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Volume 9, Issue 56  |  July 12, 2024



Suspect arrested for felony vehicular manslaughter two years after fatal traffic collision that led to death of Newport Beach man

On June 10, 2022, the NBPD responded to a major traffic collision involving a vehicle driven by Ronald Benjamin and a bicycle ridden by George Hauser of Newport Beach. Hauser sustained major injuries and succumbed to his injuries several months later. Through the NBPD traffic division’s extensive investigation alongside their partners at the OCDA’s Office, Benjamin, 58, from Irvine, was arrested on July 1, 2024 on suspicion of felony vehicular manslaughter…

Pendry Newport Beach voted #1 Best Continental U.S. City Hotel by Travel + Leisure magazine for 2024

Travel + Leisure magazine, with some 4.8 million readers monthly, has named Pendry Newport Beach the #1 Best Continental U.S. City Hotel in their coveted 2024 World’s Best Awards. Not one of the best…the BEST! Congrats to Eagle Four Partners (Kevin Martin, Kory Kramer, et al.) and Montage International (founders Alan and Michael Fuerstman) for joining together to develop and introduce such a wonderful concept to the Newport Beach scene…


Three men, including third striker, charged with special circumstances murder of woman during Fashion Island robbery

A third striker and two other Los Angeles County men have been charged with special circumstances murder for throwing a 68-year-old New Zealand woman into the street after robbing her at Fashion Island. The suspects were then accused of running her over with their getaway car, dragging the woman nearly 65 feet under their vehicle before leading police on a high-speed pursuit…

Reenie Boyer celebrates 40 years of NB Junior Lifeguard Program

In 1984, lifeguard Reenie Boyer founded the Junior Lifeguard Program in Newport Beach with approximately 50 participants. Last week, 1,400+ youngsters enrolled in two sessions (morning and afternoon), with dozens of instructors teaching them about ocean and water safety. Find out how the Jr. Guards have evolved…

Police Files

Suspect arrested for felony vehicular manslaughter two years after fatal traffic collision that led to death of Newport Beach man

On Friday, June 10, 2022, the Newport Beach Police Department responded to a major traffic collision at the intersection of Villa Way and 32nd Street. The collision involved a vehicle driven by Ronald Benjamin and a bicycle ridden by George Hauser of Newport Beach. Hauser sustained major injuries and was transported to a local hospital. He succumbed to his injuries several months later.

At the time of the collision, Benjamin was believed to be under the influence of a drug and was arrested at the scene for felony DUI –

drugs. He was released at that time, pending further investigation.

Through the NBPD traffic division’s extensive investigation alongside their partners at the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, Benjamin, 58, from Irvine, was arrested on July 1, 2024 on suspicion of felony vehicular manslaughter. He was booked at the Newport Beach Jail and is awaiting trial.

If anyone has additional information regarding this collision, please contact Traffic Investigator Bill Hume at 949.644.3687.

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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Pendry Newport Beach voted #1 Best Continental U.S. City Hotel by Travel + Leisure magazine for 2024

Travel + Leisure magazine is one of the tourism industry’s foremost publications reaching some 4.8 million readers monthly. So, imagine what it meant this week when the magazine named Pendry Newport Beach the #1 Best Continental U.S. City Hotel in their coveted 2024 World’s Best Awards.

Not one of the best…the BEST!

It’s almost unfathomable considering Pendry Newport Beach opened less than a year ago (September 2023) just minutes from Fashion Island.

Highlights of the Pendry property include fabulously appointed rooms and suites; Bar Pendry, a unique hotel bar where classic meets contemporary; several popular dining concepts including SET Steak & Sushi; The Elwood Club, their one-of-a-kind members-only club; the Tree Shack Pool Bar & Grill, offering the best in poolside dining and drinks, their Spa Pendry and much, much more.

Couple all of that with world-class shopping, the best of Southern California beaches and it’s easy to see why Pendry Newport Beach was #1.

Recognized hotels were selected by T+L readers, who considered criteria including rooms/facilities, location, service, food and value. When the dust cleared, 700,000 votes were cast across 8,700+ properties.

Others joining Pendry Newport Beach were: 2) Lancaster Hotel in Houston 3) Raffles Boston 4) Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street, Boston 5) Bellyard, West Midtown Atlanta, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel 6) Maison de la Luz, New Orleans 7) Wentworth Mansion in Charleston, South Carolina 8) Virgin Hotels New York 9) Hotel Saint Cecilia, Austin and 10) Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills.

Congrats to Eagle Four Partners (Kevin Martin, Kory Kramer, et al.) and Montage International (founders Alan and Michael Fuerstman) for joining together to develop and introduce such a wonderful concept to the Newport Beach scene.

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The beautiful entry to America’s BEST Continental City Hotel – Pendry Newport Beach

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Next Tuesday, July 16, is the next installment of Tackling Sports, the monthly gathering to “talk sports” for an hour-and-a-half at OASIS Senior Center. And, as has become commonplace, we have extra special guest speakers joining us.

With the Olympics in Paris just around the corner, Tackling Sports will feature swimming brothers Bruce and Steve Furniss.

Bruce, a graduate of Foothill High School and then USC, was an Olympic double gold medalist and 10-time world record holder in four events. In the 1976 Montreal Olympics, Bruce won the 200-meter free and the 4×200 free relay, both in world record times.

Bruce also won two golds and two silvers in the 1975 and 1978 World Aquatics Championships.

In addition to his 10 world records, he also set 19 American records during his swimming career.

Brother Steve, also Foothill and USC, took home bronze in the 200 individual medley. Steve won gold in the 200 and 400 IMs at the 1971 Pan Am Games in Cali, Colombia. He won gold again four years later in the same events at Cuidad de Mexico.

Steve also took three silvers in the World University Games in Moscow in 1973 (200 back, 400 IM and 4×200 free relay) and a silver in the 1975 World Championships.

In 1974, Steve set Long Course world records in the 200 IM and as a part of the 4×200 relay.

The community is invited to join us for their insight and candor regarding the upcoming Olympic championships, their climbs to the top of their sports worlds and perhaps, from Steve, what it was like to experience the 1972 Munich Olympics where devastation occurred with the senseless shooting of Israeli athletes.

In fact, Steve offered this in advance of their appearance: “Something you will find unique are the experiences Bruce and I shared together: 1976 Olympic Team, USC’s 1976 National Championship team and having raced one another several times head-to-head.

“In one such race, in 1975, it resulted in Bruce breaking my existing world record in the 200 IM (we are the only brothers in the modern era to have broken another’s WR in swimming and possibly the only to do it in any Olympic sport).

“We also teamed up in 1975 as part of Long Beach Swim Club with Tim Shaw (former 200 free WR holder) and Rex Favero (UCLA) to set the WR in the 4×200 free relay. (With that) we became the last club team to set a WR that was not an Olympic Team or National Team. It is a rather unusual swimming factoid that will most likely outlive us.”

Tackling Sports takes place from 3-4:30 p.m. and is free to all. Hope you’ll join us.

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Tomorrow (Saturday, July 13), don’t miss the NBPD Mobile Café, hosted by our Newport Beach Police Department from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Bristol Farms, 810 Avocado Ave., Corona del Mar. Join community members and our Police Officers for coffee and conversation. There are no agendas, no speeches…just a chance to ask questions, voice your concerns, discuss issues and get to know our NBPD Officers a little bit better

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Tickets are now on sale for Sherman Library & Gardens 5th Annual Newport Beach Summer Garden Party to be celebrated Saturday, Aug. 3 at 4 p.m.

Guests will enjoy a light supper from 608 Dahlia restaurant, stroll through the gardens, perhaps enter the raffle, enjoy the silent auction and listen to live music in the central garden.

You’re encouraged to come wearing your favorite garden party hat and enter the hat contest. South Coast Plaza, the evening’s presenting sponsor, will award prizes in various categories!

Proceeds from the Newport Beach Summer Garden Party benefit Sherman Library & Gardens’ Habitat Explorers Program. This program provides free bussing and field trips to Sherman Gardens for elementary school students in Orange County.

To purchase tickets, go here.

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St. Andrew’s is hosting their annual Rummage Sale on the church campus, July 25-27. They’d appreciate your contribution of gently used items, possibly serving with their team prior to and throughout the event in a volunteer role, or just by shopping for the many treasures at this year’s sale.

If you’ve attended before, you know the incredible array of treasures from which I talk about. You’ll find vintage clothing and unique furniture to sporting equipment, fine art, china, books, kids’ toys and clothing.

Proceeds from the Rummage Sale go towards sending students to camp.

You may donate items from July 21-23; volunteer from July 21-27; and shop from Thursday through Saturday, July 25-27.

Details on all the above can be found at

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Next Wednesday, July 17, is the Summer Alumni Mixer for Leadership Tomorrow. The mixer, designed to take place to reconnect alumni and friends of Leadership Tomorrow, will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Muldoon’s Irish Pub, 202 Newport Center Drive.

The evening requests “Summer Time Casual” dress, with an encouragement to show off your red, white and blue to celebrate the upcoming Olympics in Paris. The $15 cost to attend will include appetizers, free parking and one drink (beer or wine).

RSVP and pay at

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Vons, Albertsons and Pavilions stores are part of a supermarket merger up for approval between Kroger and Albertsons. As part of that, Albertsons plans to divest 63 California stores and sell them to C & S Wholesale Grocers to aid in the process. Two of those listed stores include the Pavilions at 2660 San Miguel Drive and 1000 Bayside Drive.

