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 Volume 4, Issue 33  |  April 23, 2019                                   


 
 
 

Police Files

Double homicide in Newport Beach

A man and woman were found dead Sunday night, April 21, at the Villa Siena condominium complex across the street from Newport Harbor High School at 15th Street and Irvine Avenue, which Newport Beach Police are calling a double homicide.

A roommate of the male victim was returning home around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday from a weekend in the desert and discovered the bodies. At the time, he did not recognize the identity of the female.

The Orange County Coroner’s office has identified the deceased as Darren Partch, 38, of Newport Beach, and Wendi Miller, 48, a Costa Mesa resident and CEO of Wings for Justice, who had been reported missing.

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Darren Partch and Wendi Miller were murdered in Newport Beach

Newport Beach Police have yet to release any further details, other than to say they are reporting that there didn’t appear to be any signs of a forced entry.

A family member reported on Wendi’s death saying, “She had been shot and (we were) told that she did not suffer.”

Police are investigating and have “no information on a suspect at this time.”

Miller was last seen, according to friends, at the Loft and Sandpiper in Laguna Beach early Saturday morning, and she hadn’t been seen or heard from since. She was driving a white convertible Lexus.

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Newport Beach Police cordoned off the area in front of the Villa Siena condominium complex at 2101 E. 15th St., Newport Beach

A neighbor in Villa Siena told Stu News that two vehicles were impounded from the scene earlier yesterday.

Partch was a retired hockey player from the San Diego Gulls organization where he last played in 2005-06. He also played for the Long Beach Ice Dogs back in 2003-04. 

He was originally from Agoura Hills.

Laguna Beach detectives are assisting Newport Beach detectives in the investigation and will be involved in the overall investigation.

Police chase leads to violent crash and arrest of two

A police chase in Newport Beach ended in a violent crash early Friday morning, April 19, near Sherington Place and Seagull Lane. According to reports, the suspect’s vehicle rammed into three parked cars and then he attempted to flee on foot.

Police arrested Carl Richard Johnson Jr., 38, of Costa Mesa, at 3:28 a.m. Police had engaged Johnson in the pursuit after he reportedly hit a planter box and then sped off.

Three people were injured in the collision.

Johnson was arrested on charges of evading police officers with wanton disregard, driving without a license, obstructing and resisting police officers and hit and run with property damage. Johnson also had an outstanding warrant for a parole violation.

Julie Ann Shapero, 39, of Fullerton, a passenger in Johnson’s vehicle, was also arrested on an outstanding warrant for possession of unlawful paraphernalia.

Johnson was held on $20,000 bail, while Shapero faced a $2,500 bail.

Previously suspected Newport Beach bank robber dead following another heist

A standoff between a man suspected of being the Leatherface Bandit and Sheriff’s deputies ended in the suspect’s death last Friday, April 19. The suspect had been attempting to elude deputies during a car chase that ended in a crash with another vehicle in Rancho Santa Margarita.

The suspect had just robbed Pacific Western Bank in Dana Point around 3:40 p.m., according to the FBI, and, following a standoff where he refused to exit his vehicle, was found dead. Investigators determined that he may have taken his own life.

The same man is suspected of robbing banks previously in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, including OneWest Bank in Corona del Mar on March 8.

He earned the Leatherface nickname from a mask he wore in the robberies.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime report


Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

City attorney takes the air out of NAC’s sails

Fair Game Tom NewTrouble looms for the Newport Aquatic Center. Stu News reported some months ago that the NAC was apparently in violation of a number of issues concerning their nonprofit status and their lease with the City.

The City was asked to investigate, and they have.

City Attorney Aaron Harp came out this week and said he, too, finds concerns regarding the management of the NAC. So much so, in fact, that the City has put the NAC on notice that they’re in default of their terms of the Ground Lease with the City.

Issues include board of directors problems, alleged misappropriations in spending and accounting problems, potential IRS questions and reported employee harassment issues, to name just a few. 

Let’s just say, things don’t look good.

That being said, an attorney for the NAC management and board doesn’t necessarily agree.

More, obviously, to come.

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It’s race week for the Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race

Here’s the calendar of events:

The Yachtsman’s Luncheon is Wednesday, April 24, at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club. Keynotes are Bruce Cooper and Keith Magnussen of Ullman Sails.

Then, the next evening is the annual Mayor’s Reception at the Newport Beach Marriot Hotel & Spa beginning at 5 p.m. Plenty of dignitaries from Mexico will be on hand, in addition to Ensenada’s mayor.

Racing then begins Friday and start times depend on class.

Then it’s 125 miles of sailing and, hopefully, good winds.

Best advice, get yourself some Wahoo’s Fish Tacos and an iced cold beverage, then find a spot on one of the bluffs or a seat at the end of the Balboa Pier and enjoy.

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Shan Vincent contacted me this week and asked if I’d promote the upcoming 2019 Orange County Walk for PKD. PKD is short for Polycystic Kidney Disease. She reminded me that one in 400 people have the disease that potentially leads to kidney failure, although she really didn’t have to. You see, I have PKD and as a result had a kidney transplant back in 2004.

So, I told her I’d be happy to promote it. It takes place Saturday, May 4, at Mile Square Regional Park, Shelter #7, in Fountain Valley. Check-in and onsite registration is at 9 a.m., the walk begins at 10:30 a.m.

You can also register here.

Their goal is to raise some $10,000.

Sounds as if I need to dust off the old walking shoes and get involved. If you feel like donating to the cause let me know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I’ll figure it out from there and put you in touch with the right folks. And, thanks in advance.

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Monday, May 6, at 6:30 p.m., the Newport Beach Historical Society and the City of Newport Beach will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the CERT Program in Newport Beach.

The event takes place in the Friends Room of the Central Library. There will be a key note presentation of “The History of the Fire Department” by our chief, Chip Duncan.

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Sixty participating dealers, over four days, featuring 200 new and brokerage boats of all types and price points – it’s the Newport Beach Boat Show returning this week, from April 25-28. 

Produced by the Duncan McIntosh Company, this in-water show is set against the picturesque Lido Marina Village. Check out everything from “trawlers, cruisers, sportfishers, sailboats, catamarans and motoryachts, along with booths offering the newest accessories and gadgets.”

“This is the largest yachting sales event on the West Coast, offering new and brokerage vessels,” said Duncan McIntosh, CEO of the Newport Beach Boat Show.

Admission: $15 for adults; 12 and under free; $5 discount to active and retired military with valid ID. Tickets can be purchased in advance at 

newportinwaterboatshow.com or day-of-event at the box office.

Show hours are Thursday, 12-7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Enter the “Win A Week this Summer at Camp James” contest

Calling all kids, parents, grandparents...to enter our “Win A Week this Summer at Camp James” contest, where a youngster age 4-12 can discover the outdoors, learn a new skill and make new friends. Additional prizes are available, too!

Camp James Summer Camp sessions run June 18 through August 24.

Among the camp activities the youngster will experience: watersports, drama, laser tag, gaga (a gentler version of dodgeball), archery, climbing wall, mini golf, go-carts, dance, yoga, martial arts, music, arts & crafts, kayaking, swimming, sports & athletics, nature lore and much more. There are even theme weeks! All activities take place on the campgrounds at Newport Dunes Resort.

Enter the Win a Week Camp Camp James frog logo

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Here’s How to Enter:

Ages 4-12: Submit your artwork showing what summer camp means to you...and the fun that awaits. Please use one of the following media: drawing (pastels, colored pencil, pencil or marker); collage; mixed media (use of two or more mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor); computer-generated art and photography. Use your creativity and have your imagination come to life. Limit size to up to 11” X 17”.

Judging age categories: 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12.

Adults (any age!): Submit your favorite camp story (typed out, not handwritten), incorporating your most memorable, funny, or out-of-the box camp experience. If you have a photo to share of you as a kid, that would truly add to your story. (Limit 200 words + colored photo.) Should you win, donate the free week to your child, grandchild or a youngster who you know would value the camping experience.

Top Prizes: One First Place Winner in the Kids Category and One First Place Winner in the Adults Category will each win a week at Camp James. (Good for any week.)

Additional Prizes: 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention in each of the Kids and Adults Categories (6 total) will win a voucher for one free day of camp and a camp T-shirt. It is redeemable between June 17-July 3. You will be able to register for your free day using the voucher on June 1. (Registration fee is waived).

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The climbing wall will be a popular place to explore this summer at Camp James 

Submitted artwork and written memories will be displayed at the Camp James Open House on Sunday, May 19 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. So come out and see all the entries and learn more about Camp James Summer Camp.

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, May 15 by 5 p.m.

Winners will be notified by email or phone by Wednesday, May 22 and published in Stu News Newport on Friday, May 24. Parental consent to publish children’s artwork, name and age is required.

No purchase is necessary.

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Send kid and adult submissions including artist or writer’s name (for a child, include age), address, phone number, email address, and if for a minor, written parental consent to publish the child’s submission with name and age attached to the submission to: Camp James, 101 N. Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, Calif., 92660. If you will like your artwork and writing returned you can pick them up at Camp James after Sunday, May 19 where they were displayed.

Please include “Win A Week this Summer at Camp James” contest on the outside of the envelope.

Good Luck – creativity is encouraged!

For more information, call Camp James at 949.729.1098 or Lana Johnson, editor, Stu News Newport at 949.212.1499 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To find out more about Camp James, visit www.campjames.com.

Camp James is located at 101 N. Bayside Drive, Newport Beach.

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Guest Column

Grace Leung

An insider’s look at what’s going on in and around City Hall

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Newport Beach City Manager Grace Leung   

Our next City Council meeting is tonight, Tuesday, April 23. The following are items that may be of interest. As always, this is not a summary of the entire agenda, which can be viewed here.

 Study Session begins at 4 p.m. with discussion on several items: Potential changes to residential development standards to preserve cottages and address 3rd story massing – These items were brought forward by City Council to address concerns that have come up as neighborhoods redevelop. Staff will seek input and direction regarding two zoning code development standards: residential height and massing standards, and restrictions on residential additions when existing homes do not provide the required off-street parking. 

On-Street parking impacts due to construction activities – On February 26, 2019, staff brought for City Council consideration of several potential changes to address parking impacts from construction activity in the residential neighborhoods. Council moved forward to set time limits for one or two-unit residential homes (the second reading of this ordinance is on consent) and request further public outreach on the other items, which included construction site signage and construction management plan requirements. At this study session, staff will discuss input from the additional public outreach and seek Council direction on additional changes.

City Emergency Council update –  Staff will provide background on the City’s Emergency Council, in effect since 1939, and give an update on the City’s current disaster preparedness activities. Staff will also seek Council input on proposed recommendations to enhance communications with the City Council and the community regarding the City’s emergency plans and activities.

The Regular Session begins at 7 p.m. and the following are items of note: On the consent calendar is consideration for City Council to formally adopt an opposition position to a potential State Drinking Water Tax and support two alternative measures. The tax, which would be imposed on nearly 3,000 public water systems, is being proposed to assist small water providers with their costs to provide drinking water. The alternative measures focus on addressing the issues with the non-compliant small water systems. If the tax moves forward, there is also concern this will be a new mechanism to levy taxes.

For public hearing is the 2019-2020 Action Plan for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. The Action Plan appropriates approximately $358,000 of CDBG funds to community agencies serving seniors and homeless, program administration and loan repayment related to affordable housing. This Action Plan is the last year of the current 5-Year Consolidated Plan and staff will soon begin the process to develop this strategic planning document for the next 5-year timeframe.

