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Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

 

Read this and then tell me you have nothing to do

Things are more than percolating around Newport Beach…they’re happening, and happening in a big way in all corners of town. We just completed another wonderful and successful Hoag Classic.

Round two, or should I say, the 2nd Annual Surf & Turf Polo Classic, returns to Peninsula Park on Saturday, May 4, hosted by the Newport Beach Foundation. That all translates to gourmet food, fan-favorite beverages, exhilarating polo action on the field next to the beachfront, entertainment, fashionable attire and eye-catching hats, all in the same place.

Check it out here.

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Then, there’s Picklefest for First Responders tomorrow (Saturday, April 13) at The Tennis + Pickleball Club at Newport Beach aka “the TTC.” Hosts include Sean Bollettieri-Abdali (founder of the TTC), the Newport Beach Fire Department and local REALTOR®, pickleball player and Long Beach Fire volunteer Nancy Barfield.

First responders from around Southern California will gather to determine who’s the best on the courts in a day of fun and competition. And, the event is open for residents to attend, with the team registration proceeds supporting the Ben Carlson Foundation.

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An aerial of where the action takes place tomorrow in the Picklefest for First Responders

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And, let me plant this idea…April 25-28 marks the return of Fleurs de Villes at South Coast Plaza and the 34th Annual Southern California Spring Garden Show in the Crate & Barrel/Macy’s Home Store wings.

It’s truly a floral celebration!

You’ll discover more than 40 unique plant and garden vendors, as well as eight inspiring display gardens designed by top Southern California landscape and horticulture organizations in collaboration with South Coast Plaza home boutiques, creating one-of-a-kind outdoor living spaces and a dramatic 25-foot floral centerpiece.

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As you walk South Coast Plaza, you’ll see the beauty of florals everywhere

And, my favorite, be on the lookout for a wonderful collection of mannequins dressed in fresh flower ensembles from leading floral designers and a fabulous “Garden Under the Sea” display of an underwater world, with beauty brought alive by a coral reef and a lush underwater garden created from an array of floral materials.

You’ll have to see it to believe it, but to give you an idea of its complexity, here’s how it was created: an angelfish – made of yellow strawflower petals, black onion seeds; a clownfish – made of orange lentil, white sweet rice; other fish – created with brown dock seed, strawflower petals, orange and yellow marigold petals; sea urchins – out of yellow strawflower petals, orange lentil, purple sinuata statice, green manzanita leaves; kelp – using crushed manzanita leaves; underwater plants – with blue sinuata statice, cordon puffs, orange lentil, sesame seeds, dark lettuce seeds and cut parsley flakes; the coral reef – dehydrated orange carrot, red bell pepper granules, fresh floral displays of calla lilies and coral-toned roses and the ocean floor – crushed walnut shells.

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And, although it’s still almost two months out, now’s the time to plan your entry into the 29th Annual Balboa Island Parade with the following theme: Balboa Island in Paradise – A Tribute to Jimmy Buffett. It’ll take place Sunday, June 2, beginning at 11 a.m.

Mark it down!

Find your place marching along with the many children riding bikes, dogs from the Island out for their collective walk, decorated golf carts and floats, horses, classic and custom cars, Keystone Cops, drill teams, the USC Marching Band & Cheer, school bands, local dignitaries and many other creative entries.

If you don’t want to march, join in for the viewing along the sidewalks of Marine Avenue. It’s the best short parade (across a bridge and two blocks) anywhere!

Once the marching is done, the after-partying begins. Mark Wood and the Parrot Head Band will begin playing in front of the BI Fire Station.

If you want to be in the parade, go to www.balboaislandnb.org and then get prepared to have lots of fun!

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Perhaps you like old cars. Well, Packards International Motor Car Club celebrates their 61st anniversary with a celebration on Saturday, May 4 at the Hyatt-Regency Newport Beach, with a free open-to-the-public car show.

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Courtesy of Packards Motor Car Club

1934 Packard

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1938 Packard

For those of you too young to remember, Packards were an “it” vehicle in the first-half of the 1900s…sort of the Tesla of their day perhaps, only considerably nicer.

It was the leading American luxury automobile built by the Packard Motor Car Company in Detroit from 1899-1956. Owners included “presidents, kings, celebrities and titans of industry throughout the world.” It was known in its day as the American Rolls Royce, with a simple sales pitch: “Ask the man who owns one.”

The event will feature 30-40 Concours d’Elegance-quality automobiles ranging from the 1920s through the 1950s, on display from 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

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Well, not enough? Hold your hats and get ready to Saddle Up for Charity, according to restaurateur Ron Salisbury, owner of El Cholo restaurants, The Cannery and Louie’s by the Bay.

In honor of El Cholo’s 100-year anniversary celebration, Ron is committed to raising $1 million to benefit pediatric cancer research.

In support of this incredible goal, The Cannery will be hosting a fundraiser they’re calling Western Roundup: Saddle Up for Charity! that will take place on Thursday, April 25.

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The Cannery owner Ron Salisbury is working towards commitment to raise $1 million for pediatric cancer research

To do so, Ron is obviously looking to get some support through sponsorships and the purchase of ticket sales to attend the event.

All proceeds will directly benefit the doctors, researchers and others at CHOC: Children’s Hospital of Orange County and CHLA: Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles focused on helping develop new treatments – and even a cure – for childhood cancer.

Could there possibly be anything better than finding a cure for cancer in our young people? Probably not.

To find out more, reach out to jnoble@cannerynewport.com, or call Jason Noble at 949.677.2115 for details.

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Heck, there’s so much more. You may purchase tickets now to the always popular Ben Carlson Scholarship Annual Awards Dinner, this year at the VEA Newport Beach set for Friday, July 12 from 5:30-9 p.m.

It’s a truly special event highlighting the positive impacts that the Ben Carlson Foundation continues to forge worldwide in honor of Ben’s heroic legacy.

Tickets available here.

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And lastly, Newport Beach resident and friend Vanessa Moore (think Harcourts Prime Properties) reached out about the Guilds of Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ presentation of their All That Jazz Casino Night. It’ll be held on Friday, May 3 at the Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa.

It’s planned to be celebratory night of appetizers by the lake, dinner in the ballroom, a poker tournament and gaming to benefit Segerstrom Center for the Arts Education and Community programs.

Additionally, there will be honorees during the evening as part of the celebration: Marta Bhathal and Lisa Bhathal Merage will be recognized as Guilds’ Honorees; Eileen Cirillo with the Guilds’ Inspiration Award and Wincome Hospitality as the Guilds’ Philanthropic Business Awardee.

