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Home & Garden Calendar...What’s Happening?

FARMERS’ MARKETS

Corona del Mar Certified Farmers’ Market, open every Saturday from 9 a.m. -1 p.m., rain or shine. Marguerite Avenue at Pacific Coast Highway. Comprises 27 local farmers who offer fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as flowers, pastas and fish.

Farmers Market

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Lido Marina Village Farmers’ Market, open every Wednesday from 12-5 p.m. 3434 Via Lido. Spend the afternoon sampling and shopping for fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, cheeses, juice, bread and more. One hour of complimentary parking in the structure. 

Newport Beach Farmers’ Market by Farmer Mark, open every Sunday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Located at 104 McFadden Place, right next to Newport Pier. Offers veggies, fruits, flowers, honey, fresh breads, local farm fresh meats and handcrafted items from local artisans. Choose from a variety of free range quail, duck, chicken and goose eggs. On the fourth Sunday of each month, the Farmers’ Market teams up with the Newport Beach Surfrider Foundation Chapter to host a beach clean up. To show their appreciation, they give the first 30 participants a Farmers’ Market Buck to spend with any of their vendors. The next beach clean up is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 22 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Certified Costa Mesa Farmers’ Market at the O.C. Fair, open every Thursday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Located in Lot D.

CLASSES, WORKSHOPS, SEMINARS and more

SAVE THE DATE: Sherman Library & Gardens presents the 2020 Newport Beach Garden Tour. The annual tour showcases six residential gardens each year. Selected home garden owners allow the public to wander through their yard from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, May 9. Homeowners do not need to be home for the tour, as Sherman Library & Gardens provides staff at each location. The Tour, in its 24th year, is Sherman Library & Garden’s largest fundraiser of the year and is an event for the avid and amateur gardener alike. www.thesherman.org

Mini Camellia Bonsai on Thursday, February 26 from 9-11 a.m. Create an adorable mini flowering bonsai with a rare camellia from the famous Nuccio’s Nursery. You will learn the basics of bonsai and how to care for your tiny flowering tree. Cost: Members, $65; Non-member, $75. Register at the website. Held at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. www.thesherman.org

Tomatomania! on Saturday, February 28 through Sunday, March 8. “The world’s largest (and most fun) tomato plant sale” comes to Roger’s Gardens for the eighth year. Scott Daigre and his staff of Tomatomaniacs offer an astonishing selection of more than 200 varieties of heirloom and hybrid tomato plants, including new varieties for 2020 and a large selection of peppers. They also will be introducing the Tomato of the Year, “Thorburn’s Terracotta,” With a honey-brown, almost pure terra-cotta color skin, orange-pink flesh, and bright green seed clusters, it’s magical to look at and has an incredible flavor. Immerse yourself in seminars that will leave you wanting to learn more about these special plants. Experts will answer any questions to ensure a successful tomato season. Happy Tomato Hunting. 

Check the website for the variety of free seminars. Held at Roger’s Gardens, 2031 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona de Mar. www.rogersgardens.com

Thorburn's Terracotta for H&G Calendar 2.11

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Homegrown Tomatoes on Saturday, February 29 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. If there is just one edible plant to grow at home, it is the tomato. Nowhere else is the contrast in flavor, nutrition and variety between “home-grown” and “store-bought” more evident. This how-to class for all levels of gardeners will provide all the practical knowledge necessary to begin growing tomatoes today. Learn which varieties to grow, how to plant and care for tomatoes, and common diseases and pests that afflict them. The speaker, Dave Freed, featured in the Los Angeles Times and with more than 50,000 visits to his blog site in less than three years, researches, educates and helps other backyard farmers successfully grow the ever popular home-grown tomato. Every year, Freed grows a variety of hybrids, heirlooms, cherry and beefsteak tomatoes in both containers and regular backyard soil. He always has plenty of tomatoes and is happy to share his tips on how to grow tomatoes easily. Cost: $10 which covers the materials and/or handouts. Registration deadline is February 28. Register at https://ocfair.com/centennial-farm/garden-classes/. Held at Centennial Farm at OC Fair & Events Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

Spring Orchid Garden Workshop with Shelley Burton on Saturday, March 14 from 10-11 a.m. Join Garden Rooms Team Leader, Shelley Burton, as she demonstrates how to combine the ever-popular succulents with an orchid plant, in a white glazed container. She will also provide you with tips on how to care for your planted container. Workshop fee is $100 per person, includes a white colored container approximately 10 inches in diameter, various succulents, one pink orchid and step-by-step instruction. Space is limited. Unfortunately, due to material costs, cancellations after Friday, March 6 cannot be refunded.

Held at Roger’s Gardens, 2031 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona de Mar. www.rogersgardens.com

Spring Orchid Garden Workshop

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Food Preservation: Lemon Curd, English Scones and the Mystery of UBE on Saturday, March 14 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. This class will bring you up to date on the latest recommendations, teach you how to process your food safely and tell you why you are doing it that way. You will learn what equipment is needed and proper storage methods. In addition, you will discover ways to save money and prolong the life of your fruits and vegetables, all while reducing food waste and eating healthier without additives. The speaker, Pamela Wnuck, is a University of California Cooperative Extension Master Food Preserver of Orange County and the OC Fair Culinary Arts Supervisor. A multi-blue ribbon winner, she will share her passion for cooking with fresh garden ingredients and priceless tips on preserving the harvest. Cost: $25 which covers ingredients and handouts. Bring two half-pint Ball or Kerr canning jars with lids and rings, along with an apron. Knives will be provided, but you can bring your own if preferred. Tied-back hair and close-toed shoes are required. Registration deadline is March 13. Register at https://ocfair.com/centennial-farm/garden-classes/. Held at Centennial Farm at OC Fair & Events Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa

How to Grow and Use Medicinal Herbs of the Southern California Garden on Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Here in Southern California, we are able to grow a wide range of culinary and medicinal plants in our gardens year round. They are beautiful, aromatic and tasty, but beyond that, some of our most common garden herbs can be used for supporting healing in many ways too. In this class, you’ll learn all about these herbs from clinical herbalist and Master Gardener Julie James. Taste and explore some of the common ways to transform your garden bounty into infused oils, balms, tinctures, glycerites, vinegar extracts, powders and more. Turn your garden into a home apothecary. You’ll take home extensive notes and recipes, and samples of various products you can make. Cost: $30 which covers the materials and/or handouts. Registration deadline is March 19. Register atwww.ocfair.com/gardenclasses. Held at Centennial Farm at OC Fair & Events Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

Hanging Succulent Orb Workshop with Onita Castillo, on Saturday, March 24 from 5-6 p.m. This modern twist on hanging baskets will turn heads. Original Designs Team Leader, Onita Castillo, will demonstrate how to create a hanging succulent orb. She will share how different varieties of succulents grow and fill in your orb over time. The workshop fee is $100 per person, which includes a 12-inch iron frame, sphere filled with moss, succulents and step-by-step instructions. Space is limited. Unfortunately, due to material costs, cancellations after March 16 cannot be refunded. Held at Roger’s Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar. www.rogersgardens.com

Hanging Succulent Orb Workshop with Onita Castillo 2.11

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Nature Gardening – Behind the Scenes at Sherman Gardens with Ron Vanderhoff on Saturday, March 28 from 9-10 a.m. Join Rogers Gardens’ General Manager Ron Vanderhoff and Erin Aguiar, horticulture manager at Sherman Library & Gardens for this special walk-and-talk tour of Sherman Library & Gardens to learn about what it takes to sustain such incredible plants and garden displays. Most important, they will discuss some of their commitments to ecological horticulture in Orange County. Aguiar and the horticulture team at Sherman Gardens are leaders in encouraging plants and gardening practices that support habitats and biodiversity, as well as gardens that conserve our natural resources. They will meet at Sherman Library & Gardens, in the rear parking lot promptly at 9 a.m. for the complimentary admission and presentation. Held at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. www.thesherman.org

Nature Gardening at Sherman Library & Gardens

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Horticultural Therapy and the Benefits of Indoor Plants on Saturday, March 28 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Look into our biophilic connection with nature, find out why indoor plants are important in our everyday lives, and learn how we can make our lives greener. Class participants will learn how to use plants and gardening to improve mental and physical health, and will transplant an indoor plant to take home. This course qualifies for Continuing Education Units (CEUs), which are evaluated in accordance with strict U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and Building Owners & Managers Institute (BOMI) guidelines. If you are a member of any of these organizations and would like to attend, you can have some fun and earn CEUs. Cost: $15 which covers the materials and/or handouts. Registration deadline is March 26. Register atwww.ocfair.com/gardenclasses. Held at Centennial Farm at OC Fair & Events Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

Make It, Take It – Floral Crowns on Saturday, April 4 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Just in time for springtime and Easter, learn how to make those ever-popular floral crowns you see at bridal showers, baby showers, music festivals, proms, weddings, etc. These are fun to do for any occasion and are so fast and easy to create once you know how. Everything you will need is included. Cost: $35 which covers the materials and/or handouts. Registration deadline is April 3. Register atwww.ocfair.com/gardenclasses. Held at Centennial Farm at OC Fair & Events Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

Lauri Kranz, Edible Gardens LA on Friday, April 10 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. as part of the Lunch & Lecture Series. Kranz is the founder of Edible Gardens LA, which builds, plants and maintains organic gardens across Los Angeles. Kranz fell in love with gardening when her son’s school needed volunteers and gardening was on the list. Now there isn’t a day that goes by that she doesn’t have her hands in the soil and she’s never been happier. Her client list has grown to include celebrities as well as top restaurants, museums and anyone interested in growing their own food. She will share her wisdom and her new book, A Garden Can Be Anywhere: Creating Bountiful and Beautiful Edible Gardens. Enjoy a speaker presentation and delicious lunch. Cost: Members, $30; Non-member, $40. Register at the website. Held at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. www.thesherman.org

ONGOING

OC Market Place is Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $2; free for kids 12 and younger. Located in Lot A at the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa.

