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Sign of the times

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

So, we gave you the pelican that we snapped, to find out where he was flying free! The answer is our web-footed friend hangs out at the Rusty Pelican, a long-time local favorite restaurant at 2735 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach, offering magnificent harbor views. 

We received correct guesses from Brian Coombe, Charlie Davison, Dominic Tucci and Don Slaughter. Congratulations and thanks for playing!

“A wonderful bird is the Pelican.

His beak can hold more than his belly can.

He can hold in his beak

Enough food for a week!

But I’ll be darned if I know how the hellican?”

Dixon Lanier Merritt

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Rusty Pelican

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Reborn Coffee update, Mayor to attend CdMRA meeting, shade for Irvine Terrace Park

By AMY SENK

Reborn Coffee

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Photo by Amy Senk

Stay tuned to see if and when Reborn Coffee opens

Will Reborn Coffee ever open in the former Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf space in Corona del Mar?

The coffee shop, which has locations in Brea and La Crescenta, has had Coming Soon signs in the window since late 2017. The news was great for coffee lovers who have missed the Coffee Bean, which abruptly closed its location at 2933 E. Coast Highway in 2014.

Multiple emails and messages sent to company representatives have not been answered. We even tried getting up-to-date contact information from a reporter who covered the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the La Crescenta Reborn shop – no luck.

The company’s website describes Reborn Coffee as the brainchild of chemist KB Park, who spent 20 years researching ways to enhance drinking water, leading him in 2013 to try to use his “Reborn Water” to make a perfect cup of coffee. The website describes the company’s roasting process, from giving the beans a bath and letting them sprout slightly in a “bean nursery” to drying them and roasting them locally.

According to city staff, Reborn received a permit in December, but there have been no calls for inspections, and the permit will expire mid-June. Rumors began popping up in town that there were issues with city regulations. Was it parking requirements or some picky city rule gumming things up? No. Like many things, it appears to be coming down to money.

“We learned from the architect that they are struggling with contract bids,” said Jim Campbell, the City’s deputy community development director. “First bid came in too high, now they are bidding again. The delays are not City caused. I hope they move forward soon.”

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Newport Beach Mayor Marshall “Duffy” Duffield will attend the Thursday morning meeting of the Corona del Mar Residents Association to give a State of the City talk, according to the group’s agenda. The meeting is open to the public and will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the OASIS Senior Center at Fifth and Marguerite avenues.

City Council representatives Scott Peotter and Will O’Neill typically attend the meetings and provide council updates, but members can’t recall that Duffield ever before attended a monthly meeting. Last month, the council reports included comments about City Manager Dave Kiff’s retirement and if there was any council impropriety surrounding his decision.

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Kids who play in Irvine Terrace Park will soon get some relief from the sun. The City has scheduled installation of a new shade structure for mid-June at a cost of $30,000. A shade structure was recently installed at the City’s 38th Street Park, and another will be added to Buffalo Hillis Park. Irvine Terrace Park will also get a new drinking fountain between the tennis courts and playground.

Tidepool sign

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Courtesy of the City of Newport Beach

Informational sign on tidepools and tidepool etiquette above Little Corona Beach

The City has also updated three informational signs on the path to Little Corona Beach, according to a city memo. The signs were installed only a few years ago, but vandals defaced one and the others didn’t wear well and were replaced under warranty at no cost to the City. The signs describe the local tidepools and tidepool etiquette.

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


Police Files

Another identity theft arrest in neighborhood, this one includes re-coders

Newport Beach Police arrested Michael Joseph Fiandaca, 31, Corona, on a series of charges, including identity theft, at 7:25 p.m. on Thursday, May 10.

Fiandaca was taken into custody at Francisco Drive and Braemar Way for two counts of possession of being in possession of fraudulent re-encoders, two counts of identity theft with the intent to use other’s IDs and for a warrant for being under the influence of a controlled substance. 

A re-encoder is an electronic device that places encoded information from the magnetic strip from one payment card to another.

Fiandaca’s bail was set at $50,000.

Local arrested for outstanding warrants that lead to $76,000+ bail

Newport Beach Police arrested two people, including a local, for a variety of charges, mostly warrants, late Thursday night, May 10.

Lisa Marie Brown, 47, of Newport Beach, was arrested at Crystal Avenue and S. Bay Front on multiple warrants, including having a vehicle or trailer obtained in a manner of theft or extortion, driving while suspended and then failure to appear.

Brown’s bail was set at $76,747.

Daniel Edward Wilson, 49, of Monrovia, was also taken into custody for receiving stolen property with a value greater than $950.

Wilson had his bail set at $20,000.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime report


Newport Beach – A Look Back

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

A Look Back 5.15.18

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Back in 1920, when Balboa Island was still relatively new, the plans for its development were different from how they turned out. Note the top corner of Little Island. At some point, there were plans to build a Venetian-style palace on the area that today is filled with houses.

Visit Balboa Island Museum and the Museum Store located at 331 Marine Ave., Balboa Island. They are open Tuesdays - Sundays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information, call 949.675.3952, visit www.balboaislandmuseum.orgor email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


NBPL offers new services to digital collection

Kanopy Kids

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Newport Beach Public Library (NBPL) has added new services to their digital collection: Kanopy and Kanopy Kids streaming video, and Flipster digital magazines. Newport Beach Public Library customers can access these free by using their library card.

Kanopy is an online streaming platform that allows library customers to watch more than 30,000 documentaries, classic films and independent video releases. To use Kanopy, users need a valid NBPL Library card and an Internet connection. Each cardholder can watch up to five films per month by streaming Kanopy on their computer, smartphone, tablet, or via Roku, Apple TV or other video media player.

For youngsters, Kanopy Kids features movies, story time literary classics, TV series, classic tales, tales from history, learning about food and nutrition, learning languages, shorts, and learning about science, math and nature. For more information, visit https://newport.kanopy.com/kids

Flipster

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Flipster, from EBSCO Information Services, is a magazine service that allows people to browse digital versions of the latest issues of popular magazines, courtesy of the Library. Library customers have the option of accessing the content at the Library or remotely. Magazines can be downloaded to Android or Apple phones and tablets, and Kindle Fire tablets for offline reading anytime, anywhere. The Library’s subscription to Flipster is funded by the Friends of the Library. 

Zinio is another e-magazine service that the library subscribes to and is now called RBDigital.

More information is available on the Newport Beach Public Library website at www.newportbeachlibrary.org/ebranch.


Stump the Stu

Blooms and succulents will catch your eye

Stump the Stu 5.15.18

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This large, flowering potted plant with tall succulents welcomes you...but where is it located? Sit nearby and enjoy the views.

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Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Events, events, events and a police officer who didn’t “duck” his duties

TomJohnsonSpring is halfway over, and summer is on its way and that means there are a number of events that you need to start getting on your calendar.

My friends at the Balboa Bay Resort are getting ready for the 15th Annual Newport Beach Wine Festival over Memorial Day Weekend and this is always a great event and getting better every year. 

The weekend kicks off with a Far Niente and Nickel & Nickel Winemaker Dinner and Reception. You’ll enjoy the wonderful Napa Valley wines, while at the same time enjoying a five-course dinner paired and prepared by Executive Chef Rachel Haggstrom at the Waterline Newport Beach.

To me, here’s where it really gets fun. Saturday there are three events to choose from: the Wine Blending Experience where you will blend, bottle, label and then take home your own wine; an afternoon Wine and Food Fest where 20 premium and award-winning wineries will offer tastes to more than 100 varietals, and you’ll enjoy music and food; and the Champagne Harbor Cruise Aboard the Ambassador Yacht, where you’ll enjoy the sunset sipping champagne and tasting decadent desserts. 

That’s Saturday, but the fun continues Sunday with two more great events. How about a Mumm Sparkling Wine and Seafood Buffet Brunch? Again, it’s Chef Haggstrom overseeing. Or, join or bring a group for the Afternoon Wine Tasting Duffy Excursion. You’ll enjoy wine presented by The Wine Militia while touring the Bay. 

I know what you’re saying, a couple of things that weekend sound like a lot of fun. Well, here’s an option, you are able to purchase a combination ticket that allows you to choose from any three events taking place Saturday and Sunday.

And let me remind you, the Pickup family, the owners behind the BBR, always put charity first. So, get out there and enjoy yourselves.

For information on the weekend, check here.

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Next, its theme this year is “Silver Bells, Sea Shells and Sandy Beaches,” do you know what it is? How about the 25th Annual Balboa Island Parade.

Think the USC Band, dachshunds by the hundreds, okay maybe fifties, kids on bicycles, Golden Retrievers, decorated golf carts, classic and vintage cars and dignitaries, then add thousands of residents lining about two blocks and a bridge, and you have this parade.

As they say, bring your beach chairs and get there early to find a seat. Oh, and stick around for “Live Local Surf Music Legends on Stage” afterwards. 

The party is 11 a.m. until the classics stop.

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Okay, how many days from today until this summer’s Orange County Fair? If you said 58, you deserve a blue ribbon. That’s what they give at county fairs.

Why do I bring this to your attention? Well, their summer line-up is taking shape for the Pacific Amphitheatre. You need to book you seats before it’s too late.

In fact, a number of events take place there even prior to the Fair. Wednesday, July 4, the Pacific Symphony with Brass Transit will perform The Music of Chicago; on Thursday, July 12, it’s Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons with the Pacific Symphony.

Then during the Fair, you can see Steve Martin & Martin Short, Supertramp’s Roger Hodgson, America and Jefferson Starship, Toto, the Steve Miller Band and Peter Frampton, and Earth, Wind & Fire, to name a few.

For more information on concert tickets go here.

It’s going to be a good summer. Make sure you read all of Stu News each week as we detail all of this in our calendars.

Put the sunscreen on and get out there!

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This in from Jennifer Manzella, PIO for the Newport Beach Police Department, “A couple weeks ago, Newport Beach Police swore in a new lateral police officer. That afternoon, he responded to a call about a mama goose and her two babies trying to cross Jamboree. He chased them down and whisked them away to safety... proving that he’s got the heart (and the good humor) of an outstanding public servant. Who knew his first foot pursuit in Newport Beach would involve webbed feet?”

Glad to see he didn’t duck his duties. Good job officer.


Russo and Steele to bring its auto lineup to Newport Beach

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Whether you’re a serious bidder or just enjoy viewing exquisite automobiles, mark your calendar for the weekend of June 8 - 10, when Russo and Steele comes to Newport Dunes. Enjoy more than 400 collectible cars and the auction-in-the round.

On-site bidder registration takes place Wednesday, June 6 through Sunday, June 10. The auction preview occurs on Thursday, June 7 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. for credentialed bidders and consignors only. The auction begins Friday, June 8 and runs through Sunday, June 10, with the preview at 9 a.m. and the auction occurring from 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

General admission is $20; Sunday Fun General Admission Special is $10. For a complete weekend schedule of events and to purchase tickets, visit the website at www.russoandsteele.com.

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


Segerstrom Center announces Movie Mondays line-up for this summer

Back to the Future

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Movie Mondays kicks off with “Back to the Future” on July 9

Segerstrom Center for the Arts kicks off its 2018 Movie Mondays series with five movies jam-packed with action, adventure and romance: Back to the Future on July 9, The Princess Bride on July 16, Moonrise Kingdom on July 23, The Mask of Zorro on July 30 and Star Trek on August 6.

Moonrise Kingdom

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A stellar cast highlights “Moonrise Kingdom” screening July 23

This year, Movie Mondays will be held on the new Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. All showings are free, with closed captioning provided. Movie Mondays is one of Orange County’s most popular summertime events, with its fun-filled activities, picnic dinners, popular food trucks and five fan-favorite films on consecutive Mondays. 

Families, friends and fans from all over the Southland are encouraged to arrive early for Movie Mondays, claiming their spaces and enjoying early dinners, music and people-watching. Set-up begins at 5:30 p.m., with movies starting at dusk (approximately 8 p.m.). Guests may bring beach chairs or other easily portable seating items, snacks and picnic suppers.

Food Trucks

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Food trucks will be on hand serving a variety of culinary offerings

Each Monday, guests can enjoy dinner at Center 360 café or order from a variety of different food trucks serving culinary sensations. Barbecues, tables or large food set-ups will not be permitted. Audience participation events will entertain the crowd before each show. 

The Julianne and George Argyros Plaza is located at Segerstrom Center, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit www.scfta.org.


Sherman Library & Gardens to host Garden Fusions three-course dinner

Sherman Library and Gardens

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On Wednesday, May 16 at 6 p.m., Sherman Library & Gardens is hosting Garden Fusions: California Cuisine, A Taste of the Past.

Garden Fusions is a unique interactive gourmet dining experience. Every dinner in the series has a horticulture theme featuring a special horticultural host. The host will share knowledge and advice on the evening’s topic.

Chef Pascal Olhats, executive chef of Café Jardin, is challenged to create a multi-course gourmet dinner to complement the theme. This fusion between culinary and horticulture art create unique one-of-a-kind experiences.

California cuisine is often marked with fresh food fare year ‘round, which is one of its unique characteristics. The evening will begin with a brief talk highlighting Sherman Library’s modest menu collection. The Librarian, Jill Thrasher, will take diners down memory lane lined with unique and fun menus. 

Menu:

Hors d’oeuvres: Lobster Bisque Shooter, Meatball Lollipop and Melted Brie Crustini

Dinner: Shrimp Scampi with Garlic Toast, Salad with Warm Bacon Cognac Dressing and Veal Loin Oscar (sauteed veal topped with crab meat, veal jus and bearnaise sauce)

Dessert: Bananas Foster with Vanilla Ice Cream

Cost: $75 per person. Additional beverages, gratuity and tax are not included.

Reservations are required. To keep the experience intimate, seating is limited to 50 guests. 

For reservations, call Cafe Jardin at 949.673.0033.

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


Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble to end season with a tribute to Americana

The young wind musicians of Pacific Symphony have been blowing up a storm lately. Since last season’s milestone 10th anniversary, which culminated in a triumphant European Tour, Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble (PSYWE) – wind and percussion students in grades 8 through 12 – has continued to knock its audiences off its feet with exciting and diverse programs performed with awe-inspiring talent.

After opening the 2017-18 season with John Philip Sousa’s March for the Inauguration of President Garfield, PSYWE closes with another piece by the American March King, composed for the same president’s funeral. The program also includes such gems as “Variations on America” by Charles Ives and a Suite of “Old American Dances” by Robert Russell Bennett.

Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra

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For the concert “Americana,” led by Dr. Gregory X. Whitmore, PSYWE takes its audience on a journey of American works – composed between the late 19th century and now – on Sunday, May 20, at 1 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Thanks to generous sponsors, this season’s concerts are free to attend, but tickets are required. To reserve a general admission seat, call the Symphony’s box office at 714.755.5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.

“PSYWE’s past season has been terrific,” enthuses Maestro Whitmore. “Coming off of our 10th anniversary and Austria tour, one of the principle goals was to continue the level of artistry and education that has been a central tenet of my directorship. The highlights this season have been the concerts themselves, especially the unique works we’ve been able to program. 

“’Americana’ is an opportunity to celebrate the concert band and its place within the American cultural aesthetic,” Whitmore continued. “Nathan Daughtrey’s ‘Silent Canyons’ opens the concert and is a work for percussion ensemble that will be a first for the PSYWE under my directorship. It meets our goal of expanding into new programmatic areas (evident in our most recent concert, where we initiated the chamber ensemble setting). Most importantly, the programming of the Daughtrey (piece) comes at the impetus of the students.”

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall is located in Segerstrom Center, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


Guest Column

Dave Girling, real estate economist

Girling Real Estate Investment Group

Dave’s Top 10 economic and other factors you should be following that may affect real estate

This is Part 2 in a two-part series. Familiarity with these 10 factors will enable you to address questions about the real estate market, especially about real estate values and where they may be headed.

Today’s real estate market can be characterized by rising home values, low housing affordability, increasing interest rates and limited housing inventories. These factors are all interrelated, and each will be examined separately in this article. The goal of Dave’s Top 10 is to give you some facts and information to understand the issues or questions that may arise because of economic and other factors mentioned in the news. 

Let’s count down backward...

5. Housing Inventories

With low housing inventory and strong demand, home prices keep improving to levels that it feels unsustainable to some. There are many reasons that inventories are low and explain why homeowners are deciding to “stay put”. Listed below are a few of the reasons:

--Capital gains taxes and higher property taxes.

--Grandfathered mortgage interest deduction ($750K vs. $1mm).

--Some homeowners were affected by the 2007 crisis and are unwilling to sell (this has helped to push the homeownership tenure from over 4 years in 2008 to over 8 in 2017. Source: Attom Data Solutions).

--Some still have negative equity.

--Reluctancy to give up low mortgage rates.

--Fear of not finding an adequate replacement.

--Homebuilders are underperforming and not keeping pace with demand although recent housing starts and building permits data provided some optimism for homebuilders to improve inventory.

Takeaway: Housing inventory levels will remain low and combined with high demand will continue to support home prices for the foreseeable future. 

4. U.S. and California Homeownership Rates

Across the United States, the homeownership rate now stands at 64.2 percent, having peaked at 69.2 percent in 2004 and reaching its lowest level of 62.9 percent in the second quarter of 2016 (see Figure 3). The rate in CA is 55.1 percent (49th in the U.S.) and LA/Orange Counties stand at 48.3 percent. 

Figure 3

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Figure 3. Across the United States, the homeownership rate peaked at 69.2 percent in 2004 and currently stands at 64.2 percent.

Takeaway: With rising interest rates and low inventories, the rate may not improve much more from current levels. Millennials are the largest segment of potential new homebuyers and many look to them to eventually push the homeownership rate higher.

3. Local Initiatives

Issues such as airport noise, traffic and new developments are all local city government initiatives that may have a direct or indirect impact on real estate. In Newport Beach there are currently a number of new developments that fall into this category. One development in particular, Uptown Newport, is near the airport. Phase 1 is underway and will have about 1,250 residential units, more than 10,000 SF of retail space and two 1-acre parks. Other projects like Newport Crossings (350 apartments) and Koll Center Residences (260 luxury condos) are in varying stages of the approval process.

Takeaway: Projects like these will have impacts on real estate, direct or indirect.  Stay informed by following Planning Commission and City Council meetings where they are discussed.

2. Neighborhood Price Indices

The Balboa Island Price Index (BIPI) shows lot values for an interior lot on Balboa Island. The current Value for a lot on Balboa Island is $1,913,050.

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Figure 4. According to the BIPI, a lot on Balboa Island is worth $1,913,050.

And the Number One Dave’s Top 10 Economic Factor is…

1. Housing Affordability

The percentage of California homebuyers who can afford to purchase a median-priced, existing, single-family home as of the end of 2017 was 29 percent. The number was even lower for Orange County at 21 percent. Assuming a conventional, 30-year fixed-rate mortgage with a 20 percent down payment, typical home buyers would need to earn $111,000 and $158,000 respectively per year to afford a median-priced home in California and Orange County.

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Figure 5. The median price in California has more than doubled since February 2009 and the median price for a home in Orange County has risen more than 80 percent in that same period.

Takeaway: Affordability is a big concern, and the situation does not appear to be improving, especially with rates expected to go higher and inventory levels expected to remain low.

Dave’s Top 10 Conclusions

Interest Rates: Higher, at or above 5 percent by YE.

Purchasing Power: With higher rates, PP will decline just as it increased with lower rates.

Stock Market: Continued volatility with higher rates.

Home Prices: Improving 5 - 10 percent in most markets – this trend will continue but start to level off with higher rates and as inventory levels increase.

Mortgage Originations: Continued increase in ratio of purchases to refinances with some downsizing by originators.

Inventories: Continued low (additional homebuilder activity might add to supply, however, price appreciation and cost of materials affecting this sector may offset some of the relief).

Homeownership: Expect continued leveling off with higher rates and low inventories. Look for millennials to drive the homeownership rate.

Local Initiatives: Know the effect on “your” real estate.

Neighborhood Price Indices: An effective way to see where prices have been, where they are now and where they may be headed in the future.

Affordability: Continued low – rising rates and rising home prices will keep affordability low.

For additional information and a more detailed analysis of the “Dave’s Top 10” results, visit Dave’s blog and subscribe at www.girlingreig.com/subscribe

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David Girling attended USC and earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. In 2008, he formed Girling Real Estate Investment Group (Girling REIG) with his father, Bing. They are both affiliated with Villa Real Estate. Dave was president of the Newport Beach Association of Realtors (“NBAOR”) in 2015 and named Realtor of the Year in 2010. Dave has also been a Newport Beach Harbor Commissioner since 2012. He currently serves as its vice-chairman, and served as its chairman from 2015 - 2016.


Ensign Intermediate students win Battle Bots competition

Jesus Ceja and Emanuel Arista

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Think Together students from Ensign Intermediate, Jesus Ceja and Emanuel Arista, are announced as the Battle Bot Champions 

Thirty Think Together students from Newport-Mesa, Orange and Santa Ana Unified School Districts recently joined professionals from Citrix to assemble 1,000 hands-on STEM education kits and learn to build, program and battle robots during the annual Battle Bots competition at the software company’s Synergy Conference, held May 8 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Teams went head to head in four rounds of battle, with one champion emerging: Jesus Ceja and Emanuel Arista of Ensign Intermediate School were the victors as Team Myth!

Students had the opportunity to interact with Citrix professionals, who encouraged them to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. At the conclusion of the conference, Citrix also made a donation to Think Together in support of STEM programming.

During the event, students and their Citrix partners started work on their bots. The teams focused on the design of their bots using hot glue, popsicle sticks, googly eyes and more, then moved on to learn how to properly control their bots using Chrome Books. 

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Students involved in Think Together after school programs attended the 2018 Citrix Synergy Conference where they worked alongside Citrix professionals to program and build their own Battle Bots

Studies show that as early as middle school, youngsters begin to make decisions about what they can and cannot do in life. With employment in STEM occupations growing much faster than employment in non-STEM occupations, providing students with engaging, hands-on STEM experiences at a young age is more important than ever.

Think Together is a trusted partner of 43 California school districts and impacts more than 150,000 kids in 422 program sites throughout California every year. Over 20 years, Think Together has built a roadmap to support student success by using data-driven solutions to help kids reach proficiency and achievement levels necessary to progress through school and prepare for college and career. Think Together is focused on inspiring an interest in STEM and supporting students on their pathway from school to career success.


ENC’s Summer Soiree scheduled for June 9

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Where in Newport Beach can you enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres with a fine cocktail next to the sound of a rippling stream? That would be at the Environmental Nature Center (ENC), of course! On Saturday, June 9 at 5:30 p.m., the ENC will be hosting its annual Summer Soiree. Guests will be supporting environmental education in their community while enjoying a meal catered by the award-winning Anaheim White House restaurant.

Established in 1972, the ENC works to connect people with nature and to provide opportunities which create connections with the world outdoors for people of all ages.

“Summer Soiree guests return year after year to support a cause they care for deeply,” said Lori Whalen, ENC assistant director. “Without our generous supporters, we would not be able to provide quality education through hands-on experience with nature.”

Soiree musicians

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(L-R): Terry Longstreth and Scott Fitzpatrick serenade the crowd

During the evening, acoustic music by Tracy and the Blues Makers will play under a canopy of alder and cypress trees. Guests can even roast marshmallows and make s’mores next to a campfire under the stars.

Special items will be up for auction. Last year, one of the items auctioned was the chance to release a rehabilitated barn owl.

This year, the ENC has begun construction on its new Nature Preschool.

Whalen said, “We believe that developing a love and connection to the natural world is intrinsically connected to protecting and conserving it. (There is) an element of excitement and anticipation to see the fruition of something we’ve all been waiting for so long. Our supporters are excited to see (the school) open, even if they don’t have young children of their own.”

Proceeds from the soiree support the ENC’s environmental education programs and will help to provide funds to build Newport Beach’s first nature-based preschool.

Casual attire and trail-friendly shoes are recommended. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The cost is $150 per person and $1,500 per table. RSVP by June 5 at www.encenter.org or contact Lori at 949.645.8489, ext.103.


Chef Ivan Calderon eateries earn Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Restaurant status

Chef Ivan Calderon, owner of Taco Rosa and Taco Mesa restaurants, continues to make strides in his commitment to honoring the earth. Building upon the eco-conscious evolution of his brands, Calderon has earned three of his restaurants, Taco Rosa in Newport Beach and Irvine and Taco Mesa Tortilleria Orgánica & Café in Orange, Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Restaurant status.

Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Restaurants (OFR) program works with

restaurants across the U.S. to recognize and promote ocean-friendly practices for the protection of the ocean, waves and beaches. Calderon is committed to being a catalyst for change in the restaurant community by increasing awareness, driving change in consumer behavior, and ultimately creating a scalable example of how to reduce the community’s plastic and water footprint.

Ivan Calderon

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Chef Ivan Calderon

“Our commitment has always been to honor our ancestors, our bodies and the earth,” explains Calderon, who recently began making GMO-free masa and tortillas for all his restaurants. “In leading by example, we aim to educate our guests to be conscious of how their choices directly impact the health of our planet and inspire them to join us in being a force for change.”

Calderon’s restaurants met Surfrider’s mandatory recognition criteria including no use of expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam, proper recycling practices, reusable tableware in-house, to-go utensils given only upon request; and eliminating the use of plastic bags. Calderon takes his commitment one step further by ensuring his restaurants meet the voluntary guidelines set forth by Surfrider including eliminating the sale of beverages in plastic bottles, offering plastic straws only upon request, regularly offering vegetarian and vegan options, using seafood guided by Seafood Watch, and implementing water and energy conservation efforts.

To kick off his restaurants’ involvement in the Ocean Friendly Restaurant program, Calderon will host a celebration in conjunction with the Surfrider Foundation’s South Orange County Chapter on Wednesday, May 16 at Taco Rosa at 13792 Jamboree Road, Irvine from 5:30 - 7 p.m.

For more information about Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Restaurant program, visit www.surfrider.org/programs/ocean-friendly-restaurants.


NBFF honors finest films

Academy of Villains

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The world-renowned dance company, Academy of Villains, performed at the opening night gala

The Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) presented by Pacific Sales announced the winners of the 2018 Festival. On May 3, the Festival wrapped up its eight-day run with the Southern California Premiere of All Square starring Josh Lucas, Michael Kelly, Pamela Adlon, Tom Everett Scott, Jay Larson and Andrew Sikking at the Regency Lido Theater, followed by a gala at Via Lido Plaza. The Festival opened on April 26 with the West Coast Premiere of American Animals, followed by a gala featuring culinary tastings from more than 30 of Orange County’s premier restaurants, hosted bar by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and live performances from Grammy award-winning artist Side Deal and world-renowned dance company, Academy of Villains.

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The new Karma electric car drew crowds at NBFF

On April 28, the NBFF celebrated outstanding contribution to global cinema at a special Honors event at Newport Beach Country Club. The Festival’s selection committee reviewed more than 2,500 films. The Festival screened more than 350 films, representing 50 countries. The films competed for Jury, Festival Honors and Audience Awards.

The 2018 NBFF jury featured an impressive roster of film industry professionals, including Leah Sydney (producer, journalist and awards consultant), Bernardo Rondeau (Academy Museum of Motion Pictures), Melissa Hirschenson (Senior Talent Agent at Innovative Artists Talent & Literary Agency), Larry Laboe (President of Production at SXM), Jolene Rodriguez (Sony Pictures Entertainment), Christine Dávila (Creative Executive at Stage 1), Jennie Morris (Programming Strategy Lead at Facebook), KJ Relt (film programmer, writer and lecturer) and David Baxter (writer and producer).

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Nadine Haders is honored with the Breakout Award

Newport Beach Film Festival Honors Award Recipients

Artists of Distinction: Jessica Pare

A Canadian actress and singer, Pare made her Hollywood debut in Wicker Park and is known for her role on the AMC series Mad Men. Films she has starred in have been screened at the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival.

Icon: Paco Delgado

Delgado was born in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain and has worked on films such as A Wrinkle In Time, Les Miserables and The Danish Girl. He has been nominated for Academy Awards, and won the CDG award for his work in The Danish Girl.

Breakout: Nadine Haders

Haders is a costume designer known best for her work in the film Get Out. Previously, she had worked primarily in television costume design. Other films include Pay it Forward, The X-Files.

Newcomer: Joe Sill

New to the industry, Sill’s career jumpstarted with the commercial Tesla – Modern Spaceship, which he wrote, produced and directed. The commercial caught the attention of Elon Musk and many advertising agencies. He recently completed production on his first feature film Stray.

2018 Audience Awards

Feature narrative film - Ride

Foreign film - The Drummer and the Keeper

Documentary film - Pick of the Litter

Action Sports - Time Well Spent

Art, Architecture + Design - Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future

Culinary - Cuban Food Stories

Environmental - The Human Element

Family - A Boy Called Sailboat

Music - Up to Snuff

Short Documentary – Aloha Aina Warrior

Short Narrative – The Day of Matthew Montgomery

2018 Jury Awards

Best Film - All Square

Best Actor - Michael Kelly, All Square

Best Actress - Rusty Schwimmer, Wild Honey

Best Director - Frank Berry, Michael Inside

Best Cinematography - Tom Comerford, Michael Inside

Best Cinematography: Honorable Mention – Rust

Best Documentary - Forever “B”

Best Documentary: Honorable Mention - Minding the Gap

Best Screenwriter - Timothy Brady, All Square

Short Films

Best Narrative Short Film - Dekalb Elementary

Best Documentary Short Film - The Bare Knuckle Carer

Best Animated Short Film - My Father’s Room

Best Narrative Short Film: Honorable Mention - Garden Party

Best Music Video - Cold Little Heart

2018 Festival Honors

Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking: Directing - Shana Feste, Boundaries

Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking: Acting - Maika Monroe, Shotgun

Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking: Acting - Finn Wittrock, Locating Silver Lake

Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking: Breakout Performance - Shane Graham, Ride

Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking: Screenwriting - Will Elliott, Kirk C. Johnson, Nicholas Rutherford, Robert Schwartzman - The Unicorn

Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking: Foreign Film - The Best of All Worlds

Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking: Cinematography presented by Zeiss - Hunting Lands

Outstanding Achievement in filmmaking: Editing – Juveniles

Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking: Narrative Film - Meerkat Moonship (Maantuig)

Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking: Narrative Film - The Mad Whale

Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking: Documentary Film - Social Animals

Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking: Documentary Film - Kiss the Joy: The Story of Joan Lind van Blom

Short Films

Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking: Short – Homeless

Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking: Foreign Short Film - Voice (Koe)

Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking: Animated Short Film – Departure

Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking: Breakout Performance - The Peculiar Abilities of Mr. Mahler - André Hennicke as Mr. Mahler

Outstanding Achievement in filmmaking: Documentary Short - The Girl and the Picture

Outstanding Achievement in filmmaking: Documentary Short - Fisk “Untitled Portrait”

Outstanding Achievement in filmmaking: Documentary Short - Land of the Wind (Tierra del Viento)

Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking: Family Film Short – Bullies

Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking: Family Film Short (Foreign) - Earthy Encounters Encounters (UK)

Tom Everett Scott

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Actor Tom Everett Scott was among the cast of “All Square,” which won the 2018 Jury Award for Best Film

Attendance at the 2018 Newport Beach Film Festival was on par with last year’s attendance of 50,000 people. The Festival had the largest participation of international filmmakers and showcased films from more than 58 countries. The Newport Beach Film Festival presented by Pacific Sales, is sponsored in part by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Karma Automotive, Fashion Island and the City of Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.newportbeachfilmfest.com.


Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so put your thinking caps on. Here is a partial glimpse of a popular sign round town. Below, you’ll find this week’s clue. This pelican is flying free...but where? And did you know that it has the largest bill that can reach 18 inches, enough to hold three gallons of water! Stu thinks if you’re smart, you should be able to quickly identify where this web-footed friend calls home.

Good luck!

Send your guesses to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you’re a business and you want to play, you can send us a high-quality photo of your sign and we’ll take it from there and challenge our readers.

Let’s have some fun!

SOTT 5.11.18

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Stump the Stu

Ride ‘em horsey...

Abigail on Horse 5.11.18

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Photo by Bob Callahan

Abigail Cracraft, granddaughter of Little Island residents Terry and Bob Callahan. This photo was taken after Christmas 2003, when Abigail was three and visiting from Colorado. She is 17 years old now.

We thought this might be a stumper...instead the responses were unprecedented! Forty-three of you guessed the correct answer: the coin-operated horse is raring to go in front of Our Gang’s General Store on Marine Avenue, Balboa Island. And, though at one time it cost 25 cents to ride, it is still operable and worth the 50 cents, now.

Stu wanted to share some of the nostalgic thoughts that readers sent in.

“If a grandparent can’t answer this one correctly, you need to get out and about more with the little ones!” – Bob Callahan

I have lots of fond memories of that horse. I grew up riding it on Balboa Island 30 years ago, just outside of “our gangs general store”, and now it is my two little daughters’ favorite thing to do on the island. It still works great.” – Brian Coombe

“Easy one as I have spent hundreds of quarters and hours of time with my kids and grandkids “feeding” the horsey and watching the looks of glee on their little faces. Fun one!” – Charlie Davison

“Just took my three-year-old granddaughter for a fun ride there. Good one!” – Greg Roosevelt

“My two girls rode this horse repeatedly. They are now in their 40’s and 50’s. One daughter has three new little riders.” – Jean Klug

“That famous pony gallops on Marine Ave. on Balboa Island. My kids rode him at least 25 years ago or longer.” – Karen Treaccar

“That one is easy – the mechanical horse in front of the toy store on Marine Avenue. It formerly was ‘Our Gang’s’. I remember feeding the horse many quarters so Brett and Gregg could ride the horse – then the grandsons rode the horse (for more than 25 cents).” – Mary Ann Hemphill

“That coin operated horse is located outside of Our Gangs General Store on Balboa Island. Thanks for this weekly feature – it’s always fun trying to figure out where all these little gems are tucked away in our beautiful city.” – Shelly Volner

In front of the novelty store, Balboa Island...for a LOOOOOOONG time...” – Mike Villani

“Our grandson Charlie rides it every Sunday after breakfast at Wilma’s and a visit to the fire stations.” – Rush Hill

Congratulations to all of our winners for playing and guessing correctly!

Thank you...Amanda Pennington, Barbara Peckenpaugh, Bing Girling, Bob Callahan, Bobbi Schaaf, Brenda McCroskey, Brian Ouzounian, Carol Strauss, Charlie Davison, Clinton Palmer, Debi Doolittle-Campbell, Debra Bibb, Donald Keys, Greg Roosevelt, Heather Armbruster, Irene Krinsky, Jan Landstrom, Jean Klug, Joe Stapleton, John Petry, Julia Martin, Karen Treaccar, Kay Matteson, Kelly Couzens, Ken J Yonkers, Lisa Applebee, Lynn Swain, Mary Ann Hemphill, Michele McCormack, Michelle Reinglass, Mickey Dunlap, Mike Villani, Natalie Basmaciyan, Pam Carrick-Hall, Rush Hill, Ruth Kobayashi, Shelly Volner, Sue Demille, Suzy McLaughlin, Sylvia Burnett, Timmy Conklin and Vicki Snell.

