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Volume 9, Issue 32  |  April 19, 2024

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Intruder suspect shot early Tuesday in Newport Coast home invasion; second suspect reportedly takes own life

News quickly spread across Southern California on Tuesday morning (April 16) concerning an apparent home invasion robbery that took place in Newport Coast leaving one suspect shot multiple times and another found deceased outside…

Car plunges 150’-175’ down embankment off San Joaquin Hills Road, driver airlifted out

The Newport Beach Fire Department, with assistance from the Orange County Fire Authority, successfully rescued a driver whose vehicle ran off the road and down an embankment on San Joaquin Hills Road near Spyglass Avenue on Tuesday, April 16…

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2024 Newport Harbor High School Hall of Fame class named

Those recognized come from different fields and have pursued diverse goals, but what unites them is “the quality of their work and the way they embody NHHS’s most cherished values – personal excellence and service to the community.” Find out who was inducted into the 7th Hall of Fame Class…

Voting is officially open to determine Newport Beach’s Best Burger

Go to bestofnb.com and cast your vote now through April 29 for Newport Beach’s Best Burger. We’ll then take the top five vote getters and conduct a blind taste test with our well-regarded panel of judges. Then, and only then, will we be able to crown Newport Beach’s Best Burger. So, readers, you’re up…






Intruder suspect shot early Tuesday in Newport Coast home invasion; second suspect reportedly takes own life

News quickly spread across Southern California on Tuesday morning (April 16) concerning an apparent home invasion robbery that took place in Newport Coast leaving one suspect shot multiple times and another found deceased outside.

Newport Beach Police received a 911 call at approximately 4:45 a.m. early Tuesday reporting a possible home invasion on Vista Luci, located in a gate-guarded community near Newport Coast Drive, just north of Pelican Hill Road North. The caller reported that one of the residents had shot a suspect inside the home.

The injured suspect and one other suspect then fled the residence.

Officers responded to the area and found a male armed with a handgun lying in the street suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. That suspect was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and subsequently arrested.

The second suspect was located in bushes nearby the victim’s home, with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Arrested was Andrew Miguel Rosas, 24, from Pomona. He was booked on alleged charges of first-degree robbery of an inhabited dwelling, carrying a loaded firearm with a prior felony conviction and for a forced-entry residential burglary. Bail was set at $100,000.

The name of the deceased suspect has yet to be released.

All four people from inside the residence were safely evacuated and uninjured. They reportedly included a man, two women and one child.

Both directions of Newport Coast Drive between Pelican Hill Road N and Vista Ridge Road were closed until shortly after 12 p.m. for police activity. Vista Luci runs next to and parallel with Newport Coast Drive on the west side.

At a press conference later Tuesday morning, Newport Beach Mayor Will O’Neill was direct when discussing the outcome of the attempted home invasion. “I can tell you right now, if you come into Newport Beach to commit a crime, we will defend ourselves, and today is an example of that.”

An unsubstantiated report received by Stu News Newport suggested that the “shooter at the residence” may have been on site to offer the residence some sort of security measures.

A follow-up call was placed into the NBPD attempting to confirm that thinking, asking the PD either to confirm or deny that train of thought. A NBPD spokesperson responded, “I have no updates at this time. I am in regular contact with our detectives for any updates they can provide.”

Editor’s Note: An arrest contains allegations that a suspect has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

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Car plunges 150’-175’ down embankment off San Joaquin Hills Road, driver airlifted out

The Newport Beach Fire Department (NBFD), with assistance from the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA), successfully rescued a driver whose vehicle ran off the road and down an embankment on San Joaquin Hills Road near Spyglass Avenue on Tuesday, April 16.

Newport Beach Police received a dispatch call at 9:17 a.m., alerting them that a vehicle had run off the side of the road. Fire crews arrived shortly thereafter and found the vehicle resting 150’-175’ down the embankment adjacent to the street.

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NBFD prepares equipment to extract vehicle from side of hill

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Vehicle is barely visible through the weeds below, with firefighters (in yellow) on location to assist in recovery

NBFD crews were then assisted by OCFA personnel.

Additionally, an OCFA helicopter was used to extract the single occupant of the vehicle. The driver was airlifted out of the ravine and transported to a local trauma center.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Oh what a week for our PD, and now we honor them with the 51st Annual Police Appreciation Day

I’m excited to celebrate our PD next Thursday, April 26 at the 51st Annual Police Appreciation Day over a luncheon at the Pendry Newport Beach. It’s also important to note that the guest emcee is NBC Dateline’s and Newport Beach resident Keith Morrison. He makes it special!

Lunch is 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. It was recently announced as sold-out, then maybe two handfuls of tickets were turned back in, but will now go quickly. Should you have an interest, give the Newport Beach Chamber a shout and maybe you’ll find a way in.

And what a time to celebrate them. They always do such a wonderful job in the community. This week, however, was atypical Newport Beach, with a home invasion shooting, that left one suspect shot multiple times and a second found in nearby bushes after reportedly taking their own life.

This all happened in Newport Coast on Tuesday. Then, within several hours, a vehicle plunged down a hillside on San Joaquin Hills Road near Spyglass Avenue. Police responded to that also. A helicopter was called to rescue a vehicle occupant from far down the embankment.

Our Mayor Will O’Neill took to the media with a convincing message saying, “I can tell you right now, if you come into Newport Beach to commit a crime, we will defend ourselves, and today is an example of that.”

I commend Will for this hardline approach. I could sense how ticked he was that it happened on his watch as mayor.

Later, though, as I thought more about his statement, I felt that including our police in the messaging would have reminded our residents that before we just go blasting firearms, let’s at least attempt to engage the police. That being said, it’s hard to fault anyone from protecting their loved ones and home by taking matters into their own hands.

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Speaking of The Pendry (where the police appreciation luncheon will be held), how about this?

Last week Travel + Leisure released their It List 2024 (The 100 Best New Hotels of the Year worldwide) and Pendry Newport Beach was on that list.

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Pendry Newport Beach – you know when you’ve arrived!

The write-up discussed the connection to their parent Montage, just south in Laguna, but also outlined so many highlights around the Pendry, touching on food, the featured Bar Pendry, the members-only Elwood Club, the Topgolf Swing Suite, the Spa Pendry, their Paintbox kids club, their fabulous “cabana-lined pool and fireside Jacuzzi,” and even their Pendry’s Ride & Dine program, where guests just grab some keys to a Cadillac at no charge.

But what to me was even more impressive was to see the other names of hotels and resorts dotting that same list. Here’s an example: not only were there a number of U.S. properties, but also ones located in – Italy, Thailand, Bhutan, Kenya, England, Japan, Indonesia, Australia, France, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Singapore, Antigua, Greece, Costa Rica, Spain, Iceland, Buenos Aires, Canada, Mexico, South Korea, Zambia, Philippines, Botswana, Dubai, Hong Kong, Marrakesh, Germany, Nepal, Grenada, Tanzania, Switzerland, Ireland, South Africa, Finland, Brussels and India.

No matter how you slice it, that’s some pretty heady company.

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Arbor Real Estate, as part of its commitment to the local community, has announced that they’re partnering with the Ben Carlson Foundation and the Rob Machado Foundation for the upcoming Epic Summer fundraiser on May 11, in support of the Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard Program (NBJLP).

The primary objective is to raise funds to benefit the young people of the NBJLP. Arbor Real Estate embraces the program’s mission to educate children about ocean safety and promote responsible recreation within our vibrant beach environment.

Kristin Barry, broker and partner at Arbor Real Estate, has expressed her enthusiasm about collaborating with the Ben Carlson Foundation and Rob Machado Foundation. “Working together is a natural choice for us because we share a deep understanding of the importance of instilling ocean respect in our youth, which will yield enduring benefits for our entire community in the years to come.”

Other event details besides the Saturday, May 11 date, are that it takes place from 5-7 p.m. at Arbor Headquarters, 425 30th St.

Find out a whole lot more about the event and buy tickets at https://epic-summer-event.eventbrite.com.

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Mother’s Day comes up Sunday, May 12. That almost gives us a month to put our thoughts together for a great gift for the mom or moms in your life.

The VEA Newport Beach folks contacted me with some great ideas – you could have mom enjoy their two-story spa haven, for example, which consists of 14 treatment rooms and a relaxing private pool with cabanas (and mom gets a free gift with treatment); there’s brunch at VIEW Restaurant & Lounge, and a simple but certainly enjoyable Sunday Funday Package. That includes a long weekend getaway, with a late 5 p.m. Sunday checkout on Mother’s Day. That way mom can sleep in, enjoy a poolside cabana sipping delicious cocktails or just sleep in after a deep tissue massage at the spa.

And, as good as these all sound, and they do sound wonderful, if you have something we also should be telling mom shoppers about, let me know and I’ll spread the word.

Just a reminder…if you have a mother, celebrate! It’s that simple. My mom, alive at 93, spends her days in an Alzheimer Assisted Living Facility in the Dallas area. Although extremely happy, her best and greatest days are behind her. It saddens me.

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The Newport-Mesa Unified School District is in the midst of gathering information for development of their Facility Master Plan. With that we remind you that they are encouraging community members to take the survey (closes May 7).

Information gathered will help NMUSD allocate resources to address needs. Feel free to contact the district at feedback@nmusd.us if you have any questions.

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Balboa Island Park Avenue mural project, set for unveiling in fall 2024, launches fundraising campaign

Balboa Island Museum Newport Beach will present a legacy project – a magnificent 56-ft. long by 10-ft. mosaic mural on the south facing wall of Irvine Ranch Market, with the unveiling scheduled for fall 2024. The Balboa Island mural is being created by local artist/designer Barbara Abbott.

