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The Week in Review, January 11

From the office of City Manager Grace Leung

Treasury Report – The November 2018 Treasury Report is available on the City’s website at www.newportbeachca.gov/treasury. As of November, the City’s portfolio totaled just over $255 million, from all sources. Roughly, $47 million of this portfolio was highly liquid, meaning it was available for cash flows associated with day-to-day operations and cash funding of major construction expenditures.

The short-term portfolio ($196 million) had a weighted average effective maturity of 1.73 years. With interest rates on the rise, the total return for the short-term portfolio was suppressed by unrealized losses from the declining market value of bonds (bond values move inversely to the direction of interest rates). Including these unrealized losses, the trailing 12 months’ total return was 1.03 percent. This return compared favorably to our benchmark for the same period, the BAML 1-3 Year Treasury index, which returned 0.80 percent. The income yield on the portfolio, a better measure of income derived from the portfolio, was 1.71 percent.

Grand Canal Dredging Phase 2 – Dredging Begins – On January 7, the City’s contractor began assembling their equipment on the north side of the Grand Canal for Phase 2 of the dredging project. In order for the equipment to reach the canal, the contractor will begin dredging from Bay Front North towards the Park Avenue Bridge. The final grade dredging at an elevation of four feet will begin from the bridge and move towards Bay Front North. Normal work hours are Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. - 9 p.m., with minimal dredging after 6 p.m. The extended hours will allow the contractor to haul an additional load each day, thereby reducing the number of total working days needed for this project. Please exercise caution when boating, kayaking, swimming or paddling near any dredging equipment.

General Plan Update – On January 8, the City Council discussed reviewing and updating the General Plan and directed staff to start the multi-year process. The General Plan is the blueprint for the community and it guides the growth and development of the city. The last major update was completed in 2006 and the City wants to evaluate what is working and what is not. Staff will engage with the community to see if the Plan needs to be modified to reflect changes in its future vision. The General Plan also must be updated to reflect more recent requirements from the State.

The City Council will take the first step and establish a five-member Steering Committee that will oversee the consultant selection process and the “Listen and Learn” outreach effort. The consultant will first develop an innovative and robust outreach program to ensure the entire community is engaged and informed. The next step is to implement that plan and conduct a “Listen and Learn” tour so residents and other community stakeholders are engaged. Next, based upon what is learned, changes to the General Plan would be developed, debated and analyzed with a General Plan Advisory Committee and community oversight. Eventually the draft update would go through hearings at the various City Commissions before City Council consideration.

The overall timeline is approximately 36 months. However, the City Council wants to make sure the process is not rushed. The goal is to create a community-based General Plan through an open, transparent and inclusive process. Visit the City’s website at www.newportbeachca.gov/gpupdate for more information.

Community Development Department Information Brochure and Activity Reports – The Community Development Department (CDD) recently launched an information brochure that summarizes all the services the department provides. CDD comprises 70 part time and full time employees each dedicated to serving the community. The information brochure can be found on the department’s webpage at www.newportbeachca.gov/home/showdocument?id=62434.

CDD also publishes quarterly activity reports. The report shares the business activity of each division and section in the department. The reports for the last six years can be found on the department’s webpage found here: https://www.newportbeachca.gov/government/departments/community- development/community-development-quarterly-report 

Point In Time (PIT) Count – The countywide Point In Time (PIT) count is a biennially effort to gather data for a deeper understanding of the homelessness issue in the region. Community members are invited to participate in the effort to solve homelessness by volunteering for the PIT count on Wednesday, Jan. 23 and/or Thursday, Jan. 24. Volunteers are needed for morning and afternoon shifts on both days. The data collected is used to build a stronger system of care and to plan for the regional service needs of our homeless community. For a complete list of volunteer opportunities and to register, visit www.everyonecountsoc.org.

Sea Level Rise/FEMA Study Session – At the January 22 City Council Study Session, Community Development staff will give a presentation on how sea level rise is addressed in the review of coastal development permits. The presentation will focus on new data from the Ocean Protection Council and subsequent changes to the California Coastal Commission’s Sea Level Rise Policy Guidance document. Staff will also present how the recent changes to the FEMA’s flood insurance rate maps might affect coastal development in some locations. 

City Council Planning Session – The City Council’s annual planning session meeting will take place on Saturday, Feb. 2 in the Civic Center Community Room from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and refreshments will be provided.

Balboa Island Water Main Replacement – Phase II – Construction for the Balboa Island Water Main Replacement – Phase II project has begun. This is the second phase of three projects that will replace distribution and transmission water mains on Balboa Island identified in the Water Master Plan. This project will focus on replacing the Park Avenue cast iron water transmission mains that were installed in the 1940s. The contractor (T.E. Roberts, Inc.) will begin construction adjacent to the Collins Island bridge and work eastward towards the Marine Avenue area. Although the pipeline construction will require road closures and traffic detours, the work is being limited to a few blocks at a time in order to maintain traffic flow at all cross streets.

Last Month’s Rain Event – During last month’s three-hour downpour, the Public Works Corporation Yard crews assisted Storm Drain crews in pumping the storm drain systems that were inundated by the rain event. Our staff received over 40 calls regarding flooding, sandbags, trees down and other storm-related incidents. Crews were quickly dispatched and were able to respond in a timely manner, with assistance from the Utilities Department. By close of business, all calls were addressed and completed.

New Trash Lids – Last December, our Landscape Division and Recreation & Senior Services Department started renovating trash cans that were deteriorated or damaged at Bonita Canyon Sports Park. A total of 52 lids were replaced with new green fiberglass half-dome lids. These new lids will help improve the appearance of the park in addition to providing proper form and function of the trash disposal system.

Recent Park and Median Renovations – City Landscape staff continues to find opportunities to beautify the City of Newport Beach. City staff recently oversaw the renovations at 38th Street Park. The old shrubs in the inner and outer perimeter planter areas were replaced with a variety of drought-tolerant plant species, and a fresh layer of mulch was placed to keep the weeds under control. In addition to the new plants, the park signage was also updated. Recent renovations were also completed on several stretches of median planters along Coast Highway, between Promontory Point and Pelican Point. Old plant material was removed and replaced with a variety of drought-tolerant plant species.

Benches and Trash Can Lids Upgraded – Recently, eight benches and 25 trash can lids in Corona del Mar received a fresh layer of powder coat. Some of the restored benches needed to be relocated at least four inches from the curb to avoid car doors from hitting the backs of the benches. In addition to the restored benches, the powder-coated trash can lids were also re-installed.

Upcoming King Tides – With the upcoming king tides and rain forecasted into next week, the Utilities Department will be installing 40 gap boards onto the seawall. The gap boards (along with the new seawall cap) will greatly reduce the amount of water splashing onto the Island; (mainly wind and storm waves). Although, not needed until the end of next week, with the upcoming rain for next week, we feel it is prudent to get a head start, as this will be the first official installation of the gap boards. The tides are listed below, and after January 23, we will remove the boards. Crews will start on the North Bay Front and work their way around the island. Our standard procedure for closing/opening valves, and if rain is forecasted, setting up crews to pump locations, will also be in parallel with this effort. 

High Tide: Jan. 18, 6:24 a.m., 6.2 feet; High Tide: Jan. 19, 7:08 a.m., 6.7 feet; King Tide: Jan. 20, 7:53 a.m., 7.0 feet; King Tide: Jan. 21, 8.39 a.m., 7.0 feet; High Tide: Jan. 22, 9:26 a.m., 6.8 feet; High Tide: Jan. 23, 10:15 a.m., 6.4 feet.


Urban Arts OC to hold Arts Camp on MLK Jr. Day

While the kids are out of school on Monday, Jan. 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, get their creative juices flowing by enrolling them in Arts Camp at Urban Arts OC.

Campers will explore poster art, painting and digital transfer. 

Art Camp will be available for two sessions: Full day from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. for $75 and half-day from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. for $55.

Urban Arts OC to hold

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In addition, Urban Arts OC is offering Advanced Art on Thursdays from 3:30 - 5 p.m. Class instruction focuses on technique, shadowing, perspective, figure & portrait drawing and portfolio building.

Call to register at 949.474.1552.

Urban Arts OC is located at 4250 Scott Drive, Suite L & O, Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.urbanartsoc.com.


Segerstrom Center presents Grammy winner – vocalist Catherine Russell

Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes the Center debut of Grammy Award- winning vocalist Catherine Russell for two performances on March 23 at 7 and 9 p.m. Her repertoire features a selection of gems from the 1920s through the present, vital interpretations, bursting with soul and humor. With an off-the-beaten-path song selection, sparkling acoustic swing and a stunning vocal approach, Catherine Russell has joined the ranks of the greatest interpreters and performers of American Popular Song.

Segerstrom Center presents Grammy winner

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Catherine Russell

Russell is a native New Yorker, born into musical royalty. Her father, the late Luis Russell, was a legendary pianist/composer/bandleader, and Louis Armstrong’s long-time musical director. Her mother, Carline Ray, was a pioneering vocalist/guitarist/bassist who performed with International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Mary Lou Williams and Sy Oliver.

Her professional life began early. After graduating with honors from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Russell embarked upon musical adventures with Carrie Smith, Steely Dan, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Michael Feinstein, Levon Helm and Rosanne Cash, among others, touring the world and appearing on more than 200 albums.

Single tickets start at $69 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.


Recollections of sailing in Newport Harbor: Flight of the Snowbirds

Recollections of wooden snowbird

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A restored wooden Snowbird

Note: My personal recollections of sailing a Snowbird are in italics.

No. 419, a double blue new Snowbird named “Too Blue.” I knew this day would be really big. A perfect summer day in Newport, the Flight of the Snowbirds would be starting in a few hours. The Flight, a tradition in Newport Harbor since 1936, was up to some 200 participants. For competitive young sailors of that era, winning the Flight was like a gig at Carnegie Hall. Some sailed simply for the fun...others to claim rights to be the best in the bay. A good showing here was historical and word would spread rapidly in the sailing circles.

Recollections of Jim Warmington

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Jim Warmington

Jim Warmington was one of the finest young sailors in our town. Even before I could swim, I crewed  for years with him. I weighed 45 lbs. with a life preserver on, allowing Jim to strategically move me about the 12-foot sloop like a sack of sand. His style of racing was one of perfection. Anticipation of wind changes, trimming the sail, tacking and hiking positions were part of a choreographed dance that Jim knew at a young age. 

Newport Harbor’s tradition of sailing is a privilege for youth growing up with the harbor. Prior to the 1960s, Newport Beach was not known to be a premier setting on the world sailing scene. Older Newporters like Bill Ficker, Don Edler, John Kilroy, along with the finest boat builders, sailmakers and other sailors, would soon put Newport on the racing charts. K-38s, L-36s, Thistles, Stars, custom ocean-racing yachts and America’s Cup racing would soon become part of Newport Harbor’s traditions. Sabots, Snowbirds and Lido 14s were perfect training vessels for future sailors. The bay was alive with activity.

Recollections of Dr Albert Soiland

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Dr. Albert Soiland

Yacht clubs date back to the early 20th century. Dr. Albert Soiland visited Newport Bay in 1906 and being familiar with great ports throughout the world, he saw potential for Newport Beach’s marshy estuary.

In 1916, he founded and became the first commodore of the Newport Harbor Yacht Club. This resulted in each subsequent generation being a little more sophisticated than the previous. By the late 1950s and early 1960s, a new group of competitors hit the water vying for the power position among the harbor’s youth. This group included Burke Sawyer, one of the early gold “S” winners for Snowbirds; Bill Twist; Ron Merickel; Dave Ullman; and Bruce McClaire. All summer long in regatta after regatta, these and many more sailors zig-zagged up and down on the waters of Newport.

Now, this group had moved to larger boats, so I felt it was my turn. If I put everything that Jim taught me to work, I could be a contender. In the start to any race, steel nerves and a stopwatch are your best friends. A matter of mere seconds puts you in the lead, or turns a boat around to re-cross the starting line. The skipper must interpret a language of horns and flags, and anticipate the right place to be at precisely the right time. In the 60 seconds before the start, a sailor must tack, luff or jibe to ensure a good start. There was a great deal of young testosterone in the water, because the good girls, like Patsee Ober and Leslie Messenger, were still years from becoming equals in sailing.

Balboa Yacht Club opened its doors in 1922 as the Southland Sailing Club and the oft-forgotten Balboa Island Yacht Club began in the summer of 1923, when some kids talked Joe Beek into a ride in his boat. Beek saw an interest in their eyes and formed BIYC with 35 original members. Lido Isle Yacht club was incorporated in 1928, but was not operational until 1947 due to poor lot sales, the Great Depression and World War II. 

Recollections of early Snowbird

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Jim Webster’s early Snowbird, circa 1930 

At the starter’s horn, my bow crossed the line within seconds, putting me in the top 20. “Jim [Warmington] would be proud,” I tell myself, thinking this may be the passing of the torch. The fleet spread out and dominated the bay. The Flight was one of the only events that had “right of way” over the venerable ferry boats. We beat our way toward the first mark west of the Lido Isle Yacht Club. Passing some landmark homes on Harbor Island, Bay Island and the Peninsula, the boats completed the long haul into the wind at the mark. “Too Blue” executed a perfect tack and I hollered down a couple potential poachers with a loud “starboard” and kept my key position. Heading east, the little boat rocked and rolled as my crew, Al Schneider, and I sat back creating a perfect plane. Going with the wind always felt really good.

Recollections of schooners

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Schooners at the future site of the Balboa Bay Club, 1948

The beginning of sailing in Newport Harbor was modest at best. But after WWII, the transformation of Newport Beach was in full swing. Large sailboats like the Pioneer and the Goodwill sat impressively in the west turning basin. Other schooners tied up where the future Balboa Bay Club would be built. Sailboats like Santana, Sirius, Chubasco, Kialoa, Nam Song, Sea Drift and many more became the “holy grail” for wide-eyed young Snowbird sailors like me. “One day we will sail the Trans-Pac,” we dreamed.

By the time the fleet reached the east end of Lido and passed the Warmington house, my blood was boiling with competitive juices. I was in the Top 10. It was at this precise moment that I lost control and my thoughts passed into that unpredictable mindset known as “cocky.” A Top 10 finish was well within reach, I kept telling myself.  “Go! Go!”

A local yachtsman wanted to teach his son how to sail, so he created the Snowbird design. Its tremendous popularity over the next 90 some years showed that it was the perfect boat for that purpose. In 1926, the design became public and Jim Webster of the NHYC built four, which sold for $200. G.Y. Johnson Boat Works of Newport built an early wood version, Donald Douglas tweaked it a bit making a faster version and A.E. Hansen built 10 for use as rental boats in Balboa. Roland Vallely maintained one of the largest fleets of Snowbirds in the bay for his rental business. By the mid 1950s, the wooden versions were wearing out, so Bill Schock of W.B. Schock Company started building fiberglass Snowbirds. Much faster, this version of the Snowbirds became even more popular.

Recollections of Flight of the Snowbirds

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Flight of the Snowbirds

Neck and neck with the best skippers in the harbor, my thoughts were speeding as we made the turn around the east end of Lido. Mimicking Mario Andretti, I chose “a straight line is the shortest distance between two points” strategy and took an inside track.

However, once in front of the large two-story homes on Lido’s east end, it felt as if I had thrown an anchor overboard. The wind stopped and “Too Blue” came to a virtual standstill. Sitting in the doldrums, I watched as almost the entire fleet took an outside position and passed us by. By the time we reached Elmer Hare’s house with his classical plank boat “Dorsal,” all had tragically changed.

I remember very little about the rest of that Flight, because it was like hiking up a mountain with a broken leg. All the pride, knowledge and perceived glory I anticipated was gone. Crossing the finish line among the last 30 boats put well over 100 in front of me. So much for a great start.

“It is about the entire race and it is always the smartest skipper not the fastest boat that wins,” Jim had taught me. As I limped home late that afternoon, this kept pounding in my head accompanied by a vision of him sailing Newport Harbor with the intensity of a high-wire walker over Niagara Falls. 

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Duncan Forgey, a lifelong resident of Newport Beach, now makes his home in Hawaii. He is a monthly contributor to StuNewsNewport.


Newport Beach – A Look Back 

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

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An aerial photograph of Newport Harbor taken in 1929. The photograph was taken over Corona del Mar and looks toward Lido, neither of which were very heavily developed at that time. The photograph is from a card in the Spencer Family collection.

Balboa Island Museum and the Museum Store are located at 210 B Marine Ave., Balboa Island. They are open Tuesdays - Sundays from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. For more information, call 949.675.3952, visit www.balboamuseum.org, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


NBPL to hold two Sleeping Beauty performances

Newport Beach Public Library will present two free performances of “Sleeping Beauty  for Kids” by Festival Ballet Theatre on Saturday, March 16 in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. Shows will begin at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and last about one hour.

NBPL to hold two

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“Sleeping Beauty for Kids” performed by the Festival Ballet Theatre

“Sleeping Beauty for Kids” is an abridged narrated version of the classic ballet. Festival Ballet Theatre brings to life the timeless story of a beautiful princess, cursed by an unforgiving fairy and rescued by a handsome prince. This shortened version of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, with full production costumes and characters, features talented dancers from the professional ballet troupe, in a performance that will enchant young and old. Fabled storybook characters such as the White Cat and Puss-in-Boots, the Enchanted Princess and Bluebird, as well as Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, all take part in a celebration of love and the triumph of good over evil. And, yes, everyone lives happily ever after.

This event is supported by the City Arts Commission. Admission is free. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Distribution of tickets for both shows will begin at 9 a.m.

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 www.newportbeachlibrary.org.


It’s not too late to join Spirit Run’s new evening training program

We’re already halfway through January, so have you made any progress on your resolution to exercise more? If not, Spirit Run may have the motivation you’re looking for.

On Monday evening, Jan. 14, Spirit Run kicked off its new evening training program. Sessions are held on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at Newport Harbor High School between now and March 13, culminating with the Spirit Run on Sunday, March 17. Registration will remain open through the end of January, so it’s not too late to join the fun, while getting in shape.

Spirit Run’s program offers a great way for you to achieve your fitness goals. Sign up and meet new friends, or grab your spouse, kids and a friend while you train together. There are regimens geared for adults, kids and families.

Its not too late to join

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Adults – Don’t be intimidated, even if you feel like a “couch potato.” The “Couch to 5k” training is perfect for walkers and new runners, as well as runners needing a tune-up.

Kids – This program welcomes new runners and those wanting to increase their speed. It’s also great for youngsters wanting more fitness for a team sport.

Families – “Actions speak louder than words!” What better way to show commitment to a healthy lifestyle than training together for an event that can benefit your kid’s school?

On race day, March 17, Spirit Run offers events for every level, from walkers to runners; from first time competitors to elite athletes. The event has something for every age – from toddlers to grandparents. Spirit Run even hosts the Dog Mile for humans 13 and older to run or walk with their dog.

There’s no need to worry about the price tag either. The training program’s modest registration fee covers the Spirit Run entry fee.

Training Costs:

Adults: $150 for training plus single adult entry (5k, 10k, or mile, a $40 value)

Kids: $100 for training plus single youth entry (Youth 5k or mile, a $30 value)

Families: $175 for training plus entry to family entry (mile or 5k Walk, a $100 value)

To register and for more details about Spirit Run’s new evening training program, visit www.nmspiritrun.org/eveningtraining/.

Your participation in Spirit Run can raise funds for your child’s school. For details, visit www.nmspiritrun.org/partners/.

For the third consecutive year, Stu News is proud to be Spirit Run’s media sponsor. Spirit Run is presented by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public benefit corporation called Newport-Mesa Spirit Run, Inc. (“NMSRI”). NMSRI is managed by an unpaid, volunteer board whose mission is to promote youth fitness and to donate Spirit Run’s net proceeds to benefit youth education and athletics. 

Visit www.nmspiritrun.org/what-we-do/ to learn more about NMSRI.


Hundreds of volunteers turn out for Pageant of the Masters casting call

Hailing its 86th anniversary, the nation’s most iconic presentation of living pictures, the Pageant of the Masters, will once again amaze audiences nightly July 7 - August 31 in Laguna Beach. Themed “The Time Machine” for the 2019 production, Pageant of the Masters will re-create classical and contemporary works of art with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces – and volunteers are at the heart of it all. Nearly half of the volunteers who turned out for the casting call were Newport Beach residents.

Since opening in 1932, the Pageant has grown to enlist approximately 500 volunteers who eagerly contribute more than 60,000 hours of their time each summer. The cast members come from all over the Southland, including places as far away as Riverside and San Diego and range in age from 4 to their late 80s.

Many people have volunteered for dozens of years and for some it’s a family tradition, including Pageant Director Diane Challis Davy. “My brother David and I were cast volunteers in the Pageant in the 1970s,” Challis Davy said. “In 1980, I was given a paying job as a seamstress making costumes for the Pageant. Having some skill at background painting, I moved up to Assistant Director. I took on the top job as Director in 1995, producing my first Pageant in the summer of 1996.”

Hundreds of Volunteers turn out

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A would-be volunteer gets measured for a coveted Pageant of the Masters part

The admiration for the Pageant of the Masters among Southern California families expands beyond just the Pageant Director. This January, hundreds of families attended the 2019 Casting Call in hopes of passing along the tradition to their relatives. Among those were Jaxon Steinfeld, a 5-year-old from Costa Mesa, along with his father, Michael Steinfeld. Michael has been in the Pageant for 30 years, starting when he was 11 years old, and was thrilled to bring his son to try out for the first time. “It’s something all generations can enjoy,” Michael said.

For many Pageant devotees, the casting call is like a giant family reunion, and a precursor to their summer ritual. Irvine resident and longtime Pageant volunteer, Jeanette Shelly, first attended the Laguna Beach event with her family in 1952 – when she was 6 years old – and she has gone every year since. “It’s magical and they always surprise me. There’s something new every year,” Shelly said when commenting on why she enjoys returning to the Pageant year after year.

The Pageant’s extended family of volunteers continues to grow, as does the excitement and enthusiasm for the show. “The Pageant of the Masters simply would not be possible without our dedicated volunteers,” Challis Davy said.

The Pageant of the Masters will run July 7 - August 31 with advance tickets now available starting at $15 per person. The 2019 Festival of Arts Fine Art Show runs in conjunction with the Pageant and will take place July 5 - August 31 with general admission tickets starting at $10 per person. A Pageant ticket also acts as a season pass to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show.

To schedule an appointment to be measured or for more information on volunteering, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information on the 2019 Pageant of the Masters or to purchases tickets to the show, which start at $15 per person, visit www.PageantTickets.com. 


Dewane, DePasquale and Atkinson re-elected to Mesa Water District BOD

Mesa Water District (Mesa Water®), a top-performing public water agency, hosted Senator John Moorlach (CA 37th District) last week for the swearing in of Directors Shawn Dewane, Marice H. DePasquale and Jim Atkinson, who were re-elected on Nov. 6, 2018 to continue to serve on the Mesa Water Board. Subsequently, on Dec. 13, 2018, the board officially named Shawn Dewane to serve as board president and Marice H. DePasquale to serve as vice president for 2019-2020.

“We are pleased to continue to produce and deliver high-quality local and reliable water to our community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Water is essential to our quality of life and key to the economic development of our community, and we are committed to continuing to provide cost-effective water service now and in the future,” said Shawn Dewane, Mesa Water Board president.

Dewane, DePasquale and Atkinson

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(L-R) Shawn Dewane, Marice H. DePasquale and Jim Atkinson with California State Senator John M. W. Moorlach

President Dewane represents Division 5, which includes eastside Costa Mesa and parts of Newport Beach. He has extensive experience in regional water issues having served on the Orange County Water District (OCWD) Board for eight years, as both a director and its board president. Further, Director Dewane is actively involved with many water industry, government, finance and community organizations, including serving on the board of the Orange County Employees Retirement System.

Vice President DePasquale represents Division 3, the north Costa Mesa community, which includes landmarks such as South Coast Plaza and Segerstrom Center for the Arts. DePasquale was appointed to the Mesa Water District Board in 2017 and was elected in 2018 with nearly 70 percent of the vote. She also serves as a board member on UCI’s School of Social Science Dean’s Board of Counselors, and has served on the board of Seneca Family of Agencies, a nonprofit adoption agency, and the City of Huntington Beach’s Affordable Housing Committee, among other organizations.

Director Atkinson represents Division 4, the northeast Costa Mesa community including Mesa Del Mar and College Park as well as notable landmarks such as TeWinkle Park and Vanguard University. Atkinson, first elected to the Mesa Water District Board in 1998, has served across all standing committees and as president of the board. He serves as a member of the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Region 10 Board as well as on the ACWA Groundwater Committee, Urban Water Institute Board, and as chair of the Water Advisory Committee of Orange County. Atkinson has served as president of the Mesa Water Board of Directors for the past two years having led the district to eliminate unfunded pension liability and toward greater efficiency and water reliability.

As one of Orange County’s most efficient water agencies, Mesa Water invests in perpetual infrastructure improvements that continue the board’s legacy of ensuring a sustainable water supply.

Founded on January 1, 1960, and governed by a publicly elected, five-member board of directors, Mesa Water is an independent special district that provides water service to 110,000 residents in an 18 square-mile service area that includes most of Costa Mesa, a portion of Newport Beach and John Wayne Airport. Mesa Water provides 100 percent local reliable groundwater to its customers due to the Mesa Water Reliability Facility. 

For more information, visit www.MesaWater.org or call 949.631.1200.


Central Library celebrates 25 years

Newport Beach Public Library will mark the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Central Library this July with special programs and festivities planned throughout the year, culminating in a week-long celebration on July 7 - 13.

A balloon tower with a giant 25 greets guests entering the Central Library as the 25th anniversary celebration for the library begins. Library visitors are invited to sign the giant anniversary cards and reminisce about the library’s beginnings.

Central Library celebrates logo

A click on the 25th anniversary logo on the Library website lets visitors look back at the history of the Central Library with a collection of photos and articles from the groundbreaking, grand opening, 10th anniversary celebration and recent expansion.

The dream of a Central Library for Newport Beach goes back to the 1980s, when a needs assessment study showed that the City would be well served by a large Central Library in conjunction with the Balboa, Mariners and Corona del Mar branches. The Central Library was designed as a modern and expansive building that could serve diverse audiences of the community with adult reading areas, large meeting space, a children’s section and storytime room, public computer areas and outdoor space. A dedicated group of library supporters led the charge and the grand opening took place July 10, 1994.

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A yearlong roster of activities is planned for Central Library’s 25th anniversary celebration

Since then, the Central Library has expanded and developed in pursuit of its mission to be the cultural, educational and informational heart of the City. According to Library Director Tim Hetherton, “The 25th anniversary year gives us the opportunity to look back at the history of the Central Library, acknowledge the individuals and organizations that pursued the dream and anticipate the future of the of library services in Newport Beach. We look forward to continuing to serve the City with superb programs, excellent collections, technological enhancements, children’s activities, cultural arts programs, learning opportunities and other valuable resources.

Schedule of Events:

–January: The Celebration begins

–February: We Love the Library

–March: It’s Your Lucky Year

–April: National Library Week

–May: Books, Bunnies and More!

–June: It’s a Summer Reading Spectacular

–July 7 - 13: A week of celebration festivities – to be announced

To find out more about the celebratory events planned, visit www.newportbeachlibrary.org.

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


Surfers catching the swell at Blackies

Surfers catching waves

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Many eager surfers fill Blackies by The Sea on a picture-perfect winter day


Stump the Stu

Where would you find this old-timey photo?

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Stu thought this might be an interesting stumper...so where would you find this  time-honored photo that has graced a popular gathering place for quite some time? And what place is portrayed in the image?

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. 

Stu stumped nearly all of our readers except two smart guessers! Congratulations to Tom Iovenitti and Pam Smith who knew the grapevines can be found on the sign welcoming you to The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar on Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach.

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 1.15.19

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Newport Beach Chamber presents Debbra Sweet at Business Luncheon Series tomorrow

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce is hosting its Business Luncheon Series tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 16 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse.

Guest speaker Debbra Sweet, founder of Thrive Right Consulting & Sweet Marketing Solutions, reveals “How to GEAR UP! Kickstart Your Business Growth” without overworking, overwhelming, or hiding your super powers, so you can create your winning game plan in 2019. Sweet is a trailblazer in universal leadership and entrepreneurial education, offering a proven path to create a better business, a better future and a better foundation upon which to thrive.

Newport Beach Chamber Debbra Sweet

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Debbra Sweet is the featured guest luncheon speaker

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

The cost, which includes lunch, is $35 for NB Chamber members with a reservation, $40 for members at the door, or $40 for potential members. There is valet parking available for $8 or validated self-parking.

For more information, contact Newport Beach Chamber Member Services Director Pam Smith at 949.729.4411 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse is located at 8420 Von Karman Ave., Newport Beach.


A stormy weekend under the Balboa Pier

A stormy pier

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Photo by Larry Tenney (@ltenney1 Instagram)

Winter waves wash ashore on a rainy day at the beach


The Oracle Challenger Series returns to Newport Beach

The Oracle Challenger Series is returning to Newport Beach, taking place at the Newport Beach Tennis Club on January 21 - 27.

This professional tennis tournament is the third stop of the 2018-2019 Oracle Challenger Series, designed to promote American tennis and help up-and-coming players secure both ranking points and prize money, so come out and see some of the sport’s future stars.

The Oracle Challenge Bradley Klahn

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Bradley Klahn plays Michael Redlicki on court 5 during the Oracle Challenger Series at the George R. Brown Tennis Center on the Rice University campus on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 in Houston, Texas

The race is heating up on the Road to Indian Wells, as the top two American women’s and men’s points-getters over the course of the Series receive wildcards into their respective singles main draws at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, one of the most prestigious events in professional tennis.

The Oracle Challenge Lauren Davis

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Lauren Davis plays Sofya Zhuk on court 3 during the Oracle Challenger Series at the George R. Brown Tennis Center on the Rice University campus on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 in Houston, Texas

You won’t want to miss this exciting week of tennis action. The event is free and open to the public. Get your free ticket at https://bit.ly/2SjcrGE.

For additional information about the event, visit the tournament website at www.oraclechallengeseries.com.

Newport Beach Tennis Club is located at 2601 Eastbluff Drive, Newport Beach.


Sunset as seen from Newport Coast

Sunset as seen from

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A breathtaking sunset showing the breadth of its colors


Stump the Stu

Where would you find these oversized 6s?

Stump the Stu 1.11.19

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It appears that quite a few of our readers knew where these large oversized “6s” call home. The numbers are located at the renovated Newport Beach Mariners Fire Station #6 on 1348 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. And our readers shared that they really like the bright, shiny red-trimmed doors.

Congratulations to Charles Klobe, Christy Walker, Chuck Busch, Jodi Halbreich, Kristie Hemstreet, Mike Skibba, Mike Zimmerman, Penny Scholey, Randall Marquis, Renee Hadley, Scott Ketchum, Stan Cole, Tina Buss and Troy Davis.

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.


Take Five: Meet Kunga Wangmo-Upshaw, NBPLF director of programs

By AMY SENK

In August 2018, Kunga Wangmo-Upshaw became the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation’s (NBPLF) new director of programs, replacing Susan Groux, who resigned in May. Wangmo-Upshaw hit the ground running, overseeing a diverse series of programs and events that will kick off in January with the Witte Lectures series.

Take Five Kunga

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Kunga Wangmo-Upshaw, NBPLF director of programs

Q: I understand you started with the Foundation in August. Can you tell me a little about your background and where you were working previously?

A: I grew up in a Tibetan community in a small town in Sikkim, India that had only one bookstore. Books were my gateway to a different world, languages, history and people. I graduated from William Smith College, New York with a degree in chemistry, French and Francophone Studies. The first thing I did as a college student was to get a job in the Warren Hunting Smith Library and worked there until I graduated. I loved it there, it was my home away from home. Before taking on the role of director of programs at the Library Foundation, I worked at the World Affairs Council of Orange County for two and half years, implementing and executing their programs. 

Q: What are the different programs supported by the Foundation?

A: Donations cover the cost of providing many key upgrades such as thousands of downloadable books, magazines, online teaching tools, computers, media lab, sound lab and literacy programs. We also offer unique Library Foundation programs such as the Witte Lectures; Library Live lectures; Medicine in Our Backyard, which is health education; financial literacy workshops; book discussion groups; along with an exciting and fun children’s program, Books and Bunnies; a creative writing contest; and memoir writing workshop. There  is something for people of all ages.

Q: How do you decide which speakers to book, and how does that process work?

A: We have a committee who spends about six months researching, vetting and finally drawing up a list of the extraordinary speakers that you see each year.

Q: What are some of the programs in store for 2019?

A: The much anticipated 22nd season of the Witte Lecture Series starts January 25 and 26 with Hanna Rosin, who will be addressing a hot contemporary issue of how men and women are going to work and live in these hypersensitive times of the #MeToo movement. On February 8 and 9, Richard Blanco, presidential inaugural poet for Barack Obama, will be speaking about poems he has written for the Boston Marathon bombings, and the Pulse Nightclub shooting, to name a few. In addition, we have Amy Walter, political analyst and national editor of The Cook Political Report in March and Joel Sartore, winner of 2018 National Geographic Explorer of the Year in April. in February, Library Live lectures continue in 2019 with Rachel Devlin, author and professor of History at Rutgers University who will be speaking about the young girls who were on the front lines fighting to desegregate America’s schools before Supreme Court passed the landmark Brown v. Board of Education. And finally, Library Live ends with Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief, who will be speaking about her latest book, The Library Book, in March.

Q: What do you think are some of the most important features of a modern-day library?

A: The library serves as a magnet for the surrounding community to meet, interact, learn, enjoy quiet time and read newspapers, as well as serving as a gathering place for intellectual stimulation, cutting-edge information, and a special platform to attend all the world-class lectures and workshops that the library foundation supports.

