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Segerstrom Center announces November lineup of free events on Argyros Plaza

From live music to multicultural celebrations, November brings a diverse array of free events to the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts with something for everyone to enjoy. 

Segerstrom Center announces Argyros Plaza

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Scheduled Lineup:

Live from Argyros Stage: Bob Cole Conservatory Wind Quintet on Friday, Nov. 9 and Saturday, Nov. 10 from 6:15 - 7:15 p.m. Enjoy a free outdoor performance before the Mikhailovsky Ballet and Orchestra’s vibrant production of Don Quixote in Segerstrom Hall. Known for its consistent superior quality of performance, the group performs concerts, presentations, and is in competitions throughout the West, including the renowned Coleman and Monterey Chamber Competitions. 

Third Annual Center Salutes Our Veterans on Sunday, Nov. 11 from 10:45 a.m. - 2 p.m. Join a day of celebration in honor and support of local veterans and active-duty military personnel. This fun afternoon of music and camaraderie features live performances by the Darden Sisters and the Mud Bug Brass Band, as well as the opportunity to assemble care packages and write a personalized postcard for active members of the military. 

Live from Argyros Stage: Joni Llamedo on Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 6:30 - 7:20 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 15 from 6 - 7:15 p.m. Before the Broadway hit Waitress take in the stylings of local artist Joni Llamedo. Born and raised in Hawaii, Llamedo is a singer-songwriter whose aloha spirit flows through her acoustic and soulful sound. 

Bridges: Connecting Cultures from South Korea to Puerto Rico on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 2 - 6 p.m. Bridges is a new outdoor series that will take place throughout the year on the Argyros Plaza. This community event is designed to highlight the role that the arts play in creating bridges between cultures. Celebrating the rich diversity of Puerto Rico and South Korea, the event highlights the food, music, visual arts and 

dance. The day features performances from Korean American Youth Performing Artists, OC Kpop Academy, Oskar Cartaya and The Ricannection, Taller Bula and others, as well as a collaborative finale where both cultures take the stage and create music together.

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


Winter Fest OC to arrive at the OC Fair & Event Center...so let it snow

Winter Fest OC snowflakes

Save the Date: SoCal’s Ultimate Winter Experience is coming to the OC Fair & Event Center from December 20, 2018 through January 6, 2019.

Blowing in tons of family fun and date night charm, enjoy these activities: Snowflake Summit’s 150-foot, eight-lane mountain of ice tubing slide; Snow Play & Slides with real snow blown in daily; all-new SoCal Dickens Village with entertainment, dining and shopping; Nightly Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration with fireworks and snow flurries; Festival of Lights Walk-Through with two million lights; Live Tribute Bands, Magic Shows and Cartoon Character Meet & Greets; Ice Skating; the World’s Largest Light Up Walkthrough Ornament...and more.

Ticket prices vary and are available online at www.winterfestoc.com/tickets. Parking is $8 (not available online). Hours of operation vary.

For more information, visit www.winterfestoc.com, or call 657.333.2520.

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


Wyland Foundation 25th anniversary and fundraiser

The Wyland Foundation is holding a 25th anniversary celebration and fundraiser. Taking place on Saturday, Nov. 10, the event is being held at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach from 5:30 - 10 p.m., and all are invited to attend.

Wyland Foundation

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Enjoy fine dining, live musical performances, one of OC’s premier live and silent auctions and live paintings by Wyland.

Schedule of festivities:

–4 p.m.: VIP only Back Bay Reception

–5:30 p.m.: Check In/Registration

–6 p.m.: Silent Auction

–7 p.m.: Dinner

–7:30 p.m.: Live Auction

–8:15 p.m.: Dr. Ken Caldeira, Stanford University, will share his latest discoveries on coral reefs, climate and our changing environment.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Michael-Anne Vasquez at 949.643.7070, ext. 271, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Order tickets online at www.wylandfoundation.org/celebration. Tickets start at $325. Suggested attire is a little dressy, a little casual. All proceeds benefit the Wyland Foundation programs for clean water and a healthy ocean.

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


Inside Edge Foundation for Education to feature Dr. Marissa Pei at breakfast meeting

On Wednesday, Nov. 28, the Inside Edge Foundation for Education will hold its breakfast meeting at The Pacific Club from 7 - 8:45 a.m. All are invited to attend.

The featured speaker is Dr. Marissa Pei who will be speaking on her book Eight Ways to Happiness. Pei is a consulting psychologist to Fortune 500 Companies for 25 years, and an on-air personality of a syndicated talk radio show in its sixth year, “Take My Advice, I’m not Using it: Get Balanced with Dr. Marissa.”

Inside Edge Foundation to feature Marissa Pei

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Dr. Marissa Pei is the featured breakfast speaker

Pei has received many awards for her work, including the Asian Heritage Award, Business Person of the Year Lotus Award, Asian Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the Iconic Woman of the Year, which she received at the Women’s Economic Forum in India.

Pei’s work has been featured in Inc. and Forbes. In addition to authoring Eight Ways to Happiness, she is a Life Balance coach, singer/songwriter, and a retired professor at the Anderson Graduate School of Management UCLA. She is a single mom raising two teenage girls, and races sailboats for fun.

Non-members and guests are all welcome. Enjoy breakfast, conversation, social and business networking, the speaker and music. The cost is $35 for first-time guests or $45 for returning guests. Membership is $75 per month.

The Inside Edge Foundation for Education is a nonprofit membership organization for intellectually curious and spiritually oriented men and women enjoying the second half of life. It provides a forum for sharing the leading edge of life-enhancing information.

For more information, contact Odile Nicolette at 714.366.7465 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Pacific Club is located at 4110 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach. www.insideedge.org


Speak Up Newport presents program with Newport Beach City Manager

Speak Up Newport will present its monthly program on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at a different venue this month only – the Newport Beach Central Library’s Friends Room. The evening kicks off with a reception from 5:15 - 6 p.m., followed by the program with a Q&A from 6 - 7 p.m.

Speak Up Newport Grace Leung

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The featured speaker is Newport Beach City Manager Grace Leung, who became city manager on September 4. Leung has spent her first two months on the job establishing relationships, learning city projects and programs, and getting to know the organization she now helms and the community she serves. Her talk will cover goals for her first 90 days on the job and for the coming year, and she will provide updates on key city initiatives and projects.

Leung came to Newport Beach with more than 20 years of experience working in local government. Most recently, she was the acting city manager in the City of Irvine, and previously worked for the cities of Sunnyvale and Long Beach.

There is no charge to attend this meeting and the public is invited; reservations are not necessary.

Newport Beach Central Library is located at 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.


Calling all Elves...to the CdM Christmas Walk

The 40th Annual Corona del Mar Christmas Walk has a call for volunteers to share in the fun throughout CdM Village on Sunday, Dec. 2.

Calling all Elves

If you would like to meet new people in a festive atmosphere, the Corona de Mar Chamber of Commerce is looking to fill the following volunteer positions with many shifts available:

–Event Set-Up 

–Hot Dog Sales

–Ushering & Welcoming Vendors & Sponsors 

–Beer & Wine Garden Servers 

–Beer & Wine Garden I.D. Checks 

–Beer & Wine Garden Ticket Sales 

–Chamber Booth – Welcome & Drawing Ticket Sales

–Event Breakdown

Volunteers will be located at the lower Bandera Restaurant parking lot, at 3201 E. Coast Highway.

For more information and to sign up, visit www.cdmchamber.com, or call 949.673.4050.


The Mom Made Market returns to OC Fairgrounds

Supporting mom-made businesses, the Mom Made Market Orange County is back for its third year at the Orange County Fair & Event Center. On Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., come check out more than 150 local mom businesses.

In addition to a weekend of shopping, food and fun, Santa will be stopping by for free photos from 10 - 11:30 a.m. on both days.

The event takes place in The Hangar. General admission is $5; the event is free for children 12 years of age and younger. Parking is $8.

For more information, visit www.themommademarket.com.

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


The ultimate cocktail war...for a great cause

The ultimate cocktail war

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Join in the fun at The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar for “Cheers for Literacy,” when USC vies against UCLA during the ultimate cocktail war.

The event takes place Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 6 - 8 p.m. when celebrity bartenders battle for the most cash tips. Proceeds benefit Literacy Project, helping at-risk children learn to read.

Meet the celebrity bartenders:

Team USC – Stephanie Argyros, president, The Argyros Group and Mike Salmon, partner, Madison Street Partners will stir and shake it up from 6 - 7 p.m.

Team UCLA – Tim DeCinces, real estate broker, Pacific Sotheby’s and Cory Brandt, sales executive, Granite Escrow will concoct your favorite libations from 7 - 8 p.m.

Admission is any contribution you can make by supporting the bartenders. For more information, call 949.721.1319.

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


Stump the Stu

Newport Beach plaque displays city treasures

Stump the Stu 11.6.18

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Stump the Stu readers had some interesting information to share about this Newport Beach Historical Society plaque. This particular plaque was photographed at the Goldenrod Footbridge in Corona del Mar, courtesy of Debi Doolittle. According to Ron Hahn, Maintenance & Operations Supervisor with the City of Newport Beach, the plaque was installed a few years ago by his city concrete crew employees.

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But wait! It doesn’t stop here. According to Tom Anderson, Don Webb and Joe Stapleton, these treasured plaques can be found throughout the city including on Balboa Island at the Ferry crossing, in Newport Center at Santa Barbara Drive and Jamboree Road, on the wall at The Cannery of the Pacific Seafood restaurant, at Balboa Pavilion, the Kerckhoff Laboratory in Corona del Mar and at the entrance to the Dory Fishing Fleet.

Thank you all for knowing our fair city so well.

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

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


Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so put your thinking caps on. Stu believes readers will guess this cursive writing as part of a sign that beckons you to come inside.

Good luck! Stu loves publishing the winning answers on Tuesday.

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 11.9.18

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SCAPE gallery showcases new exhibit, artist reception on Saturday

SCAPE gallery

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Nisene, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 48 inches by artist Sue Dirksen

SCAPE gallery in Corona de Mar is showcasing a new exhibit, “Now or Never” by artist Sue Dirksen, that continues through December 8.

All are invited to come meet the artist during a special reception this Saturday, Nov. 10 from 4 - 7 p.m.

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


CdM Residents Association to hold monthly meeting

The Corona del Mar Residents Association Board of Directors hosts its monthly board meeting at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15. The board will hear from Newport Beach City Manager Grace Leung regarding her vision for the City after her first two months as manager.

In addition, the board will also hear from Corona del Mar BID members Scott Laidlaw, Ed Haley and Bernie Svalstad regarding recommendations from a parking study recently completed in the Corona del Mar Business District.

All members are welcome. The meeting will be held at the OASIS Senior Center Room 5, 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar. 

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


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Remember, those close races can still change as votes continue to be counted

TomJohnsonSo, did you wake up Wednesday morning celebrating the victories of the election from the night before? Or maybe you were mourning your losses. Be careful though, there are a lot of ballots still to be counted for any of those real close races.

As of last night, in Orange County alone, there were still some 404,145 ballots to be counted. Not all of them obviously touch our area races. But, it reminds us that the chances of movement and even changes in results, certainly exists.

One of the local races that remains too close to call is for Newport Beach City Council, challenger Tim Stoaks remains some 335 votes ahead of Mayor “Duffy” Duffield. That’s close.

The other council races seem to have been determined because of bigger margins. Biggest news is that Scott Peotter is out – losing to challenger Joy Brenner.

Peotter has been a lightning rod during his four years of service promoting or defending multiple controversial issues.

Brenner garnered 57.5 percent of the vote to Peotter’s 42.5 percent.

The biggest winner of the night, however, was former mayor and incumbent Kevin Muldoon who easily beat Roy Englebrecht in District 4, 67.2 percent to 32.8 percent. Muldoon ran a very basic campaign with little or no controversy involved.

Mayor and incumbent Diane Dixon beat challenger Mike Glenn, again, taking 60 percent of the votes. 

On the school board front, two incumbents won, and two newbies gained office.

Good for District 4 where Karen Yelsey easily won reelection over Gina Nick, 69.4 percent to 30.6 percent. Nick seemed to try to muck the race up, but Yelsey’s long-time reputation stood on its own.

Charlene Metoyer was the other incumbent winner, while Michelle Barto and Ashley Anderson became first-time new Trustees.

Two local issues included Measure T which would require voter approval relating to certain city debt obligations and school board term limits.

Measure T passed in a landslide with nearly 80 percent of the vote and school board limits passed with some 84 percent of the vote.

In one of the most closely watched races in not only Orange County, but nationally, Harley Rouda, the Democrat challenger, is leading 30-year incumbent Dana Rohrabacher from the 48th District, 98,259 (51.2 percent) to 93,503 (48.8 percent).

As of yet, Rohrabacher has failed to concede.

Another close race is the Cottie Petrie-Norris (D) versus incumbent Matthew Harper in the 74th District of the State Assembly. Harper seems to have led the whole time until late yesterday when Petrie-Norris edged ahead with 50.2 percent of the vote. She presently leads Harper with 64,284 votes to 63,664.

It does look like we have a new District Attorney with Todd Spitzer who leads incumbent Tony Rackauckas by some 24,000 votes.

And the news is even better with Sheriff-Coroner Don Barnes who looks to have easily handled Duke Nguyen.


You Must Remember This: Balboa Theater

By NANCY GARDNER

I was delighted a year or so ago to learn that the fellow behind The Lab had bought the Balboa Theater [Shaheen Sadeghi]. Each of his ventures has been marked by original thinking, and it seems that if anyone can revive the theater, he’s the guy.

Originally a vaudeville venue known as the Ritz, the Balboa Theater has been around nearly as long as the city. Since it was on the other side of town, I didn’t get there often, but when I did, it tended to be memorable. The first time was when my grandmother took me to my first viewing of The Red Shoes. Enchanted with what I saw, I spent the rest of the day leaping around the house doing my best imitation of what I had just seen, only to be persuaded by my grandmother that I was not the next Moira Shearer in embryo.

You Must Remember This

My second memory was in the late fifties when the theater became available for independent productions, particularly surf films which were just beginning to appear. The movie was Slippery When Wet, and it had the best opening sequence I ever saw: A huge wave slowly building, while the theme from Peter Gunn played in the background. The music was by Henry Mancini, and if you’re not familiar with it, go to iTunes or wherever and listen while you picture a giant wave taking shape. Epic.

Then there came a period when I didn’t go near the place. Declining revenues forced a walk on the more lurid side with the Balboa becoming part of the Pussycat chain, a purveyor of X-rated films including the notorious Deep Throat. That’s not the greatest advertisement for one’s neighborhood, so residents got together and eventually succeeded in getting the Pussycat shut down. The Balboa reverted to its old name, and in an effort to survive became a revival theater. I went to see Monty Python and the Holy Grail with a crowd that knew and shouted practically every line, an experience only topped by the hugely popular midnight showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show with people in costume dancing in the aisle, singing the songs, throwing popcorn. Unfortunately, all this jollity didn’t make enough money, and the Balboa eventually closed.

However, a group of locals thought it was a shame to lose something that had been so much a part of the community. Led by Dayna Pettit, they decided to save it. The original idea was to get new seats (the old ones felt like they dated back to the days when it was the Ritz), spruce up the restrooms, and make minor repairs. Unfortunately, they no sooner began than they were told there had to be a complete seismic retrofit. This meant it went from a few nips and tucks to a full body overhaul and from some hundreds of thousands of dollars to millions. Since the theater had to be gutted for the retrofit, the group sat down and did a rethink, coming up with a new concept, a new name and a new support group. The Balboa Performing Arts Theater (BPAT) would be a 300-seat multi-purpose venue, able to handle everything from a surf film to a concert, and it would be supported by the Balboa Performing Arts Theater Foundation (BPATF).  The foundation hired an executive director, Mary Lonich, who brought new skills and ideas, including Season Without Walls. This showcased the kinds of future programming the BPAT would have when completed, and did so by putting on samples at existing venues: music at the Bowers, movies on the beach and the like. Unfortunately, none of this brought in the kind of funding necessary. Mary left, and eventually Evelyn Hart and a new group of directors came in and wound down the foundation.

Since then, the theater has sat, an empty reminder of a storied past. Hopefully its new owner will be able to get through all of the red tape, and a rare historic element of our city will be reimagined into an exciting new addition. 

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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.


Segerstrom Center rings in the holidays with a festive array of programming

An exciting roster of international music, dance and legendary recording artists makes for a most spectacular holiday season at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. From classical and jazz to pop favorites, as well as performances geared to youngsters, you and your family will surely get into the holiday spirit. Book your reservations now...so you won’t miss out.

To help take the stress out of year-round gift giving, the Center offers gift certificates that can be used for any of the many wonderful shows and performances. Gift certificates can be purchased through the Center’s website at www.scfta.org

or by visiting the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings of 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.scfta.org.

Schedule of Performances:

A Child Is Born on Friday, Nov. 30 at 5 and 8 p.m. at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $18. Millennial® Choirs & Orchestras features a stunning musical force of hundreds of musicians, including the Youth Choirs, the Grand Chorus, and the Symphony Orchestra.

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A Child is Born features musicians, choirs and the symphony orchestra

Out of Darkness, Light! on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 3 and 7 p.m. at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $25. An annual Christmas Concert tradition with the voices and instruments of Concordia University Irvine. Concordia’s critically acclaimed choirs, handbells and orchestra share glad tidings of great joy of Christ’s birth.

Sing! An Irish Christmas on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Segerstrom Hall. Tickets start at $29. Ireland’s Keith and Kristyn Getty, writers of modern hymns and carols, will return to celebrate with their seventh annual tour production including special guests Joni Eareckson Tada, Matt Redman and the Master Chorale.

Tchaikovsky Fantasy on December 6 - 8 at 8 p.m. at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall presented by Pacific Symphony. Tickets start at $25, with Carl St.Clair conducting. A reimagining of the traditional Tchaikovsky classic, Duke Ellington’s interpretation of The Nutcracker will jazz up your spirits with reinvented favorites like “Sugar Rum Cherry” and “Dance of the Floreadors.” Preview Talk with Alan Chapman at 7 p.m.

Nutcracker for Kids on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $45. Presented by Pacific Symphony, with Roger Kalia conducting. Visions of sugarplums and beautiful ballerinas will dance in your head after seeing Tchaikovsky’s delightful Christmas ballet, performed in a condensed version created just for kids. This annual favorite finishes with a grand finale sing-along and a jolly visit from Santa himself! Designed for youngsters ages 5 - 11. Join in the fun at the interactive Musical Carnival in the concert hall lobby at 9 a.m. (for 10 a.m. concertgoers) and 12:15 p.m. (for 11:30 a.m. concertgoers), where kids can test drive a musical instrument, meet the performers, and enjoy musical arts and crafts activities themed to the morning’s concert.

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Nutcracker for Kids, a delightful Christmas ballet and grand finale sing-a-long...and a visit from Santa

Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $25. Presented by Pacific Symphony and Pacific Chorale – Robert Istad, artistic conductor. A beloved holiday tradition, Handel’s celebrated oratorio – with its blazing trumpets, thundering timpani and “Hallelujah!” chorus – provides a moment during the busy season to experience reflection, renewal and joy.

Johnny Mathis Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018 at 7 p.m. at Segerstrom Hall. Tickets start at $79. Celebrating his 62nd year as a recording artist, legendary singer Johnny Mathis is a sublime vocalist whose approach to pop music eclipses fads and trends. From his first Christmas album in 1958 to the present, Mathis has solidified himself as the undisputed “Voice of Christmas.” He returns to the Center to perform his greatest holiday hits and personal favorites accompanied by renowned comedian and musician Gary Mule Deer who opens the show.

22nd Annual Vanguard Christmas Fantasia on Monday, Dec. 10 at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $25. Enjoy beloved carols and musical masterpieces performed by Vanguard University’s nationally-known, vocal and instrumental ensembles in the elegance and acoustical perfection of Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Proceeds support Vanguard University music students, scholarships and other educational resources.

Fiesta Navidad With Mariachi Los Camperos on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $29. The Center welcomes this world-renowned, Grammy Award-winning group of mariachis for a celebratory evening of Mexican and American holiday songs, inspired choreography performed by Folklor Pasión Mexicana as well as audience sing-alongs. The evening also features the Latin American tradition of Las Posadas, the reenactment of Joseph and Mary’s pilgrimage to Bethlehem.

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Mariachi Los Camperos – Fiesta Navidad

Christmas with Jackie Evancho on December 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $45. Presented by Pacific Symphony, come celebrate the most wonderful time of the year as teenage superstar Jackie Evancho performs some of the most memorable classics of the season, including hits from her holiday album “Someday at Christmas,” and more.

American Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker on December 14 - 23 at Segerstrom Hall. Performance times: Wednesday - Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. Tickets start at $29. As the lights dim and Tchaikovsky’s score fills the air, young Clara enters a dreamlike journey amid magical toy soldiers, mischievous mice, sparkling snowflakes and a glittering Christmas tree...all with an impressive cast of more than 100 performers. Children in the ballet are Orange County’s most accomplished young dancers, most from Segerstrom Center’s American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School.

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Sarah Lane and Herman Cornejo headline in the ABT Nutcracker

Holidays Around The World on December 14 - 23 at Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. This free event captures the sights and sounds of many cherished holiday traditions. While a magical Nutcracker comes to life inside Segerstrom Hall, outside, the Argyros Plaza will be alive with the beauty and spirit of the season. Enjoy festive holiday photo opportunities for friends and family, share your family’s holiday traditions and help decorate the Path of Traditions through the Community Grove as you celebrate our community, professional, and school performing groups from throughout Orange County. In addition, on Sunday, Dec. 16 and 23, come board the Center Express Train on a magical ride around the Segerstrom Center for the Arts campus.

The Beautiful Day – Kurt Elling Sings Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7 and 9 p.m. at Samueli Theater. Tickets start at $69. Declared by The New York Times as the “standout male jazz vocalist of our time,” Grammy winner Kurt Elling headlines the Center for two performances singing a repertoire of songs from his new holiday album, The Beautiful Day. Inventive and fresh, this special program reimagines the sounds of Christmas, mixing traditional carols decked out in new arrangements with songs that are revelations and rediscovered treats.

Night of Wonder Christmas Carol Concert with The Salvation Army on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $15. Sing your favorite carols, hear the reading of scripture and listen to special musical performances, combined together to tell the story of Jesus’ birth. Already a tradition for many, this carol concert features a world-class 30-piece brass band, a 120-member choir, a 100-member children’s choir and special guest, the world-renowned American stage and movie actor Obba Babatundé.

Holiday Organ Spectacular on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $15. Features Todd Wilson on organ along with members of the Pacific Symphony performing a mix of sacred and holiday music. Program to be announced.

Holidays with Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $28. Presented by the Philharmonic Society, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra fills the concert hall with the sounds of wailing trumpets and toe-tapping rhythms in a swingin’ evening of holiday favorites and beloved standards.

Holidays with The 5 Browns on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $30. Presented by the Philharmonic Society, these five siblings are known for the combined power of their 50 fingers on interlocking Steinway pianos. They will perform beloved holiday music from Bach, The Nutcracker, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Leroy Anderson (Sleigh Ride).

Segerstrom Center rings in the holidays The 5 Browns

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The 5 Browns

Tis the Season! on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 23 at 3 p.m. at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $29. Presented by Pacific Chorale joining forces with Pacific Symphony and the Southern California Children’s Chorus.

John Legend – A Legendary Christmas Tour on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Segerstrom Hall. Tickets start at $85. Newly anointed EGOT winner and multi-platinum recording artist John Legend celebrates the release of his first Christmas album, A Legendary Christmas, with a 25-date holiday tour across North America. The acclaimed singer-songwriter headlines the Center in this festive return engagement with songs from the album, which features a blend of beloved Christmas classics and original tracks. 

Segerstrom Center rings in the holidays John Legend

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John Legend celebrates his first Christmas album

Salute To Vienna New Year’s Concert on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 8 p.m. at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $49. Ring in the New Year with a glittery celebration of singing and dancing that will delight the senses. This concert recreating the beauty of Vienna’s golden era and its elegance charms audiences of every age. This year’s features a new program of Strauss waltzes and melodies from beloved operettas performed by acclaimed European singers, champion ballroom dancers, the National Ballet of Hungary and the Strauss Symphony of America. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.scfta.org, visit the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, or call 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings of 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.


Sign of the times

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

Where are all the pet lovers out there? Stu only received two correct answers from readers, so this must have been tougher than we thought! The sign hangs above Kriser’s Natural Pet store in Westcliff Plaza.

Congratulations to Ashley Johnson and Kim Maxwell.

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 11.6.18

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The Nutcracker for kids comes to Central Library

The Newport Beach Public Library will present two performances of “The Nutcracker for Kids,” by Festival Ballet Theatre, on Saturday, Dec. 1. The first show will begin at 2:30 p.m., followed by another show at 4 p.m. Both performances are free and will be held in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

The Nutcracker for kids

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The whole family will enjoy this program for children. “The Nutcracker for Kids” is an abridged narrated version of the holiday classic presented by Festival Ballet Theatre. This shortened performance features a cast of professional dancers in complete costumes and tells the story of Clara, a young girl who receives the gift of a nutcracker soldier from her mysterious godfather. Overnight, the Nutcracker is magically transformed into a handsome prince who takes Clara on an enchanting journey.

This event is supported by the Friends of the Library. Admission is free. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Newport Beach Public Library presents a variety of programs that foster cultural arts enrichment.

For more information, contact the Library at 949.717.3800, option 2, or visit www.newportbeachlibrary.org.


What a Dog Pawty!

On Saturday, Nov. 3, Newport Heights and Cliff Haven families gathered together for their inaugural Pawty in the Park at Cliff Drive Park from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., hosting one of the largest community events in that area to date. The event was in support of dog rescues, and their goal was to create awareness about the resources that are available in the City of Newport Beach.

What a Dog Pawty Frenchie kisses

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Photos by Lynn Lorenz

An adorable French Bulldog is doling out kisses at the French Bulldog Rescue Network booth

Participating in the event were Friends of Newport Beach Animal Shelter (FONBAS) Adoption Booth, Kriser’s Natural Pet, French Bulldog Rescue Network, Skouts’s Honor, The Dog Squad, Life Coaching for Dogs, Brooks Prancing Paws, Pooch’s Best Friend, Animal Adoptions, Essential Oils for Animals, pet watching services and digital imaging services.

What a Dog Pawty Swain and Guervoort

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Gregory Guervoort and Lynn Swain are enjoying the day with their pups

The hit of the day was Cherie the World-Famous Surfing French Bulldog booth doling out kisses for $1 donations.

There was also a special table manned by Peggy Palmer in honor of Brock McCann and the McCann family.

What a Dog Pawty FONBAS

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Friends of Newport Beach Animal Shelter (FONBAS) Adoption Booth

The day was sponsored by Coldwell Banker Real Estate Broker Christi Sturgess, who provided tasty treats for attendees and their furry companions. Adding to the festivities was live steel drum music, face painting, a furry friends costume contest and a family photo booth.

Needless to say...it was a “pawsome” day.


Tickets still available for Newport Beach Historical Society Christmas Boat Parade dinner 

Tickets are still available for the Newport Beach Historical Society’s Christmas Boat Parade & Ring of Lights dinner event on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the Balboa Pavilion from 6 - 9 p.m.

Enjoy a traditional turkey dinner with friends and family overlooking picturesque Newport Harbor, featuring a seasonal buffet with all the fixings including a carving station, stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and more.

Tickets still available Tournament of Lights

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The City of Pasadena was the Tournament of Lights winner in the Civic Division in 1931. Later this event was fondly named the Christmas Boat Parade.

Adding to the festivities will be presentations from the Beek family, Newport Beach historian Howard Hall and Jeff Parker, chief operating officer with the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.

The cost is $40 per person. Festive cocktail attire is recommended.

For tickets, click here.

Balboa Pavilion is located at 400 Main St., Newport Beach.


Save the Date: Lido Theater to celebrate the holidays with Santa and It’s A Wonderful Life

Ring in the holidays by enjoying the classic seasonal film It’s a Wonderful Life at the landmark Lido Theater in Newport Beach on Friday, Dec. 14 through Monday, Dec. 17, shown at 1 and 7 p.m. each day. In addition, on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 6 p.m., moviegoers can visit with Santa, and enjoy carolers and complimentary hot cocoa prior to the 7 p.m. movie screening.

Harkening back to the Golden Age of Hollywood, the Lido Theater celebrates its 80th anniversary this year, and is the perfect setting to enjoy the award-winning Frank Capra movie that has become a holiday favorite. Released in 1946, the drama tells the story of an angel sent to help a frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.

Save the Date Lido Theater

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The Lido Theater’s annual screening of It’s a Wonderful Life, the holiday classic directed by Frank Capra and starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, will be shown on Friday, Dec. 14 through Monday, Dec. 17

The Lido Theater opened in 1938 with Jezebel, the acclaimed movie starring Bette Davis and Henry Fonda. It has been said that Miss Davis, a Corona del Mar resident at the time, drove by the theater daily while it was under construction. She reportedly requested a sitting parlor in the ladies’ room, which was built and remains today, and also told the original owners of the Lido Theater to open with her movie Jezebel, which they did.

Restored in recent years, the Lido Theater remains one of the few operating single screen theaters in California. It features a new, state-of-the-art projection and sound system, yet maintains an air of Old Hollywood glamour. Moviegoers will notice lobby chandeliers, vintage poster cases, the original box office, art deco architectural details, a balcony, and a red velvet waterfall curtain on an elevated stage.

The Lido Theater also features some of its original Catalina tilework, revered at the time for its colorful hand painted beauty, and rarely seen in Southern California today. The auditorium walls have murals depicting underwater ocean scenes that appear to glow from black lights illuminating the walls when the house lights dim.

The Lido Theater is located at Via Lido Plaza, 3459 Via Lido Way, off Newport Boulevard, in Newport Beach. Tickets for children ages 2 - 11, and seniors, age 61 and better are $9; students and military with ID are $10; matinee showings are $9.50; and regular adult tickets after 5 p.m. are $11.50. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.RegencyMovies.com, or call 949.673.8350.


The A Treatment Center has moved to new location in CdM

The A Treatment Center, an award-winning therapy practice, has moved to a new location located at 2333 East Coast Highway, Ste. C, Corona del Mar. The recipient of the Business Hall of Fame Award four years in a row in the city of Pasadena, the A Treatment Center opened its second location this year in Corona del Mar, and has been honored for its psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, coaching and counseling services.

The A Treatment Purple

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Arolyn Burns, LPCC Director, The A Treatment Center

“It’s so easy to get involved. Thanks to the Newport Beach Chamber and friends I’ve met through the chamber. Neighbors make an effort to invite me and get me involved in fun events in the community,” said the A Treatment Center LPCC Director Arolyn Burns. “AIso, I can’t forget my awesome clients. They are intelligent, motivated and eager to heal. It makes my job so fun – watching people heal on a daily basis. I am so grateful,” Burns shared.

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The A Treatment Center’s new location is behind Panini Grill in Corona del Mar

The mission of the clinic is to provide personalized care based on each client’s mental health needs, with specializations in solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, hypnotherapy, mindfulness and EMDR (eye movement and desensitization and reprocessing).

For more information, call 626.304.4690 or visit www.theatreatment.com.


Stump the Stu

Newport Beach plaque displays city treasures

Stump the Stu 11.6.18

Where would you find this plaque whose images reflect so much of what makes Newport Beach special?

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

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

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


Inside Edge to feature chiropractor addressing longevity, brain health at breakfast meeting

On Wednesday, Nov. 7, the Inside Edge Foundation for Education will hold its breakfast meeting at The Pacific Club from 7 - 8:45 a.m., and the community is invited to participate.

The featured speaker is Dr. Billy DeMoss who will be speaking on “Longevity and Brain Health.”

Inside Edge DeMoss

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Dr. Billy DeMoss, chiropractor, is the featured breakfast speaker

DeMoss brings three decades of experience as a chiropractor and community leader, with his focus on community, family and individual wellness, and global sustainability, which will be the core of his talk. He founded the Dead Chiropractic Society (DCS), a coalition of Southern Californian chiropractors who meet regularly to discuss chiropractic philosophy and advancements. California Jam is part of DCS that features world-renowned experts on public health and global sustainability who educate audiences about natural solutions versus harmful man-made ones to ensure the well-being of future generations.

Non-members and guests are all welcome. Enjoy breakfast, conversation, social and business networking, the speaker and music. The cost is $35 for first-time guests, $45 for returning guests. Membership is $75 per month.

The Inside Edge Foundation for Education is a nonprofit membership organization for intellectually curious and spiritually oriented men and women enjoying the second half of life. It provides a forum for sharing the leading edge of life-enhancing information.

For more information, contact Odile Nicolette at 714.366.7465 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit www.insideedge.org.

The Pacific Club is located at 4110 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach.


