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For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

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Make-A-Wish Orange County & the Inland Empire | April 7 at 12 p.m. | Enjoy an afternoon luncheon, “It’s in the Bag,” featuring a silent auction of new designer handbags with games and more. All proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Orange County & the Inland Empire. Tickets: $150.

Contact: Debbie Finster at 714.573.9474, ext. 239, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. www.ocie.wish.org/bag

Takes place at the Fashion Island Hotel Newport Beach, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

UCP-OC | April 13 at 5 p.m. | UCP-OC’s, “Life Without Limits Gala,”  celebrates a life without limits for children with disabilities and the supporters who make it all possible. The event includes a gourmet dinner, hosted beverages, fantastic auction items and live entertainment. Tickets: $500.

Contact: Elizabeth Beas at 949.333.6452, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. www.ucpoc.org/gala

Takes place at the Fashion Island Hotel Newport Beach, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

OASIS Senior Center | April 13 from 5 - 9 p.m. | Ole! Ole! Fiesta Fantastica is the annual spring fundraiser presented by Friends of OASIS. Enjoy a fun-filled evening of wining, dining, dancing and gaming including a wheel of fortune, a silent auction and surprise balloon sales with prizes donated by restaurants, retail shops and local services. Live music by Tears of Joy. Tickets are $45. Sponsorship opportunities are available from $250 - $5,000.

Contact: Call Sharon at 1.435.640.3634, Barbara at 949.633.1514, or the Friends of OASIS office at 949.718.1800 for more information. www.friendsofoasis.org

Takes place at OASIS Senior Center, 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar.

Southern California Hospice Foundation | April 16 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. | The Southern California Hospice Foundation’s annual golf tournament is a place where you or your company can become active members of the SCHF Family, as they offer a forum to mingle with individuals of common background who share the beliefs that hospice is a vital, indispensable service for our community. Join the day’s festivities as an individual player, sponsor, or both. You will enjoy breathtaking ocean views from every hole, offering a unique golf experience you will not soon forget. Bring a guest, client, or colleague and enjoy the ultimate Southern California golfing experience. Your support allows this organization to continue to celebrate life and restore hope throughout the years to come. Ticket information: Individual, $600; Sponsorship opportunities from $1,000 - $30,000.

Contact: Michelle Wulfestieg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 877.661.0087. www.socalhospicefoundation.org/events/life-links-love-annual-charity-golf-tournament

Takes place at The Resort at Pelican Hill Golf Club, 22800 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.

Southern California Hospice Foundation golfer

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Photo by Rich Lasalle

Hoag Hospital Foundation | April 25 at 9 a.m. | 32nd Annual Circle 1000 Founders’ Celebration Brunch is an inspirational and priceless opportunity for cancer survivors, family, friends, and Hoag supporters to connect and commemorate the strides made in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Honoring the Hoag Cancer Institute, this year’s guest speaker is writer, comedian and actor Mack Dryden. The event recognizes and celebrates the special group of donors who have played an integral role in building the Hoag Cancer Institute into a world-class community resource. Circle 1000 has expanded to more than 1,000 friends and has raised more than $19 million for the Cancer Institute. Tickets: $1,000 - $30,000.

Contact: www.hoaghospitalfoundation.org; www.hoagpromise.org

Takes place at the Fashion Island Hotel Newport Beach, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

WHW | April 27 at 11 a.m. | “Wanted! WHW’s  Wild Wild West Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show,” when WHW supporters will empower employment success in the style of the old West at a fun event that includes a robust silent auction, martini bar, whiskey tasting, gourmet luncheon, inspiring messages, an exciting live auction and a Western-themed fashion show featuring WHW’s Deja New. Tickets: $225; $2,000 per table.

Contact: Janie Best at 949.631.2333, ext. 316, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. www.whw.org

Takes place at Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

Women #ENDALZ Luncheon | May 3 beginning at 10:30 a.m. | The Women #ENDALZ Luncheon is an event driven by influential women who bring community leaders together to support the mission to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Contact: Kenzie Durham at 949.426.8544 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Takes place at Fashion Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

OC Marathon | May 3 - 5 | Sponsored by the San Diego County Credit Union, runners can choose between a full marathon, a half marathon, or a 5k. Tickets: $35 for the 5k; $104 for the marathon and $99 for the half marathon.

Contact: To register, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. www.ocmarathon.com

Takes place at: The 5k at the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive Costa Mesa; the marathon and half marathon at Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Big Brothers Big Sisters 42nd Annual Golf Tournament | May 6 | Step out onto the green for this annual golf tournament which raises funds for the agency’s life-changing mentorship programs. The day includes unlimited food trucks and on-course contests, as well as a helicopter ball drop and live music at the sunset reception. Foursomes and sponsorships sell out quickly. Sponsorships from $5,000.

