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Volume 9, Issue 17  |  February 27, 2024

TOP HEADLINES THIS ISSUE

TOP STORIES THIS MONTH

Local wins on golf’s biggest stage, and boy, would his grandfather be proud!

Local Jake Knapp won the PGA’s $8 million Mexico Open, earning a Tour exemption through 2026, entry into the Masters, The Player’s Championship and more. His late grandfather Gordon (Gordo) would be proud…

Guest Column by State Senator Dave Min, 47th District

“Just over nine months ago, I made the worst mistake of my life. I decided to get behind the wheel of a car after having been drinking earlier in the night… I’m sorry. I know I made a reckless and stupid decision that night, and I also know I let so many people down…”

TOP STORIES THIS MONTH

Older NB resident seemingly sucker-punched on Coast Highway while out on a walk, suspect arrested

Steven Soliz, a 28-year-old Santa Ana resident, was arrested on suspicion of felony battery with serious bodily injury, elder abuse, for being under the influence of a narcotic and for obstructing a police officer…

Take Five: David Hoffman and his team reimagine iconic space

Bringing more than 30 years of luxury hospitality experience with him, David Hoffman took over as general manager of Pendry Newport Beach. Now that he has been at the helm for more than a year, Stu News was curious to find out what’s been happening since it opened in September 2023…




Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Local wins on golf’s biggest stage, and boy, would his grandfather be proud!

Back in the early 1990s I became friends with a guy from Costa Mesa who was somewhat legendary in his own right. Gordon Bowley was an emcee extraordinaire for many non-profit events around town and an absolute funny guy to everyone that knew him. He was a Hoag board member and active in a number of organizations in both Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. He was also perhaps the most instrumental individual in the local communities when it came to raising funds for and promoting youth sports (Costa Mesa United).

As the years began piling on, we became more than just friends, we became close friends. We served together on several local committees, participated in Rotary together, and when that no longer fit, we started our own spinoff group called CM 900.

He and I were even part of a group of guys that would travel a couple of times up to Idaho or Montana to go snowmobiling, or just hang out to have fun while getting away from it all for a few days.

Gordon knew my family and I knew his.

He had six grandsons…two of which played golf. Back when I started to play with both boys occasionally they didn’t put up much of a challenge. Of course, back then, Ryan and Jake Knapp were both probably under 10.

I remember Jake playing when his driver was close to being taller than he was. Gordo, as I called Gordon, would chuckle after Jake would purposely hit his ball in a nearby trap saying, “he thinks it’s fun hitting out of the sand.”

Well, he eventually got good at that and a lot of other aspects of the game.

Kids grow up…fast. By high school, Jake and Ryan were both better than good. They each successfully played collegiate golf; Ryan for OCC, then UCI, and Jake for UCLA.

I used to think that one of them would get to what golfers refer to as “the Big Dance” someday. Well, Jake Knapp finally did. But not without a somewhat long and bumpy battle.

My first real recollection of just how good his game was when as a 17-year-old Jake played in a U.S. Open qualifier at Newport Beach Country Club. The low pro on the day shot an impressive three-under 68. Jake, a junior at Estancia High School, shot 61. Yes, he won the qualifier by seven strokes.

After college, he played several years on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada, winning three times, but struggled to get his game to the next level, even returning home to take some odd jobs to get back on track.

Finally, several years ago he made it to the Korn Ferry Tour, the AAA minor leagues of the PGA Tour’s big show. Last year, he finished 13th on their Points List (top 30 get their PGA card).

During 2023, he had 10 top-10s, made 20 of 22 cuts and finished 10th in the Korn Ferry’s season-ending Tour Championship, and finished second in stroke avg. on the year at 68.61.

With all of that he was on to the PGA Tour for 2024. But, anyone that follows golf knows that lots of guys make it out there, but more often than not, they don’t last very long.

Anyway, Jake was off to see what he could do. He showed some promise shooting 65 in the second round of the Sony Open in Hawaii to open up 2024; he then finished third at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego a few weeks back, pocketing a tidy $477,000.

Still, most would say he faced an uphill climb.

Well, that all changed this past weekend. Playing in the PGA’s $8 million Mexico Open at Vidanta Vallarta, Vallarta, Mex., Jake, now 29 years old, led the tournament by four strokes after three rounds with a tournament tying record of -19.

He became the story of the Golf Channel’s and CBS’ TV coverage. And with that came huge pressures as the cameras followed his nearly every move. And although he didn’t necessarily show his best stuff over the final 18, he still managed an even-par 71 to win his first PGA Tour title (by two strokes), a huge silver trophy and a winner’s check of $1,458,000.

With the win comes a Tour exemption through 2026, entry into the Masters, the PGA, The Player’s Championship and more. It’s absolutely life-changing.

The only thing that would have made the story even better is that if his grandfather, my old friend Gordon, would have been on hand to witness the whole thing. Unfortunately, Gordon passed last April.

But Jake’s thoughts were never too far removed from Gordo, tattooing his grandfather’s initials inside his left bicep as a permanent reminder of him; and, he also regularly texted him, even after his passing, just as he always had to tell him what he accomplished that particular week on the golf course. Afterall, the Bowley/Knapp family was extremely close, ALL gathering EVERY week at Gordon and Carol’s home to share Sunday dinner together and catch up.

Those of us who know him know that Gordon was smiling somewhere in the heavens on Sunday; most probably reciting one of his favorite lines when sending his congrats to young Jake, lovingly saying, “It’s about time you hockey puck!”

B-t-w, remember earlier in this story that I also mentioned Jake’s brother Ryan and his very solid golf game? Well, Ryan is a seriously accomplished Costa Mesa real estate agent for Torelli Realty and is two-time defending Mesa Verde Country Club Men’s Club Champion.

Yes, it runs in the family!

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Speaking of sports accomplishments, the Boys’ Soccer team at Newport Harbor High School won the CIF-SS Division 2 Championship on Saturday, Feb. 24, beating Foothill, 4-3.

Well done!

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Sherman Library & Gardens will present their first of three spring plant and flower shows this weekend (Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and 4). First up is Joyful Flowers: Ikebana Show, from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.

Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging, expressed in a special way using balance, harmony and form. Ikebana uses everything that nature offers to make art including branches, leaves and flowers.

Families are invited to join in and make their own mini-ikebana box to take home. The sales area will also include kits, books, arrangements and bouquets to purchase.

The show will also feature an ikebana-inspired display created by the Sherman Library & Gardens horticulture team in the garden.

Garden admission is only $5, and always free for members.    

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If you’ve been looking for a place to go float your boat, more specifically moor it, the City of Newport Beach has introduced a new license program offering 16 onshore and offshore city-owned moorings to the public in a variety of sizes. Applications for the initial licenses will be accepted through March 1.

According to the city, “The new program is designed for vessel owners to lease moorings long-term without having to acquire a permit, sub-permit or mooring equipment.

“Monthly fees will be charged based on the size of the mooring, starting at $162 a month for an 18-ft. mooring. There is no cost to apply for one of the 16 new mooring leases.

“The licenses will be issued by random drawing from among the applications received by March 1. Assignments will be made based on the fit of available moorings to vessel size. Applicants who do not receive a mooring assignment in the initial drawing will be placed on a waiting list, as will applicants who submit after March 1.

“Successful applicants will be contacted after the drawing and have 14 days to execute a mooring license agreement.

“The mooring license application can be completed and submitted online via the city’s Virtual Connect application portal.”

For more information, visit www.newportbeachca.gov/harbor or contact the Harbor Department at harbormaster@newportbeachca.gov or 949.270.8159.