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Local artist Barbara Abbott has designed a massive 56 ft. x 10 ft. tile mural to be installed on the Irvine Ranch Market blank wall on Park and Marine avenues on Balboa Island

Creating a massive iridescent tile mural began more than four years ago under the direction of a grassroots committee made up of Balboa Island residents, who chose local artist Abbott to design it.

Now in the final phase of transforming her design, showcasing a series of individual panels depicting iconic and historic images of Balboa Island landmarks, a fundraising campaign has been launched to secure tax-deductible support of $150,000.

“The creative process has been a great joy,” said Abbott. “I am sincerely proud to be able to share this urban art form with our own Newport family community, along with so many people who visit Balboa Island year-round. Most exciting and gratifying is that the mural will hopefully bring a smile to faces for generations to come.”

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Future site of the Park Avenue mural on the south facing wall of Irvine Ranch Market

More than decoration, this mural is a legacy gift. With the gift of “the blank wall,” courtesy of Irvine Ranch Market property owner Manouch Moshayedi, the mural project fundraising campaign, is proceeding with the call for action of gathering funds to cover the costs of fabrication and installation.

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A series of iconic and historic images of Balboa Island will grace the iridescent tile mural by artist Barbara Abbott

“We are seeking as many generous community art lovers as we can and encourage all to share in Barbara Abbott’s celebration of the Island’s unique heritage,” said co-chair Lee Pearl, who has championed other civic art projects in the community with his wife, Sue. “Every donation matters. We need to complete our campaign by mid-summer. Art is so important to the soul of the community. We must support and celebrate this legacy project.”

To learn more, and to make a tax-deductible donation made to the 501(c)(3) Balboa Island Legacy Alliance, contact Lee Pearl at smartpearl1@hotmail.com.

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Guest Column

Hon. Robyn Grant

District 4

Newport Beach City Council

Community invited to check out the new Animal Shelter “digs”

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Newport Beach Councilmember Robyn Grant

The community is invited to check out the new “digs” at the Newport Beach Animal Shelter “Adopt A Shelter Pet Day” tomorrow (Saturday, April 20) from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

No appointment is needed, just show up for an opportunity to see the new animal shelter and meet the terrific staff and available animals. There will be short tours and an opportunity to provide a forever home to a pet in need.

Graphic use permitted by Matt Myers

Thanks to Friends of Newport Beach Animal Shelter (fonbas.org) and their five-year fundraising campaign, Newport Beach has a brand-new, state-of-the-art, city-run shelter to care for animals in our community.

The shelter is mindfully operated by the Animal Control Unit of the Newport Beach Police Department. Animal Control Supervisor Valerie Schomburg and her team take care of the day-to-day needs of hundreds of lost or displaced pets that come to the shelter each year.

Many of the animals are temporarily lost and soon reunited with their owners, but most of the animals that arrive at the shelter are truly homeless, with no one to claim them. That is where the real work starts, finding “forever homes” for the displaced animals.

There are lots of great reasons to adopt a pet. The unconditional love of an animal does more than keep you company – just walking a dog daily can improve your overall physical and mental health. A loving pet adds a tremendous dynamic to a home.

At the Newport Beach Animal Shelter, there are dogs, cats, rabbits, reptiles, birds and more, ready for adoption.

For example, Midnight is a six-year-old domestic short hair black cat who loves treats and gets along great with other cats. He is a big boy at 17 pounds, with an amiable personality and heart-warming purr. Or there’s the team of Mr. Gray, a tan pit bull, and his best friend Billy, a 10-pound chihuahua. This duo came to the shelter together and are inseparable – even at night when Billy sleeps on top of Mr. Gray. And then there is Benji, a dainty 5-year-old mixed breed who would thrive in a quiet home with an older owner.

The Newport Beach Animal Shelter is located at 20282 Riverside Drive in Newport Beach and can be reached at 949.718.3454. Please visit fonbas.org, or @friendsofnbanimalshelter for more information or to support the Newport Beach Animal Shelter. Make sure to pop in tomorrow to check out the “digs.”

Robyn Grant is a member of the Newport Beach City Council. First elected in 2022, she represents the 4th District and can be reached at rgrant@newportbeachca.com or @robynbgrant. She also, amongst her many contributions to the community, proudly serves as a member of the FONBAS board of directors.

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Council agenda includes fee revisions, pump station project appeal, community development grants

By SARA HALL

There are several notable items on the agenda next week for the Newport Beach City Council.

At the Tuesday (April 23) meeting, council will consider: Revising, adding, decreasing, or increasing certain fees in the finance, harbor, public works and utilities departments; an appeal of Planning Commission’s approval of a pump station and force mains replacement project; Community Development Block Grant 2024-25 annual action plan and several work contracts on the consent calendar.

During regular business, council will consider an ordinance and resolution revising, adding, or increasing certain fees within the finance, harbor and public works departments. The action, if approved, will also authorize the waiver of vehicle tow fees, adopt a credit card convenience fee and update the methodology for annual Consumer Price Index calculations.

The city performs an annual study of user fees and charges to ensure that they do not exceed the cost of providing services. The study focuses on specific departments on a rotating basis so each department is reviewed every three to five years. During fiscal year 2023-24, the city’s consultant, ClearSource Financial Consulting, was directed to analyze the finance, harbor, public works and utilities departments, following a cost recovery analysis.

ClearSource met with department staff to discuss the services provided, the annual volume for those services, and the staff resources and time estimates for delivering the related services, according to the staff report for next week’s item. The company then calculated the department staff’s fully burdened hourly rate, which includes both internal administrative as well as citywide overhead costs.

Staff presented the fee study updates on March 12 to the Finance Committee. They recommended the updates move forward as presented.

In the finance department, there are some notable decreases (due to improved systems and streamlined processes) in fees, including the business license initial application (in person), sidewalk vending permit application and sound amplification permit.

Due to an increase of staff involvement with code enforcement regulation, the initial and renewal proposed fees for short-term lodging permits are proposed to increase. Staff is proposing a phased in approach to full cost recovery over a two-year period to mitigate the impact of the increase in short-term lodging permit fees to the customer.

There are also two new fees proposed for this department: Business license initial application (online) fee of $6; and taxicab operator license fee (after the county program that previously regulated taxi operations dissolved in 2020) with a company permit fee of $1,660, a vehicle permit (per vehicle) fee of $1,399 and a driver permit fee of $1,660.

If approved, the finance department fees will have an overall fiscal impact of $171,000 in increased estimated revenues.

In the harbor department, there are a number of proposed new fees:

–A $377 towing fee for abandoned/impounded boats more than 14 feet but less than 25 feet.

–Rhine Wharf permit for $28.

–A $498 fee for variance applications for requests specific to the harbor (limited applicability to dock, pier permits and other structures over tidelands).

–Use of electrical cord and/or adapter while at Marina Park for $10.

–Purchase (non-return) of electrical cord or adapter for $75.

–Mooring size exchange fee of $302 for mooring permittees if the city reconfigures one or more mooring fields.

–Mooring license application fee of $26.

–Mooring license waitlist fee (one time or annual) of $34.

–$502 fee for group/exclusive use for Marina Park.

–A $200 fee for mooring assists after hours.

–Deposit/late cancellation fee of $31 for use of human lift at Marina Park.

–Deposit/late cancellation fee of $117 for use of human lift at the Balboa Marina public dock (requires more resources than deployment at Marina Park due to the transport required to the location).

The proposed fees in the harbor department would result in a revenue increase of approximately $20,000.

In the public works department, there are a few proposed fee changes.

An additional engineering field inspection fee will be applied with a street closure permit that requires a field inspection.

Recycling service fee of $6.39 per residential unit, per month. This fee would replace the two existing fees with one combined fee.

A construction and demolition fee would make changes to the presentation of the current fees, distinguishing between complete demolition deposit and construction demolition deposit for a series of valuation ranges as identified in the proposed schedule. According to the staff report, the construction and demolition deposits are intended to encourage compliance and are refundable if the applicant uses an approved franchise hauler and arranges for an inspection. Should the applicant fail to meet conditions required on the permit, the deposit would be subject to forfeiture. Having two distinguishing fees will aid in achieving waste diversion compliance with state regulations.

An increase of $66,000 in estimated revenues with the proposed fees is anticipated for the public works department.

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Newport Harbor Home & Garden Tour holds a garden party for committee members, designers

The 27th Annual Newport Harbor Home & Garden Tour presented by Barclay Butera Interiors and scheduled for Thursday, May 16 is already sold out, with heightened anticipation for the day’s arrival!

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(L-R) NHHS Home Tour Co-chair Karen Taylor; Emily Evans, Newport Harbor Educational Foundation and NHHS Home Tour Co-chair Pam Hardenbergh

Kicking off the festivities, Home & Garden Tour committee members and Home Tour designers gathered at a wine & design garden party, hosted by Arhaus Trade and Fashion Island, at the beautiful new Arhaus Newport showroom in Fashion Island. Arhaus was founded in 1986 on a simple idea: Furniture and décor should be sustainably sourced, lovingly made and built to last.

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(L-R) Arhaus Store Manager Lonnie Walker, Arhaus California Trade Market Representative Kara Fatigati and Arhaus Trade Business Development Manager Emerson Zitzman

Attendees mixed and mingled as the enjoyed delicious appetizers by Chef Ryan Rondeno, Rondeno Culinary Designs. Samplings included blue crabcakes with remoulade sauce; goat cheese croquettes with fig and apple; BBQ rosemary meatballs; mini lobster rolls and bread pudding with bourbon sauce. In addition, there was a wine bar with refreshing libations.

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(L-R) Cora Klang (designer of a Home Tour residence on Kings Road) and Fashion Island Marketing Coordinator Katrina Hung

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(L-R) Casey Hill (designer of a Home Tour residence in Bayshores) and NHHS Home Tour Co-chair Karen Taylor

Newport Harbor Home & Garden Tour Chair Karen Taylor provided a glimpse of the upcoming Home Tour day: “We have 32 committee members this year, and the day of the tour we will have help from more than 125 volunteers. This event wouldn’t happen without the support of each person who takes a shift to welcome people and make sure all goes smoothly.