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

Happy Hunting!


Welcome summer at Newport Dunes on Memorial Day weekend

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Expansion of the Inflatable Waterpark premieres at Newport Dunes 

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is pleased to present Memorial Day weekend filled with fun activities and special events, May 25 - 28. From kids to adults, ‘80s lovers to country music fans, craft beer aficionados and watersports enthusiasts, all will find the perfect way to kick off the summer at Newport Dunes.

On Friday, May 25, Newport Dunes will unveil the expansion of their Inflatable Waterpark, open to the public seasonally through Labor Day weekend. Doubling in size, the fleet will include ten large inflatables featuring a new 17-foot slide, two trampolines, and a 14-foot and 7-foot climbable iceberg. Additions will also introduce monkey bars, bouncers, and teeter totters. One section of the park will be dedicated to smaller children. This is added to the lineup of favorite water activities from Newport Dunes Watersports, which includes kayaks, pedal boats and stand up paddleboards available for rent.

For those looking to relax, enjoy private beachside cabanas between dips in the calm waters of Upper Newport Bay. Experience the luxury of fully stocked RVs and beachside cottages available for rent for the ultimate summer glamping experience.

On the evening of Friday, May 25, get amped for ‘80s on the Bay with host and DJ for the night, Richard Blade, from Sirius XM and Jack FM, spinning favorite ‘80s hits from 7 - 10 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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DJ Richard Blade will spin your favorite ‘80s tunes

Enjoy waterfront dining and cocktails at Back Bay Bistro before the music starts, or choose from a variety of food trucks and full bar service available throughout the evening. Join the fun and dress in your ‘80s best to participate in the costume contest.

All ages are welcome and early bird tickets start at $20 for general admission and $40 for VIP admission which ensures seating near the stage, table bar service and exclusive after party access. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.newportdunes.com/event/80s-on-the-bay

Newport Beach Beerfest returns to Newport Dunes on Saturday, May 26 from 7 -10 p.m. With your toes in the sand, enjoy the picturesque sunset on the bay while sipping unlimited samples of more than 150 craft beers, wines and spirits. Listen to live bands and DJs and indulge in a food truck tasting village. Tickets for this all-inclusive event are $35 for general admission and $50 for VIP admission. Purchase of VIP tickets grants early admission to the event at 6 p.m. and includes access to the exclusive VIP lounge with 12 additional breweries, separate entertainment and more. Funds support the 1/1 Marine Foundation of Newport Beach. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.newportdunes.com/event/newport-beach-beerfest

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Kick up your heels at Boots on the Beach

Nashville meets Newport on Sunday, May 27 with Boots on the Beach from 4 - 10 p.m. Dust off your cowboy boots and experience the best in country music with live performances by Gethen Jenkins, Shotgun Jeffersn, Morgan Leigh Banch and Tina Michelle, plus Host and DJ for the evening, David Bugenske, from Go Country 105. Enjoy full bar service and country BBQ concessions available throughout the festival. No outside alcohol or food is permitted. All ages are welcome and early bird tickets start at $20 for general admission and $60 for VIP admission. Event proceeds support Save the Brave.

For more information and to purchases tickets, visit www.newportdunes.com/event/boots-on-the-beach

For more information on events and amenities at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort visit www.NewportDunes.com.


Pacific Symphony entertains at SummerFest

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Pacific Symphony has once again put together an entertaining SummerFest program for 2018 at Pacific Amphitheatre on the OC Fairgrounds. Pop open a bottle of wine, kick back, relax and enjoy the perfect soundtrack for summer evenings under the stars.

This season features the classic rock ’n’ roll energy of “Brass Transit: The Music of Chicago” (July 4); the thrilling soundtrack of “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert” performed live to film (August 18); and everyone’s favorite summer finale – Tchaikovsky Spectacular (September 8), with guest pianist Vadym Kholodenko, winner of the coveted gold medal at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Tickets for SummerFest 2018 are on sale now. Subscriptions for the three-concert series range from $63 - $252 with boxes and front-row packages also available. Single tickets begin at $25. All concerts take place at 8 p.m.

With a variety of vendor options onsite to serve up delicious selections from a gourmet menu for pre-concert dining, your evening of great music in the great outdoors is sure to be memorable. Dine on the Plaza Pacifica pre-concert, or in the seats during the performance. Gates open at 6 p.m. for picnicking. Free parking.

For more information or to purchase tickets call 714.755.5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.

Orange County Fair & Event Center is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.


Letters to the Editor:

More opposition to Koll Center

This is to express my opposition to the Koll Center, an over-sized high-rise complex of luxury units.

When we residents of Newport Beach approved the new General Plan in 2006, we were promised a reduction of traffic and of building. The exact opposite has happened!

For instance, the Koll Center was described as a mid-rise building. Now it has morphed into an over-sized high-rise complex of luxury units! 

It is time for our City to keep its promises and say “NO!” to the Koll condos!

Sincerely,

Jeanne Fobes 

Newport Beach

Thank you for sharing our story

(Following our Malawi picnic fundraising story in Stu News Newport)

Thank you so much for the article. I love Stu News!

Nancy Clark

Newport Beach

(A reminder, the community is invited to a Picnic Fundraiser for Mangochi, Malawi students on Sunday, May 20 from 2 - 5 p.m. at 2317 Private Road, Newport Beach. Proceeds benefit BEAM – Building Education Across Malawi.)


Guest Column

Dave Girling, real estate economist

Girling Real Estate Investment Group

Dave’s Top 10 economic and other factors you should be following that may affect real estate

This is Part 1 in a two-part series. Familiarity with these 10 factors will enable you to address questions about the real estate market, especially about real estate values and where they may be headed.

Today’s real estate market can be characterized by rising home values, low housing affordability, increasing interest rates and limited housing inventories. These factors are all interrelated, and each will be examined separately in this article. The goal of Dave’s Top 10 is to give you some facts and information to understand the issues or questions that may arise because of economic and other factors mentioned in the news. 

Let’s countdown backward...

10. Interest Rates

Since the Federal Reserve started its quantitative easing program in 2012, the FED’s monetary policy has kept mortgage interest rates at historic lows. However, the economy is healthier and inflation is now at 2 percent, the FED’s target inflation rate.  As a result, rates have increased since the beginning of the year, and the 10-year Treasury, a benchmark for mortgage rates, is hovering at 3 percent. A 30-year fixed rate mortgage is around 4.5 percent.

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Figure 1. The FNMA’s Historical Yield shows the increase in rates since the beginning of 2018.

Takeaway: Rates are expected to be higher by the end of the year.

9. Purchasing Power

One of the effects of increasing mortgage interest rates is a loss of purchasing power. The rule of thumb is that a one percent change in rate equals a 10 percent change in purchasing power (assuming wages stay constant). As an example, to purchase a median-priced home in Orange county ($824,450) with traditional financing (80 percent LTV, 30 year-fixed @ 4.5 percent), the monthly payment is $3,342. If rates go to 5 percent and the payment stays constant at $3,342, then the buyer has lost more than $46,000 in purchasing power, or must now look at homes to buy that are $46K less expensive. If the buyer can afford a higher payment, the increase in rates would have increased the payment by almost $200. If rates go to 5.5 percent, the loss in purchasing power is $88,000.

Takeaway: With an increase in interest rates, purchasing power will decrease and homebuyers will need to look at less expensive homes. Alternatively, home prices may correct.

8. Alternative Asset Classes

When the FED started to take action to lower rates and commenced its quantitative easing program in 2012, the main beneficiaries were real estate and the stock market.  These alternative asset classes are now experiencing an increased rate environment and we are seeing the following:

-- The stock market is correcting and experiencing much greater volatility.

-- Real estate values continue to increase. 

Takeaway: As rates increase, investors will take money from stocks and invest into fixed income assets and the stock market will continue to experience greater volatility as a result. Thus far real estate has been resilient, however, if housing inventories start to increase, the support that low inventories have been providing for real estate values may go away and housing prices may correct as well.

7. Home Prices and Home Sales 

Almost every recent measure of year-over-year home price appreciation has shown significant improvement:

-- S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index was up 6.3 percent for the nine census bureaus.

-- California’s median home price was up 9.15 percent.

-- Orange County’s median home price was up 8.5 percent.

-- Newport Beach home prices for single-family detached homes were up 10.5 percent.

In addition, values in some areas of California are approaching, or have surpassed, peak levels.

Takeaway: As prices continue to rise, affordability will be further impacted, especially if home price appreciation continues to exceed wage growth.

6. Mortgage Originations

With rising interest rates, loan refinances, as a percentage of total mortgage originations, has decreased as shown in Figure 2. Currently, the composition of purchases to refinances is 62 percent and 38 percent, respectively. In 2012, the percentages were reversed.

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Figure 2. Mortgage originations. Source: MBA

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David Girling attended USC and earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. In 2008, he formed Girling Real Estate Investment Group (Girling REIG) with his father, Bing. They are both affiliated with Villa Real Estate. Dave was president of the Newport Beach Association of Realtors (“NBAOR”) in 2015 and named Realtor of the Year in 2010. Dave has also been a Newport Beach Harbor Commissioner since 2012. He currently serves as its vice-chairman, and served as its chairman from 2015 - 2016.

Editor’s Note: Top 10, Part 2 will appear in a future edition of Stu News Newport.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Budget talk, potential harbor changes and a slap on the wrist, all in an evening’s work

TomJohnsonIt was a pretty tame Newport Beach City Council Tuesday evening, all things considered.

The afternoon Study Session, I thought, had a strong discussion on the 2018-19 budget planning process, but I was particularly impressed with the Citizen Transparency Portal online. Staff showed a demonstration and it seemed to offer an ease to move through the portal, versus hundreds in a formal budget.

As the City moves through the final budget preparations, this seems to offer a very transparent and up-to-date information site for those interested. You can check it out here.

That’s certainly a positive.

One of the interesting discussions also included is a potential change to move the Harbor Operations Department and the Harbor Maintenance Department under one direct report, potentially directly up to the City Manager.

The Harbor Operations Department has reported up through public works in the past.

The plan was put forth by city staff. But the best part of the discussion was when Mayor Marshall Duffield offered “a big thanks to Mr. (Dave) Kiff.” It was a nice touch and I thought heartfelt.

Everyone seemed to think this was a good idea. And, efficiencies are expected to follow.

As far as beer tasting rooms in town, with no one on any waiting list requesting such a business, council pushed the item back for consideration potentially through the General Plan update.

There were two somewhat controversial parts of the meeting. First was an approval to send a letter with an admission of guilt and promise of cure letter to Lauri Preedge. Preedge last month in a letter to the City claimed a Brown Act violation against several councilmembers and City Attorney Aaron Harp.

The letter will prevent any potential further litigation. 

To not do so would “be a waste of taxpayer money, “said Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill. “That’s an easy one.”

Next, city councilmember Jeff Herdman admitted to making a mistake and sharing a privileged city document with local attorney and former city council candidate Phil Greer

The council voted unanimously to remove the privilege from the document, thus, basically forgiving Herdman.

“Thank you fellow council members. I made a mistake, I goofed, and I admit it.”

O’Neill wasn’t so forgiving. In a short dissertation, he pointed out the magnitude of this type of attorney-client privilege violation.

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A 20-year partnership with Toshiba ended in March of this year following the 2018 Toshiba Classic. That’s the bad news. The good news is the tourney is being re-branded as the Hoag Classic and will return next March 6 - 10, 2019.

What does the continuation of the tournament mean? It spins off $1 million a year to Hoag Hospital and other local charities, drives millions annually into our local economy and gives Newport Beach a national and international audience.

Great news and expecting more on the way.

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As long as we’re on the topic of Hoag philanthropy, one of their biggest supporters is bond investor Bill Gross. Gross will be offering his lifetime stamp collection to auction. The collection is valued at $42 million.

A couple of cool side notes. Gross collected stamps since his childhood and eventually collected one of every United State stamp ever produced.

Forty-two million dollars can mail a lot of letters. 

Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries manages the Gross collection.

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Congrats to long-time local journalist Rick Reiff of Inside OC and Orange County Business Journal fame. Reiff has been named the 2018 recipient of the Sky Dunlap Award, awarded by the Orange County Press Club.

The award is for lifetime achievement, which for Reiff is extensive and includes both a Pulitzer Prize and an Emmy. Pretty impressive.


Balboa Island Artwalk arrives May 20 

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“Regatta Face-Off,” a 30 x 30 original oil painting by artist Debra Huse, is featured on this year’s Artwalk posters and T-shirts

The Balboa Island Artwalk is the premier showcase for talented local artists, and marks the start of Balboa Island’s summer season. The 24th Annual Balboa Island Artwalk takes place Sunday, May 20 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. along the South Bayfront Promenade of Balboa Island. Admission is free, so mark your calendar.

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 (L-R): Mary Hardesty, Artwalk presenter, with the 2017 Mary Hardesty Award of Excellence winner Marjorie Kinney 

This fine art show features 80+ artists exhibiting paintings, fine jewelry, blown glass, sculpture and photography. Performing musicians, on five stages, include Gary Gould, The Retros, Jim Roberts, Don Ross & Rose and the Rick Sherman Duo. Artwalk Artist Awards will be presented at 2 p.m. on the Turquoise music stage.

Limited-edition Artwalk posters and T-shirts will be available for purchase at Diamond & South Bayfront. A comfortable set of walking shoes, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses are recommended. Local restaurants will be open to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Maps of the event are provided by each artist on the day of the show.

The event is presented by Mary Hardesty Realty.

For more information, visit www.balboaislandartwalk.info.


ENC Science Explorers Camp at Back Bay Science Center this summer

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It was such a great time last summer that the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) is doing it again! The non-profit is inviting 4th - 6th graders (9 - 11 years of age)* to join ENC’s amazing staff for Science Explorers Camp at the Back Bay Science Center. Campers will enjoy quality science education in an outdoor, hands-on setting while having fun adventures in the Back Bay. Nature Camps have been offered by the ENC since 1977.

Based at the Newport Back Bay Science Center, ENC Science Explorers emphasizes experiential learning. Campers will spend most of their time outside, immersed in marine environments making scientific observations using tools like binoculars, magnifying lenses and microscopes. Campers will perform experiments in a real science lab, hike the coastal trails and canoe the Back Bay, interacting with live marine and terrestrial animals.

Sessions Schedule:

1. Tidepool Discovery: June 25 - 28

2. Wondrous Wetlands: July 2 - 6

3. The Art of Science: July 9 - 12

4. Exploring Ocean Zones: July 16 - 19

5. Shark Week: July 23 - 26

6. Think Like a Citizen Scientist: July 30 - August 2

7. Captivating Camouflage: August 6 - 9

8. Microscopic Magnificence: August 13 - 16

Campers should bring a snack, lunch, a reusable water bottle filled with water, water-appropriate shoes, sunscreen and a hat.

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Full Day Nature Camp (9 a.m. -  3 p.m.) costs $400/student per session ($360 for ENC members). Half Day Nature Camp (9 a.m. -  1 p.m.) costs $265/student per session ($239 for ENC members).

Fees include all costs of instruction, laboratory and art supplies, and an organic cotton camp T-shirt.

Drop off and pick up takes place at the Back Bay Science Center, 600 Shellmaker Road, Newport Beach.

*Younger campers can register for Nature Adventure Camp.

To register, go to the City of Newport Beach website here.

For more information, visit www.encenter.org.


Still time to sign up for the Roy Emerson Adoption Guild tennis tournament taking place Memorial Day weekend

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(L-R): Roy Emerson with Hall of Fame winners Britt Meyer and Ken Stuart

Attention tennis players! There is still time to sign up for the 57th Annual Roy Emerson Adoption Guild Tennis Classic (a USTA-sanctioned event), taking place May 25 - 28 at the Palisades Tennis Club...so sign up now!

Awaiting you is $15,000 in prize money, sponsored by the Orange County Breakers for all open events, men’s 35 doubles and 50 and over events.

Tournament dates include a consolation round. NTRP level of competition is 3.5 - 5.5 in singles, doubles and mixed. There is a new division this year for those who are 50 years of age and older in men’s and women’s, and singles and doubles.

The entry deadline is Sunday, May 13 at 9:59 p.m.

Organizers will be holding a tournament party on Saturday, May 26 at 6 p.m. at The Tennis Club at Newport Beach Country Club, One Clubhouse Drive, Newport Beach.

Enter online at www.adoptionguild.org.

The Palisades Tennis Club is located at 1171 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach.


Free document shredding this Saturday, May 12

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The City of Newport Beach and CR&R Environmental Services will offer free document shredding for CR&R’s Newport Beach customers tomorrow, Saturday, May 12 from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Big Canyon Reservoir Parking Lot, 3300 Pacific View Drive (near the intersection of Marguerite & Pacific View), Corona del Mar.

Securely shredding old documents, records and items that contain personal or sensitive information can help prevent identity theft and fraud. Newport Beach residents are encouraged to round up and bring the following types of documents: bank and financial statements, credit card statements or pre-approved credit card offers, old IRS tax forms, checks or bills, old 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.

This free service is for CR&R’s Newport Beach customers and proof of residency may be required.

For more information, call CR&R at 949.625.6735.


On the Harbor: Opening day racing joy

By LEN BOSE

Opening Day

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Opening day in Newport Harbor starts off the first Saturday of May with a bang each year with the starting signals of Newport Harbor’s Opening Day Race from Long Beach to Newport Beach Pier.

This year, 26 boats showed up on the starting line and were greeted with a fresh, cool westerly breeze that picked up to 20 knots as we sailed down the coast. This event is truly about the sail with your friends, and it makes it that much better when you have a big swell and breeze on your back. Everyone from all the participating yachts had huge smiles on their faces when they reached the docks.

This event brings out more than the racing boats from our harbor – boats of interest included Richard Straman’s 88-foot schooner “Astor.” Aboard Astor, I noticed many of our harbor’s best sailors, who I can only imagine are still trying to figure out terms used aboard these fine ships such as “Bone in her Teeth,” which I am sure got the attention of most of them, meaning “sailing well underway such that spray is thrown out at the stem of the boat.” They might have heard the boatswain say “Stay away from the Bar,” meaning be aware of the shallow water ahead.

Other boats that caught my eye were John Sabourin Hinkley’s Bermuda 40 “Black Irish” which has a long history on the bay. Sage Marie had a strong crew aboard the Calkins 50 “Zapata II” and the Morris 42 “Lyoness” skippered by Curt Lyon is always a double take.

Opening Day is a celebration and tradition to welcome members to the yacht clubs’ facilities for the upcoming season.

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This Saturday, I plan to attend Opening Day at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club’s start of their 2018 yachting season. The tradition of opening day started many years ago, where yacht clubs would close down for the winter and, of course, re-open before each summer season. Tradition plays a big part in every opening day, starting with the inspection of the fleet.

I am a big supporter of the inspection process because it leads to boat owners’ preparation and maintenance for the upcoming season. Fleet inspection normally starts early in the morning, with the inspection chairmen and their committee assigned to the different boats for judging.

The judges will then head out to the fleet and meet with the boat owners who have entered into the inspection. Judges are looking at overall appearance inside and out. They will then head into the bilges of the boats and take a look around with a boat surveyor’s eye toward the integrity of the vessel.

Some judges might even know Coast Guard, National Fire Protection Assn. and American Boat and Yacht Council standards. This would cover everything from batteries being boxed and properly secured, looking for fuel leaks, making sure a set of tapered softwood plugs are leashed through the hull in the boat, and even ensuring there is a corkscrew for happy hour in the galley.

I have known more than one boat owner who could tell me how many door hinges they have on their boats because they have polished each and every one of them. For the boat owner who has taken the last week off work and has gone through the inspection checklist themselves, I salute you for a job well done.

The odds of them having an equipment malfunction this season has been greatly diminished because of their hard work. If you happen to know this type of yachtsman, send me a note; I would like to interview this sailor.

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Let’s talk flag etiquette – this is when I start my yearly rant. Now, the bottom line is you are enjoying your boat, and are having fun doing so, and I should stop here. But I have a hard time with people flying pirate flags and thinking that the more flags you fly the better. I noticed one boat last weekend flying a set of plastic flags from the sign shop. The guy could not have been any happier and said, “Look at all the colors I have flying.” I replied, “Looks like you are going to have a fun opening day.”

As I turned away, I suffered from acid reflux, but, hey, people on the boat were having a great time, and that’s all that really matters. So, yes, I am a type of snob when it comes to flag etiquette. I wrote a story nine years ago on this topic. You can find it on my website, lenboseyachts.blogspot.com.

Here is the Chapman, book of seamanship, recommended list for dressing ship:

“On the Fourth of July and other special occasions, yachts may dress ship when at anchor. The international Code Flags are displayed from the waterline forward to the waterline aft, using weights at the end in the following order arranged to the effect color patterns throughout: Starting forward: AB2, UJ1, KE3, GH6, LV5, FL4, DM7, PO 3rd repeater, RN 1st repeater, ST0, CX9, WQ8, ZY 2nd repeater.”

Now, if you don’t have your signal flags in this order, and you get marked down, you can argue that this is only a recommendation for a color pattern, and there is no official pattern. I have to take tums every time I see boaters dress ship a week before and still have their signal flags up a week after opening day.

One last bit advice for the upcoming season: Make sure your first mate understands how to read your GPS and how to work the VHF radio and call for help. Let this person engage and disengage the autopilot and let them hand steer to or from Catalina once this season.

It’s summer and the sun is out!

Sea ya.

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


Eilo’s Kitchen is popping up in CdM

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Every Thursday, Eilo’s Kitchen is hosting a pop-up in Corona del Mar from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. It is operating now through October 25 (tentative ending date).

Eilo’s Airstream will pop up in the parking lot at the corner of Avocado Avenue and Coast Highway each week and serve real, fun food from its hyper-local, micro-sourced and seasonal menu. 

Upper level (street level) parking is available on the north side of the building, located at 2101 E. Coast Hwy (in the center where Shape-Up Newport is situated.)

For more information, call 949.304.9595.


Corona del Mar Residents Assn. monthly meeting features Mayor Duffield

Mayor Duffy

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The Corona del Mar Residents Assn. Board of Directors hosts its monthly Board Meeting at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 17.

The board will hear from Mayor Marshall “Duffy” Duffield regarding the “State of the City” and his visions for 2018. All members are welcome.

The meeting is held at the OASIS Senior Center Room #5, located at 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar.

For more information, visit www.Cdmra.org or call/text 949.478.2454.


Celebrate Mom with Aesop and Lido Village Books

Donna Todd

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Author Donna Todd will hold a reading at Lido Village Books

Aesop and Lido Village Books in Lido Marina Village invite you to join them in celebrating mothers of all kinds.

Donna Todd, author of humorous short story collections exploring the mother-daughter relationship, will give a reading at Lido Village Books on Saturday, May 12 at 10:30 a.m. Immediately after, around 11:15 a.m., enjoy a short stroll to Aesop Lido Marina for delicious pastries and coffee provided by Common Room Coffee Roasters.

Aesop’s merchandise mix includes hair, skin and body care products of the highest quality, and plant-based and laboratory formulated ingredients, particularly those with the greatest anti-oxidant properties. 

Lido Village Books is located at 3424 Via Oporto, Ste. 102, and Aesop is located at 3400 Via Oporto, Ste. 102, Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.lidovillagebooks.com and www.aesop.com.


CdM Scenic 5K, a great way to spend time with family and friends

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The 37th Annual CDM Scenic 5K is a great way to get friends and family out for a fun and exhilarating morning! The event offers activities for all ages such as the Men’s & Women’s 5K Run, the 2-mile Celebration Walk, the Youth 2-mile Run and the simply adorable Dolphin Dash for the little guys and gals.

Participants will also enjoy the popular Restaurant Row and be treated to some of Newport’s finest local restaurant tastings. The morning brings together hundreds of folks to enjoy the scenic ocean view streets of Corona del Mar, mingle among the unique sponsor and vendor exhibits, and enjoy the festive awards ceremony and tremendous social scene.

To register or for more information, visit www.CdmChamber.com or call 949.673.4050.


Capturing iconic Newport Beach

Don Krotee Cystal Cove

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 Artwork by Don Krotee

Crystal Cove looking north is captured in this full transparent watercolor

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Don Krotee has been a resident of Newport Beach since 1986. He is a board member of the Newport Heights Improvement Association and SPON, and is an architect who has been drawing and painting from an early age. His architectural marker drawings are featured periodically in StuNews.


Farm to Fork: A Foodie’s Point of ViewFork

The latest news on our Newport Beach food scene

By LANA JOHNSON

The Mayor’s Table Pacific Pub + Kitchen is Now Open

From visionary Chef Partner Riley Huddleston (the culinary mind behind other metropolitan social hubs including LondonHouse Chicago; I|O Urban Roofscape at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago and formerly of Grant Achatz’s famed cocktail concept, Aviary), The Mayor’s Table Pacific Pub + Kitchen brings a sustainable seafood-focused and vegetable-forward menu to Newport Beach’s newest coastal luxury guesthouse, Lido House.

Mayors Table

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Bar at The Mayor’s Table Pacific Pub + Kitchen

The menu at Mayor’s Table, Lido House’s signature dining destination, is comprised of spotlight vegetable dishes like red beet carpaccio served with warm artisan cream, caviar and flowers, and crispy cauliflower with pumpkin, caramelized yogurt and toasted pumpkin seeds, to responsibly caught seafood dishes like Dungeness crab-stuffed donuts with creamy crab filling and housemade hot sauce and troll-caught king salmon with roasted summer squash, Meyer lemon, gigantes beans and feta.

Order from the restaurant’s extensive raw bar or dine at Huddleston’s chef’s table and take in the open action kitchen. The Mayor’s Table is a place for celebration – celebration of the sea, celebration of California’s bounty and celebration of the friends and family they chose to share our table with.

Crew Coffee + Cremerie

Just in time for summer, Crew Coffee + Cremerie at Lido House recently debuted, and is Lido Island’s sole artisan ice cream shop. With a simple and perfectly curated menu of ice cream flavors made using only the purest of ingredients including Valhrona chocolate and Madagascar vanilla, plus a rotating selection of daily specialty flavors and impressively elevated toppings like edible gold leaf and bronzed peanuts, Crew Coffee + Cremerie brings a fresh and cool new destination for hand-crafted frozen treats. The shop’s bespoke coffee program also offers a daily buzz via its in-house roasting program that celebrates the finest in coffee-making craft.

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A decadent ice cream cone topped with gold leaf at Crew Coffee + Cremerie

The Mayor’s Table Pacific Pub + Kitchen and Crew Coffee + Cremerie are located at 3300 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.lidohousehotel.com.

Fashion Island Hotel venues offer new fashion-forward cocktails

Fashion Island Hotel’s Oak Grill and Aqua Lounge are introducing new, sophisticated cocktails to reflect the property’s refreshed personality. Both new cocktail lists give a nod to iconic symbols in pop culture from fashion designers and musicians to songs, classic films and indulgent perfumes.

Oak Grill is an airy, light-filled restaurant featuring a 2,100-square-foot deck for al fresco dining. New libations include:

Bidi Bidi Bom BomEspolon Tequila Blanco, lime juice, agave, Liquid Alchemist Ginger, Mezcal Smoke. This tequila-based cocktail has been created to honor singer/songwriter Selena (Quintanilla-Pérez) after her top hit with the same name. Selena was known to love margaritas.

James DeanKnob Creek Rye Whiskey, Walnut Bitters, Disaronno, orange twist. A Whiskey cocktail made in honor of legendary movie star and known whiskey drinker, James Dean.

Candle in the WindAbsolut Lime Vodka, Liquid Alchemist Ginger, lime juice, clover honey. This cocktail is named for the song by Elton John, originally written to honor Marilyn Monroe and rewritten as a tribute to beloved international fashion icon Princess Diana upon her death in 1997.

The BossKetel One Citroen, lime juice, simple syrup, blackberries. A new classic, this clean, refreshing cocktail is named after fashion designer Hugo Boss.

Boy GeorgeKetel One Citroen, Cointreau, simple syrup, mint. Named after the effervescent English lead singer of pop band Culture Club, Boy George, this visually inspired, sweet as pie cocktail has a ton of flair and is served over a cotton candy ball.

Dior - Plymouth Gin, lime juice, simple syrup, mint. Named after fashion designer Christian Dior and his sophisticated fragrance line, this cocktail has a clean and crisp finish.

Aqua Lounge boasts a 360-degree bar that is already highly renowned for its interactive mixology format. New cocktails include:

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Coco No. 5 cocktail at Aqua Lounge

Coco No. 5Nolet’s Gin, lime juice, simple syrup, raspberries, dehydrated lemon wheel garnish. Named after Coco Chanel’s famed Chanel No. 5 fragrance, this elegant, raspberry-colored cocktail is an instant classic.

Pear-a-DiseGrey Goose La Poire Vodka, lime juice, clover honey, mint, sparkling wine. A nod to the paradise that is Newport Beach.

Flower BombGrey Goose Vodka, Ju Passion Fruit, lime juice, agave, Combier Pamplemousse Rose. This lively and colorful cocktail with passion fruit aromas is named after the perfume by Viktor & Rolf.

Infante El Silencio Mezcal, lime juice, Liquid Alchemist Almond, nutmeg. It is named after Pedro Infante, hailed as one of the greatest actors of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema.

Beetle JuiceOld Forester Bourbon, lemon juice, blackberries, sage, Giffard Muroise du Val de Loire. Named after the cult classic Tim Burton fantasy film, this drink has a deep purple hue.

Sassy LopezCorralejo Tequila Blanco, lime juice, agave, strawberries, basil. An homage to superstar Jennifer Lopez, this tequila-based drink brings the attitude.

According to Gerard Widder, Fashion Island Hotel General Manager, Fashion Island is an iconic example of Newport Beach culture, attitude and lifestyle. “Further incorporating ‘fashion’ and all things style into the beverage programs at beloved institutions Oak Grill and Aqua Lounge serves to reinforce the unique synergy between the hotel and Fashion Island, which is just steps away from the property.”

Oak Grill and Aqua Lounge are located at 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport beach. For more information, visit www.oakgrillnb.com and www.aqualoungenb.com.

Pan Y Vino opens on Balboa

A new Spanish restaurant and tapas bar has opened on the Peninsula – Pan Y Vino. Featured dishes include an embutido sampler plate made from Iberico pigs, in addition to empanadas, octopus marinated in olive oil, calamari, cuttlefish with garlic, croquetas and potatoes with aioli, among others. The restaurant’s wines and champagnes offer a nice accompaniment.

Pan Y Vino

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An embutido sampler plate made from Iberico pigs

Hours of Operation: Tuesday - Thursday, 5 - 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. - 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Pan Y Vino is located at 704 E. Balboa Blvd., Balboa. For more information, visit www.pan-y-vino.com or call 949.873.5870.

Ciao Vincenza!


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

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a special dining experience

By LANA JOHNSON

LanaJohnsonSMTreat your Mom to a memorable meal on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13 to thank her for all she does every day of the year. Here are some dining suggestions the family can enjoy together. Make reservations now, as they book up quickly.