Click here to RSVP, sponsor the event and purchase raffle tickets.

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When I said at the top we’re busy in this community, I hope you realize this all just takes us through the coming weeks. A longer-term look is rumored to be bringing us a world-class food festival presented by a renowned chef; a be-all, end-all car show, being discussed in the same vein as something similar to Pebble Beach and more.

Newport Beach…it’s a great place to be.

Stay tuned.

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Council approves next phase of sculptures at Civic Center Park

By SARA HALL

City Council this week approved selections for Phase IX of the sculpture exhibition in Civic Center Park.

Councilmembers voted 6-0 (Erik Weigand was absent) on Tuesday (April 9) to moved forward with the sculptures chosen by public poll and recommended by the Arts Commission for the city’s rotating “museum without walls,” as the program has been dubbed over the years.

Councilmember Robyn Grant thanked the library staff, Arts Commission members and Arts OC for their work on the project. She’s appreciative of all the hard work that it takes to make this happen, she noted.

“Once again providing this community with a wonderful cultural amenity,” Grant said. “It is an important piece of this Civic Center and we’re really pleased to see the caliber of the art is continuing to rise and that the relationship that we’re creating with the larger arts community continues to grow.”

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The top choices – Top row, (L-R): “Gecko” by Doug Snider; “Interplay” by Peter Ambrosio; “Growing Wings” by Hilde DeBruyne; “Heavy Landing” by Vojtech Blazejovsky and “Natural Wonders” by Michele Moushey Dale. Bottom row, (L-R): “Glee” by Cindy Debold; “Trillium Bus Stop Bench” by Matt Cartwright; “Duality” by Giuseppe Palumbo; “Reaching Man” by Ron Whitacre and “Millefolium” by Catherine Daley.

The pieces are planned to be displayed for a two-year period.

The Arts Commission approved the recommended 10 sculptures and four alternates at their March 14 meeting, Library Services Director Melissa Hartson said at this week’s council meeting.

For this phase of the rotating sculpture exhibition, the commission and local arts professionals reviewed the submissions for artistic merit, durability, practicality, and site appropriateness and approved 28 pieces to be included in an online public survey. The survey was open from February 12 through March 11, with a total of 1,873 validated votes cast.

The top choices (after two were excluded due to durability concerns and a third was removed because it could not meet timeline requirements): Gecko by Doug Snider; Interplay by Peter Ambrosio; Growing Wings by Hilde DeBruyne; Heavy Landing by Vojtech Blazejovsky; Natural Wonders by Michele Moushey Dale; Glee by Cindy Debold; Trillium Bus Stop Bench by Matt Cartwright; Duality by Giuseppe Palumbo; Reaching Man by Ron Whitacre and Millefolium by Catherine Daley. The alternates are Cycles 3: Frogs, Bees, Birds by Peter Hassen and Time and Awareness by D. Yoshikawa Wright.

Gecko received the most votes (120) out of all 28 entries and is also the biggest piece in the upcoming phase, weighing in at 2,500 pounds. Snider, a San Diego-based artist, created a colorful bench from concrete, polystyrene foam and steel that sits five feet tall, 17 feet wide and six feet deep.

“My inspiration comes from the natural world around me, as well as from my travels and the cultures I’ve encountered,” Snider wrote on his website, adding that the ocean is a source of inspiration. “The compositions can be described as colorful abstractions that reflect a coastal community.”

He has several other pieces of public art, including another decorative bench located in Laguna Beach, in front of the Sawdust Festival grounds.

Coming in at a close second in the public poll with 111 votes, Ambrosio’s Interplay is another colorful piece. The eight-foot-tall, 150-pound sculpture is made from fabricated steel and painted with alcohol inks with a resin coating. The Tucson, Ariz.-based artist notes on her website that products are sealed for protection against the weather and have unique color enhancing finishes.

Ambrosio is passionate about creating “designs to produce art that brings joy into people’s lives while standing the test of time and the elements,” according to her website.

The third most popular sculpture in the survey (earning 96 votes) is another large creation, Growing Wings, which weighs about 600 pounds. The red butterfly-like figure is eight feet tall, four feet wide, and four feet deep. DeBruyne, an artist out of Cumming, Iowa, wrote on her website that her “abstract organic work reflects nature and the authenticity of the cycle of life.”

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Dory Deli serves up the Official Cocktail of Newport Beach

Dory Deli and Visit Newport Beach have announced Dawn Patrol as the Official Cocktail of Newport Beach. The libation, which launched April 11, puts a twist on the classic espresso martini with the addition of ingredients inspired by the salt and sand of the coastline. The recipe features Flecha Azul Reposado Tequila, a fresh-pulled shot of MoonGoat espresso, housemade brown sugar and sea salt syrup, and coffee and vanilla liqueurs. The finishing touch is a creamy chocolate and crunchy biscuit Pocky stick garnish.

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(L-R) Co-owner of Lounge Group and Dory Deli Andrew Gabriel, Visit Newport Beach Senior Vice President & CMO Ashley Johnson, Visit Newport Beach President & CEO Gary Sherwin and Co-owner of Lounge Group and Dory Deli Mario Marovic share Dawn Patrol, the Official Cocktail of Newport Beach

“The espresso martini is experiencing a huge resurgence in popularity worldwide, especially in markets like Orange County where quality coffee and coffeehouses are favored,” said Ashleigh Wiehl, Dory Deli marketing director. “For a busy town with a work hard, play hard mentality, we knew it was the perfect template to use for the signature cocktail of Newport Beach.”

Each ingredient was carefully thought out from the locally roasted MoonGoat espresso and beach-inspired brown sugar and sea salt syrup, to the additive-free, award-winning Flecha Azul Reposado Tequila. Dawn Patrol was one of four candidates for the city’s official cocktail, which was tasted and voted on by a panel of judges including Visit Newport Beach’s President & CEO Gary Sherwin and Senior Vice President & CMO Ashley Johnson, accompanied by Mario Marovic and Andrew Gabriel, co-owners of Lounge Group and Dory Deli.

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Dawn Patrol is crafted with locally sourced ingredients and a touch of coastal inspiration

“Visit Newport Beach is absolutely thrilled to be bringing the official cocktail of Newport Beach to locals and visitors alike to enjoy beachside at Dory Deli,” said Ashley Johnson. “Crafted with locally sourced ingredients and a touch of coastal inspiration, Dawn Patrol seamlessly embodies the energy of our bustling community with the laid-back essence of our destination.”

