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New executive chef at Five Crowns, Side Door

Chef Endy

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Chef Anthony Endy

Welcome new Chef Anthony Endy to Five Crowns and SideDoor who comes from Paul Martin’s American Grill, where he served as Chef Partner and most recently as Director of Culinary Operations since 2012. Prior to joining Paul Martin’s, Endy was Sous Chef for the acclaimed chef Julie Robles, and spent most of his early career at the Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Café in Santa Barbara as both Executive Chef and General Manager.

“We are thrilled to welcome Chef Anthony to our core team and restaurant family,” said Lawry’s Restaurants Inc. Corporate Executive Chef and Vice President, Ryan O’Melveny Wilson. “He brings a creativity and consistent excellence to the kitchen that will be a tremendous asset and continue to maintain the highest standards for both of our restaurants.”

Inspired by his mother and grandmother to pursue becoming a professional chef, Endy has been in the restaurant industry since high school and has found a fitting home at Five Crowns and SideDoor.

“Becoming a part of the Lawry’s Restaurants family is a very exciting step for me,” commented Endy. “I believe in their philosophy of high quality, seasonal and responsibly sourced ingredients as well as their family operated personal approach to the table to make for a memorable experience at each meal.”

To learn more about Five Crowns and SideDoor please visit Lawrysonline.com.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Is the recall the right or wrong way to go for local politics?

TomJohnson

I sat down with Newport Beach City Councilman Scott Peotter earlier this week. Scott was gracious in discussing all issues Newport Beach and to talk about the latest problem facing him, the recall.

When I asked Peotter about the recall, you could tell he was hurt inside by the action. “People knew what they were getting with me all the way through the election cycle. It’s not like I changed once I got into office,” Peotter said.

“Besides, I had a long track record serving as a Planning Commissioner for a number of years in both Irvine and Newport Beach,” Peotter noted.

Peotter added that he’s against this sort of politics where his opposition is trying to remove him based on comments and innuendo versus some sort of “failed policy decisions.” He’d prefer to face his foes in 2018, but promised a strong fight against any recall efforts.

Dave Ellis, Peotter’s campaign manager in 2014, earlier told me that they would vehemently fight the recall and then plan to vigorously campaign in 2018 for reelection.

I would have to believe that special interest groups that agree with Peotter’s messages would begin filling his campaign and defense coffers with contributions which might make beating him difficult.

This week the Orange County GOP Central Committee entered the fray and voted to support Peotter in his efforts against the recall.

BTW, did you know a special election for a recall would apparently cost the city some $300,000 if it got that far?

I can argue the Peotter issue from both sides as far as the recall goes. Do we spend the next months doing another petition signature effort (remember the fun we had with the Museum House); do we spend the money on a special election and then turn around a year later and have another election for that same office?

On the other side, can we survive with Peotter on council for another two years or do we have to get him out now?

The community should be commended for their successful petition drive against the Museum House. But to me, petition governance should be the exception and not the rule.

I’d prefer a 2018 election, Peotter against whomever…mano a mano. Either way, it should end the same, but one costs a little bit of money, while the other just takes a little longer.

Stay tuned, lots of work ahead for both sides.


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.

The Siegel | Continuing through 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, 714.556.2787, www.scr.org

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

How the Other Half Lives | Continuing through 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.

A Doll’s House, Part 2 | Continuing through April 30. In the final scene of Ibsen’s classic A Doll’s House, Nora makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children. A door slams. The curtain falls on a stunned audience. Lucas Hnath continues Nora’s story in this intriguing play with a decidedly modern perspective. Fifteen years have passed when there’s a knock on that same door. Why is Nora back – and what will her return mean to those she left behind?

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

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

Yoga Play | Continuing through April 30, Ticket prices and performance times vary. Joan has been hired to stabilize Jojomon, a yoga apparel giant, after its CEO is brought down by a fat-shaming scandal. But just as she finds her stride, more trouble surfaces and sales plummet. Joan comes up with a plan so risky that it could make or break the company and her career – and what it requires from her CFO, Raj, is far beyond the call of duty. This sharp comedy asks what it takes to find your own authenticity in a world determined to sell enlightenment.

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

Nicholas Studio, South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Newport Beach Film Festival

Newport Beach Film Festival | April 20 - 27, Times vary. Celebrated as one of the leading lifestyle film festivals in the U.S., it seeks to bring to Orange County the best of classic and contemporary film-making from around the world. This eight-day event showcases a diverse collection of studio and independent films as well as a Family Film Series that gives filmgoers of all ages the chance to enjoy the festival, along with nightly galas. The festival provides a unique opportunity for attendees to learn more about the directors, actors and producers behind the films. Guests also get the chance to see what may become next year’s Oscar picks and tomorrow’s classics before they’re screened anywhere else!

Contact: Newport Beach Film Festival, 949.253.2880, www.newportbeachfilmfest.com 

Takes place at cinemas and venues throughout Newport Beach.

Taj Express

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Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue

Taj Express | April 21-22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $29. Taj Express explodes with the sounds of India and Bollywood, capturing the vibrant, expressive spirit of the world of Bollywood movies that have been entertaining billions of people in India for generations. Through a fusion of film, dance and music, this dazzling international sensation takes audiences on a live cinematic journey through modern Indian culture and society. The production is a high-energy celebration of new India’s pop music, Bollywood culture, and deep traditions featuring colorful costumes, joyful dance, and thrilling live music.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Hilty & Stokes Mitchell “Smashing Broadway” | April 21-22 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35. With stunning voices and booming Broadway careers, award-winning Broadway superstars Megan Hilty and Brian Stokes Mitchell bring fresh insight to a program of Broadway hits and unforgettable melodies that have become timeless standards – including music from Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and George Gershwin – all backed by the lush sound of Pacific Symphony. When Megan Hilty and Brian Stokes Mitchell headlined the LA Philharmonic’s opening night gala this season with a similar program, they received rave reviews.

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

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

Pacific Playwrights Festival | April 21 - 23. Presenting seven new plays in staged readings and full productions during a three-day period. Audiences consist of local playgoers and representatives from theaters nationwide.

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

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

Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey | April 22 and 23 with performances at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Lightwire Theater presents this cosmic adventure about celebrating differences. What Marvin the mouse wants most is to be popular, but the “cool” rats think he’s a geek and call him a loser. Join Marvin as he blasts off in a homemade rocket and lands on the moon where he meets strange creatures, learns of infinite peril and experiences awesome beauty. Find out if Marvin’s cosmic adventure will ultimately make his dreams of acceptance come true! Combining dance, puppetry and traditional theater, this production features more than 40 delightful characters brought to life by electro-luminescent wires to create a dazzling 3D experience.

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

HelixCollective

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Helix Collective on the bill for Sunday Musicale

Sunday Musicale: Helix Collective | April 23 at 3 p.m. Free. The Los Angeles-based Helix Collective performs a high-energy, out-of-the-box mix of world, classical and rock n’ roll. The flexible ensemble includes flute/piccolo/alto flute, oboe/English horn, cello, piano and percussion. Presented by the Friends of the Newport Beach Library.

Contact: Box office, 949.717.3800. www.newportbeachlibrary.org

Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Bridal Open House | April 23 from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. You are invited to stop by the Gardens for wine, champagne, hors d’oeuvres and a chance to mingle with the best in the wedding industry. Meet the experienced Private Events Staff along with some of the preferred wedding vendors who will help make your wedding day memorable. Advanced registration is required. The event is free of charge. Sign up at the website. 

Contact: 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org.

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

Lila Downs

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Lila Downs

Lila Downs with Monsieur Perine | April 23 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $29. Known for her soaring emotive voice and compelling stage presence, world renown Mexican American singer, Lila Downs’ music is highly innovative and distinctive. The multiple Grammy-Award winning artist blends traditional Mexican, Latin and Mesoamerican music with a broad range of other musical influences to create a vibrant, dramatic and culturally rich performance.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

An American in Paris

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An American in Paris | April 25 - May 7, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29. The new Tony Award®-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award®-winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2014/15 season.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Steve Tyrell

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Steve Tyrell to perform classics from the Great American Songbook

Steve Tyrell | April 27 - 29 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $79. Steve Tyrell’s legendary career has brought him acclaim as a songwriter and a Grammy-winning record producer, but Center audiences know him best as one of today’s most uniquely gifted vocalists. Tyrell returns to the Cabaret Series with his acclaimed show, “A New Standard,” featuring his iconic performances of classics from the Great American Songbook, including tunes by Burt Bacharach & Hal David, Sammy Cahn, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, and many more.

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Magic of Chopin | April 27 - 29 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Two of Canada’s brightest classical music stars perform a program that celebrates the spirit of France. Mozart composed his Symphony No. 31 specifically to please and impress Parisian audiences. Chopin called “The City of Lights” home for most of his adult life, and Debussy and Ravel are two of France’s greatest composers. BBC Music Magazine commented on Louis Lortie’s gifts as an interpreter of Chopin: “Lortie is a model Chopinist: eloquent but never sentimental, elegant without ever sounding effete, dramatic but never exaggerated, harmonically luminous, structurally immaculate – and surprising.” Louis Lortie on piano with Pacific Symphony. Preview talk with host Alan Chapman at 7 p.m.

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

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

Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race

70th Annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race | April 28 - 30 beginning at 11 a.m. This 125-mile overnight race provides the perfect mix of fun and adventure as racers decide whether to head off-shore for stronger winds or to sail the rhumb line towards the finish. With more than 50 trophy categories and numerous classes for monohulls, multihulls and cruisers, the opportunity to “take home the silver” makes this race appealing to all levels of participants. Anticipated is a fleet of 225 yachts. The fastest monohull entered so far this year is Roy Disney’s SC 70 Pyewacket. Returning ORCA winner Bill Gibb’s “Wahoo” will also be back. Spectators can view the race start from a variety of vantage points.

Contact: www.newporttoensenada.com

Balboa Pier, 1 Balboa Pier, Newport Beach.

Carnival of the Animals | April 29 at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Tickets start at $12. Pacific Symphony brings a zoo to musical life with the Bob Brown Puppets and a narrator to tell the story. Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Carnival of the Animals” features each animal in its own descriptive song, from the royal march of the stately lions, to hippity-hopping kangaroos, lumbering elephants, a gracefully swimming swan and more. Robert Kalia, conductor.  

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

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

Painting Class – Easter Basket with Flowers | April 29 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join local artist Erin Houghton as she teaches you how to see and paint color and simple shapes. This class is designed for all levels of painter and non-painter. Houghton’s teaching style is fun and relaxed with a motto of, “if you can color, you can paint.” Each participant will take home their own charming painting, so grab your friends and come paint in the Gardens. Space is limited to 12 people and pre-registration is required.

Sign up at the website. Cost: Friends, $35; Non-Members, $45. 

Contact: 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org.

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

Kids Community Peaceful Painting Workshop | April 29 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Join local artist Stacey Fetterman as she provides a space for children to create, play and tap into the magic within and around us. Children will practice slowing down and pausing for peace as they connect to their inner landscape and the outer landscape of the Gardens, finding inspiration inside and out. Together they will playfully explore techniques that embrace the process of painting and creating art from the heart. In this class, there are no mistakes! Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Suggested for youth ages 8-14. Sign up at the website. Suggested donation: $40.

Contact: 949.673.2261, or email Stacy Fetterman: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

www.slgardens.org.

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

Organ Recital: Monte Maxwell | April 30 at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $10. The U.S. Naval Academy’s Chapel organist Monte Maxwell has played for diplomats and national leaders from around the world, and now he performs for you. Hear this outstanding virtuoso on a wide-ranging program from Baroque and beyond.

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

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

Benjamin Grosvenor in recital | May 3 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Hailed as “the most remarkable young pianist of our time” (Gramophone), Benjamin Grosvenor is internationally recognized for his electrifying performances and insightful interpretations. In 2012, Grosvenor became Gramophone’s youngest-ever double award winner when he was awarded Gramophone’s Young Artist of the Year Award and Instrumental Awards.

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

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

Be Still My Soul with Millennial Choirs and Orchestras | May 5 at 5 and 8 p.m. Tickets start at $18. Join in celebrating the 10th anniversary of Millennial™ Choirs & Orchestras, featuring both new compositions and the most beloved MCO™ songs from the last decade! Millennial™ Choirs & Orchestras (MCO™) is a performing force of more than 3,000 participants, and growing. With locations in California, Arizona, Utah, Texas, and Idaho, MCO™ has become the largest organization of its kind in the world, offering superb music training and professional performance opportunities to musicians of all ages and abilities.

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

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

Harry Potter

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets to come to Segerstrom Hall

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets in Concerts | May 12 - 13, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $39. Cars fly, trees fight back, and monsters are on the loose in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! This concert features the film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in high-definition, on a giant screen, while the Pacific Symphony performs John Williams’ unforgettable score. Relive every magical moment as the music brings life to a story that has bewitched the world.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

A Sea Symphony | May 13 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25. The adventure and excitement of a sea voyage becomes an extravagant metaphor for the soul’s journey into the infinite, as the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony brings Walt Whitman’s transcendent poetry to glorious life. Be there for this culminating concert of John Alexander’s 45th and final season as Pacific Chorale’s Artistic Director!

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

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

Mozart and Don Quixote | May 18 - 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. The esteemed and internationally celebrated pianist Orli Shaham has been building loyal audiences here with her artful curation of Pacific Symphony’s Café Ludwig chamber music series. Here, this “first-rate Mozartean” (Chicago Tribune) takes center-stage in Mozart’s sunny Concerto No. 17, with the famous third movement theme inspired by the composer’s melodic pet starling. Ravel’s “Morning Song of the Jester,” incorporating Spanish musical themes, opens the program. Closing the evening is Strauss’ tone poem inspired by the Cervantes novel, with the solo cello – Pacific Symphony’s own Timothy Landauer – starring as the “ingenious gentleman,” Don Quixote de la Mancha.

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

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

The Bodyguard

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Deborah Cox as Rachel Marron and Judson Mills as Frank Farmer star in The Bodyguard

The Bodyguard | May 30 - June 11, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29. Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A breathtakingly romantic thriller, THE BODYGUARD features a host of irresistible classics including “Queen of the Night,” “So Emotional,” “One Moment in Time,” “Saving All My Love,” “Run to You,” “I Have Nothing,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” and one of the biggest selling songs of all time – “I Will Always Love You.”

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

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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, 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.


CdM Chamber Networking Mixer at Crown Cove

The Corona del Chamber of Commerce will hold their Sunset Networking Mixer on Tuesday, April 25 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Crown Cove.

Enjoy an evening of networking, and great food to include heavy appetizers and wine. Cost: Chamber members, free; non-members and community friends, $20. No RSVP is necessary. For more information, call 949.673.4050, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Crown Cove is located 3901 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.


Bike and Pedestrian Safety operations underway

The Newport Beach Police Department will be conducting focused Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations on April 24.

Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas that are frequented by bicyclists and pedestrians, and where recent traffic collisions have occurred, in an effort to reduce injuries. Education and enforcement will be targeted at drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians alike. The officers will be focused on specific offenses including driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals, and any other dangerous activities.

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Enforcement will be taken for observed violations when vehicles failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, or when pedestrians fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way. Citations will be issued to bicyclists who fail to follow the same traffic laws that apply to motorists, and to drivers who fail to share the road safely with bicyclists. Bicycle riders are reminded to always wear a helmet; those under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet by law. Pedestrians should only cross the street in marked crosswalks or at corners.

Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are rising in California as more people use these non-motorized means of transportation. Locally, the Newport Beach Police Department has investigated 14 fatal and 422 injury collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists during the past three years (statistics currently include 2013, 2014, and 2015). In 2013, California witnessed 701 pedestrians and 141 bicyclists killed, accounting for more than 28 percent of all traffic fatalities.

The Police Department remains dedicated to these efforts to prevent traffic-related deaths and injuries. They encourage motorists to stay alert and watch for bicyclists and pedestrians, especially when turning or changing lanes. Their message to anyone on the streets in Newport Beach is: whether you are on wheels or on foot, it’s your responsibility to safely share the road.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


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

By LANA JOHNSON

Pacific Wine & Food Classic this summer to feature NB Chefs

Simon Majumdar

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Food Network’s celebrity chef and judge Simon Majumdar to host the Pacific Food & Wine Classic

Pacific Wine & Food Classic has announced the first chefs, restaurants and wineries set to participate in the foodie event of the summer. Celebrate the season with summer-inspired culinary bites, wine pairings and refreshing hand-crafted cocktails beachside at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort on Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20, 2017.

The event’s menu is completely inspired by the summer season. Participating chefs will create dishes reminiscent of their favorite summer memories. Patron Tequila will offer “Patron Pops” as a fun summer treat as well as the ultimate Patron experience complete with Summer Margaritas. Bacardi, Effen Vodka and Makers Mark will also be serving refreshing cocktails to quench every thirst. Guests can enjoy incredible culinary entertainment on the Fisher & Paykel/DCS Culinary Stage, hosted by Simon Majumdar.

Food Network’s celebrity chef and judge Simon Majumdar, host of the inaugural classic commented, “I am thrilled to be invited to host the Pacific Wine & Food Classic in the idyllic setting of the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. I cannot think of a better location to highlight the chefs, winemakers and mixologists from one of the most exciting and fastest growing food scenes in the United States.”

Oak Grill Chef Peter Lai

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Oak Grill and Aqua Lounge Executive Chef Peter Lai

Among the Newport Beach chefs participating: Adrian Garcia, executive chef of Red O; Brian Huskey, executive chef of Tackle Box; Cathy Pavlos, owner and chef of Provenance Restaurant; David Man, exective chef of Island Hotel Newport Beach & Coastal Catering; Deborah Schneider, executive chef of SOL Cocina; Jason Mazur, executive chef of Bluewater Grill; Pacal Ohhats of Café Jardin & The Tea Garden and Creperie at Sherman Library & Gardens; and Peter Lai, executive chef of Oak Grill and Aqua Lounge. There will also be other local chefs presenting their inventive creations, as well as numerous wineries serving their favorite varietals. 

Tickets are $150 for a single day and $250 for a two-day general admission. VIP tickets are $200 for a single day and $350 for a two-day admission. Purchase of VIP ticket grants 30-minute early admission, access to the Champagne Bubble Lounge and the Grassy VIP lounge overlooking the bay that will serve special bites and cocktails. VIP tickets are very limited.

For more information on the Pacific Wine & Food Classic and to purchase tickets, visit pacificwineandfood.com.

Ciao Vincenza!


New managing director at The Resort at Pelican Hill

Tom Donovan

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Tom Donovan, managing director

The Irvine Company Resort Properties has announced the appointment of Tom Donovan as managing director of The Resort at Pelican Hill® in Newport Coast. With more than 25 years of luxury hospitality leadership experience, Donovan most recently served as managing director of the Grand Wailea on the Hawaiian island of Maui.

“Tom Donovan is the ideal leader for our iconic Five-Star Resort destination, as he brings a passionate commitment to advancing a culture of service excellence and community involvement,” said Irvine Company Resort Properties President Ralph Grippo. “He will guide some of the world’s finest hospitality professionals in Pelican Hill’s unwavering focus to serve the world’s most discerning guests from far and near for the next century and beyond.”

In his many years in luxury hospitality, Donovan has been passionate about employee engagement, creating memorable moments, personalizing guest experiences and building lifetime relationships. His leadership style and approach will continue to position Newport Beach’s only Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Resort and Spa as one of the world’s finest resorts, serving discerning guests from around the globe.

Joining Pelican Hill after a decade on Maui, Donovan has served as managing director of the Grand Wailea and before that, vice president and general manager of the The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. Previously, he was general manager of The Ritz-Carlton Resort, Bachelor Gulch in Edwards, Colo. and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Phoenix, Ariz. Donovan graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in liberal arts history and a minor in economics.


Island Hotel completes renovation, hires new sales director

Bob Arrivillaga

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Bob Arrivillaga, director of sales and marketing

Island Hotel Newport Beach, the luxury coastal hotel that recently emerged from a top-to-bottom transformation of all guest rooms, meeting spaces and public areas, has announced Bob Arrivillaga as its new director of sales and marketing.

In his new position, Arrivillaga directs all sales and marketing activities for the 295-room luxury hotel, developing and overseeing group, business and leisure sales and marketing initiatives. 

Arrivillaga’s appointment comes on the heels of Island Hotel’s multifaceted renovation, which introduced high tech touches and a colorful, contemporary aesthetic. 

“Our recently completed transformation includes newly redecorated guestrooms, suites, meeting spaces and updated technological conveniences as well as a new restaurant and lounge. We are thrilled to have Bob on board as we take Island Hotel to even higher levels of excellence,” said General Manager Gerard Widder, who also noted group sales will be an important aspect of Arrivillaga’s new job. 

“Our hotel boasts newly updated, high tech meeting spaces, such as the Cabana and Balboa rooms, as well as Newport Beach’s largest ballroom,” he said. “Bob’s expertise and talent will be invaluable, as we endeavor to reinforce Island Hotel’s position as the region’s top destination for both business and leisure travelers.”

With a strong background in group sales and marketing, Arrivillaga was most recently with the acclaimed Montage Deer Valley in Park City, Utah, where he worked as associate director of group sales. Previously, his focus was in Southern California, where he served in various sales positions for St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa, Dana Point; Paradise Point Resort & Spa, San Diego; KSL Resorts Inc.; and The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel.

A resident of Laguna Beach, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in communications from the University of Utah.


Police Files

Passenger in a stolen car busted on two felony fronts

On Monday, April 17 at 3:06 p.m., officers were contacted about a suspicious silver Kia near Basswood Street and Alta Vista Drive.

“When the officer went to contact the two occupants, it was discovered that the car had been reported stolen in Costa Mesa in February,” NBPD spokesperson Jennifer Manzella said.

The driver, Cassaira Leann Simmons, 25, Costa Mesa, was arrested for vehicle theft, as was the passenger, Detric Trayveon Lloyd, 26, also from Costa Mesa. 

Further investigation uncovered two outstanding felony warrants for Lloyd, one for driving without a license and criminal contempt, and the other for resisting a peace officer, vandalism, and criminal contempt. The two warrants bumped his bail to $50,000.

“A bottle of muscle relaxers was also found in the center console, but was not prescribed to either party,” said Manzella. 

Identity thief also caught with meth 

On Monday, April 16 at 4:30 a.m., Newport Beach police officers ran the plates on a car near Newport Boulevard and 17th Street and found that the owner had an outstanding warrant.

“They contacted the driver, and identified him as the registered owner,” said Jennifer Manzella, NBPD spokesperson. “Although the warrant was valid, the originating agency (in Nevada) would not extradite him from California.”

However, the man was visibly under the influence of narcotics and officers conducted a field sobriety exam on him and subsequently arrested him. He was identified as Michael Holcomb, 37, from Costa Mesa.

“A search of his vehicle revealed numerous items of identification and credit cards for other individuals,” said Manzella. “Officers also found a check which Holcomb had found and kept, as well as burglary tools and methamphetamine.”

All said and done, Holcomb was arrested for being under the influence of narcotics, identity theft, acquiring credit card information, possession of stolen property, appropriation of lost property, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of burglary tools. His bail was $20,000. 

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


Science and music highlight NMUSD summer programs

Applications are being accepted for two Newport Mesa Unified School District’s Summer Programs at Costa Mesa Middle School.

The first is their Summer Music Academy. Students currently in Grades 3-6 will learn how to read music and play an instrument. Instruction will be offered in music reading and playing on violin, cello, flute, clarinet, trumpet, baritone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, percussion and electric bass. 

Students will be provided the use of clarinets, trumpets, or violins, student method (instrument) books and music theory exercises. There will be a culminating concert at the end of the program. 

The second program is the Summer Engineering Academy. Students currently in Kindergarten - Grade 6 have an exciting opportunity to explore earth science concepts through a series of investigations with an emphasis on engineering, exploration, data collection and interpretation. 

The Academy will provide students with an understanding of science that will stimulate curiosity, develop thinking skills, promote confidence, and support the Next Generation Science Standards and New State Standards. 

Applications are being accepted between until May 3. Submit completed applications to your school’s front office. 

Both programs will be based on zone lottery.


Segerstrom Center announces 2017-2018 Chamber Music Series

Emerson String Quartet

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Emerson String Quartet

The Chamber Series, with its world-renowned artists and ensembles, represents the Center’s commitment to providing an array of great music and musical experiences that inspire and engage its classical music audience. The artists and their works are selected to complement each other and to provide a memorable and carefully led journey through the chamber repertoire. This year’s series includes two works by Pulitzer Prize-winning American women composers: the West Coast premiere of a piece by Julia Wolf commissioned for the Center by Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting and a work by Caroline Adelaide Shaw. In addition, performances will feature beloved soprano Dawn Upshaw performing with the Brentano Quartet and cellist Johannes Moser with the Pacifica Quartet. Author, composer and professor Dr. Byron Adams will offer preview talks one hour prior to each concert. All performances will be in the intimate and acoustically ideal Samueli Theater. 

The performance line-up includes:

Pacifica Quartet with Johannes Moser, cellist, October 9, 2017

Pavel Haas Quartet, October 20, 2017

Emerson String Quartet and Calidore String Quartet, February 8, 2018

Ebene String Quartet, March 4, 2018

Brentano Quartet with Dawn Upshaw, soprano, April 27, 2018

Tickets are available at the Box Office, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, and for more information, visit www.scfta.org.


Stump the Stu

We discovered this artwork in glass

 StuNews was excited to find this art behind Ra Yoga and Gratitude at Castaway Commons visible from the back parking lot at the corner of Westcliff and Buckingham.

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

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Art in glass “enlightens” 

This mural in glass reads, “breathe in light,” but where would you find this work of art?

Take the challenge of Stump the Stu each Monday and submit your answers to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The correct answer will be in Thursday’s edition and on our Facebook page. 

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

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Sensory Friendly performance of The Painted Garden to come to Segerstrom Center

The Painted Garden

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts has scheduled a Sensory Friendly performance of “The Painted Garden” performed by Compagnia TPO on Saturday, May 20 at 10 a.m. in Samueli Theater. During this immersive, interactive dance and multimedia show, children are invited to accompany dancers on stage where sensors respond to movement and sound. Spontaneous and filled with surprising twists, the show is a memorable adventure for children where they not only observe the story of the wonderful garden, but also experience it with their bodies.

Sensory Friendly performances are geared towards patrons with sensory sensitivity and their families. They often feature ambient lighting throughout the performance, and a reduction of or warning about loud sounds. Additionally, traditional theater etiquette rules are more relaxed. Patrons can move around and enter and exit the theater as needed as well as use mobile devices to assist with communication during the performance.

Tickets are $20 each and available at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling 714.556.2787. All other performances in the engagement are sold out.

For additional information, visit www.SCFTA.org.

Audiences are encouraged to arrive an hour before the performance for free creative activities. 


Police Files

Newport officer shot and killed domestic violence suspect threatening a knife attack

On Saturday, April 15, at 9:11 p.m., the Newport Beach Police Department’s Dispatch Center received a 911 call from a citizen reporting an in-progress domestic violence incident in the 200 block of 61st Street. The caller also said the male suspect had armed himself with a knife.

An officer arrived at the scene and contacted the man outside on the sidewalk and was able to visually confirm that he still had a knife. Although initially compliant with the officer’s orders to drop the weapon, the suspect picked up the knife again seconds later. The suspect then exhibited threatening actions towards the officer. Fearing for his safety and the safety of others, the officer fired at the suspect.

The suspect received medical attention from Newport Beach Fire Department personnel at the scene before being transported to Orange County Global Medical Center in critical condition. He later died from those injuries.  

The suspect’s name is being withheld pending identification by the Orange OC Coroner’s Office, NBPD spokesperson Jennifer Manzella said.

From a Press Release

Street race ends with felony hit and run arrest

On Friday, April 14 at 10:35 a.m., officers arrested Pedro Montellano, 21, Westminster, in the 800 block of Santa Barbara Drive.

Montellano was charged with street racing and speeding, which resulted in an injury hit and run collision. 

He was also driving on a suspended license, and could not produce identification or proof of insurance for officers. Total bail was $50,000. 

Woman arrested for threats, deadly weapon

On Wednesday at 4:33 a.m., officers responded to the area of Bay Shore Drive and W. Coast Highway.

There they made contact with and arrested Anna Katherine Fulkerson, 54, from Golden Valley, for threatening a crime and for exhibiting a deadly weapon other than a firearm.

While she was being detained, Fulkerson threatened officers with violence and was also charged with attempting to prevent an officer from performing their duties. Her bail was set at $50,000.

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


Pet of the Week Dog and Cat print

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

Ginger

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Animal Shelter

MEET GINGER

Ginger is an adorable furry little gal, who is 1 1/2 years old and is a terrier mix. She came into the shelter with another dog named Cinder. She is lovable and energetic.  She would do best in a home with another young, energetic dog. She is spayed, microchipped and up-to-date on her vaccines.

Adoption costs at the shelter:

Dogs - $130

Puppies - $150

Cats - $90

Kittens - $110

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

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

To find out how you can help support the shelter, visit www.nbpd.org and click on “Our Animal Shelter” to view the wish list. They can always use food & treats; new toys; grooming, hygiene & comfort products; as well as laundry soap, dish soap, paper towels, sponges & scrub pads and lint rollers. If you are interested in volunteering, you can fill out and sign the application on the website.


On the Harbor: NHYC’s 2017 Baldwin Cup 

By LEN BOSE

My father always told me that Lightning comes before Thunder and they both come from the same source. This was proven true for the first time in three years with Newport Harbor Yacht Club’s 2017 Baldwin Cup teams, Lighting and Thunder.

NHYC continued its fourth consecutive year as champions of the Baldwin Cup. In 2016, team Thunder and Lighting faced off in the finals with Thunder raising the trophy over their heads. This year it was all team Lighting, with Greg Helias, Bill Menninger, Mikee Anderson, Rob Rader, Mac Mace, Ward Mace, Alex Curtiss and Robert Kinney, with huge smiles on their faces and glasses held high.

For those of you, like me, who don’t understand what team racing is, I defer to the NHYC web site for its definition: “Team racing, like most traditional team sports, involves strategy, advanced skill and teamwork. However, unlike other fleet racing, team racing pits a team of four against another team of four boats. This added dimension forces players to have tremendous boat-handling ability and quick reactions.

The key to watching and understanding these races: by counting the place of each of your team’s boats and if that number is less than 18, your team is winning the race. This is why you will see leading boats turn around and try to slow down the opposing team’s boats making an effort to have their teammate pass an opponent.

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NHYC’s Team Lighting takes this year’s Baldwin Cup honors

I have written this before, the excitement level is increased tremendously while attending this event with your friends and informing the umpires of their bad calls. Yes, team racing has umpires on the water similar to an umpire on the baseball field. Quite often you will hear from the gallery, “Come on, ump! Make a call!” This year’s reported spectator attendance was over 200 sailing fanatics.

I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to sit next to many of our local sailing greats which included Jeff Lenhart, Chris Raab, Craig Chamberlain and pit crew member Peter Haynes. All were showing different enthusiasm and excitement with the 4v4 team racing format and this event. Local competitors included Justin Law, Jon Pinckney, Greg Helis, Bill Menninger, Alex Steele, Greg Newman and Carson Reynolds. All stopped and had lengthy conversations with me on how their day was going, how fantastic this event is, along with how increasingly competitive the event has become.

Among this group, some of my most memorable quotes came from Chris Raab jumping up from his chair and saying, “Put me in coach.” Raab did not qualify this year in the NHYC sail offs; something tells me this event will be moved up on his priority list next season. Alex Steele, sailing for the Balboa Yacht Club, said it best: “This is a great regatta that had to have been some of the best sailing I have ever sailed in.” Greg Helis sailing for NHYC team Lighting did not say a word – he just stopped and looked with a big smile, exuding confidence that this regatta was his team’s and already completed in his mind. Helis then nodded his head and proceeded to his boat and out to the race course where team Lighting defeated Team Thunder 2-1 in the semi-finals, and then the St. Francis Yacht Club 2-1 in the finals.

As in previous years, the list of volunteers for this event was endless and completed like a Dutch shipbuilder second to none. You had to have been on the docks to watch the pit crew jump to work on the final day when the boats needed the mains reefed and repairs made. “Well Done” is deserved to all that made this event possible. With that being said, I have to make mention of an observation that has bothered me for the last five years during the Baldwin Cup.

During the event, NHYC announcers continue to heckle novice boaters that are passing by the front dock in their boats. Pointing out their lack of skill or boating etiquette is the go to punch line for a quick browbeating. A quote taken from event announcers Brooks Clark and Adam Deermount in a press release, stated: “Fender counting continued to be a popular sport at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club with “Vegas odds predicting more than 72 1/2 fenders to be spotted on various Duffy boats and other small craft that also become obstacles on the course.” Proper yachting etiquette calls for all the vessel fenders to be stowed away after departing the dock.

Other negative observations were broadcasted by Clark and Deermount at the expense of the novice boaters passing by over the three-day event. These novices can easily hear these comments with the amplified sound system broadcasted out over the water from NHYC main dock. Writing these words might definitely damage me, but I have been biting my lip on this topic for more than four years and explaining my disapproval to the event chairmen in the three previous years.

In my opinion the Baldwin Cup is the best thing that has happened to yachting in my lifetime. This small bit of satire is more damaging than productive to our sport and I can only hope it will be discontinued in future events.

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NHYC’s response:

Len, thank you for your kind words about the Baldwin Cup Team Race and for taking the time to join us during this year’s regatta. This iconic event showcases the best in class of team racing and we are fortunate to have some of the most accomplished sailors in the U.S. competing and officiating, including former Olympians, decorated collegiate sailors, in addition to America’s Cup competitors. It brings out the most passionate competitive spirit in all of us, and, perhaps, sometimes we go a tad overboard in our commentary. We take your thoughts to heart and will be mindful of our narrative moving forward,” said Staff Commodore and Event Director, Bill Crispin.”

Sea ya!

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Len Bose is a yachting enthusiast, yacht broker and harbor columnist for StuNewsNewport.


Newport to Ensenada to kick-off race week with special events

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Members of the Newport Ocean Sailing Association (NOSA), have announced their kick-off party for the 70th Annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race is scheduled for Sunday, April 23 from 12 to 4 p.m. at Marina Park.

Numerous activities are scheduled in the water, dockside, in the park and upstairs in the community room at the city’s 10.5-acre park.

“I’m pleased that the Newport Ocean Sailing Association chose to have the kickoff event at the City’s Marina Park,” said Newport Beach Mayor Kevin Muldoon. “It was recently build as a ‘window to the bay’ for our residents and visitors to enjoy, so it’s the perfect location to bring people together to celebrate this year’s race.

At the new docks, guests can tour two participating race boats or watch juniors compete in a demonstration regatta. The University of California Irvine’s Campus Recreation Department that runs year-round sailing programs at the facility for residents and students will offer basic sailing instruction, including a sail, and will rent out paddleboards and sailboats throughout the day. Children’s activities include rides on a Coast Guard boat.

If you’re nostalgic, there will be a six-vehicle display of Woodies, the old-time beach cruising cars from the ‘50s and ‘60s. If you like to go fast in the latest street machines, Sterling BMW will have several of its new cars on display. Sponsor tents will be set up for browsing, and representatives from the Mexican Ensenada Tourist Boards will be in attendance.

Upstairs in the open community center, guests can visit with competitors; racers can pick up their official race packets, and everyone can enjoy the Stella Artois beer garden and entertainment while ogling a selection of N2E trophies that will be vied for in the race that starts Friday, April 28 off the Balboa Pier.