“We are also very fortunate to have so many returning and new sponsors who participate by taking ad space in our Look Book. Tickets went very quickly this year; we began selling online in January and sold out as of April 15. Thanks to so many, the NHHS Home Tour has become a community event and beyond.

“The Home Tour is a function of the Newport Harbor Educational Foundation, and the proceeds go directly to enrich the learning experience of each Harbor student.”

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Chef Ryan Rondeno, Rondeno Culinary Designs, who catered the wine & design garden party

NHHS Home Tour Schedule:

9-10 a.m.: Morning Reception

10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Touring of the homes

10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Boutique and Opportunity Drawing

11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Luncheon served at Newport Theatre Arts Center

2-5 p.m.: Afternoon Reception at Barclay Butera Interiors

Proceeds benefit the 2,300 students of Newport Harbor High School. See you at the Home Tour!

For more information, visit the website at https://newportharborhometour.com.

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NBPD quarterly update

Courtesy of Newport Beach Police Department

The Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) proudly serves every resident, visitor and business community member in our city. Operationally, we divide the city into four separate areas. Each area has an assigned lieutenant, who acts as the area commander.

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Map and photo courtesy of NBPD

Operationally, NBPD divides the city into four separate areas, as shown in the map. Area 1 is the Peninsula, Area 2 is Newport West, Area 3 is Newport Center and Area 4 is Newport East.

Area commanders work closely with their communities to address the unique needs of each section of the city. They diligently monitor statistics and activity in their assigned area, track any emerging crime trends and direct resources to address topics of concern. They also attend community meetings, develop relationships, and form a deep understanding of the specific concerns of residents, businesses and visitors in each part of town.

Each quarter, you will get to hear from the area commander to share an update from their area. They may highlight a specific arrest, share about a crime trend in their area, or address a specific community concern they are focusing on.

This week, Lieutenant Jason Blakely (Area 3 Commander) has an update for us.

Area 3 Update, Q1 2024

By Lt. Jason Blakely

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NBPD Lt. Jason Blakely

Area 3

As the Area 3 Commander, I am honored to serve the community and provide the necessary information to keep everyone safe and informed. The officers who patrol Area 3 remain committed to delivering world-class police services. As a team, they diligently patrol the neighborhoods as dedicated professionals looking to enhance the quality of life for all residents and visitors to this great city, the Crown Jewel of Orange County.

Newport Beach police officers are only part of the equation that makes Newport Beach the envy of every city in America. Our residents are the most kind, generous and supportive people to work for. Over the years, we have built a beautiful relationship built on trust and service. Disneyland may be the happiest place on earth, but the Newport Beach Police Department is the happiest police department on earth.

To highlight this fantastic partnership, I will cover a recent incident on Balboa Island. This incident highlights the awareness of our residents and the tenacity of our police officers to never give up.

On February 11, 2024, at approximately 12:58 a.m., an aware citizen noticed two suspicious-looking males in the 200 block of Crystal Avenue. The citizen saw one of the males climb into the truck’s rear bed, which did not belong to him. This is learning point #1: If it does not look right, it’s probably not right. Based on this limited information, this fantastic citizen (who just happened to be awake at 12:58 a.m. looking out of their window) called the police to report the activity.

Several officers from the Newport Beach Police Department responded to the Island to investigate. When the officers arrived, they observed that the vehicle that had possibly been broken into was a Dodge Ram TRX. Their training and experience show that these types of vehicles are often stolen and prized by car thieves. As the responding officer noticed a male subject flee from the area of the vehicle, this momentarily distracted him. The Ram’s car alarm sounded, and another male ran out. In our business, we call these clues.

The subjects who ran from the officers snuck into the night and initially escaped capture. These thieves should have realized we had about 15 additional officers responding to assist. Another fact the thieves should have learned is that Newport Beach police officers look forward to a challenge and opportunity to showcase their skills. A perimeter was quickly set up with the assistance of our police helicopter and K9 unit.

Once the perimeter was in place, a systematic search was started. Balboa Island is a terrible place for criminals to hide. It’s surrounded by water and inhabited by an aware resident population who will provide information to the police. In other words, criminals do not find refuge on the Island.

To wrap up this story, our officers located the two thieves and arrested them. The investigation revealed that they attempted to steal the Ram TRX, but were unsuccessful. An alert citizen foiled their plans, and diligent officers who will never give up arrested them.

The police department can only do its job effectively with the support and assistance of residents. I tell this brief story to highlight a perfect model of community partnership. I am proud of our residents and honored to lead the men and women of the Newport Beach Police Department.

Stay tuned next week to hear an update from Lt. Clemente in Area 4.

Editor’s Note: This is an ongoing series of community information provided by the Newport Beach Police Department.

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Nostalgia in Newport

Photo series courtesy of Newport Beach Historical Society

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Courtesy of Orange County Archives

Testing Disneyland Autopia cars at Mameco Inc., Newport Beach, July 1955

Newport Beach Historical Society is located at the Balboa Branch Library, 100 E. Balboa Ave., Newport Beach, Calif. 92661. Hours are Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Both the library and museum are closed on Sundays. Free admission. For more information, visit www.newportbeachhistorical.org, or email info@newportbeachhistorical.org.

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OCMA to hold artist talk this Sunday

On Sunday, April 21 at 3 p.n., the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) is welcomes artist Charles Gaines in conversation with OCMA CEO and Director Heidi Zuckerman.

They will discuss the use of language in artistic production, the role structures play in shaping meaning, and the significance of teaching and mentorship.

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Charles Gaines

Based in Los Angeles, Gaines is a pivotal figure in conceptual art and a distinguished educator. His innovative work introduces language, formulas and mathematical systems into art production, encompassing works on paper, photographs, drawings, musical compositions and installations. Gaines’ earlier works were featured in OCMA’s 2011 State of Mind exhibition, and they are honored to have his works in their permanent collection.

OCMA is located at 3333 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa.

For more information, visit https://ocma.art.

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Crystal Cove Conservancy welcomed California’s Secretary of Natural Resources, Wade Crowfoot

On Wednesday, April 3, Crystal Cove Conservancy (The Conservancy) welcomed a full house for a Cove Talk with California’s Secretary of Natural Resources, Wade Crowfoot, and Crystal Cove Conservancy President and CEO Kate Wheeler.

Sponsored by Bank of America, the Cove Talk was a free event that welcomed more than 100 guests to the Crystal Cove State Park Historic District where Crowfoot and Wheeler discussed the challenges of managing California’s natural resources, the importance of preserving nature, history and culture, and how people can come together to solve challenges facing natural lands.

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Crystal Cove Conservancy President and CEO Kate Wheeler and California’s Secretary of Natural Resource Wade Crowfoot speaking to guests

Crowfoot and Wheeler guided attendees through a broad-ranging conversation with deep dives into the impact of climate change, using nature-based solutions to address its impacts, and collaborative work to create more equitable access to California’s public lands and waters, especially for California Indigenous Tribes.

In addressing how the departments he oversees are reimaging parks for sustainability in the face of wildfire and wildfire threats, Crowfoot pointed to ongoing work in Big Basin Redwoods State Park which was struck by wildfire in 2020 that resulted in 97% of the park burning, including almost all park infrastructure.

“We have to consider carefully how we rebuild places like Big Basin Redwoods – at Big Basin Redwoods, we have the opportunity to work with tribes and community members to build something adaptive to a new reality,” Crowfoot said. “It’s something we’re going to need to do across the state, and to do that, we need to work with partners like The Conservancy to ensure we get it right.”

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Bank of American Senior Vice President Shari Battle (center) and her daughter Lauren Battle chat with Laguna Beach artist Michael Bryan during the post-program reception

Crowfoot took questions from a standing room crowd on the blufftop deck as the sun set over Catalina. “We weren’t surprised by the overwhelming response to the talk,” Wheeler said. “Our community understands both the value of places like Crystal Cove and the threats to them – we knew our supporters wouldn’t miss the chance to hear from Secretary Crowfoot.”

Following a thoughtful and engaging conversation between Crowfoot and Wheeler, and a Q&A with attendees that ended with Crowfoot’s optimism about communities coming together to help solve environmental issues, the conversation continued during a reception with drinks and light bites.

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Kate Wheeler and Wade Crowfoot took questions from more than 100 guests on the Crystal Cove blufftop deck

Secretary Crowfoot oversees an agency that employs more than 25,000 people spread across 26 departments, commissions and conservancies. His agency is charged with stewarding California’s forests and natural lands, rivers and water supplies, and coast and ocean. It also protects natural places, wildlife and biodiversity, and helps oversee the state’s world-leading clean energy transition.

For more information about Secretary Crowfoot and the California Natural Resources Agency, visit https://resources.ca.gov.

To learn more about Crystal Cove Conservancy, visit https://crystalcove.org.

The Conservancy’s Cove Talks aim to bring influential individuals working to change the world to Crystal Cove State Park, as they share a diverse collection of experiences and viewpoints. These talks are another step towards connecting the community to the natural world, while deepening their understanding of issues facing local parks, the coast and the planet.

This Cove Talk was generously sponsored by Bank of America.

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On the Harbor: with the weather warming up, lots of racing and a boat show

By LEN BOSE

To steal a baseball slogan “I Live For This”…with the weather forecast reaching the 70s and just three weeks away from the start of summer sailing.

Activity within the harbor is beginning to blossom with the Newport Beach International Boat Show, and the Palmer & Baldwin Cup this weekend. While reviewing last week’s Harbor Commission’s meeting, there is plenty of activity in the harbor with things just beginning to warm up.