21 Oceanfront – This premier oceanfront steak and seafood establishment is serving a special brunch as you take in sweeping ocean views from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Starters might include lobster bisque or sesame crusted ahi tuna to entrees such as King Crab eggs benedict grilled hangar steak and eggs or herb grilled chicken pasta. Finish with bananas caramel bread pudding, espresso chocolate ganache bar or chocolate covered strawberries and whipped cream. Imbibe in a glass of house Champagne or a mimosa. A children’s menu is available. Cost: $75 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. For reservations, call 949.673.2100. 21 Oceanfront is located at 2100 W. Oceanfront, Newport Beach. www.21oceanfront.com

Back Bay Bistro – Enjoy a gourmet brunch buffet, bottomless mimosas and an unforgettable atmosphere from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. with picturesque harbor views at no additional charge. There are seafood, crepe, smoked fish, pancake and carving stations, cooked to order omelets, hot off the skillet selections, a salad bar with composed salads and fresh fruit, and a dessert display. Cost: $75 for adults (includes bottomless champagne and mimosas) and $35 for children 12 years of age and under. For reservations, call 949.729.1144. Back Bay Bistro is located at 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach. www.NewportDunes.com/bistro

Back Bay Bistro

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Indulge in the double chocolate fountains at Back Bay Bistro

Bayside Restaurant – Savor a three-course prix-fixe champagne brunch. First course choices include exotic mushroom soup, roasted ruby beets and prosciutto carpaccio and tomato “burrata” mozzarella. Main courses range from frittata and benedict to free range chicken cordon bleu, vegetarian fusilli pasta primavera, grilled lamb loin or prime NY steak and wild mushroom crusted Alaskan halibut. Finish the meal with dark chocolate cake or strawberry almond tart. Cost: $58 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. A children’s menu is available for those 12 years and younger for $22. Enjoy live entertainment from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. For reservations, call 949.721.1222. Bayside Restaurant is located at 900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach. www.baysiderestaurant.com

The Ballroom at Fashion Island Hotel - Look what’s planned for this garden-themed Mother’s Day Brunch Party! There will be a pianist, a bouquet-making station, kids’ activity station and a photographer to catch shots of Mom and her fan club. Breakfast favorites include an eggs benedict station, French toast and chilaquiles. Cold station selections include fresh fruits and berries, shrimp and crab claws, heirloom tomato salad and California artisan cheese. There will be an Asian station with Peking duck and poke bowls, and a Land & Sea station offering salmon, ribeye and herb-roasted chicken. Mom’s favorite sweets include a donut wall, strawberry cheesecake parfaits, gooey butter cake and more. Refreshments included in the price are a Bloody Mary bar and bottomless mimosas. Frozé is available for an additional $5 per glass. Two seatings will be offered at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Cost: $80 per adult, $20 for children ages 5 - 12. Children four years and under eat free. Pricing excludes tax and gratuity. For reservations, book online or call 949.760.4913. Fashion Island Hotel is located at 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. www.FashionIslandHotel.com

Oak Grill at Fashion Island Hotel The honoree-of-the-day and her entourage, no matter how big or small, will want to spend hours relaxing at Oak Grill’s outdoor deck on Mother’s Day. The pampering and relaxation might start where they’re pouring bottomless mimosas or at the farm-to-table Margarita Bar. To start on the light side, there will be yogurt parfaits and seasonal fruits. California rolls will be at the raw shellfish bar, and salads include Mediterranean pasta salad, Classic Caesar and the Spring salad with strawberries, candied pecans and champagne vinaigrette. In addition, enjoy artisan cheeses, charcuterie and assorted dim sum. Carved to order entrees include slow-roasted filet of beef, citrus sage pork loin, roasted sea bass and others. In addition, younger guests can enjoy their favorites such as quesadillas. The Sweet Tooth station delivers final delights like chimney cakes, French macarons, mixed berry trifle, tiramisu verrines, chocolate eclairs and more. Cost: $90 per adult and $25 for kids, ages 5 - 12. Children four years and under are free. Pricing excludes tax and gratuity. For reservations, book online or call 949.760.4920. Oak Grill at Fashion Island is located at 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. www.oakgrillnb.com

Oak Grill

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Five Crowns Executive Chef Alejandra Padilla will be preparing a special brunch from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., and dinner from 4 - 8 p.m. Enjoy warm hospitality while savoring special prix-fixe menus featuring springtime favorites, Crown Classics and traditional accompaniments. Both the brunch and dinner menus highlight succulent starters such as cauliflower soup with crusted walnuts and parsley oil and the Little Gem Caesar with roasted cherry tomatoes, fennel pollen, herb croutons and parmigiana. Choose from mouthwatering mains featuring French toast with mascarpone cream, poached plums and breakfast potatoes on the brunch menu and Beef Wellington with mushroom duxelle, spinach and truffled bordelaise on the dinner menu. Indulge in delightful dessert options including Meyer Lemon beignets, crème brulee and carrot cheesecake with maple walnut ice cream. Cost: Brunch ranges from $38 - $85; Dinner from $44 - $85. Beverages, tax and gratuity are additional. For reservations, call 949.760.0331 or visit http://lawrysonline.com/five-crowns. Five Crows is located at 3801 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

Carrot Cheesecake

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The perfect ending to Mother’s Day brunch or dinner at Five Crowns – carrot cheesecake with maple ice cream and carrot chips

Fleming’s – The restaurant is offering a three-course brunch from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., featuring the Fleming’s Passion Fruit Mimosa which pairs perfectly with the Signature Eggs Benedict. What Mom wants, Mom gets! Fleming’s full dinner menu will be available all day, so she can enjoy any of her Fleming’s favorites. Cost: $49 per person (excludes, tax, gratuity, cocktails and wine). For reservations, call 949.720.9633 or visit the website at www.flemingssteakhouse.com/reservations. Fleming’s is located at 455 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Hornblower – Treat Mom to a relaxing brunch cruise on Newport Harbor with live jazz or an early dinner/supper cruise that includes a boarding glass of champagne. Brunch cruising times with live jazz: Board 9 a.m., Cruise 9:30 -11:30 a.m.;
Board 10:30 a.m., Cruise 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Board 1:30 p.m., Cruise 2 - 4 p.m. Dinner/Supper cruising times: Supper Board 4 p.m., Cruise 4:30 - 7 p.m.; Dinner Board 6 p.m., Cruise 6:30 - 9 p.m. Cost: Brunch Cruises start at $80.95 per guest; Dinner/Supper Cruises start at $99 per guest. For reservations, call 949.646.0155. Depart Hornblower South, 2341 W. Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Beach. www.hornblower.com/NewportBeach

Hornblower yacht

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Muldoon’s Irish Pub - Offering a Mother’s Day three-course brunch from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and a three-course dinner from 3 p.m. Menus include some of the restaurant’s most popular favorites including eggs benedict with housemade hollandaise and choice of oak smoked bacon, Scottish salmon or wild crab; grilled chopped chicken salad; Muldoon’s Irish stew; St. Paddy’s burger and hand-cut pub fries; shepherd’s pie; and smoked salmon with chive marscapone on fennel lavash. Save room for the Irish berry trifle. A refreshing libation, created especially for Mom is the Mother’s Day Lemon Drop! Cost: Three-course brunch, $27.95; Three-course dinner, $28.95; children 10 years of age and younger, $12.95. For reservations, call 949.644.4110. Muldoon’s Irish Pub is located at 202 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. www.muldoonspub.com

Lemon Drop cocktail

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Provenance – Chef/owner Cathy Pavlos is offering a prix-fixe brunch from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., in which families will enjoy Napa-inspired, farm to table cuisine, while overlooking a working garden, and enjoying the “best of the best” farm fresh menu offerings. Start with an Amuse bouche of yogurt biscuits and house honey butter and a complimentary glass of champagne. Among the starters are carrot ginger bisque, Caesar salad, petite shrimp cocktail or a seasonal fruit plate with brie cheese. Mains feature crab cake benedicts, brioche French toast, petite Black Canyon filet mignon medallions and honey balsamic free-range lamb chops. A delicious vegetarian plate is available too. There is also a children’s menu available for those 12 year of age and under. Cost: $49 for adults; $18.50 for children (excludes tax and gratuity). Provenance will also be serving dinner from 5 - 9 p.m. For reservations, visit the website at www.provenanceoc.com or call 949.718.0477. Provenance is located at 2531 Eastbluff Drive, Newport Beach.

Pelican Hill Resort Moms are great at putting everyone else ahead of themselves, but today it’s all about her. Enjoy a lovely chef-crafted brunch with spectacular ocean views in Mar Vista’s Grand Ballroom. Live activities and entertainment include a guitarist, face painter, balloon artist, caricature artist and storybook character visits. Cost: $128 for adults, $60 per child, ages 5 - 12. Pricing excludes tax and service charge. For reservations, call 949.467.6800. For menus and more information, visit www.pelicanhill.com/mothers-day. Pelican Hill Resort is located at 22800 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.

Pelican Hill view

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Enjoy picturesque Pacific Ocean views as you enjoy brunch at Pelican Hill Resort

Rothchild’s Restaurant – A three-course brunch menu is being offered beginning at 10 a.m. Choose from among starters such as burrata salad, chilled Spring pea soup, shrimp dejonghe and local heirloom tomatoes with aged balsamic, puffed amaranth and basil. Your choice of entrees might be spaghetti carbonara, salmon benedict, steak and eggs, or house-cured duck, taleggio, hen of the woods mushrooms and local greens. Leave room for homemade tiramisu, ice cream pie or linzer torte. Cost: $45 per person. For reservations, call 949.673.3750. Rothchild’s Restaurant is located at 2407 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. www.rothschildsrestaurant.com

Roy’s – Serving a special three-course brunch, the menu includes one-of-a-kind Roy’s benedict featuring filet mignon or crab cakes among other delightful choices. Every brunch comes with a choice of appetizer and dessert. Starting at 3 p.m., the restaurants will be serving a special menu of Roy’s classics including fresh-from-Hawaii blackened island ahi, misoyaki “butterfish” and new creations like USDA prime New York strip steak. Cost: Starting at $44 (excludes cocktails, tax and gratuity); a children’s menu is available at brunch and dinner for $15. For reservations, call 949.640.7697. Roy’s is located at 453 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. www.roysrestaurant.com

The Bungalow – This CdM gem will be serving brunch with two courses from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Start with a basket of freshly baked assorted muffins. First course selections include lobster bisque, heirloom tomato salad, Bungalow salad or fresh fruit cup. Entrees range from eggs benedict to grilled king salmon or crème brulee French toast. For an additional $5 you can choose the roasted prime rib of beef or New York strip with eggs. Dessert selections include chocolate soufflé cake and vanilla bean crème brulee. For an additional $10 per guest, add bottomless mimosas or Bloody Mary’s. Cost: $35 per person. Children’s menu available for $15 for guests under 11 years of age. For reservations, call 949.673.6585. The Bungalow is located at 2441 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. www.thebungalowrestaurant.com

The Bungalow exterior

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Cozy, yet convivial, enjoy The Bungalow this Mother’s Day

True Food Kitchen - No real Mother’s Day meal is complete without a drink. True Food Kitchen has concocted a special “The Mom-osa” menu in addition to their regular brunch menu, which will feature three signature libations and one refresher. For reservations, call 949.644.2400. True Food Kitchen is located at 451 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. www.truefoodkitchen.com

Happy Mother’s Day!

Ciao Vincenza!


Stump the Stu

Ride ‘em horsey...

Stump the Stu 5.8.18

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This horsey is raring to go...jump aboard his back and for just 50 cents, enjoy the ride of a lifetime. So where is this rocking equine located?

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 answer will appear in Friday’s edition, along with the correct guesses. So, join us in the fun!

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


Picnic fundraiser for Mangochi, Malawi students

Nancy Clark and students

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Nancy Clark with the Malawi students

The community is invited to a Picnic Fundraiser for Mangochi, Malawi students on Sunday, May 20 from 2 - 5 p.m. at 2317 Private Road, Newport Beach. Proceeds benefit BEAM – Building Education Across Malawi.

Bring lawn chairs and a picnic lunch to enjoy in the park. There will be live music and drinks (beer, wine, Margaritas, water and coffee will be provided).

In Malawi, education beyond elementary school must be paid for by a student’s family. Most families can’t afford it – and even for those who can, there are often problems. Lack of infrastructure means high school students must live on campus in rudimentary dormitories. Often, students are hungry, malnourished and lack basic school supplies.

Nancy Clark, Mark Burnett and Susan Kelley are returning to Mangochi to work with faculty, students and community leaders to provide scholarships and much needed supplies.

A donation of $60 is suggested. One hundred percent of donations go directly to student aid.

Other ways you can help the Mangochi students:

One year of high school tuition – $300

One year of university tuition – $500 - $750

Food for the school year – $400

Housing for the school year – $400

Uniforms and shoes – $100

Textbooks and stationery – $150

Goats (two does and one buck) – $150

To RSVP, contact Nancy Clark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 949.650.5012. BEAM is a CA 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Private Road is located off Irvine Avenue, just north of Santiago Drive, Newport Beach.


Pacific Symphony appoints new concertmaster

Music Director Carl St.Clair has named Dennis Kim as Pacific Symphony’s new concertmaster. Kim officially assumes the Eleanor and Michael Gordon Concertmaster Chair in September for the orchestra’s 40th anniversary season. As concertmaster-designate, he will be featured in four performances June 14 - 17, playing the extensive solos in Strauss’ “A Hero’s Life.”

“In Dennis Kim, I welcome a brilliant violinist, consummate musician and a dedicated musical partner,” said Music Director Carl St.Clair. “As one who has been concertmaster of leading international orchestras, he is just the right artist to lead Pacific Symphony and its wonderful musicians toward all our musical aspirations.”

Dennis Kim

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Korean-born Dennis Kim has served as concertmaster with leading orchestras on four continents

During the 2017-18 season, Kim served as concertmaster for Pacific Symphony’s series of three concerts at SOKA University in Aliso Viejo – concluding in April with a sold-out performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.

A graduate of the Curtis Institute and the Yale School of Music, Kim is currently the concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in New York. Before his time in Buffalo, he spent more than 10 years leading orchestras in Asia and Europe. He was first appointed concertmaster of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra at the age of 22. He then served as the youngest concertmaster in the history of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, before going on to lead the Seoul and Tampere (Finland) philharmonic orchestras.

“I am excited and honored to take this important position with Pacific Symphony,” Kim said. “When Carl and I first worked together, there was an instant spark and both of us knew there was a special chemistry in our music making.”

Pacific Symphony President John Forsyte said, “Dennis is such a great match for Carl’s passionate approach to music making. He possesses experience with such a wide range of orchestral, solo and chamber repertoire. We welcome him and his family to Orange County and wish him a long and artistically rewarding tenure.”

Next season, Kim will be featured in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante (September 27 - 29), Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” (January 31 - Feb. 2, 2019) and in the Symphony’s Café Ludwig chamber concerts (October 14, February 24, 2019 and May 19, 2019).


Newport Beach Jazz Festival coming in June

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Join 94-7 The WAVE for the Newport Beach Jazz Festival, presented by Bank of the West, taking place June 1 - 3 at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach’s Back Bay Amphitheater.

Enjoy three days of music, food and friends, featuring: Brian Culbertson, The Commodores, Will Downing, Peter White & Euge Groove, Rick Braun & Richard Elliot, Jonathan Butler and many more! 

Be the designated caller to 1-800-520-WAVE, for the contest taking place now through May 11, and you could win a pair of weekend passes (Saturday and Sunday) to the show.

Admission: General, $120 for a two-day weekend pass and $70 for a single day pass for Saturday or Sunday; VIP, $310 for a three-day pass and $160 for a single day pass for Saturday or Sunday.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.hyattconcerts.com.

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


Yanni, celebrating 25th anniversary of “Live at the Acropolis,” returns to Segerstrom Center

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Yanni returns to Segerstrom Center on June 10

Legendary performer and composer Yanni will celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Live At The Acropolis” with a world tour that will launch this Spring in the United States. The maestro returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts with the “Yanni 25 – Live At The Acropolis Anniversary Concert Tour” on Sunday, June 10 in Segerstrom Hall.

Tickets for Yanni start at $59 and are on sale now. They can be purchased online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. A limited number of VIP packages are available for this show.

“Live at the Acropolis,” released in 1994, was Yanni’s first ever live album and concert video. Recorded at the Herodes Atticus Theatre in Athens with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra from London, the concert took a year and a half to complete. The album was mixed and produced by Yanni in his home studio and was made into a TV special that aired in the United States on PBS. “Live at the Acropolis” became an incredible success and is the second best-selling music video of all time. A deluxe package of completely remastered 5.1 sound and high definition video of “Live At The Acropolis” will be released in 2018 to commemorate this anniversary.

Yanni’s iconic performances at the Acropolis in Greece, the Taj Mahal in India, the Forbidden City in China, the Royal Albert Hall in England, The Pyramids in Egypt and El Morro in Puerto Rico have crossed countless borders and resonated with billions of people across the globe. Yanni has been awarded more than 40 platinum and gold albums worldwide and has sold more than 25 million albums around the world. His most recent albums have seen chart-topping success. 


Balboa Island Museum Speaker Series on May 18

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(L-R): David Beek and Dave Girling are the featured Museum speakers 

On Friday, May 18 from 7 - 9 p.m., the Balboa Island Museum is presenting its Speaker Series, themed “Long Live Island Life!” featuring guests David Beek and Dave Girling, who definitely know their way around the Island!

David Beek has a long history with Balboa Island. As the son of Jeanne (Castendyk) and Seymour Beek, and the grandson of Carroll and Joseph Beek, his family is one of the Island’s best-known clans, and his relationship with the community is passionate. He earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees, and has operated the family business, Island Marine Fuel, which was opened in 1933 by his grandfather, Joseph, from 1997 to the present time. Beek holds a 100-ton U.S.C.G. Captain’s License, is Chairman of the Marine Committee of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, and sits on the Chamber’s board of directors. In addition, he is the Chairman of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, and is currently Skipper of the Commodores Club.

Dave Girling brings more than 30 years of financial services industry knowledge and experience to his current role as a Realtor in Newport Beach, forming Girling Real Estate Investment Group (Girling REIG) in 2008 with his father, Bing, who has been selling real estate in Newport Beach for more than 30 years. They are both currently affiliated with VILLA Real Estate. In addition to his real estate investment experience, Girling has held a variety of senior executive positions in a wide array of disciplines in mortgage origination, mortgage technology and real estate finance. He served as president of the Newport Beach Association of Realtors (“NBAOR”) in 2015. He has been a commissioner for the Newport Beach Harbor Commission since 2012, and currently serves as its vice-chairman.

Enjoy a fun and informative evening, while enjoying wine and dessert. Space is limited, so please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 949.675.3952.

Balboa Island Museum is located at 331 Marine Ave., Balboa Island.


Celebrate National Public Gardens Day at Sherman Library & Gardens

National Public Gardens Day was created in 2009 to drive local and national exposure to the importance of building vibrant, relevant gardens committed to community enrichment and environmental responsibility through community engagement, sustainable practices and conversation. This annual tradition of celebrating public gardens historically takes place on the Friday preceding Mother’s Day weekend each year. The intent is to raise awareness of public gardens and the important role they play in their communities and on a global scale.

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Meet Carey Lundin, the director of “Jens Jensen The Living Green” movie, at the National Public Gardens event

Sherman Library & Gardens in Corona del Mar will mark the day on Friday, May 11 with special events and activities for families and visitors with extended hours from 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m., docent led garden tours, flower arranging demonstrations, a carnivorous plant discovery cart, and an hour of “Ask An Expert” – an opportunity to get your plant questions answered by their expert horticulture staff.

From 5 - 7 p.m., attend a “Meet the Directors” reception with Gardens Director Scott LaFleur and Carey Lundin, the director of Jens Jensen The Living Green movie.

Visit www.slsgardens.org for more information and to download your coupon for a free movie screening at 7 p.m. 

Sherman Library & Gardens is located at 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. For more information, call 949.673.2261.


Newport Beach – A Look Back

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This plaque was presented to Mina and Tony Hershey in 1963 for their work in improving the community on Balboa Island. Their legendary Hershey’s Market still stands today on Marine Avenue.

Visit Balboa Island Museum and the Museum Store located at 331 Marine Ave., Balboa Island. They are open Tuesdays - Sundays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information, call 949.675.3952, visit www.balboaislandmuseum.orgor email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Newport Beach Beerfest coming to the Dunes

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Newport Beach Beerfest is taking place at Newport Dunes on Saturday, May 16 from 7 - 10 p.m. (6 p.m. for VIP).

This all-inclusive event brings guests to the sandy beach where they can try unlimited samples of more than 150 craft beers, wines and spirits. Enjoy the sunset as this event starts during the day and ends in the evening. Live bands and DJs set the stage to get the crowd up on their feet. The event will feature a food truck tasting village with more than 20 food trucks providing several types of cuisines.

Entertainment includes Atlas Genius (Indie Rock), Jill and Julia (Indie Alternative) and Bass Punks (Indie DJs), along with some surprise guests           

General admission is $35, which includes unlimited samples of more than 150 craft beers, all entertainment and a custom tasting cup. VIP admission is $50, which includes early admission at 6 p.m. and admission to the VIP Lounge with separate entertainment. The VIP Lounge includes 12 VIP-only breweries, unlimited samples of more than 150 craft beers, all entertainment and a custom tasting cup.

To purchase tickets, visit www.newportbeachbeerfest.com/tickets.

Beerfest supports and raises funds for the 1/1 Marine Foundation of Newport Beach, both during overseas deployments and when training for the next deployment.

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


Enter the CALIFORNIA FRIENDLY® Gardening Solutions contest at Roger’s Gardens

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Roger’s Gardens invites garden-lovers to enter and vote in the 10th Annual “Orange County CALIFORNIA FRIENDLY® Gardening Contest.” The contest deadline for voting is Friday, June 1 at 12 p.m.

A California Friendly garden features smart and sustainable landscaping. It is designed in harmony with the surrounding environment using beautiful less-than-thirsty plants, state-of-the-art irrigation control and precision sprinkler heads. The CALIFORNIA FRIENDLY Garden Contest celebrates and rewards these outstanding gardens with cash prizes and other awards. Seven gardens with the most votes will become semi-finalists (so have your friends and family start voting!). One winner will receive $1,500 for the 2018 Best in Orange County, and four winners will each receive $350.

For guidelines on how to enter the contest, visit http://rogersgardens.com/ca-friendly-gardening-contest

Good luck!


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Relax NB, speculation is that City Manager will see another day

TomJohnsonThere’s a lot going on around City Hall this week on the political front regarding a Closed Session agenda item before tonight’s Newport Beach City Council

Item IV.E. is captioned Public Employee Appointment, with a title of City Manager.

One might expect that to mean tonight the council will vote Dave Kiff out. 

I don’t necessarily think that’s the plan tonight. First off, it only takes one councilperson to request an item be added to the agenda. 

Is that the case here? Don’t know.

But then, you still have to have four votes. 

I’m hoping that with all the wake-up calls recently, we’re behind all the Brown Act violations and/or accusations of such. So, I’m optimistic here and say, there is no plan going in and it won’t happen.

Kiff is under contract through August, we’re also in the budget process and they need his knowledge. 

And, it’ll cost the City potentially a couple of hundred thousand to oust him early.

Fiscal conservatives, especially fiscal conservatives who want a future in politics, don’t waste taxpayers’ money. With an election coming up in November, something tells me common sense will prevail.

Kiff’s reign will still end too soon, but, I believe we’ll see a sign of respect.

At the end of the day, my bet is on Kiff sitting in his office come tomorrow.

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I was not happy last week to have my name attached to a Facebook post negatively commenting on our City Council. The posting said, “Only crooked politicians fear armed citizens.” But the real disturbing part is that the post included a picture attached to it of a window frame with three bullets through the glass.

Don’t know the poster, don’t want to know the poster, but I want to admonish that type of thinking in this community.

We have an election in November, you either vote ‘em in or you vote ‘em out. But violence, or even the suggestion of such, is not acceptable in any format. Period.

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Always love and appreciate Duncan Forgey’s contributions to Stu News. And last week’s column was no different.

However, there was one little comment when he was discussing the oldie but goodie restaurants that drew a reader response. Duncan’s comment was, “Blackies is still here, but in danger.”

Duncan, and other locals for that matter, you’ll be happy to know that I received the following email: “The article about Blackies Bar…I’m the landlord to that property and wanted to let you know that Blackies is safe and not going anywhere,” Mario Marovic.

So, can you trust a guy like Mario? Think Dory Deli, the Stag Bar, Malarky’s Irish Pub, the Wild Goose and The Country Club in Costa Mesa, with more on the way. Mario is proving he’s investing locally in many ways to save the past. I love his effort!

B-t-w, when I mention Marovic, I should also mention his business partner Andrew Gabriel, they’re a team in this effort.


gorjana opens in Fashion Island

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gorjana, the popular jewelry brand known for fine finishes, versatile qualities and light feel, opened their fourth California location in Fashion Island on Tuesday, May 2. The brand is also poised to open their fifth store just down the road at Spectrum Center on June 1.

Founded in 2004 by Jason and Gorjana Reidel, the brand’s sought-after designs have become a mainstay in women’s closets around the world. With two bustling locations in Laguna Beach and Venice plus two New York City stores under their belt, the brand continues to pave the way in brick and mortar expansion. Along with their expansive cult-like following, gorjana boasts celebrity fans such as Bella Hadid, Kourtney Kardashian, Catt Sadler, Vanessa Hudgens and more.

Like all gorjana stores, the newest location seeks to resonate with shoppers’ relaxed yet chic aesthetic through its light, airy and inviting space. Stocked with the brand’s complete line of necklace, rings, earring and bracelets, priced from $30 - $200, shoppers are invited to mix and match gorjana’s ageless jewelry.

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gorjana is located at 401 Newport Center Drive, Suite D265 (near the Iris Fountain), Newport Beach. For more information, call 949.662.6101.


Hospice Charity Golf Tournament raises $140,000
to bolster programs for patients at end of life

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(L-R): Mark Fiore, Kenny Ratzlaff, Justin Long and Steven Wulfestieg

More than 250 hospice advocates recently gathered at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach for the 11th Annual Life.Links.Love. Golf Tournament, which combined a spectacular day on the course with an inspiring reception to fulfill the mission of raising critically needed funds. The successful tournament raised $140,000 to benefit Southern California Hospice Foundation (SCHF), an organization dedicated to helping enhance the quality of life for terminally ill patients.

This year’s event also was a platform for SCHF to share its vision of opening Heavenly Home, the first live-in hospice care facility in Orange County that will serve end-of-life patients with round-the-clock care in a peaceful, homelike setting. Currently, no such home exists in Orange County.

The highlight of the event was the Medal of Bravery presentation, which was given to Alex Ruvalcaba and Jenna LuQue, parents of 15-month-old Ava, who has a rare genetic condition with no cure. Last year, SCHF granted the family’s wish to take Ava to her first Dodgers game and receive a certificate from the Dodger’s Kid’s Club, a tradition that has been with the family over decades.

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Alex Ruvalcaba (Ava’s father) and Jenna LuQue (Ava’s mother), with 15-month-old daughter Ava, recipients of the Medal of Bravery

SCHF Executive Director Michelle Wulfestieg told the group, “From the bottom of our hearts, we are grateful for our many generous supporters who allow us to fulfill our mission of ensuring that every person, no matter their medical or financial situation, is provided with dignity, peace and comfort in their final days.”

Attendees enjoyed a world-class, 18-hole golf experience at the Resort’s South Course. Entertainment was provided throughout the 18-hole tournament with closest-to-the-pin and longest drive contests and hole-in-one experiences to win luxurious prizes, including Range Rover and Jaguar cars and a Ducati motorcycle.

Miss California et all

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(L-R): Michael Uranga (SCHF board president), Shawn Moss (SCHF board of directors), 2017 Miss California Jillian Smith and Michelle Wulfesteig (SCHF executive director)

After an exhilarating day on the course, participants were rewarded at a hosted 19th Hole Happy Hour with drinks and appetizers, an opportunity drawing and a silent auction with fabulous prizes such as suite tickets to Los Angeles Angels games, an HP laptop, Oscar de la Renta Barbie doll and a foursome at Oak Creek Golf Club. Attendees were joined by special guests: a trio of red-and-white clad Angels Strike Force Girls and Miss California 2017 Jillian Smith.

The evening included a three-course gourmet dinner, after which guests raised their bid paddles and generously gave to a fund-a-need, with each gift matched, specifically for the Heavenly Home campaign. Golfers received their awards from Miss California and a live auction offered coveted experiences including a golf foursome at Pelican Hill Golf Club, a seven-night getaway to Grand Cayman and a seven-night stay at La Quinta’s Andalusia at Coral Mountain. 

For more information on Southern California Hospice Foundation, including the Heavenly Home program, visit www.socalhospicefoundation.org.


JWA offers FlashValet service

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JWA now offers curbside valet parking service

John Wayne Airport (JWA) has elevated curbside convenience to the next level with FlashValet, an enhanced valet parking system that provides a faster check-in and check-out process, and new amenities for guests utilizing the valet parking service.

The FlashValet system offers vehicle drop-off and pick-up via text request, convenient payment options including mobile payment, and an intuitive easy-to-use mobile application.

At John Wayne Airport, convenience doesn’t stop at the curb. Additional amenities available through valet parking include paintless dent removal, fuel refilling and ultimate detailing and hand car wash services.

Convenient curbside valet parking is available on the Departure (upper) Level in front of the Riley Terminal. The two valet parking locations are located curbside between Terminals A and B, and curbside between Terminals B and C.

For more information about parking services at John Wayne Airport, visit www.ocair/parking.


The Hutchins Consort presents “Mountain Men and Montunos”

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What does Appalachian music have to do with the music of Cuba? Join the Hutchins Consort with special guests to find out!

On Sunday, May 20 at 3 p.m., listen to “Mountain Men and Montunos,” music from Cuba and the Appalachias. Such is the versatility of the Consort. Not only do they make it work, but they pull it off with style. This unique violin octet performs on eight scaled violins from the tiny treble violin, tuned one octave above the standard violin, to the large bass violin, tuned one octave lower than a cello. That broad palette of instruments helps the ensemble produce an astonishing range of sounds. 

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The concert takes place at the St. Mark Presbyterian Church, located at 2200 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach.

Tickets: $35 for adults, $20 for seniors and students, $60 for a family package (two adults and two children). To purchase tickets, visit www.hutchinsconsort.org or purchase tickets at the door.


You Must Remember This: The Balboa Bay Club stirs up nostalgia

By NANCY GARDNER

In a previous column I wrote about discovering a September 1952 issue of The Bay Window, a publication of the Balboa Bay Club, and how looking at the ads brought back some history. Looking at the general coverage is another mirror into the past.

The table of contents indicates the heavy social focus that you would expect from such a publication, including BBC Personalities, With the Ladies, With the Juniors, With the Younger Set, Balboa Bay Club Fashions and Dining out with Gastro, although there is also The Market Outlook which you wouldn’t necessarily expect.

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There are a couple of sections on boating and fishing, including coverage of the albacore tournament, and then there’s a large tennis section. In those days, tennis was a very big part of the club. This issue featured The Balboa Bay Club Invitational Tennis Tournament, and looking at some of the players, it was a pretty big deal. Among those competing was Pat Canning Todd, who, it is stated, was just back from Wimbledon where she had made the quarters. That’s pretty high caliber. An early remodel removed all but one of the tennis courts at the club itself, and BBC tennis activity shifted to the courts next to the Newport Beach Country Club for a good period before disappearing altogether from the club roster.

It’s the social coverage, however, that really defines the period. We see women at lunch with hats, pearls and gloves. Hems are slightly below mid-calf. Waists are belted.  Hair is tightly coiffed – very different from the look today. The accompanying text is exuberantly jaunty:

“Nice to have that vivacious Norma (Kendall) Crandell visiting the club. She drove from New York with three girl chums in her Hillman-Minx, a staunch pygmy of a car she and her husband picked up on their European honeymoon.”

“Just back from Europe are the Tom Steeles and daughter, Barbara. They attended Gracie Fields’ cocktail party on the Isle of Capri!”

“Dating: Sandra Denlinger with Jack Clark (she was that cute clerk in the Bay Department Store this summer!)”

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That last one – that’s from a section in the magazine called Dating, and it just lists couples (Carol Weber with Alan Johnson, Peggy MacGougan with Richard Duntley), with an occasional aside. I think I’d feel a little pressure if I were listed in there with some young man, but maybe that was the purpose – not so subtle encouragement to get on with things, like getting engaged, at the very least. There is also a section titled Cute Girls. While this sounds like some come-on for rather racier fare, it’s actually quite tame: “Patty McGreal and Maureen O’Connor looking like the best advertisements the BBC ever had in their white tennis shirts with our burgee on them.”

It paints a benign world, the sort of thing many people hearken back to with fond nostalgia...until one reads the club description: “The Balboa Bay Club is a private and restricted club serving its members in the enjoyment of life in the beautiful Balboa-Newport area.” Private is one thing. Restricted? I’m pretty sure that was code for “people of certain racial, ethnic or religious backgrounds need not apply,” a reminder that for all its pleasant surface, that period also had a number of unpleasant aspects.

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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.


Sign of the times

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

So, we gave you the whale logo that we snapped, to find out where he was spouting! The answer is vineyard vines, the clothing store in Fashion Island at 1125 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. Many said it was one of their favorite places to shop.

We received lots of correct guesses...Congratulations to Barbara Peckenpaugh, Bill Lobdell, Carol Strauss, Doug Forde, Jennifer Carey, Joe Stapleton, Kelly Couzens-Brooks, Mary Ann Hemphill, Michele McCormack and Ruth Kobayashi.

If you’re a business and you want to play, you can send us a high-quality photo of your sign and we’ll take it from there and challenge our readers.

Those who like to guess, please send your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Let’s have some fun!

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Pet of the WeekDog and Cat print

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

Barkley

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Animal Shelter

MEET BARKLEY

Introducing Barkley...the silliest, most adorable, friendly, young male terrier that was just made available by the Newport Beach Animal Shelter. He will be best suited in a home with another totally fun and playful dog and a family that enjoys spending time with their animals and laughing a lot. Staff and volunteers invite you to stop by to meet him at your earliest convenience. Just be ready to be enamored by his joy. 

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

Adoption costs at the shelter:

Dogs - $130

Puppies - $150

Cats - $90

Kittens - $110

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

To find out how you can help support the shelter, visit 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 now enrolling in Neighborhood Peers Preschool Program

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Newport-Mesa Unified School District’s (NMUSD’s) young learners with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) learn side-by-side with their neighborhood, same-aged peers in structured, caring preschool classrooms. The goal of the program is for all of the young learners to achieve kindergarten readiness.

The focus of each classroom is multi-dimensional across the pre-academic, social, self-help and motor domains. Language and beginning literacy skills, including phonological awareness and alphabet knowledge, is emphasized. Social and emotional independence is fostered through direct teaching and cooperative play.

The district strives to prepare all learners for a successful kindergarten experience. Each program has one credentialed special education teacher with a Master’s Degree and two NMUSD trained Behavior Interventionists. The program uses a variety of preschool curriculum and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) teaching methodology. 

The program will be offered at Harbor View Elementary School in Corona del Mar, in addition to Adams Elementary, Davis Elementary and Sonora Elementary in Costa Mesa.

Cost: Seahorse Classroom is $200 per month for three days per week; Starfish Classroom is $350 per month for five days per week.

To find out more about this program and application information, contact Special Education Coordinator Kristen Henry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 949.515.6838.


Community welcomed to respond to City Manager recruitment survey

The Newport Beach City Council has initiated the process of recruiting a new City Manager. The Council is seeking input from community members as to what qualities and traits the next City Manager should possess. 

The information provided will be considered by the City Council as it reviews potential City Manager candidates. You can access the survey at www.newportbeachca.gov/communitysurvey.

The last day to complete the community survey is Friday, May 18.


Guest Column

Dave Kiff

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

Dave Kiff

Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff   

Here is a summary of what’s on the agenda of the next City Council meeting (set for Tuesday, May 8). Below, I try to summarize items that caught my attention. I don’t summarize the whole agenda, though. To see that, please click here.

It’s the time of year when we spend more time on the public review of the proposed Fiscal Year 2018-19 City Budget (and Capital Improvement Program), so for at least a few meetings, the Council’s Study Session will start early, this time at 3 p.m. The Regular Session starts at 7 p.m. 

The Study Session items are:

Two items from the Harbor Commission, one that would start them looking further at various aspects of the charter boat industry, and another that would be a feedback session for the Council as to some of the directions they may head regarding stand up paddle boarding (SUP) activities. 

One of our first major budget discussions of the season will take place, where we’ll highlight key areas of potential change in the coming budget year. We’ll talk a bit about the organization of the Harbor Operations division, a possible merger of our field operations division (aka MOD) with Public Works, and more. Budget study sessions are chances for the Council and public to get a good understanding of the City Manager’s proposed budget and be able to recommend changes to it before adoption in June.

Finally, there is a chance for the public to offer thoughts and comments about the qualities they’d like to see in the next city manager.  Yes, you can and should suggest “writing brevity.”

The Regular Session at 7 p.m. has these items worthy of note:

One item that’s a little complex comes from our Community Development Department, and involves how some residential projects can be exempt from the requirement that the project applicant seeks a Coastal Development Permit (CDP) while others are subject to a CDP. Today (generally), many residential projects do not need a CDP if the floor area is 1.5 times (or less) than the lot’s buildable area. This proposed change would say that many residential projects do not need a CDP if the floor area proposed is 2.0 times (or less) the lot’s buildable area. Importantly, the action does not change the buildable area of any lot. It just negates the need for an additional step – the CDP – in many cases.   

Given that some racing activities in the Harbor can mean that some boats exceed posted speed limits (generally 5 nautical miles per hour), one item would ask the Council for permission to speak with other relevant agencies (like CA Department of Boating and Waterways) to maybe allow exceedances of the limit for races and similar events.

Our Zoning Code allows things like craft beer breweries in our industrial zones, but it does not allow those same breweries to have on-site tasting rooms. A proposed change would allow tasting rooms (“…this room tastes earthy, with elements of cherrywood, latex paint, and StainMaster carpeting…”) under certain conditions, and again only in industrial zones associated with a brewery.

Two items from the City Attorney’s office – one provides a response to Ms. Lauri Preedge relating to the Brown Act, and one more relating to whether or not a record is released from attorney-client privilege

A few notes for your calendar:

Another Finance Committee meeting is coming up – that’s Thursday, May 10 at 3 p.m. here at City Hall (Crystal Cove Conference Room). We’ll keep talking about the budget ‘til we’re tired, so anyone is welcome to join us.