ENC to hold teacher team building workshops

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The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) facilitates one-of-a-kind team building workshops for school teachers. This type of professional development workshop is a great way to engage teachers at the beginning of the school year and get them excited for the year ahead, or at the end of the school year to have teachers decompress and debrief about the past year.

Team building workshops help teachers explore different modes of communication, how to work collaboratively, and allows them to practice creative problem solving as a group. Not to mention this workshop is a really fun bonding experience out in nature.

ENC will facilitate these workshops for nonprofit and corporate groups as well. Participants leave feeling closer to their colleagues, reinvigorated about their jobs and empowered to do great work.

For additional information, contact Mindy 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.


Cellist to bring talents to NBPL’s Sunday Musicale

Cellist to bring

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On November 18, Friends of the Newport Beach Library presents Sunday Musicale, featuring cellist Ashley Kim.

A graduate of the Julliard School, Kim will perform a wide range of different styles of well-known cello music from Bach to Piazzolla.

This event takes place in Central Library’s Friends Room from 3 - 4 p.m. and is free of charge.

Newport Beach Central Library is located at 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.


Bring the kids to Discovery Day at Centennial Farm

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On Wednesday, Nov. 14, bring the kids to Discovery Days at Centennial Farm from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Discovery Days give guests an opportunity to take a self-guided tour through the farm with volunteers nearby to provide information and answer farm-related questions. The event is free, however donations are gratefully accepted. Reservations are required for groups of six or more children.

Centennial Farm is located at the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit www.ocfair.com.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Election Day is here, but not before a last-minute apology to Stoaks

TomJohnsonWell, I thought it would never get here, Election Day.

I’m tired of hearing all of the false claims, the lies and deception. I’m tired of seeing Katie Hill political ads in almost every commercial break. 

So, let’s get this done. Vote today.

Now, here’s the bad news. Many elections, particularly here in Orange County, may be too close to call and take weeks to get final totals. So, that means we may be dealing with election news for another month or so.

At least there will be no more political mailers.

Speaking of politics, here on the local scene I received an email from Rich LaPorte who last month filed a complaint with the California Architects Board attacking challenger Tim Stoaks and his credentials.

“I wish to withdraw this consumer complaint on Mr. Stoaks (Architect) due to misinformation, I apologize for any inconvenience,” LaPorte said.

As Gilda Radner of Saturday Night Live fame would say, “Never mind.”

So, was this a last-minute organized attack on Stoaks to get a late story out in the press? And then a last-minute apology. If so, just another pathetic action. 

I sincerely hope LaPorte’s apology was sincere and not just the back end of another political ploy.

I can’t take it anymore.

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Sad news from our neighboring Costa Mesa following the death of 44-year-old Fire & Rescue Captain Mike Kreza.

Saturday, Nov. 3, Kreza was out training for an upcoming marathon when he was struck by a van on eastbound Alicia Parkway and Via Burgos in Mission Viejo.

The driver, Stephen Taylor Scarpa, 25, has been arrested for suspected DUI.

Kreza died yesterday of massive injuries, never regaining consciousness.

Kreza leaves behind a wife and three young daughters.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to support the Kreza family. As of last evening, in excess of $125,000 had been raised. To support the effort, go here.

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The Newport Beach Historical Society will hold their 2018 Holiday Dinner celebrating “The History of The Christmas Boat Parade & Ring of Lights” taking place at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Balboa Pavilion.

The evening’s program includes presentations from the Beek family, Newport Beach Historian Howard Hall and Jeff Parker from the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.

For more information or tickets, go here.

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This from the City: the Newport Beach Harbor Commission will hold a special meeting on Saturday, Nov. 17. The meeting will include a boat tour of Newport Harbor and is open to the public. 

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. on the second floor of the community center at Marina Park. The purpose is to build familiarity with the topics, terminology and geography frequently reviewed by the Harbor Commission, build rapport between the public and the commissioners, and identify additional areas of concern in the harbor. 

The tour route will cover approximately 6.7 nautical miles and topics covered along the way will include the current Harbor Commission objectives, City code enforcement efforts, stand up paddleboard safety, Title 17 updates, dredging solutions, and much more. The commissioners will discuss the various waypoints along the route and there will be ample opportunity for public participants to ask questions during the tour.


Update on the ENC Nature Preschool construction

Construction has begun on the highly anticipated ENC Nature Preschool. The preschool, located on 1.3 acres bordering the Environmental Nature Center’s (ENC’s) Redwood Forest, will be the community’s first nature preschool and nature play area.

“We are so excited to see the progress being made on the ENC Nature Preschool,” said ENC Nature Preschool Director Sue Bierlich. “The school will offer positive nature experiences to young children in our community, and provide so many important opportunities for them to become familiar with the natural world by playing – and learning – while surrounded by and exploring nature.”

Update on the ENC Nature

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The ENC is aiming to achieve a Platinum Level LEED certification on the new facility. The US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

“The building itself will have a positive impact on the health of our students while promoting the best sustainable practices,” said ENC Executive Director Bo Glover, “but our students will spend the majority of their days playing and learning outdoors in nature where – according to a lot of research – they are most likely to reach their full potential physically, emotionally, socially and academically.”

The ENC Nature Preschool and Nature Play Area will be an integral addition to the community, making an essential impact on the next generation. The organization is seeking donations.

For more information or to donate to the ENC’s Nature Preschool, visit www.encnaturepreschool.org, or contact ENC Executive Director Bo Glover at 949.645.8489, ext. 101 or 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.


Salute to Veterans at OC Fair & Event Center

When many of our veterans returned from service, there were no parades or public thanks. This Veterans Day, you can change that. Join the Salute to Veterans and say “thank you” to those who served.

Veterans and all community members can join this free event on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the OC Fair & Event Center. The celebration is presented in collaboration with Veterans + Labor and Orange County Employees Association. Entertainment, food, fun and services for veterans will be featured and the Heroes Hall veterans museum will be open.

Salute to veterans Heroes Hall

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The community is invited to bring non-perishable items for a food drive to help local veterans in need. Last year 9.7 tons of food was collected at multiple sites.

“Labor unions and community groups from across the county have come together to create an event that says ‘thank you’ for the sacrifices veterans have made,” said Jennifer Beuthin, general manager for the Orange County Employees Association. “For far too long, veterans didn’t get the services and support they need when they come home from serving our country and we are proud to stand together with workers and community leaders to change that.” 

The Salute to Veterans will feature: 

–A complimentary hotdog lunch 

–Free health screenings 

–Live music and entertainment 

–Veterans resources and a job fair

–A Marine Corps birthday ceremony

–Food drive for veterans 

–Activities for kids

–Free admission (with pass) to the Orange County Market Place for event attendees

“It is an honor for us to celebrate the men and women who serve our country, those who protect our freedom,” said OC Fair & Event Center CEO Kathy Kramer. “We hope to have a great turnout at Salute to Veterans so these amazing individuals from all branches of the military can see and feel that appreciation. We are privileged to host this event and to provide Heroes Hall to recognize those who serve.”

The Heroes Hall veterans museum and education center at OC Fair & Event Center is showcasing Bravemind, an interactive exhibition featuring the use of virtual reality technology to combat PTSD. The Veterans Story Booth where vets can record and share their tales of service, will also be open. 

The OC Fair & Event Center is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit www.ocfair.com.


Newport Harbor PTA Holiday Boutique is coming

Newport Harbor PTA holiday bough and berries

The Newport Harbor PTA invites you to join the festivities at their Holiday Boutique on Sunday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. for a unique shopping experience. Vendors will offer beauty products, specialty foods, holiday & home decor, hostess gifts, jewelry, handmade crafts, women and children’s apparel, accessories and much more.

Poinsettias, holiday wreaths and garland, along with baked goods from their culinary department will also be sold. In addition, a holiday fashion show, kiddies’ corner and food will be offered.

Don’t miss out on an opportunity drawing featuring Kendra Scott Jewelry. Help support the NHHS PTA and its programs while getting your holiday shopping done all in one place. Cost: Donation.

For more event information and to purchase tickets, visit www.facebook.com/events/1393407254283155/.


Newport Beach Harbor Commission to hold special meeting to include boat tour of the bay

The Newport Beach Harbor Commission will hold a special meeting on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 8:30 a.m., that will include a boat tour of Newport Harbor. The meeting and tour are open to the public and community members are encouraged to attend. 

The meeting will convene promptly at 8:30 a.m. in the event room on the second floor of the community center at Marina Park, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. After the Harbor Commission addresses a short business agenda, there will be a brief recess to allow time for the commissioners and interested community members to board one of the Balboa Island ferries for the harbor tour portion of the meeting. 

Newport Beach Harbor Commission harbor route map

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The Newport Harbor Commission plans to transit a 6.7 nautical-mile tour around Newport Harbor aboard a Balboa Island ferry for its special meeting

The purpose of this Special Meeting is to build familiarity with the topics, terminology and geography frequently reviewed by the Harbor Commission, build rapport between the public and the commissioners and identify additional areas of concern in the harbor. Similar meetings took place in 2014 and 2016. 

The tour route will cover approximately 6.7 nautical miles and topics covered along the way will include the current Harbor Commission objectives, City code enforcement efforts, stand up paddleboard safety, Title 17 updates, dredging solutions, and much more. The commissioners will discuss the various waypoints along the route and there will be ample opportunity for public participants to ask questions during the tour. 

Coffee, bottled water and light snacks will be available at the meeting. There will not be any stops along the tour and there are no facilities on the ferry. Participants should be sure they will be comfortable for the approximately two hours the tour will take. The meeting and tour will take place rain or shine. 

The ferry has a capacity limit. As has been the case in the past, passage for the tour portion will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.


Good Morning Corona del Mar to address homelessness

Good Morning Corona del Mar, the monthly government and community affairs discussion group, will hold its next meeting on Thursday, Nov. 7 from 7:30 - 9 a.m. at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club.

Presented by the Corona del Mart Chamber of Commerce, the featured speaker is Newport Beach Police Department Homeless Liaison Officer Tony Yim who will be addressing the current efforts of the NBPD to assist the homeless, recent success stories and why there are homeless people. He will be accepting questions from attendees.

Good Morning Corona del Mar Tony Yim

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Newport Beach Police Department Homeless Liaison Officer Tony Yim

There will also be legislative updates from these office representatives: Newport Beach Councilman Scott Peotter, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, Senator John Moorlach, Assemblyman Matthew Harper and Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel.

The meeting is open to the public and free of charge. No RSVP is necessary. Complimentary refreshments will be available.

For additional information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.673.4050. For additional events, visit www.CdmChamber.com.

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


Fall native plant sale coming to ENC

Fall native plant sale

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

Visit the Environmental Nature Center on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. to purchase native plants for your garden. ENC members receive a 10 percent discount.

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


Epilepsy Support Network of Orange County to host event at CHOC

Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, CHOC Children’s and UC Irvine Medical Center are three longtime partners of the Epilepsy Support Network of Orange County (ESNOC), which is planning to “paint the town purple” in November for Epilepsy Awareness Month, according to ESNOC Executive Director Janna Moore, MPA.

Epilepsy Support Network

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Pediatric Epileptologist, CHOC Dr. Andrew Mower at the 2107 “Talk to the Doc” event

Each attendee at the Friday, Nov. 9 ESNOC-hosted “Talk to the Doc” event at the Harold Wade Education Center at CHOC will be given a purple ribbon in honor of Epilepsy Awareness Month. “Talk to the Doc” features a three topic panel and 20+ epilepsy specialists in an open setting, allowing attendees to learn from professionals, meet other families and purchase purple swag in a fun environment hosted by the compassionate and well-connected nonprofit.

The Epilepsy Support Network of Orange County is celebrating 10 years as a nonprofit, dedicated to providing education and support to a projected 7,300 children, parents, adults and families each year. ESNOC also provides comprehensive information and referrals to an estimated 200 individuals newly diagnosed by epilepsy and links them to a pediatric or adult epilepsy specialist.

For more information on the event or how you can help, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call 714.916.0456, or visit www.esnoc.org.


City of Newport Beach and CC&R to offer free document shredding

The City of Newport Beach and CC&R, Inc. are offering free document shredding for CR&R’s Newport Beach customers on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. in the parking lot of Mariners Elementary School.

City of Newport Beach document shredding

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 can’t accommodate X-rays or larger plastic items such as binders.

Proof of residency may be required.

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

Mariners Elementary School is located at 2100 Mariners Drive, Newport Beach.


Stump the Stu

Spooky, a bit ghoulish, but wishing us all a Happy Halloween

Stump the Stu 11.2.18

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Stump the Stu readers knew where this smiling jack o’ lantern atop a friendly ghoul-faced pole greeted trick-or-treaters on Wednesday night.

Congratulations to Barbara Peckenpaugh, Jeff Herdman, John Hoover, Kae Ewing, Kim Maxwell and Phil Smoot who identified that this Halloween friendly landmark (which changes out with the holidays) was located at Apolena and Balboa on Balboa Island. A special thanks to Mary Pat Earl for snapping and submitting the photo!

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

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


Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so put your thinking caps on. Stu believes readers will guess this one, especially if you’re a pet lover...no problem.

Good luck! Stu loves publishing the winning answers on Tuesday.

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 11.2.18

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Segerstrom Center presents “Rob and Friends – A Little Night Music”

Segerstrom Center presents

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Pacific Chorale Artistic Director Rob Istad

Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents Rob and Friends – A Little Night Music, an evening of songs from Broadway and film musicals featuring Pacific Chorale Artistic Director Rob Istad, eight Pacific Chorale singers and an instrumental ensemble in three performances. Performances take place November 8 – 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Samueli Theater. Rob and Friends – A Little Night Music follows last season’s triumphant performances of 100 Years of Bernstein.

Tickets start at $89 and 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 of 10 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.


Girl Scouts of Orange County awarded with LEED Silver Certification

On Monday, Oct. 29, Girl Scouts of Orange County (GSOC) was recognized for achieving LEED Silver Certification for its Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center (GSLC) in Newport Beach, awarded by the United States Green Building Council. Guests included Newport Beach Councilwoman Diane Dixon, representatives of the U.S. Green Building Council, and Robyn Vettraino – president of verde, a sustainability services and green consulting group.

Local Girl Scout artists illustrated permanent educational signs highlighting the building’s environmentally efficient features. The Girl Scouts were on hand to share more about environmental practices that make the Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center a “green” building. The celebration included opportunities to experience Girl Scouts of Orange County’s signature multimedia INSPIRE™ program and other experiences available to girls visiting the state-of-the-art Leadership Center, such as a mock overnight hosted by Girl Scout Troop 5465 from Aliso Viejo.

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(L-R) OC Girl Scout artists who illustrated educational signs: Astha Parmar, Scarlett Schmitt, Ava Schmitt and Kayla Teng

LEED Certification is a points-based system that promotes energy and environmentally efficient building techniques to ensure a better tomorrow. LEED stands for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” and is administered through the U.S. Green Building Council. Core to its roots and integral to Girl Scouts’ more than 106 years of girl-led programming, Orange County’s nearly 20,000 Girl Scouts make the world a better place by using resources wisely and caring for the environment.

“Achieving LEED certification is more than implementing sustainable practices. It represents a commitment to making the world a better place and influencing others to do better,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and the central role of the building industry in that effort, Girl Scouts of Orange County demonstrates their leadership through their LEED certification of the Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center.”

The Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center was designed to achieve LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and materials, as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies to benefit the local community for generations to come. The GSLC is Orange County’s hub for Girl Scout STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs. Visits to the GSLC provide Orange County Girl Scouts from all cultures and backgrounds extraordinary opportunities to practice leadership the Girl Scout way, like a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™, as they explore exciting 21st century careers and learn how they can take action to make the world a better place.

According to Vikki Shepp, CEO of Girl Scouts of Orange County, “We are honored that our building has achieved LEED Silver Certification. We are particularly proud of the OC Girl Scout artists who created artwork for the GSLC’s educational displays. This is a prime example of how Girl Scouts – a girl-led leadership experience – gives girls every opportunity to participate, innovate and take on leadership roles, whether they’re creating artwork that promotes environmental education or competing on a Girl Scout robotics team.”

The event closed with guests making s’mores on the S’Mores Patio – a time-honored and delicious way to cap off a Girl Scout event – in front of a campfire, under the night sky.

To learn more about the Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center, visit www.girlscoutoc.org/gslc. To inquire about available GSLC sponsorship opportunities that will have a lasting impact on the future of Orange County’s Girl Scouts, contact Vikki Shepp at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Tuesday is Election Day, races still heating up

TomJohnsonTuesday is Election Day, and in my opinion it can’t come a moment too soon. Our roadways are smothered with political signs, our mailboxes are stuffed with slate mailers and TV political advertisements are overwhelming.

Still, it’s important for everyone in the community to vote, no matter what candidate or issue you support. You either have to mail in your ballot or go to your local polling place Tuesday, Nov. 6.

If you like what’s going on in Newport Beach when you look around, the incumbents Scott Peotter, Marshall “Duffy” Duffield, Diane Dixon and Kevin Muldoon would seem to be appealing choices, any or all.

If you’re dissatisfied with the city today, the challengers Joy Brenner, Tim Stoaks, Mike Glenn and Roy Englebrecht deserve a look and consideration.

The biggest local issue otherwise is Measure T.

The City’s website says this about T: “Shall Newport Beach City Charter Section 1109 be amended to require at least fifty-five percent (55 percent) voter approval prior to issuing Certificates of Participation or Lease Revenue Bonds greater than fifty million dollars ($50,000,000.00) to finance capital projects?”

Proponents will say this protects us from over-spending on major city projects as some have argued in the past. The opposition argues that no other city in American requires this and for good reason.

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The latest in the ongoing battle between community activist Susan Skinner and incumbent council candidates Duffield and Peotter took a similar turn with the Fair Political Practices Commission again this week.

Skinner has filed a number of complaints related to conflicts of interest, but as with the others, this one, too, was rejected. 

Skinner this week received the following from the FPPC: “This…is in response to the sworn complaint you submitted to the Enforcement Division of the Fair Political Practices Commission regarding the above-named individuals (Marshall Duffield and Scott Peotter). Based on a review of the complaint and documentation provided, the Enforcement Division found insufficient evidence of a violation of the Political Reform Act and will not pursue an enforcement action in this matter.”

Received this comment from Skinner following the rejection: “I am profoundly disappointed that neither the FPPC nor our City Attorney Aaron Harp will take any action against the many conflict of interest and campaign law violations that have occurred in the last 4 years. The only recourse left for the residents is to use the power of their vote next Tuesday to restore ethics and integrity to our city government.”

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My friend Rich Dunn, from Dunn Write Communications, reminds me that November is Epilepsy Awareness Month.

“Hoag Hospital, CHOC Children’s and UC Irvine Medical Center are three longtime partners of Epilepsy Support Network of Orange County (ESNOC), which is planning to “paint the town purple” in November for Epilepsy Awareness Month, states ESNOC Executive Director Janna Moore, MPA

Epilepsy Support Network of Orange County is celebrating 10 years as a nonprofit, dedicated to providing education and support to a projected 7,300 children, parents, adults and families, each year.    

For more info. on activities, go to www.esnoc.org.

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Okay, I said no more letters after last Tuesday. Then this one came across my desk. How could I say no?

Cannon Thompson Muldoon

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Balboa Island Classical Concert features holiday music

Come enjoy music of the season, with the last performance in the 2018 Balboa Island Classical Concert series taking place on Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 7 - 8:15 p.m. at St. John Vianney Chapel on Balboa Island.

Balboa Island Classical Concert

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Cellist Ben Capps

This Christmas Concerto features cellist Ben Capps from New York City, followed by the a capella singers and The Other Reindeer Carolers, leading guests into Christmas caroling.

Tickets are available at Island Home Decor at 313 Marine, Balboa Island. The cost is $15 per person. Tickets can also be purchased that evening at the chapel, if they are not sold out.

St. John Vianney Chapel is located at 314 Marine, Balboa Island.


Author Jane Leavy to appear at The Cannery restaurant

Author Jane Leavy headshot

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On Tuesday, Nov. 6, author Jane Leavy will appear at The Cannery Seafood of the Pacific restaurant at 6 p.m. This award-winning New York Times bestselling author of The Last Boy and Sandy Koufax will discuss her definitive biography of baseball legend Babe Ruth. The book, titled The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created will be available for book signings.

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For more information, call the restaurant at 949.566.0060.

The Cannery Seafood of the Pacific restaurant is located at 3010 Lafayette Road, Newport Beach.


November events at OC Fair & Event Center include music festival, shopping opportunities

Mark your calendar for November happenings at the O.C. Fair & Event Center which include the comedy and music fest, Big Adventure, three big shopping extravaganzas – Sugar Plum, Flying Miz Daisy and The Mom Made Market – as well as the opening of the Magic Trees Christmas Tree Lot.

Schedule:

Saturday, Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Grand opening of The Nook at Orange County Market Place launching its newest specialized section, the Nook. Dedicated to handmakers, artists, food artisans and curators, The Nook will feature new vendors each week. General admission is $2. Parking is free for OCMP shoppers via Gate 2 & 10. For more information, visit www.ocmarketplace.com.

Saturday, Nov. 3 and Sunday, Nov. 4 from 12 - 10 p.m.: Big Adventure Fest (a music, comedy and gaming festival) featuring Empire of the Sun, Modest Mouse, Cold War Kids, Patton Oswalt, Jim Jefferies and more. Cost: Weekend general admission pass (plus $15.50 fee) is $69.50. Single day and VIP passes are also available. Parking is $8. For the full lineup and tickets, visit www.bigadventurefest.com.

November events at OC Fair candy canes

Thursday, Nov. 8 & Friday, Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Sugar Plum Arts, Crafts, Antiques & Collectibles featuring 150 handcraft artists, confectioners, bakers and selections of holiday decor, garden art, unique jewelry, clothing, personalized ornaments & gifts, tamales, hand-dipped decorated apples, cookies, dips and candy. Free admission. Parking is $8. For more information, visit www.sugarplumfestivals.com.

Friday, Nov. 9 and Saturday, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at The Hangar: Flying Miz Daisy brings together the best vintage exhibitors on the West Coast selling unique goods, all under one roof. Be inspired and shop in all the styled and curated spaces. General admission is $5; free for military and children 12 and younger. Parking is $8. For more information, visit www.flyingmizdaisy.com.

Saturday, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Plaza Pacifica and Heroes Hall: Free Community Celebration – A Salute to Veterans. Free admission and parking for all guests. For more information, visit www.ocfaircom/heroeshall.

Saturday, Nov. 24 and Sunday, Nov. 25 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Small Business Weekend at OC Market Place whereby OCMP is offering free rental space to small, local businesses who have not sold at the Market Place in the last year. Plus: admission for shoppers will be free all weekend. For more information, visit www.ocmarketplace.com.

Saturday, Nov. 24 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 25 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Crossroads of the West Gun Show features a two-day gun and western Americana show with guns, accessories, tactical gear, ammunition, safes, personal protection products and more. General admission is $18; children 12 and younger are free when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parking is $8. For more information, visit www.crossroadgunshows.com

November events at OC Fair Christmas boughs

November 28 - December 12 daily from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.: Magic Trees Christmas Tree Lot where you pick from the freshest of trees at the annual lot. Tree prices vary. Free admission and parking.

Friday, Nov. 30, 12 - 6 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Gem Faire features fine jewelry, precious and semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, crystals, gold & silver, minerals and much more at manufacturers’ prices. Nearly 200 exhibitors from around the world. Jewelry repair, cleaning and ring sizing while you shop. For more information, call 503.252.8300, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit www.gemfaire.com.


Pacific Symphony to perform “The Wonderful Music of Oz”

Pacific Symphony to perform ruby slippers

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“Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore,” Dorothy said upon stepping into the color-filled landscape of Oz bringing the magic of Technicolor pictures to moviegoers in the 1930s. Since then The Wizard of Oz has become a beloved classic with numerous adaptations including two re-interpretations on the Broadway stage, Wicked and The Wiz.

Pacific Symphony will bring the “The Wonderful Music of Oz” to life with vocalists Kelli Rabke, Law Dunford, Scott Coulter and pianist John Boswell on November 9 - 10, led by Principal Pops conductor Richard Kaufman. The orchestra will play selected songs from each of the productions, including some of the beloved classics such as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Defying Gravity.” 

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Vocalist Kelli Rabke is featured in the production

Both performances start at 8 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, with doors opening at 6:45 p.m. There will be one 20-minute intermission scheduled for each performance.

This concert is a part of the Pacific Symphony’s 2018-19 Pops series that celebrates “popular music’s most enduring favorites,” sponsored by The Westin, PBS SoCal, and K-Earth 101. Single tickets for the “The Wonderful Music of Oz” concert start at $45. For more information on the concert or to purchase tickets call 714.755.5799 or visit the website, www.PacificSymphony.org.


OC Fair chooses new leadership, receives final financials of 2018 Fair

The OC Fair Board of Directors has chosen Robert Ruiz as its new chairperson and Sandra Cervantes as vice chair. Ruiz, secretary-treasurer at Laborers Local 652, has been on the board since 2014. He replaces outgoing chairperson Barbara Bagneris who remains on the board as a director.

Cervantes has also served on the board since 2014 and replaces Ruiz as vice chair. She owns Miniondas Newspaper and Cervantes Real Estate. Ruiz and Cervantes assumed their new roles at the conclusion of the board meeting on October 25 and will lead the next board meeting on November 15.

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Robert Ruiz and Sandra Cervantes

Also at the board meeting, the staff presented the profit and loss statement for the 2018 OC Fair. Revenue totaled $35.7 million, an increase of nearly $1.2 million over 2017. OC Fair & Event Center Vice President of Finance Adam Carleton said that the largest revenue contributors were attractions (ticketed events) and concessions sales.

The 2018 OC Fair saw record-breaking attendance for the 23-day event, welcoming 1,470,636 guests, up 10 percent from 2017. A single-day attendance record was set on Saturday, July 28, when 86,334 fairgoers came out to enjoy the “Free Your Inner Farmer” theme.

“We were happy to make the fair more accessible to more people this year than ever before and to see our guests take advantage of our great promotions,” said OC Fair & Event Center CEO Kathy Kramer.

Income from the annual Fair funds the business of the OC Fair & Event Center and pays for education and community give-back programs such as Imaginology, Centennial Farm, Heroes Hall, farm tours and school field trips. Community programs such as Friends of the Fair and OC Fair Kids Club allow those with disabilities and children from underserved areas to attend the Fair at no cost.

The Fair also contributes to the community by adding jobs. This year 1,661 seasonal employees earned $4.1 million in wages and an additional 120 volunteers contributed 2,325 hours in support of the Fair.

For additional information, visit www.ocfair.com.


Childhelp Orange County Wings Chapter presents “Quarters for a Cause”

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Help the Childhelp Orange County Wings Chapter change children’s lives, one quarter at a time. This Kids Helping Kids event themed “Quarters for a Cause” is being held Sunday, Nov. 4 from 2 - 5 p.m. at the Newport Beach Civic Center, in support of the programs and services provided by Childhelp to abused and at-risk children in California.

The afternoon will include a delicious snack bar as well as an auction using only quarters to bid – so, you could walk away with an amazing prize for mere cents. The cost is $25 per ticket (tickets purchased in advance of the event will receive a $5 bag of quarters at the event). A $75 All-in-Paddle automatically enters you to win every prize. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. To purchase tickets online, visit www.childhelp.org/quartersforacause/.

For more information, contact Alison Moriarty at 714.299.9980 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Newport Beach Civic Center is located at 100 Civic Center, E Bay, Newport Beach.


City awarded $1.68 million for Water Wheel project

During the October 25 meeting, the California Ocean Protection Council awarded a $1.68 million grant to the City of Newport Beach to fund the Newport Bay Water Wheel Project.

Newport Beach Mayor Marshall “Duffy” Duffield traveled to Santa Cruz to address the Ocean Protection Council and explain the importance of the project to Newport Beach, calling it a “marvelous solution to a seemingly impossible problem” and noting that it will significantly improve the water quality of Newport Bay. 

Currently, large volumes of trash enter San Diego Creek from upstream municipalities. The creek flows directly into Newport Bay, carrying the trash and debris along with it. The trash ends up on the beaches at the Newport Dunes and around the lower harbor, and some makes its way through the harbor jetty and out into the ocean. 

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Mayor “Duffy” Duffield addressing the California Ocean Protection Council

“Newport Beach has tried for years to contain the trash that enters the bay from upstream and the water wheel is, by far, the best solution we’ve found,” explained Duffield. “We are confident it will result in marked improvements to water quality and the cleanliness of our bay and ocean beaches. 

“We are very grateful that the Ocean Protection Council provided us with such a generous grant and are excited to bring our water wheel project to fruition,” Duffield added. 

The solar-powered water wheel will use floating booms to funnel trash toward the device. Forks will rake the debris toward a conveyor belt and the wheel will use the water’s current to power the conveyor belt and lift the collected trash into a dumpster positioned on a barge docked to the device. The dumpster will be emptied periodically. The water wheel is expected to capture up to 80 percent of the floatable trash and debris that enters the bay.

The City will now work to obtain the necessary regulatory permits. 

Baltimore was the first city in the United States to use the water wheel and Newport Beach is expected to be the first West Coast city to use the device. 

The grant money provided by the Ocean Protection Council comes from the State of California through funding generated by the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1). Proposition 1 provides funding for capital projects designed to improve water quality and sensitive habitat. 


Cultural Arts Grants awarded for fiscal year 2018-2109

Arts Grants for the fiscal year 2018-2019, as recommended by the City Arts Commission, have been awarded to eight Newport Beach organizations. The sum of $40,000 is provided annually for specific cultural or artistic planning or projects as approved by the City Council. The Commission received written grant proposals from nine organizations for approximately $68,000 in free cultural arts programming, and approved grant funding for eight of these totaling $24,000.

Cultural Arts Grants awarded

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Chart courtesy of the City of Newport Beach

In past years, the City Arts Commission has retained a portion of the grant funds to provide for its own programs. For FY 2018-2019, the Commission has retained $16,000 for its programming. These funds will be used by the Commission to provide arts programming for Newport Beach students, kindergarten through sixth grade.

While the Commission opted not to directly fund the Library Foundation’s grant request, it is willing to partner with the Foundation on the Books and Bunnies annual program by providing funding for a performing arts component for children at the event.


Forever Footprints hosted annual OC Walk to honor babies gone too soon

October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month and nonprofit Forever Footprints (formerly known as OC Walk To Remember) hosted a record-breaking attendance at their largest remembrance walk. It took place in the pouring rain, with more than 3,500 community members and families who have experienced the loss of a child participating in their 14th annual OC Walk To Remember on October 13.

The Walk celebrated the precious lives of babies gone too soon in the Orange County area and beyond. Families who have lost a baby to miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, pregnancy loss and infant death came to walk the steps their babies will never take. Forever Footprints provides support, education and remembrance for families who have suffered a pregnancy or infant loss.

“One in four women will lose a baby in pregnancy or infancy,” said Forever Footprints Executive Director Brateil Aghasi. “The Walk is an opportunity to remember, honor and celebrate these babies who are so loved by their families. It’s also an opportunity for families to find support and comfort after the devastating loss of their child.”

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Forever Footprints’ OC Walk To Remember’s Baby Memorial Wall with more than 400 baby names submitted by families

Among the families were Newport Beach resident Traci Shirachi, who attended her first OC Walk To Remember. Shirachi’s son, Wyatt, was born on March 30, 2018 and passed away on April 3, 2018 in the NICU at Hoag Hospital Newport Beach.

According to Shirachi, “The Walk was an extremely emotional experience for me and allows me to honor the life and legacy of my son and celebrate his life regardless of how short. I’m blown away that my staff at SmartStarter was all there to support our family and remember Wyatt, and that means so much to my husband and me. It’s a reminder that we are not alone. There is a whole support group of community who want to share the burden of this loss with us and grieve, too. The Forever Footprints’ Walk gave us all an opportunity to heal together. I’m deeply touched and forever grateful for such support and community.”

“It is the hope of Forever Footprints that our events will bring healing and comfort to the many families enduring the heartache of holding a baby in their heart but not in their arms,” Aghasi said.

More than 400 baby names were read out loud and parents were presented with a white rose before the Walk started. “No amount of rain would stop us from walking for all the babies gone too soon. Even in the pouring rain and thunder, our registration kept growing. We had a 25 percent increase in families walking with us this year. We’re pleased to know that our increased programs and services, like support groups throughout the year, have reached more families, not just at the Walk but throughout the year when they also need us. No parent should ever feel alone,” Aghasi added.

“When I miscarried my son, I felt incredibly isolated. It felt like no one understood my experience. Being at the Walk surrounded by thousands of other women and families who just ‘get it’ is really comforting. I think about what could have been if I didn’t have a miscarriage. The Walk allows me a safe place to grieve for my baby who I think about everyday. He’s forever in my heart,” shared Stefanie Castro, another participating Newport Beach resident.