The Orange County Housing Finance Trust, a joint powers authority for the County of Orange and Orange County cities who elect to join, has been created to provide a stronger voice for the region to secure our share of State and other funds to help address longer-term housing for persons formerly homeless. In developing solutions to address homelessness, one of the gaps identified is housing at the end of the continuum, when a homeless person has stabilized enough to live on his or her own but requires on-site services to do so. The Trust is envisioned to provide funds to supportive housing developers who come forward with a supportive city. The JPA was developed with input from cities and has many safeguards for cities: the JPA is limited to hiring only contract employees, there is a cap on our administrative costs, we are not required to commit our housing funds, housing projects within our city require our approval and we can withdraw at any time.

As our Local Coastal Program (LCP) is relatively young, potential amendments to Title 20, our Planning and Zoning Code and Title 21, the LCP Implementation Plan, arise as we work under these codes together. Staff is recommending Council consider initiating specific amendments related to minimum lot size and dimensions, overlay zoning districts, public hearing notification, corrections to setback maps, transfer of development rights, height measurement of accessory structures and residential off-street parking requirements in flood zone areas. Action at this meeting is whether or not to initiate these amendments; the actual amendments would be considered over the next year if the Council decides to move forward. 

Following an extensive procurement process, staff is bringing for Council approval the replacement of the City’s 25-year old land management software (LMS) system. LMS is a critical system for the City as it tracks development services permits, plans, inspections and processes fees related to these services. The selected system, Energov, will provide a more modernized and integrated system and enhance customer service with more online options and conveniences. Implementation will be phased in over 24 months. 

As a reminder, public comment is welcome at the City Council meeting. The public can comment on any item on the agenda. If you cannot attend the meeting and/or want to communicate with the City Council directly on an item, the following email address gets to all of them: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Week in Review is also provided this week. (See additional story in Stu News below.)

Thank you for reading. Feedback is appreciated so please don’t hesitate to ask a question or offer a comment.

Grace K. Leung

City Manager

City of Newport Beach

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A gorgeous Easter weekend

A gorgeous flowers

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Photo by Michelle Mar (Instagram @msmichellemar)

Reflecting on the good life in Newport Beach


Death in Old Newport

By DUNCAN FORGEY

Living in a small town is wonderful for many reasons. Everyone knows each other or they are friends with someone that knows others. The markets, movies and gas stations become social meeting places. In good times, this tightness spurs laughter and conversations about local politics and each other. In bad times, everyone gets affected. When death knocks on the door and someone dies or is killed, it is felt by the entire town.

Growing up in a smaller and more personal Newport Harbor, we joked about the “big one” and “earthquake weather” and one day, six of us rode our bikes to Blackies to watch a tsunami come in. We had no fear because for some reason, Newport Beach seemed protected from disaster. Even the Laguna firestorm stopped an hour before it would have raced down Buck Gully and burned much of CdM. 

In this not so distant past, Newport Beach took one tragedy at a time.

My first came at Newport Elementary School. Dr. Arthur Paris and his son, Arthur Jr., 11, died in a freak storm returning from Catalina. After high school, there were the Buffington Brothers. Jimmy was a casualty of the 1960s, while his older brother, Jack, drowned “screwing around” on the Colorado River. High School friend, Sean Moore, died alone in a small hotel room due to a ruptured appendix and Larry Powell crashed his car in Mexico. Writer Haraki Murakami puts it this way: “Death is not the opposite of life, but part of it.”

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Jack Buffington

Because we were surrounded by the sea, we have had our fair share of ocean-related deaths. Rick Marcellus and Boyd Reber were two young people never forgotten. Their stories are unique but showed us that life is fragile; here one day and gone the next.

The Marcellus family lived on the mid-streets of Lido Isle. Like all of us, Rick enjoyed life to its fullest. Using the ocean as a backdrop for freedom and exploration, his small town thinking allowed mischief to be a test of maturity. All of us were quite adept at testing limits as we grew. World War II parents didn’t understand and felt the “mean streets and alleys” of Newport were eroding parental values. Families looked for alternatives: Carlsbad’s Army-Navy Academy, out-of-area private schools or stricter Catholic schools. This fruitless attempt at reining in their kids was not that uncommon.

Christopher Sheldon’s Ocean Academy was perfect for a kid from Newport Beach. The marine-oriented school used discipline and vast ocean experiences to assist in a youngster’s maturing. Christopher and his wife, Alice, acquired the 92-foot brigantine Albatross, and manned it with a crew and students. The goal was to use extensive sailing voyages in the Caribbean and eastern Pacific Ocean as a training ground for their kid crews. It was a modern version of Rudyard Kipling’s Captains Courageous.

Death in Old Newport Captains Courageous

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Rudyard Kipling’s “Captains Courageous”

In fall of 1960, the two Sheldons, two instructors, a cook and 14 students boarded the Albatross ship. The Albatross’s voyage started in the Bahamas, crossed the Caribbean to the Panama Canal, on to the Galapagos Islands and back. Imagine the fantastic learning experience these youngsters were exposed to under sail for nearly a year. On May 1, heading toward Nassau, the ship stopped for fuel at one of the Florida Keys. The next day, 125 miles from the Dry Tortugas, the schooner was hit by a rare and unseen storm. A “white squall” is defined as a sudden violent gust of winds at sea, not accompanied by characteristic black clouds. They come out of nowhere quickly and can be deadly. The boat was hit at 8:30 a.m. on May 2, 1961. The Albatross sank almost instantly taking with it Alice Sheldon, the cook and three students including Newport’s Rick Marcellus. It was so sudden there was no time for an SOS; the remainder of the crew ended up in two lifeboats eventually found by a Dutch Freighter, Gran Rio. 

Death in Old Newport The Albatross

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The Albatross

In a fictionized version of the tragedy, the movie White Squall, directed by Ridley Scott, follows the boat’s tragic loss, including an ensuing court battle pitting Sheldon (Jeff Bridges) and his crew against angry parents and the Coast Guard bureaucracy.

Those of us that grew up with Boyd Reber have never forgotten him. Born to a lineage of country folks, Boyd grew up in Corona del Mar and was a rough and tumble youth. Rumored to be the original “Gerber Baby” he was the brunt of jokes for years. Physically, he was anything but a baby, and after years of fun in Newport Beach, he grew into a working fisherman. This was at a time when big and plentiful fish surrounded the Pacific around Newport Harbor. In February of 1986, he and shipmate Frank Germano outfitted the Cindy Fay for a fishing trip to catch soupfin sharks.

At 7:30 p.m. on February 23, 1986, Boyd called his wife, Cynthia, to tell her he loved her and would call with results of his catch. She never heard back. Boyd and Frank went missing. On March 2, Boyd’s body was found floating about 20 yards offshore near San Clemente Island’s Mail Point. Later, his crewman Frank Germano’s body was also found.

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The Gargoyles Car Club with Boyd Reber, bottom right

San Clemente Island is an uninhabited island sitting on the horizon of southern Orange County. Owned and operated by the United States Navy, the island has been used for military operations in cooperation with Camp Pendleton. It was a well-known fact that the island received live shelling during some of these war games.

The original story circulated by the media was that Boyd had fallen asleep with the gas oven on and it exploded. A tragedy indeed, but one caused by a Captain’s negligence. Further information would indicate the explosion was far greater than what could be initiated by a stove. Additionally, Boyd was characterized as a “beyond competent” skipper. 

His family filed a multimillion dollar wrongful death lawsuit against the government. Family attorneys claimed “…the harm to Boyd Reber and the Cindy Fay was caused by one of two sources, both under the control of the United States. Either an unexploded ordnance or a live shell.” The family alleged that a misguided shell hit the boat or Cindy Fay dragged up live ammo with their nets. At the time of Reber’s death, Navy ships were firing five-inch shells with a 26,000-yard range. The Cindy Fay was 22,000 yards from the naval bombardment. The U.S. Attorney blamed it on negligence on Boyd’s part, adding that heavy surf broke up the boat not an explosion. It was not until August of 1991, that the courts and a federal court judge in San Diego turned the family down on appeal, “without added review, which is rarely granted, the case is over...”

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall

Newport Beach’s most sensitive deaths came with the Vietnam War. Prior to 1962, we were all dirty-faced kids running around town: Surfing, playing war and having no idea that some of us would go to war and others of us would die. Whether it was in the air, jungles, highlands or rice paddies of Vietnam, Newport Beach sent some of its best warriors to die in the war. 

“Vietnam was what we had instead of happy childhoods.” –Michael Herr

Remembering:

–Lt. Kent Anderson: A multifaceted person and big brother of my oldest friend.

–Kris Perdomo: Short in stature and big of heart, he died a door gunner of a helicopter.

–Roger Brown: A hero before he died a Green Beret.

–Stephen Lucia: Listed on Panel 29W Row 38 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.

–Robert Gengdron: Shot down while on a Med-Vac mission.

–Roland Troyceno, Jerry Edwards, Leonard Gurwitz, Mike Mangan, Loyd McBroom, Galen Moore, Dave Omstead, Bruce Poulson, John Roles, William Rowe, Jerry Shoemaker, Jim Spaw, Eric Speak, Roger Yamanka, Mike Young and Charles Lee.

All lost forever.

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The Nomads with Kent Anderson, far left

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


Student Winners of Congressional Art Competition announced

By LANA JOHNSON

On Monday evening, April 22, student winners of the 2019 Artistic Discovery Congressional Art Competition were celebrated during a private reception and awards ceremony held at Laguna Art Museum.

Spearheaded by Congressman Harley Rouda, representing CA District 48, this is the first time our district is participating in the nationwide contest that takes place each spring. Open to students in grades 9-12, the competition recognizes and encourages artistic talent in youth throughout the nation. Artwork was submitted in the following categories: painting (oils, acrylic or watercolor); drawing (pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and marker); collage (two-dimensional); print (lithograph, silkscreen or block); mixed media (use of two or more mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor); computer-generated art and photography.

Student winners of three students

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(L-R) Master of Ceremonies Michele Gile, KCAL/CBS TV, with winning students Faith Riehm (third place), Charles Besso (second place) and Remi Frolichman (first place)

The winning students are:

First Place – Remi Frolichman, a student at the Orange Country School of the Arts, for her painting, Firenze. She received a prize of $750, a Certificate of Recognition and a trip for two to the Capitol in Washington, D.C. this June, where her artwork will be on display along with all the other first place student winners, representing their congressional district from throughout the country.

Second Place – Charles Besso, a student at Laguna Beach High School, for his mixed media art (colored pencil with digital media), Slumber Party. He received a prize of $100 and a Certificate of Recognition.

Third Place – Faith Riehm, a student at Edison High School, for her computer-generated art piece, The Painter of Flowers. She received a prize of $50 and a Certificate of Recognition.

Congressman Rouda, along with his wife, Kaira, presented the awards. Master of Ceremonies was KCAL 9/CBS 2 television reporter Michele Gile.

Student winners of Roudas

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(L-R) Congressman Harley Rouda, Beth Phillips, founder and executive director of Furnishing Hope and Kaira Rouda

The winning art was chosen from a field of 41 entries, submitted by students throughout CA-48 who attend Newport Harbor, Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach, Edison, Fountain Valley, Aliso Niguel, Westminster, La Quinta, Pacific Coast, Coast, Orange County School of the Arts and Drakain Academy. All participating students, their art teachers and families were invited to the Museum reception to view their art being displayed at the Museum, and find out who were the winning artists.

Judges included Malcolm Warner, executive director of the Laguna Art Museum; Jeannie Denholm, gallery owner of SCAPE in Corona del Mar and Ed Fosmire, professor of art at Santa Ana College.

Cash prizes were sponsored by AT&T, represented by Richard Porras, assistant vice president, external affairs and supported by Richard Stein, executive director of Arts Orange County.

Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments were coordinated by Kathleen Abel, Museum board member and donated by the MacGillivray, Robbins and Keller families.

Congressman Rouda invited all of the participating students to come and display their art at his office.

Prior to hanging on the Museum’s walls, the artwork was showcased at the gallery in Furnishing Hope (FH) during the week of April 16. Furnishing Hope provides home furnishings and supplies for families as they transition into independent living, reaching out to our wounded service heroes and women with children. All proceeds from FH, with their flagship retail store in Westciff Plaza, Newport Beach, go to serve families in need.

For additional information on the CA-48 Congressional Art Competition, visit https://rouda.house.gov/services/art-competition.

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City Manager’s Updates

From the desk of Grace Leung

Special Events Grant Deadline – The Community Special Events Grant program is currently open for applications. This is the last call for applications for “Community and Charitable” and “Signature Event” grants, as the deadline is Thursday, April 25 at 5 p.m. If you are an event organizer for events that occur in the City of Newport Beach, are a nonprofit organization, and pay city fees for your event, visit www.newportbeachca.gov to review guidelines and apply. Contact the Recreation & Senior Services Department for more information at 949.644.3151. 

Open Budget Data Updated through March 31, 2019 – The City of Newport Beach makes financial information available to review the status of revenues and expenditures. The online Open-Budget Portal provides citizens an in-depth and friendly view of the City’s financial data including the City’s revenue sources, expenditures and the Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The site provides users the ability to view the financial data in a table, chart or graph format. Interactive features of the site allow for searching by departmental or other types of budget categories. The CIP portion of the site organizes information by funding category, funding source or by project. Users will also find project photos, the current phase of the project and a map showing the project’s location.

Through March 31, 2019, the City’s General Fund has received $146.2 million, or 66.0 percent, of the $221.5 million of budgeted general fund revenues.

The General Fund’s top three revenues sources (Property Taxes, Sales Taxes and Transient Occupancy Tax) account for approximately 75 percent of all General Fund revenues. The City expects to receive $167.1 million of revenue from these three sources in Fiscal Year 2019.

–Property Tax is the top source of revenue for the City and represents almost half of all General Fund revenues. Fiscal Year 2019 property taxes as a whole are budgeted to come in at $106.7 million. The City has collected about $67.4 million, or 63.2 percent, of budget through March 31, 2019.

–Sales Tax, the second largest revenue source for the City, is expected to finish Fiscal Year 2019 at $37.0 million. As of March 31, 2019, the City has received $23.4 million, or 63.3 percent, of the sales tax budget. 

–Transient Occupancy Taxes (TOT) are budgeted at $23.4 million for Fiscal Year 2019. The City has realized 72.2 percent, or $16.9 million, through March 31, 2019. 

As of March 31, 2019, General Fund expenditures totaled $144.5 million, which represents 67.7% of the $213.3 million revised budget. 

For more information including interactive budget snapshots, visit www.newportbeachca.gov/government/departments/finance.

Residential Development Standards Study Session – Community Development Department staff will provide an overview and seek City Council comment and direction on potential changes regarding two separate zoning code development standards on April 23. The first is a discussion of residential height and massing standards. The second will be a discussion on whether allowing greater additions to homes that do not provide code required parking will help the preservation of smaller cottages throughout the City.

Balboa Village Advisory Committee (BVAC) Walkabout – On Wednesday, April 17, the Balboa Village Advisory Committee (BVAC) met in the City’s Palm Street parking lot and walked through the Balboa Village area. The Community Development and Public Works Departments showcased the improvements that have been made to the streetscape and discussed refreshing wayfinding signage. BVAC Committee members and the public provided input on sign locations and identified additional areas for improvements, as well as some issues that may require the involvement of the City’s Code Enforcement Division. The BVAC meets on an as-needed basis the third Wednesday of each month. For more information, check out the BVAC webpage here.

Ford Road Residential Project at 4302 Ford Road – In late 2017, the City received an application to develop 21 residential dwelling units on a primarily vacant site located adjacent to the AT&T Switch Station on the southeastern corner of the MacArthur Boulevard and Bonita Canyon Drive intersection. The applicant, Hines, worked with City staff to refine the project description and design. The proposal includes two-, three- and four-bedroom condominium units with approximately 23,000 square feet of common area amenities. The building would be two to three stories over one level of subterranean parking with 55 parking spaces for residents and visitors. A tower element at the corner nearest the intersection would exceed the maximum allowable height limit up to 37 feet while the remainder of the building is compliant with the 33-foot maximum allowed. The project requires General Plan and Zoning Code amendments to rezone the site from Public Facilities (PF) to Multi-Unit Residential (RM). 

In order to address reasonably foreseeable environmental impacts resulting from the project’s implementation under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), an initial study/mitigated negative declaration (IS/MND) has been prepared. The draft IS/MND was released for public review and comment on Wednesday, April 17. An electronic copy is available on the City’s website. Hard copies are available at City Hall in Bay B on the first floor as well as in each library location. The comment period will run for 20 days and will conclude on Monday, May 6, 2019. 

The Planning Commission and members of the public were introduced to the project at a study session on Thursday, April 18, 2019. No action was taken at this meeting. Planning Commission and Airport Land Use Commission public hearings are anticipated late June/July 2019, with City Council action occurring in August 2019. 

For questions, contact Ben Zdeba, Associate Planner, at 949.644.3253 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

LCP Amendments Finalized by Coastal Commission – Final action on two City Local Coastal Program (LCP) amendments were on the California Coastal Commission (Coastal Commission) April 11, 2019 agenda in Salinas, California. The LCP “Clean-up” amendment corrected and clarified Implementation Plan regulations relating to shoreline protective devices, height limits, modifications and variances to make them consistent with the Zoning Code. The Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) LCP amendment added ADU regulations into the LCP. 

Coastal Commission Executive Director Jack Ainsworth determined that the City’s actions were legally adequate to satisfy the requirements of the Coastal Commission’s approval of these amendments. The Coastal Commission was in unanimous concurrence with the Executive Director determination, which is the final step in the LCP amendment process. 

Corona del Mar Town Hall Meeting and Community Expo – On April 17, City staff attended the Corona del Mar Annual Town Hall Meeting and Community Expo. This year’s theme was “Get Informed – Get Involved.” Representatives from Community Development, Library Services, Public Works, Recreation and Senior Services, NBPD, NBFD, Municipal Operations and a number of private organizations with a vested interest in specific concerns of the residents of Corona del Mar were present at the event. Code Enforcement Officer John Murray provided an update on the City’s Code Enforcement Operations and Community Development Director Seimone Jurjis and Chief Building Official Samir Ghosn discussed possible code changes to address residential street parking impacted by construction. Fire Marshal Kevin Bass spoke about fire marshal goals and vision and fuel modification in Buck Gully. The Town Hall Meeting provides a great opportunity for staff to interact with and educate the community on how they can stay informed on current City issues. 

Vivante Senior Housing Project at 850 and 856 San Clemente Drive – In August 2018, the City received an application to develop 90 senior residential dwelling units and a 27-bed memory care facility at the former Orange County Museum of Art and administrative office buildings located at 850 and 856 San Clemente Drive. The applicant, Nexus Development Companies, has worked with City staff to refine the project description and design. The proposal includes a six-story, 183,983 gross-square-foot building up to 77 feet, 10 inches (including appurtenances) and 118 surface level parking spaces. The development would include resident dining areas, a fitness room, yoga room, indoor pool, lounge with bowling alley, salon, art room, theater, library, golf simulator and support uses such as offices, mechanical and storage rooms, mailroom, laundry and housekeeping.

The project requires a General Plan amendment to change the land use from PI (Private Institutions) to MU-H2 (Mixed-Use Horizontal), PC-19 (San Joaquin Plaza Planned Community) text amendment, development agreement, conditional use permit, major site development review and lot merger. In order to address reasonably foreseeable environmental impacts resulting from the project’s implementation under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), an addendum to the Museum House EIR is being prepared and expected to be made available by the end of April 2019. An electronic copy will be made available on the City’s website. Hard copies will be available at City Hall in Bay B on the first floor, as well as in each library location. 

The Planning Commission and members of the public were introduced to the project at a study session on Thursday, April 18, 2019. No action was taken at this meeting. Planning Commission and Airport Land Use Commission public hearings are anticipated in late June/July 2019, with City Council action occurring in July/August 2019. 

For questions, contact Makana Nova, Associate Planner, at 949.644.3249 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Balboa Island Water Main Replacement – Phase II – Construction for the Balboa Island Water Main Replacement – Phase II project continues to progress. Since our last newsletter update in March, the contractor has completed water transmission main replacement on Park Avenue from the Collins Island bridge to Apolena Avenue. The next phase of work will be replacing the water transmission main up to the Marine Avenue area. Night work will be required on Sunday, May 5 for portions of work adjacent to the Marine Avenue business district in order to accommodate daytime business operating hours. The contractor is working very hard to make up for all those lost days due to rain. The scheduled completion date for the project is early June.


Dory Deli presents Beach Clean-Up this Saturday

This Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., the community is invited to meet in front of Dory Deli at Tower 22, grab some free coffee and cocoa and help clean up our beautiful shore.

This is a great opportunity to get the family together for a fun day at the beach while giving back to the community. 

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This picture taken over the weekend at the Newport Beach Pier is a reminder of the need to keep our beaches clean

If you have a bucket or garden gloves handy, bring them out. If not, Dory Deli will provide bags and gloves for participants. 

The Dory Deli Beach Clean-Up is in partnership with Surfrider Foundation, Ben Carlson, The Board Club, Newport Harbor High School, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boy Scouts of America, Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, GT’s Kombucha, Newport Elementary Foundation, Pau Maui Vodka, Vibes Hot Yoga and Newport Heights Foundation.

Dory Deli is located at 2108 3/4 West Oceanfront Drive, Newport Beach.

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Hoag Hospital among Epilepsy Walk sponsors

Anastacia Bean is sweet, kind and humble, and the three days each year in which her heart truly reaches out, she marks on the calendar: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and the Epilepsy Walk Orange County.

Nine years ago, Bean lost her mother, Sharyl. Prior to her passing, however, they attended the Epilepsy Walk together and it was an event Bean will always cherish.

In honor of her mother, Bean, 32, participates in the Epilepsy Walk each year and is expected to be the first person in line at the walk-up registration for the 10th Annual Epilepsy Walk on May 4, a Star Wars-themed, noncompetitive Walk – “May The Fourth Be With You!”

Hoag Hospital among Anastacia Bean

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Anastacia Bean

Bean, who does not drive a car, takes two buses from her residence in Anaheim to be present at the Walk at TeWinkle Park in Costa Mesa. Each year Anastacia’s goal is to arrive early enough to be first in line to confirm her registration, and she has accomplished it three years in a row.

“I just want to make sure my name (is on the registration list),” Bean said. “My mom had epilepsy before she passed in 2010, and we went to these walks together. Epilepsy Support Network of Orange County (ESNOC) was a huge help to her, so I am not only paying them back, but helping them to move forward for future generations.”

The Epilepsy Walk, sponsored by Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, CHOC Children’s in Orange and UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, is an all-day extravaganza with a sizzling, tasty barbecue lunch, in which side foods are donated by Newport Rib Co. in Costa Mesa. 

There are opportunity drawing prizes, a silent auction, contests and games, as well as music and special guests. Darth Vader, Storm Troopers, R2D2 and many other Star Wars characters participate in the Walk.

It is the largest fundraiser of the year for ESNOC and generates about $145,000 each year. ESNOC provides 26 different programs and organizes several free, educational events throughout the year.