What nameplates does C & S have on their stores? Would you believe Grand Union Supermarkets and Piggly Wiggly Supermarkets?

Perhaps soon you’ll find yourself saying, “Honey, going to make a run down to the Piggly Wiggly.”

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The State of the County Luncheon takes place on Friday, Aug. 9 at Pendry Newport Beach. The annual event brings together OC elected officials, public sector employees, businesspeople and residents.

The goal of the luncheon is to explore the past, current and future state of Orange County through presentations made by an esteemed panel of county officials including OC Board of Supervisor Board Chair Don Wagner and 5th District Supervisor Katrina Foley.

Also featured will be the debuting of the results of the latest UC Irvine OC Poll exploring the “Orange County Brain Drain,” presented by UCI School of Social Ecology Dean Jon Gould.

The event is open to the public. For tables and seats go here.

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Council OKs “compromise” on mooring rental rates


City Council this week approved a new system for rental rates for moorings in Newport Harbor.

Councilmembers voted 6-1 (Councilmember Erik Weigand dissented) on Tuesday (July 9) in favor of alternative recommendations from city staff over what the Harbor Commission suggested. The ultimately approved recommendations will: Grandfather in the rates for existing mooring permittees; allow a one-time private transfer of the permit within a four-year timeframe and then eliminate transferability, and require new mooring users to secure a city mooring license, which would be subject to the rates set in the license fee structure.

A lot of time has been put into this over the past decade, noted Mayor Pro Tem Joe Stapleton, it’s not something that popped up overnight.

“This is a compromise,” he said.

They don’t want to kick people off their moorings, Stapleton added, current permittees can enjoy them as long as they want.

It’s important to maintain the accessibility and affordability in the harbor, Councilmember Robyn Grant commented. The program needs to be fair.

“I think that we can maintain that affordability with the second (staff) proposal. That is an assurance to the existing mooring holders, mooring permits, that they continue on with an affordable option. I think that’s the most important piece,” Grant said. “I’d like to see us move forward in positive fashion in a way that we can resolve this and get our harbor running efficiently and get everybody to a place of comfort on this.”

It should be a straight rental with gradual CPI increases, Councilmember Brad Avery said.

“That’s the cleanest way to do it and that’s where we need to go and this, to me, is a really good start,” Avery commented.

Although there’s still a lot to be done, he added. They need to get “the glitches in this straightened out,” he added. It’s a lot of work to try and wrestle with this issue and figure out a way to move forward to a better and more efficient system, he said.

“It’s an exceptional privilege to have a permit in Newport Harbor,” Avery said.

There are still too many questions out there, Weigand noted. For example, there should be a discussion about the details regarding heirs and what that looks like (spouse or family member or other), he said, and they need clarification regarding another concern raised about what happens if an existing permittee wants to get a new boat of a different size. Also, allowing four years to privately transfer the permit is an arbitrary number, Weigand commented, if it were a longer timeframe that might satisfy some of the concerns.

“I think these are all questions that, maybe if we sat down with the Newport Mooring Association, we might be able to get an answer for,” he said.

Weigand suggested revisiting the item again after working out some of the issues raised and fine-tuning the details. It may take many more hours or work and discussion, but that’s what they signed up for as councilmembers, he added, to listen to the public and get things right. He also recommended starting the implementation process after the new year, but the idea was not included in the approved motion.

Allowing more time to work through the issues could also mitigate any potential for lawsuits, Wiegand added.

“(Then) we move on and everyone’s happy in the harbor,” Weigand said. “Maybe I’m too much of an optimist on this and that’s impossible with too many different mindsets, but I’m willing to give it a gamble.”

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Council approved recommendations from city staff related to rental rates for moorings in Newport Harbor

Real Property Administrator Lauren Wooding Whitlinger explained that under the mooring permit program, the rates were last set by City Council in 2016 and adjusted annually by the lesser of 2% or the change in the consumer price index (CPI). The resolution from 2016 calls for a reappraisal of the rental rates every five years to ensure that the rates are consistent at fair market value or kept at fair market value, Wooding Whitlinger said.

Earlier this year, after multiple meetings and extensive public input and discussion, the Harbor Commission recommended that the City Council increase the mooring permit rental rates to current fair market value. Numerous mooring permit holders contacted the city and/or spoke during non-agenda public comment at previous council meetings, alleging conflicts of interest and discrimination in rental rates between different users of the tidelands.

At the April 10 meeting, the commission recommended the city establish the fair market rental rates for onshore and offshore moorings as equal to 24% of the city adopted Newport Harbor Marina Index.

Following the concerns raised from mooring permit holders, staff worked on alternative recommendations and considered: Grandfather existing mooring permittees at current rates, with no changes to rates except for CPI adjustments; phase out all private transfers of moorings, and ensure future moorings are owned, managed and maintained through the city license program, referenced as the short-term mooring license regulations of city code.

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Newport Beach Police and Firefighters Associations endorse Philip Stemler for NMUSD School Board

The Newport Beach Police Association and the Newport Beach Firefighters Association have endorsed Philip Stemler for Newport-Mesa Unified School District School Board in Trustee Area 3.

Newport Beach Firefighters Association President Bobby Salerno said, “The Newport Beach Firefighters are proud to endorse Philip Stemler for the Newport-Mesa School Board. As a parent, Philip understands how important it is for our schools to be providing a great education to prepare our children for success in a rapidly changing world. We know Philip Stemler will make an outstanding school board member.”

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Philip Stemler

Newport Beach Police Association President Joe De Julio said, “We are proud to stand with Philip Stemler for school board. As a prosecutor, Philip is committed to keeping everyone safe on our school campuses and cultivating a healthy understanding and respect of law enforcement and the American Constitutional system of justice.”

With their endorsements, the two professional organizations join the growing list of community leaders backing Stemler’s campaign for the Newport-Mesa School Board.

“I am honored to have the support of Newport Beach’s firefighters and police officers,” Philip Stemler said. “These men and women go to work each day to keep our community and families safe. As a prosecutor, I have dedicated my career to public safety, and safety is my top priority for our schools. I look forward to working with our dedicated police officers and firefighters to keep our students, teachers, and staff safe from all threats at all times.”

Stemler is a Newport Beach native and Newport-Mesa graduate currently serving as a prosecutor with the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office. He and his wife Whitney live in Newport Beach with their two sons. Both boys are students at Newport-Mesa schools.

To learn more about Philip Stemler, his priorities, and the full list of his endorsements, visit

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Guest Column

Marshall “Duffy” Duffield
Former Newport Beach City Councilmember and Mayor

Joy Brenner
Former Newport Beach City Councilmember

Let the people vote!

At its upcoming July 23rd meeting, the city council will consider violating our city charter to prevent a required public vote on their proposed housing plan that significantly affects the quality of life for all Newport Beach residents.

Their misguided plan calls for 15,000 to 20,000 additional housing units to be built in our city. That’s far more than the 4,845 units required by the state’s housing agency!

This proposed housing plan would significantly damage our community’s quality of life by bringing 30,000 more people to Newport Beach – overcrowding our streets and our schools. It is a generational decision that should be determined by the voters, not the politicians.

In October 2021 then-Mayor Noah Blom cast a deciding vote to let Newport Beach residents vote to elect our mayor saying, “This is still America and we’re going to fight for every element that is America and that’s the democracy that we hold dear.” (

He was joined by then-councilman Will O’Neill who said, “It really comes down to this: Do you trust the intelligence and integrity of our voters? I do,” said O’Neill. (

Mayor O’Neill also correctly criticized state politicians for blocking voter consideration of the Taxpayer Protection and Government Accountability ballot initiative.

We couldn’t agree more.

Over a decade ago, the city council used a loophole in Proposition 13 to bypass Newport Beach voters and approve a disastrous financing scheme for the Civic Center. Their mistake is costing city taxpayers $8 million per year over 30 years for a total of $228 million. Voters never got a chance to weigh in on this issue.

We served with Noah Blom and Will O’Neill. Sometimes we disagreed on issues, but we respected their support for the principle that democracy is rooted in the people, not the politicians.

The city’s housing plan deserves voter review.

Mayor O’Neill says he trusts the intelligence and integrity of our voters and Councilman Blom believes the people should be in charge. We hope things haven’t changed.

Register your opinion about letting voters decide the city’s proposed housing plan this November. Call them before July 23 at 949.644.3004, or by email at

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NBPD quarterly update

Courtesy of Newport Beach Police Department

The following is part of a series of quarterly updates from the Newport Beach Police Department. Operationally, the Police Department divides the city into four separate areas. Each quarter, you will get to hear from a supervisor in each area providing an update on 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. Below you will find the 2nd Quarter update for Area 1. (Stay tuned for the Area 2 update next week.)

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NBPD Peninsula Enforcement Team’s vehicles for beach and boardwalk enforcement: Kawasaki Teryx® side x side (left) and two brand new Honda Foreman 4×4 quads (center and right)

In July, PET team officers will be attending the ATV Safety Institute’s ATV rider safety course at the Honda Rider Education Center in Colton. This will provide our officers using the equipment with the training necessary to safely operate these vehicles.