OC Walk To Remember raised more than $115,000 which will be used to support more than 4,000 families throughout the year with education, support and remembrance events year-round. Forever Footprints provides families with support through direct services, educates the medical community to improve quality of care and offers opportunities for remembrance to help families find their own path to healing. Other services include memory boxes provided to hospitals, sibling backpacks for children to understand and cope with grief, and a Perinatal Comfort Care Program that provides a safe and nurturing environment for families who wish to carry to term despite a life-limiting or fatal diagnosis.


Miracle for Kids gala raises nearly $1.3 million

On Saturday, Oct. 20, nearly 500 of Southern California’s most generous philanthropists, business and civic leaders gathered at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point for the Miracles for Kids Annual Night of Miracles Gala: The Miracle of Magic. Brought together by a shared goal to raise funds to benefit families with critically ill children, guests made the biggest impact in the nonprofit’s 16-year history, raising nearly $1.3 million.

“Words cannot express our gratitude to the incredible community of friends, donors, volunteers and sponsors who help make miracles happen at Miracles for Kids every day of the year,” said Autumn Strier, co-founder and CEO of Miracles for Kids. “We are incredibly humbled and thankful that, in just one evening at this year’s Night of Miracles Gala, this community rallied with love and support to raise a record-breaking nearly $1.3 million for the courageous families we serve.”

Miracle for Kids Strier and Smith

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Autumn Strier, co-founder and CEO of Miracles for Kids with Tim Smith

The amount of $700,000 of the $1.3 million was raised as pure donations through the Gala’s Fund-a-Family portion of the evening, during which guests raised their paddle to donate at various levels that range from $100,000 to $100. In an exciting and unexpected moment, four $100,000 donations were gifted by generous supporters. 

Guests continued to raise their paddles during the lively and highly anticipated live auction. Top items included a Telluride Ski Resort Package and a Vintner Hosted Wine Connoisseur’s Getaway with Private Air, which were each generously donated by Orange County locals and company owners – Chad Horning of Telluride Ski & Golf Resort and Steve and Seanne Contursi of Arrow&Branch. These top packages sold for $26,000 and $20,000, respectively. Another exciting live auction item of note was a Heisman House Football Weekend with ESPN SportsCenter Co-Anchor Neil Everett and other ESPN on-air talent – a unique package donated by Miracles for Kids Ambassador and long-time friend Neil Everett, who also donated his time as the evening’s Emcee and Master of Ceremonies. The live auction was rounded out with a VIP Hollywood Package to the movie premiere of Captain Marvel, a Whisky, Wine & Craft Beer Experience in San Luis Obispo, a Luxury Getaway to Kiawah Island in South Carolina, a $10,000 Custom Wardrobe by Celebrity Clothier David August, a Toy Poodle Puppy, and a thrilling Robb Report Car of the Year Napa Experience.

In addition to raising funds to help families with critically ill children fight bankruptcy, homelessness, hunger and depression – so the families can focus on fighting for their kids’ lives – Miracles for Kids also recognized several members of the community during this special evening.

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Joe Perricone, chairman of Perricone Farms in Newport Beach and Karen Perricone

Joe Perricone, Chairman of Perricone Farms, based in Newport Beach, was named the 2018 Miracle Maker Honoree, the nonprofit’s highest community honor. Under Perricone’s leadership, Perricone Farms – one of the nation’s largest citrus growers and the biggest supplier of freshly squeezed orange juice in the western United States – has shown incredible support for Miracles for Kids’ mission and families in need, including launching the company’s Home Runs for Kids Program, which raised more than $50,000 through their pledge to donate $250 for every home run hit by the Los Angeles Angels during the 2017-2018 season.

“Perricone Farms is a family business and we truly believe that there is nothing more important than family,” said Joe Perricone. “Miracles for Kids is working hard to change the lives of families in need every day and we knew that, in partnership, we could make a huge, positive impact. I’m honored to be named their ‘Miracle Maker’ this year.”

The gala also honored Moises Alvares and his family, who are currently residing at Miracle Manor, Miracles for Kids’ affordable housing program located near CHOC Children’s in Orange. Moises’ story embodies the many challenges faced by families fighting a life-threatening illness. Moises was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in 2015, and continues to battle the disease. His story highlights his fight and Miracles for Kids’ financial and emotional support throughout his inspiring journey.

Miracle for Kids Paula Wilhelm

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Paula Ansara-Wilhelm with Surterre Properties Newport Beach, Autumn Strier and Kelly Ellis

The magical evening was also filled with mesmerizing entertainment by award-winning recording artist and Broadway star Crystal Starr, and acclaimed illusionist and resident magician at the Wynn Resort & Casino, ShimShi – who was also the last magician standing on the 2008 season of NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Guests were also treated to up-close magic and sleight-of-hand by some of the country’s best magicians from the world-famous Magic Castle.

A gourmet dinner and signature cocktails from custom bars by longtime sponsors NOLET’S Silver Gin, Ketel One Family Made Vodka and Duke Spirits kept the guests satisfied. Further adding to the excitement of the evening was the Opportunity Drawing for the chance to win a pair of White Gold Diamond Earrings containing 370 round diamonds weighing 9.06CTS with a retail value of $18,500 – generously donated by the Night of Miracles Gala exclusive jewelry sponsor, Martin Katz. The lucky winning guest, Brian Hill, took home the opportunity item after purchasing just a handful of tickets for $100 each.

For more information on Miracles for Kids, visit www.miraclesforkids.org.


Newport Balboa Rotary enjoys ghoulish Halloween party

Newport Balboa Rotary Witch and Cher

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A witch with her potions book welcomes “Cher” to a lair of webs

On Thursday, Oct. 25, the Newport Balboa Rotary enjoyed their Halloween party at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club. They decorated the banquet room with recycled décor salvaged from an Estancia High School Halloween Party.

Newport Balboa Rotary Prisoner and Cher

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This “prisoner” and “Cher” share a bit of camaraderie

Following dinner, the members who couldn’t or didn’t find a costume, enjoyed a no hands donut eating contest.

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A “dancer” from Danza de los Viejitos (dance of the old men), a traditional folk dance in Michoacán, Mexico

Adding to the festivities was a “guess how much candy corn are in the jar,” a scary movie trivia contest, and costume judging with bottles of wine as prizes.


Wake Up! Newport presents California Chamber update

Wake Up Newport Zaremberg

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Allan Zaremberg, president and CEO of the California Chamber of Commerce

Wake Up! Newport presented by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce will present a lively program on Thursday, Nov. 1 at Newport Beach Central Library’s Friends Room.

Themed “California Chamber Update,” the featured speaker is Allan Zaremberg, president and CEO of the California Chamber of Commerce. This is the first appearance Zaremberg has made at Wake Up! Newport, so you won’t want to miss his presentation.

For more than 125 years, Cal Chamber has worked to make California a better place to live, work and do business by giving private sector employers a voice in the state politics and providing a full range of California-specific products and services.

Topics to be covered include: How does the Cal Chamber help local businesses; the upcoming election; the repeal of the gas tax; and rent control.

Admission is free. The complimentary breakfast takes place at 7:15 a.m. with the program occurring from 7:45 - 8:30 a.m. Please make reservations for seating and food considerations.

To RSVP, visit www.newportbeach.com.

Newport Beach Central Library is located at 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.


Seaside Gallery & Goods to celebrate anniversary

Seaside Galley and Goods balloons

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The community is invited to celebrate the 4th anniversary of Seaside Gallery & Goods. The event takes place Thursday, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

To thank its loyal customers, the store will be offering a 20 percent discount on all merchandise. In addition, attendees will enjoy wine, small bites and opportunity drawing prizes throughout the day.

Seaside Gallery & Goods is located at 124 Tustin Ave., Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com.


Triathlon set at Newport Dunes

On Sunday, Nov. 4 beginning at 7 a.m., 2018 Newport Dunes Triathlon welcomes participants of all ages and skill levels including the young and young at heart to Newport Dunes Resort & Marina.

Among the competitors is a nine-year-old contender from Monrovia, a 76-year-old athlete from Pasadena, and two blind and visually impaired athletes. The triathlon will also draw celebrity competitors like Emmy Award-winning actress Katherine Kelly Lang, best known for her role as Brooke Logan on CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful.

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During the Olympic and sprint distance races, athletes will swim in Newport Dunes’ waveless lagoon, bike along the scenic eight-mile circuit which includes the Mountains to the Sea Trail & Bikeway, Upper Newport Bay State Marine Conservation Area and Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve, and then return to Newport Dunes for the run.

Newport Dunes will feature a “TRI-CATION” camping experience the night before the race with RV or tent camping options just steps from the race course. Available for both families and teams, athletes and their supporters will enjoy food trucks, s’mores and an outdoor family movie the evening prior to the event.

Triathlon Village will open on Saturday afternoon for athlete registration and packet pickup, mandatory race briefings as well as check-in for Saturday night campers. Registration is open through October 31. The cost is $50 - $150 per person; the Newport Dunes Tri-cation Camping Experience is $20 per person. To register and for more information, visit https://newportdunes.californiatriathlon.org.

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


Newport Beach Foundation to launch Distinguished Citizen Program

Newport Beach Foundation audience

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Joe Stapleton, Newport Beach Foundation chair, addresses the audience

On October 24, the Newport Beach Foundation held its introduction to the Distinguished Citizen Program to a sell-out audience. In attendance were six out of seven Newport Beach Council members and all 14 City department heads. The John Wayne Cancer Foundation was the charitable partner of the event.

The quarterly Distinguished Citizen Program will be rolled out in January 2019 with the goal being to activate the next generation by giving them a platform to become informed on what happens behind the scenes in Newport Beach and understand the key components that form the foundation of our city.

Newport Beach Foundation Will ONeill

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Newport Beach Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill

There was mingling during the first hour followed by the speakers who will be featured in the program addressing participants on a brief overview.

The 2019 First Quarter January Program Schedule (total of four Wednesday evenings from 6 - 8 p.m.) with distinguished speakers:

–January 9 - Newport 101 (Friends Room in Newport Beach Central Library)

a. Mayor with the State of the City

b. Homer Bludau - previous Newport Beach City Manager (City Charter & Council/Manager Form of Local Government)

c. Grace Leung - Newport Beach City Manager (Harbor and Airport)

d. Leilani Brown - City Clerk (Boards, Commissions and Committees)

–January 16 - Human Resources/Legal and Public Safety (Community Room, City Hall)

a. Aaron Harp – City Attorney

b. Barbara Salvini - Human Resources Director

c. Jon Lewis - Police Chief, Newport Beach Police Department

d. Chip Duncan - Fire Chief, Newport Beach Fire Department

–January 23 - Finance, Library, Parks/Beaches, Business (Community Room, City Hall)

a. Dr. Fred Navarro - Superintendent, Newport-Mesa School District

b. Tim Hetherton - Library Services Director

c. Laura Detweiler - Director of Recreation & Senior Services

do. Mario Marovic - Newport Beach Business Leader

–January 30 – Finances and City Planning (Community Room, City Hall)

a. Dan Matusiewicz - Director of Finance

b. Seimone Jurjis - Community Development Director

c. Dave Webb - Public Works Director

d. Mark Vukojevic - Utilities Director

e. Graduation - Distinguished Citizen Recognition & Presentation of Completion

Newport Beach Foundation Ethan Wayne

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Ethan Wayne, representing the John Wayne Cancer Foundation, the charitable partner of the event

Newport Beach Foundation is now accepting applications for their January class. For those interested in applying, visit the link to the website at www.nb-foundation.org/distinguished-citizen/. A limited number of people will be chosen to participate per quarter. Applicants must live or work in Newport Beach and commit to attend the program four weeks in a row. Each accepted participant will be charged a $100 admission fee for the Distinguished Citizen Program. The fee will cover weekly dinners provided by The Bungalow and the rented space where the program meetings will be held. Newport Beach Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.


Stump the Stu

Spooky, a bit ghoulish, but wishing us all a Happy Halloween

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Where would you find this smiling jack o’ lantern atop a friendly ghoul-faced pole ready to greet trick-or-treaters? 

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

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

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


Yearly power cleanings of CdM sidewalks could be coming soon

By AMY SENK

Sitting in a Corona del Mar Business Improvement District meeting last week, I couldn’t help but think about unintended consequences and ripple effects. It was in the same meeting room a few months ago, that I complained to local business leaders and a Corona del Mar City Council representative, about sidewalks and trees. I have been going for years, every single day, to a spin studio in town (Hi, G.I. Jess!) that happens to be located near Five Crowns Restaurant. Five Crowns is super cool and sometimes they let people use their big parking lot, although I don’t take advantage of that. I park on Coast Highway, and that’s when I first noticed that the beautiful old trees in the Five Crown lots had been dropping a lot of pods all over the sidewalks below.

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Corona del Mar awaits sidewalk cleanings

I mean a lot of pods, fresh, ripe, bursting with goo. I noticed them a few days later when walking along that stretch of sidewalk to go to the Farmers’ Market. Later, I noticed the goo on my shoes, and later on the mats of my car, and on my floor at home. The sidewalk was thick and slippery with these pods. So, at the next BID meeting, I asked about who should be cleaning it up. I know the BID has paid for sidewalk cleaning in the past, and I thought maybe they, or the City, or the restaurant, should consider a repeat power wash. Later that very morning, a saw Councilman Scott Peotter walking in the area, checking out the mess firsthand. Not too long after, the mess was mostly cleaned; it’s pod and goo free currently.

I considered the matter closed until this past week, when I learned that apparently more went on behind the scenes. City Code Enforcement officers began to visit business owners, telling them they would be cited if they didn’t clean up any sidewalk messes. Some business owners then complained to the Chamber of Commerce. There began to be rumor that Five Crowns might have to cut down all their beautiful old ficus trees. I was extremely thankful after last Thursday’s meeting ended to confirm with a Five Crowns representative that they’re not going to take out any of those trees.

And ultimately there was good news. The BID wrote a letter to the City Council requesting sidewalk cleaning money for an annual power scrub, and it seems as if after the Christmas Walk, the sidewalks throughout the business district will get a power scrub, and that money may be allocated in future city budgets to make this an annual event. The cost would be about $6,000. The CdM BID last paid for the village-wide cleaning about five years ago.

The BID board members also noted that they will attend the November 15 meeting of the Corona del Mar Residents Association to present the results of the latest parking study of the CdM business district. That meeting will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the OASIS Senior Center.

Speaking of parking, I was startled recently when I went to park in the Carnation Avenue lot, the city-owned Old School Park parking lot, and found it completely fenced off. There’s always plenty of parking if you’re willing to look and walk a block or two, with nearby restaurants like the Bungalow offering valet. But I was curious about what was going on.

“The Old School Park Parking lot is currently being used as the contractor staging yard for construction of the adjacent Overhead Utility Undergrounding project,” according to Dave Webb, the Newport Beach director of Public Works. The lot likely will be closed for another three months until the project is complete.

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


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. 

We received three correct answers from readers, so this might have been tougher than we thought! The sign hangs proudly at the Donna and John Crean Mariners Library Branch on Irvine Avenue. 

Congratulations to Elizabeth McKibbin, Martha Fluor and Rush Hill.

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 10.30.18

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Celebrate SoCal’s dark side at haunted Envy’s The Deadliest Sins Halloween party and costume ball

Celebrate Halloween in true OC style at Envy Nightclub on October 31 and November 1 from 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. during The Deadliest Sins Halloween Party & Costume Ball.

Enjoy golden Champagne and kicking cocktails, four DJs playing your favorite tunes, and a wild assortment of disguised revelers.

Tickets start at $15, and you can reserve VIP tables themed by deadliest sin (lust, wrath, greed) in ascending price points up to $2,125 for envy.

The Envy VIP The Deadliest Sin Package admits 15 and supplies five premium bottles of your choice from a pre-selected list. This event is for adults 21 and older.

Envy Nightclub is located at 4647 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach.


Author Kim Hooper to appear at NBPL

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Author Kim Hooper

Author Kim Hooper will appear at Newport Central Library on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 4 - 5 p.m. This writer from Dana Point will talk about her second and most recent book, Cherry Blossoms, which reviewers describe as “part travel guide, part comedy, part exploration of grief and relationships.”

Her debut novel, People Who Knew Me, was released in May 2016. It focuses on a character who fakes her death after 9/11 and starts a new life, but years later she is forced to confront her own past in order to secure the future of her daughter.

Admission is free. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

The event takes place in Central Library’s Friends Room located at 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. For more information, visitwww.newportbeachlibrary.com.


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.”

Pet of the Week Duffy

Courtesy of Newport Beach Animal Shelter

MEET DUFFY

Duffy is a tiny Cairn terrier with a huge personality. At 3.5 pounds, he would be an easy dog to take places, so come visit him.

Adoption costs at the shelter:

Dogs - $130

Puppies - $150

Cats - $90

Kittens - $110

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

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

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


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Duffy and Peotter use same out-of-town harbor flier on political mailers

TomJohnsonIn the last Fair Game, we told you about a photo in the background of a recent Kevin Muldoon political flier that at first we depicted as from the San Diego harbor with the Coronado Bridge in the background. 

Then I received an email later in the day from political consultant Dave Ellis chastising me.

“Do you fact check anything or just repeat silly accusations? There’s no bridge in the background. The background is the Upper Newport Bay. If you don’t believe me call the guy that took the photo (name provided),” Ellis said. “I’ll never get the 2 minutes back that it took to send this email.”

Turns out Dave was wrong. The photo used on Muldoon’s flier was in fact of Newport, RI. Close Dave, but still some 3,000 miles away.

Special thanks to the detectives at Line in the Sand who identified the error.

Yesterday, I received several more fliers using the same background photo, now for Marshall Duffield and Scott Peotter. You’d think if anyone would recognize the Newport Beach Harbor it would be Duffy.

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Speaking of Ellis, he also forwarded to me yesterday a complaint filed with the California Architects Board against Duffy’s opponent Tim Stoaks. In the subject line, Ellis asks the question, “Where’s the transparency?”

Interesting question, especially from Ellis.

Richard LaPorte, of Corona del Mar, filed the formal complaint saying that Stoaks “is holding self out as an architect.”

Stoaks graduated from the University of Arizona College of Architecture and spent much of his career as Senior Manager Facilities, Real Estate and Construction for Allergan.

The charge would be a misdemeanor if found guilty.

Stoaks on several occasions, including at several political forums, denied he is a practicing architect.

In LaPorte’s signoff on his submission, he says “seeking a public office is a noble and prestigious goal. Generating false credentials to do so is an abuse of the public trust.”

Public trust, I ask you, when has that mattered in the last couple of years in Newport Beach politics?

Stay tuned.

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Also, just a reminder to our readers that today is the final day we’re publishing Letters to the Editor related to next Tuesday’s election. We do that to prevent a last-minute attack on a candidate with no time allowed for a proper response.

And, a reminder to everyone, vote Tuesday!


SOCALPAPA honors winning artwork

Last Friday night, Oct. 19, as the sun set on the Back Bay, art juror Greg LaRock viewed and scored paintings of OC Parks and the Back Bay created by Southern California Plein Air Painters Society (SOCALPAPA) members during the juried art show in partnership with Newport Bay Conservancy and OC Parks.

SOCALPAPA honors Morning Marine Layer

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Morning Marine Layer at Back Bay by Terry Ann Stanley took 2nd place

LaRock, himself, is an award-winning, professional artist with a fine arts degree from Cal State Long Beach. He is a signature member of LPAPA, American Impressionist Society and American Society of Marine Artists. He has also been profiled in Plein Air Magazine with an article on “Ideas for Better Paintings,” featured in Southwest Art’s “Artist to Watch” column and included in a Jack Richeson Fine Art Series book, Plein Air New Mexico. LaRock is a sought-after instructor for workshops, a long-time member and supporter of SOCALPAPA.

LaRock handed out awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place along with five honorable mentions. SOCALPAPA artists gave out an “artist’s choice” award while Iris Timmons, Jean Savage and Linda Barker with Newport Bay Conservancy choose a piece that best represented the Back Bay, and OC Park Ranger Derrick Ankerstar honored the artist whose work best represented OC Parks.

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Scenic Wilderness by Shih Yann Chen received the OC Parks Award

Throughout the weekend, SOCALPAPA artists exhibited their juried work along with hundreds of other paintings with a portion of each proceed benefiting the Bay. OC Parks, SOCALPAPA and Newport Bay Conservancy also sponsored free art classes to inspire our next generation of plein air painters.

Congratulations to these winners:

1st place: Cozy Irvine Park by Catherine Su

2nd place: Morning Marine Layer at Back Bay by Terry Ann Stanley

3rd place: Paddleboard at the Bluffs by Kevin Davidson

Honorable mention 1: Spring Morning Big Bend by Barbara Davidson

Honorable mention 2: Riding the Curve by Lisa Mozzini-McDill

Honorable mention 3: Little Oak in Fremont Canyon by Esther Williams

Honorable mention 4: A Good Place by Sung Su

Honorable mention 5: Newport Bluff by Lisa Mozzini-McDill

Artists Choice: Irvine Park Equestrian by Kevin Davidson

Robinson Award Winner: Morning Mist by Kathleen Williams

OC Parks Award: Scenic Wilderness by Shih Yann Chen

For more information, visit www.newportbay.org.


On the Harbor: Sailing off to the Baja Ha Ha

By LEN BOSE

Now that I have a better understanding of the General Election and have mailed in my ballot, which was no easy task, I am rummaging through the closet and dresser to find all my winter sailing gear.

On the Harbor Saiing to the Baja Ha Ha

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Sailing off to the Baja Ha Ha

“You bet I am going back to sea” which goes alongside my other saying,” “I can’t wait until I can afford this stuff!” October 29 starts the 25th annual Baja Ha Ha cruisers rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas with stops in Turtle Bay and Santa Maria. Newport Beach residents Kathi and Chris Killian aboard their Lagoon 41 Derive and David Hahn J/46 Precision are two boats out of 168 boats that are participating in this year’s rally. I sold the Killian’s their Lagoon 41 last year and at the close, Chris looked up at me and said: “You’re going with me on next year’s...Ha Ha right?” “Sure,” I said and well I am packing my seabag right after I am done writing this column. I have convinced my wife Jennifer that “This is a work trip” and I am fortunate to have just listed a very clean Pacific Seacraft Crealock 37, which you can find on my blog site at lenboseyachts.blogspot.com, to introduce to you any perspective cruisers while attending the rally. See what I did there.

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The Harbor Commission special meeting takes place around the harbor on November 17

Before I step aboard Derive, my mind wanders to the November 17th special meeting of the Harbor Commission aboard one of the Balboa car ferries, which will be departing at 0845. I suggest you arrive by 0830 if you want a spot. The purpose of this special meeting is to build familiarity with the topics, terminology and geography frequently reviewed by the Harbor Commission, build rapport between the public and the commissioners, and identify additional areas of concern in the harbor.

Similar to preparing for the General Election, let’s review the topics and prepare our questions for the special meeting. The following is my two cents and what I am thinking may irritate a number of people. One thing I am good at is listening, so please express your views with me.

If you look at the above chart and notice the route the special meeting will be taking, the topics will follow in this order.

1. Deep Water Dredging: Always the highest priority topic within our harbor because it never ends. Some of this topic will be blended in with Harbor Vision; the bucket always hits the sand at cost and disposal. Chris Miller of Public Works understands the permit process and my observations are it just comes down to disposal. Miller is the best person to talk on this topic.

2. Derelict Vessels: Our previous Harbor Master Dennis Durgan did an outstanding job on this topic by strongly encouraging code enforcement in our harbor. Yet one question should be asked: “Why did The City not qualify for grant money from the state’s Surrendered and Abandoned Vessel Exchange (SAVE) in 2019? I understand the answer. The real question is how do we not overlap the funds again and who is working on the grant for 2020?

3. RGP 54: One of the best things to ever happen to our harbor, yet it needs constant maintenance. Huge topic, my questions will be who is maintaining these permits, how can we improve the process and is it possible for us to ever have an area where we can dispose of clean sand in the harbor?

4. Nav Marker Replacement: Way overdue, we have been discussing this topic since 2014 and these markers were to be replaced this spring. I only count three of these old channel markers in the harbor: No. 4, just before the County’s Harbor Department which might be considered a range marker to enter the Harbor; No. 10 off Balboa Island near the Ferry crossing; and No. 12 just before the north side of the Lido Channel. Markers 12 and 10 are no-brainers. Look at No. 12 – it’s been run into more than one of the old bumper cars at the Fun Zone. So, after you look at the new marker No. 11, glance across the bay and look at No. 12 just in front of John Wayne’s old home. Come on guys let’s get this task off the list.

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Channel marker No. 12

5. Harbor Operations: This is kind of irrelevant until the new Harbor Master takes the helm. My concern now is there is no longer any harbor continuity. The people in the bridge have no understanding of the history of our harbor and are really no different than a sheriff who has just transferred from prison duty. My observations are that the minions in the patrol boats should be clean-cut, uninformed and off their cell phones while on duty. I bet I made a few friends with that comment.

6. Harbor Amenities: Wide open topic, a couple of things come to mind with more dinghy racks for offshore mooring permit holders, bike racks near the public piers, heads and showers for offshore mooring permits holders.

7. Marina Park: You can ask about the marina occupancy over the last three years and why the banquet rooms and facility have overly restrictive rules. Two years ago, I tried to hold an opening day for the Harbor 20 fleet in February and was turned down. Things might have changed by now, yet who monitors staff and the marina’s maintenance? Is UCI meeting their objectives of participation in the sailing classes?

8. Code enforcement: My observation is that the City is on the right track, yet let’s not overdue it. This topic blends into harbor operations and my concern is continuity.

9. Mooring Size: This topic will be overthought and should be a judgment call of the Harbor Master which leads to problems itself.

10. SUP Safety: All harbor users need to understand the navigation rules of the road and safe boating. My thoughts are to “Keep it Simple.”

11. Alternative Anchorages: There were a couple last minute hurdles, but the city is almost there off of the west end of Lido Anchorage, but let us not forget Big Corona.

12. Central Avenue Pier: We need to let more people know about it and this ties in with the new Harbor Guide.

13. Charter Fleet: It’s important to the harbor, yet what is enough? Marina operators are making larger slips. There will be larger boats, over 80 feet, in the harbor very soon. There is only so much room in the harbor and from my Harbor 20 and Duffy, we are at capacity.

14. Mariner’s Mile: My keg is half full on the Green Mile, but my gut tells me it will become an extension of the Balboa Resort with condos connecting down the mile. We will have a cute walkway, but that’s about it. Reducing noise levels on the harbor will be on future agendas and harbor accessibility will be reduced to nothing.

15. Title 17 Updates: This is a huge topic, so make sure to pay attention to the dates for public outreach.

16. Rental Concessions: Not much different than the Charter Fleet, with when, is enough.

17. Harbor Speed Limits: My sources tell me there is some good news coming, so let’s hope for the best.

18. Onshore/Offshore Mooring Relocations: This also blends into the Harbor Operations topic. If this topic is what I think it is, I am all for bringing your ball and chain home with you if you don’t have a boat yet.

19. Balboa Yacht Basin: I have to assume this topic will be focused on a Marina facility remodel. This will not be taken well, but I am for making the whole marina for 25 foot slips only. Rather than affordable housing, let’s call it affordable boating with strict use rules. In other words, you need to use your boat more than four times a month to keep your slip. Yea, dream on Len.

20. Ruby Beach: I’m not familiar with this topic, but let’s hope it’s focused on cleaning up the shore moorings.

21. Cruising Guide: This is long overdue, so let us hope it is made digital and we include drone footage of the harbor.

22. Nearshore Dredging: Again, keep it simple.

23. Harbor Vision: This is all good, but why don’t we finish what we have started already and remember the tasks we have forgotten. For example, the need for smaller slips in the harbor, launch ramps, The Castaways, Marine recycling centers, Upper Bay channel marker lights and improved pump-out stations.

It all makes me think of Thanksgiving dinner. Some things smell and look good; others will be passed over like turkey necks. Let’s just all keep the conversation civilized and pass the wine, please. 

Sea ya 

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


Halloween arrives early at Mariners’ Boo Fest

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Mariners Elementary School celebrated Halloween early this year during Boo Fest, which took place on Wednesday evening, Oct 24.

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Kids came in costume to a campus turned into a family-fun carnival with an inflatable Hoop Zone, Jump O’Rama, arcade games, a rope climb agility course, food trucks, upbeat music and more.


CdM Home Tour – a huge success with $220,000 raised

By LANA JOHNSON

CdM Home Tour Karla et al

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(L-R) CdM Home Tour Co-chair Karla Joyce, CdM High School Principal Kathy Scott, CdM Home Tour Co-chair Wendy Braun and CdM High School Assistant Principal Dr. Michelle Stevens

The 45th Annual Corona del Mar Home Tour took place Tuesday, Oct. 23, offering the public a unique opportunity to view eight beautiful homes throughout Corona del Mar and Newport Beach.

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The CdM Middle School cheerleaders volunteered their time during the luncheon and sold opportunity drawing tickets

With 1,500 tickets sold, monies raised totaled $220,000 and that amount may increase, thanks to ticket sales, silent auction items, opportunity drawings, and the support of sponsors, underwriters and friends benefiting Corona del Mar High and Middle schools.

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Ladies enjoying the luncheon at Sherman Library & Gardens

The day’s ticket for $80 (a brochure to visit the homes that included home design ideas and lifestyle resources) entitled attendees to a breakfast reception at Le Pain Quotidien in Fashion Island, the Home Tour from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., a delicious luncheon by Pascal Olhats along with a boutique at Sherman Library & Gardens, followed by a lively attended post party at Bliss Home & Design.

CdM Home Tour Chef Pascal

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Chef Pascal of Café Jardin and his staff served up a delicious lunch

The homes I toured exuded open floor plans, spacious kitchens with top-of-the line appliances and oversized central islands to accommodate seating, subdued colored palettes of whites, grays and muted greens & blues, warm wooden flooring, bathroom retreats and spacious walk-in closets, pocket doors that integrated the interiors with the outdoors, relaxing outdoor entertainment areas and rooftop decks. From beach bungalows and renovated contemporaries to a Napa-inspired manor, the residences were exquisitely appointed with precise attention to detail.

CdM Home Tour Timree

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Artist Timree custom designed the 2018 CdM Home Tour commemorative ornament

At the luncheon venue, Chef Pascal of Café Jardin and his staff served up grilled chicken sandwiches, kale salad, grapes and a decadent brownie. The boutique vendors (who donated a generous portion of their sales to CdM Middle and High schools) offered unique handmade items from home décor and plants, apparel, artwork and stationery to jewelry and fragrances. The welcoming CdM Middle School Cheer team sold tickets to the opportunity drawing. Music was provided by the CdM High School jazz musicians led by Val Jamora. After the tour, guests enjoyed wine, sparkling water and hand-passed hors d’oeuvres with music by a guitarist as they mixed, mingled and toured Bliss Home & Design, leaving with a canvas bag filled with goodies. I received an aromatic Flint glass candle.

CdM Home Tour Blackband Design

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Blackband Design was among the vendors who support the Home Tour

Open all day as a refreshing stopover was Barclay Butera Interiors on East Coast Highway.

CdM Home Tour Bliss

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Home Tour attendees who enjoyed the after party at Bliss Home & Design

The Home Tour was made possible by the gracious homeowners who shared their houses, the committee led by co-chairs Karla Joyce and Wendy Braun along with their cadre of volunteers, the design studios who furnished the homes with lovely florals, the businesses who contributed inventive tabletops, Le Pain Quotidien, Sherman Library & Gardens and Bliss Home & Design. For more information, visit www.cdmhometour.com.

CdM Home Tour Kewamee CdM Home Tour Port Margate

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(L-R) Renderings of two of the residences on the Home Tour by student artists that appeared in the brochure: Kewamee Drive in Irvine Terrace by Grace Hebert, a junior at CdM High School and Port Margate in the Port Streets by Chase Hartsell, a senior at CdM High School


Trick-or-Treat at Newport Central Library

Trick or Treat pumpkins

Calling all little ghouls and goblins for a fun-filled Halloween extravaganza. Trick-or-treat at Newport Beach Central Library located at 1000 Avocado Ave. on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 4 - 5:30 p.m.

The event will feature not-so-scary stories, Halloween crafts and yummy treats. Finish the evening with trick-or-treating around the library, so don’t forget to wear your costume.

Children must be accompanied by an adult, and no registration is required. Funding for this program is donated by the Friends of the Library. For more information, visit www.newportbeachlibrary.org.


Our Lady Queen of Angels to hold Angels Among Us gala

Our Lady Queen of Angels

Courtesy of Our Lady Queen of Angels

Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church will be holding its largest fundraiser of the year, the Angels Among Us gala, on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Fashion Island Hotel. All are invited to attend.

The evening’s festivities include hosted cocktails and a silent auction at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner, a live auction and dancing at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $150 per person and sponsorship opportunities are available.

For tickets, visitwww.olqaschool.org. For additional information, contact Stephanie Simpson, director of advancement at 949.644.1166.

Fashion Island Hotel is located at 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.


