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Volume 9, Issue 48  |  June 14, 2024

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Arrest made in death of Newport Beach man caused by traffic collision

Through NBPD traffic division’s extensive investigation alongside the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, it has been determined that the driver Andrew Awad, 35, of Costa Mesa, had engaged in a street race prior to the collision on Sept. 30, 2023…

The community came out to celebrate the dedication of the much-anticipated Newport Beach Jr. Lifeguard Headquarters

The event included speeches from Newport Beach Mayor Will O’Neill, Newport Beach Fire Chief Jeff Boyles, Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard (NBJG) Foundation Chair Graham Harvey and NBJG Founder/Past Director Reenie Boyer…

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Trump comes to Newport Harbor, more than $5 million raised

Former President Donald Trump came to Newport Beach last weekend for a fundraising event held at a home on Harbor Island. The event raised more than $5 million, with more than 400 people in attendance on site and more than 100 boats “floating” in the nearby harbor as part of a floating rally dubbed as “Trumptilla”…

Back-to-back earthquakes jolt Newport Beach and surrounding areas

Both quakes occurred on the Costa Mesa-Newport Beach border. The first earthquake had a magnitude of 3.6; the second was an aftershock with a magnitude of 3.4. The city shares information on how to prepare for earthquakes…




Arrest made in death of Newport Beach man caused by traffic collision

On Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023, the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) responded to a major traffic collision at the intersection of MacArthur Boulevard and Bowsprit Drive. The driver of one of the vehicles, John Gilroy of Newport Beach, was pronounced deceased on scene. Upon initial investigation and witness statements, it was believed that street racing may have been a factor in the collision.

Through NBPD traffic division’s extensive investigation alongside the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, it has been determined that the driver Andrew Awad, 35, of Costa Mesa, had engaged in a street race prior to the collision. On June 9, 2024, Awad was arrested on suspicion of Vehicular Manslaughter with Gross Negligence.

If anyone has additional information regarding this collision, contact Traffic Investigator Austin Laverty at 949.644.3747.

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

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Jr. Lifeguard Headquarters celebrates grand opening, draws community support

The grand opening of the long-anticipated Junior Lifeguard Headquarters building was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony and much fanfare on Wednesday, June 12 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The event included speeches from Newport Beach Mayor Will O’Neill, Newport Beach Fire Chief Jeff Boyles, Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard (NBJG) Foundation Chair Graham Harvey and NBJG Founder/Past Director Reenie Boyer.

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Newport Beach Mayor Will O’Neill addressing the crowd prior to the ribbon cutting

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(L-R) Newport Beach Mayor Pro Tem Joe Stapleton, Fire Chief Jeff Boyles and Newport Beach City Manager enjoying the festivities

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Ribbon cutting celebration – (L-R): State Assemblywoman Diane Dixon, City Councilmember Robyn Grant, Mayor Pro Tem Joe Stapleton, Mayor Will O’Neill cutting the ribbon and City Councilmembers Noah Blom, Lauren Kleiman and Erik Weigand, as Fire Chief Jeff Boyles looks on

Mayor O’Neill shared his sentiments: “Thank you to my colleagues on the City Council, both past and present, for the vision to make this project happen; to our city staff for implementing the vision and ensuring that the building met our city’s high standards; to Graham Harvey and the team at the Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard Foundation and the Ben Carlson Foundation for their extraordinary work pushing the vision and stepping up in amazing ways, and most importantly, thank you to our NBJG families and friends whose financial commitments ensured that we are standing here today.

“This building represents far more than concrete and decoration on the outside, it’s the house for one of the greatest programs in the history of our state. The NBJG has taught tens of thousands of youth the value of water safety and, just as importantly, the values of discipline and effort. We are a better community because Reenie Boyer and the NBLGs started the Junior Lifeguards 40 years ago.”

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Giving the crowd a Hawaiian shaka (“hang loose”) – (L-R): Fire Chief Jeff Boyles, Assemblywoman Diane Dixon, City Councilmember Robyn Grant, Mayor Pro Tem Joe Stapleton, Mayor Will O’Neill, City Councilmembers Noah Blom, Lauren Kleiman and Erik Weigand, and Chief Lifeguard Brian O’Rourke

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Reenie Boyer, NB Jr. Lifeguard Program founder and past director, shares her warm sentiments with attendees

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Graham Harvey, chairman, NB Jr. Lifeguard Foundation speaks to the crowd

Newport Beach Fire Chief expressed his thoughts on the Grand Opening: “Today’s grand opening is representative of so many people in our community from the JG Foundation and its generous donors led by Graham Harvey, council support, city staff, and most importantly community support both financially and socially. Next week 1,450 kids will take to the sand and surf with this building as their home base. I truly believe that 20 years from now, the kids in our current program will be the next leaders in this community as so many former Junior Lifeguards are now.”

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David A. Pyle Family (Founders on the wall) in front of the dedication wall

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(L-R) Chief Lifeguard Brian O’Rourke, Lifeguard Captain Gary Conwell, Lifeguard Officer Carly Christian, Department Assistant Cynthia Haritatos and Fire Chief Jeff Boyles

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Reenie Boyer with NMUSD Board of Trustees President Carol Crane

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Crowd gathered around the new NB Jr. Guard Headquarters building

The completion of the building marked a new era for the Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard Program, which was previously operated out of a trailer, and now averages 1,400 participants annually.

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The new NB Jr. Lifeguard Headquarters building

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NBFD Fire Truck 62 at the new NB Jr. Lifeguard Headquarters

According to Lifeguard Chief Brian O’Rourke, “This building will provide a stable home with amenities for our incredible staff and junior lifeguards for generations to come! We are excited to celebrate our 40-year anniversary with this new home and look forward to another super epic summer.”

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Corona del Mar High School Graduation – Congratulations Class of 2024!

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The 2024 Senior Class of Corona del Mar High School celebrated their graduation on Thursday, June 6 at CdM Field. There were 356 graduates. Way to go Sea Kings!

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For a photo gallery of the CdMHS Graduation, go here. All photos are free to download.

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Newport Harbor High School Graduation – Congratulations Class of 2024!

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The 2024 Senior Class of Newport Harbor High School celebrated their graduation on Thursday, June 6 at Davidson Field. There were 565 graduates. You did it Sailors!

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For a photo gallery of the NHHS Graduation, go here. All photos are free to download.

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Corona del Mar Middle School Promotion – Congratulations Class of 2024!

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The 2024 Class of Corona del Mar Middle School celebrated their promotion on Wednesday, June 5 at CdM Field. You did it and now you are headed to CdM High!

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For a photo gallery of the CdM Middle School Promotion, go here. All photos are free to download.

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Ensign Intermediate Promotion – Congratulations Class of 2024!

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The 2024 Class of Ensign Intermediate celebrated their promotion on Wednesday, June 5 at Davidson Field. You did it…and Harbor High awaits!

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For a photo gallery of the Ensign Intermediate Promotion, go here. All photos are free to download.

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Newport Beach leaders back Philip Stemler for NMUSD School Board

Several Newport Beach elected and appointed officials are throwing their support behind Philip Stemler’s candidacy for Newport-Mesa Unified School District School Board for Trustee Area 3.

Upon launching his candidacy, Stemler announced he had received the endorsements of Newport Beach Mayor Will O’Neill and Newport Beach City Councilmembers Joe Stapleton, Brad Avery, Noah Blom and Lauren Kleiman.

“Philip Stemler will represent our whole community as a NMUSD Trustee because his campaign focuses on the whole family,” Mayor Will O’Neill said. “His strong commitment to transparency and core learning will be welcome and necessary additions to our board.”

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Philip Stemler

Newport-Mesa School Board Trustee Michelle Barto also endorsed Philip Stemler, along with Orange County Board of Education Trustees Mari Barke and Lisa Sparks.

“Philip Stemler attended Eastbluff Elementary, Harbor View Elementary and Corona del Mar High School and is a shining example of the excellence we see from Newport-Mesa Unified School District graduates,” Barto said. “He’s a father and sends his own children to our NMUSD schools. He will bring his professional experience and his perspective as a parent and an alumnus to the Newport-Mesa School District.”

In addition to these elected officials, Newport Beach Planning Commissioners Brady Barto and Tristan Harris, Newport Beach Board of Library Trustee Antonella Castro, and Newport Beach Parks, Beaches & Recreation Commissioner Anne Yelsey have endorsed Stemler.

“I am grateful to all of these hard-working leaders of our community for their support,” Philip Stemler said. “If our community is going to continue to thrive, then we must have the best schools not only in Orange County, but in the entire state.”

Born and raised in Newport Beach, Stemler attended Newport-Mesa schools from kindergarten until his graduation from Corona del Mar High School. He then earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Yale University and his law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. Today Stemler serves as a prosecutor with the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.

Stemler and his wife Whitney live in Newport Beach with their two sons who are both students at Newport-Mesa schools. He has volunteered as an AYSO soccer coach for his eldest son’s teams and coached several high school mock trial teams.

