arrested and charged with obstructing/resisting an executive officer, attempt to commit felony crime and strong-arm robbery. His bail was set at $20,000.

Garage burglary leads to two arrests

On Monday, Feb. 19, numerous citizens called the Newport Beach Police Department to report suspicious persons looking into vehicles, looking over fences, and walking into garages near the area of 40th Street and Balboa Blvd.  

One witness reported that a male, later identified as Erick Olguin Garrido, 19, of Costa Mesa, and a female, later identified as Melissa Cristina Rendon, 22, Costa Mesa, were seen inside an open garage, going through a vehicle that was parked inside. 

Officers responded to the area and spotted Garrido on 40th Street. When the officers attempted to detain him, he was repeatedly physically and verbally uncooperative.

Another officer located Rendon walking out of an alley between 44th Street and 43rd Street onto Balboa Blvd.

After a thorough field investigation, officers determined that the pair had committed a burglary inside the open garage and both individuals were arrested. 

The total loss of the burglary is unknown at this time.

Garrido was charged with burglary, no forced entry, and obstructing resisting a peace officer. Rendon was charged with burglary. Bail was set at $50,000 each.

Man batters family member and is arrested

An employee at a grocery store contacted NBPD to report that a woman needed assistance. The woman had apparently been the victim of battery by a family member of hers. 

The suspect was later identified as Matthew Michael Carpenter, 26, Newport Beach. Reports are that he had been acting strangely for a few weeks before becoming aggressive and physically violent.

The victim was able to escape the home shortly before 7 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18, where the battery occurred and flee to the store for assistance. 

Officers responded and, after interviewing the victim and suspect, arrested Carpenter for battery with serious bodily injury. His bail was set at $25,000.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime reports

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Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Discovering poke and liking it

Tom Johnson

Someone asked me recently if I like poke. To be honest, I told them that I’d never had it. After all, if I needed a fish fix, I’d always just head over to Wahoo’s, polish off a few fish tacos and I was good to go. Need I say more?

That being said, my lifelong poke absence all changed this week when I came across a new place named Aloha Poke Co. It’s just across the border in Costa Mesa, at 283 E 17th Street, next to the Burger Lounge.

Never having eaten it before, I let their Regional Executive Director, McKensie Kahnweller, order for me. She suggested the crunch bowl, saying it was packed with- white rice, marinated tuna & salmon, green onions, jalapeños, cucumbers, edamame, onion crunch (the secret best ingredient). Then, the bowl was topped with sesame seeds, tobiko, and their signature samurai sauce and spicy mayo.

It was outstanding. Where have I been?

The vibe at Aloha Poke Co. is cool, with communal tables in a relaxed setting. 

Here’s another thing, when I spoke with their management team, they told me that they want to get heavily involved in the community, specifically mentioning Newport Harbor High School

So, whoever you are in Newport Beach or Costa Mesa, if you’re looking for a fundraiser or party place, or a caterer, give them a try.

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It’s always nice to see good things happen to good people. Just found out that Beverly Morgan has the new position of Event & Venue Coordinator for Sherman Library & Gardens.

Her LinkedIn post explains her positions as follows: “I maintain a 360-degree view of the Library & Gardens events, including floral and garden classes, painting workshops, yoga classes for kids and adults, movie nights and Library lectures, all open to the public. The property is also a desirable destination for wedding ceremonies and receptions, special luncheons, brunch, afternoon tea and Celebration of Life ceremonies. (Our) annual fundraisers include the Private Gardens Tour, taking place on April 21, and Nights of 1,000 Lights, a dazzling array of unique light displays for one week during the holiday season.”

Sounds like she’s found the right spot.

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Mark your calendar for the Fifth Annual Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival, scheduled in the fall on October 5 - 7 at the Newport Beach Civic Center

Can’t believe this will be five years.

Stefanie Salem always seems to do a great event and attracts the big names as headliners. She also adds new components each year that become extremely popular, so make sure you watch for her announcements.

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Okay, so have you entered the Spirit Run? It’s coming up in the Fashion Island area on Sunday, March 18. 

Here’s why this is a great event…they pretty much have something for everyone. There’s an Elite Mile with a cash purse for those better runners.

There are kid runs, a dog run, serious 10k events and more. Plus, if you’re any good, there are lots of prizes to be won. There are also fundraising opportunities for youth team entries. The good news, there’s still time to enter.

Check it out at http://nmspiritrun.org

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Tickets for Segerstrom Center’s HAMILTON go on sale next Monday

HAMILTON

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Photo by Joan Marcus

HAMILTON Company from the HAMILTON National Tour

Producer Jeffrey Seller and Segerstrom Center for the Arts are pleased to bring HAMILTON to Orange County audiences for the first time on May 8 - 27 in Segerstrom Hall. Single tickets will go on sale to the public this Monday, Feb. 26 at 9 a.m. at www.scfta.org and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa.

There is a maximum purchase limit of four (4) tickets per account for the engagement. Tickets range from $80.75 to $200.75 with a select number of $600.75 premium seats available. There will be a lottery for all performances, with details to be announced closer to the engagement. The 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, May 19 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation.

With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacomoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. An immigrant from the West Indies, Hamilton became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now.

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

 


Stump the Stu

Oldie but goodie is this week’s answer

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Well, it’s obvious that the Chicken Coop is a pretty popular place judging by the correct guesses. Formerly known as Zubie’s and Le Biarritz, it’s now just the Chicken Coop, located at Newport Boulevard and Westminster Avenue.

Here are a couple of the comments accompanying the answers: “the one and only,” and, “Chicken Coop…everybody’s favorite eatery and watering hole.”

Michele McCormack, Dominic Tucci, Joe Stapleton, Melissa Gleason, Lisa Applebee, Sue DeMille, Mike Villani, Nichol Cokas, Jim Kaminsky and Debbie Bibb all answered correctly.

If you have a unique spot or icon around town that you think StuNewsNewport readers would enjoy finding out about, please shoot it, share it and give us the answer, so we can challenge them!


CdM’s fire risk could be annual town meeting topic

By AMY SNIDER SENK

For almost 30 years, city fire officials and Corona del Mar residents have worried about a fire in Buck Gully or Morning Canyon that could spread embers and flames and burn down the entire town. After wildfires last year brought historic levels of death and destruction to California, the danger locally has once again reclaimed the spotlight.

“I don’t want to read that five or 10 homes have burned down, and that a fire is out of control, and that’s what could happen,” said Linda Oeth, a CdM resident, at the February board meeting of the Corona del Mar Residents Association.

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A view of Corona del Mar from Lower Buck Gully

The meeting’s featured speaker was Newport Beach Fire Chief Chip Duncan, who has been with the department since 1987 and last year took the top job. He described the city’s regular inspection of Buck Gully, Morning Canyon and Newport Coast, and he said fire risk management is taken seriously but is being managed safely. When homeowners in the inspected areas aren’t following the code regarding brush, tree height and other risks, they are cited. Eventually, he said, they could be fined and the city would take over cleanup of the property.

But residents at the meeting, held at the OASIS Senior Center, said that the city should consider stricter rules and enforcement following the devastating wildfires last year throughout the state.

Oeth read a 1990 newspaper article that described some residents’ resistance to clearing brush from Buck Gully, and another member recalled that a decade or so later, a resident formed a group called Friends of Buck Gully to fight against clearing vegetation for fire control reasons. That group appears to have disbanded, but for years, there was a certain level of resistance when it came to clearing the canyons from fire fuel.

“I think the time has come to revisit this and not back down,” said CdMRA board member Sandie Haskell, who lives along lower Buck Gully. “I’ve personally had to pull little kids out of the canyon who were about to set off fireworks. It’s (a wildfire) destined to happen.” And if a fire starts in a canyon, embers and sparks could cause it to spread, especially if high winds and other hazardous conditions are in place.

“It’s going to cascade,” said CdM resident Laura Curran.

Nine years ago, the city’s fire marshal, Steve Bunting, warned of the same danger, saying his big fear was that “we’re going to lose the whole village.” Bunting retired in 2010, and currently there is no fulltime replacement in place. Chief Duncan has been acting as the city’s official fire marshal, but he conceded that he has more experience in operations that in studying and rewriting municipal codes. Hiring a full-time fire marshal to work on risk management with expertise in not only local regulations but with state rules, environmental concerns and enforcement policies could be key to managing and updating the city’s approach to fire danger.

City Councilman Scott Peotter said he’d have “no problem” bringing the matter up to the Council, and the CdMRA board decided to form a committee to consider the issues and to work with city staff.

Meanwhile, the topic will be discussed again at the CdM Annual Town Meeting scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 18 at Sherman Library & Gardens.

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Amy Snider Senk has lived in Corona del Mar for 17 years and until last year 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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Crescent Hotels flips Duke Hotel Newport Beach to a Renaissance hotel

Crescent Hotels & Resorts rebranded the Duke Hotel Newport Beach to the Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel. All of the hotel’s 444 guestrooms, as well as the lobby, restaurant and banquet space, will be fully renovated for the conversion, which is expected to be completed in spring 2018.

The upscale hotel located at 4500 MacArthur Blvd. is two minutes from the John Wayne Airport, and offers business and leisure guests access to Balboa Island, the Newport Beach Pier and Fashion Island.

Former Duke Hotel Newport Beach

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The former Duke Hotel Newport Beach

The property offers a variety of rooms and suites for guests traveling alone or with the entire family. Each guestroom is decorated in cool relaxing colors. Some rooms offer balconies, while others include pool views or overlook Orange County.

The 10-story Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel’s amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, valet parking, laundry services, a rooftop swimming pool, an outdoor garden area and a 10,000-square-foot patio complete with a waterfall and fireplace. The hotel also provides a 24-hour fitness center, a basketball court, a bocce court and tennis court.

