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Hilbert Museum, namesake of donor, benefactor and Newport Coast resident Mark Hilbert, re-opens at Chapman bigger and better than ever

Normally, our coverage in Stu News Newport is about just that, Newport Beach. Occasionally, however, something nearby seems to draw enough attention to interest the Newport Beach audience. The Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University seems to be one of those.

Last evening was their official ribbon-cutting, signifying the christening and re-opening of the museum to the public following a massive, three-year expansion.

The expansion was significant, tripling the space from 7,500 to 22,000 sq. ft.

The reinvented Hilbert Museum now features a striking, two-building ensemble offering 26 galleries for rotating displays of the more than 5,000 oils, watercolors and drawings depicting everyday California life from the Hilbert Collection and nine exhibitions showcasing Millard Sheets, Disney’s Mary Blair, Norman Rockwell, Emigidio Vasquez and others.

Mark Hilbert, the museum benefactor and donor, is a Newport Coast resident.

The museum will also include a café, a community room for lectures, classes and events, a research library, and an outdoor courtyard with native gardens that create a new front door to the museum.

The museum is located at 167 N. Atchison St., in Orange (across from the Metrolink station).

For more information, go to https://hilbertmuseum.org.

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OC’s largest art museum, the Hilbert reemerges after a three-year remodel, adding nine new exhibitions spread across 26 galleries and 22,000 sq. ft.

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Speaking of museums, yayyy for Shirley Pepys who will be recognized at Tuesday’s (Feb. 27) Newport Beach City Council meeting. Shirley is founder and CEO of the Balboa Island Museum Newport Beach and will be recognized by Mayor Will O’Neill and the city council with “an official proclamation of recognition and appreciation for her service to the entire county and specifically to the City of Newport Beach promoting its championed values of elevating the overall quality of life for all residents of and visitors to the city.”

The meeting in the Council Chambers begins at 4 p.m. Friends of Shirley are certainly invited to attend.

The Balboa Island Museum Newport Beach was founded with the mission to document, preserve and promote the history and culture of Balboa Island, Newport Beach and Orange County. It is the only historical museum devoted to collecting, conserving and presenting this local history and culture.

The museum regularly features exhibits on such community traditions as surfing, fishing, The Wedge and more. The museum also delivers a unique educational experience for residents and visitors alike; instructive presentations for children, and supports the work of local artists, curating exclusive exhibitions and merchandise.

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Balboa Island Museum’s Shirley Pepys to be recognized Tuesday at the City Council meeting

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Have you every played in the pro-am at a PGA golf tournament? If you’re a golfer, and the answer is no, consider this. The Hoag Classic, I’m told, has a “couple of spots” still open. You may choose from participating one day or two days.

The Aston Martin Newport Beach Legends Pro-Am will be played Wednesday and Thursday, March 20 and 21 at Newport Beach Country Club.

I’ve done it a number of times. Nothing beats it. You play inside the ropes, walking and talking with your pro…one on the first day and another the second.

You start off picking up your tee package. And let me assure you it’s more than just a pair of socks and a new golf towel. I promise, you’ll be amazed.

There’s an opening night party on Tuesday, March 19 at the VEA Newport Beach, where you’ll find out your pro partners.

Then it’s two days of golf…and don’t worry about pressure. Everyone on your team puts a ball in play, including the professional. They take the best ball.

Things wrap up Thursday evening with an Awards Reception in the Newport Beach Country Club Ballroom.

It’s a shotgun start both days, 8 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., then rotating the next day.

If you’re interested in doing it, call tournament Executive Director Scott Easton at 949.660.1001.

You can thank me later.

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Who serves the best burger in Newport Beach? That’s certainly up for debate. But next week, a new contender in the local market wants to throw their hat into the ring of the debate.

Irv’s Burgers, new to the Balboa Fun Zone is opening their doors with a party on Leap Year Day, Feb. 29 from 6-10 p.m.

Burgers, fries and shakes will be the fare.

Attendees will also enjoy music, games, carnival rides and more!

The Fun Zone…that’s old Newport, with a new twist.

Irv’s also has locations in Malibu, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. They’ve been 70 years in the making, dating all the way back to 1946.

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A social media post this week announced that the Newport Beach Surf & Turf Polo Classic will return to Peninsula Park on Saturday, May 4 from 12-3 p.m.

The Second Annual Polo Classic is presented as a fundraiser by the Newport Beach Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic organization set on strengthening the current and future community leadership through education, research and advocacy.

Last year’s event was good and fun. Still, the committee I’m told has been working hard to raise the bar so to speak, for year two. The list of initial quality sponsors might be a further indication of that: Hoag, Lido House, Pendry Newport Beach, The Elwood Club, Visit Newport Beach and more.

Limited tent and ticket sales info will be coming soon.

It’s one of those dress to impress events with great food, a favorite beverage or two and polo on the beachfront.

More info at www.nb-foundation.org.

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I was speaking with Newport Beach Police Chief Joe Cartwright recently and we were discussing the gaining popularity of the Citizen’s Police Academy.

Frankly, I loved it when I attended.

The program is 12 weeks long, meets from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and includes informative classroom-style presentations as well as practical demonstrations with a variety of Police Department personnel.

Activities include a police facility tour, a jail tour, a simulated car stop exercise, firearms instruction in the shooting range, fingerprinting, and a crime scene investigation challenge. Each student is also given the opportunity to go on one four-hour ride-along with a police officer during the course of the Academy.

You think going in, can I commit to three hours a week for 12 weeks? Trust me, when you get started you won’t want to miss even one session and will be upset when it’s over. It happened to all of us.

I told you how popular it’s become. The Spring program is already closed. The next one will be Fall 2024 from August 28-November 13 and then a Spring 2025 with the exact dates still being determined.

If it’s something you want to find out more about, go to www.nbpd.org/what-we-do/programs/citizens-police-academy. Oh, and go early.


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