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Volume 9, Issue 40  |  May 17, 2024

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Council OKs Balboa Peninsula fire station and library project design style, removal of landmark tree

Councilmembers voted 6-0 on Tuesday (May 14) for a cottage-style design and a layout that removes the public works storage at the library branch/fire station site, located at 100 and 110 East Balboa Blvd. The most discussed aspect of the project was the planned removal of a city-designated landmark tree…

National Police Week concludes, but the names of those who’ve given the ultimate sacrifice to our city live on forever

With a roll call for local fallen heroes, the week is designed to reflect on the sacrifices made by these valiant officers and all others who have laid down their lives in the line of duty…

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Police Association announces endorsements for City Council – Blom, Weber and Scarbrough

The race is on for the three open City Council seats this fall. Find out a bit about the candidates and why last week there came the shocker when the Newport Beach Police Association announced their endorsements…

And the burger voted BEST in Newport Beach is…

Chef Jamie Gwen, John Wortmann and Ray Jacobi met last week and did the tasting of the five finalists. The judges rated each burger on a variety of characteristics, including meat quality, presentation, taste and texture of the bun. And the winner is…





Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

National Police Week concludes, but the names of those who’ve given the ultimate sacrifice to our city live on forever

This week is a week for all of us to pause and give thanks to the Newport Beach Police Department, for the service they provide every hour, of every day. This week they observed National Police Week (May 12-18), solemnly remembering and honoring the brave officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for Newport Beach in the line of duty. According to the department, “Their courage, service and dedication to protecting our community will never be forgotten.”

Roll Call for Fallen Heroes: Officer John C. Marshall, End of Watch – September 29, 1962; Officer Robert J. Henry, End of Watch – April 13, 1995 and Sergeant Steven D. Van Horn, End of Watch – November 16, 1997.

“The week is designed to reflect on the sacrifices made by these valiant officers and all others who have laid down their lives in the line of duty. Their memory is honored by continuing to uphold the values each embodied: courage, integrity and an unwavering commitment to serve and protect,” said a department statement.

We have a lot to be thankful for!

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Speaking of our PD, they will host a mobile café on Saturday, May 25 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Java Bakery Café in the Bayside Shopping Center at 1064 Bayside Drive.

Mark it down and get out there to enjoy good coffee and good conversation with the men and women in blue.

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One question I’m repeatedly asked, “When is that sports meeting you and Laird (Hayes) host?”

First off, there’s a name for “that” meeting, Tackling Sports. But, in answer to the posed question, it’s held the third Tuesday of each month (next one being this Tuesday, May 21) at the OASIS Senior Center. And, OASIS has given us a bigger room because of the larger turnouts we’ve been getting.

The guest speakers joining us Tuesday are Charlie Buckingham and David Blackman.

First, Charlie: His credentials are more than impressive. Some of the highlights include several team national championships with NHHS and Georgetown University; multiple individual national titles across several disciplines and selection to the Intercollegiate Sailing Association All-American team each of his four years at Georgetown. He was also named Collegiate Sailor of the Year twice, in 2009 and 2011.

After graduating from Georgetown in 2011, Charlie joined the Sailing World Cup circuit, competing in the Olympic Men’s One Person Dinghy category, commonly known as the “Laser.”

He has participated in two Olympic games, won a bronze medal at the Pan Am Games, won multiple North American Championships, achieved podium finishes in several World Cup events, and was ranked the world’s #1 sailor in his discipline in the lead up to the Tokyo 2021 Olympics.

David, too, has exemplary accomplishments. He graduated from the NHYC’s Non-calm program into the championship-winning NHHS sailing team aboard Lasers, Laser IIs, Lido 14s, Santana 20s and just about anything for ocean racing.

In 1986, David accepted an appointment and nomination to the U.S. Naval Academy where he was a four-year letter winner, national team race champion and honorable mention all-American collegiate sailor in 1990.

Upon graduation, David earned a degree in Naval Architecture and a prestigious selection to the Navy SEALs. He successfully graduated Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Class 172 in February 1991 and subsequently joined SEAL Team ONE in Coronado, Calif. and qualified as a SEAL.

In 1993, David left the active duty Navy for the Reserves, married and returned home to Newport Beach.

Throughout the last 30 years, David remained active in sailing on national and international level with the Melges 24, Schock 35 and J105 classes, winning seasonal high point championships and competing against the likes of Dennis Conner, Dave Ulman and Vince Brunn in the prestigious Lipton Cup as NHYC’s designated skipper. He sailed with para-Olympic gold medalist Nick Scandone in the 1999 Melges24 Worlds at Long Beach, and most recently, David has been competing with the NHYC Grand Masters Team Racers.

At NHYC, David served on and as chairman of the Skipper Board during which he took part in the founding of the highly successful Newport Harbor Sailing Foundation supporting the participation of Newport Beach’s sailors in national and international competition.

From 2008 until 2023, David was selected and served as an international sailing umpire for various professional sailing regattas including the acts leading up to the 2013 America’s Cup, many men’s and women’s World Match Racing Championship regattas, including many Congressional Cup and Governors Cup regattas.

During the week, you’ll find David running his family’s jewelry store, Blackman Ltd. Jewelers in Lido.

Oh, that Blackman!

And just a reminder, our Tackling Sports is FREE to attend and runs from 3-4:30 p.m. It’s arguably the best deal in town! Laird and I hope to see you there.

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And as long as we’re talking about water sports, don’t forget that next Wednesday (May 22) is the Battle IN the Bay, where the NHHS girls and boys teams take on their counterparts at CdMHS in two games played IN the bay just southeast of Marina Park.

Come hungry…TK Burgers will have their food truck there and we’ve asked them to prepare for up to 400 burgers being sold. Don’t let us down.

The girls’ game begins at 3:30 p.m., followed by the boys around 4:30.

Admission is free.

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Tuesday (May 21), the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce celebrates the athletes from Newport Harbor High School, Corona del Mar High School and Sage Hill School for their superior achievements at the 61st Annual Athletic Awards Dinner.

Coaches of the Year from each school will also be honored.

The ticketed event will be held at The Pacific Club and feature Leah Amico, a three-time Olympic Gold Medalist of USA Softball, as the guest speaker.

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Two chambers, two mixers. First up is Wednesday, May 22 (5:30-7:30 p.m.), the CdM Chamber is holding one in the outdoor courtyard of Christie’s International Real Estate, hosted by Casey Lesher, at 2121 E. Coast Highway. Appetizers, refreshments, music, prize drawings and a chance to meet others. No RSVP is required.

The second one is the Newport Beach Chamber’s Sunset Mixer taking place on Thursday, May 23 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Balboa Fun Zone.

This one is sponsored by JP Morgan Chase & Co., with the food and no-host bar provided by Colette’s Catering Extraordinaire.

Prizes, rides and meeting others are planned for here too.

Chamber members are free; guests are $35. No RSVP is needed.

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Reminder…tomorrow (May 18) is the Second Love Newport Beach Volunteer Day. Forty projects to perhaps get a little dirty with will be happening around town for people to sign up for.

It’ll begin with a pre-project rally at the Newport Beach Civic Center which includes a free T-shirt, coffee and breakfast burrito from 8-9 a.m.

You may still sign up here.

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Council OKs Balboa Peninsula fire station and library project design style, removal of landmark tree

By SARA HALL

City Council this week unanimously approved a design style and layout for the planned replacement facility for the Balboa Peninsula library branch and fire station combination project.

Councilmembers voted 6-0 (Robyn Grant was absent) on Tuesday (May 14) for a cottage-style design and a layout that removes the public works storage at the site, located at 100 and 110 East Balboa Blvd.

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Renderings by COAR Design Group/Courtesy of City of Newport Beach

Concept renderings of the architectural style and layout option that council approved for the Balboa Branch library and fire station facility

The most discussed aspect of the project was the planned removal of a city-designated landmark tree, a blue gum eucalyptus. Nearly two dozen residents spoke at the meeting, most sharing passionate comments urging the council to keep the special tree, which serves as home to nesting blue herons.

Residents love the library and fire station, but they also love the trees, noted Councilmember Brad Avery.

“It’s a tough thing to lose,” he said. “You’re losing something, but you’re gaining something. It’s going to be a better facility for everyone.”

He asked that the trees be replaced with fairly fast-growing shade trees.

Although they haven’t decided on the species yet, they can choose trees that have broad canopies and are rapid growers, confirmed Kevin Pekar, the city’s parks and trees superintendent.

A lot of effort has gone into it and it’s a great project overall, Avery concluded.

The recommendation to remove the tree was primarily due to the increase in rot found in the tree when evaluated and the probable impact and disturbance to the tree and its roots that would occur in order to complete the much-needed replacement of the fire station and library.

“This is also, as you can imagine, not our first rodeo with discussing trees,” said Mayor Will O’Neill.

Also, over the past two decades, the city has added 684 more trees to the Balboa Peninsula than what previously existed, he added.

“This has been a city that obviously takes trees very seriously. Adding them matters; subtracting them requires study,” he said.

In this case, it’s been done twice, he added. The studies were conducted by an arborist the city has trusted in the past and has done commendable work. They can’t follow the word of people simply looking at the tree and claiming there’s no problem and that the arborist is wrong.

“We don’t have the luxury to do that because in the past we have had limbs fall on people, we have had limbs fall on property, we have had major problems with trees like this,” O’Neill said. “We can’t allow for a failure.”