Year Round - Centennial Farm at the OC Fair & Events Center is open daily. Hours: Monday - Friday, 1-4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission and parking. Located at 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa. 

https://ocfair.com/centennial-farm/

Centennial Farm

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Let’s Get Outside...places to explore

Community Days, Sundays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Come explore parts of the Back Bay Science Center and participate in fun hands-on activities to learn more about the ocean.

Led by Newport Bay Conservancy volunteers. 600 Shellmaker Rd., Newport Beach.

Marine Protected Area Hikes – Join the Natural Resources Staff on a guided, informational 2.6-mile hike through Newport Beach’s Crystal Cove State Marine Conservation Area. Hikes meet at Little Corona Lifeguard Tower #7 and is open to ages 13 years and above. Free.

Hike Dates & Times:

–Saturday, March 7 from 1-3 p.m.

Registration is available online at www.letsgooutside.org.

Buck Gully stream

Courtesy of Newport Beach Recreation & Senior Services Dept.

Bridges of Buck Gully Hike – Saturday, March 14 from 8-11:30 a.m., it is led by an Irvine Ranch Conservancy staff. Buck Gully is a natural, coastal canyon which opened to the public in 2012 with the installation of four bridges to allow for safe public access. These bridges facilitate exploration of the Buck Gully Reserve, and also provide unique vantages and viewing platforms from which to pause and observe the abundant life in and around the stream that splits the gully. The guided program starts with a short walk from the OASIS Senior Center to the beginning of the Buck Gully Trail, offering a visually dramatic entrance into this special canyon. Open to 12 years and older. Distance is 5 miles; duration is approximately 3.5 hours. Moderate difficulty. Bring water, a light trail snack and sturdy closed-toe shoes. Sunscreen and a hat are recommended. Free. Registration required. Meet at the OASIS Senior Center auxiliary lot at 5th and Marguerite in Corona del Mar. www.LetsGoOutside.org.

Monthly Beach Cleanups

Surfrider Foundation hosts a two-hour beach cleanup at 9 a.m. and a three-hour harbor cleanup at 8 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month. On the fourth Sunday of each month, they partner with the Newport Beach Farmers’ Market for a beach clean up from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. To register, click here. They also partner with OC Public Works to host an annual flood control channel cleanup on Earth Day in April and Coastal Cleanup Day in September. For more information, contact Michelle Giron at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Beach Cleanups on the first Saturday of the month. Meet on the beach in front of Prospect Street and Ocean Front Boulevard in Newport Beach. They run from 9-11 a.m. There is paid public parking nearby, but there are limited spots.

Boys on beach for Let's Get Outside

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Courtesy of Crystal Cove Conservancy

Harbor Cleanups with volunteers meeting at Southwind Kayak Center at 100 N. Bayside Dr., Newport Beach. From PCH, turn onto Bayside Drive toward Newport Dunes. www.newportbeach.surfrider.org

Interested in being a Tidepool Volunteer?

If you are interested in volunteering as a tidepool docent, visit www.ocmarineprotection.org for the next Orange County docent training dates and times.

Did You Know?

Winter marks the start of one of the coolest things that happens in Newport Beach – the Gray Whale migration! Usually beginning in February, adult and calf gray whales can be seen just yards off from the beach throughout Newport Beach, searching for food in the sand and scratching themselves on the shallow bottom. At a distance, look for their heart-shaped spout, since they have two blow holes instead of one.

Courtesy of the Newport Beach Recreation & Senior Services Dept.


OASIS Senior Center events, classes, trips...

OASIS exterior

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HAPPENINGS

Tax Alert: Under AARP’s Tax-Aide program, OASIS is offering free tax preparation services for tax year 2019 to Seniors and Low Income taxpayers. During January, you will begin receiving various Federal and State documents required for tax return preparation, set these documents aside and bring them to your tax appointment. Such documents include the following:

–W-2: Wages from employment

–SSA 1099: Social Security

–1099-R: Pension/IRA income

–1099-B: Brokerage statements

–1099-INT: Interest income

–1099-DIV: Dividend income

–1099-MISC: Business/Self-Employment income plus associated expenses

–1095-A: If on the Covered California healthcare program

–1099-LTC: If you have long-term care insurance

Tax appointments at OASIS can be scheduled. Some tax documents aren’t sent out until later in February (such as year-end combined brokerage statements) so make sure you set an appointment date when you will definitely have all the required documents.

One Warm Coat, continuing through February 28. They will be collecting new and gently used coats and jackets for our local homeless population. Please bring your donations to the OASIS lobby.

Weekday Lunch. Welcome to lunch! Want to meet new friends? Come join other seniors on weekdays in the Evelyn Hart Event Center, Monday through Friday, from 12-12:30 p.m. Delicious hot and cold lunches are served by a local catering company. Reservations by 9 a.m. two days in advance are appreciated. Call 959.718.1820. Suggested donations: $5.50 per meal. Check the OASIS newsletter for the monthly menu calendar. They are collecting new blankets and throws to give to their Home Delivered Meals clients. They have at least 60 people they would like to give to...and they are asking the community to help reach their goal.

Meal & A Movie on Wednesday, Feb. 26 with the screening of This Beautiful Fantastic. The meal starts at 12 p.m.; the movie starts at 1 p.m. in the Evelyn Hart Event Center. Call 949.718.1820 the prior Friday to request a meal. Movie Synopsis: When her landlord forces librarian and aspiring author Bella Brown to clean up her overgrown garden, she meets grumpy elderly neighbor Alfie Stephenson, who’s an avid horticulturalist -- and an unlikely friendship is born. 

Starring: Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Wilkinson, Andrew Scott, Jeremy Irvine and Anna Chancellor. Running time: 1 hr. 32 mins.

TUESDAY NIGHT TOPICS LECTURES will return in 2020. Schedule TBD.

VOLUNTEERISM

ENC Museum Docents. Interested in spending time helping out the Environmental Nature Center (ENC)? Docents staff the front desk, greet visitors and provide information at the ENC’s state-of-the-art learning facility. Training will cover frequently asked questions, emergency information, and ENC policies and procedures. Commit to volunteering one day a week or just one day a month. This training is for both experienced as well as brand new docents. It is located at 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach. Volunteer hours: Weekends, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 12-4 p.m. Weekdays, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 12:30-5 p.m. Register at www.encenter.org.

CLASSES & ACTIVITIES

Let’s Go Trippin’: Travel Film Series. This group meets every other month on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the OASIS Event Center A. Join the “excursion,” for a first-hand account of travels from different presenters and to different locations. Free and RSVP is not required.

Garden Club. This club meets the first Saturday of the month at 9 a.m. in OASIS Room 4. Features a speaker on gardening at each meeting. Come learn about gardening. For more information about membership, contact Carolyn Rust at 949.640.0223. Free and RSVP is not required.

Veterans Group. This group meets the third Tuesday of the month at 12 p.m. in OASIS Event Center. Proposed activities include luncheon meetings, having fun, socializing and comradeship with other veterans, guest speakers, sharing stories and interests, a helping hand to veterans in need and field trips to military/naval points of interest. Free and RSVP is not required.

Current Events Discussion. Join this group which meets on ongoing Mondays from 4-6 p.m. in the OASIS Library. Come to openly discuss current events in a friendly setting. Topics will include news, magazines and movies. Participants are asked to bring an article to share with the group. From time to time, a speaker may present a special topic. Free and RSVP is not required. Led by Peter Michalski, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tips to Reduce Sugar, Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium on Thursday, February 27 from 1-2 p.m. in OASIS Room 2A. Join Registered Dietitian Miriam Matulich, RD, for an informative discussion around diet – ways to decrease sugar, fat, sodium and cholesterol in your everyday meals. The class will discuss ways to identify these substances in our food and tips on how to make better choices for a healthier life. Call 949.644.3244 to RSVP for this free lecture.

Women’s Wisdom – Embrace Change after 50. This group meets on Wednesdays from March 18 through May 13 from 3-4:30 p.m. in OASIS Room 3. Embrace this time in your life. Connect with diverse and interesting women, discover new perspectives and opportunities, and impact your life and community. Space is limited to 12 participants and there is a $10 material fee due at the first class meeting. For questions regarding the group, contact the facilitator Barbara Stern, MSW at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. RSVP to 949.644.3244.

Learn a New Language with Portal Languages. Portal Languages teaches Italian, French and Spanish with six- to eight-week courses. Come learn a new skill and make new friends in the New Year. View page 19 in the February newsletter for class dates, times and costs.

Sing & Pick Hootenanny Group meets every Friday from 1-3 p.m. Bring your stringed instrument or just come and sing along. Takes place in OASIS Room 5.

OASIS Wood Carvers Seek New Members on Thursdays between 8-11 a.m. This group works on individual projects and welcomes new members. Come any Thursday and see Junie Allen to sign up, or find out more about the group. Instructors are available during class time to assist members. Group members are asked to contribute $15 every three months for class tool and machine maintenance. For more information, visit https://tinyurl.com/oasiswood.