To learn more about NBPLF, visit www.nbplfoundation.org.


You Must Remember This: A cadre of women making a difference in OC city halls in 1975

By NANCY GARDNER

Having unearthed two issues of Orange County Illustrated, I was glancing through the June 1975 edition when I came upon, “Distaff Voice Grows Stronger in Orange County City Halls,” an article by Dorothy Freeman, highlighting the fact that 20 women were currently sitting on city councils throughout the county that year.

It was not that there had never been women in local government. Twenty years before, Newport had had its first woman mayor (Dora Hill, she of the “petal-toned” cheeks), but apparently to have this many at one time in our county was worth remarking. Or maybe it was just the time period. The writer takes great pains to reassure the reader that while these women “have been ‘liberated’ from their homes and traditional wifely duties...they don’t identify with the militant bra-burning feminists.” That must have been a huge relief to their male cohorts. Imagine the impact on the night’s agenda if some councilwoman suddenly lit her bra on fire.

Not to worry, though. While she delves into some of the special concerns many of the women have (such as babysitting – how many male councilmen would be asked about babysitting?), she is not neglectful of their husbands. She implies that while many of them had a “well-if that-amuses-you-dear” reaction to the initial announcement, this attitude is challenged when they realize that what they thought was a couple of council meetings a month is the tip of the iceberg in terms of wifey’s time away from home. Although it is not explicitly stated, it is pretty clear that for some of the men, the impact on their own lives was not only not anticipated but is now not appreciated. The writer then notes another kind of shock for these poor fellows. Although she phrases it a bit more delicately, she references all those public events where the couple, formerly introduced as Mr. and Mrs. Jones, are now introduced as the Honorable Councilwoman Jones and what’s-his-name.

The group of 20 includes some names familiar to locals: Newport’s Lucille Kuehn, Huntington Beach’s Harriet Weider and Norma Gibbs, Costa Mesa’s Norma Hertzog and Irvine’s Gabrielle Pryor. All the women agreed that “there’s a testing period of about six months before they are accepted as capable problem solvers by most men on a council.” Is that not gracious of the men, or most of them? Only six months. Imagine. 

Times have changed. Women running today aren’t asked about babysitting. That may be because those of us who run tend to be less at the toddler and more at the grandchild stage, but I prefer to think that there’s been an attitudinal shift over the last 40 years. I remember when Joy Brenner – Councilmember Joy Brenner – announced her campaign: I had a number of men come up to me with worried expressions. “Do you think she’s up to the rigors of a campaign?” A question I’m quite sure they didn’t ask about male candidates. However, gender just isn’t the issue it once was. Brenner’s  opposition didn’t squawk about her being a woman. Instead, they huffed that she had  once donated money to a Democratic candidate. Since she won the seat, this obviously wasn’t the blow they thought. Perhaps, the electorate just figured she supported the best candidate regardless of party affiliation. Now there’s an interesting thought.

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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.


Newport Beach Chamber presents January Business Luncheon Series

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce is hosting its Business Luncheon Series on Wednesday, Jan. 16 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse.

Guest speaker Debbra Sweet, founder of Thrive Right Consulting & Sweet Marketing Solutions, reveals “How to GEAR UP! Kickstart Your Business Growth” without overworking, overwhelming, or hiding your super powers, so you can create your winning game plan in 2019. Sweet is a trailblazer in universal leadership and entrepreneurial education, offering a proven path to create a better business, a better future and a better foundation upon which to thrive.

Newport Beach Chamber Debbra Sweet

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Debbra Sweet is the featured guest luncheon speaker

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

The cost, which includes lunch, is $35 for NB Chamber members with a reservation, $40 for members at the door, or $40 for potential members. There is valet parking available for $8 or validated self-parking.

For more information, contact Newport Beach Chamber Member Services Director Pam Smith at 949.729.4411 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse is located at 8420 Von Karman Ave., Newport Beach.


Newport Beach Sister City paintings on display at Central Library

An exhibition of international contemporary nature artist and California native, Gianne de Genevraye, opened at Newport Beach Central Library on January 7 and continues through March 1.

Newport Beach Sister City paintings First View

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All artwork by Gianne de Generaye

First View from Musée Littoral, 2017, oil on linen, Antibes, France

The exhibition features 20 paintings from the sister cities of Newport Beach: Antibes, France; Okazaki, Japan; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; and Newport Beach, itself. The paintings and pastels were completed while de Generaye was in residence at each of the sister cities. The artist focuses on painting in public gardens and exhibiting in public spaces.

Newport Beach Sister City paintings Koi Pond

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Koi Pond at Sherman Gardens, 2018, oil on linen, Newport Beach

This exhibit explores the beautiful gardens of the sister cities and is intended to foster a visual cultural exchange between these special places that are aligned with Newport Beach. The exhibit is open during regular library hours.

Newport Beach Sister City paintings Okazaki

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Okazaki East Park, 2017, pastel on paper, Okazaki, Japan

On Saturday, Jan. 12 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., come meet the artist during a reception, hosted by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission. Enjoy lively conversation, small bites, music and a no-host wine bar. RSVP to Connie Skibba, vice president Newport Beach Sister City Association (NBSCA) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.650.0594.

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


Shades of brilliant blue from Corona del Mar

Shades of view

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Photo by  Mary Gulino (@myartistloft Instagram)

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The Wedge peeking out from this lovely viewpoint in CdM


Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so let’s see how well you know your town. Stu believes many of you pass by this sign on a regular basis, so we hope this one will be an easy one to guess!

These inviting grapevines will lead you to a favorite local establishment.

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

Stu loves publishing the winning answers on Tuesday.

Good luck!

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 1.11.19

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NBWDC meeting to feature OC Board of Supervisors Candidate Loretta Sanchez

The Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club (NBMWDC) is holding its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at the OASIS Senior Center, Room No. 1.

Scheduled guest speakers include:

–Loretta Sanchez, Candidate for OC Board of Supervisors (District 3) and former U.S. Congresswoman (District 46). Sanchez represented the people of Orange County and California in the House of Representatives from 1997 - 2017. She grew up in Southern California as a child of two hard-working immigrant parents and attended local public schools, and was in the very first class of the then brand-new Head Start program. This program laid the foundation which allowed her to earn a bachelor’s degree and an MBA. She was proud to stand up in the House of Representatives and fight off attacks to dismantle this program, letting opponents know that we, as a nation, must fight to invest in all our people, not just a chosen few.

NBWDC meeting to feature Loretta Sanchez

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Loretta Sanchez, Candidate for OC Board of Supervisors, District 3

–Erin Spivey, OC Group Lead for Moms Demand Action, a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence. The movement campaigns for new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our families. Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and, along with Mayors against Illegal Guns, Students Demand Action and the Everytown Survivor Network, it is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than five million supporters and more than 350,000 donors.

In addition to the guest speakers, NBWDC officers will provide information about the upcoming OC Women’s March in Santa Ana on Saturday, Jan. 19. There will also be a sign-making event for the Women’s March as part of the meeting.

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. Ample, convenient free parking is available.

For additional information, call 949.423.6468 and visit www.NBWDC.org to RSVP.

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


Morning beauty and boats at Balboa Island

Morning beauty sail

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Sailboats silhouette a serene Newport sunrise on the water


Local, Global & Me: A Women’s Empowerment Event – Chef Jamie Gwen is a featured guest

Bank of America and Orange County United Way present the final installment of the three-part series of Local, Global & Me, a Women’s Empowerment Series focused on investing in women to build strong communities.

The third installment is set for Thursday, Jan. 31 at Macy’s Home at South Coast Plaza and will feature a special presentation promoting the power of prioritizing your health and how it can transcend to positively impacting your community.

Three exciting panelists include: Celebrity chef and lifestyle expert Jamie Gwen, of Newport Beach, who will share personal stories, anecdotes and inspiration; Sue Graham, vice president and store manager of Macy’s at South Coast Plaza; and Dr. Mahtab Jafari, professor and vice chair of UCI’s Department of Pharmaceutical Services.

Local Global Jamie Gwen

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Chef Jamie Gwen of Newport Beach is among the featured guests

Chef Jamie is a Culinary Institute of America Graduate, a celebrity chef and syndicated radio host, a certified sommelier and a seven-time cookbook author who can be seen stirring up something delicious on television, on the radio and in print from coast-to-coast. She brings the best to radio with her weekly syndicated lifestyle show, heard every weekend on radio stations across the country and in Southern California on Talk Radio 790 KABC. Chef Jamie can be seen on L.A.’s No. 1 morning show on KTLA Channel 5, on the Home Shopping Network and on national television news shows sharing her seasonal approach and her passion for food. She has been featured on The Food Network, Bravo, HGTV, The Talk, Master Chef, Million Dollar Listing, Emeril Live and Martha Stewart and her seventh cookbook, co-authored by Lana Sills and entitled Entertaining In Style, released last year. 

Local Global Jafari

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Dr. Mahtab Jafari, professor and vice chair of UCI’s Department of Pharmaceutical Services

Attendees will have the opportunity to watch a live cooking demonstration in the newly expanded Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School and Cafe led by Chef Jamie, as well as network with Macy’s cosmetic vendors who will provide free touch-ups and consultations. 

The event takes place from 5:30 - 8 p.m., and is free of charge. To RSVP or for more information, contact Amanda Hastings at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call 949.263.6141, or visit www.unitedwayoc.org.

Local Global Sue Graham

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Sue Graham, vice president and store manager of Macy’s at South Coast Plaza

Macy’s Home at South Coast Plaza is located at 333 Bear St., Costa Mesa.


Lido Village Books to hold evening with authors

Lido Village Books presents an evening with Janet Fitch and David Francis in conversation with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett as part of the Pen on Fire Speaker Series. The event takes place at the bookstore on Tuesday, Jan. 15 beginning at 7 p.m.

Lido Village Books Janet Fitch

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Janet Fitch

Janet Fitch is the bestselling author of White Oleander, an Oprah’s book club pick, translated into 28 languages and the subject of a feature film, Paint it Black, widely translated and recently made into a film directed by Amber Tamblyn; and The Revolution of Marina M., an epic novel of a young woman’s coming of age during the Russian Revolution.

Lido Village Books David Francis

David Francis

David Francis is an Australian lawyer and novelist, based in Los Angeles. He is the author of three novels: The Great Inland Sea, published in seven languages, Stray Dog Winter, winner of an American Library Association Prize for Literature, and Wedding Bush Road, released in the U.S. in 2017.

There is no charge for this event. Books will be on sale and available for signing.

Lido Village Books is located at 3424 Via Oporto #102, Newport Beach. For more information, call 949.673.2549 or visit www.lidovillagebooks.com


County seeks volunteers for 2019 Point in Time count

The County of Orange is seeking approximately 1,000 volunteers to sign up to help with the 2019 Point In Time count, taking place Wednesday, Jan. 23 and Thursday, Jan. 24.

The Point In Time is a biennial effort required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, counting people experiencing homelessness in a given point in time during the last 10 days in January. The data resulting from the 2019 Point In Time count provides vital information that helps the County and its partners better understand and address homelessness.

Volunteers are primarily needed to serve as field surveyors, who will canvass predesignated areas across Orange County and conduct surveys of homeless individuals. Volunteers are also needed to serve as team captains, host leads, host team members, photographers and videographers, and A/V and tech support.

Volunteer opportunities are available in both morning and evening shifts on January 23 and 24. Volunteers are projected to mostly complete the count on January 23, with volunteers following up on January 24 to cover any areas that might have been missed.

In-person training for volunteers will be offered on Saturday, Jan. 12; Wednesday, Jan. 16; and Thursday, Jan. 17 in Fullerton, Tustin and Mission Viejo. The two-hour, in-person training is required for all team captain volunteers and is optional for all other volunteers.

Each team of field surveyors will be led by a team captain, who will have specific training and most likely experience in outreach or providing services to homeless individuals. Volunteers will receive information leading up to the Point In Time count covering specific details.

For additional information on training dates and locations, and to sign up to volunteer, visit www.EveryoneCountsOC.org.


CdM Chamber to hold sunset networking mixer

The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce and Harcourt Newport Properties are presenting a mix and mingle event on Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. This sunset networking opportunity takes place at Harcourt Newport Properties, and chamber members, community friends and neighbors are all invited. In addition to networking, enjoy wine, Champagne and appetizers.

CdM Chamber to hold

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The cost is free for CdM Chamber members, $10 for guests. No advance RSVP is necessary, but optional for a speedy check-in. Parking is available in the lot or on the street. For more information, call 949.673.4050 or visit www.CdMChamber.com.

Harcourts Newport Properties is located at 2747 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar (next to Bruegger’s Bagels).


Newport Beach Restaurant Week kicks off with “Culinary Journeys”

Newport Beach Restaurant Week Chef Riley

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Chef Riley Huddleston of Mayor’s Table Pacific Pub & Kitchen

On Thursday evening, Jan. 10 at Fashion Island’s Lincoln Experience Center, Newport Beach Restaurant Week kicked off with an intimate dine-around experience taking place from 5 - 8 p.m.

Newport Beach Restaurant Week Five Crowns

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(L-R)  Five Crowns Restaurant & Steakhouse General Manager Kenyon Paar, Executive Chef Alejandra Padilla and Alison Robbins, sales and marketing

With a limited supply of just 150 tickets available to the public, dining aficionados were given a culinary passport to navigate their taste buds through event-exclusive dishes created by The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar, OLEA, The Bungalow, Five Crowns, Balboa Lily’s, Moulin, Great Maple and Mayor’s Table Pacific Pub & Kitchen. At the end of the event, attendees received a stamp from each vendor, entering them in an exclusive opportunity drawing. 

Newport Beach Restaurant Week The Winery

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(L-R) The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar General Manager/Partner Thad Foret, Private Event Coordinator Vicenta Canton and Elder Escobar, cook

Newport Beach Restaurant Week presented by Dine Newport Beach and the Newport Beach Restaurant Association, Orange County’s longest-standing restaurant week, returns January 14 - 27 for its 13th year. The event showcases Newport Beach as a premier dining destination where Orange County’s best and brightest chefs showcase their talents with special pre-fixe menus. The epicurean adventure continues through Sunday, Jan. 27 with deliciously diverse experiences celebrating cuisine from different regions around the world, giving foodies the chance to partake in a culinary journey that doesn’t even require a passport.

Newport Beach Restaurant Week Balboa Lilys

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(L-R) Balboa Lily’s Sonia Magee, Thomas Elms and Chanel Garcia

More than 70 participating restaurants will offer special, two- or three-course, prix-fixe menus with lunches available for just $10, $15, $20 or $25, and dinners for $20, $30, $40 or $50. Restaurants offering palate pleasing options range from local havens such as Provenance and Gratitude to chic dining experiences such as Bluefin and Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens. In addition to the stellar roster of fan favorites, new Restaurant Week participants include Lido Bottle Works, Mayor’s Table Pacific Pub & Kitchen, Taco Rosa, A&O Kitchen + Bar, Olea, Moulin, Current Coastal Cuisine, Sgt. Pepperoni’s Pizza Store, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, Pandor Bakery and Café, W Café, Waterline Newport Beach and Jan’s Health Bar. Additional details and a full list of participating restaurants can be found at www.dinenb.com/restaurant-week

For more information, visit www.visitnewportbeach.com/restaurant-week/.

Newport Beach Restaurant Week The Bungalow

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(L-R) The Bungalow – Peggy Fort, CMC Inc. Marketing; Louie Feinstein, proprietor; Adolfo Cardenas, sous chef; Alfonso Pineda, executive chef; Kay Walker; Jim Walker, proprietor; and David Guerrero, general manager


Capturing iconic Newport Beach

Capturing Old Water Towner

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 Artwork by Don Krotee

The Old Water Tower in Keeler, Calif. created with transparent watercolor on handmade cotton paper. It was part of the 2015 Fukuhara Workshop.

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


Broadway’s Tony Award-winning musical Come From Away to take the Segerstrom Center stage

On September 11, 2001, the world stopped. On September 12, their stories moved us all. Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes Come From Away to Segerstrom Hall on February 5 - 17. Come From Away tells the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

With a book, music and lyrics by Tony and Grammy Award nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Come From Away is directed by Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley (Come From Away), musical staging by two-time Tony nominee Kelly Devine (Come From Away, Rocky), with music supervision by Grammy nominee Ian Eisendrath (Come From Away), scenic design by Tony Award winner Beowulf Boritt (Act One), costume design by Tony Award nominee Toni-Leslie James (Jelly’s Last Jam), lighting design by two-time Tony Award winner Howell Binkley (Hamilton), sound design by Tony Award nominee Gareth Owen (End of the Rainbow), orchestrations by Tony nominee August Eriksmoen (Bright Star), music arrangements by Grammy nominee Ian Eisendrath and casting by Telsey + Company.

Broadways Tony Award winning

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Photo by Matthew Murphy, 2018

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Scene from “Come From Away”

The touring production of Come From Away stars Kevin Carolan (Disney’s Newsies), Harter Clingman (Peter and The Starcatcher), Nick Duckart (In the Heights), Chamblee Ferguson, Becky Gulsvig (School of Rock the Musical), Julie Johnson (Memphis), Christine Toy Johnson (The Music Man), James Earl Jones II (The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess), Megan McGinnis (Les Misérables), Andrew Samonsky (South Pacific), Danielle K. Thomas (Avenue Q), Emily Walton (August Osage County), Marika Aubrey, Jane Bunting, Michael Brian Dunn, Julie Garnyé, Adam Halpin and Aaron Michael Ray.

Tickets to Come From Away start at $29 and are on sale at www.scfta.org, by calling 714.556.2787 and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. The 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, Feb. 16 includes audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation. 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.

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


Segerstrom Center’s 2018-2019 Family Series continues with two adventuresome shows

Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ 2018-2019 Family Series continues with two adventurous shows, Sunjata Kamalenya on March 9 and 10 and Emily Brown and the Thing on March 30 and 31 in Samueli Theater. If you’re in the room – you’re in the show.

Sunjata Kamalenya (translated: Sunjata for Youth) is a completely interactive production that celebrates the greatest hero of West African legend, Sunjata Keita, the first mansa (king) of the ancient Empire of Mali. In Emily Brown and the Thing, Emily Brown and her old grey rabbit, Stanley, set off on an incredible adventure in this magical musical show based on the much-loved children’s book by Cressida Cowell (author of How to Train Your Dragon).

Segerstrom Sunjata Kamalenya

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A scene from “Sunjata Kamalenya”

Sunjata Kamalenya is ideal for children ages 7 and up; Emily Brown and the Thing is designed for children ages 4 - 8. Both productions seek to inspire young imaginations, to create a lifelong interest and appreciation for live theater, and to be enjoyed and shared as a family.

Performances of Sunjata Kamalenya are Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10 at 1 p.m. in Samueli Theater. The Sunday, March 10 performance will be ASL interpreted. Performances of Emily Brown and the Thing are Saturday, March 30 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, March 31 at 1 and 3:30 p.m. The Sunday, March 31 performance at 1 p.m. will be ASL interpreted.

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“Emily Brown and the Thing” will delight theatergoers of all ages

Synopsis of Sunjata Kamalenya:

A wandering hunter comes to the village of Farrakoro and makes the difficult-to-believe prediction that a crippled boy and his outcast mother will overcome all odds to deliver their nation from a powerful warlord. What follows is their adversarial struggles and the strength they derive from their faith in one another. Authentic music, costumes and scenery invite you to a modern Mandé village where the jelimuso (storyteller) guides your journey as you sing, dance and act alongside professional actors and musicians in a truly unique experience.

Synopsis of Emily Brown and the Thing:

One evening, Emily Brown and her old grey rabbit, Stanley, hear a Thing crying outside their window. The poor Thing just can’t get to sleep, so Emily Brown and Stanley set off on incredible adventures to the Dark and Scary Wood, the Whirling Wastes and beyond, to find the Thing’s cuddly, his bedtime milk, and his medicine...but nothing seems to help him settle. What’s really troubling the Thing, and will anyone ever get to sleep? Touching on themes of fear, bravery and adventure, this production has great songs, clever puppets and characters that audiences of all ages will adore.

Tickets for both shows 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.

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


Segerstrom Center presents Grammy winner – vocalist Catherine Russell

Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes the Center debut of Grammy Award- winning vocalist Catherine Russell for two performances on March 23 at 7 and 9 p.m. Her repertoire features a selection of gems from the 1920s through the present, vital interpretations, bursting with soul and humor. With an off-the-beaten-path song selection, sparkling acoustic swing, and a stunning vocal approach, Catherine Russell has joined the ranks of the greatest interpreters and performers of American Popular Song.

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Catherine Russell

Russell is a native New Yorker, born into musical royalty. Her father, the late Luis Russell, was a legendary pianist/composer/bandleader, and Louis Armstrong’s long-time musical director. Her mother, Carline Ray, was a pioneering vocalist/guitarist/bassist who performed with International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Mary Lou Williams and Sy Oliver.

Her professional life began early. After graduating with honors from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Russell embarked upon musical adventures with Carrie Smith, Steely Dan, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Michael Feinstein, Levon Helm and Rosanne Cash, among others, touring the world and appearing on more than 200 albums.

Single tickets start at $69 and are now 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.


Peter Cetera concert canceled at Segerstrom 

Due to scheduling conflicts, Peter Cetera will not perform at Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Thursday, Feb. 14 as previously announced. Ticketholders will be refunded their original purchase or accept a credit towards a future purchase.

For more information, call the Center’s Box Office at 714.556.2787. 

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


Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce to hold Marine Committee meeting tonight

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce Marine Committee meets once a month to provide information and education on all topics that are marine oriented. The next meeting will be held tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 8 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at Marina Park, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce Steve Creech

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“Hold Your Water: 68 Things You Need to Know to Keep Our Planet Blue,” co-authored by Steve Creech, executive director, Wyland Foundation

The special guest speaker is Steve Creech, executive director, Wyland Foundation. Since 2008, Creech has served as executive director for the Wyland Foundation. He is the co-author of Hold Your Water: 68 Things You Need to Know to Keep Our Planet Blue, a fresh look at the importance of water in our communities and throughout the world. A former environmental newspaper reporter and advertising executive, Creech has overseen the strategic growth of the Wyland Foundation through partnerships and alliances, ranging from the U.S. EPA, U.S. Forest Service and White House Council on Environmental Quality, to media relationships with CBS2/KCAL in Southern California, American Public Television and Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet Network. He is the project architect for two of the Wyland Foundation’s signature programs, the national mayor’s challenge for water conservation and the Wyland clean water mobile learning center, and has overseen international art projects on behalf of Wyland for the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing and the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He is currently working on efforts through the foundation to engage tomorrow’s and today’s leaders to create water-resilient communities.

This meeting is free and reservations are not needed. There is plenty of free parking at Marina Park.


ENC is now enrolling for Presidents’ Week Nature Camp

The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) has offered nature camps since 1977. Providing quality science education in the outdoors, campers learn while adventuring.

This Presidents’ Week, the ENC is offering nature camps for youngsters ages 3 - 6. Little Naturalist Camps (ages 3 - 5) is currently sold out, but there is still room available at Nature Adventure Camps for grades K - 6. Camp runs February 18 - 21 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Half Day Camp runs from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and the fee is $180. Full Day Camp runs from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and the fee is $265. There is a 10 percent discount for ENC members.

ENC is now enrolling 3 boys

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Learning outside increases kids’ ability to think creatively and improves problem-solving skills. Children who participate in outdoor education have increased enthusiasm for learning, improved academic performance and improved critical thinking.

Time spent outdoors also correlates with increased physical activity and fitness in children. Each day, ENC nature campers make crafts, play games and participate in hands-on age appropriate activities.

For more information and to register, visit www.encenter.org/blog/events/presidents-week-camp-4/or call 949.645.8489

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


City trying to resuscitate CdM dolphin topiaries...and more news

By AMY SENK

The Corona del Mar dolphin topiaries are limping toward the end of their lives – one literally looks like it’s using crutches, but replacements that have been growing for years are still unready for planting.

“There’s an issue with those [new] dolphins,” said Linda Leonhard, the CdM Chamber of Commerce president at a Business Improvement District (B.I.D.) meeting late last year. “They’re in a pot, they’re stunted, they don’t look like dolphins yet.

Five years ago, the B.I.D. board voted to replace the existing 12 dolphins, which had been in place since at least the early 1990s. Local leaders said they had grown so fat and out of shape that they looked like manatees more than leaping, playful dolphins. Working with city staff, the B.I.D. paid $13,000 for an outside vendor to create the new topiaries by growing them around a dolphin-shaped frame. At first the deadline was 2015, then extended for another year. Two years ago, the B.I.D. was told the new deadline was going to be in 2017.

Finally, city staff gave up on waiting for the outside vendor and took over the dolphins, moving them to the City Yards.

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These dolphin topiaries await their permanent home in CdM’s median

“The Leland Cypress are very slow-growing and we felt the containers he had them in were too small,” said Dan Sereno, the city’s landscape manager. “They were not root bound, but prefer to be in larger containers or in the ground. Therefore, we took possession and transplanted them immediately. We also feel that they are not full enough to place on the medians. We will give them extra nutrients and care, and hopefully they will be ready by summer of 2019.”

Two of the existing dolphins have been hit by cars, necessitating stilts to hold them up, which make them look as if they need crutches. Some B.I.D. members expressed interest in replacing the plantings with statues of dolphins made of a more durable material. But a statue that could withstand a car crash might cause injuries to humans, so that idea tends to be discussed briefly and then dismissed.

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Meanwhile, a license to sell liquor at 3537 E. Coast Highway is pending with the state’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, online records state. Coast Wine & Spirits applied for the license in December for the empty shop there. The location formerly housed the Del Mar Wine & Spirits shop, which closed in September. Shortly after the business closed, the owner, Polo Gustavo Lopez, died and was memorialized with flowers and tributes near the store.

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The Newport Harbor Lawn Bowling Club also announced online that their clubhouse and greens at 1550 Crown Drive in Corona del Mar will be closed from January 9 through 11. The closure will allow a city vendor to spray and tent the clubhouse for a termite problem, and for greens maintenance. 

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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 Chamber of Commerce to hold “Good Morning Corona del Mar” on January 10

The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce will hold “Good Morning Corona del Mar” on Thursday, Jan. 10 from 7:30 - 9 a.m. at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club.

The guest speaker is Barbie Day, director of government and legislation affairs for the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA). The topic is completing the toll roads in Orange County and eliminating freeway congestion in our area.

In addition, legislative updates will be presented by legislative representatives.

CdM Chamber of Commerce Barbie Day

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Barbie Day, director of government and legislation affairs for the Transportation Corridor Agencies, is the featured speaker

The meeting is free of charge and open to the public; no RSVP is necessary. Complimentary refreshments will be provided.

The Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club is located at 1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar. For more information, call 949.673.4050 and visit www.CdMChamber.com.


Stump the Stu

Where would you find these oversized 6s?

Stump the Stu 1.8.19

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Stu thought this might be an interesting stumper...so where would you find these large “6s,” whose doors open to a very special place?

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.


Thank you to Newport Beach and OC from District Attorney Tony Rackauckas

By Tony Rackauckas

Thank you for the opportunity to have served as your District Attorney for the last 20 years. It has been my distinct honor and privilege to spend my life serving the public and dedicating my life’s work to maintaining public safety. Together we have addressed and tackled numerous complex issues all with the goal of keeping our cities safe and enjoying the fruits of our labors with those we love.

In our time together, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office has filed well over 1.2 million cases with a felony conviction rate of over 90 percent, adding to the many reasons why people choose to live, work, and enjoy life in our communities.

Through your support, we have reduced gang membership by more than half by vigorously prosecuting gang crimes and dismantling their leaders, enjoining gang activity, and incentivizing youth to reject gangs by participating in their communities.

Through our award-winning Orange County Gang Reduction and Intervention Partnership (OC GRIP), we have changed the course of young lives by keeping students focused on school attendance, achieving good grades, becoming involved in positive afterschool activities, and exposing them to positive role models.

We have also worked very hard to stay one step ahead of the criminals who focus on technology to commit their crimes by learning and analyzing the systems and schemes they manipulate to commit economic fraud. 

Thank you Tony

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Tony Rackauckas thanks all of Newport Beach

As a statewide leader in complex fraud prosecutions including Ponzi schemes, insurance fraud, embezzlement, financial elder abuse, real estate fraud and more, we have obtained sentences of up to 90 years in state prison sending a strong message to fraudsters – there will be severe consequences when you are caught!

In an effort to abolish modern day slavery, we established the nationally recognized best practice model known as the Human Exploitation And Trafficking Unit (HEAT). Since its inception in 2013, HEAT has obtained hundreds of state prison sentences, including eight life sentences, for those who commercially exploit and traffic others for financial gain. 

As the fastest growing global criminal enterprise and the second largest criminal enterprise in the nation, this 32 billion dollar industry is more than deserving of the comprehensive approach we have taken in addressing these crimes. 

As the only DA’s office in the nation to create and maintain a local DNA database, we have taken a leadership role employing the latest DNA technology to solve both violent and property crimes. Through these innovative measures, we have brought closure to victims’ families by solving cold case murders and have used DNA evidence to swiftly identify criminals and prevent future victimization. 

In 2013, the office invested in a Rapid DNA Instrument, which can generate a DNA profile within two hours. This useful tool is used to solve crimes and help law enforcement by quickly identifying perpetrators and stopping criminals from committing serial crimes.

DNA was key in the identification and capture of Joseph DeAngelo, internationally known as the Golden State Killer, a man who reigned terror up and down the state for 12 years. He stands accused of 13 felony counts of murder, 13 felony counts of kidnapping to commit robbery, and special circumstances sentencing enhancements for multiple murders, murder during the commission of rape, robbery, and burglary, personal use of a firearm, and personal use of a knife during the commission of the offenses. 

DeAngelo faces a minimum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole and the case will be jointly prosecuted in Sacramento County and involve Contra Costa, Orange, Sacramento, Santa Barbara, Tulare, and Ventura Counties. 

As one of the few prosecuting agencies with an Innocence Review Panel, I recognized years ago the significance of evolving technology and the importance of reviewing cases of incarcerated inmates who claim they have been wrongfully convicted. 

Established in 2000, the Camille Hill Innocence Review Panel (CHIRP) is named after Senior Deputy District Attorney Camille Hill, who unexpectedly passed away, in honor of her incredible body of work within the legal community. 

Today, CHIRP serves as a testament to the office’s commitment that all inmates receive justice, no matter how old the conviction. To date, more than 600 criminal cases have been reviewed, forensic analysis was performed in 20, and all provided evidence confirming the inmate’s guilt.

Recognizing the abuses involved in the sober living home and addiction treatment industry and the impacts they cause within our neighborhoods, we established the Sober Living-Home Investigation and Prosecution team (SLIP) to investigate reports of criminal and civil violations related to the industry. 

Orange County has become a magnet for unscrupulous treatment operators who recruit addicts from across the country, often brokering and trading this fragile population who are desperately seeking help. Once their insurance is maxed out, victims are tossed out on the street to relapse, oftentimes contributing to the homeless issue we are experiencing. Although the unit is just starting out, I have high hopes for significant results in the years to come. 

Through the Environmental Protection Unit, together we have fought to protect the quality of our air, soil, and waterways from companies and individuals who illegally dump pollutants by holding them accountable and making them financially responsible for the damage caused. 

In an unprecedented case, we held the Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) responsible for violating numerous state statutes and regulations related to the installation, maintenance, monitoring, permitting, testing, and overall operation of underground gasoline storage tanks (UST). 

The company’s irresponsible actions resulted in contamination of the aquifer, groundwater, and soil caused by the leaking USTs. Posing a significant threat to the supply of drinking water we rely on, my office moved quickly with the goal of compelling the defendants to bring all identified sites into compliance and clean up any contamination caused by the leaking USTs and retail gas station operations. 

We were successful in this case, which was the first time a district attorney had ever prosecuted a major oil company, and forced the compliance and cleanup of every single violation. I am very proud of this victory as safe drinking water is a truly priceless commodity and Orange County’s supply needs to be protected. 

I am also very pleased by the advances we have made together in the consumer fraud arena. These types of complex cases typically result in criminal prosecution or civil action in which my office has sought a court-ordered injunction to stop the unfair business practices and collected penalties and restitution for the consumer or for the future prosecutions of new consumer protection cases. 

Cases of significance include multi-million dollar settlements against Toyota for concealing safety issues related to unintended acceleration in violation of California consumer protection laws, and DV Biologics, LLC and Da Vinci Biosciences, LLC, two companies that unlawfully sold fetal tissue and cells for profit. 

These settlements have far-reaching impacts felt well beyond the county lines and will never be forgotten. These are just a handful of examples of what we have achieved together. The two decades I have spent serving as your District Attorney have been some of the most meaningful of my professional career. 

Now I find myself looking forward to this new chapter in my life and spending time with friends and family while enjoying the beautiful community we are so blessed to live within as a private citizen in private practice.

Thank you for the opportunity to work alongside of you to keep Orange County one of the safest places in the country,


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. 

Stu stumped all of our readers with this one! The shiny silver logo can be found welcoming you to the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach on Jamboree Road.

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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WACOC presents dinner event, conversation with Gregory A. Daddis

The World Affairs Council of Orange County (WACOC) has organized a special dinner event and conversation with Chapman University Professor and retired U.S. Army Colonel Gregory A. Daddis on “Perpetual Wars: Lessons Learned from the 50th Anniversary of Nixon’s War in Vietnam,” to take place on Wednesday, Jan. 16 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at The Pacific Club. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner and the program starting at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $70 for members, $90 for non-members, and $45 for students.