Speaking of “warming up,” the temperature in the City Council Chambers was a bit hot during the last Harbor Commission meeting on Wednesday, April 10. After months of discussions, special meetings, accusations and threats of legal action, the Harbor Commission will be recommending to the City Council a mooring permit increase to meet the market value of a mooring permit. There has not been a price increase for a mooring permit for close to 30 years, and that’s what popped the thermometer in the turkey, or staying with my baseball analogy, throwing a spitball causing the ball to react unpredictably. I don’t keep my boat on a mooring; I have never had the means of purchasing a mooring permit. I do pay $700 a month for a slip for my Harbor 20, which is a steal compared to other locations around the harbor. To get straight to the point, I’m sure I’ll get “called out looking” for saying I feel the proposed market rate is fair.

Today a 40-foot boat on a mooring is paying $133 a month; at the end of six years it will be $480 a month. I’ll get brushed back from the plate, probably even beaned, from my friends with mooring permits for writing this, but remember we are playing in the best stadium in the world. On a sidenote while at the ballpark, don’t heckle the umpires – it’s just lame and accomplishes nothing.

There were three or four people during public comments who called out the commissioners; one came really close to getting ejected from the “game.” What was strange, is most of the people in the stands left the game early on that night. The next topic to “Step on the Hill,” was to form an ad hoc committee to review the utilization of the public docks which should be rather important to mooring permit holders.

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NHYC Baldwin Cup

Talking about the moorings, while at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club this week to watch the Palmer & Baldwin Cup, the first comment I picked up on was, “look how beautiful the harbor is with all the mooring removed.” I just felt like I got “a base on balls,” and trotted down to first. During these events, the mooring balls and boats are removed from the NHYC mooring field. I led off by talking to many of my friends who were watching the Palmer Cup which is like watching an Old Timers Game. Each competing skipper must be 60+ years old and the crew 50+. Looking over the competition, the Newport Harbor Yacht Club’s team named Fire was favored to win.

This event was a 3v3 team racing event; I don’t have enough room to explain team racing. Let’s just say it brings out a very high level of skippers’ and crews’ skill level. NHYC team Fire consisted of Bill Menninger and Bob McDonald, Chris Raab and Buddy Richley, Phil Thompson and Jamie Hardenbergh. Team Fire dominated in round robins, yet in the finals against the San Diego Yacht Club it did go the distance which was a best of three series. This had to make the win that much sweeter for the home team. The Baldwin Cup started on Thursday and runs through this Saturday. Compared to previous years the teams are now 2v2, but the past it had been 4v4. Looking over the competitors, I’d have to bet it will come down to the Newport Harbor and San Diego yacht clubs. There will be some exciting racing going on in the harbor this weekend.

Next “on deck” is the Newport Beach International Boat Show. I walked the show this week, and I was taken back by the Sun Country Yachts’ display of their new yachts. I’m not a huge fan of Sunseeker, although I am an admirer of Prestige and Riviera. Walking down the main gangway, this display reminded me of looking at a Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, as every yacht was gorgeous, followed by Silver Seas’ display of Princess, Tiara and Cruisers yachts. I was extremely pleased to see how many sailboats are at the show this year. South Coast Yachts has a large display of Beneteau sailboats. Walking past these boats, I admired the large cockpits and placed myself in Catalina, just hanging out watching the day go by from the cockpit of these new designs. Denison Yachts is displaying Defour and two Catamaran lines, along with the Jeanneau dealer showing their new models. All my favorites are at the show: Fleming, Offshore and Mag-Bay. I also noticed a couple of Downeast-style yachts with Eastbay and Sabre. Unfortunately, Hunt and Hinckley Yachts were a no-show this year. Of course, Duffy Electric boats will be unveiling their new 20’ hardtop.

I strongly recommend attending the boat show this year as it looks like the weather will be perfect. If you are a Duffy owner, just take your boat to the public dock next to the Elks and walk over to the show.

Sea ya

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Len Bose is a yachting enthusiast, yacht broker and harbor columnist for Stu News Newport.

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SCFTA unveils 2024-25 Broadway Season featuring 10 Broadway shows

Segerstrom Center for the Arts (SCFTA) is has unveiled their highly anticipated Broadway line-up for the 2024-25 season. With six Orange County premieres, direct from Broadway, this line-up features a sensational array of productions with an eclectic mix of beloved classics, innovative new works, and heartwarming tales that will lift spirits and leave audiences feeling good.

Mrs. Doubtfire, Back To The Future: The Musical, Kimberly Akimbo, Annie, Hamilton, MAMMA MIA!, Life of Pi, A Beautiful Noise, & Juliet and Hadestown are in the stellar productions.

According to Casey Reitz, president of Segerstrom Center for the Arts, “With great excitement, we unveil the Center’s incredible 2024-25 Broadway season! Get ready to be mesmerized, inspired and entertained as we bring you a line-up of unforgettable performances that will ignite your passion for the arts.”

2024-2025 Mega Broadway Series Line-up

Mrs. Doubtfire – September 24-October 6

Everyone’s favorite Scottish nanny is headed to Costa Mesa in an internationally acclaimed new hit musical critics call “wonderful, heart-warming and laugh-out-loud funny” (Manchester Evening News). Based on the beloved film and directed by four-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Zaks, Mrs. Doubtfire tells the hysterical and heartfelt story of an out-of-work actor who will do anything for his kids.

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“Mrs. Doubtfire” – (L-R): Axel Bernard Rimmele (Christopher Hillard), Giselle Gutierrez (Lydia Hillard), Rob McClure (Euphegenia Doubtfire) and Kennedy Pitney (Natalie Hillard)

Back to the Future – December 26, 2024-January 5, 2025

Great Scott! Back to the Future, the beloved, cinematic classic is now a Broadway musical with its destination set for Costa Mesa.

Back to the Future: The Musical is the winner of the 2022 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, four WhatsOnStage Awards, including Best New Musical and the Broadway World Award for Best New Musical.

When Marty McFly finds himself transported back to 1955 in a time machine built by the eccentric scientist Doc Brown, he accidentally changes the course of history. Now he’s in a race against time to fix the present, escape the past and send himself…back to the future. When Back to the Future hits 88mph, it’ll change musical theater history forever.

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“Back to the Future (L-R): Roger Bart and Casey Likes star in this film classic…now a musical

Kimberly Akimbo – January 21-February 2, 2025

A new musical about growing up and growing old (in no particular order), Kimberly Akimbo is the winner of five Tony® Awards including Beat Musical.

Kimberly is about to turn 16 and recently moved with her family to a new town in suburban New Jersey. In this “howlingly funny heartbreaker of a show” (The New Yorker), she is forced to navigate family dysfunction, a rare genetic condition, her first crush and possible felony charges. Ever the optimist, she is determined to find happiness against all odds and embark on a great adventure.

Annie – February 18-23, 2025

Holding onto hope when times are tough can take an awful lot of determination, and sometimes, an awful lot of determination comes in a surprisingly small package. Little Orphan Annie has reminded generations of theatergoers that sunshine is always right around the corner, and now the best-loved musical of all time is set to return in a new production – just as you remember it and just when we need it most.

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(L-R) The Orphans in the North American Tour of “Annie”

Hamilton – April 23-May 4, 2025

Hamilton is the epic saga that follows the rise of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton as he fights for honor, love and a legacy that would shape the course of a nation. Based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography and set to a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, Hamilton has had a profound impact on culture, politics and education.

Mamma Mia! – May 13-18, 2025

A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! Set on a Greek island paradise where the sun always shines, a tale of love, friendship and identity is beautifully told through the timeless hits of ABBA. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the father she’s never known brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited decades ago.

Life of Pi – June 3-15, 2025

Winner of three Tony Awards® and the Olivier Award for Best Play, the Broadway and West End sensation Life of Pi is “an exhilarating evening of theater.” (The Wall Street Journal)

Based on the novel that sold more than 15 million copies and became a worldwide phenomenon, Life of Pi is an epic story of perseverance and hope that speaks to every generation and “gives new life to Broadway.” (The Today Show)

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Eastbluff to celebrate first anniversary of Blue Heron Park’s butterfly garden

The Eastbluff community is inviting guests to “Let’s Celebrate Butterflies,” a first anniversary party of their Butterfly Garden in Blue Heron Park, on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

It’s time to expand, adding butterfly attractive plants in more areas of Blue Heron Park, and to introduce them to backyards in the community.

Last year, Newport Beach’s Eastbluff community partnered with the nonprofit Pollinator Protection Fund to plant California native plants in Blue Heron Park to combat the decline in native butterflies, monarchs and other pollinators. Buckwheat, lilac verbena, milkweed, sundrops and seaside daisies grew all year, forming an oasis for a variety of butterflies, moths and birds. Eastbluff is now expanding the garden, adding more plants, including salvias, native strawberries and mallows.

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Photos by Sharon Esterley

Blue Heron Park with its butterfly attractive plantings

The community is invited to attend the “Let’s Celebrate Butterflies” party to view the thriving garden and learn more about the importance of pollinators in our environment. Cookies and snacks will be donated by Champagnes Kitchen. Laura and Michael Ford of the Pollinator Protection Fund will be available to provide tips on how to attract butterflies to your own yard.

The Tree of Life Nursery, which supplied many plants for the garden, will sell native plants. Sokugarden will offer for purchase natural body care products and culinary items made with herbs and organic beeswax. Cocoa and Stardust will be selling sourdough bread, cookies, pastries, seasoning salts, herbal teas, sourdough starter, dried herbs and other tidbits. Their eye-catching creations are made with natural ingredients without scrimping on the flavor.

The Irvine Ranch Conservancy and Environmental Nature Center representatives will describe the facilities they offer for the exploration of native habitats. Plus, free crafts will be available for children.

