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Volume 3, Issue 90                                                                       November 13, 2018


Fire Files

NBFD answers the call to help combat wildfires

With the raging wildfires affecting areas of Ventura and Los Angeles County in Southern California the last several days, the Newport Beach Fire Department answered the call to provide mutual aid to these ravaged areas with fire protection. 

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“Newport Beach Firefighters have been actively engaged in protecting homes in the Thousand Oaks area,” said Newport Beach Fire Assistant Chief Jeff Boyles. “We currently have two fire engines with eight personnel, along with multiple Orange County fire agencies assisting in the firefight. Locally, we are up-staffing with financial assistance from the state in preparation for any wind events that may threaten us here in Orange County.” 

NB Fire Asst. Chief Boyles will be presenting an informational wildland fire workshop tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. The workshop will take place in the Central Library’s Friends Room located at 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. This is a great opportunity for all members of the community to learn about the ongoing threat of wildland fires to the State of California, how the Newport Beach Fire Department is deployed to these incidents, and recent deployment experiences.

Red Flag Warning in effect in Newport through Wednesday

Here at home, a Red Flag Warning has been issued through Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 5 p.m. for the Orange County Coastal Zone including Newport Beach, according to the National Weather Service. Sustained winds of 25 - 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph are possible along with low humidity levels. Residents living near urban interface areas are encouraged to have an emergency plan in the event of a brush fire near their home.

Now is the time for Newport Beach residents to evaluate their preparedness levels. If you haven’t already done so, please register for AlertOC, which is the city’s mass notification system, by going to Make sure you include your cell phone number, text number, and email addresses so you can be informed of emergencies and certain community events no matter where you are.

What a wild ride for CdM’s No. 1 Lakers fan: Catching up with Desi Engle


Eight years ago, Corona del Mar rallied around Desiree Engle, the self-proclaimed No. 1 Lakers fan, to collect money to send her to Boston for the NBA Finals. “Baby! love my town,” Desi said at the time, her long braids swinging with purple, white and gold ribbons. She asked for tips to help fund the trip, and 10 hours later she had enough for a plane ticket, a game ticket and more – all from CdM customers who knew no one deserved to fly to Boston for the game more than Desi.

Three years later, the juice shop where she worked, CeFiore, shut its doors at 2801 E. Coast Highway. Desi kept going to Lakers games, sitting in Section 313, but she began to work in Costa Mesa. She still lived in Corona del Mar, so you’d see her on her daily long runs, decked in Lakers gear, high-fiving and waving to friends who honked or yelled her name.

What a wild ride for

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No. 1 Lakers fan Desi Engle

But then, in 2014, the seizures started. She was in Dallas (for a Lakers game, naturally) and staying with former CdM customers when she said she woke up on the floor, her phone smashed beside her. She thought she just passed out because of exhaustion combined with the excitement of a road trip. But others followed. She was diagnosed with epilepsy related to concussions she received as a youth soccer star. She replaced her Lakers mobile with a Lakers scooter when she no longer could drive. The seizures kept coming, and she faced a lifetime of medication or surgery.

It was a dark time, she says now. A woman accused of being drunk and drugged hit her on her scooter near her Flower Street apartment. She eventually was hospitalized and had the brain surgery. Her beautiful braids were gone, replaced by a huge scar. She lost her CdM apartment. But she had the Lakers.

“I just stayed positive,” she said. “That’s half the battle. And I have the Mamba System. I’m focused. I believe in myself.”

Desi, a huge Kobe Bryant fan, credits him with giving her the best advice of her life. “He looked me square in the face and said, ‘You have to own this surgery and kick its ass. What you’re going through – it makes jump shots look hard for me.’”

When she made it back to see a live Lakers game after surgery, Desi said she was given a hero’s welcome. “A season ticket rep showed up, gives me a hug,” she said. “Then they took me to a center court seat. My first day back, and I was sitting next to Floyd Mayweather. About a week out of the hospital, I was out running.”

Getting back to normal has been hard post-surgery, but things are settling down. In October, Desi began working as a barista at Bruegger’s Bagels at 2743 E. Coast Highway. Her old regular customers from the juice place have been finding her there, making the Kean Coffee drinks and catching up on all things Lakers and CdM.

“I lost everything – license, job, car – but I’m back.”

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In other CdM news, city contractors will be performing emergency storm drain work this week through Friday at Goldenrod Avenue and East Coast Highway. The work, which will be intermittent in the area, will occur between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m., and will mean traffic restrictions and no-parking signs. According to an email from Public Works Director David Webb, the work will be concentrated near the bank at the northeast corner of Coast Highway and Goldenrod.

“While recently video inspecting various storm drains, we discovered that a segment of this particular storm drain in Coast Highway, which consists of a fairly old corrugated metal pipe we inherited from Caltrans, was in pretty poor shape,” the email states. “With the condition of the pipe and winter fast approaching, we want to address this concern sooner than later.”


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

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Stump the Stu

Chuggin’ toward the barn...

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Where would you find this colorful mural that leads to what awaits behind these doors?

Take the challenge and submit your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

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

Variety honored annual list of 10 Actors to Watch with a star-studded reception, bestowed awards

Celebrating its 20th anniversary of this famed event, Variety, the entertainment industry bible, partnered with Newport Beach Film Festival to bestow industry honors to 10 Actors to Watch at a swank reception held at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach on Sunday, Nov. 11.

 “Visit Newport Beach and the Newport Beach Film Festival have been proud to partner with Variety over the past five years to host their 10 Cinematographers and 10 Brits to Watch. Adding a third celebration further solidifies our strong partnership and shared support of and love for great films and the talent that brings those films to life,” said Gregg Schwenk, president and CEO of the Newport Beach Film Festival. 

Variety honored annual list Winstead and Domingo

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Variety Festival Fall Honorees Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Colman Domingo

 “Additionally, it’s serendipitous timing that this year marks the 10 Actors to Watch 20th anniversary and coincides with the kick-off of Newport Beach Film Festival’s year-long celebration of its own 20th anniversary.”

The reception began with the celebrities walking the red carpet and conducting interviews with the media and meeting attendees. Guests were treated to an outdoor brunch with refreshing libations, amid Pacific Ocean vistas. The program and awards ceremony, taking place in the ballroom, included a Q&A with the 10 Actors to Watch.

2018 10 Actors to Watch:

Zazie Beetz – An Emmy nominee for Atlanta, Beetz stole scenes in Deadpool 2 and will reprise the role of Domino in the X-Force spin-off. She will next be seen in Noah Hawley’s Pale Blue Dot and The Joker.

Gemma Chan – Currently on screens in Crazy Rich Asians, she’ll be seen opposite Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie in Mary Queen of Scots and in next year’s Captain Marvel.

Elsie Fisher – The breakout star of Bo Burnham’s indie hit Eighth Grade, Fisher has been earning raves since the movie’s Sundance debut.

Variety honored annual list Golding and Chan

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Henry Golding and Gemma Chan star in “Crazy Rich Asians”

Henry Golding – Making his film debut as the leading man of Crazy Rich Asians, Golding also stars with Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick in September’s release of A Simple Favor.

Russell Hornsby – Previously seen on Broadway in Fences and the film adaptation, Hornsby will appear this year in The Hate U Give and Creed 2.

Anthony Ramos – A member of the original Hamilton Broadway cast, Ramos appears opposite Lady Gaga in A Star is Born and in the film Monsters and Men.

Cailee Spaeny – The actress-singer will be seen as Jane Ginsburg in On the Basis of Sex, opposite Jeff Bridges in Bad Times at the El Royale and as the young Lynn Cheney in Adam McKay’s untitled biopic.