WACOC presents Gregory Daddis

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Gregory A. Daddis

Daddis is an associate professor of history and Director of Chapman University¹s Master’s Program in War and Society. He joined Chapman after serving as the Chief of the American History Division in the Department of History at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

A retired U.S. Army colonel, Daddis served in both Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He specializes in the history of the Vietnam War and the Cold War era. He has authored four books, including Withdrawal: Reassessing America¹s Final Years Vietnam (2017), Westmoreland’s War: Reassessing American Strategy in Vietnam (2014) and No Sure Victory: Measuring U.S. Army Effectiveness and Progress in the Vietnam War (2011). He has also published several op-ed pieces commenting on current military affairs, to include writings in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and National Interest magazine.

World Affairs Council of Orange County (WACOC) is a member of World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) based in Washington D.C., a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization whose primary goal is to educate and inform its members and community citizens on important and critical issues concerning world affairs.

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


Volunteers needed to help count individuals experiencing homelessness in Orange County

The County of Orange is seeking around 1,000 volunteers to sign up to help with the 2019 Point In Time count, taking place Wednesday, Jan 23 and Thursday, Jan 24.

The Point In Time is a biennial effort required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, counting people experiencing homelessness in a given point in time during the last 10 days in January. The data resulting from the 2019 Point In Time count will provide information to help the County and its partners better understand and address homelessness.

Volunteers are primarily needed to serve as field surveyors, who will canvass predesignated areas across Orange County and conduct surveys of homeless individuals. Volunteers are also needed to serve as team captains, host leads, host team members, photographers and videographers, and A/V and tech support. 

Volunteer opportunities are available in morning shifts and evening shifts on both January 23 and 24. Volunteers are projected to mostly complete the count on January 23, with volunteers following up on January 24 to cover any areas that might have been missed. 

See descriptions of volunteer opportunities and links to register here.

In-person training for volunteers will be offered on Saturday, Jan 12, Wednesday, Jan 16, and Thursday, Jan 17 in Fullerton, Tustin, and Mission Viejo. The two-hour, in-person training is required for all team captain volunteers and is optional for all other volunteers. 

See a full list of training options and RSVP forms here.

A team captain, who will have specific training and most likely experience in outreach or providing services to homeless individuals, will lead each team of field surveyors. 

Volunteers will receive information leading up to the Point In Time count covering details such as what to wear, how to conduct the app-based survey, and how to ensure safety.

For additional information about the 2019 Point In Time count, visit www.EveryoneCountsOC.org.


Sherman Library & Gardens presents Lunch and Lecture Series

This Friday, Jan. 11 and on select Fridays every month from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sherman Gardens, in partnership with Café Jardin, features a horticultural speaker combined with a delicious lunch...the perfect way to end the work week.

Scott LaFleur, garden director and program chair for the Los Angeles Men’s Garden Club, has a long list of contacts from botanic gardens, horticulture, landscape design and beyond.  As program chair, he has created many outstanding programs for Los Angeles.

This year, LeFleur is bringing his exciting programs to Orange County. Teaming with Chef Pascal Olhats, LeFleur is starting a new Lunch and Lectures Series on select Fridays, with informative speakers accompanied by a lunch prepared by Chef Pascal.   

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Sherman Gardens January Lunch and Lecture Series speaker Shawn Maestretti

On January 11, Shawn Maestretti, principal of Shawn Maestretti Garden Architecture, is the featured speaker. Inviting more green into your garden is a presentation inspired by the questions Maestretti is regularly asked by his clients and students. His presentation will weave the importance of regenerative garden practices, the beauty of climate-appropriate plants and hands-on tips for garden enthusiasts who want to deepen their connection to their gardens and create spaces to enjoy for years to come.

Cost – Advance reservations: Friends Lunch & Lecture - $25; Non-Member Lunch & Lecture - $35; Friends Lecture Only - Free; Non-Member Lecture Only - $5. Day of Walk Ins: Friends Lunch & Lecture - $35; Non-Member Lunch & Lecture - $45; Friends Lecture Only - Free (RSVPs  are appreciated); Non-Member Lecture Only - $10. Lunch will be served during the lecture. 

For more information including reservations, visit www.slgardens.org/lunch-and-lecture-series

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


Newport Harbor as seen from Balboa Island

Newport Harbor boats

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Boats galore fill the harbor on a beautiful winter day


A winter glow at Crystal Cove

A winter sun

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(@meghanscoastalliving Instagram)

2019 is off to an exceptional start with stunning sunsets


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 1.8.19

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MEET MUFFY

Muffy is a middle-sized mixed breed dog. She is approximately 1 year old. Muffy is super sweet, but can be shy at first...however, she will be your best friend in a few minutes!

Adoption costs at the shelter:

–Dogs - $130

–Puppies - $150

–Cats - $90

–Kittens - $110

If you are interested in finding out more about Jelly Bean, or any other animals up for adoption, call 949.644.3656 or email Valerie Schomburg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 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.

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. The shelter 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.


Top Five things to do at ENC in January

Start the New Year out with time spent outdoors at the Environmental Nature Center (ENC).

Here are the Top Five things to do in January to get children and adults exploring the diversity of programs and opportunities that ENC offers.

Top Five things little naturalists

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1. Little Naturalists (3 - 5 years):

–Insects: January 11 at 9:30 a.m.

–Great Oak: January 24 at 9:30 a.m.

–Verdi: January 30 at 9:30 a.m.

Enjoy one (or all) of the three Little Naturalist programs scheduled for January! On Friday, Jan. 11, the class will read “I Love Bugs!” by Philemon Sturges, meet ENC’s Bug Ambassadors, look for Bugs out on the trails and more.

2. Mini Naturalists (1 - 3 years): Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 9:30 a.m.

Mini Naturalist programs are outdoor nature play classes for 1 - 3 year olds and their adult guardians. Activities are designed to encourage exploration and discovery, and to enrich a child’s emerging physical, cognitive, social and emotional skills.

3. Hummingbird Parenting: Thursday, Jan. 17 at 5:30 p.m.

The Hummingbird Parenting series provides parents with tools for encouraging their children’s healthy development through play and sensory learning in nature. Join the exploration each month for a program on a different “parenting with nature” topic.

4. Native Plant & Rain Barrel Sale: Saturday, Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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. From 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Rain Barrels International will be on hand to sell rain barrels.

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5. Reading in the Redwoods: Sunday, Jan. 27 from 9:30 - 11 a.m.

Children and their adults will spend some time with Naturalist Harmonie and Luna the owl to learn more about owl adaptations. Guests will also dissect owl pellets and make their own owls to take home using recycled burlap coffee bean bags donated by Kean Coffee.

For more information and to register, visit www.encenter.org.

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


Newport Beach Restaurant Week: January 14 - 27

Save room, Newport Beach Restaurant Week presented by Dine Newport Beach and the Newport Beach Restaurant Association, Orange County’s longest-standing restaurant week, returns January 14 - 27 for its 13th year. The event showcases Newport Beach as a premier dining destination where Orange County’s best and brightest chefs showcase their talents with special pre-fixe menus. The epicurean adventure continues through Sunday, Jan. 27 with deliciously diverse experiences celebrating cuisine from different regions around the world, giving foodies the chance to partake in a culinary journey that doesn’t even require a passport.

Newport Beach Restaurant Week lobster

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Kicking off the 14-day event is an intimate dine-around experience on Thursday, Jan. 10 at Fashion Island’s Lincoln Experience Center. With a limited supply of just 150 tickets available to the public, dining aficionados will be given a culinary passport to navigate their taste buds through event-exclusive dishes created by select restaurants. At the end of the event, attendees who received a stamp from each vendor will be entered in an exclusive opportunity drawing. Tickets are $40, available at this link, and include tastings for each booth and two glasses of wine or beer.

Newport Beach Restaurant Week 2019 participating restaurants will offer special, two- or three-course, prix-fixe menus with lunches available for just $10, $15, $20 or $25, and dinners for $20, $30, $40 or $50. Restaurants offering palate pleasing options range from local havens such as Provenance and Gratitude to chic dining experiences such as Bluefin and Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens. In addition to the stellar roster of fan favorites, new Restaurant Week participants include Lido Bottle Works, Mayor’s Table Pacific Pub & Kitchen, Taco Rosa, A&O Kitchen + Bar, Olea, Moulin, Current Coastal Cuisine, Sgt. Pepperoni’s Pizza Store, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, Pandor Bakery and Café, W Café, Waterline Newport Beach and Jan’s Health Bar. Additional details and a full list of participating restaurants can be found at www.dinenb.com/restaurant-week.

For more information, visit www.visitnewportbeach.com/restaurant-week.


Black and white photographic art at JWA 

Using equipment that consists of a medium format camera and an 8x10 large-format wooden camera, photographer Joel Brown’s black and white photographs offer a unique perspective of his subjects that bring out the hidden details, textures and shapes that often go unnoticed with color photography. An exhibit of his work is on display in the John Wayne Airport (JWA) Community Focus Space now through January 16.

“Mr. Brown’s photography style brings a sense of nostalgia and timeless quality to his black and white photographs that visitors and residents are sure to enjoy,” said Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairman Andrew Do. “Take a moment to enjoy his artistic photographs as you travel through John Wayne Airport.”

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Joel Brown’s Cannon #2, 2017 and Brian with skateboard, 2018

For nearly 40 years, Brown has been capturing images in the tradition of West Coast photographers who were active in the first half of the 20th century and is inspired by the work of photo pioneers Edward Weston and Imogen Cunningham. He processes and prints his own film in “wet darkroom” tradition without the use of computer or digital manipulation.

Brown’s photography has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Men’s File magazine and in numerous exhibitions including the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts, Center of Fine Art Photography and Photographers’ Exchange Group, to name a few. He has won many awards for his work as well as inclusion in the Permanent Collection of the Library of Congress.

Brown’s photography exhibit can be viewed on the Departure (upper) Level near security screening areas in Terminals A, B and C, and on the Arrival (lower) Level adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4. To learn more about Joel Brown’s work, visit his website at www.joelbrownphotography.com.

Upcoming Community Focus Space Program exhibits include painter Dennis Carrie (January 16 - February 14) and photographer Beverly Factor (February 15 - March 29).

To learn more about JWA’s Art Programs, visit www.ocair.com/terminal/artexhibits.


Take Five: Friends of OASIS President Mike Zimmerman on how OASIS “Isn’t your Dad’s senior center”

By AMY SENK

The OASIS Senior Center, a city-run facility located at Fifth and Marguerite avenues in Corona del Mar, launched in 1977. Since then, it opened a state-of-the-art building eight years ago and has more than 15,000 seniors participating in activities each month. The Friends of OASIS group is a nonprofit with 4,500 members that provides volunteers and financial support. In July, Mike Zimmerman became the Friends’ president.

Take Five Mike Zimmerman

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Mike Zimmerman

Q: You were recently appointed president of Friends of OASIS – what does that job involve?

A: Well, the job of president involves the running of our board of directors, which includes 21 members, as well as our executive board that meets once a month, which has seven members. We continually look for ways to increase our membership, bring financial support to OASIS and most importantly to bring our community of local seniors together. Money is important, certainly. Activities are important, certainly. But to bring the community together to work as one, whether it’s our rummage sale or whether it’s our annual Casino Night, or one of the many functions that we do, that’s equally as important.

Q: What is the thing that surprises most people about the OASIS Senior Center?

A: I think the facility itself is very impressive. Our gym and our 138 classes interest people. It’s funny. A lot of people are under the misconception that we’re walking around here with oxygen tanks, playing bingo and that could not be further from the truth. I also think every single person that I’ve taken through here, bar none, every single one, has left here going, “Oh my God, this is quite the place. I had no idea.” I also don’t think many people realize we also have an OASIS sailing club that includes two 36-foot Catalinas down on the Peninsula. That’s a big thing. We own those boats, we maintain those boats, we insure those boats. And those boats are the two most-used boats in the harbor. They go out every single day. It’s impressive. It’s fun and very cool. It is also a lot cheaper as any sailor knows than owning your own boat.

Q: Besides the new facility that opened a few years ago, how has the OASIS Center changed over the years?

A: We have grown up. This isn’t your Dad’s senior center anymore. We’re much more professional. We’re much more organized. We’re much more upscale and current. Along that same line, I think the demographics have changed dramatically from a much older senior citizen crowd to a much younger demographic in their 60s and 70s. Don’t forget, this is a 50-and-up club. When you walk people through here, show the gardens where you can rent a garden plot, that you can join a gym for a hundred bucks a year, that you can play bridge – we have so many things going on every day. There’s a lot of good stuff happening here. 

Q: How are you drawing people in?

A: We have a meeting the first Friday of every month that we call a “gathering.” And we’re making our monthly gatherings much more production style. You should have seen the one we had recently about Pearl Harbor on December 7. We had two rehearsals, we had flag bearers and we had one of our professional singers singing the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine songs, ending the medley with “God Bless America.” People were tearing up in the front. It was just perfect. I think some of those gatherings got rather stale, and we need to constantly upgrade our facilities and events. We have really upgraded and freshened up the entertainment, and Kathy Stewart, who was our past president, is now in charge of the entertainment, and she is the perfect person for the job. The food is now catered by upscale catering services throughout the city, and we honestly have great, great, food. It’s still only an eight dollar ticket a month for wonderful entertainment and lunch. We had a full house here last month. I think the more you upgrade things, the more people participate. We’re slowly, gently phasing out some of the older events and classes, and adapting to some new venues and surprises. I’m big on updating. We just got a new copier, new computers and we have a new Friends website that will blow your mind – www.friendsofoasis.org. We really made an effort to start fresh with new photos, and a lot of options like donating and registering for your membership, an updated calendar, and now we have a YouTube channel, where you can see yourself and your friends at some of our events. We have a Facebook page for Friends of OASIS, which we never had before.

Q: What are the biggest events planned for 2019?

A: On January 12, we’re doing a bridge tournament that we’ve never done, and on February 2 we’re holding an inaugural car show, called OASIS Cars and Coffee, complete with judging and some beautiful trophies. The car show is a take on Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” We have enough room for 40 or 50 cars, and a dozen or so motorcycles. It’s for everybody. If someone is 30 years old and has an awesome car, bring it on down. We’ll love it. We will also have our two big fundraisers. Our spring fundraiser called “Ole Ole Fiesta Fantastica!” takes places in April. Our fall fundraiser is the rummage sale. Both of which make great money, but more importantly, they bring the community together to work with one another as a team...where we get to know each other better.


Healthy, with a pop of color: The world according to SeJuiced founder/owner Kelly Meeker

By AMY SENK

A few years ago, Corona del Mar resident Kelly Meeker would spend hours – sometimes as many as four – commuting back and forth to a sales job that had started to wear her down. She’d arrive back home, stressed and exhausted, with one thing on her mind: trying a new vegan recipe that she dreamed up on the 605 freeway.

“The first thing I’d do was get in the kitchen and make something,” she said. “I really enjoyed it.”

Eventually, her husband Richard suggested she switch focus and open a juice bar. There were two others already in CdM, but they knew SeJuiced would be different. It would be served in glass bottles, for example, and would be organic and cold-pressed on site. They signed a lease, and took about six months to build it out. “That whole time, I was working on the menu,” Meeker said. “Raw foods are my passion, raw treats.”

The shop opened its doors at 2744 E. Coast Highway in 2016, selling juices, smoothies, bowls and snacks. Later, they added salads, and of course, there are cleanses. Meeker currently has 25 employees.

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Kelly Meeker, owner of SeJuiced

She was aware that opening a third juice bar – across the street from the other two – in a small village was a risky move. But instead of making the market too crowded, she thinks it helped grow the healthy, superfood craze. “Everyone has a reason,” she said. “We all have someone we love who has cancer, or has experienced cancer themselves – disease is on the rise. “Some have concerns for the environment and want to have a more plant-based diet. Everyone has their reasons why, and more and more people want to make changes.”

Organic and healthy treats also should be fun and beautiful – Instagram and Pinterest-worthy. So in July, Meeker launched a second business called POPJOY, which sells imported superfood powders that can be added to recipes to add pops of intense colors. Blue spirulina, pink pitaya, butterfly pea flower – seven in all – can be purchased online and in packets in the shop, and some items on the SeJuiced menu incorporate them, too. Meeker said she’s using social media to post photos of recipes made with the ingredients, because the healthy, non-chemical additive really is popular with foodies and social media devotees.

They also are popular with parents, who can make healthy food more exciting for children without adding a drop of old-school food coloring.

“Everything is wrong with that,” she said. “It’s fake, it’s not real, it’s chemicals. POPJOY superfoods make things look tropical...look pretty.”

So far, Meeker said, POPJOY has been successful, with business increasing every month and most sales online.

She also has dreams of a third business: If there were enough time in her days – a dog birthday cake bakery.

“If everything else collapses, I’ll go into the dog bakery business,” Meeker shared. She’s already tried out some treats on her own pet, a miniature pinscher named Elvis, who recently turned three.

“He loves dogs, so we invited all his doggy friends he sees on his walks – eight of his dog friends, for a birthday party,” she said. There were human treats, but the focus was on canine goodies, mostly created by Meeker.

The party was a hit with guests, the two-legged and four-legged ones. But besides spending time with her husband and Elvis, Meeker said she’s happiest in the kitchen at work or at home, trying new recipes and experimenting with natural ingredients.

“It’s just my happy place,” she said. “Happy and creative.”

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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.


Capturing iconic Newport Beach

Capturing iconic Newport Beach

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 Artwork by Don Krotee

Newport Beach Jetty created with an alcohol-based marker

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


Tee it up at the inaugural Newport Harbor Athletic Foundation Golf Classic

Head to the practice range to get ready for the inaugural Newport Harbor Athletic Foundation Golf Classic taking place Monday, Feb. 11 at Santa Ana Country Club (SACC). This year’s honorary chairman is Terry Donahue, former football player and UCLA Bruins coach, who is currently a football analyst.

Tee it up Newport Harbor High School

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Newport Harbor High School, home of the Sailors

In addition to a memorable round of scramble golf at SACC, ranked No.1 in Orange County by Golfweek, participants will enjoy the hot shot cannon; delicious food and beverages; exciting games on the course; hole-in-one, longest drive and putting contests; a helicopter drop; after party; and awards.

Entry fees are $350 for singles and $1,400 for a foursome. Additional support options include the Jackpot Ticket Package (for entry into contests) for $75 and the after party for $50.

For more information on how you can benefit NHHS athletics by supporting this golf classic, visit www.nhathleticfoundation.com.


Newport Dunes to hold OC Yoga Festival

Come enjoy the benefits of yoga in a picturesque outdoor setting during the OC Yoga Festival Winter Edition at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. This one-day event is geared to all ages and all yoga levels.

There will be one-hour yoga and meditation classes going on all day long with workshops, talks, sound healing, live music, DJs, healthy food, art, a concert party, vendors and sponsors.

Newport Dunes to hold yoga

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Admission is free, whereby attendees can visit the vendor village area with music. Purchasing event tickets will gain you access to the classes, talks, workshops and concert party. VIP tickets will provide you with a special gift bag from sponsors, express entry, opportunity drawing tickets and front row reserved seating for yoga/sound healing.

Come meet local yoga studio teachers who will be leading different types of yoga classes inside a covered tent. Vendors will be located in the parking lot area with food and music. Prices range from $35 - $55. Parking is $10. Purchase tickets online here. No alcohol is permitted.

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


The Fauré Quartett returns to Segerstrom

Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes back the Fauré Quartett, joined by double bassist Luis Primera, on Tuesday, March 19 at 8 p.m. in Samueli Theater.

The concert features a unique pairing from the repertory of piano quintets that include the double bass, along with Frank Bridge’s delightfully tuneful Phantasy.

The Faure Quartett musicians

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The Fauré Quartett comes to Samueli Theater March 19

Quartett members include Dirk Mommertz, piano; Erika Geldsetzer, violin; Sascha Froembling, viola; and Konstantin Heidrich, cello. 

Single tickets start at $39 and are available 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.


Stump the Stu

Sea stars living on land?

Stup the Stu 1.4.19

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It appears that quite a few of our readers knew where sea stars live on land. The sign “sea star village” is located at the Community Church Congregational, where a preschool/early learning center is housed at 611 Heliotrope in Corona del Mar.

Congratulations to Bill Finster, Bobby Doer, Doug Tedesco, Ellen Trujillo, James McCullough, Jim and Lynn Kaminsky, Judy Mertz and Paul Blank.

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 many of you pass by this sign every day, so we hope this one will receive a lot of correct guesses!

This “shiny” logo is emblematic of what this establishment stands for.

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

Stu loves publishing the winning answers on Tuesday.

Good luck!

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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On the Harbor: Remembering my buddy, Commodore Josh Walker

By LEN BOSE

It has been a very long time since I have had the wind knocked out of my sails and just as I was approaching the finish line to the end of 2018, WHAM I took a hard round down to weather. You know the type when the spinnaker pole digs into the water and everything feels like it’s crashing down on you.

Well, that’s pretty much how I felt when I heard that my good friend, Josh Walker, had passed away this last week of December 2018. The first thing I reflected on was how Walker always greeted me with a long drawn out “Lenny Bose.” I’ll probably always look for him each time I enter the Balboa Yacht Club for many years to come.

On the Harbor Remembering Josh Walker

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Commodore Josh Walker at the helm in 2002

I recall the first time I noticed his wife, Carrie, and Josh on the main dock at BYC. Josh was returning their Catalina 36 to the mooring when Carrie had noticed that she had left her car keys on the boat. It was a long time ago to quote Carrie and Josh’s conversation across the water as Carrie desperately tried to convince Josh, who was about three rows deep into the moorings, to return to the dock to return her keys. The banter was funny and full of love, yet someone not knowing them might have seen it differently.

In the early 2000s, we spent a lot of time with the Walkers at Whites Cove in Catalina. The Walkers had two very young granddaughters, Katie and Megan, when my son was 4 or 5 years old. We both spent most of our time during these warm summer days making sure the toddlers did not leave the confines of the grassy area of the Whites way station. While the kids would play in this tropical paradise, Josh would always remind me to keep a sharp eye out for my son’s advancements toward his granddaughters. Again, the banter was fun and full of love.

In 2002, Walker took his turn at the helm of the Balboa Yacht Club as Commodore and referred to himself as “The do nothing Commodore.” Yet, that’s not what I remember. I recall the club was digging itself out of some financial difficulties from previous years. Walker had taken the helm when no one else would, on a very dark night at sea, with a huge squall overhead. He came out from under the financial squall on a port pole hauling the mail straight at the mark. Speaking of squalls, Walker joined me that year in the 2002 Ensenada Race: the following are my excerpts from that race.

Forecast for the day was 15 to 20 k4 SW with locally stronger gusts in the afternoon. Showers or thunderstorms likely. The Newport to Ensenada 2002 was our first race with our new boat, a 1999 J 125 named LUCKY DOG. At 10:45 a.m., LUCKY DOG’s call sign was changed to BYC-1 as Commodore Walker stepped aboard from the club’s race dock. Right off the dock, a rain squall came through which sent everyone diving for their foul weather gear. But we can’t complain, nor can we wipe the smile off our faces. The next 13 hours were some of the best sailing I have ever experienced in the Newport to Ensenada race.

As the LUCKY DOG’s knot log recorded a 15.8, the GPS told us we were really doing 16.7. I looked over for Commodore Walker’s reaction to this sudden surge in boat speed as we headed down this rather large swell just off Oceanside. I thought I might catch the Commodore’s eyes wide open with hands gripping the boat tight. The opposite was the case: “I’ve never gone this fast before,” he said, smiling ear to ear as he ground in the spinnaker for the next wave. Along with his game face, Commodore Walker brought along some of the best quotes: “Bring it on,” “We’re boiling,” “We’re going to be finished before 1 a.m.” – those were only some of the comments made by this exceptional competitor.

Another moment I observed was during Nick Scandone’s Paralympics Skud 18 campaign in 2007-08 when Walker gave generously monetarily and timewise to support Scandone’s campaign to bring home the gold medal from China.

Walker is remembered by all as “the most generous guy you will meet” as well as “honest and fair.”

Unfortunately for all of us, he would often say while leaving BYC, “We are walking not talking.”

Well, Walker, if I had known you were departing us, I would have asked you to stay around for another 75 years. Hope you don’t mind me keeping the way you greeted me all these years...I plan on doing the same with my friends.

Sea ya.

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


Blackies…a local’s favorite surf spot as seen from above

Blackies a drone

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Stunning shades of ocean blue amongst the peaceful sand and shore


Segerstrom Center to reschedule “Pasek and Paul: Up Close and Personal with Special Guests”

Segerstrom Center for the Arts has announced that it will reschedule “Pasek And Paul: Up Close and Personal with Special Guests,” originally planned for Monday, Jan. 7. The date change will accommodate the schedules of a number of artists who have expressed their eagerness to be part of this exclusive evening. The new date will be announced when the complete roster of guests is confirmed. 

Segerstrom Center to reschedule

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(L-R) Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul comprise the acclaimed Tony Award-winning duo that wrote the music and lyrics for Dear Evan Hansen. Their blockbuster hit won six 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score, and the Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album. Dear Evan Hansen comes to the Center January 1 - 13. 

Ticketholders will be refunded their original purchase and provided with a priority opportunity to rebuy before tickets go on sale to the public.

For more information, call the Center’s Box Office at 714.556.2787. 

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


NBPD Home Security Tips: Start the New Year out by wisely protecting your property

How secure is your home? If you’re locked out of your home, can you still get in? Possibly through an unlocked window in the back, or by using an extra key hidden under a flowerpot on the front porch? If you can break into your home, so can a burglar.

A small investment of time and money can make your home more secure. The Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) offers free home security inspections to any resident of Newport Beach. A representative of the police department will review your current means of security and offer suggestions on how to improve the security of your home. They will also review the exterior of your home and discuss possible improvements to your lighting and landscaping that could reduce your chances of becoming a victim of this costly crime.

After you have installed all the proper locks on your doors and windows, don’t forget to use them. Did you know in almost 50 percent of all residential burglaries, thieves enter through an unlocked door or window? This means that you can significantly reduce your chances of becoming a victim by simply locking your doors and windows. While this won’t prevent all burglaries from occurring, it certainly will deter the opportunistic burglar from making your home his next target.

Helpful Security Tips:

–Always lock your windows and doors when you go out, even if for only a few minutes.

–All windows should have two locks.

–Place a wooden metal stick in all sliding door and window tracks or place a security pin (a large nail will also work) through the frame.

–Keep the landscaping around your home trimmed down around doorways, windows and light fixtures.

–Never leave a purse, wallet or other valuables in plain sight.

–Keep your porch lights on dusk to dawn.

–Give the same importance to garage doors as you would your front door. Make sure they are of a solid core construction and have a deadbolt lock.

–All sliding glass doors and windows should be equipped with anti-lift protection. Anti-lift protection can prevent your door or window from being lifted out of its track. A suspect can easily lift a window out of the track even if the window is locked. Install a security pin that slides through both frames securing the window in place or insert a minimum of two screws into the upper track or through the window frame.

–Use several timers to turn on interior lights throughout your home. These timers should be used when you are both on vacation and at home.

–To keep your valuables safe, consider using a safety deposit box at your local bank.

–Never leave a house key available under a doormat, in a flowerpot, or on the ledge of a door. These are the first places a burglar will look.

–Install a peephole in your front door. NEVER open the door to someone you don’t know!

–Engrave your valuables with your California driver license number. This makes your property more difficult to pawn and helps law enforcement to identify your property, if it is recovered.

–If you will be away for several days, have a trusted friend or neighbor pick up your newspaper and mail.

–Join Neighborhood Watch. The best crime prevention device ever invented is a good neighbor.

To make an appointment for a Home Security Inspection, call an NBPD Crime Prevention Specialist at 949.644.3699. If you see suspicious activity in your neighborhood, call NBPD at 949.644.3717.


JWA posts November 2018 statistics

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport (JWA) decreased in November 2018 as compared with November 2017. In November 2018, the airport served 850,458 passengers, a decrease of 4.8 percent when compared with the November 2017 passenger traffic count of 892,995.

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Commercial aircraft operations decreased 1.3 percent and commuter aircraft operations increased 478.9 percent when compared with November 2017 levels.

Total aircraft operations increased in November 2018 as compared with the same month in 2017. In November 2018, there were 26,182 total aircraft operations (takeoffs and landings), a 5.7 percent increase compared to 24,763 total aircraft operations in November 2017.

General aviation activity, which accounted for 70.3 percent of the total aircraft operations during November 2018, increased 7.8 percent when compared with November 2017.

The top three airlines in November 2018 based on passenger count were Southwest Airlines (274,847), United Airlines (139,466) and American Airlines (135,678).


Join the celebration at the Boat Parade awards dinner & auction on January 25

The 2018 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Dinner & Auction will be held on Friday, Jan. 25 from 6 - 11 p.m. at the Fashion Island Hotel.

Open to the public, the gala will honor the winners of the 2018 Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights competitions and raise funds for next year’s Parade. All award winners will receive two complimentary tickets to the event, and enjoy a special private Champagne reception at 5 p.m.

Join the celebration boat

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A past Boat Parade winner in the Humor and Originality category

In addition to the awards ceremony, guests will have the opportunity to take part in an incredible live and silent auction, the latter beginning at 6 p.m. There will be hundreds of unique items to choose from including travel excursions, weekend getaways, fine dining, rare jewelry, art, hotel stays and more. Whether you are a seasoned bidder or a novice, there will surely be an item you’ll want to take home. And once the auction is over, throw on your dancing shoes as you enjoy the fabulous live entertainment.

The evening’s highlights include a cocktail reception and five-star dinner with wine, recognition of the winners of the Boat Parade and Ring of Lights and dancing.

Tickets are available for $125, which includes a four-course dinner with wine. Table sponsorships are available for $1,500 for a table of 10, and include sponsor benefits, preferred table location and more.

If you would like to donate to the auction, call 949.729.4400 or visit www.christmasboatparade.com for more information and the online donation form.

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


ENC presents condors & cocktails fundraiser

The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) will celebrate the addition of a new life-sized California Condor display during the Condors & Cocktails fundraiser on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 5:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, wine donated by Esser Vineyards and signature condor-themed cocktails. Proceeds from the event, including a condor trivia contest and silent auction, will benefit the ENC Nature Preschool.

Construction on the highly anticipated state-of-the-art ENC Nature Preschool has begun, with an estimated completion date of August 2019. The ENC Nature Preschool will be the community’s first nature preschool and nature play area. The preschool will be located on 1.3 acres bordering the Nature Center’s Redwood Forest at 745 Dover Drive.

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ENC Founder Robert House with the recently installed California Condor replica

The California Condor replica, commissioned by ENC Founder Robert House, was recently installed in the Center’s foyer. It gazes down on visitors entering the Center’s Nature Museum. Also recently installed is interpretive signage describing House’s first encounter with a California Condor, at 18 working his fourth summer at Golden Trout Camp, a dude ranch south of Mt. Whitney in the Sierra Nevada. A painting by local artist Monica Edwards illustrates the scene.

“The ENC Nature Preschool presents a terrific opportunity for the ENC to expand its role as an educator in the community,” House said. “The children who attend our preschool will make memories that will last a lifetime, as special as my memories of summers spent in the Sierra Nevada. The opportunities for hands-on learning and nature exploration will help them develop into environmentally literate adults and instill in them a lifelong environment ethic.”

Nature Preschools teach the building blocks of a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education by providing young children with the opportunity to become familiar with the natural world by playing – and learning – while surrounded by nature.

“Learning outside increases students’ ability to think creatively and improves problem-solving skills,” said ENC Preschool Director Sue Bierlich. “Research shows that students who participate in outdoor education demonstrate increased enthusiasm for learning, improved academic performance, better language skills and a variety of substantially increased critical thinking skills.”

“Outdoor education promotes lifelong physical and emotional well-being,” said ENC Executive Director Bo Glover. “Numerous studies suggest that contact with nature is as important to children as good nutrition and adequate sleep. Time spent outdoors correlates with increased physical activity and fitness in children. Exposure to green space increases general well-being and ability to focus.”

The ENC is aiming to achieve a Platinum Level LEED Rating 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. It is also the ENC’s goal to achieve certification through the Living Building Challenge.

The preschool was already awarded a citation from the American Institute of Architects Orange County Chapter (AIAOCC) in 2015. The ENC’s Nature Preschool was one of eight projects selected to receive an award out of the 56 projects that were entered into the design competition. It was the only project to receive an award that was not a completed project, meaning the jury saw great potential in the building. It was noted during the award ceremony “that the site design and building worked seamlessly and a great deal of thought was given to the creation of a learning environment where nature was the focus.”

“I truly believe that this Nature Preschool and Nature Play Area will be an integral addition to the community, making an essential impact on the next generation,” said Rick John, longtime Newport Beach resident and ENC Board Member. “We are urgently seeking community members to join us in supporting the ENC Nature Preschool.”

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..

Tickets to the event can be purchased at www.encenter.org.

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


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.”

Jelly Bean

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JELLY BEAN

Jelly Bean is a 2-year-old Snowshoe Siamese cat. She loves attention and will let you know when she wants treats. Beautiful eyes!

If you are interested in finding out more about Jelly Bean, or any other animals up for adoption, call 949.644.3656 or email Valerie Schomburg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 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.

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

Adoption costs at the shelter:

Dogs - $130

Puppies - $150

Cats - $90

Kittens - $110

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. The shelter 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.


Commit to be more fit in 2019 while raising funds for schools

For most, exercising more tops the list of New Year’s resolutions. However, good intentions are not always enough to achieve what can be a lonely, difficult and sometimes a painful goal.

But what if you could exercise with your friends or loved ones? Even better, what if you trained with them to run or walk in a fun-filled community event?

Lace up your shoes for Spirit Run’s new training program. Sessions take place Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at Newport Harbor High beginning Monday, Jan. 14 and culminating in the Spirit Run on Sunday, March 17. There are regimens for adults, kids and families, so there’s a program geared to all ages and ability levels. 