Dawn Patrol is launched with the help of Mark Wahlberg, principal investor of Flecha Azul Tequila, who will be introducing it in a special Instagram and Facebook video. “So, you know what happens when an iconic espresso martini meets iconic tequila? Magic,” said Wahlberg. “The next time I’m in Newport Beach, you better come down and meet me at Dory Deli and order one of these Dawn Patrols. Trust me.”

For more information on Dory Deli, visit www.dorydeli.com.

For more information on Visit Newport Beach, go to www.visitnewportbeach.com.

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Nostalgia in Newport

Photo series courtesy of Newport Beach Historical Society

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Courtesy of Orange County Archives

Before there was Fashion Island, 1965

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

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You Must Remember This: a community of permanent residents and summer visitors, not

By NANCY GARDNER

I recently read a paper that described the population of Newport Beach as divided into two categories, permanent and summer – at first glance a characterization hardly worth mentioning, but on closer examination….

Living here as a child it certainly was true. Almost everyone I knew lived in homes their parents owned. Land values were such that almost anyone, even someone as frugal as my mother, could buy a lot and build a house. What made it so affordable, in addition to low land costs, was that since the lots were small, people tended to build small houses, essentially what most of us would consider a typical beach cottage. Generally, they had two or three bedrooms, a by-today’s-standards compact kitchen and living room, and maybe a dining area – usually around 800 square feet. I am sure there are people living here today who goggle at the thought of regular-sized families crammed into such meager spaces, shaking their heads in sadness at the miseries endured by those so domiciled.

Fortunately, we earlier residents didn’t realize how underprivileged we were and managed to live quite happily in those archaic conditions. At the risk of further distressing sensitive readers, I relate that our family of four shared one bathroom in our house on Iris. That’s right. One bathroom. Two was a luxury not to be considered by my mother. As we two children grew and demanded more and more bathroom time, she eventually let convenience predominate over cost.  Our house in Shore Cliffs had two bathrooms, but as for a powder room? Perish the thought.

Obviously, things have changed, particularly when it comes to bathrooms. Just as royalty needs an heir and a spare, it seems that when it comes to bathrooms, one per person is deemed barely adequate, and as far as powder rooms? You’d be blackballed from the country club without at least one. This is all possible because the houses are so much bigger. They are also more expensive – a lot more expensive – and this gets us back to the two categories of permanent residents and summer visitors.

As previously stated, when I was growing up here most units were owner-occupied. Indeed, so predominant were owner-occupied houses that if I learned someone’s parents rented their abode it was almost like hearing their parents were divorced. You lived here; you owned here. If you lived in an R2 neighborhood, you might rent out the unit over the garage, but you lived in the main house. When I bought our current house on Jasmine in the late ‘70s, that was still true. Our block was almost exclusively owner-occupied, but that’s not the case today. Somewhere in the last decade or so, it’s been flipped on its head. Owner-occupied units are now a minority on our block, replaced by short-term rentals (on both sides, lucky me), a good number of second homes, and – here we get to a big difference – a large number of houses leased out. The going rental rate is so high that people rent out their houses here, live someplace less expensive and enjoy the profits.

If our block is a microcosm of what’s happening in the city as a whole (and from all the For Lease signs I see along Ocean Boulevard I suspect it may be), then we are no longer a community of permanent residents and summer visitors. We’re a community of lessees, some long term some not, second homeowners, short-term lodgers, summer visitors and oh, yes, some permanent residents. On the bright side, this does cut down on the nosy neighbor syndrome. On the darker side, I wonder if this is just one more sign of the fragmentation of our society. If that’s the case, at least if we go down, we go down with plenty of bathrooms.

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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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Save the Date: Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents “An Evening Conversation with Ina Garten”

Segerstrom Center for the Arts has announced that beloved chef and television personality Ina Garten will return to the Center for one night only on Thursday, Oct. 24 in Segerstrom Hall. The Center is one of only eight venues nationwide that will host this exclusive event. A pre-signed copy of Ina Garten’s memoir come with the purchase of a premium seating ticket for $149, ensuring attendees can continue to savor her wisdom long after the event concludes.

Known for her warm personality and effortless elegance, Garten has captured the hearts of food enthusiasts worldwide through her bestselling cookbooks, popular television show Barefoot Contessa, and enduring passion for cooking and entertaining. In Be Ready When The Luck Happens, Garten will enlighten audiences with insights from her extraordinary life and career drawing from her forthcoming memoir.

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Beloved chef and television personality Ina Garten comes to Segerstrom Center on October 24

Garten (aka the Barefoot Contessa) is the author of 13 bestselling cookbooks, a beloved Food Network personality, Instagram sensation and cultural icon, with millions of followers in the U.S. and abroad. She is the host of Be My Guest and Barefoot Contessa on Food Network and Max, for which she has won five Emmy Awards and three James Beard Awards.

In Fall 2024, Garten will publish her long-awaited memoir Be Ready When the Luck Happens (Crown/Penguin Random House, October 2024). For the first time, Garten will present an intimate, entertaining and inspiring account of her remarkable journey, sharing her personal story with readers hungry for a seat at her table.

In this intimate evening conversation (live onstage), Garten will discuss and elaborate on the themes also in her new memoir: from a difficult childhood to meeting the love of her life, Jeffrey, and marrying him while still in college, from a boring bureaucratic job in Washington, D.C. to answering an ad for a specialty food store in the Hamptons, from the owner of one Barefoot Contessa shop, to author of bestselling cookbooks and celebrated television host, Garten has blazed her own trail and, in the meantime, taught millions of people how to cook and entertain.

Her gift is to make everything look easy, yet all her accomplishments have been the result of hard work, audacious choices and exquisite attention to detail. In her unmistakable voice (no one tells a story like Ina!), she brings her past and her process to life in a high-spirited and no-holds-barred memoir that chronicles decades of personal challenges, adventures (and misadventures) and unexpected career twists, all delivered with her signature combination of playfulness and purpose.

Tickets for Be Ready When The Luck Happens: An Evening Conversation with Ina Garten! 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.

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Mix and mingle at the CdM Chamber’s Tri-Business Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

Join CdM Chamber members, community friends and neighbors as they welcome and celebrate the grand opening of three new CdM businesses in the beautifully remodeled CdM Chamber building at 2600 E. Coast Highway, in the heart of CdM Village.

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Mixer venue is the beautifully remodeled CdM Chamber building

The Tri-Business Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting festivities take place on Tuesday, April 16 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Hosted by and celebrating The NOW Massage, Sugarfish by Sushi Nozawa and Mays Dermatology, the ceremony begins promptly at 5:30 p.m. at Sugarfish, moves to The Now Massage and ends at Mays Dermatology for treats and swag.

