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From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

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11th Annual Cars & Cigars | September 20 from 5 - 9 p.m. | Guests will enjoy an exquisite blend of specialty cocktails, gourmet hors d’oeuvres and signature cigars from the Cubano Room, with the main attraction being some of the finest automobiles in the world. This year’s eye-popping eye candy includes a number of stunning, handpicked McLarens, Ferraris and Bugatti Veyrons from the season’s most current fleet, as well as an intriguing mixture of classis from the ‘50s and ‘70s. This is a must-attend end of summer event. Twila True is an entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist who is a lifelong member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe with roots tracing back to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, the poorest community in the United States.

Contact: www.TwilaTrue.com

Takes place at Twila True Boutique, 980 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

Cruisin’ For A Cure Car Show | September 22, gates open at 6 a.m.; event runs until 4 p.m. | Cost: $15 or $13 with your AAA card; Kids 12 and under are free. Parking is $8. | 19th Annual Cruisin’ for a Cure is the world’s largest one-day charity car show with more than 3,500 vehicles on display and more than 200 vendors and exhibitors. They get to cruise through the OC Fair & Event Center for 1.5 miles and/or park and just display their vehicles. Grand Marshal is Dave Kunz, ABC Channel 7 Eyewitness News Automotive Specialist. All proceeds benefit prostate cancer research.

Contact: www.cruisinforacure.com

Takes place at OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

1958 Chevrolet

Second Chance of Orange County | September 22 from 5 - 9 p.m. | Tickets are $75. | More Second Chances Gala is an evening celebrating achievements and raising money to help individuals recovering from drug/alcohol addiction & homelessness. The event features drinks, dinner, dessert and entertainment. There are 50+ silent auction items including: a Sonoma Winery tasting tour, three nights at a Carlsbad beach house, an originally framed Plexiglas Kobe Bryant-singed Lakers #8, VIP tickets to the Broad Museum, $300 at Vineyard Vines, a 20-person wine class at Total Wines and More, a Baking Class for eight at Le Pain Quotidien, and more than 20 restaurant gift cards. Cocktail attire. Must be 18 years of age to attend. Second Chance Orange County operates out of Hoag The Center for Healthy Living on Placentia Avenue in Newport Beach.

Contact: For tickets and more information, visit https://bit.ly2voPTeA.

Takes place in Floral Park, Santa Ana (exact address to be given at time of payment).

Laura’s House | September 22 at 6 p.m. | Tickets are $250 and table sponsorship opportunities start at $3,500. | Join Ports of Call Annual Gala guests in celebrating 24 years of service to the community. Enjoy a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions and a dinner reception. Guests of honor, who are dedicated violence advocates, include Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Sandra Hutchens and family law attorney Steven G. Hittelman, Hittelman Strunk Law Group. Presenting sponsors Laura Khouri and Michael K. Hayde will host the event. Since 1994, Laura’s House has been respected in the community for its commitment to improving the lives of families affected by domestic violence in Orange County. More than 25,000 individuals receive services and/or educational outreach each year.

Contact: Andrea McCallister, 949.361.3775, ext. 211. www.laurashouse.org/gala

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

Veterans Legal Institute | September 23 at 6 p.m. | Join the Carol Lee Group in support of the Veterans Legal Institute (VLI) at The American Patriot’s Ball. This worthwhile organization serves our nation’s heroes when they need help the most. VLI provides pro-bono legal aid which addresses one of the greatest needs faced by our service men and women. Carol Lee Group provides world-class real estate marketing and sales services in all areas of Newport Beach, Newport Coast and Corona del Mar.

Contact: VLI for more information, to register for the event and for sponsorship opportunities, 714.852.3492. www.vetslegal.com

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

Veteran’s Legal Institute | September 22 at 5:30 p.m. | Tickets: $250; Presenting Sponsor (10 tickets), $20,000. | Join Carol Lee Group in supporting a worthy cause at the American Patriot’s Ball. This inspirational evening welcomes hundreds of community and business leaders for dancing, dining and an exciting live auction. Long-term partners will be honored. Veteran’s Legal Institute (VLI) serves our nation’s heroes when they need help the most. VLI provides pro-bono legal aid, which addresses one of the greatest needs faced by our service men and women. Visit the VLI website for more information and to register for this event. All proceeds from the evening will go to ensuring high quality, free legal care for our deserving veterans and service members.

Contact: Antoinette Balta at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or call 949.290.5733, or KellyAnn Romanych, director of development at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 818.219.1916. www.vetslegal.com

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

Susan G. Komen | September 23 | 27th Annual Susan G. Komen Orange County Race for a Cure is the annual 5K run/walk, and the largest annual fundraiser of its kind in Orange County. Join thousands of supporters, breast cancer survivors and families gathering with a common vision: a world without breast cancer.

Contact: Stacy Davis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 714.957.9157, ext. 34. www.komenoc.org/race

Takes place at Fashion Island, Newport Beach.

For A Good Cause Komen

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The Literacy Project | September 27 | The annual “What Dreams Are Made Of” Gala is an exciting, inspiring and purpose-driven evening featuring special guest speakers, a live auction and a program showcasing how the organization helps thousands of illiterate Southern California students learn to read. Accompanied by their adult role models, they choose three students from The Literacy Project’s reading program to highlight the event, and share their future dreams of being successful literate adults. This elegant evening brings together philanthropists, literacy experts and passionate supporters of education to raise funds to provide The Literacy Project’s proprietary 30-hour reading program at “no cost” to struggling readers in elementary school classrooms throughout Southern California.