Marina de Tavira – Soon to be seen in Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, de Tavira recently appeared in the series Ingobernable for Netflix and Falco for Amazon.

Variety honored annual list Wright and Washington

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Letitia Wright and John David Washington during the onstage panel discussion in the Pelican Hill Ballroom

John David Washington – Starring in the lead role of Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansmen, Washington can be seen in David Lowery’s The Old Man and the Gun and Monsters and Men.

Letitia Wright – The actress quickly became a fan favorite as Shuri in the Marvel films Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, and is Emmy nominated for her role in the Black Mirror episode Black Museum

Note: Presented by Executive Editor Steven Gaydos. Profiles of the talent appear in the magazine’s February 13, 20183 issue and on

Newport Beach Film Festival Fall Honorees:

Colman Domingo – Artist of Distinction: The If Beale Street Could Talk and Fear the Walking Dead actor is also a writer, director and producer whose early career included a stint in the circus as an aerial web artist.

Variety honored annual list Topher Grace

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Topher Grace, recipient of the Artist of Distinction, poses on the carpet

Topher Grace – Artist of Distinction: He recently landed the role of former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke in Spike Lee’s film BlacKkKlansman

Mary Elizabeth Winstead – Artist of Distinction: This year, this talented actress took on one of her most challenging roles as a troubled standup comedian in All About Nina.

Variety honored annual list Schwenk Forster Sherwin

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(L-R) Gregg Schwenk, CEO & Executive Director, Newport Beach Film Festival; Robert Forster, recipient of the Icon Award; and Gary Sherwin, President & CEO, Newport Beach & Company

Robert Forster – Icon: While he’s played scores of roles over the years, earning an Oscar nomination for Jackie Brown and appearing in the recent reboot of Twin Peaks, Forster sees his latest film What They Had as a standout. During his illustrious career, he’s worked with talents including John Huston, Quentin Tarantino, Alexander Payne and David Lynch.

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Purchase your Christmas tree, holiday decor and help support CdM Basketball

Purchase your Christmas tree

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Corona del Mar Boys Basketball is holding a Christmas tree fundraiser and is seeking your support. Reindeer Forest Tree Farms in Oregon is supplying the trees and holiday décor. Orders need to be placed by Wednesday, Nov. 21 and can be picked up on Sunday, Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.  in the CdM High School front parking lot.

Choose from Noble or Douglas Fir trees with sizes from five to nine feet tall (all have been hand-selected for their shape, color and health). They are fresh, as they will be delivered within 48 hours of being cut. In addition, there are wreaths, garlands and other holiday décor for purchase. Sales will also benefit Trees for Troops, as Reindeer Forest Tree Farms has provided more than 100,000 Christmas trees to military families since 2005.

Order your tree and décor and view the selections online at, then return your payment to any CdM Boys Basketball player via mail. All information is available on the website. If you have questions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Editor’s Note: If you are a Newport Beach/Corona del Mar organization selling Christmas trees and holiday décor for a fundraising effort, please send your information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can share it with our readers.

Sign of the times

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

Where are all those Stu readers who love Italian cuisine? Well, it was just Tom Iovenitti who answered correctly, and knew the cursive “il” was part of the il Barone Ristorante sign – an Italian trattoria at 900 Bristol St. N, Newport Beach, adjacent to Plaza Newport. Congratulations Tom...or should we say Tommaso!

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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The Great Plein Air Art experience comes to Crystal Cove

The Great Plein Air Art

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Celebrate more than 100 years of plein air art at Crystal Cove State Park and spend a relaxing day capturing the beauty of the Cove on canvas with the help of Crystal Cove plein air artists Alan Nowell and Laura Rosenkranz. The Cove will be sparkling with holiday decorations.

Let your inner artist out on Monday, Dec. 17 (Alan Nowell, Instructor) and Wednesday, Dec. 19 (Laura Rosenkranz, Instructor) from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Each five-hour class is limited to 12. The cost is $85 for the general public and $70 for Conservancy Members.

Classes take place at Cottage #13 (The Beaches Film and Media Center) in the Crystal Cove State Park Historic District. To register, visit www.crystalcove.organd click on EVENTS.

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National Philanthropy Day® honors Michelle Wulfestieg

Michelle Wulfestieg, founder and executive director of the Southern California Hospice Foundation (SCHF), the leading nonprofit for non-medical hospice care, will be honored with the National Philanthropy Day® Outstanding Founders Award on Thursday, Nov. 15, by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Orange County (AFP-OC). The AFP awards program honors innovators in philanthropy, and places Wulfestieg in good company with past winners that include Donald Bren, Bruno Serato and the Segerstrom Family.

“Serving the dying has been one of the greatest privileges of my life,” Wulfestieg said. “It has taught me the importance of making each moment count and to truly value the people around you.” 

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Michelle Wulfestieg

To date, SCHF has served more than 2,500 terminally ill children and adults. Most often, patients seek help with basic needs, such as groceries and utility bills. But for Wulfestieg, a two-time stroke survivor herself, no request is too large. She has reconnected distant family members, hosted birthday parties and a wedding for patients, and granted spectacular final wishes, like meeting favorite celebrities. Oprah Winfrey, Harrison Ford, and the Los Angeles Angels Major League Baseball team are only a few of the celebrities that have collaborated with Wulfestieg to make her patients’ dreams come true.

Recently, she initiated a campaign to build Orange County’s first Omega home, called the Heavenly Home Project, which will serve as a live-in residential care facility for those at the end-of-life regardless of their ability to pay.

“The terminally ill in our community face incredible challenges. These are our families, coworkers, veterans and other professionals, our immigrants and our homeless. They are our neighbors, and we have an incredible opportunity to help support them.

“Wulfestieg has been so successful in leading SCHF because she values purpose. Purpose is empowering. It defines us. Diagnosis does not,” said Michael Uranga, board president of SCHF.

Chronicling her personal journey in her award-winning autobiography, typed with one hand, is Wulfestieg’s All We Have Is Today: A Story of Discovering Purpose. The hospice expert has also collaborated with Showtime to produce a documentary series Time of Death, which offered an intimate look at hospice patients’ final days and how they and their families cope.

Wulfestieg, who is a Newport Beach resident, will accept her award at the 33rd annual National Philanthropy Day® Awards Luncheon, which will be held at City National Grove of Anaheim. Attendees will include more than 900 distinguished community philanthropists, influential business leaders, supporters and media.

Childhelp Nashville Nights gala raises more than $460,000

Anyone wanting to spend a fun-filled evening in Nashville found just that at Childhelp’s Fall Gala, Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Resort at Pelican Hill. “Nashville Nights” co-chairs Susan Hill, Kristen James and Pam Pharris organized the Orange County Chapter’s 5th annual gala, where guests enjoyed live music by The Arnie Newman Band; whiskey tasting sponsored by The Macallan; and gambling, dining and dancing. Live and silent auctions and the grand prize opportunity drawing provided opportunities for everyone to contribute toward stopping child abuse and neglect. And contribute, they did – the event raised more than $460,000.

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(L-R) Susan Hill, Kristen James, Pam Pharris, event co-chairs

Generous event sponsors and donors included Jacquie and Michael Casey, Cleo A. Bluth Foundation, Christine Bren, Patricia and Brent Ford, Lil and Bill Knight, Erna Minkoff and the Minkoff Family, Cable Family Foundation, Becky and Gary Cooper, Janet Phelps, Michele and Jim Yang, Becky and Zlatko Zadro, along with Childhelp national board members, George Argyros Jr. and his wife Shannon, Patti Edwards and her husband Jimmy, and Joe Ciolli and his wife Ivy. On hand were Childhelp celebrity ambassadors – NASCAR’s Paulie Harraka and from Dancing with the Stars, Maksim Chmerkovskiy with his wife Peta Murgatroyd.