“The Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race has been a Newport Beach tradition for seven decades and is woven into our city’s nautical heritage,” Muldoon said. “Each year, it draws sailors and spectators to the coastline to watch as hundreds of boats line up for the start of the race. It’s a spectacular sight.”

Marina Park is located at 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. Parking is free. Food will be available for purchase from the onsite park restaurant, The Lighthouse Café.


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

NB Central Library

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Upcoming Events & Workshops 

Assemblages, Continuing through May 26. The Newport Beach City Arts Commission is presenting an exhibition by architect Ron Yeo in the Central Library lobby gallery. The exhibit, titled “Assemblages,” aptly coincides with Earth Month, and features a series of art projects created out of recycled bottle caps, plastic tops, action figures and other assorted objects that Yeo gathered on his morning beach walks. Transitioning from architecture to art, Yeo turned to the collection of bottle caps that he had been saving for many years. Inspired by the urban (junk) art of Patrick Amiot, Kenny Irvin & Schickentzanz, he decided to put them to use by developing this series of art pieces. With his wide variety of caps, he has been able to assemble an interesting blend of colors and patterns in a whimsical display that captivates art lovers both young and old. Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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“Assemblages” by local architect/artist Ron Yeo

It’s Your Estate, April 17 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. This annual eight-week series of workshops provides attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning issues so that they can be in charge of their estates during their lifetimes and beyond. This first workshop encompasses an introduction and quiz. Free, but a $10 donation is suggested at the door. Series moderator is Peter Kote, founder of Professional Fiduciary Services, which provides trustee, executor services and charitable counseling for individuals and organizations. He will lead these workshops with the assistance of selected financial experts. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Board of Library Trustees Meeting, April 17 at 5 p.m. Newport Beach Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Tuesdays @ 2: Ancestry, April 18 from 2 - 4 p.m. Discover methods and resources for conducting genealogy research via the Ancestry Library Edition database. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Let’s Talk Tech, April 18 from 7 - 8 p.m. Focuses on introductory tutorials for software and services in the Media Lab. Staff utilizes tutorials from Lynda.com to present an entry-level overview of a specific topic. This session will present an overview of the online resources and databases available from Newport Beach Public Library that can assist with creating a resume and job searching. Must have a valid library card to attend this free session. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

LEGO “Block” Party, April 19 at 3 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOS at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Lisa See

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Author Lisa See is the featured speaker at the Gift of Literacy Luncheon

10th Annual Gift of Literacy Author Luncheon with Lisa See, April 21 at 11 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel Newport Beach. Presented by Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy, the luncheon features guest speaker, author Lisa See, who will talk about her newest release, “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.” See, who is the author of New York Times bestsellers, “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,” “Peony in Love,” “Shanghai Girls” and “Dreams of Joy,” is known for immersing her readers in captivating tales, rich in Chinese history and intricate relationships between women.  Advance registration is required. Tickets can be purchased online at www.newportliteracy.org, or by calling Literacy Services at the Newport Beach Public Library, 949.717.3874. Tickets are $95 per person and include a signed hardcopy edition of “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.” Additional books will also be available for purchase and author signing. Radisson Hotel Newport Beach, located at 4545 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach. For additional information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

It’s Your Estate, April 24 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. This annual eight-week series of workshops provides attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning issues so that they can be in charge of their estates during their lifetimes and beyond. This first workshop encompasses an introduction and quiz. Free, but a $10 donation is suggested at the door. Series moderator is Peter Kote, founder of Professional Fiduciary Services, which provides trustee, executor services and charitable counseling for individuals and organizations. He will lead these workshops with the assistance of selected financial experts. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Medicine in Our Backyard: Dr. Neal Hermanowicz and Dr. Nicolas Phielipp, April 24 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. These physicians will speak about their research in the care and treatment of patients with Parkinson’s disease, dystonias, tremor, Huntington’s disease and other movement disorders. Dr. Hermanowicz is Director, Movement Disorders Program, UC Irvine Health and Vice Chair & Professor, Clinical Affairs, Department of Neurology, UC Irvine School of Medicine. Dr. Phielipp, is Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, UC Irvine School of Medicine. No charge to attend. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Tuesdays @ 2: Proquest Database, April 25 from 2 - 4 p.m. Learn how to access full text articles from scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers, as well as the New York Times and Los Angeles Times Historical collections, using Proquest. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Let’s Talk Tech: Intro to eBranch, April 25 from 7 - 8 p.m. Focuses on introductory tutorials for software and services in the Media Lab. Staff utilizes tutorials from Lynda.com to present an entry-level overview of a specific topic. This session will present an overview of the online resources and databases available from Newport Beach Public Library that can assist with creating a resume and job searching. Must have a valid library card to attend this free session. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

LEGO “Block” Party, April 26 at 3 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOS at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Marcel Duchamp art

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Central Library art lecture series to feature Marcel Duchamp

Beyond the Canvas: Marcel Duchamp, April 26 at 7 p.m. Award-winning professor Jacqueline Hahn will continue this fascinating art lecture series on legendary artists’ lives and artistic movements. Marcel Duchamp was a French, naturalized American painter, sculptor, chess player and writer whose work is associated with Cubism, conceptual art and Dada, although he was careful about his use of the term Dada and was not directly associated with Dada groups. Duchamp is commonly regarded, along with Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, as one of the three artists who helped to define the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts in the opening decades of the 20th century, responsible for significant developments in painting and sculpture. Duchamp has had an immense impact on 20th-century and 21st-century art. By World War I, he had rejected the work of many of his fellow artists (like Henri Matisse) as “retinal” art, intended only to please the eye. Instead, Duchamp wanted to put art back in the service of the mind. This event is free; seating is first come, first served. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Genealogy Resources 102: Vital Records, April 26 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Vital records and their substitutes contain a wide variety of useful information beyond birth, marriage, and death dates and locations.  Through this class participants will discover the value of the information found in birth, marriage, and death records; the best strategic order in which to obtain vital records; and how to use the information contained within them to further your genealogy research. Registration is required. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Isabel Wilkerson

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Isabel Wilkerson

The Witte Lecture Series presents Isabel Wilkerson, April 28 at 7 p.m. and April 29 at 2 p.m. Our Racial Moment of Truth. In this timely lecture, Isabel Wilkerson addresses the persistence of racial injustice as a national challenge and what history can teach us as we work to resolve it. Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for her work as Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times, making her the first black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize and the first African-American to win for individual reporting. She has appeared on national programs such as CBS’ 60 Minutes, NPR’s Fresh Air and PBS› NewsHour and Charlie Rose Show. Tickets, $50 are required. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 949.548.2411. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800. Note: Library closes at 5 p.m. on April 28 to get ready for this event.

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Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

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

Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

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

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

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

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

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

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

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

www.newportbeachlibrary.org


Newport Beach Film Festival is just around the corner

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With more than 350 films from 50 countries representing dozens of genres, the 18th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival, themed “Go Deeper,” will be held April 20-27, 2017 at a variety of venues around town. Featuring the best of independent cinema, this year’s line-up includes new films from the surfing world, 1940s Germany, 1960s England, modern day France, Cambodia, Bagdad, Ireland, the Congo…and everything in between. Orange County’s largest entertainment event, more than 50,000 film fans are expected to view the movies presented, as well as attend nightly galas.

Here’s just a sampling of the week’s festivities:

Opening night, Thursday, April 20, will feature, “Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton, an action sports, documentary. Enjoy culinary tastings from more than 30 of Orange County’s premier restaurants and special performances from “O”, the timeless aquatic production by Cirque Du Solei and Side Deal. Screening at Edwards Big Newport. Post-Party is under the stars at Fashion Island. Tickets: $225.

Friday, April 21, “A Family Man – Friday Night Spotlight Celebration with Gerard Butler and Willem Dafoe on the big screen followed by a post-party reception with entertainment and hors d’oeuvres prepared by 30 award-winning Orange County restaurants. Screening at The Triangle. Tickets: $25-$65.

Saturday, April 22, “The Hero – Saturday Night Centerpiece” starring Sam Elliott followed by entertainment and hors d’oeuvres at the gala, hosted by True Food Kitchen. Screening at The Triangle. Tickets: $25-$65.

Sunday, April 23, “A Date for Mad Mary” – Irish Spotlight. Screening at Edwards Big Newport. Q & A with actresses Seana Kerslake and Charleigh Bailey immediately following the screening. Tickets: $25.

Monday, April 24, “The Diary of Fireflies” – Vietnamese Spotlight. Screening at Island Cinema, followed by an outdoor Pacific Rim Showcase Party. Tickets: $20-$45.

Tuesday, April 25, “Nowhere” (Nirgendwo) – German Spotlight. Screening at The Triangle, followed by a European Showcase Party celebrating the best in French, German, Italian and Swedish filmmaking. Tickets: $25-$45.

Wednesday, April 26, “The Empty Box” (La Caja Vacia) – Mexican Spotlight. Screening at Edwards Big Newport. The after-party features entertainment and hors d’oeuvres, celebrating the best in Brazilian, Chilean and Mexican filmmaking. Tickets: $20-$45.

Closing night, Thursday, April 27, “The Exception” – Screening at Lido Theater, followed by a closing night gala at Via Lido Plaza. Tickets: $95.

Throughout the week, look forward to: narratives; horror; shorts; documentaries; action sports; art, architecture + design; community cinema; an environment film series; music; music videos; retrospectives; a youth film showcase; an evening of Disney Rarities; and a free seminar series with interactive panels, “Vision and Craft: The Art of Filmmaking,” on April 22 and 23 held at the Newport Beach Civic Center.

For a complete listing of film screenings, to view trailers and purchase tickets, visit www.newportbeachfilmfest.com.


Newport Beach – A Look Back 

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

Easter Week 1942

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Easter Week on Marine Avenue in 1942

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


NBPD to host prescription drug Take-Back Day

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On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Newport Beach Police Department will partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at two locations: Oasis Senior Center and Hoag Hospital’s Sunset View Parking Lot.

This event gives the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by removing potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs from their homes. Anyone with medications to dispose of can bring them to either of the designated locations for quick and easy drop-off. The service is free and anonymous; no questions asked.

Last October, our city was one of nearly 5,200 sites throughout the country that participated in this event. Nationwide, the DEA and its partner agencies accepted 336 tons (more than 731,000 pounds) of prescription drugs in October, and a staggering 7.1 million pounds in all 12 Drug Take-Back events to date. 

These are medicines that were languishing in home cabinets, highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. The traditional methods of disposing of unused medicines – like flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – pose potential safety and health hazards, but National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is a safe and straightforward solution.

For additional information on this event, visit the DEA’s website at www.dea.gov.


Letters to the Editor:

Former council candidate comes out against Peotter

When I began my campaign for city council last year, I believed, and still do, that to govern our community, one has to understand our community.

Scott Peotter’s response to the recall notification, clearly shows that he does not grasp that concept. Simply does not get it.

Mr. Peotter’s right to express his opinions is absolute. However, as an elected official, he does not have the right to force those views onto the people he governs. Mr. Peotter is not entitled to impose his rigid ideology on a community that, quite frankly, has other opinions and ideas about city government and what its role should be. His job is to understand what the community wants and needs, and then work to achieve those goals and desires.

This is the disconnect that exists between Mr. Peotter and the community. This is why Mr. Peotter should be recalled. Simply put, his views are not the views of the people in his district or in the City of Newport Beach.

The people of this city did not want Museum House, yet Mr. Peotter supported the draconian obligation that the petitioners include in their referendum the entire EIR and related documents. When over 16,000 signatures were turned in, Mr. Peotter disparaged the petition gatherers and voted not to accept the will of the people. He sought to subject the taxpayers of our city to an expensive special election. As an alleged champion of free speech and taxpayer’s rights, these actions appear contrary to his expressed views.

Mr. Peotter’s trespasses against the people, and the soul of this city, are extensive and well documented. They range from blind, unquestioning support for all private development to a palatable disdain for civic culture. They run the gamut from a refusal to fund libraries to reducing public safety under the guise of fiscal responsibility. Mr. Peotter needs to go, not because of what he believes, but because of what he seeks to impose upon a city that is better than he believes it to be.

In the last election, the message we put forth was the proposition that to govern Newport Beach, you have to understand Newport Beach. And while the messenger putting forth that proposition may have been a flawed candidate, the message resonated. That message continues to resonate. That is why a recall petition is being circulated. That is why Mr. Peotter will be recalled.

Phil Greer

Newport Beach

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Another vote against Peotter

Scott Peotter likes to say that the recall is about intolerant residents attacking his freedom of speech. No Scott, it is not. Let’s be clear, this recall is about your complete failure to follow the law and to respect both your oath of office and the residents who elected you.

In June 2015, Peotter went to the Costa Mesa Tea Party and disclosed confidential information and made statements that could have exposed the city to legal liability. His speech was posted on YouTube and when it was discovered he tried, reminiscent of Watergate, to cut 17 minutes out of the video. The council made him read an apology to the public on August 13, 2015. Why can’t he follow the law, and what was he even doing in Costa Mesa?

In 2014, he was caught by the City Clerk taking contributions in excess of the legal contribution limit from the owners of Woody’s Wharf, then in litigation with the city. He failed to report the return of the contribution and then defiantly, held a fundraiser at Woody’s. Here again he failed to report the cost of the fundraiser as required by state law. He later accepted, and reported another excess contribution by Council Member Duffield. Again, he was defiant and did not return the money until he was caught by a resident. “I can break the law until I get caught” is not the standard we expect, Scott.

On more than seven occasions, he used the city seal, contrary to the municipal code, in e-mails to raise campaign funds, endorse partisan candidates, insult his colleagues and engage in national issues. Twice the council reprimanded him and they even changed the law to restrict his abuse. Yet as recently as last week, Scott was still using an image of the seal, as if he had found a loophole, on his offensive e-mails. What kind of elected official repeatedly skates this close to the edge of ethics violations on purpose?

All three candidates in the recent council election condemned the racist Farsi language signs, which failed to identify the party that paid for them as required by law. Only Scott Peotter went to the newspaper to defend their use.  Who does that?

Finally, Scott alone went to the newspapers to defend the decision to require 3,700 unnecessary pages in the Museum House petition. This was done for one reason only, to frustrate the constitutional right of the people to petition their government. You took an oath to defend the constitution Scott. You violated that oath.

Intolerant residents? You’re right Scott, we are intolerant of your law breaking, insults and attacks on our constitutional rights.

Lori Morris

West Newport/Balboa

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Glenn awaits Dixon apology

Here are the flawed conclusions by (city) staff about why I “owe the city money”.  Note that I requested none of these in physical form, and many of them I specifically requested in electronic form, which is free (and they were delivered as such).

If the city wants to print things without my permission or request, then that is about as reasonable as a gardener mowing your lawn without permission and then sending you a bill.

It seems there are a lot of staff problems that can be dealt with here, and perhaps more importantly, it highlights that Councilmembers attempting to use documents to publicly shame activists for the city should probably independently verify the accuracy of those documents before engaging in such intentional malice.

Thanks so much for your time, and I am glad this is now resolved from a financial end.

I look forward to a formal and public apology from Councilwoman Diane Dixon on her error.  

I also hope that the city sets a policy up to stop wasting paper – if, in fact, these pages were ever even printed at all.

Mike Glenn

Newport Beach


Guest Column

Jeff Herdman

City financial report is “impressive”

Jeff Herdman

Newport Beach City Councilman Jeff Herdman

The City of Newport Beach recently received its financial ratings report from Fitch Ratings. I was so impressed with the report that I wanted to share some of its findings with you. Below I have taken statements from the report to demonstrate the flavor of the financial condition of our City:

AAA Rating

This rating reflects notable financial flexibility and low liability levels.

Consistent tax base performance enhances the city’s strong revenue growth prospects, and a well-controlled expenditure framework.

Conservative financial management will enable the city to maintain financial stability and solid reserves in a potential economic downturn.

The extensive use of pay-as-you-go capital financing and planned pension overfunding to eliminate the outstanding liability support the City’s low debt condition.

The City reliably maintains reserves which generates a low potential decline of the City’s revenues in an economic downturn, and maintains ample fiscal tools to address any future financial stress.

Well-managed long-term liabilities in relation to pension payments to address their city’s unfunded liability. The report provides the following evidence for the above findings:

The local economy benefits from the City’s mature, wealthy tax base and strong employment.

Home values are among the highest in the country.

Unemployment is exceptionally low.

The City benefits from diverse revenue sources.

The City’s mature tax base, stable demographics, high personal incomes, and focus on economic development have contributed to strong historical general fund growth.

The unfunded pension liability constitutes just under one-third of the long-term liability. The City has taken recent action to mitigate the effect of escalating pension costs and eliminate their unfunded pension liability within 20 years, thus placing a low burden on the City in terms of long-term liability.

Conservative budgeting and sound financial policies have resulted in a trend of general fund operating surpluses and strong reserve levels.

As always, I remain at your service. Please continue to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have at 949.922.3594 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Police shooting appears justified

TomJohnson

Big news Saturday night while watching the TV at home, suddenly a news update flashes across the screen saying a “Newport Beach police officer has shot and killed a knife-wielding man.”

Unfortunately, police shootings have become too commonplace, but I don’t necessarily blame the cops. Sure, there’s a bad one here or there, but on the whole I commend each and every officer in blue for the job they do.

Saturday night in Newport Beach police responded to a domestic violence call and a man with a knife. Once police arrived, the scene seemed to settle; however, the suspect ultimately became aggressive again raising a knife toward the officer and was shot. He died later at the hospital.

Eyewitnesses confirmed the police officer’s decision to shoot. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will complete an investigation, as is protocol.

If you don’t believe our officers are under stress, let me remind you of this, Friday, April 14, the day before this shooting, was the 22nd anniversary of Newport Beach Police Officer Bob Henry’s death. He was shot and killed in the line of duty.

It’s a tough business.

Speaking of the police department, I’m planning an upcoming ride-along and look forward to seeing what it really feels like out on patrol. It’ll be my first time in a police car, front or back seat.

Don’t forget, tomorrow is Tax Day. It comes every year whether we like it or not on April 18, it’s like clockwork. Oh, wait a minute, Tax Day is April 15. So what happened this year?

Here’s the deal, Tax Day is the 15th, but not when it falls on a Saturday. So that would push it over to Monday, the 17th.

But lo and behold, the District of Columbia celebrates Emancipation Day on April 16, but if that’s a Sunday it’s moved to Monday. Emancipation Day affects taxes the same way federal holidays do, moving the ultimate tax deadline to April 18, which results in three extra days to file a return.

This is probably the first and last time I’ll ever say this, “Thank you Washington, D.C.”

Finally, get your film groove on as the Newport Beach Film Festival returns this Thursday, April 20. This year’s schedule includes 350 films that are expected to be enjoyed by some 50,000 people.

For information on films, locations, times, etc., go to newportbeachfilmfest.com.


Dunes owner launches 60 Acts of Kindness campaign

Goldrich Kest, owners of Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort in Newport Beach and Huntington Beach-based Sunset Marina, is celebrating its 60th anniversary by launching a “60 Acts of Kindness” campaign. The company is seeking submissions from those in need who need a boost to improve their lives and/or the lives of their families and communities. Perhaps one’s bicycle was stolen and that was their primary mode of transportation to and from work, a student needs a computer to help her with her studies, a senior citizen requires a wheelchair but lacks the funds to purchase one or a single mom needs help with childcare, etc.

 “Goldrich Kest was built on recognizing and fulfilling the needs of a wide spectrum of people and philanthropy has been a bedrock of our 60-year history,” said company President Carole Glodney. “We are excited to launch 60 Acts of Kindness and look forward to continuing our mission of helping those in the communities we serve.”

To be considered, send a concise one-page description of your need to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The company was founded by Jona Goldrich and Sol Kest, both Holocaust survivors who have since passed. They launched their company in 1957 with $200 in their pockets and parlayed that into an extensive portfolio of residential, commercial, industrial and retail space statewide.

For more information about the company, visit goldrichkest.com.


City and CR&R to offer free document shredding

Document shredding

The City of Newport Beach and CR&R, Inc. will offer free document shredding for CR&R’s Newport Beach customers on Saturday, May 6 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the parking lot of Big Canyon Reservoir (across Pacific View from Harbor Day School), 3300 Pacific View Drive, Corona del Mar. 

Residents can help protect themselves from identity theft and fraud by safely shredding any documents, records and items that contain personal or sensitive information including bank and financial statements; credit card statements or pre-approved credit card offers; and old IRS tax forms, checks, bills, credit cards and plastic/paper membership cards.

Documents, including junk mail, of any size and color will be accepted and can be bound with staples or paper clips. Unfortunately, the shredder cannot accommodate X-rays or larger plastic items such as binders. 

For more information, contact CR&R Customer Service at 949.625.6735.


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

The Easter Bunny Arrives at Fashion Island | Continuing through 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 | Continuing through 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, 714.556.2787, www.scr.org

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

How the Other Half Lives | Continuing through 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.

A Doll’s House, Part 2 | Continuing through April 30. In the final scene of Ibsen’s classic A Doll’s House, Nora makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children. A door slams. The curtain falls on a stunned audience. Lucas Hnath continues Nora’s story in this intriguing play with a decidedly modern perspective. Fifteen years have passed when there’s a knock on that same door. Why is Nora back – and what will her return mean to those she left behind?

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

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

Yoga Play | Continuing through April 30, Ticket prices and performance times vary. Joan has been hired to stabilize Jojomon, a yoga apparel giant, after its CEO is brought down by a fat-shaming scandal. But just as she finds her stride, more trouble surfaces and sales plummet. Joan comes up with a plan so risky that it could make or break the company and her career – and what it requires from her CFO, Raj, is far beyond the call of duty. This sharp comedy asks what it takes to find your own authenticity in a world determined to sell enlightenment.

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

Nicholas Studio, South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Legends Bollywood Dance Championship | April 15 at 5 p.m. Tickets start at $27. Legends Bollywood Dance Championship is the official Bollywood dance championship of Desi Dance Network! Teams at Legends have competed at qualifying competitions from November 2016 to March 2017 for a chance to dance on the grandest stage of them all. Join in cheering on the nine best Bollywood teams from across the nation as they dance off for the title of the first Legends Champion.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Traditional Easter Brunch at The Resort at Pelican Hill | April 16 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Let the little ones delight in an Easter egg hunt and visits with the Easter Bunny, all amid vast Pacific Ocean panoramas. In Mar Vista’s grand ballroom, Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Dubray presents traditional brunch favorites, accented with California and Tuscan flavors. Cost: $128 per adult, $60 per child ages 5 - 12 and complimentary for children under the age of 5. (Excludes tax and service charge.)

Contact: The Resort at Pelican Hill, 855.315.8214, www.pelicanhill.com

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

Easter Bunny Back Bay

Easter Bunny to hop into Back Bay Bistro | April 16 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Back Bay Bistro celebrates the holiday in style with an elaborate Easter Brunch highlighted by a special visit from the Easter Bunny from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Cost: Adults, $79 includes bottomless Champagne and Mimosas; Children (ages 12 and under), $38. Photos with the Easter Bunny are free!

Contact: Back Bay Bistro, 949.729.1144, www.newportdunes.com/bistro 

Back Bay Bistro at Newport Dunes Resort & Marina is located at 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.

Bach’s St. John Passion | April 19 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $30. Composed for Good Friday Vespers in Leipzig in 1724, Bach’s St. John PasÍsion is one of Bach’s most extravagant and dramatic masterworks, depicting the trial and execution of Jesus, drawing from the Gospel of John interspersed with arias and hymns. Since their inception, a particular focus of the International Bach Academy Stuttgart Chorus and Orchestra has been the interpretation of the vocal works of Johann Sebastian Bach. The International Bach Academy Stuttgart Chorus and Orchestra have performed at numerous festivals, including the Salzburg Festival, Lucerne Festival and the Prague Spring International Music Festival.

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

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

Newport Beach Film Festival

Newport Beach Film Festival | April 20 - 27, Times vary. Celebrated as one of the leading lifestyle film festivals in the U.S., it seeks to bring to Orange County the best of classic and contemporary film-making from around the world. This eight-day event showcases a diverse collection of studio and independent films as well as a Family Film Series that gives filmgoers of all ages the chance to enjoy the festival, along with nightly galas. The festival provides a unique opportunity for attendees to learn more about the directors, actors and producers behind the films. Guests also get the chance to see what may become next year’s Oscar picks and tomorrow’s classics before they’re screened anywhere else!

Contact: Newport Beach Film Festival, 949.253.2880, www.newportbeachfilmfest.com

Takes place at cinemas and venues throughout Newport Beach.

Taj Express

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Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue

Taj Express | April 21-22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $29. Taj Express explodes with the sounds of India and Bollywood, capturing the vibrant, expressive spirit of the world of Bollywood movies that have been entertaining billions of people in India for generations. Through a fusion of film, dance and music, this dazzling international sensation takes audiences on a live cinematic journey through modern Indian culture and society. The production is a high-energy celebration of new India’s pop music, Bollywood culture, and deep traditions featuring colorful costumes, joyful dance, and thrilling live music.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Hilty & Stokes Mitchell “Smashing Broadway” | April 21-22 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35. With stunning voices and booming Broadway careers, award-winning Broadway superstars Megan Hilty and Brian Stokes Mitchell bring fresh insight to a program of Broadway hits and unforgettable melodies that have become timeless standards – including music from Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and George Gershwin – all backed by the lush sound of Pacific Symphony. When Megan Hilty and Brian Stokes Mitchell headlined the LA Philharmonic’s opening night gala this season with a similar program, they received rave reviews.

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

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

Pacific Playwrights Festival | April 21 - 23. Presenting seven new plays in staged readings and full productions during a three-day period. Audiences consist of local playgoers and representatives from theaters nationwide.

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

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

Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey | April 22 and 23 with performances at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Lightwire Theater presents this cosmic adventure about celebrating differences. What Marvin the mouse wants most is to be popular, but the “cool” rats think he’s a geek and call him a loser. Join Marvin as he blasts off in a homemade rocket and lands on the moon where he meets strange creatures, learns of infinite peril and experiences awesome beauty. Find out if Marvin’s cosmic adventure will ultimately make his dreams of acceptance come true! Combining dance, puppetry and traditional theater, this production features more than 40 delightful characters brought to life by electro-luminescent wires to create a dazzling 3D experience.

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

HelixCollective

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Helix Collective on the bill for Sunday Musicale

Sunday Musicale: Helix Collective | April 23 at 3 p.m. Free. The Los Angeles-based Helix Collective performs a high-energy, out-of-the-box mix of world, classical and rock n’ roll. The flexible ensemble includes flute/piccolo/alto flute, oboe/English horn, cello, piano and percussion. Presented by the Friends of the Newport Beach Library.

Contact: Box office, 949.717.3800. www.newportbeachlibrary.org

Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Bridal Open House | April 23 from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. You are invited to stop by the Gardens for wine, champagne, hors d’oeuvres and a chance to mingle with the best in the wedding industry. Meet the experienced Private Events Staff along with some of the preferred wedding vendors who will help make your wedding day memorable. Advanced registration is required. The event is free of charge. Sign up at the website. 

Contact: 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org.

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

Lila Downs

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Lila Downs

Lila Downs with Monsieur Perine | April 23 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $29. Known for her soaring emotive voice and compelling stage presence, world renown Mexican American singer, Lila Downs’ music is highly innovative and distinctive. The multiple Grammy-Award winning artist blends traditional Mexican, Latin and Mesoamerican music with a broad range of other musical influences to create a vibrant, dramatic and culturally rich performance.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

An American in Paris

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An American in Paris – Nick Spangler and the An American in Paris Touring Company

An American in Paris | April 25 - May 7, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29. The new Tony Award®-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award®-winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2014/15 season.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Steve Tyrell

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Steve Tyrell to perform classics from the Great American Songbook

Steve Tyrell | April 27 - 29 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $79. Steve Tyrell’s legendary career has brought him acclaim as a songwriter and a Grammy-winning record producer, but Center audiences know him best as one of today’s most uniquely gifted vocalists. Tyrell returns to the Cabaret Series with his acclaimed show, “A New Standard,” featuring his iconic performances of classics from the Great American Songbook, including tunes by Burt Bacharach & Hal David, Sammy Cahn, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, and many more.

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Magic of Chopin | April 27 - 29 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Two of Canada’s brightest classical music stars perform a program that celebrates the spirit of France. Mozart composed his Symphony No. 31 specifically to please and impress Parisian audiences. Chopin called “The City of Lights” home for most of his adult life, and Debussy and Ravel are two of France’s greatest composers. BBC Music Magazine commented on Louis Lortie’s gifts as an interpreter of Chopin: “Lortie is a model Chopinist: eloquent but never sentimental, elegant without ever sounding effete, dramatic but never exaggerated, harmonically luminous, structurally immaculate – and surprising.” Louis Lortie on piano with Pacific Symphony. Preview talk with host Alan Chapman at 7 p.m.

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

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

Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race

70th Annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race | April 28 - 30 beginning at 11 a.m. This 125-mile overnight race provides the perfect mix of fun and adventure as racers decide whether to head off-shore for stronger winds or to sail the rhumb line towards the finish. With more than 50 trophy categories and numerous classes for monohulls, multihulls and cruisers, the opportunity to “take home the silver” makes this race appealing to all levels of participants. Anticipated is a fleet of 225 yachts. The fastest monohull entered so far this year is Roy Disney’s SC 70 Pyewacket. Returning ORCA winner Bill Gibb’s “Wahoo” will also be back. Spectators can view the race start from a variety of vantage points.

Contact: www.newporttoensenada.com

Balboa Pier, 1 Balboa Pier, Newport Beach.

Carnival of the Animals | April 29 at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Tickets start at $12. Pacific Symphony brings a zoo to musical life with the Bob Brown Puppets and a narrator to tell the story. Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Carnival of the Animals” features each animal in its own descriptive song, from the royal march of the stately lions, to hippity-hopping kangaroos, lumbering elephants, a gracefully swimming swan and more. Robert Kalia, conductor.  

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

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

Painting Class – Easter Basket with Flowers | April 29 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join local artist Erin Houghton as she teaches you how to see and paint color and simple shapes. This class is designed for all levels of painter and non-painter. Houghton’s teaching style is fun and relaxed with a motto of, “if you can color, you can paint.” Each participant will take home their own charming painting, so grab your friends and come paint in the Gardens. Space is limited to 12 people and pre-registration is required.

Sign up at the website. Cost: Friends, $35; Non-Members, $45. 

Contact: 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org.

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

Kids Community Peaceful Painting Workshop | April 29 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Join local artist Stacey Fetterman as she provides a space for children to create, play and tap into the magic within and around us. Children will practice slowing down and pausing for peace as they connect to their inner landscape and the outer landscape of the Gardens, finding inspiration inside and out. Together they will playfully explore techniques that embrace the process of painting and creating art from the heart. In this class, there are no mistakes! Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Suggested for youth ages 8-14. Sign up at the website. Suggested donation: $40. 

Contact: 949.673.2261, or email Stacy Fetterman: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

www.slgardens.org.

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

Organ Recital: Monte Maxwell | April 30 at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $10. The U.S. Naval Academy’s Chapel organist Monte Maxwell has played for diplomats and national leaders from around the world, and now he performs for you. Hear this outstanding virtuoso on a wide-ranging program from Baroque and beyond.

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

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

Benjamin Grosvenor in recital | May 3 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Hailed as “the most remarkable young pianist of our time” (Gramophone), Benjamin Grosvenor is internationally recognized for his electrifying performances and insightful interpretations. In 2012, Grosvenor became Gramophone’s youngest-ever double award winner when he was awarded Gramophone’s Young Artist of the Year Award and Instrumental Awards.

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

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

Be Still My Soul with Millennial Choirs and Orchestras | May 5 at 5 and 8 p.m. Tickets start at $18. Join in celebrating the 10th anniversary of Millennial™ Choirs & Orchestras, featuring both new compositions and the most beloved MCO™ songs from the last decade! Millennial™ Choirs & Orchestras (MCO™) is a performing force of more than 3,000 participants, and growing. With locations in California, Arizona, Utah, Texas, and Idaho, MCO™ has become the largest organization of its kind in the world, offering superb music training and professional performance opportunities to musicians of all ages and abilities.

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

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

Harry Potter

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets to come to Segerstrom Hall

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets in Concerts | May 12 - 13, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $39. Cars fly, trees fight back, and monsters are on the loose in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! This concert features the film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in high-definition, on a giant screen, while the Pacific Symphony performs John Williams’ unforgettable score. Relive every magical moment as the music brings life to a story that has bewitched the world.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

A Sea Symphony | May 13 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25. The adventure and excitement of a sea voyage becomes an extravagant metaphor for the soul’s journey into the infinite, as the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony brings Walt Whitman’s transcendent poetry to glorious life. Be there for this culminating concert of John Alexander’s 45th and final season as Pacific Chorale’s Artistic Director!

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

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

Mozart and Don Quixote | May 18 - 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. The esteemed and internationally celebrated pianist Orli Shaham has been building loyal audiences here with her artful curation of Pacific Symphony’s Café Ludwig chamber music series. Here, this “first-rate Mozartean” (Chicago Tribune) takes center-stage in Mozart’s sunny Concerto No. 17, with the famous third movement theme inspired by the composer’s melodic pet starling. Ravel’s “Morning Song of the Jester,” incorporating Spanish musical themes, opens the program. Closing the evening is Strauss’ tone poem inspired by the Cervantes novel, with the solo cello – Pacific Symphony’s own Timothy Landauer – starring as the “ingenious gentleman,” Don Quixote de la Mancha.

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

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

The Bodyguard

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Deborah Cox as Rachel Marron and Judson Mills as Frank Farmer star in The Bodyguard

The Bodyguard | May 30 - June 11, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29. Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A breathtakingly romantic thriller, THE BODYGUARD features a host of irresistible classics including “Queen of the Night,” “So Emotional,” “One Moment in Time,” “Saving All My Love,” “Run to You,” “I Have Nothing,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” and one of the biggest selling songs of all time – “I Will Always Love You.”

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


The Saywitz Company hires financial expert

The Saywitz Company, one of the largest privately held commercial real estate brokerage firms headquartered in Newport Beach, recently hired Esmeralda Medrano as accounting manager within the real estate team.

Esmeralda Medrano

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Medrano has a long background in accounting, bookkeeping and real estate property management. Her previous experience includes work with Select Property Management in Santa Ana and Fluid Master in San Juan Capistrano. She is a lifelong resident of Orange County who currently resides in Santa Ana with her family.


Stump the Stu

Corona del Mar has new library, sort of

Found Tink’s Little Free Library on Heliotrope in Corona del Mar. Stu applauds the effort and the great community spirit and trust this endeavor exudes.

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

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

Stump the Stu 4.13

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Police Files

Man arrested after death threats outside restaurant

On Monday at 11:20 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a restaurant in the 2600 block of W. Coast Highway.

“Witnesses reported that a domestic battery had occurred outside the restaurant and that the suspect had threatened the victim’s life,” said Jennifer Manzella, NBPD spokesperson. “A witness had intervened and the suspect left in a vehicle.”

Not long after, a sergeant with the NBPD saw a car that matched the description of the suspect’s and made contact with the driver.

Following an interview, the driver, Michael Martinez, 42, Redlands, was arrested for threatening a crime with intent to terrorize and domestic violence. 

Man caught with switchblade, concealed dagger and drugs

On Sunday at 3:40 a.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Irvine Avenue and 16th Street due to recent vehicle thefts, vehicle burglaries and residential burglaries in the area.