Applications for any Boards, Committees, or Commissions are due on Wednesday, May 9. For more information, click here.

As I close, I’ll note that this a week where we said goodbye to two longstanding members of our staff. One was Mike Pisani, a director of our Municipal Operations Department. Mike had been with the City 33 years and started as a summer employee working on our trash trucks. He made his way up to director of the department that oversees beach maintenance, facilities, fleet maintenance, the trash contract, parks maintenance, and more. Mike was known well for being a stable, calm guy who generally knew exactly how to solve a problem. His department is a big part of why Newport Beach looks as nice as it does. Like how fast we’d get cleaned up after a day like July 4. 

The second person is Assistant Fire Chief Rob Williams, who is the director of our ocean lifeguard programs. Rob has about the same tenure as Mike, and also leaves a legacy of service to our residents and to millions of visitors who come to our beaches. Rob led a crew of over a dozen full-time lifeguards, hundreds more seasonal guards, and oversaw our amazing Junior Guards program that so many residents benefit from. 

I’ll miss both Mike and Rob very much and wish them both good health and good times in retirement. 

Thank you 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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Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club to feature two notable speakers

Newsom  Peacock

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(L-R): Jennifer Siebel Newsom and Julie Peacock are the featured speakers

The Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club (NBWCD) and Imagine Action Orange County (IAOC) are partnering to host filmmaker, founder and CEO of the Representation Project, Jennifer Siebel Newsom and Julia Peacock, candidate for U.S. Congress CA District 42, at its monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 15 at the Newport Beach Public Library, 1000 Avocado Ave. Ample and convenient free parking is available and there is no fee to attend. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited, so RSVPs are required. 

Jennifer Siebel Newsom is a filmmaker, CEO, advocate and thought leader. After graduating from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, she wrote, directed and produced the 2011 award-winning documentary Miss Representation. As a result of Miss Representation’s powerful impact, she launched The Representation Project – a nonprofit that uses film and media as a catalyst for cultural transformation. Her second film as a director, The Mask You Live In, premiered in 2015 and explores how America’s narrow definition of masculinity is harming boys, men and society at large. She is also an executive producer on two Emmy award-winning documentaries, The Invisible War and The Hunting Ground. She also serves on the Advisory Council for the Imagine Kids Bus Project, as well as the Common Sense Media Gender Initiative. Newsom resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, and their four young children.

Julia Peacock is a candidate for United States Congress California District 42. She has been a public school teacher for more than 10 years. She began teaching as a 7th grade English Language Arts teacher, then moved on to Boys Republic, a school for incarcerated young men, where she taught reading intervention and the GED program. She now works in Perris, teaching reading intervention and sophomore English. She has always worked in low-income, high-risk schools because she believes education is the great equalizer when it comes to being able to change your life circumstances for the better. Peacock is running for Congress because she feels that constituents of CA District 42 deserve a representative who listens to all constituents – one who acts in the interest of the community and who puts people before party and profit.

The Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club was formed by a small group of like-minded Democratic women who were brought together by their shared desire for civil discussion around political issues. Within a short time, the club grew and became a notable presence in the Orange County Democratic community.

Visit www.NBWDC.org or www.Imagineactionoc.com to RSVP and for additional meeting information or call 949.423.6468.


Letter to the Editor:

Gang of Four not fiscal conservatives

The Gang of Four on the Newport Beach City Council, Scott Peotter, Kevin Muldoon, Duffy Duffield and Will O’Neill go to comic extremes to pose as fiscal conservatives, but the numbers tell another story.

The Gang cost the city $200,000 in legal fees and severance in the classless way they forced our outstanding City Manager Dave Kiff to leave early. The four were willing to forfeit $480,000 in fuel taxes paid by Newport residents to improve our streets in order to make a political point. Only public outrage made them abandon this foolish action.

In 2015 Peotter, Duffield and Muldoon gave $355,000 in taxpayer dollars to major campaign donor Woody’s Wharf. Peotter proposed spending $200,000 in audio visual improvements at city hall so that he “doesn’t look like he’s asleep” during council broadcasts.

They spent $300,000 on the so called “City Hall Audit” which was never completed and quietly abandoned when it proved to be just a mistake-filled political hatchet job.

Duffield and Peotter refuse to put a price tag on their plans for our harbor, but buying fire boats, jet boats for lifeguards, a dredge and taking over public safety services currently funded and provided by the county will cost tens of millions. 

We do know that their ill-conceived “Port Plan” to make us more like San Pedro cost $16,000 a month in lobbyist fees for a proposal the Coastal Commission called “laughable.” The goal of the “Port Plan” would appear to be exempting businesses like Duffy’s from review by the Coastal Commission.

The meter is running on their abuse of the subpoena process and recently they voted to bring on a city manager search firm without interviews or price negotiation.  

There are many other examples of waste. I expect them to propose cuts to arts, recreation and library services to cover for their waste and mistakes.

The Four have cost taxpayers millions already. Peotter, Muldoon, Duffield and O’Neill are not fiscal conservatives. They’re just amateur political hacks, screwing up our city while desperately trying to posture for a run for higher office.

It’s time for a change at city hall.

Tim Stephens

Corona Del Mar


Leadership Tomorrow alumni mixer draws great turnout

Trudy Naman and Pam Smith

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(L-R): Leadership Tomorrow Class Liaison Trudy Naman and board member Pam Smith

More than 50 Leadership Tomorrow alumni gathered at the Spring mixer on Monday, April 30 at The Duck Club in Irvine, located in the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary.

Graduates from as far back as the class of 1988 were in attendance, who went through the nine-month program in conjunction with the Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Irvine and Tustin chambers of commerce.

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LT Chairman Kristin Miller with LT alum Nick Socha
LT alums Nancy Clark and Ed Crofts

You can get a “taste” of what the Leadership Tomorrow program is all about by attending the Leadership Tomorrow Annual Guest Luncheon, scheduled for Thursday, May 17 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Newport Beach Civic Center Community Room at 100 Civic Center Drive in Newport Beach. The invited speaker panel includes Mayor of Newport Beach Marshall “Duffy” Duffield, Mayor of Costa Mesa Sandra Genis, Mayor of Irvine Don Wagner and Mayor of Tustin Al Murray.

Schultz and Jackson and Roberts Martinis and Larson

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(L-R): LT Vice Chair Scott Schultz and LT alums Gina Jackson and Tom Roberts, IRWD
(L-R): LT alum Al Martini with his wife Beverly Martini and LT alum Amy Larson       

If you are interested in joining the Leadership Tomorrow 2019 class, visit www.leadershiptomorrow.org or contact Jeff Parker at the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce at 949.729.4408 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Parker and Naman Schultz and Brenner

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Leadership Tomorrow Executive Administrator Jeff Parker with Trudy Naman
Scott Schultz and Joy Brenner, president, Corona del Mar Residents Association


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

It’s a marathon weekend around the City

TomJohnson

I just realized that the Orange County Marathon is this weekend and that’s probably too late for me to start my training regimen. Oh, well, I’ll put it in my calendar for next year and hopefully won’t forget again. 

Anyway, back to the Marathon. The action of everything except for the running itself basically takes place on the grounds of the OC Fair & Event Center tonight and tomorrow.

Bib check-in begins tonight at the OC Lifestyle & Fitness Expo from 4 - 8 p.m. at the OC Fair & Event Center’s Exhibition Halls. Saturday it’s open all day long from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Also, tomorrow from 8 a.m. - noon is the Kids Run the OC and you can get more info here; then tomorrow evening at 5 p.m. is the Wahoo’s OC 5K with Saturday Ultimate Finish Line Party.

So just to be clear, it’s a run and then a party, but not necessarily in that order.

Then early Sunday, 5:30 a.m. for the Full Marathon and 6:15 a.m. for the Half Marathon, both races begin on Newport Center Drive adjacent to Fashion Island. They’ll meander through the neighborhoods in the early morning hours eventually ending once again at the OC Fair & Event Center.

Runner or no runner, check it out. One year, I just remember how much fun it was sitting on the curb cheering the runners along.

• • •

Only in Orange County. John Wayne Airport (JWA) has taken their valet service to another level.

It does all the new and improved stuff like easy vehicle drop-off and pick-up utilizing text requests and mobile payment options. I’d expect those.

But here’s what got me. The new valet system also offers paintless dent removal, fuel refilling and a complete detail and hand car wash for your return. That’s nice.

• • •

Where will you Cinco de Mayo? Here’s why I’m asking; my son-in-law recently was named Brand Manager for Heineken brands at Harbor Distributing. Now, I’m with you when I think of Cinco de Mayo, Heineken is not the first beer that comes to mind.

However, their brand list does include Dos Equis XX. I’m just saying, baby needs a new pair of shoes.

I know that’s what I’m going to be enjoying.


The Bicycle

By DUNCAN FORGEY

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Schwinn Autocycle

Crowds crawl over Newport Beach like ants on a sandwich. Years ago, these invasions were predictable. The town prepared for summer, weekends and holidays when inlanders came in droves. In 2018, it seems almost like a daily occurrence. When the sun comes out, so do the people. Thousands and thousands of people.

The multitudes celebrate beach life. Clad in colorful beach attire, they walk, ride and motor up and down clogged streets and sidewalks. The tattooed, mayonnaised, plump and pimpled walk side by side with the muscular, bronzed and beautiful.

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The beach at Newport Pier on July 4th

Sitting obediently in my garage, I am anxiously awaiting my rider. We live at 56th Street, in old Newport; my techno-owner and me, two peas in a pod, experiencing the best of beach life.

Many years ago, he found me rusting in a barn near Fontana. For $20, I became his. Since that day, I have had a complete makeover. My chrome shines like a bright light in a mirror. I have dark black balloon tires, a comfy seat and a shiny brown and cream paint job. I am a rarity, one of a kind. I reflect the easy life of the 1950s. I am a Schwinn Autocycle B-607 Phantom.

My rider sits high and happy, perched as if at attention, unlike those crouched-over racers on their multi-speed bikes with tiny tires and uncomfortable seats.

We head south, to the heart of Newport’s chaos. It is a world of excitement and many pending dangers. Precaution is a must for my rider, because the streets, bike lanes and boardwalks can be wild and unpredictable. Traffic is so precarious that police and politicians are working to rob the beaches of more sand to add a large outside bike lane reaching from one end of the city to the other.

Just beneath my handlebars, is a two-inch chip. This is the result of a collision with a trashcan when three skaters forced us off the boardwalk. It is a constant reminder to be careful when entering the gauntlet which stretches from 36th Street to the Balboa Pier. It requires an exercise in precision, even when intoxicated. Wayward frisbees, rolling volleyballs, swinging surfboards, dogs, skateboarders, baby strollers and Segways come at you like raindrops in a windstorm.

My front tire trails through wind-blown sand losing traction, thus requiring quick mental computations. Pedestrians are everywhere seemingly unaware of anything other than the serenity of the blue Pacific or pending breakfast near the pier. It is necessary to slow down and speed up in this human slalom course.

Music helps us along. Rap to rhapsody and various junk to jazz can be heard along the way. City signs are everywhere. It is Newport’s obsession to control. Dogs, glass, alcohol, fires, cigarettes and speeding are definitely not allowed; walk on the left and ride on the right, curfews and warnings of black balls, fines and arrest are posted everywhere for all to see, even though many do not care. The city’s motto of “Welcome to Newport but do not have any fun” translates to: it may be costly to spend the day near the beach. It is the taxpayer’s punishment and a tourist’s spider web.

By 25th Street, we are fully engaged with punkers, bangers and drunks. A quick move to the cement’s edge dodges two large Mater Dei football players walking shoulder to shoulder. Various blocks are separated not by distance but by architecture. The new and sexy “beach pads” are invading the old soulful Grandma-Grandpa homes of a bygone era. Aromas of BBQs, food, lotion and marijuana waft along the ride.

Arriving at McFadden’s Landing, we are encased in chaos as thick as hardening cement. Within odds of winning the lottery, deadlocked automobiles inch along looking for a space. Cars, bicycles and pedestrians are as thick as a locust swarm. Activity is intense, but no one seems to be moving. The parking lot is at a standstill. Handling the course with the agility of a gymnast, my rider sways and dodges through the maze of humanity.

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Scottys Fish Fry

Blackies is still here, but in danger. Henry’s Market is gone, so is Scottys Fish Fry. Sid’s Blue Beet, Newport’s most famous 1920s speakeasy, hides inconspicuously in an alley. The Stag Bar and Grill has been upgraded and reopened, while The Crab Cooker will be the next to get a makeover. The smell of warm pizza is forever gone from Steve’s Original and it’s now fast food. The lemonade shop is there, but the sea shells are long gone. Ironically, Oceanfront 21 still serves up some of the priciest dinners in town, opposite long lines of third-world customers coming early to the Dory Fishman’s Market.

Continuing south, a proposed site for the Junior Lifeguard headquarters seems like still another excuse for more cement and less sand. Old-timers ask why junior lifeguards need to be indoors and not outdoors in the elements learning about the ways of the ocean and moods of mother nature. As Thomas Bertram Lance once said: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Continuing past a long string of rental properties, we are opposite one of the wickedest waves on the coast. Not the Wedge with its famous A-frame crunchers, this wave lies between 15th and 20th streets. Locals revere its reputation. Swells come from the south in long walls of water known as the Newport Pipeline. Memorialized by lifeguard Ben Carson who lost his life rescuing a floundering swimmer in big surf, anyone who has ventured out knows the dangers inherent in this fury. Some of Newport’s finest young surfers have sharpened their teeth (or lost them) on these waves.

Newport El is my favorite. Kids love bikes and I love kids. They really appreciate my old-timey style. They smile and reach out to me as I drive by slowly. In their eyes, I see a current generation of Newport kids ready to enjoy a lifetime of fun and excitement.

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The Balboa Inn

From the school south, a long line of slowly disappearing older homes stand proudly all the way to Balboa Pier. The Lovell and Hogan houses exemplified past dignity. Judge Powell’s home looks like it came from an old black and white movie. Bill Ficker’s once gracious old estate showed class and style of old-time Balboa.  Disappearing quickly, wooden exteriors with dog house attics are giving way to steel, glass and minimalist contemporary designs.

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The shuttered Bay Arcade

A “Village of Balboa” once existed. But, Balboa has lost much of what is was in the past. For three earlier generations, Balboa’s village represented the heartbeat for the harbor. Business, restaurants and activities drew millions to the town. Today, the Village has a tough time competing with the complexities and newness of Fashion Island, Newport Coast and the developing Lido Village.

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Crossing Newport Harbor on the Balboa Ferry

As usual, I make a turn left at Main Street and work our way back to the Ferry. My handlebars light up like a smile when I hear the putt, putt, putt and horn announcing the Ferry heading to Balboa Island. Viewing the Admiral taking on cars, kids and passengers, my life is back in order. I was born in the year when these wonderful boats represented a feasible and cost-effective rapid transit system. Nowadays, with the scope of technology, the Balboa Island Ferry should have died many years ago.  However, in the hearts of both locals and tourists, the Ferry will live forever.

My rider’s legs tire and his throat dries. Quickly, he moves along streets of rubies, diamonds and sapphires, leading to Marine Avenue where doughnuts, coffee and ice cream still rule the day. A breath of fresh air, in a time when worries about cholesterol, high blood pressure and sweets have replaced really fun foods.

Stopping in front of the Village Inn, my rider carefully locks me to a strong pole and then disappears into the darkened interior. There, he will be with friends enjoying the Freeway Series, a cold beer and a club sandwich. Lots of talk, laughter and camaraderie. “Go Dodger Blue” versus “Our own Anaheim Angels.” It is another great afternoon in Newport Beach. Our own live-in Disneyland.

Standing guard, chrome sparkling in the setting sunlight and my lacquer paint glistening, people smile when they see me. All this representing a fantasy lifestyle waiting for yet another epic sunset to end the day. 


Stump the Stu

Stained glass showcases Newport’s waves

Stump the Stu 5.4.18

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Stu has once again stumped its readers!!!!

You have probably walked past this artwork many times without noticing it. It is located at the Bayside Shopping Center on Bayside Drive, at the end of the arcade of shops. Look up as you walk from Pavilions or Rite Aid to the shops, or make a left turn as you exit Rite Aid.

This stumper was sent in by Mary Ann Hemphill. Thanks Mary, for this challenging one!

Join us on Tuesdays as we try and stump you each week with a picture of something unique in our community.

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


Stanaland joins Villa Real Estate

John Stanaland

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Villa Real Estate has announced that John Stanaland has joined the Newport Beach-based luxury residential real estate brokerage firm. Stanaland, whose real estate sales total several billions of dollars, will be based in Villa’s Laguna Beach office.

According to Stanaland, he joined Villa due to the tools, technology, culture and marketing support that the firm offers.

A Laguna Beach native, Stanaland is the fifth generation of real estate professionals in his family, which has included agents, developers, attorneys and financiers. His family history in Orange County dates to 1919, when his great-great-grandfather helped people buy and sell real estate. At the time, the county’s population was less than 60,000 and Laguna Beach and Newport Beach had yet to be incorporated.

“We’re proud to have John join Villa Real Estate,” said President Steve High. “He is one of the most successful agents in coastal Orange County, and his deep knowledge, vision and market insight will fit well with Villa’s team of luxury real estate professionals.”

Stanaland attributes his success to providing professional service, the relationships he’s built and a loyal clientele that appreciates his attentiveness, knowledge, negotiation and marketing skills, and an easy-going nature that makes even the most complex transactions more enjoyable.

For more information, visit www.villarealestate.com or www.stanalandgroup.com.


Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so put your thinking caps on. Below, you’ll find this week’s clue. What is this whale sprouting about? And where is it located? Stu thinks if you’re smart, you should be able to quickly identify its whereabouts...even though it’s out of the ocean.

Good luck!

Send your guesses to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you’re a business and you want to play, you can send us a high-quality photo of your sign and we’ll take it from there and challenge our readers.

Let’s have some fun!

SOTT 5.4.18

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Rock for Our Riders...a great cause

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Courtesy of Back Bay Therapeutic Riding Center

Rock for Our Riders, a Back Bay Therapeutic Riding Club fundraiser, is taking place Saturday, May 19 from 4 - 8 p.m. at the Merrell Estate in Newport’s Back Bay.

Rock your casual attire and dance until dusk to Satisfaction, a Rolling Stones experience.

The outdoor lawn event features a therapeutic riding lesson demo; hosted welcome libations from 4 -5 p.m. and a cash bar until 8 p.m.; Plum’s Café Spring dinner; and live and silent auction items, collectible art, vacations and more.

Tickets are $150 with open table seating. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more information, visitwww.backbaytrc.org.

The Merrell Estate is located at 2182 Mesa Drive, Newport Beach.


Randy Higbee Gallery to host artist reception, book signing

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Courtesy of Crystal Cove Conservancy

This Saturday, May 5 from 6 - 8 p.m., the Randy Higbee Gallery is hosting an exhibition, sale and book signing celebrating the beauty of what is one of his favorite places in the world – Crystal Cove.

Come meet various artists and authors from the book “Crystal Cove: Islands in Time on the California Coast” (second edition). All proceeds from the book sales and 10 percent of art sales will be donated to the Crystal Cove Conservancy.

The book signing takes place 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Click on this link to view and purchase some of the amazing pieces in the exhibition and sale.

Randy Higbee Gallery is located at 102 Kalmus Drive, Costa Mesa. Call 714.546.2156.


Newport Beach resident honored by KidWorks for her volunteerism

Camille Strader

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Camille Strader encourages and tutors eager youngsters

KidWorks, a Santa Ana-based nonprofit that provides academic, spiritual and leadership programs for underserved children and teens, has named Camille Strader as its volunteer of the year.

Like clockwork, the Newport Beach resident volunteers her time every week to encourage and tutor the eager young minds who gather at KidWorks’ Dan Donahue Center to brush up their academic skills as they prepare for bright futures. Strader began volunteering at KidWorks in 2016.

She measures success one student at a time. “A young lady arrived at the Center early just so she had time to share her grades with me,” Strader shared. “I told her how proud I was of her, because I knew she had worked so hard to earn those good marks. Another elementary school student and I spent time memorizing multiplication tables for the number three. She stayed with it and now she is well on her way to success with the other numbers, too.”

“Camille has made a significant impact in the lives of many of our students through both one-to-one tutoring and her time in the classroom,” said David Benavides, KidWorks CEO. “Our students know and love her because she truly cares for them and we are thrilled to recognize Camille’s service to KidWorks and our students.”

Of Strader, Betty Garcia, KidWorks assistant program leader, said, “Camille has made such a positive impact on the lives of our students.  She goes out of her way to greet each one personally and to get to know them. There are dozens of student names to remember, and she does!”

Strader is also a 2018 OneOC Spirit of Volunteerism honoree.

For more information and to volunteer, call 714.834.9400, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit https://kidworksoc.org/summer-programs.


Newport Beach Arts Foundation to host gallery evening

SCAPE

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SCAPE Gallery in Corona del Mar

As part of their continuing effort to introduce members and guests to the wide range of galleries and other art venues in and around Newport Beach, the Newport Beach Arts Foundation is hosting a Tuesday, May 15 meeting at SCAPE Gallery in Corona del Mar from 6 - 8 p.m.

Gallery owner Jeannie Denholm will talk about the exciting artworks in her gallery. Come see what is on display while enjoying refreshments and appetizers.

The event is open to the public and free of charge. Please RSVP to Carmen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to Pat Jorgensen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SCAPE Gallery is located at 2859 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.


Find out about Camp James during open house

Camp James

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There’s a reason Camp James has been voted the No. 1 Day Camp in Orange County by readers of Parenting OC Magazine for the past 10 years – every kid has a blast and wants to go back! Yours will too.

Located at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, Camp James is a day camp for children ages 4 - 13. With groups put together by age, and a variety of activity classes that rotate daily, your little one’s thirst for adventure will surely be satisfied. They will come home talking of archery (8+), arts & crafts, bounce houses, canoes, dance, drama, gaga, go-carts (6+), kayaks (8+), laser tag, martial arts, magic (select weeks), miniature golf, music, nature lore, playgrounds, rock climbing (6+), sports, stand-up paddleboards (8+), swimming, targets (4-7), trikers (4-7), the water park (6+) and zipline (10+).

Come find out more about Camp James at two upcoming open houses scheduled for Sunday, May 20 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Wednesday, May 30 from 4 - 6:30 pm. You’ll get to check out the camp area, meet the staff and try a sample of activities – all for free.

To register and for more information, visit www.campjames.com

Camp James is located at 101 North Bayside Drive, Newport Beach.


Expect road closures for OC Marathon this weekend

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The 2018 SDCCU OC Marathon Running Festival, a world-class event with one of the best and most picturesque courses attracting 14,000 full-, half- and 5k participants from 46 states and 22 countries, begins in Newport Beach on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6.

Runners will navigate their way across diverse coastal and inland terrains, passing through Irvine and Santa Ana, and ending at the Orange County Fair & Events Center in Costa Mesa. In addition to the Marathon and Half-marathon, there is the Wahoo’s OC 5k, Kids Run the OC “Final Mile,” the Ultimate Finish Line Festival and the OC Lifestyle and Fitness Expo.

The Newport Beach Police Department is advising that the Orange County Marathon on Sunday, May 6 will result in road closures and delays beginning at 5 a.m. throughout Newport Beach, lasting in some areas through 12 p.m. 

Recommended Driving Directions/Areas to Avoid:

Corona del Mar Residents

The areas around Corona Del Mar will be heavily impacted from 5 - 8 a.m. Anyone needing to leave the area during these times is advised to leave before 5 a.m. If leaving after 5 a.m., residents are advised to park east of Orchid Avenue and take East Coast Highway west to MacArthur Boulevard and then north to the 73 Freeway.

Eastbound traffic on East Coast Highway will be closed from Avocado Avenue to Orchid Avenue from 5 a.m. to approximately 8 a.m.

Residents who live near China Cove are advised to park north of Bayside Drive between Carnation Avenue and Fernleaf Avenue. You can exit the area by driving west on Second Street to Avocado, north to East Coast Highway, and west on East Coast Highway to Jamboree Road.

Balboa Island/Promontory Point/Linda Island/Harbor Island Residents

These areas will be heavily impacted from 5 - 8:45 a.m.

Eastbound traffic on East Coast Highway will be closed from Avocado Avenue to Orchid Avenue from 5 - 8 a.m.

Bayside Drive from Marguerite Avenue to East Coast Highway will be closed from 5 - 8:45 a.m.

The Balboa Island Bridge (Jamboree Road and Bayside Drive) will be closed from 5 - 7:45 a.m. Residents on Balboa Island returning or leaving the island during these hours will have access through the Balboa Island Ferry.

Dover Shores/Irvine Ave Residents

These areas will be impacted from 5 - 10:30 a.m.

Northbound Dover Dr. from East Coast Highway and 16th Street/Castaways Lane will be closed from 5 - 9 a.m.

Westcliff Drive from Dover Drive to Santiago Drive will be closed from 5 - 9:30 a.m.

Santiago Drive from Westcliff Drive to Galaxy Drive will be closed from 5 - 9:30 a.m.

Galaxy Drive from Santiago Drive (south) to Santiago Drive (north) will be closed from 5 - 9:45 a.m.

Santiago Drive from Galaxy Drive to Irvine Avenue will be closed from 5 - 9:45 a.m.

Northbound Irvine Avenue from Santiago Drive to University Drive will be closed from 5 - 10:30 a.m.

All residents that live east of Santiago Drive and need to leave between 5 and 9:45 a.m. are advised to park west of Santiago Drive.

For more information regarding road closures, call 949.228.9532, email

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the OC Marathon Road Closure Information Page at www.ocmarathon.com/race-weekend/directions/road-closure-info.aspx.


ENC’s Spring Faire this Sunday

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Courtesy of ENC

This Sunday, May 6 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., come to the Environmental Nature Center’s Spring Faire and Butterfly House opening!

Promising a fun-filled day for the entire family, the ENC’s 13th annual Spring Faire will feature a Youth Art Show, crafts, face painting, sing alongs with local performers (Vermillion Voc lists and the Young Singers of Orange County), a dramatic reading of The Lorax on the “Fire Circle Stage,” nature games, live native animals, and delicious food and beverages from local restaurants.

There will be animal crafts galore, but if that’s not enough to keep you busy...ENC is also bringing you live hawks and owls from the OC Bird of Prey Center (OCBPC)! Francisco the Bug Guy will also be on hand with some interesting arthropods. Don’t miss the ISOpod (Interactive Sea Life Outreach), a unique mobile aquarium featuring sea stars, a shark and a sea anemone. You will also have the opportunity to purchase native plants that will attract butterflies and birds to your yard.

In conjunction with the Faire, young artists ages 4 - 18 will be exhibiting their artwork in the 7th Annual Youth Art Showcase contest, exploring the diversity of California’s ecosystems.

To find out more about the Spring Faire and schedule of events, visit http://encenter.org/visit-us/spring-faire

Environmental Nature Center is located 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach. For more information, call 949.645.8489.


DUI saturation points for Cinco de Mayo

In the United States, the Cinco de Mayo holiday is often associated with parties and alcohol. In the midst of the celebrations, it’s easy to forget the most important Cinco de Mayo plan of all: designating a sober driver. Too many people are lying to themselves about the dangers of impaired driving. Some think that they can play it by ear, and wait until they are heading home to decide whether or not they are “okay to drive”. But by then, it’s too late. Remember to designate a sober driver or make alternate transportation plans before you leave home.

This weekend, law enforcement officers from police departments, the sheriff’s departments, and the CHP will be out in force, looking for the signs of impaired driving. On Friday and Saturday between 6 p.m. and 3 a.m., the Newport Beach Police Department will deploy officers on special DUI Saturation Patrols specifically for the purpose of identifying and stopping impaired drivers. Additionally, every NBPD traffic and patrol officer on duty will be on heightened alert to prevent a senseless tragedy due to alcohol or drugs.

In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes. The Newport Beach Police Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Taking prescription drugs (particularly those with a warning on the label about driving or operating machinery) or using marijuana (especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs) can be incredibly impairing, and result in a DUI.

If you don’t designate a sober driver ahead of time, or have a solid plan for how you will get home safely, you are setting yourself up for disaster. When you drive while impaired, you run the risk of killing yourself or someone else. An impaired driver is also subject to many consequences: jail time, the loss of a driver license, higher insurance rates, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car or motorcycle towing and repairs, and lost wages due to time off from work. Even if you don’t harm anyone, the average DUI costs about $10,000…which far exceeds the cost of a ride home.

The NBPD points out that the California Office of Traffic Safety offers a free mobile app – DDVIP – aimed at thanking the sober designated driver with perks and free offers at area bars and restaurants. App users can also easily request a ride home from Uber or Lyft.

If you are planning to partake in the festivities for Cinco de Mayo, keep some numbers in mind. Throughout 2016, on average nationwide, someone was killed in a drunk-driving crash every 50 minutes. On Cinco de Mayo weekend, that equals 51 lives lost. Make the decision today that you will not get behind the wheel after drinking or when you are impaired by drugs. If you know someone who is about to drive buzzed or high, step in and help; take their keys and help them make arrangements to get home safely.

Funding for this enforcement effort is provided to Your Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1’.


Come be a part of “A Purr-fect Sunday Funday”

On Sunday, May 6, Junior League of Orange County, California (JLOCC), based in Newport Beach, presents “A Purr-fect Sunday Funday,” featuring the final book in the Fancy Nancy Series, Fancy Nancy: Oodles of Kittens. This will be the final Fancy Nancy event with JLOCC before the series moves to Disney ownership.

The event will take place at Aliso Viejo Country Club, located at 33 Santa Barbara Drive, Aliso Viejo.

Robin Priess Glasser

Interested parties can choose the morning showing from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. that includes a breakfast spread, or an afternoon session from 1 - 3 p.m. that includes a plated lunch. Adult tickets include a champagne toast. Both showings will have entertaining activities for children, including face painters, a photo booth and kitten adoption. All children attending will receive free copies of the book. A highlight will be an in-person book reading by the Fancy Nancy book series illustrator, Robin Preiss Glasser. In addition, Anthill Shop and Play, Mary Kay Cosmetics and Whale of a Tale will all have tables at the event.

While they last, tables of 10 and individual adult and child tickets can be purchased at www.jlocc.org/fancy-nancy. VIP options are available, too.

Fancy Nancy is a series of children’s books by American author Jane O’Connor, featuring a young girl who likes to wear fancy things like boas, tutus, ruby slippers and more. She also likes to use lots of fancy words, including French phrases. She gets bored by plain attire, and encourages people to dress more extravagantly.

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“Fancy Nancy: Oodles of Kittens,” is the final book in the Fancy Nancy Series

“We invite adults to attend with their little ones, wearing their fancy outfits, bringing along their friends to enjoy this fun event together, while supporting JLOCC’s focus of building a better community in Orange County through the training and leadership of women,” said JLOCC President Maria de Vera-Suarez.

All proceeds will benefit the League’s volunteer training programs and community projects in partnership with its community partners that include the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force, Orangewood Foundation, Samueli Academy, and JLOCC’s own initiative – Junior League Juniors – which introduces children to volunteer and make an impact in the community, along with other additional volunteer projects throughout Orange County.


Adults with developmental disabilities paddle out

Chris with paddle

 

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On Wednesday, May 16, beginning at 10 a.m., more than a dozen Orange County adults with development disabilities who are clients of nonprofit Project Independence of Costa Mesa and participate in its Access 2 Adventure Program will safely be involved in the Polynesian sport of outrigger paddling. They can enjoy this experience, as there are no special adaptations needed to the equipment.

The event takes place at the Newport Aquatic Center located at 1 Whitecliffs Drive, Newport Beach.

Paddlers

The paddling activity has been arranged in conjunction with the MAKAPO Aquatics Project that was founded in 2007 to meet the recreational needs of the blind community in Orange County and beyond.

Project Independence‘s Access 2 Adventure Program is made possible in part through a generous gift from the Louis & Gladyce Foster Family Foundation. Project Independence has been working with adults with developmental disabilities since 1977.


School Notes

Newport-Mesa 2nd Annual Senior Art Show

The Newport-Mesa 2nd Annual Senior Art Show will take place in the Hurley Town Hall Building, 1945 Placentia Ave., on Thursday, May 3 from 5 - 9 p.m.

The show will feature artwork from Corona del Mar, Newport Harbor, Costa Mesa and Estancia high school seniors.

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Artwork by Allison Chen, CdMHS

District

NMUSD Board of Education Meeting – Tuesday, May, 6 - 8 p.m., Boardroom, NMUSD

NHHS

“Grease” – Spring Drama Musical – Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, 7 p.m.; Sunday, May 6, 2 p.m., Robins Loats Theater

Sage Hill School

Choral Performance – The Black Box Theater in the Studio at Sage Hill, Thursday, May 4, 7 p.m.

Instrumental Music Performance – The Black Box Theater in the Studio at Sage Hill, Thursday, May 11, 7 p.m.

Theater Ensemble Performance – The Black Box Theater in the Studio at Sage Hill, Thursday, May 18, 7 p.m.


Sign of the times

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

So, we gave you “ek” that we snapped from a fairly new business’s sign. The answer is emerald kitchen, the new restaurant (formerly The Tee Room) at Newport Beach Golf Course on Irvine Avenue.

Stu stumped everyone with this one!

If you’re a business and you want to play, you can send us a high-quality photo of your sign and we’ll take it from there and challenge our readers.

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Let’s have some fun!

SOTT 5.1.18

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Look up to see these waves...

Stump the Stu 5.1.18

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You might have passed this leaded glass wave art many times, but needed to look up to see it.

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The correct answer will appear in Friday’s edition, along with the correct guesses. So, join us in the fun!

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


Police Files

Pharmacy employee IDs counterfeiters, NBPD nabs them

The Newport Beach Police Department received a call early Wednesday morning, April 25, about three suspicious individuals in a parking lot outside of a pharmacy. The men had been in the parking lot for over an hour, and a pharmacy employee believed that they were the same individuals who had attempted to use a counterfeit $100 bill at the location several weeks prior.

One of the men left the area before officers arrived, but the officers found the remaining two men, later identified as Justin Andrew Jariabka, 31, of Anaheim, and Shane Kelly Murray, 29, Foothill Ranch, sitting in a black sedan in the parking lot. 

According to NBPD, there was a meth pipe in plain view in the vehicle, which was later determined to belong to Jariabka. A subsequent investigation revealed that Jariabka was also in possession of methamphetamine and several counterfeit $100 bills.

Murray was found to be in possession of three more counterfeit $100 bills, used syringes and heroin.

They were arrested without incident for the following charges: Jariabka, possession of a controlled substance, possession of unlawful paraphernalia, forgery and conspiracy to commit crime. His bail was set at $20,000.

Murray was arrested for possession of a narcotic controlled substance, possession of unlawful paraphernalia, forgery and conspiracy to commit crime. His bail was set at $50,000.

