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Volume 2, Issue 24                                                                             March 23, 2017


 
 
 

Police Files

Fire at Jack-in-the-Box Saturday was arson

Newport Beach police and fire personnel responded to the Jack-in-the-Box in the 4600 block of W. Coast Hwy Saturday at 5:56 p.m. for a structure fire.

“After the blaze was under control, an officer and a fire investigator began an investigation into the origin of the fire,” said Jennifer Manzella, NBPD spokesperson. “Through surveillance video and interviews, they were able to determine that a man had ignited the fire in an area near the outside tables at the restaurant.”

Christopher Sharp, 26, no fixed address was located outside the business and arrested for arson. 

Man who stood out of a crowd went to jail

What started out as a friendly gathering Sunday evening ended up with a felony arrest for one man.

“While some of a large group of mutual friends was waiting for a ride in the 100 block of McFadden Place, one man began a verbal altercation,” said Jennifer Manzella, NBPD spokesperson. “He then struck the victim in the mouth.”

The two fell to the ground and a third party separated the pair. The two were not personally acquainted with each other.

The assailant, identified as Javier Isiah Nunez, 26, of Corona, was visibly intoxicated at the time and was arrested for public intoxication and felony battery causing serious bodily injury. He was also arrested on three probation violation warrants. 

Don’t forget – scroll down to Police Beat for all of the recent crimes and arrests reported in Newport Beach

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Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Local TV show in the making 

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My friends at Visit Newport Beach (VNB) and I met last week to discuss plans for an upcoming local TV program highlighting events around town and a concise interview with a community leader. I’ll host. The plan is to do a new show every other week.

We’ll begin recording the week of April 3 and have the first completed program available to view shortly thereafter. The video will reside on our StuNewsNewport page and also air on Newport Beach Television (NBTV), the city-owned government/community station. Who knows, maybe we can get other partners around town to join us…hint: the chamber is one.

First up in the interviewee’s seat is City Councilman Scott Peotter. I’m looking forward to sitting down with Scott and figuring out what makes him tick.

VNB, if you don’t know, several years ago installed a state-of-the-art television recording studio in their offices to develop quality programming to advance their tourism endeavors and to improve programming on NBTV.

If you don’t think the word has gotten out about the studio, let me tell you about some of their user partners. There’s been a great partnership established between VNB and the Newport Beach Film Festival folks. VNB develops high-quality advance videos to promote the event. Then during the Festival, VNB is there nightly interviewing the stars attending and covering the goings-on, then turning around the programming overnight.

The same with the Christmas Boat Parade. In fact, VNB records the opening night events and provides video loops to media around the world. If you don’t think those kinds of projects enhance coverage, think again.

Heck, rumor has it that Kobe Bryant has also found the studio and used it several times for his new projects.

In fact, on the VNB website you can see examples of their work. For example, they bring “10 unique and different neighborhoods” in the City to life; they whet your appetite with culinary experiences; and they highlight community gems for locals and tourists alike.

We’ll keep you posted as our show comes together.

If you’re a business or individual looking for a studio to rent, you have to check out VNB. Call their President & CEO Gary Sherwin. Gary loves nothing better than to give tours and to talk about the opportunities available in “his” studio.

Attended the approval process for the Los Angeles Chargers at the Costa Mesa City Council meeting this past Tuesday (March 21). The Chargers were looking for approval to use Jack Hammett Sports Park for their summer training camp.

A number of people spoke, some complaining and some lauding the developments. However, the best speaker of the night was Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Steve Rosanky. When his turn came to speak, he said something to the effect of, “if this council is stupid enough to vote this down, call me in the morning and we’ll take care of you.”

The entire chambers erupted into laughter. 

BTW, their Council approved the camp 4-0, with Mayor Katrina Foley recusing herself.

Welcome to the neighborhood, Chargers. I’m almost certain that many of them will find their way soon to Newport Beach. Their arrival should be good news for our entire area.

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Stump the Stu

Women’s History Month, we honor this hard working female

Some of you see her almost every day. There she is, gloves on and a sun hat for shade. The question is where can she be found?

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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Guest Column

Mike Glenn

No bus is the public’s choice on Peninsula shuttle design survey

The “NO BUS” vote received 218 of the total 572 responses, with the second-most-popular option receiving 118 votes. Additionally, the general public was only available to sign this survey for 48 hours while certain privileged members of the public passed it around and signed it for nearly a week, according to dates on emails I had forwarded to me. This bus idea is not wanted by the community, and if we had the same amount of time to vote as other people, it would be even more pronounced.

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Preliminary results of community vote on Peninsula shuttle survey

At $22 per trip, this bus will cost taxpayers millions over the next coming years. Whereas the market has already provided a free solution which does exactly the same thing and costs taxpayers $0 (the Downtowner is free to ride in the same footprint, delivers on-demand, and delivers to the door). Also of note, the city removed the option to even fill out “No Bus” during the critical times in that 48-hour window, as it began to become clear that the survey wasn’t going in the direction that a councilmember wanted it to go, limiting our time to speak even further.

I have launched a PRAR (Public Records Act Request) to verify the integrity of this raw data, because if history is any guide (East Bay Parking Permits Survey, Dog Beach Survey), this has a high probability of being inaccurate and slanted towards an opinion other than what the general public has.

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The Easter Bunny is coming to Fashion Island

The season’s favorite bunny is coming to Fashion Island from March 24 - April 15, and will be available for photos in his Spring garden on the Atrium Lawn.

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Easter Bunny hours: Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Please note: Hours are subject to change.

To share these memorable moments, a variety of photo pricing packages are available.

Fashion Island is located at 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. Visit www.shopfashionisland.com.


You must remember this: treasures that our local waters once held

By NANCY GARDNER

If you’re a surfer, one of the most common refrains is, “You should have been here yesterday,” the implication being that however good the waves are now, they were better then. I can say the same thing about some meals I ate growing up: “You should have been here then.” This was not because my mother was a great cook. As a sample of her talent: Her first meal for my father was a wiener stuffed in a baked potato, a “gourmet” recipe from a women’s magazine that made for a half-baked potato and shriveled frank. Her cooking improved, but it was never much of a focus for her. The exceptional meals were due partly to my father, but mostly to the times.

Come the weekend, if it was a good low tide, my father might take me to the Back Bay. We’d scout the mudflats until we came to a small hole with empty shells around it, sprinkle salt around the hole and wait, me with bated breath, until the occupant would appear – an octopus. After that satisfying adventure, we got to the main point of our visit – collecting cockles. We’d fill a bucket, take them home and eat them steamed with melted butter.

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At other times, my father would go skin diving. Not SCUBA diving. My father’s equipment consisted of a face plate, fins, an abalone iron and a gunny sack. No tank, not even a snorkel, but with this primitive equipment he’d go anywhere between here and El Moro and return with one or two abalones. We’d put the shells in the backyard for the ants to clean while my father cut the abalone foot into thick slices. Then he’d get a milk bottle, pound the slices until they were thin, bread them, saute them and serve them with melted butter. 