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B-t-w, lifelong Newport Beach resident and the only candidate so far for Newport Beach City Council, District 7, Sara Weber announced yesterday that she has raised more than $125,000 in her campaign’s first six weeks.

Sara added, “The support for my campaign’s vision and priorities has been humbling. Every supporter joins in my support for funding our police, building and maintaining core infrastructure, and safeguarding Newport Beach’s unique charm as an exceptional place for our children and the generations that will follow.”

Weber is a small business owner, wife and mother, and licensed CPA. She was born and raised here in Newport Beach, she attended Our Lady Queen of Angels Elementary School and Corona del Mar High School.

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Guest Column

Dave Min, 47th District

Member, California State Senate

A mistake that will never happen again

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State Senator Dave Min

Just over nine months ago, I made the worst mistake of my life. I decided to get behind the wheel of a car after having been drinking earlier in the night. And as you probably know, I was pulled over, arrested, and charged with driving under the influence.

I’m sorry. I know I made a reckless and stupid decision that night, and I also know I let so many people down, including my family. I screwed up. Big time.

But I also want to correct the record, because the attack ads flooding the TV screens and mailboxes of people who live in the 47th Congressional District are distorting this incident for political purposes.

First, I have never had any prior issues with alcohol or with law enforcement, other than a few traffic tickets. I’m an Eagle Scout, a father of three young kids, and former federal prosecutor. My young adult years in college, law school and for the first part of my career were spent in East Coast cities like Philadelphia and Boston where I didn’t need, or have, a car. When I relocated back to California, where I’d grown up, I was the father of an infant, and we had two more kids shortly after that. Drinking any amount of alcohol and driving was just not part of my life history until last year’s incident.

Second, I did not try to dispute the charges or get out of them. To the contrary, I accepted full responsibility and thanked the officers for doing their job. Having never been in this situation before, I had questions about the process, but as the officers noted in their report, I was cooperative and respectful, and I did not mention my role as a State Senator until after they had identified me as such.

Third, I immediately owned up to the incident, accepted full responsibility for it, and apologized as soon as I was able to the next day, in a public statement that was widely covered by the media. And you don’t need to just take my word for this. As the Los Angeles Times’ Editorial Board has described, “Min never treated [the DUI as a trivial incident]. He immediately made a straightforward public statement about his arrest and apologized. He didn’t try to make excuses or pretend that the arrest was unfair, overblown, or an attack on liberalism…More politicians who err badly should follow his example.”

This has been a sobering experience for me, literally and metaphorically. The worst and most embarrassing mistake of my life was amplified all over the news media and by political rivals. I know I have let so many people down.

But this mistake was not characteristic of who I am or what I have done with my life. I have served the public throughout my career, turning down higher paying jobs to try to make this country, and our community, better. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 2002, I went to work at the Securities and Exchange Commission because I wanted to crack down on corporate fraud after the Enron and Worldcom accounting scandals. I went on to serve as an economic policy advisor for Senator Schumer before coming back home to California to teach at what was then a brand new law school at UC Irvine that Erwin Chemerinsky had started. My wife Jane is still a full-time law professor there and directs the Domestic Violence Clinic, which has helped hundreds of survivors of abuse get the legal remedies they need.

A decade ago, going into politics was the furthest thing from my mind. Jane and I had dream jobs teaching at a top-tier law school and training the next generation of legal advocates. I had testified six times before Congress and my research had been cited in national media outlets like the New York Times and Washington Post. And we were so excited to raise our family here in Irvine and watch our kids grow up.

But I believe this country needs massive change. We need to restore economic opportunity, address massive generational challenges like climate change and gun violence, and we need to strengthen our democratic institutions and the rule of law, even as we are facing a growing movement of insurrectionists and white nationalists in this country. And at some point, I realized that I could be the change I wanted to see. And that is why I entered the political arena, flipping a seat from a well-established incumbent and winning my State Senate seat in 2020.

I have not been a politician for very long, but I do believe that at a time when public trust in our government is waning, we must stand up and model transparency, honesty and integrity. Whether or not you agree with me, I believe I have governed with the same values and priorities that I campaigned on. I have kept my promises. And my office and I have tried our best to be accessible, even to those who disagree with me and my legislative actions.

I have lived a very fortunate and blessed life, and as the son of Korean immigrants, I know I owe everything I have to this place and this set of ideals we call America. But I have also tried to live an honorable and good life, giving back to this country through public service and good works through my career.

And I hope that you will judge me by the totality of my life and actions, not just on the basis of my worst moment.

I am proud of the fact that even after my DUI, so many major organizations that I respect entrusted me with their formal support. The California Democratic Party, the California Labor Federation, the Los Angeles Times, Sierra Club, the California Teachers Association and Equality California are just a few of the many groups that have endorsed me following that incident.

I am also honored to be the only candidate in this race backed by law enforcement, including the endorsements of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Police Officers Research Association of California, which collectively represent peace officers in Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Seal Beach and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

And I am so grateful to the 150+ federal, state and local government leaders who have placed their trust in my campaign, including the incumbent who currently holds this seat, Congresswoman Katie Porter, as well as local elected officials from all of the cities in this area.

Those who know me or have interacted with me will attest to my honesty and integrity. As your State Senator, I have tried to model these same values. I am so deeply sorry for letting you down, but I promise you I will never make a mistake like this again.

(Sen. Dave Min was elected to office in 2020 and is presently running for re-election.)

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Light council agenda includes study session on city’s inclusion in statewide association, Lower Castaways Park committee, Balboa Yacht Basin marina design services

By SARA HALL

Newport Beach City Council has a light agenda tonight.

Although nothing is listed for discussion during regular business at tonight’s meeting (Tuesday, Feb. 27), there are a few interesting items during the study session and on the consent calendar, including: Review of the city’s membership in the League of California Cities; establishing a Lower Castaways Park Ad Hoc Committee; a professional agreement for Balboa Yacht Basin Marina design consulting services; Cultural Arts Grants for fiscal year 2023-24 and the fiscal year 2023-24 second quarter financial report.

During the study session, council will review the city’s membership in the League of California Cities.

At the January 23 council meeting, during matters which councilmembers have asked to be placed on a future agenda, Mayor Will O’Neill requested a study session to discuss whether the benefits of membership in the Cal Cities outweighs the “downside of Cal Cities’ consistent policy positions that contradict resolutions and priorities articulated by this City Council.” A straw vote of 7-0 brought the item back for a full discussion.

The association has 476 members, including Newport Beach for many years. Its primary activities include advocacy and education. Annual dues are based on population and are currently $24,800 for the city.

During the regular meeting tonight, O’Neill has another item he’s asking the council to consider placing on a future agenda: Consider forming an ad hoc committee to negotiate the terms of the Visit Newport Beach contract for destination marketing services.

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City Council will consider forming an ad hoc committee to look into the potential use of Lower Castaways Park

Later in the meeting, on the consent calendar (items considered routine and usually voted in one motion without discussion unless a councilmember pulls the item), council will consider establishing the Lower Castaways Park Ad Hoc Committee. Mayor Pro Tem Joe Stapleton, and councilmembers Robyn Grant and Noah Blom are identified in the staff report to serve on the committee.

At the council’s February 3 planning session, Stapleton mentioned making better use of the property. O’Neill suggested an ad hoc committee and noted that the group can work on what the vision is for the space.

According to the staff report, Lower Castaways Park is not identified in any plan for new improvements and/or recreational opportunities at this time.

If the item is approved tonight, the committee would work with staff and make a recommendation to the entire council regarding use or redevelopment plans for the park.

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The Week in Review

A weekly newsletter from City Manager Grace L. Leung

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Newport Beach City Manager Grace Leung

Community Members:

After many years of drought, our second year of healthy rainfall is a welcomed relief.