The hotel has a new restaurant and full-service bar – Current – serving coastal cuisine, local craft beers and specialty cocktails, and offers live entertainment from 5 - 7 p.m. nightly. The lobby experience has been redesigned, and with the addition of the Driftwood Ballroom providing natural light, the hotel now has 27,000 square feet of meeting space to accommodate functions for up to 750 people.

Crescent Hotels & Resorts currently operates more than 100 hotels, resorts and conference centers in the U.S. and Canada. Crescent also operates a collection of independent lifestyle hotels and resorts under Latitudes Collection, Lifestyle by Crescent. Crescent’s clients are made up of hotel REITs, private equity firms and major developers.

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You Must Remember This: Just two tables and 10 counter seats…

By NANCY GARDNER

I was paddling in the bay the other day and passed one of those fishermen in inner tubes. As I paddled by, I thought how much he looked like the late John McIntosh. John and his wife Audrey founded a food empire, and it all began with a small coffee shop in Corona del Mar. It had two tables and 10 counter seats, and they called it the Snack Shop (the site of today’s CdM Ruby’s). It soon became noted for the quality of the food with special acclaim for the sour cream salad dressing and pies. Over the years, they opened more Snack Shops and then, in 1960, came Reuben’s. Unlike today with restaurants opening every other week, it was a big deal, this new restaurant in town, and it was also an immediate success, probably because they’d found a great niche.

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Do you remember the Snack Shop in Corona del Mar?

The other restaurants in town tended to fall into one of two categories. There was fine dining such as at the Arches or Hurley Bell. When you went to those restaurants, you ate sophisticated food (at least to our provincial tastes), and you dressed up. Otherwise, your choice was a coffee shop. The McIntoshes hit that perfect middle. They focused on good ingredients prepared very well, and quickly became known for their steaks and fried chicken. They also hit the perfect middle in their ambience – much more upscale than their Snack Shops but far less stuffy (or formal) than other fine dining establishments. Reuben’s was so popular that a friend of mine, Chris Carney, was able to put her husband through college just on what she made in tips there.

If the dining room was a success, the bar was another dimension beyond that. Reuben’s was the scene of its day, and unlike today, it wasn’t a buzz for a few months. For years, it was the place to be for the drinking establishment. All sorts of high jinks occurred there, but one particular activity made for some interesting moments. It became a game of the regulars to try to make off with a piece of the decor during business hours, the bigger the piece and the busier the time…the better. In response, the management nailed down everything they could think of to prevent its departure, but the clientele was nothing if not inventive. The prize winner was the man who made off with one of the large tub chairs from the bar, scuttling out with his trophy at nine p.m. on a Friday night.  Today, he is a respected citizen whose name I will not mention, merely note that in his post-Reuben years, he has become stalwart in his support of sober living activities, helping any number of people reach and maintain sobriety.

With Reuben’s so successful, other restaurants followed including its next-door neighbor the Reuben E. Lee, and Far West Services was formed to manage everything. To staff the various restaurants, Far West developed a training program renowned in the industry for its thoroughness. By the time you got to be a manager of a Far West restaurant, you knew everything about the business, including how to bus a table. Far West was also innovative. As a manager, Ben Cagle was one of the, if not the, first to promote Monday Night Football in a bar, something so ubiquitous today it seems odd that there was ever a time without it. The company racked up success after success and was finally bought by a larger company for what by today’s billion-dollar mergers would sound like small potatoes, but provided a very comfortable retirement for its founders.

While they eventually divorced, both John and Audrey remained Newport Beach residents for life. Audrey focused her tremendous energy on real estate while John, who remarried, indulged his love of fishing with places in both Alaska and Cabo in addition to his home in Corona del Mar. And it all started with two tables and 10 counter seats. 

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

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Sign of the times

Sign of the Times - on Thursdays we give you a partial glimpse of a sign around town. You guess what the overall name of the business is and where it’s located. 

Here’s the key to this week’s guess, you either know it or you don’t.

Send your guesses to Lana Johnson, SNN Editor, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’ll print the names of those that correctly guess on Monday.

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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Segerstrom Center presents HAMILTUNES:AN AMERICAN SING-ALONG on the Plaza

Argyros Plaza

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts invites fans and fanatics of Broadway’s mega hit Hamilton to gather on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza and let their collective voices ring out during HAMILTUNES: AN AMERICAN SING-ALONG.

Everyone is a star in this fun community sing-along on Saturday, March 3 from 4 to 6 p.m. (between the 2 and 7:30 p.m. performances of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I in Segerstrom Hall). Costumes are encouraged!

HAMILTUNES: AN AMERICAN SING-ALONG will be hosted by three-time Emmy Award-nominated Broadway conductor, pianist, comedian, writer, SiriusXM Broadway channel deejay, and host of his own talk show, Seth Rudetsky.

HAMILTUNES is absolutely free, and there are many ways to participate. For those with stage fright – join the chorus of your Hamilfriends who will share the Argyros Plaza with you. Those who aspire to portray solo roles must sign up in advance on the Center’s website at www.SCFTA.org, and answer three questions: What songs would you like to sing? What role would you like to portray? And, within the role you would like to portray, which of that character’s songs would you like to sing? No previous experience anywhere is required. Casting is at random on the evening of the show.

Some roles may be multi-cast, with several people portraying the same character. Individuals singing solo roles will be coached and rehearsed by Rudetsky prior to the performance. Who will portray King George? Who will be Aaron Burr? Who will be the Schuyler sisters? And…who will be the evening’s Alexander Hamilton? It will be a great event when voices from all over Orange County gather to sing out for HAMILTUNES. So, sign up now!

The Julianne and George Argyros Plaza is located at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. www.scfta.org


Party like a planner at this open house

Civic Center

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The City of Newport Beach’s Community Development Department is hosting an open house and community forum to showcase the planning process and how to participate and stay informed. The event is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 26 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Civic Center Community Room, located at 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach. 

Community members are encouraged to attend to meet the City staff who are responsible for processing projects, large and small, through the many City codes, zoning and other requirements. There will be a brief presentation with staff providing a general overview of a few projects they are working on. Then, attendees will have plenty of time to ask questions and mingle with staff. 

Whether you are curious about the planning process or you want to know more about the work of a city planner, the City’s planning staff is eager to share with you in this informal setting.

For questions about the event, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Pet of the Week Dog 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.”

Rocky

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Animal Shelter

MEET ROCKY

Rocky is a 10-month-old male guinea pig. He is neutered and microchipped. Guinea pigs, also known as cavies, have been beneficial to humans for thousands of years. They are very social animals, and If well taken care of, have a life expectancy of 8 - 10 years.

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

Adoption costs at the shelter:

Dogs - $130

Puppies - $150

Cats - $90

Kittens - $110

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

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. They can always use food and treats; new toys; grooming, hygiene and comfort products; as well as laundry soap, dish soap, paper towels, sponges and scrub pads and lint rollers. If you are interested in volunteering, you can fill out and sign the application on the website.


Special book signing, tour this Sunday at Crystal Cove

Crystal Cove Beach

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Courtesy of Crystal Cove Conservancy 

A view north at Crystal Cove during low tide

Join Crystal Cove Conservancy for a unique program featuring “Crystal Cove Cottages: Islands in Time on the California Coast” 2nd Edition book signing with co-author, Laura Davick, founder and vice president of The Conservancy this Sunday, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (two presentation times are available). Learn about the rich history of Crystal Cove and about the final capstone North Beach Restoration Project. 

“This is more than just a book signing. We are excited to raise awareness for completing the restoration of the final 17 cottages on the North Beach Restoration Project for Crystal Cove State Park and to protect this national jewel for future generations,” Davick said. The Sunday program will include a Q&A session, book signing and a 15-minute tour and overview on the sand in front of the North Beach Cottages.

“Crystal Cove Cottages: Islands in Time on the Coast” was originally published by Chronicle Books in 2005. The authors share a love story about the families that built the cottages and the spirit that still exists in them today: Meriam Braselle, a former resident of Abalone Point and one of the founding members of Laguna Plein Air Painters; Karen Steen and her family who share deep roots of the tent-camping era at the cove; and Laura Davick who had the good fortune to call historic Cottage #2 her home for 40 years.

The launch of this treasured 2nd edition was made possible through the generous support and partnership of Randy Higbee.

“We are elated to shine the light on the North Beach as Crystal Cove Conservancy begins its largest preservation initiative to date,” Davick said. “We invite you to participate in the ongoing effort to protect and preserve this pocket of paradise for all to enjoy.”

Books will be sold at the event and can also be purchased for $34.95 at The Conservancy’s interpretive store in the park or on the Crystal Cove website www.crystalcove.org.

The event takes place at the Crystal Cove Visitor Center in Cottage #00. Members receive a 10 percent discount on their book purchase. Refreshments will be served. Parking $5/hr. (max. $15). Guests can park at the Los Trancos parking lot on the inland side of Pacific Coast Highway for $5 per hour or for a maximum of $15 for the entire day. The Beachcomber shuttle bus will be available from the Los Trancos parking lot for $1.50 each way.

All proceeds from book sales will be donated to support the mission of Crystal Cove Conservancy.


Join ENC for its monthly Mystery Treks Hiking Club 

Mystery Treks Hiking Club

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Have you always wanted to take advantage of the fabulous hiking trails Orange County has to offer, but don’t know where to start? Wouldn’t you love to go on a monthly naturalist-led hike, where you’re given all kinds of helpful information about native plants and animals, as well as hiking tips?

The Environmental Nature Center’s (ENC’s) Mystery Treks Hiking Club is designed to do just that. Each month, they meet at the ENC for a mini seminar on a different hiking topic, then venture out to a fantastic hiking spot in OC and enjoy nature together.

This Saturday, Feb. 24, from 8 to 10:30 a.m., the topic with focus on staying hydrated and nourished.

To make the morning even more exciting, hiking destinations will be enshrouded in mystery, but you’ll receive details upon registration. Hiking Club Members are members of the ENC and have paid an annual fee of $78 entitling them to attend these monthly meetings at no cost. For more information on how you can become a member, visit www.encenter.org.