Be aware of “Kidnapping Scams”

The Newport Beach Police Department is warning the community of “Kidnapping Scams.” Here’s how they work: You get a call, saying that a loved one has been kidnapped. The caller may make threats, demand money, or lead you to believe that your loved one is in danger.

But, is the caller who you think it is? Scammers are good at pretending to be someone they’re not. They can be convincing: sometimes using information from social networking sites, or hacking into email accounts, to make it seem more real. And they’ll pressure you to send money before you have time to think.

Here’s what you can do: Stop. Check it out; Try to contact the loved one who you are concerned about, or call friends or another family member; Keep your information (and your money) safe; Never give out personal identifying information, such as bank account or credit card account numbers, to anyone you do not know; And never send money to an unknown person; Pass this information on to a friend. You may not have received one of these calls, but chances are that you know someone who will – if they haven’t already.

If you believe you’ve been the victim of a scam, please file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov/complaint.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime report


Newport Beach Animal Shelter attended America’s Family Pet Expo

Pet Expo

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The Newport Beach Animal Shelter attended America’s Family Pet Expo this past weekend, which took place at the OC Fair & Event Center.

The great news is that they adopted out 16 dogs, four cats and one rabbit to loving homes!

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

Adoption costs at the shelter:

Dogs - $130

Puppies - $150

Cats - $90

Kittens - $110

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

To find out how you can help support the shelter, visit 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.


Newport Beach – A Look Back

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

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The China House circa 1930s in this photograph. The pagoda-styled home was located at the mouth of the Newport Harbor for years before being demolished in the 1980s.

Visit Balboa Island Museum and the Museum Store located at 331 Marine Ave., Balboa Island. They are open Tuesdays - Sundays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information, call 949.675.3952, visit www.balboaislandmuseum.orgor email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Mini Open House at Assistance League

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Assistance League of Newport-Mesa board of directors

Want to make a difference in the Newport-Mesa community? You’re invited to the Assistance League of Newport-Mesa’s Mini Open House on Wednesday, May 16 at 4 p.m. Volunteerism is comprised of Adult Members and the Assisteens Auxiliary, the latter which is comprised of teens entering grades 7 - 12 in Fall 2018 from Corona del Mar, Newport Beach and Costa Mesa.

Philanthropic programs include: Cheri Harris Dental Center, Operation School Bell®, Scholarship program and The Kids on the Block.

Volunteer opportunities include: board and leadership positions, book and clothing distribution, dental center, program and/or organizational committees, thrift and consignment shops and tutoring.

Assistance League of Newport-Mesa is located at 2220 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa. For more information, call 949.645.6929 or visit www.alnm.org.


Letter to the Editor:

We believe Community Involvement is the name of the game

Thank you for covering our Annual Meeting this year and stressing our theme of Community Involvement. Nowhere is that more evident than in reading Stu News. I am continually amazed at the wealth of opportunities for our citizens to engage with a wide variety of organizations. We are an inspiring community and most it seems are living in gratitude while addressing problems and solutions. Our residents are not sitting back and complaining, they are taking action in ways that support others and ourselves. 

Joy Brenner, President

Corona del Mar Residents Association


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Rats at NHHS lead to walkout

TomJohnsonRats and rats! The two definitions of the word have apparently collided at Newport Harbor High School. Rats, the “rodent that resembles a large mouse,” and rats, “the expression of mild annoyance or irritation,” both led to a student/teacher walkout last Friday.

Apparently, both groups were fed up with the conditions caused by the rats. 

First off, in the District’s defense, several things should be kept in mind here. One, NHHS recently had all of the construction done at Davidson Field, which was bound to turn up a few rodents. And, of course, we then have the adjoining Environmental Nature Center. Add to the mix the Back Bay and Castaways Park and voila!

It’s no wonder NHHS has a rat problem. So, what is being done and is it enough?

I contacted the NMUSD office for a comment and received the following statement: 

“The health and safety of our students and staff has always been a priority. The school and district maintenance staff implemented an on-going Integrated Pest Management program consistent with state safety guidelines. In addition, work orders related to pest management are given high priority status. 

“The district and site administration are committed to continue to monitor the situation and take all appropriate actions to maintain a safe and healthy environment.”

Is the District giving a voice to the concerned students? And, teachers for that matter.

NMUSD Board President Vicki Snell assured me that the District is on top of the problem with “an ongoing maintenance program” and that “there has only been one rat-related work order from NHHS in the last four months.”

Snell also reminded Stu News that the District is currently in negotiations with the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers. And that kind of raised this story to a different level.

Do we have a rat problem? If so, why only the one complaint in four months? Is the Union trying to use our students by raising classroom conditions as an issue in their negotiations? I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

Next step, the NMFT is reportedly filing a formal complaint with CalOSHA concerning the rats.

Time will tell who is on the up-and-up on this.

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Support the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce this week and attend their May WAKE UP! Newport Breakfast. Here’s what you’ll get if you attend: a free breakfast. 

Not good enough, okay. You’ll also hear from Newport Beach & Co’s President & CEO Gary Sherwin and get the latest updates on what tourism means to our community.

Some people say tourism equals traffic. They couldn’t be more wrong. Tourism is the third largest tax generator for our City and helps cover everything from cops to potholes.

Without tourism, I guarantee you’d either be complaining about a lack of services from the City or a higher tax bill.

Visit NB, at the end of the day, makes Newport Beach better for all involved. If you still don’t believe me, ask a retailer or a restaurateur how much they depend on tourism dollars.

Anyway, support the Chamber and give Gary a listen. Both are important community entities. Chamber President Steve Rosansky would want me to remind you that he is “proud to host as the Mayor of the business community.”

Mayor being the operative word. Or, as he also says, once a mayor always a mayor. 

WAKE UP! Newport is being held on Wednesday, May 3 from 7:15 - 8:30 a.m. in the Newport Beach Central Library’s Friends Room. If you haven’t already signed up, visit www.newportbeach.com to register.

Trey Quinn

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Mr. Irrelevant, Trey Quinn, was drafted 256th by the Washington Redskins

It started off Thursday evening, April 26, in Dallas, with the announcement that the Cleveland Browns had selected Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield as the NFL’s number one draft pick. Finally, two days later, the Washington Redskins selected SMU wide receiver Trey Quinn as the 256th and final pick, or as we say in these parts of the world, “Mr. Irrelevant.”

So, who is Trey Quinn? He signed with LSU out of high school and played sparingly in two years before transferring to SMU and breaking out last season with 114 receptions for 1,236 yards and 13 TDs.

Quinn is listed at 6’, 203 lbs. and is Mr. Irrelevant XLIII.

The draft started out with the Atlanta Falcons owning the last draft selection, which they eventually traded to the Los Angeles Rams, who later sent it to the Redskins.

Trey, we’ll see you in June, where we promise that you’ll be anything but Irrelevant!


Construction on CdM sidewalks, a 98th birthday party and a “post office” in the park...

By AMY SENK

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The sidewalk concrete replacement program stretched from Carnation to Poppy avenues in Corona del Mar

Construction work that closed lanes of East Coast Highway and restricted parking on Monday, April 30 continues today, Tuesday, May 1, but should be complete by 7 a.m. The work began Monday at 9 a.m. and was part of a sidewalk concrete replacement program that stretched from Carnation to Poppy avenues.

“These areas have been identified as needing replacement due to the potential of tripping hazards,” said Mary Locey, a city spokeswoman. “On Tuesday, May 1, the contractor will pour new concrete starting at 4 a.m. until approximately 7 a.m. to minimize the impacts to traffic.”

Once that work is done, CdM can get ready for more road closures and parking restrictions when the Orange County Marathon rolls through town on Sunday, May 6. Those closures along the race route will begin at 4 a.m. and be removed by 10:30 a.m.

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Play post office in Grant Howald Park shows tykes how the U.S. mail system works

A new play “post office” has been installed in Corona del Mar in a playground inside a park named for a former CdM postmaster.

A community member wanted the history of the park to be displayed, and city staff brainstormed to come up with the idea of a play post office that includes information about Howald as well as how the U.S. mail system works, said Sean Levin, the city’s Recreation & Senior Services Deputy Director. CdM resident Walt Howald, son of the park’s namesake, told members of the CdM Residents Association board about the new addition at the group’s April board meeting. The park is located at 3000 Fifth Ave.

Davis Seabough

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Davis Seabough celebrates his 98th birthday among friends

At the OASIS Senior Center last Friday, April 27, friends celebrated Davis Seabough’s 98th birthday with cake, decorations, lunch and the accordion-gutbucket duo featuring John Valeriano and Tommy Naughton.

Seabough, who lives in Corona del Mar, grew up in St. Louis, where he saw Charles Lindbergh in Forest Park in 1927. Later, he studied electrical engineering at the University of Missouri, graduating in 1942. He served four years in the Army during World War II, and he ended up in California, working for General Dynamics on the Atlas missile project, meeting John Glenn when they showed him the Friendship 7 rocket that would take him on an orbit of the Earth in 1962. 

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Newport Beach Lifeguard Assistant Chief Rob Williams will retire Friday after 33 years of service, according to a city memo. Williams started his career as a seasonal lifeguard in 1985, then became a unit operator in 1990, and was promoted to lifeguard captain in 2001 and to battalion chief in 2006.

“In 2001, he was promoted to his current position as Chief Lifeguard for Marine Operations,” the city memo said. “Chief Williams has been instrumental in maintaining the Fire Department’s motto of ‘Safety, Service and Professionalism’ within Marine Operations. He has held several leadership positions for the United States Lifesaving Association, the California Lifesaving Association and the Orange County Drowning Prevention Task Force. Chief Williams gave pivotal assistance to Newport Beach Lifeguards when the death of Seasonal Lifeguard Ben Carlson occurred in 2014…We will miss him.”

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


Segerstrom Center welcomes the legendary Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett

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Grammy Award winner Tony Bennett to perform for one night only

Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes back Tony Bennett, whose career spans six decades and includes 19 Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award – making him a true international treasure. Bennett performs on Friday, June 1 in Segerstrom Hall, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

With worldwide record sales in the millions, and dozens of platinum and gold albums to his credit, Tony is a musician who touches the hearts and souls of audiences with his signature vocals and charming stage presence. His infamous tunes, such as “Steppin’ Out With My Baby” and “I Left My Heart In San Francisco,” are part of the fabric of American music culture. Often billed as the world’s most boyish octogenarian, Bennett remains a vital musical artist at the peak of his powers.

Tony celebrated his 90th birthday in August 2016, which included the presentation of “TONY BENNETT CELEBRATES 90: The Best is Yet To Come,” a two-hour prime time television special that aired this past December. A companion CD of the same name was released simultaneously. Last fall also saw the release of Tony’s fifth book, Just Getting Started, which he co-authored with journalist Scott Simon.

Tickets to Bennett’s concert start at $79 and are on sale now. They are available online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 20 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. 

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


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Segerstrom for the Arts announces Hamilton ticket lottery

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Hamilton Producer Jeffrey Seller and Segerstrom Center for the Arts are announcing a digital lottery for tickets that will begin with the show’s first performance on Tuesday, May 8 in Segerstrom Hall. Forty Orchestra Level tickets will be sold for every performance for $10 each. The digital lottery will open at 11 a.m. Pacific Time on Sunday, May 6 for tickets to the Tuesday, May 8 performance. Subsequent digital lotteries will begin two days prior to each performance. 

How to enter:

Use the official app for Hamilton, now available for all iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store (http://hamiltonmusical.com/app).

You can also visit http://hamiltonmusical.com/lottery to register.

The lottery will open at 11 a.m. PT two days prior to the performance date and will close for entry at 9 a.m. PT the day prior to the performance.

Winner and non-winner notifications will be sent at approximately 11 a.m. PT the day prior to the performance via email and SMS (if mobile number is provided).

No purchase or payment is necessary to enter or participate.

Each winning entrant may purchase up to two tickets.

Only one entry per person is allowed. Repeat entries and disposable email addresses will be discarded.

Tickets must be purchased online with a credit card by 4 p.m. PT the day prior to the performance using the purchase link and code in a customized notification email. Tickets not claimed by 4 p.m. the day prior to the performance are forfeited.

Lottery tickets may be picked up at Will Call beginning two hours prior to the performance with a valid photo ID. Lottery tickets become void if resold.

Additional rules:

Patrons must be 18 years of age or older and have a valid, non-expired photo ID that matches the name used to enter. Tickets are non-transferable. Ticket limits and prices displayed are at the sole discretion of the show and are subject to change without notice.

Lottery prices are not valid on prior purchases. Lottery ticket offer cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. All sales are final – no refunds or exchanges. Lottery may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. No purchase is necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not improve the chances of winning.

Tickets for Hamilton, which runs May 8 - 27, are currently on sale. Patrons are advised to check the official Hamilton channels and www.SCFTA.org for late release seats which may become available at short notice.

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

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


NBFF closes eight-day run on May 3 with West Coast Premiere of ALL SQUARE, followed by gala

ALL SQUARE

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A scene from the closing night screening of ALL SQUARE

The Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) will conclude its eight-day run with the closing night film and West Coast Premiere of ALL SQUARE on Thursday, May 3 at 8 p.m. at the historic Regency Lido Theater.

ALL SQUARE is a gambling drama film following a down-on-his-luck bookie trying to make it big in a small town. After a one-night stand with an ex-girlfriend, the smalltown bookie (Kelly) strikes up an unlikely friendship with her 12-year-old son and develops a plan to recoup the money owed to him by taking bets on the town’s Youth League Baseball games.

Following the screening there is a Q&A with screenwriter Tim Brady, actors Tom Everett Scott, Jay Larson and Andrew Sikking, and producers Ben Cornwell and Yeardley Smith.

The film will be followed by the last event – the Closing Night Gala at Via Lido Plaza. NBFF, in partnership with Schiefer ChopShop and Via Lido Plaza, will host the post-film celebration which features a hosted bar by Tito’s Vodka, Oban Whiskey and Guinness, with culinary tastings from Orange County’s premiere restaurants.

Cost: $95 for the film and gala; $65 for the gala only. Post party attendees must be 21 years of age; ID is required. Cocktail attire is required; coat or jacket recommended for this outdoor event.

Via Lido Plaza is located at 3425 Via Lido, Newport Beach.


Newport Coast resident to deliver commencement address

Dr Daniel Amen

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Dr. Daniel Amen to address Vanguard graduates

American psychiatrist, 10-time New York Times bestselling author, brain disorder specialist, and director of Amen Clinics, Dr. Daniel Amen, will give Vanguard University’s Commencement address on Friday, May 4 at Mariners Church in Irvine.

Dr. Amen is a Newport Coast resident, who graduated from Vanguard in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in biology, when the college was known as Southern California College. This year’s commencement will mark 40 years since beginning his own professional work in the medical field.

Dr. Amen is one of American’s leading psychiatrists and brain health experts, helping millions change their brains through his health clinics, top-selling books and public television programs. He is double board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He has authored and coauthored 70 professional articles and more than 30 books during his illustrious career. A well-known celebrity doctor, Dr. Amen has also appeared on Dr. Phil, Larry King, Dr. Oz, The Doctors and The View. His work has been featured in Newsweek, Time, Huffington Post, ABC World News, 20/20, BBC, New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times and Men’s Health. He is the chief executive officer and medical director of the six Amen Clinics.

“Dr. Daniel Amen has been a pioneer in the medical field, impacting millions of lives, and we are honored to have him back at his alma mater 40 years later to speak to our graduating class of 2018,” said Dr. Michael Beals, president of Vanguard University. “Dr. Amen has continued to model Vanguard’s mission of pursing knowledge, cultivating character, deepening faith, and leading a spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service.”

Approximately 439 undergraduate and professional studies students and 94 graduate students will receive diplomas at Vanguard’s commencement this year.

Dr. Amen will give the commencement address at the undergraduate ceremony at 10 a.m. and the professional studies and graduate ceremony at 4 p.m. Both ceremonies will take place in the Worship Center at Mariners Church.


JWA passenger traffic increases year-over-year by five percent

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Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport increased in March 2018 as compared with March 2017. In March 2018, the Airport served 898,418 passengers, an increase of five percent when compared with the March 2017 passenger traffic count of 856,025. 

Commercial aircraft operations increased 3.3 percent and commuter aircraft operations decreased 19.4 percent, when compared with March 2017 levels.

Total aircraft operations decreased in March 2018 as compared with the same month in 2017. In March 2018, there were 25,419 total aircraft operations (take-offs and landings), a 0.7 percent decrease compared to 25,598 total aircraft operations in March 2017.

General aviation activity, which accounted for 69.4 percent of the total aircraft operations during March 2018, decreased 2.7 percent when compared with March 2017.

The top three airlines in March 2018 based on passenger count were Southwest Airlines (326,810), United Airlines (141,839) and American Airlines (140,472).


Little Boots DJ house set at Newport Dunes’ Back Bay Bistro

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MDA Events (Modern Disco Ambassadors) presents the second installment of Summer Home, the monthly summer series highlighting the best in music at an idyllic beachside venue.

On Sunday, May 6 from 3 - 8 p.m. at Back Bay Bistro, dance waterside to the music of international sensation Little Boots. The UK native, known for her massive pop hooks and otherworldly electronic soundscapes, will be performing a special disco house set.

Supporting artists include local DJs Torosbros, Daniel Minaya and Herswerve. Indulge in food and specialty craft cocktails courtesy of Back Bay Bistro, while enjoying a picturesque day on the bay.

Cost: $10 - $20. Food and beverages are sold separately. For additional event information and to purchase tickets, visit www.followmda.com

For reservations and information about Back Bay Bistro, call 949.729.1144 or visit www.newportdunes.com/back-bay-bistro. Please note: there is free validated parking when you enter from the 2nd gate on Back Bay Drive.

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


Indulge in the Great Plein Air Art Experience at Crystal Cove this summer

CCC Art Class

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Discover your inner artist this summer during Crystal Cove Conservancy’s summer art classes.

Celebrate more than 100 years of plein air art at Crystal Cove State Park, and spend a relaxing day capturing the beauty of the Cove on canvas with the help of a Crystal Cove plein air artist. No experience is required; this introductory class is recommended for novices only. Instructors include Alan Nowell, who will be teaching on June 14, July 10 and 17, and August 9, 23 and 30; and Laura Rosenkranz, who will be leading participants on June 21 and 28, and August 2.

Classes take place from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in Cottage #13 (The Beaches Cottage) in the Historic District. Cost: $85 per workshop; $70 for Crystal Cove Conservancy members. All supplies will be provided. Class size is limited to 12. Minimum age is 18.

To register, visit https://crystalcove.org/visit/things-to-do/art-in-the-park-programs.


Free document shredding on May 12

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The City of Newport Beach and CR&R Environmental Services will offer free document shredding for CR&R’s Newport Beach customers on Saturday, May 12, from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Big Canyon Reservoir Parking Lot, 3300 Pacific View Drive (near the intersection of Marguerite & Pacific View), Corona del Mar.

Securely shredding old documents, records and items that contain personal or sensitive information can help prevent identity theft and fraud. Newport Beach residents are encouraged to round up and bring the following types of documents: bank and financial statements, credit card statements or pre-approved credit card offers, old IRS tax forms, checks or bills, old 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.

This free service is for CR&R’s Newport Beach customers and proof of residency may be required.

For more information, call CR&R at 949.625.6735.


Filmmaker, writer to speak at Newport Beach Public Library

Jennifer Newsom

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The Newport Beach Public Library will host a special program featuring Jennifer Siebel Newsom, documentary writer, director and producer, on Tuesday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Newsom is a filmmaker, CEO, advocate, and thought leader, and is the wife of California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom.

After graduating from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, Newsome wrote, directed, and produced the 2011 award-winning documentary, Miss Representation. As a result of the documentary’s powerful impact, she launched The Representation Project, a nonprofit that uses film and media as a catalyst for cultural transformation.

Her second film as a director, The Mask You Live In, premiered in 2015 and explores how America’s narrow definition of masculinity is harming boys, men and society at large. Newsom is also an executive producer on two Emmy award-winning documentaries, The Invisible War and The Hunting Ground, and she serves on the Advisory Council for the Imagine Kids Bus Project, as well as the Common Sense Media Gender Initiative. Newsom resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their four young children.

The program is presented by Imagine Action OC. Admission is free. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis, limited by room capacity.

For more information on programs and services at the Newport Beach Public Library, call 949.717.3800, option 2, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


N2E: Fast or slow, YB tracking shows a tale of three fun races

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Mighty Merloe, HL Enloe’s ORMA60 and Tom Siebel’s Orion, the MOD70, approached the start of the 71st Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race (N2E) like thoroughbred horses; chomping at the bit, side by side, jockeying for position, waiting to spring from the gate and best the other to the finish line, in front of the Hotel Coral and Marina in Ensenada.

Orion was defending their 2016 best elapsed time record and Mighty Merloe was looking to claim it to go with all the other records it has collected in the last four years. Orion stumbled at the start, one of its hulls slightly over early, and had to circle back to the start while Mighty Merloe sailed for the horizon.

Following yet another duel between the two mighty trimarans, as seen thanks to the YB Trackers, it was Mighty Merloe at the finish line by 2 minutes and 30 seconds. However, Orion’s record was safe for another year.

Meanwhile, in Dana Point, the race saw its first ever 1:48:41 finish courtesy of Charles Brewer’s Heartbeat 4. With Richard Mendoza’s Cricket bringing up the rear at 3:21:19 in his Cal20, the entire fleet, including a handful of Lasers, completed the first-ever N2E Dana Point Sprint before happy hour.

Melissa Herzfeld, who was has been volunteering on the check-in boat for four years now, was a little surprised when the first Laser pulled alongside, its enthusiastic skipper reporting the sail number and its sole passenger. Conversely, 15 was the largest crew reporting in this year.

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Dennis Pennell’s Reichel/Pugh 50 Blue Blazes blazed down the Border Run Course home to San Diego like it was late for dinner, finishing with a time of 7:48:27. Dave Griffins and his Fair Haven crew likely had a dinner at sea, finishing the course with an elapsed time of 19:08:31.

The largest boat to finish, Damon Guizot’s Zephyrus (Reichel/Pugh 77), had a stellar race, being the first monohull to finish at 12:27:03. Most of the larger boats, which sail outside the rhumb line, crossed the finish line before 2 p.m. on Saturday. Racers reported that the coastal winds that propelled many of the competitors into Mexico began perishing about midnight, and stayed lax with shifty pockets through most of the day.

As the sun set on the Hotel Coral, the YB Trackers showed 10 boats still drifting towards the sounds of the mariachi band at between 3.8 and 5.6 knots. With all having less than 11 nautical miles to go, it’s possible they arrived just in time for the fireworks, a fitting finish to N2E 71 given that a burst of firecrackers is how the YB Tracker shows the race starting.

Final results and trophy winners were announced at Sunday’s awards ceremony and can be seen below. Watch race replays to all destinations online via YB Tracking at www.nosa.org.

For more information, contact Laurie Morrison, NOSA Communications 310.720.9011 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


ENC to hold Nature Preschool information session

ENC preschool

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Join ENC Nature Preschool Director Sue Bierlich and ENC Executive Director Bo Glover on Thursday, June 14 from 6 - 8 p.m. for a free information session about the ENC Nature Preschool.

Bierlich and Glover will discuss the school’s timeline, philosophy, curricula, a typical day, and layout and design of the buildings and Nature Play Area. Note: This is the second information session, and it’s identical to the first sold-out session. It is an adult-only event.

To register for the event, call Lori Whalen at 949.645.8489, ext. 103.

To donate to the ENC Nature Preschool, visit www.encnaturepreschool.org/donate or contact Executive Director Bo Glover at 949.645.8489, ext. 101, or by email at 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.


Emergency outdoor warning system test on May 4 at higher decibel

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The City of Newport Beach will be testing its outdoor warning siren system on Friday, May 4 at 12 p.m. This test of the 10-year-old system will be performed at a higher decibel level compared to the regular monthly testing. 

The system’s three sirens, located at West Jetty View Park, Marina Park and West Newport Park, are regularly tested the first Friday of each month at a low decibel level. The lower setting could only be heard by those who were immediately adjacent to the sirens.

During the May 4 test, the system will be set at a higher decibel level to ensure the sound is traveling to the designated coverage areas. The system’s sound is similar to an air warning siren. City staff will be out in the community during the testing to record the results of the higher setting. 

The outdoor emergency warning system is in place to provide immediate notification during any type of disaster or hazard when immediate action from the public is necessary. If the sirens are heard in the community and it is not the first Friday of the month, community members should tune their radio to station 107.9 KWVE and await further instructions.

Also at this time, the cities of Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach will be testing their outdoor warning systems, which are separate from Newport Beach’s system.

A disaster or emergency situation can occur at any time. Community members are encouraged to take action now to be prepared before a disaster strikes.

The City has resources available online at www.newportbeachca.gov/disasterpreparedness

For inquiries about the outdoor warning system or disaster preparedness, contact the City’s Disaster Services Coordinator Katie Eing at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Early bird tickets on sale now for Pacific Wine & Food Classic

Pacific Wine & Food Classic (PWFC) takes place on August 18 and 19 at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. Early bird tickets have just been released, with prices ranging from $99 - $259. Early bird ticket prices are the lowest they will be and will increase soon. This year’s event is presented by Pacific Sales and powered by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits.

The annual wine and food festival will feature more than 100 not-to-miss summer- inspired experiences. A small sampling of what festival guests can enjoy includes: a Summer Wine Garden, Celebrity Cruise Silent Disco, Taco & Beer Lounge by Towne Park Brewing and Chela’s, Paella and Sangria Lounge by Villa Roma, Official “Pacific Burger” by Burger Boss, “Off the Hook Seafood” by Anderson’s Seafood, Fresh Baja Shellfish Bar, Gelato Bar featuring Classic Summer Flavors by Golden Spoon, Live Broadcast of The Fork Report with Neil Saavedra, US Foods Chef Lounge, Sommelier Wine & Food Journey by BXCR Wine Bar, Melissa’s Produce Grilled Corn and many more delicious happenings.

Pacific Wine and Food

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The Classic was recently acknowledged by the International Food, Wine and Travel Writer’s Association as among the Top 10 food and wine festivals in the world. The Classic offers guests a unique festival that is not oversold or overly crowded and has a fun summer vibe with fantastic food, wine, beer and cocktails. Guests can enjoy the sand and bay during a perfect summer weekend.

Come meet our local chef community during the PWFC. More than 60 restaurants and chefs will be serving up summer-inspired cuisine. This event offers guests an incredible opportunity to experience myriad Southern California restaurants in a one or two-day span. Meet the people behind the food while exploring 150 plus wineries, local craft beers and an Anheuser-Busch lounge, and crafty cocktails by Maker’s Mark, Bacardi and Sauza.

VIP Guests will experience an hour early entrance to enjoy the VIP section and the entire festival; tickets are extremely limited. Guests with a VIP ticket will also enjoy: summer-inspired cocktails by Hornitos; premium rum cocktails featuring Bacardi Cuatro, Ocho and Diez; a bread and cheese experience by Sadie Rose and Cabot Cheese; exquisite wines; gourmet desserts by Mixed Bakery; and food by Chef Linda Johnsen, Filomena’s Italian Kitchen, Chef Manny Velasco, Sol Agave, Chef Tin Vuong, Bluegold, Chef Ross Pangilinan, Mix Mix Kitchen Bar, Chef Zach Scherer, The Country Club, Chef Cathy Pavlos of Provenance, Chef Lauren Lawless of MasterChef Season 8 and Pastry Chef Elyssa Fournier.

For more information and tickets, visit www.PacificWineandFood.com. No one under the age of 21 is permitted.

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


Celebrate a Run for the Roses at Five Crowns

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And they’re off…

If you can’t make it to Louisville this weekend, then come celebrate the Kentucky Derby with an afternoon of televised horse races and a Louisville-inspired menu at Five Crowns’ fourth annual Bourbon Derby Party on Saturday, May 5 from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Experience a Kentucky welcome with a traditional Mint Julep made with Woodford Reserve bourbon upon arrival to Five Crowns’ patio and garden area, which will be transformed into Corona del Mar’s own “Millionaire’s Row.” Enjoy watching the race while learning about fantastic bourbons and celebrating the favorite horses.

Executive Chef Alejandra Padilla will prepare an exclusive menu for the event to pair perfectly with the five featured whiskies.

Don’t forget to dress to impress in Derby attire as prizes for “Male Best Dressed” and “Female Best Dressed” will be awarded, in addition to a prize for the “Race Bet Winner.”

Tickets are $155 per person (includes tax and gratuity) and space is limited. To purchase tickets, visit https://bit.ly/2Gj0bR3.

For more information or to make reservations, call 949.760.0331 or visit www.lawrysonline.com/five-crowns

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


Artist James Strombotne goes Behind the Brushstrokes

Dreamcatcher

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“Dreamcatcher” by artist James Strombotne

The Newport Beach City Arts Commission presents an exhibition of paintings by renowned artist James Strombotne at the Newport Beach Central Library May 7 - July 6, and an informal reception and short lecture on Thursday, May 24 at 7 p.m. at the Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Strombotne, along with his daughter Emily Strombotne, will be there to meet guests and talk about his paintings and their collaboration on a new book, Behind the Brushstrokes. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

A nationally recognized American artist, Strombotne had his first one-man show in 1956 in San Francisco at a gallery called Studio 44 on Fillmore Street. He was 21. At that time, he would paint and draw every day. More than 50 years later, he still paints and draws daily. 

Reunion

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“Reunion” by artist James Strombotne

Since that first one-man show, Strombotne has shown his work in more than 100 one-man shows, including 14 retrospectives. His work is housed in many of the finest public collections in the country and is also included in numerous prestigious private collections. In this special exhibit, he continues to captivate audiences with his provocative paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture.

The exhibition will be available for viewing during Central Library operating hours, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 12 - 5 p.m.

For more information about cultural arts programs in the City of Newport Beach, visit the City’s Cultural Arts webpage at www.newportbeachca.gov/CulturalArts.


Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so put your thinking caps on. Below, you’ll find this week’s clue. What you see is a partial glimpse of a business sign. It is a newcomer, so this may prove to be somewhat challenging. Stu thinks if you’re astute...”it’s in the bag.”

Good luck!

Send your guesses to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you’re a business and you want to play, you can send us a high-quality photo of your sign and we’ll take it from there and challenge our readers.

Let’s have some fun!

SOTT 4.27.18

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Stump the Stu

This dolphin is adored (and ridden) by many youngsters

Dolphin

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What Stu thought was a sea lion, turned out to be a dolphin! And we got “schooled” by local long-time resident Don Webb. So, we wanted to share his answer with all of you: “Your picture today is the second Mariners Park Dolphin. The first was probably installed when the park opened in about 1960. I know it was there when we bought our house near the park in 1969. In the late ‘70s or early ‘80s some overzealous park safety person determined the dolphin was a safety hazard and sent workers out to ‘murder’ the dolphin with sledge hammers in front of many young park users. Most were in tears. The Mariners community raised such a stink that in a few months, the pictured dolphin appeared and has been enjoyed by park users since. That includes my two sons and four grandchildren among others.”

And thank you to all of our other readers who remembered our resident dolphin in Mariners Park fondly and guessed correctly! Congratulations to: Alice Brownell, Andy Lingle, Bobbi Schaaf, Debi Bibb, Debra and Bill Finster, Jim Drayton, Jim Kaminsky, Jody Chapman, Joe Stapleton, Lynn Swain, Michelle McCormack, Sean Levin, Tom Anderson and William Lobdell.

Join us on Tuesdays as we try and stump you each week with a picture of something unique in our community.

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


Newport Beach student exchange with sister city, Antibes

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French exchange students tour the grounds at Newport Beach Civic Center

During the City Council’s study session on Tuesday, April 24, students from Newport Beach’s Sister City, Antibes, France were welcomed for the first time in nine years to our city. The group was comprised of 15 students and three chaperones from Antibes; the students attended classes at Corona del Mar and Newport Harbor high schools with their host student.

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Newport Beach exchange students visiting the Picasso Museum in Antibes are joined by Cherri Penne-Myers, chair of the Newport Beach Antibes Committee on the far right

Cherri Penne-Myers, chair of the Newport Beach Antibes Committee, led a sister city exchange, accompanied by eight students, one teacher chaperone and another committee member to Antibes on April 13. While there, the students attended classes at Lycee Audiberti High School, visited Monaco and their oceanography museum, toured Nice and Old Town Antibes going to the Picasso Museum, and then enjoyed activities on the days when the bus and trains were not on strike.

Newport Beach is celebrating 28 years of its sister city relationship. In April 2019, they will send a group of students over to Antibes, and French students will come here. In July 2020, there will be a Newport Beach adult delegation celebration over in France during their jazz festival; in turn, the French adult delegation will come to Newport Beach in fall 2020.

If you would like to find out more about the sister city exchange and how to get involved, visit www.nbsca.org.


N2E: Mexican dignitaries welcomed at Mayor’s Reception

The Newport Ocean Sailing Association celebrated 71 years of friendships integral to the success of the Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race (N2E) at the annual Mayor’s Reception last evening, Thursday, April 26.

Commodore Daniel Hodge welcomed officials from both namesake cities and extended an invitation to all participating boat owners to come meet and celebrate those responsible for continuing the traditions of this iconic race and for making it happen year after year. The reception started at the Bayview Marriott’s Seaview Terrace and joined the annual Sail Away party following the official ceremonies.

Mayors Reception

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Attendees enjoying the N2E reception in the Bayside Marriott’s Seaview Terrace

“I’ve been around sailboats my entire life, sailed in and around Newport Harbor since I was a small child, and raced boats all over the world,” said Mayor Marshall “Duffy” Duffield. “Some of the most fun I had was competing in the N2E as it brings together professional and recreational sailors for a 125-mile race across the border. The City of Newport Beach has a long tradition of supporting the race and we are proud to serve as one of its host cities.”

Mayor Duffield welcomed officials that included William Ostick, US Consul General from Tijuana; Maurio Cuevas Zamora, of the Mexican Consul General Santa Ana; Arthuro Sanchez, the Mexican Consul for Press & Commercial Affairs; Gabriel Juarez Alvarado of the Mexican Tourism Los Angeles Board; and Petra Svehlova, who works in conjunction with the Mexican Board of Tourism and is representing many wineries of the Guadeloupe Valley. Representatives from the State of Baja, a congressman from Mexico City, the Mexican Consul General of Los Angeles, and the owners of the Hotel Coral and Marina, Andreas Martinez, and his wife Rossana Martinez, also attended the ceremonies.

“The friendship and graciousness of so many Ensenada area leaders is the primary reason for the continuance of this highly successful event that brings two nations, dozens of businesses and thousands of people together,” said Hodge. “Our race shows how working together can bring mutual success to the communities of Newport Beach and Ensenada while providing N2E sailors an unforgettable, competitive, and fun race.”

The contingency of dignitaries will watch the start of the race, now featuring three courses to three destinations, today, Friday, April 27, at 11 a.m. from the Balboa Pier, before returning to Ensenada’s finish line. 