They conduct the tests in the first place to ensure that they’re paying attention to potential safety concerns, he added. In this instance, when considering removal, they have to weigh the multiple tests showing an exponential growth in rot and the knowledge that this work has to be done.

“It’s not feasible for us to be trying to design around a tree that is not going to work going forward,” O’Neill said.

There are two existing landmark trees at the site, Pekar said, a blue gum eucalyptus and a Canary Island date palm.

There are also two other Canary Island date palms at the location, but they are not landmark trees as they likely were much smaller when the special tree list was incorporated, Pekar explained. There were previously two other landmark trees of this same species, he added, but they died from the fusarium wilt disease these palms are known to get and were removed.

The site also previously had two other landmark eucalyptus trees, which were removed due to decay, Pekar said. He noted that a follow-up review on the most recently removed tree confirmed the rotten trunk section identified by the tomography scan was evident in images, which proved that the wood was compromised. The tree was tested in December 2022 and again in August 2023, which showed an increase in decay from 17% to 43%.

The remaining blue gum eucalyptus tree was examined at the same time and detected rot increased from 2% to 7% during the nine-month period. They usually recommend removal of a tree at 30%, which is the industry standard, he added.

“This decay will continue to increase exponentially, given that same kind of rate. We’re expecting it to reach that threshold within about five years,” Pekar said.

The rot is irreversible, he added. The best way to decrease the spread is to keep the tree healthy and not disturb the site, Pekar explained, which would not be possible with this project. The roots under the building footprint and parking lot would be impacted, there would be root-pruning, a lack of consistent water and nutrients, and compacted soil from heavy equipment, he explained.

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Limited Release Wine Dinner, Grand Tasting and Champagne Brunch highlight Newport Beach Wine Festival

This Memorial Day weekend, Balboa Bay Resort kicks off the summer season with the return of the Newport Beach Wine Festival. Set against the waterfront backdrop of the luxury resort, the 19th Annual Newport Beach Festival will offer an impressive line-up of premium wineries and distributors, Veuve Clicquot Champagne Brunch, Justin Winery Limited Release Wine Dinner, world-class cuisine, live music and so much more over the three-day event.

“We look forward to this weekend all year long,” said Cindy Racco, managing director at Balboa Bay Resort and Club. “With our picturesque surroundings, it’s the ultimate destination to unwind with a glass of wine or explore a variety of spirits. We’re thrilled to host this extraordinary event once again.”

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Newport Beach Wine Festival returns Memorial Day weekend with special events

The ticketed event commences on Friday, May 24 with a Justin Winery Limited Release Wine Dinner, an exquisite four-course dinner hosted by Balboa Bay Resort’s Executive Chef Prabeen Prathapan and Master Sommelier Joseph Spellman. At this seated event, Justin will reveal for the first time its new wines from outside of Paso Robles – Sonoma County Chardonnay and Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Guests are in for a treat at this seated event within the resort’s Lighthouse Room, which offers sweeping views of Newport Harbor. Tickets begin at $215 and are available here.

On Saturday, May 25, the Newport Beach Wine & Spirits Festival will showcase a Grand Tasting of more than 40 of the resort’s favorite wine and spirits vendors, complemented by live music, bountiful buffet stations and breathtaking bay views. Participating vendors include DAOU, Whispering Angel, Flecha Azul, Macallan and more. The festival runs from 1-5 p.m. and will unfold in the Lighthouse Room, extending onto the boardwalk and Bayfront Lawn overlooking the marina, yachts and Lido Isle. Tickets start at $150 and are available here.

A Veuve Clicquot Champagne Brunch will conclude the weekend events. Held in the Lighthouse Room, the extravagant buffet will feature fresh seafood and caviar along with traditional brunch favorites, a carving station, an omelet station, and live music while Veuve Clicquot Champagne flows. Tickets start at $145 and are available here.

Guests reserving a room for the Wine Festival over Memorial Day Weekend will enjoy a 10% discount on guest room rates and a 10% discount on festival tickets. Tickets for each event are available at this link.

Balboa Bay Resort has partnered with luxury electric vehicle brand Lucid Motors to offer complimentary chauffeur rides from their Fashion Island studio. To RSVP for this service, visit this link. Due to limited parking, guests are encouraged to utilize this service as well as ride-sharing services.

For more information on the Newport Beach Wine & Spirits Festival at Balboa Bay Resort, visit www.balboabayresort.com. Stay up to date with Balboa Bay Resort by following @balboabayresort on Instagram.

Balboa Bay Resort is located at 1222 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

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Students at Lincoln Elementary vie to first compete in, then win, the coveted Geography Bee

The Geography Bee has been a beloved tradition for Lincoln Elementary students since it began in 2015. The idea originated with memories of teacher Jon Pardeon’s school days when a teacher used a timeline with maps in classroom discussions of history. It made the lessons come alive, he recalled.

This year, as the Geography Bee entered its 16th and final round focused on world capitals, just two students were left – sixth graders Nathan Gorman and Nathan Mercer. Their excitement and nervousness were visible to everyone watching. Gorman hopped in place a little, while Mercer wiggled.

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Front row (L-R) Nathan Mercer, Nathan Gorman and Ethan Jacobson join teacher Jon Pardeon

Teacher Pardeon nodded at 2019 Geography Bee winner and current Corona del Mar High School student Dania Obaidi to ask the first question.

But first, a little background. All interested fifth- or sixth-grade students at Lincoln are given study packets by their teachers starting in January. Pardeon incorporates elements of the National Geographic curriculum, art history, famous photographs, state senators and United States presidents to give students a well-rounded worldview.

“I wanted the Geography Bee to be challenging for the students, but I also wanted them to have fun,” Pardeon said.

A scheduled full-group study session gives students an overview of what to expect in the Geography Bee. Some students also met in their own groups to study together for the qualifying tests, which mainly consisted of blank maps. This year, 17 students qualified to ultimately compete.

“This is a highlight of our school year,” said Principal Kristin DeMicco. “These students have diligently studied for months for this big, exciting moment. It’s a unique learning experience, and the students truly support one another. I’m proud of all of them.”

Now, back to the action.

The students were quizzed by Pardeon and two past winners while two other winners from the 2023 Bee kept score.

Maps lined one wall, as students lined up with sheets of colored dot stickers. The rounds flew by, with the students sharing their knowledge of the world’s continents, countries and oceans, as well as the United States, while placing red, blue, or green dots on maps, often turning to Pardeon for confirmation once their hands were off the sticker. If a student missed the mark, he simply responded, “Good try.”

A screen was lowered for rounds focusing on art history, iconic photographs, historical landmarks and politicians. In keeping with the geography theme, students named where artworks were created and where they are located now.

Sixth grader Leo Nguyen whispered, “I know this one” as Katsushika Hokusai’s “The Great Wave of Kanagawa” appeared onscreen. He smiled as he correctly answered Tokyo, Japan, for the painting’s location then and now. Fellow sixth grader Shwaas Kurada bounced over to congratulate him as they waited for the next round.

Fifth grader Ethan Jacobson left the penultimate round as the third-place finisher. He smiled at his friends and wished them both luck. “I’m coming back next year, and I’m going to win,” he’d say later.

In the end, this year’s Geography Bee was won by Gorman, who was one of four champions from 2023. “I love geography and history, and the Geography Bee combines both of those things. It was fun competing last year, and this year was more exciting. I know I’ll be back to help next year,” he said.

Now that’s the way to get children interested in learning.

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Nostalgia in Newport

Photo series courtesy of Newport Beach Historical Society

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Courtesy of F.L. Lindeman

The west harbor entrance jetty is lined with spectators observing what appears to be either a swimming or paddleboard race. The Gillette house built in 1925 is visible on the left.

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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Ticket deadline is approaching for Newport Beach Historical Society Balboa Ferry Dinner

The deadline to purchase tickets for the Newport Beach Historical Society (NBHS) Balboa Ferry Dinner is Monday, May 20. The NBHS sends a big thank you to those who have already booked their spots.

You won’t want to miss this special dinner event hosted by the NBHS in collaboration with the iconic Balboa Ferry. Join this celebratory evening to fête the ferry’s incredible milestone – more than 100 years of journeys back and forth across the scenic waters of Newport Harbor. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 29 beginning at 6 p.m.

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Balboa Ferry, 1970s

The keynote speaker is Seymour Beek, the visionary behind the establishment of the Balboa Ferry, who will share memories and stories from the past and his vision of the ferry’s future.

Attendees can participate in an exciting drawing with fabulous prizes to be won. Some notable prizes include gift certificates to iconic Newport Beach restaurants and small businesses, ferry rides, ferry memorabilia and more.

To listen to tales of joy and adventure shared by generations, and commemorate the ferry’s monumental achievement of serving our community for more than a century, purchase tickets here. Cost: NBHS Members, $60; General Admission, $75.

Casual evening attire is recommended. All proceeds benefit the NBHS.

Festivities take place at the Balboa Pavilion Grand Ballroom located at 400 Main St., Newport Beach.

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Dive into summer fun at Newport Dunes this Memorial Day weekend

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort has announced the summer launch of its largest Inflatable Aquatic Park yet, along with the Tunes at the Dunes live entertainment series. The summer fun continues with outdoor movie screenings and a variety of family-friendly outdoor activities, all starting on Memorial Day weekend, May 24-26.