Contact: www.literacyprojectfoundation.org

Takes place at Newport Beach Country Club, One Clubhouse Drive, Newport Beach. 

The Joyful Child Foundation | September 29 from 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. | Tickets: $125 per person (early purchase); after July 26, $150 per person. Table sponsorship for 10 guests, $1,250. The Joyful Feast 2018 is the Annual Gala of Champions for Children. The organization celebrates the memory of Samantha Runnion, and is dedicated to preventing crimes against children through programs that educate, empower and unite families and communities.

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; www.thejoyfulchild.org

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

Global G.L.O.W. | September 29 | Sponsorships available from $2,500 - $100,000. Enjoy Glow Gala with a sunset cocktail reception, live auction, and dinner & dancing above the picturesque Pacific Ocean.

Contact: www.globalglowgala.org

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

Harvesters 26th Annual Fashion Show & Luncheon | October 3 | In Orange County, one in five children go hungry every day. Since 1992, the Harvesters have driven awareness and raised funds to end hunger by supporting Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. The annual event has netted more than $7 million for Second Harvest, helping to feed hundreds of thousands of people over the past 25 years. Sponsorship opportunities are available and silent auction donations are appreciated.

Contact: www.feedoc.org/harvesters/

Takes place at Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County | October 4 – Scotch and Cigar Bar at 6 p.m.; Dinner and Live Auction at 7 p.m. | Table sponsorships available from $15,000. Join Big Brothers Big Sisters for the 54th Annual Gourmet Dinner, its premier event that brings together more than 400 of Orange County’s most influential people. At the nonprofit’s largest fundraiser of the year, guest enjoy Scotch bar, cocktail reception, sit-down multicourse dinner, opportunity drawings, exciting live auction experiences and a heartfelt presentation from a child about the life-changing relationship he or she shares with a mentor.

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

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

PADRE Foundation | October 6 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Free. | Registration information coming soon. Riding the Wave of Diabetes & BBQ is a School Nurse Forum to help school health personnel become further updated about Type 1 diabetes and its impact on children during school hours. The theme is: “Turning Stumbling Blocks into Stepping Stones: Responding Successfully to the Emotional and Other Challenges of Diabetes.” The PADRE Foundation School Nurse Training is open to all school nurses, health care workers and office aides to provide them with current information on how they can help support school children who have the complex chronic disease. Guest speakers to be announced. The PADRE Foundation is dedicated to offering positive support to programs and services to assist those living with Type 1 diabetes, and pediatric-adolescent diabetes research education.

Contact: RSVP by Monday, October 1 through Eventbrite. For general questions, call the PADRE Foundation office at 714.509.8330 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Takes place at the Mary and Dick Allen Diabetes Center, 520 Superior Ave., Newport Beach.

Crystal Cove Conservancy | October 6 from 5 - 8 p.m. | Individual tickets are $500; Sponsorships and underwriting opportunities from $1,500 are still available. The 16th annual Crystal Cove Soiree is in a shorefront setting overlooking the Pacific. Festivities include a cocktail reception, exquisite dining by the Resort at Pelican Hill, entertainment and dancing under the stars (Beatles vs. Stones: A Musical Shootout), and luxury silent and live auctions. This annual gala raises funds for the Crystal Cove Conservancy’s work to preserve the historic destination. The event is nearly sold out.

Contact: For more information, call Cindy Otto at 949.376.6200, ext. 204. www.crystalcove.org/soiree

Takes place on the blufftop at Crystal Cove State Park, Newport Coast.

Crystal Cove cottages

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Girl Scouts of Orange County | October 12 at 6:30 p.m. | Individual tickets are $375; Sponsorships are available from $1,500 - $50,000. Girl Scouts of Orange County will honor extraordinary Orange County women who are Girl Scout alumnae and outstanding examples of what it means to be a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™. The women will be recognized at the organization’s ninth annual Celebrate Leadership event. Each honoree is paired with a current Girl Scout, ranging from Daisy (kindergarten) to Ambassador (grades 11 - 12), providing the leaders of tomorrow with an opportunity to connect with leaders of today.

Contact: Bradley Wedekind-Flores at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for sponsorship opportunities. www.girlscoutsoc.org/celebrateleadership

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

American Heart Association | October 13 | The 2018 Orange County Heart & Stroke Ball is one of Orange County’s premier black-tie events. Heart Ball offers prominent members of the health, philanthropic and local business communities an opportunity to meet, mingle and come together to celebrate the American Heart Association’s extraordinary impact on America’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers – heart disease and stroke. Heart Ball funds support vital American Heart Association work, including cutting-edge research, lifesaving prevention and education programs, and advocacy for improved health.

Contact: Esther Ahn, director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. www.ahaorangecounty.org

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

Nashville Nights | October 20 | Individual tickets are $250; Sponsorships are available. The Childhelp Fall Gala features a live band, dining, dancing, and whiskey & gambling.

Contact: For more information, call Linda Burns at 949.463.8804 and visit www.childhelp.org/childhelp-fall-gala-nashville-nights.

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

Nashville Nights

UCP-OC | October 22 | Sponsorships are available. The 24th Annual Life Without Limits Autumn Golf Classic raises funds vital to the success of the nonprofit’s mission: to help children with disabilities reach their full potential and improve the quality of life for their families.