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Council adopts 2024-25 budget, focus on public safety, department performance metrics, capital improvement program

By SARA HALL

City Council this week unanimously adopted the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which focuses on public safety, department performance metrics and the capital improvement program.

Councilmembers voted 7-0 on Tuesday (June 11) in support of the recommended budget for FY 2024-25.

“This is a well-balanced budget, not just on revenue and expenditure, but on present and future needs,” said Mayor Will O’Neill, who has served 10 years on the Finance Committee.

The budget is a primary reason why he ran for council in the first place, he added, after he had joined the committee and saw room for improvement. They were facing “dire straits” when it came to unfunded pension liabilities, he noted, and they have since significantly increased the funded status.

A lot of work went into this, he said, commending the effort from city staff. It’s also nice to have an uncontroversial budget with agreement on priorities and goals, he added, noting a previous split vote on the budget.

He also thanked all of the citizen members who have served on the Finance Committee over the years. It’s a meaningful challenge to work through a budget of this size and complexity, he said.

“Coming in and making sure that we’re taking care of our long-term debt, taking care of the unfunded pension liability, so that future councils aren’t being forced into bad decisions because of decisions we’re making today, matters. And then saving money for future projects we know are coming, really matters,” O’Neill said. “Ultimately, I think we’re really most proud of a budget like this as we maintain the priorities that we’ve always set for ourselves.”

Those priorities include maintaining the core functions of the city and public safety.

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Newport Beach City Council this week adopted the fiscal year 2024-25 budget for the city

The budget process is a robust and coordinated effort across all departments, and includes various opportunities for public input, explained Finance Director/Treasurer Jason Al-Imam.

On May 28, council held a joint study session with the Finance Committee to review the proposed FY 2024-25 operating and capital budget. After discussions at that meeting, no changes were made to the budget as presented, he noted. The Finance Committee met again on May 30 to finalize the budget recommendation.

The operating budget totals $440.5 million and the capital budget totals $54.3 million in FY 2024-25, for a total of $494.8 million. Capital spending of $297 million is anticipated over the six years covered by the CIP, subject to change with each future annual budget process.

 Staff explained that the budget includes:

–A stable local revenue base with projected FY 2024-25 property tax revenues growing at an estimated 4% over the prior year due to the Proposition 13 inflationary adjustment, changes in ownership and new construction.

–A healthy level of reserves that include a general fund contingency reserve of approximately $66 million, which is equal to 25% of the city’s GF operating budget.

–Continuation of an aggressive pension payment plan with a level dollar payment of $40 million and the intent to allocate an additional $5 million from the FY 2024-25 remaining surplus of revenues over expenditures, which based on current projections will see the city’s unfunded pension liability eliminated in FY 2032-33.

–The FY 2024-25 budget as proposed includes 775 full-time positions, an increase of nine full-time position from the prior year revised position totals, three of which are conversions of existing part-time positions to full-time positions. Part-time positions would decrease by a total of 2.9 full-time equivalent positions (FTEs) for a total of 146.5 part-time FTEs.

The budget continues to be balanced, with revenues exceeding expenditures and a general fund surplus projected at $5.3 million, Al-Imam said.

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Joe Stapleton elected chairman of New Majority Orange County, succeeds Lucy Rawlins

On Thursday, June 13, New Majority announced the election of the Honorable Joe Stapleton as the new Chairman of New Majority Orange County (NMOC). Stapleton succeeds Lucy Rawlins, who has served with distinction and will now hold the title of Chairwoman Emeritus.

“We are thrilled to have Joe lead our Orange County Chapter, especially during this very important presidential election cycle,” said Howard Hakes, chairman, New Majority. “I look forward to working with Joe as he leads NMOC in the same dynamic way he has led so many other organizations. His energy, political experience and enthusiasm for our organization will serve our members and mission very well. We are also beyond grateful for Lucy’s excellent leadership; New Majority is better because of her tremendous efforts as NMOC Chairwoman.”

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Joe Stapleton

Stapleton, an experienced business leader and philanthropic magnet, will work closely with Executive Director Muffy Day, OC Membership Director Kevin Cartwright and Assistant Director Orange County Marianne Boivin. Together, they will continue to advance the mission and goals of the NMOC, focusing on fostering effective leadership and impactful political engagement within the community.

“It has been an honor to serve as chairwoman of the New Majority of Orange County,” said Rawlins. “I am a big proponent of the next generation, and Joe exemplifies the qualities that the New Majority needs leading our organization into this next election and beyond.”

Stapleton expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to lead, saying, “I am honored to be elected as the chairman of the New Majority Orange County. I look forward to working with our dedicated team and members to continue advancing our mission and making a positive impact in our community. Together, we will navigate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

The New Majority is one of the largest statewide political organizations in California. Through education and contributions, it seeks to inform its membership and contribute resources to Republican and other philosophically aligned candidates and issues that share its mission. More information about the New Majority can be found at https://newmajority.com.

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NBFF announces their Automotive Short Film Competition

The Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) has announced their Automotive Short Film Competition. With the growing strength of the creator community online, there is a remarkable level of quality being achieved by passionate filmmakers all over the world who love cars, and the festival will be the first to celebrate this burgeoning shift in the sector.

NBFF has partnered with renowned creator Ant Anstead, who shares the same passion for great films. Anstead has hosted more than 25 TV shows with more than a decade in the industry. As an expert within the automotive space, he has written, produced and directed content that inspires fellow enthusiasts.

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NBFF Automotive Short Film Competition judges – (L-R): Sung Kang, Emilia Hartford, Ant Anstead and Dan Mace

“We are thrilled to partner with Ant (Anstead),” said Gregg Schwenk, CEO and executive director of NBFF. “His vast array of knowledge and expertise of the automotive landscape is a great addition to this segment of the festival.”

“Cars remain a mainstay in great films, and it’s no coincidence that a consistent number of car movies are made,” said Anstead. “Films with iconic car scenes are ones you just never forget.”

NBFF, together with Anstead, challenges filmmakers to create and submit their short films using the inspiration “For The Love Of Driving.” The rules are designed for creativity; your film can take any direction you wish. It can be documentary style or scripted, shot on film or phone. Each film must be at least one minute long, but no longer than six minutes. Exclusively for the automotive competition, content that has been previously shared can also be submitted. All content must be royalty-free for usage, including music.

The deadline for submissions is July 14, 2024, and a reduced submission fee has been applied to this category for $25.*

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“Films with iconic car scenes are ones you never forget,” said Ant Anstead, who is partnering with NBFF on this film competition

All content submitted is done so in the knowledge it may be used in a television show and online to help share and promote the artists. The 10 finalists must be able to attend the Film Festival in person on October 18, 2024, where the festival will showcase those 10 films along with a Q&A session with each creator and a panel of notable judges.

Automotive short films “For the Love of Driving” can be submitted HERE(LINK) *A limited number of fee waivers are available based on economic hardship.

Recognized as one of the largest luxury lifestyle film festivals in the U.S., the Newport Beach Film Festival brings an internationally curated collection of films and vibrant cultural gatherings to the beautiful Southern California coast. Committed to championing the work of original storytellers from around the globe, the festival celebrates contemporary screen culture and cinematic excellence, engaging the community in compelling conversations with filmmakers and artists. The Newport Beach Film Festival is sponsored in part by UCI Health, Los Angeles Times, Visit Newport Beach, Fashion Island, KIA and the City of Newport Beach. For festival passes and tickets, visit www.newportbeachfilmfest.com.

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Nostalgia in Newport

Photo series courtesy of Newport Beach Historical Society

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Photo donated by Mrs. F. L. Lindeman/Courtesy of NBHS

Mr. and Mrs. Teed of Costa Mesa with their vintage catch in the 1930s. Got any old fishing tales or photos of Newport Beach? Send them to NBHS to help them keep our history alive.

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

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You Must Remember This: Two Cassandras

By NANCY GARDNER

This is about two local Cassandras who, had they been heeded, would have saved the county from the slings and arrows of financial misfortune. Just as a reminder, Cassandra was the daughter of Priam, king of Troy. She was very beautiful and caught the eye of the god Apollo. Now there are two versions here. One is that he gave her the gift of prophesy when she promised to be his and she reneged. The other is that he gave her the gift of prophesy as a way of wooing her.  Whichever version, he never enjoyed her favors which put him in a snit. Since apparently once a God-given gift is bestowed it can’t be removed, even by the god, he couldn’t take away her ability to prophesy so he did the next best thing and decreed that she could prophesy all she wanted but nobody would believe her. Seeing into the future, she pleaded with her brother Paris not to seek Helen, proclaiming that her abduction would lead to the destruction of Troy.  Thanks to Apollo, nobody paid the slightest attention. Helen was grabbed and after a very long war with lots of gods and heroes (see The Iliad) Troy was defeated. Agamemnon claimed Cassandra as his concubine which didn’t go down very well with Mrs. Agamemnon who killed both of them. It is unknown whether Cassandra foresaw that.