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Try to duplicate that today. You can’t get cockles from the Back Bay. One or two people going out to the mudflats a couple of times a year is probably not that damaging, but with all the people we have here now, to protect the habitat the mudflats are off limits, and even if you could get out on them, you couldn’t collect anything because it’s a reserve, and then there’s the whole issue of water quality. There’s a lot of stuff in the water today that wasn’t in the water back then. Eating is probably not advised.

As for abalone, again, if you’ve got a few people taking a few abalone a few times a year, the abalone can probably keep up. But when you’ve got lots of people – even if the per capita take isn’t great it’s a losing battle for the abs. And while we’ve certainly learned how to produce a lot of chickens/hogs/beef for the market, we’ve yet to figure out a way to generate any volume of abalone, so abalone is available, but you practically have to be a dot.com billionaire to afford it.

Fortunately, there’s one part of those meals that is readily available and affordable:  melted butter! Unfortunately, a steady diet of melted butter doesn’t seem to be a recommendation of the AMA. When you look at a food pyramid, there are big blocks for fruit and vegetables and whole grains, but melted butter doesn’t even get an asterisk except maybe as something to avoid. So, all I can say about the great meals I had is, “You should have been here yesterday.”

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

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Newport Beach – A Look Back

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

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A 1908 shot of the Newport Pier with bathers on the beach

Visit Balboa Island Museum at 331 Marine Ave., Balboa Island. It is open Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Museum Store is open Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 949.675.3952. www.balboaislandmuseum.org


SPON launches “Spirit of Newport” contest

Stop Polluting Our Newport (SPON), a non-profit organization that has been working since 1974 to protect the residential and environmental qualities of Newport Beach, is launching an exciting citywide contest. It challenges residents to “capture the spirit of Newport Beach” in five words or less, or in a photograph or drawing.

Three contest jurors (Evelyn Hart, Tom Johnson and Steve Rosansky) were selected because of their longstanding ties to the Newport Beach community. They will work independently of SPON to evaluate residents’ creative ways of depicting our very special city, and select three winners in each category (phrase and image).

Winners will be able to choose a gift certificate to a participating institution on the SPON Treasures list. Each category (phrase and image) has three prizes: First prize $150; second prize $100; and third prize $50.

The contest runs until Saturday, April 22.

Participants can enter the contest, or find out more about prizes and rules, by visiting www.SpiritofNB.org.

For more information about SPON, visit www.SPON-NewportBeach.org.

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Speak Up Newport to focus on Mariner’s Mile

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Is Mariner’s Mile the key to Newport Beach’s future character? Come and hear the status of the project at Speak Up Newport on Wednesday, April 12 in the Newport Beach Civic Center Community Room. Mariner’s Mile is one of the most heavily travelled routes in Newport Beach and an area which characterizes the City in the minds of many. It has been the topic of study several times in past years, each time resulting in small degrees of change taking place. Yet the area struggles to establish a unique identity in the City and remains a juxtaposition of old beach town character and modern development concepts.

Most recently, the Newport Beach City Council authorized a new study of the area that is now available for open discussion – a concept that includes changes to PCH – adding bike lanes, removing parking and widening it; re-routing Avon Street to allow for better traffic flow through the area; and creating a pedestrian-oriented commercial village off of the highway.

Should the height limit of the buildings along Mariner’s Mile be increased? Should more space be left between the buildings in order to open windows to the bay? Should parking structures be added? Should road patterns be altered or increased in size? What authority does the California Coastal Commission have over Mariner’s Mile? All of these questions will be addressed in the new City plan.

City staff will share the newest planning concepts for Mariner’s Mile. The audience will be invited to make comments and ask questions.

The event begins with a reception at 5:15 p.m., and the program follows from 6 - 7 p.m. There is no charge to attend, and reservations are not necessary.

The Civic Center Community Room is located at 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Speak Up Newport is a non-partisan citywide residents group organized to promote the common good and general welfare of the Newport Beach community.


Police Appreciation breakfast is almost here

The 46th Annual Police Appreciation Breakfast will be held Wednesday, March 29 at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. The Newport Chamber of Commerce event recognizes the efforts of the dedicated men and women of the Newport Beach Police Department. Awards of Merit will be presented. The breakfast program takes place from 7:15 to 9 a.m. 

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Michele Gile, KCAL 9 and CBS 2 reporter, will be the special guest emcee. Gile, a Corona del Mar resident, is an Emmy and Golden Mic honoree.

Tickets for the event are $50, which includes admission, self-parking and breakfast. Tables of 12 are $550. Purchase tickets at www.newportbeach.com. For more information, contact Rochelle Lindlaub at 949.729.4400, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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


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

By LANA JOHNSON

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Save the Date! You won’t want to miss our local chefs rolling up their sleeves to join in the 24th Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night, Thursday, April 20. It is one of the most popular food events in Orange County each year.

Here’s are the 10 prominent Newport Beach chefs participating; each will prepare an unusual and unique taco. The chef’s creativity is endless, and the food leaves guests talking for the rest of the year.

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Chef Alessandro Pirozzi (right) and his team, Pirozzi Corona del Mar

Adam Feirman and Carlito Jocson, Yard House; Mark Gagnon, Newport Beach Plaza; Andrew Gruel, SLAPFISH; Stephen Kling, Five Crowns; David Man, The Island Hotel Newport Beach; Rich Mead, Farmhouse; Andres Miramontes, SOL Cocina; Alessandro Pirozzi, Pirozzi Corona del Mar; and Max Schlutz, Sessions West Coast Deli.

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Chef Andrew Gruel (left) and his SLAPFISH team

The evening’s festivities kick off at the VIP Pre-Party from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Patrons will receive early admission into the event, meet all the 25 chefs and be the first to sample delicious varieties of tacos. Cost: $150 per person and it sells out every year. General Admission from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Cost: $75 per person (Price goes up to $85 on April 3).  Ticket prices include all-you-can-eat tacos and assorted beverages). Advance reservations only; tickets will be held at the door. RSVP by April 13. To purchase tickets online, visit www.shareourseselves.org/events. No parking is available onsite; structure parking is open at Hoag Health Center, 500-540 Superior Ave., Newport Beach. Look for the shuttle marked SOS to transport you to the event.

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Chef David Man of The Island Hotel Newport Beach serving dessert

The event takes place at Share Our Selves Community Health Center, 1550 Superior Ave., Costa Mesa. Proceeds raised will support the SOS Food Pantry, which retrieves excess food from local vendors and distributes it to those lacking food security

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Dance production performing nightly at NHHS

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Newport Harbor Dance presents Arreis 2017 nightly through this Saturday, March 25, in Newport Harbor High School’s Robert Wentz Theater. The event begins each evening at 7 p.m. 

Tickets are on sale at the Associated Student Body (ASB) store on campus or at the door, $10 for students and children, $15 for adults.

The theater is located on campus at 600 Irvine Ave. For more information, call 949.515.6368.


Lights! Camera! Casino!

