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Volume 2, Issue 93                                                                      November 20, 2017


 
 
 

Police Files

NBPD cross the border to make serious drug arrest

James Pershing Fleck, a 45-year-old Costa Mesa mortgage banker, was arrested on a variety of drug charges on Thursday, Nov. 16 at noon.

Newport Beach Police Department made the arrest in the 2700 block of Peterson Place, Costa Mesa.

Fleck was charged with possession of narcotics for sale, possession of a controlled substance for sale, being a felon/addict in possession of a firearm, possession of ammo by a prohibited person and being in possession of a controlled substance while armed, all serious stuff.

The bail reflected that – it was set at $350,000.

That’s a lot of license plates.

No license and fake ID lead to drug arrest…surprise

It’s shortly after midnight on Wednesday Nov. 15, Newport Beach Police pull over a vehicle and find that the driver, Randal James Burke, 28, of El Monte, has no license. 

They subsequently find that the vehicle’s passenger, Andrew Laird Robinson, 42, of Newport Beach, has presented them false identification.

That calls for a further investigation. 

On Burke, police additionally found he was in possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.

Things were worse for Robinson. He was charged with possession of unlawful paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, possession of narcotics and a warrant for narcotics possession.

Burke’s bail was set at $2,500, while Robinson’s bail was set at $10,000.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime reports

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Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Thanksgiving brings a lot of thanks and one big surprise

TomJohnsonFive things I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving, in no particular order.

First, I’m thankful for you, our readers; you are our lifeblood here at StuNewsNewport. We thank you for your support. We thank you for your letters, comments and differing points-of-view, et al. We thank you for telling your friends and family about us.

Remember, they too can subscribe for free by going to StuNewsNewport.com.

Next, thanks to our advertisers. We’re growing. They support us in our mission to cover our local community news. Obviously, they also are promoting themselves, so if you believe in StuNews support our advertisers.

I can’t forget about the StuNews staff, Shaena Stabler, founder, partner, et al; Lana Johnson, editor, partner; our wonderful columnists who grace our pages with their own regular stories and thoughts; and of course, our designers, Michael and Sean Sterling and ad salesperson Stacia Stabler. Couldn’t do it without you!

And our staff couldn’t be more thankful for a loving and giving community to our own Katie Ford who has miraculously survived a car wreck into the Bungalow Restaurant last month. Funds are still coming into her GoFundMe account to handle her mounting medical costs (www.gofundme.com/4mi7a2o). 

Thank you too to my family. You always support me and make the path ahead

worthwhile.

Tom and Kate

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Finally, I spent Saturday afternoon with my granddaughter Kate. She’s now one, and probably the cutest kid ever. 

Okay, now you understand how a first time grandfather feels. 

What I didn’t say is that Kate was wearing a t-shirt that had a message on its front reading “Best Sister Ever.”

That’s my final thanks. Grandchild number two is coming in July, it couldn’t be any better than that.

Yes it’s true, Thanksgiving time is here and the Johnson family has something cooking in the oven.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Stump the Stu

Where in the ‘flock’ are they?

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Okay, this appears to be a flock of seagulls…but as always, the question is where are they currently “flying?”

Take the challenge, and submit your answers to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The correct answers will be in Thursday’s edition.

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!

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CdM Thankfulness

By AMY SNIDER SENK

Sunset

Photo by Amy Snider Senk

A beautiful sunset over our CdM beaches

When I published “Corona del Mar Today,” my favorite tradition was a Thanksgiving column. I gave thanks in an A to Z format, and it became a yearly challenge to think of something for X or Z. (I typically relied on the X-Mas Walk or Ze New French Bakery or something equally lame for Z.) This year, for this publication, I will give thanks – but in a Top 5 format, which feels more manageable, and in and of itself is something to be grateful for.

1. The physical beauty of Corona del Mar never stops taking my breath away, particularly this time of year, when the sunsets are glorious and pink over our CdM beaches. Driving down Marguerite Avenue toward the village, you can see the Balboa Pavilion, palm trees, stretches of sand and the ocean. At night, we can hear waves crashing and sea lions barking. In the spring, trees with yellow blooms by the Farmers’ Market attract swarms of matching yellow butterflies. Tourists may drive to be here for a few hours at a time, but when you live here – you’re lucky.

2. When you live in CdM, you can walk or bike to get your morning coffee, a box of candy, a margarita, an engagement ring, or a haircut. You can drop your car at the tire shop, you can pop into a grocery or a movie, or one of several banks without straying from East Coast Highway. Over the years, we have been without a grocery store, and we saw the Port Theater crumbling and shuttered, so we know how good we have it these days when it comes to local businesses. There’s always room for improvement, and there are places like Vin Goat that we miss. But we have a new coffee shop and a new pizza place opening soon, and a mix of chains and locally owned places like B.Candy. Shopping, dining and living locally is easy in Corona del Mar.