Head to Toe Fitness on Tuesdays/Thursdays from 8-9 a.m. Cost: $65/8. Drop ins $12/1; no refunds. Starting with dynamic stretching and low impact movements, this class includes light-weight training and floor exercises, helping you maintain bone density as it strengthens and stretches muscles throughout the body.

Longevity Stick on ongoing Tuesdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. and it’s free. These easy-to-learn gentle movements promote physical fitness and mental relaxation. Bring a one-inch round (in diameter) wood stick that has a length equivalent to your body height. Most hardware stores carry wood sticks. Meets at Grant Howald Park, 3000 5th Ave., Corona del Mar.

Writing Roundtable Group on ongoing Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m. in OASIS Room 5. It’s free but RSVP is required. Led by Jos Vloet, this class is dedicated to improving writing skills by presenting readings, then receiving critiques. Authors can bring prepared material, double spaced, with a copy for each attendee. A classroom copy machine is available. Content can include short stories, personal essays, a magazine article or poem. Reading time depends upon class attendance. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Zumba Gold classes are offered at varying times. Costs vary. Offered by CS Dance Factory, your dance party workout will have you groovin’ at your own pace. Easy to follow, low-impact dance steps to zesty Latin and international music. Meet new friends while moving and having fun. Improve balance, strength and mobility. The instructors will uplift and energize you.

New! One-on-One Technology Tutoring by appointment only in the OASIS Computer Lab. Cost: $62 per hour. Private instruction  by Carole Kamper is designed to zero in on your needs taught by a credentialed instructor with 25+ years of teaching computers to adults. Professional, in-depth help for your computer (PC or MAC), tablet, iPhone or iPad. Monday through Thursday timeslots available. All tutoring takes place at OASIS. Dates and times to be agreed upon by instructor and student prior to registration. Registration and payment are due to OASIS at least five business days prior to a lesson. No refunds once registered. Contact the instructor directly to set up a time, Carole Kamper: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,or call 949.230.5902.

Intro to Facebook & Social Media Sites on Thursdays, February 27 through March 12 from 9:45-10:45 a.m. in the OASIS Computer Lab. Cost: $52/3. Led by Barbara Yin Milbert, in this introductory class you will learn about Facebook and the pros and cons of joining this popular social network. You will also learn how to set up an account and select your security and privacy settings. In addition, you will touch upon the other social media sites: Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and Pinterest. Prerequisite: Computer Basics or equivalent.

IPAD Basics on Tuesday, March 17 from 1-3 p.m. in the OASIS Computer Lab. Cost: $38. Led by Carole Kamper, this class will help you learn the basics of your Apple iPad. You will cover using an iPad as a reader, accessing the internet, doing email and watching videos/movies. In addition, you will explore taking photos and storing them as well as using the calendar.

IPhone for Beginners on Monday, March 23 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in the OASIS Computer Lab. Cost: $38. Led by Carole Kamper, this class is designed for new and not so new users of iPhones. Instruction will cover the basics of making and receiving calls, setting up voicemail, sending and receiving text messages and other general topics of use to beginning smartphone users. Please contact the instructor if you have any questions regarding the version of your iPhone for this class. Prerequisite: Computer Basics or equivalent. 949.230.5902.

FINE ARTS, MUSIC & DANCE

Open Art Workshop on ongoing Fridays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the OASIS Art Center. Free. No RSVP is required. For students of any medium, this is the perfect time to catch up on class projects.

Ukulele Workout on ongoing Tuesdays from 10-11:30 a.m. at OASIS Event Center C. Free. No RSVP is required. Led by Marianne Ripley, have fun playing the ukulele and singing as a group. Learn new songs and chords. Everyone is welcome, beginner to advanced. 949.642.8737.

Group Drumming on ongoing Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the OASIS Event Center. Free. No RSVP is required. Led by Lee Kix, come and discover your own personal rhythm. Group drumming is a research-based life enhancement tool. It is a music-making protocol that has been shown to boost the immune system, improve mood states, reduce stress and improve creativity and bonding. Studies show that Group Drumming significantly increases the disease-fighting activity of white blood cells that seek out and destroy cancer cells. Open to first 25 people. Doors open at 11:15 a.m.

Beginning Guitar Workshop gets together on ongoing Fridays from 3-4 p.m. and it’s free. No experience is necessary. Come learn to play the guitar in an informal setting. Bring your own acoustic guitar. Takes place in Room 5.

Advanced Guitar Workshop on ongoing Fridays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at OASIS Room 5. Free. No RSVP is required. Led by Glen Jasma, come learn to play the guitar in an informal setting with other guitar players. Experience needed. Bring your own acoustic guitar. For questions on the group format, contact the facilitator. glen@This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OASIS Sing Along happens on ongoing Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. and it’s free. Join a group of music aficionados who love to sing together, harmonize and learn new tunes. RSVP is not required. Takes place in OASIS Room 1A.

Hula is on ongoing Mondays from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and it’s free. RSVP is not required. Taught by Marianne Ripley.

Knitting & Needlework Group on ongoing Wednesdays from 12-2 p.m. in OASIS Room 3. Led by Golda, this group of experienced needle-workers meets weekly to work on individual projects. Free.

ENRICHMENT

Current Events Discussion on ongoing Mondays from 4-6 p.m. in the OASIS Library. Free. Join this group to openly discuss current events in a friendly setting. Topics will include news, magazines and movies. Participants are asked to bring an article to share with the group. From time to time, a speaker may present a special topic.

Writing Roundtable Group on ongoing Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m. in OASIS Room 5. Free. The class is dedicated to improving writing skills by presenting readings then receiving critiques. Authors can bring prepared material, double spaced with a copy for each attendee. A classroom copy machine is required. Content can include short stories, personal essays, a magazine article or poem. Reading time depends upon class attendance. The instructor is Jos Vloet. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A Different Kind of Book Club meets the first Wednesday of every month at 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. in OASIS Room 1A. Read a different book based on a chosen topic. You will go home with a list of interesting reads. February Theme is the Classics. Free.

Book Discussion Group meetings every second Wednesday from 9:30-11 a.m. at Newport Beach Central Library. Free and RSVP is not required. Read the book and join the group discussion. Suggested donation of $10 is appreciated. This month’s book is Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin. 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., Corona del Mar.

Driver Safety (AARP) on Monday, March 16 and Wednesday, March 18 from 12-4 p.m. in OASIS Room 1B. This eight-hour class covers defensive driving strategies, new traffic laws, rules of the road, car control, driving skills/techniques, preparation for written test, DMV test questions, how to tell if you should give up driving and even how to get around when you no longer drive. Some insurance companies offer a three -ear discount on auto insurance upon completion of this course. You must attend class both on Monday and Wednesday to complete the course. In-person, advance registration only. Checks only, made payable to AARP. Fee: $15 for AARP members; $20, non-members.

Book Club in Spanish on the second Monday of the month from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in OASIS Room 1B. Take a journey into literature in the Spanish language. Cruise down the continent and meet Latino writers. Or adventure into Spain by way of famous stories and novels. Explore modern usage of the elements of fiction: plot, characters, setting, imagery and narrative. Each month a different group member will guide you into new territories. Free and no RSVP is required.

OASIS LIBRARY

Did you know that Oasis has a library that is well stocked with books and puzzles available for checkout? The library has current hardback and paperback fiction as well as non-fiction and biographies. There are also special collections of military/veteran books, sailing/nautical books and large print books. It is located adjacent to the game room in the front left section of OASIS. Hours are weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Volunteers are often available, but there is a sign-out sheet so that books can be checked out even if no volunteers are present. 

Donations of books and puzzles are always appreciated. They can be left at the library desk or placed in the book return slot. The library is currently hoping to expand the non-fiction/biography and large print book sections. Please stop by to browse or chat with a volunteer.

SPORTS

Endless Sun Surf Lessons. Newport Beach’s Endless Sun Surf School is offering private and group lessons meet under Newport Pier (Lifeguard headquarters building, lower level) and 24th Street. They teach to any surfing ability. Pro surfers will help you develop confidence, competence and awareness as a surfer. Cost: Private, $75/hr.; Two people, $55/hr./pp.; Three people, $50/hr./pp.; Six+ people, 60/2hr./pp. Book your lesson at www.endlesssunsurf.com.

Sailing with the OASIS Sailing Club makes recreational sailing available to members and their guests, and provides instruction in sailing to those members who wish to learn how to handle a sailboat. Enjoy year round sailing in their beautiful Catalina 34MKII sloops, OASIS-V and OASIS-VI. Both are in excellent condition and ready for all-weather operations. Sailing is sometimes tranquil and always enjoyable. More than 150 friendly club members welcome both experienced and new sailors. The Club meets the last Wednesday of every month from 1:30-3 p.m. There is a $50 monthly dues fees. Sailing is free. Google “Oasis Sailing Club” for the website. Call Membership Chair Rob Reid at 510.329.2741 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for membership details. 

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Pickleball – Outdoor Open Courts & Drop-In. Four outdoor courts; no lights. Open Courts: Mon.-Fri., 7-8 a.m. and 12 p.m.-dusk; Sat.-Sun., 7 a.m.-dusk. Drop In: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-12 p.m. A predetermined schedule of play is based on skill levels will be posted at the courts and online. View the schedule at www.newportneachca.gov/sports. Participants will be required to supply their own paddle. Approved paddles must be used at all times. Visit www.newportbeachca.gov/sports for the list of approved paddles. Noise reduced balls will be available onsite. Outdoor pickleball is permitted only at the designated courts.