Attendees will enjoy a sunset reception with light food bites and desserts, Champagne refreshments, networking, the ribbon-cutting ceremony and presentations, photo opportunities, a swag gift item and discount offerings.

For more information, visit www.CdmChamber.com, or call 949.673.4050.

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NBPD quarterly update

Courtesy of Newport Beach Police Department

The Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) proudly serves every resident, visitor and business community member in our city.  Operationally, we divide the city into four separate areas. Each area has an assigned lieutenant, who acts as the area commander.

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Operationally, NBPD divides the city into four separate areas, as shown in the map. Area 1 is the Peninsula, Area 2 is Newport West, Area 3 is Newport Center and Area 4 is Newport East.

Area commanders work closely with their communities to address the unique needs of each section of the city. They diligently monitor statistics and activity in their assigned area, track any emerging crime trends and direct resources to address topics of concern. They also attend community meetings, develop relationships, and form a deep understanding of the specific concerns of residents, businesses and visitors in each part of town.

Each quarter, you will get to hear from the area commander to share an update from their area. They may highlight a specific arrest, share about a crime trend in their area, or address a specific community concern they are focusing on.

This week, Lieutenant Michael Schiavi (Area 2 Commander) has an update for us.

Area 2 Update, Q1 2024

By Lt. Michael Schiavi

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NBPD Lt. Michael Schiavi

Area 2

This area sits between Huntington Beach and Dover Drive and from W. Coast Highway to the Newport Beach Golf Course near John Wayne Airport. Area 2 is comprised of the communities of Newport Shores, Newport Heights, Santa Ana Heights, Bayshores, Mariners and Dover Shores. In an area that has beautiful residential neighborhoods with ocean views, bay beaches, first-class eateries, supercar and superyacht dealerships, there is something for everyone.

In 2023, Dover Shores was a hotbed of activity with Chilean burglary crews targeting homes. So far, in 2024 there has been zero residential burglaries and only one garage burglary in the Dover Shores area. Overall for Area 2, there has been three residential burglaries in 2024.

A new trend has emerged in 2024 with the discovery that Ram TRX trucks are a highly sought after vehicle. In 2024, there have been four Ram TRX trucks stolen out of the nine reported stolen vehicles in Area 2.

On March 9, 2024, the Newport Shores Community held their annual HOA meeting. Lt. Michael Schiavi, Sgt. Kelley Maslin, Homeless Liaison Officer Heather Thompson and Councilmember Stapleton attended the meeting. The homeowners were provided with information regarding projects in the city and police department.  Since January 1, 2024, there have been zero crimes in the Newport Shores neighborhood.

On March 5, 2024, officers were patrolling around the Eight 80 Newport Beach apartment complex when they spotted a vehicle parked in a red zone.  The officers contacted the three occupants to address this simple violation. They quickly realized there might be something more to this red zone violation. After interacting with these subjects, they took two guns off their persons as well drug paraphernalia. One of the subjects contacted was just 15 years old. Unfortunately, this youth was taken to Juvenile Hall located in Orange and processed for the gun charges.

On March 14, 2024, officers made a traffic stop for vehicle code violations at Superior Avenue and W. Coast Highway. During a search of the car, officers discovered two replica handguns had been altered, methamphetamine, 400+ grams of PCP, ketamine, cocaine, PCP laced cigarettes, more than 1.1 lbs. of marijuana, illicit prescriptions, drug paraphernalia, stolen mail/vehicle registrations, stolen checks and credit cards, and mace and counterfeit currency. The driver was a convicted felon and was placed under arrest for a felon in possession of mace, numerous drug/drug sales, an altered replica handgun and fraud charges. The female passenger was arrested for drug paraphernalia possession. During a Miranda interview, officers obtained a full confession to the possession of the items and intent to sell the drugs. This was an excellent stop and investigation.

Stay tuned next week to hear an update from Lt. Blakely in Area 3.

Editor’s Note: This is an ongoing series of community information provided by the Newport Beach Police Department.

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Rearranging Reality solo exhibition on display at John Wayne Airport

Acclaimed collage artist David Krovblit has unveiled Rearranging Reality, a solo exhibition at John Wayne Airport (JWA), continuing through July 8. This captivating showcase features a diverse collection of nearly 20 of Krovblit’s original artworks, spanning several key periods of his illustrious career.

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Artist David Krovblit with his work at Soho Hotel in Toronto

Krovblit is a Southern California-based mixed media artist whose collages have earned international acclaim for their intricate compositions and profound commentary on memory, culture and identity. With exhibitions across the globe, his work offers a powerful narrative on the art of visual storytelling.

Renowned for his innovative collages that blend images and textures to challenge perceptions, Krovblit invites viewers into a world where reality is thoughtfully dissected and reassembled. The exhibition, a curated retrospective, highlights the evolution of Krovblit’s art, offering a journey through his creative process and boundary-pushing exploration of collage.

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“Diver’s Paradise,” collage by David Krovblit

Rearranging Reality encapsulates Krovblit’s artistic journey, extending an invitation to audiences to witness the intricacies and beauty of perceiving the world through his unique lens. The exhibition also features a unique display of materials from Krovblit’s studio. This “studio table” view allows visitors to get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into creating the amazing works of art on view.

“Lizard King,” collage by David Krovblit

The exhibition can be found pre-security on the lower Arrivals Level in the Terminals A and B baggage areas.

Learn more about David Krovblit’s artistic practice and see his work on Instagram at https://instagram.com/krovblit1 and on the web at www.krovblit.com.

For more information about the John Wayne Airport Arts Program, visit www.ocair.com/terminal/artexhibits.

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It’s a kids’ world during April with exciting events at Newport Beach Public Library

Hey kids! From Children’s Storytime guest readers, to an author visit and poetry month celebration, April is filled with exciting events at the Newport Beach Public Library (NBPL).

In addition, join NBPL as they continue to celebrate National Library Week through April 14. The library is a place to connect with others, learn new skills and focus on what matters most. Be sure to visit and attend special events at your favorite library branch during this week!

Check out what’s happening in April…

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

Beanstalk Spring Challenge

Continuing through Tuesday, April 30, join the Spring Reading Challenge! Read every day through April, track your reading through Beanstack and be entered for the opportunity to win a prize!

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NBPL welcomes children’s storytime guest readers through Saturday, April 13

Children’s Storytime Guest Readers

Through April 13 from 10:30-11 a.m., join storytime with special guest readers including City of Newport Beach dignitaries and other local leaders. Funding is provided by the Friends of the Library.