For more information, email Lori: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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


Letter to the Editor:

Protecting integrity of elections is foundation of democracy

Mr. McCaffrey’s enthusiasm for retaliation against the committee who sought to recall “his” councilman Scott Peotter is clouding his logic. He appears to be suggesting that we knew that a paid professional circulator had forged signatures and encouraged this practice. May I point out that the recall failed by a miniscule number of signatures (106) and that the forged signatures clearly contributed to that failure? If we had known about it, we would have stopped it AND submitted 107 more signatures to qualify the recall. To suggest otherwise is ludicrous. 

We encourage the District Attorney’s investigation and will assist in any way we can. On the other hand, the City Council’s desire to see our private emails and confidential invoices is nothing more than political payback by Peotter, who clearly is orchestrating this witch-hunt. The District Attorney is the appropriate person to conduct this investigation and we look forward to supporting his results.

Lynn Swain

Newport Beach


Farm to Fork: A Foodie’s Point of View Fork

By LANA JOHNSON

OC Restaurant Week celebrates a decade of dining out

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Orange County Restaurant Week is celebrating its 10th anniversary as the region’s most celebrated culinary event when it runs from Sunday, March 4 through Saturday, March 10. This year marks the most expansive OC Restaurant Week, with more than 150 participants offering diners a wide variety of options, from casual and family friendly establishments, to upscale and fine dining, which will once again allow for a “luxe experience” with a select group of menus priced at a $80 price point.

The Winery Restaurant food

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The Winery Restaurant’s jumbo Maine Scallops with wild white shrimp

During the weeklong event, participating restaurants will offer special three-course menus, many with a cocktail or signature item at no additional charge. Each restaurant will have the freedom and flexibility to showcase its best offerings by talented chefs who will, no doubt, personalize each menu to reflect their individual culinary style.

Participating restaurants will offer prix-fixe menus within the following price categories: lunch for $10, $15 or $20; and dinner for $20, $30, $40, $50 and $80. Once again this year, a limited number of restaurants will offer a special $80 “Luxe” menu featuring dinner with wine or cocktail pairings.

Guests have the opportunity to search the list of participating restaurants by name, location and price point atwww.OCRestaurantWeek.com.

“Over the past decade, I’ve witnessed OC Restaurant Week become Orange County’s most treasured culinary event, showcasing the many talented chefs and innovative restaurants we are lucky to have in our backyard,” said Pamela Waitt, president of the OC Restaurant Association. “OC Restaurant Week has become a true culinary celebration that greatly impacts both restaurants and members of the community, which uses it as a week to come together and reconnect with family and friends.”

Many participating restaurants will be showcasing a special OC Restaurant Week cocktail or dessert, featuring Chambord, Ketel One, Don Julio, Bailey’s and/or Bulliet. 

This year’s festivities will kick off with an official “A DECADE OF DINING OUT” Launch Party on Saturday, March 3 from 2 - 5 p.m. at Marriott Irvine Spectrum. Guests attending the launch party will have the unique opportunity to experience an array of bites prepared by some of the most innovative OC Restaurant Week participants. Tickets for the event are available for purchase online at 

www.ocrestaurantweek.com/launch-party.html. Guests must be 21 years or older to attend.

So, go out and discover some new dining experiences!

Ciao Vincenza!


Artist Reception this Saturday at SCAPE

On Saturday, Feb. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m., stop by SCAPE gallery in Corona del Mar for an artist reception with Julie Easton. Her Frequencies series is currently on display through March 31.

Julie Easton Frequencies

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Courtesy of SCAPE

Frequencies 1117 by Julie Easton is composed of dry cleaning tags, beeswax, resin and dye. It measures 40 x 40 inches.

Easton’s art is a meditative interweaving of art inspired by music, sunlight and fragments of everyday paper. Ubiquitous, overlooked scraps of paper from our everyday lives, such as dry cleaning tags and torn cash register tape, become the artist’s core materials for this series. She reveals that these fragments of paper have their own unique form and allure – the beautiful block type font on the dry cleaning tags, the gentle curve of the cash register receipt. Bits of detritus that are normally ripped off, crumpled and discarded are instead, cloaked in artist’s beeswax, resin and dye, meticulously layered one by one, to transform the independent elements into a calming, intriguing and complex composition.

Through this series, Easton hopes to show the viewer through considered accumulation and repetition the unanticipated beauty of everyday forms.

Trained as a formalist, her work is substantially about texture and structure. Easton’s choices of materials inform and direct her artist concepts. The artist’s concerns are often best articulated through work that juxtaposes organic with man-made materials. Committed to a variety of disciplines, her sculptures, works on paper and installations exemplify her view of the world in which the mundane often becomes extraordinary. The I Ching says, “The most perfect grace consists not in external ornamentation, but in allowing the original material to stand forth, beautified by being given form.”

SCAPE gallery is located at 2859 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.723.3406.


ENC is calling out to young artists

Kids and art at ENC

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Youngsters, ages 4 - 18, will have the opportunity to exhibit their art at the Environmental Nature Center’s (ENC) Spring Faire on Sunday, May 6. Enter the 7th Annual ENC Youth Art Showcase to display your artwork that explores California’s diverse ecosystems, the plants and animals that call them home, and the people who work in them, care for and enjoy them.

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Guidelines

Art must reflect the theme: “Ecosystems of California”.

Art may be dropped off between Friday, April 20 and Sunday, April 29 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the front desk of the ENC.

Ages 4 - 18 may enter.

Upon drop-off of artwork, a simple form will be filled out.

With the exclusion of film, all mediums/sizes accepted as long as it can fit through the doorway (including photography).

One entry per person. No group entries.

Age Categories and Prizes

Ages 4 - 7:

First - Art Supply Warehouse $50 gift card

Second - Art Supplies from Saddleback College Fashion Program

Third - TBD

Ages 8 - 10:

First - Art Supply Warehouse $50 gift card

Second - Art Supplies from Saddleback College Fashion Program

Third - TBD

Ages 11 - 13:

First - Art Supply Warehouse $50 gift card

Second - Art Supplies from Saddleback College Fashion Program

Third - TBD

Ages 14 - 18:

One winner TBD

All participants will receive a ribbon for entering.

Artwork must be picked up May 7 and 8 between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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For more information, visit www.encenter.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can view past winning artwork on the website. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.


Newport Beach Jazz Festival takes place in June

Mark your calendars for June 1 - 3, when the Newport Beach Jazz Festival returns to the scenic Hyatt Regency Newport Beach.

Enjoy three days of music, food and friends in a picturesque setting.

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Instrumentalist, songwriter and producer Brian Culbertson will be appearing on June 3 at the jazz festival, as part of his “Colors of Love” tour

General admission: A two-day pass for Saturday and Sunday is $110 which includes festival admission featuring 20 artists on two stages, and unreserved lawn seating (bring your own blankets and low-back beach chairs).

VIP admission: A three-day pass for Friday - Sunday is $310 which includes preferred seating for Friday night with a hosted pre-concert reception, reserved seating in front of Main Stage on Saturday and Sunday, access to VIP beverage tent and six complimentary drink coupons.

For more information and an update on the talent appearing, visit www.festivals.hyattconcerts.com.

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach is located at 1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach.


Newport Beach – A Look Back 

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

A Look Back 2.22.18

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On Monday we presented you this wonderful aerial photo of Balboa Island taken in 1920. However, the image was displayed backwards. Thanks to a quick alert by our friend Tom Iovenitti, we corrected it. However, we also thought we’d run it again properly.

Visit Balboa Island Museum and the Museum Store located at 331 Marine Ave., Balboa Island. They are open Tuesdays - Sundays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call 949.675.3952. 

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Wine & Canvas at Lincoln Experience Center

Paints in can

On Friday, March 2 from 6 to 8 p.m., the artists from Wine & Canvas are bringing their expertise and inspiration to Center Stage.

Enjoy a curated wine selection as you create and paint your own vibrant masterpiece with simple step-by-step instruction.

The fun takes place at the Lincoln Experience Center in Fashion Island at 139 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. Must be 21 years of age to attend.

For additional information and to RSVP, contact the Lincoln Experience Center at www.Lincoln.com/ExperienceCenter.


Newport Beach Chamber to hold upcoming ribbon cutting

Help support local business by attending the ribbon cutting to celebrate the grand opening of Home Care Assistant on Tuesday, March 13 from 4 to 7 p.m., with the ribbon cutting take place at 5 p.m. Refreshments will follow.

Home Care Assistant is located at 3734 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

For additional information, contact the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce at 949.729.4401. www.newportbeach.com


The Pacific Club welcomes author on Great Sphinx

Manu Seyfzadeh

The Pacific Club welcomes author Manu Seyfzadeh to its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 28, featuring his “Before She Became the Great Sphinx.”

 Seyfzadeh will reveal new evidence that the monumental lioness statue stood on the Giza Plateau long before the existence of the Old Kingdom, when Egyptologists have claimed the Great Sphinx was built. He is the author of a book on the concept behind the architectural design of Khufu’s Great Pyramid, as well as two journal articles about the true age of the Great Sphinx (with famed co-authors Robert Schoch, Ph.D. and Robert Bauval), and his discovery of a possible Pyramid Code. His next project will take him back to Egypt as part of a scientific team led by Schoch to explore the voids beneath the Great Sphinx and probe them for a hidden ancient library.

Seyfzadeh of German and Persian descent, is a practicing dermatologist in Southern California and a hobby Egyptologist (www.CheopsPyramid.com).

Doors open, registration and breakfast buffet start at 6:45 a.m.; meeting starts promptly at 7 a.m. Pre-registration is requested at www.insideedge.org. Free and valet parking (validate your gate ticket at the front desk when you leave.) For any questions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Pacific Club is located at 4110 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach.


Crystal Cove accepting applications for Spring Art Show

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Crystal Cove Conservancy is holding its Spring “Art in the Park” Show from March 30 - April 1, and is looking for art submissions to celebrate art and nature at Crystal Cove. Last year, thousands were in attendance at the art show!

