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 Volume 4, Issue 41  |  May 21, 2019                                    


 
 
 

Police Files

Lemur pilferer pleads guilty in Federal Court

A man who broke into the Santa Ana Zoo after hours and stole North America’s oldest-living ring-tailed lemur in captivity to keep the endangered animal as a pet has agreed to plead guilty to a federal criminal charge.

Aquinas (Quinn) Kasbar, 19, of Newport Beach, has agreed to plead guilty to one misdemeanor count of unlawfully taking an endangered species. The charge carries a statutory maximum penalty of one year in federal prison and a $100,000 fine. Kasbar’s initial court appearance has been scheduled for May 28 in United States District Court in Santa Ana.

According to his plea agreement filed yesterday, on July 27, 2018, Kasbar broke into the Santa Ana Zoo after it had closed for the day. While in the zoo, Kasbar used bolt cutters to cut a hole in the zoo’s enclosures for lemurs and capuchin monkeys, which enabled several of the animals to escape, though they were later recovered, according to court documents.

Police Files Quinn Kasbar

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Quinn Kasbar

Kasbar admitted in his plea agreement to stealing Isaac, a 32-year-old, ring-tailed lemur, and North America’s oldest ring-tailed lemur in captivity. After stealing Isaac, Kasbar placed the animal in a plastic drawer that lacked ventilation holes, court papers state. The next day, Kasbar abandoned Isaac in front of a Newport Beach hotel, leaving him in the same plastic drawer with two notes placed on it, which read, “Lemur” and “This belongs to the Santa Ana Zoo it was taken last night please bring it to police,” the plea agreement states. Kasbar’s actions resulted in a loss to the Santa Ana Zoo of approximately $8,486, court papers state.

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the Newport Beach Police Department and the Santa Ana Police Department.

This matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Daniel H. Ahn of the Santa Ana Branch Office and Erik M. Silber of the Environmental and Community Safety Crimes Section.

Kasbar is also charged with a number of residential burglaries in Balboa Island, Newport Beach and Corona del Mar. He was linked to the burglaries through evidence found in the lemur case.

He is scheduled for a court appearance in June.

Supreme Court passes on decision as to whether NB is on the hook for wrongful death

The Supreme Court decided not to hear Newport Beach vs. Vos, an excessive force lawsuit, thereby allowing a jury to decide whether police are liable for shooting and killing a mentally ill man. 

Gerritt Vos died in 2014 after being shot by Newport Beach police when he charged them outside a convenience store while holding a pair of scissors. 

Police were called when Vos, 22, from San Clemente, was acting agitated in a 7-Eleven. The store’s clerk and customers had previously exited with one reportedly cut on the hand by the scissors.

Police took positions in front of the store, accompanied by a police dog and non-lethal weapons. However, Vos came running out of the store toward police and they shot him four times. He later died of his wounds.

Follow-up tests revealed methamphetamine in his system. His previous medical history also had him diagnosed as a schizophrenic.

Vos’ parents filed a $25 million wrongful death suit against the City of Newport Beach.

The City’s lawyers asked the Court whether police needed to “provide accommodations to an armed, violent and mentally ill suspect” when making an arrest.

The Court, in deciding not to hear the case, now turns the case back for a jury to decide.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime report


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Summer gets started early in Newport Beach

Fair Game Tom NewSummer officially begins on Friday, June 21, at 8:54 a.m.

But for Newport Beach, you’d have to move that up almost a month, as Memorial Day weekend seems to actually be our unofficial kickoff to summer. And we get things started in a big way.

Take the Balboa Bay Resort for example. Beginning this Friday night, it’s three days of enjoyment with the 16th Annual Newport Beach Wine Festival.

Their kickoff is the Far Niente and Nickel & Nickel Winemaker Dinner in the Waterline restaurant; Saturday they show off with 25 premium and award-winning wineries offering up 100+ varietals, food stations and live entertainment or The Macallan & Cheese Whisky Tasting.

That evening the party moves into the A&O Kitchen+Bar with hand-crafted cocktails, food, bites and live music.

Then Saturday, back to the Waterline for the Taittinger Champagne Brunch.

Wait, they’re not done. Midday Sunday offers a culinary showcase complete with demonstrations and then a wine blending experience that afternoon.

So, maybe wine is not your deal. Then how about the largest inflatable obstacle course in SoCal at the Newport Dunes. This looks like fun!!

Fair Game obstacle course

Courtesy of Newport Dunes & Waterfront Resort

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort’s Water Park obstacle course is open Friday, May 24 through Monday, May 27 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

They also have a Boots on the Beach: Memorial Day Memories concert on Sunday night, featuring Garth Brooks and Brooks & Dunn tribute bands.

And, we’d be remiss if we didn’t remind Newport Beach that the Balboa Peninsula Trolley gets dusted off and returns this Saturday for all three days of the weekend. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. 

There’s free parking in the Avon lot off Riverside.

Things don’t stop there.

The next weekend is equally busy.

Three days of jazz at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Jazz Festival. Anybody we know, you ask? How about George Benson, Poncho Sanchez and Jeffrey Osborne to name just a few of the acts.

Saturday, June 1, kicks off early with the Corona del Mar Scenic 5K. It’s one of those races you can run, walk or jog. It’s designed to have fun. Plus, the host Corona del Mar Chamber puts together nice pre and post-race events and entertainment.

Also, early Saturday is the 3rd Annual Newport Harbor Underwater Cleanup. Sure, don your wetsuit, hook up the scuba tanks and you’re ready.

Some 200 volunteers will get wet to clean up Newport’s greatest resource. There’s breakfast, live entertainment and exhibits. 

It kicks off at the Balboa Bay Resort.

Then Sunday, don’t forget the 26th running of the Balboa Island Parade. It might only be a few blocks long, but it’s the entries that make it special. You get golf carts, wiener dogs, the USC Marching Band, Keystone Cops, kids riding bikes, collector cars, dignitaries…you name it, it’s there.

The bridge closes at 10:45 a.m. and the parade begins promptly thereafter.

I’m tired already and that’s just two weekends. Get out there and find something fun to plug into. You have no excuses.


Low tide textures 

Low tide rocks

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A lovely look at the rocks in the sand at sunrise over the pier

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JWA General Aviation Project discussion moved back to late June

The date that the John Wayne Airport (JWA) General Aviation Improvement Project (GAIP) will again be considered by the Orange County Board of Supervisors (Board) has changed to Tuesday, June 25. The Board will not consider the item on May 21 as was initially announced. 

The Board first discussed the GAIP at its May 7 meeting. Dozens of community members spoke, and many expressed concerns related to the project’s potential to increase general aviation jet flights, create additional noise and pollution impacts, and to reduce the amount of space allocated for lighter general aviation aircraft.

Representatives of the cities of Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, and Supervisor Michelle Steel, spoke in support of Alternative 3. However, a motion to approve that alternative failed. The Board discussed aspects of Alternative 1 and Supervisor Andrew Do proposed a compromise solution, a “modified Alternative 1.” 

A comparison of Alternatives 1, 3 and the proposed compromise are shown in the table below. 

JWA General Aviation Alternatives table

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Table courtesy of newportbeachca.gov

After further discussion, the Board continued the item to allow time for County of Orange staff and consultants to evaluate the proposal and determine if it is in alignment with the GAIP’s environmental documentation. The City of Newport Beach (City) is awaiting the results of the County’s analysis of the proposed compromise. 

There are elements of the proposal – such as limiting the Fixed Based Operators (FBOs) to two, eliminating the General Aviation Facility (GAF) and providing for a lower number of based turbo jets than proposed in Alternative 1 – that are similar to Alternative 3, the City’s preferred option. Following its Council Policy A-17, the City will continue to strongly support any plan or proposal that maintains, and oppose any plan or proposal that proposes, any significant change to the existing level of general aviation operations or the current level of general aviation support facilities. Therefore, in context of the GAIP, the City supports maintaining the current mix of based General Aviation aircraft, the number and nature of GA operations and the number of GA facilities. 

The City remains concerned about the proposed elements of the GAIP that could expand GA operations, particularly, the proposed addition of the General Aviation Facility (GAF). The City has safety and security concerns about the GAF and allowing international passenger screening to take place in an FBO rather than in the main terminal. Supervisor Do’s proposal did not include a GAF. 

The City also maintains that commercial operations and commercial passenger security screening should be handled in the main terminal and these functions should not encroach into areas of the airport that have traditionally been set aside for general aviation uses. This issue is not directly addressed in the GAIP, but the City has relayed its concerns to County representatives. 

Over the coming weeks, the City will continue to communicate with County representatives and advocate our community’s position. We will also keep the Newport Beach community and our Corridor Cities colleagues informed of any changes or developments.

For more information about the GAIP, visit www.newportbeachca.gov/gaip.


Newport Harbor Home and Garden Tour raises $150,000 for educational foundation

On Thursday, May 16, the 22nd Annual Newport Harbor High School Home and Garden Tour took place with seven homes throughout Newport Beach open for public viewing.

Presented by Villa Real Estate, and with the assistance of generous sponsorships and committed volunteers, as well as the tireless efforts of the Home Tour committee, 1,500 tickets were sold (a sell-out!) and approximately $150,000 was raised to benefit the Newport Harbor Educational Foundation (NHEF), administered by Newport Harbor High School Principal Sean Bouton and the NHEF board.

Newport Harbor Home and Garden Tour Karen and Andy

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Photos by Lana Johnson

(L-R) Home Tour co-chair Karen Taylor with Andy Drakeford, vendor chair

In addition to the tour, attendees enjoyed a morning welcoming reception at Jenni Kayne with light breakfast bites by Malibu Farm in Lido Marina Village, a gourmet luncheon provided by Filomena’s Italian Kitchen & Market with specialty boutique vendors at Newport Theatre Arts Center overlooking the harbor, and an afternoon reception culminating the day at Barclay Butera Interiors in Westcliff. Two rest stops available throughout the day were at 503found and Molly Wood Garden Design.

The day’s homes were located in the charming neighborhoods of Newport Heights, Balboa Peninsula/Peninsula Point and Dover Shores/Westcliff. They ranged in style from European farmhouse and classic modern to upscale beach house, with interiors showcasing the latest trends, smart features and treasured art finds – combining the old and new – with unexpected twists and indoor/outdoor living at its finest.