Explorer Magician California Joe

On Saturday, April 13 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Mariners Branch, join Explorer Magician California Joe on a magical journey around the world as the NBPL celebrates the end of National Library Week. This is a great show for all ages. Funding is provided by the Friends of the Library.

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Let you imagination run wild on LEGO Saturday

LEGO® Saturdays

On Saturday, April 6 and 20, drop into the Central Library Children’s Room between 2-4 p.m. on the first and third Saturday of each month to create with LEGO®. Get inspiration for your creations by choosing from one of their LEGO® challenges and let your imagination run wild! All ages are welcome. Funding is provided by the Friends of the Library.

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Join author Rashin Kheiriyeh as she shares her new book “Rumi-Poet of Joy and Love”

Children’s Author Visit and Poetry Month Celebration

On Tuesday, April 23 from 4-5 p.m. April is National Poetry Month! Join in celebration at Central Library with special guest and children’s author Rashin Kheiriyeh as she shares her new book Rumi-Poet of Joy and Love. Kheiriyeh is a multi-award-winning author-illustrator and painter who has more than 90 children’s books to her credit. Participants will also enjoy writing and illustrating poems with different activities and prompts. For ages 6-11. No registration is required. Materials are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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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OC Fair’s Imaginology this weekend offers hands-on fun and STEAM activities – all free

Kids and families can explore the fun of STEAM – science, technology, engineering, arts and math – during Imaginology, free at OC Fair & Event Center this Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14.

Imaginology is the perfect environment for curious people of all ages to fuel their imaginations at workshops with lots of make-and-take crafts and more.

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Explore the fun of STEAM on April 13-14 at the OC Fair & Event Center

Students are encouraged to explore the possibilities in STEAM fields as they learn through hands-on experiences and exhibits ranging from woodworking to prehistoric pets to science experiments.

This exciting two-day exploration of STEAM is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free and food options are available for purchase. Parking is $12.

Imaginology is OC Fair & Event Center’s largest community give-back program of the year and activities will take place at favorite destinations – Centennial Farm and Heroes Hall. Other buildings on the fairgrounds will transform into action galleries full of fun and learning, with local youth performing on the community stage.

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

OC Fair & Event Center is located at 80 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts celebrates AAPI Heritage Month

Segerstrom Center for the Arts has announced its vibrant line-up of events on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Throughout May, the Center will spotlight local AAPI artists, offering a diverse array of events and activities. From dynamic dance classes to captivating live music performances, thought-provoking film screenings, and exciting family-friendly activities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

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AAPI Heritage Month

Admission for all events is free with the new Plaza Pass. Before you arrive, sign up for free and download this digital pass to your mobile wallet for access to AAPI Heritage Month events, along with thrilling live entertainment, exciting cultural experiences, and free community programming on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza.

All events are outdoors in an open plaza with limited built-in seating. Audience members may bring their own folding chairs, if desired. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at George’s Café. Attendees are welcome to bring their own refreshments, however outside alcohol, glass containers, tables, barbecues and food preparation are not permitted on the Plaza. The Plaza can get chilly with occasional strong breezes, so bring a warm sweater or jacket to ensure maximum comfort during the performance. All films will be screened with English dubbing and subtitles. Concerts may include flashing lights, but will not include theatrical haze and fog, or strobing effects.

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South Side Symphony, 2019

The Center is committed to fostering cultural diversity and inclusivity through its programming. Join them in May as SCFTA honors and celebrates the diverse cultures and talents of the AAPI community.

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Tuesday Dance Night, May 2019

Continuing the celebration, their Broadway and Family series are offering even more cultural experiences during the month of May. The Pa’akai We Bring celebrates the vibrant culture, music and storytelling traditions of Hawaii. Set against the backdrop of the mystical city of Agrabah, Aladdin’s stunning choreography, breathtaking sets and beloved songs promises to enchant audiences of all ages.

AAPI Heritage Month Line-up

Movie Night: Past Lives – May 3

The festivities will kick off with a screening of the Oscar-nominated film Past Lives, preceded by a festive evening of music, food and free activities for all. Enjoy fun photo ops, local food trucks and artmaking activities led by OCAPICA’s Well(ness)essity team, along with a filmmaker Q&A led by Some Folks Productions.

6:30 p.m. – Enjoy food trucks, artmaking and more

8 p.m. – Movie begins

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“Past Lives”

Disney’s Aladdin – May 7-12

Discover a whole new world at Disney’s Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical.

From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle.

Movie Night: Funny Money – May 10

Join SCFTA for a screening of Funny Money (2013), preceded by a festive evening of music, food and free activities for all. Enjoy fun photo ops, local food trucks and artmaking activities along with a filmmaker Q&A led by the Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association (VAALA).

6:30 p.m. – Enjoy food trucks, artmaking and more

8 p.m. – Movie begins

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A glimpse at Crystal Cove in April

Crystal Cove State Park is offering a variety of events in April. 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 offerings.

Friday, April 12: Perimeter of the Park from 7:15-11:30 a.m.

Ready for a challenging hike to tour the Crystal Cove backcountry? Join a park docent as you go from the “gills to the hills” on this strenuous but very scenic loop hike. The distance is around nine miles; elevation/gain loss, around 1,500 ft. The hike is done at a moderate pace with one or two short breaks. Be sure to bring plenty of water and a snack. Arrive by 7:15 as the hike will start promptly at 7:30 a.m. Meet at the Ranger Station (PCH inland at the stoplight School-State Park, follow the signs towards the Ranger Station). $15 day use fee.

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Join a park naturalist for a Spring Bird Walk

Saturday, April 13: 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 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 Amphitheatre (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground). $15 day use fee.

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Stewards will aid in activities such as weeding, seeding and planting

Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20: Stewardship Days from 8-11:30 a.m.

Come help Crystal Cove Conservancy and work alongside California State Parks on habitat restoration projects during Stewardship Days. Participants will aid in activities such as weeding, seeding, and planting. Be prepared to walk about 30 minutes to the project site (3 miles round trip) on mostly flat, but uneven canyon trails with slight elevation gain. This event is recommended for ages 8 and up. All participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Contact Jennifer Mendez at jennifer@crystalcove.org for questions and to register.

Friday, April 19: Walk on the Wildside from 10-11 a.m.

At Crystal Cove, you walk upon some of the rarest land in Southern California – coastal sage scrub. Come join a park docent for this Walk on the Wildside and enjoy a one-hour springtime slow-paced stroll through this wild place. Enjoy spring blooms and learn about this native habitat as you walk along a boardwalk to the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, at the top of the boardwalk near the parking lot (PCH coastward at Newport Coast, right at kiosk to first lot). $15 day use fee.