For more information about the Epilepsy Walk and ESNOC or to volunteer, call 714.916.0456 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Balboa Island Museum presents “Bal Week” on Friday

The Balboa Island Museum invites locals to its Special Series, “Bal Week,” taking place on Friday, April 26 from 7-9 p.m. For those who may not be familiar with Bal Week, it was a Newport Beach Spring Break tradition where students from near and far converged on Balboa for a memorable good time from the late 1920s through the late 1950s. While here, youngsters would make trips over to Balboa Island, fondly known as “Bal.”

Balboa Island Museum presents

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Guest speakers for the evening will be longtime Balboa Island residents Seymour Beek and Cindy Houston. Come and enjoy some wine and cheese as you recall those bygone days of spring.

A $10 donation is requested at the door. To RSVP, call 949.675.3952.

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


Newport Beach Film Festival announces 2019 Environmental Film Series

The 20th annual Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) presented by Pacific Sales announces its 2019 Environmental Film Series, a curated program of documentary films designed to raise awareness of important issues affecting the planet. The program explores a wide array of “eco” and “green” topics, including water quality, sustainability, natural resource preservation, animal protection, ecosystems, pollution, public health issues, citizen activism and the adverse effects of industrialized agricultural practices. Located along the pristine Orange County coastline celebrated for world-class beaches, bays, bird estuaries and nature preserves and home to several environmental organizations, the Newport Beach Film Festival serves as the ideal venue to present environmental films. 

The Festival takes place from April 25-May 2 and will spotlight more than 350 films from around the world. Films in the Environmental Film Series will screen at Edwards Big Newport (300 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach), The LOT in Fashion Island (999 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach), Regency Lido Theater (3459 Via Lido Drive, Newport Beach) and The Triangle (1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa).

Newport Beach Film Festival announces Anthropocene

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A scene from “Anthropocene”

Three films in the Environment Film Series explore the negative impacts that industrialization, pesticides, and factory farming have on the quality of life of humans, animals and beneficial insects. The films depict how geological transforming activities and pollution generating corporate entities, such as mining, unsustainable animal and agricultural practices, pose a severe threat to our food system, water and air quality and precious natural resources. A cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet, the visually stunning documentary Anthropocene follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group who, after nearly 10 years of research, are arguing that the evidence shows the Holocene Epoch gave way to the Anthropocene Epoch in the mid-20th century, as a result of profound and lasting human changes to the Earth. The Pollinators tells the story of how our very food system is under threat and rests on the wings of honey bees and the commercial beekeepers that move them from farm to orchard pollinating crops that native pollinators can no longer adequately accomplish. Right to Harm presents an exposé on the public health impact of factory farming across the United States, told through the eyes of residents in five rural communities. 

Newport Beach Film Festival announces Right to Harm

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“Right to Harm” presents an exposé on the public health impact of factory farming in the United States

From Antarctic icebergs to the Indian Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, the Environmental Film Series spotlights two films about the international nonprofit, marine wildlife conservation organization Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and their quest to protect precious sea life from greedy and dangerous poachers. Winner of the Audience Award (World Cinema - Documentary) at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, Sea of Shadows chronicles a group of brilliant scientists, high-tech activists, investigative journalists and courageous undercover agents in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, who attempt to rescue the most endangered and elusive whale on Earth while battling the vicious Mexican drug cartels and Chinese traffickers whose destructive poaching methods are threatening the region’s marine life. Chasing the Thunder follows the unbelievable story of the activist organization Sea Shepherd’s 110-day pursuit of the world’s most notorious poaching vessel, The Thunder.

Newport Beach Film Festival announces Sea of Shadows

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“Sea of Shadow” chronicles the attempt to rescue an endangered, elusive whale

From the mountain ranges of Yukon, Canada to the U.S.-Mexico border, two films in the Environmental Film Series take viewers on outdoor adventures into environmentally sensitive regions. Return to Mount Kennedy sits at the intersection of politics, human rights, environmentalism and adventure. Following the footsteps of Senator Robert Kennedy and mountaineer Jim Whittaker, an ambitious team of young, amateur mountain climbers embark on an expedition to tackle the remote Mountain Kennedy, one of the highest peaks in the world. The River and the Wall follows five friends on an immersive adventure through the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands as they set out to document the borderlands and explore the potential impacts of a wall on the natural environment

Newport Beach Film Festival announces Chasing the Thunder

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“Chasing the Thunder” follows the pursuit of a notorious poaching vessel

2019 Newport Beach Film Festival Environmental Film Series Lineup:

–Anthropocene

Third in a trilogy that includes Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Watermark (2013), the film follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group who, after nearly 10 years of research, are arguing that the evidence shows the Holocene Epoch gave way to the Anthropocene Epoch in the mid-20th century, as a result of profound and lasting human changes to the Earth.

–Chasing the Thunder 

Follow the unbelievable story of the activist organization Sea Shepherd’s 110-day pursuit of the world’s most notorious poaching vessel, The Thunder.

–The Pollinators

Our very food system is under threat and rests on the wings of honey bees and the commercial beekeepers that move them from farm to orchard pollinating crops that native pollinators can no longer adequately accomplish.

–Return to Mount Kennedy

Following in the footsteps of Senator Robert Kennedy and mountaineer Jim Whittaker, an ambitious team of young, amateur mountain climbers embark on an expedition to tackle the remote Mountain Kennedy, one of the highest peaks in the world.

–Right to Harm 

An exposé on the public health impact of factory farming across the United States, told through the eyes of residents in five rural communities.

Newport Beach Film Festival announces The River and the Wall

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“The River and the Wall” follows friends through unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands

–The River and the Wall

Follow five friends on an immersive adventure through the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands as they set out to document the borderlands and explore the potential impacts of a wall on the natural environment.

–Sea of Shadows

In Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, a group of brilliant scientists, high-tech activists, investigative journalists and courageous undercover agents attempt to rescue the most endangered and elusive whale on Earth while battling the vicious Mexican drug cartels and Chinese traffickers whose destructive poaching methods are threatening the region’s marine life.

The Environmental Film Series is supported by Community Partners including Sierra Club Angeles Chapter, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Environmental Nature Center, Oceana, Ocean Institute, The Whale Sanctuary Project, SPON, Surfrider, Newport Bay Conservancy and Orange County Coastkeeper.

Tickets are available at www.NewportBeachFilmFest.com.


Fascinating sand art 

Fascinating sand ocean

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An intriguing display of art in the sand at the Newport Beach Pier over the weekend


BYC announces prestigious GovCup participants

The Selection Committee for Balboa Yacht Club’s Governor’s Cup International Youth Match Racing Championship, presented by Disc Sports and Spine Center, have named 10 skippers and a first alternate to compete in this year’s 53rd Annual “GovCup.” Based on the April World Sailing Open (non-age limited) match racing rankings of the invited skippers, the Club may again seek an upgrade from World Sailing to Grade 1 status, as was granted for the 2018 Governor’s Cup.

Three skippers from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron were selected – more evidence of the excellent RNZYS Youth Training Programme that has produced a number of international “rock star” sailors and is the current holder of the America’s Cup.

This year’s RNZYS skippers include 2017 and 2018 runner-up Leonard Takahashi, as well as Nick Egnot-Johnson, a rising match racing star with a win in the 2018 U.S. “Grand Slam” series and a 5th place finish in his first Congressional Cup last month. They will be joined by Jordan Stevenson, winner of Australia’s Harken youth match racing event and a podium finisher in two other major events in Australia and New Zealand.

United States skippers include Jack Parkin (Riverside YC/Stanford Sailing Team), a former U.S. Youth Match Racing Champion who finished just out of the semi-finals in his first GovCup last year, and Wade Waddell (American YC/Boston College Sailing Team), winner of the 2018 U.S. Intercollegiate Match Racing Championships. Frank Dair (California YC), who won Australia’s Musto Youth MR Championship and was a podium finisher at the Harken series in 2018, was also selected.

BYC announces blue and orange spinnaker

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There will be at least one additional USA skipper named at the conclusion of the U.S. Youth Match Racing Championship for the Rose Cup hosted by San Diego YC in late June. The Rose Cup winner receives an automatic invitation. In addition, Balboa Yacht Club, as host club, will also name a skipper. If a BYC skipper should win the Rose Cup, one of the alternate skippers named by the Selection Committee will receive an invitation.

In addition to NZL and USA, skippers from four other countries were selected. Sweden will be represented by Mans Holmberg, a World Sailing top-25 ranked skipper, based largely on his success on the professional World Match Racing Tour. 

Jeppe Borch of Denmark will also compete. He is a top Scandinavian match race skipper from a country that has an enviable record in the sport in general and in the match racing discipline in particular. 

Finn Tapper also received an invitation, representing the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, a Club that has had consistent representation in the Governor’s Cup and that has produced a number of winners, most recently Harry Price who won for the second time in 2018. 

Matt Whitfield of the United Kingdom rounds out the international entries and will be competing in his third GovCup. Whitfield recently won his second straight British Universities Match Racing Championship which complements his two UK Youth Match Racing Championships.

The BYC selection committee appointed GovCup veteran Clare Costanzo, representing Australia’s Royal Prince Alfred YC, as the first alternate should any of the others be unable to participate.

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“We were pleased with the record number of requests for invitations and are impressed with the strength and experience of this year’s selected skippers from six different countries,” said BYC’s Regatta Chair Christine Robertson.

“We believe that last year’s GovCup was the first youth event to achieve World Sailing’s Grade 1 status – normally awarded only to open championships (no age limits) of mostly professional sailors, even though GovCup sailors must be under 23.” Robertson added, “The fact that at least based on the April WS rankings, we may achieve that two years in a row, is a tribute to the GovCup as a premier event, and to the immense talent of the invited skippers.”

The Governor’s Cup Committee also announced a new presenting sponsor, Disc Sports and Spine Institute, founded by BYC member Dr. Rob Bray. One of the top orthopedic surgeons in the United States, Dr. Bray and his wife, Tracey Kenney-Bray, are committed sailors and supporters at BYC and beyond. In 2013, Dr. Bray served as team doctor for the Oracle Team USA America’s Cup team.

“We are grateful and honored by Rob and Tracey’s willingness to help take the GovCup to an even higher level, and we look forward to a long relationship,” said Governor’s Cup Sponsorship Chair Andy Rose.

Identical “GovCup 22” sloops will again be provided to all competitors. First used in the 50 Anniversary regatta in 2016, they were designed by former BYC Commodore Alan Andrews and built by Westerly Marine in nearby Santa Ana. More than a few recent GovCup skippers have said that the GovCup 22s are among the best, if not the best, match racing boats in the world. They feature a “flat top” mainsail, masthead spinnaker, modern “T” keel and an “all up” weight of only 1,470 lbs. (666 kg).

The 53rd Annual Governor’s Cup will be held July 15-20. The traditional “Meet the Teams” kick-off dinner will take place Monday evening, July 15. A double round-robin of racing is scheduled Tuesday through Thursday with the top four teams advancing to knock-out Semi-Finals on Friday; the Finals are on Saturday, July 20.

Again this year, an all-volunteer “GovCup TV” team will live-stream via the internet the Monday evening festivities, the racing on Friday and Saturday, and the post-racing press conferences Friday and Saturday, including the Saturday afternoon prizegiving. Live “Pre-Race Shows” featuring a preview of the day’s racing, and interviews with competitors and officials, also will be aired Wednesday through Saturday mornings.


Passenger traffic marginally up at JWA year-over-year

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport increased in March 2019 as compared with March 2018. In March 2019, the airport served 923,469 passengers, an increase of 2.8 percent when compared with the March 2018 passenger traffic count of 898,418.