Here’s a glimpse at five of the homes on the tour, the luncheon venue and the afternoon reception.

Newport Harbor Home and Garden Tour 1207 Berkshire kitchen with island

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One of the owner’s favorite features of their residence at 1207 Berkshire Lane is the spacious peninsula in the kitchen. Treasures throughout this designer’s home range from family heirlooms to pieces collected from their time spent in London.

Newport Harbor Home and Garden Tour 2219 Channel exterior

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At 2219 Channel Road with a mix of traditional, bohemian and midcentury, there’s a playful twist on the classic beach house. Finds throughout were sought from antique markets from Paris and London to Long Beach.

Newport Harbor Home and Garden Tour 2006 Leeward pool

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Let the good times roll at 2006 Leeward Lane with its pool and outdoor living area. It accommodates intimate gatherings with family as well as large-scale entertaining with friends.

Newport Harbor Home and Garden Tour 2936 Cliff dining room table

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At 2936 Cliff Drive, the exterior is modern farmhouse and the interior is classic modern. This spacious dining table beckons family and guests to sit down and spend time together over memorable meals.

Newport Harbor Home and Garden Tour 405 Belvue along the strada

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Located on a charming strada, the residence at 405 Belvue Lane was inspired by the warmth and sense of history of European farmhouses. The owners gave it a personality of its own...a fun blend of collected and cozy.

Newport Harbor Home and Garden Tour Barclay Butera Interiors

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The Home Tour ended with an afternoon reception at Barclay Butera Interiors in Westcliff, where guests toured the showroom. Barclay Butera welcomed visitors with glasses of Champagne and hors d’oeuvres.

For more information on the Newport Harbor Home and Garden Tour and the Newport Harbor Educational Foundation, visit www.NewportHarborHomeTour.com.

Check out more photos from the Home and Garden Tour below


City Manager’s Updates

From the desk of Grace Leung

General Aviation Program to be considered by the County on June 25 – The date that the John Wayne Airport General Aviation Improvement Project (GAIP) will again be considered by the Orange County Board of Supervisors (Board) has changed to Tuesday, June 25. The item was first discussed at the Board’s May 7 meeting where dozens of community members spoke and expressed concerns related to the project. The Board discussed the project aspects and proposed a compromise solution, a “modified Alternative 1” and agreed to continue the item to its May 21 meeting. However, the item has been delayed to allow County staff additional time to review the proposed alternative. 

For more information on the proposed compromise and delay, visit www.newportbeachcav.gov/news.

Western Snowy Plover Management Plan Community Meeting – The City hosted a community meeting Monday, May 20 at 6 p.m. at Marina Park to discuss the revised Western Snowy Plover Management Plan for East Balboa Peninsula Beaches. City staff from multiple departments have been working closely with biologists from Glenn Lukos Associates on a revised and improved management plan for the federally designated Western Snowy Plover (WSP) critical habitat located between B and G Streets and other Peninsula areas to the east. The goal of the plan is to preserve the WSP beach and dune habitat while maintaining public access to the sandy beach. The plan calls for the removal of the existing dune enclosures and includes parameters for beach grooming, trash pick-up, lifeguard operations, dune habitat restoration, public education and signage in and around the critical habitat area. The community was invited to come to the meeting to hear about and discuss the plan. The plan and contact information can be accessed on the City’s website at: 

www.newportbeachca.gov/snowyplover.

Potential Code Amendment RM Development Standards – At the May 28 regular meeting, the City Council will consider initiating a zoning code amendment to the Multiple Residential (RM) zoning districts in the City. The initiation would give Planning Division staff the go-ahead to study potential code changes that would apply R-1 and R-2 zoning district development standards to single-family homes and duplexes built in the RM zones. The notable standard is the lower 29-foot height limit in the R-1 and R-2 zones compared to the 33-foot height limit in the RM zones. If initiated the amendment process would include public outreach and public hearings by the Planning Commission and City Council. 

Balboa Village Advisory Committee (BVAC) Meeting – On May 15, the Balboa Village Advisory Committee (BVAC) heard from the Revenue Division on upcoming and potential changes to parking permitting. It also discussed the walkabout held on April 17. At the walkabout, BVAC spent about an hour walking through the Village to see where improvements have already occurred or are in progress and also discussed other areas for improvement. The next meeting is anticipated to be Wednesday, June 19, at 4 p.m. in the Bay Island Room at Marina Park. 

The BVAC meets on an as-needed basis the third Wednesday of each month. For more information, check out the BVAC webpage at link here.

General Plan Update Steering Committee MeetingThe Committee interviewed three prospective outreach consultants on May 15 and they identified the most qualified among them. Each consultant team presented their most relevant project experience and the Committee asked them four standardized questions. Based on their responses, the Committee asked several follow-up questions. Committee members thanked each team for their proposal, their presentation, and their time and effort. After all presentations and interviews were concluded, the Committee took public comments. The unanimous consensus was to select Kerns and West as the most qualified of the group. 

The Committee was impressed with their extensive experience in conducting both general plan visioning and preparing general plan updates. The Committee also believes Kearns and West can adequately assist the City as we go forward with reviewing and updating the Community’s General Plan. The next step is to review the cost proposal for feasibility and how it supports the scope of work. The Committee will meet again on May 29 with the goal to finalize a recommendation to the City Council. You can watch the presentations at: http://ecms.newportbeachca.gov/Web/0/fol/1351280/Row1.aspx 

Construction Code Amendment – For over a year, City staff has worked with residents and contractors to address the residential parking impacts resulting from construction activity in residential neighborhoods. Staff met with homeowner’s associations, community groups, and local building contractors to seek feedback on reducing construction parking impacts. At the May 28th City Council meeting, staff will propose code amendments to restrict construction on Saturdays in areas of the community which are the most impacted by construction. An additional proposal for those impacted areas is to require projects with construction fencing to post a project information sign to identify the primary contact person responsible for the project. Building Inspection and Code Enforcement telephone numbers will be on the sign for residents to report violations. The proposed ordinance will go into effect 60 days after adoption. If adopted by the City Council, staff will send notification of the code change to all permit holders to allow the contractors or builders to make arrangements for their construction scheduling. 

Regional Housing Needs Assessment Update – City Planners have been monitoring and participating in the discussions on the future Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) numbers. At the May 6 RHNA Subcommittee meeting, Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) staff explained the required consultation process between SCAG and the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) that occurs before HCD issues its final determination of regional total housing need for the SCAG region, which the City of Newport Beach is a part of. SCAG staff has developed a framework to guide this process, and a list of specific subject areas for HCD’s consideration. Included in this consultation package is SCAG’s proposal to phase the existing need component of the region’s determined housing needs over multiple RHNA cycles in order to incentivize jurisdictions to make realistic, good-faith efforts to accommodate long-term housing development. The Subcommittee voted to recommend approval by the Community, Economic and Human Development Committee (CEHD) of the Draft RHNA Consultation package to HCD, which will be on the CEHD agenda at their June 6 meeting. Presentations and the complete agenda can be found at the following link: http://scag.iqm2.com/citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=14&ID=1993&Inline=True.

Treasury Report Update – The April 2019 Treasury Report is available on the City’s website at: www.newportbeachca.gov/treasury

As of April, the City’s portfolio totaled just over $298 million, from all sources. Roughly $46 million of this portfolio was highly liquid, meaning it was available for cash flows associated with day-to-day operations and cash funding of major construction expenditures. 

The short-term portfolio ($215 million) had a weighted average effective maturity of 1.78 years. The trailing twelve months’ total return was 3.29 percent. This return compared favorably to our benchmark for the same period, the BAML 1-3 Year Treasury index, which returned 3.08 percent. The income yield on the portfolio, a better measure of income derived from the portfolio, was 1.94 percent. 

Completion of the 2019 Water Master Plan – After two years of gathering data, performing field testing and evaluating the condition all of our water facilities, the 2019 Water Master Plan is now complete. This document was adopted by City Council on May 14, 2019. The Water Master Plan is an important planning tool and identifies necessary water infrastructure capital improvement projects for the next 30 years. The City’s existing water infrastructure is comprised of approximately 300 miles of pipelines, three reservoirs, four wells, five pump stations and 43 pressure reducing stations. The majority of our water supply comes from the Orange County Groundwater Basin. The City also imports water from Metropolitan Water District. The results from the hydraulic analysis confirms that the City’s water system is performing very well. However, the City’s water infrastructure continues to age and requires increased funding for rehabilitation and replacement in the coming years. For more information, the entire Water Master Plan can be accessed at link here.

Grant Howald Park Rehabilitation Project – The conceptual design for the Grant Howald Park Rehabilitation Project was reviewed and approved by City Council at the May 14 Council meeting. The approval includes the rehabilitation of the playgrounds, installation of a synthetic sports field with new covered teaming picnic area, and beautification of the Fifth Avenue streetscape with undergrounding of the existing utility poles along Fifth Avenue and Goldenrod Avenue. Public Works staff’s next step will include coordination with utilities companies and kicking off the design of construction documents with RJM Design Group. For more information, visit the project website: www.newportbeachca.gov/granthowaldpark.

Playground Projects – Playground projects are underway at Eastbluff Park and Cliff Drive Park, with Channel Place starting in June. Eastbluff Park will receive new sand, rubber surfacing and play equipment and the Cliff Drive playground will be resurfaced. The upcoming work at Channel Place Park will include new surfacing and new equipment as well. All parks are tentatively scheduled to be completed before summer begins. 

Public Works Landscape Maintenance – Our Public Works team is always on the lookout for opportunities to beautify our city. The park staff has continued replacing aged plant material with drought tolerant plants. Striving to save water, the park staff has slowly been transitioning out the Indian hawthorn plants (Rhaphiolepis indica) with many varieties of agaves, aloes, and aeoniums. Our latest work is at Irvine Terrace Park, located at 721 Evita Circle. This area of the park shares a lot of history with our Newport Beach Sister City Okazaki, Japan. The sculptures in these planters were gifts given to the City on special anniversaries since 1984 from the Okazaki South Rotary Club. The most recent sculpture, the Tokugawa statue was given to the City of Newport Beach in 2014 from the City of Okazaki in celebration of the 30th anniversary of our sister city relationship. With a fresh coat of mulch to keep the weeds down, along with enhancing the planters, this park is looking great! Please make sure to stop by and enjoy the park. 

