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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

2018 OC Fair, Continuing through August 12. “Free Your Inner Farmer” is this year’s theme. Come for the carnival rides, discover the new fried food offerings, check out Centennial Farm, the pig races, livestock, home, garden & craft displays, great entertainment...the list goes on and on. Opening Day admission and parking are free from 12 - 3 p.m.). General admission is $12 on weekdays, $14 on weekends, $7 for kids and seniors, and youngsters 5 and under are free. Hours of operation: 12 p.m. - midnight on weekdays, 11 a.m. - midnight on weekends. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

For more information and to view special promotion days, visit www.ocfair.com.

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

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SandScapes by “Mr. Sandcastle” Chris Crosson, Continuing through September 3. Crosson has created original sand sculptures that will be on display throughout the Summer. He began his passion in 1994 when he and his family enrolled in the Corona del Mar Sandcastle Contest. He was hooked! You can usually find him most Saturday mornings at Sapphire and South Bay Front, Balboa Island, sculpting his magic! Cost: Admission charge. 

Contact: www.slgardens.org

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

Chris & Whale

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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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Seussical, August 11 - 19. Performance times vary, taking place on the Julia Argyros Stage. Tickets range from $23 - $88. What’s more fun than reading a fantastical Dr. Seuss book? Seeing a magical musical extravaganza – live, onstage with all your favorite Dr. Seuss characters! Cat in the Hat is your host and Horton the Elephant is your guide on a journey from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the World of the Whos, as a little boy with a big imagination proves that a person is a person, no matter how small. “Oh, the Thinks You Can Think” when you join SCR’s Summer Players (talented young actors who audition for roles in the annual production after at least one full year in the Theatre Conservatory) for this Broadway hit about the power of friendship and loyalty...one of the most popular musicals ever. Recommended for ages ​6 and above​.

Contact: For more information and to reserve tickets, visit www.scr.org.

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

Seussical

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Pacific Chorale’s Choral Festival, August 12 at 5 p.m. Free, but general admission tickets are required. Bringing together members of Pacific Chorale with up to 400 singers from throughout Southern California (and beyond!), this year’s Festival performance features the music of Mozart, including “Vesperae solennes de confessore” and “Ave verum corpus.”

Contact: www.scfta.org

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

PC Chorale Festival

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Concerts on the Green: Tijuana Dogs, August 12 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. The Newport Beach City Arts Commission presents Tijuana Dogs on the Civic Center Green. Back by popular demand, the band will play an eclectic mix of rock, R&B, jazz, country and pop. He celebrated Southern California band is comprised of world-class musicians known for their unique style, wide vocal range, creative energy and rock party vibe. Bring your low-slung beach chairs, a picnic dinner and blanket, or purchase food from the gourmet food trucks. Free admission and free parking.

Contact: www.newportbeachlibrary.org

Takes place at 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Tijuana Dogs

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Mind, Body, Nature Youth Summer Camp, August 13 - 16 from 1 - 4 p.m. Join Miss Stacey, local artist and yoga teacher, as you mindfully connect to your inner landscape through exploring the outer landscape of the Gardens. Your child will spend their afternoon observing and learning about the magic living in the Gardens, and create art inspired by nature. Yoga will be weaved in throughout the day to move energy, experience joy and reconnect to the present moment. To end each day, a mindfulness practice will bring everything together, reinforcing how you can find a place of peace in any environment. Cost: Friends: $220; Non-Members, $240. Geared to ages 8 - 14.

Contact: www.slgardens.org

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

Watercolor Series – Beach Girls: Illustrating the Figure, August 14 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Led by artist, Renee Ortiz, in the Pelican Courtyard, come experience watercolor fun. Ortiz is known for her old-fashioned beach girl sketch paintings. In this session, she will show you a few of her secrets and help you to play at these captivating beach scenes. Includes a sketch journal to take home. All materials are included. All levels are welcome. Cost: $65. 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.

beach girls

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Paint Your Pet Portrait Workshop, August 15 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Led by instructors, Christine Lynch and Daniela Mihaylov, of OCDC Art & Design, you will learn to paint your precious pet like the master artists in two hours! No experience is necessary – they promise! Let these artists guide you, step-by-step, to create a custom “Paint Your Pet Portrait” that you will be proud of. You will be painting on an 11” x 14” canvas with acrylic paints. All painting supplies, including an apron, will be provided; all you need to do is show up. Cute painters’ berets will be available for sale for $10, because painting is always more fun when you look like a painter. They do request you reserve your spot online and email them a close-up pet photo by August 1, to allow OCDC to prepare you for success. Cost: $70. Reservations are required. Book online at https://seasidegalleryandgoods.com/collections/seaside-events. Email a close-up pet photo to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Cancellation is one week prior. Minimum/maximum class size is 3 - 20.