Commercial aircraft operations increased 1.4 percent and commuter aircraft operations increased 700 percent when compared with March 2018 levels.

Passenger traffic marginally up

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Total aircraft operations increased in March 2019 as compared with the same month in 2018. In March 2019, there were 26,107 total aircraft operations (takeoffs and landings), a 2.7 percent increase compared to 25,419 total aircraft operations in March 2018.

General aviation activity, which accounted for 68.6 percent of the total aircraft operations during March 2019, increased 1.5 percent when compared with March 2018.

The top three airlines in March 2019 based on passenger count were Southwest Airlines (326,163), American Airlines (150,598) and United Airlines (139,978).


Newport Beach – A Look Back

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Newport Beach A Look Back 4.23.19

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It’s hard to believe this Main Street was once so empty! However, in the 1930s, this was what the 300 block of Marine looked like! Most of the businesses were originally located on Agate where the Ferry and docks were. This trend changed later as traffic on Marine increased.

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


Miracles for Kids, Perricone Juices and the Los Angeles Angels team up for a great cause

Miracles for Kids, an Orange County-based nonprofit organization benefiting critically ill children and their families in need by providing financial and emotional support, has partnered with one of the nation’s leading premium craft juice companies – Perricone Juices – and Angels Baseball for the 2nd Annual Home Runs for Kids Program. Through this exciting program, Perricone Juices will be donating $250 to Miracles for Kids for every home run the Angels hit this season.

“We are incredibly thankful for this partnership and for the continued generosity of both Perricone Juices and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim,” said Autumn Strier, co-founder and CEO of Miracles for Kids. “The Home Runs for Kids Program has made a significant difference in the lives of our families facing unimaginable obstacles who truly need our support. With the help of this partnership, we look forward to changing even more lives this season.”

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(L-R) Bob Rovzar, Karen Perricone, Joe Perricone, Autumn Strier, Jason Pendergist, Curtis Green, Troy Medley and Gary Standel

Last year’s Home Runs for Kids Program resulted in a total of $50,000 donated by Perricone Juices which directly benefitted Miracles for Kids and their patient families. Perricone Juices has remained a longtime supporter and advocate of the organization. Joe Perricone, chairman of Perricone Juices, was named the Miracle Maker Honoree at the 2018 Night of Miracles Gala. With executive offices located in Newport Beach, Perricone Farms Inc. is also headed by Bob Rovzar, CEO & partner, who serves on the board of directors of Miracles for Kids. The company is a major contributor serving as a lead sponsor for Miracles for Kids’ 2019 Golf Invitational and playing a large role in the creation of Miracle Manor, Miracles for Kids’ multi-unit apartment community that provides subsidized housing to the families they serve.

“Miracles for Kids and its mission has been near and dear to myself and the whole Perricone Juices Family for quite some time,” Perricone said. “We look forward to the Home Run for Kids Program every year and feel so fortunate to be able to offer these critically ill children and their families the support they so desperately need.”

The Los Angeles Angels are having a strong season thus far. They have made a total of 14 home runs to date – which is great news for not only the team and its fans, but also for Miracles for Kids and the families they serve.

“We are proud to be partnering with Miracles for Kids and our friends at Perricone Juices again this season,” noted Dennis Kuhl, chairman of Angels Baseball. “This partnership allows us to better serve the families and children in our community while also providing our players a rewarding reason to really give it their all.”

The final day of the 2019 regular season is on Sunday, Sept. 29. At that time, based on the final count of home runs by the Angels, Perricone Juices will present Miracles for Kids with a check to benefit the families supported by the organization.

For more information on Miracles for Kids, visit www.miracleforkids.org.


NMUSD to offer summer STEAM program

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is excited to once again offer a Summer STEAM program. The Summer Engineering and Music programs will run from July 8-25, Monday through Thursday, at Rea Elementary School, 661 Hamilton St., Costa Mesa.

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For summer programs fliers with more information about the programs and how to register, click on the links below.

–Summer Program Flier in English: click here

–Summer Program Flier in Spanish: click here 

–Summer Programs Website: click here 

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Save now for the OC Fair with early bird specials

Before you know it, the Orange County Fair, which runs July 12 through August 11, will be here. Did you know that through a little advance planning you can save money now? Here’s how. 

Buying a Super Pass, on sale now, gets you into the OC Fair all 23 days, allows faster entry at every gate and gives you the ability to purchase discounted food and concert tickets. Prices go up on May 31. Find out more at www.ocfair.com/superpass

You can also purchase carnival ride and game tickets early and get more bang for your buck. You see, the earlier you buy, the more extra tickets you receive. You can purchase ride and games tickets online at www.ocfair.com/carnival.

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Concerts and action sports are aplenty at this year’s Fair. Buying tickets to shows at the Pacific Amphitheatre, The Hangar or the Action Sports Arena will also include free admission to the Fair. Check out the schedules and buy tickets at www.ocfair.com/entertainment.

And, if you’re a Fair-lover and you happen to attend either the San Bernardino County Fair, the Ventura County Fair or the San Diego County Fair, save your ticket sub and in exchange get one free admission into the OC Fair.

For more information on everything OC Fair, go to www.ocfair.com/fair.


Tickets are going fast for SOCO Spring Day of Design this Saturday

Tickets are going fast, but still available for the SOCO & OC Mix Spring Day of Design, taking place on Saturday, April 27 beginning at 10 a.m. Expect an impressive lineup of workshops and sessions that will introduce new products and collections, explore spring design trends and look ahead to the newest styles and concepts in home design, showcasing top industry professionals.

Among the designers appearing are these professionals from Newport Beach:

Anna-Marie Claassen, Anthology Interiors: Anna-Marie Claassen has had a passion for interior design since she received her first beloved dollhouse at age 9. Her other passions are family and travel; years of sightseeing abroad and a knowledge of designing around and for family life greatly inspire her design aesthetic and sensibility. Her studio is in Corona del Mar. www.anthologyinteriors.com/

SOCO Spring Day of Design Claassen

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Anna-Marie Claassen, Anthology Interiors

Ashley Clark, Shop Skout: Ashley Clark spearheads Shop Skout on Pacific Coast Highway, specializing in vintage one-of-a-kind pillows and accessories, made from fabrics ranging from recycled denim to African mud cloth. She looks to her favorite color – white – to create high functioning spaces, and loves contrast in her designs. www.shopskout.com/

SOCO Spring Day of Design Ashley Clark

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Ashley Clark, Shop Skout

Corre Marie Larkin, Corre Marie: Corre Marie Larkin fell into interior design through the design and remodel of her own home. Her passion for interesting, eclectic and one-of-a-kind spaces was born through her travels and time living abroad in London. While there, she would spend weekends trolling through places like Portobello, Spitalfields and Camden markets, and she would make thrice yearly trips to Paris to visit the flea and antique markets there. She also has a vintage rug and home décor warehouse. She resides in Corona del Mar. www.corremarie.com/

SOCO Spring Day of Design Larkin

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Corre Marie Larkin, Corre Marie

Denise Morrison, House of Morrison: Denise Morrison is the founder and principal of the Southern California-based design firm, Denise Morrison Interiors, and the newly launched retail showroom, House of Morrison, in Westcliff. Her trademark design principle is tension: such as a beautiful antique with a modern sofa, a vibrant painting in a cool, minimal living room. It’s this tension and balance between design elements that set the framework for unforgettable design. https://houseofmorrison.com/

SOCO Spring Day of Design Denise Morrison

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Denise Morrison, House of Morrison

Day of Design Schedule:

10-11 a.m.: Check-in | Breakfast at Pirch 

Welcome! Check-in opens at 10 a.m. and breakfast will be served buffet-style. Be sure to pick up your name badge, tote bag and event program at the check-in table before enjoying breakfast. Breakfast will include fresh fruit with blood-orange honey yogurt & house-made granola, a bagel & lox bar, avocado toast bar, and scratch-made blueberry muffins. Guests will also enjoy a live demonstration on how to build a stunning fruit platter for your next breakfast or brunch, led by Chef Jenny Messing.

11:10-11:50 a.m.: Session 1 at Cisco Home 

Founder and Owner Cisco Pinedo will be discussing how Cisco Home is redefining luxury through sustainability and comfort. This raises the more important question: What is the definition of luxury today?

12-12:40 p.m.: Session 2 at Design Within Reach (DWR)

Join in for coffee and mimosas while enjoying an introduction from Studio Lead Darren Carr to DWR’s exclusive Block Island Collection, designed by Jens Risom.

12:45-1:25 p.m.: Lunch and Panel Discussion at Hay

Gather for an unforgettable sit-down lunch and listen to an engaging panel discussion featuring Anna-Marie Claassen (Anthology Interiors), Corre Larkin (Corre Marie) and Ashley Clark (Shop Skout). Moderated by Miki Akil, Kitchen Table Marketing + PR.

1:30-2:10 p.m.: Session 3 at Timothy Oulton

Join Timothy Oulton for a special look into the company’s newest collection – Noble Souls. Designed to transform spaces by reconnecting people to its original ancient makers and natural materials through furniture, fixtures and fittings, attendees will have an opportunity to learn more about the unique collection during a private hands-on demonstration. One of the brand’s ambassadors will show guests how certain products are made, talk about the villages that each product comes from and discuss the inspiration behind each piece. The showroom will also be serving a buffet of cookies, sweet treats and coffee.

2:20-3 p.m.: Session 4 at Brown Jordan

Lisa McDennon, founder of Laguna Beach-based interiors firm, Lisa McDennon Design, will lead an interactive session at Brown Jordan on “Building & Designing the Perfect Outdoor Environment.” Attendees will have an opportunity to create their own personalized “checklist” of what elements to consider when building, designing, or refreshing an outdoor space. McDennon will provide expertise on how best to prep your outdoor space, things to consider when designing small vs. large spaces, tips on investment pieces and fresh ideas to give new life to your outdoor space. Refreshments will also be served.

3:10-4:10 p.m.: Session 5 at Ligne Roset

Join Ligne Roset for a special presentation of their new 2019 collection presented at IMM Germany. Designer Angelicque Pines will introduce the brand’s 2019 collection and highlight its new spring colors during a special exhibition of paintings made especially for Ligne Roset.

3:40-4:10 p.m.: Session 6 at Scavolini

Enjoy a special screening at Scavolini, where guests will get a behind-the-scenes look at the company’s factory in Italy, as well as a walk-through of its many kitchen displays.

Featured Speakers include:

–Anna-Marie Claassen, panelist

–Ashley Clark, panelist

–Mase Kazerian, guest speaker

–Corre Larkin, panelist

–Darren Carr, speaker

–Denise Morrison, panelist

–Cisco Pinedo, speaker

–Angelicque Pines, guest speaker

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online here.

Spring Day of Design takes place at SOCO + The OC Mix, 3315 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa. Parking is free.


Win a three-night stay just steps from the sand in Crystal Cove Cottage No. 14 

Enjoy the magic of Crystal Cove from the “suite-est” cottage on the beach – the restored South Beach Suite – by entering this year’s opportunity drawing fundraiser. The winner of the drawing will spend three nights (Dec. 13-16, 2019) in this two-story, two-bedroom, two-bath oceanfront cottage – No. 14. Occupancy is six guests. All existing cottage rental rules apply.

Win a three night stay exterior

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Welcome to Crystal Cove Cottage No. 14, just steps from the sand

This is the only Crystal Cove cottage with a king-sized bed, large, sunny living room and expansive private outdoor deck just steps from the sand.

Win a three night stay living room

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The large sunny living room

Tickets to the opportunity drawing are $200 per ticket or $2,000 for 12 tickets. 