“The officer saw a man drive up to the gate at a residential parking structure,” said Jennifer Manzella, NBPD spokesperson. “After the officer passed, the man turned around and left that parking structure, but proceeded to try to enter another parking structure on the other side of the complex.”

When the man saw the officer, he attempted to leave. The officer pulled him over both for his suspicious behavior and for a burnt-out brake light. 

Following an interview and investigation, the man, Justin Waller Hoffman, 36, Santa Ana, was found to have a concealed dagger sheathed at his belt, a switchblade in his front pocket, and narcotics paraphernalia. He was also carrying two types of prescription medication, but no prescription.

Hoffman was arrested on concealed weapons charges as well as drug charges and for driving on a suspended license. 

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


Editor’s note: The following is an edited version (removal of signatures and addresses of signees) of the Notice of Intention to Circulate Recall Petition served to Newport Beach City Councilman Scott Peotter at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO CIRCULATE RECALL PETITION

TO THE HONORABLE SCOTT PEOTTER;

Pursuant to Section 11020, California Elections Code, the undersigned registered qualified voters of the City of Newport Beach, District 6, in the State of California, hereby give notice that we are the proponents of a recall petition and that we intend to seek your recall and removal from the office of City Councilmember, in Newport Beach, District 6, California, and to demand election of a successor in that office.

The grounds for the recall are as follows;

Scott Peotter is an embarrassment to our community and a failure as our city councilman.

He strongly supports high-density, high-rise development and even endorsed raising the height limits for developer on Lido. He fought hard to block the Museum House referendum by requiring the ten-pound petition and voted twice to approve the project.

Peotter has insulted his colleagues, compared a councilmember to notorious killers, and insulted residents who opposed his high-rise development plans. He violated the Brown Act by disclosing confidential closed session deliberations and broke campaign contribution regulations and political reporting laws. He misused the city seal and has been rebuked twice by the council. He is the subject of an FPPC investigation for election law violations.

He proposed speculating in the stock market with city tax dollars, voted for fee cuts and large settlements for his contributors an voted against the city sexual harassment prevention policies. Claiming to be a “fiscal conservative,” Peotter uses his council position to collect compensation from four public agencies.

Our city cannot afford the extremist policies of a councilman who disrespects our laws and who mocks and insults residents who disagree with him. Vote to recall Scott Peotter.

For more information visit recallscottpeotter.com.

The printed names,of the proponents are as follows:

Malcolm C. Geffen Gregory M. Collins

Michael Toerge Dean R. Laws

Denny Lynn Engelke George E. Engelke

Suzanna Harris Lloyd E. Rasner

Linda Rasner Carolyn J. Williams

Kathleen H. Blank Greg Wohl

Richard Williams Paul A. Blank

Marc Vanetsky, M.D. Eric Stanbridge

Cynthia Succa Richard Succa

Liz Laubach Robert Laubach

Mary Roosevelt Kelly Knight

Sharon Wohl Kim Megonigal

Christine J. Laws Nancy K. Thompson

Lindsey Ensign Kyle Olson

Elizabeth Stahr John Stahr


Lynn’s Spin

By LYNN SELICH

Hitting the Red Carpet with a chance to meet Laird Hamilton

Laird Hamilton

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The Newport Beach Film Festival starts next week and I’ve been asked again this year by Visit Newport Beach to hit the red carpet and conduct some interviews for our local government access cable channel NBTV (shown on Time Warner 30, Spectrum 3 or Cox 852). If you haven’t tuned in, you’re probably not alone. NBTV is mostly known for its airing of City Council meetings, public service announcements and other programming like “Pick a Pet” and event coverage of the annual events like the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.

While it’s always fun for me to meet and talk with the actors, directors, and producers of the films being showcased at the Fest, this year I hope to catch a few minutes with big wave superstar surfer Laird Hamilton, who is the subject of this year’s opening night film “Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton.”

Hamilton would never recall meeting me more than 30 years ago when my high school bestie, Valerie, and I decided to ditch class and to attend a surf contest (for which I got busted and was sentenced to the first and only class detention of my life – talk about “Breakfast Club” material!). 

Who knew back then that Laird would go on to such greatness and someday be the subject of a world-class documentary film. But, like anyone you might meet in life that embodies a certain unflappable charisma, one could tell Laird Hamilton was destined for greatness. 

In its synopsis TAKE EVERY WAVE: The Life of Laird Hamilton is described as an action sports documentary that tracks Laird’s remarkable life and legendary big wave surfing career. It reads, “Much admired by the public, though often disdained or ignored by the surf industry itself, Laird is a unique sports icon—an athlete who has refused to compete professionally yet has dominated big wave surfing as no other figure in history has ever done.”

Frankly, when encountered by his stunning good looks and extraordinary athleticism I have to wonder where the real disdain lied, and if the truth behind being ignored was shrouded by just a teensy bit of jealousy….or something altogether different. I guess I’ll find out when the movie screens next Thursday!

Premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Laird’s biographical story is told against the backdrop of a winter surf season on Kauai, where El Niño storm systems threaten to bring the biggest surf in decades. Mixing never-before-seen archival footage, with contemporary verité scenes shot in Southern California, Bermuda and Kauai, Take Every Wave weaves the past and present into an intimate and compelling portrait of a superstar athlete at the top of his game. Threaded throughout is a revealing, deeply personal interview with Laird as well conversations with the family members, friends, collaborators and detractors who know him best.

Take Every Wave is but one of the many topnotch films I hope to see during this year’s festival which begins Thursday, April 20 and runs through the 27th. For tickets and more information visit www.newportbeachfilmfest.com.

All the best to Laird, his family and film maker Rory Kennedy. I’ll see you on the red carpet!

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Founded in 1999, the Newport Beach Film Festival has evolved into a prestigious multicultural event, attracting over 55,000 attendees to Orange County. Screening over 350 films in eight days, NBFF prides itself on bringing the best in new, local, international and critically acclaimed cinema to Newport Beach.

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Lynn Selich is a periodic contributor to StuNewsNewport


Letters to the Editor:

Long time community activist organizes campaign to oppose Councilman Scott Peotter recall

I became involved in city politics over a decade ago to stop the over-concentration of drug and alcohol rehab homes in West Newport and expose the corrupt politicians profiting from them, while our community suffered the impacts. 

The deeper I dug, the more corruption I found at City Hall. 

They hid documents, obfuscated the truth, and allowed our community to become ground-zero for some of the worst drug rehab over-concentration that California has ever seen.  

I discovered a former mayor and city councilman were involved.  It was disgusting. 

In 2014 a group of councilmembers was elected bringing transparency and sunlight to government.  

Councilman Scott Peotter is a leader in cleaning the mess up and protecting residents. 

Scott and I often disagree on issues and he isn’t always politically correct, but he always fights for us. 

Newport Beach city councilman Scott Peotter is shaking up our bloated and corrupt Newport Beach city government. 

He was elected in 2014 on a platform of reduced spending, cutting regulations, and reining in our massive $500 million pension debt and Taj Mahal bond payments. 

Scott is not afraid to speak his mind – calling out the excesses and corruption of the past decade. 

His political opponents have targeted him for a recall because they want to return to the days of overspending on pet projects like the Taj Mahal, Marina Park, proposed west side community center on Costa Mesa’s border, and give preferential treatment of those “politically connected” at the expense of the ordinary community member. 

Let’s keep Free Speech Alive in Newport – Stop the Scott Peotter recall.

Robert Rush, Chairman

Save Free Speech in Newport Beach

Let’s Recall Scott Peotter

Scott Peotter is an embarrassment to our community and a failure as our city councilman. He tries to say he is being recalled because of his faith, or that he is politically incorrect and outspoken. None of that is true. He is being recalled because of his support for high rise development, his efforts to deny the constitutional rights of residents to petition their government, his utter failure to follow our laws and his insults to his colleagues and the public.

He strongly supports high-density, high-rise development and even endorsed raising the height limits for developers on Lido. He fought hard to block the Museum House referendum by requiring the ten-pound petition and voted twice to approve the project.

Peotter has insulted his colleagues, compared a councilmember to notorious killers, and insulted residents who opposed his high-rise development plans. He violated the Brown Act by disclosing confidential closed session deliberations and broke campaign contribution regulations and political reporting laws. He misused the city seal and has been rebuked twice by the council. He is the subject of an FPPC investigation for election law violations.

He proposed speculating in the stock market with city tax dollars, voted for fee cuts and large settlements for his contributors and voted against the city sexual harassment prevention policies. Claiming to be a “fiscal conservative,” Peotter uses his council position to collect compensation from four public agencies. 

As for keeping his promises, pension debt is $70 million higher and accelerating faster since he took office. The operating budget is up $22 million, capital spending is down because Marina Park was completed, not because of Peotter. His plan to reduce bonded debt would have increased debt service by $20 million. He was successful in putting an embezzler on the finance committee.

Our city cannot afford the extremist policies of a councilman who disrespects our laws and who mocks and insults residents who disagree with him. Sign the petition to recall Scott Peotter. 

For more information visit www.recallscottpeotter.com

Lynn Swain

Committee to Recall Scott Peotter


Guest Column

Scott Peotter

I will always stand up for Free Speech

Scott Peotter

Newport Beach City Councilman Scott Peotter

In his early writings Benjamin Franklin warns, “Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.” 

Recall Because of Being Politically Incorrect

An intolerant group in Newport Beach has initiated a recall against me tonight because I speak my mind. Their list of “grievances” against me read as though the real reason that they want to recall me is because I am politically incorrect!

I have strong beliefs in limited government, reduced taxation, regulatory reform, property rights, and yes; I am an unapologetic Christian.

I politely and forcefully speak my mind but I don’t subscribe to political correctness.

The City Needs Differing Opinions

Over the past decade, Newport has lacked robust debate. Unanimous city council votes have led to saddling Newport taxpayers with over $550 million in unfunded pension debt and the cost of our excessive city hall, a $150 million monument to political excess.

Our children will be paying for those decisions for decades.

Promises Kept

I was elected in 2014 with a clear mandate to stop the city’s excessive spending. Frankly, their criticisms are based on my doing what I promised during the campaign. I know, what a concept that a politician actually makes good on their promises. My opponents are still bitter.

My political opponents want to stifle my free speech and return to the days over-spending and sweetheart deals for insiders.

Recall Special Election Will Cost City $500,000

This recall is based on policy differences, that is what elections are for. If successful, this recall election would be heard sometime between November and February of next year. I am up for election in November next year. I look forward to running on my record. 

The recallers will not intimidate me, I will fight this recall to protect everyone’s right to respectfully speak freely, whether you agree with me or not. In my opinion, that’s the foundation of democracy.


Guest Column

Paul Blank

Notice of recall served to Councilman Scott Peotter 

Paul Blank

Corona del Mar resident Paul Blank 

Editor’s note: Tuesday night, Paul Blank, a longtime Corona del Mar resident, served Newport Beach City Councilman Scott Peotter with written notice of the intent to recall him. The following is Blank’s address to the Council.

Good evening.

I am Paul Blank, a 30-year resident of Corona del Mar. You may have heard me speak earlier this evening during the study session as I am also the current Chairman of the Harbor Commission.

When leaders don’t listen to their constituents or treat them fairly and with respect those constituents can easily turn into activists.

Tonight, I have become an activist.

The residents of Corona del Mar are not being properly represented by their councilman.

A man who moved to the city eight months before the election specifically to run for this seat;

A man who does not own property in Newport Beach;

A man who has consistently opposed parks, libraries, fire stations and the people that use them;

A man who has been disrespectful while conducting public business, insulted his colleagues, called his constituents liars and disparaged dedicated staff;

A man who has insulted leaders and staff in other agencies while representing Newport Beach;

A man currently under investigation by the FPPC for various allegations of campaign finance violations;

A man who tried to undermine the constitutional right of residents to petition their government by requiring 3,700 unnecessary pages in the Museum House petition;

A man who stands in stark conflict with the community on the issue of high rise development.

The activist in me is now working to replace this man as our representative at the earliest possible opportunity. This is not about his right to free speech, it is about the standards of conduct we expect of our elected officials.

On behalf of the registered voters of District 6, my neighbors and friends throughout Newport Beach, and the 30 signers of this notice, we hereby formally serve this Notice of Recall on Councilman Scott Peotter.


Farmhouse announces cooking seminars

Ready to learn a new cooking technique each month? Executive Chef Rich Mead of Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens is conducting monthly seminars where he shares his greatest cooking secrets. One Sunday morning each month from 10 to 11 a.m., be inspired by the fresh seasonal ingredient combinations he uses to create the field-to-fork dishes of Farmhouse.

Here’s the schedule:

Sunday, April 30 - Grains

Sunday, May 21 - Wild Salmon

Sunday, June 25 - Salsa and Relishes

Sunday, July 30 - BBQ Sides

Sunday, August 27 - Herbs

Sunday, September 24 - TBD

Sunday, October 29 - TBD

Saturday, November 18 - TBD

Sunday, December 10 - TBD

Farmhouse

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The event is free, first-come, first-served.

Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar. Call 949.640.5800. To reserve your spot, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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

By LANA JOHNSON

We’ve all been waiting…and Nobu has opened its doors!

Chef Nobu

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Chef Nobu Matsuhisa

Nobu Newport Beach, the newest addition to the world-renowned Japanese restaurant empire founded by Nobu Matsuhisa and Robert De Niro, recently opened on Friday, April 7 in Lido Marina Village, to provide the ultimate Nobu-Style experience. With more than 16,000 square feet of two-story waterfront space, including outdoor covered patio dining on both levels, an expansive bar & lounge, and exquisite special event space, the new Nobu Newport Beach provides the ideal setting to enjoy signature dishes such as Black Miso Cod and Yellowtail Jalapeño, world-renowned sushi, and Newport Beach-inspired dishes and cocktails.

“Lido Marina is such a beautiful area, and it is the perfect place for Nobu,” said Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. “We look forward to bringing guests the Nobu signatures they have come to love along with some very special items that are only available at Nobu Newport Beach.”

Black Cod Miso

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One of Nobu’s signature dishes is the Black Cod Miso

Among the exclusive introductions within the new location is the first-ever Nobu Grand Cordon Bar, an intimate patio bar that will serve a rotating menu of craft cocktails created by Nobu bartenders around the country as part of the inventive Grand Cordon cocktail competition. This spirited contest focuses on innovation and invites Nobu bartenders throughout the U.S. to create a Nobu-Style cocktail from a specific set of ingredients six times each year. A hand-picked panel of Nobu insiders, cocktails experts and fans are invited to judge the finalists with the winner earning a spot for their cocktail on every Nobu menu in the country. The opening Grand Cordon menu includes the “Smokin’ Aces” from Nobu Miami, the “Sol Amigo” from Nobu Downtown, the “Cin n’ Cider” from Nobu Las Vegas, and the non-alcoholic “Komomo Star” from Nobu Honolulu; with every sip giving cocktail lovers one-of-a-kind access to the world of Nobu.

Smokin Aces

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Indulge in the Smokin’ Aces cocktail

The exclusive beverage offerings continue in the bar & lounge with the U.S. introduction of the acclaimed Hitachino Dai Dai IPA on draught, and a seasonal offering of beers from bespoke Japanese breweries – the perfect complement to an expanded bar and lounge menu that is sure to dazzle guests’ palates with all-star dishes including Takumi Burgers, Lobster and Ribeye with Rocoto Butte, Seafood Ceviche and Nobu-Style Tacos.

Executive Chef Frank Gorriceta, Executive Sushi Chef Akihisa Kawaii and General Manager Casper Khamphouy are at the helm of the new opening, bringing their winning team from Nobu locations around the globe to introduce Nobu’s internationally acclaimed cuisine and service to friends and fans in Newport Beach.

I can’t wait to go!

Nobu Newport Beach is located at 3450 Via Oporto, Newport Beach. For reservations, call 949.429.4440. www.noburestaurants.com.

Ciao Vincenza!


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Fireworks highlight otherwise uneventful council meeting

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Well, the Newport Beach City Council meeting started out like pretty much every other council meeting in recent times only to disintegrate several times throughout the course of the evening.

After routine items like the pledge, innovation, consent calendar, councilmember comments, came public comments on non-agenda items. Paul Blank, a 30-year Corona del Mar resident and Chairman of the Harbor Commission, came to the podium and launched into a prepared statement initiating a recall effort against Councilmember Scott Peotter.

The complete text of Blank’s statement is included elsewhere in StuNewsNewport (SNN) today, as is the petition initiating the recall effort.

As Blank moved toward the dais to serve the notice, he was reminded by City Attorney Aaron Harp that the City doesn’t allow councilmembers to be served at a council meeting.

Peotter, however, and to his credit, asked to move down to the podium area in an effort to allow the document to be served and shook the hands of Blank and two of his committee members.

In a statement shortly thereafter from Peotter he vowed to fight the recall.

If that wasn’t enough, later in the evening while discussing the future of a free weekend trolley service down the peninsula, things got ugly.

Activist Mike Glenn spoke against the trolley, a pet project of former Mayor and City Councilwoman Diane Dixon. Upon completion of his statements, Glenn attempted to return to his seat, only to be called back to the podium by Dixon.

Once there, Dixon launched into an attack on Glenn claiming he owed the City “$600 for copying fees for public records requests” and claimed that Glenn’s efforts cost the city in excess of “500 hours of staff work.”

Following the meeting, SNN asked Dixon for a comment on the issue.

“I thought it was a good opportunity to remind Mr. Glenn that he owes
the city a lot of money, $600, for his unclaimed PRAR requests,” Dixon said. “Staff time devoted to handling his requests is non-recoverable yet his requests have resulted in over 500 hours of copying and processing. Waste of taxpayer dollars. He should pay like everyone else. It’s long overdue.”

Glenn had other thoughts.

“The personal attacks were out of line, inaccurate, and were clearly defamation per se, and with malice intent,” Glenn said. “It’s always hard to be an activist, but it’s even more difficult when elected officials spread personally insulting and incorrect information about you. To say this was very discouraging is putting it far too lightly. This is abhorrent and intentionally damaging while also being factually incorrect. And some people want to recall Peotter for calling someone a “pouter”?  We have bigger fish to fry.”

It was an odd exchange between the two, particularly from Dixon’s side. Honestly, it just didn’t seem like the time or place.

Glenn ran for office this past fall in District 5 losing out to winner Jeff Herdman. Something tells me Glenn has his eyes set on challenging Dixon for the District 1 seat in 2018.

In spite of all of this, the Council actually did manage to complete a host of business issues Tuesday. In addition to approving the trolley system for a summer trial run in 2017, the Council approved an expansion for the Lido House Hotel floor area and approved a contract to manage Phase III of the Sculpture Park Exhibition in Civic Center Park (including moving the Ronald Reagan statue, presently located in Bonita Canyon Sports Park, to the Civic Center).

Politics are alive and well in Newport Beach. It’s time to choose up sides, are you with Peotter or against him. I guess we’ll find out in the months ahead.


Chef Demo Hour at baker + olive

Join Baker + Olive in Corona del Mar Plaza to learn, taste and explore a Chef Demo Hour with Chef Maria Crow on Friday, April 14 from 1 to 2 p.m.

The menu features roasted brussels sprouts with lavender balsamic, pan-seared lamb finished with espresso balsamic, fig jam and Stilton and for dessert – pavlova with lemon curd & raspberry balsamic macerated strawberries. The libation is a blueberry balsamic spritzer.

To make your reservation, call 949.759.1185. baker + olive is located at 928 Avocado Ave., Corona del Mar. www.bakerandolive.com.


Chairs announced for CASA Black & White Ball

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), proudly announces the chairs of its 2017 Celebration of Children: Black & White Ball, which will take place on Saturday, April 22, at The Island Hotel Newport Beach. 

This year’s event will be co-chaired by three supportive couples to CASA, Dana & Tom Chou, Michelle & David Fisher and Susan & Dennis Leibel who together are leading the plans for the event, which combines an exquisite dinner with an exciting silent and live auction, dancing and entertainment. 

Proceeds from the gala will help to provide dedicated mentors and powerful legal advocates for abused and neglected children and teens in Orange County. The elegant Black & White Ball is responsible for raising more than $1,000,000 each year towards CASA’s programs. 

This year’s gala will feature many unique touches that will enable the anticipated 500 guests to truly celebrate the incredible work CASA has been doing on behalf of the most vulnerable children in the community for 30 years! 

This unforgettable evening will honor Lourdes & Ted Nark and Wendy & Larry Tenebaum as this year’s Children’s Champions, and Wells Fargo as the Outstanding Corporation. Andrea Schoembs has been chosen as the Advocate of the Year for her amazing work as a volunteer at CASA, and Judge Maria Hernandez will be given the Judiciary Honoree award for her tireless efforts on behalf of all children in the foster care system here in Orange County. 

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 (L to R): Larry and Wendy Tenebaum

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 (L to R): Lourdes and Ted Nark


Balboa Island Museum and NB Library to host restaurateur Wing Lam and family

You’re invited to a very special evening hosted by Balboa Island Museum and the Newport Beach Public Library! Come hear Wing Lam speak, the infamous co-founder of Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, along with his parents, Lee Cheong Kwong and Lee So Ching. They will share the incredible story of their journey from Mainland China to Balboa Island.

The event takes place Tuesday, May 23 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. Doors open at 6 p.m. The event is free of charge.

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(L-R): Wing Lam, Lee Cheong Kwong (Wing’s father), Shirley Pepys and Jennifer Keil with the Balboa Island Museum and Lee So Ching (Wing’s mother)

For more information, call the Museum at 949.675.3952, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Anti-Defamation League Receives Nearly $350,000 at 2017 Jurisprudence Awards 

Donations totaling nearly $350,000 were received by the Orange County/Long Beach region of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) at the 2017 Marcus Kaufman Jurisprudence Awards event, which included the recognition of three outstanding attorneys and civil rights advocates. The dinner and presentation ceremony took place on April 6 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach and was attended by more than 400 guests.

This year’s honorees were Andra B. Greene, partner at Irell & Manella LLP in Newport Beach; Michael Ray, executive vice president, chief legal officer and secretary for Western Digital Corporation in Irvine; and Gary Singer, senior VP & general counsel of RSI Holding LLC and chair of the Simon Foundation for Education and Housing in Newport Beach. Hon. Sheila Prell Sonenshine (Ret.) was the Awards’ emcee and has been associated with the event since its inception more than 20 years ago.

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(L to R): Josh Grushkin (ADL Regional Board Chair), Sheila Sonenshine, Gary Singer, Andra Greene, Michael Ray, Peter Levi (ADL Regional Director)

ADL Regional Director Peter Levi said, “We were privileged to honor three such accomplished lawyers and leaders in our community who have helped raise awareness and funds for ADL to continue our work right here in Orange County/Long Beach. One of the great advantages of ADL is that we are the only civil rights organization with personal relationships at the local community level. Additionally, we are proactive in prevention. I am optimistic with my recent conversations with parents, teachers, school board members, and university administrations that ADL will be their ally in educating the next generation to embrace diversity without hate. The task is great and together we cannot only imagine a world without hate, we will actively bring it about.”

The event sponsor was Irell & Manella LLP, with the Ellingson Family and Western Digital Corporation at the Protector level. Patron sponsors included Hueston Hennigan LLP; Michael Rey; O’Melveny & Myers LLP; Perona, Langer, Beck, Serbin, Mendoza and Harrison/Larry H. Parker Inc.; Rutan & Tucker LLP; and the Simon Foundation for Education and Housing.

The prize is named after Justice Marcus Kaufman, the 103rd Justice of the California Supreme Court and a champion of civil rights. It is given annually to those attorneys who have made significant contributions to their communities and to the legal profession and embody ADL’s mission to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all.

Founded more than 100 years ago, the ADL is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism, and all forms of bigotry and discrimination through programs and services that counteract hatred and prejudice.

For more information, please visit www.orangecounty.adl.org, or call 949.679.3737.


Guest Column

Dave Kiff

An insider’s look at what’s going on in and around City Hall

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Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff

No rants today. Ok, maybe just a small one that’s more of a critique on me. I must be writing too much. I’ve raised a handful of issues the past months in my “Random Notes” section only to be asked by folks, “How come I never heard about this?” All I can assume is that I’m getting a tad boring – what’s the saying, “TLDR” (“Too Long, Didn’t Read”)? I’m not sure what else to do – we live in a busy and complex place, and a busy and complex time. To me, reading and learning about things going on in town is so important. But. I’ll. Try. To. Be. More. Punchy.

More detailed Council meeting information is at the end of the Guide. I don’t summarize every item on the agenda, so make sure you look at the City Clerk’s agenda page to read the whole agenda if you’d like. 

Study Session starts on Tuesday, April 11 at 4 p.m. and has two items:

Learning more about our recent work with FEMA regarding flood plain maps. This is an Interesting one if you live (like many of us do) between 0 and 3’ above sea level (um, depending also on your sea walls). That’s parts of the Peninsula and much of Balboa Island. We hired a consultant to see that FEMA’s work was reasonable, because FEMA’s work determines lots of things about flood insurance through a national program. Our consultant found things that we need to work with FEMA about, and we’ll talk about all of this on Tuesday. Please tune in.

Also interesting is a presentation we’ll make about possible changes to Mooring Administration in the Harbor, which today the Orange County Sheriff does under contract to the City. We’ve looked at a way to do this differently, maybe with some City staff, part-timers, volunteers and contracts with local tow companies. 

Regular Session is at 7 p.m. The items worth noting are:

Changes to mooring regulations come back for A 2nd reading. At the last meeting, the Council approved a bunch of changes asked for by folks like the Harbor Commission and the Newport Mooring Association. Second reading would ratify those changes, including a fee associated with transferring a mooring (that fee would be 75 percent of the annual rental rate for the mooring).

A new public dock may be coming to Central Avenue, near Lido Marina Village (close to the Elks Club). It’ll be a great place to take your boat then tie up and have a bite to eat at some of the great restaurants (like Nobu) in Lido Marina Village. All part of a neat renaissance going on at that part of the Peninsula.

The Anaheim Ducks have asked the City to again host (and hoist) a banner honoring the Ducks as they move towards the playoffs. It went on the Newport Pier last year, and would again if Council allows it. I only note this for two reasons – one is that the banner was, um, removed in an unauthorized manner a year ago (or was it two?), and also that some folks complained about it being there and why I OK-ed it. So I am punting this one to my bosses, to mix my sports metaphors. 

The Council’s new role as administrators of the community’s Local Coastal Program adds to the meeting’s business items, as the Council discusses more procedural changes to our LCP as it relates to commercial parking management in Balboa Village, the summer trolley program and oceanfront encroachments. This is more about the LCP than changing those programs, however.   

Speaking of summer trolley, it would start in a few months if Council OK’s the contractor. It’s funded in large part through a competitive grant from OCTA associated with “hyperlocal” transit. It is geared towards visitors primarily, but residents might find it useful too. Visitors would park at Hoag and hop on and hop off the free shuttle, taking it all the way down Newport Boulevard to Balboa Boulevard and the Balboa Pier area. Planning for this has been in the works for a few years via the Balboa Village Advisory Committee. It will be over just 12 weekends starting Saturday, June 17. Do we think it will work? We don’t know. That’s why it’s a pilot program – one that will last just one summer, maybe two. I’d gently encourage folks to keep an open mind and see how it goes. Did I mention it’s a pilot program?

Phase III of the Civic Center Sculpture Garden is up for consideration and funding. The Council had a good discussion two weeks ago about arts funding, asking (generally) for a more robust private fundraising effort to help match City general funds committed to the arts. Right now, the Civic Center’s park has Phase II’s sculptures still there (Phase I’s being rotated out last year) as well as the Ronald McDonald House cows. Hey, if you haven’t been to the park lately, come see it. The wildflowers at the lower level of the park are pretty special. I was also out at Buck Gully over lunch last week – those wildflowers are amazing, even just about 1/3rd of a mile in from 5th and Poppy. I counted one snake and lots of poison oak, but only the snake was near the trail. Have fun but be safe.

Random Notes (just two):

So I did want to take a moment to talk about the proposed 15th Street Sidewalk. To refresh folks’ memories, the City has been working on ways to make the way to school safer for Ensign, Newport Heights Elementary and NHHS students. One of those ways is to finish the sidewalk along the south side of 15th Street. While I wrote about it here in advance of the Feb. 14, 2017 Council meeting, not everyone read that far. We also did social media about it, and I think it was in both the Pilot and Indy (and I know it was in Stu News!). We WILL be working more with adjacent homeowners on 15th to lessen impacts – but I think that safety warrants a good sidewalk there. It might be smaller in some places (like down to 4’) and we’ll definitely be replacing the trees (sadly, up to 35 trees may have to be removed). Again, I’d gently urge folks to keep an open mind and know that our good Public Works staff (call 949.644.3311 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) is happy to talk with anyone about this, or about specific circumstances on your property if you live on 15th Street in the Heights.

Though it’s the next weekend (not this one), a happy Easter to you all. Additionally, it’s the time of year to watch out for more visitors and kids on the roads. If you have a kid who needs something to do, think about our great Spring Break Camps.

As always, thanks for reading. Please forward this Guide to family, friends and members of your HOA if you represent one. I always like hearing from you, too, so please don’t hesitate to ask a question or offer a comment.

Sincerely,

Dave Kiff

City Manager

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949.644.3001


Welcome Spring Workshop with Bailey44

Spring will be celebrated at Bailey44 with a Fresh Floral and Succulent Arranging Workshop on Thursday, April 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lido Marina Village. Studio La Fleur will guide you in a one-of-a-kind floral arrangement following by bubbles and sweets inside the Bailey44 Workshop.

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A $50 fee covers all supplies and gets you 20 percent off any same-day purchase at Bailey44. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 949.612.7833.

Bailey44 is located at 3434 Via Lido, Newport Beach.


Stump the Stu

Who says we need another library in town?

Normally, private property is off limits to Stump the Stu. This, however, was too good to pass up…Tink’s Little Free Library. As the sign says, “Take a book, Return a book”. Where is it?

Take the challenge of Stump the Stu each Monday and submit your answers to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The correct answer will be in Thursday’s edition and on our Facebook page. 

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

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St. Andrew’s hosts record-setter for Project Hope Alliance

Project Hope Alliance announced that St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach collected a record-breaking 10,311 pounds of food and toiletries during its annual community pantry drive for the Costa Mesa-based nonprofit organization.

In its fourth annual drive for Project Hope Alliance, St. Andrew’s activated its members and community throughout the month of March by passing out Project Hope Alliance bags with the request that they be filled and returned by Sunday, March 26, in time for the packing party, a traditional celebration and culmination of the month-long effort, from 12 - 3:30 p.m.

The always lively packing party kicked off with lunch and words from Judy Combs, a member at St. Andrew’s, and a longtime Project Hope Alliance donor and Bright Start Program mentor. Volunteers from St. Andrew’s and Project Hope Alliance of all ages, from kids to senior citizens, then sorted and packed the more than five tons of generously donated items.

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The astounding numbers are in: 110 volunteers engaged in the packing party, 701 bags returned, 364 boxes delivered, and 10,311 pounds of food and hygiene items donated.

“We are overwhelmingly grateful for St. Andrew’s unwavering commitment to the kids and families we serve,” said Jennifer Friend, CEO of Project Hope Alliance. “Together, our family-focused partnership is transforming the lives of so many local families.”

Donated items from the drive will fill Project Hope Alliance’s community pantry, which nourishes and supports the children, youth and families served by the organization. Offering everything from cereal and baby wipes to notebooks, the pantry does more than simply offset families’ grocery and school supplies budgets. It adds security by removing the excruciating decisions made by parents each month, such as filling the gas tank versus a child’s belly, allowing families to effectively prioritize expenses like rent and utilities.

In 2015, St. Andrew’s gathered an incredible 3,611 gallons of food (by volume) to fill Project Hope Alliance’s newly expanded community pantry. In 2016, St. Andrew’s broke that record with a massive 9,430 pounds of food and toiletries. This year, a new tremendous record has been set, and another great milestone reached.

“Through St. Andrew’s impactful ‘Extending the Family’ initiative and enduring investment in our work, they have helped Project Hope Alliance move more than 100 children out of homelessness,” Friend said. “They have surpassed their goal, and we feel truly blessed to be part of their family.”

For more information, visit www.projecthopealliance.org.


Springtime at Lido Marina Village

Decorated Easter Eggs

Come celebrate Springtime on Saturday, April 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Lido Marina Village.

Here’s the day’s planned festivities:

Photo opportunities from 1 to 3 p.m. Enjoy taking your own photos with fun Springtime-inspired eggs and sailing boats at the fountain.

Bunny Tail Bag Making from 1 to 2 p.m. Youngsters will be thrilled crafting their very own special “Bunny Tail” bag on the Main Deck.

Bunny Treat Map at 2 p.m. Follow the “Bunny Treats” map to collect special treats at participating merchants.

Throughout the afternoon, enjoy tasty bites and sips available for purchase on the Main Deck, featuring Juiced Served Here, Paloma’s Paleta’s and more! There will also be food trucks and live music.

Lido Marina Village is located at 3434 Via Lido, Newport Beach. www.LidoMarinaVillage.com.


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

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Upcoming Events & Workshops 

National Library Week, Continuing through April 15. This year’s theme is Libraries Transform. Enjoy special children’s events at the Central Library and Balboa, Corona del Mar and Mariners branches as well as a full schedule of learning opportunities with business workshops, tech talks, book discussions and more.

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“Assemblages” by local architect/artist Ron Yeo

Assemblages, Continuing through May 26. The Newport Beach City Arts Commission is presenting an exhibition by architect Ron Yeo in the Central Library lobby gallery. The exhibit, titled “Assemblages,” aptly coincides with Earth Month, and features a series of art projects created out of recycled bottle caps, plastic tops, action figures and other assorted objects that Yeo gathered on his morning beach walks. Transitioning from architecture to art, Yeo turned to the collection of bottle caps that he had been saving for many years. Inspired by the urban (junk) art of Patrick Amiot, Kenny Irvin & Schickentzanz, he decided to put them to use by developing this series of art pieces. With his wide variety of caps, he has been able to assemble an interesting blend of colors and patterns in a whimsical display that captivates art lovers both young and old. Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

It’s Your Estate, April 10 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. This annual eight-week series of workshops provides attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning issues so that they can be in charge of their estates during their lifetimes and beyond. This first workshop encompasses an introduction and quiz. Free, but a $10 donation is suggested at the door. Series moderator is Peter Kote, founder of Professional Fiduciary Services, which provides trustee, executor services and charitable counseling for individuals and organizations. He will lead these workshops with the assistance of selected financial experts. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

SCORE Workshop: Develop a Winning Business Plan, April 11 from 6 - 8:45 p.m. A Business Plan is an important document for raising start-up capital, helping you to monitor progress and achieving your goals. The workshop will help you in preparing a realistic plan that will document your vision, goals and strategy. Jim Chamberlain with an MBA, who is a CMA (Certified Management Accountant) of SCORE presents this free workshop. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Let’s Talk Tech – Axis 360 & Overdrive, April 11 from 7 - 8 p.m. Focuses on introductory tutorials for software and services in the Media Lab. Must have a valid library card to attend this free session. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

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“The Twelve Tribes of Hattie” is featured in the Book Discussion Group

Book Discussion Group: The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis, April 11 from 9:15 - 11 a.m. Sessions are free and reservations are not required. Attendance is welcomed, even if you have not read or finished the book. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800. For more information, visit www.nbplfoundation.org.

Magic Show at CdM Branch, April 12 at 3 p.m. Experience the amazing magic of magician Mark Gibson in a National Library Week celebration. It’s a show the whole family will enjoy. Corona del Mar Branch Library, 420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075.

