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Volume 9, Issue 57  |  July 16, 2024

TOP HEADLINES THIS ISSUE

TOP STORIES THIS MONTH

Assassination attempt brings light to divide in all levels of politics…we can and must do better!

From Mayor Will O’Neill: “Vigorous political disagreement is baked into our Constitutional Republic, but violence is not the response to discourse. I extend my prayers to retired firefighter Corey Comperatore’s family and, for the sake of our nation, thank God that former President Trump survived the attempted assassination…”

Passage of bill authored by Assemblywoman Diane Dixon promotes coastal resource preservation in Newport Bay

According to OC Supervisor Katrina Foley, “This critical legislation, signed by Governor Newsom grants the county more options when considering land lease agreements in the Newport Bay for projects that enhance public access, deliver quality recreational activities, provide water quality improvements and…”

TOP STORIES THIS MONTH

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

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

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

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





Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Assassination attempt brings light to divide in all levels of politics…we can and must do better!

In my role as publisher of Stu News I attempt wherever and whenever possible to toe the line on party politics. Am I perfect? No. I admit, no matter what, sometimes true feelings bleed through.

Friday night I was invited, as a guest, to a Lincoln Club dinner in Huntington Beach featuring former presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz as the featured speaker. To be honest, the reception, the dinner and Senator Cruz’s speech were inspiring.

It was also something seeing the committed members of the Lincoln Club expressing their outright passion for their party.

Then…less than 24 hours later, Saturday happened! Twenty-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks, coincidentally, a registered Republican, attempted to assassinate former President Donald Trump.

Although Trump fortunately survived by potentially mere millimeters, the shooting did sadly take the life of retired Fire Chief Corey Comperatore, and critically injured two others.

It’s all a reminder of the hate and divide as to where this country sits today. Politics as a whole is just plain ugly in 2024 at all levels.

Yesterday morning I reached out to Mayor Will O’Neill to get his reaction to the weekend’s events. “Vigorous political disagreement is baked into our Constitutional Republic, but violence is not the response to discourse. I extend my prayers to retired firefighter Corey Comperatore’s family and, for the sake of our nation, thank God that former President Trump survived the attempted assassination.”

I join Mayor O’Neill in his call for prayers to the Comperatore family.

Following the incident, most Americans seemed to unite on a call citing too much hatred. Still, there were others who weren’t so gracious. One extremely unfortunate comment I heard in response to the Trump assassination attempt was, “Well that’s karma!”

It was a disgusting response! We need to be better as a community and a country and not wish violence of any kind, at any time, on anyone, Republican or Democrat, and anything in between…PERIOD!

For those of you in my age category, the assassination attempt immediately took me back to the ‘60s, with the assassinations of JFK, RFK and Martin Luther King Jr., and two decades later, the attempt on President Ronald Reagan’s life.

We ALL need to do better.

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Speaking of the Lincoln Club…Friday was officially their “62nd Annual Dinner & Membership Meeting.” As such, in addition to Sen. Cruz’s speech, a number of other agenda items took place. One of those was the recognition of the Lincoln Club’s New Member of the Year that went to Shane Mitchell, a young man who has been extremely active in and around Newport Beach.

Well deserved, Shane.

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Shane Mitchell

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Speaking of politics, it’s no secret that our Mayor Pro Tem, Joe Stapleton, is soon to be married to fiancée Julie Jacobs. As young people do, Joe was off that past weekend to his bachelor party.

One item on the weekend calendar was a fishing excursion out of Santa Barbara’s harbor. As many of us have done in similar circumstances, everyone on that type of trip throws a few bucks into a hat to reward the fisherman who lands the first and biggest fish on the day.

Guess who landed the biggest? Yup, Mayor Pro Tem Stapleton. I wasn’t there, but I can only imagine what it was like for him to reel that fish in wearing his usual attire of a coat and tie.

Way to go, Joe!

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Mark your calendars, Mayor Will O’Neill will host a Coffee with the Mayor on Wednesday, July 24 from 9-11 a.m. at Haute Cakes Caffe, 1807 Westcliff Drive.

The mayor invites residents to stop by and have a coffee and engage in a conversation. Pastries and refreshments will be provided.

All members of the public are invited.

For additional information, contact Michele Mullen, the mayor’s Community Outreach Director at mullen.michele@gmail.com.

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Sunday (July 14), the Flight of Newport took place in the annual regatta around Newport Harbor, a race dating back to 1936, that attracted 96 participants in several different classes this year.

Winners included Erik Hauser (SSC) in the ILCA Fleet, Alex Curtiss and Campbell Moore (NHYC) aboard Good To Go in the Harbor 20 Fleet, Lin Zhou (NSB) in the Tera Fleet and Shane Kelly (NHYC) in the Open Bic Fleet.

The event is hosted annually by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Commodores Club of Newport Beach and the Balboa Yacht Club.

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(L-R) Balboa Yacht Club Vice Commodore Brett Hemphill, Gator Cook, First Place winner Erik Hauser, Steve Rados, Rob Vandervort, Nicholas Patin, Martin Bosanger, Alan Andrews and Flight of Newport Chair Lawrence Jones

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(L-R) Harbor 20 Event Chair Philip Thompson, Winning Crew Campbell Moore, Winning Skipper Alex Curtis and Balboa Yacht Club Vice Commodore Brett Hemphill

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Coastal consultant speaks up on sea level rise, local impact of state regulations

By SARA HALL

During a community forum last week, a longtime coastal planning consultant shared insight on sea level rise policies in the state and their local impact.

During the Speak Up Newport’s monthly meeting on Wednesday (July 10), the featured speaker was Don Schmitz, president and principal planner of the land use consulting firm Schmitz & Associates. Schmitz represents a wide variety of clients, including the city of Newport Beach, for items that go before the California Coastal Commission. He also works as the consultant for Smart Coast California. He’s been involved with coastal planning and issues related to sea level rise for many years.

More than 50 people gathered in the community room at the Newport Beach Civic Center and more watched the live stream on local TV or Zoom.

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Coastal planning land use consultant Don Schmitz

Regarding sea level rise and beach erosion, California is mandating laws that are going to have significant impacts on local counties and cities, Schmitz pointed out.

The coastal communities care just as much about saving the beach as environmental organizations, he noted.

“It’s a hugely important aspect of the communities that we live in,” he noted.

He shared a quote from former CCC Executive Director Jack Ainsworth, “The prospect of losing so many of our beaches in Southern California due to sea level rise is, frankly, unacceptable. The beaches are our public parks and economic heart and soul of our coastal communities. We must do everything we can to ensure that as much of the iconic California Coast is preserved for future generations.”