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–Adults: Don’t be intimidated, even if you feel like a “couch potato.” The “Couch to 5k” training is perfect for walkers and new runners, as well as runners needing a tune-up.

–Kids: The program welcomes new runners and those wanting to increase their speed. It’s also great for kids wanting more fitness for a team sport.

–Families: “Actions speak louder than words!” What better way to show commitment to a healthy lifestyle than training together for an event that can benefit the kids’ school?

On race day, March 17, Spirit Run offers events for every level, from walkers to runners; from first time competitors to elite athletes. It has something for every age, from toddlers to grandparents. Spirit Run even hosts the Dog Mile for humans 13 and older to run or walk with their favorite dog.

There’s no need to worry about the price tag, either. The training program’s modest registration fee covers the Spirit Run entry fee. And, if you register by Sunday, Jan. 6, you can save 10 percent with code RESOLUTION. Here’s how it breaks down with code RESOLUTION:

–Adults: $135 for 18 training sessions plus Spirit Run entry ($40 value)

–Kids: $90 for 18 training sessions plus Spirit Run entry ($30 value)

–Families: $157.50 for 18 training sessions plus Spirit Run entry ($100 value)

To register and for more details about Spirit Run’s new evening training program, visit www.nmspiritrun.org/eveningtraining/.

Your participation in Spirit Run can raise funds for your child’s school. For more details, visit www.nmspiritrun.org/partners/.

For the third consecutive year, Stu News is proud to be Spirit Run’s media sponsor. Spirit Run is presented by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public benefit corporation called Newport-Mesa Spirit Run, Inc. (“NMSRI”). NMSRI is managed by an unpaid, volunteer board whose mission is to promote youth fitness and to donate Spirit Run’s net proceeds to benefit youth education and athletics.


Wake Up! Newport to feature special program on Thursday

On Thursday, Jan. 3 from 7:15 - 8:15 a.m., Wake Up! Newport will feature a special program titled “Tales from the Trenches,” an update on Newport Beach’s adopted 1st Battalion, 1st Marines.

The guest speaker is Lieutenant Colonel Bryan K. Grayson, commanding officer 1st Battalion, 1st Marines.

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Lieutenant Colonel Bryan K. Grayson, commanding officer 1st Battalion, 1st Marines is the featured speaker at Thursday’s Wake Up! Newport event

The City of Newport Beach “adopted” the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines (1/1) in December 2003, creating the Newport Beach 1st Battalion, 1st Marines Foundation. The 1st Battalion, 1st Marines is one of the most decorated and distinguished units in the Marine Corps. It is an integral premier force-in-readiness that has historically been first to the fight whenever conflict arises. The Battalion is stationed at Camp Pendleton.

In 2015, LtCol Grayson served as the Executive Officer of Battalion Landing Team 2/1 on the 13th MEU, followed by service as the Operations Officer for Fifth Marine Regiment and Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Crisis Command, respectively. His personal decorations include the Combat Action Ribbon, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal and Navy Achievement Medal.

A complimentary breakfast will be provided. The event is free to the public, but Newport Chamber asks that you make reservations so they can plan for food and seating. Walkups are welcome on a space available basis. 

Wake Up! Newport is a free opportunity to meet one on one with legislative and government officials, and stay updated on current local, state and federal issues. It is hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce and takes place in the Central Library’s Friends Room, 100 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

For more information, contact Pam Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.729.4411.


An urban legend – Newport Beach style

By DUNCAN FORGEY

 “Bruce, will you drive?” I asked with great anticipation. The rest of the Lido Gang looked to Bruce as well. He was 16 and could drive; the rest of us were 15. So, it was still bicycles and bumming rides for us, but Bruce had “wheels.” He thought for a second, but like a good friend did not hesitate: “Sure, where are we going?”

“The orange groves in Tustin,” Pancho answered, as if he knew the exact location, not realizing there were upwards of 40,000 acres of Valencia oranges east of Newport Beach. “But there are so many. Which one?” Bruce responds, pushing for a solid answer. There was nothing but silence from the group.

An urban legend Tustin orange groves

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Tustin orange groves – the setting for the urban legend monster

“Tustin is a long way. I’ll need gas money.” At 29 cents a gallon, Bruce’s really cool VW Bus didn’t eat a lot of gas, so that was doable. We were too young to have full-time jobs, but most of us worked. I pumped gas at Dawson’s Chevron, Bruce was an assistant at lifeguard headquarters, Pancho worked for his Dad and Bill’s family had enough money that he qualified as a retired teenager. Newport Beach had its collection of trust babies, but in those days, money did not matter, we were into it for the fun.

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Gas prices in 1963

It was springtime 1963: the year that Beatlemania began, the Vietnam military conflict was but an ember in a jungle far away, the civil rights struggle was heating up in the South with Martin Luther King, and this would be memorable, because by December, John F. Kennedy would be dead. We were clueless to world affairs, but kept track of all the maturing girls around us, the surf conditions, our favorite athletes and the happenings at the Lido Isle Clubhouse. When boredom rose its ugly head, the “alley gangs of Lido” looked for mischief, not trouble. This was one of those nights.

We planned the evening around an old Orange County legend of the “monster” that walked the orange groves. Unlike Big Foot and the Loch Ness Monster, there was never a physical description of our monster, but the teenagers of Newport Beach were convinced of the existence of this terribly evil entity.

Talk of the monster was usually accompanied by a dreadful story about two teenagers parked and making out in the country. Absorbed in their adolescent exploration of each other’s body, the girl complained about noises outside the car. She got scared, and the boy pretended to be brave, reassuring her.

“It is fine, Susan,” he said wanting nothing more than to continue their groping. But as the noises continued, he too became concerned. In an impetuous move, he started the car, lighting up a long dirt road lined with eucalyptus trees as the radio blasted Ray Peterson’s hit song Tell Laura I Love Her, an epic hit about a teenager killed in a car crash. He peeled off and drove his terrified date home. Walking around to open her car door, there on the door handle, was a “bloody hook.” The Lido gang discussed the legend of the Hook serial killer; as the sun went down, they readied for their hunt.

Pancho picked a baseball bat, Bill a tire iron and I carried a pair of my father`s antique brass knuckles. Not much of an arsenal when you think about Frankenstein and Dracula and what it took to kill them. In our excitement, we thought we were ready for anything, but in the world of childhood fears, panic usually takes over.

We walked to King’s Richfield, where our buddy Jerry worked, to meet Bruce and gas up. This was the place of congregation for many of us, because owner “Jack the Crack” was very good about hiring local kids, so it was full of our friends on the night shift. Our 7 p.m. departure got pushed back to 9 p.m., so Jerry could go with us. This made sense because “what legitimate monster would stalk so soon after sunset,” Bill rationalized.

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A 17-window VW bus that transported the Lido Isle gang is now worth six figures

We piled into Bruce’s 17-windowed VW Bus...our energy as high as kites. None of us drank or smoked at that point, because we all wanted to be professional baseball or basketball players. Besides, the true challenges of the ‘s60s like marijuana, alcohol, cigarettes and LSD were still several years away. We were a car full of “good kids” off to “slay a dragon,” just like Saint George.

Navigating up Newport Boulevard to Red Hill, we drove deep into the backlands of Orange County, passing miles and miles of groves, broken only by the blimp hangars. Our destination was less than 40 minutes from the beach, but we would be deep in the countryside. Southern California was a wonderfully rural place before freeways and sprawl.

“Which grove is the one?” Bruce asks his busload of fares. “Just another half a mile,” interjects Jerry, who had done some hunting up this way, so he thought he knew where we were going.

Bruce downshifted and stopped in front of row after row of orange trees. Like the Dirty Dozen, readying for a secret raid, we all anxiously discussed what we would do if we saw the monster. Bravery ran deep in that car at that moment.

“Look,” Bill said nervously, “the road is just like in the claw story – dirt and eucalyptus.” The tall trees swayed in the dark sky like distorted hula dancers, giving the night an eerier feeling. There were few clouds and no moon. It was dark, very dark. The satin black sky displayed a full complement of stars as vivid as I had ever seen them. We were ready.

“OK, stick together,” instructs Bruce, laying back to protect his car and be the “wheelman” in case we had to leave in a hurry. Pancho led the brigade armed with his 1960 Al Kaline Louisville Slugger, practicing swings as he advanced.

There was about four feet between us, when we each started down lanes of trees. Our feet crackled upon leaves and branches. If the monster was not expecting us, he definitely heard us coming.

Oh my god, it is dark, I think to myself with my heart vibrating like a jack hammer. The formation had broken up and I’m close to Bill, but can’t see the others. “Whose idea was it to chase monsters? This is stupid, my inner voice tells me calmly, while I felt like yelling out for all to hear – “I am scared shitless.”

Suddenly, 50 feet away, camouflaged in darkness, Pancho yells out, “There he is! There he is! I can hear him!” Then, there was a dull thud like the bat hitting a pumpkin. Panic shoots adrenaline through our bodies like cocaine.

Not knowing where Pancho was or what he is fighting, I yell, “RUN, RUN, RUN,” which was echoed by the other commandos. Off like banshees, I tripped over a branch, crashing hard on the dirt, ripping my pants and bloodying both elbows.

Bruce flipped on the headlights. In that instance, the scene looked like a Charlie Chaplin chase. Yelling and screaming, we reached the van surrounded by hundreds upon hundreds of yellow jackets – angry looking wasps that leave stingers with great pain. And they were mad, because Pancho hit their nest with his bat, thinking it was a monster hiding in a tree.

We jumped into the seats. With all the doors left open for a fast escape, the yellow jackets followed. Screaming and swatting the angry pests, we fought a battle that we were unprepared for.

“Pancho, what the hell did you do?” yells Jerry, who has already received three stings.

“I heard a humming noise and thought it was the monster, so I attacked,” he answered.

“Close the doors and let’s get out of here,” shouts Bruce, now angry that his van is being destroyed by four dirty boys and dozens of furious bugs. We killed wasps all the way home. Needless to say, there was no hook on the car door when we got back, nor was there ever a monster in those orange groves. Eating mashed potatoes at the round galley the next day at Harbor High, monster stories abounded. Unfortunately, we were ripe for ridicule by upper classmen, and embarrassed at our massive defeat at the hands of mere insects.

In 2016, I told my good friend Dennis, who went to Tustin High, about the night of horrors in the orange groves. “Dunc, there were a bunch of us at Tustin that would stage the monster to screw with kids like you,” he confessed. “We would drink beer in the groves, and guys like you were our entertainment.” 

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Duncan Forgey, a life-long resident of Newport Beach, now makes his home in Hawaii. He is a monthly contributor to StuNewsNewport.


Upcoming events at the OC Market Place

Kick off the New Year with these January and February events taking place at the OC Market Place.

9th Annual Pet Days – Saturday, Jan. 19 and Sunday, Jan. 20 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Come out to meet the fluffy and furry, creepy and crawly animals during Pet Days, which are back for the ninth year. Features local rescues for pet adoptions, nonprofit vendors offering animal education, and small business owners offering pet supplies and services for purchase.

For free admission into the Market Place, simply bring a donation and your $2 fee will be waived.

Donation items include:

–Paper towels

–Towels

–Bleach

–Cat litter

–Potty pads

–Fresh, new pet food (no human, opened, or expired food)

–Gift cards

–Cash conations

Please, leave your personal pets at home, as they are not allowed.

For more information, visit www.ocmarketplace.com/events/9th-annual-pet-days

11th Jeff’s Fun Run – Saturday, Jan. 19 from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The OC Market Place will be the ending location for the 2019 edition of Jeff’s Fun Run. This driving event will take you just over two hours to complete. Registered drivers will visit workshops, retail shops and maybe a manufacturer or two. At each stop, participants will receive one opportunity drawing ticket for each driving sheet they have. Extra sheets are available at the start of this event for $20.

The end of the run will be at the Orange County Market Place where you will drop your tickets in a drum for a chance to win a flat screen TV. All makes, models, styles and years of cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome. If your Hot Rod is out of service, bring your daily driver…it does not matter what you drive or ride for this event.

Event proceeds are donated to Cruisin’ for a Cure for prostate cancer research.

For more information and to register for the event, visit www.jeffsfunrun.wordpress.com

Peace, Love & Cars - Drive for Hope – Saturday, Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

This car show will be in support of the American Cancer Society. There will be a wide array of classic cars, live entertainment, vendors and food. The event takes place in the South Event Space. Admission to the car show is included with your OC Market Place ticket. All cars are welcome and there is no registration fee to participate. Registration and entry for participating cars will be through Gate 10 from 8 - 10 a.m. For Sale signs are not permitted and drivers may not sell items on the premises.

If you are interested in being a vendor, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Orange County Market Place is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.


The perfect Newport sunrise

The perfect Newport

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Friday’s sunrise encouraged thoughtful reflections of 2018


The last Saturday of 2018

The last trees

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Crystal Cove’s gorgeous sunset seen shining through the shopping center


Stump the Stu

Sea stars living on land?

Stump the Stu 1.1.19

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Stu unexpectedly came upon this sign and thought it might be a fun stumper...so where would you find “sea star village”? Hint: Probably not where you might expect.

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. 

Stu only had two super smart readers who knew that “By the Bay” would lead them to Louie’s By the Bay, a new restaurant where The Ritz used to be located on Pacific Coast Highway. It is scheduled to open at the end of this month.

Congratulations to Christine Wattson and Wendy Kerr.

A special thanks to our friend, John Wortmann, who shared this idea with Stu.

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 1.1.19

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Fiery painting in the sky

Fiery painting

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“California colors” paint the Newport sky in one of final sunsets of 2018


You Must Remember This: The Irvines who shaped our area

By NANCY GARDNER

When the name Irvine comes up, people today think of the city, the university or Donald Bren and the Irvine Company. Fewer and fewer relate to the family behind the name, which is a shame, because they shaped a great deal of our area.

Dynasties always want an heir and a spare. I don’t know if the Irvine family considered itself a dynasty, but they had James, the heir, and Myford, the spare. As is usually the case in these situations, the heir was carefully groomed for his future responsibilities while the spare followed his own interests. The unfortunate aspect of this approach is if something happens to the heir (abdication, anyone?), the spare is much less prepared than he might have been, and this was the case with the Irvines.

You Must Remember This The Irvines

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James was fully immersed in all the business of the ranch while Myford immersed himself in the arts, particularly music. When James unexpectedly died, Myford found himself having to take over. Despite being unprepared and having a certain reluctance, he performed well in his new role. Under his leadership, the company developed Irvine Terrace, Cameo Shores and Cameo Highlands, Irvine Cove, Irvine Coast (now Newport Coast) Country Club as well as bringing the Boy Scout Jamboree to town. And then he was found dead. It was generally assumed he killed himself. After all, he was a man not trained or temperamentally suited for the roll he had to assume. For years he did his best, and then it all became too much for him...made sense until you learned that the body had two shotgun wounds to the abdomen, a bullet in the right temple and the pistol was found in his left hand although he was right handed. Despite the background story, that was a lot to swallow, and his niece, Joan Irvine, was having no part of it. She was convinced he was the victim of a crime, probably involving land and the Las Vegas mob, and she had the body disinterred, but nothing came of it. His death remains a mystery.

As for Joan, she is the daughter of James, the heir, and she was the favorite of her grandfather who established the Irvine Foundation to avoid certain tax consequences.  Joan inherited a share of the family holdings at a young age. Only in her 20s, she requested a seat on the board, which was made up of much older men. They probably thought it was sweet that this young girl wanted to be involved with the family business, so she was appointed to the board where they assumed she would smile and nod, and go along with whatever they proposed. Little did they know. She might be young and she might be blonde, but she was no pushover. It didn’t take too many board meetings before there developed a serious conflict. She thought the old fuddy-duddies weren’t aggressive enough, and when she couldn’t convince them to be more adventurous in their thinking, she went to Washington, D.C. and convinced Congress to add a special rider to a tax bill that eliminated the tax benefits of the foundation. The outcome was the sale of foundation assets to a consortium that included Joan. Not bad for a sweet young thing.

Donald Bren was part of the consortium, but he was set on owning the whole thing, which put him on a collision course with Joan. She was willing to be bought out, but she wanted three times what he’d paid the others. It was the irresistible force meeting the immovable object. The lawyers had a field day, but eventually it got settled. She got less than she asked for, but more than was originally offered, so they both claimed victory, and went their different ways.

Joan turned to art, becoming a major collector of California plein air paintings, particularly those that show the early, pre-development beauty of our area, and established the Irvine Museum to display the work. Recently, her son and president of the museum, James Irvine Swinden, announced that the collection will go to UCI where a new museum for California art will be established. Fitting that the Irvine collection will go to the university that shares the family name.

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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.


What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

Ring in the New Year at a variety of venues throughout Newport Beach. From Champagne toasts to a masquerade, black-tie and mariachis...there is no one way to enjoy Monday, Dec. 31...a very special evening.

Fashion Island Hotel

–Aqua Lounge: This will be the destination for New Year’s Eve celebrating in black tie-style with panache. A special DJ will be rocking the crowd at this sleek, chic nightspot. A very bubbly Champagne toast at midnight, party favors and more are part of this happening holiday evening beginning at 9 p.m. The cover charge is $100, which includes a Champagne toast at midnight. Advance ticket purchase is required. Bottle service and reserved lounge seating are available starting at $1,500 and can be reserved by calling 949.760.4920. Located in Fashion Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. For more information, call 949.760.4920 or visit www.FashionIslandHotel.com.

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Enjoy a refreshing Blue Cocktail at Aqua Lounge

–Oak Grill: The special Classics 2.0 New Year’s Eve Dinner is a decadent four-course celebratory meal offering a menu of classically loved selections. The Amuse is a Classic Caviar Tasting of sustainable Kaluga caviar with all the traditional accompaniments. A choice between Oysters Rockefeller or Tomatoes Provençal is offered for the first course. Second course options are French Onion Soup with gratinéed truffle cheese or Caesar Salad. Next is either Sole Meunière with wild rice pilaf, swiss chard and toasted almonds; Tournedos Rossini with seared foie, pommes puree, green beans and madeira caramel; or Cacio e Pepe Bucatini with Truffle. The sweet conclusion is Mocha Almond Opera Cake. Served from 5 p.m. - 12 a.m. The cost is $125 per guest, which includes one glass of Champagne, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are available at 949.760.4920. Located in Fashion Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.oakgrillnb.com.

Javier’s in Newport Beach

This popular Crystal Cove venue is offering something a bit different – a mariachi band playing traditional music throughout the night while guests enjoy Mexican cuisine. A midnight Champagne toast culminates the celebration...but you can opt for an inventive margarita. Call for reservations at 949.494.1239. Located at 7832 Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Coast. For more information, visit www.javiers-cantina.com.

Ten Asian Bistro

Join “The Block Party” where revelers will be treated to talented DJs pumping the jams over three different rooms. Enjoy party favors, a Champagne toast at midnight, live countdown at all venues, a cash bar and a premium open bar from 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. Table packages are available. Call for reservations at 949.660.1010 . Located at 4647 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.tenbistrooc.com.

The Resort at Pelican Hill 

–Coliseum Pool & Grill: Ring in the New Year with a carnival-themed night for the whole family. Drop into the Coliseum Bar for a night filled with music from a live band, hats and special New Year party favors, an à la carte menu, specialty themed drinks, a midnight balloon drop and much more, beginning at 4 p.m. Call for reservations at 844.443.0020. Located at 22701 Pelican Hill Road South, Newport Coast. For more information, visit www.coliseumnb.com.

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Coliseum Pool & Grill is celebrating with a family-friendly carnival

–Pelican Grill: Chef Marc creates a California grill four-course prix fixe menu, available from 5 - 10 p.m. Celebrate in the Lounge with dancing, entertainment by a live band and a midnight balloon drop marking the New Year, including a complimentary glass of Prosecco for each guest. The Pelican Grill Bar also serves up a special New Year’s Eve menu. The cost is $155 per adult without wine pairing or $215 with wine pairing. Call for reservations at 844.443.0020. Located at 22701 Pelican Hill Road South, Newport Coast. For more information, visit www.pelicangrillnb.com.

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar

This chic Mariner’s Mile venue will be channeling the club’s singular spirit with “A Night at Studio 54,” an evening designed to put a different spin on pure decadence. Things kick off with a second seating dinner featuring offerings like duo of beef tenderloin and Maine lobster, prosciutto-wrapped Chilean seabass and bacon-wrapped New Zealand venison. This sets the tone for an evening of music and dancing, leading up to an exquisite midnight toast with Taittinger Champagne. Call 949.999.6622 for reservations and pricing. Located at 3131 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.thewineryrestaurants.com.

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The Winery partners and Executive Chef Yvon Goetz welcome you to
“A Night at Studio 54”


2018 Christmas Boat Parade Winners announced

Photos by Bleu Cotton Photography

The 2018 Christmas Boat Parade winners have been announced as part of the 110th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. From stately yachts to quaint kayaks, the boats were decked out in glittering lights and decorations, animation and music, as friendly neighbors and guests aboard the vessels waved to crowds along the harbor.

The final evening on Sunday, Dec. 23, ended with a spectacular fireworks show at Balboa Pier.

Officially closing out the parade is the Christmas Boat Parade Awards Dinner & Auction that will be held on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 at the Fashion Island Hotel, located at 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. A fun night of food, wine, dancing and one of the best live and silent auctions of the year, it is also the evening that celebrates all of the winners of the 2018 Boat Parade and Ring of Lights.

Congratulations to all the winners and Season’s Greetings!

2018 Christmas Boat Grand Marshal boat

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The Grand Marshal boat with this year’s Grand Marshal, Albert Puljos, three-time National League MVP and two-time World Series champion aboard

CO-SWEEPSTAKES: 

El Navegante, No. 17

2018 Christmas Boat El Navegante

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“El Navegante,” No. 17, took co-honors for the Sweepstakes Award

CO-SWEEPSTAKES: 

The Last Hurrah, No. 74

2018 Christmas Boat The Last Hurrah

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“The Last Hurrah,” No. 74, took co-honors for the Sweepstakes Award

NON-COMMERCIAL SWEEPSTAKES

Paradise Found, No. 40

BEST POWERBOAT

Two are Better Than One, No. 38

BEST SAILBOAT

Mayflower, No. 76

BEST BOAT UNDER 30 FEET

Seaswirl, No. 64

BEST MUSIC

Velocity, No. 36

BEST LIGHTS

1ST PLACE

Valor, No. 10

2ND PLACE

Balboa Bay Club/Alexander Marine, No. 39

3RD PLACE

Simply Bliss, No. 30

HUMOR AND ORIGINALITY

1ST PLACE

Sea Schooner, No. 58

2ND PLACE

Fan Tail Jr., No. 80

3RD PLACE

Amazing Grace, No. 20

ANIMATION AND SPECIAL EFFECTS

1ST PLACE

Seas the Day, No. 1

2ND PLACE

#LightTheWorld, No. 19

3RD PLACE

Time Bandit, No. 26

BEST FIRST-TIME ENTRY

Mayflower, No. 76

BEST YACHT CLUB ENTRY

Fan Tail Jr., No. 80

YACHT CLUB WITH MOST ENTRIES

Balboa Yacht Club

For more information, visit www.christmasboatparade.com.


Segerstrom Center announces January lineup of free events on Argyros Plaza

Along with the New Year comes an exhilarating lineup of free performances to look forward to on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. Two very special events will be celebrated, beginning with Día de los Reyes, or Day of the Kings, on Sunday, Jan. 6 and Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Sunday, Jan. 20. Featured live on the Argyros Stage will be Stevie Talks, Kai Kalama, Hummingbird Hotel, HLLNDR and The Moon Rays.

For many countries around the world, the Day of the Kings on January 6 is the high point of the Christmas holiday. This celebration stems from the story of the kings – Melchor, Gaspar and Balthasar – who traveled from the Far East following a star that brought them to Jesus in Bethlehem. This ancient and beloved cultural tradition will be honored with lively music, a community procession, Rosca de Reyes (Kings’ Cake) and storytelling by a local abuelita (grandma).

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On Sunday, Jan. 20, the Center, along with millions across the country will come together to honor the legacy of Dr. King in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. All are invited to gather on the Plaza from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. to enjoy fun activities and learn new ways to fulfill King’s vision for a better America – beginning with volunteer opportunities at the Center to give back to our local community. 

There’s much to look forward to throughout the month with a variety of live performances on the Argyros Stage, showcasing some of the best and brightest local musical talent. Four Plaza favorites return to the stage: Stevie Talks (January 8 and 10) and Kai Kalama (January 9 and 11), followed by San Diego duo Hummingbird Hotel (January 12 and 13), alternative singer-songwriter HLLNDR (January 12 and 13) and The Moon Rays (January 31), whose delicious four-part harmonies close the month with a doo-wop experience like no other. 

Schedule of Events:

–Día De Los Reyes: Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019 from 1 - 4 p.m. Close out the holiday season on Three Kings Day. Join in celebrating this rich cultural tradition filled with fun activities for the whole family. Enjoy face painting, a caricature artist and storytelling from a local abuelita, with a procession from Los Reyes Magos (the Three Kings) and photo opportunities. Live music is in partnership with the Santa Ana Unified School District will be presented.

–Live on the Argyros Stage: Stevie Talks on Tuesday, Jan. 8 and Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 from 6:15 - 7:15 p.m. Americana singer-songwriter Stevie Talks returns to the Argyros Stage for two live performances. A skilled guitarist, he walks to his own Indie folk-infused beat inspired by tours with indie bands such as Atlas Genius and Young the Giant. 

–Live on the Argyros Stage: Kai Kalama on Wednesday, Jan. 9 and Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 from 6:15 - 7:15 p.m. American Idol star and one-man band Kai Kalama returns to the Argyros Stage for two live performances. A Southern California native, Kalama became a local hero when he reached the Season 8 semi-finals of the American Idol singing competition. Kalama often uses a loop pedal which creates a full band sound for the solo singer-songwriter, which allows his music to transcend folk, soul, rock and Hawaiian.

–Live on the Argyros Stage: Hummingbird Hotel Saturday on January 12, 2019 from 12:45 - 1:45 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019 from 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Comprised of David Ornelas and Megan Love, this San Diego-based songwriting duo offers rich harmonies, strong musicianship and a great stage presence not to be missed. 

–Live on the Argyros Stage: HLLNDR on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 from 6:15 - 7:15 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019 from 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. HLLNDR is a singer/songwriter native to San Diego whose spirited notes reflect life and love. Performing in various arenas, HLLNDR has opened for numerous artists throughout California, including big name bands such as P.O.D, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, JJ Heller, Jeremy Camp and Gavin DeGraw. She is currently working on her new album expected out in the next year.

–Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with free family fun and a service opportunity to benefit the local community. Representatives from the Center Docents, Ushers, and School of Dance and Music will be present at informational booths for those who wish to sign up and/or learn more about volunteer opportunities at the Center.

–Live on the Argyros Stage: The Moon Rays on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019 from 6 - 7:15 p.m. Enjoy four-part harmony at its finest as The Moon Rays pay tribute to some of the most popular musical acts of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Covering everyone from The Beach Boys to Elvis Presley, this group is one of the fastest rising, best live acapella singing groups in Los Angeles. 

Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, call 714.556.2787 and visit www.scfta.org.


Take Five: Michelle Bendetti, NB City Arts Commission vice chair, discusses creativity, business and civic service

By AMY SENK

Michelle Bendetti has served on the Newport Beach City Arts Commission since 2016 (and is now vice chair), but that role doesn’t come close to fulfilling her creative drive. Since she was a child she was on the stage, and she continues to act and volunteer at two local theater groups. She also is a member of Seaside Gallery & Goods and owns the Bramble & Co. Candles company – a business that began as a hobby in her home studio on Balboa Island, and now offers workshops and soy wax candles in beautiful and lush containers and packaging. I connected over coffee with her to find out how she combines her artistic interests.

Michelle Bendetti

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Michelle Bendetti

Q: You’re one of the most creative people I know. Did you always love the arts, and were you artistic as a child?

A: Yes, definitely as a child. I became involved in children’s theater in my hometown back in the Midwest in Minnesota. We had an old, refurbished theater, one of the old theaters with the red velvet seats and the balcony and the little box seating, and that’s where the community theater would perform. I auditioned, and I think I was in my first show for the Red Wing Community Theater when I was maybe 8. I just always loved theater, musical theater, dance, live performance. It was just always a passion of mine.

Q: You are a business owner and candlemaker – how did that start and how is it going?

A: It started as a hobby in my house on Balboa Island, and then it expanded. Eventually, it became big enough where I moved into my garage and took over the garage. And that was just a hard space to work in. The garage door was open, people were constantly stopping and watching and asking, “What’s going on in there?” A year ago this month, one of the small units around the Pelican Courtyard became available, and I decided to take the plunge and get a bricks-and-mortar studio. It was an easy transition because my candles have been in Seaside Gallery & Goods in the front of the courtyard for years.

Q: You’re on the board and a director of publicity for the Newport Theatre Arts Center – does that mean you don’t get to go onstage and perform?

A: It means that I have the same opportunity as everyone who auditions. We as a board decide on what plays are going to be produced the next year. There are five productions a year, and then we do some different special things like a holiday show, and we’ve done summer productions with children. We usually try to do five very different shows – a farce, a drama, we always do a musical, mystery. We choose our directors, and the directors hold auditions, usually with the assistance of a producer, and most of the producers are board members. We at any given time can audition just like anybody else. When I audition for a show, it’s because I feel strongly about the show, the director, or that I’m good for a certain part. And sometimes you get cast, sometimes you don’t. We have about 900 season ticket holders. And they’ve been supporting us, some of them since almost our inception, which was in 1979. The building on Cliff Drive is owned by the city. But we’re completely self-sufficient: a nonprofit called the Friends of the Newport Theatre Arts.

Q: Who is your favorite artist, your favorite art form?

A: Theater is my first passion. If I’m in a new city, I will almost always choose going to see some kind of live performance over going to a museum. Theater is my first love. As far as actors – probably my all-time favorite actor was Philip Seymour Hoffman. He was just an incredible talent. As far as performances, well, we were in New York five years ago, and it was when Helen Mirren was doing The Audience. And because I always go off on my own, even when I’m with my family, I’ll just get one seat. I was able to sit in the front row and see that performance. It was a Tony Award-winning performance, and to see her that close. You’re close enough to see everything, and she didn’t disappoint. She was as good watching her from 10 feet away as she is on the big screen, and you realize that people who get to that level just have something different. They have a charisma, they have just a stage presence that not everybody has. But then I go to local productions, too, and sometimes I’m just blown away.

Q: What exciting things are on the horizon for the Newport Beach Arts Commission?

A: My focus has really been on the summer concert series. Everybody on the Arts Commission is very talented, and we have skills in so many different areas of the arts. We have just an incredible amount of talent, and mine is anything live, which has always been my passion. So, when I became involved, we really took the summer concert series and decided to just really bring up the quality and name recognition of the acts. I think last summer, all the hard work really came to fruition. We had several crowds that were around 4,000 people up at the Civic Center green. We try to get talent that is well-known in Newport Beach and has ties or roots, or a great following here...and that has made a huge difference. We’re looking for great acts that have a local connection. I think for me, getting up on stage and getting to welcome the crowd, and having 3,500 or 4,000 people there to see the Tijuana Dogs, Flashback Heart Attack or Desperado is so exciting. Next summer it will be as good if not better than last summer. We’ve had more bands submitting every year. Every day, we’re getting nationwide acts that want to perform. And, continuing to work on the Art in Public Places, the sculpture garden. We always have our hands full with being on top of that and getting not just the public to support it but getting private funding. We are working to get some businesses that want to support this venture, and want to be involved and recognized for their support of the arts in Newport Beach.


Stump the Stu

What’s the fresh catch of the day?

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It appears that several of our readers knew where to find the freshest catch of the day...encouraging us all to eat more fresh fish. The sign is located down at the Dory Fleet Fish Market on Balboa Peninsula.

Congratulations to Bill Finster, Charles Davison, Dominic Tucci, Jerry Murray, Jim Kaminsky and Joe Stapleton.

A special thanks to Kristie Hemstreet who snapped this photo and sent it to Stu.

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.


Speak Up Newport presents: Homelessness,

A Changing Landscape

Speak Up Newport will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, presenting Part Two of its program on Homelessness in Newport Beach. Part One focused on the problem. Part Two will focus on the solutions. Come hear how the City of Newport Beach is approaching the unsheltered, and learn what the landscape looks like and how things are ever changing with a panel discussion by key figures in providing the solutions.

Panel participants include:

–Tony Yim, Newport Beach Police Department Homeless Liaison Officer

–Jennifer Dinicola, Orange County Health Care Agency, Behavioral Health Navigation, Innovation and Training Outreach and Engagement

–Matt Bates, City Net

The meeting takes place in the Newport Beach Civic Center Community Room, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach. The evening kicks off with a reception and complimentary light supper provided by The Bungalow with wine available for purchase from 5:15 - 6 p.m. The program with a Q&A follows from 6 - 7 p.m.

There is no charge to attend this meeting and the public is invited; reservations are not necessary. For more information, visit www.speakupnewport.com.


Sign of the times

It’s another edition of Sign of the times, so put your thinking caps on. Stu believes this is a tough one. We’re looking for super sleuths to keep their eyes open to find out where this new business is located, which will be opening in the New Year.

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

Stu loves publishing the winning answers on Tuesday.

Good luck!

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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In Memoriam: Bill Barnett

In Memoriam Bill Barnett

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Bill Barnett

Bill Barnett, legendary Newport Harbor High School (NHHS) water polo coach and teacher, passed away peacefully on Monday, Dec. 24 at his home in Laguna Beach. He was 76.

