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Volume 5, Issue 42  |  May 26, 2020

Fair Game


Things get busy as the holidays approach, here’s to help you plan

Fair Game Tom NewIt’s officially the holiday season, the countdown to Christmas. It’s the time when our schedules become busy. So get a pen out and write these down.

Tomorrow, check out the lights as the Lighting on the Bay takes place at the Newport Dunes. The day features a full schedule of holiday festivities, and a live concert by The Tijuana Dogs, all taking place between 3-9:30 p.m.

Then, Santa Claus will take center stage at dusk when he arrives by Waverunner and flips the magic switch to illuminate the bay with more than 50 LED-lit Christmas trees and holiday decorations. 

And don’t forget the outdoor “Movies on the Beach” screening of ELF.

It’s all free.

Next up is a little politics on Wednesday, December 5, when Assemblywoman Cottie-Petrie Norris will offer up her Sacramento legislative update at WAKE UP! Newport.

The event begins at 7:15 a.m. in the Friends Room of the Newport Beach Public Library with a complimentary continental breakfast, followed by the program from 7:45-8:30 a.m.

Again, it’s all free.

On Sunday, December 8, it’s the 41st Annual Corona del Mar Christmas Walk from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Each year, “The Walk,” brings together thousands of people to the Village of Corona del Mar for live entertainment, food, prizes and games in true holiday fashion. Festivities include signature bands, kids’ entertainment with photos with Santa, a petting zoo, beer & wine garden, merchant promotions and more.

Then, on Tuesday, December 10, the 2019 Mayor’s Reception and Chamber Member Awards will take place from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Back Bay Bistro.

The night is actually a celebration following the naming of the new mayor at the City Council meeting that precedes the reception.

Betting money is on Mayor Pro Tem Will O’Neill as our next mayor.

Finally, before everyone heads off for the holidays, we can’t forget about the 111th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade which runs Wednesday, December 18 through Sunday, December 22.

Christina Anstead, star of HGTV’s Christina on the Coast and Flip or Flop will be the opening night grand marshal.

Fireworks will also light up the sky that evening beginning about 6:15 p.m. They’ll be launched from the end of Newport Pier.

Then, five days later on closing night, at roughly 9 p.m., fireworks will end the parade, this time being set-up on Balboa Pier.

Also, don’t forget tree lightings at the Balboa Bay Resort on Sunday, December 1. The party runs from 6-8 p.m.

There’s also a tree lighting in Crystal Cove, the 23rd annual, on Saturday, December 7, at dusk, following an all day holiday bazaar.

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Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday. It’s a day to remind residents first and shoppers second that supporting small businesses is important to our communities.

Sure, sometimes it seems that big box stores offer all the better deals, so most find that attractive.

But think for a second, who do you go to when you need an underwriter for your kid’s softball or soccer team? A big box retailer or a small business?

I say the latter.

Who donates items to our local auctions to help causes raise money? A big box retailer or a small business?

I, again, say the latter.

Small businesses in so many instances are the lifeblood of our communities. Check them out tomorrow and spend your dollars there to show your support.

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Let’s go Sea Kings! Tonight, quarterback Ethan Garbers, wide receiver John Humphreys and crew kickoff at 7:30 p.m. on Davidson Field against Grace Brethren in the CIF Division 3 title game.

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Feel like some more sports? Tomorrow night, UCI basketball will retire former Anteaters star Scott Brooks’ jersey during their game against Eastern Michigan.

Brooks, who wore jersey No. 12, played two seasons (1985-87) for UCI averaging 23.8 points per game as a senior, while earning first-team All-Pacific Coast Athletic Association, All-District and honorable mention All-American. His name still shows up in multiple places in the Anteater record book.

He went on to play 12 seasons in the NBA, winning an NBA Championship in 1994 with the Houston Rockets. Following his playing career, he coached the Oklahoma City Thunder and currently the Washington Wizards.

Kevin Magee is the only other UCI basketball player to have a jersey retired.

It should be a great moment in Anteater basketball history.

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