Pickleball – Indoor Drop-In. Three indoor court for doubles play; no partner is required. Mondays, 12:30-3 p.m.; Fridays, 12:30-3:30  p.m. Paddles and indoor balls are available. All skill levels are welcome. Pay and Play. Drop-in cards can be purchased online at City Hall or Newport Beach Community Center. RSVP not required.

Senior Tennis Group on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Interested in playing tennis? Come out to the San Joaquin Tennis Courts at 1550 Crown Drive, Corona del Mar. Please note: All play is doubles, no need to bring a partner or sign up in advance. Players ranked 3.0 and above are encouraged to participate. Please bring a racquet and $1 for balls. For more information, contact Linda Hardenbergh at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Let’s Tee it Up on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Check-in times and costs vary. Get out and hit the course as the weather is warming up. Groups play at four different courses: Monday: Costa Mesa-Los Lagos, $33 for this long and challenging par 72; Wednesday: Fountain Valley-Mile Square Classic Course, $38; Wednesday: Costa Mesa-Mesa Linda, $26, par 70; and Friday: Fountain Valley-Mile Square Players Course, long and challenging, $40. Cart fees vary. Average cost is $12 per person. Reservations required.

CARDS & GAMES

Bridge from beginning to advanced and duplicate, learn and advance your skills in this stimulating game. Session times and costs vary.

Mah Jongg when experienced players meet on an ongoing basis on Mondays and Fridays, 12:30-3:30 p.m. in Room 3. Free and RSVP is not required.

Mexican Train where this interactive fun-packed game is played with dominoes. Beginners should come at 1 p.m. on Fridays to learn how to play. Meets on an ongoing basis on Fridays from 1- 4 p.m. in the Library/Game Room. Free and RSVP is not required.

Ping Pong where new players are always welcome. Meets on an ongoing basis on Tuesday and Thursday from 2-5 p.m. in the Event Center. Free and RSVP is not required.

Scrabble where game boards, tiles and official Scrabble dictionary provided. All levels welcome. Meets on an ongoing basis on Monday from 1:30-4 p.m. in Room 2B. Free and RSVP is not required.

Shanghai/May I where if you know how to play Rummy, you’ll pick up this game in no time. Meets on an ongoing basis on Tuesday from 12:30-4 p.m. in the Library/Game Room. Free and RSVP is not required.

Texas Hold’em Players Wanted whether you are a beginner or advanced experienced. Come enjoy treats and a chance to win a gift certificate to In-n-Out Burger. You should know the basics of poker, and new players are welcome. Meets on the first and third Friday every month from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in Room 1B. Play for chips only. Free and RSVP is not required.

MEAL PROGRAMS

Daily lunch program where both hot and cold meals are served Monday through Friday from 12-2:30 p.m. Suggested donation: $4.50 and reservations are required two days in advance by calling 949.718.1820. 

SCREENINGS, SUPPORT GROUPS and COUNSELING

Health Screenings with walk-in Blood Pressure Screenings on the first and third Tuesday from 9-11 a.m. Visual Aid Screening by the Braille Institute for magnifying when eyeglasses are no longer sufficient. Call 714.821.5000 for a free appointment.

Memory Screenings provided by Hoag’s Orange County Vital Brain Aging Program. Take steps now to maintain healthy brain aging for years to come. Adopting strategies to reduce your risk for multiple medical conditions will help maintain your brain health as you age. The Orange County Vital Brain Aging Program promotes early detection and prevention of cognitive impairment through education and monitoring of cognitive health. To schedule a personalized, confidential memory screening at OASIS, call 949.764.6288. The screenings are generously subsidized by Hoag Neurosciences Institute and offered at a cost of $45. For more information visit www.ocbrain.org.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group where meetings are open to caregivers, family members and friends caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia on the first Wednesday of the month from 10-11:30 a.m. in OASIS Room 1.

Grief Support Group meets the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 3-4:30 p.m. in OASIS Room 4. Come and join in for coffee or tea, and share in easy and comforting conversation about the loss of your loved one. Please call 888.368.6869 for RSVP or inquiries. Free.

Parkinson’s Resource Organization (PRO) where a group meets the second Thursday of the month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in OASIS Room 2B. This is a support group for caregivers only. Free.

Meals on Wheels where three (3) nutritious meals are delivered Monday through Friday to homebound seniors (60 and older) that qualify for the program. Volunteers take time from their days to use their own vehicles to lovingly ensure that no senior is without a meal. If you have questions about the program, how it works, or if you and a loved one qualify, call 949.718.1811.

TRAVEL

DAY TRIPS

Norton Simon Museum on Wednesday, Feb. 26. Travel to Pasadena to visit the Norton Simon Museum, founded in 1922 and one of OASIS’ favorites. Upon arrival, enjoy an included box lunch at the Norton Simon Garden Café. Afterwards there will be a self-guided audio tour with time to view the exhibits at your own pace and perhaps with a stop in the gift shop. Departs 10:30 a.m. Returns 5 p.m. Cost: $65/$70.

Welk Resort Theatre – A Chorus Line on Saturday, March 7. Travel down to Escondido and enjoy the Welk Theatre’s performance of this stunning Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winning musical that captures the spirit and tension of a Broadway chorus audition. Lunch at the resort included prior to the performance. Departs 9 a.m. Returns 5 p.m. Cost: $115/$20.

Autry Museum of the American West on Wednesday, March 11. Travel to Griffith Park and visit this world-class museum dedicated to exploring the American West. It was established by Gene Autry to explore and share the comprehensive story of the American West and its multiple cultures. It is organized into three theme areas: Religion and Ritual, Land and Landscape and Migration and Movement. Also, on display will be the 23rd annual Masters of the American West and the Gamble Firearms Gallery which shows more of the context and place of firearms in the Old West. Lunch on your own at one of the park’s most popular cafes, Crossroads West. Departs 8:30 a.m. Returns 5 p.m. Cost: $60/$65.

Wheel of Fortune on Thursday, March 26. Be part of the audience for the taping of this popular show at Sony Studios. Before the show, a tasty lunch included at Cantor’s Deli, one of California’s oldest delis. Departs 11 a.m. Returns 7:30 p.m. Cost: $85/$90.

Ramona Outdoor Pageant on Saturday, April 18. Travel towards Hemet and the San Jacinto Mountains to enjoy this outdoor play performed in a natural bowl located in the mountains. The play is based on the novel, Ramona, by Helen Hunt Jackson and is considered Romeo and Juliet set in the wild, wild west. Included at the pageant site and prior to the play, enjoy a great BBQ lunch. Departs 11 a.m. Returns at approximately 8:30 p.m. Cost: $99/$104.

California Science Center – The Art of the Brick on Wednesday, April 29. Experience “The Art of the Brick,” the world’s largest display of LEGO bricks transformed into more than 100 sculptures by artist, Nathen Sawaya. The collection includes original sculptures and re-imagined versions of some world famous masterpieces such as Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa.” Lunch on your own with time to visit the other exhibits. 

Departs 8:30 a.m. Returns at 5 p.m. Cost: $65/$70.

Pantages Theatre, “Hamilton” - An American Musical on Saturday, Aug. 1. Enjoy orchestra seating at one of the greatest landmarks of Hollywood to see Hamilton, a hip-hop musical which follows the remarkable life story of Alexander Hamilton who was from the West Indies and the right-hand man to George Washington during the Revolution. Its creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, retells the tale using rap music and lyrics that even tackle political deal-making. Lunch on your own prior to the performance. Departs 10:30 a.m. Returns 5:30 p.m. Cost: $200/$205. Note: Check to see if seats are still available.

Note: Day Trip Departure/Return Location is the Newport Coast Community Center, 6401 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Coast (corner of Newport Coast Drive and San Joaquin Hills Road).

EXTENDED TRIPS

Laughlin - Riverside Resort & Casino Norton Simon Museum on March 17-19. Take a leisurely to trip to Laughlin (bingo on the bus) and then enjoy the exciting atmosphere of the area. Gamble, walk by the river or take a boat ride, shop or just relax. Departs 8:30 a.m. Returns 5:30 p.m. on March 19. Cost: Single, $170; Double, $135pp.

Wine, Castles and Clydesdales on June 9-12. Travel by bus to the Cambria area for a 3 night/4 day tour. Visit Hearst Castle, a Clydesdale Horse Ranch, 3 Wineries with wine tasting and one lunch in Paso Robles. Stay at the Springhill Suites Resort (3 breakfasts included) in Paso Robles. Visit Cambria, Santa Barbara and Solvang. Cost: Double occupancy, $999 per person; Single occupancy, $1,249.

Note: Extended trips can be 3-5 days within driving range or a shorter flight leaving out of Orange County. New trips to be posted.

Gambling trips are scheduled monthly. All trips are sold on a first-come, first-served basis and may sell out. Note: Trips fill up quickly, so sign up early. Travel Office: Open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 949.718.1810.

OASIS Senior Center is located at 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar,

92625. Call 949.644.3244. Parking is Free. OASIS Senior Center is on Facebook.

For a complete list of classes, happenings, support groups and trips, visit http://bit.ly/OASISSeniorCenter

They are also listed in the quarterly Newport Navigator, available at Newport Beach Public Library branches.


Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve Events

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Family Science Sundays, One Sunday each month from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Recommended for ages 3-12. Enjoy free activities in the Muth Interpretive Center classroom, with a different educational theme to explore. The activities are self-guided and can include hands-on exhibits, outside hikes, crafts and more. No registration is necessary.

