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Volume 5, Issue 14  |  February 18, 2020


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

NB Central Library

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Upcoming Events & Workshops

“Shore and Marsh Birds” photographic exhibition by Gail White continues through March 6. The Newport Beach City Arts Commission presents this exhibition at the Newport Beach Central Library gallery. White is a long-time resident of Balboa Island. She grew up on the Island, graduated from Newport Harbor High and returned to the Island in 1995 upon her retirement. Strictly an amateur photographer, White’s interest in photographing shore and marsh birds evolved from her love of the beach. All of the photographs on exhibit were shot locally in Newport Beach, Crystal Cove, Bolsa Chica Wetlands and the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. White’s desire in exhibiting these photos is to share with library patrons the wonderful marine birds we have in this area. The exhibition will be on display during library operating hours.

“Driftwood Bird Sculpture” exhibition by Cindy English Gilis continues through March 6. The Newport Beach City Arts Commission presents a sculpture exhibition by Cindy English Gillis, on display at the Newport Beach Central Library gallery. Gillis creates bird sculptures from wood, driftwood and other natural pieces from nature. The objects usually have a shape, color or texture that inspires her. Gillis began her artistic career at the age of 26 when she began painting birds with watercolor. In 1997, she received a BA in interior design, and then went on to work with her husband’s firm, Gillis & Associates Architects, which specialized in public works projects. After her retirement in 2010, Gillis began creating jewelry and driftwood bird sculpture with the things she found along the way, a journey that has been a rewarding one that she look forward to every day with joy and passion.

Witte Lectures, continuing through April, are for the curious, engaged and motivated. It presents serious topics for serious times. Join in for dynamic, informative, call-to-action conversations about the U.S. Presidency, the impacts of income inequality, what to anticipate with rapid environmental change, and learn the societal price of addiction. Understand the complexities of globally relevant issues. Tickets for these events are now on sale for the 23rd season. To become a member of the Newport Beach Library Foundation, click here.

Meet the Authors Series, continuing through May 21. The Newport Beach Public Library (NBPL) hosts an exciting series of five Meet the Author talks and book signings beginning at 7 p.m. The wealth of literary talent includes several local authors and writers of both fiction and non-fiction bestsellers, including Adam Chandler, Drive-Thru Dreams, on March 19; Dr. Michael Roizen, What to Eat When, on April 15; Andrew Krivak, The Bear, on April 22 and Christopher Goffard, Dirty John, on May 21. Program admission is free, but individuals interested in attending should register ahead on the Library’s website calendar at www.newportbeachlibrary.org/calendar.

SAVE THE DATE: 56th Annual Newport Beach Art Exhibition will be held on Saturday, June 20 from 1-6 p.m. at the Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach. This annual juried event will showcase more than 300 pieces of original art at the Newport Beach Civic Center location, an open modern venue where guests can enjoy a festive atmosphere of art, music, food and wine. Admission is free. Free parking is available in the Civic Center parking structure and in the Central Library parking lot. For more information, contact the Cultural Arts office, at 949.717.3802 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Census 2020: Everyone Counts, Tuesday, Feb. 18 from 7-8 p.m. Learn why the 2020 Census is so important, and why it matters to our community that everyone is counted, once, only once, and in the right place. Representatives from the 2020 Census team will explain what the Census entails and how you can participate. Find out how you can help generate our community’s readiness for the 2020 Census, work to mobilize our community and form or join Complete Count Committees, and apply for Census jobs and help recruit diverse staff for ACOs. Takes place in the Friends Room at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

LEGO Block Party on Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 3-4 p.m. at the Mariners Branch Library. Design, build, and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Takes place at 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Helen Zia, author of Last Boat out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese who Fled Mao’s Revolution on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 at 7 p.m., appears as part of the “Library Live Series.” Zia is an activist, award-winning author and former journalist. In 2000, her first book, Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People, was a finalist for the prestigious Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize. She also authored the story of Wen Ho Lee in My Country Versus Me, about the Los Alamos scientist who was falsely accused of being a spy for China in the “worst case since the Rosenbergs.” Her latest book, Last Boat out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese who Fled Mao’s Revolution, was released in January 2019. It traces the lives of emigrants and refugees from another cataclysmic time in history that has striking parallels to the difficulties facing migrants today. Takes place in the Friends Room in Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Lecture and Q&A takes place from 7-8:30 p.m., followed by a book sale and signing until 9 p.m. Tickets: $27, General; $21 NBPLF Member. Reserve tickets online at www.nbplfoundation.org, or by phone at 949.717.3892.

LAST BOAT OUT OF SHANGHAI cover by Helen Zia

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Let’s Talk Money: Investing Basics – Helping you Make Educated Decisions Seminar on Friday, Feb. 21 from 10-11 a.m. Everyone has different reasons for investing. Even for experienced investors, there can be unanswered questions as markets and the investing landscape continue to change. You’ll discuss answers to questions they believe you should be asking. The goal is that you feel informed about how to invest (i.e., your investing strategy), and that you feel confident creating an investment strategy that is specific to you. No registration is required. Seating is first come, first serve limited to room capacity. Takes place in Central Library’s Conference Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Sensory Play Saturdays, Saturday, Feb. 22 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Join the fun at the Corona del Mar Library as you explore, investigate and create with sensory-based play. This stay-and-play program features sensory bins filled with interactive items to stimulate your child’s senses and encourage critical thinking, imagination, and language development. Each week sensory bins will feature different themes and materials. Materials are subject to change according to availability of supplies. Call the Corona del Mar Library with any questions regarding materials and themes. Today’s theme is Construction Zone. Geared for ages 3 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Takes place at the Corona del Mar Branch Library, 410 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar.