Contact: Laura Marcum at 714.619.7034, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. www.ocbigs.org

Takes place at Newport Beach Country Club, One Clubhouse Drive, Newport Beach.

Laura’s House Brighter Futures Luncheon| May 10 beginning at 11 a.m. | Join Laura’s House at its fourth annual spring lunch-and-learn event featuring beautifully decorated tables by the creative table hostesses and sponsors, an impressive opportunity drawing and a luncheon program. Table hostesses needed. Tickets: $125; Sponsorships from $3,500.

Contact: www.laurashouse.org

Takes place at Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

March for Babies| May 11 with registration at 7 a.m.; walk at 8:30 a.m. | March for Babies is a walk event benefiting March of Dimes, the leading nonprofit for pregnancy and infant health. When you join March for Babies, you stand with thousands of people across the country who share your commitment to building a brighter future for us all. 

Contact: Mia Eadington at 949.263.1100, or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Takes place at OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

CHOC Children’s Classic | May 13 | The CHOC Children’s Classic attracts the community’s leading philanthropists, business leaders and true golf enthusiasts who truly care about children and the future of their care.

Contact: Edgar Patino at 714.509.8269, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. chocgolf.org

Takes place at The Resort at Pelican Hill, 22701 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.

7th Annual KidWorks Classic Golf Tournament | May 15 beginning at 9 a.m. | This tournament supports critical educational opportunities like tutoring, academic enrichment and leadership training offered by KidWorks, a 26-year-old nonprofit organization, raising much-needed funds for programs that change the lives of at-risk youth living in challenging Sana Ana neighborhoods. Golfer registration includes a Bloody Mary bar, breakfast, gourmet on-course food and cocktails, on-course contests, plus a dinner and awards ceremony. The scramble-style tournament begins with a 9 a.m. registration, breakfast and access to the driving range, followed by an 11 a.m. shotgun start. At 4:45 p.m., enjoy the festivities at the 19th Hole Reception along with Dinner.

Contact: Lisa Gels at 714.834.9400, ext. 126, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and sponsorship opportunities. www.kidworksoc.org

Takes place at Pelican Hill Golf Club, 22800 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.

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Annual Rich Saul Memorial Golf Classic | May 16 with registration at 8:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 10:30 a.m. | Join the Orange County chapter of Childhelp at its Rich Saul Memorial Golf Classic to do what we can to change the lives of little ones, bringing together the Orange County community and beyond for a great day of golf, networking and entertainment in support of the programs of Childhelp. Tickets: $75; Sponsorships from $1,500.

Contact: Gwen Forquer at 949.310.4232, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. www.childhelp.com

Takes place at The Pelican Hill Golf Course, 22800 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast.

For A Good Cause Golf Celebrities

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Editor’s Note: If you have a philanthropic event with a connection to Newport Beach you would like to see publicized, please email the information with an image and contact person with email address to Lana Johnson: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you would like to reach out to Newport Beach non-profit organizations, visit https://greatnonprofits.org/city/newport-beach/CA.


Newport’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

From Live Theater to Community Happenings, enjoy these!

Classic Cars

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Balboa Car Show | Every Sunday from 7 - 9 a.m.

Fun Zone Parking lot, 600 E. Bay Ave., Balboa Peninsula

Aladdin, Continuing through March 23 (no performance on March 18). Performance times vary. 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. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. Hailed by USA Today as “Pure Genie-Us,” ALADDIN features all your favorite songs from the film as well as new music written by Tony and Academy Award winner Alan Menken (Newsies) with lyrics penned by the legendary Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast), Tony Award winner Tim Rice (The Lion King, Aida), and book writer Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer). Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Something Rotten!), this “Fabulous” and “Extravagant” (The New York Times) new musical boasts an incomparable design team with sets, costumes and lighting from Tony Award winners Bob Crowley (Mary Poppins), Gregg Barnes (Kinky Boots) and Natasha Katz (An American in Paris). Recommended for ages 6 and up. Tickets start at $26.50.

Contact: Call 714.556.2787. www.scfta.org

Takes place at Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Aladdin for Best Bets

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Photograph 51, Continuing through March 24. Performance times and ticket prices vary. Rosalind Franklin was a British pioneer in science in the early 1950s, yet her groundbreaking role in the discovery of DNA’s double helix structure is still often overlooked. Based on a true story, Photograph 51 presents an intriguing portrait of a complex, courageous woman making her way in a male-dominated field. While rival teams of researchers compete for a breakthrough, Franklin focused and unbending, is locked in a race of her own. A hit in the West End, it was proclaimed “A triumph” by the Telegraph.