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

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

Cat Portrait

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Garden Fusions – Eat Your Flowers, Wednesday, August 15 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. See, smell, touch and taste! Learn about the tasty word of edible flowers. Explore the uses of these edible beauties, and then enjoy a floriferous dining experience with Chef Olhats. Cost: $75 per person. Additional beverages, gratuity and tax are not included. Reservations are required. To keep the experience intimate, seating is limited to 50 guests. 

For reservations, call Cafe Jardin at 949.673.0033.

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

Edible flowers

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A Bit of Art, Italian Wines and Ciccetti, August 16 from 5 - 7 p.m. The Soiree:  

A bit of art, a glass of wine and a little ciccetti…Come and join a memorable evening in the Pelican Courtyard, as Seaside Gallery and Goods presents their newest artist, Renee Brutocao Ortiz along with rising artist, Amanda Wilson. Sample the Brutocao Italian varietals served with traditional enoteca ciccetti. (Think of it as Italian tapas!)  

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

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

Brutocao wines

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Yappy Hour, August 16 at 5:30 p.m. on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The event is free. Join the fun on the pup-friendly Argyros Plaza for tail-wagging fun including free portraits with your canine companion by caricaturist Dominic Arneson as well as free samples from Costa Mesa’s JustFoodForDogs, and Centinela Feed and Pet Supplies.

Contact: www.scfta.org

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

French bulldog

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11th Annual Gala of the Stars, August 17 at 6 p.m. in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $55. Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Orange County’s premiere resident ballet company with an exciting gala performance that brings world-renowned ballet artists and inspired young protégés together on one stage. At 6 p.m., Inspired Young Dancers’ Performance. Optional, one act pre-performance by students from Southland Ballet Academy and the International Summer Intensive. At 7 p.m., the 11th Annual Gala of the Stars. This two-act performance features guest artists from prestigious dance companies around the world. The annual “Gala of the Stars” is a unique event that boasts an incredible roster of guest artists from internationally acclaimed ballet companies. The professional talent is complemented by local and international young artists who have been selected as standout performers by visiting artistic directors of the Southland Ballet Academy International Summer Intensive and the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix. The often sold-out performance is a rare opportunity for Orange County audiences to see dancers from different companies in a combined program that celebrates the continued art and passion of ballet. The “Gala” presents an unprecedented opportunity to see future stars and current stars connecting through the same language of dance. Guest artists to be announced. Tickets are available online at www.scfta.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 20 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.

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

Gala of the Stars

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Cold Wax Workshop Series - Cold Wax Seascapes, August 23 from 6 - 8 p.m. Join Renee Ortiz in the Pelican Courtyard and explore the cold wax medium. Cold wax is becoming the new darling of the old mediums. Learn about Landscape Composition, and a bit about what makes a captivating composition, and then play with light and atmosphere in our seascapes. Feel free to bring photo references from your favorite beaches. Cost: $75. 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.

Summer Movies in the Park, August 24 and September 21. Bring the whole family along with a blanket or towel and folding chairs and come enjoy this summer line-up of Movies in the Park from 6:45 - 9 p.m. Screenings begin at sunset. Schedule: August 24 - Coco at Grant Howald Park, 3000 Fifth Ave., Corona del Mar; and September 21 - Cars 3 at Channel Place Park, 4400 Channel Place, Newport Beach. 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, 949.270.8150.

Cars 3

A Beginner’s Journey to Hand Lettering, August 25 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Led by artist, Tiffany Rowe, this hand-lettering class is for those looking to learn the basics of lettering by hand. Whether you’re wanting to learn how to make those birthday cards and thank-you envelopes look pretty, create hand-lettered signs for your home, or you’re simply looking for a new hobby, this class is for you! Together, you will go over how to achieve those flowy, bouncy letters, learn how to connect them together, mix and match different hand-lettered fonts and discover how to make your design stand out to an audience. At the end of class, you will be able to create a beautiful, hand-lettered piece of art that you can take home, frame, and share with your family and friends. All materials are included and consist of: 1 Tombow Twintone pen, 1 Pentel Fude Touch Brush Sign Pen, 1 Tombow Dual Brush Pen, 1 Crayola Super Tip Marker, 1 Canvas Bag, 1 Sticker, Beginners Journey to Hand Lettering Booklet (lower case alphabet, Sans Serif, and Decorative Serif examples, words and phrases to practice, and a 30-day lettering challenge), and Materials for class project. Light refreshments. Cost: $85. Reservations are required. Cancellation is 48 hours prior to each of the workshops.