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Photos by Sharon Esterley

The Butterfly Garden, where buckwheat, lilac verbena, milkweed, sundrops and seaside daisies grew all year, forming an oasis for a variety of butterflies, moths and birds

Donations are encouraged to help build a butterfly garden at Davis Magnet School, part of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. The Davis school garden was neglected during the COVID-19 school closure. Expanding the school garden provides a wonderful educational opportunity for children to learn how they can help improve the environment. The Newport Balboa Rotary Club sponsors the Davis Magnet School butterfly garden and will be assisting in the celebration event.

Bring a blanket or chair to enjoy the morning.

Blue Heron Park is located at 2615 Basswood St. in the Eastbluff Community of Newport Beach.

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Balboa Island Museum Newport Beach to hold book signing with Chris Epting

Balboa Island Museum Newport Beach will welcome Chris Epting on Thursday, April 25 at 6 p.m. He will be signing his book, Lost Landmarks of Orange County.

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Courtesy of Balboa Island Museum Newport Beach

Chris Epting

Epting is the author of 40 travel/history books, including James Dean Died Here (Santa Monica Press), Roadside Baseball (McGraw Hill), Hello It’s Me, Dispatches From a Pop Culture Junkie (Santa Monica Press) and many others. He is also an award-winning travel writer and has contributed articles for such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Westways and Travel + Leisure magazine, among other publications.

In addition, Epting is a memoirist and has co-written Def Leppard’s Phil Collen’s memoir, Adrenalized, John Oates’ Change of Seasons: A Memoir and Long Train Runnin’ with the Doobie Brothers, among many others. Originally from New York, Epting now lives in Southern California.

Refreshments will be served. Tickets are $20 for museum members and $25 for non-members. To purchase tickets, go here.

For more information, call 949.675.3952.

Balboa Island Museum Newport Beach is located at 210 B Marine Ave., Balboa Island. Visit www.balboaislandmuseum.org.

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American Legion Post 291 Newport Harbor to host family event

The American Legion Post 291 Newport Harbor is thrilled to open its doors to the community for the upcoming event “Family, Family, Family!” on Sunday, April 28 from 12-4 p.m. It promises delightful specials and lively competitions that will serve as a platform to promote community engagement and showcase the invaluable contributions of the American Legion Post 291 Newport Harbor.

The event will also serve as a membership drive for veterans and families of veterans, encouraging them to join the Post, the Sons of the American Legion (SAL), or the Auxiliary. They warmly invite all who have served and their loved ones to become part of their community, where bonds are forged and memories are made.

A mouthwatering combination of meatballs and spaghetti, priced at $10, and a savory meatloaf plate with fixings, priced at $12, will be available.

Join them for a sandcastle-building competition on the small beach in front of the patio, or test your skills in a thrilling cornhole tournament held in the hall. Prizes await the champions of each contest, with accolades bestowed upon the first-, second- and third-place winners.

“At American Legion Post 291 Newport Harbor, we believe in honoring our veterans and their families while fostering a sense of community and belonging,” said Commander Evin Planto. “Our event theme of ‘Family, Family, Family!’ mirrors the sentiments suggested by national, and we are proud to provide a platform to showcase the vital work of the American Legion Post 291 Newport Harbor.”

As part of their commitment to community engagement, they aim to educate the public about the impactful initiatives undertaken by the American Legion Post 291 Newport Harbor. The day is also an opportunity to bring awareness to the organization’s Be the One mission – to reduce the rate of veteran suicide and destigmatize the need to ask for help.

Join the American Legion for a day filled with laughter, camaraderie and meaningful connections, whether you’re a veteran, family member, or community member eager to learn more.

American Legion Post 291 Newport Harbor is located at 215 15th St., Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.al291.com.

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On Campus: this week in high school athletics

Corona del Mar High School

Friday, April 19

2:45 p.m. – Girls Track & Field in League Prelims at Los Alamitos

2:45 p.m. – Boys Track & Field in League Prelims at Los Alamitos

3:15 p.m. – Baseball vs. Laguna Beach

7 p.m. – Boys Lacrosse at St. Margaret’s Episcopal

Saturday, April 20

10 a.m. – Girls Lacrosse vs. Vista Murrieta

11 a.m. – Baseball vs. Tesoro in Newport Elks Tournament at CdM

Monday, April 22

TBA – Boys Tennis in League Finals at TBD

3:15 p.m. – Baseball vs. Marina

Tuesday, April 23

TBA – Boys Tennis in League Finals at TBD

3:15 p.m. – Baseball at Marina

3:30 p.m. – Boys Golf vs. Huntington Beach at The Huntington Club

4 p.m. – Boys Lacrosse vs. Foothill/Santa Ana

6:30 p.m. – Girls Lacrosse vs. Los Alamitos

Wednesday, April 24

2 p.m. – Boys Swimming & Diving in League Prelims at TBD

2 p.m. – Girls Swimming & Diving in League Prelims at TBD

3:30 p.m. – Boys Golf vs. Edison at The Huntington Club

5 p.m. – Girls Lacrosse vs. St. Margaret’s Episcopal

6 p.m. – Boys Lacrosse at Edison

Thursday, April 25

3:15 p.m. – Baseball vs. Marina

4 p.m. – Boys Golf vs. Edison at Costa Mesa Country Club

Friday, April 26

TBA – Boys Tennis in Ojai Invitational at Libbey Park

2:45 p.m. – Boys Track & Field in League Finals at Los Alamitos

2:45 p.m. – Girls Track & Field in League Finals at Los Alamitos

3 p.m. – Girls Swimming & Diving in League Finals at TBD

3 p.m. – Boys Swimming & Diving in League Finals at TBD

4 p.m. – Boys Lacrosse vs. Trabuco Hills

Saturday, April 27

TBA – Boys Tennis in Ojai Invitational at Libbey Park

Results

Monday, April 15

Boys Golf beat Huntington Beach, 179-187, at Newport Beach Country Club

Softball lost at Marina, 16-0

Boys Volleyball won at Edison, 3-2

Tuesday, April 16

Boys Tennis beat Marina, 13-5

Baseball beat Laguna Beach, 3-1

Softball lost to Edison, 18-0

Boys Golf beat Laguna Beach, 184-210, at Costa Mesa Country Club

Girls Lacrosse lost to Edison, 10-2

Newport Harbor High School

Friday, April 19

3 p.m. – Boys Track & Field at Marina

3 p.m. – Girls Track & Field at Marina

6:30 p.m. – Baseball vs. Marina at Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Saturday, April 20

10 a.m. – Girls Lacrosse at Santiago/Corona

3 p.m. – Boys Lacrosse at Los Alamitos

Monday, April 22

3:15 p.m. – Baseball at Laguna Beach

Tuesday, April 23

2:30 p.m. – Boys Golf vs. Marina at Meadowlark Golf Course

3:15 p.m. – Softball at Edison

3:15 p.m. – Baseball vs. Laguna Beach

7 p.m. – Girls Lacrosse vs. Laguna Beach

Wednesday, April 24

4:15 p.m. – Boys Golf vs. Laguna Beach at Costa Mesa Country Club

Thursday, April 25

3:15 p.m. – Baseball at Laguna Beach

3:30 p.m. – Softball vs. Wilson/Long Beach

6:30 p.m. – Boys Lacrosse at St. Francis

3 p.m. – Girls Track & Field at Marina

Results

Saturday, April 13

Boys Volleyball won at Santa Barbara, 3-1

Tuesday, April 16

Boys Tennis lost at Huntington Beach, 14-4

Girls Swimming & Diving beat Huntington Beach, 125-45

Boys Swimming & Diving lost to Huntington Beach, 108-62

Softball lost to Marina, 12-1

Baseball won at Marina, 6-4 (8)

Boys Golf beat Huntington Beach, 177-180, at Costa Mesa Country Club

Girls Lacrosse lost to Huntington Beach, 17-10

Pacifica Christian High School

Friday, April 19

3 p.m. – Boys Track & Field in League Prelims at Webb School in Claremont

3 p.m. – Girls Track & Field in League Prelims at Webb School in Claremont

5:30 p.m. – Boys Volleyball vs. Sage Hill

Monday, April 22

3:15 p.m. – Boys Golf vs. Newport Christian at Newport Beach Golf Course

3:15 p.m. – Boys Tennis vs. Western Christian

Wednesday, April 24

3 p.m. – Boys Track & Field in League Finals at Webb School in Claremont

3 p.m. – Girls Track & Field in League Finals at Webb School in Claremont

3:30 p.m. – Baseball at Estancia

Thursday, April 25

TBA – Boys Golf vs. Anaheim Discovery Christian at La Mirada Golf Course

Friday, April 26

TBA – Baseball at Pacifica Christina Santa Monica

Results

Friday, April 12

Girls Beach Volleyball beat Waldorf, 3-0, on Newland Sand Courts

Monday, April 15

Boys Volleyball beat Western Christian, 3-2

Tuesday, April 16

Girls Beach Volleyball beat Hillcrest, 5-0

Boys Golf lost to Capistrano Valley Christian, 172-212, at Ben Brown Golf Course

Sage Hill School

Friday, April 19

3 p.m. – Boys & Girls Track & Field in PCL Prelims at TBD

3:30 p.m. – Baseball at Northwood

4 p.m. – Girls Lacrosse at Woodbridge

5:30 p.m. – Boys Volleyball at Pacifica Christian/OC

Monday, April 22

3:30 p.m. – Boys Tennis at University High School

4:30 p.m. – Boys Golf at Irvine

6 p.m. – Girls Lacrosse at University

Tuesday, April 23

2:30 p.m. – Coed Swimming & Diving in PCL Prelims at Beckman

3 p.m. – Boys Tennis vs. Laguna Hills

3:30 p.m. – Baseball at Laguna Hills

3:30 p.m. – Boys Golf at University

Wednesday, April 24

2:30 p.m. – Coed Swimming & Diving in PCL Prelims at Beckman

3:30 p.m. – Baseball vs. Laguna Hills

3:30 p.m. – Boys Golf vs. Woodbridge

Thursday, April 25

3:30 p.m. – Baseball at Laguna Hills

3:30 p.m. – Boys Golf vs. Laguna Hills

5 p.m. – Girls Lacrosse at Irvine

Friday, April 26

2:30 p.m. – Coed Swimming & Diving in PCL Finals at Beckman

3 p.m. – Coed Track & Field in PCL Finals at University

5:30 p.m. – Girls Lacrosse at Aliso Viejo

Results

Monday, April 15

Boys Golf won at Woodbridge, 193-203

Girls Lacrosse lost to Northwood, 22-6

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Get out and explore Buck Gully with three stunning hikes, assist with habitat restoration, learn about plant life

Taking a trek in the Buck Gully Reserve, which connects Corona del Mar and Newport Coast, is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the cooler autumn weather. Explore this 300-acre natural habitat on foot, with three hikes led by the Irvine Ranch Conservancy staff and an opportunity to assist in habitat restoration.