To enter, contact Laura Morgan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 949.376.6200, ext. 201.

Tickets will be accepted until close of business on Monday, July 1, 2019. The winner of the opportunity drawing will be notified by Monday, July 8, 2019.


Special Event City grants available, applications due on Thursday

The City of Newport Beach recognizes the social and economic benefits associated with special events. The Special Event Support Program provides financial support to two categories of Newport Beach-based events. 

The first is Community and Charitable events that serve or benefit locally based organizations and causes and/or provide recreational, cultural or social benefits to Newport Beach residents. These are for Newport Beach-based organizations and events that serve the Newport Beach community specifically, and those that pay or incur City of Newport Beach fees. 

The second group are signature events, those large-scale events, based in Newport Beach, that promote Newport Beach regionally, attract visitors and provide measurable, economic benefits to the City. The signature events must demonstrate the following: the event does or can attract visitors from throughout Southern California (Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino) and ideally, the Southwestern United States; it must have at least 3,000 participants; the event organizers have a strategic, measurable marketing plan and can immediately produce the plan and metrics from past years (attach with application); the event organizers must clearly demonstrate how the event will provide substantive and measurable economic benefits to the City by supporting tourism, generating room nights, supporting local business and providing measurable exposure.

The application deadline to be considered for a financial support grant is Thursday, April 25 at 5 p.m.

For more information and to apply, go here.


Mesa Water offers workshop on water-efficient landscaping, turf removal

In recognition of Water Awareness Month, the Mesa Water District (Mesa Water®) board of directors invites customers and community members to learn about water-wise landscaping at Mesa Water’s springtime landscape workshop on Saturday, May 4 from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. The annual event will be taught by the District’s water use efficiency analyst and is free and open to the public.

Mesa Water offers

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Participants will learn how to use water wisely outdoors through techniques that include: turf removal methods, garden design & maintenance, efficient sprinkler systems & drip irrigation, smart sprinkler timers, California native & California Friendly plants and water/money-saving rebate programs.

To RSVP for the workshop, go to www.MesaWater.org/save-water.

Mesa Water District serves Costa Mesa, parts of Newport Beach and the John Wayne Airport.


Seasonal Career Fair at Balboa Bay Resort on Thursday

Newport Beach’s iconic Balboa Bay Resort and Balboa Bay Club will be hosting a Seasonal Career Fair on Thursday, April 25.

The job fair will include on-the-spot interviews and hiring for seasonal, part-time and full-time positions in the Food and Beverage, Engineering, Guest Services, Pool & Recreation and Culinary Departments, among others.

Seasonal Career Fair at Balboa Bay ResortBalboa Bay Resort

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Balboa Bay Resort will host a Seasonal Career Fair on Thursday

As Newport Beach’s only Forbes Four-Star, AAA Four-Diamond waterfront Resort, Balboa Bay Resort prides itself on a culture of service to exceed guest expectations. Balboa Bay Club offers 70 years of rich history as Newport Beach’s iconic private club.

Balboa Bay Resort and Balboa Bay Club are EOE, offering a wide variety of benefits, including: medical, vision and dental insurance; hotel discounts; 401K programs; complimentary parking and meals; tuition reimbursement and competitive wages.

For more information on current positions, visit www.balboabayresort.com/careers. Job Fair attendees are encouraged to complete an online application in advance, and to bring their resumes and valid government issued identification to help expedite the process.


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

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Hoag Hospital Foundation | April 25 at 9 a.m. | 32nd Annual Circle 1000 Founders’ Celebration Brunch is an inspirational and priceless opportunity for cancer survivors, family, friends, and Hoag supporters to connect and commemorate the strides made in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Honoring the Hoag Cancer Institute, this year’s guest speaker is writer, comedian and actor Mack Dryden. The event recognizes and celebrates the special group of donors who have played an integral role in building the Hoag Cancer Institute into a world-class community resource. Circle 1000 has expanded to more than 1,000 friends and has raised more than $19 million for the Cancer Institute. Tickets: $1,000 - $30,000.

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

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

WHW | April 27 at 11 a.m. | “Wanted! WHW’s  Wild Wild West Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show,” when WHW supporters will empower employment success in the style of the old West at a fun event that includes a robust silent auction, martini bar, whiskey tasting, gourmet luncheon, inspiring messages, an exciting live auction and a Western-themed fashion show featuring WHW’s Deja New. Tickets: $225; $2,000 per table.

Contact: Janie Best at 949.631.2333, ext. 316, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. www.whw.org

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

Alzheimer's Association – Women #ENDALZ Luncheon | May 3 beginning at 10:30 a.m. | The Women #ENDALZ Luncheon is an event driven by influential women who bring community leaders together to support the mission to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Contact: Kenzie Durham at 949.426.8544 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

OC Marathon | May 3-5 | Sponsored by the San Diego County Credit Union, runners can choose between a full marathon, a half marathon, or a 5k. Tickets: $35 for the 5k; $104 for the marathon and $99 for the half marathon.

Contact: To register, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. www.ocmarathon.com

Takes place at: The 5k at the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive Costa Mesa; the marathon and half marathon at Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Boys Scouts of America Orange County | May 4 | Opening Day at Newport Sea Base. Celebrating more than 82 years of the Newport Sea Base.

Contact: www.ocbsa.org

Takes place at Newport Sea Base, 1931 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

Big Brothers Big Sisters 42nd Annual Golf Tournament | May 6 | Step out onto the green for this annual golf tournament which raises funds for the agency’s life-changing mentorship programs. The day includes unlimited food trucks and on-course contests, as well as a helicopter ball drop and live music at the sunset reception. Foursomes and sponsorships sell out quickly. Sponsorships from $5,000.

Contact: Laura Marcum at 714.619.7034, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. www.ocbigs.org

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

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Southern California | May 8 | The Boys Hope Girls Hope (BHGH) Golfers Classic features a keynote address from Boys Hope Girls Hope graduate and two-time NFL Champion Greg Scruggs. Go to the News & Events page for more information at www.bhghsocal.org. Celebrating 25 years, BHGH is helping disadvantaged youth reach their full potential through housing and educational scholarships through college.

Contact: BHGH Executive Director Tim Rogers at 949.515.8833 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

Laura’s House Brighter Futures Luncheon | May 10 beginning at 11 a.m. | Join Laura’s House at its fourth annual spring lunch-and-learn event featuring beautifully decorated tables by the creative table hostesses and sponsors, an impressive opportunity drawing and a luncheon program. Table hostesses needed. Tickets: $125; Sponsorships from $3,500.

Contact: www.laurashouse.org

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

Girl Scouts of America Voice for Girls | May 10 | Girl Scouts of Orange County’s signature think tank is back! Join community and business leaders for Voice for Girls presented by BNY Mellon Wealth Management. This year’s forum focuses on advancing diversity and gender equality in the workplace with keynote, L. Song Richardson, dean and chancellor’s professor law at the UCI School of Law.

Contact: For more information, visit www.girlscoutsoc.org/voiceofgirls.

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

March for Babies for the March of Dimes | May 11 with registration at 7 a.m.; walk at 8:30 a.m. | March for Babies is a walk event benefiting March of Dimes, the leading nonprofit for pregnancy and infant health. When you join March for Babies, you stand with thousands of people across the country who share your commitment to building a brighter future for us all. 

Contact: Mia Eadington at 949.263.1100, or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

CASA Pinwheel Project | May 11 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. | Come view 3,100 pinwheels representing the number of children in the OC foster care system which will be planted on the Neiman Marcus/Bloomingdale’s Lawn at Fashion Island during Foster Care Awareness Month. Select stores and restaurants at Fashion Island will be offering discounts and specials to CASA supporters who donate. Learn how you can sponsor a pinwheel and help a youth in foster care for as little as $5 at www.casaoc.org/pinwheel

Contact: www.casaoc.org

Takes place at Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

CHOC Children’s Classic | May 13 | The CHOC Children’s Classic attracts the community’s leading philanthropists, business leaders and true golf enthusiasts who truly care about children and the future of their care. Presented by the CHOC Glass Slipper Guild.

Contact: Edgar Patino at 714.509.8269, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. chocgolf.org

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

CHOC Glass Slipper Guild

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Smart Women Breakfast to benefit Working Wardrobes | May 15 | 

Contact: www.workingwardrobes.org

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

7th Annual KidWorks Classic Golf Tournament | May 15 beginning at 9 a.m. | This tournament supports critical educational opportunities like tutoring, academic enrichment and leadership training offered by KidWorks, a 26-year-old nonprofit organization, raising much-needed funds for programs that change the lives of at-risk youth living in challenging Sana Ana neighborhoods. Golfer registration includes a Bloody Mary bar, breakfast, gourmet on-course food and cocktails, on-course contests, plus a dinner and awards ceremony. The scramble-style tournament begins with a 9 a.m. registration, breakfast and access to the driving range, followed by an 11 a.m. shotgun start. At 4:45 p.m., enjoy the festivities at the 19th Hole Reception along with Dinner.

Contact: Lisa Gels at 714.834.9400, ext. 126, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and sponsorship opportunities. www.kidworksoc.org

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

KidWorks golf photo for For A Good Cause 3.19

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Annual Rich Saul Memorial Golf Classic to benefit Childhelp | May 16 with registration at 8:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 10:30 a.m. | Join the Orange County chapter of Childhelp at its Rich Saul Memorial Golf Classic to do what we can to change the lives of abused children,when we bring together the Orange County community and beyond for a great day of golf, networking and entertainment in support of the programs of Childhelp. The tournament is SOLD OUT but sponsorships are still available from $500.

Contact: Gwen Forquer at 949.310.4232, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. www.childhelp.com

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

For A Good Cause Golf Celebrities

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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man & Woman of the Year | May 18 | On March 10, the official Man & Woman of the Year competition kicked off. It’s a 10-week blind fundraising campaign where each dollar raised per candidate counts as one vote. The competitors don’t know who wins until the Grand Finale at this event. Donate today to cast your vote for the next Man of the Year and Woman of the Year. Candidates who raise more than $50,000 are able to name an LLS research grant in someone’s honor or memory.

Contact: www.lls.org/ocie

Takes place at The Newport Beach Marriott, 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Rock for Our Riders to benefit Back Bay Therapeutic Riding Club (BBTRC) | May 19 from 3-7 p.m. | Rock your casual attire at this outdoor lawn event. Festivities include a spring dinner and bar, bidding on live and silent auction items, original artworks on display for the silent auction, dancing until dusk and country rock entertainment by Scott Helmer. Tickets: Open table seating, $150. Sponsorships which include program recognition and complimentary drink tickets: Two-ticket package, $1,000; Table for six, $2,500; Table for 10, $5,000 and Main Sponsor, $10,000 which includes a stage-front table for 10, stage signage and 10 complimentary drinks. Valet parking. The BBTRC is dedicated to providing an avenue for improving the quality of life of children, youth and adults with physical and developmental disabilities through recreational and structured horseback riding and other unique therapeutic activities.

Contact: To register and for more information, visit www.backbaytrc.org

Takes place at the Merrell Estate, 2182 Mesa Drive, Newport Beach.