3. We have excellent schools, from Harbor View and Lincoln elementary schools to Corona del Mar High School and for private school folks, Harbor Day School. Our children have opportunities to travel abroad, to form clubs that work with City Hall officials, to play sports, to use 3D printers, to take more AP classes than ever, to perform in a state-of-the-art theater. They go on to Harvard, Stanford, Princeton. We have parent volunteers who work with school and district officials, raising money with the PTA Home Tour and Jog-A-Thons. These schools educate and create community, in and out of the classroom. I’m grateful.

4.  Corona del Mar has a Business Improvement District and a Residents Association. Volunteers work throughout the year to make sure we have holiday decorations, clean sidewalks, election forums, access to our City Council representatives and more. If anyone ever needs to feel active and useful, or to make friends who have mutual concerns and interests, these groups will provide it. Stop by the booths at the Christmas Walk to learn more. I’m thankful that this town wants us to be involved and have a voice.

5. Finally, I’m thankful for local news sources. When I first published CdM Today, I felt like this town was a news desert without a lot of information for the average resident. Today, we can read the LA Times, the OC Register, the Daily Pilot, the Independent. Or StuNews, which has given me this opportunity to write a column that keeps CdM happenings in a public spotlight. When the national or international news gets you down, be thankful for local publications that tell you about fundraisers and amazing students and local events. When you hear about a longtime UPS driver’s retirement, or a 97th birthday party for a CdM resident – you feel connected. That’s a lot to be thankful for.

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Amy Snider Senk has lived in Corona del Mar for 17 years and was publisher of Corona del Mar Today, an online newspaper that ran daily for seven years. Senk, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, is involved in the Corona del Mar Residents Association and the Corona del Mar High School PTA. She and her husband have two children.


Lighting of the Bay kicks off the holidays

Lighting of the Bay

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Waterfront Resort

On Friday, Nov. 24, take the whole family to the 27th Annual Lighting of the Bay at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort to capture the spirit of the holidays!

Enjoy live performances by OC Children’s Song Group and Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar high school choirs starting at 3 p.m. Train rides take place from 3 to 5 p.m. with cookie decorating, holiday crafts and hot cocoa.

Santa’s arrival (on a stand-up paddleboard) and Lighting of the Bay with more than 50 electric Christmas trees and holiday decorations take place at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy the movie, “Arthur Christmas” beginning at 6 p.m.

Admission is free.

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

Editor’s Note: The Christmas tree lot will be open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., to assist in finding that perfect winter fir.

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Holiday closures for Thanksgiving

On Thursday, Nov. 23, and Friday, Nov. 24, City Hall and most City facilities will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. There will be no street sweeping on Thursday and Friday. Residential trash collection will not occur on Thursday and will be delayed by one day the remainder of the week.

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District is closed beginning Wednesday, Nov. 22, with students returning Monday, Nov. 27.

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CdM High School students take action in a positive way

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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is known for offering a wide variety of programs and opportunities to pique students’ interest, and truly prepare them for life beyond high school. However, some students are not only preparing for the outside world, they are already actively changing it.

Now in its fourth year, the Academy of Global Studies (AGS) at Corona del Mar (CdM) High School is making tremendous progress in teaching students to think critically, evaluate current events and global issues, and encouraging students to be actively engaged with the global community.

The four-year AGS program offers a full spectrum of Advanced Placement courses designed to foster critical thinking skill-based collaboration and problem solving through real-world experiences. The multidisciplinary curriculum is rooted in social science, business, technology, politics, medicine, history and foreign language. As an AP Capstone school, the Academy students learn to thoroughly evaluate the credibility of sources, develop arguments and claims, and provide evidence of facts surrounding global issues.

“The academy truly captures students’ interest and imagination because it expands their vision to a world beyond what’s just at their fingertips,” said Laura Mayberry, AGS director. “Students are empowered to learn about varying global perspectives and approaches to today’s issues and take action to resolve them,” she said.

AGS inspires students to make informed decisions to improve global issues, such as food shortages, poverty, the world water crisis, vaccinations and ocean exploration, to name a few. Students learn to work independently and collaborate in groups to view an issue from varying perspectives. For example, students have explored current international conflicts to have a better understanding of contemporary current events and viewed domestic topics, like vaccinations, from an economic, ethical and medical standpoint. The ACG also hosts a yearlong speaker series which brings speakers in to discuss topics of interest to the students.