Contact: Katherine Bade at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. www.ucpoc.org/golf

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

Segerstrom Center for the Arts | November 30 | Segerstrom Center’s 45th annual Candlelight Concert is the premier Orange County holiday event. This evening of elegance and star-power entertainment raises funds to support the Center’s community engagement and education programs that serve more than 360,000 students and families each year. Guests enjoy the rare experience of stepping into the spotlight for dining and dancing on the Segerstrom Hall stage itself, followed by a late night after party on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza.

Contact: www.scfta.org

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

Hoag Hospital Foundation | December 8 at 5 p.m. | Every holiday season, Hoag Hospital Foundation welcomes more than 600 Hoag supporters, volunteers and friends to celebrate the Christmas Carol Ball, now in its 52nd year. With a rich history of support, the Christmas Carol Ball is a true testament of our community’s dedication to Hoag and its mission. Enjoy an evening of fun, fellowship and fabulous food, along with dancing and special holiday touches in a gorgeous setting. Attire: Formal black tie. Hosted valet parking.

Contact: www.hoagpromise.org

Takes place at Monarch Beach Resort, 1 Monarch Beach Resort N, Dana Point.

 

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Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

NB Central Library

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Upcoming Events & Workshops

“Aging As Art” – A photographic exhibit presented by the Council on Aging, Continuing through September 14. How do you perceive aging today? Is it the thriving lifestyle of seniors taking on new careers, volunteering or being physically active? Or is it the traditional notion of the harsher realities of aging? The Council on Aging – Southern California invited all amateur and professional photographers, 18 years of age or older residing in California, to use their imagination and share their vision and unique interpretation of the aging experience. The Aging as Art photography show was juried by a panel of distinguished judges. Selected entries are currently on display on the second floor at Central Library. The show depicts the diversity, dignity and challenges of what living a long life means today. Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach during regular operating hours. 

Aging as Art

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LEGO Block Party, September 19 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Pirate Magic Show, September 19 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Join Captain Little Beard on a magical adventure searching for Patches, his lost first mate. Be ready for loads of audience participation, tons of magic and a bunny. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required. Geared for ages 4 - 9. Takes place at the Balboa Branch Library, 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

Newport Beach Public Library Evening Book Discussion Group, September 19 from 7- 8:30 p.m. You will be meeting on the third Wednesday every other month. At each meeting, the group will work together to select the next book title, so come prepared with ideas for future reads. All readers are welcome. No registration is required. The book being discussed is Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. For more information, contact Terry Sanchez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The discussion group meets in the Sword Meeting Room at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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SAT Practice Test, September 22 from 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sharpen your test-taking skills with a free, full-length practice SAT. In partnership with C2 Education of Newport Beach, the test will be held in the Mariners Branch Library located at 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach and lasts approximately four hours. Students do not need to bring pencil or paper but can bring a calculator if they wish. Results will be presented at a separate results program on Tuesday, September 25 at 7 p.m. This is a free event but space is limited. Should there be openings on the day of the test, they will be accepting walk-ins on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please note: If you sign up on the website for the wait list and are not contacted about an open space prior to the test day, you will need to come into the library as a walk-in on the morning of the exam. The library opens at 9 a.m. and they recommend showing up soon after opening to increase your chances of getting a spot, if available. Age Level: sophomores, juniors and seniors. For the online registration form, visit https://apps.newportbeachca.gov/library/rsvp.aspx?id=+qxq1jES/bE=

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It’s Your Money Workshop – Financial Planning I, September 24 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. This annual eight-week series of workshops provides attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning issues, so they can be in charge of their estates during their lifetimes and beyond. These free workshops are presented as a community service – for education only. Nothing will be sold, and professional advisers will not be given attendees’ contact information. Series moderator is Laura Tarbox. Suggested donation: $15. Takes place In the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Medicine in Our Backyard, September 24 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. NBPL Foundation, in partnership with UC Irvine Health, presents Medicine in Our Backyard, a series of lectures featuring internationally known UC Irvine Health physicians who will discuss research and cutting-edge technology in their various fields of expertise. The speaker is Sanjay Kedhar, M.D., who will be addressing: The role of the gut microbiome in eye disease. Dr. Kedhar is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in the medical and surgical management of patients with uveitis and other autoimmune and infectious eye diseases. He will discuss the potential role for the gut microbiome in uveitis and age-related macular degeneration. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the lecture and a Q&A take place from 7 - 8:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

ACT & SAT Practice Test Results Program, September 25 from 7 p.m. Students who attended the September 15 ACT practice test and the September 22 SAT practice test at NBPL can attend this program to view their results and get free tips and advice for taking the test in the future. This is a free event that is limited to students and parents who took the ACT or the SAT practice test at the Mariners Branch Library. Takes place in the Mariners Branch Library Storytime Room, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

LEGO Block Party, September 26 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Beyond the Canvas – The Great Masters in Art: Leonardo Da Vinci, September 26 from 7 - 8 p.m. This season, award-winning professor Jacqueline Hahn will explore the Great Masters, in this fascinating art lecture series on legendary artists’ lives and artistic movements. Leonardo Da Vinci was an Italian polymath of the Renaissance, whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history and cartography. He has been variously called the father of paleontology, ichnology and architecture, and is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time. Sometimes credited with the inventions of the parachute, helicopter and tank, he epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. Learn more about the great masters of art in a fascinating visual presentation. Free to the public; seating is first come, first served. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Mona Lisa