Contact: Call 714.708.5500. www.scr.org

Takes place on the Julia Argyros Stage at South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Spring Celebration – Gadbois Jewelry Trunk Show, March 22 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Meet the local mother & daughter duo behind Gadbois Jewelry, exclusively available at Roger’s Gardens. Industry veteran, Frances Gadbois, and daughter and co-founder, Charlotte, have partnered to create a fresh and vibrant, luxury jewelry line with classic and wearable staples that will outlast the test of time with their signature strié texturing running through each hand-finished piece. They have combined their design expertise and modern flare to build a versatile jewelry collection that can be worn to yoga or out on the town. Breaking down the walls of generational stereotypes, the collections range from dainty giftable diamond pendants or ring stackers, to statement cocktail rings showcasing their rare, luxurious semi-precious gemstones.

Contact: www.rogersgardens.com

Takes place at Roger’s Gardens at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar.

Gadbois Jewelry for Best Bets

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Floyd Collins, March 22 - April 21. Performances take place Thursdays through Sundays; times vary. Tickets: $25. “In 1925, a heedless Kentucky spelunker, Floyd Collins, got trapped underground while searching for a cave big enough to turn into a tourist attraction. The rescue effort gained national attention with reporters being sent from all over to cover the story, becoming the first media circus, everyone looking to cash in on Floyd’s misfortune.” Variety. A Lucille Lortel award winner for Best Musical. Book and additional lyrics by Tina Landau. Obie award-winning music and lyrics by Adam Guettel.

Contact: For tickets and box office hours, call 949.631.0288. www.ntaconline.com

Takes place at Newport Theatre Arts Center, 2501 Cliff Drive, Newport Beach.

Floyd Collins for Newport's Best Bets

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OC Fashion Week, March 23 - 27 focusing on advocacy for the luxury market of California’s retail economy. Of particular note are these runway shows taking place in Newport Beach: Day 2, March 24 - Working Wardrobes: Sugar Rush from 1 - 4 p.m. at Lido Marina Village on Destiny Yacht by Electra Cruises; Day 3, March 25 - Susan G. Komen: Oceans 8 from 6 - 9 p.m. at Pelican Hill Resort; and Day 5, March 27 - Casino from 6 - 9 p.m. at Lido Marina Village on Destiny Yacht by Electra Cruises.

Contact: To register, check out the designers and more information, visit www.ocfashionweek.com.

Takes place at a variety of venues throughout Southern California.

Watercolor Class: Water Your Own Garden, March 23 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Paint a set of watercolor notecards and/or mini paintings as an act of self-care or to be given to those you love. All supplies included. Cost: $65. 

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

Takes place in the Pelican Courtyard at Seaside Gallery & Goods, 124 Tustin Ave., Ste. 100, Newport Beach.

Water Your Own Garden

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Block Printing Workshop, March 23 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Taught by instructor Elizabeth James from Pacific and Rose Textiles, learn step-by-step the ancient art of hand block-printing, including classic Indian design principles, printing bed and ink tray preparation, and blocking-printing techniques. After first practicing on paper, you’ll complete two large flour sack kitchen towels. Plan your design from a selection of vintage woodblocks from her personal collection. Block printed examples will be exhibited to inspire your inner design child. All tools and supplies will be furnished, with an instruction pamphlet for you to keep, as well as a free surprise gift. Additional

vintage woodblocks and tea towel blanks will be available for purchase. James’ collections of home and lifestyle products have been hand block-printed in her Jaipur, India workshop since 2001. Cost: $70. Reserve you spot at www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com/collections/seaside-events.

Contact: 949.290.7249. www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

Takes place at Seaside Gallery & Goods, 124 Tustin Ave., Newport Beach.

Block Printing for Newport's Best Bets

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Sketching Class – Adventures in Sketching Tour, March 27 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. You will venture to a couple of picturesque sights and practice sketching to make you fall in love with this therapeutic hobby. All supplies included. Cost: $65. 

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

Takes place in the Pelican Courtyard at Seaside Gallery & Goods, 124 Tustin Ave., Ste. 100, Newport Beach.

Sketching Class

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Afternoon Tea in the Gardens, March 27 at 2:30 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea in the Garden’s beautiful surroundings. The menu includes a fresh pot of tea, petite fresh currant & chocolate scones, a selection of tea sandwiches and chef’s selection of desserts. Cost: $34 per person plus tax & gratuity. By reservation only.