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(L-R) Men’s committee chairs Mark Adams and Bud Pharris flank auctioneer Jake Krone

After the pre-party drinks and appetizers, guests were seated in the transformed ballroom for dinner and the evening’s program. Chapter President Julie Adams welcomed everyone and called on the Men’s committee chairs, Mark Adams and Bud Pharris, to present the “Benevolent Heart Award.” This year’s awardees were the chapter’s youth auxiliary, WINGS. This group of approximately 60 7th - 12th grade students holds fundraising events, organizes annual carnivals at the Merv Griffin Childhelp Village in Beaumont, Calif. and creates WINGS Clubs at their schools throughout Orange County, all to support the lifesaving programs and services provided by Childhelp. They say that they’re just “kids helping kids,” but in just three short years they have proven just what a truly amazing group of students they are.

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(L-R) Childhelp national board member George Argyros Jr., Shannon Argyros, Ivy Ciolli and Childhelp national board member Joe Ciolli

As dessert was served, the energetic live auction began with auctioneer Zack Krone enticing robust bidding as guests competed to win one of the nine items offered. First up was the diamond-encrusted guitar necklace, a perfect homage to the Nashville scene. Additional live auction items included the Ultimate Macallan Party for 10, Pelican Hill Getaway, Catalina Island Adventure, Private Dinner for 12 prepared by Chef Yianni, Luxury Big Bear Getaway, VIP NASCAR and IVI Vision Experience, and an Exceptional Liquor Cabinet. Last minute add-on items included a private jet to Las Vegas plus a special VIP package. The highlight of the live auction was the heated bidding for the opportunity to attend Childhelp’s Diamond Jubilee “Drive the Dream” Gala. This event will celebrate 60 years of Childhelp and includes exclusive invitations with Childhelp founders Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson.

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Childhelp celebrity ambassadors Maksim Chmerkovskiy with his wife Peta Murgatroyd

At the conclusion of the live auction, guests moved on to line dancing, led by Kristal Lynn, and gaming. To close the gala, celebrity ambassadors Chmerkovskiy and Murgatroyd drew the ticket for the grand prize and presented it to winner Sepi Tabai. 

Event committee members included Iris Asbury, Linda Burns, Christine Bren, Nancy Cardin, Lynn Dowers, Susan Earlabaugh, Patricia Ford, Kelly Haugen, Christine Johnson, Jennifer Kite, Katherine Meredith, Diana Miner, Alison Moriarty, Tami Smith, Gina Van Ocker, Shan Vincent and Joy Whitlock-Estrada. Men’s committee members included Scott Amling, Matthew Blake, Jay Burns, Mike Haugen David James, Paul McDonald, Chris Miner, Patrick Moriarty, Mark Simon, Brett Smith, Alix Vincent and Zlatko Zadro.

Childhelp is proud to report that for each dollar expended, more than 92 cents is invested into serving children in need of their program services, which include three group homes in Costa Mesa and the Childhelp Merv Griffin Village in Beaumont.

For more information on Childhelp, visit

Newport Beach – A Look Back

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Looking at the Balboa Island Bridge from Promontory Point. Little Balboa Island and the Grand Canal can be seen to the left. The dirt road is a part of Jamboree Road. The automobiles appear to be circa 1930s.

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. For more information, call 949.675.3952, visit www.balboamuseum.orgor email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Dining out for Thanksgiving? Here are some great feast suggestions

It is the time of year to give thanks and embrace the joys of the holiday season with friends and family. For most of us, Thanksgiving is a favorite, because we get to eat so many wonderful foods that just somehow taste better all on the same plate.

If you love to cook, the kitchen is your playground. If not, but still want that traditional feast and all the yummy sides and mouth-watering desserts, look no further, because many Newport Beach restaurants will prepare a memorable meal for you (and you don’t have to do the dishes!). Just relax and gather around the table to share what you are most thankful for. Read on for some dining out suggestions, and don’t forget to make reservations!

Farm to Fork Back Bay Bistro

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Back Bay Bistro welcomes you to a buffet on the bay

Back Bay Bistro – Thanksgiving Buffet on the Bay and Thanksgiving To Go

The festive gourmet buffet features a carved-to-order station with slow roasted turkey breast, New York strip, honey baked ham and confit turkey dark meat with walnut stuffing, cranberry relish and au jus, herb gravy and creamy horseradish; hot sides selections include grilled salmon and crab cakes, lamb navarin (stew) and rice pilaf, shallot boursin mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, candied yams, green beans and roasted corn on the cob, creamed spinach and sweet winter peas, cornbread and assorted rolls, and butternut squash and apple soup. There are also fresh salads. Desserts include pies, bread pudding and a chocolate fountain. You can also order from a to go menu showcasing chef custom-rubbed whole turkey; sides such as mashed potatoes and gravy, yams, cranberry relish, walnut stuffing, cream corn; and pumpkin or apple pie for dessert. The complete dinner to go serves 4 - 6 and costs $155.

The buffet is served Thursday, Nov. 22 with seatings at 9 - 11:30 a.m.; 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.; and 2 - 4 p.m. The cost is $52 for adults (add $5 for Bottomless Champagne & Mimosa), and $25 for children 10 years and under. (Tax & service charge is not reflected in per person pricing.) For Thanksgiving To Go, call 949.729.3800 by November 21 to place your order. Pick up is at the Back Bay Bistro Valet Station.

For reservations, call 949.729.1144 and visit

Back Bay Bistro is located at 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.

Current Coastal Cuisine at the Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel – Thanksgiving Buffet with Three Seatings

This buffet serves up a bevy of delicious choices from the carving board with your choice of herb roasted turkey, maple glazed ham or slow-roasted rib eye; salad and cold food display; hot food display; pasta station; and breakfast station, along with a selection of artesian breads and decadent desserts. Seatings are available on Thursday, Nov. 22 at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. The cost is $48 for adults, and $18 for children (3 - 11 years of age). Reservations are required and can be made by calling 949.955.5612. Thanksgiving Feast To Go is also being offered. For 4 - 6 people: 12 lb. turkey with all the trimmings a choice of one dessert - $155; For 8 - 12 people: 25 lb. turkey with all the trimmings a choice of two desserts - $255. Honey baked ham is offered at an additional cost. (Orders must be placed by Monday, Nov. 18 and can be picked up on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Service charge is additional.)

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Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel is located at 4500 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach. 

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Enjoy a bountiful brunch at Fashion Island Hotel

Fashion Island Hotel – Bountiful Brunch

Served in the Fashion Island Hotel Ballroom, the brunch offers an irresistible cornucopia of traditional holiday dishes prepared and served in elegant style to be enjoyed with favorite celebratory beverages. From the Farmer’s Market are little gem cobb salad, roasted root vegetable winter salad, brussels sprout slaw, California cheese and charcuterie, and fresh fruit and berries. From the Ranch, selections include free range turkey with all the fixings, whole roasted crispy pork belly, wood plank roasted salmon and more. There will be scrambled eggs, seafood stew, chicken pot pie, shrimp cocktail and crab legs. There’s an assortment of individual pies – pumpkin, cherry, apple cinnamon, Boston cream or pecan. Dessert shooters are a special final touch – orange cheesecake, chocolate crémeux and others. Also, mini pumpkin donuts will be made on the spot.

Everyone will enjoy live music and children’s craft activities for a day that’s made for the whole family. The cost is $80 per adult, and $20 per child ages five to 12, including tax and gratuities (free for children four and under) Brunch is served Thursday, Nov. 22 from 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Call 949.760.4913 for reservations.

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Fashion Island Hotel is located at 690 Newport Center Drive.

