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Volume 2, Issue 92                                                                      November 16, 2017


Police Files

Burglar or burglars hit four homes in NB neighborhood

Four burglaries in a Newport Beach neighborhood during a two-day period last week have caused the Newport Beach Police Department to send out a communitywide Advisory Crime Alert. The burglaries all took place on November 7 and 8.

Here are the details: (1) 1200 block of Polaris Drive, Tuesday, Nov. 7, between the hours of 4 – 9:50 p.m. an unknown suspect entered the victim’s house after shattering a solid glass window next to a set of French doors, leading into the master bedroom from the backyard. 

The suspect then moved a nightstand and crawled in through the hole in the window. Once inside, the suspect shut the master bedroom door leading into the house from the master bedroom, possibly to stop the victim’s large dog from entering the bedroom.  

The suspect ransacked the bedroom and closet, removed items and fled back out the window. When the victims returned home, they discovered the closed door, which was out of place, opened the door and immediately notified police.

Loss included a gun and jewelry.

(2) 1700 block of Antigua Way, Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 9:11 p.m. An unknown suspect climbed up onto the victim’s upstairs balcony and used a decorative concrete block from the yard to shatter a hole in the lower panel of the French doors. 

The victim was home, and heard the noise coming from upstairs. When she got upstairs the suspect had already fled, possibly realizing someone was home.

Loss was a watch and a purse.

(3) 1200 block of Santiago Drive, sometime on Tuesday, Nov. 7, from 4:30 p.m. to Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 11:20 p.m. An unknown suspect gained access to the victim’s backyard possibly by jumping over an outer wall that runs along the side of the house.  

The suspect attempted to enter the residence by shattering a large glass window in the master bed, while the glass shattered, it stayed intact in the frame.  

The suspect then forced open a crank-style window, which led into a bathroom. After cutting the screen, the suspect climbed in through the window.  

Once inside, the suspect ransacked the master bedroom, office and a second bedroom. 

The loss was discovered in the morning when one of the victims returned home and discovered his room and another family member’s bedroom ransacked.   

A third family member was possibly home asleep when the burglary occurred and her bedroom was not ransacked.

The victim who was home reported hearing a loud “pop” around 3:03 a.m.

She didn’t think much of it because the house often makes noises at night. The victim went back to sleep and wasn’t aware a burglary had occurred until the other family member returned home the next morning.

Loss was jewelry.

(4) 1500 block of Antigua Way, Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 6:57 p.m. Victims returned home after being out of town for several days and discovered a rear patio door had been shattered. It didn’t appear that the suspect had entered the home, because there was a large piece of furniture near the shattered window that had not been moved.

There was no loss reported.

NBPD looking for leads in brutal August beating

The Newport Beach Police Department is seeking a possible witness for an aggravated assault investigation. The crime occurred on Thursday, August 31, 2017, at approximately 5:42 a.m., when a woman was attacked while jogging near the intersection of 16th Street and Seagull Lane (Bob Henry Park) and brutally beaten.

The man (potential witness) was seen in the area at the time of the attack. He was described as white or Hispanic, riding a red beach-cruiser-style bicycle. At the time of the incident, he was wearing shorts, white shoes, and a light-colored hooded sweatshirt. The man was last seen riding his bicycle in the direction of Irvine Avenue.

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The location where August’s brutal beating occurred

NBPD Detectives are asking this person, or anyone who can help identify him, to come forward to assist in the investigation. They are also seeking any additional witnesses who were in the area at the time of the assault.  

Anyone who can offer assistance is encouraged to contact Detective Joshua Vincelet at 949-644-3790. Messages may also be left anonymously on the Police Department’s recorded hotline at 1-800-550-NBPD.

The victim is a San Bernardino prosecutor whose name is being withheld.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime reports


Fair Game


 You too can ride aboard the Duffield 58’…for a Peotter fundraiser

TomJohnsonCity Councilman Scott Peotter is giving you an opportunity to get a jump on the Christmas Boat Parade and it’ll be aboard the very first Duffield 58’ Coastal Cruiser.

A host committee, that includes Mayor Pro Tem Duffy Duffield, Ralph Nudo, Chris Pappas, Greg Pappas and Mark Serventi, is planning the Holiday Reception & Harbor Cruise as a fundraiser To Oppose the Recall Election of Peotter.

It all takes place Wednesday, Dec. 6, with a reception at where else but Woody’s Wharf beginning at 5 p.m. The harbor cruise follows at 7 p.m.

Oh yes, it’s a fundraiser. Sponsor levels begin at $500 and go up to

$2,200. Individual tickets for the reception are $125 and $250 to include the cruise.

You can visit to check it out.

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Newport Beach Council Member Brad Avery is holding a Town Hall meeting tonight (Thursday, Nov. 16), at 7 p.m. to talk about a variety of subjects concerning an upcoming traffic study focused on the activities surrounding the Newport Heights neighborhood schools, including pick up & drop off, parking, pedestrian & bicycle counts, crossing guards, speed data, signage and more. 

The meeting will be held at the Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., and it is free to the community. 

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Everyone seems to love television celebrity Mario Lopez and he’ll be in town this weekend to host the Fashion Island classic tree lighting. The ceremony will take place in the Neiman MarcusBloomingdale’s Courtyard, Friday, Nov. 17 and Saturday, Nov. 18, from 6 - 6:30 p.m.

Additionally, Ellen K from KOST 103.5 will join Lopez.

There’ll also be a live musical show performed by The Young Americans, Santa will make an appearance and we hear that snow is forecasted oddly enough by Fashion Island.

The Irvine Company always does it right.

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The next time someone complains to you about tourism, consider this: the Orange County Visitors Association (OCVA), of which Visit Newport Beach is a member, just completed a survey that says tourism “is an important driver in OC generating more than $20.5 billion in economic benefit last year alone.”

That’s billion with a “B.”

The study, conducted by Tourism Economics, found that “tourism sustained more than 175,000 jobs in 2016 and that 1 in 13 jobs in Orange County is associated with tourism.”


Stump the Stu

‘Shermy’ is more popular than one might think

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We said this one might be tough…wrong! Fourteen correct guesses for “Shermy” the Otter hose holder at Sherman Gardens. Congrats to Angela Cortright, Brenda McCroskey, Shari Esayian, Barbara Peckenpaugh, Dorothy Larson, Bill Lobdell, Mary Ann Hemphill, Carol Strauss, Marcy Weinstein, Scott Lynch, Mike Smith, C. Scott Palmer, Shannon Carr and Ellen Trujillo.

You all receive the infamous “pat on the back” as your reward. Keep the guesses coming.

If you have a unique spot or icon around town that you think StuNewsNewport readers would enjoy finding out about, please shoot it, share it and give us the answer, so we can challenge them!


Big Brothers Big Sisters announces largest gift in its history

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire announced the largest gift in agency history, a home in Laguna Beach valued at $8.5 million donated by the estate of late Newport Beach businessman William D. Ray. The grant deed with remainder interest recorded October 27 with First American Title.

Ray, who chaired the parent company of the Balboa Bay Club before his death in 1991, was born in South Dakota and grew up in an orphanage after his mother was killed in a gun accident when he was 2 years old. Following high school, he joined the U.S. Army and became a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division.