Barnett’s coaching career at NHHS spanned 49 years, from 1966 until his retirement in 2015. He was instrumental in the Sailors boys taking home 10 CIFF-SS Division 1 titles, and the girls’ team winning five. Under his tutelage, Newport Harbor produced Olympians Kaleigh Gilchrist, Eric Lindroth, James Bergeson and Kevin Robertson.

According to the NHHS Alumni Association, “He was known for his expertise in fundamentals, and the way he prepared his students for the game and life. He was inducted into the NHHS Hall of Fame in recognition of the generations of students and friends whose lives he touched.”

Internationally, he twice coached the U.S. Olympic water polo men’s team in 1988 and 1992, with the team winning a silver medal in 1988 in Seoul.

Barnett is survived by his wife, Marcia; daughter, Meagan; son, Tyler; and four grandchildren.


A warm winter glow at Crystal Cove

A warm sunset

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The sun’s reflection creating a perfect golden glow


A dreamy winter sunrise at the Balboa Pier

A dreamy beach

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The early bird gets the best morning view


Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in Hello, Dolly! as casting is announced

Hello Dolly!, the 2017 Tony Award®-winning Best Musical Revival, starring Broadway legend Betty Buckley, comes to Segerstrom Center for the Arts January 22 - 27, 2019 as part of its first National Tour. NPR calls this Hello, Dolly! “the best show of the year!” and the Los Angeles Times said that it “distills the mood-elevating properties of the American musical at its giddy best.” 

Winner of four Tony Awards, director Jerry Zaks’ “gorgeous” new production (Vogue) is “making people crazy happy!” (The Washington Post). Breaking box office records week after week and receiving unanimous raves on Broadway, this Hello, Dolly! pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion – hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. Rolling Stone calls it “a must-see event. A musical comedy dream. If you’re lucky enough to score a ticket, you’ll be seeing something historic. Wow, wow, wow, indeed!”

Tony Award winning Broadway

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Betty Buckley headlines the Tony Award-winning “Hello, Dolly!”

The cast has been announced for this production. Buckley will be joined by Lewis J. Stadlen (Horace Vandergelder), Nic Rouleau (Cornelius Hackl), Analisa Leaming (Irene Molloy), Jess LeProtto (Barnaby Tucker), Kristen Hahn (Minnie Fay), Garett Hawe (Ambrose Kemper), Morgan Kirner (Ermengarde) and Jessica Sheridan (Ernestina).

The ensemble will feature Maddy Apple, Daniel Beeman, Brittany Bohn, Giovanni Bonaventura, Elizabeth Broadhurst, Whitney Cooper, Julian DeGuzman, Wally Dunn, Alexandra Frohlinger, Dan Horn, Corey Hummerston, Madison Johnson, Nathan Keen, Beth Kirkpatrick, Ben Lanham, Ian Liberto, Kyle Samuel, Scott Shedenhelm, Timothy Shew, Maria Cristina Slye, Cassie Austin Taylor, Davis Wayne, Brandon L. Whitmore and Connor Wince.

Tickets to Hello, Dolly! start at $29 and are on sale at www.scfta.org, by calling 714.556.2787 and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236. The 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation. 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.


Spirit Run celebrates the holidays with gifts for you

Happy Holidays! The 36th Annual Spirit Run takes place on Sunday, March 17, 2019 and organizers are celebrating the season of giving with your choice of three gifts. Choose yours by midnight tonight, December 25, by registering now for any of the walking or running races for adults, youth and families and receive 20 percent on your entry fee when you enter HOLIDAY20 at checkout at www.nmspiritrun.org.

Spirit Run celebrates

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Beginning January 14, 2019, Spirit Run is introducing evening training for adults, kids and families to prepare for Spirit Run. This nine-week program will take place Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at Newport Harbor High School, 600 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. The program is led by highly experienced coaches, and the modest registration fee includes entry into Spirit Run.

A special gift to kids to encourage youth fitness – save 15 percent on the youth training program when you enter RUNFAST at checkout. Register by December 25, and kids pay only $85 for nine weeks of training and are entered into the Sprit Run.

There is also a Spirit Run gift for adults. Register by December 25 and receive a free tech shirt with your adult or youth registration. Enter the code HOLIDAYGIFT at checkout.

To register and for more details, visit www.nmspiritrun.org/eveningtraining.


Pacific Symphony continues family series with “The Magic Flute”

Pacific Symphony presents a special version of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute – Opera for Kids!” in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall with life-size puppets designed by Robin Walsh, and a cast consisting of Chapman University singers and guests on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. Pacific Symphony’s Assistant Conductor and Music Director of Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, Roger Kalia, conducts the concert, with performances at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Writing and directing this production is Professor and Director of Operatic Studies at Chapman University Peter Atherton, along with co-writer Susan Miller Kotses, vice president of education and community engagement with Pacific Symphony. 

A Musical Carnival will be held at each concert that encourages children to test drive instruments, interact with members of Pacific Symphony and Pacific Youth Orchestra Ensembles and participate in themed crafts. Activities start at 9 a.m. for 10 a.m. concertgoers, and 12:15 p.m. for 11:30 a.m. concertgoers. 

Pacific Symphony continues

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“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to present ‘Magic Flute for Kids!’ again to our Family Concert audiences,” said Susan Miller Kotses. “Mozart’s music has a purity and a playfulness to it that is particularly appealing to children, and the fantastical story featuring colorful characters provides a lively and engaging introduction to opera for children of all ages!”

“The Magic Flute” is an opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to a German libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder. The work is in the form of a Singspiel, a popular form that included both singing and spoken dialogue. The work was premiered on September 30, 1791, at Schikaneder’s theater, the Freihaustheater auf der Wieden in Vienna, just two months before the composer’s premature death. In this opera, the Queen of the Night persuades Prince Tamino to rescue her daughter Pamina from captivity under the high priest Sarastro; instead, he learns the high ideals of Sarastro’s community and seeks to join it. Separately, then together, Tamino and Pamina undergo severe trials of initiation, which end in triumph, with the Queen and her cohorts vanquished. The earthy birdcatcher Papageno, who accompanies Tamino on his quest, fails the trials completely, but is rewarded anyway with the hand of his ideal female companion, Papagena.

Tickets for “The Magic Flute – Opera For Kids!” start at $15. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 714.755.5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org. This concert is a part of the 2018-19 “Family Musical Mornings” series that consists of five, 45-minute concerts, designed for children ages 5 - 11, which are sponsored by Farmers & Merchants Bank. These “Opera for Kids” performances are underwritten by The Honorable H. Warren and Janet Siegel. Education and Community Engagement programs are supported in part by the Pacific Symphony League.


Newport Beach Restaurant Week, an annual culinary celebration, returns January 14 – 17

Newport Beach Restaurant Week, presented by Dine Newport Beach and the Newport Beach Restaurant Association, returns as Orange County’s longest-standing restaurant week, beginning Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 for its 13th year. The event showcases Newport Beach as a premier dining destination where Orange County’s best and brightest chefs showcase their talents with special pre-fixe menus. The epicurean adventure continues through Sunday, Jan. 27 with deliciously diverse experiences celebrating cuisine from different regions around the world, giving foodies the chance to partake in a culinary journey that doesn’t require a passport. 

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Kicking off the 14-day event is an intimate dine-around experience on Thursday, Jan. 10 at Fashion Island’s Lincoln Experience Center. With a limited supply of just 150 tickets available to the public, dining aficionados will be given a culinary passport to navigate their taste buds through event-exclusive dishes created by select restaurants. At the end of the event, attendees who received a stamp from each vendor will be entered in an exclusive opportunity drawing. Tickets, which include tastings for each booth and two glasses of wine or beer, are $40 and can be purchased at this link.

Newport Beach Restaurant Week 2019 participating restaurants will offer special two- or three-course prix-fixe menus with lunches available for $10, $15, $20 or $25, and dinners for $20, $30, $40 or $50. Participating restaurants with palate pleasing options range from local havens such as Provenance and Gratitude to chic dining experiences such as Bluefin and Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens.

In addition to the stellar roster of fan favorites, new Restaurant Week participants include Lido Bottle Works, Mayor’s Table Pacific Pub & Kitchen, Taco Rosa, A&O Kitchen + Bar, Olea, Moulin, Current Coastal Cuisine, Sgt. Pepperoni’s Pizza Store, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, Pandor Bakery and Café, W Café, Waterline Newport Beach and Jan’s Health Bar. Additional details and a full list of participating restaurants can be found at www.DineNB.com/Restaurant-Week.


What will the New Year bring to Newport Beach?

By AMY SENK

The last days of 2018 are winding down – ending a year marked by political news including an attempted recall of a city councilman, an election result determined by 36 votes, the retirement of a longtime city manager and more. So what can we expect in town in 2019? I asked around at City Hall and beyond to get a sense of the major projects that we may be hearing about a whole lot more in the next few months.

In Corona del Mar, expect to see a grand reopening of the combined fire station and library building on Marigold Avenue. The construction, which began in April, is more than halfway complete and has meant the creation of a temporary fire station at the OASIS parking lot on Fifth and Marguerite avenues.

What will the New Year library

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The CdM Library and fire station construction is more than halfway complete

Meanwhile, Corona del Mar High School’s 2019 graduation will be held off campus because sports fields upgrades are scheduled to begin in June, bringing two synthetic turf fields, one rubber track, sports lighting and spectator seating to the Corona del Mar campus.

“Architectural plans and DSA (Division of the State Architect) approvals should all be complete and ready for groundbreaking right after track season,” said district board trustee Karen Yelsey. “It will probably be inconvenient for the year, but well worth it.” Sporting and other events will be scheduled off-campus during construction. The field renovations were years in the making, with dozens of community meetings, some of which ended in shouting matches.

A new restaurant at the Newport Pier also could be coming -- on a platform closer to shore rather than replacing the existing building at the end of the pier. The existing building there is deteriorating and has been empty for years; expect city staff to work with an architect and potential tenant before presenting information to the City Council toward the middle of 2019.

A project to build a new hotel, restaurant, spa and more at the Newport Dunes Resort – a concept that has been around since the 1980s – also might move forward in the new year. An environmental impact report (EIR) has and should be available to the public mid-February. SPON (Still Protecting Our Newport) has already expressed concern on its website.

The project is complicated. We asked Newport Beach spokeswoman for information, and here’s what she said: “The Dunes sits on 100 acres of state tidelines, and it’s held in trust by the county. The county leases the site to a private operator. A 1983 settlement agreement between the city, the county and the predecessor to the current lessee resolved some jurisdictional and entitlement disputes related to development of the site. And, among the key development entitlements agreed upon – a 275-room family inn. Thus, the entitlement is done, but the project will require a Planned Community Development Plan, Site Development Review, a Conditional Use Permit, a Traffic Study, and a Coastal Development Permit. There will be the EIR process and then the project will need to be reviewed and obtain certain approvals by the Planning Commission and the Coastal Commission.”

In other words – stay tuned.

There also could be development at Newport Beach Country Club at 1602 E. Coast Highway, where the city Zoning Administrator recently granted approval to convert its tennis club into a tennis resort, including the demolition of an existing clubhouse and parking lot and 18 out of 24 tennis courts, then build a new 3,725 square-foot clubhouse with parking, a stadium-style tennis court, five single-family residential units, 27 hotel units with 50 parking spaces, a spa, swimming pool and guest center. The plans also could subdivide parcels into 11 lots for development – and SPON’s website “strongly objects,” stating the plans should have required a Greenlight vote.

Bayside Drive also will see changes from Jamboree Road to Coast Highway, along with some of Jamboree and Marine Avenue, as part of a rehabilitation project that “maintains four travel lanes for the entire length of the project segment, incorporates reduced lane widths, raised and non-raised medians as traffic calming measures; improves pedestrian and bicycle access; adds drought tolerant landscaping for beautification; and rehabilitates or replaces area traffic signals,” according to a city document.

And the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s flood insurance rate map will take effect March 21. City staff had worked for years to reduce the number of Newport Beach properties that would have required insurance under the originally proposed revised maps. 

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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.


2018 Ring of Lights Winners announced

Photos by Bleu Cotton Photography

The 2018 Ring of Lights winners were recently announced as part of the 110th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. Homes, businesses, restaurants and yacht clubs circling the harbor don their holiday best to include glittering lights, animation, music, decorations and more. Congratulations to all the winners!


SWEEPSTAKES: BEST OVERALL

Phil and Mary Lyons

36 Harbor Island, Harbor Island

1ST PLACE: LIGHTS AND ANIMATION

Donna DiBari

710 S. Bay Front, Balboa Island

2ND PLACE: LIGHTS AND ANIMATION

Dennis and Patty Vitarelli

140 S. Bay Front, Balboa Island

BEST THEME

David Macntyre (Sasco)

101 Via Lido Soud

CHAIRMAN’S CHOICE

Robert Olson

351 E. Bay Front, Balboa Island

2018 Ring of Lights Chairmans Choice

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Robert Olson’s home was named the Chairman’s Choice

BEST TRADITIONAL LIGHTS

Barry and Karen Meguiar

201 N. Bay Front, Balboa Island

2018 Ring of Lights Best Traditional Lights

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Barry and Karen Meguiar’s home won for Best Traditional Lights

“GREEN” ENTRY AWARD

Bruce and Vivian Fabrizio (Simple Green)

1407 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar

2018 Ring of Lights Green Entry Award

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Bruce and Vivian Fabrizio’s home received the “Green” Entry Award

PHOTOGRAPHER’S CHOICE

Jim and Judy Busby

111 E. Bay Front, Balboa Island

HUMOR AND ORIGINALITY

Marcy Cook

538 S. Bay Front, Balboa Island

ROOKIE AWARD

The Van Natta family

902 S. Bay Front, Balboa Island

BEST ON LIDO

John & Essie Bootsma

128 Via Lido Nord

FOUNDER’S AWARD

Shirley Pepys

526 S. Bay Front, Balboa Island

DAILY PILOT/STU NEWS AWARD

Janet Curci

808 S. Bay Front, Balboa Island

BEST YACHT CLUB

Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club (BCYC)

1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar

2018 Ring of Lights Best Yacht Club

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Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club received the Best Yacht Club Award

HI-TECH CHRISTMAS CHARM

Jim and Peggy Rich

802 E. Bay Front, Balboa Balboa

BEST ON PENINSULA

Matthew Thomas

409 E. Edgewater, Balboa Peninsula

JUDGE’S AWARD – 1ST PLACE

Geoffrey Wickett & Norm Lessar

309 E. Bay Front, Balboa Island

JUDGE’S AWARD – 2ND PLACE

Bill & Maria Uncapher

335 E. Bay Front, Balboa Island

For more information, visit www.christmasboatparade.com.


Stump the Stu

What’s the fresh catch of the day?

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How lucky we are to live near the ocean and enjoy its bounty. Where would you find this sign, encouraging us all to eat more fresh fish?

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. 

Stu definitely had some readers who knew that this “e” in the logo would direct them to Enterprise Rent-A-Car, with multiple locations throughout town.

Congratulations to Ashley Johnson, Charles Davison, Diane Dixon, Dillon Henry, George Turk, James McCulloch, Jim Kaminsky, John Wortmann, Kathy Rosenberger, Kelly Couzens, Scott Palmer, Stephanie Simpson and Vikki Swanson.

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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Inside Edge presents Kris “Tanto” Paronto, former Army Ranger

On Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, the Inside Edge is presenting a special program to kick off the New Year. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear the life-changing inside story behind the 2012 Benghazi siege from the soldier at the forefront who found peace and success from his life-threatening mission.

This is a rare opportunity to listen to Kris “Tanto” Paronto, a former Army Ranger and a hero who will share his life-changing lessons that were the subject of the book and movie, Thirteen Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi, and his book, The Ranger Way: Living the Code On and Off the Battlefield.

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Former Army Ranger Kris “Tanto” Paronto’s “The Ranger Way: Living the Code On and Off the Battlefield”

Before he was a security contractor, Paronto was a U.S. Army Ranger from 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment. Rangers are trained to lead by being pushed to their physical and mental limits so they can perform against impossible odds in punishing situations.

Paronto will share stories from his training experience that played a role in his team’s heroic response in Benghazi as he explains the importance of demanding excellence when you commit to improving your life. He will show you how to define your mission, set goals that are in alignment with your values and develop a battle plan that will maximize your chances of success.

 The event takes place at The Pacific Club. Arrive by 6:30 a.m. for the 7 a.m. breakfast meeting/presentation. RSVPs are requested to plan for the buffet breakfast. Seating is limited. 

Cost: Veterans, $30; First time Inside Edge guests, $35; returning guests, $45. Validated parking is included.

Register online at www.insideedge.org. Go to the upcoming speakers page and scroll down to the January 9 event and click on Register Online Here.

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


Author Flor Edwards to appear at Newport Beach Central Library

Newport Beach Public Library will host an evening with Flor Edwards, author of Apocalypse Child: A Life in End Times on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 in the Central Library Friends Room. Edwards’ debut memoir is a cathartic journey through her memories of growing up in a group with unconventional views on education, religion and sex. With the recent release of her book, she has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, BBC Radio and other programs to talk about her experiences.

Author Flor Edwards portrait

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Author Flor Edwards

For the first 13 years of her life, Edwards grew up as a member of The Children of God, a controversial religious movement that many describe as an apocalyptic cult. The group’s charismatic leader, Father David, kept the family on the move, to more than 24 locations in three continents, with the threat of impending doom always at the forefront.  Edwards will talk about her early childhood experiences and the struggle of assimilating into the real world after the group disbanded in 1994.

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Seating is limited. Register online at www.newportbeachca.gov/events to save a seat. This event is funded by the Friends of the Library. Admission is free. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

For more information, go towww.newportbeachlibrary.org, or call 949.717.3830.

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


WISEPlace’s “An Evening with Jane Fonda” raises $225,000 to empower homeless women

WISEPlace, a Santa Ana-based community of housing and hope for women in crisis, presented “An Evening with Jane Fonda” on Thursday, Dec. 6 at Balboa Bay Resort, and raised more than $225,000 to support “Embrace” – a new initiative focused on providing permanent supportive housing for homeless women in Orange County.

Fonda, an Academy Award-winning actress, producer, activist, writer, long-time supporter of women’s rights and advocate of pay equality and the #MeToo movement, visited Orange County to support WISEPlace’s important work providing shelter and giving hope to unaccompanied homeless women in crisis. 

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(L-R) Jane Fonda and Brateil Aghasi, executive director of WISEPlace

“What an incredible night, and what an honor to have Jane Fonda join us in our efforts to give help and hope to homeless women in Orange County,” said Brateil Aghasi, executive director of WISEPlace. “The event allowed us to amplify the WISEPlace mission even further. Every dollar raised will be used to create long-term supportive housing solutions for women experiencing homelessness. We are so grateful to generous supporters for being a part of the event and sharing our values – building community and making a difference.”

The memorable evening featured a live Q&A with Fonda and Kim Shepherd, chairwoman of Engage2Excel, formerly Decision Toolbox, as well as a personal testimonial from Jenny Rodin, a WISEPlace program graduate who overcame homelessness and addiction to become a successful businesswoman and an inspiration for others. Following the program, sponsors enjoyed a private dinner reception with Fonda.

Funds raised at the gala will address the growing need for long-term housing solutions through WISEPlace’s recently launched “Embrace” $5 Million Capital Campaign, an expansion that will add 30 permanent housing units with wraparound services and a small emergency shelter for the most vulnerable women in Orange County.

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(L-R) Susan Spanos, Cheyenne Warren Diaz (community relations assistant, LA Chargers), Samar Okung (wife of LA Chargers player Russell Okung) and Taylor Chavez

“It takes all of us to solve the homeless problem here in OC,” said Wylie Aitken, attorney and platinum sponsor of the event. “WISEPlace is part of the solution, and we are honored to participate in providing much needed permanent supportive shelter for homeless women at this incredible facility.” 

WISEPlace has operated a nonprofit shelter for unaccompanied homeless women in crisis since 1987. Since its inception, WISEPlace has transformed the lives of more than 7,600 homeless women.

“WISEPlace has a 31-year history of caring for the community and offers one of the few places unaccompanied women can go to begin again,” said Eileen Padberg, co-chair of the Embrace Capital Campaign. “The funds raised during this special event will provide even more women in Orange County with the help and hope they need to overcome homelessness.”

WISEPlace’s “An Evening with Jane Fonda” was made possible by Platinum Sponsors Affordable Housing Access (AHA) and Aitken•Aitken•Cohn; Silver Sponsors included Burnham Benefits, Honorable Tom Daly, 69th Assembly District; GGG Demolition, Inc.; Julie Hill, Keller/Anderle LLP; Owl Foundation; and Ygal and Justice Sheila Prell Sonenshine (ret.).

For more information on WISEPlace, visit www.wiseplace.org.


2018 Ring of Lights Winners announced

Photos by Bleu Cotton Photography

The 2018 Ring of Lights winners have just been announced as part of the 110th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. Homes, businesses, restaurants and yacht clubs circling the harbor don their holiday best to include glittering lights, animation, music, decorations and more. Congratulations to all the winners!

SWEEPSTAKES: BEST OVERALL

Phil and Mary Lyons

36 Harbor Island, Harbor Island

1ST PLACE: LIGHTS AND ANIMATION

Donna DiBari

710 S. Bay Front, Balboa Island

2ND PLACE: LIGHTS AND ANIMATION

Dennis and Patty Vitarelli

140 S. Bay Front, Balboa Island

BEST THEME

David Macntyre (Sasco)

101 Via Lido Soud

CHAIRMAN’S CHOICE

Robert Olson

351 E. Bay Front, Balboa Island

2018 Ring of Lights Chairmans Choice

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Robert Olson’s home was named the Chairman’s Choice

BEST TRADITIONAL LIGHTS

Barry and Karen Meguiar

201 N. Bay Front, Balboa Island

2018 Ring of Lights Best Traditional Lights

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Barry and Karen Meguiar’s home won for Best Traditional Lights

“GREEN” ENTRY AWARD

Bruce and Vivian Fabrizio (Simple Green)

1407 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar

2018 Ring of Lights Green Entry Award

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Bruce and Vivian Fabrizio’s home received the “Green” Entry Award

PHOTOGRAPHER’S CHOICE

Jim and Judy Busby

111 E. Bay Front, Balboa Island

HUMOR AND ORIGINALITY

Marcy Cook

538 S. Bay Front, Balboa Island

ROOKIE AWARD

The Van Natta family

902 S. Bay Front, Balboa Island

BEST ON LIDO

John & Essie Bootsma

128 Via Lido Nord

FOUNDER’S AWARD

Shirley Pepys

526 S. Bay Front, Balboa Island

DAILY PILOT/STU NEWS AWARD

Janet Curci

808 S. Bay Front, Balboa Island

BEST YACHT CLUB

Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club (BCYC)

1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar

2018 Ring of Lights Best Yacht Club

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Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club received the Best Yacht Club Award

HI-TECH CHRISTMAS CHARM

Jim and Peggy Rich

802 E. Bay Front, Balboa Balboa

BEST ON PENINSULA

Matthew Thomas

409 E. Edgewater, Balboa Peninsula

JUDGE’S AWARD – 1ST PLACE

Geoffrey Wickett & Norm Lessar

309 E. Bay Front, Balboa Island

JUDGE’S AWARD – 2ND PLACE

Bill & Maria Uncapher

335 E. Bay Front, Balboa Island

For more information, visit www.christmasboatparade.com.


On the Harbor: King tides and my favorite columns this year

By LEN BOSE

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” so let’s kick off our sandals, put some socks on and wrap up the year on the harbor. Although, you might want to find your sea boots before you sit down in your favorite chair with your beverage of choice.

Starting on December 20 through the 25th, king tides will be pushing a lot of water through the harbor. Our highest tide will be on Sunday, Dec. 23 at 8:38 a.m. at 6.7 feet to a low tide of -1.4 at 6:02 p.m. According to my simple math, that’s more than eight feet for water rushing in an out of the harbor in about eight and a half hours. The good news is that the boat parade will not be affected all that much. If you do launch a boat for the parade, you’ll need to pay close attention to the tides, because the water will not cover the launch ramp in the Dunes at the peak low tides. With the high surf advisory for the weekend, Public Works might have to be on their toes this weekend.

The king tides will be returning on January 20 and 21. Just wondering, do any of you feel the harbor should have its own sea level indicator? Last time I asked, the city knew of one in L.A. Harbor. I’m not looking for anything fancy – maybe a stick with some notches in it from Home Depot. One last item: If any of the City Council or Harbor Commissioners are wondering what I want for Christmas while at Home Depot, will you pick up a few solar red and green lights for the channel markers in the Upper Bay? I still call it the Back Bay and have a hard time picking up those channel markers on dark nights.

Back to wrapping up the year. Thought I would refer back to my favorite stories this year, just in case you felt the year passed by too fast or you missed one of my columns. Click on the link to find the full story.

“Sailing down the coast during the Baja Ha Ha rally...magical”

www.stunewsnewport.com/index.php/archives/front-page-archive/4801-on-the-harbor-112018

My favorite story of the year...cruising down Baja. Spindler sells boating better than anyone I have ever met, and if you’ve never cruised Mexico, sign up for the Baja Ha Ha next year. Power and sailboats are welcome, and then you can say you did it. It’s a memory you will keep for as long as you live. Have fun, enjoy your boat and check out of the rat race. I strongly recommend it! Also, should this story make it to someone from the National Sailing Hall of Fame, I nominate Richard Spindler for the class of 2019. In my opinion, he has earned the recognition.

On the Harbor Emily Wolken

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Sailor Emily Wolken

“We need more sailors like Emily Wolken”

www.stunewsnewport.com/index.php/archives/front-page-archive/4174-on-the-harbor-081718 

This is one of my favorite stories from this year that still brings a smile to my face. By the third mark in the race, Wolken had worked her way back up to second place when she was side by side with the first place boat, when he tacked away and started sailing to the wrong mark. She kindly informed her competitor that he was sailing to the wrong mark, where he changed his course and stayed in first place to win the race. Wolken held on to her second position which was her best finish of the series. She finished 12th out of a fleet of 27 in the series. After hearing about this story, I called Wolken’s stepmom, Amy, the day after the championships and asked if it was okay to interview Emily. Emily is 10 years old and sails a Phoenix sabot; she explained the story and I should have asked why she just did not let her competitor sail in the wrong direction. After hearing the innocence in her voice, my gut tells me she would have answered: “Because it was the right thing to do.”

“Catching up with sailor Tom Corkett aka TC”

www.stunewsnewport.com/index.php/archives/front-page-archive/3818-on-the-harbor-062218 

TC is the man, my mentor. Over the years, TC has taken home some of the most prestigious awards that can be given out on our harbor by winning the Newport Harbor Yacht Club’s Burgee of Merit and the Don Vaughn Memorial Trophy. However, my favorite and maybe even TC’s, is the War Canoe he won for winning the Transpac overall in 1963. Today, you can find TC at the start of this year’s Pacific Cup aboard Runaway or racing a Harbor 20 with one of his 10 grandchildren. When I ended my interview, I thanked TC and he said, “I’ll sea ya on the water.”

“Catching up with my good friend Mark Gaudio” 

www.stunewsnewport.com/index.php/archives/front-page-archive/3173-on-the-harbor-032318   

Gaudio is a good friend and spends a lot of time giving back to the sport of sailing. My favorite quote from this story was when Gaudio recalled fond memories on the harbor now lost in time. “We used to sail our boat over to Shark Island, now Linda Isle, and play Army. From there we would walk over the Pacific Coast Highway bridge to Will Wright’s for ice cream. Summer days seemed to have the wind blowing 10 knots out of the west. We could pull our boats up onto a beach at the Fun Zone and goof around there, or we would sail up to the 19th Street beach and go to Tasty Freeze. Sometimes Phil Ramming and I would just fill our boats with water balloons and throw them at people on Balboa Island. You cannot do that now, but it sure was a lot of fun then.” 

That’s a wrap!

Sea ya next year.

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


Pianist Gabriela Martinez to perform with Pacific Symphony

Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez makes a welcome return to Costa Mesa to perform Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Pacific Symphony in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, January 10 - 12, 2019. Guest conductor David Danzmayr leads the orchestra in the program that contrasts Russian music of the 19th and 20th centuries by Mussorgsky and Prokofiev, respectively, with Chopin’s glorious Piano Concerto No. 1.

All concerts begin at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 6:45 p.m. for a preview talk hosted by Alan Chapman at 7 p.m. 

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Pianist Gabriela Martinez will perform Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 at Segerstrom Concert Hall

Mussorgsky’s tone poem “Night on Bald Mountain,” in an arrangement by Rimsky-Korsakov, opens the program. The work, which depicts witches’ Sabbath, was included in the famous Walt Disney film Fantasia. The movie’s animation illustrates some of the spine-tingling aspects of this nightmare set to music. Music critic Paul Serotsky describes the witches’ brew as a “hatful of horrors.”

Composer Robert Schumann hailed a young Frédéric Chopin at the beginning of his musical career with the laudatory words, “Hats off, gentlemen – a genius!” It was a quality that imbued Chopin’s works, especially his piano compositions. At Chopin’s first performance in Paris, early in 1932, he played the first concerto to great acclaim with Liszt and Mendelssohn in attendance. The piano dominates the concerto from beginning to end, and the overall effect is of spectacular virtuosity and beauty.

Rounding out the program will be Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 7. Written in the year before he died, this final symphony is filled with freshness and energy that is so characteristic of all Prokofiev scores. The melodious Seventh is written in a lyrical style that shines with narrative expressiveness, similar to his ballet works. Even before the Seventh Symphony was premiered, Prokofiev’s colleagues praised the work. The composer Dmitri Kabalevsky called it “joyful, lyrical and delightful,” and the work has remained popular with critics and the public.

The artistry of Martinez has been hailed by The New York Times as “elegant… incisive,” qualities that will serve her well as soloist in Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Versatile, daring and insightful, she is establishing a reputation on both the national and international stages for the lyricism of her playing, compelling interpretations and elegant stage presence. Martinez was the First Prize winner of the Anton G. Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Dresden, and a semifinalist at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, where she also received the Jury Discretionary Award. She began her piano studies in Caracas with her mother, Alicia Gaggioni, and went on to study at The Juilliard School. She has played with orchestras of San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, New Jersey, Tucson and Fort Worth; Germany’s Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Nürnberger Philharmoniker; Canada’s Victoria Symphony Orchestra; the Costa Rica National Symphony; and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela. 

Tickets for Chopin’s Piano Concerto start at $30. For more information on this concert or to purchase tickets, call 714.755.5799, or visit www.PacificSymphony.org. This concert is part of the Symphony’s 2018-19 Hal & Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation Classical Series. The Thursday night concert is sponsored by Symphony 100. Martinez’s performance is sponsored by the Michelle F. Rohé Distinguished Pianists Fund. Conductor Danzmayr’s appearance has been underwritten by a gift from Sam and Lyndie Ersan.


Segerstrom’s Off Center Festival 2019: adventurous and altogether outrageous

Segerstrom Center’s annual Off Center Festival returns January 10 - 26, 2019 for another audacious lineup of three bold and contemporary productions making their Festival debuts. The powerful and evocative performance piece “HEAR WORD! Naija Woman Talk True” opens the Festival telling the real stories of Nigerian women and their obstacles with an all-female company. Then acclaimed Latinx artist Flaco Navaja presents his first full-length solo show “Evolution of a Sonero.” Closing the festival is Obie Award-winner Ethan Lipton and His Orchestra with their Vaudeville-esque musical show “No Place to Go” – a refreshingly poignant ode to the unemployed. With a diverse blend of music and theater, all three productions are sure to provide an adventurous start to the New Year.

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“HEAR WORD! Naija Woman Talk” delivers an intimate view into the lives of women from all corners of Nigeria

The popular Off Center Lounge will be open late each evening in the lively George’s Café on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza.

According to Center President Terrence W. Dwyer, “Our Off Center Festival invites audiences to expect the unexpected. This year’s three Festival productions are theatrical, entertaining and at times provocative. And I invite everyone to stop by our Off Center Lounge at George’s Café before and after all productions. Have a bite to eat, meet and greet our artists and enjoy spirited discussions about Festival productions, news of the day and their careers.” 

All tickets are $25 and are on sale now at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, or by calling 714.556.2787. Off Center programs are recommended for mature audiences. 

The Lineup:

–“HEAR WORD! Naija Woman Talk True” makes its Off Center Festival debut. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, January 10, 11 and 12, 2019 at 8 p.m. in Samueli Theater. Directed by Ifeoma Fafunwa and prroduced by iOpenEye Ltd, “HEAR WORD! is an exhilarating performance piece that combines artistry, social commentary and true-life stories of inequality and transformation, delivered by some of Nigeria’s most talented actresses. “Hear WORD” is Nigerian Pidgin for “listen and comply,” and the show delivers an intimate view into the lives of women from all corners of Nigeria who are facing unique and universal issues, including the limitation of potential for achievement, independence, decision-making and leadership.

Segerstrom Off Center Festival Flaco Navaja

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Flaco Navaja: “Evolution of a Sonero” makes its Off Center Festival debut

–Flaco Navaja: “Evolution of a Sonero” makes its Off Center Festival debut. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, January 17, 18 and 19, 2019 at 8 p.m. in Samueli Theater. Written and performed by Flaco Navaja and directed by Jorge B. Merced, enjoy live music by The Razor Blades: Carlos Cuevas (piano), Waldo Chávez (bass), Gabo Lugo (percussion), Victor Pablo (percussion) and Hommy Ramos (Trombone). Lighting design is by Lucrecia Briceño. “Evolution of a Sonero” is the first full-length solo show by acclaimed artist Flaco Navaja. With unabashed love for The Bronx, a gift for crafting memorable characters and genuine good humor, Navaja and six top-notch musicians – aka The Razor Blades – bring on the charm, the rhythm and the soul essential to a Bronx Sonero. Paying homage to many great musical icons – from Janis Joplin to Menudo, from The Doors to Héctor Lavoe, from Jimi Hendrix to Rubén Blades – the play is as much about Navaja’s creative evolution as it is about the wild mix that gives life to a rhyme, a people and a culture.