AGS student Edward Jacobs, who will be part of the first AGS graduating class in 2018, said he, like many of his peers grew up very sheltered, with a limited view of the world. “AGS gives us a tremendous advantage to seeing the world from an international perspective, which is invaluable, especially given our current political climate and global path,” Jacobs said.

AGS fosters partnerships with non-governmental organizations, local and international non-profits, and international partnerships with schools and government leaders in many countries, such as Brazil, El Salvador, Germany, Japan, South Africa and Turkey. One major partnership is with the Thirst Project, which works toward improving the global water crisis. The partnership between AGS and Thirst Project has brought clean water to areas around the world afflicted by the water crisis.

The incoming ninth grade AGS class commits to partnering with the Thirst Project to build a well, whereby students research the global water crisis, its disproportionate impact on women and children, review data on the water table, diseases, deaths, demographics, current water options, source distances, and the amount of people who would be impacted if clean water was brought to the area. Students then construct a plan of action to spread awareness of the crisis and to raise funds. Once funds are raised, students select a community to build the well and track the progress and impact the well has on the community. Each well costs approximately $12,000 and all funds raised go directly to its construction.

In its four-year partnership with the Thirst Project, AGS students have raised more than $57,000 and commissioned the construction of four wells. AGS leads the nation in fundraising for the Thirst Project and last April AGS teachers Laura Mayberry and Kareem Captan were selected as Volunteers of the Year. The Academy currently has one well in Swaziland and one well in El Salvador already pumping clean water, with two additional wells in Swaziland under construction as part of the AGS student efforts. The partnership with the Thirst Project is a grassroots movement of young people and an integral part of AGS›s commitment to empowering young people to take action and to seeing themselves as part of the larger global community. This activism has already taken root as AGS students have founded an organization, YEP for Kids, which has partnered with schools here locally and in South Africa and Swaziland to teach coding to young people.

As part of AGS, students also have opportunities for international academic travel to put into practice the ideas, concepts and information learned in class to see firsthand the global perspective of today’s most pressing challenges.

To learn more about this program, visit the Academy of Global Studies website at www.agscdm.com or follow them on social media, at @AGSatCDM. You can also view a short video of the well that has brought clean water to a town in El Salvadorhere.

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Pet of the WeekDog and Cat print

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

Pepper

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Animal Shelter

MEET PEPPER

Pepper loves to retrieve things

Pepper is a 6-month-old Lab mix. She loves to retrieve things, and loves all people and animals. She doesn’t bark much! 

Adoption costs at the shelter:

Dogs - $130

Puppies - $150

Cats - $90

Kittens - $110

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

If you are interested in finding out more about Pepper, or any other animals up for adoption, the Newport Beach Animal Shelter is located at 20302 Riverside Drive, Newport Beach. It is open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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 & treats; new toys; grooming, hygiene & comfort products; as well as laundry soap, dish soap, paper towels, sponges & scrub pads and lint rollers. If you are interested in volunteering, you can fill out and sign the application on the website.


Menorah Lighting Ceremony at Fashion Island

Menorah Lighting 2016

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for Jewish Life

Celebrate Chanukah with Chabad Center for Jewish Life, Newport Beach at the Atrium Garden Courtyard (near Barnes & Noble) in Fashion Island on Tuesday, Dec. 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. during the Menorah Lighting Ceremony.

Enjoy Chanukah entertainment and crafts, dreidels and donuts, balloon animals, face painting, and gifts and treats for kids.

Bring an unwrapped gift for the Community Toy Drive. For more information, visit www.shopfashionisland.com

Fashion Island is located at 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

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Artisan Marketplace to benefit OASIS

Florals

Courtesy of OASIS Senior Center

Mark your calendar for Saturday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., for the Flower Streets Artisan Marketplace at the OASIS Senior Center. Come celebrate our local artists, with hand-crafted art and design gifts. Just in time for the holidays, choose from: elegant ceramics, artful tote bags, hand-painted trays, specialty baked goods, unique jewelry, inspired textiles, creative floral arrangements, wood-crafted home goods, soy-based candles, goat milk soaps, stylish clothing, handmade hats and distinctive paper goods.

A percentage of the proceeds support “Friends of OASIS,” a non-profit providing quality services to the senior community. Free admission. For more information, call 714.465.9117.

OASIS Senior Center is located at 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar.


Holiday Open House at Seaside Gallery & Goods

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Mark your calendar for Saturday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and join the fun at the Holiday Open House at Seaside Gallery & Goods. Shop at 12 participating local stores for all your holiday gifts.

Adding to the festivities are complimentary cheer and nibbles. A percentage of all sales will be given to designated charities as selected by each store. The event is free.