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

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

Hand lettering

 

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Beach Bazaar, August 25 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. It’s a summer Saturday Beach Bazaar at Crystal Cove featuring the work of local artisans. Handmade jewelry, home décor, children’s toys, an art auction, and more! Join in the fun of sea glass wrapping crafts and children’s activities. Park in the Los Trancos parking lot. A $15 day use fee applies.

Contact: Call 949.376.6230, ext. 202. www.crystalcove.org

Takes place in the Education Commons in the Historic District at Crystal Cove State Park.

Paint Your Boat Workshop, August 29 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Led by instructors, Christine Lynch and Daniela Mihaylov, of OCDC Art & Design, you will learn to paint your beautiful boat like the master artists in two hours! No experience is necessary – they promise! Let these artists guide you, step-by-step, to create a custom “Paint Your Boat” painting that you will be proud of. You will be painting on an 11” x 14” canvas with acrylic paints. All painting supplies, including an apron, will be provided; all you need to do is show up. Cute painters’ berets will be available for sale for $10, because painting is always more fun when you look like a painter. They do request you reserve your spot online and email them a close-up boat photo by August 18, to allow OCDC to prepare you for success. Cost: $70. Reservations are required. Book online at https://seasidegalleryandgoods.com/collections/seaside-events. Email a close-up boat photo to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Cancellation is one week prior. Minimum/maximum class size is 3 - 20.

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

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

Paint your boat

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Block Printing Workshop, September 1 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. Once you get the technique down, you’ll go home with a scarf, large tea towel, four greeting cards and an instruction book. They will furnish a selection of printing wood blocks and all the necessary supplies. Bring your own apron. 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. Bring your own apron. Minimum six/maximum 12. There is a 48-hour cancellation.

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

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

Block printing

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Sense and Sensibility, September 1 - 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.

Sense and Sensibility

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Modern Calligraphy Workshop, September 6 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.

Modern Calligraphy

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The Hollow, September 7 - October 7. Performances 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.

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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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.

Kings at SCR

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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. 

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


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

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National MS Society, Pacific Coast Chapter | August 25 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Tickets are $100; Tables for 10 start at $1,000 | 5th Annual Bubbles & Brunch to End MS | Bubbles & Brunch to End MS is famous for featuring a complimentary champagne reception including fun drawings and a premier silent auction. Following the reception, guests will enjoy a delightful three-course brunch while listening to inspirational speakers and learning more about MS breakthroughs.

Contact: Register online at http://casmain.nationalmssociety.org/site/Calendar?id=365278&view=Detail or call Melissa FitzGerald at 760.448.8432. www.mspacific.org

Takes place at Fashion Island Hotel in the Grand Ballroom, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

South Coast Repertory | September 15 | Tickets: $2,500 (limited number available) with table sponsorships beginning at $15,000. | “Places, Please!” kicks off the Orange Country theater and social seasons at South Coast Repertory. This dazzling event celebrates the artistic collaborations that make SCR’s productions so extraordinary. Peek through the curtain, indulge your creativity and bask in the backstage magic. This is a memorable night with a great purpose: all proceeds from the 2018 Gala will support artistry onstage and unparalleled arts education programs for the next generation of enlightened theatregoers. Enjoy an evening that includes: flowing cocktails & gourmet dining, live entertainment & dancing, and dramatic décor & theatrical experiences. Gala chairs are William Schenker and Talya Nevo-Hacohen.

Contact: To purchased tickets or tables, call 714.708.5518. www.scr.org

Takes place at The Westin South Coast Plaza, 686 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa. 

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

Laura’s House | September 22 at 6 p.m. | Tickets are $275. | Join 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 include individuals and corporations that have contributed integral support to the programs and services Laura’s House provides.

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

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

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.

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.

Crystal Cove Conservancy | October 6 at 5 p.m. | Sponsorships and underwriting opportunities are available from $1,500. The shorefront setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean is the perfect venue for this annual affair, which raises funds for Crystal Cove Conservancy’s work to preserve the historic destination.

Contact: Cindy Otto at 949.376.6200, ext. 204. www.crystalcove.org

Takes place on the Blufftop at Crystal Cove State Park under the stars.