Wild Tales, every Friday, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center for 2-8 year olds. Enjoy story time, a walk and an activity. Pre-registration is required. 949.923.2269.

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Kayak Tour every Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. Launch from the Newport Aquatic Center at 1 Whitecliffs Drive for a two-hour guided tour of Upper Newport Bay. Trained naturalists begin with a quick lesson on how to paddle and then lead participants into the Ecological Reserve. They make several stops where they discuss various aspects of the ecology and wildlife of the Bay. Each tour is unique with startling differences in birds and other wildlife seen depending on the season and state of the tide. In winter, there is a huge abundance and diversity of shorebirds, ducks, and grebes that have migrated from Canada and Alaska. Roughly 80 species of fish have been found here. Bring sun protection, even in winter, and be prepared to get a little wet. Make sure to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to tour to check in and fill out a waiver. 

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Back Bay Drive Nature Walks on the first Sunday of the month. Enjoy a leisurely morning walk along Back Bay Drive observing birds and plants. A side channel of the estuary runs adjacent to the multi-purpose road and there are great opportunities to view shorebirds, waterfowl and other birds.

Back Bay Science Center Community Day every Sunday at 10 a.m. Learn about ongoing research, restoration and education. Explore touch tanks and tour the teaching lab. Free; no reservations needed. 600 Shellmaker Road.

Big Canyon Bird and Plant Walk on the third Saturday of the month. Expert Newport Bay Conservancy Naturalists conduct highly informative themed plant and bird programs at Big Canyon. They involve a short walk in an area where several habitats meet, and provide a great introduction for those interested in identifying the birds and plants they see at the Bay. Free; no reservations needed. 600 Shellmaker Road.

Big Canyon Bird Walk on the last Sunday of the month (except in December). For those interested in a more intense bird-watching experience and the possibility of seeing something rare, one of the bird experts offers a 2-3 hour outing at Big Canyon. Suitable for beginner and advanced bird watchers. Free; no reservations needed.

Family Hike on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of every month. Meet and the Muth Center patio for an hour-long hike providing a great introduction to the Bay. All ages welcome. Call 949.923.2269 to RSVP.

Birds in flight

Habitat Restoration in Newport Bay on the second Thursday of the month. Birds and other wildlife need a healthy habitat to thrive. Be a part of that positive impact while enjoying the beauty of Newport Bay and Big Canyon. All training, tools and gloves will be provided.

Shellmaker Discovery Tours on Saturdays where you can join a California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Naturalist to learn about Shellmaker Island’s rich history, the future of the Back Bay Science Center, and discover unusual and endangered plant, bird and crab habitats.

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Restoration Program in Newport Bay on the second Sunday of the month. Join Preserve staff and other volunteers in enhancing the Bay’s habitat for local wildlife. Activities may include non-native plant removal, planting natives, watering, trash cleanup and Butterfly Garden maintenance. No experience is necessary. Bring a hat, sunscreen and snacks. Water and tools are provided. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

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What Else?

Walking and Jogging

Back Bay Drive is a multi-use road that stretches 3 miles northwards along the east side of the Bay from the Back Bay Science Center at Shellmaker Road to Vista Point on the corner of Eastbluff Drive. Back Bay Drive is one-way for motor vehicles from south to north. This is the best route if you would like to be close to the water and see shorebirds and waterfowl, but bear in mind that bikes and pedestrians share the road. Street parking south of Shellmaker Road, at the bottom of San Joaquin Hills Road and on Eastbluff Drive, and a parking lot at Big Canyon. There are scenic pedestrian trails at Big Canyon.

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Horseback Riding

There are designated horse trails between 23rd Street and Bayview Drive, but there are no horse rental facilities in the Ecological Reserve or Nature Preserve.

Cycling

There is a 10-mile bike loop around the Bay. Starting at Jamboree at San Diego Creek and heading clockwise the first stop is Vista Point on the corner of Eastbluff Drive and Back Bay Drive. Take Back Bay Drive to the Newport Dunes Resort. Follow the sign-posted bike path through the resort, which brings you out onto Pacific Coast Highway at the bridge. Take the highway over the bridge and turn right on Dover Drive. You can take a quick detour to Castaways Park, Northstar Beach or Galaxy Park or follow the direct route along Dover to Irvine Avenue where you will turn right. On Irvine just beyond Santiago Drive a set of paved trails begin. These take you to the Interpretive Center, and from there to Bayview Drive and back to Jamboree Road. The 22-mile Mountains to Sea Trail, which runs from Weir Canyon north of Irvine Regional Park joins the Back Bay Loop at Jamboree Road and continues through to Shellmaker Road.

Newport Bay Conservancy

www.newportbay.org

Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center,

2301 University Drive, Newport Beach. Email:

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Crystal Cove State Park’s upcoming events

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Enjoy a free Sea Glass Jewelry Making activity on Wednesday, Feb. 26 from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Turn a found object into a beautiful piece of jewelry. Learn the art of wire wrapping sea glass to turn it into a one-of-a-kind creation. Takes place at the Education Commons in the Historic District. Park in the Los Trancos lot. (PCH inland at the stoplight at Los Trancos then walk across the street or take the shuttle.)

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Stop by Ranger Alex’s Beachside Chat table on Saturday, Feb. 29 from 12-3 p.m. and learn about some of the fun and interesting animals that live at Crystal Cove State Park. Find Alex and her bounty of nature props near the Historic District Education Commons by the Beachcomber Cafe. Park in the Los Trancos lot. (PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk through the tunnel or take the shuttle.)

Join park naturalists for a Leap Day Bluff and Beach Sunset Walk on Saturday, Feb. 29 from 4:30 p.m. until sunset. Bring a camera and binoculars as you will search for migrating gray whales, birds and watch the sunset. The walk will be on the beach, and on both paved and dirt roads on the bluff. Dress in layers and bring water and a snack. Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, at the top of the boardwalk near the parking lot. (PCH coastward at Newport Coast, right at kiosk to first lot.)

Parking: $15 day-use fee. For additional information on events, call 949.376.6200 or visit www.crystalcove.org.

Interested in a historic cottage rental? Visit www.reservecalifornia.com. Cottages are available every day of the month. But call early, as they book up very quickly.


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

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Napa in Newport I Saturday, February 29 I CureDuchenne, based in Newport Beach, will be the recipient of this event, which brings together 40 of the most acclaimed Napa Valley vintners under one roof to serve their finest vintages and offer their best wine experiences in a Grand Tasting to more than 400 of OC’s finest. The funds are earmarked toward saving the lives of 300,000 children and young adults affected by Duchenne muscular dystrophy worldwide. Enjoy a three-course meal created by restaurateur and Chef Craig Strong, paired perfectly with wine at vintner-hosted tables.

Contact: www.cureduchenne.org

Takes place at Monarch Beach Resort, One Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point.

37th Annual Spirit Run I Sunday, March 1 I Let’s race for our schools! There are running and walking events for every age and fitness level...even your BFF canine. This year’s event features five adult races, seven youth races and Toddler Trot, 5k Family Walk & Family Mile, Dog Mile, Youth and Fitness & Dog Expo and new Company Team Building, are among the many ways to participate. In addition, there are food trucks, live music, a “Spirit”-themed costume contest, and rock climbing, bungee trampoline and a mini skate park at Camp Newport for kids. Also, massage, shopping and health fitness tips for adults. Bring your dog or adopt one at the Dog Expo.

Contact: To register and for more information, visit www.nmspiritrun.org

Takes place at Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach.

Hoag Classic benefiting Hoag Charity Sports | Thursday, March 4 through Sunday, March 8 I Celebrating its 25th year (22nd with Hoag as host operations and beneficiary), the Hoag Classic returns to Newport Beach Country Club (NBCC). As the finest stop on the PGA TOUR Champions, the Hoag Classic will draw golf legends back to NBCC to compete for the $1.8 million purse. Ernie Els, Fred Couples, Retief Goosen, Ángel Cabrera, Bernhard Langer, Vijay Singh, John Daly and Miguel Ángel Jiménez, are among the 80 pros expected to compete, who will be challenging 2019 Champion Kirk Triplett. Festivities include Breakfast with an Champion featuring Ernie Els on March 3; Legends Pro-Am presented by Konica Minolta on March 4; Round 1, Corporate Day presented by City National Bank on March 6; Round 2, Military Appreciation Day presented by CoreLogic on March 7; and Round 3, Youth Day presented by Kingston Technology with a Putting Contest from 1-4 p.m. and Awards Ceremony at 5 p.m. on March 8. Tee Times are at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. with gates opening at 8 a.m. More than $20 million has been raised throughout this tournament’s history. This year, the tournament’s net proceeds will benefit Hoag’s programs and services, as well as other local charities. Good-Any-One-Day tickets are available online before the event for $25. Tickets purchased at the Main Gate on the day of the event are $30. Tickets can also be purchased in advance at participating Roger Dunn Golf stores. Children age 11 and under receive complimentary admission beginning Wednesday, March 4 through Sunday, March 8.

Contact: www.hoagclassic.com

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

St. Joseph Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament | Monday, March 9 I Players will be treated to a variety of restaurant offerings throughout Pelican Hill’s stunning courses with spectacular ocean views. The day concludes with a reception, awards dinner and opportunity drawing. Fore more than 30 years, this sell-out event has helped raise much needed funds for the hospital, with last year’s tournament netting more than $300,000.