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Volunteers are needed to help clean the beach, bluff trail and parking lots

Saturday, April 20: Earth Day Beach Cleanup from 8-11 a.m.

Come spend a few hours giving back to Mother Nature at their Earth Day beach cleanup. Volunteers are needed to help clean the beach, bluff trail and parking lots. They encourage you to bring your own supplies including buckets and recyclable bags to help reduce plastic bag usage (but they will have plenty on hand if needed). Meet at Reef Point Lot (PCH coastward at the stoplight Reef Point, around the kiosk, then left to the first restroom building, which is on the right). Fee is waived for cleanup. If you are under 18, see this link for a waiver and bring along with you.

Sunday, April 21: Full Moon Hike from 7:30-9:30 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. Please bring a red flashlight, but if you don’t have one, they will have plenty to share. Meet at the Ranger Station (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow the signs to the Ranger Station). $5 entrance fee. Please RSVP to Let’s Go Outside @letsgooutside.org.

Saturday, April 27: 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 several diverse and geologically outstanding sites which all display a story from a different geologic time. Meet at the Los Trancos lot at the trailer (PCH turn inland at stoplight “Los Trancos”). $15 day use fee.

Sunday, April 28: Sunset Treasure and Photo Op Walk from 6-8 p.m.

Join a docent for a slow-paced walk along the beach at low tide stopping to admire sea treasures, birds and interesting rocks on this Sunset Treasure and Photo Op Walk at Crystal Cove State Park. Let the sounds of the sea and sights soothe you while walking to an ideal spot to watch the sun sink behind Catalina Island. You’ll walk on flat, firm sand except for the steepish paved ramp from the parking lot to the beach. Meet at the restroom building at Reef Point (PCH coastward at the stoplight Reef Point, around the kiosk to the southernmost end of the lot). $15 day use fee.

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

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Look what’s happening at Upper Newport Bay

April is a busy month at Upper Newport Bay, with spring blossoming all around. From Toddler Trek to nature journaling and celebrating Earth Day, the outdoors await!

Here’s the line-up:

April 12, 19 and 26 from 10-11 a.m.: Toddler Treks

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Courtesy of OC Parks

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.

April 20 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Earth Day at the Bay

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OC Parks at their vendor booth during a previous Earth Day

OC Parks and the Newport Bay Conservancy invite you to attend their annual celebration: Earth Day at the Bay. This free, family-friendly event features environmental-themed exhibits from community partners and local artists. Booths will feature activities which include arts and crafts, science discovery and educational information. There will be live music throughout the day as well as a scavenger hunt complete with prizes. Be sure to enter the opportunity drawing as well. Food trucks will be on-site with tasty treats available for purchase. For more information, visit https://ocparks.com/events/earth-day-bay.

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Explore Upper Newport Bay through nature journaling

April 26 from 9-11 a.m.: Nature Journaling

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

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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On Campus: this week in high school athletics

Corona del Mar High School

Friday, April 12

3:15 p.m. – Baseball at Newport Harbor

Saturday, April 13

8:30 a.m. – Boys Track & Field in OC Championships at Mission Viejo High School

8:30 a.m. – Girls Track & Field in OC Championships at Mission Viejo High School

Monday, April 15

3 p.m. – Boys Golf vs. Huntington Beach at Newport Beach Country Club

3:15 p.m. – Softball at Marina

5:45 p.m. – Boys Volleyball at Edison

Tuesday, April 16

3 p.m. – Boys Swimming & Diving at Los Alamitos

3 p.m. – Girls Swimming & Diving at Los Alamitos

3 p.m. – Boys Tennis vs. Marina

3:15 p.m. – Baseball vs. Laguna Beach

3:15 p.m. – Softball vs. Edison

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

5 p.m. – Girls Lacrosse vs. Edison

Wednesday, April 17

3 p.m. – Diving in League Finals at Los Alamitos High School

3:15 p.m. – Baseball at Laguna Beach

5:45 p.m. – Boys Volleyball vs. Huntington Beach

Thursday, April 18

3 p.m. – Boys Tennis vs. Los Alamitos

3 p.m. – Boys Golf vs. Los Alamitos at Old Ranch Country Club

3:15 p.m. – Softball at Newport Harbor

5 p.m. – Girls Lacrosse vs. Laguna Beach

Friday, April 19

2:45 p.m. – Girls Track & Field in League Prelims at Los Alamitos

2:45 p.m. – Boys Track & Field in League Prelims at Los Alamitos

3:15 p.m. – Baseball vs. Laguna Beach

7 p.m. – Boys Lacrosse at St. Margaret’s Episcopal

Saturday, April 20

10 a.m. – Girls Lacrosse vs. Vista Murrieta

11 a.m. – Baseball vs. Tesoro in Newport Elks Tournament at CdM

Results

Saturday, April 6

Boys Lacrosse lost to Loyola, 8-3

Tuesday, April 9

Baseball lost at Newport Harbor, 2-0

Newport Harbor High School

Friday, April 12

3:15 p.m. – Baseball vs. Corona del Mar

Tuesday, April 16

3 p.m. – Girls Swimming & Diving vs. Huntington Beach

3 p.m. – Boys Swimming & Diving vs. Huntington Beach

3 p.m. – Boys Tennis at Huntington Beach

3:15 p.m. – Baseball at Marina

3:15 p.m. – Softball vs. Marina

4 p.m. – Boys Golf vs. Huntington Beach at Costa Mesa Country Club

7 p.m. – Girls Lacrosse vs. Huntington Beach

Wednesday, April 17

3:15 p.m. – Baseball vs. Marina

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

7 p.m. – Boys Lacrosse vs. Huntington Beach

Thursday, April 18

3 p.m. – Boys Tennis vs. Fountain Valley

3:15 p.m. – Softball vs. Corona del Mar

4 p.m. – Boys Golf vs. Fountain Valley at Mile Square Golf Club

6 p.m. – Girls Lacrosse at Edison

Friday, April 19

3 p.m. – Boys Track & Field at Marina

3 p.m. – Girls Track & Field at Marina

6:30 p.m. – Baseball vs. Marina at Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Saturday, April 20