Abbit the Average, April 12 at 3:30 p.m. Celebrate National Library Week with the Comedy Magic & Juggling Variety Show presented by Abbit the Average. Balboa Branch Library, 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076.

Legos

LEGO “Block” Party, April 12 at 3 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOS at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Genealogy Resources 101: Census Records, April 12 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. In addition to providing an insightful window into the life events of both individuals and family groups dating back to 1790, census records can often provide the only documentation about ancestors when no other information exists. This class will explore the type of information found in federal and state census records as well as how to use the information contained within them to further your genealogy research. Registration is required. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Let’s Make Comics, April 13 at 4 p.m. Join comic book artist Javier Hernandez for an interactive workshop that shows kids how to make their own comic book story to take home; for grades 4 - 12. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Balloons

Annie Banannie, Balloon Storyteller, April 15 at 3 p.m. Annie Bannanie’s balloon theater and storytelling will amaze and delight children of all ages. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

AP Test Results Program, April 13 at 7 p.m. Students who attended the March 25 or April 1 AP Practice Tests at the Library can attend this program to view their results, and get free tips and advice for taking the test in the future. Event is free but limited to students and parents of students who took the practice AP tests. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Fabulous Fridays @ 4, April 14 at 4 - 5 p.m. Kick off your weekend with some fun and fabulous stories and crafts. Children ages 4-9 will enjoy listening to engaging stories and creating a special craft to take home. Special Guest: City Council Member Will O’Neill. Central Library Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

It’s Your Estate, April 17 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. This annual eight-week series of workshops provides attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning issues so that they can be in charge of their estates during their lifetimes and beyond. This first workshop encompasses an introduction and quiz. Free, but a $10 donation is suggested at the door. Series moderator is Peter Kote, founder of Professional Fiduciary Services, which provides trustee, executor services and charitable counseling for individuals and organizations. He will lead these workshops with the assistance of selected financial experts. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Board of Library Trustees Meeting, April 17 at 5 p.m. Newport Beach Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Tuesdays @ 2: Ancestry, April 18 from 2 - 4 p.m. Discover methods and resources for conducting genealogy research via the Ancestry Library Edition database. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Let’s Talk Tech, April 18 from 7 - 8 p.m. Focuses on introductory tutorials for software and services in the Media Lab. Staff utilizes tutorials from Lynda.com to present an entry-level overview of a specific topic. This session will present an overview of the online resources and databases available from Newport Beach Public Library that can assist with creating a resume and job searching. Must have a valid library card to attend this free session. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

LEGO “Block” Party, April 19 at 3 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOS at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

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Author Lisa See is the featured speaker at the Gift of Literacy Luncheon

10th Annual Gift of Literacy Author Luncheon with Lisa See, April 21 at 11 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel Newport Beach. Presented by Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy, the luncheon features guest speaker, author Lisa See, who will talk about her newest release, “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.” See, who is the author of New York Times bestsellers, “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,” “Peony in Love,” “Shanghai Girls” and “Dreams of Joy,” is known for immersing her readers in captivating tales, rich in Chinese history and intricate relationships between women.  Advance registration is required. Tickets can be purchased online at www.newportliteracy.org, or by calling Literacy Services at the Newport Beach Public Library, 949.717.3874. Tickets are $95 per person and include a signed hardcopy edition of “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.” Additional books will also be available for purchase and author signing. Held at the Radisson Hotel Newport Beach, located at 4545 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach. For additional information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

It’s Your Estate, April 24 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. This annual eight-week series of workshops provides attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning issues so that they can be in charge of their estates during their lifetimes and beyond. This first workshop encompasses an introduction and quiz. Free, but a $10 donation is suggested at the door. Series moderator is Peter Kote, founder of Professional Fiduciary Services, which provides trustee, executor services and charitable counseling for individuals and organizations. He will lead these workshops with the assistance of selected financial experts. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Medicine in Our Backyard: Dr. Neal Hermanowicz and Dr. Nicolas Phielipp, April 24 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. These physicians will speak about their research in the care and treatment of patients with Parkinson’s disease, dystonias, tremor, Huntington’s disease and other movement disorders. Dr. Hermanowicz is Director, Movement Disorders Program, UC Irvine Health and Vice Chair & Professor, Clinical Affairs, Department of Neurology, UC Irvine School of Medicine. Dr. Phielipp, is Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, UC Irvine School of Medicine. No charge to attend. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Tuesdays @ 2: Proquest Database, April 25 from 2 - 4 p.m. Learn how to access full text articles from scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers, as well as the New York Times and Los Angeles Times Historical collections, using Proquest. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Let’s Talk Tech: Intro to eBranch, April 25 from 7 - 8 p.m. Focuses on introductory tutorials for software and services in the Media Lab. Staff utilizes tutorials from Lynda.com to present an entry-level overview of a specific topic. This session will present an overview of the online resources and databases available from Newport Beach Public Library that can assist with creating a resume and job searching. Must have a valid library card to attend this free session. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

LEGO “Block” Party, April 26 at 3 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOS at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Marcel Duchamp art

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Central Library art lecture series to feature Marcel Duchamp

Beyond the Canvas: Marcel Duchamp, April 26 at 7 p.m. Award-winning professor Jacqueline Hahn will continue this fascinating art lecture series on legendary artists’ lives and artistic movements. Marcel Duchamp was a French, naturalized American painter, sculptor, chess player and writer whose work is associated with Cubism, conceptual art and Dada, although he was careful about his use of the term Dada and was not directly associated with Dada groups. Duchamp is commonly regarded, along with Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, as one of the three artists who helped to define the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts in the opening decades of the 20th century, responsible for significant developments in painting and sculpture. Duchamp has had an immense impact on 20th-century and 21st-century art. By World War I, he had rejected the work of many of his fellow artists (like Henri Matisse) as “retinal” art, intended only to please the eye. Instead, Duchamp wanted to put art back in the service of the mind. This event is free; seating is first come, first served. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Genealogy Resources 102: Vital Records, April 26 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Vital records and their substitutes contain a wide variety of useful information beyond birth, marriage, and death dates and locations.  Through this class participants will discover the value of the information found in birth, marriage, and death records; the best strategic order in which to obtain vital records; and how to use the information contained within them to further your genealogy research. Registration is required. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Isabel Wilkerson

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Isabel Wilkerson

The Witte Lecture Series presents Isabel Wilkerson, April 28 at 7 p.m. and April 29 at 2 p.m. Our Racial Moment of Truth. In this timely lecture, Isabel Wilkerson addresses the persistence of racial injustice as a national challenge and what history can teach us as we work to resolve it. Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for her work as Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times, making her the first black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize and the first African-American to win for individual reporting. She has appeared on national programs such as CBS’ 60 Minutes, NPR’s Fresh Air and PBS› NewsHour and Charlie Rose Show. Tickets, $50 are required. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 949.548.2411. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800. Note: Library closes at 5 p.m. on April 28 to get ready for this event.

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Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.newportkids.org

Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

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

Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

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

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

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

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

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

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

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

www.newportbeachlibrary.org


Police Files

Drug dealer caught in the wee hours Tuesday

On Tuesday at 2:08 a.m., Newport Beach Police officers stopped a vehicle near San Joaquin Hills Road and MacArthur Boulevard.

The driver, Jose Antonio Mata, 19, Santa Ana, was driving without a license and was taken into custody by officers. 

His vehicle was searched and he was found to be have a large quantity of drugs, and was arrested for possession of a controlled substance for sale. In addition, he was charged with vandalism.

Officers also found a drill in the vehicle, and Mata was arrested with possession of a drill with intention of vandalism. His total bail was $20,000. 

Duo arrested for conspiracy and then some

On Wednesday at 6:53 a.m., officers arrested two people on Santiago Drive and Galaxy Drive for conspiracy to commit a crime. 

In addition to the conspiracy charges, Katherine Leigh McGerty, 28, Fullerton, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, possession of narcotics, and possession of prescription drugs without a prescription. 

McGerty and her companion, Erik Randolph Johnson, 34, Fountain Valley, were both charged with possession of burglary tools, receipt of stolen property, and petty theft from a vehicle.

They were booked with bail at $20,000 apiece. 

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


Pet of the Week Dog and Cat print

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

Beatrice

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Animal Shelter

MEET BEATRICE

This little sweetie is a 4-month-old Weimaraner that just wants to run around with her favorite toy, give kisses and jump in your lap. She is spayed, microchipped and up-to-date on vaccines. As a puppy, she will need a few more vaccines in the next couple of months. Beatrice would do best with an active family and a large backyard.

Adoption costs at the shelter:

Dogs - $130

Puppies - $150

Cats - $90

Kittens - $110

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

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

To find out how you can help support the shelter, visit www.nbpd.org and click on “Our Animal Shelter” to view the wish list. They can always use food & treats; new toys; grooming, hygiene & comfort products; as well as laundry soap, dish soap, paper towels, sponges & scrub pads and lint rollers. If you are interested in volunteering, you can fill out and sign the application on the website.


NMUSD is finalist for Learning Impact Award

Newport-Mesa Unified School District has been selected as a finalist for the 2017 Learning Impact Awards. The program recognizes outstanding innovative applications of education technology to address significant challenges facing education. 

As the secondary English Language Arts (ELA) Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) team, Ms. Dana Kahawai and Ms. Ann-Marie Krenik are being highlighted for their innovated implementation of an application that supports students in writing and editing, with in-depth, real-time data. 

To appropriately differentiate instruction and modify the curriculum for teaching writing, teachers need reliable skills-level data on student strengths and deficits. NMUSD uses benchmarking essays to evaluate how writing is taught and track student improvement to make better-informed instructional decisions. However, since the scoring of writing assessment is often a manual and subjective process, the resultant data may be inconsistent and, at times, not fully reflective of student progress. 

“Gone are the days of simple memorization and multiple choice tests; instead, assessments are inquiry-based, and require creative thinking and experimentation,” said Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro. 

Well aware of the needs and challenges posed by assessment scoring, the district implemented Turnitin Revision Assistant to improve student writing and teacher assessments of the writing. Revision Assistant is a cloud-based instructional resource that provides real-time assessments that generate reliable data on writing performance and growth, using district-wide benchmarks. 

In fall 2016, every student in grades 7-12 wrote a narrative essay in response to a Revision Assistant prompt. Staff then loaded the scores into the district’s data storage system. Following that, data analyses were conducted on the scores. Having these normed and objective scores allowed the district to: 

• Enable teachers to employ exemplar essays to norm their essay scoring against the district shared rubrics, resulting in improved consistency in their instructional and grading practices.

• Drive adjustments to the district curriculum and scoring rubrics using data from the district-wide benchmark assessment.

• Help individual teachers identify trends in their instructional practices or recognize individual/group needs and then reteach or adjust instruction for the classroom, groups, or individuals. 

The secondary ELA team will present this initiative to the judging panel at the Learning Impact Leadership Institute in May. Their presentation will consist of a short video, a one-page detailed project flier, discussions and demonstrations. Award winners will be announced at the conclusion of the event, which will take place on May 16 in Denver. 

Created in 2007, the Learning Impact Awards program recognizes outstanding, innovative applications of educational technology and results achieved to address the most significant challenges facing education. 

Winners are selected by a panel of expert evaluators using a series of rubrics to evaluate eight dimensions for improving learning impact, including improving access, affordability and quality of learning.


Newport Beach – A Look Back 

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

A look back 4.10.17

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This is a 1930 aerial of Balboa Island. Population of the Island in those days was just over 100. Today that figure is 4,500 in the winter and ballooning to more than 10,000 in the summer with rental properties.

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


Letter to the Editor:

Former foe comes out against Peotter

I am not participating in this recall with a sense of joy. I’m participating from a sense of duty. I ache for my city. Councilmembers serve at the pleasure of the voters. 

(Scott) Peotter has called some of the most respected members of our community liars, pouters and whiners. This is patently disrespectful and inconsistent with the qualities that make a good leader and public representative. His disrespect for the people he serves does not stop there. The list of his indiscretions and questionable actions is long, well documented and will be splayed out in the weeks to come. The sum of Peotter’s record renders him untrustworthy and unsuitable for office.

Michael Lee Toerge

Corona del Mar


It is a High Time in the Villages Tonight!

By DUNCAN FORGEY

Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, residents living in the west side of Newport Beach were concerned that city government had all but abandoned the historical Villages of Balboa, Lido and the Cannery.It seemed as if the council was distracted by the glitz and glamour and development taking place in Corona del Mar and Newport Coast.   

Balboa was stagnate living beneath the distant dream of a multi-million dollar nautical museum and the Balboa Theater with live music and plays. Marina Park was an eclectic combination of old tennis courts, a beat-up Girl Scout House, trailer park and the American Legion. McFadden‘s Square and the peninsula were thought to be “seedy” or run down by so many of the erudite residents from other parts of the city.

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Early aerial shot where Fashion Island would be developed

Through the years, these three villages had been through multiple concepts andproposals, all rejected or impossible to complete.For instance, the Lido Villageremained virtually empty for decades except for the loyalty of the Lido Village Bookstore, a couple restaurants, and small high-end retail and fashion. The City Hall was to be abandoned for a $100 million project in Fashion Island and lay fallow and sadly empty.

Dreams of a revitalized “old village” with cobblestone streets, inviting storefronts, street fairs and musicians on the corners floated about in the minds of old-timers.Let‘s build a village to reflect our history and heritage was the mantra of many residents in the area.

West Newport was born at the turn of the 19th Century and was the lifeblood of Newport Beach until 1967.With the opening of the 450-acre Fashion Island with Buffum‘s, J.W. Robinson‘s and J.C. Penney, a disastrous trend started. Ever so slowly,the importance of the “villages” diminished.

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The Reuben E. Lee paddlewheeler turned restaurant

Fashion Island‘s retail chains overcame Atkinsons, Bidwells and other fashionable clothiers, followed by the exit of “status” restaurants Dilmans, Karems, The Warehouse, and earlier Berkshire‘s.Quickly, they became ghosts of the past. Five Crowns, Reuben E. Lee, and the Ritz became leaders of a new wave of dining which created a vacuum in the once vibrant villages.

Over time, eating on the west side became associated with its infamous partying reputation.Bike rides and nightly bar hopping promoted Charlie‘s Chili, Steve‘s Original Pizza, Blackies, Sea Shanty, Crab Cooker and Frank Muldoon‘s Stuff T-Shirt more than its finer restaurants.

The Cannery

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An early shot of Western Canners Co. in Cannery Village

In early Newport, Balboa, McFaddenʻs Square, Cannery Village and Lido Village combined to be the financial, political and social engines for over 50 years.It was the blue collar businesses and their families that built asound base upon which our current metropolitan city stands.

Through hard work and heavy risks, rugged old-timers like speculators William S. Collins, Henry E. Huntington, C. L. Lancaster and A.C. Hanson helped build McFadden Square and Balboa.Original lots sold for $40. Within two decades, prices had risen to $600 then trebled to $1,800.Newport Beach real estate showed signs that it was here to stay.Speculation became a watchword among the brave entrepreneurs of early Newport Beach.Jump in now or forever lose your opportunity was the credo. All looked rosy for the villages until the Redondo Beach boom and a great economic downturn sent the prices lower in the first of many real estate recessions.

One of the early explorers of the business district was O.F.Bennra and his fish cannery. With the oceans teeming with fish, Bennra first“canned” them in glass jars.Establishing what was to become Cannery Village, his operations were eventually shut down due to pollution on the Rhine Canal.

Clarence Reed owned a large parcel in the village, built an icehouse and gas station on 30th Street.Kids accompanying their dads to the ice house, got extremely excited listening to the cacophony of metallic sounds, as giant frozen blocks of ice rumbled their way down a long chute to the street.

A Fish Catch

Newport Beach was growing as a fishing, boating, tourism and construction center in Southern California

Newport Lumber Company gave the town independence from domination of Santa Ana after World War I.This was a large boon to business and great revenue earner. Newport Beach was growing as a fishing, boating, tourism and construction center for much of Southern California.It was “blue collar” sweat of the likes of fisherman and Pavilion owner Art Gronsky, wharf contractor William Ledbetter, and boat builder T.R. Ditmar leading the way.

After World War II, a successful young real estate promoter and salesman P.A. “Pappy” Palmer took a virtually empty Lido Isle and successfully sold lots to an incoming generation.These young white collar professionals moved from cities surrounding Los Angeles to enjoy the amenities of Newport Beach, thus giving the city balance. As doctors, lawyers and entrepreneurs moved into town, businesses like Lido Shipyard, Richardʻs Lido Market, Schock Boats and “Pappy” Palmerʻs Newport Balboa Savings and Loan were rewarded with a bustling economy.

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Duncan Forgey, who made his home here in Newport Beach for many years, now resides in Hawaii. He is a monthly contributor to StuNewsNewport.


Segerstrom announces 2017-2018 Jazz Series

Icons, legends and rising stars perform throughout the year in Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ 2017 - 2018 Jazz Series. The season opens this fall with award winners: The Ramsey Lewis Trio paired with Lee Ritenour and Ernie Watts in their Center debut.

Two Cuban jazz stars making their Center debuts infuse a rich Latin sound into the lineup: the Pedrito Martinez Group and the Alfredo Rodriguez Trio. Chick Corea will be joined by Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and its eminent artistic director, Wynton Marsalis. The series will close with a special musical birthday salute to Leonard Bernstein by jazz pianist and keeper of the Bernstein torch, Bill Charlap, who is also making his Center Jazz Series debut. 

Wynton Marsalis

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Courtesy of SCFTA

Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to headline series

Subscriptions to the 2017 - 2018 Jazz Series are $340, and go on sale April 22. Single tickets will go on sale approximately eight weeks prior to individual engagements. Visit the Center’s website, www.SCFTA.org for more information. For inquiries about group ticket discounts, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.


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.SpirtofNB.org.

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


Golden Foodie Awards announces exciting plans

Now in its sixth year, the Golden Foodie Awards is an incredible event that honors the Best Chefs, Libations and Cuisine of chef-driven and independent restaurants throughout Orange County. There are some very special things planned for the 2017 Golden Foodies, which is themed, “Garden of Wonder Speak-Easy.”

Golden Foodie Awards

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The awards are moving to the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa in Fashion Island. The hotel will host the pre-party in the Rose Garden that overlooks Newport Beach Country Club. From there, the ballroom will hold the awards ceremony, and the after-party is going to take place indoors on the hotel premises.

They have partnered with the accounting firm of Moss Adams, who will govern the votes and create the winner envelopes; this transparency should be well received.

This is the “People’s Choice Food Awards,” so you in the Orange County community can vote for who is the Best! Voting this year will take place August 6 - 20.

The 2017 Categories include:

Bartender of the Year

Best Wine Program

Best Beer Program

Best Bar Program

Best New Restaurant

Best Lunch Spot in Orange County

Best Brunch in Orange County

Rising Star Chef of the Year

Favorite Food Influencer in Orange County

Outstanding Community Service

Restaurant of the Year

Best Dessert Menu in Orange County

Best Entrée in Orange County

Best Service Award

Chef of the Year

Pastry Chef of the Year

Lifetime Achievement Award

For more information, visit http://www.goldenfoodieawards.com.


Get, stay connected at Newport Chamber luncheon

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce invites you to their upcoming Networking Luncheon Speaker Series taking place on Wednesday, April 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club.

Kimberly Gerber

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Marketing expert Kimberly Gerber is the featured networking luncheon speaker

The featured guest speaker is Kimberly Gerber, who will share how to brand your brilliance, why networking results are unpredictable, and how to leverage your style to make networking easy, predictable and successful. Participants will also learn how to avoid three common mistakes business men and women make that keep them for profiting from networking efforts and find out one secret that will set themselves apart from everyone else. Gerber brings a rich background as a marketing director for world-class companies such as Starbucks, and 14 years as a successful entrepreneur, bringing to the stage a refreshing blend of keen insight, honesty and practical wisdom.

Come meet with fellow Chamber members and business professionals, and leave with contacts for your future professional success.

Cost: Members with reservations, $30; Members at the door, $35; and Potential members, $35. The event includes lunch and free parking. Register at www.NewportBeach.com. For more information, contact Chamber Membership Services Director Pam Smith at 949.729.4411, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club is located at 1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Big Canyon golfers shine at the Masters golf championship

TomJohnson

I spent the past weekend like many watching the Masters from Augusta, one of golf’s four major championships, on television.

Like most, I was cheering for Jordan Speith, who has become golf’s biggest name, and a young Spaniard from Arizona State named Jon Rahm. Both highlight my fantasy golf league team.

That being said, the representation from Newport Beach didn’t disappoint. Two players, amateur Stewart Hagestad and longtime golf great Fred Couples, both with Big Canyon Country Club ties, were trying to accomplish their own golf glory.

Hagestad grew up in Orange County and attended college at USC. He qualified for the Masters following his win in the USGA Mid-Amateur last September in Pennsylvania. A match play event, Hagestad was four down with five to play, but rallied and eventually won on the first hole of sudden death.

He headed to Augusta as a long shot. No amateur had ever even made the 36-hole cut at Augusta with the Mid-Am as their qualifier. Never. 

Hagestad proved all doubters wrong. After surviving the huge winds of Thursday and Friday, Hagestad made the cut shooting 74-73. Considering the conditions, that was a very good score. 

He didn’t stop there. With rounds of 74-73 over the weekend, Hagestad held off a Sunday charge from his closest amateur foe, Curtis Luck of Australia. At one point, Luck birdied four straight holes on the back nine, only to have Hagestad respond with birdies at 13 and 14 to take the low amateur honors at +6, with Luck three shots back at +9.

When late Sunday afternoon rolled around Hagestad had finished as the top amateur, an accomplishment that got him a trip to Butler Cabin and an interview with broadcaster Jim Nantz.

Hagestad it would seem, accomplished his dreams. His future is bright at 25 years old as he’ll continue his amateur career playing in such events as the U.S. Amateur, the Western Amateur, the British Amateur and likely, as a member of the U.S. Walker Cup team.

Does it get any better?

Couples, on the other hand, is a more recent Big Canyon resident. Twenty-five years ago Freddie won the Masters. He was now back at 57 years old. Most know he plays on the Champions Tour and his best days are behind him.

However, when Couples plays in Augusta, magic often follows. He opened the first two days under par and to the delight of many was a highlight on the leaderboard. 

On the weekend, Couples began to fade and missed shots he’d made earlier in the week. He finished 74-72 for a +1 289. Still, Couples finished tied 18th, not bad against a bunch of 20-something bombers.

As I’ve pointed out more than once in this column, golf is alive and well in Newport Beach.

I thank my dad, Bill Johnson, almost everyday for introducing me to golf as a kid. 

Do me a favor, take your kids out to a range and hit some balls. It’s truly a game that lasts a lifetime.


ENC to present 12th Annual Spring Faire

The Environmental Nature Center’s will hold its 12th Annual Spring Faire and Butterfly House Opening on Sunday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Faire will feature a Youth Art Show, native plant sale, crafts, face painting, sing alongs with local performers, nature games, live native animals, and delicious food and beverages from local restaurants. More than 3,000 people are expected to attend.

Monarch on Milkweed

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A monarch butterfly on milkweed

Orange County’s only butterfly house will re-open at the Spring Faire. Visitors can observe native butterflies interacting with locally native host and nectar plants. Native plants will be available for sale. Native plants draw butterflies and birds, save water, reduce pesticide use and showcase color throughout the year.

Attendees can experience dishes and beverages that local restaurants will offer at ENC’s “Savor OC”. Confirmed restaurants include Damasq Café, Rita’s ice Custard Happiness, Kean Coffee, Sensitive Sweets, White House Catering, Pie-Not, Three Seventy Common Kitchen + Drink and Al’s New York Café. Local restaurants and catering companies are encouraged and invited to participate.

Guests can also purchase a reusable ENC bag for $5, their ticket to the Craft Crawl presented by Girl Scout Troop 2917. This year’s crafts feature endangered wildlife from California, such as Salt Marsh Bird’s Beak, San Mateo Thorn Mint, the Green Sea Turtle, Northern Spotted Owl, the Wolverine and the El Segundo Blue Butterfly.

Children ages 4 - 18 will exhibit their art at the Youth Art Showcase. This year’s theme is “Creativity and Climate Change.” Prizes provided by Art Supply Warehouse, Saddleback College Fashion Program, and the ENC’s Nature’s Gifts store will be awarded to first, second and third place winners in four age categories.

Kids magnifying

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Youngsters take a closer look at ENC wildlife

At 10:45 a.m., the Young Singers of Orange County will perform on the Fire Circle Stage. At 12:45 p.m., guests can enjoy a live Bird of Prey presentation. At 11:15 a.m. and 1:45 p.m., children can sing along with Save the Queen Green. The Metropolitan Water District will also conduct a presentation on California’s drought.

Face painters will paint butterflies and caterpillars on participants’ faces, and henna artists will create beautiful designs on hands and feet. Fees from these attractions will benefit the ENC’s environmental education programs.

Live hawks and owls from the OC Bird of Prey Center and a variety of arthropods, courtesy of Francisco the Bug Guy, will also be on display.

For more information, call 949.645.8489, ext. 103, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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


City prepares CDBG amendments for future discussion

The City of Newport Beach participates in the Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program that is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The program funds can be used for a wide variety of programs, services and facility improvements to benefit low- and moderate-income residents, aid in the prevention of neighborhood deterioration, and meet urgent community development needs due to natural disasters. 

Federal regulations require the City to prepare a Five-Year Consolidated Plan (Con Plan) and one-year Action Plans to establish long- and short-range strategies, projects and programs to address priority needs in housing, homelessness, community development, and economic development on input from citizens and community groups.

The City has prepared a draft amendment of the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan to modify existing and establish new priorities for the use of CDBG grant funds. Additionally, the City has prepared a draft amendment to the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 Action Plans to cancel several projects and recognize program income received during the 2016-2017 program year. 

The City has also prepared a draft Action Plan for the upcoming 2017-2018 program year that will begin July 1, 2017, in anticipation of receiving an allocation of approximately $359,743 from the Federal government. Additionally, the draft Action Plan reprograms $1,227,288 from prior program years and program income received during the 2016-2017 program year.

The draft Con Plan amendment, draft Action Plan amendments, and the draft 2017-2018 Action Plan will be considered by the City Council at a public hearing on Tuesday, May 9, at 7 p.m., in the City Council Chambers at 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach. 

The draft documents can be accessed at the City’s website at  http://www.newportbeachca.gov or at City Hall and the Central Library.

For further information about the City’s CDBG program, proposed amendments or the proposed 2017-2018 Action Plan, contact James Campbell, principal planner, 949.644.3210, or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


City accepting applications for event funding

The City of Newport Beach is accepting applications from community and non-profit event organizers seeking financial support for their Newport Beach-based events occurring between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. The special event support grants program enables community event organizers to apply for funding to help cover some of the costs associated with hosting an event in Newport Beach.

The process is competitive as the City has a limited amount of funding set aside for the grants and typically receives more applications and/or requests for event sponsorship amounts in excess of what it can provide.

For more information about the program and to apply online, event organizers are encouraged to visit www.newportbeachca.gov/specialeventsupport. The application deadline is Friday, May 5 at 4 p.m.


Cheese takes over Wednesdays at SideDoor

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SideDoor dining establishment in Corona del Mar is hailed for its award-winning cheese and charcuterie selections, so it’s only fitting to dedicate one evening a month to highlight boutique creameries and specialty cheeses.

Monthly, beginning this Wednesday, April 12, SideDoor will embrace a full “cheese takeover” showcasing a select portfolio of artisanal cheeses from BY George Creamery of southern Oregon.

SideDoor’s own certified expert and cheese monger, Tracy Nelsen, will be on hand at each takeover to educate diners on the various cheeses presented. The featured cheeses will also find their way into select SideDoor menu items for that evening only. A different creamery will be featured monthly.

This Wednesday, enjoy these varieties:

Swisskiyou, a nutty firm alpine style

Dutchman’s Peak, a silky textured Tomme style

Fromage Blanc: herby and versatile

Buncome Brie: a delicate pillow of cheese swimming in liquid gold

Gra-na-na-na: a slow aged beautiful Grana style

The cheeses will be featured at 4:30 p.m., and continue to be served until they run out. Cost: A five-piece cheese board is $28.

For more information, call 949.717.4322; seating is open. Visit http://sidedoorcdm.com.

SideDoor, Corona del Mar’s first and only English gastropub is located at 3801 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.


Bridal Open House at Sherman Library

A Bridal Open House is coming to Sherman Library & Gardens on April 23 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

You are invited to stop by the Gardens for wine, champagne, hors d’oeuvres and a chance to mingle with the best in the wedding industry. Meet the experienced Private Events Staff along with some of the preferred wedding vendors who will help make your wedding day memorable. Advanced registration is required. The event is free of charge. Sign up at the website. For more information, call 949.673.2261. www.slgardens.org

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

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Alzheimer’s OC gala raises nearly $400,000

Alzheimer’s Orange County (AOC), Orange County’s leading provider of Alzheimer’s and dementia support services, held its 19th annual gala on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Pelican Hill Golf Pavilion. The gala, themed “Care Support Cure” – a summary of AOC’s three critical mission points – drew a crowd of nearly 300 of AOC’s most ardent supporters, and raised a record- breaking $387,822 for the organization. 

Antis and McAleer

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(L-R): Charles Antis, Antis Roofing & Waterproofing of Irvine and Jim McAleer, AOC’s CEO and president

The gala, produced by EliteOC Productions, began with a cocktail hour overlooking the rolling hills of the Pelican Hill golf course, followed by a dinner and program inside of a transformed tent that was adorned with elegant décor and chandeliers suspended from the air. Guests participated in silent auctions via mobile bidding, and live and fund-a-need auctions during the program, generating thousands in proceeds. With 100 percent of all funds raised staying in Orange County, AOC is able to direct all funds toward its no-cost care and support programs and services, as well as expand its direct care services – like its new adult day health care centers – to provide additional support for the 84,000 local residents who are currently battling Alzheimer’s disease and other related forms of dementia.

“The success of this year’s gala is a reflection of the community’s unwavering support of our organization,” said Jim McAleer, AOC’s CEO and president. “The funds raised will allow us to continue our pursuit of new initiatives that will provide even more support to those affected by Alzheimer’s in Orange County, and will truly transform the lives of the families we serve.”

Special guest speaker Kim Campbell, wife of legendary country music star Glen Campbell, delivered poignant remarks about her role as her husband’s caregiver, and voiced the need for more community organizations like AOC that provide critical support for those affected by the disease. American Idol alumni Shaun Barrowes debuted a new music video for his song, “If You Save Me.” The video was specially produced for AOC, and a portion of proceeds from sales of the song will benefit the organization.

During the program, the following people and organizations were recognized for their outstanding support of AOC throughout the years:

Corporate Partner Honoree: Charles Antis, Antis Roofing & Waterproofing

Philanthropy Partner Honoree: Judicate West

Volunteer Partner Honoree: Michael Lancaster and Frank Carfioli

Advancement in Science Honoree: Wayne Poon, Ph.D.

More information about the honorees can be found at http://bit.ly/2nxyk8O.

Alzheimer’s Orange County provides programs and services, free of charge, to Orange County residents with Alzheimer’s and related dementia disorders, their families, caregivers and the community. For more information, visit www.alzoc.org.


NMUSD school bus drivers best of the bunch

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) school bus drivers Ricardo Sandoval, Juliann Scheafer and Jason Greenberg win top honors at the 57th annual Orange County School Bus Roadeo, which attracted nearly 100 drivers.

Sandoval, who has been a school bus driver with NMUSD for four years, won first place in the county and first place overall. Scheafer was awarded third place. As a team, Ricardo, Juliann and Jason placed first countywide.

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(L-R): Ricardo Sandoval, Juliann Scheafer, Jason Greenberg

NMUSD school bus drivers have been competing in the Roadeo, on and off, since 1991, and have amassed 18 first place individual wins and seven team wins at the county level.

School Bus Safety Roadeos are held across the United States and require drivers to pass a written test prior to competing in the seven behind the wheel events. The emphasis throughout the competition is safety and by design, increases safety awareness. 

Various Roadeos occur throughout California, leading up to the statewide competition. Drivers that perform well at the state level are invited to compete at the International Roadeo competition. Last year, NMUSD bus driver Victor Garza was awarded first place at the International Roadeo. Part of NMUSD’s success in the Roadeo can be attributed to the rigorous training program, ongoing education and testing that takes place within the district. 

“Everything we do, all of the training, all of the testing is to increase safety. We want parents to know that we have some of the best drivers in the state,” said NMUSD Transportation Operations Supervisor Norm Turner.


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.

Ellis Island

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Ellis Island | Continuing through April 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.

Gossamer | Continuing through April 9, Ticket prices and performance times vary. What are dreams? For a troubled real-world boy named John, they’re bits and pieces of happy memories that erase his terrible nightmares. But he never sees the dream-givers, the fantastical creatures who gather memories and whisper them into the ears of those who need them most. Littlest One is a new dream-giver, and John is her first human. She must remember to be very quiet and not flutter! But can she gather enough happy memories before the nightmares take over John’s world? A fanciful-and haunting-story from the boundless imagination of two-time Newbery winner Lois Lowry.

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

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

Shen Yun

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Shen Yun returns to Segerstrom Hall

Shen Yun: Connecting Heaven & Earth | Continuing through April 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.

The Easter Bunny Arrives at Fashion Island | Continuing through 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 | Continuing through 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, 714.556.2787, www.scr.org

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

How the Other Half Lives | Continuing through 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.

Finding Dory

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.

Ellis Island: An American Dream | April 9 at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $22. This program dives deeper into Peter Boyer’s stirring work, which celebrates the hopes and fears of immigrants who arrived at Ellis Island in search of a utopian dream. This concert is part of Pacific Symphony’s American Composers Festival 2017.

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

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

A Doll’s House, Part 2 | April 9 - 30. In the final scene of Ibsen’s classic A Doll’s House, Nora makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children. A door slams. The curtain falls on a stunned audience. Lucas Hnath continues Nora’s story in this intriguing play with a decidedly modern perspective. Fifteen years have passed when there’s a knock on that same door. Why is Nora back – and what will her return mean to those she left behind?

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

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

Legends Bollywood Dance Championship | April 15 at 5 p.m. Tickets start at $27. Legends Bollywood Dance Championship is the official Bollywood dance championship of Desi Dance Network! Teams at Legends have competed at qualifying competitions from November 2016 to March 2017 for a chance to dance on the grandest stage of them all. Join in cheering on the nine best Bollywood teams from across the nation as they dance off for the title of the first Legends Champion.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Traditional Easter Brunch at The Resort at Pelican Hill | April 16 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Let the little ones delight in an Easter egg hunt and visits with the Easter Bunny, all amid vast Pacific Ocean panoramas. In Mar Vista’s grand ballroom, Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Dubray presents traditional brunch favorites, accented with California and Tuscan flavors. Cost: $128 per adult, $60 per child ages 5 - 12 and complimentary for children under the age of 5. (Excludes tax and service charge.)

Contact: The Resort at Pelican Hill, 855.315.8214, www.pelicanhill.com

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

Easter Bunny Back Bay

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Easter Bunny to hop into Back Bay Bistro | April 16 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Back Bay Bistro celebrates the holiday in style with an elaborate Easter Brunch highlighted by a special visit from the Easter Bunny from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Cost: Adults, $79 includes bottomless Champagne and Mimosas; Children (ages 12 and under), $38. Photos with the Easter Bunny are free!

Contact: Back Bay Bistro, 949.729.1144, www.newportdunes.com/bistro 

Back Bay Bistro at Newport Dunes Resort & Marina is located at 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.