Contact: For reservations, call 949.673.0033. To view the menu, visit the website.

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

Floral Watercolor Workshop, March 27 from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. You will learn several exercises that not only will let you explore your creativity, but will help you manage and relieve your stress too. The class includes all the supplies you need that you get to take home, so you can continue painting on your own. You will learn how to paint roses, colorful cornflowers, leaves, fillers, and create a full and rich wreath composition. They will cover a quick review of color theory, quick sketching, simple brush techniques to paint petals and leaves and finally create your own stunning wreath. You will go home with a beautiful one-of-a-kind painting. Not only will you go home with some amazing paintings, you will leave feeling refreshed and relaxed.

Each workshop includes: two hours of instructions, two synthetic round brushes, a circular palette filled with 10 vibrant paints, instructional materials, cold-pressed watercolor paper and light refreshments. Cost: $85. 

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

Takes place in the Pelican Courtyard at Seaside Gallery & Goods, 124 Tustin Ave., Ste. 100, Newport Beach.

Watercolor Workshop for Best Bets

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Zakir Hussain & Masters of Percussion, March 27 at 8 p.m. An international phenomenon, Grammy Award-winning tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain is one of the foremost percussionists of the contemporary world whose brilliant and exciting performances have established him as a national treasure of India. Considered one of the greatest musicians of our time, he along with his legendary father and teacher, Ustad Allarakha, has elevated the status of his instrument, the tabla, both in India and around the world. Masters of Percussion, an outgrowth of Hussain’s memorable tours with his father, has enjoyed successful tours in the West since the mid-1990s, and this performance showcases Indian ragas, rhythms and traditional dance. Widely recognized as a chief architect of the world music movement, Hussain received a Grammy Award in the Best Contemporary World Music category for Global Drum Project with drummer Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, Latin jazz percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo and Nigerian percussionist Sikiru Adepoju. He has also participated in historic collaborations, including Shakti, Remember Shakti, Diga, Planet Drum, and his ever-changing musical feast, Masters of Percussion. Program to be announced. Part of the Orange Series, sponsored by Judith and Howard Jelinek. Tickets start at $28.

Contact: Call 714.556.2787. www.scfta.org

Takes place at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Zakir Hussain for Best Bets

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¡DAMAS! Celebrating Women Creators, March 27 at 8 p.m. In honor of International Women’s Month, meet inspiring female creators and discover your own creative voice as we celebrate the power and diversity of women in Orange County. From painters to poets and everything in between, this free event recognizes the importance of women and the innovative ways in which they use art to better our community. Enjoy live music and compelling speakers and learn about the many forms that self-expression takes. Free; no tickets required.

Contact: Call 714.556.2787. www.scfta.org

Takes place at the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Damas for Best Bets

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Pastel Class – Pastel Picnic, March 29 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Bring along your favorite lunch, as you will venture to one of Renee’s favorite spots and learn techniques in “plein air” – what you see around you. All supplies included/ Cost: $65. 

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

Takes place in the Pelican Courtyard at Seaside Gallery & Goods, 124 Tustin Ave., Ste. 100, Newport Beach.

Plein AirArt Class – Plein Air Adventure, March 30 from 2 - 4 p.m. Learn how to create an interesting composition with detail to color and light in “plein air” style –painting from a live perspective. All supplies included. Cost: $65. 

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

Takes place in the Pelican Courtyard at Seaside Gallery & Goods, 124 Tustin Ave., Ste. 100, Newport Beach.

Plein Air Art

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UnSung Heroes, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. Featuring creators ranging from medieval mystic Hildegard von Bingen to 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw, and including a world premiere by Seattle composer and conductor Karen P. Thomas, UnSung Heroes brings the genius of music written by women to the forefront. Robert Istad, conductor. Pacific Chorale performs. Tickets start at $20.

Contact: Call 714.556.2787. www.scfta.org

Takes place at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

UnSung Heroes for Best Bets

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Poor Yella Rednecks, March 30 - April 27. Performance times and ticket prices vary. In the award-winning Vietgone, Qui Nguyen recounted his parents’ hot and hilarious courtship in a Vietnamese refugee camp in 1975. Now, six years later, Tong and Quang are building new lives in a foreign land called Arkansas. But marriage is hard –especially when she’s having doubts and his first one isn’t over yet. One family’s history makes for a raucously funny, deeply moving take on the immigrant story, told with hip-hop style. Performances occur on the Segerstrom Stage. 

Contact: Call 714.708.5500. www.scr.org

Takes place at South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Poor Yella Rednecks for Best Bets

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Mosaic Hummingbird Class on April 2 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. This class will sell out. Pre-registration is required.