In addition to our PET team, our department implemented a Boardwalk/Quality of Life program. This assignment is staffed on an overtime basis, with the specific intent of addressing quality-of-life concerns impacting Peninsula residents. Between April through June, officers assigned to boardwalk enforcement worked 689 hours, wrote 246 municipal code citations, 241 California Vehicle Code citations, made 99 e-bike stops, two felony arrests, 28 misdemeanor arrests, 913 contacts and contacted 104 people with tents. These numbers are in addition to the enforcement action taken by the PET team, and the patrol officers assigned to the Peninsula as part of their normal assigned work shifts. Making sure our residents and visitors are safe is our top priority, and we will continue to address quality-of-life issues to ensure the Peninsula and our beaches remain beautiful places to visit.

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

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Visit Newport Beach sets new industry standard with one-of-a-kind marketing campaigns, record-breaking achievements and prestigious awards

Visit Newport Beach (VNB), the esteemed marketing agency representing the city of Newport Beach, has successfully wrapped up its 2023-2024 fiscal year with remarkable success, breaking previous records and earning a slew of prestigious awards. Over the past year, VNB has launched multiple marketing campaigns and activations, securing 37 awards for their excellence in marketing, communications and creative efforts. The agency positions Newport Beach, Calif., as a top-tier destination for luxury leisure and business meetings. The organization is the architect behind the destination’s storytelling, advertising, communications, social media, content, digital, creative, business intelligence and community relations.

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“50 Days of Festive Fun” Holiday Campaign

Newport Beach is not just an ordinary destination; it’s a haven of luxury, indulgence and remarkable experiences, captured impeccably through Visit Newport Beach’s unparalleled campaigns. No other Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) does it like Visit Newport Beach, with their outstanding creativity, one-of-a-kind campaigns and strong media relations. Each quarter, Visit Newport Beach crafts strategic, standout campaigns to attract a diverse range of travelers, offering meticulously curated getaways tailored to the season. The success of the fiscal year’s creative campaigns and activations in driving visitation, increasing hotel occupancy and boosting visitor spending underscores Visit Newport Beach’s marketing prowess and exceptional ability to deliver remarkable results.

Multi-faceted campaigns and marketing highlights for the 2022-2023 fiscal year include:

“Experience More” Summer Campaign: On the first day of summer 2023, VNB unveiled its highly anticipated campaign, inviting travelers seeking an exceptional escape to “Experience More” during the sun-soaked season. The dynamic and curated marketing campaign promised to exceed expectations, offering a wealth of unparalleled adventures for an extraordinary summer vacation. The coastal destination captivated visitors with a world of “more” – more luxury, more indulgence and more opportunities for an elevated and unforgettable summer. Results: $12.6M Economic Impact; 36M Ad Impressions; 8.5M Media Impressions.

“Newport Beach Vacation Club” Fall Campaign

“Newport Beach Vacation Club” Fall Campaign: VNB launched the Newport Beach Vacation Club, their most innovative leisure program to date, redefining the travel experience. The fall campaign aimed to foster destination loyalty and inclusivity while elevating the brand’s prestige. Vacation Club members gained access to exclusive perks, giveaways and specially curated offers, blending luxurious hospitality with a sense of community. The campaign featured a new landing page, custom newsletters, commercials showcasing club experiences, member testimonials and VNB’s very own merch line – Newport Beach the Label. Results: $9.9M Economic Impact; 46.9M Ad Impressions; 11.7M Media Impressions.

“50 Days of Festive Fun” Holiday Campaign: VNB launched a new holiday campaign, “50 Days of Festive Fun,” transforming the city into a magical winter wonderland from November 17, 2023 to January 5, 2024. The campaign was one of the nation’s longest-running holiday celebrations, featuring dazzling light displays, festive events, elaborately decorated resorts, and delightful winter dining and shopping experiences. Families, couples and holiday enthusiasts of all ages were invited to enjoy a coastal Christmas like never before. The campaign successfully created a magical atmosphere, drawing both locals and visitors to immerse themselves in the festive spirit of America’s most festive coastal destination. Results: $4.1M Economic Impact; 40M Ad Impressions; 166M Media Impressions.

115th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade: Back for another sensational year, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade set sail on its 115th year in star-studded style with none other than beloved Hallmark Channel stars Andrew Walker and Nikki DeLoach leading the way as Grand Marshals on opening night. Known for their heartwarming and enchanting roles in a variety of Hallmark Channel classics and new favorites, Walker and DeLoach added an extra layer of magic to Newport Beach’s festive season. Featuring pyrotechnics, synchronized light shows, moving displays, singers, dancers and much more, paradegoers could view the boat parade from nearly 50 viewing locations along the parade’s 14-mile route around Newport Harbor. Results: 1.5B Media Impressions.

135th Rose Parade®: The triumphant return of Newport Beach to this globally renowned event after an 18-year hiatus has been marked by the record-breaking float entry, “Jingle on the Waves,” which not only stood out as the longest float in the parade but was recognized with the “Extraordinaire Award.” The float featured an array of 57,211 floral elements including mums, statice, strawflower, lentils, iris, carnations, seaweed and various other creative touches representing the Newport Beach spirit. Results: 879M Media Impressions.

“Après Ski Sea” Winter Campaign

“Après Ski Sea” Winter Campaign: The digital campaign offered après “sea” inspiration for escaping to the dreamy beach destination, whether visitors hoped to hibernate at a sumptuous seaside resort or enjoy a different type of ski experience on the water. The digital campaign redefined traditional winter retreats with luxury accommodations, elevated dining, social hours, sumptuous spas and various water experiences. The campaign invited winter travelers to avoid the cold and enjoy a warm, luxurious escape at sea level. Results: $5.2M Economic Impact; 31M Ad Impressions; 400K Media Impressions.

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Nostalgia in Newport

Photo series courtesy of Newport Beach Historical Society

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Official opening of the Newport Harbor in 1936 after the completion of the dredging and construction of the jetties

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, or email

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You Must Remember This: Flying the friendly skies…would take something really special to get me airborne


Growing up I was on the cusp of the popularization of air travel. It’s not that people didn’t travel by air, but for most it was fairly rare and very much an occasion. Through my high school years I remember my parents flying only once or twice, and I was out of college before I flew, but then it seemed the skies opened. A decade later, my daughter had flown cross country a number of times as well as to Europe and the Caribbean by the time she was 4.

This increase in air travel didn’t eliminate the feeling that it was a special event. We had read of the glamorous lives of jetsetters, and now we were jetting around, too! The airlines did everything they could to emphasize that sense of glamour, particularly with staff. Complaints about gender and age discrimination were well in the future. This was the age of Coffee, Tea or Me. Attendants were female, attractive and young (You were put out to pasture at 32.). There was so much emphasis on the looks of the young ladies that one airline hired Pucci to design their stewardess uniforms. The planes themselves were comfortable, even in coach, with sufficient leg and elbow room, and you were served food appropriate to the time of your flight. There were many jokes about the quality of the food, but it was an actual breakfast, lunch or dinner for every passenger.

Now, I know that almost everyone in Newport has a private jet, utilizes the services of rent-a-jet or flies first class, and for them, things probably haven’t changed much. They may have male flight attendants, the attendants may be older, but it’s still a very comfortable mode of travel. I, on the other hand, fly coach. I hadn’t flown in a few years, but flew to the East Coast twice in the last six months, and the experience was so unpleasant it’ll take something really special to get me aboard again. Cramped? I’m 5’3”, and I was practically crippled by the time I got off the plane. I don’t know how taller people survive. The snack on one trip was a “fruit bar.” I don’t care if you feed me, but if you’re going to the trouble of serving something it really should be larger than a postage stamp. As for the couture? If the designer was aiming for prison matron, he or she nailed it.

However, travel broadens the mind, and in this particular case it has inspired me with some hugely relevant career advice. I’m assuming that most local attorneys are like the rest of the residents and not flying coach, but maybe there’s one out there with four kids in college all at the same time, great kids but not quite bright or coordinated enough for a scholarship, so it’s full tuition for each one. Extras like first class and private jets may have to be sacrificed. If that’s the case, immediately do whatever it takes to get licensed in Rhode Island. I just spent a few days in Providence visiting my granddaughter who’s at Brown. We did a lot of walking, and I can assure you it is tort heaven: Concrete sidewalks with an inch or more difference from one section to another; manhole covers set in sidewalks with one part several inches below the surface, the other several inches above; a four-inch metal shaft sticking out of the sidewalk – it’s an ATM for attorneys. And not only do I have the advice, I’ve got your advertising campaign all worked out – big billboards by the side of the freeway: Trip and Fall? Be Sure and Call…and your name. Trust me, with the cases you’ll get you’ll be back flying first class in no time.


Nancy Gardner, former Mayor of Newport Beach, long-time resident and daughter of Judge Robert Gardner, is a regular contributor to Stu News Newport.

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NMUSD provides free and reduced-price meals for the 2024-25 school year

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) announced their policy to serve nutritious meals every school day under the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program and Afterschool Snack Program. Effective July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2025, children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals if the household income is less than or equal to the federal guidelines.

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The chart shows free and reduced-price eligibility scales

Households do not need to turn in an application when the household receives a notification letter saying that all children automatically qualify for free meals when any household member receives benefits from CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR. Children who meet the definition of foster, homeless, migrant, or runaway and children enrolled in their school’s Head Start program are eligible for free meals. Contact school officials if any child in the household is not on the notification letter. The household must let school officials know if they do not want to receive free or reduced-price meals.