“What a wonderful thing it would have been for him to have had a Big Brother at some time in his lonely life,” said Ray’s widow, Beverly Ray Parkhurst. “Luckily, his sergeant saw something in the young recruit and urged him to go to college,” Beverly Ray shared. “What a blessing that Army man was to Bill’s life, the first who ever saw him as something more than another mouth to feed. I honor William D. Ray through Big Brothers Big Sisters with something that meant so much to both of us: his first real home and my greatest treasure, the house of our dreams. I hope it will serve the highest purpose, one Bill would have been part of, making a young man’s life much better and more meaningful.”

Ranked third in the nation for number of children served, the local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency provides more than 3,300 youth facing adversity with professionally supported, one-to-one youth mentoring relationships. The property donation will help secure the nonprofit’s financial security as its program expands year over year.

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Melissa Beck, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire

“There are thousands of youth in our community who, like William Ray, face incredible challenges and are too quickly written off by society,” said Melissa Beck, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire. “We are so thankful for this generous gift and will honor William’s memory with our ever-growing commitment to provide mentors to more of these children who desperately need a role model to help them realize their full potential.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters believes that with the support of a caring mentor, every child has the ability to achieve his or her full potential. It is the nation’s largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring organization, serving a quarter-million children annually.

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Salute to Veterans brings in nearly 10 tons of food

More than 5,000 attended Salute to Veterans on Saturday, Nov. 11, an annual community event hosted by OC Fair & Event Center in collaboration with California labor unions and the Orange County Market Place.

Attendees donated a record 9.7 tons of food to Disabled American Veterans, a charity that helps disabled military veterans and their families, as well as $1,000 for care packages to be sent to troops overseas.

“When men and women make the ultimate commitment to serve our country, they should never go hungry when they return home, and we should be there for them the way they’ve been there for us,” said Jennifer Beuthin, general manager for the Orange County Employees Association. 

“We are proud to have a venue where the community can come together to make a direct impact on the lives of veterans and their families,” said Kathy Kramer, OC Fair & Event Center CEO. “We look forward to continuing this Veterans Day tradition as just one of the ways in which we celebrate, honor and thank those who serve.”

The event also featured live entertainment, a postcard project for kids and about 70 booths with information on services for veterans, including free health screenings, job access and resources. There were also several military vehicles on display.

At Heroes Hall, more than 1,100 visitors had a chance to view the new photography exhibit Kimberly Millett’s Operation Iraqi Freedom. In the Medal of Honor Courtyard, three new plaques were unveiled, honoring local veterans.

You Must Remember This: Muk McCallum and the Airdrome


We have a number of commemorative plaques around town celebrating our history, but except for one at the site of the old Rendezvous they tend to celebrate the standard historical tropes, overlooking some of our more colorful past. To help remedy this, I propose a plaque in front of an apartment on Acacia which would read: Home of the Airdrome. If the name Airdrome conjures images of old airplanes for most people, it will bring a knowing wink from some others. To paraphrase Frank Loesser, at one point the Airdrome was the oldest established permanent non-floating party house in Corona del Mar. Neither the location, right across the alley from the Snack Shop (today’s Ruby’s), or its appearance – determinedly nondescript – gave a clue, but thanks to its dynamic hosts, on weekends, it was the place to be.

I was not of age to attend, but despite my youth, I did get to the Airdrome once.  My father always liked to expose me to new things, so I was allowed to accompany him just long enough to get a glimpse of Muk McCallum, one of those hosts. Years later, when I read about Neil Cassidy, that’s who I thought of, minus the drugs. Muk was good looking and charismatic, drawing people to him like a magnet. Within five minutes I was thinking that whatever the difference in our ages it shouldn’t signify – and about that time I was taken home.

Since I was there for such a short period, I didn’t get much of an overall impression, so I’ll pass on my father’s description: “No amplified music, no drugs, no fights...lots of conversation, lots of laughs and some drinking.” The “some” of that last part I question, particularly in view of a story my father related about one particular evening. It seems a young woman had imbibed enough alcohol to remove not just her  inhibitions but her top. This would probably have met with general approval except my mother was there, and all the guys were horrified at the thought that she would be exposed to such a sight. They quickly pulled the girl’s top back down, but no, she wanted to be free! She pulled her top up, they pulled it down, she pulled it up – it was  like a Keystone Kops routine. If the guys had known my mother better, they would have known to save their energy. It would take a lot more than a pair of bare breasts to make her leave a fun party.

The Airdrome eventually ended, not because the neighbors burned the house down or the police cordoned it off. It ended because of a trip. Muk and his fellow Airdrome mates Jay Carlyle and Hugh Kelley went to Tahiti, which in those days was still a pretty exotic destination. They fell in love with the place, and to what I am sure was the consternation of their families, decided to throw everything up and move there, leave the stateside hustle-bustle and bask in the languid beauty of the South Pacific. It didn’t quite turn out the way they anticipated. Almost by happenstance, they started a hotel, the Bali Hai Moorea, and soon they were working harder than they ever had at home, establishing a small network of resorts and pioneering such things as the first overwater resort rooms. I have a feeling that one thing that made them so successful was their experience at the Airdrome. From all those weekend parties they hosted they knew how to make sure people were having a good time.  


Nancy Gardner, former Mayor of Newport Beach, long-time resident and daughter of Judge Robert Gardner, is a regular contributor to StuNewsNewport.


Pick the perfect Christmas tree at the Newport Dunes lot

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Choosing that very special tree to adorn your house during the holidays will get a little bit easier (and a lot more fun!). The perfect fir awaits at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort Christmas Tree lot, open Friday, Nov. 24 through Saturday, Dec. 21 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sip complimentary coffee and hot chocolate while browsing hundreds of trees including Noble, Nordmann, Grand and Douglas varieties as well as holiday wreaths and Cedar garlands. Newport Dunes Tree Lot receives fresh shipments weekly and offers delivery as well as free parking for Christmas tree shoppers.

Santa will be visiting the tree lot on November 25 and 26 from 11 a.m. to  2 p.m.

Stay until dusk each night to see the Lighting of the Bay as more than 50 electric Christmas trees and holiday decorations are turned on to illuminate the bay.

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is located at 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.


Harley Rouda to hold Town Hall meeting

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Tonight, Thursday, Nov. 16, Harley Rouda, who is running for Congressman in the 48th District, will hold a Town Hall meeting. 

The event takes place at Bonita Creek Community Center, 3010 La Vida Road, Newport Beach. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. and the meeting takes place from 6 to 7 p.m.

Come meet Rouda and discuss the issues that are important to our community.

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Letters to the Editor:

We Can’t Afford Scott Peotter

Scott Peotter is soon to be recalled by the residents of Newport Beach. Rather than offer any defense for his irresponsible behavior and ideas on the city council, Peotter and the puppet masters behind him offer only the argument that the recall would result in a cost estimated by the county to be $272,885-$303,385. How does this cost compare with some of Peotter’s other ideas?

$273,000 – The cost of a special election for the Museum House which Peotter advocated rather than simply to rescind project approvals.

$480,000 – The amount of road improvement funds Peotter proposed to turn down in order to “make a point”. This amount would have risen to $1.9 million annually had he succeeded.

$355,000 – The amount of taxpayer dollars paid out to the owners of Woody’s Wharf, major Peotter donors.

$500,000 – The amount of the fee cut given to mooring holders, 60 percent of which do not live in Newport Beach.

$300,000 – The cost of the politically motivated “audit” of city hall which has never been actually completed and was settled with no finding of any wrong doing.