Bach’s St. John Passion | April 19 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $30. Composed for Good Friday Vespers in Leipzig in 1724, Bach’s St. John Passion is one of Bach’s most extravagant and dramatic masterworks, depicting the trial and execution of Jesus, drawing from the Gospel of John interspersed with arias and hymns. Since their inception, a particular focus of the International Bach Academy Stuttgart Chorus and Orchestra has been the interpretation of the vocal works of Johann Sebastian Bach. The International Bach Academy Stuttgart Chorus and Orchestra have performed at numerous festivals, including the Salzburg Festival, Lucerne Festival and the Prague Spring International Music Festival.

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

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

Yoga Play | April 19 - 30, Ticket prices and performance times vary. Joan has been hired to stabilize Jojomon, a yoga apparel giant, after its CEO is brought down by a fat-shaming scandal. But just as she finds her stride, more trouble surfaces and sales plummet. Joan comes up with a plan so risky that it could make or break the company and her career – and what it requires from her CFO, Raj, is far beyond the call of duty. This sharp comedy asks what it takes to find your own authenticity in a world determined to sell enlightenment.

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

Nicholas Studio, South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Newport Beach Film Festival

Newport Beach Film Festival | April 20 - 27, Times vary. Celebrated as one of the leading lifestyle film festivals in the U.S., it seeks to bring to Orange County the best of classic and contemporary film-making from around the world. This eight-day event showcases a diverse collection of studio and independent films as well as a Family Film Series that gives filmgoers of all ages the chance to enjoy the festival, along with nightly galas. The festival provides a unique opportunity for attendees to learn more about the directors, actors and producers behind the films. Guests also get the chance to see what may become next year’s Oscar picks and tomorrow’s classics before they’re screened anywhere else!

Contact: Newport Beach Film Festival, 949.253.2880, www.newportbeachfilmfest.com 

Takes place at cinemas and venues throughout Newport Beach.

Taj Express

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Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue

Taj Express | April 21-22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $29. Taj Express explodes with the sounds of India and Bollywood, capturing the vibrant, expressive spirit of the world of Bollywood movies that have been entertaining billions of people in India for generations. Through a fusion of film, dance and music, this dazzling international sensation takes audiences on a live cinematic journey through modern Indian culture and society. The production is a high-energy celebration of new India’s pop music, Bollywood culture, and deep traditions featuring colorful costumes, joyful dance, and thrilling live music.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Hilty & Stokes Mitchell “Smashing Broadway” | April 21-22 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35. With stunning voices and booming Broadway careers, award-winning Broadway superstars Megan Hilty and Brian Stokes Mitchell bring fresh insight to a program of Broadway hits and unforgettable melodies that have become timeless standards – including music from Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and George Gershwin – all backed by the lush sound of Pacific Symphony. When Megan Hilty and Brian Stokes Mitchell headlined the LA Philharmonic’s opening night gala this season with a similar program, they received rave reviews.

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

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

Pacific Playwrights Festival | April 21 - 23. Presenting seven new plays in staged readings and full productions during a three-day period. Audiences consist of local playgoers and representatives from theaters nationwide.

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

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

Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey | April 22 and 23 with performances at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Lightwire Theater presents this cosmic adventure about celebrating differences. What Marvin the mouse wants most is to be popular, but the “cool” rats think he’s a geek and call him a loser. Join Marvin as he blasts off in a homemade rocket and lands on the moon where he meets strange creatures, learns of infinite peril and experiences awesome beauty. Find out if Marvin’s cosmic adventure will ultimately make his dreams of acceptance come true! Combining dance, puppetry and traditional theater, this production features more than 40 delightful characters brought to life by electro-luminescent wires to create a dazzling 3D experience.

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Lila Downs

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Lila Downs

Lila Downs with Monsieur Perine | April 23 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $29. Known for her soaring emotive voice and compelling stage presence, world renown Mexican American singer, Lila Downs’ music is highly innovative and distinctive. The multiple Grammy-Award winning artist blends traditional Mexican, Latin and Mesoamerican music with a broad range of other musical influences to create a vibrant, dramatic and culturally rich performance.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

An American in Paris

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An American in Paris – Nick Spangler and the An American in Paris Touring Company

An American in Paris | April 25 - May 7, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29. The new Tony Award®-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award®-winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2014/15 season.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Steve Tyrell

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Steve Tyrell to perform classics from the Great American Songbook

Steve Tyrell | April 27 - 29 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $79. Steve Tyrell’s legendary career has brought him acclaim as a songwriter and a Grammy-winning record producer, but Center audiences know him best as one of today’s most uniquely gifted vocalists. Tyrell returns to the Cabaret Series with his acclaimed show, “A New Standard,” featuring his iconic performances of classics from the Great American Songbook, including tunes by Burt Bacharach & Hal David, Sammy Cahn, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, and many more.

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Magic of Chopin | April 27 - 29 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Two of Canada’s brightest classical music stars perform a program that celebrates the spirit of France. Mozart composed his Symphony No. 31 specifically to please and impress Parisian audiences. Chopin called “The City of Lights” home for most of his adult life, and Debussy and Ravel are two of France’s greatest composers. BBC Music Magazine commented on Louis Lortie’s gifts as an interpreter of Chopin: “Lortie is a model Chopinist: eloquent but never sentimental, elegant without ever sounding effete, dramatic but never exaggerated, harmonically luminous, structurally immaculate – and surprising.” Louis Lortie on piano with Pacific Symphony. Preview talk with host Alan Chapman at 7 p.m.

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

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

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70th Annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race | April 28 - 30 beginning at 11 a.m. This 125-mile overnight race provides the perfect mix of fun and adventure as racers decide whether to head off-shore for stronger winds or to sail the rhumb line towards the finish. With more than 50 trophy categories and numerous classes for monohulls, multihulls and cruisers, the opportunity to “take home the silver” makes this race appealing to all levels of participants. Anticipated is a fleet of 225 yachts. The fastest monohull entered so far this year is Roy Disney’s SC 70 Pyewacket. Returning ORCA winner Bill Gibb’s “Wahoo” will also be back. Spectators can view the race start from a variety of vantage points.

Contact: www.newporttoensenada.com

Balboa Pier, 1 Balboa Pier, Newport Beach.

Carnival of the Animals | April 29 at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Tickets start at $12. Pacific Symphony brings a zoo to musical life with the Bob Brown Puppets and a narrator to tell the story. Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Carnival of the Animals” features each animal in its own descriptive song, from the royal march of the stately lions, to hippity-hopping kangaroos, lumbering elephants, a gracefully swimming swan and more. Robert Kalia, conductor.  

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

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

Painting Class – Easter Basket with Flowers | April 29 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join local artist Erin Houghton as she teaches you how to see and paint color and simple shapes. This class is designed for all levels of painter and non-painter. Houghton’s teaching style is fun and relaxed with a motto of, “if you can color, you can paint.” Each participant will take home their own charming painting, so grab your friends and come paint in the Gardens. Space is limited to 12 people and pre-registration is required.

Sign up at the website. Cost: Friends, $35; Non-Members, $45. 

Contact: 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org.

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

Kids Community Peaceful Painting Workshop | April 29 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Join local artist Stacey Fetterman as she provides a space for children to create, play and tap into the magic within and around us. Children will practice slowing down and pausing for peace as they connect to their inner landscape and the outer landscape of the Gardens, finding inspiration inside and out. Together they will playfully explore techniques that embrace the process of painting and creating art from the heart. In this class, there are no mistakes! Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Suggested for youth ages 8-14. Sign up at the website. Suggested donation: $40. 

Contact: 949.673.2261, or email Stacy Fetterman: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

www.slgardens.org.

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

Organ Recital: Monte Maxwell | April 30 at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $10. The U.S. Naval Academy’s Chapel organist Monte Maxwell has played for diplomats and national leaders from around the world, and now he performs for you. Hear this outstanding virtuoso on a wide-ranging program from Baroque and beyond.

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

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


Yeo’s urban junk art featured at Central Library

Newport Beach City Arts Commission is presenting an exhibition by architect Ron Yeo in the Central Library lobby gallery from April 3 - May 26. 

The exhibit, titled “Assemblages,” aptly coincides with Earth Month, and features a series of art projects created out of recycled bottle caps, plastic tops, action figures and other assorted objects that Yeo gathered on his morning beach walks.

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A native Californian, Yeo and his wife have lived in Corona del Mar for the past 53 years. His architectural practice, known for environmentally friendly custom home and nature and interpretive centers, designed such buildings as the earth-sheltered Back Bay Muth Center, the Back Bay Science Center and the Newport Theater Arts Center.

Transitioning from architecture to art, Ron turned to the collection of bottle caps that he had been saving for many years. Inspired by the urban (junk) art of Patrick Amiot, Kenny Irvin & Schickentzanz, he decided to put them to use by developing this series of art pieces. With his wide variety of caps, he has been able to assemble an interesting blend of colors and patterns in a whimsical display that captivates art lovers both young and old.

Assemblage

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More information about cultural arts programs in the City of Newport Beach can be found on the City’s Cultural Arts webpage at www.newportbeachca.gov/CulturalArts.


Sphere 112 dedication planned for April 11

A special dedication ceremony for “Sphere 112 by artist Ivan McLean, to the City of Newport Beach by the Newport Beach Arts Foundation will be held on Tue., April 11 at 9 a.m.

The public is invited to attend the dedication ceremony and reception, which will be held in the Civic Center Park, at the site where “Sphere 112” is located, on the north end of the park, across San Miguel. McLean will attend the ceremony. 

The Foundation purchased “Sphere 112” using funds raised at their annual Art in the Park Event and donations by citizens. “Sphere 112” was voted “most popular” by those who attended the Inaugural Opening Ceremony of the Civic Center Sculpture Exhibit in September 2014. 

Sphere 112

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“Sphere 112” by artist Ivan McLean to be dedicated to the city


New Directions for Women raises $350,000 with a little help from their friends

On March 27, nearly 300 New Directions for Women (NDFW) supporters gathered at Newport Beach Country Club for its 9th Annual Circle of Life Breakfast. 

The event highlighted the critical work of the nonprofit (celebrating its 40th anniversary this year), honored those who continue to help NDFW advance its mission and raised more than $350,000 (thanks to an anonymous match) to continue funding care and providing scholarships for women, their children and families in need of drug and alcohol treatment.

New Directions for Women

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Carole Pickup, supporter and New Directions for Women Foundation Board Member


Miss California and local chef to host So. California Hospice Foundation Golf Tournament reception

The Southern California Hospice Foundation (SCHF), a nonprofit dedicated to helping enhance the quality of life for terminally ill patients, will host the 10th Annual Life. Links. Love. Charity Golf Tournament at the prestigious Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Beach on Wed., April 19. A post-tournament reception will be hosted by special guests and friends of SCHF – Miss California 2016 Jessa Carmack and Island Hotel Newport Beach Executive Chef David Man. A poignant highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Medal of Bravery, honoring a very special family in memory of their daughter, Ashley.

“We are proud that our golf tournaments have raised critically needed funds that directly impact the lives of the patients we serve,” said Michelle Wulfestieg, executive director of The Southern California Hospice Foundation. “As we prepare for the 10th anniversary of our golf tournament, and are in the midst of our 15th year of service, we are so grateful to our participants, sponsors and supporters for assisting us as we continue to celebrate life and enhance the final journey of children and adults at the end-of-life.”

Pelican Hill

Here’s the back story: In June 2016, SCHF teamed up with the Island Hotel Newport Beach to create a spectacular birthday VIP cooking experience for 13-year-old Ashley Antunez as her last birthday wish. Ashley, who had always dreamed of being a chef, was thrilled when Chef Man and his team prepared a fabulous private food demonstration and exquisite meal which included a very special birthday cake. Ashley passed away from acute myelogenous leukemia soon after her party, but she left a lasting impression on Chef Man. Incredibly touched by his time with this remarkable teenager, he, a longtime supporter of SCHF, will honor the Antunez family with the Medal of Bravery, given annually by SCHF to a patient or family who demonstrates exemplary bravery despite overwhelming circumstances.

“Giving my time and services toward a cause is worth more and has a greater impact than the dollar bill,” said David Man. “No words can describe the feelings of being able to help make a child’s dream come true. It put things in my life in perspective.”

The Miss California organization has generously supported the annual golf tournament and SCHF’s mission for the past three years. Jessa Carmack, who holds the 2016 Miss California title, will represent the organization at the reception, joining Chef Man to cheer on the golfers and host the evening affair. Carmack, a devoted advocate for healthy living, is especially proud to lend her support to an organization dedicated to the well-being and comfort of its patients.

All proceeds from the tournament will benefit SCHF. The day will begin at 8 a.m. with registration, a continental breakfast and putting contest, followed by a shotgun start at 10 a.m. The tournament will conclude with a hosted 19th Hole happy hour, silent auction and an appearance by the Anaheim Angels Strike Force. Beginning at 5 p.m., guests will enjoy the special reception and awards ceremony, dinner, live auction and opportunity drawing. The public is invited to attend the reception and tickets are still available.

This year, the Foundation celebrates 15 years of changing the way dying people live, offering invaluable assistance to patients each year through its Children’s Supportive Care services, Angel Assistance and Community Outreach Programs.

Founded by Companion Hospice in 2002, SCHF assists both children and adults with needs that lie outside of the hospice benefit, such as helping with food, transportation, utility bills and granting final wishes.

The tournament is sold out, but sponsorship packages for the Life. Links. Love. Annual Charity Golf Tournament are still available and range from $1,000 to $20,000. Dinner tickets are $200.

For more information, 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.


Mayor’s Egg Roll to highlight Civic Center fun

Easter Bunny

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The City of Newport Beach Recreation and Senior Services Department is hosting the third Annual Mayor’s Egg Roll on Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., at the Newport Beach Civic Center. The event is free and open to the public. 

Community members of all ages are invited to join Mayor Kevin Muldoon for some springtime fun on the Civic Green. City staff will coordinate various races and games and, most importantly, egg races across the lawn. There will be photo opportunities with the Civic Center bunnies and attendees can enjoy bounce houses, face painting, train rides, popcorn, cotton candy and spring goodie bags, while supplies last. 

The Newport Beach Civic Center is located at 100 Civic Center Drive. There is ample, free parking available. 

For event information, contact the Recreation and Senior Services Department at 949.644.3151.


Letters to the Editor:

Time for Councilman Peotter to Go

Like many of my neighbors, I have been appalled by the changes in our city council during the past two years. Rather than focusing on the quality of life, parks and open space for our kids, replacement of aging facilities and sound fiscal management, we see council members injecting themselves into national issues, using tax resources to reward their contributors and injecting a coarseness in our public discussion that never existed before.

No one more embodies these changes than Councilmember Scott Peotter. He has insulted his colleagues, insulted leading residents who disagree with him, and has blatantly disregarded our laws regarding campaign contribution limits, disclosure of closed session information, campaign reporting and the use of the city seal.

He has been the leader and instigator in making our city government more partisan. For example, he changed the rules so that his political allies could serve on the city finance committee. This led to the appointment of his political friend and convicted felony embezzler Jack Wu to the committee.

Normally, I would be willing to wait until the next election to address Peotter’s record. But the costs are simply too high to wait. This year he is proposing several items that would have long term financial consequences to our city. For example, selling the old City Hall property would eliminate a long term Tidelands revenue source that would fund public improvements for generations, much like the long time lease for the Balboa Bay Resort. Peotter wants to cut our libraries, fire stations and community centers. This will cause these projects to cost much more in the future. Two more budget cycles and two more rounds of commissioner appointments are too much for me.

What really put me over the top however was how Peotter reacted to the Museum House project. Not only did he vote for this project twice, but he conspired to place in the petition more than 3,700 unnecessary pages to try to frustrate the people’s right to petition the government. Even after 14,000 signatures were submitted he refused to rescind the project and engaged in a round of insults and name calling against the citizens leading this effort. We should demand more from our councilmembers.

Recalling Scott Peotter now will help restore civility, focus the council on city issues and allow us to move our city forward in a spirit of community. Visit www.recallscottpeotter.com.

Georgia Foell

Newport Beach

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A recent settlement by the city (taxpayers) paying over $202,000 to resident Kent Moore’s lawyer is appalling. 

His case involved seeking public documents regarding alleged misdeeds during a trip sponsored by the Newport Beach Sister City Association and minor children in 2010 to Antibes, France.

Moore was frustrated at every turn. At one point the city claimed they couldn’t find the records due to migration to the Taj Mahal from the old city hall site. 

The “dog-ate-my-homework” excuse didn’t satisfy Moore.

He got fed up and rightfully hired a lawyer. The city played cat-and-mouse forcing Moore’s lawyer to file a lawsuit. The city should have produced the documents years ago instead of letting the meter run.

I credit the current council with stopping the clock and cutting our losses. 

Taxpayers should demand our $347,000 per year city manager Dave Kiff and $321,000 per year city attorney Aaron Harp pay the $202,000 settlement.

Bob McCaffrey

Volunteer Chairman, Residents for Reform

Balboa Island


Kewpies are in the air at Balboa Island Museum

Kewpies were one of the first mass-produced toys in the world. These grinning baby dolls with the funny little tufts of hair and chubby cheeks were created by self-taught artist Rose O’Neill, and were initially conceptualized as a cartoon intended for a comic strip in 1909. According to O’Neill, “The idea grew from a baby brother when I was a little girl. I made drawings of him while I played with him. All his little looks and gestures came out later in the Kewpie.”

Kewpie doll

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A collection of Kewpie dolls and memorabilia is now on display at the Balboa Island Museum located on Marine Avenue. Come take a walk down memory lane or discover Kewpie for the first time. You are sure to be delighted! A recent visitor at the Museum shared his Kewpie memory. “When I was courting my wife of almost 45 years, we had a wonderful day and evening together in San Francisco. The next morning, I planned a day to go to Santa Cruz to the Boardwalk. I announced to her with glee in the morning, ‘I’m going to take you to Santa Cruz and win you a Kewpie Doll!’ We are still on a wonderful journey together.” 

These artifacts are on loan from Balboa Island resident and Museum President, Shirley Pepys, who was involved with the design and merchandising of the Kewpie doll.

The Museum’s Balboa Island Love Stories are also on display. Dozens of local residents have contributed stories detailing how they met and fell in love on Balboa Island. 

For more information on becoming a member of the Museum, call 949.675.3952.

You are invited to visit the Museum and learn more about the history of enchanting Balboa Island and Newport Beach. It is located at 331 Marine Ave. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Museum Store, located in front of the Museum, is fully stocked with gifts for all ages including exclusive Balboa Island and Newport Beach charms. www.balboaislandmuseum.org


Hoag receives three national awards

Hoag Wound Care Center was honored by Healogics, the nation’s leading and largest wound care management company, with three national awards for clinical distinction. The center received the Robert A. Warriner III, M.D., Center of Excellence Award, the Center of Distinction Award for clinical excellence and the President’s Circle award for 2016.

With a healing rate of 94 percent and an average healing time that is six days faster than the national average, Hoag was the only Orange County hospital and one of just seven California hospitals that qualified as a Center of Excellence.

“We are honored to be recognized with these prestigious awards for the fifth consecutive year by Healogics,” said Michael Hurwitz, M.D, medical director of the Hoag Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center. “What sets us apart at Hoag is our comprehensive team approach bringing together physicians, nurses and physical therapists, all trained in advanced wound care, to specifically tailor a treatment plan for each patient’s unique needs.”

The Center of Excellence Award is given to Wound Care Centers® in the Healogics network that have met the highest level of quality standards for a minimum of two consecutive years. Across the country, 334 centers were eligible and 169 centers were honored with this award in 2016.

Hoag Wound Care Center provides specialized treatment for chronic or non-healing wounds at Hoag Health Center Newport Beach and Hoag Health Center Irvine – Sand Canyon. With the state-of-the-art treatments available including debridement, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, dressing selection, special shoes and patient education, the centers use an interdisciplinary model of care, including infectious-disease management, physical therapy, occupational therapy, laboratory evaluation, nutritional management, pain management, diabetic education, radiology testing and debridement to address total patient health.


Segerstrom Center announces upcoming Family Series

Segerstrom Center for the Arts has announced its fun-packed 2017 - 2018 Family Series that will inspire and delight audiences of all ages. The Discovery Series is perfect for children ages 4 - 8 and the Explorer Series has been designed for children ages 7 and older. Each show is an adventure in storytelling and theatrical creativity that will inspire young imaginations and create a life-long interest and appreciation for live theater. Each performance is meant to be enjoyed as a family and is preceded by an hour of free family activities. 

The line-up includes: Discovery Series – Sing Along with The Muppet Movie, The Secret Life of Suitcases, Journey to Oz, The Gruffalo, Shh! We Have a Plan. The Explorer Series – Anatomy of the Piano (for Beginners), Mr. Popper’s Penguins and School of Rock.

All performances will be in Segerstrom Center’s Samueli Theater except School of Rock, which will be performed in Segerstrom Hall.

The Gruffalo

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The Gruffalo is among the Family Series line-up

Two engagements will have special sensory-friendly performances designed specifically for children on the autism spectrum or others with sensory sensitivity to enjoy fully the magic and amazement of live performances. All engagements will offer sign-language interpretation at one performance to assist the deaf and hard-of-hearing.

Current Family Series season subscribers can renew their tickets now. New season tickets packages will be available in May. Single tickets will go on sale approximately eight weeks prior to individual engagements.

Visit the Center’s website, www.SCFTA.orgfor more information about both the current season and the 2017 - 2018 Season. For inquiries about group ticket discounts, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

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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. The post-tournament reception will be hosted by Miss California 2016 Jessa Carmack and local renown Executive Chef at the Island Hotel Newport Beach, David Man. 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.

Note: The golf tournament is sold out, but tickets are still available for the evening reception.

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, 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

Courtesy, CHOC Children’s

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.


You have to admit, times have changed over the years for beach goers

By NANCY GARDNER

The beach experience has changed over the years. Most noticeable is the sheer number of beach goers. Back in the ‘50s and into the ‘60s, on a busy summer weekend there were fewer people than you see on an average summer weekday today. For visitors, this meant they could come and not worry about parking. For those of us on the east side, we thought nothing of driving over to Newport on a Saturday or Sunday, knowing we’d find a parking spot – a free parking spot.

It wasn’t just a numbers game, though. Going to the beach in those days was logistically a much simpler process. This was before we thought much about skin cancer, so there were no canopies to lug down, no umbrellas. The point was to get as tan as you could, so you lathered on the baby oil and sat out in the full blaze of the sun, frying to a delightful umber – while ensuring the future livelihoods of any number of dermatologists.

 As for other paraphernalia, those of us who lived here went to the beach with fins and a towel, to which the more mature might add a beach chair…and a deck of cards. Gin, whist, crazy 8s – card games were very popular, especially when there wasn’t any surf. By the end of summer, a deck of cards had been exposed to so much saltwater that it was like dealing paper towels.   

Newport Beach

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Beachwear was rather more sedate. At first, women wore one-piece suits with structured bras and modesty panels, a piece of material running hip-to-hip and hiding the crotch. These gradually gave way to two-piece suits with boy shorts that eventually morphed into bikinis.  

As this was before companies like Quiksilver and Hurley made the scene, for men the height of beach fashion was a pair of Mrs. Reid’s. These were canvas trunks created by a local seamstress, easily identifiable by the stripes down the side.   

Hats and dark glasses were rare, and as for sunscreen, see above. The only concession to sun protection was zinc oxide, and that was only when your nose and cheeks had peeled so much they were raw.

There was also a tremendous leveling, at least at Little Corona where the regulars ranged in age from pre-teen to eligible for Social Security. Despite the difference in years, there was no stratification. You might see a middle-school kid lying in the sand talking to a judge, an unemployed artist playing cards with the owner of a restaurant empire. Everyone was equal – as long as you were a regular.  

If you were a tourist – well, that was another matter entirely. There were locals, and then there were all those other people. It wasn’t hostile. Nobody ever threw rocks or tried to chase tourists off the beach, but it was like an invisible social wall. I mean, look at them in their shoes and socks! Their pasty bodies! How could one possibly talk to such people? Would they even understand if you tried? Better to just ignore them and hope they find their way home at the end of the day.

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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.


Police Files

Newport home burglarized for over $5 million

Shortly after 2:40 a.m. on Sunday morning, a burglary alarm went off for a residence on Narbonne. Multiple officers, including a K9 team, responded within minutes to establish a perimeter and to search the home and surrounding area for any suspects. 

“It appears that the suspect(s) entered the residence by smashing a rear sliding glass door,” said Jennifer Manzella, NBPD spokesperson. “As officers searched the home, they found that the upstairs master bedroom had been entered, and dresser drawers and closets rummaged through.”

The suspect(s) made off with a large safe – approximately 600 pounds, which they had dragged along the wood floor, damaging the flooring and tiles. They also damaged the alarm pad before fleeing.

In addition to the safe, the suspects took medication, five watches, US and foreign currency, IDs and documents, six guitars, a shotgun and a revolver.

“Unfortunately, it appears that the suspects fled before officers arrived on scene,” said Manzella. “No suspects were seen or heard.”

The homeowners estimated the loss at $5,352,500. 

Juveniles arrested in arson at Ensign Middle School

Two Newport Beach juveniles were taken into custody Monday on arson charges.

On Friday, November 11, 2016, shortly after 4:30 a.m., the Newport Beach Police and Fire Departments were notified of a fire at Ensign Middle School. The first police officer on scene observed that the school’s gym was engulfed in flames. Personnel and apparatus from the Newport Beach Fire Department, Orange Fire Department, Orange County Fire Authority, and Garden Grove Fire Department responded to the location and knocked down the main fire within 20 minutes. Because the flames had spread into a wall chase and then up into the attic space, extended fire attack efforts lasted approximately one hour. 

In total, 20 firefighters were involved in fighting the blaze, which was contained to the area of the gym, girls’ locker room, and physical education offices. No injuries were reported during the incident. Students were not expected on campus Friday, due to the Veterans Day holiday. 

Fire Department personnel reported that the circumstances of the fire appeared to be suspicious and an arson investigation was initiated. NBPD Detectives documented instances of vandalism to the school that were not present when classes were dismissed the previous afternoon.

Police and Fire Department personnel conducted a thorough joint investigation into the arson incident. Police Detectives were able to pursue a lead which led to the arrest of two male juveniles, one 16 years old from Newport Beach and the other 15 years old from Costa Mesa, for felony burglary, vandalism, and recklessly starting a structure fire. 

The juveniles were taken into temporary custody by NBPD personnel on Monday, April 3 at 10:30 a.m. in the city of Newport Beach. They were booked at the Newport Beach Jail and ultimately released to their parents.

From a press release

Suspect arrested in connection with residential “door kick” incidents

Overnight between Monday, March 27 and Tuesday, March 28, several residents in the Dover Shores neighborhood reported that an individual had attempted to vandalize and/or burglarize their homes. In each of these cases, an unknown suspect had used brute force, possibly a kick, to force open the front door to the residence. No property was taken in any of the reported incidents.

The locations and approximate times of these crimes are:

- 2000 block of Commodore Road, occurred at approximately 9:30-9:45 p.m.

- 1700 block of Tradewinds Lane, occurred at approximately 11:30 p.m. (In addition, the front window of this residence was damaged by a BB pellet.)

- 300 block of Irvine Avenue, occurred at approximately 12:08 a.m.

- 1800 block of Commodore Road, occurred at approximately 12:42 a.m.

The suspect was described as a white male with a muscular build. An SUV was also seen near the scene of two of the crimes listed above.

The following night (Wednesday, March 29), between the hours of 7 and 10 p.m., a residence in the 800 block of Muirfield was burglarized. The front door was forced open in the same manner as the other homes. The resident was not home at the time of the crime, and watches and several items of jewelry were stolen.

That same night at 11:17 p.m., an officer was proactively patrolling the Dover Shores area when he observed an SUV matching the suspect vehicle commit a stop sign violation at the intersection of Mariners Drive and Dover Drive. He initiated a vehicle stop on the SUV and contacted the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, later identified as Steven Walter Conner Ohlau, 35, from Lakeside, Arizona.

A search of his vehicle revealed burglary tools and several items of jewelry. Ohlau was determined to be the likely suspect in the Dover Shores incidents and was subsequently arrested and booked at the NBPD jail facility. Requested charges include burglary, four counts of vandalism, possession of stolen property, and possession of burglary tools.

This investigation is still open and ongoing. Anyone with additional information on this case is encouraged to contact Detective Jon Jarema at 949-644-3790. Messages may also be left anonymously on the Police Department’s recorded hotline at 1-800-550-NBPD.

From a press release

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

By LANA JOHNSON

Making your own Fresh Pasta will spoil you

Chef Pam

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Chef/Instructor Pam Beals cooks pasta in a large roasting pan

I recently attended a Fresh Pasta Making Class at Sur La Table in Corona del Mar Plaza  … and what a delight! It was on a Friday morning, so the class was small – only five of us, where we each received a great deal of individual attention from Chef/Instructor Pam Beals, who was so willing to share her knowledge and hidden secrets.

Hanging fresh pasta

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Hanging our freshly made pasta on the beechwood rack

Once you make freshly made pasta, you may never go back to the in-the-box dried variety. Fresh pasta is typically made from eggs and all-purpose or “OO” flour, a very finely ground flour from Italy. Dried pasta dough is typically made with water and semolina, a flour with a much higher gluten content. Fresh pasta is easy to make at home and can be rolled and cut by hand, or by using a pasta machine. I have a handy three-piece attachment that connects to my KitchenAid standard mixer, which makes the prep much quicker, because it rolls and cuts it out, without having to weave the pasta through a hand-cranked apparatus.

Silky Carbonara topped with parmesan

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Silky Carbonara topped with freshly ground parmesan is ready to eat

We made two types: Silky Spaghetti Carbonara and hand-formed Orecchiette with Sausage and Sweet Peppers. I have to be honest, the spaghetti was much easier than the Orecchiette (also known as pigs’ ears), which was difficult to form into a consistent size. But both were absolutely delicious…and I think it just makes the tasting more enjoyable knowing you made it by hand.

Here’s the recipe for the Silky Spaghetti Carbonara, which yields four servings. Enjoy it as soon as it’s ready in order to appreciate the silky sauce. The one thing I needed to purchase was a beechwood pasta drying rack. Sur La Table sells them for $19.95. They also carry them in stainless steel. Buon Appetito!l

Silky Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti pasta:

1 recipe Fresh Pasta Dough, rolled into semi-thin sheets (second thinnest setting on the pasta roller) and passed through the cutter attachment for spaghetti.

Carbonara sauce:

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

1 1/2 cups Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus more for garnish

4 large eggs

3 Tbl. Coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

8 oz. smoked bacon, sliced crosswise into 1/4 inch-thick pieces

2 large garlic cloves, minced

Preparation:

In a small bowl, whisk together the cream, cheese, eggs and parsley. Season mixture generously with salt and pepper, and set aside.

To cook pasta: Heat a large pot of water over high heat until boiling. Generously season water with salt. Add pasta and stir immediately to prevent it from sticking together. Cook until al dente, 2 to 3 minutes. Reserve about a cup of pasta water and drain pasta through a colander.

To prepare the carbonara: To a large skillet over medium heat, add bacon and cook until the fat has been rendered and bacon is golden brown and crispy, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the cooked pasta to the pan and toss to coat with the bacon and garlic.

Turn off the heat under the skillet and evenly pour the egg mixture over the pasta. Working quickly, use tongs to toss and evenly coat the noodles with the sauce. The residual heat from the pan will cook the eggs, so work quickly to prevent them from scrambling. If the past looks dry, add just enough of the reserved pasta water until you have achieved saucy, well-coated pasta. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and generously season with black pepper.

To Serve:

Transfer pasta to a warmed serving bowl or 4 warmed pasta bowls and top with extra parmesan for garnish. Serve immediately.

Editor’s Note: Check out the Sur La Table website at www.surlatable.com to register kids and teens in the five-day Summer Cooking Series. Seats will fill up quickly.

Ciao Vincenza!


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Ellis addresses Peotter recall with blame all around

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Several issues ago in StuNewsNewport we reported that a recall was underway for District 6 City Councilman Scott Peotter.

Yesterday, Peotter’s 2014 Campaign Manager David Ellis sent out a letter addressing the issue.

“Peotter was elected in 2014 on a platform of fiscal conservatism and limited government,” Ellis said. “He soundly defeated Michael Toerge, the darling of the big government crowd in Newport. These are the same folks that supported the $142 million Taj Mahal (city hall) complex, banned wood burning fire rings on the beaches, (and is responsible) for Newport’s $315 million unfunded pension liability.”

Wow, that’s a lot of blame. 

Let’s review. “He soundly defeated Michael Toerge,” said Ellis, which actually translated into an 872-vote victory with nearly 23,000 votes cast. 

Is that “soundly?” Hardly.

And when are we going to get away from the “Taj Mahal” claims. The thing’s been built, it’s not going away…deal with it.

It’s like the bunny rabbits in the park, Peotter promised them “gone” as one of his major campaign initiatives. Well, they’re still there and will be popular again around Easter time, I’m sure.

And finally, the pension issue. To blame previous councils seems absurd as nearly every city in California is struggling with the same issue.

Ellis added, “Scott has strong beliefs and is not afraid to speak his mind.”

 An example of this was several years ago when the Supreme Court of the United States voted to allow gay marriage. Peotter sent out an email in his role as councilman, using the City seal, stating, «I know, the Supreme Court (that would be 5 out of 9 guys in black robes) decided … to overturn 5,000 years of Judeo-Christian tradition by redefining and allowing gay marriage.»

The email was a lightening rod in the community and subjected the City to many threats from the LGBT community for his actions.

Many argued that it wasn’t a “City” issue and it was out-of-line for Peotter to make it such.

“Now they are attempting to re-litigate the 2014 election with a recall targeting Scott,” continued Ellis. “Scott is on the ballot in November 2018, that’s the time for the intolerant crowd to field a candidate and have a healthy debate. Recalls are for malfeasance – not policy differences.”

Ellis and Peotter have set-up a committee to “oppose this ill-advised recall” called Save Free Speech in Newport. 

As the recall potentially moves ahead there are two schools of thought. The first is continuing with the current recall, and the second is that with the 2018 election less than two years away, we should just wait and decide things then.

One thing’s for sure, politics are alive and well in Newport Beach.


ENC announces 6th Annual Youth Art Showcase

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Calling all youth ages 4 - 18! You will have the opportunity to exhibit your “Climate” art at the Environmental Nature Center’s Spring Faire on May 7.

Art must explore climate change and its impact on plants, oceans, forests, deserts, water, and anything and everything in between. 

The deadline to enter this competition is April 30. Winners will be selected in four age categories and receive awesome pries! 

For more information, visit www.encenter.org.


Congratulations to these two lucky CdM residents

Corona del Mar residents Yvonne and Damien Jordan were winners of a brand new Toyota Prius valued at $26,000 during the JDRF Orange County Chapter’s 2017 Dream Gala.

Lucky Prius winners

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(L-R): Damien and Yvonne Jordan; Cathy Selva, executive director of JDRF; Marie and Roger Hogan Jr., owners of Capistrano Toyota

The event brought together influential leaders, sponsors and organization supporters to help raise $1 million for diabetes research – a notable amount for the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Nearly 500 JDRF supporters came together for a magical evening to ‘Make Type 1 Disappear’.

The grand prize Prius was donated by Capistrano Toyota.


CdM annual town meeting planned

The Corona del Mar Residents Association (CdMRA) and the Corona del Mar Business Improvement District (CdM BID) will co-host this year’s Annual Town Meeting on Tuesday, April 18, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway.