Contact: Call 949.673.0033. www.slgardens.org

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

hummingbird mosaic

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Library Open House, April 2 from 5 - 8 p.m. Join Sherman Library for the 6th Annual Library Open House. They will, once again, open their archival storage, which are normally closed to the public. The tours will include a display of unique items from the Library’s collections, which this year will focus on historic Corona del Mar.

Contact: To RSVP, call 949.673.0033. www.slgardens.org

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

Modern Calligraphy Workshops, April 4 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and April 18 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Led by instructor Kristen Khan - Inchanted Paper & Designs, this modern calligraphy class is for those who have no prior experience, or for those who are looking to further refine their skills. You will go over the basic strokes for beautiful lettering, how to put them together to create your lowercase alphabet, how to use a pointed nib and troubleshooting. At the end of the class, you will enjoy the opportunity to create something new with what you’ve learned, so you can share it with friends and family while further enhancing your skills. What is included for new students: One tote bag; one pencil kit; one practice pad; one pen holder; one nib; one pot of black ink; lower case, upper case and numbers/symbols exemplars, and any needed materials. Light refreshments. What’s included for returning students: one nib; one practice pad; refill of black ink (please bring your jar); lower case, upper case and numbers/symbols exemplars, and any needed materials. Light refreshments. Cost of each workshop: $80. Minimum three/maximum 15. Advanced reservations are required. Cancellation is 48 hours prior.

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

Takes place at Seaside Gallery & Goods, 124 Tustin Ave., Ste. 100, Newport Beach.

Modern Calligraphy hello beautiful for Best Bets

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Spring Watercolor Workshop with Kimberly Heimbach on April 6 from 10 - 11 a.m. Create your own personalized watercolor piece of art for your home or as a gift. Join Kimberly Heimbach, Artist, LCAD instructor and owner of her own studio, as she brings exclusive designs just for you. Workshop fee is $100 per person, includes one-hour instruction on brush stroke and all the materials needed for painting. You will take home a 36 watercolor palette, a brush and a postcard with watercolor tips. Open to all levels of painters. Unfortunately, due to material costs, cancellations after March 29 cannot be refunded.

Contact: Call 949.640.5800. www.rogersgardens.com

Takes place at Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar.

Watercolor Workshop for Best Bets

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Sunday Musical presents Dale Fielder Quartet on April 7 from 3 - 4 p.m. For more than 20 years, the Dale Fielder Quartet (DFQ) has been a part of the jazz scene in Southern California and across the country. Best known for his baritone sax playing and as a composer who performs his own original compositions, as a leader, Fielder, has recorded more than 14 chart-topping CDs. The quartet also includes Jane Getz on piano, Bill Markus on bass and Thomas White on drums. Free event.

Contact: www.newportbeachlibrary.com

Takes place in Newport Beach Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocadeo Ave., Newport Beach.

Dale Fielder baritone sax for Best Bets

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OCMAExpand Six New Exhibitions on view from April 7 through September 1. Features works of Pacific Rim artists and a seventh show with objects from the museum’s collection. Through a wide range of media including interactive installations, photography and site-specific interventions, the works touch on notions of value, control and power, and truth and reality, responding to some of today’s most pressing global socio-political concerns. Spring exhibitions include: Diego Berruecos: Only A Shadow; York Chang: To Be Wrong with Infinite Precision; Victoria Fu and Matt Ric: Monster A; Fritzia Irizar: CaCO3; UuDam Tran Nguyen: TIME BOOMERANG California Edition – From S.E.A. Atolls to the Next Dead Stars; Hiromi Takizawa: Open Air and Closer Look: Intimate-Scale Sculpture from the Permanent Collection. Admission and parking are free. Hours: Thursday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Contact: www.ocmaexpand.org

Takes place at OCMA/Expand, South Coast Plaza Village, 1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Snta Ana.

Uudam Tran Nguyen for Best Bets

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CATS, April 9 - 14. Performance times vary. CATS, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, is now on tour across North America. Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater – “Memory.” Winner of seven Tony Awards® including Best Musical, CATS tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. The original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber (Phantom, School of Rock, Sunset Boulevard), original scenic and costume design by John Napier (Les Misérables), all-new lighting design by Natasha Katz (Aladdin), all-new sound design by Mick Potter, new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne (Phantom) and direction by Trevor Nunn (Les Misérables) make this production a new CATS for a new generation. Tickets start at $29.