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Enjoy panoramic views as you take in the canyon’s natural beauty

Bridges of Buck Gully Hike: Buck Gully is a natural, coastal canyon which opened up to the public in 2012 with the installation of four bridges to allow for safe public access. Discover the bridges on Tuesdays, April 16 and June 4 from 8-11:30 a.m., which facilitate exploration of the Buck Gully Reserve, and also provide viewing platforms from which to pause and observe the abundant life in and around the stream. The guided program starts with a short walk from the OASIS Senior Center to the beginning of the Buck Gully trail, offering a visually dramatic entrance into this special canyon. Open to those 16+ years and older. Conducted at a walking pace at approximately 3 miles per hour. Distance is 5 miles; duration is 3.5 hours with moderate difficulty. This hike is free, but registration is required. Meet at the OASIS Senior Center auxiliary lot at 5th and Marguerite in Corona del Mar. Register at www.letsgooutside.org.

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Several bridges provide vantage points for taking in reserve vistas

Buck Gully Loop Hike: Come and explore the entire Buck Gully Reserve trail system on Tuesdays, May 7 and June 18 from 8-11:30 a.m. Beginning from the OASIS Senior Center, you’ll hike up through the almost three-mile length of the canyon, then along San Joaquin Hills Road for about a mile, stopping at Canyon Watch Park, where you will take in the panoramic view of the reserve and the Pacific coastline before descending back into the canyon along the Bobcat Trail. This hike is 6 miles; duration, 3.5 hours with high-moderate difficulty and conducted at a walking pace, approximately three miles per hour. It is geared to those 16+ years of age. This hike is free, but registration is required. Meet at the OASIS Senior Center auxiliary lot at 5th and Marguerite in Corona del Mar. Register at www.letsgooutside.org.

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The stream is running, making for a memorable late afternoon/early evening hike

–Buck Gully Upper Loop Evening Hike: Explore the richness of Buck Gully Reserve as you hike during the beautiful early evening hours on Tuesday, May 21 from 4-6:30 p.m. The stream is running, and the rich plant and animal life are enjoying the cool, shady canyon making for an evening hike in a natural oasis amid the suburban surroundings. Walk along San Joaquin Hills Road, which overlooks Buck Gully for the first mile, then drop down into the canyon on the Bobcat Trail, looping back through the upper end of the gully along the Buck Gully Trail. This activity is conducted at a walking pace, approximately 3 miles per hour. The distance is 4 miles; duration, 2.5 hours with moderate difficulty. This hike is open to those 12+ years and older. This hike is free, but registration is required. Staging area is the Newport Coast Community Center at 6401 San Joaquin Hills Road. Register at www.letsgooutside.org.

Fourth Friday Habitat Restoration in Buck Gully on Fridays, April 26, May 24 and June 28 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Birds and other wildlife need healthy habitat to thrive. Simple things like planting native plants or removing non-native plants can greatly improve habitat for wildlife. You can be part of that positive impact while enjoying the beauty of Buck Gully. Come help with a variety of activities ranging from seed collection to weeding invasive plants. This activity takes place on sloped terrain and sturdy hiking boots are highly recommended. All training, tools and gloves will be provided to ensure your safety and comfort. Rattlesnakes are occasionally seen here and generally avoid people, but protective gear will be provided. Walking pace is approximately 3 mph with a distance of one to five miles and a duration of three hours. The difficulty is moderate. This is geared to 18 years+. Meet at the OASIS Senior Center auxiliary lot at 5th and Marguerite in Corona del Mar. Register at www.letsgooutside.org.

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Newport Beach Master Community Calendar

The following are calendar links for regularly scheduled meetings and events in Newport Beach:

City of Newport Beach meetings & events calendar

www.newportbeachca.gov/government/data-hub/city-calendar

Newport Beach Public Library – everything at the library calendar

www.newportbeachlibrary.org/calendar

Newport-Mesa Unified School District news & events calendar

https://web.nmusd.us

Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce community events calendar

www.newportbeach.com/events

Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce community events calendar

www.cdmchamber.com/chamber-events

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Leadership Tomorrow to host annual guest luncheon

Come find out what Leadership Tomorrow (LT) is all about when they host their annual guest luncheon on Thursday, May 16 from 12-2 p.m. at the Civic Center Community Room.

This is the perfect opportunity to sit in on a portion of LT’s Local Government Workshop, enjoy a delicious lunch and learn more about this dynamic community leadership program.

Photos courtesy of Leadership Tomorrow

(L-R) Mayor of Newport Beach Will O’ Neill, Vice Mayor of Irvine Larry Agran, Mayor of Tustin Austin Lumbard and Mayor of Costa Mesa John Stephens

The special guest panel featuring mayors who will their unique leadership skills include Mayor of Newport Beach Will O’ Neill, Vice Mayor of Irvine Larry Agran, Mayor of Tustin Austin Lumbard and Mayor of Costa Mesa John Stephens.

To secure your space, reservations may be made online here.

The Civic Center Community Room at Newport Beach City Hall is located at 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.

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This is as close as we can come to actually singing to our readers on their birthdays!

We’d love to include yours – and/or your children’s birthdays here.

Just email to: editor@stunewsnewport.com

Celebrate and enjoy your birthday!

April 16: Christopher Munger, Elsie Sooszetojones, Joy Bradford, Tammy Dean McInerney

April 17: Kelly Cox

April 18: Alisa Bates, Bart Broadnax, Carrie Freitas, Jason Zwolak, Nancee Swensson, Pat Rypinski, Scott Farthing, Tim Shields, Victoria Herman Dell

April 19: Danette Goulet Johnson

April 20: Amy Phelps Di Cerbo, Brian Stoner, Chuck McCarthy

April 21: Bridget Lindenberg, Bruce Bryant, Dottie Spisak, Eric Snider, Karin BeVier Yurkovich, Nadia Slagle, Thomas Peters, Vince Foley

April 22: Carlos Avalos, Karen Brooks, Karen Rasmussen, Kathryn McGovern Tapie, Larry Gilbert, Lyn Shattuck

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Pet of the Week

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

The shelter is thrilled to present Pumpkin, a charming 2-year-old orange male cat, for adoption to a loving home. After undergoing recent dental work, Pumpkin has been fully vetted and is eagerly awaiting his forever family.

Courtesy of the Newport Beach Animal Shelter

Meet Pumpkin

At 2 years old, Pumpkin is a handsome and affectionate feline friend, ready to bring warmth and joy into any household. His vibrant orange fur and playful demeanor make him a delightful addition to any family seeking a furry companion.

Pumpkin’s recent dental work ensures that he’s in excellent health and ready to embark on new adventures with his forever family. With his sweet disposition and loving nature, Pumpkin gets along famously with other cats, making him an ideal choice for households with existing feline members.

To schedule an appointment to meet Pumpkin and potentially make him a part of your family, contact the Newport Beach Animal Shelter at 949.718.3454, or email aco@nbpd.org. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to welcome Pumpkin into your life!

The shelter does require completed application forms for their animals, so simply print one up from their non-profit’s webpage at www.fonbas.org. After it is completed, you can email it to aco@nbpd.org, and upon review, they’ll call you to schedule an appointment. If you have any questions, call 949.718.3454.

Also, consider becoming a member of an incredible nonprofit that supports the city’s efforts with providing wonderful opportunities to stray, injured, ill and owner-surrendered domestic pets. Visit www.fonbas.org.

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ youth summer camps ignite dreams, transform lives

Every summer, Segerstrom Center for the Arts hosts two incredible education-based camps designed to teach young artists the musical theater skills needed to make a dazzling production come to life.

In June, Five Days of Broadway, a non-audition-based camp, teaches the fundamentals of musical theater music, dance, scene, and backstage production to middle school and high school students.

Five Days of Broadway is celebrating its 15th year of providing an opportunity for students of all experience levels and ages 11-19 to learn the fundamentals of musical theater in five days. Since its founding in 2010, more than 650 students have participated in the program.

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During Five Days of Broadway, students are coached in musical theater performance and technique by some of the industry’s leading professional artists and educators

These students are coached in musical theater performance and technique by some of the industry’s leading professional artists and educators. Five Days of Broadway’s programs focus on building a strong foundation of technique in Broadway music, scene work and dance, as well as an introduction to design and backstage technical aspects of professional theater.

This year’s Five Days of Broadway camps will take place June 17-21 for the Middle School program and June 24-28 for the High School program. Both camps are currently at enrollment capacity, but interested applicants are encouraged to join the wait list. To put your name on the wait list, go here. Scholarships are available for this program as well and applications are now open. These scholarships are not audition based, and are designated to families requiring financial assistance. Each scholarship covers all or a portion of the enrollment fee, and applications must be completed by Friday, May 3. For more information and to apply, click here.