Now to our Orange County Cassandras. Back in the 1950s, each supervisor focused exclusively on his district (so unlike today), and the result was a lack of overall vision. This didn’t seem to be a problem since each year the grand jury would do a review of county governance and always came back with a report that said everything was peachy. Then my father appointed Braden Finch as president of the jury. Finch was the husband of Kay Finch, who had her ceramics studio in Corona del Mar for so many years. More relevant to his role on the grand jury, he had been a newspaper man up in the Ventura area prior to moving south. As a former reporter he was used to digging a little deeper, and under his direction the report that was issued was hardly the anodyne of years past. He stated that the county was run in a “horse and buggy” way, meaning practices were rather behind the times. He went on to question the capabilities of the supervisors whose only qualifications for the job in many cases were that they got more votes than their opponents (again completely unlike today). This led to inadequate oversight of departments because there wasn’t the expertise to properly evaluate. What the county needed, Finch said, was someone with a strong background in public administration who could provide the proper oversight and management of the various departments, leaving the supervisors to focus on policy issues.

Nobody likes it publicly suggested that they are anything but sterling in the performance of their duties, and the supervisors’ initial impulse was to shove the report as far back in the files as possible, but the media picked up on the story, and public sentiment was supportive of the suggestions, so they had to do something. They hired a county administrator, but lest anyone think they actually caved, they gave that individual virtually no power, so things were pretty much the same.

Time passes, and we get to our second Cassandra. Back in 1994, John Moorlach ran for Orange County Treasurer. It was a bold move. Moorlach was a relative unknown, and the current treasurer, Robert Citron, had held the office for 24 years. He was a popular fixture in the county, particularly with the supervisors. Under Citron’s tenure, 12 percent of the county’s budget now came from interest on their investments. In other California cities, they were lucky if the figure was three percent. Good old Bob was doing such a great job for the county. Because the returns were so good, no one paid much attention as to how he was managing it except for Moorlach. He warned that Citron had made and was making dangerous investments and borrowing money to do it. He cautioned that bankruptcy could be the result, but he might as well have been cursed by Apollo for the attention anybody paid. He went down to defeat – and shortly thereafter the county had to declare bankruptcy.

In reaction, the supervisors created a new office, that of Chief Executive, to handle the general administration of the county and its departments, leaving the supervisors free to focus on policy – just as Cassandra Finch had said they should do 40 years before. They then appointed Cassandra Moorlach to replace the disgraced Citron and work with the new CEO, William Popejoy, to get the ship righted.

It’s unfortunate that the county ignored their two Cassandras, but I am happy to report that while they had no better results with their prognostications than the original, neither suffered the types of calamities that befell her. Finch was a well-liked, well-respected member of the Newport Beach community, and there is a plaque commemorating his many civic contributions at Inspiration Point, designed by his wife. As for Moorlach, he was elected County Treasurer, then County Supervisor and went on to serve in the State Senate. His newest gig is co-hosting Orange County History Hunters, a PBS series delving into the county’s past, but he hasn’t lost his eye for numbers and regularly reviews state and municipal finances. If he ever puts up a shout, hopefully people will ignore any machinations by Apollo and lend an ear to his comments.

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

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Patrick’s Purpose Foundation awards 53 scholarships

Patrick’s Purpose Foundation announced that they recently awarded 52 one-time scholarships for $2,000. To be selected, graduating high school seniors must be planning to attend a community college or trade school.

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Kim Turner, Patrick’s Purpose Foundation executive director (fourth from right) with scholarship recipients on Newport Harbor High School Senior Awards Night

This year’s recipients are primarily from Orange County, and the remainder are from all across the country. They plan to pursue careers in many diverse fields, including radiology technology, motorcycle mechanics, animal nutrition, comic book illustration, cosmetology, aviation and EMT/Fire Service, to name a few.

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Kim Turner (left) with scholarship recipients on CdM High School Senior Awards Night

Patrick’s Purpose Foundation extends their heartfelt congratulations to these bright young minds.

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American Flags grace Civic Center lawn

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Courtesy of Mayor Will O’Neill

In recognition of Flag Day and the Army’s 249th Birthday, Newport Beach Mayor Will O’Neill installed this exhibit featuring 249 American flags at the Newport Beach Civic Center. Mayor O’Neill invites community members to visit this free exhibit, share photos on social media, and attend the Flag Day ceremony at 1 p.m. today (Friday, June 14).

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Irrelevant Week returns to Newport Beach, Wortmanns to be honored at Lowsman Banquet

The 257th pick in the 2024 National Football League (NFL) Draft, Jaylen Key, will be lauded with a week of attention, congratulations, and well-wishes by the NFL-sponsored Irrelevant Week Committee in Newport Beach. Led by Melanie Salata Fitch, daughter of the late former San Francisco 49ers football great Paul Salata, founder of the week-long celebration recognizing the last man standing in the annual draft, the event draws national attention.

Key will be feted with a week-long roster of events, tours, toasts and travel experiences throughout the week on the California Riviera, originally created by the late Salata under his well-known philosophy, “Do Something Nice For Somebody For No Reason.” Concluding the week, the traditional Lowsman Banquet brings together hundreds of sports personalities and lovers of the game for a lavish dinner hosted for many years by restaurateur Ron Salisbury at his legendary Cannery Restaurant on Newport Harbor. The big event takes place on June 25.

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John and Anne Wortmann will be honored at the Irrelevant Week’s Lowsman Banquet

This year, the Irrelevant Week Committee will honor Newport Beach locals John and Anne Wortmann with the Paul Salata “Hero Beyond The Hashmarks” Award, which will be presented at the banquet. The award was spearheaded by the league as a way to honor the legacy of Paul Salata with honorees selected based on their active association with community-based programs benefiting others, and advancing positive development for many diverse causes assisting the underserved. “Most important, the honorees selected must be “plain old good guys (and gals),” said Melanie Salata Fitch.

John and Anne Wortmann fit the bill. They are among Newport’s most visible and active community cheerleaders. John Wortmann, chairman of the board of Balboa Bay Club Governors, and member of the Newport Beach Commodores, along with wife Anne, 1976 Rose Queen and former Rams Cheerleader, function as a team working in support of many community endeavors. According to John Wortman, “Our litmus test has always been what is best for our family and our community of Newport Beach.”

To that end, the Wortmanns have supported Irrelevant Week with the Salata family for some 30 years. Additionally, they have shared their time, talent and treasure with nonprofits including Serving People In Need (SPIN), The Lifesavers Foundation of Newport Beach, The Ben Carlson Scholarship program and Newport Beach Jr. Guards, The Newport El Foundation and the Balboa Performing Arts Theatre Foundation. Most recently, they fronted the annual Balboa Bay Club 1221 Student Scholarship program, which has donated $1.7 million to date in grants for local Newport-Mesa Unified School District seniors heading to university.

To attend the Lowsman Banquet and support the Irrelevant Week mission, visit https://mrirrelevant.org for more information on tickets and sponsorship availabilities.

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Hoag recruits renowned Gastroenterologist Dr. Kenneth Chang as Executive Medical Director of Digestive Health Institute

Leading the next wave of innovation in digestive health, Hoag has recruited world-renowned gastroenterologist Kenneth J. Chang, M.D., to become executive medical director of the Digestive Health Institute at Hoag. Dr. Chang’s appointment comes at a time of unparalleled growth and heralds an impressive international draw of top talent to Hoag.

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Dr. Kenneth Chang

As the executive medical director, Dr. Chang will lead a multidisciplinary team of experts focused on providing world-class, personalized digestive health care and access to innovative treatment options and clinical trials.

His appointment comes at a transformational time for digestive health care at Hoag with the development of the new Digestive Health Pavilion at Hoag’s Sun Family Campus in Irvine. Supported in part by philanthropy through the Boldly Hoag campaign, the new pavilion will be the only facility of its kind in Orange County.

Dr. Chang is a board-certified gastroenterologist, fellowship trained in both gastroenterology and hepatology who specializes in interventional endoscopy for esophageal and gastrointestinal disorders. Dr. Chang’s leadership, reputation and legacy is expected to elevate Hoag’s Digestive Health Institute to national and international prominence.

“The future of digestive health care is on the horizon, and Hoag is at the forefront of research and innovation to bring the latest medical and interventional applications to Orange County,” said Dr. Chang. “I look forward to working with Hoag to create a place where innovation fueled by compassion is the driving force behind everything we do for our patients and the community.”

Dr. Chang comes to Hoag from the University of California, Irvine, where he built and launched UCI’s Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center as well as its Digestive Health Institute. He is also a founding board member of the American Foregut Society and has pioneered numerous clinical trials and treatment methods and trained more than 50 leading interventional endoscopists in emerging technology and techniques.

“Hoag’s Digestive Health Institute has been aggressive in recruiting elite talent, and Dr. Chang’s recruitment promises to draw even more top talent to our already world-class, integrated team,” said Robert T. Braithwaite, president and CEO of Hoag. “We look forward to seeing how Dr. Chang’s vision for the future of digestive health and mission to create an esophageal and colon cancer-free Orange County can become a reality for our community.”