Eligibility:

All traditional media (oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, etc.) will be accepted, with the subject matter being Crystal Cove State Park: the historic district, coast, or backcountry areas. The show is open to any artist who is able to drop off and pick up their work in person. Unfortunately, they don’t accept shipments from outside the area. All paintings must be priced for sale, framed and ready to hang. Keep artwork to a maximum size of 12x16.

Entry Fees/Forms:

There is a flat fee of $20 for up to three (3) images. Artists selected for the show will be asked to fill out forms related to payment and insurance information.

Entering Your Images:

Entry form must be filled out in its entirety, including unframed dimensions, framed dimensions, medium and price. List sizes up to the nearest half inch. Submitted images must not include matting or frame. Crop the photos to include only the artwork. Be sure your images are right side up. For best results, make sure your image is 1920 pixels at 72 dpi on the longest side. Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space.

Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at www.OnlineJuriedShows.com/help.aspx. If you need assistance in entering your images or are unable to, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. åor call 949.287.8645.

Prizes:

There will be $500 in awards given by Randy Higbee Gallery. The awards will be credit for frames by www.kingofframe.com, split among five (5) artists.

Important Dates:

Entry Deadline: March 9, 2018

Notifications of Acceptance: March 14, 2018

Deadline to drop off artwork: March 26, 2018

Artist Reception: March 30, 2018, 5 - 7 p.m.

End of Show: April 1, 2018

Spring “Art in the Park” Show Schedule:

March 30: Friday night’s rollicking opening reception has live music, food and beverages to get people in the mood to purchase artwork.

March 31: On Saturday, the Cove fills with art and nature lovers and their families, here to participate in workshops, view musical performances, and meet the artists during the optional paint-out (a great opportunity to promote your work during the event!). 

April 1: The show continues through Sunday, and certain artists may be offered space to display their work in the park store’s permanent gallery.

Proceeds from the show are split 50/50, with half going to the artist and the other half benefiting Crystal Cove Conservancy.


A commitment to youth fitness and education remains top priority over 35 years

College Park Competitors

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College Park Elementary School competitors at Spirit Run

With 15 events for toddlers to grandparents, elite athletes to walkers, and even our furry four-legged friends, Spirit Run celebrates all ages and ability levels. However, after 35 years, its first allegiance is to its founding principles – celebrating youth runners and supporting local schools.

Spirit Run’s dedication to youth fitness extends beyond race day. In 2010, Newport-Mesa Spirit Run, Inc. (NMSRI), the 501(c)(3) non-profit that presents Spirit Run, introduced its Youth Running Training and Scholarship Program. With the help of members of the University of California, Irvine (UCI) Track Team, NMSRI trains students for Spirit Run.

To ensure every student has the chance to participate in Spirit Run, NMSRI offers free entries to underprivileged Newport-Mesa Unified (NMUSD) students. It also provides free bus transportation from Costa Mesa schools to Spirit Run. Sponsors supporting this effort include the Rotary Club of Newport Balboa from 2012 through 2016, and Hoag’s Community Benefit Program in 2017 and 2018.

Each year since 2011, NMSRI has conducted training in as many as four NMUSD schools. NMSRI has had coaches at 10 different NMUSD elementary and middle schools, and donated 2,100 entries.

Ashton Garcia, a senior on UCI’s Track Team, coached at Pomona Elementary for Spirit Run 2017. Currently, he is preparing Victoria Elementary students for Spirit Run 2018.

“I saw NMSRI’s training programs as an opportunity to help out a great cause,” Garcia shared. “From what I take away from practice, everyone seems to be having a great time. I hope to give these kids an insight into the sport of running.”

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Students training for Spirit Run at Pomona Elementary School

Pomona Elementary has been part of NMSRI’s program since 2012. With 100 percent of its students qualifying for Federal free lunch, participating students took advantage of all Program benefits – free training, free entries and free buses.

Megan Brown, Pomona’s Principal, appreciated some less obvious rewards. “I enjoyed watching our students’ faces as they experienced a big race for the first time,” she explained. “Many of our students included their participation in the Spirit Run as one of the highlights of their year.”

The UCI students inspired her students about more than running. “The running club not only promoted fitness and hard work, but the UCI involvement helped support our college-bound culture.”

NMSRI is not the only organization in NMUSD dedicated to improving youth health and fitness. Beginning in 2004, teachers and parents have started elementary school running clubs throughout NMUSD to prepare students for Spirit Run and other races.

Julie Smith, a 3rd grade teacher at College Park Elementary, introduced the first of these running clubs. “The Running Club at College Park started as a lunch time activity for just a couple of grade levels over a decade ago,” Smith said. “It is now for all grade levels and the majority of our 500 plus kids participate each Wednesday.”

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College Park students pose with their Spirit Run finisher medals

Smith founded the club with a clear vision. “The spike in childhood obesity, diabetes etc. not only impacts student health but also academic performance,” Smith explained. “We try our best to promote healthy activities for our students. Running is an accessible activity for our students, most who come from economically challenging situations.”

Smith appreciates Spirit Run’s support of her club. “Spirit Run has been very generous to our program from providing UCI student athlete coaches, scholarships, transportation, and most recently connecting us with USA Track & Field’s Run Jump Throw program,” Smith continued.

Upwards of 80 College Park students enjoy Spirit Run each year. Afterwards, NMSRI rewards the school with a donation. “We use this money to promote running in the form of purchasing equipment for our training practices, awards for Running Club, and this year for the Run Jump Throw Track meet,” Smith stated.

Other NMUSD schools have followed College Park’s lead. NMUSD schools with running clubs have included Davis, Eastbluff, Harbor View, Kaiser, Killybrooke, Newport Heights and Paularino Elementary.

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Members of the Harbor View Elementary School Vikings Track Club

Eastbluff Elementary’s Fast Feet and Harbor View Elementary’s Vikings Track Club run a close second to College Park in terms of longevity. Fast Feet and Vikings Track Club were founded by parent volunteers in 2005 and 2010, respectively. Each year they prepare members for Spirit Run, the Newport Beach Track Meet and other races.

Shane and Rebecca Corbin, Harbor View Elementary parents, assumed leadership of Vikings Track Team in 2016 from program founder, Julie Means.

“Our passion for running and sharing that with the kids is our main goal,” Shane Corbin said. “The Spirit Run has been a great event for the kids to look forward to and give them something to train for. The kids realize being part of a team is something special!”


Most tax forms available at libraries

Tax form

Newport Beach Public Library has the following tax forms and instruction booklets available at all locations: 1040 Form, 1040 Instruction, 1040-A Form, 1040-EZ Form, 1040-EZ Instruction, 540-2EZ Instruction (includes form), and 540-2EZ SP Instruction (includes form).

The following publications are still expected but not yet received: 1040-A Instruction, 540 Instruction (includes form), and 540-NR Instruction (includes form).

Most tax forms are available online: Click hereto search for California tax forms or hereto search for Federal tax forms.

Library staff does not provide advice or assistance with tax form completion but if you need help finding a form, please ask them. Visit www.irs.gov for more information.


Touch-a-Truck comes to Orange County Market Place

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The inaugural Touch-a-Truck rolls into the Orange County Market Place on Saturday, March 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Spectra, managers of the OC Market Place, are hosting this free, interactive experience for kids of all ages during normal Market Place hours.

Touch-a-Truck is an interactive hands-on experience where children can learn about their favorite trucks and vehicles, honk their horns, and interact with the drivers. Featured vehicles at the event will include a fire truck, police vehicles, construction trucks, and vintage vehicles, just to name a few.

This year at Touch-a-Truck there will be a “no honking” period during the last half hour of the event. This is for children and families who want to experience the event without any loud distractions. The “no honking” period is from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be opportunities for kids, along with their families, to win prizes by visiting the OC Market Place booth in the South Event Space during Touch-a-Truck.

The Orange County Market Place, an outdoor shopping market, is equipped with a variety of vendors, concessions and live entertainment, and will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., making it an exciting outing for the entire family.

For more information, visit www.ocmarketplace.com.

Orange County Market Place is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

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Newport Harbor Educational Foundation | Newport Harbor High School Online Auction, continuing through March 2.

Newport Harbor High School’s annual fundraising benefit “Anchors Aweigh,” is holding an online auction through March 2, and a silent and live auction at the Friday, March 9 gala with a cocktail hour, dinner and dancing with rock band Audio Bomb, an opportunity drawing and dessert from 5:30 - 10:30 p.m. The cost of the gala is $125 per person until February 28; $135 thereafter. The goal is to raise $70,000 to provide free tutoring and academic support for all Harbor High students, state-of-the-art technology in classrooms, rigorous International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement curriculum, and professional development for faculty. Sponsored by the Newport Harbor Educational Foundation, this non-profit fundraising organization for Harbor High gives $500,000 each year to enhance programs for the high school’s 2,400 students.

Local supporters are welcome to bid online and join in the gala event. 

Contact: www.BiddingforGood.com/NHEF. For additional details, contact Diana Long, NHEF Executive Director, 949.646.1556, ext.1, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; www.supportnhhs.com.

The gala takes place at the Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

CHOC | “Tears of Joy,” Saturday, February 24 with doors open at 6 p.m., concert at 7:30 p.m.

A special benefit for Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), featuring the musical entertainment of “Tears of Joy.” During social hour, order food and drinks. Cover charge: $20 per person (the admission fee is a donation to CHOC). Reservations strongly recommended, and seating is limited.

Contact: For reservations and more information, call 949.261.2670.

Takes place at Campus Jax, 3950 Campus Drive, Newport Beach.

Newport Sea Base | Sailing for a Nuclear-Free World, A Party with a Purpose Sunday, February 25 from 3 - 5 p.m. Cost: $30.