LEGO Saturdays, Saturday, Feb. 22 from 12-3 p.m. From buildings to action figures, design, build and invent with LEGOs at this casual, but creative program for elementary age children. No registration required. (Not held the first Saturday of the month.) Takes place in Central Library’s Stahr Storytime Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 

Medicine in Our Backyard – Healthy Heart for Life on Monday, Feb. 24 from 7-8:30 p.m. Features Michael Rochon-Duck, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Cardiology, UCI Health Department of Medicine. More than 85 million Americans suffer from some form of cardiovascular disease. It remains the leading cause of U.S. deaths, claiming about 800,000 lives annually. Dr. Rochon-Duck will discuss what you can do to maintain heart health as you age, and how new technologies for monitoring heart health can help forestall serious heart disease. He is a cardiologist at UCI Health who is dedicated to the diagnosis, management and prevention of cardiovascular disease. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. No reservations are required. Free, but a suggested donation of $10 is always appreciated.

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LEGO Block Party on Wednesday, Feb. 26 from 3-4 p.m. at the Mariners Branch Library. Design, build, and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Takes place at 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Let’s Talk Money: Protecting Wealth from Healthcare Costs in Retirement Seminar on Friday, Feb. 28 from 10-11 a.m. In a recent study, 72 percent of retirees and pre-retirees said health problems are their No. 1 concern. In this seminar, they will address health concerns and their impact on retirement. First, they will review Medicare – what it covers, and more importantly what it does NOT cover. They will discuss the different Medicare plans, enrollment and ways to estimate your potential out-of-pocket healthcare costs. Second, they will address strategies to protect from the impact of a significant health event through long-term care insurance and other Medicare gap plans. Finally, they will discuss ways to build a healthcare funding strategy that complements your larger financial goals. No registration is required. Seating is first come first serve, based on room capacity. Takes place in Central Library’s Conference Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

The Witte Lectures Series continues with David Leonhart on Friday, Feb. 28 from 7-9 p.m. Leonhardt is the author of The American Dream, At Risk – Income Inequality and Us. He joined the New York Times in 1999 and is an Op-Ed columnist. His weekday morning e-newsletter helps his readers make sense of current events by providing analysis and context. Prior to joining the Opinion department, he was founding editor of The Upshot section, which emphasizes data visualization and graphics to offer an analytical approach to the day’s news. He served as Washington bureau chief and wrote “Economic Scene,” a weekly column for the Business section. He is a Pulitzer Prize and Gerald Loeb Award-winning author. Takes place in the Friends Room in Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Lecture and Q&A takes place from 7-8:30 p.m., followed by a book sale and signing until 9 p.m. Tickets: $65, General; $60 NBPLF Member. Reserve tickets online at https://www.nbplfoundation.org/content/The-Witte-Lectures.html, or by phone at 949.717.3892. Note: Central Library will close early at 5 p.m. to get ready for this event.

Sensory Play Saturdays, Saturday, Feb. 29 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Join the fun at the Corona del Mar Library as you explore, investigate and create with sensory-based play. This stay-and-play program features sensory bins filled with interactive items to stimulate your child’s senses and encourage critical thinking, imagination, and language development. Each week sensory bins will feature different themes and materials. Materials are subject to change according to availability of supplies. Call the Corona del Mar Library with any questions regarding materials and themes. Today’s theme is Color and Shape Sorting with Bean Bags. Geared for ages 3 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Takes place at the Corona del Mar Branch Library, 410 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar.

LEGO Saturdays, Saturday, Feb. 29 from 12-3 p.m. From buildings to action figures, design, build and invent with LEGOs at this casual, but creative program for elementary age children. No registration required. (Not held the first Saturday of the month.) Takes place in Central Library’s Stahr Storytime Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 

The Witte Lectures Series continues with David Leonhart on Saturday, Feb. 29 from 2-4 p.m. Leonhardt is the author of The American Dream, At Risk – Income Inequality and Us. He joined the New York Times in 1999 and is an Op-Ed columnist. His weekday morning e-newsletter helps his readers make sense of current events by providing analysis and context. Prior to joining the Opinion department, he was founding editor of The Upshot section, which emphasizes data visualization and graphics to offer an analytical approach to the day’s news. He served as Washington bureau chief and wrote “Economic Scene,” a weekly column for the Business section. He is a Pulitzer Prize and Gerald Loeb Award-winning author. Takes place in the Friends Room in Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. The Lecture and Q&A takes place from 2-3:30 p.m., followed by a book sale and signing until 4 p.m. Tickets: $45, General; $40 NBPLF Member. Reserve tickets online at https://www.nbplfoundation.org/content/The-Witte-Lectures.html, or by phone at 949.717.3892.

Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes 

Books & Babies – It’s never too early for storytime. Introduce language and reading to the littlest lap-sitters, 6-24 months. CdM Library on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Mariners on Wednesdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Balboa on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Mariners on Wednesdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Toddler Storytime – Start building a love of reading early with fun stories and songs for toddlers from 24-36 months. Please arrive on time and do not bring older siblings. Central on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Songs & Stories – Children 2-5 years of age will enjoy stories and music, while being introduced to guided movement, yoga and instruments. Central Library on Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Preschool Storytime – Stories, poems and songs will inspire literary, dramatic and musical fun for kids 3-5 years of age. Balboa on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Central on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Corona del Mar on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Pajama Storytime – Children from age 3-7 can enjoy just-before-bed storytelling fun. Don’t forget to come in your pjs! Central on Mondays at 7 p.m.

Family Storytime – Enjoy family time with stories, songs and a craft geared especially for children ages 3-7. Central on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. www.newportkids.org

 

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Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.;

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.;

Sunday, Noon – 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Closed Sundays

Corona del Mar Branch

410 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Sundays

www.newportbeachlibrary.org

 

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