There is scientific evidence that the sea level rise is contributing to high tide flooding, Schmitz explained. The science indicates that beach towns are getting more inundation and getting it more often, he added.

When planning, they refer to the guidance on sea level rise from studies by the Ocean Protection Council. They adopted findings in 2018 and recently updated those, Schmitz said. Those projections are “hugely important,” he added. Per the 2024 OPC guidance draft, the continual rise in sea level will increase the frequence in coastal flooding. This flooding will last longer and extend further inland to greater depths.

“The thing that’s fascinating about this new study that’s coming out and is being formally adopted, it is dramatically reducing the amount of projected sea level rise that we have been operating off of for the last 20 years,” Schmitz said.

The previous guidance from OPC projected six feet of sea level rise for the state by the year 2100, the new draft guidance projects an intermediate-high estimate of 4.9 feet to a high of 606 feet of sea level rise by 2100.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also published a technical report on sea level rise in 2022.

Schmitz also shared graphs showing the planning horizon, the likely probability of sea level rise until 2100, and different scenarios of probability with high- or low-risk aversion. Statewide guidelines for development was previously “pretty dramatic,” he noted, but the new studies are ratcheting it down.

Schmitz shared a map rendering from NOAA that showed what the implications are for Newport Beach with three feet of sea level rise and with six feet (which is what CCC is expecting communities to plan for).

“(With three feet), you can see significant portions of the Peninsula, Balboa Island are – with no remedial measures – under a certain amount of water,” Schmitz said. “With six feet, we’re a bay for all intents and purposes.”

All of the communities up and down the state, pursuant the state law, very often with grants, are doing vulnerability studies, which show the local level of impact from sea level rise projections.

The city of Newport Beach has done their own coastal vulnerability assessment and flood hazard study, Schmitz said. Although, unlike most other beach towns, Newport funded the study themselves, he pointed out.

“The disposition was that when the Coastal Commission and the state granted money for these studies there were strings attached to it,” Schmitz said. “I’ve represented the city of Newport Beach for a long time, I can tell you councils come and go and there’s different staff, but there’s a continuous disposition of a real strong sense of independence and that this community sticks together and stands up for itself.”

He also shared a graph of the city’s projected beach loss due to long-term erosion as determined by the assessment.

Schmitz also highlighted the Newport Beach’s Local Coastal Program, which provides a framework for the city to apply their own regulations.

“It vests in the local jurisdiction the legal authority issued their own coastal development permit,” he explained.

Senate Bill 272, introduced by Senator John Laird (D-Santa Cruz) in early 2023, requires all coastal jurisdictions in California to address sea level rise through updated and published local coastal programs by Jan. 1, 2029. Those that are in compliance with the 2029 deadline will receive priority for state funding, Schmitz said. That date may seem far off, but land use planning takes a lot of time, he added.

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Passage of AB 2393 promotes coastal resource preservation in Newport Bay

Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley released a statement following California Governor Gavin Newsome’s signing of AB 2393, authored by Assemblywoman Diane Dixon. Sponsored by the County of Orange for the Fifth District, AB 2393 enhances opportunities for public access and recreational activities on the coast, as well as promotes coastal resource preservation in Newport Bay.

“I remain grateful to Assemblywoman Diane Dixon for championing our bill to extend the Newport Bay Tidelands lease period up to 66 years,” said Supervisor Foley. “This critical legislation, signed by Governor Newsom today, grants the county more options when considering land lease agreements in the Newport Bay for projects that enhance public access, deliver quality recreational activities, provide water quality improvements and promote coastal resource preservation.”

The County of Orange, authorized by the Tidelands Grant Authority, has the ability to lease tidelands and submerged lands bordering on and under Newport Bay, also known as Back Bay, including the Newport Dunes. AB 2393 extends the available lease terms for the Newport Bay Tidelands from 50 years to 66 years, the maximum allowed by state law.

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Remembrance and sympathy for Patricia McKay, senselessly killed on July 2 at Fashion Island

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Photo by Jan Langstrom

This floral arrangement remembers Patricia McKay saying, “Our most profound and heartfelt sympathies are with the McKay family as they grieve the loss of Mrs. Patricia McKay. Sincerely, Fashion Island merchant community.”

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The Week in Review

A weekly newsletter from City Manager Grace L. Leung

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Newport Beach City Manager Grace Leung

(The following is a condensed, edited version of This Week in Review due to events happening over the past weekend that have been removed.)

Community Members:

Earlier this week, the City Council approved a $1.4 million, five-year contract for 69 Flock cameras that will be installed throughout Newport Beach – the first of several planned public safety technology enhancements to improve crime prevention and investigations.

The Flock cameras (also known as ALPR, or automatic license plate readers) will be placed at all Newport Beach inbound and outbound gateways.

The cameras scan license plates and vehicle characteristics as vehicles pass through their field of view on public roadways. The images captured by the ALPRs are then processed, encrypted and uploaded to a secure database where they can only be accessed by the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD). The database allows police officers and investigators to search by date, time, location, direction of travel and vehicle description to identify vehicles used in crimes.

The system includes access to nationwide data and flags “hotlisted” vehicles that have been used in crimes. The NBPD will receive alerts on stolen vehicles, Amber Alerts, missing and endangered persons and more.

With respect to privacy concerns, the cameras will only be accessed as part of a crime investigation and will not be used for traffic enforcement. Importantly, the cameras only identify vehicles and do not include facial recognition capabilities. The locations and camera angles are fixed and only monitor roadways.

The Flock camera system was part of a series of recommendations presented to the Council in May by the Public Safety Technology Ad Hoc Committee. The committee spent several months evaluating new technologies used by neighboring police departments, and visited agencies where some of the proposed technologies are now in use, prior to making its recommendations.

The goal of these improvements is to equip officers and civilian police staff with the latest tools to gather and analyze crime information to improve decision-making, which will aid in crime prevention, the apprehension of criminals and the recovery of stolen property. Deployment of the technology will also act as a deterrent for individuals and groups who evaluate potential crime targets, increasing overall community safety.

Other technology upgrades, which will be adopted in the coming months, include a Crime Information Center to serve as the central technology hub for real-time intelligence gathering and assessments, FUSUS software to boost the department’s pre-approved access to video surveillance, and the development of a drone program to monitor and investigate crime incidents.

City Manager, Grace K. Leung

“Active Kids” Registration Opens July 18

Registration for Active Kids will open on Thursday, July 18 at 8 a.m. Get ready, since spots will fill up fast!