“Kickstart your summer at Newport Dunes this Memorial Day weekend, where families have gathered for more than six decades to enjoy outdoor recreation and create cherished memories,” said Phil Ravenna, general manager of Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina. “Dive into adventure at our Inflatable Aquatic Park or cruise Newport Harbor with friends or family in one of our 21-foot electric Duffy boats. For the ultimate summer glamping getaway, camp at one of our RV or tent sites, or relax in a quaint cottage by the bay. Newport Dunes promises an unforgettable experience for all.”

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Photos courtesy of Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort

Inflatable Aquatic Park at the Newport Dunes

Make a Splash at the Inflatable Aquatic Park

Unleash your inner thrill-seeker at Newport Dunes’ recently enhanced Inflatable Aquatic Park, with the addition of four new inflatables. Explore a collection of more than 20 oversized inflatables, including a 17-foot slide, a floating trampoline, jungle gym, monkey bars, bouncers and slides. Fun for all ages, the inflatables are for adults and children older than 5 years. The Inflatable Aquatic Park will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. during the holiday weekend and daily through Labor Day weekend. Admission is $15 for resort guests and $20 for park visitors. Inflatable Aquatic Park reservations can be booked in person or online by visiting Newport Dunes’ online booking system.

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Tunes at the Dunes

Groove to Live Music at Tunes at the Dunes

Plan a day of fun in the sun and get your groove on at Tunes at the Dunes. This year’s series starts with a classic soul and blues performance by Family Style Band on Friday, May 24. On Saturday, May 25, rock out to the iconic sounds of ShowBiz Guys performing classic rock hits. Then, on Sunday, May 26, immerse yourself in the captivating surf reggae tunes brought to you by Cali Conscious, with an opening act by recent contestant on NBC’s The Voice, Kyle Schuesler. Indulge in delectable bites from local food trucks and sip on refreshing beverages from the full bar while enjoying the bay views. Admission to enjoy the beach and live entertainment is free and open to the public. Parking is available for $35 per car on holiday weekends, and gates open at 8 a.m. Tunes at the Dunes will continue on holiday weekends throughout the summer, including 4th of July and Labor Day weekends. To learn more about Tunes at the Dunes, click here.

Daytime Adventures and VIP Amenities

Explore Newport’s Back Bay during the day with activities including single and double-kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, pedal boats and 21-foot electric Duffy boats. Water sports summer rental hours are from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily beginning May 24. Water sports reservations can be booked by visiting Newport Dunes’ online booking system. Walk-up reservations are also available.

For those seeking a VIP experience, Newport Dunes offers private beach cabana rentals for the ultimate comfort. Overnight guests can also relax in poolside cabanas at the pool complex while enjoying the heated pools and spas. Reservations for private beach cabanas can be made onsite by visiting the Newport Dunes Market or by calling 949. 999.3180. Resort guests can reserve pool cabanas by calling 949.729.3863.

Movies at the Beach at Newport Dunes

Movies on the Beach

Experience the magic of outdoor cinema with Movies on the Beach at Newport Dunes. Gather your loved ones, grab your blankets and chairs to settle in for a cozy evening under the stars. Enjoy a showing of Luca (2021) rated PG on Friday, May 24 and Captain Marvel (2019) rated PG-13 on Saturday, May 25. Enjoy complimentary screenings of family-friendly films every Friday and Saturday night at dusk throughout the summer. Admission is free and parking rates apply.

Moe B’s Munchies

Newport Dunes’ walk-up bar and grill, Moe B’s Munchies, will also be open Memorial Day weekend, serving a menu of American favorites including hot dogs, pizza, sandwiches and salads along with snacks, beer, wine and signature cocktails. Sip on cold beverages at the scenic beach bar, dine on the beachfront patio, or take food to-go to relax with a serene picnic on the beach. Starting Wednesday, May 22, Moe B’s Munchies summer hours are Wednesdays through Thursdays from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Moe B’s Munchies will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27.

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina is located at 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.newportdunes.com.

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Women Supporting Women: Women’s giving circle raises over $120,000 for MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center’s New Melanoma Program

More than 90 members of Beauty In Grace women’s giving circle collectively raised $120,000 for the development of a new melanoma program at MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center. The nonprofit hospital plans to invest in technology such as intraoperative radiation therapy and provide screenings and educational offerings in the community to prevent, detect, and treat skin cancer.

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Photos by Paul Bennett

(L-R): MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center Foundation President Christy Ward, Bhavana Pathak, M.D., Saddleback Medical Center Medical Director of Women’s Health Services Michael Krychman, M.D., Saddleback Medical Center Medical Director of Gynecologic Oncology Priyal Dholakiya, M.D., Tanya Evans, M.D. and Saddleback Medical Center CEO Marcia Manker

Each year, Beauty In Grace members pool their $1,000+ contributions for a specific need at the medical center. Since 2016, Beauty In Grace has raised $682,000 in support of various women’s and children’s services, such as advanced MRI technology for diagnosing and treating breast cancer, and NicView video streaming equipment to allow families to log in and watch their babies from smartphones while newborns are being cared for in the Irma Feldcamp Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

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(L-R) Newport Beach resident Sarah Nederlander) and her mother Dawn Levine

In March, nearly 80 Beauty In Grace members gathered for a beautiful luncheon on the Grand Lawn of the Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach to celebrate their support of women’s health services at Sadleback Medical Center.

Members were treated to appetizers, champagne, and mocktails while mingling, and then were seated for a three-course lunch, hosted by Saddleback Medical Center Foundation.

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(L-R) Tanya Evans, M.D., and Young Han, M.D., resident of Newport Beach

A special guest panel, moderated by Saddleback Medical Center CEO Marcia Manker, discussed the topic of: “Beyond Wellness: Prevention, Survivorship, and Sexual Health.” The expert physicians specialize in areas related to women’s health, including dermatology, gynecology, oncology, hematology, menopause and sexual health.

Tanya Evans, M.D., spoke about skin protection and early cancer detection with regular examinations. Medical Director of Women’s Health Services Michael Krychman, M.D., talked about survivorship medicine and sexual health in the face of cancer treatments and other diseases.

Priyal Dholakiya, M.D., Medical Director of Gynecologic Oncology at Saddleback Medical Center, discussed the value of whole-person wellness and the importance of physicians considering many factors such as fertility, cosmetic, and financial concerns when recommending treatment options.

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Panel: (L-R), Tanya Evans, M.D., Saddleback Medical Center Medical Director of Gynecologic Oncology Priyal Dholakiya, M.D., Bhavana Pathak, M.D. and Saddleback Medical Center Medical Director of Women’s Health Services Michael Krychman, M.D.

Emphasizing the importance of integrative oncology and incorporating mindfulness-based practices, Bhavana Pathak, M.D., shared the benefits of using holistic strategies.

Manker highlighted Saddleback Medical Center’s focus on women’s health care with the building of the new Women’s Health Pavilion dedicated entirely to state-of-the-art support for women’s health and wellness and scheduled for completion this summer.

“Women are often the ones taking care of everyone else and putting themselves last,” said Manker. “Through our new Women’s Health Pavilion, we have provided the programs to empower women to optimize their health care and live the healthiest lives possible.”

Christy Ward, president, Saddleback Medical Center Foundation, expressed her deep appreciation for the ladies by stating, “It is a very powerful and moving sight to see such a dynamic group of women coming together to make a profound impact on women’s health care in Orange County. We are so grateful to our Beauty In Grace members for helping to create meaningful change and inspiring others to do the same.”

To learn more about Beauty In Grace or to become a member, contact Saddleback Medical Center Foundation at 949.452.3724 or smcf@memorialcare.org or visit www.memorialcare.org/BeautyInGrace.

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You Must Remember This: When I am governor

By NANCY GARDNER

When I am governor – oh, you didn’t know I was running? Yes.  Bowing to the requests of so many people (translation from Politalk – I woke up one night and thought it was a marvelous idea.) I am certainly considering a run. After all, it’s not like I’m inexperienced in government, having served two terms on city council, which is a lot more experience than some of my competitors will be able to point to.  As for my record while on council, it should be noted that a local columnist stated that I was the most fiscally conservative member of the council. The fact that he later went to prison for embezzlement in no way weakens that claim. Who knows numbers better than an embezzler?

Anyway, enough about me (further translation from Politalk – I will be sure and mention myself as often as possible.); one of my goals is to reform California’s state university system, but to fully understand the scope of my proposal we need to step back in time to a period in our state’s history, a good part of the 20th century, when the mission was to provide higher education to California students, and I highlight California. This was the world I grew up in, and it was a stress-free environment. You didn’t start worrying your freshman year of high school about college, because you knew that if you got a B average you could go to a state-funded university. You didn’t take prep classes for the PSAT. You just sat and took the test, knowing that a reasonable score along with your reasonable grades assured you of a place. In those days almost everyone I knew went to college in-state.  The only ones that didn’t had let their B average slip, and they went to Arizona State.

Compare it to today. The anxiety starts in the ninth grade if not before. At one point in time, a 4.0 was as good as you could get. Like everything else that has been inflated to the degree that a B can send students to bed for days, wondering how they can possibly get into a decent school with that horrible smirch on their record. As for the PSATs, they seem to require as much prep as an Everest climb with various practice courses and tutors, and taking the test multiple times. Students participate in every school activity that might burnish their application; they do community service for further burnishing, and after all that work – good grades, good test scores, good activity list – do they get into a UC? Probably not.