10 a.m. – Girls Lacrosse at Santiago/Corona

3 p.m. – Boys Lacrosse at Los Alamitos

Results

Saturday, April 6

Baseball beat Laguna Beach, 4-1

Monday, April 8

Softball lost at Fountain Valley, 13-0

Tuesday, April 9

Softball lost at Huntington Beach, 10-0

Baseball beat Corona del Mar, 2-0

Girls Lacrosse lost at Los Alamitos, 11-10

Pacifica Christian High School

Friday, April 12

TBA – Baseball at Calvary Chapel Downey

3 p.m. – Girls Beach Volleyball vs. Waldorf at Newland Sand Courts

Saturday, April 13

8 a.m. – Girls Track & Field in OC Championships at Mission Viejo High School

8 a.m. – Boys Track & Field in OC Championships at Mission Viejo High School

Monday, April 15

4 p.m. – Boys Volleyball vs. Western Christian

Tuesday, April 16

TBA – Baseball at League Tournament

2:15 p.m. – Boys Golf vs. Capistrano Valley Christian at Ben Brown Golf Course

Thursday, April 18

3:30 p.m. – Boys Golf vs. Fairmont/San Juan Capistrano at Costa Mesa Country Club

4:30 p.m. – Boys Volleyball at Fairmont Prep

Friday, April 19

3 p.m. – Boys Track & Field in League Prelims at Webb School in Claremont

3 p.m. – Girls Track & Field in League Prelims at Webb School in Claremont

5:30 p.m. – Boys Volleyball vs. Sage Hill

Results

Monday, April 8

Boys Tennis at Western Christian, 9-9

Baseball lost at Anaheim, 3-2

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Boys Golf lost to Tarbut V’Torah, 199-227, at Strawberry Farms Golf Club

Baseball won at Calvary Chapel in Downey, 12-8

Sage Hill School

Friday, April 12

3:30 p.m. – Baseball vs. Portola

3:30 p.m. – Boys Tennis at Northwood

4 p.m. – Girls Lacrosse at Valencia/Placentia

5:15 p.m. – Boys Volleyball at Irvine

Monday, April 15

3:30 p.m. – Boys Tennis vs. Capistrano Valley

4 p.m. – Boys Golf vs. Woodbridge

4 p.m. – Girls Lacrosse vs. Northwood

5:15 p.m. – Boys Volleyball vs. Laguna Hills

Tuesday, April 16

3 p.m. – Boys Tennis at University

3:15 p.m. – Coed Swimming vs. Orange Lutheran

3:30 p.m. – Baseball at Northwood

3:30 p.m. – Boys Golf vs. Northwood

Wednesday, April 17

TBA – Boys Tennis in PCL Tournament at TBD

3:30 p.m. – Coed Swimming at Woodbridge

4 p.m. – Girls Lacrosse vs. Woodbridge

Thursday, April 18

TBA – Boys Tennis in PCL Tournament at TBD

3:30 p.m. – Baseball vs. Northwood

5:15 p.m. – Boys Volleyball vs. University

Friday, April 19

3 p.m. – Boys & Girls Track & Field in PCL Prelims at TBD

3:30 p.m. – Baseball at Northwood

4 p.m. – Girls Lacrosse at Woodbridge

5:30 p.m. – Boys Volleyball at Pacifica Christian/OC

Results

Saturday, April 6

Boys Volleyball won versus Rialto, 2-0

Boys Volleyball won versus Lakewood, 2-0

Boys Volleyball won versus Central City Value, 2-0

Boys Volleyball beat Leuzinger, 1-0

Boys Volleyball lost to Wiseburn-Da Vinci, 1-0

Boys Volleyball beat Arcadia, 1-0

Monday, April 8

Boys Golf lost to Portola, 196-199

Girls Lacrosse lost at Portola, 18-7

Tuesday, April 9

Baseball beat Portola, 4-3

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

Bridges of Buck Gully Hike: Buck Gully is a natural, coastal canyon which opened up to the public in 2012 with the installation of four bridges to allow for safe public access. Discover the bridges on Tuesdays, 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 Tuesdays, 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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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.

Fourth Friday Habitat Restoration in Buck Gully on Fridays, 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.

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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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California Native Plant Society Garden Tour to take place on May 4 and 5

The California Native Plant Society Orange County Chapter is hosting its annual garden tour, themed “California in My Garden” on May 4 and 5. The tour will feature 22 private and public gardens throughout Orange County. South County gardens will be featured on Saturday, May 4 and North County gardens will be featured Sunday, May 5. Gardens will be available for viewing from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Interested participants can register online at https://chapters.cnps.org/oc.

Gardens will showcase how California native plants can serve as elegant foundation plants for the home landscape. Only gardens featuring at least 50% native plants are included in the tour.

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Photo by Mary Hurlbut

Native plantings are showcased at the Newport Beach Civic Center

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Photo by Mary Hurlbut

Succulents add beauty at the Newport Beach Civic Center

“More and more gardeners are choosing California native plants,” said Orange County CNPS Chapter President Elizabeth Wallace. “Once established, native plants require the least amount of water of any plant. They are easy to grow, beautiful, and they are the most important flowers, shrubs and trees a homeowner can choose to support birds, butterflies and wildlife. Native plants remind us of why we love California.”

Along with private homes, the tour features public gardens including the Newport Beach Civic Center native gardens and art installation, an HOA Community Park in Irvine and the Moulton Niguel and Irvine Ranch Water District native plant demonstration gardens.

“Gardeners and native plant lovers alike will not want to miss this special event,” said Garden Tour Committee head Irina Ensminger. “We know participants will be inspired to grow California native plants in their home landscapes and go home with creative ideas for incorporating our amazingly biodiverse flora into their gardens.”

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Courtesy of Elizabeth Wallace

The Newport Beach Sculpture Garden is enhanced with colorful native plants

The mission of the California Native Plant Society is to protect California’s native plants and their natural habitats, today and into the future, through science, education, stewardship, gardening and advocacy. Since its beginnings, the California Native Plant Society has been a leading voice in plant science and native plant appreciation, making it one of the foremost native plant organizations in the world. CNPS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to conserving California native plants and their natural habitats, while increasing the understanding, enjoyment and horticultural use of native plants.

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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!

April 16: Christopher Munger, Elsie Sooszetojones, Joy Bradford, Tammy Dean McInerney

April 10: Charlie Foss, Jeffry Shindler, Paula Steurer, Ted Mortenson

April 11: Kelley Weingarten, Roger Lockhart, Stephen Jason Titus

April 12: Andrew Gabriel, Devin Dwyer, Irene Krinsky, Lindsey Henn, Patrick Strader

April 13: Bobby Allen, Brett Hemphill, Dianne Newberry, Eleanor Dickson, Julie Laughton, Lee Ramos, Liz Dorn Parker

April 14: Dale L. Dykema, Duane Burns, Glenn Inskeep

April 15: Mattias Ernby, Tamara Dowell

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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 excited to announce the availability of Mickey, a delightful 4-month-old Pug Schnauzer mix, for adoption to a loving home. Mickey is a bundle of joy waiting to bring endless love and laughter to a family.