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Join the OASIS Senior Center on Saturday, April 1 at 5 p.m. for Friends of the OASIS Annual Casino Party! Themed “Hooray for Hollywood,” expect an evening of high rolling. Cost: $45 includes dinner, an auction, $100 in chips, gaming, one beverage, along with music and fun.

All proceeds support OASIS Senior Center programs.

OASIS is located at 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar. Call 949.718.1800 for more information.


Dixon, Steel, others honored at NBGC luncheon

Newport Beach City Councilwoman Diane Dixon and Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Michelle Steel were two of four women honored at the Newport Beach Golf Course for their support in the course renovation and preservation for open space.

A plaque was presented and will be mounted at the course in recognition of Dixon, Steel, former co-owner Beth Lane and civic leader Colleen Johns, the inspiration behind the formulation of a group of investors to buy the once downtrodden facility and renovate it to become a crown jewel in the community.

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(L-R): Beth Lane, Diane Dixon, Michelle Steel and Colleen Johns

Golfers are flocking to the facility and the golf course is thriving for the first time in years, but the new ownership group, which has been there for about 15 months, is interested in the long-term responsibility of keeping open space in the county-owned back nine on the golf course, closest to John Wayne Airport.

“We are interested in economic development and open space rather than an airport (on the back nine),” said Dixon, addressing a luncheon audience in the Tee Room at Newport Beach Golf Course, including host and organizer Buck Johns. “You have the full support of the city of Newport Beach here, and, Buck, I want to thank you for protecting our community in this unique project.”

The plaque features full and maiden names of the honorees, and a replica was awarded to each of them.

“I am so honored,” Steel said. “I really didn’t expect this, and it’s great to see my maiden name (Park), which I don’t see much.”

In addition to advocating for the golf course and Newport Beach open space, Steel said she “admired (golf course ownership) for bringing a lot of business to Orange County, particularly Asian business.”

Proof Yang Li is one of the golf course’s managing partners.  

Steel added that she would love to see more Asian female golfers playing at Newport Beach, instead of going to Industry Hills, Riverside or San Diego. “Forty five of the top 100 female golfers in the world are Korean, and we want them here,” Steel said.

Representing the Second District of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, Steel was accompanied by Chief of Staff Arie Dana and District Representative Tim Whitacre.

Since the new ownership group took over, the locally renowned 18-hole executive golf course has undergone a successful major overhaul throughout the property, including a new driving range with synthetic turf.


NB Wine & Food Festival announced

The Fourth Annual Newport Beach Wine & Food, presented by Land Rover, Jaguar, Aston Martin of Newport Beach​ will kick off on Friday, Sept 29 with the famed “Taste Around Town” events, where nationally recognized celebrity chefs join forces with executive chefs in local restaurants to create intimate and unforgettable culinary experiences. The highly acclaimed daytime festival is the main event that will take place on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at the contemporary Newport Beach Civic Center. These events will feature 40 different top restaurants with their executive chefs serving tastings, samplings of more than 250 varieties of wines, spirits and craft brews along with VIP events, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, master sommelier tasting panels and interactive mixology courses. 

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Chef Hubert Keller’s cooking demo at last year’s NB Wine & Food Festival

The stellar preliminary 2017 chef line-up contributing to the weekend festivities includes: international restaurateur and James Beard award winner, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa; James Beard Award Winner and Bravo’s Top Chef Master Finalist, Chef Hubert Keller; ABC’s “The Taste” Winning Mentor and Top Chef Finalist, ​Chef Brian Malarkey; Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen: All Star Tournament Winner and Bravo’s Top Chef Fan Favorite, Chef Fabio Viviani; Top Chef season 14 Winner, Chef Brooke Williamson; Top Chef first runner-up on season 14, Chef Shirley Chung; Top Chef first runner-up on season 13, Chef Amar Santana; and Top Chef finalist, Chef Casey Thompson.

“Following the enormous success of our third year, we are absolutely thrilled to bring back the most exclusive, intimate, and world-class food and wine experience in Southern California,” said Founder and CEO Stefanie Salem. 

Weekend Schedule (to date):

“Taste Around Town” dinners

Friday, Sept. 29

• Waterline Newport Beach at the Balboa Bay Resort: Top Chef Winner and Women All Stars dinner with Brooke Williamson, Shirley Chung​ and ​Casey Thompson​ joined by Waterline executive chef, Rachel Haggstrom.

• The Winery: James Beard Award Winner and Master Chef, ​Hubert Keller​ will be joined by The Winery executive chef/owner, Yvon Goetz; executive chef of Pelican Hill, Jean-Pierre Dubray; and Driftwood Kitchen’s executive chef, Rainer Schwartz.

Sunday, Oct. 1

• NOBU Newport: World-renown restaurateur, James Beard Award Winner, and cookbook author, ​Nobu Matsuhisa ​will host. 

Daytime Festival Programming

Saturday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Oct. 1 

Celebrity Chef Cooking Demonstrations, Master Sommelier Tasting Panels, VIP Champagne & Caviar Tasting, VIP Riedel Glass & Tasting Seminar, VIP Celebrity cooking demonstrations, Interactive Mixology Courses, Tastings from 40 Top Restaurants with Executive Chefs, Sip More Than 250 Varieties of Wine, Spirits and Brews for every taste and palate.

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Newport Beach Wine & Food welcomes these new restaurants: Marche Moderne Newport Beach, NOBU Newport, Water Grill, Michael’s on Naples, Herb & Wood, The Dock, Chianini Steakhouse, The Ranch and Puesto.

Returning restaurants: Selanne Steak Tavern, Watertable, Sushi Roku, Waterline Newport Beach, The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar, Driftwood Kitchen, Broadway by Amar Santana, Vaca, True Food Kitchen, Five Crowns and A&O Kitchen + Bar, to name a few.

As the Festival gets closer, more details will follow. Tickets will be available for purchase in June 2017 at www.NewportWineandFood.com. The NBWF website is currently being updated. Continue to check back for new information or call 888.511.FEST, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For ongoing updates, follow the Festival on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


You Are Cordially Invited…

Come share an evening created to foster insight and awareness on organ donor transplants and their life-saving results on Saturday, May 13 in The Grand Ballroom of the Balboa Bay Resort.

The festivities begin with Champagne and hors d’oeuvres at 7 p.m., followed by the program at 8 p.m., then music and dancing at 8:30 p.m.

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Highlighting the night will be a performance by The Jerry Mandel Band with Bruce Cook singing love songs from “The Great American Song Book,” with Musical Director Ron Kobayashi. Cocktail attire is requested. Special thanks to event sponsor, Carole Pickup.

Reservations are a must, as space is limited. To RSVP, contact Member Relations at 949.630.4120, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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


Native Plant Sale at ENC

Are you ready to save money on water and landscape maintenance? Whether your goal is to draw more butterflies or birds to your yard, save water, reduce pesticide use, or showcase color throughout the year, native plants can help.

Visit the Environmental Nature Center on Sunday, April 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the Spring Native Plant Sale.