The CdM Town Meeting is a unique forum which brings together Corona del Mar residents, businesses and Newport Beach officials to discuss issues, projects and opportunities which have a direct impact on Corona del Mar. And this year, the CdM Town Meeting starts a yearlong celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Corona del Mar Residents Association.

The very popular Community Social and Expo (5 - 6 p.m.) starts the event, and includes representatives from the City of Newport Beach and local community organizations who will be on hand to answer questions about a wide range of topics, including crime prevention, family emergency planning, water conservation tips, family-fun programs, city apps and even a contest.

The Speakers Program (6 - 7:30 p.m.) will focus on both residential and business projects and issues. The theme this year will focus on preparing for a new General Plan, the mix of stores in the CdM Business District, and proposed changes to parking requirements and an update on the CdM Traffic Bypass Plan that was introduced at last year’s meeting. The program will close with an audience Q&A. Everyone who lives in or runs a business in Corona del Mar is encouraged to attend.

For more information, call the CdM Residents Association at 949.478.2454, or the CdM Business Improvement District at 949.673.4050.


Call issued by JWA for visual artist applications

John Wayne Airport (JWA) has issued a call for Orange County-related visual artists to apply for exhibition slots in JWA’s Community Focus Space (CFS) program’s exhibition calendar, beginning in October 2018.

“With 10.5 million guests traveling each year, John Wayne Airport provides a venue unlike any other to feature local Orange County artists and showcase their talents to visitors and residents alike,” noted Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Michelle Steel.

Flight of Ideas

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“Flight of Ideas” is on permanent display at John Wayne Airport

Each exhibition is approximately 30 days in duration and is presented by JWA at no cost to the artist. CFS exhibitions are located prior to the security checkpoints and adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4 in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal, and are accessible to passengers as well as the general public.

To qualify for consideration, artists must have been born, raised or educated in Orange County; or currently live, work or own property in Orange County; and live in any of the following counties: Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara or Ventura.

Artist applications must be received by John Wayne Airport no later than 4 p.m. on July 21. Artist application instructions and guidelines can be found at www.ocair.com/terminal/artexhibits/. Artists approved through this review process will be notified by the end of October 2017.

For additional information about the Community Focus Space program or this Call for Artists, contact Jeffrey Frisch, John Wayne Airport Arts Program Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Digital environment being implemented in local schools

Chromebooks initiative

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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) launched a Chromebook initiative that will provide access for all students to a digital environment.  

In fall 2016, implementation of the Chromebook initiative began with the Estancia Zone (Costa Mesa). This provided all students in grades K-7 with access to Chromebooks, with grades 3-7 being a one-to-one environment. 

For the 2017-18 school year, the Chromebook initiative is expected to be implemented throughout the Newport Harbor Zone in the same format as the Estancia Zone. 

The Newport Harbor Zone includes Kaiser, Mariners, Newport, Newport Heights, Whittier and Woodland Elementary Schools, as well as Ensign Intermediate and Newport Harbor High School. 

It is anticipated that the Chromebook initiative will be implemented in the Costa Mesa Zone and Corona del Mar in the following years.

Traditional computer labs are being replaced with mobile technology and devices in the classroom.

With more devices in their hands, students will learn the benefits that technology has to offer by fine-tuning their foundational research skills, storing their projects and activities in the cloud, and sharing ideas in a safe and supportive online environment.

This initiative has led to increased use of technology in the classroom, with students using it for research, collaboration and to create new and exciting works, while teachers are finding new ways to engage students both in groups and individually. 

The Initiative includes the following:

Kindergarten - 2nd grade: One shared classroom set of Chromebooks per grade level. Each classroom also receives 6 Chromebooks. Chromebooks remain at the school.

3rd - 4th grade: One classroom set of Chromebooks per class. Chromebooks remain at the school. 

5th - 8th grades: In fifth grade students are assigned a Chromebook that they take home and keep until 9th grade. For the initial launch of the initiative all students in grades fifth through seventh were assigned a Chromebook. 

9th grade: Students will be assigned a Chromebook in 9th grade that they take home and keep until they graduate. For the Initiative, 9th graders will receive Chromebooks in Year 2.

  Students that are assigned Chromebooks to be taken home follow a similar approach to when textbooks are checked out from the library. They are responsible for ensuring the safe handling and charging of their Chromebooks.

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Local kids run, jump and throw in City competition

The 2017 Youth Track Meet of Champions was held Friday, March 31 at Corona del Mar High School.

Co-sponsored by the Newport Beach Recreation & Senior Services Department and the Newport-Balboa Rotary Club, the multi-event competition for children ages 6 to 15 included individual running at varying distances, as well as throwing and jumping events.

The top six finishers in each division in each event received awards and qualified to represent Newport Beach in the SCMAF Orange County.

Here’s a complete list of division winners: 

50M Dash – Boys

Division 07 Troy Foster 8.2

Division 08 Jacob Olson 8.9

Division 09 Travis Reedy 9.4

50M Dash – Girls

Division 07 Kamara Desai 8.1

Division 08 Mimi O’Melveny 8.6

Division 09 Megan Davey 9.3

100M Dash – Boys

Division 02/01 Andrew Keehn 12.5

Division 03 Owen Lucas 13.0

Division 04 Cooper Dwight 14.4

Division 05 Angelo Fredrick 14.2

Division 06 Cooper Reedy 15.2

Division 07 Bennett Yonkers 15.6

Division 08 Jayden Williamson 16.7

Division 09 Zinone Hudson 17.6

100M Dash – Girls

Division 02/01 Mia Ferrentino 14.1

Division 03 Caroline Glessing 14.47

Division 04 Skylar Cano 14.32

Division 05 Kaela Hiramoto 14.53

Division 06 Milan Smith 14.0

Division 07 Maya Wollforde 14.8

Division 08 Ilana Blum 16.22

Division 09 Alejandra Rodriquez 17.5

200M Run – Boys

Division 02/01 Andrew Keehn 26.3

Division 03 Miles Crawford 27.4

Division 04 Grant Sweningson 30.2

Division 05 Luke Padilla 31.2

Division 06 John Uchytil 32.3

Division 07 Gavin Allegaert 32.0

Division 08 Jayden Williamson 35.1

Division 09 Omar Aboukhadijeh 39.8

200M Run – Girls

Division 02/01 Mia Ferrentino 14.1

Division 03 Caroline Kelley 28.7

Division 04 Skylar Cano 30.12

Division 05 Khloe Kirk 33.78

Division 06 Milan Smith 30.97

Division 07 Keaton Robar 35.5

Division 08 Riley Szuba 37.1

Division 09 Kaiya Watties 42.06

400M Run – Boys

Division 02/01 Jake Moos 59.7

Division 03 Owen Lucas             *59.8

Division 04 Daniel Hughes 1:08.0

Division 05 Angelo Fredrick 1:10.5

Division 06 Luke Miller 1:18.5

Division 07 Gavin Allegaert 1:12.5

Division 08 Dylan Miller 1:31.5

400M Run – Girls

Division 02/01 Aleks Crampton 1:07.0

Division 03 Kendall Saeger 1:05.5

Division 04 Sofia Gibson 1:09.5

Division 05 Taylor DeBarros 1:08.8

Division 06 Emily Davey 1:11.9

Division 07 Maya Woolforde 1:13.9

Division 08 Riley Szuba 1:19.3

800M Run – Boys

Division 04 Nolan Walt 2:36.6

Division 05 Zachary Blum 2:31.8

Division 06 Arthur Zhao 2:48.2

800M Run – Girls

Division 04 Sofia Gibson 2:33.0

Division 05 Taylor DeBarros 2:41.9

Division 06 Lauren Turner 2:46.5

1600M Run – Boys

Division 02/01 Mitch Groff 4:51.0

Division 03 Ethan Lam 5:14.8

Open Nolan Walt 5:42.8

1600M Run – Girls

Division 02/01 Aleks Crampton 5:32.4

Division 03 Samantha Lopez 5:19.6

Division 04 Elizabeth Odom 5:40.0

Long Jump – Boys

Division 02/01 Burke Dambly 16’5

Division 03 Jason Plumb 14’4

Division 04 Cooper Dwight 13’7

Division 05 George O’Melveny 12’8

Division 06 Max Fredrick 10’6

Division 07 Emerson Tingley 10’7

Division 08 Aidan Algazi 9’3

Division 09 Zinone Hudson           **9’8

Long Jump – Girls

Division 02/01 Mia Ferrentino 14’1

Division 03 Caroline Glessing 13’1

Division 04 Christina Benavides 12’10

Division 05 Ellie Liberto 12’1

Division 06 Grace Audiss 10’6

Division 07 Kamara Desai 9’8

Division 08 Rebecca Mend-Tash 9’0

Division 09 Isabella Carrillo 6’5

Shot Put – Boys

Division 02/01 Andrew Keehn 35’8

Shot Put – Girls

Division 03 Katie Eimers 18’8

Softball Throw – Boys

Division 03 Trevor Yue 149’

Division 04 Michael Guerra 120’

Division 05 Luca Fasulo 106’9

Division 06 Grant Schneider 105’6

Division 07 Troy Foster 108’6

Division 08 Gavin Furr 74’3

Division 09 Oliver Gibson 72’3

Softball Throw – Girls

Division 02/01 Ellie Vreeland 88’6

Division 03 Emily Elliott 145’3

Division 04 Sarah Audiss 82’6

Division 05 Sailor Hillebrecht 91’9

Division 06 Kristiana Guerra 68’3

Division 07 Helena Fratanaro 55’6

Division 08 Cooper Dick 53’0

Division 09 Kaiya Watties 43’0

High Jump – Boys

Division 03 Ezekiel Greene 4’4

High Jump – Girls

Division 03 Kate Kaiser 4’2

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For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

Courtesy TripAdvisor

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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Courtesy of Pelican Hill Golf Club

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, 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.

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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.


Balboa Island Parade seeks volunteers and float entries

Balboa Island Parade

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It’s that time of year to get ready for our 24th Annual Balboa Island Parade and After Party on Sunday, June 4 beginning at 11 a.m. This year’s theme is “Bridge to Summer Fun.”

Applications are now being accepted for entry into the parade. You can email Pat Nangle at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or pick up an entry form at Hersey’s Market, Wilma’s, Starbucks or the Persimmon Tree – all on Balboa Island. 

The committee will make its selection by May 9 from the completed applications and invite entries to participate.

If you’re interested in volunteering, please attend the next Parade meeting at Wilma’s on Balboa Island, Wednesday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m.

If you have questions, contact Captain Jack at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Argyros family buys more than cookies for Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts of Orange County announced last week that it has received a historic $2.5 million presenting donor gift from the Argyros family. 

The Girl Scouts’ 6,000-sq.-ft. Leadership Center currently under construction in Newport Beach’s Marina Park will be named after philanthropist and community leader, Julia Argyros.

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The Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center will open later this year for Orange County’s nearly 21,000 Girl Scouts and 13,000 adult members who support them. 

It will serve as Orange County’s hub for Girl Scout STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs, and provide girls from all cultures and backgrounds extraordinary opportunities to explore careers and learn how they can take action to make the world a better place – all while creating lifelong memories and enjoying the waterfront surroundings.

“An investment in Girl Scouts is an investment in our future,” commented Julia Argyros. “Girls and young women visiting this first-of-its-kind Leadership Center will quickly learn that there are no boundaries for what they can do. This is a safe environment where girls from all cultures and backgrounds can apply their talents and passions to creating powerful and lasting change in our communities and around the world.”

At the heart of the Leadership Center is INSPIRE, Girl Scouts of Orange County’s signature multimedia program, through which girls virtually meet extraordinary women spanning diverse careers and learn the vital role STEM plays in what they do. 

Girls will also hear from distinguished Girl Scouts, trailblazers across the nation, who have taken action using STEM skills to change the world, and learn to do it themselves.

“We are profoundly grateful to Julia and George Argyros for this truly transformational gift,” said Nancy Nygren, CEO of Girl Scouts of Orange County. 

“OC STEM jobs are growing, yet we face a dramatic shortfall of STEM-educated workers and timing is critical. Girls lose or gain interest in STEM by eighth grade. The Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center will give girls early exposure to STEM, helping them understand how STEM is part of everything they do and inspiring them to embrace their STEM education.”

Adjacent to Newport Beach’s first bayfront community park (featuring a community center, playground, restaurant and sailing center), the Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center is pursuing Silver LEED Certification.


Newport Beach – A Look Back 

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

Collins Castle

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The Collins Castle, circa 1908, built by William Steppe Collins for his fourth wife.

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


Springtime celebration hopping to Lido Marina Village

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You’re invited to celebrate Springtime at Lido Marina Village on Saturday, April 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. Enjoy taking photos of your little ones with fun Spring-inspired props near the kids’ boat fountain – also open during the event. From 1 to 2 p.m., make your own special ‘Bunny Tail’ bag on the Main Deck, enjoy live music and purchase tasty bites and sips from Juice Served Here Marina Cafe, Paloma’s Paletas, plus more. At 2 p.m., follow the ‘Bunny Treats’ map to collect special treats at participating Lido Marina Village merchants. This event is free and open to the public. To learn more, visit http://www.lidomarinavillage.com/events.


Letters to the Editor:

More, not less, fire investment requested by this resident

This letter is in response to Mark Adams letter.

This reply is concerning your apprehension regarding firemen and the need for a new fire station in Newport Beach. Many of us take the city of Newport as a fun, flashy lifestyle with a spectacular year round climate. 

What many might not realize in their day-to-day activities is that our “beautiful” city is located above a major earthquake fault line, also surrounded by lots of ocean and bay water. If such a disaster was to occur, we will need ALL THE HELP FROM THE FIRE DEPARTMENT that we can get. 

So, that being said, I am in favor of one, two or even three new fire stations. If we can spend multi millions on an extravagant civic center, then we can cough up some money for a new fire station and the personnel that goes along with it. 

Sherry Fox

Newport Beach

Two lanes, not three, through Mariner’s Mile

We already fought this battle in the early 1970’s, when similar forces were also at work for private economic gain. We won that battle with good reason: to tone down the racetrack and to keep Newport a civilized seaside town. (Marshall Duffield’s father supported this control.)

More lanes, and narrower ones at that, being proposed (for Mariner’s Mile) invariably mean faster, more dangerous driving conditions. Already, between Dover and Avocado, there are three lanes in each direction and it is clear that the extra lane there is no solution to a traffic jam.

Any city in the world has traffic in its city limits from 5-6 in the evening — it’s hardly justification to completely uproot everything and everybody and pave over more land!

The last thing the Newport Beach City Council needs to spend money on (private land acquisition for example) is the widening of PCH, when money could be put to much better use in paying down the debt for the absurdly way-overspent City Hall, not to mention the City’s pension responsibility. 

Every beach city between San Clemente and Sunset Beach has two lanes, not three, in each direction.

Newport should be supporting small businesses, not ripping them out by widening the PCH.

Just leave it alone Mr. (David) Webb. You surely have more important things to do. Get it? The residents don’t want what you are pushing. Better to focus on helping to make Mariner’s Mile — REALLY for mariners.

That’s what citizens of this great City want, not a racetrack or a series of car sales lots. I speak as a 50-year resident of Newport Beach.

David A. Grant

Newport Beach


Join Curl Fitness for Yoga on the Deck at Lido Marina Village

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On Saturday, April 8 from 10 to 11 a.m., you’re invited to join Curl Fitness for a free outdoor yoga class on the main deck at Lido Marina Village. Bring your water bottle and yoga mat…and start your weekend off surrounded by breathtaking views as you calm your mind and strengthen your body. Come early to find the perfect spot and enjoy the following special offers, samples and discounts from LMV vendors, including:

Aesop - sample sachets

Bailey44 - gift with purchase; spend $300 or more and receive a vegan leather Bailey tote

Charlie & Me - gift card opportunity drawing

Curl Fitness - one month gym membership opportunity drawing

Eberjey - Pima Goddess Thong

Faherty - gift card and blanket opportunity drawing

Jenni Kayne - gift with purchase

Juice Served Here - 8 oz. complimentary juice

Sweaty Betty - gift card opportunity drawing

Velvet - 25 percent off store purchase

This event is free and open to the public. Reserve your space at 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/yoga-on-the-main-deck-with-curl-fitness-tickets-33311670102.

Lido Marina Village is located at 3434 Via Lido, Newport Beach.


It’s National Library Week and Newport Beach is ready 

National Library Week is celebrated April 9-15, and you can bet that Newport Beach is ready. The Newport Beach Public Library has programming planned with community leaders reading to children, magicians, arts and crafts and more. 

Library books

It’s all here:

Storytimes with Local Leaders

Books & Babies Storytime: Council Member Diane Dixon

Monday, April 10, 9:30 a.m., Central Library Children’s Room

Pajama Storytime: Council Member Jeff Herdman

Monday, April 10, 7 p.m., Central Library Children’s Room

Preschool Storytime: Library Board Member Paul Watkins

Tuesday, April 11, 10:30 a.m., Mariners Storytime Room

Preschool Storytime: Library Board Member Janet Ray

Tuesday, April 11, 10:30 a.m., Balboa Branch Library

Toddler Storytime: Library Board Member Jill Johnson Tucker    

Wednesday, April 12, 10:30 a.m., Central Library Children’s Room

Preschool Storytime:  City Manager Dave Kiff

Thursday, April 13, 10:30 a.m., Central Library Children’s Room

Fabulous Fridays: Council Member Will O’Neill

Friday, April 14, 4 p.m., Central  Library Children’s Room

Children’s Programs 

LEGO Block Party

Wednesday, April 12, 3 p.m., Mariners Branch Library

Design and build with LEGOS after school at the library.

Magic Show at CdM Wednesday, April 12, 3 p.m., Corona del Mar Branch

Experience the amazing magic of magician Mark Gibson. It’s a show the whole family will enjoy!

Abbit the Average

Wednesday, April 12, 3:30 p.m., Balboa Branch Library

Comedy Magic & Juggling Variety Show presented by Abbit the Average!

Let’s Make Comics

Thursday, April 13, 4 p.m., Central Library Friends Room

Join comic book artist Javier Hernandez for an interactive workshop that shows kids how to make their own comic book story to take home. For elementary through high school students

Fabulous Friday @ 4

Friday, April 14, 4 p.m., Central Library Children’s Room

Kick off your weekend with fabulous stories and crafts

Annie Banannie, Balloon Storyteller 

Saturday, April 15, 3 p.m., Mariners Branch Library

Annie Banannie’s balloon theater and storytelling will amaze and delight children of all ages!

Adult Programs

Art Exhibit: Assemblages by Ron Yeo

Tuesday, April 11, 6 p.m., Central Library Friends Room

It’s Your Estate

Monday, April 10, 10 a.m., Central Library Friends Room

Tuesdays@2: Social Media

Tuesday, April 11, 2 p.m., Central Library Media Lab

SCORE Workshop: Develop a Winning Business Plan

Tuesday, April 11, 6 p.m., Central Library Friends Room

Let’s Talk Tech: eBooks

Tuesday, April 11, 7 p.m., Central Library Media Lab

Book Discussion Group

Wednesday, April 12, 9:15 a.m., Central Library Friends Room

Genealogy Resources 101: Census Records

Wednesday, April 12, 7 p.m., Central Library Media Lab

For more information, visit www.newportbeachlibrary.org.


Newport Beach Police Department

In Memoriam: Retired Police Canine Elko

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It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of retired Police Canine Elko. Elko, a Belgian Malinois, retired on April 15, 2015, after being partnered with Officer Roland Stucken for five years. During these years of service to the Newport Beach Police Department, Elko never wavered in the face of danger while protecting his handler, other officers, or members of the community. He was directly or indirectly responsible for apprehending numerous violent criminals as well as locating several hundred pounds of narcotics, which were taken off the streets.

Elko was also a beloved member of the Newport Beach community and NBPD Family. His name is an homage to the fact that the Newport Harbor Elks Lodge #1767 generously donated $15,000 for his purchase, and Elko continued to connect the Department to the citizens of this City throughout his career.

He was a highlight at many community events and a favorite at our Citizens’ and Teen Academies. Elko, always energetic and alert, was the most vocal one in the room during demonstrations. He was a versatile member of our team, as comfortable receiving belly rubs from his fans as he was working with the S.W.A.T. Team.

Elko was able to enjoy two years of retirement while still in the care of his partner, Officer Stucken.

When Elko ultimately passed away earlier last week, he was surrounded by the handlers who had trained with him during his career. Elko left us doing what he loved the most: biting a training bite sleeve.

He will always be remembered as a protector of our officers and our community, but also as a dearly loved friend.

In the words of Officer Stucken: “Rest easy, my friend. You served your community proudly and will be missed by many. Sus brav, Elko, sus brav.”

The last line is Dutch, the language used for Elko’s commands. It means, “Good boy, Elko, good boy.”


Harkey to Wake Up! Newport Thursday

Diane Harkey

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State Board of Equalization Chairwoman Diane Harkey will be the featured speaker at this Thursday’s (April 6) Wake Up! Newport.

Harkey will discuss her new role as Chairwoman of the BOE and member of the Franchise Tax Board, taxpayer victories and regulatory reform, and casework and constituent service.

Prior to joining the Board, Harkey served three terms in the California State Assembly representing the 73rd District encompassing south Orange County.

Wake Up! Newport is hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. The breakfast, provided by Cappy’s Café, will be held in the Friends Room of the Newport Beach Public Library at 1000 Avocado Ave. 

The event begins at 7:15 a.m. and concludes at 9 a.m. For more information, go to newportbeach.com.


Good Morning CdM breakfast to visit Mariner’s Mile revitalization master plan

Is Newport ready for a change on the busy Mariner’s Mile thoroughfare?

Find out at the upcoming Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce “Good Morning Breakfast,” taking place Thursday, April 13 at 7:30 a.m. at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club. The featured speaker is Dave Webb, director of public works with the city of Newport Beach.

Mariners Mile

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Mariners’ Mile has been identified as an area needing revitalization. With completion of the study evaluating roadway capacity requirements for West Coast Highway, the city will be evaluating existing land use policies and regulations, which may inhibit revitalization of the area. The Mariner’s Mile Revitalization Master Plan is intended to identify potential refinements or barriers to revitalizing the area. The city contracted with PlaceWorks in May of 2016 to assist in these efforts.

 Also featured are legislative updates from the offices of Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, Assemblyman Matthew Harper, Newport Beach Councilman Scott Peotter and Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel.

The breakfast is free of charge and no RSVP is necessary. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club is located at 1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar.

For additional information, contact the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce at 949.673.4050 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Life comes full circle in one afternoon

TomJohnson

You know, it was an odd day yesterday. As a normal Sunday for me goes, I got up and did my KOCI radio show. Afterwards I decided to head south to Aliso Viejo and visit my five-month old granddaughter, Kate.

What could make a Sunday better?

I sat there, holding her, trying to get her to giggle. I looked and touched her soft skin and looked into her beautiful eyes.

I thought about the wonderful life ahead of her and the potential of opportunities she’ll have in a world I’ll never know.

She is absolutely beautiful.

Later I kissed her goodbye, rubbed her cute little chubby cheeks and headed home. 

Once there, I received a phone call from my brother. He told me that my mom’s husband, Gene, was in the hospital in the final throes of life.

My brother said Gene probably wouldn’t make it through the night.

Gene is 90, my mom 86. They found each other late in life and provided each other comfort and joy. It was good for both of them.

For my mom it has to be difficult. This is the third time she’ll be widowed, first at 29, then again at 65.

As I sat on the couch reflecting after the call, I realized I had just experienced emotions ranging from pure joy for this new being in my life and in our world and, in a matter of moments, sat there experiencing the onset of death.

Wow!

It reminds me how precious life is, and it reminded me that there’s a lot more for me to do. You too!

Sometimes we need a good nudge. Hopefully, this is it for me. We’ll miss you Gene…Kate, see you next week.

I’ll be back Thursday in better form.


Stump the Stu

Old Landing spot(s) generate multiple winners

We asked where the plaque was and you responded. Three guesses were right. Congrats to Stephen Sutherland and Bill Finster, both with guesses of Coast Highway and Dover Drive, between the bridge and the entrance to Bayshores. But wait, Sutherland swears they moved it to its current spot sometime back.

Enter Centennial Mayor Don Webb to save the day. He also guessed correctly and echoed Sutherland’s theory.

Said Webb, “The Old Landing marker pictured is at its third location. It is now on Coast Highway just easterly of the entrance to Bayshores near the bridge over the Upper Newport Bay. From 1986 to sometime last summer it was located at the turnout on the westerly side of Dover Drive about 500 feet north of Coast Highway. In 1980 it was removed from its first location on the northerly side of Coast Highway between Will Wrights Ice Cream and the old wooden pile highway bridge. That location is now under the middle of the highway after the new bridge and highway was relocated and opened in 1981 with the Dance on the Bridge celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Newport Beach being incorporated in 1906.”

Take the challenge of Stump the Stu each Monday and submit your answers to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The correct answer will be in Thursday’s edition and on our Facebook page. 

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

Stump the Stu 4.3

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Stasha Has a Nose for News – Pet Expo changed my life

Stasha Super Model

Quite frankly I wouldn’t have the life I have today if it weren’t for America’s Family Pet Expo. That’s where back in 2012 my mom, Barbara Venezia, and my dad, Stan Tkaczyk who was a new OC Fair Board member at the time, adopted me from a shelter that had a booth at the Expo. I was just five months old at the time. Finding my new pet parents changed everything for me.

Stan and Stasha

This is our picture when my dad picked me out of the litter at the Pet Expo minutes before mom paid the lady to adopt me. Well, April 28 - 30, the  annual America’s Family Pet Expo is back at the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa for its 28th year. It’s the world’s largest pet and pet product expo. More than 45,000 people attended last year and 500 pets found forever homes. Over the life of the event, an estimated 10,000 animals have been adopted. That’s a lot of pet lives saved I’m happy to say.

In addition to shelters and rescue organizations at the event, there are booths with all sorts of pet products, services and canine clubs where you can learn about different breeds of 

dogs. There are shows, demonstrations, contests and lots of fun things for the whole family to enjoy.

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One of the most popular attractions is Splash Dogs. These doggie daredevils jump off a dock into the water and fans go crazy! There aren’t enough treats in the universe to convince me to launch my furry butt off a high platform into a pool, but these dogs do and seem to enjoy it.

Other Splash Dogs

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Then there’s the Lucy Pets Gnarly Crankin’ K-9 Wave Maker. Sponsored by Lucy Pet, this is the world’s one and only mobile wave machine which returns to the expo this year to showcase surfing dogs and cats too! The wave maker made international headlines at the 2017 Rose Parade.

Wave Runner

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America’s Family Pet Expo is the first stop on the 2017 National Tour that kicks off in Costa Mesa. Another crowd pleaser is the “Cook’s Racing Hogs & Dogs. It’s a race of four pigs – who run from one end of a 90-foot U-shaped track to the other – then four dogs do the same. Waiting at the end of the track is a treat – vanilla ice cream 

and a golden Oreo cookie – so now you know why these piggies and doggies are excited to run this race. Sometimes even I’m embarrassed at what lengths we’ll go to for sweets.

In all fairness, the event isn’t just about dogs, there are other animal life forms represented as well like reptiles, birds, cats and more. So, last year I tried to get a press pass for the Expo and to my surprise, I was turned down because I wasn’t a human.  

Apparently only humans are permitted to attend – pets have to stay home.  

I know that’s kind of a bummer for my furry fans out there, but organizers say with so many animals on the grounds, adding people’s pets to the mix isn’t a good idea – and I get that.  

Here’s info on the Pet Expo for humans planning to attend: General Admission $15; seniors 60 and over, $13; Children 6-12, $10; and 5 and under are free. Active and retired military personnel free admission with an ID. Show hours: Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Parking $8. To purchase tickets, visit www.PetExpoOC.org.

Bark at ya’ next month! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and check out my columns at www.bvontv.com.


Police Files

Three arrests stem from garage burglary

Friday at 4:08 p.m., officers stopped a trio of men in the area of 24th Street and Balboa Boulevard. It was quickly discovered that they were up to no good.

Geovanni Tapia, 27, of Garden Grove, was arrested for burglary of an unlocked garage and conspiracy to commit a crime. He also had four outstanding warrants: one for trespassing, two for possession of a controlled substance, and one for having improper bicycle brakes. 

Gustavo Gutierrez, 42, from Anaheim, was arrested for petty theft and conspiracy to commit a crime. He was also found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and a controlled substance and had those charges added.

Raul Hernandez Garcia, 28, of Santa Ana, was arrested for receipt of stolen property and conspiracy to commit a crime.

Women arrested on drug charges and conspiracy – and then some

Wednesday evening in the 4500 block of W. Coast Hwy, two women were detained by officers for conspiracy to commit a crime.

Leticha Rivera Lucero, 36, of Colton, was also charged with identity theft and was held with $20,000 bail.

Her companion, Angelina Monique Acosta, 33, also from Colton, was arrested for the same charges as Lucero plus false personation of another and two warrants, including one for identity theft.

During the booking process, Acosta failed to reveal to officers that she had drugs on her person, and was also charged with possession of a controlled substance in prison, bringing her bail to $25,000.

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


Pets of the Week Dog and Cat print

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

Luke and Bryan

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Animal Shelter

MEET LUKE AND BRYAN

These little guys aren’t brothers, but came in together and love each other. Luke is 5 months old and Bryan is 4 months old. They would do best adopted out together. They are domestic short-haired grey/white kittens. Both are neutered, vaccinated and microchipped.

Adoption costs at the shelter:

Dogs - $130

Puppies - $150

Cats - $90

Kittens - $110

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

GREAT NEWS!!! Both Hannah and Cheddar have been adopted out to loving homes. Thank you Newport Beach.

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

To find out how you can help support the shelter, visit www.nbpd.org and click on “Our Animal Shelter” to view the wish list. They can always use laundry soap, dish soap and cat litter. If you are interested in volunteering, you can fill out and sign the application on the website.


Old friend steps up to help Bruno Serato

They can trace their friendship back more than 30 years when one was a busboy just off the boat from his homeland of Verona, Italy and the other, a South African expat just getting into the car business.  

Today, Sir Bruno Serato, known the world over for feeding 2,200 needy kids each day from the kitchen of his celebrated Anaheim White House, and Garth Blumenthal, general manager of the world’s No. 1 Mercedes Benz dealership, will witness the true meaning of their friendship as they face the aftermath of a tragedy together.

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(L-R): Bruno Serato and Garth Blumenthal

Serato’s restaurant, where most of the food for the children is prepared each day, was decimated in a recent fire. When Blumenthal learned of the tragedy, he was among the first of Serato’s friends who pledged to help rebuild the historic structure. Though Serato held fire insurance, it isn’t nearly enough to rebuild it back to its former glory.

So, on Thursday, April 20 from 6 to 9 p.m., Blumenthal is inviting the public to attend a fundraiser at his Newport Beach dealership, Fletcher Jones Motorcars at 3300 Jamboree Road. 

Titled “That’s What Friends Are For,” the event will feature live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres prepared by White House Catering, complementary wine and live auction items such as dinner with Serato & Bill Handel of KFI Radio. Tickets are $100 each.

“I was just a busboy at La Vie en Rose in Brea when I first met Garth. We were both expats just getting a feel for America and I think that’s what really sealed our friendship,” Serato said. “He was there every step of the way when I bought and renovated the restaurant and he continued to show his support by patronizing frequently. I am so grateful to Garth for holding this fundraiser…it means the world to me.”

Added Blumenthal, “Everyone who has ever met Bruno knows how special he is.  When I learned about the devastating fire, my first thought was organizing an event where the entire community could come together and show their support. We believe that ‘That’s What Friends Are For’ will realize our hope of rebuilding Bruno’s dream.”

For additional information and to RSVP, visit www.fjmercedes.com/thatswhatfriendsarefor/.


NMUSD announces Classified Employees of the Year

Newport-Mesa Unified School District announced the 2017 Classified Employee of the Year Awards Program winners, two of which were selected as Orange County Classified Employees of the year and will proceed for consideration at state level.

 

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(L-R): Ilse Taborga and Karen Allison are among the NMUSD school district honorees

The 2017 NMUSD Classified Employee of the Year winners are:

Karen Allison, child nutrition (county winner, proceed to state level consideration)

Ilse Taborga, support services and security (county winner, proceed to state level consideration) 

Pam Saunders, office and technical 

Emma Tyaransen, para-educator/instructional assistant 

Olga Sandoval, transportation

Congratulations to all the winners!


Easter Bunny to arrive at Back Bay Bistro

Join in the fun on Easter Sunday, April 16, when Back Bay Bistro celebrates the holiday in style with an elaborate Easter Brunch highlighted by a special visit from the Easter Bunny from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. The brunch menu features a Seafood Station with King Crab Legs, Omelet Station, Pancake Station, Carving Station featuring Lamb Culotte & Certified Angus Beef Tenderloin, Chocolate Fondue with fresh strawberries, marshmallows and other Easter treats. 

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Cost: Adults, $79 includes bottomless Champagne and Mimosas; Children (ages 12 and under), $38. Photos with the Easter Bunny are free!

Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 949.729.1144.

Back Bay Bistro at Newport Dunes Resort & Marina is located at 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach. www.newportdunes.com/bistro


Craft beer festival coming to Balboa Village

The 4th Balboa Craft Beer Festival in Balboa Village is gearing up to be another stellar event. It will take place on Saturday, April 1 from 12:30 - 5 p.m. in charming Balboa Village – just steps from the Ferry.

This is a popular event for beer lovers, who have the opportunity to chat with the Brew Masters and sample 35 different beers from 17 breweries, along with delicious food from local restaurants. 

There will also be reserved red and white wines for those who prefer grapes to hops.

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A party isn’t really a party if there isn’t live music. As in years past, there will be great live music from “The Strangers” (and, yes, with Greg Peters returning on guitar). 

There will be corn-hole tossing, a giant Jenga board game and table games – all here to create a fun and interactive afternoon with friends. It will be one big party at Balboa Village!

Local participating restaurants include: Balboa Bar B Q, Cruisers Pizza Bar Grill, Ruby’s, Balboa Lily’s, Harborside, Newport Landing, The Trough Sandwich Kitchen and Orange Blossom Café.

Tickets are limited, so visit www.BalboaBeerFest.com for details.


Councilwoman Dixon to host District 1 town hall

City Council Member Diane Dixon will host a town hall meeting to discuss City projects and programs occurring in, or potentially impacting, Council District 1. District 1 includes West Newport areas south of Coast Highway, Balboa Peninsula, Lido Isle, Bay Island and Newport Island.  

The meeting will take place at Marina Park, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., on Monday, April 3 from 6:30 - 8 p.m.

The meeting is free and open to the public.


CdM High presents Into the Woods

Into the Woods

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Corona del Mar High School Theatre is currently presenting “Into the Woods,” continuing through April 2. Performance times are March 30 and 31 at 7 p.m.; April 1 at 7 p.m.; and April 2 at 2 p.m. in the Corona del Mar Sea King Theater.

“Into the Woods,” with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and the book by James Lapine intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault fairy tales, exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. The main characters are taken from “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Rapunzel,” and “Cinderella,” as well as several others. The musical is tied together by a story involving a childless baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family, their interaction with a witch who has placed a curse on them, and their interaction with other storybook characters during their journey.

Tickets are available at www.BAPACO.org or at the door.

Corona del Mar High School is located at 2101 Eastbluff Drive, Corona del Mar. Call 949.515.6000.


CdM dolphins may “sink” or “swim”

By AMY SNIDER SENK

It’s been nearly six years since members of the Corona del Mar Business Improvement District board sat in a meeting and addressed the elephant in the room – which in this particular case, were 12 topiary dolphins in the intersection.