Seaside Gallery & Goods is located at 124 Tustin Ave., Ste. 100, Newport Beach. Visit the website at www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com for additional information.

About Town HR

By LANA JOHNSON  

Welcome to About Town, which will acquaint you with some of the businesses, restaurants, boutiques, organizations…you name it…that call Newport Beach home. I will take you on a fun, behind-the-scenes look to discover what makes these destinations special and what they offer.

Via Lido Drugs rings in the season with Holiday Open House

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Photos by Lana Johnson

I attended Via Lido Drugs’ Holiday Open House on Saturday, Nov. 18, and immediately caught the “holiday spirit.” Located on Balboa Peninsula, its name really is a misnomer…yes, it is a full-service drugstore, but it’s so much more. Decked out in its seasonal finery, both upstairs and downstairs, it is a one-stop shop for gifts, home decor and entertaining inspiration.

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Christmas trees sparkled with holiday themes, from blue nautical to silver and gold, and traditional reds and greens. Ornaments, garlands and lights adorned the branches, while tabletops were filled with whimsical ceramics and charming snow globes, while shelves were brimming with dinnerware, curios and toiletries. Wreaths were festooned with florals, tiny lights, ribbons and greenery, and paper goods, wrappings, greeting cards, pillows and linens embellished bins and shelves.

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 Adding to the merriment were door prizes, refreshments and even freshly carved turkey served with jalapeno jams and jellies. For those who brought in their Open House mailer postcards, each was given a sparkling gold ornament in a beribboned cellophane bag as a take away gift.

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Via Lido Drugs is located in Via Lido Plaza, 3445 Via Lido, Newport Beach. It is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Sundays. Call 949.723.5858 for more info.

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Newport Theatre Arts Center stages “Proof”

“Proof,” winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award 2001 for Best Play, embraces audiences now through December 17 at Newport Theatre Arts Center.

Proof performers Thom and Catherine

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Thom Gilbert (Robert) and Nicole Powell (Catherine) star in “Proof”

The synopsis: Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the intentions of Hal, a former graduate student of her father’s from the University of Chicago who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father’s madness – or genius – will she inherit?

Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m.; matinees at 2 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit www.ntaconline.com.


Letters to the Editor:

Reader wants “basic” policing

In today’s (Thursday, Nov.16) edition of Stu News four burglaries were reported in our city.

Recently a resident circulated information that the crosswalk in CDM was dangerous and she was injured as a pedestrian there. On NextDoor others in the area complained about lack of traffic enforcement during peak hours in many crosswalks.

Last week NBPD stated they held a successful prostitution sting.
I’m starting to wonder, as are many others, who deploys our police and why we’ve not seen routine police work as vigorous as should be employed. But stings and DUI stops are giddily touted.

I’ve had experience with major city enforcement. 

Things aren’t going to improve here until officers are told: 1) roll down the windows and listen to the street and (2) start enforcing laws that will improve safety.

One need only drive from Newport Coast Drive to MacArthur and you’ll see speeders out of control and lane squeezing at reckless limits.

We don’t need fancy, we do need basic policing and frankly, that’s not happening.  

Too much of our city’s resources get expended on the peninsula, it appears.
Maybe if the city council and state crack down on some of those rowdy bars that are out of control on the weekends our PD could breathe a little easier in other areas of enforcement. 

Mark Adams

Newport Beach


JWA anticipates record passenger volume with holiday

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The year-end holiday travel season is quickly approaching and airports across the country are anticipating another year of record passenger volume. The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the most heavily traveled holiday periods, and passengers traveling through John Wayne Airport (JWA) between now and Monday, Nov. 27 will experience higher-than-normal passenger traffic.

“During the busy holiday travel season, we are proud that John Wayne Airport provides friendly staff members and superior guest amenities for our visitors within a secure environment,” said Board Chairwoman Michele Steel. “As we gather to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and family, we wish everyone safe and pleasant travels.”

Demand for parking over the holiday weekend is expected to be high. The Airport recommends passengers consider all parking options available: Terminal-adjacent Parking Structures A1, A2, B2 and C, as well as curbside Valet Parking and the Main Street Parking Lot with free shuttle to the Riley Terminal. 

Travelers should plan ahead and check real-time parking availability by calling 949.252.5200, or visiting Parking Availability at www.ocair.com.


ENC presents Tiny Naturalists

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The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) is calling all babies 3 - 9 months along with their significant adults to join Outreach Coordinator Mindy Schwartz for an unstructured “Parent and Me”-style class on the ENC grounds from Dec. 5, 2017 - Jan. 16, 2018.

Each week, you’ll hike out to a different habitat along the trails, set up a big blanket, and relax with your babies in the shade of the forest canopy. Parents will get to know one another while the babies experience “tummy time” and free play outdoors. Each session will end with story time and a song.