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Native Plants add color to your garden and are drought resistant

Proceeds from the plant sale will support ENC’s mission to provide quality education through hands-on experience with nature. 

Environmental Nature Center is located at 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach. Call 949.645.8489. www.encenter.org


Renowned fashion designer to lecture at upcoming event

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Cameron Silver

On April 11, the Decorative Arts Society (DARTS) will have their final of their five lecture series with a special themed event “Decades: A Century of Fashion” featuring Cameron Silver from H Halston and owner of Decades in Los Angeles. “The world of decorative arts transcends across a myriad of design areas including interior, fabric design and couture.  We are excited to hear from a master in fashion design” says Maureen Madigan, President of DARTS.  

Silver is the Fashion Director of the H Halston and H by Halston brand. As a global celebrity stylist, international best-selling author, and fashion expert appearing regularly on shows such as Good Morning America and CBS This Morning, he is widely recognized as a fashion and style authority. Cameron is also the founder of Decades, an acclaimed vintage retail store in Los Angeles, worshipped by fashionistas and collectors alike for an unparalleled collection of designer clothing and accessories dating from the 1920s to today.  

In 2012 he published the global best-selling book, DECADES: A Century of Fashion and has written for publications including Harper’s Bazaar and C Magazine.  Cameron also starred in the Bravo television show Dukes of Melrose which profiled his store, Decades.  Named one of Time Magazine’s “25 Most Influential Names and Faces in Fashion,” he has styled celebrities for major red carpet appearances including the Golden Globes and Academy Awards and consulted for fashion and luxury brands around the world

The Decorative Arts Society, established in 1995, is a membership group of community-minded women and men who support the organization by participating in an annual lecture series presented by nationally and internationally known experts in the field of the decorative arts, including interior and fashion, architecture and landscape design.

Through this series their members expand their knowledge of the decorative arts. Their subscriptions and donations to DARTS provide funds for projects and programs which benefit women and children in Orange County.

The lectures series is held at Edwards Big Newport Theatre at 300 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. Breakfast Buffet begins at 9:30 a.m. and the speaker is from 10-11 a.m. Non-members/guests are welcome to attend for a $75.00 fee payable at the door.  

For more information on DARTS and membership opportunities, please contact Sandra Ayres and visit www.decorativeartssociety.net.


JWA showcases landscape and architectural photos

On display at John Wayne Airport and continuing through April 17 is a traditional photography and photographic art exhibition by visual artist Susan C. Fouts.

As part of the JWA’s Community Focus Space Program, these photographs can be viewed on the Departure (upper) Level near security screening areas in Terminals A, B and C, and on the Arrival (lower) Level adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4.

“Susan Fouts utilizes techniques that provide viewers with a passage to interesting and exceptional destinations throughout the United States,” said Board Chairwoman Michelle Steel. “The public will have the opportunity to appreciate the unique dispositions of these beautiful images.”

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Lovers Point by Susan C. Fouts

Fouts has traveled to 48 states, all but three of the National Parks in the Lower 48, and many national monuments and historic sites. This installation reflects Fouts’ desire to capture and share the distinctiveness of the places she has experienced and explored over the past two decades.

This artist uses graphic design software as well as techniques such as toning, texture blending, and a specially modified digital infrared camera to develop new ways of capturing and creating images which communicate the characteristics of the places she photographs.

Born in New Jersey and raised in Florida, Fouts completed her undergraduate studies at Florida State University and her graduate degree in Latin American Studies at the University of Texas. She has also earned an MBA in Finance and Accounting from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. A resident of Mission Viejo since 2012, she is an active member of the South County Photo Club, and her photographs have been juried in the Orange County Fair and Lone Pine/Inyo County photo competitions. She is currently developing two projects: Wild Orange, an exploration of the five wilderness parks in Orange County, and Mojave Then and Now, a multi-media project combining oral histories, vintage photos and her own photography of the Mojave National Preserve.

Upcoming Community Focus Space Program artists include Richelle Gribble (April 17 - May 17) and Orlena Onstott (May 17 - June 15). To learn more about JWA’s Art Programs, visit www.ocair.com/terminal/artexhibits.


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

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The Orange County Chapter of Childhelp | 31st Annual “For the Love of the Child” Fashion Show and Luncheon, Thursday, March 23 at 11 a.m.

The Runway Fashion Show will once again be sponsored by South Coast Plaza. The Children’s Friend Award will be presented to Lisa Castetter and the Inspirational Award will go to Julia Argyros. A partial listing of stores representing the fashions are Diane Von Furstenberg, M Missoni, Saks Fifth Avenue, Ted Baker London and Bally. Tickets are $150 each and there are still sponsorship opportunities available. To purchase tickets, visit www.bidpal.net/childhelpocfashionshow2017, or contact Linda Burns: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.463.8804. The organization is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse.

Contact: www.childhelpoc.com

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

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Alzheimer’s Orange County | Care Support Cure Gala, Saturday, March 25 at 5:30 p.m.

Enjoy a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, live entertainment, and dinner and dancing. Tickets: $500, table sponsorships available. Cocktail attire. Benefits Alzheimer’s Orange County’s care, support and research efforts.

Contact:, www.alzoc.org/gala

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

National Walking Day | Wednesday, April 5.

Ditch the desk and lace up the sneakers, then take a walk during your lunch break to promote a culture of physical activity in the workplace and our community. Free to participate.

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

Takes place at throughout Orange County.

Southern California Hospice Foundation | Life. Links. Love. 10th Annual Charity Golf Tournament benefiting Southern California Hospice Foundation at Pelican Hill, Wednesday, April 19.

Sign up for a fun-filled day of golf all for a great cause. Join as an individual player, sponsor or both. Revel in breathtaking ocean views from every hole, offering a unique golf experience you will not soon forget. Celebrating its 15th year of serving the community, Southern California Hospice Foundation’s vision is to open a Hospice House in Southern California that serves as a live-in facility for end-of-life care. Foursome sponsorships range from $3,000 - $20,000, with additional sponsorships available; Individual entry fee, $550. Opportunity drawing tickets for sale. Schedule of Events: Registration, 8 a.m.; Putting Contest, 8:30 a.m.; Breakfast, 9 a.m.; Shotgun Start, 10 a.m.; 19th Hole Happy Hour, 4 p.m.; Dinner & Program at 5 p.m.

Contact: Michelle Wulfestieg, 877.661.0087 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.socalhospicefoundation.org

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

Newport Beach Historical Society | Program, Dinner and Dance event, Friday, April 21.

The program, “History of the Swing Dance,” will highlight “the Balboa” and the big bands who played there. Following the program, enjoy dinner and dancing. Live band. The historical society was founded in 1967 to preserve the rich heritage of Newport Beach.

Contact: www.newportbeachhistorical.org

Takes place at Balboa Pavilion, 400 Main St., Newport Beach.

Child Abuse Prevention Center | 19th Annual Bright Futures Celebration, Saturday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of big hats, bow ties and mint juleps at their Derby Party. They’re racing to end child abuse with dining, entertainment and an auction.