For more information, visit www.nosa.org.


Corona del Mar residents named to Human Options board of directors

Human Options, an Orange County-based nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence, announced the addition of two new board members, Susan Heller, co-managing shareholder at Greenberg Traurig’s Orange County office, and holistic health coach Lisa Hummelberg. Both are Corona del Mar residents.

Heller also serves as Greenberg Traurig’s chair of global trademark and brand management and co-chair of the Greenberg Traurig Women’s Initiative (GTWI). She is consistently recognized as having one of the pre-eminent international trademark practices in the country. Heller helps her clients monetize and optimize their critical IP assets through strategic and creative positioning, management and enforcement of their worldwide trademark, copyright and domain name portfolios and extensive collateral product licensing. Most recently, she was singled out by Euromoney, naming her “Best in Trademark” at its Americas Women in Business Law Awards, and Best Lawyers in America named her the “Lawyer of the Year” in Trademark Law for Los Angeles.

Heller Hummelberg

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(L-R): CdM residents Susan Heller and Lisa Hummelberg appointed to Human Options board

Hummelberg is a holistic health coach who worked previously as a certified public accountant for Deloitte, where she was responsible for auditing financials and client relations. More recently, she worked with Free Wheelchair Mission to distribute wheelchairs in Peru; she also joined its newly formed OC Women’s Council.

Before being appointed to the Human Options board of directors, Hummelberg served on its gala committee. As a mother of four daughters, she is passionate about the mission of Human Options and interested in deepening her commitment to the organization.

“We’re confident Susan and Lisa will add strategic value to our already strong board of directors,” said Maricela Rios-Faust, CEO of Human Options. “Their perspectives – as progressive business executives and community leaders committed to social change – will enable Human Options to strengthen our ability to provide all those affected by relationship violence a safe place to be heard and healed.”

For more information about Human Options, visit www.humanoptions.org.


Corona del Mar Residents Association annual meeting was highly attended, addressed pertinent issues

Harbor View PFO reps

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Representatives from Harbor View Elementary PFO shared the importance of volunteerism

The Corona del Mar Residents Association (CdMRA) and the Corona del Mar Business Improvement District (CdM BID) co-hosted a successful annual meeting on Wednesday evening, April 25, where more than 200 residents, guests and public employees were in attendance.

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Social Hour afforded attendees the opportunity to interact with Expo participants

The very popular Community Social and Expo taking place between 5 and 6 p.m. kicked off the event, and included representatives from the City of Newport Beach and local community organizations who were on hand to answer questions about a wide range of topics, including crime prevention and emergency planning, recreation and seniors’ programs, public works projects, and more.

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Newport Beach Police Chief Jon Lewis spoke to the gathering on public safety

This year’s topics were Fire Prevention, Public Safety and Community Involvement. Both Newport Beach Chief of Police Jon Lewis and Newport Beach Fire Chief Chip Duncan spoke and addressed questions from the audience.

For the first time, two of the local elementary schools – Harbor View and Lincoln –participated, to help emphasize how much the volunteers in our community contribute to the success for all of us.

For more information and how you can get involved, call the CdM Residents Association at 949.478.2454 or the CdM Business Improvement District at 949.673.4050.


Assistance League honors Newport Beach resident with OneOC Spirit of Volunteerism Award

Chris Kjaer

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Chris Kjaer is honored by the Assistance League of Newport-Mesa

Assistance League (AL) of Newport-Mesa honored Newport Beach resident Chris Kjaer at the OneOC Spirit of Volunteerism Awards, held in the Disneyland Hotel Ballroom yesterday, Thursday, April 26.

Kjaer joined Assistance League of Newport-Mesa in 2012 and from her first day as a member, she expressed the true Spirit of Volunteerism. With her husband, Edward, an equally dedicated teenage daughter and a professional career in electrical transportation consulting, innovation and change, Kjaer’s life embodies both classic and contemporary lifestyles.

In addition to all of her volunteer duties as an Assistance League member, such as volunteering at on-site shops and in philanthropic programs, Kjaer took on a leadership role as Operation School Bell chairman and, most recently, vice president of all philanthropic programs. Her daughter, Emma, is a member of the Assisteens Auxiliary; the members of this auxiliary may know Kjaer best as their grade level adviser, taking the time to lead and encourage these young ladies as they develop their own leadership skills and community service.

The chapter’s newest philanthropic program, the Pop-Up “Free” Shop was created by Kjaer. This program distributes unsold clothing and home goods from their Thrift Shop to their Community Partner families comprised of low-income and underserved members of our community. AL’s Closet, an idea also managed by Kjaer, is designed to help students that would not qualify for clothing from the Operation School Bell program. Middle school and high school students in need can select clothing from a clothes closet set up and stocked with current and appropriate fashions at their schools. Kjaer expanded the Operation School Bell program to year round youth literacy programs, partnered with Think Together and Girls Inc. The Cheri Harris Dental Center, the chapter’s largest philanthropic program, was made even more accessible by her skill and perseverance in applying for and obtaining the Denta-Cal program for the dental center.

Kjaer’s exemplary style is a true model for volunteerism. Her hard work, calm demeanor, sense of humor and professional expertise inspire everyone around her to do their very best as we work to serve the community.

For membership information about Assistance League of Newport-Mesa, located at 2220 Fairview Drive, Costa Mesa, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 949.645.6929. www.alnm.org


VUE Newport offers unique bayfront commercial space

VUE Newport

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VUE Newport features 11 hyper-unique waterfront creative office condominiums

Redwood West (RW), a boutique real estate firm that specializes in tenant representation, leasing and investment sales, announces the sale of 11 hyper-unique waterfront creative office condominiums at VUE Newport.

Located in the heart of the Balboa Peninsula on Newport Harbor, VUE Newport offers the opportunity to own bayfront commercial space in a brand-new, mixed-use development surrounded by a range of high-end residential, specialty retail and acclaimed eateries.

“Since 2004, we have handled the majority of the commercial leasing, sales and asset management transactions in coastal Newport Beach – from Mariner’s Mile and Lido Village to Cannery Village and Balboa Peninsula,” said Ben Gott, co-founder of Redwood West. “We are thrilled to bring this offering to market and can confidently say that VUE Newport affords business owners a one-of-a-kind opportunity to own waterfront commercial space.”

Boasting open floor plans with bi-folding doors providing direct access to ocean breezes, these coastal office condominiums are quite unique. Overlooking the bay and a mere 100 yards from the ocean, VUE Newport features eight ground floor condos and three second floor condos ranging from approximately 680 to 6,400 square feet. For those looking to enjoy the full Newport Beach lifestyle, the property gives office owners access to a wealth of on-site amenities including:

Two eateries, one fast-casual and one full-service

Three specialty retail shops

Ample parking - four per 1,000 square feet

Priority access to public dock slips

Preferred access to lease private slips accommodating boats up to 75 feet

Use of the dog walk area, as commercial spaces are dog-friendly

Access to paddle boards and other water activity equipment

Ability to live where you work, with VUE Newport’s exclusive collection of residences for sale

In addition, owners can take advantage of prominent signage opportunities along

Newport Boulevard.

Third Palm Capital, based in Texas, owns VUE Newport and selected Redwood West to handle the sale of the office properties due to their hyper-local expertise and relationships.

“We worked closely with the Newport Beach community and city to revitalize commercial coastal development in Newport Beach,” said John Pomer, co-founder of Redwood West. “There is plenty of waterfront residential development here, but given the barrier to entry for new, ground-up commercial development along this coast, it is likely this opportunity will never be recreated.”

VUE Newport also includes an intimate collection of 27 luxury bayfront villas and townhomes, which are being represented for sale by the Tim Smith Group of Coldwell Banker in Newport Beach. VUE fronts a channel along Newport Bay, and many of its casually elegant villas feature unobstructed bay views. In addition, every luxe VUE flat and townhome spans up to 3,015 square feet and incorporates coastal modern architecture, gourmet kitchens appointed with chef-inspired appliances, spacious patios, private garages and innovative interior design. The commercial office condos can also be connected with the residences, making the combined work/live lifestyle a reality.

For commercial tours and information, contact Ben Gott at 949.945.2648 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Additional information can also be found at www.VueNewport.com.


You Must Remember This: Bay Window ads conjure up past CdM landmarks

By NANCY GARDNER

Silhouette Shop Ad

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An alluring ad for The Silhouette Shop

I was rummaging through some family stuff and came across a copy of the Bay Window, the monthly magazine of the Balboa Bay Club, dated September 1952. As one would expect, the bulk of the magazine was devoted to social coverage of members, but it seems that different issues had different themes. This particular issue featured Corona del Mar, and the ads in that section were all of Corona del Mar stores. I had the bright idea of walking Coast Highway to find what is currently on the site of the old stores, so Finn, my very good natured but not particularly well-trained Weimaraner, and I set off only to find that there was no correlation of numbers. In 1952, the addresses in the ads ranged from 121 Coast Highway to 1611. Today they range from 2200 to 3900 – and they’re reversed. In 1952, the low number was at the south end of town. Today, it’s at the north. However, with some rudimentary sleuthing I was able to make a few matches.

Where Crown Cove is today, there was Kay Finch Ceramics where, according to the ad, you could “see pottery made” and purchase gifts from $1 to $100. Today’s El Ranchito was Ragan’s Restaurant, John H. “Cap” was the Ragan’s owner, and next door was O’Brien’s dress shop, showing “your Rosewin Coat in Strook Pom Pom Shag,” whatever that is. Bliss Home & Design was the home of Brandt’s, “Corona del Mar’s Popular Department Store,”; Bandera was once Gene’s; and Gulfstream was Merle’s Drive-in, “Home of the Schoolboy Breakfast.” I was not allowed to go to Merle’s for breakfast or any other meal. My mother thought there was a rather louche group hanging out there.

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Ragan’s Restaurant was located where El Ranchito is in CdM Village

Next to what is now Bruegger’s Bagels, was the Unique Shop which offered “smart, youthful styling” and next to that was the Silhouette Shop, asking, “How can you look so naughty and feel so nice? Warner’s Merry Widow.” If memory serves, this is where I got the nightgown that I passed off as evening wear at the senior Prom. I had been forced to go shopping for a dress, dragged through store after store. I was exhausted. Finally, we went into the Unique Shop, but despite its promise of smart, youthful styling, there was nothing, at least for me, and then I saw this blue sparkly thing in the adjoining shop.  That’s it! “It’s a nightgown,” I was informed. No, a nightgown is flannel and baggy and warm. This was some smooth shiny material. It had spaghetti straps and a somewhat fitted bodice. If you slept in it you would be cold and uncomfortable, ergo, not a nightgown, at least not at this point. My mother, as exhausted as I was, was too tired to argue, so that’s what I wore, and nobody said anything...so, we either fooled them or they were all very polite.

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Street view of The Silhouette Shop and Unique Shop

Beyond the CdM section, there were ads from around the city including one for a 56-foot twin diesel yacht for $25,000, which I imagine would be a real bargain today and ads from as far away as Beverly Hills, home of Grande Maison de Blanc offering “our new Marlin Blanket...indispensable for sleeping aboard.” It seems a little incongruous that a store with a French name would feature a blanket with a fish on it, and even more incongruous that someone would drive from here to Beverly Hills to buy one, but I guess it’s no more incongruous than getting a ball gown in the lingerie section. 

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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.


Foodies are in for a treat during the NBFF Culinary Film Series

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“Three Days of Glory” depicts the wine celebration that took place in Burgundy during the brutal 2016 season

The Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) presented by Pacific Sales is expanding its non-fiction programming with the introduction of its Culinary Film Series, a new documentary film program that celebrates emerging and prominent gourmet chefs, the art of gastronomy, international food culture, and the craft of winemaking and distilling.

From the Burgundy Hills of France to the Michelin star restaurants of San Sebastian to the ramen shops of Tokyo, the program spotlights eight films that explore a mouthwatering array of flavorful regional and local cuisines of the culinary world. Filled with cinematic artistry, the films go behind the scenes into bustling kitchens of renown restaurants, to remote rural villages, into potager gardens and vineyards of today’s chefs, vintners and distillers. The films explore the history of culinary traditions and capture the fascinating personal stories of these passionate innovators and reveal the challenges, triumphs and the vital ingredients essential to achieving success in the culinary industry.

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“Ramen Heads” is screening on Monday, April 30 at Triangle Cinemas

The Culinary Film Series features the World Premiere of Three Days of Glory (directed by David Baker and Scott Wright), a documentary about Les Trois Glorieuses, the colorful wine celebration that took place in Burgundy during the brutal 2016 season. The lineup includes the West Coast Premiere of Cuban Food Stories (directed by Asori Soto), a documentary about Soto’s journey to discover the hidden flavors of Cuba from his childhood. Screening as part of the Pacific Rim Showcase, ULAM: Main Dish (directed by Alexandra Cuerdo) chronicles the emerging Filipino culinary movement in the United States. Other films in the series include Constructing Albert (directed by Laura Collado and Jim Loomis), Michelin Stars: Tales from the Kitchen (directed by Rasmus Dinesen), Grand Cru (directed by David Eng), Ramen Heads (directed by Koki Shigeno) and Scotch - A Golden Dream (directed by Andrew Peat).

With more than 60 Orange County restaurants, local culinary schools, presenting sponsor Pacific Sales (a leader in kitchen and home products) and Dine Newport Beach participating in the Festival, along with the popularity of food-centric films at past editions (Chef, 42 Grams, American Wine Story, La Tradition), the newly curated Culinary Film Series expands the Festival’s menu of food themed offerings and gives fest goers an opportunity to enjoy the latest in culinary cinema on the big screen, along with tastings created by local chefs and vintners for an all-encompassing culinary experience.

Michelin Star Guy Savoy

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Guy Savoy is among the chefs featured in “Michelin Stars: Tales from the Kitchen”

The 19th annual Newport Beach Film Festival takes place from April 26 - May 3. Films in the Culinary Film Series begin screening on Friday, April 27 with Constructing Albert at The LOT starting at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $15. The series will be shown at Edwards Big Newport (300 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach), The LOT in Fashion Island (999 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach), The Triangle (1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa) and Regency Lido Theater (3459 Via Lido Drive, Newport Beach). 

For the complete schedule, visit www.newportbeachfilmfest.com – hit the 2018 Film Guide tab and scroll down to Culinary Films.


Dignitaries and library supporters attend CdM fire station and library groundbreaking 

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City of Newport Beach and NBPL

Newport Beach City Council members and NBPL Board (L-R): Janet Ray, Paul Watkins, Diane Dixon, Brad Avery, Will O’Neill, Mayor Marshall “Duffy” Duffield, Kevin Muldoon, Scott Peotter, Doug Coulter and Jeff Herdman

The City of Newport Beach held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the Corona del Mar Fire Station No. 5 and Library Replacement project on Tuesday, April 24 at 2 p.m.

The ceremony was held in front of the CdM Library, located at 401 Marigold Ave. Community members were invited to join in the celebration.

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 (L-R): Friends of the Library Linh Do (with daughter Adele Do), Danielle Rivas and Joy Brenner join CdM Branch Librarian Annika Helmuth and Newport Beach Fire Chief Chip Duncan

The new 10,314-square-foot library and fire station were designed in close coordination with input from community members, the Library Board of Trustees, the Library Services Department and the Fire Department, and replaces the existing 60-year-old buildings. The City Council awarded contracts for the construction and construction-support services of the joint facility on February 27 for a total amount of $8,333,000.

Construction demolition began in April and is expected to be completed in summer 2019.


Sign up for the Roy Emerson Adoption Guild tennis tournament taking place Memorial Day weekend

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Anthony Gomez and Rylan Rizza competing in Open Doubles

Attention tennis players! The 57th Annual Roy Emerson Adoption Guild Tennis Classic (a USTA-sanctioned event) is taking place May 25 - 28 at the Palisades Tennis Club...so sign up now!

Awaiting you is $15,000 in prize money, sponsored by the Orange County Breakers for all open events, men’s 35 doubles and 50 & over events.

Tournament dates include a consolation round. NTRP level of competition is 3.5 - 5.5 in singles, doubles and mixed. There is a new division this year for those who are 50 years of age and older in men’s and women’s, and singles and doubles.

The entry deadline is Sunday, May 13 at 9:59 p.m.

There will be a tournament party on Saturday, May 26 at 6 p.m. at The Tennis Club at Newport Beach Country Club, One Clubhouse Drive, Newport Beach.

Enter online at www.adoptionguild.org.

The Palisades Tennis Club is located at 1171 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach.


Deadline is nearing to enter ENC Youth Art Showcase

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Youngsters ages 4 - 18 will have the opportunity to exhibit their art at the Environmental Nature Center’s (ENC) Spring Faire on Sunday, May 6. Children are encouraged to enter the 7th Annual ENC Youth Art Showcase to display their artwork that explores California’s diverse ecosystems, the plants and animals that call them home, and the people who work in them, care for and enjoy them. The deadline is Sunday, April 29.

Guidelines

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

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

Ages 4 - 18 may enter.

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

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

One entry per person. No group entries.

Age Categories and Prizes

Ages 4 - 7:

First – Art Supply Warehouse $50 gift card

Second – Art Supplies from Saddleback College Fashion Program

Third - TBD

Ages 8 - 10:

First – Art Supply Warehouse $50 gift card

Second – Art Supplies from Saddleback College Fashion Program

Third – TBD

Ages 11 - 13:

First – Art Supply Warehouse $50 gift card

Second – Art Supplies from Saddleback College Fashion Program

Third – TBD

Ages 14 - 18:

One winner TBD

All participants will receive a ribbon for entering.

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

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


California dreaming with author Nathan Turner

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On Thursday, May 3 from 2 - 4 p.m., you’re invited to a book signing with acclaimed designer Nathan Turner at Newport Beach Design Shop in Lido Marina Village. He will be sharing his book, I Love California – Live, Eat, And Entertain The West Coast Way.

Stop by and enjoy recipes from Turner’s new bestseller and hear his top tips for entertaining during the summer season.

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

Newport Beach Design Shop is located at 3636 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach.


Movie in the Park scheduled for May 4

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On Friday, May 4 at 6:30 pm., bring the whole family to Mariners Park to enjoy a screening of “The Sandlot,” as part of the Movie in the Park series.

While you spend some family time outdoors, enjoy the kid-friendly playground and the free movie. There will also be free activities, candy and most importantly, popcorn, for you to enjoy. Food will be available for purchase.

Bring a blanket, towel of folding quad chairs to sit on. 

For more information, call 949.270.8150.

Mariners Park is located at 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.


Be part of a fun team...volunteer at the CdM Scenic 5K

2015 CdM 5k

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Courtesy of CdM Chamber of Commerce

Giving back to the community is what makes our neighborhoods so special! The 37th Annual CdM Scenic 5K, taking place Saturday, June 2, is seeking volunteers. It is a great opportunity to have some fun and meet new people. There are a variety of positions available, and you can sign up at the website or attend the kick-off meeting to learn more.

The volunteer kick-off meeting takes place on Wednesday, May 2 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce office located at 2855 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

Vendor Exhibit spaces are available, and they are offer the perfect chance to promote your business throughout the community.

For more information, visit www.cdmchamber.com.


Junior League Juniors visit Pacific Marine Mammal Center

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Recently, Junior League Juniors, based in Newport Beach, took a tour of the Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) in Laguna Beach, where they learned about the steps the Center follows to help local marine life be nursed back to health.

From rescue to rehabilitation to release, the Center has helped more than 9,000 animals since opening in 1971. The Juniors got to see a successfully run mostly-volunteer organization and how volunteering can help their community.

They also learned steps they can take in their own lives to help prevent these animals from needing rescue, like reducing plastics use, keeping our oceans clean and not feeding wild animals. It was a great event and the kids all learned a lot, while getting to see many “patients” of the Center up close and personal.

For more information about Junior League Juniors, visit www.jloccc.org.


April, May events at OC Fair & Event Center

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April 27 - 29: America’s Family Pet Expo

The 29th annual America’s Family Pet Expo is the largest pet- and pet-product event of its kind. Exhibits include retailers, groomers, hobbyists, rescue organizations, breeders and pet experts. 

Hours: Friday, April 27, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sunday, April 29, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Cost: $15 general admission, $13 seniors (60+), $10 children (ages 6-12), free for kids 5 and younger. Active and retired military members are free with valid ID. Parking is $8 on Friday; $10 on Saturday & Sunday. For more information, visit www.petexpooc.org.

May 4 - 6: OC Marathon Running Festival

Now in its 14th year, this world-class event will feature the SDCCU Marathon and Half Marathon, Wahoo’s 5k, Kids Run the OC, and the OC Lifestyle and Fitness Expo.

Hours: OC Lifestyle and Fitness Expo is Friday, May 4 from 4 - 8 p.m., and Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Kids Run the OC is Saturday, May 5 from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Wahoo’s 5K begins Saturday, May 5 at 5 p.m. Full Marathon begins at Newport Center on Sunday, May 6 at 5:30 a.m. and Half Marathon at 6:15 a.m. Finish Line Party at OC Fair & Event Center is Sunday, May 6, from 7 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Cost: Registration fees vary. Parking is $8 on Friday; $10 on Saturday & Sunday. For more information, visit www.ocmarathon.com.

May 9: Orange County Hiring Fair

Find information and employment opportunities in either the public or private sector. It is also an opportunity for local businesses to find qualified candidates and promote their work.

Hours: Wednesday, May 9, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Cost: Free admission. For more information, visit www.ochiringfair.com.

May 11: Voices – Veterans Storytelling Project

The voices of veterans come alive at Heroes Hall as former military men and women share their very personal and poignant stories of service.

Hours: Friday, May 11

Cost: Free admission. For more information, visit www.ocfair.com/heroeshall.

May 12: Food Preservation Workshop

This workshop, led by OC Fair’s Culinary Supervisor Pam Wnuck, is a hands-on lesson in steam canning, during which participants will make dill pickle spears. Leave the class with three pints of pickles to enjoy at home, give as a gift or enter in the 2018 OC Fair competitions.

Hours: Saturday, May 12, 9:30 a.m.

Cost: $25 includes materials and handouts. Please bring three 1-pint canning jars with lids and rings. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to sign up, go to www.ocfair.com/gardenclasses.

May 12: Costa Mesa Speedway

Featuring the Jack Milne Cup, celebrating 50 years of Legendary Speedway Racing, Costa Mesa Speedway has put fans right on top of all the action from the comfort of arena-style grandstand seating since 1969.

Hours: Saturday, May 12, 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $20 general admission, $15 seniors (65+), $15 juniors (ages 13 - 17), $10 children (ages 3 - 12), free for kids 2 and younger. Parking is $10. For more information, visit www.costamesaspeedway.net.

May 18 - 20: Gem Faire

Fine jewelry, precious and semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, crystals, gold and silver, minerals and more at manufacturer’s prices, sold by nearly 200 exhibitors from around the world.

Hours: Friday, May 18, 12 - 6 p.m.; Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; and Sunday, May 20, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Cost: $7 admission; children 11 & younger are free. Parking is $8 on Friday; $10 on Saturday & Sunday. For more information, visit www.gemfaire.com.

May 18 - 20: OC Night Market

Produced by 626 Night Market, OC Night Market features 200+ food, merchandise, crafts, arts, games, music and entertainment attractions in one event for all ages. 

Hours: Friday & Saturday, May 18 - 19, 4 p.m. - midnight, and Sunday, May 20, 4 - 11 p.m.

Cost: $5 admission. Parking is $8 on Friday; $10 on Saturday & Sunday. For more information, visit www.ocnightmarket.com.

May 26 - 27: Scottish Fest USA

Celebrates Celtic culture with 50+ Celtic merchants, genealogy with 70+ Scottish clans, sheep herding, child inflatables, junior athletics, archery, Celtic food including haggis and more. New Irish stage added to four other stages with Celtic music featuring the most-recorded piper Eric Rigler from Bad Haggis and the popular Wicked Tinkers.

Hours: Saturday & Sunday, May 26 - 27, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Cost: $18 admission; $16 seniors (62+); $3 children ages 4 - 11. Free for children 3 & younger, and military and first responders. Parking is $8 on Friday; $10 on Saturday & Sunday. For more information, visit www.scottishfest.com.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Council to address “Initiation Process” for New City Manager behind closed doors…some cry foul!

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There’s a lot of finger-pointing going on around City Hall and it’s leading to a lot of speculation and, in some situations, new threats of legal action.

A Closed Session item on today’s Newport Beach City Council agenda calls for the “Initiation of Recruitment Process for New City Manager.”

The question on people’s minds is should this have been handled behind closed doors or in an open public forum.

In social media circles, community activist Jim Mosher said, “I am unable to find any justification for a closed session on that topic in the Brown Act, and if there is no statutory justification, then it’s illegal.”

Activist Susan Skinner agrees (see her letter in today’s SNN Letters to the Editor) and sent correspondence to the city attorney saying so.

City Attorney Aaron Harp, on the other hand, said, “I do appreciate your (Skinner and Mosher) concern but please know that the noticing for the meeting as well as the items to be discussed in Closed Session are authorized by the Brown Act.”

And that’s not all, another question being asked is how long City Manager Dave Kiff will oversee the City? His new, updated contract, has his final date being no later than August 31, 2018.

But, there’s also some who say certain councilmembers want him out sooner-rather-than-later and they can do that by naming an interim city manager. Then they’ll just pay Kiff through August just to disappear.

Could that happen tonight, too?

If true, the community should be generally sad for Kiff. Kiff has been an exemplary City Manager!

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The 19th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival begins Thursday evening, April 26, with their Opening Night Film & Gala. The film will be American Animals and it begins at 7:30 p.m. at, where else, Edwards Big Newport.

According to Rotten Tomatoes, “American Animals is the extraordinary and thrilling true story of four friends who brazenly attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history.”

Let’s get out there and enjoy yourselves. More than 350 films, from more than 50 countries and it all ends one week later on Thursday, May 3.

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This Friday, sailors will be heading south with the kickoff of the Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race.

There are also a few changes this year. First off, the usual course to Ensenada will continue, however, two new races will also be run. The first is the Border Run Race to San Diego and the second is the Border Run Sprint to Dana Point.

Hopefully these additions will enlarge the field and open up new opportunities for other sailors.

The Newport Ocean Sailing Association (NOSA) has hosted the race since 1947.

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The National Football League will host their annual draft beginning this Thursday, April 26, from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. It’ll run through Saturday, all leading up to the selection of Mr. Irrelevant, the last player selected.

The last choice this year is owned by the Atlanta Falcons at number 256. 

Of course, Newport Beach’s own Paul Salata and now his daughter Melanie Salata-Fitch have been doing this Irrelevant thing for 43 years. They bring the last draft choice each year to town and host him to a wonderful week in Newport Beach, where he’s treated more like the top pick.

Irrelevant Week is tentatively planned for June 15 - 18. 

It’s always fun!


CdM Residents Association Town Meeting tomorrow

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 Wednesday, April 25 from 5 - 7:30 p.m. at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 East Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

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.

The very popular Community Social kicks off the event from 5 to 6 p.m. 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 and emergency planning, recreation and seniors’ programs, public works projects, and more.

The Speakers’ Program between 6 and 7:30 p.m. will focus on both residential and business projects and issues. The Business Improvement District will provide an overview of city updates and projects in and around the business community. CdMRA will feature public safety leaders, NBFD Chief Duncan and NBPD Chief Lewis, who will provide valuable updates on safety and prevention. CdMRA will also focus on those community service organizations and volunteers who truly make our CdM the “Crown of the Sea.”

Everyone who lives in or operates 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. 


Stump the Stu

Is this dolphin like a fish out of water?

Stump the Stu 4.24.18

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Maybe this dolphin should be frolicking in the waves...but it looks quite content basking in the sand. Where is it sun bathing?

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 answer will appear in Friday’s edition, along with the correct guesses. So, join us in the fun!

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


OC Fair Board to review new master site plan, public invited

OC Fair cow and kid

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Courtesy of OC Fair & Event Center

This Thursday, April 26, the OC Fair & Event Center’s board of directors will review a draft of a new master site plan concept, and the public is invited to share comments and ideas.

Johnson Consulting will present the latest draft version of a new roadmap for the future of the fairgrounds, home to the annual OC Fair and some 150 events throughout the year. Public comment on the master site plan draft concept will take place following the presentation.

The meeting takes place at the OCFEC administration building, located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. The meeting begins at 9 a.m., and the draft master site plan is the main item on the agenda. The agenda and supporting documents can be viewed at https://ocfair.com/publicmeetings/board-directors-meeting-april-26-2018

Public comment on the master site plan is always accepted online at www.ocfair.com/public-information/master-plan. A May public meeting will be set in the evening to review the next version of the plan.

OC Fair & Event Center is home to the annual OC Fair. Year-round attractions include Centennial Farm, Table of Dignity, Heroes Hall and Pacific Amphitheatre. Throughout the year, events ranging from recreation shows to cultural festivals are held at the fairgrounds. For more details, visit www.ocfair.com.


Sherman Library Private Gardens Tour inspired, engaged the senses

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On Saturday, April 21, the 22nd Annual Private Gardens Tour took place, presented by the Sherman Library & Gardens Volunteer Association. Participants were treated to a “behind the scenes” look at six gardens throughout Corona del Mar, Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. Each was an extension of the house and the people who live in them, ranging from a cottage garden by the bay to a vineyard where the residents bottle Cabernet Sauvignon onsite.

Scott LeFleur

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Sherman Gardens Director Scott LaFleur handed out bottles of Sababa Water that were generously donated. It is a One Into One Company, whereby with the sale of every product, Sababa donates a nutritious meal to a hungry child in the U.S.

The homeowners who graciously opened up their exquisite gardens to the public were Jack and Kathy Brown, Jeff and Karen Farmer, Jeff and Mardi Frum, Peter and Marion Hartwich, Bill and Romy McFarland, and Rick and Sue Taylor.

Hal Brisco

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Hal Brisco was the artist in the garden at Peter and Marion Hartwich’s home. Marion loved Hal’s paintings so much that she purchased one.

At each of the homes, an artist was painting in the garden. These works of art are on display and for sale from now through May 3 in the Café at Sherman Gardens. There will be an Artists’ Reception on May 3 from 5 - 8 p.m. to meet the artists, along with complimentary refreshments.

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(L- R): Garden Tour Committee members Joyce Duff, Clara Frantz and President Karla Worsdell

A light lunch was served at Sherman Gardens with live entertainment provided by David Carruthers & OC Jazztet; while an opportunity drawing and silent auction were held throughout the afternoon.

Julie Jenkins

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Julie Jenkins, a Balboa Island resident and Sherman Gardens volunteer since 1976, kept busy selling opportunity drawing tickets. Prizes were generously donated by local businesses.

Proceeds raised from the Private Garden Tour are earmarked for an ongoing campaign to raise funds to improve the beauty and visibility of the Pacific Coast Highway entrance. Landscape designer Ruben Flores has developed a plan to visually unify the property along Coast Highway, from Fernleaf Avenue to Dahlia Avenue, through innovative plantings and large display boards describing the history of Sherman Library & Gardens. He has proposed a larger, more dramatic entrance that will entice people to discover the “jewel” of Corona del Mar.

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A few of the tireless volunteers of Sherman Library & Gardens hosting lunch in the Gardens. (L-R): Joanne Padour, Debbie Ogorek, Sumie Jossi, Judie Appleby and Jenni Samuel

Save the Date: Sherman Gardens’ next big event is the annual Fuchsia Festival on Saturday, May 19 from 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. This fun family day will feature games and crafts for kids, a scavenger hunt, docent-led tours of the Gardens, fuchsia growing lectures, a plant sale, and handmade crepes available in the Tea Garden Creperie between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults; those 12 - 18 years old are $3; and youngsters 11 years of age and younger are free.

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Sherman Gardens’ Fuchsia Festival takes place Saturday, May 19

Sherman Library & Gardens is located at 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. For more information, call 949.673.2261 or visit www.slgardens.org


Pacific Symphony concludes season with Youth Orchestra’s “An American in Paris”

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On Sunday, May 20 at 7 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra’s (PSYO) 2017-18 season finale celebrates young talent by spotlighting this year’s Concerto Competition winners, violinists Danielle Liu and Leo Matsuoka. The concert opens with Matsuoka’s performance of the first movement of Alexander Glazunov’s beautifully searing violin concerto, with its rich melodies and gorgeous orchestration, cast with extreme lyricism. It has become a modern classic, standing among the top concertos in the repertoire. The first movement of Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto then takes full advantage of the violin’s expressive range, from the rippling high chords to the growling alto notes, delivered impressively by Liu. The concert closes on a sumptuous note with the ever-popular “An American in Paris” by George Gershwin. 

Led by Pacific Symphony Assistant Conductor and PSYO Music Director Roger Kalia, PSYO is comprised of Southern California’s most talented young symphonic musicians, grades 9 - 12. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, PSYO concerts are free to attend but tickets are required. To reserve a general admission seat, call the Symphony’s box office at 714.755.5799 or visitwww.pacificsymphony.org.

“This season was an amazing one, full of strides,” Maestro Kalia said. “Each concert highlighted something different, and my goal for these young musicians was to expose them to as many different styles of music by a variety of composers. We close our season with one of the most beloved American composers of all time, George Gershwin, and a performance of ‘An American in Paris.’ This concert also features our two Concerto Competition winners.”


Orange County Community Foundation launches Giving Days 2018

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Project Hope Alliance is one of the 16 organizations participating in the Help Them Home Giving Day on April 25

The Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF), located in Newport Beach, is launching a bold initiative to boost the capacity of local nonprofits to meet our community’s needs through a series of Collaborative Giving Days throughout 2018. Nonprofits are invited to partner together to frame a shared vision and ambitious fundraising goals for a common purpose.

“We’re excited to empower aligned nonprofits to work together to maximize impact,” said Shelley Hoss, president, OCCF. “We anticipate that up to 12 Giving Days will be hosted by nonprofit collaboratives over the next year, focused on their shared missions and communities. We are thrilled to provide these groups with the resources they will need to be successful, including a marketing toolkit and a robust online fundraising platform.”

OCCF first challenged Orange County residents to “give where their heart lives” during the inaugural iheartoc Giving Day in 2015, raising more than $1.8 million through 6,000 gifts to 347 participating nonprofits in just 30 hours. OCCF nearly doubled those results in 2016 during the second annual iheartoc Giving Day, receiving 7,000 contributions totaling $3.2 million for 418 participating nonprofits. In 2017, OCCF re-envisioned iheartoc as an expanded opportunity for nonprofits to connect directly with the broad base of donors that support their specific missions.

This year, OCCF is inviting local nonprofits to come together for collaborative online giving events on the day of their choosing. For the first Collaborative Giving Day on April 25, OCCF will power the “Help Them Home” campaign, a 24-hour online effort to raise critical funds for 16 local organizations providing resources and relief for the more than 4,400 individuals who are homeless on any given night in Orange County. OCCF will provide seed funding to support the marketing assets, campaign resources and collaborative partnerships. Led by Families Forward, HomeAid Orange County and Thomas House, the 16 participating organizations aim to collectively raise $500,000. 