Segerstrom Off Center Festival Ethan Lipton

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Ethan Lipton and His Orchestra: “No Place to Go” is a musical ode to the unemployed through jazz, blues, country and lounge stylings

–Ethan Lipton and His Orchestra: “No Place to Go” makes its Off Center Festival debut. Performances are Friday and Saturday, January 25, 2019 at 8 p.m. and January 26 at 2 p.m. in Samueli Theater. Written by Ethan Lipton with music composed and performed by Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra, and original direction by Leigh Silverman, the show is produced in association with ArKtype/Thomas O. Kriegsmann. The show features: Ethan Lipton (vocals); Vito Dieterle (saxophone); Eben Levy (electric guitar); and Ian Riggs (bass/acoustic guitar). In “No Place to Go,” Obie Award-winning playwright, actor and singer Ethan Lipton, with his fine three-piece group, delivers an irreverent and musical ode to the unemployed through jazz, blues, country and lounge stylings, and a whole lot of imagination. It’s spacey premise: The company Lipton has worked for is relocating to Mars. And he doesn’t want to go. “Inspired by the Dust Bowl Ballads, it’s a surreal amalgam of songs, monologues, confessions and dreams told by a modern-day troubadour.” (The New York Times). Insightful, delightful and timely, Lipton’s modern every man maintains an unflappable spirit, and shows how to keep calm and carry on. 

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


Take Five: Brittany Webb of the Balboa Museum and Historical Society shows off the museum’s new digs

By AMY SENK

When the Balboa Island Museum and Historical Society began in 2000, the goal was to preserve Island history at a time when so much of it was changing. Over the years, the museum has relocated from its original spot by the ferry, ultimately settling at 210 Marine Ave., where it reopened in late November. The new location has more than triple the old space with a museum store and dozens of exhibits showing off the Island’s rich past. I stopped by to catch up with Brittany Webb, the museum director.

Take Five Brittany Webb

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Brittany Webb

Q: What has been the most exciting part of moving into the new space?

A: The ability to expand our exhibits. Before, we were very limited as to what we could display, and we couldn’t display anything new without sacrificing something else. In this space, we have a much larger exhibition area, including some areas that are much easier to switch out if we decide we want to change what’s on exhibit if something comes up that is topical or interesting.

Q: How have you cultivated your collection?

A: We cultivate our collection through a combination of item donations and actively seeking out specific materials that are relevant to the museum. We focus on Balboa Island history, but we are including Newport history as well because everything is interlinked, particularly the Island and the Pavilion. We really seek out what we don’t have, and we welcome anything anyone is willing or wants to give us to help us expand our collection. The larger the collection, the more material we have in our collection, the better we can answer questions from visitors.

Q: What exhibits to visitors really like, and which ones do you personally really like?

A: We get a lot of feedback about our exhibit on famous local residents – our Hollywood Wall. It’s about famous individuals who lived here or spent significant amounts of time here or who filmed here. That draws a lot of interest because it creates this connection between our local little community and something more universally understood. We have expanded our exhibit on the Beek family, who have been here for a very long time and who have kept the Island afloat. They deserve that recognition. They took over the ferry in 1919, and without that ferry, this Island didn’t really exist back then. It’s a pretty key exhibit.

Q: What goes into the job of being a museum director – what’s a typical day?

A: Well, we’re a small institution, so a typical day here means doing whatever needs to be done. Some days it means meeting with object donors or anyone who wants to see the collections. Some days it means working on our financial books. We’ve instituted some new features too – barcoding, for example, for our retail store. I’m going to start barcoding our collections. We have a little over 5,000 items in the collection, primarily photographs, documents and newspapers. But we do have some film reels, negatives as well as some physical objects. I wish we had more people who had donated objects to us who would actually come forward and talk to me, because I’d love to figure out some of the unknown donors. There’s no end to the things that need to be done in a museum, and that’s just how museums are. There’s never an end.

Q: If you were given an anonymous $1 million donation, what would you do?

A: We know exactly what we would do, actually. Right now, we’re renting this building. So, the one thing we would do if we got a million-dollar donation would be to put it toward actually purchasing a building or expanding our space here, ultimately expanding the building.

For more information on the Balboa Museum and Historical Society, visit https://balboaislandmuseum.org.


Stump the Stu

Another reindeer? Well...this one is a fancy pants

Stump the Stu 12.21.18

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It looks like Dancer, one of Santa’s reindeer, was just too hard to spot, as no one was able to guess where she was wearing her favorite leotard and ballet shoes.

You will find her pirouetting on the 300 block of Apolena on Balboa Island.

A special thanks to Kristie Hemstreet who snapped this photo and sent it to Stu.

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 this “e” will be any easy one for our readers to guess, as it has three locations around town.

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

Stu loves publishing the winning answers on Tuesday.

Good luck!

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 12.21.18

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Park Avenue Bridge Replacement Project wins award

The technically complex and logistically challenging Park Avenue Bridge Replacement Project was selected as a 2018 winner of the American Public Works Association Southern California Chapter’s B.E.S.T. Awards in the $5 - 10 million Transportation category.

City project staff along with Newport Beach City Councilman Jeff Herdman received the award plaque at the award luncheon held in Lakewood on December 12.

“Many thanks to the Little Balboa Island and Balboa Island residents and merchants for their cooperation and understanding in making this project a success,” said City Manager Grace Leung.


Enjoy merry holiday dining at Fashion Island Hotel

In Orange County, some of the area’s top restaurants are not only providing a most delicious dining experience for the holidays, but also throwing in extras like holiday treats, complimentary Champagne toasts and visits and photos with Santa. At Fashion Island Hotel in Newport Beach, a most stylish Christmas brunch and dinner awaits.

Oak Grill’s Christmas BestServed Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25 from 4 - 9 p.m.

‘Tis the season to indulge in the Christmas spirit and all its gaiety. Executive Chef Brittany Valles and her talented team are preparing Oak Grill’s four-course Christmas dinner with all the trimmings.

To start, a choice of Chicken Fried Quail with Buffalo sauce or Crispy Sunchokes with mustard frill awaits. Next is either Wild Mushroom Soup or Little Gem Salad with yuzu vinaigrette.

The main course selections are Beef Filet Bourguignon, Truffle Chicken Pot Pie, Kale Pesto Crusted Salmon or Beet Bolognese, all served with accompaniments. End your meal with your choice of dessert: Egg Nog Crème Brûlée with gingerbread cake or Peppermint Mocha Crémeux.

The cost is $90 per adult, $35 per child ages 5 to 12 and free for children four and under. Pricing excludes tax and gratuities. Reservations can be made online at www.opentable.com/oak-grill or by calling 949.760.4920.

Enjoy merry desserts

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Decadent desserts lend a holiday touch

 Brunch of Christmas CheersServed Tuesday, Dec. 25 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

At Fashion Island Hotel, they’re decking the halls and setting the table for a Christmas Brunch full of good cheers.

This Christmas Day celebration will include Champagne and mimosas with Farmers Market goodness such as Roquefort and Pear Salad; Brussels Sprouts with pancetta, dried cranberries and slivered almonds; and more. There will be Potato and Leek Soup and Plank-Roasted Salmon with an array of vegetables.

The Carving Station will feature Whole-Roasted Filet of Beef, Roasted Crown of Pork and Marinated Chicken Breasts. From the Coop tempts with eggs and sides of breakfast potatoes, applewood smoked bacon and breakfast sausages. Also, there will be a tamale grill, chilled seafood and pain perdu made to order with a choice of luscious toppings. Christmas-themed treats and assorted holiday pastries will be served for dessert.

The cost is $80 per adult, $20 per child ages 5 to 12 and free for children four and under. Pricing includes tax, gratuities and unlimited mimosas. Reservations are available by calling 949.760.4913.

Fashion Island Hotel and the Oak Grill are located at 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.fashionislandhotel.com.


A few spots still available for ENC winter nature camps

The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) presents Winter Nature Camps, and a few spots are still available for two of the sessions: December 26 - 28 and January 2 - 4, 2019. Full day camp is from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., and half-day camp is from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Nature Adventure Camp is for campers in grades K - 6 and Little Naturalist Camp is for campers ages 3 - 5.

During Winter Nature Camp, campers will participate in educational, age appropriate hands-on activities. Adventures within the Nature Center will increase their knowledge and appreciation for the natural world.

A few spots still available

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“This Winter Camp marks one full year since the ENC introduced Little Naturalist Camp,” said Sue Bierlich, ENC nature preschool director. “Our Little Naturalist Summer Camp filled up within a few days of opening registration, so we are looking forward to a full Winter Camp. I’m so thankful that parents are just as excited as we are to immerse their children into nature at an early age, when it is most important.”

A recent survey found that on average, children now spend only 12.6 minutes a day on outdoor activity compared with 10.4 waking hours being relatively motionless watching TV or on computer screens. Another study found that 50 percent of preschoolers lacked even one outdoor play session per day.

“We are raising a generation of sedentary kids who would rather sit on the couch with a cell phone or game controller than be outside armed only with a stick and their imagination,” said ENC Executive Director Bo Glover. “Spending time outside in nature helps children develop spatial awareness and motor skills. It even helps their vision.”

Visit www.encenter.org for more information about Winter Nature Camps.

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


Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade: legends, legacies and lights

By DUNCAN FORGEY

“As one tournament followed another, schemes of decoration were as varied as the imagination of youth. No matter the plan or how unsuccessfully it was carried out, the result was always pleasing. Boats are beautiful, so are lights reflected by the water, so are the children.”
–Joseph Beek

In many cities, Christmas tradition emphasizes religious prayer, nativity stories, singing carols, as well as the more secular gift giving and feasting. Our modern culture has turned the once simple celebration of Jesus’s birth into a 30-day marathon of activities, shopping and most recently, political banter.

However, children’s virgin hearts still embrace stories of an over-bellied man with white whiskers and magical powers. Saturated with images of flying reindeer, hardworking elves and snow-covered rooftops, wide-eyed kids nestle into their pillowed beds on Christmas Eve anticipating a visit from this gentle superhero.

Churches citywide celebrate the birth of Jesus with packed pews because for 15 days in December, love, generosity and joy take center stage.

Contemporary media and Madison Avenue tantalize the youth with the latest toys, creating malls crushed with shoppers trying to keep up with Santa’s generous spirit, temporarily sidelining “the Joneses” and their material possessions.

The Boat Parade and Ring of Lights is the oldest and most revered Christmas event in the OC. Newport Harbor erupts into a holiday spectacle with no expense spared. Homeowners, spectators and entrepreneurs take advantage of this opportunity in any way they can. It has been named one of the “Top Ten Holiday Happenings” in the country by the New York Times.

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade decorated boat

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A past Boat Parade winner lights up the night and the waterways

Fireworks explode above and around remarkably decorated homes while as many as 100 speckled boats parade in front of more than a million spectators. It is an experience that no matter how many times you have seen it – the Boat Parade now in its 110th year – never grows old. Boats and their occupants spend five days shouting out holiday cheer while bay front homes morph into electrified edifices. The cold wintry nights showcase dancing reindeer, Santa sharks, paddle boarders adorned with Santa hats and many versions of Old St. Nick, surrounded by nautical garlands and watery wreaths. Disney’s Main Street Parade shadows in complexity when compared to Newport’s.

Choregraphed each night with the endearment between an old Perry Como Christmas Special and a Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer animated cartoon, it combines boat engines, sirens, songs and sounds of Christmas to harmonize into a holiday card like no other. Inky black waters are transformed into a mat of millions of pixie-like reflections stirred and blurred among the thousands of boat wakes.

The harbor’s first boat parade took place in the summer of 1908. Known in its inception as the Illuminated Water Parade, it was renamed in the 1920s to the Tournament of Lights, and marketed as a water equivalent of Pasadena’s Tournament of Roses Parade. After World War II, it was moved to December under the name of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and has remained that ever since.

Italian gondolier, John Scarpa, came to Newport via Venice, Calif. and was the parade’s originator. Scarpa, steeped in the traditions of the old country, saw an opportunity to increase his gondola business. God provided the moon, but it was Scarpa that created the ambience for romantic cruises among the shoals of early Newport. 

Newport business leaders took over the endeavor after Scarpa ran out of money and “beat it back to sunny Italy,” under accusations of illegally selling chickens and liquor.

In 1913, Fred Beckwith and Walter Gustin, representing the Balboa Boosters Club, put the parade back in the water and soon it became an annual event. Promoting tourism, real estate sales and a healthier overall business environment, the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce became its guardian.

“The Tournament of Lights” was a result of the efforts of Newport’s “grandfather,” Joseph Beek. His enthusiasm, guidance and intrepid energy kept the boats going year in and year out. His son, Seymour, and grandson, David Beek, have worked equally as hard with the current Chamber to maintain this family tradition.

Neither the Great Depression nor Prohibition stopped the celebration. An estimated 60,000 people watched from the vacant lots on Lido. Parades during the depression were successful among a floundering fishing fleet, school closings and negative reverberations from the 1933 Long Beach earthquake. Many people felt the parade should be canceled, but a “never-say-die” Chamber and dedicated business community felt a need to help the psychological and financial well-being of all Newport Beach residents.

The December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor finally canceled the parade. With gas rationing and fear of invasion from Japan, there simply was no time for frivolity. The Tournament of Lights went dark for the duration of the war.

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From humble beginnings with a decorated tree on a barge, the Boat Parade now attracts more than one million spectators

In 1948, Chamber of Commerce members Pete Barrett and Fire Chief Frank Crocker were instrumental in moving it to December. Now a “Christmas Parade,” they outfitted a large barge with a brightly decorated Christmas tree as the lead boat. The reborn event caught on quickly with returning World War II vets and their families wanting a chance to once again celebrate Santa Claus without the ravages of war.

In the 1970s, during a highly publicized energy crisis, President Jimmy Carter asked all American citizens to reduce their use of fuel. The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade went on despite Washington’s pleas. The tradition ran deep by that time and once again the positive aspects of the parade outweighed any political issues.

The Commodores Club, an arm of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, has been the organizer of the parade for many decades. They added a Ring of Lights competition showcasing the many gorgeous homes, along with businesses and yacht clubs circling the harbor. Now the glory of boats is backdropped by fabulously decorated establishments.

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade decorated house

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This past Ring of Lights winner combines beauty and whimsy

This year, take a few nostalgic moments and credit the many thousands of organizers, committee members, traffic controllers and participants over the last century that have created one of the premier Christmas events in the world.

Squint hard and look beyond the standup paddlers, the pesky Duffys and the expensive yachts, and you will see apparitions of an Italian gondola, rowboats carrying Japanese lanterns, Chris Crafts with carolers and more than a century of wooden beauties sporting festive lights. Listen extra carefully and you might hear John Scarpa singing to the moon, Joe Beek talking to the children, Andy Devine laughing like Santa, or a child-like Jean Watt giggling about Old St. Nick. Pete Barrett, Art Gronsky, Chief Crocker and millions more can be heard singing White Christmas or Baby It’s Cold Outside, just as they have been doing since 1948.

Our Parade is one of the high points of history.


Save the Date: Gift of Literacy
Author Luncheon, April 5

Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy will present the 12th annual Gift of Literacy Author Luncheon on Friday, April 5, 2019 at 11 a.m. at The Pacific Club, 4110 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach.

The luncheon will feature guest speaker, author Lisa See, who will talk about her newest release, The Island of Sea Women. See, who is the author of New York Times bestsellers The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,  Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls and Dreams of Joy, is known for immersing her readers in captivating tales, rich in Asian history and intricate relationships between women. 

Save the Date Gift of Literacy Lisa See

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Author Lisa See to appear at Gift of Literacy Luncheon

According to Literacy Coordinator Cherall Weiss, “We are very excited to have Lisa See at our Gift of Literacy Luncheon. Lisa has a long history of supporting Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy, and we are honored that she selected this event for the Orange County launch of her new book.”

Her newest novel delves into the friendship between women and family secrets on a small Korean island where girls begin working as sea divers when they are very young. A classic Lisa See story – one of women’s friendships and the larger forces that shape them – The Island of Sea Women introduces readers to the fierce and unforgettable female divers of Jeju Island and the dramatic history that shaped their lives.

Tickets will be available in January 2019 for $100 per person and include a hardcopy edition of The Island of Sea Women and signing by the author. Tickets are limited and expected to sell out quickly, due to the smaller, more intimate nature of this year’s event.

Proceeds from the event will help fund the Newport Beach Public Library Literacy Services (Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy). The program, which serves more than 200 adult learners annually with free literacy instruction, including one-on-one tutoring, writing workshops and conversation classes, works to develop the literacy skills of adults and empower them to achieve greater success in their lives – at home, at work and in the community. 

For more information, contact Literacy Services at 949.717.3874 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Spirit Run announces new evening training programs

Beginning January 14, 2019, Spirit Run is introducing evening training for adults, kids and families to prepare for the 36th Annual Spirit Run. This nine-week program will take place Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at Newport Harbor High School, 600 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach, and culminate with participating in Spirit Run on March 17, 2019. The program is led by highly experienced coaches and the modest registration fee includes entry into Spirit Run. 

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Training Regimens:

–Adults - “Couch to 5k”: If you have never run or need a tune up, this program is perfect for you. Coaches will slowly build your endurance to move you off the couch to running a 5k.

–Kids - Train for Youth 5k or Mile: This program is for pre-high school youth ages 8 - 13. It is open to first time runners and kids who would like to increase their running speed. It’s also great for youngsters who want to get more fit for soccer or another sport, or who simply want more fitness and fun.

–Families - Train to Run or Walk the Family Mile or 5k Family Walk: “Actions speak louder than words.” Parents, show your kids your commitment to a healthy lifestyle by exercising with them. Train together to run or walk Spirit Run’s Family Mile or 5k Walk. If your child prefers to train with other kids, he/she can train for the Youth Mile or Youth 5k while you train to run or walk the Adult Mile or Adult 5k.

Holiday Special Promotions:

Spirit Run is giving kids a holiday gift to inspire them to run. Youngsters who register for the evening training by December 25 will save 15 percent by entering code RUNFAST at checkout. With this gift, kids pay only $85 for nine weeks of training and are entered into the Spirit Run.

There is also a Spirit Run gift for adults. Register by December 25 and receive a free tech shirt with your adult or youth registration. Enter code HOLIDAYGIFT at checkout.

To register and for more details, visit www.nmspiritrun.org/eveningtraining.


Sundale Musicale to present ACE Trio

Sunday Musicale ACE Trio

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(L-R) ACE Trio members: Ryan Glass, clarinet; Shannon Canchola, flute; and Jason Stoll, piano

On January 13, Sunday Musicale presents ACE Trio from 3 - 4 p.m. in Central Library Friends’ Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

ACE Trio is a Los Angeles-based classical modern ensemble rapidly distinguishing itself as one of the newest leading groups of its generation. Performing their own innovative arrangements and all accessible contemporary music by living composers from around the world, ACE Trio is dedicated to promoting the newest voices of our art.

The concert is presented by the Friends of the Newport Beach Library.


Orange County Way offers free tax preparation

Orange County United Way is offering free tax preparation and electronic filing to low- and moderate-income individuals and families through its OC Free Tax Prep program. The program, staffed by local volunteers, starts January 8, 2019 to help qualifying individuals keep more of their hard-earned money. In the past five years, OC Free Tax Prep has served more than 86,300 taxpayers amounting to more than $75 million in community refunds.

“Every year, low-income residents miss out on millions of dollars in federal and California tax refunds and credits which they are entitled to and deserve – our OC Free Tax Prep program helps these hardworking people keep more of their earnings,” said Susan B. Parks, president and CEO, Orange County United Way. “For many, these tax refunds and credits provide a much-needed boost to help pay for rent, food or medical expenses.”

Orange County Way offers free tax preparation

For households earning less than $25,000, the expanded California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) may qualify them for hundreds or even thousands of extra dollars in their refund. This year, the age eligibility threshold has been lowered to age 18. In addition to CalEITC, they may also be eligible for the federal EITC if they earn less than $55,000, increasing their refund even more.

Each year, millions of low-income Californians miss out on cash back in their pockets because they don’t know they qualify for EITC and don’t claim the credit. In 2015, nearly 1.1 million California taxpayers left $1.9 billion on the table in federal EITC payments. Over the past five years, United Way’s OC Free Tax Prep helped people apply for more than $21,086,695 million in credits.

Households that earned less than $60,000 in 2018 are eligible for free tax filing services.

The program offers two ways of filing – online at www.MyFreeTaxes.com, or with support at an IRS-certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site throughout Orange County.

Online filing is powered by H&R Block and offers an easy, safe and secure way for families to file from their own homes. 

In person filing can be done at one of the 60 VITA sites in OC, with locations at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools and shopping malls.

Multilingual preparers are available upon request. For a full list of VITA locations and more information, visit www.ocfreetaxprep.com.

In 2018, Orange County United Way and its coalition partners filed 19,000 tax returns, bringing in $16.3 million in federal and state refunds back to the pockets of hardworking individuals. More than $4.6 million returned was through EITC credits. 

The OC Free Tax Prep program is part of a larger United Way Income Initiative to increase the number of financially stable families in Orange County and break the cycle of poverty.

Through OC Free Tax Prep, United Way and its partners are working toward a better tomorrow and a brighter future for all of Orange County. For more information, visit www.unitedwayoc.org.


NBPL named a STAR Library...again

The Board of Library Trustees has announced that Newport Beach Public Library (NBPL) was once again named as a Star Library in a national ranking compiled by Library Journal in its 11th edition of the Library Journal of Public Library Service.

In 2018, 7,361 U.S. public libraries were scored on the LJ Index of Public Library Service comparing spending peers in five areas: circulation, library visits, circulation, program attendance, public access computer use and e-circulation. Of the 257 named as America’s Star Libraries, 11 are in California with just four in Southern California.

NBPL named

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Newport Beach Central Library

Newport Beach Public Library is the highest scoring library in Orange County. This is the sixth year in a row, and 10th time in 11 years, that NBPL has been named a Star Library.

Library Services Director Tim Hetherton credits community support and high-quality programs and service for the high ranking. “Newport Beach Public Library is both proud and grateful that our City leadership, support groups, and staff remain committed to our customers by providing quality collections, resources, programs and services, all of which helped us earn the Library Journal Star rating,” Hetherton said.


Branford Marsalis Quartet, Yuko Mabuchi Trio to grace Segerstrom Center

Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents an evening of jazz featuring the Branford Marsalis Quartet and Yuko Mabuchi Trio for one performance only on January 25, 2019 at 8 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

Branford Marsalis Quartet

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Branford Marsalis Quartet

Led by Jazz Master and Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Marsalis, the quartet was declared by the Associated Press as “one of the most cohesive, intense small jazz ensembles on the scene today.” Quartet members include Joey Calderazzo, piano; Eric Revis, bass; and Justin Faulkner, drums. Opening the program is pianist Yuko Mabuchi whose trio of musicians includes Del Atkins on bass and Bobby Breton on drums.

Marsalis has stayed the course. From his early acclaim as a saxophonist bringing new energy and new audiences to jazz, he has refined and expanded his talents and his horizons as a musician, composer, bandleader and educator – a 21st century mainstay of artistic excellence.

Yuko Mabuchi

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Yuko Mabuchi

Yuko Mabuchi started playing classical piano at the age of 4, in her hometown of Fukui, Japan. As a teenager she was fascinated by American hip-hop and blues. After hearing the music of Oscar Peterson and Herbie Hancock, she fell in love with jazz and after high school she entered the AN Music School in Kyoto to study jazz piano under Kunihiro Kameda. After graduating from the conservatory, Mabuchi began performing locally as a soloist, and as a member of a local jazz trio.

Single tickets start at $59 and are now 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.


22nd Annual Witte Lecture Series begins January 2019

The Newport Beach Public Library Foundation (NBPLF) presents its 22nd Annual Witte Lecture Series, featuring renowned speakers on a variety of compelling, current topics. The 2019 season features four experts – Hanna Rosin, Richard Blanco, Amy Walter and Joel Sartore – from January to April 2019. The NBPLF, the nonprofit that funds valuable library resources, programs and services, and engages the community through the creation and sponsorships of diverse literary, cultural and intellectual programs, hosts this high-profile series to provide the community an unparalleled opportunity to engage with great minds.

22nd Annual Witte

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“Given the current climate and conversations in media, we are thrilled to invite the community to experience and learn from these relevant thought leaders in person,” said NBPLF Program Director Kunga Wangmo-Upshaw.

The Witte Lectures Series, established by the Witte family in honor of Martin Witte, is made possible through the support of generous donors. It encourages dialogue on relevant issues of our time. Members of the NBPLF receive advance notice and ticket purchase access for the events, among other benefits. Reservations are encouraged to assure access to this popular series.

For information on tickets, visit www.nbplfoundation.org/content/The-Witte-Lectures.html, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.717.3818.


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. 

Stu definitely has some readers who knew that this “A” in the logo leads to Crown ACE Hardware. With three convenient locations – East Coast Highway in Corona del Mar Village, Newport Hills Shopping Center and Westcliff Plaza – it’s a great destination for holiday decor and lights as well as all the batteries you might need on Christmas morning. Great gifts include barbecues in all shapes and sizes, tools for the handy person on your list and housewares that make the perfect stocking stuffers.

Congratulations to Arthur Hidalgo, Chris Wattson, Dominic Tucci, Henry Dillon, Jeff Schulein, John Wortmann, Kelly Couzens, Max Ukropina, Pam Smith, Rebecca Lightfoot and Vikki Swanson.

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 12.18.18

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Stoaks/Duffy recount suspended

The recount of results in the City Council District 3 election between incumbent Marshall “Duffy” Duffield and challenger Tim Stoaks, requested and financed by Susan Skinner and other Stoaks supporters to the tune of $3,800 per day, was officially suspended at 3 p.m. yesterday, Monday, Dec. 17.

“I’d like to thank everyone who supported the campaign and recount effort. It’s now time to move on and enjoy the holidays. Merry Xmas and Happy New Year,” said Stoaks by email last night.

We thank Tim for always being a class act and look forward to big things from him in our community in 2019. We also congratulate Duffield for winning the hotly contested seat.

Every single vote matters.


Stump the Stu

Another reindeer? Well...this one is a fancy pants

Stump the Stu 12.18.18

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Meet Dancer! With Christmas Eve less than a week away, this decked out reindeer is staying nimble for that long night ahead. But where is she pirouetting?

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.


Arbor Real Estate sponsors “Stoke a Student” giveaway

For the sixth year, Arbor Real Estate is sponsoring the “Stoke a Student” campaign in partnership with Surfside Sports in Costa Mesa. Instead of giving away a surfboard this year, they are mixing it up and giving away a snowboard to a B average elementary, junior high school, or high school student in the Newport-Mesa area.

Arbor Real Estate sponsors surfboard

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Chris Brigandi, owner of Arbor Real Estate, right, with a previous “Stoke a Student” winner and Hurley International Creative Director Ryan Hurley

“We are committed to doing things for our community that will have a positive impact,” said Arbor Real Estate’s Founder Chris Brigandi. “I’m proud that ‘Stoke a Student’ has become so successful. We’ve given out seven boards to local kids so far, and we are looking forward to having that number grow.”

Students – or their parents – can enter by filling out an entry form available at Surfside Sports. (No purchase is necessary.) The student whose name is drawn as the winner must show proof of having a B grade average (or better) over the past semester to be eligible. The contest ends February 1, 2019.

Surfside Sports is located at 233 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa.

Arbor Real Estate is based in Cannery Village at 425 30th St. #1, Newport Beach.


A toy’s journey from a Spark of Love drop-off box to a child in need

By AMY SENK

For 26 years, the Newport Beach Fire Department has participated in the Spark of Love toy drive campaign, and the idea is simple. Take an unwrapped new toy or piece of sports equipment to your local fire station, lifeguard headquarters, Central Library or Civic Center, drop it in the donation box, and they’ll make sure it gets to a needy child by Christmas.

But what happens after you choose a toy and drop it off in one of the city’s collection boxes?

Coordinating the toys’ journey takes effort, organization and at the end, a forklift. It starts in the summer, when applications open in July for nonprofit organizations that want toys for the families they serve, according to a volunteer with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Orange County. The nonprofit agency typically gets more than 200 applications, which are then screened to make sure they meet the criteria for receiving allotments of donated toys.

A toys journey sign

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Meanwhile, in November, donations start to arrive at local civic drop-off sites, and St. Vincent volunteers make the rounds to pick them up, ultimately taking them to an Irvine warehouse. Some volunteers sort through paperwork to figure how many toys each agency can receive, while other volunteers work in the warehouse, sorting toys for babies, infants, and boys and girls, ages 3 - 13.

Then, volunteers with the agencies receiving toy donations will arrange time to pick up their toys at the warehouse, where there are gift wrapping supplies available. The collections and distribution wind up by December 21, and toys are always needed, according to volunteers. Toys that arrive after the 21st are saved for the following year. The goal is to make sure every child gets a toy; in the past, Spark of Love has collected and distributed more than 10 million toys to kids in Southern California.

Spark of Love typically is short on gifts for infants and teens – suggested donations include sunglasses, skateboards, cameras, footballs or basketballs, hair dryers or makeup brushes.

Newport Beach firefighters are also sponsoring a family in need for the holidays, a tradition they’ve had since 2006. The department and firefighter’s association have teamed up this year to support the Ferris family, a family of four whose mother has been fighting breast cancer for four years. The cancer has spread to her brain, lungs and spine. “The goal is to raise money while providing a full-service experience throughout the month of December,” a news release said. Donations can be made at all Newport Beach Fire stations on the firefighter’s association website at www.nbfa.org, or at the GoFundMe page at www.gofundme.com/ferris-fight-for-healing.

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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.


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 Kringle

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MEET KRINGLE

What a perfect name for the holidays! Kringle needs a warm, loving home. He is a 3-year-old terrier mix. He is super friendly...and he loves toys!

If you are interested in finding out more about Kringle, or any other animals up for adoption, call 949.644.3656 or email Valerie Schomburg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 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.

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

Adoption costs at the shelter:

Dogs - $130

Puppies - $150

Cats - $90

Kittens - $110

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. The shelter 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.


City Council to discuss General Plan on Jan 8

On January 8, 2019, the City Council will conduct an afternoon study session to discuss the City’s General Plan. “It has been 12 years since the last comprehensive update and it is time to evaluate it to see if there needs to be a course correction,” says City Manager Grace Leung on the City’s website.

Additionally, changes to State Law requires the General Plan to address new topics. The Housing Element also must be updated by the end of 2021. Community Development staff will provide a summary of the process envisioned, the planned outreach efforts, the community-driven scope, a potential steering committee, estimated costs and the overall timeline. A draft Request for Proposals (RFP) for a planning consultant will be available and the City seeks feedback. 

For more information, contact James Campbell at 949.644.3210 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Take Five: Vanis Buckholz, a “Points of Light” Bush honoree, reflects on recycling, volunteerism and the former president

By AMY SENK

When Vanis Buckholz of Corona del Mar was 7 years old, he learned about Earth Day at school and that same day started what would become a successful recycling business. He began collecting recyclables from friends, then expanded to collecting from local businesses, always donating a substantial percentage of his proceeds to the Project Hope Alliance. By the time he was 10, he’d been asked to make a presentation at a City Council meeting about his business, and he was named a Points of Light honoree by President George H.W. Bush’s Points of Light organization. After the recent death of President Bush, and the tributes from around the world, I caught up with Vanis to ask about his memories of the president and for an update on his business.

Take Five Vanis Buckholz

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Vanis Buckholz

Q: I understand you wound down your recycling business when you turned 16. What are you most proud of, looking back at all you accomplished?

A: That’s a tough one. It could be that I was able to build something big and important out of nothing or that I was recognized by so many including President Bush’s “Points of Light” and the O.C. Youth Philanthropic award. But probably the thing that I’m most proud of was being able to help the underprivileged kids that are served by Project Hope Alliance. 

Q: You have always loved cars and once said you were saving for a Porsche. Tell me what it’s like to be a licensed driver and to actually race?

A: That’s true. It wasn’t easy, but I just kept saving up. Racing is something I’ve always wanted to do ever since I got my first Go-Kart when I was 5 and then when my dad took me racing with him when I turned 8. I’ve been going to the race tracks with my dad ever since. He would let me drive his race car around the paddock area, and I’d even drive it on the track in between races. The name of our team is “Two Tools Racing” and my Uncle Steve is our Crew Chief. Driving a race car is incredible. Hard to explain how it makes me feel, but the speed and the sound are incredible; it’s really intense. There’s also a lot of training involved. You really have to focus and concentrate. I thought getting my driver’s license and being able to drive around on the streets would be way more exciting than it actually is. It’s kind of boring, but the freedom is great.

Q: What other activities are you involved in now that you are in high school?

A: I play basketball and volleyball for CdM. I really like both sports and the friendships I have with my teammates.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

A: I’m not really sure. Maybe helping my mom with her real estate business or maybe running my own business. That would be great. I hope I’m still racing. I’d also like to try living in some other part of the country. Maybe Texas. I’d like to have a big house, big garage and a big yard. 

Q: You were honored by President GHW Bush as a Points of Light. How did you react to the news that he had passed away earlier this month at the age of 94? 

A: He had a great life. When I thought about how much he cared about serving and how much he accomplished, it made me appreciate my award even more.


Segerstrom Center welcomes back Bernadette Peters

Segerstrom Center Bernadette Peters

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Actress and songstress Bernadette Peters

Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes back acclaimed actress of stage and screen Bernadette Peters for one night only on January 26, 2019 at 8 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. A three-time Tony Award recipient who most recently starred as Dolly Gallagher Levi in the Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly!, Peters will perform a medley of Broadway songs including selections by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim and many more.