$3.5 million – The amount of the irresponsible fee cut proposed by Peotter for the licenses of large businesses in the city. This would have created a huge budget deficit and was not even supported by the business community.

$719,000 – The amount of additional annual debt service if Peotter’s policies had been followed in the financing of the civic center. 

$300,000 – The amount of funding Peotter attempted to delete from Diane Dixon’s efforts to improve police services on the Peninsula.

$70 million – The amount the city’s unfunded pension liability has risen since Peotter took office.

When Peotter says we cannot afford the recall, I say we cannot afford not to recall him. Let’s take back our city from the out of town special interests.

Lynn Swain

Committee to Recall Scott Peotter

Newport Beach

76 Station expansion - is this a good investment for West NB?

This letter is in regard to the 76 Station Expansion (Superior Ave. and Placentia Ave.) that was presented to the Planning Commission meeting on November 9, 2017, this business should facilitate its operation as a “dusk to dawn” operation.

During the presentation, the Newport Beach Police Department made it quite clear that this particular area of West Newport has the highest crime rate within the City’s parameters. 

As a stakeholder of one of the adjacent properties, I can assure you that their statistics are accurate. Our community has been working very hard with the Police and Code Enforcement to clean up this area and make it a better place to live. This area borderlines Costa Mesa and has had a propensity to channel more crime and transient activity into Newport Beach.

According to the National Association of Convenience Stores, (NACS), Crime and Convenience store hold-ups account for about 6 percent of all robberies in the nation. Additional studies found an increasing trend as the number of alcohol outlets in an area rose and had a direct impact on neighborhood violence. For example, the following convenience stores are located within 300 feet of each other from property line to property line: Minute King, 7-Eleven and 76 Gas Station.

Recently, developers have been investing millions of dollars to revitalize this area of West Newport Beach. This is the case of the Ebb & Tide development located at 1560 Placentia Ave., Newport Beach; MBK Homes has recently completed 81 detached luxury homes that begin at approximately $1,000,000. According to the developer these homes are almost sold-out and there is a residual waiting list of 121 applicants.

We need to ask ourselves, if we are doing an injustice to the developers and the new homeowners by adding another convenience store that will be selling alcohol?

Ironically, one of the most trending “Hipster” or “Counter Culture” places to dine are referred to as Gourmet Gas Stations, or also known as, “Park, Pump & Pig-Out.” An example of this concept is the 76 Gas Station in Fullerton. This particular station has a deli that makes cold and hot food and they also have a mini-express spa onsite. It is located across the street from St. Jude Hospital and is enjoyed by the employees and visitors from the hospital who want to leave the hospital for fresh air and a quick lunch in a pleasant outdoor setting.

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“Let’s challenge the applicant to bring added value to the community, by meeting the needs of the residents and in so doing provide a better quality of life for West Newport Beach.”

“I personally, I think that a good cup of “Joe” yields more profits and less problems than a bottle of hooch.”

Peggy V. Palmer

Newport Beach

More additions to columnist Duncan Forgey’s “grab bag”

(In response to Monday’s Boozin’ in Balboa column by Duncan Forgey)

Restaurants to jog your memory:

Ok, I know you couldn’t do’em all, but leaving out Tale of the Whale (crock of spreadable cheddar cheese), the Galley (best greasy spoon in the country), the Alley (2nd only to Arches as local hangout) and Sid’s?  

Matt Clabaugh

Newport Beach

Karma Automotive chooses Newport Beach as brand-experience center location

Karma Automotive has announced that the location of its brand-experience center will be at 950 Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Beach. The 2,000-square-foot building will showcase the brand, serve as a vehicle showroom and also be a platform for testing and roll-out of new initiatives and processes. Locating in Newport Beach close to Karma’s headquarters and assembly plant, will provide an opportunity for Karma employees to gain critical consumer insights through direct interaction with customers.

“We originally planned to locate our experience center in our new Irvine headquarters, but determined that being on PCH among the other ultra-luxury brands was a more suitable location to introduce the Karma Brand and the new Revero,” said Jim Taylor, chief revenue officer.

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Originally hailed as one of the most beautiful vehicles ever conceived, the 2018 Karma Revero embodies the sensibilities of a passionate, charismatic, California-based company. The Revero redefines luxury automobiles and delivers a timeless design powered by electricity, fuel and the sun.

Karma Automotive took possession of the facility last week. Remodeling began November 11 with a soft opening planned for Monday, Nov. 20. When the full renovation has been completed, the brand-experience center will clearly show Karma’s identity as a Southern California auto company.

“I look forward to opening our store in one of the largest luxury markets in the country,” said Ehren Bragg, Karma OC general manager. “We are confident that the Revero has tremendous potential in a market where customers clearly appreciate beauty and technology.”

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Dining out for Thanksgiving? Here are some great feast suggestions

LanaJohnsonSMIt is the time of year to give thanks and embrace the joys of the holiday season with friends and family. For most of us, Thanksgiving is a favorite, because we get to eat so many wonderful foods that just somehow taste better all on the same plate.

If you love to cook, the kitchen is your playground. If not, but still want that traditional feast and all the yummy sides and mouth-watering desserts, look no further, because many Newport Beach restaurants will prepare a memorable meal for you (and you don’t have to do the dishes!). Just relax and gather around the table to share what you are most thankful for. Read on for some dining out suggestions, and don’t forget to make reservations!

Back Bay Bistro - Thanksgiving Buffet and Holiday To Go

The gourmet buffet features a carved-to-order station with slow roasted turkey breast, New York strip and confit turkey dark meat with walnut stuffing, cranberry relish and au jus, herb gravy; the hot sides selections include grilled salmon, lamb navarin (stew), rice pilaf, shallot boursin mashed potatoes, green beans almandine, cornbread/rolls and more. There are also fresh salads and soups. Desserts include pies, bread pudding and a chocolate fountain. You can also order a to go menu showcasing chef custom-rubbed whole turkey, sides such as mashed potatoes and gravy, yams, cranberry relish, walnut stuffing and cream corn; and pumpkin or apple pie for dessert.

The buffet is served Thursday, Nov. 23 from 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Cost: $50 for adults; $25 for children 10 years and under. The Thanksgiving To Go costs $150 for a complete dinner and serves 4 - 6. Call by Nov. 22 to reserve your to-go meal.

Back Bay Bistro, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach. For buffet reservations, call 949.729.1144; for the to-go meal, call 949.729.3800.

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A Back Bay Bistro gourmet buffet plate

Five Crowns and SideDoor - Seasonal Menu Offerings in the Restaurant or at Home

The menu features classic oven roasted free range turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, buttered Blue Lake green beans, and house made cranberry compote. Prime rib of beef is served with au jus. Round out the meal with Yorkshire pudding, organic whipped cream horseradish and a choice of side. Indulge with the “Best of Both” for a portion of prime rib and side of turkey with all the seasonal accompaniments.

Reservations are currently available with seating from 11 a.m. until close. A Royal Feast holiday children’s menu caters to youngsters 12 years and younger, and offers junior portions of signature entrees.

For those spending the holidays at home, Five Crowns offers the traditional prime rib dinner to-go. Select from roasted prime rib of beef, classic accompaniments, sides and desserts. To make reservations and for more information, call 949.760.0331 for Five Crowns; 949.717.4322 for SideDoor.