City and CR&R Shred Event – On May 11 CR&R and the City provided a free document-shredding event. This event was held at the Big Canyon Reservoir from 8 a.m. to noon. The documents were shredded on site. City staff and CR&R crews worked together to unload bags and boxes of paper from 233 cars that attended the event. This program is held bi-annually in different locations throughout the City. 

The next shredding event is scheduled for November 2 at the City Corporation Yard.

Grand Canal ProjectThe sand relocation work at the Grand Canal is complete. The contractor will return to perform additional maintenance work; however, moorings and vessels have been returned to the Canal. Balboa Pier PilingHigh surf measuring 10 to 12 feet, with strong currents and waves, displaced a piling at the Balboa Pier. City staff monitored the situation until the free-floating piling made its way ashore. Municipal Operations Division crew retrieved it, cut it up, and hauled away the pieces. The Pier was inspected by a Public Works Inspector and determined to be safe. The piling will be replaced in an upcoming project later this year. 

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Letter to the Editor:

It’s time our City Charter protects Newport Harbor

Newport Harbor is the cultural, recreational and economic engine of our community.

A 2018 analysis by Beacon Economics shows Newport Harbor generates $392 million in direct economic activity and $1 billion in indirect economic activity across the nation.

The Harbor is far more than a playground for wealthy yacht owners. For a hundred years the Harbor is where our children learned to swim, sail and enjoy the unique lifestyle that makes Newport special.

Our residents are unaware that at least eleven governmental agencies from Washington, Sacramento and Santa Ana have jurisdictional control over the Harbor. It’s one of the most regulated bodies of water in the nation.

We are at an inflection point in the Harbor. Our marine serving businesses are vanishing and being replaced with condominiums. 

For decades the City has been marginally successful juggling the multi-jurisdictional regulatory maze. Key to our success is the Harbor Commission. The Commission is an advisory committee of residents with expertise in Harbor and marine issues. Members are appointed by the city council and are invaluable to the city council’s policy making role.

For the first time in over a decade they are rewriting Title 17 Harbor Code – the regulations that control the Harbor.

But the Harbor Commission can be abolished by any future city council because it is not memorialized in our city charter. In 2012 a previous council attempted to abolish the Commission and replace it with a Tidelands subcommittee of city council members with the goal of raising residential dock taxes and commercial marina fees.

Our Harbor Department is the implementation arm of the city’s policies developed in consultation with the Harbor Commission.

At the next city council meeting I will propose a charter amendment to include the Harbor Commission and Harbor Department in our charter. If my colleagues agree, the public will have an opportunity to decide our Harbor’s future and protect it from future politicians that do not make the Harbor a priority.

“Duffy” Duffield

Newport Beach City Council


Newport’s boat people: the long history of sandpaper, varnish and old salts

By DUNCAN FORGEY

In 1860, when the schooner Humboldt surveyed a swampy area known as Bolsa de San Joaquin, William E. Greenwell became the first of Newport Harbor’s thousands upon thousands of modern day boat people. Arriving during one of Newport’s notorious south swells, he “surfed” his skiff through treacherous waves, around the point and back to the calmer waters of the bay.

Newport s Boat People Queen Maub

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The Queen Maub, Lido Shipyard

This was the beginning of Newport Beach’s dependency on and love of boats. Whether it be a 19th century schooner bringing materials to a growing Orange County, a slick sailboat competing against the best in the world, or a beautifully detailed yacht that was as much a piece of art as a vessel, Newport Harbor boats made this city and its lifestyle famous. For more than a century and a half, this natural haven has been protected, sculpted and developed into one of the “finest small boat harbors in the world.” 

In 1869, the same year Leland Stanford drove his gold spike into the ground at Promontory, Utah, James Irvine acquired one of the premier ranches in California. Irvine’s 93,000+ acres created an immediate need for a link to the sea. Goods and supplies were a long time coming from LA or San Diego, so McFadden’s Landing filled the need for a productive Irvine Ranch.

In these early years, McFadden’s Landing handled all the ships’ repairs and upkeep. But after 1900, the town had grown enough that a new business was needed within the harbor. At that time, the only locations where boats were hauled, fixed and maintained were the old Port Orange, near today’s Back Bay bridge, and the recently constructed wharf where Dory fishermen worked next to the railroad tracks.

Newport s Boat People Balboa Island

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Balboa Island, 1914

Newport’s first commercial boatyard was owned by the flamboyant developer of Balboa Island – William S. Collins. With a dock and machine shop, he built dredgers to sculpt the swamplands. Later, he designed and built racing boats and his own personal yacht. Tom Broadway was another of the harbor’s oldest boat builders. His shop was on Central Avenue near the location of Blackie’s Boatyard at 25th and Newport Boulevard. Working alongside the McFadden brothers, his marine enterprise became an integral part of Newport. 

By 1916, local builders were hired to create a fleet of 29 Egyptian warships for the silent movie, Cleopatra. Proud of their work, the craftsmen were shocked when the director ordered all but one of their ships destroyed. In the Battle of Actium scene, he staged Hollywood’s “greatest battle footage” to date beneath Rocky Point (Corona del Mar). In 1918, Newport’s Wilson Brothers built a replica of the 1852 Barkentine Fremont for the movie version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Starring Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper and Lionel Barrymore, the Fremont ran aground at the entrance to the harbor and was destroyed.

During the 1920s, the boatyard business spread. Founding fathers saw tremendous potential in building and maintaining commercial, military and personal watercraft. Entrepreneurial boat people competed for the increasing demand. Gus V. Johnston moved his offshore barge to a real boatyard located near the Newport Pier. Others included the Crandall Boat Works, the Douglas Boat and Canoe Company, T.R. Dittmar (later becoming Dittmar-Donaldson), A. Hansen, N.L. Lowman and Bob Zumfelde. A thriving industry had developed by the time an empty Lido Isle was designated to become a military installation servicing one of our newest military weapons – the submarine.

Newport s Boat People South Coast Shipyard

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South Coast Shipyard

The year 1926 was the beginning of one of the harbor’s most influential boatyards. South Coast Boat Building Company purchased McFadden’s old feed yard near the Rhine Channel. Ben Cope built a vast barnlike structure revolutionizing the business. Upon retiring to Oregon, Cope sold it to Charles Lockart and Frank Rinehart. By 1933, South Coast had changed hands again and was renamed South Coast Boat Building Company. Due to aggressive expansion and an increasing business, South Coast survived the great depression and was perfectly positioned for wartime production at the outset of World War II. They built 135-foot minesweepers, small dingy-like boats (wherries), aircraft rescue boats and 110-foot subchasers as part of the war effort. In 1964, South Coast was disbanded and its bayfront property sold. 

Other shipyards followed. Through the ‘50s and ‘60s, yards like Hans Dickman, Earl Tibbetts, Dick’s Dock and Larsen’s Shipyard were common sights to anyone on the water. These lasted through peak years of sport and commercial fishing, plus a trend to more grandiose personal yachts. After the 1970s, they all came under intense scrutiny due to environmental issues.

Newport s Boat People Dickman Boatyard

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Hans Dickman Boatyard

In 1948, the Lido Shipyard, once Ackerman Boatyard, established itself as the premier yard in the harbor. Under the leadership of Harold L. “Buck” Ayres, an avid sailor, designer and builder of boats, he began to revitalize the old yard. By the time they were done, Ayres, his son Patrick and Harold Steck grew it into the largest in the harbor. Their client list was a “who’s who” of yachting, boating and wealth in the harbor. With deep connections in the Balboa Bay Club, Newport Harbor Yacht Club, Avalon Tuna Club and Los Angeles Yacht Club, Ayres and his Lido Shipyard enjoyed many years of success.

Newport s Boat People Lido Shipyard

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(L-R) Buck and Pat Ayres of Lido Shipyard

Another classic example of Newport’s boat people was the beloved Art Gronsky. As memorialized by the OC Register: “If you ever met Art just in passing, in a restaurant, on his fishing boat or at his boat repair business, you were bound to remember him.”

Gronsky came as a youngster to Newport Harbor when his parents Roy and Ida built a summer home on the tip of the peninsula. It was the third house in that location giving young Gronsky “the biggest sandbox of any kid in the world.” After college, he became a machinist and during World War II served in the Navy. Upon his return, he opened up a boatyard in Newport with his brother.

In 1948, his parents bought the Balboa Pavilion and Gronsky was a major part of the renovation team. During this work, the building transformed from strictly a fun zone to accommodating a sportfishing business. Every kid growing up in town knew the name “Art’s Landing.” It showcased its many fishing boats along Edgewater Street for more than 25 years, along with Gronsky’s favorite, the Frontier, which was known for its speed and comfort. 

Newport s Boat People Sea Spray Boatyard

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Original workshop of the Sea Spray Boatyard

Harriet and Ray Donald bought the Sea Spray Boatyard in 1946 at the end of 21st Street. The main boathouse was built with center redwood planks in 1906, near the Pavilion and then moved in the 1930s. Sea Spray was known for building one of the harbor’s most comfortable sailboats in the 1950s and early 1960s, the Newporter, as well as maintaining a loyal boutique clientele. The Donald family leased the lot to several well-known boatmen, including actor Dick Powell. In the 1970s, it was part of Newport Harbor Shipyard which eventually bought out Lido Shipyard. Sea Spray became Peninsula Shipyard until 1993 when the Donald’s daughter Paulette, a Newport Harbor High School graduate, took over. She returned to the name Sea Spray Boatyard which was remembered for the iconic yellow crane with a giant Tonka logo on its side. During this period, they specialized in classic wooden boats, among which were the Curlew, Spike Africa, Bounty and Kamali’i.