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Children’s Author Series: Trudi Trueit, September 28 from 4 - 5 p.m. Come meet author Trudi Trueit, who will talk about her newest book Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret, an exciting, action-packed adventure that takes 12-year-old Cruz Coronado and his fellow explorers around the globe, following clues and cracking codes to unlock a mystery that could change their world, and ours, forever. It is the first book in National Geographic’s children’s fiction series. Trueit has written more than 100 books and many of them reflect her background and strong interest in science. In fact, it was Trueit’s early career as a weather forecaster that inspired her to write her first book. The Nebula Secret is based on real-life technology, people, and places with lots of science facts, hidden puzzles and codes embedded throughout the book. Find out how to crack the code at this exciting program. Perfect for kids 8 years and up. Plus...Trueit is bringing a special guest: Zoltan Takacs, Nat Geo explorer, snake wrangler, herpetologist and toxinologist! Takacs has been chasing venomous snakes in the world›s most remote locations since he was a teenager. He›s traveled to 133 countries and survived seven snakebites. But Takacs doesn›t go after these deadly creatures just for the thrill; he collects venom and brings it back to a lab, where he and his colleagues analyze it with the goal of treating diseases. Books will be available for purchase from A Whale in the Tale Bookshoppe for Children and signing by the author. Free admission, and no reservations. Seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis, limited by room capacity.  For information, call 949.717.3830. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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Star Wars Digital Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Digital forces unite for a day of Star Wars family fun and technology with crafts, games, Saber Guild demo and more. Learn about the free digital resources available for adults, teens, and kids through demonstrations on downloading eBooks and eAudio, streaming video, special apps, Tech Toys and the Library’s Media and Sound Labs. Star Wars fans: Have your photo taken with members of the 501st Legion, Rebel Legion and Saber Guild. Find out about the Library’s Star Wars collection of books, eBooks, DVDs, CDs, streaming video documentaries, and more. For a complete schedule of the day’s events, visit www.newportbeachlibrary.org. Takes place at Newport Beach Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Darth Vader

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It’s Your Money Workshop – It’s Your Money: Financial Planning II, October 1 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. This annual eight-week series of workshops provides attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning issues, so they can be in charge of their estates during their lifetimes and beyond. These free workshops are presented as a community service – for education only. Nothing will be sold, and professional advisers will not be given attendees’ contact information. Series moderator is Laura Tarbox. Suggested donation: $15. Takes place In the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Let’s Talk Tech – Drop In, October 2 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 4 - 6 p.m. Bring your iOS or Android tablet or phone, and learn how to download apps available from the library to use eBooks, downloadable magazines, movies and online learning. Please bring your library card and have necessary device log in and password information to install apps from your app store. This is a drop-in event. Just stop by the Information Desk on the first floor at Central Library and ask questions.

Paying for College, October 2 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. In partnership with Collegewise of Irvine, the Newport Beach Public Library hosts this free program. The process of applying for financial aid and scholarships is a lot more confusing and stressful than it needs to be. This seminar shares step-by-step advice for families, from how to estimate your eligibility to what forms to fill out to when to file them. They’ll answer the most common questions like, “Can applying for financial aid hurt a student’s chances of admission?” “Should you apply for aid even if you think you won’t qualify?” They’ll even address the role of scholarships, how to find them, and how to evaluate a student’s potential eligibility. Audience: Teens and parents. Visit the Library Calendar for the online registration form.

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LEGO Block Party, October 3 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Wake Up! Newport, October 4 from 7:15 - 8:15 a.m. This is a free opportunity to meet one on one with legislative and government officials, and stay updated on current local, state and federal issues. Guest speaker is Laurie Berman, director of the California Department of Transportation. Hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, breakfast treats will be provided. The event is free, but please make reservations sp they can plan for food and seating. Takes place in Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 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.

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Fall Drop-in Crafts, October 6 from 12 - 3 p.m. Join an afternoon of making fantastic fall crafts. No registration required. Geared for ages 3 - 8. Funded by donations from the Friends of the Library. Takes place in the Central Library’s Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Author Aimee Bender

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Happy Hour with Aimee Bender, October 6 from 12 - 3 p.m. Support Literacy Services and join in a fun evening of wine, beer, soft drinks and light bites with celebrated author Aimee Bender. Bender is the author of five award-winning books: The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, An Invisible Sign of My Own, Willful Creatures, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, winner of the SCIBA award for best fiction and an Alex Award, and The Color Master, a New York Times Notable book for 2013. For tickets, visit www.newportliteracy.org, or call 949.717.3874. Proceeds benefit Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy. Takes place in Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Children’s Author Series: Meet John Flanagan, October 7 from 2 - 3 p.m. The bestselling author of the Ranger’s Apprentice and Brotherband series, John Flanagan returns to Newport Beach Public Library to introduce his newest book, The Red Fox Clan. It’s a captivating follow-up to The Royal Ranger: A New Beginning and a perfect read for fans of Tolkien, Redwall and Game of Thrones. Australian writer Flanagan’s bestselling adventure series, Ranger’s Apprentice and the companion series, The Brotherband Chronicles, take readers on captivating fantasy adventures. He began writing a series of short stories for his son, Michael, in order to encourage him to read. Those stories would eventually become the Ruins of Gorlan, Book 1 of the Ranger’s Apprentice epic. Now with his companion series, Brotherband, the novels of Flanagan have sold millions of copies and made readers of kids the world over. Books will be available for purchase from A Whale of a Tale Children’s Bookshoppe and signing by the author. Free admission.  No reservations. Seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis, limited by room capacity. For more information, call 949.717.3830. Takes place om Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