Hoag has been recognized as the top hospital in Orange County for gastroenterology & GI surgery, according to U.S. News & World Report. The institute’s comprehensive, collaborative approach to care results in stellar outcomes and world-class care in all aspects of digestive health.

To learn more about the Digestive Health Institute, visit www.hoag.org/digestive. To make an appointment with Dr. Chang, call 949.764.6943.

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OCMA announces relaunch of OCMA Books

The Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) has announced the relaunch of the museum’s acclaimed publishing program. OCMA Books publishes innovative, affordable and limited-edition books, publications and exhibition catalogues that champion the most pioneering artists and thinkers of the present day.

OCMA will start with Why Art Matters: The Bearable Lightness of Being, a book of art and thought which delves deep into the human condition through an in-depth engagement with artworks and artists. The book is divided into short chapters addressing essential, meaningful subjects such as perseverance, the unknown, imperfection and ritual, drawing on a range of artworks to map out different ways to approach the world, while offering insight into how we can bring our best selves to our life and our daily interactions.

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OCMA has relaunched its OCMA Books publishing program, leading off with “Why Art Matters: The Bearable Lightness of Being”

“We believe art matters. We believe that through art we find the bearable lightness of being,” said OCMA CEO & Director Heidi Zuckerman.

Join the Why Art Matters community here to get ideas about how to find and then practice the bearable lightness.

Starting next week, every Wednesday morning, OCMA will be sharing a weekly newsletter that will offer moments to reward yourself, slow down and to feel. The more you feel, the more joy will seep into your life. Wake up to the why and get stunning works of art along with actionable ideas about why art matters.

OCMA is located at 3333 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa. For more information, go to https://ocma.art/.

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CdMRA community meeting on June 20 to feature Newport Beach City Manager Grace Leung

The Corona del Mar Residents Association (CdMRA) will hold their monthly community meeting on Thursday, June 20 at 7:30 a.m. at OASIS Senior Center in Corona del Mar.

CdMRA’s guest speaker, Newport Beach City Manager Grace Leung, will provide an update and highlights of the 2024-2025 City Budget.

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City Manager Grace Leung will speak at the CdMRA’s monthly community meeting on June 20

In addition to Leung’s presentation, Mayor Will O’Neill and Councilmember Lauren Kleiman will provide reports on current city business and Newport Beach Police Department staff will share updates on public safety issues and statistics.

All Corona del Mar residents are invited to attend this event. It will be held in person at OASIS Senior Center Room #2, 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar. RSVPs are requested.

To RSVP, visit www.cdmra.org – no later than 12 p/m. on Wednesday, June 19.

This event is also posted on CdMRA’s social media channels –

Facebook @cdmra or Instagram and X (formerly Twitter) @cdmra92625.

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Outside SCR returns to Mission San Juan Capistrano for The Old Man and the Old Moon

Take a theatrical journey this summer when South Coast Repertory returns for a final summer at Mission San Juan Capistrano with The Old Man and The Old Moon, book, music and lyrics by PigPen Theatre Co. The Outside SCR offering, which performs outdoors under the stars, runs July 20 through August 11.

Directed by SCR Associate Artistic Director Kim Martin-Cotten, The Old Man and The Old Moon takes audiences on an epic adventure across land, sea and sky – all in the name of love. Indie-folk music and ingenious staging transform this tall tale into a thrilling theatrical event like no other.

The Old Man who keeps the moon filled with light wakes up one morning to find his wife has gone, lured away by a mysterious melody. In his quest to find her, he encounters colorful characters, gets caught in an apocalyptic storm and is swallowed by a giant fish. Can he find her before the moon runs out of light and the world plunges into darkness?

The Old Man and the Old Moon is recommended for ages 7 and older.

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Director and SCR Associate Artistic Director Kim Martin-Cotton

“Audiences are in for a terrific adventure in the best traditions of a transformational experience this summer. It’s amazing to think Outside SCR is moving into its fourth season in partnership with Mission San Juan Capistrano,” Artistic Director David Ivers said.

The Old Man and the Old Moon is a beautiful, family-friendly, music-filled journey offering the finest of what has become so special about a night of theater under the stars. I’m thrilled Associate Artistic Director Kim Martin-Cotten is making her SCR directorial debut and I am confident her artistry will elevate the experience into an unforgettable gathering.”

The Old Man and The Old Moon came from the minds of seven budding theater artists when they were still students at Carnegie Mellon University. The seven – Alex Falberg, Ben Ferguson, Curtis Gillen, Ryan Melia, Matt Nuernberger, Arya Shahi and Dan Weschler – later founded PigPen Theatre Co. The second play the group wrote, The Old Man and The Old Moon, premiered off-Broadway in 2012. It later played the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Writers Theatre outside Chicago, The Old Globe, Kansas City Repertory and the Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills.

At each stop, it played to sold-out audiences, bringing critical acclaim for its folk music, innovative, use of low-tech materials, puppetry and storytelling combining wit and whimsy. In his New York Times review, Ben Brantley wrote, “This is a story of time and tides and quests, the sort of fable on which mythologies and religions are founded.”

The Old Man and the Old Moon is a magical adventure told by a shapeshifting indie-folk band that sails us across the sea, flies us into the stars and dives us into the belly of a giant fish – all in the pursuit of love,” Martin-Cotten said. “I am delighted we will be sharing this transformational tale in the gorgeous Mission setting for audiences of all ages.”

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Arya Shahi, one of the seven members of PigPen Theatre Co., which wrote “The Old Man and The Old Moon”

Martin-Cotten joined SCR in 2021 as associate artistic director and is the co-director of the Pacific Playwrights Festival. A producer, director, actor and educator who held the positions of artistic producer and associate director of New Works for Kansas City Repertory Theatre before coming to SCR, Martin-Cotten has directed The Moors, an eight-person Twelfth Night and a solo adaptation of Othello for Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s young company. Her other directing projects include The Dumbwaiter, Cabaret, Death of a Salesman, Proof and The Taming of the Shrew, among others. Martin-Cotten also served as project assistant to Anna Deavere Smith on her initial production of House Arrest First Edition at Arena Stage.

The cast features several SCR veterans, including Jess Andrews (Appropriate and The Little Foxes), Tommy Beck (A Christmas Carol), Huntington Beach native Armando Gutierrez (Million Dollar Quartet), Matt MacNelly (music director for Cambodian Rock Band and understudy for Million Dollar Quartet) and Joe Ngo (Cambodian Rock Band). It also features SCR newcomers Alex Lydon and Ana Marcu.

The design and creative team include Efren Delgadillo Jr. and Stephanie Bernardini, set design; Kish Finnegan, costume design; Lonnie Rafael Alcaraz, lighting design; Jeff Polunas, sound design; Michael Arden Larsen, associate director and movement coordinator and Matt Cotten, puppet designer and assistant director. Joanne DeNaut, CSA, is the casting director. Maisie Chan is the production manager, Kathryn Davies is the production stage manager, and Natalie Figaredo is the assistant stage manager.

Born out of the pandemic, Outside SCR began in 2021 as a way to safely return to live performances. It opened that summer with two plays – American Mariachi and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown – alternating performances. Million Dollar Quartet followed in 2022 and La Havana Madrid last summer. It brings SCR’s productions to new communities and audiences.

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Be Well OC announces Healthcare Executive Blair Contratto as New Chief Strategy Officer

Be Well OC announced that Blair Contratto has joined the organization as Chief Strategy Officer. A well-respected industry executive, she has acquired extensive knowledge and diverse experience over her career leading prominent organizations across Southern California through times of growth and evolution.

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Blair Contratto named Chief Strategy Officer of Be Well OC

“Blair joins our leadership team at a pivotal moment for Be Well OC as we continue to expand our vital programs and partnerships, coupled with the planning for our Irvine Campus set to open in 2025,” said Phillip Franks, chief executive officer, Be Well OC. “Her strategic expertise will be instrumental in developing and extending our partnerships, amplifying our philanthropic endeavors, and driving our mission forward to expand access to critical mental health and wellness care for the Orange County community.”

Contratto most recently served as president and CEO of Mount Carmel Health Ministries in Duarte, where she oversaw the development and implementation of the strategic plan for the company’s three post-acute campuses and a retreat center. She also served for seven years as CEO of Providence Health System’s Little Company of Mary in Torrance, where she led a $500 million net revenue region with 25 integrated healthcare entities. During her tenure, she achieved significant milestones such as implementing a comprehensive medical record system, increasing market share to 25%, leading a successful $50 million fundraising campaign and driving performance improvements recognized by multiple awards.

Contratto has more than three decades of governance experience and currently serves on the board of directors for both CalOptima Health and Mount Carmel Health Ministries. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from University of California Los Angeles and a Master of Public Health from University of Tennessee.

“I am thrilled to join Be Well during this exciting time of expansion for the organization,” Contratto said. “I look forward to collaborating with the talented team at Be Well OC and our community partners to create impactful, strategic initiatives that will increase access to mental health and substance use disorder services for all Orange County residents, and ultimately improve the well-being of our community.”