Five Crowns and Side Door, 3801 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. www.lawrysonline.come/five-crowns;

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Comforting and traditional holiday fare at Five Crowns/SideDoor

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar - A Prix Fixe Menu

Inspired by traditional favorites, the three-course dinner starts with biscuits and pumpkin butter & honey for the table. Choose either a Fleming’s salad or creamy lobster bisque. A hearty main course follows, with juicy herb roasted turkey breast; house-made sage and brioche bread stuffing; fresh cranberry sauce; bacon, onion and almond green beans; and Yukon gold mashed potatoes. Dessert choices include pumpkin cheesecake with Chantilly cream or carrot cake with dark-rum caramel drizzle. A kid-friendly meal features mixed berries, turkey with sides, dessert and a beverage. Patrons can also order off the full a la carte menu all day. On Thursday, Nov. 23, Thanksgiving menus are offered 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Cost: $50 for adults; $20 for children 12 years and under.

Fleming’s, 455 Newport Center Drive.

Hornblower – Thanksgiving on the Harbor

Celebrate your day of thanks during a two-hour brunch or three-hour supper cruise, which includes unlimited Champagne (brunch) or a boarding glass of Champagne (supper), a traditional Thanksgiving buffet, live music with a solo entertainer and your own private table on a festively decorated yacht.

Brunch Cruise: Boards, 11:30 a.m.; Cruise, 12 - 2 p.m. Cost: $68.95 per person

Buffet Supper Cruise: Boards, 4 p.m.; Cruise, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. Cost: $92.95 per person

Buffet Supper Cruise aboard the historic Wild Goose: Boards, 3:30 p.m.; Cruise, 4 - 7 p.m. Cost: $92.95 per person

Tax, service charge and landing fee may apply.

All cruises on Thursday, Nov. 23 depart from Hornblower South, 2431 W. Coast Highway.

Island Hotel Newport Beach - Bountiful Brunch

Held in the Island Hotel Ballroom, enjoy farmer’s market salads, free-range turkey, carved-to-order prime rib, slow roasted pork loin and wood plank roasted salmon. There will be a seafood station, biscuit bar, Thanksgiving desserts and assorted individual pies and Champagne. Live music and children’s crafts make this a day for the whole family. Cost: $80 per adult, $20 per child ages five to 12, including tax and gratuities; Free for children four and under. Serving Thursday, Nov 23, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Call 949.760.4913 for reservations.

Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive.

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Free-range turkey highlights the Thanksgiving menu

Oak Grill at the Island Hotel Newport Beach - A Four-Course Dinner

The feast includes choices of white wine steamed clams or pumpkin ricotta gnudi. For entrées, it is serving a traditional turkey plate, grilled filet mignon, pan seared branzino, or slow roasted pork chop, all with seasonal accompaniments. Classic desserts are created by Pastry Chef Andy de la Cruz. Cost: $90 per adult, $35 per child ages five to 12, excluding tax and gratuities; Free for children four and under. Serving Thursday, Nov. 23, from 4 - 9 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 949.760.4920 or on the web site. 

Oak Grill, 690 Newport Center Drive.

The Resort at Pelican Hill - A Decadent Brunch

With breathtaking Pacific Ocean views, enjoy brunch at this luxurious resort. Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Dubray will create a brunch buffet with classic dishes, accompanied by live entertainment and children’s activities. Reservations are recommended. Cost: $125 per adult and $65 per child under age 12, prices exclude tax and service charge. Serving Thursday, Nov. 23 from 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Resort at Pelican Hill, 22701 Pelican Hill Road South, Newport Coast.

Pelican Hill pie

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A perfect ending to the quintessential autumnal meal … sweet!

The Bungalow - A Three-Course Meal

The first course selections include corn chowder, Caesar salad, lobster bisque soup, butternut squash raviolis or Bungalow salad.

Entrees are offered at three different tiers:

Tier 1 - Pan roasted turkey breast, blackened wild king salmon; grilled vegetable “tart”. Cost: $45 per guest.

Tier 2 - Prime rib of beef; prime rib of beef & pan roasted turkey breast combination; prime filet mignon; miso marinated Chilean sea bass. Cost: $55 per guest.

Tier 3 - Prime bone-in rib eye; Northern Australian lobster tail. Cost: $65 per guest.

Dessert selections include berries and ice cream, vanilla crème brulee, pumpkin pie or chocolate soufflé cake.

A Thanksgiving kids’ menu is available for youngsters age 11 and under. Served Thursday, Nov. 23 from 1 - 9 p.m.

The Bungalow, 2441 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.


Ciao Vincenza!

ENC hosts Artisans Marketplace to promote eco-friendly products

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The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) will be hosting an Artisans Marketplace on Sunday, Dec. 3, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 40 local artisans will display a variety of handmade, eco-friendly, sustainable gifts just in time for the holidays. Featured products include a variety of handmade jewelry, edibles, ceramics, candles, soaps, art, clothing and more. Music and food will add to the day’s festivities.

Purchasing from locally owned businesses has a positive impact on the economy and supports local communities. The Artisans Marketplace affords guests the opportunity to shop for unique gifts while spending time in nature instead of at a shopping mall. Attendees will purchase sustainable gifts that show they care about the environment.

Artisans Marketplace vendors are handpicked by ENC staff for their eco-friendly products. Non-native plants, seashells, coral and animal parts are not allowed. Shoppers will find minimal plastic, and are encouraged to bring re-usable shopping bags to carry their purchases.

A $2 entry fee goes directly to the ENC’s environmental education programs.

Environmental Nature Center is located at 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach. 

6th Annual fodada International Women’s Self Defense Day empowers women

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Instructor demonstrates self-defense move at Orange Theory Fitness

To raise awareness about protecting women and the importance of empowerment and safety, the 6th Annual fodada International Women’s Self Defense Day will be held Saturday, Nov. 18 nationwide. The event is free of charge.

Here in Newport Beach, the event will take place at the following two locations:

Orange Theory Fitness, 1040 Irvine Ave. from 2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

Harbor View Elementary, 900 Goldenrod from 1 - 3 p.m. Taught by Master Steve Ross.

Registration is open at:

The program’s vision this year is to bring self-defense seminars to more than 3,000 women in U.S. cities and 15 international locations.

For more information, visit

Editor’s Note: fodada stands “for dad.” Fodada clothing founder and Newport Beach resident Bobby Barzi was inspired by his two sons to start the apparel company that focuses on fostering relationships between fathers and their children. Among the programs he has launched are the annual free self-defense classes, realizing the importance of women to fathers and their children, and wanting women to take a stance against violence while being empowered.

New exhibit highlights old images at JWA

Fashion Island

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Newport Center/Fashion Island, June 14, 1968

“The Aerial Photography History of Newport Center/Fashion Island” exhibit is on display at John Wayne Airport’s ORANGE COUNTY: Destination Art & Culture exhibition space now through June 2018.

Featured as part of John Wayne Airport’s (JWA) Arts Program, the exhibit can be viewed pre-security along the pedestrian walkway connecting Riley Terminals B and C.

Fred L. Emmert and Richard N. Frost, co-authors of the book, “Newport Beach, California, Newport Center | Fashion Island, 50 Years in the Making” arranged the exhibit which will transport guests through a visual journey recollecting the 50-year history of Newport Center/Fashion Island.