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.brightfutures4kids.org/gala2017

Takes place at Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. 

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County | 2017 Celebration of Children Black & White Ball, Saturday, April 22 from 6 p.m. - midnight.

The evening will be filled with silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing. Highlighting the evening is a speech by the Advocate of the Year, a volunteer who exemplifies what CASA does to better the lives of children in the foster care system. Black & White Attire; Black Tie Optional. Individual tickets: $550; Sponsorships from $2,000 - $100,000. CASA is a privately funded non-profit organization serving severely abused, neglected and abandoned children.

Contact: Katie Dougherty, 714.619.5140 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.casacelebrationofchildren.org

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

United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County| Life Without Limits Gala, Saturday, April 22 at 5:30 p.m.

Celebrates a Life Without Limits for children with disabilities and the supporters who make it all possible. Individual tickets: $500.

Contact: Elizabeth Beas, 949.333.6452 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.ucp-oc.org/gala

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

St. Joseph Hospital | 2017 St. Joseph Hospital Golf Tournament, Monday, April 24.

During this annual tournament, enjoy a round of golf with spectacular ocean vistas, a gift card for the merchandise store, putting contest, a continental breakfast, on-course refreshments, lunch, reception, awards dinner, silent auctions and opportunity drawings. Sponsorships from $5,000 - $50,000 and underwriting opportunities. This event supports the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence, an initiative of the Innovating for a Healthier Community comprehensive campaign. Schedule of Events: Registration and contests, 8 - 10 a.m.; Shotgun start, 10 a.m. sharp; 4:30 p.m., opportunity drawings and awards dinner.

Contact: 714.347.7900 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.sjo.org

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

Pelican Hill North Course

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Pelican Hill North Course offers sweeping ocean views

Laura’s House | Brighter Futures Luncheon, Wednesday, April 28 at 11 a.m.

Join Laura’s House in honoring dedicated supporters, and help raise funds for domestic violence prevention programs. Enjoy delicious cuisine, luxurious décor – all in support of the non-profit’s mission of ending the silence of domestic violence. Tickets: $95.

Contact: Andrea McCallister, 949.361.3775, ext. 211 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.laurashouse.org

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

Mercy House | Living With Heart Gala, Thursday, April 29 at 5 p.m.

Join Mercy House at this annual Spring gala, benefiting homeless men, women and children in Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Tickets: $255.

Contact: Marissa Norys, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.mercyhouse.net

Takes place at Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. 

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Southern California | 23rd Annual Golf Tournament at Pelican Hill, Tuesday, May 2. Seeking sponsors. Boys Hope Girls Hope helps academically capable and motivated children-in-need to meet their full potential and become men and women for others by providing value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities and education through college.

Contact: 949.515.8833 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.bhghsocal.org

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

Hoag Hospital Foundation | 30th Annual Circle 1000 Founders’ Celebration Brunch, Tuesday, May 2 at 9 a.m.

Joan Lunden, award-winning journalist, best-selling author and television host, will be this year’s guest speaker as they celebrate 30 years of Circle 1000 and their support of Hoag Family Cancer Center, many of whom are cancer survivors, are currently battling the disease, or have lost a loved one to cancer. Sponsorships available from $750 - $7,500. Underwriting opportunities. From its humble beginnings in 1987, Circle 1000 has expanded to more than 1,000 friends who have raised in excess of $15 million.

Contact: www.circle1000.org

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

Joan Lunden

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Joan Lunden to speak at the Hoag Circle 1000 Founders’ Brunch

Sage Hill School | “Take to the Skies” Spring Celebration, Saturday, May 6 at 5:30 p.m.

Come celebrate the Sage Hill School community in Newport Coast. Guests will enjoy a hosted reception, a silent and live auctions, student performances, and an extraordinary dining experience. Auction offerings include something for everyone – from the sports enthusiast or wine connoisseur to the world traveler…and kids, too. Auction items are available on their mobile app one week prior to the event. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities.

Contact: Marika McCall for auction item donations at 949.219.1347 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.sagehillschool.org

Takes place at Lyon Air Museum (in Martin Aviation), 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana.

WHW (Women Helping Women/Men2Work) | “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show Fundraiser, Saturday, May 6 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

This year’s event, inspired by the music of Motown, will feature a robust silent auction, gourmet luncheon, touching testimonials, a music-laden fashion show featuring WHW’s Deja New retail shop, and an exciting live auction. WHW has provided more than 80,000 men and women the skills and resources they need to get and keep a good job at no charge since 1993.

Contact: www.whw.org

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

OC Marathon | May 6 - 7 

Sponsored by U.S. Bank, this event allows runners to choose between a full marathon, a half marathon or a 5K. Tickets: $100, $90 and $30.

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

Takes place at Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. 

The Guilds of Segerstrom Center for the Arts | Celebrate Creativity: Lights-Camera-Action!, Saturday, May 13 from 5:30 - 11 p.m.

This annual Spring celebration honors Pat Poss, Orange County philanthropist and Center board member. Enjoy an evening of vintage Hollywood glamour with champagne cocktails and appetizers before an elegant dinner. Big Lucky will provide Big Band musical entertainment and dancing. There will be live and silent auctions, and opportunity drawings. Proceeds will support Segerstrom Center’s community engagement and education programs, which benefit more than 350,000 young people, families and educators each year.

Contact: www.scfta.org

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

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County | Big Brothers Big Sisters 40th Annual Golf Tournament, Monday, May 15.

Step out onto the green to experience a memorable day of golf. The format is a shotgun scramble, then unwind at the cocktail reception, followed by awards and opportunity drawings. This annual event raises critical funds for the organization’s life-changing youth mentoring programs. Entry fee: $1,000; foursome, $3,500. Sponsorship opportunities.

Contact: Sloane Keane at 714.619.7048 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.ocbigs.org

Takes place at Newport Beach Country Club, 608 ½ Clubhouse Drive, Newport Beach. 

CHOC Children’s | CHOC Charity Classic, Monday, May 15.

This golf tournament attracts our community leading philanthropists, business leaders and true golf enthusiasts who care about children and the future of their care. Enjoy world-class golf with 18 championship holes on Pelican Hill’s North and South Courses, along with superb ocean views. The day is comprised of a continental breakfast, shotgun start at 9:30 a.m., box lunch, Grand Champions Raffle and a short BBQ reception. Sponsorship opportunities from $1,000 - $25,000. Proceeds will provide healthcare, family services, education and research to children in need.

Contact: For sponsorships, Winnie Tran at 714.509.4229 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

www.choccharityclassic.org

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

CHOC Childrens Twoguys

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KidWorks | 2017 Annual KidWorks Golf Classic, Thursday, May 18.

Join OC’s top business leaders for this fifth annual event. The day includes on-course contests and activities, gourmet food, specialty cocktails, a live auction, dinner and awards. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; tee-off at 11 a.m. Proceeds fund educational enrichment and leadership development programs for at-risk youth who are growing up in Orange County’s most challenging neighborhoods.