It’s Your Money Workshop – Medical Care Planning, October 8 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. This annual eight-week series of workshops provides attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning issues, so they can be in charge of their estates during their lifetimes and beyond. These free workshops are presented as a community service – for education only. Nothing will be sold, and professional advisers will not be given attendees’ contact information. Series moderators are Peter Kote and Lee-Anne Godfrey. Suggested donation: $15. Takes place In the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Coding for Kids: Scratch Jr., October 9 from 4 - 5 p.m. Would you like to learn computer coding? Join in this special hands-on workshop introducing kids to simple coding techniques. Children will design their own interactive projects using the ScratchJr application on iPads. All materials provided; please feel free to bring your own iPad or tablet. The ScratchJr app is available to download for free (iOS, Android). Geared for ages 5 - 8. No registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Program is free and attendance is first-come, first-served, limited by room capacity. Takes place in Central Library’s Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

SCORE: Build an eCommerce Site on WordPress, October 9 from 5:30 - 8:45 p.m. Geared to adults and funded by Friends of the Library. To register, visit www.orangecounty.score.org. Takes place at Central Library’s Friend Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Book Discussion Group, October 10 from 9:15 - 11 a.m. The Charlotte “Charlie” Alexander Book Discussion Group will be discussing, Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance. Synopsis: A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. It is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country. Doors open at 9 a.m.; no reserved seating, sessions are free and registration isn’t necessary. If you haven’t finished or read the book, come anyway. Takes place in Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Hillbilly Elegy

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LEGO Block Party, October 10 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Michele Khory

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Meet Author Michele Khoury, October 11 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Newport Beach Public Library presents Orange County writer, Michele Khoury, as part of a local authors lecture series. Khory will talk about her debut novel, Busted, which tells the riveting story of a 24-year-old artist who gets sucked into the world of wealth, luxury and cocaine. Khoury began writing her book while taking Novel Writing Classes through the University of California Irvine’s extension programs. She attended weekly critique sessions for six years to hone her research and writing skills. While writing, she interviewed and consulted with a variety of interesting individuals, including artists, a retired DEA Special Agent, a lieutenant in Narcotics from the Anaheim Police Department, Judge James Gray, a retired Superior Court Judge who wrote the book, Why our Drug Laws Have Failed and What We Can Do About It, a defense attorney, a prosecutor for Los Angeles County, a retired CIA agent, an emergency room doctor, two women who spent time in the Orange County Jail, several party animals, and a “gentleman” who sold cocaine for Pablo Escobar in the Southwest U.S. during the 1990s. Khoury will share some of their stories as well as her own journey developing realistic characters and conflicts in this exciting new page-turner. Busted is her first novel, and the theme is legalizing drugs. She is currently working on her second book, titled The Sheriff’s Wife, which is a story about domestic violence and abuse. Admission is free. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Lido Village Books. Takes place in Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

It’s Your Money Workshop: Equity Investing, October 15 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. This annual eight-week series of workshops provides attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning issues, so they can be in charge of their estates during their lifetimes and beyond. These free workshops are presented as a community service – for education only. Nothing will be sold, and professional advisers will not be given attendees’ contact information. Series moderator is Mark Hebner. Suggested donation: $15. Takes place In the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

 

Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

Books & Babies – It’s never too early for storytime. Introduce language and reading to the littlest lap-sitters, 6 - 24 months. Central on Mondays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.; Grant Howald Park’s Community Room on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 11:45 a.m. Mariners on Wednesdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.; Balboa on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

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

Songs & Stories – Children 2 - 5 years of age will enjoy stories and music, while being introduced to guided movement, yoga and instruments. Grant Howald Park’s Community Room on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 11:45 a.m..

Preschool Storytime – Stories, poems and songs will inspire literary, dramatic and musical fun for kids 3 - 5 years of age. Balboa on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Mariners on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Grant Howald Park’s Community Room on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 11:45 a.m.. Central on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

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

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

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Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

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

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

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

Sunday, Noon – 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

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

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Closed Sundays

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

Closed for reconstruction. Scheduled to re-open in Spring 2019. Customers will be able to use services at the Central Library or concierge services at OASIS Senior Center for pickup and return of materials. Existing holds set for pickup at Corona del Mar have been re-routed to the Central Library. Customers can change their desired pickup location by accessing their account online or by contacting the Library.

www.newportbeachlibrary.org


Newport’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

From Live Theater to Community Happenings, enjoy these!

Classic Cars

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

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

Sense and Sensibility, Continuing through September 29. Performance times and ticket prices vary. This favorite story by Jane Austen comes to South Coast Repertory’s Segerstrom Stage. Synopsis: The Dashwood sisters – practical Elinor and impulsive Marianne – are of good social standing and marriageable age. When Father dies and their half-brother skimps on their inheritance, they are forced to leave their grand estate for a tiny, cold cottage. Just as life seems its bleakest, a handsome stranger arrives on horseback and the sisters are convinced their futures are secured. Follow Elinor and Marianne as they chase their dreams from Devonshire to London and back in this charming romantic classic.