OCCF has also announced “Empowering Possibilities: A Giving Day for OC Neighbors with Disabilities” which will take place on May 31. Additional collaborative Giving Days will be announced throughout the remainder of 2018.

Founded in 1989, the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) works with donors, strengthens the local nonprofit sector and works to find solutions to community needs. Since its inception, OCCF has awarded $510 million in grants and scholarships, and ranks among the top 10 percent in asset size among more than 780 U.S. community foundations. For more information, visit www.oc-cf.org  or call 949.553.4202.


On the Harbor: Meet Lt. Chris Corn, OC Sheriff’s Harbormaster

By LEN BOSE

I counted how long I have been writing my Harbor Column – 13 years – and I had to use three hands to count which gets much more confusing to me. I started counting the years, because I was looking back on how many times I have written: “There is a new sheriff in town.”

While attending this month’s Harbor Commission meeting and reviewing the previous month’s minutes, I noticed that Lt. Mark Alsobrook had informed the commission that he was being replaced by Lt. Chris Corn. I was kind of bummed, because Alsobrook left without even saying goodbye. I reached out by email to Alsobrook thanking him for his two and a half years of service to the harbor, and unfortunately never heard back from him. Over the last eight years, the harbor has been extremely fortunate to have had five harbormasters that have been very approachable and easy to talk to. Of the five, Alsobrook went the extra mile and attended most of the Harbor Commission meetings himself.

I will be reaching out to our new harbormaster Lt. Chris Corn over the next week for an interview. On my first attempt to contact Lt. Corn, I was placed on internal hold and never followed back up. My gut tells me it’s not going to be as easy for Corn with the change of mooring management and harbor services being transferred to the city. For example, is there one of two Harbormasters that we have now? The county’s website has him listed as the harbormaster, and as we approach the first anniversary of Harbor Services, the newlyweds are still unclear on who is tasked with what within our harbor.

Chris Corn

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Lt. Chris Corn, OC Sheriff’s new harbormaster

That statement is a bit of an exaggeration although from my observations there are a few things that still need to be ironed out. For example, at the last Harbor Commission meeting, there was a resident complaining about the noise level at night. Seems that this resident has been kept up at night with people partying out on their boats located on moorings in front of their house. The resident has called Harbor Services but they close down at 17:00; the resident then calls the Sheriff’s Harbor Department that informs them they are no longer tasked with managing the moorings. At this point, my mind flashes back to the old TV show the “Newlywed Game,” and I snicker at the thought of having the two harbormasters on a panel and asking them questions to write down answers on the back of a card. Anyway, back to the noise question and how to resolve it when you have some people parting too loud on the harbor in the early hours of the morning. I’m not sure if this is in effect yet, but city staff is looking into the idea of using the city lifeguards to respond to late night complaints. With the lifeguards on call 24/7 with access to boats and the ability to ticket, this was the simple answer. Have to wonder about the response time for the lifeguards, but hey...baby steps, right?

Speaking of baby steps, it was 2008 when then Sheriff’s Harbormaster Deana Bergquist felt the need to strictly enforce the harbor speed limit of 5 knots. As you might recall, there was a bit of a community uproar, and policy on the harbor was quickly changed back to allow certain harbor users to exceed the speed limit. Now, because of the hard work of harbor commissioners Blank and Drayton, the concept of a permitting process for the harbor users to formalize the speed limit exception will now go before city council...and with its blessing...be forwarded to the Department of Boating and Waterways. Confidence is high that this process will be accepted by the two agencies.

More good news was discovered at the Harbor Commission meeting when John Kappeler, a city senior engineer tasked with harbor water quality, grabbed my attention when he started talking about Marine Recycling Centers being placed around the harbor. I first noticed Marine Recycling Centers in Dana Point and Cabrillo Beach in 2011, and threw out the idea then of having them here in Newport Beach. The city came close one other time to having these centers, but was stalled by the different agencies involved. It looks really positive at this time, that these centers will be open very soon.

I thought I’d give you all a little heads up – seems like the sea lions are returning, as I heard the loud barking from a couple of boats and docks this week. For all of you waterfront homeowners and boat owners – check on your sea lion deterrence. Have to wonder if the lifeguards will respond to sea lions barking in the middle of the night...

Sea ya

Editor’s Note: The City of Newport Beach hired Dennis Durgan as our Harbormaster. When City Harbor Services started last July managing the moorings, they also selected the term harbormaster, which is assigned to the Lt. at the OC Sheriff’s Harbor Department.

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


Utilities project to bring six weeks of planned outages to CdM

By AMY SENK

Utilities

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A Southern California Edison project to replace and upgrade overhead electrical wires, utility poles, transformers and more will cause six weeks of planned outages throughout the village of Corona del Mar, probably beginning in the fall.

Utilities representatives attended the April board meeting of the Corona del Mar Residents Association on Thursday at the OASIS Senior Center, where they described the work as part of a $13 billion project that covers 50,000 square miles of SoCal Edison territory. The upgrades will improve safety, said Susan Morgan, a senior compliance manager for SoCal Edison, as well as upgrade the system that used to handle customers with a toaster and a refrigerator, and now contends with multiple laptops, electronic vehicles and more.

The project still needs city permits, which likely won’t be issued before summer beach traffic hits, which could mean a start date after Labor Day, Morgan said. The project will include customers between Carnation Avenue and Hazel Drive, and from Seaview to Fifth avenues. Residents and businesses will have two planned outages during the six-week construction, each lasting about eight hours, and some traffic lanes and alleys will be closed. Letters will be sent to residents informing them about the planned outages, and representatives will visit business owners and likely plan to do commercial stretches at night.

The CdMRA board members also heard City Council reports, including one from Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill, who said that the city’s proposed budget for 2018-2019 includes adding a civilian fire marshal position. The CdMRA board discussed fire safety at its February meeting and later urged city officials to staff the position. Technically, the fire chief served as the marshal, but the civilian position had been vacant since the former marshal retired in 2010. The budget will go before the City Council at a May Study Session, followed by a vote at a June meeting, O’Neill said.

Former mayor Nancy Gardner attended the meeting, suggesting that the board follow up its fire marshal success by working with city staff to urge a cleanup of overgrown ivy on one of the Goldenrod Footbridge’s columns. The group also asked board member and CdM Business Improvement District chairman Bernie Svalstad why the Marguerite dolphin topiaries were still decked out in St. Patrick’s Day gear a month after the holiday. He said there was confusion about taking down the hats and beads, but that it would be done soon.

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Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 28, when Harbor Day School will host its third annual Maker Faire Day. The community event will take place from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the school’s gym at 3443 Pacific View Drive, Corona del Mar.

“The purpose of the Maker Faire is to support the building of a community of collaborative problem-solvers, future engineers and designers,” according to a news release. “This is also an effort to raise awareness and interest in the science, technology, art and engineering fields.”

Members of the community are invited to attend with kids and participate in activities that include creating cardboard and tape structures, making LED light circuits, printing objects using 3D printers and more. The activities are designed for students from kindergarten through eighth grade; organizers ask that you RSVP at www.harborday.org if you plan to attend. 

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


Teens from underserved school become water scientists in Newport Beach’s wetlands

Back Bay Science Center

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Back Bay Science Center

Today, Tuesday, April 24 and Wednesday, April 25, students from Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove, a Title I low-income community school, are taking a field trip to Newport Beach’s wetlands to measure pollution and biodiversity levels. These youths have previously measured water pollution levels at their school’s construction site, and will now use boats and scientific equipment to investigate what impact the pollution has on downstream coastal ecosystems. The field trip involves a visit to Newport Beach’s Back Bay Science Center.

The trip is part of two Orange County Coastkeeper education programs – 

DROPS: Drought Response Outreach Program For Schools, a partnership between Orange County Coastkeeper, Garden Grove Unified School District and ClimateResolve, and WHALES: Watershed Heroes: Actions Linking Education to Stewarkship, a program offering Orange County junior high and high school students field-based science curriculum at no additional charge to schools.

Both programs empower students, including Bolsa Grande High School students and others in low-income communities, to become conservation leaders by bringing them into the process of storm water treatment at their schools.

Last year’s WHALES report showed that students on the field trips scored a successful average of 85 percent on worksheets that assessed their understanding of watershed science and human impacts on local waters and habitats.

Back Bay Science Center is located at 600 Shellmaker Road, Newport Beach.


Sign of the times

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

So, we gave you a “letter” from a popular business sign. The answer is LIDO, the greenery sign in the courtyard at picturesque Lido Marina Village.

We received correct guesses from Debi Bibb, Angela Cortright and Julie Martin. Congratulations, ladies!

If you’re a business and you want to play, you can send us a high-quality photo of your sign and we’ll take it from there and challenge our readers.

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Let’s have some fun!

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Sax quartet headlines Sunday Musicale in May

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On May 20 from 3 - 4 p.m., come enjoy the Newport Beach Public Library’s Sunday Musicale featuring the sounds of the City of Angels Saxophone Quartet.

Championing the emergence of saxophone quartets on the concert stage for more than 25 years, the ensemble performs a wide and varied repertoire developed and seasoned over time. They constantly seek new ways to connect with audiences by focusing on the human stories behind the music that they perform. 

The event is free and takes place at the Newport Beach Central Library’s Friends Room, 100 Avocado Ave., 

Sunday Musicale is presented by the Friends of the Newport Beach Library.

Newport Beach Central Library is located at 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. www.newportbeachlibrary.com


OCC students’ shorts featured at NBFF

Kim Abeles Terra Firma

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“Kim Abeles, Terra Firma,” is a documentary by Jennie Park, an OCC student

On Sunday, April 29, seven Orange Coast College (OCC) short films will be shown during the Newport Beach Film Festival at the Regency Lido Theater for just $5 beginning at 1 p.m., as part of the Collegiate Showcase. Students were able to submit projects they’ve completed at OCC in the past to be chosen to be shown. In addition, they also submitted documentaries.

The Collegiate Showcase includes student filmmakers from Orange Coast College, USC, UC Irvine, CSU Fullerton, CSU Long Beach, Chapman University and Saddleback College. Each year, the Festival gives college students an opportunity to showcase their short films on the big screen, engage in Q&A sessions with filmgoers, and connect with film industry professionals, new audiences, alumni, media and other filmmakers.

Among the OCC films being shown:

“Kim Abeles, Terra Firma,” by Jennie Parks, is a documentary inspired by the LA artist Kim Abeles, who had an exhibition showing four decades of her work on campus last semester.

Drained

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A scene from “Drained,” by student filmmaker Daniil Kiselev

“Drained,” by Daniil Kiselev, a 20-year-old film and TV major, is a short that tells the story of a one-night stand that leads to pregnancy.

“Wreck,” by film and TV major Aura Meza, 24, is a story of a girl taking care of her disabled father and learning the truth behind his accident.

“Magic Touch,” by Sofia Gomez, a former OCC student who majored in film and TV, created a short that is a parallel to the Greek Mythology of King Midas with an incorporated love aspect.

“The Art of the Pole Dance,” by Yvonne Nguyen, a 30-year-old photography major, is a documentary showing more than what people “assume,” incorporating fitness, art and the competitive aspects.

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Student filmmaker Kyle Clayton’s “The Big Boss,” is being screened as part of the Collegiate Series shorts

“The Big Boss,” by Kyle Clayton, is the story of a new employee’s first day in the boardroom.

“Mary,” by Tim Nieto, is about a girl playing “Bloody Mary” to prove to her sister it isn’t real. Days later, she can’t help but feel watched with every step she takes.

For tickets, visit https://newportbeachfilmfest.com/event/orange-coast-college-shorts

Regency Lido Theater is located at 3459 Via Lido Drive, Newport Beach.


Newport Beach – A Look Back 

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

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This photo was taken of the inside of Hal Will Smith’s office in about 1930. The fireplace is still standing and is now part of the dining room in Wilma’s Patio. Do you have any stories to share about Hal? If so, send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will share them.

Visit Balboa Island Museum and the Museum Store located at 331 Marine Ave., Balboa Island. They are open Tuesdays - Sundays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information, call 949.675.3952, visit www.balboaislandmuseum.orgor email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


New art on display at JWA

Catching the Bull

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“Catching The Bull” by Brennan Roach

Now through May 17, mixed media art by Brennan Roach will be on display at John Wayne Airport (JWA) as part of JWA’s Community Focus Space Program. These works can be viewed on the Departure (upper) Level near security screening areas in Terminals A, B and C, and on the Arrival (lower) Level adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4.

“Each of Mr. Roach’s pieces tells its own story, with underlying themes of self-reflection that are revealed in the intricacy of his work,” said Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairman Andrew Do.

Roach is inspired by the themes of consciousness and environment. Specifically, his window pieces are threaded together as a collage from separate moments in his life, most of which involved his drawings on napkins at bars or restaurants. His doodles came from playful thoughts that seemed meaningless at the time. As more drawings developed, the relationships between the various doodles began to appear and a composition came into view.

“I make a line on paper, it’s there, it stays there, I react to it, I add more, I react to that, I feel the lines, the shapes, what it could be, what it wants to be,” Roach shared.

The artist pursued a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from California State University, Fullerton after discovering a passion for the visual arts while creating artwork for t-shirts and fliers for his band, Time and Energy. He continues to pursue a career in music with the band, while working on new material in his studio at the Advertising Arts Building, one of the last standing art colonies in Orange County.

Visit www.brennanroach.com for more information about Brennan Roach’s work.

Upcoming Community Focus Space Program artists include Connie Major (May 17 - June 14) and Greg Sullivan (June 14 - July 16).

To learn more about JWA’s Art Programs, visit www.ocair.com/terminal/artexhibits.


Luxury entertainment: The LOT in Fashion Island to open April 26

The LOT, a luxury entertainment venue that operates two popular movie theaters in San Diego County, is bringing its brand of premium cinema to Newport Beach.

Carlos Wellman, founding partner and co-owner, said it will open its third location on April 26 at the former Island Cinema in Fashion Island, which shut down in September 2017.

After nearly eight months transforming the property into a seven auditorium, 448-seat movie house, patrons will be able to order drinks and gourmet food from plush, reclining seats wired with waiter call buttons.

Expect to pay a little extra for the experience, with ticket prices ranging from $15 (child) to $21.50 (adult).

The LOT is located at 999 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. For more information, call 949.281.0069. www.thelotent.com


ENC is seeking Nature Camp teachers

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The Environmental Nature Center is searching to hire Nature Camp Teachers. Camp Teachers are responsible for teaching environmental and social science education programs to children.

The Nature Camp Teacher’s goals are to encourage students’ awareness and appreciation of the environment, broaden students’ knowledge of science concepts and foster students’ commitment to the protection of the natural environment.

This is a part time temporary position, but some Camp Teachers may be offered a permanent part time position beginning in the Fall, as part time Naturalists for their school programs.

For more information on how to apply, visit http://encenter.org/about-us/employment/.


CdM fire station and library replacement groundbreaking today

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Demolition on the old CdM fire station and library

The City of Newport Beach is holding a brief groundbreaking ceremony today to celebrate the Corona del Mar Fire Station No. 5 and Library Replacement project.

The ceremony will be at 2 p.m. (Tuesday, April 24) in front of the CdM Library located at 401 Marigold Ave. Community members are invited to join in the celebration.

Newport Beach City Council members, members of the Library Board of Trustees and Civil Service Board, City executive staff and representatives from the Library Services Department and Fire Department are planning on attending.

The new 10,314-square-foot library and fire station were designed in close coordination with input from community members, the Library Board of Trustees, the Library Services Department and the Fire Department, and replaces the existing 60-year-old buildings. The City Council awarded contracts for the construction and construction-support services of the joint facility on February 27 for a total amount of $8,333,000.

Construction demolition began in April and is expected to be completed in summer 2019.


Guest Column

Dave Kiff

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

Dave Kiff

Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff   

Here is a summary of what’s on the agenda of the next City Council meeting (set for tonight, April 24). Below, I try to summarize items that caught my attention. I don’t summarize the whole agenda, though. To see that, please click here.

Study Session begins pretty early at 3:30 p.m., with the Regular Session convening at 7 p.m.  

At the Study Session, we’ll talk to the Council about concepts to reduce parking problems in residential areas that are heavily impacted by construction vehicles. As folks know, in several parts of the community it seems like everyone is remodeling something. All of those workers need to park somewhere, and that somewhere includes perfectly legal parking on public streets. Run the street sweeper by, and the problems get worse. Compounding that, the most typical areas for remodeling seem to be our older areas (CdM, Balboa Peninsula, Balboa Island, Lido Isle, and others) that can also have narrower streets with more limited parking. 

The Regular Session at 7 p.m. has these items that caught my attention:

An item that may bring a loud cheer from West Newport Beach and Newport Shores: We’re finally okaying the contract for landscaping improvements along Coast Highway on that side of town (between Newport Boulevard and the Santa Ana River). While this project will be bitten off in pieces, this is the first bite of that. Residents there (shout out to George and Gina Lesley) have been waiting a long time. This Phase 1 will go from Highland to a bit east of 61st Street (past Cappy’s). How exciting.   

A minor item (a Notice of Completion) marks the conclusion of a project that improved the landscaping along MacArthur (the slope on the western side of MacArthur near Big Canyon). As I drive by, I like the look of the landscaping although the plants seem pretty small right now. It’s quite an improvement on the mustard weed and brush that usually populates that slope.  

I’ve asked the Council to consider steps forward on the concept of a Port Master Plan (PMP), now that the California Coastal Commission has voted to formally oppose our legislation which would have allowed us to submit a PMP to the Commission (AB 1196, Harper). Various options could include moving forward until at least the first bill hearing in June, considering other alternatives already in the Coastal Act that may secure something similar to a PMP without new legislation (as the Commission in part suggested), or dropping the effort altogether.

Council may decide on a firm to conduct the recruitment for the next city manager. There is a closed session item about this, too.

A few notes for your calendar:

The CdMRA’s annual town meeting is this coming Wednesday, April 25 at Sherman Library and Gardens. The event is from 5 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., with an expo at the beginning and a program (starting at 6:45 p.m.) closing it out. More information is here.

The Newport Beach Film Festival runs April 26 - May 3. The festival will include more than 350 films from 50 countries and offer more than two dozen special events, including free filmmaking seminars on April 28 and 29. The festival brings visitors to town, but a lot of Newport Beach residents and businesses help to put it on each year.        

The City Clerk will host a free, brown bag lunch and workshop to assist residents in applying to serve on a City board or commission on Friday, May 4 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Community Room, 100 Civic Center Drive. For more information and to RSVP, call 949.644.3005 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Important note: The City will accept applications through May 9 at 12 p.m. for about a dozen board and commission seats that are eligible for appointment on July 1.

This is a bit off in the future but mark your calendars for another free document shredding day. The City and CR&R Environmental Services will offer free document shredding for CR&R’s Newport Beach customers on Saturday, May 12 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Big Canyon Reservoir Parking Lot, 3300 Pacific View Drive (near the intersection of Marguerite & Pacific View), Corona del Mar.

In closing today, I wanted to offer two items of congratulations – one to Reverend Cindy Voorhees and her parishioners at St James Church, for being back in their sanctuary after too long a time and working so hard to save St James. I have a special affinity for this group because they’ve had to use city facilities (including parks) to stick together during their time without a building. They always paid the market rate, but we’re happy to see them back home.  

Also, congratulations to Bob Olson – in the same neighborhood as St James – who opened the new Lido House Hotel this past week, exactly five years from the day that he (Bob) won a challenging RFP competition set forth by the City. Bob “wowed” everyone with his proposal at the time – it’s now up and running in real time at the “old” city hall site, and it’s even more amazing than I had thought it would be.

Congratulations, Bob. Congratulations, Rev. Cindy. Here’s to a long, prosperous future for you both.

Thank you 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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Check out the new trash collector that may be coming to Newport Beach

Speak Up Newport’s May meeting will focus on Tackling Floating Trash: The City’s Proactive Approach to Cleaning up the Harbor on Wednesday, May 9.

Dr. Robert Stein, Assistant City Engineer with the City of Newport Beach Public Works Department, will provide a briefing on the progress of the City’s comprehensive effort to prevent trash and debris from entering the bay, including the construction of the Santa Ana Delhi Channel regional trash collection facility and planning for the San Diego Creek Water Wheel.  

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Baltimore Water Wheel, a trash interceptor that removes trash from the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. It is powered by both water and solar power and is a model for the vessel that would be used in the proposed project in San Diego Creek.

Dr. Stein will provide details on how Newport Beach is teaming up with the cities of Costa Mesa and Santa Ana on a pilot project to curtail trash at the source to reduce future operation and maintenance costs.

The program will take place in the Newport Beach Civic Center Community Room, 100 Civic Center Drive, with a reception from 5:15 - 6 p.m. and the program from 6 - 7 p.m. There is no charge to attend. The public is invited, and reservations are not necessary.

Speak Up Newport (SUN) is a non-profit, non-partisan citizens group organized to promote the common good and general welfare of the Newport Beach community. www.speakupnewport.com


August brings these headliners to the OC Fair 

The 2018 OC Fair lineup has expanded even more with new shows added to the 2018 Toyota Summer Concert Series at the Pacific Amphitheatre. Plus, several exciting demolition derbies will converge in the Action Sports Arena head-on. Tickets for these shows are now on sale.

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Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss to take the Pacific Amphitheatre stage on August 9

In August, Willie Nelson & Family and Alison Krauss, Hunter Hayes/Runaway June/Coffey Anderson, Best in Show with Rick Springfield, Loverboy, Greg Kihn and Tommy Tutone and The Fab Four – 50th Anniversary of Yellow Submarine, hit the stage.

The Line-Up:

Willie Nelson & Family and Alison Krauss on Thursday, Aug 9 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $47.50. Nelson will be releasing a brand-new album, “Last Man Standing,” on April 27. The show will feature classic favorites as well as new tracks from what will be Nelson’s 73rd studio album. 

Hunter Hayes Live in Concert with special guests Runaway June and Coffey Anderson on Wednesday, Aug 1 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $40. Hunter Hayes is nothing if not “Wanted,” which is the title of his most successful single, reaching more than 3.4 million sold, and making this country star the youngest male act to too the Billboard Hot Country Songs. He’ll be joined by Nashville’s all-female country group, Runaway June, as well as YouTube Star, Coffey Anderson.

Hunter Hayes

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Hunter Hayes has been topping the Billboard charts

Best in Show – Rick Springfield, Loverboy, Greg Kihn and Tommy Tutone on Thursday, Aug 2 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $32.50. It’s sure to be a night of dancing and singing along as the ‘70s and ‘80s pop-rocker Rick Springfield brings the Best In Show with Loverboy, Greg Kihn and Tommy Tutone. Springfield’s newest album, “The Snake King,” released in January, explores the blues.

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Rick Springfield to bring Best in Show on August 2

The Fab Four – 50th Anniversary of Yellow Submarine on Saturday, Aug 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $20. By popular demand, The Beatles tribute band, The Fab Four, returns to the OC Fair, this time to commemorate the 50th anniversary of “Yellow Submarine.” Besides its namesake, the album also includes favorites such as “All Together Now” and “All You Need Is Love.”

Let’s rev it up at the Action Arena with this year’s Demolition Derbies!

Motorhome Madness Demolition Derby, Wednesday Aug 8 at 8 p.m. and Motorhome Madness Demolition Derby – Police vs. Fire Chiefs + Emergency Pursuit Figure 8, Saturday, Aug 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $17.50. Be ready to watch these motorhomes get absolutely destroyed! 

Demo Derby

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Motorhome Demolition Derbies hit Action Sports Arena on August 9 and 12

Orange Crush Demolition Derby – Police Dept. vs. Fire Dept. + Figure 8, Thursday, Aug 9 at 8 p.m. and Orange Crush Demolition Derby + Figure 8

Sunday, Aug 12 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $17.50. Action Sports Arena will be the center of destruction when Orange Crush is in the rink. On August 12, the last day of the 2018 OC Fair, fans get one more chance to cheer for intense head-on crashes!

Damsels of Destruction Demolition Derby + Figure 8, Friday, Aug 10 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $17.50. Women take center stage...and they don’t go easy on each other! Pick your favorite and watch as they ram, sideswipe and demolish, all while staying pretty in pink.

Terrible Trucks – Full Size Truck Demolition Derby + Figure 8, Saturday, Aug 11 at 1 p.m. Tickets start at $17.50. Fans asked for bigger and better, so the OC Fair has delivered – expect a chaotic, crushing race to the end!

Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com. Super Pass holders can purchase tickets to select Pacific Amphitheatre, The Hangar and Action Sports Area performances at a two-for-one-discount. The 2018 Super Pass includes admission to all 23 days of the OC Fair. To purchase, visit www.ocfair.com/superpass

The 2018 OC Fair takes place July 13 - August 12 and is open Wednesday through Sunday. It is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. www.ocfair.com


Police Files

These three can tell you it’s never a good time to drive in Newport Beach after you’ve been drinking

It was a bad week for DUI issues around Newport Beach. 

Monday, April 16, just before 6 p.m., Madison Sherrill Fairfield, a 26-year-old dental assistant from Riverside, was arrested for DUI. However, because of a minor passenger(s) in the vehicle, she was also charged with cruelty to a child with possible injury or death. Fairfield’s bail was set at $100,000.

There was also Brett Robert Thurston, 37, Newport Beach, whose DUI was made possible by driving without lights at dark. The arrest was made at 10:30 p.m., Saturday, April 14, on W. Balboa Blvd. and 7th Street. To make matters worse, Thurston was driving with a suspended license. His bail was set at $10,000.

Finally, we have Sergio Arredondo Cervantes, 36, from Pomona, who was arrested Sunday, April 15, at 6:44 p.m. at 9th Street and Balboa for DUI. Here was his problem – Cervantes had 3+ priors listed for DUI. Bail was set at $50,000.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime report


Letters to the Editor:

Elected officials should be held accountable

After some sanctimonious pontification about election integrity, it looks like the City Council did not need subpoenas to investigate violations of our campaign laws, they could have just looked at Scott Peotter’s campaign reports on the City Clerk’s webpage.

Once again, Peotter has accepted excess contributions from Woody’s Wharf and from Duffy Duffield. Amazingly, these are the same two donors who made excess donations to Peotter in 2014. Then, the city attorney and city council ignored the violation. These are serious offenses and the penalty in the Municipal Code for both making and receiving an excess donation is removal from office.

In 2015, Peotter and Duffield were key votes in reversing the city’s position, allowing Woody’s to play loud music late into the evening and awarding them $355,000 in taxpayer’s money. No wonder the owners can afford to be generous to Peotter.

The council is spending taxpayer dollars to pursue subpoenas related to state election laws, where they have no jurisdiction, in an effort to harass their opponents. The council actually is responsible for enforcing the Municipal Code and the entire city is watching to see if they will pursue these violations by Peotter and Duffield with the same vigor. I am not holding my breath.

Our elected officials should be held accountable for obeying the laws of the city. Their two-faced, political hypocrisy is now on full display for all to see.

Gerald A. Giannini

Newport Beach

Thanks for the memories...Duncan

I enjoyed Duncan’s article (“Free Flowing,” published April 13), which brought back many fond memories having moved to Newport with my family in 1953. Looking forward to future articles.

Lawrence Cunningham

Newport Beach


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

What in the world is going on at City Hall?

TomJohnsonBecause only one side is talking, here’s what appears to be going on at City Hall. Remember we wrote Tuesday about potential campaign contribution violations with Newport Beach Mayor Marshall “Duffy” Duffield and City Councilman Scott Peotter? Did they violate campaign contribution laws, for a second time?

Well, trying to get legal documents served to Peotter and Duffield has proven challenging to the opposition. City Attorney Aaron Harp is refusing to accept them on the councilmembers’ behalf. And, apparently Peotter and Duffield have been laying low. Harp, himself, has been served.

One of the issues in the document they’re refusing to receive is a potential conflict between Harp and them. As a subordinate, Harp might not have the power to act. 

Those issues include not only dealing with the alleged improper campaign contributions, but now with a story developing about next Tuesday’s City Council agenda.

Apparently, two items were anticipated to show up under the agenda’s Closed Session. The first was a request by Lauri Preedge to correct the Council’s apparent Brown Act violation related to City Manager Dave Kiff and his subsequent “resignation.” The other is the Martha Peyton vs. the City of Newport Beach for the municipal code violations.

Why aren’t these items agendized? Was that a Duffield-Peotter decision or a Harp decision?

If shenanigans are continuing to go on behind closed doors, then we need to find a way to get to the bottom of it. Our City is better than this.

Harp needs to either step up to the plate and take on the issues in question with the support of a court or a special counsel needs to be appointed. 

I don’t know if something right or wrong is going on, but the fish might be starting to rot from the head.

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On a more positive note, a new movie is in the works detailing the life of Ben Carlson, the Newport Beach Lifeguard killed back in July 2014. Part of Water” is a tribute to fallen hero Ben Carlson and the world of Lifeguarding.

Carlson was a lifeguard for 15 years in Newport Beach and became the first lifeguard in United States history to lose his life in the line of duty.

The film is by Tim Burnham and Jack Murgatroyd, both former producers of Dirty Old Wedge.

One of Ben’s closet friends, Skeeter Leeper, is also joining the project management team for the film. Leeper was a roommate, fellow lifeguard and traveled the world surfing with Carlson.

Carlson, of course, was killed diving into the heavy surf in a rescue attempt of a swimmer in trouble. The swimmer managed to survive, but Carlson didn’t. 

However, Ben’s name has continually remained in the news locally with great support for the Ben Carlson Foundation. He’s had our lifeguard headquarters dedicated in his name, a statue in McFadden Square, scholarships in his name and more.

And, it’s all deserving!

A Kickstarter campaign for the film has been started here.

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Our own Newport Beach Carlo Valdes, who competed on the U.S. Olympic Bobsled Team in the South Korea Winter Olympics, was honored at Mariners Christian School with the inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award. He attended elementary school there. Congrats!


Stump the Stu

Plaque unveils famous quote

Stump the Stu 4.20.18

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This one was a bit challenging...the plaque is located on the outside of a drinking fountain located above Little Corona Beach. It was correctly guessed by Deb Pirdy and Jim Kaminsky, the latter who gets extra points for understanding the verbiage.

Kaminsky shared, “The photo is of the plaque on the drinking fountain that overlooks Little Corona Beach at Poppy and Ocean Blvds. It is from the poem “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” from poet Samuel Coleridge. Legend has it, that if you sip from the fountain, an albatross will soar above the cliffs.

Stu loves research and found the stanzas from “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” that read:

Farewell, farewell! but this I tell
To thee, thou Wedding-Guest!
He prayeth well, who loveth well
Both man and bird and beast.

He prayeth best, who loveth best
All things both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all.

A special thank you to Millie Rosing who took the photo and to her friend, Lisa Applebee, for sharing it with us!

Join us on Tuesdays as we try and stump you each week with a picture of something unique in our community.

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


Sign up today for ENC’s Reading in the Redwoods

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ENC Executive Director Bo Glover reading “The Lorax” in the redwoods

Join the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) for a very special Reading in the Redwoods event this Sunday, April 22 beginning at 9:30 a.m.

ENC Executive Director Bo Glover will read The Lorax (you’ll LOVE his silly voices when he reads this one, and he may even have a few magic tricks up his sleeve!).

Enjoy this classic “Earth Day” themed book under the canopy of their tallest trees while your family relaxes together on a blanket or towel.

Afterward, children and their adults will participate in hands-on activities related to the theme of the book: Lorax Bingo, Earth Lanterns, and Planting Butterflies, Hummingbirds & Bees. Parents must remain with children at all times. All ages are welcome. Bring your own blanket or towel.

Schedule:

9:30 - 10 a.m.: Meet the Endangered Amphibian Ambassadors and have a snack during check-in

10 a.m.: Hike out to the Redwoods

Cost: $5 per child, pre-registered member; $7 per child, pre-registered non-member; $10 per child, unregistered walk-in. There is no charge for adults.

To register and pre-pay, visitwww.encenter.org.


Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so put your thinking caps on. Below, you’ll find this week’s clue. What you see is the letter “L” which is just a partial glimpse of a sign in Newport Beach. Stu thinks this one captures the perfect breeze.

Good luck!

Send your guesses to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you’re a business and you want to play, you can send us a high-quality photo of your sign and we’ll take it from there and challenge our readers.

Let’s have some fun!

SOTT 4.20.18

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Lido House opens with grand fanfare

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Community leaders, Newport Beach Chamber Commodores and supporters, NBFD personnel and city residents gathered together on Wednesday, April 18 to ring in the grand opening of Lido House. The turnout of hundreds was overwhelming for the ribbon cutting!

Steve Rosansky, president and CEO of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, was on hand presenting recognition, in addition to Newport Beach Mayor Marshall “Duffy” Duffield, council members Brad Avery, Diane Dixon and Jeff Herdman, as well as representatives from the offices of Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, Senator John Moorlach and OC Supervisor Michelle Steel, who presented proclamations.

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Robert Olson, developer of Lido House, gets ready to cut the ribbon

Lido House developer Robert D. Olson welcomed the crowd, and after the ribbon cutting, invited attendees to enjoy a champagne reception, keeping the afternoon festive!

Seeking the ultimate beach retreat? Lido House is a four-story property exuding “casual” luxury. It has 130 guestrooms, a presidential suite, several executive suites, and five charming three-story guest cottages. The 2,248-square-foot Mayor’s Table Pacific Pub & Kitchen seats 142 people and serves three meals daily. Get pampered at the Boost Spa. Stop by for a freshly brewed coffee or an ice cream from Crew Coffee and Creamerie, accessed from the street, offering locally roasted brews and syrups made in-house, as well as the hotel’s own specialty ice cream flavors.

Olson, a true visionary, incorporated many of the elements of this Cape Cod-inspired boutique hotel from his own charming abode on Balboa Island. General Manager Adam Beers oversees the day-to-day operations.

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NBFD personnel came out to support the grand opening

Lido House is located at 3300 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach. For more information, call 949.524.8500 or visit www.lidohousehotel.com.


Author Colson Whitehead engages audience at NBPLF Literary Series talk

By LANA JOHNSON

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Colson Whitehead getting ready to sign my copy of “The Underground Railroad”

Extremely engaging...erudite...witty and very humorous is the way I would like to begin to describe writer Colson Whitehead, who I had the privilege of meeting, as well as listening to at Newport Beach Public Library Foundation’s (NBPLB) Library Live Series on Wednesday evening, April 18.

Whitehead spoke about his recent novel, The Underground Railroad, a No. 1 New York Times bestseller that won both the 2016 National Book Award and 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He read passages from two of its chapters (Georgia and Indiana)...as well as sharing the intimacies of his life and his passion for writing...peppered with a very dry sense of humor.

Born and raised in Manhattan, he mentioned multiple times that he “loved staying at home,” which I found hard to believe as he appeared extremely gregarious and outgoing. His favorite pastime readings were comic books, sci-fi and anything by Stephen King.