Orange County has recorded more than 15 inches of rainfall this season (since July 1, the beginning of the water year), compared to an average of about 13 inches.

The Orange County Water District reports that it successfully captured 25,500 acre-feet of water as of mid-February, equivalent to 8.3 billion gallons, which is enough water for 204,000 people for a year. This remarkable feat is accomplished through a network of percolation basins, pumps, inflatable dams and management of assets such as the Prado Dam.

Orange County’s groundwater system is a vital resource for Newport Beach and surrounding cities. The amount of water Newport Beach draws from the groundwater basin is increasing to 85% (the rest is imported from the Colorado River). As of January, Orange County’s groundwater basin is at 90% capacity, an increase of 22.7% from this time last year.

Even with an abundance of rainfall, Newport Beach remains committed to promoting water conservation as an ongoing practice. We encourage residents to continue mindful water habits during wet weather, such as turning off automatic sprinklers before and after rain. Residents can also invest in water barrels – with rebates from ocwatersmart.com – to capture and store rainwater for later use.

Through conservation, strategic water management and infrastructure investments, our region can become more resilient and help reduce the negative impacts of future dry spells.

City Manager, Grace K. Leung

New Data Dashboard Tracks Harbor Service Calls

The city’s Harbor Department launched an interactive digital map that tracks calls for service by location and type. The data is available to the public at this link.

Clicking the blue dots on the map reveals details on the calls for service. The map can also be filtered for specific types of service calls by selecting one or more of the categories.

Beginning in January, Harbor Department staff began capturing the latitude and longitude associated with received and initiated calls for service. The locations are mapped by a Geographic Information System (GIS). The initial data from January shows that service calls were concentrated heavily around Marina Park, public docks and pump-out stations at 15th, 19th, Fernando and Washington streets.

The Harbor Department will use this new tool to help refine patrol assignments and areas of focus for the benefit of the harbor community.

Other Newport Beach interactive GIS maps are available here.

Housing Element Draft EIR Available for Public Review

A draft report analyzing potential environmental impacts from the city’s General Plan Housing Element is available for public review and comment.

The draft environmental impact report (EIR) is required under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The EIR analyzes potential environmental impacts that may result from implementation of the adopted 6th Cycle Housing Element (2021-2029) in areas such as air quality, aesthetics, public services and transportation.

The report is available digitally at this link, and hard copy versions are available at City Hall (Bay B, 1st Floor) and in all city library branches.

The city’s Housing Element update is an ongoing effort that began in 2019. Learn more about the Housing Element implementation here and view a City Council Study Session presentation from February here.

The draft EIR is available for public review and comment through March 28. Planning Commission and City Council public hearings on the EIR will be this spring.

For questions or to submit comments, contact Principal Planner Ben Zdeba at 949.644.3253 or bzdeba@newportbeachca.gov.

Balboa Island Bridge Closures Finish Early

The Balboa Island bridge nightly closures have finished ahead of schedule, thanks to faster-than-anticipated construction activity.

The bridge was expected to be closed on weekday nights through February 29. However, the construction activity finished late (last) week.

The closures were related to utility undergrounding work being performed on the Island (Underground Utilities Assessment District No. 124 Phase 0).

Crews dug trenches and installed conduits across Marine Avenue and up to the bridge from the North Bayfront alley.

Vote Today! Online Poll for Next Civic Center Sculptures Now Open

The City of Newport Beach Arts Commission invites residents to vote on the final selection of sculptures for Phase IX of the rotating exhibition in Civic Center Park.

A public poll facilitated by Arts Orange County will be available online through Monday, March 11. The top 10 selected sculptures, along with three to five alternates, will be recommended to the Newport Beach City Council for installation. Selected sculptures will be featured for two years.

The online poll can be accessed at www.sparkoc.com/nb_sculpture_poll/.

For more information, call 949.717.3802, or email arts@newportbeachca.gov.

Register Now for the April 19 Youth Track Meet

Registration is now open for the 2024 Youth Track Meet of Champions on Friday, April 19 at Newport Harbor High School, 600 Irvine Ave.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to make memories with friends and a chance to compete for gold. Early bird registration ends on March 8.

For more information and to register, click here.

Be Well Mobile Crisis Response Update

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

(Last) week, the Be Well team:

–Transported three people to the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter.

–Transported a person to a substance use facility for treatment.

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

–Transported a person to a homeless services provider.

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

Homelessness Update

(Last) week, the city’s homeless outreach and response teams:

–Enrolled two people into services.

–Completed an application and referral to a family shelter.

–Completed a referral to the Yale Navigation Center.

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

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

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

On the Agenda: February 27 City Council Meeting

The next City Council meeting is tonight (Tuesday, Feb. 27). Items of interest are highlighted below. The entire agenda and reports can be viewed here.

A study session will begin at 4 p.m.:

–At the request of Mayor Will O’Neill, the City Council will review the city’s membership in the League of California Cities association and discuss concerns and benefits.

The regular meeting will begin at 5 p.m. Agenda items include:

–Establishment of an Ad Hoc Committee on Lower Castaways Park and appointing Mayor Pro Tem Joe Stapleton, Councilmember Robyn Grant and Councilmember Noah Blom to serve on the committee. The committee would work with staff and make recommendations to the City Council regarding expanded use or potential redevelopment of the park.

–Distribution of cultural arts grants for Fiscal Year 2023-24. Every year, the city distributes funds for specific cultural or artistic programs as approved by the City Council. The City Arts Commission reviews all requests and makes recommendations for funding to the council. The commission is recommending a total of $25,000 in funding for six organizations.

–Fiscal Year 2023-24 second quarter financial report. The Finance Department prepares quarterly financial reports to review the status of revenues and expenditures for the city’s General Fund and to monitor budgetary trends in other city funds.

This Week’s Events

Tuesday, Feb. 27

City Council Meeting

City Council Chambers

100 Civic Center Drive – 4 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 29

Zoning Administrator Meeting

Via Zoom – 10 a.m.

See Full Schedule

Editor’s Note: City Manager’s Updates was received Friday, Feb. 23 and is subject to editing so the information is current.

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VIP event to celebrate culinary excellence, fine wine and the art of the cocktail, featuring Master Chef Curtis Stone as event head chef

Prepare for the “Rolls-Royce” of food and wine events as NOBLEMAN Magazine founders, Doug and Lydia McLaughlin, present the highly anticipated NOBLE Wine & Dine Experience at the opulent Resort at Pelican Hill, in Newport Beach. This exclusive event promises to be an unparalleled fusion of delights, celebrity glamor and luxurious experiences, set against the breathtaking backdrop of Pelican Hill.

Headlining the culinary festivities is none other than the acclaimed Chef Curtis Stone, bringing his culinary prowess to the forefront as the event’s head chef. With 17 kilos of exquisite caviar from Sterling Caviar, attendees are in for a treat as they savor the finest and most decadent flavors curated by a master of the culinary arts.

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Chef Curtis Stone

Confirmed celebrity attendees include Mario Lopez, Joe Manganiello, Denise Richards, Teddi Mellencamp, Terry Crews, Audrina Patridge, Will Backmon and more.

Day 1 of the weekend sold out within two weeks, creating a buzz that reverberated through the community. However, there’s still a chance to secure your spot at the Grand Tasting on Day 2, Saturday, March 2 from 2-6 p.m., where a limited number of tickets are available for those eager to partake in this unparalleled experience.

Adding to the luxury of the weekend, Rolls-Royce joins as a proud partner, and guests can admire their latest creations including the all-new Spectre.