You’re invited to a once-in-a-lifetime party with the crew of the Golden Rule peace boat, and the world premiere of the documentary, “Peace Sail: The Story of the Golden Rule.” Guests are invited to see the Golden Rule and enjoy conversation with the crew. Wine and snacks will be served followed by the film premiere and a silent auction. It has been 60 years since the Golden Rule’s attempted voyage to the Marshall Islands to interfere with U.S. atmospheric nuclear bomb testing. In celebration, they will be raising funds for the Golden Rule’s upcoming voyage to Hawaii, the Marshall Islands, Japan and maybe even the Korean Peninsula. This event raises public awareness about the need to abolish nuclear weapons. Sailing this historic anti-nuclear sailboat across the Pacific is a dramatic way to spread the word in the U.S. and around the globe. Tours of the historic Golden Rule sailboat, docked at the venue, will take place from 2 - 6 p.m. (before, during and after the event).

Contact: For more information, contact Helen Jaccard at 206.992.6364 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Takes place at Newport Sea Base, 1931 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

Adoption Guild | Patroness Spring Luncheon, Friday, March 2 from 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

“Celebrating Family,” is where 250 guests will dine together in a luxurious ballroom while watching a fashion show sponsored by Grayse, the new design house from mother/daughter duo Marie Gray and Kelly Gray. These two Orange County icons (formerly of St. John Knits) will dress the models in the spring collection from Grayse, which puts a modern spin on luxurious separates. The fun begins much earlier, as guests enjoy a welcoming champagne reception where they can check out the must-have wares of local vendors who offer jewelry, handbags, clothing, linens and fashion accessories. The Adoption Guild of Southern Orange County is a financial auxiliary of the Holy Family Services Adoption and Foster Care Agency, whose mission is to give “every child an opportunity to have a loving family.” It was founded in 1949 by Mrs. Bob (Delores) Hope to provide counseling, resources and emotional support to birth parents considering adoption. (Bob and Delores adopted their two children and Delores wanted to set in place an organization where birth parents could receive lifelong counseling in a trusting, unbiased environment in order to make the best choices for their child.) Tickets are tax-deductible: Holy Family Services (now HFS) is a state-licensed, non-denominational non-profit 501(c)3 agency providing quality adoption services to residents of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.

Contact: For tickets and more information, visit www.adoptionguild.org and www.eventbrite.com/e/adoption-guild-2018-patroness-spring-luncheon-tickets-41446369206?aff=eac2

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

Adoption Guild co chairs

(L-R): Christine Johnson and Maria Zucht, Adoption Guild Patroness Spring Luncheon chairpersons

CureDuchenne | Napa in Newport, Saturday, March 3 from 5 - 10 p.m.

4th Annual Napa in Newport Wine Auction is Southern California’s premier annual event for the wine connoisseur who appreciates the earthen opulence of wine country, cult brands, exquisite cuisine and unparalleled auction lots. Amanda Harlan and Scott Gould of BOND co-chair and host more than 40 fellow Napa vintners. Each vintner will pour during the grand tasting and then will personally host a guest table during the dinner celebration. Chef Andrew Sutton of Disneyland Resort Signature Restaurants has created a decadent pairing menu exclusively for the occasion. Proceeds benefit CureDuchenne, based in Newport Beach, which is aimed at saving the lives of children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Sponsorships and VIP options available. This event will sell out.

Contact: Ancia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 949.872.2552, or Rachel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 949.872.2552. www.napainnewport.org.

Takes place at the Ritz-Carlton, 1 Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point.

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Guests enjoy a pouring during the 2017 Napa in Newport Wine Auction

City of Hope | Gala Fundraiser on Saturday, March 3 at 6 p.m.

4th Annual Let’s Be Frank About Cancer is honoring Donna Porter with the 2018 Frank DiBella Humanitarian Award. Over the past three years, this event has raised more than $5 million for City of Hope and its cancer research under the direction of Dr. Sumanta K. Pal. The evening includes dinner, live entertainment, dancing, auctions and awards. Frank DiBella, a local CPA and cancer survivor, chairs this event.

Contact: Jaime Byrne at 213.446.5632. www.cityofhope.org/letsbefrank

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

America On Track | Wine Tasting Event on Sunday, March 4 at 4 p.m.

4th Annual Pouring From the Heart features wine tastings (with prestigious California vintages chosen especially for this event), light cuisine and a strolling magician. One-of-a-kind experiences will be available to purchase at the accompanying silent auction. The event will also feature a wine-pull opportunity drawing, with the chance to win extraordinary wines. Tickets can be purchased for $200 (or $150 for young executives) at www.americaontrack.org/pouringfromtheheart, or by calling 714.531.7144. RSVP soon, as the event is expected to sell out. Additionally, corporate or personal sponsorships are available at the $1,250 - $10,000 levels, all of which come with complimentary tickets. All of the funds raised will benefit America On Track’s award-winning Brighter Futures programs throughout Orange County: Emerging Leaders program and Brighter Futures for Children of Prisoners. For 23 years, America On Track, a non-profit organization, has been providing services throughout Orange County and is currently serving 22,000+ individuals annually through innovative programs that transform the lives of disadvantaged youth.

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Takes place at Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, 1601 Bayside Drive, Corona de mar.

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America On Track serves disadvantaged youth throughout Orange County

Hoag Charity Sports | Wednesday, March 7 - Sunday, March 11.

Toshiba Classic presented by Kingston Technology. The 2018 Toshiba Classic returns to Newport Beach, for its 23rd year, with a slate of new programs designed to enhance spectator experience and a powerful PGA TOUR Champions lineup competing for the $1.8 million purse. This year’s event marks Hoag Hospital’s 20th anniversary as host, manager and beneficiary of the tournament, which generates more than $1 million annually for charity. As it has since 2011, proceeds from this year’s Toshiba Classic will benefit the Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center and other Hoag programs. A highlight of the week is Breakfast with a Champion, whose guest of honor is Lanny Wadkins, 21-time PGA TOUR winner and 2009 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee. Good-Any-One-Day tickets are available online before the event for $25. Tickets purchased at the Main Gate on the day of the event are $30. Tickets can also be purchased in advance at participating Roger Dunn Golf Stores.

Contact: www.toshibaclassic.com

Takes place at Newport Beach Country Club, 1 Country Club Drive, Newport Beach.

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Hoag Charity Sports | Wednesday, March 7 - Sunday, March 11.

Toshiba Classic presented by Kingston Technology. The 2018 Toshiba Classic returns to Newport Beach, for its 23rd year, with a slate of new programs designed to enhance spectator experience and a powerful PGA TOUR Champions lineup competing for the $1.8 million purse. This year’s event marks Hoag Hospital’s 20th anniversary as host, manager and beneficiary of the tournament, which generates more than $1 million annually for charity. As it has since 2011, proceeds from this year’s Toshiba Classic will benefit the Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center and other Hoag programs. A highlight of the week is Breakfast with a Champion, whose guest of honor is Lanny Wadkins, 21-time PGA TOUR winner and 2009 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee. Good-Any-One-Day tickets are available online before the event for $25. Tickets purchased at the Main Gate on the day of the event are $30. Tickets can also be purchased in advance at participating Roger Dunn Golf Stores.

Contact: www.toshibaclassic.com

Takes place at Newport Beach Country Club, 1 Country Club Drive, Newport Beach.

Child Abuse Prevention Center | An Evening in Emerald City, Saturday, March 10 at 6 p.m.

20th Annual Bright Futures Celebration is one of the biggest and brightest events of the season, with dining, dancing, entertainment and an auction. Together, we can help children travel their own Yellow Brick Road to discover There is No Place Like a Safe Home.

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Takes place at Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach. Visit the website to purchase tickets and find out about sponsorship opportunities.

Make A Wish Orange County and Inland Empire | It’s in the Bag, Sunday, March 11 from 12 - 3 p.m.

Women’s Circle of Wishes presents a fabulous luncheon, silent and live auctions and the famous Wine Wall, all supporting this worthwhile organization. Hats are welcome! Costs: Tables of 10, $1,500; Single Tickets, $150 each. Tickets are not available at the door. For tickets and more information, visit the website or call 714.573.9474

Contact: www.ocie.wish.org/ways-to-help/attend-an-event/this-old-bag

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

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Childhelp | 32nd Annual For the Love of a Child Fashion Show & Luncheon, Thursday, March 15 at 11 a.m.

This magic day benefits the children of Childhelp with a runway fashion show inspiring daring creations and dazzling sparkles, sponsored by South Coast Plaza. This year’s event, hosted by Honorary Chair Patti Edwards and Co-Chairs Linda Burns and Tami Smith, will feature opportunity drawings, a grand prize drawing and a fabulous luncheon. Honored recipients are Tilly Levine with the Children’s Friend Award and Beverly Cohen with the Our Inspirational Award.

Contact: Linda Burns at 949.463.8804 for more information. Visit https://one.bidpal.net/childhelpocfashionshow2018/welcome for reservations and donations.

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

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Alzheimer’s Orange County | Broadway Backstage Memories, Saturday, March 24, 5:30 p.m.

Honors corporate, philanthropy and volunteer partners and recognizes those for lifetime achievement. All proceeds from this signature gala funds critically needed programs and services for the 84,000 local Orange County residents affected by Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Sponsorship opportunities available.

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.alzocgala.org.

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

Southern California Hospice Foundation | 11th Annual Hospice Golf Tournament, Wednesday, April 18, from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

The Southern California Hospice Foundation 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 belief that hospice is a vital and 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. So, 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, $550; Sponsorship opportunities from $1,000 - $25,000.

Contact: Michelle Wulfestieg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or

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.

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A foursome during the 10th Annual Hospice Golf Tournament at Pelican Hill

KidWorks | 6th Annual KidWorks Classic Golf Tournament, Thursday, May 3.