Parents can sign up for annual or fall Active Kids sessions held at Newport Elementary, Mariners VJC, or the Community Youth Center.

Active Kids is an after-school program for youth in grades K-6, and includes planned indoor and outdoor activities, homework assistance and creative arts.

Be Well Mobile Crisis Response Update

The Be Well Mobile Crisis Eesponse team operates in Newport Beach 12 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to mental and behavioral health crises. The mobile unit is staffed with mental health specialists and works closely with the City’s police and fire departments.

(Last) week, the Be Well team:

–Transported an older adult home after resolving a mental health crisis.

–Transported two people to the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter.

–Transported a person to a crisis stabilization unit for treatment.

–Transported a person to a mental health facility for treatment.

–Transported two people to homeless service providers.

–Transported two people to bus stops to return home.

The mobile crisis team is dispatched through the Newport Beach Police Department. To request service, dial 911 or call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 949.644.3717.

Homelessness Update

This week, the city’s homeless outreach and response teams:

–Placed a person who had experienced street-level homelessness for more than five years into permanent supportive housing.

–Continued to shelter people: Twenty-five people who had been experiencing homelessness in Newport Beach are sheltered in the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter.

Click here to view the latest homeless dashboard, which includes key monthly and yearly data on the city’s homeless response.

Click here for information on the city’s Good Giving program.

This Week’s Events

Thursday, July 18

Hearing Officer

Corona del Mar Conference Room, Bay 1E

100 Civic Center Drive – 8 a.m.

See Full Schedule

Editor’s Note: City Manager’s Updates was received Friday, July 12 and is subject to editing so the information is current.

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Guest Column

Jeff Herdman

Former Newport Beach City Councilmember

Gary Hill

Newport Beach resident and harbor advocate

Why is Newport Beach being outsmarted by other local cities on the state housing mandate?

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is requiring the city of Newport Beach to approve the building of 4,845 additional housing units as its obligation under the state’s housing law.

Unfortunately, the Newport Beach City Council is now considering a housing plan that would allow the building of up to 19,348 additional housing units in Newport Beach – four times greater than the amount required by HCD.

By comparison, 31 of the 34 cities in Orange County have adopted housing plans without the massive housing expansion being proposed in Newport Beach.

How are these other cities outsmarting Newport Beach? They are much more effectively applying three critical components to minimize their housing mandate: Pipeline Units, Housing Buffers and Density Bonuses.

Pipeline Units

HCD allows cities to deduct already entitled housing units – called “Pipeline Units” – from its housing requirement.

Newport Beach currently has 3,000 Pipeline Units that can be counted toward its housing requirement. Subtracting out these Pipeline Units from the city’s 4,845 housing unit mandate leaves Newport Beach with only 1,845 additional housing units needed to be rezoned within the city.

The city of Santa Ana smartly utilized its Pipeline Units to eliminate the need for their city to rezone any additional housing units.

Unfortunately, the city of Newport Beach’s housing proposal fails to subtract our 3,000 Pipeline Units from its mandate before applying the housing buffer.

Housing Buffers

HCD recommends – but does NOT require – a 15% housing buffer to ensure compliance with the state housing mandate.

Instead of adopting the HCD recommended 15% buffer, Newport Beach’s Housing Element includes a housing buffer of 70%. By failing to utilize the obvious benefit of first deducting the existing 3,000 Pipeline Units from the 4,845 mandated units and then adding a 70% housing buffer on top of that, the city’s housing plan swelled to 8,174 units. This is well above the HCD requirement of 4,845 units.

Newport Beach’s proposed Housing Buffer is a Developer’s Buffet. It would bring thousands of unnecessary housing units to our city.

By contrast, the cities of Fountain Valley, Orange and Placentia all adopted Housing Element Plans with the minimum recommended housing buffer. All of their plans were certified by HCD. See here.

Density Bonuses

As stated above, Newport Beach’s housing plan calls for zoning 8,174 new housing units over and above the already entitled 3,000 Pipeline Units. However, the Density Bonus makes matters much worse.

The state of California’s Density Bonus law permits developers to increase their project’s density by up to 200%, if they comply with certain requirements.

Despite misleading public statements from some city politicians and staff, it is a certainty that density bonuses will be utilized by developers. It’s a fact that most housing projects, over 100 units, built in Orange County over the past decade have taken advantage of the state’s Density Bonus to increase density as much as possible. See OC Cities Density Bonus.

Therefore, the city’s plan further exposes its residents to a density bonus of up to 200% – which could double the 8,174 units of newly zoned housing to 16,348 units. Adding in the 3,000 Pipeline Units brings the total to 19,348 new housing units authorized by the city’s plan.

While density bonus units are allowed under state law, Newport Beach is NOT required to include them above the minimum 4,845 HCD threshold. However, the city’s proposed housing plan allows the State Density Bonus units to be ON TOP of the 8,174 newly zoned units. This is simply another developer giveaway.

Instead of cramming thousands more apartments into Newport Beach, the city’s plan should require that the density bonus units are WITHIN the HCD threshold, not ON TOP.

It is truly embarrassing to see our great city of Newport Beach being out-negotiated and out-smarted on its Housing Element Plan by cities like Santa Ana and Placentia. Why can’t Newport Beach follow their approach and adopt a Housing Element Plan that limits additional housing to the minimum 4,845 units required by HCD, less the Pipeline Units?

On July 23, the City Council will vote on whether to send their housing plan to the ballot for the citizens of Newport Beach to decide their fate or to bypass a vote and make this decision for the people.

We urge the residents of Newport Beach to make their voices heard by attending the City Council meeting on July 23. If you can’t attend, then contact your city councilmembers at 949.644.3004, or citycouncil@newportbeachca.gov.

Tell the council to support a housing plan that limits the zoning of new housing units, like most other Orange County cities have done, and demand that they allow the citizens of Newport Beach to vote on the city’s proposed housing plan this November as required by our city charter.

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District welcomes new Director of Continuous Improvement, Program Evaluation, Data and Assessment

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) welcomes Dr. Mina Blazy as the new Director of Continuous Improvement, Program Evaluation, Data and Assessment. With more than 20 years of experience in public education, Dr. Blazy is skilled in using various software programs to make data understandable to support student achievement.

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Dr. Mina Blazy

As Director of Research, Learning, and Data in the Beaumont Unified School District, she oversaw the alignment of data-driven decision-making processes, including integrating interim assessments across all school sites to support instruction and intervention.