Applications will be sent to the household with a letter about the free and reduced-price meal program. Households that want to apply for meal benefits, must fill out one application for all children in the household and give it to the nutrition office at 2985 Bear St., Building B, Costa Mesa, Calif. 92626. For a simple and secure method to apply, use our online application at Contact the Nutrition Services Office at 714.424.5090 for help filling out the application. The school will let you know if your application is approved or denied for free or reduced-price meals.

Households may turn in an application at any time during the school year. If you are not eligible now, but your household income goes down, household size goes up, or a household member starts receiving CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR, you may turn in an application at that time. Information given on the application will be used to determine eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by school officials. The last four digits of the Social Security number from any adult household or checking that you do not have a Social Security number is required if you include income on the application.

Households that receive Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) benefits, may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals by filling out an application.

Foster children are eligible for free meals and may be included as a household member if the foster family chooses to also apply for the non-foster children on the same application. Including foster children as a household member may help the non-foster children qualify for free or reduced-price meals. If the non-foster children are not eligible, this does not keep foster children from receiving free meals.

Your child’s eligibility status from last school year will continue into the new school year for up to 30 school days or until the school processes your new application, or your child is otherwise certified for free or reduced-price meals. After the 30 school days, your child’s eligibility status will change to paid status, unless the household receives a notification letter for free or reduced-price meals. School officials do not have to send reminder or expired eligibility notices. The State of California has funded Nutrition Services to serve breakfast and lunch to all students at no cost during the 2024-2025 school year.

If you do not agree with the decision or results of verification, you may discuss it with school officials. You also have the right to a fair hearing, which may be requested by calling or writing the hearing official: Todd Hatfield, Director, Phone: 714.424.5095, 2985 Bear St., Building B, Costa Mesa, Calif. 92626.

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Pacific Chorale’s 16th Annual Choral Festival culminates with free performance of Haydn’s Mass in Time of War

Pacific Chorale, celebrated for both their artistic excellence and impactful community outreach, presents their 16th Annual Choral Festival, culminating in a free performance of Haydn’s Mass in Time of War, a bracing oratorio brimming with excitement and sparkling choruses, on Sunday, Aug. 11. Beginning at 5 p.m., it will be held at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa.

Led by Artistic Director Robert Istad, the concert is free to the public, but tickets are required. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring canned goods for a month-long community food drive, which will conclude with Pacific Chorale’s season-opening program, To the Hands in September.

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Pacific Chorale Choral Festival

Pacific Chorale’s Annual Choral Festival, a cherished Orange County summertime tradition, draws hundreds of gifted community singers from across the region. Following three rigorous rehearsal days, they combine forces with members of the Grammy®-winning Pacific Chorale to create the Festival Choir, raising their collective voices in song for this free performance. Auditions are not necessary to participate in the Festival Choir, but advance registration is required.

“There are so many excellent singers in Orange County and beyond who participate annually in Pacific Chorale’s Choral Festival,” said Istad. “The Festival Choir is a joy to conduct. There’s nothing like the sound of hundreds of wonderful voices raised in song cascading over you. It’s a visceral and thrilling experience for the audience as well as the singers.”

The concert opens with organist Dr. Jung-a Lee performing the world premiere of her new work Hommage à Haydn (organ prelude).

The Pacific Chorale Choral Festival also provides a rare opportunity for the public to experience a live performance in one of the world’s great concert halls at no cost, Istad noted. “The event beautifully showcases the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, which is critically acclaimed for its sparkling acoustics and dazzling architecture. Pacific Chorale is pleased to collaborate with Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts to present this community concert,” said Istad.

The Choral Festival is made possible, in part, by generous support from Platinum Season Sponsor Phillip N. and Mary A. Lyons and the City of Costa Mesa’s Arts Grant Program.

The concert is free, but tickets are required. For tickets and information, visit

The Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit

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Regattas and Races…

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2024 Twilight Series – June Series

Balboa Yacht Club

Wednesday, July 10

H20 Fleet (3 sailed, 0 discards)

1 Chloe, Campbell, BYC

  1-1-3=Total 5, Net 5

2 Blue Skies, Thorne/K. Thorne, BYC

  2-4-1=Total 7, Net 7

3 n/a, Kimball/Sangster, ABYC

  5-8-2=Total 15, Net 15

4 Adios, Bretschger/Bretschger, BYC

  7-2-7=Total 16, Net 16

5 Lucky Lady, Newman, BYC

  8-5-4=Total 17, Net 17

6 Jubilee, Kincaid, BCYC

  4-7-6=Total 17, Net 17

7 Spiritus, Grable/Vorona, BYC

  3-9-8=Total 20, Net 20

8 Lucky Puff, Robertson, BYC

  9-6-5=Total 20, Net 20

9 Simpatica, Kimme/Carlson, BYC

  6-3-23=Total 32, Net 32

10 Friday, Zorayan/David, LIYC

  23-23-23=Total 69, Net 69

10 Independence, Ray, SSC

  23-23-23=Total 69, Net 69

10 n/a, Wheeler, BYC

  23-23-23=Total 69, Net 69

10 Dulce Viento, De Lis, BYC

  23-23-23=Total 69, Net 69

10 Aquanesia, Wyatt/Haynes, BYC

  23-23-23=Total 69, Net 69

10 Amazing Grace, Weightman/O’Sullivan, BYC

  23-23-23=Total 69, Net 69

10 Rhapsody, Whitton Family, BYC

  23-23-23=Total 69, Net 69

10 Sapphire, Robinson/Narodick/Selway, BYC

  23-23-23=Total 69, Net 69

10 n/a, Rossen, BCYC

  23-23-23=Total 69, Net 69

10 n/a, Reed, ABYC

  23-23-23=Total 69, Net 69

10 Akeela, Team NSB, NSB

  23-23-23=Total 69, Net 69

10 Summer Wind, Hirz, n/a

  23-23-23=Total 69, Net 69

10 SkipHer, Waniek, BYC

  23-23-23=Total 69, Net 69

Thistle Fleet (2 sailed, 0 discards)

1 White/Meyer, BCYC/LMVYC, 1-1=Total 2, Net 2

2 Simmons/Ullmans, BYC, 2-2=Total 4, Net 4

3 Larzelere, BYC, 3-3=Total 6, Net 6

4 Foreman/Horvath, BYC, 4-4=Total 8, Net 8

5 Maxwell/Maxwell, BYC, 6-6=Total 12, Net 12

ILCA Fleet (2 sailed, 0 discards)

1 Hemphill, BYC, 1-1=Total 2, Net 2

2 Andrews, BYC, 4-2=Total 6, Net 6

3 Patin, SYC, 2-4=Total 6, Net 6

4 R. Vandervort, BYC, 3-3=Total 6, Net 6

5 Cook, BYC, 5-5=Total 10, Net 10

6 Bonsager, BYC, 9-9=Total 18, Net 18

6 Gilreath, OCCSA, 9-9=Total 18, Net 18

6 Luttrell, BYC, 9-9=Total 18, Net 18

Lido 14 A Fleet (2 sailed, 0 discards)

1 Long/Biram, BYC, 1-1=Total 2, Net 2

2 Boudreaux, BYC, 5-2=Total 7, Net 7

3 Lange/Mulcaire, ALYC, 5-5=Total 10, Net 10

3 Papadopoulos, WSA-OC, 5-5=Total 10, Net 10

Lido 14 B Fleet (2 sailed, 0 discards)

1 Waniek/Irwin, BYC, 2-1=Total 3, Net 3

2 Long/Swan, BYC, Total 1-2=Total 3, Net 3

3 Fischbeck, BYC, 4-4=Total 8, Net 8

Adult Sabot A Fleet (2 sailed, 0 discards)

1 Foy, BYC, 1-1=Total 2, Net 2

2 Beach, SSC/BYC, 2-2=Total 4, Net 4

3 Jennings, BYC/NHYC, 8-8=Total 16, Net 16

3 Ungerland, BYC, 8-8=Total 16, Net 16

3 Luttrell, BYC, 8-8=Total 16, Net 16

3 Lynch, BYC, 8-8=Total 16, Net 16

3 Kalscheur, BYC, 8-8=Total 16, Net 16

Adult Sabot B Fleet (2 sailed, 0 discards)

1 Ware, SSC, 1-1=Total 2, Net 2

2Power, BYC, 6-6=Total 12, Net 12

2 Lindsey, BYC, 6-6=Total 12, Net 12

2 Harmon, BYC, 6-6=Total 12, Net 12

2 Stockman, BYC, 6-6=Total 12, Net 12

CFJ Fleet (2 sailed, 0 discards)

1 Davis/Earlabaugh, BYC, 1-1=Total 2, Net 2

2 Davis/Davis, BYC, 4-4=Total 8, Net 8

2 Woods, BYC, 4-4=Total 8, Net 8

BCYC Taco Tuesday Series

Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club

Tuesday, July 9

PHRF A Fleet (4.0-mile course)

1 Amante, Richley, LIYC

  Elapsed Time 0:57:47, Corrected Time 0:54:11

2 Legacy, Cooper, BCYC

  Elapsed Time 1:04:48, Corrected Time 0:58:40

3 XLR8, Nistor, BCYC

  Elapsed Time 1:06:37, Corrected Time 1:00:09

4 Table 9, Wolk, BYC

  Elapsed Time ######

4 L30, Ullman, n/a

  Elapsed Time ######

PHRF B Fleet (3.3-mile course)