This is a six-week series on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Cost: $24 for members; $30 for non-members. Babies and their adults only, please; no older children are permitted to attend. Strollers are discouraged; baby-wearing devices are encouraged. Registration is required, no walk-ins. Sign up on the website at www.encenter.org.

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


Pacific Chorale to present three holiday concerts

Tis the Season

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“Tis the Season!” is among Pacific Chorale’s holiday concerts

Pacific Chorale, the resident choir of Segerstrom Center for the Arts, will be presenting its popular concerts in December. “Candles by Candlelight,” will be performed on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church, 2046 Mar Vista Drive, Newport Beach. This magical evening of traditional carols and classical Christmas works is presented by a chamber choir of Pacific Chorale’s professional singers in an intimate candlelit setting. It will be conducted by Robert Istad, artistic director. Tickets: $25 - $70.

For more information, contact Pacific Chorale at 714.662.2345.

“Tis the Season!,” a popular family holiday extravaganza, will take place in the Rene and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 5:30 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. The Pacific Chorale will join forces with the Southern California Children’s Concert Chorus (Lori Loftus, founding artistic director and conductor), and the brass and percussion of Pacific Symphony. A visit from Santa Claus will delight all. Both performances will be conducted by Robert Istad, artistic director. Tickets: $29 - $140.

For more information, contact Pacific Chorale at 714.662.2345, or Segerstrom Center at 714.556.2787. www.pacificchorale.org; www.scfta.org


Alfredo Rodriguez Trio to bring talents to Samueli Theater

Alfredo Rodriguez

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Grammy-nominatd Cuban jazz composer and pianist Alfredo Rodriguez makes his Segerstrom Center for the Arts debut Saturday, Dec. 9 with two concerts in Samueli Theater. Rodriguez will be joined by bassist Munir Hossn and drummer Michael Olivera.

Latin Jazz Network reported, “As a pianist, Alfredo Rodriguez is a rare bird, the very epitome of the one he celebrates on Tocororo. He creates music as if it were an unending flight of fancy. No less fantastic is his intuitive ability to invent, to create extraordinarily beautiful musical art with his long, supple fingers.”

The Alfredo Rodriguez Trio is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty.

The trio will perform selections from Rodriguez’s recent album, Tocororo, which embraces musical influences from around the world. “Before writing my music I sing it, and if it works sung, then I know it works. I’m no singer but I like to experiment, I love to vocalize,” Rodriguez said.

“And now, more and more my music is calling for the sound of voices,” he explained. This continuing search of his place and his sound is the very reason why he titled the album Tocororo. “It’s the national bird of Cuba and it made me think about my own situation, flying from place to place, always looking for my truth, in different places, in different ways,” he said. “And the Tocororo is a bird that cannot live in captivity. It has to fly or it dies.”

Single tickets start at $64 and are available online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 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. 


Pacific Symphony presents Gershwin’s Concerto

Xiayin Wang

Courtesy of Pacific Symphony

Performing with Pacific Symphony for the first time is international sensation, Chinese pianist Xiayin Wang, whose sublime talent gives fresh, dynamic energy to Gershwin’s Concerto in F. Considered an artist of keen musicality and sweeping virtuosity, Wang brings audiences to their feet with her riveting playing.

“The Washington Post” referred to her playing as “precise and strong,” her drive “unrelenting” and her concentration “intense.”

Considered Gershwin’s most classical piece, the Concerto in F represents the ideal blend of the rhythmic liberty of jazz fused with classical roots. And, making her debut on the Symphony’s podium is outstanding Estonian Conductor Anu Tali, one of the most intriguing young conductors on the scene today.

The performances take place at the Rene and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, November 30 - December 2 at 8 p.m. A preview talk with host Alan Chapman takes place at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6:45 p.m.

Tickets are $25 - $126; Box Circle, $196 - $206. For more information, and to purchase tickets, call 714. 755.5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.

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


Pick the perfect Christmas tree at the Newport Dunes lot

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Choosing that very special tree to adorn your house during the holidays will get a little bit easier (and a lot more fun!). The perfect fir awaits at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort Christmas Tree lot, open Friday, Nov. 24 through Saturday, Dec. 21 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sip complimentary coffee and hot chocolate while browsing hundreds of trees including Noble, Nordmann, Grand and Douglas varieties as well as holiday wreaths and Cedar garlands. Newport Dunes Tree Lot receives fresh shipments weekly and offers delivery as well as free parking for Christmas tree shoppers.

Santa will be visiting the tree lot on November 25 and 26 from 11 a.m. to  2 p.m.