“This exhibit chronicles an important segment of Newport Beach and Orange County history; capturing the transformation of the Fashion Island area from open space to a prominent center of business and entertainment,” said Board Chairwoman Michelle Steel. “I encourage John Wayne Airport guests to view this unique reflection of history from an aerial perspective.”

This chronological aerial photography exhibit begins with an Orange County archive image from July 1953 detailing the site of the Third National Boy Scout Jamboree, which is now the location of Newport Center/Fashion Island. The subsequent images are a progression of the planning, design and development of the Newport Center/ Fashion Island area from 1961 until January 2017. Each aerial image from the exhibit provides a different perspective, by identifying the direction the photograph was taken.

For more information on art displays at JWA, visit

KidWorks Foundation for Success Luncheon raises more than $768,000 and honors Newport Beach philanthropist

The 2017 KidWorks’ Foundation for Success (FFS) Luncheon, held Thursday, Nov. 2 at the Doubletree Hotel in Santa Ana, again set a record by raising more than $768,000 to help fund after-school education and leadership development programs conducted by the nonprofit headquartered in central Santa Ana.

This is the largest sum raised since the inception of the luncheon in 2007 and represents the majority of the after-school program budget funding academic enrichment, tutoring, leadership development, and college readiness programs at the expanded KidWorks Dan Donahue Center.

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(L-R): Tom Schriber, co-founder & chairman emeritus, Donahue Schriber & long-time KidWorks supporter and former board member; Rachid Chamtieh, partner, Deloitte & KidWorks board member; David A. Pyle, founder & CEO of American Career College, shareholder of West Coast University; and Steve Craig, president & CEO, Craig Realty Group and luncheon co-chair

The prestigious 2017 Dan Donahue Leadership Award was presented to David A. Pyle, philanthropist, founder/chief executive officer of American Career College and shareholder of West Coast University. “This very special award recognizes Mr. Pyle’s fervent support for KidWorks’ youth and families,” said David Benavides, KidWorks’ Executive Director. “For decades, Mr. Pyle has been a leader and innovator in the private, postsecondary education community, and he is as passionate about the community as he is about supporting health care and educational programs that aid underserved children and families.”

“I have been a supporter of KidWorks because these young men and woman are being developed as our future leaders and will be making a difference in our communities,” Pyle said.  “Seeing firsthand the interaction of the kids, family members, staff and volunteers as they grow is inspiring and something I am proud to be a part of.”

The event’s keynote speaker Chad Williams, author of the bestselling book, “SEAL of God,” talked about his coming to terms with the direction of his life and his subsequent journey through the grueling Naval Ops training. He was one of only 13 to make it to graduation day and has served his country on multiple deployments to defend freedom. Also recognized at the event was Alfredo Padilla, one of KidWorks’ many amazing student success stories. He is a recent California State University, Northridge graduate, where he earned his degree in kinesiology.

The Foundation for Success luncheon would not be possible without the generosity of the presenting sponsors: American Career College, West Coast University, Heidi & Ruben Mendoza and Toyota Financial Services. Other key sponsors included Bank of America, Steven L. Craig of Craig Realty Group and Donahue Schriber Realty Group.

Since its inception in 2007, KidWorks’ annual Foundation for Success event has raised nearly $5.8 million to fund programs at the KidWorks Dan Donahue Center. The “Orange County Business Journal” has consistently named the KidWorks’ Foundation for Success event in the “Top Five Charity Luncheons in Orange County.”

Little Lido Kids Club to hold Harvest Delight

Harvest Delight

Courtesy of Lido Marina Village 

Come celebrate a time of giving and togetherness on Lido Marina Village’s main deck on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The fun includes designing a special Thanksgiving wreath, free face painting and twisted balloon animals.

For more information and to RSVP, visit

Lido Marina Village is located at 3434 Via Lido, Newport Beach.

Adam Beer appointed GM of Lido House

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Scheduled to open in March 2018, Lido House has announced the appointment of Adam Beer as General Manager. According to, Lido House is at the nexus of Lido Isle, Lido Peninsula and Balboa Peninsula, and perfectly positioned to celebrate Newport Beach’s vibrant city, bustling marina and white-sand beaches.

Beer’s intention is to lure a new breed of travelers who prize “social vibe over traditional ratings.”

Debuting as an Autograph Collection hotel and legacy project by Newport Beach developer Robert D. Olson, Beer will oversee every aspect of Lido House’s 130 guest rooms, including suites and high-designed private cottages, as well as the signature restaurant Mayor’s Table and rooftop perch Topside.

Beer was most recently hotel manager at the 1,053-room Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, and prior to that spent seven years at The Westin St. Francis Hotel perfecting day-to-day operations.

JWA offers Thanksgiving holiday travel tips

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The year-end holiday travel season is quickly approaching and airports across the country are anticipating another year of record passenger volume. The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the most heavily traveled holiday periods, and passengers traveling through John Wayne Airport (JWA) between Friday, Nov. 17 and Monday, Nov. 27 will experience higher-than-normal passenger traffic.

“During the busy holiday travel season, we are proud that John Wayne Airport provides friendly staff members and superior guest amenities for our visitors within a secure environment,” said Board Chairwoman Michele Steel. “As we gather to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and family, we wish everyone safe and pleasant travels.”

Demand for parking over the holiday weekend is expected to be high. The Airport recommends passengers consider all parking options available: Terminal-adjacent Parking Structures A1, A2, B2 and C, as well as curbside Valet Parking and the Main Street Parking Lot with free shuttle to the Riley Terminal. Travelers should plan ahead and check real-time parking availability by calling 949.252.5200, or visiting Parking Availability on the Airport’s website ( 

This season, JWA has continued its partnership with KeepOCSafe. Together, they encourage travelers to be aware of their surroundings and report questionable objects or activities. A Giant Red Backpack is on display in the Riley Terminal throughout the holidays to remind passengers and visitors, “If You See Something, Say Something™.”

JWA recommends the following travel tips:

All passengers flying out of JWA are encouraged to arrive 90 minutes to two hours before scheduled departure times for domestic flights and three hours for international flights to find parking, check luggage and go through the security screening checkpoint. Passengers who are members of TSA Precheck™ can expedite the screening process in Terminals A, B and C.

Passengers are allowed one small carry-on bag plus one personal item as long as the carry-on bag fits airline dimensions. Check with individual airlines for specifics. For helpful information about the 3-1-1 liquids rule for carry-on bags and other travel tips from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), visit the TSA website.

“If You See Something, Say Something™”: To report a suspicious object or activity in the Riley Terminal, dial “0” from a White Courtesy Phone to reach an operator, or dial 2-5000 to reach Airport Police Services, or you can notify an Airport employee or a uniformed officer. Guests can also dial 949.252.5200 from a mobile device.

For more information, visit

Balboa Bay Club & Resort to hold annual Christmas tree lighting

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One of the most spectacular tree lightings you will ever see takes place Sunday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort’s Entrance-Porte Cochere.

Orange County School of the Art’s premier student group MONTAGE! will help kick off the holiday season with an all-new musical revue, “Holiday Hullabaloo!” This grand, high-energy performance features Frosty, Rudolph, Santa and friends, holiday magic, live entertainment, and the lighting of the giant 20-foot Christmas Tree.

Open and free to the public, complimentary treats and beverages will be available.

Balboa Bay Club & Resort graciously asks you to donate one new, unwrapped toy per person, benefiting “Toys for Tots.” Reservations are not required.

The Balboa Bay Club & Resort is located at 1221 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach. For more information, visit, or Call 949.645.5000.