NBFD to hold CERT Drills the Skills tomorrow

Tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., the Newport Beach Fire Department will hold its bi-annual Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) “Drill the Skills” for more than 75 CERT volunteers. The location of the event is at the Santa Ana Heights Fire Station #7 (20401 Acacia Street). The “Drill the Skills” is a chance for new CERT graduates from both Fall 2018 CERT programs, as well as active CERT graduates, to refresh their skills and renew their certifications.

NBFD to hold CERT Drills

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For the drill, CERT volunteers work in teams simulating emergencies where rescue efforts are needed. They are challenged with situations testing their outdoor/indoor search and rescue, fire suppression and disaster medical operations skills. At the conclusion of the drill, CERT volunteers from both fall CERT classes participate in a graduation ceremony. Newport Beach CERT volunteers are trained to help themselves, their family and neighbors following any unexpected disasters.

On November 13 at 6:30 p.m., Newport Beach Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Boyles will present a Wildland Fire Workshop at the quarterly CERT “All Hands” meeting. The workshop takes place at the Newport Beach Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave. Chief Boyles will present information on the wildland fire threat to the State of California, how the Newport Beach Fire Department is deployed to these incidents, and our department’s recent experience with the Thomas and Mendocino Complex Fires. This presentation is open to all Newport Beach residents. Please encourage your friends and neighbors to attend this informative meeting. No registration is required to attend.

For further information on the CERT program or the “Drills the Skills”, contact CERT program coordinator Matt Brisbois at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 949.644.3112 for additional program information.


Stump the Stu

Where would you find train tracks in Newport Beach?

Stump the Stu 10.26.18

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Stump the Stu found this train in Newport Beach...chugging down the track. So where would you find this colorful locomotive?

We couldn’t believe how many readers knew this choo-choo was chugging around a picturesque tree and among beautiful landscaping this holiday season at Roger’s Gardens. Several did guess the charming home on Heliotrope with its train...incorrectly.

Congratulations to Barbara DeGroot, Bill Finster, Bill Lobdell, Carol Strauss, Catherine Griffin, Cathie Cook, Cyja Kelly, Debbie Douglas, Debbie Stevens, Dillon Henry, Elaine Linhoff, Elizabeth McKibbin, Ellen Trujillo, Honey Hostetter, James McCullough, Jeff Herdman, Jill Golden, Jillian Sabaugh, Justin Myers, Kim Crawford, Mark Simon, Mary Amundson, Mary Ann Hemphill, Mary Shackleton, Michael Wheaton, Richard Lee, Ricki Lundstrom, Rush Hill, Sandy Pickens, Scott Palmer, Tim Paone and Wendy Gerdau.

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

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


Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so put your thinking caps on. Stu believes readers will guess this sign and its importance.

Good luck! Stu loves publishing the winning answers on Tuesday.

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 10.26.18

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The Joy of Christmas comes to Sherman Library & Gardens

The Joy of Christmas gifts

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Sherman Library & Gardens is holding The Joy of Christmas Open House on Thursday, Nov. 8 from 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. All are invited to attend.

Hosted by the Sherman Gardens’ Volunteer Association, the event is free.

Attendees will receive a 15 percent discount on all Garden Shop purchases of seasonal plants, handmade items and unique holiday gifts. Enjoy complimentary home baked cookies, coffee and tea.

For more information, call 949.673.2261 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

Note: Friends Preview Night takes place Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 4 - 7 p.m., an exclusive evening for Friends and their guests (please show your membership card at the entry gate).


Wake Up! Newport presents California Chamber update

Wake Up Newport Zaremberg

Courtesy of Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce

Wake Up! Newport presented by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce will present a lively program on Thursday, Nov. 1 at Newport Beach Central Library’s Friends Room.

Themed “California Chamber Update,” the featured speaker is Allan Zaremberg, president and CEO of the California Chamber of Commerce.

For more than 125 years, Cal Chamber has worked to make California a better place to live, work and do business by giving private sector employers a voice in the state politics and providing a full range of California-specific products and services.

Topics to be covered include: How does the Cal Chamber help local businesses; the upcoming election; the repeal of the gas tax; and rent control.

Admission is free. The complimentary breakfast takes place at 7:15 a.m. with the program occurring from 7:45 - 8:30 a.m. Please make reservations for seating and food considerations.

To RSVP, visit www.newportbeach.com.

Newport Beach Central Library is located at 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.


Pacific Symphony awarded economic development grant from Bank of America

Pacific Symphony and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation announced a new $35,000 grant to continue musical support of the Orange County community. The announcement was made at the Symphony’s administrative home at the Charlie and Ling Zhang Center for Musical Arts and Education in Irvine. 

Through nationally recognized K-12 in-school music education programming, violin instruction for Title I students and a summer arts camp, arts-X-press, the Symphony reaches tens of thousands of young people each year. Community engagement includes free concerts in public parks, community centers and local festivals, as well as radio broadcasts, and specialized services through the Heartstrings programs, which target disadvantaged residents. Heartstrings partners with 23 local agencies providing free tickets and bus transportation to concerts, on-site musical activities, music therapy and interactive engagement.

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“Through Bank of America’s long-standing commitment to arts education, their grant support to the Symphony allows us to expand our community engagement services to more community members in the Southern California area,” said Pacific Symphony’s President and CEO John Forsyte. “The Symphony will continue to provide local schools and community nonprofits with music learning, enrichment and music therapy to offset the steady decline of the availability of the arts to residents. We’re proud to continue investing in the artistic prosperity and future of Orange County.”

“Bank of America recognizes and appreciates the importance of artistic investment in the community, which allows for transformative musical experiences for people of all ages,” said the Symphony’s Vice President of Education & Community Engagement, Susan Miller Kotses. “As the leader of our education and community engagement programs, I am profoundly grateful for Bank of America’s continuing commitment to providing access to those who might otherwise not have the opportunity to engage with Pacific Symphony and our world-class musicians. Quite simply, music has the power to change lives, and thanks to Bank of America, access to this life-changing opportunity is more widely available than ever before.”

Bank of America has worked with Pacific Symphony since 2000 to help fund its artistic engagement programs. The $35,000 grant is part of the company’s focus on directly supporting the Symphony’s current operations while increasing community impact and engagement to local residents. The funds from this grant will benefit 32 K-12 schools, 23 nonprofit partners, and 272,000 Orange County residents and visitors who attend and participate in concerts and education and community programs.

“Bank of America recognizes that the arts matter as an important economic driver that helps spur community engagement, cultural exchange and local revenue,” said Allen Staff, Orange County market president, Bank of America. “The Pacific Symphony’s array of popular and important educational and outreach programs help make the arts accessible to classrooms and households that may not otherwise leverage the performing arts and its world-class musicians for entertainment and, for school kids, possible careers.”

For more information and upcoming performances, visit www.pacificsymphony.org.


KidWorks honors Newport Coast philanthropist, developer

KidWorks, a Santa Ana-based nonprofit that provides academic, spiritual and leadership programs for underserved children and teens, will present its prestigious 2018 Dan Donahue Leadership Award to Steven L. Craig at the KidWorks’ 12th annual Foundation for Success Luncheon. The much-anticipated event will take place on Thursday, Nov. 8 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Santa Ana/Orange County Airport, 201 E. MacArthur Blvd., in Santa Ana.

“We are honored to present this very special award to Steve in recognition of his longtime support of KidWorks’ youth and families,” said David Benavides. KidWorks’ Executive Director. “His service to KidWorks as a Board member, chairman of the Advisory Council, and past chairman of the annual luncheon is exemplary. His vision and leadership have elevated the annual luncheon to a whole new level, which has been so important as it raises the majority of KidWorks’ annual after school program budget.”

Kidworks honors Steven Craig

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KidWorks honoree Steven L. Craig

Craig is the president and CEO of Craig Realty Group, a factory outlet shopping center development firm founded in 1995 in Newport Beach. Craig Realty Group owns and operates 14 outlet centers in nine states, including the Citadel Outlets in Los Angeles, Outlets at Barstow and Outlets at San Clemente, which is the first and only ocean-facing outdoor shopping and dining destination in Orange County.

“Dollar for dollar, it’s clear that KidWorks makes the biggest impact on the lives of Santa Ana youth,” Craig said. “Our future is tied to their future – these young people will grow up to be our fellow neighbors, friends and leaders. With KidWorks the results speak for themselves.”

Keynote speaker Cory Hahn is a highly touted Mater Dei High School baseball player who was paralyzed from the chest down sliding into second base as a freshman at Arizona State University in 2011.

In recognition of his unwavering spirit despite his grave injury that ended his dream of playing Major League Baseball, the Arizona Diamondbacks drafted Hahn in the 34th round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft and two years later the team named their annual 34th-round draft selection the “Cory Hahn 34th Pick.” After graduating from ASU in 2014, the D-backs hired Hahn in the organization’s scouting department where he serves as Coordinator of Professional Scouting.

This event sells out every year. A variety of Foundation for Success sponsorship levels is offered, ranging from $3,000 to $50,000. To reserve your sponsorship, contact Lisa Gels, KidWorks’ Manager of Partnerships Donor Relations at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 714.834.9400, ext. 126.


Halloween events coming to Lido Marina Village

Halloween in in full swing at Lido Marina Village, and residents are invited to enjoy the festivities.

The schedule includes:

–Pumpkin Carving at Malibu Farm on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. where you can enjoy a pumpkin carving party complete with baby goats. Pumpkin carving is fee to guests, while supplies last.

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–Halloween Pop Up with Kasey Blue Kids & The Daydream Republic on Sunday, Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Celebrate Halloween on the Lido Deck with all things fall with Kasey Blue Kids the Day-dream Republic, French Bucket, balloon twisters and more surprises.

–Trick or Treat on Halloween on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Bring your little ghouls and goblins for some trick or treat fun. The black and orange balloons will lead you to the goodies.

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


All Hallows Eve party at Aqua Lounge

All Hallows Eve Aqua Lounge

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Ghouls and ghosts should don their scariest costumes for this year’s “All Hallows Eve” Halloween party at Aqua Lounge in the Fashion Island Hotel on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9 - 11:45 p.m.

Signature drinks for the evening include Bloody Bitters (a Smoked Cherry Manhattan) and Bat-Winged Bubbly (Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label in a bat-winged flute).

Cost: $20 cover charge includes a complimentary drink; VIP booths begin at $250. Visit www.fashionislandhotel.com for tickets and additional information. Open to adults 21 years of age and over.

Aqua Lounge in the Fashion Island Hotel is located at 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Muldoon mailer raises eyebrows

TomJohnsonThe mail piece below was forwarded to StuNews this week. It’s obviously a piece in favor of incumbent Kevin Muldoon in his re-election bid for the Newport Beach City Council. 

At first glance, it looks like a great piece, but, but, but…isn’t that the Coronado Bridge off in the distance underneath Kevin’s name and signature?

Is that the Coronado Bridge?

Now obviously Kevin doesn’t layout his own pieces, but one has to find it alarming that his people couldn’t find an equally worthy photo from someplace in Newport Beach?

Or, as his opponent Roy Englebrecht said, “He used a photo trying to show it was Newport Beach, but if you look in the background it is actually the Coronado Bridge, so it must be from the San Diego area. I would think Kevin would proof his mailers and be proud to use a photo of his hometown.”

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Correction: The photo mentioned above is not of San Diego and the Coronado Bridge; it actually turns out to be a photo of Newport, RI.

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The City Council voted Tuesday night to spend just under $1.5 million to dredge a section of the Grand Canal, located between Balboa Island’s Big and Little islands, and the channel that separates Harbor Island and Balboa Island.

The approved bid went to Associated Pacific Contractors, Inc. of Morro Bay.

Neighbors may not be excited about the work window from 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. 

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WAKE UP! Newport will present guest speaker California Chamber of Commerce President Alan Zaremberg next Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Newport Beach Public Library in the Friends Room. 

For some 125 years the CalChamber has given a voice to private sector employers at the state level, particularly with politics.

Zaremberg will discuss how the CalChamber helps businesses, the upcoming election, and the effort to repeal the gas tax and rent control.

The event includes a complimentary continental breakfast beginning at 7:15 a.m., with the program running from 7:45 - 8:30 a.m.

For more info go to www.newportbeach.com 

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The City of Newport Beach has $75,000 earmarked for community program grants. If you’re involved in an organization that provides programs or services within the city, you may want to apply.

Here’s what you do. Click here to fill out the application and return to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16.


Segerstrom Center’s Broadway, Curtain Call series continues

Segerstrom Centers Broadway Dear Evan Hansen

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Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen comes to Segerstrom Center, January 1 - 13, 2019

A season of Tony Award-winning Broadway hits – Center premieres and returning favorites – await audiences during Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ 2018-2019 Broadway and Curtain Call Series. Coming to the Center for the first time are Waitress, Dear Evan Hansen, Come From Away, Disney’s Aladdin, and Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

There will be new productions of the Tony Award®-winning Best Musical Revival Hello, Dolly! starring Broadway legend Betty Buckley, Fiddler on the Roof and Cats. The season also includes The Phantom of the Opera.

Schedule of performances:

BROADWAY SERIES

Waitress: November 13-15

Dear Evan Hansen: January 1 - 13, 2019

Come From Away: February 5 - 17, 2019

Disney’s Aladdin: March 6 - 23, 2019

Fiddler on the Roof: May 7 - 9, 2019

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: May 28 - June 9, 2019

CURTAIN CALL SERIES

Hello Dolly!: January 22 - 27, 2019

Cats: April 9 - 14, 2019

The Phantom of the Opera: July 10 - 21, 2019

Free pre-show and intermission activities will entertain and inform audiences, and the popular Talk Backs with cast members will again be offered after most Thursday evening performances. One Saturday matinee performance of each show will be Open Captioned, Audio Described and ASL interpreted. 

Single tickets go on sale approximately eight weeks prior to individual engagements.

Visit the Center’s website, www.scfta.org for more information. For inquiries about group ticket discounts, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.


REALTORS® Annual Charity Fashion Show Luncheon benefits OCYSF

REALTORS Annual Charity Fashion Show Gewertz and Perisi

Courtesy of Newport Beach Association of Realtors

Fashion Show Chairmen Martha Gewertz, Lawyers Title and Mike Perisi, Mariners Escrow

The Newport Beach Association of REALTORS® (NBAR) Annual Charity Fashion Show was held on October 17 with great success. The luncheon proceeds will benefit Orange County Youth Sports Foundation (OCYSF). The event, held at the Fashion Island Hotel, and was filled with real estate professionals and affiliates waiting to see what the afternoon would bring.

REALTORS Annual Charity Fashion Show Alexis Devries

Model Alexis Devries, REMAX Fine Homes

Special thanks go to Fashion Show Chairmen Martha Gewertz, Lawyers Title; Mike Perisi, Mariners Escrow; and Don Abrams of Abrams Coastal Properties who all worked extremely hard to produce the event.

There was a tremendous amount of support from the local businesses and the affiliate membership.

REALTORS Annual Charity Fashion Show Sean Casey

Model Sean Casey, Villa Real Estate

Thank you to these participating sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors:  Abrams Coastal Properties, Coldwell Banker Previews International, Compass, Granite Escrow, Mariners Escrow, Pacific Sotheby’s Intl. Realty, Surterre Properties and Villa Real Estate.

Gold Sponsors: Freedom Escrow, Metro Estates and US Bank.

Silver Sponsor: CRMLS.

Table sponsors: Arbor Real Estate, Back Bay Funding, Coast Cities Escrow, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Orange County Youth Sports Foundation, Prominent Escrow and REMAX Fine Homes.

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Model Lori Petersen, Arbor Realty

Centerpieces were provided by Homestead Escrow. Table favors were provided by Key Escrow. DJ/MC Services were by Les Akers of Akers Entertainment, and photography services were provided by Ed Melizza Photography.

A sincere thank you to Carol Dobbs, CDobbs for providing the fabulous fashions which were modeled by Landon Ball, Barclay Butera Properties; Madison Beckley, Surterre Properties; Sean Casey, Villa Real Estate; Julian Channels, Coldwell Banker; Marilyn Christian, Pacific Sotheby’s Intl. Realty; Alexis Devries, REMAX Fine Homes; Katie Dickerson, Compass; Alison Eastman, Compass; Tami MacDonald, Villa Real Estate; Dylan Mason, Compass; Bob Milliken, Surterre Properties; Demetria Moore, Douglas Elliman Real Estate; Lori Petersen, Arbor Real Estate; Nichole Story, Coldwell Banker; and Marcy Weinstein, Surterre Properties.

REALTORS Annual Charity Fashion Show Bob Milliken

Model Bob Milliken, Surterre Properties

A very special thank you to Jennifer Blair Smith for styling the ladies’ hair and Delphine Channels of Butterfly Me for providing final touches through makeup.

The live and silent auctions were a tremendous help in raising funds for this worthwhile cause, so thanks to all who contributed their time, energy and contributions for these auctions.

The monies raised to benefit OCYSF have not yet been tabulated.

For upcoming NBAR events, visit www.nbaor.com.


Newport Beach Vineyards & Winery holding grape harvest

Newport Beach Vineyards grapes

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Newport Beach Vineyards & Winery is holding its 2018 Annual Grape Harvest on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. and you’re invited to pick, crush and drink!

The grape harvesting begins at 8 a.m. followed by a “Just Good Fun and Wine Lunch.” If you would like to attend, please RSVP as soon as possible to secure a food ticket.

Limited shears and gloves will be provided; please bring your own if you have them. Please also wear sensible shoes, as you will be walking on dirt and gravel. You will be required to sign a liability waiver.

Merchandise and wine will be available for purchase. 

Newport Beach Vineyards & Winery is located at 2128 Mesa Drive, Newport Beach. Call 949.645.2200 for more information.


Newport Beach & Company reports record room nights, economic impact at Annual Marketing Outlook dinner

Newport Beach & Company, the city’s global marketing arm, announced that it booked 216,118 room nights into the city during its last fiscal year, a 16.8 percent increase over the prior year and generated $102.5 million in overall economic impact to the city, a 9.08 percent increase from 2017.

These numbers account for approximately one-in-four rooms sold in the city annually. The organization made the announcement at its Annual Marketing Outlook dinner at The Resort at Pelican Hill on Thursday, Oct. 18.

The group sales team, which books meetings into the city, exceeded its annual goal and booked 90,318 room nights, resulting in $25.5 million in direct revenue for Newport Beach hotels and resorts, and a total economic impact of $63 million. Leisure advertising campaigns garnered 125,800 visitor room nights, with an economic value exceeding $39 million, including the spend on hotel and resort stays, shopping, dining and in-market activities. 

Newport Beach & Company Gary Sherwin

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(L-R) Gary Sherwin, president and CEO of Newport Beach & Company, Roger Dow, president and CEO, US Travel Association and Evan Smith, president and CEO, Discover Newport Rhode Island

“We are proud of the contribution our tourism marketing efforts make on the city’s economy,” stated Gary C. Sherwin, CDME, president and CEO of Newport Beach & Company.

“Tourism is vital to the wellness of our community. Without visitor spending of $1.2 billion, each Newport Beach household would need to spend an additional $43,922 annually to support our local businesses,” Sherwin said.

The annual event brings together travel and tourism professionals, destination partners, and community members to celebrate the past year’s successes as well as look at initiatives to market the luxury leisure and meetings destination in the year ahead. Roger Dow, president and CEO of U.S. Travel Association, the Washington, D.C.-based organization representing all segments of the travel industry in America, delivered the keynote presentation.

The evening also recognized two outstanding community members for their dedication to Newport Beach and serving its guests. For his many years of commitment to the development and growth of Newport Beach, Robert Olson, resident and local commercial developer, was honored with the prestigious Dennis O’Neil Partner in Progress Award. Additionally, Rebecca Willis of Balboa Bay Resort received the Rosalind Williams Service Excellence Award for her unwavering commitment to customer service, elevating the experience for locals and visitors alike.

That evening, Newport Beach & Company also unveiled a new mobile tool that assists visitors with their trips and helps to customize their stay. Named Ask Marina, the digital concierge makes personalized recommendations for where to eat, things to do and hotels to stay at based on the visitor’s interests and desired experiences. To view Ask Marina on desktop, visit www.AskMarinaNB.com.


NBPL Live Series features Jonathan Bloom

NBPL Live Series features Jonathan Bloom

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Journalist and author Jonathan Bloom

We live in a time when more people are going hungry and the food we throw away daily is enough to fill the Rose Bowl stadium. Journalist and food waste expert, Jonathan Bloom, is the author of American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (and What We Can Do About It).

Bloom will speak on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. as part of the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation’s Library Live series, challenging us to look closer at what we buy, how we store and how we waste food. Refreshingly, he offers practical solutions which will leave you informed about what you can do to become more food conscious.

Bloom interviewed numerous experts, from famed chef Alice Waters to Nobel Prize winning economist Amartya Sen, to find out not only why and how we waste, but what we can do “to keep our Earth and its inhabitants physically and morally healthy.”

The lecture is free and reservations are required. For tickets, visit www.nbplfoundation.org/content/Library-Live.html.


Girl Scouts honors OC women leaders, raises $281,000

Girl Scouts honors OC women leaders 2018 Honorees

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(L-R) 2018 Celebrate Leadership Honorees Abigail Lovell, Zeena Dhalla, Christine Mueller, Melinda Masson, Lucy Vu and Corinne Padar

On Friday, Oct. 12, more than 250 Orange County community and business leaders came together for Girl Scouts of Orange County’s Ninth Annual Celebrate Leadership event to recognize incredible Girl Scout alum who serve as powerful role models for today’s young women. Held at the Fashion Island Hotel in Newport Beach, attendees raised $281,000 (gross) to support Girl Scouts’ life-changing leadership development programs for nearly 20,000 Girl Scouts representing every ZIP code in Orange County.

Girl Scouts honors OC women leaders Barbara Eidson

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(L-R) Celebrate Leadership guests Barbara Eidson, Julia Argyros (sponsor), Wendy Hales and Bill Peters

New this year, two Gold Award Girl Scouts were also honored for creating meaningful, lasting impact in Orange County and our world through their Girl Scout Gold Award Projects. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls – and the most difficult to earn – and it is only available to Girl Scouts.

2018 Celebrate Leadership Honorees:

–Zeena Dhalla, of Ladera Ranch, founder, VerticAlign Posture Coaching

–Christine Mueller, of Yorba Linda, vice president and director of operations, Capital Group

–Melinda Masson, of Laguna Beach, CEO, Scripsense

–Abigail Lovell, of Mission Viejo, senior vice president, marketing and corporate responsibility, Experian

–Lucy Vu, Girl Scout Ambassador, Troop 21004 in Fountain Valley, Girl Scout Gold Award Project: STEAM Family Night with Tamura Elementary School

–Corinne Padar, Girl Scout Ambassador, Troop 1010 in Placentia, Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Track and Field Activity Camp with El Dorado High School

Girl Scouts honors OC women leaders Girl Scout emcees

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(L-R) Girl Scout emcees Saachi Pavani and Shayda Roshdieh

Each Celebrate Leadership honoree was paired with a current Girl Scout, ranging from Daisy (kindergarten) to Ambassador (grades 11 - 12), providing tomorrow’s leaders with opportunities to connect and mentor with the leaders of today. The Girl Scouts, ranging in age from six to 17, shared how their honorees inspire them to accomplish their goals and pursue their dreams. Each honoree was presented with a custom art piece created by her Girl Scout partner, a symbolic Girl Scout badge to represent her honoree’s unique leadership journey. Consistent with Girl Scouts’ commitment to being girl-led, Girl Scout Seniors Saachi Pavani (age 14) from Irvine and Shayda Roshdieh (age 15) from Yorba Linda emceed the program. Entertainment featured pianist Girl Scout Senior Alysea Loreto (age 14) from Mission Viejo played a classical suite during the event reception.

“The world needs more female leaders, and that starts with introducing girls to positive female role models,” said Girl Scouts of Orange County CEO Vikki Shepp. “Over the past nine years, Celebrate Leadership has recognized 73 extraordinary Girl Scout alum and Orange County trailblazers who were not afraid to dream big, work hard, take risks and make their dreams reality. All have left their mark on the world and are an incredible testament to Girl Scouts as the expert in preparing girls for a lifetime of leadership, success, and adventure. We are so proud to honor these remarkable women, and for the first time this year, two Gold Award Girl Scouts, who are paving the way for the next generation.”

Girl Scouts honors OC women leaders Past Honoree

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(L-R) Past Honoree Susan Parks, 2nd Vice Chair Girl Scouts of Orange County Board Christine Scheuneman and Past Honoree Lee Ann Canaday

Attendees sipped on Lemonade Sparklers (a lemon and champagne-infused cocktail inspired by the popular Lemonade Girl Scout Cookie) and browsed nearly 100 silent auction items, which included a St. Thomas vacation, South Coast Plaza shopping spree, field-level tickets and batting practice experience at Angels Stadium, a Newport Beach Police ride-along, and more. The action heated up during the live auction with a Chef’s Dinner for 10 at Roy’s Restaurant in the Anaheim Garden Walk; GARYS and Fashion Island Hotel package; Pelican Hill Bungalow vacation; Desert Getaway in Rancho La Quinta; and two private parties at the Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center to view the 110th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Two lucky guests went home with stunning strands of pearls valued at $1,800 per pair, donated by Lugano Diamonds in honor of Girl Scouts’ founder Juliette Gordon Low, who sold her own treasured pearls to raise funds to start Girl Scouts’ life-changing movement.

Funds raised will support Girl Scouts of Orange County’s leadership development programs for nearly 20,000 Girl Scouts and help recruit, train and support more than 13,000 adult volunteers who guide them. The event would not have been possible without the support of generous sponsors.


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. 

We received several correct answers from readers who knew that our little baker toting a baguette is located at C’est Si Bon at 149 Riverside Ave. Ste. B, Newport Beach

Congratulations to Carol Reinhold, Charles Davison, Charles Foss, Charlie Ferrazzi, Jerry M Murray, Joe Stapleton and Kim Crawford.

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

Let’s have some fun!

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The Wonder of Christmas Boutique is open at Roger’s Gardens

The Wonder of Christmas

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The Wonder of Christmas Boutique at Roger’s Gardens is now open 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily. There are 20 trees adorned with more than 600 different ornaments, from which to choose.

Christmas at Roger’s Gardens is a seasonal celebration of light and laughter. 

The aesthetic is fresh and modern, capturing the beauty of nature juxtaposed with sparkling metallics. Twinkling lights mingle with seasonal greens and delicate hand-blown glass baubles sparkle in a magical palette of color.

Stop by the Collectibles Boutique (next to gift wrapping) for treasured ornaments that will become family heirlooms. There are also silk wreaths and garlands handmade by a team of designers. Outdoor, you will find exquisite pre-lit natural permanent Christmas trees.

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


Halloween Spooktacular at Grant Howald Park

Halloween Spooktacular jack o lantern

Bring the family to the 2nd Annual Halloween Spooktacular at Grant Howald Park on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 4 - 7 p.m., sponsored by the City of Newport Beach Recreation & Senior Services Department.

Creepy and crawly festivities include trunk or treat, a haunted maze, games, bounce houses, food trucks and costume prizes, so dress up in your spookiest garb.

Grant Howald Park is located at 3000 5th Ave., Corona del Mar.

Happy Halloween!


Newport Beach Democratic Women’s Club hosts U.S. Senate candidate

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U.S. Senate Candidate Kevin de Leon

The Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club (NBWCD) and Imagine Action Orange County (IAOC) are partnering to host U.S. Senate candidate Kevin de Leon on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Balboa Peninsula Park.

Ample and convenient free parking is available and there is no fee to attend. Coffee and pastries will be served. The meeting begins at 11 a.m. RSVPs are required. Visit www.NBWDC.org or www.ImagineActionOC.com to RSVP and for additional meeting information.

Balboa Peninsula Park is located at 100 Main St., Newport Beach.


Paint your pinkies blue and raise money for CureDuchenne

Paint your pinkies blue

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CureDuchenne, located in Newport Beach, is raising awareness for their organization to help find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy and you can help.

Paint your pinkies blue! Bring your blue nail polish to work, school, social events and family gatherings this fall. When friends and families ask you about your pinkie paint, tell them about CureDuchenne and offer to paint their pinkie nail for a donation.

Take pics of the painted pinkies and post them on your social channels with #PinkiesUptoCureDuchenne.

For more information on this campaign, visit www.give.cureduchenne.org.


Don’t miss the OASIS Senior Center Rummage Sale

Dont miss the OASIS

OASIS Senior Center will be holding a rummage sale on Friday, Nov. 2 (admission $3) and Saturday, Nov. 3 (no admission cost).

OASIS began collecting donated items in Room 4 at the Senior Center on October 22 and is still seeking some wonderful “treasures.”

OASIS can accept housewares, kitchen items, small electric appliances, linens, jewelry, collectibles, nice small furniture, sale antiques, purses, notions, office supplies, arts & crafts, pictures/picture frames, books, toys, sports equipment, holiday items and decorations. They are not able to accept clothing, electronics, large furniture, TVs, or common vases.

This is one of two major fundraisers for the OASIS Senior Center and donations are tax deductible. So, clean out your closets and garage to help make this fundraiser successful.

OASIS Senior Center is located at 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar. For more information, call 949.644.3244.


Guest Column

Grace Leung

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

Grace Leung

Newport Beach City Manager Grace Leung   

Nice to see a calm day, compared to last Friday (October 12) when our first rain storm of the season came in! I appreciated all the hard work put in by our crews in Public Works and Utilities, who mobilized and responded quickly for both the rain and the high winds that followed on Monday and Tuesday of this week.   

Our next meeting is (tonight) Tuesday, October 23, and the following are items that may be of interest. As always, this is not a summary of the entire agenda, which can be viewed here.

No Study Session items this week, so here are the items of note for the Regular Session at 7 p.m.   

Under the consent calendar are the recipients of the Cultural Arts Grants for Fiscal Year 2018/19 as recommended by the City Arts Commission. The Commission is recommending grants to eight local arts organizations totaling $24,000. The staff report provides the details on the grant amounts for each organization and the programs they are funding.

If the Minor Amendments to the City’s Local Coastal Program looks familiar that’s because we originally introduced this item at the September 25 City Council meeting. The Coastal Commission inadvertently did not provide us the final version of their approved amendment. Therefore, we need to introduce this ordinance again. Our amendments, and the Coastal Commission’s suggested modifications, are primarily clean-up in nature, intended to correct citation errors and clarify ambiguities and inconsistencies.

The 9th annual periodic review of the Zoning Implementation and Public Benefit Agreement with Sober Living by the Sea (SLBTS) shows that the SLBTS is in compliance with all requirements. The number of client beds is unchanged from the last review, at 43 beds. 

Following a second procurement process, the bid for Grand Canal Dredging Project Phase 2 has come in at just under $1.3 million. Including two additive items and contingency, the project’s total budget is at $1,459,000. In getting feedback as we prepared this second bid, we found that several aspects of the project impacted the pricing including: the confined area of the Grand Canal, small size of project and varying tides. This project does require a budget amendment of approximately $600,000 from the Tidelands Capital Fund to fully fund the project. 

The City utilizes a contractor to maintain and collect waste from refuse containers located throughout the City at beach areas, bus stops, on piers and various other locations. A contract with CR&R for Citywide Refuse Container Collection Services is on the agenda, following an extensive Request for Proposal process. The agreement is for 7 years and includes specific vehicle requirements. This is a change in vendors, from Robert’s Waste & Recycling, who has agreed to extend their contract to the end of February 2019 to allow time for transition.

As a reminder, public comment is welcome at the City Council meeting. The public can comment on any item on the agenda. If you cannot attend the meeting and/or want to communicate with the City Council directly on an item, the following email address gets to all of them: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thanks to everyone who provided feedback on The Week in Review. Based on some questions received, I’d like to clarify that this email (the Insider’s Guide) will continue, with the primary focus on providing information on the upcoming City Council agenda. The Week in Review is in addition, highlighting significant items of interest. It is posted on the City’s website; this week’s edition can be found here.

Thank you for reading. Feedback is appreciated so please don’t hesitate to ask a question or offer a comment. 

Grace K. Leung

City Manager

City of Newport Beach

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Stump the Stu

Where would you find train tracks in Newport Beach?

Stump the Stu 10.23.18

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Stump the Stu found this train in Newport Beach...chugging down the track. So where would you find this colorful locomotive?

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

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Newport Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council holds Hearts & Hands Community Service Day

On Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., the Newport Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council will hold its Community Service Day at 801 Dover Drive, Newport Beach.

Come together as friends and neighbors to perform more than 12 different hands-on service projects. The 2018 theme, “Live More – Device’less’,” features living a more authentic life to encourage serving with real purpose. Leave your device behind or be willing to give it up while making things, like new friends.

For more information and to sign up, visit www.JustServe.org, and email Jaimie Day at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

The fight game, complete with lights, camera, action, gets heated in NB council race

TomJohnsonBoxing promoter and Newport Beach resident Roy Englebrecht is running as the challenger for the District 4 city council seat against incumbent Kevin Muldoon.