Contact: Call 714.708.5500. www.scr.org

Takes place at South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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The Hollow, Continuing through October 7. Performance take place Thursdays through Sundays; times vary. Tickets: $20. Synopsis: “An unhappy game of romantic follow-the-leader explodes into murder one weekend at the home of Sir Henry and Lucy Angkatell,

arguably Christie’s finest comic grande dame. Dr. Cristow, the wealthy lothario, is at the center of the trouble when, assembled in one place, we find his dull but devoted wife Gerda, his mistress and prominent sculptor Henrietta and his former lover, Hollywood film star Veronica. As the list of romantic associations grows so does the list of potential suspects. Nearly everyone has a motive, but only one of them did the deed.” AgathaChristie.com

Contact: For tickets and box office hours, call 949.631.0288. www.ntaconline.com

Takes place at Newport Theatre Arts Center, 2501 Cliff Drive, Newport Beach.

Bank of the West Summer Concert Series, Continuing through October 12. Headliners include LeAnn Rimes, Brian Culbertson and Sergio Mendes among others. Tickets and performance times vary.

Contact: For tickets, visit www.hyattconcerts.tix.com

Takes place at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, 1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach.

Brian Culbertson

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Balboa Island Carnival/Taste of the Island, September 16 from 1 - 5 p.m. Join friends and neighbors for an afternoon of fun, food and music at this family event. Festivities include carnival games, bungee jump, great food, a pie-eating contest, DJ music and wine & beer garden. Takes place on Marine Avenue.

Garden Fusions – Pineapple, Crown of the Caribbean, September 19 at 6 p.m. Garden Fusions is a unique interactive gourmet dining experience. Every dinner in the series has a horticulture theme featuring a special horticultural host. The host will share knowledge and advice on the evening’s topic. Chef Pascal Olhats, executive chef of Café Jardin, is challenged to create a multi-course gourmet dinner to complement the theme. This fusion between culinary and horticulture art create unique one-of-a-kind experiences. The delightfully sweet and tangy Ananas comosus will open a window into the exotic bromeliad family. Learn about these tropical plants from fluffy and minute to barbed and formidable. Bromeliads have adapted in surprising ways. Chef Pascal promises to amaze guests with the popular piña in uncommon ways. Cost: $75 per person. Additional beverages, gratuity and tax are not included. Reservations are required. To keep the experience intimate, seating is limited to 50 guests. For reservations, call Cafe Jardin at 949.673.0033.

Contact www.slgardens.org

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens is located at 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. www.slgardens.org

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Watercolor Class: Hummingbirds with Erna, September 21 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join local artist Erna Van Dyk as she teaches you how to see, and paint color and simple shapes. This class is designed for all levels of painter and non-painter. Each participant will take home a charming and unique painting. Cost: Friends: $35; Non-Members, $45.

Contact: www.slgardens.org

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

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Summer Movies in the Park, September 21. Bring the whole family along with a blanket or towel and folding chairs and come enjoy this summer Movie in the Park from 6:45 - 9 p.m. Cars 3 at Channel Place Park, 4400 Channel Place, Newport Beach. The screening begins at sunset. There will be free activities, free candy and most importantly free popcorn for you to enjoy. Food will be available for purchase.

Contact: For more information, call 949.270.8150.

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Goat Yoga, September 22 from at 9 a.m. Come discover the art of yoga with baby goats walking and playing at-will around you. Find Your Zen owner Christina Ratusznik, a certified yoga instructor and nutritionist, and Mullenax Ranch are partnering with Sherman Gardens to combine nature, animals and yoga. All participants must pre-register. Refunds given up to 48 hours before the class.  No walk-ins accepted. Class time is approximately one hour. Plan on arriving 15 minutes early. Wear comfortable clothing and close-toed shoes. Bring your own mat or towel. Cost: $35.

Contact: www.slgardens.org

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

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Kids Peaceful Painting Workshop, September 22 from 12 - 3 p.m. Join local artist Stacey Fetterman as she weaves together mindfulness and art from the heart through breathwork, visualization and play, on and off canvas. Each youngster will complete his/her own canvas. Cost: Friends: $40; Non-Members, $50. Class sizes are limited. For additional information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact: www.slgardens.org

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

Paint What You Want Workshop with OCDC Art & Design, September 26 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. No experience is necessary. Medium: acrylic paint on 11»x14» canvas.

Suggestions: Pet, boat, bike, home or a favorite vacation spot. Let them know what you’d like to paint and they’ll work with you to create a beautiful, unforgettable painting.

Cost: $70. Book your reservation on their site by September 19. If you would like, email a photo of what you would like to paint by the booking date to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Arrive at 9:30 a.m. for a breakfast reception. Painting begins at 10 a.m. in the Pelican Courtyard. Maximum: 10.

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com.

Takes place at Seaside Gallery & Goods, 124 Tustin Ave., Ste. 100, Newport Beach.

Talk – The Red Scare, UFOs & Elvis: Long Beach Enters the Atomic Age, September 27 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. The baby boomer generation (1946-1964) grew up in a time of dramatic social change. Their experiences in the Cold War were very different from those of their parents. These kids of the atomic age wondered if they might be the last children on earth. They were raised on civil defense films, tales of nuclear annihiliation, and a world taken over by communism. America had entered the atomic age. It was also a time of transition. Rock and Roll entered the scene, space flight became a reality, and the public learned not to blindly accept what the government told them. Author Claudine Burnett will discuss this fascinating era and its ties to Long Beach. This event is free but RSVP on the website, or call 949.673.1880.