So, as governor, we will return to the past (which should get me lots of conservative votes). California students get first dibs at state-funded colleges (which should get me ALL the votes of parents of school age), but that’s just a first step.

When I am governor, the highest paid staff member at a UC will not be the football coach. It will be a Nobel laureate working on solutions to climate change. Sorry all you Bruins fans, but I’m pulling us out of big-time athletics. There will be no athletic scholarships, meaning we will no longer be prep schools for those aiming for a professional athletic career. As an ancillary benefit, this means all the kids playing soccer, baseball and all those other sports – they can go back to doing it just for fun, and their parents can back off on the pressure since athletic prominence won’t get their kids into school.  The lack of emphasis on athletics also means that a California student won’t be rejected in favor of some hot athlete from another state or even another country. However, a sound mind and a sound body is a good principle, and we will still have athletics, but they will be with student athletes, not the other way around. This means that the level of expertise displayed will not be what it was, but it doesn’t mean that sports won’t still be exciting since we will be playing teams at a similar level.

I recently watched a women’s water polo game between Brown and Harvard. I’m pretty sure my granddaughter’s Laguna Beach High School team could have beaten either side, but it was a close game and the fans were into it just as much as if it had been Stanford vs. USC.

This is just one of the legs of my platform, all of which are for the benefit of the people of our great state (final Politalk translation: When does the money start rolling in?).

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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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Newport Harbor Lawn Bowling Club holds first of two Open Houses

On Saturday, May 11, the Newport Harbor Lawn Bowling Club (NHLBC) held the first of two Open Houses.

Attendees from throughout the area came to learn of the amazing and fun sport of lawn bowling. Lunch was provided with help from Domino’s Pizza on East Coast Highway.

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The Open House included free lessons, food and fun

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NHLBC leadership team – (L-R): Andrew Dufresne, past president; Aileen Broccardo, board member and Greg Alexander, club president

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The NHLB Clubhouse. Posted around the club are 23 state flags, each home to at least one lawn bowling club across America.

According to Club President Greg Alexander, almost 50% of those who came joined the club. The NHLBC is the best bargain in town, with the Open House special of $200 for the entire year.

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After checking in, each guest was provided a set of four bowls and helpful, free instruction. Attendees enjoyed a great lunch from Domino’s Pizza.

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(L-R) Club member Jim White with guest Ken Krum and club member Jim Olsen

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(L-R) Tory Ruppert and Diana Wenzel served as the welcoming committee

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(L-R) Club member Brad Becker with two guests

The second Open House will be held this Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Come by and see what lawn bowling is all about.

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(L-R) Two guests with club member Anne Nunes

The NHLBC was established in 1939, originally next to the American Legion on the peninsula. Fifty years ago, they moved to their current location at the corner of San Joaquin Hills Road and Crown Drive in Corona del Mar. It is a 100% volunteer-run organization and a proud member of the Newport Beach community.

Newport Beach Lawn Bowling Club is located at 1550 Crown Drive North, Corona del Mar. For more information and membership opportunities, visit www.newportharborlbc.com.

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Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina presents Tunes at the Dunes Concert Series and Movies on the Beach

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort has announced the return of the beloved Tunes at the Dunes live waterfront concert series. Starting on Memorial Day weekend, May 24-26, and continuing on holiday weekends throughout the summer, including 4th of July and Labor Day weekends, this entertainment series promises an unforgettable beachfront experience for music lovers of all ages. Additionally, visitors can enjoy Movies on the Beach every Friday and Saturday night throughout the summer.

From soulful blues to classic rock and surf reggae tunes, Tunes at the Dunes offers a diverse line-up of talented local artists against the backdrop of the Upper Newport Back Bay. Enjoy bites from local food trucks and sip on refreshing beverages from the full bar while enjoying the views. Bring your beach chairs or floats and dance the night away at this family-friendly event.

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“Tunes at the Dunes” begins on Memorial Day Weekend

Admission to enjoy the beach and live entertainment is free and open to the public. Parking is available for $35 per car on holiday weekends, and gates open at 8 a.m. To learn more about Tunes at the Dunes, click here.

Tunes at the Dunes Schedule:

Music begins at 5 p.m.

May 24: Family Style (Blues, Soul, & Rock ‘n Roll)

May 25: ShowBizGuys (Classic Rock)

May 26: Cali Conscious (Surf Reggae)

July 4: Independence Day on the Back Bay – The Class (Oldies, Classic Rock and Top 40s)

July 5: Kelly Boyz Band (Country Rock)

July 6: Cubensis (Grateful Dead Tribute)

August 30: David Rosales (Country, Folk, Blues, Rock)

August 31: Jimmy’s Buffet (Jimmy Buffett Tribute)

September 1: DSB (Journey Tribute Band)

Movies at the Beach at Newport Dunes

Stick around after the concerts and experience the magic of outdoor cinema with Movies on the Beach at Newport Dunes, Friday and Saturday nights at dusk throughout the summer. Gather your loved ones, grab your blankets and chairs, and settle in for a cozy evening of family-friendly film screenings under the stars.

Admission to Movies on the Beach is free and open to the public. Parking rates apply. To learn more about Movies on the Beach, click here.

Movies on the Beach Schedule:

Movies begin at dusk.

May 17: The Incredibles (PG)

May 18: Valiant Featherweight Heroes (PG)

May 24: Luca (PG)

May 25: Captain Marvel (PG-13)

May 31: Monster’s Inc (G)

June 1: Tangled (PG)

June 7: Beethoven (PG)

June 8: Shrek 2 (PG)

June 14: The Princess Diaries (PG)

June 15: The Adventures of Milo and Otis (G)

June 21: Ice Age (PG)

June 22: The Adventures of Milo and Otis (G)

June 28: Soul (PG)

June 29: Cars (PG)

July 5: Sandlot (PG)

July 6: Captain America: The First Avenger (PG-13)

July 12: Avengers (PG-13)

July 13: Free Willy (PG)

July 19: Back to the Future (PG)

July 20: Happy Feet (PG)

July 26: Honey I Shrunk The Kids (PG)

July 27: Sing (PG)

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina is located at 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach. For more information, visit www.newportdunes.com.

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Sherman Library & Gardens to host evening lecture – The History of Two Moultons

Join Sherman Library & Gardens for an evening with Jennifer Keil, founding director of the Moulton Museum in Laguna Hills on Tuesday, May 17 from 7-8 p.m.

Come discover the fascinating history of Catherine Moulton and Nellie Gail Moulton, artist and owner of the Moulton Ranch in Aliso Viejo.

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Jennifer Keil

Keil will delve into these two leading ladies’ genealogical trees and showcase their photographs and memoirs. She will share the many arts and culture connections made by these two women and reveal fascinating newspapers articles to celebrate their many accomplishments.

Jennifer Keil earned her M.A. in Public and Oral History and specializes in archives, exhibition, digitization and design. She is the founding museum director of Moulton Museum and the past president (2019-21) of the Southwest Oral History Association.

Cost: Members $10; Non-Members $20. Seating is limited.

To reserve your space, register at www.thesherman.org, or call 949.673.2261.

Sherman Library & Gardens is located at 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

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Hello, Costa Mesa! Funny Girl is coming to the Segerstrom on May 28

Funny Girl, the sensational musical comedy revival, is coming to Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa for a limited two-week engagement from Tuesday, May 28 through June 9.

The touring production cast of Funny Girl features Grammy Award®-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester as Mrs. Brice, rising star Katerina McCrimmon as Fanny Brice, Stephen Mark Lukas as Nick Arnstein, Izaiah Montaque Harris as Eddie Ryan, Walter Coppage as Florenz Ziegfeld, Leah Platt as Emma/Mrs. Nadler, Cindy Chang as Mrs. Meeker, Eileen T’Kaye as Mrs. Strakosh and David Foley Jr. as Tom Keeney.

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Katerina McCrimmon as Fanny Brice in the National Touring Company of “Funny Girl”

The cast also includes Vinny Andaloro, Lamont Brown, Kate E. Cook, Jackson Grove, Alex Hartman, Dot Kelly, Ryan Lambert, Kathy Liu, Meghan Manning, Bryan Charles Moore, Sami Murphy, Emily Anne Nester, Hannah Shankman, Jordon Taylor, Rodney Thompson, Sean Thompson and Annaliese Wilbur.

The “vivacious and delightfully glitzy” (Vogue) Broadway revival features iconic songs, including “Don’t Rain On My Parade,” “I’m the Greatest Star” and “People.” Breaking box office records week after week and receiving unanimous raves on Broadway, this bittersweet comedy is the story of the indomitable Fanny Brice. As a girl from the Lower East Side who dreamed of a life on the stage, everyone told her she’d never be a star, but then something funny happened – she became one of the most beloved performers in history, shining brighter than the brightest lights of Broadway.

Funny Girl is directed by Tony® Award winner Michael Mayer (Thoroughly Modern Millie) and features the classic score by Tony, Grammy®, and Academy® Award winner Jule Styne and lyrics by Tony Award nominee and Grammy Award winner Bob Merrill, (comprising additional songs from Styne & Merrill). The original book by Isobel Lennart, from an original story by Lennart, is revised by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots, Newsies).