Elevating the experience for the most discerning food enthusiasts, Saturday will include an elevated 24-course grand tasting that proudly spotlights the culinary brilliance of 12 top chefs. Tastings will be paired with a distinguished variety of premium wines, caviar, spirits and craft cocktails.

This exceptional line-up solidifies the event as the epitome of California’s premier food and wine weekend, promising an unparalleled fusion of gastronomic delights and exquisite libations.

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The Resort at Pelican Hill provides the picturesque setting for the NOBLE Wine & Dine Experience

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this extraordinary weekend filled with culinary excellence, celebrity sightings and unparalleled luxury.

Tickets for Saturday’s Grand Tasting event are $349 for a limited number of all-access tickets with unlimited food and drinks, and are available at www.noblewineanddine.com. View the website for participating chefs and more information.

NOBLEMAN Magazine was founded in 2015 by Doug and Lydia McLaughlin. Headquartered in Newport Beach, NOBLEMAN Magazine is a quarterly luxury lifestyle publication that celebrates the art of the gentleman.

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CDM Home Tour celebrates 50 years; funds raised benefit exceptional school programs

The CDM Home Tour is scheduled for March 14. Due to the hard work and generous donations from the Home Tour, the CDM PTA can fund exceptional school programs. Since the first CDM Home Tour 50 years ago, the mission – to generate additional funds to keep pace with the modern world – has not changed.

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The CDM PTA can fund exceptional school programs with the proceeds for the Home Tour

Recent projects have included:

–Academic Program Support – 3D printers, classroom supplies, technology, classroom special programs, supplemental field trips, Academy of Global Studies (AGS), Engineering and Design Pathway and Performing & Multimedia Arts (PAMA) supplies.

–Student Support – Student rest areas for mental decompression and snacks, and emotional support dogs during finals.

–Sports & Arts Support – Sound systems for programs and events, awnings for sports areas, TVs in the gym, art supplies, cameras for Yearbook and ASB, and computers and video equipment for ASB, the CDM Marching Band (coming in fall).

–Campus Enhancements – Customized campus windscreens, banners and signage, murals on the gym exterior and furniture cleaning in student spaces.

–Student Incentives – End-of-year student awards, senior scholarships, on campus spirit and quarterly campus-wide snacks for students.

–Parent Programs – Speakers, Parent Book Club and a PTA Holiday Party.

–Administration Support – Specialized training and staff appreciation lunch.

This is only possible due to the support from their many sponsors, underwriters, advertisers, volunteers, donors and vendors. Thank you and here’s to another 50 years!

The CDM Home Tour is presented by VALIA Properties and Barclay Butera Interiors.

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Fast facts from Newport Beach Police to keep our community safe

A series courtesy of the Newport Beach Police Department

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Vehicle Security Reminders

Please consider implementing the following tips to avoid being the victim of a theft from your car.

–Do not leave valuables in your car. This includes purses, bags, backpacks, laptops, cash, keys, sports equipment, even sunglasses.

–If you must leave property in your vehicle, make sure you put it in the trunk or conceal it BEFORE you arrive at your destination.

–Always lock your car and roll up your windows – even when parking in your driveway or when you will only be gone a few minutes.

–Park your car in a well-lit area.

–If your vehicle has an alarm, always activate it!

–When parking outside of your garage, treat your garage door opener as if it were a key to your home and remove it from your vehicle.

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It’s a kids’ world kicks off March with fun events at Newport Beach Public Library

Hey kids! From a scavenger hunt, tracking your reading and an author event to a delightful King Fu Panda party, St. Patrick’s Day crafts and building a cardboard city, check out what’s happening in March at the Library.

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Search the Corona del Mar Branch for hidden photos and items – find them all and win a prize

Library Spy

From Thursday, March 1 through Saturday, March 16, what can you spy with your little eye? Search the library for hidden photos and items. Find them all and you’ll get a prize! Takes place at the Corona del Mar Branch.

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Track your reading through Beanstack and be entered for the opportunity to win a prize

Beanstalk Spring Challenge

On Saturday, March 1 through Tuesday, April 30, join the Spring Reading Challenge! Read every day during the months of March and April, track your reading through Beanstack and be entered for the opportunity to win a prize!

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Author Rachel Ignotofsky shares her new book, “What’s Inside a Bird’s Nest?” on March 9

Author Event

On Saturday, March 9 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at Central Library, children’s author, Rachel Ignotofsky, shares her new book, What’s Inside a Bird’s Nest? Ignotofsky crafts a stunningly illustrated read-out-loud with a touch of humor and compassion book, where readers learn about the birds that chirp outside their window, making it the perfect STEM book for children ages 6-11. Ignotosfky is the New York Times best-selling author and illustrator of such notable books as What’s Inside a Flower?, What’s Inside a Caterpillar Cocoon?, Women in Science, The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth and more. Takes place in the Children’s Room.

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Join a Kung Fu Panda Party on March 13

Kung Fu Panda Party

On Wednesday, March 13 from 3-4 p.m., celebrate the return of Po and friends with crafts and fun at the Balboa Branch.

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Share a bit of the Emerald Isle during an afternoon of St. Patrick’s Day crafts on March 14

St. Patrick’s Day Crafts

On Thursday, March 14 from 4-5 p.m., join the fun at Mariners Branch for St. Patrick’s Day crafts. Geared for ages 3+.

Cardboard City

On Tuesday, March 26 from 4-5 p.m., stretch your imagination by helping build a cardboard city. They’ll provide supplies, you bring your ideas + building skills! Geared for ages 5+.

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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Newport Beach – A Look Back

Photo series courtesy of Balboa Island Museum Newport Beach

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Inside Don Phillips’ The Original Frozen Banana, which first opened on the Peninsula in 1940

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

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Pacific Symphony announces 2024-25 Hal and Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation Classical Series, honoring Music Director Carl St.Clair’s 35 years of visionary leadership

Pacific Symphony has announced its 2024-25 season, the 35th anniversary season of Carl St.Clair’s tenure as the orchestra’s music director, the longest of any American-born conductor with a major American orchestra. Pacific Symphony’s 46th season and opening of the Hal and Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation Classical Series begins on Thursday, Sept. 26. Comprising 36 concerts as part of a 12-program subscription series, four Sunday Matinees, and four specials, the 2024-25 Classical Season presents wide-ranging selections of masterworks, treasured classics and exciting new discoveries. Over the course of the season, St.Clair leads works by composers he has championed at Pacific Symphony, and celebrates his relationship with the Symphony’s musicians by collaborating with gifted guest artists as soloists.

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Pacific Symphony Music Director Carl St.Clair

According to Pacific Symphony’s President and CEO John Forsyte, “Carl St.Clair’s 35th anniversary as the music director of Pacific Symphony will feature numerous exhilarating moments under his exceptional leadership. This is undoubtedly one of his most ambitious seasons and one that will generate great community excitement. Throughout his tenure, he has appointed the vast majority of musicians that occupy the tenured roster of this highly distinguished group of orchestral musicians. With the emotion of this season, they will undoubtedly add an extra dimension of energy to Carl’s musical choices that both reflect his artistic values and have animated his thrilling tenure.

“Throughout his remarkable 35-year journey, Carl’s musical passion has been a source of inspiration for both the artistic community and audiences. His inspiring commitment to Orange County is evident in the innovative programs he has curated, often featuring thematic designs, cultural context, choral-orchestral music and a focal point on American composers. This season is a feast of many highlights, and I hope patrons will join us for this extraordinary musical odyssey.”