Pet of the Week Dog and Cat print

StuNewsNewport is delighted to be working with the Newport Beach Animal Shelter to help get the word out in search of loving homes for pets that deserve a warm, nurturing environment and a place to call “home.”


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Animal Shelter


Thor is a sweet, lap lover

Thor is a 3-year-old Lhasa Apso mix. He is sweet and loves to sit in your lap. He is good with adults, children and other dogs. Thor is neutered, microchipped and up to date on his vaccinations. He has also had his teeth cleaned. 

Adoption costs at the shelter:

Dogs - $130

Puppies - $150

Cats - $90

Kittens - $110

At any given time, the shelter can have 4 - 5 dogs and 7 - 8 cats/kittens available for adoption. At times, they receive owner turn-ins that would do best adopted out together. 

If you are interested in finding out more about Thor, or any other animals up for adoption, the Newport Beach Animal Shelter is located at 20302 Riverside Drive, Newport Beach. It is open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 949.644.3656. Email Valerie Schomburg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To find out how you can help support the shelter, visit and click on “Our Animal Shelter” to view the wish list. They can always use food & treats; new toys; grooming, hygiene & comfort products; as well as laundry soap, dish soap, paper towels, sponges & scrub pads and lint rollers. If you are interested in volunteering, you can fill out and sign the application on the website.

City and CR&R will help you get shredded


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The City of Newport Beach and CR&R, Inc. are offering free document shredding for CR&R’s Newport Beach customers on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the parking lot of Mariners Elementary School. The school is located at 2100 Mariners Drive, Newport Beach. 

Securely shredding old documents, records and items that contain personal or sensitive in formation can help prevent identity theft and fraud. Newport Beach residents are encouraged to round up and bring the following types of documents:

Bank and financial statements

Credit card statements or pre - approved credit card offers

Old IRS tax forms, checks or bills

Old credit cards & plastic/paper membership cards. 

Documents, including junk mail, of any size and color will be accepted and can be bound with staples or paper clips. Unfortunately, the shredder cannot accommodate x - rays or larger plastic items such as binders. 

For more information, contact CR&R Customer Service at 949.625.6735.

Christmas Boutique at Roger’s Gardens celebrates tradition

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Come celebrate the diversity and richness of European Christmas traditions at Joyeux Noel, the Christmas Boutique at Roger’s Gardens, which is open now through Dec. 23.

Roger’s Gardens buyers have traveled over rooftops to bring you curated holiday gifts and decorations that showcase some of the oldest European craftsmanship, where families pass on traditional art forms from generation to generation. Glass ornaments are hand blown and hand decorated in family workshops in Poland, and Nutcrackers made in Germany accompany seasonal dinnerware from Portugal and Italy.

Whether you stay up to watch the first star in the night sky on Christmas Eve or leave a stocking for Santa or a shoe for St. Nicholas, Christmas is a time to celebrate traditions and create new memories.

Roger’s Gardens is located at 2302 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar. For more information, call 949.640.5800 or visit

Want to learn how to tango? Here’s your chance…

Tango Buenos Aires

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Join in the fun of free tango lessons on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Thursday, Nov. 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Then on Saturday, Nov. 18, it’s time to dance at the free Tango Dance Party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., just before the 8 p.m. performance of The Spirit of Argentina by Tango Buenos Aires.

Award-winning Argentine tango champion Marcelo Rivero will teach the essential techniques and movements of ‘the tango’. All levels of experience are welcome, so no experience necessary!

Performances of The Spirit of Argentina take place Nov. 18 and 19 at 2 and 8 p.m. in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For tickets and more information, visit

SCAPE to hold artist reception


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Alex Couwenberg’s “Into the Sea,” 2016, an acrylic on canvas

On Saturday, Nov. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m., SCAPE in Corona del Mar will hold its first solo exhibition featuring artist Alex Couwenberg and his works. His exhibition, “Long Play,” on display now through Dec. 3, references the artist’s love for music and also his long, consistent dedication to making art.

SCAPE (Southern California Art Projects & Exhibitions) is located at 2859 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. For more information call 949.723.3406 or visit

Newport’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

From Live Theater to Community Happenings, enjoy these!

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

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

Back Bay Science Center, 600 Shellmaker Road, Newport Beach.

Shi Zhiying, Continuing through December 31. In her first solo U.S. museum exhibition, Shanghai-based Shi Zhiying demonstrates the influences that Buddhism and the natural world have on her approach to painting. She is highly regarded in her native China for stark monochromatic paintings of uniform vistas – open water, Zen sand gardens, carpets of grass and facades of weathered ancient structures. This exhibition continues OCMA’s commitment to presenting the freshest voices from the Pacific Rim.Open Wednesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Admission: $10, adults; $7.50, students and seniors; children under 12 are free.


Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach.

100 Buddhas closeup

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100 Buddhas (detailed close-up) by Shi Zhiying

Pivotal: Highlights from the Collection, Continuing through December 31. OCMA has always championed artistic experimentation and innovation through a commitment to showing and collecting the work of dynamic and groundbreaking emerging artists. This installation will reveal how impactful and prescient OCMA has been in supporting the careers of some of the most influential artists from this region at pivotal moments in their careers. Open Wednesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Admission: $10, adults; $7.50, students and seniors; children under 12 are free.


Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach.

Painted Silk Scarves Workshop, November 18 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

and December 16 from 1 - 3 p.m. Join Lisa and Rick Mayer of Newport Art Silk Painting Studio as you learn the ancient art of water marbling acrylic paints onto silk scarves. They have designed the process to be easily recreated, by anyone, with or without an artistic flair. Your creations will spring to life with your own hands, as you create an original hand-painted silk scarf. Cost: $55 includes all supplies, paint and a 100 percent silk scarf. Reservations must be made in advance. Cancellation and refund policy, 48 hours prior to event. Minimum 8/Maximum 14.


Seaside Gallery & Goods, Pelican Courtyard, 124 Tustin Ave., Newport Beach.

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Lisa Mayer of Newport Art Silk Painting demonstrates silk painting technique

38th Annual Production of “A Christmas Carol”, November 24 - December 24, 2017. Performance times vary. Nineteenth-century London comes to life when your family joins the SCR family for the holidays. Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters – Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come – and, as always, Hal Landon Jr. as everyone’s favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge. No children under 6 will be admitted. Ticket prices vary. 


Segerstrom Stage at South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

A Christmas Carol

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Cars & Café, November 26 and December 25. Hundreds of car enthusiasts flock for the monthly Cars & Café event at Moulin. You will view more than 100 luxury automobiles from antiques to exotics. Guests can sip free coffee as they meet and mingle with automobile owners and collectors.


Moulin Bistro, 1000 Bristol St. North, Ste. 10, Newport Beach.

22nd Annual Crystal Cove Tree Lighting, December 2, 2017 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Ring in the season at California’s only coastal tree display. The all-day family event includes a festive bazaar, local plein air art, artisan gifts, a visit from St. Nick, strolling carolers and more. Complimentary cookies, cider and cocoa provided by The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove café. Tree lighting at 5 p.m. Free; parking is $15 maximum.


Crystal Cove Historic District, 5 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast. 