Last week, Roy announced that Orange County award-winning film producer Evan Jacobs will film Englebrecht’s campaign in his run for office. Jacobs apparently will submit it to a number of film festivals.

According to the announcement, “The movie will capture Englebrecht during several campaign forums, meeting and greeting voters, voting on election day, and the Election Night Results Party.”

I say, jokingly, why just Roy? Why not film all of the races. The world would seemingly be surprised of what’s going on in our conservative little town. The Newport Beach political scene seems to now be the center of name-calling, accusations of lying and backroom deals, to name a few.

Susan Skinner continues her assault on the potential violations involving Mayor “Duffy” Duffield and City Councilman Scott Peotter for their business relationship.

Last year, Duffy hired Peotter to assist him in garnering cannabis cultivation approval for the three parcels of land Duffy owns, and presently builds boats at.

When attacked, Duffy responded that he never had any intent to cultivate cannabis, it was simply an attempt to maximize the value of the land that he wants to sell.

Here’s a problem. Skinner found that the Bureau of Cannabis Control does not roll over cannabis licensing in the sale of property. “Any new person would have to get a new license because they would have to go through a background check on their own.”

So, what is it?

Now we have the purported campaign contribution violations Skinner is accusing Duffy of. In two incidents, contributions to Duffy exceeded the laws limiting them to $1,100.

Duffy fought back by sending Skinner the front side of the check, apparently showing the refund of the overage. But Skinner wants to see the backside of that check to see if it was actually processed. 

At this point, seeing the other side of that check has been problematic. No one in the Duffield camp has responded to the request and City Attorney Aaron Harp, who also provided a copy of the front side of that check to Skinner, did so “as a courtesy.”

Skinner wants something done and for Harp to jump in to enforce campaign finance laws.

Many would say Harp has been sitting on his hands for months.

Harp responded however, saying his office only has certain authority, but it’s limited. He attached clarification that alludes to this type of issue falling to the District Attorney or for the council to appoint a special prosecutor. 

In this political climate, neither of those choices are likely going to happen.

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US Senate candidate Kevin de Leon will appear this Saturday, October 27, at the Balboa Peninsula Park, 100 Main St.

The event is being organized by the Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club and Imagine Action Orange County

The event is free and begins at 11 a.m. RSVPs are required at www.nbwd.org.


You Must Remember This: Memories of surfer Del Cannon and Velzy Surf Shop

By NANCY GARDNER

In the late ‘50s, Dana Point was often a destination for surfers. It boasted two surf spots – Killer Dana and Doheny. The construction of the marina completely eliminated Killer Dana, and Doheny is now just a shadow of itself, but in those days, Killer Dana was a bit like the Wedge, famous for big waves, while Doheny on a three- to five-foot day was perfect for all sorts of skill levels.

It wasn’t only the surf sites that attracted, however. To say Dana Point was sleepy is to understate. It was almost comatose, and land values reflected this. There weren’t a lot of buildings, and those that existed were dirt cheap. This, plus the local waves, meant a lot of surfers lived there, and it also brought two surf shops – Hobie and Velzy’s. Even non-surfers are familiar with Hobie who started making boards, then catamarans and piled up a significant fortune. Velzy didn’t have the same kind of success, and looking back, you can see early clues. Hobie’s shop was on a prominent site on PCH. You went into a clean, bright store where you ordered your board, which was ready when they said it would be. Velzy’s was hidden away, dark and confined, and your board would be ready when it was ready. However, it was Velzy’s that gave me a brief moment of high school glory.

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I was 16 and went into his shop and ordered a board. The guy who helped me was obviously a surfer, nice looking, 20ish. I didn’t pay much attention, but that night the phone rang. “Hi, this is Del.” Silence on my end. “I took your order today at Velzy’s. Del Cannon.” Del Cannon? I had been talking to Del Cannon? Del Cannon had taken my order, and I didn’t even know it, and now Del Cannon was calling me? Even if I didn’t know his face, I knew his name. Del Cannon was one of the hot surfers, so when he went on to ask me to a party, the answer was, “Yes! I mean, yeah, sounds like fun.” It took me all of 20 seconds to spread the word, and the next day there was a new star in town. All those high school boys who never looked at me twice, let alone once, were scoping me out, undoubtedly trying to figure out why Del Cannon would ask me on a date.

The night of the party, he picked me up and we drove to Dana Point where the party was being held at this little house perched right over the water. And whose house was it? Phil Edwards...just the greatest surfer of our time! And there was Mickey Munoz, the Mongoose himself, sitting on a couch. As the names and reputations sank in, I had a heady moment rubbing shoulders with all this surfing greatness, and almost as quickly another reality hit. The girls at the party were all older than I was and not just in years.  They were drinking beer just like the guys, draping themselves around them – nothing necessarily untoward, just something that didn’t occur at the parties I went to where soft drinks and dancing were the order of the day. So, there they were, drinking and draping, and there was little Nancy, not drinking and not draping, and I have to say that Del Cannon was terrific. He had to have been kicking himself for bringing this young twerp, but he never tried to get me to drink or drape. He couldn’t have been nicer.

At the end of the evening, he dropped me off, and I knew I would never hear from him again, but I didn’t need to. I had been at a party with Phil Edwards and Mickey Munoz, and Del Cannon had been my date. That’s all anybody needed to know.

As to the true nature of the evening and my extremely quiet part in it – there’s such a thing as sharing too much information, and I was not about to fall into that trap. How was the party? Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, say no more.

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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.


Sponsor a senior from OASIS to attend annual prom

Age Well Senior Services, Orange County’s leading nonprofit provider of senior programs, services and resources, is asking your help by purchasing a ticket for an OASIS senior to attend the Annual Age Well Seniors’ Prom fundraiser that benefits Meals on Wheels.

A night of dancing and dinner titled “Harvest Moon” will take place on Sunday, Nov. 4 from 5 - 9 p.m. at the Irvine Marriott at 18000 Von Karman Ave., Irvine. Tickets are $55 each. Call 949.855.8033 to purchase tickets for seniors.

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The Age Well Seniors’ Prom began in 1989 with the idea of giving the seniors at that time the senior prom they never had. Due to the World War II draft, a majority of the high school senior population did not have the opportunity to attend their classic experience. Thus, the Age Well Seniors’ Prom originated to recreate this opportunity and over the years has attracted many special guests including Betty White and Mickey Rooney.

“We are delighted to celebrate our 29th Annual Seniors’ Prom,” said Age Well’s CEO Steven Moyer. “This year’s event features the award-winning Side Street Strutters who will provide an evening of Big Band Swing dancing. Along with dinner and opportunity drawing prizes, the Prom is also an important fundraiser for us as the need for Meals on Wheels has grown significantly in the past few years.”

Free transportation is available from designated Age Well senior centers. The evening will also acknowledge the oldest woman and man crowned the Prom’s queen and king, respectively.

Age Well Senior Services is a non-profit organization located in Laguna Hills. Since 1975, Age Well has provided critical services, resources and programs to seniors in 21 cities in south Orange County. In 2017-2018, Age Well served 342,474 Meals on Wheels and 75,747 lunches; provided 64,568 non-emergency medical transportation trips for seniors in need and 2,428 hours of in-home case management. In addition, through their 10 senior centers, Age Well offers health and wellness classes along with a broad spectrum of activities, seminars and educational classes.

Age Well is a nonprofit organization with 90 percent of all revenues received directly funding Age Well programs and services.

Sponsorships for the Seniors’ Prom are also available. For more information, contact Karen Armstrong, administrative assistant, at 949.855.8033 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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


Segerstrom Center rings in the holidays with a festive array of performances

Segerstrom Center rings in the holidays Fiesta Navidad

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Fiesta Navidad with Mariachi Los Camperos performs December 12

A roster of international music, dance and legendary recording artists makes for a most spectacular holiday season at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. It all begins December 9 when the “Voice of Christmas” Johnny Mathis returns to the Center, followed by the popular annual presentation of Fiesta Navidad with Mariachi Los Camperos (December 12), the return of American Ballet Theatre’s delightful The Nutcracker (December 14 - 23), the free Holidays Around the World festival on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza, plus two additional seasonal concerts: “The Beautiful Day” – Kurt Elling Sings Christmas (December 15) and John Legend’s A Legendary Christmas Tour (December 29), and all culminating with the elegant Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert (December 29).

To help take the stress out of year-round gift giving, the Center offers gift certificates that can be used for any of the many wonderful shows and performances. Gift certificates can be purchased through the Center’s website at www.scfta.org, or by visiting or calling the Box Office. 

Tickets are available for purchase online at the website, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings of 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. 

Get your tickets now, and stay tuned for more information on individual performances.


Save the Date for the BI Holiday Home Tour

Save the Date for the BI Holiday Home Tour interior

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This residence from last year’s Holiday Home Tour is festively decorated

Save the Date for the 22nd Annual Balboa Island Holiday Home Walking Tour taking place on Sunday, Dec. 9 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

One of Orange County’s most loved holiday home walking tours returns with nine uniquely holiday decorated bay front and Island homes. These residences are sure to spark holiday cheer.

Tickets, which are $35, can be purchased online at www.balboaislandNB.org. They will also be available for purchase on November 1 at the following Balboa Island stores: Crystal Rose, Fresh Produce, Island Home, Sunny Days and Sur Le Mer all located on Marine Avenue.

Will Call tickets will be available to purchase and pick up at the Balboa Island Museum located at 210 Marine Ave., Balboa Island at 9:30 a.m. on the day of the Home Tour.

Be sure to visit the shops on Marine and Agate avenues for your holiday shopping and refreshments. This event is sponsored by the Balboa Island Improvement Association.


Redwood West co-founders purchase two waterfront office buildings

The co-founders of Redwood West (RW), an innovative, boutique commercial real estate firm that specializes in tenant representation, leasing and investment sales, recently acquired 1101 and 1111 Bayside Drive in Newport Beach. Located on the bay front, the property, also known as Bayside Square, is a fee simple office and medical project consisting of two buildings totaling approximately 40,000 rentable square feet. 

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Bayside Square is conveniently situated on the bay front

Through the entity Bayside Square Investments, LLC, John Pomer, Ben Gott and Korbin Duley of Redwood West purchased Bayside Square alongside long-time strategic partners David Frosh and David Ellis. The two-building, multi-tenant medical and office building was sold by Invesco as an off-market deal.

“There are only three buildings considered part of the Newport Center/Fashion Island waterfront and we now own two of them,” said John Pomer, co-founder and managing director of Redwood West. “As coastal commercial real estate experts, we know the potential that this property has and are excited to optimize it so that existing and prospective tenants can truly enjoy the benefits and experience of a waterfront office.”

Redwood West has contracted with SMS Architects to plan the renovation, converting the property into a contemporary workplace, and will serve as the leasing agent and asset manager for the property moving forward.

For more information, visit www.redwoodwest.com.


Pacific Symphony and Pacific Chorale celebrate the centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth

It’s no secret that Leonard Bernstein has a special place in Pacific Symphony’s heart. Music Director Carl St.Clair was mentored by Bernstein and over the years, the orchestra has played numerous concerts featuring this great American master’s works.

This season’s celebration lasts for three nights, starting on Thursday, Oct. 25 and continuing every night through Saturday, Oct. 27, with programming that demonstrates Bernstein’s outstanding compositional command of music that often combined the influences of Broadway, jazz, opera, and sacred and secular music. 

Pacific Symphony and Pacific Chorale Leonard Bernstein

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Maestro Leonard Bernstein

The Thursday (Oct. 25) and Saturday (Oct. 27) performances at 8 p.m. will feature guest violinist Augustin Hadelich, soprano Celena Shafer, boy soprano Angel Garcia, and longtime artistic partner of the Symphony, the Pacific Chorale, led by Artistic Director Robert Istad.

The evenings’ program consists of Bernstein’s “Prelude, Fugue and Riffs” (featuring Principal Clarinetist Joseph Morris as soloist), “Serenade (After Plato’s ‘Symposium’);” “Chichester Psalms;” “Glitter and Be Gay” and “Make Our Garden Grow” from “Candide;” “Greeting” and “Little Smary” from “Arias and Barcarolles;” and “A Little Bit in Love” from “Wonderful Town. Tickets for the October 25 and 27 performances range from $25 - $206.

Violinist Augustin Hadelich was named “Instrumentalist of the Year” in 2018 by online classical music magazine Musical America. He also won the 2016 Grammy award “Best Classical Instrumental Solo” for his recording of Dutilleux’s Violin Concerto, “L’arbre des songes” with the Seattle Symphony. This past summer, Hadelich made his debut at the Salzburg Festival performing the Sibelius concerto with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony. His recent international performances have included the BBC Philharmonic/Manchester Concertgebouw/Amsterdam, Hallé Orchestra, Hamburg Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Munich Philharmonic, Netherlands Philharmonic, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, NHK Symphony, Sapporo Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, and the radio orchestras of Cologne, Frankfurt, Saarbrücken and Stuttgart. 

Friday night’s performance (Oct. 26) at 8 p.m., hosted by radio personality Alan Chapman, is part of a new series, “Classical KUSC at Pacific Symphony.” This “Bernstein: Crossing Boundaries” concert will discuss how Bernstein’s music crosses boundaries between classical and jazz, sacred and secular, and opera and Broadway. Joseph Morris, Celena Shafer and the Pacific Chorale join Pacific Symphony in this 90-minute performance to play Bernstein’s “Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs;” Chichester Psalms;” “Glitter and Be Gay” and “Make Our Garden Grow” from “Candide;” and “A Little Bit in Love” from “Wonderful Town.” Chapman will also give a Preview Talk before the performance starting at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6:45 p.m. Concert-goers are encouraged to stay after the concert’s conclusion to enjoy an after-party on the Argyros Plaza for more music and conversation. Tickets for this performance start at $25.

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


YMCA of Orange County to host Senior Fall Fitness Social with free activities

The YMCA of Orange County will host a Fall Fitness Social at all YMCA of Orange County Health and Wellness Centers on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 12 - 3 p.m. Each location will feature exercise class demonstrations, health assessments, guided tours of the facility, lunch and refreshments.

With a focus on health and wellness, the YMCA of Orange County knows how important it is to remain active and healthy throughout one’s lifetime. The Fall Fitness Social’s taking place throughout the county will emphasize its SilverSneakers® classes. SilverSneakers® is a free fitness program for seniors that comes with qualifying Medicare plans, giving members access to participating locations across the country like the YMCA of Orange County.

YMCA of Orange County Silver Sneakers

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From weights and machines to group classes led by certified instructors, SilverSneakers® has something for everyone at all levels of ability. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported that only 28 - 34 percent of adults ages 65 - 74 are active, and 35 - 44 percent of adults 75 years or older are physically active. But studies show that adults age 65 or older who adopt a physically active lifestyle can significantly improve their longevity and independence while reducing health risks.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), older adults can obtain significant health benefits with a moderate amount of physical activity, such as walking daily, fast walking or stair walking. Older adults can also benefit from muscle-strengthening activities to reduce the risk of falling. A study published by the CDC Journal Preventing Chronic Disease also found that SilverSneakers® participants incurred $500 less in total healthcare costs during the second year, while having fewer hospital visits in years one and two, compared to the control group.

According to Tivity Health, SilverSneakers® participants also average 26.6 healthy days within a 30-day period, versus the national average of 24.2 days.

Visit the Newport-Mesa Family YMCA at 2300 University Drive, Newport Beach to find out how to get involved in SilverSneakers® classes.

For more information, visit www.ymcaoc.org.


Pacific Chorale names new president and CEO

Pacific Chorale has appointed Andrew Brown as its new president and chief executive officer. Brown comes to the Chorale following a 17-year tenure at the Los Angeles Master Chorale, where he worked his way up from administrative assistant to chief operating officer. He has an undergraduate degree in music education from Ball State in Muncie, Indiana and an MA/MBA in Arts Management from the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. He will begin his tenure with the Chorale on December 3.

 “I am absolutely thrilled to be taking on this leadership role with the Pacific Chorale, an institution with a rich Southern California legacy and recognized for its leadership in the national choral community,” Brown said.

He added, “I am most looking forward to partnering with Artistic Director Rob Istad to make his broadminded artistic vision a reality. Rob brings such vitality, creativity and artistry to an ensemble built on an already solid musical foundation. I know we will make a great team and I am eager to work with Rob, the board, staff and musicians to endeavor to make the Pacific Chorale one of the best unkept secrets of Orange County.” 

Pacific Chorale names new President Andrew Brown

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Pacific Chorale President and CEO Andrew Brown

According to Artistic Director Robert Istad, “Andrew has been a valued colleague in the choral field for years, so I can’t wait to work with him here at Pacific Chorale. He will be a tremendous leader to carry our 50-year legacy in this community forward into a bright future.”

Thomas Pridonoff, Pacific Chorale’s Board Chair said, “We could not be more excited to welcome Andrew to the Pacific Chorale family. He comes to us with the perfect combination of vision, experience and proven accomplishment, and we can’t wait to see where he and Rob Istad will take the Chorale in the coming years.”

Brown’s selection was facilitated by the Los Angeles-based firm Michelle Whiting & Associates (MWA). MWA is an accomplished nonprofit consulting group whose comprehensive chief executive and chief development officer recruitment efforts have resulted in successful leadership placement at more than 60 organizations throughout the country.

Brown most recently served as the chief operating officer (COO) of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the leading professional choral arts organization in the country and a resident company of Walt Disney Concert Hall. As COO, he led the Master Chorale’s artistic production, marketing and education departments, and guided the organization’s artistic and strategic planning. He also led the management team in union collective bargaining negotiations and managing guest artist contracting. During his tenure, the Master Chorale transitioned to a fully professional ensemble experiencing unprecedented growth in expanding the Master Chorale’s artistic footprint both inside and beyond Walt Disney Concert Hall.

For more information on Pacific Chorale and upcoming concerts, visit www.pacificchorale.org.


Stump the Stu

Where would you find this inflatable football player standing atop a lifeguard chair?

Stump the Stu 10.19.18

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Stump the Stu found this inflatable football player off the gridiron and standing on a lifeguard chair and is wondering, “Do we have any real football fans in Newport Beach?

I guess really only one! Congratulations to Kimberley Deem who knew this was on top of Cabo Cantina, adjacent to Peninsula Park on Balboa. Way to show the boys, girl!

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

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


Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so put your thinking caps on. Stu believes readers will guess this beloved local hangout. Clue: What’s this little boy toting?

Good luck! Stu loves publishing the winning answers on Tuesday.

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 10.19.18

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Newport Beach Historical Society to hold Christmas Boat Parade dinner event

Newport Beach Tournament of Lights

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The City of Pasadena was the Tournament of Lights winner in the Civic Division in 1931. Later this event was fondly named the Christmas Boat Parade.

Ring in the holiday season with the Newport Beach Historical Society, celebrating “The History of the Christmas Boat Parade & Ring of Lights” during a dinner event on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the Balboa Pavilion from 6 - 9 p.m.

Enjoy a traditional turkey dinner with friends and family overlooking picturesque Newport Harbor, featuring a seasonal buffet with all the fixings including a caring station, stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and more.

Adding to the festivities will be presentations from the Beek family, Newport Beach historian Howard Hall and Jeff Parker, chief operating officer with the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.

The cost is $40 per person. Festive cocktail attire is recommended.

For tickets, click here.

Balboa Pavilion is located at 400 Main St., Newport Beach.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Skinner and Duffield continue their battle off the campaign trail

TomJohnsonCommunity activist Susan Skinner continues to be actively engaged in a political battle with Mayor “Duffy” Duffield and city councilman Scott Peotter. This didn’t just start. She’s been after the pair for a while and was instrumental in the failed Museum House project and then the attempt to recall Peotter.

In September, Skinner submitted documents to the Fair Political Practices Commission claiming a conflict of interest between Peotter and Duffield.

This week, the FPPC responded to those allegations in a letter “finding insufficient evidence of a conflict of interest violation of the Political Reform Act by either individual and will not pursue an enforcement action in this matter.”

Duffield took some satisfaction and released the following statement: “(This week’s) rejection by the Fair Political Practices Commission of Susan Skinner’s multiple complaints against us underscores how one misguided person can misuse the process. The work done in Adelanto – 100 miles from Newport Beach – to prepare the Duffy Electric Boat property for sale has no relationship to any votes cast by us in Newport Beach. It never did and never will.”

Well, does that end it. Hardly.

Skinner followed with this comment: “You undoubtedly got a copy of the letter from the FPPC clearing Scott Peotter and Marshall Duffield from the complaints that I had made earlier in September. I just want you to know that the complaint that I submitted on Tuesday (October 16) was not one of the complaints that they were cleared on. This complaint has the most powerful information as it has actual documentation of the conflict of interest, whereas the prior complaints had a concern raised about a possible conflict of interest. I feel confident that the FPPC will find that this is a substantial conflict of interest when they do make a final determination on this amended complaint.”

And so, the ball moves back to the Duffield and Peotter side of the court.

Meanwhile, following the disclosure of the Adelanto parcels of land being approved for cannabis cultivation under Duffy’s ownership, the mayor says he has no plans to cultivate. 

Earlier in the week, Duffy acknowledged that he simply got the land approved for cannabis in an attempt to increase the value of his property. He’s looking to potentially sell the property, where he currently builds his electric boats, and move the operation to Utah.

Meanwhile, the campaign trail is getting ugly. Slate mailers are flooding the mailboxes as the countdown to November 6 continues.

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ENC is looking for a part-time naturalist

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Come join the ENC education team

The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) is searching to hire a new part-time Naturalist, perfect for someone who loves the outdoors and spending time educating kids.

Interested in teaching environmental and social science concepts to kids? Want to spend your days encouraging students’ awareness and appreciation of nature and science? Can’t think of anything you’d rather do than foster students’ commitment to the protection of the natural world? You’re in luck.

The ENC has started phone interviews, so if you are interested and would like to find out more about this position and learn about the positive impact the ENC has on our community, visit www.encenter.org/about-us/employment/.


Christ Church by the Sea fundraiser to support Children’s Center

Christ Church by the Sea fundraiser kids

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Christ Church by the Sea is holding a Parent’s Night Out Fundraiser supporting their Children’s Center on Friday, Nov. 9 from 7 - 10 p.m.

Sponsored by Cruiser’s Pizza Bar & Grill, this kid-free evening provides a chance to mix and mingle with other parents and friends (21 and over) at one of the Peninsula’s favorite hot spots.

Enjoy pizza, drinks, opportunity drawing prizes and a silent auction.

Tickets are $30 which includes one free drink, Cruiser’s Pizza and one opportunity drawing ticket. Your donation directly benefits the Children’s Center to help with re-asphalting the playground. You can purchase tickets with cash or a check in their offices or at the door.

If you would like to donate an auction item, you can contact Jill Musser, Children’s Center director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you would like to contribute to the fundraising effort, go to http://uk.gofundme.com/pennies-on-the-penninsula.

Cruiser’s Pizza Bar & Grill is located at 801 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.


CdM Home Tour scheduled for October 23

The 45th Annual Corona Home Tour, taking place on Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., invites the public to tour eight stunning residences in a wide variety of design styles throughout Corona de Mar and Newport Beach.

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Artwork by Estalla Pryor

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Student artist’s drawing of a residence on Hazel Avenue that’s on the Home Tour

Prior to the tour, enjoy a light breakfast reception at Le Pain Quotidien in Fashion Island near Macy’s from 8 - 10 a.m. The tour takes place from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. viewing homes at Pebble Drive (CdM), Port Margate Place (Port Streets), Larkspur Avenue (Flower Streets), Hazel Avenue (Flower Streets), Fernleaf Avenue (Flower Streets), Kewamee Drive (Irvine Terrace), Ramona Drive (Irvine Terrace) and Torrey Pines Lane (Big Canyon west gate entrance, Newport Beach).

Additional highlights of the day include a luncheon by Pascal of Café Jardin with the CdM Middle School cheerleaders, live entertainment, a CdM Home Tour Boutique with talented artisans and vendors sharing their art, jewelry, home accoutrement, fine foods and more, and a chance to enter the opportunity drawing at Sherman Library & Gardens. The day culminates with an after party at Bliss Home Design from 4 - 6 p.m. at 3321 E. Coast Highway.

The cost of a ticket (brochure of the homes to allow entry) is $80. Tickets are available for pickup at CdM High School and Middle School offices, Roger’s Gardens, Sherman Library & Gardens, Gatehouse, Barclay Butera, Bliss Home & Design, Fashion Island, Marmi, McKee & Company, Shirley’s Heart, Newport Stationers and Molly Wood Garden Design.

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


Author Janelle Brown to appear at Central Library

Newport Beach Public Library will host an author visit by Janelle Brown, the New York Times bestselling author of Watch Me Disappear on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 

Brown’s critically acclaimed suspense thriller Watch Me Disappear debuted on the New York Times bestseller’s list at No. 13. Compared to by critics as spellbinding and engaging as Gone Girl, the novel was optioned by the Gotham Group for big-screen production. 

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Author Janelle Brown

The author, who is a Los Angeles-based writer, has also won wide praise for her other works, All We Ever Wanted Was Everything and This is Where We Live. An essayist and journalist, Brown’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, Vogue, Elle, Wired, Self, RealSimple, Lenny, the Los Angeles Times, and numerous other publications. 

Admission to the event is free. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be no reserved seating; seating will be limited by the room capacity. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase books and have them signed by the author.

For more information, visitwww.newportbeachlibrary.org, or call 949.717.3830.


ENC’s Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch with animals, crafts and entertainment galore

ENC Fall Faire Boy girl pumpkins

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On Sunday, Oct. 14, the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) held its 43rd Annual Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. to a jam-packed crowd. This family-friendly festival attracted hundreds of visitors who enjoyed yummy food from local restaurants at the Savor OC Restaurant & Caterer Showcase, entertainment by the Sweetwater Creek Band and Young Singers of Orange County, while the Laguna Beach DJs spun favorite tunes, a patch filled with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, children’s games, face painting (where kids got spiders, bats and pumpkins painted on their faces), a barnyard petting zoo filled with ducklings, chickens, bunnies and goats, pony rides, hawks and owls from the Orange County Bird of Prey Center and more.

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 Youngsters got hands-on during the Craft Crawl, hiking through the Center to five different craft stations. 

All proceeds from the Faire will help the ENC provide quality education through hands-on experience with nature.

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Environmental Nature Center is located at 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach. For more information on upcoming events, visit www.encenter.org.

ENC Fall Faire Two girls hay bale

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NBPL hosts author Sarah Mlynowski

Newport Beach Public Library will host an author visit by Sarah Mlynowski on Friday, Nov. 2 at 4 p.m. in the Central Library Children’s Room.

Mlynowski is the New York Times bestselling author of the Whatever After series, the Upside-Down Magic series, and Magic in Manhattan series. She will talk about her new book, Whatever After: Seeing Red. The Whatever After books are fairy tales with a unique twist, written for children ages eight and up.

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Author Sarah Mlynowski

The author found that whenever she read her daughter a fairy tale, she felt the need to make changes to the endings. She needed to add girl power to them. The Whatever After series brings an adventurous brother and sister into some of our most beloved fairy tales by adding a twist to the plot, along with humor and a message. It respects the fables, but injects an empowering element for girls by depicting strong female characters making strong decisions and taking charge of their own lives.

A native of Montreal in Quebec, Mlynowski’s mother is Elissa Ambrose, a writer of romance novels. She received her English Literature Degree from McGill University in Toronto and worked in publishing for a while before writing her first book.

Admission is free. Seating is first-come, first-serve, based on room capacity. A question and answer session, along with book signing by the author, will follow the presentation. Books will be available for purchase from Whale of a Tale Children’s Bookshoppe.

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


Newport Beach Historical Society to hold Christmas Boat Parade dinner event

Ring in the holiday season with the Newport Beach Historical Society, as they celebrate “The History of the Christmas Boat Parade & Ring of Lights,” during a dinner event on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the Balboa Pavilion from 6 - 9 p.m.

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Enjoy a traditional turkey dinner with friends and family overlooking picturesque Newport Harbor, featuring a seasonal buffet with all the fixings including a caring station, stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and more.

Adding to the festivities will be presentations from the Beek family, Newport Beach historian Howard Hall and Jeff Parker, chief operating officer with the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.

The cost is $40 per person. Festive cocktail attire is recommended.

For tickets, click here.

Balboa Pavilion is located at 400 Main St., Newport Beach.


OCMA features six Pacific Rim artists in its new temporary space

OCMA features six Forsaken Utopias

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“Forsaken Utopias” from OCMA’s permanent collection

The Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) will open its new temporary space at South Coast Plaza Village, OCMAEXPAND-SANTA ANA, with an ambitious presentation featuring exhibitions by six artists working throughout the Pacific Rim. The opening presentation, which will run through March 17, 2019, will also include an exhibition of works from OCMA’s permanent collection. Admission is free.

On Saturday, Nov. 3, OCMA will host a special community open house to celebrate the opening of OCMAEXPAND-SANTA ANA. The free event will feature artist talks, performances, live music and food trucks as the museum welcomes guests to experience its new temporary space at South Coast Plaza Village. 

OCMAEXPAND-SANTA ANA is the name of the museum’s interim residency of a former retail space in Santa Ana as it builds its new home a few blocks away at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The new permanent home, slated to open in 2021, is designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne of Morphosis.

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Mariángeles Soto-Díaz’ “Everyday Grappling Operations”

“The Orange County Museum of Art has championed innovative artists throughout its 65-year history. At this important milestone in our life, we are proud to honor that bold tradition with a unique series of special exhibitions with OCMAEXPAND-SANTA ANA, our temporary space at South Coast Plaza Village,” stated Todd D. Smith, OCMA’s director and CEO. “These presentations represent the thoughtful programming, risk taking, and support for artists that define OCMA. 

“As we build our new home at Segerstrom Center, we have a unique opportunity to broaden our programs and our reach,” Smith continued. “OCMAEXPAND is a guiding principle, an umbrella term, for the museum during the transition. The term is not only descriptive of what we are doing in building our new home, but it also serves as a call to action for the organization. It’s meant to push us to think differently and more creatively about how we engage audiences today and into the future.” 

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Valentina Jager’s “the face the mouth the back”

“Our goal is to create a dynamic space for artistic innovation, experimentation and dialogue,” said Cassandra Coblentz, senior curator and director of public engagement for OCMA. In keeping with OCMA’s programmatic focus on California and the Pacific Rim, the exhibitions at OCMAEXPAND-SANTA ANA will showcase significant new works by emerging artists from across the region. “Each distinct artist project will explore timely topics and socio-cultural themes reflecting on the diverse perspectives of these international artists,” Coblentz added. 

OCMAEXPAND-SANTA ANA will feature five seasons of approximately six months each in duration. These seasons will begin in October and continue through March 2021. The first season will feature exhibitions by the following artists on view through March 17, 2019: 

Kathryn Garcia: Gone, gone way beyond

Valentina Jager: the face the mouth the back

Alan Nakagawa: Rescue(s) 

Ni Youyu: Dust Paintings

Mariángeles Soto-Díaz: Everyday Grappling Operations

Rodrigo Valenzuela: American-Type

OCMA’s permanent collection: Forsaken Utopias: Photographs from the OCMA Permanent Collection.

OCMAEXPAND-SANTA ANA is open Thursdays from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., and Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. It is located in South Coast Plaza Village at 1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana. For more information, call 714.780.2130, or visit www.ocmaexpand.org and www.ocma.net.


Sherman Library & Gardens to hold special movie screening on November 13

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Landscape designer Piet Oudolf

Sherman Library & Gardens is holding a free special movie screening of Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m.

Piet Oudolf is a hugely influential landscape designer, responsible for New York’s High Line, Chicago’s Lurie Gardens and numerous sites around the world. He was a pioneer in the notion of working hard to having gardens look as natural as possible. This award-winning documentary immerses the viewer in Oudolf’s work and takes us inside his creative process, from his beautiful abstract sketches, to theories on beauty, to ecological implications of his ideas.

Following the screening there will be an interactive Q&A with director Thomas Piper, moderated by Sherman Gardens Director Scott LaFleur.

Guests are invited to enjoy complimentary snacks and a no host bar during the evening. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Newport Beach Film Festival.

To RSVP, visit www.slgardens.org.

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


Wyland Foundation to hold annual celebration, fundraiser

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Wyland

Celebrating 25 years, the community is invited to join Wyland, friends and partners for the Wyland Foundation Annual Gala and Celebration at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 6 - 10 p.m. It’s an evening of food, drinks, music and Orange County’s premier live and silent auctions, featuring live painting by Wyland. All proceeds benefit Wyland Foundation programs for clean water and a healthy ocean.

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Dr. Ken Caldeira

The Wyland Foundation’s annual celebration gets even better this year with guest speaker Dr. Ken Caldeira of Stanford University’s Carnegie Institute for Science. Dr. Caldeira is a global expert on the future of our coral reef, climate and has been featured in Scientific American, the Journal of Nature, and Natural Public Radio. He is a leading advocate for using science to inspire change. Tickets range from $325 - $25,000.