Contact: Lisa Gels at 714.619.7560 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.kidworksoc.org

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

CHOC Children’s | 23rd Annual Glass Slipper Guild Gala, Saturday, May 20.

The evening honors the lives of incredible children, families, physicians and staff of CHOC. Guests will experience a magical evening beginning with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a gourmet dinner and dessert and live auction. The after party will wrap up with music and dancing. Sponsorships available.

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

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

Human Options | A Night of Serious Fun Honoring Julie Hill | Saturday, May 20 at 6 p.m.

This inspirational night welcomes more than 400 community leaders for dancing, dining and an exciting live auction, raising critical funds to provide safety, healing a way forward for families escaping domestic violence. Tickets: $425.

Contact: Melissa Walker at 949.737.5242, ext. 317, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.humanoptions.org

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

Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) | Art of Dining 2017, Saturday, May 20 at 6 p.m.

Presented by Louis Vuitton, the evening honors artist Sun Xun, and will be held at the museum’s future home at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Join 300+ museum supporters who come out to celebrate creativity through modern and contemporary art. Corporate sponsorships, in-kind donations and live auction items are available.

Contact: Kellie Webb at 949.759.1122, ext. 240, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.ocma.net

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


Now’s the time to enter the Wooden Boat Festival

Wooden Boat

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It’s time for boat owners to show off their hard work and love of wooden boats. The Fourth Annual Newport Beach Wooden Boat Festival presented by Balboa Yacht Club will be the gathering for 50 of the best wooden hull boats on the West Coast the weekend of June 10-11. Applications can now be submitted for entry into the Festival. 

Sail, power and human-powered “show-ready” boats of all sizes are eligible. Boats will arrive on Friday, June 9 with the public display on Saturday, June 10, and the Heritage Boat Parade and Sail By on Sunday, June 11. 

Call 949.673.3515 for more information or download an application at newportbeachwoodenboatfestival.com

The “Early Bird” application deadline is 5 p.m., Friday, April 14. Pay only $50 and save $50 by entering early. After April 14, the boat application fee is $100. 

Space is limited, so don’t miss the deadline. The committee will make its selection by May 1 from the completed applications and invite the chosen boats to participate.


NMUSD’s specialty elementary school programs are calling accepting applicants

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District is currently seeking applications to three specialty elementary school programs in the following disciplines: a Modern Scholars program at Adams Elementary, a Bi-literacy program in Mandarin at College Park Elementary and a Spanish bi-literacy program at Whittier Elementary.

These programs are available for kindergarten, first grade and second grade students. The bi-literacy programs are available to all NMUSD students, regardless of their zone of residence.

For additional information and links to the online applications, visit https://nmusd-ca.schoolloop.com.


ENC to hold 14th annual Spring Faire

Save the date for the 14th Annual Spring Faire and Butterfly House opening at the Environmental Nature Center on Sunday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come and join the youth art exhibit for ages 4 - 18 with the themed challenge, “Creativity and Climate Change.” Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in four age categories. Check out the Butterfly House with OC nature butterflies and the plants they depend on. Host plants are munched on by caterpillars, while nectar plants provide nectar to the adult butterflies. You can also purchase native plants that attract butterflies and birds to your backyard.

El Segundo Blue Butterfly

Discover the El Segundo Blue Butterfly at ENC’s Spring Faire

Purchase a re-usable ENC canvas bag for $5 which is your “ticket” to make awesome crafts presented by Girl Scout Troop 2917. This year’s crafts will feature endangered wildlife from California: specifically the Salt Marsh Birds Beak, San Mateo Thorn Mint, Green Sea Turtle, Northern Spotted Owl, Wolverine and El Segundo Blue Butterfly.

Kids – decorate your body with face painted butterflies and caterpillars or henna designs on your hands and feet. Moms and Dads – get a massage from the folks from Greet the Day. 

Gather ‘round the Fire Circle Stage and listen to Save Queen Green and the Younger Singers of Orange County. Watch a live Bird of Prey presentation with hawks and owls from the OC Bird of Prey Center, check out Francisco the Bug Guy with his anthropods and learn how to deal with drought from the Metropolitan Water District.

Attendees will also enjoy delicious food from restaurants including Pie-Not, Three Seventy Common and Rita’s Ice Custard Happiness, among others. 

Environmental Nature Center is located at 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach. Call 949.645.8489. www.encenter.org


Newport’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

From Live Theater to Community Happenings, enjoy these!

Classic Cars

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

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

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

Orange | Continuing through March 26, Performance Times vary. A West Coast Premiere. Tickets start at $20. Leela is different. A teenager from Inia, she sketches life’s important moments in her journal. When a family wedding gets boring, her rebellious cousin decides to make a run for it with her boyfriend – and takes Leela along. As they careen dangerously through Orange County, everything takes on mythic significance for Leela.

Contact: Box office, 714.708.5555, www.scr.org

South Coast Repertory, Julianne Argyros Stage, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Forms of Identity: Women Artists in the 90s | Continuing through April 2. The last decade of the 20th century marked a brief, significant moment of intense, rapid sociopolitical, economic and cultural transformation, particularly for women, a group historically marginalized and overlooked. This exhibit includes a selection of artworks from the permanent collection created by 16 significant women artists working in this time period whose artistic practice shifted from the political to personal.

Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Pop Art Design | Continuing through April 2. This is the first comprehensive exhibition examining the inspirations and cross-references between art and design that continue to shape our society today. It features a large number of important works by artists including Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha and Richard Hamilton; juxtaposed with works by designers such as Charles Eames, George Nelson, Achille Castiglioni and Ettore Sottsass; as well as extensive ephemera.

Contact: 949.759.1122, www.ocma.net

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

Finding Neverland | Continuing through April 2, Performance times vary. Tickets are $29 - $89. This new Broadway musical tells the fascinating story of how Peter became Pan. Based on the Academy Award®-winning film of the same name, it has been brought to extraordinary life by the team behind Shakespeare in Love, Chicago and Pippin.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Finding Neverland

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Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto | March 23 - 25 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. 

Pianist Zhang Zuo makes her Pacific Symphony debut performing Beethoven’s mighty Third Piano Concerto. The Los Angeles Times described the gifted young pianist (affectionately nicknamed “Zee Zee”) as “a powerful, passionate and compelling representation of pure artistry.” The concert opens with the captivating “Folk Songs for Orchestra” by Chinese-American composer Huang Ruo. Elgar’s intriguing “Enigma Variations” closes the program.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

The Easter Bunny Arrives at Fashion Island | March 24 - April 15. Hours: Mon. - Fri., 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. The season’s favorite bunny will be available for photos in his spring garden. Photo package pricing varies; visit the website.

Contact: 949.721.2000, www.shopfashionisland.com

Fashion Island, Atrium Court, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. 

The Siegel | March 24 - April 23, Performance times and ticket prices vary. Ethan Siegel is in love. Tonight, he’s going to ask Alice’s parents for permission to marry her. There’s just one hitch. Ethan and Alice broke up two years ago – and she’s in a serious relationship with someone else. But Ethan is undaunted. An irresistible comedy about modern love and the need to go back in order to move forward. Directed by Casey Stangl.