Dr. Blazy was previously an elementary school principal, high school assistant principal and science teacher. As principal, Dr. Blazy led her school’s establishment as a leading institution in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). She designed and implemented an initiative that promoted student ownership of learning that resulted in enhanced outcomes in English language arts, mathematics and science achievement, plus bolstered support for English learners.

Dr. Blazy’s experiences have led to a deep understanding of educational systems at every level and expertise in communicating data effectively with site leaders and the community.

“Mina’s proficiency in data communication, her dedication to fulfilling students’ needs, and her boundless energy combine to make her a wonderful asset to our Newport-Mesa community,” said Socorro Shiels, assistant superintendent of Achievement, Innovation, and Continuous Improvement.

Blazy earned a bachelor’s degree in education and biological science from Northern Illinois University, a master’s in education and administration, and a doctorate in educational leadership and administration from California State University, San Bernardino. She joined the district on June 17.

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Decorative Arts Society awards more than $410,000 in grants to 14 OC nonprofits

Newport Beach-based Decorative Arts Society (DARTS) has awarded more than $410,000 in grants to 14 local community non-profit agencies, all of which provide critical services to Orange County women, children and families in need. DARTS has given more than $4.5 million to local non-profit organizations since its inception 29 years ago.

“The ever-increasing cost of living has not only made it more challenging for charities to fundraise in recent years, but to also meet the needs of those who are experiencing hardship or who are at-risk,” said Madeline Hayward, president of DARTS. “We are proud to continue our grants program that provides much-needed funding for food, housing and other valuable services for local women and children.”

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(L-R) DARTS President Madeline Hayward and Edie Denning

More than 50 guests attended the grant awards luncheon at the Pacific Club on June 6, where Hayward presented charity representatives with their checks.

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(L-R) Natalie Graham (DARTS), Barclay Butera (Barclay Butera Interiors) and Hyla Bertea (DARTS)

The Orange County non-profit organizations receiving grants for the 2024-25 fiscal year focus on providing health and basic needs, counseling and support, and educational services, included: Beyond Blindness, Boys and Girls Club of Buena Park, Family Support Network, Fristers, Hope Harbor, Human Options, Intervention Center for Early Childhood, Mariposa Center, Mary’s Path, Project Self Sufficiency (Newport Beach), Radiant Futures, South County Outreach, Thomas House and WISE Place.

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(L-R) Patti Estabrooks, Barbara Glabman, Deb Johnson and Marlene Hamontree

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(L-R) Sharon Henwood, Lana Erlanson, Maryanna Jeppe and Marion Palley

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(L-R) Shelby Rigg (DARTS board member) with Waukecha Wilkerson, chief development officer of Project Self Sufficiency (Newport Beach), one of the 14 grant recipients

The Decorative Arts Society (DARTS), established in 1995, is a membership organization that offers an annual lecture series by nationally and internationally renowned experts in the decorative arts, including interior design, architecture, landscape, fashion and other aspects of the arts. Through subscriptions, donations and other fundraising, the Decorative Arts Society provides grants to Orange County charities serving women, children and families.

For more information on the Decorative Arts Society and membership opportunities, visit www.decorativeartssociety.net and follow the organization on Instagram @decorativeartssociety.

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Newport Beach – A Look Back

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum Newport Beach

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317 Amethyst Ave., June 1939

Balboa Island Museum Newport Beach and the Museum Store are located at 210 B Marine Ave., Balboa Island. They are open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free general admission on all days. Two-hour parking is available on Marine Avenue. For more information, call 949.675.3952, visit www.balboaislandmuseum.org or email info@balboaislandmuseum.org.

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Fast facts from Newport Beach Police to keep our community safe

Courtesy of NBPD

Distraction Theft Awareness

Scammers and pickpockets operate by taking advantage of a moment when their victims are distracted. This often includes creating distractions (especially when they work in pairs or groups). They try to overwhelm you or divert your attention to create an opportunity to take your property. It is important to maintain situational awareness to avoid being the victim of a pickpocket or distraction theft.

Here are some recommendations for practicing situational awareness and deterring pickpockets:

–As you go about your daily tasks, pay attention to the people, objects, vehicles and events happening around you.

–Limit distractions whenever possible.

–Be aware when you are approached by a stranger or when someone gets into your personal space.

–Trust your instincts if someone or something is making you uncomfortable.

–Lock your vehicle whenever you step outside of it – even if you will be standing nearby (i.e. fueling up at the gas station, etc.). Remember that it just takes a split second while your back is turned for someone to grab your purse, wallet, cell phone or other valuables.

–Never leave your keys in the ignition when you are not in the car. Take them out of the vehicle and lock your car whenever you exit your vehicle.

–Valuables should be stored either where you can keep an eye on them or where they cannot be easily seen or accessed by others.

–Whenever you are out, remember to not lose sight of your personal belongings.

For more information about recent distraction theft trends, view these alerts: www.nbpd.org/Home/Components/News/News/41965/20968 and www.nbpd.org/Home/Components/News/News/42039/20968.

This is a series courtesy of the Newport Beach Police Department.

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

Top 10 Nonfiction

1. Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson

2. The Demon of Unrest: A Saga of Hubris, Heartbreak, and Heroism at the Dawn of the Civil War by Erik Larson

3. A Good Life: 15 Essential Habits for Living with Hope and Joy by Pope Francis

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

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

6. BBQ for All: Year-round Outdoor Cooking with Recipes for Meat, Vegetables, Fish & Seafood by Marcus Bawdon

7. Be Useful: Seven Tools for Life by Arnold Schwarzenegger

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

9. Challenger: A True Story of Heroism and Disaster on the Edge of Space by Adam Higginbotham

10. Crying in H Mart: A Memoir by Michelle Zauner

Top 10 Fiction

1. Happy Place by Emily Henry

2. Table for Two: Fictions by Amor Towles

3. The Exchange: After the Firm by John Grisham

4. The Women by Kristin Hannah

5. A Calamity of Souls by David Baldacci

6. Funny Story by Emily Henry

7. The Heaven & Earth Grocery Story by James McBride

8. Camino Ghosts by John Grisham

9. Swan Song by Erin Hilderbrand

10. Funny Story by Emily Henry

Top 10 Children’s

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

2. Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

3. Baby-Sitters Little Sister by Katy Farina

4. Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson

5. Squish by Jennifer L. Holm

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

7. Magic Tree House, the Graphic Novel by Jenny Laird

8. LEGO Ninjago, Masters of Spinjitzu by Greg Farshtey

9. Dragon Kingdom of Wrenly by Jordan Quinn

10. Geronimo Stilton Reporter by Geronimo Stilton

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A visit to the NBPD Mobile Café

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Announced District 7 City Council candidate Sara Weber (center) and her children join Chief Joe Cartwright (second to the right) and other members of the NBPD at Saturday’s Mobile Café at Bristol Farms

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Central Library turned 30

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

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Photos courtesy of NBPL

Happy 30th Birthday Central Library

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Taking a tour of Central Library

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Attendees could win prizes in a Bingo scavenger hunt

Newport Beach Central Library is located at 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. For more information on their events, visit www.newportbeachlibrary.org/calendar.