1 Violetta, Hartley, BCYC

  Elapsed Time 0:57:33, Corrected Time 0:51:27

2 Rhythm, Gooding, SBYRC

  Elapsed Time 1:00:17, Corrected Time 0:54:01

3 Lone Ranger, Ownership Group, NHYC

  Elapsed Time 1:04:52, Corrected Time 0:55:4

4 Shadow, Fink, BCYC

  Elapsed Time 1:03:48, Corrected Time 0:56:52

5 Kaizen, Camerini, WSA-OC

  Elapsed Time 1:04:33. Corrected Time 0:57:04

6 Buena Vista, Green, ALYC

  Elapsed Time 1:07:02, Corrected Time 0:59:30

7 Sea Scout, Team Sea Base, NSB

  Elapsed Time ######

7 Ventus, Jones, BCYC

  Elapsed Time ######

PHRF C Fleet (2.6-mile course)

1 Halcyon 3, Kafka, BCY

  Elapsed Time 1:01:39, Corrected Time 0:52:02

2 Ladies First, Reiter, BCYC

  Elapsed Time 1:01:08, Corrected Time 0:54:43

3 Pegasus, Muller, OCC

  Elapsed Time 1:05:00, Corrected Time 0:58:30

4 Joey B, Miller, OCC

  Elapsed Time 1:08:00, Corrected Time 0:59:38

5 Buena Vista, Greene, ALYC

  Elapsed Time ######

H20A Fleet (3 races scored)

1 D’Art, Deermount, NHYC, 2-1-1=4

2 Shana’s Secret, Thompson/Conzelman, BCYC, 1-2-2=5

3 12, McDonald, NHYC, 3-3-3=9

3 Only Child, Bose, BCYC, 3-3-3=9

3 Blue Skies, Thorne, BYC, 3-3-3=9

H20B Fleet (2 races scored)

1 Tiger, Bubb/Wiley, NHYC, 2-1=3

2 Spirit, Haynes/Haynes, BCYC, 1-2=3

3 Mili’Apa, Watanabe/Sutherland, UCISA, 4-3=7

4 Adios, Bretschger/Bretschger, BYC, 3-4=7

5 Jubilee, Yates/Kincaid, NHYC, 5-5=10

6 Kalani II, Ibbetson/Thornton, SYC, 6-6=12

7 Whim, Welsh, NHYC, 7-6=13

7 Friday, Zaroyan, LIYC, 7-6=13

7 Summer Dream, Cheadle/Schupak, BYC, 7-6=13

7 Tiki, Kelly/Kelly, NHYC, 7-6=13

H20C Fleet (2 races scored)

1 Dragon Lady, Sangster/Kimball, ABYC, 1-1=2

2 Shazam, Alfano/Shinrock, ALYC, 2-2=4

3 Amazing Grace, Weightman, BYC, 3-3=6

4 Rascal II, Bacon/Wyatt, BCYC, 5-4=9

5 Painfully Dry, Diercksmeier/Cohen, NHYC, 4-5=9

6 Cub Scout, Smith, NSB, 6-6=12

7 Cool H20, Hampton, BCYC, 7-7=14

7 Aquanesia, Wyatt/Harmon, BYC, 7-7=14

7 Patriot, Paracchini/Prosser-Kelly, ALYC, 7-7=14

7 Ocho, Turner/Wiese, NHYC, 7-7=14

ALYC Sundowner Series

American Legion Yacht Club

Monday, July 8

H20B (9 races scored, 1 discard)

1 Jublilee, Kincaid, BCYC


2 Friday, Zorayan, LIYC


H20C (9 races scored, 1 discard)

1 Hula Girl, Matheson, OASIS


2 Patriot, Kelley, ALYC/WSAOC


3 Dragon Lady, Sangster, LIYC


4 Shazam, Alfano, ALYC


5 Independence, Ray, SSC


6 Tiki, Kelly, NHYC


7 Summer Wind, Hirz, ALYC/BYC


8 Amazing Grace, Weightman, BYC


9 Ocho, Turner, NHYC


 J22 (9 races scored, 1 discard)

1 Pen #1, Choi, Marina Park Sailing


2 Pen #4, Dromgoole, Marina Park Sailing


3 Pen #6, Boullon, Marina Park Sailing


4 Pen #3, Miller, OCCSA


PHRF A (9 races scored, 1 discard)

1 Kaizen, Camerini, WSA-OC


2 XLR8, Nistor, BCYC


3 Violetta, Hartley, BCYC


4 Stella Maris, Barry, NHYC


5 29, Darr, ALYC


6 15, Ullman, BYC


PHRF B (9 races scored, 1 discard)

1 Horsefeathers, J. Fuller, NHYC


2 Buena Vista, B. Green, ALYC


3 Carioca, B. Wine, ALYC


4 Hobo Flats, L. Chappelear, TPC


5 Holokai, McElfresh, ALYC


6 LaPaz, OSullivan, ALYC


7 Stanley’s Cup, Tutton, ALYC


8 Ladies First, Reiter, WSA-OC/ALYC/BCYC


9 CELIA, Oconnor, ALYC


10 Joey B, Miller, OCC


News relating to racing in or around Newport Harbor should be forwarded to Tom Johnson at

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Letters to the Editor

A nice article about Reenie Boyer

Our oldest son was in the first class of 50 JGs (Junior Guards) in 1984. Since then we had three children and six grandkids in the program.

Nancy and I think it would be more than appropriate to name the Junior Lifeguard building in her name!

George Barfield

Newport Beach

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The newly imagined national tour of Peter Pan flies into Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Segerstrom Center for the Arts has announced an all-new production of the beloved musical Peter Pan, now on national tour, will fly into Segerstrom Hall, performing a premiere engagement from Tuesday, August 6 through Sunday, August 18.

The adventure begins when Peter Pan and his mischievous sidekick, Tinker Bell, visit the bedroom of the Darling children late one night. With a sprinkle of fairy dust and a few happy thoughts, the children are taken on a magical journey they will never forget. This extraordinary musical full of excitement and adventure features iconic and timeless songs including “I’m Flying,” “I Gotta Crow,” “I Won’t Grow Up” and “Neverland.” Peter Pan embraces the child in us all to go on a journey from the second star to the right and straight on ‘til morning – your entire family will be hooked!

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“I’m Flying.” (L-R): Micah Turner Lee as John, Reed Epley as Michael, Hawa Kamara as Wendy and Nolan Almeida as Peter Pan.

This high-flying musical has been thrilling audiences of all ages for close to 70 years and is now being brought back to life in a newly imagined production directed by Emmy Award winner Lonny Price (Sunset Boulevard, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill) with an additional book by celebrated playwright Larissa FastHorse (The Thanksgiving Play, What Would Crazy Horse Do?), choreography by Lorin Latarro (Waitress, The Who’s Tommy), flying sequences choreographed by Paul Rubin (Wicked, Frozen) with music supervision and additional arrangements by Andy Einhorn (Hello, Dolly! and Carousel), and dance arrangements by David Dabbon.

“Peter Pan is one of the great treasures of the American Musical Theater,” said Lonny Price. “The show nurtures and inspires the imagination of its audience and reminds us to keep alive the child within us all.”

“I am thrilled to be part of bringing Peter Pan to life for a new generation,” said Larissa FastHorse. “If you loved this musical before, you will still see the show that enchanted you, while discovering a Peter Pan that everyone can enjoy, without harm, for many years to come.”

Seventeen-year-old Nolan Almeida will play the iconic role of Peter Pan. An Orange County, Calif. native, Almeida was most recently seen as Crutchie in Newsies at 5-Star Theatricals and was featured in Christmas on Repeat on Hulu. Joining him will be Cody Garcia as Captain Hook, who most recently starred as Willy Wonka in the national tour of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and as Buddy in Elf, Emerson College graduate Hawa Kamara as Wendy and acclaimed recording artist Raye Zaragoza as Tiger Lily.

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“I Won’t Grow Up!” Nolan Almeida as Peter Pan (center) and the cast of Peter Pan.

The full cast is completed by Shefali Deshpande as Mrs. Darling, Kurt Perry as Smee, William Foon as John and Camden Kwok as Michael. The ensemble includes Charles Antenen, Zaynn Arora, Jonah Barricklo, Christina Hélène Braa, Levi Chrisopulos, Jordan T. DeLeon, Brandon Gille, Ryan Perry Marks, Michael Marrero, Kenny Ramos, Hannah Schmidt and Kiara Williams. The swings are Tony Collins, Bailey Frankenberg, Leo Gallegos and Cheyenne Omani.

Director Lonny Price is thrilled to introduce Almeida as the high-flying Peter Pan. “Nolan embodies all the beautiful contradictions of Peter. He’s an extraordinarily gifted young actor, a wonderful singer and nothing short of magical. Cody Garcia as Captain Hook is utterly modern, surprising and one of the most engaging actors I’ve ever worked with.

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“I Gotta Crow.” (L-R) Nolan Almeida as Peter Pan, Hawa Kamara as Wendy

“I also want to celebrate Hawa Kamara, making her professional debut as Wendy. A wildly charismatic young actress, who is as talented as she is beautiful. And rounding out this sensational group is Raye Zaragoza as Tiger Lily – a brilliant multi-faceted recording artist and actress. This company is simply going to blow people away and I cannot wait for audiences across the country to fall in love with each of them.”

Based on Sir James M. Barrie’s classic tale and originally directed, choreographed and adapted by Broadway legend Jerome Robbins, Peter Pan features an iconic and unforgettable score by Morris (Moose) Charlap, additional lyrics by Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Amanda Green, with additional music by Jule Styne.