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Painting with Alcohol Inks, December 2 from 1 - 3 p.m. In this introductory class, you will create two different art projects. Inkingly Yours is an alcohol inks art workshop (similar to watercolors, lucid, vibrant, free-flowing and yet permanently adheres to slick surfaces). This fun, no talent-required art workshop is a great de-stressor. Take home two finished works. Instruction offered by veteran artist, crafter, designer, Holly Winn Willner. Cost: $35, which includes all art supplies. Minimum 5/Maximum 12.


Seaside Gallery & Goods, Pelican Courtyard, 124 Tustin Ave., Newport Beach.

Alcohol Inks art

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Sugar Plum Fairy, December 3-24, 2017. Performance times vary. The Madwoman in the Volvo is back – and Scrooge isn’t the only one bitter about the holidays! With signature irreverence, NPR superstar Sandra Tsing Loh recounts her own childhood desire for a highly coveted role in the Beverly Rosann School of Dance’s production of The Nutcracker. Filled with ambition, rivalry and pre-teen angst, this hilarious tale of life’s crushing blows has been praised as “a comic assault on holiday sentiment” (SF Gate). Ticket prices vary.


Julianne Argyros Stage at South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


The All American Boys Choir, December 6 from 6 - 7 p.m. Enjoy an evening under the stars in a beautiful and enchanting garden setting, while listening to seasonal songs performed by the world-acclaimed All-America Boys Chorus. Tickets are $10 per person.


Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach.

All American Boys Choir

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The Nutcracker, December 7-10, December 13-17, 2017. Performance times vary. One of the great joys of the holiday season, American Ballet Theatre returns with its critically acclaimed production of The Nutcracker. Travel with curious Clara and her handsome prince as they journey through a kingdom filled with colorful characters and pure holiday magic. Created by celebrated choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, this beloved classic brings a cast of more than 100 performers to the stage, and features dazzling sets and costumes by Tony winner Richard Hudson, along with Tchaikovsky’s timeless score performed by the Pacific Symphony. Tickets start at $29.


Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 

The Nutcracker Ballet

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4th Annual NIGHTS of 1000 LIGHTS, December 8 and 9 from 6 - 9 p.m. This celebration looks to be the best yet with all new light displays featuring more lights than ever including an expanded light tunnel, RGB Triklet programmable lights, light orbs and light tubes.  In the Central Garden a live-cut, 20-foot Christmas tree will feature “natural bling” and is best described as a modern style with natural elements. Other unique elements include a light show in the Tropical Conservatory that will have you “singing in the rain,” a flurry of fun awaits visitors in the Big Shade Garden and a red sparkle ceiling will dazzle in the Fern Grotto. The man in red, Santa Claus, will be taking up residence in the Adobe where you can pose for pictures and tell him all your Christmas wishes. For a Caribbean Christmas experience, sail on up to the Tea Garden where a pink paradise of poinsettias, flamingos and the sounds of Christmas music with a Calypso influence set the scene. All guests will enjoy complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, cookies and a make your own ‘smores station. There will also be a photo-op with Santa, holiday photo booth, and fun arts and crafts activities. Additionally, there is a no-host wine and beer bar, tamale vendor and holiday shopping available in the Garden Shop. Café Jardin will be open and offering a special prix-fixe holiday dinner menu. Tickets to the event and reservations are required for dinner. For information and reservations, call Café Jardin 949.673.0033. Cost: $10 Friends, $15, Non-Members; Children are free. Members only, Dec. 8; open to the public, Dec. 9. All pre-purchased tickets will be at Will Call. This event will be a sell-out, so get your tickets early.

Contact: 949.673.2261,

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

Holiday Lights

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Painting Class: Garden Inspired Christmas Cards, December 9 from 1 - 4 p.m. Join local artist Carol Kreider for a fun and relaxing morning spent painting in the Gardens. This class will focus on holiday designs using watercolors. Everyone will take home a set of unique holiday cards. Cost: $35 Friends, $45 Non-Members. Pre-registration is required. RSVP your attendance at their website. 

Contact: 949.673.1880,

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

Photos with Santa, December 9, 10 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; December 14 from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; December 16, 17 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; and December 23 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Every Saturday and Sunday beginning December 9, bring your children and take a professional photo with Santa Claus. Santa will be in the Amphitheater waiting to hear every child’s wish for this Christmas season.


Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach.

Photos with Santa and child

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21th Annual Balboa Island Holiday Home Walking Tour, December 10, 2017 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. One of Orange County’s most beloved Holiday Home Walking Tours returns with seven uniquely holiday decorated island homes and cottages. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online at They will also be available at the following Balboa Island stores: etc. etc., Island Home, Persimmon Tree and Toss – all located on Marine Avenue. Will Call Tickets will be available for pick up at Balboa Island Museum located at 331 Marine Avenue at 9:30 a.m. on the day of the Home Tour. The Holiday Home Walking Tour is sponsored by the Balboa Island Improvement Association.  

Balboa Island Holiday Home Tour

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Gadbois Jewelry Trunk Show, December 14 from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Just in time for the holidays! Find the perfect gift and meet the local Mother & Daughter duo behind Gadbois Jewelry, the newest fine jewelry collection, exclusively available at Roger’s Garden. Industry veteran, Frances Gadbois, and daughter, Charlotte, have partnered to create a fresh and vibrant, luxury jewelry line, loaded with one-of-a-kind stones, signature gold texturing, the Gadboises, have combined their elegant design expertise, and modern flare, to build a jewelry collection that can be worn to yoga, or out on the town. Breaking down the walls of generational stereotypes, the collections range from dainty giftable diamond pendants or ring stackers, to statement cocktail rings showcasing their rare, luxurious semi-precious gemstones.


Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach.

Gadbois Jewelry Trunk Show

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Christmas Light Walk, December 15 - 23 from 5 - 8 p.m. Stroll through the Gardens and enjoy unique holiday light displays and festive decorations. There will be a no-host wine & beer bar and hot chocolate, along with a make your own ‘smores packet available for purchase. Recorded Christmas music will be playing. Admission: Friends, free; Public, $10 and Children under 5 are free. Tickets are available at the door.

Contact: 949.673.1880

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

Decorate a Holiday Wreath – Children’s Class, December 16 at 9:30 a.m. Join instructor Janelle Wiley as children create a wreath filled with berries, cinnamon, a red faux bird, all sprinkled with snow. Cost: $30 Friends, $35 Non-Members; a 2nd child is $25. Pre-registration is required. RSVP your attendance at their website. 

Contact: 949.673.1880

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

Unite for Light at Fashion Island, December 28 at 5:30 p.m. Menorah Lighting in Atrium Court (near Barnes & Noble). Festivities include: Chanukah entertainment, Chanukah crafts, dreidels & donuts, balloon animals, face painting and gifts & treats for kids. Bring an unwrapped gift for the Community Toy Drive.

Contact: 949.721.9800,

Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

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Crystal Cove Conservancy | 21st Annual Crystal Cove Tree Lighting, Saturday, December 2 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.  with the tree lighting at 5 p.m. Ring in the season at California’s only coastal tree display. The all-day family event includes a festive bazaar, local plein air art, artisan gifts, a visit from St. Nick, strolling carolers and more. Complimentary cookies, cider and cocoa provided by The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove café. Free; parking is $15 maximum.

Contact: Kajsa James, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.376.6200,

Takes place at Crystal Cove Historic District, 5 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast.