Contact: www.sjo.org/foundation

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

The Adoption Guild of Southern California’s “Cocktails for a Cause” | Thursday, March 5 from 5:30-8 p.m. I Festivities include a welcome cocktail, lite fare, entertainment, an opportunity drawing and a whiskey tasting. Cost: $100 per person. Valet parking is included. To purchase tickets, visit www.adoptionguild.org.

Contact: Terry Becker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

Orange County Chapter of Childhelp 34th Annual Fashion Show & Luncheon I Thursday, March 12 I Co-chairs are Patti Edwards, Patricia Ford and Shan Vincent. Children’s Friends Awardees are Cheryl Ladd and Jen Lilley.

Contact: Linda Burns at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. www.bidpal.net/childhelpocfashionshow2020

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

CASA Celebration of Children Black & White Ball I Saturday, March 14 from 5-11 p.m. I Celebrate 35 years of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) in style. This year’s honorees include Edwards Lifesciences as Outstanding Corporation, Holly and Mark Kerslake as Children’s Champions, The John Michael Engstrom Memorial Foundation as Outstanding Foundation and Gary Conkle as Advocate of the Year. Festivities include cocktails, silent and live auctions, entertainment, a gourmet dinner and dinner & dancing. Dress: Black, white, coral-6 and gold attire. CASA provides a powerful voice and a meaningful connection for children who have experienced abuse, neglect and abandonment.

Contact: Matthew Wadlinger at 714.619.5149 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

www.casacelebrationofchildren.org

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

Alzheimer’s Orange County Gala: Celebrating the Future I Saturday, March 21 I Festivities include a cocktail reception, live entertainment, dinner & dancing. Gala co-chairs are Debi Pavlik and Alison Beaumont. Cocktail attire recommended. Single tickets are $1,000. Sponsorship packages are available forn$6,000-$50,000. All proceeds will fund critically needed programs and services for the 84,000 Orange County residents affected by Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.

Contact: www.alzoc.org/gala

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

KidWorks inaugural Women’s Pickleball Tournament | Friday, March 27 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. I KidWorks is inviting women to pick up a paddle and participate in its inaugural Women’s Pickleball Tournament to benefit KidWorks Campus Crash program that provides first generation, low-income students with their first encounter with college. Registration and a light breakfast, including mimosas, are scheduled from 9-9:30 a.m., followed by tournament play until 12 p.m. Lunch, a KidWorks program and awards ceremony begin take place from12-1 pm.

Players must register by March 13 to ensure their place in the tournament. Individual registration is $75 per player. Sponsorships are available, too.

Contact: To register visit https://kidworksoc.org/pickleball.

Takes place at The Tennis Club at Newport Beach Country Club, 11 Clubhouse Dr., Newport Beach.

Otterfest to support Eastbluff Elementary School I Saturday, March 28 from 6-11 p.m. I Eastbluff Elementary School PTA’s Gala Committee will be hosting a music festival themed fundraiser, Otterfest. Tickets are $90 and details are available on the website. The event will feature two bands, a DJ, gourmet food stations, a live and silent auction, and much more. Event proceeds will be used to support a variety of education programs for more than 400 Eastbluff Elementary School students. Everyone in the community is invited to attend the event and donations are tax deductible. 

Contact: Leah Hannegan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. www.otter-fest.org

Takes place at Fete the Venue, 3101 Red Hill Ave., Costa Mesa.

27th Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night | Thursday, April 2 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. I SOS is gathering more than 20 of the most awarded and recognized chefs from around Orange County alongside more than 700 foodies and philanthropists for what has become a distinct signature event consisting of unique tacos, craft beer and inventive margaritas. As SOS is kicking off a milestone anniversary of 50 years of service, Wild & Crazy Taco Night serves as the first opportunity for the public to celebrate with them. Over the years, OC chefs have continuously performed at their most creative for this event, as they personally compete to come up with the most unique tacos voted on by those in attendance. Another highlight returning this year is the pre-event VIP Party from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Participating guests will enjoy early admission, have the opportunity to connect personally with each chef, and sample each delectable taco before general admission attendees. Historically, the VIP Party has sold out every year.

Tickets: VIP Pre-Party – Early Bird price through March 12, $150; after March 12, $170. General Admission – Early Bird price through March 12, $80; after March 12, $90. To purchase tickets, visit www.shareourselves.org/events, or call SOS at 949.270.2137. All proceeds benefit the SOS Social Services, providing food, emergency financial relief, homeless support services, and more to our low-income and homeless neighbors.

Contact: www.shareourselves.org

Takes place at Share Our Selves, 1550 Superior Ave., Costa Mesa.

Girls Inc. Champions for Girls Event Reception I Saturday, April 11 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. I This Spring Champions for Girls stewardship event is hosted by Erika Lowe. Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart and bold.

Contact: www.girlsinc-oc.org

Takes place at Big Canyon Country Club, 1 Big Canyon Dr., Newport Beach.

33rd Annual Circle 1000 Founders’ Celebration Brunch I Wednesday, April 22 from 9-11 a.m. I Hoag Hospital Foundation is honors Circle 1000’s extraordinary legacy of supporting Hoag Family Cancer Institute at the 33rd Annual Circle 1000 Founders’ Celebration Brunch. This year’s brunch features guest speaker, Jake Olson. A Huntington Beach native and former USC football player, 22-year-old Jake was diagnosed with a rare form of eye cancer at just eight months old. Although the disease claimed Jake’s sight by the time he was 12, he has used this experience to inspire and motivate others. They invite you to join in recognizing and celebrating this special group of donors who have played an integral role in building Hoag Family Cancer Institute into a world-class community resource. To purchase tickets, click on https://giving.hoag.org/2020Circle1000.

Contact: www.hoagpromise.org

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

Imaginology 2020 I Friday, April 17 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. I Have you ever wondered how math can help you cook...or what causes a rainbow...or how baby chicks know when to hatch? Set a course full STEAM ahead to OC Fair’s Imaginology, where science, technology, engineering, art and math come alive in the most fun and exciting ways. Admission is free. Parking is free in Friday and $9 on Saturday and Sunday.

Contact: www.ocfair.com/steam

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

2020 Natalie’s Wish Celebration I Saturday, April 18 from 5-11 p.m. I The Natalie’s Wish event is the most inspirational night of the year! Join the Cystinosis Research Foundation to honor the children and adults affected by cystinosis and celebrate the milestones they have accomplished together. They promise that the Natalie’s Wish event will be an evening of laughter, celebration and hope. Join them for a magical night and enjoy the outstanding entertainment of Matt Mauser and his Sinatra Big Band. Registration information will be available soon on the website.

Contact: Zoe Solsby at 949.223.7610 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

It’s in the Bag I Sunday, April 19 with a cocktail reception at 12 p.m. and lunch at 1 p.m. I The Women’s Circle of Wishes presents this event to support Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire. Enjoy a fabulous luncheon with your girlfriends, silent and live auctions with beautiful designer handbags and the famous wine wall. Tickets: $150; Table of 10 is $1,500.

Contact: To purchase tickets, call Debbie Finster at 714.573.9474, ext. 239. www.ocie.wish.org.

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

38th Annual Gentlemen’s Haberdashery on Thursday, April 23 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. One of Orange County’s most celebrated charitable fundraisers and social events of the year, the event features Orange County’s most prominent executives and community leaders modeling a full range of menswear. The Gentlemen’s Haberdashery provides major funding for the Heart of Jesus Retreat Center in Santa Ana and shines a spotlight on the incredible impact the local fashion show makes in the local community. The Heart of Jesus Retreat Center is operated by the Sisters of the Society Devoted to the Sacred Heart to provide religious formation and avenues of faith development for children, youth, adults and families, all within the confines of a safe, secure and caring Center situated in the heart of Santa Ana. The Center welcomes 12,000-14,000 attendees each year, many from local parishes, schools, and more.

Contact: https://gentlemenshaberdashery.com/

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

5th Annual OC Real Estate Luncheon I Thursday, April 23 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. I Top real estate companies and financial institutions from Orange County, in partnership with the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) based in Newport Beach, are coming together once again in a continuing effort to make an impact and benefit the nearly 130,000 veterans living in our communities. In its first four years, this event has granted more than $3 million to address the critical needs of returning military focusing on health, education and employment.

Contact: www.oc-cf.org/ocrel

Takes place at Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine.

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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

She Loves Me, Continuing through February 22 on the Segerstrom Stage. Ticket prices and performance times vary. Romantic, charming and brimming with joy, this musical comedy reminds us that one kind deed can open up a world of possibilities. At Maraczek’s Parfumerie, clerks Georg and Amalia are constantly at odds. Outside of work, they’re each falling madly in love with an anonymous pen pal, unaware that it is the other. This nostalgic Broadway hit inspired by the story that gave us The Shop Around the Corner and You’ve Got Mail is “as sweet and exhilarating as a first kiss.” (New York Daily News). Recommendation: Ages 12 and up.

Contact: www.scr.org

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

Taking Sides, Continuing through February 23. A tale based on the life of Wilhelm Furtwangler, the controversial conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic whose tenure coincided with the controversial Nazi era. One of the most spectacular and renowned conductors of the 1930s, Furtwangler’s reputation rivalled that of Toscanini’s. After the war, he was investigated as part of the Allies’ de-Nazification program. In the bombed-out Berlin of the immediate post-war period, the Allies slowly bring law and order, and justice, to bear in an occupied Germany. An American Major is given the Furtwangler file, and is told to find everything he can and to prosecute the man ruthlessly. Tough and hard-nosed, Major Steve Arnold sets out to investigate a world of which he knows nothing. Orchestra members vouch for Furtwangler’s morality. He did what he could to protect Jewish players in his orchestra. To the Germans, deeply respectful of their musical heritage, Furtwangler was a demigod; to Major Arnold, he is just a lying, weak-willed Nazi. Tickets: $20.