For more information, visit

Tickets for Peter Pan are available for purchase online at, in person at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, or by phone at 714.556.2787.

Segerstrom for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, go to

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Get your courage up and make the jump to benefit the Junior Guards

Get ready to make a splash in the sun with friends and family in support of the Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard program. The 2nd Annual Make A Splash Adult Pier Jump, hosted by the Ben Carlson Foundation in support of the NBJG kids, takes place Saturday, July 20 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Balboa Pier.

You can have the opportunity to experience the thrill that the NBJG kids have each summer when they make the courageous leap off the pier.

Don’t miss out on the chance to create unforgettable memories and support a great cause at the same time. Just grab your swimsuit, sunscreen, sunglasses and get ready to MAKE A SPLASH!

All proceeds benefit the NBJG program, by way of the Ben Carlson Foundation, a tax exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

On the day of the event each participant must sign-in with the host and sign a waiver in-person. Donations are non-refundable.

Register here.

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School Notes

News and notes from our colleges and universities

Arielle Schultz, of Newport Beach, has been named to the Dean’s List at Hamilton College for the spring 2024 semester.

To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must have carried a course load of four or more graded credits throughout the semester and earned an average GPA of 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale.

Schultz, a rising junior majoring in government, is a graduate of Tarbut V’Torah Community Day School.

Hamilton College is a leading liberal arts institution located in Clinton, N.Y.

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Balboa Island Museum is holding summer art classes

Balboa Island Museum Newport Beach is offering summer art classes on Wednesdays through the month of July at 11 a.m., and all levels and ages are welcome. Classes taught by local teacher Janae Juhala.

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Classes for all ages and ability levels are offered on Wednesdays through the month of July

Schedule of Art Classes:

–July 17: O’Keefe – Watercolor Pencils

–July 24: Matisse – Paper Collage

–July 31: Audubon – Watercolor Pencils

A $20 donation is requested and supplies are provided for each project.

Click here to register for art classes, or purchase tickets online at

Balboa Island Museum Newport Beach is located at 210 B Marine Ave., Balboa Island.

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It’s a kids’ world at Newport Beach Public Library this summer

Hey kids! Newport Beach Public Library (NBPL) announces a summer of free family activities, entertaining performances and an interactive reading challenge. From high-energy dance to interactive science programs, family crafts, prizes, books and much more. Stop by any location or check out their website to learn how you can join the fun!

Summer Reading Program events are generously funded by the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first-come, first-seated and limited by room capacity. Registration is not required.

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Engage in the NBPL Summer Reading Program taking place through July 27

Summer Reading

There’s still time to join Summer Reading, a summer of free family activities, entertaining performances an interactive reading challenge, family crafts, prizes, books and much more. Stop by any location or check out their website to learn how you can join the fun. The program runs through July 27.

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Central Library

Central Library is Turning 30

Central Library opened its doors in July 1994, which means this month, they’re celebrating a milestone birthday. Join the Open House Celebration on Saturday, July 13 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for tours, light refreshments and a chance to win prizes in a scavenger hunt.

Let’s Go Crazy for Chemistry

Mariners Branch: Saturday, July 13 at 11 a.m.

Explore the gooey, slippery, slimy world of chemistry with a zany professor of fun! Kids will be guided through experiments that change everyday household items using the principles of chemistry.

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Let’s get crafty making forest animals

Forest Animal Crafts

Central Library: Tuesday, July 16 at 11 a.m.

Balboa Branch: Wednesday, July 17 at 3 p.m.

Corona del Mar Branch: Thursday, July 18 at 3 p.m.

Mariners Branch: Saturday, July 20 at 11 a.m.

Who lives in the forest? Make crafts that explore this diverse habitat and its many adorable creatures!

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Discover tricks and illusions with the Magic of Tony Daniels at all library branches

Magic Show: Reading is Magic!

Experience exciting displays of tricks and illusions with the Magic of Tony Daniels. Join this fun-filled show of magic and comedy.

Central Library: Tuesday, July 23 at 11 a.m.

Balboa Branch: Wednesday, July 24 at 3 p.m.

Corona del Mar Branch: Thursday, July 25 at 3 p.m.

Mariners Branch: Saturday, July 27 at 11 a.m.

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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A glimpse at Crystal Cove in Summer

“Summertime at Crystal Cove is magical – and our programs team has been working all year to create new opportunities for folks to explore the park and to reimagine old favorites,” said Crystal Cove Conservancy President & CEO Kate Wheeler. “Our team has been testing new ideas like science hikes and rethinking and expanding classics like the Historic District Walking Tours and movies on the beach to create a menu of programs to help parkgoers deepen their connection with the park and become part of protecting it.”

From hands-on explorations of history and nature to art classes and conservation stewardship, there is something for everyone to explore during the summer at Crystal Cove.

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Sign up to spend a relaxing day capturing the beauty of the Cove on canvas with Crystal Cove plein air artist, Debbie Morines

The Great Plein Air Art Experience every Monday and Wednesday through October, except September 2 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration is required. Celebrate more than 100 years of plein air art at Crystal Cove State Park and spend a relaxing day capturing the beauty of the Cove on canvas with Crystal Cove plein air artist, Debbie Morines. During these four-hour classes, you’ll take part in living history while learning the step-by-step process of creating your very own plein air painting from beginning to end. Each class will have a break for lunch, but lunch is not provided. Classes are for ages 18 and up. Register here for July 10. Register here for July 15. Register here for July 17. For additional dates, visit

Tuesdays in the Commons: Hands-on Educational Activities from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (July 16, 23 and 30).

Stop by the Education Commons in the Crystal Cove State Park Historic District each week on Tuesday for new hands-on educational activities that will help participants learn about ongoing conservation work at the park, the critical habitats at Crystal Cove, and how it all connects with landscape scale efforts to protect and preserve the natural world. Park at the Los Trancos lot near the trailer then walk through the tunnel to the Education Commons (PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos). $15 day use fee.

Junior Ranger Programs, Tuesday and Thursday mornings continuing through July 30 from 10-11 a.m. Join a Park Ranger for a fun introduction to the animals and plants of Crystal Cove State Park in their weekly Junior Ranger programs. This children’s nature program is a favorite in State Parks and allows kids to earn a badge, stamps, a poster, or a patch. Each Tuesday they will focus on tidepools and on Thursdays they will learn about sharks. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the Campground.) $15 day use fee. No program on July 4.

Perimeter of the Park, Monday, July 15 from 6:45-11 a.m. Ready for a challenging hike to tour the Crystal Cove State Park backcountry? Join a park docent as you go from the “gills to the hills” on this strenuous but very scenic loop hike known as the “Perimeter of the Park.” Distance is around nine miles; elevation/gain loss, around 1,850 ft. The hike is done at a moderate pace with one or two short breaks. Be sure to bring plenty of water and a snack. Arrive by 6:45 a.m. as the hike will start promptly at 7 a.m. Meet at the Ranger Station (PCH inland at the stoplight School-State Park, follow the signs towards the Ranger Station.) $15 day use fee.

Walk on the Wild Side, Friday, July 19 at 10 a.m. At Crystal Cove, you walk upon some of the rarest land in Southern California: coastal sage scrub. Join a park docent for a Walk on the Wild Side and enjoy a one-hour stroll learning about this amazing 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.

Whale, Dolphin & Wildlife “Twalk,” Saturday, July 20 from 9-11 a.m. Crystal Cove State Park is a great spot to look for resident dolphins, migrating whales and birds just passing by the coastline. Join a park naturalist for a Whale, Dolphin & Wildlife “Twalk” and learn some fun facts about the coastal creatures as you walk the bluff trail and scan the ocean at each overlook. Bring binoculars for better viewing. Meet at Pelican Point lot #4 (PCH coastward at Newport Coast left at kiosk to the last lot.) $20 day use fee.

Full Moon Hike on Saturday, July 20 from 7:45-10 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 and a snack. Bug repellant is recommended. 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.) Registration is required, so sign up at

Explore the Cove Science Hikes, Fourth Saturday each month: July 27, August 24 and September 28 from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Registration is required for this event. Take a hike with a Conservancy educator to explore Crystal Cove State Park’s geological and ecological systems. Explore the impacts and challenges of climate change including fire ecology, ecological restoration, coastal engineering and marine conservation, as well as native versus non-native species and their impact on natural communities and ecosystem functions. Registration is required for these events.

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Historic District Walking Tours take place the fourth Saturday of every month

Historic District Walking Tours, Fourth Saturday each month: July 27, August 24 and September 28 from 2-3 p.m. Historic District Walking Tours return to Crystal Cove State Park. During this 60-minute tour led by Conservancy educators and former cottage residents, participants will step back in time to explore the history of Crystal Cove and the Historic District’s rescue and restoration.

Movies on the Beach, monthly from July through September. Click here for upcoming events.

Cove Talks, Ongoing. Click here for upcoming events. Registration is required for these events.

Grunion Run, One night only. Click here for details. Registration is required for this event.

For more information about summer programming at Crystl Cove and to register for upcoming programs, go here.