Five Crowns – Seasonal Menu Offerings at the Restaurant or in Your Own Home

The menu features classic oven roasted free range turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, buttered Blue Lake green beans, and house made cranberry compote. Prime rib of beef is served with au jus. Round out the meal with Yorkshire pudding, organic whipped cream horseradish and a choice of side. Indulge with the “Best of Both” for a portion of prime rib and side of turkey with all the seasonal accompaniments.

Dinner is served Thursday, Nov. 22 from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. For reservations, call 949.760.0331. For those opting to spend the holidays at home, Five Crowns offers a traditional Thanksgiving to-go menu. To make reservations or to purchase a to-go dinner, call 949.760.0331.

For more information, visit www.lawrysonline.come/five-crowns.

Five Crowns is located at 3801 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar – A Prix Fixe Menu

Inspired by traditional favorites, the three-course dinner starts with an artisan bread basket and pumpkin butter for the table. For the first course, choose either a Fleming’s chopped salad or lobster bisque. A hearty main course follows with mixed herb-roasted turkey breast with savory turkey gravy and fresh cranberry, orange and cinnamon sauce (dark meat available upon request) or sliced beef tenderloin with Cabernet demi-glace (+$15) served with housemade sage and brioche bread stuffing, and green beans and onions. Sides to share include butter-mashed sweet potatoes and Yukon gold mashed potatoes. Dessert choices include pumpkin cheesecake or apple crisp. A special refreshing cocktail is the Fireside Rye for $15.

A kid-friendly meal features fresh fruit, Fleming’s chopped salad and the same entrée choices and sides as the adult menu. Dessert is either pumpkin cheesecake or an ice cream sundae. On Thursday, Nov. 22, Thanksgiving menus are offered beginning at 11 a.m. The cost is $49 for adults, and $19 for children 12 years and under. For reservations, visit or call 949.720.9633.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 455 Newport Center Drive. 

Hornblower – Champagne Buffet Brunch on the Harbor

Celebrate your day of thanks during a two-hour brunch cruise on Thursday, Nov. 22, which includes unlimited Champagne and mimosas, a carving station with tri-tips in a house marinade and California turkey, a bakery station, farm fresh salads, seafood station, hot breakfast entrees and sweet treats and live music aboard a festively decorated yacht.

Brunch Cruise: Boards, 11:30 a.m.; Cruise, 12 - 2 p.m. The cost is $75 per person.  (Tax, service and landing fee may apply.) To book by phone, call 949.631.2469.

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Cruise departs from Hornblower South, 2431 W. Coast Highway. 

Farm to Fork Oak Grill

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Pumpkin pie...the perfect ending to a memorable meal at Oak Grill

Oak Grill at the Fashion Island Hotel – A Thanksgiving Feast

New Executive Chef Brittany Valles will be celebrating her first Thanksgiving repast at Oak Grill this year. She and her team will be preparing a mouthwatering four-course dinner including a First Course choice of Blue Cheese and Pecan Stuffed Figs with Prosciutto or Wild Rice and Root Vegetable Arancini. Course Two selections are Roasted Butternut Squash Soup or Baby Kale Salad. For the Main Course, guests choose among Roasted Turkey, Beef Filet, Maine Lobster or Carolina Gold Rice and Wild Mushroom Risotto, all with accompaniments. Desserts created by Pastry Chef Andy de la Cruz are either Pumpkin Pie with burnt cinnamon ice cream, Apple Pie with fresh bay leaf ice cream or Cranberry Sorbet with maple whip. The cost is $90 per adult, and $35 per child ages five to 12, excluding tax and gratuities (free for children four and under). Dinner is served Thursday, Nov. 22 from 4 - 9 p.m. Reservations can be made online at or by calling 949.760.4920.

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Oak Grill is located at 690 Newport Center Drive. 

The Bungalow – A Three-Course Meal

In a warm, cozy seating, this Corona del Mar landmark invites you to a memorable dining experience. The first course selections include corn chowder, Caesar salad, lobster bisque soup, butternut squash raviolis or Bungalow salad.

Entrees are offered at three different tiers:

Tier 1 – Pan roasted turkey breast, blackened wild king salmon; grilled vegetable “tart”. Cost: $49 per guest.

Tier 2 – Prime rib of beef; prime rib of beef & pan roasted turkey breast combination; prime filet mignon; miso marinated Chilean sea bass. Cost: $59 per guest.

Tier 3 – Prime bone-in rib eye and Northern Australian lobster tail. Cost: $69 per guest.

Dessert selections include berries and ice cream, vanilla crème brulee, pumpkin pie or chocolate soufflé cake.

A Thanksgiving kids’ menu is available for youngsters age 11 and under. Served Thursday, Nov. 22 from 1 - 9 p.m. For reservations, call 949.673.6585.

For more information, visit

The Bungalow, 2441 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. 

Farm to Fork The Mayors Table

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A special family-style Thanksgiving at The Mayor’s Table

The Mayor’s Table at Lido House – A Special Family-style Dinner

Lido House’s Executive Chef Partner Riley Huddleston created a special family-style dinner for guests this Thanksgiving. To start, enjoy crab and caviar deviled eggs, a roasted beet salad topped with hazelnuts and pears, and Thanksgiving Waldorf –pomegranate, celery root, kale, walnuts and apples. For the main dishes, indulge in herb roasted turkey or fall spiced braised short ribs with an array of tasty sides including traditional stuffing, apple wood smoked potatoes and gravy, roasted fall squash, brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, and cranberry and quince jam. As a final course, savor the sweets including pumpkin pie with vanilla cream and bourbon pecan pie.

Want leftovers? Guests will leave with a turkey sandwich, cranberry quince jam and gravy to take home and enjoy the next day. For those who book a cottage this Thanksgiving, contact your social curator for special Thanksgiving in-room dining. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made on OpenTable, or by visiting Dinner is served on Thursday, Nov. 22 from 3 - 10 p.m. CThe cost is $75 for adults and $50 for children. Pricing incudes leftovers offering.

Lido House is located at 3300 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach.

Farm to Fork The Resort at Pelican Hill

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A brunch buffet in the Pelican Hill Resort ballroom centers around classic dishes

The Resort at Pelican Hill – A Decadent Ballroom Brunch

With breathtaking Pacific Ocean views, enjoy brunch in this luxurious resort’s ballroom. Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Dubray will create a brunch buffet with classic dishes, accompanied by live entertainment and children’s activities. Reservations are recommended. The cost is $128 per adult and $65 per child under age 12, prices exclude tax and service charge. Serving Thursday, Nov. 22 from 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. For reservations, call 877.563.5102.

In addition, Pelican Hill is offering three additional Thanksgiving dining experiences:

–Andrea Ristorante: Enjoy a rustic Tuscan holiday menu in the dining room or on the ocean-view terrace. Served Thursday, Nov. 22 from 4 - 10 p.m. for $145 per adult, $205 per adult with wine pairing.*

–Pelican Grill: Chef Marc presents a delectable four-course California grill menu from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., plus the Pelican Grill Bar features live entertainment, on Thursday, Nov. 22 for $120* per adult, $180* per adult with wine pairing and $60* per child.

–Coliseum Pool & Grill: A classic California breakfast buffet is available from 7 a.m. - 12 p.m. From 12 p.m. - 10 p.m on Thursday, Nov. 22, a Thanksgiving à la carte dinner menu features turkey specials, with breakfast buffet for $60* per adult and $30* per child. 

*Pricing excludes tax and service charge.

For more information, visit

The Resort at Pelican Hill, 22701 Pelican Hill Road South, Newport Coast. 