They’ve become fat, a former City Councilwoman said. They look like manatees, a board member said. You know what they look like, another said.

That day, the board agreed to have topiary experts assess the dolphins, located in the medians at Marguerite Avenue and East Coast Highway. The experts said there was no way to trim them back into shape and suggested replacing them. And after all those years, that actually could be happening soon.

Topiary dolphins

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Topiary dolphins adorning the median at PCH and Marguerite are a CdM landmark

Some locals claim the Corona del Mar dolphins date back to the 1980s, although they provided no proof to back up this claim. Research and interviews do support that they first appeared in the early 1990s, when B.I.D. members from that time say they were tired of the village looking like a “dump.” Back then, they said, the medians in town were weed-choked and ugly, so locals urged Caltrans (which oversaw the intersection at the time) to begin cleaning up. Once cleared, organizers began to brainstorm ideas for the medians, perhaps statues of dolphins or pelicans. Caltrans officials worried a driver could crash into a fixed statue, so topiaries seemed to be a safe compromise. At the time, the man who was making the topiaries didn’t know how to shape a pelican, so dolphins became the village mascot instead, with all of them leaping up except for one that appears to be diving into water. 

The dolphins were completely installed the day of the 1993 Christmas Walk, according to interviews with long-ago B.I.D. members. There also was a 15-foot tall topiary Santa, which was stored between holidays at the OASIS Senior Center before it eventually died. 

Volunteers known as the Dolphin Ladies decorate the dolphins for holidays – wrapped presents dangle from their flippers at Christmas, masks on Halloween. Some complained that the costumes demean the dolphins, but when the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce polled members, 74 percent of respondents said they liked the decorations. Several years ago, a woman in Oregon was leading an effort to get beaver topiaries planted in her town because she loved the Corona del Mar dolphins so much. These days, volunteers from Sherman Library & Gardens dress the dolphins in their seasonal gear.

But they were, in fact, overgrown and looking less and less like dolphins. So in February 2014, the B.I.D. board voted to replace the 12 topiaries at a cost of $13,000. At first, members bounced around the idea of digging them up and auctioning them as a fundraiser, but the dolphins likely would die in the process, city landscape manager Dan Sereno told them. A vendor planted new topiaries, which began to grow around a dolphin-shaped frame. The process has been slow. A 2015 deadline was extended to 2016, and currently they are expected to be ready this June, Sereno said.

They are about 70 percent filled in, Sereno said, and the growers said if they wait until June, they would have a chance to have their Spring growth spurt, when they grow the most. So the B.I.D. board waits, hoping for the dolphins to grow after years of worrying about trying to make them shrink.

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Amy Snider Senk has lived in Corona del Mar for 17 years was the 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.


America On Track to hold wine tasting fundraiser

On Thursday, April 6, America On Track will host its annual wine tasting fundraiser at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club in Corona del Mar.

The “Pouring from the Heart,” event is a key fundraising event, supporting the organization’s Brighter Futures program.

Wine Tasting

America On Track’s Brighter Futures provides mentoring and leadership programs for the most at-risk kids in Orange County, including children with one or both parents currently incarcerated. Mentors are trained and matched with children in need to create a long-term, positive influence that yields lasting effects.

Tickets for the event are $200 per person. For more information about “Pouring from the Heart” or America On Track, contact Claire Braeburn, executive director at 714.531.7144, or visit www.americaontrack.org.


NHHS to hold Spring Concert tonight

Newport Harbor Choirs presents its Spring Concert tonight, Thursday, March 30 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and there is reserved seating in the Robert Wentz Theatre at Newport Harbor High School.

Performances will include Vocal Ensemble and Ladies Ensemble directed by Jeffrey Ledon, and the Seabee Choir, directed by Sarah Grenier. Kevin Weed will be the accompanist.

Newport Harbor High School is located at 600 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. Call 949.515.6300.


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.

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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The Easter Bunny Arrives at Fashion Island | Continuing through 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 | Continuing through 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, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Stage, South Coast Repertory, 655 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.

Danish National Symphony Orchestra

Danish National Symphony Orchestra to perform at Segerstrom Concert Hall

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.

How the Other Half Lives | March 31 - April 30, Performances at 8 p.m.; Matinees at 2 p.m., 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 Drive, Newport Beach.

Easter Bunny with basket of eggs

Spring Hop to come to Fashion Island | April 1 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The event for the whole family will take place in the Neiman Marcus/Bloomingdale’s Courtyard. Festivities include live entertainment, face painters, balloon artists, flower crown making, arts & crafts, and complimentary sips & light bites from your favorite Fashion Island restaurants. All events are free, and no RSVP is necessary.

Contact: Fashion Island, 949.721.2000, www.ShopFashionIsland.com

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

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

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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.

Finding Dory

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.

Ellis Island: An American Dream | April 9 at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $22. This program dives deeper into Peter Boyer’s stirring work, which celebrates the hopes and fears of immigrants who arrived at Ellis Island in search of a utopian dream. This concert is part of Pacific Symphony’s American Composers Festival 2017.

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

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

Legends Bollywood Dance Championship | April 15 at 5 p.m. Tickets start at $27. Legends Bollywood Dance Championship is the official Bollywood dance championship of Desi Dance Network! Teams at Legends have competed at qualifying competitions from November 2016 to March 2017 for a chance to dance on the grandest stage of them all. Join in cheering on the nine best Bollywood teams from across the nation as they dance off for the title of the first Legends Champion.

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

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Traditional Easter Brunch at The Resort at Pelican Hill | April 16 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Let the little ones delight in an Easter egg hunt and visits with the Easter Bunny, all amid vast Pacific Ocean panoramas. In Mar Vista’s grand ballroom, Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Dubray presents traditional brunch favorites, accented with California and Tuscan flavors. Cost: $128 per adult, $60 per child ages 5 - 12 and complimentary for children under the age of 5. (Excludes tax and service charge.)

Contact: The Resort at Pelican Hill, 855.315.8214, www.pelicanhill.com

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

Easter Bunny Back Bay

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Easter Bunny to hop into Back Bay Bistro | April 16 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Back Bay Bistro celebrates the holiday in style with an elaborate Easter Brunch highlighted by a special visit from the Easter Bunny from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Cost: Adults, $79 includes bottomless Champagne and Mimosas; Children (ages 12 and under), $38. Photos with the Easter Bunny are free!

Contact: Back Bay Bistro, 949.729.1144, www.newportdunes.com/bistro 

Back Bay Bistro at Newport Dunes Resort & Marina is located at 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.

Newport Beach Film Festival

Newport Beach Film Festival | April 20 - 27, Times vary. Celebrated as one of the leading lifestyle film festivals in the U.S., it seeks to bring to Orange County the best of classic and contemporary film-making from around the world. This eight-day event showcases a diverse collection of studio and independent films as well as a Family Film Series that gives filmgoers of all ages the chance to enjoy the festival, along with nightly galas. The festival provides a unique opportunity for attendees to learn more about the directors, actors and producers behind the films. Guests also get the chance to see what may become next year’s Oscar picks and tomorrow’s classics before they’re screened anywhere else!

Contact: Newport Beach Film Festival, 949.253.2880, www.newportbeachfilmfest.com 

Takes place at cinemas and venues throughout Newport Beach.

Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey | April 22 and 23 with performances at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Lightwire Theater presents this cosmic adventure about celebrating differences. What Marvin the mouse wants most is to be popular, but the “cool” rats think he’s a geek and call him a loser. Join Marvin as he blasts off in a homemade rocket and lands on the moon where he meets strange creatures, learns of infinite peril and experiences awesome beauty. Find out if Marvin’s cosmic adventure will ultimately make his dreams of acceptance come true! Combining dance, puppetry and traditional theater, this production features more than 40 delightful characters brought to life by electro-luminescent wires to create a dazzling 3D experience.

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

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

70th Annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race | April 28 - 30 beginning at 11 a.m. This 125-mile overnight race provides the perfect mix of fun and adventure as racers decide whether to head off-shore for stronger winds or to sail the rhumb line towards the finish. With more than 50 trophy categories and numerous classes for monohulls, multihulls and cruisers, the opportunity to “take home the silver” makes this race appealing to all levels of participants. Anticipated is a fleet of 225 yachts. The fastest monohull entered so far this year is Roy Disney’s SC 70 Pyewacket. Returning ORCA winner Bill Gibb’s “Wahoo” will also be back. Spectators can view the race start from a variety of vantage points.

Contact: www.newporttoensenada.com

Balboa Pier, 1 Balboa Pier, Newport Beach.

Painting Class – Easter Basket with Flowers | April 29 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join local artist Erin Houghton as she teaches you how to see and paint color and simple shapes. This class is designed for all levels of painter and non-painter. Houghton’s teaching style is fun and relaxed with a motto of, “if you can color, you can paint.” Each participant will take home their own charming painting, so grab your friends and come paint in the Gardens. Space is limited to 12 people and pre-registration is required.

Sign up at the website. Cost: Friends, $35; Non-Members, $45. 

Contact: 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org.

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

Kids Community Peaceful Painting Workshop | April 29 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Join local artist Stacey Fetterman as she provides a space for children to create, play and tap into the magic within and around us. Children will practice slowing down and pausing for peace as they connect to their inner landscape and the outer landscape of the Gardens, finding inspiration inside and out. Together they will playfully explore techniques that embrace the process of painting and creating art from the heart. In this class, there are no mistakes! Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Suggested for youth ages 8-14. Sign up at the website. Suggested donation: $40. 

Contact: 949.673.2261, or email Stacy Fetterman: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

www.slgardens.org.

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


NBPD Enforcement Operation to focus on motorcycle safety

As part of a grant-funded Special Traffic Enforcement and Crash Prevention (STEP), the Newport Beach Police Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on Friday, March 31.

Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas that are frequented by motorcyclists and where recent traffic collisions have occurred, in an effort to reduce injuries. Education and enforcement will be targeted at drivers and motorcycle riders alike. The officers will be focused on specific offenses including driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, driving on a suspended or revoked license, violations of motorcycle license endorsement, and any other dangerous activities.

Motorcycle

Motorcycle fatalities have risen dramatically in California by more than 28 percent over the decade low of 352 in 2010. In 2013, 453 motorcyclists lost their lives, marking the highest number of deaths in the previous five years. California collision data shows that the primary causes of motorcycle-involved crashes include speeding, unsafe turning and driver/rider impairment due to drugs or alcohol.

During the past two years in the City of Newport Beach, 66 persons were injured in traffic collisions involving motorcycles, but none of these collisions involved a fatality. The Police Department remains dedicated to preventing traffic-related deaths and injuries. They encourage everyone on the road to stay alert and aware of your surroundings, especially when turning or changing lanes. Whether you are on two wheels – or on four – it’s your responsibility to safely share the road.

Safety tips for motorcycle riders: See and be seen.

Use your lane position to increase visibility; change lanes only when there is ample room.

Match your speed to surrounding traffic.

Always wear a DOT-compliant helmet and brightly colored protective clothing.

Ride with lights on, even during daylight hours.

Safety tips for drivers: Share the road.

Look twice for motorcyclists, especially when entering the roadway, turning, or changing lanes.

Remember that motorcyclists are allowed in HOV lanes, unless prohibited by signage.

Funding for these Safety Operations is provided by a grant from the California

Office of Traffic and Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


Luongo and Buffet to appear at Lahaina Galleries

Whether you are an art aficionado, or a beginning collector, you won’t want to miss a very special event – “The Good Life,” with two of the world’s most celebrated artists, together for one truly amazing evening!

Luongo

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“First Red of the Harvest,” 38X28 original and available as a limited edition by artist Aldo Luongo

Aldo Luongo and Guy Buffet will unveil new original masterpieces, limited editions and offer exciting show promotions on Saturday, April 1 at Lahaina Galleries in Fashion Island from 4 - 7 p.m.

Buffet

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“Early Morning in Paris,” 30X40 original acrylic by artist Guy Buffet

For more information and to kindly RSVP, call 949.721.9117 or visit This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lahaina Galleries is located at 1173 Newport Center Drive (below Cheesecake Factory at the street level), Newport Beach. www.lahainagalleries.com


Letter to the Editor:

Reader irked at former Mayor Curry and plenty else in our City

I’m not certain why Tom Johnson thinks we residents want to hear from Mr. Curry but we don’t. His excessive spending on the Taj Mahal city hall, his petty battles with councilman Scott Peotter have grown tedious. Curry was a spendthrift mayor and continues to try to impose his grandiose spending habits on our beach town.

I don’t agree with much of what Mr. Peotter presents nowadays.

But when I see full fire trucks parked in front of supermarkets...yes, I know all of the arguments about training, needing a full complement of men together yada yada yada...but still we are wasting resources on lunches...those guys have cars and do not work five day weeks, can have groceries delivered...I can see the financial arguments for delaying firehouse construction. 

Add to that the unfunded pension liabilities in our town and one can see the reasons for the current city council to be fiscally prudent.

That would be a first for our beloved Newport Beach.

Mark Adams

Newport Beach


JDRF raises $1 million during 2017 Dream Gala and honors CdM resident Ellen Darling

The JDRF Orange County Chapter’s 2017 Dream Gala held on March 18, 2017 at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, brought together influential leaders, sponsors and organization supporters to help raise $1 million for diabetes research – a notable amount for the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Nearly 500 JDRF supporters came together for a magical evening to ‘Make Type 1 Disappear’.

JDRF’s Orange County Chapter was thrilled to honor Tracey McCarter and Ellen Darling, a Corona del Mar resident, for their contributions to Orange County’s T1D community. Emceed by Justin Willman, the 2017 gala was co-chaired by Christina Jenkins, Maria Schechter and Dick Allen.

McCarter and Darling

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(L-R): 2017 JDRF Dream Gala honorees Tracey McCarter and Corona del Mar resident Ellen Darling

The JDRF Dream Gala has been known as one of Orange County’s premier social and charitable events drawing hundreds of business and philanthropic leaders each year to raise funds and awareness for T1D. The night kicked off with hosted cocktails and silent and wine auctions, where guests were presented with the opportunity to win a Toyota Prius donated by Capistrano Toyota. Dinner included Signature Dry-Rub Filet Mignon and Oven Roasted Chilean Sea Bass. Dessert featured Warm Toffee Cake Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Molasses Glaze. The rest of the evening was filled with entertainment by Justin Willman, host of the hit show “Cupcake Wars” on the Food Network, who is a magician and comedian known for his regular appearances on the “Tonight Show,” “Ellen” and “Comedy Central.”  DJ Peter got the crowd up and dancing before the evening ended with an exclusive VIP After Party for the Dream Gala’s sponsors.

McCarter became a part of the Orange County JDRF community when her daughter, Charlize, was diagnosed with T1D in May 2009, at the age of four. Like many of McCarter’s close friends, Darling wanted to help in any way that she could. She and her family immediately acted and became involved with JDRF and used their connections to promote awareness about the disease and raise money to find a cure.

Her family purchases a table at the Dream Gala every year to support the cause, filling it with numerous other individuals that have been among the most generous donors in supporting the quest for a cure.

Darling is partner at K&L Gates, where she concentrates on product liability and commercial litigation, including handling nationwide consumer products class actions. She was named to the Top Women Lawyers of 2011, 2012 and 2013 by The Daily Journal.

“We are thrilled to honor Tracey McCarter and Ellen Darling during our 2017 Dream Gala, not only for their contributions to JDRF, but for their unrivaled advocacy of finding a cure for T1D,” said Cathy Sleva, executive director of JDRF’s Orange County Chapter. “Thanks to our generous supporters and the 500 devoted event attendees, every day JDRF is one step closer to achieving a world without T1D.”

For more information on JDRF, visit jdrf.org.


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

By LANA JOHNSON

Roger’s Gardens and Farmhouse celebrate Spring with delicious food, exquisite florals and eye-catching home decor

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I was thrilled to attend the Spring Celebration at Roger’s Gardens and Farmhouse last Thursday evening, welcoming the season with artistic fresh floral living displays, farm-to-field samplings served with inventive cocktails and new home décor collections. So…I wanted to share!

Chef Rich Mead

Farmhouse Owner and Executive Chef Rich Mead

Farmhouse, under the talented culinary guise of Owner/Executive Chef Rich Mead, presented savory bites and artisan cocktails. Tray passed specialties included shots of cauliflower soup, house cured salmon and grilled Asian short rib in a lettuce wrap. What caught my eye and palate was the Chinese sausage with dried shrimp and Tehachapi grain project farro topped with fried egg…yummy!

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Jason Stephens, Farmhouse bartender and server

In the Gallery, known for its exquisite live blooms, a food sampling table beckoned – indulge. It was filled with Weiser Farm pee wee potato salad bites, roast beef crostini and fried mac balls. The bar featured the Hello Spring Cocktail made from Schaner Farms blood orange, lemon, honey, Green Bar Tru Organic Gin, and garnished with the floral Coleman Family Farm borage. 

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Richie Starr, bartender at Farmhouse with the Hello Spring Cocktail

A thoughtfully put together take away thank-you bag made Spring come alive. It was filled with a bouquet of daffodil stems, potted pineapple mint, an aromatic Trapp candle and glass votive, as well as yummy edibles to include B Toffee with chocolate and pecans, a chocolate chip cookie with a dried citrus rind, Wild Maine blueberry jam from Stonewall Kitchen, a Dardman’s crispy pineapple slice, hibiscus superflower tea and Renee’s Garden heirloom herb seeds.

You will be inspired by the environments at Roger’s Gardens that truly bring the awakening of the season and its beauty into your home and garden. So go and discover their treasures. The knowledgeable staff is so eager to help and answer your home and gardening questions.

Roger’s Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar. For more information on the upcoming garden classes and events, as well as culinary happenings at Farmhouse, visit www.rogersgardens.com.

Ciao Vincenza!


Spring Hop to come to Fashion Island

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Fashion Island in partnership with OC Mom Blog is hosting “Spring Hop,” on Saturday, April 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event for the whole family will take place in the Neiman Marcus/Bloomingdale’s Courtyard.

Festivities include live entertainment, face painters, balloon artists, flower crown making, arts & crafts, and complimentary sips & light bites from your favorite Fashion Island restaurants. All events are free, and no RSVP is necessary.

For complete details, visit www.ShopFashionIsland.com. Call 949.721.2000.


Spring Break Camps for fun, adventure

Calling all kids! Don’t be couch potatoes during Spring Break. There are plenty of fun, interactive camps to attend. Here are some suggestions.

Newport Beach Recreation & Senior Services Department is offering a variety of camps held from April 10 - 14 for different ages.

Spring Break Camp for K - 6th grade on Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Community Youth Center, Grant Howland Park, 3000 Fifth Ave., Corona del Mar. Enjoy crafts, games, tournaments and various structured activities with a field trip on Wednesday. Cost: $150.

Camp Playball for 3 - 9 years of age on Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Grant Howland Park, 3000 Fifth Ave., Corona del Mar. Learn the basics for sports such as soccer, tennis, hockey, basketball, baseball, volleyball and more. Enjoy high-energy games like relay races and obstacle courses. Campers will receive a T-shirt and create a daily art project. Cost: $165.

Superheroes, Capes and Crusaders for 3 - 6 years of age on Monday - Friday from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. at 16th Street Rec Center, 870 West 16th St. Grab your cape because mega energy is required for this action-packed camp. You’ll learn to save the day through challenging obstacle courses, floor exercises and creative movement followed by a themed craft. Final day, campers will put on a performance for family and friends. Cost: $160.

Little Mermaid

Under the Sea Mermaid Dance Camp for 3 - 6 years of age on Monday - Friday from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the Community Youth Center, Grant Howland Park, 3000 Fifth Ave., Corona del Mar. Let’s go deep sea diving and explore the wonders of the ocean through song, dance and dramatic play. Each day, campers will learn a dance routine to a song from “The Little Mermaid.” Final day performance and a special visit from Ariel! Cost: $160.

Fairy Tale Princess Ballet Camp for 3 - 6 years of age on Monday - Friday from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the Community Youth Center, Grant Howland Park, 3000 Fifth Ave., Corona del Mar. Dress up in your most beautiful princess costume and come over for a magical time featuring all things Fairytale. A royal ballet lesson will be taught, followed by snack & story time and end with an enchanting craft. Expect a surprise visit from a real princess! Cost: $160.

Jazz, Hip-Hop and Creative Dance for 6 - 12 years of age on Monday - Friday from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. at 16th Street Rec Center, 870 West 16th St. Campers will learn new and exciting dance moves featuring all the latest choreography. Basic hip-hop, Jazz and creative moves will be taught. Please pack a lunch/snack and a water bottle. A $20 material fee is payable to the instructor on the first day. Cost: $160.

Marine and Microscopic World for 5 - 12 years of age on Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Cliff Drive Community Center, 301 Riverside Ave. In this hands-on biology workshop, learn about the living organisms that are very small and some that we can’t even see with our eyes. Find out about marine animals from starfish, clams, shrimp, fish and more in the afternoon, and perform cool biology experiments. Older kids (8-12) will perform dissections, while younger kids observe (5-7). A $90 material fee will be due to the instructor on the first day. Cost: $290.

Marine Animals: Amazing Waterworld for 5 - 12 years of age on Monday - Friday from 1 - 4 p.m. at the Cliff Drive Community Center, 301 Riverside Ave. Learn about many marine animals from starfish, clams, shrimp, fish and more. You’ll perform cool biology experiments. Older kids (8-12) will perform dissections, while younger kids observe (5-7). A $50 material fee will be due to the instructor on the first day. Cost: $150.

Microscopic World for 5 - 12 years of age on Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Cliff Drive Community Center, 301 Riverside Ave. Learn about the living organisms that are very small and some that we can’t even see with our eyes. Get up close and personal with live organisms using a microscope on some topics and perform cool biology experiments on others. A $50 material fee will be due to the instructor on the first day. Cost: $150.

Intro to STEM Using LEGO Camp for 5-6 years of age on Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Newport Coast Community Center, 6401 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Coast. Ratchet up your imagination with tens of thousands of LEGO! Build engineer-designed projects such as motorcycles, castles, airplanes and monorails. Then use special pieces to create your own unique design. Cost: $198.

STEM Challenge Using LEGO Camp for 7-12 years of age on Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Newport Coast Community Center, 6401 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Coast. Level up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as belt-drive cars, truss bridges, rail racers and pneumatic forklifts. Cost: $198.

Chess Club for 5 - 12 years of age on Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at 16th Street Rec Center, 870 West 16th St. Introduces chess to students of all skill levels and teaches youngsters how to play chess and help them succeed in school by stimulating their problem solving, analytical and critical thinking skills. Learn chess strategies that will impress your friends and family. Participate in fun chess-related crafts, and play games of life-sized chess where you take on roles of chess pieces and compete for chess prizes! Cost: $160.

Spring Break Sewing Camp for 8 - 15 years of age on Monday - Friday from 1 - 4 p.m. at the Community Youth Center, Grant Howland Park, 3000 Fifth Ave., Corona del Mar. Learn to sew with Fashion Camp, who will teach you all about the sewing machine – how to thread, load a bobbin and how to do basic stitching techniques. Then you’ll cut and sew two projects over the course of the week. A $40 material fee will be due to the instructor on the first day. Cost: $325.

Mixed Media and Clay Camp for 5 - 12 years of age on Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Lisa Albert Art Studio, 440 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa. A variety of mediums will be explored such as painting, pastels, watercolors, collage and printing plus clay, sculpture, glazing and firing. Art projects will be definite keepsakes. All materials are included. Bring an old T-shirt and snack. A $45 material fee will be due to the instructor on the first day. Cost: $275.

Spring & Pretty Things Art Camp for 6 - 12 years of age on Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Timree Art Studio, 365 Old Newport Blvd. Each day, students will create a painting and two crafts, and get creative! Campers must bring a lunch; snack will be provided. A $20 material fee will be due to the instructor on the first day. Cost: $185.

Skateboarding Spring Break Camp for 5 - 13 years of age on Monday - Friday from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. at the Community Youth Center, Grant Howland Park, 3000 Fifth Ave., Corona del Mar. Skateboarding was just added to the 2020 Olympics! Whether you are just learning or ready to learn advanced tricks, this camp is right for you. Make new friends, advance your skills, play games and most importantly, have fun in the private skatepark. A signed Skatedogs waiver form, a skateboard, knee pads, elbow pads and a helmet are required.  Cost: $174.

Erik Nelsen Surf Camps/Spring for 5 - 14 years of age on Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at West Newport Park, 5800 Seashore Drive (and Nordina Street). Join in this exciting co-ed surf camp, where youth will receive surf instruction, learn ocean awareness, tide cycles, wave types, eco-friendly beach exercises and beach activities, including relay races, beach flags and other junior lifeguard games. Ocean safety will be taught and practiced by the professional staff, who are CPR and First Aid certified. A pro surfer will be on hand to share their surfing knowledge on Friday afternoon, along with having a pizza party. Soft surfboards, wetsuits and tents for shade are provided. There is a 4:1 student to instructor ratio. Participants receive a camp T-shirt, goodie bag, and a group and individual photo. Carpool-style pick-up and drop-off for parents. Cost: $500.

Spring Break Boating Camp for 6 - 16 years of age on Monday - Friday from 1 - 3 p.m. at Marina Park, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd. Children will learn to sail or improve their skills in eight-foot sabots, Lido 14’s, and RS dinghies and keelboats. Instructors work with campers on an individual basis, so that they maximize their “on the water” knowledge and potential. Kayaks and paddleboards add to the fun, with bay tours and trips to other beaches. Cost: $275.

For additional information, visit www.newportbeachca.gov/recreation.

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At the Environmental Nature Center, a few spots are still available for Spring Break Camp, which runs from April 10 - 13. Each day, campers will rotate between three camp teachers and participate in exciting, age-appropriate hands-on activities. Full and half day camps are open to youngsters from kindergarten through 6th grade. Among the activities are hiking through the nature center with Ms. Valerie to meet different groups of animals and learn about their habitats through art, science, dramatic and nature play; learn science projects that students can replicate at home with supervision and create crafts; discover honeybees and the important role they play in sustaining the successfulness of wild plants and crops; younger “full day” campers will grow Gummi worms and bears in a fun and educational science experiment, as well as participate in a group art project, go on a nature scavenger hunt, make shave ice and go on a walking field trip to Nektar Juice Bar, and older “full day” campers will get their hands dirty and learn how to make lots of different fun and interesting crafts – from slime to bottle rockets to paper beads. Costs: Full-day member, $238; full-day non-member, $265; half-day member, $162; half-day non-member, $180. Class ratio: 10 students per teacher with a high school assistant. To register or for more information, visit www.encenter.org, or call 949.645.8489. Environmental Nature Center is located at 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach.

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ENC camper gets creative with nature


Police Files

Switchblades a-plenty found during traffic stops this week

Monday at 3:23 a.m., an officer on patrol near MacArthur Boulevard spotted a vehicle with expired registration and initiated a routine traffic stop.

The driver, identified as Jonathan Bell, 32, of Orange, was unable to provide ID, vehicle registration, or proof of insurance. He also didn’t have a driver’s license.

The passenger, Mary DeZavallos, 31, of Huntington Beach, had a fixed blade knife in a sheath on the small of her back.

“A search of the vehicle revealed multiple BB guns, BB gun shells, ammunition and magazines, burglary tools, a bat wrapped in barbed wire, ammunition, pills and illegal narcotics, and a stolen social security card,” said Jennifer Manzella, NBPD spokesperson. 

The duo was arrested on charges of drug possession, illegal weapons possession, possession of stolen property, and identity theft. 

Sunday at 2:43 a.m., officers stopped a vehicle with no license plate light on McFadden Place.

The driver, Lucas Brodowski, 36, of National City, had a state ID but no driver’s license, vehicle registration, or proof of insurance.

“Brodowski advised the officer that he had a pocket knife, but failed to advise the officer that he was on probation,” said Manzella. “The knife was a switchblade with a blade approximately 4 inches in length.”

He was also found to have narcotics and drug paraphernalia.

Brodowski was arrested on charges of drug possession and possession of a switchblade.

Finally, Sunday night at 9:32 p.m., an officer stopped a vehicle on Seashore Drive for only having one working headlight. 

The driver, Jorge Carrillo, 24, of Stanton, was driving on a suspended license.

“A search of the vehicle revealed a switchblade knife with an approximately 3-inch blade in the center console,” said Manzella.

Carrillo was arrested for driving on a suspended license and possession of a switchblade. 

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


Police are appreciated at annual breakfast

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(L-R): Chief Jon T. Lewis, Marcia Strack, Bryan Moore, Wendy Koudelka, Anthony Yim, and Nick Ott

The 46th Annual Police Appreciation Breakfast was held yesterday, March 29, at the Hyatt Regency, Newport Beach. The event was hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Commodores Club, and sponsored by the Maseeh Family, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian and Newport Beach & Company. 

Members of the Police Department were honored at the breakfast that was attended by city staff, community leaders and members of the local business community.

Nominations for the Police Department Annual Awards are collected by committees for each award category, then discussed by the respective committees, before submitting their recommendations to the Chief of Police for consideration. The following members of the Police Department received recognition in the listed categories: Officer Anthony Yim, Officer of the Year; Sergeant Bryan Moore, Sworn Supervisor of the Year; Communications Manager Wendy Koudelka, Civilian Supervisor of the Year; Animal Control Officer Nick Ott, Civilian of the Year; and Volunteer Marcia Strack, Volunteer of the Year.

At the Awards Breakfast, the Police Department also premiered a video entitled “Your Police Officer.” The video can be accessed at http://bit.ly/YourPoliceOfficer.


On the Harbor: Completing Cabo not that easy

By LEN BOSE

All of your well wishes seemed to have paid off for us aboard the Santa Cruz 50 Horizon in the Newport Beach to Cabo race earlier this month. Out of the 22 boats that started we were one of six that finished the race. 

With the lack of wind at the start, fog and the cold weather it was quite enticing to drop out being abeam of Ensenada 48 hours into the race.

The way I saw it, once Roy Disney’s boat, Pyewacket, dropped out of the race, the herd just followed them in. Talking to the other crews, many boats did not have enough water, food, fuel or patience to finish the race. 

Aboard Horizon we had all the above and decided to push on, 21 knots of breeze showed up our last day on the water. The whole crew was pleased to have completed the race and took it as valuable time on the water with our team in preparation for this years Trans Pac race to Hawaii.

Newport Harbor Yacht Club (NHYC) did an outstanding job in greeting us at the dock on our arrival at 3 a.m., with more than 10 NHYC volunteers providing warm welcomes and cold beverages. 

Mindy and Nik Froehlich rallied the troops and our crew, then took us straight into the Awards/Trophy Presentation in the Baja Cantina. 

The Santa Cruz 70’s Grand Illusion and Holua finished 1st and 2nd in class and overall. We finished third overall and 1st in our class. The Reichel/Pugh 77 Zephyrus finished 1st in class and fourth overall. 

A huge well done has to be given to the NHYC Commodore Dwight Belden, who was the PRO and the Froehlichs for keeping the energy level so high and competitors well taken care of.

NHYC is not stopping after Cabo, they are moving straight into our harbor’s flagship regatta, the Baldwin Cup April 6th, 7th and 8th. This is the 10th year that NHYC has been using Harbor 20’s in a team race 4v4 format. 

The Royal Thames Yacht Club from London, UK, will be traveling the farthest to attend this year’s event, along with the New York Yacht Club, Larchmont Yacht Club and Seawanhaka Yacht club, all from New York. 

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2017 Baldwin Cup, April 6th - April 8th; Newport Harbor Yacht Club’s Team Thunder may make it four in a row

The raining three-year champions are from the NHYC Team Thunder. Most of the teams will be returning with Justin Law, Jeff Gordon, Caleb Silsby, Kayla McComb, Brian Bissell, Perry Bissell, Jon Pinckney and Gale Pinckney. 

Missing from last year’s team is Michael Menninger who now lives up in the Bay Area. It has been said that Menninger was strong-armed by the St. Francis Yacht Club to jump ship from NHYC Team Thunder for this year’s event. 

Justin “Lawman” Law, the team captain of NHYC Team Thunder, said, “Menninger’s leaving is understandable and with Caleb Silsby rejoining the team we got it covered. There is going to be some very tight racing this year! We are ready, I am ready to go sailing.”

Watching the Baldwin Cup marks the start of the sailing season and the migration of the local sailors to NHYC for the 25-cent beers and spectator seating in front of the club on the main dock. Not sure how NHYC is going to pull it off without a clubhouse this year, but from watching Commodore Belden’s team provide outstanding hospitality at the Cabo race, something tells me this year’s Baldwin Cup will be one for the history books.

The Harbor 20 fleet is always busy this time of year and over the last three weeks we started BCYC Weiss Series, then completed the NHYC Spring Gold Cup and Earl Corkett regattas. 

This Sunday Weiss series, number 2, will be sailed in the five-point area of the harbor. Cole Pomery sailing A Salt & Battery has a big lead in C fleet after the first race of the series. Deb and Peter Haynes will have to keep Jessica Newman behind them to hold on to their lead in B fleet. In A fleet, Walter Johnson aboard Fortunate-Lee has Bill Menninger two points behind him.

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While walking around the harbor this week I stopped suddenly and almost raised both of my arms in the air like an NFL referee signaling a touchdown while walking into the Duffy shipyard.

I glanced up onto the water and first noticed the new, dark blue hull, 58’ Duffield semi-planning motor yacht designed by Zurn Yacht Design and built by Duffield Yachts. It was love at first sight and as I approached, my heart pounded harder. With quick glances at the stainless steel wing door hinges, the welds in the railing, along with the overall fit and finish of the yacht – it left me in awe. 

You will be able to see her at the Newport Boat Show the end of this month at Lido Village. She alone is worth the price of admission.

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Len Bose is a yachting enthusiast, yacht broker and harbor columnist for StuNewsNewport.


You’re not gonna want to run from these cops

For the 13th year in a row, the Newport Beach Police Department’s Running Team placed first in their category at the Baker to Vegas 120-Mile Challenge Cup Relay. 

Running teams from 270 law enforcement agencies from around the world competed in the 33rd annual relay, which was held last weekend on March 25 and 26. 

The Newport Beach team has placed first in its category fifteen times in the last seventeen years. This year, the team placed 1st in their Division (agencies with 100-150 sworn officers) and 16th overall.

Twenty runners, four alternates, and a team of 16 support personnel participated in the grueling race - a course that includes climbing over 5,000 feet in elevation, descending through the winding back roads of the Mojave Desert. The non-stop race began 24 miles outside the town of Baker, CA, Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. and ended in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sunday morning shortly after 7 a.m.  

The team completed the event in an impressive 15 hours and 6 minutes, shaving 15 minutes off their final time from last year’s event.

“I want to applaud our running team and our support crew,” said Chief Jon T. Lewis. “The runners, who have spent months training for this event, showed incredible physical fitness and mental fortitude during the long and difficult relay. But, above all, it is the teamwork and dedication of everyone involved that makes me proud. Congratulations on a job well done.”

All participants train on their own time and pay their own way to participate in this event. Sponsors helped support the NBPD Running Team by contributing funds for the entry fee, team running shirts, support vehicles, and other miscellaneous expenditures.

Sponsors of the Running Team include: A Snail’s Pace Running Shop, AirEL Illuminations, Mazda USA, Pyramid Fencing, Sterling BMW, The Ben Carlson Foundation, Josh Bastian, Heather Buchta, Jamie Owen, Casey & Pete Garcia, Kristin Miller, Steve Rosansky, Dave & Robyn Grant, and Jose M. Velez.