This tournament raises much-needed funds for programs that change the lives of at-risk youth living in challenging Santa Ana neighborhoods, with tournament sponsors supporting critical educational opportunities like tutoring, academic enrichment and leadership training offered by the 25-year-old nonprofit organization. Golfer registration includes a Bloody Mary bar, breakfast, gourmet on-course food and cocktails, on-course contests, plus a dinner and awards ceremony. The scramble-style tournament begins with a 9 a.m. registration, with breakfast and access to the driving range, followed by an 11 a.m. shotgun start. At 4:30 p.m., the 19th Hole Reception begins, followed by dinner and an awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m.

Contact: Lisa Gels at 714.834.9400, ext. 126 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for sponsorship opportunities and event details.

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

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Mike Harrah and students from KidWorks

Laura’s House | Brighter Futures Luncheon, Friday, May 4.

Laura’s House, a Southern California domestic violence agency, is hosting a “Brighter Futures” luncheon. In its third year, the event highlights the critical community work of the nonprofit and honors those who have helped the organization advance its mission to rebuild the lives of families affected by domestic violence. Festivities feature a lunch reception, keynote speaker, opportunity drawings, and an award ceremony to honor the Girl Scouts of Orange County and a young Laura’s House ambassador who has demonstrated her passion for spreading awareness about domestic violence. Each luncheon table will have personalized décor inspired by the theme, with prominent local designers showcasing their unique designs at sponsor-level tables. Cost: $100 per individual ticket; Sponsorship tables are available and range from $3,500 - $20,000.

Contact: Andrea McCallister at 949.361.3775 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; www.laurashouse.org

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

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Laura’s House “Brighter Futures” luncheon raises funds for families affected by domestic violence

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Southern California | 24th Annual Golf Tournament at Pelican Hill, Wednesday, May 9, beginning at 11 a.m.

Boys Hope Girls Hope helps academically capable and motivated children-in-need to meet their full potential and become men and women for others by providing value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities and education through college. Seeking sponsors.

Contact: 949.515.8833, www.bhghsocal.org.

Takes place at The Resort at Pelican Hill Golf Club, 22701 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.

Pelican Hill Golf Course

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Pelican Hill Golf Course offers sweeping ocean views

CHOC | Children’s Classic at Pelican Hill Golf Club, Saturday, May 14, from 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The CHOC Children’s Classic presented by Cigna attracts community leading philanthropists, business leaders and true golf enthusiasts who care about children and the future of their care. This tournament promises a day of world-class golf with great ocean views at one of the world’s finest golf destinations. Participants will enjoy 18 championship holes on Pelican Hill’s north and south courses, continental breakfast, box lunch, Grand Champions Opportunity Drawing, and a short BBQ reception. Proceeds from the tournament will provide healthcare, family services, education and research to children in need.

Contact: For more information about foursomes and sponsorships, contact Winnie Tran at 714.509.4229, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. www.chocgolfclassic.org

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

Newport Harbor High School Home and Garden Tour | Tuesday, May 17 

Featuring beautiful homes and gardens, this public tour benefits the 2000 students at Newport Harbor High School, presented by the Newport Harbor Educational Foundation.

Schedule:

9 - 10:30 a.m.: The day begins with a Welcome Reception at Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach. Enjoy a hosted breakfast and a tour of a docked boat.

10 a.m. - 2 :30 p.m.: Hour Tour, Boutique and Opportunity Drawing (Attendees can continue to tour homes until 3 p.m.)

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Luncheon overlooking the Newport Harbor at the Newport Theatre Arts Center, 2501 Cliff Drive, Newport Beach. Lunch is generously provided by Mendocino Farms.

2 - 5 p.m.: Afternoon Reception at Barclay Butera Interiors, 1745 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach.

Contact: Newport Harbor Educational Foundation, 600 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and visit www.newportharborhometour.com. To be placed on the mailing list for Home Tour tickets, please email your first and last name and complete address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Takes place at homes throughout Newport Beach.

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 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

Back Bay Science Center, 600 Shellmaker Road, Newport Beach.

Shi Zhiying, Continuing through February 25. In her first solo U.S. museum exhibition, Shanghai-based Shi Zhiying demonstrates the influences that Buddhism and the natural world have on her approach to painting. She is highly regarded in her native China for stark monochromatic paintings of uniform vistas – open water, Zen sand gardens, carpets of grass and facades of weathered ancient structures. This exhibition continues OCMA’s commitment to presenting the freshest voices from the Pacific Rim.Open Wednesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Admission: $10, adults; $7.50, students and seniors; children under 12 are free.

Contact: www.ocma.net

Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach.

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Artwork by Shi Zhiying,

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100 Buddhas (detailed close-up) by Shi Zhiying

Pivotal: Highlights from the Collection, Continuing through February 25. OCMA has always championed artistic experimentation and innovation through a commitment to showing and collecting the work of dynamic and groundbreaking emerging artists. This installation will reveal how impactful and prescient OCMA has been in supporting the careers of some of the most influential artists from this region at pivotal moments in their careers. Open Wednesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Admission: $10, adults; $7.50, students and seniors; children under 12 are free.

Contact: www.ocma.net

Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach.

The Octette Bridge Club, Continuing through February 25. Performance times vary. Set in Providence, Rhode Island, this performance focuses on eight sisters of Irish descent who meet on alternate Friday evenings over a 10-year period to play bridge and gossip. Ann Conroy, married to a man who drinks too much, is a no-nonsense schoolteacher who hosts the bridge nights. Martha McDermitt, the widowed eldest sister, is known for her sense of responsibility and strong personality. Mary Margaret Donovan is a spinster who lives with younger sister Alice Monahan and her husband Walter, who have no children. In the second act, Mary Margaret uses a wheelchair and has a slight speech impediment due to a stroke. Nora Hiller is an easy-going woman devoted to her husband Lawrence and their children. Connie Emerson is always quick with a wisecrack. Lil Carmody is a free spirit who plays piano, and Betsy Bailey is the youngest, a melancholy married woman with two children who is struggling to find her own identify. Directed by David Motroni. Tickets are $20 for both evening and matinee shows and can be purchased via the website or at the Box Office by calling 949.631.0288.

Contact: www.ntaconline.com

Newport Theatre Arts Center, 2501 Cliff Drive, Newport Beach.

Octette Bridge Club 2

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Cirque du Soleil LUZIA, Continuing through March 25. Hours: Sunday, 1:30 and 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 p.m.; Thursday - Saturday, 4:30 and 8 p.m. Cirque du Soleil is bringing LUZIA to SoCal, returning to the Fairgrounds for the fifth time! Experience water inside the Big Top, jaw-dropping acts and larger-than-life props in this unique production unlike any show you have ever seen before. Tickets start at $50 with premium and VIP seating available. Parking is $10; preferred, $15.

Contact: www.cirquedusoleil.com/luzia

Takes place at OC Fair & Event Center, Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. The iconic tent is erected in the eastern portion of the Fairgrounds (Lot G).

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Gem Faire, February 23 - 25. Hours: Friday, Feb. 23, 12 - 6 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Fine jewelry, precious & semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, crystals, gold & silver, minerals and much more at manufacturer’s prices. Nearly 200 exhibitors from around the world. Jewelry repair, cleaning and ring sizing while you shop. Admission: $7 for general; $12 for children ages 12 and younger are free. Admission is good for three days. Parking is $8. 

Contact: www.gemfaire.com; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Takes place at OC Fair & Event Center – Costa Mesa Building and Santa Ana Pavilion, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

41st Annual Orange County Home & Garden Show, February 23 - 25. Hours: Friday, Feb. 23, 12 - 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. At the 41st annual Orange County Home & Garden Show, find everything for home and garden projects. Plus, don’t miss the Great Landscape Competition with the best of OC professionals competing for more than $5,000 in cash prizes, plus a “People’s Choice Award” for this competition. Free prize drawings and DIY workshops will take place hourly. Admission: $6 for general; $4 for seniors and military. Parking is $8. 

Contact: www.thebesthomeshow.com; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Call 801.571.9012.

Takes place at OC Fair & Event Center – Los Alamitos and Anaheim buildings, OC Promenade, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. 

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Dublin Irish Dance Stepping Out, February 24 at 7:30 p.m. Follow the evolution of Celtic culture in “Stepping Out,” a high-energy extravaganza of sights and sounds presented by Dublin Irish Dance. These world champion Irish step-dancers, along with an eight-member traditional Irish band and vocalist, take us on a journey, exploring the history of the Celtic cultural experience through song and dance. This entertaining production reveals influences that have shaped Irish music and dance throughout history: from the farms of rural Ireland in the 1800s, to the vibrant Irish community that migrated to New York, where Irish and American cultures blended and influenced each other. Performance is in Segestrom Hall.Single tickets start at $29 and can be purchased online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. 

Takes place at Segerstrom Center for the Arts (and the Box Office), 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Dublin Irish Dance

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Sunday Musicale: Viklarbo Chamber Ensemble, February 25 from 3 - 4 p.m. One of the most bold and versatile chamber groups in the country, Viklarbo Chamber Ensemble has performed throughout the U.S. Founded in 1987 by Maria Newman (violin/viola) and Wendy Prober (piano), the core performers in this critically acclaimed flexible ensemble of strings, winds, piano and voice, Viklarbo brings their spontaneity and passion to traditional classics and 21st century classics in the making. Sunday Musicale is free and presented by the Friends of the Newport Beach Library.

Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Maria Newman of Viklarbo

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Winter Visionaries Lecture Series, February 26 from 1 - 3 p.m. in the Lyon Auditorium. “Everyone is a Critic: Artform to Artsy.” The 2018 Winter Series examines how the rise of what the French writer and theorist Guy Debord called “the society of the spectacle” has influenced today’s contemporary art. As post-war culture evolved from meritocratic striving to produce and accumulate tangible objects into a virtual endeavor closely tied to social media and appearances – contemporary art followed suit. You will examine the changes that took place in the status of the artist, the role of museums, commercial galleries, art fairs, art criticism and art publications. Lecturer: Dr. Julia Friedman, a Russian-born art historian, writer and curator, who received her Ph.D. in Art History from Brown University, and has since researched and taught in the U.S., U.K. and Japan. Tickets: General admission, $10; Students and educators, $7.50; Seniors, $7.50.