For a complete calendar of events, go to

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“Piering” at a seagull

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Just sitting on the pier railing, perhaps waiting for the next handout

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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, July 23 and Sept. 10 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

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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, Aug. 6 and Sept. 24 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

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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, Aug. 20 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

Fourth Friday Habitat Restoration in Buck Gully on Fridays, July 26, Aug. 23 and Sept. 17 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

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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

Newport Beach Public Library – everything at the library calendar

Newport-Mesa Unified School District news & events calendar

Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce community events calendar

Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce community events calendar

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

Top 10 Nonfiction

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

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

3. An Unfinished Love Story: A Personal History of the 1960s by Doris Kearns Goodwin

4. Burn Book: A Tech Love Story by Kara Swisher

5. The Friday Afternoon Club: A Family Memoir by Griffin Dunne

6. The Situation Room: The Inside Story of Presidents in Crisis by George Stephanopoulos

7. 8 Rules of Love: How to Find It, Keep It, and Let It Go by Jay Shetty

8. American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird

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

10. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall

Top 10 Fiction

1. The Women by Kristin Hannah

2. The Exchange: After the Firm by John Grisham

3. Eruption by Michael Crichton

4. Swan Song by Erin Hilderbrand

5. Mind Games by Nora Roberts

6. The Heaven & Earth Grocery Story by James McBride

7. Camino Ghosts by John Grisham

8. First Lie Wins: A Novel by Ashley Elston

9. Funny Story by Emily Henry

10. Table for Two: Fictions by Amor Towles

Top 10 Children’s

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

2. Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

3. Sonic the Hedgehog by Ian Flynn

4. Baby-Sitters Little Sister by Katy Farina

5. Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi

6. National Geographic Kids Almanac

7. Geronimo Stilton Reporter by Geronimo Stilton

8. Cat Kid Comic Club by Dav Pilkey

9. Investigators by John Patrick Green

10. Pizza and Taco by Stephen Shaskan

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The Life and Music of George Michael comes to Segerstrom Center for one show on October 6

Due to popular demand, Ruckus Entertainment announced The Life and Music of George Michael will return to the road for a U.S. tour in 2024. The brand-new concert-style show chronicles the amazing journey George Michael had with music and his fans while capturing the performance and sound of the musical sensation with concert style staging and lighting.

The Life and Music of George Michael will make a stop at Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Sunday, October 6, for one show only and audiences are invited to join the party and listen to early music hits from Wham! and Michael’s illustrious solo career that made him a legend. Tickets are on sale now.

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Craig Winberry performing during the tour

“Get ready to relive the magic of George Michael’s music in a way you’ve never experienced before,” said producer Ralph Schmidtke. “The Life and Music of George Michael will take fans on a captivating ride through the incredible legacy of this musical icon while listening to all the songs they have come to love over the years.”

The Life and Music of George Michael celebrates the performance and sound of one of the biggest international stars of our time. The show will have fans on their feet dancing and singing along to blockbuster hits including “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go,” “Freedom,” “Faith,” “Careless Whisper,” “Father Figure” and many more.

Michael sold more than 115 million albums spanning four decades and rose to fame as a member of Wham! in the early ‘80s. He went solo in 1987 with Faith, one of the biggest albums of all time. The album had four number one hits including “Faith,” “Monkey,” “Father Figure” and “One More Try.” He won two Grammy Awards, three Brit awards, three American Music Awards and four MTV Video Music Awards.

Ruckus Entertainment, based in Los Angeles and formed in 2022, brings together veteran entertainment producers Alison Spiriti, Justin Sudds, Dean Elliott and Ralph Schmidtke who are collectively responsible for producing more than 100 touring productions seen by millions around the world. Their burgeoning production company brings audiences world-class concerts and live events and is focused on celebrating the history and music behind iconic, globally recognized musical artists. Current productions include The Simon & Garfunkel Story, The Life and Music of George Michael and The British Invasion.

Tickets for The Life and Music of George Michael are available for purchase online at, in person at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, or by phone at 714.556-2787.

Segerstrom for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, go to

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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:

Celebrate and enjoy your birthday!

July 9: Curt Dell lll, Denise Peri Bukosi, Ethan Temianka, Jim Lyman, Morgan Wisbey, Tino Che

July 10: Julie Gardner, Krissy Clarke, Sarah Winchester

July 11: Crystal Warner, John Zarvos, Lyn Lacanienta, Maryam Parman, Parvis Kahen, Zoumana Koné

July 12: Elliot Auslander, Jim Cota, Stephanie Murguia

July 13: Bleu Cotton, Charlene Juhl Metoyer, Josh Evans, Stacia Stabler, Vicki Pengiily-Slyman

July 14: Amanda Kenning, Cindy Hill, Jose De La Jara, Kevin Nagano, Khrystyne Peratt, Mike Ratchford, Paula Ansara-Wilhelm

July 15: Dave Garofalo, David Chapman, Ian Curtis, John Ireland, Lysa Ray, Tom Berndt

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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 delighted to announce that Maggie, a sweet and calm 8-year-old chihuahua mix, is still looking for her forever home. Maggie is a shelter favorite and a true gem. She is fully housebroken and is a calm and relaxed companion.

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Meet Maggie

Maggie enjoys going for walks, is remarkably quiet, well behaved and never barks. She would be the perfect companion for anyone seeking a Zen companion. She has been spayed, microchipped and is up to date on vaccinations.

If you’d like to meet Maggie, please contact the shelter at 949.718.3454 or email to schedule an appointment.

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

On their wish list of needs is poop bags.

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

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Plant-O-Rama plant sale coming to Sherman Library & Gardens

The Plant-O-Rama plant sale is coming to Sherman Library & Gardens. This retro-event, which debuted in 1972 returns to Sherman Gardens on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21 from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. The sale will feature plants and plant experts from these participating plant societies: California Native Plant Society, Los Angeles International Fern Society, Newport Harbor Orchid Society, Orange County Begonia Society, Saddleback Valley Bromeliad Society and Southern California Carnivorous Plant Enthusiasts.

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The inaugural Plant-O-Rama took place in 1972

Former Sherman Gardens Director Wade Roberts started the event in 1972 as a fundraiser for the Sherman Foundation. At the time, former Horticulture Manager John Bishop managed the nursery at the Sherman Foundation Experimental Center in Dana Point. “People always asked us if we sold plants from the garden. It seemed like the right thing to do and we had the facility to grow the plants,” recalled Bishop. “It was a very popular event. People would arrive early and wait in the parking lot until the gardens opened,” he added.

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Volunteers have always been the roots of Sherman Gardens

Plant-O-Rama showcased local plant societies as well as a unique variety of houseplants, tropical, hanging baskets and succulents. Fast forward to 2024. “The plant craze is alive and well, so we’re teaming up with local plant societies to offer our Sherman visitors a great selection of unique plants,” said Scott LaFleur, executive director of Sherman Library & Gardens. “Take a hint from the patrons of the original Plant-O-Rama and come early for the best selection,” he added.

This special event supports Sherman Library & Gardens and local plant societies, and it’s free with garden admission. Garden admission is only $5 and always free for members.

Sherman Library & Gardens is located at 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. For more info visit, or call 949.673.2261.

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CLUE live on stage, as Segerstrom Center hosts CLUE Cosplay Contest with prizes

CLUE, the hilarious murder mystery comedy inspired by the board game and adapted from the fan-favorite film, is coming to Segerstrom Center for the Arts for a limited eight performance engagement from Tuesday, July 23 through Sunday, July 28.

On Wednesday, July 24 at 6:30 p.m., Segerstrom Center hosts a fun and free to the public CLUE Cosplay Contest with prizes for the best individual and group personifications of some of the most famous characters in board game history: Colonel Mustard, Miss Scarlet, Mrs. Peacock, Mrs. White, Mr. Green and Professor Plum. The first 100 people to arrive in costume will receive a complimentary appetizer voucher for a savory treat at Claim Jumper Steakhouse & Bar. If you ever played the game Clue, now is your chance to dress up and be one of the famous characters! Don’t miss out on this fun opportunity to become a part of the mystery. To register for Segerstrom Center for the Arts’s CLUE Character Costume Contest, visit

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Now is your chance to dress up to win prizes when you portray one of the famous characters of the whodunit mystery CLUE

In the play CLUE on stage, led by Broadway Director Casey Hushion (associate director of Mean Girls and The Prom, associate resident director of Aladdin, choreography for the Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), murder and blackmail are on the menu when six mysterious guests assemble at Boddy Manor for a night they’ll never forget! Was it Mrs. Peacock in the study with the knife? Or was it Colonel Mustard in the library with the wrench? Based on the fan-favorite 1985 Paramount Pictures movie and inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, CLUE is the ultimate whodunit that will leave you dying of laughter and keep you guessing until the final twist.

The cast of CLUE includes Mariah Burks as the Cook, John Treacy Egan as Colonel Mustard, Michelle Elaine as Miss Scarlet, Joanna Glushak as Mrs. Peacock, Tari Kelly as Mrs. White, Mark Price as Wadsworth, John Shartzer as Mr. Green, Jonathan Spivey as Professor Plum, Alex Syiek as Mr. Boddy, Teddy Trice as the Cop and Elisabeth Yancey as Yvette. The understudies are Greg Balla, Alison Ewing, Mary McNulty and James Taylor Odom.

CLUE is based on the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn and written by Sandy Rustin with additional material by Hunter Foster and Eric Price. It features original music by Michael Holland. The production also features scenic design by Lee Savage, costume design by Jen Caprio, lighting design by Ryan O’Gara and sound design by Jeff Human.

The CLUE franchise began in 1949 with the manufacture of the Cluedo board game. Currently owned and published by Hasbro, the game has since sold more than 200 million copies worldwide. A murder-mystery comedy film by Paramount Pictures based on the board game was released in 1985, and went on to achieve cult classic status with a passionate fanbase.