Be Well OC is a transformative initiative bringing together public, private, academic and faith-based organizations, as well as others, to create a coordinated system of mental health care and support for all Orange County residents. The Be Well OC mental health system, which also includes substance use services, features a first-of-its-kind mental health and wellness facility in Orange and a robust mobile response program currently serving seven cities. Be Well OC’s movement spans across all cities of Orange County including Newport Beach with a range of needs, from prevention and early intervention to crisis aversion, crisis management, acute care and recovery.

For more information about Be Well OC, visit https://bewelloc.org/.

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School Notes

News and notes from our colleges and universities

Mitchell O’Hair, of Newport Coast, has been named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2024 semester at University of Maryland Global Campus.

To be eligible for the honor, a student must complete at least six credits during the term, earned a grade point average of at least 3.5 for the term, and maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.5 at UMGC.

University of Maryland Global Campus was founded more than 75 years ago specifically to serve the higher education needs of working adults and military servicemembers. Today, UMGC is the largest provider of postsecondary education in Maryland and continues its global tradition with online and hybrid courses, more than 175 classroom and service locations worldwide, and more than 135 degrees and certificates backed by the reputation of a state university and the University System of Maryland.

Grace Close, of Newport Beach, majoring in Elementary Education and Mackenzie Greer of Newport Beach majoring in Multi-Disciplinary Studies were named to the Chancellor’s Honor Roll, which is reserved for students who earn a semester GPA of 3.75-4.0 at the University of Mississippi.

To be eligible for honor roll designation, a student must have completed at least 12 graded hours for the semester and may not be on academic probation during the semester.

The University of Mississippi, affectionately known as Ole Miss, is the state’s flagship university. Included in the elite group of R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. Recognized among the nation’s most beautiful, Ole Miss’ main campus is in Oxford, which is routinely acknowledged as one of the country’s best college towns.

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A glimpse at Crystal Cove in June

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

From hands-on explorations of history and nature to art classes and conservation stewardship, there is something for everyone to explore during the summer at Crystal Cove. The Conservancy’s summer programs will also take place during the third annual California State Parks Week happening June 12-16.

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

The Great Plein Air Art Experience every Monday and Wednesday through October, except June 19, July 1, July 3 and September 2 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration is required. Celebrate more than 100 years of plein air art at Crystal Cove State Park and spend a relaxing day capturing the beauty of the Cove on canvas with Crystal Cove plein air artist, Debbie Morines. During these four-hour classes, you’ll take part in living history while learning the step-by-step process of creating your very own plein air painting from beginning to end. Each class will have a break for lunch, but lunch is not provided. Classes are for ages 18 and up. Register here.

Tuesdays in the Commons, through Sept. 10: Hands-on Educational Activities from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

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

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Join a fun, family-friendly nature hike through Crystal Cove State Park’s Moro Canyon

Native Plants: The Key to Climate Resilience, Friday, June 14 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (Part of California State Parks Week).

Join a fun, family-friendly nature hike through Crystal Cove State Park’s Moro Canyon as you learn about the coastal sage scrub plant community and how native plants are resilient in our changing climate. This three-mile trek, which includes a short incline, will wind through the canyon to visit a current habitat restoration project. Participants will meet restoration team members and participate in stewardship activities.

Celebrate Crystal Cove State Park’s Natural & Cultural History, Saturday, June 15 from 4-8 p.m. (Part of California State Parks Week). Registration is required for this event.

Join Crystal Cove State Park and Crystal Cove Conservancy for an afternoon filled with fun and learning, as you celebrate the cultural history of the park. Participants will take part in a variety of activities exploring the indigenous history of the area, learning about the Acjachemen and Tongva People who have been here from time immemorial, and continue to call Crystal Cove and surrounding areas their home. Parking can be found in the Los Trancos Parking Lot. Event is free after the $15 day-use fee. For more information and to register, go here.

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Sign up to spend a relaxing day capturing the beauty of the Cove

Historic Beach Cottages & Coastline Restoration Tour, Sunday, June 16 from 5-6:30 p.m. (Part of California State Parks Week). Registration is required for this event.

Step back in time for a guided walking tour of the restored Crystal Cove Beach Cottages in Crystal Cove State Park’s Historic District, as Crystal Cove Conservancy expert staff share stories of how each cottage was lovingly and painstakingly restored to preserve the architectural charms and details of the original structures. Participants will also learn about the extraordinary coastal engineering measures taken to ensure the cottages remain resilient to sea level rise. For more information and to register, go here.

Explore the Cove Science Hikes, Fourth Saturday each month: June 22, July 27, August 24 and September 28 from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Registration is required for this event. Take a hike with a Conservancy educator to explore Crystal Cove State Park’s geological and ecological systems. Explore the impacts and challenges of climate change including fire ecology, ecological restoration, coastal engineering and marine conservation, as well as native versus non-native species and their impact on natural communities and ecosystem functions. Registration is required for these events.

Historic District Walking Tours, Fourth Saturday each month: June 22, July 27, August 24 and September 28 from 2-3 p.m. Historic District Walking Tours return to Crystal Cove State Park. During this 60-minute tour led by Conservancy educators and former cottage residents, participants will step back in time to explore the history of Crystal Cove and the Historic District’s rescue and restoration.

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

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

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

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

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

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Newport Beach Master Community Calendar

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

City of Newport Beach meetings & events calendar

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

Newport Beach Public Library – everything at the library calendar

www.newportbeachlibrary.org/calendar

Newport-Mesa Unified School District news & events calendar

https://web.nmusd.us

Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce community events calendar

www.newportbeach.com/events

Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce community events calendar

www.cdmchamber.com/chamber-events

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Pendry Newport Beach gears up for summer with memorable happenings

Pendry Newport Beach is celebrating its first summer since opening last September and they’re coming in hot. They are offering both on- and off-property summer programming and activities available for both hotel guests and locals (including their new boat!).

Here’s what’s happening as the days (and nights) warm up, by sea, air and land:

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Board a 36-foot charter accommodating up to six guests on an intimate three-hour journey at sea

Aviara Boat Charter: All aboard! Take in the very best of Newport Beach’s stunning shoreline with a tour on their 36-ft. Aviara Boat Charter. The charter can accommodate up to six guests on an intimate three-hour journey at sea from the Balboa Bay Club. Includes optional enhancements such as beer and wine, appetizers and personal accouterments by request. The Luxury Aviara Boat Charter will begin on the front drive of Pendry Newport Beach. Roundtrip transportation from the resort is included.

SoCal and L.A. Private Helicopter Charter: A once-in-a-lifetime sky-high tour of Southern California from the coastline of Newport Beach north to Los Angeles, across the city and back on a private helicopter tour with Maverick Helicopters. See everything from beautiful SoCal beaches and residences to the historic Queen Mary in Long Beach, the Hollywood Sign, Santa Monica Pier and more, with breathtaking views from every angle. The private charter is a two-hour experience with 60 minutes of airtime and accommodates up to six guests. Departing from the front drive of Pendry Newport Beach, the package includes roundtrip luxury ground transportation to John Wayne Airport helipad, located 15 minutes from the resort.

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Cool down in the Beer Garden featuring live music, craft beer, pub-inspired food and lawn games

Summer Beer Garden: Newport Beach’s only beer garden is back by popular demand featuring live music, craft beer, pub-inspired food and lawn games for an ideal Sunday fun-day under the sun. Taking place every Sunday from 12-7 p.m., the Beer Garden is open to locals, resort guests and members of The Elwood Club. No reservations are needed.

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Unwind and meet up with friends at Bar Pendry

Live at Bar Pendry: Start your weekend early with craft cocktails, curated bites and live music at Bar Pendry, every Thursday from 7-11 p.m.

Morning Yoga Flow: Incorporate morning yoga at Pendry Newport Beach into your routine, every Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 a.m. Flow with coastal breezes under warm sunshine with a dedicated Pendry Newport Beach instructor. Yoga mat, towel and water are provided. Complimentary for hotel guests; $30 for locals.

Pendry Newport Beach is located at 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. They just launched a new booking platform on their website. For more information, go to www.pendry.com/newport-beach/.

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Baroque Music Festival, Corona del Mar embraces “All the Pleasures” at 2024 Festival, June 16-23

The Baroque Music Festival, Corona del Mar, Newport Beach’s only professional classical music performing organization, returns with a pleasurable 44th season. The 2024 Festival, themed “All the Pleasures” (named after the Purcell Ode featured in the series’ finale), focuses on music by a wide range of Baroque-era English composers, juxtaposed with pieces by their continental European predecessors and contemporaries. A highly enjoyable, as well as educational, boutique summer festival of accessible, smaller-scale concerts awaits. Specialist musicians present five concerts over eight days, at beautiful venues in Corona del Mar and Newport Beach.