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

Contact: www.lls.org/ocie

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

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

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

www.scfta.org

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

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

Contact: www.mission4health.com/foundation

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

15th Annual 44 Women for Orangewood Scholarship Luncheon benefiting Orangewood Foundation | June 7 | The 44 Women for Orangewood 15th Annual Scholarship Luncheon is an inspiring afternoon to raise money for Orangewood Foundation. Presented by Haig and Hien Papaian, the event will feature guest speaker Elizabeth Smart, author of Where There’s Hope: Healing, Moving Forward and Never Giving Up. Schedule: Champagne Sponsor Reception, 10:30 a.m.; Luncheon, 12 p.m. Sponsorship opportunities are available from $550 to $15,000. To view the sponsorship packet, visit https://orangewoodfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/15th-Annual-44WFO-Scholarship-Luncheon-Sponsor-Deck-03.14.19.pdf. To register, visit https://orangewoodfoundation.org/2019-scholarship-lunch-tickets/. About Elizabeth Smart: The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. Elizabeth was abducted on June 5, 2002, and her captors controlled her by threatening to kill her and her family if she tried to escape. Fortunately, the police safely returned Elizabeth back to her family on March 12, 2003, after being held a prisoner for nine grueling months. Through this traumatic experience,

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

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

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

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

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

www.ocgoodwill.org

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

2019 Beacon of Light Ball benefiting The Lighthouse | June 15 from 6-10 p.m. | Kalfayan Merjanian, LLP and Titan HST in collaboration with Newport Beach Police Association Foundation cordially invite you to the Midsummer Night’s Dream-themed Beacon of Light Ball. The event is benefiting Orangewood Foundation in an effort to stop human trafficking and support the survivors. The event is black tie attire. Sponsorship opportunities are available from $3,000 to $50,000. To view the sponsorship packet, visit https://orangewoodfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Beacon-of-Light-Ball-Final-Sponsorship-Package.pdf. To register, visit https://orangewoodfoundation.ejoinme.org/bolb2019

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

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

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

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

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

SAVE THE DATE:

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

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

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

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

Contact: www.nbtctennis.com

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

Smart Women Breakfast to benefit Working Wardrobes | August 7 | 

Contact: www.workingwardrobes.org

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

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

Contact: www.lls.org/ocie

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

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

Contact: www.laurashouse.org

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

Susan G. Komen Orange County MORE THAN PINK Walk | September 22 | More details to come. 

Contact: www.komenoc.org

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

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

Contact: www.yesworks.org

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

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

Contact: www.ocmaexpand.org

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

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

Contact: www.rmhcsc.org/orangecounty

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

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

Contact: www.senecafoa.org/gala

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

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

 

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


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

NB Central Library

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Upcoming Events & Workshops

“OC Coast Print Series,” Ongoing through May 3. The Newport Beach City Arts Commission presents an exhibition of art prints depicting the Orange County Coast by artist Joe Cladis, on display at the Newport Beach Central Library gallery. As long as he can remember, Cladis has loved to draw. That love led him to the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena where he majored in advertising with a minor in illustration. Since that time, he has spent his life working in the visual arts as a fine artist, graphic designer and illustrator. Having lived in Orange County for more than 35 years, Cladis has come to love the uniqueness of each of its coastal towns and communities. This passion led him to create the OC Coast print series. The exhibition will be on display during library operating hours.

NBPL Huntington Beach by Joe Cladis

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“Attitude, Simulations, and Whimsey: Artist Book as Object,” continues through May 11. The Newport Beach City Arts Commission presents “Attitude, Simulations, and Whimsy: Artist Book as Object,” a special exhibit featuring the work of 22 University of California Irvine art students. As part of their curriculum, students researched the history and creative production of artists’ books at the special collections department of UCI’s Langston Library. They explored the infinite possibilities of constructing and organizing data, or in some cases, interweaving visual narratives using unusual materials, color, line and form. Their reinterpretations take many different forms from sculpted trees to unique containers – creating handmade one-of-a kind projects. You are invited to attend the exhibition opening reception on Saturday, April 13 from 2-4 p.m. on the second floor of Central Library. Takes place in Central Library’s second floor exhibition space, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Attitudes artwork for NBPL

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LEGO Block Party, April 24 from 3-4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

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Beyond the Canvas – The Great Masters in Art: Tintoretto, April 24 from 7-8 p.m. This season, award-winning professor Jacqueline Hahn will explore the Great Masters, in this fascinating art lecture series on legendary artists’ lives and artistic movements. Tintoretto, an Italian painter, was a notable exponent of the Venetian school. The speed with which he painted, and the unprecedented boldness of his brushwork, were both admired and criticized by his contemporaries. For his phenomenal energy in painting he was termed Il Furioso. His work is characterized by his muscular figures, dramatic gestures and bold use of perspective, in the Mannerist style. Learn more about the great masters of art in a fascinating visual presentation. Free to the public; seating is first come, first served. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Tintoretto for Beyond the Canvas NBPL

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LEGO Saturdays, April 27 from 12-3 p.m. From buildings to action figures, design, build and invent with LEGOs at this casual, but creative program for elementary age children. No registration required. (Not held the first Saturday of the month.) Takes place in Central Library’s Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

AP Teen Study Hall, April 28 from 12-4:30 p.m. Busy preparing for AP exams?

They are opening up the Friends Meeting Room at the Central Library as a study space exclusively for teens. You bring your schoolwork and study pals, they’ll provide WiFi and snacks. Funded by generous contributions from the Friends of the Library. Age level: Students 9th-12th grade taking AP tests in May 2019.

It’s Your Estate: Planning for IRAs & Retirement Plans, April 29 from 10-11 a.m. This annual eight-week series of workshops provides attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning issues, so they can be in charge of their estates during their lifetimes and beyond. These free workshops are presented as a community service – for education only. Nothing will be sold, and professional advisers will not be given attendees’ contact information. Series moderator is Peter Kote, award-winning founder of Professional Fiduciary Services, which provides trustee, executor services and charitable counseling for individuals and organizations. He will lead these workshops with the assistance of other financial experts. This program made possible by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. No reservations needed. Runs through May 20. For a complete schedule of upcoming financial workshops, visit the Library website calendar.

Big Sonia Movie Screening, April 30 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Newport Beach Public Library, in partnership with Corona del Mar Community Church, invites the public to a free screening of the film, Big Sonia on Thursday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m. Big Sonia is a documentary film about Sonia Warshawski, one of the last remaining Holocaust survivors in Kansas City and one of the only survivors there who speaks publicly about her wartime experience.  Standing tall at 4’8″, Warshawski is the ultimate survivor and uses her life’s story to bridge cultures and generations. Learn about her Holocaust experiences, health, elder rights/ageism, inter-generation communication, discrimination and injustice. Big Sonia, co-directed by Warshawski’s granddaughter Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday, is more than a documentary about a Holocaust survivor. The movie runs 93 minutes. A Q&A session will follow. Takes place at Central Library’s Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Big Sonia

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LEGO Block Party, May 1 from  3-4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Youth Volunteer Information Sessions, May 1 from 7-8 p.m. ans May 4 from 3-4 p.m. Are you interested in being a Teen Volunteer at Newport Beach Public Library? Please join them as they review the youth volunteer application process and discuss volunteer requirements and guidelines. While attendance is not required, it is highly recommended as teens will also receive volunteer forms and get a first look at volunteer schedules for the Summer and Fall sessions. Parents and interested teens ages 12-18 (7th-12th grade) are encouraged to attend. Takes place at Central Library’s Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Wake Up! Newport, May 2 from 7:15-8:45 a.m. Featured is "Freedom of Speech" with perspectives from Chapman President Daniele Struppa. Hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, this is a free opportunity to meet one on one with legislative and government officials and stay updated on current local, state and federal issues. Breakfast treats will be provided. This event is free to the public, but please make reservations so they can plan for food and seating. Contact: Pam Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.729.4411. Takes place at Central Library’s Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Friends of the Library Used Book Sale, May 3 and 4. Friday sales, 1-4 p.m. (Members Only); Saturday sales, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. open to the public (“2 Bucks a Bag” all day). Takes place at Central Library’s Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. Next book sale dates scheduled for August 2 & 3 and November 1 & 2.

“Folded-Unfolded” by Raphaële Cohen-Bacry opens, May 4. The Newport Beach City Arts Commission presents an exhibition of acrylic and mixed media artwork by artist Raphaële Cohen-Bacry, on display at the Newport Beach Central Library gallery.

Cohen-Bacry spent the first part of her life in Paris, where she learned from some of the best painters in France. She also took numerous printing classes and spent hours of live model sessions at la Grande Chaumière. Still developing her own craft, she attended the Ecole de La Rue Blanche, a famous school of performing art in Paris, to satisfy her fascination for theater and set design. She is still passionate about performance and story-telling. It translates in her work: Each piece is like a promise for a special encounter, each is an opening towards an inner experience. She has worked in all media and all formats, with a great interest in action painting and abstract lyricism for many years. Two years ago, Cohen-Bacry decided to stop using paint brushes. She wanted to give more room to the medium itself and maintain an innovative approach in all her work. In order to achieve this goal ,she has to let go of some control, but yet stay in charge of the process. She has been developing very personal techniques that allow the paint and the support to get in direct contact without instrument. By a series of folding and dipping, or the use of water as a vector, she creates new interactions between the surface and the medium. For some of the pieces selected for the show, she has been using images from auction magazines as support for her research. 

The exhibition will be on display during library operating hours through July 5.

NBPL Raphaele Cohen Bacr

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Crafts in Bloom Drop-In Crafts, May 4 from 12-3 p.m. Join the fun during an afternoon full of flowery crafts. No registration required. Geared for ages 3-8. Takes place in Central Library’s Stahr Children’s Storytime Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

It’s Your Estate: Charitable Income & Tax Planning Basics, May 6 from 10-11 a.m. This annual eight-week series of workshops provides attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning issues, so they can be in charge of their estates during their lifetimes and beyond. These free workshops are presented as a community service – for education only. Nothing will be sold, and professional advisers will not be given attendees’ contact information. Series moderator is Peter Kote, award-winning founder of Professional Fiduciary Services, which provides trustee, executor services and charitable counseling for individuals and organizations. He will lead these workshops with the assistance of other financial experts. This program made possible by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. No reservations needed. Runs through May 20. For a complete schedule of upcoming financial workshops, visit the Library website calendar.

Mother’s Day Crafts, May 7 from 4-5 p.m. Join the fun during an afternoon making your Mom a beautiful craft for Mother’s Day. No registration required. Geared for ages 3-8. Youngsters must be accompanied by an adult. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

SCORE Workshop, May 7 from 5:30-8:45 p.m. (Check in from 5:30-6 p.m.) “Basics of Accounting: The Language of Business.” Accounting is the “language of business.” People in the business world - owners, managers, bankers, investors - use accounting terms and concepts to describe the events that make up the “story” of a business.  At its most fundamental level, accounting is the system of tracking the income, expenses, assets and liabilities of your business.  In this workshop, you will learn how to make journal entries including debits and credits, the structure of financial statements, important financial and performance ratios, ledgers, and, more importantly, how to «account» for the transactions in your business.
Jim Chamberlain of SCORE presents this workshop. He has an MBA and is a CMA (Certified Management Accountant).
This free series of business workshops is funded by Friends of the Library. Geared to adults. For more information and to register, visit www.orangecounty.score.org. Takes place at the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Book Discussion Group, May 8 from 9:15-11 a.m. The Charlotte “Charlie” Alexander Book Discussion Group will be discussing, My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout. Synopsis: Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn’t spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy’s childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy’s life: her escape from her troubled family, her desire to become a writer, her marriage, her love for her two daughters. Doors open at 9 a.m.; Free; no reserved seating and registration isn’t necessary. If you haven’t finished or read the book, come anyway. Presented by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. Takes place in Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

My Name is Lucy Barton book cover for NBPL

LEGO Block Party, May 8 from  3-4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Highly Selective College Admission Workshop, May 9 from 7-8 p.m. Grades, test scores and impressive activities alone won’t get a student admitted to schools that reject almost all of their applicants. So how do students who get accepted to Ivy Leagues, Stanford, Northwestern and the rest of the nation’s most selective colleges set themselves apart from the rest of the applicant pool? They’ll show you at this seminar and also reveal some Collegewise strategies to improve a student’s chances of admission at the most selective schools. While they don’t believe that prestigious colleges are necessarily better colleges, they want students who are interested in these schools to have straight answers about what it will really take to have a shot at getting in. Geared to high school juniors and seniors and their parents. This is a free event but registration is required. For more information and to register, visit the NBPL website. Takes place at the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

LEGO Saturdays, May 11 from 12-3 p.m. From buildings to action figures, design, build and invent with LEGOs at this casual, but creative program for elementary age children. No registration required. (Not held the first Saturday of the month.) Takes place in Central Library’s Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

It’s Your Estate: The Role of a Trustee & Executor, May 13 from 10-11 a.m. This annual eight-week series of workshops provides attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning issues, so they can be in charge of their estates during their lifetimes and beyond. These free workshops are presented as a community service – for education only. Nothing will be sold, and professional advisers will not be given attendees’ contact information. Series moderator is Peter Kote, award-winning founder of Professional Fiduciary Services, which provides trustee, executor services and charitable counseling for individuals and organizations. He will lead these workshops with the assistance of other financial experts. This program made possible by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. No reservations needed. Runs through May 20. For a complete schedule of upcoming financial workshops, visit the Library website calendar.