“As we herald the 2024-25 season, it’s not just a celebration of the music we’ve cherished over the years, but a heartfelt homage to the enduring relationship I’ve shared with Pacific Symphony,” said Carl St.Clair. “This landmark 35th anniversary season is a testament to our collective journey – a tapestry of our shared experiences, our growth and our unyielding commitment to excellence. The musicians of Pacific Symphony are not just performers; they are the very heartbeat of our institution. This season is an expression of our gratitude to them and to our audience, as we continue to forge a legacy of artistic brilliance. I am immensely proud to serve as your music directorm and as we embark on this momentous season, I am eager to celebrate our past and present as we look to the exciting new vistas that lie ahead.”

2024-25 Season highlights at a glance

Opening Night Celebration

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Pianist Claire Huangci graces the stage on Opening Night

Pacific Symphony’s 2024-25 season begins in style with a celebratory opening performance (Sept. 26). The program presents an eclectic mix of musical genius, beginning with the dynamic compositions of Frank Ticheli followed by Maurice Ravel’s “Alborada del gracioso,” a piece infused with the warmth and vitality of Spain. Celebrated pianist Claire Huangci graces the stage with her interpretation of Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini,” bringing to life the famous 18th variation known for its appearance in the movie Somewhere in Time. The concert culminates in a performance of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, which the composer considered “one of his best works.”

World Premieres and Commissions

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Pianist Jeffrey Biegel

In keeping with his tradition of commissioning new works to expand the repertoire, St.Clair has programmed two world premieres for the Feb. 6-8, 2025 concerts. The dazzling razzmatazz of Bernstein’s high-spirited musical prelude “Slava!” sets the stage for two world premieres commissioned by St.Clair and Pacific Symphony: A new piano concerto by esteemed African American composer Adolphus Hailstork to be performed by Jeffrey Biegel and a new orchestral by Pacific Symphony’s Vietnamese American Composer-in-Residence Viet Cuong. Respighi’s tone poem Pines of Rome paints in music the grandeur and history of the Eternal City, including a recording of an actual Italian nightingale singing a serene nocturne.

Opera In Concert: Wagner’s Das Rheingold

St.Clair was the first non-European to hold the position of general music director and chief conductor of the German National Theatre and Staatskapelle Weimar (2005-08). During that tenure, he conducted the entire 15-hour Ring Cycle with the Staatskapelle Weimar to great critical acclaim. Now, Pacific Symphony audiences will have the opportunity to experience St.Clair’s interpretation of the first part of this monumental work (April 10, 12 and 15, 2025). The raw power and gripping narrative of this mythic prologue, where the stakes are as high as the heavens and as deep as the Rhine itself, promises a performance not-to-be-missed. The opera will be presented semi-staged in concert with Pacific Symphony sharing the stage with the vocal forces (cast to be announced).

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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!

February 27: Bill Gunderson, Danika Pictor, Lily Labash, Mary Bacon, Shelly Darling, Taylor Browman, Terry L. Dolensek

February 28: Gary Sherwin, Kelly Hacker

February 29: Happy Leap Year!

March 1: Beth Johns Holder, Chris Price, Herbie Zadeh, Phil Greer

March 2: Brandice Leger Strotman, Dennis Ashendorf, Jim Thor, Kirsten Ranger, Mark Okoorian, Rae Cohen, Randy W. Hill, Ray Lewis, Steve Herrington

March 3: David Ellis, Fritz Westerhout, Lisa Gorbaty, Matt Szabo, Steve Churm

March 4: Amanda Stevens, Sadie Murray, Teri Buckley Escudero

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JWA shows slight increase in passenger traffic year-over-year

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport (JWA) increased in January 2024 as compared with January 2023. In January 2024, the airport served 884,884 passengers, an increase of 0.4% when compared with the January 2023 passenger traffic count of 881,049.

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Courtesy of John Wayne Airport

Commercial aircraft operations in January 2024 of 7,686 increased 0.4% and commuter aircraft operations of 412 decreased 14.5% when compared with January 2023 levels.

Total aircraft operations increased in January 2024 as compared with the same month in 2023. In January 2024, there were 24,587 total aircraft operations (take-offs and landings), a 20.4% increase compared to 20,413 total aircraft operations in January 2023.

General aviation activity of 16,472 accounted for 66.9% of the total aircraft operations during January 2024 and increased 34.4% when compared with January 2023.

The top three airlines in January 2024 based on passenger count were Southwest Airlines (280,796), American Airlines (149,607) and United Airlines (135,022).

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SCFTA presents A Broadway Birthday: Sondheim, Lloyd Webber and Friends for only one night on March 28

Segerstrom Center for the Arts (SCFTA) features the performance of A Broadway Birthday: Sondheim, Lloyd Webber, and Friends for one night only on March 28 at 8 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. This special birthday bash will honor and celebrate the shared birthday of two of the most well-regarded composers in the musical theater scene with performances from some of today’s top Broadway talents.

One of the strangest coincidences of modern musical theater is that two of its foremost composers, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sondheim, share a birthday, March 22.

Every birthday party needs friends and SCFTA has gathered an array of Broadway’s brightest stars to honor the unparalleled contributions these two men have made to the Great White Way.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber

Celebrating this unusual joint birthday celebration are the Tony-winning legend Betty Buckley, Center favorite Liz Callaway, Alex Joseph Grayson (direct from the acclaimed new revival of Parade), along with stars Aaron Lazar and Kerry O’Malley – who just recently spread holiday cheer in Segerstrom’s Cabaret Series with the Broadway Hollywood Holiday Songbook, plus TV star and OCSA Hall of Fame alumni Matthew Morrison.

No doubt about it, this birthday bash is going to be a present for every Broadway lover in Southern California.

Stephen Sondheim was widely acknowledged as the most innovative, most influential, and most important composer and lyricist in modern Broadway history. He was the winner of an Academy Award, numerous Tony Awards, multiple Grammy Awards and a Pulitzer Prize.

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Stephen Sondheim

Some of his other accolades include a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center Honors (1993), the National Medal of Arts (1996), the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Gold Medal for Music (2006) and a special Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre (2008).

Andrew Lloyd Webber has received a number of awards, including a knighthood in 1992, followed by a peerage for services to the arts, six Tonys, three Grammys (as well as the Grammy Legend Award), an Academy Award, 14 Ivor Novello Awards, seven Olivier Awards, a Golden Globe, a Brit Award, the 2006 Kennedy Center Honors, the 2008 Classic Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music and an Emmy Award. He is one of 17 people to have won an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, is an inductee into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, and is a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.

Several of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s songs have been widely recorded and were successful outside of their parent musicals, such as “Memory” from Cats, “The Music of the Night” and “All I Ask of You” from The Phantom of the Opera, “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” from Jesus Christ Superstar, “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” from Evita, and “Any Dream Will Do” from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. In 2001, The New York Times referred to him as “the most commercially successful composer in history.”

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Tomatomania at Roger’s Gardens takes place March 1-10

The world’s largest (and most fun) tomato plant sale is coming to Roger’s Gardens for the 13th year. Scott Daigre and his staff of Tomatomaniacs are offering an astonishing selection of more than 250 varieties of heirloom and hybrid tomato plant, including new varieties for 2024. Also, they will be introducing the highly anticipated Tomato of the Year – Harvard Square.

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Harvard Square was crowned 2024 Tomato of the Year. A true performer year after year, it is great for salads, sandwiches, burgers and anything else you can dream up.

Harvard Square has beautiful stripes, solid production and great feedback from tomato lovers in different locales, and super taste above all else. This unique tomato is well deserving of their focus and celebration this season. They first grew this star in their trial gardens on or about 2019. It truly surprised and delighted them then, and has continued to do that in subsequent seasons.