Newport s Boat People Spike Africa

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The Spike Africa

Next time you find yourself atop the waters of Newport Harbor, don’t look for ghosts of pirates, admirals or whalers. The mariners of Newport Harbor were more common than famous. They were more creative than tough and they were happier rather than miserable. That is because the waters of Newport Beach have always been blessed. First, by the ever-flowing Santa Ana river with it tons of sand, then by the peaceful Gabrielino Indians in their canoes, then by a channel too shallow for large commercial ships and finally by land values way too expensive for industrial complexes. Newport Harbor has shape shifted from a sand-spitted swamp into the exotic home port to approximately 9,000 boats. The evolution of this change is important to understand, because it is the water of Newport Harbor that is the soul of the city.

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

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Students win scholar-athlete scholarships

Two Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) students have been awarded the Orange County Youth Sports Foundation (OCYSF) Scholar-Athlete Scholarship Award. 

Now in its 48th year, the Scholar-Athlete Scholarship is given to students who show exemplary athletic and community involvement, academic achievements and campus leadership. The scholar-athletes were each awarded $2,500 based on their academic and athletic merits.

The 2019 NMUSD scholar-athletes are Alina Aguirre, Newport Harbor High School, and Gianna Finear, Corona del Mar High School.

Students win scholar Alina Aguirre

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Alina Aguirre

Aguirre was a varsity wrestler, valedictorian, won an Award of Academic Excellence and a student of the Semester Award.

Her extracurricular activities include Newport Beach Police Explorers, Newport Harbor High School Theater, co-founder and president of 5 Branches Art Club and a Bridges Club member.

She plans to attend San Diego State University and study criminal justice and psychology.

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Gianna Finear

Finear played varsity golf, was valedictorian, an Honor Society member, a Gold Seal Bearer candidate and a recipient of a NMUSD Seal of Excellence.

Her extracurricular activities included Hoag Hospital volunteer, Human Relations Council board member, Future Business Leaders of America and Academy of Global Studies.

She will attend Brown University and study computer engineering as well as economics or global business.

The OCYSF was founded in 1971 and provides local athletes with scholarships, and hosts various community outreach programs, among other activities.

Students were honored at an OCYSF scholarship banquet and will also be recognized at their school’s award ceremonies.

For more information on OCYSF, visit www.ocysf.org.

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Annual Balboa Island Artwalk announces winning artists 

On Sunday, May 19, the 25th Annual Balboa Island Artwalk, presented by Mary Hardesty Realty, took place along the South Bayfront Promenade, featuring more than a mile of art and live music.

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(L-R) Mary Hardesty, artist John Eagle, recipient of the Mary Hardesty Award of Excellence, and Erika Primeau

This much-anticipated event kicking off the Island’s summer season welcomed 90 artists exhibiting fine jewelry, blown glass, sculpture and photography. 

Annual Balboa Island Artwalk artist booth

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Artwalk artist booth with the Balboa Pavilion in the background

The coveted Mary Hardesty Award of Excellence was chosen by Mary Hardesty and Erika Primeau and presented to oil painter John Eagle.

Other Artwalk award winners were:

–Kudos Newport Beach Award was presented to artist Carolyn Johnson by Kudos Editor Randy Harding

Annual Balboa Island Artwalk Carolyn Johnson

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Kudos Newport Beach Editor Randy Harding with award winner Carolyn Johnson

 –Balboa Island Living Spirit Award was presented to artist Amanda Burke by Balboa Island Living Editor George Latos.]

–Huse Skelly Gallery Award of Excellence was presented to Kirsten Anderson by Lisa Skelly.\

Annual Balboa Island Artwalk Kirsten Anderson

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(L-R) Lisa Skelly of Huse Skelly Gallery with award recipient Kirsten Anderson

–Newport Beach Independent/Firebrand Media Award was presented to Sean Soh by Firebrand Media Publisher Joe Rafael

Annual Balboa Island Artwalk Debra Huse

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Debra Huse oil paintings at Artwalk on South Bayfront Promenade

In addition to the art show, thousands of spectators enjoyed live music on five stages along the walk featuring musicians Gary Gould, The Retros, Jim Roberts, Don Ross & Rose and the Rick Sherman Duo.


Leadership Tomorrow Annual Guest Luncheon features panel of three local mayors

It was a standing room only crowd at the Leadership Tomorrow Guest Luncheon held recently at the Newport Beach Civic Center. With more than 100 in attendance, candidates for the nine-month Leadership Tomorrow program participated in a panel discussion with three current mayors, including Newport Beach Mayor Diane Dixon, Katrina Foley from Costa Mesa and Chuck Puckett from Tustin. 

Leadership Tomorrow mayors

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(L-R) Newport Beach Mayor Diane Dixon, Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley and Tustin Mayor Chuck Puckett were the guest panelists at the Leadership Tomorrow Annual Luncheon

Alan Herman was awarded the organization’s Excellence in Leadership Award by Leadership Tomorrow Chairman Scott Schultz. Herman is a graduate of Leadership Tomorrow and has dedicated his life to ending Human Trafficking, a passion he discovered while participating in the program.

Leadership Tomorrow Schultz and Herman

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(L-R) Leadership Tomorrow Chairman Scott Schultz presents the Excellence in Leadership Award to Alan Herman

For more information about Leadership Tomorrow, visit www.leadershiptomorrow.org.


Applications now being accepted for Art in the Park

The Newport Beach Arts Foundation is accepting applications from artists and artisans for the 16th Annual Art in the Park scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Newport Beach Civic Center on the Green.

Applications now being accepted

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Art in the Park features artists’ work in all media including painting, ceramics, photography, textiles, jewelry, glass, wood and more. Proceeds from Art in the Park provide support for school tours, acquisition of significant works of art for the City of Newport Beach and for the City’s arts and cultural programming. 

For more information, or to apply to participate in the 2019 Art in the Park, visit www.newportbeachartsfoundation.org.


Sessions West Coast Deli to open at Macy’s Fashion Island in September

Known for its inspired, chef-crafted sandwiches, Sessions West Coast Deli has announced that its fourth location is set to open at Macy’s Fashion Island in September 2019. The new restaurant will be open daily from 7 a.m.-9 p.m., serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with a menu that focuses on its signature sandwiches, burgers, breakfast, small plates and gourmet salads. Additionally, Sessions will feature full barista service, as well as kombucha, craft beer and wine on tap.

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Start your day at Sessions with the Breakfast Sandwich

Since opening its first location five years ago on the Newport Beach Peninsula, Sessions West Coast Deli has received national attention for its scratch kitchen, where housemade sauces, sides, salads and soups are prepared in-house daily. All sandwiches, salads, small plates and toasts are made to order with fresh, locally grown produce and carefully selected ingredients.

“Sessions is excited to partner with Macy’s to join the Fashion Island culinary community and present our unique offerings in a relaxed environment,” commented Matt Meddock, partner of Sessions West Coast Deli, along with Beckham Thomas and Executive Chef Max Schlutz. “With views of the Pacific, a gorgeous fountain steps from our front door and a few new items to debut on our menu, our fourth location is primed to be our most exciting to date.”

Sessions West Coast Deli Avocado Toast

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Sessions’ Artisan Avocado Toast

The 1,200-square-foot restaurant will feature 24 seats and open into a Fashion Island fountain courtyard with ample communal seating. As with its other locations, Sessions will feature local breweries in its craft beer program. Guests will also be able to take advantage of unique coffee offerings and full barista service. Chef Max Schlutz plans to introduce vibrant new menu items to speak to the Fashion Island customer, including a flavorful Vietnamese Grilled Beef Salad, a hearty Mediterranean Chopped Salad, and a Crispy Caprese with fried green tomatoes and fresh mozzarella.

“Macy’s is thrilled about the addition of Sessions West Coast Deli to our Fashion Island store in Newport Beach,” said Michael Ellmann, vice president of strategic projects, southwest region, for Macy’s. “As Macy’s looks to reflect the local community, Sessions represents the Southern California lifestyle. Our customers will now have a new food experience when visiting at Fashion Island.”

Sessions West Coast Deli will be located at Macy’s Fashion Island at 101 Newport Center Drive in Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.sessionswcd.com.


Newport Beach – A Look Back

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society

Newport Beach A Look Back 5.21.19

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This isn’t a view you’ll see anymore, and not just because most of the houses and buildings in this picture are now gone. In 1923, the harbor was less crowded, allowing small boats like the sailing canoe on the left to move about without worrying about larger boats hitting them. In fact, whole fleets of these little boats can sometimes be seen sailing by in photographs.

 Balboa Island Museum and the Museum Store are located at 210 B Marine Ave., Balboa Island. They are open Monday - Thursday from 10 a.m. -  5 p.m. and Friday - Sunday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. For more information, call 949.675.3952, visit www.balboamuseum.orgor email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


NHHS Jazz Picnic...coming June 9

Mark your calendar for the NHHS Jazz Picnic, taking place Sunday, June 9 from 5-7 p.m. on the lawn in front of the Newport Harbor High School Bell Tower.

The event, featuring the NHHS Jazz Band and some soloists from the NHHS Choir, is free to the public. Barbecue hamburger meals, soft drinks and desserts will be available for sale, or you can bring a picnic blanket. Don’t forget your beach chairs.

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The Jazz Picnic is sponsoring 100 OASIS Senior Center members to attend. If you are an OASIS member, pre-register here and you will receive a reserved chair and a free hamburger meal, dessert and water.

Newport Harbor High School is located at 600 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.


Mingle & Mix at Rende Vous Café

The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce and Rende Vous Café invite you to a Mingle & Mix event and re-grand opening at Rende Vous Café on Tuesday, May 21 from 5:30-7 p.m.

This sunset mixer will offer appetizers, refreshments and a networking opportunity.

Join in an evening of fun and share the passion for fine French food and bakery items with community friends and neighbors.

Mingle & Mix Rendez Vous Cafe

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The event is free of charge. No RSVP is necessary, but it’s optional for speedy check-in. RSVP here.

Rende Vous Cafe is located at 3330 E. Coast Highway, Newport Beach. For additional Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce events, visit www.CdmChamber.com.


Police reminder: Memorial Day equals more DUIs, so

they’ll be watching

Memorial Day Weekend is a time many spend with family and friends for outdoor activities but is also what is considered the start of California’s 100 dangerous days of summer on roadways between the Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. Last Memorial Day, 43 people were injured in alcohol-related collisions, accounting for 25 percent of all injury crashes.