Contact: Box office, 714.708.5555, www.scr.org

Segerstrom Stage, South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Christopher Radko Spring Trunk Show

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Christopher Radko hand-crafted glass ornaments

Christopher Radko Spring Trunk Show | March 25 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more than 30 years, the Christopher Radko Company has caught the attention of many collectors with their beautiful European, hand-crafted glass ornaments. Each piece is hand painted with exquisite artisanship. Roger’s Gardens will be showcasing the new 2017 collection. Select from a wide variety of styles that can bring the joy of Christmas into any home.

Contact: 949.640.5800, www.rogersgardens.com

Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar.

King Arthur & The Legend of the Dragon’s Lair | March 25 at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Tickets start at $12. Journey back in time to the wondrous kingdom of Camelot, gallant knights in shining armor and fair damsels in distress. With advice from the old wizard Merlin, King Arthur hunts the dragon in a dangerous quest that is the stuff of legend. Will he slay the dragon and save the magic kingdom? You’ll have to see the concert to find out! The gifted young musicians of Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra join Pacific Symphony in their annual side-by-side concert including adventurous music from “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and Rossini’s “William Tell Overture.” Roger Kalia conducts. Part of Pacific Symphony’s Family Musical Mornings, these fun and fascinating 45-minute concerts are designed especially for children ages 5-11. During the Musical Carnival in the concert hall lobby (9 a.m. for 10 a.m. concertgoers; 12:15 p.m. for 11:30 a.m. concertgoers), enjoy hands-on activities for children, who can meet Symphony musicians, try musical instruments and participate in thematic activities related to the concert.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Painting Class – Poppies! | March 25 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join artist Erin Houghton as she teaches how to see and paint color and simple shapes. Designed for all levels of painters and the non-painter. Her teaching style is fun and relaxed with a motto, “If you can color, you can paint.” Each participant will take home their own painting. Maximum 12 people. Fee: Friends, $35; Non-Members, $45. You can register on their website.

Contact: RSVP to 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org.

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

Don Quixote for Kids – Outdoor Ballet Theatre | March 25 at 12 p.m. Join the gallant Don Quixote on his knightly quest across old-world Spain in Festival Ballet Theatre’s rendition of this beloved ballet, based on the novel by Miguel Cervantes. Bring a picnic lunch and beach chairs to enjoy this one-hour narrated and abridged version of the beloved tale. The Don Quixote ballet is an adventurous introduction to Spanish literature, music, culture and history.

Contact: 949.717.3800, www.newportbeachlibrary.org

Civic Center Green, 100 Civic Drive, Newport Beach.

Candle Making Workshop | March 25 from 1 - 3 p.m. Michelle Bendetti, owner of Bramble Candles and a member of the Seaside Gallery & Goods Collective, will walk participants through the candle making process from start to finish. Sign up at the website. Cancellation is 48 hours prior. Cost: $55

Contact: 949.290.7249, www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

Seaside Gallery and Goods, 124 Tustin Ave., Ste. 100, Newport Beach. 

Mercedes Shaffer TK

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Mercedes Shaffer to lead impressionist painting class

Candle Making Workshop | March 26 from 12 - 2 p.m. Learn the techniques of Impressionist landscape painting with artist and jewelry designer Mercedes Shaffer. Her art has appeared on numerous movies and television shows including “friends,” “Will & Grace,” “ER,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “NCIS Los Angeles,” “Notorious,” and “Two Broke Girls.” Her nature-inspired jewelry is sold at Seaside Gallery and Goods and carried in museum gift stores throughout the U.S. A free artist reception will be held from 3 - 5 p.m. Sign up at the website. Cancellation is 24 hours prior. Cost: $55 for the art class is $55 per person and all supplies are included. It will be held in Pelican Courtyard.

Contact: 949.290.7249, www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

Seaside Gallery and Goods, 124 Tustin Ave., Ste. 100, Newport Beach. 

Emerson String Quartet

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Grammy®-award winner Emerson String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet | March 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $29. The Emerson String Quartet has accumulated an unparalleled list of achievements over three decades: more than 30 acclaimed recordings, nine Grammys® (including two for Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, Musical America’s “Ensemble of the Year” and collaborations with many of the greatest artists of our time. For this special Center anniversary, the quartet returns to perform the West Coast premiere of a new work by British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage commissioned for the Center by Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting. Turnage has composed numerous orchestral and chamber works and three full-length operas.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Neil Gaiman

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Storyteller Neil Gaiman will delight theatergoers

Neil Gaiman | March 30 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $29. “I make things up and write them down,” is the way Neil Gaiman describes his varied art. His popular and acclaimed works, including Coraline, The Sandman, American Gods, and The Graveyard Book have reached audiences of all ages and made Gaiman one of the most celebrated writers of our time. In his live event, “An Evening with Neil Gaiman,” he will tell and read stories, answer questions, and in his own words “amaze, befuddle and generally delight. It will be fun and odd and not like any other evening with Neil Gaiman.” VIP packages are available, which includes a ticket and post-show meet and greet.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

How the Other Half Lives | March 31 - April 30, Tickets: $20. Three couples. Two houses. One stage. This is a classic farce by the genius of English theatre, Alan Ayckbourn. With all the complexities and confusions that every great comedy offers, enjoy a mixture of saints and sinners in a serious of nefarious relationships. Experience humor at its finest as two dinner parties on different nights occur simultaneously, while all along the audience knows the secret that is causing the commotion.

Contact: Box office, 949.631.0288, www.ntaconline.com

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

Danish National Symphony Orchestra | March 31 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Founded in 1925, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra is one of Europe’s leading symphony orchestras and the world’s leading proponent of the music of Carl Nielsen. Under the leadership of Italian maestro and new principal conductor Fabio Luisi, the orchestra will perform Nielsen’s orchestra showpiece, Helios Overture, Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 and Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder. Deborah Voight, soprano. Presented by the Philharmonic Society.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Danish National Symphony Orchestra

Danish National Symphony Orchestra to perform at Segerstrom Concert Hall

Doktor Kaboom | April 1 and 2 at 1 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Imagine Mister Wizard and the Nutty Professor had a rock star German lovechild. Picture that child decades later, touring the world with a fully equipped lab, a wicked cool haircut, and a love of performance that knows no bounds. Now put him onstage, and let the absurdity begin. Doktor Kaboom is an interactive one-man science variety show. Creatively blending theater arts with the wonders of scientific exploration, his supercharged (and super safe!) science experiments will have you erupting with laughter and bubbling with curiosity.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Graham Nash | April 1 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $39. A two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee (with Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1997 and The Hollies in 2010), Nash wrote and sang lead on CSN classics like “Marrakesh Express,” “Our House,” “Teach Your Children,” “Wasted on the Way” and “Just a Song Before I Go,” while lending his vocals and guitar work to many of the group’s other hits. Prior to joining CSN, he was a member of The Hollies, the British group that produced Top 10 hits like “Bus Stop” and “Carrie Anne.” In addition to his work with CSN and The Hollies, Nash has enjoyed a successful solo career and often joined forces with CSN bandmate Crosby for recordings and tours. In 2013, the singer-songwriter released his autobiography, “Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life,” which ended up on the New York Times’ Best Sellers list, and earlier this spring he released “This Path Tonight,” his first new solo recording in 14 years.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Yanni

