Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

 

It’s that time of the year again when Ensenada comes calling for sailors

Ahoy there! This Friday, April 26, the 76th Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race sets sail for the annual classic. Newport Ocean Sailing Association (NOSA) will offer two courses for sailors – either all the way to Ensenada, or the shorter one to San Diego.

The race begins Friday morning with the First Warning Signal at 10:55 a.m. off of the Balboa Pier, followed by a multi-line start. This year’s race is expecting nearly 150 boats to participate, finishing the main race, N2E, 125 nautical miles later bound for the Hotel Coral and Marina in Ensenada.

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The Pacific Art Foundation is celebrating their 30th anniversary on May 11 at the Pacific Club. Wall Street Journal art critic Peter Plagens will be the keynote speaker.

According to his bio, “Plagens has been an astute observer and chronicler of the Los Angeles art scene for more than 50 years. He has written the definitive book on post World War II art and artists, Sunshine Muse, as well as numerous articles on the subject.

Plagens has been with the Journal for the past eight years and previous to that for 15 years with Newsweek magazine.

His talk will be about “his firsthand experience with many of the important artists of our time. He will also discuss the Pacific Art Foundation collection and how the Los Angeles art scene has influenced and informed the collection.”

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Foremost art critic Peter Plagens will be the keynote speaker at Pacific Art Foundation’s 30th anniversary celebration

Tickets can be purchased at The Pacific Art Foundation – Permanent Collection Of California Artists.

The dinner will be from 6-9 p.m.

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Custom Comfort Mattress is usually not what comes to mind when you think about enjoying tacos. That changes next Tuesday (April 30) when the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce and Custom Comfort Mattress (near the corner of PCH and Bayside, next to Starbucks) join together for an evening reception of networking…and their own Taco Tuesday.

Who knows, maybe go by, enjoy a taco, then take a siesta…it seems perfect!

The evening takes place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the showroom featuring Mexican cuisine, refreshments, music, swag items and drawings for prizes.

RSVP here. It’s free for Chamber members and $25 for non-members.

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Sherman Library & Gardens’ Volunteer Association will host a Spring Garden Art Faire on Saturday, May 11.

The public is invited. And maybe, just maybe, you might find something for mom…after all, remember the following day is Mother’s Day.

Stroll through Sherman Gardens, while enjoying beautiful harp music being performed live by the Orange County Harp Troupe, and perusing the works of local artists and makers showcasing their botanical-themed art in a variety of mediums including watercolor, mosaics, oils, acrylics, ceramics, glass, leather, jewelry, paper quilling and driftwood.

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Courtesy of Sherman Library & Gardens

One of the recent artworks by local CdM resident Lesa Vander Bie, who is participating in the Art Faire

The Sowers, Sherman’s craftiest volunteers, will present their unique, one-of-a-kind, handmade spring items for people and pets, with 100% of their proceeds benefiting Sherman Library & Gardens.

The kids will enjoy the day, too. Children can color their very own wooden birdhouse and/or make a Mother’s Day card to take home. Instructor-led art classes, featuring spring-themed projects, will also take place throughout the day.

At the Bouquet Bar, Sherman Gardens’ horticulture staff will help guests create a custom floral bouquet for purchase – just in time for Mother’s Day!

“Along with history and horticulture, the arts is a core value of Sherman Library & Gardens. The Spring Garden Art Faire promises to be fun for the whole family,” said Scott LaFleur, executive director of Sherman Library & Gardens.

The Spring Garden Art Faire is free with garden admission. Garden admission is only $5, and is always free for members.

Sherman Library & Gardens is located at 2647 E. Coast Highway in CdM. For more information, visit thesherman.org, or call 949.673.2261.

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I remember the days my columns would fill up with news on the next fundraising golf tournament, but that’s so 1990s!

Today, everything seems like it’s around Pickleball.

And now, the Newport Beach Association of REALTORS® (NBAOR) have joined those ranks with their Annual Charity Pickleball Tournament scheduled for Wednesday, May 15, at the Tennis and Pickleball Club at Newport Beach.

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Courtesy of NBAOR

The pickleball tournament will benefit Childhelp Orange County

The event will benefit Childhelp Orange County. Childhelp, est. 1959, exists to meet the physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children, while focusing efforts on advocacy, intervention, treatment, prevention, family resilience and community outreach.

This year’s tournament is expected to be a sold-out success once again. Player tickets to attend include an entry to play in the tournament, goody bag and taco bar social. If you are not a pickleball player, you may still participate in the taco bar social ticketed portion of the event after play concludes.

A majority of the event proceeds are generated through generous sponsorships as well as the silent auction.

To make this year’s pickleball tournament ultra-successful, NBAOR needs everyone’s help by sponsoring, attending or contributing to the silent auction by contacting the Newport Beach Association of REALTORS® at 949.233.2300.

This is one of several charitable events the Association plans each year. For a full events calendar, to purchase a ticket and view their Member Directory, visit www.nbaor.com.

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Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) is planning an enchanting evening this Friday (April 26), beginning at 6 p.m., where “the art of sparkle comes to life through an exquisite menu, engaging discussion and perfectly paired Champagnes.”

The evening is designed around a meticulously crafted menu by renowned Chef Nick Weber preparing each dish as “a masterpiece, artfully incorporating ingredients that dazzle the palate and the eye.”

During the evening, Heidi Zuckerman, CEO and director of OCMA, will be joined by L.A.-based contemporary artist Alex Anderson to discuss Anderson’s creative practice, and how art (just like sparkle) can captivate and inspire us.

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Heidi Zuckerman, CEO and director of OCMA, will be joined at Friday’s dinner by L.A.-based contemporary artist Alex Anderson

And no celebration of sparkle would be complete without Champagne. Margaux Kepner, a Level 3 Advanced Sommelier, French Wine Scholar and co-owner of Argaux Wine Club, has carefully selected a range of Champagnes, each offering its own unique sparkle and flavor profile to complement the menu.

Each bite and sip will be designed as a crafted work of art.

Tickets are $250 per person here.

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


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