Single tickets start at $49 and are now 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.


Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary to feature
NB Chamber CEO

Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Rosansky

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Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Steve Rosansky

On Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019 at the Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary breakfast meeting, Steve Rosansky, president and CEO of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, will discuss “Are Chambers of Commerce Still Relevant in Today’s Economy?”

The meeting begins at 7:30 a.m. at Five Crowns, 3801 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. The cost is $20. 

For more information, visit www.newportbeachsunriserotary.org.


Holiday Organ Spectacular at Segerstrom

Let the holiday ring with the sounds of the organ as the musicians of Pacific Symphony join forces with the $3.1 million William J. Gillespie Concert Organ in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall for the “Holiday Organ Spectacular Concert” with guest artist and host Todd Wilson. The evening features solos from Pacific Symphony musicians Barry Perkins, trumpet; Mindy Ball, harp; Joseph Morris, clarinet; Elliot Morreau, bassoon; and Dennis Kim, concertmaster.

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Todd Wilson is the guest artist at the Holiday Organ Spectacular Concert

Besides a grand repertoire of traditional organ works played by Todd Wilson, the musicians will also play a collection of classic holiday selections of both sacred and secular music from Ogarrd’s “Christmas Fantasy for Violin and Organ,” Bach’s Prelude on “In Dulci Jubilo,” “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” and Handel’s “Hallelujah” Chorus from Messiah. Favorite traditional carols will include “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “The Little Drummer Boy,” to name a few. To round out the festivities, the musicians will invite the audience members to join in the holiday celebration with a round of cheerful sing-along tunes: “Silent Night,” “Joy to the World” and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.”

The “Holiday Organ Spectacular Concert,” sponsored by Valerie and Barry Hon, takes place on Thursday, Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. As in years past, The Laguna Flutes will also be performing a pre-concert show in the lobby from 6:30 - 7:15 p.m., performing holiday favorites, including a jazzy version of “Greensleeves” arranged by Robert Maddox.

Tickets for the “Holiday Organ Spectacular” start at $18.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 714.755.5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.


Gingerbread Display at Fashion Island Hotel delights the senses

If you love gingerbread, be sure to stop by Fashion Island Hotel’s Gingerbread Display, available for viewing in the lobby now through Sunday, Dec. 30.

Fashion Island Hotel’s Pastry Chef Andy de la Cruz, recently seen on Food Network, and his helpers are presenting another movie-themed gingerbread spectacular presentation, Fashion Island Express, with the much loved The Polar Express as its inspiration.

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The last stop on this express trolley is the Fashion Island Hotel with its coastal holiday flair and style – all decked out with gingerbread and lots of decorative sparkle. Beautiful gift boxes are placed underneath lit-up, glowing palm trees.

Some fun facts about the Gingerbread Display:

–A total of 200 pounds of gingerbread was used to create the display.

–Chef Andy’s name appears twice within the display – on the bakeshop and on the flag at the train station.

–The clock on the tower is set at 12:25 to symbolize the date of Christmas.

–Two types of animals, a dog and birds, are found within the display. Nothing symbolic, but it’s just for fun.

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


Kris Kringle Storytime Mingle at Pelican Hill

Kris Kringle gingerbread display

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Kris Kringle will be reading stories near the gingerbread display

Santa’s parking his sleigh and setting up shop in the Main Estate Lobby at The Resort at Pelican Hill, where he’ll be reading stories, taking photos and delighting kids of all ages. 

Kris Kringle Storytime takes place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays now through December 23. Gather ‘round the gingerbread display for three story times at 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., and be sure to stick around during intermission to take photos and visit with jolly old St. Nick.

The event is complimentary for guests and locals.

Pelican Hill Resort is located at 22701 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.


JWA announces winners in student art contest

John Wayne Airport (JWA) has announced the winners of its 29th Annual Student Art Contest, themed “My Dream To Fly”. Among 750 entries received from public and private schools across Orange County, students Yue Zhang from College Park Elementary School and Katherine Gasper from Santa Margarita Catholic High School were recognized as Grand Prize winners in this year’s contest.

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Their artwork, along with that of the other winners, is on display in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal (Arrival Level behind Baggage Carousels 1 and 4) through January 7, 2019.

JWA implemented its annual Student Art Contest in 1990 as part of the opening of the Thomas F. Riley Terminal. In 1996, the airport began coordinating its art contest with the International Aviation Art Contest sponsored by the National Aeronautic Association, National Association of State Aviation Officials, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration in cooperation with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.

Congratulations to the winners and all the participating young artists.


Hershey’s Market closing for renovations

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If you have driven by Hershey’s Market on Balboa Island’s Marine Avenue, you’ve seen the “store closing” sign in front. According to a store spokesperson, they are closing for renovations for a two-month period. 


Christ Church by the Sea invites all to Christmas Eve service

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Christ Church by the Sea invites all to experience Christmas Eve with their congregation on the Balboa Peninsula.

The special evening celebration will be held on Monday, Dec. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the church’s charming sanctuary. The Christmas Eve service features carols accompanied by the pipe organ, a moment for children, an inspiring message and a candlelight closing.

Christ Church by the Sea is located at 1400 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.christbytheseanb.org.


You Must Remember This: Our long forgotten amusement parks

By NANCY GARDNER

Some years ago I was going to a meeting at the IRWD [Irvine Ranch Water District], and as I drove by the Rancho San Joaquin Golf Course, I saw a most unusual goose waddling along the green. It obviously wasn’t a Canadian goose, the only kind I’d seen around here. As soon as I got home, I checked my Local Birds of Orange County to see what other geese were to be found. Brant? No. I went to my North American bird book. Nothing there. I went online and somehow I found it. It was an Egyptian goose.  How an Egyptian goose came to be on an Irvine golf course was a puzzlement, until I remembered Lion Country Safari.

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The beloved Egyptian goose

This was a wild animal park in Irvine, where the amphitheater was located. Opened in 1970, it allowed visitors close encounters with a variety of animals from the safety of their cars. My experience was driving around looking at a lot of animals snoozing, but there were obviously more active ones such as Frazier the lion. He was practically geriatric by lion terms when he arrived, but the new environment helped him get his mojo back, and he sired a dozen or so cubs before his death. There was also Bubbles the hippopotamus that escaped from the park three times. Imagine riding your bike along Laguna Canyon Road and suddenly confronting a hippo. Obviously, the forbearers of the Egyptian goose had straggled over from the park at some point and established themselves.

Lion Country wasn’t the only local theme park. Even closer to home, was the Buffalo Ranch off MacArthur at Bonita Canyon where the statue of a bison serves as a reminder. I remember going up there to participate in a couple of horse shows, so my memory is of a riding ring, not a bunch of burly animals, but they had a good-sized herd, and you could get a buffalo burger there, long before it became popular for the leanness of the meat. Escalating land values doomed the ranch. For a period it was the headquarters for William Pereira as he laid out the master plan for the city of Irvine and UCI...but all that remains now is the statue.

Another vanished venue was a short drive up the freeway – the Japanese Deer Park. They had a herd of small deer, a tea house and pearl divers. For the pearls, you bought a ticket and watched a woman dive into the water, harvest an oyster and present it to be shucked. You got to keep whatever pearl was inside. Mine was about the size of a mouse’s tooth – a baby mouse. A disease outbreak meant the deer had to be put down, and within a few years of its opening the Deer Park was gone. Others from that time like Marineland on the Palos Verdes Peninsula and POP in the Venice area also disappeared. Marineland was the first to have orcas. Theirs were Orky and Corky.  When the park closed Corky moved down to SeaWorld and became the first Shamu.

One park that didn’t disappear but has been completely transformed is Knott’s Berry Farm. I haven’t been in decades, but see from the ads that it’s a thrill-a-minute place, which is why I haven’t been there. Anything more than the Fun Zone Ferris Wheel is too much for me. For years, however, Knott’s was what its name said – a ginned up berry farm. I remember going there in the ‘60s. You parked (for free) beside a row of eucalyptus trees, walked across the street and had the choice of going to the restaurant for fried chicken and the purchase of a variety of berry preserves and pies, or visiting the ghost town, an Old West set up where you could go to the music hall with live entertainment or watch the reenactment of a stage coach hold up. They still have live entertainment and a Wild West show, but it seems like most people prefer being slung around a loop-de-loop at warp speed while upside down. Argh.

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


Chew for Charity luncheon raises $3,200

Forget about “ladies who lunch.”

The 40 women who make up “Chew for Charity”, a group that raises funds and awareness for nonprofit Waymakers, has been meeting monthly since 2007 and has raised more than $80,000 for Waymakers, a nonprofit that provides counseling and support services to struggling OC children and families at their greatest time of need.

And every contribution collected, lunch organized, detail buttoned down is all volunteer-driven.

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Maile Busby holds a present at the Chew for Charity monthly luncheon

On December 12, the latest Chew for Charity was held at Bayside Restaurant and raised $3,200 for Waymakers and the nonprofit’s youth shelters in Laguna Beach, Tustin and Huntington Beach. For nearly a decade, the guild has met monthly and has been known to raise up to $15,000 a year for Waymakers. In addition to regular lunches, guild members also help to sell tickets for Waymakers’ fundraising events, and advocate on behalf of Waymakers throughout the Orange County community.

Funds benefit Waymakers and each of its programs. Waymakers’ youth shelter programs represent the largest short-term shelter system for homeless, runaway and at-risk youth in Orange County. It has youth shelters in Laguna Beach (opened in 1979) and Huntington Beach (opened in 2006), and just last year opened a new shelter in Tustin. These youth shelters are part of Waymakers’ well-vetted Children’s Crisis Residential Program, designed to give youth ages 11-17 a safe alternative to living on the streets while receiving emergency services – including 24-hour supervision, counseling, tutoring and life-skills development in a home-like and supportive group environment.

With a total of 24 beds across all three locations, Waymakers serves as a 24-hour family crisis resource to parents and youths residing in Orange County, especially those who do not have the means to seek private help.

For more information, visit https://waymakersoc.org.


Stump the Stu

Is this SoCal reindeer looking for Santa’s sleigh?

Stump the Stu 12.14.18

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It looks like this reindeer was just too hard to spot, as no one was able to guess where it is prancing. 

You will find it at The Find Consignment on Pacific Coast Highway...a great place to shop for unique items.

A special thanks to Mary Pat Earl who snapped this photo and sent it to Stu.

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 this is super easy as it has multiple locations around town.

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

Stu loves publishing the winning answers on Tuesday.

Good luck!

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 12.14.18

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NBFD Fire Santa program seeks donations

Since 2006, Newport Beach firefighters have been sponsoring a family in need in order to help them have a great holiday season. The NB Firefighter’s Association and NB Fire Department team up to assist the families with providing places to live, home renovations, paying off medical bills, fundraising, home cooked meals and providing a total holiday experience.

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The Ferris Family

This year, Newport Beach firefighters will be supporting the Ferris family. They are a family of four whose mother has been battling breast cancer for the last four years. Her cancer has spread to her brain, lungs and spine, making it challenging to conduct day-to-day activities. The goal is to raise money while providing a full service experience throughout the month of December.

Donations can be made at all Newport Beach fire stations, on the Newport Beach Firefighter’s Association website at www.nbfa.org, or on the GoFundMe page at www.gofundme.com/ferris-fight-for-healing.


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Dixon is mayor, as O’Neill skips a turn…Peotter’s name has already come back up for 2020

TomJohnsonI did not attend Tuesday night’s Newport Beach City Council swearing in ceremony due to some medical challenges I’ve been battling recently. More to come on that later.

However, from the NBTV broadcast facility I did get the following: Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill, who was expected to be named our next mayor, decided to forgo the post instead asking for the community to come together and join him in supporting another term for Diane Dixon. The hope was to reunite the council as they begin their new term.

The effort was approved unanimously.

O’Neill was then named Mayor Pro Tem. It was a classy and correct move by O’Neill.

O’Neill should get his term come 2020.

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The Duffy/Stoaks recount is underway. Marshall “Duffy” Duffield finished with 18,458 votes over Tim Stoaks with 18,422, a margin of 36 votes. However, keep the champagne on ice, as Susan Skinner and other Stoaks supporters are financing a recount.

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No question with the Joy Brenner/Scott Peotter race…20,514 to 15,696. Newport has now seen the last of Peotter. Oh wait, never say never. Peotter is already being rumored as a District 2 candidate for a possible open seat in 2020 for Brad Avery. But, 2020 is a ways off.


Twin sisters at Sage Hill School conduct coding class where education and technology rule

“Everyone should learn how to code. It teaches you how to think.”

–Steve Jobs

Hana and Miya Stauss, twin sisters who attend Sage Hill School, conducted a free coding class for OC kids in grades 3 - 8, held at their school on Friday, Dec. 7. The goal of this free event was to get students coding in one hour. These twin coders also have an app that won a national award.

We met up with Hana and Miya for a Q&A to find out a bit more about coding and what it offers.

Stu: Tell us a little bit about the class/workshop – i.e. when it began, the mission, objective, goal and how it was launched.

Hana and Miya: Last year, we founded OC Coder Sage, the school’s first coding club. The mission of the club is simple: to get everyone coding! Hour of Code Sage is just one of the events we host for our local community, with the goal of providing coding classes for kids in 3rd - 8th grades. This year was our 2nd annual Hour of Code and we are pleased to announce that we had 110 students from 40 different schools in the area attend our event. We taught four different coding languages in two, one-hour sessions: Scratch, Python, Ruby and Java. All the classes were taught by Sage Hill students.

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(L-R) Miya and Hana Stauss, twin sister coders

Stu: Did the both of you come up with this concept on your own? If so, what sparked the idea?

Hana and Miya: Hour of Code is a global movement in 180+ countries, serving nearly 690 million people. Every year, in the first week of December, schools, organizations and clubs all over the world put together free one-hour coding classes for their own communities. Although we are just one small footprint in a very global movement, we’re proud to participate. It is incredibly exciting to think that 690 million of us are writing lines of code simultaneously. (https://hourofcode.com/us)

Stu: How did you get the opportunity to teach this?

Hana and Miya: When we formed the club, we decided early on that we would host free coding classes to students in our Sage Hill community, as well as the larger regional community. Hour of Code is a natural fit with the mission of our Club.

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 (L-R) Standing: Jane Zuo, Joyee Chen, Miya Stauss and Hana Stauss

Sitting: Bella Kim, Susie Hao and Shauna Bahri at Sage Hill School 

Stu: Is this an ongoing class that you offer? If so, how often? And what are the dates of any future classes so our readers can participate?

Hana and Miya: Hour of Code is an annual event. This year, we were given the opportunity to hold a special Hour of Code session for Sage Hill faculty, where we taught the teachers how to code. That was a very exciting and memorable moment for us. Typically, we host four, four-week sessions at school for Sage students throughout the school year. For every class, we recruit UCI grads to come to Sage to help teach our coding classes. What we’d love to tell you about, however, is our Girls Who Code classes that will start in January 2019 at the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Ana. We will be hosting 12 classes for 6 - 8th grade girls. It is really important for us to get more girls coding, because tech is an incredibly male-dominated field. Coding is an incredibly valuable skill set one can learn to break the technology gap. If you are interested in signing up, please register at http://bit.ly/gwcsantaana19.

Stu: Have you led or taught any workshops in the past on a different topic? If so, what were they? If not, do you plan to in the future?

Hana and Miya: We taught a one-week coding camp at Sage last summer. That was really fun. Some of those campers came back last Friday when they heard about the Hour of Code event. It’s pretty special and exciting to be building a community of coders as we host these classes.

Note: Hana was hired as a TA for Kode with Klossy (KWK) camps last summer,  where she spent four weeks in San Francisco and Los Angeles helping to teach the KWK camps. As Hana’s initial inspiration to code was through Karlie Kloss’ KWK camps, it was an incredible honor to be hired to TA Karlie’s camps.

Stu: Is this class/workshop done through any type of extra credit or community service-type program at Sage? 

Hana and Miya: Hour of Code is an event that is run through a Sage school club called OC Coder Sage. It is an event focused on serving the local community.

Stu: Anything else you’d like our readers to know?

Hana and Miya: We believe coding is a universal language. It touches every moment of our lives. Technology is driven by code – our phones, our laptops, our cars, the Internet – they are all strings of code. By 2020, 77 percent of jobs will require technical skills. That’s why we believe coding is the single most important language for everyone to learn. Specifically, we believe it is incredibly important for girls to learn to code. At the moment, women only comprise 20 percent of jobs in technology-driven firms, even though 85 percent of social media is utilized by women. Girls need a voice in how the future of technology develops, and we are determined to break down those barriers so that girls can have a seat at the Tech Table.


Perspire Sauna Studio to hold grand opening tomorrow

Infrared saunas are heating up the OC, and they’re here to stay. Welcome Perspire Sauna Studio at the Newport Bluffs Shopping Center, which is celebrating its grand opening on Wednesday, Dec. 12. The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony starts at 5 p.m., with food and festivities going until 7 p.m.

Mark Rutledge, the owner of the first ever Perspire franchise, has known first-hand the healing effects of infrared heat. Rutledge injured his back and neck in a rear-end car accident 15 years ago that intensified the wear and tear caused by G-forces from many years flying jets in the Air Force. Infrared heat allowed his spine to heal in ways other medical procedures couldn’t, and he now leads a normal and active life.

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Perspire Sauna Studio

Rutledge is committed to bringing the healing properties of infrared to Newport Beach and the surrounding communities. Relaxation, detoxification, aches and pain relief, burning about 400 calories in 40 minutes, and lowering blood pressure and cholesterol while listening to music or watching TV are among the benefits – you have to try it to believe just how good it is, Rutledge says.

But Rutledge is also committed to providing more than amazing service; he is launching generosity as the focal point of his clients’ experience. As such, Perspire Newport Bluffs will donate to the Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation through an opportunity drawing at the grand opening. The foundation is a local charity giving 100 percent of its funds through grants directly to teachers of all schools in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.

Anyone who enjoys a sauna session is automatically entered into the drawing for free (one per session per person). However, those wishing to donate to the Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation will receive more tickets and increase their chances to win the grand prize (three days, two nights on Catalina Island for two people), or other great prizes from within the Perspire Newport Bluffs studio. Winners need not be present at the drawing, but all participants must visit Perspire at The Bluffs before the grand opening to enter the drawing.

Perspire Sauna Studio is located at 1308 Bison Ave., Newport Beach. For more information, call 949.717.7588 or visit www.perspiresaunastudio.com.


NBPLF announces 22nd Annual Witte Lecture Series

The Newport Beach Public Library Foundation (NBPLF) presents its 22nd Annual Witte Lecture Series, featuring renowned speakers on a variety of compelling, current topics. The 2019 season features four experts – including Hanna Rosin, Richard Blanco, Amy Walter and Joel Sartore – from January to April 2019. The NBPLF, the nonprofit that funds valuable library resources, programs and services, and engages the community through the creation and sponsorships of diverse literary, cultural and intellectual programs, hosts this high-profile series to provide the community an unparalleled opportunity to engage with great minds.

“Given the current climate and conversations in media, we are thrilled to invite the community to experience and learn from these relevant thought leaders in person,” said NBPLF Program Director, Kunga Wangmo-Upshaw.

The Witte Lectures Series, established by the Witte Family in honor of Martin Witte, is made possible through the support of generous donors. It encourages dialogue on relevant issues of our time. Members of the NBPLF receive advance notice and ticket purchase access for the events, among other benefits. Reservations are encouraged to assure access to this popular series.

This season’s renown speakers are:

NBPLF announces Hanna Rosin

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Hanna Rosin

Hanna Rosin: The End of Men and the Rise of Women on January 25, 2019 at 7 p.m. and January 26, 2019 at 2 p.m. The #MeToo climate has created a stunning year of revelation and change. Author Hanna Rosin has researched and lectured on this unfolding topic of the male/female dynamic in the workplace and world at large. She is the author of The End of Men and the Rise of Women, a national bestseller that addresses this sensitive topic with deft humor and insightfulness. She is a regular contributor to The Atlantic and Slate where she has authored notable articles including “The Overprotected Kid,” “The Case Against Breastfeeding,” “The Silicon Valley Suicides,” and “Murder by Craigslist.” Rosin is also the co-host of the acclaimed NPR show INVISIBILIA, a program about the invisible forces that shape human behavior. Awards from the Education Writers Association and nominations for a National Magazine Award round out her status as a noteworthy author. Rosin has appeared on The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and The Today Show. She is the mother of a daughter and two sons and is married to David Plotz, CEO of Atlas Obscura. Where better to study gender dynamics than with one’s own family? Be sure to mark your calendar for Hanna Rosin’s researched view on a most contemporary topic: How men and women are going to work and live side by side in these hypersensitive times.

NBPLF announces Richard Blanco

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Richard Blanco

Richard Blanco: The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood and An Inaugural Poet’s Journey on February 8 at 7 p.m. and February 9 at 2 p.m. Richard Blanco is the fifth presidential inaugural poet and the first Latino immigrant and gay person to serve in such a role. He is the author of numerous award-winning works such as The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood and An Inaugural Poet’s Journey. Blanco is the recipient of three honorary doctorates and has been a guest on numerous television programs as well as NPR. Born in Madrid to Cuban exiled parents and raised in Miami, the themes of his books center on the negotiation of cultural identity and place in society. Whether speaking as the Cuban Blanco or the American Richard, the homebody or the world traveler, the civil engineer or the civic-minded poet, Blanco’s writings possess a story-rich quality that illuminates the human spirit. His work asks those universal questions we all ask ourselves on our own journeys: Where am I from? Where do I belong? Who am I in this world? NBPLF welcomes Blanco to this series.

NBPLF announces Amy Walter

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Amy Walter

Amy Walter: The Cook Political Report on March 8 at 7 p.m. and March 9 at 2 p.m. Amy Walter is the national editor of The Cook Political Report where she provides non-partisan analysis of issues, trends and events that shape the political environment. Over the past 19 years, she has built a reputation as an accurate, objective and insightful political analyst with unparalleled access to campaign insiders and decision makers. Known as one of the best political journalists covering Washington, she is the former political director of ABC News. She is also a regular panelist on NBC’s Meet the Press, Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier and CBS’s Face the Nation. According to Charlie Cook of The Cook Political Report, Walter’s “work is trusted and respected by Democrats and Republicans alike. She knows how to get beyond bluster and spin to unearth – and explain – what really matters.”

NBPLF announces Joel Sartore

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Joel Sartore

Joel Sartore: Photo Ark on April 12 at 7 p.m. and April 13 at 2 p.m. Joel Sartore is an award-winning photographer, speaker, author, conservationist, the 2018 National Geographic Explorer of the Year and a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine. Sartore specializes in documenting endangered species and landscapes around the world. He is the founder of the Photo Ark, a 25-year documentary project to save species and habitats. “It is folly to think that we can destroy one species and ecosystem after another and not affect humanity,” he said. “When we save species, we’re actually saving ourselves.” Sartore and the Photo Ark are the subjects of the television series RARE, in which he documents some of the most endangered creatures left on Earth. In addition to National Geographic, Sartore contributes to Audubon, Geo, the New York Times and Smithsonian. He has authored several books, including Photo Ark: A World Worth Saving, and RARE: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species.

For information on tickets, visit www.nbplfoundation.org/content/The-Witte-Lectures.html, or call 949.548.2411. For information on membership visit nbplfoundation.org/content/Become-a-Member.html.


Kathi Koll talks about new book at NBPL

Newport Beach Public Library (NBPL) presents Newport Beach resident and author Kathi Koll in a special program on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Central Library Friends Room.

Koll, founder of the Kathi Koll Foundation, will introduce her memoir Kick-Ass Kinda Girl: A Memoir of Life, Love and Caregiving, inspired by her experiences caring for her late husband, developer Donald Koll, whose debilitating stroke changed their lives dramatically. With an unflinching look at the difficult times and an ability to laugh at herself, while never losing hope for tomorrow, Koll unveils a powerfully moving story of resilience and inspiration. Kick-Ass Kinda Girl is her first book.

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Kathi Koll to share her new book on January 29

Koll has been committed to civic, community and healthcare organizations within and outside the U.S. for decades. She currently serves on the Hoag Hospital Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute advisory committee and on the Boy Scouts of America Orange County Council board of directors. She has previously served on the board of trustees of Casa Cuna, an orphanage in La Paz, Mexico, the boards of UCLA Health Systems and American Ballet Theatre, and as a trustee for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Koll is also an owner of the Koll Company, a real estate development firm founded by her late husband.

Seating is limited. Register online at www.newportbeachca.gov/events to save a seat. This event is funded by the Friends of the Library. Admission is free. Books will be available for purchase and signing. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book will be used to support caregivers in need.

To read an excerpt of the book, visit www.KathiKoll.com.

For more information, visit www.newportbeachlibrary.org, or call 949.717.3800, option #2.


Curiosity lies at the heart of newest
Segerstrom family shows

Awaken your imagination with celebrations of puppetry and music designed for theater lovers of all ages. Segerstrom Center for the Art’s 2018-19 Family Series continues with two charming shows, The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites on February 2 and 3, 2019 and They Called Her Vivaldi on February 16 and 17, 2019 in Samueli Theater.

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A scene from “The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites”

In The Very Hungry Caterpillar, three stories from renowned children’s author Eric Carle come to life through the magic of black light and fanciful puppets. They Called Her Vivaldi tells the story of a young musical prodigy as she encounters colorful characters on a quest to recover her magical hat. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is ideal for children ages 4 - 8. They Called Her Vivaldi is designed for children ages 7 and up. Both productions seek to inspire young imaginations, to create a lifelong interest and appreciation for live theater, and to be enjoyed and shared as a family.

Performances of The Very Hungry Caterpillar are Saturday, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 3 at 1 and 3:30 p.m. The Saturday, Feb. 2 performance at 10 a.m. is a sensory-friendly performance designed for patrons on the autism spectrum or others with sensory sensitivity to enjoy fully the magic and amazement of live performances. The Sunday, Feb. 3 performance at 1 p.m. will be ASL interpreted. Performances of They Called Her Vivaldi are Saturday, Feb. 16, and Sunday, Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. The Sunday performance will be ASL interpreted.

Curiosity lies at the heart Vivaldi

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A scene from “They Called her Vivaldi”

Tickets for both shows 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 for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


Human Kindness Club to hold celebrity golf tournament at Pelican Hill

Human Kindness Club (HKC), a local nonprofit charity organization dedicated to making a difference in the world by giving perpetually to those in need worldwide, is hosting the “Fairway to Heaven Celebrity Golf Tournament” on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 at the world-class Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Coast, with proceeds supporting Make a Wish Foundation and Wounded Warrior Project.

The Fairway to Heaven event will be held at Pelican Hill Golf Club’s pristine panoramic ocean north course, with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean from every tee. After enjoying a day of golf (9 a.m. shotgun start), participants will be treated to an evening of inspiring speeches by celebrity guests, a sumptuous dinner, an awards ceremony with prizes for tournament winners, and a silent auction and opportunity drawing, among other highlights.

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Human Kindness Club outreach donating money and supplies to the fire refugee camps in California

“We are so excited to celebrate the awareness of the Human Kindness Club and share this fun-filled philanthropic experience with generous like-minded people,” said David Parrish, founder of Human Kindness Club. “Pelican Hill is absolutely beautiful. It’s the perfect setting for participants to play world-class golf with a dozen pro athletes and celebrities while supporting our mission. Together we will honor Wounded Warrior and help raise critical funds for Make a Wish to help make wishes come true for special children.”

Human Kindness Club was founded as a nonprofit charitable organization to give back to people in need and to do something great for the community. “The founders lived their life, have had their successful careers, and now they just want to give back to the community they love and make a difference in the world through perpetual giving,” Karla VandenBerg said. 

It’s the first time for Human Kindness Club to work with the Wounded Warrior Project and Make a Wish Foundation and through the Fairway to Heaven, HKC is offering participants an incredible opportunity to raise funds while having an unforgettable time.

“We decided to benefit Make a Wish because we all love kids; we all have kids. The founders of HKC have kids and love kids, and they have great hearts, so that’s why we decided to raise funds for them because we believe in making dreams come true,” VandenBerg said. 

Also, at the event, Human Kindness Club will be honoring Big Al who founded the Mongols, then turned his life around, and was awarded with two purple hearts. 

“We believe in Big Al, Wounded Warrior, and all the men and women in our military who bravely fight for our freedom with such pride and integrity; it’s good to give back to them and help them,” VandenBerg shared.

Human Kindness Club has supported 140 nonprofit charitable organizations over the years.

“Giving back and helping others is the best feeling I have ever had in my life through working for HKC. Helping someone and seeing the look in their eyes, the gratefulness, as they have tears come down, you can see into their soul and that’s a really cool thing,” VandenBerg said. “It’s nonexistent nowadays and many of those people have tons of possibilities. It’s nice they can tell someone else believes in them.” 

Participants will be vying to win top prizes that include a million-dollar golf shot giveaway, an all-expense paid trip for two to the Masters via a putting contest, a $10,000 cash giveaway and a 2018 Ducati Motorcycle, generously donated by Fletcher Jones Motorcars Newport Beach. 

“Plush swag bags, Mastro’s martinis and girls dressed as angels will add some sizzle to the Fairway of Heaven golf tournament. Golfing at Pelican Hill is like a dream, as this event will be a memorable experience, all while golfing with a celebrity. You can help make dreams come true and it’s all for a great cause,” VandenBerg said.

Celebrity golfers include actors Michael Dudikoff, Rick Ravanello and Kevin Sorbo, and former pro athletes Doug DeCinces, Byron Russell, Bryon Chamberlain, Mike Salmon, Ron Brown, Garry Templeton, Chris Hale and Ricky Ellis, to name a few. 

The cost is $380 per person and $1,500 for a team of four. Sponsorships and tickets are available online at www.humankindness.org. To purchase tickets or learn more about sponsorships for the Human Kindness Club Fairway to Heaven Celebrity Golf Tournament, contact Karla VandenBerg at 208.272.1578 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pelican Hill Golf Club is located at 22800 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.


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   

Happy Holidays! It’s hard to believe we are in the last weeks of the holiday season and the new year is fast approaching. It seems to be going extra fast for me, but then the past three months have been a whirlwind! During this time when we connect with family and friends, I am grateful to have been warmly welcomed by so many residents and businesses, as well as city employees. Newport Beach is a special and unique city and I feel incredibly privileged to now be a part of this community. I am looking forward to an exciting 2019.

Our last meeting of 2018 is on Tuesday, Dec. 11, and the primary focus will be the reorganization of the City Council, with the recognition of outgoing City Council, oath of office for newly elected members, and election of Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem. Therefore, the other items on the agenda have been limited to consent calendar items, generally more routine in nature. 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.

The Regular Session begins at 6:30 p.m. and the following are items of note:

–At our last meeting, City Council requested the City Council L-6 Policy Update – Encroachments in Public Rights-of-Way come back with additional noticing requirements. This policy update was brought forward to better clarify the Planning Commission’s role and ability to waive City Council policy. The revisions now include a requirement to post the subject property at least ten days prior to the scheduled hearing.

–Per the Municipal Code, we adjust the Recycled Water Commodity Charge to reflect the City’s cost to purchase water from the Orange County Water District (OCWD) annually as needed. OCWD increased the cost to purchase recycled water from $1.69 per Hundred Cubic Foot (748 gallons) to $1.92 per HCF so we need to pass on this increase to our recycled water rate payers. The new rates will be effective February 1, 2019.

–The City has reached a Tentative Agreement with the Newport Beach Firefighters Association. The Tentative Agreement is for a three-year period and includes wages adjustments and increased employee contribution to CalPERS for the safety members. To promote greater transparency in the negotiations process, the Tentative Agreement is provided for public review and comment. The entire redline version of the Tentative Agreement is included with the staff report as Attachment A. The agreement will be presented for City Council consideration at the January 8, 2019 regular meeting.

The reorganization of City Council will follow at 7:00 p.m. 

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..

The Week in Review was provided last week. In case you missed it, we do post them on the City’s website; the latest 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.

Happy New Year!

Grace K. Leung

City Manager

City of Newport Beach

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P: 949.644.3001


Balboa Island Museum now open at its new location

Balboa Island Museum now open

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“Pavilion Color” by artist John Dunn

Balboa Island Museum has moved to 210 B Marine Ave., Balboa Island, in a historic building from the 1920s. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Private tours are available.

To become a member, visit www.balboaislandmuseum.org/support1. Your tax-deductible donation enables the museum to fulfill its mission: To collect, preserve and promote the culture and history of Balboa Island and Newport Beach.


Second annual Holidays Around the World tomorrow, through the weekend

Second annual Holidays Argyros Plaza

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Holidays Around the World festival will turn the new Julianne and George Argyros Plaza into an international cultural crossroads on December 12 - 17. 

As American Ballet Theatre transforms the stage of Segerstrom Hall into the magical wonderland of The Nutcracker, outside, the Argyros Plaza will be alive with free multicultural performances, family activities representing beloved holiday customs and traditions, and an array of vendors to help you find the perfect holiday gift.

For a full schedule of each day’s events and activities, visit www.scfta.org.

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


Newport Harbor holds “Dancing with the Staff” event

Newport Harbor High School (NHHS) got the disco ball out and started it spinning on Thursday, Dec. 6 during “Dancing with the Staff,” an annual holiday dance event in the large gymnasium, with a capacity crowd in attendance.

This event has become a beloved tradition whereby members of the Dance Team are paired up with NHHS staff, competing for the coveted mirror ball championship title.

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Newport Harbor Dance Team and staff

Performances were by: Varsity & Junior Varsity Dance Team with teachers, counselors, aides and a security guard; Dance levels 1, 2, 3; Varsity Dance Team; NHHS Cheer; and for the first time, Newport Harbor Mini Dance Campers, comprised of 65 girls who attended a single day dance camp to learn a routine.