During this time of busy summer travel, the Newport Beach Police Department will have additional officers on patrol looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

“If you plan on drinking, don’t plan on driving,” Newport Beach Police Department Lieutenant Cartwright said. “Know beforehand how you are getting home. It’s never worth putting yourself and others at risk by driving when you should not be driving.”

In recent years, California has seen an increase in drug-impaired driving crashes. The Newport Beach Police Department reminds drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and marijuana can also affect your ability to drive safely, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs.

The Newport Beach Police Department offers these tips to make sure you have a safe Memorial Day holiday and summer: have a sober friend, ride-share, taxi or public transportation be your ride home; report drunk drivers – call 911; hosting a party? Offer nonalcoholic drinks. Monitor who is drinking and how they are getting home; and, check any medications or over-the-counter drugs you are taking and how they may impact your ability to drive.

Funding for DUI enforcement is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


Seat belts save lives…wear one

From now through June 2, the Newport Beach Police Department will have additional officers on patrol looking for drivers and passengers who are not buckled up, including drivers who do not secure children in child safety seats. The enforcement effort is part of the national Click It or Ticket campaign focused on increasing seat belt use.

“Seat belts have proven time and time again to be life-savers,” Newport Beach Police Department Lieutenant Cartwright said. “Buckling up should be second nature.”

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At 96.2 percent, California has one of the highest seat belt use rates in the nation. However, 532 people killed in crashes statewide last year were not wearing a seat belt.

“Putting on a seat belt takes a few seconds and is your best protection in a crash,” Lieutenant Cartwright said. “We want everyone to be as safe as possible when driving or riding in a car and wearing a seat belt is the easiest way to do that.”

In California, the fine for a seat belt violation is $162, and $490 for failing to secure a child in the proper safety seat. Under California law, children under two years old, 40 pounds and 40 inches are required to be in a rear-facing car seat. Children under the age of eight must be secured in a car or booster seat.

California has a primary seat belt law, which allows law enforcement officers to ticket someone for not wearing a seat belt without committing another traffic violation.

Funding for Click It or Ticket enforcement efforts are provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


ENC to hold Summer Soiree

You are invited to escape to an evening inspired by nature, when the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) holds its Summer Soiree on Saturday, June 8.

The festivities kick off at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by dining under the stars with live music and an auction beginning at 7 p.m. Casual attire and trail-friendly shoes are recommended.

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The cost is $150 per person or $1,500 per table. RSVP by June 3 at www.encenter.org or call Lori at 949.645.8489, ext. 103. If you are interested in event sponsorships, contact ENC Executive Director Bo Glover at 949.645.8489, ext. 101.

Proceeds support the ENC Nature Preschool, where quality early childhood education through hands-on experience with nature takes place.

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


It’s more than planes at JWA

Documenting his travels throughout the U.S., Tahiti, Europe and Russia with photography, painter William (Bill) Knauer brings the photos of his experiences to life through acrylic impressionist-like paintings. Knauer’s artwork is on display in the John Wayne Airport Community Focus Space from now through June 18.

“Through his vivid paintings, Bill Knauer visually transports individuals to the places he’s traveled, immersing them in rich history, architecture, and character,” said Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett. “The next time you travel through John Wayne Airport, take a moment to view his artwork.”

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Photos courtesy of  William Knauer

Knauer developed his impressionistic techniques through more than 1,200 hours of continuous workshop participation, focusing mainly on landscapes and villagescapes. He also studied art in U.S. and European galleries and museums including the Hermitage, Louvre, Georges Pompidou, Musee d’ Orsee and Getty.

“My paintings emphasize the use of bold, vibrant colors that highlight the shadows of the morning and late afternoon sun to capture the warmth, antiquity, and beauty of life in the U.S. and Europe,” Knauer said.

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His work is currently on display at the Cove Gallery in Laguna Beach where he has been a contributing artist for more than 15 years. To learn more about Knauer’s artwork, visit his website at www.billknauer.com.

Knauer’s exhibit can be viewed on the Departure (upper) Level near security screening areas in Terminals A, B and C, and on the Arrival (lower) Level adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4. 

Upcoming Community Focus Space artists include photographer Douglas Kalagian (June 19-July 18) and painter Rosemary Vasquez-Tuthill (July 19-August 15).

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


Wooden Boat Festival presented by Balboa Yacht Club returns June 7-9

Back for the sixth consecutive year, the Newport Beach Wooden Boat Festival presented by Balboa Yacht Club (BYC) will return June 7- 9, featuring one of Newport Harbor’s most iconic wooden vessels, John Wayne’s famous Wild Goose. The festival is a yachting equivalent Concours d’Elegance and a “must-see” destination event, which is open to the public.

Last year nearly 4,000 visitors attended the event, which also offers complimentary shuttle and water taxi service to and from Balboa Yacht Club. In addition to being able to view and board nearly 50 of these wooden treasures, the family-friendly event also includes live music, maritime art and exhibits, delicious food and libations, a silent auction and the popular kid’s toy boat pavilion. As is custom, this year’s original painting of the Wild Goose commemorating the festival is created and sold during Saturday’s silent auction. This year’s featured artist is the renowned local artist Debra Huse of Debra Huse Gallery located on Balboa Island.

Wooden Boat Festival Old Glory

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Hosted by Balboa Yacht Club, the event is also made possible in collaboration with the City of Newport Beach, Discovery Cube’s Ocean Quest, the County of Orange and Visit Newport/Newport Beach & Co. In 2017, the event was officially recognized by the Orange County Board of Supervisors, who proclaimed the second weekend in June the “Newport Beach Wooden Boat Festival Weekend.”

John Wayne’s famous WWII-era minesweeper Wild Goose will be arriving at the BYC docks. Tours of the Wild Goose will be available throughout Saturday, June 8. If you have a show-ready wooden boat of any size and you haven’t already applied to take part in the festival, there is still dock and on-land space available. Visit www.newportbeachwoodenboatfestival.com for details.

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There are many ways to arrive at the festival. Free parking and shuttle service will be available at 1600 Newport Center Dr., or catch a water taxi running throughout the day between Discovery Cube’s Ocean Quest and BYC. Entry to the event is $5 for adults, with children 12 and under free. Parking, shuttle service and the water taxi are all complimentary.

On Sunday, as is tradition, the festival will culminate with a Wooden Boat Parade that will depart BYC and proceed down the main channel, before the vessels leave for their home ports. Mark your calendars now for a great way to spend a beautiful weekend in Newport Beach.

For more information, visit the website or call 949.673.3515.


Rosendin Golf Tournament to benefit Navy SEALs

On Wednesday, May 22, beginning at 8:30 a.m., come out for a memorable day of golf at Pelican Hill Golf Club, during the 4th annual Rosendin Golf Tournament and Auction.

Hosted by Rosendin, a 100-year-old employee-owned electrical contracting firm with offices in Anaheim, the goal is to raise $200,000 for The Navy SEAL Foundation, which provides immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and its families.

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Golfers pose with Rosendin’s 1919 Ford Model T

The tournament includes coaching from two PGA golf professionals, photos with Rosendin’s 1919 Ford Model T and the L.A. Rams Cheerleaders, the Navy SEALs Foundation Wall of Honor, a silent auction and an opportunity drawing.

In addition, the Newport Harbor High School Choir and drumline will get things going with their singing of the National Anthem, with the Marine Color Guard out of Seal Beach presenting the colors. More than 300 golfers will be supported by more than 75 sponsors to raise funds for the Foundation that is committed to helping veterans and their families. 

Schedule of events:

–8:30 a.m.: Registration/Check-in

–9:30 a.m.: Continental Breakfast

–9-11 a.m.: Driving Range Practice with a PGA Golf Pro

–11 a.m.: Shotgun Start

–6 p.m.: Buffet, Auction, Awards

For more information and to find out about sponsorships that are still available, visit www.rosendin.com/golf.

Pelican Hill Golf Club is located at 22800 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.

To learn more about the foundation, or make a donation inspired by the Rosendin Golf Tournament, visit https://www.navysealfoundation.org/donate/.


Inside Edge presents magician, comedian Adam Christing on May 22

On Wednesday, May 22, the Inside Edge is presenting a program featuring magician, comedian and world-renowned emcee Adam Christing. He will be presenting “How to Invent a Legendary Life.”

Inside Edge presents ChristingChristing, one of the most enthusiastically received Inside Edge speakers, has been inspiring laughter and life change for 25 years. He is the author of three humor and personal growth books including, Your Life is a Joke: 12 Ways to Go from Ha Ha to Aha! His forthcoming book, Bob Dylan Can Change Your Life: 61 Ways to Invent a Legendary Life, is based on life lessons from Dylan who was recently awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Founder of the organization Clean Comedians, Christing has appeared on more than 100 radio and TV shows including ABC World News and PBS. The meeting will feature two favorite musicians and a morning filled with inspiration, positive humor, a touch of magic and valuable takeaways.

According to Christing, “Bob Dylan can help you find your voice – even if you can’t stand his!” Feel inspired to become the person you were meant to be: Tap into your creative gifts...Learn how to handle critics...Reinvent yourself at any age.

The program takes place at The Pacific Club. Doors open, registration and the buffet line start at 6:45 a.m.; the meeting starts promptly at 7 a.m. RSVPs are requested to plan for the buffet breakfast. Seating is limited. The cost is $35 for first-time Inside Edge guests or $45 for returning guess. Free and validated parking is available. Register online at www.insideedge.org

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


OCCF hosts second annual Giving Day on May 30

On May 30, the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) will host the second annual “Empowering Possibilities,” a Giving Day for OC neighbors with disabilities. This 24-hour online effort aims to raise $95,000 in critical funds for nine local organizations.

“Empowering Possibilities” is part of a bold initiative by OCCF to boost the capacity of local nonprofits through a series of Collaborative Giving Days. Nonprofits with shared missions are invited to come together to boost collective giving for their causes. OCCF will power the campaign by providing seed funding to support the marketing assets, campaign resources and collaborative partnerships. The seven Giving Days held throughout 2018 raised a total of $1.4 million for local organizations.