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A scene from “Funny Girl” which runs from May 28-June 9

Funny Girl features choreography by Ellenore Scott (Falsettos); tap choreography by Ayodele Casel; scenic design by Tony Award winner David Zinn (SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical); costume design by Tony Award winner Susan Hilferty (Wicked); lighting design by Tony Award winner Kevin Adams (Hedwig and the Angry Inch); sound design by Tony Award winner Brian Ronan (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) and Cody Spencer; hair and wig design by Campbell Young Associates; music supervision by Emmy Award winner Michael Rafter; casting by Jim Carnahan, CSA and Jason Thinger, CSA; orchestrations by Chris Walker; dance, vocal and incidental music arrangements by Alan Williams, and additional arrangements by David Dabbon and Carmel Dean. The associate director is Johanna McKeon; the associate choreographer is Jeffrey Gugliotti; the assistant director is Torya Beard and the assistant tap choreographer is Dre Torres.

The Funny Girl tour stage management team is led by Production Stage Manager Jovon E. Shuck and is supported by Stage Manager Mariah Young and Assistant Stage Manager Rachael Wilkin. The company management team is led by Company Manager Justin Sweeney with Associate Company Manager Ryan Mayfield. The tour music director/conductor is Elaine Davidson.

The Funny Girl tour is produced by NETworks Presentations in association with Sonia Friedman Productions, Scott Landis and David Babani.

Funny Girl takes the stage on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 pm.

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

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

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Regattas and Races…

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2024 Twilight Series – May Series

Balboa Yacht Club

Wednesday, May 15

H20 A Fleet (3 Sailed)

1 Blue Skies, BYC, Thorne/K. Thorne, 1-2-1=4

2 n/a, Wheeler, BYC, 2-1-2=5

H20 B Fleet (3 sailed)

1 Jubilee, Kincaid, BCYC, 1-3-1=5

2 Lucky Lady, Newman, BYC, 2-1-5=8

3 Adios, Bretschger/Bretschger, BYC, 3-2-4=9

4 Friday, Zorayan/David, LIYC, 4-5-2=11

5 Simpatica, Kimme/Carlson, BYC, 5-4-2=11

6 Chloe, Campbell, BYC, 7-7-7=21

H20 C Fleet (3 sailed)

1 Aquanesia, Wyatt/Haynes, BYC, 3-1-1=5

2 Dulce Viento, De Lis, BYC, 1-3-2=6

3 Lucky Puff, Robertson, BYC, 2-2-3=7

4 Spiritus, Grable/Vorona, BYC, 6-6-6=18

4 Independence, Ray, SSC, 6-6-6-18

Thistle Fleet (2 sailed)

1 Simmons/Ullmans, BYC, 3-1=4

2 White/Meyer, BCYC/LMVYC, 1-3=4

3 Larzelere, BYC, 2-2=4

ILCA Fleet (2 sailed)

1 Andrews, BYC, 2-1=3

2 R. Vandervort, BYC, 1-2=3

3 Bonsager, BYC, 6-6=12

3 Cook, BYC, 6-6=12

3 Hemphill, BYC, 6-6=12

Lido 14 A Fleet (2 sailed)

1 Papadopoulos, WSA-OC, 1-1=2

2 Lange/Mulcaire, ALYC, 2-2=4

3 Long/Biram, BYC, 4-4=8

Lido 14 B Fleet (2 sailed)

1 Fischbeck, BYC, 1-1=2

Adult Sabot A Fleet (2 sailed)

1 Lynch, BYC, 3-1=4

2 Jennings, BYC/NHYC, 1-4=5

3 Luttrell, BYC, 2-3=5

4 Kalscheur, BYC, 4-2=6

Adult Sabot B Fleet (2 sailed)

1 Stockman, BYC, 2-1=3

2 Ware, SSC, 1-2=3

3 Power, BYC, 6-6=12

3 Lindsey, BYC, 6-6=12

3 Harmon, BYC, 6-6=12

BCYC Taco Tuesday Series

Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club

Tuesday, May 14

PHRF A Fleet (2.6-mile course)

1 Amante, Richley, LIYC

Elapsed Time 0:33:51, Corrected Time 0:31:31

2 Legacy, Cooper, BCYC

Elapsed Time 0:38:15, Corrected Time 0:34:16

3 XLR8, Nistor, BCYC

Elapsed Time 0:38:51, Corrected Time 0:34:39

4 Table 9, Wolk, BYC

Elapsed Time ######

PHRF B Fleet (2.4-mile course)

1 Rhythm, Gooding, SBYRC

Elapsed Time 0:37:55, Corrected Time 0:33:21

2 Violetta, Hartley, BCYC

Elapsed Time 0:38:16, Corrected Time 0:33:50

3 Shadow, Fink, BCYC

Elapsed Time 0:38:59, Corrected Time 0:33:57

4 Lone Ranger, Ownership Group, NHYC

Elapsed Time 0:46:15, Corrected Time 0:39:34

5 Kaizen, Camerini, WSA-OC

Elapsed Time ######

PHRF C Fleet (1.7-mile course)

1 Buena Vista, Greene, ALYC

Elapsed Time 0:32:38, Corrected Time 0:28:45

2 Halcyon 3, Kafka, BCYC

Elapsed Time 0:37:37, Corrected Time 0:31:10

3 Ladies First, Reiter, BCYC

Elapsed Time 0:40:21, Corrected Time 0:36:09

H20A Fleet (3 races scored)

1 Shana’s Secret, Thompson/Conzelman, BCYC, 1-1-1=3

2 12, McDonald, NHYC, 2-2-2=6

3 D’Art, Deermount, NHYC, 3-3-3=9

H20B Fleet (3 races scored)

1 Jubilee, Yates/Kincaid, NHYC, 1-3-1=5

2 Kalani II, Ibbetson/Thornton, SYC, 2-2-2=6

3 Spirit, Haynes/Haynes, BCYC, 3-1-4=8

4 Mili’Apa, Watanabe/Sutherland, UCISA, 4-4-3=11

H20C Fleet (2 races scored)

1 Shazam, Alfano/Shinrock, ALYC, 1-3=4

2 Painfully Dry, Diercksmeier/Cohen, NHYC, 2-2=4

3 Aquanesia, Wyatt/Harmon, BYC, 4-1=5

4 Ocho, Turner/Wiese, NHYC, 3-4=7

5 Patriot, Paracchini/Prosser-Kelly, ALYC, 5-5=10

6 Rascal II, Bacon/Wyatt, BCYC, 6-6=12

ALYC Sundowner Series

American Legion Yacht Club

Monday, May 13

H20B (2 races scored)

1 Friday, Zorayan, LIYC, 2-1=3T

2 Jublilee, Kincaid, BCYC, 1-2=3T

H20C (2 races scored)

1 Patriot, Kelley, ALYC/WSAOC, 2-1=3

2 Hula Girl, Matheson, OASIS, 1-3=4

3 Shazam, Alfano, ALYC, 3-3=6

4 Summer Wind, Hirz, ALYC/BYC, 5-2=7

5 Tiki, Kelly, NHYC, 5-3=8

6 Ocho, Turner, NHYC, 7-3=10T

6 Independence, Ray, SSC, 7-3=10T

 J22 (2 races scored)

1 Pen #1, Choi, Marina Park Sailing, 1-2=3

2 Pen #4, Dromgoole, Marina Park Sailing, 3-1=4

3 Pen #6, Boullon, Marina Park Sailing, 4-3=7

PHRF A (2 races scored)

1 Kaizen, Camerini, WSA-OC, 1-2=3

3 XLR8, Nistor, BCYC, 3-1=4

2 Violetta, Hartley, BCYC, 2-3=5

4 Stella Maris, Barry, NHYC, 4-4=8

5 15, Ullman, BYC, 7-4=11

5 29, Darr, ALYC, 7-4=11

PHRF B (2 races scored)

1 Horsefeathers, J. Fuller, NHYC, 1-1=2

2 Carioca, B. Wine, ALYC, 2-2=4

3 Buena Vista, B. Green, ALYC, 3-3=6

4 Hobo Flats, L. Chappelear, TPC, 4-4=8

5 CELIA, Oconnor, ALYC, 8-5=13T

6 LaPaz, OSullivan, ALYC, 5-8=13T

7 Ladies First, Reiter, WSA-OC, ALYC, BCYC, 7-6=13T

8 Stanley’s Cup, Tutton, ALYC, 6-8=14

9 HOLOKAI, McElfresh, ALYC, 10-8=18

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

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Exchange Club of Newport Harbor presents Field of Honor

This year, the 15th Annual Field of Honor presented by the Exchange Club of Newport Harbor, will commemorate both Armed Forces Day (May 18) and Memorial Day (May 27), and will run from Friday, May 17 through Monday, May 27 at Castaways Park, on the corner of 16th Street and Dover Drive in Newport Beach.

This spectacular event, the posting of 1,776 large (3’ x 5’) American flags, displayed along the paths of beautiful Castaways Park overlooking Newport Harbor, honors armed forces members, past and present, and first responders who have served or are serving our country and our communities.