Whitehead said his first writings were two five-page epics in his junior year at college; researching this...I found he attended Harvard.

From 1991 - 1996, he had a stint at NYC’s Village Voice, a weekly alternative newspaper. He hooked up with a TV editor of “Growing Pains” and “Who’s The Boss,” then began making a living as a fiction writer.

In Spring 2000, he created his vision for The Underground Railroad, and four years ago sold the concept to his editor. Chronicling a young woman’s journey through slavery during a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South, Whitehead takes us through different U.S. states, creating a “human train,” with each locale offering “new possibilities.”

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His book, which he has traveled with for the past one and one-half years, has been translated into four languages and is slated to be turned into a TV mini-series.

What’s next for this award-winning prolific writer of eight books, who has established himself as one of the most versatile writers in contemporary literature? Could be a love story or science fiction...so stay tuned.

Editor’s Note: To find out how to become a member of the NBPLF and the many benefits it offers, such as receiving live streams of the Literary Series, contact Susan Groux, Director of Programs at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A special thanks to Dan and Linda Schmenky of Lido Village Books, who were onsite selling Whitehead’s book to be signed. I will treasure mine.


A Night of Music and Magic on Argyros Plaza

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LET THERE BE LIGHT! on Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Julianne and George Argyros Plaza this Saturday, April 21. The Center presents “Brilliance! – A Night of Music and Light.” The Center is encouraging guests to gather family and friends of all ages to don their favorite light-up and glow-in-the-dark fashion statements to help transform the Argyros Plaza into a sensory feast of light, color and music. 

Santa Ana electronic artist Dulse kicks off the evening’s magic at 7 p.m. The spotlight hits the Argyros Stage and De Lux promptly at 8:30 p.m. LA’s popular post-disco dance-punk DIY duo that sounds like they could have come out of 1979 or 1982 just as easily as 2018 will be on hand until 10 p.m.

Snap a one-of-a-kind photo in Brian Stocker’s Light Painting Photo Booth – definitely not your standard Kodak moment! Embellish your face with luminescent paint designs and wander through the Blacklight Forest. Local innovators Summit Technology Laboratoy (UCI) will be premiering prototypes of lasers on the Interactive Veil, the Mediaquarium and 3D projections in Design Your Vase.

The Plaza’s Center 360 ‘Glow Bar’ will be open for snacking and beverages. And, at the end of the night, drive home safely with Uber. First-time users, enter the promo code “SCFTA” and get up to $15 off your ride.

It’s trippy, it’s fun and it’s free.

For more information, visit www.scfta.org.

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


Pacific Symphony unveils the sublime beauty of Beethoven’s “Emperor” with pianist André Watts

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Virtuoso pianist Andre Watts

Considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century and a perennial favorite of Pacific Symphony, André Watts returns to the stage with one of Beethoven’s most beloved works – his Fifth Piano Concerto, “Emperor.” A work prized for its serene and tender second movement, Beethoven’s last piano concerto is a testament to the composer’s emotional range.

From sheer beauty to dazzling grandeur, the “Emperor” requires extreme virtuosity from its soloist, making it an ideal centerpiece in the hands of the talented Watts. Complementing the evening is Shostakovich’s electrifying Symphony No. 10, full of tragedy, terror and – ultimately – triumph, when the orchestra, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, delivers an unforgettable night of deeply contrasting music.

“Watts Plays Beethoven” includes image magnification during the performance to enhance the experience and provide a closer look at the artists at work. The concert takes place Thursday - Saturday, May 3 - 5 at 8 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets are $35 - $126. A preview talk with Alan Chapman begins at 7 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 714.755.5799, or visit PacificSymphony.org

“André is an American treasure as an artist and musical ambassador,” said Maestro St.Clair. “What a joy and honor to perform with him. He has never stopped searching or finding deeper and deeper meaning in all the repertoire he performs. This, combined with his virtuosity and vast experience, makes him the consummate musician we all know him to be. We have performed Beethoven’s Third and Fourth Piano Concertos together in past seasons. So, I thought why not do the ‘Emperor?’ Lastly, we are dear friends with mutual trust and respect for one another’s musicianship. This is a rare gift in our musical world.”


NBFF welcomes Irish Spotlight films

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“Maze” is based on a high-security prison breakout

The 19th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival presented by Pacific Sales will screen the West Coast’s largest celebration of Irish Cinema from April 26 - May 3. Highlights include an Irish Showcase Celebration, premieres of feature-length narrative and documentary films, two Irish Shorts programs, and Q&A’s with Irish filmmakers and actors.

On Sunday, April 29, the Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) will present its Irish Showcase, an evening celebration of Celtic cinema and culture. The event will feature the premiere of the three highly anticipated Irish films, Maze (2017), The Drummer and the Keeper (2017), and Michael Inside (2017), followed by a festive post-screening party.

Based on the true story of the 1983 Maze High-Security Prison breakout, Maze (directed by Stephen Burke) follows the development of a prisoner’s improbable friendship with his warden, who was born on the opposite side of North Ireland’s political divide. As the film unravels, it becomes clear that the prisoner is grooming the warden for use in his master plan of escape, resulting in severe consequences for the both of them.

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“The Drummer and the Keeper” brings Asperger’s syndrome to the forefront

The Drummer and the Keeper (directed by Nick Kelly) opens as a rock drummer begins occupational therapy for his recent bipolar diagnosis. As part of his treatment, he takes up soccer, where he encounters a teen with Asperger’s syndrome. While the two don’t get along at first, they eventually develop a mutual friendship as they help each other cope with their conditions and the world around them.

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“Michael Inside” is a multiple cinema award winner

Winner of the Galway Film Fleadh’s Best Irish Film and the Cork Film Festival’s Audience Award in 2017, Michael Inside (directed by Frank Berry) brings audiences an unforgettable on-screen experience. Caught holding drugs for his friend’s older brother, 18-year-old Michael is sentenced to three months in prison for a crime he did not commit. Once inside, he is befriended by an older drug dealer and exposed to severe violence and intimidation.

The Irish Showcase films will screen on Sunday, April 29 with viewing times at 6 p.m. for Maze, 6:15 p.m. for The Drummer and the Keeper, and 6:30 p.m. for Michael Inside at Edwards Big Newport, 300 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

The post-screening celebration takes place at 8 p.m. at Muldoon’s Irish Pub, 202 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, and will feature music by Sligo Rags and hosted hors d’oeuvres. Admission to the Irish Spotlight Film and the Post-Screening Party is $25.

The Festival will also celebrate Irish feature-length narrative and documentary films as well as an outstanding Irish Shorts program.

Two outstanding short films from Ireland will screen on Sunday, April 29: Irish Coffee & Shorts at 12 p.m. at The LOT in Fashion Island, 999 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, and Shorts O’ the Irish at 3 p.m. at Edwards Big Newport, 300 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. The Irish Shorts programs are curated collections of some of the most influential Irish films on the international festival circuit and feature several North American premieres. Admission to the (non-Showcase) Irish feature-length narrative and documentary films and the Irish Shorts programs is $15.

For ticket information and updates visit www.NewportBeachFilmFest.com.


Local non-profit receives $87,072 grant to work with Hoag Hospital

Santa Ana-based nonprofit MOMS Orange County recently received a $87,072 grant from the HealthCare Foundation for Orange County (HFOC). The “Partners for Health” grant will directly support MOMS Orange County’s program of monthly home visitation to help mothers and their families have healthy babies. MOMS Orange County will be working with Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian to implement this program. 

Through this low-cost, high-impact program, MOMS Orange County expects to serve approximately 2,000 women during pregnancy and 1,500 infants beginning at birth through the infant’s first birthday. HFOC support is focused on the central Orange County cities of Anaheim, Garden Grove, Orange, Santa Ana and Tustin.

“We are deeply grateful to The HealthCare Foundation for Orange County and our partners at Hoag for their continued support and commitment to our programs and the families we serve,” said MOMS Orange County CEO Pam Pimentel, RN. “This grant will help us continue to serve new mothers and their families in the initial stages of development.”

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MOMS Orange County clientele spending playtime with their infant

Provided by MOMS Orange County Maternal-Child Health Coordinators under the supervision of staff RNs, mothers living in vulnerable conditions receive one-on-one health education, risk screenings and support during pregnancy to help increase their chance of delivering a healthy baby. After babies are born, the focus turns to promoting their healthy growth and development resulting in more knowledgeable, confident parents and healthier, thriving babies who are on track with their development. The program helps build the protective factors that are essential to positive infant health and development. In addition to the nonprofit’s home visitation program, MOMS Orange County offers group classes for new and expectant mothers and fathers, as well as parent-baby group classes.

“Hoag is honored to partner with MOMS Orange County on such a pivotal program that is improving the lives of at-risk pregnant women and babies in our community,” said Michaell Rose, DrPH, LCSW, Director of Operations, Hoag’s Department of Community Health.

The HealthCare Foundation for Orange County was formed in 1999 and is dedicated to funding effective, preventative health programs for women and children through independent and collaborative grant making activity.

“We are fortunate to have such strong organizations in Orange County that are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children and women and we are pleased to invest in MOMS Orange County’s programs to help families have healthy babies,” said David Dobos, chair of the Grants Committee for HFOC.


Sherman Library & Gardens Private Gardens Tour this weekend

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The 22nd Annual Private Gardens Tour, hosted by the Sherman Library & Gardens Volunteer Association, is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, April 21 and will feature six amazing gardens in the Newport Beach area from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Attendees will mingle with musicians and artists as they stroll the gardens. The Tour includes a light lunch at Sherman Library & Gardens from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

This year, the Garden Tour Committee has found gardens that they believe will inspire, engage and stimulate your sense of what a garden can be. These gardens are an extension of the house and the people who live in them. They are examples of how gardens make the house a home and connect your family to the natural world. 

For the third year, proceeds from the Tour will go toward the PCH Frontage and Entrance Redesign Project. Ruben Flores of Visionscape, Inc. has completed the conceptual design, keeping with the style and history of the Library & Gardens. The plans will be unveiled in a few months as the official fundraising campaign is launched.

Thanks to the support of the Tour by Friends of Sherman Library & Gardens and many in the community, the Volunteer Association has already donated $50,000 in support of the frontage project. You are invited to participate by attending the Tour and to also help by making an additional donation.

New this year, is a silent auction and opportunity drawing, valued at more than $12,000! Select prizes and tickets will be at the homes and at Sherman Gardens. Among the silent auction items: “It’s Vegas, Baby”: A two-night stay at the Cancun Resort, Las Vegas, worth $400; “A Tear of Delicious Pies”: A freshly baked Polly’s Pie every month for one year and Starbucks coffee goodies, worth $200; “Summer Fun for Watersports Fans”: A day of fun awaits at Newport Beach Aquatic Center and a gift card to The Counter, worth $300. The silent auction takes place at Sherman Gardens.

Tickets: $50 Friends; $60 Non-members. Tickets will include a map of the gardens. You can start at any garden you like and visit the gardens in any order you wish. Shuttle tickets, which are optional, are $45. The shuttle will visit each garden on the tour, plus make a one-stop at Sherman Library & Gardens for the light lunch. The shuttle meets in the front of the Yard House restaurant in Fashion Island at 10:30 a.m. It will depart promptly at 11 a.m. There will be no other shuttles after 11 a.m.

To purchase tickets, visit www.slgardens.org/22nd-Annual-Private-Gardens-Tour or call 949.673.2261.

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


You Must Remember This: Follies

By NANCY GARDNER

For many years, my mother was active in the Assistance League. I don’t think she was ever involved in the administration, but she went every week to the dental clinic and the thrift shop. Unlike my father who could (and did) make a story out of crossing the street, she never talked that much about what she did. It was the doing that she liked, not the relating of it, so I’m rather vague about her exact duties. However, there was one Assistance League event that I remember quite well, and that was the Follies they put on for several years.

It was a revue. A professional came down from Hollywood with a script and music, and all the women and their husbands made up the cast. I got to go to a couple of the productions, and the thing that was amazing was these were people I knew. Like most kids, I didn’t pay much attention to my parents’ friends. They were grownups, what else could you say – until the Follies. Suddenly, they were not simply folks who dropped by for a drink with my folks. They were glamorous stars, up there on stage belting out songs.

It wasn’t just the music though. I loved every part of it, even the skits. It didn’t matter that most of them went over my head. It was the stage. It was acting. So great was the impression, that I still remember one. It featured Margie Neal and Van Hays. She was sitting on a couch, and her line was “Art, art, how I love art.” There was some back and forth as he tried to impress her, and then at the finale, he ripped open his shirt, and cried, “The tattoo!” It brought down the house. I had no idea what was going on or why people were laughing, but I laughed and clapped as hard as I could. You couldn’t have asked for a better audience.

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A dance number from “The Boyfriend” musical

It may have been the Follies that spurred my desire to appear in musicals. First semester at UCSB was my big chance. They were putting on The Boyfriend, and I was determined to get a good part, and then – horror of horrors – I woke up the morning of the tryouts with laryngitis. I’d never had laryngitis. Why now? Not to be deterred, I went to the audition. Dancing no problem, then it was time to sing. I croaked through a few lines of song – and found myself cast in the second lead. Wow! That just shows that if you’ve got talent, it comes through no matter what the circumstances. Several weeks into rehearsal with me singing my heart out each day, the director pulled me aside. “Do you get laryngitis often?”  “Never,” I assured him, only to see his face fall. My voice with laryngitis was funny. My natural voice...somehow, I had gone 18 years without realizing I didn’t have one. Fortunately for everyone, I decided to transfer from UCSB before the production, so they never had to fire me.

As for the Follies, I don’t know when or why they discontinued it. Perhaps it was more trouble than it was worth, but it made a big impression on me, much bigger, I’m sorry to say, than the truly worthy Assistance League productions – the dental clinic and thrift shop.

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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.


Las Vegas mass shooting survivors organize cycling event

Brittany Lessard, 33, and Jimmy Lessard, 34, of Laguna Niguel, were enjoying the final moments of the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas watching the final act, Jason Aldean perform. 

At 10:05 p.m., Stephen Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort, using 12 AR-15 rifles modified with bump-fire stocks firing at an automatic rate for approximately 10 minutes – resulting in 59 people being killed and more than 500 injured.

The Lessards suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from this atrocity, and want to raise awareness for PTSD. Jimmy and his associates from the Newport-Mesa YMCA have teamed up to form Crime Survivors, which will host Ride 4 Healing, a 300-mile stationary bike event to reach out to those who have experienced trauma in their life.

Ride 4 Healing takes place on Saturday, May 19 from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Newport-Mesa Family YMCA. The event is free of charge to attend.

Teams of five (200 will take turns biking a total of 300 miles) will cycle on stationary bikes for four hours. The mileage is significant in that it is the distance between Orange County and Las Vegas. Registration fees: $500 for a team of five; Single riders are $150.

Additional planned activities include yoga, painting and self-defense class – activities chosen to help participants thrive in a “safe space.”

To register as a sponsor and to find out more about Ride 4 Healing, visit www.YMCAOC.org.

Newport-Mesa YMCA is located at 2300 University Drive, Newport Beach.


Kathleen Neff named OneOC Spirit of Volunteerism honoree

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Kathleen Neff of Junior League of Orange County, headquartered in Newport Beach, has been named a 2018 OneOC Spirit of Volunteerism honoree for her volunteer work with the nonprofit, whose mission is promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

A resident of Irvine, Neff is currently serving as the League’s Human Trafficking Advocacy Manager. She has embraced her role with enthusiasm and passion, leading her committee in supporting the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force’s (OCHTTF) efforts in bringing awareness to the presence of human trafficking in Orange County. Neff and her committee coordinated the League’s 4th Annual Human Trafficking Roundtable, coordinated the League’s involvement in OCHTTF’s “Be the One” social media campaign in January 2018, and led a donation drive for victims of human trafficking.

Neff is dynamic and exhibits a positive spirit. Her passion about advocating on behalf of human trafficking victims is contagious, and the League is very fortunate to have her as a member and a leader. She will receive her honor at the Spirit of Volunteerism event, set for April 26 at the Disneyland Hotel.

For more information on Junior League of Orange County, visit www.jlocc.org.


Deadline is approaching for City Grant applications

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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, 2018 and June 30, 2019. The application deadline is Friday, April 27 at 5 p.m.

The special event support grant program enables community event organizers to apply for funding to help cover some of the costs associated with hosting an event in Newport Beach. This is a competitive process. Submitting an application does not guarantee funding. Applicants should read the Special Event Support Program Overview to gain an understanding of the program’s eligibility, qualification and evaluation criteria and how the grants are funded.

To learn more about the program or to submit an application, visit www.newportbeachca.gov/specialeventsupport.


Imaginology welcomed more than 46,000 students, parents to the OC fairgrounds

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Kids enjoy friendly competition during the sack races

The robots are being dismantled and packed away, the glue and glitter is being cleaned up, and the animals are resting after three days of visitors. With record-breaking attendance, OC Fair & Event Center’s largest community give-back event, Imaginology, has come to a close. In total, Imaginology hosted more than 46,000 guests over the weekend, up nearly 30 percent from 2017.

Several events took place within Imaginology, including Dia del Nino, an annual festival that was previously held in Santa Ana, and featured several performances and artist workshops on Sunday. Throughout the weekend, Vital Link hosted its STEM Showcase, which celebrated tech and gadgets in a hands-on way, featuring robot competitions, 3D and VR demonstrations and more. Over in Livestock, 4-H and FFA groups competed in master showmanship events, and in Baja Blues, Academic Chess

hosted its Tournament of Champions.

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Cow-milking demos attracted crowds to Millennium Barn

With myriad exhibitors, demonstrations and hands-on activities, here are a few numbers to help digest the fun:

--46,131 guests attended 2018 Imaginology

--1,000 LEGO pieces were used by contestants in the Bytes and Bots MiniMAKEathon competition

--400 paper airplanes flew across The Hangar during Aerospace Adventure

--30 gallons of milk were produced from the cow-milking demos in Millennium Barn

--16 community entertainment performances took place on Main Mall Stage

--400 boys and girls participated in Fishing in the City

--450 people took a ride on the tractor that circled the fairgrounds

--6.5 pounds of wool was shaved off during sheep shearing in Centennial Farm

--8 hats were entered into Imaginology’s first-ever Steampunk Hat Contest

--60 pounds of honey were sold by OC Beekeepers Association

--1,346 burgers and brats were sold by Boy Scout Troop 339

--14 other vendors and local organizations provided delicious dining options for guests, including Boy Scout Troop 274, OC 4-H Tri-City, Cathy’s Cookies and Scooter’s Italian Ice

--Finally, six scarecrows were entered into the annual Scarecrow Contest, including one made by Xander Leising, age 9, of Long Beach. Leising didn’t let his severe allergy to hay stop him from entering the contest. Instead, he decorated his scarecrow while wearing a Hazmat-like suit and mask.

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Xander Leising decorates his scarecrow in a Hazmat-like suit to combat allergies

Imaginology 2018 was held April 13 - 15 in an effort to showcase S.T.E.A.M.-powered education. The event provided exhibits and demonstrations based on the facets of science, technology, engineering, arts and math. The event offered various educational hands-on activities designed to inspire and encourage academic and career exploration. Several arts-related competitions were hosted by the OC Fair with participation from hundreds of local schools. Results of the competitions are posted at www.ocfair.com/imaginology.

The OC Fair & Event Center is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. www.ocfair.com


Come find out about goat yoga!

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Adorable bouncing baby goats will take over Centennial Farm at OC Fair & Event Center this Saturday, April 21 as Orange County’s only goat yoga event kicks off.

The Goat Yoga Experience & Fun Farm Day offers a unique opportunity to be part of the latest viral sensation. It’s a traditional yoga class with baby pygmy goats invited in to frolic, nuzzle and climb on class participants.

But there’s more – and it’s free! Although the two goat yoga sessions quickly sold out, there is plenty of goat fun to be had with goat selfie stations, playtime with goats and chick petting. Centennial Farm is open for exploration – perfect for human and goat kids of all ages.

Come watch as Spectra Yoga of Costa Mesa offers two beginner level sessions from 10 - 11:30 a.m. and again from 12 - 1:30 p.m. on the lawn in front of Centennial Farm’s Millennium Barn. The Fountain Valley Cloverdales 4-H Club will supply cuddly baby goats to join in on the fun. The Farm is open until 4 p.m.

“We’re excited about introducing agriculture to the community in a unique and fun way, as well as partnering with two great Orange County organizations such as the Fountain Valley Cloverdales 4-H Club and Spectra Yoga,” said OC Fair & Event Center CEO Kathy Kramer.

The event will also feature a bake sale and frozen fruit bars fundraiser, and opportunity drawings for farm-fresh gift baskets, with proceeds benefiting the Fountain Valley Cloverdales 4-H Club and Centennial Farm. Exclusive souvenir T-shirts will also be sold.

The OC Fair & Event Center is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. www.ocfair.com


Celebrate Earth Day in Upper Newport Bay

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Orange County Parks in partnership with Newport Bay Conservancy presents Earth Day at the Bay on Sunday, April 22 at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Upper Newport Bay celebrates its 28th Earth Day – a day to think about how we can protect our planet and preserve it for the future. Many booths will feature family-friendly activities including arts & crafts and science discovery. There will be a scavenger hunt with small prizes for all participants and entry into larger prize drawings. The day will be filled with live music from Danny Maika.

Lady with Hawk

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife will emphasize protection of Marine Protection Areas. Environmental Nature Center, OC Parks and OC Bird of Prey will participate in live animal presentations. OC Health Care Agency, OC Vector Control, Irvine Ranch Water District, OC Used Oil Recycling Program and OC Lead Poisoning Prevention Program are among a host of others that will be in attendance.

The entire event is free and open to the public, but bring some money for the opportunity drawing, featuring great prizes from local merchants. All proceeds benefit the Upper Newport Bay. Food will be available for purchase from local food trucks.

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Newport Bay Conservancy is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of the Upper Newport Bay, one of the largest natural remaining estuaries in Southern California. The Interpretive Center is an OC Parks facility. As a steward of significant natural and cultural resources, OC Parks manages and operates a system of regional parks, beaches, harbors, trails and historic sites that are places of recreation and enduring value.

For more information, visit www.newportbay.org, or call 949.923.2290.

Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center is located at 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach.


CdM Chamber Sunset Networking Mixer set for April 24

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Join the Corona del Mar Chamber for their upcoming Sunset Networking Mixer at El Cholo Restaurant on Tuesday, April 24 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

The evening’s festivities will include delicious bites like chips and duo salsas, tray-passed chicken taquitos, mini quesadillas and pecan pralines. Ole!

Enjoy a complimentary first margarita, wine, or beer with special Happy Hour prices thereafter.

Cost: CdM Chamber members, free; Non-members, $10.

El Cholo Restaurant is located at 3520 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. Parking is available in back of the restaurant or on the street.


Attention bee lovers…volunteer at America’s Pet Expo

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The Orange County Beekeepers Association (OCBA) is seeking volunteers to help out at their America’s Pet Expo booth on Friday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29 at the Orange County Fair & Event Center.

This booth is a great way for the OCBA to reach to the public and especially the youth of our community. They will be hosting a live observation beehive (under glass), and selling honeystix and jars of honey to raise funds for the OCBA.

If you are new to the club or beekeeping, don’t worry – it’s the perfect time to learn. It also is an ideal way to get a crash course before working the booth at the 2018 Orange County Fair.

Available shifts:

Friday, April 27: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (three people needed)

Saturday, April 28: 2:15 - 4 p.m. (four people needed)

Sunday, April 29: 2 - 6 p.m. (three people needed)

OCBA needs at least four people to man each shift. If interested, please reply to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with shifts you can fill. You must include your name and phone number. Parking passes are needed on Saturday and Sunday. People signed up will receive information on picking them up. For more information, visit https://ocfair.com/events/imaginology/information.


Stump the Stu

We hope this one will wet your whistle…

Stump the Stu 4.17.18

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Perhaps, this is the Stu’s favorite yet! The words on this plaque are part of a famous quote. Okay. Where are these words located? And you get extra points for who this quote can be attributed to. Good luck!

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 answer is in Friday’s edition, along with the correct guesses. So, join us in the fun.

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


Newport Beach is going “John Wayne Crazy” starting April 25

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John Wayne and his captain, Bert Minshall, aboard the Wild Goose

John Wayne fans will be in for a treat when Hornblower Cruises & Events continues its tradition with an exclusive series of cruises honoring John Wayne, beginning on Wednesday, April 25, on board the famous yacht, Wild Goose. The John Wayne Celebration Cruises commemorate Wayne’s life and times in Newport Beach.

Get in on the fun and #talklikewayne on Hornblower’s Facebook page at @HornblowerLA to win tickets aboard the cruise. All you have to do is record your best impersonation of the legend and post it with #talklikewayne, and you’ll be automatically entered to win tickets on one of the John Wayne Celebration Cruises on Hornblower offered now through June 2018.

Highlights of the Cruise: Passengers will be transported back in time as they choose a variety of cruises aboard Wild Goose, between April 25 - June 16. Guests will have the chance to meet Wayne’s Captain, Bert Minshall, who will be on board to share stories and autograph his book available for sale, On Board With The Duke.

In addition, Hornblower annually collaborates with Madame Tussauds Hollywood to reunite the wax replica of John Wayne in True Grit attire back on board the Wild Goose.

Stroll the outer decks or explore the family salons and staterooms on Wild Goose. Hornblower will cruise by the location that was formerly John Wayne’s 10- bedroom, seven-bath waterfront mansion, where he and his family lived, and where the Wild Goose was docked for many years. Passengers will enjoy an unforgettable front seat to the sights and sounds of Newport Harbor, and guests can also indulge in adult drink specials made with “Duke Kentucky Straight Bourbon.”

To purchase tickets, call 888-Hornblower or visit the website at www.hornblower.com/port/category/nb+diningcruises. Discounts are available for children, groups, seniors and the military. Taxes, service fees and landing fees are additional. Cruises depart from Hornblower Cruises, South, 2431 West Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Beach.


Newport Beach – A Look Back

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

A Look Back 4.17.18

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The large sailboat in this photograph from 1922 is The Wave, a boat owned by Hal Will Smith. Balboa Island was nearly a decade and a half old at the time and there were still many empty properties on the island, as shown by the empty lots visible on South Bay Front to the right of the castle.

Visit Balboa Island Museum and the Museum Store located at 331 Marine Ave., Balboa Island. They are open Tuesdays - Sundays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call 949.675.3952. www.balboaislandmuseum.organd  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Petition lists possible issues with Peotter donations and asks the court for help

TomJohnsonMartha Peyton, of Corona del Mar, appears to have opened up a hornet’s nest with her Superior Court filing last week requesting a Petition for Writ of Mandamus, listing Newport Beach City Attorney Aaron Harp as the respondent, and City Councilman Scott Peotter and Mayor Marshall “Duffy” Duffield as the Real Parties of Interest.

So as best I can tell, and I’m no lawyer, back in 2017, Duffy and Scott Pappas, one of the principals in Woody’s Wharf, each had $1,100 contributions reported on Peotter’s mid-year 460 report.

The $1,100 is the maximum allowed by Newport Beach Municipal Code Section 1.25.030 for an individual donation to a political campaign per election cycle. The “per election cycle” being the key here. 

A violation of the campaign contribution limit is potentially a misdemeanor.

Additionally, a misdemeanor conviction also “voids” the elected official’s office.

So fast forward to December 6, 2017, Duffy invites potential donors to a hosted event for Peotter at Woody’s Wharf, complete with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. That all was followed by a harbor cruise on Duffy’s new 56’ private yacht.

It sounded like a nice evening. However, someone has to claim those in-kind donations from Pappas and Woody’s Wharf, and Duffy.

On February 5, 2018 (five days after the legal deadline for filing), the Committee to Oppose the Recall of Scott Peotter reported an in-kind donation of $1,799.28 from Woody’s Wharf.

Did Peotter or Duffy do something wrong? That’s for the legal process to decide and where the writ of mandamus comes into play. 

You see, City Attorney Aaron Harp is the one who should be reprimanding any council wrong-doings. However, in Harp’s defense, he reports up to that same council.

So, you can see the problem and the conflict: If Harp raises a red flag, the council could simply turn around and make life very difficult for him. Must I remind you of Dave Kiff.

So, a writ of mandamus would be an order from a court to a government official, in this case Harp, ordering him to properly fulfill his official duties and/or correct an abuse of discretion.

I pity Harp.

B-t-w, I contacted Harp, Duffield and Poetter for comment. Harp responded that he hadn’t seen the petition yet and Peotter, when I asked if he’d like to comment, answered, “Not to you.” By press time, Duffield did not respond.

So, I guess Scott and I are no longer friends. I’ll get over it.

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Well look who’s making his way back home. Former editor of the Daily Pilot, Steven Cahn, will be the featured speaker at the 57th Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner on Wednesday, April 25. Cahn is now a partner in California Strategies, LLC. California Strategies, a leading public affairs and government consulting firm.

The event is put on by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce and honors the outstanding student scholars from Newport Harbor, Corona del Mar and Sage Hill. Additionally, the event will honor the Teacher of the Year from each school.

It all takes place at the Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport, 4545 MacArthur Blvd., the old Radisson Hotel, from 6 - 8:30 p.m.

For information on the event, go here.

B-t-w, I hear the “new” Hyatt Regency is “very nice,” according to Visit Newport Beach President & CEO Gary Sherwin.


ENC to hold Spring Faire with lots of surprises

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Mark your calendar for Sunday, May 6 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., when the Spring Faire and Butterfly House opening (only one of its kind in OC!) take place at the Environmental Nature Center.

Promising a fun-filled day for the entire family, the ENC’s 13th annual Spring Faire will feature a Youth Art Show, crafts, face painting, sing alongs with local performers (Vermillion Voc lists and the Young Singers of Orange County), a dramatic reading of The Lorax on the “Fire Circle Stage,” nature games, live native animals, and delicious food and beverages from local restaurants.

There will be animal crafts galore, but if that’s not enough to keep you busy...they’re also bringing you live hawks and owls from the OC Bird of Prey Center! Francisco the Bug Guy will also be on hand with some interesting arthropods. Don’t miss the ISOpod (Interactive Sea Life Outreach), a unique mobile aquarium featuring sea stars, a shark and a sea anemone. You will also have the opportunity to purchase native plants that will attract butterflies and birds to your yard.

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In conjunction with the Faire, ENC is calling all young artists, ages 4 - 18, to exhibit their art. Guidelines include exploring one or more California ecosystems, and can include plants, animals and people. For additional information and on how to enter your creative art (winners will receive awesome prizes!), visit http://encenter.org/visit-us/spring-faire/childrens-art. The entry deadline is Sunday, April 29.

To find out more about the Spring Faire and schedule of events, visit http://encenter.org/visit-us/spring-faire

Environmental Nature Center is located 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach. For more information, call 949.645.8489.


Brew Hee Haw to come to OC Fair

OC Brew Hee Haw

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If you enjoy sampling a great IPA or blonde, “hop” on over to the 5th Annual Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup, returning to the OC Fair with three craft beer roundup sessions on Saturday, July 14 at 12 and 6 p.m., and Sunday, July 15 at 12 p.m. 

The successful, award-winning collaboration between Brew Ha Ha Productions and OC Fair & Event Center offers four hours of unlimited tastings, a commemorative tasting glass and free admission to the OC Fair. Awarded First Place at the Western Fairs Association’s Annual Convention for Best Event Within an Event, Brew Hee Haw features dancing, fun games and unlimited tastings from some of the country’s top breweries. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy unlimited tastes of more than 80 craft beers with a wide selection of styles ranging from pale ales, IPAs, stouts, saisons, hefeweizens and many more. Located next to the Pacific Amphitheatre, craft beer enthusiasts can enjoy sips from their favorite brewers throughout Southern California and beyond, including Artifex Brewery, Chapman Crafted Beer, Four Sons Brewing, Faction Brewing, Beachwood Brewing, Stone Brewing Co., Unsung Brewing Co. and many more.

In addition to fun games and catchy tunes, guests will enjoy four hours of unlimited tastings and a commemorative festival glass.

For the fourth year in a row, the Big Brothers Big Sisters of OC & Inland Empire are partnering with the Brew Hee Haw team and will receive a portion of the proceeds. 

Tickets are available for purchase at www.BreHeeHaw.com. Limited early bird tickets are $45 online. Regular ticket prices are $55 each and, if available, day-of prices are $65 each. The 5th Annual Brew Hee Haw is a 21 and over only event. IDs will be checked.

The OC Fair is open Wednesday - Sunday, July 13 - August 12. OC Fair & Event Center is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. www.ocfair.com

Early-bird ticket prices are $45 and on sale now (while supplies last). Presale ticket prices are $55 and general admission is $65. Visit www.ticketmaster.com


O’Neill recognized with tax watchdog award

Last week, Orange County’s independently elected Auditor-Controller Eric H. Woolery, CPA, recognized Newport Beach Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill with a coveted Taxpayer Watchdog Award. 

“As a Member of Newport Beach’s Finance Committee and City Council, Will O’Neill has actively worked to find aggressive pro-active solutions to looming pension challenges in Newport Beach,” Woolery said. He added, “All communities would benefit from having Watchdogs like Will O’Neill in public leadership keeping a close eye on Taxpayer funds.” 

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Newport Beach Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill receives the Taxpayer Watchdog Award from Orange County Auditor-Controller Eric Woolery

O’Neill, who began championing fiscal responsibility and transparency as a Member of the City of Newport Beach’s Finance Committee, has continued to provide leadership on financial matters since his election to the City Council in 2016. 

“Pro-active attention to pensions are critical as our liabilities continue to grow,” said Mayor Pro Tem O’Neill. He added, “I’m proud of the stance Newport Beach has taken to have the public’s interest and Taxpayer dollars constantly on our minds.” 

Mayor Pro Tem O’Neill joins a list of Taxpayer Watchdogs that includes attorney and former County Public Financing Advisory Council (PFAC) Chairwoman Lisa Hughes, longtime County Audit Oversight Committee (AOC) Chairman Dr. David Carlson, Senator Patricia Bates, County Treasurer Shari Freidenrich, former Sutter County Auditor-Controller Robert Stark, Irvine Mayor Donald P. Wagner, Huntington Beach Mayor Mike Posey, Huntington Beach City Treasurer Alisa Cutchen, Cypress Mayor Pro Tem Stacy Berry, Orange County Taxpayers Association CEO Carolyn Cavecche, and others. 

Woolery is a Taxpayer advocate who was elected to serve as Orange County’s Auditor-Controller in June 2014. He previously served as Treasurer of the City of Orange and the chief financial officer of a county department. Woolery graduated from Orange Lutheran High School and California State University, Fullerton. 

O’Neill is serving his first term on the City Council. He continues to serve on the City’s Finance Committee as a City Council representative. In addition to public service, O’Neill is a partner with the law firm of Ross, Wersching & Wolcott, LLP, and is a member of the Newport Harbor Exchange Club.