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Top choreographers participate in prestigious National Choreographers Initiative at Irvine Barclay Theatre

The prestigious National Choreographers Initiative (NCI), founded by award-winning choreographer and Corona del Mar resident Molly Lynch, celebrates their 20th anniversary when it returns to the Irvine Barclay Theatre stage on Saturday, July 27 at 8 p.m. This year’s featured choreographers selected to create and debut new works at NCI: Discovery 2024 are Charles Askegard, Cherice Barton, DaYoung Jung and Donna Salgado.

Founded in 2004 by Lynch, artistic director of NCI and a current Professor of Dance at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine, NCI is a Southern California project with national influence. Designed to promote professional dance and to support the national dance community, NCI invites four choreographers and 16 dancers to participate in this creative project that culminates in the community seeing contemporary ballets performed for the first time.

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Dancers, National Choreographers Initiative

“I couldn’t be prouder and more honored to be marking 20 years of the National Choreographers Initiative,” said Lynch. “This is a unique and creative forum for some of the best choreographers in the country to develop their movement ideas and themes. It’s an intensive process that is equally fun and rewarding for me, the choreographers, the dancers and the audience.”

As NCI celebrates two decades of innovation in dance creation, the program has showcased 76 choreographers – with a noteworthy 31 being women – along with 169 dancers from 54 national dance companies. NCI has showcased 79 new works, and more than 33 of the pieces have gone on to premiere with companies throughout the world.

Every year – aside from skipping 2020 due to the pandemic – Lynch invites four nationally renowned choreographers and 16 professional dancers from ballet companies around the country to participate. There will be three weeks of rehearsals before the showcase on July 27 at Irvine Barclay Theatre. The evening will include each choreographer introducing their piece, followed by a Q&A session at the end, moderated by Lynch.

Each choreographer is given the freedom to choose the style and theme of their work, and many pieces developed at NCI have gone on to be performed elsewhere in the U.S. and abroad. The distinguished choreographers include Charles Askegard, Cherice Barton, DaYoung Jung and Donna Salgado.

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Charles Askegard

 Charles Askegard is a dancer, director and choreographer who joined the American Ballet Theatre under the tutelage of Mikhail Baryshnikov. At ABT, he performed leading roles in major full-length ballets and worked with legendary choreographers Twyla Tharp, Glen Tetley, Natalia Makarova and Agnes de Mille, to name a few. He later joined the New York City Ballet where he performed as a Principal Dancer and had the opportunity to work under Jerome Robbins and Peter Martins and performed a number of the classic Balanchine ballets in the repertory. Askegard then formed a company, Ballet Next, whose mission focused on producing new work. He is now rehearsal director with the Philadelphia Ballet where he has choreographed for both the Philadelphia Ballet and the Philadelphia Ballet II. Most recently, he has been named the Dance Artist in Residence of the Performance Garage in Philadelphia for the 2025 season, which is a choreographic position. His work has been presented by companies, universities, summer festivals, schools and ballet galas across the nation, as well as in the movie John Wick III.

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Cherice Barton

Cherice Barton, an accomplished choreographer, director and educator, currently resides in L.A. Following a decade-long tenure as a contemporary ballet dancer, Barton rose to prominence as the resident choreographer for Franco Dragone’s Le Rêve Cirque spectacle in Las Vegas. She later had choreography collaborations with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, the Grammy Awards, America’s Got Talent, Lucasfilm Animation, Dancebreak Broadway Showcase, Rosin Box Project and Spotlight Grand Finale at the Music Center in L.A., among others. Barton has been sought after to speak and conduct masterclasses at various institutions such as the Juilliard School, USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance and Marymount Manhattan College, to name a few. Her dedication to education is exemplified by the establishment of Axis Connect, a non-profit, bi-coastal educational platform that serves as a crucial link between aspiring dancers and the professional dance industry, where artists can explore diverse career options. Currently, Barton is the recipient of the Dancers Transition Center’s retraining grant, with a focused effort on advancing her expertise in live and televised entertainment as a creative director.

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DaYoung Jung

DaYoung Jung, a formal Principal Dancer and current rehearsal director at Oklahoma City Ballet, is from South Korea. Jung trained at Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy and graduated with honors from a master’s degree in Ballet Pedagogy. Throughout her career, she has performed the title roles of many of the great classics, such as Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty, as well as works by George Balanchine, Jiří Kylián, Septime Webre, Twyla Tharp, Michael Pink, Robert Mills, and many others. She is also a dance educator who has been invited as a panelist by Ballet Des Moines to speak on moving arts and dances and called upon for her expertise as a judge at ADC/IBC final in 2023. The award-winning choreographer was invited to present her work “Dissipation” at The Five Moons Dance Festival in August 2021. The following year, she was invited again to present this time with her work, “Composition.” In 2022, “Vignettes” was chosen as the audience’s favorite of the Milwaukee Ballet’s competition Genesis: International Choreographic Competition. Her most recent work, “There, Never There” was performed by the Oklahoma City Ballet in 2023 at the Ballet Under the Stars, a free performance for the entire Oklahoma City metropolitan area at Scissortail Park.

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Donna Salgado

Donna Salgado is a dancer, choreographer and the founder and directing artist of Continuum Contemporary/Ballet in New York City. Her formal ballet training began under Tatiana Akinfieva-Smith and continued as a member of the Eastern Shore Ballet Theatre. She holds a BFA in Dance Performance from Towson University and an MFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase, and spent summers training at ABT, CPYB, NYSSSA Ballet, and Lines Ballet. Salgado has danced with the José Mateo Ballet Theatre, Eglevsky Ballet, Connecticut Ballet, Rebecca Kelly Ballet, Sierra Nevada Ballet, Thomas/Ortiz Dance, David Fernandez’s Some Dance Company, Deborah Lohse’s ad Hoc Ballet and Marika Brussel, among others, and has performed in works by George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Geoffrey Holder, Edwaard Liang, Gabrielle Lamb and Juanjo Arques.