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Photos by Mary Hulbut

Many of the dedicated American flags throughout Castaways Park are decorated with yellow ribbons to share a story of honor and service

The Field of Honor will be on display every day. A flag may be dedicated in honor of an armed forces member or first responder, past or present, in any branch of service. For more information about how to dedicate a flag, visit their website at www.exchangeclubofnewportharbor.com. At the end of the event, each dedicated flag with its dedication ribbon may be claimed by the donor for private display.

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Veterans gather on a pathway lined with American Flags

Half of the net proceeds from the Field of Honor is distributed to organizations that support military members and their families. The remainder is allocated to programs which promote the prevention of child abuse, primary and secondary school programs within the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, educational scholarships and other charitable organizations in our community.

Admission to Castaways Park and to the display is free; donations are welcome and much appreciated.

Please join this storied community event to honor the past and present defenders of our freedom, safety, security and health, as you walk along the paths of the Field of Honor.

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On Campus: this week in high school athletics

Corona del Mar High School

Friday, May 17

12:15 p.m. – Boys Tennis vs. Saint Augustine at The Claremont Club in the CIF State Regionals

Saturday, May 18

TBA – Boys CIF Masters Track & Field Championships at Moorpark College

TBA – Girls CIF Masters Track & Field Championships at Moorpark College

6 p.m. – Boys Volleyball – winner of CdM/Loyola advances to play winner of Mira Costa /Torrey Pines) in Regional Final

Results

Tuesday, May 14

Boys Volleyball won at Huntington Beach, 3-2, in the CIF State Regionals

Newport Harbor High School

Results

Tuesday, May 14

Boys Volleyball lost at Torrey Pines, 3-0, in the CIF State Regionals

Pacifica Christian High School

Saturday, May 18

10 a.m. – Baseball vs. Azusa in the Finals in 2024 CIF-SS Division 8 Playoffs

10 a.m. – Boys CIF Masters Track & Field Championships at Moorpark College

10 a.m. – Girls CIF Masters Track & Field Championships at Moorpark College

Results

Tuesday, May 14

Baseball beat San Bernardino, 4-3, in the Semi Finals in 2024 CIF-SS Division 8 Playoffs

Sage Hill School

Results

Tuesday, May 14

Boys Volleyball lost to West Ranch, 3-1, in 2024 CIF SoCal Boys Volleyball Division III Championships

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NB Rec summer class registration opened May 16

Get ready for an exciting summer ahead! Registration for Newport Beach summer classes opened on Thursday, May 16. Keep an eye out for a copy of the latest “Newport Navigator” and be ready to head straight here to secure your spot.

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Courtesy of NB Recreation & Senior Services Dept.

Fun awaits for all ages this summer

From community events like the Movies in the Park series and 4th of July is For Families to classes for all ages and interests, Newport Beach Recreation has something for everyone to enjoy the summer sun, stay active, or just chill out while learning something new.

Registration for summer camps is already open at Camp Newport.

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School Notes

News and notes from our colleges and universities

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) has named two local students to their Winter (January-May) 2024 President’s List.

Those named are Collin Kachenmeister of Newport Coast and Robert Boroff of Newport Beach.

Full-time undergraduate students who have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.7 for the term are named to the list.

SNHU is a private, non-profit institution with a 91-year history of educating traditional-aged students and working adults offering approximately 200 accredited undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs, available online and on its 300-acre campus in Manchester, N.H.

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It’s a kids’ world during May at Newport Beach Public Library

Hey kids! Enjoy LEGO Saturdays and teen volunteer opportunities this month.

In addition, save the date for summer reading…

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Courtesy of NBPL

LEGO Saturdays

Drop into the Central Library Children’s Room between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 to create with LEGO! Get inspiration for your creations by spinning their LEGO challenge wheel and let your imagination run wild. No registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Funding is generously provided by the Friends of the Library.

Teen Volunteer Orientation: Season 2

Are you interested in being a Teen Volunteer at the library? Head over to Central Library on May 18 from 2-3 p.m. when they review the youth volunteer application process and discuss volunteer requirements/guidelines. Attendance is mandatory at one of the two volunteer orientation sessions for all teens who want to volunteer during the Summer Reading Program. Parents and teens ages 12-18 (grades 7-12) are encouraged to attend.

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Take the reading challenge this summer

Save the Date: Summer Reading is almost here

Join the library from June 8 through July 27 for a summer of free family activities, entertaining performances and a fun reading challenge! From high-energy dance performances to interactive science programs, family crafts and prizes for reading, each year their annual Summer Reading Program invites you to take part in an exciting summer of creativity, exploration and discovery.

Library branches:

–Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach

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

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

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

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

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A glimpse at Crystal Cove in May

Crystal Cove State Park has a variety of events in May. During the spring, the beaches and park are less crowded, providing the perfect opportunity to hike, explore and discover the flora and fauna, and take in picturesque ocean vistas.

Here is a glimpse at a few of the upcoming offerings.

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Photos courtesy of Crystal Cove State Park

Join a park naturalist on a Spring Bird Walk on May 18 and you may spot a gnatcatcher, roadrunner or osprey

Saturday, May 18: Spring Bird Walk from 8-10 a.m.

The birds are twitterpated and spring is an invigorating time to see “birds in love!” Crystal Cove State Park is a great spot to identify new species as well as seeing and hearing their resident avian friends like California Gnatcatchers, Greater Roadrunners and Osprey. Come join a park naturalist for an easy Spring Bird Walk along Moro Canyon. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground). $15 day use fee.

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Explore the coastal section of the park during a Beach Geology Tour on May 19

Sunday, May 19: Beachfront Geology Tour from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Crystal Cove State Park is hosting a Beachfront Geology Tour along the coastal section of the park to explore 125,000-year-old deposits of elevated beach sand, cobbles and hundreds of fossil clams which can be observed in place 80 ft. up near the top of the sea cliff or as broken rocks on the beach below. You’ll also talk about the huge boulders strewn across the beach which reveal evidence of a different geologic time. Meet at the Los Trancos lot at the trailer (PCH turn inland at stoplight “Los Trancos”). $15 day use fee.

Friday, May 24: Full Moon Hike from 7:45-10 p.m.

Explore the Park After Dark, on a guided interpretive two-hour, four-mile Full Moon Hike at Crystal Cove State Park. A park naturalist will lead hikers on this moderate to difficult loop trail with uneven terrain and a steep uphill climb, elevation gain of 600 ft. This hike is suitable for ages 10 and up. Hikers must wear sturdy shoes, bring water, a snack and dress in layers. Bring a red flashlight, but if you don’t have one, they will have plenty to share. Meet at the Ranger Station (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow the signs to the Ranger Station). $5 entrance fee. Please RSVP to Lets Go Outside at https://letsgooutside.org.

Speaker event with Rich German, founder of Project O: Tuesday, May 28 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

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Rich German, founder of Project O

Join Crystal Cove Conservancy as they fall even more in love with the ocean during a special speaker event featuring marine conservation advocate and founder of Project O, Rich German.

Guests will enjoy a special presentation and Q&A conversation with German, as he highlights the ocean’s beauty and its marine life as seen through his eyes, while also sharing about the perils our planet faces that impact humans. A post-event reception will be held for guests to mingle, as they enjoy complimentary lights bites and drinks on the Cottage Check-in Deck #35.

The event is free to attend, but RSVP is required, so register 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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Pacific Chorale to honor Artistic Director Emeritus John Alexander with Lifetime Achievement Award at Spring Gala

Capping its season with a grand flourish, Pacific Chorale fetes one of its own – Artistic Director Emeritus John Alexander – at its Spring Gala on Saturday, June 1, beginning at 4 p.m. at the Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. One of America’s most respected choral conductors, Alexander served as Pacific Chorale’s artistic director and conductor from 1972 through 2017. He will be honored with Pacific Chorale’s Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his exceptional career and legacy, including his outstanding contributions to the field of choral music as a conductor and pedagogue, his extraordinary commitment to Pacific Chorale, and his considerable influence on the arts in Orange County and beyond. Proceeds from the gala, which also celebrates Alexander’s 80th birthday, will benefit Pacific Chorale’s performances and music education and outreach programs throughout Orange County.

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Artistic Director Emeritus John Alexander

“John Alexander is a choral legend whose impact spans the globe,” said Pacific Chorale Board Chair Craig Springer. “He is also an indelible part of Pacific Chorale. During the 45 years he served the choir, which remains among the longest runs in American choral history, John shaped its artistry and essence, transforming it into the remarkable cultural beacon it is today.”

Alexander is one of America’s most respected choral conductors. His inspired leadership both on the podium and as an advocate for the advancement of the choral art has garnered national and international admiration and acclaim.

His long and distinguished conducting career has encompassed hundreds of choral and orchestral performances nationally and in 27 countries around the globe.

As the Artistic Director Emeritus of Pacific Chorale, Alexander served from 1972 through 2017. Under his direction, the organization grew to become one of the foremost symphonic choirs in the nation, enjoying 13 international tours; establishing productive artistic partnerships with Pacific Symphony and Segerstrom Center for the Arts; performing dozens of world and United States premieres and releasing numerous recordings.

The Spring Gala, which precedes Pacific Chorale’s season finale performance, includes a sumptuous dinner and silent auction. Guests are then welcome to attend the choir’s concert at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, followed by a celebratory post-concert party with a hosted bar, hors d’oeuvres and dessert back at the Westin South Coast Plaza. The concert program features Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Holst’s Psalm 148, Sarah Kirkland’s Snider’s Mass for the Endangered and the world premiere of Frank Ticheli’s Listen to the Silence, commissioned by Pacific Chorale. (Gala and concert tickets are sold separately.)