Contact: www.ocma.net

Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach.

The King and I, February 27 - March 11, 2018. Performance times vary in Segerstrom Hall. Lincoln Center Theater’s critically acclaimed production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I directed by Tony Award® winner Bartlett Sher won four 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Musical. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, it boasts a score which features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. Single tickets start at $29 and can be purchased online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. 

Takes place at Segerstrom Center for the Arts (and the Box Office), 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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Afternoon Tea in the Gardens, February 28 at 2:30 p.m., March 14 at 2:30, 2:45 and 3 p.m. and March 28 at 2:30 p.m. 

Enjoy high tea with Pascal. The menu includes a fresh pot of tea, petite fresh currant & chocolate scones, as selection of tea sandwiches and a selection of desserts. Cost: $34 person plus tax and gratutity. By reservation only; call 949.673.0033. Visit the website to view the complete menu. 

Held at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

Flying Miz Daisy Vintage Market, March 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The goal is to bring together the best vintage exhibitors on the West Coast selling unique goods, all under one roof. Come be inspired and shop in all the styled and curated spaces and find out why Flying Miz Daisy is the No. 1 Vintage Market in California. Admission: $8 for general; $5 for seniors; Children 12 and younger are free. Parking is $8. 

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

Takes place at OC Fair & Event Center – The Hangar, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

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Wine & Canvas, March 2 at 6 p.m. The artists from Wine & Canvas are bringing their expertise and inspiration to Center Stage. Enjoy a curated wine selection as you create and paint your own vibrant masterpiece with simple step-by-step instruction. Must be 21 years of age to attend. For additional information and to RSVP, contact the website.

Contact: www.Lincoln.com/ExperienceCenter

Takes place at Lincoln Experience Center in Fashion Island at 139 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. 

Cambodian Rock Band, March 4 - 25. Part comedy, part mystery, part rock concert, this thrilling story toggles back and forth in time, as father and daughter face the music of the past. Neary, a young Cambodian American has found evidence that could finally put away the Khmer Rouge’s chief henchman. But her work is far from done. When Dad shows up unannounced – his first return to Cambodia since fleeing 30 years ago – it’s clear this isn’t just a pleasure trip. Performances are on the Julia Argyros Stage. Music by Dengue Fever; directed by Chay Yew.

For more information and to reserve tickets, visit www.scr.org.

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

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Winter Visionaries Lecture Series, March 5 from 1 - 3 p.m. in the Lyon Auditorium. “The Art of Scandal: From Culture Wars to Activists.” The 2018 Winter Series examines how the rise of what the French writer and theorist Guy Debord called “the society of the spectacle” has influenced today’s contemporary art. As post-war culture evolved from meritocratic striving to produce and accumulate tangible objects into a virtual endeavor closely tied to social media and appearances – contemporary art followed suit. You will examine the changes that took place in the status of the artist, the role of museums, commercial galleries, art fairs, art criticism and art publications. Lecturer: Dr. Julia Friedman, a Russian-born art historian, writer and curator, who received her Ph.D. in Art History from Brown University, and has since researched and taught in the U.S., U.K. and Japan. Tickets: General admission, $10; Students and educators, $7.50; Seniors, $7.50.

Contact: www.ocma.net

Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach.

Joshua Bell & Academy of St Martin in the Fields, March 9 at 8 p.m. in the

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. One of the most celebrated violinists of his time, Joshua Bell returns with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in a program featuring Mendelssohn’s Overture from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6. Bell, who was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame in 2005 and was named Musical America’s 2010 Instrumentalist of the Year, was appointed Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in 2011. Single tickets start at $48 and can be purchased online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. 

Takes place at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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St. John Passion, March 10 at 8 p.m. at Our Lady Queen of Angeles Catholic Church, Newport Beach. Bach’s musical setting of the trial and crucifixion of Jesus as related in the Gospel of John is one of the composer’s most powerful and dramatic works. Forty members of Pacific Chorale join forces with period instrument orchestra Musica Angelica to bring this masterpiece to the Lenten season, under the direction of Artistic Director Robert Istad and featuring Jon Lee Keenan, tenor. Tickets are $25 - $70.

For tickets and to order online, visit www.pacificchorale.org.

Takes place at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church, 2046 Mar Vista Drive, Newport Beach.

Kids Peaceful Painting Workshop, March 10 from 1 - 4 p.m. Join local artist Stacey Fetterman as she weaves together mindfulness and art from the heart through breath work, visualization and play on and off the canvas!  Each child will complete his/her own canvas. Pre-registration is required. Cost: Friends, $30; Non-members, $40. Visit the website to sign up.

Held at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

OLQA

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Afternoon Tea in the Gardens, March 14 at 2:30, 2:45 and 3 p.m. and March 28 at 2:30 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea in the Gardens’ 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 + tax & gratuity. By reservation only, call 949.673.0033. Visit the website to sign up.

Held at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

MUSINK Tattoo Convention & Music Festival, March 16 - 18. Hours: Friday, 3 - 10 p.m.; Saturday, 12 - 10 p.m.; Sunday, 12 - 9 p.m. SoCal’s premier tattoo convention, car show and music festival presented by Travis Barker features the Descendents, Blink-182, Lil Yachty and more. General admission: $29.59. Parking is $8. 

Contact: For the full lineup and tickets, www.musinkfest.com.

Takes place at OC Fair & Event Center – The Hangar, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach buildings, Santa Ana Pavilion and Main Mall, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan: Formosa, March 16 - 18 with performance times at 7:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. in Segerstrom Hall. For more than 40 years, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, led by founder and choreographer Lin Hwai-min, has celebrated Asian culture and aesthetics – and thrilled audiences – with its inventive blend of Qigong, martial arts, modern dance and ballet. Legend has it that 16th century Portuguese sailors exclaimed “formosa,” meaning “beautiful” when they first set eyes on the verdant island we now know as Taiwan, rising from the sea off the coast of China. This legend now serves as inspiration for Lin’s latest evening-length work, “Formosa.” Using gesture, script, song and other elements from the island as raw material, Lin and dancers create a lustrous, transfigured sphere in which only the universal remains – a playground of love and life, mediated by tragedy, hope and rebirth. To a soundtrack by award-winning indigenous singer Sangpuy, dancers mingle in intimations of community, making tribal ritual and urban bustle seem as one. Single tickets start at $29 and can be purchased online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. 

Takes place at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre

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She Works for the Queen, March 17 at 10:30 a.m. 

Join science-based local beekeeper Robin Jones as she shares fascinating facts about bees and honey. Participants will get a peek into a glass observation hive and taste her national blue ribbon winning honeys. Pre-registration is required. Cost: Friends, $35; Non-members, $45. Visit the website to sign up.

Held at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org.

Spring Visionaries Lecture Series, March 19 from 1 - 3 p.m. in the Lyon Auditorium. “What is Contemporary Art?” The 2018 Winter Series examines how the rise of what the French writer and theorist Guy Debord called “the society of the spectacle” has influenced today’s contemporary art. As post-war culture evolved from meritocratic striving to produce and accumulate tangible objects into a virtual endeavor closely tied to social media and appearances – contemporary art followed suit. You will examine the changes that took place in the status of the artist, the role of museums, commercial galleries, art fairs, art criticism and art publications. Lecturer: Dr. Julia Friedman, a Russian-born art historian, writer and curator, who received her Ph.D. in Art History from Brown University, and has since researched and taught in the U.S., U.K. and Japan. Tickets: General admission, $10; Students and educators, $7.50; Seniors, $7.50.

Contact: www.ocma.net

Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach.

Library Open House, March 20 from 5 - 8 p.m. 

Come celebrate this 4th annual event at Sherman Library! It has been an exciting year for the library as they get to showcase their new cosmetic face: fresh paint, new carpeting and reupholstered chairs. The archives storage, which is usually closed to the public, will be open for tours. The tours will include a display of unique items from the Library’s collections, including a California Gold Rush era letter, cyanotype photographs of the Arizona Territory, early photographs of Newport Beach and more. RSVP online or call 949.673.1880.

Held at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

Painting Class – Spring Flowers with Carol, March 24 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Join local artist Carol Krieder as she teaches you how to see and paint color and simple shapes. The class is designed for all levels of painter and non-painter.  Each participant will take home a personalized creation. Class size is limited to 12 people maximum. Cost: Friends, $35; Non-members, $45. Visit the website to sign up.

Held at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

Kids Peaceful Workshop, March 24 from 1 - 4 p.m. 

Join local artist Stacey Fetterman as she weaves mindfulness and art from the heart through breath work, visualization and play on the canvas. Each y9ungter will complete his/her own canvas. Class sizes are limited. Cost: Friends, $30; Non-members, $40. Visit the website to sign up.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Held at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

Painting Class: Watercolor in the Gardens, March 24 at 9 a.m. 

This art class will focus on Spring Flowers with Carol. Join local artist Carol Krieder a she teaches you how to see and paint color and simple shapes. The class is designed for all levels of painter and non-painter. Each participant will take home a finished work of art. Maximum 12 people. Cost: Friends, $35; Non-members, $45. Visit the website to sign up.

Held at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

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Crossroads of the West Gun Show, March 24 - 25. Hours: Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Two-day gun and western Americana show with guns, accessories, tactical gear, ammunition, safes, personal protection products and more. General admission: $18; children 12 and under are free when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parking is $8 (enter at Gate 3 or 10). 

Contact: www.crossroadsgunshows.com, call 801.544.9125, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Takes place at OC Fair & Event Center –Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Anaheim and Los Alamitos buildings, OC Promenade, Santa Ana Pavilion and Main Mall, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. 