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An ensemble, National Choreographers Initiative

Her choreography has been presented and/or commissioned by the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Bryant Park, Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Counterpointe Festival for Women Choreographers, Latin Choreographers Festival, 92nd Street Y, Newport Dance Festival, Brooklyn Ballet, Nacre Dance Group, Princeton University Ballet, Harvard Ballet Company and the Ballet on the Beach Festival.

Tickets to NCI: Discovery 2024 are $20-$60 and can be purchased at www.thebarclay.org.

Irvine Barclay Theatre is located at 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine. For tickets or more information, visit www.thebarclay.org, or call 949.854.4646.

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

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

Just email to: editor@stunewsnewport.com

Celebrate and enjoy your birthday!

July 16: Mary Easley Baldoni

July 17: Ben Scanlan, Brad Clancy, Greg Daniels, Jerry Strom, Richard Moy, Scott Paciorka

July 18: Annie Stawicki, Eric Cernich, Michael Coppolino

July 19: Celeste Grieg, Chris Coufos, Damon Micalizzi, Janet Sue Hajzak, Lorri Valentine Malloy, Tony Lattimore

July 20: Andy Woodfill, Bill Rhinesmith, Greg Ridge, Kip Roth, Lina Hood Salata, Munni Krishnan

July 21: Bill Cunningham, Elena Zimina, Jennifer McGrath, Tom Pollitt

July 22: Brian Baker, Kathy Misterly, Tony Florez

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Regattas and Races…

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2024 Flight of Newport

BYC/Commodore’s Club

Sunday, July 14

ILCA Fleet

1 Hauser, SSC

2 Andrews, BYC

3 Bonsager, BYC

4 Patin, SYC

5 Vandervort, BYC

6 Hemphill, BYC

7 Yan

8 Rados

9 Gautshi, LIYC

10 Cook, BYC

11 M. McKinlay/W. McKinlay, NHYC

12 Drever

13 S. Beek, NHYC

14 B. Delarosa/E. Delarosa, LIYC

15 Morales, BIYC

16 Acevedo, BIYC

17 Mather, LIYC

18 Gilreath, OCC

19 Shaw, BIYC

20 Tingler, LIYC

21 Woodcuff, BIYC

22 W. Prioleau/N. Prioleau, NHYC

23 Bos/C. Yonkers

24 Ponce, BIYC

25 Strasser, DRYC – DNC

25 Acosta, DPYC – DNC

25 Boudreaux, BYC – DNC

25 Richley, NHYC – DNC

25 Sail #173951, n/a – DNC

25 Luttrell, BYC – DNC

25 B. Yonkers/Schnell, BIYC – DNC

Harbor 20 Fleet

1 Curtiss/Moore, NHYC

2 Bubb/Quigley, NHYC

3 H./J./B./P. Bissell, NHYC

4 Law/McCue, NHYC

5 A. Campbell/T. Campbell, NHYC

6 Bose, BCYC

7 J. Pinckney/G. Pinckney, NHYC

8 G. Thorne/K. Thorne, BYC

9 K. Wiese/A. Wiese, NHYC

10 Drayton/Benter/Maverick, NHYC

11 Philip/Conzelman, NHYC

12 Yates/Kincaid, NHYC

13 Person/Ramming, NHYC

14 J. Thompson/M. Thompson, NHYC

15 B. Symes/L. Symes, NHYC

16 Noring/Foy, SSC

17 Smith/H. Beek/Batcher, NHYC

18 C. Boukather/B. Boukather, NHYC

19 Kimme/Carlson, BYC

20 Wheeler/Verner/Loubet, Marsh, BYC

21 Watanabe/Sutherland, UCISA

22 Hall/Bentz, NHYC

23 Hoffner/Robinson, BYC

24 D./G./S. Kelly, NHYC

25 Ibbetson/Thornton, SYC

26 Hause, NHYC

27 C. Bretschger/S. Bretschger, BYC

28 Matheson, OSC

29 Sail #74, n/a

30 Weightman/Lawler, BYC

31 P. Bretschger/K. Bretschger, BYC

32 Campbell/Delis, BYC

33 Je. Hewitt/Ja. Hewitt, ALYC

34 Bacon, BCYC

35 Robertson, BYC

36 Lynette/Rouget/Fernandez/Gordon, NSB

37 Kerr/Killian, BYC

38 E. Mueller/M. Mueller, BYC

39 Harmon/Zee/Alterman, BYC

40 B. Whitton/S. Whitton, BYC

41 Turner, NHYC – DNC

41 P. Haynes/D. Haynes, BCYC – DNC

41 Camerini/Cunningham, WSA OC – DNC

Tera Fleet

1 Zhou, NSB

2 Brodsky, LBYC

3 B. Swezea, BYC

4 Aguilar, NSB

5 Miley, NSB

6 H. Swezea, BYC

7 M. Gomez, ABYC

8 B. Green, ABYC

9 Carter, ABYC

10 Narodick, BYC

11 Z. Whitton, BYC

12 Shen, DWYC

13 S. Green, ABYC

14 Jendreas, NSB

15 P. Gomez, ABYC

16 Naeisha, n/a – DNC

16 Isolene, n/a – DNC

16 Demoya, n/a – DNC

16 Connard, n/a – DNC

16 Landcaster, n/a – DNC

16 Whitmeyer, n/a – DNC

Open Bic Fleet

1 S. Kelly, NHYC

2024 Beercans Pilsner – July Series

Balboa Yacht Club

Thursday, July 11

PHRF 1 Division (3.8 Miles)

1 It’s OK, Rose/Purcell/Newman/Thompson, BYC

  Elapsed 0:44:41, Corrected: 0:47:59

2 Spitfire, Glackin, BYC

  Elapsed 0:56:38, Corrected 0:55:18

3 TNT, Selby, BYC

  Elapsed 1:01:46, Corrected 1:00:15

PHRF 2 Division (3.8 Miles)

1 Blitzen, Scott, BYC

  Elapsed 0:51:13, Corrected: 0:49:04

2 Amante, Richley Family, NHYC/LIYC

  Elapsed 0:59:44, Corrected 0:57:27

3 Baraka, Mostafa, BYC

  Elapsed 1:05:20, Corrected 1:02:52

PHRF 3 Division (3.8 Miles)

1 Cha Cha Cha, Walter, CYCA/LIYC

  Elapsed 1:05:56, Corrected: 0:59:51

2 Westerly, Valdes, NHYC

Elapsed 1:23:38, Corrected 1:16:25

3 Heartbeat V, Brewer Jr., NHYC

  Elapsed 1:32:11, Corrected 1:24:58

4 Zonda, Ullman, BYC

  Elapsed 1:32:34, Corrected 1:25:44

5 Espirit de I’Eau, Holbrook, BYC

  Elapsed 1:37:30, Corrected 1:31:02

PHRF 4 Division (3.0 Miles)