The Pacific Chorale Spring Gala is chaired by Susan Lindley. Committee members include Maria Hall-Brown, Barbara Kingsbury, Jan Landstrom, Carla Neeld, Pat Newton, Carl Porter, Beth Varney and Julie Virjee.

Pacific Chorale’s 2023-24 Season is made possible, in part, by generous support from Platinum Season Sponsor Phillip N. and Mary A. Lyons.

Gala Platinum Sponsors include Phillip N. and Mary A. Lyons, Salt-Away Products and The John Alexander Table. Gold Sponsors are John and Lori Loftus, Salt-Away Products and Charles and Ling Zhang.

The Westin South Coast Plaza is located at 686 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa.

The Grammy® Award-winning Pacific Chorale, led by Artistic Director Robert Istad, is an Orange County “treasure” with a “fresh viewpoint” that “can sing anything you put in front of it with polish, poise and tonal splendor.” (Orange County Register) It has risen to national prominence since its founding in 1968.

In addition to presenting its own concert series each season, Pacific Chorale enjoys a long-standing performance partnership with Pacific Symphony, including the choir’s highly anticipated Carnegie Hall debut in 2018. The chorus also regularly appears with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with which it won the 2022 Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance for its contribution to the live recording of Mahler: Symphony No. 8, Symphony of A Thousand, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, featuring Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, Los Angeles Master Chorale, National Children’s Chorus and Pacific Chorale.

Gala tickets ($300) and concert tickets ($28-$147) are sold separately. For more information, visit www.pacificchorale.org, or call 714.662.2345.

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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!

May 14: Anna Miller-Smith, Lilian Greengrass Spinney, Lyle Davis, Steele Platt, Summer Lynne Perry

May 15: Brian Cole, Chris Delfs, Michael Avila, Rob Bekken, Scott White, Velo Kins

May 16: Douglas Echelberger, Holly McDonald, Marcus Tellez, Rachel Perry, Serena Roberts

May 17: Ashley Patterson, Charlotte Lerner, Cora Campbell, Jim Dale, Nancy Pauley, Richard T. Cirelli

May 18: Adedayo Boluwatife, Donald A. Dix, Justine Amodeo, Laureline Orsetti, Maxine Fletcher

May 19: Jen Engevik, Steve Bender

May 20: Carmen Smith, Chuck DeVore, Jodie Conneely, Keith Bohr, Kirk Bauermeister, Lee Beerey

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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. Knife: Meditations After an Attempted Murder by Salman Rushdie

2. Oath and Honor: A Memoir and a Warning by Liz Cheney

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

4. The Wide Wide Sea: The Final, Fateful Voyage of Captain James Cook by Hampton Sides

5. Ascent to Power: How Truman Emerged From Roosevelt’s Shadow and Remade the World by David L. Roll

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

7. Attack From Within: How Disinformation is Sabotaging America by Barbara McQuade

8. Blood Money: Why the Powerful Turn a Blind Eye to China Killing Americans by Peter Schweizer

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

10. Cooking in Real Life: Delicious & Doable Recipes for Every Day by Lidey Heuck

Top 10 Fiction

1. The Women by Kristin Hannah

2. The Edge by David Baldacci

3. The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride

4. Toxic Prey by John Sandford

5. The Exchange: After the Firm by John Grisham

6. The Five-Star Weekend by Elin Hilderbrand

7. Hello Beautiful: A Novel by Ann Napolitano

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

9. The Covenant of Water: A Novel by Abraham Verghese

10. Tom Lake: A Novel by Ann Patchett

Top 10 Children’s

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

2. Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

3. Plants vs. Zombies by Paul Tobin

4. Wing of Fire: The Graphic Novel by Tui Sutherland

5. Baby-Sitters Little Sister by Katy Farina

6. Dragon Kingdom of Wrenly by Jordan Quinn

7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney

9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Diper Överlöad by Jeff Kinney

10. Happy Pig Day by Mo Willems

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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 introduce Pumpkin, a charming 2-year-old orange male cat, who is now available for adoption. Pumpkin, with his friendly demeanor is an ideal addition to any household seeking a furry companion.

Courtesy of the Newport Beach Animal Shelter

Meet Pumpkin

This affectionate feline not only brings warmth and joy but also gets along famously with other cats, making him an excellent choice for multi-pet households. Having undergone recent dental care, Pumpkin is in excellent health and is ready to embark on new adventures with his forever family.

If you are interested in meeting Pumpkin, please contact the shelter at 949.718.3454 or email aco@nbpd.org to schedule an appointment.

The shelter does require completed application forms for their animals, so simply print one up from their non-profit’s webpage at 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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SCFTA celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride festivities: Love Knows No Bounds!

In commemoration of LGBTQ+ Pride Month in June, Segerstrom Center for the Arts (SCFTA) proudly presents a diverse array of special events and performances, all dedicated to fostering a spirit of love and inclusivity for everyone – Love Knows No Bounds! From excellent live music and theater to colorful cocktails and infectious laughter, this line-up of events offers something for everyone to enjoy as this extraordinary month of unity is celebrated.

Kick off the month and delve into the rich tapestry of LGBTQ+ culture with Pride Live: Pride Anthems, a stirring journey through 50 years of anthems honoring the struggles and triumphs of the community on June 4-5 at 7:30 p.m. in Samueli Theater.

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Fun at the Plaza Prom on June 28

June 28, 7-10 p.m.

Plaza Prom on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza

Put on your best dancing shoes for Plaza Prom, a joyous night of inclusive celebration and a chance to relive prom under the stars on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. Don’t miss this opportunity on June 28 from 7-10 p.m. for an unforgettable night.

Get ready to dance, dazzle and celebrate love in all its colors at Plaza Prom: Pride! Join in on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza as light up the dance floor, strike a pose at the fabulous photo ops, witness jaw-dropping drag performances, and DIY your own corsage or boutonniere; Whether you’re rocking your fiercest fits or going full glam, this is your chance to relive your prom in the best way with friends and family by your side.

Keep the party going on July 10-14, and prepare to be entertained and enlightened by Dixie’s Tupperware Party, featuring the renowned Dixie Longate. Step into the world of satire as Dixie brings her unique brand of comedy and charm to Samueli Theater.

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Dixie’s Tupperware Party featuring Dixie Longate

Pride Celebration Line-up: Pride Live: Pride Anthems

June 4-5 at 7:30 p.m. at Samueli Theater

Join in as SCFTA celebrates Pride Month with a journey through the past 50 years of Pride Anthems. From Donna Summer and Queen to George Michael, Erasure, Madonna, Lady Gaga and much more, these essential songs take us from disco to the present day. The story of the fight for LGBTQ+ equality is linked to this music, which evokes the struggles, heartache and liberation of queer lives then and now.

Pride Anthems creates a vibrant musical experience that celebrates, inspires and commemorates the legacy and power of the Stonewall Riots, and takes you on a musical and cultural journey through the past 50 years to today. Starring, Natalie Joy Johnson, Kevin Smith Kirkwood and Jon-Michael Reese, with Musical Director Brian J. Nash, Pride Anthems is a show for all ages to come together in song and celebration of where the LGBTQ+ community has come from and how far it has come since Stonewall.

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(L-R) Natalie Joy Johnson, Kevin Smith Kirkwood and Jon-Michael Reese, Pride Anthems – June 4-5

Pride Anthems is produced in partnership with Pride Live. A portion of the proceeds benefit Pride Live and the Stonewall National Monument Visitors Center (SNMVC) which will open in June 2024.

To access information about all Segerstrom Center for the Arts pride events, visit www.scfta.org/pride.

June 4-5, 7:30 p.m.

Pride Live: Pride Anthem, tickets start at $89, Samueli Theater

Friday, June 28, 7-10 p.m.

Plaza Prom, tickets at $20 each, Julianne and George Argyros Plaza

July 10-14 with varying times

Dixie’s Tupperware Party. This show has ADULT CONTENT.

Tickets start at $39, Samueli Theater

Tickets available at the Box Office, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, online at www.scfta.org, or call 714.556.2787. For Group Sales, call 714.755.0236.

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

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City-wide volunteer “Love Newport Beach Day” happens on May 18

The 2nd Annual “Love Newport Beach Day” will be held on Saturday, May 18, and they are expecting the biggest turnout yet! In 2022, they saw more than 400+ volunteers come out to complete 40+ projects across the city from serving our bus drivers, encouraging the firefighters, beautifying our parks/beaches, and so much more. What a terrific opportunity for the whole community to work together to serve and make a difference in the city. As churches, businesses, nonprofits, and City Hall work together on this incredible day each year, the hope is that it connects us more with one another, creates more civic pride and concern, makes a difference in some very practical ways, and leads to ongoing involvement by volunteers in various nonprofits and organizations throughout the year.

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Photos courtesy of Love Newport

A Code Enforcement case with an overgrown yard received a lot of complaints from neighbors. They found out it was a single elderly woman who lived there and was completely overwhelmed by the upkeep of her home. Volunteers transformed the yard and gave her hope during a time where she felt complete hopelessness.