PADRE Foundation | October 6 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Free. | Registration information coming soon. Raising 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.

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.

 

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Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

NB Central Library

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Upcoming Events & Workshops

Summer Reading Program, Continuing through August 11. This year’s theme is “Reading Takes You Everywhere.” Kids through 6th grade may participate in the Children’s Program, where they spend time reading to earn prizes. Check out the weekly fun events at each NBPL branch. There are also separate reading programs for Teens and Adults. Takes place at all library branches.

“Bridges” photographs by Diana Blaisure, Continuing through September 7. The Newport Beach City Arts Commiss ion presents an exhibition of mono-chrome prints by photographer Diana Blaisure, who will be making a return visit to the Newport Beach Central Library gallery. Bridge also functions as a metaphor: linking analog and digital as the artist combines scanned watercolor mono-prints with digital photography. Integrating abstract forms and color of a mono-print with the solid form and composition of a bridge is the initial step. The process has allowed her to look at bridges with new eyes. Works are on display at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach during regular operating hours.

Bridges Coronado duet

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Friends of the Library Used Book Sale, August 4 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Quarterly book sales are held in the Central Library Friends Meeting Room. Open to the public (“2 Bucks a Bag” all day). Note: August 4 Friday sales from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. is open to Library members only. 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

The Ocean Adventure, August 6 from 2 - 3 p.m. and 4 - 5 p.m. at Crean Mariners Branch Library; August 7 from 10 - 11 a.m. and 12 - 1 p.m. Central Library’s Friends Room; and August 9 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Balboa Branch Library. Visit the home of Nemo the fish...Australia›s Great Barrier Reef! Join Wayne and Karen Brown, naturalists and award-winning underwater photographers, as they share the wonders of their Australian expeditions through videos, storytelling, and life-sized props. Children of all ages are encouraged to come and learn about our beloved Pacific Ocean and Australia›s Great Barrier Reef at this exciting presentation! Funding for all summer programs is provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity.

Great Barrier Reef

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Sculpture Lecture Series, August 6 from 7 - 8 p.m. Take a look at the artists and works of Phase III of the Sculpture in the Civic Center Park Exhibition. This session features Cosmic Glints by Patricia Vader. City Arts Commissioner Grace Divine – art lover, historian and critic – hosts a nine-part series of lectures on the new Phase III additions to the Sculpture at Civic Center Park Exhibition. Find out what inspired Craig Gray to create Popsicles. How did David Boyer craft Getting Your Bearings? How did Patricia Vader come up with the idea to use bicycle wheels to construct Cosmic Glints? These, and many other questions will be answered. Each lecture will cover a different sculptor, and will include the artist’s history and inspiration, as well as a look into the art style, technique and process used to create the art. Admission is free, and seating is limited.

Cosmic Glints

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Let’s Talk Tech – Drop In, August 7 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 4 - 6 p.m. Learn how to download eBooks, eMagazines and streaming video resources, and find out about the software and hardware available in the Media Lab. Just stop by the sign at Central Library and ask questions.

Artist Reception: Diana Blaisure, August 8 from 6 - 8 p.m. Come meet artist Diana Blaisure and learn about her photographic technique. Her “Bridges” exhibit is on display at Central Library through September 7. No RSVP is required for this free event. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit is sponsored by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission.

Newport Beach Diana Blaisure

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ASRP Wrap Up Party, August 9 from 2 - 4 p.m. If you participated in the Summer Reading Program for Adults, you are invited to this wrap-up party. Refreshments and prizes add to the fun. Everyone is welcome and no registration is required. Contact Terry Sanchez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions. Takes place in the Central Library Staff Conference Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Summer Reading Program Ends, August 11 all day. Today is the last day to collect prizes earned in the “Reading Takes You Everywhere” program at your local branch.

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Pacific Animal Productions and Summer Reading Program Finishers’ Party, August 11 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join the fun for a live animal show and finishers’ party at the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. The finale performers, Pacific Animal Productions, will take you on one last adventure as you meet animals from around the world! Summer Reading participants from every branch are invited to attend, and all finishers from every branch will be honored. Afterward, share a special treat in the Bamboo Courtyard to celebrate your accomplishment. Funding for all summer programs is provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity.

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PSAT Practice Test, August 25 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sharpen your test-taking skills with a free, full-length practice PSAT. In partnership with C2 Education of Newport Beach, the test will be held in the Friends Meeting Room of the Central Library and last 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, August 29 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: Freshmen, sophomores and juniors. Online registration will open in August.1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach

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Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

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

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