LEGO Block Party, May 15 from  3-4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Butterflies & Blooms Crafts, May 15 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Join the fun making crafts inspired by butterflies, flowers and the beauty of spring. No registration required. Geared for ages 3-8. Youngsters must be accompanied by an adult. Takes place at Balboa Branch Library, 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

Butterfly crafts for NBPL

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Financial Literacy Workshop: Financial Wellness, May 16 from 1-2:30 p.m. Protect you and your money. Workshop topics: Budgeting – planning your budget, rainy day funds, etc.; Credit – avoiding scams, high interest rates, etc.; Investing – avoiding scams, choosing right products for you; and Funding College – 529 accounts, student loans, etc. This event is presented by representatives from Bank of America. It is open to Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy participants and the general public. Space is very limited. Register today to reserve your seat. Visit https://apps.newportbeachca.gov/library/rsvp.aspx?id=dqwt9OjYl+4=

LEGO Saturdays, May 18 from 12-3 p.m. From buildings to action figures, design, build and invent with LEGOs at this casual, but creative program for elementary age children. No registration required. (Not held the first Saturday of the month.) Takes place in Central Library’s Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

It’s Your Estate: Case Study/Review, May 20 from 10-11 a.m. This annual eight-week series of workshops provides attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning issues, so they can be in charge of their estates during their lifetimes and beyond. These free workshops are presented as a community service – for education only. Nothing will be sold, and professional advisers will not be given attendees’ contact information. Series moderator is Peter Kote, award-winning founder of Professional Fiduciary Services, which provides trustee, executor services and charitable counseling for individuals and organizations. He will lead these workshops with the assistance of other financial experts. This program made possible by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. No reservations needed. Runs through May 20. For a complete schedule of upcoming financial workshops, visit the Library website calendar.

Medicine in Our Backyard, May 20 from 7-8:30 p.m. NBPL Foundation, in partnership with UC Irvine Health, presents Medicine in Our Backyard, a series of lectures featuring internationally known UC Irvine Health physicians who will discuss research and cutting-edge technology in their various fields of expertise. Speakers: Faysal Yafi, M.D. and Ruth Benca, M.D. presenting – New in Newport Beach: UCI Health Men’s Health and Sleep Medicine Services. UCI Health is expanding access to its world-class care services with a new, state-of-the art medical facility in Newport Beach. Services offered include men’s health and urology, executive health, sleep medicine and behavioral medicine. Dr. Faysal A. Yafi is assistant professor of Urology, chief of Andrology and director of Men’s Health at UC Irvine Health. His practice is specialized in men’s health, erectile dysfunction, hypogonadism, Peyronie’s disease, prosthetic surgery, male voiding dysfunction and male infertility. Dr. Ruth Benca is professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior at UC Irvine School of Medicine. She is widely published in the field of sleep and behavioral, and is an internationally recognized authority on the relationship between sleep and psychiatric disorders. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; Lecture and Q&A from 7 - 8:30 p.m. No charge to attend. Takes place in Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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

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

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

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

Rembrandt for NBPL

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

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

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

Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

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

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

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

Sunday, Noon – 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

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

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Closed Sundays

Corona del Mar Branch

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

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

www.newportbeachlibrary.org

Police Beat Primer

Compiled by Tom Johnson 

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

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

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

Abbreviations sometimes used in Police Beat:

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


DUI Arrests

Craig Daniel Medici, 49, Newport Beach – Saturday, April 20

Joshua Arturo Franco, 22, Downey – Saturday, April 20 (with prior)

Christopher Charles Haynes, 31, Costa Mesa – Wednesday, April 17

Incident Reports

Saturday, April 20

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Robert Oxier, 36, Laguna Beach

17th St. & Tustin I Costa Mesa I Sharps Waste, Under the Influence and Paraphernalia

9:39 p.m. Christopher John Robinson, 39, Costa Mesa, was arrested for illegally transporting sharps waste, being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $1,000.

Vista del Oro & Perla I Warrant and Drinking in Public

7:00 p.m. Michael Ray Dwyer, 46, Tustin, was arrested for drinking in public and for an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $15,000.

W. 15th St. & Placentia Ave. I PRCS Violation and Drinking in Public

4:16 p.m. Ronald Christopher Fry, 44, Santa Ana, was arrested for a PRCS violation/10-day flash hold and drinking in public. Bail was set at $50.

Santiago Drive & Irvine Ave. I Petty Theft, Narcotics, Conspiracy, Controlled Substance, Missing License Plates, Marijuana, Driving while Suspended/Revoked and Receiving Stolen Property

2:11 p.m. Pedro Marcos Perea, 39, Moreno Valley, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, conspiracy to commit a crime, missing license plates of which two are required on a vehicle, possession of 1 oz. or less of marijuana while driving, possession of a narcotic controlled substance, driving while suspended or revoked and receiving stolen property with a value less than $950. Bail was set at $20,000.

2:04 p.m. Karla Karina Mora-Cervantes, 30, Santa Ana, was arrested for petty theft of mail packages, possession of a narcotic controlled substance and conspiracy to commit a crime. Bail was set at $20,000.

W. Coast Highway & Balboa Blvd. I Paraphernalia and Drinking in Public

8:19 a.m. Samantha Kay Summers, 40, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia and drinking in public. Bail was set at $500.

26th St. & Newport Blvd. I Obstructing/Resisting and False ID

7:59 a.m. Sebastian Matisse Deloye, 32, Costa Mesa, was arrested for obstructing/resisting a peace officer and for presenting false identification to a specific peace officer. Bail was set at $500.

Newport Blvd. & 30th St. I Driving the Wrong Way and Controlled Substance

3:52 a.m. Ali Khurdum Neshaily, 29, Irvine, was arrested for driving the wrong way on a divided highway and for possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $2,500.

Friday, April 19

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

None

E. Coast Highway I 400 Block I Sharps Waste

3:16 p.m. Jason Stuart Moore, 33, Santa Ana, was arrested for illegally transporting sharps waste. Bail was set at $500.

Jamboree Road I 4100 Block I Trespassing, Obstructing/Resisting and Battery

10:18 a.m. Crisdun B. Meadows, 38, Newport Beach, was arrested for trespassing for refusing to leave a property, obstructing/resisting an executive officer and battery on a peace officer. Bail was set at $20,000.

E. Coast Highway & Tustin I Warrant

11:33 a.m. Jacquelyn Danielle Newell, 29, Irvine, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $5,000.

Sherington Place & Sea Gull Lane I Paraphernalia and Appropriating Lost Property

5:30 a.m. Sabrina Marie Gomez, 22, Anaheim, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia and appropriating lost property. Bail was set at $500.

Sherington Place & Sea Gull Lane I Evading a Peace Officer, Driving without a License, Obstructing/Resisting, Hit and Run and Warrant

3:28 a.m. Carl Richard Johnson Jr., 38, Costa Mesa, was arrested for evading a peace officer, driving without a license, obstructing/resisting a peace officer, hit and run with property damage and for a warrant for a parole violation. Bail was set at $20,000.

2:59 a.m. Julie Ann Shapero, 39, Fullerton, was arrested on a warrant possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $2,500.

Irvine Ave. & Linda Lane I Sharps Waste, Narcotics, False ID and Warrants

1:24 a.m. Jesse Maxwell Dawson, 28, Mission Viejo, was arrested for illegally transporting sharps waste, possession of a narcotic controlled substance, presenting false identification to a peace officer and warrants to terminate for post release community supervision and an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $15,000.

Thursday, April 18

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

None

37th St. & Lake Ave. I Marijuana for Sale

7:29 p.m. Kourtney A. Jayo, 36, Newport Beach, was arrested for possession of marijuana for sale. Bail was set at $500.

W. 15th St. I 800 Block I Parole Violation and Under the Influence

3:20 p.m. Garrett Kyle Martin, 23, Costa Mesa, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance and for a parole violation. Bail was set at $1,000.

Newport Blvd. & 31st St. I Driving while Suspended/Revoked and Failure to Provide Financial Responsibility

12:53 p.m. Dillon Matthew Sala, 23, Cedar Glen, was arrested for driving while suspended or revoked and for failure to provide proof of insurance coverage. Bail was set at $500.

Laurel Place & Irvine Ave. I Paraphernalia and Warrant

2:04 a.m. Ryan Laurence Minkoff, 29, Newport Beach, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia and for a warrant for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $3,000.

Wednesday, April 17

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Micah Ralph Gadberry, 60, Costa Mesa

Shane Allen Eppler, 38, Irvine

Birch St. I 4800 Block I Narcotics, Forge Access Card, Paraphernalia, Forgery and Probation Violation

10:45 p.m. Ryan Joseph Swanson, 30, Dana Point, was arrested for forging an access card to defraud, possession of a narcotic controlled substance, possession of unlawful paraphernalia and for a felony probation violation. Bail was set at $500.

9:33 p.m. Jamie Nicole Pett, 28, Dana Point, was arrested for possession of a narcotic controlled substance, forging an access card to defraud, possession of unlawful paraphernalia, forgery by possessing a fake driver’s license and for a warrant for possession of methamphetamine. Bail was set at $22,500.

Newport Center Drive I 700 Block I Petty Theft and Probation Violation

4:57 p.m. Jeffrey Steven Townsend, 42, Martinez, was arrested for petty theft and for a felony probation violation. Bail was set at $500.

19th St. & Balboa Blvd. I Warrant

4:43 p.m. Ronald Keith Hernandez, 57, Costa Mesa, was arrested for a warrant for possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $5,000.

MacArthur Blvd. & San Joaquin Hills Road I Warrant

4:07 p.m. Andrea Helena Herrera-Williams, 39, La Habra, was arrested for a warrant for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Bail was set at $15,000.

San Joaquin Hills Road I 1000 Block I Tampering with a Vehicle and Petty Theft

1:49 a.m. Rogelio Navarro, 30, Anaheim, was arrested for tampering with a vehicle and petty theft from a vehicle. Bail was set at $500.

16th St. & Irvine Ave. I Controlled Substance, Paraphernalia and Warrant

1:35 a.m. Zachary Adam Lange, 36, Torrance, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of unlawful paraphernalia and for a warrant to revoke, modify, or terminate post release community supervision. Bail was set at $10,000.