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“The success of last year’s inaugural ‘Empowering Possibilities’ Giving Day, which raised $86,523 with participation from more than 300 donors, is a testament to our community’s generosity and the vision of our nonprofit leaders,” said Shelley Hoss, president, OCCF. “We are proud to unite nonprofits with similar missions to better support our community members with disabilities.”

The nine organizations participating in “Empowering Possibilities” include Dayle McIntosh Center, Down Syndrome Association of Orange County, Family Support Network, Free Wheelchair Mission, Project Independence, Rehabilitation Institute of Southern California, Speech and Language Development Center, United Cerebral Palsy Association of Orange County and Vocational Visions.

OCCF first challenged Orange County residents to “give where their heart lives” during the inaugural iheartoc Giving Day in 2015, raising more than $1.8 million through gifts to 347 participating nonprofits in just 30 hours. OCCF nearly doubled those results in 2016 during the second annual iheartoc Giving Day, receiving contributions totaling $3.2 million for 418 participating nonprofits. In 2017, OCCF re-envisioned iheartoc as an expanded opportunity for nonprofits to connect with one another in support of their shared missions.

To give online, visit https://empowering-possibilities.funraise.org/. Additional collaborative Giving Days will be announced over the coming year. For more information, go to www.oc-cf.org/change-your-community-overview/iheartoc-giving-day/.


Third annual Newport Harbor Underwater Clean Up slated for June 1 at the Balboa Bay Club

Help Your Harbor, a coalition of community environmental groups coupled with hundreds of volunteers who participate in a variety of weekly beach and water clean-ups, are holding the 3nd annual Newport Harbor Underwater Clean Up (NHUC) scheduled for Saturday, June 1 at the Balboa Bay Club.

More than 250 scuba divers and above-water volunteers will be deployed around Newport Harbor to collect trash, plastics and other water pollutants in a dedicated effort to keep the 25.2 miles of coastline, bay and harbor waterways pollution free. Last year, volunteers collected more than 4,000 pounds of trash and plastics from the harbor.

Third annual Newport Harbor Underwater divers

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Divers participating in the underwater clean up

Project AWARE has partnered with NHUC to help support the local community through their Dive Against Debris program. “This is a vision for the world to return to a clean ocean,” said Danna Moore, director of Project AWARE. “Dive Against Debris not only removes debris from the environment but also reports the data into the largest known underwater marine debris database. With this information, we can truly drive change and stop pollution from entering the ocean in the first place.”

Volunteers will gather at the Balboa Bay Club lawn for a hosted breakfast and lunch, post-event party that includes a live band, opportunity drawing drawings and an awards ceremony for the most unusual items. Some of the most interesting past finds included a holstered pistol, shopping carts, car engines, two women’s purses (containing ID, cash and credit cards), Christmas trees and an unopened Champagne bottle with two flutes dubbed “the engagement gone wrong.” Of course, lots of single-use plastic items were collected, much of them being bottles and fishing line which are very hazardous to marine life.

Third annual Newport Harbor Underwater trash

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Volunteer empties the trash he found onto the dock

The NHUC has grown steadily in three short years and organizers are excited to launch a new on-going social cause campaign – #WhatInspiresYou – featuring event partners discussing their passion for ocean activism. The first two video clips include Event Dive Master and Beach Cities Scuba’s Director of Operations DJ Mansfield and Director of Project AWARE Danna Moore.

The event’s primary partners represent all corners of Orange County including: Balboa Bay Club, Duffy Electric Boats, Beach Cities Scuba Centers, Surfrider Newport Beach Chapter, Newport-Irvine Rotary Club, Project AWARE, Firebrand Media, Harbor Construction, Visit Newport Beach, City of Newport Beach, Parallel Pizzeria, Oakland Coffee Company, Hobie Surf Shops, Roots Beauty, K-Line & Company, Root Origins and Food Fleet.

Third annual Newport Harbor Underwater Duffield

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(L-R) Newport Beach City Councilman Duffy Duffield interviews a representative from the Newport-Irvine Rotary Club

“Marine pollution destroys ocean habitats, endangers marine and coastal wildlife, causes navigation hazards and threatens human health and safety,” said Newport Beach City Councilman Duffy Duffield, owner of Duffy Electric Boats, and co-founder of the effort. “Unfortunately the harbor is littered due to careless discard of trash as well as accidental dropping of personal items big and small that fall into the water. This is an important and much needed step to maintain the beauty of one of the world’s most active harbors,” Duffield said.

Schedule of Events:

–7 a.m. - Volunteer check-in; complimentary breakfast

–8:15 a.m. - Mandatory safety briefing for all volunteers; group photo

–9 a.m. - Divers deployed

–11:30 a.m. - Post-dive party, opportunity drawings and awards ceremony. Music is by the popular Phoenix-based Grateful Dead cover band – The Harvest. Food is being donated by Parallel Pizzeria of Dana Point. There is a $20 donation for non-volunteers. This event is open to the public.

–1 p.m. - Grand prizes announced

–2 p.m. - Event concludes

For more information and volunteer registration, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or visit the website at www.NHUnderwaterCleanUp.com.

Help Your Harbor was formed five years ago in Orange County by a group of dedicated environmentalists who feel a strong passion to remove trash and plastics, from our oceans, bays and watersheds. The organization has coordinated hundreds of volunteers to participate in a clean up on the first Saturday of every month to remove trash from Newport Harbor and the Back Bay resulting in more than 20,000 lbs. of trash.


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

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Rosendin Golf Tournament to benefit the Navy SEALs Foundation | May 22 beginning at 8:30 a.m. | 4th annual Rosendin Golf Tournament and Auction. Hosted by Rosendin, a 100-year-old employee-owned electrical contracting firm with offices in Anaheim, the goal is to raise $200,000 for The Navy SEAL Foundation, which provides immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and its families. The tournament includes coaching from two PGA golf professionals, photos with Rosendin’s 1919 Ford Model T and the L.A. Rams Cheerleaders, the Navy SEALS Foundation Wall of Honor, a silent auction and an opportunity drawing. In addition, the Newport Harbor High School Choir and drumline will get things going with their singing of the National Anthem, with the Marine Color Guard out of Seal Beach presenting the colors. More than 300 golfers will be supported by more than 75 sponsors to raise funds for the Foundation that is committed to helping veterans and their families.

Contact: www.rosendin.com/golf to register and for more information on the day’s events and sponsorships that are still available.

Takes place at Pelican Hill Golf Club, 22800 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.

Hot Ticket Leukemia Cup Regatta to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society | June 1 and 2 | Featuring the Harbor 20 Fleet and Junior Sailing Regatta. This is a unique and progressive series of sailing events that combines the joy of boating with the important task of raising money to cure cancer. Crew members seek donations from friends, family, co-workers and employers to sponsor their boat.

Contact: www.lls.org/ocie

Takes place at The Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, 1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar.

Sixth Annual Arts & Business Leadership Awards Dinner | June 4 | Presented by Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the evening celebrates the achievements of arts philanthropy honoring: Gaddi Vasquez, as the Distinguished Arts & Business Leader; Karla Kraft, as the Rising Arts & Business Leader and Avalon LaFosse as the Student Arts Leader. Festivities include a networking cocktail reception and dinner & awards presentation, followed by guests being escorted to premium seats in Segerstrom Hall for a special performance of the Tony Award nominated Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and an exclusive VIP afterparty at Water Grill. Single Ticket: $1,500-$5,000 each. Sponsorships from $10,000-$50,000.

Contact: For more information, call 714.942.6218, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

www.scfta.org

Takes place at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa and Water Grill South Coast Plaza, 3300 Bristol St., Costa Mesa.

Audi • INFINITI • Volvo Golf Classic to benefit Mission Hospital | June 6 | Presented by the Mission Hospital Foundation.

Contact: www.mission4health.com/foundation

Takes place at The Resort at Pelican Hill Golf Club, 22800 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.

15th Annual 44 Women for Orangewood Scholarship Luncheon benefiting Orangewood Foundation | June 7 | The 44 Women for Orangewood 15th Annual Scholarship Luncheon is an inspiring afternoon to raise money for Orangewood Foundation. Presented by Haig and Hien Papaian, the event will feature guest speaker Elizabeth Smart, author of Where There’s Hope: Healing, Moving Forward and Never Giving Up. Schedule: Champagne Sponsor Reception, 10:30 a.m.; Luncheon, 12 p.m. Sponsorship opportunities are available from $550 to $15,000. To view the sponsorship packet, click here. To register, visit https://orangewoodfoundation.org/2019-scholarship-lunch-tickets/About Elizabeth Smart: The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. Elizabeth was abducted on June 5, 2002, and her captors controlled her by threatening to kill her and her family if she tried to escape. Fortunately, the police safely returned Elizabeth back to her family on March 12, 2003, after being held a prisoner for nine grueling months. Through this traumatic experience,

Elizabeth has become an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs, and national legislation. Elizabeth triumphantly testified before her captor and the world about the very private nightmare she suffered during her abduction, which led to conviction.

Contact: Jeff Gilstrap at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. www.orangewoodfoundation.org/44lunch

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

2019 Goodwill of Orange County Golf Classic | June 10 | Proceeds from this event support the Tierney Center for Veterans Services, which helps veterans and their families gain access to resources that enhance their lives. In 2018, more than $185,000 was raised to support the Tierney Center for Veterans Services.

Contact: Call 714.480.3355 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

www.ocgoodwill.org

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

Working Wardrobes Above the Best OC Movie Premiere | June 13 | Above the Best, based on the bestselling book South of Heaven, uses real from-the-cockpit footage to create an immersive, narrative documentary. The film tells the story of Apache Fighter Pilot Dan Flores and his yearlong deployment to the most dangerous valley in Afghanistan. See why Army Aviators say they fly “above the best” and the lengths these brave military will go to protect each other in the most extreme circumstances. Before the film enjoy a special VetNet Client graduation. Stay in your seats after the film for an exclusive Q&A with the film’s Director David Salzberg. Schedule: 5:30 p.m., Food truck available; 6 p.m., Doors open; and 7 p.m., Film begins. Tickets: Each $20 ticket includes a film screening, and Q&A session with the film’s producers and directors. You can also sponsor a VetNet client ticket. Active duty military and veterans, $10.