The Love Newport Beach Day starts off with a Morning Rally (8-9 a.m.) at the Civic Center where project leaders and volunteers gather for a big send off. This year they are aiming to provide 50+ project opportunities between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. scattered all over the city for people of all ages to participate in and make a difference.

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Volunteers blessed a 90-year-old neighbor by painting his worn-out fence

They need help with identifying projects – blessing a school, helping a neighbor in need, identifying a donation drive for a nonprofit, supporting a small business or homeowner with a cleanup, writing thank you notes, or notes of encouragement. Just look around and if something needs doing, submit your idea to contact@lovenewportbeachca.org.

Love Newport needs volunteers and Project Leaders. Good reliable project leaders are integral to making Love Newport Beach Day successful. Project Leaders will oversee a volunteer project.  They will communicate with volunteers leading up to the day, give clear instructions to volunteers during the project and create a fun working environment for all participants. If you, or people you know, would like to serve in this way, email contact@lovenewportbeachca.org.

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Volunteers created encouragement rocks to give to patients at Hoag Hospital

Love Newport needs sponsors. If you or your business can financially sponsor, your giving will go towards event costs (marketing, T-shirts, administrative support and supplies for projects). If you would be willing to sponsor with a Gift In Kind, consider giving the following:

–Breakfast Sponsor: coffee, water, pastries

–Restaurant Sponsor: offer a discount for volunteers on 5/18

–Print Sponsor: banners, yard signs, flyers

–Shirt Sponsor: 500 T-shirts

–Rally Sponsor: stage/sound system

There is no other event designed to collectively bring people together and impact the city like Love Newport Beach Day. Consider engaging at some level to support this one day, and to get a glimpse of what it looks like when the community strategically works together to impact our city.

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South Coast Repertory announces 2024-25 season

South Coast Repertory (Artistic Director David Ivers and Managing Director Paula Tomei) announced its 2024-25 season, featuring a line-up of three world premieres, a play written by a Pulitzer Prize winner and Orange County native, a Broadway cult classic, a mouth-watering children’s story, and the return of popular pianist and actor Hershey Felder.

“Our touchstone programming continues to thrive as we offer three world premieres, a commitment to our Theatre for Young Audiences and Families series, our annual holiday offering, a cult classic musical and a modern masterpiece all connected to the world around us,” Ivers said. “Join us for a season of breadth and scale as we continue to engage and entertain the world around us.”

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Richard Doyle as Ebenezer Scrooge from the 2023 production of “A Christmas Carol”

“Each offering in our season promises to not only entertain audiences but also give rich, diverse opportunities to connect with the stories and the artists who create them,” Tomei said. “This connection is what SCR is all about, and with the support of the audience, South Coast Repertory can continue making an impact in the Orange County community and beyond.”

The 2024-25 season begins with Little Shop of Horrors, book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, music by Alan Menken, based on the film by Roger Corman and screenplay by Charles Griffith. This pop-culture and Broadway favorite about a sneaky succulent’s quest for human blood runs September 21-October 19 on the Segerstrom Stage. Directed by Jenn Thompson, Little Shop of Horrors features a lively score bursting with the sounds of doo-wop and Motown.

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Playwright Noa Gardner (foreground) and the cast of the 2023 Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of “The Staircase”

The second season of the American Icons series follows with the world premiere of Joan by Daniel Goldstein. This year, SCR spotlights legendary comedian Joan Rivers, who made and remade her career through triumph and tragedy. Directed by Ivers, Joan takes you up close and personal with this edgy, fearless and loving American icon. It runs October 27-November 24 on the Julianne Argyros Stage.

A Christmas Carol, Orange County’s holiday tradition, returns for its 44th season November 30-December 24 with SCR Founding Member Richard Doyle once again picking up the top hat and red scarf as Ebenezer Scrooge. Jerry Patch adapted the Charles Dickens classic, directed by Hisa Takakuwa.

The new year begins with Wish You Were Here by Pulitzer Prize winner and Orange County native Sanaz Toossi. Running January 12-February 2, 2025 on the Julianne Argyros Stage, this enlightened comedy chronicles a decade of life in Iran, as five best friends become friends long lost, searching for the bond that once defined them. Mina Morita directs.

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 “Wish You Were Here” by playwright Sanaz Toossi, an Orange County native

A year after his wildly popular engagement, George Gershwin Alone, played to sold-out audiences, Hershey Felder returns to SCR with a new musical play – Rachmaninoff and the Tsar, book by Felder and directed by Trevor Hay. Running February 18-March 2, 2025 on the Segerstrom Stage, Felder plays composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff alongside Jonathan Silvestri in the role of Tsar Nicholas II. Featuring Rachmaninoff’s most beloved compositions, this promises to be another mystical, musical journey in the Hershey Felder style that audiences have come to know and love.

On March 3, 2025, Felder will give a one-night only, special presentation of his Great American Songbook Sing-Along, which takes audiences through 100 years of American music – beginning with Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, George and Ira Gershwin, Rogers and Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and more. The performance features Felder’s signature engaging style along with lots of audience participation.

SCR’s popular Theatre for Young Audiences and Families series takes the Julianne Argyros Stage on Feb. 28-March 16, 2025, with The Incredible Book Eating Boy, book by Madhuri Shekar, music by Christian Magbyand and lyrics by Christian Albright. Based on the book by Oliver Jeffers and directed by SCR’s Artistic/Audience Engagement Associate H. Adam Harris, this hilarious family musical tells the story of a young boy named Henry, who loves books, but doesn’t like reading them. He eats them, devouring knowledge with every bite.

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ENC offers May adventures as well as volunteer opportunities, summer camps

The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) and the ENC Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary have new opportunities each month – 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.

Here are some upcoming events for May (including a blood drive), in addition to volunteer opportunities and summer camp. Save the Date for their Summer Soiree on June 1.

ENC wants your blood! They are holding a Red Cross Blood drive on Tuesday, May 21 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Museum Building.

Every day, blood donors help patients of all ages: accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those battling cancer. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Approximately 29,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S. Visit the ENC on May 21 to help this worthy cause. They donate the use of their facility for blood drives a couple times of year, and they hope you’ll help as well. Schedule your donation here.

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A LIT volunteer is working with a youngster during an ENC craft project

ENC is looking for responsible high school students that love nature and working with children to be a part of the Leader in Training (LIT) program for their upcoming Summer Camps at the ENC in Newport Beach and at the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary in Modjeska Canyon. What is a Leader in Training? “LITs” are amazing high school students that help with Nature Camps. This is a perfect opportunity for volunteers who enjoy working with children to earn community service hours. Spend time with like-minded peers and gain experience and responsibility supervising young children. It provides an excellent experience to include on a resume or college application. Learn more and apply here.

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Summer Nature Camps are being held June 17 through August 9

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 info and to register, go here.

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Enjoy a fête in the forest at the ENC Summer Soiree

Save the Date: ENC Summer Soiree – Saturday, June 1 from 5-10 p.m.

Join ENC for a fantastic time under the stars at the ENC Summer Soirée. Begin your evening with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres streamside while enjoying live music. Take a stroll through the forest and check out trailside experiences and photo ops hosted by ENC Naturalists and ENC Nature Preschool Teachers. Dine under the stars on the ENC patio. Dance to live music. Bid in an exciting Live Auction. Round out the night with coffee and desserts…or a nightcap. Learn more and purchase tickets here. Table sponsorships are available. It will be a night to remember!

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

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

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Look what’s happening at Upper Newport Bay in May – Toddler Treks

May at Upper Newport Bay welcomes you to the outdoors with Toddler Treks. Come discover this ecological reserve (coastal wetland) that spans 752 acres.

May 17 and 24 from 10-11 a.m.: Toddler Treks

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Toddler Treks includes a storytime, age-appropriate hike and themed craft, geared for ages 2-5

Spending time outside is one of the best ways to nurture curiosity and instill a love of the natural world. Bring your young ones and join OC Parks staff to learn all about Upper Newport Bay. Toddler Treks is offered every Friday and includes a storytime, age-appropriate hike and themed craft. Each week will focus on a different topic that encourages young ones to learn about the outdoors. The program begins at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center. Program content is tailored for ages 2-5, but all are welcome to attend. Please wear comfortable attire and closed-toe shoes. Advance registration is required. Register here for Toddler Treks.

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

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

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Photos by Emily Spain

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

Buck Gully Upper Loop Evening Hike: Explore the richness of Buck Gully Reserve as you hike during the beautiful early evening hours on Tuesday, May 21 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 Tuesday, June 4 from 8-11:30 a.m., which facilitate exploration of the Buck Gully Reserve, and also provide viewing platforms from which to pause and observe the abundant life in and around the stream. The guided program starts with a short walk from the OASIS Senior Center to the beginning of the Buck Gully trail, offering a visually dramatic entrance into this special canyon. Open to those 16+ years and older. Conducted at a walking pace at approximately 3 miles per hour. Distance is 5 miles; duration is 3.5 hours with moderate difficulty. This hike is free, but registration is required. Meet at the OASIS Senior Center auxiliary lot at 5th and Marguerite in Corona del Mar. Register at www.letsgooutside.org.

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Several bridges provide vantage points for taking in reserve vistas

Buck Gully Loop Hike: Come and explore the entire Buck Gully Reserve trail system on Tuesday, June 18 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.

Fourth Friday Habitat Restoration in Buck Gully on Fridays, May 24 and June 28 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