Tree Lighting

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Hoag Hospital | 51st Annual Christmas Carol Ball, Saturday, December 9 beginning at 5 p.m. From its beginning in 1966, this has become a must-attend event which sells out every year. They anticipate more than 600 Hoag friends and supporters will join in the fun, fellowship and fabulous food, along with dancing and special holiday touches in a beautiful setting. This year’s event co-chairs are Joan and Andy Fimiano. Hoag Hospital Memorial Presbyterian has been a medical center of excellence in Newport Beach and surrounding communities. Attire: Formal black tie; hosted valet parking.


Takes place at St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, 1 Monarch Beach Resort N, Dana Point.

Police Beat Primer

Compiled by Tom Johnson 

Police Beat derives from information in the log maintained at the front counter by the Newport Beach Police Department and required under CA Government Code Section 6254 (f). The press does not have access to written police reports.

Information in the police department log is deemed reliable and StuNewsNewport is not responsible for mistakes made available as public record by

the Newport Beach Police Department.

Parents with children in school may contact 949-497-1615 to request that their names be omitted from Police Beat. The decision of StuNewsNewport is final.

Any person arrested is innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

Abbreviations sometimes used in Police Beat

647f – Public Intoxication; DUI – Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; NFA – No fixed address; RP – Reporting/Responsible Party; UTL – Unable to locate

DUI Arrests

Kel Wallin Paris, 19, Costa Mesa – Monday, November 13 

John Buckner Wood, 59, Newport Coast – Sunday, November 12 

Laura Ann Stewart, 53, Aliso Viejo – Saturday, November 11

Scott Steven Bull, 32, Costa Mesa – Saturday, November 11 

Nadia Maria Lockyer, 46, Long Beach – Friday, November 10

Yan Mello Ribeiro Lauletta, 24, Newport Beach – Friday, November 10

Jordan Alan Cianciolo, 22, Fontana – Friday, November 10

Incident Reports

Monday, November 13

Newport Center Drive I 600 Block I Obstruction, Paraphernalia and Public Nudity

6:52 p.m. Chela Prima Long, 43, Lake Forest, charged with obstructing/resisting a peace officer, possession of unlawful paraphernalia and public nudity. Bail set at $500.

Westcliff Drive I 1600 Block I Burglary Tools and Paraphernalia

8:45 a.m. Robert Manuel Razo, 18, Riverside, charged with possession of burglary tools and unlawful possession of paraphernalia. Bail set $500.

W. Coast Highway & Balboa Blvd. I Controlled Substance

12:46 a.m. Paul Mammarella, 38, Orange, charged with possession of a controlled substance. Bail set at $10,000.

Sunday, November 12

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Elizabeth Trujillo, 26, Buena Park

Mi Thao Tran, 21, Newport Beach

Ena Elba Doyle, 48, Newport Beach

Richard McFarland Burridge III, 25, Santa Monica

E. Coast Highway I 300 Block I Paraphernalia, Controlled Substance, Defective Windshield and Missing Plate

10:46 p.m. Robert Michael Hanna, 38, Newport Beach, charged with possession of unlawful paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, operating a vehicle with a defective windshield and missing a license plate. Bail set at $2,500.

Ford Road & Jamboree Road I Obstruction

8:14 p.m. Mark Anthony Vargas, 21, Riverside, charged with obstructing/resisting a peace officer. No bail set.

Saturday, November 11

Old Newport Blvd. & Catalina Drive I Under the Influence and Burglary

11:05 p.m. Hector Velazquez Gomez, 33, Stanton, charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance and burglary from a boat. Bail set at $20,000.

Avocado Ave. I 400 Block I Trespassing

10:14 p.m. Tyra Bryanna Tarjan, 18, Aliso Viejo, charged with trespassing by occupying property without consent. Bail set at $500.

10:11 p.m. Jamize Kayrona Wright, 19, Buena Park, charged with trespassing by occupying property without consent. Bail set at $500.

10:02 p.m. Elijah James Mayfield, 18, Mission Viejo, charged with trespassing by occupying property without consent. Bail set at $500.

9:59 p.m. Wyatt James Stewart, 19, Aliso Viejo, charged with trespassing by occupying property without consent. Bail set at $500.

Westcliff Drive I 1500 Block I Narcotics

4:19 p.m. Nicholas James Castagno, 28, San Clemente, charged with possession of narcotics. Bail set at $2,500.

San Joaquin Hills Road I 2500 Block I Warrant

3:53 p.m. Oscar Sototellez, 35, Sylmar, charged with a warrant. Bail set at $26,000.

E. Balboa Blvd. I 500 Block I Shoplifting

12:23 p.m. Okusitino Robert Ramsey, 33, Santa Ana, charged with shoplifting less than $950. Bail set at $500.

E. Coast Highway & Seaward Road I Contempt of Court

9:53 a.m. Jed Charles Gilchrist, 49, Newport Beach, charged with contempt of court for disobeying a court order. Bail set at $15,000.

Baywood Drive I 800 Block I Narcotics and Paraphernalia

8:50 a.m. Spencer Naiche Stevens, 24, Newport Beach, charged with possession of narcotics and possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail set at $2,500.

15th Street & Beach I Warrant

8:42 a.m. Elana A. Germagian, 57, Hudson, charged with a warrant related to occupying a dwelling without consent. Bail set at $1,500.

21st Street & W. Ocean Front I Grand Theft, Receiving Stolen Property & Probation Violation

5:30 a.m. Daniel Ceja, 22, Costa Mesa, charged with grand theft from a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property and a felony probation violation. Bail set at $20,000.

L Street & Miramar Drive I Paraphernalia, Controlled Substance For Sale and Controlled Substance

12:27 a.m. Curt Bentley Stark, 58, Buena Park, charged with possession of unlawful paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance for sale and possession of a controlled substance. Bail set at $25,000.

Heliotrope Ave. I 400 Block I Trespassing

12:06 a.m. Shaunna Elwyn Ghuzzi, 40, Newport Beach, charged with trespassing by refusing to leave property. Bail set at $500.

Friday, November 10

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Christina Irene Hernandez, 50, Flight Attendant

W. Balboa Blvd. I 1900 Block I Warrants

11:49 p.m. Nicholas Robert Walden, 31, Costa Mesa, charged with warrants related to possession of unlawful paraphernalia and possession of dangerous drugs. Bail set at $10,000.

Hoag Drive I 00 Block I Trespassing and False ID

10:24 p.m. Marcus Ray McClinton, 39, Palmdale, charged with trespassing by refusing to leave private property and presenting false identification to a peace officer. Bail set at $500.

W. Coast Highway & Hoag I Narcotics, Controlled Substance and Paraphernalia

8:50 p.m. Katherine Leigh McGerty, 29, Fullerton, charged with possession of unlawful paraphernalia and possession of narcotics. Bail set at $10,000.

8:40 p.m. William Mason Backus, 28, Garden Grove, charged with possession of narcotics, possession of a controlled substance and possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail set at $2,500.

Superior Ave. & Placentia Ave. I Fight

8:33 p.m. Louis Wayne Arreguin, 57, Newport Beach, charged with fighting/challenge fighting in a public place. Bail set at $500.

Dover Ave. & Irvine Ave. I Warrant

2:24 a.m. Dustin Ashbrook, 36, Newport Beach, charged with a warrant related to littering. Bail set at $1,500.

21st Street & W. Balboa Blvd. I Paraphernalia

2:20 a.m. Wade James Rutledge, 27, Seal Beach, charged with possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail set at $500.