To purchase tickets, visit https://workingwardrobes.salsalabs.org/abovethebest/index.html?page=register.

Takes place at The Lido Theatre, 3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach.

2019 Beacon of Light Ball benefiting The Lighthouse | June 15 from 6-10 p.m. | Kalfayan Merjanian, LLP and Titan HST in collaboration with Newport Beach Police Association Foundation cordially invite you to the Midsummer Night’s Dream-themed Beacon of Light Ball. The event is benefiting Orangewood Foundation in an effort to stop human trafficking and support the survivors. The event is black tie attire. Sponsorship opportunities are available from $3,000 to $50,000. To view the sponsorship packet, click here. To register, visit https://orangewoodfoundation.ejoinme.org/bolb2019

Contact: Jeff Gilstrap at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. www.BeaconOfLightBall.org

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

3rd Annual Grocery Industry’s Pick A Purse to benefit Olive Crest | July 12 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Enjoy a great lunch and opportunity drawings. Leave with a brand new purse and know the proceeds are helping at-risk youth and families. Every purse is valued at more than $150. Purses by Coach, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Tory Burch and many more. Check-in and Purse Preview, 11 a.m.; Luncheon, 12 p.m. Tickets are limited: a table of 10 is $2,500; individual tickets, $250. To purchase tickets, visit https://e.givesmart.com/events/cOf/. Attire: Thursday Best. Complimentary valet parking.

Contact: Sandra Bond at 714.543.5437, ext. 1188 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. www.olivecrest.org/oc

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

SAVE THE DATE:

Hoag Summer Fest | July 18 | More details to come.

Contact: www.hoaghospitalfoundation.org; www.hoagpromise.org

Takes place at the Newport Dunes Resort, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.

Michael Change Tennis Classic | July 20 and July 26-28 | More details to come.

Contact: www.nbtctennis.com

Takes place at the Newport Beach Tennis Club, 2601 Eastbluff Drive, Newport Beach.

Smart Women Breakfast to benefit Working Wardrobes | August 7 | 

Contact: www.workingwardrobes.org

Takes place at The Pacific Club, 4110 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach.

Hot Ticket Leukemia Cup Regatta to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society | August 10 and 11 | Featuring the FARR 40 International Fleet and PHRF Fleet. This is a unique and progressive series of sailing events that combines the joy of boating with the important task of raising money to cure cancer. Crew members seek donations from friends, family, co-workers and employers to sponsor their boat.

Contact: www.lls.org/ocie

Takes place at The Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, 1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar.

Laura’s House 25th Annual Gala | September 7 beginning at 5:30 p.m. | Enjoy a cocktail reception, silent & live auctions and dinner. They will be honoring individuals and corporations that have contributed integral support to the programs and services we provide. Sponsorships, tickets and advertisements will be available.

Contact: www.laurashouse.org

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

50th Anniversary Celebration for the Newport Bay Conservancy | September 8 | Festivities include a sunset dinner. More details to come.

Contact: www.newportbay.org

Takes place at Upper Newport Bay Conservancy, 2302 University Drive, Newport Beach.

Newport Beach Police Association Charitable Foundation Charity Golf Classic | September 16 with a 10:30 a.m. check in; 12:30 p.m. tee-off | Enjoy 18 holes of golf, cart, breakfast, lunch and various awards. Cost: $500 per layer; $1,600 per foursome. Register at the website.

Contact: Vlad Anderson at 949.375.0258 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. http://npacfgolfclassic.org

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

Susan G. Komen Orange County MORE THAN PINK Walk | September 22 | Susan G. Komen Orange County is one of 26 locations across the country that will be reintroducing its Race for the Cure as the More Than Pink Walk this year. The event will include a fresh new look and experience focused on energizing the community around the lifesaving work Komen’s supporters make possible through fundraising efforts. The More Than Pink Walk, which will not have a separate timed run element this year, will increase people’s connection to Komen’s work beyond breast cancer awareness including, research, community outreach and more. Tickets: $15 during pre-registration (ends May 31); $30 after pre-registration and $35 the day of the event.

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

Click here for more info.

Takes place at Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. (Starts at Pacific Life Insurance Company.)

For A Good Cause Komen

Evening of Excellence Gala Event to benefit Youth Employment Service | September 26 | Honors employers for their ongoing commitment to hire and support YES graduates as they transition into the workforce. Festivities include a cocktail reception, wine pull, auction, awards presentation and dinner. Proceeds support the Comprehensive Job Readiness Program and its expansion to greater Orange County. Sponsorships, donations and attendance opportunities are available.

Contact: www.yesworks.org

Takes place at The Pacific Club, 4110 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach.

New, Now, Next: The OCMA Affair | October 5 | This annual gala supports the museum’s exhibition and educational programs and ensures that the museum can offer free admission at its temporary location at South Coast Plaza Village. Co-chairs: Jennifer Segerstrom and Jennifer Van Bergh

Contact: www.ocmaexpand.org

Takes place at OCMA/Expand, 1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana.

Dusk at the Island Fashion Show to benefit Ronald McDonald House of Orange County | October 10 | More details to come.

Contact: www.rmhcsc.org/orangecounty

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

Second Annual Forever Families Gala to support Seneca Family of Agencies | November 9 | This event supports this organization’s mission to create families that are stale, loving and permanent. They have a 100 percent adoption permanency rating. Every $1,000 supports the finalization of an adoption for a child in foster care.  There are more than 600 kids waiting to be adopted in Orange County. Honorees to be announced. Sponsorships are available from $5,000-$50,000.

Contact: www.senecafoa.org/gala

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

46th Candlelight Concert to support Segerstrom Center for the Arts | December 6 | For more than 40 years, Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Candlelight Concert has been one of Orange County’s most treasured events. Considered by many as the official kick-off to the holiday season, Candlelight brings friends and family together for an elegant evening of great fun while raising essential funds in support of the Segerstrom Center for the Art’s artistic, education and community engagement programs.

Contact: www.scfta.org

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

Mesa.

 

Editor’s Note: If you have a philanthropic event with a connection to Newport Beach you would like to see publicized, please email the information with an image and contact person with email address to Lana Johnson: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you would like to reach out to Newport Beach non-profit organizations, visit https://greatnonprofits.org/city/newport-beach/CA.


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

NB Central Library

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Upcoming Events & Workshops

Let’s Write Poetry, May 21 from 4-5 p.m. Join in for fun poetry games and activities to exercise your brain’s creativity. You will work together as you write your own poems to take home. Beginning writers, poets and anyone who is curious about poetry is encouraged to attend. Age level: elementary school and up. Takes place in Central Library’s Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

LEGO Block Party, May 22 from  3-4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

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Beyond the Canvas – The Great Masters in Art: Rembrandt, May 22 from 7-8 p.m. This season, award-winning professor Jacqueline Hahn will explore the Great Masters, in this fascinating art lecture series on legendary artists’ lives and artistic movements. 

Rembrandt was a Dutch draughtsman, painter and printmaker. An innovative and prolific master in three media, he is generally considered one of the greatest visual artists in the history of art and the most important in Dutch art history. Unlike most Dutch masters of the 17th century, Rembrandt’s works depict a wide range of style and subject matter, from portraits and self-portraits to landscapes, genre scenes, allegorical and historical scenes, biblical and mythological themes as well as animal studies. His contributions to art came in a period of great wealth and cultural achievement that historians call the Dutch Golden Age, when Dutch art was extremely prolific and innovative, and gave rise to important new genres. Learn more about the great masters of art in a fascinating visual presentation. Free to the public; seating is first come, first served. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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LEGO Saturdays, May 25 from 12-3 p.m. From buildings to action figures, design, build and invent with LEGOs at this casual, but creative program for elementary age children. No registration required. (Not held the first Saturday of the month.) Takes place in Central Library’s Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

LIBRARY is Closed in Observance of Memorial Day, May 27.

LEGO Block Party, May 29 from  3-4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Drop-In Crafts, June 1 from 12-3 p.m. Join the fun of making crafts. Geared for ages 3-8. Youngsters must be accompanied by an adult. Takes place in the Stahr Storytime Room at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

LEGO Block Party, June 5 from  3-4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 

Wake Up! Newport, June 6 from 7:15-8:45 a.m. Hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, this is a free opportunity to meet one on one with legislative and government officials and stay updated on current local, state and federal issues. Breakfast treats will be provided. This event is free to the public, but please make reservations so we can plan for food and seating. Contact: Pam Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.729.4411. Takes place in the Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Lane, Newport Beach.

Study Hall for College Students, June 8 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and June 9 from 12-4 p.m. They’re opening the Central Library Friends Room as a study space exclusively for college students. You bring your schoolwork and study pals, they’ll provide WiFi and snacks. Space is limited. First come, first served. Age Level: College students. Takes place in the Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Lane, Newport Beach.

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LEGO Saturdays, June 8 from 12-3 p.m. From buildings to action figures, design, build and invent with LEGOs at this casual, but creative program for elementary age children. No registration required. (Not held the first Saturday of the month.) Takes place in Central Library’s Stahr Storytime Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Book Discussion Group, June 12 from 9:15-11 a.m. The Charlotte “Charlie” Alexander Book Discussion Group will be discussing, The Believers by Zoë Heller. Synopsis: Zoë Heller has written a comic, tragic tale about one family’s struggles with the consolations of faith and the trials of doubt. When Joel Litvinoff is felled by a stroke, his wife, Audrey, uncovers a secret that forces her to re-examine her ideas about their 40‐year marriage. In the course of battling their own demons, every member of the family is called upon to decide what they still believe in. Doors open at 9 a.m.; Free; no reserved seating and registration isn’t necessary. If you haven’t finished or read the book, come anyway. Presented by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. Takes place in Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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Summer Youth Volunteer Training, June 12 from 6-7 p.m., June 13 from 4-5 p.m. ans June 15 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. This mandatory training is for teen volunteers who have been accepted to volunteer during summer 2019. You must have submitted a volunteer application and received an email verification stating your acceptance into the volunteer program prior to attending the training. The training reviews your duties as a Summer Reading Program and Children’s Department volunteer and is approximately one hour. You only need to attend one training session. Please register for a training session at the Children’s desk or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Takes place in the Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Lane, Newport Beach.