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Sixty-five young girls attended a one-day dance camp to learn a routine

The winning dance team was Team Ballin’ made up of Hallie Peplow, Ava Rosten and Lemar Warren.

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 (L- R) Winning Dance Team member Lemar Warren with Sean Boulton, principal of Newport Harbor High School

Organizers of the dance competition were Jamie Tanzer, NHHS dance director and Tara Olson, NHHS dance team coach. The show was designed to celebrate the love of dance amid the festive atmosphere of the holiday season, while supporting the arts. The NHHS Dance Team thanks all of its supporters who made this fundraiser such a success.


Exchange Club holds movie screening tomorrow night

The Exchange Club of Newport Harbor will present its 27th Annual Movie Event, featuring a screening of the movie All Square at the Regency Lido Theatre, on Wednesday, Dec. 12. This movie is being made available by the Newport Beach Film Festival.

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A pre-movie gala includes a variety of the area’s popular restaurants presenting samples of their favorite dishes. To date, the participating eateries include: Blue Water Grill, Cowafornia Ice Cream, El Ranchito, Great Mex, Pizza Pete’s, Royal Thai and Sabatino’s. Beer and wine will be available. Opportunity drawing tickets will be sold for a chance to win a variety of gift baskets and a number of special prizes, including lunch with the Newport Beach Fire Department, a ride-a-long with the Newport Beach Police Department and a ride with Santa during the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.

All profits from ticket sales and donations will benefit the Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center and related youth charities. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with food and beverages served in the courtyard of Lido Village. The movie begins at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event, including both the food festival and movie showing, are $70; VIP tickets are available for $90.

To purchase tickets, visit www.nhexchange.net. For more information, call the Exchange Club of Newport Harbor at 949.543.7628.

Regency Lido Theatre is located at 3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach.


Kids! Winter break is almost here...so head to art camp

Kids! Winter break is almost here

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Winter camp at Urban Arts OC is sure to bring out your youngster’s creativity

Urban Arts OC is offering a very “cool” winter art camp, geared to ages 4 and up, so come join the fun, as space is limited.

Schedule:

Week 1 – December 17 - 21

Week 2 – January 2 - 4, 2019

The camps run Monday through Friday with half day from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. for $55/day; and full day from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. for $75/day. There is a slight discount for purchasing a full week ($350), which includes five sessions total and can be used/split up however you would like over the break.

Snacks are provided. Pack a sack lunch. Dress for a mess, as youngsters will be using paint, clay and creating crafts.

Register by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by calling 9498.474.1552. For more information, visit www.urbanartsoc.com.

Urban Arts OC is located at 4250 Scott Drive, Suite L & O, Newport Beach.


ENC to hold information session on new nature preschool

On Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019 from 6 - 8 p.m., join Environmental Nature Center (ENC) Nature Preschool Director Sue Bierlich and ENC Director Bo Glover for a free information session about the new ENC Nature Preschool.

Bierlich and Glover will discuss the school’s timeline, philosophy, curricula, a typical day, and layout and design of the buildings and Nature Play Area.

ENC to hold building

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To donate to the ENC Nature Preschool, visit www.encnaturepreschool.org/donate, or contact Executive Director Bo Glover at 949.645.8489 ext. 101, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To inquire about sponsorship opportunities (food, beverages, etc.) for the information session, contact Lori Whalen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This is an adult-only event.

Environmental Nature Center is located at 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach. To register for the event, call Lori Whalen at 949.645.8489, ext. 103.


Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Newport Dunes

On Monday, Dec. 31, Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort welcomes a star-studded country music lineup for their second annual Boots on the Beach New Year’s Eve celebration.

Kicking off the New Year in country style, nationally touring headliners A Thousand Horses will be joined by popular ‘90s rock-turned-country band Lit, along with local country favorites Redneck Rodeo and Temecula Road.

Celebrate New Years Eve

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A Thousand Horses headlines the country music lineup at Boots on the Beach

Bring family and friends for an evening of celebration featuring live music, food trucks and full bars, plus country western merchandise available for purchase. The event will take place in the 14,000-square-foot Bayside Pavilion tent with David Bugenske from Go Country 105 as host and DJ for the evening. Before the show, Kristen Ann, one of Southern California’s top line dance choreographers, will teach the crowd all the right country dance moves.

Come just for the concert, or make the evening extra special and enjoy dinner before the show at Newport Dunes’ picturesque waterfront restaurant, Back Bay Bistro. The Boots on the Beach VIP dinner package offers seatings from 5 - 7 p.m. and includes a four-course New Year’s Eve dinner along with VIP concert seating.

For a more intimate evening out, dinner reservations are also available without the purchase of concert tickets, with a first seating from 5 - 7 p.m. for $65. Also offered is a festive second seating starting at 8 p.m. featuring a five-course dinner, party favors, live DJ and a Champagne toast to ring in the New Year on the bay for $125.

those choosing the VIP Back Bay Bistro Dinner and Concert package, a three-course meal is included, with seating from 5 - 7 p.m.

Boots on the Beach Entertainment Schedule:

5 p.m.: Dinner at Back Bay Bistro/Concert Doors/DJ David Bugenske 

6:15 p.m.: Dance Lessons

6:40 p.m.: DJ David Bugenske

6:55 p.m.: Dance lessons

7:20 p.m.: Temecula Road

8:20 p.m.: Redneck Rodeo 

9:40 p.m.: Lit  

11 p.m.: A Thousand Horses

11:59 p.m.: Countdown to 2019 with a performance by A Thousand Horses, Lit, Redneck Rodeo, David Bugenske and Temecula Road. The event runs until 1:30 a.m.

Concert Pricing: 

Early Bird General Admission: $49

Early Bird VIP Seating: $99

Early Bird VIP Back Bay Bistro Dinner & Concert Seating Package: $159

For reservations, call 949.729.1144 or visit www.NewportDunes.com. To purchase concert tickets, visit www.TicketWeb.com. To make your New Year’s Eve dinner reservation at Back Bay Bistro, after purchasing tickets online, call 949.729.1144, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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


Stump the Stu

Is this SoCal reindeer looking for Santa’s sleigh?

Stump the Stu 12.11.18

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Whether you refer to this graceful animal as a reindeer or caribou, Stu knows this is the season that will keep it busy on one very special night. Where does this antlered beast reside?

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. 

Stu definitely has some readers who knew that this “R” logo leads to fine Italian cuisine on PCH in the middle of Corona del Mar Village – the landmark Rothchild’s. 

Congratulations to Ashley Johnson, Kelly Couzens, Vicky Hatfield and Wendy Kerr.

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 12.11.18

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NBPD warns against rental scams

According to the Newport Beach Police Department, there has been a recent scam going around regarding rental property advertisements.

Here’s how it works:

A suspect posts a Craigslist For Rent ad with photos of a Newport Beach home that they pulled from an Airbnb ad. Once the victim starts corresponding with the suspect, the victim is sent a fake rental agreement and is instructed to wire money or deposit money into an account. Once the money has gone through, the suspect stops corresponding with the victim.

Here are some tips to protect yourself from these types of scams:

–Never wire or deposit money into an account of someone you have never met. Remember: wiring money is like giving someone cash – you will not get it back.

–Ask to arrange a tour of the property with the landlord or property manager before signing an agreement or transferring money. Legitimate landlords will be open to having prospective tenants check out the property.

–Beware of a landlord or property manager who only communicates via email and is ready to sign an agreement without any background information. Legitimate landlords want reliable tenants, and will want to make sure you check out before they rent to you.

–Do an internet search on the owner, real estate management company and listing. If you find the same ad listed under a different name, it may be a scam.

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


CdM hosts annual Christmas Walk; parking changes might be on the horizon

By AMY SENK

The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce hosted the 40th annual Christmas Walk on Sunday, Dec. 2, with thousands of visitors wandering the length of East Coast Highway, up one side and down the other, sometimes venturing off on side streets to catch a band’s version of “Old Time Rock and Roll” or a holiday classic, or maybe heading down toward Bayside Drive where a beer and wine garden was set up behind temporary fencing.

CdM hosts annual Christmas Walk Santa and dog

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“SoCal Santa” and his dog enjoying the Christmas Walk

You can learn a lot if you spend some time at the Christmas Walk, like which of your friends have talented children who sing and dance, and who has dogs that are patient about things like wearing reindeer antler hats. You can talk to business owners who have all the gossip about rising rents and possible new tenants that could be pushing out old businesses. 

CdM hosts annual Christmas Walk 3 elf gals

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Three “elf gals” ring in the holidays

Sometimes, businesses that aren’t quite set up for a grand opening occasionally pop up at the Christmas Walk to tell locals about their plans. But Mama D’s still remains closed and no one was around to discuss when it might open. Reborn Coffee, however, was set up in front of their future shop at 2935 E. Coast Highway with samples of their product. The shop, a representative said, should be open in January 2019 – five years to the month after the former tenant, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, shut its doors.

CdM hosts annual Christmas Walk Reborn Coffee

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Reborn Coffee set to open in January 2019

The funny thing about the Christmas Walk is that it tends to be very polarizing for locals. Some love it, dressing in colorful holiday suits or tiny little velvet Santa mini dresses. They bring their dogs in costumes and hit all the shops and vendors. Others can’t stand it – they think it’s too drunk and loud and over the top in a not great way. You almost always run into friends, though, and it definitely is the start of the holiday season for Corona del Mar.

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Meanwhile, the Corona del Mar Business Improvement District (BID) board met for its monthly meeting on November 29, where the group discussed a parking study and decided to try to get the City Council to act quickly on one of the proposed changes – parking time limits on East Coast Highway.

The BID wants to increase the time limit from one hour to two hours, which would keep shoppers or restaurant visitors from parking closer to residences if they needed the extra 60 minutes. The BID also wants to work with owners of private lots to make spaces available to the public, and to reduce or modify city parking requirements to encourage new business development in the village.

City Councilman Scott Peotter, in his last BID meeting before leaving office, said that the group should consider drafting a letter with all three items mentioned, but that they ask for immediate action on changing the parking time limits.

“It’s not a recommendation, it’s an ask,” Peotter said. “They could change the signs tomorrow. You have a study that shows it would be utilized more if there were longer times. Make sure you attach the study.”

A draft of a letter to be sent to the City Council made the case for improved parking as a key to injecting some life into a faltering Corona del Mar economy.

“As you are aware, the BID in its advocacy role for the businesses in CdM is very interested in both the current and long term health of the CdM business district as it affects not only our direct constituents, the businesses, but also the adjacent residential neighborhoods and the city at large,” the letter said. “Like us, you have probably noted the fairly high number of vacancies in the shop fronts along PCH which is alarming given the overall health of the economy. The rise of online purchasing has changed the way people shop, and specifically changed the kinds of commercial uses they are likely to frequent in their neighborhood. We believe that one of the largest impediments to entry for more local friendly commercial uses is the current parking situation in the village.”

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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.


ARC Butcher & Baker to open later this month
in Cannery Village

ARC Butcher & Baker interior

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Furnishings for the interior were handmade by owner Marin von Blöm

ARC Butcher & Baker is gearing up to open its doors later this month. Acclaimed restaurateurs Marín and Chef Noah von Blöm are bringing a unique new culinary concept which will feature premium cuts of meat, fresh-baked bread, and family-style to-go offerings to Newport Beach’s historic Cannery Village.

Chef Noah von Blöm was recently named Chef of the Year at the 2018 Golden Foodies Award.

The dine-in menu will feature toasts, salads, streetwiches and classic entrees including a Baby ARC Burger, Steak n’ Potatoes, and Southern Fried Chicken & Biscuits as well as a curated list of beer & wine available by the glass.

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SteakNPotatoes, one of the many dishes available at the European-style butchery

Breakfast favorites from Restaurant Marín, the couple’s modern-day diner, which re-opened as ARC Pizza House in 2017, have been reimagined into mainstays on ARC Butcher & Baker’s menu.

ARC Butcher & Baker is located at 417 30th St., Newport Beach and will be open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.

For more information, visit www.arcrestaurant.com.


Eight survivors of the Holocaust honored at Chanukah event

The Chabad Center for Jewish Life and Fashion Island held a public Menorah Lighting in honor of the Festival of Lights on Sunday, Dec. 2 in Fashion Island’s Atrium Garden Court, the largest community celebration of its kind in Orange County.

The celebration began with holiday musical performances by the Tarbut v’Torah day school choir and the musical group Orange Jews.

The community honored eight Holocaust survivors who bravely illuminated the world for the eight decades since Kristallnacht, the onset of the Holocaust. On November 9 - 10, 1938, “Kristallnacht,” also called “Night of Broken Glass,” Nazis in Germany torched synagogues, vandalized Jewish homes, schools and businesses and killed close to 100 Jews. After this event, conditions for German Jews grew increasingly worse; Kristallnacht served as a tipping point, a sign that Nazi anti-Semitism was not a temporary predicament and would only intensify. These eight survivors serve as a beacon of hope, rising from the ashes of the Holocaust.

Eight survivors Ildi Good

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Holocaust survivor Ildi Good and children

The eight survivors were each introduced to the crowd by Steven Silverstein who recounted their incredible stories of survival. These accounts included spending time in labor camps, living in ghettos set up by the Nazis, being hidden by good and moral gentiles who themselves might have been killed for doing so, living in holes and scrounging for food for years, and escape under harrowing circumstances, all while not knowing if they would survive the next day. Some were but small children at the time. 

“These heroic and determined individuals not only survived the darkness, they went on to thrive and illuminate the world around them. They came to the United States to build successful families, businesses, careers and legacies, showing by example that the best response to hate is love, the best response to the desecration of the human and divine spirit is a greater devotion to faith and a higher code of behavior, the best response to evil is to increase acts of goodness and kindness,” said Rabbi Reuven Mintz of the Chabad Center for Jewish Life. “The lessons of the events of Kristallnacht must continue to be learned and taken to heart by all people of good conscience.”

Eight survivors Silverstein and Mintz

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Eight Holocaust survivors with Steven Silverstein and Rabbi Reuven Mintz are honored in front of the Menorah

Each survivor was accompanied onto the stage by a child to light a candle, a literal and figurative passing of the torch, the continuity of their inspiring flames, from one generation to the next. They all participated in lighting the Menorah, and then each received a memento of the occasion, a personalized Star of David Menorah.

Chabad Center for Jewish Life is working diligently to bring warmth, joy and light of Chanukah with gifts to as many people as possible throughout the eight-day holiday. Staff and volunteers are visiting and conducting programs at hospitals, senior centers, convalescent homes and foster homes, bringing the warmth and joy of the holiday to those who are not able to participate with the larger community.

Chanukah, a celebration for all time, is highlighted by the kindling of the Menorah each night of the Holiday. “It is a holiday that enriches our lives and strengthens our tradition,” Rabbi Mintz said. “In ancient times, our ancestors rededicated the Temple in Jerusalem. Today, we rededicate ourselves to making this world a better and brighter place. Chanukah also transmits the universal message that ultimately goodwill prevail over evil, freedom over oppression and light over darkness.”


YMCA of Orange County receives $32,500 grant from Pacific Life Foundation

YMCA of Orange County, a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening its community, recently received a three-year $32,500 grant from Newport Beach-based Pacific Life Foundation. The grant will support the organization’s Before and After School Child Care Financial Assistance Program, which helps ensure Y programs are open to all regardless of their ability to pay.

The Pacific Life Foundation has been assisting the nonprofit through grants and volunteer efforts for more than 30 years, providing more than $340,000 in support of multiple programs since 1988. 

YMCA of Orange County group

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YMCA of Orange County’s Before and After School Child Care Financial Assistance Program provides low-income families in need access to childcare. The Y provides inclusive programs that support the needs and priorities of the child, the family and the school with real-life context to information learned in the classroom – creating experiences students need to succeed in the ever-changing world. These programs are specifically designed to support the whole child, building relationships and a sense of community.

Y afterschool programs allow students to engage in extended learning opportunities through daily physical and educational activities, STEAM, homework support and the arts. The core components of the research-based curriculum for all ages includes homework support, fitness & nutrition, science, art, culture, community outreach, literacy, diversity, and cultural awareness and enrichment clubs.

YMCA child care sites include Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Santa Ana, Tustin, Huntington Beach, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Rancho Mission Viejo, Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, Ladera Ranch, Coto de Caza, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Capistrano Beach, Dana Point, Pomona, Diamond Bar and West Covina.

The Y also offers an Inclusion Program providing one-on-one support for children with special needs while broadening the experiences of all children in YMCA programs.

For more information about YMCA of Orange County, visit www.ymcaoc.org.


What’s Happening at Lido Village Books?

Ready for some holiday merriment? Join the fun at Lido Village Books on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 10 a.m., for Little Lido.

Together, the group will read Elise Parsley’s If You Ever Want to Bring a Pirate to Meet Santa, DON’T! There will also be live music and crafts.

Whats Happening at Santa

RSVP by 8 p.m. on December 19 at http://bit.ly/LLholidaycheer to enter a drawing for prizes. Must be present to win.

Afterward, enjoy discounts at participating stores in Lido Marina Village.

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Lido Village Books is partnering with the Glass Slipper Guild to donate new books for children at CHOC. Support the #carterstrongforever book drive by purchasing books at 10 percent off at the bookstore and dropping them into the donation box through Tuesday, Dec. 17.

Lido Village Books is located at 3424 Via Oporto #102, Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.lidovillagebooks.com.


Inside Edge Foundation for Education to feature Gary Quinn, bestselling author

On Wednesday, Dec. 12, 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 participate.

The featured speaker is international bestselling author Gary Quinn. His book, The Yes Frequency, teaches how we have the potential to create exactly the life we want, and to experience extraordinary results. He shares his valuable insights and knowledge on how to obtain that extra edge with a worldwide audience via his self-help motivational books, audio CDs, TV and radio appearances, digital downloads, and numerous worldwide speaking engagements and seminars. Several of his recent books have become bestsellers and are acknowledged as essential tools for those seeking to improve their lives by enhancing the mind, body and spirit. Among his many clients are Academy Award winners, Grammy winners and Olympic Gold medalists.

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Gary Quinn is the featured breakfast speaker

Members from all over Orange County attend this early morning breakfast meeting. 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. Pre-registration is appreciated. Doors open, registration and buffet line starts at 6:45 a.m.; the meeting starts promptly at 7 a.m.

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. For more information, visit www.insideedge.org.


On the Harbor: Special Harbor Commission meeting aboard the Balboa ferry

By LEN BOSE

Just in case you were wondering, I did attend the November 17 special meeting of the Harbor Commission aboard one of the Balboa car ferries. About 50 people were greeted to a cool crisp Saturday morning harbor tour, where six harbor commissioners reviewed their objectives for the coming year.

Public attendance was encouraging, yet questions were slim to none, and the whole tour felt a little rushed to me, missing some of the topics, that in my opinion, are important. But hey, let’s stay positive, because being negative really slows down an already slow process. 

Personally, I feel the city has a strong group of volunteers that form the Harbor Commission, and as a seat-of-the-pants sailor, I feel they all have a positive passion for the well-being of our harbor.

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Harbor Commissioner Don Yann reviews his objectives for the upcoming year aboard the Balboa ferry 

Among the items of importance in the coming year are the changes in Title 17 of the municipal code that covers our harbor. Most everything that governs our harbor is in Title 17, so whenever you notice public outreach meetings on this topic, be sure to attend and express your opinions. I will do my best to keep you updated along the way.

One very positive sign I noticed was that Harbor Commissioner Scott Cunningham has taken the helm regarding harbor dredging. This is an overwhelming task that deals with more than seven different government agencies, with an estimated cost of $22 million to complete. The money and the permits are the lower hurdles; where to place more than 200,000 cubic yards of unsuitable material is, comparatively, the high jump. Last time the city dredged less than 10 years ago, the Port of Long Beach was accepting these materials to fill in a new commercial port. I clearly recall staff expressing how difficult it would be if the city was unable to bring these materials into Long Beach for disposal.

On another positive note is the increased effort in code enforcement in the harbor, which has been overlooked for too long. If I heard Assistant City Manager Carol Jacobs correctly, there will be added code enforcement in the harbor very soon. Like I have said before, my concerns are the continuity of the enforcement.

After the harbor tour, I went around to the different yacht clubs to gain an understanding of each club being required to complete a permit for events that exceed the harbor’s speed limit. Permits can be obtained up to six months in advance. I was unclear if this is for all regattas or just the events where vessels exceed the speed limit. Sailing events and yacht clubs will not be the only harbor users that require a permit.

I want to shout out to all the people who came up to me after the meeting and thanked me for writing my column. I do appreciate your comments and thank you all for your heartfelt remarks.

So, let’s wrap up the year by making sure you attend the Harbor Commission meeting at Marina Park on Wednesday, Dec.12 at 6:30 p.m., and if you can, arrive earlier for the study session that begins at 5 p.m., which will be focused on the Harbor Vision committee. As one of those under 30-foot boat owners, this topic is a big concern to me with the loss of so many smaller slips being eaten up by marina operators who would like to increase their marinas with large slips.

I also have some breaking news...the city has hired Kurt Borsting as our new Harbormaster. From a quick Google search, Borsting is coming from the City of Long Beach, where he has been the superintendent for Marine Operations. My sources indicate that Borsting will likely be attending the Harbor Commission meeting and be introduced there.

One last thing before I leave you, how many of you read The Log article by Parimal Rohit on November 11: “Duffy Boats founder narrowly loses re-election campaign?” Well, according to the Orange County Registrar of Voters, on Sunday morning, December 2, they certified that all ballots had been counted. In District 3, Marshall “Duffy” Duffield with 18,458 votes and 50.05 percent defeated Tim Stoaks, who garnered 18,422 votes and 49.95 percent, with Duffield winning by only 36 votes.

I had a chance to talk to Duffield that Sunday morning while walking the docks to congratulate him on his victory. He just said, “Yea, wasn’t that something,” and shook his head. I was not about to go on the record with him at that time, so we talked about Harbor 20 sailing and boat building. As far as I am concerned, this is fantastic news and wraps up a very constructive year for our harbor. More breaking news! It appears at the time of writing this there may be a recount. Very similar to being protested on the race course, looks like we might be headed to the protest room.

Sea ya

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


NB City Council appoints new planning commissioner

Curtis Ellmore, a 31-year resident of Newport Beach and senior vice president of the Orange County offices of JLL, a commercial real estate firm, has been appointed to the Planning Commission by City Council.

According to Ellmore, “I feel I possess a unique sense of what it means to be a member of the Newport Beach community. As a third-generation city resident and having lived in Newport Heights, Beacon Bay and Corona del Mar, I am familiar with the character and culture of its neighborhoods and citizens.

NB City Council appoints Curtis Ellmore

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Curtis Ellmore was recently appointed to the Newport Beach Planning Commission

“At this point in my professional and personal life, I feel prepared to dedicate the time and effort required to be a valuable addition to the commission, and I welcome the opportunity to serve the City of Newport Beach in this capacity,” Ellmore stated.

In addition to his 15 years as a professional in the commercial real estate industry, he has been involved in two primary philanthropic initiatives through the Hoag Hospital Foundation over the past five years – the 552 Club and the Irvine Advisory Committee.

On September 25, former Commissioner Bill Dunlap resigned.


Kathi Koll talks about new book at NBPL

Newport Beach Public Library (NBPL) presents Newport Beach resident and author Kathi Koll in a special program on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 in the Central Library Friends Room.

Koll, founder of the Kathi Koll Foundation, will introduce her memoir, Kick-Ass Kinda Girl: A Memoir of Life, Love and Caregiving, inspired by her experiences caring for her late husband, developer Donald Koll, whose debilitating stroke changed their lives dramatically. With an unflinching look at the difficult times and an ability to laugh at herself, while never losing hope for tomorrow, Koll unveils a powerfully moving story of resilience and inspiration. Kick-Ass Kinda Girl is her first book.

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Kathi Koll to share her new book on January 29

Koll has been committed to civic, community and healthcare organizations within and outside the U.S. for decades. She currently serves on the Hoag Hospital Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute advisory committee and on the Boy Scouts of America Orange County Council board of directors. She has previously served on the board of trustees of Casa Cuna, an orphanage in La Paz, Mexico, the boards of UCLA Health Systems and American Ballet Theatre, and as a trustee for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Koll is also an owner of the Koll Company, a real estate development firm founded by her late husband.

Seating is limited. Register online at www.newportbeachca.gov/events to save a seat. This event is funded by the Friends of the Library. Admission is free. Books will be available for purchase and signing. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book will be used to support caregivers in need.

To read an excerpt of the book, visit www.KathiKoll.com.

For more information, visit www.newportbeachlibrary.org, or call 949.717.3800, option #2.


Stoaks’ supporters seek recount

Stoaks supporters seek recount

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Supporters of Tim Stoaks are planning to request a recount on his behalf, as a result of the extremely close Newport Beach City Council race in District 3.

Marshall “Duffy” Duffield with 18,458 votes and 50.05 percent, narrowly edged out first-time City Council candidate Stoaks, who garnered 18,422 votes and 49.95 percent, losing by only 36 votes.

Recount proponent Susan Skinner is coordinating a fundraising effort to raise the count’s estimated $25,000 cost. Although the state of California doesn’t automatically conduct recounts in close races, losing candidates or any voter can request one if they handle the expense.

According to Jennifer McDonald, a representative of Line in the Sand, a group of concerned citizens who endorsed Stoaks’ candidacy, “Line in the Sand did not initiate and is not one of the organizers of the recount effort. Nonetheless, we do believe it’s justified in a race as close as the Stoaks-Duffy contest. Even with one of the most competent and highly respected registrars in the state, there is room for human error. A recount seems warranted with a margin of victory this slim.”


JWA posts October 2018 statistics

JWA posts October United plane

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport (JWA) decreased in October 2018 as compared with October 2017. In October 2018, the airport served 907,191 passengers, a decrease of 2.5 percent when compared with the October 2017 passenger traffic count of 930,911.

Commercial aircraft operations decreased 1.4 percent and commuter aircraft operations increased 331.0 percent when compared with October 2017 levels.

Total aircraft operations increased in October 2018 as compared with the same month in 2017. In October 2018, there were 26,926 total aircraft operations (takeoffs and landings), a 5.7 percent increase compared to 25,466 total aircraft operations in October 2017.

General aviation activity, which accounted for 69.1 percent of the total aircraft operations during October 2018, increased 7.7 percent when compared with October 2017.

The top three airlines in October 2018 based on passenger count were Southwest Airlines (304,995), United Airlines (146,262) and American Airlines (143,571).


Ina Garten...a beloved Barefoot Contessa 

By LANA JOHNSON

Ina Garten, aka the Barefoot Contessa, is someone I have admired and whose cookbooks I’ve coveted over the years. For me to share an evening with her at Segerstrom Hall this past Wednesday evening amid a packed audience, truly solidified my perception: She really is as humble and genuine in person as I had imagined. She embraces cooking with humor and devotion, and in her words, “Cooking scares me, because there are so many variables, which is why I make simple recipes.” She tests every recipe for flavor and texture, making it over and over again until she gets it just the way she loves it.

Costa Mesa was the sixth stop on her Cook Like a Pro cross-country cookbook tour, in conjunction with Williams Sonoma, celebrating her highly anticipated 11th cookbook. On stage, she was joined by moderator, cookbook author and culinary instructor, Tori Ritchie, in a one-on-one informal interview, sharing behind-the-scenes stories of filming her award-winning TV show, Barefoot Contessa, from her barn in East Hampton, which is in its 13th season on Food Network; writing her bestselling cookbooks; revealing trade secrets and how she makes guests feel right at home, whether it be an intimate brunch with a few friends or a well-attended party; and celebrating 50 years of marriage to her adoring husband, Jeffrey, whom she says is always a great sport.

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Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa

A brief background on Ina:

In 1978, she worked in the White House on nuclear energy policy...and thought there must be more to life to experience. She saw a small food store for sale in the Hamptons at the end of Long Island, made an offer on it and two months later she was the owner of a 400-sq.ft. specialty food store, aptly named Barefoot Contessa. She grew her business into a food emporium, assisting customers on what to take home – from dinners to baked goods, realizing that what they wanted to cook was comforting, not fancy. In 1996, she sold the store to her employees, and in 2003, the new owners decided to shutter the doors. In 1999, Ina wrote her first cookbook, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, a bestseller, and has continued to author successful cookbooks filled with recipes that are easy, delicious and, yes, foolproof, so cooks at a variety of skill levels can enjoy making the recipes, and are put at ease while entertaining, so they can share the joy of food with family, friends and guests.

Following the interview, there was a Q&A where Ina answered questions submitted ahead of time from the audience.

For all of you home cooks, here are some fun things Ina shared:

–How do you salt? Early, so it seeps into the meat. There are a variety of salts. Have on hand Kosher (Diamond Crystal), Fleur del Sel (a finisher) and Malton’s, which lends a crunch...it’s great brushed with an egg wash on top of chicken pot pie.

–Favorite pantry items: California olive oil (prefers it over imports for its fruitiness); mustards, vanilla and quick cook pasta.

–Eggs. Ina uses extra large because a little more egg makes a cake batter better. But if you have large eggs, that’s fine, too. When baking, it’s important to bring eggs up to room temperature (as well as the butter).

–The one thing you tell new cooks. Wet vs. dry measures. Glass measuring cups are for ingredients you pour; Dry measuring cups are for ingredients you level off. Measure precisely and follow the recipe exactly to achieve the best results.

–With so many choices on the shelves, how do I know which brand is the best? Whether it’s chocolate (she loves Lindt’s bittersweet) or olive oils, buy several varieties, line them up and taste each to see which you like the best.

–A special Christmas meal. Ina and Jeffrey spend Christmas in Paris each year, where she can never get enough of the freshly baked goods. What’s on the menu? Roasted loin of pork with potato, apple and celery root puree; shaved Brussels sprouts; Béchamel or another fabulous cheese and tartine. And yes, store bought items such as baguettes are the way to go.

So what’s in store for Ina’s next cookbook? She said she doesn’t know yet, but she has been working on making the perfect Boston Cream Pie for the last six years...so that may be one of the recipes. Why is it called pie, when it really is a cake?

On a personal note, Ina was asked what her favorite movie is. She quickly replied, Mary Poppins Returns, and explained that it has a completely new story line and musical score that can’t be missed. Which led into Ina’s Food Network show, airing this Sunday, Dec. 9 at 12:30 p.m. Titled “Cooking Like a Pro: Mary Poppins Show,” Ina hosts a Mary Poppins reunion sharing cooking secrets and making a British-style Sunday brunch for her friends who produced, directed and acted in the new movie. She shows Emily Blunt (who plays Mary Poppins) how to make roasted capon and Lin-Manuel Miranda (who plays Jack) how to prepare haricot vert. In turn, Blunt shares her grandmother’s recipe for perfect roasted potatoes. As Ina would say....”How easy is that?”


Hoag presents The S Word documentary and suicide prevention workshop tomorrow

Tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 8, Hoag Hospital is presenting the screening of The S Word documentary and a suicide prevention workshop from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. The film chronicles one suicide attempt survivor’s mission to find fellow survivors and document their stories of unguarded courage, insight, pain and humor. This powerful documentary puts a human face to a topic that has long been stigmatized and buried with the lives it has claimed. Suicide affects people of all ages, races, faiths, ethnicities, gender presentations, sexual orientations and professions.

Hoag presents The S Word

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Schedule of Events:

9 - 9:30 a.m.: Welcome and refreshments

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.: Screening of The S Word

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.: Panel Discussion and Q&A that will include the director of the documentary, a suicide attempt survivor, a family member who has lost a loved one to suicide and professionals who have worked closely with individuals struggling with suicidal ideations.

11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.: How to Identify the Signs and Symptoms of Youth Suicide with the Orange County Department of Education Crisis Response Network

12 - 1 p.m.: Exhibition with Community Partners to include Costa Mesa Family Resource Center, Green Ribbon Club, Hoag Mental Health Center, NAMI, Newport-Mesa Unified School District, Orange County Behavioral Health and the Ransom Foundation.

Admission is free, but registration is required. To register, contact Melanie Nguyen at 949.764.6584 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Adolescents under the age of 16 must be accompanied by and registered for the event by an adult. 

This event takes place at Hoag Health Center Newport Beach, 520 Superior Ave., in classrooms 5 - 7.


Celebrate the holidays at the Seaside Gallery & Goods open house

Celebrate the holidays holly boughs

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This Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m.  5 p.m., celebrate the holidays at the Seaside Gallery & Goods open house.

While shopping for those special people on your gift-giving list, guests will enjoy small bites and spirits. A Salvation Army bell ringer will be present from 1 - 3 p.m., with 20 percent of sales supporting the California Wildfires Victims’ Fund.

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


22nd Annual Balboa Island Holiday Home Walking Tour lights up the Island this weekend

The 22nd Annual Balboa Island Holiday Home Walking Tour takes place this Sunday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

One of Orange County’s most loved Holiday Home Walking Tours returns with eight uniquely holiday decorated bay front and Island homes, sure to spark the spirit of the season. 

22nd Annual Balboa Island

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This is a residence that is on this year’s Holiday Home Walking Tour

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at www.balboaislandNB.org. They are also available at the following Balboa Island stores: Crystal Rose, Fresh Produce, Island Home, Sunny Days and Sur Le Mer, all located on Marine Avenue, and Blue Springs Home on 17th Street in Costa Mesa. 

Holiday refreshments will be served the day of the event at these locations: Balboa Island Museum on Marine Avenue from 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., The Royal Hen on Marine Avenue and the Huse-Skelly Gallery on Park Avenue from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Be sure to visit the shops on Marine and Agate avenues for all your holiday shopping.

This event is sponsored by the Balboa Island Improvement Association.