To learn more about Five Days of Broadway, go here.

In August, Summer at the Center, a partnership with Orange County Department of Education’s Community and Correctional Education Schools and Services (ACCESS) Division, provides musical theater training to a selected group of high-risk high school students.

Celebrating 33 years, Summer at the Center is a program designed to empower high-risk high school students through active participation in a rigorous two-week program of musical theater classes conducted by professional artists. This unique, nationally recognized program was founded in conjunction with the late Dr. Maurice Allard, who believed in the power of the performing arts as a critical and authentic means to developing self-esteem and building confidence. This extraordinary program continues using the same basic model, achieving its original goals which make a profound and memorable impact on the lives of hundreds of youth in our community.

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Students rehearsing at a Summer at the Center camp

One of the most powerful outcomes of the program is the strong influence it has had on participants’ lives. Many participants have become new peer role models for other students. One school official observed a student’s experience at Summer at the Center provided the motivation to succeed in other subject areas and go on to graduate high school. More than 1,000 students have taken part in Summer at the Center over the years.

Summer at the Center participants are selected through the Orange County Department of Education and their final performances are free and open to the public. Summer at the Center 2024 performances will take place on Saturday, August 3 at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.

To learn more about Summer at the Center, go here.

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

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SCAPE Gallery to hold artist reception, solo exhibition

SCAPE Gallery’s solo exhibition Confluence by artist Chris Richter features 13 of his new paintings.

An artist reception to meet Richter will be held on Saturday, April 20 from 4-6 p.m. The exhibition opens today and continues through May 11.

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Artist Chris Richter

“I have always been intrigued by an idea that there is a human condition in nature. It is especially revealing in the relationships that trees have with one another. This is a source of inspiration for me,” said Richter. “And whether it is nature’s own forces or the human forces that impact nature, they open up another opportunity for me to explore. I have tapped into these forces’ most inherent characteristics to make my work from beginning to end.”

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Chris Richter’s “Deep Blue Sea,” 48” x 48”, oil on canvas on wood panel

SCAPE | Southern California Art Projects & Exhibitions is located at 2859 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

For more information, go to https://scapesite.com.

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts celebrates AAPI Heritage Month

Segerstrom Center for the Arts has announced its vibrant line-up of events on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Throughout May, the Center will spotlight local AAPI artists, offering a diverse array of events and activities. From dynamic dance classes to captivating live music performances, thought-provoking film screenings, and exciting family-friendly activities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

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AAPI Heritage Month

Admission for all events is free with the new Plaza Pass. Before you arrive, sign up for free and download this digital pass to your mobile wallet for access to AAPI Heritage Month events, along with thrilling live entertainment, exciting cultural experiences, and free community programming on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza.

All events are outdoors in an open plaza with limited built-in seating. Audience members may bring their own folding chairs, if desired. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at George’s Café. Attendees are welcome to bring their own refreshments, however outside alcohol, glass containers, tables, barbecues and food preparation are not permitted on the Plaza. The Plaza can get chilly with occasional strong breezes, so bring a warm sweater or jacket to ensure maximum comfort during the performance. All films will be screened with English dubbing and subtitles. Concerts may include flashing lights, but will not include theatrical haze and fog, or strobing effects.

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South Side Symphony, 2019

The Center is committed to fostering cultural diversity and inclusivity through its programming. Join them in May as SCFTA honors and celebrates the diverse cultures and talents of the AAPI community.

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Tuesday Dance Night, May 2019

Continuing the celebration, their Broadway and Family series are offering even more cultural experiences during the month of May. The Pa’akai We Bring celebrates the vibrant culture, music and storytelling traditions of Hawaii. Set against the backdrop of the mystical city of Agrabah, Aladdin’s stunning choreography, breathtaking sets and beloved songs promises to enchant audiences of all ages.

AAPI Heritage Month Line-up

Movie Night: Past Lives – May 3

The festivities will kick off with a screening of the Oscar-nominated film Past Lives, preceded by a festive evening of music, food and free activities for all. Enjoy fun photo ops, local food trucks and artmaking activities led by OCAPICA’s Well(ness)essity team, along with a filmmaker Q&A led by Some Folks Productions.

6:30 p.m. – Enjoy food trucks, artmaking and more

8 p.m. – Movie begins

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“Past Lives”

Disney’s Aladdin – May 7-12

Discover a whole new world at Disney’s Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical.

From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle.

Movie Night: Funny Money – May 10

Join SCFTA for a screening of Funny Money (2013), preceded by a festive evening of music, food and free activities for all. Enjoy fun photo ops, local food trucks and artmaking activities along with a filmmaker Q&A led by the Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association (VAALA).

6:30 p.m. – Enjoy food trucks, artmaking and more

8 p.m. – Movie begins

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Newport Beach Public Library to hold a Meet the Author event

Newport Beach Public Library will present the New York Times bestseller, The Mysterious Case of Rudolf Diesel.

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Author Douglas Brunt

Join NBPL for a special Meet the Author event featuring Douglas Brunt, as he discusses one of the most perplexing mysteries of the 20th century – Rudolf Diesel, inventor of the diesel engine, mysteriously vanished on the eve of World War I. This book reveals the hidden history of one of the world’s greatest inventors, a man who disrupted the status quo and then disappeared into thin air. Brunt uncovers the 100-year-old mystery of what really became of Diesel.

Meet the Author event takes place on Sunday, April 28 from 2:30- 4 p.m. in the Friends Room of the Central Library. Registration is strongly recommended. Seating is limited by room capacity. Register here. There is no charge for this event.

Newport Beach Central Library is located at 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. For more information and a full calendar of library events, visit www.newportbeachlibrary.org/calendar.

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California Native Plant Society Garden Tour to take place on May 4 and 5

The California Native Plant Society Orange County Chapter is hosting its annual garden tour, themed “California in My Garden” on May 4 and 5. The tour will feature 22 private and public gardens throughout Orange County. South County gardens will be featured on Saturday, May 4 and North County gardens will be featured Sunday, May 5. Gardens will be available for viewing from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Interested participants can register online at https://chapters.cnps.org/oc.

Gardens will showcase how California native plants can serve as elegant foundation plants for the home landscape. Only gardens featuring at least 50% native plants are included in the tour.

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Native plantings are showcased at the Newport Beach Civic Center

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Succulents add beauty at the Newport Beach Civic Center

“More and more gardeners are choosing California native plants,” said Orange County CNPS Chapter President Elizabeth Wallace. “Once established, native plants require the least amount of water of any plant. They are easy to grow, beautiful, and they are the most important flowers, shrubs and trees a homeowner can choose to support birds, butterflies and wildlife. Native plants remind us of why we love California.”

Along with private homes, the tour features public gardens including the Newport Beach Civic Center native gardens and art installation, an HOA Community Park in Irvine and the Moulton Niguel and Irvine Ranch Water District native plant demonstration gardens.

“Gardeners and native plant lovers alike will not want to miss this special event,” said Garden Tour Committee head Irina Ensminger. “We know participants will be inspired to grow California native plants in their home landscapes and go home with creative ideas for incorporating our amazingly biodiverse flora into their gardens.”

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The Newport Beach Sculpture Garden is enhanced with colorful native plants

The mission of the California Native Plant Society is to protect California’s native plants and their natural habitats, today and into the future, through science, education, stewardship, gardening and advocacy. Since its beginnings, the California Native Plant Society has been a leading voice in plant science and native plant appreciation, making it one of the foremost native plant organizations in the world. CNPS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to conserving California native plants and their natural habitats, while increasing the understanding, enjoyment and horticultural use of native plants.

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Check out what’s being checked out from the Newport Beach Public Library this week! Grab some great Spring reads in hardcover, eBook, or audio either in person or online at www.newportbeachlibrary.org.

Top 10 Nonfiction

1. Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson

2. The Woman in Me by Britney Spears

3. Atomic Habits: Tine Changes, Remarkable Results: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear

4. Come Hungry: Salads, Meals, and Sweets for People Who Live to Eat by Melissa Ben-Ishay

5. Hidden Potential: The Science of Achieving Greater Things by Adam Grant

6. My Name is Barbra by Barbra Streisand

7. Oath and Honor: A Memoir and a Warning by Liz Cheney

8. Outlive: The Science & Art of Longevity by Peter Attia

9. The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness by Jonathan Haidt

10. The Art Thief: A True Story of Love, Crime and a Dangerous Obsession by Michael Finkel

Top 10 Fiction

1. Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

2. Resurrection Walk by Michael Connelly

3. The #1 Lawyer by James Patterson

4. The Exchange: After the Firm by John Grisham

5. The Women by Kristin Hannah

6. Crosshairs by James Patterson

7. Happy Place by Emily Henry

8. The Breakaway: A Novel by Ann Patchett

9. Tom Lake: A Novel by Ann Patchett

10. Expiration Dates: A Novel by Rebecca Serle

Top 10 Children’s

1. Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

2. The Baby-Sitters Club: A Graphic Novel by Ann M. Martin

3. Cat Kid Comic Club by Dav Pilkey

4. Baby-Sitters Little Sister by Katy Farina

5. Narwhal and Jelly by Ben Clanton

6. Catwad by Jim Benton

7. Pea, Bee & Jay by Brian Smith

8. Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson

9. Wings of Fire: The Graphic Novel by Tui Sutherland

10. Yotsuba&! by Kiyohiko Azuma

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A glimpse at Crystal Cove in April

Crystal Cove State Park is offering a variety of events in April. During the spring, the beaches and park are less crowded, providing the perfect opportunity to hike, explore and discover the flora and fauna, and take in picturesque ocean vistas.