This year’s Tomatomania event features an extraordinary array of tomato varieties, from cherished heirlooms like Brandywine and San Marzano to exciting new hybrids like the blue splashed Two Tasty or an orange grape standout called Vivacious.

For convenience in navigating the huge selection, tomatoes will be organized alphabetically with special sections just for their Miniatures, Tomatoes-of-the-Year and Roger’s Recommends. And be sure to brag and share about your own favorite tomato variety on their Tomato Wall of Fame.

Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting out, their tomato experts will be on hand to offer advice on choosing the right varieties for your garden, care tips and techniques for maximizing your yield and flavor.

Roger’s Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar. It is open daily from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, visit www.rogersgardens.com.

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Letters to the Editor

Thoughts on Baugh versus Ukropina

I was deeply disappointed to discover that, apart from Brad Avery, our entire City Council endorsed Scott Baugh over Max Ukropina. (www.maxforoc.com)

Max, a Newport Beach native and USC graduate, is a promising candidate with integrity. He’s shown genuine commitment to issues like border security, unlike Scott.

It was even more disheartening to see Fred Whitaker backing Scott again, despite his track record of dishonesty and political maneuvering. (https://dccc.org/watch-new-dccc-ad-highlights-scott-baughs-record-campaign-corruption-fraud/)

As Einstein famously said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

It’s time for a change.

Lynn Swain

Big Canyon

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Pet of the Week

Stu News Newport is thrilled is thrilled to share that Tommy is still eagerly seeking his forever home. Tommy, with a larger-than-life personality, has been with the shelter since July 2023. At just 1 year and 5 months old, Tommy has captured the hearts of shelter staff and volunteers.

Described as a very large cat with an insatiable curiosity, Tommy is always eager to explore his surroundings and engage with those around him. Whether it’s peeking out the window to catch a glimpse of the outside world, or shadowing your every move, Tommy promises to bring endless joy and adventure to his future adopter.

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Courtesy of the Newport Beach Animal Shelter

Meet Tommy

To schedule an appointment to meet Tommy, contact the Newport Beach Animal Shelter at 949.718.3454, or email aco@nbpd.org.

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

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

Top 10 Nonfiction

1. Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson

2. 5 Ingredients Mediterranean by Jamie Oliver

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

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

5. Enough by Cassidy Hutchinson

6. The Art Thief: A True Story of Love, Crime, and a Dangerous Obsession by Michael Finkel

7. The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder by David Grann

8. The Woman in Me by Britney Spears

9. 100 Ways to Change Your Life: The Science of Leveling Up Health, Happiness, Relationships & Success by Liz Moody

10. 111 Places in Paris That You Shouldn’t Miss by Sybil Canac

Top 10 Fiction

1. The Exchange: After the Firm by John Grisham

2. The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride

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

4. Hello Beautiful: A Novel by Janet Napolitano

5. The Women by Kristin Hannah

6. Demon Copperhead: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver

7. The Fury by Alex Michaelides

8. The Secret by Lee Child

9. Tom Lake: A Novel by Ann Patchett

10. Verity by Colleen Hoover

Top 10 Children’s

1. Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

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

3. Baby-Sitters Little Sister by Katy Farina

4. Cat Kid Comic Club by Dav Pilkey

5. Plants vs. Zombies by Paul Tobin

6. Lunch Lady by Jarrett Krosoczka

7. Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi

8. Real Friends by Shannon Hale

9. Disney Fairies by Walt Disney Company

10. Double Down by Jeff Kinney

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On Campus: this week in high school athletics

Corona del Mar High School

Tuesday, Feb. 27

3 p.m. – Boys Baseball at Valley View

3 p.m. – Girls Beach Volleyball vs. Newport Harbor at Grant Street

3 p.m. – Softball at Fountain Valley

3:30 p.m. – Boys Golf vs. Tesoro at Costa Mesa Country Club

7 p.m. – Boys Lacrosse at Westlake

Wednesday, Feb. 28

3 p.m. – Boys Tennis at Portola

3:15 p.m. – Softball vs. Loara

Thursday, Feb. 29

2:30 p.m. – Boys Golf vs. Tesoro at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club

2:45 p.m. – Girls Track & Field at University

2:45 p.m. – Boys Track & Field at University

3 p.m. – Girls Beach Volleyball vs. Laguna Beach on the Big Corona Volleyball Courts

3:15 p.m. – Softball vs. Bolsa Grande

4 p.m. – Girls Lacrosse at Northwood

5:45 p.m. – Boys Volleyball at Servite

Friday, March 1

4 p.m. – Girls Lacrosse vs. Beckman

5:45 p.m. – Boys Volleyball vs. Beckman

Saturday, March 2

11 a.m. – Baseball vs. Newbury Park

12 p.m. – Boys Lacrosse vs. Sierra Canyon

Results

Saturday, Feb. 24

Boys Soccer beat Foothill, 4-3, to win the CIF-SS Boys Soccer Division 2 Championship

Newport Harbor High School

Tuesday, Feb. 27

3 p.m. – Boys Tennis vs. Aliso Niguel

5 p.m. – Boys Volleyball at Tesoro

7 p.m. – Boys Lacrosse at University

Wednesday, Feb. 28

3 p.m. – Baseball at Cerritos

3 p.m. – Softball at San Clemente

3 p.m. – Boys Tennis vs. Sage Hill

Thursday, Feb. 29

5:30 p.m. – Girls Lacrosse at Trabuco Hills

Friday, March 1

3 p.m. – Baseball at San Juan Hills

5:45 p.m. – Boys Volleyball vs. Los Alamitos

6 p.m. – Boys Lacrosse at Yorba Linda

Saturday, March 2

9 a.m. – Girls Lacrosse vs. Chaminade

11 a.m. – Baseball at Aliso Niguel

Results

Tuesday, Feb. 20

Girls Water Polo beat Bishop’s, 14-9, in the opening round of the 2024 CIF SoCal Water Polo Championships for Division 1

Thursday, Feb. 22

Boys Volleyball beat Servite, 3-0

Friday, Feb. 23

Girls Water Polo lost to Orange Lutheran, 9-1, in the regional semifinals of the 2024 CIF SoCal Water Polo Championships for Division

Pacifica Christian High School

Tuesday, Feb. 27

TBA – Boys Baseball at Southlands

2:30 p.m. – Boys Golf vs. Western Christian at Mountain Meadows Golf Course

4:15 p.m. – Girls Beach Volleyball vs. Tarbut V’Torah at OC Great Park

Thursday, Feb. 29

3 p.m. – Boys Golf vs. Samueli Academy at Riverview Golf Course

3:15 p.m. – Girls Beach Volleyball vs. Mater Dei on Newland Sand Courts

Friday, March 1

3:15 p.m. – Boys Baseball vs. Southlands at OCC Baseball Field

5 p.m. – Girls Track & Field in Condor Invitational at California HS in Whittier

5 p.m. – Boys Track & Field in Condor Invitational at California HS in Whittier

Results

Friday, Feb. 23

Baseball beat Webb, 17-0, at OCC Baseball Field

Sage Hill School

Tuesday, Feb. 27

3 p.m. – Baseball at Beckman

Wednesday, Feb. 28

3 p.m. – Baseball vs. Beckman

Friday, March 1

3 p.m. – Baseball at Beckman

Results

None reported

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Regattas and Races…

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2024 Lorin Weiss Series

Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club

Sunday, Feb. 25

Harbor 20 A Fleet (One throwout per day)