Youth Track Meet of Champions this Friday

On Friday, March 31, local youths, ages six to 15 (born between 2002 and 2010), will compete in fun, track and field events designed for all skill and experience levels during the Youth Track Meet of Champions. The competitions will be held at the Corona del Mar High School Football Field from 2:30 - 8 p.m., with opening ceremonies at 4 p.m., registration concluding at 4 p.m., and events beginning at 4:30 p.m.

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Runners competing in last year’s Youth Track Meet of Champions

The City of Newport Beach and the Newport-Balboa Rotary Club co-host this multi-event competition, which is held in memory of Frank E. Anderson, a long-time Rotarian and supporter of youth sports. 

Depending on age and year of birth, participants are placed into one of eight divisions to compete against others their own age. The top six finishers in each event and division are eligible to receive awards, and to represent Newport Beach in the upcoming Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation’s Orange County Qualifying Meet. Field events include: long jump, high jump, softball throw and shot put. Running events include: 100 m, 200m, 400 m, 800 m, 1600 m and 50 m dash.

All participants will receive an event T-shirt.

For additional information: Justin Schmillen, 949.644.3160; Molly Patience, 949.644.3145; and Cody Hudson, 949.644.3154. To view the events schedule, visit http://www.teamsideline.com/Assets/227/YTF/Youth%20Track%20and%20Field%20Timeline.pdf.

Corona del Mar High School is located at 2102 Eastbluff Drive, Newport Beach.


What to do with Lower Sunset View Park extension

The Newport Beach Parks, Beaches & Recreation (PB&R) Commission will discuss the proposed Lower Sunset View Park Extension project on Tuesday, April 4 at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, located at 100 Civic Center Drive. Community members are invited to be part of the process to shape this future amenity for the West Newport area.

The proposed project is located on the northeast corner of the Superior Avenue and West Coast Highway intersection. Currently, the area has an existing parking lot, which primarily serves visitors to the beach and Sunset Ridge Park. 

The initial proposal includes expanding the parking and creating a new, recreational area in the undeveloped space between the parking lot and the recently upgraded Sunset View Park.

The PB&R Commission will consider public input and provide guidance to staff on the proposed project to begin the conceptual design process. Additional public meetings with the community, the PB&R Commission and the City Council will take place as the project continues to develop. 

Previous recreational ideas for this area included a dog park, play equipment, exercise circuit, restrooms and open space.

Public comments are welcome during the PB&R Commission meeting or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Recall of Councilman Peotter apparently moving forward

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There have been whispers for the last few months about a potential recall against members of the Newport Beach City Council. The most oft-mentioned name has been Councilman Scott Peotter.

Well, this week it appears that movement is moving ahead. 

In a confidential email forwarded to me, there are several reasons cited: “As most of you know (Scott) is the homophobic, extreme right-wing, mean spirited man who currently represents us. He moved to CdM shortly before becoming our representative a little more than two years ago.”

Also outlined in the message was the process. Those desiring the recall need 45 “high profile CdM residents” to sign the Bill of Indictment prior to beginning to collect 8,500 verifiable signatures to start the process.

A meeting has been scheduled at a Big Canyon residence for next Tuesday, April 4, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to gather the initial signatures.

After that, the group will begin collecting the 8,500 required signatures from across Newport Beach.

I reached out to Peotter for his reaction: “I will say that it is important that I represent the entire city and not simply a special interest group that doesn’t agree with my effort to represent the little guy. People that want to use the force of government to get their way are always going to object to someone that fights for individual liberties. But I am not concerned by their intimidation and bullying tactics and I will continue to stand up for the little guy.”

Stay tuned to the front of a supermarket near you as the signature process begins again for the second time in a little over four months.

Last time, with the Museum House, things got ugly. Let’s hope we can do better this time.

Elsewhere around town, St. James the Great Episcopal Church is in the midst of a trial to try and retain their church property. Several years back, Bishop J. Jon Bruno closed and attempted to sell the property of the church at 3209 Via Lido.

However, Bruno is now on trial for allegations of misconduct.

Stay tuned, the trial should be quick.

Lastly, the Ritz Prime Seafood restaurant has closed indefinitely. The current operator, Grill Concepts, has apparently sold the operation.

Now, let’s be honest, there was always only one Ritz in town. Hans Prager ran the original in Newport Center for years. It had qualities that couldn’t be replicated, including art, menu, bar, dedicated employees and the mystique of business deals taking place over lunch.

As the old saying goes, you can’t put lipstick on a pig. To me, this was just that. Good luck to whoever comes in next. Just a word for the wise, no Ritz.


Stump the Stu

Old Landing is somewhere in the City, but where?

This plaque references the first commerce on Newport Bay all the way back in 1870. It also explains the naming of our fair city and what our early founders were up to. The question is, where’s it located?

Take the challenge of Stump the Stu each Monday and submit your answers to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The correct answer will be in Thursday’s edition and on our Facebook page. 

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

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Stump the Stu

She’s no Flora, Sabine-derived goddess of flowers

Well, if you were “stumped” by our woman think Armstrong Garden Centers on Coast Highway. She’s there every day. If you haven’t noticed her before, you now regularly will.

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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Sherman Library opens new exhibit and archives

Sherman Library’s Fourth Annual Open House takes place Wednesday, March 29 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The event will feature the opening of a new exhibit - The General: The Life of M. H. Sherman

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M.H. Sherman is among the new historic exhibit

Visitors will also see many rarely displayed historical books, maps, documents and photographs relating to the history of the Pacific Southwest. Behind-the-scenes tours of the archives, which are normally closed to the public, will be available throughout the evening.

Light refreshments will be served. To RSVP, call 949.673.1880.

Sherman Gardens is located at 614 Dahlia Ave., Corona del Mar.


School District to discuss district boundaries 

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District has seven Board of Education members who are each elected to four-year terms. The terms are staggered by two years. Board elections are held during the general election in November of even numbered years. Currently, board members are elected through an at-large voting system by which each member is elected by the entire jurisdiction, but is required to reside in a particular trustee area. Education Code section 5030 authorizes this. 

Due to the extensive population growth on the east side of the district, the superintendent convened a committee to review trustee areas. The committee, with the assistance of a demographer, was tasked with balancing the seven trustee areas to each have proportionate population and take into consideration traditional redistricting principles, such as: trustee area should be compact and contiguous; should consider communities of interest; should consider man-made and natural geographic features; and should continue with at least one majority-minority trustee area. 

At its February 28 meeting, the NMUSD Board of Education called for the equalization of trustee area boundaries by population, and initiated the change to voting by trustee area elections, commencing with the November 2018 Board of Education elections. 

As part of the adjustment of trustee area boundaries, the District will conduct two initial public hearings to review trustee area boundaries and receive public input. Upon receiving and considering from the two public hearings, the Board of Education will have two additional public hearings prior to adoption of the seven new trustee area boundaries. 

The first hearing is Wednesday, March 29 in the Rea Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Rea Elementary is located at 661 Hamilton Ave., Costa Mesa.

The second hearing is Thursday, March 30 in the Corona del Mar High School Lecture Hall from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. CdMHS is located at 2101 Eastbluff Drive.

Please attend one of the two public hearings to learn more and to provide your input. 

Recommended School District Map

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Recommended school district map

Current School District Map

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Current school district map


Police Files

Tear gas was just the beginning for this Newport felon

Tuesday at 4:12 a.m. at 58th Street and Seashore Drive, Newport Beach police officers made contact with Bryan Greenwald, a 30-year-old Newport Beach resident.

Greenwald, a convicted felon, was found to be in possession of a tear gas weapon, which, in California, includes pepper spray – and is illegal for felons to have.  

During the arrest officers also found drugs and drug paraphernalia as well as burglary tools. 

Greenwald was also found to have appropriated lost property and a forged driver’s license.

The six charges brought against him meant he was booked and held without bail. 

Sleeping through your friend’s arrest can still get you arrested

On Friday at 8:30 p.m., officers contacted three people in a vehicle parked at Drakes Bay Drive and Point Arguello Way.

Two of its occupants, Christopher Joseph Laiosa, 33, Carlsbad, and Joseph Nolan Hopkins, 29, were arrested for conspiring to commit a crime. Laiosa was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and narcotics, while Nolan was arrested on a warrant from Palo Alto. 

Information on what crime they were conspiring to commit was not available.

Meanwhile, Breanna Hopkins, 28, Las Vegas, slept through their escapade and was charged with sleeping in a car – a Newport Beach municipal code violation. 

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


Pet of the Week Dog and Cat print

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

Cheddar

Courtesy of Newport Beach 

Animal Shelter

MEET CHEDDAR

Cheddar is a 3-year old, 17 lb. domestic short haired Orange Tabby. He is neutered, microchipped and up to date on vaccines. He likes other cats and enjoys exploring the cat room with the other cats when its cleaning time. He will beg for treats, so we now know how he got his larger figure.

Adoption costs at the shelter:

Dogs - $130

Puppies - $150

Cats - $90

Kittens - $110

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

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

To find out how you can help support the shelter, visit www.nbpd.org and click on “Our Animal Shelter” to view the wish list. They can always use laundry soap, dish soap and cat litter. If you are interested in volunteering, you can fill out and sign the application on the website.


Passenger traffic down at JWA year-over-year

JWA Airline Passenger

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Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport decreased in February 2017 as compared with February 2016. In February 2017, the Airport served 711,010 passengers, a decrease of 7.5 percent when compared with the February 2016 passenger traffic count of 768,864. 

In February 2017, commercial aircraft operations decreased 7.9 percent and commuter aircraft operations decreased 64.6 percent when compared with February 2016 levels.

Total aircraft operations decreased in February 2017 as compared with the same month in 2016. In February 2017, there were 19,649 total aircraft operations (take-offs and landings), an 11.3 percent decrease compared to 22,152 total aircraft operations in February 2016.

General aviation activity, which accounted for 67.7 percent of the total aircraft operations during February 2017, decreased 12.3 percent when compared with February 2016.

The top three airlines in February 2017 based on passenger count were Southwest Airlines (296,901), American Airlines (112,906) and United Airlines (106,770).


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

NB Central Library

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Upcoming Events & Workshops 

Medicine in Our Backyard: Dr. C. Gregory Albers and Dr. William Karnes, March 27 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. They will speak on colorectal health. C. Gregory Albers, M.D., FACG is the Director, Diagnostic Services, H.H. Chao Comprehensive Digestive Center and Professor, Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Department of Medicine, UC Irvine School of Medicine.  Dr. Karnes is a fellowship-trained gastroenterologist who specializes in disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, including colorectal cancer screening, gastrointestinal reflux disease, swallowing disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, peptic ulcers and esophageal disorders. The event is free. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; Lecture with a Q&A from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. For more information, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 949.717.3818.

Tuesdays @ 2: YouTube Basics, March 28 from 2 - 4 p.m. Enhance your YouTube experience with tips and tricks on viewing, browsing and searching for your favorite videos. Central Library Friends Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Let’s Talk Tech: Photoshop & Lynda.com, March 28 from 7 - 8 p.m. Staff utilizes tutorials from Lynda.com to present an entry-level overview of Photoshop. Learn how to use the valuable resources in the Media Lab by attending these free training classes. This provides helpful training to navigate and enhance the Media Lab and Lynda.com. Participants must have a valid library card to attend each session. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Legos

Lego “Block” Party, March 29 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program. No registration required. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Artwork by Wassily Kandinsky

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Artwork by Wassily Kandinsky, 1923

Beyond the Canvas: Wassily Kandinsky, March 29 from 7 - 8 p.m. Award-winning professor Jacqueline Hahn will continue this fascinating art lecture series on legendary artists’ lives and artistic movements. Wassily Kandinksy was a Russian painter and art theorist. He is credited with painting one of the first purely abstract works. Born in Moscow, Kandinsky spent his childhood in Odessa, where he graduated at Grekov Odessa Art school. Kandinsky’s creation of abstract work followed a long period of development and maturation of intense thought based on his artistic experiences. He called this devotion to inner beauty, fervor of spirit, and spiritual desire inner necessity; it was a central aspect of his art. Learn more about the great masters of art in a fascinating visual presentation. Free to the public; seating is first come, first served. Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Genealogy Research Skills 102: Evidence Evaluation, March 29 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. The strengths and weaknesses of data found in genealogical records, databases, and online websites are based upon the credibility, reliability, and quality of the data contained within the material. This class will explain how to classify and analyze sources, information, and evidence found in genealogical material as well as how those classifications help you identify and use the best quality material in your research. Registration is required. Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

AP Practice Test, April 1 from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Sharpen your test-taking skills with a free, full-length practice AP test, in partnership with C2 Education of Newport Beach. Students can choose between AP World History, AP US History, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, and AP Calculus AB. Students do not need to bring pencil or paper, but can bring a calculator if they wish. Results will be presented at a separate results program on April 13 at 7 p.m.  Free, but registration is required and space is limited. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Rainy Day Crafts, April 1 at 12 - 3 p.m. Enjoy crafting fun full of April showers and May flowers. Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Abbit the Average, April 12 at 3:30 p.m. Celebrate National Library Week with the Comedy Magic & Juggling Variety Show presented by Abbit the Average. Balboa Branch Library, 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076.

It’s Your Estate, April 3 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. This annual eight-week series of workshops provides attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning issues so that they can be in charge of their estates during their lifetimes and beyond. This first workshopencompasses an introduction and quiz. Free, but a $10 donation is suggested at the door. Series moderator is Peter Kote, founder of Professional Fiduciary Services, which provides trustee, executor services and charitable counseling for individuals and organizations. He will lead these workshops with the assistance of selected financial experts. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Let’s Make Comics, April 13 at 4 p.m. Join comic book artist Javier Hernandez for an interactive workshop that shows kids hot to make their own comic book story to take home; for grades 4 - 12. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Wake Up! Newport, April 6 at 7:15 a.m. A free opportunity to meet one on one with legislative and government officials, and stay updated on current local, state and federal issues. Breakfast treats are provided. Reservations are requested. Contact Pam Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.729.4411. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Dr Wade Davis

Dr. Wade Davis

The Witte Lecture Series presents Dr. Wade Davis, April 8 at 2 p.m. The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World. Dr. Davis was named by the National Geographic Society as one of the Explorers for the Millennium, and has been described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity.” His lecture will explore the world’s indigenous cultures to answer a fundamental question: What does it mean to be human and alive? He is professor of Anthropology and the BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at the University of British Columbia. Tickets, $35 are required. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 949.548.2411. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

National Library Week, April 9 - 15. This year’s theme is Libraries Transform. Enjoy special children’s events at the Central Library and Balboa, Corona del Mar and Mariners branches as well as a full schedule of learning opportunities with business workshops, tech talks, book discussions and more.

Balloons

Annie Banannie, Balloon Storyteller, April 15 at 3 p.m. Annie Bannanie’s balloon theater and storytelling will amaze and delight children of all ages. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Lisa See

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Author Lisa See is the featured speaker at the Gift of Literacy Luncheon

10th Annual Gift of Literacy Author Luncheon with Lisa See, April 21 at 11 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel Newport Beach. Presented by Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy, the luncheon features guest speaker, author Lisa See, who will talk about her newest release, “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.” See, who is the author of New York Times bestsellers, “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,” “Peony in Love,” “Shanghai Girls” and “Dreams of Joy,” is known for immersing her readers in captivating tales, rich in Chinese history and intricate relationships between women.  Advance registration is required. Tickets can be purchased online at www.newportliteracy.org, or by calling Literacy Services at the Newport Beach Public Library, 949.717.3874. Tickets are $95 per person and include a signed hardcopy edition of “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.” Additional books will also be available for purchase and author signing. 

Radisson Hotel Newport Beach is located at 4545 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach.

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

Isabel Wilkerson

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Isabel Wilkerson

The Witte Lecture Series presents Isabel Wilkerson, April 28 at 7 p.m. and April 29 at 2 p.m. Our Racial Moment of Truth. In this timely lecture, Isabel Wilkerson addresses the persistence of racial injustice as a national challenge and what history can teach us as we work to resolve it. Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for her work as Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times, making her the first black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize and the first African-American to win for individual reporting. She has appeared on national programs such as CBS’ 60 Minutes, NPR’s Fresh Air and PBS› NewsHour and Charlie Rose Show. Tickets, $50 are required. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 949.548.2411. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Flotsam book cover

Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes 

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.newportkids.org

Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

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

Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

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

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

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

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

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

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

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

www.newportbeachlibrary.org


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

NB Central Library

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Upcoming Events & Workshops 

It’s Your Estate, April 3 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. This annual eight-week series of workshops provides attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning issues so that they can be in charge of their estates during their lifetimes and beyond. This first workshopencompasses an introduction and quiz. Free, but a $10 donation is suggested at the door. Series moderator is Peter Kote, founder of Professional Fiduciary Services, which provides trustee, executor services and charitable counseling for individuals and organizations. He will lead these workshops with the assistance of selected financial experts. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Wake Up! Newport, April 6 at 7:15 a.m. A free opportunity to meet one on one with legislative and government officials, and stay updated on current local, state and federal issues. Breakfast treats are provided. Reservations are requested. Contact Pam Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.729.4411. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Dr Wade Davis

Dr. Wade Davis

The Witte Lecture Series presents Dr. Wade Davis, April 8 at 2 p.m. The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World. Dr. Davis was named by the National Geographic Society as one of the Explorers for the Millennium, and has been described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity.” His lecture will explore the world’s indigenous cultures to answer a fundamental question: What does it mean to be human and alive? He is professor of Anthropology and the BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at the University of British Columbia. Tickets, $35 are required. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 949.548.2411. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

National Library Week, April 9 - 15. This year’s theme is Libraries Transform. Enjoy special children’s events at the Central Library and Balboa, Corona del Mar and Mariners branches as well as a full schedule of learning opportunities with business workshops, tech talks, book discussions and more.

Balloons

Annie Banannie, Balloon Storyteller, April 15 at 3 p.m. Annie Bannanie’s balloon theater and storytelling will amaze and delight children of all ages. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838.

Lisa See

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Author Lisa See is the featured speaker at the Gift of Literacy Luncheon

10th Annual Gift of Literacy Author Luncheon with Lisa See, April 21 at 11 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel Newport Beach. Presented by Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy, the luncheon features guest speaker, author Lisa See, who will talk about her newest release, “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.” See, who is the author of New York Times bestsellers, “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,” “Peony in Love,” “Shanghai Girls” and “Dreams of Joy,” is known for immersing her readers in captivating tales, rich in Chinese history and intricate relationships between women.  Advance registration is required. Tickets can be purchased online at www.newportliteracy.org, or by calling Literacy Services at the Newport Beach Public Library, 949.717.3874. Tickets are $95 per person and include a signed hardcopy edition of “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.” Additional books will also be available for purchase and author signing. 

Radisson Hotel Newport Beach is located at 4545 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach.

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

Isabel Wilkerson

Photo by Joe Henson

Isabel Wilkerson

The Witte Lecture Series presents Isabel Wilkerson, April 28 at 7 p.m. and April 29 at 2 p.m. Our Racial Moment of Truth. In this timely lecture, Isabel Wilkerson addresses the persistence of racial injustice as a national challenge and what history can teach us as we work to resolve it. Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for her work as Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times, making her the first black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize and the first African-American to win for individual reporting. She has appeared on national programs such as CBS’ 60 Minutes, NPR’s Fresh Air and PBS› NewsHour and Charlie Rose Show. Tickets, $50 are required. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 949.548.2411. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800.

Flotsam book cover

Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes 

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.newportkids.org

Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

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

Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

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

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

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

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

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

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

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

www.newportbeachlibrary.org


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

Courtesy TripAdvisor

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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Courtesy of Pelican Hill Golf Club

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, 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.


Harbor Island: The Grand Dame of Newport Harbor

By DUNCAN FORGEY

In the early 1900ʻs, the Secretary of War Robert Shaw Oliver, noted, “Newport Bay is not worthy of improvement by the government at this time.” This calculated misstatement reflected the lack of vision for the area that prevailed until after World War II, excepting for a few very energetic local developers. Newport Harbor would see major changes despite its challenges of a shallow bay, a dangerous harbor entrance, a great depression, two world wars and government fatalism regarding the harborʻs use as a military base.

However, men like William S. Collins, the townʻs flamboyant early developer, saw a future in this small harbor as a residential city able to feed off of population centers surrounding Los Angeles. He bought nearly 981 acres in 1902, which included future sites for Balboa, Lido and Harbor Islands.

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Early aerial shot of Harbor Island

In the summer of 1931, in classic Tom Sawyerian style, Joseph Beek, a Collinsʻ apprentice and grandfather to modern day Newport Harbor, invited his young son Allan and childhood friend Jean Watt to a newly transformed sand bar prepared for development. Alluring the kids with stories of pirates and promises of buried treasure, he convinced them to dig holes in search of lost booty. 

After much sweat and no treasure, the wily dad had holes big enough to plant eucalyptus seedlings that would eventually become tall gracious trees some of which can be seen today. This was the humble beginnings of not only the newest island in the bay but also a lifestyle unlike no other in Newport Beach.

Using leftover sand and mud from Balboa Island and Lido Isle, Beek and his partner, Louis Briggs and a hardworking dredging machine named “Little Aggie,” moved, shifted and sculpted the sand into what is today the grandest island in the bay.

Harbor Island had 36 lots, most of them bigger than elsewhere in the harbor. The first lots were marketed for about $1,000 but quickly appreciated to $6,000.

Decades since, Harbor Islanders have been some of the luckiest of Newport Harborʻs waterfront residents. Early life on Harbor Island was blessed as a small enclave environment where neighbors all knew each other. It was a “close knit” neighborhood where cups of sugar and lawn mowers were borrowed and returned. Today, the days of borrowing anything for baking are long gone while gardeners, maids and assistants sometimes spend more time on Harbor Island than their wealthy owners.

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Flight of the Snowbirds

Entrepreneurial success is the one thing that Harbor Island residents have in common. Doctors, dentists, Wall Street experts and developers are now the anchor residents on the island. A strong financial portfolio is necessary to own some of the most valued real estate in Newport Beach.

In its early years, residents read like a directory of the rich and famous. Russian violinist Jascha Heifetz bought the entire west end of Harbor Island. Heifetz, a child prodigy who made his Carnegie Hall debut at the tender age of 15, built his summer home in 1938. He resided there with his first wife, movie actress Florence Vidor. Ms. Vidor remained until 1947 when the home and property were sold to financial titan and founder of Home Savings and Loan, Howard Ahmanson.

Ahmansonʻs world renown estate, the most gracious in the bay, consisted of a traditionally designed home centered on an immense grass parcel, now home to three large residences. A single large dock, home to racing yachts Sirius and Sirius II graced the bay side of the estate. Built with the setting sun in its face, the home was postcard suitable each and every day, until it was torn down after his death.

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The Lyons’ award-winning home during the Ring of Lights

Other noted owners on the island have been builder Roy Carver III; developer and one time Ambassador to Spain, George Argyros; Orange Countyʻs wealthiest land owner Donald Bren; and perennial winners of the Ring of Lights decorations each Christmas season, philanthropists Phil and Mary Lyons.

Newport Beach pioneers Everette and Gladys Gardiner – Mrs. Gardiner known as the “island newspaper” due to her many social activities, owned two of the prime lots on the south side of the island. Typifying the old days in the harbor, they were noted as both friendly and gregarious. Upon their passing, their parcels eventually ended up with Orange County’s No. 1 real estate mogul Donald Bren. Bren, secretive and secluded, shows the evolution of Newport Beach from its small town days to the dynamic metropolitan city that it has become.

Jean Watt, a lioness among Newport Beach residents, and a Harbor Island mainstay, has valiantly fought development in Newport Beach for more than 60 years. Still involved, she leads battles to save Banning Ranch from development and transform it into “the largest urban Californian park outside of Golden Gate Park” in San Francisco. She is also part of the “line in the sand” movement to stop the building of The Museum House condominium project in Fashion Island.

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Duncan Forgey, who made his home here in Newport Beach for many years, now resides in Hawaii. He is a monthly contributor to StuNewsNewport.


Guest Column

Keith Curry

Time to speak up for the Corona del Mar library/fire station

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Former Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry 

Many in the community are dismayed by the proposals to indefinitely delay the needed update of the combined Corona del Mar library and fire station. These are among the oldest public facilities in the city and both suffer from significant deferred maintenance and outdated design. This project was ready to be bid for construction in December, but bids were rejected after coming in a bit high. Rather than re-bidding the project or making some adjustments to its scope, the new council is considering indefinite deferral.  

Former Mayor Nancy Gardner had been a strong advocate for the library and had worked hard to keep this facility relevant to the many young families and neighbors who regularly use the library and to preserve high quality fire department response times for Corona del Mar. Dropping this project appears to reflect the ambivalent support of current District 6 Councilmember Scott Peotter. Peotter had previously proposed cancelling funding for the project and has supported this indefinite delay.  

“Pension costs” and the need for sea wall replacements on Balboa Island are citied by Peotter and others to support de-funding this project, however the cost of sea walls is only proposed at $5 million for the next year and city policy already directs surplus revenues to pensions. More relevant have been the efforts by Peotter to arbitrarily reduce city revenues. Tidelands revenues, needed for sea walls, have been reduced by more than $750,000 per year with additional cuts proposed. A significant amount of this cut went to benefit non-residents. Peotter has proposed draconian cuts of more than $3.5 million annually in the business license taxes which would create a huge deficit and his ideas to take pension funds and speculate in the stock market would actually increase our unfunded pension liabilities. Our “financial crisis” appears to be manufactured by his own imprudent policies to justify Peotter’s efforts to defund our city facilities.

Fortunately, Councilmember Will O’Neill has demonstrated leadership and independent thinking in addressing the city’s facilities and has been working with the city manager and community leaders to preserve funding for the combined library/fire station in the upcoming budget. The project is fully affordable today. Residents should make their voices heard during this budget season in support of Councilman O’Neill’s efforts to protect the Corona del Mar Library/Fire Station from the imprudent and unnecessary cuts supported by Councilman Peotter.  

Keith Curry was Mayor of Newport Beach in 2010 and 2013.


Golf tournament seeks volunteers

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Southern California is seeking volunteers for its 23rd Annual Golfers Classic on May 10 at Pelican Hill Golf Club.

The high-class event, which usually raises about $250,000 for the nonprofit, is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Irvine-based agency, which provides long-term housing and academic scholarships through college to children considered homeless by the California Department of Education.  

In addition to 18 holes of golf at Pelican Hill, the golf tournament features a hole-in-one contest, $10,000 putting contest, live auction, cocktail hour, post-tournament dinner and gifts for all golfers. Hopeful volunteers should contact Executive Administrator Tim Rogers at 949.515.8833, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Students rally around golf festivities


Guest Column

Dave Kiff

An insider’s look at what’s going on in and around City Hall

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Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff  

A brief “rant” to start the email today. Hopefully I usually don’t do that, right? So our Public Works staff was speaking the other day about how much modernization is going into our traffic signal systems. All to hopefully get you through town at a reasonable pace, with good safety. Mayor (Kevin) Muldoon has spoken of it, too – the more efficient our traffic signals are, the better off we all are.

But here’s the rub. We’re doing something that threatens to completely wreck the millions that have gone into signal management. Can anyone guess what it is? Yep, it’s sitting there at the red light checking texts and e-mails. This is actually illegal, as you’re not allowed to use a cell phone (unless hands free) while in any active lane of traffic – even while waiting at a red light. Experts are estimating that we’re losing 10-20 percent of our signal efficiency by folks not looking up and noticing that the signal has turned, or that the person ahead of them has moved. 

What can we do? More citations, better compliance, I guess. Self-driving cars eventually. But please know that every time someone’s pausing to look down and delaying the movement, millions of our tax dollars might be going out the window. 

There. Glad I got that off my chest.  

 As to stuff around City Hall, the Newport Beach City Council’s next meeting is this coming Tuesday, March 28 starting at 5:30 p.m. (a later than normal start for Study Session) and 7 p.m. More detailed Council meeting information is at the end of the Guide. I don’t summarize every item on the agenda, so make sure you look at the City Clerk’s agenda page to read the whole agenda if you’d like. 

The 5:30 p.m. Study Session has two items: 

Updating the Council and community on how the City staff prepares for natural (and other) disasters – like earthquakes, floods, a wildfire, a plane crash, or a tsunami. In fact, the week of March 27-31 is Tsunami Preparedness Week for California. Learn more about it here.

Members of the City Arts Commission will present some of their ideas and initiatives to the City Council. These will relate to both programs and art installations.  

Then the Regular Session begins at 7:00 p.m. The items worth noting here appear to be:

The Council recently gave some direction to change regulations relating to onshore and offshore moorings. That direction is on the consent calendar for approval, and is consistent with many recommendations put forth by the Newport Mooring Association.

A couple of street repair contract awards – our usual slurry seal efforts and signal rehabilitations, all timed to be in your way when you least want us to be there.

A confusing thing called a TEFRA hearing, whereby a private entity or similar can ask the city to hold a public meeting on that entity’s issuance of revenue bonds under a State economic development program. The City government has no role or responsibility except basically to serve as a place to hold a local forum on the matter. In this case, the entity is Discovery Cube for its Ocean Quest project on the Peninsula.

Stating opinions on the current “private institutional” land use designation at St James the Great Church is on the docket, this time as a chance for Council members to individually comment (or not) on the issue.

Some noteworthy memorial adjournments – one for Bill Ficker, a noted architect and yachtsman. Another for the very kind and very busy Marilyn Broughton, who was a CERT star for our community in many ways with her fellow triplet Evalie. Marilyn was co-teaching a CPR class for City employees just a few days before she passed. I will miss her warm smile yet efficient nature. We all will.

In the category of random notes:

City Council Member Brad Avery will host his first Town Hall meeting on Monday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Jorgensen Room of the Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Avenue. The meeting is designed to provide information about projects, programs and issues taking place in Council District 2, which generally includes West Newport areas north of Coast Highway, Newport Shores and Newport Heights. Topics include Newport Heights alley paving, 15th Street sidewalks, traffic safety and policing, Mariners’ Mile, and West Newport/Coast Highway landscaping.

Council Member Diane Dixon’s next Town Hall is Monday, April 3rd, also at 6:30 p.m., but at Marina Park. I haven’t seen the topics yet but the many who attend Ms. Dixon’s Town Halls will know what they are.

As always, thanks for reading. Please forward this Guide to family, friends and members of your HOA if you represent one. I always like hearing from you, too, so please don’t hesitate to ask a question or offer a comment. 

Sincerely,

Dave Kiff

City Manager

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949-644-3001


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Local “kid” raises game to new level

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We have a rule here at StuNewsNewport, every story has to have a link back to Newport Beach otherwise we don’t run it.

Imagine this problem, I want to talk about Jake Knapp, Estancia High School grad (Costa Mesa), went on to UCLA, played golf there, All American Family, yada yada, yada.

So what does this have to do with Newport Beach?

Okay, let me connect some dots. Jake is now 22 years old; when he was 17, he played Newport Beach Country Club (okay, there’s my connection) in a U.S. Open qualifier. 

Remember, I said 17 years old.

So in this field of top professionals and amateurs vying to advance for a spot in the U S. Open, the top professional comes in at 67, four under par. When I say top score, I mean the closet to Jake. You see as a junior in high school, Jake has fired a 61. No, that’s not a typo, 11 under par

Yup, he wins by six shots.

Jake is good. 

Since leaving UCLA a year plus ago, Jake has been trying to find his complete game. 

Fast forward, this past week Jake won the Mackenzie Tour USA West #2 Q-School. His first professional win. He’ll play in Canada this summer from May through September on tour.

Oh, I forgot, when I said Jake won, I forgot to say he won by seven shots, 16-under par to runner-up Nick Delio’s minus-nine.

All I can say is keep an eye on this kid. 

I’ve actually known Jake and his family for years. I used to play golf with Jake when his driver was taller than him.

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So, I’m out driving the other day. I move into the left turn lane and notice a car in the adjoining lane to my right, he throws a cigarette out of his car. Now I don’t recommend anyone confronting someone, but I decided to.

I rolled down my passenger window and basically assaulted the guy with a claim that his cigarette would end up in “my” ocean.

Surprisingly, the guy got out of his car and picked up his butt. Although I felt good about the outcome, I realize my stupidity with today’s world.

Bottom line is, don’t litter! Especially this close to our oceans, that’s where it ends up.

Now, I feel better.

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Had coffee with Stefanie Salem this week of Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival fame. She told me about a very strong chef line-up planned for the event that kicks off Friday, Sept. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 1.

Tickets go on sale in June. Let’s face it, this wine and food festival that takes place on the Civic Center green, in its fourth year, has very nicely replaced the old Taste of Newport event that had seemed to run its course. 

Finally, I thought you’d be excited to know that at tomorrow’s (March 28) City Council meeting they’re looking to approve $522,735.63 on a new compressed natural gas sewer cleaner truck. Yes, it’s definitely needed. The old one dates back to 2003.

The point is, costs to run a city at the quality we expect, is expensive.


Easter Brunch Extravaganza arrives soon

Join in the fun on Easter Sunday, when Back Bay Bistro celebrates the holiday in style with an elaborate Easter Brunch highlighted by a special visit from the Easter Bunny from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The brunch menu features a Seafood Station with King Crab Legs, Omelet Station, Pancake Station, Carving Station featuring Lamb Culotte & Certified Angus Beef Tenderloin, Chocolate Fondue with fresh strawberries, marshmallows and other Easter treats. 

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Back Bay Bistro’s brunch was named “Top 10 in Southern California and Top 50 in the U.S.” by Open Table. Easter Brunch is served from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. and includes Bottomless Champagne and Mimosas. Cost: Adults, $79 includes bottomless Champagne and Mimosas; Children (ages 12 and under), $38. Photos with the Easter Bunny are free!

Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 949.729.1144.

Back Bay Bistro at Newport Dunes Resort & Marina is located at 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach. www.newportdunes.com/bistro


Craft beer festival coming to Balboa Village

The 4th Balboa Craft Beer Festival in Balboa Village is gearing up to be another stellar event. Located in the charming Balboa Village – just steps from the Ferry, this is a popular event for beer lovers to chat with the Brew Masters and sample 30 different beers. 

There will also be reserved red and white wines for those who prefer grapes to hops.

The event will be host to more than a dozen different breweries, pouring at least 30 different brews and abundant food samples from our favorite restaurants on the Peninsula.

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A party isn’t really a party if there isn’t live music. As in years past, there will be great live music from “The Strangers” (and, yes, with Greg Peters returning on guitar). 

There will be corn-hole tossing, a giant Jenga board game and table games – all here to create a fun and interactive afternoon with friends. It will be one big party at Balboa Village!

Local participating restaurants include: Balboa Bar B Q, Cruisers Pizza Bar Grill, Ruby’s, Balboa Lily’s, Harborside, Newport Landing, The Trough Sandwich Kitchen and Orange Blossom Café.

Tickets are limited, go to www.BalboaBeerFest.com for details.


Avery to host town hall tonight

Brad Avery

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Newport Beach City Councilman Brad Avery

Newport Beach City Council Member Brad Avery will host his first town hall meeting tonight, March 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Jorgensen Room of the Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave.

Avery and City of Newport Beach staff members will provide information about projects, programs and issues taking place in Council District 2, which generally includes West Newport areas north of Coast Highway, Newport Shores and Newport Heights. Topics to be covered include: Newport Heights alley paving,15th Street sidewalks, traffic safety and policing, Mariners Mile and West Newport/Coast Highway landscaping.

The meeting is free and open to the public.


Newport’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

From Live Theater to Community Happenings, enjoy these!

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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.

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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