Esteemed Baroque violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock directs the season, curating and leading all but one (the Monday recital) of the performances. She maintains a busy international schedule performing on the 17th century Guarneri violin, generously loaned by the Philharmonia Baroque Period Instrument Trust. In addition to her role as artistic director of the Baroque Music Festival since 2011, she serves as a concertmaster and soloist of Baroque orchestras nationwide and in Germany. Blumenstock’s choice of Baroque masterpieces for the 2024 Festival is as eclectic and entertaining as ever, ranging from Italian violin duos to a grand Handel choral work.

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Festival Orchestra led by Elizabeth Blumenstock

This 44th Festival – “All the Pleasures! The Italian Influence in London and Beyond” – is anchored by two Sunday afternoon concerts with the Festival Orchestra, joined for the finale by the Festival Chorus. For the opener, London Fog, Italian Sunshine, soloists from the ensemble bring out the southern sun (the influence of Italian music on London-based composers) in J.C. (“The London”) Bach’s Sinfonia Concertante for violin and cello, concerti grossi by Arcangelo Corelli, Francesco Geminiani (“La Follia” variations, after Corelli) and Charles Avison (inspired by Scarlatti), an overture by Handel’s close friend Dr. Maurice Greene, and a Handel organ concerto endearingly nicknamed “Cuckoo and Nightingale.”

Chamber ensembles and further soloists give three evening concerts between the larger-scale Sunday events. Monday evening’s intimate Time Stands Still: English Lute Songs recital highlights the excellent acoustics of St. Michael & All Angels Church, Corona del Mar. Then, the Festival presents two concerts at Corona del Mar’s Sherman Library & Gardens, a beloved venue since the first series in 1981. This year, musicians gather there on the Wednesday and Friday evenings for Nightingales in the Gardens (music for three violin soloists, and more) and Galante in the Gardens (Bach and late Baroque chamber music by Telemann and others), respectively.

The season will close with Handel & Purcell Choral Odes, showcasing each composer’s stunning vocal music, alongside instrumental selections. Countertenor Clifton Massey returns to the Festival (he last appeared in Bach’s Magnificat in 2019) for the familiar opening aria of Handel’s Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, “Eternal Source of Light Divine” (trumpet Kathryn Adduci) – a piece featured at many British royal weddings. Joining Clifton Massey are debuting soloists Nola Richardson (soprano), Gregório Taniguchi (tenor) and Jesse Blumberg (baritone).

Schedule of performances:

Sunday, June 16, 4 p.m. – St. Mark Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach

London Fog, Italian Sunshine

Followed by a wine & waters reception on the patio with the musicians.

Monday, June 17, 7:30 p.m. – St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, Corona del Mar

Time Stands Still: English Lute Songs

Followed by a wine & waters reception on the patio with the musicians.

Wednesday, June 19, 7:30 p.m. – Sherman Library & Gardens, Corona del Mar

Nightingales in the Gardens

Gates open at 6:45 p.m. for complimentary wine in the Gardens, intermission with coffee & cookies and meet the musicians after the concert.

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Save the Date: Old Glory Boat Parade is once again setting sail on July 4th

The American Legion Yacht Club (ALYC) in Newport Beach is once again setting sail around Newport Harbor for their annual Old Glory Boat Parade on Thursday, July 4 beginning at 1 p.m. This is part of the three-day American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291 Centennial event, celebrating their 100th year anniversary.

Themed “Stars, Strips and Sails,” entrants are encouraged to decorate their boats to celebrate this theme.

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All decked out in red, white and blue for the ALYC’s Old Glory Boat Parade

Leading the parade will be the ALYC boat Valor with their Grand Marshal Newport Beach Mayor Will O’Neill, followed by VIP boats that will be filled with active duty servicemembers and veterans. They are pleased to recognize Mayor O’Neill for his service to the community and his service to our county. Participation in this all-volunteer boat parade is an extension of his celebration of volunteers and community members programs for the betterment of Newport Beach and surrounding communities.

The parade will begin at 1 p.m. off the east end of Lido Isle and follow a course throughout the harbor between the hours of 1-3:30 p.m., offering everyone a chance to enjoy the parade. Viewing maps can be downloaded from ALYC website at www.alyc.com.

All boaters are invited to decorate their vessels and participate in the parade. Registration is free with additional information also at the ALYC website (www.alyc.com) including a map of the parade route and approximate viewing times. Participants will compete for class awards such as Best Decorated, Finest Costumes, Most Creative and the Commodore’s Award, with class winners to be announced at an Awards Banquet on Sunday, July 16 at 5:30 p.m.

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2024 Parade Map with estimated viewing times around Newport Harbor

“We are encouraging local boaters to join us for the parade,” said Commodore David Campagnari. “It’s a lot of fun, and a very fulfilling event to see the community appreciate the effort to decorate your boat and celebrate our nation’s independence in style. For the general public, we hope you include the parade as part of your day. It’s a can’t-miss opportunity to celebrate with your friends and family.”

Celebrating almost 70 years, the Old Glory Parade began very casually in the 1950s as the Character Boat Parade and as the years passed, the Newport Harbor Chamber of Commerce took the helm, changed the theme and built her into a grand parade. Today, hailed as one of California’s largest longest-running patriotic boat parades, this annual happening is sponsored by the ALYC, and is free to watch from most public beaches, docks and boardwalks throughout the scenic harbor area.

Visit www.alyc.com for more information about the Old Glory Boat Parade and www.al291.com for information about the three-day Centennial Celebration.

American Legion Yacht Club is located at 215 15th St., Newport Beach. Call 949.673.5002.

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

Top 10 Nonfiction

1. Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson

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

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

4. Fodor’s Northern California by Fodor’s Travel Guides

5. Going Infinite: The Rise and Fall of a New Tycoon by Michael Lewis

6. Nuclear War: A Scenario by Annie Jacobsen

7. The Fury by Alex Michaelides

8. The Cookie That Changed My Life: And More than 100 Other Classic Cakes, Cookies, Muffins, and Pies that Will Change Yours by Nancy Silverton

9. The Wide Wide Sea: The Final, Fateful Voyage of Captain Jame Cook by Hampton Sides

10. Build the Life You Want: The Arts and Science of Getting Happier by Arthur C. Brooks

Top 10 Fiction

1. The Women by Kristin Hannah

2. Camino Ghosts by John Grisham

3. The Exchange: After the Firm by John Grisham

4. The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride

5. A Calamity of Souls by David Baldacci

6. Funny Story by Emily Henry

7. Resurrection Walk by Michael Connelly

8. Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin

9. None of This is True: A Novel by Lisa Jewell

10. North Woods: A Novel by Daniel Mason (Daniel Philippe)

Top 10 Children’s

1. Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

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

3 Baby-Sitters Little Sister by Katy Farina

4. Cat Kid Comic Club by Dav Pilkey

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

6. CatStronauts by Drew Brockington

7. Pizza and Taco by Stephen Shaskan

8. Plants vs. Zombies by Paul Tobin

9. Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi

10. Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm

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

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

Just email to: editor@stunewsnewport.com

Celebrate and enjoy your birthday!

June 4: Marilyn Gilmore Gust

June 5: Kevin Sanchez, Qierre McGlory

June 6: Bill Cote, Jennifer Smith, Rita Bradley

June 7: Aditi Sharma, Beverly McKeehan, Jenelle Bader, Jennifer Handy, Julie D. Summers, Sharran Srivatsaa, Sophia Rangel

June 8: Jack V. Kroul (100 yrs. – 2024), John Bois, Rafael Suleiman, Shari Ten Eyck

June 9: Blake Davis, Katherine Daigle, Nancy Osco, Tim Stoaks

June 10: Bob Knapp, Cathy Wagner, Cindy Southwestoc, Maureen Davison, Patty W. Carpenter, Ronnie Guyer, Steve Kalatschan

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Celebrate Black Music Month with Summer Sounds on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza

Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents the return of their highly anticipated Summer Sounds concert series on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza on Fridays throughout the months of June and July. Featuring a line-up of Southern California’s most eclectic artists and DJs, audiences can spend the warm summer nights alongside family and friends supporting local artists at this free, all-ages event. From salsa to soul, and everything in between, their line-up promises a musical journey that caters to every taste.

Throughout June, the Center is celebrating Black Music Month, showcasing the immense talent and cultural contributions of Black artists. Experience the rich diversity, influence and creativity of Black musicians and be inspired by their dynamic performances.

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South Side Symphony

All events are free with the new Plaza Pass and will take place on Friday evenings from June 7-21 and July 12-26 from 6:30-9 p.m.

Plaza Pass is a free digital pass for individuals over 18 years old to access free events on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. No additional tickets or RSVPs are required. Just pull up your Plaza Pass from your Apple Wallet or Google Wallet when you arrive at the entrance, and their ushers will scan you in. Sign up once and gain access to tons of concerts, dance classes and cultural festivals all year long.

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Enjoying the music

This is a casual outdoor concert in an open plaza with limited seating. Don’t forget to grab your lawn chairs, blankets and sweaters to enjoy the show comfortably. Seating location is unassigned and first come, first served.