1 Shana’s Secret, Thompson/Dwyer, BCYC

  1-[2]-2-1-1 Total 5

2 Zephyr, Legg/Helias, BCYC

  2-1-[7]-4-3 Total 10

3 Ping, Wiese/Leith, NHYC

  3-4-[6]-3-2 Total 12

4 Symbo, Symes/Symes

  4-3-3-2-[6] Total 12

5 Downhill, Gloege/Hause, NHYC

  6-5-1-5-[7] Total 17

6 Wood In It Be Nice, Reed/Reed, ABYC

  5-6-4-[7]-4 Total 19

7 Sail Dates, Corkett/Corkett Jr., NHYC

  [7]-7-5-6-5 Total 23

8 Blue Skies, Thorne/Thorne, BYC

  [8]-8-8-8-8 Total 32

9 Aquavit, Camerini/Detwiler, WSAOC

  [8]-8-8-8-8 Total 32

Harbor 20 B Fleet (One throwout per day)

1 Spirit, Haynes/Haynes, BCYC

  [2]-2-2-1-2 Total 7

2 Adios, Bretschger/Bretschger, BYC

  1-[4]-1-4-3 Total 9

3 Sail N Win, Fuller/Drever, NHYC

  [4]-2-3-3-1 Total 9

4 First In Class, Chan, NHYC

  3-1-4-2-[5] Total 10

5 Chloe, Campbell, BYC

  [5]-5-5-5-5 Total 20

Harbor 20 C Fleet (One throwout per day)

1 Independence, Ray, SSC

  Total 0

2024 SCYA Midwinter Regatta

Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club

Saturday, Feb. 24

Harbor 20 A Fleet (5 races)

1 Shana’s Secret, Thompson, NHYC/BCYC/LIYC

  1-5-4-1-1 Total 12

2 Wood In It Be Nice, Reed, ABYC

  2-1-6-4-3 Total 16

3 Sail Dates, Corkett, NHYC

  4-4-1-5-2 Total 16

4 S.O.D., Cushman, SBYC

  3-3-2-3-6 Total 17

5 Ping, Wiese, NHYC

  7-6-3-2-4 Total 22

6 No Travel Required, Campbell, NHYC

  7-2-5-6-5 Total 25

7 Blue Skies, Thorne, BYC

  7-7-7-7-7 Total 35

Harbor 20 B Fleet (5 races)

1 Spirit, Haynes, BCYC

  1-1-1-1-3 Total 7

2 Sail N Win, Fuller, NHYC

  2-3-3-2-4 Total 14

3 Adios, Bretschger, BYC

  5-2-2-5-5 Total 19

4 Mili Apa, Watanabe, UCISA

  4-6-5-4-1 Total 20

5 2nd Wind, Hause, NHYC

  7-4-4-3-2 Total 20

6 First In Class, Chan, NHYC

  3-5-6-6-6 Total 26

Harbor 20 C Fleet (5 races)

1 Dragon Lady, Sangster, LIYC

  1-1-3-2-1 Total 8

2 Independence, Ray, SSC

  5-2-1-1-3 Total 12

3 Shazam, Barnes, ALYC

  2-3-2-3-2 Total 12

4 Rascal, Bacon, BCYC

  5-4-5-5-3 Total 22

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A glimpse at Crystal Cove

Crystal Cove State Park is offering a variety of public events in February. During the winter, 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.

Speaker event with Rich German, founder of Project O: March 2 from 1-3 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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Get out and explore Buck Gully with three stunning hikes, assist with habitat restoration, learn about plant life

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

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Photos by Emily Spain

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

Bridges of Buck Gully Hike: Buck Gully is a natural, coastal canyon which opened up to the public in 2012 with the installation of four bridges to allow for safe public access. Discover the bridges on Tuesday, March 5, April 16 and 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, May 7 and 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.

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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 Tuesdays, April 2 and 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.

Fourth Friday Habitat Restoration in Buck Gully on Fridays, March 22, April 26, 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.

–Plants Among Us: Learning About Plants at Buck Gully on Wednesday, April 10 from 9-11:30 a.m. Curious to learn about the plants among us? Join this hike at Buck Gully Reserve where you’ll look at local flora, talk about native and non-native species and learn how different plants impact our ecosystems. Learning to identify plants, both native and non-native, is a great way to cultivate knowledge about local flora and fauna. This activity is geared toward participants who re curious about our local plants and ecosystem. Bring water, a light trail snack, sturdy closed-toe shoes, sunscreen, hat and supplies to keep you safe during the journey. The distance is 6 miles; duration, 2.5 hours with moderate difficulty. This hike is open to those 8+ years and older. This hike is free, but registration is required. Staging area is the OASIS Senior Center auxiliary lot at 5th and Marguerite in Corona del Mar. Register at www.letsgooutside.org.

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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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Imaginology is calling kids…of all ages

Kids of all ages can power their imaginations at Imaginology while learning about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) at the free event taking place April 13-14 at the OC Fair & Event Center.

This exciting exploration of STEAM-related topics is open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free and most activities are included. Parking is $12 and some food options will be available for purchase.

Imaginology is where curious kids and families go to discover and learn by doing at a variety of exhibits and activities and is OC Fair & Event Center’s largest community give-back event.

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Science fun

Family-friendly activities and competitions for Imaginology include:

NOW OPEN – Youth competitions: Students can showcase their talents this year with a mural project and cardboard engineering. The competitions are free to enter and open to Orange County students. The deadline for online entry submissions is March 29 and projects will need to be dropped off April 7.

Centennial Farm: Imaginology visitors can check out the amazing animals and California crops on the three-acre working farm and enjoy an oxen exhibition, blacksmithing, chicken education, radish-seed planting, terrarium-making and the OC Beekeepers exhibit and other hands-on activities.

Free activities: Learning about STEAM while having fun is the aim of Imaginology and exhibitors will offer lots of things to do and see. Fort Blisters Boot Camp, located near Heroes Hall, is returning so kids can enjoy fun physical activities. Demonstrations, make-and-take projects and unique experiences await.

Family-friendly entertainment: Local talent will be on display on the Imaginology stage. Performances will range from singing groups to dance troupes and offer a great opportunity to take a break and enjoy the entertainment.

4-H competitions: Local youth are judged on their abilities to raise livestock, their understanding of animal and veterinary sciences and their projects on a variety of topics. Judging will take place at Imaginology.

The OC Fair & Event Center-produced event began as the Youth Expo and was later renamed Imaginology and focused on STEAM, offering a weekend of free family activities.

OC Fair & Event Center is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

For more information, visit https://ocfair.com/imaginology/.

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents 3rd Annual Beckman Arts and Science Family Festival

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is excited to announce its 3rd Annual taking place Saturday, March 16 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. This free festival makes for a perfect family outing that is both entertaining and educational for all ages. From LEGO® car racing to magnetic robots and live animal encounters, families will not want to miss this opportunity to embark on a journey of discovery through intriguing exhibition booths, interactive experiments, and performances that explore the intersection of science and art.

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Science fun

The festival will feature engaging exhibits, workshops and hands-on activities presented by more than 20 participating community organizations including the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, Bionerds Inc, Brain Builders STEM Education, Bytes and Bots, Challenge Island Irvine, Child Creativity Lab, Columbia Memorial Space Center, Discovery Cube, Environmental Nature Center, Girl Scouts of Orange County, Girls IN Focus, Irvine Public Schools Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, Mesa Water, Orange County 4-H, Orange County Boy Scouts of America, Orange County Science and Engineering Fair (OCSEF), Play-Well TEKnologies, Santa Ana Zoo, Science Heads Inc. and Shared Science.

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Discovering robots

The festival will also include performances from Polyglot Theatre’s BEES and The Side Street Strutters, as well additional free activities including mini train rides, balloon twisters, airbrush tattoos and a bubble play area provided by BubblePOP.