Contact: Call 714.556.2787. www.scfta.org

Takes place at Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

CATS

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“Rock On” Painting Workshop with Emily Morgan on April 10 from 10 - 11 a.m. Join talented artist, visual merchandiser and mother of two, Emily Morgan, as she guides children on how to paint rocks. She will give them tips and pointers to get them started. Children can use Emily’s story-driven examples or create garden labels or even inspirational rocks. Workshop fee is $45 per person, includes all the materials needed for painting and sealing your rock collection. Open to all levels of painters and children ages 5 to 99. Parents of children 5 - 12 need to stay on property. Unfortunately, due to material costs, cancellations after April 5 cannot be refunded.

Contact: Call 949.640.5800. www.rogersgardens.com

Takes place at Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar.

Rock Painting for Best Bets

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Afternoon Tea in the Gardens, April 10 at 2:30, 2:45 and 3 p.m. and April 24 at 2:30 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea in the Garden’s beautiful surroundings. The menu includes a fresh pot of tea, petite fresh currant & chocolate scones, a selection of tea sandwiches and chef’s selection of desserts. Cost: $34 per person plus tax & gratuity. By reservation only.

Contact: For reservations, call 949.673.0033. To view the menu, visit the website.

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

Afternoon Tea for Best Bets

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Talk - San Onofre: Memories of a Legendary Surfing Beach, April 10 at 7 p.m. David Matuszak will speak about his book San Onofre: Memories of a Legendary Surfing Beach.  He will discuss the California surfing culture as seen through the eyes of the surfers at San Onofre Surf Beach. From the first pioneer surfers, to the present, Matuszak’s book examines surfing culture and places it in historical and cultural context. This is a free event.

Contact: To RSVP, call 949.673.0033. or visit the website.

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

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Lunch and Lecture: Corey Welles, April 12 from 11:30 - 1 p.m. On select Fridays of every month, Sherman  Gardens, in partnership with Cafe Jardin, features a horticulture speaker combined with a delicious lunch...the perfect way to end the week. Corey Welles, plant health care coordinator, Ganna Walska Lotusland, will describe the new focus of sustainable horticulture, which emphasizes building the ecology of the entire garden – starting with the soil and extending all the way up the food chain. He will discuss soil amendments, organic fertilizers, insects, rodents, birds and other critters. By the end of his talk, he is hoping that you will consider measuring the health of your garden not just by the size of the flowers, but by the diversity of crawling and flying critters you encounter while gardening. Advanced Reservations: Friends Lunch & Lecture: $25; Non-members, $35; Friends Lecture only, free; Non-member Lecture only, $5. Day of Walk Ins: Friends Lunch & Lecture: $35; Non-members, $45; Friends Lecture only, free (RSVPs are appreciated); Non-member Lecture only, $10. Lunch will be served during lecture.

Contact: For reservations, call 949.673.0033. To view the menu, visit the website.

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

Kids Peaceful Painting with Miss Erna, April 13 from 12 - 3 p.m. This workshop is geared to give your child a chance to spend time in a garden and be surrounded by nature’s beauty. Children will be encouraged to find their unique creative expression. This workshop provides a stress-free space where everyone is welcome. Open to all ages. Children 6 and under need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please bring a snack. All supplies provided. Class sizes are limited. Cost: $40 Friends, $50 Non-members.

Contact: Call 949.673.0033, and sign up at the website.

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

Sheepdog, April 14 - May 5. Performance times and ticket prices vary. What begins as a love story about two Cleveland cops – a black woman who falls for her white male partner – changes when he shoots a young black man in the line of duty. Amina loves Ryan. But can she trust her heart when the truth about the shooting, and her man, becomes more and more slippery? A relationship gets shaken to the core in this riveting drama by an up-and-coming playwright. Written by Kevin Artigue and directed by Leah C. Gardiner. Recommended for ages 14 and older.

Contact: Call 714.708.5500. www.scr.org

Takes place on the Julia Argyros Stage at South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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Shen Yun, April 16 - 28. Performance times vary. Take an enlightening journey through 5,000 years. Shen Yun’s unique artistic vision expands theatrical experience into a multi-dimensional, inspiring journey through one of humanity’s greatest treasures – the five millennia of traditional Chinese culture. This epic production immerses you in stories reaching back to the most distant past. You’ll explore realms even beyond our visible world. Featuring one of the world’s oldest art forms – classical Chinese dance – along with patented scenographical effects and all-original orchestral works, Shen Yun opens a portal to a civilization of enchanting beauty and enlightening wisdom. Enter a world where philosophers and poets alike sought harmony with the Dao, or “Way,” of the universe. Where maidens danced with ethereal grace and generals fought with explosive athleticism. Where timeless tales of valor and virtue were born. Where heaven and earth intersected, and miracles came into being. Tickets start at $80.