Indulge your taste buds with delicious offerings from local food trucks and their outdoor restaurant George’s Café, serving up a variety of dinner and drink options from gourmet bites to refreshing beverages. Guests are also welcome to pack picnic baskets with their favorite snacks and refreshments, however no outside alcohol, glass containers, tables, barbecues and food preparation are permitted on the Plaza.

Summer Sounds 2024 Lineup:

Boogaloo Assassins on Friday, June 7

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Boogaloo Assassins tonight – June 7

Boogaloo Assassins are a Southern Californian-based 12-piece orquesta specializing in original Latin boogaloo, salsa and Latin soul. A Los Angeles institution, Boogaloo Assassins’ debut record Old Love Dies Hard celebrated its 10-year anniversary re-release on Nu-Tone Recordings in 2023.

J Boykin & Friends on Friday, June 14

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J Boykin & Friends – June 14

J Boykin’s journey as a saxophone artist began at a young age; gifted with a natural talent and an innate passion for music, he quickly became enamored with the expressive power of the saxophone. His ability to effortlessly navigate the complexities of jazz, blues and funk captivated listeners, earning him accolades and recognition within the music industry.

V.C.R ft. Soulquest with Ill Camille, Iman Europe & Swarvy on Friday, June 21

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V.C.R. – June 21

V.C.R., born Veronica Camille Ratliff, is a world-class multidisciplinary singer-songwriter, composer, violinist and published author. The Memphis-bred recording artist blends cathartic lyrics combined with powerhouse vocals that entrance the listener and leaves them breathless. As a storyteller, this transcendental soul-singer uses amalgamations of her rich southern gospel roots and classical orchestral training to produce songs rooted in vulnerability and truth. Soulquest is a dynamic music collective comprised of members V.C.R, Ill Camille, Iman Europe and Swarvy.

Undecided Future on Friday, July 12

Undecided Future – July 12

Based in Southern California, Undecided Future is a revolutionary Pop-Soul group re-paving the way for live entertainment. With their musical influences ranging across the board, UF puts on a show like no other. Gaining the trust and knowledge from many people in the industry, UF has worked with some of the greats, including Jason Derulo, Dr. Dre and Dem Jointz.

Maria Sanchez & The Midnight Groove on Friday, July 19

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Maria Sanchez & The Midnight Groove – July 19

Maria Sanchez, also known as Groovy MS, is a Chicana artist from Riverside, Calif. Her sound perfectly encapsulates “That Soulful Love Type of Music” with a blend of her favorite genres: oldies, soul and funk. Through her music as a singer-songwriter, she aims to create a sense of tranquility and nostalgia that allows one to reminisce. In late 2022, Sanche formed her live band, The Midnight Groove, which consists of the following talented musicians: Jasmine Sanchez (vocals), Esteban Reynaga (guitar), Robert Acosta (drums), Vincent Stevens (bass) and Jacob Sahagun (keys).

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Be in Newport Beach this summer

Dive into summer fun in Newport Beach! The City of Newport Beach Recreation & Senior Services Department has everything to make a splash from exciting classes and camps to epic leagues and community events.

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Take to the water

Kids of all ages can elevate their summer break with action-packed camps and classes:

–Score with local faves: Stay active with sports by EPC Playtime or soar through the air with Tumble-N-Kids gymnastics.

–Namaste with your mini-me: Bond in a Baby & Me Yoga class.

–Get messy and make memories: Unleash the inner artist in Messy, Messy Fun.

–Find their beat: Jam out with South Coast Music Together.

There’s plenty for adults to escape the heat or embrace the waves:

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Over the net?

–Brush up on your lingo: Learn a new language to impress your travel buddies.

–Find your groove: Keep your dance moves sizzling in a fun class.

–Catch a wave (or two): Shred the gnar with a killer surf camp.

Ready to register for a class? Click here for a full list of summer classes. Craving an unforgettable camp experience? There’s still time to snag a spot at campnewport.com.

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Sherman Library & Gardens to hold Carnivorous Plant Show & Sale

Sherman Library & Gardens is holding a Carnivorous Plant Show & Sale presented by Southern California Carnivorous Plant Enthusiasts, so plant lovers get ready for an exciting weekend on Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16 from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Southern California Carnivorous Plant Enthusiasts will be presenting a judged show of unique carnivorous plants from around the world. Members and vendors will be selling a wide range of plants and supplies providing quality materials to those interested in carnivorous plants – experienced and novice alike. Come with your questions for their experts and take home some tips to care for your new plants.

Events are free with Garden admission, so drop in.

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A carnivorous Sarracenia flava

Scheduled of Events:

Saturday, June 15

11:30 a.m. – Talk and Q&A: An Introduction to Carnivorous Plants

Everything you need to know about carnivorous plants. Take a look at what makes carnivorous plants different from other plants, as well as some of the common characteristics you might see within the different genera of carnivorous plants.

1 p.m. – Tour of the Sherman Carnivorous Bog

Horticulture Director Kyle Cheesborough gives a family-friendly introduction to the Sherman carnivorous plant collection and the specialist bog environment essential to its survival. Come and find out exactly which creatures these unique plants like to consume, and how they catch them.

Sunday, June 16

11:30 a.m. – Talk and Q&A: The Basics of Carnivorous Plant Care

Learn how to look after your new carnivorous plant. An introduction to the basic care principles of some of the most commonly available carnivorous plants. Come pick up some expert tips on watering, media, light and dormancy.

1 p.m. – Tour of the Sherman Carnivorous Bog

Horticulture Director Kyle Cheesborough gives a family-friendly introduction to the Sherman carnivorous plant collection and the specialist bog environment essential to its survival. Come and find out exactly which creatures these unique plants like to consume, and how they catch them.

Sherman Library & Gardens is 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. For more information, visit www.thesherman.org.

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Movie Mondays returns to the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza with favorite films under the stars

Segerstrom Center for the Arts has announced the return of Movie Mondays this summer on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza, providing free Movie Mondays 2024 opportunities for families to get together on Monday nights and enjoy a fabulous line-up of cinematic classics.

This year’s line-up will include The Muppet Movie on July 8, Pitch Perfect on July 15, Jurassic Park on July 22, 13 Going on 30 on July 29 and Back to the Future on August 5. So, grab your friends, family and popcorn, and enjoy a reel good time!

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Movie Monday, 2018

For more than 16 years, one of Segerstrom Center’s standout summer attractions has been the beloved Movie Mondays series. Taking place outdoors on Monday evenings throughout the summer season, these complimentary screenings under the starry sky have been delighting audiences since 2007. Whether you’re a devoted movie aficionado or simply seeking a lively evening out, Movie Mondays guarantees a diverse line-up of films that cater to patrons of all ages.

Movie showings begin at dusk (approx. 8 p.m.) on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza.

Guests are welcome to arrive at 5:30 p.m., with the movie starting at dusk (approximately 8 p.m.). Pre-show activities are available from 6-7:30 p.m. Seating will be first-come, first-served. Attendees are welcome to bring their own snacks, chairs, blankets or picnics. However, tables, BBQs, or large food set-ups are not permitted. Food trucks will be on site for meal purchases and George’’ Café will be open for beverage service. Outside alcohol is prohibited, but alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase at George’s Café for those ages 21 and above.

Closed captioning will be included at all showings.

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“The Muppet Movie”

July 8 – The Muppet Movie

Movie: The Muppet Movie (1979) Rating: G

Runtime: 97 minutes

Kermit and his newfound friends trek across America to find success in Hollywood, but a frog legs merchant is after Kermit.

Starring Jim Henson and Frank Oz

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“Pitch Perfect”

July 15 – Pitch Perfect

Movie: Pitch Perfect (2012) Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 112 minutes

Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining the a cappella group, The Bellas, as they take on their male rivals in a campus competition.

Starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Britney Snow

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“Jurassic Park”

July 22 – Jurassic Park

Movie: Jurassic Park (1993) Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 127 minutes

A paleontologist touring an almost complete theme park is tasked with protecting a couple of kids after a power failure causes the park’s cloned dinosaurs to run loose.

Starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum

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“13 Going on 30”

July 29 – 13 Going on 30

Movie: 13 Going on 30 (2004) Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 98 minutes

Unpopular schoolgirl Jenna Rink makes an unusual wish on her birthday. Miraculously, her wish comes true, and the 13-year-old Jenna wakes up the next day as a 30-year-old woman.

Starring Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo

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“Back to the Future”

August 5 – Back to the Future

Movie: Back to the Future (1985) Rating: PG

Runtime: 116 minutes

Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, Doc Brown.

Starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson

Free Event – No RSVP; No reservation is required.

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

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Pet of the Week

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

The shelter is delighted to announce that Priscilla, a 7-year-old dilute calico, is now available for addition. Priscilla is a special feline with a shy disposition, making her the ideal companion for a quiet, loving home.

Priscilla has captured the hearts of the shelter staff with her sweet and serene nature. She is particularly fond of having her head brushed. Due to her shy personality, Priscilla would thrive best in a single-cat household where she can be the sole focus of affection and attention.