Food will be available for purchase at George’s Café on-site, Buen Appetit Food Truck with global comfort cuisine (www.buenappetittruck.com) and Cali Delights Food Truck with churros and other dessert options (www.calidelights.net).

According to Talena Mara, vice president of education at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, “Providing space for students and families to be curious and creative together is a priority at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. We have been a local resource for high-quality direct services arts in education programs to schools and community organizations for decades. Understanding the important role the arts play in learning across all subject areas, the Center offers programming that emphasizes development in a student’s career pathway, advanced communication skills and emotional maturity in students, including programs that focus on the intersection where Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) meet the arts (STEAM). We are so pleased to be offering a fun family day on Segerstrom Center’s beautiful Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at the Beckman Arts and Science Family Festival, where everyone will have a chance to be a curious, creative explorer for the day.”

Polyglot Theatre’s BEES will be performing at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Their artistic and philosophical approach of child-centered practice has earned their strong reputation at home and abroad as a leader in the theater for young audiences (TYA) sector, celebrated for creating distinctive, participatory, and inclusive works that are playful and conceptually rigorous. Access is central to Polyglot’s work, driven by the right of all children to experience growth and resilience through creative play and to be captivated by the arts.

The Side Street Strutters will be performing at 12:35 p.m., 2:35 p.m. and 3:10 p.m. They have been delighting Disneyland audiences, theatergoers and students with their high-energy shows and student outreach programs since 1983. Their repertoire covers a half century of classic American jazz including blues, New Orleans Dixieland, swing, and Popular jazz.

For more information on the Beckman Arts and Science Family Festival, go here.

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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2024 spring plant and flower shows at Sherman Library & Gardens

Sherman Library & Gardens is presenting three spring plant and flower shows in partnership with local plant societies. The public is invited to view wonderful plants and blooms, learn from plant specialists and buy locally grown plants. Shows include an exhibit, sale, family activities, lectures and other programming. They are free with garden admission. Garden admission is only $5, and always free for members.

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The Ikebana Show will be held March 2-3

Joyful Flowers: Ikebana Show

Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3 from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.

Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging, expressed in a special way using balance, harmony and form. Ikebana uses everything that nature offers to make art including branches, leaves and flowers. Families are invited to make their own mini-ikebana box to take home. The sales area will also include kits, books, arrangements and bouquets to purchase. The show will also feature an ikebana-inspired display created by the Sherman Library & Gardens horticulture team in the garden.

Clivia Show & Sale

Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.

The North American Clivia Society will present a two-day Clivia (pronounced cly-vee-ah) Show & Sale at Sherman Library & Gardens. Clivia plants are native to South Africa and have become popular with collectors. These exquisite flowering plants were named after Lady Charlotte Florentina Clive, Duchess of Northumberland, England (1787-1866). A unique variety of clivia plants will be on display and available for purchase.

Bromeliad Show & Sale

Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.

Come out and discover the wonderful diversity of bromeliads. These plants have evolved in some of nature’s most challenging conditions, from desert to rainforest to cloud forest. The Bromeliad Show & Sale will feature and showcase the diverse species and cultivars within the bromeliad group. Air plants, Spanish moss and pineapple are some of the most familiar bromeliads, but there are many more to discover. Members of the Saddleback Valley Bromeliad Society will be exhibiting some fabulous specimens as well as offering many plants for sale. Come with your questions for the experts and take home some plants, tips and inspiration.

For more information, call 949.673.2261 or visit www.thesherman.org.

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

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SCFTA announces award-winning Cabaret, Jazz and Chamber musical artists for the 2024-2025 season

Segerstrom Center for the Arts brings an exceptional array of Cabaret, Jazz and Chamber music performances for the 2024-2025 season. Artists of each genre have been thoughtfully curated to bring enriching and diverse musical experiences to patrons of Orange County. This season promises a blend of returning favorites and exciting newcomers, ensuring a year full of spectacular music. The Samueli Theater is well-regarded for debuting Grammy® Award-winning artists and is thrilled to welcome world-class talents on stage for intimate evenings of beautiful music.

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Eric McCormack – October 17-19

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Laura Bell Bundy – October 17-19

The Cabaret Series will provide the intimate ambience of a traditional cabaret club with a diverse collection of theater, music and comedy artists in the Samueli Theater. The series will open with a performance from Tony® Award-winning actress and singer Joaquina Kalukango best known for her role as Nelly O’ Brien in Paradise Square and continues with special performances from Broadway stars Eric McCormack and Laura Bell Bundy, Kerry Butler, Claybourne Elder and Cheyenne Jackson. The series will conclude with the hilarious Hamilton satire: Spamilton: An American Parody.

2024-2025 Cabaret Series Line-up

Joaquina Kalukango | September 19-21

Eric McCormack and Laura Bell Bundy | October 17-19

Jason Robert Brown with Anika Noni Rose | November 7-9

Kerry Butler | January 23-25, 2025

Claybourne Elder | February 20-22, 2025

Cheyenne Jackson | April 10-12, 2025

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“Spamilton: An American Parody” – May 15-17, 2025

Spamilton: An American Parody | May 15-17, 2025

Audiences will be ecstatic with the Jazz Series, as it returns with Grammy® Award-winning jazz vocalist Samara Joy to bring warm grooves to the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall with her smooth yet powerful vocals. In a fabulous coincidence, the jazz series will provide two 80th birthday celebrations, one of Monty Alexander, and one of Ivan Lins with Pacific Jazz Orchestra. Grammy® Award-winning all-male acapella group Take 6 will provide a festive performance at Take 6 Christmas, and other well acclaimed jazz artists will include Sean Mason Quintet and the Emmet Cohen Trio.

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Samara Joy – September 20

2024 – 2025 Jazz Series Line-up

An Evening with Samara Joy | September 20

Sean Mason Quintet | October 5

Monty Alexander, 80th Birthday Celebration | November 16

Take 6 Christmas | December 15

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Emmet Cohen Trio – April 5, 2025

Pacific Jazz Orchestra – Ivan Lins 80th Birthday Celebration | January 17, 2025

Emmet Cohen Trio | April 5, 2025

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Matthew Aucoin – November 14, 2025

The Chamber Series will bring back several Center favorites to perform a wide array of uniquely diverse and enriching repertoires. Returning artists for the 2024-2025 Chamber Series include Esmé Quartet, Fauré Quartett, Takács Quartet and David Requiro, Calidore String Quartet performing a world premiere piece commissioned for the series, Théotime Langlois de Swarte and Les Arts Florissants, and Jordi Savall with Hespèrion XXI to perform Music of Fire and Love. Matthew Aucoin and Connor Hanick will make their Chamber Series debut as a piano duo featuring a world-premiere piece.

2024 – 2025 Chamber Series Line-up

Esmé Quartet | October 24

Fauré Quartett | November 6

Matthew Aucoin and Conor Hanick | November 14

Takács Quartet and David Requiro, Cello | February 14, 2025

Calidore String Quartet | March 6, 2025

Théotime Langlois de Swarte and Les Arts Florissants | March 23, 2025

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Hesperion XXI – April 16, 2025

Jordi Savall with Hespèrion XXI – Music of Fire and Love | April 16, 2025

Subscriptions for the Cabaret, Jazz and Chamber Series are available now. Tickets for individual performances will go on sale later. Visit the Center’s website at www.scfta.org for more information. For Group sales, call 714.755.0236. Regular Cabaret and Chamber Series enthusiasts should be advised that for the 2024-2025 season, most Cabaret and Chamber concerts will have an earlier starting time of 7 p.m.

For a complete description of performers, go to www.scfta.org.

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Compiled by Tom Johnson 

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