Contact: www.ntacoline.com

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

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon: A Musical Adaptation, Continuing through February 23 as part of the Theatre for Young Audiences on the Argyros Stage. Ticket prices and performance times vary. Go on a thrilling musical adventure filled with magic, mystery and fantastical creatures! Young Minli’s poor village desperately needs good fortune. So she sets out on a quest to find The Old Man in the Moon, who holds all the answers to life’s questions. Along the way Minli rescues a dragon, encounters the dreaded Green Tiger and, by drawing wisdom from her father’s stories, moves closer and closer to riches greater than gold. Adapted from the best-selling book based on Chinese folklore. Recommendation: Ages 6+.

Contact: www.scr.org

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

OCMAExpand Season 3 with the six new exhibits continuing through March 15. features six new projects by artists Carolina Caycedo, Daniel Duford, Ximena Garrido-Lecca, Mulyana, Robert Zhao Renhui and Yang Yongliang, whose work considers the complexities of our relationship to nature. 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., Santa Ana.

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43rd Annual OC Home & Garden Show on Friday, Feb. 21 from 12-6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 22 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Everything for home improvement projects, some garden displays and classes, hourly DIY workshops, 4H gardening competition, hourly prizes and a free gift for the first 100 each day. Free admission. Parking is $10. 

Contact: www.thebesthomeshow.com

Takes place at OC Fair & Event Center in the Los Alamitos Building, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

Block Printing Workshop on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Join Elizabeth James of Pacific & Rose Textiles for a fun-filled block printing workshop in the Pelican Courtyard, nestled behind the Seaside Gallery & Goods Collective. Learn step-by-step, the traditional artform of hand block-printing using authentic vintage woodblocks from James’ private woodblock collection. 

Choose two items to print, including kitchen towels, tote bags and t-shirts. In addition, bring one of your own pre-washed cotton items to print. Cost is $75, which includes everything. Refreshments are provided. Vintage woodblocks will be available for sale. Advanced reservations required.

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

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

Block printing for Best Bets for 2.14

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Afternoon Tea at Café Jardin on Wednesday, Feb. 26 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Spend time relaxing with friends or family and enjoying an afternoon tea service amid the beautiful floral setting of the Gardens. Cost: $34 per person (plus tax and gratuity); includes $5 admission to the Gardens. Reservations are required. Call 949.673.0033. Visit the website for the menu.

Contact: www.thesherman.org

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

Gem Faire on Friday, Feb. 28 from 12-6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 29 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fine jewelry, precious & semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, crystals, gold & silver, minerals & much more at manufacturer’s prices. Nearly 200 exhibitors from around the world. Jewelry repair, cleaning and ring sizing while you shop. General admission is $7 (good for all three days); children 11 and younger are free. Parking is $10. 

Contact: www.gemfaire.com

Takes place at OC Fair & Event Center in the Costa Mesa Building and Santa Ana Pavilion, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa.

Camp Newport Expo on Sunday, March 1 during the Spirit Run in Fashion Island from 6:30-11 a.m. Presented by the City of Newport Beach Recreation & Senior Services Department, come visit this free event to learn about City summer camps.

Contact: Call 949.644.3151; www.CampNewport.com

Takes place at the finish line of the Spirit Run, Fashion Island, Newport Beach.

Discovery Day at the Farm on Friday, March 6 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Discovery Days at Centennial Farm are open to the public, and are perfect for mom groups, homeschool groups and more. Groups may participate in the following activities:
Radish Seed Planting: Children will plant a radish seed to take back to school;
Chick Education: Chick Development Process (no petting chicks); Oxen Demonstration: Demonstration days vary depending on the volunteers’ schedules; Crops: Seasonal varieties; Livestock Animals: Swine, goats, sheep, cattle, rabbits, and poultry; and a Cow Milking Demonstration: 9:30 a.m. (provided there is a lactating cow; call 1-2 days before your tour to verify). Free admission and parking. Open to all grade levels as well as the general public.

Contact: For groups of six or more, reserve online here.

Takes place at OC Fair & Event Center in Centennial Farm, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa.

A BRONX TALE in Segerstrom Hall on March 10-22. This new musical features a book by Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri; music by Oscar, Grammy and Tony Award winner Alan Menken; and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Oscar and Tony Award nominee Glenn Slater. A BRONX TALE premiered at the Tony Award-winning Paper Mill Playhouse (Millburn, NJ) to critical and popular acclaim in Spring 2016, and opened on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre on December 1, 2016, following previews from November 3. The show ended its Broadway run on August 5, 2018, having played 700 performances and as the second longest running show in the history of the Longacre Theatre. Based on the one-man show that inspired the now classic film, this streetwise musical takes audiences to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s, where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. Featuring an original doo-wop score, this is a tale about respect, loyalty, love and above all else...family. 

Contact: www.scfta.org

Takes place in Segerstrom Hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa.

A BRONX TALE for Best Bets 2.14

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Watercolor Roses Workshop on Thursday, March 19 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Join Artist, Erna van Dyk, as she guides you through the basics of painting with watercolor and creating a sweet rose nosegay. Van Dyk teaches students of all ages including private workshops and schools in Orange County. Workshop fee is $100 per person, includes two (2) hours of instruction and all the materials needed for painting. You will get to take home a finished painting on heavy weight watercolor board. Open to all levels of painters. Due to material costs, cancellations after Wednesday, March 11 cannot be refunded. Cost: $100 per person. To make your reservation, visit the website.

Contact: www.rogersgardens.com

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

Watercolor Roses Workshop for 2.14 Best Bets

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2020 Youth Track Meet of Champions on Friday, March 27. Presented by the City of Newport Beach Recreation & Senior Services Department and the Newport-Balboa rotary Club, this event honors the memory of Frank E. Anderson. Registration is now open. Youngsters who are born between 2005 and 2013 are eligible to compete.

Contact: Call 949.644.3151; www.newportbeachca.gov/sports

Takes place at Davidson Field, Newport Harbor High School, 600 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

Chapter Two, March 27-April 26. A romantic comedy by Neil Simon. Novelist George Schneider is trying to recover from the death of his wife, Barbara. They were lovingly married to each other for 12 years. Concurrently, actress Jennie MacLaine has just gotten a divorce from her husband, Gus. Wanting each to get on with their lives, George’s brother Leo Schneider and Jennie’s best friend Faye Medwick (the two who once dated) send George and Jennie respectively on a series of blind dates, which end up disastrously. So when Leo and Faye run into each other and suggest that George and Jennie go out, both George and Jennie are reluctant, thinking that this meeting will end up like the rest of their blind dates. However, both are pleasantly surprised with each other. After a two week whirlwind romance and courtship, George and Jennie decide to get married. Jennie in particular realizes that she is the one who has the potential of being hurt if George is not ready to move on without Barbara, especially as they honeymoon in the same resort where George and Barbara once vacationed, and as Jennie will move into the house that was once George and Barbara’s. Tickets: $20.

Contact: www.ntacoline.com

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

Calligraphy Workshop with Karen Bremer on Saturday, March 28 from 10-11  a.m. Learn the art of Calligraphy. Join Karen Bremer, a professional calligrapher who has educated countless classes across the U.S., as she guides you through step-by-step instructions on how to properly hold a calligraphy pen, gain an understanding of pen strokes and control and create proper letterforms. Workshop fee is $95 per person, which includes a calligraphy pen, paper and resources. Additional calligraphy supplies will be available for purchase through Bremer at the end of class. Space is limited. Unfortunately, due to material costs, cancellations after March 20 cannot be refunded. To make your reservation, visit the website.

Contact: www.rogersgardens.com

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

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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..

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 Leonhardt 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.

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The Witte Lectures Series continues with David Leonhardt 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.

CdM Drop-In Crafts, Mondays, March 2 and March 16 from 3:30-5 p.m. Drop in to the Corona del Mar Library to create, craft and DIY on the first and third Monday of every month. All ages welcome. No registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Takes place at the Corona del Mar Branch Library, 410 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar.

LEGO Block Party on Wednesday, March 4 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.

Wake Up! Newport – Breakfast with Newport Beach Mayor Will O’Neill on Thursday, March 5 from 7:15-8:45 a.m. Mayor O’Neill is a partner in a local law firm, previously working at the California Supreme Court for Associate Justice Marvin Baxter (Ret.). O’Neill is the youngest person to be Mayor of Newport Beach. This has helped renew the Council’s focus on family-friendly community features like parks, libraries and increased school safety. The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce presents this monthly event. This is a free opportunity to meet one on one with legislative and government officials and stay updated on current local, state and federal issues. Breakfast treats will be provided. This event is free to the public, but 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. 