Farm to Fork The Winery

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A three-course Thanksgiving dinner awaits at The Winery

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar – A Traditional Turkey Dinner with Harbor Views

Enjoy a traditional turkey dinner or one of Chef Yvon’s creations on Thursday, Nov. 22. A special three-course dinner starts with your choice of roasted butternut squash bisque, The Winery house salad, pumpkinand ricotta ravioli, Scottish smoked salmon or organic heirloom tomatoes and fresh burrata. Main choices range from traditional maple glazed free range turkey to king salmon, Maine scallops and jumbo wild white shrimp, grilled beef flatiron steak or maple glazed Kurobuta pork chop. End your memorable meal with a choice of streusel pumpkin pie or vanilla bean crème brulée with a fleur del sel cookie. The cost is $64.95 per person (excludes tax and gratuity) and served from 12:30 - 8 p.m. For reservations, call 949.999.6622.

For more information, visit

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar, 3131 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach. 

Waterline at Balboa Bay Resort – Relaxed Ambience on the Waterfront

Experience a very special three-course dining experience masterminded by Executive Chef Rachel Haggstrom...amid relaxing harbor vistas. Start with a multigrain baguette with maple and pecan butter served to your table. First choice options are carrot soup with fried chickpeas or razor clam salad. Entrees to pick from include citrus marinated turkey breast and leg, beef wellington or Alaskan halibut. Finish with pumpkin pie or chocolate torte. Served Thursday, Nov. 22 from 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. Call 949.630.4145 for reservations and pricing.

For more information, visit

Balboa Bay Resort is located at 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.


Ciao Vincenza!

Violinist Philippe Quint returns to Pacific Symphony

Violinist Philippe Quint

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Philippe Quint to perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto

Two spectacular guest artists from seasons past return to Pacific Symphony: Rune Bergmann, the acclaimed Norwegian conductor who joined the Symphony last October with Rachmaninoff’s formidable Symphony No. 2, and Philippe Quint, the Russian violinist described by BBC Music Magazine as “truly phenomenal.”

Quint joins Pacific Symphony under Bergmann’s baton to perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, in a program bookended by the Overture to Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” and Nielson’s Symphony No. 4, “The Inextinguishable,” a piece composed against the backdrop of the first World War.

Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto takes place Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 15 - 17, at 8 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Single tickets start at $29. A preview talk with Alan Chapman begins at 7 p.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 714.755.5799 or visit

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

Segerstrom Center presents Bridges: Connecting Cultures

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is presenting the first event in a new series, Bridges: Connecting Cultures, featuring “South Korea to Puerto Rico with Art, Music, Food and Fun.” The series will be an annual event designed to help build cross-cultural bridges. Each year will feature customs and traditions, food, music, visual and performing arts that represent the diversity present in Orange County. This first event will be on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 2 - 6 p.m.

Bridges: Connecting Cultures vividly represents the Center’s commitment to creating opportunities for the many wonderful cultures and communities to discover, appreciate and enjoy Orange County’s unique diversity.

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Orange County is home to the second-largest Korean population in the U.S. During this first event, “From South Korea to Puerto Rico,” the Center will highlight South Korea and the profound influence Korean culture has in our local community and celebrate Puerto Rico’s multicultural heritage, and its resilience and resolve in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

The day’s festivities include live performances from Korean American Youth Performing Artists, Korean Classical Music and Dance Company, OC Kpop Academy, Oskar Cartaya and The Ricannection, a bomba and drumming demonstration from Taller Bula and the OC Children’s Therapeutic Arts Center, as well as a collaborative finale where both cultures take the stage and create music together.

Also joining the day is the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women (NACOPRW), a nonprofit organization that promotes the equal participation of Puerto Rican and all other Hispanic women in the educational, social, economic and political life in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. NACOPRW will have a resource booth throughout the day and host children’s activities alongside the Orange County Children’s Therapeutic Arts Center.

Attendees will enjoy the family photo booth as well as hands-on fun for all ages with a Korean calligraphy station and Puerto Rican arts and crafts. Food trucks will be on hand to offer samples of each culture’s cuisine, with the Bulgogi Truck serving Korean-style fusion and the Triple Threat Truck serving authentic Puerto Rican street food. 

Live Performance Schedule (subject to change):

2 - 2:15: Opening remarks 

2:15 - 2:45: Korean American Youth Performing Artists 

3 - 3:20: OC Kpop Academy 

3:35 - 3:45: Taller Bula & OC Children’s Therapeutic Arts Center bomba and drumming demonstration 

4 - 4:40: Oskar Cartaya and The Ricannection 

5 - 5:20: OC Kpop Academy 

5:30 - 5:50 Oskar Cartaya and The Ricannection & Korean Classical Music and Dance collaborative finale 

Check for further updates.

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

Small Business Weekend comes to OC Market Place

Shop Small® at the Orange County Market Place on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24 - 25 during Small Business Weekend. Hosted by Spectra, managers of the Orange County Market Place and members of the American Express Corporate Supporter Program, Small Business Weekend will offer free rental space to small, local businesses* and free admission to all patrons coming to shop.

In the spirit of the vision behind the program sponsored by American Express® to “celebrate your community with the small businesses that make it special,” the Orange County Market Place is designing this weekend to support the small and local businesses in and around Orange County. By offering a free* single space, vendors can have an opportunity to showcase their products and services to the community at large in a relaxed and open-air market environment.

In addition to hosting diverse vendors and products, the Orange County Market Place provides live entertainment and delicious food and beverage offerings at multiple concession stands. New this year, patrons can participate in the Passport Program to win one of five $100 shopping spree prizes at the OC Market Place.

Vendors interested in participating and receiving a free* rental space can find more information at, and complete the application form found here. Applications must be received by Wednesday, Nov 14 to complete the approval process to participate.

*Vendors must not have sold at the OC Market Place within the last 12 months in order to receive the free space promotion.

Orange County Market Place operates every Saturday and Sunday of the year except during the Orange County Fair in July/August. It is located at the Orange County Fairgrounds & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

Christmas Boat Parade announces Grand Marshal

Three-time National League MVP and two-time World Series champion, Albert Pujols, will preside as Grand Marshal for the opening night of the 110th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. The Angels first baseman will be accompanied by his wife and five children aboard the Ohana Kai II to watch the festively and elaborately decorated yachts, sailboats and small electric boats twinkle on the harbor.

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A spectacular fireworks show will take place from Newport Pier on opening night, December 19

Locals and visitors alike can enjoy the spectacle from a variety of public viewing locations including numerous waterfront restaurants and the 10.5-acre Marina Park. Festivities will begin in Marina Park at 4:30 p.m., with family-friendly activities including face painters, caricature artists, an LA Chargers football toss competition and food vendors. Onlookers will also be treated to a live musical performance by The Young Americans. On opening night, the parade will commence with a spectacular fireworks display at approximately 6:15 p.m. from Newport Pier.

Can’t make it on Wednesday, Dec. 19? The parade continues through Sunday, Dec. 23 with a designated Grand Marshal each night including:

–Thursday, Dec. 20 – A Salute to Hometown Heroes: Cheer on our local heroes, those first-responders and lifesavers who serve our communities, as they lead the evening’s festivities.

–Friday, Dec. 21 – The Young Americans®: Founded in 1962, this nonprofit organization is dedicated to the promotion of understanding and goodwill among people throughout the world. Dubbed as America’s Musical Ambassadors, they use the power of music, dance, performance, academics and cultural interaction to foster their mission.

–Saturday, Dec. 22 – A Celebration of Christmas Movies and Music with Olive Crest: Children and families of Olive Crest, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and treating and educating at-risk children, enjoy the holiday sentiments of family fun, bringing the spirit of Christmas to life.