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Newport’s Back Bay

You are also invited to purchase tickets for an exclusive pre-event at the Back Bay Nature Center with Wyland and guest speaker Dr. Caldeira. As a VIP guest, you can discover the natural wonders of the Back Bay at your leisure or with one of the expert guides. Plus, enjoy light refreshments, experience a chance to feed the center’s baby sharks, see the newly redesigned Wyland clean water mobile learning experience, and take in the fall beauty and fresh air of this ecological reserve. For tickets, go to https://e.givesmart.com/events/7L9/.


Mariners Elementary to hold Denim & Diamonds

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The 2018 Mariners Elementary “Denim & Diamonds” fall fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Mesa Manor beginning at 6 p.m.

Festivities will include silent and live auctions, along with dinner and dancing.

For more information and tickets, visit www.marinersfoundation.com.

Mesa Manor is located at 2300 Mesa Drive, Newport Beach.


Farmers & Merchants Bank awards grants to Thomas House Family Shelter and Second Chance Orange County

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 (L-R) Executive Director Deb Johnson with Priscilla Forbes of Second Chance Orange County

Farmers & Merchants Bank (F&M Bank), one of the strongest commercial and retail banks in California, collaborated to obtain a total of $45,000 in grants from the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco’s 2018 AHEAD Program for funding for Thomas House Family Shelter and Second Chance Orange County, the latter being based in Newport Beach and located in the Melinda Smith Hoag Living Center on Placentia Avenue and Hoag Road. 

The AHEAD Program supports targeted economic development projects and non-AHP-eligible housing initiatives that create or preserve jobs, deliver social services, training or educational programs, or other services and programs that benefit low- and moderate-income communities. AHEAD grants are awarded through members to community groups annually.

Thomas House Family Shelter’s mission is to provide a safe, supportive environment and the resources necessary for homeless families with children in Orange County to remain together, while empowering them to become independent and self-sufficient. This project will help them increase their capacity to provide workforce development services to its families by bringing a dedicated Job Developer on staff. The new position will perform outreach to potential employers and work with families on education and work experience gaps, with the goal of helping 50 low-income homeless adults with children obtain employment or increase their earning capacity. The $20,000 grant will pay for the new staffer to expand the program.

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A Newport Beach client in front of the Second Chance Orange County offices

Second Chance provides job and life skills training to low-income recovering drug and alcohol addicts in Orange County, many of whom are homeless, formerly incarcerated, or living with mental and physical disabilities. This project will fund workforce development services to 22 clients living in an emergency, transitional and permanent supportive housing facility managed by a partner organization. Clients receive help with resume writing and interview coaching, support to complete high school degrees and job placement services. The workforce development program helps clients become productive members of society and saves the public money through reduced incarceration and decreased use of emergency room services. The $25,000 grant will help pay for staff time for case management and instructors.

“Thank you to our friends at the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco for making this wonderful program available via its member banks,” said Cheryl Ryman, vice president, Community Reinvestment Act officer. “We congratulate Thomas House Family Shelter and Second Chance Orange County on these wonderful grant awards. These grants are going to help provide workforce development, empowering individuals and families to become independent and self-sufficient. Thomas House Family Shelter and Second Chance Orange County are wonderful assets to our community and we are grateful for the opportunity to assist in achieving their collective mission.”

“We are pleased that Farmers and Merchants Bank is using our 2018 AHEAD Program to collaborate with two very accomplished nonprofits, each with unique approaches to specific workforce development challenges,” said Marietta Núñez, vice president and community investment officer at FHLBank San Francisco. “With this support, Thomas House Family Shelter will be able to offer more families who have experienced homelessness an opportunity as well as shelter, and Second Chance will be able to turn more lives around for the better.”

The Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco (FHLBank San Francisco) delivers low-cost funding and other services that help member financial institutions make home mortgages to people of all income levels and provide credit that supports neighborhoods and communities. The Bank also funds community programs that help members create affordable housing and promote community economic development. 

For more information on F&M Bank business banking, visit www.fmb.com/business.


Escher String Quartet opens Segerstrom Center’s 2018-2019 Chamber Music Series

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Escher String Quartet kicks off the Chamber Music Series

Segerstrom Center for the Arts launches its 2018-2019 Chamber Series with the acclaimed Escher String Quartet on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. in Samueli Theater.

Since its founding in 2005, the quartet has quickly garnered the reputation as one of the finest young string ensembles performing today. Their instrumental interplay, which combines technical precision with warmth and vitality, has reaped accolades nationally and abroad, and elicited invitations from Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman to be the quartet-in-residence at their respective summer festivals. In a review, The Strad wrote, “…a level of individual technical precision and a collective musical purpose that is endlessly compelling…Sheer brilliance.” Quartet members include Adam Barnett-Hart and Danbi Um, violins; Pierre Lapointe, viola; and Brook Speltz, cello.

Single tickets start at $39 and 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 of 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts, located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, applauds the Colburn Foundation for its support of the Chamber Music Series and its corporate partners including Kia Motors America, Official Automotive Partner; United Airlines, Official Airline; and Omaha Steaks International, Official Fine Food Retailer.


Elev8 spotlights kids charities at local skimboarding events

Elev8 recently finished the year with “Oktoberfest” at the Balboa Pier presented by Exile Skimboards, on September 29 and 30. Elev8 spotlighted a new charity at the event, Childhelp. Eighteen children attended the event, along with their group supervisors. 

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Skimboarder Lucas Fink catching some epic waves at Oktoberfest

The surf was 5 to 7 feet, and the pros put on an epic show. The children were provided with backpacks, hats, hoodies, food, and a great time. All of the children had a great time, had opportunities to meet and hang out with the pros, and some even braved the 7-foot shore break. 

 Although Elev8 does give a portion of every sale to these charities, their passion is to get these children outside, give them new experiences, and show them that there’s hope. This is what Elev8 stands for. 

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Kids having a great time at the local skimboarding events 

The World Championships of Skimboarding, also known as The Vic – took place August 18 and 19 at Aliso Beach in Laguna. The event brought many spectators from all walks of life to take in the event, however, the effects of the contest are still being felt from a charitable standpoint. Elev8 Industries co-hosted the event specifically to generate awareness for “At Risk” children. 

The Vic has been one of the events Elev8 brings children down to experience over the last two years. Some of these children rarely get out to do things, let alone to see the ocean. 

This year, multiple children from the CASA organization were invited to attend the event. Elev8 provided hats, shirts, goodie bags, food, and drinks for the children and their advocates. These children enjoyed taking in the event, meeting the pro athletes, wearing their new gear, and one even tested his skills skimboarding for the first time. 

Elev8’s partnered charity “Court Appointed Specialist Advocates” (CASA) was also on the sand both days to educate spectators on CASA’s mission in hopes to generate awareness for the cause. Over the span of the weekend, five individuals expressed interest in becoming an “Advocate” for a child. 

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Elev8 spotlights Childhelp, an organization that helps children affected by child abuse and neglect

Elev8 is an active wear apparel company that gives a portion of every sale to one of its partnered charities upon checkout. In addition to giving a portion of every sale, Elev8 also hosts events throughout the year to give these children considered “At Risk” the opportunity to do things they never have done before.

Learn more about Elev8 at www.GoElev8.com. More information about CASA can be found at www.CasaOC.organd Childhelp at www.Childhelp.org.


Celebrating the first anniversary of Argyros Plaza

Segerstrom Center for the Arts celebrates the first anniversary of the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza with Fall for All! on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 3 - 9 p.m. With more than 43,000 people attending more than 125 free performances in its first year and voted “Best Community Performance Venue” by Orange Coast Magazine, the Argyros Plaza has become a favorite gathering place for the Orange County community.

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People of all ages are invited to enjoy free performances, festive activities, line dancing, face painting, a giant maze and more. Show everyone your best moves and close out this festive celebration dancing the night away with DJ Ceazs. Costumes are encouraged.

In addition to celebrating the Argyros Plaza, the Center will also honor the 40th anniversary of The Guilds of Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The Guilds are the oldest and largest of all the Center support groups, committed to sharing the importance of the arts. There are 18 chapters in The Guilds. Members help to create an awareness of the Center throughout the community and raise funds to support the Center’s community engagement and education programs that reach 430,000 students, children and families each year. 

The day’s celebrations include performances by Journeys to the Past, Ballet Folklorico Las Estrellas and DJ Ceazs. Kick up your heels with line dancing lessons, find your way out of our giant inflatable maze, express the real ‘you’ with face painting, play challenging games and meet La Catrina at El Centro Cultural de Mexico’s community altar. Don’t forget to decorate a trick-or-treat bag and go trick-or-treating at each of the themed cars provided by Kia Motors America. Stay, grab dinner at George’s Café, then salsa under the stars on the outdoor dance floor with DJ Ceazs. 

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


CdM restaurants: celebrating the old, awaiting the new

By AMY SENK

Are you a breakfast burrito person? Or maybe you prefer a donut, a maple twist or perhaps one with sprinkles and frosting?

For 20 years, Corona del Mar residents have made Rose Bakery Café – known to locals as Rose’s Donuts – one of the most popular gathering spots in town. Owners Dai and Shawn Lim have been behind the counters, working nearly every single day to make it happen.

Shawn Lim said he had his first donut at age 10, when his family arrived in the United States from Cambodia and his dad brought home a tray of the pastries for everyone to try. “I’d never seen anything like it…a glaze twist.” He was hooked.

Years later, in October 1998, the Lims opened Rose’s Donuts. They would arrive at 4:30 a.m. and make the donuts themselves. “It was hard work,” he said. “You gotta be here.”

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Shawn and Dai Lim, proprietors of Rose Bakery Café

In the beginning, they had some family help and a couple of workers. But over time, they realized the CdM crowds wanted more than donuts, so they expanded their menu and hours. They remodeled three times, growing over the years and adding a patio with extra seating. Today they have more than 20 employees.

“Now, we are strolling in at 7:30 a.m.,” Dai Lim said. They even manage a couple days off a week, but when they are there, they are hustling – taking orders, greeting regulars and keeping things humming.

On Halloween, to celebrate the 20th anniversary, the first 200 customers will get a free donut. And in case anyone is wondering...their favorites are cinnamon twist with crumbs for Shawn, and a maple bar for Dai.

In other restaurant anniversary news – El Cholo is celebrating its 95th birthday this year. The Corona del Mar location, located at 3520 E. Coast Highway, is one of a handful of El Cholo restaurants in SoCal and will mark their anniversary with a special on their all-time bestselling meal, a No. 1 combo, for 95 cents on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Meanwhile, CdM is still waiting for the opening of three new establishments with no news on when they might be ready for business. Reborn Coffee, which has been promising to come soon in the old Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf location at 2933 E. Coast Highway, remains empty. There were rumors the owners had issues with city regulations regarding parking, but those were unfounded. City staff reached out to the property owner’s architect, but there were no updates.

“It seems to be in a holding pattern of their own creation and we don’t know why,” said Jim Campbell, the city’s deputy director of community development. “Again, there was no delay caused by the City.”

We also contacted representatives for the new restaurant that will replace the The Dub (previously Crow Bar) at 2325 E. Coast Highway. “We will have exciting announcements from River Jetty Restaurant Group’s new concept, CdM, in the coming weeks and will definitely circle back to you then,” said spokeswoman Kathryn Riordan. So, stay tuned for updates.

And Mama D’s, in the former Sweet Lady Jane spot at 3732 E. Coast Highway, remains unopened. Emails and calls seeking information about the restaurant were not answered.

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


CdM Home Tour scheduled for October 23

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The 45th Annual Corona Home Tour, taking place on Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., invites the public to tour eight stunning residences in a wide variety of design styles throughout Corona de Mar and Newport Beach.

Prior to the tour, enjoy a light breakfast reception at Le Pain Quotidien in Fashion Island near Macy’s from 8 - 10 a.m. The tour takes place from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. viewing homes at Pebble Drive (CdM), Port Margate Place (Port Streets), Larkspur Avenue (Flower Streets), Hazel Avenue (Flower Streets), Fernleaf Avenue (Flower Streets), Kewamee Drive (Irvine Terrace), Ramona Drive (Irvine Terrace) and Torrey Pines Lane (Big Canyon west gate entrance, Newport Beach).

Additional highlights of the day include a luncheon by Pascal of Café Jardin with the CdM Middle School cheerleaders, live entertainment, a CdM Home Tour Boutique and a chance to enter the opportunity drawing at Sherman Library & Gardens. The day culminates with an after party at Bliss Home Design from 4 - 6 p.m. at 3321 E. Coast Highway.

The cost of a ticket (brochure of the homes to allow entry) is $80. Tickets are available for pickup at CdM High School and Middle School offices, Roger’s Gardens, Sherman Library & Gardens, Gatehouse, Barclay Butera, Bliss Home & Design, Fashion Island, Marmi, McKee & Company, Shirley’s Heart, Newport Stationers and Molly Wood Garden Design.

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


CdM Chamber to hold mixer at SCAPE gallery

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“Bonding” by artist Carin Gerard

The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce is inviting community friends and neighbors to a special networking reception and sunset networking mixer at SCAPE gallery on Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

The evening features an artist exhibition by Carin Gerard with complimentary wine and light appetizers, networking, and gallery and artist viewing of “Resplendence.”

No RSVP is necessary. Cost: CdM Chamber members are free; non-members and community friends are $20.

For more information, call 949.673.4050, or email 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.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Peotter and Duffy’s cannabis connection…what’s next?

TomJohnsonSo, the news of the week around Newport Beach is that Mayor Marshall Duffield has been involved in planning a cannabis grow operation in Adelanto. Although nothing is illegal about an approved cannabis business, the news is because Duffy was represented in front of the Adelanto City Council by none other than fellow councilman Scott Peotter.

B-t-w, it was a paid gig, with Peotter reportedly getting $10,000 from Duffy.

Rumors have swirled in recent weeks whether or not Peotter received money from Duffy and did it present a potential conflict of interest. Peotter would not discuss the issue, when asked, at multiple political forums. Duffy just didn’t attend them.

Fellow councilwoman Diane Dixon certainly thinks there’s a problem. In our Letters to the Editor today, Dixon writes about withdrawing her endorsement of Peotter, citing multiple concerns of conflict.

Councilman Kevin Muldoon had this to say, “In the spirit of running my own campaign this election cycle, I never endorsed any of the other City Council races, including Scott Peotter’s race. No endorsements were given or withdrawn.” 

An attempt to reach out to City Attorney Aaron Harp for some clarification on the potential conflicts was not returned.

Peotter is certainly digging a big hole. It started a few years back when he tried to make same-sex marriage a local issue. From there he was a part of the group that reportedly forced City Manager Dave Kiff out; and we can’t forget the Museum House or the recall. He’s now planned a fundraiser underwritten by a previously convicted local felon; and sent a slate mailer out claiming an endorsement from Newport Beach Fire, which was just not true. 

I feel bad for Peotter. He and I walked to our cars following a recent forum in town which he had participated in. I was the moderator and it was not all lovey, lovey between the two of us during the forum. 

But I must say, afterwards he was gentlemanly, and he even commented that he was praying for me during my recent medical procedure.

It showed me a different side to him.

All that being said, with these latest issues piled on top, the time has come to move Scott to the sidelines. Newport Beach always holds itself up to a higher standard, it’s time we do so again on the political front.

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On the good side of local politics: councilman Kevin Muldoon missed last Tuesday’s Newport Beach City Council meeting. But, it’s important to note that it was an excused absence. You see, Kevin’s wife, Heather, was in labor.

Somewhat surprised, the Muldoons welcomed baby boy Cannon three weeks early at 9 p.m.

“Best reason in the world to miss a Council meeting,” Muldoon said. “Dr. Howe, Hoag doctors, nurses and staff did an amazing job.”

No truth to rumors that Cannon has already announced his intentions to run for office in 2048.

Mother and baby are doing fine.

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It could get loud this week around Newport Beach. And the good news is that it has nothing to do with politics.

The 2018 Great Pacific Airshow returns to Huntington Beach this weekend for year three, with practice test runs planned for Thursday and then the airshow Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Trust me, the planes will be seen and heard around Newport Beach.

Most of the action will be centered around the Huntington Beach Pier and will feature the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

If you have that “if you can’t beat them, then join them” attitude, you can check out ticket information at https://pacificairshow.com

Otherwise, lock up those windows and get some earplugs.


Art in the Park showcased a day filled with artistic works, family fun

The day started under cloudy skies, but spirits remained bright at the 15th Annual Art in the Park festival on Saturday, Oct. 13, presented by the Newport Beach Arts Foundation.

More than 100 artists and artisans set up their booths, displaying and selling their artworks. Hundreds of visitors braved the rain and enjoyed the day, looking at and purchasing paintings, jewelry, photography, textiles, ceramics, glass art, wood craft and all manner of artistic works.

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High school students representing the National Charity League and the National League of Young Men along with an army of Newport Beach Arts Foundation members were on hand to assist the vendors and assure a lively day.  

The Bungalow Restaurant in Corona del Mar was on site to provide lunch for sale with attendees happily munching on pulled pork sliders and chicken wraps. Music was provided by local entertainer Jim Roberts.

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The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity offered the opportunity for the public, both children and adults, to sit and create artworks of their own.

Proceeds from the event will help to provide support for school tours, acquisition of significant works of art for the City, as well as arts and cultural programming in Newport Beach.

To join the Arts Foundation or for more information, visit www.newportbeachartsfoundation.org.


JWA August stats up year over year

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Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport increased in August 2018 as compared with August 2017. In August 2018, the Airport served 991,112 passengers, an increase of 6.1 percent when compared with the August 2017 passenger traffic count of 934,515.

Commercial aircraft operations increased 3.8 percent and commuter aircraft operations increased 419.6 percent when compared with August 2017 levels.

Total aircraft operations increased in August 2018 as compared with the same month in 2017. In August 2018, there were 30,621 total aircraft operations (take-offs and landings), a 16.7 percent increase compared to 26,250 total aircraft operations in August 2017.

General aviation activity, which accounted for 72.1 percent of the total aircraft operations during August 2018, increased 21.3 percent when compared with August 2017.

The top three airlines in August 2018 based on passenger count were Southwest Airlines (354,854), American Airlines (158,157) and United Airlines (157,680).

For more information, visit www.ocair.com.


Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club to hold monthly meeting tonight

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(L-R) Featured speakers Sharon Quirk-Silva, Dorothy Kraus and Keith Curry

The Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club (NBWCD) will hold its monthly meeting tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the OASIS Senior Center Room #1, 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar.

Featured speakers include Sharon Quirk-Silva, Incumbent Candidate: State Assembly District 6; Dorothy Kraus, Co-Founder: Line in the Sand, a Newport Beach Political Action Committee; and Keith Curry, Former Newport Beach Mayor and Opponent of Newport Beach Ballot Measure T.

Ample and convenient free parking is available. There is a nominal admission fee. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for a networking social and light refreshments. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. Seating is limited, so RSVPs are required. Visit www.NBWDC.org to RSVP and for additional meeting information, or call (949) 423.6468.


NB Chamber releases positions on ballot initiatives

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce released the following positions on ballot initiatives this week:

Proposition 1: Housing Programs and Veterans Loans Bond (2018) – No Position

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce has decided to take no position. Although generally supportive of programs to assist veterans and low-income earners, the Board had generally mixed feelings on increasing the State’s debt burden to fund these programs.

Proposition 2: Use Millionaire’s Tax Revenue for Homelessness Prevention Housing Bonds Measure – Vote Yes

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce is supportive of re-allocating the revenue already being collected by the Millionaire’s Tax to support payment of bonds to assist with providing housing for the homeless.

Proposition 3: Water Infrastructure and Watershed Conservation Bond Initiative – Vote Yes

Recognizing the bonds to be sold will be used for water-related infrastructure and environmental projects, the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce is supportive of the state borrowing to improve the state’s water system.

Proposition 4: Children’s Hospital Bonds Initiative – No Position 

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce has decided to take no position. Although Board members are generally in favor of supporting Children’s Hospitals, there was a split in opinion as to issuing state bonds to provide funds for hospitals that are businesses.

Proposition 5: Property Tax Transfer Initiative – Vote Yes

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce urges a yes vote on Prop. 5. The Board favors allowing seniors and disabled people to transfer their property tax basis from one house to the other without limit to geography or the number of times they want to use the exemption. The policy promotes home affordability. 

Proposition 6: Voter Approval for Future Gas and Vehicle Taxes and 2017 Repeal Initiative – Vote Yes

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce urges a yes vote on Prop. 6. It is the belief of the Board that the state already collects significant revenue from gas tax fees, which should be used for their intended purpose, and that additional funding is not necessary.

Proposition 7: Permanent Daylight Savings Time Measure – No Position

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce has no express opinion either way on Prop 7.

Proposition 8: Limits on Dialysis Clinics’ Revenue and Required Refunds Initiative – Vote No

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce is opposed to the state dictating the amount a dialysis business can charge and how much profit it can make.

Proposition 10: Local Rent Control Initiative – Vote No

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce is opposed to allowing local governmental agencies to impose rent control as being counterproductive to providing adequate affordable housing.

Proposition 11: Ambulance Employee Paid On-Call Breaks, Training and Mental Health Services Initiative – Vote Yes

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce is supportive of allowing ambulance businesses to require their employees to be “on-call” during their breaks as long as they are paid. This proposition would overturn a recent court ruling that would require mandatory no work breaks.

Proposition 12: Farm Animal Confinement Initiative – No Position

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce has no real position on whether to mandate specific square footage requirement for cages and pens for livestock animals.


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. 

We received lots of correct answers who knew that “CP” was a hint to this long-standing business – CP Kitchen or also known as China Palace on Pacific Coast Highway. One of our readers told Stu that the owner is referred to by locals as Chairman Jack Mau.

Congratulations to Charles Davison, Dominic Tucci, Dorothy Larson, Jerry M Murray, Jim Hoey, Joanna Ganz, Keith Pelan, Kim Maxwell, Natalie Basmaciyan, Pam Smith, Pamela Curry, Peggy Palmer, Scott Palmer and Steve Rosansky.

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 10.16.18

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Artist Barbara Davidson with her plein air painting at last year’s event

Plein Air art has arrived at the Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center at Upper Newport Bay with a juried art show, which continues through this Friday, Oct 19. The event features 60 selected original works of art on exhibit for awards and for sale.

This Friday, Oct. 19, there will be an Artists’ Reception when the awards will be presented. This will be followed by the Weekend Exhibit & Sale on Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21, with several hundred additional original paintings being exhibited. Artists will display original plein air paintings of our bay, parks and other local scenes, with a portion of the sales proceeds benefiting the Back Bay.

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Youngsters during last year’s painting class

In addition, the weekend will offer free painting classes for youngsters 7 - 12 years of age. Classes will be held in the kids’ classroom inside the Muth Center. All materials are supplied and participants will take home a completed painting at the end of class. Student space is limited and classes will fill up quickly. To reserve a spot for your child, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/kids-art-class-tickets-50203516068.

The Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center is located at 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach.


Stump the Stu

Where would you find this inflatable football player standing atop a lifeguard chair?

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Stump the Stu found this inflatable football player off the gridiron and standing on a lifeguard chair. Where would you find this Chargers guy?

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

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

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


Bella Dahl fashion label launches first ever OC shop-in-shop in Newport Beach

Bella Dahl has opened its first ever-branded shop-in-shop concept inside Sunny Days, Balboa Island. Bella Dahl has a huge fan base in Orange County, and this is the first time their customers will be able to experience the Bella Dahl lifestyle locally. Designed in Los Angeles since 2010, Bella Dahl creates ultra-soft women’s essentials that pull influences from the laid-back, Southern California lifestyle.

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Bella Dahl creates ultra-soft women’s essentials that pull from the laid-back SoCal lifestyle

The launch of this innovative way of retail brings forward the opportunity to connect with the Los Angeles-based brand as an experience and lifestyle. Bella Dahl has identified three strategic locations to launch its shop-in-shop program to meet all demographics of its customers – Sunny Days in Newport Beach, California, Gypsy Sole in Chagrin Falls, Ohio and Soca in Birmingham, Alabama. 

“Our shop-in-shops are a curated, thoughtful space to introduce the Bella Dahl brand as an experience and a memory. It’s an invitation to shop with us, and a platform for us to meet our customer, talk to our customer and connect with our customer. We’ve been designing for the Bella Dahl “dahl” for years and are excited to meet her in person,” said CEO Kerry Jolna.

As part of Bella Dahl’s extension of their brand into an experience, Bella Dahl has launched its #HeyDahl and #AllDahledUp campaign which allows the heart behind the brand to communicate directly with its customer, while engaging with new shoppers that are learning about the brand for the first time. As these taglines have recently been a digital dynamic, the shop-in-shops give way to bring these campaigns to real life, allowing their customer to interact with the brand beyond their purchase.

The fall collection, featuring Bella Dahl’s newly crafted hang tags and logo, is available for purchase now at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, select boutiques nationwide and online at www.belladahl.com

For updates, visit www.BellaDahl.com or follow Bella Dahl on Instagram @BellaDahl and Facebook @BellaDahlClothing.

Sunny Days is located at 207 Marine Ave., Balboa Island.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

More question marks surrounding election and Peotter

TomJohnsonStu News Newport was forwarded a slate mail card produced by an organization called Budget Watchdogs yesterday.

In the mailer, city councilman Scott Peotter, who is running against Joy Brenner, clearly claims that he is endorsed by Newport Beach Police and Fire.

We pointed out recently that the NBPD association did in fact endorse Peotter and the other incumbents without interviewing any challengers. It was controversial in the way it was handled.

But the problem continues now with the Newport Beach Fire Association and a potential falsehood that Peotter is claiming. 

Bobby Salerno, president of the Newport Beach Firefighters Association and Jeff Boyles, of the NB Fire Management Association, say that neither organization has endorsed or plans to endorse in the Peotter/Brenner race.

So, is Peotter just mistaken or is he blatantly lying?

Peotter has also been rumored to be tied to Mayor Marshall “Duffy” Duffield in some business/financial dealings. 

Is a marijuana cultivation business in Adelanto involved? Time will tell.

More to come, but election time is certainly upon us.

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Don’t forget the Newport Beach Arts Foundation’s 15th Annual Art in the Park this Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Reportedly some 120 Southern California artists and artisans will have their works on display; there will be food, a wine & beer garden, and music; and there will be art activities for children.

Proceeds from this event will help to provide support for school tours, acquisition of significant works of art for the city, as well as arts and cultural programming.

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Next Thursday night at The Resort at Pelican Hill, Newport Beach & Co. will host their Annual Marketing Outlook Dinner.

Robert Olson, of the Lido House and R.D. Olson Development, will receive the Partner in Progress Award.

Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, will make the keynote address.

As Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Steve Rosansky said the other day, “It’s hard to beat an event at Pelican Hill.”

For more info, contact Newport Beach & Co. or Visit Newport Beach.


World Affairs Council presents special program at The Pacific Club

The World Affairs Council of Orange County (WACOC) is presenting a special dinner event and conversation on Monday, Oct. 22 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach.

The evening features neoconservative commentator and preeminent “Never Trumper” William Kristol addressing “America’s Role in the World and at Home Under President Trump.”

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William Kristol is the featured guest speaker

Kristol is founder and editor of the Weekly Standard, an influential journal of politics and ideas based in Washington, D.C. He is also a columnist for The New York Times, and a regular panelist on Fox News, CNN and MSNBC.

Before starting the Weekly Standard in 1995, Kristol led the Project for the Republican Future, which helped shape the strategy behind The Republican Party’s 1994 congressional victory. Prior to that, he served as chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle during the first Bush Administration, and to Education Secretary William Bennett under President Reagan.

Before coming to Washington in 1985, Kristol was on the faculty of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (1983 - 1985) and the Department of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania (1979 - 1983).  Kristol received both his A.B. (1973) and Ph.D. (1979) from Harvard University.

The Pacific Club is located at 4110 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach.


Susan G. Komen OC names new executive director

Susan G. Komen Orange County, a local breast cancer organization and leading community resource for breast health, has named Megan Klink as its new executive director. Klink succeeds highly regarded nonprofit leader Lisa Wolter, who will retire in November, and has served Komen Orange County as executive director since 2005. Klink brings to the Orange County affiliate more than 15 years of nonprofit experience in the areas of training, development, management, community engagement and public policy.”

I am deeply honored to join a team that for nearly 30 years, has been committed to fighting breast cancer in Orange County through research, community outreach, public policy advocacy, education and access to healthcare,” Klink said. “The innovative breast health initiatives put in place by longtime Executive Director Lisa Wolter, the dedicated board of directors and the talented staff have made Komen Orange County the vital and trusted organization it is today, and I look forward to being part of the work that carries the mission forward.”

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Megan Klink is the new executive director of Susan G. Komen Orange County

Klink most recently worked in New York as Director of Strategic Engagement and Custom Services for StoryCorps – a nonprofit dedicated to recording, preserving and sharing the stories of individuals from all backgrounds and beliefs, living in America. Previously, Klink was part of the executive team at Irvine-based Working Wardrobes, which provides dignified workforce readiness services to those overcoming difficult challenges, including homelessness and transitioning from military to civilian life. Klink served Working Wardrobes in an array of leadership positions, including client services, development and social enterprises. Klink has made it her mission to carry out the change she wants to see in the world – a personal and professional attribute to be leveraged in her new role.

“Everyone on the Susan G. Komen Orange County board of directors is excited to welcome Megan and have her guide our organization as she is deeply committed to seeing the Komen mission gain even more momentum in Orange County,” said Carrie Swanson, board president of Komen Orange County. “As our affiliate gets a new leader, we salute nearly 15 years of commitment, service and passion of Lisa Wolter, whose pioneering spirit and tenacity for ending breast cancer and helping those struggling with the disease has left an indelible positive mark on this organization.”

The driving force behind many of the organization’s innovative and diverse initiatives, Wolter led the Orange County affiliate to a prestigious Affiliate of the Year award in 2014 from the national office of Susan G. Komen. She also has received many individual accolades during her tenure as executive director, including the 2015 Women in Business award from the Orange County Business Journal. As part of Komen Orange County’s Annual Grants Breakfast on December 7 at the Irvine Hotel, the affiliate will celebrate Wolter’s service to Komen’s mission. For information and tickets, visit www.komenoc.org/breakfast.

“I’m grateful to have witnessed a passionate and dedicated team make a remarkable impact toward our vision of helping every breast cancer patient become a breast cancer survivor. I am confident Komen Orange County will continue to strive toward breast health equity as Megan takes the reins of the organization,” Wolter said. “Many wonderful people make up the Komen Orange County family, and it has been my honor to work alongside and learn from longtime volunteers, breast health advocates, survivors and people with metastatic breast cancer.”

Throughout its 27-year history, Komen Orange County has raised more than $40 million. Seventy-five percent of funds raised stay in Orange County to provide breast health education, screening and treatment for uninsured or underinsured community members. The other 25 percent raised benefits Komen research and scientific grant programs, which support groundbreaking breast cancer research.


SOCALPAPA paints OC Parks and the Back Bay

SOCALPAPA paints Artist Barbara Davidson

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Artist Barbara Davidson with her plein air painting at last year’s event

Plein Air art is coming to the Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center at Upper Newport Bay with a juried art show starting today, Friday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and continuing through Friday, Oct. 19. It features 60 selected original works of art on exhibit for awards and for sale.

On Friday, Oct. 19, there will be an Artists’ Reception when the awards will be presented. This will be followed by the Weekend Exhibit & Sale on Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21, with several hundred additional original paintings being exhibited. Artists will display original plein air paintings of our bay, parks and other local scenes, with a portion of the sales proceeds benefiting the Back Bay.

SOCALPAPA paints Kids painting

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Youngsters during last year’s painting class

In addition, the weekend will offer free painting classes for youngsters 7 - 12 years of age. Classes will be held in the kids’ classroom inside the Muth Center. All materials are supplied and participants will take home a completed painting at the end of class. Student space is limited and classes will fill up quickly. To reserve a spot for your child, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/kids-art-class-tickets-50203516068.

The Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center is located at 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach.


Perricone Farms makes miracles come true

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Perricone Farms presents $50,000 check to Miracles for Kids at Angels Stadium

Through its Home Run for Kids program, Perricone Farms, based in Newport Beach, has donated a total of $50,000 to Tustin-based nonprofit Miracles for Kids, which benefits terminally ill children and their families.

Perricone Farms agreed to donate $250 for every Angels homerun during the regular baseball season, and thanks to a very successful season with more than 200 homeruns, Miracles for Kids will be able to help a lot of families throughout the area.

On Wednesday, Sept. 26, before the Los Angeles Angels game against the Texas Rangers, Joe Perricone, CFO of Perricone Farms, presented Miracles for Kids Co-Founder and CEO Autumn Strier along with fellow Miracles for Kids board members with the generous check for $50,000 at Angels Stadium in Anaheim. 

For more information on Miracles for Kids, visit www.miraclesforkids.org.