Stay until dusk each night to see the Lighting of the Bay as more than 50 electric Christmas trees and holiday decorations are turned on to illuminate the bay.

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


ENC hosts Artisans Marketplace to promote eco-friendly products

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Courtesy of ENC 

The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) will be hosting an Artisans Marketplace on Sunday, Dec. 3, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 40 local artisans will display a variety of handmade, eco-friendly, sustainable gifts just in time for the holidays. Featured products include a variety of handmade jewelry, edibles, ceramics, candles, soaps, art, clothing and more. Music and food will add to the day’s festivities.

Purchasing from locally owned businesses has a positive impact on the economy and supports local communities. The Artisans Marketplace affords guests the opportunity to shop for unique gifts while spending time in nature instead of at a shopping mall. Attendees will purchase sustainable gifts that show they care about the environment.

Artisans Marketplace vendors are handpicked by ENC staff for their eco-friendly products. Non-native plants, seashells, coral and animal parts are not allowed. Shoppers will find minimal plastic, and are encouraged to bring re-usable shopping bags to carry their purchases.

A $2 entry fee goes directly to the ENC’s environmental education programs.

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


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

NB Central Library

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Upcoming Events & Workshops 

Chip Fesko, Continuing through January 5, 1018. The exhibit includes 14 watercolors created using up to 10,000 quarter-inch squares per painting, all bursting with pixel-like squares of color. The series on exhibit took five years to complete. Inspiration for Fesko’s artwork comes from many different directions. Awarded second place in the Watercolor Category at the 2017 Newport Beach Art Exhibition, Fesko’s “The Power of Gold,” was inspired by the accomplishments of Olympic athletes from the Summer Olympics. Another work on display, “Tibetan Prayer Flags,” is an abstract depiction of flags flying in the wind, representing the five elements: blue for sky, white for air, red for fire, green for water and yellow, symbolizing the earth. The artwork is on display at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Chip Fesko

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LEGO Block Party, November 22 and 29 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invents with LEGOS at his fun, creative program. No registration is required. Funded by Friends of the Library. Takes place Wednesdays throughout the month at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 

LEGOS

Medicine in Our Backyard: Colon Health – From IBS to IBD, November 27 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Tonight’s speaker is Dr. Nimisha K. Parekh, a board-certified UC Irvine Health internist and gastroenterologist. She is director of the UC Irvine Health Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Program at UC Irvine Health. Her research interests include outcomes in Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, clinical trials for new drug therapies to treat IBD, women’s issues and the role of ethnicity in disease outcomes. No charge to attend and no reservations are required. Takes place at Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 100 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Let’s Talk Tech: Mixing with Pro Tools, November 28 from 7 - 8 p.m. Let’s Talk Tech focuses on introductory tutorials for software and services in the Media Lab. Staff utilizes tutorials from Lynda.com to present an entry-level overview of a specific topic. Participants must have a valid library card to attend each session. This event is limited to four patrons due to the size of the Sound Lab. Takes place at Central Library Media Lab, 100 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Beyond the Canvas, November 29 from 7 - 8 p.m. Award-winning professor Jacqueline Hahn will continue this fascinating art lecture series on legendary artists’ lives and artistic movements. Constantin Brâncuși was a Romanian sculptor, painter and photographer who made his career in France. Considered a pioneer of modernism, one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th century, Brâncuși is called the patriarch of modern sculpture. Learn more about the great masters of art in this fascinating visual presentation. Free to the public; seating is first come, first served. Takes place at Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 100 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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Drop-In Crafts, December 2 from 12 - 3 p.m. Make some fun Nutcracker-themed crafts! No registration required. Takes place at Central Library Children’s Room, 100 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Nutcracker Crafts

The Nutcracker for Kids, December 2 with two performances: 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. The whole family will enjoy this program for children. “The Nutcracker for Kids” is an abridged narrated version of the holiday classic presented by Festival Ballet Theatre. This shortened performance features a cast of professional dancers in complete costumes and tells the story of Clara, a young girl who receives the gift of a nutcracker soldier from her mysterious godfather.  Overnight, the Nutcracker is magically transformed into a handsome prince who takes Clara on an enchanting journey. Admission is free.  Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Takes place at the Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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Holiday Open House at Corona del Mar Branch Library, December 3 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. with Magic by Mark Gibson at the 12 and 2 p.m. shows. Stop by for refreshments, crafts, stories and the magic shows. Takes place at 420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar.