–Sunday, Dec. 23 – Corona del Mar High School Drum Line: One of the premier performing groups at Corona del Mar High School, it serves as a musical ambassador, performing regularly in pep rallies as well as school and community events.

Presenting sponsors of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade are Simple Green and Wells Fargo, and Community Sponsors are the City of Newport Beach and Visit Newport Beach, Inc., with marketing and promotional support from Newport Beach & Company.

For more information on the 110th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, visit

Moulin to open French catering and antique store next to Newport Beach flagship

Laurent Vrignaud, the visionary proprietor behind Moulin, will open a French antique store adjacent to Moulin in Newport Beach. The antique store, located at 1000 N. Bristol St., will open a few doors down from Moulin in Plaza Newport in December, and double as a meeting space for prospective catering clients.

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Moulin’s antique store will showcase vintage French furnishings

“For the past 20 years, I’ve been sourcing unique vintage items from France, some of which have been used to furnish Moulin in Newport Beach and Laguna Beach,” comments Laurent Vrignaud who, in addition to his antique store, is currently developing Moulin’s third location. “Moulin is about creating connection through the authentic bistro experience. Our antique store will showcase furnishings that allow people to create that same vibe in their own home.” 

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Moulin proprietor Laurent Vrignaud

The antique store will focus on “Art de la Table” and will offer a curated collection of vintage French finds sourced from various markets across France including the famous Les Puces in Paris. Focusing on brands like Maison Gatti, Tolix and Fermob, the store will carry a variety of vintage furnishings and metal signage similar to those at Moulin. Everything at Moulin and the antique store has been hand-selected by Vrignaud on his frequent trips back home to France.

With the expansion of its pastry team, Moulin’s catering program has tripled in 2018. To meet the high demand for catering inquiries, the antique store will also serve as a meeting space for prospective catering clients.

In addition to its antique store, Moulin in Newport Beach will celebrate the holidays with two special events in November and December.

Beaujolais Nouveau – Thursday, Nov. 15

Join Moulin in celebrating the release of the highly anticipated 2018 Beaujolais Nouveau. Best enjoyed young, its simultaneous distribution contributes to the hype of its release. The wine is made entirely from Gamay grapes handpicked in the Beaujolais province of France, bottled just weeks after harvest. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., guests can enjoy an all-you-can-drink Beaujolais Nouveau with Moulin’s classic Entrecôtes Frite (pan-fried steak and fries) dinner for $39. Reservations can be made by calling 949.474.0920.

Parisian Holiday Market – December 1 - 31

Named one of the best holiday markets in the U.S. by Food & Wine, Moulin’s Newport Beach patisserie will transform into a Parisian holiday market for the month of December. The walls will boast fine epicurean items sourced directly from France as the pastry case glistens with gilded pastries including large-format St. Honoré and Sesame-Fig Tarts, as well as artisan foie gras with Jurançon (white wine from the South West of France). A curated wine selection will offer everything from robust, vintage Burgundies to a Nebuchadnezzar of Taittinger’s Brut Reserve. From floor to ceiling, the patisserie will be brimming with beautiful holiday baskets ($49 - $259) of all sizes filled with everything a true Francophile could ever dream of.

For more information, visit

Segerstrom Center for the Arts announces children’s casting for The Nutcracker, nine from Newport Beach, Corona del Mar

Segerstrom Center for the Arts has announced casting of 48 young dancers in American Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker performed December 14 through 23 in Segerstrom Hall. Forty students from the American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School at Segerstrom Center, plus eight additional talented young dancers from Orange County, will perform alongside the world renowned ABT company, in this classic holiday show.

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Nine youngsters from Newport Beach and CdM have been cast in Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ The Nutcracker

The opportunity to perform in this production and others in the Center’s International Dance Series is one of the very special benefits of studying in the ABT Gillespie School. Classes follow the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum, giving young students the finest professional training possible and unparalleled access to renowned dance companies and performing arts experiences.

There are two casts of Principal children’s dancers, including Lani Mefford and Isabella Martino as Clara, Kellan Hayag and Chase Rogers as Nutcracker Prince, Lodi Salvatore and Vinnie Winderman as Fritz, and Andrew Dove and Logan Cooper as Little Mouse. ABT Principal casting includes Hee Seo as Clara, the Princess and Cory Stearns as The Nutcracker Prince on opening night, December 14. Additional casts include Stella Abrera, Misty Copeland, Sarah Lane, Gillian Murphy, Christine Shevchenko, Aran Bell, Herman Cornejo, Thomas Forster, Blaine Hoven and James Whiteside.

In addition, numerous other youngsters have been cast to include eight from Newport Beach: Megan Bartz, Matisse Braun, Ava Joseph, Owen McLarand, Alexandra Orradre, Ophelia Owens, Stella Stulik and Brooke Treska. Juliet Grbacz from Corona del Mar has also been cast.

For a complete listing of children cast members, visit

The Nutcracker is a beloved holiday story based on The Nutcracker and the King of Mice written by E.T.A. Hoffmann and set to a magical score by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky that will be performed live by Pacific Symphony. 

Single tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker start at $29 and are now available online at, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket discounts for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.

NBPL to hold writing workshops with acclaimed local author 

Newport Beach Public Library is launching a series of writing workshops with Newport Beach acclaimed author Anne Cleeland beginning January 31, 2019. The five-part series will cover key elements of writing and publishing a book, with topics such as Creating Memorable Characters, Editing Tips, Writing Mysteries/Romantic Suspense and How to Approach New York Publishers.

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Newport Beach author Anne Cleeland

Cleeland writes a contemporary Scotland Yard mystery series that is featured in the Amazon Top 100 Best Sellers. She also writes a historical series of stand-alone books set in the Regency period. An attorney by trade, Cleeland’s been reading mystery and romantic suspense since her Nancy Drew days, and especially loves Agatha Christie and the other Golden Age British mystery writers. In her popular Acton and Doyle series, two of Scotland Yard’s finest, Detective Sergeant Kathleen Doyle and Chief Inspector Michael Sinclair (Lord Acton), take readers on a captivating journey to solve a chilling string of high-profile homicides. With more than a dozen books to her name, Cleeland will share her knowledge and advice on writing techniques and strategies as well as tips for getting a book published.

Schedule for the workshops:

January 31 – How to Write a Book: A Basic Primer

February 28 – Creating Memorable Characters

March 28 – Finding Your Nemo: Editing Tips

April 25 – Writing Mysteries/Romantic Suspense

May 30 – Query and Pitch: How to Approach New York Publishers

All of the workshops will be held in the Sword Meeting Room at the Newport Beach Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach beginning at 7 p.m. The workshops are free to the public. Participants must register at for each session they wish to attend, but don’t need to register for all five sessions. Registration will be limited to 20 participants.

The Newport Beach Public Library presents a variety of programs that foster cultural arts enrichment. For more information, contact the Library at 949.717.3800, option 2, or visit the website at

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.”


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Blackberry is a spayed 1-year-old bunny that needs a loving home. The shelter also has three other bunnies available which make such adorable pets.

• Dogs - $130

• Puppies - $150

• Cats - $90

• Kittens - $110

If you are interested in finding out more about Blackberry, 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. - 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 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.

For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

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Literacy Project | November 14 | “Cheers for Literacy” from 6 - 8 p.m. Join in the fun when USC vies against UCLA during the ultimate cocktail war. Celebrity bartenders battle for the most cash tips. Meet the celebrity bartenders: Team USC - Stephanie Argyros, president, The Argyros Group and Mike Salmon, partner, Madison Street Partners will stir and shake it up from 6 - 7 p.m.; Team UCLA – Tim DeCinces, real estate broker, Pacific Sotheby’s and Cory Brandt, sales executive, Granite Escrow will concoct your favorite libations from 7 - 8 p.m. Admission is any contribution you can make by supporting the bartenders. Proceeds benefit Literacy Project, helping at-risk children learn to read.