Contact: www.slgardens.org

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

Block Printing Workshop, September 29 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Led by instructor Elizabeth James, join this block printing workshop in the Pelican Courtyard. Spend the morning learning how to make block prints. Learn step-by-step, the ancient art of hand block-printing, including classic Indian design principles, printing bed & ink tray preparation, blocking & masking techniques and more. Plan your design from a selection of vintage woodblocks from James’s personal collection. After practicing your technique on paper you’ll move on to fabric, completing two large flour sack tea towels. All tools and supplies will be furnished, with an instruction pamphlet for you to keep. Please bring your own apron or wear old clothes. Block printing can be a little messy. Elizabeth James is the founder of Pacific & Rose Textiles. Her collections of hand-blocked home and lifestyle products have been printed in her Jaipur, India workshop since 2001. Additional vintage wood blocks and blanks will be available for purchase. Cost: $70. There is a 48-hour cancellation policy.

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com.

Takes place at Seaside Gallery & Goods, 124 Tustin Ave., Ste. 100, Newport Beach.

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Classic Movie Night: Swamp Thing, October 3 at 7 p.m. Wes Craven’s 1982 cult classic is a crowd favorite. Dr. Alec Holland, hidden away in the depths of a murky swamp, is trying to create a new species – a combination of animal and plant capable of adapting and thriving in the harshest conditions. Unfortunately, he becomes the subject of his own creation and is transformed into the “Swamp Thing.” This event is free but RSVP on the website, or call 949.673.1880.

Contact: www.slgardens.org

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

Swamp Thing

Modern Calligraphy Workshop, October 4 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Led by instructor Kristen Khan - Inkchanted Paper & Designs, this modern calligraphy class is for those who have no prior experience, or for those who are looking to further refine their skills. You will go over the basic strokes for beautiful lettering, how to put them together to create your lowercase alphabet, how to use a pointed nib and troubleshooting. At the end of the class, you will enjoy the opportunity to create something new with what you’ve learned, so you can share it with friends and family while further enhancing your skills. What is included for new students: One tote bag; one pencil kit; one practice pad; one pen holder; one nib; one pot of black ink; lower case, upper case and numbers/symbols exemplars, and any needed materials. Light refreshments. What’s included for returning students: one nib; one practice pad; refill of black ink (please bring your jar); lower case, upper case and numbers/symbols exemplars, and any needed materials. Light refreshments. Cost: $80. Minimum three/maximum 15. Advanced reservations are required. Cancellation is 48 hours prior.

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

Takes place at Seaside Gallery & Goods, 124 Tustin Ave., Ste. 100, Newport Beach.

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Bird Sculpture Mosaic, October 5 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Join David Jarvinen of The Mosaic Guys and learn how mosaic on 3D surfaces can be fun and challenging. In this workshop, participants will nip and fit shimmering glass tiles to design a colorful bird sculpture that measures 6” x 8” x 6”. This mosaic will be a wonderful addition to the garden or home. All-inclusive instruction and materials. Please bring a lunch, snack and beverages. Pre-registration is required. Cost: Friends: $95; Non-Members, $105. 

Contact: www.slgardens.org

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

Creatures of the Night, October 6 from at 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. This fun family evening is. Designed for interacting, observing and learning about the many plants and animals that are most active at night. Visitors will receive a “passport” to explore the Gardens after dark, and visit interactive animal stations that delve into the nocturnal world and its inhabitants. Get up close to Project Wildsong’s Ambassador Wolves. Weave your way through the Forbidden Jungle and get a close look at dissected carnivorous plants. Visit Bug Country where Adventures in Living Science will dispel myths of the creepy crawlies, take a look at scorpions under black light and, if you dare, stick your hand in the worm pit! Meet special mammal visitors (opossum and rabbit) and a spectacled owl from the Santa Ana Zoo, and don›t forget to take your picture at the Birds of Prey Selfie Wall. There will also be arts and crafts, a scavenger hunt, and a gourmet hot dog cart for food and drink purchases. Cost: Friends: $10; Non-Members, $15; Children, $5. Children 4 and under are free. This event might sell out, so buy your tickets early. All pre-purchased tickets will be at will call. This is a rain or shine event; no refunds.

Contact: www.slgardens.org

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

Wolf for creatures of the night

Tim Allen Live! On Stage, October 6 at 8 p.m. The performance takes place in Segerstrom Hall with tickets starting at $84. Following more than 30 years spent in the stand-up comedy spotlight, winning a Golden Globe and an Emmy nomination for his hit TV sitcom Home Improvement, Allen has crafted his comedic style to take back the stage again. With a new stand-up act that has been selling out venues in Las Vegas, filling crowds night after night in The Venetian and The Mirage since 2011- he is now taking his act on tour! Don’t miss Allen’s hilarious take on day to day life that is sure to make it a memorable night. Join him as he humorously asks and pokes fun at life’s big questions. Geared for mature audiences.

Contact: www.scfta.org

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

Tim Allen

Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble, October 10 at 8 p.m. The Philharmonic Society performance takes place in Samueli Theater with tickets starting at $38. Comprised of principal players of the renowned Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Academy Chamber Ensemble is praised for its “splendid playing; impeccable sound and balance” (Gramophone).

Contact: Call 949.553.2422. www.philharmonicsociety.org; www.scfta.org

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

Academy of St Martin in the Fields

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Afternoon Tea in the Gardens, October 10 at 2:30, 2:45 and 3 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea in the Gardens’ beautiful surroundings. The menu includes a fresh pot of tea, petite fresh currant & chocolate scones, a selection of tea sandwiches and chef’s selection of desserts. Cost: $34 per person plus tax and gratuity. By reservation only.