Shrew!, March 24 - April 21. Performance times and ticket prices vary. In Shakespeare’s battle of the sexes, The Taming of the Shrew, Petruchio wins. But, what if a 16th century woman had written it? In Amy Freed’s clever and wickedly funny spin on the classic, Kate triumphs, too. When her unstoppable force meets his immovable object (or is it the other way around?), the impact is red-hot and, oh, so sexy! From the author of The Beard of Avon comes a love story for our time.

Contact: For more information and to reserve tickets, visit www.scr.org.

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

Shrew

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Orange County’s Largest Mixer, March 29 from 4 - 8 p.m. Join 2,500 like-minded business professionals from across Orange County for an evening of making new business connections, generating leads and renewing past business relationships. The 15th annual event will feature more than 175 exhibitors, 25 chambers of commerce and 20 restaurants. General admission: $20. Parking is $8.

Contact: www.ocmixer.com, call 310.862.2878, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Takes place at OC Fair & Event Center in the Costa Mesa building, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. 

The Spitfire Grill, March 30 - April 29. The Spitfire Grill won the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ prestigious Richard Rodgers Production Award for 2001. Premiered at the George Street Playhouse in New Jersey and produced Off-Broadway by Playwrights Horizons, it received Best Musical nominations from the Outer Critics Circle and Drama League, as well as two Drama Desk nominations. A feisty parolee follows her dreams to a small town in Wisconsin and finds herself working at Hannah’s Spitfire Grill. It is for sale but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town. She suggests to Hannah that it be raffled off, with entry fees at $100. Soon, mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow full and things are definitely cookin’ at the Spitfire Grill. Tickets are $25 for both evening and matinee shows and can be purchased via the website or at the Box Office by calling 949.631.0288.

Contact: www.ntaconline.com

Newport Theatre Arts Center, 2501 Cliff Drive, Newport Beach.

The Spitfire Grill

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Zedtown, March 31 at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. (two events, each lasts four hours). Zombie defense mobilization efforts are now underway as Orange County residents prepare for an impending zombie invasion experience – armed with only foam blasters.

General admission: $40. Parking is $8.

Contact: www.us.zedtown.com, call 763.324.7889, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Takes place at OC Fair & Event Center in the Costa Mesa building, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. 

Imaginology: Power Your Imagination, April 13 - 15. Hours: Friday, April 13, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, April 15, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday is Field Trip Day and it is open to the public. Free parking for cars and buses on Friday only. Schools and large groups of 10 or more are encouraged to register, but not required. All groups will be accommodated (no groups will be turned away). A registration form is available on the website at https://ocf.formstack.com/forms/io_field_trip. Free admission for all ages. Parking is $8 on Saturday and Sunday. Youth organizations will be serving lunch, snacks and drinks, or enjoy one of the gourmet food trucks. Check the website for the exciting 2018 lineup.

Contact: www.ocfair.com

Takes place at OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

Little Black Shadows, April 8 - 29. Performance times and ticket prices vary. Post-show discussions take place on Tuesday, April 17 and Wednesday, April 18. ASL-interpreted performance on Saturday, April 28 at 2 p.m. “We is shadows. And shadows is seen, not heard.” In pre-Civil war Georgia, Toy and Colis spend long days on the plantation silently serving adolescent twins Mittie and Daniel. But in the dead of night their world comes alive, as they lie beneath their masters’ beds whispering stories to each other through a vent in the wall. When Father announces the family is moving to Louisiana, the children face uncertain futures. Do they dare come out of the shadows? A compelling testament to the power of the human spirit from one of America’s most promising playwrights. Directed by may Adrales. This world premiered takes place on the Julianne Argyros Stage. Recommended for high school ages and above.

For more information and to reserve tickets, visit www.scr.org.

South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Little Black Shadows

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Painting Class – Watercolor with Erna: Magnolias, April 13 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

This art class will focus on Spring Flowers with Carol. Join local artist Erna Van Dyk as she teaches you how to paint magnolias with watercolors. In this class you will explore, create and embrace the art that springs from your heart. Maximum 12 people. Cost: Friends, $35; Non-members, $45. Visit the website to sign up.

Held at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

Magnolia

America’s Family Pet Expo, April 27 - 29. Hours: Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. The 29th annual America’s Family Pet Expo is the largest pet and pet product expo. Exhibits include retailers, groomers, hobbyist, rescue organizations, breeders and pet experts. Great show of dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, small and large animals, plus top notch entertainment and attractions.

 General admission: $15; Seniors (60+), $13; Children, $10; Free for kids 5 years of age and younger. Active and retired military members are free with valid ID. Parking is $8.

Contact: www.petexpooc.org, call 800.999.7295, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Takes place at OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. 

Pet Expo

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.

Parents with children in school may contact 949-497-1615 to request that their names be omitted from Police Beat. The decision of StuNewsNewport is final.

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

Nicholas Owen Cies, 31, Huntington Beach – Sunday, February 18

Katherine Ashley Toledo Martin, 23, Lake Forest – Sunday, February 18

Ian Michael Renfro, 29, Trabuco Canyon – Saturday, February 17

Luke Austin Artinger, 27, Costa Mesa – Saturday, February 17

Susan Jessica Acosta, 24, Anaheim – Saturday, February 17

Incident Reports

Monday, February 19

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

James Scott Jones, 48, Newport Beach

Chase Tyler Amedee, 22, Gonzalez

Jacob Dean Sears, 26, Newport Beach (drugs)

W. Coast Highway I 4600 Block I Burglary

2:59 p.m. Melissa Cristina Rendon, 22, Costa Mesa, was charged with burglary of a garage with no forced entry. Bail was set at $50,000.

40th Street & Balboa Blvd. I Burglary and Obstruction

2:56 p.m. Erick Olguin Garrido, 19, Costa Mesa, was charged with burglary of a garage, no forced entry and obstructing/resisting a peace officer. Bail was set at $50,000.

17th Street I 400 Block I Costa Mesa I Controlled Substance and Paraphernalia

2:01 a.m. Chad Shegeokoa Kurashige, 50, Newport Beach, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $10,000.

Sunday, February 18

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Joel David Velasquez, 21, Palo Cedro

Bryan Alexander Kitchener, 25, Manhattan Beach

Newport Pier I 00 Block I Smoke within 100’ of Beach, Obstruct Peace Officer and Obstruct Executive Officer

6:48 p.m. Kevin Scott Rutke, 52, Urbandale, was charged with smoking within 100 feet of the beach, obstructing/resisting a peace officer, and obstructing/resisting an executive officer. Bail was set at $20,000.

Ambroise I 200 Block I Battery

6:52 a.m. Matthew Michael Carpenter, 26, Newport Beach, was charged with battery with serious bodily injury. Bail was set at $25,000.

W. 15th Street & Placentia Ave. I Narcotics

1:06 a.m. Bryan Alexander Ibarra, 24, Santa Ana, was charged with possession of a narcotic controlled substance. Bail was set at $2,500.

Saturday, February 17

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Nathaniel Monks Hutchinson, 53, Costa Mesa

Morning Star Lane & Polaris Drive I False ID and Drinking in Public

8:44 p.m. Tanya Renee Earnest, 38, Costa Mesa, was charged with false identification to a peace officer and drinking in public. Bail was set at $500.

Residencia I 9300 Block I Under the Influence and Obstructing

8:51 a.m. Kevin Randolph Ramsaur, 45, Newport Beach, was charged with obstructing/resisting an executive officer, being under the influence of a controlled substance and obstructing/resisting a peace officer. Bail was set at $20,000.

Newport Pier I 00 Block I Discharge a Weapon

6:22 a.m. Ignacio Patino Alonza, 19, Santa Ana, was charged with discharging a weapon. Bail was set at $100.

Irvine Ave. & Sherington Place I Tear Gas

1:03 a.m. Dominique Alize Love, 23, Oceanside, was charged with being a felon attempting to purchase or possess tear gas. Bail was set at $500.

W. 16th Street & Placentia Ave. I Costa Mesa I Controlled Substance

12:49 a.m. Jose Luis Pena, 35, Costa Mesa, was charged with possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $10,000.

Via Lido Soud & Via Antibes I Escort Permit Required

12:02 a.m. Marisol Perez, 28, Riverside, was charged with being an escort service employee with permit required. Bail was set at $100.

Friday, February 16

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Nathaniel Monks Hutchinson, 53, Costa Mesa

Via Lido Soud & Via Antibes I Escort Permit Required

11:56 p.m. Maria Leonor Chavez, 26, Santa Ana, was charged with being an escort service employee with permit required. Bail was set at $100.

Jamboree Road I 1600 Block I Obstruction, Attempt to Commit Felony Crime and Robbery

10:51 pm. Benjamin Adam Gavello, 26, Santa Ana, was charged with obstructing/resisting a peace officer, attempt to commit a felony crime and strong-arm robbery. Bail was set at $20,000.

E. Coast Highway & Bayside Drive I Controlled Substance and Warrant

9:47 p.m. Irene Marchell Garcia, 51, Anaheim, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and a warrant related to robbery. Bail was set at $10,000.

Mar Vista Drive I 2100 Block I Warrant

5:18 p.m. Shane Michael Sutton, 39, Laguna Beach, was charged with a warrant related to being drunk in public. Bail was set at $2,500.

Jamboree Road & Santa Barbara Drive I Shoplift

3:40 p.m. Brenda Rachelle Stevens, 52, Huntington Beach, was charged with shoplifting with a value less than $950. Bail was set at $500.

W. Coast Highway I 700 Block I Animals Prohibited on Public Beaches, Obstruction, Leash Required

1:27 p.m. Matthew Joseph Parr, 43, Huntington Beach, was charged with animals prohibited on public beaches, obstructing/resisting a peace officer, and leash required. Bail was set at $500.

Irvine Ave. I 800 Block I Paraphernalia and Under the Influence

10:41 a.m. Nikolas Robert Poole, 29, Garden Grove, was charged with possession of unlawful paraphernalia and being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $2,500.

36th Street & W. Ocean Front I Paraphernalia

8:00 a.m. Joseph Edward Flamm, 50, Newport Beach, was charged with possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $500.