Secrets of College Admission, June 13 from 7-8 p.m., Colllegewise shares secrets on how to stand out from the crowd and discusses what colleges are looking for beyond good grades and scores. Age level: High school juniors and seniors & parents. This is a free event, but registration is required. Registration for Secrets of College Admission.

Summer Reading Program Begins, June 22. The annual Summer Reading Program starts today! This year’s theme is “It’s Showtime at Your Library.” Kids through 6th grade can participate in the Children’s Program, where they spend time reading to earn prizes. Check out the weekly fun events at each NBPL Branch and make sure to pick up your Summer Reading game sheet. There are also separate reading programs for Teens and Adults.

Summer Reading Kick Off with Author Kim Hooper, June 22 from 3-4 p.m. Newport Beach Public Library will kick off the 2019 Adult Summer Reading Program with a program featuring local author Kim Hooper introducing her new book, Tiny. The Dana Point author, who received a B.A. in communications from the University of California, San Diego and a master’s degree in professional writing from the University of Southern California, is the author of People who Knew Me, hailed as “refreshingly raw and honest” by The Wall Street Journal, and Cherry Blossoms, described as “fresh and inviting” by Publishers Weekly. She will talk about her third novel, Tiny, which will be published by Turner Publishing in June 2019. Tiny follows the journeys of three people, unwillingly tied together by tragedy, as a couple faces every parent’s worst nightmare when their 3-year-old daughter is hit by a car right before their eyes. The event will kick off Newport Beach Public Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program, which begins June 22 and goes through August 10.  The program encourages adults to read and share book reviews with fellow book lovers throughout the summer. Admission to the event is free, but online registration is recommended. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis; no reserved seating. Seating is limited by room capacity. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase books and have them signed by the author. To reserve your space – Register to save a seat!

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Grand Opening: Sculpture Exhibition in Civic Center Park, June 22 from 1-5 p.m. The Newport Beach City Arts Commission will hold a grand opening celebration for Phase IV of the Sculpture Exhibition in the Civic Center Park on Saturday, June 22 from at the Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach. The event will celebrate the addition of ten new sculptures to the Sculpture Exhibition in the Civic Center Park. A special presentation will be held in Council Chambers with refreshments following. Some of the artists will be on hand to talk about their artwork and visitors will be able to take a walking tour of the sculptures. The 10 new sculptures were selected from submissions received by a national call for entries based on their artistic merit, durability, practicality and site appropriateness. They are being installed in early June and will remain at the Civic Center Park for two years. The 10 sculptures are as follows: “Spy Boy” by David Buckingham, “Hurricane” by Ray Katz, “The Tot” by Richard Becker, “Windswept” by Lake Daffner, “START Now” by Scott Froschauer, “Contender” by John Merigian, “Feathers in the Wind” by Alex G., “Chairman of the Board” by Steven Rieman, “Slices of Heaven” by Craig Gray and “Pinnacle” by Stephanie Bachiero.

For more information on the event or exhibition, go to

www.newportbeachca.gov/culturalarts, under Sculpture in Civic Center Park or contact the Cultural Arts Services Office at 949.717.3802.

Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

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

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

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

Sunday, Noon – 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

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

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Closed Sundays

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

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

www.newportbeachlibrary.org

Police Beat Primer

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


DUI Arrests

Marco Anthony Rivas, 21, Glendora – Saturday, May 18 

Dan James Porter, 55, Upland – Saturday, May 18 

Andrew Lu, 18, Rowland Heights – Friday, May 17

Peggy Jo Duerr, 74, Newport Beach – Friday, May 17

Dalton McKoy Richard Manchester, 20, Costa Mesa – Friday, May 17

Ignacio Ochoa Collazo, 27, Laguna Beach – Friday, May 17 

Incident Reports

Saturday, May 18

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Jeffrey Christopher Edens, 48, Huntington Beach

Old Newport Blvd. & Hospital Road I Driving while Suspended/Revoked

10:31 p.m. Shantay Shanece Bowden, 26, Los Angeles, was arrested for driving while suspended or revoked. Bail was set at $2,500.

16th St. I 1900 Block I Burglary Tools

8:28 p.m. Michael Gerard Alarcon, 36, Newport Beach, was arrested for possession of burglary tools. Bail was set at $500.

Laurel Place & Irvine Ave. I Controlled Substance and Paraphernalia

4:33 p.m. James Martin Reid, 62, Newport Beach, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $2,500.

4:29 p.m. Victoria Rose Boatman, 59, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $10,000.

Superior Ave. & Hospital Road I Obstructing/Resisting, Battery, Disposal on Public Property, Controlled Substance, Paraphernalia and Warrant

1:21 p.m. Michael Stephen Lenox, 55, Hemet, was arrested for obstructing or resisting a peace officer, battery on a peace officer, disposal on public property, possession of a controlled substance, possession of unlawful paraphernalia and an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $2,500.

Newport Center Drive I 600 Block I Controlled Substance

12:28 p.m. Adrian DeLaCruz, 32, Compton, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $2,500.

Orange St. & Seashore Drive I Under the Influence and Parole Violation

11:15 a.m. Francisco Javier Cardenas, 30, Santa Ana, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance and for a parole violation. Bail was set at $2,500.

Friday, May 17

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Rogelio William Menchaca, 56, Santa Ana

Avocado Ave. I 1400 Block I Warrants

7:29 p.m. Christopher Lee Beirdneau, 54, Santa Ana, was arrested on warrants for DUI and for driving while suspended or revoked. Bail was set at $10,500.

Newport Blvd. & 26th St. I Riding Bike on Sidewalk

5:27 p.m. Jayson Lee McGee, 52, Costa Mesa, was arrested for riding a bicycle on the sidewalk. Bail was set at $50.

Thursday, May 16

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

None

Sherington Place & Irvine Ave. I Narcotics

3:56 p.m. Angeleno Joseph Milinovic, 18, Laguna Beach, was arrested for possession of a narcotic controlled substance. Bail was set at $2,500.

Baker St. I 1800 Block I Costa Mesa I Stolen Vehicle, Obstructing/Resisting and Under the Influence

9:02 a.m. Shawn Mohammad Qadri, 24, Irvine, was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle. Bail was set at $20,000.

8:29 a.m. Elizabeth Stephanie Caro Camacho, 28, Anaheim, was arrested for obstructing or resisting a peace officer, being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of a stolen vehicle. Bail was set at $20,000.

Irvine Ave. & Bristol St. I Driving without License, Paraphernalia, Shoplifting, Addict Driving Vehicle, Controlled Substance and Receiving Stolen Property

3:32 a.m. Jocelyn Shields, 28, Newport Beach, was arrested for driving without a license, possession of unlawful paraphernalia and being an addict driving a vehicle. Bail was set at $2,500.

3:29 a.m. Kyle Max Leviton, 29, Corona, was arrested for shoplifting with a value less than $950, possession of a controlled substance, possession of unlawful paraphernalia and receiving stolen property with a value less than $950. Bail was set at $10,000.

E. Coast Highway I 1500 Block I Petty Theft, Receiving Stolen Property, Paraphernalia, Narcotics, Controlled Substance, False Personation of Another and Warrants

2:28 a.m. Ivy Brooke Crossland, 21, Upland, was arrested for petty theft of motor vehicle parts, receiving stolen property with a value less than $950, possession of unlawful paraphernalia, possession of a narcotic controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $2,500.

2:21 a.m. Jason Ryan Willenborg, 25, Corona, was arrested for false personation of another, petty theft from a motor vehicle, possession of a narcotic controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, an undisclosed warrant and a warrant for petty theft. Bail was set at $22,500.

Wednesday, May 15

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Jaime Edgardo Gochez, 36, Chino

Finley Ave. & Newport Blvd. I Driving while Suspended/Revoked and Warrant

11:45 p.m. Elijah Jamal Guillory, 23, Upland, was arrested for driving while suspended or revoked and on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $500.

Avocado Ave. I 1500 Block I Under the Influence

10:15 p.m. Rocky Galicia Delacruz Jr., 29, Anaheim, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $1,000.

Jamboree Road & Eastbluff Drive I Receiving Stolen Property

9:14 p.m. Anthony Tyrone Roberts, 42, Costa Mesa, was arrested for receiving stolen property with a value less than $950. Bail was set at $500.

Newport Blvd. I 2700 Block I Warrant

8:11 p.m. William Dane Langford, 22, Saint Cloud, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $1,500.

E. Coast Highway I 4500 Block I Under the Influence

1:05 p.m. Anthony Tyrone Roberts, 42, Costa Mesa, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $1,000.

17th St. I 400 Block I Costa Mesa I Sharps Waste, Obstructing/Resisting, Paraphernalia, Under the Influence, Possess Bad Checks and Appropriating Lost Property

10:32 a.m. Charles Dwayne Taylor IV, 42, Garden Grove, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of bad checks and appropriating lost property. Bail was set at $1,000.

10:24 a.m. Natasha Maria Brooks, 37, Anaheim, was arrested for illegal transporting of sharps waste, obstructing or resisting a peace officer, possession of unlawful paraphernalia and for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $2,500.

S. Hathaway St. I 1000 Block I Santa Ana I Carjacking, Robbery, Participating in Criminal Street Gang, Promoting Felonious Criminal Conduct and Concealed Weapon

3:15 a.m. Angel Gonzalez, 18, Santa Ana, was arrested for carjacking with a firearm, robbery with a firearm, participating in a criminal street gang, promoting felonious criminal conduct and carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle. Bail was set at $100,000.

3:15 a.m. Julio Caesar Morales, 18, Santa Ana, was arrested for promoting felonious criminal conduct, participating in a criminal street gang, carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle, carjacking with a firearm and robbery with a firearm. Bail was set at $100,000.

Ocean Blvd. & Goldenrod Ave. I Leaded Cane and Probation Violation

1:22 a.m. Smith Alfred Pichinte, 22, Santa Ana, was arrested for possession of a leaded cane and on a felony probation violation. Bail was set at $500.