The Witte Lectures Series continues with David Wallace-Wells on Friday, March 6 from 7-9 p.m. and Saturday, March 7 from 2-4 p.m.  Journalist David Wallace-Wells is a  National Fellow at New America and Deputy Editor at New York Magazine. His acclaimed New York Times bestseller book, The Unhabitable Earth tells the scientific story of environmental damage to date. “It will always be the case that the next decade could contain more warming and more suffering or less warming and less suffering.” He explains how the future is being transformed by climate change faster and more dramatically than we realized. He asks key questions: How will the map of global power shift as coast lines are redrawn? How will this affect California – our culture, our politics, our lifestyle? What is our individual responsibility? Can we have an impact? Wallace-Wells reminds us that everything is within our control, so long as we resist complacency. The events take place in the Friends Room in Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. Schedule for Friday, March 6: 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. Schedule for Saturday, March 7. 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. Note: Central Library will close early on Friday, March 6 at 5 p.m. to get ready for the evening event.

Sensory Play Saturdays, Saturday, March 7, 14, 21 and 28  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.

Drop-in Crafts, Saturday, March 7 from 12-3 p.m. Drop in to make some fun crafts. No registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. First-come, first-served, limited by room capacity. Takes place in Central Library’s Stahr Storytime Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 

“Fairy Tales” exhibition of oil paintings by Lauren Mendelsohn-Bass, opens, Monday, March 9 and continues through May 8 in the Central Library Art Gallery during regular operating hours. Mendelsohn-Bass is a Los Angeles-born painter who received her Bachelor of Arts at the UCLA. Her work takes the viewer on a journey through the word of superficial reality where artificially alluring and nostalgically innocent context marks darker thoughts, ideas and actions. Playing with the visual tropes of mass marketing and vintage advertisements, her work explores the ways reality is obscured when presented as ostensibly attractive. As popular culture navigates an era of “fake news,” social media and alternative facts, nothing is as it seems. Her paintings examine today’s culture where truth is fluid; ideas, issues and events are routinely reframed to reinforce the brand.

Inspired by 1950s era advertising, Mendelsohn-Bass evokes a classic Film Noir feel and its emotive German Expressionist roots. Mixing pop imagery and classic noir iconography, she draws the viewer into an enticing world, only to find all is not as it appears. This exhibit  is presented by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission.

SCORE Workshop – Simplify Your Business Plan; Use the Business Model Canvas on Tuesday, March 10 from 5:30-8:45 p.m. This series of business workshops is generously funded by Friends of the Library. Age Level: Adults. For more information or to register for this workshop, visit https://orangecounty.score.org/. Takes place at Central Library in the Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

ProLiteracy Advisory Board Meeting on Tuesday, March 10 from 6-8 p.m. Takes place at Central Library in the Conference Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Book Discussion Group, Wednesday, March 11 from 9:30-11 a.m. The Charlotte “Charlie” Alexander Book Discussion Group will be discussing, The Giver by Lois Lowry. Synopsis: The Giver is about a boy who inhabits a seemingly ideal world: a world without conflict. It is a time when family values are paramount, teenage rebellion is unheard of and good manners are a way of life. At the annual ceremony, each 12 year old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches Fiona be named Caretaker of the Old and Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas is sent to a man called The Giver and the boy senses the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world. Doors open at 9:15 a.m. Free, but a suggested $10 donation is appreciated. 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. The Book Discussion Group members select, read and discuss 10 books per year. This active and dynamic group meets on the second Wednesday of the month. Refreshments are provided and the books are available through the Newport Beach Public Library. Takes place in Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

LEGO Block Party on Wednesday, March 11 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.

Library Live Series continues with Tomi Adeyemi, author of Children of Blood and Bone/Children of Virtue and Vengeance on Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m. At age 25, Adeyemi is a Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Nigerian-American writer and creative writing coach based in San Diego. After graduating from Harvard University with an honors degree in English literature, she studied West African mythology, religion and culture in Salvador, Brazil. Her first novel, Children of Blood and Bone, debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times Best Seller list in 2018 and is being developed into a movie by Lucasfilm/Fox. Her second novel, Children of Virtue and Vengeance, came out in December 2019. Adeyemi speaks about her inspiration for her books, the creative process, and her many influences. When she’s not writing or watching BTS Korean music videos, she is teaching creative writing at tomiadeyemi.com. 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.

Children of Blood and Bone

AP Practice Test (US and World History) on Saturday, March 14 from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sharpen your test taking skills with a free, full-length practice AP test. In partnership with C2 Education of Newport Beach, the Newport Beach Public Library hosts this free session. Students may choose between AP World History and AP US History. Please include the test name in the “Comments” box on the registration page. You must provide this information when you register in order to be admitted to the test. The test will last approximately four hours. Students should bring pencils, a pen, water and snacks. Results will be presented at a separate results program on Wednesday, March 25 at 7 p.m. at Central Library. This is a free event but registration is required and space is limited. Only those who register in advance will be allowed to take the test. To register, go to https://www.c2educate.com/localevents/aptest/. Geared to students in 9th-12th grade taking an AP Test in May 2020. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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LEGO Saturdays, Saturday, March 14 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. 

Spring is in the Air, Tuesday, March 17 from 4-5 p.m. Let’s make Spring crafts, together. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. First come, first served. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Takes place at the Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.

LEGO Block Party on Wednesday, March 18 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.

Unicorn Party on Wednesday, March 18 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Come make fun, unicorn-inspired crafts and games. Geared for ages 3 and up. No registration is required. First come, first served. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Takes place at Balboa Branch Library, 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

Adam Chandler: Drive-Thru Dreams on Thursday, March 19 from 7-8 p.m.

Take a fascinating road trip through the heart of America’s fast-food kingdom with author Adam Chandler. From White Castle, the first fast food chain, to Wendy’s most viral tweet of all time, Chandler will talk about fast food history, people and stories that inspired his book, In Drive-Thru Dreams, and the inseparable link between fast food and American life for the past century.

Chandler is a writer based in Brooklyn, NY. A former staff writer at The Atlantic, his work has also appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Slate, New York Magazine, Texas Monthly, Esquire, TIME and elsewhere. This program is funded by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Admission is free. Seating is limited. Books will be available for purchase and signing. To save your seat, click here.

Let’s Talk Money: Education Planning Client Seminar on Friday, March 20 from 10-11 a.m. For parents or grandparents, an education funding strategy can help instill the value of education in your children or grandchildren. It also can remove significant assets from your estate, and may reduce federal estate taxes, while allowing you to retain control of those assets. This seminar covers education funding options, including loans and tax-advantaged investing options, (UGMA/UTMA and 529 plans), as well as gifting rules. Free. No registration is required. Seating is on a first come, first served based on room capacity. 

This program is for educational and informational purposes only (no sales) and is not intended for financial, tax or investment advice. Newport Beach Public Library does not endorse or recommend any of the financial information or materials associated with this presentation. Takes place in Central Library’s Conference Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 

LEGO Saturdays, Saturday, March 21 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: How to Keep Eye Problems at Length as You Age on Monday, March 23 from 7-8:30 p.m. Features Ken Y. Lin, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor, UCI Health Department of Ophthalmology, Gavin Herbert Eye Institute and Lilangi Ediriwickrema, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor, UCI Health Department of Ophthalmology, Gavin Herbert Eye Institute. What happens to our eyes as we age, and what can we do to improve our vision? At this lecture, Drs. Lin and Ediriwickrema will present on common age-related vision changes – from droopy eyelids, volume loss and wrinkles, to cataracts and glaucoma – and will discuss approaches to optimize your vision, while promoting a more youthful look. Dr. Lin is a cataract and glaucoma surgeon whose research focuses on using endoscopic laser imaging and artificial intelligence to improve patient outcomes after glaucoma surgery. Dr. Ediriwickrema specializes in oculofacial, orbital and reconstructive surgery as well as neuro-ophthalmology. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. No reservations are required. Free, but a suggested donation of $10 is always appreciated. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 

Meet the Ladybugs! on Tuesday, March 24 from 4-5 p.m. Enjoy a variety of ladybug-themed crafts and meet the newest library residents: ladybug larvae!

All ages are welcome. No registration is required. First come, first served.

Generously funded by the Friends of the Library. Takes place at Central Library’s Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

LEGO Block Party on Wednesday, March 25 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.

AP Practice Test (US and World History) Results on Wednesday, March 25 from 7-8 p.m. Students who attended the February 15 and March 14 AP Practice Tests at NBPL can attend this program to view their results and get free tips and advice for taking the test in the future. This is a free event that is limited to students and parents of students who took the practice AP Tests on February 15 or March 14. Age level: Students 9th-12th grade taking AP tests in May 2020. Takes place in the Central Library Friends Meeting Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Mulan-Inspired Crafts on Thursday, March 26 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Let’s get down to business and craft. Join the fun for Mulan-inspired crafts. You can bet before you’re through, they’ll make crafters out of you. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Funding for this program is generously donated by the Friends of the Library. Takes place at the Corona del Mar Branch Library, 410 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar.

Let’s Talk Money: Social Security and You Seminar on Friday, March 27 from 10-11 a.m. When the Social Security Act was first introduced, the average retirement period was about 10 years. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the proportion of the U.S. population eligible to collect Social Security doubled, from just over 6 percent to 12 percent from 1940 through 2008. Fast forward to today and more than 40 million people over the age of 65 are receiving benefits. Understanding social security and how to maximize your benefits is important to all retirees. Join this seminar that goes over how social security impacts your retirement. No registration is required. Seating is first come, first serve based on room capacity. This program is for educational and informational purposes only (no sales) and is not intended for financial, tax or investment advice. Newport Beach Public Library does not endorse or recommend any of the financial information or materials associated with this presentation. Takes place in Central Library’s Conference Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 

LEGO Saturdays, Saturday, March 28 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.

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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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.;

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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.

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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

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