OC residents rally to end homelessness with SPIN

The 29th annual Serving People In Need (SPIN) gala billed as “Oktoberfest” unfolded Friday evening, October 5 in the ocean view dining room of Newport Beach Country Club. Some 250 SPIN donors converged in the contemporary California Craftsman revival clubhouse helping to fund and assist OC families providing permanent housing thus avoiding homelessness. More than $320,000 net was ultimately raised coming from underwriting, an auction, as well as a simple “ask” with generous patrons raising their hands to make a difference.

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(L-R) Melanie Fitch and Jean Wegner enjoy the Oktoberfest theme

The entire affair was created with significant support from donors Keith and Florence Smith, Presenting Sponsors of the evening. Over several decades, the Smith family has supported SPIN with upwards of a half million dollars in funding providing housing for homeless families. Additional significant donors were Mary Lynn and John Rallis, Trish O’Donnell, Frank and Peggy Listi, Dick and Kim Crawford, Heidi and Joe Heffington, Maureen Flanagan, Curtis Scheetz, Sharad and Apoorva Bansal, Melanie and Ed Fitch, Mary Lou and Wayne Shattuck, and Charles and Regina Granville, to name only a few.

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(L-R) Keith Smith and Kevin Larkin

The celebration began at dusk with patrons arriving for cocktails and fabulous hors d’oeuvres, entertained by the Linda Herman Bavarian Trio. Many SPIN guests chose to come in Oktoberfest costume befitting the theme. Beer maidens in traditional attire paraded through the ballroom lobby serving samples of German and American craft beer. Newport Beach Country Club staff passed canapes of smoked salmon on pumpernickel toast as the crowd surveyed silent auction items.

The ballroom doors opened as the guests gathered for the live auction and the “ask,” preceded by an emotional address by a young woman rescued by SPIN sharing her story of turn around and success.

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(L-R) Al DeGrassi and Comic Bobby Collins

Guests enjoyed a lavish Oktoberfest buffet featuring grilled brats hot off the barbecue, goulash made the authentic German way accompanied by red cabbage, potato pancakes and dilled cucumber salad. As dessert was served, a selection of Bavarian pastries, comic Bobby Collins headlined the evening with a performance that had the SPIN guests in hysterics. Collins, a regular on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, flew in from New York to entertain for SPIN. 

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Wayne and MaryLou Shattuck

The Oktoberfest ended as the crowd took to the dance floor for an end of the evening polka, then taking a pretzel and a glass stein filled with Bavarian treats for the road.

In 2017, SPIN has assisted 517 individuals (192 adults and 324 children) in their housing program. “The need is so great, we hope to help more in 2018,” said Jean Wegener, executive director. It comes down to money. No surprise. Seventy-five percent of SPIN’s funding comes from multiple grants and 25 percent from community fundraising.

SPIN is one of the first agencies in the OC to be awarded Platinum Status with Guidestar, a national ranking platform evaluating the success of nonprofit agencies. More than 90 percent of every dollar donated goes directly to client services and according to an independent study of OC’s nonprofits, 100 percent of families served by SPIN were successfully transitioned into permanent housing. 

To learn more, visit www.SPINOC.org.


Kahuna Cares Charity Golf Tournament and After Party to feature Common Sense on November 2

Kahuna Cares Foundation, a local nonprofit providing support for organizations that help enrich the lives of people with special needs, will feature live music by Laguna Beach favorites Nick Hernandez, Billy Sherman, and Phil Gough of Common Sense at the Kahuna Cares Charity Golf Tournament and After Party on Friday, Nov. 2, at the Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Beach.

A Laguna Beach local, Hernandez is a big proponent of Kahuna Cares Foundation and says he’s looking forward to participating in the Kahuna Charity Golf Tournament and performing at the After Party. 

Hernandez is a passionate advocate of the cause with proceeds from the event benefiting Surfers Healing, OC Autism and Fish for Life, and the countless special needs individuals they serve each year.

Common Sense is involved with the golf tournament because we back the Kahuna Cares Foundation with all of our hearts,” Hernandez said. 

Hernandez met Jennifer Tracy, who cofounded Kahuna Cares Foundation with Veronica Hoggatt, a little more than 20 years ago, he said, when Common Sense was asked to play a benefit with Donovan Frankenreiter to raise money for Surfers Healing.

 “This was the beginning of a lifelong friendship with Jennifer. Working with kids with special needs has been a rewarding part of my life ever since,” Hernandez said. “I have been able to pass this along to my son Joshua, who is currently a volunteer surf instructor for Surfers Healing.”

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Common Sense pictured with Isaiah Paskowitz, the son of Surfers Healing founders, will play live at the Kahuna Cares Charity Golf Tournament and After Party on November 2

Tracy’s father the late Terry “Tubesteak” Tracy, was the inspiration for the “Big Kahuna” role in the surf-culture classic Gidget movies. He was the inspiration for founding Kahuna Cares, by honoring his legacy of love for others by raising money for organizations that support the special needs community.

“I knew the icon ‘Tubesteak’ personally. His support at the Surfers Healing events was felt by all. He would tell stories about music in his day and the importance of giving back,” Hernandez said.

 Participants in the Kahuna Cares Charity Golf Tournament and After Party can soak up the gorgeous surroundings of the Pelican Hill Resort, while enjoying Common Sense perform.

“Common Sense will be playing an unplugged set and hacking up the Pelican golf course,” Hernandez said laughing, “I mean playing in the tournament. “We give our full support to whatever the Kahuna Cares Foundation needs always.” 

Hernandez added, “What I have taken from my experiences with Kahuna Cares Foundation and Surfers Healing is giving and volunteering are essential for the happiness and health of our community.” 

“All I know is that through our Charity Golf Tournament, if we can give back or raise a few dollars to help a special needs child smile as they surf with Surfers Healing, help get toys for the OC Autism annual Christmas party and see the joy in their faces, or see the glow of a special needs child when they catch a fish on their first boat ride with Fish for Life, that will mean the world to us. That’s the reason we’re holding this special event for these very special people,” Tracy said.

To register or find out more information about the Kahuna Cares Charity Golf Tournament and After Party on Friday, Nov. 2, with a shotgun start at 9 a.m., visit www.kahunacaresfoundation.org

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to win a brand-new Ford Explorer, thanks to the generous sponsorship by Tuttle-Click Ford Irvine. Other exciting sponsorships include opportunity drawing and auction items: a Honda Center Suite for a Duck’s game, a NASCAR experience, a four-day Mexico Resort trip, and items from Dixon Golf, Krank Golf and more. 


Junior League Juniors discover nature in local regional park

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The Junior League Juniors group from Newport Beach-based Junior League recently enjoyed a wondrous morning at Santiago Oaks Regional Park. The group had the opportunity to gather around and watch a slideshow regarding the Canyon Two Fire and the impact it had on nature and the park’s local animals.

During the presentation, the children were told of the different animals and types of plants and trees that were indicative of Santiago Oaks Regional Park. They then headed out for a nature walk where the children had a scavenger hunt regarding nature and wildlife.

After the hike, they nestled together for snacks and drinks, and had story time regarding fire safety and what to do and not to do to stay safe. The children didn’t finish there; they each potted a plant with black sage which grows throughout the park. Once each child’s plant grows, he or she can come back with his or her parent and plant it.

This event not only was educational, it involved exercise, story time, and how to care for your own plant.

Junior League of Orange County is located at 5140 Campus Drive, Newport Beach.

For more information on Junior League Juniors, visit www.jlocc.org.


Mikhailovsky Ballet and Orchestra returns to Segerstrom with Don Quixote

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is presenting the Mikhailovsky Ballet and Orchestra performing the classical masterpiece Don Quixote on November 9 - 11 in Segerstrom Hall. Colorful, vibrant, direct, spontaneous: all these epithets can be applied to Don Quixote, but none of them can fully convey the sense of joy that the ballet invariably inspires in audiences. 

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Mikhailovsky Ballet: Don Quixote features Angelina Vorontsova and Victor Lebedev

It captivates with its spectacular dancing, spirited music and endearing touches. “Don Q” is a ballet loved by all. The November 9 opening night performance as well as Saturday, Nov. 10, will feature Ivan Vasiliev as Basilio, one of his signature roles and a true tour de force. Casts will also include Mikhailovsky stars Victor Lebedev as Basilio, Angelina Vorontsova and Anastasia Soboleva as Kitri.

The red capes of the toreadors, the strumming of guitars, the clicking of castanets, coquettish glances from behind open fans...the enchanting levity of the “ballet of Spain” will surge onto the stage. Each role demands virtuosity and stamina as the dancers interpret this ballet in their own individual ways. The permutations are endless, and therein lies one of the secrets of the ballet’s phenomenal popularity, and why each performance holds surprises and becomes an event unto its own.

Single tickets for the Mikhailovsky Ballet’s Don Quixote start at $29 and 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 discounts for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. 

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


On the Harbor: Harbor 20 Fleet 1 results, update on the Harbor Commission and more

By LEN BOSE

Over this last weekend, the Harbor 20 Fleet 1 held its fleet championships with 35 boats participating. Competitors were greeted with sunny skies, cool temperatures and a southerly breeze. Traffic in the five-point area of the harbor was minimal, so the regatta could not have gone off any better. Don Logan and Tom Walker teamed up to provide drone coverage of the regatta that is spectacular and makes you smile while thinking to yourself, “That’s where I hang out.”

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Harbor 20 Fleet 1 regatta

This year’s winners are Cole and Karl Pomeroy in C Fleet. This father-son team, son at the tiller, jumped on the competition as if they were getting on the 405 while heading to the fast lane and never looking back. In B fleet, Anne and Ed Kimball did the same thing; they might have signaled while making a couple lane changes, while taking home the big pickle dish. In A fleet, it was a much tighter race between Argyle Campbell, and Perry and Brian Bissel. Going into the last race the two of them were tied for the lead, and when the marine layer lifted, the Bissells became the new fleet champions. One item to notice is that out of the 35 entries, 20 of the participants are couples, providing a type of cohesiveness over the fleet which is unique to our harbor. If you like to see the drone footage and photos and my complete report, head over to my blog site at www.lenboseyachts.blogspot.com.

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Speaking of video footage, I have to assume most of you by now have seen Coldwell Banker realtor Tim Smith’s video “Teach Me How to Duffy,” a parody on Cali Swag District’s, “Teach Me How To Dougie.” You have to check it out. At first you might ask, “Did Smith really do that?” By the third time you watch it, you will be headed down to your Duffy, copying the dance from the video. This is a promotional video for Smith’s 14,000-square-foot listing on the peninsula which is one of our harbor’s most spectacular. Should any of you find this listing desirable, I will be more than willing to “Teach you how to Duffy,” or better yet – how to Harbor 20. You can search for the video on YouTube or find the link on my blog site.

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I attended this month’s Harbor Commission meeting and it felt good getting back into the mix. I took the summer off to sail with a client on Wednesday nights this summer, so it didn’t take much effort to head down to the meeting. The first change I noticed was that Chris Miller was sitting in the audience rather than behind the staff desk. Miller has been the Harbor Resource Manager for many years and now has moved back to Public Works, I think. He will still be dealing with the dredging, public docks and hands-on around the harbor; he just won’t be working under the new Harbor Master, whoever that turns out to be. My gut tells me this is a huge mistake. Miller brings the continuity to the commission and the council regarding the daily management of the harbor. At this month’s meeting, the commissioners asked five or more questions of the staff, then quickly looked for Miller in the audience for the answers. I am sure it will all work out, but I am getting cranky and don’t always like change. I have little patience for new definitions of the rules. I trust the commissioners and staff took heed to a public comment made by Jim Moser at the end of the meeting, “There are no other committees or commissions in our city that evaluate or encourage code enforcement, so one should be careful.”

This is a good time to review the objectives of the Harbor Commission. I will keep this as simple as I can.

Objective No. 1 – Harbor Dredging. Commissioners Cunningham and Drayton have got this one, which covers everything from Streamline RPG 54, dredging methods and priorities to eelgrass.

Objective No. 2 – Harbor Operations: Work with the Harbor Master office to evaluate mooring management. Commissioners Drayton, Beer and Yahn have this task.

Objective No. 3 – Harbor Improvements: Mooring fields, Shore Facilities and Dock. Commissioners Beer and Drayton.

Objective No. 4 – Harbor Policies, Codes: Update Title 17; Regulations: Harbor Permits. Commissioners Kenny, Blank & Yahn.

Objective No. 5 – Commercial, Rec and Ed Activities: Matters pertaining to the use, control, operation, promotion, and regulation of all watercraft and vessels in the harbor. (Making sure everyone gets along in the harbor.) Commissioners Girling and Kenny.

Objective No. 6 - Long-Term Vision of the Harbor. Commissioners Blank and Cunningham.

If you are like me, and having difficulty making sense of all this, then I strongly recommend you attend the Special Harbor Commission Meeting scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17. This is a must attend, so mark your calendar, now. This meeting takes place on one of the car ferries and tours the harbor with the different harbor commissioners reviewing their objectives in person. This is when you can go belly to belly and see if anyone is blowing hot air, or really dredging into the concerns of the harbor. Most of the council members attend along with city staff. I will even be attending, if you would like me to teach you how to Duffy.

Sea ya

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


Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so put your thinking caps on. Stu believes readers will guess this longtime landmark.

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

Let’s have some fun!

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Stump the Stu

Where would you find this desert garden?

Stump the Stu 10.12.18

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Many of our Stump the Stu readers knew that this beautifully designed, drought resistant desert garden was located at City Hall. Congratulations to Charles Davison, Debi Doolittle, Don Webb, Dorothy Larson, Jane Owen, Joe Stapleton, Mary Pat Earl, Pam Smith, Paul Blank, Scott Palmer, Shirley Oborny and Steve Rosansky.

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

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


Crystal Cove Conservancy Soiree celebrated

Blue 3.2 on Saturday raising $453,000

A sold-out crowd of 450 supporters raised a goal-breaking $453,000 net as all enjoyed an evening under the stars at the 16th annual Crystal Cove Conservancy Soiree on Saturday, Oct 6. The evening was complete with breathtaking sunset views and an elegant dinner catered by title sponsor The Resort at Pelican Hill.

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The Soiree celebrated Blue 3.2 signifying the 3.2 miles of pristine, undeveloped coastline at Crystal Cove

 “It was a night to remember! Our 16th Annual Crystal Cove Soiree celebrated Blue 3.2, signifying the 3.2 miles of pristine, undeveloped coastline that is the ribbon that makes Crystal Cove State Park the perfect gift to us all,” said Alix Dunn, president and chief executive officer, Crystal Cove Conservancy. “Our guests were reminded of the magic a visit to Crystal Cove State Park has in inspiring us to be its protector and how their support increases student participation in our educational programs conducted in the Crystal Cove outdoor classroom.”

Funds raised at the Soiree will support The Conservancy’s mission and important education programs to help create the next generation of environmental stewards. The Conservancy uses a social enterprise model to fund preservation, conservation and education initiatives with the goal of creating a sustainable future for Crystal Cove State Park. The Conservancy has become a national model for how funds can be reinvested into the park.

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The night was complete with and an elegant dinner sponsored and catered by The Resort at Pelican Hill

The Soiree began at sunset with an al fresco cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. The Resort at Pelican Hill donated the hors d’oeuvres as well as the delectable dinner duo of braised short ribs and Maine lobster. The Beachcomber donated the beverage service for the evening.

A live auction, live music and dancing to Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown rounded out the evening. Guests had opportunities to purchase fabulous luxury silent and live auction items, as well as support fund-a-need, to help with student scholarships for important STEM programs (science, technology, engineering and math). In an opportunity drawing, Sonia and Gary Kessler won a three-night stay in the beachfront Crystal Cove Cottage #14, and Karly Davis won the Bin Drop trip to Cabo to stay at Casa Tequila for 3 nights and 4 days.

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Guests enjoyed the sounds of the live band while dancing into the night

Laura Davick, founder and vice president of the Conservancy, noted, “It was a beautiful evening and celebration highlighting our journey of the past 19 years, and the many milestones we strive to accomplish for our future. Knowing this community stands firmly behind us was evidence by so many long-term friends and supporters. This was the first year this event sold out so early and it speaks to the love that our community has for this one unchanged place in the sun.”

For more information on Crystal Cove Conservancy, visit www.crystalcove.org.


Creatures of the Night visit Sherman Library & Gardens

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Getting into the Halloween spirit, this family met a snake up close

Creatures of the Night at Sherman Library & Gardens, a sold-out event, took place on Saturday, Oct. 6.

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A happy girl decked out in her Hogwarts robe “flies” 

Local families enjoyed an evening of entertainment and education with educators from Project Wild Song (who brought two wolves and a coyote); OC Birds of Prey (who brought a Western Screech Owl, Red Tail Hawk and a Bald Eagle); Santa Ana Zoo (who brought various nocturnal mammals including a cute hedgehog); Adventures in Living Science (who brought tortoises, creepy crawly bugs, scorpions, a tarantula, lizards and snakes); and the horticulture staff from Sherman Gardens who educated guests on composting, carnivorous plants and night-blooming plants.

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This bald eagle visited attendees, courtesy of OC Birds of Prey

All of the youngsters in attendance received a “passport” encouraging them to visit the various educational stations set up throughout the gardens. Upon completion of visiting each station, they redeemed their stamped passports for a prize.

Sherman Library & Gardens is located at 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. For upcoming events, visit www.slgardens.org.


Clever Buoy shark detection pilot program underway

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(L-R) Assemblyman Matt Harper, Newport Beach Mayor Duffy Duffield, Smart Marine Systems (SMS) representative, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and Newport Beach City Council member Diane Dixon at the press conference to unveil the Clever Buoy System

The City of Newport Beach has partnered with Smart Marine Systems (SMS) out of Australia to conduct a two-month shark detection pilot program near Balboa Pier. Newport Beach is the only city in the U.S. that was sought out to demonstrate and test what is referred to as the Clever Buoy’s technologically advanced real time marine monitoring system. Using state-of-the-art sonar and identification software systems, Clever Buoy relays critical information to lifeguards responsible for our beach safety.

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Clever Buoy 150 yards off Balboa Pier

Located 150 yards beyond Balboa Pier, you can spot the large orange Clever Buoy, that creates a “virtual net” at five deployment locations (three to the south of the pier, and two to the north), covering approximately a 500-yard area, using sonar transducers that are mounted to the ocean floor coupled with newly developed software that scans for marine life; whereby, reflection off the sound creates an image. Once an object is detected in the area, the software interrogates the target’s swimming pattern to determine what is encountered. If the “object” exhibits shark-like movement patterns, information is transmitted to lifeguards within seconds via an app or a tablet, notifying of the exact location, length and direction the species is headed. Clever Buoy operates 24/7, autonomously monitoring marine life and alerting the presence of large animals which could be a threat to beach users.

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Installing Clever Buoy equipment underwater near the pier

This detection project can prove to be beneficial by continuing to attract locals and visitors alike, knowing our beaches are safe. In addition, it also provides water temperature and other weather data. If the deployment proves successful, it could lead to further expansion of Clever Buoy technology at additional Orange County beaches, by seeking funding on county, state and federal levels.

For additional information, visit www.smartmarinesystems.com.


CdM Residents Association to hold monthly meeting

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Dave Kiff, interim CEO of the Association of California Cities

On Thursday, Oct. 18, the Corona del Mat Residents Association Board holds its monthly board meeting at 7:30 a.m. at the OASIS Senior Center.

The featured speaker is Dave Kiff, the interim CEO of the Association of California Cities. He will be addressing the efforts as to what local cities and counties are doing to help curtail homelessness. Kiff is the recently retired Newport Beach City Manager.

For more information, call 949.478.2454 and visit www.cdmra.org.

The meeting takes place at the OASIS Senior Center, Room No. 5, located at 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar.


Art in the Park comes to the Civic Green tomorrow

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Tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 13, the 15th Annual Art in the Park takes place from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on the Newport Beach Civic Green, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.

The day features 120 Southern California artists and artisans who will have their works for sale. Visitors can meet the artists, see their work, and purchase the finest in artwork and crafts in a variety of styles and media – from fine paintings and pottery to photography, fine textiles, jewelry and glass.

This fun family event will have art activities for children (and adults), provided by the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. There will also be food, a wine & beer garden and music, with plenty of free parking.

Proceeds from Art in the Park will help to provide support for school tours, acquisition of significant works of art for the city, as well as arts and cultural programming in Newport Beach. 

For more information, call 949.548.2411 or visit www.newportbeachartsfoundation.org.


Alzheimer’s OC honors Newport Coast resident

Alzheimer’s Orange County (“AOC”) recently honored Debra Kornswiet-Shandling of Newport Coast for her strength, selflessness and compassion, and for being an incredible primary caregiver to her father for nine years as he battled dementia.

She was recognized at the nonprofit’s 12th Annual Visionary Women Caregivers Luncheon in the event’s Family Caregiver category, which fetes those family members who are on the frontlines (present or past) of providing compassionate care to a loved one with Alzheimer’s or a related form of dementia.

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Debra Kornswiet-Shandling is honored for her compassionate caregiving

The event was held at the Rancho Las Lomas private estate, zoological garden and special event venue in Silverado. The celebrity speaker was distinguished actress and philanthropist Jane Seymour. She was the executive producer of the documentary film Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me, which tells the story of the musician’s farewell tour while dealing with the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. A total of nine people in five categories were recognized.

With more than 5.5 million Americans affected by Alzheimer’s – 84,000 of which live right here in Orange County – most people are bound to know someone who has been touched by the disease.

“Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s can be an intensely emotional journey,” said Jim McAleer, AOC CEO and president. “We were honored to recognize these incredible individuals who selflessly pour their hearts and energy into improving the lives of those who can no longer care for themselves.”

The event was organized by the Visionary Women Circle of AOC, an advocacy group comprising esteemed community members who mobilize the community to elevate awareness and expand local support of AOC’s no-cost programs through education, advocacy and fundraising.

The group of passionate women includes Julia Argyros, Jacqueline Dupont- Carlson, Jody Hudson, Susan Johnson, Lauren Kear, Jeannie Lawrence, Kirsten Mangers, Sandra McDaniel, Diane Mondini, Beverly Newton-Redfern, Marla Robinson and Stacy Schlinger.

To join the Visionary Women Circle, and for information on upcoming events, call 949.955.9000, or visit the www.alzoc.org.


16th Annual Newport El Classic Car show hits the beach

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On Saturday, Oct. 20, the 16th Newport El Classic Car Show Best of the Beach takes place at Newport Elementary School from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Presented by Fletcher Jones Motorcars and Billy’s At The Beach, the day features classic cars, family fun, a kids’ play area, food trucks and games.

Vehicle classes include: Best of Show, Best Luxury/Exotic, Best Volkswagen, Best Hot Rod, Best Muscle Car, Best Woody, Best Truck, Best Classic and Kids’ Choice. All vehicle entrants will receive a professional photograph of their car on the beach.

Proceeds benefit the students of Newport Elementary School.

For more information and to download the registration flier, visit www.newportelcarshow.org.

Newport Elementary School is located at 1327 W. Balboa Blvd., Balboa.


And the winners are...of the Golden Foodie Awards

And the winners are

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The 2018 Golden Foodie Awards was a night to remember as it celebrated the outstanding achievement of local culinary talent on Sunday, Sept. 30 at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa. The sold-out event played host to Orange County’s culinary elite who sipped on inventive cocktails and scrumptious food. The red-carpet affair awarded Golden Foodie Statues made out of pewter and plated in 14K Gold to the winners.

The event kicked off on the red carpet. Heads turned as the talented who’s-who joined the affair. The red carpet was full of food celebrities such as Simon Majumdar, known as the Food Network’s “toughest critic” and Master of Ceremonies for the night’s event, Neil Saavedra, of The Fork Report on KFI AM 640, Top Chef Brian Huskey, Master Sommelier Michael Jordan, Radio & TV personality Chef Jamie Gwen and many more.

Guests indulged in an array of food and drinks in the Rose Garden overlooking Newport Beach Country Club, then moved to the ballroom for dinner and the awards ceremony. Celebrity guests, top chefs and food industry icons presented awards in 17 categories of culinary excellence. All winners took home prizes including the Golden Foodie Statue.

Among the winners, these Newport Beach standouts took home honors:

–2018 Best Service Award - The Winery Restaurant and Wine Bar

–Best New Restaurant 2018 - OLEA

–Best Lunch Spot in Orange County 2018 - Taco Rosa

“Each year brings something new and exciting; we are so honored to celebrate our talented and hard-working restaurant community,” said Pamela Waitt, creator and producer of the Golden Foodie Awards and President of the OC Restaurant Association Inc.

For a complete list of winners, visitwww.goldenfoodieawards.com.


SOCO Day of Design features Newport Beach interior designers

SOCO (South Coast Collection) and The OC Mix’s inaugural Day of Design celebration was a huge hit! The day-long event, free and open to the public, was held on Saturday, Oct. 6 in 19 design showrooms throughout SOCO.

Guests enjoyed a complimentary breakfast at Pirch before Christopher Kennedy, celebrity interior designer, kicked off the day with a keynote at Design Within Reach.

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(L-R): Carrie Williams, moderator, with design panelists Lindye Galloway, Kelly Nutt, Rich Campos, Tracey Troop and Amanda Malson

From there, guests had the option to attend a wide variety of demonstrations, workshops and interactive activities.

Stark hosted the lunchtime panel consisting of design experts Lindye Galloway, Kelly Nutt, Rick Campos, Tracey Troop and Amanda Malson, which was moderated by Carrie Williams of Kitchen Table Marketing + PR, Newport Beach.

Of particular note, Tracey Troop is a Newport Beach, full-service interior designer, serving clients throughout Orange and Los Angeles Counties for nearly 20 years. Specializing in high-end interiors, she brings a collaborative spirit to each design project. Amanda Malson is owner and chief designer of Common Standard, a design firm focused on residential, retail and hospitality clients. You’ve seen her work at Lido Marina Village – which she reinvented along with her then business partner, Steve Jones of Better Shelter. Kelly Nutt, of Kelly Nutt Design, who worked for Barclay Butera before opening her own design firm in 2007, has completed numerous projects in Newport Beach and Corona del Mar from ground-up construction to full-scale renovation. Lindye Galloway, who owns a full-service design firm in Orange County, has eye-catching, trend setting project design that has been viewed during the Corona del Mar Home Tour.

The celebration ended with a short film screening at Ligne Roset, complimentary wine and the chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree.


Sandcastle builders, spectators “had a ball” at the 57th Annual Sandcastle Contest

Sandcastle builders UPS

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Sandcastle for UPS and Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce

Whether you were a sandcastle/sculpture builder or a spectator at the 57th Annual Newport Beach Sandcastle Contest on Sunday, Oct. 7 at Big Corona State Beach, the day was filled with enthusiasm, teamwork, creativity and fun by all who experienced this much-anticipated event – complete with great fall weather.

This year’s theme, “Have A Ball,” was presented by The UPS Store and hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, and 25 teams competed – more than any other year.

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The People’s Choice Award went to Sandcrabs for Cinderella

Here are this year’s winners:

Best Overall Creation – Commodores Award 

L.B. Posse who received $100

People’s Choice Award – Best Creation

Sandcrabs for their Cinderella Ball, No. 18 who received $100

Best Display of Theme

OCAS, No. 11 who received $50 

Most Humorous Creation

Dixie, No. 25 who received $50

Junior Division

1st Place – Chalk Preschool, No. 10 who received $25

Most Unique Sandcastle

1st Place – Sandcrabs for their Cinderella Ball, No. 18 who received $50

2nd Place – Sand and Deliver, No. 17 

3rd Place – Long Beach Ballers, No. 9 

Most Unique Sandsculpture

1st Place – Doggie Walk Bags for their Octopus featuring “Mr. Sandcastle” Chris Crosson, No. 1 who received $50

2nd Place – Sandcrabs Too, No. 19

3rd Place – Commercial Fire Protection, No. 16 

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Commercial Fire Protection gained accolades for their dolphins sculpture

In addition to incredible sand creations, the event featured food and activities for the kids.

For more information, visit www.newportbeach.com.


Shed some light on your shadow during Shadow Play

Have you ever wondered what happens to your shadow when you go to sleep? It turns out that some shadows have lives of their own – some are more mischievous than others.

Watch one boy’s clever shadow come to life in Shadow Play at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. This interactive and immersive theater experience by New York’s Trusty Sidekick Theater Company is presented through the Center’s Education Department and is part of the Center’s Family Series. Each production is designed to inspire young imaginations and create a lifelong interest and appreciation for live theater. Shadow Play is ideal for children 5 - 8 years old and their families. 

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Shadow Play

Performances of Shadow Play take place Saturday, Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 18 at 1 and 3:30 p.m. in Samueli Theater. The Saturday, Nov. 17 performance at 10 a.m. is a sensory-friendly performance designed for children on the autism spectrum or others with sensory sensitivity to enjoy fully the magic and amazement of live performances. The Sunday, Nov. 18 performance at 1 p.m. will be ASL interpreted.

Tickets for Shadow Play are $20 and 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. Group discounts for groups of 10 or more are available at 714.755.0236. The Center offers many services for patrons with disabilities including removable wheelchair locations, binoculars and assistive listening devices. To learn more, visit www.scfta.org/accessibilityinformation.

Audiences are encouraged to arrive one hour before the performance for free creative activities. The Center’s Education Department offers these enriching experiences to provide young people and their families with more opportunities to play together creatively. Studies show that this is critical in helping to develop the ability to think and problem solve. 

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


They Fired it Up! at the Balboa Bay Resort

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(L-R) Chef Tyler Anderson, NBWF Founder and CEO Stefanie Salem and Chef Joe Flamm

The Pacific Sales Newport Beach Wine & Food festival presented by Jaguar Land Rover, one of Southern California’s most intimate and highly acclaimed food and wine events, returned for its fifth year this weekend, Friday, Oct. 5 through Sunday, Oct. 7.

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Chef Christopher Scott, Butterfunk Kitchen

One of the very special events was the Fire It Up! Party at the Balboa Bay Resort.

All dishes were prepared over a barbecue, with offerings from Hubert Keller; Top Chef Winner Joe Flamm; Top Chef Alumni Brian Huskey, Carrie Baird, Christopher Scott, Fatima Ali and Joe Sasto; NBC’s Biggest Loser chef Devin Alexander; and Balboa Bay Resort executive chef Rachel Haggstrom.

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Chef Amar Santana, John Wortmann and Chef Brian Huskey

Live music by “Common Sense” kept the lively mood going as the sun set; then many boarded the Hornblower’s Endless Dreams yacht for the Celebrity Chef Twilight Cruise on the harbor following the barbecue.


Renowned psychologist speaks at Harbor Day School tonight

Renowned psychologist speaks Michael Thompson

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Tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 7 - 8:30 p.m., join Harbor Day School as renowned psychologist, consultant and author Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D. addresses “Navigating your child’s social worlds,” when he speaks to the community offering parenting strategies and tools to use at home.

Dr. Thompson’s talk is for parents who are gripped by worries and misapprehensions about their children’s life in school. In his book, The Pressured Child, and in this talk, he shares stories from the trenches, taking parents and teachers into the school day experience of children, illuminating how they manage their school careers and how the best educators and wisest parents can support them along the way.

A supervising psychologist for the Belmont Hill School, specializing in children and families, Dr. Thompson has worked in more than 700 schools across the U.S., as well as in international educational institutions in Central America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

The event that is free of charge and takes place in the Moiso Family Activities Center. To RSVP, visit www.Harborday.org/events.

Harbor Day School is located at 3443 Pacific View Drive, Corona del Mar.


OC Fair & Event Center’s Heroes Hall welcomes new supervisor

The OC Fair & Event Center’s Heroes Hall welcomes Carol Singleton as the new supervisor.

“I took over August 1, right in the middle of the 2018 OC Fair and was immediately struck by the staff’s enthusiasm for and commitment to this amazing piece of history,” Singleton said. “I heard appreciation from visitors of the exhibit as well, particularly how much they enjoyed chatting with our veteran docents – who volunteered countless hours this summer to ensure guests had a meaningful experience. Veterans and their families expressed their appreciation for the Bravemind exhibit for shining a light on post-traumatic stress disorder in the military.” 

The Bravemind exhibit runs through December, followed by a new exhibit that focuses one the prisoner of war experience.

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Singleton shares some exciting events coming to the veteran’s hall this fall.

On Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m., VOICES returns to Heroes Hall. This free event features local veterans (including Singleton) recounting their stories of their military service. Due to the mature content, the performance is not recommended for children under 13 years of age. Admission is free.

On Saturday, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., OC Fair & Event Center is joining forces with the Orange County Employees Association to host the annual Veterans Day Celebration and recognition of the 242nd birthday of the Marine Corps. The event is free and open to the public. There will be free hot dogs, music, activities for kids, resources for veterans, and much more.

They will also be honored to host some special private events as well. On Thursday, Oct. 18, the Wounded Warriors Project will hold their 15-year anniversary dinner in the courtyard. Then on Saturday, Oct. 27, the Injured Warrior Appreciation Run (IWAR) and the 306th Bomb Group Historical Association will be stopping by for tours and lunch. 