Contact: Call 714.556.2787. www.scfta.org

Takes place at Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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Watercolor Class: Spring Flowers with Carol, April 20 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join local artist Carol Kreider as she teaches you how to see and paint color and simple shapes. Classes are designed for all levels of painter and non-painter. Each participant will take home his/her own charming painting. Maximum 12 people. Cost: $35 Friends, $45 Non-members.

Contact: Call 949.673.0033, and sign up at the website.

Takes place at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

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Block Printing Workshops, April 27, May 25 and July 6 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Taught by instructor Elizabeth James from Pacific and Rose Textiles, learn step-by-step the ancient art of hand block-printing, including classic Indian design principles, printing bed and ink tray preparation, and blocking-printing techniques. After first practicing on paper, you’ll move on to fabric, whether it’s kitchen towels, aprons or scarves. All tools and supplies will be furnished, with an instruction pamphlet for you to keep. Additional

vintage woodblocks will be available for purchase. James’ collections of home and lifestyle products have been hand block-printed in her Jaipur, India workshop since 2001. Cost of each workshop: $70. Cancellation is 48 hours prior. Reserve you spot at www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com/collections/seaside-events.

Contact: If you have questions, contact Elizabeth James at 949.633.1080. www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

Takes place at Seaside Gallery & Goods, 124 Tustin Ave., Newport Beach.

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Modern Brush Calligraphy Workshop with Shelly Kim on April 28 at 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Roger’s Gardens is excited to offer a modern brush, calligraphy workshop with famed Letters by Shells. Kim is an educator, shares a positive vibe, DIYer and plant lover.  She takes an easy-to-learn approach and works to make you feel confident in practicing Modern Brush Lettering at home using all the tools and information given. You will learn several techniques and tips throughout the three-hour workshop. You will practice a few uppercase and lowercase letters and write the words “hello” and “love”. Workshop fee is $125 per person, includes a Brush Pen Set, 50+ Page Booklet, Lettering Paper, Lifetime Access to Digital Downloads and Resources and special favor from Letters by Shells.  Unfortunately, due to material costs, cancellations after Thursday, April 24 cannot be refunded. 

Contact: To make your reservation, go to shoprogersgardens.com or call 949.640.5800.

Takes place at Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar.


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

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Upcoming Events & Workshops

SCORE Workshop, March 12 from 5:30 - 8:45 p.m. (Check in from 5:30 - 6 p.m.) “Money From Home! 10 EZ Steps to Starting a Home Based Business. This free series of business workshops is funded by Friends of the Library. Geared to adults. For more information and to register, visit www.orangecounty.score.org. Takes place at the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Book Discussion Group, March 13 from 9:15 - 11 a.m. The Charlotte “Charlie” Alexander Book Discussion Group will be discussing, The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. Synopsis: It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children – four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness –sneak out to hear their fortunes. Their prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post 9/11, hoping to control fate; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality. Doors open at 9 a.m.; Free; no reserved seating and registration isn’t necessary. If you haven’t finished or read the book, come anyway. Presented by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. Takes place in Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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LEGO Block Party, March 13 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Luck o’ the Irish Crafts, March 13 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Come all ye leprechauns for a craft-filled celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required. Geared for ages 3 - 8. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Takes place at Balboa Branch Library, 100 Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

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Sleeping Beauty for Kids, March 16 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The whole family will enjoy this program for children. Sleeping Beauty for Kids is an abridged narrated version of the classic ballet presented by Festival Ballet Theatre. The shortened performance, the heart-warming production of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, brings to life fabled storybook favorites Princess Aurora, Puss ‘n Boots, Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf…characters that remind us that good always triumphs over evil. Admission is free. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Ticket distribution, for both shows, will begin at 9 a.m. Ticket holders should return 15 minutes prior to the show to be seated.

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LEGO Saturdays, March 16 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 Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Catepillars and Butterflies, March 19 from 4 - 5 p.m. Back by popular demand, watch as caterpillars grow into butterflies at the Newport Beach Public Library. On this first day, you can meet their new caterpillar friends while enjoying butterfly-themed stories and crafts. They will display their live caterpillars at the children’s desk and you can visit them over several weeks as they grow and change into butterflies. Check the website for further information; they will post their butterfly release event one - two days in advance, as they begin to emerge from their cocoons. Children of all ages are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. Takes place in Central Library’s Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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LEGO Block Party, March 20 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