Preschool Storytime at Marina Park, December 4 from 9:30 - 10 a.m. Library staff presents stories, songs and crafts to inspire literacy, dramatic play and musical fun. Geared to ages 3 - 5. No registration required. Takes place at Marina Park Preschool Room, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

Let’s Talk Tech: Resume Building Technology, December 5 from 7 - 8 p.m. Let’s Talk Tech focuses on introductory tutorials for software and services in the Media Lab. Staff utilizes tutorials from Lynda.com to present an entry-level overview of a specific topic. Participants must have a valid library card to attend each session. Takes place at Central Library Media Lab, 100 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

LEGO Block Party, December 6 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invents with LEGOS at his fun, creative program. No registration is required. Funded by Friends of the Library. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

The Charlotte “Charlie” Alexander Book Discussion Group, Florence Gordon by Brian Morton. December 13 from 9:15 - 11 a.m. Meet Florence Gordon, a blunt, brilliant feminist. At 75, Florence wants to be left alone to write her memoir and shape her legacy. But when her son and his family come to visit, they embroil Florence in their dramas and threaten her coveted solitude. Marked with searing wit, sophisticated intelligence and a tender respect for humanity, Florence Gordon is cast with a constellation of unforgettable characters. Chief among them is Florence herself, who can humble fools with a single barbed line, but who eventually finds that there are some realities even she cannot outwit. The group is free and reservations are not required. Authors are not present unless noted. Everyone is welcome. Takes place at the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Preschool Storytime at Marina Park, December 11 from 9:30 - 10 a.m. Library staff presents stories, songs and crafts to inspire literacy, dramatic play and musical fun. Geared to ages 3 - 5. No registration required. Takes place at Marina Park Preschool Room, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

SCORE Workshop: Developing a Winning Business Plan, December 12 at 5:30 p.m. A Business Plan is an important document for raising start-up capital, helping you to monitor progress and achieving your goals. When done correctly, it is a “living” document and tool that will help you manage the business beyond start-up. We will help you prepare a realistic plan that will document your vision, goals and strategy. No business should be started or maintained without a Plan. The key is an understanding of what should be included and how to capture the reader’s interest in a concise but interesting way. Having a difficult time with the financial section? Your presenter will help you understand the three financial statements and how they relate to risk and performance. He will take the mystery out of forecasting. Jim Chamberlain of SCORE presents this workshop. He has an MBA and is a CMA (Certified Management Accountant). Takes place at Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 100 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Winter Craft-o-Rama, December 13 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Welcome the winter season with sparkly craft fun. Geared to kids K-4th grade. Takes place at the Balboa Branch Library, 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

Winter Crafts

Preschool Storytime at Marina Park, December 18 from 9:30 - 10 a.m. Library staff presents stories, songs and crafts to inspire literacy, dramatic play and musical fun. Geared to ages 3 - 5. No registration required. Takes place at Marina Park Preschool Room, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

Winter Crafts, December 19 from 4 - 5 p.m. Celebrate the season by making some fun winter crafts. Geared to ages 3 - 8. No registration is required. First come, first served, limited by room capacity. Funded by Friends of the Library. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

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Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

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

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

Songs & Stories – Children 2 - 5 years of age will enjoy stories and music, while being introduced to guided movement, yoga and instruments. CdM on Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Preschool Storytime – Stories, poems and songs will inspire literary, dramatic and musical fun for kids 3 - 5 years of age. Balboa on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Mariners on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; CdM on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Central on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

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

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

Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

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

Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

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

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

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

9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Closed Sundays

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday,

9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Closed Sundays and Mondays.

www.newportbeachlibrary.org


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

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Crystal Cove Conservancy | 21st Annual Crystal Cove Tree Lighting, Saturday, December 2 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.  with the tree lighting at 5 p.m. Ring in the season at California’s only coastal tree display. The all-day family event includes a festive bazaar, local plein air art, artisan gifts, a visit from St. Nick, strolling carolers and more. Complimentary cookies, cider and cocoa provided by The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove café. Free; parking is $15 maximum.

Contact: Kajsa James, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.376.6200, www.crystalcoveconservancy.org.

Takes place at Crystal Cove Historic District, 5 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast.

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Hoag Hospital | 51st Annual Christmas Carol Ball, Saturday, December 9 beginning at 5 p.m. From its beginning in 1966, this has become a must-attend event which sells out every year. They anticipate more than 600 Hoag friends and supporters will join in the fun, fellowship and fabulous food, along with dancing and special holiday touches in a beautiful setting. This year’s event co-chairs are Joan and Andy Fimiano. Hoag Hospital Memorial Presbyterian has been a medical center of excellence in Newport Beach and surrounding communities. Attire: Formal black tie; hosted valet parking.

Contact: www.christmascarolball.org; www.monarchbeachresort.com.

Takes place at St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, 1 Monarch Beach Resort N, Dana Point.