Courtesy of the Newport Beach Animal Shelter

Meet Mickey

Mickey, at 4 months old, is full of energy and curiosity, and eager to explore the world. As with many young pups, Mickey will benefit greatly from training and socialization to help him grow into a well-rounded companion. Mickey’s ideal home would be one where he can thrive alongside another young dog companion. He enjoys the company of his fellow canines and would flourish in an environment where he has a playmate to romp around with.

This sweet boy has been neutered, vaccinated and microchipped, ensuring he’s all set to embark on his new journey with his forever family. If you’re ready to meet Mickey, reach out to the Newport Beach Animal 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.

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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Beetlejuice coming to Segerstrom Center for the Arts in two weeks

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Photo by Matthew Murphy

It’s almost showtime when “Beetlejuice” comes to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts from April 16-28. He earned his stripes on Broadway and now the ghost-with-the-most graces Segerstrom Hall. Based on Tim Burton’s dearly beloved film, the musical is “a jaw-dropping funhouse” (“The New York Times”). Tickets start at $49 and are going fast. To purchase yours, go here. Pictured: Justin Collette (Beetlejuice) and the Tour Company of “Beetlejuice.”

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Girls Inc. of Orange County’s 70th Anniversary Gala: The “Strong, Smart and Bold Future Tour”

Join Girls Inc. of Orange County for the “Strong, Smart and Bold Future Tour” Gala on Saturday, April 20 at the Balboa Bay Resort beginning at 6 p.m. It’s more than just an annual gala; it’s a celebration of the non-profit organization’s 70th Platinum Anniversary, honoring seven decades of inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold. This rockin’ gala will commemorate inspiring stories from the past and exciting visions for the future.

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Strong, Smart and Bold girls at last year’s gala

From 133 girls served in 1954 to more than 9,000 in 2023, funds raised will help Girls Inc. of Orange County reach the bold goal of serving more than 13,000 girls from kindergarten to college and beyond by 2027. With girl-focused programs in STEM, financial literacy, healthy relationships and body image, and college and career prep, your support helps Girls Inc. of Orange County ensure girls are well prepared to step into future leadership roles and take on the world.

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Emcee Jamie Gwen and Girls Inc. CEO Lucy Santana at last year’s gala

For this special concert-themed event, attendees can slip into their blingy sneakers and join in on an unforgettable evening of dining, dancing with The Tijuana Dogs, and most importantly, raising critical funds to inspire the future generations of Orange County girls.

Secure your spot today for the concert of the year and inspire greatness by sponsoring or purchasing your tickets at www.girlsinc-oc.org/gala. Your commitment echoes the beat of their mission, and together, helps create a symphony of positive change. They look forward to celebrating with you and making this 70th Platinum Anniversary Gala a showstopper.

Individual tickets are $250 with additional sponsorship package opportunities.

Balboa Bay Resort is located at 1221 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

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Newport Beach Surf & Turf Polo Classic returns May 4

The Newport Beach Foundation has announced the return of the highly anticipated Newport Beach Surf & Turf Polo Classic, set to take place on Saturday, May 4 at the picturesque Peninsula Park athletic field. The second annual event promises to deliver a premier, luxury experience with an unforgettable fusion of sport, style and community engagement. As a non-profit philanthropic organization dedicated to strengthening community leadership through education, research, and advocacy, the Newport Beach Foundation invites residents and visitors alike to join in this day of celebration.

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Newport Beach Mayor Pro Tem and Newport Beach Foundation Board Member Joe Stapleton at the inaugural Newport Beach Surf & Turf Polo Classic, 2023

Guests will be able to witness exhilarating polo matches, showcasing the athleticism and skill of the top-tier players in attendance. In addition to the on-field action, attendees will indulge in gourmet food, refreshing beverages and captivating entertainment throughout the day. But the excitement doesn’t end there! After the polo matches, guests are invited to stick around for a special watch party of the 150th Kentucky Derby which will be live streamed on a large outdoor screen for all to view. It’s the perfect way to continue the festivities and soak in the excitement of one of horse racing’s most prestigious events.

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A polo player at last year’s Newport Beach Surf & Turf Polo Classic

“We’re thrilled to bring back the Newport Beach Surf & Turf Polo Classic for its second consecutive year, offering an exciting blend of captivating polo matches, fashionable attire, eye-catching hats and active community involvement,” said Joe Stapleton, Newport Beach mayor pro tem and Newport Beach Foundation board member. “This event is a testament to our commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all residents and visitors of Newport Beach, and we can’t wait to share this unforgettable experience with everyone.”

The Newport Beach Surf & Turf Polo Classic, which supports the Newport Beach Foundation, will take place from 12-4 p.m., with attendees encouraged to dress to impress in the finest polo or Kentucky Derby-inspired attire and showcase their creative flair in the event’s hat contest. Limited parking will be available onsite, so attendees are encouraged to utilize Lyft or Uber for convenience. Tickets for this exclusive event are priced at $150 per person for General Admission and are available on Eventbrite. With limited capacity, interested individuals are urged to secure their tickets as soon as possible to ensure their spot at this must-attend event.

For a sneak preview of what to expect, watch a video of the Newport Beach Surf & Turf Polo Classic from last year here.

Peninsula Park is located at 100 Main St., Newport Beach.

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Newport Beach Public Library to hold a Meet the Author event

Newport Beach Public Library will present the New York Times bestseller, The Mysterious Case of Rudolf Diesel.

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Author Douglas Brunt

Join NBPL for a special Meet the Author event featuring Douglas Brunt, as he discusses one of the most perplexing mysteries of the 20th century – Rudolf Diesel, inventor of the diesel engine, mysteriously vanished on the eve of World War I. This book reveals the hidden history of one of the world’s greatest inventors, a man who disrupted the status quo and then disappeared into thin air. Brunt uncovers the 100-year-old mystery of what really became of Diesel.

Meet the Author event takes place on Sunday, April 28 from 2:30- 4 p.m. in the Friends Room of the Central Library. Registration is strongly recommended. Seating is limited by room capacity. Register here. There is no charge for this event.

Newport Beach Central Library is located at 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. For more information and a full calendar of library events, visit www.newportbeachlibrary.org/calendar.

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