Here is a glimpse at a few of the offerings.

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Stewards will aid in activities such as weeding, seeding and planting

Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20: Stewardship Days from 8-11:30 a.m.

Come help Crystal Cove Conservancy and work alongside California State Parks on habitat restoration projects during Stewardship Days. Participants will aid in activities such as weeding, seeding, and planting. Be prepared to walk about 30 minutes to the project site (3 miles round trip) on mostly flat, but uneven canyon trails with slight elevation gain. This event is recommended for ages 8 and up. All participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Contact Jennifer Mendez at jennifer@crystalcove.org for questions and to register.

Friday, April 19: Walk on the Wildside from 10-11 a.m.

At Crystal Cove, you walk upon some of the rarest land in Southern California – coastal sage scrub. Come join a park docent for this Walk on the Wildside and enjoy a one-hour springtime slow-paced stroll through this wild place. Enjoy spring blooms and learn about this native habitat as you walk along a boardwalk to the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, at the top of the boardwalk near the parking lot (PCH coastward at Newport Coast, right at kiosk to first lot). $15 day use fee.

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Volunteers are needed to help clean the beach, bluff trail and parking lots

Saturday, April 20: Earth Day Beach Cleanup from 8-11 a.m.

Come spend a few hours giving back to Mother Nature at their Earth Day beach cleanup. Volunteers are needed to help clean the beach, bluff trail and parking lots. They encourage you to bring your own supplies including buckets and recyclable bags to help reduce plastic bag usage (but they will have plenty on hand if needed). Meet at Reef Point Lot (PCH coastward at the stoplight Reef Point, around the kiosk, then left to the first restroom building, which is on the right). Fee is waived for cleanup. If you are under 18, see this link for a waiver and bring along with you.

Sunday, April 21: Full Moon Hike from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Explore the Park After Dark, on a guided interpretive two-hour, four-mile Full Moon Hike at Crystal Cove State Park. A park naturalist will lead hikers on this moderate to difficult loop trail with uneven terrain and a steep uphill climb, elevation gain of 600 ft. This hike is suitable for ages 10 and up. Hikers must wear sturdy shoes, bring water, a snack and dress in layers. Please bring a red flashlight, but if you don’t have one, they will have plenty to share. Meet at the Ranger Station (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow the signs to the Ranger Station). $5 entrance fee. Please RSVP to Let’s Go Outside @letsgooutside.org.

Saturday, April 27: Beachfront Geology Tour from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Crystal Cove State Park is hosting a Beachfront Geology Tour along the coastal section of the park to explore several diverse and geologically outstanding sites which all display a story from a different geologic time. Meet at the Los Trancos lot at the trailer (PCH turn inland at stoplight “Los Trancos”). $15 day use fee.

Sunday, April 28: Sunset Treasure and Photo Op Walk from 6-8 p.m.

Join a docent for a slow-paced walk along the beach at low tide stopping to admire sea treasures, birds and interesting rocks on this Sunset Treasure and Photo Op Walk at Crystal Cove State Park. Let the sounds of the sea and sights soothe you while walking to an ideal spot to watch the sun sink behind Catalina Island. You’ll walk on flat, firm sand except for the steepish paved ramp from the parking lot to the beach. Meet at the restroom building at Reef Point (PCH coastward at the stoplight Reef Point, around the kiosk to the southernmost end of the lot). $15 day use fee.

For a complete calendar of events, go to www.crystalcovestatepark.org/park-calendars/.

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Look what’s happening at Upper Newport Bay

April is a busy month at Upper Newport Bay, with spring blossoming all around. From Toddler Trek to nature journaling and celebrating Earth Day, the outdoors await!

Here’s the line-up:

April 19 and 26 from 10-11 a.m.: Toddler Treks

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Toddler Treks includes a storytime, age-appropriate hike and themed craft, geared for ages 2-5

Spending time outside is one of the best ways to nurture curiosity and instill a love of the natural world. Bring your young ones and join OC Parks staff to learn all about Upper Newport Bay. Toddler Treks is offered every Friday and includes a storytime, age-appropriate hike and themed craft. Each week will focus on a different topic that encourages young ones to learn about the outdoors. The program begins at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center. Program content is tailored for ages 2-5, but all are welcome to attend. Please wear comfortable attire and closed-toe shoes. Advance registration is required. Register here for Toddler Treks.

April 20 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Earth Day at the Bay

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OC Parks at their vendor booth during a previous Earth Day

OC Parks and the Newport Bay Conservancy invite you to attend their annual celebration: Earth Day at the Bay. This free, family-friendly event features environmental-themed exhibits from community partners and local artists. Booths will feature activities which include arts and crafts, science discovery and educational information. There will be live music throughout the day as well as a scavenger hunt complete with prizes. Be sure to enter the opportunity drawing as well. Food trucks will be on-site with tasty treats available for purchase. For more information, visit https://ocparks.com/events/earth-day-bay.

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Explore Upper Newport Bay through nature journaling

April 26 from 9-11 a.m.: Nature Journaling

Nature journaling is a wonderful tool to make observations, create lasting memories and foster a deeper connection with nature. Each session will cover the basics of nature journaling, including basic art principles and journal anatomy. Monthly prompts will help guide your eyes and ears to the wonders in nature. Bring a nature journal and your own art materials such as pencils, pens, or watercolors. A portable chair is recommended along with sun protection, water and snacks. Be prepared to move along the trail a short distance and sit to document the beauty around you. This program is geared for ages 12 and older. No experience is necessary. The program and parking are free. You will begin on the patio of the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center. Adverse weather may cancel the program. Advance registration is required. Register here for Nature Journaling.

Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve is located at 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach. The Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center is located here. For more information, call 949.923.2290 or email unbic@ocparks.com. Visit https://newportbay.org.

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ENC events, happenings in April and volunteer opportunities

The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) and the ENC Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary have new opportunities each month – something for everyone. If you’re not looking for a structured activity, come join a quiet walk on the trails or bring a sustainably packed picnic. They’re open for everyone on Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit https://events.encenter.org to register for a scheduled program

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A LIT volunteer is working with a youngster during an ENC craft project

In addition, ENC is looking for responsible high school students that love nature and working with children to be a part of the Leader in Training (LIT) program for their upcoming Presidents Week and Spring Break Camps. What is a Leader in Training? “LITs” are amazing high school students that help with Nature Camps. This is a perfect opportunity for volunteers who enjoy working with children to earn community service hours. Spend time with like-minded peers and gain experience and responsibility supervising young children. It provides an excellent experience to include on a resume or college application. Learn more and apply here.

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Reading in the Redwoods is happening on April 20

Join ENC for a very special Reading in the Redwoods event with ENC Early Childhood Education Specialist Kass DeBoer, who will read a family-friendly book. Participants will enjoy a relaxing morning under the canopy of ENC’s tallest trees. Afterward, children and their adults will participate in hands-on activities related to the theme of the book. For more info and to register, go here.

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Summer Nature Camps are being held June 17 through August 9

Save the Date: Summer Nature Camps are being offered at the ENC in Newport Beach and at the ENC Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary in Modjeska Canyon from June 17 through August 9 in one-week sessions. The ENC has offered Nature Camps since 1977. Nature Camp provides nature play and quality science education in an outdoor, hands-on setting. ENC Nature Camp emphasizes experiential learning. Campers spend their time outside, having a great time observing nature up close using tools like binoculars, magnifying lenses and microscopes. For more info and to register, go here.

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

For more information, visit http://encenter.org.

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It’s a kids’ world during April with exciting events at Newport Beach Public Library

Hey kids! From Children’s Storytime guest readers, to an author visit and poetry month celebration, April is filled with exciting events at the Newport Beach Public Library (NBPL).

The library is a place to connect with others, learn new skills and focus on what matters most. Be sure to visit and attend special events at your favorite library branch all month long!

Check out what’s happening in April…

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Track your reading through Beanstack and be entered for the opportunity to win a prize

Beanstalk Spring Challenge

Continuing through Tuesday, April 30, join the Spring Reading Challenge! Read every day through April, track your reading through Beanstack and be entered for the opportunity to win a prize!

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Let you imagination run wild on LEGO Saturday

LEGO® Saturdays

On Saturday, April 6 and 20, drop into the Central Library Children’s Room between 2-4 p.m. on the first and third Saturday of each month to create with LEGO®. Get inspiration for your creations by choosing from one of their LEGO® challenges and let your imagination run wild! All ages are welcome. Funding is provided by the Friends of the Library.

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Join author Rashin Kheiriyeh as she shares her new book “Rumi-Poet of Joy and Love”

Children’s Author Visit and Poetry Month Celebration

On Tuesday, April 23 from 4-5 p.m. April is National Poetry Month! Join in celebration at Central Library with special guest and children’s author Rashin Kheiriyeh as she shares her new book Rumi-Poet of Joy and Love. Kheiriyeh is a multi-award-winning author-illustrator and painter who has more than 90 children’s books to her credit. Participants will also enjoy writing and illustrating poems with different activities and prompts. For ages 6-11. No registration is required. Materials are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Library branches:

–Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach

–Balboa Branch, 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Balboa

–Corona del Mar Branch, 410 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar

–Crean Mariners Branch, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach

For more information and a complete listing of events, visit the NBPL calendar here.

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Compiled by Tom Johnson 

Police Beat derives from information in the log maintained at the front counter by the Newport Beach Police Department and required under CA Government Code Section 6254 (f). The press does not have access to written police reports.

Information in the police department log is deemed reliable and StuNewsNewport is not responsible for mistakes made available as public record by the Newport Beach Police Department.

Any person arrested is innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

Abbreviations sometimes used in Police Beat:

647f – Public Intoxication; DUI – Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; NFA – No fixed address; RP – Reporting/Responsible Party; UTL – Unable to locate


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