Contact: For more information, call 949.721.1319.

Takes place at The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar, 3131 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

Orangewood Foundation | November 17 | Share Our Wine Orange County at 6 p.m. This is an evening of celebration, as guests raise a glass to benefit Orangewood.

Contact: Carlos Leija at 714.619.0201.

Takes place at The Pacific Club, 410 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts | November 30 | Segerstrom Center’s 45th annual Candlelight Concert is the premier Orange County holiday event. This evening of elegance and star-power entertainment raises funds to support the Center’s community engagement and education programs that serve more than 360,000 students and families each year. Guests enjoy the rare experience of stepping into the spotlight for dining and dancing on the Segerstrom Hall stage itself, followed by a late night after party on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza.


Takes place at The Resort at Pelican Hill, 22701 South Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.

Orangewood Foundation | December 4 | Third Annual Samueli Academy Choir Concert.

Contact: Jeff Gilstrap at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

Hoag Hospital Foundation | December 8 at 5 p.m. | Every holiday season, Hoag Hospital Foundation welcomes more than 600 Hoag supporters, volunteers and friends to celebrate the Christmas Carol Ball, now in its 52nd year. With a rich history of support, the Christmas Carol Ball is a true testament of our community’s dedication to Hoag and its mission. Enjoy an evening of fun, fellowship and fabulous food, along with dancing and special holiday touches in a gorgeous setting. Attire: Formal black tie. Hosted valet parking.


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

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

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

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

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


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

Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

NB Central Library

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Upcoming Events & Workshops

Let’s Talk Tech – Drop In, November 6 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and from 4 - 6 p.m. Learn how to download eBooks, emagazines and streaming video resources and find out about the software and hardware available in the Media Lab. Stop by the sign at Central Library and ask questions. Takes place at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Finding the Best Fit College, November 6 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. There are more than 2,000 four-year colleges and universities in the United States for students to consider. How can families identify those schools at which their student will be happiest and most successful? This seminar will teach attendees how to be savvy college shoppers. They’ll share ways to recognize what types of colleges might be good fits and show attendees how to evaluate the many factors that need to be considered, like size, location and majors. They’ll even discuss how to visit colleges, a college planning ritual that sounds easy, but can sometimes be as stressful as full-contact karate. This program is in partnership with Collegewise of Irvine. Visit the library website for the online registration form. Takes place at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

LEGO Block Party, November 7 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.


Author Janelle Brown, November 7 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. An essayist and journalist, Janelle Brown’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, Vogue, Elle, Wired, Self, RealSimple, Lenny, the Los Angeles Times, and numerous other publications. Her riveting new novel, Watch Me Disappear is a suspenseful page-turner that captures a family’s search for answers after the disappearance of a beautiful, charismatic mother. Brown began her career as a staff writer at Wired during the dotcom boom years, working on seminal web sites like HotWired and Wired News. In the 1990s, she was also the editor and co-founder of Maxi, an irreverent (and now, long-gone) women’s pop culture Webzine. Takes place at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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Library Live with Jonathan Bloom, November 8 at 7 p.m. We live in a time when more people are going hungry and the food we throw away daily is enough to fill the Rose Bowl stadium. Journalist and food waste expert Jonathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (and What We Can Do About It), will be speaking as part of the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation’s Library Live series, challenging us to look closer at what we buy, how we store and how we waste food. He offers practical solutions which will leave you informed about what you can do to become more food conscious. He has interviewed numerous experts, from famed chef Alice Waters to Nobel Prize winning economist Amartya Sen, to find out not only why and how we waste, but what we can do “to keep our Earth and its inhabitants physically and morally healthy.” The lecture is free and reservations are required. For tickets, visit

Coding for Kids: Daisy the Dinosaur, November 13 from 4 - 5 p.m. Would you like to learn computer coding? Join in this special hands-on workshop introducing kids to simple coding techniques. Using iPads, children will animate Daisy using drag and drop commands creating their own programming sequences along the way. All materials provided; please feel free to bring your own iPad. The Daisy the Dinosaur app is available to download for free (iOS only). Geared for ages 5 - 8. No registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Program is free and attendance is first-come, first-served, limited by room capacity. Takes place in Central Library’s Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Book Discussion Group, November 14 from 9:15 - 11 a.m. The Charlotte “Charlie” Alexander Book Discussion Group will be discussing, Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann. Synopsis: In the dawning light of a latesummer morning, the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed, staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers. It is August 1974, and a mysterious tightrope walker is running, dancing, leaping between the towers, suspended a quarter mile above the ground. In the streets below, a slew of ordinary lives become extraordinary in this portrait of a city and its people. Doors open at 9 a.m.; no reserved seating and registration isn’t necessary. If you haven’t finished or read the book, come anyway. Takes place in Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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LEGO Block Party, November 14 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Coloring Is for Everyone, November 14 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Adults, teens and kids are welcome to stop by for a pre-holiday season relaxing afternoon. Coloring materials and pages for all ages, from simple to elaborate, will be available. Takes place at Balboa Library Branch, 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Balboa.


SCORE Workshop: Get Five-Star Reviews on Google, Yelp and Facebook, November 15 from 5:30 - 8:45 p.m. This series of business workshops is funded by Friends of the Library. Geared to adults. For more information and to register, visit Takes place at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Author Kim Hooper: Cherry Blossoms, November 17 from 4 - 5 p.m. Dana Point author Kim Hooper will talk about her second and most recent book, Cherry Blossoms, which reviewers describe as “part travel guide, part comedy, part exploration of grief and relationships.” Her debut novel, People Who Knew Me was released in May 2016. It focuses on a character who fakes her death after 9/11 and starts a new life, but years later she is forced to confront her own past in order to secure the future of her daughter. Admission is free. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Cherry Blossoms book cover

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Thanksgiving Crafts, November 20 from 12 - 3 p.m. Feeling thankful? Join the fun during an afternoon of Thanksgiving Day crafts. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required. Geared for ages 3 and up. First, come, first served. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Thanksgiving Paper Wreath

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LEGO Block Party, November 21 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Medicine in Our Backyard, November 26 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. NBPL Foundation, in partnership with UC Irvine Health, presents Medicine in Our Backyard, a series of lectures featuring internationally known UC Irvine Health physicians who will discuss research and cutting-edge technology in their various fields of expertise. Speaker: Shaista Malik, M.D. Topic: Activating resiliency against, stress, inflammation and heart disease. Dr. Malik is the founding Executive Director of the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute and the founding Associate Vice Chancellor, Integrative Health, of the Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences. She is also the Medical Director of the Preventive Cardiology, Cardiac Rehab and Women’s Heart Disease programs at UC Irvine. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; Lecture and Q&A from 7 - 8:30 p.m. No charge to attend. Takes place in Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Balloon Workshop with Mr. Twister, November 27 from 4 - 5 p.m. Learn to make your own balloon creations and crazy hats with Mr. Twister, the Balloon Guy! This is a hands-on workshop that gets everyone involved. All ages welcome. No registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Takes place in Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Mr. Twister the Balloon Guy

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LEGO Block Party, November 28 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Beyond the Canvas – The Great Masters in Art: Raphael, November 28 from 7 - 8 p.m. This season, award-winning professor Jacqueline Hahn will explore the Great Masters, in this fascinating art lecture series on legendary artists’ lives and artistic movements. Raphael was an Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance. His work is admired for its clarity of form, ease of composition and visual achievement of the Neoplatonic ideal of human grandeur. Together with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, he forms the traditional trinity of great masters of that period. Learn more about the great masters of art in a fascinating visual presentation. Free to the public; seating is first come, first served. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Raphael artwork