Contact: Call 949.673.0033. www.slgardens.org

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

Kings, October 13 - November 10. Performance times and ticket prices vary. This newly added show comes to South Coast Repertory’s Segerstrom Stage. Synopsis: Fresh from New York, this incisive comedy takes an unflinching look at how things get done in Washington. When Sydney Millsap wins a seat in Congress, she’s determined to drain the swamp. Then she meets Kate, a whip-smart lobbyist who gets her clients what they want – whatever they want. When Kate helps Sydney try to unseat a powerful senator steeped in cronyism, the result is a “sleek, fast-paced, absorbing and very funny” (Vogue) exploration of money’s corrosive effect on politics.

Contact: Call 714.708.5500. www.scr.org

Takes place at South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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19th Annual Orange County Arts Awards, October 16 from 5 - 10 p.m. is hosted by Arts Orange County. Tickets range from $40 - $12,000. This year’s Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award for lifetime contributions to the Orange County arts community will recognize: Mark and Janet Hilbert, the art collectors and philanthropists who created the new Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University; Orange County’s oldest arts organization; the Laguna Art Museum, now celebrating its 100th anniversary; Newport Beach artist Carol Saindon, known for her abstract photomontages, sculptures and art installations; and South Coast Repertory Managing Director Paula Tomei, whose career with SCR has spanned nearly 40 years. An Achievement Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Built Environment will be given to the visionary public art project “Brea: Blackstone, 2017,” consisting of eight distinct large-scale sculptures created by Laguna Beach artist Marlo Bartels, situated throughout a new home development built by Shea Homes in Brea, a community which already houses Orange County’s oldest and largest public art collection. The Emerging Artist Awards will be given to writer, publisher, multi-disciplinary artist and community activist Sarah Rafael Garcia, who founded Barrio Writers, which empowers teens in underserved communities through writing, and is currently an Artist-in-Residence at California State University, Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana; and to artist Brian Peterson, a car designer for Kia Motors in Irvine, who founded Faces of Santa Ana, an organization that befriends and paints portraits of homeless members of our community, and helps rehabilitate his homeless subjects with the proceeds from the sale of these works. Emcees for this year’s event are Debora Wondercheck, founder and CEO of the Arts & Learning Conservatory in Costa Mesa, and Richard Stein, president & CEO of Arts Orange County.

Contact: www.artsoc.org/awards

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

Garden Fusions – Dia de los Muertos, October 17 at 6 p.m. Garden Fusions is a unique interactive gourmet dining experience. Every dinner in the series has a horticulture theme featuring a special horticultural host. The host will share knowledge and advice on the evening’s topic. Chef Pascal Olhats, executive chef of Café Jardin, is challenged to create a multi-course gourmet dinner to complement the theme. This fusion between culinary and horticulture art create unique one-of-a-kind experiences. Honor departed friends and family by celebrating Dia de los Muertos with food, flowers and fire. Explore the connections between traditional flowers and food used in creating ofrendas to guide the spirits home during this beautifully reverent and lively traditional Mexican holiday. Guests are encouraged to participate in building the ofrenda. Bring a copy of a photo or a trinket to honor your loved ones or come wearing festive clothing and face paint. Cost: $75 per person. Additional beverages, gratuity and tax are not included. Reservations are required. To keep the experience intimate, seating is limited to 50 guests. For reservations, call Cafe Jardin at 949.673.0033.

Contact: www.slgardens.org

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

Dia de los Muertos

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Watercolor Class: Autumn Floral Wreath with Carol, October 20 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join local artist Carol Kreider as she teaches you how to see, and paint color and simple shapes. Designed for all levels of painter and non-painter. Krieder’s teaching style is fun and relaxed with a motto of “if you can color, you can paint.” Each participant will take home their own charming painting, so grab your friends and come paint in the Gardens. Pre-registration is required. Cost: Friends: $35; Non-Members, $45. 

Contact: www.slgardens.org

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

The Wizard’s Spellbook, October 27 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Tickets start at $15. Hocus pocus, alakazam! This spellbinding Halloween celebration in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concerty Hall includes music from Fantasia and Harry Potter, as well as The Conductor’s Spellbook, an exciting and interactive new work by composer Paul Dooley that teaches about the instruments of the orchestra. Come dressed in costume and don’t forget your wand and broomstick. Join in the fun at the interactive Musical Carnival in the concert hall lobby at 9 a.m. (for 10 a.m. concertgoers) and 12:15 p.m. (for 11:30 concertgoers), where kids can test drive a musical instrument, meet the performers, and enjoy musical arts and crafts activities themed to the morning’s concert.

Contact: www.scfta.org

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

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Velvet Pumpkin, October 30 at 9 a.m. Learn the secrets to making plush posh velvet pumpkins. Rich in texture, these jewel tone pumpkins are the perfect accent for your holiday or fall decor. Each participant will make one pumpkin to take home. Pre-registration is required. Cost: Friends: $25; Non-Members, $35. 

Contact: www.slgardens.org

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

Afternoon Tea in the Gardens, October 31 at 2:30 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea in the Gardens’ beautiful surroundings. The menu includes a fresh pot of tea, petite fresh currant & chocolate scones, a selection of tea sandwiches and chef’s selection of desserts. Cost: $34 per person plus tax and gratuity. By reservation only.

Contact: Call 949.673.0033. www.slgardens.org

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

SAVE THE DATE: 19th Annual Newport Beach Jazz Party, February 14 - 17, 2019. Featuring five big bands and more than 130 artists, headliners include Jack Jones, Shelly Berg and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra among others. 

Contact: Call 949.205.1252 for tickets and more information.

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

Jack Jones