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An intimate stage production with Yanni at Segerstrom Hall

An Evening in Conversation with Yanni and his Piano | April 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $59. Yanni, one of the bestselling and celebrated composers of our time steps off the concert stage to give his fans the chance to interact with him on a more intimate and personal level. Accompanied only by his piano, Yanni will answer audience questions, providing unique insight into this experience traveling the globe, his creative process and his experience planning and performing mega shows in some of the most revered places on earth. Each show is unscripted and will unfold differently each night depending on the questions being asked. A limited number of VIP Meet and Greet tickets will be available.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Brain Candy Live

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(L-R): Adam Savage and Michael Stevens of Brain Candy Live!

Brain Candy Live! | April 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $39. MythBusters’ Adam Savage and YouTube’s Michael Stevens unleash their collective sense of wonder and fun in a family-friendly show that’s been described as “a cross between TED Talks and the Blue Man Group.” Join a pair of this planet’s most entertaining everyday heroes as they mix up a secret recipe of surprise, excitement and a pinch of danger to cook-up a giant batch of magical Brain Candy for every mind in the audience.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Shen Yun

Courtesy of SCFTA

Shen Yun returns to Segerstrom Hall

Shen Yun: Connecting Heaven & Earth | April 5 - 9, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $70. There was a time when the world was full of magic and splendor, and all on Earth existed in harmony with Heaven. You could see it in the arts, feel it in the air and hear it in the beat of a drum. This was a land of heroes and sages, dragons and phoenixes, emperors and immortals. Known today as China, this place was once called “the Land of the Divine.” What if you could journey back and visit this lost paradise?
Shen Yun brings the profound spirit of this lost civilization to life on stage with unrivaled artistic mastery. Every dance movement, every musical note, makes this a stunning visual and emotional experience you won’t find anywhere else. Banned in communist China today, the non-profit Shen Yun is dedicated to reviving 5,000 years of civilization. Experience art connecting Heaven and Earth.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Ellis Island

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Ellis Island | April 6 - 8 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Pacific Symphony’s 2017 American Composers Festival spotlights major works by composers Peter Boyer and John Adams, in celebration of his 70th birthday. “The Dharma at Big Sur,” composed in 2003 for the opening of Disney Hall, is actually a concerto for electric violin and orchestra. Adams composed the piece with Tracy Silverman in mind, who performs it with Pacific Symphony. “Ellis Island: The Dream of America” is a work for actors and orchestra with projected images. The Grammy-nominated work presents first-person narrations of seven immigrants who entered the United States through Ellis Island between 1910 and 1940.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Movie in Marina Park | April 7 at 6:30 p.m. Come watch Disney • PIXAR’s “Finding Dory.” Enjoy free popcorn and free candy & activities, and there will be food for purchase.

Contact: www.newportbeachca.gov/recreation

Marina Park, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

Mayor’s 3rd Annual Spring Egg Roll | April 8 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. There will be pictures, egg roll races, bounce houses a train and more.

Contact: www.newportbeachca.gov/recreation

Civic Center Lawn, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Setzer, Finckel, Wu Han – The Complete Beethoven Trios | April 8 at 4 and 8 p.m. Tickets start at $22 and are required at each performance. Cellist David Finckel, violinist Philip Setzer, and pianist Wu Han make up one of the world’s finest piano trios. Finckel spent more than 30 years with the famed Emerson String Quartet, Setzer is a founding member of the Emerson, and Han has an outstanding career as an orchestral soloist and chamber player. This landmark engagement begins where Beethoven begins, with his very first published work and follows Beethoven’s musical journey to his final trio, composed at the height of his creative power. 

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Police Beat Primer

Compiled by Alli Rael and Stu Saffer

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

Jacob Logan Faller, 22, Fontana – Monday, March 20

Victoria Ilene Morris, 51, Newport Beach – Monday 

Saidsamir Elsaid Yousef, 37, Santa Ana – Sunday, March 19 With a Prior

Morris Ahdoot, 51, Newport Beach – Sunday 

Incident Reports

Monday, March 20

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Braulio Soto, 24, Huntington Beach

He was also arrested for resisting officers.

W. Ocean Front | 1700 Block | Grand Theft, Vehicle

Overnight, a vehicle was entered and $1,200 worth of various items stolen. 

McFadden Place | 100 Block | Resisting

1:50 a.m. Kayla Campbell, 25, Huntington Beach, was arrested for resisting officers. 

28th Street & Newport Boulevard | Warrants, Burglary Tools, Suspended License

6:14 a.m. Jesus Raul Bocanegra, 24, Huntington Park, was arrested for possession of burglary tools. Hector Hernandez Jr., 23, Corona, was arrested on two warrants – one for driving on a suspended license and the other for domestic violence, with $61,000 total bail. Hector Hernandez Espinoza, 44, Corona, was arrested for driving on a suspended license and possession of burglary tools. 

E. Coast Hwy | 3000 Block | Warrant, Shoplifting

7:48 p.m. Newport Beach resident Richard Garrett Wessman, 21, was arrested on a warrant for possession of narcotics as well as for shoplifting. 

Avocado Avenue | 800 Block | Stolen Property, Battery

10 p.m. John Kerslake, 57, Loomis, was arrested for receipt of stolen property and for battery. 

Sunday, March 19

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Zachary Parker Rozelle, 23, Palmdale

He was also arrested for battery on an officer.

Brian Henry Miller, 25, Rossmoor

He was also arrested for resisting.

David McCabe, 25, Newport Beach

Kristopher Franklin Howard, 32, San Francisco

He was also arrested for resisting officers.

Stephen Lee Conway, 68, no fixed address 

Ashley Christy Parsons, 24, Huntington Beach

Nathan Aron Kiskila, 43, Murrieta

Sandune Lane | 3800 Block | Burglary

A residence was broken into and $29,050 worth of various items stolen. 

Sherington Place | 1900 Block | Grand Theft, Vehicle

A vehicle was entered and $1,120 was taken from it. 

Orange Street & Seashore Drive | Drugs, Lost Property, Park After Hours

2 a.m. Daniel Thomas Wert, 29, Newport Beach, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, and appropriation of lost property. He was also charged with using parks after hours. Total bail was $10,000.

Newport Boulevard | 2700 Block | Petty Theft, Stolen Property

7 a.m. Randy R Sison, 40, San Pedro, was arrested for petty theft and for receipt of stolen property. 

29th Street & W. Ocean Front | Resisting, Skateboarding Where Prohibited

4:41 p.m. Winnetka resident Randall Nathan Taylor Cole, 34, was arrested for skateboarding where prohibited and for resisting officers.