LEGO Saturdays, March 23 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 Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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Medicine in Our Backyard, March 25 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. NBPL Foundation, in partnership with UC Irvine Health, presents Medicine in Our Backyard, a series of lectures featuring internationally known UC Irvine Health physicians who will discuss research and cutting-edge technology in their various fields of expertise. Speaker: Marcela Dominguez, M.D. Dr. Dominguez will discuss Bio-Identical Hormone Restoration and the latest information to keep you feeling youthful and preventing future illness. This lecture will explore the foundations of healthy bio-identical hormone restoration to maximize your quality of life and prevent significant illness. She is one of a handful of doctors in the country who is an expert in combining western and alternative therapies to provide state of- the-art bioidentical hormone replacement, functional medicine, nutrition and herbal therapy in a highly customized, complementary and integrated protocol. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; Lecture and Q&A from 7 - 8:30 p.m. No charge to attend. Takes place in Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

LEGO Block Party, March 27 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Beyond the Canvas – The Great Masters in Art: Giorgione, March 27 from 7 - 8 p.m. This season, award-winning professor Jacqueline Hahn will explore the Great Masters, in this fascinating art lecture series on legendary artists’ lives and artistic movements. Giorgione was an Italian painter whose career was ended by his death at a little over 30. He is known for the elusive poetic quality of his work, and together with Titian, founded the distinctive Venetian school of Italian Renaissance painting, which achieves much of its effect through color and mood, and is traditionally contrasted with Florentine painting, which relies on a more linear disegno-led style. Free to the public; seating is first come, first served. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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Lyric Opera of Orange County, March 28 from 7 - 8 p.m. Join Lyric Opera of Orange County for this special program for “Opera Outsiders.” Discover how 400 years of music can be applied to a modern stage, complete with secrets, sex and scandals. Exploring the operatic works of women, gender bending characters and voice types and casting dilemmas for the modern audience. Not to be missed! Free. Takes place in Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

LEGO Saturdays, March 30 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 Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

LEGO Block Party, April 3 from 3 - 4 p.m. Design, build and invent with LEGOs at this fun, creative program! No registration required. Takes place at Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

WAKE UP! Newport, April 4 from 7:15 - 8:45 a.m. A free opportunity to meet one on one with legislative and government officials, and stay updated on current local, state and federal issues. Hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, the event is free to the public, and breakfast treats will be provided. Please make reservations so they can plan for food and seating. Contact Pam Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 949.729.4411. Takes place in Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

A Boy Named Courage: A Surgeon’s Memoir of Apartheid authors to speak, April 4 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Author and Newport Beach surgeon Dr. Himmet Dajee, along with co-author Patrice Apodaca, will talk about their book, A Boy Named Courage, which tells the rags to riches tale of an Indian immigrant boy’s journey from his home of apartheid South Africa, with its racism and the bigotry and hatred of the Afrikaner ruling class, to realizing the dream of a medical degree and a career as a heart surgeon. It is a story of resilience, brotherly love, gratitude, and perseverance. Himmet Dajee, M.D., holds medical degrees from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the University of London. He was an assistant professor at UCLA and a staff cardiac surgeon at Kaiser Permanente. After two decades in private practice in California, he retired from surgery in 2006 and currently serves as a medical director at a California health care organization that administers health insurance for low-income patients. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and the American College of Chest Physicians. The recipient of numerous academic awards, Dajee has coauthored twenty-one papers published in prestigious medical journals and is a frequent speaker at medical conferences. Newport Beach resident Patrice Apodaca is a veteran journalist, a former Los Angeles Times staff writer who currently writes a featured column for the Daily Pilot, a Los Angeles Times Community News publication. Admission to this event is free, however space is limited so registration is recommended. Register now. Takes place in Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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Community Helpers Drop-In Crafts, April 6 from 12 - 3 p.m. What do you want to be when you grow up? Join in for fun crafts about community helpers to celebrate National Library Week. No registration is required. Geared for ages 3 - 8. Funding for this program is donated by the Friends of the Library. Takes place in Central Library’s Star Storytime Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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. Central on Mondays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.; Grant Howald Park’s Community Room on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 11:45 a.m. Mariners on Wednesdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.; Balboa on Wednesdays at 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.; Mariners on Thursdays at 9:30 and 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. Grant Howald Park’s Community Room on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 11:45 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.; Mariners on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Grant Howald Park’s Community Room on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 11:45 a.m.. Central on Thursdays 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

420 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar. 949.644.3075

Closed for reconstruction. Scheduled to re-open in Spring 2019. Customers will be able to use services at the Central Library or concierge services at OASIS Senior Center for pickup and return of materials. Existing holds set for pickup at Corona del Mar have been re-routed to the Central Library. Customers can change their desired pickup location by accessing their account online or by contacting the Library.

www.newportbeachlibrary.org