The North American tour of CLUE is produced by The Araca Group, Work Light Productions, Lively McCabe Entertainment and Aged in Wood.

Tickets for CLUE start at $39 and are available for purchase online at, in person at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket discounts for 10 or more, call the Group Services offices at 714.755.0236.

For more information, visit

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

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SOCALPAPA announces 16th Annual Back Bay Plein Air Art Festival

SOCALPAPA’s 16th Annual Back Bay Plein Air Art Festival will take place again in Newport Beach from July 13-21.

This week-long festival of art is open to the public to attend, and celebrates the natural beauty of Upper Newport Bay and other OC parks, beaches and wilderness, as captured by local artists.

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Winners and judges from the Quick Draw, 2023

Plein air (a French term meaning open air), describes the practice of painting outdoors, capturing the essence of natural landscapes. The open-air setting at Upper Newport Bay is an ideal backdrop for the events. Locals can enjoy a day filled with nature and art, meet the local artists and engage in various activities.

Jointly presented by SOCALPAPA (Southern California Plein Air Painters Association), the Newport Bay Conservancy and OC Parks, the festival brings visitors and artists together in several different events throughout the week. Events take place at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center at Upper Newport Bay, unless otherwise noted. It is located at 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach. Free parking and free admission unless otherwise noted.

Schedule of Events:

July 13 “Quick Draw” Painting Competition

~Painting on the Trails, 8-11 a.m.

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An artist on a trail during the Plein Air Quick Draw

Watch artists engage in a friendly competition as they paint alongside many of the trails surrounding the Big Canyon area of the bay. Take time to explore the natural beauty that attracts so many people here. Artists can enter the competition at
All artists are welcome to participate (non-club members registration fee $45). There is an opportunity for artists to win cash and prizes valued at $1,000, and to sell their paintings to the public.

~Artwork viewing & Awards, 2-4 p.m.

Paintings done in the morning will be framed and hung, then awarded prizes by their esteemed judge, artist Marc Jacobucci. The public awards ceremony is followed by a viewing and sale of the artwork at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center, and will remain on display and for sale through July 19.

July 13-19: Best of OC Parks and Newport Bay Plein Air Art Show & Sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Closed Monday, July 15)

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Attendees enjoying the art show

View and shop 60 paintings that were preselected for this special exhibit. All paintings curated into this juried show were painted en plein air – outside in the open air – and highlight the beauty of OC Parks’ landscapes including iconic areas such as Irvine Regional Park, Peter’s Canyon, Salt Creek Beach and Upper Newport Bay.

Saturday, July 20 and Sunday July 21: Weekend Art Show & Sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

View several hundred additional original paintings by 40 SOCALPAPA artists. Club artists will display their award-winning artwork judged by artist Geoff Allen. Meet the artists while shopping and enjoy live music, an original painting giveaway, with food and beverages available for purchase. All of this while enjoying the beautiful natural views and trails of Upper Newport Bay.

Art Classes for Adults and Kids

SOCALPAPA is a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting the tradition of plein-air painting, bringing artists together both experienced and new to share knowledge and promoting arts education. In this spirit, four art classes will be held during the week of the festival. Held at the Muth Center classrooms (indoors) and led by experienced SOCALPAPA club artists, these classes will provide students with an unforgettable fine art experience. Get a taste of art this summer with one of their classes! Register at

~Adult Classes: All materials are supplied. Participants will take home a completed painting at the end of the class. $10 materials fee.

–Tuesday, July 16, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. – oil class with instructor Karen Wadsworth

–Wednesday, July 17, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. – pastel class with instructor Mike Major

~Children’s Classes: All materials are supplied. Participants ages 7-12 will take home a completed painting at the end of the class.

–Thursday, July 18, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. – acrylic class with instructor Ellen Emmer

–Friday, July 19, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. – acrylic class with instructor Sandra Morrison

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Vendor booths

The Southern California Plein Air Painters Association (SOCALPAPA) was founded in 2001 by local landscape painters Maggie Jamison and Jeff Horn. From a small group to a much larger one today, the group’s objectives remain the same: Bring together artists – both experienced and new – share knowledge, promote arts education and support local conservation efforts that protect our natural landscape. The not-for-profit club’s long-standing partnership with OC Parks, the Newport Bay Conservancy and the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center are examples of the club’s mission at work: Thirty-five percent of the proceeds of art sales are donated to protecting and preserving the bay.

For more information, visit and

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Wine Walk returns to Environmental Nature Center

The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) is presenting its sixth Wine Walk on Saturday, Aug. 10 from 4-7 p.m. The ENC is collaborating with Hi-Time Wine Cellars to provide guests with a fabulous afternoon of wine tasting, while helping to raise funds for environmental education. Guests will walk through ENC and stop at wine tasting stations along the trails to taste wines from several wineries.

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Enjoy a fabulous afternoon of wine tasting, while helping to raise funds for environmental education

Small bites will be provided. Live pop/jazz music will be provided by SideNote Keys/Bass near the ENC’s stream. Guests will end their walk with Kean Coffee and dessert. An online auction from August 5-10 will feature a number of items. View the auction at

Most wines being poured will be available for purchase through Hi-Time Wine Cellars with pick-up at Hi-Time at a later date.

“Our annual Wine Walk is a great way to bring the community together to celebrate the ENC, enjoy wine, food, music, nature and friends, and raise funds for our environmental education programs,” said ENC Executive Director Bo Glover. “Funds raised will assist us in continuing to provide transformative experiences at the Environmental Nature Center, ENC Nature Preschool and ENC Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary.”

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

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ENC events in July

The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) and the ENC Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary have two events happening in July.

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Take a Nature Bathing Walk on July 21 at ENC in Newport Beach

– On Sunday, July 21 from 8-10 a.m. at the ENC, come on a Nature Bathing Walk. Join Naturalist and Certified Nature Therapy Guide Desiree Romero on a guided walk through the Environmental Nature Center and allow your natural sense of wonder to take you to a mindful space. Romero will help you quiet your busy mind, connect with your senses and even boost your immune system during this unique experience. You will walk (less than one mile) and take stops along the way to engage in playful, “invitation” activities, to deepen your connection with the outside world and yourself. Your walk will end with a tea ceremony (local herbs and honey) of reciprocity. Register here.

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Collect native seed for propagation at the ENC Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary

On Friday, July 26 from 2-4 p.m. at the ENC Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary, volunteer for Native Seed Collection. Come assist the ENC with collecting native seed for propagation at the ENC Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary. An adult must accompany children younger than 14 years of age. Register here.

Environmental Nature Center is located at 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach. Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 29322 Modjeska Canyon Road, Silverado.

For more information, visit

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Look what’s happening at Upper Newport Bay in summer

Summer at Upper Newport Bay welcomes you to the outdoors with Sow and Grow Fridays, kayaking, Community Days and Restoration in Big Canyon. Come discover this ecological reserve (coastal wetland) that spans 752 acres.

Fridays, July 12, 19, 26 and Aug. 2 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.: Sow and Grow Fridays

On Friday mornings, bring a friend and join Sow and Grow Fridays in Upper Newport Bay’s native plant nursery for three hours of hands-on volunteer-driven fun. Each week, you will have the opportunity to assist in seasonal activities like seed collection, sowing seed flats, transplanting seedlings, pruning, processing cuttings, composting, pot washing, weeding, and maintaining nursery space. Minimum age: 13 years old. Minors must have a legal guardian present at all times. For group requests, contact Although most of the work will be conducted under shade, volunteers should be prepared to stand and be exposed to changing weather for various lengths of time. Please bring sturdy closed-toe shoes, hiking or outdoor working attire, a reusable water bottle, sunscreen and a hat. Free parking and public restrooms are available on site. No experience is necessary. Training and tools will be provided. Takes place at Back Bay Science Center located at 600 Shellmaker Road, Newport Beach. Register for Sow and Grow here.

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Kayaking is one of the best ways to appreciate the beauty and tranquility of Upper Newport Bay

Fridays, July 12, 19, 26 and Aug. 2 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.: Discover Upper Newport Bay Kayak Tour

On Fridays, join a public group to kayak in the ecological reserve of Upper Newport Bay. Kayaking is one of the best ways to appreciate the beauty and tranquility of Upper Newport Bay and to see skimmers, terns and egrets flying by you. If your eyes are quick, catch a glimpse of a silver mullet (fish) jumping out of the water or a stingray gliding beneath you. Each tour is unique with startling differences in the birds and other wildlife depending on the season and the state of the tide. In summer, black skimmers and terns that come here to nest predominate. Tours are guided by certified volunteer naturalists. Ages 8+ are welcome. Takes place at Newport Aquatic Center located at 1 Whitecliffs Drive, Newport Beach. Cost: $25. Register for kayaking here.

Sundays, July 14, 21, 28 and Aug. 4 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Community Days

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Help protect the more than 25,000 plants from invasive flora at UNB’s Big Canyon restoration site

On Sundays, join UNB as you tour the facility, including Shellmaker trail, and the teaching lab and aquatic lab. Learn about the Back Bay Science Center’s Educational Programs and how you can get more involved. There are fun, hands-on activities for kids. Pets are not allowed due to nesting season. You can also join by bike. There are bike racks in the back of the building by the touch tanks. Please do not ride your bike on the trails on the island. No reservations are needed.

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 Visit

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Lonely tower on an overcast day

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Photo by Mary Hurlbut

All’s quiet on the Western front

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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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