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

Allison Marie Manrriquez Meyer, 32, Irvine – Tuesday, November 14 

Incident Reports

Thursday, November 18

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Nadia Mirza, 31, Irvine

Hoag Drive I 00 Block I Controlled Substance for Sale

11:03 p.m. Donald William Holt, Jr., 53, Long Beach, charged with possession of a controlled substance for sale. Bail set at $20,000.

Sea Lane & Harbor View Drive I Controlled Substance, Paraphernalia, Driving while Suspended and False Personation

3:12 p.m. Keith H. Moultry, 44, Long Beach, charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of unlawful paraphernalia, driving while license suspended or revoked and false personation of another. Bail set at $20,000.

Peterson Place I 2700 Block I Costa Mesa I Narcotics, Controlled Substance for Sale, Possession of Firearm, Possession of Ammo and Controlled Substance

12:00 p.m. James Pershing Fleck, 45, Costa Mesa, charged with possession of narcotics for sale, possession of a controlled substance for sale, felon/addict in possession of a firearm, possession of ammo by prohibited person and possession of a controlled substance while armed. Bail set at $350,000.

Santa Barbara Drive I 800 Block I Failure to Register as a Felon Sex offender and Sex Offender Failure to Report Address Change

11:13 p.m. Michael David Perry, 60, Costa mesa, charged with failure to register as a felony sex offender and a sex registrant failing to report an address change. Bail set at $20,000.

W. Ocean Front & 22nd Street I Paraphernalia

8:40 a.m. Reed Alan Palmer, 20, Costa Mesa, charged with possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail set at $500.

Avon Street & Riverside Ave. I Warrant and Driving while Suspended

3:12 a.m. Robert Jose Zaldana, 39, Huntington Beach, charged with a warrant related to a DUI and driving while license is suspended. Bail set at $10,000.

Wednesday, November 17

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Ryan Winston Germagian, 57, Hudson

Balboa Blvd. I 4500 Block IDrink in Public and Vandalism

7:46 p.m. Elana A. Germagian, 57, Hudson, charged with drinking in public and vandalism by damaging property. Bail set at $500.

Shoreline Road I 100 Block I Trespassing

5:34 p.m. Roger Amescua McGrew, 57, Lake Arrowhead, charged with trespassing for refusal to leave property. Bail set at $500.

5:41 p.m. Scott Richard Klassen, 40, San Dimas, charged with trespassing for refusal to leave property. Bail set at $500.

Rigel Circle & Galaxy Drive I Receiving Stolen Property and Paraphernalia

11:05 a.m. Freddie Jr. Smith, 22, Fontana, charged with receiving stolen property with a value greater than $950 and possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail set at $20,000.

Poinsettia Ave. & Third Ave. I Narcotics, Paraphernalia and Burglary Tools

1:50 a.m. Summer C. Holton, 38, Anaheim, charged with possession of narcotics and possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail set at $10,000.

1:09 a.m. Victor Luis Gomez, 41, Anaheim, charged with possession of burglary tools, possession of narcotics and possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail set at $10,000.

Marguerite Ave. & E. Coast Highway I Controlled Substance, Driving w/o License, False ID, Paraphernalia, Narcotics and a Warrant

12:39 a.m. Andrew Laird Robinson, 42, Newport Beach, charged with false identification to a peace officer, possession of unlawful paraphernalia, possession of controlled substance, possession of narcotics and outstanding warrant related to narcotic possession. Bail set at $10,000.

12:37 a.m. Randal James Burke, 28, El Monte, charged with driving without a license and possession of a controlled substance. Bail set at $2,500.

Tuesday, November 16

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Rick Alan Floyd, 63, Newport Beach

Kristen Michelle Reindel, 25, Costa Mesa

Orange Street & Seashore Drive I Warrants

9:30 p.m. Tyler Lee Esqueda, 26, Rancho Cucamonga, charged with multiple warrants. Bail set at $17,500.

Civic Center Plaza I 00 Block I Irvine I Take Vehicle w/o Owner’s Consent, Narcotics, Forgery

4:48 p.m. Cory Scott Sowders, 36, Laguna Niguel, charged with taking auto without owner’s consent, possession of narcotics and forgery. Bail set at $20,000.

Balboa Ave. I 800 Block I Warrant

10:31 p.m. Jay Martin Ellerman, charged with a warrant. No bail set.

15th Street & W. Balboa Blvd. I Escort Service Permit Required

4:37 a.m. Yoeni Nataly Cervanted Lopez, 22, Irvine, charged with not possessing an escort service permit. Bail set at $200.

4:25 a.m. Ray Anthony Randall, 21, Hemet, charged with not possessing an escort service permit. Bail set at $200.