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Meet Priscilla

Priscilla is currently on a weight loss journey. The shelter team has been working with her closely to ensure she maintains a healthy lifestyle. Her ideal adopter would be someone who appreciates a calm and quiet environment, and can offer her the patience and love she needs to feel secure. She would be a perfect fit for a household without other cats, where she can blossom into the affectionate companion she is meant to be.

Prospective adopters are encouraged to reach out to the shelter at 949.718.3454, or email aco@nbpd.org to schedule an appointment to meet her.

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

On their wish list of needs is poop bags.

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

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

Hey kids! Newport Beach Public Library (NBPL) announces a summer of free family activities, entertaining performances and an interactive reading challenge. From high-energy dance to interactive science programs, family crafts, prizes, books and much more. Stop by any location or check out their website to learn how you can join the fun! The program runs through July 27.

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

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

Summer Reading Challenge Opening Day

Start your summer of fun at any Newport Beach Public library location with a day of activities and crafts to kick off their annual Summer Reading Program.

High-Energy Dance: POWERHOUSE

Central Library: Tuesday, June 11 at 11 a.m.

Balboa Branch: Wednesday, June 12 at 3 p.m.

Mariners Branch: Saturday, June 15 at 11 a.m.

POWERHOUSE, a group of nationally recognized percussive dancers, combines innovative tap, precision clogging, Irish step and explosive stomp to create an interactive, unique and mesmerizing dance program.

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Get Wild About Animals with Doodlebugs at the Corona del Mar Library Branch

Doodlebugs: Wild About Animals

On Thursday, June 13 at Corona del Mar Branch Library, meet LIVE animals from around the world with Doodlebugs Animal Adventures! Learn some facts and see some amazing creatures in this interactive and educational program.

Desert Habitat Crafts

Central Library: Tuesday, June 18 at 11 a.m.

Balboa Branch: Wednesday, June 19 at 3 p.m.

Corona del Mar Branch: Thursday, June 20 at 3 p.m.

Mariners Branch: Saturday, June 22 at 11 a.m.

Desert crafts will be in bloom the week of June 16 at your favorite branch library. From critters to cacti, sand to sunshine, come and create your very own desert-themed crafts.

Dig Dug and Dino-mites

Central Library: Tuesday, June 25 at 11 a.m.

Balboa Branch: Wednesday, June 26 at 3 p.m.

Corona del Mar Branch: Thursday, June 27 at 3 p.m.

Mariners Branch: Saturday, June 29 at 11 a.m.

Meet Dig Dug and his Dino-friends as they go on a fun dinosaur adventure after awaking from a 65-million-year nap! Enjoy this interactive and engaging puppet show all about dinosaurs.

Under the Sea Crafts

Central Library: Tuesday, July 2 at 11 a.m.

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

Corona del Mar Branch: Friday, July 5 at 3 p.m.

Mariners Branch: Saturday, July 6 at 11 a.m.

Dive into your creativity with crafts inspired by deep-sea creatures and the majestic depths of the ocean.

Let’s Go Crazy for Chemistry

Central Library: Tuesday, July 9 at 11 a.m.

Balboa Branch: Wednesday, July 10 at 3 p.m.

Corona del Mar Branch: Thursday, July 11 at 3 p.m.

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

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

Forest Animal Crafts

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

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

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

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

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

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

Magic Show: Reading is Magic

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

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

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

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

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

Library branches:

–Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach

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

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

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

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

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Look what’s happening at Upper Newport Bay in June

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

Fridays, June 14, 21, 28 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.: Sow and Grow Fridays

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

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

Fridays, June 15, 22, 29 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.: Discover Upper Newport Bay Kayak Tour

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

Sundays, June 9, 16, 23, 30 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Community Days

On Sundays, join UNB as you tour the facility, including Shellmaker trail, and the teaching lab and aquatic lab. Learn about the Back Bay Science Center’s Educational Programs and how you can get more involved. There are fun, hands-on activities for kids. Pets are not allowed due to nesting season. You can also join by bike. There are bike racks in the back of the building by the touch tanks. Please do not ride your bike on the trails on the island.

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

Thursdays, June 13, 20, 27 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.: Community Days

More than 25,000 plants have been installed at UNB’s Big Canyon restoration site, and they would love your help protecting the new plantings from invasive plants. Invasive plants pose a huge threat to displacing native plant communities and wildlife at the Bay, second only to habitat loss. By removing invasive weeds, you will ensure the Big Canyon project site thrives with native plants for years to come. No prior plant ID/weeding experience is necessary. Minimum age: 14 years old. Minors must have a legal guardian present at all times. If you are interested in bringing out a large group of 15 or more, contact Chris Fabela at chris.fabela@newportbay.org for more information on how to sign up. Meet at 9 a.m. at the project site entrance. Google Maps will lead you astray, so look out for the map with directions that will be included in your confirmation email. From the parking location, the project site is a short five-minute walk into the canyon. Note: There are no restrooms at this location. Be sure to bring sunscreen, a hat and plenty of water. They also recommend wearing breathable clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty. Hand tools, shovels and gloves will be provided. All volunteers not yet fully vaccinated must wear a face mask while on the project site. Face masks are optional for fully vaccinated volunteers.

June 14 from 9-11 a.m.: Nature Journaling: Insects

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

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

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Summer is coming to ENC

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

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Billy Pinkerton is leading the Breathwork and Sound Bath workshop

Saturday, June 15: Breathwork and Sound Bath with Billy Pinkerton from 3-4:15 p.m.

Join ENC for a revitalizing breathwork and sound healing workshop, designed to foster harmony and wellness. This session will introduce you to the transformative power of breathwork, teaching you various techniques to control and utilize your breath for emotional release and physical relaxation. Benefits of breathwork include reduced stress, enhanced mental clarity and improved emotional resilience.

As a Sound Practitioner, Billy Pinkerton is skilled in utilizing a variety of healing instruments such as the didgeridoo, gong, handpan and crystal bowls. The combination of sound and breathwork has become his go-to practice. The integration of sound into all of his practices enhances the meditative experience, facilitating ease in mental relaxation. Pranayama has been a cornerstone of Pinkerton’s practice since his initial descent into yoga, leading him towards Kundalini Yoga and Breathwork. He recognizes the breath as the fundamental element in these disciplines and he has devoted himself to mastering breath control. For more information, tickets and to register, click here.

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Summer Nature Camps are being held June 17 through August 9

June 17-August 9: Summer Nature Camps

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

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

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

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

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

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Several bridges provide vantage points for taking in reserve vistas

Buck Gully Loop Hike: Come and explore the entire Buck Gully Reserve trail system on Tuesdays, June 18, Aug. 6 and Sept. 24 from 8-11:30 a.m. Beginning from the OASIS Senior Center, you’ll hike up through the almost three-mile length of the canyon, then along San Joaquin Hills Road for about a mile, stopping at Canyon Watch Park, where you will take in the panoramic view of the reserve and the Pacific coastline before descending back into the canyon along the Bobcat Trail. This hike is 6 miles; duration, 3.5 hours with high-moderate difficulty and conducted at a walking pace, approximately three miles per hour. It is geared to those 16+ years of age. This hike is free, but registration is required. Meet at the OASIS Senior Center auxiliary lot at 5th and Marguerite in Corona del Mar. Register at www.letsgooutside.org.

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

Buck Gully Upper Loop Evening Hike: Explore the richness of Buck Gully Reserve as you hike during the beautiful early evening hours on Tuesdays, July 9 and Aug. 20 from 4-6:30 p.m. The stream is running, and the rich plant and animal life are enjoying the cool, shady canyon making for an evening hike in a natural oasis amid the suburban surroundings. Walk along San Joaquin Hills Road, which overlooks Buck Gully for the first mile, then drop down into the canyon on the Bobcat Trail, looping back through the upper end of the gully along the Buck Gully Trail. This activity is conducted at a walking pace, approximately 3 miles per hour. The distance is 4 miles; duration, 2.5 hours with moderate difficulty. This hike is open to those 12+ years and older. This hike is free, but registration is required. Staging area is the Newport Coast Community Center at 6401 San Joaquin Hills Road. Register at www.letsgooutside.org.

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

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

Fourth Friday Habitat Restoration in Buck Gully on Fridays, June 28, July 26, Aug. 23 and Sept. 17 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Birds and other wildlife need healthy habitat to thrive. Simple things like planting native plants or removing non-native plants can greatly improve habitat for wildlife. You can be part of that positive impact while enjoying the beauty of Buck Gully. Come help with a variety of activities ranging from seed collection to weeding invasive plants. This activity takes place on sloped terrain and sturdy hiking boots are highly recommended. All training, tools and gloves will be provided to ensure your safety and comfort. Rattlesnakes are occasionally seen here and generally avoid people, but protective gear will be provided. Walking pace is approximately 3 mph with a distance of one to five miles and a duration of three hours. The difficulty is moderate. This is geared to 18 years+. Meet at the OASIS Senior Center auxiliary lot at 5th and Marguerite in Corona del Mar. Register at www.letsgooutside.org.

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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