1 Silk, Hanscom, SSYC

  Elapsed 1:32:00, Corrected 1:23:27

2 Yemaya, Schneider, BCYC

  Elapsed 1:34:12, Corrected 1:25:39

 3 Pegasus, Muller, OCC

  Elapsed 1:33:45, Corrected 1:27:06

Harbor 20 Division (3.8 Miles)

1 Adios, Bretschger, BYC

  Elapsed 1:04:00, Corrected 1:04:00

2 Sapphire, Robinson, BYC

  Elapsed DNF

2024 Twilights June

Newport Harbor Yacht Club

Thursday, July 11

Finn (3 raced, 0 discard)

1 Humann, NHYC

  1-4-1= Total 6, Net 6

2 Ramming, NHYC

  2-1-3= Total 6, Net 6

3 Kinney, NHYC

  3-2-2= Total 7, Net 7

4 Nickel, NHYC

  4-3-4= Total 11, Net 11

Harbor 20A (3 raced, 0 discard)

1 Thompson/Conzelman, NHYC/BCYC/LIYC

  3-1-3= Total 7, Net 7

2 Pinckney, NHYC

  4-5-1= Total 10, Net 10

3 Camerini, WSA-OC

  2-3-6= Total 11, Net 11

4 Bose, BCYC

  13-2-2= Total 17, Net 17

5 Kimball, ABYC

  10-4-5= Total 19, Net 19

6 Madigan, NHYC

  1-6-13= Total 20, Net 20

7 Yates/Kincaid, NHYC

  8-8-4= Total 20, Net 20

8 Haynes/Haynes, BCYC

  6-9-8= Total 23, Net 23

9 Menninger, NHYC

  5-7-13= Total 25, Net 25

10 McDonald/Malm, NHYC

  9-10-7= Total 26, Net 26

11 Bissell/Bissell, NHYC

  7-13-13= Total 33, Net 33

12 Corkett, NHYC

  13-13-13= Total 39, Net 39

Harbor 20B (6 raced, 0 discard)

1 Hill, BCYC/Oasis

  3-2-1= Total 6, Net 6

2 Drayton, NHYC

  2-1-3= Total 6, Net 6

3 Bubb, NHYC

  1-4-2= Total 7, Net 7

4 Sellinger/Hanscom, NHYC

  7-3-4= Total 14, Net 14

5 Bailey/Bailey, NHYC

  5-5-5= Total 15, Net 15

6 Chan, NHYC

  6-6-6= Total 18, Net 18

7 Watanabe, UCISA

  4-10-10= Total 24, Net 24

8 Zorayan, LIYC

  10-10-10= Total 30, Net 30

8 Kelly/Kelly, NHYC

  10-10-10= Total 30, Net 30

Harbor 20C (3 raced, 0 discard)

1 Swigart/Stuart, NHYC

  1-1-3= Total 5, Net 5

2 Foy, BYC

  3-2-1= Total 6, Net 6

3 Fischbacher/Katherine B, BSSB

  2-3-2= Total 7, Net 7

4 Winsor, NHYC

  7-7-7= Total 21, Net 21

5 Team NSB, Newport Sea Base

  7-7-7= Total 21, Net 21

6 Brooks/Allen, NHYC

  7-7-7= Total 21, Net 21

Lehman 12 (3 raced, 0 discard)

1 Campbell/D’Elisu, NHYC

  1-2-1= Total 4, Net 4

2 Sail #358, NHYC

  2-1-2= Total 5, Net 5

3 Ramming, NHYC

  3-3-3= Total 9, Net 9

4 Sail #372, NHYC

  4-4-8= Total 16, Net 16

5 Beek, NHYC

  6-8-5= Total 19, Net 19

6 Sail #348, NHYC

  7-6-7= Total 20, Net 20

7 Smith, NHYC

  8-9-4= Total 21, Net 21

8 Clark, NHYC

  9-5-9= Total 23, Net 23

9 Sail #19, NHYC

  5-7-12= Total 24, Net 24

10 Ayres/DeYoung, NHYC

  11-10-6= Total 27, Net 27

11 Wiley, NHYC

  10-11-12= Total 33, Net 33

News relating to racing in or around Newport Harbor should be forwarded to Tom Johnson at tom.johnson@me.com.

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Pet of the Week

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

The shelter is thrilled to announce that Stormy, a 1-year-old Chihuahua, is now available for adoption.

Courtesy of the Newport Beach Animal Shelter

Meet Stormy

Stormy is a sweet and affectionate little dog who is ready to find her forever home. While she may take a little time to warm up to new people, once she does, she will beg for belly rubs and shower you with attention.

If you’re looking for a lapdog who just wants to spend time with you, Stormy is the perfect match.

For more information about Stormy or to schedule a meet and greet, please contact the Newport Beach Animal Shelter at 949.718.3454, or email aco@nbpd.org.

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

On their wish list of needs is poop bags.

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

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School Notes

News and notes from our colleges and universities

William Stahl, of Newport Beach, was named to the College of the Holy Cross Spring 2024 Dean’s List.

A member of the Class of 2026, Stahl was named to the Dean’s List for outstanding academic achievement during the spring semester of the 2023-24 academic year.

To qualify, students must pass four or more letter-graded courses with no failing grades during the semester and earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

The College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester, Mass., is among the nation’s leading liberal arts institutions. A highly selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 3,200 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.

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Look what’s happening at Upper Newport Bay in summer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Green with envy…

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Photo by Mary Hurlbut

…fish, sea lions, seaweed and so much more

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

Hey kids! Newport Beach Public Library (NBPL) announces a summer of free family activities, crafts and an interactive reading challenge. Stop by any location or check out their website to learn how you can join the fun!

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

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

Summer Reading

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

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Let’s get crafty making forest animals

Forest Animal Crafts

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

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

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

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

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

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

Magic Show: Reading is Magic!

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

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

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

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

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

Library branches:

–Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach

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

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

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

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

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A glimpse at Crystal Cove in Summer

Crystal Cove Conservancy has kicked off the 2024 summer season with extensive programming for all ages that span from the beach to the trails. Visitors will be delighted to see a combination of new and returning programs at Crystal Cove State Park, as well as extended dates for one of the Conservancy’s most popular programs – “The Great Plein Air Art Experience,” which will now run through October.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Walk on the Wild Side, Friday, July 19 at 10 a.m. At Crystal Cove, you walk upon some of the rarest land in Southern California: coastal sage scrub. Join a park docent for a Walk on the Wild Side and enjoy a one-hour stroll learning about this amazing native habitat as you walk along a boardwalk to the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, at the top of the boardwalk near the parking lot (PCH coastward at Newport Coast, right at kiosk to first lot.) $15 day use fee.