Heroes Hall is located next to Centennial Farms at the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visitwww.ocfair.com.


NMUSD presents College & Career Night

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Students in grades 7 through 12 – start planning your future by attending Newport Mesa Unified School District’s Next Steps College and Career Night on Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 6:30 - 9 p.m. at the Costa Mesa Pavilion and the Santa Ana Pavilion at the OC Fair and Event Center, located at the OC Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

More than 200 colleges and universities will be represented, as well as interactive career demonstration exhibits in the career sectors of health and medical, engineering and information technology, and hospitality and tourism.

Breakout sessions will be offered in Spanish and English in the Santa Ana Pavilion for students and parents interested in Financial Aid, CSU System overview, Community College Overview and Writing Great College Essays.

If you are in need of a ride, transportation permission slips are at the community facilitator’s office at your school. Free shuttle buses will be available at these locations with pick-up times: Whittier School, 6:45 p.m.; REA School, 6:30 p.m.; and Estancia High School, 6:45 p.m.

For more information and the evening’s presentations, visit the College & Career Fair website at www.nmusd-ca.schoolloop.com/collegecareernight.


Newport Mesa Family YMCA hosts “Fit Fest”

YMCA of Orange County hosted more than 300 community members at the inaugural “Fit Fest” at the Newport Mesa Family YMCA to provide the local community with resources to practice healthy exercising and proper nutrition for the whole family.

“Fit Fest” included the following group exercise classes: Cycle, CXWORX, Les Mills TONE™, BARRE™ and BODYPUMP™, Boot Camp, Yoga, Youth Class, HIGH Fitness, HIIT and aqua aerobics. In addition to these high-energy classes, attendees also had the opportunity to seek advice from fitness experts, receive proper equipment orientations, personal training demonstrations, health assessments, facility tours, healthy food guides and giveaways.

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Guests were also encouraged to visit the vendor booths during the event to learn more about leading healthy living. Vendors included Sprouts, Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, Lululemon, Airbornne, Probiotic Drink, InBody, doTerra Essential Oils and Youth Martial Arts.

The YMCA of Orange County is aware of its responsibility to the community. To meet this responsibility, the organization is focused on improving lives and strengthening character by fostering youth and family development, healthy living and social responsibility. YMCA provides fitness programs, group exercise classes and facilities, as well as educational programs to promote healthier decisions, and youth programs to keep children active and engaged.

For more information and a schedule of the group exercise classes, visit the website at www.ymcaoc.org/newport-mesa-family-ymca.

Newport Mesa Family YMCA is located at 2300 University Drive, Newport Beach.


NBFD held Fire Service Day/Open House on Oct. 7

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The Newport Beach Fire Department (NBFD) held its annual Fire Service Day/House Open House on Sunday, Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Fire Station No. 7, located at 20401 SW Acacia St., Newport Beach

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Fun for the entire family, there were station tours; live rescue demonstrations; live structure; auto extrications; fire, paramedic and lifeguard displays; and activities for the kids. The event was free and families truly enjoyed the experience of what goes on at the fire department.

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Locals rolled up their sleeves for Dory Deli Clean Up 

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Locals rolled up their sleeves and came out in full force during the 5th annual Dory Deli Beach Clean Up on Sunday, Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. – all for a great cause. They met up at Tower 22 near Newport Pier for free coffee, hot cocoa, bags and gloves...then hit the beach.

Locals rolled up their sleeves adults

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Volunteers successfully cleaned up 225 lbs. of trash at Blackie’s Beach, partnering with local schools including Newport Elementary, Newport Heights Elementary, Newport Harbor High School, as well as local nonprofits including Surfrider Newport Beach, the Ben Carlson Memorial Foundation, Drains To Ocean, Eco-Warrior, SOY (Save Our Youth), and The Board Club. 

Stay tuned for Dory Deli’s next beach clean up, scheduled for March 2019.


Amazing weekend at Newport Beach Wine & Food

By LANA JOHNSON

Amazong weekend Jet and Stef

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Celebrity Chef Jet Tila and NBWF Founder & CEO Stefanie Salem

The Pacific Sales Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Jaguar Land Rover, one of Southern California’s most intimate and highly acclaimed food and wine events, celebrated its fifth year this weekend with great fanfare.

The Grand Tasting, hosted again at the Newport Beach Civic Center from October 6 - 7, featured small plates from more than 40 of Orange County’s top restaurants, more than 250 varieties of world-class wines, beers, and spirits, celebrity chef cooking demos and sommelier seminars.

Because I am such a foodie, I spent most of my time at the chef demos...and they did not disappoint. Here’s what I experienced firsthand.

Amazing weekend Blais

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Pyrotechnics at its best as Celebrity Chef Richard Blais torches his fish cooked in liquid beeswax

On Saturday, Chef Richard Blais, of Juniper & Ivy and The Crack Shack, wowed the crowd with his exuberance as he prepared his fried fish cod sandwich battered with Duke’s Whiskey. He poached his fish in liquid beeswax. Then his love of gastronomy was taken to a new level when he doused his gazpacho with liquid nitrogen!

Next chef up was Jet Tila, whose family founded Royal Thai in the 1980s. He demonstrated his famous drunken noodles (the quintessential street food) and shared that the secret to Asian cuisine is knowing how to balance hot, sour, salt, sweet and savory ingredients. If you want to find out more, go buy his book, 101 Asian Dishes You Need To Cook Before You Die. I did...and the recipes are enticing.

I was thrilled at the end of Jet’s demonstration, when he handed me his apron and was so kind afterward to sign it.

Amazing weekend Hubert ands Phillioe

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(L-R) Acclaimed French chefs Hubert Keller and Phillipe Haddad team up for their scallops tartare

On Sunday, I was lucky enough to catch the last two demos later in the afternoon.

French chefs Hubert Keller and Phillipe Haddad took the stage...the entire experience was humorous and uplifting. Yes, they cooked together, but their interaction was hilarious, to the point where Hubert asked the audience, “Do you understand what he’s saying (referring to Phillipe), because I don’t understand his accent.” But the pièce de résistance was when they put caviar in their glasses of Champagne!

The last demo of the day brought two Top Chef Season 15 finalists together: Christopher Scott from Butterfunk Kitchen and the pasta king, Joe Sasto. Christopher made his down home savory beignets with pimento cheese sauce, while Joe shared his homemade pasta secrets then filled his mesalunas (half-moon shaped pasta) with Chris’ pimento cheese blend.

I think the thing I came away with was that these chefs I watch on TV all the time and learn so much from are extremely committed to their craft, humble and want to share their culinary expertise with all of us in a very gracious way. 

I am so glad for that.

Amazing weekend Scott and Sasto

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(L-R) Top Chef alums from Season 15 Christopher Scott and Joe Sasto, show their culinary talents: Christopher fries his savory beignets with pimento cheese dipping sauce and Joe shares messaluna homemade pasta stuffed with pimento sauce


Lido Village Books has some exciting events in October

You won’t want to miss these exciting events taking place at Lido Village Books...so mark your calendar.

Lido Village Books Ron Holland

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On Wednesday, Oct. 10, celebrated yacht designer Ron Holland will be holding a book signing from 5 - 6 p.m. He will be sharing his book, All the Oceans – Designing by the seat of my pants. Holland drew his first yacht at 19 years of age and made a name for himself as one of the most successful and sought-after designers in the highly competitive world of international yacht racing. For more than 50 years, Holland’s innovative designs have repeatedly shaken up the world of sailing.

On Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m., join the Pen on Fire Speaker Series hosted by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett featuring two distinguished authors.

Tod Goldberg is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and story collections, including most recently, Gangster Nation, a sequel to the international bestseller and Hammett Prize finalist Gangsterland; The House of Secrets, which he co-wrote with Brad Meltzer; and Living Dead Girl, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Deborah Reed is the author of four novels: The Days When Birds Come Back, Olivay, Things We Set on Fire – which sold more than 100,000 copies in the first six months, and Carry Yourself Back to Me – an Amazon Editor’s Best Book of the year. She has also authored two popular thrillers under the pen name Audrey Braun.

Go to www.barbarademarcobarrett.com/speakers-series/ to purchase tickets.

Lido Village Books Click Clack Boo book cover

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And kids...there’s something special just for you! On Thursday, Oct. 18 from 10 - 11 a.m., join the fun at Little Lido Kids Club. Will the barnyard animals trick or treat Farmer Brown? Find out in Click, Clack, Boo! – a Halloween tale from the No. 1 bestselling creators of Click, Clack, Moo by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin. Then, have fun making a craft hosted by French Buckets. RSVP by 8 p.m. on October 17 to be eligible for prizes. Go to www.lidovillagebooks.com to register.

Lido Village Books is located at 3424 Via Oporto #102, Newport Beach.


ENC’s Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch this weekend

ENCs Fall Faire Pumpkin Patch

On Sunday, Oct. 14, the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) is holding its 43rd Annual Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. This family-friendly festival attracts thousands of visitors who enjoy delicious food from local restaurants at their Savor OC Restaurant & Caterer Showcase, entertainment on the Fire Circle Stage, a pumpkin patch, children’s games and crafts, face painting (where kinds can get spiders, bats and pumpkins painted on their faces), a variety of barnyard animals, pony rides, a petting zoo, hawks and owls from the Orange County Bird of Prey Center and more.

 Join the Craft Crawl and hike through the Center to five different craft stations. Craft Crawl donation is just $5 per participant, which includes a reusable ENC shopping bag. Bring your own reusable cup and receive free lemonade and water.

All proceeds of the Faire help the ENC provide quality education through hands-on experience with nature.

Parking is limited, so if you are close by, please ride your bike or walk.

For more information, visit www.encenter.org.

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


OC Market Place to hold luau, craft beer festival

The Orange County Market Place, Towne Park Brewery, Chihuahua and additional local breweries are holding Orange County Eats: Luau and Craft Beer Festival on Sunday, Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Guests can partake in sampling craft brews, eating from a Hawaiian-inspired buffet complete with a full roasted pig, and jamming out to music from L.A.vation, a U2 Tribute band local to Southern California.

Admission into this event and the OC Market Place is free to the public with a pre-RSVP ticket. Day of admission without a ticket is $2. The Orange County Market Place will operate concurrently with the Luau and Craft Beer Festival, offering shopping and services from hundreds of small, local businesses in the area.

Guests attending the festival can purchase a lanyard for sampling for $20 at the event. The 10-sample lanyard is good for guests’ choice of craft beer and cider selections from Towne Park, Kona, Ace, Chihuahua, Golden Road, 4 Sons, Left Coast and more. The sampling lanyard comes with a souvenir sampling cup provided by Towne Park Brewery, festive lei and pretzel necklace. Hang around for a variety of games, good music, and a variety of food and beverages.

Pre-RSVP tickets are available for purchase at http://bit.ly/oceatsluau. 

Orange County Market Place is located at the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.


Newport Beach – A Look Back

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

Newport Beach A Look Back 10.9.18

A man guiding a blind woman down the 200 block of Onyx in the 1930s

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


Stump the Stu

Where would you find this desert garden?

Stump the Stu 10.9.18

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Stump the Stu found this beautiful desert garden. Where are these exquisite succulents thriving?

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

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

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


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. 

This was a tough one and we received no correct answers for this new business in town. It’s eye candy, a lash and brow bar in Westcliff Court...so ladies, check it out.

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 10.9.18

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Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Newport Beach Police Association releases letter of endorsement for Council candidates

TomJohnsonThe Newport  Beach Police Association posted a letter of endorsement for Newport Beach City Council candidates on their website. Their endorsements were given to incumbents Diane Dixon, Kevin Muldoon, Duffy Duffield and Scott Peotter.

Now, I’m not here to question their choices, I’m here to question how they arrived at their end result.

In their letter they say, “Our Political Action Committee (PAC) has taken the time to interview candidates who were willing to sit down with us. These candidates allowed us the opportunity for both sides to educate each other, express concerns, and provide input on the City’s current and future actions. There is no doubt all the candidates we spoke with are passionate about our community, and that is a sentiment we echo as we serve this beautiful city every day.”

Here’s the problem, none of the challengers were even contacted by the PAC to present their ideas and views. None.

“I never received an email from them…a letter from them…a phone call from them…a fax from them...a text from them,” said Roy Englebrecht, running for District 4, “nothing. The letter they wrote to residents is intellectually dishonest!”

“I am in the same boat as Roy,” said District 1 challenger Mike Glenn, “nothing.”

“There are only about 10 people who run the NBPD Union, and do it on their own accord,” Glenn added. “It does not surprise me that even though we are in the middle of an unfunded pension crisis, the NBPD Union has decided to go with the four players who even gave our dog catcher a raise to over $182,000 in total compensation.

“However, any police officer who was involved with this press release has lost all public trust, as what they have said is a blatant lie.”

“No, I was not asked,” said District 3 challenger Tim Stoaks.

I did not hear back from District 6 challenger Joy Brenner, but apparently she received the same cold shoulder.

The letter from the Police Association closes by encouraging readers to contact the Association or their consultant, Peter Mitchell, from PM Consulting. They attached an email to contact Mitchell but attempts to hear from him continually bounced back as undeliverable. 

An additional attempt to contact the union leaders themselves went unanswered.

Again, I’m not questioning who they ended up selecting, but the exclusion of all challengers, all of whom I’m told “were willing to sit down,” which to me, renders the endorsements not credible.

Elections are important, the Police Association should do better.

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If you haven’t met new City Manager Grace Leung, here’s your chance. The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce will feature her at their Good Morning CdM breakfast on Thursday, Oct.11, from 7:30 - 9 a.m. at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club. Leung will offer city updates.

At the same meeting, there will be a ballot review from legislative offices including councilman Scott Peotter, and representatives from Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, State Senator John Moorlach, Assemblyman Matthew Harper and Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel.

For more info, go here.


Vanessa Williams to open Pacific Symphony’s Pops Series

Pacific Symphony won’t save the best for last in the opening of the 2018-19 Pops season with the sensational entertainment star Vanessa Williams. Led by Pops conductor Richard Kaufman, the Symphony joins Williams to celebrate her career for two nights at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, with a program of her icon hits such as “That’s Entertainment,” “Dreamin’,” “Love Is Love,” and “Save the Best for Last.” The Symphony will also play the Hollywood themes from the film scores of Splash, The Producers, Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, Animal House and Airplane.

This concert takes place Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12 - 13 at 8 p.m. Single tickets start at $45.

Vanessa Williams

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Award-winning Vanessa Williams graces the Segerstrom stage on October 12 - 13

For more than two decades, Williams has made her name known in almost all facets of the entertainment scene – music, film, television and on the theatrical stage. In 2007, she was given a star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame for her notable and prestigious career. In 2010, she was additionally recognized for her successful career of film, television, stage and recordings and her international achievement by the International Foreign Press Academy for the Mary Pickford Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to the Entertainment Industry.

In music, she received a NAACP nomination for Outstanding Jazz Artist in 2009 for her album The Real Thing, released by Concord Records. She has also earned several Grammy nominations with her albums The Right Stuff, The Comfort Zone and The Sweetest Days, including the single of Academy Award-winning status, “Colors of the Wind” from Disney’s Pocahontas. She also has two holiday albums among the array of her discography; Star Bright and Silver & Gold, including the greatest hits album, Vanessa Williams Greatest Hits: The First Ten Years and a collection of 1970s love songs, Everlasting Love.

In 1986, she starred in Under the Gun for her film debut and went on to work in features such as Eraser, Hoodlum, Soul Food, Dance With Me, Light It Up, Shaft, Johnson Family Vacation, My Brother, Somebody Like You, Disney’s Hannah Montana: The Movie, and Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor.

Williams began focusing on Broadway with the 1994 musical Kiss of the Spider Woman, replacing Chita Rivera. She was recognized in 2002 with a Tony Award for her role as the Witch in Into the Woods. She later worked in Carmen Jones at the Kennedy Center, St. Louis Woman, an Encore! staged series and a 2010 Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine’s production of Sondheim on Sondheim at The Roundabout Theatre. In 2013, she performed the role of Jessie Mae in the Tony-nominated production, The Trip to Bountiful, costarring with Cicely Tyson, later reprising this role for a television adaption for Black History Month in 2014.

Her most notable roles in television consisted of her work on the ABC series “Ugly Betty” as Wilhelmina Slater, which garnered her three Emmy nominations including individual and ensemble nominations and awards from SAG, Golden Globes and NAACP Image Award. Currently, Williams will appear in the third season of the TNT series “The Librarians” and recently she is seen in the VH1 series “Daytime Divas” based on the Star Jones book Satan Sisters that premiered on June 5, 2017.

For more information on the Pops Package, the concert or to purchase tickets, call 714.755.5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.

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


There’s still time to enter to win a three-night stay in Crystal Cove Cottage No. 14

Theres still time to enter living exterior

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Welcome to Crystal Cove Cottage No. 14, just steps from the sand

Enjoy the magic of Crystal Cove from the “suite-est” cottage on the beach – the restored South Beach Suite. The winner of the opportunity drawing will receive three nights in the two-story, two bedroom, two bath oceanfront cottage – No. 14. Occupancy is six guests.

This is the only Crystal Cove cottage with a king-sized bed, large, sunny living room and expansive private outdoor deck just steps from the sand.

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The large sunny living room

Tickets to the opportunity drawing: $100 per ticket; $500 for seven (7) tickets. All existing cottage rental rules apply. Reservation dates to be coordinated with Crystal Cove Conservancy. Restrictions apply. The 2019 reservation dates include: January 11 - 13; February 8 - 10; March 8 - 10; April 12 - 14; May 10 - 12; June 14 - 16; July 12 - 14; August 9 - 11; September 13 - 15; October 11 - 13; November 8 - 10; and December 13 - 15.

Winners will be drawn at the annual soiree that’s been held this Saturday, Oct. 6. Need not be present to win. Winner will be notified after the soiree on Friday, Oct. 12.

To purchase tickets, call Crystal Cove Conservancy at 949.376.6200, ext. 201.


Rotary club holds barbecue, pumpkin carving party for Okazaki exchange students

Rotary Club holds barbecue exchange students

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Newport Beach and Okazaki have been sister cities for 34 years

On Tuesday, Oct. 2, Newport Balboa Rotary Club and the Newport Beach Sister City Association entertained exchange students visiting from Okazaki, Japan at a neighborhood park on Private Road. The festive evening featured a barbecue and pumpkin carving party.

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Rotarians grilling burgers for the evening’s barbecue

The Okazaki students arrived in Newport Beach on September 27. Early October 3, the students departed for Japan to return to their homes. While in Newport Beach with their host families and going to school, they enjoyed many activities like going to the beach, having a painting party at Timree‘s Paint Studio in Westcliff and the famous Pumpkin Carving party. Many wonderful memories of Newport Beach go with them as they return to their families.

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Getting busy during the pumpkin carving party

Newport Beach and Okazaki have been sister cities for 34 years. Each year, seven local students and two teachers from the eighth grade class are selected to visit Okazaki, live with a host family and go to a Japanese school. 

To find out more about Newport Balboa Rotary Club, visit www.newportbeachrotary.com.


NMUSD celebrates accomplishments and shares goals at annual breakfast

By LANA JOHNSON

NMUSD celebrates accomplishments CdM Cheer

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CdM Cheer welcomes attendees to the morning’s State of the Schools Breakfast

On Tuesday morning, Oct. 2, school staff and students, civic leaders, city service personnel, along with community notables and supporters came together at the Newport-Mesa State of the Schools Breakfast held at Corona del Mar High School to engage, be informed and garner a better understanding of what is occurring in our school district and how it is pursuing its goals.

NMUSD celebrates accomplishments Dr Frederick Navarro

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Newport-Mesa Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Frederick Navarro

Guests were enthusiastically greeted by the CdM High School cheer team as we were directed into the gymnasium to enjoy breakfast and the morning’s presentations.

We were welcomed by Vicki Snell, president of the NMUSD board of education and Pat Courter, president of the Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation. Our national anthem was led by the Newport Beach Police Department Cadets color guard with music by the CdM High School Madrigals. CdM Principal Kathy Scott shared a special school welcome, followed by a whimsical vignette from CdM Middle School Drama students and a video featuring CdM Middle and High School’s diverse offerings and programs, much of which was from the students’ point of view.

NMUSD celebrates accomplishments CdM ASB students

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CdM ASB students holding goodie bags to present to attending guests

The State of the Schools address spearheaded by NMUSD Superintendent Dr. Frederick Navarro encompassed five major themes: Paying it Forward, Recruiting & Retaining the Best, Caring for All Kids, Cultivating the Best & Brightest and Safety – Top Priority. Dr. Navarro stated, “Everything we do today, is about tomorrow...paying it forward, whereby most of our funding goes to people who interact with our students.”

With respect to Recruiting & Retaining the Best, NMUSD ranks 20 in certificated personnel in the country with some of the lowest class sizes. An emphasis is on providing leadership opportunities for both certificated and classified employees in addition to professional development for the district, which is 2,700 strong.

Regarding Caring for All Kids, much time and attention is directed to the most challenging and vulnerable students. For those with special needs, the goal is to have them attend regular classes as much as possible, and bring special services in to enhance growth and development. In fact, NMUSD is the only school district in Orange County to run a school health center, and this past year, four additional school psychologists were hired.

Crisis Support has been a diligent goal. Sixteen schools have been recognized with successful programs regarding Positive Behavior Intervention Systems (PBIS). This is a discipline process centered upon making students accountable for their action and also providing them support to improve. It is proactive and positive, as opposed to reactive and punitive. It finds ways to promote and encourage positive behavior, as opposed to focusing on the undesirable behavior.

NMUSD celebrates accomplishments Katrina Foley

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Costa Mesa Councilmember Katrina Foley with Costa Mesa High School ASB students

Cultivating the Best & Brightest is so inspiring, as 96 percent of our students are college and career ready. Out of 3,000 students, at least one or more are attending AP (advance placement) and IB (international baccalaureate) classes. In addition, there are three new Career Technical Pathways which are educational programs centered on industry-driven needs. They are Engineering and Design at CdM High School (we already have this at Costa Mesa High School), Patient Care Pathway (medical academy) at Estancia High School, and Production and Managerial Arts Pathway at Newport Harbor High School.

Safety – Top Priority relies very heavily on the value of partnerships with parents, community, law enforcement, the FBI and Homeland Security. NMUSD has partnered with Newport Beach-based Titan HST, which has developed a comprehensive emergency alert and mass notifications system, that employs cutting-edge technology in advance of a life-threatening situation; there’s a standard visitor management system in place that lets each school know who is on campus at every given moment, and there is also additional access to the website via the Public Information Office.

The program ended with ASB student ambassadors taking the stage from all six high schools.

I came away with how important community collaboration is to making our schools excel.


57th Annual Sandcastle Contest this Sunday

57th Annual Sandcastle Pirates

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Photos courtesy of Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce

This pirates creation at last year’s contest wished passersby a trick-r-treat

Whether you are a novice or experienced sandcastle builder, enter the 57th Annual Newport Beach Sandcastle Contest taking place this Sunday, Oct. 7 at Big Corona State Beach from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

This year’s theme is “Have A Ball,” presented by The UPS Store and hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. There is still time to sign up your team, or just bring the family to see the creations and have a great day at the beach.

The event attracts thousands of spectators and contest participants ranging from seasoned professionals to first timers. Get your team together – family, friends, work, church or school group. You can even win a cash prize!

57th Annual Sandcastle Pirate Ship

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Ahoy, matey aboard this pirate ship sandcastle at last year’s event

In addition to incredible sand creations, the event will feature food and activities for youngsters.

When you sign up a team, it includes eight T-shirts.

Team costs: Families or Civic Organizations: $30; Businesses: $40; and Masters Class: $60.

For participation and registration, and sponsorship opportunities, call 949.729.4400, or visit www.newportbeach.com.


Stump the Stu

Where does this red, white and blue piece of history hang?

Stump the Stu 10.5.18

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Our Stump the Stu readers knew where this red, white and blue barber pole is displayed, adorning the front of Coast Barber Shop at 333 Magnolia in Corona del Mar – lovingly referred to as “Fast Eddie’s.” Congratulations to Alice Brownell, Bill Finster, Charles Davison, Debra Allen, Jim Kaminsky and Joe Stapleton, many of whom shared found memories of getting their hair cut here. This establishment has been there for 40 years.

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

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


Sunday concert at Marina Park features Tijuana Dogs 

Sunday concert at Marina Park Tijuana Dogs

Courtesy of the City of Newport Beach

This Sunday, Oct. 7, the City of Newport Beach Recreation & Senior Services Department presents Concert at Marina Park featuring the Tijuana Dogs from 4 - 6 p.m.

Enjoy an afternoon of fun, rock, R&G and pop sounds. Bring your beach chair and blanket, and nature will provide the beautiful harbor views. Food will be available for purchase. Parking is available.

For more information, call 949.270.8150.

Marina Park is located at 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.


You Must Remember This: The Masters (family, not the golf tournament)

By NANCY GARDNER

Chuck Masters was the only man I ever met who could wear an ascot and not look affected. I don’t know anything about his antecedents, but I suspect he was like Fred Astaire, someone from a place like Omaha who remade himself into something much more debonair. Dee Dee Masters, his wife, was tiny, like an atom as opposed to a piece of thistle down. If she had been born 20 years later, with her energy and smarts she would have been Trump’s opponent in the election instead of Hillary, and for sure she would have been the Democratic candidate. The Masters were lifelong liberals in our conservative community.

Chuck was a builder with a significant local legacy, particularly in Corona del Mar with at least three commercial buildings he built and managed with the help of Dee Dee. The building at Poppy and PCH is still called the Masters Building. In addition to commercial properties, he built a number of private homes including the one in China Cove where they lived for many years – the first house on the left when you drive down the hill. The house was the frequent site of Gardner/Masters card games, always accompanied by an excellent meal. (It is interesting how many of my parents’ friends were great cooks. Maybe that was my mother’s way of compensating for her own indifferent skills).

A good friend of the cartoonists Virgil Partch and Dick Shaw, Chuck was a member of the Balboa Island Punting and Sculling Society which meant he was often at the Village Inn for a toddy with other members of that august organization. He was part of the crew that sailed the Society’s flagship, Michigan, to Las Vegas, and both husband and wife were on board that somewhat unseaworthy vessel for other notable voyages, including the duel with a ferry from San Diego. 

You Must Remember This Masters cartoon

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Cartoonist Virgil Partch’s drawing of a typical “Michigan” outing

A typical Michigan outing is memorialized in one of Partch’s cartoons (pictured above). Chuck and Dee Dee are labeled: Chuck looking like it’s much too early to be out of bed. The figure in glasses in a red shirt is Partch, who drew the cartoon. The “admiral” in black garb is Shaw, and my father is behind him, easily identified because of his eyebrows. As can be seen, alcohol was a critical component of any Michigan voyage.

The Masters had two children. My mother always shook her head over their daughter, Tina. “Dee Dee is always doing her homework. I don’t know how Tina’s ever going to make it in the world with Dee Dee doing everything for her.” Well, Dee Dee couldn’t take the LSAT or the bar exam for her daughter, and despite my mother’s head shaking, Tina did splendidly in both and then went on to establish a solid legal practice for herself in Toluca Lake where she now practices.

Firstborn Charlie was into art. A favorite event was the Ashland Shakespeare Festival, where he and his father were regular attendees. He was also into surfing, making Reef Point his home beach. He got into drugs for a period. It was a difficult time for the family, as it always is, but eventually he cleaned up and became a stalwart at AA. He also began to help with the family business, Corona del Mar Realty, eventually taking over all the property management. After his folks died, Charlie lived in the house in China Cove until his own death last year.

Dee Dee was actually Chuck’s second wife. Adding to the worldly aura that surrounded him, Chuck’s first wife was a maharani. It must have been a very amicable dissolution, because the maharani left bequests to both Tina and Charlie, but then a man who could pull off an ascot could certainly pull off an amicable divorce.

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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.


Malibu Farm opens in Lido Marina Village

Malibu Farm has opened its first Orange County location at Lido Marina Village. The farm-to-table restaurant – best known for its fresh, organic and local ingredients – is right on the water in a beautiful space.

The menu is be a “best of” combo between the current Malibu Farm Cafe and Malibu Farm Restaurant & Bar menus, as well as some exclusive specials to the Lido Marina Village location. Welcome owners Helene and John to their new locale.

The wildly popular farm-to-table eatery, Malibu Farm originated with communal dinners at Chef Helene Henderson’s two-acre hillside farm in Malibu. Since then, her concept has expanded to include waterfront outposts in Lanai and Miami, with her recent debut in Newport Beach.

Malibu Farm opens in Lido Marina Village interior

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Asked about her choice of Lido Marina Village as Malibu Farm’s newest presence, Helene said, “Lido Marina Village is impeccably curated, perfectly scaled, and we are thrilled to be open in such a spectacular waterfront location.”

Holding true to Malibu Farm’s fresh, local and organic approach, the Lido Marina Village location serves the restaurateur’s full, simple-yet-stylish menu. Additionally, this location features Malibu Farm’s first-ever ice cream shop, offering organic and vegan ice creams. As if it couldn’t get any better, there is an adjacent boutique and marketplace carrying Malibu Farm’s favorite cooking, home and lifestyle items.

Malibu Farm is now open for breakfast, brunch and lunch from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday through Sunday, with dinner service expected soon.

Upcoming fall and holiday events:

Saturday, Oct. 27 at 11 a.m.: Free pumpkin carving (while supplies last) – outside the retail shop plus a petting zoo.

All of December – Let it Snow at Malibu Farm, beginning at 5 p.m. daily, with free hot chocolate and Glogg.

Sunday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m.: Gingerbread house decorating, reservations required – outside the retail shop; a fee is involved.

Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m.: Santa Lucia (Swedish holiday) – reservations recommended, but not required.

–Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 11 a.m.: Breakfast with Santa – no reservations are required.

Malibu Farm is located at 3420 Via Oporto, Ste. 101 and 3416 Via Oporto, Ste. 104, Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.malibu-farm.com.


OASIS Senior Center to hold Rummage Sale

OASIS Senior Center Rummage Sale Tags

OASIS Senior Center will be holding a Rummage Sale on Friday, Nov. 2 (admission $3) and Saturday, Nov. 3 (no admission cost).

They will begin collecting donated items in Room 4 at OASIS on Monday, Oct. 22. They can accept housewares, kitchen items, small electric appliances, linens, jewelry, collectibles, nice small furniture, sale antiques, purses, notions, office supplies, arts & crafts, pictures/picture frames, books, toys, sports equipment, holiday items and decorations.

They are not able to accept clothing, electronics, large furniture, TVs, or common vases.

This is one of two major fundraisers for the OASIS Senior Center and donations are tax deductible. So, get ready to clean out your closets and garage to help make this fundraiser successful.

OASIS Senior Center is located at 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar. For more information, call 949.644.3244.


Save the Date: Honoring our Citizen of the Year

Locals are invited to the Citizen of the Year Gala, being held Friday, Nov. 2 at Balboa Bay Resort. Presented by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce and the City of Newport Beach, the evening will recognize Debbie Snavely with this distinguished honor.

The evening kicks off with a no-host cocktail reception with butler passed hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m., followed by a three-course dinner with wine and dancing with live entertainment beginning at 7 p.m. Business or cocktail attire is recommended. The cost is $125 per person; Tables of 10 are $1,250.

Save the Date Honoring Debbie Snavely

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Courtesy of Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce

2018 Citizen of the Year Debbie Snavely

Snavely’s distinguished career with Marriott International began 33 years ago as a front desk intern at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel. Over the next 15 years, she remained in Anaheim, gaining invaluable leadership experience as Front Office Manager, Director of Convention Services, Director of Event Management, and ultimately Resident Manager. During her tenure there, she also championed several corporate-related initiatives. For the past 18 years, she has served as General Manager at various hotels in Southern California.

Over the course of her career, Snavely was a part of the opening team for several hotels, domestically and internationally, including Surfer’s Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.

Going beyond her day job overseeing the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa, Snavely chairs the Newport Beach tourism business improvement district board and the board of directors for Newport Beach & Co., the city’s destination marketing agency. She’s also a member of the Chamber of Commerce Commodores Club and is a member of its board of directors, also playing host and organizer of the organization’s Fire and Lifeguard Appreciation Dinner.

According to Newport Beach Chamber President Steve Rosansky, Snavely personally makes the centerpieces for the Chamber’s Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade awards dinner. Gary Sherwin, Newport Beach and Co.’s President shares she transcends the hospitality business, with gestures like providing lunches for meetings of the Newport Beach Foundation leadership development organization.

As part of her commitment to further excel in leadership, Snavely has held several high-ranking positions within the community. They include Chairman of Marriott’s Orange County Business Council; Co-chair of Marriott’s Western Region Diversity Council and Vice President of the Board of Trustees for the Orange County Ronald McDonald House.

An Orange County native, born and raised in Garden Grove, and studying hospitality at Cal State Fullerton, Snavely lives in Corona del Mar with her husband, Ned.