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SAVE THE DATE: Festival Ballet for Kids presents The Nutcracker for Kids, December 1 at 2:30 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. The 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. Funding for this program is donated by the Friends of the Library. Takes place in the Central Library’s Friends Room, 100 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Nutcracker for Kids

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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.; Grant Howald Park’s Community Room on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 11:45 a.m. Mariners on Wednesdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.; Balboa on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

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

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

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

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

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

Flotsam book cover


Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

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

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

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

Sunday, Noon – 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

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

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Closed Sundays

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

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

Police Beat Primer

Compiled by Tom Johnson 

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

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

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

Abbreviations sometimes used in Police Beat:

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

Police Beat 111318

DUI Arrests

Cody Christian Smith-Reddin, 25, Newport Beach – Saturday, November 10

Vanessa Channida Thiem, 22, Long Beach – Saturday, November 10

Vanessa Davila, 27, Santa Ana – Friday, November 9 (with prior)

Lorraine Pagoneswalk Mumford, 67, Newport Coast – Friday, November 9

Connor Stewart, 22, Portland – Thursday, November 8

Stephen Michael Gregory, 49, Newport Beach – Thursday, November 8

Daniel Lee Schiefelbain, 54, Orange – Thursday, November 8

Incident Reports

Saturday, November 10

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public


30th St. I 200 Block I Assault with a Deadly Weapon

11:52 p.m. Chase Turner Garcia, 26, Newhall, was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon using a cutting instrument. Bail was set at $25,000.

Irvine Ave. I 20300 Block I Paraphernalia, Appropriating Lost Property and Fictitious Checks

11:03 p.m. Jimmy Shawn Young, 55, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possessing unlawful paraphernalia, appropriating lost property and making/passing fictitious checks. Bail was set at $500.

Newport Coast Drive I 23000 Block I Trespassing

10:32 p.m. Zion Mokola, 28, Lowell, was arrested for trespassing for refusing to leave property. Bail was set at $500.

W. Balboa Blvd. I 1900 Block I Trespassing

8:59 p.m. Marcus Ray McClinton, 40, Palmdale, was arrested for trespassing for refusing to leave property. Bail was set at $500.

Hospital Road & Newport Blvd. I Paraphernalia and Sharps Waste

4:32 p.m. Freddy James Ramirez, 36, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possessing unlawful paraphernalia and illegally transporting sharps waste. Bail was set at $500.

Campus Drive I 3700 Block I Warrant

3:52 p.m. Justin Scott Forsyth-Watson, 29, Anaheim, was arrested on a warrant related to possessing unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $2,500.

Chaminade I 00 Block I Contempt of Court

3:16 p.m. Jeremy Elijah Goose, 47, Santa Ana, was arrested for contempt of court by refusing to obey a court order. Bail was set at $15,000.

Newport Center Drive I 500 Block I Defrauding an Innkeeper

2:47 p.m. Adam Jason Taylor, 31, Yorba Linda, was arrested for defrauding an innkeeper for $950 or less. Bail was set at $500.

Bayview Place & Bristol St. I Under the Influence and Parole Violation

12:02 p.m. Matthew Allen Rice Knight, 28, Newport Beach, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance and on a parole violation. No bail was set.

W. Coast Highway I 4600 Block I Under the Influence, False ID and Warrants

10:21 a.m. Araceli Estupinan Perez, 24, Newport Beach, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance, presenting false ID to a peace officer and warrants related to a parole violation, being under influence of a controlled substance and burglary. No bail was set.

Irvine Ave. I 1100 Block I Paraphernalia

4:06 a.m. Sean Michael Hicks, 38, Newport Beach, was arrested for possessing unlawful paraphernalia. No bail was set.

Friday, November 9

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Thomas M. Buckman, 60, Visalia

25th St. & Beach I Obstructing/Resisting and Using Beach after Closing

11:27 p.m. Thomas Davin Fahey, 39, Newport Beach, was arrested for obstructing/resisting an executive officer and using the beach after closing. Bail was set at $20,000.

Mesa Drive & Acacia St. I Tear Gas, Driving while Suspended and Marijuana

3:16 p.m. Jeffrey Lewis Smith, 30, Huntington Beach, was arrested for driving while suspended or revoked and possessing 1 oz. or less of marijuana. Bail was set at $500.

3:06 p.m. Jordan Alexandria Jones, 32, Anaheim, was arrested for being a felon in possession of tear gas. Bail was set at $500.

Bonita Canyon Drive & MacArthur Blvd. I Parole Violation and Sharps Waste

2:55 p.m. Luis Antonio Dominguez, 30, Santa Ana, was arrested on a parole violation and illegally transporting sharps waste. Bail was set at $500.

W. Ocean Front I 2100 Block I Prohibited Conduct, Public Nuisance and Molesting Pedestrians

12:37 p.m. Amer F. Qoul, 47, Cypress, was arrested for continuing prohibited conduct after warnings, maintaining a public nuisance and molesting pedestrians. Bail was set at $500.

Thursday, November 8

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Talia Patricia Iopu, 41, Lakewood – Thursday, November 8

Orange & Rochester I Paraphernalia and Driving while Suspended

8:58 p.m. Dillinger Scott Greenwalt, 26, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possessing unlawful paraphernalia and driving while suspended or revoked. Bail was set at $500.

Avocado Ave. I 1500 Block I Narcotics, Paraphernalia, False Personation and Warrant

10:00 a.m. David Allen Marshall, 40, Roseville, was arrested for possessing a narcotic controlled substance, possessing unlawful paraphernalia, false impersonation of another and a warrant related to possessing narcotics for sale. Bail was set at $25,000.

Wednesday, November 7

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public


Seaward Road I 400 Block I Elder/Dependent Adult: Cruelty

9:41 p.m. Jed Charles Gilchrist, 50, Newport Beach, was arrested for elder/dependent adult cruelty. Bail was set at $500.

Avocado Ave. I 1500 Block I Paraphernalia and Parole Violation

7:06 p.m. Dale Ira Haviland Jr. 53, Santa Ana, was arrested for possessing unlawful paraphernalia and on a parole violation. Bail was set at $500.

Magnolia St. & Irvine Ave. I Costa Mesa I Personating to Recorded Document

5:30 p.m. Sahak Manoukian, 27, Sherman Oaks, was arrested for personating to recorded document. Bail was set at $20,000.

Ocean Heights Drive & Overlook Drive I Warrant

3:50 p.m. Preston James Lyman, 22, Newport Beach, was arrested on a warrant related to assault with a deadly weapon. No bail was set.

Westcliff Drive & Irvine Ave. I Driving without Lights, Sharps Waste, Paraphernalia, Controlled Substance, Narcotics, Forgery, False ID, Driving while Suspended and Warrants

2:30 a.m. Janti Abaza, 50, Anaheim, was arrested for driving without lights after dark, illegally transporting sharps waste, possessing unlawful paraphernalia, possessing a controlled substance, possessing a narcotic controlled substance, forgery by altering a driver’s license, false ID to a peace officer, driving while suspended or revoked, and warrants related to intent to defraud and a post release violation. Bail was set at $70,000.

W. Coast Highway I 3000 Block I Paraphernalia

12:43 a.m. Ira Lloyd Britton, 40, Huntington Beach, was arrested for possessing unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $500.

Newport Blvd. & 28th St. I Warrant

12:07 a.m. Mien Van Le, 47, Westminster, was arrested on a warrant related to illegally changing lanes. Bail was set at $1,500.