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

Full Moon Hike on Saturday, July 20 from 7:45-10 p.m. Explore the park after dark, on a guided interpretive two-hour, four-mile Full Moon Hike at Crystal Cove State Park. A park naturalist will lead hikers on this moderate to difficult loop trail with uneven terrain and a steep uphill climb, elevation gain of 600 ft. This hike is suitable for ages 10 and up. Hikers must wear sturdy shoes, bring water and a snack. Bug repellant is recommended. Please bring a red flashlight, but if you don’t have one, they will have plenty to share. Meet at the Ranger Station (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow the signs to the Ranger Station.) Registration is required, so sign up at https://letsgooutside.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Newport Beach Master Community Calendar

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

City of Newport Beach meetings & events calendar

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

Newport Beach Public Library – everything at the library calendar

www.newportbeachlibrary.org/calendar

Newport-Mesa Unified School District news & events calendar

https://web.nmusd.us

Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce community events calendar

www.newportbeach.com/events

Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce community events calendar

www.cdmchamber.com/chamber-events

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

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

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The chart shows free and reduced-price eligibility scales

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pacific Chorale Choral Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photos by Matthew Murphy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit https://peterpanontour.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Register here.

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Balboa Island Museum is holding summer art classes

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

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

Schedule of Art Classes:

–July 17: O’Keefe – Watercolor Pencils

–July 24: Matisse – Paper Collage

–July 31: Audubon – Watercolor Pencils

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

Click here to register for art classes, or purchase tickets online at www.balboaislandmuseum.org.

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

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

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

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

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Craig Winberry performing during the tour

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The inaugural Plant-O-Rama took place in 1972

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

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Volunteers have always been the roots of Sherman Gardens

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

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

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

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SOCALPAPA announces 16th Annual Back Bay Plein Air Art Festival

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

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

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Winners and judges from the Quick Draw, 2023

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

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

Schedule of Events:

July 13 “Quick Draw” Painting Competition

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

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An artist on a trail during the Plein Air Quick Draw

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

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

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

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

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Attendees enjoying the art show

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

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

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

Art Classes for Adults and Kids

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Vendor booths

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

For more information, visit www.socalpapa.com and www.newportbay.org.

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Wine Walk returns to Environmental Nature Center

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

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

Small bites will be provided. Live pop/jazz music will be provided by SideNote Keys/Bass near the ENC’s stream. Guests will end their walk with Kean Coffee and dessert. An online auction from August 5-10 will feature a number of items. View the auction at www.32auctions.com/winewalk2024.

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

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

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.encenter.org.

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ENC events in July

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

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Photos courtesy of ENC

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

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

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Collect native seed for propagation at the ENC Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary

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

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

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

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

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

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 Photos by Emily Spain

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

Bridges of Buck Gully Hike: Buck Gully is a natural, coastal canyon which opened up to the public in 2012 with the installation of four bridges to allow for safe public access. Discover the bridges on Tuesdays, July 23 and Sept. 10 from 8-11:30 a.m., which facilitate exploration of the Buck Gully Reserve, and also provide viewing platforms from which to pause and observe the abundant life in and around the stream. The guided program starts with a short walk from the OASIS Senior Center to the beginning of the Buck Gully trail, offering a visually dramatic entrance into this special canyon. Open to those 16+ years and older. Conducted at a walking pace at approximately 3 miles per hour. Distance is 5 miles; duration is 3.5 hours with moderate difficulty. This hike is free, but registration is required. Meet at the OASIS Senior Center auxiliary lot at 5th and Marguerite in Corona del Mar. Register at www.letsgooutside.org.

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Several bridges provide vantage points for taking in reserve vistas

Buck Gully Loop Hike: Come and explore the entire Buck Gully Reserve trail system on Tuesdays, Aug. 6 and Sept. 24 from 8-11:30 a.m. Beginning from the OASIS Senior Center, you’ll hike up through the almost three-mile length of the canyon, then along San Joaquin Hills Road for about a mile, stopping at Canyon Watch Park, where you will take in the panoramic view of the reserve and the Pacific coastline before descending back into the canyon along the Bobcat Trail. This hike is 6 miles; duration, 3.5 hours with high-moderate difficulty and conducted at a walking pace, approximately three miles per hour. It is geared to those 16+ years of age. This hike is free, but registration is required. Meet at the OASIS Senior Center auxiliary lot at 5th and Marguerite in Corona del Mar. Register at www.letsgooutside.org.

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

Buck Gully Upper Loop Evening Hike: Explore the richness of Buck Gully Reserve as you hike during the beautiful early evening hours on Tuesday, Aug. 20 from 4-6:30 p.m. The stream is running, and the rich plant and animal life are enjoying the cool, shady canyon making for an evening hike in a natural oasis amid the suburban surroundings. Walk along San Joaquin Hills Road, which overlooks Buck Gully for the first mile, then drop down into the canyon on the Bobcat Trail, looping back through the upper end of the gully along the Buck Gully Trail. This activity is conducted at a walking pace, approximately 3 miles per hour. The distance is 4 miles; duration, 2.5 hours with moderate difficulty. This hike is open to those 12+ years and older. This hike is free, but registration is required. Staging area is the Newport Coast Community Center at 6401 San Joaquin Hills Road. Register at www.letsgooutside.org.

Fourth Friday Habitat Restoration in Buck Gully on Fridays, July 26, Aug. 23 and Sept. 17 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Birds and other wildlife need healthy habitat to thrive. Simple things like planting native plants or removing non-native plants can greatly improve habitat for wildlife. You can be part of that positive impact while enjoying the beauty of Buck Gully. Come help with a variety of activities ranging from seed collection to weeding invasive plants. This activity takes place on sloped terrain and sturdy hiking boots are highly recommended. All training, tools and gloves will be provided to ensure your safety and comfort. Rattlesnakes are occasionally seen here and generally avoid people, but protective gear will be provided. Walking pace is approximately 3 mph with a distance of one to five miles and a duration of three hours. The difficulty is moderate. This is geared to 18 years+. Meet at the OASIS Senior Center auxiliary lot at 5th and Marguerite in Corona del Mar. Register at www.letsgooutside.org.

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Warming the bench

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Photo by Mary Hurlbut

A nice day to snuggle in the sunshine

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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:

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